Eight of Cups Rx: Instead of Leaving it Behind

I’ve been reaching lately for a perspective that feels both honest but also comfortable, authentic to who I am. I can catch bits and pieces of it but it’s not as consistent as I want.

So I keep reaching.

The rawness remains palpable. However, I’m thinking the message for next week will help.

Next Week in Tarot

For outlook next week, we have the Eight of Cups reversed. Advice comes via the avatar of the King of Cups. These images are from the Radiant Rider-Waite.

An upright Eight of Cups would speak to walking away from an emotional situation or investment. But reversed, it’s suggesting more a desire to leave it all behind, but any attempts to do so aren’t entirely successful. There is difficulty letting go. Remember this if you’re having a hard time stepping back yourself.

I’m feeling the collective vibe as emotionally exhausted, worn down and worried. Know the next week will offer distinct opportunities for emotional soothing and distance from turmoil, although it’s unlikely we’ll be able to release the whole of it. There is, however, value in any relief you can access.

The King of Cups always, always, always acts from the heart. Most of us understand that, if we follow the cards. But one thing people can forget about this king is his special brand of kindness.

Specifically, the King of Cups doesn’t offer a conditional kindness, reserved only for those of whom he approves. His kindness is universal. While his tender heart may sometimes make his path a little (or a lot) more challenging because empathy carries a cost, it gifts him a depth of grace he would never be able to reach otherwise. He’d never get that if his goodwill were reserved only for those he judged as righteous.

The King of Cups loves without requiring reciprocity. That’s huge! He offers universally good intentions. You don’t have to deserve or earn love from the King of Cups. You are loved not because of who you are, but because of who HE is.

This next week, I will be looking to follow this King’s lead. I’ll be consciously fostering a kinder, more loving outlook not only for on those I agree with–that’s relatively easy–but much more importantly, toward those whom I do not agree with. It’s not about what goodwill I may judge as deserved or not. It’s about being true to who I am.

There is good everywhere, if you’re looking for it. I’m looking!


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High Priestess & Eight of Cups Rx: Riding it Out

I had to go grocery shopping a couple of days ago. I wasn’t sure what to expect given the fact that the Coronavirus seems to have just penetrated the mass consciousness of America and people are shopping like there’s no tomorrow.

But we were running out of food. I was about to run out of coffee creamer, for goodness sakes!

Ample coffee creamer is synonymous with “civilization” in my world.

I wasn’t entirely surprised to find no toilet paper–the aisles at Aldi’s had been picked clean. A lonely, beat-up tissue box was all that remained (after I tossed a couple boxes into my cart, because…well, no toilet paper). I decided not to grab the last tissue box in case someone else needed it more.

No more toilet paper or tissues.

I’ve seen many admonitions not to panic. I’m sure somebody somewhere is panicking, but it wasn’t what I personally witnessed. People were focused for sure, but most were not giving out cranky or anxious vibes. Overall, I was feeling a sense of camaraderie. People were kind to me and one another, albeit across increased personal space.

I don’t think of more aggressive shopping as proof positive of mass panic. Folks want to have a good supply of toilet paper and soap (and yes, coffee creamer) because this provides a sense of predictability and control. That’s what’s lacking in the bigger world right now. It feels like doing something, you know? People are preparing to hunker down and ride things out if need be, and would like to be comfortable doing so.

In a weird way, I found the whole experience oddly comforting. Realizing most of us have a lifestyle such that having enough toilet tissue, hand soap and Ramen in the cabinet qualifies as disaster preparedness? It drives the point home: most of us live a very good life!

Next week, I’m expecting the mass vibe to be very similar to this shopping trip.

Next Week in Tarot

For outlook this week, we’ve got the High Priestess. On advice, the Eight of Cups is joined by the Tower, all from the Radiant Rider-Waite deck.

There’s plenty going on, but much more is under the surface than out in the open. So you can’t really put your finger on issues directly so much as you can just FEEL it. Your spidey senses will do the best job of guiding you this week (as always).

We’d be well advised not to make any grand, sweeping gestures this week. Don’t burn any bridges. There could be an itch to “get things settled, once and for all” but there won’t be a need to scratch it. Bridges that most need burning are likely to spontaneously combust. If you take a step back emotionally, you’re far less likely to feel the heat.

Let events sort themselves out because they will–potentially with great drama and fanfare. Tower energy isn’t exactly subtle. The upside of the Tower sort of disruption is that it tends to be quick. Dramatic, sure. But usually it’s not going to drag on and on. Once the Tower begins to fall, it’s coming down and there will be no stopping it. Our choice is only in how close we’re standing to ground zero.

The key point here is that any drama does NOT have to be largely disruptive on a personal level. Step back. Let go what you can and wait for what you cannot let go to settle down.  It will.

The world is a little weird right now. But that’s okay. We can be okay individually, weirdness in the bigger world or not. Take a step back and ride it out!

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Fool Reversed: Silly Mistakes or Opportunities to Excel?

The more I notice, the more I find it stunning how much of our experience is directly driven by perception as opposed to those “cold, hard facts” we think we’re reacting to instead.

It’s not just the obvious like people of different political bents watching entirely different movies when they read the news. It’s not just things like generational differences or how we see the world versus how our parents see it.

It’s more like all of life is a big, fat Rorschach test.

I can especially see this in myself. The difference between considering myself a hot mess versus seeing myself thriving does not really come from the preponderance of evidence. I know this because I have sometimes shifted my perspective when the outside reality is the same.

Instead, the feelings are a function of the conclusions we make about the evidence. This is very good news, because that can be consciously driven.

Next week, we’ll most likely see plenty of room for improvement in your private world. You can either call that “failure” or you can call it a grand opportunity to clean up and level up.

I’m going with door number two here. Hope you’ll join me in the winner’s circle!

Next Week in Tarot

For the outlook next week, we have The Fool reversed. Advice is the Ten of Wands. (Outch!) Pictured here from the Radiant Rider-Waite deck. It’s Mercury retrograde, folks–February 16 to March 9th. The forecast here seemed to notice.

Expect bits and pieces of our world to be upside down. I’m seeing significant potential for foolish mistakes, overlooking the obvious or simply not thinking things through in the coming week.

To deal with this, be responsible for managing important details. If it’s going out with your name on it, I’d advise you to do the final review personally. You might be able to delegate the initial project, but the last (and full) pass-through needs to be personally performed, with full attention.  The Ten of Wands won’t have us skim or multitask our way through the final review.

But what is this period good for (besides taking on extra work)? Edit and rework processes to your heart’s content. Reconsider and revise your work flow, your projects, your management process! Any process is ripe for revisiting during the retrograde, with extra attention to communication flows. Inefficiencies or problem areas will be easy to spot now and the extra effort reworking them pays off.

I’m happy to put in the effort required to clean up my world, though. How about you?


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Four of Pentacles & Hierophant Rx: Forget the Peanut (Butter) Gallery

A long time ago, I was making two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Four slices of bread laid out in a row, happily going about my business.

My kid surveyed my progress, and was quite bothered. She accused me of being intentionally difficult.

Evidently, when you lay the bread out in a row, you’re not supposed to put peanut butter on different sides for each sandwich. You’re supposed to put the peanut butter either all on the left pieces of bread or on the right, so an alternating pattern of peanut butter and jelly is maintained during the sandwich construction.

Somehow, this practice is deemed necessary to maintain a civilized society. Or something like that…

She thinks I live for chaos. I don’t know that I could argue with that conclusion convincingly. But she was taken aback to learn that in this case, I did have a reason for my choice.

See, the bread had sizable holes. So I strategically placed peanut butter over the largest holes to minimize jelly leakage. This was a more important objective than conforming. She saw me doing something “wrong” just to be different. I saw less potential for sporting jelly stains the rest of the day.

The point of this silly little story is that even people that know you very well cannot always comprehend exactly why you do what you do, in the way you do it. But that’s okay.

Nobody needs to get you here. Make your sandwiches however you want next week and forget the peanut (butter) gallery.

Next Week in Tarot

This week, the Four of Pentacles provides the general outlook, with advice coming in as the Hierophant reversed and clarified by the Eight of Pentacles. These cards are from the familiar Radiant Rider-Waite deck.

With a Four of Pentacles forecast, I’d expect to see plenty of stabilizing in general, or maybe “attempts to stabilize” would be more accurate in some cases. This doesn’t mean people still won’t be anxious, however. Far from it. The Four of Pentacles often heralds either general anxiety or feelings of insecurity, especially financial. (Look at how tightly he guards those Pentacles).

But anxious or not, you can expect to make it through the week just fine.

In terms of advice, it’s easy to follow: Do what works for you, period. Take it one step at a time, one foot in front of the other. It’s not all about the long term right now. It’s about making it through the moment, doing what you need to do and working your way through.

In particular, don’t bother about what “normal” people would accomplish what you’ve got to accomplish. This information is not applicable, so no cases of the guilties if you don’t live up to perceived societal expectations.

If it works for YOU, then it’s a good plan. I’m of a mind that’s always true, but I suspect others may also join me in that conclusion during the week.

Are you able to “just do you?”


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Ace of Pentacles: Taking Shape

One of the reasons the older, wiser me pulls back in assuming motivation for behaviors came from recognizing how often those assumptions are completely off-base.

Human beings are fabulously complicated creatures. An endless assortment of thoughts, beliefs and perceptions stream through an individual’s consciousness. Personal definition of reality is unavoidably colored by past experience and current state of mind. So how on Earth could I realistically expect to figure this out for someone else? I can barely do so for myself!

I may have ideas or suspicions. And some of those might even be right. Fair enough.

But I care a whole lot less about being right than being happy. So every time I can manage it, I opt to assume the best. I look for the explanations that I am happiest with. I don’t care if my guesstimations are right or not. I just care if I end up feeling better or not. My job is to take care of my own energy–nobody else’s.

The past few weeks have featured a widespread tension, with the overall atmosphere feeling more and more wound up. It was less about agreed-upon reality than about the perception.

But next week, I’m expecting we’ll start seeing more concrete manifestations taking shape, not just feelings.

We can assume whatever we like about what it all means when we see things taking form. A certain amount of evaluation is unavoidable. But I think it would be wise to stand back and not think too hard on it all. The picture is very far from clear yet.

Next Week in Tarot

For outlook, we’ve got the Ace of Pentacles and advice is the reversed Ace of Swords, from the Radiant Mini Rider-Waite deck.

You can listen to a very brief audio version of this forecast here: Tarot Forecast Week of 12/30/19 .

Expect to see actual movement in the real world, as in undeniable physical manifestations beginning to appear from some of the energy that’s just been felt in the past couple of weeks. I’m seeing this largely as a time when obstacles are becoming more obvious, in particular.

So if you get started on something and find problems coming up? Those problems are doing you a favor! They are helping you address what needs to be mastered.

Don’t overthink it, obsess about it or otherwise expect to control anything. It’s not that far along yet. It’s all very new, just getting started. Take note and step back from the situation a little. There’s a real need for perspective that may not be easy to come by initially.

And do your best to bless whatever you see–whether you consider it good or bad.

It’s all necessary. It’s all right. And it’s all right now, just getting started. Are you ready to roll? 


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And Happy New Year to you all!

Devil Reversed: Releasing the Tether

Recently, I heard myself telling one of my Tarot peeps to imagine positive potential outcomes as well as the negative ones. Give optimistic expectations as much airtime as the pessimism demands. At least acknowledge the possibility things could go RIGHT as well as wrong.

In practice, life always provides some of both: what we want and what we don’t. But if we focus near-exclusively on what we don’t want, visions of it dominate our perspective and keeps us tethered to a very uncomfortable spot. It feels like being stuck.

Next week, there is a way to cut the tether.

Next Week in Tarot

The forecast is the Devil reversed. Advice is the Nine of Swords plus the reversed Queen of Cups. Because as advice, the Nine of Swords needed a little clarification. All from the mini Radiant Rider Waite deck.

Expect a somewhat chaotic week – you might not know which end is up! (Yeah, we see you Mercury Retrograde.)

Good news here? The reversed Devil generally presents a potential for escape. In case you’ve got a case of deja vu here, remember this is still on from last week.

Here, the escape happens through acknowledging current feelings: good, bad and ugly. Ultimately, you’re looking to make the thoughts that spawn the feelings of  a given moment more conscious. If it’s a conscious thought, you have choices which way to lean it.

An awareness helps establish emotional distance from beliefs that are doing little more than making life harder. Feelings of not-enoughness visit almost everyone., But these unpleasant emotions can operate like emotional sludge, heavy, weighing us down. They’re like a tether to the ground, inhibiting flight.

In any ways that you may feel stuck this week, question your assumptions. Where are they coming from? Are they accurate, or do they have to be? Would you use the same narratives regarding someone you love as you are using for yourself? (‘Cause being loving to yourself is a good idea, always.)

There’s a very good possibility that establishing some emotional distance from ugly self-narratives will over you an exit ramp in the form of a more self-supportive perspective. Take it!

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