Feeling-Driven: The Chariot

You know the old Zen story of the farmer and his son? Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad, but he doesn’t concern himself with categorizing which pile events belong to. He just rides the flow of life.

I’m looking to be more like that farmer. It really helps defuse a lot of the angst and worry so many people face nowadays. And it feels better, by far.

And this week might be a good time for you to hook up with the “maybe” energy, too. We got the Chariot for the week.

The Chariot Tarot card is associated with the zodiac sign Cancer, which was a bit of a surprise to me, when I first learned. Because I think of Cancers as somewhat soft, very driven by the “feels,” you know? The Chariot driver is a leader–he leads his armies into victory. But sometimes, we underestimate the power of those feels! Those Cancers are better fighters than we might think at first glance: a distinct tactical advantage if I ever saw one.

I like to think of the Chariot driver as leading a military campaign to fight for his homeland and family’s future–that’s a Cancer’s way, and that’s why he’s going to win. He is pulled forward by the black and white sphynx–both his light and shadow, comfortable and uncomfortable feelings alike. He knows who he is and he accepts all of himself. And this quality allows him to clearly hear the direction of his heart without distortion. Accepting himself completely, he has little impetus for projection. He doesn’t judge feelings as “good or bad.” They just ARE and the comfort or discomfort of the feelings are like his compass pointing true north.

You can do the same thing. If you feel comfortable and happy, rejoice and know you’re in the flow and you’re moving along with it. And if you feel uncomfortable and out of sorts, rejoice and know you have stepped out of the flow. Because we all step in and out of it and knowing is half the battle! So you can make an adjustment because your early warning system–you gut radar–is working just fine. It’s all good information to have, you know?

Cancer’s feelings are a highly developed guidance system and if one learns to use it (or emulate our Cancer friends, advanced in that regard), we can tap into the same wonderful, infallible sense of direction. We all have access to it.

Feeling-driven. That’s what we’re shooting for here.

[bctt tweet=”Don’t think your way through. FEEL your way through. #OnMyRadar” via=”no”]

Video Transcript

Hey, how you doing? Dixie from A Fool’s Journey here with some Tarot for you! Hang on.

Hi, thanks for hanging on. Gonna pull a little card and just get kind of a thought to keep in mind. Kind of a take-home for the world for the week. And see what we got here.

Okay. I’ve got the Chariot, upright. I like to see this fella upright because he is on point. Now, as some of you may not realize, but the Chariot is associated with Cancer. So even though he looks very to-the-point and I’m a leader, and lalalalalala, he’s got feeeeeeeeelings!

So when I’m seeing this, also the dark and the light, okay? He takes all of his feelings into account. He doesn’t just, “Oh, well I only like sunshine feelings. And screw the icky ones.” Or, you know, “Oh, well I’m dark and brooding. And not airy-fairy sunshine.”

He’s whole. Okay. He accepts and appreciates the whole of his feelings and how it is. He’s also very focused. And he is going places! He uses his feelings as indications of where he’s going.

So in other words, if it feels really crappy, when you think about something, or when you’re involved in it, not the time to act! Okay. Just kind of relax, retreat, sidestep it. Whereas, when you’re feeling more focused, more driven, and more enthusiastic, that’s the time to move!

So let your feelings drive it home. You don’t think your way through. You feel your way through.

That the message for this week. I hope it’s helpful. Make sure you sub me. Go visit me on afoolsjourney.com if you’re not seeing this here. And have an awesome week!

Okay? Take care. Peace out from Dix the Zen Goddess. Ommmmmmm. Bye bye.

This week’s Tarot features Dixie (give a holler for a personal consult) and the Radiant Rider Waite deck.

Action vs. Timing: Knight of Wands Rx

We live neck deep in a culture of action. Act, act, act! Something must be done, and now!

You want to change your life? You want to impact the world?

You must push through, move forward, carry on, and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!

And if the things aren’t happening? Well, you just need to try harder.

Bleh. And it’s all because, action is the only option people seem to respect.

What if, instead of leveraging sheer will–and trying to brute force life into acquiescing to our demands–we decided to work with the energy, first?

What if we lined up with it, got in tune with it, set our intentions and focus on what we want (as opposed to escaping the horrific fate we don’t want)?

What would that feel like?

Because let’s face it: brute force is a crapshoot at best, and it leaves you exhausted when you’re done. I won’t tell you that the force of will won’t move life’s rocks from one pile to another. It does, but it’s slow, iffy at times, and it’s a very, very hard way of going about it.

But if you can line up with the energy, first and foremost, then really? Whatever action you take will feel good, and be easy. And most of all? It will be effective.

The reversed Knight of Wands here is impulsive and ill-timed action. Action taken from a place of fear, to avoid disaster, or from a place of anger, to push an agenda (however well-meaning). It’s an attempt to brute force life circumstances into unwilling submission and it’s marginally effective at best.

This week? Okay, all the time. But especially this week? Wait until you FEEL the momentum and feel the inspiration and can take your action with a confidence, a knowing that it’s the thing to do and the time to do it. THAT action? It will serve you very well.

Video Transcript

Hi. This is Dixie from A Fool’s Journey dot com. Here with some weekly thoughts for ya. Hang on.

Hey, thanks for hanging in. I am doing another quickie, lazy I’m-not-gonna-set-up-my-video-equipment video on my cell phone. So, let’s see what we’re looking at for the week.

Okay. I’ve got the Knight of Wands reversed. And what I want to say about this is, you don’t have to move right now.

Okay. Sometimes there’s like, an urge, or um, almost a compulsion to answer that email, to make the phone call, to tell somebody, you know, to give somebody what-for. To intervene, or act or whatever.

And here, I want to recommend that you hold back until the action is obvious. If you can avoid acting from a place where you’re stressed out and you’re trying to fix a big problem and you’re oh-my-Gosh, I just hope this works! And that kind of stuff? Your outcome will tend to be better.

Because you bring a whole different type of energy to it. If you’re kind of chill about it. You know when the action is right. And try to bring the emotional energy that you want for the final outcome to the action and you’ll be a whole lot more successful.

So that’s this week’s look at what’s on my radar. Hope it’s helpful to you. Take care, peace out. Ommmmm! Talk to you later. Bye bye.

Do you rely on action or energy or the combination of the two?

This week features the Radiant Rider Waite (again) and if you dig the forecasts, you’d probably dig the Everyday Tarot Archives book. Or just book Dix.

Focus, Sparky! Ace of Swords Reversed

I’m laughing a little to myself, because it’s taken me all day to write this post.

Focus, Dixie. Focus.

There are a lot of ways to tell an Ace of Swords story. I’ve mulled many. But I guess I’ll just let you fill in your own.

The Ace of of Swords is a message. It’s focus. It’s an idea–and a good one, too! The idea’s strength comes from it’s clarity. It’s pure and singular.

In the beginning most ideas start pure. Boiled down to the essence of the idea.

And it’s inspired–a gift from the clouds, marked by Yods. The hand of God has presented you with a thought. This is the very definition of “inspiration” we’re talking.

So what are you going to do with this gift of an inspiration? Are you gonna muddy it up with ancient history and how it’s never worked before? Are you going to argue against it (and hence yourself) by demanding to know when and how and conjuring up all sorts of imaginary problems you don’t have?

Or are you going to focus on the essence of what you want and let the momentum of the idea and the enthusiasm for that idea carry you forward? Because that’s your choice, here and now.

[bctt tweet=”You live what you focus on. #OnMyRadar” via=”no”]

Because you can zero in on the rejection and the slights (perceived or otherwise) and the lost opportunity or what’s gone. And you’ll feel pretty crummy. Or you can hone in, instead, on what is going right, and what you want, and the new opportunities on the horizon that are opening up for you.

I think you know which I’d recommend. But as always, it’s your call.

And in case you didn’t know, any time that’s not now is not currently relevant. What you did last week or what you’ll do next week doesn’t matter. It’s time to zero in.

Be a honing device and beep yourself right in line with what you want. Because you can do that, right now. Focus, focus, focus!

How’s your focus?

This week’s forecast features the Radiant Rider Waite and Dixie. Give a holler if you want to schedule a consult.

Only Now. (Weekly Tarot)

I’m experimenting with format for the Everyday Tarot. Nothing to worry over, if you’re inclined to extrapolate. I’m well! (You know who you are.)

Right now, I’m more looking to ride the wave incoming, and (hopefully) help translate it for you.

And I just pulled a few cards for me. I had a question. But as soon as I saw them, I knew they wanted to speak to you, too.

The Ace of Swords is clarity and focus. It’s a single, undiluted idea. It’s a beginning of a beginning. With this Ace, the idea will always be good but it’s far from complete, and you never know how far it will go. Which honestly (as this Ace demands), that’s a lot of the excitement of any new idea. It’s fun to watch them grow up!

And the Six of Cups is trust–a childhood trust, uncomplicated. It’s a gift, for no other purpose than pleasure. This card brings the gift of being in the moment. Those children aren’t worrying about yesterday or next week. They’re not asking, “How, how, how, will the world will sort itself out?!?” They are sharing a moment. The moment. The only moment any of us have. Now.

[bctt tweet=”NOW is the only moment there is. #OnMyRadar” via=”no”]

Behind them lies a castle: they are well provided for.  There are many beautiful flowers–blessings. In Cups–the heart. It’s a beautiful place to be.

Simple, unadulterated optimism. Expecting and accepting all is well. Appreciation without qualification. Being present in the moment. Knowing you’ll know what you need to know, as you need to know it. This is how you plug into the flow, where it feels good and you remain connected to your great knowings.

And the outcome? That’s the Knight of Wands.  He’s going places, and fast! He’s having fun, creating and building a life he loves. This guy? He’s having a good time.

I want to take a ride like that. How about you?

This week’s forecast featured themini Radiant Rider Waite because Dixie is lazy and it was already out of the Tarot bin. Also, it is a great working deck who speaks very clearly. Shoot me an email if you want to see what that (or another) deck have to say to you.

Jump through that window! Weekly Tarot, 05/29/17

I truly believe we’re surrounded by options ALL the time–complete with ever present, ever ready, albeit “invisible” support–but the state of our own energy is what decides which options we can see.

When we’re guilty, worried, frustrated, hurt or otherwise not feeling the all of ourselves in some way, it constricts that natural connection that guides us. Thoughts get muddied. Clarity is no longer within grasp. Opportunities slip by when we’re upset and too stirred up, because we cannot recognize them easily. We question ourselves and our value and the easy feeling of being “in the flow” eludes us. Everything becomes harder.

Feeling that way sometimes is an inevitability. It’s not wrong, nor proof you’re just not good enough in some way. Life has ebbs as flows, and as it fluxes (and sometimes hits on personal sore spots in the process), our ability to tune in and ride the waves also waxes and wanes. This is both natural and universal. It’s part of what helps us hone in on what’s most important to us, so if you find yourself there? Be gentle with yourself and as loving as you can.

I just want you to know, staying in a constricted state for an extended period of time is NOT inevitable.

I know there’s been a lot of pressure out in the wild lately. People have told me, and I’ve felt it in my own gut. But this coming week? I think we’ll have opportunity to shift and free ourselves from some of the sense of restriction that’s been weighing folks down. Yes!

Quick Video for This Week’s Forecast

Man, what about that image? I look like I just sat on a hornet or something.

The Eight of Swords is one of my “nemesis cards.” Meaning it has shown up for me again and again and again, sometimes more frequently than others. Sometimes, more insistently than others. Sometimes, with more cursing from me than others. But off and on, it’s been a regular visitor since I started working with the cards. So yeah, I see you, Eight of Swords. Damn you–and thank you.

This card always points to a self-induced prison, and generally? It’s one the self doesn’t register as self-induced. Now, you could get pissed over the fact you’re doing it to yourself, but really? That is a bloody gift, knowing it’s your own doing because then, your own doing can also fix it. And it’s always a shorter, easier trip to fix it than you’re thinking when you’re in it.

This week, look for windows, already cracked open and ready for the big escape. They will be there, but nobody (friends visible or otherwise) is going to push you through any window. You’re going to have to make the leap yourself.

In case you need help recognizing your window…I’m extending the session time @ $50/hour deal; use the time however and whenever you want.

I was actually surprised how many folks are using this for impulse-booking to address stuff that has been bothering them for a while and it’s been very productive. I’ve also been able to work folks into my schedule very quickly and easily, as if by magick! So I’m happy with this and hence, am leaving it going for now. Just Paypal here for whatever time you’d like to reserve. Minimum of one hour ($50) for this option, please.

And be well out there!

Emotional Grace Period, Recommended. Weekly Tarot, March 20 – 26, 2017

I am an emotional creature. I value strong emotion as an important part of who I am, though it sometimes presents it’s own complications. To compensate, I’ve had to develop some skill in managing emotional response without overwhelming anyone too near the strike zone.

Thank you, Saturn.

Naturally, I’m not always perfect at this endeavor. You can just ask the landlady, after my butterfly bush meltdown.

But more often than not, I am successful. I step back. I ground. I meditate, at least when I get to the point that I can. I journal. I go outside. I clean. I take a nap. I distract myself in whatever way seems to help. In short, I do everything I know how to do to talk myself off that ledge.

I mean, dumping an inferno of emotion purges, that’s for sure. But while it relieves the pressure, that out-of-control feeling just sucks and there’s always a hangover after the fact. It’s just not who I want to be, you know? That’s not how I want to feel. So I do my damnedest to take a different route.

Next week, I’m expecting how we handle intense emotion to have relevance.

Full forecast video.

We’ve got a slew of repeats from recent weeks and inversions galore. It has the feel of sludging through mud, man. And notice the dominance of the cups in the week’s cards. Emotions remain “a thing” with a friendly, yellow-alert level Tarot-reader advisory to reign in knee-jerk responses (lest you have something to regret later). We’re wanting to sidestep the collateral damage factor. It can be done, but will require restraint to pull off. [bctt tweet=”Enforce a grace period before acting on strong emotions this week. #OnMyRadar” via=”no”]

Weekly Tarot Forecast in Bullet Points

  • Monday, Eight of Swords rx. You’ll have the chance to free yourself from the knots you’ve been tied up in, right here. Open window of opportunity, and you’ll likely get a nudge to go. Don’t hesitate, it moves fast.
  • Tuesday, Three of Cups rx. Don’t expect your friends to necessarily “get you.” That’s too much to ask. Look to feel comfortable in your own skin and the rest doesn’t matter. It’s your job to get you and nobody else’s.
  • Wednesday, King of Cups rx. Emotional impulsivity is a potential issue. If you’re feeling strongly, don’t complete the real world activity without emotionally stabilizing. Powerful emotions that are very short term.
  • Thursday, Five of Wands rx. Pick your battles! I mean, you can pick all of ’em if you want, but it would be unnecessary bickering.
  • Friday, Three of Pentacles rx. Life won’t go as you planned. It’s still okay. Just be flexible.
  • Saturday, Ten of Cups upright. YAY! This is a good time. Hook up with your family–blood or heart family, either way. Surround yourself with loving vibes however you can, even if it’s just the thoughts you are thinking.
  • Sunday, Empress rx. Even inverted, it’s still a good card. Prioritize self-care. Don’t expect everything will just fall into place perfectly today, because maybe not. But progress is good enough.
  • Overview/Advice: Knight of Cups reversed. FEELINGS are very strong and change very quickly. Give yourself a grace period, between feeling strong emotion and taking action this week. Grace periods will save your tail.

Maybe your experience will be different than what I’m expecting–I hope so! But even if it’s not, you can do this. Just give yourself a grace period before taking action to let the feelings enough that clarity can re-emerge. Take any real-world actions once you’re bathed in the energy you would like for the outcome and you’ll do well.

Much love, and stay safe out there.


p.s. This week’s forecast features the Radiant Rider Waite. Get your Tarot on 1-on-1, or just get my book and flip to a random page to give yourself a DIY bibliomancy reading!