12/12/11: Handing over the reins | Rev Emperor, Rev 7 of Pentacles

"It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized." –Wayne Dyer


Today’s Tarot is the reversed Emperor (Aries) and the reversed Seven of Pentacles (Saturn in Taurus).  Aries wants to run the show, but is thwarted inverted. Saturn works patiently (Taurus), but inverted, it doesn’t seem to go to good ends. So here, I see an admonition not to work long and hard at controlling others, because it seems likely what you are trying for won’t necessarily come to pass! At the very least, it won’t manifest the way you expect.

That’s beyond okay. It’s how the world seems to work, you know? Had my family or others in my life who loved me had this kind of power, I’d be a much different person than I am today. And I don’t think I’d like it as well as what I’ve created for myself.

For me, the bottom line is always what energy I have a right to. I mean, I have right to care about others and in some cases, responsibility to care for them. What I don’t have is blank check to make decisions for others. This is both bothersome and liberating. It’s hard to see people you care about take turns that look disastrous, you know? But ultimately, you have no way of telling where those turns lead, nor any right to demand they reconsider.

For me, I see it in choices about where I want to place my energy. In relationships with others, that means I support what I can feel good about supporting, and pull back from what I don’t. Doesn’t mean I won’t toss out a, "Hey, look out!" if I see a brick wall in view. But if that doesn’t work, then I’m moving along no matter who it is.

What do you see here?

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
by Us Games Systems

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10/31/11: Give Yourself Credit! | Rev. 7 of Pentacles, Rev. 4 of Cups, The Sun

“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.” Maxwell Maltz


Today’s Tarot is the reversed Seven of Pentacles (Saturn in Taurus), Reversed Four of Cups (Scorpio Sun), and The Sun (Sun, duh). You’ve worked quite hard, planted your seeds already, and assessed their growth appropriately. Don’t discount the work you’ve already done, the results you’ve already received. They count! Everything counts. Take some joy from your successes—you own them, okay?

Nothing motivates like success. Examine your own winnings, rejoice in them, and USE them to encourage yourself, as fuel future growth.

Do you have trouble giving yourself credit for the work you’ve done?

Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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09/22/11: Firm Foundations with Taurus.

One of my rules for the “Everyday Tarot” is that whatever I get, that’s what I work with for the day. I can hardly advocate looking to the cards for insight if I’m not willing to look at the insight the cards provide! But today, my first draw was so obviously about me-me-me, I wondered if I’d done my job properly. Had I remembered to ask specifically for the column? I should try again, make sure I wasn’t “leaking” over the daily draw.

As usual, when you try to maneuver around Tarot–well, Tarot maneuvers right back. I didn’t get the same exact cards as often happens, but they were close enough.


4_of_Pentacles7_of_PentaclesToday’s Tarot forecast is “Firm Foundation” (aka the Four of Pentacles /Sun in Taurus) and “Patience and Planning” (Seven of Pentacles /Saturn in Taurus). Taurus much?

Jupiter’s in Taurus currently, expanding whatever it touches. Taurus is ruled by Venus and associated with the second house in Astrology, what we value, both possessions and self-worth.  Taurus is an Earth sign, so I think in terms of physical manifestations. Having what you value, being valued, and self-value are all areas of focus. Taurus in the bull—it’s hard to surpass in terms of stability. Fixed, fixed, fixed energy!

So the times I worry and wonder, am I doing well enough with my work? Am I doing justice to the folks I come in contact with? Am I growing my skills fast enough? The answer is, “Yes.” Anywhere, really, that I may wonder if I’m contributing well enough, well, that foundation is good, so this is a go.

These two cards have a reassuring message today:  We do, indeed, have what we need. The work done thus far has been effective in laying foundation for rewards, even if the crops aren’t yet quite in. In due time, grasshopper. Exhale. It’s all okay.

Are your foundations looking firm?

The Psychic Tarot Oracle Cards: a 65-Card Deck, plus booklet!
by John Holland

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Everyday Tarot, 07/06/11: How’s the garden grow? Rev Seven of Pentacles

daily-tarot-forecast-rev-seven-pentaclesThe garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters.” –May Sarton

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a lot of emotional shifts over the past few weeks, especially under the eclipses. Perspective, understanding, and beliefs that I’ve long accepted as real demanded reevaluation—in my face, no seeking required. I’ve started sorting it out.

It’s felt a bit unsettling, sure, but not too worrisome, because it feels like things are clicking into the right place, where they belong. That’s reassuring.

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Everyday Tarot, 06/30/11: Two Cookies, Later! Rev. 7 of Pentacles

IMG_1401When my children were little, I tried to teach them about delayed gratification. Repeatedly. You know that’s not a natural concept to rug rats. And I always used the “cookie example.”

“What if I told you that you could have one cookie now, or if you waited ten minutes, you could have two cookies instead? That’s delayed gratification. You’re waiting on getting something you want to get something better.”

Did she understand what I was trying to tell her at the time? I asked her, now she’s grown up.

“It pissed me off! It always pissed me off. I hated the cookie example. I didn’t care about one pretend cookie now or two pretend cookies later. All I could think is, ‘I want cookies! Why does she keep talking about cookies when I don’t have any cookies?!?’ Aggghh!”

Parenting lesson fail, done in by choice of metaphor.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Seven of Pentacles inverted, or “Lord of Success Unfulfilled,” associated with Saturn in Taurus. We have a process here—a beautiful garden isn’t something you plant one night and wake up to harvest the next morning. It takes steady, reliable attention and care—the value (Taurus) is delivered over time (Saturn). Digging up the seeds every thirty minutes to see if they are maturing is counter-productive.

Notice it’s the “Lord of Success Unfulfilled,” not “Success Unattainable.” Doesn’t mean it’s not coming. It’s just not here yet. Hold out.

The fruit may not be ready for the picking yet, but it doesn’t mean it’s not ripening at the perfect pace. Delayed gratification is in order. Don’t try to force—let things unfold at their natural pace, and just see to it you’re providing support, feeding and watering at the right times. That’s your job. And don’t forget to step back and appreciate the progress. The Seven of Pentacles is always a good reminder to take stock of what you’re growing.

Are you feeling this?

The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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