08/05/12: Be Clear or Be Cut | 7 Swords, King Swords

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Oy vey. So, here we are. The Seven of Swords (Moon in Aquarius) and the King of Swords (Fire in Air).

Much as I tend to lecture, “There are no ‘bad’ cards,” I must admit, Tarot Swords can sometimes give me pause. I’m pretty comfortable with logic, but a lot of the Swords are not comfortable cards, logical or not.

What are you hiding—especially from yourself?  Little bits and pieces of belief, of pain, of personal history…those things that you would prefer remain under wraps, under the radar, outside your conscious existence? That’s the stuff we’re talking about.

Deal with it. Logically, rationally, and ruthlessly cut away any rotting mass as best you can. THAT is exactly how you keep it from interfering with what you want to accomplish.

And I’ll tell you something right now: that King of Swords? He’s honest and fair, but he doesn’t suffer delays patiently. Patience is more the venue of the King of Cups, or the King of Pentacles sometimes. Not the King of Swords. He’ll cut you down if it’s necessary. He’s not looking for an excuse, mind you. But he won’t hesitate, either.

Take care of your own baggage, so he doesn’t have to.

Do you feel like you’ve got a good handle on your own baggage?

Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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03/24/12: Pulling back to see | 7 Swords, 2 Wands

“Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass.” Owen Feltham

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Today’s Tarot is the the Seven of Swords/Clouds (Moon in Aquarius), Politics, and the Two of Wands/Fire (Mars in Aries), Possibilities, from the impish Osho Zen. Yeah, people hide, for lots of reasons—often, they are uncomfortable with themselves. But you can see what you need to, if you find enough perspective.

CollageThe Moon in Aquarius connection for the Seven of Swords tells us about the nature of this card.  Yes, emotionally (moon) detached (Aquarius), but I kind of think of it as being separated from the heart, you know? Not real, not authentic. Perhaps the stance is adopted for political reasons, for greater acceptance or gain. But how much is the gain worth when it’s not based on truth?

Taking a more universal view, it’s much harder to be fooled (or fool, for that matter). Words, deeds, essentially energy flow appears in a bigger context. And the little things? They don’t matter much that way. The push and pushback are seen in a larger landscape. Minor conflicts become less important.

It’s like a collage photo, where a picture is made up of many tiny photographs. You can only see the larger whole by  pulling back…same idea here.

How does pulling back impact what you see?

Osho Zen Tarot Set
by US Games

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02/07/12: What if Mom was watching? | Politics

IMG_1987 My husband and I been on a Yes Minister binge, watching marathons on Amazon Video. Besides the laughs, it’s been quite shocking how timely the show is, originally aired in the ’80’s. We keep seeing episodes involving the same brouhaha we’re seeing in the news daily and it’s kind of trippy. Politics just don’t change that much, evidently.

Today’s Tarot is better known as the Seven of Swords (Moon in Aquarius), or Politics in the very unique Osho Zen. The image kind of speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

It’s easy enough to point fingers at smarm. Easy to see the snake-oil salesmen in others. Much less comfortable to see the snake oil salesman in ourselves. It’s so…human.

We all wear masks. We want others to think well of us. We want to present ourselves in the best light, both to the outside world and in the reflection in the mirror. It’s the nature of the ego, who likes propping up. And besides, it feels good.

But if it’s undeserved, it feels a little dirty.

Rather than worrying over our press, how about attending to what we’re giving out? It’s cleaner to address it before the fact. You don’t have to spin the truth.

I had this cruel mothering trick I used to use on my kids. “When you’re trying to decide whether or not to do something, picture me standing there watching you. If you couldn’t do it with me watching you, you have no business doing it.” Stoke of brilliance, don’t you think? They couldn’t step out of line without involuntarily conjuring up an image of me looking on.

Live your life as if someone you respect is watching. Because, well…if you believe in Spirit…ding ding! Besides, shouldn’t you qualify as “someone you respect?”

Does someone watching impact your choices?

Osho Zen Tarot Set
by US Games

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12/27/11: Sneaky Fights! | 5 of Wands, 7 of Swords, Hierophant

“Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will.” –John D. MacDonald

When things get ugly, that’s when you really find out what people are made of. Especially yourself. I know many hold the idea the ends justify the means, and sometimes they win the battle with that philosophy. Personally, I’d rather lose the battle and retain my sense of who I am.

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5_of_Wands7_of_SwordsTarot_5_The_HierophantToday’s Tarot is from the non-traditional Psychic Tarot oracle, so the cards are a bit different than we’re used to seeing. “Obstacles and Challenges” is better known as the Five of Wands (Saturn in Leo), “Deception and Envy” as the Seven of Swords (Moon in Aquarius), and “Wisdom” as the Hierophant (Taurus). But it’s a great example of how using a non-traditional deck along with your old-school favorites can help expand your interpretations.

These three cards? They are kind of a microcosm of life at times. There is conflict—and sometimes, it gets ugly. Dishonesty rears it’s head, and it can be quite off-putting once we realize whom or what we’ve put our trust in hasn’t lived up. (For the sake of argument, I’m assuming you’re not the sneak!)

So what now? Turn back to yourself. Look for the wisdom in the experience, and I’m not talking about better understanding the other person. (Oy Vey, if I had a dollar for every person who wanted me to psychoanalyze somebody else! I’d be rich, man.) Look to YOU. That’s where you have the power, that’s where you have the control, that’s where you have the right. That’s YOUR path, so walk it.

And if you are the one doing the sneaky? Well, look at that as well. It’s liable to be a little ouchy, but in your best interests regardless. Look to how you contributed to the conflict, how you made the decisions you have, and how it fits in (or doesn’t) with your personal spiritual tradition. Take the next step to integrate the behavior into your own morals, and you’ll have a real “teachable moment.”

Have you learned from sneaky fights?

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

Everyday Tarot, 07/31/11: Murkiness!

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Murkiness Abounds

Murkiness? We’ve got it, baby. It’s impossible to tell truth from the lies, and where ever you’ve placed faith somehow doesn’t feel as trustworthy as it most certainly appeared at the time. No question there’s some delusion going down, but it’s quite likely to be of the “self” variety. So don’t discount the possibility, okay.

As far as coping? Well, you keep on going. You can’t wait to decide until it’s all clear because it doesn’t become all clear until you decide. So make your choices as best you can, and don’t get caught up in “what if’s.” It’s pointless. And the way things are looking, whatever what-if you came up with wouldn’t be accurate anyway. Stay focused right now, on one foot in front of the other. With Mercury opposing Neptune, thinking won’t be clear, so reach for transcendence instead. And with Mercury fixing to go retrograde, it will all be revisited soon anyway.

Are you in a strange dream?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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Everyday Tarot, 05/15/11: Practice What You Preach / Inverted Seven of Swords

seven-swords-daily-tarot-forecast-morgan-greer“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.” –Joseph Hall

Sometimes, operating under-the-radar or without explicit permission is an excellent idea. Other times, not so much. But regardless, it’s always advisable to live in such a way you could be proud if your choices became public knowledge.

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