12/31/11: Giving with Strings | Six of Pentacles Rev


“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” –Lao Tzu

It used to be, when I offered help, when I gave, I had a very particular notion of how I expected that gift to be used. I gave with a particular outcome in mind, and would sometimes get my feelings hurt if that didn’t readily come to pass. They may have been lightweight twine, but there were definitely strings attached.  And that caused a lot of problems, mostly for me.

Today’s Tarot is the reversed Six of Pentacles, associated with the Moon in Taurus, so we’re talking contributions that have emotional (Moon) value (Taurus). Inverted, I’d be aware of merely going through the motions, giving that feels coerced, of the wrong things, or more than you can comfortably afford. In other words, giving with strings attached.

What, exactly, are you giving? What energetic ingredients are you mixing into that bread? What are your motivations? If you hope to control or generate indebtedness, you’re off-base. Gifts with strings backfire, often bi-directionally.

Do what you can feel good about, and most importantly, LET IT GO from there! Trite or not, it IS the thought that matters, so make sure your thoughts are of kindness and love. Whether your fully baked intention is consumed or not is up to the recipient, but you know you’ve whipped up the best recipe you have on offer. You often don’t see, how it all ends up being used. So have a little faith in the end result and you’ll be able freely without weighting yourself in the process.

What’s your experience on gifts with strings?

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12/15/11: Conscious Compromise | 2 of Wands, 4 of Swords rev, 6 of Pentacles rev

A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice. –Mohandas Gandhi

One of the first things I learned when I married into motherhood was watching my mouth! (I know this is difficult to connect to ME, but please suspend disbelief here for the point, okay?)

Because once you lay down an edict, you then have responsibility to follow through with it. Your word has to mean something to be effective. So if you tell the rug rats, "Don’t do ‘X’ or you’ll be grounded," for example, and they do X, you have to follow through! Which makes more work for you.

It wasn’t always the best investment of my energy. You either choose your battles well or end up regretting them, but feel obligated to continue on principle. Oy, you know? Easy to slide right into that one!


Today’s Everyday Tarot forecast is the Two of Wands (Mars in Aries), reversed Four of Swords (Jupiter in Libra), and reversed Six of Pentacles (Moon in Taurus). It’s a prescription for not losing your head!

Don’t let conflicting demands get under your skin. When you see the stand-off, back off long enough to get perspective, but don’t avoid it completely, either—and possibly end up resenting it. Think of taking a short breather, a time-out to collect your thoughts. Then you can go back into the ring and give on unimportant issues but with the clarity to not abandon that which matters most.

Be flexible and generous when we’re just talking differences of opinion, but don’t let go of your core values or issues of integrity. KNOW the value of what you’re defending beforehand and you can release that which isn’t important. This is the kind of compromise that you can feel good about when you look in the mirror.

Does this resonate for you?

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08/30/11: Cycle of Support | Six of Pentacles, Ten of Cups, Three of Wands

“You don’t have to stay at the hospital,” my daughter told me the other night. “I’m a grown-ass woman. I’m sure you’d rather sleep in your own bed. It’s okay if you want to go home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html.” She told me this repeatedly, not wanting me to feel obligated to stay.

“Of course I don’t have to stay. I want to! Even when we do fine without support, it still sure is nice to have it.”

As if I would have actually been able to sleep at home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html. Mothers understand, her openness to my desire to be there for her was far more comforting to me than not being able to do anything constructive. Helplessness is a lot worse than sleeping on a fold-out chair!

Independence isn’t necessarily about forgoing support, and support isn’t necessarily about addressing deficiency. Many times, support is simply another way to share love.

Six of Pentacles Ten of Cups Three of Wands

Today, Tarot talks about the cycle of support.


  • Six of Pentacles or Lord of Material Success, is associated with Mars in Taurus—there’s enough to share and efforts (Mars) here are made to contribute in tangible, practical ways (Taurus).
  • Ten of Cups or Lord of Perfected Success, associated with Mars in Pisces—the action (Mars) here is more ethereal (Pisces). Consider this as emotional (Pisces) support to or from family members, be they birth or chosen. It’s a joy within close community.
  • Three of Wands or Lord of Established Strength, associated with Sun in Aries—man, we’ve been seeing this one a lot lately! And still more action—you shine (Sun) through results stemming from your acts (Aries).

I find a lovely flow to the these cards—that Six of Pentacles often shows up in relation to charity, when you have enough to share, be it time, money, insight or skills—or when you’d benefit from the same. There’s not much difference as to which end you’re on here. Either way, it’s all part of the same cycle, and both sides of the coin are equally necessary for the energy exchange. Helping builds up the giver every bit as much as the recipient.

We then move to celebrate the collective good will with the Ten of Cups—all having contributed, we’re mutually invested in positive outcomes. The sense of security and happiness is reflected and hence, amplified by each person joining in. Your well-being brings me joy and my well-being brings you joy. There is a family in the truest sense of the word, because the bond is one of love.

This brings us to the Three of Wands—individuals, supported and shored up by this love, achieve more independently as well.  In the long range view, that love we’ve given and received is all part of building that ship that eventually comes in. The positive expectations are a product of the process, better than could have been achieved otherwise.

Today, Tarot reminds us to gratefully welcome opportunities to love and be loved, in it’s countless forms. Often, the most loving thing you can do for another is accept their gestures of kindness. The best way you can thank them is strive to make the most of it, and do well with what you’ve been given. And when you’re in the position to give, do the same for others. Like a fine dinner, richness is enhanced when we share it.

Do you find the cycle of support works like this in your life?

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Six of Pentacles & Help Manifesting

six-pentaclesFrom a reading:

Divvy out your attention according to what it is you WANT in the physical, not escaping what you don’t. Change does not come from dreaming about how everything will be perfect when you’re out of a situation you don’t want. It’s not event-based. Change comes from small actions taken on faith, a result of directing your energy where you want to go.

Work on your feelings daily to vibrationally align with the ones closest to what you want.  The trick here is feeling gratitude for the essence turns up the volume. All your activities related to where you want to go are best started charged with the kind of energy you want to connect to.

Do you see this principle operate in your life?