Five of Cups Rx: Making Space for the Next Step

It’s been a weird week, hasn’t it? At least for me, it has. I’ve heard plenty of reports that out in the wild, it’s been the same.

And my allergies have been acting up, even indoors. So I’m walking around for the last week with a vague impression I’m about to cry or have recently cried: my face feels emotional! And it’s especially odd because the physical sensations of proximity to tears seem to color my perceptions at the same time. I’ve felt like I need to be gentle with myself because of it, you know?

Not that’s ever really bad advice. I think being gentle with yourself an being gentle with everybody else is always a good idea.

Just be kind. And in particular, next week is a good time to practice that kindness.

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From The Star Tarot, this week’s outlook is the Five of Cups (coming in reversed) with advice as the Three of Wands (also reversed).

That R.E.M song comes to mind…Of course, it’s not the end of the world (even as we know it). It’s not even close.

But yeah…I do expect some space to open this week for most of us. Something ends. It may not be space you were looking to open up, though. Sorry about that.

Or maybe you’re somewhere similar to where I’ve been and feel a proximity to emotionality without a “logical” reason for it.

Doesn’t matter. Be kind and gentle, to yourself first and others you encounter. Feel whatever feelings show up. That’s what we do, right? Feel all the feelings and let them flow.

But when you’re done feeling the feelings, look ahead. Always, finish up by looking ahead. Being in the moment is always adequate preparation for taking the next step.

You won’t be able to see it clearly yet, but that’s okay. When we think we see clearly exactly what’s going to happen, that’s all an illusion anyway. At best, we can usually make out the next step or two.

And that’s enough. A little faith and the next step or two is all it takes.

How are you doing out there?

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The Sun & Five of Pentacles: Managing the Messes

Yesterday, my Low Carb site was hacked, along with a friend’s (who I sometimes help out).

So I spent the day a little differently than I’d planned.

If I’d left it to tech support alone, it probably would have been fixed today or maybe tomorrow. But it was fixed within a couple of hours because I took an active role.

I didn’t do it alone, though.

Captain Virgo’s research helped me very quickly identify the source of the issue. Various websites provided a lot of clarification and insight on how to fix it. And tech support confirmed what I was finding was accurate.

I also didn’t sweat it. While I don’t run a hosting business anymore, I’m very glad for the lessons I learned when I did. One of the most valuable was to maintain an even emotional keel when something is broken because freaking out doesn’t do a damn thing to help fix it.

It’s a lot easier to think straight when you’re not having metaphorical kittens, man.

But in the end? I took responsibility. It’s my site (and my income) that was at stake. I may have needed help, but it was important that I participate for a quick resolution.

Next week looks kind of like that to me.

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For the outlook, we have The Sun–Hello Spring! For advice, we’ve got the Five of Pentacles with The World for clarification. These cards are from what you can probably guess is one of my favorite decks, The Star Tarot.

As far as the outlook, I’d expect things to start lightening up. We just passed the Spring Equinox and the Sun has moved into Aries. So this isn’t terribly surprising.

With the weather (finally) warming up, I’m finding the open windows and stream of visitors at the Birdseed Oracle Cafe are lifting my spirits along with the temperatures. Not to mention, I’ve been counting down the days until Mercury goes direct again. I’m ready for motion forward! Can you feel the energy lightening up, too?

Enjoy the pleasantness to the fullest. Don’t discount the good by citing worries and woe to cancel it out. Because what’s good is no less good just because it’s not the entirety of our experience. If anything, the stuff that’s less wonderful makes what we do appreciate even more precious.

As far as advice? This week, don’t be too shy to ask for help if you need it–particularly from those more experienced than you. Do the responsible thing. Sometimes, that’s managing a mess on your own. Sometimes, that’s allowing someone else to provide support in cleaning up the mess. The important thing isn’t who does what right now, only that it gets completely done. Even if you need help, still take the lead on managing your own messes and either way, you’ll learn a lot in the process.

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Strength Reversed: Look for the Sunshine

I’ve been working on another project this weekend and I’m tired of looking at the computer screen and fighting with my keyboard.

Because of course, the space and delete keys want to act up on me.  Hello, Mercury Retro! I see you!

So I’m going to keep it short and sweet this week.

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This week for the outlook, we have Strength reversed. You may think you can’t do what you need to do. I’m getting this as a feeling of being worn down and probably a little angsty. Worried and maybe frustrated in general.

For advice, we have the Sun.

Make peace everything, okay? You are where you are and that is fine. It has to be, because what choice have you got?

If you start thinking about what’s annoying you, what you “can’t put up with anymore,” whatever has got you at your wit’s end? You’re going to have a Hell of a time putting up with it. You may still have to put up with it, mind you. But you’ll wonder if you’ll be able to do it.

That doesn’t sound like a fun ride if you ask me.

The Sun suggests we just do our best to be happy, like the children do. Not worried over what that person is thinking or whether or not something’s going to break down next week. Not thinking cranky thoughts about cranky people doing cranky things. Not trying to work it to get our way. Without agenda and without malice.

Just be in the moment.  Enjoy the sunshine, whatever bit you get. It’s all good and nothing else is going to help this week.

Enjoy the sunshine and look for it because you can always find at least a little, if you try at all.

The deck is the lovely Start Tarot. You can email me if you wanna talk one-on-one.

Take care, friends! ♥ ~Dix

 

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Queen of Swords: Writing Your Own Story

I’ve spent damn near a lifetime separating out what other people think of me from what I think of myself. Most days, it’s pretty automatic now, although occasionally I’ll run something that strikes a sore spot.

It took me a very long time to realize unless I agree at least a little bit with any assertion, it doesn’t impact me. If there’s no foothold inside me already, I cannot be touched.

The root of any emotional reaction isn’t from an outside stimulus. It’s internal. Keep that in mind the coming week…

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For the weekly outlook, we have the Queen of Swords paired with advice from the Four of Wands using the Star Tarot (which I may or may not be slightly obsessed with at this point).

Now, I don’t read the Queen of Swords as “negative” per se, although she’s not especially warm and fuzzy, either. She is focused and precise, though. She cuts through whatever stands in her way and some would no doubt describe her as cold.

A “Queen of Swords week” would have facts surfacing, calculations made and some options eliminated. She excels in clarification, honing in on a particular course or outcome. Also, understand none of the Queen’s actions are actually personal regardless of how it may feel. This queen doesn’t operate that way. The Queen of Swords is all about the end game. Her vision of the end game will match her idea of the greater good. But the how-to part of her game puts emphasis on the bigger picture, not the individual components.

In terms of advice, the Four of Wands came in reversed for me (set upright for the picture). I see this as folks potentially feeling disrupted by what they see and hear around them.

Your job–should you choose to accept it–is to create a safe haven for yourself ANYWAY. Regardless of what happens in the outside world, you can foster an internal sense of stability, safety, and comfort for yourself. This is much easier when we remind ourselves such feelings are internal, not externally generated.

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It’s true, events spill over from outside yourself that may impact you. But we give others way too much control over (and credit for) how we feel. We act as if there is nothing we can do about our reactions to anything when in fact, the opposite is true. How you feel about anything is very closely tied to how you choose to think about it.

Others can and will tell whatever story they see fit. But for it to become YOUR story, you have to cooperate by believing it.

Do you feel like have a handle on your own story?


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Page of Cups: Navigating a Case of the Feels

“Is she avoiding me? Is he mad at me? Am I being stupid? Why didn’t I see that? Why did I say that? Ugh.”

That is what people say when they have what I call “a case of the feels.”

That’s what I call it when your emotions are just a little raw and you can tell, it wouldn’t take too much attention on anything to kick full on into one emotional direction or another. That’s what I’ve been feeling and seeing recently and it looks like it’s relevant for the coming week.

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We have the Princess of Cups (Page of Cups) for the weekly outlook, followed by Death reversed for advice from the ever-so-lovely Star Tarot.

The Princess presents a huge (and loud) emotional message. Expect your heart-strings to get pulled this week and when they do? Look for themes in what you’re feeling, not the individual occurrences.

Inverted Death as advice–doesn’t that make you think of the phrase “death warmed over?” This card would suggest that what looks like the end of anything may not be. There is a significant transformation and cutting back, but not complete elimination. Think of it as pruning what isn’t healthy to allow for fresh growth.

Much like with dreams, the specific details are much less important than the FEELINGS. The scenarios will vary but the feelings will tend to run a similar temperature when you get this dynamic rolling. In other words, if you are worried about upsetting someone close to you, then you’ll be calling up multiple examples of this dynamic as you become more emotional about it. That is not proof you’re a clod, by the way! It’s evidence you’re becoming more caught up in the emotional tide with worries of being inadequate or whatever.

When you’re dealing with a case of the feels, be gentle with yourself. Withdrawing from too much stimulation can be helpful. Note the emotional tenor of what sort of content you consume. TV shows, articles or even discussion can have a bigger impact if your emotions are a little on edge already. Naps are great therapy! Distraction helps.

This coming week, go easy on yourself from an emotional standpoint. Make your actions measured and gradual, pruning little by little whatever is uncomfortable around you without pushing for instant resolution. The step back is often enough. Take your time, step gingerly and replenish yourself emotionally by spending time doing things you love and feel good doing.

And don’t worry. It doesn’t help and these emotional blips always do even out in the end.

Do you have a case of the feels?

If you want a little help sorting it out, give me a holler for a private consult. And take care of yourselves out there!

~Dix

 

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Judgement & Nine of Wands: Prepping for Fresh Starts

Merry Christmas, Blessed Solstice, and Happy Whatever-You-Celebrate! As we wind up 2018, I’m feeling excited about the fresh start and renewed optimism a new year implies. Wrapping up this year’s energy is naturally part of that mix.

I’ve been getting pings lately to rush less and allow things to unfold at their natural pace. The rushing itself and interpreting my progress as insufficient is the issue, not the actual pace. In fact, what I’m hearing here is that things will actually progress more quickly and smoothly if I drop the angst factor.

Of course, I’m sure I’m the only one who does that. HAHAHA! –Tarot reader joke.

Another tidbit from the 2019 Look-Ahead Zodiac reading themes: let other people have their own processes, while you have yours. Don’t contort your behavior to fit into someone else’s ideal or to garner approval. It’s not sustainable. Likewise, don’t try to enact solutions for other people’s worries. Let them have their path, while you have yours. The biggest support you can give anyone is believing in their ability to navigate their own life. This helps shore them up a million times better than any “fixing” you can do.

This all flows very nicely into what Tarot has to say here.

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We’ve got Judgement as the outlook, with the Nine of Wands coming in for advice from the Star Tarot. I followed up with a draw from the Botanical Inspirations deck, and we got a lovely Gerber Daisy.

I always think of Judgement as a path to clarity. Ironically, I usually read this card as being decidedly “non-judgemental” in the sense of not assigning blame. It’s more of an observational thing, where what has been planted is bearing fruit and you can determine what works and what does not. This isn’t so much about right or wrong as it is informational. All information is good information, you know?

The same theme is echoed in the advice we’re getting with the Nine of Wands. This version features the black and white wolves–what we would consider shadow and light. We couldn’t see light without shadow. It’s all part of the same whole. While there is an inevitable sense of being tired with this card, it also lets us know that standing your ground is indeed possible and that the situation(s) it refers to are close to being resolved. Tarot Nines are indicative of nearing the end of a cycle. So let that knowledge shore you up!

Finally, we’ve got our lovely Daisies, standing for “purity, cheerfulness & innocence.” It’s a powerful attitude, and one I try to embody as much as I can manage.

Don’t be quick to judge yourself (or anyone else) as “good” or “bad” this week. People are where they are, and that includes YOU! I’ve found I am most likely to look upon others as lacking when I’m feeling that way about myself and I can’t be the only one. Moreover, what looks “bad” at first glance can really lead to wonderful improvements in the big picture.

Let other people do what they do and wish them as well as you can as they do it, regardless of whether or not you’d approve. Keep steadfast to what rings true to your heart of course. And always, expect things to work out. Good and bad are in the eye of the beholder, you know?

Are you prepping for a fresh start?

p.s. Last call for the 2019 Zodiac Year-Ahead readings! If you want an overview of what to expect next year in audio format (with a keep-able mp3) and pictures of your cards to guide your upcoming year, just shoot me $50 on Paypal and I’ll put you on the list. I’m doing pretty well with staying caught up, so there’s not a long wait.

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