Four of Pentacles: Stability. Do What You Will

I got a reminder this week to pay attention to what sort of energy I consume. Enough consumption and you become saturated. Eventually, you find yourself leaking some of that same energy and getting it on other people in the process.

That’s not who I am. That’s not who I want to be. 

You’d think I’d be expert at following my own advice by now, but I’m just as human as the next gal. The good news is that I caught it quickly and was able to turn it around. It felt SO MUCH better!

I have said forever and a day: if you need the world to cooperate with you to be happy, you’re screwed. Not going to happen. You do have control over yourself and your perspective, however. It’s a big world. Decide where you want to place your focus.

Stay vigilant, friends.  Whatever energy you’re most consuming will impact your sense of reality.

Next Week in the Cards

For outlook, we have the Four of Pentacles. Advice comes in as the Nine of Pentacles–these cards are from the Star Tarot Deck.

I can’t tell you how happy I was to see this card as the outlook.

Tarot fours denote stability–think the four legs under a table. Sometimes you’ll get this card in the face of anxiety, particularly over financial or physical matters (Pentacles).  With or without the worry factor in place though, an underlying, stable energy is depicted. So while the coming week may or may not feature anxiety, the world will not fall apart. That’s good to know!

The Nine of Pentacles is also an interesting draw for advice. This card often refers to education, formal or otherwise.

The woman pictured in the Nine is a person of learning and refinement. She overcomes her baser (animalistic) instincts to advance her own growth. Hers is an utterly personal endeavor, not collective. She doesn’t rely on force to overpower. Instead, rewards come to her as a result of a kind, gentle and loving stance.

Next week, be open to learning and new perspective. Don’t try to force personal conclusions onto unwilling recipients. The Nine of Pentacles doesn’t suggest we school others.  Following her advice would have us leaning into a gentle, kind and observant stance with the intention of self-improvement. That’s always an achievable goal.


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Ten of Pents Reversed: Right or Happy?

It’s been stunning for me to realize how radically different that various individuals can be looking at the very same situations. It’s like we’re watching entirely different movies and arguing about the plot. It reminded me of the Kipling ballad.

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth! -Kipling, The Ballad of East and West

I’ve always really liked this poem. But today, the timelessness strikes me. While the particulars of the story or the language used would be different today than in 1899 when it was first published, the meaning is every bit as understandable.

It’s worth noting our shared humanity as we navigate next week. There will be plenty of opportunities for those committing to that process.

Next Week in Tarot

I accidently reached for the Angel cards first, so I flipped one to go with the weekly reading as an affirmation. “Look for a Sign” was the message about the message.

To elaborate, Tarot delivered a reversed Ten of Pentacles for our weekly outlook, with The Sun showing up as advice. These lovely cards from the Star Tarot gave me the exactly sign I was looking for.

The reverse Ten of Pentacles denotes a hopefulness. We’re unquestionably NOT one big happy family right now, effectively loving one another and working toward shared prosperity–that would be an upright Ten of Pentacles. But for this card to even show up, at least some of that energy must be present, although not fully expressed in the current state. But it’s still there.

In other words, we already share far more than we realize.  A song I just ran across captured that feeling for me.

The Sun asks us to seek a fresher, simpler outlook. We are looking at the world with a new view.

Love, joy and kindness supersedes all else with the Sun’s energy. Broad strokes matter more than specific details. Intentions matter more than interpretations. You could call this perspective naïve. I’d call it refreshingly optimistic myself. Two sides of the same coin, I suppose.

The Sun’s perspective will assume that others mean well, even if their ideas about what that “well” looks like are very different from your own. It’s easy to ascribe positive motives to those whom we agree with. It takes a conscious decision and sometimes quite a bit of effort to do the same for those we don’t.

Given the choice, would you rather be right or happy? That is precisely the choice we have before us.

We can look for signs that we’re completely correct about all we judge wrong in the world. We’ll be able to find it. We can also look for signs of all that’s right in the world. We will, without question, be able to find it as well. It’s a big world and both are obviously present, depending on where we aim our gaze. What we find highlights where we’re looking more than anything else.

I’m expecting ample excuse for both upset and encouragement next week. It’s all going to be in front of us, streaming in brilliant colors. Stress brings out both the best and the worst of us.

I’m looking for signs of the best. Which ones are you looking for (Dix asks rhetorically)?


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Nine of Wands & Six of Swords: Transition to Better

I’ve been trying to pinpoint the things I appreciate about this bizzare time we’re in. I’m not trying to be Pollyanna here so much as looking to keep myself grounded and connected to the parts of life that replenish me.

Appreciation tops that list. There’s plenty to be stressed about, so it’s not like we have to seek that out. But there are always things to savor, at the same time.

I really do love the way I see people connecting with one another. People are checking in with each other more often. They are more free in expressing affection. Even between strangers, I see nods and knowing glances of a shared experience.

People are ending conversations with admonitions to “stay safe” and they mean it. I guess some may find that sad, but I find hope and peace in the shared intention of goodwill people are more freely expressing right now.

Kindness always matters but it’s even more potent now than normal. I’m happy to do my best to generate some and would suggest you do the same if you can. It helps.

Next Week in Tarot

I’m not especially surprised at what I’m seeing this week. We have the Nine of Wands upright for the forecast, with Seven of Cups reversed and Six of Swords rounding out our advice. These are from the lovely Star Tarot.

Yes, we’re all tired and feeling kind of beat up, both individually and collectively. We feel the need to hold out because that’s exactly what we do need to do. That’s Nine of Wands in a nutshell. The good news with this card, though: you CAN do it. I always get this guy when you’ve got what it takes to manage. And that is encouraging.

Don’t let your imagination run away with you. Tune out hysteria, know-it-all theories, or completely dismal and unproductive “what ifs” because it does no one any good, least of all you!

I tend to get the Seven of Cups reversed when there is a strong likelihood of misinterpreting the scene, imagining what’s not there. Rather than wallow in what you think you might see or what some guy on the internet is sure he sees, take the Six of Swords approach with this and think of yourself as riding in the “boat to better shores.”

This is a card of transition and when you’re getting a bit worn out, transition is a very good focus to maintain. One foot in front of the other, or one stroke of the rowboat. However you imagine it, we’re talking incremental progress. Don’t for a minute knock that: all progress is good progress.

We’re in a difficult and stressful situation, globally. That’s all fine and well, because what are the other options right now? Like it or not, it is what it is. You do the best you can with what you’ve got to work with, period. And that’s exactly what the cards are saying to do right now.

Hang in there! Don’t get sucked into any mental wormholes of doom–they are not only unhelpful, they are bogus as well. Instead, keep your eye on the perhaps small but utterly significant steps you are making to take care of yourself, look after your loved ones and support others in the world at large. THIS is what matters.

There will be time to look at the bigger picture after the fact, if you’re so inclined. But you can’t see it standing in the middle. Keep your own watch and maintain responsibility for your place in all this and as I’m so fond of recommending, let the Universe sort out everything else. it will.

Stay safe out there, friends! I mean that. And I’ll do my best to do the same.

~Dix

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Chariot Reversed: The How Counts

I took on the role of mother young. This was an advantage to me in a number of respects, but most notably because I quickly realized I didn’t know what I was doing.

Understanding what you don’t know means you can educate yourself. So I read a lot. We’re talking books, because it was before the internet was so much of a thing.

I stumbled upon the book Children the Challenge and discovered how to discipline my kids without so much of the anger and frustration. I learned to step back from the power struggles and focus more purely on the natural and logical consequences of their behavior. That was the point of trying to socialize them. I learned to model the behavior I was hoping to inspire. From then on, my parenting became a lot more about what I wanted to teach rather than how I could force things to go a certain way because I was a bigger human.

The shift improved my life–and theirs—considerably.

Next week is a lot like the situation I faced when I was a newbie mom. Sometimes we get all tangled up in the question of how to do something while losing sight of the why. The “how” must remain compatible with the “why” or you’re working at cross purposes.

Next Week in Tarot

The outlook for next week shows up as The Chariot reversed, with advice of Strength. These are from the lovely Star Tarot Deck.

Both are Major Arcana cards, so I’m expecting the coming week to feel fairly intense. The issues at hand are very likely to be important to you. Expect your mindset to be critical in making the best of the week.

The Chariot reversed predicts a lack of focus–we don’t know where this ride is going! It’s not even so much an indirect route to the end goal here, but more like a careening ride to who-knows-where? This too-fast ride could be accompanied by a sense of overwhelm: too much incoming information invoking a general atmosphere of chaos.

We may have forgotten WHY we’re doing what we’re doing, instead noticing all the distractions. Add to that, any individual distraction may feel like a crisis. It’s sort of a putting-out-fires mindset.

Don’t bite, though, okay? It happens.  And it’s okay that it happens. Strength shows us how to get back on course. It’s very possible to get your bearings in these conditions, but it’s not automatic.

Despite the name, the Strength card doesn’t advocate for a brute force approach, ever. The lady with the lion is gentle and soft. Her potential to tame the lion is realized through unyielding focus instead of strong-arming her way through. She knows her goal. She knows that a gentle, persistent and above all, a kind approach will achieve her objective successfully without compromising her own spirit in the process. While she never abandons her objective, she also never abandons her true self by acting in a way that’s not consistent with who she is. She prioritizes her own integrity above all else.

Follow her lead this week. Step back if needed and and ask yourself, “What do I hope to accomplish here?” Behavior executed in the name of reaching a goal must be consistent with the goal itself. In other words, the ends do not justify the means. The means create the end. You don’t fight for peace here. You love for it.

Hope that helps and that you are able to remind solid, grounded and centered in who you really are. It’s your greatest power.


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Five of Pentacles: Accessing Solutions

Used to be, when I had a problem of some sort, I’d dedicate massive amounts of attention (read: obsession) to coming up with a solution. Most pronounced when I was feeling the weight of the problem closing in on me.

After all, we learn that we just need to “work harder” and “try more” to fix things, right?

At this point in my life, though, I think that’s the hard way to do it. I’ve learned that the vibe of a problem is definitely related to the solution, but it’s not on the same channel. I can tune in and get inspiration that gives me helpful, workable solutions but that never happens when I’m neck-deep in freaking out.

Instead, it comes so much more effectively when I can step back and clear my head a little. A little thing somebody says, a spark of an idea, something clicks inside me when I’m not poring over the issue. If I’m saturated in worry, I can never hear it. I have to step back or it doesn’t work.

Are you feeling some kind of crunch or pressure to cope? Maybe it’s time or money that isn’t is sufficient supply. Maybe it’s a health issue or personal relationship that is currently getting under your skin. It could be anything but at the moment, leaving it as-is seems untenable.

Right now, many are feeling an air of urgency to get something “fixed” once and for all, combined with no idea of to how to go about it. This is an understandably uncomfortable combination.

But as is so often the case, the cards have a little advice.

Next Week in Tarot

five of pentacles ace of swords

For the outlook this week, we have a friendlier-looking-than-most version of the Five of Pentacles. Advice comes in via the Ace of Swords. These cards are from the beautiful Star Tarot Deck.

While this image is a softer version of the Five of Pentacles than we usually see, the feel of this card’s vibe is harsh and cold. There’s usually a sense of isolation and sometimes loneliness weighing down when this card shows up. However, this card also shows up when there IS help available for the asking. Here, we just see the man’s loyal, furry companion by his side. But for many of us, those helpers come in human form as well.

As far as advice, the Ace of Swords gives us something to hold on to when we’re feeling overwhelmed and left out in the cold. It’s a single though, an objective. The Ace of Swords is the seed of a workable plan. It’s not the whole plan, mind you. When you see this Ace, you won’t have it all figured out by a long shot. What you will have, however, as a workable starting point.

This ace can manifest as a single spot of clarity amidst confusion, an overriding objective or mission to guide the way, or just the very first step to take right now. You won’t see the entire path and the details beyond the start are likely to be fuzzy if visible at all. But you will have a clear, understandable and workable place to start. And that’s really all you need here.

This coming week, don’t freak out if you find yourself feeling isolated or left out okay? Seek out emotional support if you need it, because it is available. And look for the “Ace of Swords” idea to help you shift to a better place. That one spark of inspiration, that single idea, the beginning of plan–this is the Ace of Swords personified in your life–this is all you need to begin forward motion.

Are you feeling “out in the cold?” If you are, start looking for your own Ace of Swords to help you find your way back to warmth and comfort.

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Fool: Fresh Start, a Step at a Time

Well, today didn’t go as planned. When I came over here to write up your weekly, the site was a mess! It took me a while to figure it out. I ended up fixing it the hard way…oops!

A new adventure, I guess. But I learned something and I didn’t get all stressed about it, so that’s a good outcome as far as I’m concerned.

Sort of like the coming week’s forecast. Got a video for y’all.

Next Week in Tarot

Here we’ve got The Fool as outlook, with advice as the Ace of Wands from the Star Tarot Deck.

Now, I like the Fool card, a lot. This site wasn’t named “A Fool’s Journey” by accident.

But there’s one thing to know about the Fool, and that is this energy is really about what you don’t know yet, not what you do know. It’s the sense of seeking, looking for bigger understandings, that sets the Fool apart. His desire is strong.

The Fool is hungry for experience, knowledge and understanding. He knows it’s not always easy to obtain this, but he’s willing to do what’s required because it’s important. He trusts his true feelings to guide him.

With the Ace of Wands as advice, that’s a very good plan!

Don’t reach way out into the future. Take each and every step from the now and the future sorts itself. Expect new experience and adventures in the coming week and allow your heart to point the way. You’ll never go far wrong with that.

Be well, friends! And if you want a little one-on-one, give me a holler.