Not How; What or Why Instead. Tarot Flow Forecast, March 2 – 8

I recently told a friend, I’d stopped worrying so much about what kind of work I’m doing, and starting thinking a lot more about what kind of life I want to be living. It’s a lot easier, too. I don’t know that I’m much closer to living it with the switch, but I feel better. The view is much sharper, with a lot less bother about my life not stepping up to meet my expectations. Who am I to have those expectations about how the Universe is must do my bidding, you know?

This week? It reminds me of that. The “how” questions seem pointless right now, red herrings one and all. It’s the “what” and “why” questions that are interesting…

Monday, Attitudes and Thoughts –  Seven of Cups: Things are not necessarily as they seem and in particular, motivations are not the same, way deep down, as they appear superficially. This could go both for others, or for yourself. It’s a day to either dig in or wait it out, but don’t assume all is the duck it quacks like. Ha!

Tuesday, Romance –  Eight of Pentacles Reversed: Work time interfering with date night? Things “okay” but not quite? Not showing enough love to yourself? Something is mostly working, but probably still a little “off” in the romance department. If you’re currently sans sweetie, this could instead apply to creative venues or even the more indulgent variety self-care (meaning “indulgent” in a good way, because I usually do). So look to fix what’s off, or at least have patience. It takes time to work this out and you develop skill as you go. It’s alright.

Wednesday, What to Let Go of in the Future –  King of Pentacles: Make the “inner circle” a little smaller, in terms of who you feel responsibility to care for directly. This isn’t a “today” thing so much as it’s an ongoing awareness of what’s coming up. Don’t overextend your good intentions or that’s all you’ll have left: a boatload of good intentions and an empty fridge. Do what you can, sure. Be supportive and inspiring, great! But not all problems are yours to solve. (Note to self: shut up!)

Thursday, Crowning Influences –  The Hanged Man Reversed: Do you just want to do SOMETHING? That’s what this looks like to me, the urge to do something, anything at all. The drive to take action permeates the day. That’s neither good nor bad, really. Just make sure the “something” you do makes sense and is done with optimism and a pure heart, okay? Decisive is fine. Action is useful. Just…be judicious.

 

Friday, What is Hidden –  Six of Wands Reversed: Little mistakes go unnoticed. What we may see (or feel) as failure will most likely look more like a minor delay, a mere blip to someone else. Don’t be too self-critical, and give yourself credit for all the progress you have made. Okay? Nobody else sees us as harshly as we do ourselves, most of the time.

 

Saturday,  Action –  Strength: It’s a time to be solid, real and absolutely do the right thing. Speak truth—gently, yes, softly and with tact, absolutely. But don’t fudge facts even an iota. Be fearless in following your own moral code and do not flinch! Pure, loving intentions are what gets you through the scary bits.

 

Sunday, Blocking or Covering –  The Sun: A happy day! The lightness (or more likely relief) as the week winds up is palpable. A good day to spend with people you care about. Laughter and joy are quite possible.

 

Overview/Advice –  Page of Pentacles: Pay attention not just to broad strokes this week, but the details especially. Read the fine print before signing. Make sure you understand before agreeing. Wait for all the testimony before declaring a verdict. It’s not a week for premature conclusions…or should I say, it’s a week were premature conclusions would be all too easy?

 

Affirmation –  Decide. By “decide” here, I don’t mean, decide what you want to do. I mean, decide who you want to be. This is infinitely easier and usually, much more effective. The “how” follows the “what.” Set your intention itself. Set your aims, for how you want to live, who you want to be. Then the Universe can properly support you, because you’re not offering it a specific, this-way-only path to get there.

 

Overall, this week is like a puzzle that by Sunday, we see a bigger picture. I like a strong finish! Mostly, observing…yourself, the people around you, your drives and worries—such endeavors can make this week very productive and informative, even if your accomplishments are not the “resume” type. Much love and good luck.

 

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Authentic with Cautious Optimism: Weekly Flow Tarot, Feb 23 – Mar 1

Weekly Tarot Forecast Feb 23

I’m fairly well known for being the odd woman out, but it’s not because I try to be weird. It’s genuinely who I am, and allowing myself that freedom makes pursing my own dreams possible. And the forecast this week is sort of a personification of that very idea. I’m seeing a call to first become aware of where we are uncomfortable “fitting in” and finding ways to be more authentic instead. It’s not either/or, my way or yours. It’s being an distinct star, while still existing within a larger galaxy.

This week, the cards suggest a process of balancing self-assuredness with self-questioning. How do you know which worries are realistic threats versus which are not? How do you decide when to listen to the counsel of others versus when to go your own way? Those are issues we’re considering. There looks to be plenty happening overall with the preponderance of the Wands suit –  fire energy can both create and eliminate. In terms of significance, the end of the week has more impact than the beginning. That’s where the punch sits. I would not be surprised if there was some kind of epiphany that gets rolling on Saturday, but is more clearly felt on Sunday.

Monday, What is Hidden –  Four of Wands Reversed: False bravado, and a sense of almost-but-not-quite feeling at home is notable, albeit well camouflaged to most looking on. Consider a hesitancy to commit to a course of action as a clue, which particular topic(s) this feeling touches. Conversational pauses are pregnant (with insight). What’s not said says as much or more than what is said.

Tuesday, Crowning Influences –  Three of Wands: Focus on where you are going, not how you get there. Your end result is important here. Your expectations, your desires, your personal vision of “your ship coming in” holds sway. Put out the kind of energy you’d like returned to you. Also, understand that however you define success becomes the cornerstone from which day-to-day decisions are built upon. Clarity about your deepest desires can make the process much more effective.

Wednesday, Action –  Three of Cups Reversed: On top of your own desires (or confusion) sits “what everybody else thinks.” That can be a heavy bag to tote about! Others’ input is best neither wholesale adopted or out-of-hand rejected, but thoughtfully reviewed. Consider the counsel of community, but act upon personal convictions. Pay special attention to the areas where your inclinations differ from consensus, because those points of departure hold significance. Ultimately it’s your life to live, so live it the way you believe best, damn it!

Thursday, Clarification –  Seven of Wands: You know that part in the Hero’s Journey, where the protagonist says (a smidgen dramatically), “I have to do this alone”? That . This is a follow up from yesterday, taking a leave from the safety of the group to fight your own battles in your own way. As long as you are adhering to your own ethical standards, do what ya gotta do!

Friday, What to let go of in the Future –  The Magician: Yes, you can make your own way but you cannot make the way for everyone else! The Magician here reminds us that we do not control others even by carefully crafted approaches, and the illusion we sometimes may? Well, we’re going to have to release such notions if not today, soon. Control is best exercised at home, aimed squarely at oneself.

Saturday, Blocking or Covering –  The High Priestess: The unspoken is again a player in today’s dynamics. Unwritten rules, gut feelings without external confirmation, and what’s not said? The day drips with the energy of such non-events. Potential for emotional attachment to specific outcomes, which may block intuitive skills. If you’re trying to tune in, you may want to get quiet and pretend you’re considering someone else’s life for greater clarity. Sleep is especially beneficial for tidying up a cluttered head.

Sunday, Spirit –  Ten of Swords Reversed: What is clear now, that wasn’t at week’s beginning? Allow realizations to fully sink in, especially if they seem at first overwhelming. That’s how you process it. You may now be able to articulate what you sensed but couldn’t express yesterday. It’s helpful to shift to a more philosophical, broader perspective if you can, as it allows yourself more space to recover if required.

Advice/Overview –  The Star Reversed: Optimism is not unwarranted, but overconfidence is. Be just as wary of only seeing what you want to see as you are of declaring defeat before you get underway. Balance is the name of the game here. There will be ups and downs. “Cautiously optimistic” is the stance I’d advise this week.

Affirmation –  Call on your angels. Sometimes it’s frustrating, looking to the Universe to “tell us” what we should be doing. That’s not the way it works. We decide what we want ourselves. That’s our job! Then, once we know, we can call upon the Universe for help getting there. If you do want divine assistance, you have to ask explicitly for it. Short of extreme circumstances, you cannot expect intervention otherwise.

Are you seeing these kinds of questions arise in your week?

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Review and Rewind: Weekly Flow Tarot, Nov. 10-16

Weekly Flow Tarot Nov 10-16

Literal Tarot was literal yesterday when I cut my finger on a Page of Swords day. I did notice echos throughout the week of my perceptions of who I am versus the reality. This coming week, it appears we’ll have opportunity to act on what we noted last week. The good news is, if we’re not satisfied with how things are coming out, we can write some new endings!

Monday, Attitudes and Thoughts – Queen of Swords reversed: There could be tendency to be especially harsh or critical, judgmental. It may not come out of the mouth so much as show up in behavior, in facial expressions, or even in choices. Do put a little extra effort into thinking logically and keeping the facts straight. Don’t make assumptions. Double check. Review.

Tuesday, Spirit – Four of Pentacles Reversed: This is a pulling in, an over-conservative approach to life. In the position of Spirit, I would tell you to take a few risks, and trust your team of invisible friends to have your back. You know what I mean? Why are you worried? Rewind and make adjustments.

Wednesday, Resolution – Six of Wands Reversed: You win some, and you lose some. The resolution today is not to expect everybody to follow your lead, not to insist on winning them all over, or winning every battle. Look at the war, not the individual skirmishes. You decide what really matters to you, for you, and release the rest. Always truly release the rest. Rewind,

Thursday, Question – Nine of Pentacles: What have you really learned so far? Lessons have a sometimes rather dramatic tendency to repeat themselves until you’ve “gotten it.” Get it, and you’re good. So that’s what you want to ask yourself: what can I learn from this? The answer could surprise you. It could also help you leap ahead. Review-note what you’ve learned-and rewind-and act on it.

Friday, What to Take from the Past – Page of Pentacles: How did you used to make things work, organize your day and get things done? Just because you’ve had changes in your life since doesn’t mean you didn’t have good ideas. Look to practical, detail-oriented strategies that you may have left behind. What served you well at the time that you don’t do anymore? Rewind.

Saturday, Immediate Future – Ten of Cups Reversed: Loved ones may not be 100% on board with all of your choices, but that doesn’t change the fact they love you. Allow family (biological or chosen) their space and the freedom to have whatever feelings they have. It’s not a reflection on you and love wins out over minor disruptions. Rewind and let others manage their own reactions..

Sunday, Heart of the Situation – Seven of Swords Reversed: This isn’t about intentional duplicity. But someone may be fooling themselves just a touch. Double check your assumptions to make sure it’s not you. Review (and rewind if  warranted).

Overview/AdviceKnight of Swords Reversed: This suggests to me a methodical approach to the week. The Knight of Swords is traditionally a pretty speedy fellow, quick to make decisions and quick to regret them! Reversed, he’d be well advised to back up, slow down and double check. We’re still reviewing and, if appropriate, rewinding for another go!

Affirmation: Blue – Activate Your Healing Power. Sometimes it feels discouraging to revisit old issues. Why haven’t I mastered this? Why am I not further along? We want old woes to be yesterday’s news. But these periods of review are more than “proof” we don’t make the grade. They are healing checkpoints, invitations to refine our processes and also appreciate how many strides we’ve truly made. Take that as the gift it is. Soothe the raw spots in your life with love. Love always helps.

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Reality versus Ego: Weekly Flow Tarot, Nov 3 – 9

Weekly Flow Tarot Nov 3

The New Moon we just had in Scorpio, I resolved to mind my own business. Speak with my own voice, and concern myself with my own life. Not waste my time and energy obsessing or bothering about what other people are doing or thinking or being. Because sometimes, I do get caught up in that silliness.

As is so often the case, ever since I’ve had opportunities to do just that. Or not, depending on my choices. You say, “This is what I want,” and the Universe responds, “Are you sure? Because here are two dozen and one opportunities to either achieve or change your mind.”

What’s bothering you most about other people’s behavior, right now? Jealousy? Duplicitousness? Timidity? Weakness? Whatever it is, look for it in yourself. I see strong encouragement this week to become much more honest with ourselves, lots of opportunities to realize exactly how we’ve at times been revising reality to suit the ego. Oops.

Maybe not a fun theme, but unquestionably a powerful one. I’ll take powerful over fun. How about you?

Monday, Unconscious Desires – The Devil inverted: Is there a monkey you say you want off your back, but on some level….maybe not? This strikes me a bit like a victim mindset. Relishing one’s troubles. A temptation one does not want to be able to resist. Choosing helplessness. If you’re having trouble freeing yourself from an addictive feeling situation or a no-choice quandary, the question to ask is quite obvious. Do you truly want to be free? Or is there some secondary gain you get from remaining stuck?

Tuesday, Present – Eight of Swords inverted: Today has a window of opportunity for escape, and it’s a quick fix. Take it if you want it. If you do, and stay very centered in the current moment, you could make very big changes in a very short time.

Wednesday, Significator – Four of Cups: You’re daydreaming again! I have nothing against daydreaming. But I do think it’s important one knows they are doing it. In the position of “Significator,” I’d look to the content of the daydreams. They say something about who you are and where you are, in the moment.

Thursday, Clarification – The Emperor inverted: Some people will not be dominated. Some people will go left because you say “right.” Or maybe that “some people” is you. I know I have a tendency to be contrary when ordered around myself. When all is said and done, it becomes clear who is in charge, and who is not!

Friday, Advice – Six of Swords inverted: Don’t push too hard today to “get it all behind you.” Be satisfied with progress, not perfection. The whole picture is not clear yet.

Saturday, Relationship – Page of Swords: Talk. Plain, clear, and honest talk is your best bet here. Don’t criticize unnecessarily, but do be direct. There’s no need to belabor how to say what. Agreements in relationships made today should “take” pretty well, too. So negotiate if it’s in order.

Sunday, Problem – Eight of Pentacles Inverted: Oy. We’re tired of “working things out.” We’re tired of the pound, pound, pounding through, learning, striving, working through everything we need to manage. I get it, I do. I feel the same way! But we’ve got to do what needs to be done. No other way around it.

Overview/Advice: King of Cups: This week seemly to provide a significant window into our own subconscious. I’d take advantage of that. The King of Cups would have us acting lovingly, kindly and from the heart. He’s able to do so because he is acutely aware of what’s in his heart. Living that way can be harsh and raw at times. It means facing painful facts, acknowledging unflattering aspects of his own behavior without rationalizing away the edge. But it’s tolerable because of the soothing power of love, including self-love. Use it.

Affirmation: Pearl – Connect to the Divine: How often do we forget about this option? ASK for help! Ask for guidance! Tune in, turn on your radar and act on it. When you feel far away and disconnected is exactly the time you most need divine connection. Seek it and trust it will show up in the right way, at the right time. TRUST you’ll get what you need. We always do. It’s just not always in the package we would prefer.

Are you hearing echoes of the reality versus ego theme in your life? I am!

 

 

Open Door Policy? Weekly Flow Tarot, Sept 29–Oct 5

Weekly Tarot Sept 29 - Oct 5

I’m getting kind of used to seeing the inverted cards in the weekly lineups, especially with Mercury in it’s shadow, prepping for an upcoming retrograde. (Astrology newbies: That means communication, short travel and electronics get wonky for a few weeks while Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sky…it’s a good time to do anything that starts with “re” as in review, revisit and rethink. I love doing editing projects during Mercury retrograde, it’s a perfect time for it!) I’m thinking this one is going to pack a punch because I’ve started feeling it earlier than I normally do—I’ve got a lot of Mercury energy. But what are you going to do? You work with what you’ve got, man.

With two cards from the Major Arcana in this weekly and another in the overview slot, I think the week unquestionably has importance in individual lives, these events carry some weight. But what I notice about these particular Majors is that they are all “quiet” cards. These are not loud, not flashy or showy, not dramatic energy. These are more like quiet, but deeply meaningful moments. So stay attuned throughout the week for small incidents that have big meaning. The overriding themes I’m seeing here are revolving around integrity, saying “no” and setting boundaries.

I’m thinking this next week is largely going to be full of choices about what we want to invite into our home versus when we decide to shut (and lock) the door. And make no mistake: these are choices! You may not choose individual events in your life, what crops up but you do choose how you process those events. You dig what the distinction I’m making here? This week, that’s the subtle distinction we’re talking. This is a week of opening and shutting doors in your life, not so much from outside events, but instead an internal decision-making process.

Monday, Others – Six of Wands: We start the week off on a high note with appreciation and acknowledgement for leadership ability. I cannot say if it’s you that’s appreciated or you that’s doing the appreciating, but either way, it’s a positive vibe. To make the best use of it, share the glory if it’s showing up in your lap. And if you’re seeing greatness among your group, acknowledge it, appreciate it, and emulate it. It’s an “everybody wins” kind of vibe.

Tuesday, Resolution – Temperance inverted: Today, resolution comes from specifying what you do NOT want. It’s not a compromise, it’s not a blending of goals. It’s a clarification, and one only YOU can make.

Wednesday, Advice – High Priestess inverted: Advice here is to speak up and act on what you know. Do not assume everybody else already knows. Don’t sit back or be a bystander. Act on intuition, act on secret information, and keep moving. The time is now!

Thursday, Unconscious Desires – Two of Wands: Do you secretly relish a sense of competition, perhaps without even being aware? If there has been an me-against-them dynamic in development, you will find that highlighted today. Make sure you understand where your motivations are coming from to make clear-headed decisions.

Friday, Friends and Family – Ten of Wands: The opinion of loved ones may feel like a burden today. Remember, it’s YOUR choice which of these you take on as your own, if any. You are never responsible for how someone else feels. You are responsible for making your own choices and being kind. But do not equate kindness to capitulation. Kindness comes from your heart, it’s a state of being and good intention. Kindness NEVER requires you abandon your values or needs. It merely requires your heart is open, true and generating love. Are the wands you are carrying yours?

Saturday, Attitudes and Thoughts, King of Pentacles inverted: Yesterday catching up! A tiredness of taking care of everyone else, making accommodations for other people in any and all venues. Suggestion: Seat yourself at the head of the “to be taken care of” table and make rejuvenation a priority.

Sunday, Present, Ace of Cups inverted: You may feel a bit drained as the weekend wraps up. Me-time is always a good option when this comes up. Give yourself a little space to feel however you feel, and permission to indulge in peaceful, easy behavior today.

Overview/Advice – Hermit Inverted: There is a difference between isolating and taking time away from the world’s bustle for your own mental, emotional and spiritual health. There is also a difference between learning from an distinguished teacher and adopting the conclusions of some guru wholesale, tossing aside your own critical facilities in the process. Here, you want the downtime but not disconnection. You want to look to others for inspiration but not for answers. The answers, always, are yours.

Affirmation: Aura Cleanse. At the end of a tough day, any time you’re feeling tired or drained or overwhelmed, hop in the shower or bath and cleanse your body with the intention of also (magically) cleansing your aura of worry, stress, negative energy, anything that is not healthy or helpful for you. Essential oils like lavender or rosemary would be a great addition, or adding a tea made of rose and hyssop might be nice. Pray over the oils or herbs as you mix them up (to whomever you pray to) infusing them with your intention, and allow all those stressors to drain out of the tub as the water drains. Seriously. This is good medicine!

This doesn’t look like a super easy-breezy week but you know what? I like these cards anyway. I think they are important. I think the things we say “no” to here keeps those chairs around our table free for the “yes” guests, you know? We’re not spending our emotional capital on junk food, we have a budget for healthy energetic eating. That’s how I see this week—like purging and clearing a space, to make way for your new awesome to fill it. I’m in!

Are you ready?! How you holding up, peeps?

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03/22/14: Urge to Conserve / 4 of Pentacles Rx

Four of Pentacles Rx

Showing up as “others,” we have the Four of Pentacles reversed. Anybody in your general circle insecure, feeling scared about resources? Upright I usually read this card as stable, especially financially, but cautious. Feelings of enough but not extra. An upright Four of Pentacles person has a budget and uses it.

Inverted, I’m more likely to focus on the fear aspect—meaning there may well be “enough and in fact there probably is—but the principle subject of the card isn’t feeing it. The introverted Four of Pentacles person is afraid to look at the bank account because of a suspicion it will soon be overdrawn.

So don’t be surprised if you see some overt signs of thriftiness today, and general hesitation in expending resources. It’s not that these people are stingy necessarily. It’s just somebody is feeling scared and poor! Have a little compassion because it’s a lot easier to put up with this than feel it yourself…and be ready to spring for your own lunch.

You seeing others in conserve mode?

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