12/11/12: Pick up the Hope and Run with it! | Star

I enjoy using the Tarot of the New vision for the slightly altered spin it gives on traditional showing us the scenes from a different perspective. And sometimes, isn’t that all we really need—a different perspective?

The Star is a future-oriented card, always. In simple terms, it’s often read as “hope.” But like the stars themselves, distant glimmers of light, the hope doesn’t necessarily feel close at hand.

Some say the 7 stars in the sky correspond to the main chakras. I haven’t found a definitive reference for that symbolism (in the course of this post, at least), but it does work well enough. Your energy has to be free flowing and in balance for your energy work to be effective.

Stars have long been considered as a mechanism of navigating. The huge star above her is kind of difficult to miss, huh?

The connections to Temperance just a few cards back in the lineup are clear, with the main figure and central focal point of two pitchers. Here she isn’t mixing fire and water as the temperance angel is, but her emotional energy is poured both onto the ground of the physical, and into the stream of spiritual energy at the same time. She also has one foot in the water and one foot out—she doesn’t live a purely earthly or a purely spiritual life. She lives in both worlds. Her nudity shows both vulnerability and sincerity. She hides nothing!

In this version, I find the torch behind her interesting. I always want to warn her to be careful, lest she burn herself! It’s like a fire lit beneath her backside.And as one of the Tarot Eights (1+7 reduces to 8), you also would expect an ongoing, sustained effort to achieve with this card’s energy. It’s not passive by any stretch.

The fellow in the background going the other way? Well, she takes no note of those on a different path. Nor does she need to do so. Her way is her own.

The take-home message I’m seeing here is that you must combine both spiritual intention and physical action to attain your long-range or even seemingly distant goals. She has the Star above her to help navigate her way, the purity of intention and the lack of hidden agendas. (Where would she hide ‘em? Ha!)

Be honest, forthright and pure about following your dream. Hook up with your long-term desires both energetically by spiritual work and phsycially by acting upon the opportunities, urges and synchronicity this energetic work produces. THAT is how you get there!

Are you ready to pick and run with a little hope?

Tarot of the New Vision (English/Spanish)
by Lo Scarabeo

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10/05/12: Over-Caffeinated | 8 of Cups


Had a little too much coffee? Okay, a lot too much? It’s not really solving the exhaustion, but you know, we keep thinking, “Just another cup, one more cup,” will do the trick, hoping to wake up with a clear head.

I think she really knows better. Don’t you?

The Eight of Cups (Saturn in Pisces) shows up when we’ve a heavy emotional (Cups) investment—Tarot Eights refer to a long-standing, sustained application of energy.

When we see the traditional version of this card, there’s tendency to focus on the walking away part. Pisces disappearing! Oh, he’s headed off for the mountains, he’s ready to move on.

What we sometimes want to gloss over is the strength it takes to do that, after putting in so much Saturn energy, the work!

I can’t fault you if this is where you’re at. I really can’t. If I’ve put in the time, the energy, the heart and soul and guts into making something work, I don’t like to let it go. I don’t like to admit, “Hey, this isn’t serving anymore.” Sometimes, I’d like everything to stay…manageable. Predictable. The same.

Except it’s not. It’s overwhelming and clear, whatever it is simply is NOT working. No amount of additional investment is going to change that.

The choice to walk or not is always there. When the Eight of Cups arrives, limiting (Saturn) loss via withdrawal (Pisces) is likely and probably best, but it’s not a forgone conclusion. There is still free will.

YOU decide,what you’ll walk away from.

Are you ready to go?

The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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08/13/12: What’s REALLY stopping you? | 8 of Swords

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Where do I even start with this one?

Another of the Tarot Eights today—that means we need dedication and focus and perseverance to work through whatever it is sticking in our craw. Happy joy, huh? But enough bellyaching!

The Eight of Swords is a very familiar card for me. I get it frequently in self-reading. Does the phrase “your own worst enemy” resonate? Because she usually is exactly that. I see this card often in reference to self-made traps. The limitations referenced are INTERNAL ones.

Somebody else may or may not have weaved that web, but even if she was a victim initially, the perpetrator is long departed. The cost of extricating herself is to be paid with a little blood drawn from the swords no doubt, but more than anything, it involves setting aside her fears of the pain itself, which is likely to be much less severe or lasting than she’s built it up to be. Keeping the blindfold on doesn’t allow her to see how attainable freedom is.

This means, wherever you find yourself most stuck, hemmed in, trapped, look harder. Look again. Look at your assumptions about what is and what “must be” because you know what? If you’re willing to release some of that, if you’re willing to sacrifice some of the story you’ve settled upon, if you’re willing to forgo the ending you’ve written, you can move on.

The only thing stopping you IS you. Duly noted, Tarot.

You feeling this?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

01/30/12: Workin’ It! | 8 of Pentacles


“All things are difficult before they are easy.” Thomas Fuller

Today’s Tarot is the Eight of Pentacles (Virgo sun). It’s interesting to see this after yesterday’s reversed Seven of Pentacles. Life goes on, eh? You keep working and moving forward. As with any of the Tarot Eights, dedication, perseverance and plain old hard work serves well here.

Be it traditional work or personal growth work, the message today is simple: keep doing it! It does, indeed, matter. And you can have accomplishments to feel proud of through your work. Because you deserve it!

How’s your work going?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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01/17/12: Hope from Within | Eight of Swords


“I think it’s a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one’s self.” Arthur Miller

Today’s Tarot is the Eight of Swords (Jupiter in Gemini). In a classic case of missing the point, this woman remains trapped despite the fact she could easily free herself. Her home castle isn’t even a long walk away! But she doesn’t, for fear of being cut in the process. She doesn’t even want to look, because the entire situation depresses her.

I’ve grown to like this lady, and that’s a really good thing—she shows up for me regularly! Who am I kidding? She IS me, more often than I’d care to admit. Maybe it’s my own Jupiter in Gemini. I can get distracted (Gemini) with massive (Jupiter) detail (Gemini)! But luck (Jupiter) is offered via expanding  perspective (Jupiter). But even if you don’t relate to her regularly, we all have some “Eight of Swords moments.”

Consider her arrival a prod to evaluate areas you feel trapped, restrained and stuck. Question your assumptions. Specifically, whatever has seemed impossible, too painful, too difficult, unlikely to succeed? Yeah, that. Because your assumptions about the escape are a lot darker than the actual escape route. That water in the background hints it’s an emotional experience, but this woman is not drowning. She’s on solid ground and can walk away with a minimum of struggle. She just has to figure that out. Enter Tarot, to point the way.

The thing I love about this card is the confirmation that the future is in YOUR OWN hands. Her cage only works because she complies with her captors—and where are they now, by the way? The facts (Tarot Swords) may be cold and hard, but they are not sufficient to cage her. That requires complicity. So if you want hope, there you go.

This is a card of power waiting to be reclaimed. If it helps, I can promise you that it’s a lot easier to get it than you’ve been imagining. So why not give it a go?

Can you relate to the Eight of Swords?

Mystic Dreamer Tarot
by Heidi Darras

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01/12/12: Life Goes On | Eight of Cups Rev


“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost

So life does go on, even after the unthinkable. I’ve survived many a time my world crashed. That’s what happens, forty-something. You look back and see, how many times you’re let go, moved on, and reinvented your world.

Today’s Tarot is the reversed Eight of Cups (Saturn in Pisces). Inverted, I’d expect delay or hesitation in letting go. Tarot Eights are all about mastery, so in the suit of Cups, think emotional mastery. He’s defining (Saturn) and containing (Saturn) his emotions (Pisces).

The Eight of Cups reflects the letting go process. You’re free to linger, as long as you want. Free will and all. But do be aware, life goes on with or without your participation. How long do you really want to stay? Take stock, understand, sure, because that aids you! But wallowing just draws out the angst. Don’t turn the process into a pity party.

Be thankful, instead, for the worthwhile that came from it. You got what you needed from it at the time. Releasing the rest, you’re free to move on.

You seeing this energy?

Cosmic Tarot Deck
by Norbert Losche

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