10/23/13: Check Out Time / 9 of Pentacles

Nine of Pentalces

I’m going for down-and-dirty with today’s Nine of Pentacles:  you have the resources you need readily available. You have the know-how, the raw materials, the capability already in place. It’s as easy as putting it all together and doing it. So do it already!

Make your choices already and check out. It’s time to go home and put those groceries together into the meal you’ve got planned, man. Disregard any Zombie detractors.

Are you ready to check out?

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10/22/13: Defining Agendas / The Hermit

The Hermit Zombie TarotHave you noticed all the Nines we’ve had lately? The number seems to be jumping out at me from these daily forecasts. And we’ve recently seen another version of the Hermit as well. Damn.

When Tarot stutters, the wise reader pays special attention.

The Hermit today is telling me to create your own world, construct your own reality. Don’t look out the window to find your next great guru, the next magical book with “everything you need to know,” or some outer secret to solving all your problems. You can get valuable information from the outside and take it in, absolutely, but true enlightenment happens from the inside out.

Those zombies outside the window, the ones claiming to have all the answers? Eh, they have an agenda. The guru and the potential partner and the friend and the lady on the commercial, each and every one has an agenda that may or may not integrate well with your needs.

Also ask yourself, what is my agenda? Everybody has one. Even wanting to be helpful or happy or spiritual or a great spouse or whatever, these drives are agendas. I’m not framing it in morality here. It just is. What’s not a good idea, though, is lacking consciousness of personal agendas. If you realize what you want and why you want it, your decisions can be directed with that understanding.

I have agendas of living a happy life, contributing to other people’s growth, and supporting my children, for example. I also have an agenda of earning a living, having plenty to eat and growing my skills. Some agendas are clearly self-focused, and some other focused, but understanding what I want here helps me stay clear when dealing with life and making decisions.

Know thyself and the call of the Zombies outside won’t disrupt your mojo, grasshopper. Take the time and energy it requires because it’s damn important.

Can you identify your own agendas? Are you happy with them?

P.S. If you hate the Zombie Tarot, sorry! For the end of October, I’m using this deck in celebration of Halloween. So don’t bother asking me to switch decks. And if you love the Zombie Tarot, congratulations! Enjoy it while it lasts and Happy Halloween.

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10/17/13: Aching Dogs / 9 of Wands

9 wandsYou know the kind of tired that you don’t notice until you sit down, and it sets in? Yeah, that. That’s the feeling I get when I look at this card: a down-to-the-bone kind of tired, the kind of tired that shows up as much or more as a result of mental stress as of physical demands. An “Oh my aching dogs” kind of tired. (That’s referring to feet, for you youngsters out there.)

And this card exemplifies what I love and hate about Osho Zen. How’s this image for blunt, huh? Smacks me upside the head every time, Osho Zen does. The Nine of Fire, aka the Nine of Wands appears as “Exhaustion” and I know some of you out there are really feeling it. And I’m sorry!

Encouraging news about Tarot Nines is the fact we’re nearing the end of a cycle. This card also indicates goals that are achievable, even if reaching said goals will be demanding. There’s comfort in that.

Also remember that many kinds of stress, but especially the mental kind, takes root as a result of thinking patterns and choices as much or more than outside circumstance. Those are factors you can certainly control. So do!

Do what you can to be kind to yourself during difficulties right now, and see to it that the way you evaluate your circumstances and the choices you make support your long term goals. This strategy will get you through it.

Are you feeling exhausted?

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10/16/13: Back home to You / Hermit


It seems the daily draws this month have felt almost…schizophrenic. You know? Up and down, easy and hard, inward and outward. It’s like a dance of polarities. Yesterday was about love via choice, connection. Today, it’s “aloneness,” otherwise known as the Hermit.

Eh. You connect where you can, find friends and lovers and community, but it in the end what it means (or doesn’t) remains up to you. go. This journey can be shared or not, but it always belongs exactly to you and no one else.You take yourself everywhere you go.

People not comfortable with themselves often unconsciously manufacture situations that project said discomfort outward. They look to family, friends, coworkers as creators of their problems.

“What could I do?”

Yeah. That.

Listen: at the end of the day, you are who you are and you live in the middle of a life you have both inherited and created. Consider all the pain as well as all the gifts “raw material” with which to craft. What do you want to make out of it? What can you make out of it.

Turn off the TV, shut the door and for God’s sakes, put down the cell phone. Get quiet and let truth come to you organically. And if you are often alone…well, how about you still carve out a space where you truly quiet your mind? Because just as we can be alone in a crowd, our aloneness can become crowded. Don’t run away from yourself by skipping from past to future to your uncle’s cousin’s life. Be fully present in your aloneness.

All roads lead home, if you travel long enough—and don’t walk around in circles.

Could you use some fully present alone time?

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10/14/13: Right Here, Right Now / 9 of Swords

Nine of Swords

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” –John Lubbock

The Nine of Swords knows who’s sleeping (and who’s not) better than Santa! I tend to see this card when someone is deeply worried, isolated and often times feeling guilty about the source of worry as well. It graphically illustrates our fears that become louder at night, with tears shed alone that seem to be bringing little relief.

I know it’s stabby out there. I am sorry! Did I not just tell you yesterday, we’re making good progress getting through all this? Fears to the contrary do not negate that reassurance. But you do have to deal with whatever muck you’ve got before you can be done with it.

Being mega-Virgo, hardcore worry is within my emotional vocabulary. Those times I’ve found myself living the Nine of Swords, I can tell you what has been most helpful for me:

  • Sharing worries with someone I trust as soon as I can handle doing so – it lightens the load
  • Facing the root of the worry (this one is HUGE!)
  • Letting myself off the hook for past mistakes
  • Commitment in the present to make things things as right as possible
  • Plans and backup plans to feel less helpless – anything, however small, to improve the situation
  • Realizing that the anticipation is almost always worse than any actual event

I think of worry as energetically creating problems I don’t actually have. Scientifically, the body doesn’t know the difference between real and vividly imagined scenarios. So basically if you’re a graphic worrier, you are quite literally making problems for yourself, creating negative experiences in a visceral way. We don’t need the damn Law of Attraction to know that is unnecessary pain.

Deal with what you have, right here, right now. If you don’t like it, fair enough. Take a step to make it better. And then another, and another. This won’t make it magically disappear, but it will incrementally ease your pain and probably help you sleep to boot. In time, this is how even the biggest messes get cleaned up.

Have you been worried?

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10/08/13: Goldilocks Ego / The Hermit

The Hermit Tarot Nova

“You have to hold your own truth safe in your heart, and partake only of that which satisfies it,” I said to a friend, concerned about a choice she had made.

Folks come to people like me seeking many things—answers, advice, a way out of pain, spiritual guidance, a taste of the future, or just plain, old fashioned reassurances. If you are any good whatsoever at this work, you’d better watch your ego.

If the ego gets too big, it could run away with you, generating all kinds of messes! If the ego is too small, you won’t have the guts to stand up and say, “This is what I see, right wrong or indifferent, I have to stay true to it.” You need what I think of as the “Goldilocks ego.” Just right! Big enough to trust your connection and have faith in what you do, but small enough that it never, ever, ever becomes ABOUT YOU.  That’s a mean trick to master and in practice, people usually swing back and forth on the continuum, it’s not a static thing. But if you get too far off center, you can expect to get a smack down.

The Hermit reinforces this message. It’s always, always, always about your own truth!

If I tell you something in a reading, please consider it. My Goldilocks ego tells me, I have a gift talking to these little cards, and with the help of my spirits, I can bring through some worthwhile and helpful information.

My Goldilocks ego also tells me, I am a human and I make mistakes! I am not always right! If what I say feels inaccurate, uncomfortable, or somehow “off” to you, please don’t act on it! Instead, use your own Goldilocks Ego to decide if this what I say (or what anyone else says) rings true in your heart. This is not a function of how much you do or don’t want to acknowledge an idea. It’s a function of what your heart knows is true.

What do you think of the Goldilocks ego concept?

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