10/13/11: Compassionate Zen | Ace of Cups

“Had we not loved ourselves at all, we could never have been obliged to love anything. So that self-love is the basis of all love.” –Thomas Traherne

ace-cupsToday’s Tarot forecast is the Ace of Cups – a nice change from the tension lately!  The Ace is a nice, warm, happy energy. The beginning, of a smooth emotional flow, you know? Shadowscapes shows a still, reflective water in the cup with fish guardians swimming about, keeping a watchful eye.

The Ace of Cups can speak to whomever or whatever you’ve made friends with—it’s a place of comfort, joy, and ease. There’s no cynicism or distrust. As the root of the Water Element, this energy is the very seed, the heart of love.

The Ace of Cups would have you come from a loving place, whatever you’re doing. Let go of frustrations. Isn’t it a relief, not to have to make sure everyone is “all right” by your standards? You’re looking for that place of compassion, where you support what you can and release what you don’t wish to support. This is that sweet spot where Zen lurks.

Whatever concern you have, whatever worry or irritation, whatever fear that crops up? Pour love on it. Be compassionate, first with yourself. Because the love you give yourself? It’s the seed, from which all the love you have to share takes root. Being generous with yourself, there’s less to defend against, less motivation to blame. It makes it safe to open your heart. That’s where you grow.

Are you compassionate with yourself?

Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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09/28/11: Acting on What you Value | Ace of Cups

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“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” –Dalai Lama

I had an astrology reading recently. She noted I’m wrapping up a phase of defining what I truly value. You’d think that wouldn’t be much of surprise, wouldn’t you? But it was. Without the benefit of conscious awareness, that is exactly what I’ve been doing. Today’s Tarot forecast showed up to drive the point home.

We’ve got the Ace of Cups or Root of the Powers of Water, associated with the Water Element. Aces mark potential and  beginnings: young, sometimes fragile energy. As Water, this ace may appear as indication of a new love of any type, a renewed passion of some sort, or even to herald burgeoning development of intuitive ability. The Water element rules feelings, imagination, and psychic ability.

Tarot Nova excels via simplicity, and this Ace is a great example—our hand holds the cup. We have the power. Ivy and greenery exemplifies growth spurred through acting in concert with our feelings. Grapes feed us physically, the flower shows us blossoming spiritually, all accomplished through the virtue of an open heart.

Having what someone else values is irrelevant. Knowing clearly what YOU value, so you can make sure you live in concert, brings the deepest reward.

The Ace of Cups carries a message both simple and profound: follow your heart. Even when you don’t know the way, your heart does.

Are you following your heart yet? If not, can you move in that direction?


Tarot: The Complete Kit
by Dennis Fairchild

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Everyday Tarot, 06/23/11: Turning Up Your Sun

tarot-forecast-inverted-sunWe’ve got some serious Virgo ’round these parts—’course, when is Virgo not serious, but I digress—and that damn Cardinal Grand Cross action has been keeping us hanging off the edge of our seats here. And there’s more yet!  But we’re not completely adrift here.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Sun, reversed, also known as “Lord of the Fire of the World,” associated with the Sun (duh). Now, don’t let that reversal bother you. Even  inverted, the Sun is a pretty happy card. Long and short of it, things are probably not where you want them to be (yet), but we’re still looking up.

If you’re not feeling much of the warmth yet, ask yourself how you can brighten up the weather. Can you say a kind word to someone? Can you help somebody in need? Can you look at a troublesome element in your life more generously?

The question here is, “Who do you want to be?” Make sure you are, in ways large and small, and you’ll have the power to shine.

How do you turn up your Sun?

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

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Magician says, “Head to the party!”

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Claim your power.

From a reading:

Look for ways to feel powerful. Don’t worry who will or won’t come along with you. Send your energy in the direction of what you want to feel. This will disrupt the current balance. Either others will come with you or, if there becomes too much disparity in the vibrations, will  detach for their own path.

You’ve been feeling a bit like you’re missing the party, waiting to resolve. Go to the party! The trick here is not figuring out how to get a companion to travel with you. It’s starting the trip, and keeping your eyes open to who sits down next to you, you know?

What does the Magician tell you?