Healing the Emotonal Limp, w/Eight of Swords

Eight of Swords Tarot

From a reading:

The fear is like a leash that keeps you from wandering out too far. ‘Do nothing, hide under the bed, stay safe.’ It functions as an emotional limp, a foot you are careful not to put much weight on.

After an extended period of time being very withdrawn, you become very disconnected from your inner voice. You lowered your expectations to shield from disappointment and learned to keep your heart quiet, your passions secret–not putting your soul out there on display meant nobody could step on it.

But the environment has changed. Now, the only person who can hold you down is you. Find the space to let that song out. You can plug back in and that’s where you really heal.

What do you see?

Everyday Tarot, 06/09/11: Detail Fixation / Rev Knight of Swords

reversed-knight-swords-tarot-forecast-radiantBeing all Virgo like I am, I have a huge tendency to miss the forest for the trees. I can become so enthralled in pruning a particular bush that I’ll miss a brush fire a few feet over. But damn—doesn’t the bush look perfect?!

Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Knight of Swords or “Prince of the Chariot of the Winds, ” associated with Air in Air. He thinks, quite simply, too much! His thought go hither and yon, full of ideas and idealism, but sometimes lacking practicality. He can overthink. Inverted, he lets us know we don’t have to have all the facts to succeed in our quest.

The questions are more important than the answers. Specifically, the question of what you really want, not how you can orchestrate it. Don’t over-intellectualize. And forget perfect-case scenarios, trying to plot it everything out like a movie of the week. That doesn’t work well, what with so much of that pesky free will floating about.

Focus on the feeling, thus creating the vibration you’re seeking. Leave the details up to spirit. That allows for a flow you could never mastermind independently. This is how you get there.

Do you get sidetracked by the details?

Everyday Tarot, 06/09/11: Detail Fixation / Rev Knight of Swords 1 Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
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Everyday Tarot, 06/08/11: Questionable Comparisons

daily-tarot-forcast-five-clouds“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.” –Zen Proverb

Everyday Tarot, 06/08/11: Questionable Comparisons 2Today’s Tarot forecast is the Five of Clouds from Osho Zen, better known as the Five of Swords or “Lord of Defeat.” Tarot fives herald conflict, although this version doesn’t suggest the explicit conflict we would expect from the RWS Five of Swords. This is more like conflicting perspectives.

When you a compare a tree to a bamboo, which is better? The tree can hold a lot more weight, but the bamboo can bend without breaking. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses. The superior of the two is the one best suited to your needs, you know?

Ask yourself if you’re making valid (and relevant) comparisons. Consider shifting your focus from what’s “better, best or right” in evaluating to what’s most needed, right now, what’s closest to where you want to go.

And if you’re not sure what’s better, wait. Truth outs itself in the end, and winning strategies become clear if you allow enough perspective to determine what tools are right for the job .

How are you, comparatively speaking?

Everyday Tarot, 06/08/11: Questionable Comparisons 3 Osho Zen Tarot Set
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Everyday Tarot, 06/04/11: Know Your Baby / Page of Swords

page-of-swords-tarot-forecastGetting in touch with your true self must be your first priority. –Tom Hopkins

In the middle of an epically ugly custody dispute, I was certain of pretty much nothing. My list of unknowns included the greater good, where we were going to find the money, if the ends ever justify the means, and if it all would ever end, anyway!

The only way I made it through with sanity (mostly) intact was realizing I did have a yardstick: the kids’ best interest. That was the only thing that really mattered. If I always did my damnedest to do right by those kids, I could sleep at night, you know? That’s what got me through it, right there.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Page of Swords, or “Princess of the Rushing Winds,” coming in inverted and associated with Earth (page) in Air (Swords).  This gorgeous version from Shadowscapes features the page cradling a baby swan, protecting him through the flight. Her attention is singular, squarely focused on the cygnet

Earthy pages make things real. In Swords, we’ve got “this idea,” see?—or a plan, an outline, agreements, anything in thought form—and it’s becoming flesh and blood reality. It’s time to negotiate and finalize. But we worry, about messing it up.

Mother-with-a-Baby-SwanWhenever you define what you’re signing on for, by default you also define what you’re cutting out. You can’t start anew without setting aside the old. So be clear here. (The Swords like that, when you’re clear.)

Cut through extraneous details; know what baby you want to protect. Then, it’s much easier to weigh individual decisions. What protects my highest value here? Holding that guiding principle close to you lights the way.

Do you know what baby you’re looking after?

Everyday Tarot, 06/04/11: Know Your Baby / Page of Swords 4 Shadowscapes Tarot
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Everyday Tarot, 06/02/11: Heart-Centered Zen / Rev. 2 of Swords

inverted-two-swords-daily-tarot-forecastConflict happens. Whether it’s who gets the biggest piece of the pie or how you referee the voices in your head, a dilemma will show up for dinner. This is the emotional ebb and flow of living.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Two of Swords or “Lord of Peace Restored,” associated with the moon in Libra. She’s a little reminiscent of lady Justice, with her blindfold and evenly held utensils. She’s going to be impartial in handing out those portions!

Decisions are to be made. Weight them out, sure, but then make your move. Inverted, she’s suggesting not to get stuck in the process—overanalyzing will just leave your dinner getting cold!

Instead, go for efficiency. Understand the facts, but then, go on to make the decision from your heart. Breathe in, call down light, and ask for what’s in the highest good of all concerned to become clear. Let it go, and your answers will find their way to you. You can have you post-turkey nap now.

Where do you find your Zen?

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Everyday Tarot, May 17, 2011: And…Exhale / Inverted Four of Swords

inverted-four-swords-daily-tarot-forecast-housewives.jpgWith the sky lighting up Taurus now, we’re moving from our testosterone-enhanced spring, and energy has downshifted. Whatever you started under the Mars itch will begin to feel more settled as you move your attention to the day-to-day living of it. Now is when the vision gets fleshed out in the real world, but like anything that’s got the Bull’s hoof prints on it, it doesn’t happen fast!

Four of SwordsToday’s Tarot is the inverted Four of Swords or “Lord of Rest from Strife,” associated with Jupiter in Libra. Man, rest from strife sounds nice, huh? Most often when I see this card, I think, “And…exhale.” Because it shows up with the situation is stable (Tarot Fours) and you’ve got a window of opportunity for a nap—refresh and regenerate is the first order of business. It will clear your head (Tarot Swords). Inverted, we’re not in full on rest mode, but may be moving into in, moving out of it, or in sore need of it!

The traditional version of the Four of Swords shows a stained glass window—he’s in a spiritual sanctuary, where he can lay down his sword and let go of his worries completely. He’s so withdrawn he looks almost dead! Just like our cucumber-eyed housewife, the break from the world gives needed clarity and energy when it’s time to return to the battle, be it a sword fight to the death or just sales day at Macy’s.

I’m finding my rhythm here at A Fool’s Journey and doing the day-to-day work of fleshing out what I’ve started on the tail end of the Aries party. It’s a lot less stress than launching a new site…and a lot slower going. I’m right here with the inverted Four of Swords, and see our happy housewife’s beauty routine as a great reminder that I  best shine if I schedule time for me. Don’t want those pores to start clogging on me. And…breathe.

Are you getting a chance to exhale yet?

Everyday Tarot, May 17, 2011: And...Exhale / Inverted Four of Swords 6 The Housewives Tarot
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