Everyday Tarot, 05/15/11: Practice What You Preach / Inverted Seven of Swords

seven-swords-daily-tarot-forecast-morgan-greer“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.” –Joseph Hall

Sometimes, operating under-the-radar or without explicit permission is an excellent idea. Other times, not so much. But regardless, it’s always advisable to live in such a way you could be proud if your choices became public knowledge.

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Everyday Tarot, 05/14/11: Traveling Light / Six of Swords

daily-tarot-forecast-six-of-swords-morgan-greerTransitions are just…hard. You know? Even necessary transitions, good transitions, moves to something bigger and better and more suited—still, they are just plain hard. I’m feeling this with the move to A Fool’s Journey from writing the Daily Tarot forecast at Elsa’s place now. Sadness is comingled with anticipation. It’s an odd mix, smacking of bittersweet.

Today’s Tarot is the Six of Swords or “Lord of Earned Success,” associated with Mercury in Aquarius. It’s another card people cringe at because of the sad tone, but just as with other challenging cards, it carries blessing in equal proportion to difficulty. Tarot swords can be challenging because so often, something is being cut out so there’s a sense of loss. But also like other Tarot swords, most often the detachment was the rational choice.

When you see the Six of Swords card, know your journey is already well underway. Detach (Aquarius) your thinking (Mercury) from the old way of life because you’re headed to new destinations. It’s perhaps some comfort to know this journey is not made alone, even though it may feel that way. Like all Tarot sixes, this is a cooperative effort even if it’s not immediately obvious, so you’ll have family, friends or some kind of guide along the way to support you. Acknowledge and appreciate the support you’ve got to get more of it.

work-in-progress(By the way—have I mentioned lately how much I appreciate you all following me here? Because I do.)

Despite the darkish mood, I always find the Six of Swords encouraging. By the time it shows up, the hardest part is behind you. You’ve made the changes, cut the ties, rectified the situations that needed altering. In short, you’ve done what needed to be done. What you’ve got left is no longer what you’ve expected for sure, but due the changes you’ve made, it’s what’s needed. I’d rather have what’s needed that what’s expected any day, even if it can be somewhat uncomfortable getting there.

How are your travels going?

Everyday Tarot, 05/14/11: Traveling Light / Six of Swords 1 The Book of Tarot: Illustrated with the Morgan-Greer Tarot
by Susan Gerulskis-Estes

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Everyday Tarot, 05/08/11: Knight of Swords and his Chaffing Armor

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“Just do the best you can, Dixie. Because that’s all you can do.” My parents always told me this, and it was one of the things that stuck, I’m glad to say.

Most do fine with the “doing the best you can” part. It’s the letting it go afterward part that proves challenging. It can become a never-ending game of “What if?” if you’re not careful where you can never win.

Today’s Tarot is the Knight of Swords, associated with Air in Air. He tends towards an intellectual idealism. Sometimes cutting or sharp towards others, his judgment secretly falls most heavily upon himself when he falls short. Since his standards are based on ideals, he eventually will fall short.  In his black and white worldview, addressing his own fallibility can easily become an Achilles’ heel if he doesn’t learn to grant some latitude.

Ideal and Reality don't always machThe Knight of Sword misses the mark at times, refusing to acknowledge ambiguity. Always full of ideas and logic, life is an equation that doesn’t always add up properly. His ideals serve as a great starting point, a compass and guide, but life is lived in  everyday experience. The two do not necessarily coincide.

Those areas he’s most aggressive about controlling in others are almost always sore spots in his own self image. His armor chafes there, the swell of agitation internally prompted. This is where his sense of himself the ideals he wants to fight for are in conflict.

If you are the Knight of Swords, cut yourself some slack. Look after those raw spots with a little tenderness and care to allow them to heal. Trying to block it off is only rubbing the wound raw so cushion and tend. And if you know the Knight, approach him with the same kindness and compassion he has difficulty showing to himself. He’s demanding, but discerning. He can not only be soothed by your kindness, but learn from it.

Do you know a Knight of Swords?

Everyday Tarot, 05/08/11: Knight of Swords and his Chaffing Armor 2 Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
by Us Games Systems

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Everyday Tarot, 5/01/11: Fresh Out of Perfect!

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Inverted Five of Swords: Good Enough

Jesus Christ. I mean, really! Just…Jesus Christ.

Okay. Okay. I absolutely KNOW not to kvetch and moan about what the cards have to say, because every time I do, I pay for it without exception. But still…I was excited, to draw the first card for my new “Everyday Tarot” column. I expected something…I dunno. Special. Like me!

Everyday Tarot, 5/01/11: Fresh Out of Perfect! 4I did the full-on reading prep. I lit my incense and meditated and prayed and even used some of my home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_htmlmade Psychic Oil, whipped up under that mega-Neptune Pisces moon a while back. I was ready for magic–a good, solid sign to start off today’s run.

Secretly? I was really hoping to draw the Fool. How perfect would that be, huh? A Major Arcana card at the very least! Except you don’t tell Tarot what you want to see.Tarot tells you what it wants you to see.

Um, yeah. You’d think I’d know that by now.

Five of Swords Today’s Tarot is the Five of Swords, inverted. Also known as “The Lord of Defeat,” he’s associated with Venus in Aquarius. Maybe I should try on some of that famous Antiquarian detachment, huh? Like all Tarot fives, you see this fella pop up surrounding conflict, or to answer the question of who’s running away with the prize. Inverted, don’t expect or strive for a clean sweep. Good enough is good enough here.

The featured rendition from the The Housewives Tarot emphasizes the perfectionism question especially. All those scissors, all those threads hanging off make quite a mess! But you know, the dress still fits. Those details are relevant and important, and the seamstress will get to them in due time. But driving yourself crazy with all those tiny threads can easily lead to overwhelm and maybe even some accidental stabbing!

I have spent the last few days feverishly tweaking this website in preparation for starting Everyday Tarot. I fussed and mussed with code and graphics and thought and planned and did everything I could think of to start out strong. I wanted it to be perfect! Profound! Insightful and delightful! (I think all those kind comments I got ending the Daily Tarot went to my head.)

All that striving for perfection left me finding fault with what I might ordinarily consider to be an excellent initial effort. Those remaining threads will just have to wait. As I told a client yesterday, “We’re fresh out of perfect.” And we are. So today, we’ve got the best I can manage. That’s often better than I give myself credit for. You too? And really, good enough IS good enough. Because it has to be.

Are you happy with the best you can manage?

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