02/21/12: Good to go? | Rev. 2 of Wands


“It is a true miracle when a man finally sees himself as his only opposition.” Vernon Howard

Today’s Tarot is the reversed Two of Wands (Sun in Aries). No need to fight or struggle against outside forces. Opposition falls away in short order without any effort on your part. In other words, you’re good to go.

Who’s standing in your way?

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

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01/26/12: Accessing Truth | Judgment


“Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’ ” Khalil Gibran

Tarot_20_JudgmentToday’s Tarot is “Truth” of the Psychic Tarot Oracle, better known as Judgment (Pluto), number 20 of the Major Arcana. As is this deck’s style, the image is quite a bit softer than the traditional, RWS version of Judgment, which I’ve nicknamed the Zombie parade! But the idea itself remains powerful.

It’s relevant to note that as one of the Tarot twos, there is an emphasis on duality, polarity. There are two sides to this story! Associated with Pluto, the truth here is deep, perhaps dark, but definitely meaningful.

Accessing the truth behind Judgment can be a bit of an ironic exercise, however, because it often entails suspending judgment—the attachment to one side of a story, determinations of good and bad, picking winners and losers all get in the way. A healthy level of detachment is required to see clearly. Facts are much less in question than interpretation.

As an outcome, Judgment tells us what goes around comes around. Everyone will get their just desserts. As advice, Judgment suggest an even-handed accounting of responsibility, making sure not to exclude yourself, but if possible from a once-removed perspective. You may be too close to the issue.

But regardless, Judgment reminds us the truth will surface. All things will happen as they should, and there’s pretty much nothing that can be done to change that. I find the concept oddly reassuring, you know? Karma is on the job!

Do you see this energy at play?

The Psychic Tarot Oracle Cards: a 65-Card Deck, plus booklet!
by John Holland

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12/22/11: Wait and Receive | High Priestess

high-priestess-meaningOne of my tribe described me as “Mercury’s Child” and it’s a fitting description. My mind never stops. “Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!” That’s exactly what it’s like in my head. So mastering Tarot presented a significant challenge initially, as a chronic over-thinker. It’s a bit of a trick right off, learning what’s coming in on the radar verses what’s being generated right here by the bossy brain. It’s damn hard to get incoming signals when the mind stays in broadcast mode. It takes conscious, ongoing practice to switch over to receive.

Today’s Tarot is the High Priestess, associated with the Moon. Much like the Magician generates and channels his own energy, the High Priestess receives and contains others’ energy. She’s Yin to his Yang. Many readers identify with her, because she’s a mystic, keeper of secrets and receiver of profound, hidden wisdom. But she does not generate that wisdom directly. It’s gifted to her, via her capacity to receive. If you want to emulate her wisdom, you have to learn to receive it.

When you see the High Priestess, the prescribed course is quite simple: wait. Truth will come to you. You don’t have to seek. Clear, open yourself up to the sight, and…yes, just wait. Accept. Listen. Let go of assumptions to make room for whatever comes. Be a cup, ready to be filled. Your attention is pulled to the insights available for you, as they arrive gift-wrapped in the mundane. If you’re too busy talking, you’ll completely miss it!

Hers is a very quiet power—don’t let her passive approach fool you. Many underestimate her, after all. But that’s fine. Let them look the other way. She’s still there, always the same, always open, always feeling her way through the layers. She’ll show you the way, if you can be quiet enough to listen.

You seeing the High Priestess at play in your life?

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
by Us Games Systems

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11/03/11: Karma with a Side of Humble Pie? | Reversed Judgment


“What goes around comes around,” people will sometimes say. I’m one of those people. That’s the phrase that leaps to mind whenever I see Tarot’s Judgment card. Not the clean-cut swiftness that Justice intends, but more results eventually taking shape as a result of long-standing patterns and repeated choices.

“Don’t wait for the last judgment – it takes place every day.” –Albert Camus

It’s an appealing concept many levels—getting what one deserves, right? The hateful thief dies alone. The good Samaritan is rewarded. Karma cleans it all up. Except when it’s your questionable choices up for review, the thought isn’t quite so nice.  Oh…

Today’s Tarot is Judgment reversed, associated with Pluto. Within it lies the key to transformation–an accurate accounting of the facts, fairly weighing (without rancor) both your contributions and those of others. Choices come home to roost. Reversed, I may look to an uneven weighting of facts, delays in consequence, or perhaps an admonition to stop assigning blame.

Tarot_20_JudgmentPeople are often afraid of this card—not the Tarot Nova positive-spin-sanitized butterfly so much, but the RWS Zombie parade, yes! At it’s heart, Judgment is not about Zombies. The angel’s trumpet, however, does announce the day of reckoning. Situations current or long gone, doesn’t matter. Judgment shines light on circumstance we may have thought long dead and buried.

We may get angry at others’ faults, even angrier at our own. We see the shortcomings, but miss the strengths. Or we may see only the strengths, and miss the flaws. It doesn’t’ matter, really. When you see Judgment appear, the die has been cast. Truth will out. Truth always outs, and you’ll get an early notification, if you’re willing to keep your eyes open.

I find Judgment oddly dispassionate, not so much a moral imperative or Tarot lecture, but a heads up. Reminder that what you sow leads to what you reap. While it may feel like punishment at times, this fact is quite frankly a gift. It puts YOU in the driver’s seat. If you’re not happy about the crop you’ve got ripening, time to review what you’re planting…

Are you seeing the impact of Judgment’s energy?

Tarot: The Complete Kit
by Dennis Fairchild

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08/26/11: Make a Move, Already! | Reversed Two of Wands

two-wands-reversedI’ve been known to stress over insignificant choices. Or maybe “known” isn’t the right word. I try to keep some of my oddness under the radar, thank you very much! But I’m self-aware enough to acknowledge nuttiness potential, even if I don’t want to parade it around the room.

Today’s Tarot is the reversed Two of Wands or Lord of Dominion, associated with Mars in Aries. Tarot twos denote choice. Will our happy housewife mop or sweep? She hasn’t the time to do both before company arrives! She’s not any closer to getting either done while she dallies around trying to decide, though.

I usually see the Two of Wands as indicative of  pressure to decide, as opposed to the Two of Swords, which is more about carefully and rationally weighing options. With the Two of Wands, there’s more of a push, a fiery drive to act along the lines of the Mars in Aries. Whether from within or without, these choices are vying for attention, competing. Inverted, we may be fearful to move or waiting for something else to make the choice for us.

Fear of making a poor decision can translate into avoiding action entirely. This is even less satisfying than making a less-than-perfect call. It’s true, there are times it’s best to wait, letting signs emerge and clarify. But not now. Here,  any constructive steps start the flow and ease the pressure. Getting closer will help, so lay off the second-guessing.

The reversed Two of Wands suggests action—decide what feels best to you, and move on it. Be prepared to adjust as you go, for sure, because each choice carries advantages and disadvantages. But do the best you can with the information you have; don’t let fear keep you from getting that floor in shape. You’ll be happier once you’ve made progress, and there’s a good chance you’ll learn something useful from the process.

Do you have a decision point hanging?

The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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08/13/11: Not all about You! | High Priestess Reversed

high-priestess-reversedI absorb. And if you are an absorber like me, sometimes, you’ll have trouble knowing what you generated personally and what energy you simply inhaled from outside yourself. At least, I have to remind myself to look for the difference. Energy can be sticky, from what I can tell.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the High Priestess reversed or the Priestess of the Silver Star, associated with the moon. I’ll most often see the High Priestess reversed when it’s all on the table, the issue is not ours, or we’re cut off from the Source. Certainly an appropriate card for the Full Moon in Aquarius! The card’s reversal suggests some emotional detachment (Aquarius) may be in order.

Tarot twos speak to duality and the High Priestess in particular carries absolute polarity within herself—she knows the unknowable, after all. She sees the invisible and feels the imperceptible. Being Yin, she is utterly yielding, receptive. She doesn’t need to seek, but allows the flow to come to her. The trick is being able to receive without becoming overwhelmed by the flow itself.

With the perspective granted in the generous light of a Full Moon, check those emotional boundaries. Where are the feelings coming from? Are you wearing someone else’s energy? Better yet, no matter—go ahead and steer toward joy by consciously seeking to act from a place of love. Goodwill is like Karmic insurance. And it feels good.

Do you notice yourself absorbing?

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
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