Fool Reversed: Silly Mistakes or Opportunities to Excel?

The more I notice, the more I find it stunning how much of our experience is directly driven by perception as opposed to those “cold, hard facts” we think we’re reacting to instead.

It’s not just the obvious like people of different political bents watching entirely different movies when they read the news. It’s not just things like generational differences or how we see the world versus how our parents see it.

It’s more like all of life is a big, fat Rorschach test.

I can especially see this in myself. The difference between considering myself a hot mess versus seeing myself thriving does not really come from the preponderance of evidence. I know this because I have sometimes shifted my perspective when the outside reality is the same.

Instead, the feelings are a function of the conclusions we make about the evidence. This is very good news, because that can be consciously driven.

Next week, we’ll most likely see plenty of room for improvement in your private world. You can either call that “failure” or you can call it a grand opportunity to clean up and level up.

I’m going with door number two here. Hope you’ll join me in the winner’s circle!

Next Week in Tarot

For the outlook next week, we have The Fool reversed. Advice is the Ten of Wands. (Outch!) Pictured here from the Radiant Rider-Waite deck. It’s Mercury retrograde, folks–February 16 to March 9th. The forecast here seemed to notice.

Expect bits and pieces of our world to be upside down. I’m seeing significant potential for foolish mistakes, overlooking the obvious or simply not thinking things through in the coming week.

To deal with this, be responsible for managing important details. If it’s going out with your name on it, I’d advise you to do the final review personally. You might be able to delegate the initial project, but the last (and full) pass-through needs to be personally performed, with full attention.  The Ten of Wands won’t have us skim or multitask our way through the final review.

But what is this period good for (besides taking on extra work)? Edit and rework processes to your heart’s content. Reconsider and revise your work flow, your projects, your management process! Any process is ripe for revisiting during the retrograde, with extra attention to communication flows. Inefficiencies or problem areas will be easy to spot now and the extra effort reworking them pays off.

I’m happy to put in the effort required to clean up my world, though. How about you?


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Page of Cups: Squishy Messages

You ever find yourself wanting to make someone else FEEL what you feel? Maybe the topic itself wasn’t so important big picture, but in that moment, it feels very important to you to be understood.

It’s like if you can find those “perfect words,” somehow you can convince them to empathize with your perspective instead of seeing the world as they do. But attempts to recruit others to our viewpoint–especially through emotional means–often don’t end well.

What matters isn’t how many voices you find to agree with you or whom you can prod into feeling for you.

What matters is always behaving consistently with who you want to be. The “how” must match the “why” of whatever you’re creating or the end result will invariably miss the mark.

That’s basically what I saw out in the wild last week and this coming week appears to be a continuation on that theme.

Next Week in Tarot: Note What’s Yours

For the outlook next week, we’ve got the Page of Cups. Advice is the reversed Ten of Wands. Cards drawn from one of my (obviously) favorite decks, The Star Tarot.

Expect the week to be “squishy” emotionally. Not wild mood swings like you might see with the Knight of Cups, but still impactful on an emotional level.

With the Page/Princess as a forecast, I expect incoming information which may not be well-formed or fully developed initially. Pages often have a simple, childlike quality to their communication. The message is still relatively new and not fully branched out. With Cups as the suit in question, communication can be expected to have emotional content.

Advice couldn’t be clearer, however. The reversed Ten of Swords is non-equivocating. Set down whatever is not yours, period. Let go any burdens you don’t have to carry. Being understood is irrelevant. What someone else thinks or wants is irrelevant. How many people do or don’t agree with you is irrelevant. If it’s what’s in YOUR heart, you live it.

Only focus on right here, right now, today, what your intention is all about. I would echo last week’s advice of making sure the “how” you get to any point is consistent with the point you which to reach. That’s how you make the most out of the coming week. Let the Universe sort the rest out.

And as always, hit me up if you’d like a personal consult.

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Ten of Wands Rx: Going Zen

Back in prehistoric times when I was in college, what turned out to be my toughest class came as a surprise. It wasn’t biology or statistics or algebra, some of the classes I though might challenge me. It wasn’t even the graduate psych seminar I finagled my way into as an undergrad.

None of the other classes compared to an intro to Eastern Civ class at the community college.

The professor wasn’t just insanely knowledgeable. He was extremely demanding. He expected us to develop a level of expertise on the subject far beyond what I would have imagined, even for a much more advanced class.

It was a small group of maybe 25. The tests were very difficult and frequent.A few dropped out after the first test. I wasn’t entirely sure if I would be able to pass, which is saying something for me. But I hung in there.

Those of us who stayed soon began recording his lectures, so that we could listen several times before the next class because that’s really what it took. By the end of the semester, there was a little tape recorder on every desk.

He joked that he felt like he was giving a press conference.

I think I studied more for that final than any other I’ve ever taken. When I got to the room, one of my classmates was holding up a sign she’d made. It read, “We Overcame!”

The professor said the sign was a bit dramatic, but it was obvious he took at as a compliment.

When we were all settled in and ready to go, he sported an impish grin and said he was going to play the devil today and offer us some temptation.

The final was to be the majority of our overall grade. But we could opt out of it.

He made his way around the room with a yellow legal pad, privately showing each of us a letter grade.  “If you want to skip the final, this is the grade I’ll give you…”

When it was my turn, he looked at me and considered for a couple of seconds. Then he scratched out a “B” on the pad.

I about fell out of my chair. I wasn’t sure how I was doing to be honest, so a B was better than I expected.

I didn’t take the offer. though. Nobody did. We had done some insane studying for that final and we were going to take the damn thing!

Leaving the room after taking a final was always one of my favorite moments of every class. At that point, I’d done everything I could do and it was time to let it go. Leaving that room was especially sweet.

I got an A in the class, incidentally. I think I was more proud of that A than any other. I don’t know for sure if my final answers were that great or the professor gave us “extra credit” for skipping the temptation.  I suspect he was more interested in our working to learn than in our answers to the final. But the spectre of the final was the vehicle for motivation.

Next week, I’m expecting it to feel a lot like walking outside the door after taking a tough final. It’s time to just let go and focus on doing the best you can with whatever you’ve got to work with—specifically, working on your own business.

Next Week in Tarot

For outlook, we’ve got the Ten of Wands reversed, with advice showing up as the Eight of Pentacles from the lovely Star Tarot Deck.

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It’s time to let go. If it’s not ours to worry about (or even if it is), it’s just time to release the sense of burden and responsibility for all that happens. Instead, our job is to just do the best we can with what we’ve got to work with.

We’re looking to improve, not solve. We’re looking to our own jobs, not anyone else’s jobs. Salvation isn’t coming in the form of the big picture here. Instead, we progress by working with the now, the details, giving full attention to the immediate, in-the-present-moment doing our best. Everything else sorts itself.

Just work your way through what is right in front of you and let the rest of the world (your world or the bigger world, doesn’t matter) sort itself. I’m not saying don’t care. You just express your cares here by how you live your own self. Yuo know? Your life is, in itself, the art you’re making.

If you want some help sorting it out, give me a holler and we’ll see about a one-on-one.

Ten of Wands Rx & Five of Wands: Flying with Certainty

Humans are a self-doubting lot. We look everywhere for reassurances: friends, family, society, science and signs…that’s a lot of insecurity.

This self-questioning approach, however, assumes there is exactly one right choice and everything else is a wrong choice and our role s to gather data to suss out the right option.

None of that is so.

Our singular job on the planet is to live the best, happiest life that we can as we see it. What that looks like will be different for every individual. There are an infinite number of routes to home here and they all can be “right.” It’s not the scenery itself that makes the journey a good one. It’s more about the beauty we find in the scenery we’re looking at, right now.

Next week, pick your route and keep your eyes forward.

Next Week in Tarot

For the outlook, we got the Suppression reversed (Ten of Wands/ Fire) and for advice, there is Totality (Five of Wands/Fire). It’s not too surprising to me that we get some intense cards for the outset of Eclipse season.

I prefer cards like Suppression to show up reversed. The reversal suggests coming into a place where the sense of burden is about to be lifted. I like that! Likely we’re already in the process of the weight lessening and that sense of being restrained is dissipating, or at least it should over the next week.

Expect a lightening of the load overall, even if it’s not sudden–although it certainly could be.

As far as advice, “Totality” is a little different flavor  than the traditional Five of Wands, which depicts a group of people fighting. Even in the Osho Zen version of the card, though, this is not a wishy-washy vibe. It’s an all-in approach.

We’re being called to fully commit to whatever we are doing, being fully present. Perhaps it may feel risky to invest fully and maybe we’re tempted to continue questioning our choices, but no good will come of it at this point. .

I’m seeing this in terms of a window opening. Make a call and MOVE. Don’t waffle on the direction you want to go or slow down to second-guess yourself about whether or not a given decision is “right.” Instead, once you make the call, commit. You make the decision “right” by lining up behind it and using your feelings to steer you along the path. The fit of your decision for you here is made true by how you live it, not by external conditions.

Take an upcoming opportunity to free yourself–and keep your attention fully on your goals and nothing else. Self-doubt is not your friend here. Focus, on the other hand, is exactly what is required.

You know how sometimes it’s easier to believe in other people than it is to believe in yourself? Give yourself the same gift of support you’d offer to a loved one, right now.  Expect the best from and for yourself. Be your own best cheerleader and watch how far you can fly.

Are you seeing a window opening?

Give me a holler for a private consult if you want a little help charting your own course.

Choosing My Part: Ten of Wands & Seven of Pentacles

May you live in interesting times. –Unknown

If your wish is to live in “interesting times,” that wish has been amply granted in my book! But “interesting” isn’t necessarily bad. Or good.

I’m sure some would argue that point. And that’s beyond okay. It’s great! Because those arguing are playing the role they’ve chosen. And I get to play the role I’ve chosen. It’s all as it should be.

I’ve been making it a practice for a good, long while now to aim for a less “conditional” life. Meaning, I want to carry my Zen around with me, inside my heart, imprinted upon my soul. I choose to create the calm, centered space within instead of letting it be granted or denied based on what I see when I look out into the world.

Can you see how that’s the only path to freedom, right there?

Of course I have preferences. Sometimes, what I see is upsetting. But there is SO MUCH out there! The world is full of both what I would choose and what I would not. The “would not” list is more likely to make the nightly news but it doesn’t mean it’s more prevalent, statistically speaking. Bad news is not “more true.” It’s just better publicized.

So choosing where I point my attention isn’t denying truth. It’s choosing the truth I want to participate in, via attention. It’s  energetically amplifying what I value. It’s loving what I find lovely instead of hating what I find hateful. There’s certainly room to approach it in others ways, but I know this feels better to me. I have control over ME and my contribution to the collective energy pool. I get to decide what I’m chipping in, here and now. And I want to chip in love.

A long time ago, I decided to make one of my central aims in life to bear no ill will. I may waver here and there, but by and large, I do pretty well in this regard and I’m happy with that. It feels right.  I’m infinitely more comfortable wishing well to anyone and everyone–without taking it upon myself to define what “well” means for that matter–than trying to sort out who deserves my good intentions. I don’t know how anyone got to the place they are at, and I don’t know what will move them forward to another place. I don’t need to know. It’s not my job to know!

It’s my job to be me, the best I can. And you know what? It’s a pretty nice way to live, right there.

I know that evolution happens in the face of friction and upset. I know that beliefs frame perceptions and once beliefs stretch, there is no going back. This is how the Universe expands, you know? So no matter what is going down, all of it is contributing on more levels than we could possibly grasp. All goes to clarify and refine intentions of the collective. So while there are things in this world today I would not choose, I don’t worry about it. I don’t see anything as wrong. It’s change, in progress. The chaos will serve a purpose.

[bctt tweet=”Quantum leaps are born from chaos. Bless it all. #OnMyRadar” via=”no”]

This Week in Tarot

I was less than enthusiastic about seeing “Suppression”–the Osho Zen version of the Ten of Wands. I mean, can you say, “Depressing?” So I drew another card for guidance and on cue, Patience, aka the Seven of Pentacles followed up with some reassurance and ever-applicable advice.

I see the overwhelming burden so many are feeling now, looking around at many events they have no control over. There’s a sense of being unable to move, taking on the weight of so much. It’s heavy and depressing and also? Voluntary. It may not seem voluntary, but it is. These problems become your problems courtesy how you frame it in your head.

Patience speaks to the natural cycle of growth. In the strife now, in the midst of conflict, seeds of tomorrow are planted.

This week, I’m going to continue to let go that which is not mine. I’m going to frame all that I see as part of the natural cycle of life, understanding that no event is a discrete one-and-done, isolated from everything else. It’s all part of the grand dance of life and there’s beauty there, whether I can articulate it or not. I’m going to wish well upon the whole of humanity and I’m going to love as completely as I’m capable of loving. I’m going to decide to see the good and I’m going to find it.  Maybe some of you will join me.

♥ Peace out.


This week’s Tarot features the Osho Zen Deck. You can book a personal consult if you’ve a mind to. Just give Dix a holler. And be well out there!

Purposeful Destruction: Tarot Forecast, Week of 4/10 – 4/16, 2017

I was contemplating, just how much we spend our lives reinventing ourselves. You know? In so many ways, on a day-by-day basis.

We’re children. We’re grade-schoolers. We’re college students or girlfriends or bus drivers or parents or woo-woo folks or, or, or… We’re either victim or victor courtesy of the definition we give our stories.

[bctt tweet=”Our stories help us evolve. Choose wisely.” username=”goddess_dix”]

But some stories no longer work. They were appropriate in their time, but conditions change–the most often, us. We evolve, grow, and that’s a wonderful thing. The awkward and uncomfortable bits can get messy.

It’s easier when you realize what’s going on. This week? It felt like that, to me. Our stories are shifting around. The outside world is not grounded, and there is a definite clearing of the decks.

Full Moon in Libra (4/10). The lights are coming up.

Your job is to reinvent yourself.

Transcript from the video below.


Hey! So this last week has been kinda nuts, huh? What are you gonna do?!

I will do my best, though, to see what I can get for you for some Tarot guidance for the week ahead.

Hey, this is Dixie from A Fool’s Journey dot com. I am here with some weekly Tarot for you, for the week of April, what is it? 4th through 10? [No, Dixie, it’s not.] 2017. I hid my cheat sheet.

I have, this week, the Osho Zen deck. Now I prefer to read these guys without reversals because it’s a nontraditional deck and it can get a little sloppy if you start bringing too many things into it. But we’ll take a look anyway.

[1] Ten of Wands, Moon, Hierophant [Advice/Ten of Swords] [2] Death, King of Pentacles [3] Ace of Swords

Ho, ho, ho. Okay. The first thing that I want to say is, we start the week with a sense of being overwhelmed! Like carrying a weight of the world on our shoulders. It’s important that you, you let go a little bit. You wanna realize that being very upset or very worked up about things you have no absolutely no control over is probably not your best plan. But what are you gonna do?

Moving into it, as, as the week progresses, there is a shift of the energy. I do feel like it gets a little bit lighter. But not fluffy. Okay? Absolutely not fluffy. We’ve got Death! But we also have Abundance, which is the King of Pentacles.

Okay, so. Understand that what’s going on, that all of the things that are happening right now are a function of stuff getting rooted out or changed in the world. That Death is associated with Scorpio, Pluto energy, so we’re talking about death and rebirth! Transformation. What’s rotting and icky and old getting rooted out. So, is it a good thing? Well, it’s a necessary thing for life to continue. Does it feel good? Not usually. But what are you gonna do?

Now the outcome of this, um, for the outcome, we have Consciousness. Hmmmmmm.

So the point of all of this is there is a new awareness or a new ability to deal with things that comes through the course of this. Now since this a forecast for the collective, I’m expecting to see this, kind of on a large scale, but also on kind of a more micro scale. So macro, micro. So, whatever feels like it’s just being torn up and uprooted and messed around, something fierce in your life, understand that there’s a reason for it. And you’ll come with a new awareness, and ability, once it’s done.

Okay? Let’s do a take-home message, or a, a advice/overview. Okay.

For that, I’ve got rebirth. Which is, I believe the ten of swords [it is]. No, wait a minute. Yeah, that’s the ten of wands. Eh. Anyway, rebirth.

So, it’s a good time to reinvent yourself.

Now if you follow astrology, you know that several planets are either retrograde or going retrograde. We’ve got Mercury retrograde, starting the 9th, I believe it is? So, there’s going to be a lot of review and looking back and then adjusting and fitting it into current circumstance. Understand that’s kind of a part of what’s going on. Doesn’t mean there’s something wrong.

So this week feels a little heavy to me, but in the big picture, in the bigger, broader view, it’s, I think it’s gonna be a good thing. Although I’m an eternal optimist, so what are you gonna do?

So that’s my forecast for the week. I hope it’s helpful to you. Yay! And if it’s not, maybe next time or maybe somebody else suits you. I don’t know.

Take care. Peace out from the Zen Goddess.


This week’s Tarot Forecast features the Osho Zen Tarot. Hit Dixie up for a personal consultation.