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

Ten of Wands Rx: Going Zen 1

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

Ten of Wands Rx & Five of Wands: Flying with Certainty 2

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

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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.

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[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.

Squish: Weekly Tarot, 02/20-26, 2017

Mostly inverted cards. Themes this week include not jumping the gun, paying attention to what’s yours to attend to, and self-care. Solar Eclipse in Pisces at the end of the week. I’m expecting the week to hold some shockers, and a certain intensity where lots of people may be struggling to keep their cool. Can you be the sane one?

Just taking a second to enjoy the irony of me asking that question. Snort.

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Crappy webcam shot of cards.

This Week’s Tarot Forecast in Bullet Points

  • Monday, Princess of Swords rx. Misunderstandings highly possible. Restrain yourself from acting on partial info. No leaping before you look.
  • Tuesday, Nine of Pentacles rx. Again, a feeling of  incomplete understanding. Pieces of the puzzle are not all together.
  • Wednesday, Ten of Wands rx. Is this your circus, your monkeys? If not, let it be, man. Which is never bad advice, frankly.
  • Thursday, Queen of Swords. A welcome respite. Just the facts! No editorializing, guessing or embellishing. Bullet points and a little goal-oriented, directness wins the day.
  • Friday, Ace of Pentacles rx. Enjoy yourself sure, but don’t overbook it. Burn the candle at one end but not both. Pace yourself, yo!
  • Saturday, Seven of Cups. Lots of choices about how you frame events. You want to be happy? Call upon the broadest, most generous and loving perspective you can latch on to.
  • Sunday, Six of Pentacles rx. Don’t give gifts with strings, what you don’t freely have to give, or out of a sense of obligation or rescue desire.
  • Overview/Advice, Tower rx. “The sky is falling!” is the week’s refrain. Dirt unearthed, sure, but life WILL go on. You can freak out if you want, but you don’t have to.
  • Affirmation: Play! Self-explanatory. Play is healing so do it!

Notes on the Solar Eclipse on the 26th: In Pisces and to me, this time period feels very, very squish, with some fireworks scattered to spur impulse control issues for good measure…call upon the power of a blissed out Neptune. Highly sensitive, charged time so self-care, down time, water-drinking and relaxation (including art, music and movies) helps tremendously.

Next week’s full Tarot Forecast in video format, here.

In fact, I think this screenshot from the video forecast sums it up nicely. Maybe I should have just let that tell the whole story, huh?

How are y’all doing out there?

This week’s forecast features the Tarot Illuminati (not the Alex Jones kind) and Wisdom of the Crone deck. You know where to find me if you wanna talk, one-on-one.

Drive Yourself: Tarot Forecast, Jan 16 – 22, 2017

One of the gifts I want to give myself  is a smoother ride, through life.

Happier. More joy. More connected. More in the flow, in the zone. More laughter. More freedom. More excitement. More fun.

Get the most out of this delightful experience.

And in the quest to hover on center, in day-to-day awareness, it’s becoming increasingly evident: the less I’m about campaigning the world to correct itself according to my specs, and the more I’m about just letting the rest of the world be as they will, the easier Zen comes. I guess stabs at controlling the inherently uncontrollable doesn’t contribute to Zen.

I don’t think of myself as being judgy or especially critical (because I’m not), but it can creep up sometimes in little ways. I’ll get the urge to set somebody straight either directly or even just in my head. I’ll notice I’m not feeling so good and say, “Hey, what’s up with this?!”

And I’m glad for each time it does. It alerts me to an opportunity to find more peace. It is a GIFT, getting that nudge.

‘Cause for the most part, I’ve learned to live and let live. I’m pretty damn good at it. But when I’m a little off kilter, even just a smidge, I’d like to know early on so I can make adjustments. I like to drive my own car, that way.

[bctt tweet=”Be what you want to see. #OnMyRadar” via=”no”]

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Theme this week is about who is driving the car. Who’s input are you seeking? Are you eyes on your own lane?

Monday, Four of Cups rx: With the giant hand offering a drink, this image suggests a potential for misunderstanding or delusions. Somebody is drunk. Dreaming it up or down, either one. Sometimes, people avoid acting on longstanding dreams because they don’t want to risk the possibility of losing the dream. This has kind of the same feeling. Some confusion or lack of clarity in terms of what you expect vs. future visions. Take it easy, slow and not too seriously today.

Tuesday, The Chariot: Awesome card here–a road opening, opportunities to make progress. Some movement may be indirect, sidestepping obstacles. But we have some open roads, so take the turn and keep going! Good day.

Wednesday, Ten of Wands rx: Delegate. Hand off responsibilities that are not yours–and expect any responsibilities that are really yours that have been handed off come home to roost. Do what’s your and let what doesn’t matter go.

Thursday, Three of Pentacles rx: Living by committee won’t work so well. Your choices may not sit well with the collective. If someone comes to you with their desires for you, acknowledge and appreciate the care that prompts it, and then go on and do what is in your own heart anyway. Do not try to control and do not allow yourself to be controlled. Acknowledge the good intentions while still making your own choices.

Friday, Tower rx: I’m seeing a stack of blocks that wobble but don’t fall. Weaknesses and issues with structure will be more visible than normal. Insights about circumstances that are “iffy” will be visible. You’ll be able to spot this today so use that info.

Saturday, Page of Swords rx: Running with scissors? Not the best plan. Words can come across more harshly than intended. Don’t worry about it. Just accept what’s useful, constructive, and discard the rest. Be aware, your own words may be heard more harshly than you were aware or intending. Mind your words.

Sunday, Ace of Swords: Clarity to end the week. Clear idea, communication, a clear message, a clear thought. Muddled info from earlier in the week should come into sharper focus. Good!

Overview/Advice, The Hermit:Bathing lady knows how to live it up! Any conflict and drama comes up? Step back. Takes some time for you. Don’t try to fix it, fix it, change it, change it. Step back and get clarity for yourself first, foremost and exclusively. You cannot impart clarity to others, you can only inspire it through your own clarity. So step back, retreat, and get a handle on your own grounding. Everything is easier when you’re grounded.

Affirmation: “If I am resisting ‘evil,’ I am attracting ‘evil.'” Maybe you don’t agree with this, but one version most will be able to see. If you’re very focused on a particular issue or worry, that issue becomes a bigger part of your experience and you’ll see it everywhere.  Whatever your major focuses of concern, you’ll be experiencing evidence of it, the essence of it becoming part of your day-to-day experience, because that’s where your focus is. The more you focus, the more momentum you add to the overall energy. It’s up to you to decide how you want to live. But it’s something to be aware of. You do not need to be absorbed in a problem to be a part of the solution–problems and solutions are very different energies.

If you’re bothered by the hate in the world, then talking about all the hate and sharing examples, and being outraged and upset does not drop the sum total of hate in the world, but does make it a bigger part of your in-the-moment experience. It immerses you in the very thing you don’t want. Whereas shifting focus to what you’d like to see instead–kindness and love and understanding–that is the energy of the solution. You are bathing in what you want and helping the collective make the shift by adding your light to the path, easing the way for those that would follow you.

Align with what you want, not against what you don’t.

That is how I’m looking to stay in my zone. Then it doesn’t matter, what someoone else believes. All that matters is if I’m living in close proximity to my own beliefs. If I want to see more kindness in the world, then I can be more kind. If I want to see more joyfulness in the world, I can actively participate in making some of that. I get to play in the energy I want more of, and be the change I want to see. It doesn’t get any better than that.


I’m gonna close down the 2107 Zodiac Year-Ahead special after this week, so if you’re of a mind to get one, now’s the time.

This week’s forecast uses the Housewives Tarott and some kind of Abraham-Hicks deck. Ha!

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