Five of Cups & Chariot (Again)! : Softly Moving Forward

In my other (not-as-woo) enterprises, I sell books. The last few weeks, sales have been agonizingly absent.

Now, I could have let this lead to getting anxious or worked up or scared. That sort of thing creeps in sometimes, but for the most part, I’ve been framing this as an opportunity. It’s a nudge to up my own game, you know? Time and space to improve. Motivation to learn more. So much inspiration I would never have found, had I not been in the position to seek it directly.

I really think everything anyone does is the same. When we find ourselves in circumstances that are not to our liking, it’s not indication we’re screwing up somehow. It’s an opportunity–neigh, an outright call–to level up. Without things not working with way you’d like, you’d never be prompted to improve you know. (And yes, the sales are starting to come back, the way they always do.)

Here we’ve got the Five of Cups and the Chariot, both reversed, from the Star Tarot Deck. I have some mixed feelings about using reversals with the intricacy of the images on this deck, but that’s how they came out and I feel it’s appropriate to take into account the reversals.

But the really funny thing? These were the exact same two cards I drew (in a completely different incident) for last week. So repetitive Tarot is repetitive!

First and foremost, the sense of pain out in the wild (from the world at large) should be diminishing, along with the feeling of forcefulness in general. Energy is still moving, but it’s slower and softer than before, which will no doubt come as a relief to most as we’re all sensitive to varying degrees. I’m seeing this less “more of the same” and more “it’s easing.”  This is good news. It doesn’t make it all suddenly feel very soft and fluffy, but I’m seeing this as a definite, collective sense of relief.

The advice I’m seeing in this is to back off a little. Less categorizing of good and bad and less focusing on the fixes. You feel what you feel but don’t grasp at it and milk the emotions, you know? Let go of any grief you’ve got going, at least to the extent you are able. Don’t try to force change or lead the charge. Just take a step back and exhale. Generally, there’s not a bad time for that anyway.

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It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. Whether you love what you see or absolutely hate it, you always have the choice of how to frame it.  It can either be “proof” of disaster, or prompt for changes. You can BE whatever part of the situation you choose. Personally, I want to ride the change, the new and the improved. And I know damn well that the existence of the old mess is what drives the improvement into the new reality. So I’m good with that.

How are you doing with changes?

If you need a little help with your framing, give me a holler for a one-on-one. And be as happy as you can out there, friends!

Chariot & Five of Cups: Crafting Your Stories

I’ve been reminded lately, how much our conclusions are intertwined with the stories we tell ourselves. Sometimes, I encourage my Tarot people to worry less about whether a story is TRUE-with-a-capitial-T and more about how that story FEELS.

I don’t know how many, if any, take that advice though. It goes so counter to everything we’re taught. We are supposed to be honest with ourselves and ask the tough questions and face difficult truths and yada yada yada. Heck, I’ve probably said similar plenty of times myself.

But I’m not talking about pointing fingers at others when you’ve manifested a problem. I’m talking about filling in the blanks.

If we don’t know the full reasons for something (and c’mon, how often do we really, anyway?), we tend to extrapolate from our perspective, experiences, and unfortunately, fears and insecurities. If the conclusions we use to fill in these blanks are in sync with our perceptions, they will appear “true” or at least strong possibilities because they match where our energy is at.

That’s all fine and well, if the conclusions feel good. But if they don’t? Give yourself some poetic license to draw your own conclusions.

If someone doesn’t answer my email?  I assume it’s not about me! If I don’t hear from a friend in a long time, I assume they are (happily) busy. If I don’t get something I wanted, I assume there is something better coming. If someone dislikes me, I assume it’s not really about me. You could argue I’m being self-delusional and maybe you’d be right. I don’t know. I don’t really care. What I do know is that choosing self-supportive stories means I’m a lot happier and I’ve not suffered any ill consequences for “not facing the truth.”

See, there are lots of different “truths.” There’s your truth and my truth and the scientific truth and the truth of public consensus. I’m going to pick the “truth” that best supports me. The coming week, there is a strong sense of duality and the vibes I’m getting suggest that making conscious choices about what you want to focus on can make a big difference in your overall expericence.

Next Week in Tarot

The cards for next week are The Chariot for the outlook, with Five of Cups for the advice bit, shown here from the lovely Star Tarot Deck.

There’s definitely a driven feel to the events of the coming week and duality inherent in the Chariot’s energy. He harnesses both his light and darkness (as shown by the black and white horses) to get where he wants to go.

There will be those that feel as if they’ve “won,” and those that are grieving (tangible or perceived) losses. Of course, your friendly Tarot readers always love to acknowledge the cups behind the figure in the Five of Cups. But that doesn’t mean the spilled cups still don’t pack a punch in terms of emotional blows. The Five of Cups always signals grief, any way you slice it and when you’re in the middle, you don’t want some smartass Tarot chick telling you it ain’t so bad. What you feel is what you feel.

Taken together, I want to tell you to accept whatever comes. As if you have a choice, right? I mean, you can refuse to “accept it,” but it doesn’t change anything. Feel whatever you feel about it–you can’t really help that anyway–and then, if you can, when you can, as soon as you can, allow for at least the possibility that no matter what, good can come from this.

Both cards echo the same theme: take whatever comes, whether you personally would categorize it as good or bad, and consider it to be a component of progress, transformation, and growth. It all is, you know. We cannot help but expand because it’s our nature. You can tell yourself whatever is the end of all that is good and holy. Or you can tell yourself it’s just a part of the natural process and, in the big picture, this, too, will become part of the greater good.

You don’t choose the outside events, but you DO choose the stories you tell about them. Choose well.

Need some help reorienting your story? Give me a holler for a 1-on-1.  And be well out there, friends. ♥

 

Chariot: Finding Your Way No Matter What

It’s not what happens to you that makes up your life. It’s what you do with it

Struggle never lives outside you. It doesn’t matter, if you are the rightest of right. It doesn’t matter, if your case is irrefutable and the world wholeheartedly agrees, you’ve been wronged.

Because no matter the issue, suffering over any issue doesn’t serve YOU.  Of course, there is nothing wrong with feeling hurt, frustration, anger or sadness. Whatever you feel can serve, actually–as long as it’s a stepping stone from feeling whatever it is to feeling a little better. That’s the secret, right there. Whatever feelings you’ve got, embrace them with the idea they are one step on a path to feeling better.

The caveat, though? The act of feeling better cannot be contingent upon the external circumstances, over which you have no control. Which leaves you with nothing but your own perspective to work with.

Because what if all those stubborn “others” won’t cooperate? If you NEED others to do something in order to feel better, you’re screwed, plain and simple. You can only control YOU (and sometimes, that’s a challenge unto itself).  Now, one’s own emotions can be managed for sure, but it takes practice. It takes intention. Mostly? It takes a dedication to focus in a way that brings relief irrespective of anything external.

You can focus on what’s wrong and how wrong it is. Nobody would blame you for it. But it gets old after a while and it tends to feel pretty terrible, at least in my experience.

Or you can do your best to tune in to what works–on the topic or an entirely different one, for that matter–and count the rest as “not so interesting.”You don’t have to fight your way through a problem to improve it. You have to improve your vibration. There are infinite ways to raise your vibration and leave your energy brighter and it doesn’t matter which one you opt for. Just pick one, whichever is easiest, and run with that!

This is using the power of focus to your advantage.

This Week in Tarot

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Much like joy, I consider harmony to be an inside job. But then again, I consider everything to be an inside job!

These cards do create a quite harmonious pairing. We have the Chariot from the Good Tarot, and one of my favorite flowers, Phlox–Unanimity and Harmony–from the Botanical Inspirations deck.

It’s a good week to use your power of focus. The Chariot suggests intentional direction–the driver steers both her light and shadow powers (white and black horse) consciously. The different parts of who she is are harnessed to work together in making progress towards a singular destination.

Often with the Chariot, people will reach a goal through indirect routes. They may go around an obstacle or take a side path, but they don’t lose the way because they retain solid focus on the end goal. The roadblocks are a non-issue to the Chariot driver. Because the Chariot is never about HOW or WHEN or WHY we get to wherever we’re going. The Chariot is about continuing on towards the goal, regardless.

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As I write this, a mess of grackles appeared, clamoring at the feeder outside my window. Grackles (for me, at least) are a reminder look at how emotions color thinking. Their iridescence surrounds their head, where all the important stuff is going on. Grackles don’t require perfect conditions to thrive–they are highly adaptable. They are also known for dipping their food in water to soften it. We can deal with tough issues the same way, consciously guiding our thoughts to “soften” the harshness, making it all easier to go down.

To “do” Grackle, make the best of where you are. Acknowledge the importance of your emotions. Be flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstance and soften up any harshness wherever you can. Make the best of what you’ve got.

While struggle doesn’t lie outside you, it’s good to remember: neither does the harmony. Generate your harmony within. The outer harmony follows.

Hook up with Dix to get a leg up in reclaiming your inner harmony.

Feeling-Driven: The Chariot

You know the old Zen story of the farmer and his son? Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad, but he doesn’t concern himself with categorizing which pile events belong to. He just rides the flow of life.

I’m looking to be more like that farmer. It really helps defuse a lot of the angst and worry so many people face nowadays. And it feels better, by far.

And this week might be a good time for you to hook up with the “maybe” energy, too. We got the Chariot for the week.

The Chariot Tarot card is associated with the zodiac sign Cancer, which was a bit of a surprise to me, when I first learned. Because I think of Cancers as somewhat soft, very driven by the “feels,” you know? The Chariot driver is a leader–he leads his armies into victory. But sometimes, we underestimate the power of those feels! Those Cancers are better fighters than we might think at first glance: a distinct tactical advantage if I ever saw one.

I like to think of the Chariot driver as leading a military campaign to fight for his homeland and family’s future–that’s a Cancer’s way, and that’s why he’s going to win. He is pulled forward by the black and white sphynx–both his light and shadow, comfortable and uncomfortable feelings alike. He knows who he is and he accepts all of himself. And this quality allows him to clearly hear the direction of his heart without distortion. Accepting himself completely, he has little impetus for projection. He doesn’t judge feelings as “good or bad.” They just ARE and the comfort or discomfort of the feelings are like his compass pointing true north.

You can do the same thing. If you feel comfortable and happy, rejoice and know you’re in the flow and you’re moving along with it. And if you feel uncomfortable and out of sorts, rejoice and know you have stepped out of the flow. Because we all step in and out of it and knowing is half the battle! So you can make an adjustment because your early warning system–you gut radar–is working just fine. It’s all good information to have, you know?

Cancer’s feelings are a highly developed guidance system and if one learns to use it (or emulate our Cancer friends, advanced in that regard), we can tap into the same wonderful, infallible sense of direction. We all have access to it.

Feeling-driven. That’s what we’re shooting for here.

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Video Transcript

Hey, how you doing? Dixie from A Fool’s Journey here with some Tarot for you! Hang on.

Hi, thanks for hanging on. Gonna pull a little card and just get kind of a thought to keep in mind. Kind of a take-home for the world for the week. And see what we got here.

Okay. I’ve got the Chariot, upright. I like to see this fella upright because he is on point. Now, as some of you may not realize, but the Chariot is associated with Cancer. So even though he looks very to-the-point and I’m a leader, and lalalalalala, he’s got feeeeeeeeelings!

So when I’m seeing this, also the dark and the light, okay? He takes all of his feelings into account. He doesn’t just, “Oh, well I only like sunshine feelings. And screw the icky ones.” Or, you know, “Oh, well I’m dark and brooding. And not airy-fairy sunshine.”

He’s whole. Okay. He accepts and appreciates the whole of his feelings and how it is. He’s also very focused. And he is going places! He uses his feelings as indications of where he’s going.

So in other words, if it feels really crappy, when you think about something, or when you’re involved in it, not the time to act! Okay. Just kind of relax, retreat, sidestep it. Whereas, when you’re feeling more focused, more driven, and more enthusiastic, that’s the time to move!

So let your feelings drive it home. You don’t think your way through. You feel your way through.

That the message for this week. I hope it’s helpful. Make sure you sub me. Go visit me on afoolsjourney.com if you’re not seeing this here. And have an awesome week!

Okay? Take care. Peace out from Dix the Zen Goddess. Ommmmmmm. Bye bye.


This week’s Tarot features Dixie (give a holler for a personal consult) and the Radiant Rider Waite deck.

Icing on the Cake: Tarot Forecast, Jan 30 – Feb 4, 2017

I blame astrology–but one recurring theme of my life has been people that I care about exiting–sometimes quite dramatically.

I know, I know, we all deal with this to one degree or another. But it’s been notable for me, at least to me. It’s been a function of my life for many, many years. Important relationships, poof! Friends, sure, but also close family. I have not always taken this well mind you, but maturity has helped me make a lot of progress on that front.

This feature of being me has given the opportunity to find lots and lots of different perspectives on the phenomena. And being who I am, I always look for the perspective that feels best to me.

Our connections, meaningful as they are to us, giving so much fun and love and healing and growth, are all interludes in our lives. We each live inside our own hearts and heads with our own, unique perspectives and no amount of explanation or persuasion can fully admit another. And that’s beyond okay; it’s how this works. That’s how we’re built. It’s a gift, really, when we can share bits and pieces of it with another, but wholly unnecessary for a happy life.

Think of it like icing on the cake. It’s great to have icing but with or without, the cake still tastes good.

This week coming up? It’s a lot like that. The only thing that really matters is sticking true to who you are. This is your cake. Let the universe ice it.

This week’s forecast audio…

The week as a whole may require you to step back a bit to get your orientation, so take your time and let the week’s events roll over you. There is a very clear flow to this forecast, gradual and progressive. I’m seeing/feeling plenty of hysteria out in the wild–so you’ll have to make the choice to opt out if you’d prefer not to ride on that train. Disciplined focus and a determination to feel good are your tickets to a better experience.

Especially notable in this week’s draw is the number of Sevens–the sixteen of the Tower reduces to seven, and we’ve got the Sevens of Wands, Pentacles, and Cups, along with the Chariot, Seven in the Major Arcana! Tarot Sevens offer a clarifying force: focus, drive, and turn points are often called into play. There’s also a sense in Tarot sevens of being separate, standing alone to make one’s decisions while the rest of the world does whatever it does. So if you keep that in mind, you’ll have more success.

Let’s hop on in to the day-by-day and see what we’ve got going.

Monday, Rebuild (Tower) – This angel has lots of heart energy going on…a very soft interpretation of the Tower. Take wherever you are, make peace and start focusing on what you want. Read: focusing NOT on what’s wrong, what might be wrong, how long it will be wrong, how to force the wrong out of your experience. Focus on what you want, and ways you can add that energy in your life. Focus is not the devastation, but the rebuilding. This works from applying it to yourself, all the way out: to your family, neighborhood, country, or world. I recommend focusing on what you want to build!

Tuesday, Strengthening Bonds (Ace of Pentacles) – Look for common ground. You disagree on 25 things with your neighbor but agree on two? Focus on and explore the two you agree upon! That’s the basis for moving forward. That is the only space in which progress is possible.

Wednesday, Base Chakra + Love (The Lovers) – Security and stability comes from the heart, not external circumstances. If you want to offer that to others, or find it for yourself, come at it form a heart space. Look for and express love and kindness. Focus on the energy of love and kindness to activate the vibration of love and kindness. If you are feeling a bit alone, to activate more love, focus your attention on things that help bring out that energy for you. A pet you love, food or a movie, whatever, doesn’t matter what it is. Just feel the appreciation, as appreciation is the same family of vibration as love, so it will activate love. Love is always good medicine.

Thursday, Choose your Battles (Seven of Wands) – Self-explanatory, don’t you think? Trying to get others to be you is always a losing proposition, so I never recommend it. ‘Nuff said.

Friday, Awaiting Results (Seven of Pentacles) – Don’t push to know all the details, how it’s all going to be, now, now, now, now, now. Set out your intentions and be clear, and let the world morph around your clarity and focus of feelings. The results of the vibration you’re offering will settle themselves.

Saturday, Daydreams and Decisions (Seven of Cups) – Lots of visions dancing in your head. Mentally a very active time. You get to decide what you focus on. Let your mind wander, sure, but steer it towards the “wouldn’t it be great if…” end of the scale. Make any necessary decisions, WHILE you’re in a good feeling place.

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Sunday, Move (Chariot) – We’ve had some clarification this week. Monday, we decided what we want. Tuesday, we searched for common ground. Wednesday, we helped ourselves and others feel a bit more secure, coming from a heart-centered place. Thursday, we acknowledged not everything is worth fighting about, Friday, we sat back to let the flow come. Saturday, we get into a good-feeling place with our imagination and make decision from that good-feeling place. Sunday, you may have the option to take some action on it–inspired action, that comes from being connected, plugged in and being in a good place.

Overview/Advice, Darkest Fears (Nine of Swords) – Some of what you feel is “wrong” is worry, imagination used against yourself. Understand the yucky feelings you may have may not be premonition signaling an eventuality, but more born of personal fears. Look for where you can come together with the portion of your experience, however humble it may be, that you find is representative of what you want to see. I don’t mean come together to complain! Look for areas of commonality, harmony and agreement. This will help soothe and even out your energy, giving you more clarity. It’s a step towards living a happy life, which is kind of why we’re here.

Hope that’s helpful and hope you have an awesome week.

How’s your cake coming?

This week’s forecast features the Psychic Heart Tarot. If you dig it, you may like my book, Everyday Tarot Archives, or a personal consult.

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.

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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!