11/24/12: Wilderness Unexplored | Fool, Wheel

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When my husband asked me to marry him—“Do you think we’ll always love each other this much?”—when I enrolled in college for the first time (and second, and third) , when I realized I was pregnant, and when I started reading Tarot professionally…all these were very, very foolish moments in my life. Take that declaration to mean whatever you like. It’s true on many levels.

Each represents a particular crossroads, a decision point that would end up having far-reaching impact in my future fortune, but I never knew exactly how. That’s what comes to mind with this card combo for me.

Okay, so I got the Wheel upside down in this picture. I’m ignoring that for now, okay? Or maybe not. I just don’t usually read reversals with this deck. Either way, it pairs up with the Fool quite nicely. The minimalistic Transparent Tarot provides self-explanatory butterfly imagery with a pure, white rose for the Fool. The Wheel is depicted as a Native American medicine wheel, meant to incorporate all in the circular symbolism.

When you start on a new path, a very Foolish journey, you have absolutely no idea what you’re going to learn from it. It very, very often is NOT what you set out to learn! What looks like good luck may be bad luck, and what looks like bad luck may well be good. Whether the Wheel here is read upright or reversed doesn’t make much difference in this context.

It’s all part of the trip, the cycle of life, the journey of education. It’s all part of our individual evolution. I’m good with that.

I’m also finding myself once again at this place, with my own journey of learning and personal belief structure. I’m not as disturbed by it as I have sometimes been, more syncing up with the higher sides of the energy, the joy and anticipation of stepping out into a new wilderness area, never explored. I like that!

Are you feeling this energy in your life?

The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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07/29/12: Mama’s still talking! | rev Empress, rev Fool

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Damn! You ever get the impression the cards are trying to tell you something? We’ve got the Empress (again!), this time reversed, along with a reversed Fool. I think I should blame this on Mercury and Uranus being retrograde. Don’t you? Ha!

Let’s go with the short and sweet today: Care for yourself first, MAKE the time for creativity and self-nurturing. This is how you move along your path, not via head-banging and hand-wringing and pushing through. Otherwise, you’re stuck, baby. Divine inspiration comes via imagination, joy, and seeps into the empty spaces in our lives.

If you don’t clear some space for it, there is no where for it to go. That’s what I’m thinking.

So, what do you make of this? Why is the Empress haunting us lately?!

Mystic Dreamer Tarot
by Heidi Darras

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02/28/12: New Beginnings

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“We come to beginnings only at the end.” William Throsby Bridges

Ah, one of my favorites—the Fool! Or New Beginnings, as portrayed in the Psychic Tarot Oracle deck. Ruled by Uranus modernly, there’s only one thing you can say for sure about the Fool: there will be surprises!

I’ve got some of my own fresh starts underway, and I feel good about them. They are both scary and exciting at the same time. The only way I know how to manage is calling upon some faith. Innocence, dropping preconceived notions, being OPEN to whatever revelations spirit can provide. Meditate, pray, and step out into the future with

But I’m interested in YOU today. Do you have any new beginnings underway?

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by John Holland

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02/16/12: Experience Collectors | Wheel & The Fool

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I love this combination of cards. Minimalist illustration, but pointed message! We have the Fool (Uranus) and the Wheel (Jupiter).  Our journey, our personal growth, comes from existing, accepting, and LIVING. Not from seeing, knowing, or controlling.

The Fool is all about potential, not guarantees. He’s the ultimate blank slate, trusting, unknowing, walking toward his destiny, wherever it make take him. And the Wheel heralds changes of fortune, whether you consider them result of Karma or fate or God’s will or utterly agnostic luck. Ups, downs, and in between, the Wheel promises nothing but change.

49239-the-value-of-sharing-your-wisdom-and-experienceCombining these energies gives incredible possibility. If you let go of outcome and start existing in the experience itself, you can find peace. Regret lies in the past; worries live in the future. Without attaching to either, you’ve got access to your full energetic allotment.

How much easier non-attachment is! There’s less to carry, less struggle. Less strife, if we approach live as an ever-evolving cycle, where our job is simply to grow by virtue of the experience. This is what we’re here to collect, not outcomes.

Experience, well consumed, grows the soul. I believe that’s why we’re here in the physical plane. Each life, we come, transform, learn and grow by virtue of experiences. Being a good “Earth student” means attending fully to each moment.

Go forth and live!

Do you usually live in the moment, or someplace else?

The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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01/10/12: Taking the Window | The Fool

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“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.” Tom Peters

Today’s Tarot is The Fool (Uranus), numbered 0 or in some decks, presented without a number at all. He is everything and nothing—a blank slate, innocence, pure potential. Much as readers usually welcome The Fool, it’s not like he signals sheer, unbridled joy.

He just can. Or not. It really depends on how things progress, you know?

I see the Fool often to herald an opportunity, an open window. NOT a guarantee of what you’re going to find on the other side, though! Only that it will change you somehow. The Fool arrives to mark the beginning of a path that will alter who you are, what you believe to be real, change your destiny.

But always, it’s about your choices, your path. You know?

Know when the Fool arrives, you have the option of taking his journey. Know that it consists of the unknown! Realize, you’re arriving innocent and without a real understanding of where it will end up. What you learn along with way will afford you more personal control (as you get to the Magician), but starting out, that just isn’t there.

Deciding to take this trip is an act of Faith. That’s what you need to pack up and sling across your shoulder before setting out—your faith. It will come in handy. Honestly, it’s all you need.

Are you seeing “Foolish” opportunities in your life?


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by Dennis Fairchild

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01/01/12: Happy New Year! | Advice for 2012, Zodiac Spread

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” –Tom Peters

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In honor of the New Year, I did a simple Zodiac spread for 2012! One card for each of the houses and an overview card to pull it all together from the fun Housewive’s Tarot deck. It looks like we’ve got some challenges ahead, but Tarot’s advice should help us skim the most difficult with minimal bruising. So let’s get busy!

Houses 1 – 4

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1st House/Self– Rev Page of Swords: Cutting edge? Only if you’re not slicing indiscriminately, friends. No snarky for sheer shock value; that backfires. Push outmoded boundaries, yes, and you’ll get somewhere. Elsewise, you may be sending a message you didn’t intend.

2nd House/Value – Five of Pentacles: You may not be able to hold on tight to every plate you’re juggling. Fair enough; it happens, man. But you can ask for some help sweeping up. That will make you feel better. And don’t forget, broken plates or no—you still have dinner. It’s worth being grateful over.

3rd House/Communication– Rev Ten of Swords: The worst has already been said. No place to go but up from here. You can get started by acknowledging what’s really about you and what’s SO not.

4th House/home and Family – Eight of Cups: You’ve had more than enough emotional stimulation. Back off already. Better yet, switch to decaf, and your loved ones will thank you.

Houses 5 – 8

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5th House/Pleasure – Five of Wands: Everything competes for your attention! Schedule downtime, fun, and especially time with a partner. It keeps your stress levels below critical mass. Recreation is a constructive outlet for tension.

6th House/Health – Rev Temperance: Eat better, get some damn sleep already, and go easy on the booze, okay? You can fit exercise into your schedule more easily if you combine it with other activities.

7th House/Partnerships –Rev Page of Pentacles: Don’t be too nitpicky with others, and don’t take them too seriously if they’re nitpicky with you. Mars is going to be in Virgo and while, and anal retentiveness is just unnecessary fighting, right there. Be discriminating.

8th House/Reincarnation –Six of Pentacles: Whatever you give out reproduces and multiplies like mad this year. Bear that in mind when you’re deciding what treats to hand out.

Houses 9 -12

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9th House/Philosophy – The Hanged Man: Drop the constraints on what you “know” to be true to expand your perspective. “Infinite” is a lot to grasp, after all. Release ideas, people and situations that limit you.

10th House/Social Status – Ace of Cups: Your reputation proceeds you. And it’s precisely rooted in how you make others feel. Be gracious.

11th House/Friendships – The Fool: Friends help you find a whole, new you. Especially those who you hook up with through do-gooding enterprises. Being a good citizen of the Universe pays dividends.

12th House/Self-Undoing – Seven of Cups: Beware seeing only what you want to see or think it’s safe to see. You may be operating unconsciously by rules that no longer apply. Avoid drunk-dialing—fewer hangovers that way.

Summing Up 2012

IMG_1928Eight of Swords–It looks to be a demanding year on many levels. But I’ve got to say, if you feel like the kabob, it your own doing. Not trying to be unkind—I consider that good news! What you’ve done, you can also undo.

I won’t lie to you. It will take a little work, and you could get nicked up in the process. But if you make a point of staying kind and connected, you’ll have plenty of support through the rough patches. There will also be fewer rough patches. And the best part is, the growth you do en route sticks. It’s SO worth it!

What are you expecting for 2012?

The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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