Unflinching Self-Honesty: Weekly Tarot Forecast, Aug 3 – 9

The trip were taking right now? It’s totally an inward journey.

Armchair astrology notes (from the student astrologer): We have a huge number of planets retrograde right now, and some asteroids to boot: Venus, Saturn (direct soon), Neptune, Uranus, Pluto, Chiron,  Lilith and Pallas are all on the list. For the non-astrological, retrograde that means those celestial bodies appear to be moving backward from our perspective on Earth. Astrologically, the energy those planets are associated with is turned inward. Without even beginning to unpack what each body means, it’s pretty evident that looking within and what goes on between one’s ears is the focus of this period.

You can expect to be revising lots and lots of issues involving self-worth, your perception of yourself vs. what other people perceive, how you handle love and money, your work ethic and sense of responsibility, what your personal “incurable wound” happens to be, and oh yeah–your dark side. Most of these topics will not come as a surprise, although Neptune retrograde could smack you with a little bit of crazy you carry around that you were unaware of. Because Neptune can be kind of a jerk like that. But we forgive him because he’s really fun at parties.

So with that in mind, the forecast this week outlines a course of self-examination. My apologies in advance to those not a fan of mirrors. However, the tools you’ll be receiving courtesy the retrograde action, the nuggets of wisdom and information that surface for you, are perfectly suited to the task at hand.

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Monday, Fertility – The Empress: The mind is alive with possibilities. The Empress is crackling with inspiration and it’s a heady, exciting stream of potential unfolding. But remember that while the energy of the Empress is very pleasant, it’s far from promising outcomes. Fertility is not birth; it’s the potential for birth. Big difference! Take notes on inspirations because they may quickly slip away. The strongest of the lot can be fleshed out and made real.

Tuesday, Temptation – The Devil: It’s easier to keep doing what you’ve always done, the way you’ve always done it, than to break outside your comfort zone. Recognize the difference between “cannot” and “don’t choose to,” because it’s a sizable and relevant distinction. There’s an urge to remain in a rut, but the rut has a price. This would be a great day to follow up on some of yesterday’s inspiration, with a special awareness of what’s held you back in the past. ‘Cause guess what? It probably still does, in some form.

Wednesday, Light – The Sun: Ah, the Sun shines! The Sun always advises being true to ourselves–albeit our best selves. Identity isn’t up for a vote. We’re being called to step a little further out of hiding to express our hearts’ true desires in a genuine, unconditional manner. What makes you unique? What brings you joy? What do you truly believe and feel? Let THAT out today, without concern for popular opinion on what’s important. It’s about being you today.

Thursday, Accelerated Motion – Eight of Wands: Movement! Clear, quick and decisive movement. If you’ve been waiting on signs, it’s the day to look for them. But somehow, I suspect you won’t have to look very hard. Potential for head smacks in the “signs” category.

Friday, Firm Foundation – Four of Pentacles: Go back to basics and review. Look at the underlying structures of whatever you have under consideration now to see if they hold strong. Differentiate between irrationally founded fears and legitimate structural flaws in your plans. A sense of stability and security is your gift for doing this work.

Saturday, Shadow – The Moon: The other side of the Sun, far less popular but just as important. The Moon shows us our own shadow side. It’s here we face the parts of ourselves that we don’t want acknowledge, even to ourselves. In that knowledge, however, is prectious gifts. If you fail to own up to your shadow and deal with it directly, you’ll be dealing with it via a string of life circumstances over and over again, thoughtfully providing a canvas for projecting the most hated aspects of yourself…until you “get it” or die, whichever comes first. Understanding who you really are, the not-so-pretty as well as the sunshine and roses bits, grants immense power. Today, there’s a good chance you’ll run into some of that shadow. It may not be welcome, but it will unquestionably be useful. Heads up.

Sunday, Spiritual Union – Two of Cups: Here is the payoff for acknowledging that shadow! The light and the dark meet and become integrated. Without both light and shadow, it’s like the soul has a limp, you know? But with it, we have a complete picture. We can work with the whole of who we truly are. We can love even those parts of ourselves we don’t especially like. By loving ourselves unconditionally, we are better poised to see how our shadow side has functioned to serve and protect us. Maybe some of these traits have outlived their usefulness or need to be adjusted, but we’ll never know if keep our eyes tightly closed. Great time to exercise gratitude and generosity–especially aimed right in the mirror.

Overview/Advice – Disruption – Tower reversed: In case you haven’t noticed, it’s the second week in the row we got this card, reversed, in the position for advice. Tarot stutters! So I’ll echo the themes of last week again. Look to establish routines that provide predictability and comfort. Minimize disruption. Honor your physical needs and protect yourself from emotional drains. Prioritize the tasks of daily living and show up. Good food, adequate rest, downtime, loving companions and everyday rituals carry you through stressful times. Make your week as “normal” as you can, with whatever life is tossing out at you in the process and you’ll be at your best to manage.

Affirmation, Archangel Michael: Remember who you are. “You are a powerful, loving, and creative child of God. You are very loved.” This affirmation isn’t about taking a poll on who you should be, or pretending you’re already and completely who you want to be. Remember who you ARE. If you do want to be different, fair enough. By taking responsibility, you put yourself in the driver’s seat. Don’t sit in the backseat for you life! Being yourself is your birthright, so do that. Striving for better is laudable, but you cannot define “better” without acknowledging the now.

And the second part of that affirmation – “You are a powerful, loving and creative child of God. You are very loved.” What about that?

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You are okay, right now. You are exactly where you are supposed to be, right this minute. Does that mean that you don’t want to grow? Hell no! But it means you can love and accept yourself honestly, fully and completely today. Doing so allows you to be more, tomorrow.

Are you feeling this rolling in?

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Not How; What or Why Instead. Tarot Flow Forecast, March 2 – 8

I recently told a friend, I’d stopped worrying so much about what kind of work I’m doing, and starting thinking a lot more about what kind of life I want to be living. It’s a lot easier, too. I don’t know that I’m much closer to living it with the switch, but I feel better. The view is much sharper, with a lot less bother about my life not stepping up to meet my expectations. Who am I to have those expectations about how the Universe is must do my bidding, you know?

This week? It reminds me of that. The “how” questions seem pointless right now, red herrings one and all. It’s the “what” and “why” questions that are interesting…

Monday, Attitudes and Thoughts –  Seven of Cups: Things are not necessarily as they seem and in particular, motivations are not the same, way deep down, as they appear superficially. This could go both for others, or for yourself. It’s a day to either dig in or wait it out, but don’t assume all is the duck it quacks like. Ha!

Tuesday, Romance –  Eight of Pentacles Reversed: Work time interfering with date night? Things “okay” but not quite? Not showing enough love to yourself? Something is mostly working, but probably still a little “off” in the romance department. If you’re currently sans sweetie, this could instead apply to creative venues or even the more indulgent variety self-care (meaning “indulgent” in a good way, because I usually do). So look to fix what’s off, or at least have patience. It takes time to work this out and you develop skill as you go. It’s alright.

Wednesday, What to Let Go of in the Future –  King of Pentacles: Make the “inner circle” a little smaller, in terms of who you feel responsibility to care for directly. This isn’t a “today” thing so much as it’s an ongoing awareness of what’s coming up. Don’t overextend your good intentions or that’s all you’ll have left: a boatload of good intentions and an empty fridge. Do what you can, sure. Be supportive and inspiring, great! But not all problems are yours to solve. (Note to self: shut up!)

Thursday, Crowning Influences –  The Hanged Man Reversed: Do you just want to do SOMETHING? That’s what this looks like to me, the urge to do something, anything at all. The drive to take action permeates the day. That’s neither good nor bad, really. Just make sure the “something” you do makes sense and is done with optimism and a pure heart, okay? Decisive is fine. Action is useful. Just…be judicious.

 

Friday, What is Hidden –  Six of Wands Reversed: Little mistakes go unnoticed. What we may see (or feel) as failure will most likely look more like a minor delay, a mere blip to someone else. Don’t be too self-critical, and give yourself credit for all the progress you have made. Okay? Nobody else sees us as harshly as we do ourselves, most of the time.

 

Saturday,  Action –  Strength: It’s a time to be solid, real and absolutely do the right thing. Speak truth—gently, yes, softly and with tact, absolutely. But don’t fudge facts even an iota. Be fearless in following your own moral code and do not flinch! Pure, loving intentions are what gets you through the scary bits.

 

Sunday, Blocking or Covering –  The Sun: A happy day! The lightness (or more likely relief) as the week winds up is palpable. A good day to spend with people you care about. Laughter and joy are quite possible.

 

Overview/Advice –  Page of Pentacles: Pay attention not just to broad strokes this week, but the details especially. Read the fine print before signing. Make sure you understand before agreeing. Wait for all the testimony before declaring a verdict. It’s not a week for premature conclusions…or should I say, it’s a week were premature conclusions would be all too easy?

 

Affirmation –  Decide. By “decide” here, I don’t mean, decide what you want to do. I mean, decide who you want to be. This is infinitely easier and usually, much more effective. The “how” follows the “what.” Set your intention itself. Set your aims, for how you want to live, who you want to be. Then the Universe can properly support you, because you’re not offering it a specific, this-way-only path to get there.

 

Overall, this week is like a puzzle that by Sunday, we see a bigger picture. I like a strong finish! Mostly, observing…yourself, the people around you, your drives and worries—such endeavors can make this week very productive and informative, even if your accomplishments are not the “resume” type. Much love and good luck.

 

How’s your week looking?

 

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Reaching – Weekly Flow Tarot Forecast, Feb. 16 – 22

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Often after I look at the weekly cards, I search for a story, an observation to give it some context. Looking at these week’s forecast is like seeing a roadmap to all kinds of life transitions. I can see the process I went through when transitioned to self-employment outlined in these cards. I can see the process of leaving my family’s religion here. I can see my courtship and marriage here. I can see my adjustments becoming a parent here, in these cards. The process is defined this week, with helpful hints for handling hurts, distraction and delay. If you are undergoing an important transition, I think you’ll see yourself here as well.

Monday, Partner – Ten of Pentacles: There’s comfort, joy, love and riches (of many kinds) with the partnership of whomever is “family” to you. This is speaking to old school connections, people who are genuinely invested in your welfare, usually long-term companions. A family member, mate, sister or “brother from another mother” has a lot to offer–if you are willing to act in partnership.

Tuesday, What to Let Go of in the Future – Three of Swords Rx: Let the old heartbreaks die already! Sometimes we clutch our wounds as if they alone provide self-identity. Pain shapes identity without question, but should not comprise identity. Big difference. Because it’s not our history of hurts that makes as who we are so much how we choose to heal from that history! Release the wounds, while honoring the lessons. It’s like cutting a tether to the ground so you can fly.

Wednesday, Outcome – The Sun: Joy! Happiness! Hope! This is my favorite “outcome.” Revel in the day. Follow your bliss to find enchantment. It’s a good day for play, dancing and any kind of fun.  :-)

Thursday, Crowing Influences – King of Cups: Honor thy heart, grasshopper, and act in accordance. What’s in your heart today is a shining beacon that not only shows you the way, but strengthens and encourages everyone you touch. Honest, heartfelt expressions spread hope. A day full of love, should you choose to act in a loving way yourself. One gentle caution though: love is not always as effortless as it sounds. Vulnerability and risk are the price of this particular brand of magic. My opinion? Worth it.

Friday, Cons – Six of Wands Rx: Don’t overcommit. I’m seeing this as wanting to have more to give than you actually do. There may be a tendency to overpromise and then, you’re on the hook. Delay promises of assistance until you’ve tallied up your own accounts. If you hastily offer what you cannot comfortably afford—be it time, energy, money or whatever—you’ll soon enough regret the obligation.

Saturday, Action – Page of Wands Rx: Delays are likely. I see this as progress, albeit not quite enough to suit us. There is a good chance the delay itself will serve a useful purpose, though. It often does, right? So try to roll with it.

Sunday, Clarification – King of Wands Rx: Why the delay yesterday? Factors beyond your control! That’s okay. It is what it is. Just know it’s going to take a minute to work through those bigger plans. Accept and release attachment to timetables. We’re so impatient sometimes! It would be a great idea, though, to schedule something special today. Activities that fire up your imagination and get your blood pumping help release the feeling of being thwarted you may otherwise have lingering.

Overview/Advice, Blocking or Covering – Ace of Wands: The passion for your plans are there, but the details are not. Run through the facts, review background information, and begin planning. Don’t lose your fire. Just know you need more.

Affirmations (we have two, as one card fell out in the shuffle): Desire is the beginning of all creation. I look for more reasons to appreciate. These statements are like two sides of the same coin.

Desire is the wanting, acknowledging what you do not have—it’s the motivation for change. Desire is the Ace of Wands we got as advice! It can either block us (if we take it as straight up dissatisfaction, proof of our failings), or blanket our efforts with a focus, a purpose. How we interpret our desire makes all the difference in which way steers us. Focus your desire not on what you don’t want, but firmly upon what you do. There is a huge difference between fear-based desire (e.g. I don’t want to be alone, or I don’t want to be broke) and goal-based desire (I want a partner, I want comfort). Energetically and subconsciously, negative words don’t “take” well, so the Universe doesn’t hear the “don’t.” Focus your desire on the “do” instead.

Gratitude is not only the outcome of desires fulfilled, but the fuel which propels us toward desires. Appreciation lifts us when we’re low. Appreciation energetically aligns us with achieving more of whatever we are appreciating. Appreciation provides energy, impetus, connection and facilitates flow. Spending even 30 seconds in a state of true, deep gratitude immediately raises our vibration, opens the heart chakra and invokes a type of magnetism, an alignment with whatever we are appreciating. The value of gratitude cannot be overstated. It’s one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. Use it!

Between the two affirmations, we have a very simple formula for making changes. Acknowledge desire and appreciate progress.

So, how’s your week looking?

 

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05/02/14: Joy of Just Being / Sun

Sun Tarot Meaning

The Sun comes out in the guise of “innocence.” This is a charming rendition, showing an elderly man clearly enjoying communion with the preying mantis, surrounded by beautiful, pink blooms.

I am not thinking of the sort of “innocence” referring to ignorance, the lack of understanding that comes with inexperience. After all, our old man looks like he’s been around the Zen garden a time or two!

Instead, I’m seeing this as a purity of identity. The brand of innocence I’m thinking of is a lack of attachment to outside evaluation. This guy isn’t worrying about what other people think of him, talking to a mantis. (Totally something I’d do!) Instead, he’s simply present in his joy of the moment.

This innocence is a simplicity, a lack of complication. No guile, no posturing, calculations. No agenda. Just being, true to himself in the moment.

I can do that.

How do you do with “just being?” Do you find it joyful?

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04/02/14: Cashing the Reality Check for Gold / Sun

The Sun Tarot Meaning

I saw this was The Sun today and heard that old Beatles song in my head.

“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter.
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here.
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun;
And I say it’s all right.” –Beatles

The answer I’m seeing is to call upon the light. LOOK for the good, look hard, and ditch anybody or anything who is not wiling to allow you some happy.

I mean, c’mon. Who are you going to listen to? Who are you going to trust to cash out your reality check? Because you can get some gold for it if you accept nothing less.

The answer is calling up what makes your heart sing, what’s good and right and beautiful in your world. The answer is looking to what LIGHTS UP your life, immersing yourself in the WARMTH of love, and in doing so, you can access a little bit of bliss. A little bit of bliss can dish out a high that lasts a good, long time, man.

You feeling the Sun?

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12/23/13: Win Some, Lose Some / Sun Rx

sun reversedIn a poetic response to yesterday’s reversed Moon, we have the reversed Sun. No fooling, and no jive, either.

I’m taking this as “mostly” but not 100%. Your happiness in such situations is a lot more about your outlook than about the external.

Are you going to focus on the sunny side, or look for broken yolks? Does every bit of breakfast have to be perfect for you to enjoy it?

We win some and we lose some. That’s not within our control. The subjective experience, however, mostly is.

Are you feeling the wins? The losses? Or some of both today?

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p.s. Thank you to everyone who got a 2014 Zodiac Look-Ahead reading. I’m making my way through them in the order they came in. So if you haven’t gotten yours yet, it’s coming!