Two of Swords & King of Cups: Help with Uncertainty

In times such as these, I don’t know that it’s so much the facts of a current situation that weigh on people as the uncertainty.

We may be okay, today. Our loved ones may be okay, today. But since we don’t know what to expect tomorrow, many are struggling just the same. And not being able to see a clear path from now to then just makes it all feel that much less secure.

There’s no real cure for uncertainty other than waiting (and faith, if you’ve got some available).

But the advice for next week can be well implemented in times of uncertainty and it will help.

Next Week in Tarot

I pulled out The Good Tarot this week because, well, I wanted to see something “good!” Pretty pictures sounded like a great idea to me. For outlook, we got the Two of Swords (air). And for advice, it’s the King of Cups (water).

Many choices are being made right now–some of them hard. In fact, whether we do or don’t do anything at all, in that very doing or not doing, a choice has been made. One need is being weighed carefully against another and we’re making the best of what we’ve got to work with. This is on both personal and collective scales.

Advice is just as straightforward as the outlook: live from your heart. Speak from your heart. Act from your heart. The King of Cups is creative and caring. He’s very aware of emotional currents and not afraid to express his feelings or acknowledge another’s. He doesn’t need to agree with you to be emotionally supportive. The point of view doesn’t matter. Only the “give-a-damn” factor matters here.

This coming week, make the most rational decisions you can and focus on the love. As I’m fond of saying, there’s plenty of both beauty and ugly out there. Our choice isn’t about which exists. Our choices are about what we amplify, by means of our attention, discussion and personal energetic contribution. That’s it. So use your choices to amplify what you want to see more of, okay?

Stay safe. And share as much love as you’ve got to share. It helps.

p.s. I know many  are struggling right now. If you think some Tarot Love could help, please reach out. I’m happy to do whatever I can, so I will be offering sessions on a pay-what-you-can-afford basis for anyone who needs it while we’re in the middle of all this crazy. ♥

Knight of Swords & Queen of Pentacles Rx: Plan in Pencil

I’ve been sort of compulsively crocheting lately, utilizing little snatches of time that I carve out from my daily routine. In the morning during coffee time. My break between work and cooking dinner. In bed while watching TV.  I’m using whatever yarn I’ve already got on hand (admittedly plenty).

Crochet is very calming to me. It’s highly satisfying to complete either a square or an entire project (even when I have no end game whatsoever about what to do with the finished item). It’s meditative and clears my head.

I love the process of the creation. It feels like magic to me–literally making something out of nothing by waving my magic (crochet) wand in and out of some string. I enjoy the planning too–deciding what to make and selecting an approach to get there.

I especially like picking out what yarn to put together. Yarn choice has such a huge impact on the finished piece. Considering what yarn would compliment the texture of the stitch, or laying out colors next to one another to contemplate their potential marriage makes me feel like an artist.

It pleases me tremendously, and the whole point of the activity is being pleased. Even if I didn’t enjoy the planning, I’d still need to do it, though. Since I’m using my existing yarn stash, some planning is necessary to get an finsihed project I like.

But sometimes, the outcome of my planning looks absolutely nothing like what I planned! At times, it’s a better than I’d hoped for but sometimes, not so much. I may form plans all I want, but I come up with consistently better results if I’m open to amending the plan as I go.

This forecast reminds me a lot of this process.

Next Week in Tarot

Ever have on of those weeks where you thought you knew what you were doing, but it turned out nothing like you thought it would? You may consider the changes great or not so much, but you couldn’t have seen them coming. That is exactly what I’m expecting here.

For the outlook next week, it’s the Knight of Swords. Advice is the reversed Queen of Pentacles, paired with the reversed Two of Swords, all from the bright and lovely Crystal Visions Tarot.

This Knight suggests information and ideas will be freely flowing and move fast–although there may just-as-fast-moving changes in direction. Tarot Knights can often signal impulsiveness or unpredictability as well as general movement.

We’d be well-advised not to get too comfy with whatever appears to be “in progress.” Pentacles are the suit of physical manifestation, so this Queen coming in reversed says that nothing is set in stone yet. You cannot take it to the bank. So don’t get married to any approach for taking care of an issue based on what you hear early in the week. Some elements will likely remain in place, but there may be material differences from what you heard early on versus what eventually comes to pass.

There’s also the matter of that reversed Two of Swords I pulled for extra insight regarding the advice. This angel chick tells me isn’t a lot to figure out here. She’s blindfolded. So you won’t be able to see everything coming. No need to overthink–a real temptation in this environment! Instead, remain flexible and pencil in the options because they are prone to needing adjustment as the week wears on.

In other words, roll with the punches. This next week, you may have to pull out some stitches or change plans mid-project. Colors you thought would work together may not, or those you thought wouldn’t may be perfect together. None of this is necessarily a bad thing, but it can undoubtedly trample on your joy if you’re not ready to be flexible. So be flexible!

Are you feeling the need for flexibility?

If you need a little help sorting, as always you can contact me for a private consult here.


p.s. I’ve had some great messages from spirits, guides and dead folks in pre-session meditations. It wasn’t something I planned so much as something that’s developed over time, to the point some of my regulars have told me these are a highlight of their readings.

So I wanted to experiment with this. I’m thinking email sessions (with mp3 downloads) on the meditation visitors plus a simple Tarot spread looking for advice from whomever shows up. The messages in general tend to be very uplifting and encouraging, so think of it like a personal development reading.

I’m trying just a few of these to see how they work out before deciding if I want to make it an ongoing option. So if you’d like to be one of the first (maybe only) to try a Spirit Messages Reading, send  $40 via Paypal this week and we can see how it goes!

Ten of Pentacles & Two of Swords: Madness versus Magic

Yes, sometimes people see the same events but it’s like they are watching two different movies. It’s easy to see out in the world, to a stunning degree.

But you can generate the very same phenomena on an individual level as well.

Looking at the same circumstance in two different states of mind will give you two, very different conclusions.

Madness versus magic is a matter of perspective right now. It’s up to you to choose which you want.

And that’s the theme of the forecast this week.

Next Week in Tarot

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This week, we’ve got the Ten of Pentacles (outlook) and the Two of Swords (advice) from the Star Tarot deck.

I expect the week to be good with one caveat: you have to DECIDE that will be good.

We’re so used checking outside conditions to confirm or deny our personal state. It’s easy to become anxious, compulsively taking score to decide if we’re doing well enough “to relax” or not.

How much money is in the bank or how did that conversation go or how’s that health condition doing? Too often, we decide how we are by looking around. It’s like we’ve abdicated the responsibility–read, control–for personal well-being to the world at large.

There is no real safety in having a solid job or stable relationship or good health or whatever measurement one uses asa personal hallmark of security.  Security via outside forces is always an illusion. Circumstances can and do change. Determining personal stability via the outside trappings is always a precarious position.

Now, I’m not implying any particular circumstance isn’t meaningful to us individually.Wanting specifics in our life is not inappropriate in any way.

But don’t depend on it! Start by assuming your own capabilities, worth and competence. Expect that even if some aspects of your life is not exactly what you want currently, it’s okay. You’ll figure it out as you go.

It helps to remember that peace of mind is internal. As such, it cannot be granted or snatched away by any outside force, because there is no outside force that bestows the peace. Instead, it’s how we think about those outer circumstances and our own ability to deal with them that grants peace of mind.

Perhaps this seems like mere semantics, but it’s not.

If I need something external to feel okay, then I’m never really free (or safe).

So many times people agonize over decisions, not wanting to make the wrong choice and somehow jeopardize their happiness or well-being. Hiccups come not so much from which choices made as they do from splitting our energy after we make the choices.

The worries, the second-guessing, the stressing out is what disrupts our own flow and intuition. That’s the real danger, not making an “incorrect” choice. It’s not a matter any individual choice being the right choice or wrong choice so much as it’s a matter of being “in the flow” versus not.

You think there’s only a single way to progress is life and if you make a wrong turn, there’s no other route? I don’t!

Being in the flow isn’t the specialty of a few, magical unicorn people. We all have the ability. You make the decision to be tuned in. You quiet your mind. You do your best to stay centered, no matter what is going on in the outside world. And you gracefully accept the fact, sometimes you won’t be there. That’s got to be okay, too, because it will happen. The fussing at ourselves over being off our game is a lot more destructive than actually being off our game. Nobody is on-game 100% of the time.

In short, you trust that the Universe will keep spinning, both in your personal life and the world at large. That’s the job of the Universe. Your job is to stay centered and decide to be well.

I expect next week to go very well if you make the decision right here and now, you WILL have a good week. Whatever you see, interpret it in that framework.

You can weigh out your decisions however you like, but once you’ve made one, stick by it. Stand behind yourself! Be your own biggest supporter and the outside world will step up to affirm what you already know. Otherwise, who knows what kind of ride it will be?

How are you at expecting it’s all good, even if you can’t see how right away?

If you’d like a little help reorienting, give me a holler for private consult.

Harder than it Needs to Be: Weekly Tarot, Mar 13 – 19, 2017

There was one trap I used to trip into, time and time and time again when back I did tech work. I’d research how to  do this or that, and look advice from all over for the PERFECT way to go about it. Without fail, the “perfect way” was always ridiculously demanding and difficult to accomplish without far more resources than I had readily available.

Perfection is also very subjective, no? We all have different needs and goals. So another person’s perfect solution would look different from mine. Becuase MY perfect solution takes into account what I can easily do versus what’s a huge struggle.

But I didn’t think like that. I’d still pine for “perfect” or at least “best possible” and try very hard to make that happen. It sounds good but most of the time, I didn’t have the [knowledge / skills / software / time/ help / pick one or more] required to effectively execute. So there were lots of things I ended up making WAY harder than they needed to be. “Good enough” might be readily within my grasp, but I wasn’t pleased when I knew better could be achieved and if I tried harder–much, much harder–maybe I could get there?

I cannot count the number of nights I was up way too late, sitting in front of a computer and cussing myself for committing to way more, way fancier, than necessary. I can’t say I’m entirely over that–too much Virgo in me, yo. But I notice it and have made a lot of progress (or I’d NEVER be able to produce videos for y’all).

When I took a look at this spread, the overriding message was loud and clear.

You’re making it harder than it needs to be.

If that’s as far as you read, you’ll have what you really need to know. Back up a bit and focus singularly on where you want to go, leaving the how out of it.

[bctt tweet=”Manage your own feelings and leave the rest of the world to manage theirs. #OnMyRadar” via=”no”]

But if you want more? Here are the bullet points, man.

Next week in Bullet Points

  • Monday, Six of Swords rx: Willpower alone will not get you there. There’s a requirement: letting Universal forces work instead of plowing ahead doggedly in the only direction you think will work. It won’t be the path expected and it absolutely cannot be forced. Yielding will get you where determination will not go.
  • Tuesday, Six of Pentacles rx: With Venus retrograde, make sure how you distribute resources reflect current values and not old news. Review and realign based on what’s valuable to you NOW.
  • Wednesday, Two of Swords rx: You cannot make other people’s decisions and if you try too hard to push ’em? Prescription for disaster.
  • Thursday, Page of Swords rx: Mixed messages. Be wary of (yourself or others) saying one thing but in actuality, meaning another. Don’t say what you think they wanna hear. Just lay down tracks of unadorned truth, but sprinkle some kindness on top if you can. It’s a smidge edgey.
  • Friday, Seven of Swords rx: Something that you think nobody is watching? Watched. Always behave in a way in private that you’d be comfortable with becoming public, if ever it did.
  • Saturday, Temperance rx. Don’t overdo the drinks! Tendency to over-indulge or act without sufficient restraint. DESIGNATED DRIVER! No unnecessary risks.
  • Sunday, Nine of Pentacles rx: Tendency toward rawness, coarseness, maybe not intentional but there are still sharp edges on interactions. Presentation is not refined. Focus on the message and not the frilly edges and realize your own words may have the same rough, ragged edges to listeners.
  • Overview/Advice: Eight of Swords. You can do what you’re ready to do when you’re ready to do it. All those external factors making it harder? Let ’em go, emotionally. Forget justifications. Just shift your focus from fears to desires to let the path open up for you. Faith, my friends, is your savior here.

Just focus on where you want to go, and don’t try to micromanage the rest of the world. It’s the scripting that is throwing people off. “If I say this, he will say that and she will do this…” That kinda stuff. I would expect that approach to backfire like an old clunker next week. On the other hand, eyes on your own lane and you’ll make it through the week with flying colors.

Do you often make things harder than they need to be?

See what you can do about that, if you do. And be well!

Dix

p.s. This week’s forecast features the Radiant Rider Waite. Get your Tarot on with me, 1-on-1, or just get my book and flip to a random page to get yourself a DIY bibliomancy reading!

 

Clearing Emotional Residue: Tarot Forecast, Dec 19 – 25

When I lost my butterfly bush, I thought I wouldn’t be able to attract birds anymore.

While someone may legitimately ask, “So the %&$# what?” it matters to me.

Birds are wonderful messengers. They are born to the work. Their traversing both earth and the heavens put them in a perfect position to bring us our bits and pieces of truth, and they’ve long been looked to as such, in many belief systems throughout history.

When I’ve been too emotionally wound up, Grackles have come to point it out. Robins show up to remind me, when I’m ready to focus on new growth. Cardinals and Woodpeckers and crows and hummingbirds, even a few owls have all come to visit me, each bearing their own insight and suggestions to offer.

After my former bird haven was no more, the husband suggested we attract some birds to the upstairs window, outside our office. I had never considered we’d be able to do that, But we decided we’d like that a lot, so we set about being open to inspiration about doing it.

And now? We’ve got a glorious parade of bird visitors all day, every day, just about 3 or 4 feet from where I sit and write these words. They eat and sing and look in the window and watch us, as we look out the window and watch them.

And I’m furiously happy about this.

I could have stayed mad, that my fabulous, bird-friendly bush was gone. But that felt awful. Instead, I found a lot more peace and comfort, focusing on what I did want. I wanted more birds. And that’s why I got more birds.

The difference here is exactly where you are choosing to spend your energy. A lot like the week we’ve got coming up.

This week begins in a Mercury retrograde (and it was making itself felt early this go-’round),  so expect blasts from the past along with glitches and delays. Skills that increase your odds for having a good time include flexibility, padding your schedule to allow for hiccups, and soothing yourself emotionally to keep grounded and connected as much as possible. Keeping your emotional tone on track allows you to more easily sidestep aggravations and remain a naturally happy camper.

[bctt tweet=”You clear emotional residue by staying future focused. #OnMyRadar” via=”no”]

Monday, Queen of Pentacles: Welcome, Mercury Retrograde! Anything you can do to smooth the way, do. Add some “comfort room” wiggle into your schedule. During this retro–which I’m expecting to be widely felt as I felt it coming in stronger and earlier than normal–it’s best to give yourself extra breathing room and not so much a good idea to push the envelope or try to slide in at the last minute. Plan ahead, yo. Great day for a good dinner, for yourself and/or others. Take care of yourself, practical matters, finishing your list and getting geared up for the week ahead.

Tuesday, Four of Pentacles rx: Coming across to me as potential for nervousness or anxiety if you’re prone. In terms of the situations in your life, I would expect some snigs and snags but not major issues. A moderate or small amount of conflict. So don’t overreact. Delays, snags, whatever you would expect during Mercury rx. Understand there may be postponements. Keep the anxiety at bay by getting quiet and plugging in before taking action. It might FEEL like a big deal at the time, but I’m not seeing it will play out that way long term. It really IS okay.

Wednesday, Knight of Pentacles rx: Again, I want to say expect snags or hiccups. Being OCD about how things go this week will pretty much drive you insane. So if you tend to be especially fussy or particular, relax your standards here. The Knight of Pentacles reversed often shows a certain obsessiveness and over-attention to details, a rigidity. I see the potential for that and it’s not really where you want to go. So take it as it comes and stay flexible. Another thing that’s really helpful, is realizing, NOT EVERYBODY IS YOU. Just because you see something a certain way, a well-considered conclusion? This doesn’t equate to anyone disagreeing being confused, broken or a bad person. Be open to diversity of all kinds, including thoughts, feelings, priorities and values. Appreciate the beauty in all.

Thursday, Lovers rx: Not a bad card even inverted. In general, most are in a good space and wanting to be happy and get along. With the Mercury Rx irritations, there may be little hiccups in the day’s flow. So stay focused on the bigger picture. Many times you can shift from annoyed to at peace if you broaden perspective.

[bctt tweet=”Choosing between right and happy, always vote HAPPY. #OnMyRadar” via=”no”]

Friday, Five of Cups: Ugh! Not my favorite card. Day feels kind of heavy, morose, sad. Like sitting around thinking of what you’re missing–or who you’re missing–over the holiday. Not out-and-out intense pain, but a general sadness poking at people. To deal with it, make yourself a safe, supportive environment. I’m seeing someone snugging up on the couch with a big blanket and bowl of popcorn to watch a favorite movie. Whether you do something like that or not, ask yourself, “What do I enjoy? What makes me happy?” Do that. Find your happy space and go there!

Saturday, The Hanged Man: First, hold the faith, keep the faith, have the faith, be the faith. In terms of activity, the Hanged Man always tells us to sit, be still and quiet. Which is funny, because his energy is not actually inactive. But his action is internal, energetic. It’s connecting to source first, so whatever action follows later is inspired. Inspired action has real impact. Not busywork, do something to feel better, it’s plugged in, inspired activity. That’s where you get real leverage.

Sunday, Two of Swords Rx. Merry Christmas! In terms of the forecast, this card is saying to me, “Not your choice.” If the question is how someone else lives, what someone else things, who is unhappy, what life choices are being made, who is hopping on what drama train? NOT your choice. Not yours to figure out, untangle, untease, solve or otherwise remedy. Not your problem to solve. NOT your choice. This idea may bother you, but once you take this message to heart, it can be an incredible gift. If you can just love and wish well, without trying to fix, without tossing out your energy toward a whole lot of ends that will never give you joy, you’ll be much better off. Respond to what you want to respond to, and ignore the rest. Get on with your life! So all told, it’s a very empowering stance. Keep this in mind over family visits. Don’t worry about anything, just focus on your own choices and you’ll be much happier.

Overview/Advice, Eight of Cups Rx: Sometimes, the idea of saying “I don’t care about that anymorem” doesn’t automatically mean you’ve left it behind. During the course of the week, especially with Merc Rx, I’m expecting some emotional residue. Lots of reminders of the past, which we also see around the holidays. Think emotional echos. There’s not a lot to specifically do. Understand, it’s there. If you don’t want something to be a big part of your experience, you must focus your attention elsewhere. Mentally rewrite stories. We get so interested in being objective and factual and real, we end up rehashing the same vibration over and over and it turns it up. Change the context, details or perspective to better support you. As you change your story, how you feel changes and as how you feel changes, what you live changes.

Affirmation: Trust. Isn’t that a beautiful message? Trust that you’re okay. Trust that you’re where you need to be and everything is working out for you. Trust that it’s all okay in the bigger picture. People get bothered so much, and so much of the time the issues really aren’t that big of a deal. Life itself is a transitory experience. We’re here for a short time before going back to nonphysical reality. So there is really no way to “get this wrong” since we’re here to create our now and participate in the grand dance of consciousness. That’s worth so much more than who voted for the one you didn’t like or whatever. Plug in to what matters! Being kind, loving, happy? That’s what matters. Most everything else is optional.

Are you keeping that emotional residue to a minimum?

Hope you have a lovely, awesome holiday. Be well!

This week’s forecast features the Tarot Nova Mini and Angel Answers divination deck.

Still running the 2017 Year-Ahead Zodiac Special and been getting great feedback, so check it out if you’re so inclined.

Easy Does It: Tarot Forecast, Sept 5 – 11, 2016

I’ve been nurturing a new practice of late, looking to lift my personal vibration. Tuning and turning up my connection, you know? Becoming more sure-footed in knowing and consciously, deliberately guiding my emotional state rather than leaving it up to the whims of whatever conditions I’m observing. Fostering a less conditional, more internal brand of happy. Intentionally setting my tone and looking for confirmation of it. As you expect and look for confirmation, it turns it up.

If you do this for a while, you’ll notice things. You’ll begin to see the output of your vibration in what shows up in your life and how smoothly things work out. Not everything shows up in the form you’d want–but “problems” become far less problematic and more just part of the road. Less emergency, more Universa- GPS reroute. More faith and more knowing, it IS all alright, always.

We’re all always on the path but sometimes? The Universe provides us a shortcut through some muck. But it doesn’t mean we’re not still traveling.

Hold in your mind the image of a feather, slowly drifting to and fro from the sky. The feather floats this way and that, based on how the breeze is blowing. If you want that feather, you can either watch and lightly wait for it to land. Or you can try to chase it down coming in like gangbusters–the faster you run and grasp, the more likely all that motion is going to cause that feather to float the other way and maybe elude you.

EASY does it. Watch the feathers come down softly and then go over and pick it right up. That’s how you handle this week.

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As you might expect in eclipse season during a Mercury retrograde period, there’s a clear sense here of rethinking and reviewing a whole lot. I’d advise a slower pace this week, building in plenty of time to recoup and relax into the flow. This will net much better results than acting out frustrated impulses.

[bctt tweet=”Take action in the EMOTIONAL state you want to carry through outcome #LOA #OnMyRadar” via=”no”]

Monday, Two of Swords: Take your time as you move forward today, and don’t speak or act on a decision until you have a clear, emotional indication of which route to go. Meaning, make the choice that gives you the most positive emotion as you’re mulling it over. The energy you bring into the decision will carry through to the results.

Tuesday, Six of Pentacles: This is a great time for generosity–even (especially) the kind that doesn’t require you cracking open your wallet. Give freely of good intention, benefits of the doubt for all, assuming the best, and taking nothing but love “personally.” This advice works best when applied from the inside first, going out. Start in the mirror and then share, share, share the good will.

Wednesday, Six of Swords: Possibly tired and a bit worn down, we’re still getting where we’ve intended to go.  You job is to just keep doing what you’re doing and take good care of yourself in the process. Anything that makes you laugh is particularly potent medicine right now.

Thursday, Justice Rx: Be aware the inclination to get all wrapped up in what’s “fair” and “right” and “should be” today. Honestly? It may cross your brain more than once, but pretty much nobody sports righteous indignation gracefully. It’s just not that graceful and it usually feels pretty crummy. Don’t look to re-calibrate the world and try to force others to fit into your idea of balanced and rightness. Recalibrate yourself, get your own bearings and stay solidly rooted in your own energy. The balance needed is within, always.

Friday, Eight of Cups: In this, some may see sadness or not caring anymore. Me? I see freedom, big and bold freedom. There’s been an undercurrent of bother this week about how the rest of the world is not doing as it “should” and therefore, it somehow falls upon our shoulders to set the world straight. That’s a futile and ugly endeavor if ever I saw it. A sweet release of all this baggage makes it so much easier to just BE who you want to be without bothering about whether the rest of the world is who you want them to be. You know? With that approach, you can continue on your own journey unimpeded by baggage that is not of your packing.

Saturday, Ace of Swords Rx: Less thinking, more feeling. Less talking, more listening. Less planning, more adapting. FEEL your way through today.

Sunday, High Priestess: Make sure you give yourself a chance to plug in and feel good! Imagination and visualizations are especially powerful right now. Get yourself in a good-feeling place and play with ideas of what you’d like to manifest in your life. Then allow inspirations to come as they will over the next few days. Quiet downtime, nature breaks and naps are all potential sources of wonderful inspiration.

Overview/Advice, Page of Pentacles Rx, Strength: Strength popped out of the deck before I started to throw cards, so I added her as a modifier to the advice section. This is a perfect combination for Mercury retrograde, when plans and communications tend to go a bit wonky. Gentle, persistent patience is what’s required this week! A light touch, but coming back to double check all that’s important to you. Understand you may have to do and redo a little here and there, so expect it and remain calm throughout. That will get you there.

20160904_123044_HDRAffirmation: I can create my world as I choose. I know, I know. “Why would I create this?” That’s what some would ask.

No matter what your situation, how you look at it–how you think about it and hence, how you come to feel about it–completely determines the emotional tone of the experience. If a thousand people share an experience of the same event, there will be a thousand and two different experiences of that event. (A couple are gonna be wafflers, man.) Your emotional experiences are INTERNAL, not asserted upon you from the outside world. And that is how you begin to create your world as you choose it. Funny thing about that, though. As you line up the energy to experience what you’ve got in the best, most optimistic way that you can? The external circumstances begin to line up to match.

How you doing out there?

Radiant Rider-Waite® in a Tin for the draw this week, punctuated by Abraham-Hicks Well-Being Cards.. Get my book, Everyday Tarot Archives here, or hit me up for a consult. ♥