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.

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. ♥

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Shine Your Light: Weekly Flow Tarot, June 13 – 19, 2016

I’ll never forget when I came out of the Woo closet.

It was simultaneously among the most terrifiying and exhilerating things I’d ever done. Saturn was in Virgo in my first house, and I felt compelled to self-define honestly. It seemed important, if dangerous. (I still made most of my living pushing pixels and fixing websites at the time.)

While I ran across a few eye rolls–some literal, some metaphorical–overall? It was kind of a big, fat nothing. Heck, some folks even shared with me their own woo orientations. I never would have guessed.

Because you don’t know. How could you? People hide. I hid. I get it.

Beyond that, though, most people are far too busy worrying about what you think of them to think all that much of you. And those who aren’t, who get all twisted up and scandalized becauase you’re not them?

Not really worth offering free rent  in your head.

Being TRUE to yourself, allowing your inner light to shine, is a huge service. It helps encourage others to do the same. So shine your true light, my friend. We NEED you!

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We have a large amount of reversals in the spread. Six of the eight cards I pulled were reversed! If this had been a client reading, I probably would have acknowledged it’s a very difficult, slow-moving time, like trudging through molasses, and turned them upright to simplify interpretation. But it’s not a client reading and they spoke to me just fine, how they showed up.

The overall sense I’ve got this week is one of feeling out of step with those around you. Not a miserable, overwhelming kind of thing. More like, “If people really knew me, knew who I really am, I’d be utterly rejected. Must maintain cover.” And it’s the attempts to maintain your cover–appear as a complaint, respectable member of the community when you feel anything but–that’s got the potential to trip you up.

So don’t do it. Your best guidance system this week (and any other) is your internal one. Nothing else matters.

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Monday, Darkest Fears/Sacral Chakra – Eight of Swords Reversed: A buried worry, that you’ll be forever miserable and it will be your own damn fault. You can get past this two ways: 1.) Look for ways to laugh at what’s going wrong. Make a game of it. And 2.) Seek out thoughts, activities and company that you KNOW brings you joy. It’s easy to shift out of this “trapped” mindset. All it mostly takes is the decision. In other words, most of the bad mood mojo today is not entrenched and not permanent. Consciously shifting your perspective will lift you right back up.

Tuesday, Feeling Alone – Ten of Pentacles: It’s easy enough to feel alone in a crowd, depending on the crowd. Look for your people to reconnect if you’re feeling cut off. And if that’s not cutting it for you? Enjoy your own company. The feelings of isolation will pass.

Wednesday, Blossom – The World Reversed: Your job today has nothing to do with what’s expected of you, and everything to do with who you are on the inside. Favor that.

Thursday, Success & Growth – Ace of Wands: Follow your heart and what you love for the win!

Friday, Spread Your Wings – Nine of Cups Reversed: Expand your definition of “wonderful,” and your life will expand to fit it.

Saturday, Lead – Two of Swords Reversed: Quit waffling and just make a decision already. The world will follow suit afterward. It’s usually not so much making the “right” decision or “wrong” decision as it is about doing SOMETHING. You adjust as you go.

Sunday, Release – Two of Wands Reversed: Release old stand-offs taking up space in your head. Not worth your time. Don’t wait for anyone else to bury the hatchet. Because don’t you have better things to do than even bothering?

Overview/Advice, Heal – Five of Cups Reversed: Mourning does soften over time. Allow it. Feeling it come and go like the waves on a shore? This is a natural part of the healing process.

IMG_5164Affirmation – Relationship Harmony from Archangel Raguel: “We angels are opening the hearts of everyone involved. Arguments and conflicts are being resolved now.” No matter what the discord, you are best served by keeping a soft heart, as much as you can. Not freezing it up. Not forgetting boundaries or dropping your own needs at the curb. But looking at life, at relationships, at everything, with a softer, more compassionate heart.

That’s not excusing or approving. It’s just not letting life–or anyone in your life–decide for YOU. If someone doesn’t fit into your circle, they’ll evacuate it soon enough. The most important thing is to remember who YOU are and no matter what’s happening about you, stay solid on that note.

You feeling a little misfit lately?

This week’s forecast features the Radiant Rider-Waite minisis, The Tarot for the Heart, and Archangel Affirmation Cards. If you like the forecasts, you’d probably like Dixie’s book, Everyday Tarot Archives, or better yet, find out more about working together one-on-one. ♥

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Nobody’s Business But My Own – Weekly Flow Tarot, May 16 -22

People try–sometimes VERY hard–to heal others. Loved ones, strangers, friends, acquaintances. It doesn’t matter.

And there is beauty in that, the way humans reach out and care about each other, even if that caring at times comes across as overbearing or otherwise onerous.

But right here and right now, with the energy what it is and the sky what it is and everything else what it is, the healing must begin at home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html.

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Tarot Cups are very well represented this week–maybe a little too well represented–with a smattering of Swords and just a dash of Wands making appearances. That tells me it’s gonna be a squishy week! Now, it can be emotional-all-over-the-place squishy, or you can use the very same energy to tap into magical, mystical forms of expression. I’m opting for the latter.

In other words, talk to the flowers and trees and little critters. Ask your body what it wants from you! Imagine sending your “roots” deep into the earth and connecting to the solid, stabilizing energy of our world. Bless your food and infuse it with good health. Thank your house for keeping you safe and thank your car for moving you to and fro. Thank your feet for holding you up and thank plants for sharing oxygen and beauty to brighten your day. Say your prayers and do your magic spells and just allow these feelings to reach crescendo and then RELEASE.

This is like blowing up your balloon nice and big and then, letting it go! That will burn through the squish while letting it serve you at the same time. Because otherwise? You’d probably get stuck crying it off and that’s no fun. This week’s forecast is literally chock full of indicators to look within, focus on yourself, and take charge of your own space on every level. So do that!

Monday, Blossom/Crown Chakra – Eight of Cups: Let it go to blossom AND to improve your spirit connection. Purge the old, be it physical, concrete items or emotional (and hence, energetic). Hint: the emotional and energetic release comes very swiftly from taking physical action, or purging physical items. Something my friend Aliza said recently about the Eight of Cups struck me. The usual rendition has someone walking away from upright cups and she reminded me, those cups remain intact even though you’re walking away from them. They are not spilled or destroyed. So here, the idea is that you need NOT continuing to worry about anything that’s not yours. Problems that aren’t yours? You can let it go. Confusion, ugliness, wrongness out in the wild? Let it go! YOUR EMOTIONAL NEEDS ARE JOB 1 this week. Other people’s needs/wants/issues are just that: other people’s.

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Tuesday, Master/Third Eye Chakra – Six of Cups rx: I’m seeing this as hesitation to trust yourself, either in-general for decisions or especially, intuition. There’s worry over being naive and missing the obvious. Fear is very loud, energetically. It’s hard to hear through! It’s also concentrated and forms a barrier that keeps the good stuff (including intuition) out. So instead, quiet your mind. Ground and center. Ask for what you need to know to be shown to you. And then? Trust. Let it go. Relax. Nap, or walk or do something else. To master your ability to access Third Eye knowing, you’ll be looking for feeling nudges, what makes you feel good without the judgement or follow up questions as to whether or not that feeling “makes sense.”

Wednesday, Helpless & Hopeless – Ace of Cups: Very small feelings make very big ripples today. There’s an advantage to that fact though. Small feelings require smaller adjustments to make big changes. Discriminate over what feelings you “drink in.” Avoid negative people and unhappy litanies wherever you find them. My go-to emergency strategy for this kind of energy is a gratitude list. I know it sounds hokey but if you try it, you’ll see what I mean. Articulate what you’re grateful for and allow yourself to experience the flush that goes with feeling it, deep down. Best remedy for chasing away the hopelessness, right there!

Thursday, Heal – Two of Swords rx: You didn’t have choices always, about what pain has visited. But you can still heal it. Just understand it’s not a linear, thinky-thinky kind of process. The healing doesn’t lie in weighing out the impact of injury mentally. It lies in allowing yourself to grieve, the quiet time and space. It lies in treating yourself lovingly and kindly. It lies is seeking comfort and then accepting that comfort without argument. I’m seeing this like a long walk through flower-filled paths. There isn’t thinking, “Oh, I will enjoy these flowers now. The science behind their blooms is amazing and the scents stimulate my neurons to fire in a pleasing arrangement.” You just take it in and experience it, you know? The healing doesn’t have to be deconstructed. You just allow it in!

Friday, Just Breathe – Queen of Wands: Slow, deep and determined breathing will stabilize any difficulties and provide clarity and strength. The Queen of Wands is a very tough cookie and she’s on your side today! Passion, determination and incredible force of will are hence at your disposal. To access these gifts, stop, breathe and see that firely strength flowing right into your crown. Seriously!

Saturday, Release – Knight of Swords rx: Stop speculating over the whys and wherefores that have gone before. Does it really matter what someone’s motivation was when they stabbed you? And is that understanding worth reliving the stabs over and over? Purging, distraction, or replacement are the tactics I’d go for. Getting rid of physical items (or electronic communications, etc.) that trigger pain. Finding other ways to engage your mind and body that you like. Or if you’re having trouble breaking free, channel the energy into creative activity. It will help!

Sunday, Find Balance – Four of Cups: Today, use the power of your imagination to support you instead of sabotage. It’s un-worry time! Imagine how you might feel if your life is full and blessed and you’ve been gifted by the Universe with what you need to blossom and flourish. Imagine what the perfect balance of giving and recieving might feel like. Imagine bliss and joy filling your days and night. Daydream on that! This will ground and balance you.

Overview/Advice, Shine – The Empress rx: Don’t be the world’s Mama to shine this week. Don’t be cutting the meat on someone else’s plate to help chew on their lessons. Not your job right now. Take care of the self. Digest lessons for the self.

Affirmation, Solitude: “Be empty and still. Seek no company and find union with self. Observe your mental and emotional state. Right relationship with ourselves is necessary for a balance relationship with others. Solutions can be found in solitude. We are either alone or all one. Be quiet and your soul will sing.” I think I’m going to use the affirmation, “I’m at peace with myself.” But these thoughts are clearly echoing the rest of the forecast.

It’s retrograde season, astrologically. Bits and pieces of the past are coming into focus and they can pack some pretty hefty punches. We deal with them by taking a step back, out of the bustle and noise, and allowing the feelings to come. They’ll wash up, over you. You just let them. You feel your feelings! You accept them and offer a safe space, full of love, for the “you” that has felt these feelings and is looking to heal the hurts of the past. Hold no judgement, for self or other. Just feel them. This allows them to do their cleansing work. And quiet, downtime and solitude is the perfect environment for this to happen. We’re all going to be feeling the old feels for a while – but now? I want to HEAL the old feels!

Are you feeling the old feels?

This forecast features the Tarot Heart Oracle, the Tarot Nova, and Wisdom of the Crone divination cards. If you enjoyed it, you’d probably like Dixie’s Book, Everyday Tarot Archives, or better yet, a personal consultation.

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Tender: Weekly Flow Tarot, May 9 -15

You know how the word “tenderness” can mean kindness or a soreness, a hurt that is vulnerable?

That’s the temperate I’m getting right now. Tender.

And from both ways. And for the ouchy way, I’m sorry.

So I’m here to remind you, the most powerful protection from the tender causing injury is self-care. Being kind loving to yourself, so you can be kind and loving to everybody else. Without adding undue injury in the process.

For this next week, some sore spots coming in and out of focus, like tides rolling in and out. Tender. And how they heal, how we make our way through them going forward will be shaped and shifted and altered by displays (or withholding) of compassion.

I suggest invoking the kindness bit, as it will ease the sting of the sore spots tremendously. As always, start in the mirror.

May 9 - 15 2016

Monday, Shine – Queen of Wands rx: You focus must be directed upon your own part in the play, not that of anyone else. Stay firmly in your own space, with your own values and objectives and tune out everything off-task to shine your inner beauty all over that mess. Okay?

Tuesday, Find Balance – Two of Swords: This combo smacks of decision-making and compromise. Key is leaning in to principles and values, while letting go of what doesn’t really matter vs. win-lose scenarios. Keep your ego off to the side to focus on objectives and you’ll get further.

Wednesday, Release – Ace of Cups rx: It’s an emotional thing. And it would not take a big change, to shift how you feel from hurting to better. Just a little shift, in the way you choose to frame it. Hone in on what’s kind or loving that you can find in or around the situation. Any way or time you can invoke love, you’re calling upon one of the Universe’s most powerful healing forces.

Thursday, Just Breathe – Six of Cups: Great day for daydreaming, reminiscing, or otherwise allowing your imagination to roam. Please do not put a lot of stress on yourself today, okay? It would be a great time for something fun, and especially activities that remind you of your youth. Exhale, folks!

Friday, Darkest Fears – Eight of Cups rx: Scared you won’t be able to let go of your lifeline? That thing that doesn’t really work for ya so well anymore, but it feels safer? Fear that you’ll fail without what you’re increasingly becoming to expect is a false sense of security? This is a worry about not being able to do without. I’d suggest looking at what the fears tell you about how you perceive yourself because that’s the most fruitful focus of this laser beam.

Saturday, Believe & Succeed – The Lovers: Make your choice, and commit to it. While the couple on the Two of Cups is young love, the Lovers are seasoned. Look to maintain as much harmony as you can between who you are and what you do. Harmony between who you are and what you do yields success. Helpful Hint: At least one of the people you’re believing in has to be you.

Sunday, Giving & Receiving/Heart Chakra – The Fool: You cannot hold onto preconceived notions AND have a completely open heart. The two are mutually exclusive. You have to be open to the energy exchange itself to give and receive. Preconceived notions serve as walls, keeping us from experiencing the present moment and truly being with others. The secret is being discriminating in whom you opt to share heart energy with.

Overview/Advice, Love Abounds – The Star: LOVE GIVES HOPE. Love heals.

Love lets you ride the waves of life instead of drowning. #OnMyRadar Click To Tweet

Affirmation, Water: “Water represents emotional energy, intuition, the deep mind and receptivity. Water’s fluidity adapts to whatever environment or form it finds itself in, without losing its essence. As the ocean mother responds to the pull of lunar energy, we, in our bodies of water, respond to the ancient ones. Listen to your inner rhythms.”

This is a fluid week. Understand that there is a heightened emotional sensitivity right now, amongst yourself as well as everyone else. Take your time and take the space to allow yourself to feel your way through the challenges. It’s not only okay it’s that way–it’s perfect that way. Because it’s exactly what we need to get through our respective challenges. The Universe hands us retrograde soups like we have presently s to allow us to rewire sections of our lives. How foolish it would be to waste the opportunity! It really is a gift in ugly wrapping paper.

Purge Therapy, Retrograde Style: I’ve set up a box for donating to the thrift store, and in gradually adding bits and pieces of energy I want to release in this box. I’m doing this very gradually, just when I’m picking up or it happens to occur to me. I’m doing gut checks and reviewing what kind of feelings, what kind of energy is attached to each object. I’m cleaning out emails and pictures. I’m looking at things in my house and saying, “If I were to move, would I want to take that with me? Do I want this to be in my future?” The release you get when you “weed for the future” this way is wonderful.  And what you’ll also find is that circumstances in the physical tend to shift, sometimes very promptly after you cut your energy from whatever you’re purging.

So do that – release. In doing, you’re weeding for your future so your selected seeds will have the best chance to grow healthy and strong.

Are you feeling this?

This forecast features the Tarot Heart Oracle, the Tarot Nova, and Wisdom of the Crone divination cards. If you enjoyed it, you’d probably like Dixie’s Book, Everyday Tarot Archives, or better yet, a personal consultation.

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