02/26/12: Undecided? | Two of Swords


“Should I do this, or that?” A or B? Left or right? A sizable number of the readings I do come down to variations of an either/or question. Oddly enough, it’s not a question I think your Tarot reader should be answering directly most of the time. But it’s not like we cannot work with it as a starting point, either.

2_of_SwordsToday’s Tarot is the Two of Swords or “Mental Conflict” as shown here (Moon in Libra—make up your mind)! I love the stunning artwork from the Psychic Tarot oracle, although my associative brain would prefer the yellow or gold border, traditionally associated with Tarot Swords, over the cup-ish blue. But I digress.

The main reason the either/or questions sometimes bug me is that so much of the time, it’s not A or B—it’s C, D, or even Z! Why on Earth do we credit ourselves with being able to immediately grasp every potentiality? Do we not have any faith that the Universe can provide something we hadn’t pre-considered? I will often address these types of questions with three rows of cards—one for choice A, one for B, and one for the unknown option(s).

Tarot Swords discuss the voice of reason. The man here is of two minds, clearly. The options are probably evenly weighted, at least if you take inspiration from the RWS version. I like this illustration in that the left side of the card shows rectangles and squares—like building blocks for a shelter. The right shows a tree—another type of shelter. He could go either way. Or, he may get another offer he hadn’t anticipated.

If you’re struggling with a decision now, just hold still and be with it for a metaphorical minute. Ask for signs and guidance, and then, LET GO! Allow the Universe to provide information, support, or options you hadn’t thought of yet. Because if you ask for help and allow yourself to get it, it comes. The fear-driven urge to solve it all right this second is not the same thing as actual threat. A little faith goes a long way.

Are you struggling with a choice?

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12/09/11: Not my Problem | Reversed Two of Swords, Justice

"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts."Mohandas Gandhi


One thing that’s often helped me avoid bitterness and ill will is realizing that those who are unkind suffer for it—overtly or not. They are the way they are because of their own issues and as unpleasant as someone might be to experience, it’s undoubtedly more unpleasant to BE that person. Knowing that helps me muster a little more compassion, and reminds me to keep my own nose clean, you know?

Today’s Tarot is the reversed Two of Swords (Moon in Libra) and Justice (Libra). You don’t have to decide who gets theirs and and when. You don’t have to worry over fairness. Nor can you save someone from themselves. The simple truth is that it’s out of your hands.

The day of reckoning comes down, though, quite clearly according to who has done what. So bear that in mind when making your own decisions, huh? And don’t believe for a minute if you don’t see it, it doesn’t happen. Let it all go, and know people pay for their own mistakes, at times in ways that are not evident. Keep your eyes on your own scorecard, and you’ll do fine.

Do you find yourself  hit with the Karma you deserve?

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11/21/11: Clearing the fog | 2 of Swords, 7 of Cups

When I want to learn to read with a new deck, I play with it. I make friends. I like to spend time, exploring the cards, asking simple questions to get acquainted and get a feel for how they speak. I consider it Tarot small talk.

While learning the Osho Zen deck, I was trying to decide about getting a laptop. I was torn between two options and wanted a hint. I got the Two of Swords (Clouds) and laughed out loud. It was exactly how I felt at that moment. This deck is cheeky.

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Today’s Tarot is the Two of Swords (Clouds/Moon in Libra) and the Seven of Cups (Water/Venus in Scorpio), here appearing as Schizophrenia and Projections. Looks pretty confusing! But within this fog lies hint of resolution. You are of two minds. Understand and accept your internal conflicts. Forgive yourself for having them.

"What’s real and what’s mine?" This is the question of the day. Are you taking on other people’s feelings or denying some of your own? Give yourself permission to feel whatever it is you feel. The goal is to quiet extraneous noise and get a handle on what really matters. Respect others’ sacred right to forge their own priorities and beliefs and acknowledge the conflicts you face forging your way ahead—it grows compassion when you are compassionate with yourself; use your energy to shape your own world and in the bargain, you get a universal 2-for-1 . You impact the bigger world via the nature of your vibration. Joy ripples outward.

Are you feeling foggy?

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Everyday Tarot, 07/23/11: Don’t Have to Force the Issue | Rev 2 of Swords

reversed-two-swords-tarot-forecast I’ve always found emotional energy builds up in physical space. The more emotional torque, the denser and more lingering the after-cloud. Fights, sadness, joy, fear, laughter—it all sticks like a scent that gets into the carpet and drapes. The smell remains remains until it’s either dissipated or absorbed by people passing through it.

Places where the same emotional tone has been repeated over long periods of time or by great numbers of people, the effect is even more striking. That emotional vibration permeates the physical space which contains it and stimulates similar feelings

Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Two of Swords, or Lord of Peace Restored, associated with the Moon in Libra. There is always a certain stability around this card, if tension. The polarity of the Tarot twos have a built-in sense of balance—the conflicting forces serve to stabilize one another.

The Moon in Libra would like feelings (Moon) to be pretty (Libra), but is practical enough to know that’s not always the case. Animal nature is part of who we are;  the emotional voice hits a full spectrum of  pitches.

 The reversed Two of Swords suggest we stop stressing about each individual choice point, afraid we won’t measure up. Accept the contradicting pulls as part of the human experience. Shift the freed up energy to taking action that you can feel good about—always looking for whatever light you can contribute to the circumstance.

A more Zen approach lessens the burden and lifts your vibration at the same time. It puts you back in the flow, able to receive guidance and inspiration again. And it leaves you feeling a whole lot happier! Don’t worry about being perfect or making a mistake.  We do the best we can at the time, and look to grow in the process. Just commit to being the happiest, best person you know how to be. Because that’s a good place to live.

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Everyday Tarot, 06/02/11: Heart-Centered Zen / Rev. 2 of Swords

inverted-two-swords-daily-tarot-forecastConflict happens. Whether it’s who gets the biggest piece of the pie or how you referee the voices in your head, a dilemma will show up for dinner. This is the emotional ebb and flow of living.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Two of Swords or “Lord of Peace Restored,” associated with the moon in Libra. She’s a little reminiscent of lady Justice, with her blindfold and evenly held utensils. She’s going to be impartial in handing out those portions!

Decisions are to be made. Weight them out, sure, but then make your move. Inverted, she’s suggesting not to get stuck in the process—overanalyzing will just leave your dinner getting cold!

Instead, go for efficiency. Understand the facts, but then, go on to make the decision from your heart. Breathe in, call down light, and ask for what’s in the highest good of all concerned to become clear. Let it go, and your answers will find their way to you. You can have you post-turkey nap now.

Where do you find your Zen?

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