Four of Pentacles: Stability. Do What You Will

I got a reminder this week to pay attention to what sort of energy I consume. Enough consumption and you become saturated. Eventually, you find yourself leaking some of that same energy and getting it on other people in the process.

That’s not who I am. That’s not who I want to be. 

You’d think I’d be expert at following my own advice by now, but I’m just as human as the next gal. The good news is that I caught it quickly and was able to turn it around. It felt SO MUCH better!

I have said forever and a day: if you need the world to cooperate with you to be happy, you’re screwed. Not going to happen. You do have control over yourself and your perspective, however. It’s a big world. Decide where you want to place your focus.

Stay vigilant, friends.  Whatever energy you’re most consuming will impact your sense of reality.

Next Week in the Cards

For outlook, we have the Four of Pentacles. Advice comes in as the Nine of Pentacles–these cards are from the Star Tarot Deck.

I can’t tell you how happy I was to see this card as the outlook.

Tarot fours denote stability–think the four legs under a table. Sometimes you’ll get this card in the face of anxiety, particularly over financial or physical matters (Pentacles).  With or without the worry factor in place though, an underlying, stable energy is depicted. So while the coming week may or may not feature anxiety, the world will not fall apart. That’s good to know!

The Nine of Pentacles is also an interesting draw for advice. This card often refers to education, formal or otherwise.

The woman pictured in the Nine is a person of learning and refinement. She overcomes her baser (animalistic) instincts to advance her own growth. Hers is an utterly personal endeavor, not collective. She doesn’t rely on force to overpower. Instead, rewards come to her as a result of a kind, gentle and loving stance.

Next week, be open to learning and new perspective. Don’t try to force personal conclusions onto unwilling recipients. The Nine of Pentacles doesn’t suggest we school others.  Following her advice would have us leaning into a gentle, kind and observant stance with the intention of self-improvement. That’s always an achievable goal.


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Ten of Pents Reversed: Right or Happy?

It’s been stunning for me to realize how radically different that various individuals can be looking at the very same situations. It’s like we’re watching entirely different movies and arguing about the plot. It reminded me of the Kipling ballad.

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth! -Kipling, The Ballad of East and West

I’ve always really liked this poem. But today, the timelessness strikes me. While the particulars of the story or the language used would be different today than in 1899 when it was first published, the meaning is every bit as understandable.

It’s worth noting our shared humanity as we navigate next week. There will be plenty of opportunities for those committing to that process.

Next Week in Tarot

I accidently reached for the Angel cards first, so I flipped one to go with the weekly reading as an affirmation. “Look for a Sign” was the message about the message.

To elaborate, Tarot delivered a reversed Ten of Pentacles for our weekly outlook, with The Sun showing up as advice. These lovely cards from the Star Tarot gave me the exactly sign I was looking for.

The reverse Ten of Pentacles denotes a hopefulness. We’re unquestionably NOT one big happy family right now, effectively loving one another and working toward shared prosperity–that would be an upright Ten of Pentacles. But for this card to even show up, at least some of that energy must be present, although not fully expressed in the current state. But it’s still there.

In other words, we already share far more than we realize.  A song I just ran across captured that feeling for me.

The Sun asks us to seek a fresher, simpler outlook. We are looking at the world with a new view.

Love, joy and kindness supersedes all else with the Sun’s energy. Broad strokes matter more than specific details. Intentions matter more than interpretations. You could call this perspective naïve. I’d call it refreshingly optimistic myself. Two sides of the same coin, I suppose.

The Sun’s perspective will assume that others mean well, even if their ideas about what that “well” looks like are very different from your own. It’s easy to ascribe positive motives to those whom we agree with. It takes a conscious decision and sometimes quite a bit of effort to do the same for those we don’t.

Given the choice, would you rather be right or happy? That is precisely the choice we have before us.

We can look for signs that we’re completely correct about all we judge wrong in the world. We’ll be able to find it. We can also look for signs of all that’s right in the world. We will, without question, be able to find it as well. It’s a big world and both are obviously present, depending on where we aim our gaze. What we find highlights where we’re looking more than anything else.

I’m expecting ample excuse for both upset and encouragement next week. It’s all going to be in front of us, streaming in brilliant colors. Stress brings out both the best and the worst of us.

I’m looking for signs of the best. Which ones are you looking for (Dix asks rhetorically)?


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Eight of Cups Rx: Instead of Leaving it Behind

I’ve been reaching lately for a perspective that feels both honest but also comfortable, authentic to who I am. I can catch bits and pieces of it but it’s not as consistent as I want.

So I keep reaching.

The rawness remains palpable. However, I’m thinking the message for next week will help.

Next Week in Tarot

For outlook next week, we have the Eight of Cups reversed. Advice comes via the avatar of the King of Cups. These images are from the Radiant Rider-Waite.

An upright Eight of Cups would speak to walking away from an emotional situation or investment. But reversed, it’s suggesting more a desire to leave it all behind, but any attempts to do so aren’t entirely successful. There is difficulty letting go. Remember this if you’re having a hard time stepping back yourself.

I’m feeling the collective vibe as emotionally exhausted, worn down and worried. Know the next week will offer distinct opportunities for emotional soothing and distance from turmoil, although it’s unlikely we’ll be able to release the whole of it. There is, however, value in any relief you can access.

The King of Cups always, always, always acts from the heart. Most of us understand that, if we follow the cards. But one thing people can forget about this king is his special brand of kindness.

Specifically, the King of Cups doesn’t offer a conditional kindness, reserved only for those of whom he approves. His kindness is universal. While his tender heart may sometimes make his path a little (or a lot) more challenging because empathy carries a cost, it gifts him a depth of grace he would never be able to reach otherwise. He’d never get that if his goodwill were reserved only for those he judged as righteous.

The King of Cups loves without requiring reciprocity. That’s huge! He offers universally good intentions. You don’t have to deserve or earn love from the King of Cups. You are loved not because of who you are, but because of who HE is.

This next week, I will be looking to follow this King’s lead. I’ll be consciously fostering a kinder, more loving outlook not only for on those I agree with–that’s relatively easy–but much more importantly, toward those whom I do not agree with. It’s not about what goodwill I may judge as deserved or not. It’s about being true to who I am.

There is good everywhere, if you’re looking for it. I’m looking!


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High Priestess Reversed: Expecting the Best

Welcome to eclipse season. The first of this summer’s big three hit yesterday.

I’d ask if you’re feeling it, but quite frankly if you’ve the mental capacity to read this, I know the answer already.

I talk to my husband about…the world. He’s usually the only one, to be honest.

I know, no matter how disorganized my thoughts or how awkwardly my partially-formed ideas may be blurted, my basic goodness won’t ever be called into question.

It’s safe to process thoughts and feelings. He assumes I’m a decent human being from the get-go. There’s no need to prove the point.

In fact, he doesn’t merely offer me “the benefit of a doubt.” I am gifted an utter lack of doubt. While he may legitimately challenge facts or reasoning, the love in my heart and my desire for the greater good remains an absolute given, always.

Do you know how big a deal that is? It’s hard to even put into words how helpful such an environment can be when you’re trying to process difficult or painful realities. This approach dissolves defensiveness. I can hammer out a new, broader perspective that feels natural without becoming entrenched by a need to justify my starting place.

Now, I’m not about to tell anyone how to feel about anything. I will point out that one’s dominant feelings are largely dictated by perspective. Perspective is largely a function of where emphasis and attention is directed. If you can shift attention, you can shift perspective.

I actively look for good in others. I can almost always find it. It’s a good way to live.

If you can offer anything similar to folks in your world, I highly recommend it. It brings out the best in people. It brings out the best in me, for sure. Next week would be an excellent time to practice.

Next week in Tarot

The forecast for next week is the reversed High Priestess. Advice comes by way of the Two of Wands, as shown here from the Radiant Rider-Waite.

The Priestess is an empath, currently quite overwhelmed. There’s too many intense feelings coming at her for her to easily sort out which are hers. She may feel compelled to act without the benefit of her usual sense of knowing or divine timing. Her intuition remains intact, but the sheer volume of emotion coming at her clouds her ability to distinguish signal from the noise.

Or maybe I project.

Either way, once we come back to center, the Two of Wands guides the way forward.

The Two of Wands shows  a man standing on solid ground. He looks off into the distance with optimism and positive expectation.

He isn’t looking out into the future filled with trepidation and worry over what’s coming. He’s not filled with disgust or anger. It’s not like he couldn’t find cause for those other feelings, but that’s not where he’s looking.

The world is literally in his hand. He understands his personal future is of his own making and in that moment we’ve spied upon him, he’s actively looking forward to the future he’s creating .

Every moment, do your best to both envision and embody the sort of future you want to live. ♥


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Nine of Cups & Strength: Contentment Despite the Rain

I slipped outside yesterday to sip coffee on the front porch, stealing a few minutes between the rain showers.

I was inwardly irritated at the Universe over a week’s worth of unrelenting rain, if you want to know the truth. After days and days of dark clouds filling the sky, I was feeling emotionally waterlogged enough to match the weather.

“Would it kill you to give us a little sunshine, damnit?” I grumbled under my breath. (The neighbors already think I’m weird enough.)

That’s when I took notice of the flowers.

My humble little flowerpots scattered around the front porch were bursting with pretty little blooms. I may get tired of all the rain, but it obviously was doing wonders for those flowers.

I was still looking forward to brighter weather, but in that moment I stopped feeling so bothered by the rain. I could see where it was serving a useful purpose.

The bigger world feels like an exaggerated version of unrelenting rain to me right about now. I have been feeling waterlogged by all of it. But now, I’m also wondering what flowers might be blooming as a result.

Next Week in Tarot

9 of Cups / Strength

For the outlook this week we got the Nine of Cups (Water), with Strength as advice. The gentle imagery is from the Good Tarot deck. Don’t worry–I’ll go back to seeing other decks.  But for today, still, I was looking for a gentle voice.

In fact, the voice here was so gentle, it confused me.

Weekly outlook of the “wish card?”  I’m missing something. That seems utterly unrealistic.

I seldom speak explicitly about current events here. It’s not like what’s going on out in the world isn’t already baked in to any discussion of the universal vibes. Mostly though, I already hear countless voices doing just that, preaching their perspectives. I’m not saying there isn’t value in all of those voices or the missions their speakers undertake. It’s just not my mission.

Stepping back from the particulars, however, doesn’t mean I’m not impacted.

It’s cloudy other there. I want something much sunnier than what I’m am feeling.  It would be difficult to characterize the world as anything short of “stormy” at this moment.

That’s why these cards confused me. Because really, Tarot….

“What on Earth am I supposed to make of that forecast?” I wanted to know.

hermit

The Hermit.

Oh. The Hermit.

I got it.

The Nine of Cups here–typically denoting feelings along the lines of contentment, satisfaction and pleasure–is an outlook that will remain accessible, but on an individual level. It’s not automatic. In the rain, appreciation for what that rain brings is a perspective that must be chosen and cultivated to take root.

This mermaid pictured on the version card has collected her treasures and they are defined as such precisely because she’s chosen to treasure them. I may not value the string of pearls the way she does, but that’s totally irrelevant to her. It’s her appreciation itself that elevates the objects to the status of treasure. Her joy is internally generated.

The Hermit reminds us it’s honing views and following intuitive nudges that refine our inner landscape. He doesn’t need the world to validate his conclusions about what good and right.  He cultivates his own garden in that regard.

In terms of advice, Strength always suggests to me a very gentle yet never wavering approach. She lives her truth with a gentle, consistent integrity. The salient piece of Strength’s advice isn’t really about what one is doing, but rather how it’s done. Living the best version of what you consider right, humbly and without deviation, is exactly how to embody the core energy of Strength.

So if you consider your role of greatest satisfaction preaching loud and proud with the mission of converting hearts and minds, so be it. Do that! If you find the most satisfaction in living your personal truth, hoping in the process to cheer and encourage others doing the same, so be it. Do that! Plant your flowers.

There is always rain. There always will be rain. But there are always sunshine and flowers to follow as well. Whether we’re noticing mostly rain or the sun in any given moment, we do have choices. As for me, I’m on the lookout for some flowers.

Reach out if you’d like a personal consult. We’ll look at how you can cultivate your own flowers.

Two of Cups & Page of Wands: Peace & Passion

I’m tired.

I had to get up up much, much earlier than my body wanted to accommodate repairmen. So I started this column in the morning but set it aside for lack of focus.

When I came back to it, I realized the cards weren’t merely showing me next week’s forecast. They were very succinctly setting my cranky butt straight over what’s been churning through my brain all day.

This is obviously a function of being tired, because Tarot never talks back to me like that otherwise.

Snort!

Seriously, though: I’m going to do my best to follow this advice not only the rest of the day, but next week and beyond. It’s damn good advice.

Next Week’s Tarot Forecast

I’m sticking with The Good Tarot for now because I’m still in the mood for a softer, prettier interpretation of life.

We’ve got the Two of Cups (Water) as outlook, which traditionally is depicted as a couple, sort of like a lesser version of The Lovers. For advice, there is the Page of Wands (or as she’s presented here, Messenger of Fire).

Now, the Two of Cups often heralds a young romance or the like, so it’s a welcome addition to any forecast. As with any Tarot card, there are layers you can unpack. My friend, Josi, prompted me to associate this card with making peace at some point, and it stuck.

You may not have any external interactions whatsoever. It’s not necessary, although it may be part of the mix. But whatever is weighing on your heart, you have the power to make peace with it right now.

Ruminating? Feeling misunderstood or underappreciated? It’s not anybody else’s job to value you. It’s your job to do it for yourself. The arguments you’re making in your head are ultimately with yourself.

The Two of Cups suggests we hold fast to optimism. Good intentions have been set and there’s unfailingly a hopefulness inherent in the energy of this card. People enter into relationships expecting everything to work out. While the future remains unrevealed and perhaps even anxiously anticipated, long-term expectations are nonetheless positive. People don’t enter into unions expecting those unions to break down.

It’s an encouraging outlook. We don’t know what we’re getting. But we are in the position to make peace with the ride anyway, holding out reasonable hope for safe and ultimately beneficial travels.

Furthermore, this little fiery Messenger giving advice would have us let our inner flames glow and grow–but more importantly, act on the fires of passion. Wands are the no-compromise family of the Tarot court.

Allow yourself to imagine successful scenarios and  move forward in that direction. You may have to alter course, but you won’t have to compromise the root, the true heart of your intentions. Just trust that you’ll work it out as you go along. Because you will.

Next week, make peace with wherever you are–or where the world is, whatever. This will help clear your head and settle the din so you can hear (and follow) the truest intentions of your heart. It’s so much less confusing when you’ve made your peace first.

Have a great week, friends. And if you want to schedule a one-on-one to work things through, give me a holler.