Everyday Tarot, 05/13/11: Power to Conquer…Yourself? Strength

tarot-strength-card-psychic-tarot-oracle“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” –Buddha

Usually, when you hear someone described as “stubborn,” it’s considered a bad thing. At times, though, it serves. Really, it’s all dependent on what you are stubborn about, you know? If the issue belongs to you, and is tied up with your deeper convictions, then yes, dig your heels in. It’s important!

Otherwise…well, maybe not so much. It’s always a question of choosing your battles. If carefully chosen, there’s little temptation to give up before winning.

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Everyday Tarot, 05/12/11: Making Your Own Faith / Hierophant

hierophant-psychic-tarot-oracle“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” –Buddhist Proverb

I consider myself a non-traditional gal. (Like this is a news flash!) But even so, there is certainly a place for tradition in my life. Working the Tarot, for example, IS following a very old tradition, seeking ancient spiritual wisdom using archetypes handed down over hundreds of years.

Whether you believe Tarot wisdom coalesces somewhere in the collective unconscious or not, Tarot symbolism is deeply rooted in multiple spiritual traditions. Maybe that’s why it confounds me a little that many of our modern, Christian friends get freaked out over the cards. Access to wisdom can come in many, many forms.

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Everyday Tarot, 05/11/11: “I am NOT you!” says the Inverted Page of Cups

daily-tarot-forecast-page-cups-inverted-legacy-divine“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One of the very hardest lessons of love is allowing others freedom to make their own choices unimpeded, follow their own path, and genuinely wish them well–even for choices we’d not be excited about otherwise. It’s an exercise in self-control, but one well worth the trouble.

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Everyday Tarot, 05/10/11: Mother’s Day Recovery with the Empress

daily-tarot-forecast-empress-legacy-divineHeard some reports on Mother’s Day. Sounds very much like it was a mixed bag for many. I was lucky—I had a quiet, low-drama day, just the way I like it. I received a boatload of well wishes, and my husband made sure to pay me a little extra attention. That’s not easy, since I already command a fair amount of his attention as it is. Ha!

Considering we’ve just had Mother’s Day and it’s undoubtedly still on many people’s minds, I wasn’t too surprised to see the card for the daily Tarot forecast.

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Everyday Tarot, 05/09/11: Reflecting Better Relationships/Two of Cups Tarot

two-cups-tarot-card-meaningDoing a daily Tarot column for a while now, I’ve been known to fuss and cuss repeat appearances. I draw these cards specifically for the daily Tarot forecast, relying on Tarot to give what is most needed. So I mean no disrespect to the cards as a tool—I know better than to do that! It just makes my job of thinking of something insightful to say that much harder is all. But hey. I’m not one to shy away from a challenge.

Today’s Tarot is the Two of Cups (again), aka “The Lord of Love” and associated with Venus in Cancer. Nice to see this one upright! Tarot twos speak to union, duality and balance and cups, as representing the Water element, speak to emotion. So the Two of Cups is, at it’s most basic level, a coming together of feelings, balancing interests of two people in a loving (Venus), nurturing (Cancer) way. The relationship may be personal or business, but the feelings are quite real either way.

The good news about seeing this card again, now upright, is that the loving energy and sense of connection that was sketchy a few days ago is now expressing freely. The air has been cleared!

golden-rule-law-of-attractionOne point you’ll often hear mentioned about the Two of Cups is the reflective nature of the relationship. See how the pair mirrors one another? When you have a Two of Cups pairing, what you are experiencing is always comparable to what you are giving. You see yourself reflected in the other, and the other sees themselves reflect in you.

In terms of energy, like attracts like (aka The Law of Attraction). Energy vibrations can be either accidentally or intentionally directed, but we all have them nonetheless. If there is a disparity in vibrations with those closest to you, over time the rates either sync up or the relationship falls away. There’s no other way. If two people do not express a complimentary vibration, they cease to be paired. But since when is following the Golden rule ever bad advice?

So in considering the Lovers’ energy, ask yourself what you see in your partner because invariably, you are offering some version of the same vibration. You want more love, affection, trust or generosity? Express that yourself, and display gratitude when you receive it, which turns it up. Give freely what you want to have, and balance emerges naturally.

Do you see a reflection of yourself in your close relationships?

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Everyday Tarot, 05/08/11: Knight of Swords and his Chaffing Armor

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“Just do the best you can, Dixie. Because that’s all you can do.” My parents always told me this, and it was one of the things that stuck, I’m glad to say.

Most do fine with the “doing the best you can” part. It’s the letting it go afterward part that proves challenging. It can become a never-ending game of “What if?” if you’re not careful where you can never win.

Today’s Tarot is the Knight of Swords, associated with Air in Air. He tends towards an intellectual idealism. Sometimes cutting or sharp towards others, his judgment secretly falls most heavily upon himself when he falls short. Since his standards are based on ideals, he eventually will fall short.  In his black and white worldview, addressing his own fallibility can easily become an Achilles’ heel if he doesn’t learn to grant some latitude.

Ideal and Reality don't always machThe Knight of Sword misses the mark at times, refusing to acknowledge ambiguity. Always full of ideas and logic, life is an equation that doesn’t always add up properly. His ideals serve as a great starting point, a compass and guide, but life is lived in  everyday experience. The two do not necessarily coincide.

Those areas he’s most aggressive about controlling in others are almost always sore spots in his own self image. His armor chafes there, the swell of agitation internally prompted. This is where his sense of himself the ideals he wants to fight for are in conflict.

If you are the Knight of Swords, cut yourself some slack. Look after those raw spots with a little tenderness and care to allow them to heal. Trying to block it off is only rubbing the wound raw so cushion and tend. And if you know the Knight, approach him with the same kindness and compassion he has difficulty showing to himself. He’s demanding, but discerning. He can not only be soothed by your kindness, but learn from it.

Do you know a Knight of Swords?

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