Everyday Tarot, May 17, 2011: And…Exhale / Inverted Four of Swords

inverted-four-swords-daily-tarot-forecast-housewives.jpgWith the sky lighting up Taurus now, we’re moving from our testosterone-enhanced spring, and energy has downshifted. Whatever you started under the Mars itch will begin to feel more settled as you move your attention to the day-to-day living of it. Now is when the vision gets fleshed out in the real world, but like anything that’s got the Bull’s hoof prints on it, it doesn’t happen fast!

Four of SwordsToday’s Tarot is the inverted Four of Swords or “Lord of Rest from Strife,” associated with Jupiter in Libra. Man, rest from strife sounds nice, huh? Most often when I see this card, I think, “And…exhale.” Because it shows up with the situation is stable (Tarot Fours) and you’ve got a window of opportunity for a nap—refresh and regenerate is the first order of business. It will clear your head (Tarot Swords). Inverted, we’re not in full on rest mode, but may be moving into in, moving out of it, or in sore need of it!

The traditional version of the Four of Swords shows a stained glass window—he’s in a spiritual sanctuary, where he can lay down his sword and let go of his worries completely. He’s so withdrawn he looks almost dead! Just like our cucumber-eyed housewife, the break from the world gives needed clarity and energy when it’s time to return to the battle, be it a sword fight to the death or just sales day at Macy’s.

I’m finding my rhythm here at A Fool’s Journey and doing the day-to-day work of fleshing out what I’ve started on the tail end of the Aries party. It’s a lot less stress than launching a new site…and a lot slower going. I’m right here with the inverted Four of Swords, and see our happy housewife’s beauty routine as a great reminder that I  best shine if I schedule time for me. Don’t want those pores to start clogging on me. And…breathe.

Are you getting a chance to exhale yet?

Everyday Tarot, May 17, 2011: And...Exhale / Inverted Four of Swords 1 The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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Everyday Tarot, 05/16/11: King of Pentacles is my Safety Net

IMG_1234The King of Pentacles or “Prince of the Chariot of Earth” is associated with Fire in Earth. He’s a very fatherly sort, and likes to look after and provide for his kingdom.  He tends to their physical needs the way the King of Cups attends to emotional needs. He’s solid and steadfast and true. In a word, he’s grounding.

That’s why I like to have my husband with me, when I’m around my family. He’s my King of Pentacles. I’ve had a very hard time with my family and while it’s generally okay now, I’m not beyond getting triggered.  I feel more stable when I’m with him, and if something happens that might throw me off balance (as sometimes does), having him there makes it easier. I know he loves me, and will look out for me if I start to lose footing. He’s my safety net.

Do you have  King of Pentacles?

Everyday Tarot, 05/16/11: King of Pentacles is my Safety Net 2 Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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Everyday Tarot, 05/15/11: Practice What You Preach / Inverted Seven of Swords

seven-swords-daily-tarot-forecast-morgan-greer“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.” –Joseph Hall

Sometimes, operating under-the-radar or without explicit permission is an excellent idea. Other times, not so much. But regardless, it’s always advisable to live in such a way you could be proud if your choices became public knowledge.

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Everyday Tarot, 05/14/11: Traveling Light / Six of Swords

daily-tarot-forecast-six-of-swords-morgan-greerTransitions are just…hard. You know? Even necessary transitions, good transitions, moves to something bigger and better and more suited—still, they are just plain hard. I’m feeling this with the move to A Fool’s Journey from writing the Daily Tarot forecast at Elsa’s place now. Sadness is comingled with anticipation. It’s an odd mix, smacking of bittersweet.

Today’s Tarot is the Six of Swords or “Lord of Earned Success,” associated with Mercury in Aquarius. It’s another card people cringe at because of the sad tone, but just as with other challenging cards, it carries blessing in equal proportion to difficulty. Tarot swords can be challenging because so often, something is being cut out so there’s a sense of loss. But also like other Tarot swords, most often the detachment was the rational choice.

When you see the Six of Swords card, know your journey is already well underway. Detach (Aquarius) your thinking (Mercury) from the old way of life because you’re headed to new destinations. It’s perhaps some comfort to know this journey is not made alone, even though it may feel that way. Like all Tarot sixes, this is a cooperative effort even if it’s not immediately obvious, so you’ll have family, friends or some kind of guide along the way to support you. Acknowledge and appreciate the support you’ve got to get more of it.

work-in-progress(By the way—have I mentioned lately how much I appreciate you all following me here? Because I do.)

Despite the darkish mood, I always find the Six of Swords encouraging. By the time it shows up, the hardest part is behind you. You’ve made the changes, cut the ties, rectified the situations that needed altering. In short, you’ve done what needed to be done. What you’ve got left is no longer what you’ve expected for sure, but due the changes you’ve made, it’s what’s needed. I’d rather have what’s needed that what’s expected any day, even if it can be somewhat uncomfortable getting there.

How are your travels going?

Everyday Tarot, 05/14/11: Traveling Light / Six of Swords 3 The Book of Tarot: Illustrated with the Morgan-Greer Tarot
by Susan Gerulskis-Estes

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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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