Monday, June 26, 2017

New Neighbors Reading

Here's a quad of cards I pulled just now about what the situation with our neighbors-to-be might look like. We live next to a rental house, and in the 2.5 years that we've lived here (not very long), this is the second set of renters--and they are just now moving out after only having lived there 6 months. We didn't really know them--only waved to them occasionally, but I admit I am always nervous whenever new neighbors move in. I particularly liked the first set of renters who lived there when we first moved in--three low key, smart and thoughtful women. I missed them when they left! In any case, here is the basic run-down of the cards and/or my thoughts on them:

King of Pentacles: This methodical or earthy man makes me think this is describing the personality of one of the tenants that's moving in. I can't really imagine what else it could mean. But I'll think on it!
9 of Pentacles: Traditionally, the 9 of Pentacles is a woman with her own business--or a financially savvy woman. This is what I see in the 9 of Pentacles. Someone earthy and capable. But in this deck it is a bit different than the usual. In any case, this card does mention charity and generosity. They seem like fairly decent qualities to have in a neighbor.
4 of Swords: Speaking strictly 'from the book' the 4 of Swords often means respite and peace, but in this deck it has a much more rigid meaning--it's more about structure and routine. Just looking at the image here you can see this quality coming through. It almost has a 'military' feel to it.
2 of Swords: Interesting image, right? This card is about duality and polar opposites. Maybe it highlights differences--either between the tenants themselves or between us and them. But either way, differences can live in harmony, or that's hopefully the idea.

Haha, it's funny because looking at the images of the cards I almost get the sense that it's three guys and a girl, but that's fairly literal. I wouldn't necessarily say that's the case, but I won't rule it out. I actually have no idea who is moving in. I haven't seen them and I have no idea what to expect.

I'll do my best to update you guys on this situation.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Motivation Confirmation: Two Touchstones

I'm listening to the weekly Michael Neill show on HayHouse Radio, and the topic is motivation--basically, instead of thinking of ways to 'force' yourself to be motivated to do things, you instead 'uncover' what it is you already want to do. Because you want what you want and you don't want what you don't want. And it makes sense to me to work with what we want rather than fight upstream against what you we think we should do but don't really want. I think this is stellar advice.

So many times I've forced myself to go against the flow of my wanting, and it never ends well. Maybe, at first, it looks good and it's all polished and well thought out, but it's not authentic. It's fine and dandy...but it's not what we want. These two cards I pulled from the Dreams of Gaia Tarot represent the energy behind my true motivation--what I really want, what really pulls me. The flowing forward motion of the 8 of Wands--spontaneity and momentum. To me, the 8 of Wands is one of the best cards in the deck to represent momentum. The natural flow and quickness of this card is one that always makes me feel more alive.  And the honest energy of Integrity, though seemingly boring, is actually really freeing because it is us expressing the real us in the moment, without so many layers of overthinking and hesitation. It's like going down a slide and feeling swept up in the fun of it. I'm sharing some of the key phrases from both cards (see the box on the lower left side of the image) because I think they're perfect for this.

Much Love,

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eight of Fire: End of Delays?

Goofy photo. Do you like my bandage accessory? I picked some pretty colorful ones. :D
UPDATE: So, it turns out that a few hours after this happened I finally got the recovery information to get my phone unlocked. Turns out, according to my husband who has the date and time saved, that I was without the phone for a full month. Ugh! Anyway. It's nice to see this card was accurate. I got this card a few times in the past day or so.

So, my phone is still out of commission. Three plus weeks in. Yep. So, because my hubby is not home and I can't use his phone to take pics I am using my Photo Booth but the image isn't very clear. I apologize! In any case, this is the 8 of Wands, a card I've gotten a few times in a row recently. The caption for this card (on the card itself) says:

"Events moving at a fast pace. Delays are over. Many things happening at once."

I hope this pertains to my phone issue, which has been delayed for quite some time. I would LOVE for this week to be the week that the recovery for my phone is completed. Oy.

Of course, it can also means lots of e-mails, calls and texts (of course the latter two are impossible at the moment due to my phone being 'in recovery') and communications in general. Often, if I receive this card I hear something within one or two days maximum. I don't mess around a lot with timing and readings, but I would call this a 'fast' card...probably the fastest timing card in the deck. I remember a particular reading where I received this card, plus the ace of pentacles, and within an hour or two, I had a check to me in my mailbox.

One can hope!

Much Love,

Friday, June 16, 2017

From My Bag of Forgotten Oracle Cards: The Shining Tribe Tarot

Ace of Birds, left and 4 of Stones, right
Greetings Dear Readers,

Digging through my closet to find a bag large enough to put my dad's Father's Day gift in, I found a bag of decks that I had put aside to gift/give away. Some of these I like OK but they aren't my favorite decks--I've somehow fallen out of favor or out of rhythm with them. Others I just really didn't like at all and tried to like them but couldn't force it. In any case, I emptied the bag and put the decks on the top shelf of the study closet so I could get a better look at the contents of this forgotten bag of oracles.

Amidst these discarded oracles is a deck, The Shining Tribe Tarot, that I have had for a number of years. I used to use it quite a bit, but for some reason I haven't been using it the past few years, and I found myself sorting it out into the 'donate' pile. But now I'm reconsidering this. There's something quietly profound about this deck and its primitive, colorful imagery. Rachel Pollock did a lovely job with the book and deck, really. Sometimes I'm in the mood for the style and substance of this deck and other times it doesn't feel right. That's the thing with oracle decks. You can be totally in love with a deck one year and be utterly sick of it by the next. But that's why I do try to cycle through my decks periodically, though I do have favorites.

Here are the basic divinatory meanings for the two cards I chose, though the longer descriptions given in the book are definitely worth a read:

Ace of Birds: Truth, wisdom, sadness, honesty. Looking into the mysteries of life and death. Intellectual rigor and courage. The soul in its search for meaning. 

4 of Stones: Stability, structure, security, including economic security. All of these do not control or stifle the person, but rather create opportunities. Good relationships. Discoveries, especially of wonder in simple things. A look into the past. 

That feels like a fairly balanced duo, doesn't it? A good blend of mind, body and spirit. Practical, but reaching out for something deeper, too. This is my two card focus for the present. The Ace of Birds (Swords) seems almost harsh when you read it, but it's nothing but personal truth and honesty. It's not looking to be harsh or mean in any way. It's just looking at current circumstances with an unbiased eye (as much as possible). This reminds me of the Power Path website's theme for June: Reality Check. A good read if you want to check it out.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Single Card Focus: Ace of Wands to Mitigate Boredom and Burnout

Feeling a kind of summer blahness, I decided to pull a single card focus, and I got the fresh and zingy energy of the Ace of Wands--a card of creative and new beginnings. As a creative person (which frankly everyone is) I particularly enjoy the idea of starting a creative project or otherwise sinking my teeth into some venture that will give me a fiery focus. I definitely do better when I have a creative, personal goal. I find myself feeling pretty bland when I don't create and start things. Pursuing things, no matter how small or seemingly significant, add up to a lot over a lifetime. We don't realize until they're not there how much they enhance our life. To quote Vonnegut:

“Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow – whether there is a market for it or not! The kick of creation is the act of creating, not anything that happens afterward. I would tell all of you watching this screen: Before you go to bed, write a four line poem. Make it as good as you can. Don’t show it to anybody. Put it where nobody will find it. And you will discover that you have your reward.”

Definitely a timely and important reminder from the tarot in the form of a single card draw!