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!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pre-Father's Day Musings: My Husband and Daughter Visit in the Cards

I pulled these four cards this evening just as a check in, mostly about my daughter, since I've had her in my mind a lot lately. I was pleased to see that her card (Daughter of Wands--the snake) came up as the first card. The second card is Judgement, and the Father of Swords (my husband's card) came up as the other court. The final card is the 2 of Cups. This made me think of the lovely bond that my husband and daughter have. I do find it helpful and supportive that my daughter has such a wonderful dad. That's something to think on the week before Father's Day.


Unburdening Myself: Resting and Letting Go

Click here to see the full description of this card.
I didn't sleep much last night.

My mind might have been busy and swirling with all the things I'm overthinking and fearful of. I'm not even sure. I think it was somewhat subconscious. But the stress was there.

I had a dream that my blood pressure was 189/100 (I have a tendency to have blood pressure spikes when I'm stressed) and when I woke up I knew I had to do something about this. I hadn't shaken my stress by a long shot when I started to make breakfast for my daughter (pastured eggs, fennel and red cabbage salad and one slice of GF bread with butter) but after I mentioned some concern for my daughter (I won't go into it--I'm trying to make this short) after initially being annoyed she (surprisingly gently) suggested that I need to try to take more breaks and relax more. She said that me being worried too much about her and about other things was not helping, and she commented that I might like to sit in the sun room. She said something which I thought was funny,

"You know, I'm not too upset that you're stressed by I just thought I'd try to help." 

I was really sort of touched by this. I know that my daughter has good awareness of her self and others but sometimes I forget that when she's having issues or if I'm stuck in my own quagmire and can't find my way out. Of course, I know she is impacted by my stress and vice versa. I've just felt a lot of pressure to fix certain things lately (both external and internal) and that pressure feels like it's squarely on my shoulders (10 of Wands). Anyway. This card pull from The Artist's Inner Vision Tarot is a good reminder for me to return to my center and let go of the pressures of the world and what I think I should do. There's no way I am ever going to live up to all of them anyway, even if I feel like I MUST. It's an unrealistic expectation to begin with--and the best thing I can do is do what Pele suggested--try to let go of the worrying constantly and try to rest when I can.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Mind Over Matter? Visualizing a Mental Victory

Greetings Fair Readers,

So I popped over to the online Artist's Inner Vision Tarot, and pulled this single card as a daily meditation. I received the 6 of Wands, a card of victory and optimism, something I honestly haven't felt too much lately.

Something I particularly liked about this card, besides the visual, is that it mentions the importance of believing in a better outcome or better option. It's helpful to remember this, even when we're especially grumpy about the state of things.

Once we get stuck in the same firing of mental pathways and in the same emotional and even spiritual ruts (Hideous Life Cycle™) we start to drain all energy or desire for things to change. I can see many examples of things in my life that were stuck for a long time in a place where I didn't want them to be. Half the battle was fighting against what was--and the other half was not knowing if anything better was possible. But I do think it was, even if these things don't always happen in the time frame that we would like. We want everything faster.

In any case, I appreciated the focus and the reminder, even while I might soon forget it. That's why I rely on tools like the tarot--it can be a visual, verbal and intuitive reminder that we always have things to work on, but also things to look forward to, regardless of whether we can see them in the moment.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tattered Apple: Still Resolving Phone Issues

A little while back I posted about my phone issues. I had a botched OS update on my phone and I got locked out of my AppleID somehow, and my phone has been in 'recovery' for 2.5 weeks now. UGH. So, I haven't had a phone for that long. I admit that it's just this sort of thing that makes me seriously consider returning to a cheap flip phone and doing away with the whole smart phone thing. I realize so much time and energy gets put into phones. This is something I've been thinking for a long time now but it has gotten more prevalent year after year. We're turning into zombies when it comes to technology! But I admit I'd like to have a working phone where people can contact me. I've already missed a message from a tarot client because my phone is locked out.

Calling Apple (4 times and approx 4.5 hours total) has not resulted in a fix, despite some fancy tricks we tried. And we may have even worsened or slowed down the problem. I think the cards here sort of show that--Mountain shows slow progress, something that takes a long time to resolve, as well as blockages.  The combo of Mountain and Mice (from the Learn Lenormand site) makes sense:

Mice + mountain (21): giving up, long-term worry, stressful obstacles, frustration

It shows blockages as well. The Mice card shows the angst around this--the annoyance and worry. But the third card, Bouquet, gives me hope that this will eventually be resolved. We were told to leave it alone because there's really nothing you can do but wait for the mysterious and utterly annoying recovery process to complete.

I'll let you know if this ever gets resolved!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tea Leaf Fortune Cards: Crown

All I can say is: I hope this is honor and respect, and not the dental type of crown. Haha!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Horse Camp Success

Today was the first day of a three day horse day camp. My daughter loved it! These are some cards I pulled this afternoon. I think they reflect the good feelings and outlook of this camp. My daughter is really, really into horses lately--though she has always liked them. We thought a summer activity would be great for her. Last year she did a few different activities and they were OK but she wasn't really super excited about them. I'm glad to see her more keenly interested in something rather than just thinking something is just alright.