Saturday, February 24, 2018

the open road

Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous, criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.

~ Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman
The 8 of Water is a stack of cups. It is a stack of cups holding all that has been experienced in a certain cycle or during a project. These cups hold expectations and fears, joys and doubts, successes and failures. The work is done and there is some sense of satisfaction, contentment. And yet not.

The restlessness means it's time to move on. Today, you might feel a hint of wanderlust. And that's fine as long as you're not simply seeking a means of escape. It's important to experience all of what those cups hold, to integrate all aspects of a situation, before moving on. Otherwise, you're just carrying the ignored experiences with you. It's better to pack light on the open road.

So.

Put on your comfortable walking shoes. Bring only what's necessary. Walk lightly on this earth knowing what is left behind is complete. You're headed for new adventures and new experiences, but only if you've fully integrated what you're walking away from.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, February 23, 2018

what Queen says on the B Side

Don't let go / Don't lose your mystique / Wait a little longer
Tomorrow brings another feast

~ Hang On In There by Queen
So. Yes. The Hanged One. Well, there's a strong indication that perhaps we're in limbo today. There aren't very many options available except to do as suggested: hang on in there.

See, with The Hanged One, you're in an enforced Pause, on hold, waiting. The good thing about this particular status is that you now have time to perhaps take another look at the Plan, whatever that plan may be. The Hanged One allows you to see life in another perspective ~ possibly one that reverses the situation entirely. It's not flip flopping. It's seeing another angle, it's calling in things at the periphery and bringing them front and center for scrutiny and speculation.

Make good use of the hang time. Let yourself be in this limbo. Put off big decisions for today if possible. Do as little as possible as well, except for the simplest of tasks ~ setting things in order, clearing a cluttered desk, planning an easy meal (that includes ordering out for pizza). As this card is only for today, know that your hang time won't last much past midnight tonight. So there's a thing, right?

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

friends

And we don't notice any time pass
We don't notice anything
We sit side by side in every class

~ We're Going to Be Friends by Jack White
Have you ever had a time when you've lost track of time? That kairos sort of feeling spending time with a good friend or in good company? Suddenly, it's late evening and dinner hasn't been planned let alone prepared. And yet you are full.

Today could be, might be, possibly, that sort of day. Maybe you'll spend time with someone who makes time melt. Perhaps you'll engage in some activity that pulls you out of time. There may be some new friends you meet and it is as if they are Old Friends, picking up threads of a conversation centuries old.

No matter. The thing is today will be a delightful one. Enjoy it. Let yourself be transported in time out of time. Laugh and play, be in good company, let yourself be lost in a joyful activity. Pass the honey, please.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, February 19, 2018

new prayers

And therefore why pray to permanence, why not pray
to impermanence, to change, to -- whatever comes next.
Willingness is next to godliness.

~ Now Are The Rough Things Smooth by Mary Oliver
Usually the 10 of Earth speaks of a permanent stability. The house is in order, the family is doing well. People and things are in their places and this can be counted on. It feels safe. It feels contained.

It can also feel stifling.

The beauty of having a stable foundation is it's a safe place to move from. You know it's there, waiting for you if necessary. The family is there to support you and your decisions. And they are there if things don't go so well. Even base jumping seeks a stable base.

It may be expected of or by you that things stay the same, that certain traditions are upheld, certain practices to be done the way they've been done since forever. Life, however, tosses the curve ball and you need to be able to adjust. As long as you have your basic foundations in place, your support system, you will be able to manage the bit of impermanence.

So.

Lighten up a little, play. Know you're standing in good company, people you've known and have come to count on. It is in this safe haven you can pray to whatever comes next.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, February 17, 2018

the lucky ones

I know someone who kisses the way a flower opens,
but more rapidly.

~ I Know Someone by Mary Oliver
The nature of the 2 of Water is love. Pure and simple. Almost cliché. And yet such an important part of human relations ~ on the whole. You may not love your boss or your neighbor or a host of other people bumped into during a lifetime, but it is the glue, the underpinning of all relations.

Bear with me.

Love is the space in between. Love is the stuff between protons and neutrons. Love is what pulls disparate parts together, binding and uniting.

And so . . .

Look for the spaces in between. Find your invisible connections and enjoy them. Give praise for the wholeness of things as love pulls it all together ~ holding in holiness and beauty.

The Everyday Tarot 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

short circuit

Jen lays down and wrestles in her sleep
Moonlight spills on comic books
And superstars in magazines

~ Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
by Primitive Radio Gods
Typically, the 8 of Air corresponds with a mental loop, that playing out of a scene over and over again with varying permutations of woulda-coulda-shoulda. The flavor today is a little different. Today's 8 of Air speaks of comparison and how that activity short circuits, undermines your work in this world.

As the title of the chosen song indicates, you've got the money or the tools or the resources, but they simply won't work where you're standing. You need to move on. You need to find where your resources are beneficial rather than trying to make them work where they won't.

See, what you have to offer is unique. It simply isn't like anyone else's. There is no comparison. There are, however, better places to go for your unique talent or offering. It's tough to watch another succeed where you're blocked, but they're different. Again, no comparison.

So.

I've said this before: Fly your freakflag. Don't get caught in the mental loop of fitting to conform when there's fertile ground for your unique abilities elsewhere. That fertile ground might not be found in one day, but no matter. You have Your Work to do. Get out of your head and do it.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

the big top

Cue circus music.
~ Entry of the Gladiators by Julius Fucik
Welcome to the show, ladies and gentlemen! In the center ring . . . you. Juggling, balancing, impossible tasks. They're impossible mainly because they all have the same deadline. Now. Possibly, even now is too late.

The nifty thing about the 2 of Earth is that she (or he) can manage the act. Reason being, since this here is an Earth card, is she is grounded and responsive. The 2 of Earth is a fantastic multi-tasker (aka monkey-tasker) able to manage most sticky situations with grace and good humor.

However, as great as multi-tasking (or monkey-tasking) seems to be, the process does a number on your health and well-being if engaged in for too long. Really, humans aren't meant to multi-task.

So.

Do what you gotta do, but remember to step back and watch the show for a little while. Don't micromanage everything and everyone. Give instructions, tweak where necessary, and then let the show begin. And take a nap.

The Everyday Tarot