Monday, December 11, 2017

lovely day

Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me

~ Lovely Day by Bill Withers
The 10 of Water speaks of unutterable joy. It is a wellspring of goodness, wholeness, and happiness felt in the bones. Family can mean a great variety of things these days. There was a time, of course, when blood relations defined "family." Blessedly, for some folks, that has changed.

Now in this century, Family is where joy lives. Let's not be all pollyanna and suggest even these connections are all light and sweet. They aren't. Even if you've chosen the people who give you joy and happiness, there may still be challenges. Because we're all human, remember.

What matters is that joy still lives, is the beating heart and center, of this family. That, despite the occasional hiccup, you all can still gather together in harmony.

So.

Spend a moment basking in the glow of your family ~ small, large, blood relations, the furred, the feathered, the circle of good friends, trees, rocks. Spend a moment knowing you are in the great Circle of Things and that you are supported as you support others. May it be so.

The Everyday Tarot 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

storm

The world on you depends
Our life will never end

~ Riders On The Storm, The Doors
There are times we are buffeted and dragged by the wind. Like tumbleweed, like an empty plastic shopping bag. Our Daughter of Air, however, is on her feet and ready to take it on. With her determination and wily ways, she can hold and manipulate the wind. She can bend it to her will, send it somewhere more useful. This ability to dance with the wind requires common sense and patience. The downside of our Daughter of Air is impatience. And that's the task for today.

So.

Sure, there may be a lot of stuff swirling around in the dust devils of life, but you will need to cultivate a little patience with the whole affair. You probably won't be able to redirect the wind or even stop it from blowing. You do have the ability to ride it out though and that ability is specific to you. Maybe you'll be able to avoid the squall stepping to one side. Perhaps you'll glide on its wild gales. Or you might simply grab a kite and dance with that wind. There is little controlling the storm, but there are ways to get through it. Your peace of mind depends on it.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, December 09, 2017

push pull

We're all just visiting. All just breaking like waves.
~ Push Me, Pull Me by Pearl Jam
It's going to be a push and pull sort of day. The Chariot is here, however, as a reminder that you are in control. Not in some ham-fisted manner, not in an inflexible manner. The Chariot hangs out with the moon, so you need to go with the flow. Today's Chariot will feel more like a boat. One that requires navigation.

So.

Hands to the tiller, matey. There will be rapids to get through.

The thing here, is to keep a cool head. It means setting aside certain emotions. Like fear. Or anger. There may be some immediate work to do, like rapids or a waterfall to avoid careening over, and your presence is required. It's not an emergency. Nothing dire. You do need to pay attention though. Especially if it's better to maintain some control over the situation. Y'know, before it becomes an emergency. Remain calm, keep collected, take charge. No one will step up for you. It's your job to keep your shit together today.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

higher love

Think about it, there must be a higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above

~ Higher Love, Steve Winwood
What does it take for humanity to reach higher? To leap up and touch the stars? Love. Love, by the way, is not an emotion. It is rare I quote authors. Today, I'll make that exception because Karla McLaren elucidates quite clearly what Love is not.

When an emotion is healthy, it arises only when it is needed, it shifts and changes in response to it environment, and it recedes willingly once it has addressed an issue. When love is healthy, it does none of these things. If emotions repeat themselves endlessly, or appear with the same exact intensity over and over again, then something's wrong. Yet real love is a steadfast promise that repeats itself endlessly through life and beyond death. Love does not increase or decrease in response to its environment, and it does not change with the changing winds. Love is not an emotion; it doesn't behave the way emotions do. Real love is in a category of its own.

The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren, Ch 9 The Steadfast Promise: Why Love Is Not an Emotion, p 123

So.

This love is rock solid. It's going nowhere regardless of external conditions. Let that be enough today. Because Love is a current always there for you to ride along on. You just gotta dip your toes in the water.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, December 04, 2017

satisfaction

Baby, better come back maybe next week
Can't you see I'm on a losing streak

~ Satisfaction, Richards & Jagger
Hello, Monday. Cliché: It's going to be one of those days.Well. Maybe. Depends on your approach to situations. You may feel as though you've had quite enough of a thing, but feeling rather stuck about it. Sort of a neither here nor there sort of feeling.

Maybe you're moving on auto-pilot to get through the day. Life feels stale. Food doesn't taste good. The coffee is cold. Again. Even after nuking it a third time in the microwave.

The only real cure for this sort of blah is to do something differently. Nothing huge, of course. It is Monday, after all. Take lunch somewhere different. Go outside awhile longer. Turn off the Facebook feed.

Do something to shake yourself out of complacency. Hone in on the potential for growth that variegated ivy leaf might offer. It might not be a great day, but you may indeed get some satisfaction at the end of it.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

the magic of service

This I mean to whisper to my mind
This I mean to laugh within my mind
This I mean my mind to serve
'Til service is but Magic

~ God Is Alive Magic Is Afoot, Leonard Cohen
In this image The Magician is a shaman. S/he knows the ways of plants and stars. S/he knows how to journey into a hollow tree and retrieve the fragments of souls. Back in the day, becoming a shaman didn't involve finding a practitioner to apprentice with online. Shamanic practice called upon the individual, often in odd, scary ways ~ an extra digit, near-death experiences, seizures without any real medical explanation.

We can dial it back a bit. You don't need a near-death experience in order to serve. Your magic might be in the simple things you do. Anything done with clear intention and care is enchantment enough. It will seem like magic to others. Which is fine, but don't get too cocky, petal. Magic moves through and can not be contained. Once done, it moves on. The thing is to stay connected so you can catch the current when necessary.

So.

Your job, even on a Sunday (even though Eli Manning is benched), is to be in service by staying connected. Know the ways of your plants and stars (the moon is full, by the way). You don't necessarily have to journey into a hollow tree, but a trip to the supermarket for someone unable to drive themselves is enough. Do your Work and let the Magic work you.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ritual of reconstruction

I go down to the edge of the sea.
How everything shines in the morning light!

~ Breakage by Mary Oliver
It's time we addressed The Hierophant in the room. (Gods! I've been waiting to write that. Okay. Back to work.) This arcana is maligned by free thinkers and wild spirits as the Oppressive Institution of ________ (fill in the oppressive institution of choice ~ religion, academia, corporation). It is often viewed as stifling, constricting, dry, rote with traditions that feel empty, stale, and lifeless.

In short, The Hierophant has a bad reputation for restraining freedom of expression and withholding knowledge.

Let's take a moment and reframe The Heirophant. Let's begin by internalizing this being as Inner Guidance or Teacher. Now. Because The Hierophant is you, you know what s/he knows. And if there's something you don't know, you can be sure to be guided in the right direction to learn what you don't know. That direction might be a book or a song or a professor or Youtube. In this way of owning The Hierophant, you learn about yourself. You learn what works for you and what doesn't. You learn to trust your intuition. You engage in the ritual of putting yourself back together because only you know what's necessary for growth and healing (even if it's not abundantly clear at that moment). That includes finding genuinely helpful, knowledgeable folks. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

The Hierophant does not need to be the outside oppressor. Invite and embrace your Inner Guidance in this wabi sabi life. It's not likely to steer you wrong.

The Everyday Tarot