Thursday, October 19, 2017

churning and burning

Churning and burning, they yearn for the cup
They deftly maneuver and muscle for rank

~ The Distance by Cake
The 5 of Fire brings in a sense of restlessness, an eagerness to step up and muscle out any competition. Like the snake under the leaves, this energy isn't completely apparent and so is hard to pin down or control. You get the head and the tail, but not the middle. Where some sense of reason might lie. And so things might feel a little contentious. Not having the situation clearly defined may have you or someone near you acting out in odd ways ~ an outburst here, a little lashing out there, a wayward remark. Nothing permanently damaging though.

In another vein, the 5 of Fire could indicate a little healthy competition. A tug-o-war, a race, a game of Monopoly . . . good clean fun. No team sports ~ it's every person for themselves in the 5 of Fire competition.

So.

Step up if you need to. Stand your ground. Don't take it personally. Go the distance.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

fences

Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees

~ Don't Fence Me In, Cole Porter
The 4 of Air addresses a need for fences despite what the song says. However, in some ways, making good boundaries is liberating, isn't it? The 4 of Air is a time out, a reprieve, a restorative. I suspect it's necessary on a variety of levels today.

We've been bombarded with far too many stressful current events ~ world wide and, perhaps, personally. Holing up somewhere comfortable and safe for a few hours is no cause for shame. The body needs to stop running adrenals, the mind needs to let thoughts drift aimlessly (trying to have "no thoughts" adds to the stress, so just let 'em drift by like clouds in the sky), the spirit needs to reconnect to Source. And it simply can't be done constantly on the run. All the time. Which is redundant, but the point must be made: We need rest.

What does resting look like to you? It could be a nap. Maybe it's turning off all media to listen to the murmur of any tree let alone cottonwoods. It's possible life has been rife with simply too much company and solitude is the only balm for a world-weary soul. Whatever your time out needs ~ tea, cozy blanket, slippers, a book (avoid the streaming TV), a little RAM playing softly in the background ~ whatever your rest needs, make it a priority to take it. No one, and I mean, NO ONE will take that rest for you.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, October 15, 2017

soul gardening

I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden in the shade

~ Octopus' Garden, The Beatles
The 9 of Earth finds us enjoying some simple earthly delights. You can be that person of leisure, enjoying the flowers ~ whatever flowers means to you. A day on the couch with football and nachos. Finding a favorite sit spot and watching the beauty of Nature. Tea in the garden with dear friends. And an octopus.

Let the soft animal of your body ease into this comfort. Let it love this moment in life and its unfolding into the next. Take it easy. You've got time. Relax and pass the honey.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, October 14, 2017

logicality

And they showed me a world where I could be so
dependable
Oh clinical, oh intellectual, cynical

~ The Logical Song, Supertramp
Oh, where to begin! It's a rare moment the Son of Air stops for a breather. In fact, if he's stopped or slowed down, know this: his mind is going a mile a minute. And that, my friends, is when you should be wary as a New Plan unfolds or some Very Logical conclusions are being made. Know this too: he's absolutely dead right and on target. Best to stand aside. The dust won't settle for long.

The Son of Air's raison d'etre is Doing the Right Thing. He is on the right side of the law. He is skilled in his words (which can sting like an icy wind, if you've got it coming to you). And he can be cynical.

Well. What do we do with that?

This might be a day to slow down everything. Yes, be logical if necessary. Yes, stay on the right side of the law (because, y'know ~ consequences). However, think twice before delivering any harsh words or charging ahead wildly. You may know where you're going, but folks around you won't have a clue and view your actions as hostile. Slow down enough to explain what's going on and then they might even join you for that wild ride.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, October 13, 2017

going in circles

I got a song that ain't got no melody, I'm gonna sing it
to my friends
Will it go round in circles, will it fly high like a
bird up in the sky

~ Round in Circles, Billy Preston
The 8 of Air has us rubbing elbows with uncertainty and ambiguity. These are difficult cousins to get comfortable with at best, but it's what one must do to get through the day today. There's simply not a lot we're going to know. There will be few or no answers to our queries. It's a day of drifting through events or playing over the same elevator music mental loop ad nauseum.

How might we navigate this zone? Which, I guess, could be like The Twilight Zone. In that series, nothing is as it seems and everything is uncertain.

Well. We could start with the basics: You gotta have trust. And a dash of faith. We may be standing in a muddle today, but it's only for today. Perhaps tomorrow will be a bit clearer. (Or the light at the end of the tunnel is actually the train. Stick to the positive.) What does that mean for today? Be present. Don't zone out.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, October 09, 2017

dog days done

Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back
Struck from a great height
By someone who should know better than that

~ Dog Days Are Over, Florence & The Machine
In the traditional RWS deck, The Tower may elicit slight panic with its image of the exploding tower and figures plummeting head first into certain doom. Well. Don't panic. Sometimes, sometimes, The Tower has another more useful meaning: Realization. It's usually a sudden and irrevocable realization that shakes a person to their very core. And once the foundations of falsehood and festering emotions are broken there is a certain liberation. Like you'll never go back. Whatever was gnawing at you in life is no more and you are free to rebuild a more solid foundation with a little more care and attention to honesty and self-knowledge.

But the nice thing is, you're done.

So.

Because this is a card just for today, perhaps it's the tiny epiphany you bump into that opens up the world for you. It might not restructure your entire life, but you've been given an interesting perspective to an old problem. You've been given something you can work with and it is ground breaking. Channel that energy and make that necessary change. Because you're not revisiting this problem ever again.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, October 06, 2017

on the bright side

When you're chewing on life's gristle,
Don't grumble, give a whistle

~ Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Monty Python
Dry humor brightens an otherwise salty day. This is Friday, right? Well, thank goldfish! Because it's been a little topsy-turvy in my neck of the woods.

Anyhoo.

The 9 of Water. I'm going out on a limb here. Perhaps it hasn't been the best week for you either. (If it's been stellar, I'm pleased for you. Feel free to disregard the remainder of this blog. Now. Back to the rest of us whiners.) Oh, it may have all gone smoothly enough despite the narrow misses and back tracking. Or something seemed a little off despite best efforts and results. Well, you're welcome to relax a little today because the 9 of Water flows in with ease and contentment. You're allowed a little smugness as well if the week has been more challenging than suggested.

So.

Rest easy, Cupcake. You've earned it.

The Everyday Tarot