Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

When this card appears I see good luck, destiny, karma and life cycles. You are exactly where you should be in your life.
10 of Pentacles

10 of Pentacles

10 of Pentacles is about family support emotionally and financially. It's about ongoing prosperity, inheritance, family assets and overall business success.
Knight of Pentacles

Knight of Pentacles

This knight is reliable, hard-working, stable, and strong. I would pick him for my team anyday!

Ace of Pentacles

Hello October!

We had the fall equinox last week, and in a flash, it is now fall.  Here in the northeast I am taking advantage of all of the wonderful things we associate with fall.   Who doesn’t love a good street fair?  I have eaten my fair share of grilled corn, pickles on a stick, and gourmet popcorn from that mystery truck that shows up everywhere.   Cinnamon popcorn is delicious!!   I went apple and pumpkin picking, on a bumpy hayride and made it through the corn maze.  I even bought a fancy pumpkin pie from the orchard store!  The final thing I need to do to make the kick off to this season complete is to find a new class or adventure to feed my inner student.  Even though I am no longer “in school” to earn a degree, the desire to learn and venture out into a new and unexplored direction still calls me.

Planting seeds, being curious, learning and growing are the first steps of exploring what is possible in whatever area we are looking to cultivate in our lives.  And, it brings me to our card of the month, the Ace of Pentacles.

The tarot deck, like most decks, has four aces.  Each ace holds the pure potential and energy of its ruling element.  I see each ace as a seed that needs sowing.  If you water it, expose it to the sun and talk to it, it will grow.  I mean, it will GROW.   Like a rocket.

Short visualization break.  Maybe you are familiar with this guy below?  His name is Jack.

 

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

And, we’re back.

The aces are boundless possibilities and unlimited energy waiting to be actualized.   Aces show potential, new beginnings and ideas.
Pentacles represent the element of earth which is about structure, form and the material aspects of life.  This may include work, property, business, trade, business, money and other material possessions. It is practicality, security, responsibility and trust.

Traditional meanings of the Ace of Pentacles are new investments, business ventures, a pay raise, a new job, an enterprising opportunity, improved finances, a solid and beneficial foundation, a promotion, the beginning of a new adventure or other practical matters.

It is true, the meaning of this card is promising.  Although, it is important to keep in mind that very little in life happens overnight and/or with little to no effort.  What we manifest and attract may come to us suddenly or unexpectedly, but, it is not random.

What do you see when you look at the beautiful garden pictured in the card?  Take a listen here:

The Ace of Pentacles can indicate that you will be able to make your dreams real. Your ideas are ready to be turned into something tangible. Figure out what will work and make it a reality.

Some questions to reflect on:  What’s in the plan for later this year?  Where do you feel secure and grounded?  What boundaries have you set for yourself?  Is there archway on your path?  How do (you envision) things look and feel on the other side of it?  What talent or hobby is calling your attention right now?  What is your potential?  Have you given some thought to the title and story of the Fairy Tale that will be written about YOU?

Be curious.  Stay grounded and practical.   Plant that seed.   And then, get out of the way.

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Until the next time . . . .

 

Lord of Earthly PowerHello September!

I must admit I have mixed feelings about welcoming in the month of September.  If I had my way, I would order up another July and August from Mother Nature.   Summer days are freedom, warmth and light.  They are slow, easy and flexible.   Well, sometimes.

One of my favorite things to do in summer is to escape the urban jungle.  We drive out to the sticks of Pennsylvania to enjoy blue skies, lazy days at the lake and quiet nature trails to walk or bike on. Dinner is whatever we toss on the grill.  We often finish the night using the smaller branches we picked up during the day to roast marshmallows.

Flash back to earlier this month (August), when we hosted a weekend of guests.  To put it simply, I am not the most relaxed hostess.  I worry about weather before, during and after the guests arrive.  I make several trips to the store.  I tend to overstock, making sure we have enough food and drink – both in variety and quantity.  I make every bed and double check for extra pillows, blankets and towels. I clean the bathrooms and stock TP, sunblock, soap, etc.   And then, I start planning activities.  The only thing missing is my clipboard and whistle.

So, what happened with our guests?  The weather was ideal.  The biking, paddle boarding and beach time were super fun.  When it came time for dinner I was ready to be the grill master.  But, the grill would not turn on.  The gas line was clogged.  Then, it turned on, but the flame was barely visible. I started to sweat.   Trying to control everything, I realized, some things were just not in my control.  Luckily, I had great guests.  They jumped in and we figured it out.  And then, we all hopped in the car and went to the old fashioned ice cream shack down the road.  Moose Tracks, anyone?

Moose Tracks

So, that happened.

Let’s connect this story to our card of the month, the Four of Pentacles.

In tarot, fours represent stability, order, structure, and completion.     Pentacles signify the suit of earth, that which is tangible, reality, resources, money and practical skills.

The Four of Pentacles is ‘the builder’ who is all about solid foundations and hard work.  This card can indicate the realization of one’s goals and tends to focus on materialism and building wealth and security.

For me, when the Four of Pentacles shows up, I see someone who is trying to micro-manage or cling to a situation.  Being unable to let something or someone go, the figure is holding on to something whether it be money, a secret, control or a person.

As in life, sometime change is needed in order to see things from a new perspective.  When you step back from a situation you are often able to see the big picture.  Learning to do what you think is best for you and listening to you own advice can be eye opening.

This card highlights working hard to get the (financial) success that you desire. When the Four of Pentacles appears know that success is yours. You have built a solid financial structure which is strong and grounded for success.

Emotionally, the Four of Pentacles can describe someone who guards their heart.   Our ambitious, security seeking, goal oriented planner is not one to take risks. Not wanting to let anyone in emotionally, they fill the time and space with work, money, and influence which they believe will bring them stability.   They will not reveal their cards until you reveal yours.  And if you do confess your feelings, they may not share theirs anyway.

The Four of Pentacles is a Stage Card.  What this means and our four pentacles explained here:

‘Life is what happens while you are making other plans’ is a popular saying for good reason! I sure learned that lesson!  Giving yourself permission to release the reins and seeing where it takes you may be the best gift you can give yourself.  Better than adding another July and August, and maybe better than having ice cream for dinner.   Although, that was unexpectedly good too!

How is the Four of Pentacles showing up in your life?  Here are some questions to consider:   Are you listening to you own advice?  How are you trying to remain in control?  What does having stability mean to you?  How central of a role does money play in your life? Why?  Do you allow others to see the real qualities you like most in yourself?  In what way can you release control to allow more flow in your life?  Is it time to walk away from the whistle and clipboard?

Fun fact I forgot to mention:  Sometimes this card can just mean a hug.  As in, someone wants to hug you, needs a hug or maybe you want to hug someone.   With all that is happening in our world right now, how can this be wrong?  I say, go for it!

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Until the next time . . . . .

 

3 of wands imageHello August!

Have you ever been through cycles when certain topics seem to become a recurring theme?

Time is one of our most valued commodities.  Podcasts, Ted Talks, articles and books speak of time management, gaining control of your time, saving time, figuring out where your time goes and more.

Where and how we spend our time is reflected in our work, relationships, appearance and how we live.

Several months ago I did a fun/experimental exercise in a book I had been reading.  The task was to write down, from start to finish, my perfect day.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Who would I see, where would I go, what would get done, etc?    I packed that day from start to finish.    Maybe I bent the rules a bit  . . . I am pretty sure that I logged at least 28 hours.

In the next step, I was asked to compare my current actual day to this fictitious ideal day.

Given a moment to step back as an observer, it made me ask myself:  Where is my time being spent? Am I focusing on the things that really matter to me?

These questions bring us to our card of the month, the Three of Wands.

Wands are the element of fire and represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire.

Three’s represent manifestation, growth and (things and situations that are) unfolding.

The Three of Wands is the image of the entrepreneurial spirit, and a card of vision and foresight.   All things seem new and possible.    You have put in a lot of hard work and you are now waiting to see the results.

I know that restless feeling of just wanting to know how things will go, where the outcome will take you, eager and ready to move along.   Who wants to hear the word wait?  Not me.  But, here I am, pressing pause.

The Three of Wands is about what happens during the wait period.  No thumb twiddling, social media scrolling or time wasting here!  Now is the time to see what was missed in the flurry leading up to this point.   What extra information can be gathered?  Where should you be looking, watching and learning more?   In this waiting period where all you have is time, your task is to find clarity and focus.  Along the way, if all goes as planned, you will also find patience.

This card can signify a turning point for you.   Success and good fortune await, along with a note of caution.    Be sure to keep your ego in check.   Pay attention to the small details and your day to day responsibilities.    When we walk with intention instead of eagerly running ahead we diminish the risk of tripping over our own two feet.

On the flip side, this card can indicate something of a “wandering eye syndrome” – whether in a relationship or personal situation.  If you have mixed emotions about someone or something, the message is to sort out what you are looking to achieve. Determine what others are expecting of you and what you expect of yourself.

The Three of Wands is the only card in the deck where the figure has his back completely turned to us.    Learn about this and also some other card symbolism here:

Some questions/ideas to think about this month: What/who have I turned my back on?  Am I intentionally ignoring something (and why)?  What do I need to be aware of right now?   What results are my past actions bringing back to me?    What have I gained from being patient?  What is sprouting/growing?  Should I start my own private garden?

Time is our most valuable asset.  You get to choose how to spend it.  Seek out a new adventure,  look for greater possibilities,  create your ideal day and then go out there an live it.

Do the work.  Share it here.

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Until the next time. . . .

8 of Pentacles

 

Hello July!

As we move full steam ahead into summer,  where is your concentration and focus?   Is it time to get to work?

Last month I wrote about a personal challenge I had been slogging through.  Since March,  I have been all consumed with helping my daughter who was in a difficult and upsetting situation regarding school.    For months I felt insignificant and small.  Fighting something so much bigger and more powerful than yourself, in this case me against the NYC Department of Education (DOE), can be demoralizing and humbling.  Even so, every day,  I diligently and meticulously did the work.  If I couldn’t make a big dent, I would take the slow but persistent route, chipping away a little bit each day.

We did not know when (in June) an answer or a path forward would reveal itself.   I was concerned that when the outcome did arrive, it would not be welcome news.   While waiting for the information, in my head, I went over each action and effort I had made again and again.  What did I miss?  What did I forget?   I was bracing myself for the worst.

Surprisingly,  the news came earlier in the month than expected.    My phone rang at 8:50 AM on a Wednesday morning.  It was unremarkable in so many ways but also unbelievable how that moment changed everything.   There I was standing in front of my favorite fruit vendor, checking out the blueberries.     The news was good, actually, VERY good!  I went from feeling tentative and worried to feeling brave and empowered.

And then, I will admit, I did a little dance right there on the sidewalk.

In that moment, I felt the power of determination, resourcefulness and serious hard work.

This . . . leads me to the Eight of Pentacles.

The Eight of Pentacles is all about dedication, effort, care, thoroughness, perseverance, persistence, tenacity, dedication, and commitment.  The figure is meticulous in his attention to detail.    This is not the time to be careless or haphazard, the key to success is tremendous effort.

The Eight of Pentacles can also be the drive to learn, to broaden your base of knowledge.  You have high standards and believe that “if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing it well”.

Patience is required.  More important is the quality of work than the quantity.

Eight is the number of expansion, movement, prioritizing, inspiration, cause and effect.  The Pentacles are about practical skills, a tangible reality, resources and finances.

Who is this craftsman hammering and chiseling away on his work bench?  Check out my youtube video about him here, be sure to come back when you are done:

A few questions you can ask using some of the Eight and Pentacle meanings:  What inspires me?  What can I learn from the cycles and patterns in my life?  How can I find that balance I seek?  What am I working so hard for? Do I enjoy what I do?  If no, what are my choices?   What am I not giving enough attention to? Where can I get a cool pair of red shoes like this guy?

When my fight against the DOE began, I had no idea where to start.    I was a quick study.  I learned the names and contact information of the key point people.  I persistently called anyone and everyone I thought could be of some assistance.  I was armed and ready with factual information and data pertaining to our specific situation.    I learned how to write a strong and concise email, and get a response.  I showed up every day and did the work.  It was frustrating and hard.  I needed to be patient.  I kept my foot on the gas and kept moving forward.

The apprentice craftsman becomes the master craftsman.     You are the craftsman.

It is a slow but valuable process.

Do the work.

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I wish you a happy 4th of July!

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Until the next time . . . .

 

Lord of Earned Success

Hello June!

I hope it was a relax and recharge kind of holiday weekend.   Lately, I have have found it has been challenging to balance it all and move forward in a straight line.  Being the mom of three busy and active kids, I often find that my personal ‘to-do’ list has become more like the ‘when-you-have-time’ list.  We all seem to be so busy and over-scheduled these days.   Lately, for me, this seems heightened.  At the current moment, I am handling two very important issues for my children, both of which appear to have lengthy, multiple step solutions.    What I am currently experiencing has been eye opening.   Each situation, though different, involves a process which has been slow moving and arduous.  The upside is, I am learning that where there is constriction, there is also an opportunity for expansiveness.   And, due to the slow movement of both matters, a new level of awareness is possible.  Because this is not all happening in the immediate right now, I am less emotional, and able to pull back from the situation at times.Though this is not my normal operating procedure (truth: I can be emotional), I have found it to be somewhat refreshing.  Like so many others, I am figuring it out.   I pull a card each month not only for you, but, for me as well.   I am very much on this ride right along side of you heading towards a positive outcome as we ride out the bumps together.

Our card for June is the Six of Swords.

Tarot Card Meaning

The Six of Swords is the “it’s getting better” card.  Traditionally,  it says, whatever you are going through, this card represents a reprieve from that.   Rough and bumpy waters moving to a smooth and more placid  time.  But really, this just scratches the surface.

Life is about trial and error.  Being willing to take the good with the bad.    Nothing is all good or all bad.  By learning to live through these ups and downs the hope is that we will (at some point) be able to take a crappy situation and make it better.     I see this card as a looking back and re-evaluating one’s decisions.   Asking yourself, where have I come from, what has brought me to this current reality?    We are all trying to figure something out for ourselves.  Having new perspective and using logic to approach a situation can provide an opening to start figuring it out in a better way.  The Six of Swords is fairness, impartiality, awareness, willingness to learn and curiosity.

Tarot As A Mirror

The cards act as a mirror into our lives.  I ask you to consider which figure represents you on this boat ride?  First take a look at the picture in the card, and consider your choice.  Next, listen to what I have to say about each figure.    Be sure to come back!

Did anything surprise you?  Has your decision changed?

As I mentioned in my video.  The black pole signifies progress.  The boat only moves when the pole touches the very bottom.  If asked to translate this from the language of tarot, I would say success and movement comes from keeping in touch with the basics.  Knowing your basic motives and goals is a great tool for navigation.

Questions to ask:  How will I best navigate this issue/situation?  Who holds the proverbial pole at this time?  Who else should I consider in my choices and actions?   Am I running away from something?  Who can I trust/rely on?  What does my happy ending look like?  What am I most confident about?  How can I change my physical surroundings?  How can I streamline my travel plans?

In our busy lives, we are all trying to figure out the best way forward.  It is not always the easiest way forward.   It has been my personal experience that there are often unseen hands at work and that assistance comes from unexpected places.  With more focus and less emotion, what I was not able to see at first glance, is now more clear.   The Six of Swords provides a deeper understanding of what we are working with and a path to a more well thought out decision.

We ride the boat together.

You are not alone.

I wish you success.

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Until the next time . . . .