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!

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 . . . .

8 of wands
Hello May!

April was one of those crazy and demanding months filled with bumps, unexpected news and surprising events.   Did you feel it?  It seemed to spill out into all areas affecting our relationships, finance, communications, ethics, creativity and more.  I don’t usually focus solely on astrology, but,  SO many planets were retrograde in April – meaning, they were moving backwards.  And then,  changed course, and went direct.   It was like we were all playing a manic game of musical chairs . . . Stop, Go, Up, Down . . . . you would not have been alone if you found yourself scratching your head and saying, when will this all be over?

I am happy to say I have an answer for you.   The Eight of Wands indicates speed and movement. It signifies action and direction. It symbolizes going with the current or going back to basics.

More good news is that this month, the important planet of communications, Mercury, will turn direct on May 3rd and no more planets will be retrograding this month.  This means a time for changes and advancements and even an increase to our energy and drive.

OK, enough with the planets, let’s go back the the Eight of Wands. . . .

Have you ever had that exciting feeling that things in your life are (FINALLY) taking a positive turn?   Yes, you read that right . . . things are going your way.  This can be something of a funny feeling.   We have become so used to pushing back against opposition and trying to prevents setbacks from happening  that making strides and reaching goals almost creates a sense of anxiety.   That  familiar feeling of striving to achieve *anything* is now being replaced with success.

The Eight of Wands brings a sense of freedom, it can indicate that your mind is now suddenly cleared.  The wands suggest an onslaught of ideas.  While it is good to feel strong about what you believe, it is also important to allow for alternative points of view to test or question those beliefs.  There is always more to learn.  This card is about space, movement and expanding the mind.

The Eight of Wands brings speed, action and movement.   Travel is always a possibility.  This card often appears after a time of restrictions, set-backs, indifference or inaction.  It is as if you have finally been given the green light.  Progress is now possible.  Your objectives, dreams, intentions and ambitions are now on track.

Wands are the suit of fire and  the tarot deck’s symbol for creativity.  What we see here are many creative possibilities falling into place, just as you have envisioned.   This is a powerful sign; use it to advance your position.

If the eight wands are any indication, things are about to get fiery.  The title of this card is The Lord of Swiftness, and in the spirit of its name, the focus of this card is really about quickness and momentum.  Aiming carefully is somehow less important.   Many of us know the excitement of getting caught up in the moment,  please be careful not to overlook important details in your rush to get things done.  Information may be coming in quickly.  Be sure to take time to process new information before sharing with others.

With the Eight of Wands, things are either at a standstill, or they are moving at a pace so fast you are having a hard time keeping up.  When things are not meant to be, it is best not to force them.  Some things just take time.  What you can do is grab opportunities that will help lead you to your main goal.

Looking at the picture:  The Eight of Wands picture is something of an outlier in the world of tarot.  There is no person in the card.   No figure in the card can imply losing yourself in the moment.  Eight wands flying through the air like arrows indicate that whatever you are doing is completely absorbing your attention .  The movement of the wands symbolizes change and travel.  The river signifies flow and fertility.  The green and hilly landscape show growth and opportunities.

Some questions you may ask yourself: Do things seem to be speeding up in my life?  Is there a new sense of urgency?  Have I become closer to a goal in this past week than I have in the past months?   Where will my next adventure take me?   Am I moving too quickly?   Do I need to slow down?   What will bring me the most immediate result?

As we move forward from a more constricted energy to a time of more freedom and opportunity, it is important to see the big picture.  Take things in stride, hold nothing back, and grab your helmet!  YOLO!

Until the next time . . . .

Self-discipline

Lord of Rest from Strife

Hello April!

Everyone is so busy! I may be dating myself, but, I do clearly remember a time when scheduling in a little ‘veg out time’ was possible. You may be reading that and asking yourself – “what is veg out time??” We only have 24 hours in a day to fit it all in! I know, we all want to feel fit and strong, be a superstar at work, get more done in a day than two average people, be a rock star on the social/media scene, have time to be out seeing and experiencing, spend time with friends and family, climb a mountain, jump out of an airplane and with the time we have left wrestle an alligator. OK . . . . maybe not the part about the alligator. But really, we are all so busy going and doing. . . . how is that working out for you? Do you ever wonder how and when does it all stop?

Enter our card this month, the Four of Swords.

In a nutshell, the Four of Swords is about taking a break from the daily grind. It is about slowing down, taking a self imposed breather, standing back from a situation, gaining a different perspective, examining your motivations, reviewing where you are and preparing for the future.

In tarot, the number Four signifies hard work and effort, stability, building solid foundations and reason. Four’s in a reading focus on the achievement of goals and the importance of retreat and close examination.

Swords are the suit of air. You can interpret this literally as, take a breath. Swords also speak of the intellect, reason, truth, justice and communication.

Often, when the 4 of Swords shows up in a reading, I am asked, what is going on in the picture here? Being an avid reader of all things, I came across a description of the card that I found to be interesting. It said: In olden times, before a knight went off on a crusade he was told to commission a coffin for himself in case he were to die in battle. Pretty heavy stuff, right? Those knights that returned safely, if chivalrous, would literally lie down in their coffin in a show of humility. They would take this time of rest and solitude to reflect on whether they stayed true to their mission. This brings new meaning to reflecting thoughts at the end of your day.

As we move to a more modern day interpretation of this, what insight can we apply to our every day life?

A few images in the card that draw my attention are: The knight, who is a symbol of virtue, loyalty and honor is laying in a restful meditative pose on an open crypt in full armor. The coffin is make of stone which indicates strength and integrity. He wears no helmet – which shows the battle is over and there is no need for protection at this time. His head rests on a pillow which implies peace of mind, comforting thoughts and mental rest. Three swords are mounted on the wall pointing down at the knight’s head, heart and hands. This suggests thoughts, feelings and emotions in a restful pose, meaning, put your troubles aside, organize your thoughts. The single sword below the pallet where he lies signifies the subconscious, a time for quieting the mind, thinking things through.

Swords, commonly regarded as the most strategic and mentally challenging suit, are often combative and action oriented. So, you might be surprised to see there is no outward movement or action in this card. This is a slow news day, a lack of correspondence, no big highs or lows. It is simply a time to retreat and rethink a situation. Interestingly, the cards on either side of the four, the three and five of swords, do indicate action and drama. This places the four in a metaphorical eye of the storm. You are right in the thick of it, but at this time. things are calm and quiet.

Examples of how this may play out for you in:
Love – a time when one or both of you need a break from your relationship.
Feelings – time to realign yourself with your inner voice.
Health – an excellent time to recuperate, heal old wounds, restore balance.
Action – does not indicate an action. This is a time of contemplation, mulling things over.
Money and Finance – take a break from your financial worries. Consider taking a different approach. Take time to think outside of the box for new ways to create income. If you are owed money, the time to collect is now.

Questions: Is it time to take a break? Have you been overexerting yourself or pushing too hard? Is it time to stand back and get a better perspective? How can I tie up the loose ends to prepare for movement forward? Should I begin a regular meditation/yoga practice? What is the basis or foundation of this issue? Am I OK with not trying to fit it all in?

We are often inclined to give others wiggle room or slack when it comes to expectations we have of them, but so less likely to give that extra rope to ourselves. At this time when no action is required, maybe you can schedule in that alligator wrestling which, I have heard requires no thinking, just instincts and a certain kind of crazy.

Spring is coming! How are you changing with the change in season? Book an individual session with me, or grab a few friends and make it a night out! You can find me here.

Until the next time . . . . . . .

Silver Lining

Lord of Material Trouble

Hello March!

Here in the northeast we have been getting hit with our share of cold, windy and sometimes messy weather. For me, the winter can sometimes be a struggle. Pushing forward, working towards goals I have set for myself and striving for little victories can really put me to the test on some days. Everyone has their challenges. How you see, work through and experience your struggle makes all the difference. How will things look once you come out the other side? Are you stronger or more fearful? Tougher or more likely to give up?

Our card this month, the Five of Pentacles, speaks to this.

It is true, the Five of Pentacles is one of the least favored cards in the entire 78 card deck. Rainbows and unicorns it is not. But, being an eternal optimist, I cannot help but seek out the silver lining, even in one of the darkest cards.

The essence of the Five of Pentacles is to test. Meaning, when this card comes up, you will be tested. The pentacles speak of that which has value. This may be something material, like money or a valued personal item. Or, this may be something intangible such as your health, a relationship, job, career or your self esteem. The Five of Pentacles arrives and asks, how much can you sacrifice and do without? What is really essential for you? What if something you deeply value is no longer yours to have? And, how will you stay balanced in the face of this imbalance, regardless of what happens?

As we arrive at the picture in the card, we close in on two desperate looking individuals limping along on a dark, snowy night. They are not dressed appropriately for the weather – says a mom who makes sure her kids have scarves, hats and gloves on before leaving the house. She appears to be barefoot in the snow, and he looks to be (at best) unsteady on his feet. These two figures looking homeless and broke are wandering the streets at night, lost in their pain and suffering. Surely, you think, there must be somewhere they can go to find comfort, warmth and maybe a hot meal? There is a decorative stained glass window in the background with images of a strong tree and impressive towers/castles. Could this be a place of worship, somewhere to seek sanctuary or protection? But the figures do not see what I/we see. They continue walking together, but alone, out in the cold. They must figure out their own solution.

How does this card make you feel? Does this scene make you uncomfortable? It brings up the topics of lack and want. It also may ask us how aware we are of the poverty around us . . . and how charitable we are in those situations. Do we help whenever we can? Or, do we feel it is the responsibility of others?

The five’s in each of the four suits of the tarot deck are challenging. How do we grow and change if we are not challenged? Sometimes change is difficult. But, let me also point out that aside from change, fives also signify adventure, freedom, exploration, expansion and curiosity.

Complicated, impulsive, confusing and sometimes even chaotic, fives represent the very human life experience that bring on growth and change in our lives. A very important part of the five that I must highlight is that they are *temporary*. Yes, there will be ups and downs, but you will find a new way forward.

The Five of Pentacles can be something of a wake up call – whether you are high and mighty or just aspiring to be. That is one thing you can count on, no one is exempt. Leveling and humbling, the figures in this card now need to face some hard facts.

Images in the card, though some are small and seem inconsequential, say a lot. I first want to draw your attention to the bell that is around the neck of the male figure. This bell is a warning sound. How often do you get a feeling that something does not feel right or do you hear an inner voice telling you the best next step? This bell is a symbol and sign to listen to your inner voice. Next, I notice the crutches. Even in difficulty, you will have all of the help that you need. And, if I might add, even in his current state, he is moving along at a clip. This confirms the temporary nature of the five. Things are constantly changing, nothing is permanent, life is in motion at all times.

Questions you can ask yourself at this time: Am I steady and balanced? How will I pass this test? Do I need (more) support? Am I considering all options? What can I do differently to make this whole experience more rewarding and positive? Why do I care so much about what others think of me? How can I improve my self confidence (and the outcome) as I face this challenge? Am I paying attention? Do I need to shop for a bigger bell?

Life is full of tests and challenges. How we attend to these situations affects what comes next. Are you ready for an adventure? Be curious, open and ready to explore. Wherever this road takes you . . . pay attention, the answer is there. Don’t forget, you have the freedom to choose it. And that, is your silver lining!

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Until the next time . . . . .

Lord of Dominion

Lord of Dominion

Hello February!

As you know, my love of tarot is what brings me back to you again and again, and keeps me humming. You may not know that I am also endlessly curious and a forever student of astrology, numerology, kabbalah and so many other esoteric disciplines that when mixed together with the tarot make certain qualities and experiences really stand out. I try to weave some of this extra fairy dust into my readings and writings to enrich your experience and show/educate you about what is out there. I mention this because . . .

Monkey 2016

Fire Rooster

As January came to an end, so did the Chinese year of the Fire Monkey. This Monkey was full of surprises, and if you didn’t notice, a bit unpredictable this past year. Many people felt all over the place in 2016 due to this Monkey energy. On January 28th, we ushered in the year of the Fire Rooster. Fire Rooster energy is focused, alert, orderly and can sometimes be demanding. This Rooster is a bit of a taskmaster compared to the disobedient Monkey. But, he is also loyal, hard working, talkative and a good communicator. The added fire energy make this Rooster warm and malleable, which will (hopefully) show up as a more even tempered energy this year. The big idea for the year of the Rooster: Get organized, make a plan and spread some love.

Speaking of fire . . . our card of the month is the Two of Wands. Two’s represent choice or the need for balance. Wands represent the element of fire, which is associated with initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of adventure and risk taking. It is also about personality, ego and personal power.

The Two of Wands often brings up the topic of decision: Should you stay with what is comfortable and easy? Or, should you leave what you know is safe behind, and go out in search of new experiences and exciting adventures? On the outside, it may seem, you have created something successful and strong – your career, a business or lifestyle. But, on the inside, desire for change has been brewing. Maybe you have been strategizing and planning for some time. Or, maybe you have been feeling bored, disenchanted or weary for a while. Are your starting to feel as thought you can no longer push down the emerging feeling that you just want more or something different?

Is it time for a big bold move or smaller shift? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do?

There can be a soul searching element to this card. The figure in this card is not in motion. He is standing still. Deep in thought. So, take your time. Dream, contemplate, marinade, plan. Once you get a clear idea on what you want . . . and we are talking about *you*, not your friend, neighbor, therapist or mom. You. Then, it is time for inspired action.

This card is telling you to seize the day. We often put off big plans and grand ideas until tomorrow. But, does tomorrow ever come? The Two of Wands tell you it is time to take initiative – today is the day.

What can we make of this image of a well dressed man standing behind a castle wall holding the all powerful wand in one hand and a small globe in the other? The globe in his right hand represents both his personal world and the larger world that stretches out in front of him. He holds this globe so firmly and assertively. But his world has become so small, it fits into the palm of his hand. He stares at it looking to find something exciting and meaningful in it. His orange tunic symbolizes his creativity, energy and enthusiasm for life, while his red hat shows passion, desire for action and possible restlessness. The need for excitement, adventure and movement are very much alive in his thoughts, just below the surface.

When this card is not working to its fullest potential, it can indicate a need for organization, or, a need to start over. Sometimes, partway through a plan we find that we are wandering a bit, or losing focus. Maybe your creativity has taken on a life of its own? Or, was an important detail missed, creating an unexpected road block? If this is the case, the message is to pull back, begin again.

Some Fire Rooster and Two of Wands questions to ask yourself: Am I organized or do I need to get organized? What are my plans – short and long term? How can I add a sense of groundedness or stability right now? What am I looking to manifest? What crazy Monkey energy is leaving? How will I set the world on fire?

The Two of Wands is about believing in yourself enough to take a chance on making something happen. Scary? You bet!

Be prepared, the universe has been known to respond by creating opportunities.

What are you waiting for?

This year is off the races! Reach out and tell me how the Fire Rooster and/or Two of Wands is showing up for you.

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Until the next time . . . . .