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!

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.

Share your thoughts here, on FB or Instagram.

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 . . . .

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.

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Until the next time . . . . . . .