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Week of December 11th – December 17th, 2017
Card: The Fool
Quick Analysis: The Fool card. When The Fool card comes up in a reading it’s oftentimes pointing to a need for you to take a leap of faith. You’re on the precipice of a new adventure. You’re on the edge of a new experience. You’re at the starting line of something that could turn out to be life changing. But for some reason you’re unable to cross that line. Oftentimes it’s because of fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear you can’t see the end from the beginning. And because you can’t see how things not only will turn out but you can’t see all the twists and turns and ups and downs you will need to take to get to the end, you end up being stuck. The Fool card, especially in this interpretation of it says the Universe is on your side. You’ve got angels (stars) all around you. You’ve got the Sun (God energy) at your back. You’re holding onto hope (the flower). And you’ve got your instincts (the dog) at your feet. It doesn’t matter what’s on the other side of that line because you are protected. You are safe and secure. You are going to be just fine. If you’ve been waiting to make that move that will require a leap of faith, this week is the perfect time for you to stop thinking and start doing. If you choose to not do, you’ll always be left with “What if?” or “I should have”. I encourage you not to go through life with any kind of regret attached to your psyche. It’s a horrible state of mind to have to live with for the rest of your life. Now’s the time. Don’t wait any longer. Take that leap of faith. Go on that great adventure!
In-Depth Analysis: When I first started doing tarot many years ago, I hated The Fool card. I used to think, “Well I’m no fool and certainly no one who sits across from me is a fool either.” But the more I studied The Fool card, the more I began to appreciate it.
One of the things I discovered about The Fool card is the look on the Fool’s face. There’s a look of serenity, a look of peace, a look of excitement. He doesn’t care what’s ahead of him because he’s focused on hope (the flower). I love this interpretation of The Fool card because his entire focus is on hope. In other translations of the card he’s holding on to hope, but his focus is on the sky. In this interpretation his focus is squarely on hope, which he holds to the sky in front of him.
What a beautiful interpretation! And what a message! We must always strive to hold onto hope. But not only hold onto it, but bring our focus to one of hope. When we are hopeful, we see light. We see positivity. We see possibilities. We have options. All those things can motivate us to move forward with our lives in a good and positive way. They can give us courage to do things we wouldn’t do because we’re hopeful for a good outcome. They can inspire us to continue to create goals for ourselves and work towards those goals. Hope gives us confidence not only in our own abilities, but confidence that no matter what everything will be okay.
The opposite of hope is despair. When we despair we close in on ourselves. We stop expanding We stop reaching. We curl up into a little ball because that’s what despair requires of us. Despair requires us to stop believing. Despair requires us to doubt everything. To be unsure of everyone and their motives. To question everything we’ve experienced up to this point as being real. It’s more than skepticism. It’s the belief that not only is everything a lie but it’s a malicious lie. A lie that’s been out to get us from the very beginning.
And when we believe that, we quite naturally stop believing in our own abilities. We begin to doubt our own strength. We begin to doubt we have anything of what it takes to survive in this world, let alone thrive. A loss of hope leads us to believe this is the best it can ever possibly be for us. There is nothing else but what we are right now. Some might confuse that with contentment, but understand contentment and hopelessness are two very different things.
There’s always something better. The Fool card encourages us as we take that leap of faith in knowing everything will be okay to hope for something better. As we step into a new beginning we’re not only confident things will turn out alright for us, but we can have hope that in the end our lives will be better. When we choose faith, when we choose hope, when we choose love and light we actively become partners with the Universe in creating not only a better life for ourselves, but a better life for the people around us, which in turn makes the world a better place.
Bottom Line: The essence of The Fool card is faith and hope. We must always hope. And through that hope we can envision a better life for ourselves, for our families, our children, our friends, our community, country and world. We can envision things not only getting better but actually envision us taking steps together to accomplish that goal. We must hope that through good and positive actions we reap the rewards of good and positive results. Without hope, there’s only despair. I encourage us all to look to The Fool card to inspire us to have a little bit more faith and a little more hope in our lives. You can thank me later.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
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Week Of: December 4th - December 10th, 2017
Card: Four of Cups
Quick Analysis: You’re bored. You’re so fucking bored. You’re so bored the very thought of being bored bores you. Life has lost its pizazz. There isn’t a spark left to get you going. You’ve fallen into a routine that’s comfortable for you but doesn’t allow for stretch or growth. You get up, you go through your day on auto-pilot. You come home and decompress by watching tv, but you’re really not into anything that’s on. You retire for the evening and start it all over again the next day. The problem is you’ve become disconnected from the things that make you uniquely you. You’ve disengaged from the things that once brought you the greatest joy. Long ago you walked away from the things you were passionate about and now that you’ve reached a certain age marker you look around and you could give a shit about all the things you’ve accumulated. This card is calling you out for allowing yourself to get in this rut. You have the power to change your circumstance. You have the power to reclaim that which brings you joy and pursue it. You have the power to rediscover your passion in life and make that the new focus of your life. You can do it. You really can. But you need to believe you can. You need to believe it’s not too late. There are blessings upon blessings waiting for you when you decide to live your best life. Now’s the time to claim those blessings as your own.
In-Depth Analysis: Adulting sucks. No really, it sucks. And not in the good way either. And the reason why adulting sucks is because we take on this thing called “responsibility" that seems okay at first but eventually weighs us down. The reason for that is we’ve bought into the myth that we have to let go of the things that make us uniquely us so we can become “adults”. And when we do that, we lose that bit of spark and humanity that makes us unique and different.
When I was a kid I wanted to be a princess. Now I’m a bitter old queen which just goes to show you too can exceed your dreams! No, in all seriousness I wanted to be either a professional diver like Greg Louganis or a marine archaeologist and find the lost city of Atlantis. Or discover a lost city underneath a pile of rubble somewhere. Then as time went on I wanted to be a singer/dancer/actor/waitress/pole dancer. I wanted to live the GLAMOUROUS life! And while those dreams are still in my heart and I revisit each one every once in a while, somewhere along the way I started “adulting”. And those dreams became no more than that: Dreams.
Please don’t get me wrong, I LOVE what I do. I LOVE being a psychic. I LOVE helping people. I LOVE being of good and positive service to others. But I miss music terribly. I miss the stage terribly. I miss trying to dig my way to China from my parents’ back yard. I miss having that innocence and sense of adventure. So every once in a while I revisit those times and sing like no one’s listening, or dance like no one’s watching, or go outside and spend time in nature envisioning what everything must’ve looked like before the encroachment of modern civilization. So I feed that part of me every once in a while so I don’t feel like those parts of me are ever fully neglected.
The problem arises when they actually do become neglected. When they’re allowed to wither away on the vine. When they’re not only put on the back burner but taken off the stove and allowed to cool completely. That’s when something fascinating happens.
When we completely ignore those things that make us unique and special, we slowly become empty inside. We find a job that pays the bills. We make sure our material and physical needs are met and that’s the be all and end all of our existence. We basically put our lives on auto-pilot. We sit back, turn off our minds and allow each day to pass like the last. That can be dangerous.
Boredom can mean we’ve mentally checked out. Life is neither good nor bad, neither happy nor sad. It just is. And while that’s a wonderfully Zen way of going through life, Zen is an intentional lifestyle. No one wakes up in the morning and decides to intentionally be bored. No one wakes up in the morning and decides to make their lives a life of “checking out" (unless it’s for protection purposes). Mentally "checking out” is a really dangerous side effect of chronic boredom.
Why? Because there’s this nasty little thing called middle age. It’s the time in everybody’s life where they’ve reached the halfway point in their existence and they begin to assess what they’ve accomplished so far. Unfortunately, a lot of times the accomplishments aren’t exactly what we anticipated they would be. And that’s when the mid-life crisis happens. That’s when we suddenly feel our own mortality creeping in from all sides and we begin to wonder what it’s all about. We begin to regret the things we wish we would have done 20 years before. There’s a tendency during this time to make major life changes. Some for the better, some not so much. But there’s an intense urgency during this time to either “recapture” our ill spent youth or try desperately to cram everything into the (what we imagine) few remaining years we have left on this planet, with varying degrees of success.
The seeds of all this unfortunately begin when we decide to “adult”. Sometimes being an adult is much heavier than it needs to be. The choices we make today will shape how our future will look. So if we don’t want “adulating" to be heavy, we need to make choices today to intentionally lighten that heaviness in the future.
I know I keep saying it but chronic boredom is a trap. It’s a black hole. It’s quicksand. It builds upon itself like all other emotions do. And the bigger it gets the harder it becomes to break free from it. While it’s great for our mental health to disengage every once in a while to give our minds a break, chronic disengagement is not in the least bit healthy.
I encourage each of us to reconnect with those things that brought us joy and happiness before we decided to "adult”. If there’s any way we can incorporate those things into our lives now I encourage us to do whatever we can to make that a reality.
Bottom Line: I believe Green Day said it best when they said, “When masturbation’s lost its fun you’re fucking lonely.” If you’re so bored you can’t even muster up the energy to give yourself a good pull and poke, that should be a HUGE red flag! Don’t let masturbation lose its pleasure! Get out there and reconnect with your genuine self! You can thank me later!
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
Song of the Week: Green Day "Longview"
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Week of November 27th - December 2rd, 2017
Card: Wheel of Fortune
Quick Analysis: The Wheel of Fortune in the upright position tells us the Wheel is in our favor. Much like the Judgement card from last week, this week's card is giving us hope that what we've set into motion already is likely to turn out in our favor. But the Wheel of Fortune card is more about taking that chance, rolling the dice, taking that leap of faith and seeing what happens. So if you've been thinking about taking a calculated risk, now might be the time to move from thought to action.
The Wheel of Fortune card is a very auspicious card. It, more than any other card in the deck, is practically begging us to take a chance. To spin the wheel. To roll the dice. I get the feeling there is somebody reading this that really wants to bet on themselves. But for whatever reason, they haven't taken that opportunity. Usually when we don't take opportunities that are staring us in the face is because we secretly (or not so secretly sometimes) fear the outcome of that decision. Now more than ever the Wheel of Fortune card is telling us, "If not now, when?" I encourage each of us to find that mustard seed of faith that we've been promised can move mountains and use it to our advantage.
In-Depth Analysis: Let's talk a little bit about fear and how sometimes giving into fear can prevent us from living the best lives possible. What is fear? Dictionary.com defines fear as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. What I'd like to focus on is the imagined threat. An imagined threat can feel just as real as a literal threat. It can have the same conditions, the same responses. Either one feels as terrifying as the other. The problem is, with one of them it's not real.
To be fair, in the middle of the fear it's hard to distinguish between real and imaginary. In the middle of fear, because all fear has that same "fight or flight" aspect to it, to turn that emotion off takes Herculean effort. It takes the strength of a Superman or a Wonder Woman to turn that emotion off. It's next to impossible.
So what's a person supposed to do? Do it anyway.
That's right. Do it anyway. Even though you're scared shitless, do it anyway. Even though you're afraid things won't turn out your way, do it anyway. Even though you're afraid you may lose everything you've worked so hard to attain, do it anyway. Even though it's never been done and people doubt your ability to do it, do it anyway.
Let's be clear here. To do it anyway takes balls. It takes guts. It takes ovaries. It takes courage. But when talking about having courage it's very important to make the distinction that courage is NOT the absence of fear. Ambrose Redmoon said it best when she said, "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear."
Even though I love superhero movies, (seriously, I LOVE superhero movies. And comic books. And graphic novels. And R.I.P. Saturday morning cartoons) I truly believe they, and all other movies and other media that have a hero's journey in it with a few rare exceptions show courage in a way that's unrealistic. I know that seems like a silly thing to say since by their very nature superhero movies and their ilk are unrealistic, but the point remains. The hero starts out discovering his or her gift, goes balls out with his or her gift, gets his or her ass handed back to them, goes through a dark night of the soul, and then ends the movie by coming out of that dark place and eventually saving the day. But very rarely is the superhero asked after the battle how he or she felt during the battle and the superhero replies "I was shitting bricks!" Usually the fear goes away and resolve and determination takes its place and that's all that's necessary to save the day.
That's a bunch of bull. The truth is even though in really high stakes life or death situations a sense of calm and serenity can overtake a person, that doesn't equate an absence of fear. I've never been in war situations. I've never been in a situation where when it comes to my life it could have literally gone either way. (Well, actually I did have a life or death situation happen to me once when I was a really small kid. But I was FAR too young at the time to have a metaphysical crisis in the middle of it.) But when I hear stories of people who have been in those situations none of them have said that courage negated all the fear inside them. They just, as Ambrose wrote, found something more important than fear.
And that's what I would encourage each of us to do. It takes a lot of time, patience, discipline and hard work to transcend the fear emotion. Most of us will never attain that level of clarity in every situation we find ourselves in. Because of that, it's in our best interest to do it anyway. Regardless of the fear, do it anyway. We can work on that higher level of serenity before, during and after the moment we're doing whatever needs to be done. But we simply cannot put our lives on hold while we work to attain that level of consciousness that doesn't allow for fear. We must take advantage of now because the future is not promised.
Bottom Line: Good News! The Wheel of Fortune is in our favor! Bad News (depending on how you look at it)! We still have to take that chance. We still have to make that move. We still have to take that leap of faith regardless of how frightened we are. And right now the Universe is telling us odds are in our favor. And the Universe knows a thing or two about working the odds. So when the Universe is giving us the go-ahead, as scary as it may seem to take that chance, it would be in our best interest to do so. Take a deep, cleansing "I'm gonna do this anyway. Right now!" kind of a breath. Roll those dice. Spin that wheel. Take that chance and see what happens. You can thank me later.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
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Week of November 20th - November 26th, 2017
Quick Analysis: The Judgement card. Usually when this card comes up in a reading it means whatever issue the person across from me is facing the judgement will odds on be in their favor. Oftentimes this card has to do with issues surrounding the law and the court system and working our way through it. This card gives hope to people out there going through that process. It gives them hope that even though it may be tough going for a while, sometimes even a long while because the court system is notoriously slow, when it's all said and done the outcome will be in their favor.
So if you're going through the court system, if you're waging a legal battle, I encourage you to keep fighting. Keep doing everything in your power (including keeping all - and I do mean ALL - your paperwork in order) to make sure you have everything a judge could ask for even before the request is made. Make sure you stay on top of everything. And that includes your lawyer. Make sure you're keeping on top of your lawyer and making sure he or she is doing everything they can to get a favorable outcome for you.
Finally, once you've done everything you can possibly do to make sure judgement is in your favor, keep the faith. At some point you'll have to say "I've done all I can do" and allow the justice system to work. And depending on what's on the line, that can be a tough thing to do. But that's the beauty of faith. Once you've done everything you can possibly do, faith allows you to rest in the assurance that since you've done your due diligence the Universe will respond in kind. And no matter what the immediate verdict, faith allows you to believe that everything will be okay. Because it will.
In-Depth Analysis: For our in-depth analysis today we're going to take Judgement into a different direction. Specifically, judgement of other people. We'll analyze how this card can oftentimes reflect a mirror back at us and shine a light on the behaviors we're engaging in.
We sometimes have the tendency to be our own worst critic. No one can cut us off at the knees better than we can ourselves. We sometimes encircle ourselves with, "I'm not good enough. I'm not smart enough. I'm not pretty enough. I'm not (insert whatever thing we can never live up to - at least in our own minds - here) enough. When other people aren't beating us up we sometimes can take to beating ourselves up. And that's heartbreaking.
When the Judgement card comes up and the question (or the core issue at hand) has to do with self-worth, I always advise the people across from me not to be so hard on themselves. I encourage them to treat themselves like they would treat their best friend. If their best friend came to them with the same problem, what would they tell them? What advice would they give? Whatever advice is given I encourage them to apply that advice to themselves.
Life is not easy, that much is true. But life is definitely not as serious as some would make it out to be. And some people take themselves way too seriously. And because they think everything they do has life or death consequences, there's a danger that whatever choice they make will never be up to snuff, at least in their own heads. The more we can understand that life is truly what we make it, the less pressure we put on ourselves for perfection. Because the truth is, nothing on this entire green planet is perfect. There are imperfections even in the most pristine people, objects and circumstances. And the deeper truth is, the perfection lies in the imperfection. Once we internalize that truth and start living it, we not only start living healthier, happier lives, but we also cut ourselves WAY more slack than we used to.
Bottom Line: If you're going through a legal battle, congratulations! Odds are the outcome will be in your favor. Please note I said, "outcome" rather than "verdict" Whatever the verdict is will be secondary to the larger truth that the outcome will be in your favor. Everything will be okay. Because it always is. If you're having a really hard time with carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, please understand you don't have to. There isn't some grand ideal you have to live up to. All you need to do is be the best possible you that you can be. And that "best possible you" isn't dictated by the people around you. It's dictated by your own moral compass. The Joker asks, "Why so serious?" The answer to that question is, "It ain't that serious." You see, all the world is a stage and we are actors in the grandest play ever. But it's all improvised. Which means you get to dictate how your character lives in the play. I encourage you to find what fits for you and go out there and play! You can thank me later.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
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Week of November 13th - November 19th, 2017
Card: Ace of Wands
Quick Analysis: The Ace of Wands is all about new beginnings. When it comes up in a reading we know we're at the precipice of a new and exciting journey. And the blessed thing about it is that new beginning is full of possibility. It's full of potential. It's full of growth. And the best part of all? When the Ace of Wands comes up in a reading it points towards success! So YAY!
Usually when the Ace of Wands comes up in a reading it means the person across from me has been itching to try something new. They're either not satisfied in their current occupation, their personal lives have settled into an unsatisfying routine, or old hobbies and passions are starting to nag at them to "Look at me! Look at me! Look at me!" The Ace of Wands is telling me those dissatisfied naggings are closer to the surface than ever before and they're not going to go away anytime soon.
It can also mean the time for personal change (something I discuss in the In-Depth Analysis below) is now. The time for thinking about it has ended and a choice needs to be made immediately. It may be a choice or decision you've put off for a good long while. Well the clock has officially ticked out. Make that decision. And within that decision you'll find success.
In-Depth Analysis: Okay, I really didn't want to be so on the nose with this week's reading. But when the answer is clear, it's clear. Every day is The Circle of Life. We're born in the morning, full of whining, complaining and the overwhelming need to poop. We live our lives throughout the day. If we're wise, hopefully we'll have a chance each day to learn something new. At the end of the day we settle down in front of the television or in front of our computers or in front of our phones and slowly decompress from the day. That's our retirement and our twilight moment. Finally at the end of the evening we crawl into bed and through sleep we experience "death", only to be "reborn" the following morning with an overwhelming desire to poop.
It truly is the circle of life each and every day of our lives. We are born, live and die each and every day. How we choose to live that life we've been given is completely up to us.
As stated above, the Ace of Wands is all about new beginnings. And new beginnings happen every day. We have a choice each day about how we live our lives. We have a choice to consciously make choices that can change the shape of not only our days but our lives. We can make a change in our lives at any time we are drawing in breath and aren't brain dead.
Now I can hear some of you say, "I'm comfortable with the way things are. I'm afraid if I change it will tear apart the foundation I've created for myself." And I get it. I completely understand the longer we're in a particular lifestyle the harder it is to change that lifestyle. But if it's been on your mind that a positive change needs to occur in your life, it means that you have the time, talent, resources and strength of will to make it happen. If you didn't have any of those things, your spirit wouldn't constantly be nagging you about it. Also, fear of the unknown can keep a lot of people stuck where they are. Some people can be so afraid of the unknown they will tolerate the most squalid spiritual and emotional conditions. They may not be happy, but at least they're not afraid. Even for those people who live comfortable lifestyles, with all the amenities the 21st century can offer dissatisfaction can creep in. Even if you are of a position where you want for nothing and anything you desire is yours, the feeling of being trapped can manifest itself. After all, even if it's a gilded cage we've become accustomed to, it's still a cage.
The Universe is presenting us with a unique opportunity to change how we live our lives. Not only that, but it's all but guaranteeing our success. How wonderful is that? It would be in our best interest to take advantage of the offer the Universe is giving us.
Bottom Line: As long as there is life, there is hope. Not only can we make the choice to start fresh and new each day, but every second of the day is a unique opportunity for a system reset. The time for new beginnings is now. The time to take that leap of faith is now. The time to present the new and improved you on top of a rock in front of all the animals of the Serengeti is now. If not now, when? The past is dead and gone. Tomorrow is not promised. I encourage each of us to take advantage of the gift of the present and start new. You can thank me later.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
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Week Of November 6th - November 12th, 2017
Card: King of Pentacles
Quick Analysis: When the King of Pentacles comes up in a reading it means you're either suffering the consequences of lifelong actions or reaping the rewards of those choices. Good or bad, the choices we make today dictate how our lives will play out in the future. The King of Pentacles is all about things that have been around for a long time and will continue to manifest for a long time to come. It could mean old money, health issues, family issues or the consequences and rewards for whatever choices we make concerning those issues.
Especially in young people, when they haven't yet reached the pinnacle of success in their careers or family life, I always try to tell them the choices we make today aren't just for today. The consequences and rewards for those actions will continue throughout our lifetimes. So it's important to make right and good choices now, for those actions are like pebbles on the water. The waves they create continue to flow long after the pebble itself has floated to the bottom of the lake. And when the King of Pentacles comes up in a reading it means odds are we're going to be sticking around this mortal plane for a good long while. We won't live fast and die young. In fact, we'll live to be very old. So with that in mind, it's good to make wise choices now so that when we are old and grey we will have set the standard for ourselves long ago for a healthy and happy twilight.
In-Depth Analysis: The good news in all of this is when the King of Pentacles comes up in a reading it means we and our legacy will live on for many, many years. People will remember us and what we contributed long after we are gone. That's wonderful news. Especially for those of us who are getting into our middle-aged years and are beginning to really take a long hard look at the legacy we're leaving behind. And it's good news for those of us who are enjoying the golden twilight years of our lives. As we survey the life we've lived, it's good to know we've made an impact. For those of us who are just starting out as young adults, the King of Pentacles gives us hope that we can change the world. We can create something new, fresh and exciting that will continue to evolve and grow long after we're gone.
The only bit of caution I can give with this is what I've said above. Making good choices now means a happier life down the line. It's important, especially for young people, to sit down and decide what they want their lives to look like 5, 10, 20 years from now. And I'm not necessarily talking just about career choices. I'm talking about friends, family, loved ones, children, lovers, and yes, what you want your career to look like. When we're young we sometimes have a hard time looking that far ahead and making conscious choices we know will affect our lives in the long run. Sometimes it's very Zen to be young. To only think of right now. To be fully and completely in the moment. But the downside to that is the ripple effect we discussed earlier. All the choices we make in life have repercussions. They have rewards and consequences we would never imagine in the here and now.
That's not to say we shouldn't sometimes be spontaneous and throw caution to the wind. If we're constantly worrying about what choices we make today and how that will adversely affect our lives in the future we're not living in the here and now. We're not present. We're not living the Zen life of a millennial. We should sometimes have that extra piece of cake. We should sometimes have that extra cocktail. We should sometimes do something completely spontaneous and outside of our comfort level. We should sometimes allow the worries of tomorrow take care of themselves. A balance should be struck between responsibility and spontaneity. How we find that balance is as individual as we are.
Finally, and I know I say this a lot, as long as there is life there is hope. Regardless of where on the age spectrum of life, if you acknowledge there is an area in your life you need to change, change it. Yes I realize that sometimes is easier said than done. But it can be done. We all have the capacity for change, evolution and growth. That capacity doesn't end when we turn 30. We're not set in stone and immovable after a certain point in our lives. We all have the chance every moment we take oxygen in to change how we move through life. But we have to make the conscious choice to make that change. I pray we all make positive changes to make our lives the best it possibly can be.
Bottom Line: Who wants to be a grumpy old man or a grumpy old lady? I know from the outside looking in the "no fucks to give" attitude a lot of old people have seems so appealing. But why wait until you are 120 years old to live and speak your truth? And why does that truth automatically have to be dripping with cynicism? The choices we make today will dictate our health, happiness and vitality when we are old. If you come across an old person who seems so angry bitter and cynical you can bet the seeds for those character traits were planted long ago. If you come across an old person who has health problems on top of health problems, unless those health problems are a product of genetics and predisposition, you can bet it's because of lifestyle choices they made when they were young. So why not make good choices today? Why not choose to live the best life possible today? That way you set yourself up for a better tomorrow. So go out there and make right choices! You can thank me later.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
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Week of October 30th - November 5th, 2017
Card: Six of Wands
Quick Analysis: So what have you been up to, lately? What schemes have you been scheming? What plans have you been concocting? What's cooking in your kitchen? I ask because the Six of Wands is telling me that you're about to be victorious in whatever undertaking you've taken on. And that's SUCH good news! Very often we work and work and work our tails off. We're so caught up and consumed with the everyday workings of the machine we take scant notice when things start to go our way. And if we do notice things are beginning to go our way we internalize that to say "Okay, that just means I gotta work harder. I gotta do more. I gotta keep pushing and grinding because it could all be over tomorrow!" And while that state of mind of keeping your eyes on the grind is a smart move business wise, it's not always the wisest move emotionally. Very often you will hear very successful people say "I wish I'd taken more time to actually enjoy it." That's what the Six of Wands is telling us. To enjoy the successes we have. To not dismiss the good stuff while we work towards the great stuff. So if you are making headway in any corner of your life, I encourage you to go out and celebrate that achievement. Acknowledge and be grateful for the blessings that are beginning to roll in from all your hard work.
In-Depth Analysis: In this portion of the reading I want to talk about something I perceive to be a real problem with some of our psyches. Some of us have been trained not to celebrate the achievements we've received because somehow bringing attention to them diminishes them and will make the "Cosmic Powers That Be" remove that blessing from our lives. If you're feeling that way, that makes you afraid to celebrate your accomplishments because of the consequences of that celebration let me tell you you're missing the mark.
The truth is, the Universe LOVES to give blessings to us. The Universe realizes that life on this mortal coil can sometimes not be the most pleasant of experiences. It can be downright brutal at times. Because of that, the Universe tries its best to grant blessings whenever it can. To make our lives easier. To make living here a little more bearable.
Knowing that, why WOULDN'T the Universe want us to acknowledge the blessings we've received? Especially if those blessings come as a by-product of our own hard work. Why wouldn't the Universe want us to celebrate the blessings we've received? The Universe wants us to celebrate the victories. The Universe wants us to acknowledge not only how hard we've worked but how the Universe has treated us in kind.
With that being said, there's a fine line between being grateful and recognizing when the good things start coming our way and bragging about those things. Being grateful and recognizing when the good stuff happens and being joyous about it comes from the inside out. You can be grateful and happy and joyous about any number of things without the world knowing about it. But bragging requires an audience. Bragging is about other people and what they think about you and how you compare your life to theirs. It's energy that comes from the outside in. Whereas true gratefulness and the joy that comes with it is energy that goes from the inside out.
The other part of being afraid to recognize our accomplishments is the fact that it could all be over tomorrow. Which it could very well be. But if it truly all disappeared tomorrow wouldn't you feel bad you didn't take the time out to enjoy it? Sometimes we're so busy with the minutia of the machine and making sure the machine is well fed we completely forget to enjoy what the machine has produced. To take time out to say with pride bursting forth, "I DID THAT!" There's a balance that needs to be struck. If we're working night and day and not taking time out to survey the work we've done, we're out of balance. The Six of Wands is encouraging us to take the time to celebrate the victories, no matter how big or small they may be.
Bottom Line: You're on the red carpet. You're dressed to the nines. Your hair, makeup, nails, accessories and date for the evening are all on point. The paparazzi is calling your name. Stop thinking about everything that needs to be done. I encourage you to live in this moment. Be fully aware in this moment. Celebrate you accomplishments in this moment. Be joyous and grateful in this moment. Strike a pose. Dance the night away. You've worked hard for this moment. Now go out there and enjoy it! You can thank me later.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
In-Depth Analysis: You know we talk a LOT about addiction in this blog. And that's usually not something I focus on in real life. Yes I have my own set of demons and addictions I have to deal with, as do all of us. But it's not something that is a major focus in my life. But it has become that way in this blog. Which can only mean one of two things. Either I need to start focusing in on and overcoming the addictions that are holding me back from my greatest potential or someone is reading this blog that needs encouragement and hope as they work through their own demons. Either way, it looks like all of us have work to do.
When the Seven of Cups comes up in a reading I can almost guarantee the person across from me is going through an addiction of some kind. And oftentimes that addiction manifests itself through our relationships with each other. Specifically, our love relationships with our partners or would-be partners. Sometimes we can be in love with love and not see the reality of the situation right in front of us.
I've spoken at length about my relationship with "Emotionally Unavailable Man" in my now on hiatus podcast, Monday Morning Meditation. If you want to hear the story in its entirety, click HERE. But the point I want to make from that particular story today is if I'm being completely honest with myself and honest with the situation, I was in love with love. I was operating under the Disney Princess illusion. I was working in the delusion that love would conquer all. Even when Emotionally Unavailable Man told me otherwise. I was fully and wholly in the world of the Seven of Cups. I had forgotten the very sage advice of one Maya Angelou when she said, "When people tell you who they really are, believe them. The first time." Instead I'd taken up residence in the Seven of Cups and there's nothing anyone could have said to me to make any difference in how I felt.
That is, until Emotionally Unavailable Man broke up with me.
At that point I had a choice. I could either work under the delusion he'd eventually see the error of his ways and come crawling back to me or as painful as it was, I could pick up the pieces of my heart, figure out what there was to learn from the situation and move on with life. I chose the latter.
Has it been easy? No. I was so convinced we were supposed to be together I completely ignored what was in front of me. The truth of the matter is we did have a soul connection to each other. And in fact, we were supposed to be together. Just not forever. It's very clear to me now Emotionally Unavailable Man was brought into my life for a very specific purpose. And once that purpose had been fulfilled there was no need for him and me to continue. So in that sense we were supposed to come together. The Universe just needed to plant the seed in both of us very early on so we would really have no choice but to years later come together and fulfill our obligations to each other. Once we did, it was over. But all these months later, there's still a part of me that wishes it would have turned out to be a forever kind of a thing. On my good days I know we weren't really supposed to be together except for that brief period we were together. On my not so good days if he were to show up on my doorstep and ask for a second chance I'd give it to him. I know eventually that feeling will go away. But on my hard days? Let's just say it's more than a little difficult not to reach out to him.
We live in a Disney princess kind of a world. We live in a world where although rom-coms have fallen out of favor on the silver screen, soap operas live and in fact thrive on the small screen. Someone is always either in the pursuit of love, attaining love or fighting to hold onto love. And we are all in. We are invested. We root for and ship for imaginary couples. We mash up their names to create another name for our favorite on screen couples. We go in and go hard for our on screen faves. We buy into the idea of romance. Of kissing in the rain. Of holding boomboxes over our heads while "In Your Eyes" plays and the morning sprinklers come on. Of somehow making potting clay sexy while "Unchained Melody" plays in the background. Of hanging upside down on a web and letting our favorite girl pull our mask down to kiss us. (Also in the rain.) We live in a world of the illusionary concept of "happily ever after." So it's no wonder that same thinking bleeds over into our everyday lives.
Bottom Line: The bottom line is we have a choice to make. It's a very MATRIX kind of a choice. Do we take the blue pill and continue to live in the world of illusion? Or do we take the red pill and wake up to reality. There are rewards and consequences for each choice. But in the long run, which is the better choice? If you're asking me, the red pill is the obvious choice. At least it is on my good days (see above.) Keep in mind illusions by their very nature eventually must fade away because they aren't real. So eventually we'll have no choice but to face reality. So really the only choice here is to either face reality on our own terms or have it thrust upon us when illusion fades away. I encourage each of us to make the right choice for our lives. Take the red pill now and thank me later.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
Tarot the Week!
Week of October 16th - October 22nd, 2017
Card: Nine of Wands
Quick Analysis: The Nine of Wands. The Wounded Warrior card. This card denotes a battle that has not only been going on for quite some time, but one that's hard fought and hard won. It also denotes that while there has been a momentary lull in the action and the theater of battle is quiet the battle is far from over. In fact, a sentry (us) has been placed at the home front to guard against any foe that may approach. My heart breaks for the client who's come to see me when this card comes up in their reading. It means they have gone through it. And are continuing to go through it. There may be a momentary respite from the hard life they've led up to this point, but the battle will begin again and rage on.
As stated above, when the Nine of Wands comes up in a reading it generally means the person across from me has had an especially difficult time in life. Things haven't gone smoothly for this person, to put it mildly. Everything has been a battle or even worse, a war. To gain even an inch in this thing called life the person across from me has had to fight within an inch of his or her life. And that storyline has continued throughout his or her existence on this mortal plane. Sure, the action may have died down for the moment. But rest assured it will begin again.
And that is so devastatingly sad to me. I mean we all have our good and bad times. We all have baggage we carry with us and karma we have to work through. But be that as it may it sucks that life can sometimes be exceptionally difficult for us.
But there is hope in all this.
The first bit of hope is wrapped up in a cliche' It's a horrible cliche' and doesn't do anything to make anybody feel any better about their current circumstances. But there's a nugget of truth in it. That's why I'm focusing on it for a moment. A variation on the old cliche' goes as follows: "If things are going wrong, you must be doing something right." I know, I know. But bear with me for a moment while I dig a little deeper into it.
The bit of hope in that terrible cliche' is oftentimes when we're going through what feels like an impossible situation it"s because we're either working through a life lesson that MUST be learned this time around, or we're working off a helluva lot of karma. Either way, if we learn our life lesson or we work through our karma, at the end of it we'll never have to go through that set of circumstances ever again. The warrior is still alive. Depending on the visual interpretation of the card, he's either standing at the gate (or in the above interpretation) down on one knee. Regardless, we are still alive. Which means we still have enough energy within us to fight another day. We should take courage in the fact we're still here and we can still fight. It may not seem like it, but if we weren't able to fight anymore we'd be dead. So if you're reading this and still breathing, you still have fight left in you. You may not think so, but I know so.
The second bit of hope is ALSO wrapped up in what has become a tired platitude given to us by good meaning people who, when faced with a difficult situation someone else is going through that has no easy and quick answers, says "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13. Which again, has never made anyone in the history of this planet feel better. Ever. But if we look a little closer at that Bible verse it does have hope in it.
It really all goes back to the idea that as long as there's life there's hope, regardless of the circumstance. Especially when it seems hopeless and all is lost. As long as we are breathing oxygen and we aren't brain dead in an ICU with no hope of regaining consciousness, there is hope. If you're a person of faith, that hope manifests itself in faith. If you're not a person of faith, that hope probably manifests itself in your belief in the resiliency of humankind. Regardless, what keeps us going day by day is hope. Hope for something better. It's not a state of mind that should ever easily be discarded. Because once we do we allow hopelessness to fill that void. And hopelessness is not a very healthy place to live.
Finally, (and this may go counter to all I've just said but here goes) there's something very Zen and very peaceful in allowing ourselves to fully feel what we're going through. To fully allow ourselves the opportunity to live the human experience. The truth is nothing lasts forever (another platitude that doesn't make anybody feel any better). It's absolutely true. NOTHING lasts forever. And there's a lesson to be learned in every experience we have. But if we aren't completely in the moment, feeling everything we need to feel in that moment, we're missing the point of living. To be completely present in the here and now, grounded in the realization that not only do we have to go through what we're going through but that it will not last forever and we have the stuff within us to weather the storm, there can be a sort of peace that follows that kind of living.
Bottom Line: It's tough being in the middle of a difficult situation. Sometimes life has a way of knocking us around until we're battered, bruised and ready to give up. And because Earth is one of if not THE hardest training grounds in the Universe, by its very nature it's going to be tough going through the human experience. But we've been given an incredible blessing in that we've been given hope. And hope can sometimes be the only thing that keeps us hanging on. We are encouraged to never forget we are warriors. We are strong. We are battle-ready. The fight is long and the brutality is real. But we wouldn't be going through whatever we're going through if we didn't have the right stuff to get through it. That's just fact. So I encourage each of us that are still amongst the land of the living to know we are still here for a reason. We only die when our reason has been fulfilled. So since we are still living, we can, we must, we will fight another day. So grab your armor and let's get out there and fight! You can thank me later.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
Tarot the Week!
Week of October 2nd - October 8th, 2017
Card: Queen of Pentacles
Quick Analysis: Queen of Pentacles. The woman who has worked her ass off for what she has. The woman who looks like she has everything. But nobody knows the sacrifice and cost. She has everything she wants. She has everything she needs. And yet, she can't rest on her laurels. She can't relax on her accomplishments. The world is ever changing and evolving. So she must work in order to stay on top. She loves the life she's created for herself. She loves the accoutrements and privileges that come with gaining a certain socio-economic status. She is in good health, good spirits and looks forward to the next challenge she can tackle in this life.
In-Depth Analysis: The Queen of Pentacles advises us to not rest on our laurels or accomplishments. One way to do that, and a way the Queen of Pentacles really connects with is through our creativity. The Queen of Pentacles, more in fact than the King of Pentacles, is all about continuously creating. Whether in large or small ways, finding opportunities to create at every turn is what she encourages us to do.
And when it comes to business and staying competitive in an ever changing world, it's amazing what creativity can open up for us. When we work creatively, we open ourselves up to creativity in all aspects of our lives. We can be working through a problem that has us stumped. After what seems like forever working through that problem with no progress seemingly made, we take a break and work on something else. That "something else" requires us to be creative. As we work on that something else and stretch and use that creative muscle, we oftentimes will discover solutions to other problems we have. Including maybe that problem that has had us stumped forever.
The Queen of Pentacles encourages us to use our creative minds in everything we do. Even if what we do for a living isn't necessarily the most creative field, we can use creativity to our advantage. We can use creativity to keep our minds engaged. Even in the most mind numbingly rote and routine jobs, we can use our imagination to keep us from getting bored. "How?" Use your imagination. Sometimes even daydreaming can help us problem solve. I get that the world we live in doesn't allow for a lot of staring out the window and daydreaming. But the more we can surreptitiously insert that sense of imagination and creativity into our day to day world, the less of a chore our work becomes. Again, I realize that is easier said than done for a lot of us who work the cubicle production driven lifestyle. But the Queen of Pentacles encourages us to at least try.
Finally, it's important we try our best not to judge people in better socio-economic positions than ourselves. We have absolutely no idea what cost they had to pay to get where they are. We have no idea the sacrifices they've made. And even if they were born with the proverbial "silver spoon in their mouths" we don't know what goes on behind closed doors. While it is true money makes a lot of things easier, at the end of the day it truly does not buy happiness. Focusing in on what other people have makes us conversely focus on what we lack. And living in a mental state of lack is not a good place to be. It makes blessings harder to get to us because we're blocking them by our mental state of lack. The Queen of Pentacles encourages us to live in a state of gratitude for what we have. We are truly blessed. And the more we not only realize that truth but are sincerely thankful for it, the more blessings we receive.
Bottom Line: Let's do our best to inject creativity and imagination into our daily lives. Creativity allows us to not only create something out of nothing but it also allows us to more easily problem solve. Finally, let's stop hating on rich people. We have no idea what goes on behind closed doors. We have no idea the price they've paid to get where they are. The more we hate the more we block blessings in our own lives. So let's be grateful for what we have. And let's appreciate where we are right now, with an eye to improve as we live. You can thank me later.
Have a FANTASTIC week, everyone!
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September 25th - October 1st, 2017
Card: Eight of Wands (Reversed)
Quick Analysis: When the Eight of Swords is in the Upright position it can mean we are stuck in a prison of our own mind. We're trapped by our own thoughts. We're held prisoner by our own emotions. However, when the Eight of Swords is in the Reversed position as it is in this week's reading it means the exact opposite. We're coming out the other end of a long internment in a prison camp of our own design. We're slowly taking off the ties that bind us. We're ever so gently removing the blindfold from our eyes. And with courage and determination we're reclaiming the swords around us to be used not as the frame for our prison, but rather as tools and resources that can be used in our favor.
In-Depth Analysis: When this card is in the Upright position I worry for the client sitting across from me. I worry the person who has sought me out for help has themselves as their worst enemy. I worry that person has always had to fight themselves more than they've ever had to fight outside influences. Our minds are incredible and wondrous things. We've only yet begun to discover the amazing things our minds can do. Conversely our minds, arguably out of self-preservation and training (nature vs nurture), have a way of closing in on us and trapping us where we stand.
So imagine my delight when I'm reading for a client and the Eight of Swords comes up in the Reverse position! I love it. I love giving my clients the good news that they're either coming out of that mindset or will be doing so in short order. It"s a signal for freedom. It's a signal of rebirth. It's a signal of starting fresh. It means the ties that have bound us to one place are beginning to loosen and we have an opportunity to finally break free. How wonderful is that? It's absolutely fantastic that we're finally breaking free from the ties that have kept us immobilized. It can only be a good thing that we've finally had enough of the life we've lived so far and are ready to make a change. It's wonderful that we see how our lives could be and we're ready to take those steps to make it happen.
But of course, all this comes with a couple warnings.
The mind, being as vast and powerful as it is, can be tricky to navigate. Although the mind is built for learning, growth and evolution, that can only come from us taking the necessary steps in order to ensure learning growth and evolution are taking place. Otherwise the mind can only work with what it knows. Which means it's very easy to fall back on past behaviors. It's very easy to slowly but surely fall back into the routine that got us stuck in the first place. It's very easy to slide into old routines because it's all we know. Do we know there's something better out there? Of course. But we have to be ever diligent in discovering and navigating the best way for us to get there. And that takes work.
Speaking of work, this is the last warning. Whenever we decide to tackle a new way of living there's always the honeymoon period. We're doing what we're supposed to be doing. We're excited about the new life we're leading. We're full to overflowing with enthusiasm about how our lives will be different from now on. We wake up every morning with a renewed vim, vigor determination and intent that today will be the best day of our lives. And that works. For a while. Then the honeymoon phase ends and that's where the real work begins.
Unfortunately, once that initial "high on life" period ends it signals an end all together for a lot of people. Suddenly it's not so easy to tackle each day head on. It's not so fun to face the day with positivity and determination. Suddenly the real work of changing our lives has hit us like a ton of bricks and it's, to put it mildly, not a pleasant feeling anymore. This is where a lot of people "fall off the wagon" so to speak. This is where old habits, routines and ways of life start creeping in. Not because they're necessarily any easier than the new way of life we're trying to carve out for ourselves, but because it's more familiar. We know how to do it. We've done it so long it's second nature to us. Not that it's the best thing for us, but we certainly know how it works. And navigating a new life can include trying to figure how things work out for us, which may not be what we thought we signed up for. Once that reality hits, it's very easy to slowly let ourselves slip back into what got us here in the first place.
The problem is, the end of that story takes us back to the prison cell we busted out of. Is that what we really want for ourselves? Is that the kind of life we envision for ourselves? When we think of our best selves, is that person locked in the prison the image that comes to mind? If not, we need to work at it every day. We need to consciously put forth the effort every day to become that best version of ourselves. We need to put in the work. And not for nothing, but we have eight swords at our disposal to help us on our journey. So let's make full use of the resources the Universe presents to us.
Bottom Line: We're beginning to break out of the prison we've created for ourselves. We're beginning to envision a better life for ourselves. We're beginning to want to change old habits and behaviors that may not be in our best interests anymore. We're beginning to see that we in fact have the power to change our life situation. With that in mind we have to make sure we stay on top of our minds to keep them from falling back into old habits and behaviors. When the honeymoon period is over and things begin to get a little bit tougher to navigate, we are encouraged to double down on fighting for something better for ourselves. We know it takes work and we're happy to put in the work every day to make our lives the best they can possibly be. So unloose the ties, tear off the blindfold, grab those swords of the mind and use them to your advantage. You can thank me later.
Have a FANTASTIC week, everyone!
Tarot the Week!
Quick Analysis: Strong. Fearless. Determined. Leader. Exudes warmth. Exudes love. Knows things on a deeper spiritual level. Able to create something out of nothing. And further, inspires, encourages and teaches others to do the same. She wants to give the world a big hug and inspire all those around her to change the world. She loves starting new enterprises. She puts creativity and a lot of heart into everything she undertakes. She loves thinking outside the box when problems arise to find a creative way to work with the obstacles presented. In short, a card you want on your side when you're starting something new.
In-Depth Analysis: In the quick analysis above I talked about what any tarot card definition will give you. But in this week's in-depth analysis we're about to embark upon, I'd like to delve a little bit deeper into the card. So let's get to it!
I absolutely LOVE this interpretation of the Queen of Wands. It hews very close to the Rider Waite version of the card (which you can view HERE.) But what makes it different in my eyes is the strength behind the card. When you look at this person you see the strength behind her eyes. You see the determination and focus within her. You can tell she is connected to and fiercely protective of the land. And of course the black cat on her lap seems to exude secret knowledge that aids and assists the Queen with her workings. All in all a very powerful card.
But the other thing I'm getting from this card that may not be as evident is the encouragement this card is giving. The encouragement to love ourselves. The encouragement to accept ourselves as who we really are. To embrace ourselves, warts and all, as a unique gift to the world. There's only one us. And when we use all of ourselves - even the parts that aren't the greatest - we give so much more to the world. And consequently, we move further along the evolutionary pathway.
Now to be clear there are character flaws in each of us. There is baggage we all carry. There are things within each of us we need to work on to make ourselves better spirits when we leave than when we arrived. But what I'm talking about moreso is the tendency we may have to sell ourselves short. I'm too tall. I'm too short. I'm too fat. I'm too skinny. I'm too black. I'm too white. I'm a man. I'm a woman. I'm gay. I'm straight. I'm trans. I'm not smart enough. I'm not cultured enough. I'm not good enough. I've never been good enough. I'll never be good enough.
And that's where we run into issues. We all can suffer from self-doubt to a certain degree from time to time. We can experience the mind-trap of believing the worst in ourselves. That's not the problem. The problem lies in wallowing in self-doubt and criticism. When we stay in a certain mindset for too long we end up getting stuck there. Once we're there it's hard to break free from that particular mindset. And once we're trapped our growth and evolution become trapped as well. And we start sinking into the quicksand.
The Queen of Wands is encouraging us this week to not only accept who we are as we are right now, but to also love ourselves unconditionally. If we love ourselves unconditionally, that love has no choice but to ultimately start to spread out into everything we do. When we take on a new project, we're excited to put our spin on it. We're excited to dive in with both hands (and feet) and use our creativity to make something out of nothing. We're pumped to put our unique spin on everything we do.
And that unconditional love also spreads out to other people as well. We begin to unknowingly inspire others just by our presence alone. We begin to be a light for other people. We begin to make other people feel like, "If he/she can do it, so can I!" We begin to be that beacon of hope for other people who may find themselves in a hopeless kind of a place. When you work from a place of unconditional love that love has no choice but to spread.
Bottom Line: The Queen of Wands is encouraging you to take on a new project with new eyes, new determination, new ideas, new creativity, and new love. The Queen of Wands is encouraging you to use all of the resources around you to make things happen. Finally, the Queen of Wands is encouraging you to love yourself unconditionally. And when you do, put that unconditional love into everything you do. Because once you put that love and light into everything you do, you become a light and inspiration to those around you. So get out there and be creative! Create something out of nothing! Put all the love you can muster into yourself, into your work and into the people around you. You can thank me later.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
Week of August 28th - September 3rd, 2017
Quick Analysis: The Three of Pentacles (or in this interpretation, Coins). You've put in work. You've studied. You've practiced. You've perfected. Now you can do what you do in your sleep. It's second nature to you. It's muscle memory. You've become a master in your field. You've carved out a lane for yourself. Sure, others may do what you do but nobody does it quite like you do. That's why people from near and far are beginning to recognize your work and seek out your guidance, your knowledge and expertise. The Three of Coins is speaking to you. It's saying it can only be for your ultimate good to allow this career evolution to happen.
In-Depth Analysis: I love this interpretation of the Three of Coins. In it, we have a gentleman who is hard at work at his craft. He studies everyday. He works everyday. He fine tunes his work everyday. He strives to make it better and better everyday. He's not trying to reinvent the wheel here, but he is trying to make his product more efficient, more capable and more savvy.
And that's what I want to focus in on this week. Whatever career field you've found yourself in that you've become an expert in and people are coming to you for help is an ever changing business. It's very important to stay connected to the changing world around you and how what you do fits into that world.
Very often when we've earned a nice solid business through a lot of blood, sweat and tears there's a temptation to sit back on our laurels. The business machine we're in is chugging along smoothly. We're in a place of power and a place of authority. We know the ins and outs of our business intimately. People seek us out for consultation and to hire us for a specific role in their business. Money no longer is tight. We have a little breathing room when it comes to finances. We have a retirement account. Doesn't have much in it, but we're working on it. Our families are taken care of. No one would blame us if we just allowed the machine to do its work and reap the benefits of our hard earned success.
The problem is the world is constantly changing. Advances in technology have taken us light years from where we were before. Everything is run via computer, the "cloud" (still don't exactly know what that is), smart phones and the internet. It has simultaneously made our lives easier and more difficult. More difficult because it's tough to keep up with the latest changes and trends and apps and software. It can seem like everyday we're being exposed to something new. It's very easy to become overwhelmed with the influx of information we're exposed to on a daily basis.
But in order to stay competitive, in order to stay in the game we have to keep up with the changing times. Having a webpage, a Facebook page, a Twitter account and an Instagram is literally the bottom of the barrel bare minimum of what is necessary to compete in today's world. And in a couple years from now we'll probably need to add a few more items to that list just to barely keep up.
So what to do? Well I encourage you to choose your battles wisely. No one person can know everything about everything. Choose a few items that you have been encouraged to explore to stay competitive and focus in on those things. Again, you don't have to focus on everything. Choose your battles. Choose only a few. And then become an expert at them. Taking them one at a time, study them. Practice them. Know them like the back of your hand. And then implement them. If you're in a position where you can hire someone to take care of the rest, I encourage you to do so. That being said, have at least a working knowledge of what that person is doing. That way should you need to step in at any time you could keep things going until another expert is found.
Bottom Line: Our world is constantly changing. What was true yesterday is no longer true today. We have to keep up and evolve along with our ever changing world. If we want to stay competitive; if we want to hold our position as an expert in our field we have to keep up with ever changing technologies and ever changing attitudes. Having a webpage and a social media presence is just the beginning of what needs to be done to keep up with the world around us. I want to encourage you that you have what it takes to take on a few things that you've been impressed will keep your business viable. You've learned before, you can do it again. You've become an expert before, you can again. Life is all about learning, after all. So if you are still alive you have the possibility to learn. (And then hire somebody else to do the rest!) So get out there and keep your position as an expert in your field! You can thank me later.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
Tarot the Week!
Week of August 21st - August 27th, 2017
Card: Two of Wands
Quick Analysis: Two of Wands. You're the king of all you survey. You're the queen of the castle. Bow down, bitches! The world is your oyster. You have it, and what you don't have you can easily get. You are adding to your already considerable empire by taking full advantage of the resources available to you. But it can be lonely at the top. Make sure what you're doing isn't affecting your moral compass. Make sure what you're doing isn't harming yourself or anyone else. Make sure at the end of the day you can sleep at night knowing you did the right thing.
In-Depth Analysis: I absolutely LOVE the Two of Wands. This card means that either the person across from me is about to come into some real blessings or is already enjoying the fruits of his or her labors. It means this person is firing on all cylinders. This person is doing the damn thing. This person is seeing good and positive results for all the hard work he or she has put in. It's wonderful news to give to someone.
And let me be clear here. This card speaks more to the truth of being in the flow of the Universe. When we're in the flow of the Universe, things come easier for us. Or I should say, our best laid plans really do come to pass. There's something about being in the flow that makes manifestation easier than when one isn't in the flow. The world literally becomes our oyster. We want something, we get it. We work on something with all our passion and blood sweat and tears and the results are spectacular. So when the two of wands comes up in a reading it means the person sitting across from me is in the flow of the Universe. And again, that's REALLY good news.
The only word of caution I would give to someone who is literally seeing their dreams come true in a real and tangible way right in front of their very eyes is to make sure whatever they're doing, they can sleep at night. You know, the Good Book says, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? - Mark 8:36. And that's so true. Because the truth of the matter is while it's best to be in the flow of the Universe to achieve the best of the Universe, sometimes finding wealth doesn't require being in the flow. Sometimes wealth and power and prestige can come to those we either don't know about the flow or actively work against the flow, getting all of the above by any means necessary. Problem is, even if they're not having any trouble sleeping now, they will eventually. What goes around comes around eventually. And if we're engaging in shady shenanigans to get what we want, we should realize the bill for that always comes due eventually.
Finally, make sure as your dreams are coming true to keep trusted people by your side. Not people who want nothing more than to sop up the gravy of your train as it passes by. But true friends who have been ride or die in the past and will continue to be ride or die in the future. The more successful you are the harder it can be to discern real people from people who just want you for their own purposes and ends. So it's important to care for and cultivate the relationships you have right now as you're making your way to the top. Those are the people who will be there to not only cheer you on as you climb to dizzying heights, but will also be the people there to support you should you ever have to come down. Remember, not everyone who smiles in your face is your friend. And there are people out there whose literal cosmic job it is to fuck you over. So make sure you keep your close friends to a minimum and keep them close.
Bottom Line: The Two of Wands encourages you to be in the flow of the Universe. the more you're in the flow, the more good things will come your way. Make sure that as you're enjoying the fruits of your hard won labor you're keeping your moral compass true and your actions above board. You don't want to lose your soul to the game. Finally, those people that were ride or die when you were broke are probably the same people who will be ride or die for you now that you're ballin'. Keep those people close. And shake off the rest of the haters. Otherwise, get out there and make it rain! You can thank me (and peel me off a couple stacks) later!
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
- Tarot the Week!
Week of August 14th - August 20th, 2017
Card: Eight of Swords
Quick Analysis: It's all in our minds. We hold ourselves back. We have resources all around us but refuse to make use of them. Good or bad or somewhere in between, we are who we believe we are. We become what we think about. The Eight of Swords is advising us of all of this. We'd be wise to heed the counsel.
In-Depth Analysis: I have a confession to make. I sabotage myself all the time. Things will be going great. I'll have all my ducks in a row, all my bills paid, all my familial, friend and community commitments taken care of, my spirituality in a Zen place. Then all of a sudden out of nowhere I'll sabotage it. it's true. I do it all the time. And then I cry to the heavens to ask Him/Her/It/Them why. All the while I know the reason why. It's because of me. I do it. I cut myself off at the knees just when things are really starting to cook in the kitchen.
It's part of the reason I procrastinate. It's part of the reason I'll find a million and one things to occupy my time rather than focusing on work. It's why I'll spend 3 hours watching YouTube videos instead of using that time to work. Today I spent the majority of my time sleeping because I felt tired. Not because I had overly exerted myself. But because to face the reality of the sabotage I was beginning to create was too much for me to bear today. So instead I stuck my head in the proverbial sand and slept most of the day.
The Eight of Swords is all about being in our own head. Being blinded by the truth of the matter. Binding ourselves up tight enough where we easily convince ourselves we cannot move. And then to make matters worse we use the swords as a prison to keep us entrapped in our current situation. Through our actions we can cause the "bad weather of the brain" to descend upon us like much rain.
Now before we get any further let me also say depression is a real thing. Mental illness is a real thing. Mental disorders are a real thing. Chemical imbalances in the brain really do happen. And some things can only be helped through the magic of modern medicine. If that is your situation, if you are in a situation where you don't see any other way out other than seeking medical attention, by all means do so. There are medical professionals out there whose jobs it is to help people in those situations. So please seek out the medical attention you need with your head held high knowing you are doing what is necessary to make sure you're living the best life possible.
As for the rest of us, we have work we need to do as well. Because we tend to live in our own minds and our minds can sometimes be a trap for us, we need to do whatever is necessary to make sure we're working to break free from those things that bind us. Honey, therapy is there for a reason. And I'm not saying we all need therapy. But what I am saying is therapy is there for a reason. if you're like me and you sabotage yourself all the time. If you do, there's clearly work that needs to be done. There are deep-seated issues that need to be brought to the light, examined, dealt with and let go of. Sabotaging yourself isn't a healthy way to go through life, and that's putting it mildly. Believe me, I know of what I speak.
Bottom Line: When the Eight of Swords comes up in a reading it means we are easily susceptible to getting trapped in our own minds. We become prisoners of our own thoughts. We become immobilized through fear. We ignore the resources all around us. We blind ourselves to the help we can so easily get if we simply asked for it. Therefore, we end up sabotaging ourselves. We sabotage our relationships, our success and our future because we've made a prison out of our minds.
But there's hope. If we recognize we are doing this, if we recognize we have become our own worst enemies, there are ways for us to get through it. We have resources. There are people, professional people, that want nothing more than to see us live the best life possible. But it's up to us to take that first initial step. If we're able to do that, if we're able to become partners with the Universe in becoming the best possible versions of ourselves, the Universe will respond in kind. It's not going to be easy. Evolution rarely is an easy proposition. But as long as we commit to the long process of working to break free from the chains we placed on ourselves, we will have success. So get out of your own head! Stop sabotaging your life! You can thank me later.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!