February 22, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. Fecundity and manifestation are the results of the fertile energies at work. There's potential for material power, which results in the practical application of resources so that your dreams are easily achieved. Solutions to any problems immediately become apparent and can be implemented with ease.

The shadow side of this card is that all this ease with money and power can quickly go to your head. The easiest choice to solve a cash-flow problem may be to lay-off employees, give away pets, allow life insurance to lapse, stop the allowance you give your grandmother (that she relies heavily upon), or any other way to reduce your spending that hurts others. When you hold the purse strings, you have great responsibility--not only to the purse, but to those who rely on that purse for their well-being, too.

This card has huge potential for good...and bad. The positive/negative energies are precariously balanced and you must do all you can to maintain the balance, if not actively push towards the "good." To do so, make your keywords compassion and reciprocity. If you cannot give actual cash to maintain the balance, look to where you can give other resources like time, a casserole, baked goods, your own sweat and labor, etc. Don't Scrooge up on me, people! Ebenezer was not a happy camper.

February 21, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Cups, reversed. The reversed King of Cups has his heart and intentions in the right place, but tends to go about it clumsily. The good news is that he's going deep to explore his inner workings and trying to find new ways to express that. This exploration may include seeking unconventional "healing modalities" that can bring greater peace than traditional western medicine.

The bad news is that the yang energy causes him go in hook, line, and sinker to the detriment of his real world and relationships. While seeking, he may seem very closed off to others. As others try to reach him and maintain normal connection, he will tend to turn his back and put out a "do not disturb" sign. When his tribe gets frustrated with him, his ego will protect him by complaining that no one "understands" him or doesn't appreciate the Spiritual Work he's doing. The unconventional healing modalities become crutches that he almost worships them with his fervent practice. At his worst, the reversed King will chuck his entire life to follow the guru du jour.

As tempting as it is to really immerse yourself in personal spiritual work, you have to keep one foot on the ground and remain connected to the real world. Take time for your tribal relationships. Maintain necessary responsibilities. Research alternative healing techniques to be sure they're valid and not dangerous! View all people who offer spiritual advice (even me!) with a grain of salt. No guru, no matter how lofty and famous, is without flaw. Trying to find your spiritual path is laudable; just don't disassociate from the real world hoping the "woo-woo world" is better and the answer to all your problems.

February 19, 2018: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords. It looks like the work of the High Priestess has begun. No more denying necessary changes as you awaken to the unpleasant truth you've been avoiding. This card represents the need to face, and accept, an ending. It's not fun, and while you still have a hard time receiving this, you're starting to "get there."

You know the old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"? The reason we live by this rule is that discomfort or pain is the only thing that moves us to make changes! Otherwise, we just waft along in our rocking chairs maintaining the status quo. Why? Most of us are LAZY (me included) and can't be stirred to grow...because it's werrrrk! Ugh, whine, whimper.

Now is a time that habits and ways of life can no longer stay the same. You're giving too much of yourself to a situation and you're hating it. The mental anguish you're experiencing is a reflection of your feelings about the situation, not the actual situation per se. Fortunately, these miserable feelings are getting loud and uncomfortable enough that you're going to make changes. Finally! Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

February 18, 2018: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess. The High Priestess is indicative of your unconscious self--the potential for meaningful "knowing" from your gut, but it's sort of "immature" in that you haven't really tapped into it. It's potentially an excellent source of insight and guidance, but you either don't know it's there or you don't trust it. In my mind the High Priestess is the younger version of The Star--they live in the same place just below your solar plexus and nudge you in the right direction (if you're open to listening).

Because the High Priestess is hidden in your unconscious, she also represents the resistance to change reflected in the reversed Tower and Death we recently had appear. Having slammed the door on the big changes needed, the High Priestess is slithering under the door to draw you into her/YOUR wisdom about the situation. She's there and you can trust her. She's inviting you to do the soul-searching you must to make the necessary choices for a better life.

February 17, 2018: Card O' the Day: Death, reversed. Well, I gave it a couple days for the dust to settle after The Tower, reversed. Seems I didn't wait long enough, or else we've got some serious work to do and Universe isn't done kicking our asses.

When Death comes along, it's time to let something tangible go--like relationships, jobs, possessions. On the other hand, The Tower urges us to change our mindsets and beliefs. When these cards fall back to back like this (even separated by a couple days), I feel like some major life changes are required to get you onto a path towards your happiest and highest Self. So, not only do you have to change your circumstances, but you've also got work to do in your head.

I understand you're afraid to move into the unknown, but staying put will keep you trapped in your "unfortunate circumstances" and cause unnecessary waste of your resources and failure to achieve your dreams. You can't cling to the past and what you've come to know hoping it'll get better by itself. It won't; you must act. You're going to have to let go of a lot, but it doesn't mean you have to chuck it all. See what you can salvage and then walk away from the rest.

February 13, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Tower, reversed. I consider The Tower, reversed or upright, to be a lightening bolt to your head--or keister, depending upon whether you're hiding your "crown chakra" up in your "root chakra." Something is ending or changing shape. This change of shape is not a comfortable thing because you're emotionally and intellectually invested. Which means even though you see the ship is sinking, you keep bailing hoping you can salvage the situation.

Hiding under the covers and denying the discovery isn't going to help--it'll only get worse the more you run from it. This thing will not stop happening, so turn around and deal. By actively handling the situation, the more in control of it you are. Being in control will help you feel less like you're being swept helplessly by a tidal wave.

Now, it occurs to me that even "good" things can feel like a tornado has blown through your life. New jobs, starting school, or even falling in love can twist your guts into a knot. Be in control. It's the only way to handle what's going down right now.

February 9, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles. This card validates you're on the right path to creating material comfort and ease for your old age and for your family. It's also a 10, which means it has beginning/ending type energies attached to it. You're in the process of completing a cycle, so tie up the loose ends and look to see what's next.

More importantly, however, are the spiritual lessons of the Ten of Pentacles. This is a reminder that not all that glitters is "gold." In many respects, this card is about mere accumulation. Now, you may think you'd certainly like to "accumulate" enough wealth for a fancy new car, but at what cost to your soul? It brings to mind one of my favorite sarcastic snarks, "How nice for you that you own/wear/drink/drive X, Y, or Z."

Spiritually, this card is a reminder to go beyond the material world to bring abundance of a different sort to all corners of your life. Compassion, empathy, charity, and authenticity, when practiced daily, will bring more wealth to you than you could ever imagine. The kind of wealth that lets you sleep well at night knowing you're making this world a better place.

February 6, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Hermit, reversed. This card is adding to yesterday's reversed King who was heaping harsh words and criticism upon you. The impossible standard of perfection to which you hold yourself is isolating you from others and keeping you in your head--a very cold and lonely place. Your ego tries to save face for you by putting up a front and keeping those who can help, or love, you at arms length.

The first question to ask is "What am I so afraid is true about me?"The second is "Why is that so awful?" You are no more flawed or terrible than the next person (and nor are you more perfect, just so you know).

Life will be a lot more joyful, fun, successful, and EASY if you can get good with who you are. Once you're able to accept your cons, you can get on with the work of fixing them, or at least working with them, so you can enjoy your pros!

February 5, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Swords, reversed. Are you the type of person who looks for strings attached to good things? Do you have trouble saying a simple thank you when someone gives you a compliment?

When the King of Swords is reversed like this, I feel like many of you are overwhelmed by the possibilities and gifts offered in yesterday's card. You're tempted to bluster and bluff your way through the fear and puff your chest with power. But that's just hot air hiding your insecurities and perceived weaknesses. Secretly you berate yourself for not deserving your fortunes. You'll just ruin it like you ruin everything....

Tell yourself you've got this and get control of your fear. This will let you drop the defensiveness and be more receptive to others and their good ideas. Ask questions and listen to the answers. You'll look magnanimous while gaining valuable information on the sly.

February 4, 2018: Card O' the Day: The World. Being the last of the Major Arcana, The World represents endings--but endings always herald new beginnings since life is cyclic. First we'll address the ending. This can be the ending of a job, relationship, or anything tangible; it can also be the ending of belief systems, feelings, negative thought patterns, habits, or anything intangible. Whatever it is that's ending, it's important and needs to be handled with attention. Be sure to tie up any loose ends so nothing remains undone that will be a source of regret or temptation to back-slide later.

The "beginnings" half of this card indicate a slow but consistent and determined evolution towards your personal success and serenity. Changing how you view reality comes from the inner perception of your spiritual awakening. And when I say "spiritual awakening", I don't necessarily mean seeing complicated visions and suddenly being hit with unusual psychic gifts. I'm talking about being okay in your own skin and accepting where you are in this moment as being a good thing.

As you begin to feel differently about your life and yourself, you'll see forward and recognize what could be if you set your mind to it. Face this time of ending/beginning with joy and celebration because the possibilities are endless!

January 31, 2018: Card O' the Day: Justice. Earlier The Chariot and The Magician talked about mastering your own life force and getting good with who your are. Justice takes you further to find balance between your ego and your Higher Self. It's no coincidence that the body aspect of Justice is the heart...your center, the core of your being. This is the place from which you temper the fire in your belly with the serenity of your Crown. Your Highest Self seeks to raise you to the perfect levels of love, forgiveness, and charity. Whereas the instincts in your belly/ego are fighting for survival. Neither Highest Self or Ego are good or bad--we are not wholly saints or sinners. The trick is to find balance between the two and to allow the Saint and Sinner to peacefully coexist within.

By this I mean to strive for self-acceptance and complete honesty with yourself. I don't believe any one of us can be really happy as an utter asshole; I don't believe anyone's Highest Self will allow them to be peaceful and contented as an Asshole of the First Water. (Consider Scrooge. He was an asshole, but not a happy asshole.) Therefore, when I ask you to accept your faults without guilt or shame, I have a feeling your Highest Self will chime in that that particular "failing" is not something you have to continue doing. Once the guilt and shame are removed, you can drily assess whether continuing such behavior is really working for you.

The Magician and the Chariot were telling you it's getting to be time to move. So is Justice; she represents decisions and actions born of understanding, clarity, and balance. She will help you make the adjustments you need to become responsible for your own maturity of character, truth of Self, and judgment about what to keep and what to change.

January 29, 2018: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands, reversed. Upright, the energy of the Seven of Wands is already a bit volatile. When reversed, it goes even more wonky. This is good news because it adds an element of changeability and impermanence--which means we'll pass through this moment of discomfort and unease that much faster.

As with The Magician, the shadows of this card include self-doubt and self-consciousness. You're still not too sure about yourself with other people or in certain situations. Therefore, you're apt to keep others at a distance while you sort through things in your own time and in peace. While you're there, sorting in peace, discover the inner resources you have in abundance to bolster your confidence and not feel so intimidated by life.

January 28, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Magician. Sap is beginning to rise within your psyche and physical body. You're beginning to anticipate spring, and therefore there's a desire for action. Your intellect is being energized as the wheels in your head are turning. There's a new focus to your purpose and will. In order to use your resources to their fullest and most unlimited possibility, you may have to learn new skills. But you'll find that entertaining and enjoyable as your brain eats up the new information with rabid interest.

These new ideas and skills may be overt on your physical plane, but the whole thing stems from making connections with your personal life force and realizing the magic of your truest self. As you begin to explore the question of "Who am I?", you'll begin to feel more at home in your own skin. Your new endeavors will probably start out as solo ventures. This is more about finding yourself than inventing a better mousetrap.

The shadow side to all this is some very natural hesitation as you wonder about measuring up and being "good enough." You're being asked to face those fears. Also, because not one of us on this planet is perfect, understand mistakes will be made. Allow yourself the occasional goof, cut yourself slack, and move on wiser for having learned a lesson.

January 26, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. With the harmonious energy flow of this card, work becomes almost a sacred ritual. You're enthusiastic about current projects, and they will bring you deep satisfaction. It may sound strange, but you're being asked to see the beauty of work. Even ordinary and rather mundane tasks have inherent beauty in them--open your eyes to that and find new appreciation in the action of that work. This card is about the work, not the results--the journey rather than the goal.

However, all that attention to detail and focus on the actual craftsmanship can make you a little hypnotized by the itty-bitty specifics. Look up occasionally from your work and take a gander at the big picture to stay in touch with reality. This is foundation building time, but you have to take in

January 24, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Chariot. The Chariot is a big "personal development" card. The fact that it's a moving vehicle represents the progress and movement forward that you're making. Attitudes and thought processes are moving out of past ruts and shifting to make room for the new, better way of perceiving and reacting to your life.

The attitude changes come from the growth and development of your ego. You're not getting upset by petty little stuff; your urge to snark and snap is dropping to the floor because you realize that reaction serves no one and simply makes life harder. You no longer need validation and kudos from everyone you care about because that validation comes from within yourself. When you're whole and happy, you don't need others to pat you on the back.

Having this kind of control over your emotions, thoughts, and --by extension--actions will make life feel easier. I'm not saying that suddenly all your problems will go poof! I'm saying that you'll be able to weather storms without falling apart; you'll celebrate small happinesses with the joy they deserve; minor annoyances will be seen as just that: minor. You've found your Big Kid pants; wear them well!!

January 18, 2018: Card O' the Day: Two of Cups, reversed. Still not playing well with others...and now I know why. Social or workplace interactions are not balance, and your personal power is feeling threatened. There may be a bit of jealousy lurking around, too, causing the disharmony. The big culprit is going to be miscommunication and conflicting messages--meaning, you're not speaking your truth. 

Because of the interpersonal friction, this will want you to cut off cooperation on your end and just do things alone. But that only leads to wastefulness and silly actions in order to maintain that distance.

We must use our voices! It may be a little embarrassing to admit to someone that your feelings were hurt when you were left out of an event or meeting. However, by speaking up, you may learn that others assumed you didn't want to, or were too busy to, attend. Never assume what others are thinking or feeling, AND don't let others assume something about you by not communicating clearly!

January 17, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands, reversed. When reversed, the Eight of Wands indicates a lot of little things going wrong at once. Maybe it's just today, or maybe it's been that way all week. The good news is that it's only temporary, but the lesson here is an important one: how do you face adversity? Consider this time of petty annoyances as practice for big catastrophes. Do you let it ruin your day or do you just shrug and say "sh*t happens"?

By example, this morning I tripped coming up the two small steps into my mudroom. I took a header into a corner of the walls, spilled four cups of birdseed, and whacked my fingers on both hands trying to save the birdseed and myself. I can either (A) let loose a river of foul language, compound the physical pain with emotional and inner agitation, and heap upon myself doubt and uncertainty as to the worthiness of me breathing the air that I do. OR, (B) I can take a deep breath, scoop another four cups of birdseed, feed the flippin' birds, and then clean up my mess. 

A concrete result of going with Option A will mean you'll have difficulty working well with others for the remainder of the day and maybe into tomorrow. Your 1/2 hour of pissy mood will rain on everyone else's day. They, in turn, may rain on a third person. This means valuable time and resources is wasted due to negative energy and bad juju. Not to mention, there's a very real chemical reaction in your brain that washes your entire body in stress-induced hormones.

Might I suggest going with Option B?

January 16, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Devil. The Devil is representative of all we hate and are ashamed of about ourselves. It's the card that points out how you hold yourself back by believing the negative things others say about you. You buy all those limits imposed upon you by society, and thus say you can't. Bullshit. Embrace your "shadows" and liberate your life from the fear of being laughed at for your attempts at greatness. (Those who stand by laughing, you'll notice, are not trying anything themselves.)

In addition to pointing out the negative, The Devil offers you the decision to awaken to the responsibility to YOURSELF to master your life force. Through extraordinary effort and introspection, you can set free the light within you that you've put under wraps because of believing what has been told to you rather than believing what you know to be true about yourself. When you believe in your True Self, you'll throw off the chains of The Devil and find the work-arounds you need to employ to get done whatever you dream. (Using a very simplistic example: short people have to use ladders or step-stools to reach things. So what?) 

The stone associated with The Devil is snowflake obsidian. It's said to help show you your true inner Self, warts and all, and identifies emotions that hide our reality. It also helps you admit where you're being tempted away from your True and Best Self by the desire for power, personal gain, addictions, bad habits, cravings, etc. (Now, it's not a "bad thing" to strive for personal gain and power in your field. Personal gain and power become "bad things" in the way you use them.) You may find having a piece of snowflake obsidian nearby will give you the tangible talisman you need to start believing your own gut instead of what the neighbors say.

January 13, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. I'm so glad to see you're all working that flexibility and adaptability that yesterday's reversed Three offered! Today's reversed Five is only adding to the largesse with emotional stability and further coping skills. This allows you to transform "unpleasantness" and inconvenience into something better that works for you instead of against. By that I mean you're capable of making the hard decisions and creating change and to make space for those changes to stick.

Expect to feel renewed as you move past any losses or disappointments towards recovery of balance, mood, and joy. This card also bodes well to healing rifts between loved ones, friends, or colleagues. When you're emotionally balanced and firmly on your feet, you're in a good place to offer/accept apologies, take responsibility for your part in the conflict, and see ways forward to kinder, gentler relationships without becoming a doormat.

January 12, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands, reversed. I often bring my own life experiences in to help illustrate my readings. This card resonates particularly well with me today because of a project I'm birthing at the moment. 

I found myself getting really anxious and nauseated during the "creativity time" of my project, but I couldn't figure out why. Was I being over-ambitious? Did I have unrealistic expectations of success, fame, or wealth? Was I being careless with details? While I have engaged another person to help me, was I piling the lion's share of the project upon her shoulders and taking advantage of her help?

On the way to my barn one morning the phrase "fear of failure" popped into my head. A-HA!!! That's why I feel overwhelmed and scared to death by the big picture of my dream! What to do? Besides breathing deeply, I'm trusting that these feelings are temporary (they are indeed because since I've figured out the whole fear of failure thing, my stomach has settled). I'm also reducing the project into bite-sized pieces and prioritizing each piece. There's no sense in sweating detail C when A and B have to be accomplished before C even becomes important. Therefore Detail C has been moved to the "that's for tomorrow" file.

Also, what is the importance level of my project in my life? Will my car get repossessed if I fail? Will the utilities to my house be cut off? Will I starve? No. Therefore, I can relax and let the project unfold naturally. If the answer is "yes" for any of you, then you have your work cut out for you. Prioritize tasks, create and stick to a time line, remain flexible, ask for help, and most important of all, have a Plan B.

January 10, 2018: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles, reversed. On Monday we talked about obligations and responsibilities and the need to review what you can release and what you still want to do (or must do). The reversed Two is reiterating the demand to do so. The upright Two of Pentacles of last Thursday was representative of finding balance in your life. Reversed, it's saying your out of balance due to the many obligations you pile upon yourself.

Being out of balance will affect your focus and scatter it to the winds. You won't be able to make solid financial decisions, efficient routines will become impossible as you flit from thing to thing, and you'll end up forgetting important stuff while you tend to trivia.

Reorder the whole mess. Sit down and write out a schedule of all you do. Do you have time for yourself built in? Is there time for proper meals? 8 hours of sleep? relationship nurturing time with loved ones or partners? When you see how chaotic your life is on paper, in black and white, you can start making concrete changes to bring back balance. The trick is sticking to your new schedule....

January 8, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups, reversed. You're ready to take a more honest look at your past and assess it truthfully. No more rose-colored glasses about the good ol' days! There was a reason you ended the relationship, quit the job, moved away, or whatever it was you put an end to. When tempted to linger in the past, remind yourself of that reason; recall everything negative about that situation or person to prevent yourself from back-sliding.

Not only are you cosmically ready for this work, you're consciously, emotionally, psychically ready as you release old emotional ties and destructive life patterns. This is also a good time to review obligations and responsibilities. Schedules and financial resources change. You may no longer have be able to keep volunteering, chauffeuring, cleaning, etc. that you started doing back when you had more time, money, and energy.

I feel a new trust in the future and renewal for us all coming in these next weeks. Take advantage of this impulse to look forward. Cut the ropes to anchors holding you back.

January 7, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles, reversed. Has anyone else noticed the cards for the past week are all about energy and material manifestation? I should not be surprised, I guess, since many people make New Year's resolutions regarding their material plane. The most common resolutions are to lose weight, quit smoking, reduce or stop alcohol consumption, adopt a healthy diet, start a business, ask for a raise, and other similar stuff to improve their physical world.

Today is no exception with the ten of Pentacles. However, the reversal tells me we're trying too hard with the material world. By focusing a great part of your energies on the physical plane, other things suffer. You may be required to clear the decks to make space (see yesterday's Two) but you're too afraid of letting the "known" go and stepping into the fresh new unknown. By staying put, you'll simply stagnate; any wealth gained will be a hollow victory.

This card has potential for returning back to Source and lifting your attention to more spiritual endeavors. Remember, "so as it is above, it is below; so as it is below, it is above." Everything in the physical world reflects aspects of your Self and has a correspondence in the Cosmos. Therefore, as you pursue your earthly improvements, look for the matching energy/improvement in Universe. How will losing weight/quitting smoking/getting a raise improve the matching vibration above?

January 6, 2018: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. There are three cards in the Tarot deck that have an infinity symbol embedded in them--The Magician, Strength, and the Two of Pentacles. They're linked by this commonality, and therefore, we have echoes of The Magician and Strength in our reading today along with the main event of the Two.

An animal associated with this card is the fox. He represents adaptability, cleverness, determination, and agility. Animals tend to live in the here and now, and the fox and the Two are asking you to be really present to what's happening today. Pull your planning back from a 1-year or 6-months term to one week at best. The reason you need to be living short-sighted is this card is about stable changes that lead to more perfect balance. Some letting go of unnecessary crap is required and is part of the change scenario.

Trust that these changes are for the better and adjust your thinking, attitude, and actions to accommodate the changes without freaking out. That's why living in the short-term is important right now--it keeps you from thinking how these changes will affect the "XYZ" six months from now. Think of it this way: if you keep your feet under you and take short steps, you're more likely to keep your balance and not slip on the icy sidewalk. And if you do slip slightly, you'll be able to regain your balance without going down on your ass.

January 5, 2018: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups. Receiving this card today makes so much sense when taken in context with the cards of the past few days.

The first steps to making serious changes involve IMAGINING something different. How would your life be better if you stopped doing "X"? How could you free up more of your resources (time, energy, money) if you cut "Y" out of your life? The Seven of Cups brings the freedom and ability to imagine a "better different" with all the inherent imagination, fantasy, daydreams, and bright ideas contained in it.

We have plenty of Wands energy burning under our butts right now, so unleash your fantasy to explore the possibilities. This card also represents "all things possible"; so, just saying', you've got a Chinese menu in front of you right now! Don't worry if you can't seem to pin anything down just yet and feel overwhelmed by too many choices; you'll begin to comprehend it all soon enough. This is the anticipatory time before actually moving into action and creating new stuff or making concrete changes.

January 4, 2018: Card O' the Day: The World, reversed. Recently, we had the Three of Wands, followed by the Three of Pentacles; then another Wands, and now another card with the emphasis on the earth element (when The World is reversed, the usual Fire element is overwhelmed by the Earth sub-element). This tells me there's creative energy there to move, but we're still a little stuck about making things happen on the material plane.

This card offers stability, security, and permanence but also inertia and stagnation. There's a tendency to cling to material, tangible things and refusal to recognize an "ending" of some kind. This could be just the remnants of the holiday season. We spend months preparing for the "big days", and when it's over, there's a let down as we crawl back to normalcy. On the other hand, the holiday season may have been hiding an inevitable ending, and now it's time to face it.

Allow wisdom and compassion to guide you as you let things go. Some sacrifice will be necessary as with all endings. The more you fear and/or resist the changes, the longer it'll take and delay the manifestations waiting for you. Bite the bullet; pack up the Christmas decorations; move on.

January 3, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Wands. As I mentioned yesterday, the suit of Wands is about acting; the key concept with the King is initiating new projects. The King portends good news and opportunities and is pushing you to aim high in your endeavors. Get the hell out of your own way and have at it! (However, the practical Taurus in me is advising at least SOME prudence. Let's not go overboard.)

Back to the toddler present in the Threes of the last couple days...this card is also representative of wanting to do it all yourself in your eagerness to express yourself and ideas. The good King is known for being impatient with details and intolerant of limits. 

So, yes, think big and use this lovely Wands energy to get you off the couch. However, be mindful of reality. What is practically possible TODAY? Make a 1-week, 1-month, 1-year, and 5-year plan for your goals. The plans must be flexible, however, because you KNOW nothing works the way you originally envisioned. Though we're parked in front of the fireplace trying to stay warm, this means our imaginations can fly!

January 2, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles, reversed. Yesterday, we had the Three of Wands, reversed. Wands represent creative force and the impulse "to do"; Pentacles are about experiencing life through the physical/material world. Three's represent the first results of creativity and commencing action upon the stability of the Two. Therefore, taking the two 3's together, we have creativity and beginning results in the material world.

However, as with yesterday, this card is reversed indicating there are troubles. As with yesterday, today's card has implications of ego because of the "working alone" element. If you are able to or are working with someone right now, your energies are opposed and there's conflict where you should be working in harmony. Also, haste or "immature management" is present. Meaning, you're rushing the project, trying to cut corners, and/or believing you're more advanced than you are (recall that toddler trying to pour the milk).

If you continue on this path of "I can do this all on my own in my own way", expect to crash and burn. You'll be humiliated by your failure and will have to eat crow as all your supporters (from whom you refused support) say "I told you so." Again, don't squash your impulses but use them wisely, play well with others, and for heaven's sake, ask for help when you START to get in over your head and before you're drowning.

January 1, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands, reversed. Firstly, I was hoping to choose a truly profound major arcana that would set the tone for the year. However, this card reminds me this is "the card o' the day" for a reason. We take each day as it comes, do the best we can, and then move on to the next. So, today....

(GADS! I love my cards! I wrote the above paragraph before I allowed my Big Book to speak to me...and then came to about the same stuff I already wrote. LOL!)

The reversed Three of Wands indicates the over-ambitiousness, pride, and "I can do it, I don't need help" attitude of a three year-old trying to pour milk on their cereal from a freshly opened GALLON of milk. Y'all can relate to this scenario, right? And y'all can feel the disaster coming!

Set aside your ego and your obstinacy (I CAN SO DO IT!!!) and break tasks into smaller jobs. Concentrate on each step as it comes and delegate where you can (cooperation is present in this card). I'm not saying you must water down your dreams, just put things into perspective of what you can do today or this week. Not only will your journey towards your goals be more tranquil, but you'll find the labor and burdens of this trek to be lighter and more manageable.

December 31, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Sun, reversed. It's interesting we get this huge "thumbs up" for the final card of 2017. As wonky as this year has been, there have been as many highs as there were lows. Don't lose sight of the highs, people. However, the reversal of this card indicates a caveat, or two, as well. 

When The Sun is reversed, it can mean you're being too hard on yourself and not allowing yourself to feel proud, accomplished, joyful, and all those other pat-myself-on-the-back emotions after doing a job well. It's not a crime to give yourself kudos! It's not tacky to reward yourself after achieving something for which you've worked. So go ahead and appreciate all you have; you deserve it, and you're worthy of it.

Just don't take the self-congratulations too far. The reversed Sun can represent arrogance and vanity. Also, some interpretations of this card indicate health problems; schedule your annual physical, mammogram, colonoscopy, PAP smear, dental cleaning, etc. sooner rather than later. I get that you're busy and don't really like having your very personal space invaded, but a quick check now could save A LOT of inconvenience and expense later. (P.S. This goes for your beloved pets, too.)

December 30, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Fool. How very appropriate to receive The Fool on the next-to-last day of this year! Off all the decks I have (save for my gem deck which depicts rocks), and 99% of all the decks I've seen, the character that depicts The Fool is always looking forward, in the direction his feet are carrying him. That's our goal today and on most days: to look forward and leave the past behind. Certainly the past has valuable lessons, insight, and wisdom, and therefore it should not be ignored. However, neither should it be glorified as the only days which were worth living.

Recently, I've been studying the mystery school of Santa Muerta. Our most Holy Death interprets this card as one of beginnings AND/OR endings, which I find interesting since all other interpretations I've read are of beginnings only. However, Death is nothing if not balanced. Either way, this card indicates a great flood of energy that will begin something new or end something that requires it. Also, we can see this beginning/ending as escape/liberation. If you think about that, it makes perfect sense--many endings are "liberations" for us, and a new beginning could easily be an "escape" from stagnation.

You're being asked to "travel light", and by that I get the feeling it has nothing to do with how many pairs of clean skivvies you bring with you. Traveling "light" in this case means listening to your highly tuned intuition right now. You have the support of Universe to make a leap of faith and dive into the unknown. Changes must be made to allow for this; but by accepting drastic change, you gain freedom.

Yesterday's Prince of Cups invited you to journey to the center of your True Self. The Fool is reiterating this invitation today as 2017 draws to a close.

December 29, 2017: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups. As we come to the end of the year, I feel like many of you have "tried everything" to get past some stuff that had your emotions riding high and plunging low from--what felt like--moment to moment. The tangible solutions didn't work, so now you're turning to intangible, spiritual healing that comes from your heart. The active yang energy of the Prince pushes you to take a big risk, trust absolutely, and then just ... jump. 

The thrill of the free-fall into your emotional center will take you on a difficult but profoundly rewarding quest of personal revelation and subsequent growth. The Prince indicates an emotional state of repression and rationalization. However, the fact that Princes/Knights are depicted riding horses indicates movement. This tells me you're done biting your tongue and justifying your situation.

I wish you a good journey on your personal voyage to becoming closer to your true and authentic Self. Remember, few of us ever "get there"; the process is where you learn all the valuable lessons that enable you to live better. Bon chance!

December 24, 2017: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups, reversed. The passing of the solstice means the days are starting to get longer, believe it or not. It's true the weather will get colder for the next couple months, and yet, this is a time of anticipation of "what's next?" The boredom and apathy of the upright Four morphs into restlessness when reversed, and I think that's tied directly to the solstice and the change of season.

This card also indicates a heightened sensitivity to messages, premonitions, and foreboding. (This can also add to your restlessness.) Therefore, pay attention to your guts and the hairs on the back of your neck for hints and guidance. However, don't go overboard and start imagining omens of doom in the lint trap of your dryer!

With the new season comes new opportunity, new lessons and teaching moments, and new light into your inner being. Take advantage of it all and seize opportunities as they come to you. The rut you've been stuck in has been turned over and you're being dumped out!

December 21, 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords, reversed. Any time you get a bunch of people in a room, you're going to have conflicts. Even the most like-minded, on the same path, in the same boat, from the same family group is going to have a few differences of opinions, food choices, politics, etc., etc. about which you may argue in a playful--or not--manner. This card indicates difficulty in accepting the truths about these differences. Not accepting these truths leads to drama, side-taking, finger-pointing, and not supporting others as you should or could.

Get honest with yourself, and those in your group, and accept responsibility for your part in the drama. Where did you get defensive or snarky about a difference of opinion, beliefs, what-have-you and cause or add to the drama? Where were you not supportive? Even sitting passively, when you should have spoken up or done something, needs to be addressed.

By raising your hand and saying "that was me, my bad!", the healing will begin. It will advance further when you ask what you could have done differently and then LISTEN with an open heart to the answer. 

P.S. Singing. The Thoth Companion by Michael Osiris Snuffin interprets the reversed Three of Swords to represent singing. So, a little group singing might help lighten the mood. But no comments about who's off-key!

December 20, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. This is one of the more "super Happy" and "fairy-dust and unicorns" cards of the Tarot deck--if I chose to read along those lines. However, I don't, so we're going to go deeper into what I feel is the more honest interpretation of this card.

The reversed Queen of yesterday was feeling pushed to be social when she actually wanted to be alone to work on herself. Therefore, the reiterated concept of "detachment" makes sense through this card today. What the Queen is looking for is to connect with her heart and move through her world from there, that place of love, peacefulness, and contentment.

Allow yourself to be softer and receptive to the incredible joy that's actually living inside of your heart, right now, ready to be discovered. Welcome yourself home to who you really are today and every day forward. Have the courage to love and be loved. You'll find the things you thought were sooooo important will cease to be so, which will give you space to be absolutely happy... today. When tomorrow comes, figure out how to be happy then. But that's for tomorrow.

December 19, 2017: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands, reversed. The Wands court carts tend to be not quite loners, but more independent. They prefer to do things on their own terms and won't wait for the crowd--they'll go to a movie by themselves because they want to see it now rather than wait for the convenience of a friend to join them.

When the Queen of Wands is reversed, she's being pushed to do things with others. Big surprise, it's the season of family get togethers and parties. (Eye-roll. I mean, you have to work with these people every day, do you HAVE to party with them, too?) 

Whatever personal growth path you're on right now is being disrupted by the hubbub of holidays and PEOPLE! Oy! You'd really like to keep it simple, but at the same time you don't want to be a Scrooge. Try to find a balance between your peopling duties and self-care and reflection. The good news is there's only about two more weeks of this stuff, and then you get to hibernate all through January and February!

December 17, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. Yesterday we had the Eight of Wands; today it's the Eight of Cups. Eights represent manifestation of goals, but also the end of a cycle and the changes that go with endings. Travel is also inherent in Eights. That "travel" could be actually leaving a place, a physical or temporal separation, or just stepping back mentally and emotionally.

Endings and/or separations are hard sometimes--our old situations are comfy and recognizable--but this provides space for the "new" to expand and grow. The reason these endings/separations are necessary is because they lack something vital; something's incomplete; some piece is missing that you need. You know in your gut it's time to move on, and you're actually ready for it, but it doesn't make it easier to do. Do the best you can....

December 16, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands, reversed. Yep, the last week before Christmas is upon us. We're waisting lots of energy on last minute rushing around, which only adds to our inner agitation and frustration. Little things will go wrong, you'll be held up in long lines, and your already high emotions will boil over. To top it off, no one at work or home is cooperating, and everyone seems to be running in opposite directions.

Breathe deeply. Again. Once more. In through the nose and out the mouth. Let your body, mind, and spirit relax.... Do your very best to cope with all the inconveniences (small or large) with equanimity. Find ways around obstacles, adopt a "well, darn it" attitude if something simply cannot be solved, and make that thing that you JUST. HAVE. to have or do, but now can't have or do, go. Nothing is worth your sanity or the stomach ache.

This card can indicate travels may be disrupted. Therefore, double check all preparations, depart for that road trip an hour early, and allow THREE hours at the airport before your flight. If you're driving, be sure your spare tire is in good condition, and bring gloves and boots.

December 15, 2017: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands. As the year draws to a close, restlessness begins to stir in our midsections. Is next year going to be just same ol'-same ol', or is it time to make changes? I think it is, and the Prince coming to us like this indicates you probably agree. 

This Prince isn't exactly the most practical of the lot; he seeks movement and new adventures because of his driving animal energy. Being a passionate young man, he's pretty much up for anything if it promises excitement. This type of energy can be highly useful to get you to take risks, motivate you to change directions, and grab life by the horns. The trick is to harness it effectively so you don't make some idiot mistake in the heat of the moment.

Start by examining your dreams and seeing what's actually feasible. You might be required to move houses or change jobs; don't be afraid of that. I don't feel like you can do major stuff right now, meaning don't pack just yet. You've got to get through the holidays and the year's end. However, begin making plans, and then you can hit January with all jets firing.

December 14, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. The hard choices that have been hanging over our heads have been made or else you're very close to a solution. This will allow the difficulties and family squabbles to settle. It may even get to the point that hatchets get buried and "long-lost" relatives will actually come to Christmas dinner or will finally be invited again. This card indicates recovery, renewal, and moving forward from hard feelings and loss.

If any family disappointments continue, don't put on a smiley face and pretend it doesn't matter and your feelings aren't hurt. Seek support and admit your pain, so you can move through it and not stay stuck festering in your own bile. Try to be done with it THIS year, and don't let it hang around for another year.

December 13, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Magician. The Magician has very strong significance regarding all forms of communication. It's also speaking of empowerment, first steps, and using resources and knowledge to your best advantage. I feel like we're learning to really open that throat chakra and speak our truth! (see the #metoo#resist, and other movements) New beginnings are afoot, but we're in the process of laying the foundation upon which to build this new "world." 

While you may not be an activist in the public sense of marching, campaigning, making speeches, etc., I feel this card can be taken in this particular interpretation on a personal level as well. Meaning, you're finding your voice at home, at work, in school, within your social circle, within your family, and in your own mind...you're not keeping your mouth shut any longer about what you want, need, and what's best for YOU. Good! It's time to make your own "magic"!

December 12, 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords, reversed. Where I'm sitting right now (Southeastern Ohio), the wind is BLOWING, which seems in total alignment with this card. A "group" problem (family, work department, community, club...) is escalating and will cause ruin if the core issue is not addressed, and soon. Quarrels will become nasty, words will be tossed out in anger that can never be taken back, and relationships will be forever broken.

If you're a part of this group, then you do have responsibility for at least SOME of the drama. Accept your responsibility for whatever small or large part you've been playing, and stop blaming others for your problems. (You may honestly think you've done nothing wrong. Your part may be as small as simply being in the same room and biting your tongue. The correct action would have been to speak up or remove yourself completely.) It's difficult to really own up to the truth about participation in group dramas. 

As with all Swords-related turmoil, high emotions don't help the dust to settle. Leave your emotions and ego at the door, get analytical, and use your intellect to solve this problem. Swords often indicate "cutting" something; in this case it could mean cutting a toxic person or group out of your life.

December 11, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. I'm sensing a theme in these last days. Is it just me or are preparations for the holidays getting a little scary and overloaded? Do you get the feeling if you don't do it yourself, it won't get done "right"? Pretentious much? Seriously, like you're the ONLY person who can decorate a tree/wrap/cook/bake!

The best lessons are learned through struggle, so take notice of what makes you struggle, and don't do it anymore! Remain clam and resourceful as you look for ways to do things differently. For example, I'll be having family staying with me for several days, and that means a lotta meals I gotta prepare. I'm starting, now, to make freezable casseroles and soups that I can heat-n-eat after a day of activities.

"Yeah, but..." you whimper defensively, "It's tradition!" Fine, you want to end up cranky and exhausted 5 days BEFORE Christmas, be my guest. But resisting help and/or delegation and/or simply dropping some stuff altogether will accomplish nothing in the end.

December 10, 2017: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords, reversed. When reversed, the normally cool-headed, intellectual Queen of Swords becomes ill-tempered when her ambitions for the "perfect" holiday season are frustrated by real life. In an effort to force this hoped for perfection, she micromanages every breath, thought, and potty break of those around her. And if you think she's being harsh to you, then you have no idea what torture she's putting herself through. You would never know it, though, because she's got an iron grip on her emotions.

We have become brain-washed by Better Homes and Gardens, Oprah Winfrey, and Martha Stewart that if your house isn't worthy of a "Beautiful Home" centerfold this Christmas, then you're a crashing failure. Remember, Martha, Oprah, and those magazine photo-shoots have minions...LOTS of minions to make every detail perfect. You don't have that many minions, if any, so just do what you can, toss the magazine in the recycle bin, and flipping' chill on yourself. (Remember what I said yesterday about reversed cards auguring illness.)

December 9, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. Still grinding and slipping gears with this card. The reversed Ace represents energy that has no direction. You feel the vibrations and excitement, so you're apt to grasp at shiny things thinking THIS is the answer to your restlessness. Actually, not so much. If you leap before looking, you'll make mistakes. Try to rein in your impulsiveness; when the Ace of Wands is reversed, inaction and reconsideration is advised.

All reversed cards can indicate illness--and we've had several lately--but I'm not feeling the danger of chronic, serious illness or disease. The "illness" whispered to here is more along the lines of fatigue, upset tummies, anxiety, etc. caused by over-stress and over-activity. Absolutely do NOT skip the gym or your yoga practice right now, refuse that third beer or glass of wine, and be the wimp that goes home at 11:00 on a Friday or Saturday night. Sleep, exercise, moderate partying, and self-care will get you through the next month without losing your mind or wrecking your health for the rest of the winter.

December 8, 2017: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands, reversed. This card is somewhat similar to the The Wheel, reversed, in that energies aren't moving smoothly, and it feels like you're slipping in and out of gear. Another Two reminds us of the decision necessary and also the conflict that pushes you to this decision. Unexpected events might prove to be "useful" in solving your problem. For example, car trouble may prevent an unpleasant meeting or an un-wanted social event from being attended; a temporary illness may get you out of baking cupcakes for the class; and little "boons" like that.

At this time, your energy and resources are stretched very thin so use them wisely. Keep your eyes open for resources and help where you didn't think to look before. Take advantage of time or step-saving services. If you pay a couple bucks more for pick-up or delivery, it'll actually save you more energy in the long run. Right now, be cheap with your time and attention, not your money.

December 7, 2017: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords. A tough decision must be made. That/those decision(s) are fraught with emotion, and EVERYbody has an opinion about what you should do. This is your road, and therefore YOUR decision to make. This is a serious "go with your gut" type of situation. Your heart and/or your mind won't like it, but you have to TRUST this resolution is best for all parties.

You will doubt yourself and your choice(s), but step out of judgment and all instinctive or reactionary responses to the situation. Go to a deep, reflective place and really listen to the truth that you already know. There you'll find the point of balance leading to self-acceptance of your choice(s) and inner peace with what you must do.

December 5, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Wheel, reversed. The Wheel of Fortune is generally an omen of energies turning upwards and for the better. That's still true of the reversed Wheel; only those energies are a bit chaotic. Think accelerating in a car with a hinky clutch rather than an electric vehicle that just sort of goes "whoosh."

Look for bad patterns of behavior or thought that you're allowing yourself to wallow in and complain about. You don't like something? Change it! When the Wheel is reversed, it's indicative of negative attitudes that only you can fix.

This card also signifies hectic social obligations becoming too much. Big surprise, since we're gearing up for the holidays and all the parties and celebrations (whether you like them or not) that we're supposed to attend. When you recognize you just can't do this next event, go ahead and beg off with "the flu" or "some stomach bug." Then curl up on the sofa with Netflix and just get your chill back. I'll write you a note....

December 1, 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups, reversed. The holiday season, in my mind, actually starts with Halloween. Parties, decorations, big choices to be made about costumes, etc., etc. Then comes Thanksgiving, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Christmas, and all the other religious or secular holiday celebrations of which I'm not acquainted. These fall/early winter months are all about closing another year and celebrating the accomplishments in tried and true fashion.

But that's not to say it's all roses and sunshine. There's a certain bittersweetness to realizing that costumes no longer fit, your kids would rather do something with their friends this year than what has been done since they were really little, and precious decorations have gotten damaged in storage or don't seem that pretty anymore. This is the hard part of time passing and of outgrowing traditions.

Another aspect of this card is that all the partying becomes wearying. You're obligated to make appearances at so many different parties--do you REALLY want to hang out with your co-workers, at the office, after a long work week? Yeah, the punch is spiked and tawdry glitter garlands are hung everywhere, but it's still your workplace, and it's still the same people you see EVERY day. Then there are the family parties with the obnoxious relatives with whom you have nothing in common!

I don't mean to sound all "bah, humbug", I'm just pointing out how we force ourselves to do things we don't want to do. This holiday season, be sure to say no to the more tedious events and save your energies for those you really want to attend. Better yet, invite your nearest and dearest over for a super-casual pot-luck, BYOB and just decompress from the holiday hubbub.

November 30, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Hermit, reversed. Still not wanting to be quiet and introspective...as if somehow that's a bad thing to just sit and be with yourself. I recently read that being "lonely" is the negative state of being the only one in the room and not liking it. Being "alone" is the positive state of being in your own presence and still having a good time! The Hermit teaches the art of being guided by your own inner light.

The Hermit, upright, also helps you discern which people in your life are worthy of your time and energy. Because the Hermit is so well-tuned to his/her needs, rhythms, or likes/dislikes, he/she knows who to keep, who to let go, and when to just be alone. When this card gets turned on it's head, all energies are skewed. You don't want to be alone, but can't stand most of the people you run into or must interact with. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.

Start with the easiest thing: learn to be alone and like it. Like yourself even when you dance like an idiot and eat crazy-weird stuff. Then practice doing that in public and NOT CARING what others think of you. Finally, have the self-love to remove people from your life who just drag you down.

Yesterday, The Star was reversed, which indicated we'd lost our external guidance. Today, the reversed Hermit tells us it goes deeper than that: we've lost our INNER guidance.

November 29, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Star, reversed. The Star represents your inner silence, your communion with Universe, your understanding of your place in the Cosmos. When this card is reversed, you've lost touch with that Source and feel as though you're not "enough" in some way.

In order to feel more "enough" and worthy of your place in the world, you try to fill the inner void with stuff, friends, parties, fads, academic degrees, climbing the corporate ladder...anything to make you feel bigger than you do. You distract yourself from this uncomfortable feeling of lack in any way you can.

Here's a thought simply "be" rather than "do" for a few days. Just go through the motions of your life, and be happy with just that much. Be happy that you managed to get a load of laundry done and your bed made. Be "enough" to yourself in the smallest of ways. Universe already thinks you're enough. Realizing that little nugget of truth will be tremendously healing.

November 28, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Devil, reversed. The Devil is about bondage to the "shoulds" of life, and many of those "shoulds" center on material things. (I should send Christmas cards, I should get my 2nd cousin a gift, I should go to my co-worker's wedding, etc.) When the card is reversed, you can no longer see how many pointless, whacked "shoulds" you're adhering to! It's time to weed a bunch of "shoulds" from your life before they get completely out of control.

Leave the self-recriminations at the door. You haven't done anything wrong, you've just allowed your boundaries to get a little limp. Shore those boundaries back up, and see where you can say "no." Trust me, releasing yourself from a few "shoulds" will feel awfully good and give you some much-needed breathing room!

November 27, 2017: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups. The Princess of Cups is an idealist who tends to romanticize relationships of all kinds. She's very compassionate towards others and that makes her an excellent negotiator and people manager. She works with such diplomacy that everyone feels like they come out of a conflict the clear winner. Look to where you can use your own diplomacy and compassion to its best advantage.

Something else the Princess represents is self-development. She's in the process of recognizing her own value and worthiness of being loved. Once you begin to comprehend and believe this concept, you'll see the door to your "cage" has always been wide open. Step through that door and embrace the adventure that's calling you!

November 26, 2017: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups, reversed. Be careful during the coming holiday celebrations not to get caught up in family traditions. Try to introduce something new this year rather than sticking to the same tired stuff you've done since you were six. Just because you've "always" done it this way, doesn't mean it's that much fun. Maybe you're remembering it being HUGE fun, but you've just gotten too old to do keg stands on Christmas Eve. 

Memories are like that: you remember it way more fondly that it actually was. On the other hand, it may have been way less awful than you remember when you were caught up in teen angst and EVERYthing was life and death. 

Let the past go with a wave and a smile. Make new memories. Make it a "tradition" to shake things up each year. Maybe start having ethnic foods for Christmas dinner. Last year was Ethiopian, this year it's Russian! Make a rule about personal electronics; explore the new board games and make it a "thing" to play stupid games or build jigsaw puzzles Christmas morning.

November 25, 2017: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. No one else, any thing, goal, milestone, or event can "make" you happy. It's a conscious choice and mind-set to be happy in your life. The Nine of Cups represents taking responsibility for your own happiness and being in control of it. This state of purposeful happiness brings fulfillment like nothing else. Your wishes will come true at every turn when you choose to be happy with your life, and others will appreciate and recognize your radiance.

This is not to say you have to settle for what life brings you. Certainly dream big dreams and do your best to make them come true. However, with conscious and purposeful happiness in your heart and mind, the small successes on your way to the big dream will be satisfying and bring joy. It's like a budding actor being tickled to death with a walk-on part and taking great pride in that moment. The next thing might be a local commercial. Then comes a role where they're in the same shot as the star and hand that star an object. Each following role is a stepping stone towards the big dream, and each small success is worth celebrating and being happy about.

Savor the feelings of happiness and pay attention so you can practice those feelings purposefully and with ease. The next time you hit a snag, small or large, you'll be able to move through it with equanimity and not lose touch with your basic happiness.

November 24, 2017: Card O' the Day: Temperance, reversed. Temperance, reversed, is much like Black Friday at Walmart! Energy is totally out of balance due to excess or lack (too much stuff you want to buy and not enough money, too much stuff you want to eat and not enough stomach capacity, etc.). This kind of imbalance creates stress, which leads to high emotions, quarrels, and upset tummies.

Furthermore, EVERYone you meet seems determined to be as uncooperative or uncompromising as they possibly can be! This makes you frustrated and impatient, which leads to distraction and inefficiency thus preventing you from getting chores done, completing projects, or handling problems. Or is it REALLY everyone else? Has your own imbalance turned you into a snarky shrew and people are reacting to you rather than you to them?

Now that we've passed the cooking and eating frenzy of actual Thanksgiving Day, what say you back the hell off materialism and go for a hike in your nearest state park? Even if you go for just a couple hours on Saturday or Sunday, it will be beneficial. You won't miss all the big sales because Cyber Monday is still ahead. You have time to chill and rebalance your psyche. And once rebalanced you'll solve problems, shop wisely, and be able to wait patiently in the long line at Starbucks.

November 21, 2017: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords. The four of Swords recognizes the need for rest, circumspection, and solitude. Sorrow, pain, and fatigue have brought you down, and it's time to withdraw to find and renew your power. Resistance to or denial of the psycho-emotional wounds only makes the hurt last longer by preventing the pain from moving on. You have to acknowledge it, allow painful feelings to rise, bloom, and then ebb away. 

Remember the value of meditation or other spiritual practices that help you quiet your mind and bring calm. In the stillness, you'll be able to find the solutions and heal. Remove the negative energies of others through the cleansing rituals of your choice. Contemplate the advisability of distancing yourself or disconnecting altogether to protect yourself from further hurt.

November 20, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Lovers. This card is an important reminder to ourselves as we come into the holiday season. It often appears when we're in a place of giving too much of ourselves away in order to feel acceptance and love. Draining yourself dry can lead to frustration, fatigue, and grumpiness about the entire celebration process.

The deeper meaning of this card indicates it's time to make one of the hardest choices of your life. You must consider the implications of the choice very carefully. It will bring wisdom, and the right choice will improve your entire outlook for your future. It will be the first choice in a string of decisions that will bring peace and healing to your life.

This choice will probably involve cutting repressive ties. Trust your inner judgment to make the best decisions for your highest good and then stand by those decisions. When weighing the pros and cons, look for the option that has the fewest disadvantages rather than the option that has the most advantages. Those "advantages" may simply be "shiny objects" with no true substance or lasting effect.

November 17, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups, reversed. Yesterday we had the Ace of Swords to herald the chance for a new way of thinking. Today, we have the reversed Six of Cups to move us in new emotional directions. Good stuff!

This card encourages letting go of past emotional baggage and actively working to release it. It take conscious, mindful work to end destructive behavior or mind loops, emotional ties that are slowly destroying you, and old obligations out of which you're getting nothing. If you need help moving this stuff out of your psyche, mind, and heart, I urge you to seek help from your spiritual advisor or a mental health professional.

This card is telling you to clean out your mental and emotional closets and face forward to future regeneration and renewal to become your best Self.

November 16, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords. YESSSSSSS! You're getting it! The Ace of Swords offers you a new way of thinking and new mental force and power in the old grey matter.

Much-needed clarity brings understanding and new solutions to your old problems that just don't seem to want to go away. "Aha" moments are going to reveal the truth about a lot of stuff. It's not going to be comfortable (real, useful truth rarely is), but it'll give you freedom from baggage and a new direction. This card gives you strength in spite of the adversity, so know that you can do this!

Learn your lessons well during this time of mental overhauling and CHOOSE to win. Make a conscious choice to be happy and successful. And then do the work necessary to make it all happen.

November 15, 2017: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords. The Nine of Swords is a heavy mental anguish card, and it's no surprise it follows the King of Swords, reversed. (The King was saying there was a meanie about and the Nine is validating that it's you who's being mean.) The thing we get out knickers in the tightest twists about is a relationship. Any kind of relationship we're invested in that goes south will upset us. The deeper the investment, the deeper the anguish.

Because we generally doubt ourselves first, we view the crash as "what did I do" and not "what did the other guy do"? If you're able to point the finger, you might be sorely tempted to turn it back on yourself by saying "well, I made him do that." This knee-jerk self-doubt reaction means you can't be truly objective in the situation and means you're going to become trapped by your own negative thinking and beat yourself to a bloody pulp. 

What to do? Get seriously analytical and dry. If you need to, ask a neutral party to help you sort through the situation. Ask yourself the tough questions, like where did you give too much of yourself away? where were you too self-deprecating that paved the way for your downfall? This is hard to do, but the reward is a transformation to higher self-esteem and acceptance of your whole self just as you are.

November 14, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Swords, reversed. Ooo. Who's being mean to you? Somebody's acting the tyrant. Harsh words, excessive "discipline" directed at you to try to make you behave the way they want you to...just NOT nice! It may not be just one person; you may be feeling the whole world is out to get you and that you simply cannot catch a break. Check closer to home, too. Are YOU being mean and nasty to yourself? Constantly harassing yourself to work harder, eat less, exercise more, volunteer your time more, bake better brownies for the bake sale (NO box-mix for you!), etc?

If you're the culprit, stop it! Lighten up on yourself already! Be as nice to yourself as you are to others. Would you be allowed out in public if you were that mean to everyone else? If it's someone else to whom you can say "stop being mean to me!", then do so. You don't have to stand for that kind of abuse. If it's someone who has authority over you (your boss, for example), protect yourself any way you can.

The bottom line is all you can control is your own behavior. Whether that behavior pattern is coming from within yourself or comes from outside sources, you can only control how you react to that harshness. Do you do so with an erect spine and diplomacy that commands the respect you deserve, or do you lie down and take it like a beaten dog?

November 10, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. This card is ordinarily interpreted as pretty gloomy stuff, but I'm not getting that today. My Big Book reveals the deeper nuances of this card.

Constructive force and imagination are present. That brain power is backed by determination and fortitude. Eloquence in presenting your ideas to others is marred by impertinence and self-inflation (see November 7th and the 9 of Cups). This puffery is trying to hide your insecurity (see Princess of Swords on the 8th). If you can quiet your fears, admit to others you're a little nervous, and heed their advice or ideas, you'll do well. Also, one of those advisors may become a collaborator in your endeavors. If that's the case, go with it because this card bodes well for compatible and profitable partnerships.

Like the Ten of Pentacles, this Ten of Swords is indicating an ending that makes way for new beginnings. Growth and transition is coming for you. The shadows inherent in this card indicate said growth and transition will be arduous, but worth it all in the end. Attitude is the key here: how you react to and view your challenges will make all the difference between crashing and burning or coming out the other side victorious.

November 9, 2017: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess. Being a "2", I was instantly smacked with the usual "2" stuff, as in doorway/crossroads. Digging into my Big Book O' Tarot, I see The High Priestess is representative of the gateway to the collective consciousness through your own unconscious Self. The body aspect of The High Priestess is the right brain (arts, dreams, language), and this card has foundations in knowledge and vision.

I find this a perfect follow up, or companion card, to yesterday's Page of Swords. The braininess and intellect are validated and reiterated, but intuition and your "gut wisdom" are brought forward today. Both types of knowledge are equally important when working on manifesting visions and goals...but you know that because you simply can't miss the powerful feelings that something's afoot! 

Yesterday I asked you to not be shy about asking for help. Today, The High Priestess gives us the ability to receive advice and good ideas with grace. This is fortunate because none of us has ALL the answers, and we can certainly use help in reaching our goals.

November 8, 2017: Card O' the Day: Princess/Page of Swords. Excellent...the little grey cells are activating! The Page of Swords is the brainy sort and her appearance indicates mental activity and intellectual development. She also represents single-mindedness, discrimination, and daring. Unfortunately, her objectivity and determination make her a bit "forceful" and forgetful of her tact and finesse. Therefore, her bluntness can be seen by some as thoughtlessness and uncaring as she steams forward to get to her goal. And yet the Pushy Bitch is actually a cover for hidden vulnerability and a lack of full confidence.

By all means, let that bee in your bonnet out and manifest it to the physical plane--now IS the time what with the Ten of Pentacles and Nine of Cups in our pockets. Just don't be shy about asking for opinions, help, or other input. Be polite and gracious in your negotiations (catching flies with honey and all that), but allow Ms. Pushy Bitch to keep you from getting run over by well-meaning assistants.

November 7, 2017: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. We got the Nine of Cups on October 19th, too; it had followed the Ace of Swords. At that time I felt like the Nine was reassuring you that your ideas stemming from the Ace were good, and you'd have wishes coming true. This time, we have it following the Ten of Pentacles. The Ten is already a very fortuitous card that validates our current path to lasting security. Pile on the Nine of Cups, and I feel like we're getting a little too much of a good thing.

Yes, health, wellbeing, and success are indicated here, but I'm feeling some "aren't I special" energy. We're tempted to show off our latest new toys we've recently been able to afford. I know you worked hard for those treats, but the flashy display smacks of arrogance and materialism. Having "arrived", one is tempted to rest upon laurels, being sure to display those laurels to all, of course. 

Wishes for good fortunes are tricky, and you have be precise. You would do well to dine on a slice of Humble Pie for dinner tonight as you pass your steak to someone less fortunate. Check in with your integrity and have an honest conversation with your gratitude because just as it's your turn to be on the rise at this moment, it will become your turn to sink soon enough.

November 5, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles. This is a lovely card of warmth, happiness, and hearth and home. It indicates you're on the right track to creating lasting joy for your future and that of your family/posse/tribe (I want to include those you choose as your "family" rather than limiting this to only those with whom you share DNA). This is prosperity of your own making and therefore much more valuable to you in terms of lessons and gratitude than if your abundance had plopped in your lap by chance. 

There are shadows lurking around the edges of this card, however. It's because it's a 10, and ten's herald endings...all things end, even the good stuff. But without endings that force us to move forward we become lazy, indifferent, and dull. As Temperance advised yesterday, enjoy your good times while they last. Keep your sights set to the "right now." You can always fret and worry later.

November 4, 2017: Card O' the Day: Temperance. I continue to read for myself.... I rarely interpret the Tarot for myself, but cards I'm drawing this week seem to resonate deeply with me. Today is another....

For the last year, or perhaps longer--I've lost track--I've been practicing being very much in the moment; living my life timelessly and only today without a great deal of thought about tomorrow. (Certainly I've been booking expos for next year, and I pay attention to the next dental appointment I have; life does require some planning ahead.) Temperance wants us to relish THIS moment and to understand the right things will happen for us in due time. Just like babies can't be rushed or delayed, once a germ is hatched, it must be allowed to go at it's own pace. Yes, we must nurture that germ, prune off unnecessary parts, add fertilizer, etc., but ultimately it'll be what it will be on it's own time.

Temperance also represents creativity and fluency in that creativity--your ideas and goals are valid and are worthy of your time and attention. Work economically. This takes us back to "all things in due time"; don't over work or waste resources trying to make things happen sooner than they're ready. Success will come based upon your accurate calculations as you sharpen your capacity to discern, and face, reality. Think "surgical precision" rather than blasting at it with everything you've got hoping to hit SOMEthing.

Live from your center and find your inner harmony if only for THIS moment.

November 2, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. ANOTHER seven!?!?! Sevens indicate change and inner work. (Just changing your socks isn't going to eliminate your foot odor; gotta wash yer feet, too.) But Sevens also represent creativity and exciting thoughts. Therefore, this inner work isn't going to be drudgery. The passionate energy of the Wands is pointing you in a new direction of experimentation--whether you like it or not. You'll need this "wind at your back" because the coming changes and ideas aren't going to be a total cake walk.

I say this because the "tried and true" methods of before don't fit this time around. You'll need to get inventive and defend those odd-ball methods agains the nay-sayers. Trust yourself that it'll work. Personal conviction are your keywords for today.

November 1, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups, reversed. Sorry, I seem to be pulling cards for myself again today. But this works for me because I was getting awfully tired of sitting on the sofa in front of the fire! After giving a lecture last night at a local library, I feel like my barnacles have fallen off.

This card stresses clear and logical thought when it comes to setting priorities and making realistic plans for the near future. It represents designs or outlines and supplies the intention and determination to push forward. Not that everything will miraculously fall into place by itself, though. We have to use some resoluteness to break through our personal fogs of inertia and put our minds on a goal or purpose. Fortunately, this card bodes well for that happening and for achieving results. 

So, get off the couch, get dressed (ahem, Annette), and get moving!!

October 31, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. Um.... I'm thinking this card is for me.... Notice I haven't posted a Card O' the Day in a few, and this is exactly how I'm feeling. My butt is parked in front of my fireplace, and I'm only doing what I must to fulfill obligations I've committed to or to prevent personal discomfort. Complications with your work may disappoint you to the point of inertia and then you procrastinate getting back to it to fix the problems. (Oy! this is so ME these past few days!)

Since there's nothing really wrong with you (or me), we have to persevere despite our laziness. And yet let's be gentle with ourselves because self flagellation, recriminations, or guilt only make us feel worse and want to burrow further into our holes. Therefore, do only what you must to not get fired or lose your reputation if you're an independent contractor or own your small business. The rest of it, let it slide. The dust bunnies under the couch will still be there next week; order take-out; bide your time and rest while you can. Your internal flames will fire up again soon enough.

October 25, 2017: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands, reversed. Yesterday I let you know you were on the cusp of exciting changes as you end one chapter and begin another on your grand adventure of Life. I've been saying for the past few months that winter time is when you'll really see shifts and that autumn is our time of preparation. So today, the Princess of Wands flips on her head and screams HOLY SHEEEEEYIT! I"m not ready for this!!!! Seriously. Panic Much?

It's just your fear making you feel scattered or tantrum-y. It's just your fear that makes up the most inane excuses not to go forward with good ideas and plans you've been anticipating and wanting for months. That's okay. We're all scared of taking risks at one time or another. What not to do? Cover it up with an "I'm too cool for school" or blasé "I can handle this" attitude. Admit to yourself and your tribe you're scared you're going to fail. Allow your support network to (here's a radical thought!) support you!

October 24, 2017: Card O' the Day: Judgment. I don't know that we ever get to the place that Judgment represents. It's more of a goal to aspire to, and we should strive to get there, but I suspect our "judginess" will always prevent us from fully "arriving."

The "place" I'm talking about is that of awakening to the inescapable truth that we all have a True Self within us; it's an actual real "thing" not just an esoteric idea. This True Self is the very best of each of us. It's the divine-ness that animates the block of flesh that walks around with your name on it. Once you recognize your True Self exists, your next task is to clearly perceive the extent to which you've been true to that Self, or not. I think most of us will have way more "or not" than what's good for us, so now we have to fix that part and develop a caring and merciful attitude to our True Selves.

This card also represents the final reckoning at the end of a life chapter. No, your physical death is not imminent, just this chapter of your story. The finishing of this chapter means you're ready for new directions and changes that lead to growth and rejuvenation! Best of all, putting this chapter to rest means you can forgive yourself for all that you think you did "wrong" and move on to the endless possibilities of which your True Self is capable.

October 20, 2017: The Card 'O the Day: The Wheel of Fortune, reversed. Getting The Wheel in a spread speaks of changing fortunes and generally for the better. When it's reversed, I would still call it a good omen, just not a smoothly delivered one. The energies get a little herky-jerky--kind of like when you learn to drive a stick shift. That stop-start annoyance is actually based in your attitude about the coming changes. You're ready for new adventures on a deep level, but you're comfortable where you are and really aren't in the mood to make the effort it takes to launch new ideas, relationships, etc.

The "bad" news is the changes are as inevitable as the changing seasons. How to deal with them? Remain flexible, have courage and faith in your abilities to handle things, and don't get too attached to stuff/people lest it's taken away or you realize it's time to release it. I want to reiterate that you're ready for the changes. You're just scared you'll botch things. However, look how nice you managed to make your current situation--so nice you don't want to move on! You can make the next phase just as successful; I promise.

October 19, 2017: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. What a fantastic following card for the Ace of Swords! I just love when the cards spell out a message as clear as sky writing....

The current energies of your world and mind are kind of jazzy and volatile--think energetic steed. This energy can take you places you've always dreamed of, but it takes a firm hand and discipline to get the most out of it. Harnessed well and used wisely, this horse can take you to achievement, help you surmount difficulty, and provide wish fulfillment in the coming months.

As with all forward motion and building of your personal "empire", you must do so with integrity. Trust your instincts and don't over-think things beyond the standard investigations and research. You're in the position of taking full control of and responsibility for your happiness. Go get 'em!

October 18, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords. This is a GREAT card to follow The Tower! In my interpretation, the big scary changes The Tower indicates are often of the mind (the lightening hits the tower, a/k/a your noggin). The Ace of Swords is announcing a surge in mental force and power with an opportunity for a new way of thinking about current problems. Real truths will become apparent which will lead to "aha" moments as new and more viable answers emerge. Think "enlightenment"!

The appearance of the Ace also indicates new beginnings and a sense that it's time to tackle problems. Your thinking has cleared and you can see the way forward, so get busy. Because Swords can represent legal issues, some of you may be experiencing problems that have legal attachments.

October 12, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Tower, reversed. Wasn't I JUST talking about stagnation? When upright, The Tower is about tearing down structures, or having them torn down whether you like it or not. Reversed, it indicates "imprisonment." No, I don't feel anyone is going to jail, but staying immobile (even if it's in a reeeeaaaalllly nice place) and clinging to old ways means you're held captive by your comfort. Sitting still and deceiving yourself into believing you don't need or want anything else means the end of growth. And the day you stop growing is the day you start dying.

Of course, leaving your comfort zone feels chaotic and scary; that's why we stay put where it's "safe." But it's okay to come out and explore the Big World. You may get hurt, but also excel more than you could ever have imagined! Consider this card a divine kick in the butt and jump out of the nest. Just remember to flap like hell on the way down!

October 11, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. The Ten of Cups represents the kind of perfection that makes one fear for when the rug gets yanked out from under you. Please don't look this gift horse in the mouth and enjoy this hard-won joy, emotional well-being, repose of the heart, and blessings you've earned. Universe bestows this kind of largesse, when needed, for the kind of spiritual development you can only achieve if the nuts and bolts of daily living are in order.

From this secure emotional foundation, you'll be able to handle the next challenges--because of course there will be more obstacles to overcome! Without continued growth, you'll simply stagnate in this puddle of overabundance. In my book, stagnation is equivalent to constipation. Therefore, count your blessings, consciously recognize the emotional contentment that currently fills your life with meaning and purpose, but keep your eyes open for coming potholes in your road.

October 3, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Sun, reversed. The sunny part of the sky is that you'll find new objectivity as you make plans for the future. It'll be easier to clean closets, garages, and your mind of useless clutter. This objectivity grounds your forward motion in the reality of your available resources. The clouds are that ever-lurking "I'm not enough _______." (Fill in the blank.) Fear of vulnerability makes you less daring than you could be. Lack of confidence makes you do things on a smaller scale. If you do earn success, it's too good to be true, and you don't deserve it.

The sunny part of the sky is that you'll find new objectivity as you make plans for the future. It'll be easier to clean closets, garages, and your mind of useless clutter. This objectivity grounds your forward motion in the reality of your available resources. The clouds are that ever-lurking "I'm not enough _______." (Fill in the blank.) Fear of vulnerability makes you less daring than you could be. Lack of confidence makes you do things on a smaller scale. If you do earn success, it's too good to be true and you don't deserve it.

Therefore, your homework for the day is to chase those clouds away and DARE. Think big thoughts! Know that you deserve every blessing you get! Build up your own confidence in your mind and heart! Then temper your plans with earthly practicality--it's no accident that practicality and realism go with the Earth element. However, do NOT temper the fire in your belly, the desire in your heart, or the dreams in your head.

October 2, 2017: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands. The Prince delivers more energy to push us forward, and the daring and fierceness we need to ride that wave. You're ready to change directions and have the improvisation skills and impulses to make that happen. This directional change will mean leaving old patterns of behavior or thought behind.

Foundations are being built here. From these foundations you'll be able to see clearly what needs to be cleared off, pruned, dumped, etc. to implement improvements that lead you to success and happiness.

A few days ago, the cards have been urging us to make a decision, and now they're bringing us the energy we need to push the chosen option forward. This choice may mean some travel over land is involved, changing jobs, or moving houses. At any rate, it's good for you to be fired up again!

October 1, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Empress. Today The Empress is in her most creative incarnation representing a person full of ideas and boundless creative potential. This potential may take form in business or leadership roles--either way, there's lots of room for success and abundance. Also, there's the natural energy behind you required to make the most of the germs of inspiration.

However, as with all new things springing from our psyches, there's doubt and confusion about what you're trying to get off the ground. We ALL wonder if what we're doing is going to turn out okay or be a big flop. Take time for self-care, nurturing, and love. You encourage others in their endeavors and prop them up don't you? Now's the time to do it for yourself.

September 30, 2017: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands. It looks like those of you who needed to make a decision have come to one. Take comfort in those plans because you can expect health and good recovery after all the apprehension and fear. Homework: how did you get to this point? Perhaps some changes in your lifestyle are in order so you don't have to repeat this little exercise....

For anyone else who hasn't yet made the choice or doesn't feel the need for a Big Decision in their lives, this card brings courage, commitment, stamina, and tremendous power. Who doesn't need that kind of fire in their belly? Whatever you're up to, know that you'll come out the other side both internally and externally accomplished--albeit pooped!

September 29, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Lovers. We still need to make a decision.... You understand the responsibility of the choice, and you're ready. The Lovers represent the necessity of carefully considering the implications of your choice and that you should go with the option that has the fewest DISadvantages rather than going for the option with the most advantages.

Your personal values will be put to the test, so allow your superconscious to enter into the process. It's free from ego, desire, and attachment and will suggest a path of moral integrity and common sense from where you make choices at your highest spiritual level.

Also present in this card is frustration. Let go, find trust, achieve balance, and overcome.

September 28, 2017: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. One of the toughest decisions in your life is before you, so it's very natural to have doubts, hesitation, and sadness as you ponder your options. (Doing nothing is NOT an option, however.) This card includes elements of physical suffering or disease and necessary destruction before creation can occur. Therefore, coupled with yesterday's Two of Swords, I feel like some of you may be facing decisions relating to surgery.

You're being called to an action that requires courage to step through the doorway before you. Trust your instincts to take the risk and choose what YOU really want. On the other side, you'll find balance and recognition of your fullest potential.

September 27, 2017: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords. There's a need to make a choice for YOUR greatest good, but many will complain because they'll be inconvenienced, put out, annoyed, hurt, or let go. It's hard to do what you must when you know others won't like it, but this is a time to leave your emotions out of it and do what's best for your highest self and potential growth. Trust it's the right thing to do.

September 26, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. Belief systems, along with other stuff, are indeed shifting (see yesterday's card). The Ten indicates an ending/beginning phase. I encourage you to take a moment to look back along your path and see what's happened in the last months to get you here. Observe without blame, or self-recrimination so you can simply learn from the experiences. This is not meant to be a self-imposed guilt trip and 50 lashes with a wet noodle.

It can be tempting, when looking back at all your "mistakes" and "failures", to become overdramatic about it and shout at the winds of fortune, gnash your teeth, and tear your hair. However, a better approach would be to accept the inevitable changes and/or repercussions and surrender to your highest self. Your highest self, which IS truly there, I promise, will lead you forward with constructive force and determination. 

Find--and hold on to--positive thoughts and viable plans. You CAN control your thoughts and behaviors as your previous world view comes crashing down. Let the changes come. The Universe will be the better for them, trust me.

September 25, 2017: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups, reversed. Upright, the Four of Cups can indicate a settled rut, which is not necessarily a "bad thing", but it doesn't bode well for growth. However, reversed, the water element of the Cups is moving--pouring out of the vessel, so to speak. This translates to a certain restlessness in your heart and in the sacral Chakra, which governs this card. Your sacral chakra is down low in your belly; excitement is brewing there and you may find that your bowels may become a bit looser than usual.

This excitement is an indication you're ready to break out of a fallow period, and you're thirsting for new experiences or relationships. However, this rush of energy will cloud your usual prudence, and you may be apt to leap into a relationship based only upon a pretty face, the promise of easy money, or something else too good to be true. Fortunately, your psychic awareness is on high, so you have extra help with your discernment. Make use of it! That means you'll have to slow yourself down and listen to your gut. 

Value and/or belief systems may shift along with your energy patterns. Meeting new people and having new experiences will do that. And if that happens, it means it was time to transform certain things in your heart and mind.

September 22, 2017: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands, reversed. I so hate to harp upon "coming changes"; I'm beginning to feel like a broken record....

When the Princess of Wands gets reversed, her fresh, curious energy gets sent sideways. Unstable, indecisive, superficial, and lack of concentration are all indications of energies that are scattered and volatile. Good judgment is out the window, and you may be doing unwise things for the mere thrill of it or to find something "louder" than your flip-flopping stomach. 

Are you tempted to throw yourself on the floor and kick and scream like a toddler? That's the Princess of Wands in you who's been upset and desperately needs things to go back to "normal." 

All the psychic disturbance you've been feeling of late boils down to a fear of the changes coming. Your intuition, soul, higher self, the hairs on your arms, etc. know there's something big in the atmosphere. Will those changes take something valuable from you? It depends where you place your highest value.

September 21, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles, reversed. I feel jittery and anxious today.... What with the fires, floods, earthquakes, and typhoons of late--and all the physical damage that goes with it--it's small wonder. I'm an earth sign, of the Earth, a Turtle animal totem...sometimes I feel like I don't walk upon the Earth's surface but through it up to my ankles. Therefore, when the physical plane is whacked, I feel out of sorts, too.

The Eight of Pentacles reflects this upset in energy of the physical plane. This card is particularly attached to jobs and careers, so, when reversed, it indicates dissatisfaction in that department. However, I don't feel it's time to change jobs or careers per se, it's more like that area of our lives becomes the scapegoat for the overall "twist in our knickers" some of you may be feeling.

What to do? I'm not really certain. I'm going to try cleaning my dining room. It's productive and yet doesn't require any intelligence or problem solving skills. Some of you may try physical exercise to get the blood moving. As tempting as a tub of ice cream and a stack of movies sounds, I'd advise against it. The physical energies aren't moving smoothly and stagnating further will only add to the stuck-ness. Get moving whether you like it or not.

September 20, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles, reversed. Karma is coming back around, and you're going to have to face some "unfortunate" truths about yourself, your beliefs, and/or your tribe. Spiritual changes are needed, and your soul is demanding to be heard. The party times are catching up, and it's time to go deep. It still not may be quite the right time (obstinacy and impatience are present), but know that you're getting close to the inevitable reckoning.

The way to do this deep work as painlessly as possible, is to check your ego at the door along with your emotions. Calmly and drily observe the facts. What are the mistakes that got you here? Did you buy into a belief system? Is it working for you or did it ever? Are you trusting a certain thing/person/institution to your detriment? What is your gut telling you about this situation?

To get out of a hole, you first have to recognize you're in a hole and then PUT DOWN THE SHOVEL! Indulging in self-pity, blame, mortification, flagellation, etc., etc., etc. doesn't get you out of the hole any faster, so stop it. What will get you out of the hole is intellectual reasoning, changing what doesn't work, and removing toxic people, habits, and beliefs from your life. Make it happen.

September 19, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Hanged man, reversed. The appearance of The Hanged Man indicates deep thoughts, going within to ponder the next level of enlightenment, or to face fears, etc. With the card reversed, I feel like it's a faux attempt at depth. Either the timing is not quite right, you're not ready, or your heart isn't truly in it. It's not that you're being insincere, it's just not real at this time.

It could be that petty real life annoyances are keeping you from going deep. It happens; noise and laundry get in the way of your deep thoughts. It could also be you have your head up your ass and think being "deep" makes you look good. 

In any case, don't waste your time on something when you can't do it well. Take a break from your higher path and be frivolous for a little longer. You'll know when you're really ready.

September 15, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles. This card validates my feeling of yesterday that changes on the material plane are afoot. Physical need, troubles concerning material things, and hard times are indicated with this card so be cautious with your money. However, don't "Scrooge up." Invite friends over for homemade lattes, go the the library and borrow movies, or have a Netflix party--socialize cheaply rather than not at all.

Another physical change that Death indicated was moving houses; this card represents having just moved and not having quite yet gotten your balance in your new environment. All the better reason to go to the library or community center and see what clubs or volunteer opportunities are available in your area. Also, the library or community center may have information regarding social assistance for which you may qualify. Don't be shy about asking for help.

The worst connotations of this card aren't the money troubles, but the worry and anxiety that go with it. Fear paralyzes as one gets stuck on the "worry wheel" cringing from the necessary changes. The best connotations of this card are oodles of strength and determination! So, let go of the psychic weight of fear and embrace the rich environment right outside your door. Maybe get a piece of citrine to take with you as a lucky talisman. It's supposed to bring protection and feelings of trust and security.

September 14, 2017: Card O' the Day: Death. In general, I view Death as indicative of physical changes like moving houses, changing jobs losing/gaining a substantial amount of weight, having surgery, etc. The Tower is my big "mental change" card i.e. changing political views or your beliefs of societal norms, converting to another religion, or that kind of thing. However, the opposite can also be true--The Tower appears when a friend dies or Death pops up at a time you're completely rethinking how you approach your life.

Either way you see this card, know that an ending is coming that will allow for a new beginning. It's in effect making space in your life so that space can be filled with something better for you. This death may be sudden or a long time coming. I don't feel it's unexpected; maybe you were hoping it didn't have to happen, but it's going to. Accept. It'll be easier if you do.

In the history of The Card O' the Day, I've drawn The Tower several times, but this is only the second time for Death. If you haven't been directly touched by the recent hurricanes, earthquakes, or wildfires, it may be your turn soon. Don't cringe and shrink from the sweeping clean; view it as the blessing it is.

Namaste all and peace be with you!

September 13, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. Just a week ago we had this same card, and I felt the "off the beaten path" vibe of what can be represented with the reversed Hierophant. Some diversity and "wild ideas" improve the whole of a group. However, coupled with yesterday's volatile energy of the Five of Wands, I'm seeing red flags starting to pop up.

Believe it or not, excessive individuality and getting all full of yourself in your "uniqueness" can be just as limiting and restrictive as clinging to herd mentality and just going along to get along. Uncontrolled, such "doing whatever you want" is disruptive to the order of life. For example, it's become a "thing" in my area to not bathe. Seriously, people are bragging about not having showered in more than a week. In August. How does that limit them? Well, for one thing, their personal stench can make them unsuitable for certain job opportunities or social events.

Flaunting your individuality in everyone else's face is just as manipulative and dominating as being policed by the notion of "what will the neighbors say?" As humans, we are a societal species--we like to live in groups just like dogs, zebras, and primates. And as with all group living, there are rules to live by that make group living easier. You certainly have the choice to live how you want, just know that your choices will have repercussions and costs. Are you willing to pay them?

September 12, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Wands. There's a feeling of competition and struggling to be heard above the noise of the crowd with this card. Certainly there's enough assertiveness, boldness, and determination to overcome any negative self-images (for once!). Ideas for endeavors are wonderfully original, but these creative visions are being brought to earth by cold hard reality. That's okay because you're on the right track--dream big and then adjust to make it happen.

The volatile fire energy of this card is interesting...we're in a process of learning and developing qualities of behaviors and ways of dealing with others that can be applied in any situation. It's about lessons, not "final results" today.

September 8, 2017: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords, reversed. Upright, the stability of the Four combined with the mental energy of the mind and thoughts leads you to a very contemplative, almost meditative place. When the card appears reversed, it means it's time to start waking up. It's kind of like coming home from vacation and getting back to real life.

While you were "gone" you actually had a lot going on upstairs, and when returning from the clouds, you bring new perspectives and clarity of thought with you. Suddenly you can clearly see what must be done to advance yourself or to solve sticky problems that have been giving you fits. This clarity might also show it's time to make changes because the status quo is not longer serving you. Because we had The Wheel yesterday, which is all about inevitable change, I'm thinking you're ready to quit a dead-end job, go back to school, return to a paused career, etc.

I'm still feeling "winter", so I don't have any sense of urgency or need to grab at the "brass ring." I feel like we have time, and will need time, to make the epic changes to transform.

September 7, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune. We are being ask to embrace the coming, inevitable changes and being at peace with them. This card is more than a mere indicator of changes in your fortunes, but it also indicates entering into a period of profound inner journey during which you come to terms with your destiny and higher purpose. This includes opening your mind to new ways of being, perceiving life, and experiencing the world around you.

The animal totem for this card is the hawk. Hawk represents empowerment, fearlessness, and life force. The herb associated with The Wheel is basil, which helps deflect negativity. Therefore, I suggest making a big batch of pesto sauce. (You can freeze it into serving-sized portions, so don't worry about eating pesto on everything 36 days running.) 

There is opportunity to receive more than you have ever dared to think is possible....

September 6, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. A week or so ago (August 30th), we received the Ten of Pentacles, reversed, and I made note of how it was time to ditch certain family, clan, or community oriented traditions or beliefs. Today the reversed Hierophant is indicating the shedding goes even further to religious training, personal belief systems, and self-imposed "rules" by which you've been living. Also, people or circumstances to whom or which you've given "authority" are to be reviewed and questioned.

This is a moment to examine where you're limiting yourself by adhering to "shoulds" and "oughts." (Disclaimer: I'm in no way advising you do anything illegal!) Where do you hold yourself back from going to art school/becoming a librarian/learning to yodel because it's "not done" and "what would the neighbors think"? Other ways to limit yourself are by staying in tried and true ruts. Tuesday night is meatloaf night. Horse Feathers!!! Make it "new recipe night" instead, and flex your culinary muscles, tickle your tastebuds, and shake up your diet. 

Another place to let loose is your creativity. Let it off the chain and be avant garde! As my grandmother once told me, "it is good to be controversial." She said this when I told her I was modeling in art school figure study classes (read: nude). This is a time to experiment and discover what works and what doesn't.

September 5, 2017: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords, reversed. One little piece of good fortune comes your way, and all you can do is think "I'm not worthy"! Oh, the mind is so cruel as we use cold logic to tear ourselves down and oppress our dreams and ideas. Under this card we allow the doubts to convince us that what seemed like a brilliant idea in our dream is mere nonsense in the light of day. You, after all, are much too stupid to ever be anything remotely special. (Sound familiar?)

I feel this card presented itself to me so I can reassure you that you ARE, indeed, clever and brilliant and smart! I'm here to tell you you're perfect just the way you are, and you have every right to be happy and are completely worthy of good fortune. Remember, the Ace of Pentacles is looking to move you this winter. Allow the reversed Prince to remind you to have patience, stay thoughtful for now, and wait for the solutions to blockages to come to you. We're not in a rush...just "be" in your perfection.

September 4, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles. With all the changes at hand, you may be wondering what's going to happen in the long run. According to the Ace of pentacles, GOOD stuff! It's considered by some to be the most fortuitous card of the deck and indicates your efforts are going to be rewarded. Ideas are good, well thought out, and grounded on solid foundations. As with all aces, new oomph and desire to improve and expand is present. This card governs the winter month, so I feel you still have time for more prep work and clearing of decks.

In addition to the material good omens, there's a lot of good spiritual ju-ju inherent in this card. You're being cautioned not to just focus on tangible rewards but to also take the harder road of seeking higher spiritual or intangible rewards. The goal is not to have the biggest house and fastest car but to find absolute wholeness through spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical balance. You do realize you can't take the tangible blessings with you, right? So you would do well to have your intangible blessings squared away. And since you could kick off at any time, why wait to get good with yourself and Universe?

September 3, 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles, reversed. When upright, this card indicates working together in groups. But reversed, it can indicate difficulty in that area. I'm thinking it's reversed because it's not time yet to work on a team. The ideas blooming in your head and heart are good, but they need work before coming off the drawing board. Don't get ahead of yourself and start decorating the room before you even have the walls up.

Also, consider the intangible value and aspects of what you're doing. Does this project or career light your hair on fire and make you leap out of bed to get started each morning? Do you feel ridiculously lucky to be doing what you're doing? (Okay, even the most perfect job will have its off days or boring parts. I fully admit that.) You may be making oceans of money but are slowly dying inside. Consider what makes you happy and then adjust your lifestyle accordingly.

September 2, 2017: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups. This card is often interpreted as emotional stagnation, ennui, and self-indulgence. However, I don't feel that today. When I drew this card, I thought "Oh, thank goodness...a moment to rest before all the changes coming." Upon study, I further gathered a feeling of safety and optimism within this still contemplation.

As with our previous cards, opportunity is present--lots of opportunity! The trick will be to discern which option is best for you. That's what the quiet is for, to allow you to hear yourself think. Creativity and new ideas are born and heard when there's not a lot of background noise drowning it out. If it's raining where you are, sit by the window and watch it for 15 minutes. Simply watch it rain. If it's not raining, then go outside and stroll gently in nature and just "be" for 15 minutes. 

Unplug today and be still.

September 1, 2017: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups, reversed. The King of Pentacles, reversed, from the other day is echoed here in the reversed Six of Cups. We're finding ourselves moving away from once firmly held beliefs, traditions, and stuff, so it's not surprising that you'll be feeling pangs of nostalgia. Past memories, childhood pleasures/pain, and family dramas come back to haunt as you sift through the physical remnants of those "good ol' days."

Even better! (NOT!) We're finally learning some awkward or painful truths about Uncle Joe or your older sister. What you thought was true, and could live with, turns out to be wholly different from what you remembered or had been told. Now you have to reconcile your memories and feelings about them with the actual facts. On the one hand, this could be truly gross, but it could also be enlightening and healing as forgiveness or understanding finally put those issues to rest. 

Yesterday's Prince gave us some lively energy to get the decks cleared. This card also bodes well for future endeavors.

August 31, 2017: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles. The Prince rides to the rescue! I see we all got yesterday's memo that it's time to make some changes in our physical worlds, and the Prince is just the one to help you do that. He's got youthful male energy and the cajones to go with it, but he's the steadiest of all the Princes and oozes perseverance, patience, and a methodical approach to all he does. Harness the energy of your mind and put it to practical use by paying attention to the finer details. Don't do things half-assed; your word and reputation ride on your work ethic.

The down sides of this Prince is he can be stodgy and a stuffed shirt. Once he's found a way to go, he doesn't deviate from the road or the method. (He probably still has a rotary phone attached to his kitchen wall with a 40' curly cord on it.) So, this is a reminder to stay flexible, and be open to the good ideas of others. 

Inherent in the Prince of Pentacles is kindness. He's also a healer, and you're being directed to "heal thyself." Taking care of and making improvements to your material world includes your physical body. Good nutrition, proper rest, and exercise are vital to your complete wellbeing!

August 30, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles, reversed. This card represents all that's good about family/tribe/community and your position in it. Because this card came up reversed, you may be feeling like you no longer fit into that once-comfortable group. The rules and restrictions feel too confining and oppressive where they once felt reassuring and safe. Loyalties are becoming conflicted as you look "over the fence" at the horizon and what might be out there for you.

Material resources have also soured. Either you're too obsessed or feel trapped. It feels like you want to clean house and drop a lot of crap, but everything you come across has some meaning, and you can't make the break with it.

Our familiar places and people can be "forever" things that are good for you. However, since this card has come reversed, I'm wondering if you're getting itchy feet, and it's time for some changes. I'll bet if you examine what makes you most restless (house, neighborhood, social groups, place of worship, career, job, lover, spouse, etc.), you'll find you've simply outgrown this situation and that it's time to move on. Certainly I'm not advising to divorce your spouse, chuck your job, and/or permanently alienate your entire community. However, destiny and happiness are calling, and it's time to make changes to your physical world.

August 23, 2017: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands. As a stand-alone card, it packs a punch because there's nothing to mitigate its fire. This driven, dynamic energy comes from raw emotion, and you'll have to be careful you don't flame out with it. This summer, a friend has been adding on, rebuilding, and rehabilitating a lake cottage to make it over to a permanent residence. Her social media posts have been full of hell-bent-for-leather work from dawn to dusk, weather be damned. This is a project she's extremely passionate about, and it's a perfect example of the energy behind the Nine of Wands.

There is immediacy and urgency present. The bus is leaving shortly, and if you're not on it, you lose. The project you're trying to manifest will require perseverance, stamina, and preparation against all the challenges that WILL stand in your way. 

This is not an easy road, but it'll be HUGELY rewarding in the end. Not only are the promised rewards tangible but intangible as well, as you learn many lessons and come out stronger for all of them. When, not if, you hit walls, examine them for the reasons they appear. Take responsibility for your part in the block--ego must step aside--so you can quickly go about removing that block and resuming forward motion. Get comfortable with the phrase "My bad!"

August 22, 2017: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups, reversed. This card has a lot of nostalgic connotations, and it's about fondly looking back on your life as you move forward. However, when reversed, this nostalgic pre-occupation is working against you. There's something left over from childhood or young adulthood that needs to be dealt with once and for all. Clean that closet and come to grips with it! It happened, you can't change what's done, but you CAN change how you react to those events.

By releasing old baggage, you'll release the old emotional patterns you've been caught in for so long. Change the way you FEEL about past hurtful events or behaviors. Change how you VIEW those past events or behaviors. Perhaps you were a bit nerdy in school, and the jocks would bully you. Continuing to duck your head and contracting yourself into a tiny ball that no one will notice only limits you. That old jock/bully is probably fat and bald by now! Who have YOU become over the years?

If you need help talking about those old fears, insecurities, or wounds, I urge you to seek assistance with a licensed counselor--whether psychologist, sociologist, or your clergy person. I, myself, have had great success in therapy sorting what stays and what goes from my mental closet. It's blissful liberation to be free of that CRAP!!

August 17, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords, reversed. This isn't a friendly card. Dishonesty, deception, (and worse!) manipulation is revealed. And all this stems from a lack of confidence and belief in yourself. So you secretly envy those who seem "more" than you and allow yourself to be victimized.

What!?!? Why would you allow yourself to be victimized!?!?! You do it so you can deceive yourself and continue this illusion that you're the underdog, you never catch a break, nobody truly loves you, and you're "destined" to be a loser. Wah, wah, wah, woe is me! Behaving in this way is a passive-aggressive manipulation technique meant to make people feel sorry for you so you don't have to take responsibility for your problems and fix them.

Cut. It. Out. Shake yourself like a wet dog and climb out of the cesspool you're languishing in! Nobody can fix your life except you, but you can seek help in doing so. Be honest with your tribe and ask for constructive criticism, see a therapist for a couple months, go to a health and well-being retreat--do what it takes to take back control. Once you do, you'll be less anxious about "what the neighbors think" because you'll come to understand what you think about yourself is all that really matters.

August 15, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant. The Hierophant is representative of all belief systems, moral codes, values personal and societal, and all the "rules" by which we live. He also represents that which stimulates your inner awakening to the truth of life and your personal growth in finding it.

For the last week or so, we've been stuck in our heads and struggling as we try to make sense of our thoughts and feelings. This has been a disorienting search for inner meaning and greater understanding of our spiritual purpose for being here. The good news is this upside down, "who am I" state is also one of pure potential. You can decide to be anything! But first, forgive yourself for all past perceived failures or mistakes so you can start with a clean slate.

As you come to your understanding of the laws of nature and social community, you'll find your place and begin to live in accordance with the divine. Notice there's a small "D" on the "divine" here. I'm talking about your earthly life and getting sorted in your head space so you can be happy in your own skin, in your own community, and in your own career as you make your way through this lifetime. Find the truth within yourself. Don't just blindly follow some doctrine and mouth the scripted words you've been taught to say. Find YOUR truth and follow it.

August 12, 2017: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords, reversed. Still all up in our heads we are, and we're getting a bit stuck. This card indicates a refusal of, or residence to, new perspectives. When we're stuck in our own heads, outside ideas or plans seem foreign, and we're likely to see obstacles where there are none. (Actually, the obstacles you see are the ones you're making because you'd have to change your approach to someone else's method, and you don't want to do that.) Being this close minded and stubborn means misunderstandings will crop up right an left.

There's an element of fear in this card, and that's why you're hesitant to try an alternative route. Listen to those around you who have ideas. Discuss the pros and cons without personal digs; criticize/evaluate the IDEA rather than the person. You'll have to tell your over protective ego to butt out so you can hear what's being said--that's where the fear is coming from.

Finally, the Six of Swords can indicate travel literally or figuratively. Being reversed means you can expect delays or snags if you're actually going somewhere, or, if you're not physically moving around, head games with yourself will prevent you from being productive.

August 10, 2017: Card O' the Day: Princess of Swords. ...And now I know why the past couple days have been so cranky! Yesterday a gave a hint; today confirms it. The brainy intellectuals among us suffer the most when energies become turbulent. Instead of just going with it, they try to overthink it and understand WHY they feel unsettled. When they can figure out precisely why, they become frustrated and all stuck in their heads about right v. wrong, true v. false, bad v. good, etc.

Fortunately, we have some insight today for those governed by the air element. The Princess of Swords is ready for new intellectual pursuits, which usually involve systems or communications, and yet she's on the fence about what, precisely she wants. These endeavors will test skill and power, and she's not sure if she's up for it. Self-confidence is a little lacking and this holds her back. Might I suggest a piece of garnet? It's said to promote self trust.

Secondly, to balance all that intelligence and analysis, try to connect with your heart and spirit more often. Go sit under a tree, walk in the rain (yes, you're allowed an umbrella), stroll on the beach, or whatever floats your boat in nature. Sorry, going for a drive doesn't count; I want contact with earth, water, and/or sky under your own steam so you can really feel Mother Nature. Being in her presence for just a few minutes each day will help you get out of your head and into your heart/soul. When you're connected to Mother, she helps you go with the flow without overthinking.

August 9, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords, reversed. Yesterday's "PMS'ing" continues, and now it's moving from your heart/gut into your mind as you try to intellectually analyze your pissy mood. Sometimes we're in a cranky mood, and you just have to give in to it and ride it out. Trying to get all logical and coldly brainy about it is like trying to be reasonable with a toddler in full melt-down mode.

Your thoughts are not clear, and therefore trying to be something you're not right now is an exercise in futility. The more you pound the floor and scream, figuratively I'm sure, the more you'll condemn yourself for being such a cry-baby, whiny brat!

Trying to stick to a rigid plan of diet, exercise, creative production--all the things you think you "should" do--just isn't going to happen. Give yourself another 24-48hrs to indulge in your every whim (within legal limits, of course). I promise this snit fit will pass! More than likely, the reason you're so pissy is that you've held yourself to a tight schedule and control for too long. It's time for a recess from adult-ing.

August 8, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Empress, reversed. Ooo! Cranky much? These are the feelings I would have when I was PMS'ing; I would have this insane desire to kick kittens, throttle anyone, cry, and eat gallons of ice cream. Fortunately, I have grown past those disturbing phases of the moon. But I digress....

The reversed Empress is, in effect, rejecting the "feminine" aspects of Self. Smothering, stifling demands to "be" or "do" in a certain way can feel like a nagging mother. The oppression just makes you want to cry "Mawwwwmmmmm!" and roll your eyes up to the ceiling in frustration. These feelings can be destructive and absolutely block you from moving forward on your path.

Such psychic temper tantrums may tempt you to retreat in humiliation (I mean, really? Are we still two?), but this is the perfect time to lean on a bestie and purge up this negativity and crap. Bring a bottle of wine to share and just barf it all up to someone you trust. We ALL go through these periods of tempest and the fastest way to get over it is to release it! Guys, if wine, rom-com movies, and chocolate don't work for you, then a rowdy game of rugby might be what you need to get your knickers out of a twist. My point is you must force yourself to move out of this awful place.

August 3, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Star. The Star is a really heavy "inner work" card, but other, more outward looking connotations are attached to it as well. Look for revelations of a positive future (no, there's no "X" marking the spot, unfortunately), and be aware of the hairs on the back of your neck telling you a dawn is breaking. Something is brewing.

In preparation for this nebulous "new dawn", begin sorting the wheat from the chaff in your life and balance your physical, mental, and emotional energies. Your spirit will need a bit of housecleaning as well as you navigate a difficult transition from chasing your ideal life to being fully present and living your real life. A question to ask yourself during this time: am I willing to do the work and stop depending upon others for clarity and answers? Certainly my little Card O' the Day or your daily horoscope in the paper can offer food for thought, but no one can give you the answers; you have to find them from within, and that takes hard work and tough choices.

The strongest message The Star has for us today is to trust yourself that you will overcome all obstacles in your path. TRUST that you can do anything you put your mind and heart to. The total embrace and integration of this concept is probably the hardest thing you'll ever have to do. But once you have it firmly and inextricably blended into your DNA, you'll always manage to land on your feet, no matter what.

August 2, 2017: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. Did I tell you it wasn't time to bag it all? Yazzoo! this card gives us a needed boost. You did show up early today because you're ready to take responsibility as potential starts to crystallize. Have courage in your undertakings and prepare well. Conflicting internal energies, thoughts, or messages are making things difficult and cause you to hesitate over something.

Before you is a doorway that leads to golden opportunities. The tricky part is making the right decisions--and what with your head in a whirl, it's hard to know what to do. The bus is getting ready to leave the station, so you need to make a move soon. (However, that's not to say you can't transfer busses a little down the road if the bus you pick at this moment isn't quite right.)

With what seems to be a lot at risk, I can well imagine some of you may feel a bit wonky, faint, or anxious. That's okay; it shows you're engaged and passionate about the future plans. You can expect a good outlook, so try to relax as you move forward.

July 31, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. Yesterday I said a failing partnership of any type could be indicated with the reversed Five of Cups, but since we got Pentacles today, I'm now leaning towards a business partnership/merger that isn't going well. However, just because it's a business arrangement, rather than a lover, it doesn't mean your feelings aren't getting hurt and the situation doesn't call for chocolate and wine. 

Two weeks ago this card appeared to show some slow and steady progress. Looks like imprudent choice and actions, as well as good old fashioned laziness has made the project go off the rails. (It's summer! Nobody wants to work, right?) Because you're not seeing a leap in your bank account, money worries add to your desperation and mental/emotional depletion. To top this little sundae, there's suspicion slinking around your ankles. Did your partner sabotage things? Is someone gossiping about you?

Oy! You've got the power to halt the downhill slide. Show up to work early, analyze what precisely needs to be fixed, begin formulating plans to do so, and make nice with your partner. It's not yet time to throw in the towel!

July 30, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Hearts. Well crap; THAT didn't work as well as hoped. A partnership, union of some kind (could be a business merger), or friendship--anything "joining" like--has fallen through or proved to be less than what was anticipated. That truth bomb has dropped, and you're seeing things for what they really are. As if to rub salt in the wound, you're realizing your expectations were unrealistic to begin with, too.

This situation sort of blows a hole through your plans, and now you've got difficulty and troubles disconnecting from this cluster f**k. Of course you'll feel disappointment and regret, but don't let it morph into bashing yourself to a bloody pulp.

Take a little time to fully "mourn the loss" of your plans, feel and accept the crappy emotions, and indulge in a good cry or a gallon of ice cream, whatever you need. Then release the self-judgment and move back to self-acceptance (it's not as if you're the very first person to botch something). Once you've gotten your balance back, analyze what went wrong and find the hidden lesson. Look to see if there are any unrecognized opportunities that may come from this failure of initial plans. Does a Plan B emerge from the ashes?

July 29, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Magician. How appropriate that we get The Magician today after yesterday's Fool! The Fool assures us of the infinite possibilities within and The Magician is here to help you manifest that potential. This card is the principle "action" card of the deck that indicates using all your skills, resources, and knowledge to create magic and do the "impossible." Unity of thought and emotions means the intellect is energized, cleverness is bright, and it's all under the control of your powerful will. Because this card also represents all forms of communication, the appearance means effective communication will be important right now and in the near future.

A few words of caution: all that power and control of your immediate universe can be heady stuff. The Magician can be tricksy and misuse his power because it's so easy to do and the rewards up front are many. However, remember that Karma is a bitch, and she will come back to bite you in the ass if you behave badly. Integrity, honesty, and kindness are essential as you make your mark on the world.

July 28, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Fool. The Fool represents the essence of life and the divine light within all of us. Optimism, passion, and enthusiasm buoy the energies innate in this card. Today, The Fool is offering freedom from the "shoulds" and "oughts" of life, possessions that you don't really need, narrow belief systems that set others apart from you, views of yourself that hold you back, and all the other self-imposed limits that don't serve you best.

To step onto a new path, embrace a different set of tenets, or set an idea in motion may seem like folly, but trust, and believe in, your inner knowing, instincts, or guts that you're doing the right thing for YOU. And by doing the right thing for you, you also do the right thing for your tribe and community. I firmly believe if you're doing what's best for your highest self, you will not be an asshole. What is right for you is ultimately right for everyone. Approach your world by reacting and behaving according to what "is" not according to what "the rules" or "they" say it should be. Simple analogy: the weatherman says sunny skies, you observe it's raining. Carry a flipping umbrella!

The herb for this card is ginseng. It's good for all that ails you and makes a lovely tea; you can get a box of it at the market. Make a ceremony of your tea by putting down your phone, logging off the computer, putting down the paper, etc. For just 15 minutes, simply "be" with your tea and yourself.

July 27, 2017: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles. I recently read a new book on the subject of Tarot and the rich symbolism represented on each card. It was pointed out on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck that not only does the seated figure depicted on the Four of Pentacles seem to hoard the Pentacles, but he also uses one as a shield. The Pentacles can be interpreted as wealth AND power--not just physical abundance. In the numerous depictions of this card I've seen, no motion is indicated and the central figure usually has a physical pose of stillness and self-protection. 

Today, this comes as a warning that safety and solidity can be stagnating and strangling to you. The more you get, the more comfortable you are, which leads to wanting more stuff that seems more comfortable. Once you have, then you develop fear of losing. So, take a look at your security and abundance and examine the intangible price you pay for it.

This card has underlying generosity and liberality to it, as well. Meaning, if you have more than enough, then you can afford to give (providing you can get over your fear of losing and not having). As they say, you can't take it with you, so perhaps you'd do well to respect the bounty in your soul more than the bounty in your wallet. Just sayin'....

July 25, 2016: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. The Chariot is a psychic vehicle to take you from point A to B on your personal path of growth. When it's reversed, it means "car trouble." Self-doubt and hesitation is making you wonder if you're on the right road. Or perhaps you're stuck in a situation from which you find it difficult to extract yourself. Maybe you're feeling inexperienced in something, and it's so daunting you wonder if you'll ever get it like those around you seem to do so easily. 

Another interpretation of this card goes deeper and isn't quite so easy to navigate. Of late, it's becoming very fashionable to embrace the metaphysical world. More people are going to yoga classes, buying crystals, trying their hands at divination, and trying to be spiritually "woke." 

All that is very laudable, and I congratulate the people who are exploring themselves and the more intangible gifts life brings. But ask yourself this: are you doing it because you're genuinely curious about the "more" life has to offer, or are you following a trend and practicing false spiritualism? What is the true purpose of your journey? (Hint: if you veer away from, or simply deny ugliness about yourself, you're on an ego trip and not a journey of discovery.) If you can put down the sage, box up your crystals, and snarf on some junk food and STILL feel in tune with Spirit and your higher self, then keep on keeping' on.

July 24, 2017: Card O' the Day: Nine of Hearts. When we become responsible for, and in control of, our own personal happiness, we can achieve material, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Dreams seem to be realized by magic and all wishes come true without effort. Positive expansive feelings burst forth from your soul. This blooming fortune makes you seem like a Golden Child or celebrity to others as they come closer to bask in your reflected light and jump on your creative bandwagon.

However, we poor, flawed creatures are much like water and find the path of least resistance. When enjoying a high place of a personal cycle, it's very easy to forget how hard you worked to get here. Basking in the admiration of others and the relative ease of life quickly can slide into complacency and self-indulgence. Slowly we become assholes, those admirers drift away from our toxicity, and we're back where we began.

The hardest part about success and personal satisfaction is maintaining your integrity. Inner happiness can be extremely intoxicating, so be sure to keep your head by being fair and gentle to others and brutally honest with yourself. I'm not talking self-flagellation for every tiny misstep. Just remember you're every bit as human as the rest of us...in your good times and in your less than stellar moments.

July 21, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. Movement and change has begun through constructive forces and your own imagination. Now you've got to wrap your mind around the inevitable changes and get okay with them. Denial will only block your way at best or destroy you at worst. You must accept change and release the past so that you can experience the liberation and expansion of the new stuff coming. Resistance is futile, as they say, and will only worsen your situation. 

Determination and fortitude are present with this card, which will be most helpful as you navigate the the new beginnings. Believe it or not, a very complementary and compatible partnership would be most beneficial. Is there anyone around that you think might make a good business partner or someone with whom you could do a project? Explore those options, thar's gold in them thar hills.

And, P.S., dramatic wailing, rending of clothes, and tearing at your hair only makes you look foolish. Just hush and trust the mysteries of life.

July 20, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles. The Pentacle is merely a five-pointed star that has been a symbol of magic and celebration of all that's sacred since the dawn of mankind. It's a benevolent figure--often reflected in nature--much like the swastika. Unfortunately, some wag of the late 19th century decided to turn the star on its head and call it evil. This is purely a societal construct just as the Nazi party appropriated the lovely swirling winds symbol of the swastika and turned it ugly. Alas.

The magic of the pentacle is that it pulls the energy of Wands, the vision of Cups, and the thoughts of Swords on to the material plane so our ideas and prophesies may be fulfilled in the physical world. Within this suit, there is physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional balance, which leads to absolute wholeness. Practical and realistic applications are used to manifest visionary ideas.

The first card of this suit, the Ace, hints at the beginnings and foundations of stability you're building. While it may be tempting to stay with what you know works, you'll miss some wonderful new stuff if you don't take a few risks. Not to mention missing the chance to grow. This card is associated with the winter months, so it could well mean that what you're starting now will mature and bear fruit this winter.

July 19, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. Sevens are cards of magic. They encourage inner work and the processes that end in changes for the better. This kind of internal dialog requires personal study and analysis of your tenets and beliefs. Pondering why you do the things you do will help you see the patterns in your life. Carefully view what worked and what didn't. Pay special attention to the "what didn't" because these are the learning moments! Such work can be scary, but only you are in on it, so you don't have to fear losing respect or credibility in anyone else's eyes. This stuff is between you and your higher power as you become your most authentic self.

For this particular Seven, energies threaten to peter out, and you need to plan a few well-placed rests to recharge your batteries. Get some extra sleep and hang with friends to rest your brain. Also, during times of rest, you're in a better position to review your path to goals. Make adjustments and small changes to ensure you use your resources most efficiently.

July 18, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. Finally we're coming to a place of being willing to buckle down and do the hard work that's necessary to achieve anything of value. Determination is welling up inside you and pushing you to end the dawdling and waiting. The good news is that you won't have to wait long for rewards or results as the seeds of magic you planted begin to take root and grow.

This growth and manifestation will cause you to become impatient, but stuff like this just can't be rushed! No shortcuts! Assess your methods and practices and make adjustments where you need to. Steering a ship, car, or project requires constant changes and tweaks to keep it on course. You cannot afford to coast right now.

The herb associated with this card is rhubarb, which happens to be a laxative and digestive aid. Since the herbs associated with each card either mitigate or enhance the qualities of the cards, I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess your guts are in knots because now that things are starting to happen for you, you're scared to death of failing and looking like an idiot. Have a nice cup of rhubarb tea and contemplate why it is you're so "doomed to fail." Who said so? Who said you're not (fill in the blank) enough to make your dreams come true?

July 15, 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups, reversed. As we grow, we change (thank goodness!). Our tastes change in clothing, hairstyles, hobbies, movie and book genres, etc. Our values change as well, and we may embrace or dump a religion, change our minds regarding societal norms and rules, review our political leanings, etc. This same sort of cycling through friends also happens. Some friends may be made on the job, and after you leave that job the friendship fades because outside of work, you didn't really have that much in common. Other friends you've known since the sixth grade and you thought you'd be besties forever, but they've taken a political view that just doesn't sit well with you.

This card is highlighting the feelings we experience when friendships fade, and we get nostalgic about what was. It's sometimes hard to toss out a favorite pair of jeans, so it's triply hard to "toss out" an old friendship. And yet, when the friendship no longer brings you happiness and fulfillment, when it's a chore to maintain it, then it's time to let it go into your past. This card may have appeared today to remind you it's okay to let things and people go as you realize your current circle isn't quite a fit for you emotionally, spiritually, and/or psychologically anymore.

When we feel crappy, we tend to do things to comfort ourselves...like ice cream or a good bottle of wine (or both). Sometimes "retail therapy" is called for. You may be picking up the lunch tab a little too often in an effort to appear as a more engaged friend and to make up for the fact you haven't seen this person in months. This card indicates you may be overspending on yourself or others to soothe your guilt. Check your bank statement to see.

July 12, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. A Facebook friend once posted an article called something like 10 Ways to Tell if You're Faux Spiritual. Just as with devoutly religious people, "Spiritual" people can get awfully obnoxious with their crystals, odd diets, rituals, incense, etc., etc., ad nauseam. All those trappings and loud proclamations of being "free" of anger, jealousy, or other "bad" emotions is merely ego trying to one-up the next guy. As we work towards our personal enlightenment and discover our most authentic selves, it's a very humbling path with no room for inflated ego and jockeying for position.

Keep your goals realistic! If you want to take off excess weight, start with a goal of 5-10 pounds. If you swear you'll going to lose 50 pounds by Labor Day, you're only setting yourself up for failure. Again, being overconfident and overestimating your abilities is ego leading you to say and do things to show off to others and not just for your own sake and goodness.

A hyped up ego will also lower your threshold for anger, agitation, and frustration. When things don't immediately work as they are pictured in your head, ego will flounce and puff that SOMEbody, obviously, sabotaged you! Guess what? You sabotaged yourself by getting bigger than your britches.

Know your limits and work within them.

July 10, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Star. The mythological figure associated with The Star is Pandora--she of the infamous box of all the woes in the universe. As you open your own Pandora's box and see all that is dark within you, know that the light of your spirit is also in that box. The dark stuff is ego demanding to be recognized, praised, and rewarded. Accept that crap as merely part of you and swim past it to get to your truest Self. That part of you that simply can't be an asshole. That perfect part of you that got buried in the material world.

Trust yourself to get it "right." Give up the need for control and security as you loosen your grip on the physical plane. Unless you can release your desperate need for earthly stuff and trappings, you'll have a much harder time finding your enlightenment, heaven, nirvana, being Whole and Authentic, or whatever it is you're hoping to become or reach through this physical lifetime.

Finding YOU, and being happy in that person, will bring more joy than winning the lotto ever could.

July 9, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. When the Hierophant--representative of higher learning, organization, culture, society, and order in life--is reversed, order and society are being challenged. While it's good to occasionally buck the system, excessive individuality driven by ego, arrogance, and hubris becomes disruptive and dangerous.

The reason emotions and true Self are being hidden is that ego is trying to run the show to cover perceived frailties and vulnerability. Dogmatically clinging to ideas and values and screaming to all that you're "right" only spotlights your fear that you might be wrong. When you're in a hole, stop digging! Continuing down the road to ruin because you're too embarrassed to admit you're lost means a small mistake will only get bigger.

Specifically speaking, you may find a creative commitment you've made is not turning out as you'd hoped. Don't try to fix the situation by getting in deeper with inappropriate, unethical, or even downright illegal behaviors and actions. You'll only hate yourself more in the end.

July 8, 2017: Card O' the Day Princess of Cups, reversed. Court cards are the personality cards of the Tarot deck. They can indicate personality traits of people surrounding you, someone significant in your life, or personality traits you are leaning towards at the present time. Since we got two Cups Courts in a row, reversed, this tells me emotions are skewed for some of us or for someone in our lives.

When the Princess is reversed, she is fearful of, or resistant to, love and is in protection mode. There's also a tendency to mask true feelings, like yesterday's King, with overt behaviors that aren't generally "you" or false modesty or brightness. Further avoidance of "sticky emotions" may be achieved by running away from a person or situation. That running can be literal or merely wishful thinking--either way emotional distance is achieved. 

Another way of not dealing with emotions is to indulge in romantic fantasies or pornography. (You get the same thrills, but you don't have to deal with actual people and THEIR wants and needs.) Princesses indicate messages and are seeking guidance more than the other court cards. Put the two together, and one may seek guidance from the "woo-woo" world and dive into spiritualism with all the smoke and mirrors that some practitioners use to impress others. There's nothing wrong with seeking guidance and answers from esoteric sources, just be sure to stay real with it and not let it become just another avoidance mechanism.

July 7, 2017: Card O' the Day: King of Cups, reversed. Many of us, especially boys/men, have been instructed to quash emotions because they weren't "seemly." Man up, big boys don't cry, suck it up buttercup, etc., etc. are phrases we hear often. Certainly it's not constructive to just wallow in self-pity or complain at every little snag, but honest emotions are something that should be felt, acknowledged, and allowed to have space in your world as they pass through like the weather. It's okay to get angry! You're allowed to feel fear! Your emotions don't have to stay sunny and tidy for everyone else's comfort and approval.

The King of Cups, when reversed, indicates emotional dishonesty. You're closing yourself off from your own authentic emotions because you've been taught they aren't "good." This causes you to close yourself off from other people's emotions because they're "messy" or also "not good" (and if you're not allowed to be a mess, then they aren't either!). To appear "normal" you fake congeniality, caring, machismo, and other "acceptable" emotions so no one realizes how out of control your own emotions feel.

Here's what NOT to do: fake it any longer. Of course, I'm not suggesting you pour your heart out to the person sitting on the seat next to you on the bus, but it IS healthy to dump your mess occasionally. Find a sympathetic ear in your truest friend who you can trust to handle your melt down. Not willing to "burden" others? Then find a professional listener: clergy person, therapist, social worker. Find a way to handle your feelings constructively. They're not bad or good. They are, and they're part of the whole that makes you perfect.

July 6, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Hermit. Yesterday's card mentioned building foundations on the material plane. Today, The Hermit is inviting us to start building foundations on our spiritual plane. This card CAN represent going deep for enlightenment and wisdom, but I'm feeling going deep for humility and facing the Final Truth of who you are. This requires some serious honesty and telling your ego to stand back while you get dirty in your own shit. Communing with your highest and most authentic self means facing all your uglies, petties, meanies, bitchies, whinies--all the qualities that make you want to throat-punch someone else and scream at them to pull up their Big Kid pants.

You're being asked to shift your perspective on yourself and recognize, take responsibility for, and accept your shortcomings and faults. This is NOT a call for self-flagellation! Downing yourself and harping that you're not "enough" in some way is another form of egoism and self-absorption. Face your faults/inner darkness. If you can do something about them, then get busy. If not, then accept them and move on. That's taking responsibility.

Reflect upon the phrase "there but for the grace of God go I." Come to truly understand that some blessings are conferred upon some but not others, and that is Fate. (Consider our current president. He was born wealthy. What is he doing with that blessing Fate plopped in his lap?) The converse is also true: disasters are visited upon some but not others. How you rise above or assist those afflicted is the test being given YOU. Can you find compassion WITHOUT judgment? You will find if you can truly accept your own imperfections, you'll be a lot less harsh with others, and loving thy neighbor will get a whole lot easier.

July 5, 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles. The Eight of Pentacles indicates "apprenticeship" and learning new skills for the more mature worker. Maybe a second or third career doing what you really love. The Three, on the other hand, indicates a more primary career path. This doesn't mean it's meant for younger people just starting out; for an older person it could indicate finally graduating night school so you can begin that career you'd always dreamed of. There's still learning involved, and it'll be from those more experienced than you. Part of that "learning" may be to deal with authority figures (bosses, team leaders, etc.) and to take correction more gracefully.

In the process of manifesting your dreams, teamwork and playing well with others is required. Literally and figuratively, actually, because you do want to take time to socialize and relax between bouts of hard work. With careful planning and maintaining realistic goals, you can expect satisfaction in your enterprises. Foundations are being laid for lasting success.

July 4, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles, reversed. The same ol', same ol' simply doesn't work anymore. You've got to approach life differently and make changes in order to get what you want. This includes examining your spiritual practices, beliefs, and any emotional crap you've been carrying for too long. Your ego has to step aside for you to be able to really take stock of what hasn't been working. No guilt, no blame, just emotionless logic: this works, this doesn't.

The good news is that by doing this hard work, you'll begin to see results on every plane. Relationships will improve, you'll feel more at peace, and material energy will start to flow more freely. This card indicates troubling times are on the wane as difficulties are overcome. 

It will take some guts to allow yourself to reconcile with those who have hurt you or leap at a promising opportunity. If you've been living with the hatches battened and in protection mode, you'll need courage to throw off those restraints. Know that unexpected opportunities may arise at any time, and it's okay to go for them. Do your homework, of course, but dare to take the chance.

July 1, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. This card reiterates unsound thinking and mind loops first addressed in yesterday's Moon card. The Moon was asking you to trust your intuition and let go of the "rational" and "practical" thoughts you were holding to be true. The Eight of swords is representative of emotions that are interfering with truly constructive thought. Put those two cards together, and I see emotional self-doubt putting nasty voices in your head telling you you're not "enough" in some way. Meanwhile, your True Self, your intuition, is whispering that you're perfect the way you are. I will say it again: your head will lie to you but your gut will not.

The obstacles you face are mostly of your own making. If the challenge is truly out of the blue, then how you view it and approach it is the problem. There is potential for liberation from these ties that bind you, but your belief that you can't stops you. A good friend went to a yoga training in which fellow classmates asked the teacher about modifying poses for any limits a client may have. The teacher stated he didn't recognize limits; clients say they're limited. There are thousands of ways to do any task before you. Find the way that works for you.

A helpful little crystal is called celestite or coelstine. It's a lovely baby blue and can help you change your defeatist thinking by encouraging you to accept new perspectives about that which blocks you or that which you allow to block you.

June 30, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Moon Reversed. The definition of madness or insanity is doing the same things over and over hoping/wishing/believing it'll be "different" next time and some how turn out okay. We do like to have things neatly categorized, labeled, and running smoothly! Some don't deal with change well (ahem, me!), so we stay with what we know, what seems practical to us, and generally hide from all things "challenging." 

But to do all of the above, we must ignore intuition and cling to rationality and reason. However, sticking our fingers in our ears and shouting "lalalalala" means no new inventions, no wonderful experiences, no learning, and worst of all, no growth.

The good news about the reversed Moon is that it has a way of bringing small, hidden things to light so they may be dealt with and resolved. Secondly, a calm acceptance is there--if you allow it--to help you navigate and relish exciting adventures and endeavors.

June 29, 2017: Card O' the Day: Two of Cups Reversed. A minor glitch is coming or has manifested. Yesterday the Ace of Wands warned of hubris and getting too cocky, today we have more "ego" surfacing. The reversed Two of Cups is suggesting miscommunications or misunderstandings. Willfulness will cause you to jump to conclusions and get annoyed first without waiting for clarification. One may be feeling jealousy or envy when it seems your partner/friend/colleague is getting ahead of you thanks to an "advantage" that should have been "yours." 

This stuff is petty and small right now but could get blown out of proportion if you don't nip it in the bud. Get clear on what's happening or was said, and tell yourself to smooth your tail feathers!

June 28, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands. The Ace of Wands denotes originating energy that starts the bigger fire to activate your expectations for bold, new ventures. Right now the environment is perfect for these new beginnings and such will continue through the summer months. Your enthusiasm for your budding endeavors is the kind that will keep you engaged as you take responsibility for your ideas and put them into practice. Certainly challenges will arise, but they will be met with patience, care, and (most importantly) adaptability. Plans B, C, and D are waiting in the wings for the moment they're needed; no sweat! 

Just be careful you don't get too pleased with yourself. The energy behind this card can easily morph into hubris as things go well, you easily succeed, and make money. There's still, work, planning, and management to be done to keep this energy working for you and not allowing it to be wasted and flame out too soon.

The primordial fire energy of the Ace arouses the root chakra for healing and awakening on the spiritual level. Listen carefully to your inner voices, and allow this fantastic energy to ground and center you. Well-harnessed and used, the Ace will leave you forever changed as you move on to bigger, badder, and better things of your own making!

June 27, 2017: Card O' the Day: Queen of Hearts. The Queen of Hearts is gifted with the perfect sympathetic ear and acts as a catalyst for bringing forth deep emotions so they can be expressed. That expression may be to cleanse the soul of grudges or deeply held sorrow or to finally admit to love and devotion you've been hiding. Either way, the Queen will get you to say what's in your heart. And that's a good thing because it's through our emotions that we truly live and are most fully alive.

If you don't have a Queen of Cups type person near you pulling your emotions forth, then ask yourself whether you're being the Queen. If it is indeed you, then be aware that being so in tune with your own emotions and those of others is no easy path. Such compassion can often be mistaken for weakness and some may try to take advantage of your softness and kindness. Make, and maintain, good personal boundaries and learn how to say "no." It's for your protection and the growth of others that you stand back and let others do for themselves on occasion.

June 22, 2017: Card O' the Day: Strength. Strength is continuing the message of The Emperor from two days ago: claim your authority, develop firmness of character, and use your power with awareness. The way to do this is through becoming conscious of who you are through self-examination and paying attention to intuitive insights that come, which then lead you to self-mastery. Discipline is necessary to keep on the right path towards inner permanence and balance. By that I mean even the most tragic turn of events won't destroy your rock-solid foundation.

Strength is also about controlling your passion and whims as you contain your fiery energy but yet preserve the bright creativity. Make order out of chaos--while remaining centered in the middle of the mess--by learning to express yourself constructively and using your time and resources wisely and correctly.

June 20, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Emperor. The Emperor is the archetypal Father figure of the Tarot deck, but I'm not talking "daddy issues" today. It's more about "fathering" yourself. There's an emerging mastery of Self as you develop appropriate personal boundaries and learn to take responsibility for actions and future plans and goals. Indicated here is the creation of a strong foundation, stability, and order on your material plane as you thoughtfully administer your resources. Forward movement is supported as you claim your personal power and real truth of who you are.

One of the main keywords associated with The Emperor is "intellect." The chakra governing is the 5th, or throat chakra. Put them together, and you're "speaking your mind" and using your head rather than your heart to make decisions, interact with others, and come to your next steps. You're being asked to use your voice to convey thoughts, ideas, and personal truth.

The Hermetic symbol of The Emperor is the window. Ponder that for a moment..."window of opportunity" come to mind? To me it does; step through that window and accept the coming challenges that will force--ahem, "encourage"--you to grow. Develop, and hold firm, your values, ideals, and intellectual property that will form the bedrock of your True Self.

June 15, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. At last we're ready to get to work as the tides slowly change. The qualities attributed to this card are of change and inspiration. Intelligence is applied to material things as resources are used carefully and/or preserved to guard against future adversity.

It is said that work is love in action, and that's what we want to do: find our passion and make that our job. If your passion is not something at which you can make a living, then be sure it's part of each day so you feel that joy and passion daily. Set goals and apply yourself fully to them, because your rewards are directly proportional to your efforts.

New or more advanced skills might be necessary to move forward; think continued education or an apprenticeship with someone who is already very adept. The Eight of Pentacles' apprentice is not a complete newbie, it denotes a second or third career path.

June 14, 2017: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles, reversed. Upright, this card represents the essence of "reciprocity." Reversed, not so much. This card has a strong philanthropic vein in it, and when reversed, one isn't feeling so generous, is too lazy to actually write a check to your favorite charity, or hopes someone else will step up and donate so you don't have to. I get it; I see lots of pleas for help with a sick animal on all the animal welfare Facebook pages I follow. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, I hit "like" and move on hoping someone will help that poor beast. 

I cannot stress enough that continuing in your trench of lack, grousing against the current disparity of wealth (and the widening gap), and allowing feelings of greed, envy, and jealousy of the "haves" to dwell in your heart only makes matters worse. That poison will keep you from the joys of giving. Reciprocity is a TWO WAY street. You must give to receive, and the more you grasp your wallet, the fewer financial expectations will materialize--or if they do, they'll be less than you'd hoped.

Today, I will send some money to a worthy recipient. I challenge you all to do the same. A small amount helps them and starts breaking down the dam you've built against loss and lack.

June 13, 2017: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands reversed. Attitudes and fear of lack haven't changed from the other day, and I can appreciate it takes time to change one's perception about life. 

What's slowing you down is vanity and ego. You're trying to stay isolated from others, and I don't mean just never leaving the house. You know you can be isolated even when going to work daily, going to the store, sitting on a volunteer committee, etc., right? The isolation I'm talking about is keeping your heart closed and not truly engaging with others intellectually, emotionally, or spiritually. You're trying to be an island and thereby keep all your stuff (literal and figurative) for yourself lest anyone "take" from you.

However, isolating yourself is not only lonely but inefficient. You true success REQUIRES you to interact with others for maximum use of resources such as your time. If you try to do everything yourself, you'll become exhausted. You must delegate some tasks. Secondly, you could be doing things badly and wastefully. Your refusal to listen to anyone else means you'll continue to do things badly and wastefully making it that much harder for you to reach your goals.

So, tell your ego to step aside, ask for help and/or suggestions and trust Universe to take care of you.

June 11, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. There's a lot of lack showing up in my cards of late, and it may be due to the current political climate. Certainly there are some worrisome things happening, so I'm not sticking my head in the sand and inviting you to do the same. However, wallowing in that lack will only make you feel worse. I'm reminded of a Winston Churchill remark when British Parliament was looking to cut funding to arts, public services, etc. to pinch pennies during WWII. He is reported to have said something along the lines of "Then what are we fighting for?"

The point is, giving in to a shit storm and letting it rule your life is no way to live! This card represents an unwillingness to work towards goals, thus things don't go well and returns are smaller than hoped for (imagine that!). Then, because you didn't get a big cash reward for your minimal efforts, you sink into anxiety about money. This worry, suspicion, and fear has you resembling Gollum as you fret about your "preciousssss."

Let's just start over.... Assess what you DO have and say a little thanks for it. What's stale, worn out, or no longer useful to you? Chuck it. Prioritize your life into "must do's" and "want to do's." Make sure there's a balance between the musts and wants, and make time to do the wants. As long as you have breath in your body, LIVE TO BE HAPPY!

June 10, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups, reversed. Along with everything else, expect emotional upheavals! Swell. Actually, this card isn't so surprising because when our material world isn't going so great, we're going to get emotionally "involved." I'm not feeling heavy emotional loss (divorce, break-up, death, etc.), but more along the lines of hopes and dreams being given a reality check. Imagine investing a lot of time and energy into a dream or career path and then finally coming to the realization that it just ain't gonna happen. That can be heart-breaking! With such heart-break comes depression and perhaps a little (or a lot of) humiliation for having worked so hard and still failed. 

The good news is this card also can denote a joining of harmonious elements within ourselves. Psychic wholeness comes when we can see what no longer serves us (or never did) and move past that value system, idea, plan, or whatever that didn't go as hoped. It's as though some part of us knew all along that our "thing" wasn't for our greatest good, and now that we've failed, our psyche has more space to move freely without the clutter of a bad idea getting in our way.

By all means, mourn the losses you may be feeling, but know it's for your best interests in the along run.

June 9, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles, reversed. I'm sensing a theme here...quite a few reversed Pentacles lately. The energy on our material planes is being a bit balky. 

A current career path that used to be satisfying is starting to feel like a stultifying J.O.B. A perfectly nice job seems deadening and going nowhere. What used to be adequate compensation now feels skimpy and insulting. (You've got bills to pay and things to do! You're worth more than that, dammit!) Lethargy and distraction keeps you from doing your best work, and as you look around, you feel that everyone else is getting ahead of you. 

Actually, it's not that you're not getting a fair shake, it's your 'tude about what you DO have. We all get a little bored from time to time, and boredom is best escaped through mental stimulation. You may be lacking skills or knowledge that would make you a bigger asset to your employer or more competitive in your field. Continued education in the form of a weekend seminar, training for a new or more advanced technique, or another college degree will keep your noodle entertained as well as make you more marketable (read: eligible for a higher salary). 

In addition to challenging your brain, relax your body. Get out of the house and do something unusual and fun. Haven't played Putt Putt golf since you were ten? It's just as fun and silly as it was back then. Get out of your rut both physically and intellectually. If you have trouble doing that, a conversation or two with a career counselor or other type of advisor/life coach/clergy person might be able to help you begin to enjoy your particular life once again.

June 8, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Empress. Generally speaking, The Empress is a very "fertile" card indicating material abundance. However, this is a "partly-cloudy" reading today...it's not all sunshine because of the reversed 5 and Ace of Pentacles we've had in the last two days. I can't get past the nagging feeling that all has not miraculously improved to "sure-sure, fine-fine!"

Some hard work and planning will be required to get to the productivity and prolific creativity inherent in The Empress. Patience and the gentleness to wait for the right time is necessary. Timing is everything and the actual birthing process may be premature or delayed (more likely delayed because we had the reversed Ace yesterday). You're being asked to base your decisions upon sound reason and nurture budding ideas and concepts as if they're newly sown crops that must have time to develop before the harvest of fall.

June 7, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles, reversed. The Ace of Pentacles is usually an indication of a new way to make money, a new business, or something else new on the material plane. However, when reversed, the material energy inherent in this card gets skewed. Either you're too into building wealth and are getting greedy, or opportunities aren't being fully realized because of inattention to details or laziness. There may be delays in getting paid for work completed, or you'll have trouble meeting financial obligations.

What to do? Allow physical energy to keep moving. Donate to a charity your time, money, or articles that you no longer need. Move your body so energy doesn't stagnate in your guts or your stiff joints. Try not to get too attached to stuff and hoard resources out of fear or greed. If there's a delay in receiving physical energy, find out why and take rational steps to hurry things along and/or be patient. We want to avoid getting nasty about it right off the bat.

June 6, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles, reversed. The winds are changing, and your Karma is about to get in your face. Being obstinate and trying to avoid your lessons won't help. It's time for big kid pants and lesson learning. You've gotten sloppy with your resources, and they're not being used wisely. Your standard operating procedures are also worn out, so get ready to make changes in how you approach life.

Sounds awful, right? It may be uncomfortable at first but in the long run, the changes, Karmic lessons, and greater efficiency with life's gifts will be good for you. Bad fortunes are reversing, but it's going to take some work. Are you up for it?

June 1, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands. The Ten of Wands signifies a tremendous burst of explosive energy and creativity. The constructive force that can lead to success requires a great deal of responsibility and strong will to control this fire lest it consume you. If you can ride this wave, expect a transformation that you're entirely conscious of and actively participating in.

The bad news is this is a wild mustang of a card. It can easily become abundance that morphs into "too much." Check to see if you bit off such a large bite just to prove yourself, because that speaks of self-esteem problems that you're trying to cover with hubris. The more you do, the more you'll need to do to keep your head above water, which will lead to exhaustion, irritability, and resentment. Remind yourself you brought this on your own head to look like the Big Man on Campus.

To help keep your equilibrium, add a little fresh or dried dill to your morning eggs, chicken salad, broiled fish, etc. If you have any dill oil, put it in your diffuser today. It'll help dispel the stress and give you a feeling of security as you fiercely manifest your dreams.

May 31, 2017: Card O' the Day: Two Of Cups. As we learn to accept ourselves, shadows and all, we come to an inner truce and feel like all our different pieces parts can unite into a perfect whole. It's very healing to develop this harmony within and allows for harmony with others. After all, if you can accept your own imperfections, you're much more likely to accept and forgive imperfections in others.

I've mentioned past crap coming out of the woodwork in connection with other cards, and today we continue to deal with buried clutter that concerns feelings and personal ideals. This time it's rigid beliefs and painful emotions that are surfacing for you to recognize, acknowledge, and release. Explore all corners of your inner self to find things that don't serve you and see what can be dumped. I don't pretend that you'll sweep everything clean and be suddenly ZEN and ENLIGHTENED, but I encourage you to begin the work. Each journey begins with just one step.

May 30, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. So, did The Tower from the other day give you a bit of a shake-up? Today's card indicates that it did, and you're doing the hard work of recovering and moving away from losses and disappointments. If you haven't completed the difficult decisions necessary during this change of mindset, you're getting there. These tough choices may hurt now, but ultimately they'll solve some of your current problems, which will lead to a hopeful outlook.

Upright, the Five of Cups indicates stuff coming out of the woodwork and our past to vex us now. Reversed represents settling that stuff. You may experience reunions of some nature with friends or family with whom you had strife. Hatchets will be buried, and you'll be able to move forward with less drama. 

The "reunion" could also be with your authentic self, who you've been ignoring of late (or always). The "hatchets" buried here will be that you can finally accept and embrace some of your shadow elements. We ALL have less-than-noble qualities, and the sooner you recognize those parts and learn to love them, the sooner you can learn to love your most authentic self. And, no, that doesn't give you the license to say "I'm an asshole, and therefore, I embrace my true asshole-ness and will live fully and fiercely as an asshole!" I believe being an asshole is a cover for deeper insecurities. Those deeper shadows and insecurities are what you need to accept and work to change about yourself.

May 28, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Tower. Yesterday we were at sea about what to do next, and today we are given our answer: change your mind. Not about the kind of wallpaper you're going to hang in your bathroom, but about how you view life. To me Tarot's Death card is about big changes in your physical world: new job, house, major losses or gains to your body, etc. The Tower is a big change in your mind. 

Most of the Tower cards are depicted with some sort of tall structure being hit, at the top, by a bolt of lightening. Think about the symbolism of that for a moment. Could it also mean you receiving a bolt of enlightenment in your head? It may not be a sudden change in one second; this change may have been coming for quite some time. But the enlightenment will be completed shortly and suddenly, and you'll see what's before you.

What is before you may be the answers to your current sticking point, how you'll finance your latest brilliant idea, or merely what to plant in this year's garden. But along with the "aha" moment will come a greater understanding of your authentic self and where that self best fits in Universe. Open your eyes and allow the light to come in. See, fully, yourself and your world. Then take the steps forward that lead you to greatness.

May 27, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man, reversed. Rather than giving into the suspension of The Hanged Man and taking the time for self-reflection and looking at things with a different perspective, the feeling is of wanting to go forward but can't. Circumstances and the nuts and the bolts of life have you tied down; you're afraid to make changes or mistakes, but don't want to miss the boat; or you're impatient to get going but don't know where to start or which direction to take.

Instead of revving your engine and wasting gas, slow down for a moment and first determine what you want. Break down the "getting there" into smaller chunks and do what you can do right now. It's okay to be a little nervous about stumbling a bit, but if you're moving with deliberation, you'll be able to catch yourself before you fall flat.

May 26, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles, reversed. Upright, the Ace of Pentacles can mean new starts in the material world--business ventures, sources of income, home environments--that pan out well. However, when reversed, all that good fortune gets twisted, and the flowing material energy gets stopped up. Resources, income, stuff becomes extremely important, and the Midas Touch becomes a curse. This card represents the evil side of wealth and abundance, and as such, indicates misused funds or other types of resources, hoarding and fear of loss, and prosperity without happiness.

Therefore, it's important to keep channels open and the energy moving. Give as you receive. (It still counts to give a resource different than what you've received, meaning you can donate your time rather than writing a check to a charity.) Make "stuff" less important in your life so you won't be disappointed if you don't quite manage to attain that new car or boat, the big bonus at work isn't as big as you'd hoped, or you drop your fancy phone in the toilet. Be present to what you DO have.

May 24, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands, reversed. Having come to a point of achievement with yesterday's 6 of Wands, it's no wonder that we have a laying down of burdens and relief from pressure with the reversed 10. With eagerness, you look forward to a clear path to the next thing. That "next thing" may include a new location (i.e. moving houses or emigrating).

There are some sneaky shadows inherent in this card, so be careful your shift of responsibilities is conscientiously done and that you're not simply passing the buck. There's a difference between conscientiously delegating tasks and passing the buck. Delegating means you assign tasks to others who are well-qualified, if not more qualified than you, to do those tasks, and everyone completes the big project at once to celebrate together. Passing the buck means you assign some shit job to somebody with less authority that you, and you get to go out drinking with your posse. That's a misuse of your skills and power, and that's not nice.

May 23, 2017: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands. After facing the latest challenge of life, making our way forward, and navigating sticky situations, we finally achieve our goal. It's a moment to feel self-satisfaction, to pat oneself on the back a little, and rest from the energy and industry it took to get here. Recognize your achievement and celebrate it. You don't have to rent out the ballroom at the Ritz; a simple pot-luck with friends will serve the purpose of recharging your batteries for the next hill to climb.

There are also elements of spiritual growth and expansion as you realize you're pretty good at handling challenges, and it's actually kind of fun to find your way out of a problem or to make plans come to fruition. This dawning that you're quite capable is a step closer to being your most authentic self. 
However, be careful that your current victory (or subsequent victories) don't go to your head. When you stick your nose in the air with pride, you're not paying attention to your path. And when you're not paying attention to your path, you will fall flat on your face. Embarrassing much?

May 21, 2017: Card O' the Day: Strength, reversed. Our emotional turmoil continues today as we try to slither away from taking responsibility for our mistakes. (I don't feel like these mistakes are recent based upon the Five of Cups of the other day.) Weakness, cowardliness, and humiliation are being covered by a bold and flashy facade in order to save face.

It's very common to try to deflect or ignore bad moves hoping no one notices. However, by taking immediate responsibility and fixing the error quickly, molehills cannot grow to mountains. And we all know fixing a small problem now is easier than trying to clean up a major sh*tstorm later.

If Ghosts of Failures Past are in your face, check to see what you can do. Is there still time to claim the mistake and clean it up? If so, then do all you can. You may lose the trust others have placed in you, or worse, but you'll clear your own conscience and know that you stood up to take your lumps like your most authentic self. If the error is long gone, accept your karmic lesson with humility, promise yourself never to do THAT* again, and move on. Torturing yourself is pointless, masochistic, and rather egotistic (i.e. I'm the most horrible person on the planet! Are you Hitler? Attila the Hun? Yeah, didn't think so, so get over yourself).

*We ALL have a few "THATs" in our closets. Including me.

May 20. 2017: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. Yesterday we had some disappointment going on, and this may be why. The reversed Ace of Wands indicates a delay in growth or creativity that can be frustrating or demoralizing-- especially if we believe we had a hand in the false start. 

Despite being reversed, this Ace still indicates new beginnings. However, timing is off either because you're not quite ready or the opportunity hasn't presented itself yet. If the opportunity does seem to be staring you in the face, know that it's premature to move right now. If you get too excited, you'll rush ahead before all things are ripe for maximum reward. Take an extra moment to recheck plans for viability, wisdom, and/or legality (!).

May 19, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups. At the beginning of the month we had a number of Wands cards come up. Lots of Fire energy there to push us into some sort of movement. Yesterday's reversed Seven of Cups and today's Five indicates to me that our emotions are catching up with us. This emotionalism is conflicting with the common sense and forward energy we've been using for the past two weeks.

Something has become clear or has come back from the past to haunt. Disappointment is the main theme, and that makes it more difficult to keep going. The negatives seem to outweigh the positives, and that's all that can be seen at the moment. Whether the fly landed in your soup three weeks ago or just this morning, don't dwell. Let it go and accept your soup is tainted. Use perceived failure, loss, or misfortune as learning moments. Release any negative self-judgment that you might have because we all make mistakes and false steps.

May 18, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups, reversed. Well, SOMEbody's taking the Princess of Wands seriously (May 11 and 17)! Combining the new fire of the Princess with the clear and logical thinking of the reversed Seven of Cups makes for a powerful combination. 

This card is all about making, and premeditating upon, realistic plans from "crazy" ideas and setting the priorities and intentions to make it all happen. By finding well-conceived solutions--that may seem a bit dull--to any problems, you can count this as a good omen for achieving your aspirations. Another benefit right now is your patience, determination, and ability to pass over the quick fixes and/or temporary pleasures to save resources for a greater and longer-term reward.

May 17, 2017: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands (again, see May 11th). The Princess of Wands represents imagination at its most creative moment but also its most fragile. Your most brilliant thoughts may seem foolish at first and is vulnerable to nay-sayers and overly practical plodders. However, some of the most brilliant inventions were based upon a crazy idea! Therefore, see this card as a dare to start something new, to engage in life more robustly, and to do something concrete with the restlessness in your soul.

A tendency to be outgoing and demanding attention or doing things that one knows will garner attention can sometimes be a cover for a lack of confidence. This brashness can also be a cover for or a method of manipulation. Like, with enough smoke and mirrors nobody will notice the coercive tactics. Therefore, ground this fire energy in consistency and take an authentic, unstudied approach to your search for self-growth and knowledge.

May 12, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Emperor. Today the Emperor brings to mind the creation of order and stability. Organizing one's world is high on the priority list, and one is actively seeking power and control. This mature, masculine energy, when used well and correctly, can lead to greatness and importance.

However, underlying this macho display of fine feathers lurks egotism, and the driving ambition seeks power just for the sake of having power. The Emperor protects his "own", but I feel his appearance today is more about protecting material stuff than about protecting the people central in his life. This speaks of insecurity, marking boundaries, and armoring oneself for protection from outside attacks or disturbing emotions one would rather not acknowledge.

Instead of misusing this wonderfully dynamic gift, take responsibility for yourself and do the hard work of facing fears, easing up on the need for stuff or status, and share the spotlight with your people. If your personal ideologies interfere with your life and happy living, then maybe it's time to reevaluate them and make some changes, because nothing is written in stone except the epitaph on your grave marker.

May 11, 2017: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. The Princess of Wands represents youthful energy that's willing to try new things but is tempered with common sense and experience of the past. More than any of the other Princesses, this card signifies news that can be somewhat strange or is delivered by a stranger. This information or communication will be about a new endeavor, unusual ideas, or original perspectives. Be prepared for an "I never thought of it that way" moment and see how you can use it to your benefit.

The shadow side of this card reiterates the shadows of the Three of Wands from yesterday. The ego is yearning for power and is not above using manipulation to get it. Be very careful that you don't use "mean girl" tactics to advance yourself. Resist the urge to back-stab, gossip, or poach from others. There's absolutely room for everyone and being an asshole now will come back to haunt you later.

May 10, 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands. Threes indicate the initial success of the promise and potential of aces combined with the decisions and unions of twos. The energy of the Wands carries ideas, business acumen, and leadership qualities. This card indicates teamwork and group efforts. Necessary resources and tools are available to get your ideas off the ground. Your intellectual focus is providing excellent balance to the energy and material provisions. Opportunities abound, so remain flexible enough to change direction quickly or improvise along the way.

All cards contain some shadow elements, and today, I'm feeling those shadows for this Three of Wands. All the "success energy" feels clouded...yes, there's blue sky peeking between the clouds...but.... This is not "silver platter" stuff, you're going to work for every inch you gain. All the glittering opportunities will lead to the temptation to grab as much as you can right now. However, it's much like herding fleas: most will slip through your fingers, and unless you concentrate on vital details, you'll end up with nothing. Plan well and concentrate on the one thing that holds the most promise. This is a long, slow road to success that will take months or years to pay off.

As I said above, teamwork and group efforts will be needed. Pride is one of the shadowy undercurrents of this card, so don't let yours get in the way of the final goal. You WILL need help; it's not a matter of "if" but "when." Therefore, recognize when you're getting in over your head and accept the assistance that will be there for you.

May 2, 2017: Card O' the Day: King of Wands. The self-possessed, mature fire energy of this king is ideal for carrying you through your endeavors. There's enough oomph to get you off the couch and the wisdom to guide the flame. He represents/indicates creative opportunities for which one may have to compete with boldness. The King's generous nature makes him confident and decisive in his leadership of others or of you as you stride forward. Such security in personal power allows for a great capacity for giving and a sharing of all spotlights.

Cinnamon is the herb associated with the King of Wands. It's said to assist you in claiming your personal power and truth. An excellent excuse to have that yummy cinnamon roll this morning!

Just because the King indicates "mature energy" it doesn't mean he's immune from being an old fool by being too pushy and volatile like a man half his age (see the Prince of Wands). Therefore, review all agreements carefully; sleep on them if you can to give you temporal space and fresh eyes for the re-read. Also, recognize each success as it comes and celebrate it. Being driven by such intense fire energy can make one too goal oriented and lose sight of the real reasons for life.

May 1, 2017: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands, reversed. It's interesting that earlier this morning I found a salamander in my driveway as I was walking out to the barn to feed my horses. The salamander is associated with the 2 of Wands, which can indicate the appreciation of one’s own powers and capacity for originality and creativity. "Appreciation" can mean approval or gratitude but also the sensitive awareness of something. Being aware of your specialness is the first step in doing something constructive with it. There's nothing wrong with recognizing and using your unique talents.

Now the reversed 6 of Wands: However, if you allow your ego to run away with the show or you overestimate your abilities and talents, then the victory you seek may stay just out of reach or seem to slip through your fingers. A healthy ego recognizes your worth AS WELL AS your lacks. When one admits to lacking certain skills, one is much more open to the input, comments, ideas, etc. from others. Running around like the Big Man on Campus is only going to push others away when they figure out there's no room for anyone else in the room but for your big head.

So, the lesson for the day is to recognize your fabulousness AND where you still need work. Being able to do this will make you enormously successful in that you'll have the confidence to step forward where you're sure of yourself and the awareness and intelligence to allow another to take the lead where you're not as adept or talented.

April 30, 2017: Card O' the Day: Temperance. Temperance echoes the Magician's fluidity and fluency between the concrete world and all that's unseen and only felt. She also taps into and reminds you of the creativity bursting from him. What's different about those attributes now is that this fluency and connection to the unconscious can bring great peace and healing as you find the compatibility of your True Self with that of your "public self." 

So who is this True Self of whom I speak, and where do you find him/her? You find this Self on your journey as you struggle through life. You come to accept this Self as being flawed, fabulous, real, and magical. This Self is the part of you that, when awake, notices the color of the sky, the sound of the insects, the way the leaves dance on the trees--the Self is the part of you that sees the utter magnificence of our world and realizes how magnificent you are, too.

As you move throughout your day, be present to all of it: the traffic jam, the long line at the checkout, the smiling toddler, and finding a nickel in the parking lot. Don't just sleep walk through your life because these are the little markers that guide your path. Accept what "is" today. Try not to fight with circumstances or your perceived limits. Be in them. Observe what makes you less than delighted without emotional or intellectual judgment and move to change those things to be more delightful. 

Greater personal effectiveness comes from greater self-acceptance.

April 28, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. Often this card is depicted with the central figure loosely blindfolded with hands carelessly bound. The feet, however are fee. And yet the figure stands frozen by defeat and immobilized by the perceived restrictions. That's what we allow our minds to do to us--tie us up in self-criticism that we're not enough in some way, that we lack skills, flexibility, cleverness, beauty, money, etc., etc., ad nauseam.

With this card, we have the potential for liberation and the freedom from all limits. Shrug off the domination and imprisonment of your mind. Once you slip off that blindfold of "I can't", you'll easily see the way out of any problem. Your quick mind has you vacillating between options and solutions, but you struggle to make a choice because of the internal voice second-guessing every step you take.

If there is a true, concrete problem in your way, that you didn't inflate out of a minor annoyance, then your real issue is how you view the problem. The defeatist attitude that you "can't do this" holds you back. To that I say HORSEFEATHERS! Get on the Internet and research the hell out of the issue, ask the experts, tap friends for their humble opinions, take a class, check to see if there's a YouTube video of how to do that--there ARE solutions! Knowledge is power, and you may have to gather more to get unstuck. 

Finally, and this is most important: the voice in your mind lies, the voice in your gut does not. Your deepest, truest self knows you're worthy of everything glorious in life. Listen to THAT voice not the bully in your head.

April 27, 2017: Card O' the Day: 10 of Cups, reversed. Here is an excellent cautionary card that illustrates how the Magician and your ego can go too far. When the 10 of Cups is upright, we have all the love and abundance in the world; when reversed, the good stuff pours out and is wasted leaving you feeling exhausted and cranky. You may try to blame others and create rivalries where there are none (remember, there's room for everyone...).

This interrupted peace will be felt more in your interpersonal relationships rather than in business partnerships. And the reason for that is you may be so focussed on your goals and ambitions that you ignore your foundation of family and friends. Furthermore, with the promise of the Magician coursing through your veins, you may have gotten a little extravagant in your dreams--be sure to keep them grounded in reality. By the way, those peeps of yours will help you stay grounded if you'd only let them.

Do not keep on this track! Change direction and turn this card right side up to contain all the largesse rather than dumping it out. Take a friend to lunch you've been ignoring lately. No, it may NOT be a power lunch, it's got to be purely fun. While the fire and creativity of the Magician is really powerful stuff, balance that energy with proper care to your relationships. All up cycles will have downward trends eventually, therefore you must keep your posse well tended and nurtured so they come running when you need them.

April 26, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Magician. The restlessness of Spring Fever is birthing new energy and unlimited possibility in us! Feel and trust these forces; get to know them thoroughly through self-knowledge and some indulgence in ego-centricity. Willpower has returned to keep you on your path of discovery and invention.

The Magician symbolizes the unity of thought and emotion, science and art, and fluidity between the planes of your conscious thoughts, gut intuition, and physical world. Having these aspects of yourself all on one page and going in the same direction doesn't happen often, so take advantage of this surge of fire in your belly and creativity in your soul.

Because these ideas are originating so deeply within you, you may be very tempted to be all "Me, Myself, and I" about your endeavors. Sometimes you don't need or want input from the peanut gallery, and that's okay. Just be aware that eventually you WILL need help to keep your dreams moving forward. If you isolate yourself and alienate all others, that help won't be available to you when you do want it. Also, someone else may see a flaw in your plan or an aspect that you'd do well to develop more fully, but you're not aware of it because you're too close to see the bigger picture.

April 25, 2017: Card O' the Day: Strength, reversed. Considering the cards of the past few days, receiving this one doesn't surprise me. The overwhelming feelings of the Queen of Cups, reversed, may contribute to a sense of being divided as you struggle with instincts and feelings as your normally powerful intellect weakly toddles behind. The Hanged man is urging us to take a moment and reflect to help us sort things out. However, that requires the intellect to step up and become useful again!

Strength's energy, when reversed, becomes dissipated as we lack enthusiasm for much of anything more than being a blob between naps. It may seem that all forces are outside one's control, like, say, gravity. 

I encourage you take back your strength to get out of the funk we all seem to be in. Instead of blobbing it on the couch with a book or the boob-tube, hit your yoga mat or a blanket in the grass. Make yourself comfy in a nice restorative pose and contemplate your navel without distractions. Allow your mind free reign to wander and suppose and "what if?" These preliminary imaginings are actually the first step in returning to mental productivity.

April 24, 2017: Card O' the Day: Queen of Hearts, reversed. According to the Thoth interpretation of this card, the key concept is of emotions controlling the intellect. I agree with this definition and feel that when the card is reversed, our emotions are going even further than mere "control" and are well into the "overwhelm" area. I find that reversed cards tend to show the extremes on the bell-curve of representation--meaning the really good and really bad of each card. 

The really good news about a reversed Queen of Cups is that you're in touch with your heart, and you're able to envelope yourself in emotions that take you to the highest peaks of joy or the lowest depths of despair. Most would like to go without the despair part, but we need the despair to compare to the joy. Without dark, there can be no light. Therefore, if you protect yourself from the dark, you inadvertently protect yourself from the light and prevent yourself from truly enjoying the highs of life because you're always on the lookout for the lows.

The really bad news about this card is the departure of your intellect when you're so controlled by emotions. You're easily tempted by every physical pleasure of the moment, you're more likely to be fooled by those looking to take advantage of you, and you're more likely to blame others for any sadness in your life. Wise choices are simply out the window when our emotions rule the roost.

What to do during this trend (notice we had the reversed queen Friday, too)? Make like the Hanged Man and suspend all actions while you get a grip on your emotions. Figure out why you're being such an emotional flake (Spring Fever is a good reason), and do what you need to get back in your head and body. And, seriously, don't make any important decisions right now....

April 22, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man. The Hanged man often indicates a self-imposed predicament--like painting yourself into a corner. So there you sit, watching the paint dry and checking your watch every 2 minutes. Uncertain of what to do, you start blaming yourself for being an idiot. How could you be so stupid? Where was your head as you just blindly painted away?

Maybe your poor planning and inattention did get you here, but getting frustrated and pounding yourself doesn't help the situation. There are two choices and both require sacrifice: walk across the wet paint and sacrifice your work, which you'll then have to do over, or sit down and wait for the paint to dry thereby sacrificing your time. Which is the lesser of the two sacrifices?

If you choose the lesser sacrifice and sit to watch the paint dry, take the time to contemplate how you got here. Allow yourself to wipe your slate clean and find your way out of self-castigation to peace and inner harmony. There is potential for transition and deepening of the experience of simply being who you are. Personal growth and development will come from nonjudgmental, careful thought. Regenerative forces follow to fill the vacuum created by what has been let go.

April 21, 2017: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups, reversed. Ooo. Spring Fever is upon us. Ladies who are still in the Mother phase of life, expect to be rather "flirtatious" right now. Take precautions if you don't want to catch pregnant, and turn all that excess sexual energy towards your partner lest you be tempted to stray. If you don't have a steady, then play carefully.

The extreme fecundity and lushness of this spring energy will also affect your moods and emotions. You can expect to be flakey, inconsistent, and given to daydreaming. Try your best to pay attention to important deadlines, and get your obligations done before darting off to frolic in the nearest daisy field. 

Psychic energy is also peaking, and you may feel exceptionally tapped in to Universe. For those of us who don't consider ourselves to be "gifted", this might be overwhelming to just "know." The thing is, we're all "gifted" in one way or another. Take advantage of this time of deep connection to your inner knowing and remember the feeling. With practice, you can evoke this connection any time you need it. Don't be frightened by this power of your psyche!

April 20, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. The reversed Hierophant echoes the 10 of Wands' qualities of over kindness or generosity and taking on too much. What the reversed Hierophant adds to that is the feeling that you "should" take on more than is good for you and to give too freely of yourself to be a good citizen. 

Rigid or dogmatic ideals and principles have become weights around your neck that are holding you back and tying you down. Your current path/job/relationships have become limiting and restrictive. And yet you keep with them because you've invested so much time, money, and emotional energy in them you think you HAVE to stay in this box you've built for yourself. Pulling out now would be admitting to mistakes, right? Wrong. Nothing works or serves forever.

To chuck it all, or any portion of it, feels wrong because what would the neighbors say? Certain societal rules and/or personal rules have become obsolete for you. Guess what? That's called growth and that's a good thing. The fact that you're feeling unsettled, resentful, boxed in, etc. indicates you've outgrown your current circumstances and are expanding into your True Self. Hooray for you!! Keep dumping, shedding, clearing, and saying no, and STOP feeling guilty about it!

April 19, 2017: Card O' the Day: 10 of Wands. Your strong will, dependability, and generosity makes for personal gain and success. Others within your sphere will also find abundance that overflows from your cup. But be careful that you don't find yourself taking on too much and allowing yourself to become overburdened because of that wonderful generosity and dependability. Often those of us who have hidden self-confidence problems will over compensate by being Super Friends or Super Employees so that people "like" us. We make ourselves "indispensable" to feel worthy of any accolades or warmth received.

If you are starting to feel resentful, or already do but don't know what to do about it, sit with yourself and ask why you have become the "go-to guy/gal." Are you afraid your friendships depend upon you taking people to the airport, answering the phone at 2:00am, picking up the tab, etc., etc.? Are you afraid you'll be passed over for promotion, will get a poor review, or a limited annual raise because you don't take on every single project or cover for less productive co-workers?

Being true to your highest Self means you'll be generous without throwing yourself under the bus. You'll delegate tasks to those able (or better qualified). You'll have the backbone and self respect to say no to friends who are taking advantage of you. This doesn't make you're a "bad" or "selfish" person! It makes you someone who will be respected and loved for who you are, not for what you can do to make others' lives easier. By receiving this card today, we're being told it's time to release current burdens that are not our own and change the patterns of behavior that put us flat on our backs with a Welcome mat on our faces.

April 12, 2017: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. Well now, isn't this a lovely card! You've earned it, too, by digging in deep to find your True Self--that Self that's connected to Universe and all that's really important. Through connection to Universe you'll find contentment and won't be satisfied with small and limited ideas. Under the guidance of this card, you can make your wishes come true and take full responsibility for your own happiness. Too often we expect others, money, or stuff to "make" us happy and that's impossible. Happiness comes from your own soul and actions.

Material, emotional, and physical wellbeing is indicated with this card. Not because it lands in your lap, but because it dwells in your heart. The Nine of Cups is reminding you of the happiness, contentment, and fortunes you already have, and you're being asked to make the most of it.

Just as every cloud has a silver lining, sunshine also casts shadows. Our shadow today is what's been swept under the rug. Take a deep breath and lift the corner to see what must be dealt with. You're strong enough right now to make long overdue amends, properly grieve losses, or diplomatically address a problem with another person. It might be icky, uncomfortable, painful, or squirm-inducing, but you'll be soooooo glad to have that over and out from under your rug!

April 11, 2017: Card O' the Day: Strength. We could all use some strength after yesterday's fear and sadness due to losses or deprivation. Strength gives us the calm control, patience, and poise to face all adversity. Assert your strong character and will to embrace the divine intervention that is coming. The dynamic balance inherent in this card will help you sustain and perpetuate your inner equilibrium as you recognize and nurture all things that make you feel safe and neutral. If you're holding any heavy belief systems that aren't working for you or aren't serving you as they should, dump them. You don't need that psychic weight in times of stress--or ever, really.

Strength is the quiet fortitude required to face all internal and external darkness and challenges. It also feeds your passion for life and encourages your true self to do the spiritual work that will elevate you to tranquility and joy.

Our herbs for the day include cayenne pepper to stimulate blood circulation and energies and raise vitality. Angelica is also good for power and strength.

April 10, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. Many people fear the Death or Devil cards in Tarot readings; I fear the 9 and 10 of Swords. The loss, heartbreak, and self-doubt indicated in these cards is truly devastating. However, the chakra governing the Swords is the heart, which means that love for oneself and others will get you through your worst nightmares. As with Death or the Tower, the sweeping changes and/or losses provide space for expansion, growth, and new beginnings. Take your time and grieve the way you must, but trust that transition is very near and Universe will get you to the other side of Hell.

You may be tempted to hide your wounds like an animal for fear of appearing weak or being taken advantage of during your most delicate state. There's a temptation to cling to what was and to try to keep the lost things near after the deprivation or departing. By using sassiness, black humor, and passive/aggressive words, you keep people at arms length. That's a mistake; you need your tribe right now, so let them see your sadness and/or grief and help you.

Fortunately, determination and acceptance is also present in this card. You CAN do this.

April 7, 2017: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords, reversed. When upright, this card acknowledges recent difficulties and indicates moving away from them to calmer waters. However, when reversed, this card signifies a resistance to moving on and a stubborn will to stay and fight what is more than likely a lost cause. Because it's the "devil that you do know" you're clinging to this old fight hoping more effort and energy will win the day. It won't. You've got to open your eyes to new perspectives and redirect around the obstacle.

While this is a "mental" card, the stuck-ness manifests on the physical plane as well in that you may be unwilling to leave an actual physical place or situation that's not working for you. This card is really delivering the same messages that we've been getting for the past few days, only louder. Beating on a brick wall isn't going to make it move. Think of something new!

The good news is this card also indicates you're getting the idea, are BEGINNING to recognize the difficulties, and are BEGINNING to admit your part in them. That little voice that's whispering to you about how it ain't working out so good is correct. Listen to it before the poor thing has to bust a gut screaming.

April 6, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Empress, reversed. Don't be discouraged by the hard work and lack of instant success! The reversed Empress is indicative of losing concentration, vacillating over choices and actions, and allowing oneself to stall just because things aren't going as planned. Money also may be an issue as lack of funding feels like an insurmountable obstacle. 

One may also feel as if one is bucking the system by going against gender/sexual orientation stereotypes. By that I mean a powerful, male CEO is attempting to open a florist shop or a woman is coming off the Mommy-Track to become a business owner in a traditionally male dominated field. When the Empress is reversed typical feminine attributes, roles, or customs are being challenged or denied by oneself or society. Conversely, one may go overboard with the "mother" thing and give too much away in a desperate attempt to be "popular."

What to do? Turn the card right side up and embrace the power of Woman. Guys, you can do this, too. Childbirth is probably the most difficult thing we humans have to do, and only half of us actually do it. Ladies, tap into that birthing energy and PUSH through the lethargy, insecurity, and doubts. Gentlemen, make like the ladies. If we can do it, so can you.

April 5, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. This card continues the thoughts from yesterday's Three of Pentacles. Spiritually realign with your true center as you seek your life's work. The seven can indicate independence taken too far into lone-wolf behavior. Circle back to work WITH others and be open to compromise. After all, compromise takes into account the ideas and methods of others, which may be better than yours.

You may feel like you're striving in vain, but you're still laying the foundations and this requires perseverance. Don't allow yourself to sabotage your efforts due to emotional insecurity. Just because you don't see success instantly or you achieve only partial success, it doesn't mean you're a waste of oxygen and should go back to bed. Some risk is necessary in all endeavors, and you'll need to gather your courage to take a leap.

This card is actually a "no" card, but I'm going to encourage you to forge ahead anyway. Your plans may fail, but those small failures will help you see where improvements, new plans, and strategy is required. This will lead to more successful alternate routes or new directions. Be open to unusual ideas and divine sparks of insight as you adjust your course of action.

April 4, 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles. Today we're finding, or getting closer to finding, our true metier or life's work--what it is that you're truly meant to be or do. This involves the cultivation of deep concentration and the understanding of yourself that forms the foundation for your developing talents. Desire, focus, and courage facilitate the practical and pragmatic application of your skills and innovation, which leads to a new level of manifestation on the physical plane. 

Some learning of a new skill or increasing your knowledge base may be required and is always a good idea. Therefore, if you have a chance to take a course related to your work or a continued education type of program, do it. Otherwise, study on your own.

Three's also represent "middle ways." Your work might involve some sort of group project or cooperation. Synthesizing the work and negotiation between those involved is part of harmonizing all factors in the creation process. Brush off your diplomacy and look to where you can compromise without losing the end goal.

March 30, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Fool. Oh, where to begin.... The possibilities are endless if you can just dare to find your heart's desire and then work your ass off to get it. Do you have the drive, dreams, and stamina to reach for your brass ring? Yesterday, the Wheel of Fortune told us the energies are changing and to be ready for "doing" instead of waiting and planning. The Fool asks you to have faith in Universe to provide what you need to be happy and to achieve your goals.

This card says you can make anything happen if you just believe in yourself. Reach for the stars, people!

March 29, 2017: Card O' the Day: Wheel of Fortune. The Wheel of Fortune represents the inevitability of cycles and changes in life. The turning wheel indicates movement and therefore progress forward. Even if that progress seems sideways or backwards at times, it's still change and movement which is indeed progress. The only time you don't progress is when you're staying stuck. Since this kind of movement is unstoppable; the best you can do is accept the changes, relinquish that which is obsolete or no longer serves, and receive the new orientation. 

This is a "yes" card, so the the luck associated with this card can be good if you make good choices during this time of flux. Influences of all aspects of your life will come together in synchronicity to create this transformation. The body aspect of this card is the hands--that with which we "do." Thus, it's a time of doing rather than pausing to consider or waiting for the right time.

Just because things are moving and changing, whether you like it or not, doesn't mean you're going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. You're still captain of your ship and can make choices to steer your vessel. As with yesterday's Devil, there's more recognition and acceptance of responsibilities in your life. YOUR actions determine your destiny, so don't try to blame "fate" for any bad stuff that may come your way. By taking responsibility for your actions, you'll better come to know your authentic self and thereby find inner harmony.

March 28, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Devil. The Devil card represents all that is wrong with the ego. Ego warps personal power into manipulation of others to the gain of oneself. It allows us to be enslaved by our physical cravings, addictions, and bad habits to the detriment of our spirit. It's no surprise that the body aspect of the Devil is the sexual organs. How often have we made bad choices with our "little heads" rather than with our actual brains?

However, if you can harness the Devil's energy to make extraordinary effort towards awakening to your responsibilities, there is enormous potential for abundance and liberation. Know that ambition and proactive intent are not the same as greed and avarice. It's okay to build your own wealth and power; just be sure to do so with integrity, and be careful of doing anything at anyone else's expense. 

Keep your heart pure and your intentions honest. Have the character to examine your motives and psyche for unattractive, less-than-admirable qualities, and then go about making amends where you must and vowing to do better next time. Nurture your imperfections to see if you can change them into something better. Love yourself along the way until you do.

March 23, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands. This card can indicate oppressive burdens, overwork, and being heavily weighed down. Meaning, it's often a shadow card; but today I don't feel the negative energy. I feel power; I feel the final push to the end; I visualize a giant newspaper's editor coordinating all the stories from all his writers, seeing that the headline typeface is the right size, and following 1,000 threads to details that must be right before the paper goes to print! Perhaps your own project isn't quite on that scale, and yet the constructive, creative force is the same.

While striving to meet or maintain goals, the responsibilities that go with them are weighing particularly heavily right now. However, your strong will and self-sacrifice will make it all happen. (You might need a vacation after, but it'll happen.) The environment is malleable and the energy is flowing, but it's stable and all going in one direction like the waters of a big river.

Lead your minions from the front and delegate tasks where you can, whether that's asking your ten-year-old to empty the dishwasher or having the team leader run the meeting while you take conference calls. See any problems or challenges as rallying points--not "disasters"--and immediately start looking for solutions or how to redirect around the obstacle. Negative reactions like screaming in frustration, blaming underlings, or slamming doors is wasted energy. There's no time for a meltdown, you've got shit to do!

March 22, 2017: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess. The High Priestess is the part in all of us that just "knows." She controls your sound judgment, objectivity, and awareness. She directs our first steps towards understanding reality as changes, fluctuations, and alterations come our way in the next few months. In this understanding, we learn to cope and find serenity. Access the place in your heart where your unconditional love resides to expand trust in your own process and growth.

However, because this energy comes from such a deep place within, the High Priestess can cause us to keep secrets, conceal feelings, and become overly introspective. Difficulty with outward expression is a downward spiral. The more you conceal, the harder it is to reveal, so you conceal more. Eventually, you reveal nothing, and others cannot help you when you need their support.

Peony is associated with the High Priestess. Among other things, it helps alleviate the tension, nervousness, and worry that hold back self-expression. A nice cup of tea may be in order....

March 21, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups. This isn't a particularly sunny card because it represents heartache, bitterness, and sorrow. There is, or has been recently, an incomplete partnership or a faux friendship within your tribe, and it's brought you disappointment and regret. The disappointment is something I'll allow but not the regret. Extending yourself into a relationship of any nature should never be regretted. You'll always learn valuable life lessons by interacting with and investing in others. Maybe the experience isn't all that precious right this minute, but later, when you're less emotional about it, you'll see the worth of it.

Part of the reason this relationship that has failed was because of unrealistic expectations from one or both parties. That put too heavy a load on the union, and it simply couldn't hold up under the weight. Admit your part in the matter and see clearly what went south. Make notes of what NOT to do next time. Now, let it go as water under the bridge, and turn your attention to the present and what you need to do to return to happiness and stability. The silver lining to this card is your personal power in times of trouble. Tap into it and sail forth.

One other facet of this card is traditional legacies, inheritances, or dowries. In this case, such windfalls are delayed or tied up in court as other family members contest the distributions. See the "personal power" mentioned above. My paralegal side tells me the best thing to do in such messy situations is to participate only when absolutely necessary and ignore the rest. Getting emotionally wrought over court cases that can last YEARS means you're upset for YEARS. Seriously, put it on a very back burner of your life and go about your business.

March 20, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles, Reversed. Upright, this card is all about working, and adding to your career by learning something new. Reversed, this card takes on the qualities of hating your J.O.B. The work is no longer interesting, you're working too long hours, and you're just darned tired of the whole thing. This lack of passion leads to lapses in concentration, which leads to crappy work practices and product. 

You're also working for the wrong reason: money. (Ummmmm, isn't that the whole point, you ask?) No. (Well, yes, we do have expenses to meet to keep the lights on and the car running.) The highest reason to work is to contribute something valuable to your fellow tribe members that they, themselves, cannot make. The tacos you make at Taco Bell are prized by some, and that special flavor can only be gotten at Taco Bell from you. Other professionals such as lawyers, doctors, tailors, chefs, etc. provide different, valuable services and things that only they can produce. Working is a way of contributing something special to your world; making money is only the by-product.

If you're hating what you're doing, then change. Find training programs or schools that will give you the knowledge you need to pump up your career. Find your passion for work again so that going to your job--whether at Taco Bell or a corner office--becomes a pleasure again. You'll be happier for it, and your excellent work product will reflect that personal joy you feel.

March 17, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups. There's a real mixed bag of prophecy with the Seven of Cups today. Through daydreaming and fantasizing, we imagine what could be and explore avenues of how to make it all happen. This is a good way to get started on manifesting brilliant ideas. However, the energy of this card can cause one to stay stuck in this dream phase where one deceives oneself into thinking one is actually making progress by examining every dazzling opportunity that walks by. This is merely an illusion, and you're not getting anything done.

Doing and acting are what create tangible things that can reap worldly rewards. This will require you to pass through tests and trials. Merely sitting at the window wishfully thinking about winning the lottery just allows your energy to dissipate. You may try to soothe your guilt of being wasteful with your time by indulging in unhealthy decadence as you pretend you're weighing options and trying to decide about what to do next.

What you really need to do is put down the bag of chips and do something constructive. Even simply taking a walk will shift your focus out of the clouds and into your feet. You must stifle your emotional self for a short time and start making solid, productive choices to blast loose from this sucking ennui.

March 16, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Queen of Pentacles. This is a good card to follow yesterday's reversed Temperance. Digestive or nutritional issues (those tummy troubles) are still in evidence, and one is urged to care for one's physical body. See yesterday's post regarding that.

Despite the apparent confidence, resourcefulness, and self-reliance of the Queen of Pentacles, there are deep-seated and well-hidden insecurities within her. She keeps up a good facade, but that limits her emotional interactions--her nurturing, caring, and trustworthiness is a one-way street FROM her. She doesn't accept it from others, which is to her detriment. The good news is she doesn't get too attached to stuff and is a consummate "garden weeder" and "closet cleaner." Use those qualities to remove excess baggage from your life, whether emotional (insecurity) or physical.

The even better news is the Queen of Pentacles has "fairy godmother" energy like all the queens. Being of the material plane, that means her realistic views, common sense, and ambition will aid in manifesting your ideas. What you get off the drawing board and all the way to fruition with bring you satisfaction and happiness. What better way to kick insecurity in the butt than to be successful?

March 14, 2017: Card O' the Day: Temperance, reversed. When such an important card is reversed, moderation and balance suffer. We tend to view things as either/or and with no compromising middle ground. This will cause frustration and impatience with others as you try to ram your thoughts and methods through ("my way or the highway") even when those thoughts and methods are flawed. Furthermore, you'll stubbornly cling--when all evidence tells you to jettison such a bad idea-- because your ego can't let go of what no longer serves you. Such impaired judgment leads to wasted efforts and resources, which further sours your mood.

All this conflict will go straight to your tummy--that perfect weathervane of stress. You may try to ease your emotional discomfort by binging on sweets, alcohol, or other unhealthy habits. Unfortunately, you'll just cause physical ill health to go with your whacked mood.

My advice? Put your ego in time-out and take a long walk, jog, or swim. Then drink a large glass of water followed by a light meal with a SMALL glass of wine. Go to bed early. All this physical self-care prepares you to listen, and heed, what others have to say and puts you in a better frame of mind to maybe eat a little crow as you return to the table of compromise. Find what's best for the entire organism (your body, tribe, business, community, etc...) rather than what your ego whaaaaaaa-nts.

March 13: 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. This is a card of block parties, cookouts, and parades for no damned reason...exuberance, fellowship, and sharing the happiness with your community, tribe, or posse. Play and let your cup runneth over so that others can also be joyful. This kind of energy is easily contagious, and we ALL benefit from your smile and kind words as the ripple-effect spreads the abundance of love.

Three's indicate an initial accomplishment after the idea of the Ace is brought to life through the Two. There's still lots of hard work ahead, but problems are easily solved, and the giddiness of having done something constructive, that indeed worked out as you'd hoped, impels you and your team forward. 

Finally, find the brightness in this moment, in this day. Give yourself permission to be happy and fulfilled right now. Don't wait to put out the good china for when you get your PhD; use it for lunch after you get the laundry done. My point is that happiness isn't an end goal but a choice of a state of mind. You can choose to be happy regardless of the size of your bank account, the age of your car, or the trendiness of your wardrobe. If you choose to be happy RIGHT NOW, then you can make it through times of stress and sorrow and come back to being happy that much sooner because you'll be well-practiced at the art of happiness.

March 12, 2017: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups. Actually allowing yourself to feel and be in tune with your emotions, rather than stuffing them down your gullet, is a good thing. It's not weak or being a schmuck to be moved by sympathy and compassion to help someone. While it is true that being open to feeling love and joy means you'll probably get slapped with the occasional hurt, feeling that, too, is good for you. How can feeling hurt be good for you? It builds your emotional repertoire and maturity. As we all know, there cannot be light without dark; so if you want to feel the joy, you'll have to feel the pain, too. The alternative is being completely cut off from all feeling.

Back to our card.... This queen personifies intense feelings and allowing them into your consciousness. She can go a little too far and get overwhelmed, therefore you're cautioned to keep one foot on the floor at all times. Her intuition, creativity, and artistry allow her to manifest dreams and visions with love--that most powerful of energies. She represents emotional maturity gained through experience that deepens the development of one's inner life and connection to Self.

She's also practical and honest. The Queen of Cups brings that into her business world to create success. (Whether one's business is that of running a household or a large corporation, the basic organization and management skills are the same.) Because the Queen is so emotionally tuned in, she does well as a counselor or healer. Yesterday's Prince of Pentacles is also a healer...are we receiving hints? Worth exploring to see where you may act as a counselor or healer in your life.

March 11, 2017: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles. Another young and male energy card.... The Princes signify the boundless zest for life that most young men have. They're willing to take risks and are very action oriented. Princesses signify ideas and the decision to make a move in a different direction, while Princes represent those first steps and the daring to take them. However, this level and type of energy can be a little headstrong and pushy and needs to be carefully harnessed and directed.

The Prince of Pentacles is of the earth and so he's the most stable, loyal, reliable, and determined of the four princes. He's most concerned with business, finances, and the material world. He's very practical and patient, which is extremely helpful when embarking on long-term investments, business plans, and the like. He knows foundations have to be laid before the main building can take shape. These same qualities that make the Prince so valuable in the financial sector also make him a bit stodgy and inflexible. Therefore, don't carve everything in stone and be open-minded to changes of plans.

This Prince is the least esoteric of the court cards. He's skeptical of spiritualism and wants to touch and feels things to gather the proof his intellect requires. And yet he's a natural born healer who goes about fixing the physical body with any tools available--including alternative methods--because he knows they simply work and isn't going to question what he can see, definitively, makes himself, or others, whole again. Therefore, his appearance today is a reminder to keep your body in the best condition you can.

March 10, 2016: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups. The Prince of Cups is a romantic (not in the sense of lovers sending roses), idealistic person with the energy of a young man setting out to make HIS own way on a quest for selfhood. By contemplating your motivations and being truly curious about yourself, you'll understand why you do things the way you do and what it is that makes you angry/happy/sad. Allow meditation to become a part of each day to be more receptive to the messages from your unconscious. 

You don't need a specific setting or ritual to practice meditation and self awareness. Just turn off the noise and be with yourself. You can do that on your daily commute to work, any time you're in the car, while gardening, during a jog or swim, etc. Just tune into you and ask.

An important question to ask during your meditation is what sorts of justifications--to yourself or others--are you making for your actions? If you have to justify your actions, they're probably not organic, meaning they don't come from the authentic YOU. If you justify staying in a job you hate because it pays the bills, there are plenty of ways to make money to pay your bills. If you justify staying in a toxic relationship because you're afraid to be alone, you have kids together, etc., all of you suffer. It's time to figure some things out.

March 9, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands (again). The trouble with being really creative and driven is that we often overload ourselves when too many good ideas seem to come up at once. This piles a lot of responsibility upon our heads as we strive to meet or maintain the goals we've set or taken on. (Go back and reread my lecture on delegating I posted two days ago). Delegation of smaller tasks allows you to keep pursuing new ideas and putting your attention where it's needed most.

This is actually a time of transition in that your environment is stable yet malleable. Like clay, it holds the form you make with your constructive and creative forces. This plasticity allows you to make conscious transformations--rather than being forced whether you like it or not--that will soon resolve current problems. Therefore, keep working reasonably, be creative in your management of tasks, and plan well to prevent pile-ups later.

March 8, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Devil. Unfortunately, we live in a material-obsessed world. The "haves" keep a tight grip on what they've amassed and the "have nots" are desperate to gain what they don't have.* We're in bondage to that materialism and allow ourselves to become enslaved by and subservient to the necessary means--whether we like those means or not--to acquire stuff. 

Certainly we're dependent upon a money system to buy what we cannot make for ourselves, and it is nice to have the lights on. But practicing fear of lack and desire to "keep up with the Joneses" only keeps you chained to a choice, situation, or actions that are against your best interests and highest self. This leads to discontent, frustration, and the lie that you're "happy" on the gerbil's wheel.

However, this card also points to potential for spiritual abundance, liberation from the "shoulds", and freedom from the rat race. How? You're going to have to shift your priorities away from materialism to mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health and wellbeing. Down-size your lavish house that you can barely afford. Skip upgrading your phone/car/computer this year. Make do with the wardrobe in your closet. Ditch the trendy gym and take a hike outside. Choosing freedom from material stuff will help you gain mastery of your life force so you have the courage to do what you REALLY want, not just what pays so you can buy more stuff.

*(I'm not talking about basic human needs such as food, water, shelter, and clothing. That's for another discussion.)

March 7, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands. Burdens, responsibilities, and burnout are inherent in this card. I wonder if it came to my hand because I have a mile-long "to do" list next to my mouse pad? Do you, too, feel like crawling back in bed so you don't have to face the "to do" list?

Firstly, don't be shy about making an actual list. There's a wonderful little jolt of accomplishment every time you cross something off. Go ahead and put "trivial" things on the list so you get to cross things off frequently. Twenty little jolts of accomplishment add up. You don't have to save your list for big things like getting your PhD and solving the problem of world peace. Organizing the little things into a list helps you see there isn't more to do than you can handle and it helps to prioritize the tasks or fit short tasks into longer ones. By example, I'm writing the Card O' the Day while the laundry is washing. The laundry will be ready for the dryer by the time I publish this post.

Secondly, prioritizing and organizing your duties and burdens allow you to handle them more efficiently. When you're feeling efficient, it reduces the overwhelm of your very extensive list of everyday burdens and added extras like organizing taxes. The burnout comes from daily overwhelm so do the best you can to reduce that overwhelm by any means.

Which brings me to number three: delegate anything you, personally, do NOT have to do. Perhaps your ten-year-old won't fold the laundry as expertly as you, but the child will learn and YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO DO IT! Ditto at work. Your way of doing things isn't the only way and if it gets off YOUR list and onto someone else's, that's the big win for you.

March 3, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Empress, reversed. The Empress is Martha Stewart on steroids--the quintessential mother figure of society and culture. Reversed, all that is negated or resisted. This tells me yesterday's Tower, with it's tearing down of values and thought patterns, is continuing into expected gender roles. No longer do you want to be the chief nurturer, caretaker, or housekeeper of your home or workplace. Traditionally "feminine" roles no longer appeal to you or are becoming stifling.

This card and orientation also indicates illumination and clarification. Bucking the gender norms and "expected" behaviors is scary, but it feels right for you as your mind lights up with new ideas and "what if's." The whole point of life is to be happy and live to your highest Self. If going against your culture or tribal norms speaks to your spirit, then do it.* Do what you need to do to become happy, fulfilled, and joyful. Do what your spirit calls you to do and know that Universe has got your back.

*Warning: becoming a selfish asshole won't make you happy. Power grabbing, hoarding, or stepping on whomever gets in your way will ultimately make you miserable since you'll be rejected from your tribe and cast adrift with all your stuff. (Certain powerful governmental figures come to mind at this moment.) And, of course, let us not forget Karma! If society doesn't punish you for being an asshole, Karma will.

March 2, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Tower. Time for some house cleaning...well, it IS almost spring. The Tower is one of those BIG changes cards. The Death card, in my humble opinion, signifies physical changes--meaning changes to your physical world, if not your actual body. The Tower indicates radical mental changes like changing religions or political parties. We're looking at some pretty big shifts in thought patterns and ways of viewing the world.

Right now the world is in upheaval. The grabs for power and stuff has intensified to the point of wars of "mere" words to actual bombs being dropped. People are dying literally and figuratively. For those who literally transition, their time on this plane is finished and they have something else to do now. For those of us left behind, we must "die" figuratively by witnessing the carnage and becoming so unsettled by it that we must do something to change what's going on. And that's how social unrest is once again rested: enough people get outraged by what they see to band together to force societal rule changes. 

Whether your social unrest stops at your front door or extends into your community, you're going to be driven to make changes. It could be that you give up gossiping, vow to be kinder to people with a different complexion than your own, or try a new church. It could be that you're driven to run for public office or join a local protest. Just know that even the smallest changes in your attitude and way of viewing the world will make ripples into your community. Your ripples will join others and make waves. And waves, when big enough, destroy the old to force us to rebuild something new.

February 28, 2017: Card O' the Day: Justice, reversed. Some part of your life is being upset...a part that usually runs smoothly without a lot of thought to it. This unvarying, ordered, and stable facet is being disrupted and thrown off balance. Old rules of thumb are no longer valid as this disturbance jogs the status quo. Therefore, you're going to have to rethink priorities and make some changes in the order of your life. Unexpected or involuntary changes are never comfortable, and you may be experiencing indecision and inaction. Try your best to go with what has been forced upon you.

Intolerance and/or bigotry is lurking around the edges here. Look to where that may be true in your heart/mind or if it's being directed at you. Are you pooh-poohing certain options because they involve people of another tribe*? Are you being dismissed based upon your tribal affiliations? This intolerance probably has to do more with resistance to the changes than any actual prejudice being displayed, but it's coming up so I urge you to examine your motivations and feelings just in case.

(To me "tribe" means gender identification, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or any other way you identify yourself within your social environment.)

February 23, 2017: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles, reversed. After a great deal of study and contemplation of the Tarot this past winter, I've decided to included the nuances of reversed cards in my readings. I hope this deeper interpretation aids you on your journeys.

The King of Pentacles is represented in mythology by King Midas--all he touches turns to gold, including his food and daughter. A classic example of the need to careful of one's wishes. When reversed, such "wealthy" energy goes a bit sour. The Earth King's feet turn to clay as he becomes plodding and dispirited. Old hurts rise up to cause one to be possessive and insensitive. One feels dull of mind and emotions. 

It's also coming up on tax time, and I know I'm dreading the collection and organization of receipts and expenses for my CPA. All I can think is "UGH", don't make me do even the simplest mat; but I know full well my CPA will charge me more to wade through my receipts--it's cheaper to give him stuff gift-wrapped. But UGH!!! This is our good king reversed: cranky, sluggish, normally sharp business acumen off, and feeling stupid about finances.

The good news is this too shall pass. Cuddle into your easy chair with a warm drink and take time to contemplate your navel. Really, things aren't so bad, and if you do an inventory of the wealth in your life, you can find contentment with what you already have. Put thoughts of finances and money out of your mind for the day and be gentle with yourself. Fighting this type of muddy, sticky energy only makes you sink deeper in it. Relax and flow out of it naturally.

February 21, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Magician. The Magician stands at a crossroads and must make some important decisions. However, there's hesitancy and difficulty getting started down the road. "Mr. Self-Reliance" has all the tools he needs to make a go of it, and yet there he stands, stuck in his own self-doubts and fears of not being good enough. 

To get past this self-imposed block, you'll have to acknowledge your fears and weaknesses and ask for help. Once you've gritted your teeth and asked, accepting the help offered and working well with others will be the next hurdle. A big part of the problem is communication--it ain't happening. Poor communication of wants and needs prevents you from getting what you want and need. This leads to a feeling of cynicism that the World is against you, and you'll always lose in the end.

Get out of your ego and get honest with yourself. This will require a bit of soul-searching, so get quiet and listen. Once you've decided upon what you want, make a list of who you need to help you get there. Need money? Talk to a banker. Need space? Talk to a real estate agent. Sitting at home in a sulk because you "never" catch any breaks will mean you'll be sitting at home not catching breaks for quite a while. ASK and you shall receive.

February 20, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords. Fives are volatile, indicate conflict and challenge, and generally upset any balance you may have created. Swords means it's all happening in your head, which isn't good because that's where we do the most damage to ourselves. In your efforts to move ahead and "be somebody", your bright ideas are driven by personal avarice to "get more" and the jealousy of perceiving your neighbor "has more." This envy and greed is rooted in your fear of failure and of not measuring up. Therefore, any victories or gains will be tinged with defeat and regret as you step on others to get somewhere.

The questions are: "failure" according to whom? "Measuring up" to what, precisely? If you can ditch the win/lose mentality and look at each experience as just that--an experience--then you can also get out from under the self-oppression that keeps you in the rat race. 

Yes, you may have to swallow your pride a bit...but if you can stop caring what your neighbors think, then there's no pride to swallow! Without pride, and fear of losing esteem, you're free to be you. You're free to make mistakes, learn from them, try again, and succeed. Without pride you'll find that your motivations to do anything change from the need to impress the outside world to the need to impress the "inside world"... namely your true self.

February 19, 2017: Card O' the Day: The World (Universe). The World or Universe card describes the perfection we all seek. It's a moment in time when we are perfectly balanced in our bodies, we know EXACTLY who we are, and can see the way forward with utter clarity. It's dreamlike in it's eerie weightlessness as all is understood, there are no more questions, and everything makes sense. Effortless union and integration of the inner and outer life has us floating in utter homeostasis.... No fear...no "what next"...just being flawless as all earthly concerns and need for security falls away.

Sounds like heaven, doesn't it? That's what our Creator wants for us: the peace and weightlessness of heaven. Can we have it while still in our corporeal bodies? Yes, I believe we can for brief moments. I used to feel it when I hit the perfect balance point during a pirouette. Gymnasts and high divers probably feel it at that split second when they've hit the peak of a move, when effort has ceased, but before gravity reclaims them. I'm sure all of you have felt that special moment when you were simply present from one heartbeat to the next.

Today, find that moment. Fix that feeling in your mind, your flesh, and your spirit so you can remind yourself THAT is why we exist, to feel THAT. If you can make that feeling happen in your own life, can you bring that feeling to another? I beg you to try.

February 18, 2017: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups. The Prince of Cups is idealistic, emotional, and driven by his passion. We've been getting lots of Swords lately, and I was afraid we would get too cold and intellectual. Then the King of Cups came along to remind us to keep emotions in the loop because all head with no heart doesn't work. Now I think the Prince has appeared to prevent us from swinging too far into the heart. Idealism and passion are what make you get off the couch and join the protests, but going too far will have you fire bombing stuff in the name of righteousness and the baby seals.

Balance the heart and mind so you're able to present your side of the issue without sounding like a nut job. Honestly listening to the other viewpoints will give you more information (factual ammunition?) that you didn't have before. Being informed will make compromise and union that much more possible. Righteous causes and protests must be kept grounded in reality and practicality. The Love Canal was not cleaned up in a day, Los Angeles didn't suddenly have clean air, and it took years for civil rights to be won. Whether you're on a social crusade or making changes closer to home, balance the head and heart to be effective.

Peridot (a/k/a Olivine) helps to soften the emotional turmoils and promotes mental capacities and clarity. Perhaps keep a chunk in your pocket or wear a piece for your next big meeting during which you'll present your plans for sweeping changes.

February 17, 2017: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. I hope you go off the cruise ship (Six of Swords) ready to roar! Challenges are coming and you'll need to reorganize your thoughts and priorities to keep up. However, the true keyword here is "flexibility"; it's be crucial for you to be flexible in your mind and with your time in order to balance all that's coming. However, you can handle the complexity of it all--Universe believes in you and has given you all you need to keep going.

New skills and/or training may be in order for greatest efficiency. Maybe a crash course in QuickBooks, a free lecture on designing your own web site...something small and quickly completed but nonetheless useful and important down the road. It'll be something you'll be glad you did and will help you better use your personal resources in the wisest manner. Fortunately, this card gives the gifts of optimism and innovation so that you can manifest your ingenious ideas and expand your world.

Some aroma therapy might help if you can stand the scent of patchouli (some can't). Patchouli aids in balancing finances and the accompanying growth. Even if the scent is barely noticeable (a little oil on the bottom of your feet, incense in another room), you'll benefit from the chemicals and electrical impulses released in your brain in response to the patchouli.

February 16, 2017: Card O' the Day: King of Cups. The other day I commented that we'd had three Swords in a row, and I was afraid of us getting too much into our heads and not paying enough attention to our feelings. We truly need balance between intellect and emotions so we're not too ruthless or too much of a doormat. Fortunately, Universe agrees, and we're being reminded to keep the heart in the loop by having the King of Cups appear to us today.

This king, as with all kings, denotes business dealings and professional stuff. He's competent, perceptive, and makes great connections with his tact, compassion, and diplomacy. Because of that, he's also indicative of abundance (we like that!). Other useful tools are intuition, creativity, wisdom, and calmness in his emotions. The King is well connected to his feelings, but also in control of them. (Sometimes his emotions may seem a little overwhelming to him, but no one else would notice his discomfort because he keeps those things under wraps. Which, in a business deal, is not necessarily a bad thing.)

If you're business or profession doesn't seem of prime importance right now, this king represents connecting more deeply with your emotions in a mature way. You're getting to the bottom of some old hurt and bringing it forward for healing once and for all. Dealing with this stuff will help you embrace your true self so you can live more comfortably in your own skin. I don't pretend this will be easy--and the King would much rather heal others than do the work and heal himself--but it's necessary. (And if business IS really on your mind right now, this part is still for you, too.)

February 15, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands. Our cruise ship is coming to port and our time of forced inactivity is coming to a close. Not that we were just sitting on our asses getting a tan--there was plenty of mental activity keeping us entertained. That intellectual and creative activity is about to pay off as tensions have resolved, and your decisiveness about what to do next is coupled with courage and confidence.

Once you disembark, a lot of stuff and plans are going to come together rather quickly. You'll always be "in" for those important phone calls, the people you want to have power lunches with will be available when you are, and you'll have your own energies streamlined and efficient. Enjoy this time of synchronicity and good news!

However, (there's always a "but", isn't there? *sigh*) wait until the ship is properly docked, tied, and for the gangway to be secured. There is such a thing as too rapid advancement--such as building the house before the concrete foundation has fully set and cured. If you use too much force to shove yourself along your road, you'll ruin the whole thing. Guard against shiny objects and quick fixes if you want long-term success. Of course it's fine to have "one night stands", but if you're looking for lasting results, you're going to have to be patient and work for it.

February 14, 2017: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. The good news:

This is a king, which means we've got some formidable energy coming our way in the brains department. Yesterday I asked you to let your imaginations run and allow for brilliant ideas to flourish. Asked and answered in the form of the King of Swords! He's a brilliant intellect, intelligent, and analytical with a strong commanding presence. He's enthusiastically driven by all things regarding ideas, systems, and communications.

The bad news:

He's also critical of others and dispassionate about anyone else's ideas. He can be aggressive with his own views and bulldoze over others in his necessity to be heard and validated. This is also the third Swords card in a row. Be careful you don't get stuck in your head; stay connected with your feelings because Heart and Gut have a lot of wisdom to contribute, too.

What to do? Exercise your judgment fairly (this king is good at that) when it comes to the ideas flowing fast and free. Champion the best new ideas EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT YOUR OWN! Expand your small-minded viewpoints beyond the nose on your face. If you can temper your need to be right, and take good advice or suggestions, you will lead the pack forward and get the credit for the inevitable success.

February 13, 2017: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords. Remember yesterday's little boat trip? You're still on the boat; and if you try to jump out and do something now, you're just going to get soaked, swallow half the sea, and have to drag yourself back on board like a half-drowned rat. Save yourself the embarrassment and sit tight for a little while longer.

Therefore, since you're being forced to take a break, use the time wisely and allow your imagination to wander about to see what it hatches. Contemplate each idea for feasibility. If it seems like it'll work, quietly begin the initial preparations. However, don't marry that very first plausible idea! OptionZZZZZZZ are what we want here and what we have time for. We're stuck on a boat! Come up with three brilliant, doable ideas, and about three more crazy ideas--that might just actually work, you never know!

Another thing you can do on your mandatory cruise is reeeee-LAX. Spend a little nurturing energy on yourself to heal the latest battle wounds and rest up for when it IS time to move and manifest those brilliant ideas you're thinking up. During this calmness, keep an eye out for hidden "treachery." I'm talking about sneaky tricks you play on yourself to avoid the crap you've swept under the carpet. You're stuck on a boat, with no getting off it until you get to port, so it's a perfect time to get real with yourself.

February 12, 2017: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords. Very often, this card is illustrated with a boat moving away from the viewer. Near waters may appear turbulent, but the distant waters are calm. Sometimes there are people in the boat who look weary from their troubles. That's precisely where we're headed today: to calmer waters. We are actively moving away from unpleasant situations, taking help where it's needed, and remembering our true selves.

Until recently, we've been avoiding certain truths, but with the acceptance of our limits, we can release the tension of the fight against those blocks. With this realization comes reorientation to reality and recovery of balance and harmony. This puts you in the right mindset for being receptive to new perspectives. Look forward with optimism!

Vervain is the herb associated with this card, and it promotes optimum liver function and overall health. Since anger is "stored" in the liver, I can see why we get this liver-cleansing herb. There's no room in the boat for old anger. Taking it on your journey to calmer waters is counter-productive; therefore, leave it on the shore because it's behind you now.

February 11, 2016: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. Swords are generally pretty gloomy because the mind is where we usually beat ourselves down most of the time. However, today we're seeing the upsides of this card: the clever intellect and all it can do. More foundational work is being done through research, allowing the creative imagination room to wander, and the discernment to decide what can work and what can't. Strategic new plans will challenge old assumptions. Be sure to examine past mistakes (without self recrimination) to see what caused them so you don't go there again. Other good advice is at hand--take it, too. 

The animal watching over this card is the skunk! That confident, determined, independent, resourceful little stinker is urging you to use your willpower to make your goals real. 

Just be aware this card does have some heavy shadows associated with it. Not so bad today, but I do want you to be tuned into any deception--your own (this WILL work!) or from somebody else (I've got a bridge to sell you...). Some things are not as they seem, so keep your eyes open and your mind sharp. Keep your ideas grounded and aligned with your center. This is where that "strategy" comes in....

February 10, 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacle. You're in the process of finding a new pattern of work--your life's work? I don't know. Being on my own 4th career, I'm a big fan of changing gears every so often to keep it fresh and interesting. However, what you're working on right now has the potential to be more than adequate, and I think it'll be vastly engaging for a while. Your inner guidance systems are helping you get organized and get constructive with your energies. While 3's indicate an initial completion of something--Stage 1--there's still lots more work to be done to reach the current goal. However, take yourself out to dinner because this good start is worth a small celebration.

The deeper meaning of this card is that you're developing the concentration and understanding of the foundation work that's required to achieve this new level of manifestation on the material plane. You need to practically and pragmatically apply all your innovative talents to your dreams to produce the tangible results you desire. Remember this is a road that must be walked, not run, and that flexibility in methods and end goals are necessary. Rigidly clinging to one plan doesn't allow for changes and accidentally fortuitous growth.

February 8, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles. The prevailing energy of this card is of worry about finances and material resources. We're acutely aware of stuff and money right now. You may be experiencing actual hard times or just think you are. Do an inventory: are you homeless? hungry? If not, then realize things could be worse. If you're unemployed or under-employed, seek assistance to make ends meet until you can fix the employment issue. That's what I pay my taxes for--to help those who need it.

This card also indicates business acumen, endurance, and active industry. Therefore, your less-than-best employment situation is going to improve if you put the effort in to make that happen. Newly-weds are also tied to this card--according to some interpretations--but I don't see that as being literal. It's more of a figurative energy representing new business opportunities, new employment, or a newly started enterprise.

It's normal to feel uncertain or worried about paying all your bills, but allowing that worry to run your life isn't constructive. Making changes to improve your financial situation is scary, and a lot of us feel inadequate and inept. Those perceived "flaws" of yours are holding you back. There are plenty of people with physical and mental "imperfections" who nevertheless start their own businesses or make a space for themselves in an established business by finding a need and filling it. 

None of us is perfect, so start hustling. You may learn something surprising about yourself along the way.

February 6, 2017: Card O' the Day: Two of Cups. ...acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem and the acid test of one's whole outlook on life. That I feed the beggar, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy...all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren, that I do unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least amongst them all, the poorest of all beggars, the most impudent of all offenders, yea the very fiend himself--that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness, that I myself am the enemy who must be loved--what then?...(Jung, CW 11, paragraph 520, as quoted in Dr. Irene Gad, Tarot and Individuation: A Jungian Study of Correspondences with Cabala, Alchemy, and the Chakras, pp 276-277.)

Self acceptance is the key to self love. And if we cannot love ourselves, than I believe we cannot fully love another. When we cannot forgive our own flaws and love ourselves anyway, how can we forgive the flaws of others and love them fully? The Two of cups is the sign that you're getting there; it represents unconditional love, a controlled energy flow, and happiness within. When you feel the union of all the opposing forces in your soul and can open your heart, important relationships will transform.

In anticipation of all the disagreement with the above, let me clarify. I do not mean you should embrace to your bosom all those who have truly hurt you and forget all wrongs. What I mean is that you love those enemies from a distance. It's perfectly okay, and advised, to maintain personal boundaries and have "deal breakers." If another person's behaviors and actions hurt you, the relationship between you changes to accommodate the necessary distance. But the love doesn't have to stop.

February 5, 2017: Card O' the Day: Princess/Page of Cups. The Princess indicates dreams and visions about self-development and a readiness to try something new in relationships. I don't see those relationships being romantic, but more professional or business-like because today we're seeing the career opportunities that are connected with this card. Life's experiences have led you to a threshold of emotional maturation and transformation that will be well-suited to what lies ahead.

This Court member is tuned into the unconscious side of the brain and listens to intuition and gut feelings. You should do the same because the idealism indicated here can morph those dreams and visions into "pie in the sky." By no means ignore your personal values and belief systems, just know that we live in an imperfect world where compromise is necessary.

February 4, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant. I have a T-shirt with a photo of two children hugging. The color of their skins is not the same. The caption reads "Nobody is Born a Bigot." I believe this is true; hate and "otherness" is taught to infants by their parents and social environments. We are born clean slates that are inherently leaning towards "doing good."

The Hierophant represents our innate, inborn Universal Law of "I'm okay, you're okay." Along the way of life, that idea gets muddled in the race to survive and accumulate the most and best "stuff." This card has appeared today to remind us of our real purpose in life; the true meaning of our INDIVIDUAL lives. Each of us has The Hierophant within us who teaches and guides us along our paths.

Our intuition, that little whisper in the back of our minds, that tells us what's a good idea, what's not nice, or what we should do for the betterment of our community (and thereby the betterment of ourselves)--is our individual Hierophants. It is the wisdom and respect that keeps us on the straight path and calls forth our best selves. It's the part of ourselves where we formulate and express our own personal philosophies and the individual vision that guides us to greatness.

It's time to shut up and listen to what you already know.

February 3, 2017: Card O' the Day: 10 of Wands. Okay then! The Princess of Wands and Ace of Pentacles got us all fired up and ready to take on the world! You haven't eaten in a week and you've hit the cruise ship endless buffet.... Now we're getting into the "eyes are bigger than our stomachs" territory. 

This is all so exciting because you've been in a rut for a while and have been yearning for fresh energy. After a while, the normal routine will crush your creative imagination, and you'll stagnate in a perfectly lovely life. But remember, you do have a daily life and responsibilities to attend to as well as all the new, flashy ideas you're cooking up. This means you're going to have to choose between new possibilities and current burdens. 

Look to what can be let go of and/or delegate certain chores. Book club getting a bit tedious? Ditch it. Put together a carpool so you don't have to drive quite as much. Any kid older than 8? Teach him/her to do laundry FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY, empty the dishwasher, care for the pets (including poop duty), etc. The little darlings will NOT be scarred for life if they have to help around the house.

I know you've always been the one to run the household, and hold an outside job, and, and, and.... And, frankly, your spirit is getting awfully burned out under that load. You, as in "me, myself, and I" want more, to be more. Doing what YOU want will bring freshness to your entire life--your marriage, relationships, business, family--and EVERYbody benefits.

February 2, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles. As with all the Aces, we have great potential, resources, ingenuity, and the necessary raw energy to start a new venture. You're standing on a firm base from which to launch this new beginning for a material achievement. However, it's not going to land in your lap. Hard work, practicality, persistence, and wise use of assets is necessary. Be realistic in your goals. It's good to have a dream, but you'll need to take things one step at a time to ensure success. Otherwise you'll just waste your energy and capital.

Because of the potential for material accomplishments, there's the accompanying potential for power, satisfaction, happiness, and abundance. That's IF you can fight the urge to hoard your initial gains. All energies must be kept fluid. Reinvest in your business, pay it forward where you can with small acts of charity or donations, and then set aside something for a rainy day. Voids in your life are really just illusions and living with a "lacking" mindset will encourage miserliness or spending pennies you could be saving.

Living in lack also means you're living in insecurity and self-sabotage. Know that ALL beings merit respect, are sacred, and have value. Even you. Begin showing that respect and care to the "man in the mirror" and the next person you meet today.

February 1, 2017: Card O' the Day: Princess/Page Wands. The Ace of Wands is a flare up of rushing energy; with the Princess it comes as more of a restlessness, unease, or dissatisfaction that creeps up on you. It's like the sap rising in the trees in late winter; the bears are starting to stir in their sleep. It's a delicate and fragile energy that must be carefully nurtured like the kindling in your camp fire.

But this shifting is the messenger of the new dawn coming. The growing wonder is balanced with wisdom, and there's plenty of resourcefulness and cleverness to support you in your goals. The trick is to corral that bee in your bonnet because the Princess can have some pretty impractical fantasies. Don't dismiss her ideas completely but rather see which parts ARE realistic and/or fun. It's rare that brilliant ideas come right out of the box viable and possible. Everything needs to be tweaked.

So get tweaking because adventure is waiting....

January 31: 2017: Card O' the Day: 16 The Tower. Some powerful energy blowing through right now...this marks the sixth Major Arcana in a row. Death: demands change. The Magician: gives you the energetic kick in the pants to do it. The Hermit: lights your way to change. Temperance: balances pros and cons of those changes. Justice: cuts the ties that bind and prevent you from doing it. Now The Tower....

You know those Christmas letters that people send every year? "My daughter made Honor Roll uh-GAIN!!" (She's also 16 and pregnant and is now being home-schooled. Don't expect prom pix.) "My son is the captain of his lacrosse team!!!" (...and just got suspended for hazing new teammates and dropping below required academics.) "I'm happy to say, through the XYZ diet, and light exercise, I dropped 40 pounds!" (...and had $50K of liposuction on my ass.) People do the same on Facebook every day. Brag, brag, brag, my life is perfect! This stuff constitutes building The Tower--the facade of socially accepted constructs to present one's "best self" to the public.

And yet you know damned well it's a mask, and the more you wear it and embellish it, the heavier and more confining it becomes. But you keep wearing it because you're ashamed of your True Self, your cellulite, nose hairs, uni-brow, and grey roots. Without the mask you feel not good enough compared to everyone else--WHO ARE ALL WEARING MASKS, TOO!!!! These "towering" facades are all built on quicksand, and ready or not, they're coming down. You're going to be outed as a fallible human being, just like every other person on this planet.

The good news is that, after the initial shock, you're going to feel so free, released, and liberated. You'll finally be able to BREATHE because that mask has been blocking your nose and preventing authentic breath for years. All the false illusions you've been holding up to your community and yourself will drop away so you can finally become authentically connected to your real life. Your ego won't have to scramble to hide your shit anymore because everyone will know--and you'll know all their shit, too, so you don't have to be ashamed of your particular brand of shit. Oh, what a relief!

P.S. I'm not saying you get to stop being compassionate or polite. What I'm saying is you get to be real, not nasty. You can authentically reveal that you really hate LGBTQ, blacks, women, immigrants, etc. That's who you are. But you don't get to snarl it in the faces of those people and do everything you can to oppress them. EVERYone has a right to be here and live as they see fit AS LONG AS IT DOES NO HARM TO ANYONE ELSE.

January 30, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups and 8 Justice (in the deck I used this morning, Justice is the eighth Major Arcana). Yesterday I spoke of blowing smoke up your own skirt to convince yourself your choices and paths were good for you. Today, we're being told certain choices and paths aren't. Both cards are about facing both internal and external truths. Justice is completely objective and dry with her assessment of the situation--it's neither good nor bad, just wrong. You're not stupid, bad, or naive for having gone down that road.

The Eight of Cups is encouraging you to stop beating the dead horse and move on to look for something better. Staying put, trying to put lipstick on that pig, will only drain you further. If the thing/situation/person once served you well, you've now outgrown it and it's time to say good-bye. The feelings in Cups is going to make that hard and painful to do, but the Sword of Justice preserves us from the continued difficulties by quickly cutting away the crap you don't need. Severe, yes; but ultimately merciful because then you can move forward. 

This combination of cards reminds me of getting divorced. Hurt like hell at the time, but I ended up so much better off, and so did my ex's. That's something to think about, too. How will your movement away from the person/situation impact the other? Your absence will require them to make changes, which will impel them forward as well. Win-win all around.

January 29, 2017: Card O' the Day: 14 Temperance. Temperance is your personal guardian angel, dwelling within you, who's ready to offer whatever guidance you need. She represents the wisdom and understanding that temper our reactions with discrimination and analysis. We've grown up and no longer just react with a squawk and fit to get what we waaaant noooooow! She's basically our life paths personified, and Hermit's lantern lights the way. (The big secret behind these two cards is you already know your path and it's well lit. Think Dorothy: her "over the rainbow" was right in her own backyard. She just had to have some help--from her Hermit and Temperance--to realize it.)

This card also indicates finding the balance and a livable compromise between the extremes in your life. Always remember there's more than one solution to every problem--Temperance is the one to show you the many ways possible; you just have to ask her. She's your inner composure and the unity of your mind and intuition that stands back to assess a situation without anger, fear, or ego getting in the way.

As the Card of Sagittarius, she's about tempering, refining, improving, and sharpening your personal attributes for better use and performance when you take those creative chances that make life so exciting and fulfilling. Be observant of even the smallest validations along your road to keep you excited and moving forward. But don't blow smoke up your own skirt and continue down a path that's not right for you. It's okay to make mistakes and choose something that seemed great at first. Temperance, if you stay in close touch with her, will tell you the ugly truth if it just ain't working' so you can change tack.

January 28, 2017: Card O' the Day: 9 The Hermit. I've been reading a lot about the Major Arcana of the Tarot and the Cabala and how they intermingle and support each other. (Some historians believe the Tarot is based upon the Cabala.) The "holy grail" of the Cabala is to really know thyself and be good with that. We're SUPPOSED to be happy and enjoy life! But the only way to do that is to be completely comfy in your own skin and never mind the love handles, your short temper, or your perceived lack in money, education, beauty, etc.

The Hermit is representative of this True Self with whom you're supposed to identify and love. His lantern is actually your inner guiding light. That light is also the one you hide "under a basket" most of the time because you're fretting about not being good enough. His appearance today is yet another invitation to go deep and sit with your light. Sit with yourself and all your limits and warts, and be good with them. Be your own damned light and never mind whether EVERYbody approves of you and your light. Most won't, but some will. Those people are your tribe.

Because you're supposed to be happy and like what you do, you're going to have to figure that out, too. How? Start doing stuff. If it doesn't quite fill your sails all the way, tweak your route. You didn't expect it to suck that much, then drop it and try something else. I'm working on my FOURTH career choice, my family mostly thinks I'm nuts, but my tribe thinks I'm fabulous! Will I change routes again in a few years? Maybe. But at this moment, I'm allowing my light to guide and shine.

January 27, 2017: Card O' the Day: 1 The Magician. The Magician indicates strong forward motion and changes in fortune. Meaning, your spirit is willing to move, thus the appearance of this card. Consciously, though, you're not quite sure what's happening, so it's a toss up whether those changes will be good.

The Magician is in control of all the elements, which signifies he's the "talent man." Sometimes even we have no idea of what we're capable, but this guy does. He also has the means to reconcile opposites, so if you think your new idea wouldn't be compatible or possible in your current life, think again. Figure out how you can have it all by listening with every one of your senses--heart and mind, economic circumstances, and what you're willing to put in energetically. Sometimes avenues are hiding in plain sight, so look around...even at the crazy stuff.

The Magician is a tricky bastard who decides what's important, not you. You may think "this over here" needs your attention, but in actuality, it doesn't. Paying attention to "that" will allow for waaaay more progress. Allow this inner guide to direct your choices because he's more aware than your conscious, day-to-day persona is. The Inner Guide can be dark, too. Incorporate that darkness to be completely whole so you can use ALL your tools for the greatest good of yourself and your tribe.

January 22, 2017: Card O' the Day: 13 Death. Numerologically, 13 reduces to a 4, which is a very stable number. It offers structure, stability, and a solid foundation. However, it's also indicative of the limitations that require one to break free of a self-imposed prison. The counterpart of Death is The Emperor, who is the one asking--urging--you to accept the challenges if life that will afford you the most growth.

I've always felt Death represented physical changes like ending a lousy relationship, moving out of a living space that isn't good for you, or quitting a dead-end job. Whereas The Tower indicates radical mental changes such as reversing or abandoning religious, political, or social belief systems or judgments about your world.

Up to now, you've been expending an enormous amount of energy maintaining an illusion of who you are. Keeping up appearances, keeping up with the Joneses, and generally running on a gerbil wheel not of your choosing. It's time to quit kidding yourself that this is working for you and that you're be authentic to your truest self. It's time for ending some stuff to make room for your transformation.

A metamorphosis of this magnitude doesn't happen overnight. It may take years, but now is the time to start. Begin planning to quit your dead-end job by saving a nest egg to keep you afloat between the time of quitting and finding a new, better job. Start taking a class every semester towards a new or higher degree that will enable you to advance in your career. Something a small as re-arranging your furniture can be the onset of bigger changes for your greatest good.

January 21, 2017: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles. The recent Cups cards have emphasized the need for emotions in our lives. But emotions get messy--we get hurt when things don't go right, and the uncertainty of whether it'll go right is really scary. Therefore, we get the Four of Pentacles to lock us down in stability and structure for the purpose of self-protection. With this card, needing to be in charge and setting limits and boundaries gets a little skewed towards "too much" in order to maintain control and possession of your emotional well-being.

Unfortunately, this Scrooge-like behavior to dam up the flow of energy OUT also dams up the flow of energy IN. Like Scrooge, you can hoard resources but you'll have locked the doors to creativity, self-expression, and love. Clinging to the old and/or things by which you measure your self-worth means you'll get nothing new--and the new is what you need to grow. 

You must learn to trust that Universe will take care of you. Even if you hit rock bottom, there will be someone there to help; you only need to reach out your hand. Focus on the wise utilization of your resources, not grasping on to them. Remember, Scrooge was emotionally and spiritually bereft even though he had money to burn. His fear of loss and immobility was so great that he gained nothing and stagnated in his musty old mansion.

January 20, 2017: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups. There are several options before you and it's making you feel emotionally charged because of the uncertainty about which road to take (those options may be literally emotional choices). You know, of course, you can only pick one, so some very attractive offers may have to be passed up for your greatest good. Don't be surprised if you feel a sense of loss or mourning for a time.

When faced with too many important decisions, we often become overwhelmed. Past choices may make perfectly viable options seem more scary or impossible than they really are. While sifting through the pros and cons, beware that you don't slip from active and constructive exploration into mere daydreaming. Putting it off or avoiding it altogether won't make the need to decide go away. Just know that some of your best choices may be time-sensitive and will expire before you make up your mind.

In all the squirming you do, twisting between this and that, be careful not to indulge in histrionic emotions or unrealistic attitudes of "no one has it as hard as me!" With this dramatic mindset, not everything will be as it appears--not sooooo awful, and not soooo great either. The astrological conflict for this card is between the urge to create (spirit, soul) and the lazy desire for ease and pleasure (heart and body).

What to do? Lock your wimpy, whiny self in a closet, get sharply analytical and logical, and decide already!

January 19, 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. Yesterday we talked about the material security and stability of a family unit or a cohesive tribe. Today, the Three of Cups is here to remind us of the emotional benefits. "Home" is the center of our strength and well being. Trust in the essential goodness of others to find your perfect community where you can experience all the positives that can come from relationships and engagement in society. You need this group setting for your emotional health and fulfillment.

This card also indicates a lot of joy running through this group, and parties and play will spring up as the good feelings overflow. Don't be afraid to actually embrace and FEEL these emotions. Often we don't allow ourselves to really immerse ourselves in joy. It's too sort-lived, we feel it's undeserved...so what's the point of letting your hair down when it's all going to end? 

The point is to live in the moment and relish the good feelings if only for the duration of the party or the weekend. Yeah, you have to go back to school or work on Monday, but if you relaxed and experienced the joy fully, you'll be refreshed and that joy will continue to linger in your heart. The angel of (emotional) Abundance offers her love to this card and all of us today--open your heart to receive it.

January 18, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles. When I drew this card, I thought we had finally achieved a bit of stability and respite from all the hard work. Alas, the whispers of intuition are more correct: this is what we have to look forward to if we keep on plugging away and learning to love wholeheartedly without strings attached. 

The Ten is reassuring us we're on the right path for building material wealth, stability, and security for our twilight years. In addition, if we're careful, our work will live past our physical bodies in the forms of legacies or works of art. We'll also be given the chance to enjoy the fruits of our labors with loved ones surrounding us and helping us to perpetuate the cycle we begat. We can have a life fully lived with not only ample material energy but also abundant spiritual wealth.

Astrologically, there's a conflict between the mind and heart with this card. The quick assessments of the mind tend to race ahead of the slower considerations of the heart. One is cautioned not to judge the book by the cover--take the time to allow emotions to weigh in. A stone to help you do this is Tiger's Eye. It promotes the tolerance of different points of view and helps one see the unity in the world rather than the division.

January 17, 2017: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. A little Fire energy to get you going.... This card signifies a crossroads and choices that have to be made. Your vision is beginning to coalesce as your mind is given free rein to imagine the possibilities. The astrological conflict inherent here is between the urge to action but the desire for inner equilibrium and peace...in your favorite chair...by the fire...with a cup of tea.

However, the reality is the urge to move always wins because eventually you have to use the bathroom, feed the cat, and go to work. While you're up, listen to that creative inspiration coming from the Wands. The Ace signifies raw potential, but the Two is polarized to present options. Be mindful of your resources as you ponder those opportunities before making your move, and know that those "resources" include individual courage and greatness!

January 16, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. No, no, no! Feets don't fail me now!!!

You can't do it all alone; you're going to have to accept help, collaborate, and form relationships. And once more than one cook is in the kitchen, things can get awkward. Hiding from or ignoring the sticky situation won't make it go away. Balls up and make a move. And no, you can't take your ball and go home in a huff! You have to stay on the playground and solve this problem. Use your intellect to view things from a higher or different perspective.

The trapped feeling you're suffering is actually being bound by a rigid social convention placing you between what seems to be a rock and a hard place. You may face criticism or censure for your decision, but it's got to be done. It's going to hurt to make the right decision. You may even be the one to take the hardest hit--especially since you had a hand in all this.

In the end, however, you'll have learned a valuable lesson and will be able to look yourself in the eye again while brushing your teeth. And that'll be waaaaay better than slinking around your own house like a shadow.

January 15, 2017: Card O' the Day: Ace of Hearts. Interesting that we haven't had any Cups this year until now. And then what we do get is the Ace....

Aces, as you know, are beginnings; Cups are emotions; combine the two and we get the beginnings of feelings that are pure, objectless, and not yet differentiated. A raw upsurge of feelings is making you rethink how you've been responding towards others, and there's a potential for any kind of love (a romantic lover, a new friend, a good working relationship, etc.). As we all know, love is tremendously healing, and we're encouraged to take advantage of and nurture this opportunity for emotional experience and growth.

Open yourself to the abundance relationships can bring to your life. Yes, they can be scary and sticky, but a life with little emotional risk is awfully drab and unfulfilling. Rewards do not come without risks. And speaking of risks, check in with your heart when making decisions. If all choices are made with only dry analytical logic, a key component will be left out. How you FEEL about a decision is as important as the pros and cons.

January 14, 2017: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles. After all the personal work of the last two weeks, it's time to start including your fellow beings. The Three of Pentacles signifies group efforts, the vital role each of us plays in the big and smaller pictures, and the realization that often we need help. It's becoming time to reach out to others for input, validation, cooperation, and an exchange of resources and abilities. An example of that would be to hire someone to build your website for you--a really dynamic one that'll catch everyone's eye--rather than settling for the DYI yawn-job that you're capable of.

Three's also indicate an initial completion or realization of step 1 of a multi-step goal. Yes, go ahead and have party to celebrate this early success, but just remember, you're only getting started and lots of hard work is to come. Therefore, having solid plans--including a couple backups--in place will be helpful as you motor along your road.

Something else helpful: cultivate the talent of deep concentration and understanding. Use those tools as a foundation of your work to manifest your dreams. The astrological energies governing this card conflict between your emotional desires and practical common sense. You're going to have to combine both useful qualities to balance your motivations.

January 13, 2017: Card O' the Day: 4 The Emperor. The Emperor embodies the ambition which drives us to move our ideas out of our heads and onto the planning board. He uses his authority, discipline, and keen foresight to make his goals come to fruition. He owns the self-respect and sense of his potency and capacity to create that The Hermit and Nine of Pentacles sent you deep inside to find. His appearance today shows you what that self-assurance and confidence looks like.

Furthermore, having this card come up means we're being challenged to DO something with that creativity and drive. Learn to confront the big bad world with your inner resources of strength and experience. By now you've developed a set of morals and values that work for you and allow you to sleep at night; they will guide you if you have questions about your actions. 

The Emperor is a very just, if somewhat rigid, entity. He very much understands that using personal power must be done so with responsibility. If negative consequences arise after administration of that power, one shall stand and accept repercussions and make things good. This is one time rigidity is a good thing: when adhering to what's right.

January 12, 2017: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles. OH FER CRYING' OUT LOUD! I need a new deck....

But perhaps not....

Yesterday The Hermit sent us deep into our own psyches to find our truest Selves, and here's what you've found: you're worthy, enough, clever, and talented. (And darn it, people like you!) Really, this card is about finding the permanent sense of self-value that cannot be taken away even if you lose everything you've worked for. That strong, solid identity doesn't depend on anyone else for agreement or validation and can only be found deep inside.

You should absolutely be proud of yourself for having the wits and endurance to survive all challenges, build wealth, and achieve all you have. You've earned all rewards, and because you recognize it with your own eyes, there's permanence and indestructibility of that satisfaction.

Is this reading not resonating with you? Are you moping and saying, "yeah, well, what have I ever done?...I'm just a loser..."? Guess what? You're alive and have access to the Internet to read this. This means you've been doing something right to be here today. If I can't convince you with this reading that you're not a loser, then think about this: you have unique abilities and worth that No. One. Else has. Ponder it, and tell me I'm a liar. I challenge you to not find ONE thing you're good at. Be proud of that One Thing because THAT'S why you're here on this Earth. And that's what the Nine of Pentacles is telling you.

January 11, 2017: Card O' the Day: 9 The Hermit. At the beginning of the new year, it's common for people to make resolutions to quit smoking, lose weight, change their diets to be more healthy, save money, volunteer, etc., etc. Do you notice the common theme of this list? Self-improvement. We are urged towards self-improvement when our inner wisdom starts to say "ahem! A, B, or C isn't in our best interests; we ought to do something about that." Our truest Selves really want us to be the best we can be, to be happy, and to succeed in life.

The appearance of The Hermit is calling us to continue our soul-searching journey begun at the beginning of this month. He suggests you slow down, retreat to a quiet place, and focus your awareness to find that catalyst for real change. The only way you'll stick to any of your resolutions is to find the deep, burning light (represented by The Hermit's lantern) of desire for change for your greatest good. As you sit quietly with your highest Self, you'll find you actually like him/her and want the only the best. Such a discovery is deeply healing and peaceful.

Digging deep like this is hard to do in our noisy, busy world. Lapis lazuli is a stone of wisdom that can calm the mind to allow clarity of the perception of your tasks. If you can stand the taste of it (I can't), licorice also helps calm the mind and aids one in feeling at ease with oneself. The number nine is a powerful number of spiritual development and meaningful self-discovery.

January 10, 2017: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. While you're hanging around contemplating your navel, let the King of Swords stimulate your spiritual development and self realization. He's really good at recognizing the true from the false because he often puts his mind over his heart. This can be a "bad" thing, being too dispassionate and all mind and no heart, but in this moment I think we need some cold hard truth. Self-reflection is the time to get really honest with yourself--blowing smoke up your own skirt is a TOTAL waste of your time!

The King is also good at observing the finer points of things and using his inner resources wisely. Representative of legal or financial advice, this card may indicate a need to ask a professional to help with your ideas. Expressing your creative power needs to be done in an organized and well-planned manner. Otherwise, those sparks just fly off in different directions and nothing comes of it. Prudence and discipline were mentioned a couple days ago; the wisdom-with-age inherent in all the kings also speaks of prudence and discipline.

January 9, 2017: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man*. The appearance of this card today indicates the potential for a profound transformation, wisdom gained through release, rebirth, and awakening. Being suspended like this means you're subjected to a forced break that makes you slow down. This moment of quiet allows you to consider your situation and provides for an opportunity for new awareness.

You actually have all the answers you need in your own subconscious. Look within, and while you're there, notice how easily your mind causes you suffering. Now go deeper to examine your fears of change. Those same fears of change keep you trapped in an unhealthy rut. To blast out of that rut, you need to disrupt and reorganize certain patterns in your life (i.e. diet, relationships, work habits, etc.).

Continue to study your world dispassionatel, and look at many viewpoints--some of which might be rather ludicrous at first blush. But even the craziest ideas have a little wisdom in them. Flip the coin over and look at the tails side...what do you see?

*In all honesty, the first card I pulled was the Nine of Pentacles AGAIN! I simply couldn't squeeze anything more out of it that hadn't already been addressed. But in hindsight, I can see The Hanged Man has a few of the same qualities as the Nine of Pentacles: self-examination and reliance and reflection on what to do next. You're asked to face your mental fears (Eight of Swords). The recent Wands, when you're ready, will give you the energy needed to make the changes to get out of your rut.

January 8, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Wands (again!) (I swear I'm shuffling the cards, people). All this fire energy coming our way indicates we're hatching plans, coming out of our cocoons, and ready for adventure. Notice the "fear card" of the 8 of Swords that gave us pause a couple days ago. Certainly this creative and original energy welling up inside us is scary, no doubt about it, but you can do this.

Leo and Saturn govern this card. Saturn is staid, ordered, and disciplined (very good qualities for getting things done timely and well). Leo, on the other hand, has got a head of steam and wants to charge ahead. Thus the conflict inherent in this card. This is the tricky part: harness them both. Have the balls to step out of your comfort zone, but do it wisely and with planning, because Leo's impulsiveness and rashness can cause problems.

Know that you're on the right path; the Five of Wands is validating that for you. The conflicts you're running into are actually meant to slow you down a little and make you think and question whether you're doing things right or need to adjust. View these as speed bumps to prevent you from revving out of control. Saturn is helping you to move forward under control, he's not trying to thwart you.

January 7, 2017: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wand. I sense a theme here: having faith in the power, judgement, and abilities of self. It's repeated again in the Queen of Wands as she's ambitious and assertive with a strong sense of what she wants and how to get it. Having a good head for business means she'll do well in leadership roles in a corporation or in running her own business. Some group effort is indicated here, so the Queen's energies may be urging you to join, or start, a group which reflects your interests and beliefs.

However, her fire energy can get a little too hot. This queen can get jealous if she perceives a rival keeping up with or surpassing her. Her sense of righteousness can make her create tempests in teacups just to prove her way is best or her ideas are the brightest. Yes, be assertive in your self-discovery and promotion, but beware of others' toes. A true Queen is never a bull in a china shop.

The energy of this card is rather like the creative "fire in the belly", and her governing chakra is the solar plexus; however, the pelvic region is also important here. Should your guts get too tied up in your passions, have a cup of raspberry leaf tea. It's a diuretic and aids in pelvic circulation. Physically, this is a good thing to have freely functioning kidneys, removal of excess water, and good circulation. Metaphysically, the movement of blood/water equals the movement of love (love and feelings being of the water element). So, if your love is freely moving, you can't get so far up your own butt that you become a bee-yotch. Just saying'.

January 6, 2017: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles (again). A-HA! So, you're ready to get back on the horse, untuck your tail (see 8 of Swords), use the energy of the 5 of Wands, and manifest your future. Good. Bravo! Go back and re-read the 9 of Pentacles from January 2nd because that stuff is still relevant. The cards got you all revved up, and then you choked a bit. However, I feel you're ready and wanting your success, it just scares you to be so bold as to make it happen.

Discipline, dedication, and circumspection will get you where you want to be. Life ain't easy; it doesn't get handed to you, so prepare yourself for the battle it is. Have some dark grapes--they're high in iron, act as a blood tonic, and are a diuretic. With healthy blood comes energy and a clear mind. Grab some turquoise to remind you of the success and joy you currently have so that you can grow and dwell in it.

With an optimistic outlook and being happy in your own garden, right this minute, you can achieve anything you want. And, by learning to be happy in the present moment (however slightly), you'll have the strength to climb out of any hole you fall into, because even while in a hole you still have a little happiness to light your way and ease your heart.

January 5, 2017: Card O' the Day: Five of Wands. Whether you're working with others right now or are in a "me, myself, and I" sort of mode, there's interpersonal "stuff" happening. The collaboration or team effort is getting lost in a fight for top dog position. Disagreements, conflict, and competition are making you defensive as you, too, are looking to be "right."

The volatility of 5's, combined with Saturn's intensity, and the dynamic energy of fire, make for a pretty fierce card. The trick is to use this fierceness well rather than letting it consume you. How to do that you ask? Step back. Step out of the fray, set down your own needs and wants, and just observe the situation. Look for the commonalities rather than focussing on the differences or trying to shout the loudest.

Now what do you see? Transformative solutions should begin to take shape with cool observation. Once you see the road before you, harness this fierce energy for your greatest good and rock on!

January 4, 2017: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. So, I made you look within to take stock of and line up your personal power and resources with the previous cards. This implied that you would then USE this power and resources to take charge of your life, stride forward, and CONQUER THE WORLD! But your mind, when faced with such big challenges and the confidence of your soul, went yipping back to its cave with tail tucked.

That's the trouble with our minds. That fabulous intellect that can sort good ideas from bad, discern truth from falsity, and weigh the pros and cons can also analyze you right into a deep dark hole. When one wisely views a challenge from all angles, one sees not only what can go right, but also all that can go wrong, wronger, and wrongest! This card indicates you're over analyzing yourself into a corner. All the constriction, confusion, and limits are self-imposed through fear of failing.

You may be unconsciously choosing to stay in a dead-end situation because you feel you can't be "happy" until X, Y, and Z have been accomplished. Nonsense! I say you can be happy right now, even though you're only one semester into your degree, your car still has twenty-two payments to go, and you haven't been promoted to management yet. It's all in how you look at life and react to it.

While you can't control certain life events, you can control how you face them. Use your unemotional intellect to find your way out of the corner--it might smart a little, but it's for the best. This card is an omen of luck. You choose whether it's good luck or bad luck.

January 3, 2017: Card O' the Day: 4 The Emperor. The Emperor is the self-made man type, so it follows well the Nine of Pentacles. Even though this energy is every masculine, it asks you to recognize the power and support of Mother Earth. This card is supporting your movement and gives you the energy to claim your personal power and truth and to hold true to your values and beliefs.

Oder, stability, and structure are on your mind as you create a firm foundation on which to stand and from where you can put your life in order to better realize your goals. This includes taking mature responsibility for past and current mistakes so you can assimilate the valuable lessons always inherent in failures and goofs. Therefore, you can be confident in the ways you handle challenges--you have the experience and knowledge that will get you past rough spots.

January 2, 2017: (Thank you to all my fans for being patient during my short medical leave!) Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles. Being of the Pentacles, we're looking at physical plane manifestations and successes. However, nines are associated with The Hermit who is about making his own way, finding resources from within, and being true to self.

From the Pentacles angle, we have stability, abundance, and growth found through prudence, discipline, safety, and discretion. These inner resources, used well, lead to the outer resources multiplying for you. But don't go running off and spending your earnings all in one place; re-invest your rewards into your business and yourself to keep the cycle of energetic flow alive. You can't eat all the corn without saving some aside to be seeds for next year's garden.

The freely flowing material energies will help you travel paths that you previously thought were impossible. Go ahead and dream because the resources are available. You'll find that using these hard-won, SELF-earned resources will make you feel rather pleased with yourself. And that's a good thing! Nothing feels better than saying, "yeah, I did that!"

Here comes The Hermit's part: finding your strengths, going with them, and being good with that. Find out how to face your nagging fears of not being _________ enough (fill in the blank), release that self-judgment and come home to yourself. You ARE ________ enough! True success is not about $$$ in the bank or a flashy new car but traveling your path with integrity, honor, and compassion towards all.

December 14, 2016: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands. Beneath the stability of the four lies resistance and anger left over from some unresolved issues. The changes are coming from deep below and thus disturb everything above it. From the inside out, raw emotions bubble up.

However, along with the unpleasantness comes courage, and you'll see through lies and deceptions--especially your own. This will bring the first recognition of what actions are needed to go forth with strength and conviction.

Don't forget to maintain healthy personal boundaries. We tend to over commit during this time of year, and that will certainly add to the anger and unresolved issues. And maybe those are exactly the "unresolved issues": bearing too much of the "holiday traditions" for your tribe. Think about it....

December 13, 2016: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups. Along with yesterday's prosperity, joy, and friends, we continue with the safety of a Four. It's pleasant here in our protective home, and we want it to stay that way, or even wish it could go back to the "good old days." A familiar routine and adequate financial means lulls us into a warm cocoon. Holding onto this safety and nostalgia is self-protection from the fear of changes.

Nevertheless, the soul is murmuring that change is necessary and coming. Uncertain about what to do next, we're sort of on stand-by--actively waiting for a signal about the "next thing." Instead of passively circling in our holding pattern, constructively use this comfortable and secure environment to contemplate your dreams and ideas and prepare for the best time to launch yourself forward. Just outside your front door await new perceptions, relationships, and invigorating challenges.

The element associated with this card is water; the Four indicates stagnation. Therefore the herb that goes with this card is burdock--a diuretic. So, if one does not have handy access to burdock, drink more water, avoid salt and alcohol, and have caffeine. We need to get our "water" moving.

December 12, 2016: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. Threes indicate the results of collaborative efforts, and with the emotional suit of Cups, we find that collaboration is among friends and family. This is a moment of authentic joy. You can see that joy for the precious gift that it is because of the previous hard times you've endured. We can't see how good we have it until we live in lack for a little while. The conflict inherent in this card is between the cool judgement of the mind and the warmth of the heart and emotions. Allow your mind to relax and just feel the joy for a bit.

Right now all essential needs are being met, friendships are tight, and rifts have the possibility of healing. It's a "cup runneth over" kind of time. Our environment feels secure and warm and comfy.... Just be careful you don't grow roots and stay here forever. As nice as it is here by the fire, we do have to go out to the barn and feed the livestock. Meaning, we still have to take care of the day-to-day chores and can't just lounge, become stagnant, and get stuck. Truly happy feet are those that keep moving and dancing and learning new steps.

December 11, 2016: Card O' the Day: Princess/Page of Pentacles. The theme of new view points continues with the Princess of Pentacles--this time about material abundance. She represents a willingness to explore new options in business, untapped resources, or different financial rewards. She also represent good news about prosperity and benefits, so keep an eye out for "signs", newspaper articles and ads, or a tidbit from the grapevine. This is about checking ALL sources, networking, and actively drumming up opportunity. Don't just check MonsterJobs or LinkedIn and call it good.

The Princess likes clear definitions when it comes to stuff, so she's one to "take a class on that." You might need to brush up on certain skills or further develop those that you already have. Study and apprenticeship are options that must also be considered.

And again, I'm going to harp on the journey being the real point to life, not just the mansion and fancy car at the end. As your ambition leads you to work hard and creatively, do enjoy what you have right now. See a penny in the parking lot? Pick it up and enjoy that tiny moment of good luck! Someone holds the door for you at the grocery? Smile, say thank you, and nourish that little glow of warmth the entire time you shop. Remember that even the humblest potato soup provides nourishment and warms your belly.

December 10, 2016: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups. The astrological properties of this card are double "activity" and "flexibility." This means forward ho! with a dash of thinking on your feet. This forward motion requires you to let go of what was and accept what is today. Release judgment and unrealistic expectations. Cut ties to stuff and people and make some big changes. This is the emotional part of the "change your world view" of yesterday's card.

These big changes are going to be hard, and it's perfectly okay to mourn those losses. Some of that stuff (or people) has been around awhile, and you're attached to it for one reason or another. However, none of the stuff you're taking to the curb really resonated with you. Admit that some of it was actually quite disappointing and you've been disillusioned by the promises made--either to yourself or by others--that didn't come to fruition.

Don't be afraid of your raw emotions; feel them and wallow a little. Have a good cry, eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's, and watch a stupid movie in your rattiest sweats. Then drop those emotional crutches and old mindsets and evolve. You've got 21 more days to take out the trash accumulated so you can start a new year fresh and free.

December 9, 2016: Card O' the Day: 21 The World. There are infinite opportunities for success and abundance for all of us. The question is whether you choose to make the most of them. Will you deny yourself short-term pleasure for long-term gains? Will you accept a job that's "beneath" you, but work hard and do your best at it in furtherance of your long-term goals? Will you work with people who are not of your ethnicity, religion, or social circle? Don't rule anything out simply because it's not in your usual scope or routine. You're being challenged to think beyond the end of your nose and see the big picture.

We are called to understand the world, as each of us see and understand it, is only ONE aspect of it. Join your fellows, unite together, and take responsibility for each other and our world--the seas, the skies, the flora and fauna, and ALL creatures. No single one of us is worthy more or less. Create homeostasis where you sit and allow that calm and balanced clarity to spread to every place and space, real and imagined.

December 7, 2016: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. I'm in the process of incorporating a new deck into my collection and dovetailing the author's ideas and interpretations of each card into my own database of Tarot knowledge. Today I was reading about the pip cards of the Pentacles suit. The Seven of Pentacles was equated to a mid-life crisis where one had to decide between staying with the route created in youth and traveled for many years--safe, profitable, socially accepted, comfortable--or taking a risk and trying something new.

The Eight of Pentacles is where you've made the choice to risk it all and do something YOU want to do, what you love--or at least what you think you'll love. This is coming at a time when you, and your tribe, believed you'd settled into a career. It might be something a little "out there" and you might begin laying the foundation for it on the sly because you're afraid of being laughed at for doing something others may call foolish or a pipe dream (i.e. reading tarot cards, becoming an actor, or going back to school for a new profession.)

You'll have to learn new skills to manage this new endeavor, so that's why this card is often called the "apprentice" card. One will be incorporating artistry with function, and that will create happiness and satisfaction within your soul, spirit, and heart. Yours. Not your parents' (You should be a doctor or lawyer!). Not your partner's (You need to make us more money so we can afford XYZ!). Yours.

December 6, 2016: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups. Can I NOT pick an original card for once!?!?! *Sigh* Okay, what did I miss on Friday...

On Friday the Princess was urging you to dream and dare, and now she's offering the opportunity to manifest your ideas through a friendly offer. She's really good with people, so you're being called to take other people's feelings into consideration as you manage them and guide them forward towards the goal. Office politics, especially this time of year, are generally a challenge, but with the Princess in your pocket, you'll navigate them with ease.

Ambitious but with a practical sense, the Princess can be a workaholic to the point of ignoring her family. Again, this holiday season is not the best time to let enterprise overtake the feelings of those around you, so attend parties, schmooze, and spread good cheer. It'll be remembered when the new year begins and it's time to buckle down to work again.

December 2, 2016: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups. The Princess of Cups is a passionate dreamer who embraces adventure. Her youthful energy and idealism drives her to want things to be better and to create ways to make them so. She's very willing to help and adapts beautifully to her circumstances.

These qualities are amazing and generate the drive necessary to move mountains. However, one must live in reality and move those mountains in a practical and grounded manner. Yes, dream big and tall! But follow through and dare to actually manifest those dreams. Integrate your visions with common sense to make them happen on this plane and not just in your mind's eye.

December 1, 2016: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands. No, this is not a repeat of yesterday's card. I drew the Nine of Wands again.

The inner tension I spoke of yesterday is more demanding to be named for what it is: anger. The temptation to add another layer of armor is less defensive than offensive--as though you're spoiling for a fight or looking for hidden enemies or an explosive scandal. This dangerous, unstable energy can erupt at any time and without warning unless you come to understand it. However, unreasonable obstinacy may prevent you from doing so.

It's your call whether to bring this strong energy into your life. You don't have to be afraid or ashamed of your anger, but you would do well to look deeply into what's troubling or blocking you to see where you may have contributed to the problem and/or attracted this energy. (I almost wrote "negative" energy, but I'm not going to label it. It just is, and it's your job to harness it to good use rather than waste it.) By coming to grips with, and accepting, your darkness, anger, defensiveness, and all that you may view as "bad", you'll find inner peace and healing.

November 30, 2016: Card O' the Day: 9 of Wands. Nines are powerful numbers, and this is the 2nd nine we've received in just four days. They represent creative expression, culmination, and transition as well as the resolution between one's idealism and the realities of life. The Nine of Wands in particular is indicative of great strength, driven dynamic energy, courage, and endurance.

Times are tough, and one is fighting bravely to get through them. There will be battle wounds that result in permanent scars. Unresolved inner tension may explode in fits of temper and hostility during your personal wars. But know that you will come out okay in the end, and you'll be stronger for having persevered.

For future thought: once you have come out to sunnier skies, you'll be tempted to add another layer of armor to protect yourself from similar injuries that you'll suffer during these rough times. However, be proud of your scars and of the lessons and wisdom you learned getting them. The REAL strength is not in adding more protection, but dropping it to open yourself to healing energy and wholeness. You can't receive the warmth of the sun if you're locked away in a dungeon.

November 29, 2016: Card O' the Day: 16 The Tower. The warning of a coming change of mindset and belief systems was whispered in the 9 of Pentacles; now it's being shouted by The Tower. We cannot and must not build our "stairway to heaven" out of gold, fine things, or even simple stone. This tower to enlightenment must be built in one's soul and serve as an inner temple, because it's only there you'll find your best answers to the mysteries of your life--not in a physical, stone place.

Prepare yourself for a profound change in your beliefs and sudden insight in your psyche. You may experience crisis, clarity, or revelation that leads to the re-evaluation of self and spirit. This card signals it's time for the destruction of inflexibility and the rigid, calcified forms that can no longer your accommodate growth. The Death card often represents the "death" of something tangible that allows something else tangible to fill the new space. Meaning, getting fired from or quitting a job to pursue a new job/career/dream, or ending a relationship to be available for someone better. The Tower is the "death" of intangible beliefs, mindsets, or concepts to make room for new insight or perception and the resulting spiritual growth and learning.

Welcome these new thoughts! Elevate, illuminate, and evolve your higher consciousness through loving, healing, and the end of static beliefs and thoughts. Climb your personal "tower" by actively choosing compassion, integrity, and joy.

November 26, 2016: Card O' the Day: 9 of Pentacles. This card indicates growth, refinement, abundance, and success. Also the discipline and self-reliance of the wolf is present. But be aware that such love and pursuit of gathering wealth and comforts can morph into shallowness. The plant associated with the 9 of Pentacles is Dark Grapes, a diuretic that will help you flush excess water from your body. Symbolically, it's meant to flush the desire for excess resources--keep only what you need. More will only make you bloated and adversely affect your heart and circulatory system.

Scientifically it's been proven that the act of giving enhances dopamine and serotonin output in the brain. Those are the "feel good" chemicals that make us feel happiness. Therefore, for your mental and physical health, develop the positive energy of generosity. Certainly it's morally allowed to keep what you need, but look carefully at your wants v. your needs.

Use this opportunity to move beyond conformity to the "shoulds", limiting belief systems, and self-judgment. Look at growth, refinement, abundance, and success not as how much material wealth you can amass but as traveling your path with integrity, compassion, and honor.

November 25, 2016: Card O' the Day: 15 The Devil. If we remain in bondage to a set of false and tricksy beliefs, ideas, and interpretations that lead to mistaken actions, we risk making choices or entering into situations that are against our greatest good and that of our tribes. It can lead to the fall of man into separateness, hatred, and finiteness as we view others as "other." However, the apparent "evil" is merely the flip side of the coin. Who is to say heads is "better" than tails, or vice versa?

This obsession with the "other" is an enslavement to our darkest fears surrounding survival. Our primal life-force to live at all costs used to be necessary to ensure the continuation of our species. We no longer need to base every action and reaction on mere survival. We have evolved to a place of having the luxury of being able to find, and encourage, our inner light.

The perpetuation of man no longer requires us to kill or be killed; it now relies upon our ability to awaken to our responsibilities to each other. By finding our innate kindness and acceptance, there is potential for abundance and liberation of all of us. Immortality lies in our deeds and the legacies that we leave behind. Ask yourself how you wish to be remembered--and via those memories remain immortal. Do you wish to be remembered as Ghandi* or Hitler*?

(*I fully realize both men were in fact human and thus not wholly good or evil. None of us are. However, we can lean more to one direction than the other.)

November 24, 2016: Card O' the Day: 21 The World. On this day of giving thanks, we see the world as it is--no rose-colored glasses or glossing over the facts. Some parts of the world, and our own lives, are in flux and chaos. We are coming to an ending; not only another year is ending, but behavioral patterns and beliefs are ending. These endings make room for changes in thoughts and actions, and it's high time. The status quo has become stagnant and stale. Some things must die so that others can be born to flower.

To facilitate the endings, let go of certain cultural conditioning that causes you to judge others as different in a "bad way." Different is good stuff! Can you imagine if you ate vanilla pudding every meal, every day!?!?! Differences mean we all can dance within our limits and still be a benefit to the whole of society. We all have a place and a gift to give.

Align with Spirit and discover that you always seem to get what you need the most. It may not always be what you thought you wanted! Step into a state of calm awareness and balanced clarity (hard to do when you're trying to get the turkey out of the oven at the same time the guests arrive, I know) to see the world as it truly is today. Ask yourself what is still unresolved and who you need to forgive. Then endeavor to work on that--after the dishes are done and the leftovers are packed, of course.

November 21, 2016: Card O' the Day: 3 The Empress. Symbolic of the Earth Mother, The Empress is the loving Mother of all. She patiently allows all things to grow naturally and in their own time. Certainly she will nurture and assist, but she understands the cycles of life and that she cannot rush the process to please herself. The appearance of this card indicates creative growth is right on track, so sit back and tend your garden without hovering too closely.

The Empress also represents the love of mother figures. She is accepting, forgiving, trusts life as it flows, and shares all that she has. She doesn't judge harshly or with rose-colored glasses. She sees things for what they are and reacts accordingly based upon the facts she has learned.

As with all nurturers, she often gives too much of herself and forgets to turn that loving kindness inwards. By turning up today, we are reminded to engage in some necessary self-care. If you over give, your own cup drains dry and there's nothing left to give to others or to have for yourself. Then everyone loses, and you become cranky and feel overrun. Since your garden is humming along nicely by itself and the stew is in the crockpot, take this time for yourself. Refill your cup, self-nurture, indulge a bit--everything you need to refresh and renew so you can continue being the rock everyone needs in their lives.

November 18, 2016: Card O' the Day 3 of Cups. This card is urging you to give yourself permission to feel joy even during tougher times. Our souls understand life's trials are cyclic and that it will get better. We can celebrate the warmth of friendship and family ties even during our darkest hours, so go ahead and have a party to remind yourself, and those you love, that you're all still alive. The sun is still coming up each day. Appreciate the precious gift of that sunrise together.

This card is significant and representative of community, sharing, friendship, compromises that ease strain, solace, and the beginnings of healing and regeneration. All your essential needs are being met at this time. Find strength with your people and persevere. Take this chance to go beyond your previous limits and boundaries of love to welcome even more into your clan--even those you may have considered enemies before.

There's an inherent conflict in this card between the cool judgment of the mind and the warmth of natural emotions. Err on the side of love. The world needs more love right now, more than ever.

November 17, 2016: Card O' the Day: 4 of Cups. The structure of this Four is providing a still, stable, safe place from which to observe the world and contemplate the "what next?" Use this moment of pause to explore new ways of feeling, perceptions, and relationships. During these quiet times, we can really allow our imaginations free rein to go "out there" and explore the "impossible." Don't be afraid to think crazy thoughts! You never know what could actually be feasible until you examine it.

Change and transformation are coming; trust that you'll be okay even if you feel vulnerable during this time. Don't allow yourself to miss the boat on any fantastic opportunities due to fear. There's conflict between the desire for security and the need for change and the expansion it'll bring. You're still able to stay in bed for now, but don't hit the snooze button and roll over. Get your noodle working and be prepared to get up and get to the bus station in time to catch the bus to abundance and joy. Soon.....

November 16, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Wands. The King of Wands is a powerful entity embodying wisdom, honesty, and strength. He also stands for social responsibility and calls you to take action and follow your convictions. Take charge of yourself and initiate new patterns to manifest your own visions and to inspire and motivate others to set out on their own paths or to join you on yours. Today's King believes in himself and urges you to do the same. Step up to the coming challenges and pioneer the way for others!

During times of confusion, unsettled emotions, and seeking, The King's stone, hematite, can provide emotional, mental, and spiritual cleansing.

November 15, 2016: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords. The Queen's keen discernment allows her to see the truth. And that truth isn't so dandy, but it must be faced. Times are painful, and emotions are raw. We may be suffering feelings of loss, suffering, scarcity, absence of support, and overwhelming change. A period of mourning is natural and necessary as one assimilates and comes to fully understand all the repercussions.

Allow your mind to be flexible and trust your intuition to more easily allow a shift to let go of previously held ideals, conventions, and beliefs. The Queen of Swords has a great ability to focus her energies and put her emotions to the side to deal with unpleasantness. She's astute, speaks her truth, conveys honesty, and easily sees hidden motives.

Fortunately, the Queen also represents song after strife. Expect spiritual deepening and inner harmony as you navigate the current murky waters. We will get through current difficulties and emerge changed--endeavor to be changed for the better.

November 11, 2016: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. The Princess of Wands is more than ready to jump on The Magician's bandwagon. She's willing to try new things, is resourceful, and her youthful, eager, creative energies are well grounded. You're being encouraged to follow your spirit! However, the Princess's practicality is a message to you to be realistic in your goals, remain authentic to your beliefs, and maintain your integrity as you strive for those achievements.

As with all of the Princesses, we're being told of an emissary bringing news. Perhaps a stranger with good intentions will have or enable communications that will facilitate your endeavors. Thus, keep channels open, keep your phone charged, and check your emails frequently. Such a message from "left field" might prove to be vastly helpful.

Finally, in such tumultuous and emotionally charged times, latch onto a piece of jade. It can impart peace and refresh and renew our emotions, which will then allow us to serenely sail forth into all challenges.

November 10, 2016: Card O' the Day: 1 The Magician. Empowerment and unlimited possibility come with the use of knowledge, resources, and will to make changes in the world. The Magician indicates strong forward motion that inspires and compels transformation. There is abundant potential for all things and to reconcile opposites. I see a great unification where there was once a vast chasm.

Feel, trust, and use the force within to take the first steps as the desire for action wells up. All the tools needed are available and the willingness is here to make something happen, create new beginnings, and embark in a new direction.

Effective communication with your fellows will be vital to stir others to action towards the common goals. Combined with the "leadership" card of yesterday's Six of Wands, I don't feel The Magician is speaking to just one, but to all of us. Let us combine our powers.

November 9, 2016 Card O' the Day: 6 of Wands. The energies of this card are balanced and bring personal triumph. Your desires will be, or have been, realized. It's a time of victory and acknowledgement of overcoming challenge. This is the "leadership" card and you may be called to lead others or take the lead in your own life to claim your power and control your personal world.

You're also being asked to remember what guides you and to align with Nature, Earth, and Spirit in order to remain fully present. In moments of being "on top", be mindful of those who have yet to "arrive", and be sure you're not climbing up on the backs of others. Each of your victories must be tempered with humility and gratitude for these gifts, as well as respect and honor for those still struggling to lift themselves as high as you. There is potential in everyone--not just you.

Yes, celebrate your achievements! You've earned your moment in the sun. Just be careful of arrogance, conceit, or out-of-control pride. The bright sunlight bathing you in its glory is intoxicating stuff.

November 8, 2016 Card O' the Day: Kind of Swords (again). In the past five days, three of the cards were Swords and three were Kings. When I see a prevalence of a suit or court card, I'm given pause.

A Sword-heavy reading, or in this case a Sword-heavy week, leads me to believe we're over analyzing and thinking too much. It is possible to over-think things. This interpretation is supported by the appearance of the 8 of Swords yesterday where we were mentally keeping ourselves prisoners and too afraid to take any action. Kings represent decision making and authority figures. Also, they're hard to influence or steer and can indicate the areas of our lives which we can't control--like death and taxes. Or perhaps a boss or a demanding elder in your family.

The King of Swords in particular is a bit of an avoider. He doesn't like to look back and own his mistakes, but by refusing to do so he misses the valuable lessons to be learned. Are you making a smoke screen of busy work so you don't have to work on the real problem? This is something else the King does: he fluffs the pillows a lot to avoid vacuuming under the bed where he might find where the cat threw up.

Bottom line: a decision needs to be made about a large rock stuck in the front lawn; it needs to get dug up and removed, but you keep the mowing lawn around it instead; and though you may have tried moving rocks before, it never worked, so you think it's not going to work this time either, so why try? And yet you're stewing about it non-stop. The silver lining to this cloud is unexpected advantages--like the excellent leverage one would get from a backhoe....

November 7, 2016: Card O' the Day: 8 of Swords. I see the encouraging, "I dare you" cards of the past few days have scared some of us. The 8 of Swords indicates an "I can't" mentalit, and that you've shortened your forces and imposed limits on yourself out of fear and insecurity. By adhering to locked down, rigid thinking, you perceive yourself to be trapped by life and circumstances. That self-made prison of "I'm 'fated' to have bad luck" is an artificial construct that you can tear down.

Open your eyes and explore all opportunities and options--if only on paper and via daydreams. I'm not saying to chuck your life and change EVERYthing right this minute. I'm suggesting to let yourself out of a mental prison and let your mind wander among the realistic AND impossible dreams and ideas. Something may emerge as being not so dumb or impossible after all.

Our stone du jour is coelstine. It may help you to find your way out of a situation you perceive has stalled or become stuck in a rut by changing the way you think and helping you to accept a new perspective. While the fiery energies of the kings and the daring "go for it" urges of The Fool are meant to stimulate you to action, you can take baby steps. Those baby steps begin by changing your way of thinking from "I can't" to "I'm gonna give it a whack!"

November 6, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. We have more strong, masculine energy with today's king. This time, we're being asked to bring our creativity into the mix and put on our thinking caps as we move forward with endeavors. The Sword King also is here to direct you to take responsibility for any transgressions and mistakes of the past and make good use of them by heeding the accompanying lessons well. Bring those "I'm not gonna do THAT" again moments froward to assist you now.

The king has many sterling qualities including integrity in all his worldly pursuits, a strong character, and a sense of ethics that can't be bought. Swords often indicate "truth" and with the appearance of the king, we need to face a truth in life. It's neither bad nor good, simply there, and it must be dealt with. You may have to cut some small losses now for the greater good later.

The mineral associated with this card is gold. Gold represents courage, success, and wealth--which means your ideas and plans have great potential (remember yesterday's Fool is full of potential) for material reward. Even though Swords are of the Air element and represent the mind and our cognitive thinking, the heart chakra governs this card. Therefore, we're reminded to keep our heart in all decisions. If you separate the head and heart of any being, it dies. The same goes for projects, plans, goals, and endeavors.

November 5, 2016: Card O' the Day: 0 The Fool. The Fool embodies the youthful aspect of your spirit and all your potential. With the appearance of this card, we're receiving a signal from our inner being that it's time, and essential, to begin making changes. This urge to change may seem sudden or spontaneous, but actually something's been percolating and incubating under the surface for a while now, and it needs to be recognized and manifested.

Free yourself from the prison of "I can't" thinking and take a risk. Nothing new will happen if you don't dare a little. By equating the unknown or not certain with "scary", we keep ourselves in a very limited box.

You're being asked to release some of your outer security and rely on your inner security. That's the smart part that will guide you through what seems to be a foolish leap in the dark. Your knowledge and experience learned through the lessons of life will help you do the necessary research, find assistance, anticipate problems, and budget resources. You may feel like you're jumping off a cliff, and I encourage you to do so! But do it wisely: wear a parachute, take lessons on skydiving, and have a back-up plan.

Your spirit is calling...put down your phone and answer the wildness.

November 4, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles. The King of Pentacles is rooted in the Earth, but as a king, is fueled by masculine fire energy. He's determined, faithful, strong, and reliable. His spirited temperament is coupled with a firm resolve which makes him steady in business enterprises. His considerable integrity keeps him on the straight and narrow, and he's the type to practice what he preaches.

However, this king can also be so much of the physical plane that he gets caught up in all things material and gets lost in amassing more and more money and stuff. This acquisition treadmill will make him demanding of others, as well as of himself, and rigid in his mind set and outlook on life.

Therefore, while you're encouraged to take the good qualities of the king to heart, be cautioned about his lesser qualities. It's fine to make a living and save for your retirement, but don't devote your life to material things. Dream deeply and live boldly, and appreciate the intangible blessings you have more than the tangible.

October 28, 2016: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands. The youthful masculine energy of this card indicates movement--either actual physical movement like travel or moving houses, or movement within as one takes leave of old ways and ideas that no longer serve. Perhaps it's a little less drastic and merely a change of direction because the current course isn't working as hoped. This card can also indicate flight from challenges, so check your motivation behind your urge to move. Are you running away when the going gets a little rough?

There's a lot of force here as well as self-assurance, daring, and some cockiness. This fiery lad can be a bit unpredictable and his energy can make one feel restless, jittery, and uncertain. The drive for success and gain may be so strong that one steamrolls over everything in the road and ends up losing more than gaining.

By all means enjoy this wave of energy, but surf it well and skillfully. You'll need your stamina and would do well to keep as much stability in your life as possible during the coming challenges, changes, and creative innovations bubbling up.

October 24, 2016: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. Oops! Looks like some of my own busy energy leaked into this card draw....

Being a card of the Pentacles, we're exploring changes, options, and decisions regarding our physical worlds. Two's imply choices, finding balance, or, in this case, juggling more than one opportunity and trying to get the most out of all of them. Remain flexible in your thinking and attitude as you consider the what's, when's, and how's of this period in time.

There's a strong relationship between actual available resources (time, money, etc.) and what you perceive your resources to be. You may have more time or money than you think you do, thus giving you more freedom. The converse is also true, and you may have to tighten your belt where you thought you could ease out a notch or two.

With the above mentioned choices and resource management, you'll find excess baggage that's no longer needed. It's a very good time to restructure and reorganize thoughts, desks drawers, business models, etc. Even the very best operational processes need to be up-dated to keep current with new technology, laws, and social trends. To continue to expand and grow in business and as a person, periodic changes have to be made. Now is a good time. What NOT to change: your ethical belief systems. If your gut says it's wrong, then it is, and you'll never feel good about the extra cash you made through a transaction that goes against your grain.

October 10, 2016: Card O' the Day: 10 of Swords. I have stuff going on in my life right now, and those dear to me, so I'm afraid my card today is very skewed towards a personal message to a particular young lady.

There has been misfortune and trouble causing tears and the perception of complete devastation in one's life. In desperation, one is caving into victim mentality and wailing that "this happened to me" rather than taking responsibility for one's part in it all.

This card is not so much about the actual troubles, but more about how one is reacting to the situation: is one behaving as an adult, standing up to say "I did this", and finding out what one has to do to make things right? or is one shrinking from honor and duty, trying to hide from consequences, and hoping someone else will make it all go away? Through acceptance of events, responsibility for one's actions, and atonement, one will find liberation from the pain and humiliation and expansion into new points of view of what is right and wrong.

This is a learning experience, if one chooses to take it. One has a golden opportunity to gain wisdom from this colossal fuck-up and to teach others how to handle adversity gracefully and with honor, even in the face of extreme anger or apparent hatred.

October 9, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Cups. Interesting that the last "Card O' the Day" was the Ace of Cups. Now we get the King...first and last card in a suit.... Cups imbue the cards with feeling, emotional depth, satisfaction, and fulfillment. When we're open to our feelings we learn to love and accept others, thereby learning to love and accept ourselves. If Cups are prevalent in a reading, we're being called to feel our way through current challenges and the development of ideas. How would the events of "X" or the manifestation of "Y" make you feel? Happy? Contented? Energized? If so, then pursue that with the diplomacy and open mind of a "kingly", benevolently authoritative figure.

Kings represent the people who affect the outcomes of events or projects. They also like to keep the status quo and are hard to influence. To me this means the King of Cups has appeared today to really stress the importance of how you feel about things you can't control, the things that won't allow the status quo to remain in a box. Kings can be stuffy in their steadiness, and we're reminded to be flexible. And because we're talking about emotions here, we must be flexible in our emotions. What does that mean? It doesn't mean to be fickle and change your emotions with your socks. No, it's more like accepting that we can be annoyed with a lover and still love them deeply, that we can not be in the mood for talking on the phone with our best friend, or even be angry with someone you hold in high regard. By allowing our emotions to bend with the current conditions, they will bounce back to where they were before circumstances poked a stick in your spokes.

October 5, 2016: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups. It's a good thing The Hermit showed up yesterday to indicate we need to do some serious heart-searching. This Ace indicates a wealth of feelings that might seem overwhelming. That's because you're finally opening your heart to see what's really inside right now and admitting all the good, bad, and ugly. It's a new way of feeling honestly and frankly.

By fine-tuning your awareness to what feels right for YOU, there may be some emotional upheavals, reversals of values, and changes to the way you've previously thought and felt about life. By expressing your truest feelings, you'll be able to achieve a real and raw intimacy with those you love. It'll all be on the table. THIS is what I NEED to continue to grow and thrive. Without "this", I'll slowly whither and merely exist.

Attune to Spirit or your highest power to pursue your heart-based meaning and purpose in life. Now is the time--this ace is offering a fleeting chance to get honest with yourself and those around you. Yesterday The Hermit sent us inside to find this gem, this nugget of truth that must be heard.

October 4, 2016: Card O' the Day: 9 The Hermit. Of late, emotional and physical energies have been pretty stable. This means you've got the time and foundation from which to do some serious soul-searching. Find out what it is you really want from this life and what it is you do well. What are you willing to take and what's a deal breaker? What is the purpose of your existence? What will it take for you to be happy and content in your own skin?

The body aspect of this card is of the pelvis--that bone which allows you to stand erect and walk. It also houses your guts. From this physical location comes a lot of power. The guts nourish you and eliminate what no longer serves. They also tell you when something's right on, or not in your best interests. Your pelvis allows you to stand up, have your head at eye-level with your enemies, and it allows you to walk away from what causes you damage.

The chakra for this card is the 3rd eye, our center of "higher-knowledge" that seeks the truth and our true selves. Take some time to get your mental and "dream" ducks in a row. You're in a good place to travel inward so take advantage. While on your inner journey, allow important decisions (not day-to-day stuff) to wait and don't go flirting with a new partner intending to start a new affair. This time is about get your inner self sorted, and you shouldn't allow yourself to be distracted by shiny objects.

September 30, 2016: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. The Three of Cups represents a secure emotional environment in family and among friends. All our emotional needs are being met at this time. It's a precious moment of feeling authentic joy without fear of what tomorrow may bring. Often we cannot trust happiness because we're waiting for the "other shoe to drop." Meaning, we worry so much about the joy ending that we never really bask in it.

Three's can also indicate group efforts, and those will bring satisfactory results as everyone is able to compromise to the greatest good of the project. Emotions are balanced and in harmony as they expand to welcome all comers. There's room for everyone, and we can included them to our benefit without worry something will be "taken away" from us.

This card urges us to trust in the inherent good found in others. Don't be so quick to set up fences and lock your doors until you've determined someone is really untrustworthy. There's a conflict between the cool judgment of the mind and the warmth of an emotional nature governing this card. Try to keep the channels of communication open between your heart and head so that decisions, values, and perceived truths are balanced with intellect and love.

September 28, 2016: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands. This card indicates we're on the right path for our creative endeavors. We can trust the balanced and bright energy of the fiery number 4. It gives us a stable place from which to work or launch new ideas. It also indicates a strong support system you can rely on and look to for encouragement and assistance.

Your sincerity and honesty are recognized and will be your best assets. Your intelligence, confidence, and self-assurance will help you find and recognize the important contacts needed for success and which are available to you. Develop them well so they remain solid in your Rolodex for future use as well.

September 27, 2016: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. A few days ago we had the Ten of Cups, which indicated a happy ending and celebration of the accomplishments and goals achieved. Even though we're still in "basking mode", it's never too soon to start looking for what's next. The Eight of Cups is signaling a search for deeper meaning and a higher purpose. Yes, it's wonderful to be successful in business and have all the material comforts that go with monetary success, but the heart is asking to be heard, too.

Our spiritual chakras (heart and up) are whispering to us to reach higher. There's a need for adventure and stepping into uncharted territory. If we're going to journey, then it would be advisable to travel light. Dump some unnecessary stuff to make room for what you really NEED. There may be some separation from people, things, situations, or places that will give you the physical and temporal space to explore. Leaving something behind right now isn't giving up on anything, just making room for the situation to settle down, work out its own kinks, or it's truly time to move on.

You may find that previously held goals no longer interest you. That "next thing" you thought you'd get to isn't as shiny as it was before. This is why you need to ponder about it. Reflect on past experiences and mistakes to guide you towards new ideas and objectives that will match your higher purpose as you strive for greater wisdom, integrity, and graciousness.

September 23, 2016: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. Cups are of the Water element and depict emotions in the Tarot world. The picture on the card is of 10 cups running over--as in "my cup runneth over." I don't see this as wealth and abundance of material blessings, but of feeling really good in your own skin right now. You've hit a place where you're satisfied with life, feeling fulfilled, and enjoying blessings and a happy home. With all this "warm and fuzzy" going on, you can well afford to share this joy with others and you're urged to do so. After all, a joy shared is doubled.

You're also getting what you need for your spiritual growth and development. Keep doing what you're doing because you're on the right path for long-term success. Trust your abilities, experienced-based wisdom, and the knowledge you've accumulated thus far and use it to make your dreams come true. Hard times and lessons are meant for figuring out how to do it right next time, not to make us miserable.

That said, this is a time of completion, too. Be sure to enjoy your moment, celebrate it, treat yourself, have a party, and share the bliss. Universe won't let you get too comfy and has new challenges in store for you as this cycle comes to an end. We're never really "done"; we're always works in progress. But we'll get what we need to grow into the best selves we can be and learn life's valuable lessons. Have fun in the sun for as long as it lasts; don't hold your breath for the rain.

September 21, 2016: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles. The Ace of Pentacles, being an earth element card, is the foundation of life. There's a lot of material force present and indicates both material AND spiritual prosperity. Happiness and satisfaction are possible, so start practicing gratitude now.

Are you manifesting an idea for a new business venture or enterprise? This ace indicates a new way of receiving money. It's a very auspicious card regarding financial rewards and/or career success. Your efforts will be handsomely rewarded if you don't self-sabotage! And that's a big "if" because we often get in our own way and ruin things out of insecurity and hovering too close. Build your foundation with care, but don't worry too much. At the end of the work day, rest and enjoy your progress thus far.

September 20, 2016: Card O' the Day: 4 The Emperor. The Emperor denotes structure, organization, and control. His appearance today tells me we're getting our ducks lined up as we create order and stability in our professional lives. Proper boundaries have been created and are being observed by oneself (saying no when appropriate) and others (they recognize those boundaries and respectfully don't try to cross them).

As one is realizing goals, any challenges are handled confidently, positively, and timely. The Emperor is not one to procrastinate or fly off the handle at a slight snag. In fact, as an insightful strategist, he rather likes to find ways to get unsnagged! With realistic plans and the right use of power, there's not much you can't do right now. You're encouraged to learn from mistakes and gain wisdom from your experiences.

Four's are very stable and the energy can get rather constipated, so be sure to keep moving. No putting things off, resting on laurels, or not following up on tasks or phone calls. The Emperor's counterpart is Death. Thus I smell changes coming--changes that you'll make yourself, not changes that will happen to you (like a tornado blowing down your house). Small adjustments need to be made often, but Death denotes a bigger change. Perhaps a change of heart or mind about something rather important. It'll leave you better off in the long run.

September 15, 2016: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles. This is a very happy, stable card indicating prosperity, play, love, success, and security. You're not only on the right path for your current endeavor, but on the right path for long-term success and security. Working so hard towards your goals is laudable, but there comes a time when you must relax--know that you're safe right now. You'll have the realization of your dreams and plans. That will come more easily when you clearly communicate your own needs and wants to others.

This is an excellent time for new investments in general and in your business. Your business is one where you nurture others by sharing your knowledge and experience. This is the type of business that has the most potential for success--a business plan that only looks out for number one and relies on "taking" from society has less chance of thriving under this "family oriented" card. Therefore, care-giving and service oriented businesses are the route to take to best match with your own vibration and the needs of your community.

Tiger's eye is our stone du jour. It helps one see the similarities among fellows and teaches tolerance of different points of view. It also will attract the people and things that will be most important for development and growth.

September 14, 2016: Card O' the Day: Five of Wands. A dear friend of mine understands numbers far better than I, so I'll paraphrase a bit of her 5's wisdom. Fives are relatively rare and indicate magic (this is according to her unique interpretations of numbers). This meshes with my own "numbers according to Tarot" understanding: fours are stable, fives get a bit volatile. Add the energy of Wands, and it can get a wee chaotic.

You're on the right path, but obstacles are coming, and you're called to have courage and determination as you follow through with your commitments. Disaster isn't looming, it's more along the lines of working out the kinks to a relatively new endeavor. It's natural to have a few anxious moments when manifesting a new and important project; don't let that anxiety suck your energy, though.

With any kind of project, we must work with others--from just using the postal system to a formal partnership. Be careful that your strong personality doesn't attempt to overtake others or your collaborative partner as you vie for "power." Posturing and arguing over who's right simply wastes energy and scatters your purpose. Use the fire of Wands to carry the project, not consume it. Open your mind to suggestions, share your own opinions without judgment of other's, and truly listen. Doing so will allow you to see the common ground-- rather than concentrating on the differences--and find a path to mutual agreement.

September 13, 2016: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands. How funny. Yesterday, during my shuffling, a card flipped. I dismissed it and chose something else. Later I checked what it was...Ace of Wands. Apparently there's a message here, again. We just had this ace four days ago.

Along with the potential for fortune and happiness the energy of this card brings, there's some deeper stuff coming, too. If you have the courage, you have an opportunity to express your own will and change your responses to the world. This mission, should you accept it, is not for the faint-hearted because it's probably going to be overwhelming and revolutionary in scope. Think of surfing: catching the biggest wave of your life, sliding down that wall of water at insane speeds, pissing yourself in exhilaration and fear, and then losing it in the foam and "washing machine" at the bottom of the wave. In the end you pop up gagging and choking, devastated and yet transformed.

This is the energy that surges with the Ace of Wands. It swells in the breast of us all if we let it. The kundalini, or root chakra, is firing up like the belly of a volcano to belch forth incredibly creative and prosperous endeavors. Two questions to ask yourself: Am I afraid to let myself out? Why do I believe it's okay for everyone else to have power but not me?

So, will you stay on the beach or paddle out to the waves?

September 11, 2016: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands. As I was shuffling my cards and preparing to draw a card for today, I was thinking of those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack here in the U.S. I was concentrating on what we should know or remember on this day. And then I realized we're not alone or special. Terrorists have continued to attack in other cities and countries since 9/11, and so my question got broader to include all of mankind.

This card represents a balancing of opposing wills and love brought to conflict. When love is introduced in any sort of discord, healing begins. The energy in the Four of Wands is of peace, freedom, prosperity, and society. Embrace all that's represented here and receive a renewed appreciation for this magic called "life."

September 10, 2016: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords. Swords represent our thinking, mental energies as emotions are set aside to get to the point. This queen has very fair and objective qualities and seeks and speaks the truth. She has excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills. Some may find her aloof, but she just saves her innermost feelings for those few closest to her. She has the strength to change the world, and her inner harmony allows for intense focus and faithfulness to her goals.

The card is also indicative of loss, change, absence, and scarcity and the suffering all that can cause. These shadows are not of the material world--I don't mean loved ones are about to pass or one's finances will collapse. This is more along the lines of realizing certain ideals aren't grounded in reality. The rose-colored glasses are coming off, and that's rather sad. However, once the honest truth is known, you can really move forward in an authentic way.

This is a time for giving form to your dreams and to develop plans. Set clear boundaries and ground rules to avoid future misunderstandings. The Queen of Swords is here to help us tap into our emotions without drama, align with the real truth, and be absolutely clear with ourselves and others.

September 9, 2016: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands. This power card is urging you to be bold and daring! Let your inner light shine as this creative force comes blasting through you! Being an Ace, it signifies the start of an undertaking with all of the inherent enthusiasm that accompanies new ideas and endeavors. Other keywords and concepts to keep in mind: initiative, clear intention, dynamic energy, vitality, and courage.

Intuition is also enhanced by this card, so you'll know how to direct this transformational spark--for it needs firm guidance. This powerful push is like a rocket without a GPS; control it to make the most of it and not have it blow up in your face. Because of that, there will be some pretty intense struggles as you embark on this project, but you'll gain significant advancement and some much needed self-realization through these coming trials.

Whatever you're working on right now could go either way: spectacular success or crash and burn. Hang on tight and pay attention as you ride these rapids. You have the power to make this turn out well.

September 8, 2016: Life keeps getting in the way of my... Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles. I've recently acquired a new puppy, who helped choose today's card. My little guy embodies all the finer qualities of this king: loyal, steadfast, determined, faithful, devoted, and bursting with robust health. His quick instincts and spirited temperament make him confident in all things. There is no stuffed bear he cannot conquer!!

The King of Pentacles embodies the "family man" who's good with kids and provides well for his family. His appearance today reminds us of the importance of family and keeping loved one's close to cheer your every success--of which there are many to come, particularly in business. A lover of the finer things and sports, like the king, my pup can appreciate a good game of "ball" and a cushy nest.

Having great innate healing abilities, puppies and this king can tap into inner wisdom during quiet times, but stand tall and take on the world during the wild moments. (Sounds like every puppy on the planet, does it not?) There's a strong connectedness to Mother Earth through this card, and a bluntness that can serve you well when applied judiciously. You don't have to be rude, just say what you mean and do what you say.

August 28, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Cups. The King of Cups has all the usual kingly qualities of integrity, honor, strength of character, yada, yada, yada. He's also an emotionally driven idealist, which makes it hard for him to accept his perceptions of short-comings in those he loves. And all that emotion can make him a little dramatic at times until he can understand, accept, and move on.

However, emotions coupled with the kingly characteristics and drive make a useful combination for launching new dreams. When we get really passionate about an idea or item on our bucket list, that's when we're best motivated to make it happen. So, pay attention to what gets you excited and energized because it's a hint to what will work for you.

The King also is interested in knowing what makes him tick. He's not afraid to explore the dark corners of his own psyche to further his self-knowledge. If you know who you are, warts and all, you'll be better equipped to know what you want.

Concretely speaking, the appearance of this card indicates you may have to work in a group or rely upon others to facilitate your work or project. The suit of Cups tells me to pay attention to emotions (yours and other people's) in this group setting.

August 27, 2016: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles. Ten's are paradoxes--they're endings and beginnings at the same time. One has achieved a pinnacle that is to be congratulated and celebrated. While it may not be a very high pinnacle, it's one of those "joys along the way" that is worthy of a pizza and movie with your tribe.

This moment of wealth, affluence, abundance, blessings, and realization of plans is to be celebrated. There's opportunity for more happiness and success where this all came from, so you can afford to share. Stability, security, and structure comes with financial gain. This "yes" card promises valuable lessons to be learned, which will provide the wisdom and responsibility needed to steward this material wealth.

Life is flowing with spontaneity on the surface, but there's a solid underlying structure that let's us feel safe. The Ten of Pentacles is governed by persistence, sagacity, and practical sense, which sounds terribly stuffy. But sagacity and practical sense tell us when we must let our hair down and ease up on the persistence. There lies the solid foundation that allows for frivolity on top.

August 25, 2016: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands. The train is moving, and you're on it. Lots is happening, lots of decisions have to be made in a short time, multitasking...it's a bit overwhelming and perhaps you're feeling a bit unfocused in the blur. Here's where you have to trust in the energy and Spirit guiding the train. Hang on and make the most of the ride, because it's going to happen whether you like it or not.

You're not completely without control, however. This card also is about receiving messages, instincts, and intuition. Meaning, the "messages" may not be entirely of the earthly plane. Where you have time, read the fine print and weight the pros and cons. Then trust your gut and make the choices necessary to keep moving forward with all that's going on.

Trains are notoriously hard to stop, and I used them as an example of inevitability. If this train is headed for a crash, then crash it will. What can you do? Cut your losses and take a small hit now rather than riding the train all the way to the final derailment. If the train is headed for success, then success you shall have, but don't think you can just sit in the club car sipping a martini. Monitor your train's progress carefully and steer it where you can with your savvy decisions.

August 20, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles. We've gotten three court cards from the Pentacles in the last four days. We have the mature energy of the king and queen coupled with the ready-for-new princess. The volatile, dashing-ahead-without-looking prince has not shown up...yet? Anyway, these cards just scream "manifesting!"

The solid, strong king has considerable integrity and approaches his business with honesty and sincerity. Assertive, determined, authoritative, and confident, he inspires those around him to jump on his coattails, because it's so obvious he's going places.

The king's presence indicates a steady progress in enterprises leading to business success and triumph. His consistency brings tranquility to his environment. Just be careful that consistency doesn't turn into rigidity. The King of Pentacles is governed by fixed Earth energy, and that can get a little stuffy. Stay open to outside ideas.

August 19, 2016: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles. The "2:00am what if's" are always scary, and I'd be concerned if we didn't have them on occasion. Fortunately, we have cleverness and enterprise bubbling forth again today. Being a Pentacle, we're seeing lots of practicality, prosperity, and grounded energy of the physical world, and the princess indicates we're ready to try something new with our resources or finances.

Opportunities are out there--even ones you didn't create for yourself. Stay present to see those, too. If you tunnel in on what you "always" grow in your garden, you'll miss out on some pretty exotic and tasty produce. Be willing to try new solutions; better yet, get inventive. Be sure to define personal boundaries, and the boundaries of your endeavors, to stay on a well-defined, productive track.

Because princesses indicate "trying something new", often she needs to learn how to do it. Thus, programs, workshops, seminars, courses, schooling, or training of some nature may be coming or called for. As we all know, learning and studying are skills that must be developed. Perhaps the program is one that teaches you how to learn more effectively. Furthering your education in any subject is a sound investment in your future.

August 18, 2016: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups. As we're ramping up to manifest goals and dreams, we can often become afraid of failure. We anticipate all the wonderful things to come, and then in the middle of the night we wake up and think, "but what if...?" Fives are magic, and with that magic comes volatility. Cups are emotions, and thus we have a bit of ups and downs with our emotions--one minute we're riding high with confidence and then those dastardly "what if's" come to bite us in the butt.

This is the lesson of unrealistic expectations: don't go overboard with your dreams and goals. Make sure they're grounded in reality, otherwise those pie-in-the-sky schemes are going to leave you feeling lost and disappointed when they don't work out as you'd hope. This card is a bit of a wake-up slap to get you to see things honestly and for what they truly are. Skip the self-blame and obsessing over what a "loser" you are and take stock of what you do have.

The astrological energy governing this card is double activity with a dose of flexibility. Meaning, there's lots of gas to keep you going and the flexibility to make sharp turns and gear changes when necessary. Thomas Edison once said something along the lines of "I didn't fail, I just found 10,000 ways that didn't work." So tell those 2:00am "what if's" to shove off, you've got this!

August 17, 2016: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles. We've been in a wait-and-see state for a little while, gathering our resources and energies for the right time to launch it all and manifest our bright ideas or move forward on our paths. The appearance of The Queen of Pentacles is like Mom chiming in with all her pearls of wisdom. (Groan and roll your eyes now as you let out a protracted "Maaaaaawmmm.....heavy sigh....")

This queen is very pragmatic, wise, and self-reliant. She represents reality, security, and a solid home life. She's also very motherly and domestic. Like all good housewives, she knows how to stretch the family dollar to its limits with penny-pinching, power-couponing, and shopping for the best deals. Be like this queen. Set boundaries for yourself, manage your resources wisely, and don't waste anything. Reuse, recycle, upcycle, make do with less than the best, or without altogether. Think "thrifty."

All that practical stuff aside, know that your truest strength comes from embracing your authentic self and being happy in your own skin. Figure out your best qualities and work those to death. Delegate the stuff you're not so good at or find a way to work around your weaknesses. Hate to make telephone calls? Communicate via email or text. Some things won't have practical work-arounds and you may have to suck it up on occasion, but generally you'll be able to make things work.

And don't forget your umbrella, it may rain today. You'll need a sweater...do your socks have holes in them?....

August 16, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Swords...again. It occasionally happens that I get the same card two days in a row. Did I miss the true interpretation of the King yesterday? Or does he have more to add today? A little of both, I'd say.

Swords are the suit of intellect, knowledge, communication, and the mind. Kings are masculine, power energy; and energy of the mind manifests as creativity and brilliant ideas. Put that together, and you're being asked to express and communicate your creativity and bright ideas to help them get out of your head and into the real world. Take those sparks of "aha" and combine them with existing knowledge to find unusual solutions to any problems blocking your forward motion.

This particular card unites the duality of passion and the mind. Did you know this king is guided by the heart chakra? It's the first of the spiritual chakras that joins the "roots" of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd chakras with the "upper limbs" of the 5th, 6th, and 7th chakras. Though ideas start in the mind, the passion that drives them forward exists in the heart; thus the importance of keeping the heart and mind on the same page in any endeavor you hope to manifest.

The King of Swords plays a good game in society, is appropriately charming, and is fun to be around. However, he generally prefers to be alone to enjoy the harmony of his own calm company. If you're feeling a bit lone-wolfish right now, that could be why. Sometimes we need quiet to concentrate as we bring forth new and fabulous ideas.

August 15, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. Like all guys, this king has good and not-so-good qualities*. A fanatic truth-seeker, he can smell B.S. a mile away, is ethical and honest in all worldly pursuits, and is a go-getter who implements his (or other) new ideas well. On the down side, his egotism makes him reluctant to look at his past behavior or actions that weren't laudable, and he'll create avoidance mechanisms so he doesn't have to deal with the fallout.

The lessons for today? Face the atonal music of your missteps and pay close attention to what went wrong. Stand up and be responsible, and then step forward and fix it. If it's too late to fix a mistake, then try never to do THAT again because we all see how it turned out.... There may be some compromises coming up in that you'll have to cut some minor losses now for the greater good or on principle--remember the high ethical standards of this king. By seeking truth and maintaining the high road, one can expect good news or happy advantages.

The "stone" of the day is gold. It represents strength, wisdom, courage, warmth, success, power, and wealth. Special bonus: it stimulates spiritual development. Wear some today to assist you on the highest road to your greatest purpose.

*Yes, I know we ladies have our faults, too.

August 14, 2016: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands. It's finally time to move and let loose your energy into action! Eights indicate abundance and manifestation, and Wands are the energy to make it happen. Feel the smooth, efficient flow, and get out of your own way so you don't jam things up. Spirit is pushing you along, so look for unmistakeable signs that tell you you're going in the right direction. Schooling of some kind might be in order.

Like white-water rafters and kayakers, you have to make swift decisions to remain safe. Sometimes you'll need to take a small loss to avoid a bigger dunking. Trust your instincts and go for your dreams, but keep grounded and weigh the pros and cons. Don't let yourself get carried away and make hasty moves just because you're all caught up in events. You always have time to sleep on it at least one night.

This dynamic energy is tempered with sagacity, and there's an inevitability to it all. Like those crazy white-water enthusiasts do, stay in the center of the channel, keep your eyes OPEN, and paddle like hell!

August 13, 2016: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. You're being asked what it is you really want. There's a lot happening and you're trying to juggle many plates--work, exercise, family, obligatory visits, needed fun, etc. This balancing act makes it difficult to focus on one thing, do anything well, or get an important new project going. The only way to make it work is to clear space and let some stuff go. De-clutter your life, say no, and delegate. Find the harmony and smooth flow of your life--it's probably hiding under that pile of laundry....

Inner stress or less-than-delightful emotions may very well be born of your perceived need and the available resources in your life. You think you NEED "x" but you can't afford it, so you're stressing about how you can make it happen. If you're having interpersonal challenges, chances are that friction is caused by a false perception of the other person and your own insecurity. Check motivations and intentions to get to the bottom of it.

The energy inherent in this card is of initiative that's grounded by stability and practical sense. That's some good juju at your disposal! So, do you want to sit tight with the "devil" you do know and play it safe, or make some changes and pursue the abundance waiting for you?

August 12, 2016: Card O' the Day: 15 The Devil. The Devil is still causing us to cling to superficial "stuff" and indicates actual bondage to our materialism. This shallow obsession with "keeping up with the Joneses" is really quite draining. This erroneous belief that he who has the most stuff "wins" is quite literally draining our bank accounts, emotions, and time. Choosing to live on this treadmill is against your best interests and will only lead to burn-out, unhappiness, illness, divorce, etc. It truly sucks!

The Devil is also called The Guardian in some decks. If we can heed his warnings and live more authentically, we're freed of the chains that bind us, and we're open to all sorts of potential and abundance. The Dark Angel exists to remind us that every apparent "evil" is only the negative side of the corresponding good. Therefore, embrace your dark side knowing your light side is just as big and good as your dark side is big and bad.

One of my research sources writes about the positive and negative sides of the sixteen Tarot personalities. The author describes these personalities as being "right side out" or "inside out." Meaning, if you're being rather rotten, it's because you're currently inside out. No one is "rotten to the core"! Everyone is like a coin with a heads and tails or inside and outside. So, accept that all your good qualities have negative qualities on their "tails" sides, and just try to keep your "heads" sides up most of the time.

August 11, 2016: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles.  The Queen of Pentacles is a very Earth-Mothery type: super nurturing, resourceful, and thrifty. And yet I'm reminded of my grandmother, who lived through two world wars in Germany. She knew privation, loss, and extreme fear in her childhood and again in early adulthood. That fear was deeply rooted in her, and she saved and made do with EVERYthing ever after. She darned holes in sweaters even though she had dozens; she saved food long after it's expiration date; she home-canned for armies even when she was widowed and lived alone.

This fear of loss and privation, not only of material things but of affection and acceptance, must be addressed. Reserving feelings and love means that energy is stifled. Energy must flow out so that it can flow back in--fresh and renewed. Stagnant energy is just as unpalatable as stagnant water. We are called to trust in the abundance of this world and actually use material resources (wisely, of course) that come to us for our benefit and the benefit of others. Ditto our love! Find strength in the authentic self and let your energies flow out. Trust they will be returned ten-fold.

Agate is our stone du jour. It will help connect you to Mother Earth, the material world (in a healthy way), and reality. Grab a chunk for your pocket, under your pillow, or wear your favorite agate piece for a few days. Lastly, have fun and be happy with who you are today, for you are enough.              

August 10, 2016: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. It's still not time to move (much, anyway). Maybe the wall is gone, but now we're standing in a crossroads. Look back and appraise the results of past achievements. Recognize and appreciate them. Now look forward and ponder all the creative possibilities before you. Do they scare the snot out of you because you're so afraid of failure? That fear and uncertainty is only slowing you down, you know. Don't self-sabotage future success simply because you're nervous about failing and perhaps looking a bit foolish!

A step forward is just that: A. Step. Not the whole she-bang. Therefore, you can always make minor adjustments along the way if you think things are veering off course. This is merely a phase of development, not a completion. There's lots of time--we're cooking with a crock pot, not a frying pan on an open fire. Let things stew in their own juices as you patiently allow the spices to bloom. Don't make things harder than they have to be.

August 9, 2016: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. While this is an energy card, it's more like a wall in front of you than anything truly helpful. Therefore, your forward progress is rather inconvenient, and being so inconvenienced is going to leave you feeling defensive and struggling. Instead of pushing at the obstacle, see how you can go around it.

Step back and do some honest self-reflecting to see what you really want right now. During this inventory, see what changes need to be made--are you being stubborn about them? The energy of this card is tricky, but not wholly obstructive. With finesse and ingenuity, you'll overcome the obstacles and accomplish some healthy clearance of waste.

August 8, 2016: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords. Okie-dokie then, there's a willingness to let go of old crap, but we ain't there yet. The Two is indicating blocked emotions, a standstill, avoidance, and procrastination. This impasse is due to a conflict between your heart and mind. In your search for truth, you've found that you hold opposing thoughts as true at the same time. How can that be? This confusion has you stuck like a turtle on a fence post--can't go forward, can't go back.

Step out of the judgment of good/bad, wrong/right and start looking for the similarities instead of cataloging the differences. Once you can see the similarities, the opposing energies will seem less black and white, thus enabling you to come to a resolution. Underlying all this are some issues that you've been skirting and pretending aren't there. Get honest and face those fears or "ugly" truths, but don't judge. Make atonements wherever you can; if they're old news and you can't do anything about them now, file them away under "lesson learned" and move on.

Cut through the false propaganda that's echoing through your mind and making it difficult to hear the truth. Again, just be with the truth. It's not nearly so awful as you think it is! And be patient with yourself. You're worth being kind to.

August 6, 2016: Card O' the Day: 8 Strength. Y'all have been doing some good work while I've been away!! This card indicates the ability and willingness to let go of old crap, hurts, belief systems, and other useless stuff that no longer serves. Truth has been accepted with strength and patience. With eyes wide open, you can perceive pitfalls and temptations and avoid falling into any traps of your own making. To skirt other "inconveniences", be sure to keep those peeps open and read any fine print before making legal or otherwise binding decisions.

The energy of this card is pretty forceful, so be sure to govern it with calm control and equity. By leading with compassion and wisdom, you will maintain your center in chaotic times. Most of all, remember that true power is never violent, tyrannical, or over controlling. The most powerful leaders guide their followers with personal responsibility for everyone and the final outcome. There's no buck passing or throwing others under the bus to save face. To do that, you've got to be clear with your intentions, motivations, and Source.

July 29, 2016: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles. The stone associated with this card is sodalite. It helps to bring the mind into equilibrium and promotes logical and deep thought. It also helps one to connect our ideas with the real, material world. Perhaps we should grab a chunk and contemplate it or carry it around for a few days to assist with our current journeying.

Again, this card is of preparation and contemplation. We haven't yet come down off the tree from which we're suspended (Hanged Man). However, the careful reflection encouraged by this card, and the others of this week, will lead to new ideas and perhaps some undiscovered talents or abilities. Clever and enterprising, these deep thoughts will lead to financial gain if heeded and developed. The Princess is a scholar so learning something new or continued education in what you already know would be beneficial to you.

Look for opportunity in all things. You'll be surprised how chance encounters with salespeople, service people, or the person in the chair next to you in any waiting room could lead to something. Perfect your "elevator pitch" (a 15 second bio of what you do) so it's on the tip of your tongue to casually rattle off at any opportune moment. Carry business cards AT. ALL. TIMES. A friend who does custom embroidery comes to mind. Picture this: she sees someone buying an item, she smiles and admires it, then pipes up that she could customize it with a monogram and offers her card. A florist I know has begun his own business from his home. Any time he's in a garden shop or the grocery and sees someone buying flowers, he could casually give them his card and mention, because he's working from home, his prices are very reasonable. See what I mean?

With that said, don't work too hard! Maintain a light-hearted approach to seeking your fortune. You'll still be successful, but you'll have a life, too.

July 28, 2016: Card O' the Day: 11 Justice. Here's some food for thought while you're hanging around waiting for the paint to dry. If you're not pleased with your current situation, examine objectively and truthfully your intentions, motivations, and decisions that got you here. They were the cause that created the effect, and now you've got to live with the consequences. While you're being brutally honest with yourself, instead of beating yourself up and being all nasty and mean (I'm so STUPID, etc.), calmly take note of the lessons. We cannot change the past; what's done is done. However, you can learn from the past and change your behavior and reactions going forward.

This card is about finding your center--the true, authentic center where your integrity lives. It's neither good nor bad, it merely is. The question is whether you like your center. Have courage, and face your true self. Fine-tune your sincerity and self-control to make the changes and choices you want in order to come to a place of liking your center better than you do today. It's time to advocate for a closer alignment between ourselves and the divine cosmos

July 27, 2016: Card O' the Day: 12 The Hanged Man. My favorite analogy for this card is having painted yourself into a corner. There you are, stuck with the impatient choice of ruining your work, but getting unstuck quickly, or patiently waiting for the paint to dry as you're forced to take a break. I suggest you take the second option and just sit and ponder your current circumstances. While stuck watching the paint dry, why not use this time to see things from another angle.

If you're having an interpersonal conflict, put yourself in the other person's shoes for a few minutes and think like they do. Just for chuckles, see what it feels like to be them. Not sure about a particular decision? Look at it from the other side. Having trouble planning a trip? Plan it backwards--plan your arrival home, the last place you stay, etc. and keep going until you've come to the departure plans. How does that change your trip?

The legs of the hanged man often are depicted in the figure 4. Fours are very stable and secure, so this seemingly precarious position of the man is really quite fixed, and he's safe to just consider his thoughts and predicament. You're safe, too. Any changes coming don't need to be feared; you've got the time to get used to them and become comfortable. And here's a secret: you're actually ready to make some changes and end bad habits of thought and action that are holding you back.

July 20, 2016: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. The energy behind the Seven of Wands is pretty darned exciting...or volatile. It depends upon your definition of "exciting." On one hand it's about finding the courage to follow your personal beliefs and convictions and to stand up to others who may think you're odd, crazy, immoral, or just plain wrong for believing what you do. It takes guts to be alone, but check to see if you're always alone on your soapbox. I'm not saying you have to back down on beliefs that aren't mainstream or popular, just take a moment to see if you're realistic in your beliefs. Are you bucking the system merely to be obstinate? Yes, be steadfast but remain open-minded to the thoughts and ideas of others. It doesn't compromise anything to listen.

On the other hand, this energy can run you over like a flaming freight train that stirs passions to the point you don't know which way is up. You may get caught up in confrontation or be intimidated into a conflict. Resistance and struggle is pointless here. Sometimes the better part of valor is to retreat; know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. Flinging yourself against a wall won't solve anything. Back off, assess the damage, clear your head, learn the lessons presented by this event, and then resume after a pause to regather scattered wits and energies.

July 19, 2016: Card O' the Day: 18 The Moon. An honestly gifted psychic friend of mine recently posted on FB observations about people who embrace esoterism and mysticism. Many become overly fervent in an effort to "prove" how spiritual and "psychic" they are. They dress in what they believe is "mystical" garb, clutch pounds of crystals, and speak senseless mumbo-jumbo that muddies their personal waters of the intuitive gifts we all have. (It's true that some people have more developed intuitions and senses than others. Just like a few of us are more gifted in the musical arts than some.)

With that preface, The Moon is calling us to be open to mystical marvels but to keep our feet on the ground and our eye on the path. The Moon card signifies experiencing the unconscious as information comes to the surface. It's about telling the difference between a real fear or danger and imagined shadows on the wall.

Learning to listen to your inner voice, gut, intuition, personal "little birdie", or outside omens, signs, or whatever, can cause confusion and bewilderment. What's real? What's imagined? What's wishful thinking? The Moon is here to help you sort out authentic beliefs and wannabe, following-a-fad behaviors. You can be authentically spiritual without all the trappings. However, if the trappings make you feel more connected, fine--I'm just saying you can be perfectly grounded, have a day job, and still follow mystical or esoteric teachings. You don't have to dye your hair green to be "cool."

July 18, 2016: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles. With the stability of Four combined with the element of Earth, this card can indicate stodginess and miserliness--it can be the "Scrooge" card. Fortunately, not today. Today I'm feeling all the positive aspects of the stability, safety, and security in this card. The Four provides a solid foundation upon which to build one's life and a protective haven in which to gather power. One is fully conscious, understanding, and appreciative of the resources at hand and is focused on how to best use them for the benefit of all.

One of the many lessons of Karma includes that each act of selfless protection of and mercy for those in need comes back to us and revitalizes the spiritual student with a sense of goodness and peace. Meaning, it feels good to do good! I had a reading recently during which my client asked me to see into the future for the world because he was concerned about current political and social climates. His cards indicated he was terribly worried about the world going to "hell in a hand basket." I advised him to look a little more closely at the full part of the glass rather than dwelling on the empty part and to pay it forward wherever he could. When relating this story to my husband, he pointed out the war stops within each of us.

The crystal for this card is blue tourmaline. It can balance the spirit with the mind and offers a message of peace. So, use your resources to "do good" and begin stopping war right in your little part of the world.

July 11, 2016: Card O' the Day: 2 The High Priestess. This morning, I was asked to do a phone reading as part of the interview process to be admitted as a reader into a fair. (This is common practice, and I'm happy to do it.) With that having happened just a few hours ago, I think this card is for me. However, I'm very willing to share, and we can all learn from each other's experiences.

Allow the gentle, empathetic, and reflective influence of the High Priestess to help you become silent and still as you dive deeply into your subconscious, your intuition, your gut. Go to the place where your inner knowing lives; the place where language is useless because the sort of understanding one receives through this card is felt, dreamed, absorbed. Just as it's so hard to describe dreams sometimes, I cannot quite describe the feeling behind this card--this place we search for the deepest answers. Understanding comes through experiencing and just...knowing.

Suspend judgment as to all your shoulds, oughts, and habitual reactions. Expand your perceptions, views, and realities and trust there's so much more out there to love and be. Learn to discern what is real from what is a false construct of your fears, prejudices, and preconceived notions. Listen with your heart to all that is unspoken.

July 6, 2016: Card O' the Day: 14 Temperance. And finally today we have balance.... A healing angel has come upon us and offers inner composure and harmony in this chaotic world. We're in a state of unity of the mind and intuition with an easy fluency between worlds. For the moment, the right proportions are found and this equilibrium makes work feel effortless.

Divine wisdom is connected with our knowledge gained through experiences. It's that sweet spot of being in the right place and time where everything falls into the place it was meant to be.

Take advantage of this peaceful time and just enjoy the ride. I'll remind you the journey is the important part, not the end result. Remove any blinders you may have put on and look around as you travel down your path. Yes, part of the mind must be dedicated to a goal, but most of it needs to be paying attention to the "right now" or the "5 minutes from now", not so much "next week." And certainly not very much on the "yesterdays" of life.

July 4, 2016: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. A couple days ago we were all in our hearts and emotions. After considering the King of Cups, we got stuck in the considering.... Now we're up in our heads! Did I not say "balance"?

The good news is the Prince is clear-sighted, direct (he heard the lesson of speaking up), dynamic, and inventive. He's a quick thinker on a good day, but I'm feeling his thoughts are a bit too quick, bordering on racing. And not in a straight line, either, but in obsessive mind loops. The Prince is one to take a risk (necessary on occasion), but impatience is making one run hell bent for leather. The energy is too scattered for efficient "travel"; the haste forward is not in a straight line, like one's thoughts.

Whenever anger and grudges come up--as they have today--I always point them out. Do a self-inventory and check if you're standing on principle and righteousness. Doing so can make one rather rigid. Being rigid, one cannot bend or change one's view when faced with something different than what's in mind. The "different" feels like confrontation or attack, and one can't cope with that and becomes angry, cranky, pissy, or runs away.

I think we all would do well with a little mental distraction. Go for a hike, a jog, immerse yourself in a book, cook up a storm, paint a room--anything to get out of your head. Now may not be a good time to be too social (says she on the biggest barbecue day ever!), but if one can stay out of one's head and just enjoy the food and mindless chatter, then have at it.

July 2, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Cups. Of the Kings, I feel like the King of Cups has it the most together--at least today. He's a good balance of sensitivity, intuitive knowing, integrity, imagination, and professionalism. There's a regalness about him, and he controls himself and his environment with kindness and ease. Because he validates his own feelings, he understands the validity of others' feelings and takes them into consideration when he must make a decision. Like the other kings, his BS detector is pretty good (not as good as the King of Swords'...), so he can smell the truth and then integrates that truth/BS into his knowledge base.

However, the bad news is the King is wrapped a wee too tight. All that admirable self-control means he holds his cards close to his vest and doesn't let others in or allow anyone to see his true feelings. This means he'll be misunderstood a lot, which makes him feel wounded and sorry for himself. What is NOT balanced within this king is knowing how to express his feelings honestly and yet maintain suitable and healthy boundaries.

The lesson for today is to try to balance the whole package. Express yourself honestly and don't be afraid to let others know your feelings. The King is very honest about a lot of stuff, and he'd do well to include his emotions in his "honesty bag." No, you don't have to wear your heart on your sleeve, but you can limit the drama in your life (I'm sooooooo misunderstood! *sob*) by speaking up. Pay attention to subtleties when navigating your world in order to glean maximum information from any situation. As you know, knowledge is power.

June 28, 2016: Card O' the Day: 10 of Swords. This is not a happy card. Someone(s) out there is/are feeling pretty defeated by life and their own damn selves. Swords are about thinking--this is self-inflicted cruelty, negative beliefs, and surrender to the circumstances. I fully understand that life events, losses, and bad luck can be crushing. However, I must reiterate: you are in full control of your reactions to the outside world. You have the choice to lay down and die or to begin finding a way around the obstacles. Even as you grieve losses, keep moving your feet--it's your only hope for getting out of this pit you're in.

Accept the events. You'll find peace and liberation in acceptance because that's when you'll stop fighting the circumstances. Once you've come to grips with the wall in front of you, you'll start looking for a way around it, testing solutions, and thinking of alternatives. This creates the movement you so desperately need to get past this moment. I'm so sorry if you're one of those at a low point right now, but the only way is up!

Smokey quartz is our stone for this card. It helps you take responsibility for your life and replace these negative, destructive thought loops with positivity and new patterns of behavior. Wear it or put it in your pocket; it's important to keep it close to you (ladies, in your purse is not close enough). You can also put a chunk of it under your pillow at night. Namaste, all.

June 23, 2016: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. Okay, I just dyed my hair emerald green/teal-ish, so this wild-ass energy might be me projecting. But I'm willing to share, so come along on this ride with me. Passion, confidence, and boundless imagination will move you forward into your next ventures. Staying true to yourself may require a bit of defiance, and you may feel a little defensive with your green hair, but know this is YOU and what you want!

Wands are fire energy and sevens are associated, among other things, with change, experimentation, courage, and risk-taking. That's our message: take your power into your own hands and have the courage to stand behind your own convictions and beliefs. Now, that doesn't mean your way is the ONLY way, so stay open-minded when you stand tall.

Recall the cards of the last two days regarding revealing truths and detecting discrepancies. That includes truth and discrepancies about yourself. No lying to yourself! Keep your head on your shoulders through all this, and don't get stupid with the risks and experimentation. Have some fun, but carefully.

June 22, 2016: Card O' the Day: Two Of Cups. The Two has returned after just four days.... The stone dumortierite (no, I've never heard of it either) is helpful in stimulating our intuition, which makes it easier to recognize discrepancies and reduce them. "Discrepancies"? You know--untruths, deceptions, fibs, LIES--all that crap The Moon's interesting light reveals. It also strengthens forbearance and patience.

I am going to talk about a new relationship today, but it's with yourself, not Mr/Ms Right. As our heart becomes more trusting (this does NOT mean gullible, blind, or stupid), we can learn about the tremendous healing powers of love. Having a loving relationship with yourself is the highest, most pure relationship. By loving your whole self, you honor Universe for having created such a divine being. Finding the harmony within yourself, you'll find your harmony with Universe, and how you fit into the "big picture."

There is a slight conflict between your urge to produce or create "things" and a restless forward motion towards change and new concepts. Take the summer to explore your inner and outer world and concentrate on the intangible rather than the tangible. It's not the right time to knit a new sweater, go hiking instead. Allow experiences to capture your creativity and save the macaroni art for this winter.

June 21, 2016: Card O' the Day: 18 The Moon. (Well, ain't that appropriate considering we just had the Summer Solstice full moon! ) The Moon's light reveals hidden things...fears, subconscious levels, and shadow aspects of ourselves. These are all very important parts of our psyches that must be faced, addressed, and integrated into our whole beings. What we consider "worst" traits about ourselves can be very useful to us as we navigate life. These nitty-gritty bits keep us true to our path and ourselves.

We're on a quest to reclaim the true self we've been burying in our efforts to make our way in polite society. Yes, there are societal rules we must all follow in order to function in the physical world, but one must not submerge one's authenticity so thoroughly that this central part of our being must live in a box at the back of one's closet.

Dig out that box and see what kind of potential, information, and wisdom is in there. Are your worst fears just illusion or actual truths? Are you held captive by "what will the neighbors say?" Let that sh*t go and stop deceiving yourself that you must be "X" in order to fit in and survive. Sure, there may be some disappointment and/or betrayal as those who can't handle the real you move away. But give them the benefit of the doubt and trust your tribe to accept more of you. Trust yourself to accept more of you.

June 19, 2016: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups. This card reiterates the message of the Two of Cups received yesterday. We're willing to work on integrating the gifts and experiences earned in the past with our present consciousness. Even though it's not always going to be comfortable to do this, we know it's necessary in order to grow. This integration will help you move into a place of balanced emotions, a meeting of the heart and mind, and union with Spirit.

How to do this, you ask? Enjoy the familiarity of fond memories, but don't dwell in the past or cling to what was. Remember, memories can be over romanticized quite easily. Let go of old hurts, forgive, and the future will be brighter. Choose to be at peace with your past.

This card is also about kindness to others. Pay it forward without any expectation of reciprocation. Give with a free heart just to help or spread joy. Your reward will be greater than any tangible return could ever be. Practice good will towards others every day for a week and then do a quick mental, emotional, and spiritual inventory. In just one week, I'm willing to bet you'll see a change in yourself and how others react in your presence.

June 18, 2016: Card O' the Day: Two of Cups. The Two of Cups is a traditional "love" card, but I'm not going to get all trite about tall, dark, and handsome strangers.That would be too easy, and I'm afraid there's more than that required of us at this time. Some of the keywords for this card are connection, teamwork, union, partnership, and cooperation. There's a potential to merge as we reach out to the cosmos, and opposites are coming together.

Let's direct those concepts internally. Think of those keywords as connecting with yourself, uniting with your soul, and cooperating with your own ideas of what you need for happiness. This internal work is meant to help you find your inner harmony so that you can find the light of your true spiritual purpose. The stuff that brings you joy. Allow your loud, obnoxious ego to dissolve a little into the integration of you and your higher self. (Don't worry, enough of your ego will hang around to keep you clothed and fed. I want you to dissolve the part of your ego that's holding you in patterns that aren't best for you.)

This work is a pretty big adventure, if you dare. There will unexpected soul recognition, but it's the right time for it. Bring rigid and painful feelings and emotions to the surface so you can get rid of them! This is the part of the ego I'm talking about--the part that holds on to a grudge or anger out of principle. He/she did me wrong; therefore, I have to be angry about it for the rest of my life, or I'll look like a wuss. No you don't! Love yourself enough to drop it already. You've better things to do with your energies and life.

June 15, 2016: Card O' the Day: 5 The Hierophant. The Hierophant represents a teacher/student relationship, but I'm not feeling like we're all sitting at the knee of some guru or taking night courses at the local community college. This is deeper...we're students of life, and we're learning through our experiences. We're being asked to honor the wisdom of experiences as we continue our search for inner meaning. Know The Hierophant has shown up today to stimulate that search and wants us to continue to awaken and grow.

The stone of The Hierophant is diamond. It can shows us the importance of each individual. It also illuminates the special and unique connection to Universe that each of us has.

As you continue to walk your path, following your OWN inner guidance, try to feel your own truth. The personal truth that works for your greatest good. Don't just mouth the words of some belief system or the teachings of others because you're too lazy to find what REALLY works for you. Use discipline and discrimination on your search. It's okay to join others in a belief system, as long as that belief system truly resonates with your soul. Otherwise, keep looking.

June 14, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. The King is back...he was just here on the 3rd.... What did we miss or is relevant today?.... Well, I'm afraid this card is more about me and my little computer "glitch." So bear with me while I hammer my lessons home into my own brain.

The king is driven by ideas, systems and communications. He's an implementer, has a warrior approach to life and problems, and is an assertive fellow. He seems calm and reasonable on the outside, but he can be volatile when challenged. This all sounds painfully familiar from the last few days. I acted calm about my computer problem, but had a monumental tummy ache and was ready to flip the f*ck out at any second. Once we had all the hardware in place, I took control of the screwdrivers and did the actual removing of the hard drive from my old laptop. My husband stood by handing me tools and finding helpful YouTube videos, but I had no patience with him being all methodical and cautious.

The second part of the king's lessons are that I must learn from this event so that I don't panic, get a tummy ache, and generally make everyone around me walk on eggshells. I've been flapping my gums a lot about spiritual development and enlightenment through my Card O' the Day, but I sure wasn't walkin' what I've been talkin'! The "stone" associated with the King of Swords is gold. It helps with self-realization and stimulates spiritual development. I'll be wearing some gold today....

June 11, 2016: Card O' the Day: 10 of Swords. So much fear and self-doubt...again with the Swords.... Really, kids, things aren't that bad. This card indicates a tendency to over exaggerate negative thoughts and to sink into negative drama. I would guess those who live in an ACTUAL war zone (Syria, anyone?) would tell us to suck it up already! You've got two choices: choose to wallow in victimhood and obsess about what's not working to your satisfaction or choose to live in joy. This is about how you react to events in life, not the actual "unfortunate" situations.

As you bring your mind into balance with your soul, you'll be able to expand yourself past the fear of endings. You'll find the ability to accept what no longer serves or works and release it so you can make space for the new that DOES work and serve. Find, choose, and welcome positive thoughts. Release your judgment as to "good" or "bad." See if you can live more in the present with what "is", and make what is into something useful to you. Choose. Joy.  

June 10, 2016: Card O' the Day: 14 Temperance. Making goals or thinking in terms of "my five-year plan" are necessary to keep us on task and accomplish what we want or need to happen. However, goals and end results are just a part of life. A bigger part is the actual journey--the ride from point A to B. The ride is where you learn the most about yourself and others, not just when you "get there." There's that old adage about the half-full glass v. the half-empty glass, but what about the 1/3 full, or just a few drops in the bottom of the glass? Is that worthless? So be present in that ride and find joy in your accomplishments along the way.

Temperance is about finding the right proportions between the mind and your intuition, inner composure, and appreciating other points of view. You don't have to shift your viewpoints, just appreciate that we're all different, and some of us have alternative belief systems that work for them even if those beliefs wouldn't work for you. However, be wary of extremes that leave no room for compromise or discussion.

This card urges one to pay attention to the little omens of good fortune that are around you at the moment. Sometimes the smallest things lead to a big break that you've been trying to manifest for a while. Put yourself in the right place at the right time by tapping into that subtle, fortunate energy. The body part associated with this card is inhaling lungs. Breathing deeply creates a new sense of energy and life force that brings alertness and awareness to what wasn't noticed before. Take a big breath through your nose and let it out in a big, open mouthed sigh to reset yourself and renew your view of the moment.  

June 9, 2016: Card O' the Day: 10 of Wands.The cards never cease to pique my interest; just when I think I "know" the meaning of a card--like this one--I get stuff come at me from left field. This card is most often associated with overburden, carrying too much responsibility, etc. The deck that I chose today does not depict the usual figure struggling under a load of ten sticks. That should have been my first clue the less common meanings for this card would surface today.

We're undergoing a lot of inner change, soul-searching, etc., and we're being encouraged to embrace that change, and be very conscious of that transformation. The fire energy of Wands will give you the vitality you need to steadily move through the changes with a feeling of rebirth. Also, enjoy the new perspective regarding your life that you'll achieve as current problems resolve and give you more space to grow.

The sailing forth is not going to be completely smooth, but you know it must occur. Be aware of some hidden anger that might bubble up. Indications are this anger is going to be self-directed due to, or connected with, some self-oppression. Forgive the old hurt, and then take out the trash. That anger doesn't do you any good; it's only poisoning your well. Adapt to these changes and the forgiving of old hurts or mistakes by integrating the lessons learned. The stone rubellite is supposed to help one re-accept the self. Maybe get a chunk of that and put it in your pocket or totem bag for a little while as you move through this current transition.

June 8, 2016: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands.A little over a week ago this brash young lad made an appearance, but he's back for another run at us (different deck, too...) and to remind us of our self-confidence and the divine sparks of energy, hope, and optimism that are moving inside us. Me thinks this good news freaked out a few of us, and we got all nervous about the exciting adventures coming our way--see all the negative Sword cards that immediately popped up telling us we shouldn't even try.

We're still on a quest for new passions and experiences and ready to make it happen. Innovation is something the Prince of Wands is good at, so be prepared to improvise as you start putting your ideas into action. Tried and true methods are stale; it's time for fresh approaches.

The intervening cards weren't totally "Chicken Little" ("the sky is falling!!!") cards and to be ignored. Any feelings of trepidation or fear regarding abilities are certainly valid, and it's common to be a little uncertain when embarking on a journey of self-discovery. The real question is, are those feelings warranted--meaning, are you truly unable? There are not many things we're truly unable to do. Think about that for a minute. Then discard your old "I can't" attitude and look to where you CAN.

June 7, 2016: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. Another card that can be gloomy on the surface, but has some wonderful underlying connotations.... The opportunities for integrating and assimilating our pieces-parts into a wonderful whole, which we were offered with the nines, continues today with this card. We've come to the realization it's time to leave behind some things that no longer serve us, materially or emotionally, and start [another] soul-searching journey to seek our higher purpose [again].

(Life is all about soul-searching and pursuing our higher purposes. Unfortunately, we have to eat, our egos are kind of competitive, and we're creatures of comfort. Thus the "journeys" get drowned out by day-to-day survival. I think when we get lost, grumpy, and agitated, that's our reminder to work on our spiritual path again and pay a little less attention to keeping up with the neighbors.)

Follow that urge to venture down the road less traveled, explore new territory to grow, expand, and evolve. You might have to reaffirm or set boundaries against the rat race so you have space and time for your spirit quest. That may be easier than you think, because stuff that seemed to matter soooo much is less shiny and attractive as it once was. Take advantage of that loss of interest and quickly let go before you over-think it and decide to "save it for later."  

June 6, 2016: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords. When I pulled this card I thought CRAP! can we not get away from the negative energy of those blasted Swords already!? But then I stepped back, slowed down, and read the fine print about this card. The obvious "dark shadows" that usually go with this card are not slapping me in the face today. The softer, more subtle messages of the Nine is whispering to me.... Many of yesterday's messages are being repeated, but additional information is coming with the greater headlines.

There is great dedication to returning to Self and we're urged to gather and integrate the aspects within that we often deny. Those aspects are probably less-than-favorite parts, but they are parts of our whole. We must integrate them to become fully whole and at peace. Face those fearsome parts and embrace all who you are. Our flaws are what make us unique and interesting--otherwise we're just shell-like Stepford Wives.

Something else to pay attention to: self-sacrifice. Or, as I prefer it: throwing yourself under the bus to please everyone else. Stand up for yourself and say no when it's not convenient, in your best interests, or against your beliefs to do something requested of you. Saying no doesn't make you a bad person, and it may be the kindest thing you do all day!

Finally, recognize how negative thought patterns drag down your' entire life. More and more empirical, scientific studies are proving what we already know: maintaining negative energy in your life is damaging to your health, psyche, and spirit, and literally makes you sick. Use today's omen of change as a reminder to do something positive each day--for yourself as well as for others.

June 5, 2016: Card O' the Day: Nine of Hearts. Thank you! Finally we're out of our heads and into our hearts again...life tends to be more manageable when we don't overthink so much. This card is sometimes the "wishes come true card." But not today; no lottery winnings, not faerie dust, no unicorn farts. Today is all about honest, hard spiritual/emotional work. Nines indicate a completion and being of hearts, the completion is of an emotional nature. You've come to understand you're responsible for your own happiness. The next step is to recognize what it is that makes you happiest--sincerely, spiritually, deep-in-the-soul happy--and then do more of that.

At this point, difficulties have been surmounted, and you're entering into a phase of material, emotional, and physical well being. Can I have a "whew"? Anyone? Beuller?

While in this happy place, reflect upon what you've created--good and bad. Pat yourself on the back for the good, and see what you need to do to atone for the bad. Integrate all these experiences into your Self, and be grateful for the lessons learned and the opportunities you had to have learned them. Remember, unpleasant experiences and difficult times help us know not to go down that particular road again. It's all about attitude and your reactions to events. Peace to all.  

June 4, 2016: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords.Very often, the Eight of Swords is depicted with a central figure being hemmed in by a circle of symbolic swords. The figure is usually bound and blindfolded. The poor soul is not the victim of some sadistic bondage vixen, but actually a victim of his/her own mind. As with all Swords, it's a mental card; it's not what's happening TO you, but what you're doing to yourself in your own mind.

Three days in a row we've had Swords in the minor keys. Maybe it's the current political climate, but this tells me there's a lot of self-criticism, negative thinking, over analysis, rigid beliefs, mental restriction, and struggle that we're piling on ourselves. We've locked ourselves into a pattern of living that is always striving towards some set definition of "I've arrived." With that in mind, we've put happiness on hold because we haven't gotten "there" yet.

You're only as trapped as you make yourself! Sure, life may "suck" at the moment, but how you react to the circumstances is the level of suckiness you must endure. Lemonade out of lemons and all that.... Stop obsessing over minutiae and look at the big picture: am I clothed, sheltered, fed? Lots of people aren't. I make a point of counting my blessings every morning. Oh, yes, it's terribly trite, and my litany of blessings is rather rote and hurried some mornings, but it gives me a lift at the start of each day and reminds me I've got it pretty darned good. One can view this card as an omen of luck--whether it's good or bad luck is your choice.

June 3, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. I see the avoidance of conflict inherent in the Prince of Swords goes deeper with the King. It's not outside conflict you're running from but internal conflict. You're not wanting to use the King's significant abilities to discern truth from lies and falseness or his penetrating vision on yourself. The intellectual and analytical King is quite fanatic about seeking truth in all things except himself.

What to do? The hard stuff: own your shit, face unpleasant facts, and cut losses for the greatest good. Ouch. I don't see this as doom and gloom "shadow" energy but as a golden opportunity to do some solid personal work.

Through critical, objective examination, some hidden truths will be revealed. However, knowledge is power--even unpleasant knowledge. Because knowing what's wrong enables you to fix it or at least take steps to mitigate the "wrong." If your health, relationship, or career are headed down the tubes, facing hard truths will enable you to halt the downward spiral and make necessary changes to move you to a happier place. The bonus? A valuable lesson that will (in theory) prevent you from ever having to be here again.

June 2, 2016: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. We have another impetuous prince running faster than his feet can carry him. It's necessary to take the occasional risk, but proceeding without any sort of deliberation or preparation is foolhardy and reckless. One must ground ideas and endeavors in reality and remain responsible for what one creates. Ignoring the mundane details won't make them go away; and, no, you can't turf them off to somebody else. Some grunt jobs have to be done personally.

The Prince of Swords can be disconnected from his emotions, and this can make him hold onto anger and hurts because he analyses them to death. Instead of feeling the emotions and getting over them, he'll bury them into a grudge. Most recently I think one has had a "gullible" moment and now feels foolish. One is not able to laugh at oneself, holler d'OH, and let it go. No...that discomfort is being transferred somewhere else in the form of anger.

Is that why you're charging ahead, hell bent for leather? Are you running away from the conflict or confrontation that made you feel so idiotic? If so, put the brakes on, slap your forehead, and drop the 'tude. We've all been there. Chalk the whole thing up to "life" and file it under "lesson learned."  

June 1, 2016: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups.I still feel like we're singing in a minor key...the normally hearts-and-rainbows Ace of Cups is shadowy. This is a very powerful emotion card and it represents the FULL spectrum of emotions-- not just romantic, generous, unconditional love. Expect a rather emotional time for a bit. (Fortunately, it's an ace, and aces are fleeting moments.) These emotions will change circumstances, new feelings will replace old, and one will experience a turnabout in feelings for another.

One of my sources uses the word "upheaval" and that smells right to me. While this could be construed as suddenly seeing a friend as your one true love, my thoughts are the rose-colored glasses are going to come off, and you'll be seeing someone truthfully, rather than what you'd hoped they'd be.

This unfortunate emotional turmoil will bring lessons, however. There's ample opportunity for emotional growth and "experience"--read: not gonna do THAT again! The episode will bring out a new frankness you've been afraid of using before and that will bring balance and harmony to your life as you finally tune your awareness to what feels right for YOU.

May 31, 2016: Card O' the Day: 0 The Fool. The best parts of the bright-eyed, new-beginnings Fool are taken too far and are being subverted into the likes of a really bratty, entitled teenager. There's a reluctance to listen to advice, a lack of discipline, egotism, and a lack of staying power. One is easily infatuated by shiny things and then wonders why things aren't turning out as planned. Emotional energy is running high and intensely with a lot of anger and jealousy. Lots of foot stomping, eye-rolling, and flouncing off in a huff.

The Fool, on a better day, would call you to trust your inner knowing. However, today that's not possible because you're so concerned with trivia and petty nonsense that your wise intuition is simply being drowned out by the static. It's all about the "lower consciousness" stuff right now. I told the Prince of Wands to put on a helmet, but obviously, he did not and is continuing to rock out to "Highway to Hell."

If you can, get hold of a piece of silex to calm your restless mind and balance those really intense emotions. See if you can be alone to meditate, practice yoga, or take a bike ride. Do only what's necessary to run your life right now; put all decisions on hold, cease making plans for anything, stop running after the "next thing" and just...stop. Breathe. Let the dust settle. Once you're able to think clearly, acknowledge lessons learned, and handle constructive advice again, then move forward with your endeavors.  

May 29, 2016: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands. The particular deck I used this morning depicts the Prince of Wands riding a motorcycle, wearing no helmet, and his purple scarf trailing behind him in the wind. Brash, bold, fearless, and egocentric is this particular prince. He represents the spirit, passion, and energy that sets wheels in motion and gets us off our duffs to make new ideas and schemes realities. This is "good" energy, but it's also rather unpredictable and volatile.

Try to balance and harness this wild gusto with common sense. Firstly, put on a helmet if you're riding, and tuck in that scarf. Isadora Duncan anyone (Google how she died)? Secondly, pay attention to the fine print and all details. You'll catch things as they START to go wrong rather than only noticing when things have gone so far south they can't be salvaged. Thirdly, cultivate reliability. Become known as that person who does what they say they will; the one who keeps promises and follows through on projects.

The fire energy of the Prince of Wands combines intellect with the restlessness that impels us forward to discover new things. Yes, be open to life and all it's surprises; be ready to pivot on a dime and take advantage of fleeting chances for adventure. At the same time, practice patience, maintain a steady pace where you can, and balance impulse with practicality. 

May 28, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles. Now THAT'S what I'm talking about with the "big kid pants"! The King's "stone" is amber; it increases one's mental well being, helps achieve illumination, absorbs negative energy, brings strength and wisdom, and assists in manifesting in the material world. I know what I'm wearing today! The King's chakra is the 1st, the root chakra, connecting him to the earth and his deepest foundation.

As a steady, consistent figure, the appearance of this card is a reminder to approach your world, tasks, and relationships, with kindness, reliability, and stability. By being a rock to yourself and to others, you'll be able to strip away superfluous distractions and focus on the true work that needs to be done. Whether this work is actual physical labor or more esoteric, spiritual work, by getting down to the base of it all, you'll save a lot of energy in the long run.

The King of Pentacles indicates prosperity, accomplishment, and robust health so you can be assured your projects have the potential to take off, and you'll live to enjoy them. Unfortunately, it won't all fall in your lap. (The truly valuable things in life don't, you know.) Work must be done to become peaceful within, gain acceptance of what must be, and manifest your ideas and dreams. You can do it.

May 27, 2016: Card O' the Day: 10 of Swords. This is a "shadow card" with some pretty heavy meanings. They include bottoming out, nadir, misfortune, and disappointment. Victim mentality and desolation take this unfortunate card even further by adding the "woe is me" aspect. So many people fear getting the Devil or Death cards when sitting for a reading, but quite frankly, the 9 and 10 of Swords suck way more than the Death or Devil cards. Do you know why? Because the Death and Devil cards happen TO us, whereas the 9 and 10 of Swords happen FROM us. All that crap shadow stuff denoted by the 10 of Swords is coming from within your own head!

However, if you're willing to face the truth and do the work, you'll find acceptance of your circumstances. Acceptance brings instruction from the lessons. Lessonsbring liberation from bad habits and actions. And Liberation allows for expansion. I'm not trying to be a gross PollyAnna (Google it if you don't know), nor am I making light of any unfortunate circumstances you may be suffering; I'm trying to help you change your view of your world.

If you need to, go back to your headstand and see the world from a literally different perspective. We had the Hanged Man the other day, and we might not yet be done with him. He was asking you to change how you considered life, and the 10 of Swords is asking the same in a slightly different way. Allow your mind to flex and bend to new ideas and concepts. This card is not about the actual difficulties of life, but about how you react to them. Your choice: fall in a heap wailing "why me?" or put on your big kid pants and figure it out.

May 26, 2016: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. It's said money cannot buy happiness, and no one else can MAKE you happy. This card has appeared today to remind us of that. It's all about wishes coming true, abundance, contentment, and all kinds of warm fuzzies we've made for ourselves and the responsibility we've taken to become happy. Nothing landed in our laps; we didn't win the lottery; it was old-fashioned strength of will, determination, and sweat that got you here. You deserve to celebrate and pat yourself on the back.

However, don't break your arm patting. Being too proud of oneself can lead to complacency, satisfaction, and even greed for more. Reaping rewards for hard work can get a little addicting, and one may go overboard with the working and reaping to the point life becomes just a joyless amassing of wealth.

The easiest way to keep yourself humble and not get stuck on the work/reap treadmill is to give back to others who have not yet made it. Give of yourself--your knowledge, time, kindness--and don't just make a monetary contribution. Yes, donating cash is helpful, but donating yourself is more rewarding in the long run.

May 25, 2016: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords. Yesterday the cards hung you upside down so you could see life from a new perspective, and now the cards are cutting you down to implement that new way of thinking. Count yourself lucky it's happening so quickly! Often we're left hanging quite a while until we "get" it. However, the reason it's happening quickly is because you're in the right place at the right time for solving problems or manifesting goals. Aces represent new beginnings, but the opportunities are fleeting--get on the ball, people!

With this new thought process, old ideas are discarded or negative situations escaped to make room for inspired ideas and a deeper, wider, and more comprehensive understanding. We should all stand back and turn ourselves upside down on a regular basis if this is the result. If the swift movement of your thoughts or events around you are unsettling, have a cup of chamomile tea and latch onto a clear quartz crystal. The tea will soothe, and the stone will help clear your thoughts and allow for fruitful meditation.

By moving forward now and challenging yourself to keep up, you'll find peace and contentment in the new and graceful acceptance of the necessity to break from the old.

May 24, 2016: Card O' the Day: 12 The Hanged Man. Often, we want what we want, when we want it! Just because we're not three anymore, doesn't mean that feeling goes away. We've just matured enough to know kicking and screaming about something isn't the best way to get it and to know that sometimes what we want isn't meant to be ours. Right? We HAVE matured enough, haven't we? *Sigh*

For those of us who haven't (this author included), our Card O' the Day is telling us to dig into our bag of tricks and find all the patience and maturity we've got to let go what it is we're pining for. It's not going to happen, and it's best to let it go. By making this necessary sacrifice, you will be able to release the control this "thing you wanted" has over you. You'll be able to better move forward with your real tasks and the truly important stuff at hand.

Yes, it's hard to recognize what wasn't meant to be; it's difficult not to be disappointed. Choose maturity and patience and trust the Universe to be right. Release control of your wants; return to Source for your needs. If you have any aquamarine, wear it today to help gain the peace needed to let go and walk away.  

May 23, 2016: Card O' the Day: Page of Swords. All righty then! Now that you're ready to take a little time out for yourself, we've got the right combination of personality energies to lead the way. The Page/Princess is ready to try something new in relation to ideas or systems, has just enough wildness to wing it, but yet has all senses tuned for hidden dangers. There's fortitude, perception, a bit of daring, and enough brains to make a go of things. However, this Page is a bit of a fence-sitter...consider what your indecision is about and why you're letting it hold you back. I mean, there are equal measures of drive, determination, caution, and ideas--so what's causing the clog?

Oh, I get it now...more delegation issues.; the Page can't delegate any better than the Queen of Pentacles. What a bunch of control freaks! Under all that control actually lies a bit of insecurity; am I right? Perhaps you're doing so much and not delegating because you think you're being "pushy" or "demanding" by asking others to take on a task or responsibility. This card is a reminder to stand up for yourself and clearly convey your needs and feelings. By keeping quiet and doing it all, you don't have to reveal much of yourself or take a chance on developing relationships with anyone. That might get a bit lonely.

The chakra for this card is the heart--that center of our beings that connects the guts to the voice and brains. I feel like this is also a reminder to get out of your head (Swords, thinking) and little more into your heart. Use a little of that adventurousness and daring to risk getting to know those around you. Be vulnerable and ask for help; allow yourself to be generous enough to receive. By receiving, we're allowing someone else the opportunity to give.

May 22, 2016: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles.In some decks, the queens are also called "nurturers" and for good reason. They're the mother personalities of the deck; the Queen of Pentacles is the earth mother. She's concerned with hearth and home and managing resources and is down to earth, practical, and frank. She lives firmly in the real world. Because this queen is the "head of household" type, she has difficulty delegating responsibilities and often forgets to nurture herself as much as she does everyone else.

Her appearance today is prompting me to remind y'all to stop trying to do it all yourself. This "self-reliant" thing can be taken too far. Delegate where you can and TRUST it will get done--maybe not precisely as you would have done it, but it will get done adequately. With that free time you've created by delegating tasks, nurture yourself! Spa Day, anyone? All that care of others takes energy, but if you're tapped out, you're not able to prop anyone up anymore--never mind yourself. Question: are you so busy looking after others because you find yourself unworthy of care? You'll be a much more effective nurturer if you can accept and love your own self and be happy in your skin. Just sayin'.

Agate is our stone du jour. It's supposed to help you in the search for truth and allows acceptance of unpleasant circumstances. "Acceptance" is a really good thing so put a piece under your pillow, in your pocket, or wear your agate jewelry for a few days. You might find a little more ease in going with the flow, loving yourself, and seeing things for what they are and being okay with that.

May 20, 2016: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. The "generosity" card.... My first thought about this card was the charity and philanthropy associated with it, but I'm struck by a small variation on the theme today. Peace, tolerance, fair exchange, and responsibility are also present. When we're respectful enough of our fellow beings to give of ourselves freely and/or offer fair exchange for goods and services, I think that allows for, and stimulates, personal peace and feeling good in our own skins.

This is a two-way street in that the card is about benefitting and being benefitted, the joy in giving and receiving. This card also has a note about "having/not having", but I feel even if we are naked, with absolutely zero material resources, we still have something we can give. Something that has value and something that is a fair exchange for goods and services of others.

(This is one of those readings where I struggle with words...it's like trying to describe a dream--there are definite feelings and ideas I wish to convey, but language is falling short.)

Let us practice the type of selfish generosity, tolerance, and responsibility for our neighbors that will benefit someone else and returns to us a sense of peace and joy that far out weighs the effort or cost of our initial gesture. Give to the point of feeling giddy and let that mere "warm and fuzzy" be all the reward you need.

 May 19, 2016: Card O' the Day: Five of Wands. Labor, endeavors, strife, obstacles, and yet determination, commitment, and profit are all present in our card today. Saturn, the plant of hardship and struggle is in opposition to Leo, the sign of power and authority. Saturn has a plan and Leo has the drive, but the two are pulling in opposite directions, and thus the conflict.

We're on the right path to our goals, but the energies are getting a bit chaotic. Perhaps there's a bit of competition or differing opinions among your team members or those assisting you. This sparring and vying for position can cause anxiety and snarkiness and ultimately slow down the momentum of the project as egos clash and everyone tries to be "right."

Make use of this great fire energy by channeling it effectively. Step back from the fray, assess the situation rationally, and allow the dust to settle. (No decisions should be made at this time anyway, so there's time to take a small break.) Release all pettiness and focus the energy of the group or your assistants. Look for common ground where you can rather than amplifying the differences. Concentrating on what's going right will help you put what's going wrong into proper perspective. Also, look at it from a collective view point instead of hogging credit for the "right" and pointing fingers for the "wrong."  

May 10, 2016: Card O' the Day: 0 The Fool. As we "rock on!", we must do so with our eyes open. I'm feeling the blind faith, folly, indiscretion, and reluctance to listen to advice more than anything from The Fool today. There's also egotism, present: "I've got this!", "No, I don't need your help!", "Get out of my business! (But I need a ride to....)". Lots of "teenaged angst", rashness, and indecision. This card represents everything--potential, hope, dreams--or nothing--aimlessness, thoughtlessness, chaos.

Yes, it's good to be self-assured and strong-willed, but be sure you channel that energy wisely. In some writings of Tarot lore, The Fool is the same man as The Magician. The Magician commands and utilizes the power of all the elements--fire (Wands), air (Swords), water (Cups), and earth (Pentacles). Whereas The Fool, in his aimless wanderings, has forgotten the purpose and power of each of these symbols. He carries a totem of each element in his bag, but it's just clutter to him.

Collect your personal powers and use them for your highest good without trampling on everyone around you. Your highest good may include being kind, helpful, and cheerful. Never forget that no man is an island. We all need help to reach our goals, but if you've alienated those around you with selfish, "what can you do for me" attitudes, it's going to be a lot harder to achieve your dreams--if not impossible.

May 9, 2016: Card O' the Day: The Queen of Wands. The Queen of Wands is the strongest of the Tarot queens. She's self-assured, kind, responsible, supportive, honorable, and loving. She's also dynamic, strong-willed, and powerful. Successful in business, she's creative and passionate about her projects and cannot be deterred. On her shadow side, she has trust issues, is quick to anger, and can suffer some pretty wild mood swings.

The Queen's message is to have faith in your abilities and master your personal power. This card is of boldness, assertiveness, and self-discovery. With these qualities, obstacles are easily overcome and confidence soars.

Don't allow yourself to whine "yeah, but..."--I think that's one of the most destructive phrases that can ever come out of our mouths! Let go of any grudges, negative energies, or thoughts of revenge. Make note of what went down and then move on. Next time you will NOT be so unprepared! Now, light a fire under your ass, and rock on!

May 6, 2016: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. Today's card is brought to you by the word "truth." This King has the ability to see through all the static and straight to the heart of a matter. A discerner and seeker of truth, he's all about embracing new ideas to make the world a better place. Use that yen to make things better by blending creativity with current knowledge and getting a little unusual with your methods. Tried and true is good, but it doesn't always work, and we must stay flexible so we don't get jammed up by life's roadblocks.

In addition to staying flexible, we're called to expand our small-minded view points. Because the Sword King is represented by the heart chakra, this tells me we can expand our minds by opening our hearts. Ponder that a moment.... The most glaring example of opening our minds via our hearts is last year's new legislation that allows same-sex marriage. Through compassion for all people, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, our minds opened to the idea that the concept of marriage is for anyone. You don't have to change laws to make the world better; you can do much by just being nice in your own little corner.

Because the King is a fanatic truth-seeker, hidden truths may come to light. If you think that might have been a little TMI, remember that knowledge is power. Now that you know, you can deal with whatever's at hand. This might mean cutting some losses for the greater good. Not always pleasant, but necessary.

May 5, 2016: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands. I saw this great meme yesterday of a bunch of duckings in a pond. The headline read something like "I may not have my ducks in a row, but at least I have them all in the same pond." This sums up our card for today. The loose ends are getting organized, tools are being gathered, ideas are being tweaked, and negotiations are ongoing to line up the things we can't do ourselves.

Threes are the manifestation of choices or unions. The 3 of Wands is a "yes" card with powerful energy flowing through it. Tiger iron is the stone for today, and it helps us connect to the vital energy of Mother Earth. Astrologically, we have the power of the Sun combined with Aries, god of War--need I say more about the heavy duty energy of this card?

Be assured you're on the right track, and others see what you're doing and are respecting you for it. While success isn't guaranteed--when is it ever?--you're encouraged to follow your visions as you move forward with your current plans. Balanced emotional energy along with mental focus will be vital to achieving your goals. You might have to make adjustments along the way so remember to be flexible and, at minimum, listen politely to any suggestions.

May 4, 2016: Card O' the Day: 21 The World. In some cases this card is about having arrived, completion, yada, yada, yada. Sorry, but I don't see it today. One of the OTHER interpretations of this card, which I AM centering on, is a supreme feeling of union, integration, and an encompassing of the whole. Lately we've been working towards becoming more at home within ourselves; we're trying to accept all our warts and being okay that we're flawed. The World is telling us we're getting closer to our goal.

Somebody else has written this card is about "dancing within your limitations." I think that's a very apt phrase! We're all limited in many ways; the trick is to thrive and dance through life despite those limits. Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I can't perfect a one-note "ohm" at the end of yoga class. I sound like a love-sick moose, but I'm becoming okay with it; I'm embracing my internal love-sick moose, dammit!

As we come to accept our limitations and flaws, our soul finds peace, and there's union between our inner and outer spaces. We reconcile our human selves with our spiritual selves and become whole. Are we there yet? No, 'fraid not. Will we ever make it? That depends on how hard you want to work.

P.S. I have a sneaking suspicion we won't ever "make it" completely as long as we are in human form. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to get as close as we can before we kick the bucket and transcend to the next plane. Just sayin'. 

April 28, 2016: Card O' the Day: 1 The Magician. This is the 4th Major Arcana in a row; the Major Arcana represent the big life lessons in the Tarot Deck. Therefore, we need to pay extra attention to these cards. The Magician symbolizes the ego, the self, the "me, myself, and I" concept--but in a good way today. He's telling us we have the power, resources, knowledge, and the will the create the changes necessary in our worlds. Sometimes the changes we help manifest are in The World, but right now I'm thinking personal world. With this card we have the concentration, focus, energy, and desire for action and change.

The Magician is the ultimate director of the quest for self. That quest is leading us to better ourselves within, but also to better our physical environment. Whether it's planting a garden or moving houses, this is a time of feeling trust in the Universe and yourself and using the bubbling force of Nature to impel you forward.

The internal work does not cease just because we're manifesting on the physical plane. Continue to pay attention to subtle signs from your environment, the people you interact with, and from your own gut. Allow those nuances to have weight in your decision making.

April 27, 2016: Card O' the Day: 10 The Wheel. With all the personal reflection of late, you'll be able to see the changes coming and that are so necessary. The Wheel symbolizes the inevitable changes of time, seasons, culture, and trends that are part of life on this Big Blue Marble of ours. You can embrace those changes, make the most of them, grow...or you can dig in your heels and scream bloody murder as you're dragged down the path of change. Your choice: walk voluntarily or get dragged and suffer a gnarly case of road-rash.

Change is always for the better, but some may beg to differ. Is the change of an awful divorce really "better"? Is the death of a loved one a "good" change? Is there an upside to the change of losing your job? It depends on how you view these changes. You can look at the events' results: alone, bereaved, and jobless. Or you can dig deeper: if the marriage was so good it wouldn't have ended; the loved one may have been physically finished and it was more than time to go; the job was stifling and slowly killing you.

Your homework for the day is to see how you can surf the waves of change--meaning to flow WITH the energy rather than AGAINST it. Turn the fear of change into excitement for all the "new" that's coming. Expand yourself to embrace rather than shrinking to defend.

April 26, 2016: Card O' the Day: 5 The Heirophant. The Heirophant represents what stimulates inner awakening and growth. So, while you're hanging out and seeing things from a new point of view anyway, allow the guru of the Universe to guide you. He also evokes ancient memories, and one would do well to pay attention to personal experiences and those of the ancients. See if you can tap into the collective conscious to learn from that deep well of wisdom.

Tradition, belief systems, cultural norms, and organized religions are defined by this card, too. We're encouraged to find our own truth rather than just mouth the words of others or pre-set doctrines without feeling and understanding them. The Heirophant is the bridge between spiritual belief and daily life--he helps you actually "walk what you talk." Stay flexible to ALL beliefs and incorporate into your life what truly resonates with you. You're allowed to take a little of this and that to make a custom belief system that works best with your personal values.

April 25, 2016: Card O' the Day: 12 The Hanged Man. The Hanged Man is quickly becoming my favorite of the cards. Or maybe just today.... There's something so peaceful about surrendering the ego to a whole new perspective. The active waiting, the period of deep contemplation, the "aha" moment that inevitably comes. It might not be a bolt of lightening but more along the lines of a whisper of light that gradually grows and brings clarity to your life or a particular circumstance. (You realize, of course, we can be in different places on the Tarot path at the same time, right?)

While in this suspended, up-ended place, you might feel a bit uncertain, and that's okay. You're just finding your way. Sometimes we must grope through the dark and take action because standing still is worse. Not right now. Stand still and listen with all senses, including your 6th, 7th, and 8th senses. Turn your head, this way and that as you focus on the subtleties. The animal spirit of this card is the Bat. Bats may be effectively blind, but their hearing is supernatural--be a bat.

Chill out, and let the breezes and waters flow past, washing away the fog of indecision and unknowing. You'll see the way clearly in a little while.

April 24, 2016: Card O' the Day: 8 of Cups. One is in the process of leaving something behind to seek a deeper meaning and to find higher purpose. Perhaps there's a need to venture into unexplored territory... But even if that's carried out physically (like going skydiving, on a safari, to an ashram), there will be inner discovery woven into the physical discovery.

There've been some painful experiences lately, and one is overwhelmed by the disappointment, weariness, and drama of it all. This overwhelm is causing one to walk away, separate, and disengage from the trouble. It's not running away, it's giving healthy space to the circumstances so one can pause, regroup, and rethink things. Keep moving away from the turmoil, in fact, and towards people who support you being your higher self!

Remember that life is cyclic and what may have served well at one time, no longer does. This is the time to figure out what's still useful and what's not. Even goals, once thought the key to happiness, may grow stale. It's okay to change your mind and redirect energies. We all grow out of things, ideas, and patterns of living. A change of scenery, even for the day, will help in the search for new energy, new thoughts, and the higher self.

April 22, 2016: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles. Can I get a hallelujah for a happy card for a change? The animal spirit associated with this card is the dog. Right there that should put you in the mood of the Ten of Pentacles: stable and abundant life, home, security, loyalty, and love. The Ten is also associated with material prosperity and success. Our stone is tiger's eye, which teaches tolerance of different points of view and helps one be more flexible in order to attract the people and things that are important for our personal development.

This card reminds us to count our blessings, even the tiniest, and to give thanks for those recent tough lessons we've been struggling to accept and integrate. We're on the right path towards spiritual and material growth and security in our later years. Know you're safe, so go ahead and relax and celebrate with family and friends.

As with all good fortunes and abundance, the Ten encourages us to share the wealth. By keeping the bright energy FLOWING through us, new abundance can then come in as we share the current abundance we're enjoying. Damming up the creek will give you a larger puddle, but that puddle will become stagnant, slow, and dank as nasty things begin to grow. Moving energy stays fresh.

April 21, 2016: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. The fiery energy of Wands is urging you forward, but the choices represented by 2's are holding you back. Thus, all that energy is going in circles, increasing your feelings of unease and conflict, and all you really want is peace! You're at a crossroads and need to make a choice; determining what that choice is, precisely, is your first step. Does it involve a concrete, tangible project or option, or is it more of an internal, spiritual thing?

If the choice is on the physical plane, you know the drill: weigh pros and cons, ask for advice, do a little research, balance the creative dreams with reality, and listen carefully to your intuition. If it's a matter on the spiritual/emotional plane, a retreat, meditation, and advice from a trusted friend are all solid tools to help you hear your gut, so you can take the best course of action for YOU.

Another good way to make tough choices is to look back and see what worked in the past in similar situations. Do not forget to examine crashing failures along with the singing successes. In fact, the failures might have more valuable information, if you can bear the inner humiliation of recalling your crash-and-burn in minute detail. As we all know, the devil is in the details, so just briefly touching on a failure and saying "we won't be doing THAT again!" may not be enough to really glean all the wisdom available from that mess. Get dirty! Dig around and really explore your failures! "It'll be fun!" she said....

April 20, 2016: Card O' the Day: 9 The Hermit. Sometimes this daily card thing makes no sense. Yesterday we were encouraged to be social and make use of contacts, today is all about going "within" to find truth. Say what? Go back a little further and see the cards of the past week; it begins to make sense if one looks at the big picture.

The Hermit is indicative of continuing the search for personal truth regarding our best selves and the best use of our lives. He has a strong sense of responsibility for others and the meaning of duty. The lantern he carries is not just to light his own way but to light the way of others behind him. The Hermit offers a voice of calm, an acceptance of circumstances, and the inner compass to guide us. We need to be still, however, to hear that voice. We need to forgive to accept, and we must be open to guidance to follow the direction of our compass.

But before we can truly light the way for others, we need to have our own sh*t together. Where are you throwing yourself under the bus in order to "do your duty"? Where are you obsessive/compulsive about controlling people, situations, or your environment? Most importantly, WHY are you so obsessive/compulsive? Take advantage of the Hermit's lantern to achieve meaningful self-discovery as you ponder these questions. Understanding the answers will take you a long way towards inner peace and acceptance of self.

April 19, 2016: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. There's a tremendous potential for achievement and financial success if a well-disciplined and balanced approach is taken. There's so much going on for you that you really have to fine-tune and focus the energy lest it scatters to the winds and is wasted. ...But you don't waaaaaaaant to be patient and methodical! You want to be DONE already! That's not the way it works. We're talking slow, steady progress rather than a leap forward at this time.

Part of the impatience and "let's get on with it" feeling is actually uncertainty and fear of failure. You want to jump off the cliff, quickly tear off the bandage, and rush forward before you lose your nerve. No can do...evaluation, assessment, and careful consideration is necessary. Check the figures, mull pros and cons, and inch forward with eyes open and "Spidey Senses" on full alert for anything fishy lurking in the shadows.

Balance is also needed in your whole life, not just at work or with financial endeavors. In our eagerness to move forward and make millions, we're ignoring the emotional demands and needs of family and friends. Your world will contract if you let social connections drop. Not only are social connections good for your soul, they're good for business. You never know who's cousin's hairdresser's daughter-in-law knows someone who can get you hooked up with a potential client/employer/investor. Make time for sincere socializing and enjoyment of the hearth fire.

April 18, 2016: Card O' the Day: 8 Strength. Real power: the strength to love with all your heart; the strength of union between yourself and others; and the strength of the infinite light of Universe.

More soul searching, I'm afraid.... We're asked to honestly look at our lives and see where we're not ALLOWING balance. What?! Not "allowing".... Yes. Remember the daily dusting thing? Super-hyper control of your environment will prevent balance in your world. Super-hyper control of other people will prevent balance in relationships. Super-hyper control of yourself will prevent balance in your psyche.

Some of us thrive on drama and conflict (and will stir some up just for the cheap thrill), others like to dive in and "fix" a perceived problem, and still others run screaming from any sort of upheaval or the merest whiff of discord. One does well to develop mature strength of soul and character by not running, "fixing", or thriving, but handling the issue with compassion, trust, and love. What does that look like? It means not overreacting from a place of fear and insecurity, not stopping to butt into a situation that's none of our business just to vicariously enjoy the drama, and not forcing those involved into a box that tidily "solves the problem" in your eyes. Working from a place of compassion, love, and trust means facilitating communication, mediating a solution that's best for those involved, and/or letting others sort out their conflicts by themselves.

April 17, 2016: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands. Could it be that the "hidden dangers" hinted at by The Empress are actually hidden anger and grudges? The Ten of Wands is representative of heavy burdens and responsibilities--either self-imposed or life-imposed. Being that weighed down is going to mean you won't have time to do all you WANT to do because you'll be caught up in the "shoulds." Not doing the "wants" will lead to frustration and feelings of being held back from your life.

What to do? Let go. Yes, I'm yammering on about "letting go" uh-gain! The more stuff you keep dwelling over, chewing on, and rehashing, the more energy you waist on the past. Acknowledge, learn, move on.

See where you can delegate necessary tasks that can't be dropped. See where you can slack off without the world coming to an end (seriously? do you HAVE to dust the entire house EVERY day?). Use that newly freed energy and time to pursue your dreams and goals without risking total burn out. Some final thoughts: self care; you are ENOUGH!; appreciate your accomplishments so far.

April 16, 2016: Card O' the Day: 3 The Empress. The Empress signifies nature, renewal, creativity, and all that mothering, nurturing stuff. Her appearance also reassures us that creative growth is on track, which will lead to progress and abundance, yada, yada, yada.

While your head is bursting with new ideas, life, and possibilities, keep your eyes peeled for hidden dangers or miscalculations of time and resources. Remember that Mother Nature is often cruel.... I use the movie "Wizard of Oz" a lot in my verbal visuals, and at this moment, I'm stuck on the poppy field. Dorothy has come out of the Dark Forest into the sunshine and starts dashing across the poppy field to the Emerald City and promptly hits a pothole because she didn't pay attention.

I don't mean to be a Negative Nelly, but the shifting energy is still fairly heavy and caution is warranted. Yes, give voice and fuel to your ideas and the possibilities before you. Yes, come out of the dark forest with a spring in your step and a song in your heart. You deserve the sunshine! Just don't forget reality, and keep your feet on the ground.

April 15, 2016: Card O' the Day: 2 The High Priestess. The epitome of inner wisdom, she speaks without words. She is the Spiritual Mother as well as your heart of hearts, your deepest self where all the truth dwells. On the spiritual level, you're being asked to risk finding out what you may be hiding from yourself.

You may discover aspects of yourself you never knew existed; it may not be a joyful discovery. Meaning, you may be way more intolerant and selfish than you'd like to be. That's okay! Face that truth and accept it. Then see where you can make room. You can't change inherent, deep truths, but you can sneak around the edges to participate more lovingly in life. Example: you feel you should volunteer your time but really want to stay on the couch and watch Netflix. Solution: donate money, get a phone list and make 20 phone calls from the comfort of your own chair, bake something for the next bake sale.

Not all of us are born to be selfless saints. Understand your limitations, accept them, and still love yourself. You have appeared at this time for a purpose that only Universe knows. Your purpose may be to simply exist or become the next POTUS. Be the most authentic you.

April 14, 2016: Card O' the Day: 7 The Chariot. This card is the final card in the first stage of the Fool's Journey through the Tarot's lessons. Stage one is concerned with developing awareness and building character, competence, and maturity. Sort of the "physical plane" stuff, whereas it gets more ethereal and esoteric after that. As one does build personal character and maturity, one begins to get one's act together. However, before gaining control of yourself and your environment, there's going to be some "letting go" required as well. Spinning plates comes to mind: you can't spin them ALL so pick the most important ones to control, and let the rest fall.

The Chariot indicates movement and speed, so some decisions may seem rushed. That's not always a bad thing, though. We don't always have the luxury of lots of time to consider all the angles, pros and cons, etc. You might have do a quick assessment and then jump on it. Mistakes and failures will happen, but it's the only way to learn, grow, and attain what you seek.

This card is also of deep commitments. Be very careful not to over promise or extend. It's better to say "no" up front rather than weasel out of something once people are depending on you. Even if you do keep your word, at what cost to you? Honoring a commitment at great expense and inconvenience will leave you with a sour taste in your mouth. Being kind to others is important, but being kind to yourself is more so. Spinning plates and all that.

April 13, 2016: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords.  Different deck, I swear!! So what did I miss yesterday....

Recognition--we need to identify the patterns of life that got you here. If your life was running smoothly, you were keeping up with the trash, and giving as much divine energy as you received, then you wouldn't be having to clear the decks in such a dramatic way. This means you'll have to squarely face the central issue(s) with HONESTY, courage, and clarity. This is not the time to look outward at all who done you wrong, but to look inward and accept your part in the mess. Two nanoseconds after recognition and acceptance should come responsibility.

This part is really hard because it feels like an attack on your ego from YOURSELF! And it is in a way...being brutally honest is kind of ego-bruising. The upside to this is that it's all internal and the public doesn't know a thing. Nobody see's your dirty linens. If you don't know where to start, check to see if you're having unrealistic or idealistic views of how your life "should" go. More honesty, courage, and clarity....

In the end comes resolution to all world problems! Not really; that would be "idealistic" and "unrealistic." What does come is resolution to this particular phase of your life. Hopefully, you'll learn a few lessons on how to keep your house in order, so you don't have to go through painful total-tear-down-and-rebuilds every six months to a year.

Remember yesterday's Tips O' the Day re the same card: no wallowing and self-care.

April 12, 2016: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords. I can't say I'm surprised this card came up. After the rough announcement yesterday, it's typical to fall into a funk and resist what's coming. However, know there is potential for transformation, wisdom to be gained from this suffering, and finally, healing. In the process of tearing down old structures, you'll probably find old wounds and crap that's been buried. Now's a good time to deal with them--you're already in turmoil so you might as well clean out this closet while you're at it.

So much stress can lead to actual physical ailments, therefore you need to protect yourself with lots of sleep, hydration, meditation, and exercise. There's a psychological difference between facing truths, doing some needed "work", and feeling sadness and loss as you jettison what no longer serves you and wallowing in self-pity. The wallowing stuff is what leads to physical illness. We are strong and resilient enough to handle crisis and the sh*t hitting the fan; it's about attitude: think "strong" and you'll be strong.

Three's generally mean fruition, harvest, and fulfillment, but Swords represent conflict. The "harvest" of conflict is pain and suffering, but it can also act as a catalyst for true growth and change. View it in that light and it might make it slightly easier to endure the next phase.

April 11, 2016: Card O' the Day: 16 The Tower. A hard transition is coming. Take it slowly and keep what's essential for your sanity and inner strength, and let the rest go. You'll need to take some time for healing before you can recognize this shift as a defining moment of your life. It will be, ultimately, for the best and a blessing in disguise, but it's not going to be fun, and it'll hurt.

Expect disruption, loss of trust and security, awakening to truth, dramatic upheaval, and crisis. This transformation could be entirely spiritual or internal, your physical world may come crashing down, or it'll be a little of both. More likely both, because I can't think how a total shift in one aspect of life will leave the other completely untouched.

The silver lining to all this is you'll be blasted loose from a rut, some rigid life patterns and ways of thinking, and in this stripped-bare condition, you'll find growth. Best of luck to you.

April 7, 2016: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands. There's a breakthrough represented by this card...victories after challenges, results of efforts, and rest from troubles. (Whew!) It is good to have things FINALLY work out after working so hard! However, pride in your accomplishments must be tempered with humility. You didn't get there by yourself. Elizabeth Warren has publicly congratulated the successful businessmen of this country but reminded them they used public roads, took advantage of laws, had the assistance of many workers, etc. who helped said businessman get to his goal. This is the same thing--recognize the help you've received and give thanks in the appropriate directions.

Breakthroughs come in many forms, so you may be having a more spiritual breakthrough than something on the material plane. But again, stay humble. Becoming enlightened in some way doesn't make you "holier than thou." True enlightenment shows us how far we still have to go. Kind of like the more you learn, you realize the less you know. Just as victories and gains on the physical plane need maintenance to keep them viable and expanding, spiritual victories and gains need to be nurtured and maintained as well lest one backslides.

April 5, 2016: Today we're looking at 7 The Chariot. We're revisiting the self-assertion, efforts, and perseverance of the Seven of Wands from the other day. The added element today is of balance of opposing forces. We need to find equilibrium within ourselves...between mind and body. Once whole, we can seek happiness and join with others to create community wealth and wellbeing. As we all know, when working with others, balancing all the egos and "forces" within that group can get tricky. If you are balanced, then you can help others attain balance, too.

Deep commitments go with this card, as well. Be careful of your promises because you must keep them. Your integrity and the value of your word are important and cannot be compromised. Therefore, don't overextend yourself; say no if you're not sure you can follow through.

April 4, 2016: The card for today is the Ten of Wands.  Oof! Heavy weights of carrying too much, being overburdened, struggle, demands, and moving due to necessity rather than choice. Um.... I'm going back to bed.... The good news is so much stress is going to give us a new perspective leading to conscious transformation. The problems will resolve shortly and all that strife will lead to some growth and lessons learned. (Why can't "lessons" come with rainbows and ice cream?)

Know that all you've done is all you CAN do. You've done enough and you ARE enough. In fact you've done so much, you're in danger of burning out; then you'll be totally useless to yourself and others. See above re "new perspectives" and "conscious transformation." This is where you cut yourself some slack and say no to the next request made of you, or at the very least, ask for help.

If you allow the world to rest on your shoulders and stifle your dreams for too long, you're going to get angry. That anger sits in the pit of your stomach and rots your soul. When your soul is rotting, you get cranky. Therefore, lay down a burden, or three, and have a little "me time" to soothe your soul and rekindle interest in your own dreams.

April 3, 2016: The card for the day is the Seven of Wands. It's a card of conviction, struggle, standing up for one's intentions, success, victory, competition, and confrontation. In finding your courage, you can more easily maintain your belief systems, follow your convictions, and set a few trends. Maybe your ideas and beliefs might be a little "out there", but so what? Show a some defiance and go with your gut! Wands are fire energy and under the seven it can get very exciting. Therefore, you're cautioned to keep control of your passions and use them to your advantage and not just flame out.

In the struggle and confrontation necessary to buck the system and set a new trend, gather your inner strength and stand tall in your integrity. How you present yourself during times of difficulty speaks volumes about who you are. When the going gets rough do you play dirty pool or take the high road? This card demands honest self-reflection as you navigate struggles ahead, so remain steadfast but open-minded; no one is always "right." Composure, confidence, and a dash of humility will see you through!