October 13, 2019: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords. The Queen of Swords is practical, pragmatic, and a born organizer. She’s very intellectual and thinks about her decisions carefully rather than going with her heart or gut. She’s also super “truth and justice” oriented. Why so much? Because she’s been done wrong, it hurt, and she’s not going to let that happen again. This can make her seem dry and emotionless, but she feels very deeply and is just trying to protect herself.

Her appearance today may indicate you’re feeling a bit dry and emotionless as well, but in a good and constructive way. This will allow you to set, and keep, personal boundaries. It’s also a good time to handle difficult things dispassionately and directly. For example, you may have been thinking about severing ties with someone, and in your current mood, it’ll be easier than at any other time. It’s sad, but best for you; you can cry about it later.

This current ability to think clearly will allow you to focus and do some serious brainstorming about any endeavors. Cut what doesn’t work, axe employees who aren’t up to snuff, streamline the processes! Gather your personal power and make it happen.

October, 12, 2019: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles, reversed. When the King of Pentacles is reversed, it can mean money woes. But today, I’m feeling he’s just sort of grumpy…maybe a little unsure or overwhelmed by the earthly duties he carries (taking care of the house, car, job, family members, pets, etc.). The grumpiness may look more like feeling dull and plodding or melancholy. Lacking any sort of oomph, one gets bogged down in tedious, dreary activities. Like sorting paperclips or running an alignment diagnostic on the printer.

Couple the above with the little hiccups from yesterday’s Nine of Cups, reversed, and I think we could all use a “mental health day.” Let the laundry sit in the dryer, leave the dishes in the sink, do as little as you must to make life work, and then Netflix and chill. You have my permission to dive into the Ben & Jerry’s, too.

October 11, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups, reversed. As you find a rhythm in your endeavors and you start to see success, don’t you dare become complacent! Stay with it because you’re laying foundations and you can’t relax just yet. It’s like creating a new perennial garden. Once you’ve busted your butt to clear and prepare the space, you carefully plant the flowers, nurture them, deadhead the blooms, water every other day, etc. But then as they start to take off and you get busy with other things, the weeds start coming back and a few plants suffer from not getting enough water on their new roots. (Ask me how I know all this...…)

Your slacking off will have repercussions and you may lose a little of your forward momentum. However, don’t shrink in humiliation for having “failed”, just get back to doing what you need to do. Create habits of the necessary daily work so you don’t forget it or let it slide again…kinda like feeding the cat every day.

By adding this work to your daily routine, you’ll find inner happiness that doesn’t depend so much on your apparent success. You’ll find happiness in the work…which is what the Four of Pentacles was telling us yesterday.

October 10, 2019: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles, reversed. This card continues the thread of the Three of Pentacles we had the other day. By finding your life’s work and passions, you’ll need to risk making some changes. The biggest changes will come when you release any binding or confining earth energies. That may look like taking a few bags of unused stuff to the local thrift store, cleaning the garage, or purging your refrigerator. I dunno, you decide what stuff is cluttering up your space and what you’ll feel freer without.

A friend commented on his recent weight loss and he made a very good point about carrying excess weight as a form of self protection or as a way to defend himself. This card is about stripping away those defenses and protections that have prevented you from expressing your true self. Maybe you, too, will lose a few pounds or streamlining your wardrobe will serve the same purpose for you. Each person’s “release of earth energy” will look different.

Finally, as you let go of possessions, especially if they are of the “status” variety, reconsider what your actually need to feel secure and powerful. Here’s a hint, your power really lies within you, not in your Gucci bag. The less you care about status bags and cars and club memberships, the more you can relax and be you.

October 8, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles. The last card I posted didn’t bode well for your money situation or work. This one is bringing us wine and roses to that department! Through assimilation of your skills and spiritual work, you’ll find your life’s purpose. The work that gets you up in the morning with a spring in your step and eagerness to get to it. Kind of like me with the Tarot! It’s my passion and brings me great satisfaction. 

My path to professional Tarot card reading was a long one. I ignored the guide of my inner self for years. Why? I didn’t think I could do it, mostly. I don’t consider myself to be “psychic” and lawdy! remembering the definitions of 78 cards AND their reversals was too much for my tiny brain! But my personal truth won out, and I followed the path on the material plane that brought me wholeness and integration on my emotional, intellectual, and energetic planes as well. I want you to feel like this, too.

The Three suggests support and cooperation from others. Therefore, you don’t have to do this alone. You’re at the point of building a solid foundation that will support and recognize your worth and talents. This cooperation will lead to success and employment in your chosen field.

October 4, 2019: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles, reversed. Sooooo… regarding that project we talked about yesterday that you’re working on with others or have just completed, you may not be paid for your share of the work as handsomely as you’d hoped. Material energy flows a little less smoothly with this card, so there may be some delays in getting paid or you’ll be paid less. 

This “less than” energy doesn’t necessarily involve money. You may feel short-changed or overlooked emotionally and not receive the kudos you think you deserve for your part in it all. This can indicate a hunger for attention, and I advise that you dryly, and without emotion, analyze the situation. If you really didn’t contribute all that much, then don’t expect ticker-tape parades for what you added. While it’s no fun being passed over, this too shall pass and you’ll get your day in the sun soon enough.

However, if you carried most of the load, and the director’s niece (who did almost nothing but fetch coffee) is getting all the recognition and/or a bonus, then speak up. But don’t forget to have your parts and contributions well documented so you can make a professional presentation to the director to bolster your argument.

October 3, 2019: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands. The energy of the suit of Wands finds its greatest fulfillment when we overcome the tendency to work or create something alone. This card is representative of concord within and participation in a “circle” of people. That “circle” could be at work, in a family, with your posse, in a ritual, within society, or as being a responsible human in this world. Working with direction, effectiveness, and TOGETHER, you all create something bigger, badder, greater, and more wondrous that any of you could have done individually.

This card also speaks of completion of a project, that it comes out well, and provides increase for all. Through an orderly and unified whole, y’all done a good thing. Time to pat yourself on the back and share a round at the local pub. You did this thing together, so be sure to celebrate together, too.

October 2, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Emperor, reversed. We are on a roll this week! Three Major Arcana in a row! Today’s Emperor, reversed, is representing the autocratic and self-righteousness of some of the belief systems that we talked about yesterday. (These belief systems don’t have to be organized religion, by any means. I am NOT bashing your church or faith.) ANY belief that you may hold, including racism, homophobia, fear or disregard of disabled people, any prejudice you may hold or were taught as a child can be limiting to you. It’s limiting because it holds you separate from your fellow humans.

Our reversed Emperor is telling you these thought patterns are coming from a place of fear and weakness. Fear of anyone “other.” Weakness in that you’re too inert, shy, or stuck in your ways to change your mind about things. It’s my humble opinion each of us has been put here on Earth for a divine purpose. Maybe a BIG purpose like finding a cure for cancer or a little purpose that just involves being in the right place at the right time. Universe has given each of us a space to take up. In whatever way you take up that space, it was designed for you. In whatever way your fellow humans take up their space, it was designed just for them. 

Remember folks, we all bleed red. It’s time to examine some of your beliefs more closely and perhaps kick a few to the curb.

October 1, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant. Annnnnd THIS is why yesterday was such a crap-fest for some of us. Today’s Hierophant is representing the energies digging around in your brain that will stimulate inner growth and awakening. He’s all about the search for inner meaning…outer meaning, too, actually, as in “Where do I fit into the Big Picture and why?” This is timeless knowledge you didn’t know you didn’t know or that you needed it, but now’s the time to educate yourself. This can be uncomfortable because it requires self-examination and change.

The Hierophant offers a gift of inner or spiritual perception that goes beyond the merely logical thinking represented by The Emperor. Along with this natural intuitive perception comes the discipline and discernment of your inner voice that will help you understand and feel YOUR truth rather than simply mouthing the words or practicing the rituals taught by someone else.

As you come to know YOUR spiritual truth, I invite you to release the guilt that’s so often taught in organized belief systems and live your life according to your values and in harmony with the natural laws of society. (That part is important because prison is no fun.) You have the freedom to take knowledge and advice (even mine!) and decide what to keep and adopt as valid for you, or what to discard, as you make your way on your path.

September 30, 2019: Card O' the Day: Temperance, reversed. Maybe it’s just Monday or you’re on your period, but internal balance—physically, emotionally, intellectually—is whacked! Your scattered thoughts and energies leave you feeling weak and dissipated but at the same time strangely energized and excited. If you tried to nap, you’d just toss and turn without resting. Okay, try some aerobic exercise to get the juices flowing…whimper, whine…I’m too tiiiiiiiiired. Well, crap.

In this kind of condition, you’ll be distracted and highly inefficient. Things will seem very black and white, all or nothing. If it’s not PERFECT, it goes straight to the garbage, which means everything you touch goes into the garbage because you can’t do squat today with any skill or expertise. Tears of frustration, anyone?

And yet, through all this craziness, you have a strange intuitive sense of the right combination of elements that are required to launch you forward into your next big thing. It’s right there on the tip of your tongue…. But you just can’t articulate or grasp it. ARRRRGH! 

What to do? Relax and stop trying so hard to make these wispy thoughts concrete. It’ll come to you and be clear as a bell when it does. Meanwhile, go to the gym, take a yoga class, go for a hard bike ride, or any other physical exercise. Force yourself. The blast of endorphins and smugness for having worked out will make you feel as though you accomplished something despite your crazy condition. And then just be….

September 27, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles. These Prince types are self-contained and simply ooze high values, security, and order. Simply because they have their shit together, it helps you get yours together, too. He’s a good co-worker and friend to have.

However, the Prince of Pentacles can be a little stuck in his ways, so I feel his appearance today is to remind us to shake things up a little sometimes. Try a different flavor ice cream—I’m not talking the whole cone, but just the little spoon. (You never know; you might like it!) Meet new people, take a different route or bus to work, or change SOMEthing in your life just to be different. Different is good for the Prince of Pentacles.

The final, and best, lesson from our good Prince is he’s about letting go of expectations about yourself (the shoulda, woulda, couldas) and others around him. He helps us come to understand that we have to accept people as they are. We can control our own behavior, beliefs, and actions, but not that of others. Expecting a blind man to see just because you want him to admire your new car ain’t gonna happen. Expecting your cold and distant mother to congratulate you on graduating with honors is only setting yourself up for heartache. Therefore, stop expecting people to do things they are completely incapable of doing. Ask me how I know….

September 25, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Sun. Consider this a reeeeeeeaaaaallllly B-I-G affirmation of growth and the assurance the new beginnings you’re so longing for are right around the corner. You’re on the right path for you and are moving forward and planning for what you think is your perfect future.

This card speaks of being alive and present in the moment. Be sure to DO it and not just read about it in today’s Card O’ the Day. I don’t know what being alive or participating in joy looks like for you, but make sure you dwell, wallow, roll around, and squish in it. (We should all try to do that a little each day, actually.)

Take pleasure in your corporeal body, or “skin suit”, as you revel in the experience of being here on earth. It’s true that some of you may not like the outer appearance of your skin suit. However, marvel at what the lump of flesh that carries your brain and soul can do—even if that’s limited when compared to others. This card represents the wisdom of letting go of thoughts of “I’m less than” and acceptance of what each of us has been given to work with. Enjoy the snot out of it today.

September 24, 2019: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. Yesterday there was something you NEEDED to get done (in reality wanted to get done, but you reeeeeaaaaaallllllly waaaaaaaaaaanted to get it done ten minutes ago), but road blocks prevented you from accomplishing your goal on YOUR time line.

Today, your heart has wisely understood the situation, returned you to emotional stability, and trotted out your normal coping skills. This has you feeling better this morning about the necessary waiting that had your panties in such a bunch yesterday. 

In addition to feeling less stressed about waiting for the “thing”, you’re able to transform that resistance and disappointment of yesterday into something better and more constructive. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go mow my pasture today while I wait. Good hard work outside on a gorgeous day can cure a plethora of ills!

September 23, 2019: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles, reversed. The Suit of Pentacles governs our physical world such as money, job, finances, the nuts and bolts of making life happen, contracts, and your own body. Today, though, I’m getting a money vibe.

Now that you’ve made a decision about something, you’re reeeeeaaaaalllly ready for it to happen. End the one thing so the new thing can get underway. However, when the Two of Pentacles is reversed, that means delays and setbacks prevent you from going at your preferred break-neck pace. Like, you need to talk to someone to finalize but they just went on vacation so now you have to wait for them to get back. That kind of crap that makes you roll your eyes and bang your head on your desk.

Trust the delays. Universe is slowing you down on purpose. You may need to change the order of things, shift your perspective, or re-organize certain financial matters to BETTER achieve your goal. Conversely, during your review, you’ll see you need to drop the matter entirely. Good thing you were delayed! At any rate, try to be patient….

September 20, 2019: Card O' the Day: Five of Wands. As you blaze forth into a fresh endeavor, any collaborative efforts required or enjoyed start to get a little too aggressive. Your ego threatens to push you past healthy competition into pettiness and rivalry. You may be tempted to over-spend if “the other guy” shows up with something new.

The best way to picture this energetic signature is a basketball team. During practice, the teammates work on their own skills and play more individually. This pushing, shoving, “skins and shirts” play tests skills and strategic positions. But often, tempers flare during these kind of scrimmage games as egos puff and you try to get a leg up on your teammates who have suddenly become rivals. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to transform this petty friction into a well-oiled team that works together towards the goal—never mind who scores the winning basket.

Therefore, re-organize your efforts to maximize your results. Even if you’re working on a project by yourself, look to where you’re getting in your own way by doing things “My Waaaaaaaaaaaay” and not allowing others to help or offer pearls of wisdom. Teamwork with others or simply Me, Myself, and I will get you to the prize without getting your nose out of joint.

September 18, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. More pentacles means working with yesterday’s Princess to get where you want to go. The Princess energy signifies new experiences. The seven here suggests a change of direction—but not a complete change of direction. More like tweaking to maximize your results. 

Unfortunately for those of us who want instant gratification and immediate results, it ain’t gonna happen. Don’t panic and think you’re failing; just work hard towards your goal and ultimately you’ll get rewarded. I mean, c’mon, you’re not going to lose 15 pounds in two days of dieting. It’ll take eating right and sticking to an exercise regimen for at LEAST a month to reach that kind of goal. Probably more like two months because those last 5 are a bitch-kitty.

Meanwhile, make the most of your resources by weeding, purging, and removing what you don’t need or doesn’t serve you well. If you don’t have to clean it, water it, insure it, or store it, you’re saving time, space, and money. This will keep you constructively occupied while you wait for your “I did it!” moment.

September 17, 2019: Card O' the day: Princess of Pentacles. The Princess of Pentacles is pretty self-reliant but her appearance is a reminder to keep your eyes and ears open for possibilities that aren’t only of your making. Meaning, somebody else may have a good idea for something that would work for you. Don’t put on blinders and only act upon what you’ve created yourself. Pay special attention to tangible things right now such as jobs, homes, cars, etc. and any contracts that might be involved with acquiring those things.

This card also speaks of abilities you have yet to discover and probably won’t know how to use right away. Therefore, schooling or study of the subject will be required, but you won’t care because it’ll be utterly fascinating! You’ll just want to keep learning and learning because of a thirst for knowledge…never mind if it brings gain other than a stuffed and happy brain.

Finally, our good Princess reminds us to live life fully and not only during good times. For me, this summer has been tough, but these tough times have helped me learn some serious lessons and offered a good contrast to the ease and happiness in which I’ve been living. This contrast shows me just how good the good has been. So, release any resentment you may have for the hard times and live from your heart.

September 16, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords, Reversed. The good news is that you’re coming back to the surface after hitting bottom. The sucky part was having to hit bottom in the first place. Now the trick to this situation is NOT bobbing to the surface like nothing ever happened. Like in SCUBA diving, you’ll get “ the bends” if you come up too quickly. Meaning, your speedy ascent will make you sick all over again. Therefore, as you slowly come back to normal, use this forced stasis well to  rest, think, and digest the wisdom that you’ve worked so painfully to come to.

During the “bottom time”, you’ve been compelled to face some painful truths about people and things in your life. Therefore, you need to do some soul-searching to explore your fears, and any negative feelings towards yourself, that got you into this mess in the first place. Why did you over-spend/eat/drink? Why did you cross oceans for people who wouldn’t cross a puddle for you? Why did your mere “I would like…” morph into desperate NEEDING?

Things are now improving and you can have hope for an easier fall. However, take your lessons and truths with you (you worked too hard for them to just toss them in the kitchen junk drawer) so you don’t have to travel this particular path again.

September 13, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. Well then. I guess I was wrong and it wasn’t too late to make amends and/or get things sorted. Yay for that because no one likes conflict or having to end relationships of any kind.

This card is all about celebration. Perhaps you moved past the miscommunications and are having a drink out to cement the reconciliation. Or you’re celebrating the end of that toxic relationship. At any rate, take a minute to feel joy, choose joy, and wallow in that joy!

This card also brings us control of our emotions, sharper intuition, positive energy, new ideas, and possibilities of all kinds. Therefore, be open and aware of the little signals from Universe that something this way comes…. Follow the fun and let the sunshine in!

September 11, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords, reversed. Our communication problems suggested yesterday continue today. The reversal of this Ace indicates it might be too late since harsh words have already been spoken. This leads us to quick, snarling fits of temper, lack of confidence, disturbing thoughts, and general mental stress.

If you’ve tried to approach the other party and Plan A didn’t work, then logic dictates you need a Plan B. However, before implementing Plan B, ask yourself where your OWN fault lies? Do you need to apologize for anything (ego and emotions aside on this, be HONEST with yourself)? Do you need to forgive anything? This card can represent resistance to the truth, so it’s vital that you think about this issue to be sure you’re being fair on both sides.

It could be the situation has gone too far and the only solution is to cut yourself off from the problem and refuse to engage further. That will probably be painful. Allow yourself to grieve if you need to. If it’s not painful but rather a huge relief, then treat yourself to something nice and skip along your way free of that encumbrance!

September 10, 2019: Card O' the Day: Two of Cups, reversed. When I talk about a “relationship”, I don’t necessarily mean a romantic one. We have all kinds of relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and business partners as well as lovers. When the Two of Cups, a “relationship” card, is reversed, it means any one of your relationships could be having trouble.

This card indicates miscommunications and emotional misunderstandings. Things just aren’t working out right now! This situation will only get worse until one of you makes a move to clear the air. It might as well be you…put your Big Kid pants on and be the mature one to either make things better or end them altogether.

As for those business deals or partnerships, the reversed Two indicates you’ll do better to work alone because waste and/or folly are present here. However, I just said you need to be wearing your Big Kid pants, so don’t refuse to cooperate just because you’re feeling wounded or are having a snit. (This caution about refusing to cooperate goes for all relationships.)

September 2, 2019: Card O' the Day: Judgment, reversed. Wherever I go, there I am…again, my personal life is intruding on our Card O’ the Day. As most of you know, my mom is making the big move from our family home of 50 years to a senior living apartment. It’s the VERY best thing for her to do at this point in her life, and I’m proud of her for coming to this conclusion and working towards that goal.

However, this whole process of hers is not completely separated from me. I feel like my comfort and security of old ways, means, and possessions is threatened as my childhood home is emptied and readied for the next owners. This difficult transition means I’m one step closer to the ultimate and inevitable changes of old age and death for my mother and eventually me! Yet, through it all, I try to keep a stiff upper lip and not reveal to anyone how insecure I really feel.

Even though Mom’s doing a lot on her own, I’m helping in many ways. Logistics piled on top of my emotional state leave me feeling overburdened by everything (see Ten of Wands from the other day). Despite all that, I’m working towards improvement and am deliberate about sticking to these necessary decisions! Time marches on; resistance is futile.

September 1, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles, reversed. The suit of Pentacles is about the physical world: job, house, car, your body, picking up the dry cleaning, grocery shopping, schlepping kids to various practices, etc. The Eight is a pretty significant work-related card, and when reversed, it represents a less than a yippie-skippy career at the moment. You may simply be bored and need a vacation, or it might be time to revamp your resume and look for something better.

If it’s not your actual job that’s being difficult, then problems lie with your perception of your physical world. Impatience, procrastination, loss of focus, nit-picking at little things so you don’t “have time” for the big things, and so on reflect your restlessness for something else. Ennui, believe it or not, signals it’s time for a different approach. After all, if you were still that excited about what you were doing, you wouldn’t feel so rut-bound now, would you?

Money and/or bills might be weighing heavily on your shoulders, too. So here I am telling you to look for a new job because you’re bored, but yet you’re struggling to find the next month’s rent! All the more reason to start actively seeking better employment. The Eight of Pentacles, upright, sometimes indicates retraining or enhancing skills. I feel it in the reversal, too. Find education grants—they’re out there—and demand more for yourself.

August 31, 2019: Card O' the Day: Temperance. How appropriate that we get Temperance today. We’ve been juggling responsibilities, tasks, chores, obligations, “gotta do’s” with a couple “wanna do’s” squished in between for quite some time.

Temperance teaches us that life is actually always in balance. What seems totally out of whack in one area is in reality maintaining the equilibrium with the thing in stagnation, stasis, or serenity. However, you don’t notice the serenity at the other end of the spectrum because the “whacked” thing is the loudest noise in your world at the moment. That’s how a lot of us live: giving all our attention to the loudest noise and missing the quiet that’s also present. And you wonder why you stress-eat pints of Ben & Jerry’s?

Therefore, today we’re reminded to find the serenity in our lives. Shut out the loud crap you’ve been multitasking and breathe for a minute. I love going to psychic fairs and expos, but after several hours of smiling, chatting, reading, and caring for my clients, I HAVE to be still for a minute. How do I do that? I go to the ladies’ room and shut myself in a stall! There I just sit, let my smile relax, and have a minute by myself. So, if you’re at work, go sit in the lavatory. If you’re driving somewhere, turn off the radio. If you’re at home, go sit under a tree for 5 minutes and just turn off the noise.

August 30, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands. Still reading for myself and my personal situation….

The Ten of Wands represents feeling—or actually being—overextended. You have so many responsibilities! Yes, they require self-sacrifice and a large dollop of generosity. Nevertheless you’re dedicated to these tasks, to the bitter end, so that others may flourish. Some of these responsibilities can be shared or delegated (look for the ones you can pass off to someone else), other things can simply wait until your plate clears a little.

The good news is this card is a “10” which means the ending is nigh and these problems will soon be solved. Whew! However, there’s a snake slithering through the grass and its name is Anger and Resentment. Keep reminding yourself you’re doing these things for the greater good of another. Your sacrifice will be rewarded, and the end of this heavy responsibility is near. Do. Not. Let. Anger and Resentment take up space in your head or heart. That stuff burns like acid and will ruin all the good will you’ve earned for doing what you’re doing.

August 29, 2019: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. Sorry folks, I still seem to be reading for myself. If you recall, we had the Two of Pentacles just eight days ago. 

My mother called a little while ago today and we discussed the logistics of her big move. Again. I then drew the Card O’ the Day and, surprise! the Two of Pentacles returned to remind me that I HAVE the ability to handle this big, complex challenge with ease and grace. How? Well, this card is linked, via its infinity symbol, to Strength and The Magician. Therefore, magic and strength are with me as I navigate this change. I just have to trust….  

As for the rest of you NOT helping your mother move, this card tells us that changes are more easily made now than at any other time. Take advantage! Do practice healthy personal boundaries because some of your difficulty with the changes could be emotion-based reactions. (Note to self…) However, this is a time of logical sense and not emotional clinging.

August 28, 2019: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups, reversed. When the Four of Cups gets reversed, it means you’re restless…but in a good way. Breaking out of a fallow period of discontent, you’re thirsting for fresh experiences. Suddenly, old problems seem so easy to solve with an obvious (but not until now) solution. Perhaps something you thought was dead in the water and a pointless pursuit can be revived, tweaked, and made useful. At any rate, this card bodes well for the transformation of your boredom and apathy.

Another aspect of the reversed Four is that you’re going to be extra “psychic” right now. Your “Spidey Senses” are on fleek! The trick will be to not get overwhelmed by all the fancy la-la woo-woo-ness if you’re not used to being tapped in to Universe. Keep one foot on the floor at all times to keep the spinning to a minimum and perhaps have your favorite grounding crystal handy.

August 27, 2019: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles. I may have drawn this card for myself…my fall season started of with a bang and a lot of driving. I’m at home now for a goodly week before having to go out again, so I feel this King is reminding me of the pleasures, security, and stability of home. My home is a settled place in this chaotic world, and I’m king of my castle! 

The King of Pentacles represents the energy of Spirit and your connectedness with Earth. He embodies the dual nature of both introspection and intuition. When he’s not out being social—and he does enjoy people—he uses his quiet time to access his inner wisdom and tranquility through his well integrated masculine and feminine energies.

Even though you may not be in a “leader” type position on the material plane, you have internal leadership capabilities and instincts. Trust them. You’re not stupid nor helpless. The appearance of this king is meant to be a catalyst for developing your self-confidence in the material world; therefore, that leadership position might not be too far off.

August 22, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. This Prince is the epitome of a young man going off on his first adventure! Fearless, dynamic, independent, individualistic, and impatient as all get out; he’s hell bent for leather and has the pedal to the metal! He wants to MOVE IT and push all his boundaries. Um…but the directions and goals may still be up in the air for this guy.

There are some necessary decisions that need to be addressed fairly soon. It also could be that Universe takes over and you have to just be prepared for those decisions to be made for you and roll with them. This may seem like your world is being blown up a little, but these new ideas/relationships/interests have been waiting and are rather tired of hanging out until you get off your butt.

Now, this Prince can also be very closed-minded, seeing as how he’s “always right” in his world. Therefore, his appearance today is a reminder to ground your ideas and ambitions in reality. I know I just said Universe could take over and make decisions for you, but you still have the free will to say “no, I’m not comfortable with that.” This card is about speed, so if you have the time, double check the details of any opportunities being shoved at you. If it doesn’t feel good in your gut, then don’t. But also have a little faith and dare….

August 21, 2019: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. The Two of Pentacles represents big changes that will ultimately bring new stability. This will require balancing or juggling the various needs and obligations of your life. The question is whether you can do so with grace or do you see every aspect of the change an obstacle or agitation that’s just there to mess with you? Are you fraught with anxiety about the whole thing?

Welp. I know that I’m pretty darned fraught. My mother is making the big move from her family home of 50yrs to a smaller senior living apartment. Lots of fear, logistics, and planning go into such a big move for an elderly lady and therefore, she’s looking to me for help. I’m doing all I can to ease the way for her AND continue to live my own life as a business owner, wife, and “mom” to 11 animals. I’ll admit to failing the “grace” part and to being an anxious, agitated mess.

However, as “done” as I feel right now, I’m still upright and moving my feet. This card tells me to live in the moment because these next days or week need 100% of my attention. Therefore, I’ve stopped planning my Christmas shopping. Control of my precious personal resources is ESSENTIAL right now, and I’m all about self-care to keep my own equilibrium and balance. Otherwise, if I become a dithering, drooling puddle, I’m no help to my mom when she needs me the most. One day and one step at a time….

August 15, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles. The Ten of Pentacles is here to tell us it’s going to be okay. Life will work itself out. You’re on a good path for finding security and financial stability. This card is acknowledging what you’ve accomplished thus far. True, it ain’t been easy, but you’re determined and pushing through. (And yes, you’re allowed to have cry-baby moments in between all your strong times. I certainly have them with beautiful regularity!) 

We have another 10 today, and y’all know what that means…something is ending that should be so you can begin something new. Now, an “ending” can mean the end of a semester at school, or the end of summer before you go back to school. It doesn’t have to mean the “Ending of All Life as You Know It and a Complete Transformation.” A 10 in the suit cards is not as dire of an ending as say the Death or Tower cards among the Major Arcana.

Before the ending takes place, however, enjoy your surroundings and bask a bit in them. Look deeper than their shiny (or tattered) surfaces and give thanks for what has served you. Celebrate your personal wealth of spirit and enjoy your life to the fullest.

August 14, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles. Yesterday I had the feeling that our work of “letting go” was moving up to our heads and today’s Prince of Pentacles validates that feeling. He’s ready to let go of expectations about himself and others. (Judgment, anyone?) By releasing these expectations, you can make space for a new quality of stillness and acceptance of what “is.” (Two of Wands, reversed. What? Are we just recapping the last five cards?)

The quality of this Prince is of being “home” within yourself. You already have all the power, control, determination, joy, and everything else you really need within you. However, you don’t truly believe that because the hesitation and lack of daring to move forward stems from a certain level of poor self-worth. Keep chanting “I’m enough!” until it sticks.

The energy inherent in this card is sustainable…it’s not a flashy paper fire that burns quickly and then goes out. We’re talking energy for long-term goals and plans. That said, you do have to remain flexible. Sometimes we hit snags or get thrown a curveball and have to make up a Plan B on the fly. Don’t get stuck in a rut on your way to The Goal. Remember, it’s the journey, the lessons you learn along the way, and the things you see and enjoy, not The Goal, that’s the meaning of life.

August 13, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. When this card turned over, I thought fer cryin’ out loud, it’s only raining! No need for the histrionics of the Ten of Swords! But then I dug deeper and came up with a few of the finer points of the Ten. Firstly, it’s a 10, which indicates endings that make way for beginnings. In fact, an extreme situation is already beginning to change, if you take a closer look.

The keywords associated with the Ten are liberation, acceptance, expansion, and turning towards greater spirituality. There’s also a certain amount of sassiness, which I applaud! The animal for this card is the boar, who represents healing, determination, power, and protection. And pigs are SMART! The mini pig my neighbors used to have was sassy, too….

The cards of late have been a lot about managing the changes in our lives. How we have to let go of stuff to make room for the new growth. Apparently, the ten of Swords is no different. But because this card is governed by mental energy, I would say the letting go and changing has moved to our heads. Sure, you’ve cleaned out the garage so the car fits again, but have you cleared out your mind of beliefs that hold you back and thoughts that cripple you into staying in bad situations; have you loved yourself enough to MENTALLY let go?

August 12, 2019: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands, reversed. Three days ago we got the Two of Pentacles. Two’s in general can indicate conflict, thus the “juggling” connotation attached to the Two of Pentacles. Today we have the Two of Wands…conflict again, but this time combined with energy. Think the Two of Pentacles on steroids. AND! It gets better! The Two of Wands is REVERSED, which makes it’s energy even more volatile.

Now, “volatile” isn’t a “bad thing.” Volatile means things can happen quickly, unexpectedly, and improve just when you’d about lost all hope for things working out the way you want them to. Therefore, continue to live in the moment and not judge what “is” in this little bit of time, because the Two of Wands says ANYthing can change at the drop of a dime.

More than ever, trust in Universe. The changes in fortune heralded by this card don’t come about by your hard work and will power but by miracles and synchronicity. Be receptive to changing plans within hours. Don’t say “next week I’ll have time.” If a golden opportunity plops in your lap, MAKE time and space to take advantage of it right now.

August 11, 2019: Card O' the Day: Judgment. By accepting what “is” rather than living your life in dreams of something different or “better”, then you can understand, based upon that information, what new direction to take or changes to make. Without drama or judgment, transformation takes place with a new insight that allows you to be in the present and enjoy it as it is TODAY. You may be surprised by the feelings of freedom you’re flooded with as you’re released from certain responsibilities and the constant feeling of obligation.

Expect an influx of psychic awareness and an understanding of the purity of your spirit. You’ll find a sense of Self that’s been earned through your experiences. Old belief systems and behavioral habits will fall away and no longer hold you rigid and inflexible.

When you can understand, without judgment, what “is” about a situation, you may feel a forgiveness so great that you’re able to see a little of yourself in everyone around you. When you can see that we are ALL human, then what you judged as “other than you” and therefore “bad” falls away and suddenly those differences are okay…just different and you don’t have to DO anything about it.

August 9, 2019: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. The Two of Pentacles represents the relationship between available time, energy, and material resources and the perceived need of those. It’s necessary to balance your “daily grind” or the nuts and bolts of life with your true purpose of being here…to have fun!

This card allows changes to happen more easily. Therefore, anything that still needs to be purged will leave with less drama and gnashing of teeth. These harmonious changes will allow for personal growth and rebuilding of strength lost during the last few weeks of chaos. Despite all this good news, new projects will be difficult to launch. Too much fluctuation and juggling is going on to concentrate on starting something new. 

As you maintain your balance during this juggle fest, don’t compartmentalize your life. Drop judgments or preferences and be in the moment. Figure out how to be light-hearted at work and do a little work-supportive networking while out having fun. Develop your witty 15-second “elevator speech” so you can casually slip your business card to just about anyone. Your gut will tell you when it’s appropriate to do so.

August 6, 2019: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands, reversed. With all the “letting go” we’re being asked to do lately, it’s no surprise some of you may be resisting. “Nooooooo…not thaaaaaat.” Yep. Sorry, “that” has to go, too. It feels more like things are being taken from you rather than you freely releasing them. That’s okay, and I think it’s perfectly normal to feel ripped off and the rug being pulled out from under you.

The outward manifestation of your feelings might look like hesitation and uncertainty (some may accuse you of procrastinating) that delays the inevitable or necessary. Others of you may affect a “too cool for school” attitude and hide your inner turmoil.

Either way, your emotional process is normal, you’re allowed to have it, and your feelings are valid. Look at this as a “Learning Moment” (I know, total eye-roll, right?) and keep doing your work.

August 5, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles. We have another Ace…. On July 19th we received the Ace of Wands, on the 20th, we got the Ace of Swords. The Ace of Wands reappeared on July 30th; today we have the Ace of Pentacles. Aces are all about new beginnings. Most of the cards between these Aces have been about letting go and making space for new growth.

The Ace of Pentacles heralds commercial success, physical security, and rewards for your labors. How nice for you…. It also represents yearnings and the necessity for deep, spiritual nourishment. There are unsatisfied desires, needs, and wants that have gone unfulfilled for too long. Thus all that crap about letting go of what doesn’t serve you, leaving behind stagnant situations, ending toxic relationships, and so on to give you the space for getting those needs and wants fulfilled already!

The silver lining to this card (no, the silver lining isn’t the material stuff, that’s just the surface of the card) is a shift in your consciousness that brings you new wisdom and knowledge. You’re RECOGNIZING there are problems, what they are, who they’re with, and that you’re not going to stand for it anymore. Welcome to executing your plans and actually walking your path rather than just chanting your mantras and lighting incense.

August 4, 2019: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. Universe is just SHOVING us forward and demanding we get rid of sh*t and GROW, dammit!!!! It. Is. Time. To. Move. On.

This card represents the determination and fortitude you have to overcome misfortune and anxiety. You’re able to transform your resistance to change or disappointment that something is ending into something better. Hard decisions have been or are being made; expect to be rewarded for your efforts and to experience changes in your lifestyle.

Another meaning of this card is that some of you completely deny anything is wrong in your lives. All good!! Happy, happy!! But ignoring your pain, putting on a happy face, and frantically doing busy work only keeps you locked in your grief and/or victimhood. You can’t move through/past something you won’t even acknowledge. Take control of your life; don’t let others control it for you.

August 3, 2019: Card O' The Day: Seven of Pentacles. The Seven of Pentacles represents assessments and resulting changes of direction based upon the information gathered. Clearing and purging of the old emotions, stuff, people, and clutter allow you to heal and make space for the new growth and rewards coming (see yesterday’s reversed Hermit and the Eight of Cups from the day before).

Don’t waste a drop of your resources; they’re blessings and should be treated as such. Therefore take care to tend your projects or life events so that you can immediately fix little things that go awry before they become gigantic, expensive disasters.

Above all…patience. Some things just can’t be rushed.

August 2, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Hermit, reversed. When The Hermit is upright, he indicates a time of self-study and “me time.” When reversed, this self-study and “me time” becomes darker. There’s a need to plunge into and dissect an emotional experience or an ongoing situation in search of why you feel the way you do. And more importantly, why you put up with the situation as it is. You’ve been concealing or ignoring facts from yourself. It’s time to face the unpleasant truth that you’ve been following or trusting the wrong people.

What’s needed is a period of stasis and renunciation of what no longer serves you, what no longer fits, or what never fit in the first place but you were to blind to believe it. Like the Eight of Cups yesterday, there’s more walking away and letting go with the reversed Hermit.

Be careful, though, that you don’t isolate yourself from needed resources or from those who can help you right now. It’s okay to be a little anti-social for a time, but the only way to truly cleanse yourself of this dark energy is to talk to someone about it. It might be time for a session with your therapist or clergy person.

Peace be with you.

August 1, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. A time of growth and evolution brings liberation and happiness as you seek your higher purpose. After all, what could bring more joy than addressing your inner needs and wants?

Welp…sometimes those inner needs and wants require that you let go of something or someone. That transforming journey reveals that a vital piece has been missing for a long time or was never there. You were willing to do without and ignore the red flags, but it’s getting harder and harder. This thing will have to, at the very least, change shape or end altogether.

Deepen your insight as you approach your limit of doing without. Observe what comes when you speak your needs. And, perhaps, mourn the losses as you move forward and leave behind what must be left.

July 30, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. July 19th we had this same card. De ja vu, all over again….

And back to THAT same old song and dance: Doubt with a little soft shoe of hesitation. It seems like whenever we get a little momentum going and we’re feeling kinda sassy, the fear and worry of looking like an idiot takes over. Since when do we have to be like everyone else (okay, since about the fifth grade, but I digress)?

What are you afraid of? Your power? What will happen if you let yourself off the leash? What the church ladies will say if you bring hummus and pita chips instead of potato salad to the church supper!?!??!?

The celebrities we admire (Madonna, David Bowie, Prince, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Neil Armstrong, Rosa Parks, etc., etc.) were/are OUT THERE. Who says you can’t be a little out there, too. Final question: why do you believe it’s okay for everyone else to have power but not you?

July 29, 2019: Card O' the Day: Justice. This card is about the divine intervention needed to create Universal Balance. It’s like volcanos or earthquakes…pressure builds, things go ka-BOOM, and balance is restored. Clarity and honesty help you make things right as you direct your life with character and integrity.

One of the first laws of physics is there’s an equal and opposite reaction to every action. Cause and effect. Your bullshit is coming home to roost, and you’re being challenged to balance your ego with your Higher Self. That means walking the walk and not just flapping your gums.

Since the Prince of Swords is ready to rock and roll and our Hanged Man is awake, I think some of us are about to take—or will be forced to take—a hard look at Self. It’s getting to be time to say/do the Truth. The REAL truth…not your version of the “truth” but the raw, less exciting or dramatic truth you’ve been telling everyone and/or yourself. It’s time to face the good, bad, and ugly in your life and get real with it.

July 28, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man, reversed. When The Hanged Man is reversed it speaks of waking up and becoming unstuck. And now that you’re awake, you’re rarin’ to go (Prince of Swords yesterday)! However, like the Prince’s message to ground your goals in reality, you’re again being asked to slow down and take inventory of the situation before gadding off after the first shiny object you see.

In particular, the reversed Hanged Man is about spiritual awakenings. Maybe you’re becoming a little more aware of the coincidences or serendipities that seem to happen more and more often. That’s good! Just be aware there are many people out there who have the latest and greatest program that can help you become “fully awake” and reach your “highest starlight potential.” The cost is merely your first-born child (the advanced program will cost you a kidney), but in the grand scheme of things, what’s your child or kidney when you’ll be ONE WITH UNIVERSE!?

It’s said that when a baby bird hatches, it imprints on the first living thing it sees. Don’t be like a baby duck and follow a guru to the ends of the earth and your wallet. You have many more answers in your own heart and soul than you think. And they don’t cost a kidney.

July 27, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. Ooooh! Y’all are just itchin’ to MOVE!! The Prince of Swords is about fast movement forward and fast, racing thoughts. He knows what he’s talking about and decides what to do next on a dime. He’s also damn near impossible to work with since, of course, he’s totally right and you’re dumber than a bag of hammers.

Let’s take the good parts and temper the less (ahem) “desirable” parts. Yes, do a little free thinking and see where your mind takes you. Outlandish is okay because the next step is to ground those ideas in reality and feasibility. Communicate your thoughts clearly, but don’t be an ass about it. Diplomacy! If you can blend the derring-do, quick wit, and gung-ho forward motion of this Prince with courtesy, a little deference, and respect for your colleagues, you’ll be unstoppable! 

Remember that we’re still in Mercury retrograde until the 2nd of August so it’ll be a challenge not to alienate friends, piss off your boss, or just generally stick your foot in your mouth. Good luck with that.

July 26, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Wheel, reversed. We received a blast of energy with the Seven of Wands the other day, but since Mercury is still in retrograde, that means the energy is a bit wonky as evidenced by the reversed Wheel of Fortune. It’s not bad luck, just spotty….like a car slipping it’s gears before it catches and can zoom forward.

Gains will still come, but they’ll be smaller and more short term. Plan accordingly. Alternatively, timing may be off and you just need to wait. 

At any rate, I still feel a nice up-swing in fortunes and energy. Be patient and roll with it.

July 22, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Magician. Oooooh! Kids! The Magician is HERE. And I don’t mean he’s present with other cards to put in his two cents’ worth. I feel him take up the ROOM. Granted, I’m having a nice cup of strong tea and the caffeine could be talking, but I’m going to believe in magic for minute and take this card’s appearance as a HUGE jolt of encouragement.

Now that the Swords have cut through the fog and we’re clear and focused, we can use the ample resources The Magician represents to make life what it CAN be rather than settling for what is has been or is today. There are no boundaries or limits to our intellects when this kind of energy is zipping through us. This is the kind of brain activity that leads us to find what’s REALLY important, not just what we THINK is “important.”

The best part is that the resources necessary to manifest the dreams and hunches coming at us like buckshot is available. You have the creativity. You have the skill. Your knowledge, direction, and will are ready to make changes in your world if not in The World. We’re talking serious empowerment here. And do you know where all that’s coming from? You. Self-knowledge leads to empowerment, which leads to being happy. Not just “yeah, yeah, sure, sure, I’m happy.” No, I mean the “I’m deeply happy with WHO I am, and I can walk on air if I so choose” kind of happy.

July 21, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. Who knew clear vision could be such a problem? It’s brought to us again with the Ten of Swords to double down on yesterday’s Ace of Swords. All this clear vision and mental clarity is uncovering and forcing you to see some unpleasant truths. Whether that’s ten pounds gained or discovery that your kid has been doing drugs, it’s a harsh reality to look at this stuff. Try your best not to sink into exaggerated mental anguish over your problems and ride the “shoulda-woulda-coulda” guilt train deep into the night.

The good news is this card is a 10, which means endings that allow the beginnings of the Aces that appeared to us yesterday and the day before. We got the good news first, now we’re getting the bad news. However, there’s still more good news to come with this card, too: determination, fortitude, and constructive force that leads to growth, rebirth, and acceptance. 

The herb that’s associated with this card is ephedra, which is supposed to promote sweating (like we need any help?). A really good sweat session can be extremely cleansing, and I can highly recommend a spiritual sweat lodge or sauna. If you don’t have access to either, a short jog around the block today will get you pretty drippy. The point is to move the stagnating water energy out of your body so you can get off the guilt train and make the most of the clear thinking ahead.

July 20, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords. Another Ace! And upright this time, too!

It looks as though the last full moon’s energy has dissipated and we can all think straight once more. This card is all about mental clarity, insight, enlightenment, and “a-HA” moments. Having the lights back on, so to speak, allows for greater or renewed creativity that was stuck for the last little bit because of all the confusion. This is not only about new ideas but also about new ways to approach old ideas or problems. Therefore, revisit anything you’ve put on the shelf. I have a feeling you’ll figure it out this time.

Swords in general represent truth, communication, and justice or fair play. By receiving the Ace today, I think you’ll have the nerve to speak up, say your truth of what you want/need, and get it! There’s a thought…getting what’s yours fair and square! The final rumination on this card is “right place at the right time” energy. Couple that with your clear head and articulate communication, and I smell a nice upswing.

July 19, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. All these reversed cards must have something to do with the gnarly full moon we just had….

All aces indicate something new is about to happen or you’re moving in a new direction. The Ace of Wands can indicate budding new creations—whether in art, a knitted sweater, or a new and better mousetrap—or the energy to finally accomplish long-delayed goals. However, when it’s reversed, indications are the timing isn’t quite right. The energy is there but it’s running in circles without clear direction. It could be the blueprints for the new mousetrap still have a few glitches. The whole thing feels like having a word or concept right on the tip of your tongue but you can’t quite articulate it.

Try not to get frustrated or jump the gun. Sit back and breathe…allow things to develop and unfold organically. It’s kind of like a fart: if you have to force it, it’s probably sh*t.

July 18, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands, reversed. This card goes hand-in-hand with yesterday’s card in that work or projects continue to be harder than usual. Your general lack of focus means you’re not paying attention to details and/or planning things poorly. Carelessness and general sloppiness—totally out of character for you, I’m sure—make whatever you do get done rather haphazard. I’m betting you’ll have to go back and re-do a good portion of it because of the resulting low quality.

Now, being out of focus and kind of scattered is perfectly okay. The real crime here is being over ambitious and too proud to ask for help. Recognize you’re not at your best right now. Acknowledge your dip in creativity or productivity. Admit your limitations. Then, take responsibility for your current clumsiness and put off for later anything that needs you to be at your best. This is all a temporary cycle of troubles. However, it has the potential to teach you a valuable lesson: you’re not infallible and sometimes you need to back away before you make a total mess.

For those of you who simply cannot put life on hold until the current energy shifts, focus on smaller, less complicated tasks. Break a project into small segments and do all the easy parts first. By the time you get done with all the simple grunt work, this phase will have passed and you can tackle the heavy lifting again.

July 17, 2019: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles, reversed. I seem to be reading for myself today.

The reversed Princess of Pentacles indicates distractions, wasted time, and dissipation of ideas or the energy to do a project. You may feel a certain loss of purpose…not The Purpose of My Life but more along the lines of “why did I come into the kitchen/living room/bathroom?” Clarity of thinking, linear thought (step 1, then step 2…), or grasping a new concept can be particularly difficult right now. Practicality suffers as well because you seem to take the “scenic route” on all things you do. Even taking a potty break becomes a half-hour endeavor as you get side-tracked by something else.

I find myself procrastinating and paying way too much attention to trivia rather than getting on with what I want/need to do. I read something interesting the other day about procrastination: it’s not that you’re being lazy by not doing the “thing”, but it’s more that you’re not emotionally ready to do it. Take cleaning the garage or a closet, for example. It needs to be done but you don’t do it and put 1,000 other things in line before getting to it. Then one day—boom—you tackle that job that’s been hanging around forever. And boy, does it ever feel GOOD to finally get it off your to-do list!

Therefore, if you’re usually pretty organized and take care of projects and chores in a timely manner, but are struggling at the moment, ease up on yourself. Let this current moon phase, planetary alignment, intestinal gas, or mood pass. You’ll stop getting lost on your way to the kitchen soon enough.

July 13, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords, reversed. We have reiterations of the reversed Emperor with this card. Yesterday’s card gave us the choice of puffing and blustering or weakness and indecision. It looks like we use that puffing, fake smile, “I’m good” facade to hide the self-doubt, self-criticism, and timidity. Now, that’s okay temporarily. But if you find you’re FAKING being okay more than actually BEING okay, you may be hiding an underlying state of depression that needs to be actively treated so you can be rid of it. Some people wander along through a deep depression for YEARS without doing anything about it. Don’t let that be you.

The good news coming with this card is the learning of life lessons from this psycho-emotional work so that you don’t repeat the awfulness. Yes, it’s painful work that sucks balls, but it’s necessary. You cannot ignore your pain forever. Deal with it so you can be free of it. This card represents the first steps up and out of the darkness.

July 12, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Emperor, reversed. The Emperor represents inner power and/or authority figures in society. The authority figure could be your boss, mother-in-law, parent, clergy person, or anyone else who has control over some aspect of your life. When reversed, that power/authority is being abused or is totally ineffectual.

Regardless of whether the reversed Emperor is within you or outside, you’re not going to be comfortable with him. Two extremes are possible: excessive dick swinging or limp inability to do anything. Dick swinging means self-righteous micro-managing and over-criticism of everything you do. You can’t even breathe correctly according to this person or yourself. In an effort to control, organize, and bring structure to a situation, even the slightest deviation from a “perfect plan” causes epic meltdowns. Conversely, you or the authority figure skips the puffery and goes straight to the floor in a puddle of indecision and weakness.

If this sounds like someone you know, step back, give them, space and wait for the mood to pass. If this is you at the moment, go hide under a rock and protect the rest of us from your wrath/tears! But while you’re under your rock, practice a little self-care and ask why you’re feeling so insecure in your power. Because that’s the root of the issue: insecurity. You control everything you do, whether that’s making the best of a lousy situation or getting out of said lousy situation. Choose well and get on with your fantastic life!

July 11, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Devil. When you dig deeply into yourself and psyche, that’s where you meet The Devil! He represents all your addictions, wrong attachments, bad choices, obsessions, and the lies you tell yourself. He’s the irresistibly strong impulse that makes you sleep with your ex and have just one more beer. He’s the shame and guilt you carry for having made poor choices.

On the other had, you had to make all those poor choices to figure out what ARE the right choices for you. You tell a kid not to touch the stove because it’s “hot.” “Hot” doesn’t mean a thing to a toddler. He/she is compelled to touch the stove because Mommy said not to…if she said no, then it MUST be a good thing!! So they touch the hot stove, get burned, and have an experience by which to guide themselves next time. Such is The Devil.

Therefore, the experiences The Devil led you into are neither good nor bad. They simply are. If you enjoyed yourself, think such an experience is worth having again, and is good for you in the long run, then have at it. However, if you lose money, self-esteem, people you love, possessions you need, or someone gets hurt, then maybe that’s something to not do again. (Guilt and shame about a choice is a pretty fair indicator as to whether that choice is a “keeper.”)

Bottom line: keep the experience; drop the guilt and shame about having done “that.” (After all, you’re not going to do “that” again, right?)

July 10, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Hermit. The Hermit is here today to ask you one question: Who the hell ARE you? To answer that question, you’re going to have to get still and quiet within yourself. No, you don’t have to go on some expensive retreat; you can meditate quite effectively on the way to work. Turn off the radio, put down your phone, and be with you. This is also not a question you’ll answer quickly…if at all. But it’s one that needs to be pondered.

Many people shy away from self-discovery because they’re afraid of what they’ll find. As they discover their hidden talents and lightness, they’ll see the contrasting inabilities and darkness. Those inabilities and darknesses then overshadow the gifts with doubts of self-worth. Well, here’s the deal: you can’t see the light without having the dark to contrast it with. No one is 100% sweetness and light! No. One.

Make a list of all the things you’re good at. Without self-consciousness, recognize—and USE—those talents. Through recognition and use of your light, you’ll transcend self-doubt and get better at expressing your True, uh-MAZING! Self. Once you figure out who the hell you are, then BE it. Be it out loud and proud! Be it with glitter, rainbows, and ribbons! That’s the whole reason you’re here…to BE your True Self. Universe has a place for you, so take it.

July 6, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups, reversed. Yesterday we talked about how it would be a good idea to work alone since the reversed Three of Pentacles indicated members of groups or teams are at odds with each other right now. The reversed Ten of Cups reiterates that disruption in the group dynamic. Divergent opinions, rivalry, and attacks from “below” (read: subordinate employees or group members) are the overt manifestations of this disturbance. It may even go so far as to member(s) leaving the group, which will feel like a “break-up” of sorts.

Oddly enough, while the group isn’t playing nicely around you, you’re feeling some darned nice inner emotional fulfillment independent of this external stimuli or chaos. Your higher Self (the “me, myself, and I” family) is coming together harmoniously, and it’s really pretty good in there with yourself and the clan. 

The only fly in your ointment (because, of course, nothing’s perfect) is there’s some difficulty with appreciating what you’ve been given. And I don’t mean “appreciating” like being grateful, it feels more along the lines of you can’t believe your good fortune and don’t quite buy that you deserve it. But you do.

July 5, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles, reversed. The Three of Pentacles indicates working well with others and team efforts. When reversed, those team efforts sour. Those who should work together, and normally have no problems, will experience waste and mismanagement of their talents. It seems everyone is out of step with the other. Therefore, step away from the team and do your portion of the project alone. If there’s no group work at hand, then break down the project you are working on into small pieces and work on each piece individually. This card indicates meticulous, intricate tasks that need your attention but no one else’s…too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak.

Spiritually speaking, examine your work or career path and re-evaluate it. Are you doing what you LOVE. Life is simply too short and we work too long and hard at our jobs to be doing something we hate our are “meh” about. You can improve this situation! Go back to school; grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and cheap tuition are available. Yes, it’ll take work and sacrifice to make changes in your work life. But imagine the rewards….

July 4, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. The Hierophant, in general, represents the rules of society or religion and following those rules. But when reversed, it indicates one is being too rigid, too rule-bound, too dogmatic. Boxing yourself into this tiny space doesn’t allow for breathing, expression, or joy.

Fives are about the necessary changes required to break down this box or form that’s been built around your life. (The Hierophant is the 5th of the Major Arcana.) Certainly we need structure to support us, stay safe, and have order in society. I’m not suggesting you go off the deep end and chuck your entire life…just give yourself space to live! 

When within the bounds of laws and ethics, being a little avant garde can be hugely beneficial and lead to prosperity. How? Because you can be creative in your thinking and dreaming when you let yourself off the leash. Stop micro-managing every micro-movement of yourself. Go to the beach despite your cellulite and fish-belly white legs; give yourself permission to say no without guilt; eat the ice cream cone if you want it. Stop strangling yourself with judgment!

July 3, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune. I seem to be reading for myself these last few days…getting cards with messages or encouragement that I need to hear. Today’s card is another for me…. 

The Wheel of Fortune represents the archetypal concept of linear time. It flows ever forward like a powerful river. We can try to swim upstream, but it’s impossible. We can try to stay in one moment in time by swimming across the current; nevertheless, we’re carried downstream. Some of those Type A people swim like hell with the current and just zoom down the river missing all the lovely flowers growing on the banks or the people swimming with them. Others just let the current take them where it will…and then complain they were taken somewhere too slowly or not to their liking. 

This Great River, whether you swim hard and fast with the current or just float along for the ride, represents not only changes of fortunes but a profound inner journey during which you come to terms with who you are and all that means. The River is all about change and forward motion that’s futile to resist. Therefore, make it easier on yourself by practicing adaptability and tolerance (my constant prayer these days). Slippery Elm is an herb that might help with that. It’s said to be soothing for mood swings, brings comfort when you have difficulty accepting food or experiences, and comes in candy form! Bonus!

July 1, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles. I’m fighting my inherent laziness today…it’s such a fine summer day, I just want to nap in the shade. But, no. Mother, Father, Spirit, I ask you to help me have the discipline I need to continue with mundane chores that bring a sense of accomplishment that’s grounded in Earth yet is sensitive to my spiritual side. 

Physical accomplishment can, indeed, be a spiritual thing. In fact, when our boring tasks are done with thanksgiving for the work and finished product—no matter how small—we then elevate simply mowing the lawn into something divine. The Nine of Pentacles represents the discipline, maturity, and depth we all need to “fight the lazies” and do our work. While that work can bring material success and wellbeing, when it’s done well and with your highest Self on board, it fulfills your inner purpose of being.

June 29, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands. Two’s represent choices or decisions, a union created to make something, or the middle way out of a conflict. A three, then, represents that choice arrived at, the thing made, or the compromise for the conflict. Any one of these options requires flexibility, adaptability, and working well with others. The three of Wands isn’t a “doing it my way” or “solo endeavors” kind of card. When help is needed and/or offered, take it. Consider it a resource that’s useful to you and not a crutch or sign of weakness.

This card continues the “new beginnings” energy, but we’ve moved a bit down the road. Ideas are solidifying, and you’re ready to take a few well thought out risks. This desire for expansion and growth is natural and normal; it’s not coming from greed or ego. Therefore, allow yourself a little pride in your work and the results from it. I mean, the rose bush doesn’t apologize for its blooms, does it?

As you grow, be aware you’ll outgrow things or methods that have proven useful up to now. Don’t be afraid to upgrade, change, revise, revamp, prune, toss out, or give away the things that no longer serve you. Someone who hasn’t gotten as far as you yet may find your old stuff adequate for now. So. Let go and make space for your expansion.

June 28, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. Another Ace! Even reversed, the Ace of Wands indicates new beginnings. These beginnings may not be in your “muggle” self but more on the spiritual level. This card represents planting the seeds of new outlooks that bring you to a rebirth of self that changes the little “s” to a big “S.” Tangible results such as a fatter bank account, new car, etc. are not important; finding your happiness and the everlasting source of it is what’s vital.

Unfortunately, this kind of transforming requires soul-searching and hard work. Fear and doubt will dog your heels, which will result in setbacks and delays. However, allow the Wands energy to compel you to keep “moving your feet” along this path. Take time to consider each inch forward, savor it, nurture it, and don’t stop.

June 27, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups. A good card for today, I sort of need it myself…

This card is announcing the opportunity for new emotional experiences or growth that allows for unconditional love, self love, forgiveness, and—most importantly—the courage to continue on. However, these “new emotional experiences” are going to be powerful and challenging as new feelings replace old and you transform and attune to Universe to find YOUR heart-based meaning of life and what that looks like for YOU.

Despite any upheaval this emotional growth may seem to cause, in actuality you’re entering into a period of peace wherein you have space and time to look inside to connect with your REAL needs and feel the buoyancy of life and depths of your soul. Trust the power of your intuition and follow it where it leads you.

June 20, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Fool (again). The Fool has returned to ask me to expand upon his meaning and share the deeper nuances of this card. The Fool represents every man, our human-ness, our fallibility, and our ability to make a complete hash of things. But his easy flexibility shows us that rigid thinking, fear, and preconceived ideas keep us stuck in small, “safe” little existences. He’s asking us to stop taking ourselves and life so very seriously and break free from narrow beliefs about society, others, and yourself.

As one who is free from self-imposed rules and attachments to possessions, The Fool is symbolic of the wanderings of each of us as we attempt to achieve wholeness of Self and Spirit. We lurch in the direction of, and are drawn to, this “wholeness” spurred by dreams of the future and our burdens from the past. The Fool helps us heal ourselves by accepting past vulnerabilities, shame, or failures as we move on to the next beginning, which gives us a NEW chance to excel. 

During this journey, we can begin to see what we had thought was soooooooo important, is actually only an illusion. What is truly important becomes apparent.

June 16, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. This card bodes well for achievements and wishes coming true, but today, for me, it’s meaning is centered on just “being.” Maybe it’s the rain here in my neck of the woods or maybe it’s the promise of a nap later that’s making me feel so stationary and content in this moment. I’m asking you to be happy today. Regardless of the chores, “shoulds”, and “gotta do’s” planned for this Father’s Day, concentrate on feeling happy and see how that works for you.

The secret to finding emotional happiness is to take control of, and full responsibility for, YOUR happiness. No one can “make” you happy. No one can fulfill all your needs. You have to make up your mind to BE happy. When you can do that, whether for a minute, an hour, a day, or longer, you’ll find material, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

The shadow side of this card is complacency. Never forget the hard work it took you (psycho-emotionally and physically) to get to “happy.” When you feel that moment of happiness and warm-fuzzies, give a little shout-out of thanks to Universe and wallow in it. This is the head-space you’re encouraged to wallow in. Not self-pity, anger, or sadness—that stuff you have to move through. But happy? Oh, wallow, roll, smush around, and linger!

June 15, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Fool. The Fool is perhaps my favorite card of the Tarot deck. There’s such pure potential, anything can happen, “let’s see where the wind blows us” energy within this card. But the taproot, foundation, bedrock of this card is TRUST. Trust in your inner knowing. Trust in Universe. Trust in yourself as you do things in your own way even if it’s not the “normal” way.

Therefore, go ahead and take that risk you’ve been pondering. Your soul has been itching for new experiences and adventures. The Fool’s presence today is an urge to step out of what’s known and go ahead and dare. You’re ready!

The Fool also suggests unexpected changes. Often those can be physical changes (moving houses or jobs, travel, etc.), but don’t rule out changing your present beliefs and values. Those are being challenged right now as you become aware of new ideas and points of view. Change is good; embrace it.

June 14, 2019: Card O' the Day: King of Cups, reversed. The King of Cups can indicate something that’s coming to the surface—or NEEDS to come to the surface!—for exorcism and healing. At his worst, the King tends to be a drama queen and the host-with-the-most of his own Pity Party. We all know one of “those” people and have, at one time or another, been one of “those” people. (Cringe!)

When reversed, however, our good King pulls up his Big Boy pants and finds new ways to express his needs, feelings, and wants with less drama and/or emotional manipulation of those around him. This mature articulation is a more open and honest way to use your voice about what’s important to your inner being, life, or highest Self. Being a King, this card has qualities of leadership. Therefore, you may use your voice to lead yourself or take a stand on behalf of others.

In addition, the King of Cups is rather stunted and rigid emotionally. The reversal means that rigidity loosens, which allows for different ways of feeling about the world around you. This includes the traditional societal rules of gender roles and choices of partners/lovers. You may find yourself reconsidering what you thought was right/wrong with respect to what masculinity or femininity looks like to you. Yesterday, I built a couple new deck chairs. Just cut open the boxes, grabbed up a screw driver, and put ‘em together. My husband was THRILLED he didn’t have to do it. Just sayin’….

June 13, 2019: Card O' the Day: Justice, reversed. Years ago I began dating a nice man in July of 2001; we were still dating at the time of the 9/11 disaster. After that horrific event, my nice gentleman friend was so devastated he needed to make sense of it by placing blame. That blame fell upon anyone with a slightly darker complexion because he immediately assumed they came from a middle eastern country or had heritage from that area. His sense of “unfairness” made him reject a large number of people based upon the actions of a few. He may have always harbored a bias against people of other cultures, but the catastrophe caused his instincts to subsume his intellect and push his mere bias to outright bigotry.

During June, the month of LGBTQ+ pride, where people who identify as other than heterosexual and/or the gender they were assigned at birth, are more vocal and public than usual. Examine yourself to see if you’re struggling with a divided self when it comes to this subject. Does your belief system, what you were taught as “right” conflict with what you know in your heart? Is your intellect fighting with your instincts? 

The reversed Justice card represents an internal imbalance and this intellect v. instincts war. Said internal imbalance can be pretty darned uncomfortable, and some of you may try to pass off responsibility for your biased behaviors and words as “it’s the way I was raised.” Guess what? You’re not a child anymore. A mature mind thinks for itself and takes responsibility for its thoughts and feelings. However, I believe the uncomfortable imbalance you may feel is your higher Self whispering to you that you could be wrong…. Think about it.

June 11, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Empress, reversed. The Empress reversed is pulling in attributes of the Six of Swords and Seven of Cups, both reversed, to reiterate, emphasize, and fully flesh out the messages of those cards. Upright, The Empress is all about abundance and fertility; whatever you start under her guidance grows almost without trying. When reversed, her energy is slowed down or delays get in your way. That’s okay because it gives you more time to think and plan rather than react through heated emotions. Even with the slow-downs and delays, this card offers manifestation energy, so don’t give up.

The reversed Empress also indicates things coming to light as clarification and truth emerge from confusion or cover-ups. More clutter, physical and psycho-emotional, has to be cleared out of your way. Look around. What else can you dump. (I’ve been ranting about clearing closets and removing stuff for weeks now.) 

The other day (Seven of Cups, reversed), I suggested to get things done even if it wasn’t super creative and picture perfect like Martha Stewart would do. Continue in that vein today because traditional, feminine roles are not being useful to you right now. Do things around your house that you’ve allowed your partner or hired someone to do because they felt like a “girl” shouldn’t do them. Nonsense! Paint, mow, change out a light or faucet! You Tube has a tutorial for that!

June 10, 2019: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords, reversed. Okay, I really hate when my cards repeat on me. I mean, we JUST had the Six of Swords, reversed four days ago. Some new material please? So…what’d I miss? Looks like I didn’t miss anything, it’s just the other meanings are stepping forward today.  

You’re attempting to release crap from the past, but it’s either too much work or you’re fearful of moving forward into the “unknown.” Thus you’d rather stick with what you DO know—the familiar, and thereby, “safe” crap. No, it ain’t pretty, but it’s yours and you’re used to it. However, staying in your crap means you stagnate mentally and physically and avoid the truth that you really need to face your stuff and move it out of your way. 

If you buck up your courage and declare today is the day you shall break through the hesitation and indecision you’ve been mired in, be careful that you don’t bring a bulldozer to swat a gnat. This card speaks of “headstrong attempts to overcome difficulties.” Therefore, go back to the advice on the 4th of June: listen to your heart and gut, don’t over-analyze, and move forward with confidence and diplomacy. Move aside whatever or whoever is in your way without drama, gnashing of teeth, or breaking of dishes.

June 9, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups, reversed. This card puts a heavy stress on clear and logical thinking, making realistic plans, and setting priorities. Certain goals need to be achieved or problems solved. Find the fastest, most efficient way to get these items off your “to do” list. We’re not talking romantic, scenic route; we’re talking interstate highways all the way. 

Yes, I realize you want to do the job perfectly and with your signature creative flare. Now’s not the time, so save the stencils, colored markers, and organizing dividers for next time. Put yer Christmas decorations in a plastic bin, label it with a Sharpie, and shove it up into the attic already! It’s flippin’ June!

Now, with those chores done (okay, not P.E.R.F.E.C.T.L.Y., and Martha Stewart would sneer), you can relax and take a break. While you’re sitting poolside or on a hike, think about how quickly the problem was solved and the goal achieved. Hmmm. Just maybe taking the most efficient, albeit least picturesque, path sometimes has its benefits.

June 8, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles. Yesterday, the reversed Devil was there to point out the way (and to tell you it’s time) towards extricating yourself from addition and bondage. This nine is recognizing the struggle that is because of the real conflict between desire for practical achievement, psycho-emotional wellbeing, and security and the urge towards “right now” self-indulgence.

This Nine, which numerically represents completion (of your addiction? instant gratification?), is offering you the discipline, dedication, and discernment to walk away from life’s “candy” and towards living your real ideals. When you’re true to your Higher Self, you no longer feel the need to prove yourself to anyone because you’re “at home” within. This card bodes well for gaining maturity, depth of character, and spiritual awareness.

We continue to explore our shadow sides not just for today, but for many eons to come, I’m sure. And during that examination of self, we learn to accept, release self-judgment, and finally learn our worth.

June 7, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Devil, reversed. The Devil card represents, among other things, bondage to destructive behaviors. When The Devil is reversed, it means release and recovery from addictions to food, drugs, alcohol, gambling, toxic relationships, etc. It can also mean release and liberation from false inhibitions (“Oh, I can’t do THAT! What would the neighbors say!?!?!). Manipulation by others and codependency are finally seen for what they are: unhealthy, unproductive, and wrong for you.

You’re getting the memo and seeing through the illusions that you used to convince yourself all that crap was something you deserved or was somehow a “good” thing. It’s now time to turn away from all the superficial and destructive garbage you indulged yourself with and get comfortable with you. All of you. Even your dark side…that stuff you’re less than proud of, that stuff you wish didn’t exist in you. 

Guess what, kids? That dark stuff is what contrasts your light and makes your light visible. You cannot see the profound message written on a price of white paper unless you write that message in dark ink! The contrast allows you to see the bright white of the paper. And unless the paper is bright, you can’t read the message written in dark. Embrace all of you! Even your kinky leather fetish or 2am eating-mayonnaise-straight-out-of-the-jar. If it’s legal and not hurting anyone, have at it.

June 6, 2019: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords, reversed. Sometimes we need to really think about a problem, weigh all the pros and cons, gather data, and analyze the snot out of things before making a decision. Other times, we can over-intellectualize a situation that really needs you to make a gut- or heart-based choice. This is that time. Look to where you’re over-thinking something. You probably have all the information you truly need but are afraid to go with your gut. Conversely, your gut could be telling you to run away, but you’ve put so much time and effort in, you can’t see yourself just dumping and running.

Part of this tendency to over-intellectualize is that you’re looking at the circumstances from a very limited perspective—your own! What don’t you know? What are you missing? At the risk of sending you back to your pros and cons lists, I don’t think you have the entire story. You may have to dare a bit and venture out of your security zone. Don’t cling and don’t give in to fearful, negative thinking. You can do this.

This card has a final meaning I feel compelled to share. Something is about to come out into the open. A communication of some nature, a public notice, a declaration of feelings or intentions. Perhaps it’s you who’s decided, after a great deal of thought, to run for office. Someone may finally admit they have a crush on you. You may break the news to your partner that you’re going back to school or changing careers. This “breaking news story” might just be the thing you’re over-analyzing.

June 5, 2019: Card O' the Day: King of Cups, reversed. When upright, the King of Cups can mean it’s getting to be time, or you need it to be time, for some emotional healing. Reversed, the King says, “now’s a good time!” 

As you dig around in your psyche, resit the urge to become maudlin, depressed, or disappointed in yourself. Whatever you’re remembering for healing, remind yourself you did the best you could, with the tools and experience at hand, in. that. moment. Self blame now is completely pointless. Therefore, don’t do it! Review the events, feel the emotions, acknowledge those emotions as being sucky, and then toss them in the trash. The icky feelings, that is; the experience that teaches you not to do “that” again, you keep. But again, just the lesson, not the guilt, shame, sadness, anger, grudge, etc. that has become attached to the lesson.

During this process, you’ll figure out new ways to express your feelings and inner life (new spiritual beliefs, renewed religious practices, and such). If one way doesn’t seem to fit, experiment with another. We don’t always find the perfect shade of lipstick on the first try, amirite? (And when we do, the company usually discontinues it. But I digress…) As you do the work of sorting your clutter, it’s okay to be little selfish and spend more time on you. Just don’t be an asshole about it.

June 4, 2019: Card O' the Day: Death. DO. NOT. FREAK. OUT. In the language of the Tarot, the Death card (or in some decks, The Unnamed card), simply heralds change. Those changes are not your choice; they are inevitable. They may also seem rather harsh. But, the “death” is required so that you’re available for the next good thing. I find that Death usually refers to a physical change rather than a change of heart or opinion (that’s what The Tower card is for). By example, you may get fired or laid off from your job, which then leaves you open for a new and better job. A relationship may end; this will leave you free to go out with that new, intriguing person without “stepping out” on your partner. You may have surgery, lose/gain weight, or otherwise change your physical body for the better. A new living arrangement may occur.

Think of this change as an opportunity for rebirth, transformation, re-creation of you. With every breath we take in, it’s a chance to revitalize our thinking, being, and doing. Welcome this card.

This morning, by the by, I spent a few minutes dead-heading the flowers in my garden. We all know that judicious pruning dead blooms or limbs encourages new growth on the plant. See what needs to be pruned in your own “garden” as you allow Death to sweep through your life to ready it for the rebirth that’s coming.

May 30, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords, reversed. Yesterday’s card talked of diplomatic negotiations and debate. Today’s reversed Ace basically is saying “I don’t wanna!” Now, it’s true that sometimes a situation is indeed a lost cause and it’s better for all to simply end it. This solution means that all aggression and hostile interactions cease. However, are you thinking of giving up because it’s too haaaaaaaard! to find a compromise? 

Struggling to find a middle way with another person (or yourself) can lead to self-destructive temper flares that consume your time and attention rather than actually doing something. You may be denying that you’re even bothered and resist the truth that the circumstances need to change. So, if things aren’t working by doing A, then reason dictates approaching the problem from a different perspective and trying B. Or C. 

Remember it’s your REACTIONS to a situation or the deliberations that set the mood. Do you react with calm in the face of insults or shouting? You cannot control the other guy; you can only control your reactions to him/her. Sometimes the only logical reaction is to walk away. But consider for a moment why the other guy is so pissy…could he/she be pissy for the same reason as you? Tone down your temper, put your dick back in your pants, and communicate like an adult.

May 29, 2019: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords. The nation’s politicians, from lowest township level all the way to Washington, D.C., could take a note here…. When two sides (of a marriage, your own head, departments at your work place, etc.) are in opposition, it may APPEAR that the only way forward is that one side “wins” and the other “loses.” However, marriage or politics isn’t a baseball game where one side makes more runs than the other during the prescribed limits of the game.

Opposition and confrontation don’t have to be negative. A truly constructive debate is thoughtful, mindful of the other side’s opinions, and made dispassionately and without name calling. It’s not a power struggle; it’s a way of presenting ideas based upon facts. Finding compromise requires negotiation and diplomacy.

If a situation seems like it’s become the choice between a “rock” and a “hard place”, put all ego aside, cease trying to shout over the other guy, and follow your heart. Your heart (wherein lies all your power) not your ego (wherein lies all your fear) will be able to see another route. A route that allows BOTH sides to win. A route that allows BOTH sides to save face. A route that allows the sides to blend to one force moving forward for the greatest good of all.

May 28, 2019: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups. We received the gift of the Ace of Pentacles on Sunday, which indicated new beginnings on the material plane. This card reiterates the new beginnings with the assurance of lots of opportunities within your grasp. However, you may have to shake things up a bit in your own heart and re-think what your assumptions and fantasies were/are for you. Sometimes, when we get our minds/hearts set in one direction, we put on blinders to anything that falls outside the parameters of that “direction.” It could be your goals have to change to meet the opportunities available.

The Four gives us assurance of safety from which to move forward towards those goals with optimism. A little self-exploration and tapping into your intuition will help you make the right choices as you tweak your five-year plan according to the circumstances.

This card also represents selfless love, compassion, and kindness. Did you know you can hold all that in your heart and STILL maintain healthy personal boundaries? We’re being asked to step back from any drama and simply observe. Don’t get caught up in trying to fix it for others at your own expense. You’ll end up giving too much of yourself away by solving the problem for them but leaving yourself worn out and depleted.

May 26, 2019: Card O" the Day: Ace of Pentacles. Back in the days when steam engines pulled trains, they took so long to actually get moving, one could run and still catch the train after it technically began moving. That’s how the Ace of Pentacles feels today…very powerful energy but slow and steady before it hits its stride. And like a steam powered train, you’re not going to get from point A to point B in mere minutes, like you do on the “bullet trains” of Europe and Japan, but you ARE going to get there if you keep at. Since this card is a good omen when it comes to long-term plans and dreams, set your sights on the horizon, not just the next city over.

This card is also representative of the spiritualization of the Earth element and is governed by the root chakra. The root chakra is your home base, your foundation, the source of all your strength. Your growing power is flowering upwards from this chakra like magma rising from the depths of Earth. Feel it. Be sure of it.

Physically speaking this “new beginnings” card of the material plane could manifest into that first job out of high school or college that puts you on your career path (yes, even Taco Bell counts as “career path” material). Ditto the “starter home” or first apartment or a first car that ain’t pretty but moves. If you’re like me and have reinvented yourself a few times in the career department, this card may be indicating it’s time to switch it up and retire from whatever you’re doing now and start over with something else. Perhaps it looks like selling the family home and down-sizing to a smaller house, apartment, or motor home now that the kids are out of the house, which also counts as starting a new phase on the material plane. If you ain’t dead yet, you CAN start something new! 

May 25, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups, reversed. We’ve been asked to stay still for the past little while, and today is no exception. The bus isn’t leaving the station any time soon, so you still have time for a nap, careful consideration of options, snail-mailing paperwork, etc. This quiet time is about self-preservation, which makes me think some of you need more time to heal and replenish your proverbial cup.

Sometimes we get wild hairs up our butts and make quick changes, get radical hair cuts or tattoos, or pick up and leave for a weekend in Las Vegas. This card does not bode well for any of that. Any sudden changes made “just because” will be regretted almost immediately. Travel snags are indicated by the reversed Eight, so that rules out the Vegas weekend. Unfortunate haircuts take months to grow out; ugly tattoos are permanent. I’m opting for the nap….

May 24, 2019: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups, reversed. The Princess of Cups is an emotional, intuitive dreamer who makes most of her decisions based upon how she feels about something. She believes people are inherently good, and most are. But when this card is reversed, the Princess is being being disparaged for her gifts. She’s being told to become more practical, put her feet firmly on the ground, and grow up.

I’m a big believer of listening to your intuition or instincts (your gut) when it comes down to it. This reversal indicates you’re not listening, refusing to listen, or being told your gut is wrong by more “practical” people who may not have your best interests at heart. This is called “gas-lighting” and they want you to do something that benefits or is easier for them.

Because she can be emotionally influenced, the Princess is taking this deceptive “advice” and is closing off from her imagination and intuition. Conversely, though, it may send her to the nearest “spirit guide”, Tarot card reader, or psychic looking for the answers that are right there in her own gut! At the risk of putting myself out of business, we ALL are gifted with a strong gut/intuition. Do your research when making big decisions or about what you believe to be true, collect opinions from those you love, but ultimately LISTEN to your gut and go with it.

May 23, 2019: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords, reversed. Normally when we get the reversed Four of Swords, it’s wakey-wakey time. However, stillness and thoughtfulness still lingers. Which is a good thing because recuperation isn’t quite completed. No, don’t stagnate, but continuing to think about what has just passed will bring clarity and a different perspective.

As things come into focus, you may find you’re stuck on the horns of a dilemma. This dilemma, it turns out was the cause of the recent upset in balance. With emotions out of the way, your foresight regarding your next steps will seem supernatural. By seeing the future so clearly, you can wisely administer all resources with economy and efficiency.

But not quite yet…rest a bit longer.

May 22, 2019: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords, reversed. Now that the zit on your chin has healed (see reversed Princess of Wands from the other day) and your three-alarm drama has settled, we move into the aftermath. You may feel spiritually, emotionally, or even physically pooped out following this episode. Kind of like you feel drained/exhausted after a really long, hard ugly-cry. You’ll feel better, but not yet your best because there’s still a certain amount of grieving to do over recent losses or chaos.

Lots of lessons are ready to be learned, and I urge you to see the potential for spiritual growth. However, you’re going to have to be honest with yourself and own your part in it all. What did you do to start it, fuel it, keeping it burning, etc.? Your recovery period can act as a good cover for your own humiliation, guilt, or shame for said part. As you realign your ducks, you can also quietly agree with yourself not to do “that” again and then let go of the useless self-recriminations.

As is always true of times of inaction and regathering of strength, there’s a danger of stagnation and wallowing in despondency. The message of this card is to rest and recover, but just don’t stay here too long.

May 19, 2019: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands, reversed. The Princess of Wands represents new energy that’s on the cusp of becoming something great. Adventure awaits and it’s all good! Picture a young person going off to college this fall…. However, when reversed, this young person is reduced to a 13 year old girl with all the theatrics, drama, and superficiality that goes with it.

This card indicates enthusiasm for all the new stuff coming ahead, but because you don’t know precisely what that is yet, you’re uncertain and hesitant in your actions. If you do move, fine details are overlooked or ignored altogether. You feel scattered and unfocused and are entirely too conscious of any challenges you may face (is the crush of your life going to notice that GINORMOUS zit on your chin!?!?!?). 

Because you’re so unprepared and are REacting more than acting, your ideas may well be rejected. Try not to take it personally! YOU’re not a bad person, you just haven’t done your homework. Therefore, go back to your desk, get yourself sorted out, and re-submit your plans when your zit has healed and you can focus.

May 18, 2019: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords. We tend to argue or become upset when we feel our personal power is being threatened for whatever reason. Perhaps your mother disagrees with your outfit choice, your partner tries to sway your political ideals, your friends try to give you parenting advice, or any of the myriad ways our own beliefs and plans come into question by others. When we make choices, good or bad, we are standing in our power and believing in ourselves enough to think we know best for OURSELVES. Today’s card is about finding the source of power within yourself, feeling it, believing it, and standing in it.

This quiet time of contemplation is where you don’t really “do” anything and take time to “be” with yourself. Replenish your cup, reclaim your power and authority over your own life. You may need to employ a little circumspection and diplomacy (true power is without force) to gain the space and time you need to become still and find your center, but do it.

During your period of thought and consideration, you’ll see the time isn’t right for some of the things you want to do. Something is in the way and/or the highly charged energies swirling around haven’t solidified into a concrete plan. Pay attention to your dreams and visions as they tend to reveal inner knowledge through “a-HA!” moments and random epiphanies. Digest what lessons and information you’ve gathered and add that to the mix. This will help you manifest what’s currently on your drawing board for when the time IS right.

May 16, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Wheel. We all recognize the impermanence of life. The sun comes up and goes back down, the moon waxes and wanes, the flowers bloom but then whither and die, the water in the river flows by and is never the same again. Certainly, a lot of things stay more or less the same, but not exactly. This card is here to make us examine the cycles of life in general and the cycles and patterns of our lives in particular. And as we become more aware of certain patterns, we then have the opportunity to break them if they’re “less than good” for us.

When The Wheel appears the concept of ending/beginning is also called to our attention. Today, I’m feeling more significance to the ending or completion end of that spectrum. (The last couple days talked about the new paths and possibilities coming; today we’re emphasizing the endings required before the new beginnings.) 

“Adaptation” is the big keyword for this cycle of ending/beginning. Great strength and humor will also be necessary to keep from collapsing into a heap of “I can’t do this.” Influences, input, help, and assistance will come at you from all spheres of your life, so don’t be afraid of the coming forward motion. While the movement/risks may be something you initiate and welcome, it could also be you’ll be swept along by circumstances. If that’s the case, open your mind to new ways of being and believing so that your reaction to that movement is in line with YOUR will. Accept changes, relinquish the obsolete.

May 15, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands, reversed. This card has some serious underlying shadows…. On the surface is can mean laying down burdens, relief from pressure, and the end to an oppressive situation. Clearing out debris, junk, or otherwise “old stuff” (physical and/or psycho-emotional) allows new paths to open thereby giving you space to move forward.

The real question is whether you make this happen with integrity and authenticity. WTF do I mean by this? Sometimes people will break or simply throw away their own things because they’re in a snit. Rather than put the item away, clean it, or deal with it honestly, they literally throw it in the trash just to get it out of their face. Imagine the bratty kid not getting his way, so he picks up his ball and goes home. He doesn’t face the conflict to look for a solution. 

This is “false cleaning.” It’s self-destructive sacrifice rather than CONstructive. It’s a form of victimhood or martyrdom. It’s a cleansing that doesn’t feel good or make you feel more free. You do it out of anger and it only leads to resentment. Therefore, as you lay down your burdens, clean closets, and remove debris, the way to tell if you’re doing so with authenticity and integrity is whether you care if anyone notices. If you do it quietly and without fanfare, that’s real. But if you splash it all over social media and become madder as you go, then you’re playing the victim.

May 14, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands. Today is my birthday, and as I was immersed in my morning meditations giving thanks, I was moved to tears by the blessings I enjoy every day. Often, I ask Universe to bless the world in the way I have been blessed. Therefore, I happily share this positive, dynamic card of productivity and success I have drawn today with all of you.

The Three of Wands has similar elements to those of The Tower. Not the destruction inherent in The Tower, but the new beginnings that come after restructuring. To make that process happen, first we explore and experience the wonder of the possibilities unfolding before us. The Three said Yes! You CAN accomplish this! because your heart and intentions are pure and you’re willing to take the risk to step on a new path and give it a go. Commitment and clarity of thought and foresight will result in expansion.

We are not only being encouraged to follow our visions but also dared to…triple-dog-dared! Now, you’ll need to stay flexible and improvise because nothing stays the same for long—not even these new plans you’ve got buzzing through your mind and veins. Just go forward knowing the strength is there to follow through.

May 11, 2019: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles. The Court cards represent the personalities of the tarot deck and match the sixteen personality types recognized in modern psychology and psychiatry. The Queen of Pentacles is “my” card, and I exhibit most of the personality traits she does…including the not-so-flattering ones. 

The Queen is big-hearted, nurturing, and loves to prepare food and make a lovely home. This combination creates a warm, comfortable, and inviting atmosphere for her friends and family. (Never turn down an invitation to her parties!) She’s also rather independent and likes to maintain her identity and personal security; she hates to lean on others for her needs.

Unfortunately, this combination of independence and nurturing of others can mean the Queen gives too much of herself away. All the cooking, cleaning, and looking after everyone else—without asking for help—means she can get burned out and cranky. Therefore, this holiday weekend, if you’re making brunch for Mom and the rest of the family, make it a pot luck. Hire a lawn service to spiff the yard. Delegate chores and tasks. If you try to do it all, you won’t enjoy your own party.

P.S. After the weekend celebrations are over, take this tidbit of advice and carry it forward through the rest of your life. Yes, we Queens of Pentacles are completely fabulous all on our own and CAN do it all ourselves. But, why?

May 10, 2019: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords. As I said yesterday, with regard to the Ace of Cups, reversed, it’s time to figure out why you’re keeping your heart guarded. This card, the Four of Swords, is here to help us do that. With some solid “me time”, you can descend into your deepest self, relax all anxieties, and quietly contemplate your situation. You may not be able to get the job done during one day at a spa…if fact, probably not (though it can’t hurt to try). This is stuff that needs to be explored with a licensed therapist, clergy person, or spiritual advisor. This is a time of down-and-dirty digestion of what has passed that has put you where you are today.

The point to this work is recovery and returning to your center of balance. During this exploration of Self, you’ll find out stuff about yourself you never realized. Like, how much strength you actually have. I mean, you’re still breathing, right? But best of all, you’ll get to where you can release the grief and forgive. I can attest to the benefits of talking to a professional; I swear by therapy. With help, I’ve been able to unload tons, come to levels of patience and tolerance I never had before, and feel okay about taking what I need. Am I “done”? Oh, HELL no! But I am lighter than I was before.

May 9, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups, reversed. When the Ace of Cups is reversed, it indicates that some of you may be guarding your heart a little… or a lot. Past painful experiences make you doubtful that new opportunities are sincere, and so you keep life at arms’ length to protect yourself from similar pain or failure. (These new opportunities can include business deals, promotions at work, making new friends, etc. We’re not talking just about “love interests.”)

In addition, you may not even be aware that you’re not living as fully as you could by daring to take emotional risks. You just consider yourself “prudent” or “cautious.” Perhaps you don’t ask for a promotion or apply for a more challenging job because you don’t consider yourself qualified or don’t want to risk taking on more responsibility lest you fail. On the other hand, you may indeed be aware that you’re not taking chances to become bigger, better, and more, but you deny it’s a problem and/or it doesn’t matter to you. 

It’s fine with me, and probably with Universe, that you live the way you do. But check in with yourself. Does it matter to YOU? If you shut down that little voice in your gut that whispers it DOES matter with food (too much or not enough), alcohol, or drugs, it’s time to figure out why you guard your heart so closely that you limit yourself from living your fullest life possible.

May  8, 2019: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. The good news is that most of us are pretty resilient. Yes, we get down or feel defeated from time to time, but we do rise again. Yesterday’s reversed Nine of Swords indicated we were beginning to pull out of a slump and the Princess confirms it. Some definitions of this card indicate a “willingness” to begin work on fresh and new things. I’m rather a lazy person so the phrase “willingness to work” always makes me eye-roll. And yet, I’m not immune to the restlessness inherent in the Princess of Wands.

Another definition of this card talks about approaching challenges with “eagerness” and “excitement.” However, if you’re like me, fire energy makes me feel compelled…I feel pushed to do something rather than dash forward of my own volition. Again, I’m interpreting this card through my own personality traits, but the end result is the same and the thing gets done, started, or proceeds in another burst of activity. So, pushed, pulled…we’ll  take whatever works to make that first step towards this shiny new beginning.

The shadow side of this card reflects that we are, indeed, playing with fire here. Therefore, you may be so impatient to see tangible results in your new project that you become irresponsible about the shoulds and oughts of life. Laundry still needs to be washed; the cat box still needs to be cleaned; the lawn won’t mow itself. These mundane daily chores will get in your way and make you cranky. Thyme, the herb due jour, is supposed to help with confidence, growth, and developing skills. It also smells really nice and has a relaxing effect on cranky moods.

May 7, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords, reversed. Now that you’re getting a better grip on your fears of being shafted and getting back into the sandbox, you’ve actually found some new insight and wisdom. Sometimes being forced to stand still a minute and question why you feel a certain way is good for you. It’s call “shadow work.” This card represents doing your shadow work willingly. Hahahahahah! Who does shadow work willingly!?!??! It’s a nasty business that’s worse than cesspool cleaning. Nevertheless, doing the hard, gross work enables you to shift some shit and move to a better place. Or to use a more metaphysical word, “rebirth.” (Barf.)

This card also signifies pulling out of a low period! Yay! Guilt and self-blame have been alleviated to some extent (I mean, are we EVER free of guilt and self-blame) thanks to using your voice and saying what you need to say, taking responsibility for any missteps you’ve made, and generally clearing the air. Enjoy your day knowing you’ve done some good psycho-emotional work and you get to take a break from being “woke” today.

May 6, 2019: Card O' The Day: Three of Wands, reversed. Now that I’ve totally scared the snot out of you with all the talk of deceit and trickery these past couple weeks, this card is indicating fear of asking for help and feeling cut off or isolated from the rest of the group. Sheesh! We can’t win for losing! It also talks about getting over-ambitious, having lack of foresight, and difficulty putting your plans into action.

So, how are we going to work in this energy shift? Firstly, there’s precious little you can do COMPLETELY on your own, unless you move to the wilderness and live like a hermit. Thus, trusting others to do what they promise is something you’ll have to come to grips with. However, there ARE ways to trust yet keep tabs on your investments of time, energy, ideas, money, etc. That’s where contracts in writing, patents, trademarks, and the like come into play. They act as insurance policies that protect your stuff in case things go wrong. Now you can relax and go play with the other kids.

As far as the rest of it goes, this is a matter of checking your ego. Are you not trusting others to participate or help with your plans because you think you’re the only talent in the room? As brilliant as you are, you’re not going to see every detail. You will miss stuff. It would be prudent to have a second pair of eyes to help you see the things you don’t or to work on the parts in which you have no expertise. Otherwise, you’ll experience, ahem… “difficulty putting your plans into action.”

May 5, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. Aaaaand we’re back to the Seven of Swords. But THIS is what I love so much about the Tarot in that the meanings of each card are so layered and nuanced! What I discovered today about this card is slightly different than what we had a few days ago, but yet the core element of being less-than-truly-dead-dog-honest with yourself is still here.

The Seven of Swords indicates insight and intuitive understanding of others. What can they really offer you? What do you expect of them? Do those match? If they don’t match, things will stay out of balance until you find a different route. That route may be to lessen expectations or drop them altogether. The point is you’re setting yourself up for disappointment if you keep going down this particular road.

Have you ever noticed emotional insecurity is behind your greatest fears? (We expect, we don’t get, we feel insecure.) Ask yourself why you’re insecure. You weren’t hugged enough as an infant? Daddy issues? Trauma? Everything that was ever unpleasant in your life can add to the insecurity. To try to feel secure, you’ll hold yourself back and not take risks. Which means there you sit in your little world feeling insecure and unfulfilled. Wah.

You need to figure it out (therapy helps with that) and get past it. Here’s the deal: EVERYone is just as insecure as you! NO one is without fear! Even those “fearless” people who are totally out there living their lives on the edge are scared shitless. Join them. Fall down. Make a mess. Be embarrassed. Fail. Just do the best you can as you scream all the way down the rollercoaster hill of life. 

May 3, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. As with all Aces, new beginnings are indicated here. This, coupled with yesterday’s Eight of Pentacles and its good ju-ju regarding work, I’m encouraged your ideas are good and could really launch you.

But again, patience is strongly advised. Rushing forward may lead to dissatisfaction with your share of the profits since the reversal of the Ace represents a “not right now” kind of feeling. The right opportunity hasn’t presented itself or the right opportunity is here, but more details need to be finalized. Get ALL your questions answered and have the agreement IN WRITING so your ASSets are completely covered. My inner paralegal is wrinkling her nose and screaming caution because something isn’t crystal clear yet. Remember, we’ve had a couple cards with “sneaky” and “deceitful” written all over them lately, and today’s card indicates someone may not deliver on a promise.

May 2, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. This card indicates good luck and abundance in the business/material world. You’re showing skill in your business, and your intelligence is well applied to material affairs. Trust Universe that things will work out for you in the end.

With that said, manipulation and secrets are still lurking around the edges. (Recall the cards of the previous two days.) Therefore, do your homework and build carefully and patiently. It’s essential that you safeguard your work product and investments by having things double checked to ensure YOUR best interests are being protected. If you’re getting pressure to act quickly, invest money without hard contracts in place, or you feel at all hinky in your gut, YOUR ass isn’t being covered.

I know I said to trust Universe, but in this case, I’m asking you to help her out a little. Work hard, watch your money closely, and make your own success. Your abundance comes from your diligence, not from random luck.

May 1, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords, reversed. The Prince of Swords has a very quick and active mind. He’s got to be “doing” at all times otherwise he gets bored. When bored, he gets…shall we say “cranky.” He’ll start doing things and stirring pots just to get reactions and to cause destruction. After all, if something has beed destroyed, then he can rebuild it! Something to do! Or not. The Prince is kind of capricious that way. And especially when reversed, he’ll break dishes out of spite and leave you to clean up the mess.

Like yesterday’s reversed Seven of Pentacles, where we had lack and stealing ideas, this card also has elements of swindle, fraud, or deceit. Because our hero of the day is bored, he may be imprudent and charge ahead at this time without listening to solid advice. His theories and bright ideas might not be very practical; but even if they are, they really should be checked by attorneys and financial advisors to find what he may have missed. 

My point for today is the “personality card” of the Prince is showing some unclear thinking. Couple that with two cards in a row that show deceit and dishonest taking in some way, and I feel like the Prince is gonna get took fer a ride. Don’t be the Prince!

April 30, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. There’s anxiety about money present in this card. Do you have any bright ideas or other kinds of intellectual property that you’re hoping to sell someday but are still unprotected? I don’t mean to sound paranoid, but telling everyone you know about your brilliant cure for cancer may not be the smartest thing. You can certainly discuss the possibilities and nuts and bolts of manifesting your new thing with a few trusted comrades, but blasting it on Facebook might be a mistake.

Don’t dwell in negativity, fear, and paranoia by any means, but do cover your assets. When you’ve worked long and hard for something, it should be yours. Protect it through patents, copyrights, or trademarks—whichever is legally appropriate. Once your project or idea is covered, you’ll be able to relax and not be fearful of losing it to someone else.

April 24, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. This card is all about the different connotations of lying. Lying to others, yourself, being “less than completely honest”, manipulating the situation, lying by omission, and generally being tricksy just to name a few ways we can be untruthful. Now, it’s true that sometimes, we simply must lie or bend the truth for ethical reasons. Doctors will tell loved ones the patient died without suffering when he knows damned well the patient fought and suffered until the end. You’ll tell your partner it was “good” for you, too, just to help them feel a little better about themselves and so you can roll over and go to sleep. The coach tells the worst kid on the team that he can see “improvement” to give the kid a boost in self esteem.

My point today is to really examine your motivations behind your untruths. Are you saving someone’s feelings? Are you motivated by compassion and sympathy? Or are you lying to save your own skin or ego, to weasel out of something you don’t have the balls to straightforwardly say you don’t wanna do, or to get something you want at the expense of another? 

If you’re lying to yourself about something, stop. Face your truth: you actually LIKE to smoke, you’re just too lazy to exercise, and you hate smoothies/love bacon. Do you have to do anything about the things you lie to yourself about? No. But if you have to lie to yourself to shut something up, then there’s a deeper urge that’s saying maybe you should do something about that. Food for thought.

April 23, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant. This card is really resonating with me today. I know, yesterday I said the reversed Queen of Pentacles wasn’t for me, but I’m beginning to think she was. (Not that you can’t have her, too. I mean we ALL need to ignore chores and have adventures sometimes.) Anyway, I’ve gotten a new Tarot book, and I’m utterly on fire about it. I’ve devoured my previous “new book” and am digging in to the NEW “new book” with the thirst of a gaggle of girls out on Ladies Night.

The Hierophant represents anything that stimulates your inner awakening and growth through knowledge and education. This could be a religion, belief system, tradition, or studying anything about a passion of yours…whether that’s knitting, black smithing, physics, organized religion, or Tarot cards. This is about the study becoming an active, enjoyable, and satisfying experience.

The Angel of Spiritual Teaching is one of those associated with this card. This is not merely an educational experience we’re exploring here; this is about finding self-awareness through learning that reaches a spiritual level. The Hierophant is the link between conscious thought and intuitive understanding. It’s the gut understanding of steel or glass as you carefully work it into something of beauty.

The warning/lesson that comes with this divine tutelage is to never forget the direct conflict between your humanity and the reached-for divinity. Humanity will always win until you transition out of your human form. Read: your shit will always stink. Therefore, no matter how “divine” you become in your chosen passion, you’ll occasionally miss the mark. Stay humble.

April 22, 2019: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles, reversed. Most of the many definitions of, attributes regarding, and personality traits assigned to the Queen of Pentacles apply to me, personally. I identify strongly with this card and every time I read about it, I’m thinking “yep, yep, and yep.” With the card coming up reversed today, I immediately thought that I wasn’t feeling particularly upside down today…so what gives? Well, for one thing, my cards are rarely about me; I’m just the messenger so I can get out of my ego now.

The Queen is a super earth-mother-y, Martha Stewart type and her reversal is telling us to let the laundry go, never mind the dust bunnies, and go outside to run barefoot in the grass. No, don’t go pulling weeds or mulching your flowerbed. Ignore. The. Chores. Look for a little adventure…or a lot of adventure. This kind of self-care has been on the back burner for too long and is pushing forward at you now. Stop “doing” for others for a little while and “be” for you. At least for today.

Or…maybe not just for today. It could very well be it’s time to delegate some of the traditionally feminine household duties to others (read: the men in the family). Your eight year-old kid is old enough to start doing his/her own laundry and making his/her lunch for school. Your partner is perfectly capable of making dinner and doing dishes and few nights a week. Taking off your apron will be an exercise in self-control and discipline, but most exercises are hard until you get the hang of them.

April 21, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Sun. Well, then! There ya have it! Sunshine on a cloudy day. This card represents relief after a lot of intensity. In this ease of pressures, you’ll have a clarity of vision that helps you see the new beginnings before you. What next? I dunno, you tell me! This is the highest of all the “yes” cards in the deck so you’re getting the ultimate thumbs up from Universe.

The Sun also signifies your indomitable spirit that’s been struggling against hopelessness, despair, and total defeat. Even at your rock bottom, you’ve held onto your soul and kept moving forward. Truth is freed from illusion—like that your life matters and you aren’t a complete waste of oxygen. Resurrect your innocence and be sure to play today.

With that said, I hate to be a buzz-kill. Even this card isn’t giving me the total warm fuzzies topped with rainbows and cupcakes. Am I cynical an incapable of seeing anything bright? No…I’m just not giving you a free pass to ignore your work. Therefore, ask yourself the following question: Am I feeling happy and fulfilled? If the answer is less than a resounding YESSSSSS!, then ask yourself this: What do I need to do to regenerate myself after all the crap I’ve been through? Do that. Finally ask yourself what kind of people you need to surround yourself with to help you reach your highest potential. Go find them and develop relationships with them. Get to the place of YESSSSSS!

April 20, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords, reversed. This card is murky as hell today…either I need another cup of tea, I’m simply stupid right now, or something is lurking in the mists. There’s a lot about warnings and betrayals in this card. However, I don’t know what to warn you about. Turn on your spidey-senses and be extra observant. 

Another aspect of this card is looking back or going back to a place to try to figure out what went “wrong” then or there. This is good…self-reflection about past behavior is always useful to prevent repeating mistakes. Just don’t get on board the “shoulda, woulda, coulda” guilt train. THAT never helps. 

I think the main theme of our card is vulnerability. What are you particularly vulnerable to today? Are you worried about keeping up with the Joneses because they seem to have “more” or “better” than you? Do you hide your vulnerability by down-playing your troubles to save face? When it comes to the Joneses, you have no idea what’s going on in their house—their shit stinks, too, trust me. As for your troubles, ask for help.

April 19, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. I get that your emotions may be overwhelming you, but don’t you dare lock yourself up in your head and try to rationalize everything and make “sense” of it! You’re being asked to FEEL, dammit; don’t run from it into solitude or hiding. 

Two things that might help: celestite and apples. The celestite is to calm your mind and help you change your perspective about what’s going on in your psycho-emotional house. The apple is said to help with insight and self-discipline (anyone who can eat an apple instead of a big ol’ pepperoni pizza with double cheese is HUGELY disciplined in my book!). And, just sayin’, that apple may help you poop out some stinky, negativity that’s been stuck in your gut.

Your efforts into self-examination and reflection are what’s causing the emotional tsunami. The intense feelings are causing you interference and blocking rational thought (thus the urge to retreat into your head and away from your heart). However, these emotions are interwoven into a conflict that must be externalized. By bringing the feelings to the surface, you can heal them and evolve. Don’t fear these necessary transformations because you’ll move forward lighter and freer of crap.

April 18, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups. As with all aces, this card is indicating new beginnings and therefore, change is coming! Yay! (Some of us hate change…ahem, coff, coff.) The standard descriptions of this card include exciting keywords such as joy!, fulfillment!, opulence!, abundance!, and unconditional love!. But notice they all come with exclamation marks attached. I don’t feel all warm and soft with this card today…it’s like I’m being forced to Have Fun! and Be Joyful!. I’m being handed the jumbo stick of cotton candy and I feel both overjoyed and a sugar coma coming on.

The shadow aspect of the Ace of Cups is that feelings and emotions can be overwhelming, even good ones. When things seem to go too well, we tend to start looking for the rug to be yanked out from under us and prepare to fall. Life simply doesn’t treat us THAT nicely, now does it? 

The lesson today is to accept this gift, trust it, and don’t over analyze. Allow yourself to dream big dreams and take joy in them—even if they’re slightly ridiculous (like a lightbulb or telephone, for example….). In addition to the sparkles and cupcakes this card offers, there’s fertility of the heart and mind that leads to productiveness. Meaning, your dreams have weight and aren’t ridiculous.

April 17, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands, reversed. This card reminds me of zooming along a freeway, making excellent time on your trip, and then hitting road construction. Your three lanes are reduced to one and you’re shunted from on side of the road to the other. Cones, barrels, signs, and temporary concrete barriers impede your every move. And let’s not forget the assholes who zoom along in the last few feet of reducing lane just to squeeeeeeeeze in front of you. Really? Now you sit in crawling traffic fuming.

However, this reconstruction, reorganization, and repair is necessary to make the route ultimately more efficient and smoother to everyone along their path that much faster. To survive this personal “road construction” period, let go of your defensiveness and frustrations. All that does is raise your blood pressure. 

Find your zen, let the important parties know you’ve hit a snag and it’ll take a little longer to deliver on your promise, and then get busy chipping away at the obstacles. Do what you can today. Mark your calendar for the things that simply MUST wait. Clean something that you haven’t had time to clean in a while. Walk around the block. Universe is forcing you to deal; see if you can do it without anger.

April 12, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man. Some of you have taken my little ass-kicking of yesterday to heart. This card is about readjustment of views, ideas, beliefs, and your attitude. You’re coming to realize there’s so much more to life than what you have and are now doing, and you’re finally getting brave enough to maybe go get it. Or explore it. Or believe it. 

Any suffering, literal or figurative, is self-imposed because suffering is a mind-set. Most suffering is resistance against societal “rules” and norms that someone decided are perfect for all, but you’re coming to understand aren’t perfect for YOU. (The most glaring examples are how to worship the Higher Power of your choice and who to love.)  Another place of suffering is realizing you’ve been spending your life thus far pursuing a dream you outgrew eons ago. But you’ve invested so much time and money! You can’t just chuck it and do something else this late in life! Yes. You. Can.

The Hanged Man is telling you something in your life has run it’s course and is figuratively dying. This could be a relationship, career, religious belief, political leaning, or anything else you once thought was important until your grave. Surrender to the ending; it’s time. It may be painful, but nothing better can happen until you clear the decks and make yourself free for it.

April 11, 2019: Card O' the Day: King of Swords, reversed. April 5th I introduced the subject of dick swinging and this card is dick swinging at it’s finest! The reversed king corrupts his power by being excessively rational and logical. Merely methodical and organized don’t begin to describe this asshole. He’s cold, severe, harsh, and cruel simply because he can be. Magic and emotions? Fuggetaboutit! Getting married tomorrow? Too bad; you’re scheduled until midnight, and don’t you dare clock out a second sooner. If your fee-fees get hurt, go whine and sniffle on your own time.

But the big secret this asshole is hiding is that he has no self-esteem, feels stuck with no possibility of ever getting free, and is weak, weak, weak! The only way he can feel taller for even a minute is to stand on someone else’s back.

True strength and power is shown through compassion, kindness, and quiet knowledge that you’re hung to the floor. No. One. Takes. Your. True. Power. If you feel powerless, it’s because you’ve given too much away. Learn to say no firmly, with dignity, and softly. If you’ve got a reversed king in your life right now, put a lock on your buttons so they can’t be pushed. Take legal action if you have to. If YOU are the reversed king today, take yourself out behind the woodshed, drop the nearest anvil on your foot, and apologize to everyone you know for being an asshole. Then ask yourself why you have to be such an asshole?

April 10, 2019: Card O' the Day: Judgment, reversed. As it often happens, my readings and my bestie’s are in sync. D.j. Fuller is a very talented empathic reader in her own right, and I’m proud to call her mentor and friend. Recently she posted that finding magic requires sacrifice, but not of goats, chickens, or your first-born. Magic and true self-change requires sacrificing your fear and judgment. You need to risk your attachments to your identity to truly find your highest Self.

Her wisdom brings me to today’s card: Judgment, reversed. Fear of failure and insecurity tempt you to remain closed and static and refusing to move forward through the psycho-emotional crap you hold close like an old bankie from childhood. But guess what? The forward motion and sacrifices have already begun and no amount of running away is going to stop it.

As you shift and grow, expect push back from your tribe, family, society, as you break from the comfort and security of old ways, means, and possessions. The people who are truly on your side will stay with you and cheer you on. Those who take issue with your growth must be left behind. And let’s be real, your fear of change and growth is rooted in the fear of being shunned by society or judged by your peeps. You’re afraid nobody will love the New You. THAT’S the fear and judgment that must be sacrificed.

April 9, 2019: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups, Reversed. Our reversed Queen of Cups is the epitome of Spring Fever today, and I don’t blame her a minute!! The fecundity of Nature…everything is blooming, the bees are buzzing, the birds are singing…the larger animals are preparing for giving birth and the smaller animals are doing the deed right and left. Sex, sex, and more sex! It’s hard not to get caught up in this mood and energy of life. You may feel extra emotional, nerved up, and blow hot and cold. The “hot” is in response to the atmospheric energy and the “cold” is your effort to rein it in and behave more “properly.”

The unfortunate part is that our society is, on one hand, horribly Puritanical and AT THE SAME TIME sells EVERYthing with sex! Car shows have beautiful women oozing all over the cars, burger joints have the servers in scanty uniforms, everywhere you turn there are products to help you appear more luscious and f*ck-worthy. But heaven forbid you should actually indulge in your natural urges: scandal! debauchery! immorality!!!

To that I say, “have at it.” It’s natural, normal, and feels good. If it’s not hurting anyone, under-aged children, or animals, let your freak flag fly!

April 4, 2019: Card O' the day: Six of Wands, reversed. The youth and inexperience of yesterday’s Princess of Cups is showing in this card. Doubt, insecurity, and apprehension may cause you to keep any ambitions or plans secret. Ask yourself why you don’t want to share and are acting alone. Are you afraid someone is going to steal your brilliant ideas? Or do you fear being laughed at for having “pie in the sky” dreams? Are you worried you’ll never achieve these goals because of lack of skill or other obstacles?

This card, along with the secrecy and doubt, also represents the trust and foresight necessary to plan your path to your goal. As you travel that path, you’re asked to appreciate each little step forward. Don’t look at school or technical programs as YEARS of study. Look at them one semester at a time. For example, Fall Semester take Intro to BioChem and Carburetors 101. Once that semester is over and you passed your classes, celebrate!!! You passed your perm rolling segment in beauty school? Celebrate! Break up the Big Goal into small goals, appreciate the snot out of each achievement and then sail forth to the next one feeling wonderfully proud for having successfully done that thing you were afraid you’d never master.

April 3, 2019: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups: The Princess/Page of Cups indicates the tentative beginning to something that’s not fully formed quite yet. There’s a vague idea and impetus behind it, but it hasn’t fully matured. Don’t discount the power of imagination and fantasy to turn this mere wisp into something solid. It’s destined to evolve positively.

In the mean time, curiosity about and reflection upon the magic in the world will help you see the door to whatever has been caging you has always been open. That cage has been in your mind all along.

While you’re looking outside with wonder, look inside with that same wonder at YOU. Learn to trust your feelings as valid and valuable; dare to FEEL, and love, at all! And if you can dare to love, let’s start right at home, with yourself. Because if you can learn to love yourself, and be okay with aaaalllllll your perceived flaws, then you’ll have a better chance of being able to love the rest of us poor, miserable wretches, too.

April 2, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords, reversed. Upright, the Prince of Swords is all about “full steam ahead and damn the torpedoes!!” Details are left for the plebes to attend and clean up in his wake. However, reversed, the Prince is ready to be more conscious of and conscientious about his life. He’s telling us it’s time to overcome impulses and become more thoughtful and careful as you move forward. Lately we’ve been hopping from one foot to the other as we scream at the microwave to COOK FASTER! Recent cards have had us blasting through convention and rules to make our own ways, and that’s good stuff. But you want to break the rules carefully and with thought behind WHY they need to be broken so you can put something better in their place. 

Now, this is not to say that you should slow down to the point of inertia. Doubt, fear, and over caution are also present with this card. Yes, be thoughtful in your actions, but don’t stop the acting part completely.

Check final details about travel plans carefully. Reversed Prince of Swords can mean delays or cancellations. Have a Plan B in mind so you don’t freak out if your plane gets grounded.

April 1, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords, reversed. We were JUST talking about not hanging with your homies enough! This card signifies support and assistance from others. If that’s merely on a personal level, good for you and nothing more needs to be said.

However, this card has some extra stuff with regard to said “support and assistance.” Public announcements or letting some secrets out of the bag are also present. You might feel ready to come out of the “closet” about something because you’re aware you’re supported and it’s safe to do so. Now, coming out of the proverbial closet is not only for those with other-than-heterosexual orientations. You may have a secret desire to put everything in storage and travel the world or run for public office. But up to now you haven’t said anything because you didn’t want to be laughed at. You won’t be laughed at, and you’ll get unexpected help once you make your move.

Another tidbit about this card is it has qualities regarding seeking more joint efforts for serious and meaningful changes. I read that as making a difference in society, whether that’s on a local scale or going to Botswana to help far flung villages gain access to clean water. So, maybe it’s not about having a kegger in your back yard with your peeps (it’s TOTALLY okay if it is!), but more about getting with like-minded people to save the world.

March 31, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups, reversed. The Three of Cups is all about yer homies, besties, peeps, those who gots yer back. But it's come up reversed today, which means you're not having time to hang out the way you used to or you're just not feeling in the mood to be with people at all. Maybe you’ve decided your friends are shallow, too “deep”, don’t care about the things you find important, care too much and try to guilt you into recycling and saving the whales, etc. At any rate it’s just too much work to make the effort….

Well guess what? Having friends takes as much work as having a partner. Even if you beg to differ on their politics or crusades, lend an ear and enjoy their passion about their “thing.” Encourage them to be their most authentic selves even if it isn’t your bag. Now, I do understand we grow in and out of friendships for various reasons. If the friendship has legitimately cooled, so be it. I’m talking about something different here.

And that “different” is being a lazy friend. You’re so caught up in your own drama that you’ve passed on too many invitations to hang out or go places. If you keep passing, they’ll stop asking. Just sayin’. So, throw a lazy girl party by inviting the whole gang for a thing. All you have to do is drive to the liquor store and stock up. Then hit the snax aisle and get 40 bags of crunchy salty things. Go home and clear the laundry off the sofa so everyone can sit. Put your sweats back on (if you changed out of them to go to the store, that is), open the booze, and just BE with your friends.

March 30, 2019: Card O' the Day: Justice. Just so you know, in some Tarot decks Justice sits in the eighth position of the Major Arcana. Thus we have another 8 today…third one in a row…just sayin’.

In addition to the good news of sometimes being considered an 8, Justice indicates we’re in the process of swinging back into balance and finding clarity again. Some decisions have been necessary of late and Justice is helping you see the equal value in things that seem vastly different. Such as the value of taking a day off and relaxing as compared to working overtime to get a fatter paycheck. While conscious effort brings reward, if you’re too tired to enjoy the rewards, what’s the point?

Justice also represents all things that help us feel safe and stable. But safety and stability can also be rigid and prevent growth. A plant carefully nurtured in a pot on your windowsill will thrive until the pot becomes too small and further growth is stifled. Outside, the same plant could die, but more likely it’ll reach it’s fullest potential because nothing is holding it back. Therefore, don’t judge yourself or others or base important decisions upon rigid societal rules or belief systems (the inside flowerpot). The body aspect of the card is the heart; make sure your heart and inner wisdom are involved with your choices and judgments.

March 29, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles, reversed. And the wild hair continues…now I know why some of you were ready to jet, but Universe was saying stay put and work it out (Eight of Cups, reversed yesterday). We spend a large part of  our lives on our careers, jobs, or just keeping a roof over our heads, and it matters a lot—in your head and heart—to be safe and secure. Thus, we get this combination of reversed eights: the Cups relating to our emotional attachment to security and Pentacles relating to the physical need for security.

The reversed Eight of Pentacles indicates careers or jobs are seemingly dead-end and you’re tired of putting in your “110%” to reach that promotion, raise, or next skill set. Impatient for your rewards and recognition, you’ve lost focus, ambition, and concentration. You might even start looking at “get rich quick” schemes because you just want yours NOW. But know this: anything you don’t really work for and honestly earn is wasted effort.

The good news is that 8’s (yesterday’s and today’s) signify diligence in pursuing your goals that result in progress and structure. Therefore, get your crown chakra out of your root chakra and get back to the reality of your life. You got dreams? Then WORK for them!

March 28, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups, reversed. Even though you’ve got a wild hair up your ass right now, let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water. When upright, this card indicates it’s time to let go of something or leave a situation that’s emotionally fraught. Reversed, I think we’re being told not to make any rash, emotion-based decisions that burn bridges. There’s potential for improvement and cautious optimism, so don’t bail on all you have. 

You may not be thinking of leaving altogether, but just want a vacation or a break as a form of escapism from your current situation. There might be snags or delays on that front. Plan carefully and for all contingencies. I don’t begrudge you the need for a respite, but luck may be against you; therefore, make your own luck by doing everything you can to mitigate any difficulties.

As frustrated and restless as you are right now, know that you have a pretty good thing going. It’s not time to go, give up, or make drastic changes just for the sake of doing something… anything. Ultimately, you’ll find satisfaction and happiness here as corrections and improvements are made.

March 27, 2019: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles, reversed. One would expect the Princess of Wands to be feisty and capricious. She represents fire and youthful energy and is ready to take on the world! But the Queen of Pentacles? Nooooo…. She’s stately, mature, and so very responsible. However, being reversed, even she feels Spring in the air and is ready to blast loose from the duties and traditions that define her life and to buck the system! 

If the Queen had appeared alone, I may have thought it’s just the warmer weather making her a little crazy. After all, it’s expected of the Princess of Wands to be wild and temperamental; the Queen of Pentacles, on the other hand is everyone’s rock. Steady, reliable, wise, decisive. But she’s still a person…her own person. The reversed Queen following the Princess indicates none of us are “safe” from being shaken from our static slumber.

If this card represents you right now, I urge you to be a little crazy and express your inner child. Let her imagination off the leash to dream big dreams. If anyone has the acumen to make slightly nuts schemes come to fruition, it’s the Queen of Pentacles.

March 26, 2019: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. As the day’s get longer and Mother Earth forces us into a new cycle, our physical bodies respond instinctively by feeling alive and joyful just being upright and breathing. Thus, you can feel yourself slowly getting more energetic, antsy, and curious about what’s coming next. Will you make changes or improvements to your career path? a relationship? your living quarters? At any rate, you’re feeling it’s time for something new, and you’re willing to start.

All this spring energy (hel-LOOOO Wands!) can be very powerful. It’s up to you to keep it grounded in realism and common sense. You have the strength to harness this burst of energy and put it to good use. 

The only fly in this particular ointment is your own ego. You may WANT to sail forth and conquer the world, but you’re too afraid of making a mistake and looking like an idiot. (My thoughts on that are not appropriate to write here; bad words are involved). And that’s where your past lessons of what didn’t work come in handy. Also, do the BFD test. If you did X, Y, or Z, would there be copious Blood loss—yours or anyone else’s? How about Fire? Death? Would anyone Die? Is the answer no to the B, F, and D? Then strap on a pair and go get ‘em!!

March 22, 2019: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords, reversed. Apparently, the Five of Swords, reversed, showing up on March 17th was portends of things to come. In other words, we ain’t out of the woods yet. In the past few days, we released tears and grief, energetic crap (Five of Wands, reversed), and got a grip on ourselves (The Chariot) so that we could face the big hairy truth that something we’ve put a whole lotta faith in is, in the end, smoke and mirrors. Well, sheeeeee-yit.

The good news is that when reversed, the Five of Swords emphasizes moving past grief and into recovery. I think it showed up the other day to let us know we would be entering into recovery, and today it’s reminding us there IS recovery after the crap hits the fan.

Sometimes the best way to cope with emotional chaos is to get rather dry and analytical about the situation. It’s like returning to the wreckage of your home after it’s been pretty much demolished by a tornado. You cry your eyes out and then go about the business of seeing what’s left. Some may view that as being cold. However, you cannot stay in a state of weeping mess. At some point you have to move forward and that means drying your eyes, wiping your nose, and getting on with it.

March 21, 2019: Card O' The Day: The Hierophant, reversed. I try my best to view people without judgement as to who they love, how they worship, how they wish to nurture their children, what they believe is in their and society’s best interests, etc. I understand it’s simply Not. My. Place. to tell others how to live their lives (unless, of course, small children or animals are being harmed and then I take issue). Therefore, I’m hesitant to get into this particular card because today its religious aspects are screaming at me.

The upright Hierophant represents the rules of society, the “oughts” and “shoulds” we live by, and organized religions and each one’s beliefs that are required to be a “good” Catholic/Muslim/Jew/Methodist/Baptist/Lutheran/Etc. When reversed, the card indicates some of you may be dealing with an organized religion that’s gone sideways for you. You may be experiencing harsh judgment from your religious group because of some perfectly human mistake. As you seek help and spiritual guidance, you’re faced with fanatical pomposity and arrogance. Dominance and manipulation is disguised as bringing you back to the “righteous” path. However, that path is actually limited and restrictive to your personal and spiritual growth and development.

Discovering that the beliefs, dogma, and tenets by which you’ve lived and held to be true are indeed flawed and represent false knowledge can cause a great deal of emotional distress. Mental struggle and inner chaos about what to do next can be crushing. But yesterday we received The Chariot…self-mastery. Universe told you yesterday that you’re strong enough to weather any storm. Even a crisis of faith can be managed. God/Source/Jehovah/Allah/Universe/WhateverYouWantToCallHigherPower will be waiting for you on the other side.

March 20, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Chariot. This card is all about gaining self-control. Control of your ego so you don’t act like an asshole when things don’t go quite your way, or so you can effectively lead others without alienating them (we all know THAT boss; don’t be one!). Control of your emotions so you can see past and around obstacles instead of collapsing into a puddle of tears or useless snit-fit. This self-mastery will then allow you to be assertive and useful in difficult situations at work, home, or in your community.

The energy of The Chariot is coming from within. It’s sort of behind you and pushing you forward to DO something…anything. The “something” is not calling you forward. See the difference? This will allow you to act without doubt or hesitation. However, unless you couple this fire-under-your-butt energy with appropriate control of your ego, you’ll act with over-confidence and imagine you’re more skilled that you actually are. So, put that scalpel down and step away from the cardiac patient unless you’ve been through med school. Conversely, there’s the danger of becoming a control freak. Being in supreme control of yourself doesn’t give you the right to be in control of everyone else around you. Stay on your mat! (Yoga reference.)

As you take the reins of your life and gain control of your ego and emotions, you can release any psycho-emotional crap that’s holding you back to transform negative energy or events into positive outcomes. The simplest positive outcome being you won’t do “that” again. And by NOT doing “that” again, you grow.

March 18, 2019: Card O' the Day: Five of Wands, reversed. Yesterday, we received the Five of Swords, reversed, and today we’ve been given the Five of Wands, also reversed. Fives indicate conflicts or difficulties arising from changes initiated by the dynamic interaction between formless energy and tangible structure. (The proverbial unstoppable force colliding with an immovable object.) However, Fives also represent health and the physical body. Therefore, consider the role of this conflict in your process of healing. As you suffer, your fears are revealed, but your strength is ALSO revealed, which will transmute all the pain and anguish into life lessons.

The reversed Five of Swords helped us release the mental torment with regard to current problems. The Five of Wands, reversed, is allowing us to release the energetic torture. After a really good cry or an extra hard workout, you feel wrung out and exhausted but also strangely serene as you come to understand the worst is over. A new clarity of mind/body/heart/soul allows you to prioritize what’s truly important in your life and prepare for your recovery from the sh*tstorm.

March 17, 2019: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords, reversed. When things go to hell in a hand basket in our lives, we may react with anger or sadness or both. Regardless of your reaction, a certain amount of grieving must be done, which includes crying. Fun fact: the chemical makeup of your tears changes according to the emotion being released. Therefore, crying is actually a way to physically detoxify your body of negativity. Who knew? Another gem from Nayyirah Waheed: Grieve so that you can be free to feel something else. (A moment of silence as my head explodes in awe…)

The reversed Five of Swords indicates the “bothersome issue” that upset you is actually over or finishing up. Therefore, you’re in the aftermath and need to focus forward past the defeats and losses. Your weaknesses are being tested and it’s reeeeeeeelly tempting to sit and wallow in your pain. Don’t. Keep your feet moving otherwise you’ll stagnate right where you stand. And do you really want to stay “here” forever?

As you stumble forward, see what can be salvaged. Relationships may be different, but the person doesn’t necessarily have to be completely out of your life. What you thought was a solid career may become a starting point to the next thing or a good place holder while you prepare for your next thing. After salvage come release. Let go of the things that are unsalvageable. In the end, accept the growth and lessons from this life event so you don’t have to do it again.

March 16, 2019: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. The suit of Pentacles corresponds to the Earth element and represents the entire atmosphere of your physical world. It’s not just about jobs, careers, and money. The number six is about balance and harmonious energy. Therefore, we’re talking about keeping all areas of your life balanced with each other. This card is about finding a balance between your work and play, your family and friends, your good deeds and “me time.” This balance is also between feast and famine. I’m sure you’ve heard heart wrenching stories about families or individuals which seemed to have it all only to lose everything and end up living in a car…or on the street. “There but for the grace of Universe go me or thee….”

This card is also about rank and influence. If you’re currently blessed with rank in your community or influence in your society, use it wisely and with integrity. Don’t even think about selling your honor to the highest bidder. Use that power for the betterment of all through philanthropy and giving. If you’ve been at the receiving end of blessings, be sure you’re also at the giving end to maintain that delicate energetic balance. If you’re currently down on your luck, count your blessings, be grateful for each, and look to where you can give to someone who has even less than you. As they say, what goes around comes around, and giving starts the circle back to receiving.

March 14, 2019: Cards O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune and Death, reversed. …And now I know why the cards of the previous two days appeared (King of Wands and The Lovers, both reversed). 

The Wheel of Fortune is indicating you’re coming to a place of expansion and abundance as you create your personal vision. A fortunate turning point, at which you’ll need to make some tough decisions, is rapidly approaching. If you can dare to take the gamble when advantages open up to you, you can expect good luck and success.

However, Death reversed is speaking of fear- and self-doubt-based stagnation and resistance to change. Thus you stay put trying to make the best of a bad situation because it’s the “devil that you do know.” So, until you’re ready to let go of what doesn’t serve you (that which is “dead”), you’re not going to move forward into your abundance and visions. The silver lining to this card is you still have some time for planning before your ship leaves port.

A question to ask yourself is “Who am I afraid of letting down if I move on to my own triumphs?” By avoiding that question, that’s how you got sucked into the work, project, or favor that’s really not your cup of tea, in your field of expertise, and/or quietly sucking your soul dry. Going back to our question, I’m going to ask you another: Why is it okay to let YOURSELF down by getting caught up in this quagmire? 

March 13, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Lovers, reversed. My feelings of some of you being in over your head (yesterday’s card) morph slightly to being in a situation that’s not best for your highest self. I think you were presented with a tough choice. By trying to be nice or helpful, you decided to dive in but it’s been terrible for you. 

This card shows a lack of analysis or an impulsive or an uninformed decision. This has put you in the middle of something that’s suppressing your individuality. (It’s their way or the highway. But wait! You asked me for help!!) Struggles for power and dominance over you make you feel even more taken advantage of and cranky.

Lesson O’ the Day: be careful of making choices against your best interests. Doing good deeds shouldn’t involve shooting yourself in the foot.

March 12, 2019: Card O' the Day: King of Wands, reversed. This card indicates some of you may have been hornswoggled into something you’re not exactly prepared for or don’t have the skill set needed. In an effort to be a “good pal” or “team player”, you’ve reluctantly agreed against your better judgment and your personal boundaries.

Now that you’re knee deep, you see how much work is involved and how woefully under qualified you are. This can cause you to shirk the responsibility to the pledge you’ve taken to help. Being put in this moral dilemma will give rise to resentment of the expectations others have of you to follow through. Resentment is expressed in blowing a lot of smoke and excuses about the whole thing to hide your own insecurities and horror at doing a disappointing job.

Now, no one is born knowing stuff, so it’s perfectly okay to say you need help. You can also cry uncle and explain you’re in over your head and simply don’t have the necessary expertise. Yes, your ego will take a hit, but your integrity will take a bigger hit if you continue trying to fake it and turn in a piss-poor performance. Be stand-up enough to know when to allow another to take over the job. You have other fantastic skills…just not in this particular area.

March 7, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords, reversed. To recap this week: anxiety for someone else and guilt that you didn’t or can’t fix it for them and making the best choice for YOU (and possibly letting someone else crash and burn while you move forward). 

Now we see beneficial changes and improvements for you since you made the best choice for you (or will very shortly). With those changes will come new personal power and authority, which will bring you further advantages. The only caution there is to be careful with that new power and not try to take over the world. You know, that integrity sh*t.

Something else that lingers around the edges of this card today is psycho emotional baggage. The “shoulda, woulda, coulda” train from Tuesday has added the “if I had only…” car to it. Stay in the coffee shop at the station and get another latte!! Be late for this train! Do. Not. Get. On. You don’t need this crap holding you back. Certainly, review events for any lessons you may have missed. But do so drily and without emotion. This is key, because allowing remorse or reliving the pain means you’re wasting your own time and energy.

March 6, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Lovers, reversed. Most assume The Lovers card is all about love relationships. Actually, it’s about making the right choices and unions of any nature—not just love matches. When the card is reversed, miscommunication is present, and that’s what’s shouting the loudest at me today.

Clear, objective communication isn’t happening. This leads to arguments and disagreements because you’re failing to get the entire picture, which causes you to balk and get defensive because you feel taken advantage of. If you do make any decisions based upon bad or incomplete details, they’ll be uninformed and possibly impulsive as you try to do anything besides sit and wait. Furthermore, if the decisions were about joining with another, for business or pleasure, that merger may seem smothering and as if you’re getting the short end of the stick. This makes a once desired union less attractive.

What to do? Step back, put your ego in a time out, and ask for clarification. Once you have that clarity and full facts, you can make the best decision for YOU.

March 5, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords. Worry, worry, more worry and anxiety. Most of this is on behalf of someone else, though. Add guilt, because you feel like you should have “done something” to prevent that person from getting into trouble. Guess what? Not your circus or monkeys! This other person got themselves into this mess and they’ll have to sort it out. (Unless, of course, it’s your underaged kid. Then it’s your circus and monkey.)

The negative “shoulda, woulda, coulda” train circling your head right now is only the way you feel about the situation, not the actual situation. Therefore, the good news is you can change your thoughts and get off the train! As soon as the mind-chatter starts, change the channel. Put on some loud obnoxious music and dance your butt off. Put on music you hate and spend your mental energies hating it. Exercise yourself into a sweaty mess. At any time your thoughts head back to Negative Land, consciously change them.

This is not to say you need to cut the person who’s in trouble out of your life. Do what you can comfortably do to help, but don’t twist yourself into a pretzel of guilt and anxiety over something you can’t control. 

February 28, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands. On Tuesday we had the hard-to-control energy of the Nine of Wands; today we have the equally dynamic Eight of Wands, but it seems you have a good grip on what needs to be done. This card signifies courage, decisiveness, and taking an active role in achieving your goals. Synchronicity will clear obstacles, things will seem to “magically” fall into place, and energies align among all those involved, so just go with it and don’t question this gift.

You’re being asked to be open and receptive of new ideas and outside inspiration. Just because you didn’t think of it or make it doesn’t mean it’s not useful to you. Acceptance leads to abundance. Now, DO ground these ideas and sparkling thoughts in organized practicality. You have to create a structure for this fire to work in. Otherwise it simply looks pretty, is warm for a minute, and burns away to nothing. Use it wisely or lose it.

One of the significances of this card I read was “motionless movement.” And…that means what, precisely? It means you’re moving towards your best self from within. There’s restlessness in your soul that you’re responding to. Be assured that Universe has noticed you’re ready and Spirit is at work. If you’re not sure about your next step, ask for guidance. (Which takes us back to yesterday’s card regarding ego v. true intuition. Ask for what your Highest Self NEEDS, not what your ego wants. I had dinner with a friend not long ago and I WANTED a nasty, greasy pizza! My body, for its health, NEEDED a salad. I ate the salad and felt better for it.)

February 27, 2019: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess, reversed. The High Priestess is a pretty heavy-hitting spiritual card that speaks of your Higher Self and your connection to the Divine. When this card is reversed, it may indicate you’re not taking your spirituality as seriously as it must be taken to be authentic. It’s true that spiritual practices have become more accepted; it’s not that nutty to say you read Tarot cards anymore. But are you joining the party because you’ve truly discovered that other realm within you or are you just trying to appear “woke” and are merely dallying with a fad? 

Be careful that rituals, altars, crystals, herbs, and the like aren’t reduced to mere props to make you seem more “witchy.” Don’t mistake the desires of the ego and the need to be cool as intuition. Your intuition will honestly tell you if you’re just play-acting while your ego will push you towards even more trappings, workshops, and secret midnight meetings as you corrupt the genuine connection with your Highest Self.

The High Priestess wants to make a Public Service Announcement for all ladies: check your calendar to see if you’re due for a pelvic exam or a mammogram. A new year, annual check-ups, yada, yada, yada. With spring coming, you might be feeling extra sexy, too. Therefore, check your birth control supplies and stay healthy.

February 26, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands. The dynamic energy of the Nine of Wands is like a very spirited race horse: riding that horse to victory is difficult, hard work, takes finesse and knowing, and is scary as hell. You may come to a place where you’re so exhausted with the fight that you dissolve into tears or a flaming temper tantrum. Black tourmaline is the stone for this card and it might be time to have some close. It’s said to promote self-reliance and stamina so you can continue with your efforts. It also repels negative forces or energies (whether from within or outside you) and/or transmutes that gnarly ju-ju to positive spiritual energy that’ll help you persevere.

When things go wrong and we feel beaten down by Life, some may take on a pessimistic view and live in expectation of difficulties. This card reflects that attitude where you expect the worst and hunker down into a little ball of anxiety bracing for the crash. Well, there’s no guarantee of a crash, so why waste your energy cowering? Wait and see if things do go up in flames before you stand there with the hose. 

The Nine of Wands foretells of great success and victory preceded by fear and trepidation. It also represents the stamina and strength which you need to stand firm. Don’t run; all your hard work is about to pay off. You’re almost there!

February 20, 2019: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords.The nice big false smile I spoke of yesterday is getting hard to hold. Some of the bummers you’re feeling of late actually are coming from negative mindsets. Meaning, the way you view your life is part of your problems. By comparing yourself to others (unfavorably, of course), you enhance insecurity and lose perceived “battles” before you even get out of bed. 

Learn how to protect yourself from that negative thinking pattern by redirecting your imagination. If you imagine scenarios in your mind about asking for a raise, for example, instead of imagining being turned down (so why bother asking?), imagine citing your virtues and the success you’ve brought to the company as you make your case for getting that raise. Athletes use the power of positive thinking to enhance their performance all the time. So can you.

Fives indicate challenge and conflict (inner conflict today), but they also represent new phases. Therefore, take advantage of this unsteady energy to make changes in the way you view your life, yourself, and anything else you’re being a Negative Nelly about.

February 19, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups, reversed. The reversed Prince of Cups can represent some pretty shady dealings and narcissistic behavior. I don’t feel that level of duplicity towards others. I’m still hung up on the idea that there’s a lot of personal crap that needs to be moved along. 

Therefore, the emotional dishonesty is coming from within—you’re kidding yourself that you’ve got it handled. The chameleon-like adaptability inherent in this card is a way of flying under the radar so no one notices you’re struggling. A nice big false smile keeps anyone who might be concerned about you at arms length and prevents them from asking sticky questions.

Because you can’t honestly and sincerely give of yourself right now, don’t commit to anything. No, you don’t have time to bake cupcakes for the Cub Scouts. Sorry, can’t sit on the decorations committee for the Spring Fling. Not gonna be a chaperone for the zoo field trip. Why set yourself up for becoming overextended and miserable? Sort your own self out and replenish your cup before you start giving it all away again. 

February 18, 2019: Card O' the Day: Strength, reversed. Great. Is Strength, reversed going to be the “new” Ten of Swords? (See February 15th Card O’ the Day.)

A few days ago Strength, reversed was indicating there were strong emotions that needed to be expressed constructively lest they come out inappropriately and destructively. Day before yesterday, The King of Cups represents deep wounds coming to the surface to be healed. Yesterday’s Prince of Swords, reversed, showed us how our strong feelings can really mess with our heads as we try, try, try to keep a lid on it and act “as if.” Is anyone else seeing the trend?

It’s time to face facts that some sh*t needs to be dealt with. If you can’t do it on your own, I HIGHLY recommend you see a therapist, clergy person, shaman, or licensed social worker and TALK about your feelings for a few hours! Shoving your pain down only leaves it to fester. If you have no shame in going to the doctor for a hinky appendix or broken arm, then why not see someone for your broken heart, uncontrollable grief, overwhelming anger, etc.?

February 17, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords, reversed. Did I not say stuff was bubbling up from the depths? No matter how hard you try to be in control, your head is tripping out. Words and ideas don’t make sense, and you can’t express yourself well or with purpose. Doubt and fear begin to creep in as emotions begin to overwhelm. This is all supremely frustrating so you may act out in fits of anger, waste resources and time, be extravagant, or indulge in impulsive actions. Conversely, you may not be able to get out of bed. Inertia is a common reaction to feeling overwrought.

Guess what? It’s the weekend and you totally have my permission to give this day a pass. If you’re too antsy to sit still, go for a hike, to the zoo, or to the movies. DON’T go shopping! You could melt your credit cards in this frame of mind. Also, don’t make any big decisions today. Keep it lighthearted and just be.

February 16, 2019: Card O the Day: King of Cups. The King of Cups is highly sensitive to the needs of others but hides his fierce nature behind a calm exterior. In the face of crisis, he’s the “go-to” man to take care of any problem. His integrity is unparalleled. He’s capable of depth and introspection and is a master of self-reliance and control. This King is the epitome of the strong, silent type.

As a King, this card indicates you may have stayed too long in a state of being, relationship, job, or other situation. You’ve basically become root-bound and can’t grow any further until you’ve made some changes, whether they be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Because this card represents a yearning for spiritual growth, I’m going to say you need to make changes more in your spiritual or emotional houses rather than your physical house.

Being sensitive to the needs of others is all very laudable, but not so good for you if you put everyone else first at your own expense. Nobody is THAT altruistic, so I’m guessing you’re being noble is a way to avoid dealing with YOUR own sh*t. However, if you allow those deeply buried wounds—that have burbled to the surface whether you like it or not—the love they need to be healed, it’ll go a long way towards lessening your struggles and suffering. Who knew!? By being open and accepting to yourself (oh, gee, there’s a thought), you can become healthy and whole. And when YOU’re a happy camper, you’re that much more helpful to those in your circle.

February 15, 2019: Card O' the Day: Strength, reversed. A couple days ago we started a new thread, so to speak, with the Eight of Pentacles. In that card we examined the spiritual journey many of us find as we become more settled in the physical nuts and bolts of life. After the career, house, and partnership is established, we may question whether there’s more to life than just running on a gerbil’s wheel. Once we started self-examination, the head trip started with guilt, fear, and doubt (Eight of Swords): Am I making the most of my life!?!? The Nine of Pentacles, reversed, showed up to poke you with the “What will the neighbors, my parents, my boss, etc. say!?!??” stick. More guilt, fear, and self-doubt.

Today, this concept of fear and self-doubt continues. Through deep thought and spiritual consideration, you may have found a well of raw power and passion you’ve kept hidden. This stuff is magical and heady and STRONG! You know if you let that dog off the chain there’s no calling it back. But because you fear the dog, you weaken it by keeping it on a short leash. The dog may pretend at strength with shows of bravado, but it’s slowly being strangled.

These are some very strong emotions that must be given constructive outlet before they burst forth inappropriately (i.e. a fit of rage that doesn’t fit the situation, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, sexual shenanigans, and so on). The Strength card is the eighth of the major arcana and therefore carries the traits of the other eights. Recall my points about eights of the other day: inevitable, unstoppable change that allows you to move forward and magic. But Strength was reversed today, which reduces the magic and change to mere possibility because it’s blocked by your fear and doubt of worthiness.

February 14, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles, reversed. During our upbringing, we are introduced to certain social norms and values. Those norms and values will be different according to your religion, the country you live in, and what your parents introduced you to, to name a few factors. Those societal rules by which you’ve been living may seem false to you right now. Or they may seem to cover a darkness by “keeping up appearances” on the surface. It may be time for you to reevaluate what being a good person and following the rules means to you. This card can indicate a period of flaunting social convention or regulation, so it may well be that some of your guidelines to life have been outgrown or you see them for what they truly are: false fronts.

There are also threats to your comfy contentment. Is that threat coming from your own restless mind as you question what you’ve grown up holding as true? Or is the threat coming from outside in the form of forced rule changes or the rule keepers upon which you’ve relied are no longer there?

As this upheaval occurs, you may begin to question whether you’re even worthy of your contentment, success, and abundance. I’ll tell you right now you’re COMPLETELY worthy. Having questions about what you consider “right/wrong” doesn’t negate your worthiness to be happy. Even if you decide boosting cars is a “good thing” in your new social parameters, you’re worthy of being happy and successful. Whether you’ll actually BE happy boosting cars and breaking a lot of social rules is something else.

February 13, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. Another eight…. Eights represent rhythmic cycles such as the annual seasons. There are eight seasonal celebrations—four astronomical (solstices and equinoxes) and four pastoral (planting, harvest, etc.)—that comprise the year in the physical world. In these inevitable, unstoppable cycles, you learn to let go of the past and allow changes as you pursue your goals. Pursuing goals leads to manifestation. Eights also contain inherent magic and imply successful magical work.

This card in particular, on the other hand, indicates our personal struggles as we negotiate the changes and cycles of our lives. You may feel like you’re cruising in some areas, but are lost or stymied in others. How can that be? Total control and ease here and utter chaos over there. WTF?

News flash: you’re letting a head trip control your progress. Fear, self-doubt, second-guessing yourself, and even self-sabotage makes you appear stuck. Oh, and let’s not forget a goodly helping of guilt that  you’re not enough in some way. This “no-win” situation is of your own making. Swords are about analysis and intellect. Therefore, control your feelings and thoughts, and you control the situation.

February 12, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. While this card is again of the material plane (it would seem I can’t get a good mix…first Swords for days and now Pentacles), there are spiritual aspects to it and those are what are standing out to me. Yes, abundance comes after hard work, but there’s a different feel to it. The Eight of Pentacles can be considered an “apprenticeship card” much like the Three of Pentacles. But this time it comes when you’re further along the path. It’s not so much about learning your craft and getting rich, it’s more about finding and doing what you LOVE. It’s a renewed apprenticeship to Life. Prudence of labor and with resources is in the form of spiritual and community preservation to continue the harmonious energy flow. 

Even though you may be working in a field where there’s lots of cooperation, you return to more individual work—work within yourself. It’s the actual work that matters to you, not the end result. The actual digging in the garden and turning over the soil is what’s important, not the expected tomatoes later this summer. 

So I ask you, are you enjoying your Journey?

February 9, 2019: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. There’s a concept taught to us when we’re very little (that’s repeated ad nauseam every Christmas) and that is “it’s better to give than receive.” Actually, that’s not true. It’s not “better” to give or receive. What you truly want to keep is balance. Which means you need to take as much as you give to keep energetic balance in your wallet, soul, spirit, and heart. It’s a delicate thing to find balance within yourself between those desires for cool and sexy stuff and your spiritual abundance.

The cards of the last days indicate success on the material plane, and this card continues that thought. So if you’re finding more resources are available to you and are in a position of power and influence, now’s the time to test your integrity. What do you do with that “extra”? We all know that sharing resources benefits all. Do you take some responsibility for your fellows by performing acts of charity by sharing those extra resources? 

This card represents the energetic balance of fair exchanges and reciprocity. This is a hard thing to do—maintaining that balance of give/take because sometimes you’re not in a position to give much. Or you don’t think you are. The give/take thing doesn’t have to be about donating to charity, though it certainly can be since energy exchanges can take any form. However, the soul-based exchanges that flow from love are those that embody true generosity. 

February 8, 2019: Nine of Pentacles. It’s no coincidence that all organized belief systems/religions have some version of the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments included in the tenets, teachings, and values of each said religion. We’re all taught not to kill or steal. That’s sort of obvious. But coveting is the foundation of all sins, in my humble opinion. “I see the other guy has ‘that.’ I don’t. I want it, too.” When we pine for something we don’t have, it makes us live in a place of lack. There are those who lack for nothing and yet live in a place of emptiness. There are others who have nothing tangible to call their own, and yet they live in abundance.

The Nine of Pentacles represents security, self-sufficiency, and earned rewards for your work, ingenuity, and tenacity. Maximum expansion is achieved through long-sightedness, good management, and good luck. But as the rewards come, maintaining what you achieve and creating more abundance becomes of paramount importance. Your work becomes not a labor of love but a struggle against the odds to get more…regardless of the cost. Covetousness and egocentric control push you forward for more stuff not personal growth.

The message of this card is finding the balance between earning yummy things you desire and deserve and being satisfied when you get it. You may think you “have it all”, but you actually have nothing without inner purpose and continued development of your spiritual awareness. By learning to build your abundance from within your own heart and soul, you create abundance for all. When there’s good fortune and bounty for all, and inside yourself, you’ll never feel lacking.

February 7, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles. Being an Ace, this card represents beginnings in general or new starts to specific projects. The spiritualization of the Earth element is emphasized here, so those beginnings or projects can certainly be in your spiritual center and not only on your physical plane. However, if your spiritual center is getting good support from Mother Earth, then you’re in a good place from which to launch tangible endeavors. 

Feel the solid base under your feet. Structure is the root of this power. All that’s tangible is represented here. The Ace of Pentacles is a “winter” card (December, January, February), but we’ve passed mid-winter (Imbolc, Groundhog’s Day) and are moving towards spring and reawakening. Even though some areas still may have snow, the sap is beginning to rise in the trees as the flora and fauna feel the impetus to improve and expand.

There’s unlimited movement, in any direction, suggested by this card. The trick is to decide if that movement leads you to gain or loss. If opportunities aren’t obvious to you, then you’ll have to create your own luck. It’s like the old adage that you can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket. With the good luck positively oozing from this card, you’re already getting a boost from Universe…don’t hit the snooze alarm.

February 5, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords, reversed. I swear, people, I'm throwing away this deck. The Ten of Swords must have a bent corner or something so that it makes my fingers stop to choose it. What are the odds of pulling this particular card 5 times in the last three weeks?

As you navigate shadow times in your life, look forward. Ever forward. Yes, this moment in your life may suck, but the next moment is still unknown and unknowable. How do you face that next moment? High, drunk, asleep, despairing, or with hope? During my own darkest hours, I faced my future in all of the above. I admit to drinking and sleeping simply to escape the moment I was in. I would numbly watch the same movie over and over. I collapsed in the shower sobbing...on the occasions I could actually bring myself to shower.

This card signifies that something extreme is happening, has happened, or is about to happen. But it will clear the way for something new and possibly better. My mantra, during hard times, is always "Left foot right foot, left foot right foot." If "here" is unbearably sucky, then move your feet to see what "over there" is like. I've found it does get better.

February 4, 2019: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands, reversed. My acupuncturist told me that in the traditional Chinese belief system, today is the first day of spring and the new year. It will be the year of the Earth Boar. She also said the energy will be more "yin" and things will still happen, albeit slowly. I agree with that.... Mother Earth does things at her own pace and you can't rush her. Pigs are very intelligent, and yin energy tends to be more contemplative, considered, and thoughtful before any action is taken.

With that thought in mind we turn to the reversed Two of Wands. Being reversed, the energy is blocked or hampered. Being a two, we're called to address a conflict or make a choice...I'm feeling like there's conflict about a choice. Once you sort things out, the energy will break free like a dam bursting. I think you'll have a huge "a-HA!" moment followed closely by an eye-roll and a slap to your forehead as you wonder why you never thought of "that" sooner. Never mind, it's here now.

This a-HA! moment may also come from another person. Put your ego aside and accept this unexpected gift. Just because you didn't think of it first doesn't mean it isn't valuable. Take advantage of anything that falls in your lap.

February 3, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. My first thoughts when I drew this card were "NO WAY!!!" followed closely by "f*ck me, f*ck me, f*ck me." What, pray tell, is Universe trying to say already with the Ten of Swords!?!?!? Upon closer inspection and study of this card, I see the lighter and more hopeful aspects. (Everything has light and dark to it.)

Consideration of new ideas is coming into your realm of reality. As in "hmmm...I wonder if this will work?" Realistic assessments of those ideas will tell you whether those ideas are pure fantasy or plausible. Include looking for a partner because this card indicates gain coming from a complementary and compatible relationship. It doesn't specify romantic or professional partnerships, so you'll have to see what that looks like for you personally. Through courage and willpower, things will improve thanks to--or in spite of--extreme changes.

This card also represents bringing the mind into balance with the soul. The "scales will fall from your [spiritual] eyes" as you end delusion and resume clear thinking. This is in addition to yesterday's card (also a 10!) about coming into balance within your heart.

February 2, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups, reversed. A ten, therefore endings that allow beginnings.... Because it's of the Cups' suit, we're talking about feelings. You may have come to the conclusion that some of your core values or ways of feeling--that you once thought were written in stone--are changing.... This shift may leave you feeling unstable as your perception of your reality wobbles and morphs into something new. You may feel guilt about rejecting these feelings or values (what will people say!?).

I sense also a difficulty appreciating what you have. Why? Do you feel unworthy of your blessings? Are you always yearning for more and attach the state of your happiness to what you have in hand or have achieved?

At any rate, expect to feel emotionally drained as you try to sort things out. The good news is that as you sort yourself out, you'll come to recognize your psychic "family" within. Your "me, myself, and I", so to speak. Coming to understand and being good with this little troupe will help you to move forward with more love for Self and not so much concern for what the neighbors say.

February 1, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. Universe, sweetie, there are 14 cards of the Swords suit in the Tarot deck of 78. Today's Sword is the tenth in the last 17 days. I realize it's cold outside, but do we have to add to the cabin fever by stewing about all our failures?

...And the Eight of Swords is indeed all about cabin fever today. Some of you may be feeling imprisoned by the cold and rain/sleet/snow/ice that's making outside movement treacherous. One look at the thermometer and you're tempted to crawl back into bed. But the problem with that is the more you restrict your movement, the more locked in you'll feel.

There you'll sit, allowing self-doubt, shoulda/woulda/couldas, and despair to creep in and steal your joy. The power of the past stops anything new from emerging because you can't see beyond immediate the limits. And I'm willing to bet those limits are emotionally based; those are the hardest to vanquish. This card contains potential for liberation. The question is can you let go of the limits your heart sets on you?

If you haven't already, bundle up and walk around the block. It'll help. I promise.

January 31, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands, reversed. Ten of Wands upright can mean carrying big burdens; when reversed, it can mean laying them down. That's where I'm going today...laying down burdens and/or getting away from an oppressive situation. That "oppressive situation" could be in your own head, seeing as how we've had a hella lotta Swords lately. Also, path clearing is indicated if not actual walking or throwing away is involved. Again, the clearing can be literal cleaning of closets or garages or figuratively clearing thoughts of all negativity.

Another way to lay down burdens is to finally ask for help! If you're doing all the housekeeping, for example, it's okay to hire a maid or ask your partner to take on some of the chores. (This can happen at your job, too.) You don't have to be the chief cook and bottle washer if you don't want to, or if it's too much.

Now, we're being asked to lay down burdens conscientiously. (Ugh! *eyeroll*) You can't just shove the mess from the closet under the bed and call your closet clean. You can't just stop doing the dishes and demand someone else do it FOR you. The clearing has to be done with integrity, honesty, and fairness. No just dumping your life in somebody else's lap and running off to the mall. (sigh....)

January 30, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords. Numerically, a nine indicates moving towards a completion of some nature. Nine is also associated with The Hermit, which is our favorite "contemplation" card. During your contemplation of your life, try to be as objective as possible when it comes to your circumstances. What is. Facts only. Then, observe your feelings about the situation. Are you worrying yourself right back into a hole? Because this card also represents the power of worry and regret that can cripple us if we let it.

Fluorite, one of my favorite crystals, is the stone du jour for this card. Whether purple or green or everything in between, this stone may help you with your mental and spiritual development. It's said to bring calm and order to your thoughts and aid in meditation or contemplation. If nothing else, it gives you something pretty to focus on while you sort things out.

Finally, have courage! Trust that Universe has a plan and your back through all this. You're working on a great transformation right now and it ain't easy! Think along the lines of the pain of childbirth or of losing a loved one. Have patience with yourself as you struggle. You CAN do this.

January 29, 2019: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. And here we go up....

Yesterday the Ten of Swords appeared again, and I pointed out the only direction to go when you've hit bottom is up. The restlessness inherent in this card indicates you're pretty much done with doom and gloom. You're daring to look up from your feet and the troubles in your path to see what might be coming in the near future. You're ready to hope again and engage in life more robustly than you have been lately.

Fortunately, at this time, you're not required to have specific experience, knowledge, or skill, but only an openness to new ideas, the desire to succeed, and a willingness to begin. The Princess of Wands is here to give you the drive to search for new growth and self-improvement in your quest to better know thyself.

Finally, this card, more that any other in the Tarot deck, represents an emissary. I don't normally predict future events, but keep your eyes and ears open for unexpected news or opportunities. Just sayin'.

January 28, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. GAH! Not again!!! We just had this card 8 days ago....

"Kleshas are considered the root cause of all ... pain and suffering in ... human experience. According to Patanajali’s Yoga Sutras, one of the oldest texts written about yoga, there are 5 main afflictions or kleshas: ignorance, egoism, attachments, aversions, and fear." (Jennifer Meek, yogtimes.com) Having just come from an intense yoga teacher training, I'd say many of us are wallowing in our kleshas. That's not a "bad thing"; it simply is. However, it's food for thought and I invite you to look to where you're painfully attached to some thing or someone, ignorant of what you really want, stuck in your ego, averse to a truth, and what you're afraid of.

Being a ten, this card is symbolic of a beginning/ending, and today I'm very aware of it's number significance more than I was the other two times this card appeared this month. Acceptance, even if forced, will blast you loose from your past and thus allow you to move forward to your future. It's the end of the line, rock bottom, whatever you want to call it, but I think many of you are DONE! and ready to go the only way you can: up.

Now that the makeup and Spanx are off, you can truly see the truth past all the airbrushing and photoshop. The view you relied upon as your reality has collapsed. But this actually comes as a relief and cleanses you of what's gotta go (people, job, things, false beliefs, etc.). Welcome to rebirth and your new spirituality.

January 27, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords, reversed. I think we were given a break from our heads to get our feet back on the ground and to take a deep, cleansing breath. Refreshed, we then go back into our psyches and intellectually handle some troubling things. Frankly, this is the easiest way to deal with painful stuff: by careful analysis, emotionless review, and drily addressing the issue before it can get worse. Not only do you not fling blame around and look like a child having a temper tantrum, you also don't drown yourself in self-recriminations.

This is not to say you should ignore or deny your darker feelings. Admit you're jealous, angry, bored, frustrated, or have just had ENOUGH!! All your feelings are true and valid. Allow them space in your life. Notice I said to recognize them, not act upon them. Throat-punching someone is not a constructive response to your anger.

Once you have your feelings front and center, ask yourself why you feel that way. Are you partly to blame for the situation that led to those feelings? Then take responsibility for your part, communicate calmly and clearly how you would like the situation to change, and do what's necessary to heal the rifts. It's amazingly empowering to own your shit and make things right!

January 26, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten Of Pentacles. This card has similar attributes to the King of Pentacles in that it indicates abundance, stability, and security on the material plane. You're absolutely "allowed" by Universe to enjoy luxurious things and gustatory pleasures, but understand even on the physical plane, there's more to life than mere "shiny objects."

To truly get the most out of life and all that Universe offers, one must delve into the unseen, the intangible, and heart/gut stuff to be completely whole. The King of Pentacles has his yin/yang energies well blended, but he's still over-involved in the physical/material aspect of life. This card is a nudge to look deeper...otherwise "abundance" becomes ordinary accumulation of stuff.

Being a ten, this card recognizes the ending/beginning cycle of eternal creation/destruction. Tap into that eternal cycle in your own little corner. You'll then understand how EVERYthing is interconnected. And none of us is ever really on our own. There's community and connection built into the fabric of Universe...you just have to see it.

January 25, 2019: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles.This card turned up and the first thing that popped into my head was "Dad's home!". I was fortunate enough to be excited when my dad came home. For those of you who weren't let me rephrase: common sense, stability, security, maturity, and rationality are home! After spending several days in our heads and all caught up in racing thoughts, our feet hit the dirt once more. This card is a catalyst to developing self-confidence on the physical plane.

This card indicates a full integration of the yin/yang* energies. You may not feel excessively balanced at the moment, but that will come as you blend with the Spirit (yin/yang) energies of this card. The King embodies the dual nature of intuition and introspection. Meaning, he's as comfortable with his gut as he is his head. His appearance today is a reminder not to forget your gut and allow it as much input into your plans as you allow your head.

Being of the Pentacles, physical health and wellbeing are a topic for discussion. The King is reminding all of us to find physical outlets and forms of exercise that maintain physical and mental health. Even in the dead of winter when we'd rather curl up by the fire. Ugh.

*Yin/yang energy is sometimes referred to as feminine/masculine. However, I don't like to assign a gender to these energies because they are present, at the same time, in all of us. Also, there's the whole gender identification thing.... I don't believe energy recognizes the concept of "gender" and therefore, I shan't either.

January 24, 2019: Card O' The Day: Two of Swords, reversed. Yesterday "barriers were opened" and today a static balance held through complacency is broken. The egg is hatching...ready or not. Staying safely in a cocoon is all warm and snuggly, but it doesn't allow for growth. This breaking free will probably cause disruption emotionally and intellectually. That's going to be uncomfortable. But we only make changes when we're uncomfortable. Remember the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"? Well, it's time to break it so it can be fixed!

What's going to cause this "discomfort" is the coming to light of certain deep truths. These deep truths can be about your religious beliefs, sexual orientation, career choice, partner choice, etc. They can pertain to anything about which you were once passionate or that in which you once solidly believed.

Bravely face these new facts. Assess then, make a plan based upon them, and get all your ducks in a row BEFORE you make any move. By changing wisely, carefully, and based upon reality, you'll make the easiest transition with the least amount of physical displacement. You can also just light a match to your current life and walk away. But that method leaves a lot of legal loose ends. Just sayin'.

January 23, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. Same card as yesterday, but with a twist.... There's still a crisis at the moment, but barriers have opened with this card appearing upright for us today.

Some have associated the skunk (or polecat) with this card. This cracks me up. But consider a skunk's behavior: it will only spray when completely cornered and scared witless. But it's a self-sabotaging behavior because they're then vulnerable for ten days while they refill their stink tanks.

Insecurity driven self-sabotage and struggles rooted in the emotions that cause cloudy thinking and vacillation are suggested by this card. This may tempt you to stop short of your goals, which then negates all the hard work you've put in and wastes all resources used thus far.

However, also present is creative imagination, strategy, new plans, and--best of all--perseverance and fortitude to keep going. At some point you've realized some things require a tweak or two (thus the new ideas and plans), and fortunately, new roads and methods have appeared and are available to you. So is some good advice. You probably should take it.

January 22, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords, reversed. And here we have an example of how we like to make simple things complicated. In what way you ask? By over -thinking and getting caught in circular "shoulda, woulda, coulda" thinking.

On the one hand, you seek the support and assistance of others to help make more meaningful and substantive changes for yourself and for your community. Unexpected sources of ideas, money, stuff, and extra hands come out of the woodwork to add oomph to the whole project. Yay!

But on the other hand, your lack of confidence leads you to see manipulation and dishonesty in those extra hands. These are fear-based problems and not real. Your desire to make a bang is limited by your vulnerability to your own nay-saying. This card suggests you go back to your past to find the root of this self-confidence thing. What went "wrong"? What lesson did you miss that could help now?

January 21, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. A-HA! Awesome sauce! The Prince of Swords is a master of himself and is able to overcome his own limits, including (and most importantly at this time) the limits to his thoughts. He uses logic and reason to gain objectivity and control of his emotions. Meaning: he can see that the minor inconveniences some of may have suffered due to the recent weather (or any other reason) are just that--minor inconveniences.

This card can indicate the need to make a decision and/or a quick turn of events. (Perhaps the do-over required a few days ago is taking hold this time.) A quick mind and inventiveness will help with all projects and tasks. But just because your synapses are all abuzz, it doesn't mean that everything that pops into your head is 100% perfect. Keep an open mind and listen to criticism. Someone else's input may just save your bacon.

Another stone stepped forward today and it's carnelian. It's said to help facilitate concentration and accelerate development. (We all want to "get there" yesterday, am I right?) So put down the smoky quartz and thank it for its service because it's carnelian's day today.

January 20, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. We received the Ten of Swords just six days ago, but it was reversed then indicating you were getting the hang of the new year and all that it holds for you. Yesterday, I warned you about letting negative energy invade your psyche when we got the reversed Wheel of Fortune and all the frustrations that are represented by that card. Today's upright Ten of Swords indicates the grip on your positive thinking is tenacious...grab your smoky quartz and hold it close today. It's said to help you replace negative thoughts with positive behavior patterns.

While this card does indeed speak of victim mentality, surrendering to unfortunate circumstances, difficulties, and disruptions, it's of the Swords suit--meaning it's all in your head! You're tempted to make mountains out of mole hills. Two-five inches of snow does not a blizzard make. Save your teeth gnashing and hair tearing for something truly life threatening.

Find and CHOOSE! positive thoughts. My friend came out this morning to find her car covered by ice and then several inches of snow. It took her a bit to scrape and thaw the car so it was drivable. She told me the entire time she was scraping, as her toes and fingers went numb, all she could think of was how pretty the snow was...like glitter! Release judgment about "good" or "bad." Accept what is and work with it.

January 19, 2019: Card O' the Day: Wheel of Fortune, reversed. The energy that's been pushing us forward the last days is still there, but it's being stymied. When The Wheel is reversed, it means snags are in your way. The development and expansion you're working on is being delayed by circumstances beyond your control. However, breathe and maintain your courage and stamina because this is not a permanent block. Don't let negativity creep in and negate all your hard work.

Something may have to be repeated and extra effort on your part will be needed. The fastest scenario I can imagine is that your application or paperwork got lost, isn't complete, or you have to reapply because the current "thing" is full for this month or spent for this quarter. All. Is. Not. Lost. I encourage you to take a deep breath, a brisk walk around the block, and persevere!

January 17, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands, reversed. The reversed Queen continues our current trend of stepping lightly and handling the current energy with finesse and diplomacy*. You're being asked to not let simple things get blown out of proportion or cave into your frustrations by having a temper tantrum. This personal growth and development stuff is HARD! However, you've been given the fire energy to make it happen because Universe trusts you can handle it.

*My personal definitions of diplomacy v. political correctness are as follows: diplomacy is the act of policing yourself, whereas political correctness is being policed by the societal norms of the day. Back in the 1960's, the "N" word was considered vulgar but not taboo. Today, it's considered (and rightly so, in my humble opinion) taboo and one "shouldn't" say it. On the other hand, using diplomacy means one's integrity doesn't allow the use of hurtful words or actions against others. Ever. Therefore, I consider myself to be diplomatic rather than politically correct.

January 16, 2019: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles, reversed. The reversed Five of Pentacles is asking you to change your approach because the same old, same old isn't working so well. Fortunately, yesterday's Prince of Wands is considered the "idea man" of the deck and has arrived to help. By switching things up, you'll probably reveal an opportunity that was being lost in the shuffle.

Not only does this alternative route work in the material world, but it's also going to shift things emotionally. Look to see relationships strengthen or be allowed to wither. It's not a "big break up" type of thing but more along the lines of losing contact as temporal and physical space from someone increases. As we all know, relationships expand, contract, wax, and wane just like anything else.

Coming back to the Prince of Wands: excessive speed and dynamism could make things too volatile and thereby unstable. Keep that Prince energy on a very short leash or this precious resource will get away from you and leave you in the dust.

January 15, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands. The Prince of Wands is an intellectual visionary, which makes him the key person on every brain-storming committee. He can come up with some pretty hair-brained schemes that actually could work if he could combine that vision with reality. However, he's one to let the "lesser members" handle the finer details of his incredible ideas.

The Prince is appearing to us today to urge us to let our brains and imaginations run wild. Write down your crazy ideas and a few notes about what you'll need to start (i.e. more training/education, business loan, building supplies, etc.). The energy behind this card is that which pushed the great explorers to discover new places, Edison to invent, and those at NASA to put men on the moon.

The trick is to harness this energy without breaking it. Dream big, by all means! And then make it happen...that's the hard part. Like I said yesterday, dare to believe you can do this.

January 14, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords, reversed. The new year and its fresh energy is starting to kick in and show. (I know we're two weeks in, but you don't see results on your physique after your very first workout! You've got to keep at it for a bit before you see a smaller waistline.) Your efforts have slowly changed your outlook and you're turning a corner that brings relief from stress and a different feeling of looking forward to the coming months. Dare I say we're feeling a wee optimistic?

However, this budding optimism is precarious and must be nurtured carefully. Meaning, your reactions to previous pain and failures (i.e. self doubt, low self-esteem, etc.) threaten to undo all your work thus far. Kind of like "well, I tried before and failed, so I'm sure to fail again this time around because I'm such an incompetent loser." You have to truly let go of the negative feelings about any past events. Start fresh with fresh efforts and a fresh mindset! Dare to believe you'll get it right this time.

This card also promises advantage, gain, and success if you can believe you're worthy of it. (And you are.)

January 13, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. We received the Nine of Cups just six days ago, so let's see what I may have missed then, if the message has changed, or the same message is being reiterated from the 7th of January....

The shadow aspects of this card aren't slithering around my ankles today. What are singing loud and clear are all the bright and exuberant representations: abundance, integrity, joy! Positive expansive feelings are there to enhance your emotional happiness. Maybe it's the thick blanket of gorgeous snow outside my window, but this card is giving me the "warm and fuzzies." I encourage you to find what makes you feel warm and fuzzy, too.

Let's also acknowledge your hard physical and psycho-emotional work to get to this moment of your life. Take a minute to pat yourself on the back as you count your many blessings. (If you're reading this, then you're indeed blessed with access to an electronic device and the Internet! Universe is asking you to count your BLESSINGS, not all the things wrong with life right now.) As you count your blessings, notice how you focus less on your own ego and your own complaints....

January 12, 2019: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups, reversed. This card is often interpreted as the "nostalgia card." Ahh, the good ol' days.... But when reversed, we tend to over-dramatize those good ol' days. People were either kinder and gentler or incessantly evil. Of course, we intellectually know that's not true. Very few people are COMPLETELY one or the other. Therefore, you're being asked to be a little more honest about your past and how you're allowing it to affect your future.

Now, if it's traumatic events that are holding you hostage, that's another problem altogether. "Shoulda, woulda, coulda's", rehashing old perceived failures, and endless "what if's" are absolutely pointless! It's in the past and you CANNOT do anything about it. (Unless you time travel.) Gnashing your teeth and pulling your hair over what you did or didn't do back then only drives you deeper into despair.

The silver lining of this card is that it does offer renewed trust in the future. Again, therapy with a clergy person, shaman, psychologist, or licensed social worker can help you see the positives Universe has to offer for you TODAY and everything after that. The beauty of the future is that it hasn't happened yet. You haven't had a chance to ruin it, or be a putz, or anything else you think you might do "wrong." So, what are you going to do right today?

January 11, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Moon, reversed.  When I choose pictures to go with my daily reading, I usually write the analysis first and then choose a photo that seems to evoke an idea or feeling from the reading.* Today, when I drew the reversed Moon, I instantly saw the image of the moon reflected in water. This represents the softening of the meaning of The Moon.

Yes, fear and illusion is there, but somehow it's a little less scary, and you're more willing to do spiritual work. Because this card speaks of illusions and changes of perception, don't make assumptions, commitments, or take any risks. You may not be getting the entire story and if you jump in, based upon what you think you know, mistakes will be made.

While you may be willing to explore your darker side, it's no less confusion or frightening. I don't blame you for wanting to stay on the surface, stick your fingers in your ears, and sing "lalalalalala." I have found therapy with a psychologist, clergy person, shaman, or licensed social worker to be vastly helpful when I need second opinions or someone to ask me the hard questions and hold my hand as I seek the answers.

January 10, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. Growth, evolution, and creativity continue with this card. While some interpret this card to mean it's time to leave something behind, I'm not getting that today. It's more along the lines of tweaking what you're already doing or have. Combine your intuition with your constructive intelligence to see how your project/endeavor/"thing" is maturing and changing.

Be aware that The Goal you've been working "all your life" to achieve may have changed or become less important to you. That's okay. Change is good! Don't be embarrassed if you spent a lot of time and money on something only to realize it's just not going to happen the way you pictured it. Think of all the experience and wisdom you got through this project even if it ultimately failed. Any failures always come with valuable lessons.(Ask me how I know this....)

I can't stop here without mentioning the deeper spiritual connotations of this card. Something is still missing, and I believe that "something" has to do with your heart, spirit, soul, and/or True Self. As you search for this missing link, you'll be asked to venture into unexplored territory to find deeper meaning to your life. And that, my friends, is where you'll find your true power that'll help you create your next Big Thing.

January 9, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands, reversed. Oooooh! Told you to hang on to your hat! That Seven of Wands energy is crazy!

The reversed Three is giving you a warning shot across your bow. Just because you got a huge burst of energy doesn't mean you can be over-ambitious and impractical with your schemes and plans. The energy push means your well-thought out and carefully constructed projects will work nicely. Also, if you shoot for the moon, you risk scaring yourself into inertia because it all seems too much.

When this card of harmonious cooperation gets reversed, you may feel hesitant to ask for assistance or delegating tasks. Actually, your unconscious assumptions (oh, nobody really wants to help little ol' me) are the problem here. Nobody's talking trash behind your back or secretly hating you. They're just busy with their own worries. So ask! What's the worst that will happen? If one person says no, ask another. The point is, don't see drama or blocks where there are none.

January 8, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. A big cold front is coming through SE Ohio and therefore it's quite windy outside. This card presented itself during one of the bigger gusts and reflects the blast of energy the Seven of Wands represents. This kind of energy can evoke raw passion within you and be difficult to control without being swamped by it. Try to harness this wild steed as best you can because it can lead to great openness, manifestation, and growth.

This card is also about explaining yourself and holding true to your convictions. Fortunately, the confidence and courage to do so is also present. Others may not see your vision or point of view as clearly as you do. Thus diplomacy, composure, and clever maneuvering may be required to get your point across or ideas funded.

If, despite your best efforts, you find you're trying to sow your seeds on a parking lot, you may have to seek more fertile grounds. Don't waste this dynamic energy if it becomes obvious pretty quickly that no one's listening. Don't be shy about searching elsewhere to find a group or resource that will support your ideas.

January 7, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. Being another Nine (manifestation), this card is much like yesterday's card in that it offers good luck, expansion, growth, and abundance, too. However, being of the Cups suit, we've shifted from the material plane to the emotional plane. Therefore, in addition to moving towards material largesse and creativity, your relationships with others will bloom as well. Not only do you feel more warm and fuzzy towards your fellow man, but they're noticing your "glow" and are being attracted to your light.

While this card is considered the "wish" card and receiving it means wishes will come true, there's also a big fat caveat attached that warns of complacency, resting on laurels, and smugness. You may feel like you've "arrived", but you must remain humble. Practice gratitude for all that you have TODAY. Never mind what you're developing for next week. Be grateful for that stuff next week when (if?) it arrives. What is in your hands TODAY needs to be recognized and valued TODAY.

January 6, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles. Now that you've gotten your priorities straight and your ducks lined up, let's get started.

The Nine of Pentacles is representative of manifesting your goals, and Universe is on board with offers of plain old good luck! Not being one to pass on any opportunity, your mental discipline combines that good luck with good management to produce fertility of ideas and abundance in returns. During free time, you're encouraged to pursue interests or creative hobbies. Don't waste your precious noodle and imagination by numbly staring at your phone (ahem, Annette are you paying attention?)

Even with all this abundance, something is still lacking.... Oh, yes. That would be inner purpose and spiritual awareness. It's very easy to get caught up in achieving and amassing and thereby losing sight of your True Self and your true reason for being here. An easy way to reconnect with Spirit is to share your current wealth and pay it forward. Put something into your karma bank for the next time you're a little low and need a left.

January 5, 2019: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles, reversed. Busy, busy, busy.... Are you sure it's real work that must be done or are you finding busy work to do as an excuse to NOT do what really needs to be done?

While you may believe you've gotten your ducks in a row, it's not showing up in the real world just yet. This card indicates lack of focus in your efforts and a lot of plate spinning and running in six different directions at once. Meaning, you're not being efficient with your resources. To achieve your goals, you'll need to reorganize your tasks (shifting piles of papers from one corner of your desk to another doesn't count). Delegate where you can, and assess your time lines. Can you legitimately put something off and concentrate on things that have a shorter deadline?

Now, it IS Saturday and some things just can't get done outside business hours. Therefore, determine what those things are and set them aside until Monday. How about you take a walk right now? Even if it's raining or snowing, go outside for half an hour. Mother Nature will soothe your soul and help you get back on task.

January 4, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Emperor. The Emperor contains the power of all elements, and therefore he reminds you it's not IF you have power (because, of course you do!), but what you do with it. By having such power, you can afford to be gentle and kind to those who have less or are not sure of their own power at the moment.

As master of his own ship, The Emperor is free of society's "shoulds" and "oughts." He's not a fashion follower, but a fashion innovator. He makes the music that will become the next big thing. However, this is not to say he's completely unconcerned with responsibility or consequences. On the contrary, he's very mindful of fairness and the equality we all share. He understands that with great power comes great responsibility and he's the builder of foundations upon which we all can stand.

The Emperor appears today to challenge you to take on projects or roles that allow (if not force!) growth. Perhaps that will manifest in running for office, starting a business, or simply ending a bad habit. No growth is insignificant, and thus I challenge you to be all you can be!

January 3, 2019: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords, reversed. This card seems a little contradictory in its interpretation at first blush. However, what I see is recognition of fear of change and the reactions to it coupled with the energy to get past blockages.

First, the fear and reactions part. With all the urgings to FEEL and acknowledge your very valuable feelings and emotions we've had of late, one can get stuck perceiving life from a subjective (i.e. "I feel this, therefore it must be true.") point of view. I repeat, your feelings are valid, but you may not have the entire story. Set aside your feelings for one moment (no, don't suppress them or discount them) and review your world for the solid facts. You may FEEL like you're being sabotaged, but is it TRUE? Apply this logic and analysis wherever you feel fearful or hesitant about something.

Secondly, the energy behind this card. Even though there's fear of and resistance to change, this card indicates a silence will be broken and efforts to release past wounds will begin again. Also, there's a need to handle a turbulent situation. So, despite holding back and wringing your hands while in line for that super-amazing-scary zip-line ride, your analysis of the situation will help you get past your fear and over the hump.

January 2, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Moon. The High Priestess has come to use twice, reversed and upright, in the last few days. She's connected to The Moon through the unconscious knowing represented by both cards. The fact that The Moon has come to us today reiterates the need for internal intuitive work and indicates strong activity of the spirit on your material/physiological plane. If you've already sensed the need for such work, these cards are your guide posts telling you you're on the right path.

The Moon has its own key points, too, however. During this wonderful (and scary!) personal development, important truths will be discovered. It's your job to determine which of those truths are basically illusions and which are real things to fear and fix. Can you accept the stuff that must be fixed and let the illusions go?

It's hard to do and you may be swamped by your emotions and insecurities as you navigate this difficult phase. If you can move through the weakness of your will and uncertainties, you'll be rewarded with rebirth and evolution.... Until it's time to move again, of course.

January 1, 2019: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess. I realize this is the first day of a new year, but let's consider this card for just the next little while. We keep track of time to organize our world and lives, and that's useful. However, I don't want to rigidly adhere to the qualities of this card for ONLY today, because we'll outgrow it once we've integrated its lesson.

The other day we had this same card but reversed. When reversed, the High Priestess urged us to really experience our feelings--even the painful ones--and not just live safely within four beige walls. When she's upright, she offers you the capability to accept darkness and light, sadness and joy, and remain calm within whatever storm comes your way.

As you truly experience your feelings and emotions, you'll learn to understand what they mean. Why are you frustrated? Why are you angry? Why are you sad? That'll be the first step to fixing the situation, which will lead to more pleasant emotions. Recognize your emotional needs so you can fill them with real, nurturing "food." By that I mean leaving a stultifying job, ending a toxic relationship, or facing and dealing with grief. Don't just brush your feelings aside or cover them up; value them as the assets they are.

December 31, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups. Yesterday, the reversed High Priestess told us to pay more attention to our feelings and let 'em rip! Today we're given another big "feelings" card: the Ace of Cups. The Ace represents an opportunity for new emotional experiences and growth. You're being asked to allow yourself to experience pleasure, to be happy, and to understand you're worthy of it.

Allow emotions to come to the surface to heal pain or embrace joy. If you suppress your emotions, they cannot be felt or experienced, which makes for a very bleak and gray existence. It's scary to feel some of the more awkward or painful emotions, but trust that Universe will support you. You must come to accept and understand "unhappy" emotions to truly appreciate the "happy" ones. As they say, there cannot be light without dark.

The Ace of Cups also represents enlightenment and a true heart. As you create a more spiritually and emotionally alive new world for yourself, you can expect upheaval, the replacement of some old feelings for new, and challenges. However, all that brings transformation as you find your True Heart.

December 30, 2018: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess, reversed. This is also a good card to receive at year's end. I've seen many memes with the message "new year, new me" or "new year, new me is bullshit." Either way, it indicates inevitable changes where you'll set new standards for yourself and be more self-reliant and independent.

The reversed High Priestess represents letting your hair down and letting yourself off the chain. You may try new things or return to old habits you stopped because they were supposed to be "bad" for you. Loosening the reins might include flirtations and sexual dalliances just for the sake of getting laid.

Even if you don't go to extremes with your behavior, move towards your passion and dig deep into your feelings. Stop ignoring them and FEEL! That pain, joy, anger, frustration, etc. means you're ALIVE and not just existing day to day, paycheck to paycheck. Just know that if you dare to act outside the "norms" of society (read: being a little different), you might be called a witch, bitch, or ball-buster. Wear the label with pride.

December 29, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords, reversed. Self-imposed restrictions are getting to be intolerable as the harness you've bound yourself in is beginning to seriously chafe. And guess what? Those restrictions you imposed upon yourself are there thanks to others whispering indoor ear that you should do it this way--the cool way, the proper way, the way that everyone else does it.

However, as you begin to see clearly, you'll find your first steps towards liberation of this harness, these "shoulds" and "oughts." Your ability to see through and around obstacles is greatly enhanced right now, and the power you need to transcend these confines is available. Therefore, get the hell outta yer own way and haul ass!

December 28, 2018: Card O' the Day: The World. I feel this card is especially appropriate for this time of year. It's almost time to turn over the calendar to 2019, but you have three days left to finalize the endings and prepare for the beginnings that are inherent in this card. The World is asking you "What's next!?!?" and other essential questions about your life. You're being encouraged to travel outside your comfort zone this coming year during your coming journeys. Don't be satisfied with the same ol', same ol'!

While you're literally clearing out closets and drawers, you're being asked to liberate yourself from negative thinking and patterns. Get okay with You this year! By releasing petty concerns (does my butt look good in these jeans? is my makeup on fleek? is my car rad enough? etc.) and security (continuing to socialize with the "in" crowd even though you have nothing in common with them anymore), you'll find personal power. This power will give you the tenacity to achieve ... anything.

Don't wait until midnight on the 31st. Start your new path right now.

December 27, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. As we lurch back to normalcy, the health aspects of this king seem to stand out. There's a need for relaxation. Now that all the family obligations are completed, the final holiday is one of revelry and letting go of the past year. Whether you stay home and just chill or go out and whoop it up, this one's for you. The herb associated with this card, is St. Johnswort, which has calming qualities. A nice of cup of camomile tea can provide the same relaxed mood as well as soothe overworked tummies.

Something else the King of Swords represents is dominance over emotions. This allows one to smooth ruffled feathers and let go of defensiveness that may have come up during recent family gatherings. Unless any offense was truly egregious, chalk it up to fraught holiday emotions, (and a little too much Christmas cheer) and be glad you have another year before having to see "those" people again.

If you want to take it further, this king is very analytical, impartial, tactful, and tolerant. By using those qualities to review the past few days, your keen perception and controlled emotions will help you see through to the real issue behind any harsh words or perceived slights. Which, in the end, will allow you to more easily forgive and forget.

December 23, 2018: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups, reversed. More obstacles crop up when inner fascinations (what you really want to do) conflict with outer responsibilities. Those obstacles will tend to be emotional as you pretend your way through the holiday season with a big fat fake smile.

Holiday parties, concerts, and gatherings are attended out of obligation and not any real anticipation of fun or delight at seeing people or hearing music. When Uncle Joe gets drunk and goes off on a bigoted rant, you sit there feeling awful but are "too polite" to call him out. And the whole time you're chanting to yourself "it's all good!"

Here's a thought: be emotionally honest with, at the very least, yourself. Just because it's holiday time, it doesn't mean your troubles vanish. You still have to pay rent, get along with your partner, and suck up to your boss to keep your job (or find one for that matter). If you can't afford the time, energy, or gas to go to an event, don't go. You have my permission. If Uncle Joe makes you want to vomit, leave. Or better yet, tell him to shut his pie hole and get out!

Remain authentic to yourself as much as you can as you move through these next days.

December 22, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands, reversed. I seem to be drawing the card that I most need to see these days.... The reversed Eight of Wands represents a period where Murphy's Law rules. I just got a new phone (old one finally croaked), and I'm having a hellish time transferring everything. The lesson from this card is to learn to cope with frustrations and use your noodle to find the work-arounds. Of course, this is easier said than done because at some point you just want to throw the phone across the room, pour yourself a stiff drink, and dissolve into tears.

Let's not do that. Firstly, keep a cool head and don't let emotions get in your way. Secondly, look to where you're wasting precious energies rushing in three directions at once to get all the last minute things done. Make a list of what MUST be done yet and methodically get each item done to the best of your ability (no time to thaw the 45lb turkey? get a ham--heat and eat!). Delegate as much of the list as you can to lighten your own load. Finally, if it was meant to be, it would have happened so let those final details go (no one will miss the calligraphy place cards).

We're in a period where even the sun is resting and just holding steady. You should, too.

December 19, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands. If the Princess of Wands from yesterday wasn't enough of a kick in the fanny, then we have the Ace of Wands to inspire us today. Inherent in this card we have personal power, strength, and a rush of vigor. New beginnings of any nature (but especially in your career path) are encouraged!

However, this big energy isn't yet directed or channeled efficiently. This can be a "good thing" as the sky is the limit and you can do anything you want! It can also be a "bad thing" causing you to run in circles chasing every shiny object and thereby wasting this resource. If you find yourself scattering in all directions, do what's necessary to ground your thoughts and center your activities to one path at a time. It's okay to abandon a path if it seems to be a dead end, but traveling 40 paths at once won't give you any real feedback other than chaos.

While this card is a big celebration of life itself and all it brings, it also represents finding fulfillment in simple things. Yesterday, as I was cleaning my house, I would get a little cranky and bored with my tasks. I would remind myself to just be in the moment and enjoy the beauty of the cleaned surface...I did that; I made that nice in my eyes. I plan on holding that attitude as I continue with holiday preparations and chores today.

December 18, 2018: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. Oh, THANK YOU Universe for this blast of fresh energy! (I was getting awfully tired of being cranky.) This Princess is delivering us playfulness and the ability to approach our challenges with eagerness and excitement (dust bunnies here I come!). Take full advantage of this little burst of sunshine under your tail feathers and get as much accomplished today as possible.

The only caveat to this bright light is you must stay grounded and practical. Don't allow your giddiness to take over and start promising to bake 400 dozen cookies for the community food pantry! At this point in the holiday season, work on what YOU need to achieve. This is not "take on the world" energy, but more along the lines of "I can get done all the stuff I want to before the party starts" energy.

And be SURE to take care of yourself right now! Make time for your regular yoga class, gym routine, run, bike ride, etc. Your normal self care schedule should not be sacrificed. It's more important than ever right now to keep balanced and happy. Trust me, your bowels will appreciate it.

December 17, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles, reversed. Ooo! My panties are showing! I am the Queen of Pentacles, so having my card show up reversed like this exposes me and my mood of late. Betrayed by my own cards....

When This card comes up reversed, the whole home arts thing goes down the tubes. I've got relatives coming, so I'm all into the cleaning, pre-cooking, and decorating thing--because it's expected of me--but I'm not liking it. This card indicates an increased involvement with people, to. Well, DUH! Christmas and all....

What am I going to do about my feelings of crankiness and forced conformity? Drink wine!! Okay, well, seriously...yes! There will be wine! But also there'll be adhering to my personal boundaries the best I can, self care, and a whole lotta letting myself off the hook for not being the perfect epitome of Martha Stewart. I'm just me. Like it or lump it; harrumph.

December 16, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man, reversed. It has happened a few times that I drew the same card two days running, but I don't know if I've done this before--drawn the same card, but in reverse. Hmmm...

The Hanged Man of yesterday had you thinking about and pondering things which brought you clarity and insight. Also, you may have been reevaluating what was once thought to be crucial to you. With the card's reversal today, I feel like some of you may be frightened or uncomfortable with this new independent thinking.

When the Hanged Man is reversed, it indicates being at the mercy of others' opinions. Being so bent on pleasing everyone else, you're letting their perspectives override your own. That's because you're still searching for direction. You're feeling ready for the next thing, but you're not sure what that looks like, so you're allowing too much input to interfere with your personal "turning point." Also, some of the "letting go" mentioned yesterday will feel like sacrifice. This card's reappearance, but reversed, tells me there's hesitation or unwillingness to release what needs to get gone.

December 15, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man. Your spirit, higher self, gut, whatever you want to call it has recognized new, and greater, possibilities. Things that once seemed so very valuable and highly prized are suddenly disposable to allow room for the new. In addition to "stuff" being let go, so is control. When you're gripping your life with both hands in an absolute choke hold, new ideas and fresh energy can't get in. This card indicates you're "getting it" and are changing your mind about a lot of things.

As your point of view and mind shifts, you'll achieve insight and clarity and understand there's more to this life than what's apparent on the surface. This "aha" moment is facilitated by the pause imposed on you right now (nobody can get anything done during the holidays, am I right?!). Therefore, take that involuntary lull and accept what is in this moment, in this day.

My personal test for absolute necessity is asking myself "what's the BFD?" While many of us know this acronym to mean "Big F*cking Deal", I changed it to Blood, Fire, and Death. So, when you're faced with frustrations, check for blood, fire, or imminent death. Not there? Then relax; it doesn't reeeeeeeeeelllly need to happen right this minute.

December 9, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles, reversed. Your standard solutions to life's problems (avoidance, over indulgence, going along to get along, etc.) won't work anymore. You need to try a different approach to solving interpersonal or material world conflicts. And when you do start facing problems and actively trying to solve them, you'll see previously hidden possibilities to overcoming disharmony in your life.

Accomplishing this "different approach" will require you to put your ego aside and be present to this lesson. You're at a spiritual/personal crossroads. You can either continue to avoid, over-indulge, or smile and nod, or you can stand up and take control of your life by stepping into your inherent power. You choose: the easy but ultimately miserable way, or the hard road to empowered happiness.

December 8, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles.  The key concept of this card is reciprocity. When we can truly give of ourselves and receive like energy back, without thought or expectation of reward or recognition, then we have achieved reciprocity with Universe. Reciprocity is how we can connect our tribes, families, communities, and society as a whole and thereby uplift ALL members.

However, inherent in the giving/receiving dynamic, there's a situation of dominance and submission between the "haves" and "have-nots." By developing a strong foundation of inner security and healthy attachments to your resources, you'll be able to share those resources without creating lack--material or spiritual--in yourself. And if you feel as though you're living in abundance, then the acts of charity, kindness, and compassion are easily made.

December 7, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Star, reversed. You're being called to shed all ideas about yourself and who you are that are based on your social status, physical appearance, and possessions. Those things have NOTHING to do with your True Self. Stop running after outer trappings and start being in the moment, the hour, the day.... Put down your phone and TALK to the person across the table from you.

There's a deep need for healing of yourself and others. The world is hurting. Be a catalyst for change and a soothing hand on someone's brow.

How are you--little ol' you--supposed to fix the world? By letting go of the illusion of what's important. No, I'm not suggesting you should give away everything and be naked in a cave to find your "enlightenment." We still gotta eat and we're allowed to have nice stuff that pleases the senses. But I want you to understand none of that is Truly Important. Your inner Star is Truly Important. Start there.

December 6, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. You've made the hard choices required--or are getting up the nerve to make them--to allow you to move on. This shows up in the form of difficulties being resolved, hatchets being buried, and garbage being taken to the curb. Disappointments or resistance are transformed into something better.

This kind of work is painful and you may have to grieve a little. Allow that to happen; it's not weakness and you don't have to put on a mask of "it's all okay, I'm good." You actually have the coping skills, determination, and fortitude to fully deal and heal. Having a good cry with your besties or indulging in a couple of quiet days by yourself are examples of coping! Therefore, cope in the way that works best for you so that you can do all the work (ahem) eloquently outlined above.

December 5, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune, reversed. The Wheel of Fortune heralds good luck and changes. However, when reversed, the smooth turning of the wheel becomes jerky and unpredictable. This could mean expected events could be delayed or you may suddenly become resistant to planned changes (am I REALLY ready to do this!?!?!).

Even though development and expansion is still possible, to a certain extent you'll be at the mercy of circumstances beyond your control (labor strikes, weather, etc.). However, with some quick thinking and effort, you'll find ways to overcome, or work with, the problems to still get to your goal.

As we move into this coming holiday season, you'll be invited to and obligated to attend more and more social events. This can be very energy-sapping. Be sure to find time for yourself to exercise, get chores done, and/or read a couple chapters in your current book. Refuse an invitation or two if you must. The reversed Wheel can indicate a social life that's spinning out of control. Don't let it run you over!

December 4, 2018: Card O' the Day: The DevilIn typical depictions of The Devil in Tarot cards, it shows a central figure with two smaller figures chained or bound in some way. This bondage to "the devil" represents your physical cravings, addictions, and power for power's sake that separate you into hatred, lack, and finiteness. It's about forgetting your spirit. Ask yourself is my human side going to sell out my spiritual side?

When you cease to give love wholeheartedly and freely, you're no longer linked to higher powers through which you illuminate your truth and magic. Love simply becomes a tool for submitting to another for a price.

The Devil forces you to look at aspects about yourself that you don't necessarily "like", and tests the darkness of your unconscious mind. But your darkness isn't "bad", no part of you is "bad." Embrace and integrate your shadow side into all of you to liberate yourself. The most brilliant diamonds have many facets! The more facets you allow yourself to have, the brighter you can shine!

December 3, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords. The seriousness and intensity with which you've been doing your work is laudable, but there is validity in the statement of "too much of a good thing." Staying closed off, aloof, and too self-involved at the expense of your friendships, relationships, and teamwork responsibilities damages those links. Then, when you're ready to come back to them after your personal quest, they not longer exist or are weakened. Which means you have to rebuild those connections and it's more work for you.

Therefore, it would be wise to erase certain boundaries and let more love in your life. While your intellect understands--and is wary of--the emotional costs that are inherent to opening yourself to others, you'll ultimately be richer and more fulfilled for having experienced the love.

So, it's a very valuable time of introspection, acknowledgement, and release for all of us. There's great potential for transformation if we can dare to endure the pain that's required of us to do so.

November 30, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups, reversed. Yet another reversed "mother" figure indicating you're just not in a space right now to care for others beyond what you must do. Moodiness and loss of that sense of service to others--which is your usual mode--troubles you, and you may want to deny what's going on in your head/heart.

Here's a thought: allow your feelings to wash over you so you can examine them. It may feel overwhelming and "lost." However, by letting the dam break and swimming in the resulting flood, you'll release your inner tension.

Again, solo work is advised, so keep your thoughts and feelings to yourself as you sort it all out. Spill your guts to only your most trusted besties because as you verbally process, you could wound others. Verbally processing includes saying things out loud to see if it's how you REALLY feel (e.g. I HATE my mother-in-law!). That's why you play it safe and speak to a very few who will merely nod and ask whether you're SURE, and not judge you for having those fleeting feelings or ideas during your time of clearing.

November 29, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands, reversed. Threes denote unions or groups. With the Three of Cups, we're looking at groups of friends and family and the connections between those people. With Pentacles, that union/group shifts to your work life. The Three of Wands represents the collective energies of people endeavoring to create something new. But when reversed, all of these cards show trouble when relating or working with others.

The cards of the last couple days have indicated energetic upsets that have interfered with your relationships. The reversed queen indicated you needed to step back from "mothering" others. The reversed Three of Cups reiterated that message along with identifying the group you've been "mothering." Today's reversed Three of Wands--with its static energy--tells me there are some things you have to endure and sort out on your own.

Postponement, tranquility, and meditation are keywords that go with this card. So, even though you've got good friends who want to help, ultimately, some spiritual or psycho-emotional stuff has to be sorted out on your own. Sure, you can lean on pals for encouragement, but their well-meaning advice is not for you at this time.

November 27, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups, reversed. Your ambiguity and confusion don't lessen any with this card. Everything is so up in air right now! 

The Three of Cups is the "friendship" card. All your pals, people you hang with to celebrate each other's accomplishments, or just go out with for a drink fall under the umbrella of this card. But when reversed, it indicates your suspicions about their motives (see yesterday's Queen of Pentacles, reversed) haven't subsided. That might be for a good reason in that the coming changes include relationships.

The "old crowd" may not seem as much fun as they used to be or you seem to have less in common with them of late. That's okay; friendships wax and wane like fashion. However, it might be darker than that, especially when your gut has been less than charitable regarding them. Maybe your gut is right and they're blackballing you in some way or are envious of your accomplishments rather than truly happy for you.

Yesterday I suggested that you should allow your friends to help with your personal crisis. Let's tweak that to TRUE friends. Your intuition is speaking and shouldn't be ignored. Therefore, while you're tossing out last year's fashions, review your tribe to see who needs to be reduced to "mere acquaintance" status.

 November 26, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles, reversed. With your "tower" falling down around you, I wouldn't be surprised if indecision, uncertainty, insecurity, and more confusion have you guessing as to which way is up. And if anyone comes to you needing a "mommy" right now, SO not even! Please, YOU need care and help! How can you possibly provide it for others?

Also, there are self-worth issues lurking about. Nothing you do feels good enough, and you're suspicious about motives of friends and family. Do they think you're not able to do A, B, or C? Horrors! Do they see how incompetent you really are? Why are they being nice and trying to help!?!

Here's a thought: take off your Wonder Woman bustier, accept that cup of tea or glass of wine being offered, and go ahead and "be weak" for a minute. Your personal doo-doo is hitting the fan, and you need all the help you can get. Let your friends support you, for once, the way you usually support them.

November 25, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Tower, reversed. A friend, who's been doing some serious psycho-emotional work and is in the process of transforming, was just telling me today that s/he felt like s/he was falling back into old patterns or habits. This work my friend is doing is VERY "Tower-like" in that some seriously deep-seated stuff is being dragged up, examined, and discarded. It's incredibly impressive to watch and makes me wonder if I could ever be so brave....

The glitch comes when there's a refusal to accept or a resistance to the inevitable changes necessary with this kind of intense personal work. The intellect declares "this" must go, but the emotions want to keep what's known even if it's toxic. This clash causes pain and confusion. The hard part is to keep going. You're being asked to trust that what's solid and worthwhile will indeed survive.

This card is a strong directive to adjust to the changes and not cling to the old. Digging in your heels only makes it worse.

November 24, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. After the crankiness of this past week, energies return to a more harmonious state of balance and flow. With perseverance and practical steps, we can return to our labors for the sheer joy of working. Having a clean house or a tidy garden becomes all the reward we need. There's beauty to be found in work...consider the beaver's dam or a bird's nest. The animal is compelled to build a place for living and raising young. But they are also guided by Universe to create a structure of beauty and they work diligently to do so without expecting kudos or anything more than a safe place to live.

This attitude towards one's work contributes to your spiritual preservation. Remember when you were on an endless car ride with your family and everyone would whine "are we there yet?" Life's journey isn't about getting "there." It's about looking out the window and enjoying the scenery as you learn one lesson after another, as you learn to recognize yourself, and as you learn to be satisfied with a job well done by you.

November 22, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands. The perfect card has stepped forward today. It represents self-sacrifice, generosity, but also repressed vitality. What started out as a good idea has proliferated and grown to take on a life of its own. You're becoming over burdened by it even as others expect you to keep it all going...and maybe add to it! But regardless of whether the urge to keep going is coming from within or you're being pushed by outside forces, it's getting to be too much and you're going to crack under the pressure.

I'm picturing the millions of people who'll be celebrating the holiday with family get togethers. All those family leaders who started inviting family members and/or neighbors and/or holiday orphans to a merry gathering of 10 or so...which has been gaining ground every year. You're up to a good 30+ guests this year, and you don't know how to stop!

What to do? First, figure out how you got to be in this position. Secondly, delegate everything you can. Thirdly, learn your lessons, forgive yourself for having been a wee over ambitious, and don't do "that" again.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

November 21, 2018: Card O' the Day: Magician, reversed. The "cranky" of yesterday is actually stemming from confusion and difficulty focusing your energy, as we see from the reversed Magician of today. Furthermore, communication may be a problem and you might be feeling unheard. News flash: it's not they who cannot understand you, it's YOU who cannot say what you mean.

Hesitation and insecurity prevent you from taking steps forward. Which is a good thing at the moment, because you're too scrambled to act with any real purpose. So, take this time to study your approach: is your "easy way" of least resistance actually harder on you than growing a pair?

November 20, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles, reversed. Ooo! Cranky energy, and it's not even Monday. You're cranky because you feel lacking in some way. Whether it's time, money, love, or another resource, feeling like there's lack in your life can make you feel insecure. Feeling insecure makes you want to withdraw and hoard. Hoard your body's warmth cuddled up in a blanket. Hoard food by eating too much junk. Hoarding time by not keeping up with friends and your responsibilities to others.

AND THAT'S OKAY!!! Sometimes, you've just got to take care of Number 1. Do only what you need to do to get by. The rest can wait until you're in a better head-space. (Try to eat at least one apple and take a stroll around the block. Your bowels will thank you by moving out the garbage...literally and figuratively.)

November 16, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups, reversed. This queen indicates there are some of us who are still lost in the emotional world and are having trouble connecting to reality. In an effort to appear rational, it's tempting to be less than honest about feelings and desires. And "desires" are certainly overwhelming right now...sensuality borders on debauchery. Do your best to honor and satisfy those wants and needs safely.

I repeat yesterday's advice to not accept responsibilities you can't hold to right now. If you are one of those who is lost in the sensual self, you can't be in charge of anything beyond the usual feeding of your cat or children.

None of this is wrong...it just is. And knowing why you may be feeling lusty, emotional, and scattered will help you navigate this current energy flow. Don't try to police yourself and box yourself in to rigid ideology. Some stuff just needs to be experienced so it can move through you. These reversed Cups are demanding that we let loose a little.

November 15, 2018: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups, reversed. Insincerity and emotional dishonesty come with the reversed Prince. I don't feel this is malicious; it's more that you have too much on your own mind to be able to give of yourself to others. You want to be available, but you simply can't be. Therefore, don't make promises or accept responsibilities you won't be able to keep.

Also, be careful that you don't misstep in your current state. Inner fascinations, dreams, and plans are consuming your every thought, and this makes you a little less astute than you need to be. A situation is not as it seems. You'd do well to proceed with caution and/or have an attorney, CPA, financial analyst, electrician, or whatever professional you are not take a look at your latest endeavor. Something's not right, and you can't see it.

November 14, 2018 : Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. Yesterday's 10 of Swords can be interpreted as a "suffering card"; so can the 5 of Cups, reversed. However, both days I don't feel the suffering but the determination and fortitude necessary to overcome troubles. Instead of wallowing, there's a sense of "welp, that sucked; moving on!"

Cards of last week encouraged weeding the garden and pruning off dead wood. In that process, some hard choices were made or became apparent they needed to be made. At any rate, you're beginning to see what's left after the cleansing. Your REAL friends have stepped forward to stand by you. I suggest you thank them warmly and do what you need to keep them at your side.

All this clearing, cleansing, and weeding is bringing a change of lifestyle which results in recovery and healing. Having come through it all, you've gained emotional stability and coping skills. Pay close attention to those skills so you can trot them out the next time your boat hits stormy seas!

November 13, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. The usual connotation of this card is of utter despair and having bottomed out. I'm not feeling that today. (One of the benefits of having studied dozens of decks and books on the topic of the Tarot is that I have lots of information from which to choose on each card.) Swords are of the air element and represent thoughts and ideas; tens signify endings/beginnings.

Today, this card is about determination, growth, and imagination. Some of this "determination" may come out as sassiness and a bit of snark. Not in a mean way, but as a ballsy way of getting your point across and ideas heard. Don't be shy about using your voice. If a couple F-bombs help to amplify what you need to convey, then so be it. (I'm certainly no stranger to salty language as anyone who's sat with me can avow.)

If you need a little crystal help, try some smokey quartz. It's said to help timid people manifest dreams into reality by changing negative thinking into positive patterns of behavior. And for you herbalists out there, mandrake root is supposed to help banish negative mental images. So, go with the 10 of Swords to end the crappy thinking and begin a more positive and determined outlook.

November 9, 2018: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess, reversed. The High Priestess represents the unconscious knowing and intuition we all have. Fortunately, society is becoming more accepting and aware of alternative healing modalities, the powers of crystals, spiritual practices, and just generally looking beyond the surface of what we can see/touch. That's the key to finding your inner High Priestess: look beyond and within.

However, when she's reversed, this pure, ego-less knowing becomes commercialized, materialized, and faddish. Be careful in your quest for self-knowledge and striving to become, and be, your highest Self that you don't follow the "woke" crowd. Blindly embracing the virtues of coconut oil and yoga, without doing your research and practicing within the limits of your body, is your ego just trying to appear "with it."

Also be mindful of isolating yourself from your "muggle" life (friends, family, job, etc.). Certainly follow your own spiritual path, but be sure it's organic and comes from your True Self. Don't just jettison stuff and relationships to join other "hermits on a hill" to live closer to Source/Universe/Mother Earth. You're only switching one type of society for another with its own rules, judgments, and confines.

November 8, 2018: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups, reversed. The quest for ... whatever you need to get to the root of, isn't over yet, and there's no time for complacency. You've got to go deeper. That's going to require moving the sofa, going under the bed, and taking the rugs out for a good beating on the clothes line, metaphorically. Only then will you find the hidden things you'd really hoped were gone but aren't.

It's not fun, but it's sooooo necessary. We talked a bit about weeding the garden yesterday; today you have to remove the uprooted crap to the compost bin and not just toss it to the next row over. Some stuff will simply reroot.

By example, I've had clients tell me the psycho-emotional energies showing up in their readings was a years-ago drama and they're over it. Guess what? No, you're not. You've shoved it to one side but never really dealt with the hurt, betrayal, anger, grief, shame, humiliation, etc. the circumstances brought to you. Don't be one of those clients; eradicate the roots of that poison ivy.

November 7, 2018: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. The most basic meaning of this card is fear of failure. But it also signifies the willingness and ability to endure hard times in pursuit of a goal. Hold on to that courage as you appreciate each step forward, even if it's tiny! Know this: magic is beginning to take root. You just have to be patient and allow the fruits of your labor to ripen. It's a situation that simply can't be rushed.

However, being patient doesn't mean you sit on your duff doing nothing. See what you can purge to make room for the new growth. You've got to keep the garden weeded. If your rewards seem to be a bit thin, you might need to change direction a little bit or try alternative techniques to amplify returns on the investments of time and energy you make.

Finally, this card represents healing. I wish you all blessings and abundance.

November 6, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles, reversed. When the Queen of Pentacles is reversed, her normal organizational skills become scattered...much like her mind right now. Uncertainty and indecision govern her thoughts and actions. And if she does manage a decision, she's apt to change her mind because she's afraid she's made the wrong move. All this prevents her from being the solid care-giver she is normally as she's much to self-involved with her own thoughts to give a hoot about anyone else.

This upset in the balance of the mind stems from feelings of privation and a deep need for security. While you may not actually be teetering on the brink of financial or emotional losses, the current social atmosphere has many people feeling unsure about societal rules and norms. Will laws change that will add or remove assistance upon which you rely or rights to which you've become accustomed?

November 2, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Cups. This king has all the admirable qualities of the kings: strong leader, good businessman, creativity, and kindness towards others. However, he has deeply buried wounds (don't we all?) that aren't being addressed. The reason is it's too painful to deal with his own shit, so he helps everyone else deal with theirs. This makes him everyone's best friend who they call when in a jam.

Guess what? It's time to pay attention to your own needs and wants. It's time to dig up those long-buried owies and admit they hurt, heal them, and move on. If you need help doing so, or don't feel you can share your pain with your friends, I strongly encourage you to seek a professional to help you (it doesn't have to be expensive, check your options).

By getting to the core of things and finding peace within, you'll be that much more of a good friend and helper to others. Your creativity, zest for life, and joy will be set free when you unburden your psyche from old crap. Stop sweeping YOUR feelings under the rug just to help someone else!

November 1, 2018: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups. So, in response to Mr. Grumpy Mean Person (yesterday's Emperor, reversed) we get a dose of Pollyanna. And I think a little Pollyanna, now and again, goes a long way to lighten us up and bring our attention back to the full portion of our glasses rather than dwelling upon the empty portion.

The Princess of Cups is deeply idealistic and is devoted to living life in pursuit of a good cause rather than lining her own pockets. She forms friendships and associations by listening to her heart and gut. Logic may tell us that Ms. So-and-so would be good for our careers, but the gut tells us that she's an opportunistic backstabber of whom you'd do well to steer clear.

Let's remember life isn't all bad and tune in to the wonder and magic of it. Look for cheap or free adventures you can take. Read stories about mother dogs or cats adopting orphaned litters of squirrels or groundhogs. Try to find the silver lining in the clouds over you. Give out compliments to strangers. And just be kind.

October 31, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Emperor, reversed. The energy of this card may represent someone close to you or someone who has power over you. In any regard, he/she is NOT. NICE. and is misusing power in the grossest ways. Over-criticism and judgment coming at you from the outside will jack your own latent lack of self-worth and confidence to the moon. Your internal disapproving voices will get louder, and you may lash out in defensive aggression in response to this needling.

Know this: it all stems from fear of inadequacy. The actions of those who have power over you and your reactions to that tyrannical behavior stem from fear of not being "enough."

In your fearful and weakened state, you may have trouble making decisions or facing challenges. If you can, delegate responsibility or delay obligations to lighten your load. But most importantly remember that you ARE enough. You cannot control others, but you can control your reaction to them and how you feel about yourself.

October 30, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles. The Nine of Wands we received yesterday indicated a shift towards work. Today's Queen of Pentacles reminds us about organizing that work efficiently and balancing it with self-care and healing contact with nature. She recognizes when she's had enough and will retreat to a park or the woods where she can recharge her own batteries. You should do the same before you burn out from too much giving to your work and others.

The powerful and ambitious Queen is an excellent family manger and business woman. Her management of resources is unparalleled, and she's especially good at recognizing what no longer serves and ditching it. You may not necessarily like having to remove certain things or relationships from you life, but it's what's needed.

October 29, 2018: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands. The Nine of Wands represents powerful energy, stamina, and perseverance that has been channeled into your work. But you've become a workaholic in your efforts to manifest dreams or to get ahead. That's not life. Labor and toil isn't all you're here for, and you'll begin to pay a physical price--if you haven't already.

If you're having to put so much of your time and resources into your work, it's probably true that road blocks are slowing you down. I mean, if it was all smooth sailing, you'd be able to go home on the weekends, right? So, carefully assess and reevaluate your methods. Where do you need to make adjustments or prune deadwood? Also, take a hard look into the origins of those blocks. How have you contributed to them?

October 28, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups, reversed. I prefer to be as neutral as possible with my card posts, but sometimes the energies of personal feelings/situations, or those of close friends, or world events will creep in. Today's card, I believe, is a reflection of the current energetic climate of our nation these past few days.

When upright, the Ten of Cups represents happiness, love, harmony, and the connection to our hearts as we navigate our lives and interact with others. When reversed, all that love "pours" out of our cup. We're left with diverging opinions, anger, bullying, and rivalry between "us" and "them."

Because many of us are living in a constant state of pursuit, I ask you is there ever "enough?" Certainly all of us ARE (tall, short, thin, fat, beautiful, ugly, smart, dumb, etc.) "enough." Cabalism teach that we are all enough as we are and that each of us takes up our space in Universe perfectly.

So, if we, ourselves, are enough, then that leaves HAVING enough. I go back to is there ever "enough"? Happiness isn't a state of having more, or having anything, actually. It's a state of mind, of being. By choosing to be happy just as you are and with what you have, then you have, and are, enough. And by being and having enough, you won't be so concerned about what your neighbor is or has.

October 27, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Empress. In The Empress we find Mother Nature personified. And we all know Nature can be as cruel as she is kind. With no judgment she understands what shall be kept and what shall be released as no longer useful or pragmatic. She cares for her children fiercely but can punish them ferociously when they step past what is due them. She shows us the interconnectedness of all things and how balance must be kept.

This card represents the area of our psyches where the True Self lives. That thing which guides us to be our best version of a spiritual, kind human.

The Mother energy of The Empress is full of healing, progress, development, and evolution with boundless creative potential. Her appearance today reminds us all how we're blank sheets of paper just waiting for the stroke of the pen or brush! Be who the "Mother Nature" inside you asks you to be....

October 26, 2018: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands, reversed. Yesterday we talked about the "completion" aspects of The World. Today's card indicates to me that those "completions" probably have something to do with other people rather than some personal or work-related project.

The strong interpersonal energies within the current situation can make you feel overwhelmed, anxious, full of self-doubt and self-conscious distress, and tempted to back down or run away. Try not to over-compensate and hide your feelings with aggression (little dog syndrome...they get aggressive when they feel insecure).

On the other hand, backing down and stepping away to gather your thoughts and courage may not be such a bad idea if you find yourself yapping and biting at ankles. Find a safe and peaceful place to do your thinking. While you're pondering, you'll find you're really stronger than you think and you're READY to overcome fears and step into your power. Your inner resources are just like Dorothy's ruby slippers: right there under your nose but you've just never noticed.

October 25, 2018: Card O' the Day: The World. Hey, I shuffled, I cut, and I shuffled and cut again! And yet we've been given The World again!

The previous appearance of The World spoke loudly about the spiritual evolution all of us are capable of, but this time I'm very aware of the completion element of this card. Ask yourself what you need to release energetically before moving forward. Grudges, stuff, possessions, emotions, concepts, beliefs... anything that's cluttering up your life. Are you racist? homophobic? have an "us v. them" mentality? What are you afraid will be taken from you? Who do you need to forgive or remove from your life? What is standing between you and your True Self?

By resolving conflicts, finishing projects, and tying up loose ends, you clear the path for what's next. It may very well be difficult, messy, and painful to end certain relationships or circumstances, but it wouldn't be wise to leave things undone before it's too late. Now, this doesn't mean you have to have a Jerry Springer type show down with anyone, you can quietly end things in your own heart and mind. I'm suggesting, though, that it be conscious, mindful, and determined.

October 24, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Star. It's interesting to me that we've been given three heavy-hitters in a row. It's also interesting the order in which they arrived. First, we were giving The World, which showed us our divinity and place in Universe. Then came reversed Judgment, which mirrored our "nooo waaaayy" reaction to The World. Now we have The Star, which helps us see and understand, concretely,--through recognition of patterns and correlations unnoticed until now--what The World had announced to us on Monday. With each noticing and accompanying "a-HA", we find new inner belief, strength, and spiritual clarity.

This card helps you look towards the future. Your distant visions, dreams, and insights that come to you now will manifest later. By relying upon your inner sun, you'll be guided to opportunities for development. So, sit and be silent with your inner Self, your True Self. As you practice being only in the moment, you'll bring your own vibration into harmony with that of Universe.

October 23, 2018: Card O' the Day: Judgment, reversed. Yesterday brought the understanding of what your True Self's place in the universe means. But today's reversed Judgment indicates some of you may be having trouble adjusting to the mind-blowing concept of a "True Self" and that you have one! Don't worry, Universe will wait while you get comfy with this idea.

The reason you're a bit whacked out by this is it poses a threat to your old way of being and thinking. You're going to be pushed out of your safe, secure cocoon into new philosophical territory. Some people in your life may not stick around for the "new you." (Hint: you won't want them to anyway.)

There are also elements of over self-criticism with this card. You may be berating yourself for having "followed the leader", and now that you can see something different and bigger, you may feel sort of stupid for having been a blind muggle for so long. S'okay. Better late to the party than not arriving at all! Now that you're here, something new is beginning for you.

October 22, 2018: Card O' the Day: The World. This card is indicative of all four of the earthly elements combined with Spirit/God/Creator/Jehova/ Yaweh/Allah/Source/whatever higher power you believe in. It's all the potential you have becoming active and connecting with your inner Divine-ness. The physical feeling is of calm awareness and balanced clarity.

Having just re-read that back to myself, I'm thinking Yeah, bwahahahahaahhahha 😂😂! But no, seriously, take just a moment and quiet your mind. Can you feel your teensy part of the Whole? In the vast universe, here you are, taking up space. You are taking up divine space in this universe in this moment of time like no one else could before you, can now, or ever will.

The World represents the moment of understanding what your True and Highest Self means to the universe and that Self's place in the Grand Scheme. And I do mean "the moment" because just when you think you have it all figured out, things change and you have to start all over to find yourself! But take a breath and recognize that precious equilibrium of being Divine. Consciously look within to see how ultimately perfect and unique you are.

October 19, 2018: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles, reversed. Obviously, we haven't found our "inner balance" yet! 🤣 When the Princess of Pentacles is reversed, she tends to lose her patience when her expectations aren't immediately met. (You can't do anything until Mr. So-and-so calls back, and he's now on VACATION!!!!) Or, it could be worse: things fall through entirely.

The reason you feel totally jammed up and angry if you can't get the gains you're dreaming of is you're too focused on the bottom line. This will cause you to be distracted, impractical, and your clarity of thought will suffer. You may also overreact to criticism or suggestions about how to fix the situation.

Take a step back and look at what you HAVE achieved. Focus less on what's not happening and more on what is. As you congratulate yourself for achievements and celebrate ANY success, you'll feel like less of a failure. It's the old half-full glass v. half-empty glass. The reversed Princess tends to be a half-empty glass kinda girl.

October 18, 2018: Card O' the Day: Justice. The two previous cards were about chaotic and unstable energy and finding our way despite the obstacles. Today, we're given Justice. It represents the intelligence and ability to measure and evaluate situations before things go too far awry. Foresight, planning, and using the process of elimination helps to clear the path to what you really want in life. However, the big gift of this card is learning how to maintain your inner balance and integrity through it all.

Diplomacy is repeated again today. With self-assurance, composure, and patience, you'll be an effective peacemaker among others and will easily take control of any situation. Remember, compassionate power that's applied gently and objectively achieves much more than critical or derisive dick-swinging.

October 17, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune, reversed.  This card reiterates the reversed Two of Pentacles we had the other day. Energies are unstable and unpredictable, which will cause you minor inconveniences and delays. Try not to get frustrated by these small annoyances. If you're forced to wait for a return call, say, use that time wisely to organize your thoughts and strategies. Look for anything that could come up to further snag your progress and try to eliminate that before it comes.

Changes, along with development and expansion, are still coming. Check timing; some of the delays could be issues of "ripeness." Some things simply can't be rushed, so learn patience. However, some blocks must be overcome by the old "where there's a will, there's a way" attitude. Finesse, diplomacy, and tact are all tools to get what you want from others when you want it. Did you know that?

October 14, 2018: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles, reversed. Okey-dokey, then. The cards of all week have been going on and on about very fortuitous energies and your willingness to dive right in and take on the world. And heeeeeere we go!

Now that things are starting to really roll, that means contacting a gazillion people to coordinate everything. Phone calls, emails, and messages will have to be answered and your calendar will fill up with working lunches, meetings, and networking opportunities. Therefore, re-organize your schedule and make the best use of your resources. That'll mean multi-tasking.

Careful balance and delegating might not be enough. As you move forward, don't try to be a hero and do it all. Some stuff may have to be dropped if it becomes too much. You can only do so much well, and then you'll start doing a lot of stuff half-assed the more overloaded you get. You'll be less impatient with it all if you feel in control of a few things to which you can really pay attention.

October 13, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands. More personal power and leadership...! Whether that leadership is of others or just yourself remains to be seen. However, self-leadership to get to where you want to be is the beginning of this process. To get there, you need faith in yourself and Universe. The current energy "climate" is balanced and ascending. If now is your "time", it's going to be quite the ride.

There are caveats, however. Number one is know that you'll be inspiring others. Therefore you must maintain your integrity and humility. Number two is to find time to relax and recharge yourself. Recognize when you need to say no and allow someone else the chance to excel. There's room for all of us, and the success and achievements of others don't diminish your success and achievements.

October 12, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Wands. And it keeps on coming!! Get out of your own way!!

The King of Wands represents mature understanding of how life works and becoming the master of your own passion and power. Social responsibility, kind-heartedness, and practical uses of all resources (recall the Six of Pentacles of Tuesday) means undertakings will bring enrichment to others as well as yourself. This king uses his ideas and energy for creation rather than destruction. He's the "fire-starter", the initiator who sees a need and organizes all the components to make it happen.

While all this sounds really exciting, all the resulting authority and responsibility may seem a bit much. Yeah, you want to do good, but you still need time to go fishing or read a trashy novel. Be careful not to overload yourself. You can be ON the committee, you don't have to chair it.

October 11, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups. Still riding on the good times! This card indicates opportunities for new emotional experiences and growth. This is a time to follow your heart and intuition and trust the pure objectless root of your emotions. Meaning, respond to situations with your feelings rather than mental analysis. Trust your True Heart right now.

Because you're so in tune with your heart and gut (or should be), you'll be aware of energetic flows and positive vibes as they come your way. This fortuitous energy will boost your creativity and make manifesting those ideas that much easier.

Now, all this emotional activity can be a little overwhelming! Your emotional state is going through changes and how you feel about things is shifting, so you may be a little hypersensitive. You may be less or more "enthusiastic" about people or situations than you have been in the past. Embrace what's feeling good and let go of what's fading.

October 10, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. Wow. We must have done something right to get this one after the Ace of Wands and Six of Pentacles! True, it's a ten, which can mean endings, but I'm not going to rain on anyone's parade. And besides, two days ago we had an Ace, so I'm not anticipating endings so soon. Enjoy this happiness welling up from your heart.

It's interesting that the art form associated with this card is cooking. Where does cooking occur? In the heart of the home: the kitchen. We love and nurture ourselves and our loved ones through food. It might be time to make a batch of something special to share with your tribe.

All cups have been filled and are now overflowing with joy. Revel in the moment and don't look too far ahead. This is good stuff RIGHT NOW. Namaste, folks!

October 9, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. We're riding that wave of the Ace of Wands! The Six of Pentacles brings feelings of expansion and largesse in our physical world. This means practical application of resources and continued flowing energy that allows for manifestation of our dreams and visions. Because of this sunshiny energy, your faith is renewed, which then leads to the self-discipline needed for the hard work ahead. But the good news is it won't feel so hard because of your lifted spirits.

As I said, spirits are being lifted by this card, too. So the generosity and charity you're able to bestow upon others is from your heart and not just your wallet. Compassion and respect for others is becoming easier for you under the influence of this card.

Finally, one of the primary keywords for this card is "reciprocity." This means that karmic balance is maintained through giving AND receiving. I have a feeling some of our cranky feelings of late were due to giving away too much and placing a "price tag" on those gifts. If you keep score, you'll only be disappointed. It's better to hold to your personal boundaries than to give, give, give and then resent what you don't get back.

October 8, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands. YAZ, people! Last week is OVER and a new week has begun. Whew! I was getting tired of those cranky cards....

Today, the Ace of Wands brings purpose and firm action coming forward out of the fog of confusion. There's all kinds of potential for evolution and growth encouraged by the stable yet flexible and fluid new environmental energy. Your renewed hope and courage help you focus on new ideas or a career, phase, impulse, or spiritual path with passion and clear intention.

Get that wet blanket off yourself and let your inner light shine, Shine, SHINE!!!

October 5, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles, reversed. Perhaps we now have a clue as to WHY you're pissy-cranky with the world; your job isn't satisfying to you. It's just a J.O.B. We spend too much of our lives working to simply exist at a J.O.B!

This current loss of focus, procrastination, and irritability that's invading your private life stems from a dissatisfaction at work. Either you're over-qualified and are bored or are under-qualified and feel like you're slowly sinking. Either way, your mask of "I've got this!" is starting to slip, and it's only going to get worse until you do something about it. In the mean time, you waste effort and resources by concentrating on organizing your paper clips rather than getting to the meat of a project.

If you're over-qualified, this card may indicate your current consideration or actions regarding career or job changes. If you're under-qualified, it's time to stop making mistakes because you simply don't know how and get on with LEARNING how! (For those of you who do know how, more education is never a bad thing.) Unfortunately, continued education or cross training is more work for you. But your choice is this: stay put and stagnate or work harder now for a job you LOVE and a brighter future.

October 4, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man, reversed. Finally we get to the real root of the issue! It's not that you're pissy-cranky with your family, or everyone else, you're pissy-cranky with yourself (I can raise my hand right this minute)! a-HA!

The Hanged Man represents thoughtfulness and contemplation of life and next moves. Reversed, that energy gets skewed into ungroundedness. You can't hold a thought long enough to truly meditate upon it let alone attach to an idea or vision. Apathy, boredom, and procrastination only add to the "I don't know what I want to do, but it ain't this!" feelings. Worse yet, there's a feeling you've missed an important opportunity.

What to do? Netflix and chill. Read a book. Take a nap. Sometimes the inner toddler in us all just needs to be indulged. Try again tomorrow...adulting today is just too hard.

October 3, 2018: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles, reversed. Yesterday's reversed Four of Wands indicated you were not really thrilled with family gatherings. This reversed Prince shows your antisocial crabbiness extends towards everyone, not just family. It's okay to want a little alone time from familiar faces, but this card goes further into loss of concern for anyone's feelings--even your own! What's up with that?

Being of the Pentacles, the physical world is represented within this card. The results of labor or acquiring the next big "thing" seems more important than the people in your life. Some of you may even go so far as to excuse the means to get to your end result, even if you have to walk a low road. On a less sinister note, you may be just losing interest in your current project. Your steady dedication to it is getting to be too much (or you're getting lazy). Is it time for something new?

No, I don't think it's time to ditch your project. It IS time for you to figure out what's up your butt these days, though. Seasons changing? Holidays coming? Mercury in retrograde? Whatever is causing your mood, see what you can do about getting your crown chakra out of your root chakra. My favorite thing is to enjoy Mother Nature, even if it's only for an hour. She'll listen to you snivel and won't judge you for it. She'll just quietly love you....

October 2, 2018: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands, reversed. The Four of Wands has an emphasis on family or tribes and the rites and rituals that are observed within that group. Also, work is accomplished and shared among the members, thereby making everyone's load a little lighter. However, when the card is reversed, the normal joy and camaraderie of the clan is strained.

Inhibitions and insecurities are making you want to skip a family event. Either you don't want to be seen as the "loser" in the room or don't want to hang out with people who you perceive as "losers." At any rate, the dynamics within this group have been disrupted and you feel like you don't belong, so it's become awkward to associate with them.

Even reversed, this card still represents family ties, tribal groups, and working towards a common goal. I encourage you to work through your feelings of wanting to stay home and not participate. Unless this group is more than mildly annoying or boring, go and play nice. You might need a kidney from your cousin Ralphie someday. Just sayin'.

September 26, 2018: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. This card brings with it a big rush of intense energy that has to be managed well. If you're not up for it at the moment, don't try to jump in because you'll get overwhelmed. There's no sin in waiting until you're ready if you're still in "quiet preparation" mode. (See yesterday's card)

For those of you who are ready, have courage and a flexible and adaptive mind to clear all obstacles as you move forward. This will include realizing you're not the BEST person to do some tasks. Delegate to professionals or others better suited. Yes, you'll have to check your ego, but trust your minions.

Also, your current location may be flawed in some way and not have the right feng shui, traffic, ju-ju, neighborhood, audience, etc. for your endeavors to really flourish. You may have to find a different street corner, shop, website, or what have you to maximize your efforts. If moving locations is not an option, make physical changes like rearranging the furniture, changing the drapes, painting, and so forth to revamp the "look" and thus the feeling of your site.

September 25, 2018: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords. This card represents quiet preparations before taking action. You may find yourself retreating from social activity or declining invitations so you can concentrate better on what's going through your mind at this time. It's through this centered stillness that you can best put together your thoughts about what's next for you. Don't discount your dreams...they'll provide valuable information about your hopes and fears. To be clear: this is NOT stagnation or procrastination, it's a time of gathering forces.

As you sit pondering, take care not to "what-if" yourself into a puddle of anxiety. Write down any foreseeable setbacks or snags, and then make an appointment with a professional (lawyer, CPA, financial counselor, etc.) to discuss these possibilities and learn what you can do to prevent them. Recognition and anticipation of difficulties means you can nip them in the bud before they gum up the works, or avoid them altogether.

September 21, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords. A couple days ago the Queen of Swords was urging you to speak your truth, and today's Five of Swords indicates that's not going to be received well.... The "communication breakdown" indicated by this card may mean tribe members will no longer speak to you. More discord.... But for your own sanity, you've got to drop the smiling mask you've been wearing and stop sucking it up for the harmony of the group.

There's a lot of comparing and sizing each other up in this tribe. Let them continue if they want, but you need to tend your own garden for now. Are you being your best self in the best way YOU know how? Remember, there are countless ways to iron a shirt. Just because you don't do it the way "they" do it your shirt is still smooth once you get done.

As old structures and patterns fall apart and losses start piling up, you may find the situation simply can't be fixed. If that's the case, walk away and use your energies where they're appreciated and not judged "less" than.

September 20, 2018: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles, reversed. We continue with the "stepping away" theme that's been running through our daily cards. This card represents discontinuing something you used to take care of, which will cause disharmony. But you must drop this thing because it's either become too much for you to handle, or it doesn't serve you anymore to do it.

While you may believe you've shifted your perspectives and are now seeing things in a different/true light, nothing concrete has manifested yet. The manifestation is your "proof" you've done it, and without that solid evidence, you're getting a bit antsy. I'll bet things you want to change have a certain time line that can't be rushed. You're ready to make the changes RIGHT NOW, but it CAN'T happen "right now."

Therefore, keep practicing your shift in perspective, because it must be practiced consciously until it's become "muscle memory" and happens on its own. This change of heart/mind/view didn't come overnight. You've got time to let things happen as they do; there's no need to rush...except in your impatient little soul!

September 19, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords. The last couple cards o' the day indicated you're becoming disenchanted with your family, tribe, or community. The Queen of Swords tells us why. She's a great truth teller and has zero tolerance for BS. I have a feeling you have realized or will soon realize some things about the people in your lives, and it ain't pleasant.

If you decide to step back from a group or an individual because an uncomfortable truth has come out or your own loss of respect, be sure to clearly communicate why. If you're vague, you do yourself a disservice by not revealing your honest feelings. This queen is VERY good with diplomacy, so you'll find a way to express yourself authentically without stabbing someone in the eye.

The final thought about the Queen of Swords is that she's a pretty concrete thinker. Black v. white, right v. wrong, no gray areas or mitigating circumstances. In some situations, of course, there is truly no wiggle room. However, think carefully before you burn bridges and throw the baby out with the bath water. This queen learns from her mistakes; think back to other bridges you've burned...were they mistakes? Is this current situation salvageable through compromise?

September 18, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles, reversed. The word "family" evokes thoughts of blood relatives and in-laws--people you're related to. However, for this reading today, I want you to look further afield...consider this card relevant to your usual "group", homies, circle, friends, "tribe", any whole that you're a part of that has set traditions, norms, beliefs, and/or roles for its members. Ya feel me?

Okay, now that we've broadened the definition of "family", know this: you're about to buck the system. The norms, beliefs, traditions, roles you've been accepting as yours, etc. are no longer working for you. You've outgrown them. What once worked, doesn't sit well for you anymore. I don't think it's a quick decision, but more of a slow burn that's been building for a while. It began as boredom, dissatisfaction, or disappointment that has grown to restlessness, resistance, and flat out "I don't wanna!"

Eventually, you won't be able to stand it and will have to escape this "safe zone" of tradition and defined roles to find freedom and fresh air. This will piss off some people in the group, especially as the holiday season nears. Drama will ensue. Stand firm and don't engage. Ultimately, you'll be happier breaking away from the same old things.

September 14, 2018: Card O' the Day: Judgment, reversed. Your community/tribe is going to go through some difficult transitions. The incoming information isn't going to be accepted well...by you or other members of the group. It would seem the self-styled (or "elected") leaders of the group haven't been doing what they promised or what was expected of them while they help that position. This will be disappointing to say the least.

As you discover this unfortunate reality, you may be tempted to criticize yourself for having trusted too easily, relied too heavily upon others, and the like. Don't. You made good-faith decisions based on what you knew at the time. Move forward with this new information, make improvements, and correct any mistakes you're responsible for. And just maybe, per the card of the 12th, YOU should take over that leadership position and show them how it's done!!

September 13, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords. The suit of Swords governs the mind, your thinking processes, and the voices in your head. This card indicates it's time to change the way you do certain things or go about solving problems. If you continue in your mental habits, you'll continue to return to the usual solutions you've used...those same solutions that leave you feeling dissatisfied.

An example of this may be to procrastinate over getting a project done until the very last minute. Then you go to your usual solution and kick into high gear. Yes, you get the thing done, but it's slap-dash and you need three days to recover from the frenzy. And you know damned will you could have done a better job of it had you started sooner.

If you can accept your limits, and the limits of others, you'll be able to plan a way forward that doesn't require so much stress. Actively change your life for the better by changing your mind about it.

September, 12, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Magician. Each of us takes up space in Universe uniquely and specifically. The Magician represents that shape of your space and you're being encouraged to fill it entirely. By filling your allotted space, you complete your portion of the "big picture" and the part of the whole we were talking about yesterday.

You're consciously aware of where improvements must be made, and you're ready and in the position to focus your purpose. Feel, trust, and use your power for creating a greater good for your community.

This card indicates very strong forward motion and unlimited possibilities. Your will and ideas are ready to change the world as you know it, and you're acting as a catalyst for the actions required to manifest the change. Combined with the community card of the Four of Wands, I feel like some of you will be compelled to engage in "do-gooding"...helping to clean up after hurricane Florence, perhaps, or running for public office.

September 11, 2018: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands. I don't know that I could have drawn a better card than this one on this particular day.... Our country's people do well in crises and pull together to help our neighbors. This card reminds us just how well....

The Four of Wands represents community, society, and a unified whole that works and creates in stability, harmony, and peace. If you notice all creatures form families and communities--life simply works better when you don't have to do it all yourself. This card is indicative of a tribe or group working together to make a unique contribution that creates a unified and vital whole. You have an opportunity right now to be a part of this group and to add your personal touch to something greater and more beautiful than any one of you could have made alone.

While the recent phase of self-exploration is starting to wane, you're being asked not to give up inner journeying altogether. Perhaps it won't be as front and center as it has been of late, but we should all continue search for our highest and truest Selves.

September 10, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups. The keyword for the day is "receptivity." This queen represents gratitude for whatever comes her way with no attachments, expectations, or demands. She reminds you to accept gifts gracefully and receive lessons with equanimity.

She also represents favorable emotional energy-- whether your own or in your environment. This is a "good luck" thing as it provides a safe space for deep emotions to emerge to be examined and cherished or healed before being let go. Listen to your deep inner voices when making decisions about what to keep and what to remove.

Because the energies of this card are super compassionate and nurturing, it can be easy to overstep your own boundaries (we talked about that yesterday, too) in your efforts to care for others. Maintain those personal fences so you don't get overwhelmed and lost in everyone else's crises and emotional garbage. Though you want to help, some things must be experienced so growth can occur.

September 9, 2018: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands, reversed. Insufficient or impractical preparation for your end goal is snagging operations. Resistance is also an issue--yours to the hard work ahead or someone else's to your idea or methods. This trouble and inconvenience can make you want to just chuck it all and go home. It would make life a lot easier to just hit Netflix and eat Cheetos all day. However, with some hard work, this all can come together and be quite successful. After all, nine's are about completion!

The reason you're getting your drawers in a twist about this stuff, and are not able to react to road blocks more gracefully, is that personal boundaries are not being imposed. People then step past, and you get cranky even though you say it's okay "this time." Let go of your defensiveness and simply reiterate and enforce your boundaries.

September 8, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands. Many times the Ten of Wands can represent oppressive burdens and having bitten off more than you can chew. This time around, though, there's a renewal of your spiritual call, and you're ready to confront and conquer! heroic tasks. There will be a lot of responsibility and striving to meet or maintain your goals. Be determined to remain dependable and follow through with what you promised. Your integrity and word are at stake.

This job may be a solo venture, but I'm feeling more like your work is part of a whole. Your dedicated tasks must be done so the "whole" succeeds and flourishes in creative professional realizations.

A lot rests on your shoulders! It's going to be hard in the next days or weeks to get everything done. Therefore, take well-timed pauses to rest and refresh in order to press forward. Trust me, in the end, all this hard work will be worth it!

September 7, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands, reversed. The reversed Queen of Wands can become possessive about her territory and what she perceives as "hers." If she feels thwarted in any way, she may become catty and snarky behind the back of those who have gotten in her way. She views healthy competition as cut-throat rivalry and will merrily back-stab to get what she wants. If she can't get it, then she'll make sure everyone else is miserable through her drama and volatility.

Sorry, folks! I brought this one on. A few moments before I drew the Card O' the Day, I was attending to some business administration and discovered a minor annoyance. Really! A very MINOR annoyance...and yet I get slapped with the reversed Queen. It's not like I blew a gasket or anything. I observed the situation, wrinkled my nose and gave a frustrated snort, and then moved around the obstacle. In the end, I gained my objective.

Therefore, the question is: am I kidding myself in thinking I'm not upset or is this a lesson for us all? I'm going to go with "lesson for us all" for $300, Alex. I really don't have my panties in a twist, but I can see how some frustrations can get out of control if we let them.

September 6, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles, reversed. The need for independence continues...others' independence from you and your independence from "doing for them" as you push them to need you less. Certainly, you'll always be needed, but strive to be needed for more than your laundry, cooking, yard work, babysitting, checkbook balancing, etc. skills. Ideally, you want to be needed for your love, humor, wit, charm, strength, etc.

If you notice, those two lists above are comprised of tangible skills--things you DO for others--vs. intangible skills--things others enjoy by knowing you. Intangibles you freely share and give, whereas the tangibles can become expected and taken. You're being asked to reconsider how you use your resources, tangible and intangible, for their highest purpose and your highest good.

This card also represents coming to understand that each of us has as much to offer the world as the next guy. Artificial social strata or castes mean nothing. Therefore, there's actually no "wrong side of the tracks" to come from or rise above. Unfortunately, not all of us have received this memo.... Until then, do YOUR best to ignore the social divisions of "The Haves" and "The Have-nots" and treat all with dignity and kindness.

September 5, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands, reversed. Yesterday I asked you to get out of your own way and allow the Wands' energy to flow through your life. This card indicates you're going to have to do some active and purposeful clearing of debris and clutter. This can include literal cleaning of closets or cupboards, but I'm betting it's going to be more along the lines of getting people who depend upon you to become more independent of you. Are you still doing your teenager's laundry? Do you go in to work early to start the 20-cup coffee urn in the break room? Do you run special deliveries for your boss because he/she missed the regular mail?

If you expect to make your own dreams come true, you must place a value on your time and energy...no one else will. You can't expect others to read your mind, see past your half-hearted "I got this...", and automatically give you the space you need. You have to ask for help. You have to draw a line and say I won't do that for you anymore. If you continue to carry everybody's water for them, you'll end up angry and resentful, which will only limit you further.

Shedding responsibility for others won't be an easy habit to break, but you'll be surprised by the relief you'll feel when you manage it.

September 4, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands. Eights indicate manifestation and Wands represent the energy that makes things happen or sets things into motion--be that mental, physical, or spiritual energy. Therefore, this card is heralding a time of change and movement forward. Trust your personal powers and get out of your own way. Tune into the subtle energy shifts within yourself and your environment so you can understand what action (or not) is needed next.

This energy is pretty big stuff and must be guided and controlled. This card indicates a conflict between your own impetuosity and logical foresight. For that reason, ideas will need to be structured and organized lest you get carried away by the speed of it all and advance too rapidly.

As you throw yourself into this energetic Level 5 Rapids, you'll be giving your all to it. Keep in mind the importance of each step on the journey, not just the end result. Finally, recognize when you need a break and take it otherwise you'll burn out before reaching the goal.

September 3, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. We just had this card a few days ago but the message today is slightly different...more in tune with the reversed Sun of yesterday. In general, this card indicates difficulties of late are beginning to soften as healing and resolution takes place. This allows energy to be used for expansion and growth rather than protection and damage control.

True celebration, as represented by the Three of Cups, comes from your joy, not from outside events, circumstances, or special achievements. Have the courage and determination to celebrate small events without the shadow of anticipating the return of hard times. ("Yeah, things are better NOW, but just wait. I'll get knocked down again soon enough so there's no point in being happy." ) Give yourself the permission to be fulfilled with what you DO have and experience (consciously choose!) the joy life contains.

September 2, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Sun, reversed. It's interesting that the body aspects of The Sun are your legs and movement quality. What does your walk say about you? Do you stride (or sashay!) forward with pride and assurance, or do you take tentative steps? (And no, it has nothing to do with physical ability... a person in a wheelchair can still sashay energetically and with aplomb.)

If you find your movements to be hesitant, it could be that you're lacking in confidence, criticizing yourself harshly, and then projecting a false front to cover your insecurity and self-doubt. When feeling uncertain, it's probably because you're stressing too much over the empty part of your glass and forgetting about the full part. The Sun is all about consciously CHOOSING joy.

In every circumstance or experience there will be pros and cons. You're being asked to develop a new objectivity about those pros and cons...especially the cons. Look for the hidden pros and CHOOSE joy.

September 1, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles, reversed. As you explore your inner workings and person, you may find dissatisfaction with social "norms" and the gender-specific expectations family, spouses, or your community place upon you. This Queen is generally considered the "Martha Stewart" of the deck; but when reversed, conformity and obedience to "rules" is questioned.

Recently, you may have been spending more time outside, with friends, volunteering, and generally finding what you need and want out of this life. The dusting and vacuuming may have been neglected (ahem), which then causes you guilt and shame for having been a lax housekeeper. But hey, if you're not running a restaurant out of your kitchen, who cares?

What this really boils down to is this question: Dare I be so different? Yes! Dare! Then if you don't like it, go back to making soup, homemade bread, and keeping the dust bunnies down to just one generation. If, and only if that makes you HAPPY! What society considers traditional roles might be what you live for; they could also be a prison to you. You decide which.

August 31, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. By receiving this card today, I see the contemplation of your inner depth and wisdom has been fruitful, and you're coming to realize you're at "home" within yourself. No, we're not "islands", but being good with your own company, abilities, and achievements is a good thing. Getting pats on the back for your good works does feel good and it helps motivate for future endeavors; however, be able to congratulate yourself and MEAN it. This internal feeling of "I'm pretty darned cool!" will give you the strength and courage to try things outside your normal safety zone.

This card also portends of inspiration tempered by reason, skill, and intelligence. And instead of being a wet blanket on your magical ideas, said reasoning helps you find the compromises necessary for making things actually happen.

The shadow of this card is overabundance, indulgence, and escapist behavior. Be careful that your celebrations are done with responsibility and temperance. Nothing ruins a good party more than having to pray to the porcelain god. Just sayin'....

August 30, 2018: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess. The High Priestess represents our inner knowing from a deep inner place. This place is hard to access while living in the very busy material world. Yesterday's Wand energy is chaotic, and The High Priestess is telling you in order to make sense of it, you'll have to be still, silent, and patient. The answers will come to you if you pay attention. Now, I don't mean you should try to meditate for 8 hours straight! If you force it, you'll end up over-thinking and driving yourself nuts. Be gentle with it.

The High Priestess also reminds you of the necessity to stay calm in extreme situations. Now is not the time for action, because there are too many voices pulling at you from all sides. There is potential for abundance...it's just not yet clear.

August 29, 2018: After Two AMAZING expos in Skokie and Raleigh (and a lot of driving in between) it's time to return to the... Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. Upright, this card is all about new energy and beginnings! However, when reversed, it's like the steering wheel to this ride is just for show--it's not attached to anything substantive. I feel like a ton of energy is rushing through that makes me want to get right out there and...what? But if I knew, I would...how? And remind me why? A frustrated restlessness compels us to DO something, but there's no concrete direction.

Impatience is absolutely NOT the answer. Beware of making any decisions right now regarding what seems like the "greatest thing next to sliced bread!" It's illusion and not based in solid thinking or upon an energetic foundation. "Mistakes will be made", as they say.

What to do in the mean time with all this ambition and anticipation? Find a physical outlet. Burn calories via exercise or organized sports. Even lively games of cut-throat Euchre or Scrabble will keep your mind occupied, which is what you need to avoid those oh-so-wrong "bright ideas."

August 23, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands, reversed. Yesterday's Prince is a slow, cautious fellow who's eminently practical. However, that can also translate into fear of taking the occasional, well thought out risk. That's the self worth thing showing up again.

Because you hold yourself to rather unrealistic standards, and expect to build Rome in a day, you're getting overwhelmed by all that you've set before yourself. Where to begin!?!?!? Well, asking for help is out of the question because then everyone will know how weak and incompetent you are, right? Oh, no...they'll just make fun of you or condescend to offer a little help that's worse than if you'd just kept your mouth shut.

You can stay here, overwhelmed and alone or you can encourage forward motion by breaking down the big task into smaller, doable pieces. Then give yourself a more practical timeline. Then trust your community to give you the help you need. If you can do that, you're burdens will fall away

August 22, 2018: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles. Even though this card is a "prince" (or knight, depending on the deck) and the energy represented is youthful and active--rather than mature and contemplative--its earth element keeps this energy grounded and stable. Yes, okay, some may call it plodding, but slow and steady is called for at this time. Dare I say the "p" word? Patience.... This card is guided by the angels of Concentration and Purposefulness to give you unwavering attention and a realistic approach to your plans.

These qualities of the card are laudable and something to aspire to. However, there are some shadows that are worth mentioning.

The humble prince is a great protector of his tribe and does so without fanfare. And because he's "always there", his people rely heavily upon him. He allows this because he secretly believes he's not worth much and has to be extra helpful, at his own expense, to earn his keep in society. Therefore, I'm reminding you of healthy personal boundaries and that you absolutely matter, too. Take up all of your space and say "no" occasionally.

August 21, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles, reversed. This card indicates that some of us are attaching personal validation to money. That money isn't flowing as we'd hoped right now (a payment didn't come in, the raise didn't happen, your lottery ticket didn't win, etc.), so we're feeling like losers, "less than", or not "enough" in some way. When caught up in this material lack, you may feel cranky, shortchanged, or covetous of what you perceive others to have.

What you really want is attention! Go seek it from your friends, community, or tribe. Organize a potluck picnic and invite everybody. Organize a happy hour. Contact everyone you know, and tell them it's 80's night at the local cantina. Fill your cup with emotional and spiritual validation. It's actually way more valuable than a nicer car, better clothes, or more bling.

Finally ask yourself this: Am I willing to recognize success as being something other than a bigger paycheck or bank account?

August 16, 2018: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords.

The Prince of Swords represents youthful, impetuous, action-oriented energy. There are bees in your bonnets that are buzzing loud and need to be let out and manifested. But the inherent recklessness and restlessness of this energy makes it difficult to ground ideas in reality and be responsible for all the little details. Another caveat is that anyone this caught up in their own head is going to be very headstrong and loathe to listen to others.

Part of the instinct for survival is to mask pain. In the wild, animals can't afford to favor a limb or be seen wobbling about. If sick, they need to lay low lest predators see their weakness and target them for an easy kill. This Prince is like that, too. He covers himself with armor so no one can see his sadness, broken heart, anger, or resentment. While the armor shields the view of outsiders, it also holds the emotions in preventing them from being healed.

The sparkling intellectual energy represented by this card is vastly useful. But it's a tricky tool to use. It's a brilliant horse that needs to be trained, not broken. Find a way to harness this energy, but use a delicate touch.

August 15, 2018: Card O' the Day: This High Priestess, reversed. The High Prestess signifies a time of inner communion and contemplation. When she's reversed like this, and added to the cards of the past week or so, she signifies coming out of your shell and no longer holding back your voice or on your needs and wants. This independence may leave you feeling a little "on your own", but it's in a good way like when you got your first apartment. And now that you are on your own, you'll be setting new standards and boundaries.

Be aware that some relationships may begin to feel superficial and one-sided--as in, you're doing all the work to stay in touch, make plans, and perhaps even finance outings to keep a relationship alive. These are your needs, wants, and voice standing up for you. This is your B.S. tolerance dropping to zero. Ending these relationships may be uncomfortable in the moment, but you'll feel so relieved when that nonsense is no longer in your world.

Lastly, as you begin to dare to act outside the expected social norms your community has placed upon you and refuse to be anybody's doormat, there'll probably be gossip and side-eye at the grocery. Finding this freedom within yourself can be extremely sexy, and if you indulge your passions, you may be labeled a "slut." Other nasty names may include bitch or "too much." All I've got to say is have a blast being "too much"! There's a heavy metal song that goes: One life! I'm gonna live it up!!!

August 13, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Sun. BOO-ya! Somebody just pulled in a shit ton of celestite, turned of their brain, and took a deep-ass breath! It may be Monday and Mercury is still in retrograde for another week, but Universe just gave us assurance that life is good. What a difference a day makes!

In receiving this card we're given a moment of clarity in which we can understand anything is possible and everything is eternal. Put down your phone for 5 minutes and look outside. If it's raining, watch the rain and relax. If the sun is out, count the leaves on the trees an relax. In a high-rise downtown? Then watch the cars on the street below and relax.

A new cycle is coming, probably when Mercury goes direct on the 19th. Between now and then try on a few different "hats" to see what's next for you. Watch other people and see what works for them--it might work for you, too.

August 12, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. Oh, wow! Tying ourselves in knots, are we? This card indicates many of you are overthinking life and mind-looping yourself into a frozen pile of inertia who's afraid to draw a deep breath lest you do it "wrong." Life isn't supposed to be this hard!

This kind of self-doubt can become crippling if you let it overtake you. A little is normal and can be shaken off with a pep talk from friends or your stronger Big Kid self. However, if you find you simply can't shut up that negative voice in your head, seek counseling from a licensed therapist, clergy person, shaman, or someone else trained in talk therapy. This doesn't mean you're crazy, by any means! You're just a bit stuck.

Celeste is a lovely baby blue crystal that is said to calm the mind and help you see a clear path ahead. If you're too short-sighted, you'll only focus on the obstacle right in front of you rather than looking for, and seeing, ways past it. Perhaps the atomic frequency will help you realign your own frequency, or you'll just enjoy a pretty rock. Either way, contemplate the beauty of its crystal structure to distract yourself from yourself long enough to get a different perspective on life. And breathe....

August 11, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. Not every job is going to be a Stellar Accomplishment. Life requires that you attend to menial tasks, so step into your integrity and do them well. This card represents doing your work steadily and carefully without concern for reward or recognition. I mean, really; no one is going to throw you a ticker tape parade for emptying the dishwasher or folding the clothes in the dryer. Nevertheless, that work is important, so take pride in it.

By understanding that the actual work matters more than the result, you will learn to approach tasks, even mundane chores, with pride and sincerity. Live in your highest purpose while you scrub your toilet, because giving a task your best shot is love in action.

August 10, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Empress, reversed. As you begin to open your heart to finding your inner joy, you may realize you've been nurturing, helping, coddling, and protecting others for too long. The Empress is the archetypal "mother" figure and, when reversed, she's had enough of being the mommy. It's good to discover this. With this realization, take time to understand why you tend to over give and be too nice at your own expense. It is absolutely okay, and NECESSARY to say "no" and self-advocate to retain boundaries you need to be comfortable.

That said, be careful not to take that "me, myself, and I" thing too far. In your efforts to shed the mantle of caregiver, firmest shoulder, and thriftiest shopper to allow more for others, it can be tempting to blow the budget at the mall and ignore the phone. Balance, balance, balance! Find how can you indulge your own needs and yet still be a supportive member of your tribe.

Finally, The Empress reversed can indicate an out-of-control growth like cancer. Just for chuckles, do a self exam of your breasts (guys, too) and check for lumps. Also, take a gander at all your moles, freckles, pimples, and random brown patches. Check the BACK of your legs and look in the mirror at your posterior side. Do yourself a favor and have anything hinky checked out. I'm just sayin'....

August 9, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. The Ten of Pentacles represents having a solid material foundation and wealth. Yes, it's a happy and secure place to be to know you'll have enough for retirement and a little left over to give to your kids after you pass. On the other hand, the Ten of Cups signifies the kind of lasting happiness that cannot come from mere possessions. (I kind of beg to differ on this because the perfect pair of pumps can bring me a certain kind of joy...but I digress.)

The kind of serenity, peacefulness, and happiness the Ten of Cups represents is true, INNER joy and satisfaction. It's the realization that you're fully at home--within yourself-- wherever your feet end up taking you. This kind of happiness already exists in your heart; it's just waiting to be discovered. Allow yourself to be softer and more receptive to feeling and experiencing joy...you certainly deserve it!

Never doubt that ALL things are possible for you....

August 8, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords. This card is a continuation of yesterday's World as it signifies letting go of old ideas to make space for and grasp new beliefs, ideas, and knowledge. The Queen of Swords is a natural analyst and intellectual being. With her mature yin energy, she encourages thoughtful planning and non-action at this time. Trust your thought processes and inner knowing to guide your timing for eventual action.

This may seem cold and calculating, and you may be accused by others as being unfeeling or inconsiderate. However, in actuality you're feeling EVERYthing very deeply. You're just in a place where you can stop to think about the consequences of your actions your feelings may drive you to do. Instead of being carried away, you can sit with your emotions, consider them carefully, and understand what's truly best for you.

We're being asked to use our analytical powers to cut away all illusion and face any truths you may be avoiding. With crystal clarity, align your truth with that of others. Meaning, stand firm where you must but also compromise where you can. You'll have to be willing to make some tough choices.

August 7, 2018: Card O' the Day: The World. Because this card is the last of the major arcana, it signifies an ending of some kind. However, all endings make space for new beginnings, and we're being asked to look forward to those rather than mourn the ending part. This is a moment of natural balance...that wonderful time of having completed the final task but before you have to begin work on the next thing. Have a party and celebrate this moment of freedom!

The World can also signify some pretty profound spiritual epiphanies. Perceptions of your world may shift and expand past previous boundaries. You may have thought you had a solid world view, and of your place in it, but something is causing you to reevaluate. You may come to understand your concept of the world is only aspect of an infinitely faceted world. As your view expands, so does your consciousness, and you'll find yourself shedding some earthly concerns and security as you realize you simply don't need them.

August 2, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords. This card helps you see the consequences and results of negative patterns in your life, whether that pattern be smoking, overeating, spending too much, being stuck up, trying to out-do you neighbor, etc. All this posturing is to much work and your facade of "this is who I am" is getting harder and harder to maintain. Once you can move past the "win/lose" mentality and appeal to your higher self, you'll find a lot of clarity about what you need to really be happy.

This card echoes what I said the other day about the Kabbala's teaching that everything is incomparably unique and each thing and each being has a special place in the universe. Only you can do you as perfectly as you do!

The shadow to this card is you may have to put up with a certain amount of eating crow. Your ballsy persona has been pretty pretentious, and some people may not be able to resist telling you "I told you so." Gracefully accept your giant slice of humble pie and move on lighter in heart and spirit.

August 1, 2018: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles, reversed. The Nine of Pentacles represents material largesse and ease. But when reversed, what you do have may not feel enough. Look! the Joneses across the street have a new car! We need to get a boat....

But the more you seek to gain material stuff, the more oppressive those things become since you have to take care of them, make time to use them, make space for them, and protect them against others who covet them. Being afraid of having your stuff stolen or damaged leads to insecurity. And even if you can afford all these expensive toys, continued accumulation threatens to overwhelm and suffocate what you already have. Therefore, you never actually enjoy any of it.

If the "shine" wears off your new toy almost immediately and your find yourself seeking another new thing to get that "shiny" feeling back, I'd say Universe is sending you a message that it's time to work on YOUR shine. Once you feel shiny INSIDE, you'll feel peaceful, serene, and not need to keep up with the Joneses.

July 31, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands. Whew! Looks like you've heeded the advice to stop spinning your wheels, because today's queen represents withdrawing from struggle or challenges to regain or maintain an optimistic point of view. Good on ya!

I applaud the fierce determination she has to get her own way or pursue her own interests. However, her persistence can morph into obstinacy if she's not careful. Also, because she's so very sure of her own judgment and power (NOT a "bad" thing by any means), she must exercise those qualities with care lest she runs roughshod over others working with her or in her path. I'm not asking anyone to dim their lights, just navigate with courtesy and compassion.

The stone associated with this card is yellow topaz. It is said to bring light and joy to those who wear it or keep it nearby. It's also supposed to inspire loftier thoughts and liberate the soul. Bonus: it's pretty!

July 30, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. Over commitment is reiterating the over burdens of yesterday, and being over committed means you're not using your resources and energies wisely or economically. This stems from impatience to "get there." The process is as important as the final goal, and some of your ideas for implementation actually are opposed to your aims. This will lead to running in circles and being easily distracted from your course as you have to fix and adjust the mechanics almost constantly.

As you continue to spin your wheels in the mud, you'll begin to doubt yourself and see obstacles at every turn. You might become overly aggressive and unreasonable as you try, and fail, to salvage what you've started.

The first thing to do is stop wasting gas; turn off the engine and rest a minute. Be present in the moment of relaxation. Breathe deeply as you count to 90 and listen to the silence. Now, without emotion or judgment, assess the situation. What's working? What's not? What do you keep and what do you let go? Then put yourself back into FIRST gear and move forward slowly.

July 29, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands. I LOVE WHEN THE CARDS ARE SO FREAKIN' OBVIOUS! The Ten turned up, and I thought Wha? "Overburden", "too much", "what you thought was a good thing actually overtakes you kinda like kudzu".... But of course! Yesterday we were given the green light to let imagination rip! You have to dream it first before you can make it happen, right? Today we get the warnings that act like seat belts in a Ferrari. We're not slowing down the car, we're just keeping you safe (-ish) while you go zooming down the road.

This card also represents the hard work you need to do once your vision has solidified and you've got a direction. It promises success, creative professional realizations, and new experiences. (Which is kind of a "duh!" statement because we all know hard work usually leads to success and reward. But it's nice to have that validation and encouragement.)

It will become essential to relieve stress and tension. Once you've gotten on a roll with your bright ideas, you'll be tempted to work 24/7 lest you miss any random micron of fortuitousness. That mindset is actually coming from a place of lack. Allow yourself time to relax. Okay, you might miss ONE small opportunity, but it isn't going to be the Big Brass Ring anyway. However, the refreshment you gained from relaxing and letting that little thing slide is way more beneficial to your health and wellbeing than that little thing ever could have been. Which then allows you to grab the real Big Brass Ring when it comes.

July 28, 2018: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups. I'm being reminded that life is short and fragile.... A good lesson from the belief of Kabbala is that we're born to be happy. (Yesterday I reminded you that only you can do "you" completely and perfectly. My other favorite Kabbala lesson.)

In addition to our many talents and gifts, we humans have the ability to dream and fantasize about making our futures better. The Seven of Cups is representative of this imagination, our daydreams, and wishful thinking. We're being told the way forward is not always shown to us through sober realism. By imagining an end result, we then hit the drawing board to create the steps to get there. Mankind didn't achieve the ability to fly by first creating a wing and then wondering what to do with it.

The shadow of this card is about keeping emotions bottled up.... You're not expressing frustration, anger, sadness, etc. and that's not good for you. Stay true to yourself by daring to dream and then taking the steps necessary to improve your situation. Only you have the power to make yourself happy.

July 27, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. I've been seeing a lot of posts about Mercury in retrograde and that we can expect things to go...um..."awry" to put it mildly. Therefore, the experts are advising to batten down the hatches. Okaaaaay.... Just as I believe we can feel the atomic frequencies of crystals--which can make us feel better or worse--I can certainly buy that planetary alignments can make us feel awesome or whacked out depending on the gravitational pull those planets exert on Earth.

However, as a Tarot card reader, I've got my own two cents' to toss out there. The Ten of Cups is among the TOP "happy" cards of the deck. It's right up there with The Sun. All that "happy" is not being bestowed upon you by excelling at work, winning the lottery, getting engaged, etc. This particular type of "happy" comes from within. It's your secret little pocket of "I can do this" or "I'm enough."

I think receiving this card today, in the midst of Mercury's shit storm, is a reminder of how truly resilient we are. When you lose connection during an important phone call, get a flat tire, have your ideas shot down at work, break a nail on your wedding day, forget your SO's birthday, etc., etc., remember you are a creation of Universe. You have a place here, and only you can take up the You-Shaped space as perfectly as you do. You ARE enough. You CAN do this. Even during Mercury retrograde.

July 26, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Wands, reversed. The reversed King of Wands really wants to be left alone to handle his shit and get himself sorted out. Long established routines of responsibility and expectations from others are grinding him down, and he's getting resentful and intolerant. Certainly, he maintains the stuff he must do, but a lot of stuff others can do for themselves...yet they want him to keep doing it, so they don't have to.

Because personal boundaries and limits are being overrun, the reversed King tries to aggressively establish and hold them. He may come across as defensive and self-righteous as he refuses to continue carrying everyone's load for them. The reason the King is being so obnoxious, loud, and pushy is that he's actually very insecure about his necessary fences and feels guilt for having to let some responsibility go. He excessively explains why he won't or can't do something. It's as if he's trying to justify his limits to himself because he perceives them as being selfish (which we are taught is a "bad" thing) or wrong (a "good person" wouldn't turn their back in such a way).

What to do? Assess the B.F.D. As in, is there blood, fire, or death? If not, stay on your own mat* and resume dealing with your own shit. Let everyone else sort their shit on their mats. *(A yoga reference)

July 24, 2018: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands. A former ballet teacher of mine would come to my company and guest teach and coach us. She would always fully participate in the classes she taught rather than merely tell us what to do. She was an absolute firebrand and taught killer-hard classes. We, 20 years her junior at least, would groan and whimper with exhaustion while she, herself drenched in sweat, would holler "If not now, WHEN?!"

This card is indicative of her energy and the recognition that now is the time to combine your intellect with your restlessness to be experimental, forward thinking, and oriented to the future. You're being challenged to seek broader and greener pastures at the very least in your attitude towards life. If you can actually make physical changes (see July 20th's card), all the better.

I'm still convinced you need to work on your own since the Prince doesn't find the opinions of others important or helpful. It's not the advice of others which will hold you back--only you can do that--it's simply not relevant to you at this time. One word of caution, though: examine your motives. Are you taking dares based on "fight or flight" reaction to your current situation? Move forward by all means, but don't run forward to the future out of fear of the present.

July 23, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles, reversed. I've picked the same card two days in a row before, but I think this might be a first: picking it upright and then reversed.... AND, by the way, we had this same card 8 days ago. What!?!

The phrases "acting alone", "unwillingness to ask for help", and "refusal of advice" are leaping at me, and I'm wondering if there are some things that need to be sorted out by you and you alone. Coupled with yesterday's spiritual work of finding and trusting your inner GPS, I feel like it's time to be alone and do your work without input from besties or parents.

If you absolutely have no idea how to tap into your unconscious, perhaps a pranayama yoga class or two or a guided meditation class might get you pointed in the right direction. There are also guided meditation CDs or audioblogs you can listen to in your own space. However, because this stuff needs to be worked out in your own heart and mind, try to limit how-to classes or CDs to just a point in the right general direction. They should not become crutches you depend upon to do the work for you.

Generate you OWN new ideas, even if it's a struggle and they're wholly impractical and fantastic. The point is those are yours, and you practiced listening to your guts and seeing your guiding light all by yourself.

July 22, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles. This card is often interpreted as being about teamwork and initial success after beginning work on the material plane, but I'm feeling the deeper, more spiritual connotations today.

Spiritually, this card represents the guidance of your inner truth and Self. Your gut knows what's real and true about any situation before your heart and brain can (or are willing to) catch on. Your gut is the bestie who can see a mile off he's no good for you, but you keep going out with him because you're "in luuuuuuv!". It's the old conflict between solid common sense and emotional desires, which, by the way, can be present under any circumstances and not just in your love life. Like, say, buying a car with excellent gas mileage versus a Hummer that gets 2 gallons per mile but looks cool as shit.

Another valuable lesson from this card is the cultivation of deep concentration and understanding of a project or relationship as the cornerstones of the foundation of said project or relationship. Meaning, you've got to truly understand where you're trying to go and how you're going to move forward before you even break ground. Once you have that understanding of the most basic requirements, perseverance will bring powerful expansion and positive outcome.

July 21, 2018: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. Personal power, boldness, and rebellion is welling up inside you, and you're ready for adventure and all of the many opportunities that appear to be meant for you! However, this volatile, energetic oomph! that's blasting through you is very scattered and unfocused causing you to waste most of it through inefficiency or foolhardiness. Actions right now are knee-jerk reactions that may bring radical change but more likely will bring you unpleasant surprises and/or unwanted result.

Destruction is often the first step in any creative process. A good example of that is razing an old building to make space for a new one. But do you know how much careful planning and engineering goes into blowing up a building so the whole thing collapses straight down without damaging its neighboring structures? That's what you need to do...develop the necessary mental discipline to seek your fortunes without destroying the security of established foundations or neighboring supports.

July 20, 2018: Card O' the Day: Judgment, reversed. This is so weird.... Last week, when reversed Judgment came up, it followed the King of Pentacles. It comes again this week following the Queen of Pentacles. The King is representative of traditions, continuity, and your family...all that anchors you and provides stability and foundation from which you grow and build your life. The Queen represents the management of the daily tasks and interactions which make up that tradition, continuity, and tribe or community. Reversed Judgment signifies difficulty with or resentment towards transitions and changes.

Because the "difficult changes" came right after "physical plane" PERSONALITY cards, I feel as though changes need to be made in YOUR physical world, not in how you think or feel. (I remind you that the court cards indicate you or people you deal with.) Concrete changes to your body, your house, your job, and/or the people you interact with are what is being indicated. All the changes Universe is asking you to make are to bring you better health, greater joy, and more fulfillment.

So, I'm now asking you: What do you need to do to make your body healthier? Who do you need to remove from your life? What changes do you need to make to your home to settle your soul or help you sleep? What career choices do you need to make to find fulfillment in your life's work? Often, we can make substantial revisions in our lives with attitude adjustments or speaking our minds a little more often. This time, we need tangible, physical changes.

July 19, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles. The Queen of Pentacles is the mistress of the nuts and bolts of life. She manages the household resources, can make gourmet meals out of leftovers, coordinate the schedules of six different people, maintain order in chaos, and still have time to make friends feel welcome and important to her. And yet, as the epitome of "self-value", this queen never puts herself last. Lastly, because she's so connected to Mother Earth, she reminds you of the importance of being in natural surroundings to renew your own connection with nature.

Her appearance today means she's had enough of these off-energy, touchy-feely esoteric days and wants you to return to ground and the tangible blessings you enjoy every day. Today, anchor yourself in the here and now by digging in the garden, cleaning a closet, washing your car, or going for a run. Be present in the concrete world and put spiritual quests and emotional upheavals on the back-burner for a minute.

If you need help, the stone associated with this card is agate. It can help connect you to Earth and reality. It also aids in your search for what is factually true (not what you believe or perceive). Facing facts, no matter how unpleasant, is the first step in changing unpleasant, unhealthy, toxic, or wasteful circumstances for the better. So, if you're inclined to include rocks in your life, put a piece of agate in your pocket to remind you to be real today.

July 18, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Cups. Even the most spiritually unenlightened among us can generally understand when they've stayed too long in a situation and can't expect any further growth, happiness, or benefit from it. Changes and new directions are necessary to create a fresher environment...your roots have become pot-bound, and it's time for a bigger pot in which to flourish. This may mean moving to a bigger place if your current space has become cramped; conversely, it could mean down-sizing in order to more efficiently use resources.

If you are spiritually aware and connected with the more etherial aspects of our existence, you may have the courage to allow deeply buried wounds come to the surface to be healed. Acknowledging the reality of this old pain means no longer hiding from yourself or others. "Water under the bridge!", "It's all good!", "No use crying over spilled milk!" and similar phrases minimize and ignore our feelings. But then those hurt feelings simply stay in a box on your shelf and never get resolved.

Create an open and accepting environment in which you can be honest and say "Hey! That HURT!" Once feelings are recognized they can be dealt with and healed. And this goes for everyone's feelings, not just your own. In such a receptive place, a lot of misunderstandings, intentional injuries, and drama can be resolved. I caution you about holding unrealistic ideas about yourself or others, though. Sometimes the "healing" means ending things once and for all.

July 17, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands. The energy of today is much more balanced and easily managed compared to yesterday's energetic snit fit. The number six indicates harmony, and when coupled with the fire of the Wands, we have smooth, creative energy that we don't have to fight with or tame. So, make a point of enjoying the good vibes that bring optimism, a willingness to accept challenges, and the oomph to pull you out of the mire of lethargy.

Whenever you have tension, frustration, setbacks, or upsets, it's important to really and fully release that stress. Just heaving a sigh of relief that it's over and continuing to push on isn't enough. Athletes make cool downs after a hard workout or contest part of their process. They warm up, work hard (apply stress to their bodies and minds), and then cognitively and purposefully cool down to remove the excess lactic acid in their muscles. If they just plopped down and had a beer after, they'd pretty much freeze up into one solid ache. Mental and emotional stress needs to be just as pointedly and consciously released through a nature hike, yoga, meditation, hot bath, night out with friends, etc.

July 16, 2018: Card O' the Day: Temperance, reversed. Maybe it's Monday or because it's hot, but we're still whacked and out of balance. When Temperance is reversed, the imbalances continue. Whereas Judgment reversed shows imbalance in your thinking v. your instincts, reversals of Temperance lead to imbalances in your emotions. Therefore, for those of you who cry when frustrated, embarrassed, or angry (raising my hand here, too), you may have to hide your tears behind uncontrollable sneezing, coughing, or a dash to the restroom for "gastric upset." Because projectile diarrhea is so much less humiliating than cry-baby tears, am I right?

Ever feel like you know exactly what you need to do, but you just can't seem to make it happen? There's a lot of that happening with this card. In addition to the fumbling to execute anything on the physical plane (this includes writing or making presentations), it's not a good day for decisions, changes, or tackling huge problems. Do the best you can for now, and try to at least get the bare minimum done. Forgive yourself for being less than your stellar best, and let this off kilter energy pass.

July 15, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles, reversed. I think it's time for a break from your routine or a solid vacation. Three's indicate the product of a union of effort and ideas, and Pentacles indicate the physical plane. However, when this card is reversed, that indicates all is not well on your physical plane. Your actual body may be fatigued or out of sorts; your mind/emotions/spirit may be in a "mood" or snit.

This crankiness will cause you to mismanage your resources. You might try to "wing" things that you really aren't qualified to do, and you're too snarky to ask for help. Like a toddler, you insist on doing it yourself and end up doing it badly. Apathy leads you to accept a piss-poor job, but trust me when I say you'll regret having to do it all over again later.

Therefore, drop what you're doing--before you make a complete hash of it--and muddle along until you can take off on a quick weekend camping trip, overnight bike tour, fishing day, or whatever is in your budget of time and money to get you back to nature. Living entirely within the man-made world is not good for your body or soul. You NEED nature to thrive!

July 14, 2018: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. The number seven is a magical number based in nature (7 colors in the visible spectrum, 7 musical notes per octave, each moon phase lasts 7 days, etc.), and the suit of Swords is of the mind. Together, they can herald "magic of the mind", which can be interpreted as some rather brilliant thinking and sparks of inspiration. Now, these fantastic ideas may not be viable or successful, if implemented, but the good news is the wheels are turning. While there's no guarantee any of these bright plans will succeed, trying is always better than doing nothing.

So, things will continue to feel out of balance and off-kilter until you find a new route of action. This action, any action, will help you feel less trapped. This card isn't saying the crisis has passed, but rather that your mind is getting in gear and is helping you see new hope, renewed trust, and relief from isolation (whether self-imposed, circumstantial, imagined, etc.). And with that renewed ambition, you'll be willing to take a few chances (see above re trying bright ideas).

Finally, this card has some very deep spiritual components to it. Beneath the surface, if you're willing to look, can be found both hidden truth and opportunity.

July 12, 2018: Card O' the Day: Judgment, reversed. It's always interesting to me how my (almost) daily cards will follow a theme for a few days...like each card is part of a bigger spread which is revealed to us one card at a time.

Yesterday, we had the King of Pentacles. It's representative of tradition, family, and continuity within society. Judgment, reversed threatens that continuity. It signifies the resistance to or fear of the process of constant change and inevitable movement forward. This process includes (but isn't limited to) growing old, children moving out, retiring from your life's work, ending relationships, transitioning from what you think you want to what you know is better for you, having to give up on long-held dreams because you're too old or the effort to make the dream reality just doesn't fit in your life.

The threats to the continuity in your life can come from within, too. You may have come to a point in your relationships, career, lifestyle, hobbies, etc. that you realize it just isn't working for you anymore. Changes must occur or you'll wither on the vine without fully ripening.

We earth signs or King of Pentacle types really struggle with any alterations to our routine. I get that. But try to go with it because staying put isn't best for you.

July 11, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles. When a court card comes up in a reading, you may be exhibiting some of the personality traits of it, or you may be dealing with another person who has those traits. It can be a female; just because the King is assigned a male gender, it doesn't mean that his traits are exclusively found only in men. This is true of the Queens and Princesses/Pages-- males can have some of the personality traits of those court cards, too. In the case of this card, the personality is fully integrated and is at home with both masculine and feminine qualities.

Being a king, this card denotes maturity and wisdom. Being from the suit of Pentacles, we add rationality and practicality in all things. This suit also represents the physical world, which makes the King very cognizant of the usefulness and value of things. This combination, if taken too far, can morph into stuffy, curmudgeonly, and scroogey tendencies. Therefore, it's important to stay connected to fun activities and people lest you forget the lighter side of life.

This king's appearance today makes me feel like we're especially capable right now of seeing what options are best for solving problems and correcting imbalances. Because this personality feels fulfillment by taking care of others, traditions and career are probably uppermost in your mind as you work on an important project or towards a promotion at work or help organize a family reunion. As noted above, try to keep these important occupations fun.

July 6, 2018: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands, reversed. I'm not surprised to have this card follow the cards of the past two days. The reversed Princess reiterates the frustration and resentment yesterday's King was representing. While his feelings seemed a bit more "mature" and "reasonable, the Princess speaks for the inner child who is basically spitting mad. Her True Self is being ignored and rejected as she tries to behave as she "should."

Like toddlers in full on melt-downs, actions are rash but uncertain stabs at something, ANYthing with a desperate hope it will fit and feel good. However, discernment is off, and the wild stabs are more about finding what you DON'T want rather than what you do. You must remember that most of life is about failing and flailing and floundering as you make your way to where you want to go. It's society and "The Rules" that make us feel stupid for each mistake, and thus we become fearful of making any move at all lest we do it less than perfectly.

This card also represents ideas and teaching. As in, "I have an idea! Let's give it a whack! Um...well, no, that's not it. Lesson learned, and we won't be doing that again."

July 5, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Wands, reversed. Interesting.... I thought yesterday's Lovers was what we need to exhibit in our interactions regarding Love of others. But today's reversed King is telling me that some of you are requiring that pure, expectation-free Love from others. Our good King resents the neediness and requirements that are being presumed of him. This is making him move away from responsibilities just to get some air already!

Some may view this "I NEED to do this for ME!" attitude as being ego driven and self-centered. However, insecurity of Self is rising up and is causing this boiling in the guts. Having finally come to realize a situation is no longer working or has become dissatisfying, it's apparent continuing would be pointless.

Remember that Nature requires balance. You cannot be an effective partner, business person, friend, lover, caregiver, etc. if you're not happy. Making yourself happy means you have to make some self-centered changes in your environment. Others may not like it because it upsets THEIR balance. If that other person is truly important to you (your spouse or child), then compromise is the answer to "having your cake and eating it, too." On the other hand, if you're not invested in the emotional well being of those particular others, then it's up to them to adapt to the changes.

July 4, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Lovers.

What the world needs now is Love, sweet love
It's the only thing there's just too little of
What the world needs now is Love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone

The Lovers recognizes this need for love that honors the unique individuality of others beyond the Self. It's Love that's based in freedom and not in expectation or need. Pure Love is a balance of apparent contraries: freedom/necessity, cause/effect, love/hate, good/evil. Love is the coin, the contraries are the heads and tails of that coin.

When you understand and really connect to the concept of Love, you'll be able to see others as equals, share what you have without resentment, accept and appreciate their individuality, and communicate effectively. To be clear, this does not mean you give away everything that defines You. It's about including others in your circle of abundance and fulfillment.

June 29, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands. Sixes denote harmony, and when combined with fire energy, that gives us fuel for the long haul. It's a stable and controlled burn capable of being used well and efficiently. This card also encourages you to have faith in yourself and Universe; you'll need this faith to achieve success in all you attempt. And that faith is well-placed because long-desired interests are coming to fruition. In addition to faith, which is a good thing, your personal leadership is going strong as you marshal your skills and make the choices that are right for YOU.

That said, don't forget to relax. Recognize when you've put in a good day's work and then take a break to refresh yourself. It does you no good, and will ultimately delay your success, if you become exhausted physically and emotionally. You NEED occasional breaks to continue even the most enjoyable tasks or endeavors.

June 27, 2018: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. Vast, internal energies are trying to move but are blocked by responsibilities, security, safety, or other perceived limits that hold you back. This results in discontent, restlessness, and seeking adventure. To find your peace again, you'll have to make a choice (thus the doubt and fear that is also present): protect what you have and stay with what you know or go forth into the new and unknown?

Now, this does NOT mean you have to turn your back on everyone you know, your family, job, pets, living situation, stuff, and everything else that makes up your life. You can find adventure on a hike through your local woods. You can find opportunity by attending your next local Rotary Club meeting. You need to help others? Volunteer in your town. My point is, you can change the world while maintaining your current life.

That said, there are infinite possibilities, so don't be easily contented. Life is too brilliant to settle.

June 26, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Empress, reversed. The "mom" in you wants to run away from home. Traditional "feminine" roles or chores are just too much right now and actually irritate the snot out of you. There's a desire to self-indulge and not do a damn thing that's expected or wanted by anyone else. Frustration, lethargy, and feeling just ... blocked make you want to indulge in a "quick fix" of action that brings a moment of empty pleasure (retail therapy, anyone?). Or maybe a giant bowl of ice-cream, bag of Doritos ... a six-pack of TWINKIES!!! Unfortunately, binging on junk food or shopping will only leave you feeling even more bloated and depressed.

What's the reason behind these feelings? (UGH! Yes, I'm going to make you go there and examine "Why?") Are you feeling unheard regarding who you really are? Are you giving too much of yourself away? Have you allowed yourself to be taken for granted?

If the answers to the above questions are yes, then what are you going to do about it? You can't go on like this, you know. Eventually, your health won't allow it because you WILL get sick, literally, of caring for everyone else but yourself. Food for thought....

June 21, 2018: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. With all that goes on in life on the physical plane--job, gardening, hobbies, cleaning, meals, bills, schlepping children to and fro, etc.--adding spiritual work to the mix can be the straw that breaks your back. The Two of Pentacles represents the balancing act life is, and it brings you the gifts of cleverness, agility, and determination. Also, being a "2" you may have some choices or decisions to make. Learn to tell the difference between what you really need and what you only want. It may help with these decisions or choices.

Life coaches and business managers generally espouse the virtues of having a "5-year plan." I loosely agree with that concept, but this card is urging you to drop judgments, preferences, and attachments to concrete details of those long-term plans. Because life is so tricksy, and everything can change in an instant, you simply cannot set your future in stone. So, be present to what's happening in the moment; it'll help you maintain your footing when life throws you a curve. Yes, have basic idea of where you want to be in five years, but just know it may take you ten years to get there, and THAT'S OKAY!

June 20, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups. The importance of this card today is it's another queen. Queens denote mature, contemplative energy (rather than action, "doing" energy), and by having two in a row, it could indicate you're more fully developing your inner depth. Like the Queen of Wands of yesterday, the Queen of Cups also represents abundance and "cup-runneth-over" goodness. By sharing that, it comes back to you multiplied.

Since the Queen of Cups is so very emotion oriented, her appearance may indicate some fear of your deepest emotions. We're taught at an early age (especially boys) that displaying too much emotion isn't appropriate and that we shouldn't allow them to get out of control. And yet, that's how we fully live--through our emotions! Therefore, it's vital you're in touch with your emotions, intuition, and empathy so you can better understand and interact with others.

The caution sign that goes with this card is queens tend to work behind the scenes. The old adage "behind every successful man is a good/strong woman" is true of the queen energy. However, this out-of-the-spotlight facilitation and management can easily morph into manipulation. Keep a grip on your integrity and be certain of your intentions: for the greater good? or because you want it and getting others to do it for you is easy?

June 19, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands. Our good queen's appearance today indicates you're in a position to share your love, laughter, and joy. You're being asked to allow your inner abundance to overflow and envelop others in the warm fuzzies you're experiencing right now. This sharing will make you feel even more blessed and full. In addition to the good feelings, you're capable of giving optimistic and generous advice to those who ask. The trick is to rely upon, and trust, your own judgement without overriding others in the process of helping them. A tricky balance to be sure....

And if you're struggling to relate to this card because of personal bad luck, then I encourage you to find these sensations. No matter how miserable you may be, doing something kind for another will lift you just a tiny bit. It's a proven psychological fact that if you help others less fortunate than you, you will feel better about your own life. I don't mean you have to drop everything and devote your life to solving the world's biggest problems. Simply picking up a bit of trash or letting someone merge in front of you in a traffic jam will give you a burst of feeling like you've done something good.

Even during our very darkest times, there's an innate, deep conviction that things are going to be okay. It's called our instinct to survive. Just as we know things could be worse (Murphy's Law), you must believe things can get better. Then make it happen.

June 18, 2018: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords. This card is indicative of the old "rock and a hard place" type of situation that requires a tough choice. At a crossroads or doorway, whatever you want to call it, this "thing" needs to be addressed. However, I don't think you're aware of every option...there's more than two ways to tackle your conundrum. Step back and broaden your view; look for another path. By the way, the one option that is NOT on the table is staying put. That road just leads to stagnation and more frustration.

Another angle of this card is that your energies are working against each other rather than in collaboration. You're basically swimming upstream. If you want to go in the direction of upstream--which is fine--get out of the water and walk on the bank! Way easier.

As you consider choices and options, suspend judgment of yourself (the shoulds and oughts and guilt), and try to figure things out dispassionately. Because no situation is ever black and white, you'll need compromise, tact, diplomacy, and all your best finesse to find your middle way. Take your time and choose wisely. Universe will wait.

June 16, 2018: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups.

You won't get [happiness]
Thinkin' and a-prayin'
Wishin' and hopin'...
--Dusty Springfield

This card is often referred to as the "wish card" and can indicate a time of wishes coming true. But as we all know, wishes don't come true by themselves; you have to do the work to make them come true. Even wishin' and hopin' to win the lottery comes with the work of buying a ticket! Therefore, the secret to emotional happiness is taking responsibility for it and being in control of your own joy. Sitting back and waiting for it to land in your lap will leave you disappointed and resentful.

If this card finds you at a high moment in your life, know that you ain't "there" yet. This card is reminding you of the limits of your individual actions that it took to get to "here." Now is not the time to gloat, lest you become complacent in your self-congratulation, but to keep moving forward and doing your work.

Sheesh! When, then, do you get to rest on your laurels? When THIS lifetime has ended. And will you HAVE laurels, from this lifetime, to rest upon? Are you building a life of which you can be proud when it's all said and done?

But enough of that heavy soul-searching crap! Go outside and play!

June 15, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles. Like the Empress, the Queen of Pentacles is very mothering and Nature-based. Also like the Empress, our good queen is a protective healer, caretaker, and/or nurse. However, the queen is better on the material plane than the Empress and can manage anything...people, resources, plans, bills, schedules, etc. She's also very realistic and pragmatic, and is the holder of high standards to keep the rest of us in line.

However, the queen is not as good in the Spiritual world as the Empress. Her appearance is reminding us to keep attention on our spiritual work and to make time for relaxation and play. I have a feeling all this soul searching is getting a bit heavy, so many of us escape into practical, day-to-day living. You can actually escape serious spiritual work through a day hike or swim in a lake. As you're enjoying the great outdoors, your soul is secretly recharging and sneakily nurturing your spirit.

After such a day of self care, you may have an epiphany about yourself that gives you new hope or direction. At any rate, there's still stuff that needs to be sorted and doing busy work won't make it go away.

June 14, 2018: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess, UPRIGHT. When we don't fight the lessons, that's when we learn the most. It's hard and it's painful, but go with it because some things must be understood through experience. Meaning you can read all about swimming, watch endless how-to videos about swimming, but you ain't swimming until you get wet. By experiencing things first hand and examining why you do what you do, or don't, say what you do, or don't, feel what you do, or don't, you will begin to understand reality and develop the capability in accepting both the light and darkness in yourself and others. Understand and accept the pig you're trying to put lipstick on is still a pig!

The High Priestess represents the most unfamiliar, yet most influential, aspect of our unconsciousness. She's our deepest selves and is both beautiful and ugly, refined and coarse, constructive and destructive. Ask yourself where you might be looking for answers outside when you should be looking within.

June 13, 2018: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess, reversed. When we act as the inspiration or muse for others, or guide them through their own suffering and growth, it is possible to give too much away and lose your identity or sense of self. This can lead to clouded insight and difficulty connecting to your inner wisdom, common sense, and most authentic core. Such cloudiness may manifest in lack of impulse control and/or the NEED to act and do...something...anything.

Be careful as you navigate these treacherous waters, but do keep going. You cannot continue to be used and caged as you have been. Just know that in daring to act outside expected norms and refusing to be a doormat, you may be labeled with "slanderous adjectives" such as slut, tramp, uppity, self-centered, wild, narcissistic, and any other negative word for being your own person.

June 9, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Moon, reversed. Am I willing to know my inner crazy? That's the key question with the reversed Moon. Your intuition is quietly, or not so quietly anymore, telling you some things have just got to give. You can't go on ignoring your "less than perfect" parts in the hopes they'll go away.

There's a great need to accept your animal self...the lizard brain part where you are driven to eat, breathe, and mate. In our efforts to be "civilized" and "good" in the eyes of society, we tend to bury those instinctual drives behind oughts and shoulds and mustn't's. But the problem with burying those primitive needs into secrets and isolation is they tend to get so stopped up they eventually blow like Kilauea.

It may feel like a you're descending into madness or that you're reliving past lives or experiences as your personal volcanic pressure builds. Acknowledge and accept the demons of your unconscious mind. By giving them space in your conscious world, they can get appropriate exercise and exposure to daylight. And in the light of day, I'll bet those demons aren't nearly as ugly as you imagine them to be.

June 8, 2018: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles, reversed. As a "9", this card is associated with The Hermit. We just had The Hermit yesterday. Both The Hermit and today's 9 came up reversed. Hmmmmm.... This indicates to me that today's card is reiterating the dangers of self-isolation and "journeying" inherent in yesterday's card. The way I see the Tarot cards is that, when upright, the meanings of the cards sit at the top of a Bell Curve. The slopes up to and back down from the peak of the curve indicate the reversed meanings. Therefore, these slopes are the meanings taken to extremes, not just opposite to what's on the peak. That's how the normal introspection of The Hermit becomes avoidance; seeking inner wisdom leads to chucking all that you know for the ephemeral "something better."

By itself, the reversed Nine of Pentacles signifies threats to your physical and emotional contentment due to feelings of entrapment and the desire to roam and seek freedom. But random roaming will only lead to insecurity, self-loathing, loss of discipline in or concern for your life as it is, and ultimately, isolation.

Finally, 9's represent idealism and moral values. Are you willing to walk what you talk? And I don't mean just the fun stuff that pleases you or is convenient.

June 7, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Hermit, reversed. The Hermit represents all that is good about self-reflection, alone time, and seeking spiritual wellbeing. When reversed, though, The Hermit becomes more hermit-like in a "bad" way. Perhaps you're feeling alone, deserted, and/or misunderstood, so you slink under a rock to lick your wounds (or pout). This urge to run away and isolate yourself from all those who can help only exacerbates the loneliness, which makes it even harder to communicate your feelings.

Another way the reversed Hermit can mess with you is by twisting the search for The Truth Of The Self straight into a mid-life crisis. In the throes of "finding yourself", you may escape into immaturity and irresponsibility.

So, did you walk away from your tribe first? (You tell yourself it was so you didn't see their backs walking away from you.) Have you turned your life on its head? (Yeah, well, it's cuz you couldn't BREATHE anymore!) By staying out of your ego and remaining practical, you'll see the real and unpleasant truths...and by that I mean accepting your part in your own situation. Does that fix it and make it all better? Maybe not completely, but at least you're being honest with yourself.

June 6, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. Often this card appears when we need to stop "beating the dead horse" and leave a situation, thing, or person behind. But today, I don't feel the heaviness in my steps as I walk away. Here's a visual: Dorothy taking her first steps on the yellow brick road. She's leaving the wonder, beauty, and relative security of Munchkinland to seek the Wizard's counsel in the Emerald City.

That's what's happening today for you. The need to venture into unexplored territory isn't made with heavy steps and hearts AWAY, but with bated breath and excitement TO journeying, exploration, and growth. Recognize this turning point, this "finishing", and move on to the next big thing. Some letting go is required; that might tug on a heart string or two. However, it's necessary to seek your personal higher, better, "more"....

June 5, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. The Three of Cups represents celebration of the love of friendship and community. You're in a safe and secure environment with a supportive tribe who will help you explore and expand with an open heart and inquisitive mind. If you should be disappointed on your journey, know that they've got your back. During the synthesis of love, you'll find healing and the resolution to step away from certain people, places, and beliefs that don't serve you or your highest purpose. (In real speak that means you'll figure out who can stay in your tribe and who's gotta go!)

Now, with the above said, be sure your celebrations of love and friendship are an organic expression of joy from within and not just an excuse to go get wasted with a bunch of other people. That kind of hedonism is just escaping from responsibility. You still have to live on this material plane and fairly contribute to the larger society if you want to maintain what you've established and built so far. A delicate balance of give and take....

June 1, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. As you learn to take, as well as you give, you'll find this change of personal habits will transform any resistance and/or disappointments into something better and more useful. Coping skills strengthen, which allow you to move away from feelings of loss or lack. This is some really good change of heart and attitude towards life. Rather than waiting for someone or something to "make you happy", you're in the position and mindset to do it for yourself.

Another strong current going through this card is about kin, tribe, and reunions. Because you're feeling more generous towards yourself, you may feel more generous and forgiving towards someone with whom you have been feuding. It's a good time to bury any lingering hatchets....

May 31, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. The primary keyword associated with this card is "reciprocity," which means give AND take. We are taught as small children to share, give to the less fortunate, and think of others to maintain ease and comfort for all. But some societies take that concept too far, and the wonderful, individual being is lost in the homogenous crowd. On the other hand, thinking only of the individual leads to anarchy and societal chaos. This brings us to the other important keyword of this card: balance.

On the surface, the Six of Pentacles indicates balance and harmony on the physical/material plane. The nuts and bolts of life are humming along without too much trouble. There's potential for increase and gain if you're willing to put in the time and effort. The undercurrent of this card is that we can be tempted to cut corners on our integrity/truth for greater rewards physically or materially. The equilibrium between positive and negative is precarious....

However, this brings us back to the "take" part of reciprocity. When your decisions to give or take are based in love, love of society AND love of Self, your whole environment--internal and external--will be serene and peaceful. The rule of thumb is to take what you need, but not more. You must take. If all you do is give, balance is destroyed, and you'll be miserable.

Learn to take, as well as give, within your truth and integrity.

May 29, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Wands, reversed. The fiery King of Wands, when upright, uses his energies to create rather than destroy. Reversed, we've got a temper tantrum brewing.

Under the influence of this card you may be tempted away from your responsibilities and resent others for their expectations of you. How dare they tell you what to do?! But acting without scruples, tolerance, and ignoring the larger world means there will be a price to pay later for today's thoughtless actions. Errors in judgment will weaken your position in your community and with the members of your tribe.

Where does all this out-of-control fire come from? Insecurity of Self. There's the thought that you have to shout to be heard or be bigger and badder than anyone else to be noticed. Current and past world leaders such as Hitler, Mussolini, Bashar al-Assad, Stalin, Putin, and others are all excellent examples of the King of Wands in reverse.

Tread lightly, people, lest you burn bridges and lose everything you've held dear.

May 28, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords. The suit of Swords is tricky. It's technically of the mind, but it affects the heart deeply. That's because the dialogs in our heads--especially about ourselves--can cause so much guilt, shame, inner turmoil, doubt, fear that we're not enough in some way, and general emotional drama. And in what area of life do we suffer the most guilt, shame, inner turmoil, doubt, and fear of not being enough? In our interpersonal relationships and attachments, whether they be romantic, business, friendships, or family.

As uncomfortable as this suffering can be, there is great wisdom and unrealized intelligence in it. Through honesty with yourself and faith in your own beliefs and integrity, you can release the upset and accept the sorrow that some situations or people cannot be as you would wish them to be.

With the greatest of compassion, erase certain boundaries, criteria, quid pro quo's, and all other score keeping mechanisms you're holding for yourself and others, and simply allow love to enter.

May 26, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Lovers. We are tasked with making a choice...a higher choice. Self examination is necessary to determine your most deeply held values originating in the depths of your consciousness. This choice probably involves another person, although it could be about taking a harder but higher road. There is a necessity of considering the long-term implications of this choice very carefully.

Being faced with such a heavily moral decision has probably come because in an effort to be accepted, you've given too much of yourself away. So, you're faced with continuing on this path that isn't really comfortable for you and gaining desired acceptance, or you step back to firmer ground where your integrity lives. If you can let go of the attachment to acceptance (being seen as "cool"), you'll be in a better position to make your decisions from a spiritual level.

The high road is harder to walk. It's not as much fun. It requires some sacrifice. You may be called a goody-two-shoes. But in the end, you'll be able to live with yourself in serenity knowing that you did the "right thing" for you.

May 22, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups. Fives are energetically volatile, and the suit of Cups indicate emotions. Put them together, and I'm guessing some of you may be having your emotional waters stirred up right about now. All the astrology sites are ranting about big changes and instability caused by the current alignments in the heavens, and my cards are reflecting the same.

Disturbances and disappointing experiences in relationships or partnerships will be happening or coming. Emotions will be involved, and it may get yucky. But as with all yucky experiences, you'll learn some valuable lessons and face some blinding truths. Regrets? Probably. However, try to frame those regrets into "Well, I don't need to do THAT again." rather than "I'm a total waste of oxygen."

These next weeks may put you very off-balance. Through self-reflection and serious introspection, I'm asking you to feel your emotions. Don't run from them; sit in them and get real about them. Release all self-judgment and be who you are. Claim your personal power and make your way through this period of discovery, disappointment, and change of self.

May 20, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Chariot. After the two doubt-filled cards of yesterday and before, I'm delighted to see The Chariot today. This card gives us the shifting gears we needed. Whereas we may have been stuck in neutral or first, this card puts us nicely into drive!

Self-control, mastery from within, and a triumph of will are represented by The Chariot. Even though you're up to your eyeballs, these efforts will be both engaging and stimulating and will pay off in the long run. Persevere through this next phase!

As you align with your world, move forward with your plans. Expect travel in the coming weeks/couple months that has something to do with your development--in other words, I'm not feeling said travel is for vacation only. The other day I mentioned being open to obscure opportunity...be sure to take advantage of anything prime. There also may be some "merging" with another whether for business or the fun of it. Merging can mean forming a partnership, friendship, or frequent contact that leads to favorable, long-term circumstances.

May 19, 2018: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands, reversed. I've drawn another "not happy at work" card. Upon further study, I think I may know what this is about.... It's getting to be graduation time--whether college or high school--and many graduates have final projects due before the end of their studies. This card also represents certain rites of passage (graduation) and a "leave-taking." (Oh! How about weddings? Getting everything done before the Big Day and then departing on a honeymoon, moving to a new city to begin married life, etc.)

At any rate, these final projects or preparations are weighing you down and becoming overwhelming. The labor necessary to get it all done is becoming forced and rushed because you're running out of time. It's starting to feel monumental and the incompletion is causing anxiety and dissatisfaction. Disorganization makes you even less efficient. Finally, to top it all off, you're just not READY to graduate or walk down the aisle or whatever is on your plate right now.

The thing is, who's EVER completely "ready"? Things can be planned down to the very last detail, but then you still have to have faith in yourself and dare to leap. Let go of the minutia and prioritize. Then do tasks in small manageable pieces. Take a break and go for a walk around the block, and do some more. What doesn't get done obviously wasn't THAT important, and you're going to be okay.

May 18, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles, reversed. The Three of Pentacles often represents your work and how you work with others. Reversed, it can mean there's struggle in that area. Such struggle could be haste or immaturity in your management techniques. (I'm not talking about management of a restaurant or department at your company. I'm more concerned with how you manage your own resources, time, knowledge, assignments and so forth that you're directly responsible for. [And this could be at home, too.]) You could have set the bar for yourself too high and are seeking the impossible.

Therefore, I want you to ask yourself, "Am I doing what I love? Am I doing what suits my talents and knowledge?" If the answer is less than a resounding "yes", then it may be time to reevaluate your physical plane. More training/schooling is never a bad investment in yourself if that's what you feel you need. Reduce the size of your current projects/chores into more manageable and realistic steps. Look at the goal and consider what you should do TODAY to advance forward. Give a more generalized thought to the coming week rather than micromanaging every step for the next year.

My point is this card is indicating getting tangled in the details of the physical plane. To go further, you're required to put more effort in the basics: more sleep, more contact with nature, better food, quality time with people who "get" you. Certainly we all have obligations that must be attended to, but see where you can minimize those obligations and spend more of your life catering to your most authentic self. Therein lies happiness--you being you.

May 17, 2018: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. The suit of Swords, in general, is pretty shadowy because it's all about what's going on in our minds. As we all know, that's where the voices of judgment and self-doubt live and work to hold you back from your natural daring and high-spiritedness. Your "voices" may encourage you to stay isolated, keeping yourself to yourself, where you can't interact and engage with others. Because, of course, that's how you get hurt.

This card represents all that, but it also represents a lot more, and this "more" part is what I want to emphasize today. Creative imagination, new concepts or plans, and invention also live in your mind. Heightened inspiration push you to research your ideas and create the strategy you need to get things out of your head and onto the table. This card also brings you the courage to be unpredictable and go for what you want or imagine.

The spiritual components of this seven ask you to realign with your truest center, your gut. Listen for hints and truth bombs. Be alert to hidden opportunities. Finally, come out of your shell because this card indicates ideal unions between friends or partners of any kind (business, romantic, etc.).

May 16, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Sun. Well ain't that special? Even on this rainy day (in Athens, Ohio at least) The Sun has shone on us all.

Esoterically and/or spiritually speaking, this card signifies great and pure energy, new beginnings, and the optimism that anything is possible. As you look on life with wonder, you come to feel "at home" in yourself, and you're at peace with what you life has brought you thus far--good, bad, and ugly.

On a less metaphysical level, this card represents enjoying simple pleasures and accomplishments. It's about finding satisfaction and happiness with what you do have and not kvetching about what you lack. The Sun is reminding you that it's awfully nice to be alive and experiencing the miracles of each day.

Finally, and most importantly, The Sun's appearance is an omen of joy. Look for joy in all you do--today and always. Even on your most "unfortunate" days, look for joy and The Sun, because as long as you remain breathing, there is joy to be had.

P.S. In the more than two years that I've been drawing a Card O' the Day, I've never pulled The Sun. I've drawn The Sun, reversed, twice (Dec. 31, 2017 and Oct. 3, 2017) but never the upright Sun. Trivia...or food for thought?

May 15, 2018: Card O' the Day: Princess of Swords, reversed. A good friend of mine has a name for herself when she gets on her holier-than-thou high horse: Judgy McJudgerson. This name is completely appropriate for the Princess/Page of Swords when she's reversed. Yesterday I asked you to let your freak flag fly and not be afraid of your personal passion, instincts, and urges. Today Ms. McJudgerson is feeding you the disinformation that you're "wrong" to do so as she belittles and shames you.

This feeling of "wrongness" may cause you to hesitate to share personal details or your creative ideas with others. That ugly, derisive voice in your head saps your confidence and leaves you feeling unprepared or too stupid to handle your job, home life, or recreational activities.

Even though this card is governed by the heart chakra (mental energies have an effect on your heart), throat chakra difficulties are indicated. Meaning, you can't speak up for yourself to yourself. Therefore, today's homework is to tell that vile, judgmental voice in your head to Shut. Up. Remember the test: is it legal? who does it hurt? If it's legal and it's not hurting anyone, then you have my permission to do your thing!!

May 14, 2018: Card O' the Day: Strength, reversed. Some people are simply more reticent and others more bold, which then creates an imbalance in society. Social norms and laws help keep the bold ones from overly annoying the quiet ones and thereby keeping peace among all. At the same time, even the quietest of a tribe will get a wild hair up their asses occasionally, and the usually bold ones aren't nuts all the time.

When Strength is reversed, as it is today, this indicates that the "wildhair" energy has become a force that cannot be confined or controlled. An overwhelming Will pushes one to behave in an uncharacteristically bold or daring way. These passions, urges, or instincts--the wildness within us all--can be seen as personal weakness when not appropriately governed. One can doubt one's own sanity or "goodness" and become very emotional and fearful over this perception of oneself as being "wrong" or "bad."

However, if you suppress and unreasonably deny your passions and wild hairs, those strangled feelings will emerge eventually, and it could be a big and inappropriate mess! Think of the stereotypical midlife crisis where a guy dumps his family, buys a red corvette, and runs off to Vegas with his new girlfriend--who's 20 years younger.

The thing is, we're ALL prone to moments of being "socially unacceptable" at one time or another! The trick is to let yourself off the chain occasionally so you don't build up a big head of steam that causes you to blow up. Leak off that steam in small spurts to maintain your balance between proper citizen and wild and crazy guy. As long as no one is getting hurt and it's legal (never mind what your grandma would say), let your freak flag fly!

May 13, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. So, maybe it's not just me and my jet-lag. This card represents a decline in interest and lack of creativity as we wander from "thing" to "thing" looking for something to catch our fancy. We're not quite sure what, precisely, we're looking for, but what we've got or are doing ain't it. Therefore, I suspect, like me, you're indulging in distractions and briefly amusing pastimes like Netflix binges or video gaming.

I think we're caught in what sailors call the doldrums...a place at sea where the winds are still and the currents sluggish. Thus, a ship could sit for days or weeks going nowhere fast. At the same time we're stuck, wondering what "the next thing" will be for us, know there's a secret transition happening while we're bored to tears. Remember, nothing changes unless forced, so that means we have to get good and darned bored before we get off our rumps and do something about it.

This is a time of endings, a lull in activity and interests, and then a transition into the new. I suggest we go with it and indulge in another round of Netflix while the winds aren't blowing!

May 12, 2018: Back from BMSE Hawaii!

Card O' the Day: Seven Cups, reversed. Okaaaaaaay...maybe this one is for me. Feeling lost in daydreams: I'm definitely still punch-drunk from jet-lag and lack of sleep.

Also for this card we have relaxation, loosening up, and taking time out to decompress and recharge. I guess ALL the laundry doesn't really have to be done TODAY.... I did get the damp SCUBA gear rinsed off yesterday, but I can let it go another day or two before putting it away. It's really something when you have to pointedly chill out when coming home from a vacation.

A nap is definitely on my agenda today.

May2, 2018: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups: It would seem yesterday's Judgment card was congratulating you on the hard work you're doing but not that "you're done." *Sigh* Our Good Prince represents a difficult, but profoundly rewarding, spiritual quest of personal revelation and healing.

I don't know that we'll ever "get there" or "be done." However, these cards of late that keep harping on trust and personal growth are here to remind us that only we can make ourselves happy by following that journey within. Whether that happiness comes from deep contentment, achieving goals and dreams, getting good with past mistakes or abuse, forgiveness, or whatever it is your soul needs and calls for, you've got to do your work. No one can do it for you.

So, today's Prince is inviting you to take on challenges, with absolute trust and no reservations, that will help and/or force you to grow. You will experience tremendous exhilaration if you jump into the unknown and dare to be YOU!

May 1, 2018: Card O' the Day: Judgment. Oh, wow. All the hard work we've being doing this year is coming to fruition. This card reiterates that your truth and reality is not to be found outside yourself in other people, activities, vices, practices, hobbies, volunteering, etc., but it's to be found within you. Look there to find the way to make yourself happy.

Judgement represents hearing and heeding a call--an awakening to your truth--that brings rebirth to your soul, spirit, and life. A personal decision will be made that will make significant impact upon your life and the way you move forward from here. Such a decision can bring freedom from confinement and bondage, achievement of goals, and joy. However, these changes will require total dedication to "stick", because they won't be easy, and it'll be very tempting to just slide back into the same old rut and behaviors.

Finally, Judgment is the courage to look at yourself and recognize what's lacking. With this new-found wisdom and clarity, you'll see doorways to peacefulness you couldn't see before.

April 29, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords, reversed (again, see 4 days ago). Apparently, we're being reminded that "this, too, shall pass." That, or to really, seriously, this time for sure, Let. It. Go. Keep looking forward and keep your feet moving. Remember what happened in that Bible story about Lot and his wife as they were leaving Sodom; she turned back for one final look and was turned into a pillar of salt. If ever there was a lesson about letting it go....

As you look forward, I'm sure you're feeling SOME anticipation about what's coming next. Excellent! Dwell heavily on those feelings of excitement and "I wonder...." Concentrate on every advantage you do have, and try to morph any weakness or disadvantage into something you can use. Have insomnia? Do on-line research about building your own website rather than bing-watching Netflix. Would rather take a hike or bike ride than build your website? Then use that "me time" to brainstorm!

Some keywords for the Ten, reversed: Gain. Success. Power.

April 28, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. When I signed on to Facebook, just now, to write this Card O' the Day, there was an animation about it being "Pay it Forward Day." How VERY appropriate that I've pulled the Six of Pentacles!

This card indicates flowing material energy of the kind that can bring success and influence. But the meat of this card is about what you do with that fortunate energy, because it also represents a precarious equilibrium between Positive and Negative. This means if you don't use this energy for charity, kindness, and to pay it forward (all the time, not just today), you may find your success tastes bitter and you have diminished connections to everyone. To put it bluntly, if you cave on your integrity and go for the quick, but less-than-honest buck, you will be sorry.

The key word to this card is reciprocity--meaning you enjoy the rewards of giving and receiving without caring about keeping score. How you value and handle those exchanges determines your Karmic balance with Universe. Don't take more than you need, and give to those who have less than you. Trust me, you'll sleep better at night.

April 27, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. Even upside down, this card heralds new beginnings. But the reversal means those beginnings may be delayed, or the right one just hasn't arrived yet. Yeah, you're ready for changes and new stuff, but hold your horses and wait for it. Don't go off half cocked just because you've got ants in your pants. You'll only end up making mistakes that slow you down even further.

What to do while you're waiting? Research. Once you decide what you want to do, research how you can make it happen efficiently and with the best use of your resources. That'll keep you busy and make you feel like you're doing something towards your goal.

After spending a couple hours Googling and planning, go outside and burn calories in Mother Nature. Not only will you bleed off excessive energy (if you're too pooped from tilling the garden, you won't have any oomph left to get into mischief through bad decisions), but Mother has a way of calming fears, reducing stress, and making you feel that all is right in your world.

April 26, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups. This is a continuation of yesterday's card's message regarding circumstances that clear the way for renewal. Based on today's 5, I'd say said circumstances originated from an unpleasant and unexpected disturbance causing feelings of loss and deep disappointment. Betrayal of some nature may have been involved. At any rate, it completely sucked, and it's hard to try to see silver linings at this moment.

Remember, this time in your life will pass and you'll come out the other side. Something valuable will remain, and with that remaining asset, you'll find new avenues and possibilities.

As with the 10, we're being asked to let go of what was and accept what is now, because that's what you're dealing with--a new set of facts and reality, not what was true before the "disturbance" blew a hole in your life. Check to see if you're ego-bound to a sense of being "right." Can you swallow your pride, accept this didn't work, and move in a different direction?

April 25, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords, reversed: Many Ten of Swords cards are depicted with a person face down on the ground with ten swords stabbed in their back; some even show a pool of blood. When this card is reversed, the swords essentially "fall out." Yay! What this means is, the worst is over, and you can start to relax and recover. You've survived and turned a corner.

The recent extreme circumstances have actually cleared the way for rebirth and exciting breakthroughs. These can lead to advantages, gain, and success. Which, in anyone's book, is a good thing, right?

However, don't let any lingering negative feelings over the recent past events keep you locked in upset. Holding on to sadness, anger, disappointment, etc. will only prolong the experience you're trying to get over. Examine the situation without emotions or self-blame, accept responsibility for your part in it, take note of the valuable lessons, make arrangements in your life to never do "that" again, and move on. This is your chance to (wait for it...) Let it Goooooooooo......

April 24, 2018: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands, reversed: When the fiery Princess of Wands is reversed, her energies tend to be a little out of control. Because she's very conscious of the challenges in her way right now, she may hesitate to act. But at the same time, she's fearful she'll "miss the bus" so to speak, so she'll stab at things indiscriminately in a vain attempt to do SOMEthing that will bring her the desired results.

Guess what? It ain't gonna work. Get a grip and do nothing without careful thought and planning. If you can't concentrate on said careful thought, then go do something physical to burn off the energy without causing harm, and leave the big decisions for another day. Swimming laps or going for a run are good ideas because you can do them on autopilot and just burn calories. Stay away from activities that need coordination and attention while you do them--like splitting wood.

Because your attentions may wander under the influence of the reversed princess, you may be a bit accident prone (thus, the no wood splitting thing). Take extra care with "hot" things like the stove or fireplace; minor burns could be in the picture for your today.

April 20, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Empress. The Empress is also very fact oriented in her way of thinking (see Eight of Swords, reversed). She give us courage to try new things and, if we fail, there's no judgment or recrimination. She will help you examine your motives, actions, and mistakes without drama, so you can learn from what went wrong and do better next time.

The key to awareness is found in love, acceptance, nurturing, and physical care of yourself. When you're feeling whole and well-cared for, then you have the energy and sense of well-being to show compassion to others and share your abundance. Many times I've spoken of being sure to keep your own "cup" full through self care, because if you've given everything you have to others, there's nothing left for you or to share further. You have to keep yourself healthy in order to continue to help those around you.

In addition, this card represents creativity, progress, life renewed, and action. The energy behind The Empress is well grounded, and her Hermetic symbol is a door. Will you step through that door?

April 18, 2018: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords, reversed. Upright, the Eight shows us how we can get trapped in our own limited thinking. When the card is reversed, the potential for liberation is greater as your thinking becomes clearer. Also, your ingenuity and improvisational skills are high right now.

When eights (representing manifestation) are combined with Swords (representing the mind, your thoughts, and your thinking processes), the answer to your problems is all in your head. Use your noodle and THINK your way out of your difficulties. Look at your problems analytically--no emotions, dreams, or wishes--and be very dry and honest about your abilities and resources. What do you have, in hand, to help you move forward? Where are you procrastinating about taking concrete steps? No blame or guilt for not doing something already or overestimating your talents or wallet: just what are the facts?

The final question to ask your self is Why? Why did you procrastinate or overestimate yourself? Are you setting yourself up for failure subconsciously (or consciously), because you're afraid of success and the work it takes to continue that success?

April 12, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen Of Cups, reversed. When a pendulum swings, it goes to extremes in both directions until it finally comes back to center and balance. As I've mentioned, we had a long period of inner journeying, and as we rejoin the material plane, we can feel unmoored and disconnected. Think of astronauts who spend time in space floating effortlessly in zero gravity. Then they have to come back to Earth and slog through the heaviness of normal gravity. I feel like that's what we're dealing with now.

Coming out of zero gravity and back to reality can be a very emotional experience. The flood of feelings can be overwhelming, and it's awfully tempting to want to go back to "space" and "zero gravity" to continue floating in the wonder of spiritual connections. Back in reality, every nerve seems so alive it's almost painful, and the slightest criticism is devastating.

The Queen of Cups, reversed, also represents sharpening your practicality and seeing past illusion. Therefore, she's acknowledging our difficulties, is sympathetic to our highly emotional states, but wants us to get back to work. The wood won't chop itself, and the water hasn't yet grown legs--get carrying the buckets.

April 11, 2018: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands. There's new energy coming into shape, but it can be volatile and might make you a bit emotional. You'll want to maintain control and personal boundaries (this energy may tempt you to say "yes" to everything). However, be aware boundaries keep out the good as well as the bad, so use discernment when saying no.

As you come to recognize the actions needed right now to carry you forward from your recent contemplation, honor your conscious mind and unconscious soul, which are working in harmony right now to give you clear direction. This card brings great strength that is intensified by this internal guidance.

If you find your way blocked, look deeply at the cause of those obstacles and consider how you contributed to the problem and/or attracted this negative energy. (Rarely does anything happen TO you without some input of your own.) Victory is coming, but it will be preceded by uncertainty and a little fear. Trust that you're doing it right.

April 10, 2016: Card O' theDay: The Moon, reversed. While this card can mean a denial of all things "unseen" and esoteric, I'm just thinking it's time to get back to the real world for a while after all the journeying and soul searching off the past weeks. When The Moon is reversed, it brings gifts of insight into the imagery of the psyche. Acceptance of that then allows the digestion and clarification of the alternative experiences you may have been having.

I, myself, am having a "return to the real world" day as I come off the psychic open-ness of this past weekend...coming back to ground after being in the clouds, so to speak.

April 6, 2018: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles, reversed. While this spiritual talk and mental restructuring is all well and good, when it comes down to walking what you talk, the materialism within all of us starts to balk. You're probably pretty comfortable in your surroundings...perhaps you'd like a bigger TV or a newer mattress, but it's YOUR nest and you've become used to it. But as your mind and spirit move towards making changes in your life, you begin to wonder whether you're capable of letting go of some stuff while still maintaining this level of physical comfort.

Just because you're turning over new leaves spiritually and emotionally doesn't mean you have to go live in a cave, wear only a loincloth, and subsist on dirt and roots. You can be spiritual, kind, compassionate, and helpful to all creatures right from the security of your old sofa! I'm not coming to take away your iPad, heated slippers, or electric wok. You're allowed to have nice things and be physically content as you reconsider what's truly valuable in your life.

On a side note, the King of Pentacles can indicate overeating and digestive issues. I don't know why, but I've been craving sugar lately. Could be the late season snow and cold weather we've been having...I'm eating out of frustration. Just be mindful.

April 5, 2018: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords, reversed. We are finally coming out of the thoughtfulness that's been consuming us as we learn more about ourselves and who we want to be when we grow up. During our deep introspection, some issues were resolved, but as we resurface, we find a bit of a dilemma. We're not quite the same as we were weeks or months ago, and what worked then doesn't fit anymore.

Fortunately, this awakening from our contemplative slumber comes with clarity and new perspectives. I'm willing to bet you have a pretty good idea of what you need to do; now it's about getting the courage to do it.

The other day The Fool came to us. Full of beginnings, daring, and standing on the edge of a cliff, he's raring to go--scared stiff, true, but still wanting to leap. I think you've had enough time to think about things so any leaps you take won't be uneducated or in the dark. Trust yourself. Be a little audacious. Live fully.

April 3, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Fool. And here we have it, the card of all beginnings.


April 2, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles. Just as we all fail, we are all flawed. Remember back in high school when you'd get a zit? You knew, just KNEW everybody was staring at that zit and laughing behind your back! You wanted to die.... Except, nobody was looking at your zit because they all had their own zits, or high-water jeans, or dorky haircut to worry about.

Self-consciousness about your perceived flaws only reinforces the notion that you're somehow not "enough." You're being urged to find the roots of this idea that you're lacking, and let go of that old hurt. This may be very difficult to do, and you may need help in the form of therapy or counseling. To complete this phase of the spiritual quest you're on, you need to drop some psychic weight in order to move forward.

But you can do this. Our card also speaks of endurance, strength, and determination! As you drop old baggage, you're going to discover new interests that help you bloom...and maybe then you'll come to realize you've always be enough.

April 1, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man. In some ways The Hanged Man reminds of The Fool who has been upended by Universe...which makes sense because it's said that the entire Tarot journey is Man (The Fool) making his way through life's challenges. So, today on April Fool's Day, we have The Fool hung upside down, trapped by circumstances, and forced to think.

Our Journey, that we've been on for weeks, continues as we willingly sacrifice old values and attitudes that allow us to have spiritual breakthrough. Giving up past certainties does indeed turn your world on its head, but what a fresh view! Keep up this good work of positive mental changes, and I guarantee you'll find new joy in your life.

Something else this card brings is redemption on a spiritual or emotional level. Let go of self-blame and guilt for past mistakes and cringe-inducing actions. We. All. Fail. And embarrass ourselves. And stick our foot in our mouth. And do stupid stuff. Forgive yourself for being an idiot, and try not to f*ck up TODAY. Then try again tomorrow. When you do inevitably f*ck up, make it right, learn your lesson, and forgive yourself.

March 31, 2018: Card O' the Day: Death, reversed. Death and The Tower are the two "big changes coming" cards of the Tarot deck. When they're reversed, like yesterday and today, the energy is softened to a certain extent but it's by no means less serious of a wake up call. I interpret The Tower as a big change in your head (get it? lightening hitting the top of the "tower", or your noggin), whereas Death indicates physical changes to your body or your physical world.

Getting these cards back-to-back tells me that changes in your head will lead to changes in your physical world. As in you'll decide to make changes that then manifest in better fitness, weight loss, recycling, continued education, etc., etc. Those manifestations then create their own manifestations such as greater health, more energy, a happier environment, and a better job, which then leads to....

Everything is connected and interconnected. One small change in your mind can lead to change in your routine that snowballs into fulfilled dreams and a better world around you. That may seem a little intimidating, but you don't have to do it all today. Just take the first step.

P.S. Like I said yesterday, changes are coming and resistance is futile. Therefore, just go with it, and make your life easier.

March 30, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Tower, reversed. I feel like we're still in Mind Changing/Epiphany Mode (in fact, I had my own "aha!" moment just this morning). When The Tower is reversed, however, it either lessens the degree of the Big Change, or it shows resistance to that change.

Even small changes to your thinking is useful in the long run. Simply choosing to switch to reusable shopping bags will have an impact on Mother Earth and possibly change others' minds on the topic as well. Therefore, no positive change can be too small or "less than mind blowing." Negative changes can also be good for you eventually. (A negative change in my life that comes to mind is my 2nd husband leaving me. It hurt at the time, but it also freed me up to be available for the husband of my dreams!!)

If you're resisting a positive or negative change, don't. You're only making life more difficult for yourself. With all changes, there will be some backsliding into the old patterns. When that happens, cut yourself some slack and correct your course. It takes time to ingrain new habits and get used to changes. Try to look at your average performance over the week or month rather than your daily actions. If you MOSTLY kept to your new track, you're still getting ahead.

March 28, 2018: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles, reversed. As you consider alternative ways of living to what you're used to, shields come down. You're able to reconsider what, exactly, you need to feel secure in your world. Can you feel secure with only $X in the bank rather than $YY? Do you need to upgrade your phone again to feel cool? This is a time of releasing your grip on material energies in order to pay more attention to creative, emotional, and intellectual energies.

This does not mean you can't still pursue your goals and dreams. It only means you'll do so in a more relaxed and less frenetic manner. You'll "desire" instead of "NEEDING DESPERATELY!" And, by following your dreams intellectually and emotionally, you'll remain grounded and practical with your resources. As in, instead of spending money and free time attending useless seminars, you'll go to the park for a picnic with friends and brain-storm with each other. A free and fun networking experience!

March 27, 2018: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles. This Princess came to us, reversed, a little over a week ago with hints of a shift from the material plane to things deeper and more spiritual. Today, upright, she's validating that you're on the right track to living life more fully and being present to all possibilities.

Fascinated by your recent studies or contemplation of your inner workings, you're entering into a phase of maturation that impels you towards a positive and affirming search for Self and how you fit into Universe. Your truth, and Universal Truth, become a radical personal realization that allows you to move into the unknown with wonder and trust, so that even small things can seem like grand adventures!

Like all of the Princesses/Pages, the Princess of Pentacles also indicates messages. Hers are of the restoration of the understanding of your individual perfection and magic.

March 26, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Wands, reversed. We're making progress on our inner journeys to a higher level of understanding who we are! This card is indicating many of you are getting to a good place within, and things are starting to make sense. No longer do you need to be so RIGHT all the time and to convince others that your personal beliefs, values, position, actions, etc. are the only way to go. Because you're good with yourself, this allows you to see that the beliefs, values, positions, actions etc. of others are good, too, if only a little different.

We all know the old saying that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger blah, blah, blah. But handling difficulties, major and minor, also make you more practiced at sorting out snags and snafus. When you know what to do or can come up with a plan B on the fly, then road blocks don't seem so awful. What used to be a major setback becomes a mere petty annoyance.

Y'all are doing good work! Transformation is imminent....

March 23, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man. Now we're getting somewhere people!! The Hanged Man indicates the willingness to trust but also the fear of change. The mind wants stability and security, yet the soul is yearning for growth and expansion.

As you dig deeper into more profound thinking, you can expect a new vision and reverses in your values and attitudes. We've had a couple reversed Pentacles recently that also indicated leaving long-held traditions and values behind. The trend continues with today's card. Now, I don't believe you'll chuck your entire lives and turn your back on everything you've ever believed. I feel these cards are indicating a more refined discernment of what you believe...sort of what you'll keep and what you'll shift.

Relinquish control and allow something new and greater to emerge. This will require you to shift from ego-centric thinking and behavior to that of your True Self. A Self who is innately more compassionate, forgiving, and understanding of the Big Picture of life. I mean, is it really worth popping a neck vein if the barista made your latte with whole milk instead of skim?

March 22, 2018: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups, reversed. Just as we go through phases in our interests (you were once avid for skiing or SCUBA diving and now, not so much) and fashions (goth, emo, acid washed denim), we also go through phases in our relationships. During this current growth period, know that you might outgrow some friends.

This card indicates the process has already begun as you find less time to socialize or attend events with the usual crowd. You may find you feel bored by them or drained rather than energized and supported. It's becoming preferable to just to stay home instead of playing the game.

It's time to look at some hard realities. The reversed Three indicates a completion. This group of friends and associated activities may well be a chapter of your life that's finished. If that's the case, file it away under "good times" and move forward.

March 21, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles, reversed.

As you continue your personal journey, ordinary "traditional roles" may fall by the wayside as your attention lies elsewhere. You may lack interest in cooking and cleaning (where it wasn't a problem before), or those chores seem even more onerous that usual. The adventure of "finding" yourself is more interesting and consuming right now.

As you seek, you may find like minded people with whom to discuss deep thoughts, esoteric studies, and methods of enhancing your spiritual experiences. However, be careful of jumping on any bandwagons or falling for schemes and snake oil. Just because someone calls themselves a shaman and others swear by his/her talents, it doesn't mean they have all the answers. Know that in this phase of seeking, you're more vulnerable to self-doubt. You may find yourself hiding behind false fronts of "getting it" and being "awakened" just to be like the others in the group. The others may appear to be so enlightened that you begin to covet their serenity and wisdom.

All I can say is don't...don't covet, don't hide, don't fake it, don't join because everyone else does. Be authentic in yourself. If it doesn't resonate with you, ask questions. If those questions can't be readily answered to your satisfaction, find out for yourself. And for heaven's sake, don't spend thousands on "magic" crystals, dusts, wands, herbs, candles, lessons, retreats, etc.! Your own enlightenment and awakening is completely in your control and available to you in your own back yard.

March 20, 2018: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles, reversed. As you begin to think and feel more deeply and attempt to connect more with the Spiritual world, you may find yourself rethinking long-held beliefs and traditions. You probably learned those beliefs and practiced those traditions as a child, and you've continued them as "the way it's always been." However, they're no longer as satisfying and are becoming superficial as you grow.

It's going to be a bit scary moving out of your comfort zone of the "known" and trying new things.... Not to mention the discomfort your family/tribe may dump on you as you decline invitations to celebrations or habitual get togethers. You may circle back around after a while and re-engage in those traditional activities, but I suspect you'll participate more on on a social level (to keep the peace or to just have a chance to visit with the other members of the clan) rather than through any great religious or deeply held belief in the rituals involved.

This is all part of YOUR personal journey back to Source and coming into alignment with YOUR True Self. Even though we walk and engage with others, ultimately our path is our own....

March 18, 2018: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles, reversed. Normally the Princess of Pentacles is very practical and materially oriented. True, she has youthful energy and isn't quite as sedate and practiced in her business affairs as the Queen of Pentacles, but her feet are usually firmly grounded and her thoughts tend towards the physical world. When reversed, her clarity of thinking and practicality suffers as she echoes the messages of yesterday's Queen of Cups.

The reversed Princess pulls away from trivial fixations (gaming, shopping, texting, parties, etc.) to seek a new world of perceptions. To help enhance the those deeper feelings and understanding, she may develop new interests in crystals, scrying, or any one of a thousand topics of esoteric study. (Not that she would admit this new-found interest in the woo-woo world to any of her friends, mind you!)

What's truly important here, though, is the shift of focus from the material plane to your spiritual plane. The Queen of Cups and the reversed Princess are telling you that your inner sight has been on the back burner for too long, and it's time to pay attention to the deeper meaning of your purpose here.

March 17, 2018: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups. As Mother Nature wakens from her winter's sleep (and based upon the current weather in Ohio, Mom is having a hard time getting out of bed...), the natural rhythms of the world will change. As creatures of that world, our rhythms are changing, too. You're being reminded to pay attention to those undercurrents to help you with the connection between self and soul. Seek a deeper development of your inner life.

The Queen of Cups is the sort to base all her actions upon her feelings. Sometimes that's a "bad thing" when making tough choices. However, at this time, she's telling us to pay attentions to our feelings and go with our hearts. The Queen is also the "holder of visions", and that makes sense if you consider that our hopes, dreams, and visions for better things come from the heart. So, in the process of getting dreams out of your head and on to the material plane, your heart will be a key player. When we want something badly enough, we can make it so.

Finally, feel gratitude for whatever life brings you without expectation or demand. Yes, strive for more, but concentrate on what you DO have rather than what you don't, and then express your joy for it...out loud.

March 14, 2018: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles. You're living your ideals on a safe and secure material plane...almost idyllic! Of course, it's not perfect and you'd love to have a new A, B, or C, but the lights are on, there's food on the table, and the car's running. You can be content and satisfied with what you've accomplished and earned thus far through good management and some good luck.

And yet, Universe is asking you to not just squat here and maintain. The creature comforts of the material plane are what allow you to seek inner purpose from a stable place. After all, you can't be effectively communing with your higher self when you're hungry or in danger. So, while things are materially easy right now, take that time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Perhaps now is the time to take a college course and begin that dream of higher education. For true expansion and growth, you need to keep moving, stay curious, and dare little.

March 13, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Emperor. The Emperor stands for structure, order, and reason. He's sort of the foundation of your life: your inner father figure to yourself, your inner boss, your inner law maker.

Right now I feel like he's in "protection mode" and setting up boundaries to ward off attacks of disturbing emotions that you don't want to deal with. This messiness doesn't fit in your ordered (read: rigid and inflexible) way of thinking. But guess what? Life is messy and emotional! Modern architects have learned ways of designing buildings that can withstand earthquakes by making them flexible. Rigid stone structures collapse upon themselves when shaken.

Therefore, you're going to have to make exceptions to your rules. I'm not saying you have to completely scrap all your values and belief systems, but if there isn't some leeway, you'll end up in a tiny tribe that believes exactly the way you do. And that won't be a very fertile ground in which to expand and grow yourself.

Forgive minor transgressions against you, or find a way to make the big ones right again. In rigidity, you will stand alone; in flexibility, you will find companionship and manifestation.

March 8, 2018: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. The reversed Hierophant is representative of rigid rules and dogma that stifles you from following your dreams. And frankly, you've had enough of that as your own creativity and inspiration well up inside of you like maple sap rising in the trees. You're feeling rather daring and are ignoring that sniffy "What will the neighbors say?" voice...good for you!! As long as your bright ideas are legal and don't hurt anyone, go for it!!! When you do, you'll be surprised how much fun you'll have and how successful you'll be.

Just be a little careful and listen to your gut. If a "shaman" type guru-ish person tries to sell you the latest "snake oil", do your research. The reversed Hierophant can indicate tricksy people in the guise of spiritual leaders. Also, don't commit to anything major right now. You're still exploring all your options and you don't want to get locked in at the first shiny possibility.

March 7, 2018: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords, reversed. Just when I announce Spring Fever is here, it SNOWS! I always think spring (in Ohio, at least) is a schizophrenic season--it doesn't know if it's coming or going, up or down, warm or cold. The day can start with the need of a parka and end in a T-shirt. If the weather is this disoriented, I can only imagine your psyche. I know I only want to nap in front of the fire. I can't seem to stick to any one activity or chore, and my resolve to go for a brisk walk is in serious jeopardy.

There's something going on with water, too. Personally, I've had enough of the rain that's caused ankle deep mud in my area. Others of you may also experience excessive rain, late season snow, washed out bridges, or flooded roads (or basements). Travel across water could be problematic, so double check all details and pack a few items in your hand-carried bags just in case your big suitcase is delayed. Once arriving at your destination, take a day to adjust to your surroundings to mitigate any culture shock.

This, too, shall pass....

March 6, 2018: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles, reversed. I think Spring Fever is beginning.... A friend of mine posted fully blooming crocuses on his FB page, and I could feel his excitement. My own daffodils are well up, and the buds are fat. Others are posting countdowns to the day we reset our clocks.

This would explain feeling distracted and confused right now. If you are tasked with learning anything new, it'll be a struggle (alas for the poor students who must push through and continue with their studies). Even things you normally find interesting or plans you were looking forward to will seem less fascinating as Mother Nature begins to stir from her winter's slumber.

This ancient, annual transformation is felt by all living creatures, including us! Therefore, don't be surprised if you're drawn to spiritual and "Nature-al" pursuits more than usual. Don't fight the feelings; indulge in them. Go outside and take a walk around the block; if you can, take a hike in a park. Give thanks to Mother Earth for supporting you and doing Her thing. Once you've indulged a bit, you might find it easier to get back to reality. You may have to indulge a little each day to balance the "fever" with practicality.

March 1, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords. It's truly hard work to walk a spiritual path and strive to make changes. This card represents the inner conflicts and frustrations you encounter on that journey. In order for the new, better, higher spiritual practices to stick, old patterns of behavior and belief have to be broken down so they can fall away.

These words are effortless to write, but VERY hard to implement every day. It's so very easy to look for short term gains and make excuses for ourselves if those small gains come at the expense of others. Truly those small (see also: petty) gains are merely hollow and meaningless. Kind of like binging on a box of Twinkies...the short term gain is a sugar rush as those cream cakes dance on your tongue. Half an hour later you feel vaguely nauseous, bloated, crashed, and guilty for having indulged in such self-destructive eating habits.

It's time to move past the "win/lose", "what's in it for me" mentality. I believe all of us are born inherently decent. In most, the Highest Self really won't let us be assholes! It's harder to eat your veggies, take a daily walk, and be kind to others, but the long term rewards are innumerable! Put down the Twinkies, and walk away.

February: 28, 2018: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles, reversed. Still not at our best.... So do be careful with your money (gambling, stock market, etc.) because you're NOT financially savvy right now. A lack of focus and general distractions get in the way of wise decisions and the necessary research into any new ventures. This card indicates there's no lack of desire, though. You're certainly hot to trot about finishing something, but scattered energies and annoying roadblocks are preventing you from getting it done. The reason is that it's not time. Try to be patient.

One good thing about being prevented and scattered is that you're going to be forced to, or will intentionally, drop stuff that doesn't serve you anymore. You think you can still handle it or that it's useful, but it's not. Start your spring cleaning early and reduce your clutter physically, emotionally, duty-wise, obligation-wise, etc. What can you let go?

Paperwork is also indicated here. Part of the annoying interference may be red tape, applications (that then take WEEKS to be approved!), appointments that are weeks/months away (but you can't do other things until that's taken care of), and so forth. I know I'm dreading getting my tax receipts in order for my accountant; you, too?

February 27, 2018: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles. Did you ever go on a road trip with your family and several hours into the drive whine "Are we there yet?" That's this card here: we're in the middle of a transitory period and you're beginning to wonder if you're "there yet", or if you'll ever get "there." You're doing good work, but this kind of work is always in progress, and we're in an especially transitory period.

This card indicates many of you may be feeling less than "enough" and rather self-conscious about your perceived flaws at the moment. This can lead to only looking at the empty part of your glass and missing the richness of the full part. Even if you think your glass has mere drops at the bottom, concentrate on those drops you DO have, and don't dwell upon what's been lost, or spend time worrying about what more may be lost before it's all done.

Keep your chin up, persevere, and keep your little brain cells alert for new ways of making things better. You never know what will happen next and just changing your perspective may allow you to see something you've missed.

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 interes