November 23, 2022: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords, reversed. You may be the object of slanderous gossip that colludes with your own self-criticism, self-doubt, shame, mental uncertainty, and timidity. (Your turkey was dry last year and the gravy was lumpy.) Oppressed by troubles, feeling unfairly treated, one hides from “villainous” acquaintances and avoids public view or facing others. (You’re ready to un-invite EVERYone and regret you ever thought you could pull off a dinner for 30.)

Such shrinking from PERCEIVED dangers is reaction to something that weighs heavily on the mind and heart rather than an actual tragedy on the physical plane. (Who REALLY cares if the pie crust is soggy?) 

It’s time to begin the process of climbing out of despair, come out of a depressive episode, and pull yourself out of the rut of self-doubt. Alleviate heavy guilt and self-blame and restore your reputation with patience and unselfishness. Do the very best you can and shut down any haters with the invitation for them to host next year.

November 22, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands. How appropriate as we head into the holiday season!!! 

What started as a good idea has proliferated through overconfidence into too many projects or iterations of a single concept. Betrayed by your own ambitions and caught in a self-created or unplanned quagmire of problems and challenges, the responsibility and obligations of maintaining all that’s needed to keep things running smoothly depletes your energy and represses innate vitality. These unnecessary and distracting expectations will kill your enthusiasm and creativity for the original project.

Receiving this card indicates it’s clearly time to release current burdens and responsibilities. Reassess values and priorities to put what really matters first by generally simplifying and letting go. Certainly use discernment when deciding what to release, severing cords that bind, or discontinuing relationships with people who hold you back. But without making an effort to relieve the current oppression, you’ll be unable or simply too tired to celebrate or appreciate the success you earn.

November 18, 2022: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. The number 2 suggests a conflict, decision, or union (but I’m not feeling a “union” issue here). The suit of Wands signifies fiery action and determination. While energy is passive and contained, it’s nevertheless quite intense and in need of direction. 

If this card represents conflict, things aren’t going well. The question is whether the discord comes from within you or an outside source. Either way, a tremendous amount of energy is trying to move, but it’s blocked by something that needs to be overcome to claim the prize. You actually have the power to resolve this conflict through a new approach or well-timed, bold move. On the other hand, the Two may have appeared to demand a decision regarding which of several opportunities to pursue. (And therein may lie your conflict.) They’re all good, but you must choose what you hope to accomplish within a particular sphere of influence. 

Once energies have been effectively harnessed and responsibilities managed, new possibilities or brilliant original ideas are released or current projects are given new meaning. In the process, you might need to fashion a new mental discipline or return to a previously effective one after applying lessons learned and skills honed.

November 17, 2022: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess, reversed. The reversed High Priestess indicates a period of coming out of your shell after a time of controversy and chaos. It was “loud” and messy and that kept you separated from your higher Self and instincts. Now that things are quieting down, go ahead and reconnect with your spiritual side, be self-reliant, and exercise your sense of independence as you set new standards.

This may look like becoming more business-like or formal as you discern who and what are really worth your time and attention.

November 16, 2022: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords, reversed. Much like the reversed Prince of Wands, this reversed Sword Prince is ready to settle down.

The reversal may indicate that you’re feeling battle-worn or wounded by sharp words after last week’s frenzy of decisions, debates, and verbose opining from all sides. This could render you fearful, doubtful, or cautious and you may want to fall back or hastily retreat rather than advance forward with an endeavor. 

On a more conscious level, you might be trying to overcome impulsiveness and are deliberately becoming more thoughtful, careful, and less hurried as you wait for any opposition to move out of the way.  And that’s okay because I think many of us could use a little quiet time before the holiday hub-bub is upon us.

November 14, 2022: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands, reversed. Another Prince reversed! Well… while the elections are over, the haggling and vote counting are not. However, I don’t think this particular card has anything to do with that chaotic energy.

This particular reversed prince may indicate you’re ready to rein in fiery impulses to stop and enjoy the present, rather than perpetually focusing on future progress. This slower pace could make you more effective and allow for deeper experiences all around. In fact I know that to be true. 

Concretely, it could indicate you’re looking for a new job…along with lots of failed politicians!

November 13, 2022: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords. The journey to peace begins when you step out of judgment to see similarities rather than differences…especially between yourself and others. The Two of Swords comes to a reading when you’re feeling conflicted, are at crossed purposes, have complementary or opposing thoughts held in balance, or are holding two contradictory ideas or characteristics as true and valid at the same time (ex. He’s an asshole but still a really good dad.) 

This might manifest in struggling with a personal dilemma or having a fear of someone unduly influencing you to make a choice. You’d do well to block outside opinions, listen to your intuition, and choose the path that’s best for YOU rather than what’s popular or recommended by others. Take the time to feel deeply and then choose wisely.

November 10, 2022: Card O' the Day: The World. The World is representative of all the elements of the material condition—earth, water, air, and fire—combined with the fifth essence of Spirit. One is imbued with limitless potential to achieve all things possible and is one with the creative force of Universe.

As the final card in the Major Arcana series of the Tarot deck, this card represents one’s arduous journey and the final completion of the work of cutting through illusions and falsehoods to perceive what one believes is the truth. That realization is the final experience of the original goal—though that goal is probably quite different from when one started. Be aware and receptive of this energy as one steps forward to see what’s next and dares to travel outside one’s previous comfort zone.

Now that our elections are over, I feel like this card is for all those running for office who were elected or not. It’s also for us “mere mortals” who only went to the polls to vote. The World is marking the end to a huge cycle in our country and now we figure out what to do with the end results of our efforts. I invite you to reread the first paragraph of this post and go from there

November 8, 2022: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups, reversed. Oof! More of the same with the reversed Prince of Cups! 

Like a shadow on the water, the reversed Prince of Cups is constantly moving with, and adapting to, any situation in a pliant, liquid way, making him hard to define or grasp. He is emotionally dishonest, disingenuous, duplicitous, insincere, and can be quite the lying, conniving, deceitful schemer who uses flattery to achieve his opportunistic, fraudulent ends. The more secretive aspects of this reversal include cheating, manipulation, deception, and could indicate a situation is not as it seems. Trickery, mischief, baseness, idleness, hypocrisy, and artifice are other keywords associated with the reversed Prince. See also obstacles and unpleasant events.

Swell. If this describes your feelings regarding our current election cycle, be grateful it’ll end soon. However, if yesterday’s and today’s reversed Princes describe a person with whom you must deal with on a daily basis, may I suggest you do your best to remove him/her/them from your life? Or at the very least severely limit your exposure. You don’t have to suffer such oafs.

November 7, 2022: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords, reversed. Wow, this feels like 99% of the politicians out there as they frantically campaign down to the very last minute. Ditto the news pundits trying to predict the outcomes of every race.

The normally sharp intellect of the Sword Prince slides into the fanatical or ridiculous when reversed and he appears imprudent, inept, and full of hot air. One may argue theories that are impractical, irrelevant, or empty; one’s words sound like nonsense; or arguments are irrational. Impulsive or foolish incompetence may lead to stupid mistakes that waste time and/or endanger others. At worst, those under the influence of this card tend to carelessly and recklessly charge ahead without listening to advice in a wild response to a situation that calls for a quieter, more careful approach. 

On a more conscious level, one would do well to overcome impulsiveness and deliberately become more thoughtful, careful, and less hurried as one listens to one’s own gut and makes choices according to the best knowledge one has at hand at hand. Vote tomorrow if you haven’t already!

November 4, 2022: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles.I’m not surprised to see the Four of Pentacles right after the King. Both of them can indicate hoarding or miserly tendencies, which is not necessarily a “bad thing.” This propensity can stem from sheer meanness (most definitely a “bad thing!”), but I’m feeling it’s driven by the need for stability and protection. 

As you learn about personal power, force, and inner love for Self, you'll come to understand that manifesting integrity, strength of character, kindness, and generosity are actually somewhat self-serving in that they provide stability, focus, comfort, and security coming from your own body center. Greed for the sake of accumulation or grasping for power just to be the “big man on campus”, on the other hand, interferes with the creation of balance and community. By knowing the Self, personal protection is complete and others can’t take you down because you see yourself as beautiful and deserving of the things you earn.

While selfishness is sometimes necessary, this card is a call to learn the correct use of power and property for the sake of community and ultimately yourself.

November 3, 2022: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles. The King of Pentacles is governed by Taurus (my sign) and is steadfast and determined in all things. His greatest talents lie in organization and control of physical matter.

As with all kings, this card signifies the ambition, power, social responsibility, and integrity of good leaders who are strong and impatient to get things done. This particular king doesn’t struggle in his role of social leader or “benevolent ruler” the way the Kings of Wands and Cups do and is happily in charge of a settled world. A tireless worker himself who places an emphasis on quality and reliability, the Earth King rewards the loyalty of those who work equally hard for him. 

This card is significant of good physical health and one is called to focus on one’s body, diet, and exercise, and apply energy to practical matters and physical wellbeing.

November 2, 2022: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords. Sorry folks…try as I might my current situation does intrude on my impartiality regarding the Card O’ the Day. This morning, my hand feels extra stiff and I’m fighting the “what if I never get my hand back” feelings. Thus the appearance of the Nine of Swords.

Often, this card indicates personal mental anguish, pessimism, or the tendency to brood or imagine the worst case scenario without any idea of how to avoid crashing. Perhaps the suffering stems from the feeling of being victimized or tortured by circumstances or that unwelcome energies are at work. This kind of hopelessness and overly active imagination with dark thoughts and visions predominating wreaks havoc on one’s peace of mind to the point that over-obsessing on all things fearful, negative, or anxious begins to infiltrate dreams and day-to-day life.

To be clear, this card signifies the mental discomfort one has created in reaction to a situation, not the situation itself. Therefore, one is advised to look at the problem giving one such anguish objectively because often one’s deepest fears or visions of terror are not real. Use the mind to separate each illogical fear or worry from the pack, cooly analyze it, meet negative thoughts with intellect, cease the mental punishment, and turn fear into positive daily action. (For me that means pressing forward with my physical therapy.)

November 1, 2022: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups. The other day we had the Ace of Wands, reversed. It was significant of new starts but the reversal meant we weren’t quite ready, the timing wasn’t right, or there were snags in the way. Today’s Princess signifies a timid beginning destined to evolve positively and therefore we’re encouraged to be more vulnerable and to embrace something of which we're a little unsure. Especially since that may be a phase of opportunity to follow an artistic, musical, or literary inspiration. (By definition such endeavors are always tenuous so that can make you feel even more unsure of yourself.)

And yet, the Water Princess is indicative of youthful energy and being lighthearted about the future. Her appearance is a reminder to let life flow as you learn to accept and incorporate feelings into reactions, contemplate things with a tender heart, trust, and serve with love. As you stand on the threshold of emotional maturation through relationships, struggles to develop your talents, or imagination regarding projects, you’ll discover new feelings starting with those of self-love and respect. (SUPER important right now lest you get discouraged.)

October 27, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. Even when reversed, the Ace indicates new beginnings are afoot and you may feel ready, desiring, and yearning for change. However, the right opportunity has yet to come, a situation may be premature, or you’re not energized or prepared enough to move forward. Alternatively, there may be simply too much activity and you’re engaged in too many “new starts.” 

Emotionally speaking, this could cause you to suffer frustration, vexation, rejection, weakness, doubt, hesitation, ineffectiveness, or powerlessness. Which then means you fall into desperation that clouds your joy and prevents you seeing the parts that ARE going well. (Always, always, ALWAYS acknowledge the full part of your glass!)

Any one of these factors could lead to unrealized ambitions. You’d do well to reconsider plans and goals or set something aside for the time being because impatience is not the answer

October 26, 2022: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. This card represents the celebration of the natural creative flow to all life and all things, and having it in a reading indicates you’re in tune with this flow and the importance is not lost. The Eight of Pentacles represents an ideal situation of harmonious balance of prosperity wherein all needs of the mind, emotions, and body’s health are met. This steadiness extends to your tribe in which all have found their place and the community is in full understanding of each other. 

The appearance of the Eight indicates it’s a good time to have equal persistence and patience while you work together with your environment and improvise when necessary to build a strong foundation from which you can grow. Use all available resources with an eye for durability, conservation, and incorporating artistry with function as you meld inner vision with technical knowledge thereby applying your intelligence to material matters. Such endeavors will create inner happiness and satisfaction within yourself while bettering the world.

October 25, 2022: Card O' the Day: Judgment, reversed. When upright, this card indicates big changes; when reversed, it signifies difficult transitions, hesitation, or resentfulness towards or doubting the value of the necessary changes. This puts you at risk of bad judgments, poor decisions (or avoiding them), confusion, and delays. 

The reversal of this card may indicate a deep dread of the ultimate and inevitable changes of old age, loneliness, sickness, and death. Such insecurities may tempt you to remain closed off or closeted from others. However, self-pity only makes things worse and feelings of unease and unrest will continue until you decide to do something about the circumstances.

Always remember and never forget, you’re in complete control of your life! React badly to unfortunate news or circumstances, and your “bad luck” will compound. React with objectivity and imagination, and you’ll remain in charge of turning your destiny towards all that you desire.

October 24, 2022: Card O' the day: Queen of Swords, reversed. It’s interesting that right after we’re encouraged to be more open and accepting of our emotions and to make certain decisions based upon what we desire rather than strict practicality, the Queen of Swords appears…and reversed no less.

The Queen’s feelings and feminine side can become buried under an aloof mantle of authority out of self-protection. (Read: super logical and NEVER emotionally out of control.) Because she showed up today in the face of Universe telling us to allow emotions free rein, it could be some of you are controlling grief, suppressing anger, resisting sorrow or an ending of some nature, or delaying an emotional decision. You may be having difficulty accepting a death, divorce, or separation. Such tight control of emotions will come across as coldness, a closed heart, distance, unreasonableness, or self-imposed solitude.

I agree emotions can be really messy. But they’re a vital piece of the human experience.  Try not to miss that part of your earthly life.

October 23, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Empress. Apparently, The Empress wasn’t finished….

The Empress’s raw emotions combined with earthy sensuality make for an intensely passionate approach to life. Sometimes it’s necessary to make decisions based upon emotions and her presence signals a time of diving into life through feeling and pleasure rather than intellectual or moral consideration. In the right context, this allows for expression of desires with great confidence and prepares you to go beyond boundaries as you abandon yourself to the energy that fuels the birth of all things. This may lead to satisfaction and understanding gained, emotional wellbeing, and the ability to embrace life in hard times to trust that love will transcend suffering.

The Empress also signifies spiritual hope and awakening to the possibility of letting go of the concept of the solid world being all there is and accepting the wider, intangible universe. Tap into the area of the psyche where the Self is nurtured and where you receive your inspiration and self-aware intelligence.

October 22, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups, reversed. Oof. I’m afraid this one might be for me…. As I was choosing the card for today, bicycling flashed across my mind. It’s one of my hobbies and I haven’t been able to ride since I fell off a ladder in June and broke my arm. I’ve been working hard on rehabilitating my hand and wrist to previous levels of strength and flexibility but there’s a chance some of it won’t be recovered. Also, this card came to us on the 11th…just a few days ago. So, what are we (am I) NOT getting?

The reversed Ace of Cups signifies we’re sabotaging our hearts by not recognizing or being dissatisfied with the gifts and joy life offers. Examples of non-recognition include (but are not limited to) rejecting a friendly overture or emotional gift, turning down an opportunity, clinging to old sentiments or melancholy, or refusing to shake off deeply held grudges. But that’s not possible when we’re unwelcoming to change and unwilling to let go of past emotional pain.

I repeat my suggestion from the 11th: create a list of what’s going RIGHT in life right now; focus on that and not so much on all the “wrong."

October 21, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Empress. The Empress is significant of fulfilling relationships and a life enriched by spiritual awareness. She also represents physical care and nurturing of the self and others through love, acceptance, and forgiveness. We’re encouraged to protect and defend those who are important, show kindness to those less fortunate, and learn to be emotionally available to others.

The caveat here is you must also be as open to receiving as much as giving to retain one’s psycho-emotional and Karmic equilibrium. Therefore, step into Mother Earth’s energy to heal and balance life’s chaos at the first hint of personal depletion. (Tarot-speak for maintain your boundaries and don’t be afraid to say no when you need to.)

October 20, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles.The Ten of Pentacles signals harmony and the growth of spirit that comes from deep sharing and communication between family (“chosen” family counts, too) and friends so that many may enjoy the abundance of a good life instead of just a few. The appearance of this card indicates it’s time to become more aware of this communal environment and to devote time to celebrating or resolving the past as all matters involving one’s clan, friends, community, and relationships become important.

The stone associated with this card is Tiger’s Eye. It teaches the tolerance of different points of view, helps you see unity rather than “other”, and helps you be more flexible to attract the people and things which are important for your psycho/emotional and spiritual development.

October 19, 2022: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups, reversed. This reversal turns stagnation into a feeling of healthy restlessness that leads to thirsting for fresh experiences and new healthy relationships. You’re looking for new opportunities to overcome passivity and discontentment!

However, in that search for “better” you might become so eager to make new acquaintances that you’re not too discriminating about it as you get caught up in the newness of it all. Therefore, merely seeking mindless distractions among new people may lead to troublesome relationships.

You’re encouraged to make new friends, but cautioned not to go “all in” too quickly for or with them. Be sure they’re worth your loyalty, time, and energy.

October 17, 2022: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. The Three of Cups is a card of joy, festivity, light, and energy. Threes signify expansion, contentment, congenial relationships, and the synthesis of love. The appearance of this card is a sign you’re becoming more available to the many opportunities there are to explore the world with an open heart, precise intuition, and inquisitive mind. 

This card recognizes and luxuriates in the ties that bind and drinks deeply of the wine of friendship and those who’ll help navigate hard times as well as make good times that much sweeter. These are the people you call your posse, homies, or tribe with whom you have a soul-level connection and upon which you may fully rely. 

Nature and sympathy help balance and control emotions as you release the need to impress others and trust in their essential goodness. Allow yourself to receive this nourishment and positive energy that only true friends can give. (If you don’t have a solid posse, this card is indicating the need of it.)

October 16, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Moon, reversed. When faced with confusion and perceived irrationality, you’d rather cling to what appears to be concrete reality, reason, literalness, and practicality. You may go so far as to block or resist all imagination, psychic information, or any intuitive impressions. Thus, you retreat within the bastions of conventionality and conformity, or withdraw into immobility or mental weariness to hide from all that’s challenging. 

However, the instability, error, and deception indicated in the upright Moon might not seem so threatening when The Moon is reversed. You’re actually able to face perils with calm and confidence if you try. With the gift of insight into the imagery of the psyche and acceptance of that, you can digest and clarify alternative experiences, concepts, or choices as you come to the end of a difficult time.

October 15, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. Like all cards in the mentally focused suit of Swords, the heart chakra governs, which illustrates how the mind can affect the heart and emotions…most often cruelly.

Emotional insecurity is often behind one’s greatest fears and self-destructive actions as we fake our way through life with bravado to appear independent and strong. But all that is just a cover for perceived deficiencies or inadequacies. Insecurity is often rooted in issues of trust and trustworthiness, and we must find the true cause of it and do the work necessary to stabilize life for ourselves.

Don’t allow your mind to hold you trapped and crippled in past trauma that stops you from making decisions lest you make the “wrong” one. While opposition seems to be coming from all sides, it’s really all in your mind and within your power to end the cycle of insecurity and futility.

October 14, 2022: Card O' the Day: Justice. I feel like we’re repeating messages here because we can’t quite “get it.” Justice appeared about two weeks ago and indicated potential for emotional disturbance. We were directed to look at life to see what could cause disruption, chaos, and recklessness (which we all know is rooted in ego and hubris).

“The notion of judicious or prudent intelligence applies to the Justice card in that it represents the power of the intellect and mental alertness to make choices based upon dispassionate, impersonal evaluation and fighting battles with strategy and skill rather than brute force. Conceptual thinking, fairness, and intellect become the arbiters between opposing ideas rather than desire (i.e. what you waaaaaant).” This advice from September 30th still holds true since we continue to argue with our egos, passions, and negative self-talk. 

Again, it’s time to look at your life and see what you’re doing that doesn’t allow balance. Through lucid thinking, objective planning, and weighing all factors, you can reach fully informed and aware decisions using logic, reasoning, and fact-based evidence.

October 13, 2022: Card O the Day: Five of Wands, reversed. The internal conflicts present in the upright version of this card can also be represented in the reversal. 

You may be so hesitant to create anything resembling controversy that your desires for personal evolution cannot be acted upon or are ignored due to crippling doubts and indecision. If you ARE capable of tapping into creativity, you can only do so with the help of unhealthy “crutches” like drugs, alcohol, excessive food, or pointless sex.

Go back to your list of what’s going right for you at this time. It may seem stupid to list your blessings but it actually forces you to think positively. And while you’re doing that, it’s impossible to kick yourself or indulge in self-destructive habits.

October 12, 2022: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. You’re experiencing a drive to know the self and are searching for new directions for self-growth and improvement. However, the influence of the Fire Princess will will prevent you from living by someone else’s terms (think boss) or being told what to do. Ego becomes so important you can be crippled by it.

This card also represents young energy that by definition doesn’t have extensive experience upon which to draw. However, experience, knowledge, or skill aren’t specifically required, only openness and desire is needed as you take on life’s problems without worry about the likelihood of success. This lack of hands-on training is more than made up for in grit, intuition, and stubbornness…if you can control ego enough to accept advice and dare to make mistakes.

October 11, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups, reversed. Just as the Nine of Swords represented mental discomfort of your own making, the reversed Ace of Cups signifies you’re sabotaging your heart, too, by not recognizing or being dissatisfied with the gifts and joy life offers. Examples of non-recognition include (but are not limited to) rejecting a friendly overture or emotional gift, turning down an opportunity, clinging to old sentiments or melancholy, and refusing to shake off deeply held grudges.

To receive love, you must be willing to give love. But that’s not possible when you’re unwelcoming to change and unwilling to let go of past emotional pain. You also need to be sufficiently interested in others’ perspectives if you expect any kind of support from them.

Might I suggest you create a list of what’s going RIGHT in your life right now? Focus on that and not so much on all the “wrong."

October 9, 2022: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords. Back to Swords and the hard work it represents…. The suit of Swords, at its best, represents logic, rational thought, and truth and at worst a sharp intellect that can cruelly wound yourself when turned inward. To be clear, this card signifies the mental discomfort you’ve created in reaction to a situation, not the situation itself.

Often, this card indicates personal mental anguish, pessimism, or the tendency to brood or imagine the worst case scenario without any idea of how to avoid crashing. This kind of hopelessness and overly active imagination with dark thoughts and visions predominating wreaks havoc on your peace of mind to the point that over-obsessing on all things fearful, negative, or anxious takes over your life.

Therefore, you’re advised to look at the problems giving you such anguish objectively because often your deepest fears or visions of terror are not rational, logical, or real. Cognitively recognize negative thought patterns and observe how they’re affecting your life. Use the mind to separate each illogical fear or worry from the pack, cooly analyze it, meet negative thoughts with intellect, cease the mental punishment, and turn fear into positive daily action.

October 8, 2022: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles, reversed. Apparently, Universe wants us to take the “alternative approach” rather than just chucking the whole thing and escaping to Tahiti.

In order to change your luck, you’re required to create alternative structures and take a different approach because the “standard way” of doing things isn't working. The appearance of this card is an indication you’ve reached a turning point in facing material or spiritual troubles as you persist through transformations. The recent bad trend is reversed and the situation improves as problems are overcome and money is regained after renewed commitment to severe toil and labor. 

Heretofore hidden possibilities become accessible and you’re encouraged to take a risk because these unexpected circumstances can reveal opportunity and gain. However, as your intelligence is applied to your work, be careful excessive “dynamism” and “velocity” (read: pushy and reckless) don’t make the situation unstable thereby causing worries, disorder, and going back to where you started.

October 7, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords, reversed. When Swords are reversed, it indicates mental balance is under stress and may manifest in inaction, self-destruction, denial of disturbing thoughts, difficulty in thinking clearly, or you might be resistant to a painful truth. At the same time, the suit of Swords also governs the heart and the darkness existing in the mind can easily break your heart.

Without a clear sense of logical reality, you fall prey to mistakes created by your emotions. When everything appears more important that it actually is, current problems could lie in how you’re reacting to them more than anything else. 

If one approach is not working to solve an “unsolvable” problem, then logic dictates something new must be applied to find solution. One the other hand, you might just come to see a situation for what it is—a lost cause—and just walk away because sometimes you really do have to throw in the towel.

October 6, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune, reversed. The Wheel, reversed, is still a beneficial card, but its energy becomes unstable, and the unpredictability of outcomes increases. This could manifest in a superabundance of change with rapid growth, superfluity, expansion, and increases. 

You could become anxious because you just don’t feel “ready” for what’s next. In attempts to slow it all down so you can think, you might become overly prudent, inflexible, or conservative. Unfortunately, there’s the necessity to move forward or  you’ll risk stagnation that makes circumstances even more precarious. 

Mostly, the problem is with your attitude as negativity starts to creep in and you alternate between hope and despondency. Confusion, resistance to Fate, and an irresolute emotional core blocks the vital action. Struggle against events is usually doomed, so stand firm, maintain courage and stamina, and learn from past rotations of The Wheel that nothing—good or bad—lasts forever.

October 5, 2022: Card O the Day: Death. Death heralds a major transformation…the ditching of an old way of being. We’re being asked to totally transform everything we believe ourselves to be. Surrender the self to the changes and release ego. Enormous energy is being used to maintain an illusion so simplify life and don’t allow ego to create power drains trying to “keep up with the Joneses.”

Keywords or concepts associated with Death: ending that allows transformation, clearing of the old to make way for the new, letting go of unneeded stuff, cleansing, a natural end, closure, release, essential movement, and deliverance. 

With those dire proclamations made, understand creativity, nourishment, and growth occur when fears and attachments are released and the future is accepted. Don’t look at this as an ending; it’s a transformation. Nothing is ever destroyed but simply changes shape. Allow yourself to be fully conscious and aware as you leave one state of being and are simultaneously reborn into another.

October 2, 2022: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords. As with all the Swords cards, intellectual activity is present. The Three’s energy gives enthusiasm to your intellect that easily combines with a passion for studying, reading, and desire for intellectual development. In such an excited state, you might come to realize certain old belief systems no longer serve and are ready for the scrap heap. 

However, the still immature and unrealized intellect and intuition act spontaneously and discern no difference between believing and knowing as fanatic primary ideas, lightning realizations, or first opinions rocket out your mouth. While the ideas and plans to be implemented are good, pay attention and make corrections when given the opportunity to do so.

If any of your bright ideas and grand plans involve money, be faithful in all promises and totally honest! This card can indicate trouble in business or financial situations if you’re not vigilant.

October 1, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Fool. The Fool returns, but upright this time. Now that Justice has helped us get our emotions in balance with our thinking, we’re ready for a change in environment, to evaluate the tangible steps necessary to make this change, and acknowledge all lessons learned from past failures and use them for future success. Don’t freak out about changes and taking necessary risks; change is good! Stay grounded and aware throughout the process as you look for any pitfalls. 

Fortunately, in your balanced state, expect an expansion of awareness to new ideas, as your spirit looks forward to limitless opportunities. As the bearer of the original essential boundless energy, this card represents advancing towards developing all of your personal capabilities whether obvious or still latent.

However, this fundamental creative urge, potential of the spirit’s force, or need to take action has yet to be directed. Thus the need for grounding emotions and ideas in facts, concrete realities, and plausible possibilities. Use your intellect well and consider it a tether for your dreams and aspirations.

September 30, 2022: Card O' the Day: Justice. There’s potential emotional disturbance present; therefore, look at your life to see what could cause disruption and chaos (your own recklessness?). This card is here to bring you all things that help you feel safe and neutral.

The notion of judicious or prudent intelligence applies to the Justice card in that it represents the power of the intellect and mental alertness to make choices based upon dispassionate, impersonal evaluation and fighting battles with strategy and skill rather than brute force. Conceptual thinking, fairness, and intellect become the arbiters between opposing ideas rather than desire. 

It’s time to honestly look at life and see what you’re doing that doesn’t allow balance in life. Through lucid thinking, objective planning, and weighing all factors, you can transform the untamed and nebulous to reach fully informed and aware decisions using logic, reasoning, and evidence. 

That said, while there’s definitely a positive need for a balanced mind, true justice isn’t devoid of sentiment but integrates passion, ethics, logic, and experience that‘s all used to gauge a situation. Consider Justice to be the meeting place of emotional intelligence and critical thought.

September 29, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles, reversed. And the general mood of “I don’t want to grow up” continues with our reversed Queen. Normally indicative of nurturing, handling responsibilities, and maintaining resources, the reversed Queen ain’t havin’ none of it as she abjures security and family values and seeks to enjoy a more carefree, adventurous existence.

The Eight of Cups’ wallowing continues as the reversed Queen struggles with self-worth, feels that her efforts are never enough, and/or doubts her value as a person. She may be perplexed by basic management tasks, is indecisive and uncertain, fears failure, and lacks trust in herself.

Here’s the thing: no one is born KNOWING what to do. Being a grown-up is basically having the cojones to just give life a whack! You WILL screw up and fall down…just like you did when you were learning to walk. The trick is to learn from mistakes and try again. Trust me, everyone else is blundering through life, too. Your gaffes will hardly get noticed. Especially when everyone is watching and waiting for Kim Kardashian to mess up.

September 28, 2022: Card O' the day: Eight of Cups. The astrological combination governing this card causes destructive emotional patterns to surface. Saturn (planet of struggle and hard work) opposes Pisces (sign of emotional healing and life completion). This creates a conflict between logical, common sense and personal sympathy (i.e. wallowing). 

You’re all ready to abandon what formerly attracted, nurtured, emotionally sustained, or fascinated you with regards to an enterprise, undertakings, or previous concerns. In an effort to avoid the real work of adulting, you’re indulging in changeability, romantic flitting from one idea to another, or pursuing amusing pastimes. 

Your immature personality is unable to make permanent commitments, the intellect grasps at many subjects in a superficial way, and there’s little real mastery in anything. Such a variety of pursuits are unlikely to really succeed as you simply wander from place to place and idea to idea. It’s time to make some radical shifts in your mental processes to find a deeper satisfaction with your life.

September 27, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Fool, reversed. The reversed Fool indicates a false carefreeness and happy-go-lucky attitude, which prevents you from taking a chance at a critical time because of fear or dependence upon plans or advice of others. Worse yet, you may engage in crazy, reckless schemes that come from a reluctance to listen to advice and a failure to act from your innate wisdom or to follow instincts. Bad decisions and the ensuing irresponsibility for your foolish—or downright idiotic—actions result in disorder and chaos.

The reversed Fool suggests it’s time to grow up, listen to your higher self, and take on adult responsibilities (I know, it’s hard). Take a period of reflection to contemplate and clarify what’s going on now and what has come to pass. If performances and events have not lived up to what was envisioned and you’re feeling overwhelmed, it would be well to discover why. 

Only then will you have the awareness that big chances must be taken at the right time and when, precisely, that is.

September 23, 2022: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. Eights signify completion and manifestation and Swords signify the mind. Together, this card suggests the completion or the ending of a current problem exists in the correct use of the mind.

Without proper psycho-emotional tools, you can feel disoriented, trapped, powerless, and limited by fear. Negative thinking, over-analyzing, caving into anxiety, self-consciousness, or waiting for “rescue” only furthers the illusion of lack or imprisonment. When you perceive you’re in a bind, thoughts are stifled or short-circuited and the self-sabotaging, critical mind hampers every move as self-imposed beliefs, rather than objective circumstances. 

While you can’t control what life brings, you CAN control how you feel, think, and react. The way you’re looking at problems exacerbates them; You’re not being kept down by direct force but your BELIEF that you’re helpless. When beginning the road to recovery, consider the reason for or actual source of the problem. Then use yer noodle to figure it out.

September 22, 2022: Card O' the Day: The World. As the final card in the Major Arcana series of the Tarot deck, this card represents our arduous journey and the final completion of the work of cutting through illusions and falsehoods to perceive the truth. We’ve successfully “danced within our limits” as we found individual freedom within the inescapable boundaries of like as a human. 

Challenging, all-encompassing experiences were handled with aplomb and you might receive rewards, honors, or promotion for work well done. Your recognized expertise will lead to even greater responsibility and advancement. Relish this feeling of coming to a dazzling and exciting completion for as long as it lasts and congratulate yourself for this personal accomplishment after struggling to fulfill goals and attain objectives. 

Prosperity and abundance is assured if you remember to pursue excellence of Self and wisdom of the soul. Therefore, because there’s more to come, you’re encouraged to perform a ritual of gratitude to celebrate the end of this cycle and joy of achievement, thank all those who have assisted along this road, and find a way to give back or help those in need. Acknowledge this happy ending or satisfactory outcome as a prelude to the next beginning because the journey of the Tarot will take place many times in life. Face the inevitable changes with hope and optimism.

September 21, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups. With this card, we’re faced with the Seven Deadly Sins, which can be fatal to our spiritual progress and it’s strongly advised to maintain balance between having fun and complete impropriety. 

One might self-medicate and self-soothe with overindulgence in recreational drugs, food, or alcohol or abandon oneself in debauchery, sin, and corrupted sensual pleasure. Often this card signifies one is lost in ungrounded, dream-like energy within one’s creative and cognitive world in which one is pulled and dazzled by many seemingly promising opportunities.

When overwhelmed by the “beauty of the world”, one cannot differentiate between illusion or sound possibilities, tries to avoid the real work of honestly exploring options, and drifts off into fantasies thereby delaying reality. There’s a real danger of becoming so entranced by visions that one wallows in reveries and allows energy to dissipate and promises go unfulfilled.

September 19, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Moon. “Be careful, lest in casting out your demons you exorcize the best thing in you.” — Nietzsche

It's time to face any issues of insecurity or fear and trust a higher consciousness. Question: Are those fears real or created to keep you "safe"?

September 18, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. Truly meaningful work generates more than material benefits and you’re being asked to take a step back to consider what those might be. A creative crossroads, with potential for revelations and possible changes of direction, is in the near future. But inventiveness can only come from a relaxed and focused mind, so you’re being asked to refresh yourself and appreciate each goal achieved thus far.

While a little self care is needed, it doesn’t mean you have to spend wads on a vacation, fancy dinner, or spontaneous plane ticket. Pause to ponder and look deeply within; explore daydreams, visions, and musings that might lead you to inner-world treasure and be open to internal guidance to see the magic taking root in your everyday life.

September 16, 2022: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles, reversed. Obstacles, delays, setbacks, and constraints aren’t of your own making or fault. Circumscribed by limits that prevent advancement, you’re being blocked at every turn, which means you can’t blossom through new challenges and grow. 

Impracticality, lack of grounding, or powerlessness could hamper decisions. Obstruction may be tied to literal physical issues or something more intangible such as commitments or responsibilities. When falling prey to such superior external forces, life may feel overwhelming and you’re unable to give it structure. 

It’s time to reconsider what you really needed to feel secure. Find where the center of your power lies and be patient because despite perceived opposition, you can still work towards goals.

September 12, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Magician. The card of The Magician represents the “magic” of Self. Everybody has this magic, whether you acknowledge it or ignore it. As the director of the quest for “Self”, you can learn how to contact the Life Force, find the hidden parts of yourself, and come to understand them to live your best life. After all, without you, there’d be something missing from existence and no other can replace it.

The appearance of this card may indicate you’re beginning a quest for wisdom. You’re encouraged to trust your own inner experiences, allow imagination free rein, and listen to higher planes of consciousness. 

While The Fool signifies infinite hopes and beginnings, The Magician is the personification of those possibilities coupled with the energy of life in its most electric forms: consciousness, creation, intuition, intellect, desire, and action. Indicative of you on the rise, feeling confident and capable, and taking your rightful place in line, this card recognizes the awareness you have of everything unexplored.

Go get ‘em tiger!

September 9, 2022: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. So, we JUST had the Six three days ago. However, today’s message is about balance, rather than reciprocity, and examines the equilibrium between our material, spiritual, and social life and the restoration thereof. Such balance within your environment would provide a happy, relaxed atmosphere in which you can enjoy the fruits of your labor with good company and job prospects.

Sometimes balance is not ideal yet is very stable. It could be you’re in a relationship wherein one party dominates the other by giving from a place of superiority. The hierarchy may not indicate a dominant person but a situation in which one party remains submissive. The circumstances offer just enough to keep you from looking for something better and you’re too passive or apathetic to endanger the little bit of security you have. In the end, nothing becomes truly reconciled and the situation remains static and continues.

Therefore, look for areas in your life where you’re not completely thrilled but put up with the situation just so you don’t make waves. You’re allowed to be happy, too, and don’t have to sacrifice it so everyone else is comfy. Speak up and claim your share of the pie.

September 7, 2022: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups, reversed. We live in a society where striving and competing are rewarded and almost expected. But beware of using inner journeys (yes, it’s possible to try to be more “woke” than the next guy) or outer goals as escapism or flights from reality causing one to drift aimlessly and hopelessly searching for the ever elusive “more.”

This card cautions us to solidify goals first and not recklessly leap at or force changes just for the sake of doing something else. Changing “just because” isn’t the smart answer right now because what you’re thinking of leaving may still have some value. In actuality, there could be a new window of opportunity, being reinstated in a nurturing situation, or sticking with a current process will bring ultimate success, joy, and happiness after some corrections have been made.

Allow cautious optimism and creative impulses to flow…there’s potential for improvement.

September 6, 2022: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. This card can be summed up in one word: reciprocity. It’s representative of the action of giving/receiving, never mind who’s the beneficiary or the benefactor. The rewards of such action—without regard for keeping score—connects society and uplifts all its members. Even the simplest acts of kindness are always affordable by the richest and poorest alike.

The makers of and believers in magic understand giving—even just a smile—to those in need returns spiritual benefits. Soul-based exchanges that flow from love embody true generosity, Spirit in all life, and strength through gentleness. Even though we’re grounded in the material/physical world, how we value and handle sacred spirit exchanges determines our future.

The main message for today is to accept gladly and give freely. Notice acceptance comes before giving. We’re taught that to give is “better” than to receive but if all you do is give, give, give, then you end up with the dregs. To maintain energetic balance, you must also accept gifts as they’re offered.

September 2, 2022: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords, reversed. The stability of the Four of Swords allows for a stilling of the mind; upon reversal, this recent period of thoughtful peace and tranquility comes to an end as concerns are resolved and one awakens from a literal or metaphorical sleep with more clarity or a different perspective. One exits self-isolation and reenters the world, begins to feel like one’s old self, and is again capable of feeling sympathy for others.

As one recuperates from personal difficulties, through prudent care, wise administration, and economies, carefully resume activities with circumspection and precaution. Tread softly and look for clues regarding potential stumbling blocks that may set one back again.

September 1, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands, reversed. The reversed Seven of Wands is back but today it’s more aligned with yesterday’s reversed Ten…as in accepting assistance when navigating diplomatic waters. Furthermore, you may be ready to overcome fears and objections and actively participate in negotiations rather than accepting decrees or allowing others to make decisions for you.

Defenses, walls, and barriers between oneself and others come down as you discover inner resources and refuse to be intimidated. Certain minor victories may require conforming to established procedures and protocols or seeking an otherwise more co-operative approach. If you can come to a clear course of action, natural self-confidence will return.

August 31, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands, reversed. Sometimes a false front is assumed and one denies that a labor is too great, avoids issues, dissembles, or hides one’s light. This self-sacrifice or generosity in a destructive oppressive situation will lead to a painful surrender of power. So, don’t.

Instead, lay down one’s burdens, get relief from the pressure, and generally get out from under oppressive situations by getting help or asking others to take a greater role. Once one realizes one can use energies for a better purpose, it opens a clear path to a new start or lease on life.

August 29, 2022: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles, reversed. This prince, when reversed, may view work and/or life as useless or meaningless and become grumpy, antisocial, stubborn, complacent, intolerant, idle, stagnant, tired, listless, or apathetic. (Nice.) When not completely nailed to the sofa, one is a stick-in-the-mud deadweight at social gatherings. (Stay home.)

The appearance of this card may indicate one is stuck in a dead-end job or lack direction, which results in loss of persistence, initiative, or interest. Under the influence of this card, time, efforts, or resources may be wasted and opportunities are missed through inattention, negligence, or lack of courage. Such negativity is compounded as one abandons people, projects, or efforts through sheer inertia. (Swell.)

And thus the reason for keeping people at a distance…. It’s okay to take a personal day sometimes because it looks like y’all need one.

August 28, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands, reversed. So, the reversed Seven of Wands appeared about a month ago but today I feel it’s more about the number seven rather than the Seven of Wands because we also had a seven yesterday. Therefore, let’s look more closely at the numerology of the number seven. 

With sevens, each element is in degeneration and at its weakest on the material plane. It can represent battles, defense, and courage that lead to complex choices, change, experimentation, and risk-taking.

For protection, you may set up barricades to keep people at a distance. However, that’s not be such a bad idea since such barricades can allow you time and space for reflection before making decisions. You’ll be able to work out difficulties in isolation and make adjustments in peace.

August 27, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. “I didn’t fail. I just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.”—Thomas Edison The Seven of Pentacles represents the tendency to endure tough times in pursuit of a goal, the willingness to work hard for it (including the actual labor itself), and further prospects of growth.

During the journey, take time to assess and concretely evaluate growth and methods. All that has been earned, won, or generated comes in stages as you advance towards goals. Therefore, small adjustments may be necessary, and making minor tweaks now will save huge corrections later. 

With the vast material power inherent in this card, ideas come to the physical plane successfully and you can enjoy the fruits of labors that bring long-term goals to fulfillment.

August 26, 2022: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups, reversed. Thanks to the recent Ace of Wands and reversed Five of pentacles, you’re going to be really busy with projects and the snags that are par for the course. This will lead to you having less time for hanging out with friends due to over commitments.

On the other hand, it could be you’ve become disenchanted with comrades or associates and thus are cutting back and no longer socializing with the old crowd. The usual pleasures seem empty and unfulfilling as you eat, drink, and play when there’s work to be done.

Also, the previous days’ cards indicate you’re growing up and are ready for some tough or new challenges. Your ideals have shifted and those of your usual associates haven’t as they continue to ignore deeper values.

August 25, 2022: Card O the Day: Five of Pentacles, reversed. Conflict inherent in the number five manifests on the physical plane when accompanied by the suit of Pentacles. It may manifest in suffering material losses through disorder or misuse and squandering of resources. If your own actions aren’t at issue, you may be the victim of another whose conduct isn’t honest. (Did I not say to “prepare well” yesterday?)

In order to change your luck, you need to create alternative structures and take a different approach because the standard way of doing things isn’t working. The appearance of this card is an indication you’ve reached a turning point in facing material or spiritual troubles as you persist through transformations, are determined to return to work after joblessness, or emerge from bankruptcy. 

The recent bad trend will be reversed and the situation improves as problems are overcome and money is regained after renewed interest in material matters, severe toil, and labor.

August 24, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands. A couple days ago the Ace of Wands also appeared but it was reversed. That indicated whatever you might have had in the works was not quite ripe or an opportunity hadn’t arrived. Welp, hang on to yer hat….

Though you may’ve been yearning for a change, this passionate, transforming, irreversible, raw, and powerful energy is not for the fainthearted! This is a card of imagination, aspiration, adventure, excitement, invention, and inspiration as a sudden and unexpected magic spark within or around you gets things going and generates new ideas into movement. Expect action and confrontation that can be exhilarating or devastating.

The Ace energy has ignited something within, but it may not yet have a home or direction. The spark seeks what it needs to change your situation, so allow that spark all the fuel necessary by following impulses. But remember that with all aces, this moment is fleeting. You must prepare well for this willfulness that’s ready to be put to use. Be clear of your intent because that, more than anything, determines the direction events take.

August 23, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man, reversed. When upright, The Hanged Man indicates a moment of pause and contemplation; when reversed, you’re on the verge of becoming unstuck and at a spiritual turning point. However, having just woken up to your situation, you’re not yet aware of options and are unsure where to start and thus looking for directions. There’s a readiness for action with nothing to do or a sense of moving quickly yet going nowhere as you want things to go right and are impatient to get going. 

Once a decision has been made regarding next steps, however, slow down and take inventory, avoid leaning on unreliable sources, and establish a realistic plan. Doing what others tell or demand you to do or allowing others’ opinions to sway you, rather than listening to your own inner voice, means you’re in denial of a basic part of Self. Fighting this inherent guidance may lead to pointless sacrifice, suffering, punishment, a fall from grace that damages reputations and relationships, or being in a constant state of battling life.

August 22, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. Okay, so I’m sitting on hold for some insurance claims issue and the hold music was a Mozart piano sonata. I LOVE Mozart! Because I had nothing better to do while on hold, I decided to start the Card O’ the Day. I shuffled and chose while listening to lovely Mozart. With my eyes closed and grinning from ear to ear over the music, I chose the Ten of Cups! Influence from the past!?!?! Who knows but I do see Spirit at work….

The Ten of Cups represents culmination of the Way of the Heart wherein you’ve truly connected with your heart and move into the world with playfulness and intelligence. Allowing yourself to be softer and more receptive to the inexpressible joy already present deep inside means discovering that solid grounded happiness does not come from possessions. At this apex of divine yin power, you finally bear witness to your own inner radiance and magnetism, understands personal value, and are secure in being “enough.”

August 19, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. Even when reversed, the Ace indicates new beginnings are afoot and you may feel ready, desiring, and yearning for change. But while the upright Ace is full of forward impulses, reversed, this card is a “thumbs down”, “no”, or “not now” and counsels inaction or reduced action.

Chin up, though. The right opportunity has yet to come, a situation may be premature, or you’re not energized or prepared enough to move forward. On the other hand, there may be simply too much activity and you’re engaged in too many “new starts.” Any one of these factors could lead to unrealized ambitions. You’d do well to reconsider plans and goals or set something aside for the time being because impatience is not the answer (Eye roll!).

Emotionally speaking you may suffer frustration, vexation, rejection, weakness, doubt, or hesitation, which leaves one resistant, reluctant, or without interest to take on more and burdensome work. (Yeah, when we get thwarted it IS kind of a buzz-kill.)

August 17, 2022: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups. I guess I got so excited about using my right hand on the computer for the first time since I broke my arm, the Princess showed up for me. However, we can all learn from her….

Her appearance is a reminder to let life flow as you enter into a phase of learning to accept and incorporate feelings into reactions and trust because she signifies a timid beginning destined to evolve positively (I had my first physical therapy appointment yesterday).

It might be time to take a breather to renew yourself if you’ve been working hard or recuperating from a serious illness. Following a little self-care, you’ll be more energized, inspired, refreshed physically and spiritually, and have the inner confidence to serve those in need. (YESSSSSSS! I’m getting my hair cut today!!)

August 16, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands, reversed. Oppressive feelings of despair, hopelessness, bitterness, loss of energy, or failure can keep you preoccupied with self-interest, indecision, and doubt leading to lack of faith in your life. In such a condition, chores and important tasks will not get done and the smallest stumbling block will be incapacitating. The misuse or neglect of skills and abilities result in tepid efforts rendering long-held dreams or ambitions fruitless. 

However, this card is a ten! And just a couple days ago we also had a ten. As we all know, tens indicate endings that will allow new beginnings. Therefore, I’m inclined to think the current sh*t show is coming to an end. 

The most obvious interpretation of the reversal of the Ten of Wands is that you’ll lay down burdens, walk away from difficulties, get relief from the pressure, and generally get out from under oppressive situations. Sometimes this involves getting help or asking others to take a greater role. Once you realize you can use energies for a better purpose, it opens a clear path to a new start or lease on life. (Caveat: In your efforts to gain relief, burdens may not be shifted conscientiously and you’ll just pass the buck. Be careful here…karma WILL catch up to you.)

August 15, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. The Chariot contains high and directed energy. Once it is reversed, that energy becomes scattered, surges out of control, or restricted. Forward motion is halted and you’re defeated through inaction, indecisions, impatience, or lack of energy. 

You could be mired in a situation from which extraction is difficult. Nothing is working as originally planned and expected and life seems uphill with an obstacle at every turn. You’ve got to understand the “will power” approach isn’t and won’t be successful. You need to find ways to SOLVE the problems rather than simply try to overpower them. 

But first ask yourself “Am I truly committed to the change needed at this time?” and “Am I willing to follow through?”

August 14, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Fool, reversed. The normally bright energy of The Fool is lost in apathy, indecision, confusion, and hesitation to trust when the card is reversed. With no idea where to begin, you’re adrift in unfocused energy. Unfortunately, this may lead to not taking a chance at a critical time.

Furthermore, you may be averse to taking any risks at all for fear of looking foolish or making a mistake or excessive concern of doing something stupid and suffering embarrassment. You could be sticking to conventional and safe approaches, accepting limits as absolutes, being careful, and doing anything to avoid the possibility of a misstep.

Take a period of reflection to contemplate and clarify what’s going on now and what’s come to pass to make you so very cautious. Once you understand why you’re stagnating out of fear, you can do something about it.

August 13, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles, reversed. When the Ten is reversed, some shadows lift and you can gain relief from stress. Keep looking forward to liberation and exciting breakthroughs that are forthcoming because it’s time for recovery and rebirth now that you’ve turned the corner and things are looking up. After an extreme situation has cleared the way, the change in your cycle provides a new outlook and rightly has you on pins and needles about the future.

However, unless you take advantage of the reprieve in difficulty and makes REAL changes to prevent the situation from repeating, all gains and success will be fleeting.

During the sweeping alterations required by this card, your emotional reactions to the previous unhappiness or any disputes, ingratitude, and doubts will hamper true progress and make new gains precarious or impermanent. Therefore, it’s important to let go of the past, release the need to intellectualize what all went wrong, and concentrate on repairing any weak spots in your boundaries.

August 12, 2022: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles, reversed. As with all card reversals, the extremes of every card come into play. However, today, instead of grasping more tightly than ever (a common interpretation of the Four of Pentacles), I feel the opposite.

Some of you feel it’s time to reconsider what’s really needed to feel secure. You’re ready to risk change, find where the center of your power lies, and establish a realistic budget for the near future. Be patient with yourself because despite perceived opposition, you can still work towards your goals. Relaxation and relief of tensions is possible….

August 11, 2022: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands. Welp. It looks like y’all’s requests for power from Universe have been answered! The Nine represents perseverance, stamina, tremendous power, and heroic action. We have here driven and dynamic energy with a stronger and increased light. It’s your choice whether to accept them and the clarity that comes. However, these gifts can be fiery, unstable, and are potentially very dangerous.

Sometimes you can have trouble accepting the accomplishments that come with your hard work, determination, and independence intensified with good direction because it feels as though you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. Without a clear map, you can’t see the next steps necessary or feel uncertain or unstable about any possible avenues. 

In moments of weakness, you want to cling to safe but unnatural routines that keep the chaos at bay in an effort to keep things familiar. However, training, development, and discipline result in moral and spiritual character and courage in the convictions that will aid in handling any hardships. (Meaning, you got this.)

August 10, 2022: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands. The appearance of the Eight of Wands assures you something is being set in motion and change is projected for the future. It’s prime time to send out energy asking Universe for the power to meet the many new opportunities that are coming with great anticipation. Spirit is at work here, so ask to be moved in an unmistakeable direction, imagine anything is possible, and get out of your own way to follow creative forces and realize greatest passions. Instincts and intuition will enable you to get the job done and move through that which is immovable. 

However, all the great ideas, enthusiasm, and the accompanying adrenaline rush could carry you away. Therefore, you must use caution, prioritize energy, and make sure to avoid hasty decisions that offer only temporary solutions without laying proper foundations for long-term gain. Balance and blend your passion and insight, trust instincts, and then weigh all dangers before moving forward.

August 9, 2022: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups. Nature abhors the vacuum of stagnation and many opportunities are within grasp. It’s time to shake things up, challenge previous assumptions and fantasies, and start something new to get moving again. You may hesitate when faced with fortuitous openings, but growth requires change. Life is urging you to participate, so take the time to commune with nature, purify yourself, use the comfort and safety of the inner world, and wait for the proper flow before moving forward to emerge at the best time.

Occasionally, you can be uncertain about an opportunity (perfectly normal). Keep in mind your own overactive imagination and needy ego are perfectly capable of turning a good situation into something awful. The Four of Cups represents the recognition of the role the unconscious plays in the physical world to hold yourself back from making bad choices or self-sabotaging. That said, even though something good may be on offer, don’t rush to take it before considering all options carefully and looking for limitations you may not recognize immediately.

August 8, 2022: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles, reversed. This is our second reversed Princess/Page in a row. In general, they represent exploration, beginnings, new situations, or that one is at the beginning of a stage in personal growth. However, when this court card is reversed, it tells me there’s lots of resistance to the “new.”

Specifically to the reversed Princess of Pentacles, clarity of thinking and practicality suffers as one loses focus or has difficulty grasping necessary information or facts. One may change one’s mind about beliefs or something previously though important and this may cause one to lose purpose or not know what one’s place is in the world anymore. This muddled mind might mean “dropping the ball” on something important so be aware of deadlines and appointments.

The good news is the messages typically heralded by the appearance of the reversed Earth Princess include cancellation of plans or bad news. But this actually would then allow relaxation after a difficult task has been completed. So, silver lining!

August 7, 2022: Card O' The Day: Princess of Wands, reversed. Out of fear of change or disappointment, those under the influence of the reversed Fire Princess may resist something new or reject an opportunity or plan. The needed details and drudgery are simply “too much” and the idea of starting over requires exhausting effort.

In a fit of resistance, energy goes awry like a bomb waiting to explode or a child throwing a tantrum because of not getting what it wanted or having had something taken away. Thoughtless, rash, and insensitive, one flails through busy work and snaps at colleagues. However, one doesn’t want to appear childish and thus affects a passive-aggressive attitude of superiority or disdain.

Once conscious of the challenges ahead, hesitation and clumsy uncertainty in one’s actions lead to excessive delay, inconclusiveness, and indecision. Therefore, one must either get away from complexity or develop the maturity to deal with it.*

*Meaning: suck it up, put on your Big Kid pants, and get to work.

August 5, 2022: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups. New relations, environments, and knowledge exist to open one’s mind and accept others as they are. Which will be highly useful when working with or leading others. These relationships are deeply felt and there’s sincere concern for everyone’s feelings. One is urged to nurture and celebrate these warm connections with sensitivity and kindness, for these connections may allow for manifestation of past dreams here in the present.

By working on integrating the gifts and experiences of the past with consciousness in the present, one receives reassurance that the correct path was taken and decisions were based on valid and honest instincts and motivations. Shift one’s view from linear to circular: remember the past, see the present, and envision the future. Former dreams will then seem possible, and achievable, after being tempered and strengthened by time.

August 1, 2022: Card O' the Day: King of Cups, reversed. Somebody out there doesn’t feel like they’re worthy of or ready for the leadership position they’ve taken on or have been elected to. The reversed King often will fake a role to fulfill someone’s needs and gain credit for being a “good guy.” Secretly they feel their creativity—for which they were hired—is insignificant or immature or there has yet to be a proven body of work to prove abilities.

Because the King of Cups represents a leader/authority figure—as do all kings—in the realm of emotions, the reversal of this card may indicate you need to experiment with new approaches towards expressing your inner life and creativity. This may be manifested by breaking through societal or personal concepts about what a leadership role looks like. Meaning, you don’t gotta lead like the last guy or the person in the other department. You do you to get the results you need.

July 31, 2022: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles. With the help of your tribe, you may enjoy a position of prominence and authority earned through hard work and the acceptance of responsibility. An executive position, handled with discipline and thoughtfulness, will bring good results. Learn where trust is best placed, engage talents, and express oneself authentically.

This card can also indicate a transitory period in your life during which there’s a positive evolution towards the future (taking leader type roles has a learning curve). New interests on the material plane open up or you find new solutions for current problems. The transitions may also include moving to a new place, so be patient with yourself as you settle into a new space and routine.

July 30, 2022: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. Is anyone else out there getting reeeeaaaallllyyy tired of all the bad news in our world? People often lose the ability to feel authentic joy in life because of the fear associated with loss or grief at the passing of said joy. Be strong and stoical enough to understand life’s trials and blessings are cyclic by nature. Thus, give yourself the permission to experience joy at the time it’s deserved.

Receiving the Three of Cups is a sign we could become more available to the many opportunities there still are to explore the world with an open heart, precise intuition, and inquisitive mind. It’s a reminder to enjoy the camaraderie of tribes, mixed friendships, or friendly work affiliations and to savor the good times as they come.

July 29, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands, reversed. The Seven of Wands indicates strong interpersonal energies that are already a bit uncomfortable and confrontational when upright. But when it becomes reversed, that discomfort devolves into you feeling anxious, self-doubt, or feeling overwhelmed or tempted to back down. If one seems to be at a disadvantage or in an inferior position, one may become faint-hearted, overly cautious, and sink into cowardice or defeat. Such self-conscious distress, may lead to indecision, vacillation about what to do next, or discouragement. (Recall yesterday’s super confident and gung-ho Prince. Somebody or something has questioned his ideas and now he’s unsure.)

Sometimes an overabundance of brilliant ideas creates complications and in a fit of hesitation or uncertainty one becomes excessively conservative. Which then causes undue discussion, indecision, and friction.

What to do? TRUST your brilliant ideas! And trust that your nay-sayers aren’t putting you down but are seeing the problems you didn’t. Listen to them and don’t take it personally. With their help, you’ll get the bugs out of the system/process/idea and move forward with your plan.

July 28, 2022: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. This card is indicative of revolutionizing energies, quicksilver ideas, sudden shifts in perspective, rapid thoughts, quick answers, brisk insightful commentary, and a penetrating wit with clarity that cuts to the chase. Therefore, prepare for “a-HA!” moments that’ll blow up your world. This is the very essence of the mind cleansed of all parasitical concepts that weigh you down and prevent you from going beyond mere thought. 

However, you’re called to measure everything critically, think, analyze, and use discernment. New ideas, relationships, or interests can suddenly supplant what was there before without thought for the ensuing disruption as you abandon responsibilities for the next adventure or vision. The Prince reminds you to ground ideas in reality and be responsible for what’s created because he represents the struggle to sustain the plodding grunt work some projects require. 

Therefore, maintain vigilance while proceeding with a plan, and don’t allow impulsiveness to revolt against ideological compliance. Lastly, consider carefully whether you’re willing to see a project through to its end; otherwise time and resources will be wasted.

July 25, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Devil, reversed. When The Devil is reversed, it may indicate a liberation from bondages that are holding one hostage or a respite from troubles. One has finally stopped accepting a situation as one’s lot in life and is moving towards freedom. Regardless of the depths of one’s problems, before slipping free of the chains that bind, one must first become aware of and acknowledge them. 

Also, since the Devil represents, in part, illusions, when the card is reversed it could signify one is beginning to see through them to the truth. And as one becomes more conscious of destructive behaviors and misuses of power, one experiences a release from false inhibitions and patterns of manipulation and codependency. 

This liberation and recognition of truths will allow one to begin the path to spiritual enlightenment and a new level of facing—and enjoying—life.

July 24, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Star, reversed. When upright, The Star asks one to get in touch with one’s inner guiding light, emotions, and sense of Self in order to understand how the outside world affects one’s psyche. Once reversed, one recognizes how the outside influences have injured one and reacts by holding back, having difficulty opening up emotionally, hiding feelings, or turning away from offered calm and hope. One may have the sense of being dammed or bottled up inside. Tired and depressed, one sinks into negative thinking and loses touch with sources of inspiration.

If one is able to recognize one’s own role in difficult periods, then acknowledge one’s mistakes and transgressions and do what’s necessary to atone for one’s errors. One is called to shed all false ideas of self. It’s not a time for recognition or external efforts but rather for inner contemplation—for “being” rather than “doing.”

GAH! There it is again! Being still and understanding one’s own perfection REGARDLESS of how much you can check off your “to-do list”! I wonder what would happen if I just embraced the boredom and stopped screaming at my bones to heal already? Spiritual epiphanies? Faster healing? Less pain? Probably just more patience and serenity. THERE’s a thought….

July 22, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords, reversed. When Swords are reversed, it indicates mental balance is under stress and may manifest in inaction, self-destruction, mental pain, denial of disturbing thoughts, or difficulty in thinking clearly. One may be resistant to a truth or suffer confused ideas. Without a clear sense of reality, one may fall prey to mistakes created by one’s emotions. 

The suit of Swords also governs the heart because the darkness existing in the mind can easily break one’s heart. Thus nervous conditions may manifest in pessimism, lack of confidence, or overpowering or confused emotions. Tempers become quick and volatile and problems become more exaggerated. 

However, current problems could lie in how one is reacting to them more than anything else…. Well, sheeee-it. You mean I can control all this drama merely by relaxing into the pain and actually figuring things out rather than hollering how “woe is me”? Crap. But inner work and facing truths is so haaaaaaard

July 21, 2022: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles, reversed. In denial of personal wellbeing or good fortune, a certain disquiet creeps in because one cannot recognize what the concept of “enough” means. Threats to contentment and safety, regardless of the source, make it difficult to relax. All is not well and one has a desire for freedom and to roam as feelings of entrapment grow. 

Yep, yep, and hell yep! I’m counting the days when I see my doctor again to evaluate the progress on my broken arm! I’m soooooo done with sitting still, pain, and watching my summer slip by! AAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHHH!

Or, spiritually speaking, this card could indicate one is called to engage in inner work that would bring peace and serenity…………………………… OH STFU AND LEMME BE CRANKY! Feckin’ Universe comin’ in wit’ its lessons and all….

July 20, 2022: Card O' the Day: Judgment. Recently, a new and improved telescope has been sending us stunning views of Universe! I mean, who knew? This leads us to our card today: Judgment.

When one focuses on Earthly trivia, one gets caught up in judgments of saintly/evil or desired/useless. But these judgements keep one trapped in the illusion of “good” or “bad.” With the appearance of this card, one’s Higher Self is at work to show one something not seen before. This revelation causes a paradigm shift, “aha” moments, startling or transfiguring revelations, and the sudden manifestation of a new perspective, meaning, or quality of life. The discovery one is important to Universe (yes, that enormous Universe shown to us in the telescope’s photos!) leads to an epiphany that creates deep significant change. In such an aware, “born again” state, one is able to embrace one’s destiny of a new path, intellectual idea, great truth, or mission in life.

By releasing assumptions and expectations and cultivating good judgment, one opens to beauty that results in an influx of psychic awareness, spiritual unfolding, opening of the mind, and understanding of the purity of one’s spirit. As one looks within to see what’s real, what is, steps beyond Earthly illusions of lack, and emerges from 3-dimensional thinking, one comes to recognize the True Self and that one actually exists along side the stars.

July 18, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Hermit. So, it looks as though the daily cards continue to be about me. Could it be the muscle relaxers keep me in this body and don’t allow me to travel too far away to choose a card from the ether? I dunno. I’m trying to reach for objectivity but I’m thinking Universe has something to say to me.

Keywords for The Hermit include retirement, repose, patience, and hibernation. (The “patience” part is reeeeeeeaaaaalllllly hard!) To any of you joining me on this path, we’re being asked to find our inner truth and identify with the Cosmic Self. To do this, we need solitude and retreat for self-reflection, meaningful self-discovery, and spiritual awareness to find the answers one seeks. Therefore, it’s important to withdraw from ordinary life, involvement in groups or organizations, or other distracting concerns and influences that may have once seemed vitally important to reevaluate and reconsider existence for clearer understanding, to gain introspection and wisdom, and have the time and clarity of thought to search for inner truth and guidance. (Have been forced to do that…..)

 Now, for some of you, it’s possible you’re not undergoing any exercises in spiritual journeys at all and are merely spending more time alone and are trying to finding comfort and ease in that solitude. This solitariness may feel like a welcome rest or an enforced loneliness that’s partly protecting and partly imprisoning. Be aware of how you view aloneness and take responsibility for that choice. Loneliness is a negative state wherein there’s an absence of another; aloneness is a positive state where you’re happily present with yourself.

July 17, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords, reversed. Today’s card continues the crankiness of yesterday’s reversed King of Wands. 

When reversed, the Sword Queen’s cool reserve devolves into downright bitchiness. Her cruelty, narrow-mindedness, and intolerance are not usually truly malicious but rather arise from deep disappointments, heartbreak, pain, pressure, and self-deception. The ill-temper and negative behavior connected with this card comes out of frustrated ambitions, ideals that have turned sour, or abilities that have been sacrificed or unused. One may be wallowing in despair and placing an overemphasis on sorrow. Life is made to seem vastly worse than it actually is by ignoring all the good things with which one is blessed. This excess of gloom and egoism indicates a lost commitment to truth and reality.

I can really relate to the part about frustrated ambitions as my brand new berry patch is mostly going to the birds, literally. Therefore, no berry jam this year. I had to cancel my bicycling tour with my brother and my Reiki 3 class. HOWEVER, I refuse to wallow or ignore my abundant blessings both tangible and intangible. I think being…erm…”presented” (slapped?) with these ever-so-cranky cards is a firm reminder to let plans go with minimum of whining and to accept life as it comes.

July 16, 2022: Card O' the Day: King of Wands, reversed. Three weeks ago I fell off a tall ladder while trying to put a baby bird back in its nest. The resulting broken bones have confined me to bedrest and severely curtailed my plans for the summer. The reversed King of Wands is kinda how I feel….

Reversed, the King of Wands represents an arrogant tyrant with exaggerated PRIDE that becomes over-bearing. The tender ego and vanity depend on bluster and an “I can do this” attitude. Absent proper deference, one will lose one’s temper at the drop of a hat. One unwisely abuses power by self-righteously insisting on absolute authority even though one is apt to make imprudent decisions under the influence of this card. (Thank goodness I have a sane and realistic person holding me down…) 

All that hot air is really hiding weakness and insecurity as one may be having difficulty adjusting to obstacles, defeats, or losses and this causes one to grow cynical or frightened. In my case, I must become tempered and more understanding that resting long enough for broken bones to heal is my ONLY option right now. Once higher authorities (my doctors) have determined my injuries are healed, I can step back into my own power without limits.

June 21, 2022: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords (again). I guess the Nine of Swords had more to say…. The number Nine, with its association with idealism, altruism, and healing in its deepest sense, is often associated with leadership, moral authority, and high standards. However, true authority requires compromise during problem solving as well as idealism, otherwise self-righteousness can develop. Nine represents the balance one must maintain between idealism and realism. (Echos of The Lovers’ message of a few days ago.)

Specifically, this card’s an omen for change and you're challenged to find your path, speak your truth, and clarify your purpose as you gather and integrate denied aspects of Self to manifest the true, whole Self. Regardless of the form finding the path back to Self takes, dedication to any calling requires sincerity, discipline, and hard work. (King of Swords, anyone?)

The reward for all this “clean living” could manifest as better understanding and cooperation within a marriage or friendship, day-to-day activities comfortably shared with others, a well-meshing business partnership, or problems being solved easily and amicably. And who doesn’t want that?

June 20, 2022: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. This king is a totem of strength, intelligence, and wisdom who sees clearly, thinks quickly, communicates well, and has the capacity to innovate changes through perception that penetrates to the core of an issue or idea. He wields discrimination, mental prowess, and knowledge together with logic and diplomacy. The appearance of this card is calling us to expand small-minded viewpoints, widen perspective, and champion new ideas. Critical, objective, and cool-headed examination of circumstances is required. To accomplish this, blend creative passion with existing knowledge and the willpower to act.

The first step to towards doing all this is to be responsible for yourself and your actions. To be so, use inner resources wisely and your gifts for the greatest good. Be professional, disciplined, and focused on what needs to be done. Set high limits and standards, operate under strict requirements, and enforce consequences for every action.

Finally, learn to trust your gut and strength and stop expecting the worst from others.

June 19, 2022: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords. The suit of Swords, at its best, represents logic, rational thought, and truth and is appearing today as guidance to help you find the path back from the extremes of yesterday’s reversed Queen of Cups.

This card signifies the mental discomfort you may have created in reaction to a situation, not the situation itself. Therefore, you’re advised to look at the problem giving such anguish objectively because often your deepest fears or visions of terror are not rational, logical, or real. Cognitively recognize negative thought patterns and observe how they’re affecting your life. Use the mind to separate each illogical fear or worry from the pack, cooly analyze it, cease the mental punishment, and turn fear into positive daily action.

Self or spiritual exploration can cause you to disconnect from others or your “normal” life. However, the resulting psycho-emotional unease isn’t meant to make you miserable but to make you face an injury or sorrow that must be acknowledged. Feelings of disquiet, refusal to accept an ending, or an impending sense of doom must move through on its way out. This great sorrow has the potential to be transforming but you must go very deeply to the roots of the pain to experience it as it is without blame or self-pity.

During the difficult process, calm the mind to find the courage to break old mental habits that don’t serve you and intellectually let go of them. The results will be illumination and new understanding.

June 18, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups, reversed. Oh, dear…. It would appear that some have gotten a little punch drunk on all the introspective psycho-emotional energy currently swirling about.

The Queen of Cups is already close to the spiritual world and when the card appears reversed, all those qualities are taken to the extremes as esoteric energies lurch out of control. So ethereal and angelic, those under her influence mentally leave this world, become oblivious to time considerations and regulations, and attempt such a deep mystical connection or devotion to God or Spirit that one denies the physical senses. In an effort to retreat further into unrealistic fantasy and the “woo-woo world”, one may abuse sex, drugs (including all plant-based hallucinogens, no matter how “organic” or “natural”), or alcohol or engage in other vices all in the name of spiritual expansion.

A healthier aspect to the reversed Queen would be approaching your spiritualism with a sharp and competent mind, letting no one take advantage, overcoming illusions, and refusing to be swept away by conflicting emotions or succumbing to the feigning maneuvers and manipulations of false gurus. Finding love and spirituality doesn’t mean you have to forsake your common sense.

June 17, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. The Ten of Cups represents culmination of the Way of the Heart wherein one has truly connected with one’s heart to find lasting contentment. Allowing yourself to be softer and more receptive to the inexpressible joy already present deep inside means discovering that solid, grounded happiness doesn’t come from mere possessions. At this apex of divine yin power, you can finally see to your own inner radiance and magnetism and understand your personal value.

Under the influence of this card, the conscious and subconscious join to create a well balanced state of being where you have the ability to go into emotions and rise out of them without getting caught up in blame or guilt. Once you’ve learned to understand the emotional self and love all parts, there comes a feeling of deep inner satisfaction, all things possible, and being in a high cycle with much to look forward to. Trust in your feelings with confidence.

June 16, 2022: Card O' the day: The Moon, reversed. Upright, The Moon is significant of all things intuitive (subconscious or super-conscious); reversed, it indicates one is denying the possibility of the unseen world. And, when faced with confusion and perceived irrationality, one would rather cling to concrete reality, reason, literalness, and practicality (the conscious mind and ego). One may go so far as to block or resist all imagination, psychic information, or any intuitive impressions. Thus, one retreats within the bastions of conventionality and conformity, or withdraws into silence and intellectual immobility to hide from what’s challenging.

But when The Moon’s calming side isn’t allowed to emerge, one may suffer confusion, mental chaos, fear of the unknown, or poorly defined or other disturbed emotions. With the gift of insight into the imagery of the psyche and acceptance of that, one can digest and clarify experiences outside of said concrete reality, reason, literalness, and practicality.

Recall the lesson of The Lovers…listening to all levels of your human consciousness.

June 15, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Lovers. The Lovers represents all levels of human consciousness. First, there’s the conscious mind that leads to practical thinking. Then there’s the subconscious mind where dreams and images first take shape. Finally, the super-conscious is the realm of the spiritual source of all inspiration, knowledge, wisdom, and love. In practice, the conscious intellect appeals to the subconscious, which is intuitively aware of the divine guidance of the superconscious. The superconscious is free from ego, desire, and attachment and suggests a path of moral integrity where one makes choices from a spiritual level. This is where reality meets “ideal" tempered by common sense. 

Great. Now what does all that MEAN?

It means you have to approach relating to others with your whole brain and not just the naughty bits. It means loving yourself enough to watch for red-flag deal-breakers and stomping your own heart to walk away when it’s not right for YOU. (News flash: when it’s not right for you, it’s not right for your partner either.) It means listening to your gut, daring to risk it all to get what you want, and compromising or sacrificing. I repeat: This is where reality meets “ideal" tempered by common sense.

June 13, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles. A couple days ago the Queen of Cups materialized to tell us it was a good time to open our hearts and experience love. Then we got the Ace of Wands, which indicates lots of creative energy that has yet to be directed. Today, the Queen of Pentacles shows up…. 

She’s significant of the ability of those in “power” to care for the less fortunate and think of others rather than oneself. Therefore, the appearance of this card suggests you might be coming into a position to help someone. Now, the Earth Queen breaks down all distinction between giver and receiver and understands to help others is actually helping herself; so, no skin off your nose. (Read: she understands being nice is a win-win.)

This card represents thriving in all areas that call for creativity (Ace of Wands), physical connection to others or the world, and elemental understanding (Queen of Pentacles). In the process of finding what you really want from life, develop truthfulness, overcome any conceit, be innovative with solving unexpected problems, and create your perfect dream (Queen of Cups).

June 12, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands. As a symbol of healing, restoration, and spiritual awakening, the root chakra is being grounded and centered. All the elemental qualities of Fire—enthusiasm, vitality, and intuition—are enhanced at this time as you feel a restlessness to get moving again.

This Ace assists in exploring the deepest parts of your Self to show truth and an authentic new perspective. It’s the basic life force energy of spontaneous generation that drives the flower to bloom or the soul to animate the physical body. As the spark behind all beginnings, it’s vital energy in the state of potential.

While the energy has ignited something within, it may not yet have a home or direction. The spark seeks what it needs to change your situation, so allow that spark all the fuel it needs by following impulses. But remember that with all aces, this moment is fleeting. Prepare well for this willfulness that’s ready to be put to use. Be clear of your intent because that, more than anything, determines the direction events take.

June 11, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups. The Queen of Cups is able to unite hopes, imagination, love, and creativity with vision, valuable action, and social usefulness and so the appearance of this card may denote a profession in the arts where dreams are turned into creative endeavors. It also refers to professions in counseling and healing. However, regardless of the form your endeavors take, this card indicates they’ll give lasting pleasure. (Thumbs up!)

We're being reminded to be self-aware and accept intuitive abilities to aid in any situation and explore natural rhythms, listen to intuitive knowing, trust inner wisdom, sense nuance and undercurrents, and deepen the connections with self and soul. By doing so, we can bring soulful feelings to the surface for healing and revelation and develop the “inner life.” As we develop and trust intuitive insights, we can use those psychic and empathic talents to better understand others. This may manifest as the ability to act on trust and see something through without having to know the outcome ahead of time or intuitively connect to any healing modality whether spiritual or otherwise. 

This card is a catalyst for the emergence of deep feelings and deepening development of the generosity of love. Representative of favorable emotional energy, we’re encouraged to make something whole and alive out of opportunities and elements given to us in life including emotional goals such as creating a family unit.

TLDR: Don’t be afraid to open your heart. ’Tis better to love and get hurt than never love at all.

June 10, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Empress. On occasion, this card may indicate one has missed an opportunity through thoughtless actions and dangers not heeded. Today, this one’s for me because I played with fire and got burned. I didn’t wear a mask to a recent psychic fair and now I have Covid. While I’m not horrendously ill, I do have to cancel my next two shows in an abundance of caution so I don’t infect anyone else. 

Bitter and resentful (yep!) of life’s required changes and separations that must occur, one becomes a hand that takes (nope! not gonna!). However, one may change one’s reactions to unfortunate events by creating one’s own reality of strength and calm (that’s my plan). 

The Empress is masterful at self-care and knows her body to be a beautiful gift. Her appearance is a request that one be generous with care of self and others and forgiving of one’s own humanity (in this case, I’m trying to forgive my own hubris that I was somehow immune to The Big Bad Bug). Tap into the area of the psyche where the self is nurtured and where one receives inspiration and self-aware intelligence. (Tapping. And I’m reading “self-aware intelligence” as accepting my stupidity, taking my lumps, and staying home.)

June 9, 2022: Card O' the Day: The World, reversed. All the qualities of the upright card remain the same, but to a slightly lesser degree. Upright, The World represents that inner moment of perfection in which one releases what holds one back from participating in the divine dance of creation. But when reversed, such “letting go” may call for sacrifice, but any made will rise from wisdom and compassion. Meaning, you see the necessity and you can do it without too much disruption.

Responsibilities and obligations may feel restricting or energies are uncomfortably constrained, overly protected, and limited by your environment. Being so tightly leashed results in frustration and the sense that something is missing as movement and growth slow to a stop. As one of the “endings/beginnings” cards of the Tarot deck and as the last of the Major Arcana, this card carries a lot weight in this concept. When reversed, however, it may signify difficult beginnings or that too much is expected of a small beginning.

This is not to say things are going to absolute hell in a handbasket but you might have to redo something you thought was finished or suffer other setbacks.

June 8, 2022: Card O' the Day: Princess/Page of Pentacles, reversed. When the Princess/Page of Pentacles is reversed, there’s a declaration of independence from trivial fixations to seek and find a new world of perception. As you turn away from material matters and shift focus to the spiritual and ephemeral, you’ll give your inner sight, hunches, and dreams more importance. You’ll change your mind about beliefs or something previously desired. 

Now, this shift from the material plane to the more esoteric might temporarily cause you to lose purpose or not know what your place in the world is anymore. Without the sense of hard work this card normally carries, its energy gives way to dissipation and prodigality and because of that, plans could be canceled or you’ll receive somewhat lousy news. 

However, this will provide space for you to relax and settle into to your more spiritual pursuits. It’s perfectly normal for such shifts in perspectives and rather radical changes of viewpoint to leave you feeling a little unbalanced. Receive the release from responsibilities as the blessing it is and find your footing on this new foundation.

June 1, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. The Chariot contains high and directed energy. Once it’s reversed, that energy becomes scattered, surges out of control, or restricted as you uselessly spinning your wheels. Nothing works as originally planned and expected and life seems uphill with an obstacle at every turn. Forward motion is halted and one is defeated through inaction, indecisions, impatience, or lack of energy or stamina.

Check your ego to see if unrealistic goals, uncontrolled ambition, rash actions, or insufficient expertise or experience are the reason you get deflected from your plans that result in incomplete work and loss at the last moment. Sometimes we can become caught up in a runaway idea that seems really good. 

The solution? Do your research and don’t be too proud to ask for help with the parts you’re not too sure about.

May 30, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords, reversed. When the Ten of Swords is reversed, shadows lift and you can gain relief from stress. Add that to the Eight of Pentacles and we’re back on track, right? Unless some of you are clinging to negative energy and not accepting losses, setbacks, or new responsibilities. (To be fair, we all have good days and bad days. Nobody can be 100% on top of it all the time so do the best you can.)

Denial of problems and refusing to let go of what’s not working creates a psychic block that conflicts with your intellectual understanding of a situation. During the sweeping alterations required by this card, your emotional reactions to the previous unhappiness or any disputes, doubts, and/or low self-esteem will hamper true progress and make new gains precarious or impermanent. Therefore, it’s important to release the need to intellectualize what all went wrong and concentrate on repairing any weak spots

May 29, 2022: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. The appearance of the Eight indicates it's a good time to have equal persistence and patience while you work together with your environment and improvise when necessary to build a strong foundation. Use all available resources with an eye for durability, conservation, and incorporating artistry with function as you meld inner vision with technical knowledge thereby applying your intelligence to material matters. 

In addition to the obvious material rewards, such endeavors will create happiness and satisfaction within while bettering the world. Once the pace is set, your craftsmanship, punctuality, and precision means you’ll achieve goals, meet quotas, fill sales orders, amass stock and inventory, and develop efficiency and streamlined production. Through hard work, intent, and full application of yourself to goals, you can expect reward based upon the amount of effort and energy put in.

TLDR: The reversed Queen’s crankiness is shifting or you’re not letting it get to you as you work around those who’re just getting in your way. Today’s Eight represents how much you can get done if you put your mind to it.

May 28, 2022: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands, reversed. When the Six of Wands is upright, it indicates one is feeling pretty confident and ready to take on the world. Reversed, insecurity and doubt come into play. But that’s because you’re not getting complete information…like when you start to wonder if you’ve offended someone when they don’t answer your texts or calls right away.

The reversed Six indicates miscommunications that stymie your actions thus causing delays, deceleration, or abandonment of projects as important news or deliveries are messed up. Since 95% of the stuff we do hinges in part upon interactions with others, try not to jump to the conclusion that you’re being stabbed in the back and everything is about to collapse. First, find out if there’s an innocent explanation at the root of the problem because sh*t happens. Then carry on as normal.

IF, and only if, someone was acting purposely to undermine you, take the high road by NOT causing a scene and just don’t rely on that person again.

May 27, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords, reversed. After my last post, I went to Vermont for a little family vacation. While there, I picked up a bug (NOT Covid) and was down for a week upon my return home. Naturally, I gave my bug to my adoring husband as a token of my everlasting love and having missed him while I was away. In typical “guy” fashion, he’s been suffering said bug with…erm…the “masculine stoicism” all husbands have when catching a virus. Therefore, today’s reversed Queen of Swords might be reflective of what’s going on in my house.

The ill-temper and negative behavior connected with this card comes out of frustrated ambitions to carry on with one’s normal and desired activities that have been somehow thwarted. This excess of gloom and egoism indicates a lost commitment to truth and reality and life is made to seem vastly worse than it actually is by ignoring all the good things with which one is blessed. This causes an overemphasis on sorrow as one wallows in despair.

I get that when we feel sick or blocked in some way it can lead to crankiness. However, if you’re able to read this, you’re not three. Examine your problems, look for reasonable solutions, and set about implementing them. Now is not the time to be mean, snivel, or otherwise spread your pain. Big kid pants are your wardrobe choice for today.

May 12, 2022: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups, reversed. Upright, the Eight of Cups represents the need to abandon what formerly attracted, nurtured, emotionally sustained, or fascinated one because those longed-for goals have ceased to matter as interest wanes and one has a yearning for something more meaningful. However, the reversal may indicate a new window of opportunity or that sticking with a current process will bring ultimate success, joy, and happiness after some corrections have been made. Allow cautious optimism and creative impulses to flow because there’s potential for improvement.

If you reeeeeeaaalllllyy feel like you’ve got to dump something that might still have value, solidify goals first and don’t recklessly leap at or force changes just for the sake of doing something else. Changing “just because” isn’t the smart answer right now. Beware of flitting from person to person or project to project as a form of escapism or flight from reality which then causes you to drift aimlessly and hopelessly searching for the ever elusive “more.”

May 10, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant. This card embodies the concept of a higher power for which there is no concrete evidence of existence. It represents simple faith or taking vows that commit you to a certain path of tapping into the collective universal wisdom and training your conscience. It reflects the need humans have for a strong spiritual foundation and the tendency to identify with a like-minded group. 

By accepting this gift spiritual or inner hearing, along with natural intuitive perception, comes discipline and discrimination in following the dictates of the inner voice. Quenching spiritual curiosity—or at least exploring it—may bring you clarification, self-mastery, and more expansive views of the world around you.

The best part is you have the freedom to take knowledge and advice and decide what can be used or ignored on your journey. Cherry-pick what works for you and  find the balance between spiritual awareness and wisdom. Feel the truth for yourself rather than mouthing the words of others without feeling or understanding. As you live your life from personal values, align the physical self around the moral codes that you adopt*. (Meaning, walk what you talk.)

*NOT meant as a “get out of jail free” card! Certain societal rules must be followed lest you end up having ALL freedoms revoked. Just sayin’….

May 9, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups, reversed. Out of the fog and indecision comes the reversed Seven of Cups. This manifests in battling any of the seven deadly sins with the opposing virtues: humility against pride, kindness against envy, abstinence against gluttony, chastity against lust, patience against anger, liberality against covetousness, and/or diligence against sloth. Desires of the past hold less appeal and you’re able to bypass temporary pleasures in favor of a greater reward, spiritual purpose, or to achieve some other goal.

This card stresses clear and logical thinking, making realistic plans, setting priorities and intentions, and finding solutions that are well-conceived. With resoluteness of purpose, determination, and premeditation, you’re asked to invest intellectually and emotionally on your goals.

TLDR: getting your sh*t together!

May 8, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. As previously mentioned, reversed cards represent the extremes of the upright card. This concept is illustrated again today with the reversed Ace of Wands.

Emotionally speaking, you may be frustrated or feel rejected, weak, doubtful, hesitant, ineffective, or powerless, which leaves you lethargic and resistant to taking on new projects. On the other hand, if you’re overly enthused or impulsive, it could lead to rash or false starts or your eagerness could be misplaced if a goal is illusory or criminal in nature. Such disordered energy can make you too milquetoast or overbearing in relationships because of your lack of finesse and sensitivity to the other’s needs. Under these conditions, you can expect career delays, postponed decisions, or compromised situations unless steps are taken to readjust the governing energies.

Now, I don’t feel this discombobulation is because you’ve planted your crown chakra up your root chakra. I think it has to do with dipping your toe into the realm of spiritual potential. But because you’re still new to the idea there IS such a “realm”, you’re not expecting any real results. You’re hoping…but not expecting. This waffling and believing/not believing is what has your head and heart so wonked and that’s okay! You’re exploring something new; see where it takes you.

May 7, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords, again. This is so weird…. A few days ago we were warned against the dangers of being a crap-nasty person (Prince of Wands, reversed). A stronger warning came with the Seven of Swords’ typical interpretation. Then The Star showed up to remind us of our Higher Selves and THAT’s who we’re supposed to be. And now we have the softer side of the Seven…. 

Even though this card is of the intellect, the heart chakra governs, which illustrates how the mind can affect the heart and emotions. The Seven’s intelligence doesn’t necessarily have to be used for sneaking and back-stabbing. It also represents ingenuity, resourcefulness, or strategic and prudent planning. Self-confidence and self-reliance bestowed by The Star clear the way for novel and grounded ideas and show the mental acuity and perception that allows for completion of challenging projects. Subtle action is necessary as you move forward and learn to maneuver in a new, self-effacing way that cultivates honest behavior, truthfulness, and generosity. 

There are also deep spiritual components to this card and we’re called to pay attention and realign with our centers. Nothing is quite as it seems and you need be open to unusual ideas and divine sparks of insight such as leaving behind a part of yourself that was once useful but no longer serves. Beneath the surface may be found truth and hidden opportunities.

May 6, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Star. The Star represents a new cycle and bright prospects and receiving her is a good omen for renewed hope, optimism, and faith in life. As the light of your Higher Self—that part of you that’s beyond greed, petty ego, and knows what’s inherently right—The Star invites you to trust in Self and learn to be hopeful that at some point you’ll break through blockages and have the fulfillment and clarity that you want and need.

This is a sign you’ve learned (or are learning) to accept responsibility for actions and make the necessary changes to get back on the correct and true path. This beginning of spiritual adulthood includes increased awareness of Self, inspiration and regaining motivation, realizing inner strength, seeing clearly, and being stimulated on a higher level. When you understand your importance to Universe, you’ll feel self-respect, charisma, and confidence in the purity of the inner and outer qualities. This core of self-esteem and faith in the betterment of humanity makes wishes, hopes, and dreams come true.

In this revelation of the True Self, trust suggestions from Nature, Spirit, clairvoyance, and dreams as you develop the objectivity needed to be truly thankful for all that is your life.

May 5, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. The most prevalent energy behind the Seven of Swords is sneakiness. Sometimes, in an effort to regain something lost, to pursue idealistic goals, or win a coveted prize, the ends may seem to justify any means. One may plan, scheme, play games, or otherwise dishonestly manipulate situations to gain advantages through the misfortune of others. However, such attitudes or schemes don’t really solve problems or create anything new and achievements made through double-dealing and chicanery generally turn to dust.

Sometimes people tell me I’m such a “lovely, kind person” like I’m some kind of saint for sacrificing myself for the greater good of others. I call bullsh*t. I’m not nice because I care so much for others; I’m nice because it’s EASIER FOR ME! Being an asshole is hard work and makes me feel lousy. I’m nice, fair, and honest because it makes ME feel good. Never mind how others feel! Yes! I’m a selfish bastard who is nice only because it serves ME well!

Remember how it is when you fall in love? You smile so much your cheeks cramp and your teeth dry out. Being kind to others gives you that same boost of dopamine and norepinephrine that you get when you’re falling in love. Who doesn’t want that? If this card indicates you’re being consciously and willfully a dishonest and rotten person, you’re actually lying to and damaging yourself the most. You’re depriving yourself of “happy brain”, which is directly linked to “squishy loving heart.” Therefore, it’s in YOUR best interests to be kind, honest, and generous—even just a little—to others.

May 4, 2022: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands, reversed. As we know, when a card is reversed, it pushes the “normal” attributes of the card to the extremes. We’ve got a couple of viable options here today with our reversed Prince. 

Option A: The already volatile energies of the upright card become completely unstable when reversed causing one to be foolhardy and indiscriminately scorch everything in sight. One’s impatience, recklessness, and thoughtlessness bring discord, disharmony, and disunity to any situation. This may manifest as interrupted activity, disrupted projects, disagreements in relationships, or (worst of all) evil-mindedness, cruelty, bigotry, or brutality in general behaviors. In such a state of turmoil, desire seethes and simmers beneath the surface without focus or outlet and surfaces randomly as a frustrated and short-fused temper that flares into rage.

Option B: The reversed Prince may indicate one is ready to rein in fiery impulses and desires to stop and enjoy the present, rather than perpetually focusing on future progress. This slower pace could make one more effective and allow for deeper experiences all around. I highly suggest you choose this course of action lest you get yourself fired, dumped, or arrested. If you can’t help yourself from being an utter asshole, avoid everyone and spare them from your histrionics.

May 3, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups. Have you ever noticed that when others (or you) start to cry they’ll try to suppress and/or stop the tears and if they can’t, they apologize? It’s as if tears are a “bad thing” that shouldn’t be seen. However, we laugh openly; we let the foul language rip when we’re angry; we dab happily at our eyes when we’re overcome with joy. But crying because we’re sad is kept under wraps and is a cause of embarrassment.

The Queen of Cups is a reminder that though we may fear emotions getting out of control, it’s through emotion (good, bad, and ugly) that we’re fully alive. She represents kindness, caring, understanding, and the willingness to help and accept others regardless of whatever emotions are being displayed at the moment. This card is an invitation to “hold space” with someone as they process feelings and permit them to express themselves (without danger to you, of course) in whatever way they need to.

There is a caveat, though. Being a solid shoulder to cry on can wear you down if you don’t have good physical and emotional limits. Sometimes your job is just to pass the tea and tissues and then allow others to find their own way even if that means you must watch them fail. That’s the only way they’ll learn and you’re not responsible for their success or failure. Listen to the sob story, give pearls of wisdom gently, and then step back.

May 2, 2022: Card O' the Day. Ace of Cups. Dear Readers, I have (notice I didn’t say “suffer”) chronic clinical depression that I manage most of the time. I’m not embarrassed to admit this. My brain has a glitch and I consider it no more shameful than admitting I have diabetes or eczema. This past weekend I had a dip that left me inexplicably sad and psycho-emotionally weak. In the middle of the night, last night, I woke briefly and felt a new emotional balance. This morning I still feel a little fragile but Universe sent me the card I needed most and I share it most willingly with you all.

The Ace of Cups signifies the buoyancy and depth one feels as one attunes to Spirit and pursues heart-based meaning and purpose in life. Upon recognizing this gift of spiritual healing, with love, deeper compassion, and ever-flowing spiritual and material favors, one can achieve unity with Universe. Receiving this card is a call to more deeply explore the nature of one’s emotional landscape and spiritual experiences and initiate a search within the soul for one’s true purpose or desire.

In actions radiating out from the hidden center of the soul, one creates a more spiritually alive new world after the breakdown of the old. As one becomes available to the currents of life and is able to float trusting that life will support one in relaxation, believe one will be taken to where one is needed most. Allow these feelings of faith and peace because everything is happening as it should.

April 30, 2022: card O' the Day: The Devil, reversed. When The Devil is reversed, it indicates you finally stop accepting a long standing lousy situation or the liberation from internal beliefs that hold you hostage such as the self-view that you’re paltry, slight, or a failure. However, before slipping free of these chains, you first need to become aware of and acknowledge them. As in, “gee whiz! I’ve had enough of this crap” or “ya know, I’m not all that bad."

The Devil represents, in part, illusions, and when the card is reversed it signifies you’re beginning to see through them to the truth (I don’t deserve this!). And as you become more conscious of self-destructive behaviors and misuses of power, you experience a release from false inhibitions and patterns of manipulation and codependency.

Finally, you can turn away from “evil” and “bondage” to begin the path to spiritual enlightenment wherein you begin to understand your value as a person. By saying no to the temptation of just being nice so others like you (at your own expense), you remove tethers and escape an unpleasant situation.

April 29, 2022: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands. Well, SOMEbody was paying attention yesterday and took the significance of the Five of Pentacles to heart! The Six of Wands represents result of efforts, success through energy and industry, pride, and desires realized through the exercise of your personal power. Concretely, you can expect career advancement and interests long desired coming to fruition in the culmination of all your efforts towards defeating strife.

Following the successful completion of a quest, creative project, or job that has reached its goal comes being praised for the accomplishments or receiving recognition. Furthermore, you’ll receive a healthy boost in self-esteem due to feelings of aptitude, ability, and/or good financial returns. Finally, there’s a breakthrough, spiritual insight, or psycho-emotional expansion represented by this card wherein you realize you can actually come to like challenges that enhance your strength and quick thinking.

Astrologically, the Six is governed by Jupiter (planet of abundance) coming into balance with Leo (sign of authority and power). This is generally fortuitous but there’s a slight conflict between the desire to be generous and the necessity of being absolutely fair to yourself. Fortunately, the internal process of developing self-leadership will prevent you from giving too much away.

April 28, 2022: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles. The pervading energy of this card—living in any kind of lack, whether real or imagined—reduces what can be accomplished. Consider the whole issue and see what can be done to conclude and ease the difficult situation. You’re encouraged to shift perspectives and recognize your anxieties and fear are what keep you off-balance. Find the clarity and mercy to quit tormenting yourself with the idea that you’re not “enough.” (Ahem… Ellen.)

True charity is the recognition of your worth in your community/tribe/circle. When you need assistance during low periods, don’t be a martyr and turn away from those offering aid because of foolish pride, embarrassment, or fear. Help is available! Ask for support in hard times.

Lastly, take heart because the current situation is only temporary as hidden solutions will soon become evident. Patience and endurance is called for as change is indeed coming and you’re actually closer to goals than you realize. For a little crystal comfort, citrine stepped forward today. It’s supposed to bring protection and feelings of trust, security, and help you achieve objectives and overcome difficulties.

April 25, 2022: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles, reversed. Ha! Now that the lights are on and somebody IS at home, you are in the position of making discoveries others overlooked. (Or maybe YOU had overlooked….) With your heart moving into the right place and your mind getting on the ball, you might begin overturning materialist obsessions and focusing on inner worth, value, and security of spirit. (Didn’t the Ace of Cups say something about shifts in values and new feelings replacing old?) 

This focus on Self has you questioning your commitment to a cause, duty, or career and seeking something new as you awaken to other concepts besides work and practicality. So take time to let yourself off the gerbil wheel and play a bit. 

However, if significance in that play is lacking, it’ll only be an empty and meaningless diversion distracting you from a lack of self-worth or any sense of purpose. Meaning, solo hours and hours on your Play Station isn’t the “play” I’m talking about. Get with other people to share an activity. Even if it’s just to go to a movie and get a slice after, the interaction, conversation, and camaraderie will be good for all.

April 24, 2022: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords, reversed. The reversed Two might be an indication of a lazy or foolish mind. Inactivity, indecision, intellectual pessimism, or lack of concentration can trap you on a train of thought that makes no stops for logic or reason. Not to mention you stay stuck on the same old tracks with no thoughts of improvement.

However, the good news is the uneasy balance of power you’ve been ignoring comes to a breaking point. You have no choice but to take action to end complacency and superficial accord and tear off the blindfold to finally look at disturbing issues that require decisions. Deeper truths will be revealed as you’re forced to open your eyes to reality. You may discover you’ve been living a lie or have been stuck in a deep rut but at least now you can get on with seeing the truth and begin the process of getting your crown chakra out of your root chakra.

Once you’re emerged from the …erm… “darkness”, you’ll be able to see what must be done in your life to improve your heart, mind, physical body, and spiritual connections to Universe. And from there, the sky’s the limit!

April 23, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups. The Ace of Cups is considered the base of communication and religion, the source of emotional life, and the spiritual basis that gives meaning to and protection from corruption, society’s laws, moral order, and social structure. As the most auspicious card of the Minor Arcana, the Ace represents idealistic love, a gift of blessings, and spiritual nurturing. It’s the pure receiving and expression of the truest feelings of the heart through a relationship with the Divine.

As the first card of its suit, this Ace represents love in potential, a capacity for love that’s yet untapped, a fresh start emotionally, or new beginnings and abundance in love and spiritual wellbeing. Possibilities and endeavors will be rooted in emotions; therefore, allow your heart to speak rather than relying wholly upon intellectual analysis.

As the most powerful of the emotions cards, it can indicate upheaval, new feelings replacing old, challenge and transformation, turnabout in emotions towards another, and/or a total reversal of values. This may be very overwhelming. Stay calm and connected with your heart while you harness your emotions for positive ends.

April 22, 2022: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. The Princess of Wands epitomizes boundless yet grounded and stable fire energy that's powerful when controlled and contained. However, this card also indicates indecision, unease, and lack of confidence, which shows how “young” and fragile the energy is despite all its brightness.

Those influenced by this card are experiencing a drive to know the Self and are searching for new directions for personal growth and improvement. Therefore, you’re encouraged to feed creativity and inspiration, sharpen the senses, attune to nature, expand your outlook, and engage in life more robustly. Remain open, full of wonder, and joyful at simply being alive as you follow your spirit on its latest path. (Caveat: be realistic in goals and remain authentic while reaching to attain them.)

The downside is the Princess’s impact can cause one to give too much away, expect the same in return, and then get cranky when taken advantage of. This will cause burn-out and cynicism unless you hold healthy personal boundaries. Fortunately, innate resilience will save you.

April 21, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups, reversed. The Queen of Cups can be a little “airy-fairy” because she’s so very connected to her feelings and to the feelings of everyone around her. People under the influence of this queen can also be super spiritual and delve into alternative beliefs and holistic healing and latch onto all the accouterments of that realm.

Reversed, she can go two ways: either she goes completely into “woo-woo land” or she becomes very rational. This second, clearer version is what I’m feeling today especially following on the heels of The Fool, who encouraged us to find our existential purpose in this life.

The reversed Queen is sharp and competent, lets no one take advantage, overcomes illusions, and refuses to be swept away by conflicting emotions or succumbing to faux maneuvers or manipulations. However, this somewhat out-of-character directness can catch people off guard when they’re so used to a softer mode of communication. Therefore, it may be best to keep feelings and opinions private at this moment rather than engage in petty contests of “who’s right.”

April 20, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Fool. The Fool personifies the youthful aspect of Spirit or Universe and is the divine light in human form. Bearer of the original, essential boundless energy, this card represents advancing towards developing all of one’s personal capabilities whether obvious or still latent. He personifies humanness, fallibility, and making mistakes. As an ambiguous symbol of ultimate wisdom and/or poorest folly, The Fool is symbolic of the wanderings of the individual towards spiritual wholeness. On this journey, you may feel ambivalent as you seek spiritual understanding and purpose while still being stuck in a “skin suit.”

As your awareness expands to new ideas and your spirit looks forward to the limitless opportunities, present beliefs and values may be challenged. This card speaks of being ready for new beginnings and embodies “all potential” or “all possibilities” as it addresses the totality of your capacity and the possibility of everything and anything…or nothing. Your choice. And that choice must be your true choice, the right choice for YOU, not the choice motivated by others’ opinions.

The stone associated with The Fool is sugilite. It’s said to help answer existential questions and open all your chakras in preparation for coming shifts in perspectives and paths.

April 18, 2022: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess, reversed. I see we have zero shift since Friday’s reversed Nine of Pentacles…. @!#%$

The High Priestess is representative of all things pertaining to inner sight and esoteric yin wisdom. But when reversed, this card is indicative of significant difficulties accessing or ignoring intuition, having clouded insight, remembering dreams, or knowing your own feelings as you lose touch with or deny inherent wisdom. Pure spiritual principles become corrupted as they conflict with ignorance, shortsightedness, and lack of understanding on the material plane (Hello reversed Nine of Pentacles and the reversed King of Cups). You could be mistaking the desires of the ego for the intuition of the unconscious mind and have severed the connection with and sense of your Higher Self.

If it’s not you who’s suffered a schism from the divine yin wisdom, be wary of plots in which you might be betrayed, secrets are revealed or denied, or confidences are broken. You could feel an increase in the superficiality or distance in a relationship or it feels like you’re doing all the work to maintain it. If you’ve acted as a muse or inspiration to someone else, there may be feelings of loss of Self or identity as your spiritual beliefs are manipulated for material gain. Such social plots or deceptions could disrupt personal or business interactions and therefore discretion in all things is advised.

April 15, 2022: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles, reversed. Prosperity still reigns in the reversed Nine of Pentacles but there’s a certain disquiet because you’re struggling to recognize what the concept of “enough” means. In denial of personal wellbeing or good fortune (as in, you DO have enough), the fine life seems just out of reach. When not knowing what’s wanted or what really matters in your life, you can’t channel energy into useful purpose. The responsibility for your possessions and the desire for more leave you feeling trapped.

Now, if you’re good with what you have and are capable of enjoying it, beware of those who aren’t. You’re cautioned against becoming overly involved in the difficulties of those with whom you have relationships. If you become financially embroiled (your good natured self just can’t say “no”), you may be taken advantage of or become an easy victim. (Didn’t we just talk about fraud or swindles?)

April 13, 2022: Card O' the Day: King of Cups, reversed. Ugh. I loathe reversed kings. And when the “king of feelings” is reversed, emotions become artificial.

This very vibrant energy is turned away from helping others towards vice and corruption as egoism and hypocrisy allow one to rationalize one’s merciless actions. Someone like this tends to take advantage of others or indulge in embezzlement, shifty or double dealing, and dishonesty. They appear closed off from others or heartless and often escape into work, alcohol, and/or illicit drugs to basically sulk.

Now, this card may not represent an actual person but a situation like your work environment, company policies, or a firm you’re looking to hire to provide a service. If that’s the case, look out for false advertising, fraud, and/or swindles. Do your research and go forward carefully.

April 8, 2022: Card O' the Day: The World. Well, then. From The Fool to The World…and everything in between. This card encompasses all of the different aspects of The Wheel of Life (Karmic Wheel, Cycle of Life, etc.) and the human aspects of the Major Arcana. There’s a heavy emphasis on community to keep encouraging you to connect with others even though it sometimes can feel easier to do things on your own.

Emotionally, The World creates a feeling as if one has finally found the final pieces of the puzzle. As everything seems to makes sense and you understand the big picture of life, the positive and negative qualities within merge to create new form. The internal light and shadow enable you to cut through previous limitations and restrictions and allow forward motion. It feels as though the world holds infinite opportunities. Spiritually, though his moment may feel complete, there’s always more to learn. Remember, the goal is not the prize; it’s the journey that’s the true gift.

New ideas and creative projects are falling on fertile soil. You’re in the moment of reconciling your human self with the limitlessness of the spiritual self. You’re imbued with potential to achieve all things possible and are one with the creative force of Universe. Be aware and receptive of this energy as you step forward to see what’s next and dare to travel outside your previous comfort zone.

April 7, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Fool, reversed. The reversed Fool may represent not taking a chance at a critical time because of fear or dependence upon plans or advice of others. Or you’re afraid to take any risks at all for fear of looking foolish, making a mistake, or excessive concern of doing something stupid and suffering embarrassment. Feelings of ineptitude increase your inability to produce anything of value (in your mind).

I mean, now that you’re working in a group setting, others can see you floundering and you have the unfortunate chance of letting others down, amirite? But in your hesitation to trust yourself (and your teammates), you’re actually dumbing yourself down and making yourself LESS useful, wasting resources, and reducing the entire group’s efficiency.

Therefore, it’s better to ask questions and seek guidance on stuff you don’t know how to do. Then you’ll know how to do it next time. Stride forward confidently on the stuff you’re sure of! And if you only kinda sorta know, give it a whack. Any small errors will only improve your performance in the future.

April 6, 2022: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands. And it seems those of you who’ve been trying to islands have paid heed to the suggestions of the Tarot. The Four of Wands is all about community, tribe, participation therein, and relief from being alone.

This card places heavy emphasis on families, tribes, teams, communities, or other groups of people who come together for a common goal. Receiving this card indicates it’s time to unwind and regroup for pleasure and social concord. Without rest and friendship to refresh your soul, you become stale and ground down. Add to your current circle by discovering a new friend who shares the same views and enthusiasms or reinforce casual connections into something deeper.

Also, by combining your creativity with many like-minded people, it allows all to take part in a unified and vital whole and each to make a unique contribution. By rejoining your group, you have an opportunity to participate with others and add a precious piece to something greater and more beautiful than each of you could have managed alone. Often, success is found in numbers.

April 5, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles, reversed. Interesting that the message from the reversed Hierophant continues today. I guess my Tarot deck wasn’t finished making its point.

When the “family” card—Ten of Pentacles—is reversed, it indicates you’re turning away from or rejecting the norms and values of your family/tribe/peeps. And, just as straying too far from the norms of society can get you in trouble, if you stray too far from the traditions and rules of your family, you might find yourself treated as an outsider and no longer welcomed into the fold.

Further indications of this card are that material resources are wasted and misused causing losses on that plane. But maybe you have so much in that department you really don’t care about any losses because you’re impatient and unsatisfied with it all anyway. Regardless of your level of abundance, concentrating solely on the material in your life will prevent you from noticing and/or accepting gifts of wisdom about yourself and your place in Universe. 

Be very careful in your pursuit of doing it “my way” that you don’t end up feeling as though you’ve wasted your life.

April 1, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. I see the reversed Prince of a couple days ago is getting another warning shot across his bow….

Somebody in your life (you?) is rejecting traditional “authority”, choosing their own standards, and going their own way rather than just accepting the dictates of the “powers that be.” The “shoulds" and “oughts” in life are wearing them down to the point they’re contemplating something immoral, unethical, or unprincipled. In fact, they may be past mere unorthodox expression, are ready for confrontation with responsibilities, and is moving into disobedience or outright rebellion.

However, you must realize that excessive individuality can be dangerous, uncontrollable, and disruptive to the order of your life. A path to a new venture, which looks exciting, might prove to be limited and restrictive in a whole new way that’s just as uncomfortable as what you’re trying to escape. Listen to the whole story before making a decision because extra time and concentration is needed before you leap from the frying pan into the fire. Be sure you’re aware of the nits and grits involved to avoid financial loss, mental struggle, career chaos, or emotional distress.

March 31, 2022: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords. The appearance of this card is letting you know it’s time to get your mind out of the destructive loop it’s in and stop reworking old issues (shoulda, woulda, coulda…). It’s completely pointless and only makes you miserable. Also, be cautious of developing a negatively idealistic or unrealistic approach to life during any “pity parties” and stay present with and rational about what’s bothering you. 

This is where you get super dry and put all emotion aside. Coolly analyze your current upset: what’s your fault (apologize for it), what’s NOT your fault (refuse to take blame), and consider what you’d do differently next time. Notice the content of thoughts and how they make you feel and identify any painful life patterns. Then let it all go as you release upset emotions, move forward, and resolve lingering issues.

In other words, the Three of Swords is telling the reversed Prince of Cups from yesterday to pull his crown chakra out of his root chakra and up his game.

March 30, 2022: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups, reversed. The reversed Prince of Cups is constantly moving with, and adapting to, any situation in a pliant, liquid way, making him hard to define or grasp. He’s* emotionally dishonest and disingenuous—even to himself—by pretending he’s not as invested in something as he really is. This is an avoidance technique to prevent personal disappointment or public shame should that something fail. A conflict lies between one’s inner fantasies and outer attractions and/or real-world responsibilities.

Unable to honestly give to anyone else (or anything) at this time, people influenced by this card avoid commitments and move away from emotional involvement. They don’t like being pushed toward commitment or action and are resentful of those impositions. However, know that such dodging may result in invitations being withdrawn permanently. Therefore one may need to rouse oneself to act upon increased demands from the outside world or one’s own physical desires before one is forever side-lined.

(*Remember, no gender definitions with Tarot court cards; I’m just using this pronoun for convenience.)

March 29, 2022: Card O' the Day: Judgment. I’ve discovered in my studies each of the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck impacts us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Today, those points regarding Judgment have stepped forward in a big way.

Physically, this card reminds us to become adaptable to changes in life. Review the mind, heart, and body to see where you’re inflexible. Take steps to change. When done, notice new emotional balance coming from that willingness to adapt. Take note of the calmness one feels and remember how to get there again during times of stress (because that’s when you’ll revert back to old ways). Spiritually, take pride in your accomplishment of physical/emotional change but remember there’s always another’s soul more evolved than yours and that your sh*t still stinks (but so does theirs…just sayin’).

The appearance of Judgment indicates you’re getting to a place of awareness, discernment, and adaptability where old belief systems no longer hold you rigid and inflexible thereby blocking your progress. Confident but humble, driven but not rushed, grounded but also divinely guided by sound judgment, and ego satisfied with the needs of lower self met, you’re becoming the truest, best version of Self.

March 28, 2022: Card O' the Day: King of Wands. The King of Wands, an Aries (Duh!), is charismatic, intelligent, and dominant but also generous and kind-hearted. The energy behind this card gives one support to claim power and personal truth. It’s governing Angel is Expansion of the Individual’s Potential and you’re directed too see clearly, express truly, and take charge of yourself. Hematite is one of the King’s stones and is said to strengthen intellect; provide emotional, mental, and spiritual cleansing; and boost drive and will-power to carry out plans for a new project.

As a competent, dramatic yet brilliant and solid entrepreneur, King types dare to take risks and be creative, which will appear pushy and aggressive to others. You may try to do it all as you have a strong desire to express yourself and ideas in a constant quest for new adventure/challenges/goals. And, being intolerant of limits, a bad loser, and allowing little or no discussion about those goals, you’ll get in trouble if you don’t develop diplomacy and patience. 

You’re being challenged to without doubt embrace power, creative energy, and your impulses to move into bold and daring action. It’s time to take charge, initiate new patterns, and aim high for complete success of anything attempted. RELEASE THE DESIRE TO FIT INTO A SPACE THAT’S NOT AN AUTHENTIC FIT and take control of yourself directly and simply on your way to the best version of Self.

March 27, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Empress and The Devil, both reversed. We got a two-fer today….

The Empress signifies feminine energy and all that it means to identify as female. When the card is reversed, it indicates ways feminine energy becomes blocked or generally negative images of women. You might want to follow the established practices of womankind but are constructively denied them because others don’t see you for who you truly are. This can lead to feeling slighted, alone, or useless because of gender or feminine traits. The Devil, reversed, continues in this vein as you view yourself as paltry, slight, and a failure, which leads to feelings of inhibition, unhappiness, and discontent.

Fortunately, both cards offer a light at the end of the tunnel. Literally speaking, The Empress represents the absence of light; reversed she signifies daylight, brightness, splendor, illumination, manifestation, and/or truth. Something is brought into light or into being (the real you?). When The Devil is reversed, it indicates a liberation from societal or internal bondages that hold you hostage. This card also signifies you’re beginning to see through to the truth. It’s time to remove tethers and access the guarded, hidden treasure of your own spectacular Self.

March 26, 2022: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands. The Eight of Wands is a highly energetic card! Regardless of pushed you may feel, there's a quality of order, efficiency, synchronicity, and serendipity to the speed of events that confirms you’re moving in the right direction. Trust the forward motion and the frenetic energy flow of the activities because you’re headed for an end which promises assured felicity. If things still seem a bit slow at the moment, expect sudden progress, an unexpected breakthrough, great transformation, and advancement as progress is finally made.

It’s prime time to send out energy asking Universe for the power to meet the many new opportunities that are coming. Spirit’s at work here, so ask to be moved in an unmistakeable direction, imagine anything is possible, and get out of your own way to follow creative forces. Balance and blend your passion and insight, trust instincts, and then weigh all dangers before moving forward. However, use caution, prioritize energy, and make sure to avoid hasty decisions that offer only temporary solutions without laying proper foundations for long-term gain.

Pyrite, which is associated with this card, stepped forward today. It’s supposed to lead you to problems so you can recognize the only possible solution is to change your way of thinking and dissolve fixed ideas. It takes you beyond doubts and mental blocks and facilitates perception and further development. Flexibility in your mind will lead to ease of making necessary changes without freaking out.

March 14, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. While I’m not one to argue and swing my dick around to prove my “superior knowledge”, there ARE times when you must find the courage to defend your position, principles, beliefs, or ideals using natural instincts and past experience. You might take a stand against opposing views in a speech, discussion, or on the Internet. You’ll develop confidence in your self-worth by handling problems, rivalry, competition, confrontation, or disapproval with cool persistence and restraint.

However, this card also demands honest self-reflection regarding your personal tenets; it’s fine to remain steadfast, but be open-minded, too. If you find yourself standing alone too often, maybe it’s time to reevaluate what you believe (you could be wrong…).

The best lessons are learned through struggle and knowledge, wisdom, character, and strength will grow with each example. Therefore, stay present and aware of all learning moments.

March 11, 2022: Card O' the Day: Prince/Knight of Swords, reversed. I’m wearing my late grandmother’s rose quartz beads right this minute so I asked her to help me pick today’s card. She was German and survived the two World Wars. My aunt and her family still live in Germany whereas my mother emigrated to the U.S. as my American father’s wife. I’m afraid Oma is reminding us of leaders of the past…and how history is in danger of repeating itself.

The normally sharp intellect of the Sword Prince slides into the fanatical or ridiculous when reversed and he appears imprudent and full of hot air. Those under his influence may argue theories that are irrelevant or empty, one’s words sound like nonsense, and arguments are irrational. Being excessively extravagant and impulsive leads to stupid mistakes that waste resources and/or endanger others.

At worst, one tends to carelessly and recklessly charge ahead without listening to advice in a wild response to a situation of one’s own making to deliberately cause pain, injury, or physical damage. Ruthless, tyrannical, and vengeful, one blames mistakes on others or uses cruel logic to destroy. Unprincipled, crafty, and deceitful, one’s ego leads the way to ruin.

March 10, 2022: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. There are the people one calls one’s posse, homies, or tribe with whom one has a soul-level connection and upon which one may fully rely. The strength found in each other carries one confidently into the future. (If one does not have a solid posse, this card is indicating the need of it.) This protective environment is where all essential physical, emotional, and security needs are met and one finds protection. It’s the center of strength where one may safely withdraw. 

However, such a secure environment with its inherent limits can be a blessing or prison. Be aware of how often one replays patterns of behavior to be part of the group. As one matures and accepts the feelings necessary for successful other relationships, one must widen interactions. The Three of Cups is a signal it’s time to leave familiar ground and encounter life outside one’s usual circle.

March 9, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords, reversed. The deceptions found in the upright card are deeper in the reversal of the Seven of Swords as compared to the upright version. But as such dishonesty or betrayed confidences is revealed—as it always is—one is inclined to deny those shameful acts or to say they were unintentional to save face. But you know, just don’t. Don’t “weasel” and squirm. Just come out into the open rather than living with the fear of secrets coming to light.

After raising your hand and saying, “Yep. My bad.” Accept good advice, instruction, observations, or public announcements regarding impending warnings or reprimands resulting from your mistakes. Doing so will demonstrate to others one is ready to listen and seek help for problems because one has nothing to hide. With the right attitude, willingness to make amends where necessary, and putting energy into correcting any missteps, one will receive the support and assistance needed to clean up your mess.

(And try reeeeeeeeaaallllly hard not to beat yourself up too badly. We all f*ck up.)

March8, 2022: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles, reversed. When the “work card” Eight of Pentacles is reversed, it indicates many of you may be having difficulty with your careers, jobs, or mundane daily chores. Tedious and boring tasks become deadening, which results in impatience, frustration, shoddy work product, cutting corners, and accidents. Lack of concentration or focus leads to procrastination or things falling through the cracks and going unnoticed. Wasted efforts and lack of enterprise drain resources thereby further squandering time and assets.

Sometimes the negative energy is external. You might feel like others are using you as an ATM of concrete resources like convenient possessions they don’t have (“Dude, can I borrow your truck to move next weekend?”) or “spare” cash. Intangible resources may also be milked such as your time or psycho-emotional energy or you’re constantly being asked for favors that are rarely reciprocated.

In this atmosphere of imbalance, do the best you can. Prioritize your tasks and do only what’s absolutely necessary until you feel more energetic and focused. If the negativity is external, now would be a good time to enforce your personal boundaries and practice saying “no.”

March 3, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups, reversed. The reversed Seven of Cups stresses clear and logical thinking, making realistic plans, setting priorities and intentions, and finding solutions that are well-conceived. With resoluteness of purpose, determination, and premeditation, focus on the goal of getting the team back on track and petty arguments solved.

The reversed Seven may represent battling any of the seven deadly sins with the opposing virtues: humility against pride, kindness against envy, patience against anger, and diligence against sloth. (The other three sins aren’t relevant here.) But notice you’re going to battle against the current adversary with the virtues of humility, kindness, patience, and diligence. With such true righteousness on your side, it should put some wind back in your sails.

This reversed card also advocates for physical relaxation, loosening up, and letting go. Take time out to decompress and recharge during a moment of respite. Looks like Friday night Happy Hour is gonna be a thing this week for you and the others on your team. (Direct the “pot-stirer” to the wrong bar. I’ll allow that much pettiness.)

March 2, 2022: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles, reversed. Threes also represent balance, understanding, cooperation, and the Middle Way, or the harmonious synthesis that can arise when two apparently opposing positions are creatively reconciled or transcended into the initial stage of a completion. Combine the number with this suit and we’re put on the physical plane that more than likely pertains to work/money. Reverse that puppy and we get trouble.

More than likely, there’s a boss-type person (immediate superior or team leader) who’s getting a little big for their britches and is causing conflict among the members of the main group. The person in charge is acting the tyrant and gives you impossible deadlines, cuts corners, and/or micro-manages everyone to appear more powerful and competent. (This person could also be a “mere” team member but has delusions of grandeur and is stirring the pot to try to get a promotion.)

This lovely atmosphere will have everyone sane hiding out in their cubicles or offices to escape notice. But that has the downside of making you feel alone and your work unnoticed. So, those of you who’re still giving it your A-game, work together behind the asshole’s back. Use extreme diplomacy when having to actually face the culprit. And, if it gets really bad, collectively go to HR or up the next rung of the ladder and state your case (with documentation, of course).

March 1, 2022: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. Threes signify expansion, contentment, congenial relationships, and the synthesis of love. Receiving the Three of Cups is a sign you’re becoming more available to the many opportunities there are to explore the world with an open heart, precise intuition, and inquisitive mind. And all this is possible because of the recent resolution of problems with accompanying healing.

As you mature and accept the feelings necessary for successful other relationships (outside a close-knit family unit), you need to widen interactions into the general population. The Three is a signal it’s time to leave familiar ground and encounter life outside your safety zone and to enjoy the camaraderie of tribes, mixed friendships, or friendly work affiliations.

Such happy times aren’t merely confined to your interpersonal relationships and this card may be indicating career advancement, the completion of a project, or the successful conclusion of any work-related matter. With ample flexibility and helpful and supportive peers, all are profiting from shared advice and information as problems are solved and you all glide towards a happy outcome. If something is still in the latter stages of development, relish the process of working with others to attain a common goal.

February 24, 2022: Card O' the Day: Five of Wands. I don’t mean to interject my personal feelings into these daily cards, but sometimes world events upset me enough I can’t stay neutral. Or, the current war energy in the Ukraine is rippling all they way to Ohio and I’m picking it up. At any rate, I have nothing nice to say about the Five of Wands today.

This card is governed by Saturn (the planet of struggle and hardship) intersecting with Leo (the sign of power and authority). This clash foments conflict, cruelty, violence, deception, antagonism, thoughtless and aggressive actions, and rashness all driven primarily by pride. Fives have inherently chaotic energy and when the Fire element of Wands is added, things can get dangerous. All this tension is pure drama for the sake of drama and being right doesn’t matter.

If you’ve got war in your own life or are following the news, understand that we all  must fight ego and the rampant desire for “more.” Your Higher Self abhors chaos and only desires growth to further the greater good. Tap into your heart energy and blast your immediate surroundings with warm thoughts of peace and love. While your efforts may not stop the conflicts in the next town over, never mind the Ukraine, I guarantee they’ll improve your own corner of Universe. Namaste.

February 23, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Devil, reversed. The reversed Devil is providing yet another caution against caving in when faced with unpleasant truths. Whereas the reversed Seven warned against being weak and retreating, The Devil, reversed, warns against another type of weakness: being an insufferable asshole who has feelings of petty superiority over others’ frailties and boasts of being excessively “perfect.” However, such persons generally make excuses instead of facing how bad a situation really is and doing something about it. Therefore, before you shrink and retreat or over-puff yourself, begin to make corrections and put back a sense of order to your higher Self (the place from where you act with intelligence, compassion, and truth).

Since the Devil represents, in part, illusions, when the card is reversed it could signify you’re beginning to see through them to the truth. (That “truth” the reversed Two of Swords first announced and that has proven to be so uncomfortable.) As you become more conscious of the destructive behaviors and misuses of power of others, you’re better able to release false inhibitions and patterns of manipulation and codependency in yourself. As in, you see how rotten “Bob” is and decide you’re not gonna be another “Bob.”

February 22, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands, reversed. Did I not say reality and truth would suck? This reversed Seven indicates strong interpersonal energies that were already a bit uncomfortable and confrontational devolve further. Swell. In the face of all this “negativity”, one may be tempted to back down and return to the previous situation (that you hated enough to disturb in the first place) for the sake of peace. Because, after all, was it really that bad?

Oh no you don’t! Use the power of Wands energy to overcome fears and objections and participate in negotiations. You’ll have to eloquently defend your position (with facts and examples, which you’ve been documenting, right?). This will allow defenses between yourself and others to come down as you discover inner resources and refuse to be intimidated.

Now, certain minor victories may require conforming to established procedures and protocols or seeking an otherwise more co-operative approach. (True cooperation means nobody’s 100% happy but things do come out better for everyone.) If one can come to a clear course of action, your natural self-confidence will return and you’ll be seen as a “team player” who’s rapidly becoming a leader.

February 21, 2022: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords, reversed. Well, now. The Two of Swords has returned but reversed. The reversal, however, shows us progress is being made! It would seem the reversed Princess’s rash and hasty efforts actually did some good in that the reversed Two indicates we’ve broken the uneasy balance of a situation or an uncomfortable status quo. The tenuous “peace” is broken as you take action to end complacency and superficial accord and seriously look at disturbing issues that require decisions.

When we’ve been figuratively knocked over and the balance between the intellectual/emotional forces is disturbed, deeper truths are revealed as you open your eyes to reality. You may discover you’ve been living a lie but at least now one can get on with the process of authentic communication and living. 

All this reality and truth might result in loyalties becoming divided. You may discover lies, deceptions, treachery, or superficiality among people you thought were friends or at least solid colleagues. This will suck. However, now you know where you stand with everyone and you can weed your contacts file accordingly. Furthermore, this harsh information will help you make decisions about your own future without worrying about how it may impact others.

February 20, 2022: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands, reversed. Obviously, I over-encouraged somebody because we went from the self-assurance and confident personal power of the King to the still clueless and finding-her-way Princess in just a day. And reversed no less! The King’s power is big and the reversed Princess can’t handle it. Yet.

When channeling the King of Wands, we can’t just dash forward on an adrenaline rush of taking risks or gambling on complete unknowns. Yes, you may want to try something new, like the upright Princess of Wands, but when she’s reversed it's done in a hasty, impatient, indiscriminate way that makes no time for good judgment. Basically, it’s like being a 16 year-old who got a very fast and powerful car before the ink is even dry on their license. 

I suggest you allow yourself the power of “driving a car” but swap it out for something practical until you become a more experienced driver. Learn the ropes, don’t be too proud to do the grunt work, pay your dues on the way up, and foster sincere relationships with people who might be able to help you.

February 19, 2022: Card O' the Day: King of Wands. So, about a month ago, the King of Wands appeared—twice!—reversed. This indicated a lot of blustering ego and hot air, which is a dead give away for feeling less than your best. Now he’s back, but upright. I see this as coming out on the other side of the previous reversed Queen of Swords (see the 14th’s post) with all her cranky indecision. The Four of Wands let us know things were looking up but yesterday’s Two of Swords was a remnant of that pesky Queen. However, y’all have done your homework and are ready for this upright King.

We’re looking at self-possessed will power with charismatic creativity. His governing angel is that of Expansion of an Individual’s Potential. As with the recent Four, where I mentioned assuming your personal power, the King validates that and encourages you to take on leadership roles. Be proactive…when you see a job that needs to be done, do it even if it’s not technically “your job.” Soon enough you’ll be promoted to more demanding roles. (And if you’re not, go to HR and ask for a promotion/raise. This is why you always document all your projects and the extra work you do. Presenting your boss/HR with black and white proof of your value makes it harder for them to ignore your work for the company.)

February 18, 2022: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords. This card really illustrates how deeply intertwined our heads, hearts, and guts are. What goes on in our heads can mess with your self-esteem, trust, morals and values…. But always remember and never forget: your head can and will lie to justify ANYthing whereas your gut instinct and more likely than not your heart will steer you towards your highest good. Therefore, this card advises you to feel around in your essential being and THEN go to your head and make wise choices.

How to do that? See similarities between choices rather than all the differences. Instead of considering a choice based on DOING, what does it look like NOT to do? You may have to face some awkward truths or fears so dig deeply and observe your inner rhythms to better know your Self. 

Patience with this issue is necessary and you’ve got the time. If you can, take a step back from the decision making process to have things in place or ready to be implemented once the final choice is made. This preliminary “arranging” of nuts and bolts may help you decide or show you an alternate route. Wait until you’re clearly aware of all options and information before taking the plunge.

February 16, 2022: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands. The Four of Wands signifies a heroic impulse that helped you conquer fear and doubt and gave you the courage and determination necessary to express yourself in your interactions with that reversed queen of the other day. This success comes from personal ability and your subtlety in handling the situation.

In addition, the Four represents particularly creative, balanced, and prosperous energy. Thus your new diplomacy will work well for you regarding collaborative efforts, opposing factions, and agreements that need to be negotiated to maintain harmony and balance within a group. By assuming your power and pioneering the way with sincerity and honesty, you can expect respect, admiration, or elevation within the group with a promotion or new assignment.

Which is vastly helpful because this card places heavy emphasis on families, teams, or other groups of people who come together for a common goal. By combining creativity with many like-minded people, it allows all to take part in a unified and vital whole and each to make a unique contribution. You have an opportunity to participate with others and add a precious piece to something greater than each one could have managed alone.

February 15, 2022: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands. And here we have the results of being strong enough to be kind to cranky people!

Your efforts to be nice in the face of “un-nice-ness” has allowed you to triumph over forces that were trying to stop your progress and growth and to do it with personal power and dignity. The more often you can be nice with dignity you develop self-leadership, marshal skills, improve relationships, and achieve success according to your definition of it. The Six signifies the manifestation of Ki/Chi/Qi and you’re asked to align with Nature, Earth, and Spirit and share the sudden illumination and brilliance while remaining grounded. Meaning, you fold this new-found or enhanced personal light into your life without fanfare.

With the drama over, the sense of self is fortified for having had an experience in which you could prove your integrity by taking the high road. You may now congratulate yourself with a little private smugness and a high-five in the mirror.

February 14, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords, reversed. Well, SOMEbody is pissed about the Superbowl’s outcome! Or ya got out of bed on the wrong side. Or somebody you know and have to deal with on a daily basis is grumpy. Bottom line: this card indicates extreme crankiness.

The intolerance present rises from deep disappointments, heartbreak, pain, pressure, and/or self-deception. Also, ill-temper and negative behavior comes out of frustrated ambitions or relied-upon ideals have turned sour. Meaning, in all probability, you, or the person who’s in your life who’s like this, isn’t evil but just in a lot of psycho-emotional pain. The very rational and truth-oriented Sword Queen’s thinking also suffers. “Her” (remember, the Tarot’s court cards are genderless) strong mind has been turned away from clarity by personal biases and incomplete information. This mind-emotion discord then results in ignoring all the good things with which “her” life is blessed and the excess gloom and egoism stems from the loss of her truth and reality.

What to do? If it’s you, go back to bed or avoid everyone so as not to disturb the psyche of others. It’s the least you can do. If it’s someone else, avoid them until they feel better. If you can’t, you’ve got the inside scoop on why that person is so bitchy today and can be a little more compassionate by cutting them some slack. Be kind because you never know what sort of personal hell others are going through.

February 11, 2022: Card O' the Day: Justice, reversed. I think Justice, reversed, must be the Sword King’s worst nightmare. Something stable, ordered, or normally unvarying has been disturbed or disrupted and we’re having to adjust to imbalances in life and/or relationships. (Current events, anyone?) In order to limit mistakes or snags, you resist change or adjustment and attempt a “perfection” so rigid it hampers carrying on with daily life.

If you’re handling empty store shelves with a “c’est la vie” attitude, the imbalance may be internal and you’re struggling with a divided self as you suffer the inner discord of intellect v. instincts. Suddenly, formerly held values, old rules of thumb, and social expectations aren’t reliable and you have to respond with few cues through a cloudy perception and uncertainty. This leaves you mired in indecision and inaction because of over-reliance on the rationality that’s being proposed by others.

Go back to the King. Cool reason and thorough research of an issue through many sources (not just what your aunt’s best friend’s cousin’s trainer said) is required to navigate current times. Emotional reactions will not serve you well.

February 10, 2022: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. I think the Sword King showed up today to help us know how to handle The World’s energy. This King is the epitome of integrity in all his material pursuits, equality, and fairness. He understands the first step to his success is to be responsible for himself and his actions. However, because he’s a king, he knows his responsibility also extends to others or society in general. As an impartial arbiter of truth and justice, he bases his choices on logic, rationality, ethics, and hard facts and not on what he may or may not believe.

The King’s dominance and control over emotions allows you to let go of defensiveness and see that logic, rather than your feelings, is needed when pursuing goals. Critical, objective, and cool-headed examination of circumstances and careful evaluation of any consequences of planned actions or strategies is required. Meaning, put your gut and heart on a time-out while you do your research through a broad spectrum of solid sources.

Finally, The King of Swords may signify good news or unexpected advantages regarding the ability to improve yourself. Thus, eyes and ears open to everything from LinkedIn to hair salon gossip.

February 9, 2022: Card O' the day: The World (again!). We just got The World on the 5th…four days ago. And at that time it felt like “completion” was happening for many. However, yesterday’s Nine of Pentacles tells me we’re not quite there yet. (Maybe I’m projecting with my own book thing….) Anyway, remember what I said the other day: Receiving The World in a spread is proof of a life filled with even more potential for major realizations. It represents the power of the will to manifest results, attain all that’s good or desirable in being, living, and behaving, practical use of knowledge, and learning to take control of your life. You’ve got limitless potential to achieve anything you want!

Prosperity and abundance is assured if you remember to pursue excellence of Self and wisdom of the soul. Therefore, because there IS more to come, face the inevitable changes with hope and optimism. Even though you’re never done done, there’ll be little completions along the way. Accept those endings because by reaching the goal, you've now cleared space for the next steps. (Face it kids, there will ALWAYS be next steps. *sigh*)

As you continue forward, you’ll learn more and more about yourself, how you operate, what you’ll stand for and what you won’t. This will help you define a personal “world” where you set physical and psychic boundaries, say “no” to what’s beyond your ability, and establish personal security and protection where necessary.

February 8, 2022: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles. During my years of studying the Tarot, I’m amassed a great deal of information that pertains to the symbology and ideology of the cards. They come from vastly different sources—ie. astrology, Feng Shui, numerology, botany, etc. and to organize all these concepts, I’ve written a book. I’m now in the process of editing and annotating it for publication. 

Today’s Nine of Pentacles reflects the process of manifestation (publishing my book) through the ability to deal with the grunt-work details (editing and annotating). This card represents the ongoing struggle against all odds to produce a tangible, beneficial “thing” and completion of a journey before the more concrete establishment of the 10 wherein the “thing” is done and you can turn your attention to something else.

Good self-esteem from knowing your own value and worth will assist in reaching full potential, being content, and confident even if others initially aren’t as excited about your creation as you. You may very well have to make substantial changes and compromises and now is the time to do it. Remind yourself those alterations are NOT a reflection on you personally, but they are merely tweaks to perfect your “thing.”

February 7, 2022: Card O' the Day: Two of Cups. Another two…. The energy of the number Two creates the possibilities of conflict, choice, integration of experiences, understanding, and/or unions in truce. The suit of Cups means those dynamics are explored within relationships with Self or others.

When respectful give and take occurs with another, the parties enjoy a strong connection of reciprocal respect, complementarity, comprehension, and mutual benefit as each gains equally from the exchange. By uniting separate qualities and abilities through love (capital “L” love, not just bumping uglies), both parties have something to offer that’s different but equal in value. Together, they’re able to produce something beyond what either could’ve done alone.

Some of you may fear losing leverage through cooperation that allows the other to “win.” But remember, love isn’t pie! Imbuing a situation with your Love doesn’t diminish your power…it increases the overall power of the whole thing BECAUSE it’s infused with Love. Once you understand the incredible power of your Love, you’ll understand you can never be powerless about anything.

February 6, 2022: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. The suit of Wands signifies fiery action and determination. This energy is quite intense and in need of direction. The Two signifies we’re in early days yet, still planning, and a decision regarding which of several opportunities to pursue is required. While they're all good, you’ve got to choose what you hope to accomplish within a particular sphere of influence.

Once energies have been effectively harnessed and responsibly managed, new possibilities or brilliant original ideas are released or current projects are given new meaning. In the process, you may need to fashion a new mental discipline or return to a previously effective one after applying lessons learned and skills honed. (This is where yesterday’s reflections and Monday-morning-quarterbacking proves useful.)

If there’s any uncertainty when deciding about the next project, it’ll be cleared by careful deliberation, strategic planning, and evaluation. Proceed with enthusiasm!

February 5, 2022: card O' the Day: The World. As the final card in the series of the major arcana of the Tarot deck, its presence today may indicate the finale of one phase of your life or an all-consuming endeavor. You can either despair at the ending or be grateful and accepting of the fact life is all about endings and beginnings and by reaching the goal, you now have cleared space for something new. Receive this break or moment of slowing down gratefully and relax for a minute.

During this down time, reflect upon what’s been done and integrate the perfection in each of the past missteps, mistakes, struggles, and wrong turns. Do a little Monday-morning-quarterbacking, review the films, and see where you can strengthen weaknesses or make better use of assets.

Receiving The World in a spread is proof of a life filled with even more potential for major realizations—physical, spiritual, and/or emotional. It represents the power of the will to manifest results, attain all that’s good or desirable in being, living, and behaving, and practical use of knowledge and learning to take control of your life. You’ve got limitless potential to achieve anything you want so be aware and receptive of this energy as you step forward to see what’s next and dare to travel outside your previous comfort zone.

February 3, 2022: Card O' the Day: Five Wands, reversed. With the reversal of the competitive Five of Wands, the tension of its energy is released allowing forward motion again or ends a period of conflict and stress so you can relax. Perhaps one recognizes and regrets one’s selfish and self-centered ways and returns to being more generous and aware of the needs of others. (ahem....) Either way, transformation of doubts, troubles, and glitches is imminent.

Having become stronger, focused your energies, and communicated effectively to avoid misunderstandings, you’re able to release petty concerns, concentrate on what truly matters, and let go of defensiveness. Once you’re not spoiling for a fight at every turn, you’ll find that working with others without hostilities is possible when you all look for common ground to better navigate any disagreements. Use the fire of Wands to energize, not consume!

February 2, 2022: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups, reversed. I never used to read reversals (many Tarot readers don’t) because I just didn’t buy that a reversal meant the opposite of the upright. The cards are waaaay more nuanced than that. Then I read a great book about reversals that explained it all to me and it made perfect sense. Tarot card meanings fall on a spectrum; the uprights are in the middle area while the reversals fit on the far ends. Therefore….

One of the energetic signatures of the reversed Four becomes more extreme: the ennui of the upright card deepens into restricted feelings of boredom, weariness, stultifying apathy, insecurity, lack of freedom, smothering, and burn out as one longs for something better. OR…. (and I much prefer this option but it’s your choice whether you want to continue to be “meh.”)

The reversal turns stagnation into a feeling of healthy restlessness that leads to the inability to sit still or meditate. Looking for new options to overcome passivity and break out of the fallow period of discontentment and thirsting for fresh experiences, we consider new events, ideas, relationships, and possibilities. Old problems can be tackled with new, unforeseen solutions or options formerly rejected can be reconsidered, slightly reworked, and applied in a novel approach. Past boredom is transformed as action overcomes passivity and we enthusiastically seize opportunities.

February 1, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Hermit. We got several Pentacles in the last few days that represent the physical plane where ego is primarily in control. Then we got the internal fire and enthusiasm of the Prince of Wands. The appearance of this card indicates it’s time to merge the ego with your soul (fire guy) in the opportunity to know yourself well and deeply. The Hermit acts as a bridge between the conscious and unconscious, a ligament uniting body and psyche, and the link between the mind and spiritual awareness. 

Approach this time to work on self-development with patience and a sense of deliberate purpose. In order to understand all this and where you fit in the “big picture”, discover your own path. You might need help with figuring it out so don’t be shy about asking for a little advice from someone who’s been there or trained to teach what you want to learn.

It’s possible you’re not undergoing any exercises in spiritual journeys, are merely spending more time alone, and are finding comfort and ease in that solitude. Be aware of how you view aloneness and take responsibility for that choice. Loneliness is a negative state wherein there’s an absence of another; aloneness is a positive state where you’re happily present with yourself and appreciate your own company.

January 31, 2022: Card O' the day: Prince/Knight of Wands. The Prince of Wands represents the spark of enthusiasm, pure dynamism of all Fire signs, and spirit of enterprise that gives vigor, hope, optimism, and a positive boost of self-confidence—all the things you need to jump-start internal engines and achieve great things. His transformative power takes what’s poisonous and transforms it into beauty and is able to harness raw energy toward the mind and away from self-satisfaction or totalitarianism. We’re encouraged to renew our Qi through playfulness, laughter and a heart-centered life…. That’s the good news.

There’s all kinds of intuition and imagination present with this card but the limits of reality have been lost. Because the Fire Prince usually acts before thinking, he’ll have problems with details, routines, and the final follow-through. All that powerful, but unfocused, energy will dissipate if one tries—like the Prince—to fly in all directions at once. One would do well to cultivate reliability, use caution and thought, curb recklessness, pay attention to fine points, and develop commitment and the ability to deliver on promises. That’s the bad news.

Nevertheless, the appearance of this card could indicate leaving old ways behind or a chance for action and to shake things up. Therefore, go ahead and seek movement and new experiences; follow passions to find new flavors, textures, sights, and sounds; pounce on any opportunity to explore new realms; and rebel against stodgy or old-fashioned beliefs, mindsets, habits, or physical stuff.

January 30, 2022: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords. There’s a hard choice that must be made and your emotions won’t stay out of it. The Two of Swords shows up when you’re feeling conflicted, at crossed purposes, or are holding two contradictory ideas or thoughts as true and valid at the same time (i.e. your brilliant boss/spouse/bestie is an utter asshole in some areas).

Feeling unable to take action or make a decision, you deliberately avoid the problem through procrastination and a reluctance to commit to a choice. Feeling stuck between two equally unappealing options, you sit on the fence out of fear of upsetting the fragile balance you’re desperate to maintain. While a temporary, uneasy peace may be reached, to truly resolve the issue, the status quo must be broken before energy can move forward again.

First of all, step out of judgment to see similarities rather than differences (stop seeing things in a “me” v. “them” light). You’ll need to face some fears or admit some ugly truths to break through the stalemate and opposing forces. Then stop flailing and grinding gears, decide which way to go, and figure out how to get there. It’ll take less work than your current avoidance and floundering and you’ll release the stuck material energy we’ve been suffering with all the reversed Pentacles of late.

January 29, 2022: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles, reversed. We continue on the material plane with another reversed Pentacle. There are warnings about becoming too focused on material gain and avidness for “more” in this card, as well. This current over-dependence on security and comfort might be in reaction to the current economic situation. The stock market is pretty yippsie, supply chains are rendering store shelves empty, and inflation is taking more from our pockets for the usual stuff we need. It’s scary, I agree.

However, Aces mean new beginnings (even when reversed!) and new beginnings require changes to your routine. Failure to recognize the need to adjust may be because you’re terrified of doing without that which you’re used to having. But choices will dwindle further as you fear ANY loss. To soften the blow, you’d do well to take material things more lightly and learn to do without (gracefully) until you can get on more solid financial footing.

The material plane includes your physical body, and the stifled energy flow of the reversal could mean that you’re losing mobility, flexibility, or require increased attention to the body. Check to see if your physical discomfort is due to ill health, physical neglect, malnutrition, or other limitations. Most bland of all, you may simply be stuck in a rut or literally constipated. So, in addition to pinching pennies harder, you need to bundle up and take a hike around the block.

January 28, 2022: Card O' the Day: Princess/Page Pentacles, reversed. The influence of yesterday’s reversed Seven continues…. The clarity of thinking of this Princess suffers when she’s reversed. Loss of focus will lead to having difficulty learning something new or grasping necessary information. When so easily distracted, practical matters and issues become lost in confusion or daily trivia. (Social media or games on your phone anyone? [Hanging MY head….])

You may change your mind about something previously desired and this could cause you to lose purpose or not know where you fit anymore. Now, we all shift perspectives or outgrow interests—and that’s normal—but if your waining engagement stems from your mood slump, don’t throw in the towel just yet. However, remaining inactive will lead to premature waste and superficial investment in the “thing” you’ve worked so hard on up to now. Try to continue your work if only at a snail’s pace. 

The good news here is the messages typically heralded by the appearance of the reversed Earth Princess include cancellation of plans, which actually would then allow relaxation during your slump. It’s like Universe is recognizing your need for a nap and is making things so you CAN have a nap.

January 27, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. Sorry, kids, this one may be on me. We received the upright Seven of Pentacles just a few days ago and I was all encouraging about long-term goals and working hard for them. Today’s reversal might just be a reflection of my own ‘tude regarding a big project of mine. (I AM, after all, pulling these cards so it follows that my energies will interfere on occasion.)

The reversed Seven indicates I (and possibly some of you) are getting a little crispy around the edges when it comes to your goals and ideas for the future. We start out all gung-ho and work in high gear for a stretch making great progress. But none of us can keep up that pace for long before getting tired, bored, and dispirited about the long way yet to go. 

Therefore, before you get bogged down in inertia and procrastination, take a conscious break. Rather than doggedly pushing forward and doing “just Part A at the very least”, chefs, put down your knives and step away from your station. Trust me on this: By continuing on in this mood, your work will be shit. Do something completely different (even banal busy work) to refresh your mind and regenerate your eagerness for the Major Thing you’re working on.

January 26, 2022: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles. We were just talking about the concept of “enough” yesterday but that was more along the lines of HAVING enough. This card is about BEING enough and equating your self-worth with your material abundance. The pervading energy of this card is about living in lack, whether real or imagined, and anxiety in general as one fears becoming (or being viewed as) a “have not.”

Experiencing poverty in the presence of plenty may signal it’s time for a mental, spiritual, and physical makeover. Engage your inner wisdom for solutions to see clearly the reason for struggles and to accept any responsibility for your role in them. (Are you un- or under-employed? un- or under-educated? spend more than you can afford on unnecessary things?)

To fix this, first release any victim mentality (I NEVER catch a break….), deal with issues, and discern the true cause of troubles. Lack of or thin resources will require adaptations so consider what can be done to ease the pinch. You’re encouraged to shift perspectives and recognize the easy path is not always your best path for long-term growth.

January 25, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles. While the Queen of Swords from the other day indicated an uneven power structure, today’s queen is significant of the ability of those in power to care for the less fortunate and suggests you’re in a position to help others. (Fortunately, we understand the sneaky concept that to help others is actually helping yourself. Karmic bonus!) Today’s Earth Queen is on board with the inner work stuff indicated by the recent Sevens and finds grounded and practical applications for her emotional energy with her reliability and resourcefulness.

This queen is a very capable business woman and her appearance represents running your own business from home, going back into the workforce, or furthering your education—which will go miles in developing your self-confidence and financial security. Speaking of which, as your business/career grows, take time to safeguard or improve your standard of living and start a prolonged effort to guarantee material wealth. Therefore, manage personal resources wisely and look to where you can weed out what’s no longer serving and to consider new directions to take to enhance your growth. 

Lastly, while you’re certainly “permitted” to be happy and celebrate when you reach goals and everything to which you aspire, you’re asked to find satisfaction and contentment with those achievements and not be ever desperate for more, More, MORE. As I’ve said before, learn to know when enough is enough so you can turn your attention to other matters besides accumulation.

January 24, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. Another 7…. Sevens indicate inner work that produce exciting thoughts and creativity that then leads to complex choices. Some of you might be embarking on a “learning path” (about anything) because this number is associated with study, research, knowledge, and analysis. 

When combined with the earth element, this Seven indicates the tendency to endure tough times in pursuit of a goal, the willingness to work hard for it (including the actual grunt work), and further prospects of growth. Take your time to ponder all the creative possibilities and beware of difficult decisions. Your choices will be made upon the knowledge and information you have AT THE MOMENT but success isn’t guaranteed. Therefore, cut yourself slack if things don’t work out precisely as planned.

Small adjustments may be necessary and making minor tweaks now will save huge corrections later. This procedural inventory may show the need for purging or eliminating damaged goods, clearing out closets, dropping figurative “baggage”, or culling to ensure quality and make room for new growth. The project at hand is meant to be long-term, and though there has been some progress with slight and isolated gains, there’s still much work to be done.

January 23, 2022: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands, reversed. The last couple days’ cards indicated some of you are dealing with shake-ups in “personnel.” (This “change within a group” can mean at work, church, friends clique, book club, or anywhere you’ve been dealing with a set group that has recently changed where people left and/or new members joined. [You might be the leaver or joiner.]) I feel like this card speaks to the adjustments that happen when this kind of situation occurs.

Following the leaving/additions, you may feel overwhelmed by or tempted to retreat from the strong interpersonal energies that are foreign to you. The new pecking order seems to put you at a disadvantage or in an inferior position leaving you self-conscious, distressed, indecisive, confused about what to do next, or discouraged. For protection, you may set up personal barricades to keep the new people at a distance.

That actually may not be such a dumb idea since such barricades can allow you time and space for reflection and to observe the interpersonal dynamics from a safe distance. It also gives you room to work out any difficulties in solitude and make your own adjustments in peace. Once you’ve assessed the situation and come to a clear course of action, natural self-confidence will return.

January 22, 2022: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups. While the Queen of Swords spoke of separations yesterday, there’s still a special association where a group is of greater importance than the individuals in it. The relationships between the members are deeply felt, and there’s sincere concern for the feelings of others in the group that the person who left (you?) will be missed. However, if you shift your view from linear to circular and remember the past, see the present, and envision the future, you’ll understand the reason for the separation.

New relations, environments, and knowledge that come from the shifts in the group exist to open your mind and accept how things must change for the greater good of the whole. Enjoyment returns with your willingness to pass through heroic growth-building labors and difficulties. By working on integrating the gifts and experiences of the past with consciousness in the present, you’ll be reassured the correct path was taken and decisions were based on valid and honest instincts and motivations.

January 21, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords. This card is indicative of being in a situation of uneven power or alludes to a separation, breakup, or absence (personal or professional). The influence of the reversed King of Wands, perhaps? But by being the “clear-visioned” one of all the queens and embodying pure and absolute awareness of truth and knowledge, she encourages us to focus the mind with useful and effective ideas that are rational, astute, and scientifically sound. 

When this card shows up, detach yourself from emotional influences—internal and external—and get to the point when discussing the issue. Speak frankly and honestly, cut away the inessential, and be meticulously clear and factual with any criticism you need to voice. (This is where documentation of events comes in handy.) Set clear ground rules and personal boundaries to avoid misunderstandings or being pushed into something you don’t agree with.

By being super calm, cool, and collected, you’ll be able to deal with unfortunate situations impartially and handle disappointment with dignity and integrity.

January 20, 2022: Card O' the Day: King of Wands, reversed (again). Now, why would HE show up again? I mean, didn’t we get the memo to be chill, generous, and nice from the previous reversed King and Queen of Wands? We also heard the message not to get smug and rest on laurels after a big accomplishment. So…Mr. Crabby Pants is back?

The reversed King can get a little big for his britches and throw his weight around when he’s been given the lead with accompanying responsibilities. However, he doesn’t actually want the extra work and is secretly resentful when asked to do more. His pride, on the other hand, won’t let him show any weakness or insecurity he might be feeling over his new role. Thus he pushes forward with bluster and mucks up everything he touches.

Some of you may have gotten some big wishes (yesterday’s Nine of Cups) recently and now you have to live up to the expectations that come with the new position, responsibilities, or management necessary to keep the Big Wish going. Yesterday, I told you not to gloat about winning. Today’s reversed King is regretting having won.

January 19, 2022: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. There’s danger of becoming complacent, smug, or lazy after you’ve achieved something big in your life when this card shows up. I don’t want to rain on your parade, but it can be easy to forget how hard you worked to get to the prize while you celebrate the achievement. Yes, enjoy and embrace this period of contentment and comfort and don’t apologize for or downplay your blessings. But in return, give back to Spirit, be honest and generous in your happiness (no gloating), share the wealth, and pay it forward.

Alternatively, you might be riding high because you found the secret to your emotional happiness by taking full responsibility for and control of it and realize others can’t fill all your needs. You finally understand being “you” is enough! This period of gratifying emotional fulfillment and satisfaction allows you to let go of what’s already been lived and proceed with confidence. When embracing your inner harmony, energy will increase and you’ll feel true joy, liberation, and a readiness to give to others.

(Coincidentally, I drew this card 20 seconds after I “loved” a post of my friend holding the new baby in her family. This 9 can also indicate literal babies coming into your life or regarding a pet project about which you’re passionate and care deeply.)

January 18, 2022: Card O' the Day: TemperanceIn line with the reversed King of Wands, our message of peace, softening, and thoughtfulness continues. Receiving this card in a spread is a call to return to center: a place of compromise and where there is no room for extreme views or prejudice. This puts you in a position to sooth tensions, offer solace, or bring about reconciliation by maintaining a calm temperament and a relaxed energy. When you’re chill, you can see beyond the current chaos and recognize your own confidence and strength.

Once the rigid fixation of ego is broken (the desperate need to be right, in control, etc.), you can connect to your true heart and your capacity to discern and face reality is sharpened. Without ego shouting to be heard, you’re able renew the connection between the conscious and unconscious (the voices in your head v. the whispering truth in your gut that you really do have—and ARE—enough). This will aid in the ability to forgive, quell hysteria, diffuse volatility, enable creative problem solving, and allow for transformational giving and receiving.

January 16, 2022: Card O' the Day: King of Wands, reversed. Much like the reversed Queen of Wands from the other day, the reversed King represents powerful energy that’s gone awry. Expect hissy fits, tantrums, or feelings of weakness and ineffectualness from yourself (if the reversed King is you today) or from the people you have to be in contact with on a regular basis. (Avoid them where you can.)

Now, for those who’re really self-aware and have a healthy sense of personal power, they/you may recognize their/your lack of expertise and knowledge and relinquish control of a situation since their/your effective impact has been blocked, disturbed, or re-channeled. After all, continuing under those conditions is pointless as insignificant matters can become magnified or errors in judgment come to light that weaken their/your position further. 

Such magnanimous, tempered, and well-adjusted persons know how to cede control or leave things for another day without losing face or personal force. Let us aspire….

January 15, 2022: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands. Recently, a high school pal of mine announced the death of her wife after an illness. Today, not even a week later, she announced the birth of another grandchild. The Four of Wands reflects my friend’s heroism that conquers fear and doubt and gives her the courage and determination necessary to continue her life as a widow.

This card represents happiness, hearth and home, fertility, successful birth, and rites of passage (such as death) and places heavy emphasis on families or tribes who come together to support each other in times of woe or to celebrate happy events. Having this card appear today indicates it’s a good time to unwind and regroup for pleasure and social concord. Join your besties or family this weekend to become immersed in joyful camaraderie or share burdens.

Such participation in your circle nourishes the individual and you’re encouraged to take part and not be a mere spectator. Wands energy actually finds its greatest fulfillment when you overcome your tendency to be alone.

January 14, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands, reversed. For the third day in a row we get a card with inherent dynamic energy that comes up reversed. Again, reversals of such cards indicate the energy becomes scattered leaving us with a tendency towards easy irritation, insecurity, and losing focus on our direction. Personal growth also suffers when you hang your hat too far in the future. Meaning, you’re so concentrated on your Five Year Plan and accompanying vision board you lose touch with the important foundation building of Year 1.

And like the other two cards (the reversed Wheel and Chariot), we’re advised to soften our approach. The reversed Queen asks us to get out of our heads by becoming involved with others. Offer your advice, consultation, wisdom, and emotional support that comes from a natural impulse rather than duty. This obliging and serviceable instinct is invaluable in a crisis or disaster and distracts you nicely from your own insecurities. 

However, don’t sacrifice yourself by rendering aid for an extended difficulty (some people are just bottomless pits of need and angst). If your own needs are set aside or delayed too much while serving others, you’ll get burned out. Maintain personal boundaries even when offering assistance.

January 13, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. When I first turned this card over, my first thought was “huh-UNH!” Because the high and directed energy of The Chariot, when reversed—in theory—is scattered, restricted, or surges out of control as one is caught in the doldrums uselessly spinning one’s wheels. Sometimes conflicts and problems will arise due to opposing ideas and aims, counterproductive efforts, or one becomes caught up in a runaway idea.

Firstly, one must come to understand the “will power” approach is not and will not be successful. Meaning, you can’t force things to get better. You’ve got to SOLVE the problems rather than simply try to overpower them. Therefore, whether your energy is FOC or you’re blobbed out on your couch, conflicts are internal or external, or you just can’t keep it together anymore, stop trying to put a Band-Aid on your problems. Fix them already!

Now for what I REALLY felt when I turned over the card: the reversal of such traditionally yang-oriented strength may indicate that it’s time to be more yin-like. Use gentle influence, benevolence, charity, compassion, and commiseration to find answers to your conundrums. Put down the keys to the bulldozer, put on a pair of angora mittens, and try “nice.” You know, honey over vinegar and all that.

January 12, 2022: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune, reversed. The Wheel, reversed, is still a beneficial card but its energy is unstable and the unpredictability of outcomes increases. This could manifest in a superabundance of change with rapid growth, superfluity, and expansion (yay?) or only small gains and short-term success, bad luck, or unexpected losses (crap). 

While you might be feeling anxious and ready for something new, changes are blocked because a situation is not yet ripe and movement forward could be premature or reckless. (You don’t want to have to redo or repeat something when you botch it.) Unfortunately, there IS the necessity to move forward or risk stagnation or delayed changes. (Conflicting information much? Yep. That’s the reversed Wheel for ya.)

Mostly, the problem is with your attitude. Confusion, resistance to Fate, and an irresolute emotional core prevents your best action. Struggle against events is usually doomed, so stand firm, maintain courage and stamina, and learn from past rotations of The Wheel that nothing—good or bad—lasts forever.

January 10, 2022: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles. The King of Pentacles conveys the energy of Spirit, the feeling of connectedness to Earth, and embodies the dual nature of intuition and introspection. He’s also significant of good physical health and you’re called to focus on your body, diet, and exercise and apply energy to practical matters and physical wellbeing. (Have you, too, been ignoring your New Year’s resolutions about diet and exercise?)

As with all kings, this card signifies the ambition, prominence, power, social responsibility, and integrity of good business and financial leaders who’re strong, uncompromising, and impatient to get things done. This particular king’s greatest talents lie in organization and control of physical matter and he encourages us to become competent in personal financial management. (OMG!!!!! Ugh…. This guy is such an “adult.” My Mom AND Dad rolled into one….)

Because the Tarot cards are infamous for pulling up the rug, opening closets, and poking your mid belly muffin-top, I think we got the grown up of the deck to reiterate the message of the previous days to be grounded and practical. We are being human right now and that requires a certain level of maintenance. I, personally, would be happy to sit in front of a roaring fire, daydream or shop on-line, and eat grilled cheese sandwiches all day. But noooooooo! I have to be fiscally responsible, eat a balanced diet, and move my ass. (Eye. Roll.)

January 9, 2022: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles. As you learn about personal power, force, and inner love for Self, you’ll come to understand that manifesting integrity, strength of character, kindness, and generosity are actually somewhat self-serving in that they provide stability, focus, comfort, and security coming from your own body center. By knowing the Self, personal protection is complete and others can’t take you down because you see yourself as beautiful and deserving. (In other words, you’re worthy and you’re allowed to be worthy!)

These are valuable assets essential to accomplishing things on the physical plane and you’d do well to embrace them in order to motivate others through your skill in the direction and management of physical forces. By building on a stable foundation of ethical beliefs, personal limits, and skills, you’re self-assured and secure in your own knowledge and confidence during any tests in life as you watch, prioritize, and trust yourself and Universe during personal crises.

January 8, 2022: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles. Yesterday’s reversed Princess of Cups was introducing her sister, the Princess of Pentacles. This card reiterates the existence of magic and opportunity awaiting discovery and to live life fully and be present and aware of all possibilities. At the same time, we’re encouraged to pay special attention to tangible things such as your health, possessions, work, and other down to earth practical matters. Mix the magic with the practical and you can find wonder in and novel uses for familiar objects as well as inventive solutions to new situations.

Princesses/Pages, in general, represent exploration, beginnings, reflection, study, and a time in life where contemplation and fantasy are completely proper. They have the ability to experience something purely for the experience without external pressure that it “mean” something. A second Princess appearing so soon may indicated you’re beginning a stage in personal growth or you’ve nearly finished all your planning and are eager and prepared to see how ideas play out in the real world. 

What does all that mean? It means dream big, determine whether it has real-world applications, study how to get it off the drawing board, and then make it happen!

January 7, 2022: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups, reversed. Shortly after Christmas we received the Princess of Cups in all her Pollyanna glory. A mere ten days later she reappears but reversed. Upon consideration, I see some may have taken yesterday's High Priestess’s esoterica a little too literally. 

Finding nothing terribly interesting in the real world, you tend to withdraw into daydreams, romance, or a private kingdom filled with imaginary friends and lovers. Developing psychic abilities becomes all-consuming and you allow yourself to be utterly mesmerized by, or obsessed with, guides, spirits, and/or divination or exotic divinatory tools. But getting lost in the “woo-woo world” leaves you open to being easily swayed, influenced, and hurt by others. Some unscrupulous “fortune tellers” may make you their victim to deception, artifice, or false psychic messages and charge you a bucket load to mentor your development, remove imaginary curses, or sell you a “completely necessary $5000 candle (with embedded magic crystals, of course).

I think our good Princess has come to us reversed to remind us to calm down and ground ourselves in reality. Yes, there is magic in all of life. Yes, there truly is stuff that’s intangible and nevertheless important. But, no, you don’t get to ignore your human experience. Maybe in your next lifetime you can be a faerie but until then you’ve got to eat, sleep, and poop just like the rest of us.

January 6, 2022: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess. While yesterday’s Sword Queen is super “thinky”, the High Priestess is super “feely.” The Priestess has appeared today in contrast to the Queen to remind you to look past truth “on paper” and put some credence in what you know in your gut to be true. In other words, when faced with a problem, don’t think too much but let some natural flow happen. You may have to let go of some conventional mindsets and emotional habits as you dig around in your psyche to find the stuff you’re hiding from.

You already know on a subconscious level where things are unfair and imbalanced in your life. You’re now being asked to look at your patently obvious fears (being alone or unemployed, for example) and do some “what-if-ing” with regards to your life and happiness. Listen to deep feelings and instincts to recognize your emotional needs that aren’t being met because of the Sword Queen.

Since some truths can’t be explained or studied and are simply internally known, don’t ask why you’re not happy, just accept you’re not. With that acknowledgement comes the courage to do something about it and stop the excuses about how it’s good enough, you have no other choice, or this is your fate. You’re in charge of your own happiness. If it’s broke, you gotta fix it.

January 5, 2022: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords. As always, the court cards of the Tarot deck are genderless…anyone can have the attributes of the Queen of Swords. Also, today’s queen may represent you right now or someone you must deal with on a pretty regular basis. Meaning, their energy impacts your energy.

People under the influence of this card have very high ideals, perfectionist standards, and maintain a rigorous professionalism. Sword Queen types have finely honed, complex minds that allow them to deal with intricate situations but make them seem heedless of the feelings of others. Think Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada.”

The appearance of this card indicates some of you may be in an unhappy situation of uneven power. The power dynamic might be caused by rigid beliefs regarding “good” v. “bad” or the view “it’s my way or the highway.” If the problem stems from your own convictions, you may want to rethink things to make your life a little easier. If power imbalance comes from an outside source, look for ways you can stick up for yourself or leave the situation. In the end, knowing how it feels to be in a lesser position, you’re encouraged to be mindful of developing compassion for others.

January 3, 2022, Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. The Seven of Pentacles, reversed, showed up right before Christmas as I was prepping for my family to come for the Big Holiday Visit. I was frantically cleaning, decorating, and pre-cooking as a way to feel in control of my environment before other people—who I can’t control!—invaded my sacred space. The message of that moment was to freakin’ relax and let things just…be.

The upright version reminds us hard work brings results and that your mindset is you’re willing to put in the hours. Don’t lock yourself into one path, either, because you WILL need to make adjustments to your plans along the way. (Like if somebody brought a “plus 1” to dinner who’s vegan!) Don’t give up on your path even if it feels like you’re making so many detours and adjustments that your original plan is gone. Sometimes the end result turns out completely differently than we’d imagined and that’s okay!

At the end of the day, assess whether the whole effort was worth it to you. Did you receive more or less equal to what you expended? If not, where can you pare things down next time so it’s more equitable? Like, turfing the big celebration to your sister’s house next year. Which isn’t a failure on your part but more like prudent self-care of your sanity.

January 2, 2022: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups. This card signifies an invitation to remember, nostalgia, and fond memories of simpler, happier times of youth and childhood dreams. We’re still looking backwards and are not yet ready to move forward into the new year. It’s only Day 2, so it’s okay to take a minute before jumping into the “new me” mind set that often comes at this time of year.

Bouts of sentimentality and nostalgia, sometimes weepy and affectionate (or sobbing and regretful), can bring solace after having failed at or lost something in the present. Memories can help to distract just as much as fantasies of the future. Certainly, you might find consolation in old memories, but don’t hide from the future and dwell in the past because memories are illusory and can easily be over romanticized, idealized, or dramatized.

By meditating on an old issue with new wisdom, an acceptance of personal responsibility, and forgiveness, you can reclaim your peace of mind and heart with the knowledge you tried your best with the information and tools you had at the moment. Allow happy memories to come, once the grief and sadness are put behind you and you’re free from wistfulness for the past. In the reality of the present, soften your heart by forgiving what was and trusting what will be.

January 1, 2022: Card O' the Year: Nine of Wands, reversed. Today, I didn’t ask Universe for a Card O’ the Day but more for a lesson to consider for the coming year. I was expecting something profound like The World or the Two of Cups but the reversed Nine of Wands appeared. It’s not a romantic or “Kumbaya” kind of card yet it has depth and meat on its bones.

Rage or otherwise raw uncontrollable force directed in impulsive and negative manners is a colossal waste of your energy or force. Learn to tell the difference between situations that qualify for justified anger and petty snit fits your ego is having. Conversely, don’t “chill” to the point you’ve checked out of your life and then complain you’re bored or your luck never seems to change for the better.

This year, discover the inner knowledge or experience that’s not shareable on social media in a “profound” GIF. It’s bigger than that. Receiving this card is a suggestion to let go of your defensiveness about truly small inconveniences and reconsider your actual situation. We can wish and hope this coming year will be waaaaaaay better than 2021 and I promise it will be…and won’t. We’ll have new uh-MAZING relationships, get dream jobs, have babies, and get our books published. We’ll also crash our cars, lose loved ones, get passed over for the big promotion, and have painful break-ups. 

The lesson here is not to waste your time and energy on bullshit but to save it for the important stuff where you need to truly mourn a loss or crushing blow. Or spend a goodly number of calories celebrating EVERY TINY LITTLE VICTORY as if it’s the best thing since sliced bread! You deserve it because you tried and won.

December 31, 2021: Card O' the Day: Judgment, reversed. When upright, this card indicates big changes but many of us loathe change and make excuses not to. When reversed, those excuses take over and hesitation or resentfulness towards, or doubting the value of, the necessary changes dominates making any transitions that much more difficult. It could be you simply feel overwhelmed and need more time to adjust but the longer you drag your feet, the longer you’ll stay stuck with nothing being gained or lost.

The previous days’ cards speak of a joyful attitude (Page of Cups), optimism and success on our physical planes (Nine of Pentacles), and wine and roses (The Sun). Some may have read those cards and thought, “yeah, but that never happens for me.” It could, though. If you made some changes….

December 30, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Sun. And the joy continues…. In my area, it’s foggy and gloomy outside and yet The Sun still shines!

The Sun imparts clarity that brings us joy, inspires us to find and accept our individuality and uniqueness, and points us in the direction of the soul’s fulfillment. It signifies a breakthrough, awakening of consciousness, understanding, and enlightenment stemming from an insight, new directions, or a suddenly realized inner truth…like that you’re actually something pretty special. With this mindset and view, you can now see, feel, and sense the great beauty of life and the world as spiritual and eternal rather than merely a day to day existence of drudgery and confusion.

Generally a card of health, vitality, and regeneration, this card indicates the easing of seasonal affective disorder, fear, and anxiety. The Sun also represents positive changes and you’re encouraged to share your abundance, light, and joy with others.

December 29, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles. Looky here what we found when turning love inwards and contemplating our worthiness! We discover actual happiness with Self and our unique places within Universe.

This card brings awareness to all the good things in your life. The people, your achievements, the discipline and training it took to accomplish those successes, and the self-satisfaction of having done well are recognized and appreciated when you just take a minute to observe. Nurture that warm glow into optimism for continued development and the seeds of future possibilities.

In this mindset, you’ll have a natural motivation for more growth that comes from your internal being and not from an external place of lack or scarcity. because Your inner Self is feeling rich and ready to share so allow this joyful flow of energy influence generosity of every kind and to every being.

December 28, 2021: Card O' the Day: Princess/Page of Cups. This Princess represents idealism and devotion to living life in pursuit of a higher, nobler cause than their own self-enrichment. Under her influence, you’ll tend to rely on feeling and intuition rather than logic when forming associations at work or in private life. Because she helps you see the best in others, you can be a miracle worker that inspires others to great achievements…which then reflects back on you very favorably. So, win-win.

However, this discovery of deep emotions both tempts and terrifies and can leave you caught between the desire to give all and love fully and the fear and anticipation of being ghosted or dumped. Because of that and the desire to avoid conflict or unpleasantness, the chances of running away are high. Nevertheless, you’re encouraged to let life flow as you enter into a phase of learning to accept and incorporate feelings into reactions, contemplate things with a tender heart, trust, and serve with love.

If you’re not turning your love outward to others, then you may want to explore your inner world through meditation with no outside demands or responsibilities that disturb your quiet contemplation. Take a breather, listen to your heart, and discover your worthiness of being loved. Following a little self-care, you’ll be more energized, inspired, refreshed physically and spiritually, and have the inner confidence to serve those in need after you’ve created your own situation of happiness, loving relationships, and success.

December 27, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. Eights signify completion and manifestation and Swords signify the mind. Together, this card suggests the completion or the ending of a current problem exists in the correct use of the mind. But without proper tools, you can experience disorientation, powerlessness, and limits.

Feelings of being psycho-emotionally trapped can come from a lot of different places. Ordinary circumstances, negative thinking, over-analysis, caving into your anxiety or self-consciousness, a rigid belief system, and/or social conventions are to name only a few. And some of us, I’m sure, have been struggling with several of these during the last few days…amirite? Getting all wadded up means you’re allowing destructive, uncontrolled, or intense emotions to dictate your actions and form a barrier against rational thought so that you can’t see a clear path out of the quagmire. 

Now, while you can’t control what life brings, you CAN control how you feel, think, and react. Don’t fear any necessary transformations, still the mind, and examine the circumstances that prevent you from being free. It could be there’s nothing you can really do to change things. But consciously thinking about what triggers your negative emotions and thoughts will help you take a step back, make corrections to your reactions, and bring your blood pressure down a notch or two.

December 23, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups, reversed. Holiday season generally means getting together with family and friends but when you get more than one person in a room, there WILL be differences of opinion. Once the rich food is served and the wine is flowing, people tend to get a little too comfortable and their thoughts are liable to be spoken aloud resulting in disputes, strains within the group, and interrupted peace. This stems from not fully appreciating what you all have. You HAVE a place to meet, food and drink, and each other. Why ruin it with nebby snark?

If you’ve been designated the family Black Sheep or Caregiver, you might easily drown in everyone’s needs, wants, and expectations. Such an emotional pounding from the outside can leave you feeling overwhelmed, saturated, and too stimulated by well-meaning suggestions and advice. Hold firm to your personal boundaries and refuse to allow everyone else to determine what’s best for you.  

Despite all that, this card represents a psychic wholeness and harmony within. In the midst of the hubbub, get still and look around. Look at the people in the room—flawed and annoying as they are—but they’re YOUR tribe, for better or worse. Tap into your serenity and just love them for who they are (the way you wish they’d love you….)

December 22, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles, reversedThe Two of Pentacles heralds changes on one’s material plane. When reversed, it indicates the changes introduce inconsistency into one’s schedule and things can start to feel like a plate-spinning hamster wheel (hel-LOOOOO holiday season!). Numerous obligations make it difficult to establish a routine and it feels as though you can’t catch a break or a breath. 

If you lack enthusiasm for these shifts or projects, others can too easily sway you to leave it for another day. The consequences of that include lack of focus in efforts and/or procrastination. On the other hand, some of you may be frenetically planning, organizing, and running in circles as you pretend everything is under control.

The current situation requires careful balance. Consider how to lighten your load and live within means and resources—including your time! There are only 24 hours in the day and you need at least 10 of those to eat, sleep, bathe, and poop. So, no, you can’t bake 47 dozen cookies for the Christmas bazaar. To achieve YOUR goals, the order of things must be changed and the whole schedule reorganized…and a lot of stuff dropped altogether.

December 21, 2021: Card O' the Day: Judgment, reversed. Oh for Pete’s sake! Why are our tiny little brains so fearful all the time? Because, dear Readers, we’re basically still cave men ruled by our primitive lizard brains and haven’t TRULY evolved enough to trust Universe and see the big picture.

When upright, Judgment indicates big changes; when reversed, it signifies difficult transitions, hesitation, or resentfulness towards or doubting the value of said necessary changes. If you’re having difficulty believing the changes have begun and lack perspective about them, you’re in danger of making bad judgments, poor decisions (or avoiding them), confusion, and delays from missing important information. As the feelings of overburden dull your outlook, you fail to face facts and dig in refusing to move forward. Stagnation, disappointment, and impeded creative output result. Furthermore, this card may indicate a deep dread of the ultimate and inevitable changes that advancing time demands. Fear of failure, lack of success, defeat, not meeting goals, crisis, or other unnamed insecurities may keep you closed off from others or behave with weakness, cowardice, and/or ignorance. 

What to do? Keep putting one foot in front of the other and try your very best to adjust to new circumstances and situations. Choose to be happy with what you have even while you strive for a little more. And resign yourself to the fact our worlds and The World are in constant flux. Fighting it only makes you nuts.

December 20, 2021: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. Sorry to butt in personally here, but today this card feel like it’s coming directly from my heart…or rather my anxious, nervous, afraid-of-change root chakra. It’s probably due to the relatives coming for Christmas…extra cooking (I panic-made casseroles in advance to freeze them), spit shining the house and making extra beds (I’m NOT the best housekeeper, so added stress there), and decorating everything (and keeping the cat from climbing the tree). 

No wonder I feel there’s more to do to the point of exhaustion and overwhelm! Which then makes me unwilling to work toward my goals, become impatient, restless, or inert in procrastination (my favorite!) when faced with the expectations I pile on myself. 

Despite such delays and poor prognoses, there will be growth. Meaning, I really am getting things done and checked off my list in a timely manner. The question is, is it enough? Will I be satisfied with all my preparations? Will I be able to enjoy my family’s company, the lively conversations, the puzzle building, and the shared meals? Or will I be constantly nervous that people are noticing the cat hair on the sofa, think my decorations are tacky, or my cooking lacking in some way? Or MAYBE (here’s a wild-ass thought) I should just let all these old ideas and fears go and just be me. Ya think?

December 19, 2021: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands. If anyone can handle the volatile energy of yesterday’s Nine of Wands, it’s the Queen herself. She’s the strongest of all the queens with a depth, reserve, and patience juxtaposed with vigorous, unpredictable, and spontaneous action. She’s also kindness, responsibility, helpfulness, courtesy, and understanding personified, which means she plays well with others. The fully well rounded Queen of Wands denotes strength of character and someone who is interested in spiritual growth, philanthropic works, and inspirational philosophies. 

Her appearance today indicates you need to rely upon, and trust, your own judgment and power without influencing or overriding others in the process. It’s perfectly okay to know what you want and how to get it—just don’t be an ass about it. And because you know what you’re doing, you can understand what others can’t see and easily overcomes obstacles. Being like the Queen means  you sustain visions with constancy and strength and use your resources wisely.

This queen is also super social and she just may be indicating going to or hosting parties. Either way, it’s an opportunity to share joy, love, laughter, and feeling more blessed and full because of it. (However, right now you may want to do those parties via ZOOM or abstain from the goodies table and keep your mask on. Ask your host/hostess if you can take home a doggy bag for later. Party responsibly.)

December 18, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands. This card represents driven and dynamic energy with a stronger and increased light shone upon your weaknesses. As you come to know, learn to accept, and love those weaknesses anyway, healing can take place, which results in great strength. Unfortunately, these gifts can be fiery, unstable, and are potentially very dangerous to your emotional state.

The Nine indicates achievements through hard work, determination, independence, force, or great power intensified with direction but you’re having trouble accepting your accomplishments and feel as though you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. Without a map, you can’t see the next steps necessary or feel uncertain about the possible avenues you do see. Out of fear you cling to safe but unnatural routines that keep the chaos at bay in an effort to make things stay the same.

However, training, development, and discipline will give you the moral and spiritual character and courage necessary to help you handle hardships. Look deeply into the meaning behind forces that block you and examine how you might have contributed to the problem and/or attracted the negative energy through psychic wounds (victim mentality, living in lack, etc.) or past mistakes. An evolved spirit can acknowledge past failures without bitterness and self-torment and move forward grateful for the learning experience gathered during the test.

December 17, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands. This card encourages personal improvement and virtue through the ability, under all circumstances, to practice the following things: generosity of the soul, sincerity, and kindness. When you’re able to do this, you’ll have explosive, vital energy and space inside to be generous and permit an outpouring of benevolence and charity. (Remember, it’s not pie. It’s really quite selfish to help and create happiness for others because of how good it makes YOU feel.)

In addition to becoming a really awesome person, you’ll find fortune as you follow visions—especially in the areas of business, career, communications, writing, and invention, and put new plans into action through creativity or study. Sometimes an initial completion leads to larger goals. Through the exploration and discovery process of the original “thing”, you can see how it can be improved upon and made “more.”

Be open to additional and unexpected resources and listen to hunches to broaden your perspective. Magic really is out there. You don’t have to understand, believe, or do any special rituals to tap into it. Merely accept when wonderful things happen and don’t worry your pretty little head about where it came from.

December 16, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. I think the qualities of the Ten of Cups represent what CAN happen when you embrace your personal power and strength represented by yesterday’s Magician.

This card’s implied happiness—and not just lack of pain—is inspired from Universe. It’s a vital energy that gives you playfulness and intelligence allowing you to connect with the heart and move into the world from there. Your heart contains inexpressible joy waiting for discovery and to be shared fully. And don’t worry, it’s not pie…sharing such joy will NOT deplete you or leave less for your loved ones. In fact, the more you give, the more you have.

As you bear witness to this personal radiance, you begin to understand your  own infinite value. This allows you to recognize the up-sides of ANY situation and continue to be joyful under all circumstances.

December 15, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Magician. I’m so excited for The Magician to appear today! The Five of Pentacles was all about fear, doubt, and lack; today’s card reminds us as long as we’re breathing  there’s unlimited possibility and potential for any beginning you desire. This card is ruled (in part) by the planet Uranus—the first ruler of the universe—that creates upheaval that forces you to look at things from another angle. The Magician represents the magic and director of “Self”, helps you to contact the Life Force, find the hidden parts of yourself, and come to understand them to find your best life.

I read somewhere recently there’s a belief when the Big Bang that created Universe, all that light and energy was too much for Universe to hold. So bits of that light had to be put into every living being to handle the overflow! This concept gives me great joy and fulfillment to know we’re ALL related to existence and existence cares for each of us.

This card is indicative of beginnings with very strong forward motion so it’s a good time to organize your thoughts and put a sense of determination and order into any plans. The strength and power here imbues you with the willingness and motivation to embark in any new direction alone or where you’re solely responsible for an outcome. Feel, trust, and use the force within yourself!

December 13, 2021: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles. The pervading energy of this card—living in lack, whether real or imagined—allows nothing to be accomplished. Broodiness, pessimism, and anxiety keep you off-balance and in danger of becoming paralyze by worries, which prevent you from making the necessary changes to solve problems. Therefore, stop wallowing in self-pity, release any victim mentality, discern the true cause of troubles, and deal with those issues. 

If you allow our fear to control your life, it’ll affect how others will want to interact or communicate with you (nobody likes a Debbie Downer). So, when you need assistance during your low periods, don’t be a martyr and turn away from those offering aid because of pride or embarrassment. I’ll bet you’ve helped your friends a bunch and they’ll be glad to have the opportunity to balance their Karma with you. Ask.

December 12, 2021: Card O' the Day: King of Wands. When the King of Wands shows up, it might be that you’re being “kingly” right now or there’s someone in your life who is. Forceful, charismatic, and intelligent, he/she’s all about his social responsibility. But also difficult, impatient, and domineering so he/she must hold himself to the HIGHEST standards of honor to stay in integrity and find healthy outlets for his/her excess energy. This type tries to do it all him/herself, is intolerant of limits, unquestionably a bad loser, and allows little or no discussion about goals, which can be exhausting or inspiring for those who work with him/her. This king defines him/herself through work and actions, and therefore doesn't permit his/her authority to be questioned.

I think this card has shown up to challenge us to without doubt embrace power and creative energy and move into bold and daring action. It’s a blatant push to aim high for complete success of anything attempted because this is where fire meets structure. Step up to the challenge, believe in yourself, and learn to motivate and inspire others. When your path is directly following convictions and energy is controlled, it’ll be turned into useful projects or long-term careers.

Just be careful that power is used appropriately and self-confidence doesn’t turn into arrogance.

December 11, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups, reversed. The Nine of Cups gets reversed when we’re just a wee too full of ourselves. It indicates irresponsibility, complacency, and poor choices, which lead to problems and road blocks that you’re causing with your behavior.

What to do? Slap your ego up-side the figurative head, eat a slice of humble pie, and start being nice, diplomatic, cooperative, and a lot less of an asshole. Clear communications, sincerity, honesty, and apologies will get you off the hook and help you repair any damage to your reputation as a stand up sorta person.

Bonus: a little embarrassment in the short term leads to deeper and more meaningful relationships and your higher purpose. Who doesn’t want to be better at being a human? Those miserable cows you know and avoid like the plague are miserable INSIDE, too. Trust me, being an irritating, contemptible person sucks for you as much as it does for everyone around. Maybe even more….

December 9, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Emperor. The Emperor reminds us all that, in this family we call “humans”, we must learn to work as a cohesive unit. The Emperor is the basis for authority, regulation, organization, government, administration, and/or bureaucracy and represents the natural function of yang energy structure that maintains order so others may succeed within it. This includes the rules of fairness and honesty because a just and truthful society allows a stability that nurtures and foments new life.

As a compassionate champion of the weak and oppressed, he provides support, comfort, and strength and works tirelessly and transparently so others can feel safe. His rule/leadership is without ego or hunger for power and comes from loving responsibility and the understanding of the importance of a healthy social order.

The appearance of this card indicates it’s time to become responsible for your failures, learn from them, and understand there are consequences for all your choices. Yes, you may make choices that are for your own good, but The Emperor asks you to also consider whether any of those choices hurt others or Mother Nature.

December 8, 2021: Card O' the Day: Strength, reversed. This card reiterates the message of the Princes and the cards of the past week. All the fighting, self-doubt, etc. have culminated in this card today.

Strength, reversed, denotes inner torment or a fear of personal passions, urges, or instincts that may result in timidity or submissiveness. Failure, cowardliness, over-emotionalism, insecurity, or highlights on your personal weaknesses may also be manifestations of this reversal. See also: lack of enthusiasm or passion for, or pessimism about, upcoming events or matters. (None too excited about this year’s company Christmas party, huh?)

In the end, my best guess is you’re overwhelmed and burned out and simply need time to rest and regenerate. Have you got any sick or personal days left?If you do, TAKE THEM.

December 7, 2021: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. Thanks to the good Princes and recent Sword energy, you might be having a crisis of your own judgment (IF you’re self aware) or are feeling completely overloaded by aggression, defiance, struggle, defensiveness, confrontation, and/or perceived opposition. Astrologically, this card is governed by Mars opposing Leo (swell). This opposition indicates you’re struggling against yourself or forces in the external world. This creates a conflict between a desire for supremacy and the tendency to scatter, or diversify, interests.

When defending your convictions, you may take on a survivalist’s approach in this individual action—“me against the world”—in a quasi-military manner. With a charge of adrenaline and the expectation of winning, you only end up waging a disorganized and disordered battle with an uncertain outcome.

The work required by this card demands honest self-reflection regarding your personal tenets, as in it’s fine to remain steadfast but be open-minded, too. If you find yourself standing alone too often, maybe it’s time to reevaluate what you believe. (Could it possibly be that you’re wrong or under-informed?) While fighting for your truth is all well and good, just be sure you’re not fighting something that’s no longer a threat or that you even need to be so combative about it.

December 6, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. It’s so interesting to me how the Tarot cards come to us in sequences when I do them one at a time like the Card O’ the Day. Last Wednesday we go the Two of Swords, reversed, followed by the Prince of Pentacles. Yesterday, the Two reappeared upright and got a little more forceful with its message. Today we get ANOTHER Prince. Princes are indicative of huge bursts of outwardly directed energy—even the relatively stodgy Prince of Pentacles. I think he was the hint but Universe decided we didn’t get the hint so he sent the wilder Prince of Swords to shout a little louder at us.

The Sword Prince signifies impatience and holding a grudge when things don’t happen fast enough for your tastes. Expect revolutionizing energies, quicksilver ideas, sudden shifts in perspective, rapid thoughts, and quick answers to all your burning questions. However, those answers may not be the correct ones so prepare for “a-HA!” moments that blow up your world. You must measure everything critically, think, analyze, and use discernment because under influence of this card you may charge ahead without clear intent, not look where you’re going, and go for the quick fix.

These new ideas, relationships, or interests can suddenly supplant what was there before without thought for the ensuing disruption as you go all in for the next adventure or vision. Your singularity in focus, urgency in mission, and tendency toward fanaticism is unlimited. You’re being reminded to ground ideas in reality and be responsible for what is created because this Prince represents the struggle to sustain the plodding grunt work some projects require.

December 5, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords. The Two of Swords has circled back around today (last seen on Wednesday, the 1st) only this time it’s upright. That’s because some of you looked at the work required, thought about it, and then said, “Nah. Don’t wanna.” Upright, the Two slaps you in the face with the problem (as if you already didn’t know).

This card comes to us when we’re feeling conflicted, are at crossed purposes, have opposing thoughts held in balanced, or are holding two contradictory ideas as true and valid at the same time. You may be struggling with a personal dilemma or have conflict with people in your life.

But because you “don’t wanna”, you deliberately avoid the problem through procrastination, ambivalence, vacillation, and a reluctance to commit to a choice. You feel stuck between two equally unappealing options and so sit on the fence out of fear of upsetting the fragile balance you’re desperate to maintain. Waiting for the circumstances to change before taking action is pointless because the unresolved issues have to be dealt with eventually. Therefore, stop flailing and grinding gears, decide where you want to go, and then figure out how to get there. It’ll take less work than pretending and floundering.

December 4, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Fool. The Fool represents the Soul at the beginning of its journey that contains a guiding light, indicates new experiences, ideas, and adventures, and urges you to step out of what’s known. It embodies all duality within itself and is infinite in its possibilities. It represents the essence of life, the divine light within the human form, and the secret of reincarnation.

However, while under the influence of this card we tend to be more concerned with trivia than substance and/or are blissfully unaware of Life’s initiations and the lessons lying ahead. Like a newborn entering the world of experience, we can feel the need to act spontaneously, rashly, without plans or thoughts, and forge ahead. Too uninformed to be afraid and without real knowledge, forethought, or discipline we fearlessly dive into the new obsession that’s calling. However, just as The Fool has no direction for his energy, he also lacks assertiveness or follow-through.

Thus, the appearance of this card ask you to prepare for a change in environment, evaluate the tangible steps necessary to make this change, or acknowledge lessons learned from past failures and use them for future success. Don’t fear those changes and taking the necessary risks because change is good. Stay grounded and aware throughout the process and look forward for any pitfalls. Embrace expansion of awareness to new ideas because your present beliefs and values are going to be challenged.

December 3, 2021: Card O' the Day: Temperance. Receiving this card is a call to return to your center: a place of compromise and where there’s no room for extreme views. With a lack of prejudice, you’ll better find your way between the opposite ends of the dinner table where you can correct imbalances and reconcile opposing beliefs between reality and idealism…or at the very least eat in peace without flinging the mashed potatoes. Practically speaking, this translates into good people skills and the ability to effectively communicate with others while you sooth tensions, offer solace, or bring about reconciliation.

The appearance of Temperance may indicate forced compromise or the addition of something that avoids traumatic cuts when you’re stuck between two points of view with no way of uniting them. Patience and diplomacy will be required to bring forth the problem, and solution, in a way that can be understood by all involved. This will allow you to act based on accurate calculation, intelligent faculty of choice, and assessment of feeling as opposed to wild reactive emotions.

Reunification of apparent opposites through reconciliation comes from the sacrifice of your ego. That’s the reeeeaaaaallllly hard part. To be clear, I’m not saying you have to become a doormat. I’m saying you have to listen to the “other side” and possibly admit you’re a little bit wrong.

December 2, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles. The Prince of Pentacles represents being self-contained and free of attachments, letting go of expectations about self and others, and acceptance of what “is” and being okay with it. He has no need to hurry or seek shelter elsewhere because he recognizes he’s already “home” as he rests in the fullness of who he is. He encourages you to make space for a new quality of stillness, take responsibility for any illusions you may be carrying, and at the deepest core, remain at ease, calm, cool, and centered.

However, this card also represents skepticism of spirituality because of the above mentioned deep rooting to the outer world and simplicity. Enjoyment of such non-tangible blessings could be blocked by self-consciousness, embarrassment, guilt, or shame if you identify yourself only through your visible functions. By becoming overly grounded in and dedicated to purely practical matters, you’re in danger of cutting yourself off from the deeper, more magical things Earth offers.

Concretely, this card may indicate overland travel or a move by truck, bus, or train. Fortunately, it could also represent a more esoteric journey or quest connected to the body, creativity, and your place in Universe. Might I suggest you put away the truck keys and take the second alternative?

December 1, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords, reversed. The cards of the past few days have indicated clouded thinking, indecisiveness, and/or feeling lost and getting your shorts in a twist over it. Today’s reversed Two is telling you you’re ready to be done with the unpleasant status quo that’s been lingering for a while. It’s time to break the peace, take action to end complacency and superficial accord, and get your crown chakra out of your root chakra to look at disturbing issues that require decisions. 

When you’re figuratively knocked over, aroused from deep contemplation, and the balance between the intellectual/emotional forces is disturbed, deeper truths will be revealed as you open your eyes to reality. You could discover you’ve been living a lie, but at least now you can get on with seeing the truth and begin the process of your authentic life.

Prepare for loyalties within a group to become divided because not everyone is going to be happy with the bright lights of truth. The ensuing indecision and frustrated efforts may force you to take sides. To ensure you don’t pick the losing team, act only when fully satisfied with the facts. Remember, there ARE such things as lost causes, and there could be no possibility of resolution to the current problem. You may have to move forward to put space between this energy and yourself.

November 30, 2021: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords, reversed. All the court cards in the suit of Swords have a bit of a chip on their shoulders and when reversed, the chip becomes downright defensive hubris. With the Queen, her cool reserve devolves into malvolence. 

Her cruelty, narrow-mindedness, intolerance, ill-temper, and negative behavior arise from disappointments, pressure, and self-deception. Because the Queen of Swords represents centered analytical discernment, the reversal indicates extreme resistance to intellectualization or reasoning. As a strong mind is turned away from clarity, there is a danger of personal bias.

In other words, the Queen is much like the Princess of yesterday…she’s just older and had more time to pickle in her own acid. It’s time to close your mouth and open your ears, mind, and heart. You don’t know everything (nobody does!). If you can get your head out of your ass and allow that stellar brain of yours to work, you might just see some light that will allow you to soften and dump the bitchiness.

November 29, 2021: Card O' the Day: Princess/Page of Swords, reversed. When faced with the challenges of changes, endings, and sacrifices, yesterday’s Hanged Man asked you to handle them gracefully. For those of you who can, this card is mostly not for you. (Notice I said “mostly.” Read it anyway and look for read flags or inklings of such behavior in yourself.) For those who can’t, make some personal space around you and warn others you’re not at your best right now.

The intellectual and language oriented energy of Swords can be very caustic, vituperative, and scathing when reversed. Under the influence of this card, you might be apt to lash out unexpectedly, derive immature satisfaction from hurting and belittling others, seek revenge, or enjoy argument or verbal aggression for its own sake. (Didn’t we just have “drama for the sake of drama” with the Five of Wands?) And when I say “others”, include yourself in that group because you might be keeping your yap shut and putting on a polite face but those words are dancing in your head and aimed at yourself.

Halting and poorly organized thought and intellectual confusion can make you obsess over your problems and leave you too weak to actually do anything about them. On the physical plane, there may be oral or written misunderstandings, stalemates, frivolous changes of plans, or the inability to form commitments. A project or process at work could lack logic or planning, fall into disagreement and thus remain unfinished, corners are cut, or there is a buildup of tensions between coworkers because you think you’re too stupid or underprepared to do your part.

November 28, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man. The gist of yesterday’s Ten continues with The Hanged Man. This guy falls right before Death in the order of the Tarot’s Major Arcana and invites you to see something is over, has run its course, or is dying and ready to go. You’re not abandoning anything; it’s just that in order to grow and find the freedom of expansion, you have to leave behind the original and let it end. 

While your mind wants security and stability, your soul yearns for liberation and renewal. You're about to experience or are experiencing a period of enlightened “suffering” that will lead to a new phase, inner peace, and long-term gains following the pause. This suffering is caused by the upheaval of your “normal”, the sadness of having to admit some things are over, or that you realize you’re just not into “that” anymore. Making a choice, even a difficult one, is now necessary. Sacrifice will be required; try to do it gracefully.

Now would be a good time to become “snowed in”, catch a “cold”, or otherwise remove yourself from society for a moment. This self-imposed isolation will turn out to be a meditative way to remove yourself from worries and racing thoughts in order to gain objectivity and spiritual perspective. Only in blocking out the daily noise can you attain peace of mind to prioritize and plan.

November 27, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. After all the lead ups and prepping and cooking and eating, now that Thanksgiving is over, you might have a case of the post-holiday blues. It could also be you over-spent yesterday during the Black Friday sales and you’re now dreading next month’s credit card bills. Generally speaking, this card represents hitting bottom and smacking up against a lot of limits…literally or the figurative kind you have swirling around in your brain.

The good news this is a ten, and tens mean endings that allow for new beginnings and transformations. This weekend you’ll probably wallow a bit. But while you’re flat out on the sofa eating leftover stuffing, think about how you got to this low point. Then start taking steps to actually SOLVING your problems rather than just living with them or making half-assed temporary fixes.

The Ten of Swords brings clear vision and productive ideas so you’ll be able to see the way forward…which is up because there’s nowhere else to go. First of all, though, you need to forgive yourself for any perceived failures, faults, or lacks. This is the very first step towards healing what ails your heart.

November 26, 2021: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. The fear of failure is something we all must grapple with during our lives. For example, did my first time ever Thanksgiving lemon tart turn out flawlessly? No. Nevertheless, we ate it and it was darned tasty. Don’t allow the performance anxiety surrounding your project or endeavor freeze you into the self-sabotage of unobtainable perfectionism or procrastination that doesn’t even allow you to get started.

Some could have called my tart a failure but I just considered how I would tweak the recipe because those “failures” of mine taught me how to do it better the next time. I don’t hold regrets or blame myself over the soupiness of the glaze or the too many lemon slices on top (in my defense, the recipe CALLED for that many!). I’ll just cook the glaze longer and use fewer lemons.

This card is also about having the willingness to work towards a goal but knowing when to let things just go at their own time. A tart crust will only bake so fast and the one hour required for the lemons to sit in their sugar syrup can’t be made to elapse any faster. In fact, I think I’ll let those lemon slices sit in syrup over night….

November 24, 2021: Card O' the Day: Five of Wands. The Five of Wands indicates a great deal of tension, anxiety, conflict, or contests in your personal or professional life. Personally, you may feel pissy-cranky and want to kick a puppy (figuratively) or break dishes. An unfocused superficial argument leads to chaos and anger, which has no base or use, and you’re spoiling for a fight that will just lead to a lot of negative energy. This is pure drama for the sake of drama and being right doesn’t matter.

Professionally, what may have started out as a collaborative effort, with differing methods, styles, and approaches to the common goal, have become tangled as strong personalities vie for leadership. Comparisons and opinions grow heated and assertive people become downright aggressive as they jockey for position, engage in power struggles, or compete for contracts. All constructive impetus is lost as cohesion and organization falls apart.

Fives have inherently chaotic energy wherein creative vision collides with earthly reality. When the Fire element of Wands is added, things can get unpredictable and dangerous. This is a card of action, assertiveness, and clearly expressed decisions—and perhaps more than a bit of combativeness. Diplomatically speaking, we’re talking “competition” or “contest” but which can slide into confrontation and conflict if you’re not careful. For all you astrology people out there, this card is governed by Saturn, the planet of struggle and hardship, coming together with Leo, the sign of power and authority. Sheesh!

November 23, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Devil, reversed. When The Devil is reversed, it may indicate a liberation from bondages to obligations, responsibilities, belief systems, family values, etc. that’re holding you hostage. Perhaps you only get so far as attempting to break loose from misery or have finally stopped accepting a situation and are moving towards freedom. For that I applaud you because first steps are first steps and not to be ignored.

Since the Devil represents, in part, illusions, when the card is reversed it, could signify you’re beginning to see through them to the truth. As you become more conscious of destructive behaviors and misuses of power (yours and those of others), you’ll experience a release from false inhibitions and patterns of manipulation and codependency. 

This card could indicate you’re turning away from your “evil” ways to begin the path to spiritual enlightenment. By saying no to temptations, you remove tethers and escape unpleasant situations to access the guarded, hidden treasure of your own creativity and spontaneous delight.

November 19, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups, reversed. This is the third three we’ve had in a week; the first two came on the 12th and 13th. I noticed but didn’t think much at the time but this third one is giving me pause. Threes can mean integrations, combinations, or the middle way when two apparently opposing positions are reconciled. However, with all the other less-than-roses energy we’ve been getting lately, I feel like these threes are more like irreconcilable differences. Last week, those differences were in our minds (Swords) and energetically (Wands); now we’ve gotten the emotions involved (Cups).

For some reason, you’re not associating well with your usual crowd. As the Holidays approach, you may be crunched for time, but I feel it’s more like you’re easily annoyed and so any get togethers aren’t fun for you. Self-indulgence, self-pity, or worry about the future mean everybody is stuck in a complaining rut. Not that you’re a whole lot cheerier, but to hear it come from everyone else, too, it just gets a bit much with the gloom and whining.

It’s important to maintain emotional control and further examination of the circumstances is required before moving on. Meaning, don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. Everybody’s on their very last nerve these days. Give your peeps the benefit of the doubt and don’t permanently break up with them in a snit. Just back off for a while and see if they (and you) can get into a slightly more positive headspace. Once you’re all feeling better, try once more to have a good time like you did before disease and pestilence blew up our lives.

November 18, 2021: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords, reversed. Even when reversed, the Five of Swords is still a suck-ass card (reversals usually lighten them up a bit). Weaknesses will be tested and you could suffer stagnation from fear of failure. Though you may experience despair after a bitter defeat, we’re actually moving towards the recovery and aftermath of the situation. 

But the good news is an uncertain outlook may turn more favorable as bothersome issues, conflicts, or disagreements are resolved. As rifts are repaired, amends are made, and the air is cleared, look beyond losses and see what can be salvaged from the situation. Each person involved must determine their obligations and liability to the recent unfortunate events and own them. Correct any misunderstandings to avoid emotional upsets and recognize the potential for spiritual growth after such strife.

However, the energy here is STILL not conducive to new ventures due to the underlying motivational factors or remaining discord between the material and spiritual facets of involved parties. Therefore, concentrate on mending fences right now and save the forward actions for another day.

November 17, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands, reversed. The reversed Two of Wands appeared two-ish weeks ago on the fifth, but my previous reflections don’t hold true today. The “not at this time” energy of yesterday’s reversed Ace of Wands continues with this card.

You could be feeling hemmed in or frustrated by a previous decision that seemed good at the time but is now limited by low energy and scarce resources. Processes lack direction, which make the goal seem unattainable so you don’t carry on with your responsibilities for that end result and just give up because it’s too hard.

However, it’s often through loss, sadness, trouble, and fear that the best lessons are learned. Therefore, reorganize this turbulent energy, awaken to inner possibilities and resources, and become more self-sufficient. (This is a polite way of saying SUCK. IT. UP.) Sometimes retreat is necessary and a sagacious withdrawal could be your best option right now. But don’t hide under the covers and lick your wounds (okay, you get one day to do that). Instead, figure out why things aren’t working and then make the changes necessary to get the show on the road.

November 16, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. While the upright Ace is full of forward impulses, reversed, this card is a “thumbs down”, “no”, or “not now” and advises inaction for the moment. Expect to be turned down, vetoed, forbidden to act, or suffer setbacks or delays as the means of realizing goals or energies signified by the upright version are blocked. (Swell. Just as you were getting yourself in gear.)

Even when reversed, the Ace indicates new beginnings are afoot and you may feel ready, desiring, and yearning for change. However, the right opportunity hasn’t arrived, a situation may be premature, or you’re not fully energized or prepared enough to move forward. With your jets on fire, getting the no-go signal is going to be very frustrating and leave you feeling doubtful and hesitant about taking on more work. On the other hand, you might not be able to get your jets to cool and you’ll forge ahead…right into a train wreck.

Therefore, reconsider plans and goals or set something aside for the time being because impatience is not the answer.

November 15, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Star. Right after The Tower comes The Star in the sequence of the Tarot’s major arcana. Kinda funny that she showed up for us today…but we need her. The Star represents hope, trust, and freedom from pain. She is the light of the Higher Self, which is asking you to learn to be hopeful that at some point you’ll break through blockages and have all the fulfillment and clarity you want and need.

The Star is the epitome of Dorothy learning from Glinda she had the power to go “home” at any time. It represents the unknown part of Self in which you can have faith and provides the light and incentive to achieve your purpose. As you become aware there’s a greater destiny or providence working through your being, you comes to understand all power, peace, love, joy, prosperity, etc. are found within your own spirit. 

When you trust Self to make it through all challenges, then you’re truly free to release self-judgment, acknowledge your perfection and uniqueness, and reclaim inner beauty.

November 14, 2021; Card O' the Day: The Tower, reversed. Even though the cards have been urging you to let go of certain stuff and habits, sometimes we’re unwilling to heed warning signs, prefer to cling to established structures and the status quo, or believe ourselves to be untouchable and thus needed change is delayed or denied. You may have acknowledged collapses, setbacks, and that things are not right, but have lived with them for so long they’ve become your “normal” and you’re too inert to do anything about them.

However, crisis and true catastrophe come if the energy of The Tower and its inevitable and obvious changes are resisted. Without forward motion and the required change, you’ll stay stuck in continued oppression, subjugation, or tyranny or entrapment in old ways or habits. The stagnation inherent in the reversed Tower may be on the psycho-emotional plane rather than the physical. In that case, you’d be denying responsibility for, or knowledge of, any tensions with others; turning a blind eye to oppression; refusing to accept a shocking discovery; or insisting there’s are nothing wrong through ignoring reality and self-deception even though your life is obviously crumbling.

Look around yourself. What ideas, people, relationships, jobs, and/or stuff are you hanging on to or allowing to take up space in your head, heart, or life? If it’s not serving you well, you’ve gotta let go, make a clean break, and allow the full release The Tower promises.

November 13, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands. Following all the learning and letting go involved in the past few days, we get to explore, learn, and discover what can come next. Use foresight in determining the future needs of your endeavors by keeping a view of the big picture. At the same time, assess what’s already been set in motion by past actions. While this card suggests favorable financial returns, productive ideas, and the ability to envision long-term dreams, active waiting (rather than immediate action) is sometimes necessary for goals to come to fruition. Meaning, large, high-risk ventures, if successful, may take months or years to fully bloom and show profits.

Integrity is especially important right now, and you’d be wise to see others’ viewpoints as valuable as you begins relationships that could lead to further business. With the wind in our sails and bees buzzing in your bonnet, it’s super tempting to get full of yourself and let your pride and arrogance ruin new connections. Reaching this level of inner strength and diplomacy can only be achieved by constant re-appraisal, vigilance, and commitment to goals.

November 12, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords. Sometimes our emotions aren’t backed by practical instinct as we wallow in selfishness, allow energy to become dissipated, our confidence fails, and/or we’re easily deterred or detoured. Such self-doubt is an internal dialogue of the mind that causes depressive thoughts that fuel suffering and sorrow, which come when the mind can’t let go of an event or perspective. The appearance of this card is letting us know it’s time to let our minds out of the destructive loop it’s in, stop reworking old issues, and clinging to pain and anguish of the past. These kind of stressful thoughts can result in physical illness, so it’s super important not to stay stuck here.

Believe it or not, misery leads to greater wisdom and you should approach experiences of suffering with determination in order to benefit from them. Out of heartache can come healing, liberation, growth, and the maturity of your emotions. So, while you’re having a hard time, it’s ultimately a valuable experience in life. After all, if it ain’t broke, you’re not going to try to fix it. But it only hurts when it’s broke…and the “discomfort” is what drives you to repair or change a situation.

Now, I’m not minimizing your pain, and neither should you! However, notice the content of thoughts and how they make you feel, identify painful life patterns, feel emotions fully, and find reconciliation through mourning. Love and loss are intertwined, and to experience true love, one must acknowledge any loss, grief, tears, unhappiness, self-pity, confusion, and disappointment in one’s mind and heart. Once you’ve cried every last tear and broken every dish, dump the snotty tissue and shards in the trash, and move on.

November 11, 2021: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles, reversed. When the normally self-assured and down to earth Queen of Pentacles is reversed, her self esteem is showing wear and tear. She’s not taking time for or proper care of herself because she doesn’t think she’s worthy of it, doubts her abilities and value as a person, and feels like her efforts are never good enough. Confused and perplexed by basic management tasks, decisions are met with inability, fear of failure, indecision, uncertainty, irresolution, and hesitation. Feeling helpless and in serious need of care, she reacts to everything with timidity and self-abasement.

In addition to emotional weakness, the reversed Queen of Pentacles signifies psychic weakness in the form of phobias, mistrust of self, or suspicion of the motives of others. Dissatisfaction with the environment or the inability to appreciate what it has to offer causes her to cut herself off from the connection to Earth so vital to her. This may result in nervousness and loss of rhythm in life.

If you recognize any of these conditions in yourself, call in sick, draw a hot bath, and take a minute for yourself. The housework, laundry, shopping, etc. can wait. If you’re not able to take today off from work, then take this evening off. Order a pizza and do the absolutely bare minimum of chores. Then take your slice outside and sit under a tree. Contact with Nature will help.

November 10, 2021: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. The reversed Five of Cups can impart quite a hopeful outlook, indicating recovery, charity, kindness, and renewal as you move away from the losses of the reversed Six and get on with life. The Five of Cups is often depicted with five vessels of some sort—three of which are overturned and two still upright. Those fallen Cups represent something less significant or important than what you originally thought and those still standing form a solid, permanent base that’s not easily knocked over.

After making some very hard decisions, understand difficulties will be overcome, there will be a change in lifestyle, and the ability to share abundance. As you transform your resistance, disappointment, or prudence into something better, you’ll develop emotional stability, coping skills, determination, and fortitude to conquer any future misfortune or anxiety. Now, move on; it’s time.

November 9, 2021: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups, reversed. When the Tarot’s “nostalgia” card is reversed, it means many of you are working to release old emotional ties and destructive unconscious patterns in an effort to develop a healthy relationship with the past. Consider this an invitation to liberate yourself from former obligations and responsibilities, overcome past disappointments, and embrace new trust regarding the future and your active participation in it. (Because, really, there’s nothing to be done about it except learn your lessons and move forward. It’s over, after all.) 

Now, here’s the caveat: When taking a more honest look at the past, be aware that idealized recollections can disintegrate in the face of harsh reality. This results in rude awakenings when you realize nothing is as you remembered it. You’re going to have to be brave, but do it anyway. It’ll be good for you…like a colonoscopy is “good” for you. However, ugly truth will help you let go faster.

Concretely speaking, when this card is reversed, it could indicate involvement with new technologies, science fiction, or other futuristic endeavors. Good news for all those techie nerds out there!

November 5, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands, reversed. Two’s can signify conflict, and when connected to the energy of Wands, the conflict prevents energy from flowing smoothly and with purpose; it’s much like the jerky motions a car makes when its gears slip. When the gears do catch, an otherwise dead-end situation may suddenly change as “miracles” jet you past limits. New perspectives and horizons, which you didn’t previously know existed, (or notice) may suddenly open up and become obvious. You might be just daring enough to jump directly into a new experience thereby leaving safe situations and modest success to enter the unknown.

Such reversals of fortune aren’t achieved through willpower but through receptivity to the unexpected. These surprises in your situation could either awe with wonder, enchantment, and amazement or overwhelm with confusion, embarrassment, or distress. (In which case the restrictions aren’t coming from outside circumstances but from within your own damn self.) Therefore, try to receive them regardless of fear because at the speed they’re coming, there’s a real danger of opportunities passing by. Your choices become more immediate and you’ll regret not taking action.

November 2, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Empress, reversed. Divine feminine energy is blocked when The Empress is reversed. This can manifest in maternal sacrifice, being jammed into a negative and/or traditional female role, and/or being viewed as “less” because of one’s gender identification. If you’re not being repressed, maybe you’re the one suppressing yourself with ideas of what women “should” do in society. It could also be you’re bucking the gender system entirely and are now facing condemnation and disapproval for traditionally “unacceptable” behavior. This disruption of energy may leave you feeling like no one truly sees you for who you are—they just can’t look past your appearance, how you behave, or what you do for them. 

No one belongs in the confines of a specific, society-created category. We’re all so incredibly unique and that’s what makes each of us uh-MAZING! It’s time to embrace a new intellectual awareness of who you are and what roles you want to take on in your community. Calmly think through any complicated emotional problems that may arise from choosing your place and identity. There are support groups, like-minded people, and therapists to help you sort things if you can’t on your own. I see you in all your perfection!

November 1, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Lovers, reversed. So it looks like we’re back to the thread regarding sour relationships and emotional turmoil we were experiencing before the break for Hallowe’en….

When reversed, The Lovers card indicates romantic or sexual problems that dominate life. You could be be entangled in an inharmonious, challenging, or unhealthy relationship where there’s disagreement, mistrust, deception, quarrels, temptation, infidelity, incompatibility, or struggle for power. Communication is a key component of this card and the reversal indicates communication problems or not knowing how to approach someone with whom you really need to talk.

A non-romantic union or merger (work, roommates, etc.) can be just as energy sucking and distracting when it’s not going well. This card may indicate a situation that suppresses your individuality or creates a need for personal space that’s not available or granted. I’ll ask you to recall the card we got on the 30th…the Eight of Cups…and its message about leaving….

October 31, 2021: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands. On this day of increased magic and the thinnest veil of the year between what we see and can’t, the most powerful queen of all has come to center stage—which is where she likes it! The Queen of Wands has depth, reserve, and patience juxtaposed with vigorous, unpredictable, and spontaneous action. Unwilling to censor herself or conform to societal norms, she intimidates others intentionally to make them do what she wants…because, well, she can. As a magician who contains and disperses energy, she consistently and directly generates whatever she chooses when she sets her mind to it.

This queen represents prophetic and intuitive creation and motivates others to reach their fullest potential by relying upon, and trusting, your own judgment and power. We’re reminded to stir passions and assert our enterprising spirits to inspire whatever we do and to master personal boldness, courage, and power. Receiving this card is an indication of leadership ability, independence, self-possession, practicality, and fierce determination to make decisions, get your own way, or pursue your interests.

It’s my best guess that most of the “witches” burned at the stake in days of yore were Queens of Wands. Can you imagine such power encased in a female body being tolerated? I’d say not…. Happy Hallowe’en everybody!

October 30, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. The Eight of Cups is here to tell you it’s time to take a walk. Either just to cool off or more permanently. Based upon the gnarliness of the reversed Three of Cups followed by the Five of Swords, I’m thinking it should be a permanent walk. Who needs that kind of snark from their “friends”?

To be clear, this leave-taking isn’t flouncing off in a huff; you’ve come to understand you need something deeper and which aligns with your higher purpose. Self-examination and careful consideration have brought up the question of why you allow yourself to continue putting up with emotionally draining and/or abusive situations. You’re at the point of being so tired of trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear and you’re ready to hang it up. There’s no reason that you can see to keep the connection.

When you swan off into the sunset, BE SURE not to carry any negative crap with you. That will require letting bygones be bygones. But trust me, that’s a lot easier than schlepping this garbage on your back for all of eternity.

October 29, 2021: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords. And here we see why the Three of Cups was reversed yesterday and relationships are souring….

This card can represent psychic attack or negative mental energy from outside sources in your home, workplace, or community. While someone may think they’re acting with a sense of righteousness, they’re actually approaching the volatile situation with with cruelty, abuse, or malicious gossip. This nonproductive influence can leave you feeling blamed, used, put down, or disgraced. So, look carefully at these conflicts because you might come up on the losing side thanks to manipulation, bullying, or underhanded tactics. 

If you seems to be “winning” despite all, look beyond the immediate success because this victory may end up costing you more than it’s worth. Current advantages may have come from crushing adversaries mercilessly in the same manner they tried to crush you. As promises or contracts are broken, emotions clash and those who used to be closest to you fall away as the war grinds on at a higher cost than you’d like. One would do well to remember that what is done to others, ultimately is done to oneself…

October 28, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups, reversed. What was once plentiful and alive becomes barren and dies as you come to outgrow certain companions or friends. It seems you have nothing in common with them anymore or values and ideals have changed and now clash uncomfortably, which makes it hard to socialize.

It’s sad that these friendships seem to be dying and the old activities together can’t happen but it’s time to face some facts and the truth about how the relationships have evolved. While this separation is happening, it’s important to maintain emotional control and further examine the circumstances before moving on completely to prevent further loss of happiness or waste of anything salvageable.

October 27, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands, reversed. Are we still in Mercury retrograde? If not, it’ll certainly feel like it after you hit snag after delay after setback. 

Whatever project or goal you’re working on right now doesn’t have enough substance behind it to make it really work. Probably insufficient or impractical planning went into it and this fly-by-night, give-it-a-whack leap of faith just isn’t going to cut it. You need a solid outline and realistic expectations to get where you want to go.

I’m saying you need a new or alternative approach to your “thing”, NOT tanking it all. First, cleanse, prune, and purge the wasteful parts—especially your anger and frustration over the complications. Re-evaluate everything. You’ve got time because progress will be slow but in the end you can expect a good outcome.

October 21, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands. Looks like the concept of the reversed Nine of Pentacles from yesterday is getting further validation from the Ten of Wands today. This card is pointing to a single, brilliant idea that’s proliferated to the point of overwhelming you and becoming oppressive. Whether the stress is self-imposed or comes from your boss, creativity and enthusiasm for what you’re doing dies under the duty and weight of it all.

The result of the constant grind is that you eventually come to resent the wonderful thing you’ve built or are building and burn out. If you do keep going, you’re too busy or tired to celebrate, appreciate, and enjoy your success. It’s time to simplify, hire minions, or ask for help before you blow up or collapse.

October 20, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles, reversed. This card signifies the problems we face on the material plane. We like nice stuff. We work hard to have it. But when is it “enough”? When do you have enough so you feel comfortable taking time off to enjoy it? Are you sure you know what you want and how much? Some of you are in danger of pursuing the “good life” to your detriment. If you feel it’s forever out of reach, you can’t be happy until you achieve X, Y, or Z, or you’re afraid to relax for one second, then you’re in denial of your current wellbeing and good fortunes.

Your soul NEEDS to take a vacation and be free to roam! Even if you only set up a tent in your backyard and turn off your phone for 24 hours, that’s a vacation from the gerbil wheel of accumulation and “more.” Continued work towards expansion threatens to overwhelm what you already have and trap you ever deeper in the urge to “have.”

October 18, 2021: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups, reversed. It looks like some of you got the memo with the reversed Ace yesterday and have yanked on your Big Kid pants. With intention and determination, you’re ready to doing something about your dreams and fantasies rather than just letting them pass through your brain. 

This card stresses clear thinking and logic to find solutions to problems. Those solutions may not be the most elegant or cost effective, but it’s better than just drifting along and getting nothing done. Sometimes we have to resolutely drag ourselves forward by the scruff of the neck and consciously focus on a goal. Kind of like cleaning the bathroom…you don’t want to but it needs to be done.

This kind of deliberate energy bodes well for achieving goals. Forward ho!

October 16, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups, reversed. This card is the most powerful of the emotions cards and when reversed, it indicates a few problems in your emotional realm. More than likely, unhappiness has been brought about by not recognizing what life offers. Because of that pessimistic or doubtful mood, you might reject a friendly overture or emotional gift, turn down an opportunity, or completely distance yourself from a situation to avoid disruptive influences. Whether you want more than you have or don’t trust what you have, the effect is the same: you’re unsatisfied and not happy.

On the other hand, you may be getting all kinds of “I should be happy” signals from your gut or Universe and yet you deny them. Instead of welcoming emotional, psychic, mystical, intuitive, or dream-time experiences, you set psycho-emotional limits or boundaries because you don’t or won’t believe in them.

There’s an old adage that one shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. (You can tell the age of a horse by its teeth, so assessing the value of a horse is often based on its age.) Meaning, when you receive a gift, no matter how small, you need to allow yourself to feel gratitude and happiness for it. Because that emotional boost is the true gift. Therefore, decide to be happy with what Universe is giving you.

October 15, 2021: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. For those of us who are NOT the reversed Prince of Cups, the Six of Pentacles represents a place of abundance where you can enjoy your money and spend a little on yourself for pleasure. There’s balance between your resources, social connections, and responsibilities and you can be happy and relaxed for a moment.

In this time of material balance where physical energy flows smoothly, you’re in a position where you can be generous not only with your time and love for others, but with your money, too. Now would be a good time to send a check to your favorite charity or a roll of laundry quarters to a friend living on the edge. 

Continued practical application of all your resources will keep you in physical and economic stability while you work for even more abundance (and not just money). What I mean by this is the rent and the light bill will be paid while you take care of a relative, volunteer at a shelter, or campaign for better societal rules and laws.

October 14, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups, reversed. The reversed Prince of Cups is constantly moving with, and adapting to, any situation in a pliant, liquid way. He* tends to exhibit the attributes of an overly sensitive “artiste” who chases illusions, wears his heart on his sleeve, hides his affections, and suffers unrequited love. However, fawning and obsequious, in love with love, he’s narcissistically in love with only himself. This personality type is being (or has been) overtaken by poetic fancies, moodiness, tears, nostalgia, and is submerged in an undersea realm of psychic significances and watery connections and is beset by dreams and fantasy. That’s why you can’t pin him down on any of his opinions or feelings because he’s so apparently passive yet hates to be pushed towards commitments or actions.

Where does all this come from? Emotional insecurity and immaturity. Great conflict lies between his inner fascination, outer attractions, and real-world responsibilities. This guy is living in la-la land and expects everyone around him to take care of things while he “finds himself.”  

Good luck in dealing with such a person. (You’ll notice I don’t suggest anyone should search their souls for similar behavior because the reversed Prince doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with himself.) *The Tarot’s court cards are genderless. I used the masculine pronouns merely to stay consistent in my writing.

October 12, 2021: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords, reversed. The Four of Swords is generally a card of contemplation and rest. Reversed, this recent period of thoughtful peace and tranquility comes to an end as concerns are resolved and you awaken from a literal or metaphorical sleep with more clarity or a different perspective. Health wise, you may have been sick and needed to rest.

After recovering, you can come out of your shell and reenter the world to start to feel like your old self and regain your confidence. As you do, you may have to recover from business losses, lay-offs, or personal difficulties that had occured. Through prudent care, wise administration, and economies, carefully resume activities with circumspection and precaution. 

Tread softly and look for clues regarding potential stumbling blocks that may set you back. Ideally, one does not want to do “that” again…that which had put you down in the first place.

October 11, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Moon. Alone time continues with The Moon as it signifies a time of passivity rather than action, turning away from outer concerns to become more introspective and reflective, and a period of withdrawal. Because this card heralds the uncertain time between the end of one world structure and the beginning of another, you may experience confusion, anxiety, bewilderment, elusiveness, and fluctuation as the seeds for your next actions are sown. Right now, though, there’s nothing to do but wait, allow natural gestation to occur, follow your gut, and hope for the best.

While you’re waiting, don’t resist instinctual forces that allow the animal Self to take over. Ego is set aside, shame is left behind, and you don’t give a damn what the neighbors say! In this state of completely releasing self-regulation, you can embrace the Higher Shadow Self and all the remaining mysteries about yourself still locked away. (But do keep it legal folks!)

Going this deeply into your Shadow Self may be difficult psycho-emotionally and you might be swamped by highly charged emotions and insecurity. This is the ultimate test of reclaiming the True Self: to be able to walk through all aspects of life of which you’re afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed about; don’t know how to deal with; fears that can’t be shown to the world; or your deepest emotional patterns, needs, and rootedness in the past. If you need help, ask for it.

October 10, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Cups, reversed. As the big “love” card of the Tarot deck, when reversed, it represents the harsher aspects of love or the breakdown of ideals present when upright. Now, I’m not necessarily feeling the “romantic” or sexual love generally associated with this card, such as the emotionally immature, commitment-phobic, and/or infantile or sophomoric fantasies of love one finds in the average bodice-ripper romance novel. I’m feeling like we need to have a talk about love for ourselves and/or our fellow humans.

When you tend to reject any connections by self-isolation, acting alone, or cutting off all cooperation with others, it can mean you’ve given up on the “love” I mentioned above. You’ve probably experienced conflicting messages and emotional misunderstandings due to breakdowns in communication…with yourself and your prospective partners. But in order to have effective communication, with ANYone, you need to speak up about your wants and needs. And then LISTEN to the other person’s wants and needs and see if you can meet in the middle.

So, take some “alone time” to think about how you feel about yourself. Does your self-esteem and willingness to relate to others hinge upon how you’re treated by them? Are you the type to say nothing lest you rock the boat and then quietly seethe about it? NOBODY can read your mind and NOBODY can “make” you happy. Decide to be happy and open your throat chakra for effective communication.

October 8, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles. The suit of Pentacles represents material energy in all its potential forms: the body, resources, the position one holds in the world, territory, etc. It also orients one in relationships with incarnation, family life, the home, money, and health and directs all existential questions to the concrete aspects of life. It’s also symbolic of the spiritualization of the Earth element; in its completeness and solid reality, it bears its own magic. Pentacles are an active principle operating upon all tangible aspects of existence that bring happiness and triumph. Such things hold heart and are not just material trappings.

The Ace of Pentacles represents physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional balance leading to bliss, wellbeing, and absolute wholeness of Self. With patience, diligence, and attention, this inner flowering and fullness affords the possibility of unlimited movement in any direction making it possible to go beyond and fulfill the prophesy of magic. One has become unified and is willing to bring all of Self onto the physical plane to have a complete and genuine experience as a human.

Consider the reception of this card a signal one has entered into a spiritual spring time bringing a shift in consciousness, new wisdom and knowledge, and joyful life.

October 7, 2021: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles. Recently, a very beloved cat of mine transitioned to the great beyond. When I drew this card, a card symbolic of the life of the body, I knew exactly the message it’s sending. This time the Four of Pentacles has absolutely nothing to do with hoarding wealth but rather it’s about turning your emotional energy inward. Some seek solace from others in times of grief and loss; I do not. Instead, I exclude others through a need for personal security and block myself from everyone. If I must be out in public, I put on a facade and reassure those who ask I’m fiiiiiiiine.

But you know what, selfishness is sometimes necessary and for me it’s vital right now. No one’s grief is expressed the same. There’s no timeline for it or a “correct” way to do it. Therefore, you do you to the best of your ability today. 

The stone associated with this card is blue tourmaline. It’s said to offer a message of peace, balance the spirit and mind, teach one to achieve harmony with one’s circumstances, and promote inner perspective to easily understand nature and destiny.

Rest well my little flea.

October 3, 2021: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords, reversed. This card indicates some may be attempting to release past problems and begin again, but are struggling with the resulting new perspectives and would rather just stay put in the “known.” This desire to cling to the same old, same old stems from a lack of self-confidence that you really can do something different.

Now, attacking a long-standing problem that’s been accepted as the norm is going to cause some agitation. Others don’t want to change any more than you do, so expect some push-back as you set new boundaries, learn the value of the word “no”, and take a new path for yourself. 

Stand strong and refuse to give into the negative thoughts thrown at you and coming from inside your own head. There’s a deep need to address and handle turbulent situations rather than let them ride. While you’re at it, evaluate your intentions surrounding the need to hang onto old stuff that no longer serves.

October 1, 2021: Card O' the Day: Five of Wands. Okay, the standard interpretation of this card is fighting and quarreling and not-so-friendly competition. It’s true the number five can indicate volatility and coupled with the Fire energy of Wands things might get explosive. HOWEVER, I’m not gettin’ that today.

What I’m feeling is a time of personal empowerment, determination, commitment, and personal reorganization. You’re finally ready to break the status quo and evolve with the new energy coursing through your veins. This might feel rather “zippy” and make it hard for you to harness it for solid use. Muster the concentration and courage necessary to be decisive, clever, and forceful with yourself and others who might get in your way.

The creature associated with this card is the ant. It’s representative of discipline, order, and goals. Think like an ant and move that freakin’ rubber tree plant already. Also, the stone for this card, kunzite, is said to help one achieve a healthy degree of assertiveness that allows one to stop avoiding problems, assists in pursuing objectives with diplomacy and endurance, and grants resolution and the necessary capability to finish tasks. (I’m gettin’ me some o’ that as soon as I can because I STILL haven’t cleaned my bathroom!)

September 30, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. We just had the Nine of Cups on the 27th, but it was reversed. Upright, it brings us a brighter message. (Not that its reversed message was not helpful; it was just a bit more of an ass-kicker.) 

Nines are about coming to completions and being a Cup, this Nine is signaling the end of an emotional cycle encouraging you to let go of what’s already been lived. The resulting good decision making brings hope and improvement to your circumstances as you develop the ability to imagine and visualize what you want so you can go forward and make it happen.

Furthermore, releasing old crap helps you cultivate inner harmony with “me, myself, and I” and come to understand the secret to emotional happiness: Taking full responsibility for and control of your own happiness! Nobody else can fulfill all your needs. Once you get that concept nailed down, expect personal satisfaction and positive expansive feelings as you ably and confidently surmount all difficulties. BOO-ya.

September 28, 2021: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. Under the Seven of Swords one struggles with clouded and distorted thought patterns and emotional insecurity that’s driving self-destructive actions. Such insecurity fuels futile struggles to cleverly fake one’s way through life to appear independent and strong when actually life is falling ever deeper into disorder and instability.

There’s a very great need to forgive yourself for past failures so you can heal from guilt, shame, and self-recrimination. However, the greatest obstacle to that forgiveness is your stubbornness at admit having made a mistake and allowed things to get as bad as they have.

This card does speak of new plans, but you’re going to try to implement them on your own. More power to you if you can, but it’ll be a whole lot easier if you get help at this point instead of tackling this crisis all by yourself.

September 27, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups, reversed. The force of the King is lifting the carpet and exposing all you’ve swept under it to force you to really look at all you’ve been hiding from yourself and others. This is done with love, sincerity, honesty, and the good faith of outside energies that show you the error of your ways.

While this exposure might be embarrassing at first, it will provide you with a feeling of liberation as you’re released from superficial attachments and the need to keep up the facade, lies, and hiding. With that new space, you’ll have the time and energy to work on your inner peace and happiness and become more aware of the truth about you and why you got distracted from your Highest Path. And armed with that truth, you can then go deeper into your Spiritual Self and find greater meaning.

September 26, 2021: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles. The King of Pentacles is supporting, loyal, dependable, and trustworthy with everything you ask him to do or help you to do. However, he’ll also be demanding and ruthless as he sinks his teeth into a project. His ambition, power, social responsibility, and integrity makes him strong, uncompromising, and impatient to get things done. It’s no wonder the animal associated with this card is the bull!

The King’s greatest talents lie in organization and control of physical matter.  Closeness to nature and total comfort with the physical world allows him (and you when you channel him) to be a minimalist when it comes to possessions with usefulness, the value of all things in their place, and nothing wasted. A tireless worker himself who places an emphasis on quality and reliability, the Earth King rewards the loyalty of those who work equally hard for him. If you’re not yet the boss, trust the leadership capabilities at hand because they’re strong and solid. Allow this card to be a catalyst for your own evolving material self-confidence and mastery of the sensation function that brings satisfaction to life.

The King, coupled with yesterday’s Ace of Wands, may be a little to hot to handle for some of you. This card’s stone stepped forward to help mitigate all this force. Amber is said to fortify inner vision, increase mental wellbeing, absorb negative energy, and bring strength and wisdom as you move forward with your endeavors.

September 25, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands. Receiving this Ace in a reading indicates it’s time to try new things and change your responses to the world. New opportunities or potential await but expect action and confrontation that can be exhilarating or devastating.This raw, transforming, irreversible, and powerful energy is not for the fainthearted but it needs firm and concrete guidance.

Representative of the birth or seed of an idea or project, this card is perfect for encouraging beginnings since the environment is stable yet flexible and fluid. As you become grounded and centered, you have the opportunity to harness and express your will. But be super careful not to let your ego get carried away and hubris take over.

The Ace of Wands can also signify the quality of taking responsibility for an idea and putting it into practice with optimism and passion. The appearance of this card signifies an aptitude for leadership and the courage to overcome any difficulties.

September 24, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Moon, reversed. Upright, The Moon is significant of all things intuitive and of common sense; reversed, it indicates one is denying the possibility of trusting your own gut as to what seems reasonable. 

When faced with this confusion and perceived irrationality, one would rather cling to literalness or what another tells you so you don’t have to think for yourself. You may go so far as to block or resist all your intuitive impressions and questions and just hide from what’s challenging. The irrational worry of conspiracies or illegal acts may increase your delusional behavior as your imagination runs amok.

On the other hand, you could be feeling psychologically drained and exhausted as you encounters facades, delusions, manipulation, suspicion, illusion, and impractical ideas. Therefore, get the real facts and use your own noodle to make your important decisions.

September 23, 2021: Card O' the Day: Justice, reversed. Something stable, ordered, or normally unvarying has been disturbed or disrupted and you find yourself having to adjust to imbalances in life and relationships. But at the same time, you don’t wanna and are resistant to change or adjustment because of fear of mishandling the situation.

If the imbalance is not external, I must assume it’s internal and you’re struggling with a divided self and suffering the inner discord of intellect v. instincts. You may be mired in indecision and inaction because of over-reliance on rationality or facts, or ignoring said facts altogether. Furthermore, formerly held values, old rules of thumb, and social expectations are suddenly not reliable, and you find yourself responding with few clues that come through cloudy perceptions and uncertainty. And when you try to justify your actions to others, you’re reacting emotionally and not using your common sense or logic. 

All this displays an unwillingness to see the meaning of events, dishonesty with oneself and others, and missing an opportunity for a greater understanding of life and Cosmic Lessons. I suggest consulting an expert about your problem to get the truth about the situation and valid answers—and not your cousin’s boyfriend’s hairstylist.

September 22, 2021: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands. The Six of Wands signifies victory and recognition of your achievements. With such a wave of dynamic energy under your feet, you’ll feel ready to step forward and take on the role of leader as you overcome all difficulties.

HOWEVER (and this is a very big fat hairy “however”), we ain’t talkin’ about becoming CEO of a Fortune 500 company. This is INTERNAL triumph that comes from a true faith and belief in yourself that brings about the energy to accomplish what you want. This is about being happy in your own skin and loving what you do. And when others see you being so successful and full of joy over being you, they’ll follow your example of finding triumph in where and who they are, too.

The caveat to this card? Competitiveness. Be cautious about becoming “holier than thou.” You’re not trying to “out happiness” everyone else because then it just becomes another race to keep up with others. This internal happiness stuff is a one lane road with only you on it.

September 21: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. This card represents new plans, roads, or projects as you aim to take action against current problems. However, there’s an element of sneakiness surrounding these new avenues. Ethics are shaky and such underhanded schemes won’t really solve your issues…they’ll only delay the inevitable and things will stay out of balance until an alternate, more truthful route is discovered. Anything you DO manage to achieve under such a cloud won’t be to your best interests and will eventually turn to dust. 

(That said, there ARE occasions where we have to tell a white-washed version of the truth. But be absolutely CERTAIN your reasons for skirting the truth are ethically sound and relieve more pain than they cause.)

With all the shadiness inherent in this card, you may be hesitant to ask for help and prefer to act alone. But when alone, we tend to beat ourselves up over past failures much more brutally than if we shared our burdens. Forgive yourself for having erred (we have ALL f*cked up!) so you can heal from the guilt and self-incrimination.

September 15, 2021: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles. Most often the Four of Pentacles is interpreted as indicating miserliness and obsession with material possessions. This is only one facet of the card and I’m not feeling that today.

The animal that represents this card is the turtle (ahem…) and they symbolize security, abundance, defense, and protection. More broadly, the card itself signifies safety and physical health and the respect and appreciation we have for the bounty within our souls. It’s about understanding selfishness is sometimes necessary to maintain healthy personal boundaries as you recognize the difference between your inner values and outer possessions.

The Four also represents making a sound decision with the intention to follow through (recall the Two of Swords a couple days ago). Therefore, while you’re minding your own business and being a bit more thrifty with your resources, consider it not so much hoarding but more like gathering strength. This is the mind’s way of giving you structure and meaning to the chaos of the material world.

September 14, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince/Knight of Swords, reversed. The conundrum announced by the Two of Swords has the good Prince’s under armor all in a twist. 

His normally sharp intellect slides into the fanatical or ridiculous when reversed and his solutions become imprudent and useless. Furthermore, he’s too stupid right now to understand he’s being stupid and will argue theories that are impractical, irrelevant, or irrational. At worst, those under the influence of this card tend to carelessly and recklessly charge ahead without listening to advice in a wild response to a situation that calls for a quieter, more careful approach.

The reversal may also indicate you’re feeling battle-worn or wounded by sharp words from another or from inside your own head. Out of fear, doubt, or caution you may want to fall back or hastily retreat rather than advance forward with an endeavor. And that might be a good idea as you try to overcome impulsiveness and fear to become more thoughtful, careful, and less hurried as you wait for opposition to move out of the way.

September 13, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords. Some of you may be suffering conflict that lies between the desire to follow your intuition and the tendency to yield to what others say or do. This leaves you in with a tenuous equilibrium with your outer and inner struggles. Your journey to finding peace between this rock and a hard place begins when you step out of judgment to see similarities rather than differences. 

The Two of Swords comes to a reading when you’re feeling conflicted, are at crossed purposes, or are being forced to hold two contradictory ideas or characteristics as true and valid at the same time. This may manifest as a personal dilemma or you fear someone unduly influencing your choice…to the point you feel like you’re being told what to do. 

Because you’re feeling unable to take action or make a decision about the situation, you deliberately avoid the problem through procrastination, ambivalence, and a reluctance to commit to one choice or the other. Being stuck between two equally unappealing options plops you square on the fence out of fear of upsetting the fragile balance you’re so desperate to maintain. While a temporary, uneasy peace can be maintained for now, to truly resolve the issue the status quo must be broken before energy can move forward again.

September 10, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince/Knight of Wands, reversed. Obviously The Princess of Cups is being out-voted with all her “live, love, laugh” bullsh*t….

The already volatile energies of the upright card become completely unstable when reversed causing one to be foolhardy, arrogant, fickle, impulsive, and indiscriminately scorch everything in sight. Your (or somebody’s with whom you have close contact) impatience, recklessness, and thoughtlessness bring discord, division, disharmony, and disunity to any situation. In such a state of turmoil, desire seethes and simmers beneath the surface without focus or outlet and surfaces randomly and unpredictably as a frustrated and short-fused temper. This card also indicates one is behaving in the manner of, or must deal with someone that is, a haphazard dabbler, self-serving thrill seeker, showoff, or a rowdy and contentious bully. Passions for people or projects may be faked or flash-in-the-pan, which portends badly for any commitments.

I suggest you take a “sick day” to remove yourself from the culprit or save others from you.

September 9, 2021: Card O' the Day: Princess (Page) of Cups. The Water Princess is indicative of youthful energy and being emotionally vulnerable. Her appearance is a reminder to let life flow as we enter into a phase of learning to accept and incorporate feelings into reactions, contemplate things with a tender heart, trust, and serve with love. Act lovingly by supporting and nurturing others with caring concern and a willingness to be involved in their lives.

Some may be unwilling to be open to such feelings for fear of being hurt. But this suffering stems from the illusion of separateness and if we can understand it’s a misconception, we can realize we’re not isolated beings in an uncaring world. This card signifies the dawn of a new understanding the cage around our hearts has always been open. We’re being invited to spread our wings, walk through the open door, and be free to experience light-heartedness, love, and those adventures of imagination and fascination being offered.

September 7, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. The Chariot contains high and directed energy. Once it’s reversed, that energy becomes scattered, surges out of control, or restricted. Sometimes conflicts and problems will arise due to opposing ideas and aims, counterproductive efforts, or insufficient expertise or experience. All this means you can be easily deflected from the course resulting in incomplete work and loss at the last moment. In the end, nothing is working as originally planned and expected and life seems uphill with an obstacle at every turn.

What to do? Firstly, you need to come to understand the “will power” approach is not, and will not, be successful. You’ve got to find another way to solve the problems rather than simply try to overpower them. (There are elements of ego contained in this card…when reversed, it means healthy self-assurance becomes blatant hubris. Just sayin’.)

Most literally, you might experience car trouble, problems on the road, or with travel arrangements. Therefore, maybe it’s time to get your car in the shop for a quick check before something goes wrong during rush-hour traffic. Also, triple check your packing lists (what, you DON’T make a list when you pack for a trip!?!?) and get to the airport three to four hours early for your flight.

September 6, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Moon. This is a good card to anchor the past few days’ cards. Maybe I’m projecting my own current energy pattern or the cards have been for me as much as everyone else. I’ve been pretty pissy, cranky, and useless for the last day and a half. But last night, before I went to bed, I gave myself a shake and worked on getting my ‘tude straight. Today SHALL be productive!

The Moon is speaking to feelings of weak will and inconstancy that lead to unrealized plans. However, it’s ruled by Pisces, the sign of compassion. With compassion, we allow ourselves to step out of illusion and into the true meaning of our inner magic, which may contain some pissiness and periods of uselessness! Giving yourself permission to be less than perfect every single day gives you room for change, growth, evolution, and development that leads to the peak of fulfillment and achievement or a valley of slothful inertia.

The herb associated with The Moon is lemon balm. It’s said to be calming and relaxing and it counteracts moodiness, broodiness, and melancholy. (Guess who’s going to be drinking lemon balm tea all day?) The body aspect of this card is the large/small intestines. Our literal guts represent the energy and determination it takes to do something extraordinary. But along with everything else in life, our energy and determination waxes and wanes just like the moon. Depending upon your own “moon cycle”, you might be up and running today or you still need another moment of quiet. Either way, Universe recognizes your needs; you should, too.

September 4, 2021: Card O' the Day: King of Wands, reversed. The reversed King is reiterating the message from the reversed Ace of Wands from a couple days ago regarding abuses of power, except the King is the one abusing his power by having an ego-driven snit fit. Difficulty accepting and adjusting to obstacles, defeats, or losses has him wanting to save face and hide his weaknesses through finger-pointing and arguing with obvious facts. He becomes resentful when called to account and asked to take responsibility for his mistakes. 

Now that we know what NOT to do…. Recognize any lack of expertise and knowledge and gracefully relinquish control of a situation. Your effective impact has been blocked, disturbed, or re-channeled and continuing under those conditions is pointless as insignificant matters can become magnified or errors in judgment come to light that weaken your position even further. Delegate the problem to another to fix but pay attention to the process so you don’t make the same mistake again. 

This may seem like quitting and slinking away with your tail tucked. But a wise leader knows they cannot be experts at everything and so they find the best in the business to handle things they can’t

September 2, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles, reversed. Upright, this card represents the intricacies and balancing act life requires and heralds coming changes on your material plane. But when reversed, attempts at balance become a treacherous, plate-spinning hamster wheel and the changes seem disharmonious. Therefore, consider how to lighten your load and live within your resources of time, money, and energy.

While you may think you’ve shifted perspective and are on board with your new reality, it’s not yet evident externally and inflexibility and challenge to structure still remains. And because you’re really not happy about this, others can too easily sway you to procrastinate on projects and decisions you need to address sooner rather than later.

This sounds like a lot to do, and it is, but if you pick one thing and do that before attempting anything else, the small accomplishments will give you energy and momentum for handling the bigger things. So, cancel that subscription you don’t really use, don’t volunteer your time to someone else, and be a little more thrifty with your psycho-emotional energy while you get your own ducks in a row.

September 1, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. Another 10 (recall we had the reversed Ten of Cups the other day). Tens are indicative of endings/beginnings. The 10s bookended a reversed Ace, which also represented a beginning, but an awkward one. The Cups signified an emotional struggle, the reversed Wands an energetic one, and now the Swords take us to our thought processes. However, I don’t feel this card is standing alone but is an addition to the previous two day’s cards.

The Ten of Swords offers you a chance to evolve into something new mentally/rationally and heralds a time of growth and change. If you allow it, clear vision and productive ideas will carry you forward to healing. But there’s a strong undercurrent of denial and resistance to harsh truth that you’ll have to fight and overcome. It’s absolutely necessary to let go of what has finished, ended, died, or was destroyed. Allow the extreme situation to wipe the slate clean.

August 31, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. Even when reversed, the Ace indicates new beginnings are afoot and you may feel ready, desiring, and yearning for change. However, the right opportunity has yet to come, a situation may be premature, or you’re not energized or prepared enough to move forward. This translates into setbacks or delays as the means of realizing goals or energies signified by the upright version are blocked.

The reversed Ace also speaks of personal authority that has turned sour. This means you may be abusing your power or being subjected to someone else—boss, spouse, friend, relative—abusing their power over you.

In either case, feeling glum and shat upon is a real danger as you’re prevented from seeing what’s still working well. You’ll need to readjust your attitude regarding the governing energies and turn this card right side up again in order to move forward with a lighter step and stronger heart. Remember, some circumstances are beyond your control, but your reaction to them is ALWAYS your own.

August 30, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups, reversed. Just a mere 20 days ago we had the Ten of Cups come to us. Today, it’s returned, but reversed. The reversal of this wonderfully auspicious card indicates peace has been disrupted within your family or tribe. Also, you may be having difficulty recognizing and appreciating the abundance and blessings in your life or the marvelousness of your True Self. 

I realize just as things started to look up, there’ve been major setbacks. War, hurricanes, famine, disease…they all seem to be piling on at once. However, we MUST count our advantages and concentrate on what we DO have rather lament what is not there or lost. (Easier said than done, I know, but try.)

The only way forward is with the strength Universe provides and your perseverance. Face the hard times and keep plowing forward.

August 18, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups, reversed. This card is also about leaving a situation…but because it’s of Cups, it focuses on the heart and an emotional situation such as a relationship or something about which you’re passionate. When the card is reversed, though, you’re tempted to stay because of comfort, familiarity, or sheer inertia even though you know you’ve gotten everything out of this that you can.

But you really do need to go for the sake of self-preservation and to end the perpetual dissatisfaction. Either the love you think is present actually isn’t, you’re giving waaaaaay more than you’re receiving, or the love is confining and stifling. 

Follow your creative impulses with optimism and move on.

August 17, 2021: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords. A shoutout to my pal CMP in Chicagoland….

The Six of Swords is about acceptance of limits and recognizing the stagnation of a current situation. There’s wisdom in giving up because you’ve realized you can’t stay without suffering. To be honest, you’ve already got one foot out the door anyway and have come to realize the bonds that held you are broken.

The transition and changes necessary will be painful but you’re encouraged to face everything with focus, calm, and optimism as you move towards new ideas and solutions without knowledge of the outcome. By being receptive to new impressions and accepting of what’s happened and what may soon be, you’ll gain needed perspective and find healing as you rediscover parts of yourself which’ve been quiet too long.

There’s heavy emphasis on journeys or travel over water with this card.

August 12, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. The Two of Pentacles is linked to The Magician and Strength through the infinity symbol depicted on each. So, even though this card is of the very practical and earthy Pentacles, there’s magic here! 

Adaptability and resourcefulness go with you to a doorway to something new; have the courage to walk through to the unknown and a bright future. Remain focused on the process and enjoy the journey rather than worry about the final end result. To do this, you’ll need to forge a relationship between commerce and creativity—i.e. the daily grind and the true purpose of life. If synchronizing the whole mess feels precarious, full of obstacles, and worry, it could what you think needs to be balanced may be only an emotion-based reaction. 

The Two suggests that a sense of optimism, grounded playfulness, and a deep trust in life is a better approach than adhering to a rigid schedule. Live in the moment and be present to it without ambition for it to be more than it is. Find appropriate balance in all of life, seek the hidden magic in ordinary pleasures, and remember to celebrate simple joys along the way.

August 11, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Fool, reversed. The normally bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Fool becomes overly-cautious when he’s reversed. This card may represent not taking a chance at a critical time because of fear or dependence upon plans or the advice of others. Maybe you’re hesitating to take any risks at all for fear of looking foolish, making a mistake, or excessive concern of doing something stupid and suffering embarrassment. If you’re not afraid of making mistakes, perhaps you’re hidebound by conventional and safe approaches, accept limits as absolutes, are too careful, and do anything to avoid the possibility of a misstep. 

All this hesitation means you don’t trust…yourself, others who’ve promised to help, or the process you’ve devised. None of us can do EVERYthing all by ourselves. I mean, if you’ve got a craving for an orange, unless you’ve got a tree in your backyard, you need to trust the growers, shippers, and stores to have them available for you to buy. It’s the same with any other item you want that you can’t make yourself or any creative process that requires the input of others.

If you find yourself approaching your life timidly and with 1,000 safeguards in place, this restriction or denial of your innate free-spiritedness could lead to regrets. Remember, you have to break eggs to make an omelet. Don’t be afraid to make messes, screw things up, and start over again.

August 10, 2021: Card O' the day: Ten of Cups. This is a card of potential: lasting happiness and joy lifting your heart if you choose it. It’s inspired from above, through Divine Universe, and from within, through Divine Self. This kind of happiness has nothing to do with your material world…your job, house, friends, possessions, bank accounts. 

This kind of happiness and joy cannot be taken from you due to unfortunate circumstances, break-ups, or losses. Yes, you can be shaken and your happiness can take hits and bruises. But this is a state of mind and being wherein you decide your level of happiness and if you can be determined enough, nothing will break your happiness. 

Hang tough and fight for your joy.

August 9, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords, reversed. When Swords are reversed, it indicates mental balance is under stress and that stress may manifest in difficulty in thinking clearly. You may be resisting a hard truth, caught up in fanaticism or illusion, or suffering confused ideas. Without a clear sense of reality, you may then make mistakes created by your emotions. 

The suit of Swords is governed by the heart chakra. As in, those mean or muddled thoughts running through your mind can easily break your heart or make you seriously moody. While everything appears more important that it actually is, current problems could lie in how you’re reacting to them more than anything else. You’d do well with a little cold objectivity about the situation so you can see it for what it truly is and then make choices based on facts and not your runaway emotions.

August 6, 2021: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles, reversed.Energy flow is still blocked, but more specifically it’s on the physical plane. The feelings of being unheard continue with the additional perceptions of being shortchanged, denied, neglected, and overlooked. A disparity of power drives these feelings and increases your insecurity that you’re not “enough.” And the cherry on top of all that is jealousy.

But what’s REALLY true here? In all probability, you’re looking at what others have that you don’t. But what about what you DO have? Are you practicing gratitude for it? (Because yet another little shadow word for this card is “ungrateful.”) And did you know that your power is your own and no one can take it unless you let them? So the “power disparity” is how you perceive yourself as compared to others. 

Stop comparing; you are enough. Be grateful for what you have. Take your colossal power and move mountains. Or not; your choice.

August 5, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Magician, reversed. W.T.F….. Okay, THIS doesn’t happen often…if ever. Yesterday we get The Magician and today he reappears inverted.

Personal communication or expression and proper energy flow is still blocked or misdirected and you’re feeling “unheard”, which then makes starting something new more difficult than anticipated or necessary. Combined, these inhibitors could lead to hesitation, insecurity, self-doubt, or vacillating certainty and cause you to lean too heavily upon someone for validation and support. It would be prudent to consider who and why.

It could help a different outlook on life—like, you’re actually worthy—and to analyze your approach. Dive deeper into the psyche and ponder what is actually happening because The Magician wants you to find your personal magic.

August 4, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Magician. Well, looky who I found while contemplating my navel and rebooting my brain! Because of the need of the soul to journey inward for answers, yesterday The Hermit told us we needed contemplation and inner stillness in which to find our self-knowledge and equilibrium. The Magician represents the “magic” of Self, primordial Man, Earth’s mystical energy, and spiritualization of matter. The Magician is the director of the quest for “Self” and therefore, this card is the basis of “me”, “myself”, and “I” as you learn to contact the Life Force, find the hidden parts of yourself, and come to understand them to find your best life.

You may not know how to communicate what you want and are frustrated by this block. But you can prepare physically for what you’re asking, face any fears of not being “good enough”, and reconnect to the part that turns fear into success while you sort out the brain-mouth connection. Be patient, allow things to develop naturally, and permit yourself to make mistakes. Magic will happen when you don’t force it.

August 3, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Hermit. I don’t read the Tarot cards for myself. I’m just as lazy as the next person about facing my flaws, worried about how I measure up, and all the other stuff I talk about in my readings and posts. I avoid doing my “work” unless NOT doing it is making me severely depressed. However, when a card that’s UNDENIABLY for me pops up, I’ll pay attention. (Albeit grudgingly.)

The Hermit is for all those introverts out there (the sociable ones, too) who need some alone time to regroup, recharge, and generally shut out the world for a minute. It’s the “cntrl+alt+del” button for your brain. Whether you dive into a nap, hike, book, or pool, it’s a good time to just be. Let the dust bunnies breed, the dishes pile up, and the laundry sit. Do only what you have to do to keep the lights on and your dependents fed. The rest can wait until you’ve rebooted. Namaste.

August 2, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups, reversed. This card signifies many are still blocked by their own resistance to life or sheer inertia. And that’s caused by struggling to fit in and conform to “normal.” Who says you have to!?!? To be clear: I’m talking about being your own creative muse, love who you want to, expressing your personality as you see fit, and basically doing your best “you.” I’m NOT suggesting total ignorance and flouting of societal laws and taboos! If we all did that, life would devolve into a Mad Max or Water World movie. Just sayin’.

There’s all sorts of potential to improve yourself until you take your last breath. Therefore, go ahead and be optimistic about your creative impulses…if you’re alive, then it isn’t too late. Motivate yourself to live out loud every single day because it isn’t time for most of you to leave this physical plane just yet. 

However, out of self-preservation, take time to solidify goals and don’t recklessly leap at shiny objects. For example, if you’re going skydiving, take a couple lessons and dive with a partner the first time around. This goes for drastic and permanent changes, too. Don’t make big shifts “just cuz” without carefully weighing the pros and cons.

August 1, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands, reversed. Two’s can signify conflict, and when connected to Wands, the conflict prevents energy from flowing smoothly and with purpose much like the jerky motions a car makes when its gears slip. When the gears do catch, an otherwise dead-end situation may suddenly change as “aha” moments jet you past previously perceived limits. New perspectives and horizons, which you didn’t know or believe existed, may suddenly open and become obvious.

This in turn may allow you to be daring enough to jump directly into a new experience, thereby leaving behind safe situations to enter the unknown. Such reversals of mindsets are achieved not through willpower but through receptivity to the unexpected…like, maybe realizing you’re “enough.”

These surprises in one’s beliefs about self could either awe you with wonder, enchantment, and amazement, or overwhelm you with confusion, embarrassment, or distress. Try to receive them regardless of fear, awaken to all your inner possibilities and resources, and become more self-sufficient and fabulous.

July 31, 2021: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords. So, we received the Four of Swords on July 22nd and we were encouraged to ponder circumstances without overreacting, bashing ourselves over our heads with the “Failure” cudgel, or shifting blame all over the place. This was followed by the Five of Pentacles on the 23rd which indicated worry about not having or being “enough.” Then came the reversed Devil on July 29th (a bit of a time gap because I got busy) that continued the thread of self abuse by imagining OTHERS don’t view you as being “enough.” Finally, we get yesterday’s reversed Ace of Swords that speaks of resisting new concepts—like that you actually ARE enough.

Notice we’ve come full circle.

Let’s recap what I wrote about the Four on the 22nd: It’s healthy to digest what’s happened and consider alternative ways of having handled a difficult situation. However, it’s NOT a good idea to over-analyze yourself with blame games or the “shoulda, woulda, coulda thought train.” I’ll remind you this card represents stabilization of the mind, asks you to still your thoughts, and allow the inner knowledge that you are enough in all ways to come to you quietly, truthfully, and peacefully.

July 30, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords, reversed. The suit of Swords governs the heart (as well as the mind) because the darkness existing in your mind can easily break your heart. The Ace indicates the possibility of new points of view or ways of thinking. When reversed, it indicates your mental balance is under stress, which may manifest in inaction, self-destruction, mental pain, denial of disturbing thoughts, difficulty in thinking clearly, and generally resisting the “aha” moment that could change everything for you.

In addition to resisting new concepts or ways of seeing your life, you may be caught up in fanaticism, illusion, or suffer confused ideas. And without a clear sense of reality, you can become prey to mistakes created by your emotions. Thus, nervous conditions may manifest in pessimism, lack of confidence, fear of condemnation and punishment, or overpowering feelings. 

Here’s a little clue: When everything appears more important that it actually is, your problems could lie in how you’re responding to them more than what’s actually happening. Certainly many have been suffering emotionally, physically, and economically for the last 18 months (and counting…)! However, look to how you can mitigate your situation by adjusting your reactions to problems.

July 29, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Devil, reversed. As instincts take over and temptations become too powerful to resist, you may begin to suffer “spiritual blindness” in which you view yourself as a failure. It is tempting to turn to others to feel validation that you’re not the big loser you think you are, but beware of putting yourself in a vulnerable position by leaning on others too heavily or relying too much on what others think. Return to your spirituality and mental resources to regain your balance and use your own strength to nurture self-sufficiency. Once you release yourself from the bondage of “what will the neighbors say”, you can break loose from misery and finally stop accepting a crappy situation as your lot in life.

Since the Devil represents, in part, illusions, when the card is reversed, it could signify you’re beginning to see through them to the truth. And THAT’s important because before slipping free of the chains that bind, you first have to become aware of, and acknowledge, what you’re allowing to hold you back.

July 23, 2021: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles. This card indicates worry about money and physical resources. Feeling “not enough”, one is self-conscious about perceived flaws and thinks one is alone and unsupported. However, this lack is only an illusion! It’s YOU who’s so blocked and defeated that you can’t see the rich environment all around.

Firstly, shift your perspective so you can see the abundance and fortune. No “yeah, but….” Let go of all the psychic weight that keeps you bogged down and focus on what you DO have, never mind what you don’t. That’ll be a goal for later. While there might be actual material poverty, you have oodles of spiritual wealth that shouldn’t be sneered at. Lean on that spiritual treasure because it’ll give you endurance and strength as you toil for those physical rewards you so desire.

July 22, 2021: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords. The Four of Swords can be looked at a couple different ways today. First: rest after strife, healing of battle wounds, peace after war, etc. Or, you can consider now to be a good time for contemplation before action, meditation, careful consideration of plans, or that type of thing. Either way, there are a lot of “what ifs” swirling in your head. It’s healthy to digest what’s happened and consider alternative ways of having handled a difficult situation (for those in the first camp). It’s also healthy to ponder various options if you’re the planning group.

However, it’s NOT a good idea to over-analyze yourself into a frozen mess where you can’t move forward with plans or away from mistakes. Blame games or the “shoulda, woulda, coulda thought train” need to be avoided at all costs.

Fortunately the Four represents stabilization of the mind and becoming aware of how you respond to circumstances in your life rather than being governed by knee-jerk reactions. (Isn’t it interesting that little phrase meaning “to respond without really thinking about” it includes the word “jerk.” Could it be many of our instinctive knee-jerk reactions indicate we’re acting like jerks? But I digress….) This card asks you to still your mind and allow your inner knowledge to come to you quietly, truthfully, and peacefully. This day is one of careful thought, not quick action.

July 18, 2021: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles, reversed. Rather than being the “queen of the castle”, the reversed Queen of Pentacles wants to become more involved with people, social structures, and communal activities outside the limited scope of the “home” of safe and familiar routines. (Remember, the Tarot cards are genderless….) This makes sense when coupled with the fiery, volatile energy of yesterday’s Nine of Wands where one looks to buck the traditional system and seeks to enjoy a more adventurous existence.

However, like the Nine of Wands, the reversed Queen speaks of difficulties…more to the point, financial difficulties or a general lack of resources and necessities. In an effort to stay secure and keep things afloat, one may hold onto money fearing to re-invest it, hoard useless things, resist forward motion, or consider other aspects of reality. 

Unfortunately, success requires risk, eating Raman noodles so you can plug more money into the project, and picking up an extra shift at the local burger joint. Keep at it; your efforts will eventually bear fruit.

July 17, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands. The energy of this card is pretty intense. It’s exhilarating and you’ll learn a lot if you don’t crash and burn. Think along the lines of taking a job that’s two notches above your skill level or riding a motorcycle that’s bigger and heavier than anything you’ve ridden to date. 

Your strength, dynamic force, and courage have put you on that bike or in that job and your training and discipline will keep you committed to developing the skill to handle the challenge. This is relatively dangerous ground you’re stepping on and you can expect to get a bit bruised in the process. Remain flexible to changes, relax, and hold firm. You’ll come out the other side having conquered the mountain!

July 16, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. Well, helloooooo sunshine! The Ten of Cups is right up there with The Sun when it comes to happiness, peacefulness, and contentment. Being a Cup, though, it really emphasizes the joy comes from inside you and not from an outside source…like winning the lottery, a fab dream job, or new dynamite lover. This kind of “happiness from within” indicates you’re truly comfortable in your own skin and you’re allowing yourself to experience the wonders of love fully and openly without fear of getting hurt. 

This kind of fulfillment puts you in the best position ever to give as you receive because you’ve come to recognize the valuable qualities everything and everyone has. We are all interconnected and just as worthy of joy and abundance as anyone else. EACH of us has a place in Universe.

The darkness that brings balance to all this light is that this card is a 10. Meaning, an ending is near (but which will then clear space for a new beginning). Does this mean all the sunshine will end tomorrow so what’s the point of being happy for a minute? No. The Ten of Cups promises this period of jubilation can last IF YOU DON’T WASTE IT by becoming detached, satiated, and complacent. Continue to recognize your fortunes and be grateful to keep the good times rolling.

July 6, 2021: Card O' the Day: King of Cups, reversed. This card actually turned up on Sunday, but I wasn’t able to put its energy into words at the time so it’s back again today to be heard. King personalities are generally dominating and self-assured, but when they become reversed, their normal characteristics will be pushed to the extreme ends of a spectrum.

To avoid being perceived as wimpy, weak, or ineffectual, one may act very macho, take risks, puff up one’s experience (about anything), and/or over-sell oneself just to feel “bigger.” The normally helpful and caring aspects of this very vibrant personality type and energy is turned away from helping others in an effort to hoard emotional resources. The reversal also applies to pushing feelings to the ends of the normal range. Some appear closed off from others or heartless as they plumb the depths of their own psyche at the expense of outward relationships. Becoming sentimental, maudlin, melancholic, depressed, or disappointed in oneself can result from this withdrawal from social networks.  Escape into work, alcohol, and/or illicit drugs are also possible avoidance tactics. 

The bottom line is that one needs to experiment with new approaches towards expressing one’s inner life. It’s okay to admit you’re not okay!

July 5, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Star. The Star is fast becoming my favorite card of the Tarot deck…. It reminds you to trust in yourself and learn to be hopeful that at some point you’ll break through blockages and have the fulfillment and clarity that you want and need. It represents new perspectives that help you see unexpected correlations not seen before and seeing the world’s patterns rearranged into new forms. Meaning, you can see what you once thought was an insurmountable problem is only an obstacle you CAN, in fact, get around. When you trust Self to make it through all challenges, then you’re truly free of the mentality of “I can’t.”

Once you learn to accept responsibility for actions and make the necessary changes to get back on the correct and true path, you’ll find the infinite avenues available. And that’s not because suddenly your luck has changed but because you’ve become more awake and open to all the options and not just those that seem convenient or easy. 

This card signifies the unknown part of Self in which you can have faith and that provides the light and incentive to achieve your purpose. Now, go make it happen.

July 2, 2021: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles. The Four of Pentacles represents the stable combination of elements that help you create the earthly safety and security the reversed Seven indicated you needed. From this place you can build the foundation to support the PHYSICAL aspects of your life.

However, there’s a real danger with this card that you’ll get too comfy and just squat there. The point to having this solid base is so you can do hard psycho-emotional and/or spiritual work whereby you discover the beauty of and love for Self. And, no, I don’t mean preening like the latest social media influencer. I mean acknowledging your flaws, accepting your limits, and recognizing your imperfections and being okay with them. I’m talking about understanding you’re enough and getting off the mental “shoulda, woulda, coulda” train, being happy in your own skin, and cutting yourself some slack for past failures. 

We know ALLLLLLL about the Kardashians’ wealth and success. But they’ve also failed, gotten divorced, and they need Febreeze in their bathrooms just like the rest of us. They do NOT live perfectly charmed lives; they just have gobs of money. How nice for them…but one has to wonder if they’re truly HAPPY within. Otherwise, why the constant and desperate bid for attention and validation?

June 30, 2021: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. Pentacles represent all things on the physical plane and the reversal means it ain’t goin’ well. Unspecified worries, vague fears, restlessness, impatience, and pervasive dissatisfaction about everything have you living on the edge of wanting to run away from your life. Your unsatisfying J.O.B. doesn’t help either since you’re overworked and under paid for your endless efforts.

I’m going to put one more thing on your plate and that is to take a hard look at your reality. Start searching for ways you can to make cuts and changes to save time and money. Who can you get to help you? What can be let go? What can you really live without? Start small so the changes aren’t completely overwhelming and set you up to fail.

By pinching every penny until it screams and streamlining life to a smooth hum, you’ll find the time, energy, and money needed to make the really big changes…like going back to school to retrain or increase your skills to get a better, more rewarding job, comfortable accommodations, and a few nice things to validate all your sacrifices and work to get there.

June 29, 2021: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups, reversed. When the Princess of Cups (one of the more passionate and sentimental cards of the deck) is reversed, there could be a fear or aversion to feeling difficult emotions. Timid and fearful of having her sensibilities wounded, the reversed Princess no longer trusts life and relationships and represents a denial of emotional vulnerability. This might result in holding grudges and becoming pessimistic about any type of softer feelings for others.

This card also represents dreams and creative fantasies that act as the germs for new inventions, concepts, or ideals. Reversed, practicality and common sense go out the window, meaning the dreams and fantasies are just that…cloud shapes in the sky that have no basis in reality at all. Acting upon such make-believe or following dreamy inclinations without thinking may lead to mistakes, making promises that cannot be kept, or commitments that mean nothing.

June 25, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. The inherent strength of The Hierophant is diminished when the card is reversed and it indicates a lack of conviction or timidity in upholding beliefs, resistance to change, and failing to accept responsibility of truly finding one’s way and Self. Such mental weakness and intellectual lethargy can lead one to become gullible or unsure about the difference between right and wrong and one is now caught in a foolish exercise or dilemma. Sometimes weakness manifests as hubris and one may be making pronouncements with pompous, arrogant, righteous, and absolute assurance they are correct.

Possibly one is clinging to outdated ideas or inappropriate principles. But by adhering to unproved or improvable tenets with sheer blind faith, one shows ruts in one’s thinking and rusty intellectual habits. The reversed Hierophant may represent a false and intolerant “guru” who’s in their leadership position just for the money. Beware of being dominated and manipulated, whether by oneself or others.

Lazy thinking may have escalated as one rejects traditional “authority” and chooses one’s own standards to go one’s own way. One may be contemplating something immoral, unethical, or unprincipled. Or one is past mere unorthodox expression, is ready for confrontation, and moves further into civil disobedience or outright rebellion.

June 24, 2021, Card O' the Day: Three of Swords, reversed. Ooo! Some are struggling with yesterday’s Death. There’s difficulty accepting an unpleasant truth, or a denial of jealousy, sorrow, or inner pain. Dwelling on a quarrel that caused alienation and breakdown of a relationship and then refusing to believe that it’s gone sour is another example of trying to negate circumstances. Blaming others for troubles and refusing to acknowledge your own role in a situation is the “grand prize” of deflecting responsibilities.  

But by not addressing the issue, expect escalating disaster; the situation declining into chaos, disorder, and misrule; or mere quarrels multiplying into violence. With your crown chakra stuck in your root chakra, nothing more can be gained by anyone. Blocking the healing process by refusing to deal keeps the pain within and increases its hold.

You’ve got to get ego under control, let go of the hurt, and begin the process of recovery before it creates an entirely different picture. To salvage the situation, careful analysis is required to understand your contributions to the sh*t show, accept that you went off the rails, and cut your losses. (A slice or two of humble pie might be involved….)

June 23, 2021: Card O' the Day: Death. We all know Tarot’s Death card doesn’t mean you’re actually dying but it does represent some sort of natural end, closure, or release. It also signifies an essential movement forward, which requires a certain risk for renewal, a leap in the dark, and trust. The body aspect of Death is “exhaling lungs.” This makes sense because when you’re afraid, you tend not to breathe fully. So, INHALE and be present to make the necessary changes.

You’re using enormous power and energy to maintain an illusion for yourself and others. When you know and believe in yourself, there’s no need to bolster or exaggerate the truth of who you are. Therefore, simplify life and don’t allow your ego to create power drains.

Not an ending, but a transformation; nothing is ever destroyed, it simply changes shape. Meaning, as you leave one state of being, you’re simultaneously reborn into another. Creativity, nourishment, and growth occur when fears and attachments are released and the future is accepted.

June 22, 2021: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups. This card’s relevant keywords for the day are self-development, idealism, and fearlessness. The Princess signifies a timid beginning destined to evolve positively. Therefore, you’re encouraged to be more daring and to embrace something of which you’re a little unsure. 

A phase of ample opportunity to follow an artistic, musical, or literary inspiration or begin a project is waiting for you to take the leap. With a goldmine of unharvested talent available, use the power of the imagination to dream of and integrate ideas, ambitions, and creative visions with sensible business skills, attentive observations, and grounded practical ways.

But also remember to take time to enjoy simple pleasures in life, enjoy being human and lighthearted, and that it is okay to pamper oneself once in a while. Manifest your own situation of happiness, loving relationships, and success.

June 20, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Lovers, reversed. When The Lovers is reversed, it indicates trouble in a relationship, whether business, familial, or romantic. The relationship is inharmonious, challenging, or unhealthy for anyone involved. Look out for disagreements, mistrust, deception, quarrels, temptation, infidelity, incompatibility, or struggles for power.

The joining into partnership may suppress one’s individuality or create a need for personal space that isn’t available or granted. Communication is a key component of The Lovers, and when the card is reversed, it can indicate communication problems or not knowing how to approach someone with whom one wishes to engage. Resulting miscommunication can cause confusion regarding your real intentions and put a damper and stress on any connections you might want.

If no relationships or partnerships are at issue, another facet of this card is a choice or decisions that need to be made. However, the reversal of the card indicates you may experience a dilemma, have trouble making a decision due to over-thinking, or delay the next move thereby ruining opportunities. Perhaps the tough choice is between devotion to another person or your own higher Self. Take a hint from the appearance of this card because it represents a time to act alone rather than be party to a bad relationship.

June 16, 2021: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups. Today, the Six of Cups is reiterating yesterday’s concept of examining past methods to see if they worked. The added twist here is checking to see if they not only worked, but also whether you enjoyed that particular process. Look at it this way: you CAN take I-70 straight across the country from Columbus to Denver, OR you can take Route 40, which is lower but more scenic. What’s the point of the trip? to “get there” or enjoying the drive along the way?

The Six also offers good will, optimism, and creative imagination and the staying power to make your ideas concrete. New relationships, environments, and knowledge encourage you to accept others as they are, slow down and balance work with play, and explore your world with glee and wonder as you find pleasure in simple things. CHOOSE peace.

June15, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. The Two of Wands is a very dynamic and exciting card. It represents personal power, a doorway, or exploration and you’re being encouraged to take a risk and choose what you really want. What’s desired is being defined and action has begun as your passions unite with gestational creative potential to manifest concrete results.

As mental cloudiness and confusion disperses, you’re fortified and validated in ideas and urged to be fearless in decisions. This is a point where a world of possibilities is open and you don’t want to settle. Once energies have been effectively harnessed and responsibly managed, new possibilities or brilliant original ideas are released. In the process, you might need to reorganize your plans or return to a previously effective one after applying lessons learned. Therefore, look back and see what patterns have worked before and use them again. (No sense in re-inventing the wheel, am I right?)

With the self-willed focus on new experiences and outgoing activities, creative inventiveness may be expressed boldly or rashly as a product of a tremendously free, independent, and intelligent mind. If there’s any uncertainty when deciding about the next project, it’ll be cleared by careful deliberation, strategic planning, and evaluation of all steps and procedures.

June 11, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant. This card embodies the concept of a higher power for which there is no concrete evidence of existence. It reflects the need humans have for a strong spiritual foundation and the tendency to identify with religion, culture, or race and thus is representative of all the positive aspects of religions and the organization of spiritual practice and laws.

Whereas The Emperor represents a person who hands down traditional laws and norms within the family unit, The Hierophant does so on the societal level and upholds the laws of organizations. He’s the power of structure that creates comfort and security, the familiarity of the routine, and the conformity to the social norms that imbue a sense of peace and common ground for all in the community. This card may represent not a person but the “shoulds" and “oughts” in life that link one to traditional values and established knowledge that attempt to mediate and hold in balance opposing poles in life. These are the laws by which one must live in order to be aligned with the Divine, that make moral judgements such as “right” v. “wrong.”

The appearance of this card may indicate you are being directed by your inner sense of obedience and conformity to find lessons in traditional teaching, societal ideals and codes of behavior, or toe the line of convention.

June 10, 2021: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups, reversed. I thought this card looked familiar…it came for us on the 1st of June, too. Also, I noticed we’ve had THREE eights between then and now. If you recall, 8s represent diligence, pursuing goals, progress, and inspiration. The reversed 4 indicates we’re ready to seize the new opportunities arising as we get off our butts and get ready to move.

I invite you to go back and re-read the cards of the last week in which we are reminded work is a spiritual thing, intuition is working in over-drive and we should listen to it, pruning and dead-heading is a good idea to keep things sleek and up-to-date, and a rewarding work product wherein YOU enjoy doing what benefits others is going to feel the best. 

Happy and heartwarming news for this rainy June day….

June 7, 2021: Card O' the day: Eight of Pentacles. Two 8s in a row…eights can denote diligence, pursuing goals, and progress. But they also signify inspiration, which segues nicely into the root meaning of Pentacles: the spiritualization of the material plane. This card takes labor in the physical world and charges it with esoteric elements. 

You’re being called to continue with your individual work as you apply your skills and talents to a soulful vocation; one that probably involves healing. Now, this doesn’t mean just nursing or other caregiving roles but can include inventing new medications or gizmos that save lives or make life easier for those who’ve been afflicted with disease or disability. Ditto making others happy.

In the current harmonious energy flow, focus on tasks with self-assurance and confidence. (You’re on a roll right now.) Pay attention to details but try not to overly sweat the small stuff. This card reminds you to find the value of your work and be proud of your contributions.

June 6, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. This card denotes something being trapped, blocked, or hemmed in, and I think it’s your spirit. You’re inclined to do some self-exploration but your attempts to gain clarity, see facts, or use natural instincts are met with inside and/or outside interference. Nevertheless, access your inner sight anyway even if you feel like a fool (ask me how I know this….) or others sneer at your efforts (hello, Mom?).

Seekers of spiritual wisdom always undergo sacrifice and ordeals through tests of ingenuity, trust, and faith. (Consider everyone who ever contemplated the concept of God and organized religions or other practices based on beliefs. Since the dawn of time, there have been arguments about who to worship and how to do it “correctly.”) As your mind roams about and ponders the new insights coming in, use the power of YOUR intellect, emotions, and spirit to find liberation via YOUR truth. Learn to trust your intuition and just wait until it’s clear what to do next. It’ll come.

June 5, 2021: card O' the Day: Queen of Cups. Emotionally mature, virtuous, and with a strong sense of right, wrong, and order, this queen represents a shrewd businessperson and the most successful and balanced of the Queens. (In Tarot cards, court cards are gender neutral.) Possessed of a strong will, this type of person directs and molds creative forces without suppressing them and gets inspiration for future endeavors from imagination and past achievements. (Read: be self-aware and accept any type of intuitive abilities to help you.

The appearance of this card may denote a profession in the arts where dreams are turned into creative endeavors because of the ability to unite hopes, imagination, love, and creativity with vision, valuable action, and social usefulness. Alternatively, you would do well in professional counseling and/or healing. Regardless of the form your endeavors take, this card indicates they will give lasting pleasure.

Now that we’re considering spiritually and emotionally rewarding work, just be careful with your boundaries. It’s a slippery slope into giving too much and then burning out

June 4, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. And THIS is just what I was talking about yesterday: bringing abundance to the other parts of your world! Inner awareness takes over for the outer-directed activity as you develop a deeper sense of Self and seek your higher purpose through self-examination. This can be done through therapy, talking with dear friends, solo vacations, or just looking at your life with fresh eyes.

During this process, you’ll figure out what/who doesn’t serve you anymore and can be let go. I suspect you’ll also shift some of your physical situations like jobs or living situations to something more meaningful. For example, leaving your J.O.B. to join the Peace Corps or work for a non-profit. Yeah, you’d suffer a pay cut, but the work would be so much more rewarding spiritually and emotionally. Or you down-size to a tiny home that leaves a smaller carbon footprint.

Regardless of what this energy actually looks like in your daily life, it’s good to contemplate your navel, clean out the closets, and do more than just amass stuff.

June 3, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles. I think this is a card for the future that promises contentment, satisfaction, security, and the building of something lasting after you’ve put in your time to develop the skills mentioned in the Three of Pentacles yesterday. But there are a couple caveats you need to keep in mind as you build your “empire.” Firstly, there’s way more to life than stuff and this card warns against pursuing material wealth to the point you no longer see the magic in life. So, look beyond the material world to bring a different sort of abundance to the other parts of your life, too.

And the best way to do that is to share your accomplishments with your peeps, tribe, posse, and/or family. Throw a party for yourself and invite everybody because it’s really hard to celebrate a promotion or new patent alone. It might seem a little braggy, but with the support of your community you were able to birth these new things. They should be in on the good times after all the hard work of encouraging you.

June 2, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles. A few days ago the Princess of Wands came to us and reassured us no one is born knowing and lacking skill and expertise is okay. The Three of Pentacles tells us how to get it through accepting guidance and teaching from another who already has the abilities you want to develop. You might even have to suffer some form of apprenticeship to get needed experience and some form of credentials proving your required training. The good news is that it’s investing in yourself as a craftsperson…no time or money is ever wasted on self-improvements.

The intangible side of work is reiterated here as with all the Pentacles. Your hard work and dedication will result in the mastery of a technical skill. But it also will serve as a vehicle for self development and further spiritual understanding. So, pick up a book, go to a class, or watch a You Tube video. Never stop learning!

June 1, 2021: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups, reversed. Activity and creativity continue. When the Four of Cups is upright, it can indicate apathy and lethargy. But reversed, it indicates a healthy restlessness that has you looking for new opportunities and fresh experiences. At the same time, your value systems might be shifting, so old problems get tackled with unforeseen solutions and you may re-consider options or relationships that seemed off target before.

Fortunately, your psychic potential is enhanced with the arrival of this card. (Read: your gut and “Spidey senses” are awake.) This will help you be discerning when meeting people and taking on projects and not just jump at them merely because they’re new. (This is a different way of reminding you to ground your ideas in reality and don’t trust every Sank Oil salesman you meet.)

May 31: Card O' the Day: The problem with being all fiery and enthusiastic like the Princess of Wands is that sometimes your gut and the energy goes faster than your brain and mouth can keep up. When Temperance is reversed, you may have an intuitive sense about the right combination of elements that are necessary to a situation, but you’re unable to put this into words or to convince others.

Because of this, they may seem uncooperative and uncompromising, and that your interests and needs are competing or conflicting with everyone else’s. Such inability to effectively communicate may lead to discord, disunion, hostility, dissension within a group, or ugly competition between rivals. Projects and experiments can turn out to be impractical, require more time to complete than originally thought, or be out of sync with other aspects of the whole picture. Any one of these situations may cause impatience and frustration on all fronts.

Again, remember to ground your ideas in reality and thoroughly plan the steps to look for the parts that won’t work.

May 30, 2021: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. All four of the Princesses signify potential in their elemental spheres and this one represents the birth of Fire and Nature bursting at the seams with growth, potential, light and warmth, innocence, fullness of life, and abundant creativity, artistic talent, and flair. She represents action for the sake of action, adventure, single-mindedness, and one gear: forward. 

Now that you’ve dumped some baggage and are freely acting on your own, you’re experiencing a drive to know the Self and are searching for new directions for growth and improvement. Therefore, feed creativity and inspiration, sharpen the senses, attune to nature, expand your outlook, and engage in life more robustly. The appearance of this card acts as a dare to remain open, full of wonder, and joyful at simply being alive as you follow your spirit. 

Experience, knowledge, or skill are not required, only desire is needed to take on life’s problems without worry about the likelihood of success. This lack of hands-on training is more than made up for in grit, intuition, and stubbornness. (But remember, be realistic in goals and remain authentic while reaching to attain them.) Nevertheless, be willing to try anything at the first opportunity for a little excitement, explore things that are close at hand with a fearless grace, and view it all as a catalyst for positive change.

May 29, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords, reversed. Well, no wonder the Prince and reversed Six of Pentacles want you to work on your own. The reversed Three is indicating conflict between those who should be supporting each other through difficulties. It could be time to distance yourself from somebody or a group. This isn’t the best news, but by removing such “troubling aspects” from your life, the old wounds can clear and psycho-emotional pain lessen.

Accept reality. Address the situation now to prevent further deterioration and save yourself from more hassles.

May 28, 2021: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles, reversed. The relaxed but steady and diligent energy of the Prince continues today with the reversed Six of Pentacles. Don’t rush as you work. You need the time to evolve carefully. Think crockpot rather than microwave.

As you work, you’ll be overcoming obstacles by yourself. You don’t need the help and it’s good for you to sort and solve your own snags this time around. Some of that sorting will include reconsidering how time and money is spent. The solutions will be to streamline and upgrade your processes to meet the growing demands on your output.

May 27, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles. I don’t know if this card is for me or for everyone else. I just got back from a vacation visiting my brother and as we all know, there’s tons to do once returning home….

And the good Prince is telling me it doesn’t all have to be done TODAY. I’m allowed to complete tasks slowly, patiently, practically, methodically, calmly, and persistently. (I’ve got a list of things that are most obvious to do first. I’ll figure out what needs to happen later as I plow through the list.) I’m being called to pay attention to improving physical health and wellbeing through exercise and nutrition. (I ate VERY well on my trip and sat in the car A LOT. Oof!)

The Prince of Pentacles also represents being self-contained and free of attachments, letting go of expectations about self and others, and acceptance of what “is” and being okay with it. He has no need to hurry or seek shelter elsewhere because he recognizes he’s already “home” as he rests in the fullness of who he is. He encourages you to make space for a new quality of stillness, take responsibility for any illusions you may be carrying, and at the deepest core, remain at ease, calm, cool, and centered. In other words, chill. It’ll get done when it gets done.

May 19, 2021: Card O' the day: Judgment, reversed. When Judgment appears, any resistance to or objections you may have about its advice are considered excuses in Tarot Land. When the card is reversed, it means those objections are very loud and whiny as one attempts to work toward improvement or correct past mistakes. 

Judgment is yet another of the “big changes coming” cards. Reversed, it signifies difficult transitions, hesitation, or resentfulness towards or doubting the value of the necessary changes. One may have difficulty believing the changes have begun and reject new technologies, lack perspective, or be unable to see the big picture. (Hello, coming back out of our caves with or without masks, with or without vaccines….) Unfortunately, this puts you at risk of bad judgments, poor decisions (or avoiding them), confusion, and delays from missing (or being resistant to) a new, important communication or information.

Now, it could be you’re unable to detach from old ways or merely need more time to adjust. (I know I do.) But we DO need to get back out to the world and interact with others, carry on productivity, work towards goals, and basically live rather than just circle the airport. So, get your information from several reliable sources (not just your aunt’s hairdresser’s cousin), be careful, and take on only what you can handle until you get used to being around a lot of people again.

May 18, 2021: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups, reversed. For the last card, I wrote “IF your emotions are imbalanced and you’re overreacting….” Well, yep, they are, according to the reversed Princess of Cups. After being wounded, one retreats from one’s feelings and swears never to be vulnerable again. 

But when cut off from all the “feels”, one cuts oneself off from creativity, too. Projects become shapeless fantasies with nothing to motivate one into actually DOING something productive towards those goals. Sure, you may be “in the planning” stage, but it’s really just daydreaming and wandering through an imaginary kingdom where nothing ever goes wrong.

The problem with emotional constipation is the emotions stay bottled up and not processed. You’ve got to FEEL the pain so it can be moved along. Otherwise it sits in the back of your mind taking up space and generally being a wet blanket on everything in your life. Don’t be surprised if friends become scarce and family a bit terse with you. The best thing you can do for yourself is have a really good cry or see a therapist to move that sh*t outta there!

May 16, 2021: Card O' the Day: Temperance, reversed. We seem to be flip-flopping between balance and not. Something is out of whack, in conflict, or excessive and thereby creating stress and/or ill health. If your emotions are imbalanced and you’re overreacting, over compensating, lacking in compassion, or believing a situation has to be all or nothing, such emotional turmoil could lead to quarrels, discord, disagreements, and feeling out of the flow and disconnected from your sense of Self as energy dissipates. (We talked about obsessing over that wrinkle yesterday.) One is encouraged to calm down and avoid all extremes. (Which is a polite way of saying “chill out!”)

Now, you might have an intuitive sense about the right combination of elements that are necessary to a situation, but can’t put it into words or to convince others. Because of this, they may seem uncooperative and uncompromising (but they can’t read your mind!), and that your interests and needs are competing or conflicting with everyone else’s. Projects and experiments can turn out to be impractical, require more time to complete than originally thought, or be out of sync with other aspects of the whole picture. Any one of these situations may cause impatience and frustration on all fronts. (Oh, ya think?)

Therefore, change is not recommended at this time and I wouldn’t rush into any important decisions.

May 15, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. This card shows that many are returning to work, but that it’s more individual than team efforts. I feel like you’ve all been given your tasks, you’re off doing them with diligence, and are making steady progress. There’s a nice energy flow which creates a balance between living life well and accumulation and prosperity. Long-term projects are nearing completion and fruition as intelligence is being applied to material things. You’re doing what you love.

However, (notice I DIDN’T say “but”) when your nose is to the grindstone and you’re clipping along without glitches, it’s very easy to laser focus on a minute wrinkle and overwork yourself fiddling with it. Step back a moment to see the bigger picture. Does the “wrinkle” REALLY matter or is it an OCD thing that’s making you spend too much time and energy on it? Maintain your common sense to preserve your spirit and sanity.

May 13, 2021: card O' the Day: The World. Something earthy, practical, and sustaining in your divine play and cosmic dance is at work as you whisper to the stars, “may I come to the knowledge of my own radiant truth!” This connection to Source gives you the capacity to perceive with the imagination, have knowledge animated by enthusiasm, and hold obedience graced by joyous acceptance. This place of inner perception is home. 

This card is proof of a life filled with even more potential for a major realization and culmination of goals. It represents the power of the will to manifest results, attain all that’s good or desirable in being, living, and behaving, and practical use of knowledge and learning to take control of life and determine your destiny. You becomes aligned with Spirit when there’s a totality of balance between the mind, physical expression, and intuition; unification of your inner sense of being with outer forces of life; the unconscious is known consciously; and you’re able to perceive the whole picture from a composite of all the small pieces. 

This union of all opposites—relationship and solitude, spirit and body, conflict and harmony, maternal care and paternal ethics—is the moment of perfect integrated wholeness of Self and one-ness with Universe. You’re now capable of knowing, forgiving, and loving everything with the freedom that comes when you connect with the inner kernel of the Divine that’s present in everyone.

May 11, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles. After all that exciting Wands energy, the Ten of Pentacles brings us back to grounded reality where we can flex those creative muscles in a secure environment. That includes not having to worry about pecking order. Judgment has been released and there’s no one person superior to the rest of the plebes. We’re all linked together in this thing call Life.

The only caveat we have with this card is it’s easy to concentrate too hard on the material things. The solid practicality of this Ten can come at the expense of magic. Therefore, remember the other corners of your world (mind, heart, spirit) and use the Wands’ energy to keep the enchantment alive.

May 10, 20201: Card O' the day: Seven of Wands, reversed. This is our third Wand card in three days. The main attribute of this “youngest” of the four suits is creative making…of anything. All these Wands appearing indicate a great flowing of energy, but that’s not enough to actually get anything done. Keep dreaming but find small goals along the way to accomplish. Remember, inches make miles.

The Seven reversed can mean you’re butting heads with someone. You may feel like you’re in the “inferior” position and should back down, but don’t. Refuse to be intimidated! Find another way to charm your opponent into understanding your way of thinking. First, get your idea well fleshed out in a powerpoint presentation or a solid 15 second elevator pitch. This will get the person who needs to listen to give you time to present your case. Your clear course of action will restore your self-confidence and impress others.

May 9, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands. This card has a strange mix of high velocity, movement, and pushing to complete a goal combined with spiritual contemplation of your navel. What I interpret this to mean is psycho-emotionally, creatively, and esoterically there’s a big shove forward but you’re not going to physically see much difference. In other words, this is a big—but important—head trip.

During this time, energies will be well aligned and problems easily solved. You don’t have to plan details too carefully…just feel the flow and trust your power within the grand scheme of things. Even though this is subtle stuff, you’ll experience growth and adventure during this physical pause. Make the most of what you already have at hand because you don’t need more stuff.

What you do need, though, is to understand this head-trip/journey is important. Each step of the way has meaning and significance. Focus on those moments and enjoy them because this journey is the actual goal. This is akin to a “bucket list” trip with your dying best friend. Doing the things on the list isn’t why you’re going, it’s all the little blinks and last pictures created between. So take a breath and see the beauty of life.

May 7, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands: This card is asking you to be bold, daring, and let your inner light shine. As the guardian of sacred spaces, this Ace assists in exploring the deepest parts of your soul to show truth and an authentic new perspective of who you really are. Self-realization, clear intentions, tranquility, and purity help you remove all limits to playfulness.

The current environment is stable yet fluid, which is perfect for new endeavors or beginnings, new found passion or direction, and evolution and growth. Allowing yourself to blossom into the real you and follow your bliss will lead to intimacy, happiness, and being present to life right this minute. 

The stone associated with this card is fire opal. It’s said enhance your personal power, awaken your inner fire and revitalize your mind and body. But it’s also a protective stone for helping you do your deep inner work to find that new perspective I mentioned above. If you’ve got a chunk, now would be the time to keep it close.

May 6, 2021: Card O' the Day: Strength, reversed. The Strength card in Tarot represents sexual energy: literally (the urge, pleasure in, and act of “bumping uglies”) and figuratively (as in the force behind all urges forward to create, succeed, and conquer). Your urges to create and succeed could be to do something “less than practical”, like pursue a career in dance, or you could be struggling with your literal sexual expression.

Regardless, whether we’re talking literal or figurative sexual energy, some of you are afraid of your personal passions, urges, or instincts, which leads to inner torment and severely repressing and denying yourself. Defective expression of this energy results in inhibition, impotence, and frigidity in the sack or on the platform of what you’re trying to do.

At some point the “reversed Emperor” in your life will want to have a sit down with you and “discuss” (read: harangue you) certain choices you’re making in your life. This may deepen feelings of shame or guilt and cut you off from that which nourishes you. I repeat yesterday’s advice: Let the haters hate. Find a tribe that welcomes you in all your glory. And get help.

May 5, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Emperor, reversed...again. The minute anyone takes a step onto a “different” path, there will be those who’ll  be overly critical, censorious, disapproving, and judgmental about it. Despite it being NONE of their business, they have no space for alternative opinions or beliefs in their tiny little minds. Prepare for betrayed trust, the removal of support, or both.

In the face of such push-back, you may become insecure about or doubt your new choices and explorations. It might be difficult to stand up for yourself and your self-confidence and esteem may take a hit. 

Let the haters hate. Find a tribe that welcomes you in all your glory.

May 3, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Emperor, reversed. When The Emperor, the stereotypical “father” figure of the Tarot deck, is reversed, its inherent macho-ness and other yang/active energy characteristics are being rejected. One may be breaking through traditional or cultural clichés surrounding how male identifying people should behave to define new possibilities of self-expression. This may manifest as benevolence or compassion that you haven’t allowed yourself to offer others before now. It could be you’re ready to explore alternative sexual interests or gender identities or are ready to accept them in someone else.

At any rate, this softening of rigidly held beliefs and norms is a beautiful thing and will bring you new opportunities for relating with and to others that couldn’t happen before.

May 2, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands. Well then! Now that we’ve jettisoned a few attachments, we’re enthusiastic about getting going! The active, positive, and dynamic energy of this card gives you the courage to leave certain securities to venture forth into the unknown and commit to a new path. It’s not as dramatic as The Fool, but nevertheless you’re ready and feeling more resourceful than usual. Follow those visions, especially in business matters, because the beginnings of success are there.

However, to differentiate your true visions from mere “hey, this sounds fun” whims, you’ll need to tap into your inner stillness and focus on what’s next. Listen to the whispers of wisdom coming from Nature. Feel the purity in your heart and the power of creativity. When you invite your higher consciousness to the table and really pay attention to its input, your path and projects will feel “truer” and more aligned with who you are and what you want to accomplish.

May 1, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Devil, reversed. The Devil largely represents all the material trappings of human life that can become a barrier between oneself and one’s higher, spiritual Self. When the card is reversed, it indicates a liberation from something that has been taking up too much space in your head, heart, and spirit. 

As you free yourself—or are freed—you’ll come to understand how wrong the attachment was in the first place. It may have started out feeling like a good idea, but it then took on a life of its own and overwhelmed. Seeing the truth helps you let go so you’re then available for better. A better job, relationship, connection to Universe, or anything that lifts you higher than you are right this minute.

April 23, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords. The second 9 in a row….Nines can indicate culmination, end of a cycle, letting go, but also greatness. Nines are also associated with healing in its deepest sense on the spiritual level.

Specifically, the Nine of Swords can represent anxiety for a loved one, grief, sickness, and the power worry has over us. While some of us may be facing a great sorrow, this card promises transformation after that suffering. Immediately following comes peace to the heart. Ego will kick and scream a bit, but in the end, as sorrow is acknowledged and allowed to flow through you (rather than getting stuck in a pity party), you’ll come out the other side. 

Pain (physical, emotional, or spiritual) is not meant to simply make you miserable. It’s there to make you aware. Aware of having had that blessing that’s now leaving. Aware of the remaining blessings that still fill your life. Aware of fond memories. Or aware it’s time to make some changes to become happier.

April 22, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups, reversed. The Nine of Cups is considered to be the “wish” card of the Tarot deck. All wishes come true, rainbows and cupcakes, etc. However, when it’s reversed, it shows you what’s really in those pretty, pretty cupcakes: tans-fats, sugar, and artificial everything.

This reversal brings a greater awareness of what’s true, which then brings you liberty from the gerbil wheel of constantly trying to pursue, and achieve, material pleasures that may appear to be “happiness” but aren’t. Look deeper and reject the trivial surface values that require you to keep up appearances. As you become free from false attachments and former attitudes of smugness and complacency, you’ll find your inner bliss. (Go for the plain, organic bran muffin. It ain’t pretty but it’ll make you poop!)

April 21, 2021: Card O' the Day: King of Wands, reversed. One has come to recognize lack of expertise and knowledge in something. This can cause feelings of dissatisfaction or uneasiness uneasy about the situation. 

What NOT to do: Try to cover up your shortcomings with bluster, excuses, and blaming of others.

What TO do: You should relinquish control because your effective impact has been disturbed, blocked, or weakened and insignificant matters can become magnified. Continuing on as leader is pointless. But because you’re understanding of your own flaws and well tempered, you’re able to step back and wisely say “I don’t know how.” Such courage to do so does NOT diminish your force but actually increases it since you’ll be respected for allowing someone else better qualified to take the lead rather than ruin it all with your flailing.

April 20, 2021: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups, reversed. When the “boredom card” (Four of Cups) is reversed, it indicates we’re itching with a healthy restlessness for new opportunities to overcome that boredom and apathy. As we break out of the fallow period of discontent, the literal spring time offers new events and plenty of outdoor activity. Stuff you may have rejected last fall as not possible or not interesting may come back around. This new mood of yours enables you to see the advantages, and you might be more willing to give it a go.

Now, with all that said, be careful of your choices! Don’t become besties with new acquaintances just because you’ve been so isolated for the last year. And for heaven’s sake, don’t “fall in love” just because you’re horny! Be just as discerning with your new people as you were before. This also goes for new activities. Is this really what you want to do or is it a mindless distraction? For example, don’t join the local softball league—even though you’re totally “meh” about it—and then flake on your new teammates.

April 15, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords, reversed. Oh, THANK you! Finally some relief from the righteous arrogance of late.

The reversed Eight recognizes the intellectual blocks and ego that led to difficulty, thoughtlessness, resistance, and squabbling. But it also promises clear sight and the first steps towards liberation from this awfulness. You (or the Nasty Ned you’ve been dealing with) are coming to recognize that the restrictions you imposed are completely intolerable…even for you. Enhanced ingenuity and improvisation help you understand how you got here (what you did, what others did) and how to get out.

Some of the revelations you come to may be embarrassing. Try not to hide your shame with further denial, huffing, and excuses. Own it, consider the whole experience a learning process, and move on.

April 14, 2021: Card O' the Day: Strength, reversed. Fer cryin’ out loud! Who out there is being such an arrogant, bullheaded prick!?!

When Strength is reversed normally well-controlled personal power goes sideways as one uses it to dominate or subjugate others via egotism, pettiness, excessive pride, and overestimation of one’s abilities. Dick-swinging is in full view as one behaves rashly and over-boldly by doing crazy-ass things that one considers “daring” and “innovative.” (No, they’re just stupid and destined to fail. Please don’t go sky-diving today.)

And we ALL know that all this high emotion and pomposity is merely a cover for weakness and inability. There WILL be a day when you’ll be called to account, required to make restitution and amends, and suck down a whole bunch of humiliation and shame. All I can say is the faster done, the faster over so you can get on with learning your lesson VERY well and not do “that” ever again.

April 13, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Hermit, reversed. Well, the most trite significance of the reversed Hermit is that it’s time to get out and be more social. But you know me, I like to dig deeper than Captain Obvious.

Looks like our good Prince couldn’t swallow the humble pie and has now walked off in a sulk feeling misunderstood, deserted, and all alone. And notice I said HE walked off. You couldn’t blame anyone for bailing on him after he’s been such a jerk, but I’m guessing anyone still around can’t bail because of obligations and responsibilities. Those poor souls are TRYING to offer help and guidance, but numb-nuts won’t listen. Once he hears someone else’s voice, he just points out how impossibly imperfect the concept or solution is, sneers, and goes back to his snit.

Now, I’m all for a good wallow in Mopesville, but you can’t stay there. It only leads to stagnation, abandonment of responsibilities, and makes you look reeeeeeaaaaalllllly petty. (And the longer you stay there, the harder it is to leave.)

April 12, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands, reversed. So, the Prince of Wands from Saturday didn’t get the memo about curbing his arrogance and playing nicely with others.

The reversed Three indicates delusions of grandeur, over confidence where it’s not warranted, abuse of power, carelessness, impracticality, and lack of foresight. A gratuitous performance of tasks means the energy put into them is scattered and nothing is finished on time or well. Which then results in difficulty putting plans into motion.

That’s the outward manifestation of an inner problem: excessive pride. Now that you (or someone you have to work with) have taken on more than you can handle, your ego won’t let you ask for help form the very people who should be helping. It would take eating significant numbers of humble pieZZZZZZZ and groveling to get the team back on track. Can you do it? Otherwise, the whole project tanks or just limps along because of somebody’s fat head.

April 10, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands. This card represents transformative power and creativity…the kind that puts people on the moon and helps us take pictures of black holes. This is literally a force to be reckoned with. But because it’s “youthful”, it’s still in the ideas phase and not quite ready to actually build. Therefore, we have a foundation upon which you can present your thoughts and ideas with clarity and the awareness of what needs to be tweaked for full success. Expect challenges that require innovation, invention, and improvisation.

Unfortunately, this driven energy can cause you to become so bent on getting what you want you suffer alienation from others. Nobody can stand an arrogant asshole who thinks he/she knows it ALL!

One would do well to cultivate reliability, curb recklessness, let others talk and actually LISTEN to them, and develop commitment to your projects and promises. And make it sincere! Using excessive faux charm just to manipulate people into doing what you want them to do for you isn’t nice either.

April 9, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords, reversed. The Ten of Swords is one of the more vicious cards in the Tarot deck, but when reversed, the numerological importance of 10 become paramount. Ten, as in endings that allow new beginnings. Thank gawd, because much more of “this” might just break us all. 

This card signifies it’s time for rebirth, liberation, exciting breakthroughs, and recovery now that the corner has been turned. The extreme situations of the past months have been hard but have actually cleared the way for something new. Allow yourself to look forward to some pretty sweeping external changes and consciously make internal changes in your life so you don’t get caught flat-footed the next time the poo hits the fan. 

You may have weathered the storm without too much damage personally, but know you didn’t get off completely free. You may feel a little shell-shocked by the horror of it all. However, if you dwell too much on past heartache and misfortune, you’ll hamper the new growth. Keep your eyes forward and your feet moving.

April 5, 2021: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles, reversed. When the Queen of Pentacles is reversed, she represents wanting to shed patriarchal stereotypes and look for adventure. Rather than “Martha Stewart” energy, with all its cooking, gardening, and nurturing, this type of signature is blatantly “Amelia Earhart.” As in, I’m not just a girl and I can do anything I want!!!

This is all well and good to look for adventure and buck the system. Not everyone likes to knit, make jam, and give care to others. However, be careful of debasing your True Self just to appear more edgy and avant garde. I mean, you won’t lose cred as a daring, world record holding test pilot by Skyping your kid at bedtime.

My point is to stay connected to Self and your nature. Don’t just dump habits or things because they seem too lame and mainstream. If you like them, you do and that’s okay. If you don’t, also fine.

April 4, 2021: Card O' the Day: The World, reversed. How interesting to get the first of the Major Arcana and the last back to back…. The sub-element of earth is very present in the reversal of this card and signifies earth, matter, and raw material. I believe this is indication of being very grounded in reality. When upright The World, as the last of the Major Arcana, can represent releasing that which holds you back. Upon reversal, that “letting go” becomes a little more difficult and maybe feels like you’re having to sacrifice something. Fortunately, seeing as how you’re grounded in reality and all, you have the wisdom and compassion to do it anyway.

With the “beginning” potential of yesterday’s Fool and today’s “endings that allow beginnings” of The World, one can expect new paths. However, the reversal of The World means those beginnings are going to be smaller, and less immediately successful. Therefore, don’t expect a roaring fire from two twigs. Start small and grow carefully lest you get too eager and smother your fire with big logs before it’s ready. This is not to say there won’t be rewards. They’ll just be a little more private, less showy, and you might have to settle for the VW rather than the BMW. At least for now.

April 3, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Fool. Pure potential, The Fool encourages you to embrace curiosity and risk looking foolish, dare to be courageous and spontaneous, and make the most of enthusiasm, your joy for life, and ingenuity. TRUST yourself and Universe to provide the resources you’ll need when you need them and step forward into the unknown because The Fool reassures you that you’re supported. It’s true you can’t fail if you don’t try, but it’s also true you can’t succeed unless you try. 

This card represents departures from routines and fresh starts. Don’t think too far ahead and bog yourself down with all the details of a 5-year plan. Live more in the present, take a look at what’s possible with a different point of view, and don’t expect explosions. Just see what happens….

April 2, 2021: Card  O' the Day: Six of Pentacles, reversed. For those of you who didn’t get the memo yesterday, the reversed Six is calling you out for not putting yourself in a position to receive. (It’s like, you HAVE to buy a lottery ticket if you hope to win.) Or maybe you’re missing opportunities because you’re too arrogant to ask for help or accept what’s being offered. If you’re feeling denied, neglected, or overlooked and expected payoffs didn’t happen, that means you’re attaching a lot of strings to the gifts you want to or are hoping receive. (Noooooo! I wanted a bluuuuuuuuuuue BMW, not a red one!)

By not allowing reception, you’re actually cutting off your spirituality. Cos, you know, Universe is trying to give you all you need to thrive. But if you put conditions on those benefits, they’re going to be given to someone else who’s open to receiving and is grateful for what they get.

April 1, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. The Three of Cups speaks of the rediscovery of love and is a sign you’re becoming more open and available to the many opportunities there are to love, be loved, and celebrate life. As you come to control your emotions (an not them controlling you!), enjoy the positive energy and spiritual fertility that accompanies  it. Resolve to be happy and feel how that heals your soul.

Celebrations don’t need a specific event to occur because true celebration arises from inner joy and can be constant. Nevertheless, it’s much more fun to celebrate World Dust Bunny Day with friends (via Zoom, of course….f*cking COVID!) to rediscover the love you have for them and they have for you. Allow yourself to receive this emotional nourishment from your friends and community because they have your back just as you have theirs. You know how true and faithful you are. Trust them to be the same.

March 31, 2021: Card O' the Day: Seven of Cups. And the emotional chaos continues….

The Seven of Cups is signifying an ominous buildup of emotions and energy that’s hidden and not being expressed in a healthy manner. One is stuck and stagnating in a delusion of victimhood while one indulges in fantasies of how everyone has “done them wrong.” Depression and self-indulgence result as one wallows in a cess pit of one’s own making. This emotionality is actually manufactured and very self-serving. These visions of oppression lack meaning because they don’t connect to anything real and concrete outside themselves. 

If you’re stuck in a hole, put down the shovel, pull up your boots* and start looking for help. Call your doctor for a referral to a therapist, talk to your spiritual advisor, volunteer at a homeless shelter, take a walk outside, DO SOMETHING besides whine about your drama and misfortune. We ALL are suffering or have suffered in this last year. Stop inventing more reasons to snivel.

*This does not pertain to people in REAL trouble who literally have no boots. I’m talking to all the snowflakes out there who are sooooooooo “done” with this pandemic thing and rilly, like, NEED to get back to “normal” life.

March 30, 2021: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess, reversed. The reversed King continues in the reversed Priestess. She is indicative of having difficulty accessing insight, ignoring intuition, and having trouble understanding or remembering dreams. Like the reversed King, the reversed Priestess has lost touch with her feelings, buried them, or can’t/won’t acknowledge them.

In this condition, one is in serious danger of mistaking the desires and judgments of the ego for one’s “intuition” and beliefs of the “higher self.” When this happens, pure Universal and Spiritual principles become corrupted by ignorance and lack of understanding on the material plane. This results in personal bullsh*t being projected onto others as one clutches one’s pearls and pretends outrage.

I remind you of last week’s Seven of Wands and ask you where YOU are being harmed? Put your ego in a time-out and really listen to Universe, the trees, insects, little birdies, your ancestors, etc. You may hear Love is the highest of all principles….

March 29, 2021: Card O' the Day: King of Swords, reversed. It would seem all the mushy, la-la cards of late have freaked a few people out. I get it; emotions are HARD! So, in reaction, some of you have swung in the opposite direction and put a very tight lid on feelings and opinions of yourself and possibly others. Gruffness, chilly demeanor, or a false front (I’m good!) are all ways to hide the soft underbelly that’s been exposed and explored. When you struggle to categorize those feelings and try to express yourself, the words sound trite, hippy-dippy, and fragile. This leads to muddled, confused, and overwhelmed thinking, so you shut yer yap and keep “those” thoughts to yourself.

But the thing is, feelings of love and joy aren’t a sign of weakness. It actually takes great strength to put yourself out there and admit to loving and being happy. The tighter the limits you place on yourself and expressions, the bigger the “boom” that comes later when the pressure of keeping that lid down builds beyond control. Go ahead and let your happy, loving feelings show and be a little sorry for those who can’t. They’re missing soooooooo much life!

March 28, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Cups. Wow. LOTS of union of opposites these days…. The Two of Cups continues our current controlled energy stream with the harmonious meeting of hearts and sharing of gifts. This means making strong connections that encourage reciprocal exchanges between parties. I’m talking win-win compromises where everybody gets something they wanted.

This card heralds the birth of a higher, more loving quality within you. You’re coming to understand what unconditional love actually means. You can love someone without demanding that they change to fit your ideals. You can love someone without expecting anything in return. 

Now, this does NOT mean you become a pushover and let people take advantage. Loving someone can be done from afar. For example, you can still love ex-partners and wish them all the best in their lives while avoiding them because you don’t particularly like them or because the two of you bring out the worst in each other. Allowing yourself to love another, regardless of their color, religion, political leanings, etc. means you can release the negative feelings you’ve been carrying for them. Just like it takes more muscles in your face to frown than it does smile, loving is so much easier and lighter than hating!

March 27, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Lovers. We revisit the concept of polarity and union of opposites with The Lovers today. This time we’re looking at ideal (what we want) v. reality (what we can get or what’s available). When we learn to love, we can achieve wholeness within ourselves and with others as we unite apparent opposites and appreciate the result.

Through love, we can see the mystery of the world’s equilibrium and our own part in this balance. How? By being a whole lot less judge-y. When you love, you’re able to accept differences in others and appreciate quirks as part of their charm. AND, bonus, you can accept those same differences and quirks in yourself! The less you consider yourself as an oddball and somehow “wrong” and love yourself, the less you’ll tie your self-worth to what others think of you. You’ll be happy in your own skin.

Love, in any form, delivers us to our highest good. I’m sure all of you have seen the power love can have to move mountains, change laws, save whales, etc. KEEP loving and spread that energy like kudzu!

March 26, 2021: Card O' the Day: While doing the “inner work” suggested in yesterday’s Three, some of you may have opened your personal skeleton closet. And I can well attest to how uncomfortable THAT is. This is the place where you keep all your most embarrassing, ugly mistakes. Those that make you want to crawl under a rock every time you even think of them. UGH!!!

When Strength is reversed it indicates you may be afraid of your passions, urges, or instincts. Thus you’ve put yourself on a VERY short leash so you don’t keep putting your foot in your mouth, making social blunders, or doing something you or society considers “sinful.” Having to face the consequences of past actions was so humiliating, you’d rather just not do anything lest your wild-assed self goes off again.

But keeping yourself so tightly controlled is no way to live. There’s got to be a happy medium (hello Three of Pentacles) wherein you can enjoy your creativity and natural joie de vivre! Try to find a way to live more freely and without fear that every step you take will be “wrong.” And besides, you lived through the past catastrophes so you know you can handle the next one.

March 25, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles. As we all know, Pentacles represent the physical plane and work. However, there’s a beautiful spiritual element to this suit as well that translates the etherial and intangible to the concrete. The number three represents integration, combination, and the harmonious synthesis of two apparently opposing opposites being creatively reconciled. This can look like two political parties coming to agreement on an important social issue. Or it can mean adjusting your stance on a particular belief.

Putting the number three with the suit of Pentacles indicates combining technical and practical skill with spiritual understanding, energy, and desire. In this case, active, hands-on work serves as a vehicle for self-development and personal inner work. Follow your gut on this one to increased greatness of soul.

March 23, 2021: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. The Seven of Wands signifies individualistic actions and having the courage to stand up for what you believe in. Loudly and aggressively, which may get you into confrontations and arguments. While you may get a rush of self-worth through the forceful control of the problem or perceived rivalry, it actually creates a gross disruption of the balance of physical energy around you. (It could be you’re not arguing with anyone else but having a go round with Me, Myself, and I. Still just as troubling.)

All this hostility can be exhausting. Recognize when you need to take a step back to regain your strength with a well-placed nap or nature hike. The break will also serve as the perfect time for honest self-reflection regarding personal tenets. It’s all well and good to remain steadfast about your beliefs, but be open-minded enough to gather additional facts and recognize when you could be wrong about something. (Hello? Reversed Emperor anyone?)

Determine if your personal crusade is WORTH IT. Do you REALLY need to see the manager? Quit your job? Sue the other party? Consider carefully where and how much you’ve been harmed, how others are systemically and continuously harmed, or how truly important in the grand scheme of things YOUR point of view is. Pick your battles well and let the rest roll off your back.

March 22, 2021: Card O' the Day: Judgment, reversed. Judgment is one of the big “change cards” of the Tarot deck. In my understanding of the cards, Death indicates big changes on your material plane (house, car, job, physical body, etc.). The Tower represents big changes in the way you think and in what you believe. Judgement represents the inevitable changes brought by time passing. When it’s reversed, like the others, it indicates you’re struggling more than usual with those coming changes. You may doubt their value or resent they have to take place at all. 

It could be you dread the future that includes the old age of your parents and their failing health, your own aging and loss of youthful vitality, and everybody’s eventual death. (These fears certainly keep me awake at night!) Perhaps you’re not dreading the future but are objecting to the speed at which time zooms by. We’ve all basically lost a year of our lives to COVID. And while we had great intentions of finally doing that Big Thing we’ve always dreamed of during the forced down time, it still hasn’t happened. (My hand is up on this one, too.)

But here’s the thing: time moves on. Always. No matter what. This is one stream in which you simply cannot swim against the current so don’t even try. Therefore, enjoy the snot out of today and tomorrow and tomorrow and be good with that.

March 21, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Emperor, reversed. Upright, The Emperor is the embodiment of masculine energy and all the typical masculine societal markers such as power, leadership, macho behavior, etc. Reversed, that energy becomes toxic dick-swinging. Abuse of power and all other negative qualities of having power are indicated when this card is reversed. If it’s you being the asshole, stop right now! If you’re under the thumb of someone like this, get out.

Here’s the dirty secret the blowhards don’t want known, though. They’re weak, lack confidence or self-worth, and feel overwhelmed or over burdened. In an effort to hide those facts, they bluster and try to cover the truth with chest pounding and shouting. So, again, if this is you, ask for help and ease your burdens so you don’t feel like you’re sinking. If it’s someone else, run away. This is above your pay grade.

March 20, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of CupsMaybe because it’s such a glorious day or that the daffodils are blooming, but the sunshine got even brighter with this card’s appearance. The Nine of Cups speaks of material, emotional, and physical wellbeing, wish fulfillment, and all that, but there’s deeper stuff here than just getting what you want.

This card is reminding you that YOU are enough and it’s time to take responsibility for making YOURSELF happy rather than waiting for someone else to do it or until you reach a particular goal. (You know the inner dialog I’m talking about… “I’ll be happy when I get X, Y, or Z; or “my partner needs to start making me happy or I’m leaving!”) Trust Universe to support you, but at the same time rely on your inner strength and perseverance to use that support to succeed.

Look around and recognize what you already have and enjoy that without pining for something bigger, badder, and better. Through the perspective of “Wow, I’m so blessed right this minute!” you’ll understand how easy it is to be in your own skin and happy about it.

March 19, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords, reversed. Interesting that the reversed Eight of Swords appears right after the reversed Hierophant….

This card represents self-imposed restrictions becoming too much even though they may seem to be supported by logic and reason. This supposed “logic” and “reason” has made you susceptible to persuasive ideas and arguments that allowed others to deceive you and put you in your current position of being boxed in by social constraints. However, today’s card gives you the clarity of thought and ingenuity to help you break out of this crushing situation. You can see how others manipulated you, how you needed the structure they offered, and how the whole thing became a prison. 

Skip the self-recriminations and just move on. Once your state of affairs has relaxed a bit, then do your Monday morning quarter-backing to pick apart where you went astray. Bolster the weak spots that made you vulnerable and go forth older and wiser for the experience.

March 18, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. The Hierophant, when upright, represents knowledge and belief systems. Reversed, that knowledge becomes dusty and the belief systems become traps of rusty or lazy intellectual habits. 

This card indicates you may be clinging to rigid and dogmatic “rules” because that’s the way it’s always been and it’s just easier to stay put. But by staying in this prison of outdated ideals or principles, you’re not growing. Being mentally stagnant leaves you open to being dominated by others who have named themselves “rule makers” and judges of what’s appropriate or inappropriate based upon what makes THEM the most money.

Whether in a relationship, career, church, or book club, when the “shoulds”, “oughts”, and harsh judgments become too much, that’s a red flag. Do your research, think for yourself, and step away if the situation is more burden than help or joy. 

March 16, 2021: Card O' the Day: King of Cups, reversed, again. Still struggling…. The reversed King of Cups can signify depression setting in. Especially since he appeared day before yesterday, followed by the reversed Hermit, and is here again today. Emotional fog and drifting? Feeling supremely disappointed in oneself? Indulging in escapist behavior like drugs, alcohol, binge eating, or lots of casual sex with partners you’d never consider otherwise?

If you said “yes” to two or all three of these questions, it’s time to reach out and talk to someone objective. A chat with your clergy person, spiritual advisor, or a professional therapist will help give you perspective, assure you you’re not the only person to ever feel this way, and walk you back into the light with no judgment or recriminations. You don’t have to feel like this.

March 15, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Hermit, reversed. Personal “balance” is still off. The Hermit comes to us when it’s time for inner journeys, meditation, contemplation of Self, and all the stuff that gets you closer to your higher powers. Reversed, it indicates your reasons for being alone are more snit-based, you don’t want to talk to anyone, and you just feel deserted, alone, and misunderstood. Cue emo music because you’re probably guilty of the actual walking away and can’t blame anyone but yer own damn self. 

Continued self-isolation from friends and needed resources may be due to your refusal to listen to the well-meaning advice of those who wish to help. (Oooo, Ego is on a kick!) Now granted, some of those “friends” may have been off the mark with their suggestions or took advantage of your weakened state to give you a goodly stab in the back. 

However, remaining shut away in a disapproving sulk does nothing to improve your outlook or remaining relationships (yes, you may dump “that” friend). The longer you stay in your self-imposed dungeon, the more like Golem you’ll become. And he’s a nasssssssty little fellow, he is.

March 14, 2021: Card O' the Day: King of Cups, reversed. When cards become reversed, they don’t mean just the opposite of the upright card. It’s more along the lines of extreme ends of a spectrum…like only infra-red or ultra-violet and none of the pretty colors in between. With the King of Cups, we’re looking at extremes of emotions and behaviors guided by emotions. (And we’re not just talking about guys or “guy” identifying people, here.)

You may experience weakness in enforcing rules or boundaries by trying to be “nice” or you don’t have the strength of will to argue about it, which then allows others to run rough-shod over you. Perhaps you simply don’t care what others do and have no interest in being a leader for them. The other end of that spectrum is being a totally overbearing micromanager. Emotionally, you could be shut down and cold to everyone thereby keeping them at arms’ length so they can’t hurt you. Conversely, you’re so desperate to be liked/loved you’re excessively kind and obsequious at your own expense.

When the King of Cups is reversed like this, you definitely need new ways to express your inner self. These extremes may be caused by your and/or society’s views of gender norms—specifically, what “masculinity” is supposed to look like. Ideally, masculine/feminine energy should be well balanced and integrated within us. This card says the balance is off, so it might be time for reading some books on the subject, attending a lecture or two, or having a couple-three sessions with a licensed therapist. (If this ain’t you, Amazon drop-ships books on every subject. Just sayin’.)

March 13, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Magician. Being the first or second card in the series of the Major Arcana (depending on who you ask), The Magician represents new beginnings. Whether that’s in your professional life or personal, is up to you but all tools you need to start are available. This card signifies the combination of inspiration with raw talent, creative energy, and practical use of resources.  

The caveat—it’s big, so pay attention—is The Magician is pure ego in action and creativity comes through sheer balls and chutzpah. Being aware of yourself as a unique and precious individual and having self-confidence to burn is great! Self-reliance, the desire for action, and willingness and motivation to embark on new endeavors are all AWESOME!!

However, it’s VERY easy to misuse this power and become an asshole on a bulldozer. Check all the details going into and throughout a project. All your actions have consequences; be cognizant of them BEFORE you act. When you make a mistake (notice I said “when” not “if”), own it, fix it, and be patient with yourself for having erred. And actually, such slip-ups will serve as a nice reminder to your ego that your sh*t still stinks.

March 12, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands, reversed. The Prince of Wands is pretty much a firecracker! But when reversed, his energy can be more like a cherry bomb in a toilet. So, you’ve go two choices: continue going off the chain or slow the f*ck down.

Your impatience, recklessness, and thoughtlessness during your hysterics will only bring discord and interruption to everything you try. Without focus or outlet for your explosive energy, expect frustration and a short-temper within yourself and completely pissing off everyone who has to deal with you. (Sounds a lot like my neighbor’s kid who ran away from home in teenaged angst and snit.)

If you choose Door Number 2, that means staying present in the moment and not PUSHING what’s next. Allow the future to come when it comes rather than trying to micro-manage everything a week in advance. Make loose plans for the coming days and staying flexible about them. Concentrating on what happens in the next hour will actually make you more effective in your endeavors and you’ll be able to enjoy them more deeply because you’re fully “there” in them.

March 10, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Devil, reversed. As you become more conscious of your circumstances, circle of people, work life, and habits, you’ll see the destructive behaviors and patterns you allow to continue and where power is being misused (by you or against you). You may be caught up in manipulation and codependency that you truly need to escape. The reversed Devil is your ticket out.

Like with all problems, you have to recognize and acknowledge what doesn’t work for you before you can begin the process of disentangling yourself. Say no to the temptations that will keep you stuck and trapped in bad habits (drugs, alcohol, “that” partner, the adequate but deadening job, etc.). Yeah, sometimes it IS hard to blast yourself loose, but if you stay, you’ll only sink a little lower each day.

Today, we’re being given the opportunity to access your own creativity and wonderfulness. (Yes, YOU are indeed wonderful.) Turn away from the devil you do know and put one foot on the path to your personal best. It’s not easy, but it’s better than staying a slave to The Devil.

March 9, 2021: Card O' the Day: Princess/Page of Cups. Suffering stems from the illusion of separateness, but if you can understand it’s truly a misconception, you’ll realize you’re not as isolated as you think. This card is inviting you to walk through the open doors in front of you and embrace everything that’s being offered. 

Some of you may snarl “bah, humbug” at me but you just have to ASK! Are you struggling to navigate the on-line registration for COVID vaccines? Ask for help from someone who’s a little more computer-savvy than you. (Thank them with a batch of cookies or a nice card.) Struggling to make ends meet? Get on the phone and call food banks, social services, churches, heat bill assistance people, etc., etc. There. Is. No. Shame.

Finally, practice gratitude for what you DO have. Lift your own spirits to the level of this wide-eyed Princess and just wonder at the beauty in this world. Allow yourself to be loving towards yourself and your own life.

March 6, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Tower. Yesterday I talked about the concept of physical success and abundance and posted a picture of a shiny red sports car to illustrate. Today we get The Tower to reiterate the dangers of becoming overly enamored of shiny things. (If you want to get Biblical, think golden calf.)

Literal physical structures (mansions and cars) or emotionally/mentally/spiritually figurative structures (societal position, relationships, group affiliations), are meant to enhance our lives. But when they begin to enslave, imprison, or block your growth and potential, they’re not useful anymore and become liabilities. Let’s go back to the sports car…the insurance on it’s sky high, it needs premium fuel, and it screams “give me a ticket!” every time you drive it. That fancy corner office job requires you to work 80hr+/wk. The pastor at your mega church requires that you make hefty donations so HE can live in a huge mansion.

The Tower asks you to stop searching for the Divine in the “sky” but to look for and find it here on earth. I interpret that to mean discovering your spiritual guidance in the flowers, ordinary labor, quiet meditations, etc. Yes, you can still have your shiny things, but don’t worship them as a symbol of your worth because you are so much more than that. Besides, a newer model of car will come out next year and you’ll still be driving that “old” car.

March 5, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles. On the surface, the Ten of Pentacles represents dependability, security, stability, and abundant life. It acknowledges what’s been gained through difficulty and sacrifice. So, yes, you’ve achieved success at work and bought sh*t; how nice for you. But the gain is only on the physical plane and there’s no human connection involved because all the development of the physical and practical has been at the expense of the magical.

As a Taurus, I looooooove me some luxury and I certainly enjoy my “shiny things”, so I’m NOT throwing ya’ll any shade. However, we must understand there’s so much more to life than extra nice stuff. This card encourages you to go beyond the material plane to bring abundance to other corners of your world. Talk to friends, family, homies, “yer peeps” about ANYthing but a latest acquisition. Volunteer some place and give of yourself, not your wallet. A little “do-gooding” is a really cheap and fast way to connect to people and the magic of Universe.

March 4, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man, reversed. This is my story of the relationship I have with The Hanged man, reversed. When I finally engaged with the Tarot cards that had been fascinating me my whole life, my family thought I was nuts. Because I was so new to the spiritual plane, I needed guidance but didn’t know who was “the real deal” and who was simply a woo-woo wannabe. It was very confusing and social derision didn’t help, so I went underground and muddled through with my research and spiritual development on my own.

And, actually, that’s the best thing I could have done. I did find like minded friends who shared their own stories and spiritual paths, but by and large, the journey has been my own. When you listen to others rather than your own inner guides, or fight with Self, it slows your progress or blocks it altogether because you’re distracted by someone else’s interpretation of Spirit. Your spiritual path is uniquely YOURS. Yes, ask around, read a few books that inspire or interest you, but ultimately follow YOUR gut to spiritual enlightenment. And for heaven’s sake, never mind what the neighbors (or your mother) say!

March 3, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles. Here we go again with that “work is sacred” stuff. As Spring starts to spring, literally and figuratively, the sap is starting to rise in the trees and our beings. (My brother makes maple syrup, thus the analogy.) Begin to combine your resources with inspiration, knowledge, skills, and experience to create your best work. Use the powerful inner guidance we all have to imagine and create a practical project that not only could actually make some money but ALSO serves as a vehicle for personal development. Two birds, one stone; very efficient.

This card speaks of early fruits of your labor and positive outcomes following perseverance as well. Consider it a little promise that you’ll see gains from your hard work right away. That’s not to say nothing will go wrong, but enough will go right that your efforts will feel worth it.

March 2, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. The most common interpretation of this card is that it’s time to leave something behind and search for bigger, badder, and better. Yeah…but not today; it’s so much more subtle then just packing up and going. When you’re looking for existential answers, deepen your insight (what do you REALLY need? what do you REALLY want?) and then observe what comes to you. “Deepening insight” is woo-speak for personal journeys. (*sigh* Why does everything have to be a capital J “Journey”? *cue dramatic lighting and music*) This one is regarding your heart and emotional maturity and thus the question of what you really want/need to be happy. Integrate your intuition with your intellect to help your heart make decisions which are realistic and match your vibe. 

It could be you don’t need to leave anything but that something is leaving you. This card can represent losing interest in an idea or desire you had been super attached to and was once very important. Look for ways to enhance and be satisfied with what you already have. Above all, don’t go throwing out the baby with the bath water while searching for emotional fulfillment. Dorothy had to go all the way to Oz and battle flying monkeys to learn Kansas didn’t suck. It was SHE who sucked and was unfulfilling to HERSELF. 

March 1, 2021: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles. The pervading energy of this card is worry, but we all know that accomplishes nothing except to give you sleepless nights or a stomach ache. Allowing your fears to to take over about what “might be” wastes your time and energy, so keep too busy to sit and stew. Engage your inner wisdom to see the root of the struggles and then plan strategies and solutions. 

If you feel the worrying start to creep up, “change the channel” by shifting your focus. Do easy household chores, talk a walk, or call a friend to find out how THEY are doing. (Whining about your problems only puts you back into the worry cycle.)

With all that stiffening of your own spine and upper lip, if you still need help then ASK for it. Apply for social services or free legal aid, go to the local health center for counseling, or see what kind of help your local church offers. There’s NO SHAME in needing or asking for a boost when you’re temporarily lost. And asking for help is a viable strategy/solution to your problems that gets waaaaaay more done than worrying!

February 28, 2021: Card O' the Day: The World. As the final card in the series of the Major Arcana, The World represents a conclusion of something. I liken it to finishing the gut remodel of one room in an old house…with 99 more rooms to go. Meaning, you’ve still got lots of work to do on this arduous journey of cutting through illusions and falsehoods to perceive the truth. You’re by no means “done” or “perfect.” However, you got one room done so congratulate yourself and take a small break. 

While you’re resting, enjoy the clear view of the lessons learned regarding the past missteps, mistakes, struggles, wrong turns, and do overs. Make notes on what you don’t need to do again and what DID work so you can incorporate that into your repertoire.

The World also represents being “at home” in your own skin. As in, “wherever you go, there you are.” To make the most of your “home”, understand the world you know as “home” is only ONE aspect of the infinite world/homes. Therefore, look outside your windows and explore what/who else is out there. Doing so will make your own “home” more interesting and exciting to be in.

February 26, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups, reversed. I know I always preach adaptation over rigidity, but that flexibility and cooperation needs to be genuine. The reversed Prince of Cups represents obsequious and insincere agreeing to someone’s face but knowing they’ll only do the parts they want to do or somehow manipulate the circumstances to get more for themselves. Passive and slithery, the reversed Prince manages to slide out of any commitments or responsibilities but still look good on the surface.

Any warm emotions displayed are fake because those under the influence of this card really only love themselves. They’re also likely to be “faux woke” and spout spiritual nonsense while telling you about their latest vegan diet as they sip their skinny almond milk latte. (Almond trees need an INCREDIBLE amount of water to grow and the beans making that coffee are probably not fair trade, but what do they care?)

If you know someone like this, give a wide berth. If you are “that person”, scroll past because your crown chakra is too far up your root chakra for you to recognize anything negative about yourself.

February 25, 2021: Card O' the Day: Strength, reversed. Today’s card really illustrates how all tools of divination are really tapping into the same Universal energy. I’ve always held no one thing is better than another—i.e. tea leaf reading is superior to runes, Tarot cards are way more informative than astrology, etc. It’s quite common that when my friends who use other tools post their thoughts and observations according to their respective tools, “my cards” generally agree. 

Strength, reversed, was actually quite hesitant to step forward today; I almost passed it over. When Strength is reversed it signifies unsteady, dissipating energies, weakness, self-doubt, and feeling cut off from that which nourishes you. The other extreme* the reversal represents is brashness and an overestimation of one’s abilities.** (*I have found reversed interpretations to be not the exact opposite of the upright interpretation, but more of the opposite ends of a spectrum. Meaning the money oriented King of Pentacles loses all his money or gets stinking, corrupt piles of it when he’s reversed.) (**Note to self: don’t overdo it on your first try with the new exercise equipment!)

Two astrological readings I saw today indicated (1) Venus is entering into Pisces, which can lead to extreme emotional sensitivity and insecurity (weakness, self-doubt) and (2) Moon is in Leo pushing sparkiness into the air and encouraging one to treat the world as one’s own stage (brashness). To balance the exceptionally divergent energies, practice good old moderation! Yes, be bright and showy but limit your audience to a few trusted friends who’ll applaud your joie de vivre but not laugh if you fall flat.

February 23, 2021: Card O' the Day: The World, reversed. As the final card in the series of the Major Arcana, The World represents endings. But more importantly, it represents the “higher realms” of existence, spirit stuff, and the divine magic of Universe. When the card is reversed, it slams us back to the material plane and egocentricity. (In this connotation, I’m not talking about being an arrogant bastard so much as not considering anything beyond what you can see, hear, or touch.)

The question is why do you stay in materialism and egocentricity? Are you denying the existence of what’s unseen? are you afraid of it? do you not want to come to the “ending” of something? Even when you successfully complete an endeavor, it’s natural to feel a little glum or empty about being finished. This “big thing” you’ve been pouring your life blood into is done, so now what?

Firstly, celebrate your big finish and take a minute to recover your energies. However, don’t STAY there resting on your laurels because any new beginnings from here will be delayed or slowed and you’ll stagnate. And then when you finally DO try to begin, it’s that much harder. Potential and opportunities will wait only so long for you to get on with it, so don’t hit the snooze button more than twice.

February 22, 2021: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. This card is representative of enthusiastic—almost brazen—energy that drives one forward in the search of new directions regarding self-growth and improvement. Because Princesses signify the initial sparks for anything new, and not any concrete action just yet, the Fire Girl has the luxury of changing her mind quickly and often. That’s not to say she isn’t passionate about ideas—she totally is—but since no resources have been invested, there’s no harm done in tweaking, or chucking entirely, an idea. Therefore, expand your views and think of things you’ve never thunk before!

While one does need to be somewhat realistic in goals, how you get there is up to you. Excessive experience, knowledge, or skill are not required at the moment. You just need openness and desire to tackle a problem.

February 21, 2021: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords. The Six of Swords has heavy “travel” connotations. I’m not getting literal travel; it’s more of traveling through time as one suffers the difficult transition of the last few days/weeks. There’s certainly awareness of all that’s been lost and a bit of mourning to go along with it. Try your best not to wallow. Take notes of the events, release all tension about it, accept the limits you crashed up against, and then move towards healing and recovery.

It is advised that one should change one’s orientation re that past issue and those like it. Otherwise, you’ll keep making the same stupid mistakes and try to solve them with the same tired (and we have learned useless) solutions, which were unsatisfactory and left you stuck. By remaining calm and focusing carefully (read: put your ego in a time out), you’ll be receptive to new ideas, impressions, or perspectives (none of them your own), and be capable of going forward wiser for the experience.

February 20, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands, reversed. Welp, looks like the theme continues and it’s showing that some of your problems may be based in your own hubris. This card represents being over-ambitious, arrogant, or obstinate and having bitten off more than you can chew. Your delusions of grandeur, strength, or experience, coupled with overly speculative and impractical plans, have caused a failure of some project due to problems greater than expected. Unrealistic expectations about getting rich quickly didn’t help. Who out there got caught up in the GameStop debacle? Because that’s what this reminds me of when you add the previous days’ cards to this one. 

At any rate, the situation remains static. I’d suggest you sit tight and wait for things to improve on their own or under the guidance of others. Making changes out of a panicked attempt to “make things better” won’t work.

February 18, 2021: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles, reversed. When the King of Pentacles is reversed, the short answer is there are money troubles. I feel like the whole story regarding the Twos is about money! The compromises necessary to settle the disputes leave one feeling undervalued and insecure…which then leads to miserliness and counting every penny.

Digging in your heels and getting more obstinate in your attempts to “win” only shifts your energy out of your heart and into your wallet. I can personally attest that when I concentrate too hard on my wallet, opportunities slip through my fingers. Then I get pissy-cranky and can’t stand my own damn self. Please don’t let materialism poison your personal Spirit well!

February 17, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles, reversed. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! Third Two in a row! Similar to the reversed Two of Wands (conflict, remember?), the reversed Two of Pentacles signifies the polarity of opposites inherent in Twos rather than the possibility of union and cooperation (Two of Cups).

First we had the energy of the situation brought to us (Wands), then emotions were detailed (Cups). Significantly, all hearts were in the right place to try to figure things out and that’s why the Two of Cups was upright. However, now that we’ve come to the physical plain (Pentacles) regarding the situation, we see things are still not good despite our best wishes. Meaning, while you may believe you’ve changed your perspective on becoming more cooperative and receptive, have you really? Ego is a stubborn little asshole and it’s reeeeeaaallly hard to compromise when “compromise” feels like “losing.” (I’ve heard it said that real compromise is where nobody’s happy.)

Unfortunately, there are some things out of your control here in that the situation is necessarily on hold for the time being. However rabid you are to “git ‘er done”, arguing about it with the others involved doesn’t help. Lack of focus and inconsistency of action further the stagnation. It could very well be this is a case of “retreat being the better part of valor.” How badly does your ego need the “win”? Could it be it’s just better to drop the issue before it becomes an even bigger pain in the ass?

February 16, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Cups. Some could say this card is a couple days late, seeing as how it’s the big “love” card of the Tarot deck. However, I’m more interested in the fact that another Two has shown up. Twos, in addition to conflict (which was appropriate for the reversed Two of Wands), can also indicate alternatives and receptivity. Thus, if you look past the conflict of the reversed Fire Two, then you can be more receptive to the alternate possibilities of the softer, and more emotional, Water Two. Taken together, we see a difference that got our panties in a twist followed by cooperation. 

The beauty of cooperation is that it allows for the creation of something neither party could do alone. It behooves both sides to join forces. And guess what? Not only do you get the project/job done better and faster, but you actually have the chance to make a new friendship. In doing so you’ll learn about the concept of unconditional love without expectations or demands. You don’t depend upon others for gain and you don’t make them dependent on you to get what they need. In the end, you relate to each other because you WANT to not because you HAVE to.

February 14, 2021: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands, reversed. Twos themselves can indicate conflict. Add the reversed energy of Wands and things may get a little volatile. However, we all know the best lessons are learned when things are not gong perfectly as planned. We’re encouraged to awaken to our inner possibilities and resources, become more self-sufficient, and reorganize turbulent energy into something that can work for you. 

When you can do that, it may look like leaving behind safe situations and relative success (albeit modest) to jump directly into unknown, new experiences. Imagine your wonder and surprise when you get it to actually work!!! Refuse to be intimidated by any nay-sayers because you can see—or choose to see—what they can’t or won’t.

February 13, 2021: Card O' The Day: Prince of Swords, reversed. The normally forward thinking and moving Prince of Swords feels a little more reticent when reversed. Prudence dictates one should continue to hold still or even retreat slightly as the current climate and situations call for a more careful and considered approach. This will require consciously trying to overcome the impulsiveness inherent in the Prince/Knight cards (but especially with the Sword Prince!) and deliberately becoming more thoughtful, careful, and less hurried as one waits for opposition to move out of the way.

The good Prince is reiterating the stasis pointed out to us by yesterday’s reversed Three of Wands. Looks like we’ve been given permission to continue to “be” with a good book and cup of something warm rather than rabidly “doing” all day.

February 12, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands, reversed. On occasion, we may have simply too much to do and all those tasks become overwhelming because we don’t know where to start. Firstly, reorganize and prioritize. Then break down the monster projects into bite-sized pieces you can handle without becoming a crispy critter. However, it may be your mood has taken a dip and even the simplest chores are too much. When that happens, concentrate on the brainless tasks you can sleepwalk through. In the end, you get SOMEthing accomplished and can be pleased with yourself for not being a waste of oxygen. (Ask me how I know.)

Fortunately, this energetic signature is temporary and you’ll regain your footing with a break in the misfortunes and burdens of labor or the opportunity to postpone jobs becomes a viable option. But for now, things are a little static, so enjoy the tranquility that comes with just sitting for a minute.

February 6, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune, reversed. The Wheel of Fortune is fortuitous even when reversed. The super abundance of change and growth is, however, scattered by the unpredictable energy coming off this card. This means outcomes may also be unpredictable but more than likely, they’ll simply be delayed. I know we’re all anxious and more than ready for new phases, but the blocks and delays indicate the new opportunities aren’t quite ready yet. 

Universe asks you to have courage and keep the faith that things WILL improve. Seriously, nothing lasts forever—even though these suck-ass times feel like they’ll never end. While you may have to wait for certain things and can’t actually DO anything to hustle them along, you can control your ‘tude while you twiddle your thumbs. Do your best to remain positive and keep your feet moving as you stumble through what feels like Hell.

February 4, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Moon, reversed. The reversed Moon’s influence is subtle…almost sly, but not in a malignant way. Mischievous and with a slightly raised eyebrow, she asks you, “Really?” Moon invites you to re-evaluate what kind of person you want to be seen as. Are you trying to keep up with the Kardashians and photoshop your life on IG as well as IRL? That’s a LOT of work!

If your aspirations don’t seem worthwhile, they might not be. If all efforts feel futile and overwhelming, then you’re trying too hard at life. There’s a time for balls-to-the-wall, do-or-die work, but now isn’t it. The reversed Moon signifies a time of simply “being” rather than doing, doing, doing and chasing the next social media like/follow or viral video. That’s not to say you meld with your mattress until springtime, just go at an easier trot. Your energy will last longer and you’ll see more along the way if it’s not going by in a blur.

February 3, 2021: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles. Not only does this card give us the constructive energy to get our butts off the couch to actually DO something, it also highlights our inner oomph and impulse to work. Which is the key to me doing any task because I can stare at a necessary job all day and still not do it unless I have the drive coming from within. 

This card again mentions the spiritual aspects of work and ordinary labor. We are encouraged to think of and do even the most tedious chores with those in mind and allow them to raise us to a higher level. With he right attitude, work can become a form of spiritual development (and gets done a whole lot faster, too).

Even though one’s Higher Self is engaged, work is the practical application of that Self to produce tangible and measurable results. While you’re at it, honestly assess your skills and play up your strengths. Weaknesses will need to be acknowledged and practiced to turn them into strengths…or at least make them less “weak.” How does this card translate for you today? For me it means attacking those dust bunnies propagating under my living room sofa.

February 2, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords, reversed. Ooooo! SOMEbody’s defensive! I made one small suggestion to allow emotions a say in the decision-making process and the armor came on with a clatter. I’m not attacking logic and analysis; I’m just saying sometimes the heart needs to be heard and can help you choose between two practical options.

Personal boundaries are indeed necessary to protect your energy and spirit, but walling yourself off from all others is counterproductive. Also, being an arrogant asshole about it doesn’t help. If your fear manifests as nastiness, do us all a favor and step back. Contemplate why you’re so frightened and feel the need to lash out. 

Could it be that old baggage makes ANY exploration or inclusion of your emotions a mine field of triggers? If it’s REALLY bad, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Contact someone licensed in talk-therapy or call a hotline for an immediate sympathetic voice. Emotions can put you through hell if you let them. They can also take you to the heavens when you allow yourself to be in your innate, ever-present joy. Find it within….

February 1, 2021: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. I’ve often talked about the virtues of work and how it can be a spiritual experience when done for the simple pleasure of doing a necessary job and doing it well. The Seven of Pentacles is one of the “work” cards of the deck and when it’s reversed, it represents a souring of the work ethic and non-material rewards of work. One is more concerned by the bottom line gains and there’s a feeling of “what’s in it for me?”

Reversed cards show the extremes of the energy spectrum for each card. The other end of the energy spectrum for this particular card is more wholesome and worthy of your aspirations. Therefore, let us focus there. While there do seem to be delays to progress (dead of winter, remember?), concentrate on the actual labor and not the material acquisitions. Be of service to Mother Earth and others as you chug along just getting it done. In the end, pleasant rewards will come—and let’s be honest we all like a fat paycheck—but most importantly, you were connected with Universe and present in each moment while you got there instead of hating life until you reached some arbitrary requirement at which point you would be “happy.”

January 31, 2021: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups. While the Queen of Cups appears to be the “perfect woman” with her flawless hair, makeup, and wardrobe, she’s no airhead. She senses her surroundings and can read a room like no other and that’s what makes her such a good businesswoman. Kinda psychic and very intuitive, she uses her empathic abilities to better understand people and situations. 

This may sound manipulative, but when you’re tapped into the perfect harmony of universe and are in tune with unconscious forces, then you’re better able to see the interdependence and connections of everything with everything. Which is tremendously useful when trying to get anything done within a group of people. Like herding cats, am I right?

This card represents favorable emotional energy that helps you with certain decisions and reactions. As in, while two possibilities are both pretty good “on paper”, the Queen is telling you to go with your heart on this one. Sometimes doing something for the love of it and it’s creative outlet does have practical value.

January 28, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Empress, reversed. A mere five days ago, the reversed Empress visited; she’s back. The Empress is represented in the Tarot by the Greek goddess Demeter. If you recall, she’s the goddess of harvest, grain, and fertility and signifies earthy lushness and abundance. Her beloved daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped by Hades to be his queen of Hell. A deal brokered between Hades and Demeter allowed Persephone to be “above ground” nine months of the year but she has to go back to Hell for winter. This is when Demeter shuts down her gardens and mourns her daughter’s absence.

We’re in the depths of winter and suffering health and resulting economic crises, so it’s small wonder if you’re feeling a bit blue and Demeter-ish. Self-care is important right now so look to where you may be slacking on exercise, hygiene, dressing well; eating too much/too little or eating pure crap; and/or allowing your dwelling space to become chaotic. Self-care also includes not ignoring your boundaries and trying to be everyone’s Mommy to help them through their own hard times. Remember your importance and treat yourself accordingly.

January 27, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles. Just when you’re having fun, Kieth puts down the tequila and hoists a kale smoothie. (Insert eye roll here.) 

Actually, rather than being a total buzz-kill, the Prince is here to give direction to and harness that wild Ace of Wands energy that popped up yesterday. He’s got all the skills you need, espouses careful planning so as not to waste resources, and is willing to do the grunt work of that bright idea. This card tempers the flash-in-the-pan fire so it can burn long and hot. Certainly not exciting, but so necessary for the long haul.

And THAT’S important because you don’t want to be considered a flake. If you take point on a project, you’re responsible to all parties involved to lead well. That means keeping track of the minutiae, cheering on lagging workers, and picking up the slack when necessary because your integrity is on the line.

January 26, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands. 

Start me up

Ah, ah, give it all you've got

You've got to never, never, never stop

Start it up, whoo!….


Those were the words that popped into my head the moment I drew this card. I think they’re appropriate for the Ace of Wands, don’t you?

The very first of the Pip cards in a Tarot deck, this Ace embodies the new beginnings foretold by Death. It gives us hope, enthusiasm, initiative and the creative force needed to MOVE it forward. However, this blast of energy needs direction and it’s suggested you take responsibility for a project and put it into practice. Picture a round table discussion where bright ideas are being bandied about. Ooo! That’s a good one! “Somebody” should do that…. Why not be that “somebody” and take the lead? I dare ya.

January 25, 2021: Card O' the Day: Justice, reversed. When Justice, a big “truth” card, is reversed, it signifies falsehood or dishonesty. I’m feeling that dishonesty is with yourself, as in a refusal to see the meaning of certain events and how they foretell the necessity for and inevitable coming changes. Things that were previously pretty stable have been disrupted. Formerly held values, social expectations, and traditional rules of thumb are no longer reliable, valid, nor do they serve the Greater Good.

By ignoring or resisting these shifts, you’ll miss opportunities for better understanding of yourself and life. I’m seeing now that yesterday’s Death was signifying massive changes of viewpoints in large groups of society. One would do well to think long and hard about one’s own views, whether they match your True Self or they’re merely ego and dick swinging, and with whom one wishes to associate and share like thoughts.

January 24, 2021: Card O' the Day: Death. Many people fear the Tarot card, Death. While it can mean the actual death of a loved one, very much more often it signifies an ending of something that’s been coming for quite a while. You knew it and saw it was coming. And even though it’s a little (or a lot) painful, it’s sooooo time and provides some measures of relief.

Death also represents the inevitability of change that you absolutely have no control over. Like the rising of the sun each day it’s pointless, and completely useless to fight against it. Your only choice is to adapt to the changes. Like, put on a coat when winter comes or move to Florida. Both solutions are adaptations to something you simply can’t control.

The “fun” part about Death and its traumatic, lovely, painful, or happy changes is it’s also the womb of potential because the ending removes all blocks impeding growth and movement forward. Look around yourself today and see what’s ending. A bad habit? relationship? career? writer’s block? health crisis? It can be anything large or small, but when that thing ends, new beginnings are on the way. As the sun sets, so it WILL rise again.

January 23, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Empress, reversed. The Empress is the quintessential “mother” figure of the Tarot deck and signifies the traditional societal feminine roles and expectations. However, I feel this card can be interpreted broadly to include all gender norms and expectations. Therefore, when the card is reversed, those roles are rejected.

When one is living under the rules of society based upon gender assigned at birth, that’s all well and good when you’re comfortable with those rules and norms. But if not, then you’re not being seen for who you really are, which is way more than a set anatomical genitalia. This situation of living a lie hammers one’s self-esteem into the concrete. To try to feel as if one does indeed fit in and is of value, one may over-compensate and take gender roles and expectations to the extremes.

While the reversed Empress defines the problem, she also offers hope through clarity and illumination of one’s heart, mind, and soul. She brings light to the truth of who you are, how you want to be, and in what ways you want to express your True Self. It’s daring and sometimes dangerous to buck the system, but the alternative is to stay hidden in the dark.

January 22, 2021: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands, reversed. The Six of Wands, when upright, signifies victory, though there are elements of pride and behind-the-scenes treachery lurking in the shadows. When the card is reversed, all the ugly comes to the forefront.

This card is indicative of excessive narcissism, self-complacency, pride, arrogance, ego centricity, and superficiality in oneself or in someone you may have to work with or who is otherwise prominent in your life. This person is completely without joy and allows his/her vanity to over-estimate abilities. If they should be so lucky as to be placed in a leadership position, they will be so lacking and ineffectual that their supporting cast becomes disloyal. Suspicion and defeatism leave this person feeling betrayed and that enemies are overwhelming his/her empire. In the end, victory is claimed by adversaries.

This card feels slightly dated, as in “yesterday’s news”, but it gave me a hella jolt as my fingers fell upon it and demanded to be heard. I think it comes to us as a reminder of how NOT to be. History has shown us what happens to such types as Nero, Napoleon, Hitler….

January 20, 2021: Card O' The Day: Prince of Cups. The Prince of Cups represents emotions that motivate us, but are not quite understood. The resulting actions or reactions are based on feelings of the moment and not analysis or logic. Fortunately, you’re moved to do good deeds, act with empathy, and spread healing. All good stuff, so maybe you don’t really need to know why you’re so inclined.

However, if you DO need to know why, this Prince is the guy for you. He signifies the need to seek spiritual healing to help you make sense of your altruistic feelings. The way promises to be difficult but profoundly rewarding as you embark on your quest for personal revelation. But, hey, it’s the dead of winter and we’re still pretty isolated by COVID, so what else have you got to do?

January 19, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Star. Whoooooo, Nelly! The Card’s ‘r’ talking! Yesterday I talked about false gurus or faux wokeness. There were a couple interesting comments on the post and one of them questioned how one was supposed to discern faux from real enlightenment. My response was something to the effect there’s mention in the Bible how one is supposed to pray in private. I take this to mean we’re not meant to flaunt our “holiness” but to stay on our own mats (yoga reference) and come to our personal epiphanies…personally.

Today, The Star appears. She’s the epitome of being aware of the soul as one ascends the ladder to illumination and becomes closer to the Divine. This star is your own guidance system rooted in your gut that lights your way. Deep silence allows for the condition of receptivity, which then leads to the understanding of your place and purpose in the world. Thus, one must be free of distraction, smoke and mirrors, and shouted promises that are too good to be true.

The Star heralds a revolutionary way of being still and calm after a period of turmoil or suppression. You may regain hope and look to the future.

January 18, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Hanged man, reversed. Over the last few years becoming “woke” or “spiritual” has become fashionable. Certainly there are people who have had genuine personal transformations and understand there’s more “out there” than we can see or touch. I’m not talking about the genuinely spiritual people who connect closely with their higher power; I’m talking about the Faux Spiritual people who’re influenced by the reversed Hanged Man. 

Such people are practicing the trappings of spiritualism all over their social media posts to appear holier than thou, look good, and receive kudos. But this practice is based in their own agenda, hidden ulterior motives, shameful secrets, guilt, doubt, or purely selfish and materialistic goals. The upright card demands sacrifices those influenced by the reversed card are unwilling to make and they resent even being asked. Because of this, promises are broken.

If you’re not the false woke guy, then beware of dealing with or following others who manipulate all things genuinely spiritual for material gain (ex. a $4,000 candle). Doing what others tell or demand you to do or allowing others’ opinions to sway you, rather than listening to your own inner voice, means you’re in denial of a basic part of Self. Fighting this inherent guidance may lead to pointless sacrifice, suffering, punishment, a fall from grace that damages reputations and relationships, and being in a constant state of battling life as you refuse to accept reality.

January 17, 2021: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups. The Six of Cups is often considered the “nostalgia” or “childhood” card. However, it does have other facets and those are stepping forward today.

This card represents self-love in the noblest sense through the fullness of your heart, self-acceptance, and inner contact with divine, universal love. When tapping into that core of Self, you’ll find a warm and secure feeling that helps you face current problems with trust and serenity. Development of this inner richness and maturity enables you to soften your heart by forgiving the past and looking to the future with good will and optimism.

Now, this doesn’t mean you put on thick rose-colored glasses and believe unicorn shit doesn’t stink. It does and bad things will continue to happen to good people. But when you’re connected to Love, you can endure anything.

January 16, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands, reversed. And now we have the Nine of Wands again, only reversed. This card is warning you all that “doing the impossible” is going to lead to burnout, wasted efforts, and ultimately weakness as the energy blows about undirected. Sure, there’s a big wind but it’s not doing anything constructive other than getting your hair caught in your lipgloss.

Step back, use yer noodle like the Prince of Swords told you and survey the problems before you. Right now there’s insufficient substance or preparation to make things work the way you want them to. Hoping it gets better by itself is futile. Effort on your part is required. Don’t be too proud to ask for help if you need it.

January 15, 2021: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. A few days ago we received the Prince of Pentacles; today we have another Prince. These Court cards represent yang energy that initiates a project’s first concrete steps after the “idea” phase is completed. Princes also signify messages or news. Food for thought when taken in conjunction with the dynamic energy of the Nine of Wands and the material energy of the several Pentacles we’ve received over the last week or so.

More specifically, the Prince of Swords brings the active, revolutionizing energy into the mind with sudden shifts in perspective and a-HA! moments. Clarity of thought, logic, and analysis help clear the mind of parasitical concepts that keep you rooted in one place. Prepare to change your mind about a lot of things.

Nobody likes the grunt work required to bring every project or endeavor to completion and solid manifestation. I can sympathize but you must remain responsible for your creations and stay focused until the end. Otherwise, you’re wasting everyone’s time and resources.

January 14, 2021: Card O' the Day: Nine of Wands. The Nine of Wands represents driven and dynamic energy that keeps one pushing, fighting, and striving forward to achieve a goal. This is a trial by fire situation wherein you struggle but come out stronger in the end. As a “9”, it indicates entering the “home stretch” of a project, which is a good thing since perseverance and stamina are about gone and you’re running on fumes. While your aims may have been reached through heroic action, such intensity of activity is immensely draining and comes at a steep cost to your psycho-emotional health. 

Here’s a question for you: do you go looking for impossible endeavors and problems to solve just so you can say you did it? Not EVERYthing you do has to be the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest.

Go back to yesterday’s Eight of Pentacles. Look for the rewards in doing simple tasks well and find joy in those small accomplishments, too. Doing so will help you maintain healthy boundaries, a serene mind, and a peaceful life.

January 13, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. A little over three weeks ago, we received the Eight of Pentacles, but it was reversed on that day. Today, it appears again but upright. Some of us are lucky enough to have a career path we love; others have jobs which we do for the paycheck but not necessarily because it makes us all warm and fuzzy; still others don’t receive a paycheck for whatever reason, but that doesn’t mean they don’t “work.” This card represents the divinity of work, whether for pay, love, or need. 

By considering the reason for the work and not the work itself, we can get closer to the sacred-ness of it. When work is performed with total involvement, love, and for the sake of doing a job well, it makes no difference what the actual task is. It becomes elevated to artistry in which one may take great pride. When you work with such a full heart and diligence, you cannot help but radiate joy to others. 

Again we have a card from the suit of Pentacles. Being the Eight, we are made mindful of the spiritualization of our work. As you move through your day, try to see the beauty in your tasks…what do they accomplish? what tiny physical miracles do you create with your body to make those tasks happen? We’re being asked to look upon a “same-old-same-old” with fresh eyes.

January 11, 2021: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles. As I said the other day, Pentacles represent the spiritualization of the material world. The King, as a leader of family, society, and community, signifies someone who can help in a time of need, especially when all seems hopeless. He provides a solid structure for deep and lasting relationships or projects. In addition to being a community leader and the keeper of all rules and traditions thereof, this King signifies the ambition, power, social responsibility, and integrity of good business and financial leaders who are strong, uncompromising, and impatient to get things done. His biggest talents lie in the organization and control of physical matter.

The Earth King also conveys the energy of Spirit, the feeling of connectedness to Earth, and embodies the dual nature of intuition and introspection much like the Prince of Pentacles and The Star. I think his appearance today combines the the previous days’ cards to encourage us to pursue material successes that are rooted in what is pragmatically possible and yet Spiritually motivated. And as the community/tribe/family leader, these physical pursuits are for the betterment and comfort of all, not just the King himself.

January 10, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Star, reversed. Right now you may feel your aspirations aren’t worthwhile and all efforts are futile. That’s because it’s not a time for external efforts in the material world that seek recognition, follow meaningless fads, or reach for unattainable ideals. The reversed Star is reiterating yesterday’s message from the Prince of Pentacles and telling us to shed all ideas of self that depend on status, appearance, and possessions.

Many have lost touch with the Divine Source of inspiration and there’s a great need for healing and being with one’s Highest Self. Therefore, stop “doing” today and spend some time in meditation or quiet contemplation to just “be.”

January 9, 2021, Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles. The suit of Pentacles represents the spiritualization of the material world. The Prince of this suit offers a bridge to higher dimensions and going beyond physical matter into creativity of the mind and heart. To do so, you’re encouraged to make space for a new quality of stillness and take responsibility for any illusions you may be carrying. This sets the stage for understanding abstract or metaphysical concepts. 

However, don’t lose sight of the source and meaning of your strength of understanding to stay centered and connected to the physical plane while your mind and thoughts roam freely. This means you still have to care for your body and follow certain rules of nature and society (unless you’re good with living in the Back of Beyond by yourself) to survive your human existence.

This Prince also advises to let go of impossible expectations about yourself and others. Accept what “is”—what cannot be changed—and be okay with it. Once you’ve shifted attention away from unattainable ideals of perfection, you can find new purpose beyond material considerations.

January 8, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. When The Hierophant is reversed, it signifies shallowness and the gullibility to cling to inappropriate ideas, principles, false knowledge, or mistaken beliefs. Swallowing without question such rigid dogma stifles development and learning in the fanatic individual who blindly follows a false “guru.” 

This card also represents the hypocrisy of a false leader who’s in it just for the money. Such persons may incite violent civil disobedience and rebellion from their followers to further bolster their cause and ego.

Conversely, the reversed Hierophant indicates some are beginning to question authority and are looking to choose their own standards rather than just accepting the dictates of the “powers that be.” Yes, it’s a good thing to be avant garde, but one must walk one’s own path within the bounds of ethics and law. Excessive individuality can be dangerous, uncontrolled, and disruptive to the order of civilized life.

January 6, 2021: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords, reversed. The clean mental clarity signified by the upright Ace of Swords gets clouded by fear when the card is reversed. The reality based in your emotions (your sense of being loved, cared about, valued, etc.) becomes shaky—especially if you’ve been on the receiving end of some harsh words. (Bear in mind those harsh words can come from inside your own head.) This will reduce your confidence, possibly send you into depression or increase your anxiety levels, and generally make things seems so much worse than they actually are.

To fix this, you’re advised to get seriously cold and objective. As in, I feel “A.” What is your proof of that? Rumors, innuendo, a perceived snarky look? Go to the source of your anxiety and ask if you’ve offended in some way; make amends where necessary or end toxic relationships.

Bottom line: it’s time to put your emotions in a timeout because they’re getting a little out of hand and misleading you. Once you can see clearly again and understand a lot of your turmoil was imagined or made worse by your insecurity and fear, then you can return to keeping your emotions balanced with clarity of thought.

January 5, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups, reversed. It’s true that change is good for us and we must be willing to adapt. Sometimes a cycle or thing in our lives comes to a natural ending and then it’s time to move on a grow. However, the reversed Eight is warning us against leaping at or forcing changes out of boredom, fear, timidity, or simply because we feel vaguely dissatisfied. Shifting our lives around for these reasons indicates you’re moving to avoid something rather than facing and doing something about it. 

This card urges you not to abandon what you have. Recall the reversed Five of Cups we received just a few days ago and how we were directed to concentrate on what remained instead of worry about what was lost. If you leave now, you also lose the important stuff that’s still there for you. Today’s reversed Eight promises new opportunities with that and potential to build and improve on it. Cautious optimism is warranted. So, paint your bedroom a different color; don’t sell the whole house.

January 3, 2021: Card O' the Day: The Hermit. In order to understand who one “is” and how one fits in the “big picture”, one needs to search the dark corners of Self that are being avoided. What are you in denial about yourself? Do you hate your chosen field but feel you can’t leave it because you are still paying off the student loans you took out to get to your position? Is your partner “good on paper” but just not the right fit for you? Are you clinically depressed but slap on a happy face and pretend you’re “fine”?

The Hermit invites you to get raw and real. Examine everything you “hate” about yourself. If it’s in the past, there’s nothing you can do now, so forgive yourself and move on. If there’s a destructive pattern you keep repeating, perhaps it’s time to address it.

This card is here to invite you to explore your personal darkness without judgment, recrimination, or guilt.

January 2, 2021: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands, reversed. Now that 2020 is over and we’ve begun a new year, I’m sure many of you were hoping for a magic event that just washed away all problems. The sick rose from their beds, we could burn our masks and brunch, and businesses hired every person they could find! Alas, that’s not how things work and we’re still more or less on hold.

The continued blockages and delays are understandably frustrating and may cause inner agitation and uncertainty that this whole “Covid thing” will NEVER end. The announcement of available vaccines was promising, but that doesn’t mean anyone can be inoculated instantly nor does it mean things go back to normal immediately. Thus we continue to limp along without a clear finish line we can aspire to.

Even though we have a real, solid, natural disaster on our physical plane, we have to be careful not to let our emotions make it worse (easier said than done, I know). Try to roll with the on-going inconveniences, set-backs, and shortages. If you need help, go get it; there’s no shame in going to a food bank. If you’re in a position to help, I can attest that it feels really good to do so. Finally, don’t expect too much of yourself. Nobody can work at peak performance when in crisis/survival mode so it’s okay to NOT learn a new language, write a book, or bake artisanal bread.

January 1, 2021: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands. Happy New Year all! I hope you all celebrated safely last night and are feeling good about the new beginnings that 2021 will bring us. Yesterday, I felt the Four of Wands was a “day specific” card, but I think it returned today to be a good omen for the coming year. I’ll reiterate yesterday’s message and expand on it a bit.

“Lovely stable energy, especially in the home” and “in the fold of the unified community or tribe.” This means there’s power, strength, and protection among your people. Whether those people are blood relations, a group you share interests with, or your chosen family, look to them to support you in the times you need a little boost of energy. 

"One is encouraged to give thanks to what’s been received or remain[s]” and “[d]evelop contentment with and gratitude for all the gifts in your life.” Practice gratitude DAILY! You don’t need to make a big deal out of it (though you can if you want to). Just think of ONE thing you have in your life that makes it a little easier and give thanks. If you can’t think of anything, lemme help…are you clothed? did you eat today? is there a roof over your head (temporary or permanent)? I don’t mean to minimize your pain or lack; I’m just reminding you to look at the full part of your glass and not dwell on the empty.

December 31, 2020: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands. Wands energy actually finds its greatest fulfillment when used within a group and not by a single person. The Four of Wands often signifies the need or opportunity for celebration with others during social rites of passage such as weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, graduations, baby showers, the turn of a new year, etc. Current times limit those celebrations with our friends and loved ones, but they’re still so very necessary for our psycho-emotional well being. Therefore, do your best to have small, safe interactions, talk on the phone, and learn how to FaceTime or have Zoom meetings. It’s not the same as in-person parties, but it’s the next best thing and better than nothing.

This card also represents lovely stable energy especially in the home as opposing wills and spirits come into balance. In the fold of the unified community or tribe, one can find relief and relaxation as one unwinds from carrying heavy loads all alone. One is encouraged to give thanks to what’s been received or remained after three of the five Cups from the card of the other day had been upset. Develop contentment with and gratitude for all the gifts in your life.

December 29, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. When upright, the Five of Cups signifies losses. In many depictions of the card, there will be five vessels or symbols, three of which have been broken or tipped over representing losses. However, two symbols are left whole. When the card is reversed, those two remaining symbols are emphasized.

This card makes us aware of what stayed whole after we suffered loss or disruption in our lives. These are the people, structures, or things that are truly important and permanent in your life. This is your solid foundation upon which you can rebuild. In addition to understanding the weight of what’s still there, we can recognize that the lost things, people, or structures are really less crucial than we once thought.

This card indicates hard decisions have been made and difficulties overcome. As you move away from loss and towards recovery, change your lifestyle so you don’t repeat the emotional patterns that break your heart. The reversed Five of Cups offers the emotional stability and coping skills you need to let go of the broken vessels and embrace what still stands.

December 23, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles. The suit of Pentacles represents the material plane and all its abundance. The number 9 suggests depth, maturity, and accomplishments that are grounded but still sensitive to spirit. Together, this indicates spiritual awareness and gratitude for all you have. Today, you notice what’s IN your glass rather than what’s not. A good thing to keep noticing!

The natural flow of joyful energy encourages us to cultivate generosity, share blessings, and pay it forward. Universe will provide for your needs when you’re in harmony with Nature. Sometimes that means asking for help, other times you manage on your own. Either way, be true to Self.

Like Strength from the other day, this card also speaks of new situations developing. This will happen through your good management of resources and a little luck.

December 21, 2020: Card O' the Day: Strength. We’ve often told friends or loved ones to “be strong” in tough times. But what does that mean? True strength of character is the courage to face your inner demons or fears calmly and without wavering. It’s confronting serious life problems with hope, eagerness, and faith that you WILL survive in a situation where others collapse. But first you have to admit you’re in trouble and are vulnerable because being too proud to ask for help is a form of cowardice. When you can accept the facts of your situation and then gratefully receive what’s offered, that really takes strength.

The appearance of this card also means that with correct use of time, resources, and attention, you’ll begin a new cycle. A new cycle of luck, creativity, and perseverance—backed by your strength—will lead you forward and out of your current struggles.

December 20, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles, reversed. Our “work”, to most of us, means our jobs. But it also includes the little labors of love we do every day…like, preparing meals for loved ones (two and four legged), cleaning our spaces (horse stalls, too), and doing good deeds. When the “work card”, the Eight of Pentacles, is reversed it means we’ve lost sight of the divine-ness of our work.

The reversed Eight represents doing too many good deeds, being the only one who cooks or cleans, or engagement in an unfulfilling profession. Working too hard, to the point of burnout or exhaustion, sours the satisfaction we need from a “job well done.” That gratification is what keeps us doing the work and being glad to do it. Humans, like sheepdogs, NEED the stimulation and emotional enjoyment good work gives.

So, again, I’ll remind you not to take on more tasks you can possibly do. Practice the fine art of delegation (and then turn your back and allow the appointee to do the work THEIR way). Say “no” when you need to. I promise, the world will not collapse and you won’t be forever hated. However, you WILL be more relaxed, rested, and happier in the work you do want to do.

December 19, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands, again. Oooo! Such a pushy broad, the Queen of Wands! But, yes, that’s her M.O. 

I think she appeared again today to encourage persistent optimism during these tough times. She’s aided by the Angel of Expansion of Individual Potential, which puts her perpetually striving forward towards success. But she’s not way out in front of the pack—she’s leading from behind, so to speak. She offers help and good advice in order for others to succeed with her. But those riding on her wave of dynamic energy better not try to steer her or offer comments from the nose-bleed seats. Home Girl don’t take kindly to opposition or people telling her what to do.

Let’s continue to gently but firmly guide others and share our own abundance by helping where we’re able (without draining ourselves dry). Do the very best YOU can today and keep the faith that Universe has our backs! (And remember, some days your “best” is just continuing to breathe.)

December 18, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands. The Queen of Wands is the ultimate badass who has it all…professional success balanced by running a tight ship at home. While having no problem saying “no”, innate kindness, helpfulness, and courtesy mean he/she’d offer a viable alternative so those asking wouldn’t be left high and dry. Thus, the Queen covers his/her own ass without looking like a bitch! A true leader, who has total faith things will turn out just fine thanks to his/her superlative abilities, he/she also recognizes personal limits. He/she won’t pretend he/she can do something when he/she can’t. It’s a little thing called integrity. 

We’re being asked to use our ambitions and passions inventively (Wands are all about creativity, ya know) and persistently but remaining courteous to others while doing so. Yes, use calm authority to persuade, but nobody likes a steam roller running rough-shod over everything in its path. Right now you’re in a position to dispense “treasures” and resources. Meaning, you have enough to share and are secure enough to do so. Whether that’s your time, baked goods, or a check to a charity is up to you.

December 17, 2020: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands, reversed. It would seem that taking the message from yesterday’s card has put a few of you in awkward positions. Not everyone will appreciate you saying “no” and letting some things go this year. This card indicates strong interpersonal energies are at odds, which may lead you to feel at a disadvantage and full of self-doubt. It’s super tempting to back down and just do what’s been demanded of you to avoid confrontation. 

However, being excessively conservative and allowing others to have their way—to your detriment—may cause undue discussion, indecision, and friction between all parties. Therefore, find your inner strength and refuse to be intimidated as you seek a more co-operative solution in which you don’t get the short end of the stick.

December 16, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles, reversed. When the Two of Pentacles is reversed, it indicates your physical world is getting too frenzied with numerous obligations. Even though most of you are probably curtailing your partying and traveling, it doesn’t mean the week before Christmas isn’t frenetic. This card represents dropping, or gives you permission to drop, certain things deliberately (you just don’t feel like doing it!) or because they’ve become too much (no, you can’t participate in the annual Christmas cookie exchange by baking 40 dozen cookies!).

Pretending everything is under control and you’re having a FABULOUS time does yourself and others a disservice. It’s inauthentic, artificial, and fake, Fake, FAKE! If you manage to fool everyone else that you’re fine with it all, how nice, but where does that leave YOU? 

It’s recommended that you adjust your priorities, lighten your load, and live within your physical resources. Those resources include, but are not limited to, your time, energy, money, desire, capabilities, and spiritual strength. Remember to tend your own cup so you have a full one from which to pour. A few things done well and with sincerity will be better than doing 1,000 with angst, your last pennies, and resentful obligation.

December 15, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands, reversed. Still on the practical path with the reversed Fire Prince….

The appearance of this card indicates some are ready to rein in fiery, impulsive actions and stop for a minute to enjoy the present. This slower pace will actually make you more effective in your endeavors and allow for a deeper experience all around. I look at it as slowly savoring one perfect buckeye candy or piece of my brother’s fudge rather than snorking down the entire tin and then feeling like I want to throw up.

Choose ONE task or idea, think about it carefully, and then go forward with care, thoughtfulness and meaning.

December 14, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords. Interesting that we get the Sword Queen right after the reversed Queen of Cups. Both are sending the message to be a little less of a push over, less emotional, and very much more analytical and practical.

Like the Sword King, the Queen has very high ideals, morals, and passionately pursues justice and social reform. So passionately, in fact, she can be rather stubborn about what she sees as the “greater good.” Being very open-minded means she’s well-connected to her spiritual side and trusts it, and other unusual sources, for wisdom and counsel. Regardless where she gets her insight from, her intellect will trim it into rationally astute ideas that effectively solve problems or streamline existing processes.

Like all cards of this suit, the Queen is a master communicator. Her appearance today, in addition to her directive to use your noodle and be fair in all things, is to ask you to communicate clearly. By doing so, you’re able to hold your boundaries and not get roped into something you don’t really want to or have time to do. With squared shoulders and a strong voice, diplomatically decline all that doesn’t work for you.

December 13, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups, reversed. My “Card[s] O’ the Day” often run a theme for several days and we’re in one of those right now. Last weekend we had a bit of a pause followed by getting on with life again. We were reminded happiness is up to us to choose rather than it falling in out laps. The King of Swords and The Sun encouraged clear thinking rather than emotional flailing to solve current problems, and the reversed Seven of Swords indicated we’re ready and not too proud to listen to good advice. The reversed Tower tells us it’s time to put all that good mental energy to good use.

The reversed Queen of Cups continues that demand for clear and concise thinking without too much dramatic emotional angst. (However, even reversed, the Queen of Cups is not completely devoid of sentiments!) Today, though, she’s feeling sharp and competent, letting no one take advantage, overcoming illusions, and refusing to be swept away by conflicting emotions or succumbing to feigning maneuvers. She also knows it’s a good time to keep her opinions private rather than engage in petty pissing contests.

Therefore, stay clear-headed, use your own brains to gather facts and make your judgments, and allow others to dance to their own drums. You know where YOU’re going; let them figure out their own paths. 

December 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Tower, reversed. We have The Tower again (November 23rd and December 4th), but this time it’s reversed. When reversed, the force of the upright card is muted, but it’s still a powerful sign that transformation has begun. 

Things may be about to boil over but you’ve got the opportunity to turn down the heat before the “big bang” that’s threatening. Maybe you’ve finally gotten the memo and are in the process of bailing on a bad situation. At any rate, this card indicates difficulties are easing or finished and you’ll have a clean slate from which to start again once the changes have occurred.

There’s danger of ignoring the warning signs, clinging to the “devil that you know”, and hoping it gets better all by itself. But the appearance of the reversed Tower is a strong directive to shift, adjust, or move on because the situation is about to collapse. Save yourself now or suffer greater misfortunes later.

December 11, 2020: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords, reversed. The reversed Seven of Swords indicates the deceptions already present in the upright card are even more malicious and harmful. But while it can be on a personal level when upright, the reversal takes the verbal abuse and slander world-wide. It signifies toxic theories and aggressive ideas that destroy the world.

Luckily, the reversed Seven also offers willingness and readiness to listen to others and to seek help for problems. Such open communication invites support and assistance with joint efforts to create more meaningful changes. Such encouragement can be used on the global scale and in your own home.

December 10, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Sun. The Sun follows the King of Swords brilliantly! The King was encouraging personal responsibility and logic when approaching our futures. Add to that enlightenment—the “a-HA” moment that clarifies everything—and enthusiasm, and The Sun predicts success.

This card is asking you to look at the world a different way. Be present to and aware of each moment, breath, sunrise, aroma, etc. as you see and feel everything around you as being made of spiritual and eternal magic! Break with past patterns of existing in day to day drudgery and take this chance to improve yourself and go in a new direction. Perhaps nothing actually changes in your material world (same car, same house, same job), but your attitude towards your life is filtered through your dazzling indomitable spirit rather than just beige survival.

December 9, 2020: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. All the kings of the Tarot deck represent leadership. The Sword King leans towards being a moral leader who upholds the ideals and standards of society. But where does this leadership begin if it’s going to be sincere and honest? Right in your own mind and heart. This card represents the need to be organized, responsible, and true in your OWN actions before you start pointing fingers of blame at others.

At this time, matter-of-fact logic is needed more than emotional reactions. We are being challenged to do the right thing for the whole of one’s community through tough-minded common sense and cool-headed examination of the circumstances. It’s time to expand small-minded views based in fear, ignorance, or mental laziness. You’ll need to use critical and objective commitment to intellectual honesty to do this.

December 8, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. The Ten of Cups represents contentment in who you are and a balanced state of well being. It’s happiness that comes from within and nothing from the outside can harsh this buzz. This kind of joy doesn’t come from others or stuff…nothing “makes” you happy except your choice to BE happy.

How do you achieve this fullness of heart? Start with learning to understand your emotions. What evokes happiness? A song, scene, smell? What triggers your positive or negative emotions? Once you pay attention to those feelings, you can identify and avoid the negative triggers while you concentrate on all things happy-making. Open your heart to the concept of BEING happy! 

Generally happy people are aware of the interconnectedness of all beings and make long-term relationships an important part of their lives. This is a good thing to have for those times when you’ve hit some hard luck. Being generally happy doesn’t mean you never suffer down times. But with your close social circle and inner shine, you can roll with punches and get back on your feet. It’s the miserable cows who’re waiting for the world to “make them happy” who stay down and snivel about it.

December 7, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ten of Wands, reversed. Yesterday, I totally embraced the stagnation…erm… “stillness” and “quiet” of the Four of Cups. I guess I needed a Sloth Day. Today, though, the reversed 10 of Wands is encouraging me to get back on my feet.

This card represents laying down burdens, walking away from difficulties, getting relief from pressures, and/or generally getting out from under an oppressive situation. This may manifest in physically removing things from your living space, ending a relationship, or quitting an awful job. Regardless of the form the relief takes, it leads you to a clearer path. It’s also a “10”, and we all know that means endings that lead to new beginnings.

Once you’ve crawled out from under the boulder that’s been weighing you down, you’ll realize how you’ve been wasting your energy all this time and how you can use it for so much better purpose. I sure hope I can use my energy for better purpose today other than watching YouTube!

December 6, 2020: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups. It’s been a hella year, which has lead some to emotional overload or exhaustion that necessitates a break. This card offers a foundation of stability and stillness. It’s a safe place for quiet grounding and meditation where you can explore your imagination, daydreams, and soothe your raw feelings. Take some time today—this week—for ruminating upon the events of the year. Take a look at what’s happened to you personally before expanding your view to everyone else, because your own life may need so much healing you can’t spare a thought for anyone else. (And that’s okay!)

The danger lurking in the shadows of the Four of Cups is stagnating in this  withdrawal from the world to contemplate your own navel. If you become too self-absorbed, it’s a slippery slope into a pity party where you’re the guest of honor…actually, the only guest since we all got problems! Rest and recharge, but don’t stay wrapped up in yourself.

December 4, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Tower. November 23rd The Tower appeared; it’s back. Let’s look at the number 11 since it was eleven days ago The Tower showed up. Numerologically, 11 signifies an awakening into more heightened states of unity, consciousness, and awareness and offers a loving, supportive connection to the Divine. ( As I said before, Universe, or the Divine, always has your back and will push you towards living your best life. 

Unfortunately, the free will (ego) given to us by Universe/Divine/God leads us to purposely fuck things up for ourselves because we think we know better than anyone/thing/power. We humans are a sassy little species so The Tower is back to remind you Life will bitch-slap your ass onto the right track any way it can. 

Therefore, remember that the next time you fall flat on your face, your world implodes, you lose your job, or fill in the blank regarding the worst thing to ever happen to you. Universe. Has. Your. Back. When you're lower than a snake's belly and your tower has fallen, tell Ego to stuff a sock in it and humbly accept the new path before you.

December 3, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune, reversed. Again with The Wheel! This card appeared upright on November 5th, November 14th, reversed, November 25th, reversed, and now we’re getting it again reversed. That’s four times in five weeks. I invite you to go back and re-read each entry regarding the card.

I think we keep getting this card so the messages of “end of cycle” and “changes” will be drilled home to us. Even though The Wheel’s appearance is a good omen, the three-out-of-four reversals tell us it’s not going to be a smooth transition to the next cycle and the changes are going to be bumpy and grumpy-making.

Just remember, resistance is futile. You’ll have to make do with what is being offered to you. Adaptation to circumstances, whether planned or on the fly, is crucial. ALWAYS have a back-up plan in mind this winter going into spring (it’s usually a good idea, anyway, to have a Plan B, but it’s especially important right now). Finally, check your reactions to the daily turns in the road. Like I said, resistance is futile so when you’re blocked, don’t get your knickers in a twist. You’re allowed a little foul language but even while you’re still cussing, be looking for the alternative route and then get on with it.

December 2, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Magician, reversed. The reversed Magician isn’t any more lively and confident than yesterday’s reversed Fool. Feelings of apathy, confusion, lethargy, depression, and difficulty focusing continues with this card. Cue insecurity and doubt as things don’t go as planned. Which all leads to believing you’re inept or inadequate and so you remain stalled. Swell. I think I’ll just go back to bed….

However, going back to bed would be denying daily responsibilities and involvement in my life. Thinking that I’ll just hide until “it’s all over” is self-deception and self-serving manipulation to excuse me from parking in front of the fire and snoozing. I have plans for the coming month and if I don’t follow through, I’ll be disappointed with myself. So I guess I have to get off my duff and power on regardless! (*Whine*, *whimper*, *flounce*! I didn’t say I’d do it willingly and gracefully…but done ugly is still done.)

December 1, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Fool, reversed. When the normally free-spirited Fool is reversed, it means one is accepting limits as absolutes. Certainly we’re all limited right now due to current circumstances, but there ARE work-arrounds that allow for going to school, work, and visiting with friends. Are they ideal? Hell to the no, but it means you can still do SOME things in a safe way. Unfortunately, being denied and restricted for so long also tends to put one in a funk. I can attest to feelings of apathy, being adrift, and suffering an inability to focus on anything beyond the drivel on my phone.  

Also, when upright, The Fool asks you to trust your inner knowing. Meaning, follow your own gut, wisdom, and/or acquired knowledge and not necessarily what you heard from your neighbor’s cousin’s ex-girlfriend’s hairdresser. But when reversed, you’re not doing that. The politically correct term is “cognitive dissonance.” More colloquially, it’s when one has their crown chakra stuffed up their root chakra. Either way, you’re not looking around yourself and making a realistic assessment of all facts available to you. In other words, you’re being intellectually lazy. This laziness can cause unwarranted fear or unreasonable hatred/outrage and keep you from becoming your highest and best self.

November 30, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. We’re taught at a very early age to think of others by sharing our gifts and resources, lending a hand to those less fortunate, and looking after those who can’t look after themselves. Compassion is a beautiful thing! However, this giving of ourselves assumes we actually have anything to give. 

This card is signifying the importance of your personal power and recognizing all your potential. You’re encouraged not to be easily contented and to take well-planned, carefully thought out risks to get what YOU really want. As you decide what your next steps are and which opportunity to go after, harness and responsibly manage your energies. 

If you’re more loving towards yourself by maintaining personal boundaries and doing things for yourself, your “cup” fills and runs over. From this condition of largesse, extra, and self-satisfaction, you’ll be more than happy to share. And the more you share, the more you WANT to share…. But you’ve got to put the emergency oxygen mask on your own face before helping others put theirs on.

November 29, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups, reversed. The nostalgia indicated by the upright card has become less important to you. You’ve taken a hard, honest look at past relationships and see them for what they are: merely an acquaintance rather than a “bestie”, toxic, dutiful rather than truly enjoyed, or you finally see why it’s over and it should stay that way. Good on ya! Now you can move forward with all your connections, categorize them accordingly, and spend your energy on each one more wisely.

If relationships aren’t at issue, then you could be doing the same work with destructive behavioral pattens, former obligations, or prior responsibilities. You can see what you may—or should—step back from, what’s no longer your job, and/or what’s not serving you and is wasting your time.

Either way, whether you’re releasing relationships, behavior, or duties, doing so moves you in the right direction and renews your trust in the future.

November 28, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Sun and Nine of Wands, reversed. Two cards stepped forward today: The Sun and the Nine of Wands, reversed. At first, I thought The Sun was bringing us good news, but unfortunately, the reversed Nine is skewing The Sun into its shadow side.

The Nine is pointing out all the energy we’re wasting in the form of anger and feelings of impotence due to the current circumstances that have us separated from loved ones, financially insecure, and in constant fear of illness. This can lead to the egoism and arrogance signified by The Sun and defensiveness represented by both cards. Such emotions then manifest in impractical preparations without substance or rash impulses, which result in further obstacles, difficulties, and frustration of plans.

Both cards suggest letting go of your defensiveness and to reconsider your current mindset and actions. Through clarity of thought, you’ll come to realize how you’ve exacerbated conditions. This, fortunately, leads to discovering your innate knowledge and wisdom followed closely by enlightenment and acceptance of your situation. In this state, you can start figuring out ways to improve everything and tap into The Sun’s radiant energy!

November 27, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. As we move into a very…erm…secular and materialistic time of year (it IS Black Friday after all), we’re reminded not to neglect our spiritual needs. The Eight of Cups is representative of the necessity to attain a higher level of  spirituality. 

Now, just because you’re spiritual it doesn’t mean you have to give up your new iPhone! You’re allowed to have nice stuff! However, we’re being asked to recognize the turning point where you let go of the material junk that no longer gives you pleasure and look to how you can bring your mind and heart into harmony and peace. As you transcend the worldly shiny objects and recognize your own completeness and perfection all within your own skin, you’re able to find a deeper meaning in your existence.  

Hey, I love to shop as much as the next person and I’ve got a house full of possessions. There’s no shame in that. But I don’t identify myself by those possessions or feel I’ll truly be happy only when I’ve become the owner of X, Y, or Z. I invite you to give joy to yourself this holiday season.

November 25, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Wheel, reversed. We received The Wheel of Fortune, upright, on November 5th, November 14, reversed, and now we’re getting it again reversed. I’ll remind you even when reversed, The Wheel of Fortune is still a “good omen” card, but the jerky-jerky, unpredictable energy can lead one to doubt, fear, and uncertainty for the future. Don’t allow this mindset to grow roots! Do your best to roll with the punches and adapt to what is and isn’t possible right now.

Another connotation of this card is that social plans could feel too hectic. The usual packed calendar at this time of year, coupled with the dangers of infection, may make some of you want to crawl back in bed and pull the covers up. (Frankly, that might be your safest option.) Therefore, think carefully about which events are truly necessary to attend in person and which ones you can skip this year. 

When The Wheel turns, we can choose to be rigid and get run over, or we can opt for Plans B, C, and D. Perhaps they’re not quite as exciting or traditional as Plan A, but Plan A is not on the table.

November 24, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords. When I drew this card, I thought, “Wow! Right after The Tower we get smacked with the 10 of Swords, a truly gnarly card!” However, upon closer examination, I see the Ten is offering much the same wisdom as The Tower did yesterday.

Constructive force, combined with determination, fortitude, and spirituality leads to liberation and expansion as you reinvent yourself. The stone associated with the 10 of Swords is smokey quartz. It challenges you to take responsibility for your life and replace negative thoughts with positive patterns of behavior. (That’s in case the broccoli/prune smoothie isn’t quite flushing you completely.) 

Numerologically, as a “10”, this card represents an ending that allows new beginnings to happen. So, if you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom these days, that’s great because now you’ve only got one way to go: up! Therefore, accept and embrace the ending as an opportunity to grow and evolve into something new.

November 23, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Tower. Because God, Universe, Allah, Jehovah, Yaweh, or [insert name of your higher power here] always has your back and won’t let you stay imprisoned in a “tower” of illusion and repression, when you can’t free yourself, Universe is happy to blast your ass free for you. While it may seem like a huge failure as you’re forced to eat some serious humble pie, consider it a message of great spiritual comfort. 

As your physical health and psycho-emotional wellbeing is…erm…“challenged”, don’t consider it a disaster but a chance to reconstruct how you treat your body, mind, and spirit. The Tower is represented by the large intestine and one is being asked to “remove” all negativity. Perhaps a broccoli and prune juice smoothie is in order to get the body started. You can work on the mind and spirit while “reading the newspaper” in the “library.”

All this good, explosive work will lead to liberation, awakening, and a big change of opinion about yourself, current events, and your place in the Big Picture. Once you’re through the worst of it, see the new freedom and beginnings available to you as you get your feet back under you. Whatever you lose during this time wasn’t meant to stay any longer. Remember that as you go forth.

November 22, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords, reversed. I’m really identifying with the card today! Yesterday, I made the sad decision to un-invite my brother and his family for Christmas celebrations. It’s an annual thing, and since he lives in Vermont, it’s often the only time I see him each year. So, I’m in grief and mourning at the loss of this happy family time. There’s a discord between the material and spiritual worlds right now (wanting to see family, but knowing it’s too dangerous for gatherings) and thus we have to sacrifice what we whaaaaaant to do for what is right regarding the whole of society.

As with everything, This. Too. Shall. Pass. Once it’s safe to get together again, see how you can salvage all the lost celebrations. I mean, if you really think about it, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Kwanza, etc. live in our hearts not on the calendar. So what’s stopping you from celebrating big events on a random weekend in July?

Each of us must determine their obligations and liability regarding the current unfortunate events and own them. I’ve determined my obligation to keep my family safe and healthy by NOT inviting them to my house outweighs my disappointment at not seeing them. Ditto other small and cautious meet-ups I had planned with a friend here and there in the coming weeks. 

November 21, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles, reversed. When the ultimate “family” and “material wealth” card is reversed, we see disruption on the physical plane. There may be squabbles and differences of opinions within an extended family or the household. Forced togetherness or distance makes everyone crabby and drama ensues. Even if the turmoil is outside your immediate circle, you may make the mistake of getting caught up in it and being asked to take sides. Some may have money troubles, but when given a boost, will just waste the gifts on frivolous things.

This is AN energetic situation, but there’s another possibility if you dare. You could choose Door #2, get off the Crazy Train, and venture into the Spiritual Realm*. If you’re not used to smudging, crystals, and meditation, it might be a little unsettling. However, when you turn your back on the drama-filled material world and sit with yourself in peaceful contemplation of all you DO have, you’ll feel the crazy slip away and be replaced by serenity, calm, and trust that you can make it through.

*Said “spiritual realm” is right in your own backyard. You don’t need anything beyond a tree to sit under, a bit of water to watch, or a nice cuppa. Mostly, you just need silence so you can hear yourself think and breath as you tell yourself it’ll be okay.

November 20, 2020: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. The Kings of the Tarot deck denote leadership and responsibility for others. The King of Swords acts as a totem of metal prowess, knowledge, logic, and diplomacy. He approaches problems and circumstances with a cool head and critical thinking as he explores routes forward. As an impartial arbiter of truth and justice, he makes his decisions based on facts and logic.

The appearance of this card is a reminder to be a little more like this king as you navigate your life right now. The world is suffering a problem that can be mitigated by our own actions and reactions to it (unlike, say, an earthquake). The Sword King puts aside his ego in his search for truth and reality. He thinks with his head and not his heart. While not completely without daring to act, this king balances risks with intelligent weighing of all pros and cons. I suggest you do the same in the coming weeks and encourage others to follow your lead.

November 18, 2020: Card O' the Day: Strength. True strength means surviving and even thriving despite fear, emotional strain, and having limited resources. Ever see the tree growing on the side of a cliff or splitting through a giant boulder? The tree continues forward with confidence and determination to attain it’s goal of life despite all obstacles. As we move towards winter and new challenges, continue forward. Do. Not. Give. Up.

Real strength also allows you to persevere with gentleness and compassion for yourself and others. This doesn’t mean you’re a doormat or a weak and sniveling whiner. It’s about loving yourself enough to know your limits, taking responsibility for your obligations, and having the discipline to follow through. If you can’t, have the balls to turf it off to someone else. There’s no shame in asking for help.

November 16, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Moon (again). In addition to rather profound world events, we’re coming into our Big Holiday Season. Even with our social distancing rules, parties must be had, feasts eaten, and gifts bought and exchanged, which all requires heaps of planning. This is happening on the physical plane and if you recall the reversed Six of Wands, we’ve already been warned timing isn’t that great for creative manifesting. Therefore, don’t expect to get any major work done on your novel, photography portfolio, or miniature portraiture creations.

The Moon invites you to take this time for pondering and resting. While the energy is amped on the material level, keep your psyche engaged but at a low simmer. Pay attention to dreams, instincts, and intuition. Don’t try to do more than gently forgive…yourself, especially, and others. Forgive yourself for over indulging during the pandemic and during the coming holidays. Skip the guilt and shame this Thanksgiving and go straight to the compassion with extra whipped cream. (The bonus side-effect of learning to forgive your own faults is you become less judgy of others.)

The biggest spiritual transformations come when you stop trying so hard to achieve them but simply allow them to envelop you. Remember, The Moon is about passive, yin receptivity, not aggressive, active giving or grabby taking.

November 15, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Moon. Right now, The Moon is emphasizing our current situation of flux. It’s a dangerous time between the end of one world structure and the beginning of the next. During this time, important truths will come to light…The Moon asks you to be receptive to them. We are at a crossroads right now and you can choose to journey forward towards rebirth and greater development or cling to what’s over. 

I’ll tell you right now, staying behind is always a bad idea if you expect to achieve anything noteworthy. Your awareness of what’s going on outside your own safety zone might be diffuse, uncertain, and changeable as you shift your perspectives and opinions daily…hourly. Admit to and face your insecurities and then trust in a higher consciousness (your religious faith or your own intuition) to carry you through to more firm psycho-emotional ground. I remind you that you have control of your reactions!

The Moon is the 18th of the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck. Numerologically, it reduces to a 9, which represents completion at a spiritual level. This card also speaks of spiritual transformations. Meaning, along with the physical world’s changes you can expect spiritual shifts within yourself if you want and embrace them. Again, if you’d rather stay put with what you know, then scroll by this post.

November 14, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune, reversed. We received The Wheel of Fortune, upright, on November 5th and now we’re getting it again, only reversed. The reversed Wheel is a little like yesterday’s reversed Six in that doubt and a negative mindset are the biggest things in your way. Remember, upright, The Wheel cautioned you about your REACTION to the coming changes. 

I’d say we’re in the middle of some pretty big shifts right now and we’re dealing with all the instability and unpredictability those bring. If things aren’t happening fast enough for your tastes, consider it might not yet be the right time. Big changes require lots of preparation, reallocation of resources, new ideas for implementation, etc., etc.

The Wheel, even reversed, is still a fortunate omen and one of unavoidable differences. Struggling against and resistance to those changes is futile. Adapting is your only alternative. So, adapt gracefully with a plan of how to work those changes to your advantage or get dragged forward kicking and screaming and suffering road rash. Your choice.

November 13, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Wands, reversed. The normally well-balanced Six of Wands goes awry when reversed. Negativity and doubts about personal abilities creep in, which then cause delays because you’re second guessing every move you make. You might even table some projects altogether because you don’t think you can actually do them. When dealing with others, suspicion about them makes you not want to work or play well with them because they might “show you up” or steal your thunder.

Whoa!!! Mercury retrograde is over, people! Who pissed in your Wheaties this morning? Is it because it’s Friday the 13th? Did you know it used to be considered a lucky day until the mid-1400’s? The number 13 is a “goddess” number signifying the 13 full moons in a year and the 13 (more or less) periods women have every year. But The Church was gaining strength at the time and it was decided female healers (witches) were evil and should be burned at the stake.

So, change yer ‘tude about the number 13 and any fears about Fridays that happen to fall on the 13th of the month. It’s really a celebratory day all about goddess energy, Mother Earth, and our connection to Universe.

November 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant. Yesterday, The High Priestess was asking you to listen to your gut and its wordless wisdom. Today’s Hierophant helps you understand those revelations of the sacred by bringing it into the light and words you can understand. (What, you thought those random “knowings” were original to you? Look up “collective consciousness.”) Many before us have attempted to write down all that stuff in commonly known books such as The Bible, The Koran, and The Torah to name a very few. Those wise ones who came before understood we, as a species, are social and live best in groups. And yet our raw instincts need to be tempered a bit with laws of order and harmony to achieve success and happiness as a whole.

However, blindly following doctrines and dogma that police every action and reaction tend to block healthy creativity. Remember, it’s those who dared to question what has “always been done” who made the greatest discoveries or inventions!* Therefore, to find individual spiritual understanding, one would do well to study traditions and written law and take inspiration from it, but not allow oneself to become hobbled by past practices or outdated ideals.

*Daring to question past practices or outdated ideals has nothing to do with the Basic Rules like not killing or stealing, etc. I’m talking about daring to eat shellfish, wear blended fibers, get a tattoo, or other sort of innocuous, “I’m not hurting anyone else by doing this” stuff.

November 11, 2020: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess. The High Priestess represents your intuition or innate “knowing”…basically it’s your gut. It’s the little voice in the back of your mind that tells you to do or not do something, but you can’t quite put your finger on how you knew. When she appears, she’s asking you to trust your gut and know you’ve got what you need to handle everything. 

This card signifies the ability to stay calm in a crisis and see the way to safety through sheer instincts alone. That calmness actually allows your mind to work and you to tap into your unconscious. We’ve got all kinds of wisdom tucked away in our brains that we’ve picked up along the way or were gifted by our ancestors (if you buy into the concept of the collective unconscious). This is stuff you never knew you knew and can’t be expressed in mere words, but it’s seriously useful in a pinch.

Our Good Priestess can put you on a path of discovering all you CAN do if you put aside your beliefs that you can’t. She’ll direct your first steps towards understanding the reality of your abilities. There’s huge potential for very strong possibilities you haven’t yet recognized, so be still for minute and listen quietly to yourself. Then get busy and make it happen.

November 10, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands, reversed. The last couple Cards O’ the Day (November 4th and 5th) indicated big changes coming. Well, we’ve now elected a new president of our country—for better or worse—and some will be cheering and others groaning about it. It would seem our reversed Princess is representing those who are not optimistic about the election results.

This card can signify fear of changes and possible disappointments those changes could bring. (Quite understandable.) You may feel rejected or that your voice was ignored. This fear/rejection then has you turning down new opportunities, plans, or things of value the shifts may reveal or have you overlooking the finer points of the new circumstances. Meaning, it’s not what you thought you wanted, thus it’s all “bad.” Such a mood or outlook will only cause delays, indecision, and block your creative forward motion.

EVERY situation has good and bad parts. Find what you consider the kernels of gold and work with and amplify them. Make the very best with what you’ve got and continue onwards!

November 5, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune. The goddess Fortuna turns the Wheel of Life as she manifests a big event, transition, or a fortunate turn of the tides of destiny. We’re looking at the ending/beginning of a new cycle that allows for rebirth, improvement, and growth. While things may seem unpredictable and a little frightening, this is an opportunity for a major shift in your life. 

Because of this sudden rise to success, your integrity and ability to remain centered and grounded will be tested. The True, Highest Self is represented by the hub of The Wheel. Meaning, while external circumstances shift, the center remains the same—still and connected to internal strength.

The most important part of all the changes The Wheel portends is your REACTION to the changes and not the actual changes themselves. Therefore, acceptance of and adaptation to the changes outside of your personal bubble, and releasing pointless struggles against them, will enable a new orientation and inner harmony.

November 4, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles, reversed. When the Two of Pentacles is reversed it indicates inflexibility and challenge to the structure of one’s material plane. Information comes in faster than one can assimilate and each bit seems to contradict the previous, which only adds to the confusion. Coming changes may be disharmonious or bring negative results. Tarot 101: one’s “material plane” is anything physical…job, living arrangements, roommates, kitchen appliances, ride sharing, bus routes, your regular take-out place, your personal health, etc., etc. However, upheaval in your physical world will certainly affect your psycho-emotional balance as well!

Therefore, if something has become too much—like your weekly volunteer day at the library or seat on the PTA—you ARE allowed to drop it and conserve your resources. Pretending to yourself or others that you can “handle it” and it doesn’t really bother you is counter-productive to your wellbeing. Consider how you can lighten your load until the dust settles and you can make a plan regarding the new circumstances.

November 3, 2020: Card O' the Day: The EmpressThe body part associated with this card is the Corpus Callosum in the brain, which connects the left and right brains to allow communication between the two halves. Let us consider that figuratively…as in the “Left” and “Right” in politics, religion, and our neighbors. Lately we’ve lost the art of civil discourse and real communication and The Empress—the universal Mother—is telling us it’s time to recognize the interconnectedness of all things and beings in our world. 

This card represents physical care and nurturing of the self and others through love, acceptance, and forgiveness. It signifies the desire to protect, defend, and show kindness to those less fortunate. We are being asked to learn to be emotionally available and look to where one may be of assistance as we absorb negativity and transmute it for the good of the whole.

The Empress foretells good times, all being well, and happiness as hope, the beginning of prosperity, and new and rejuvenating energy progresses towards manifestation. Abundance, physical wellbeing, fruitfulness, and, most importantly, HEALING is brought to us by The Divine Mother.

November 2, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. The Nine of Cups is considered the “wish card” of the Tarot deck. When it shows up, wishes come true and there’s a feeling of material, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Difficulties are surmounted and justice prevails. Positive and expansive emotions bubble up from your depths as you cultivate your inner harmony!

However, (that’s the fancy way of saying “but”) there’s a danger of becoming complacent and smug in all your happy good fortune. I’m not saying you have to downplay or be apologetic about your fortuity. Just remember it didn’t happen overnight, and even though you worked your ass off to get here, you did have help. 

Therefore, be gracious and humble about your upswing. Nobody likes a braggart or having your success rubbed in their faces. Share your wealth of spirit and happiness. If you can, write a check to your favorite charity, volunteer your time, or send cards or letters to people who can’t get out much. Yes, enjoy your good luck while it lasts, but pay it forward so it comes back when you need it most.

October 31, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Star. It is said the veil between the spirit world and the physical plane is thinnest on Halloween and therefore, receiving The Star today is very appropriate. She represents the place where all roads meet and reality shifts and a time of deep connection to the Divine. Thus, it’s a really good time for spiritual journeying or meditation. During your silence, receptivity is enhanced and greater understanding is possible. 

Understanding of what, you may ask? Of the fact the calm center of all Being is within you as well. Tune into your innate psychic reception to see unexpected correlations you didn’t notice before. Those are the little things that make you go “huh…how ‘bout that…” or “how random!” 

The Star in us all is what guides us forward and gives you the strength to lift your foot, against all odds, and take one more step. When you think you just can’t, go quiet, find your inner Star, and breathe.

October 29, 2020: Card O' the Day: King of Cups, reversed. Because king personalities are generally dominating and self-assured, when reversed, their normal characteristics get pushed to the extreme ends of a spectrum. At one end, to avoid being perceived as wimpy, weak, or ineffectual, one may act macho or resort to bullying. Emotions can become artificial, and one might hide behind a caring façade, publicly pretend congeniality, or fake a role to fulfill someone’s needs and gain credit for being a “good guy.” Then again, by APPEARING to be Mr. Wonderful, some may try to take advantage of others through embezzlement, shifty or double dealing, and dishonesty as this vibrant energy gets turned away from helping others.

At the other end of the spectrum, the reversed King can become sentimental, maudlin, melancholic, depressed, or disappointed in himself. Escape into excessive sleep, alcohol, and/or illicit drugs are possible avoidance tactics used to basically sulk and hide from the cruel, cruel world. Which is sort of appropriate right now, if you ask me.

If you’re feeling mean and snappy like King #1, avoid others. Unleashing your vitriol on the world isn’t fair and it’ll only require clean up and amends later. If King #2 is more your speed, do the best you can and forgive yourself for letting things slide. This year has been truly awful, but like the seasons, change happens every day! Keep your feet moving until you get through all the Big Bad.

October 28, 2020: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords, reversed. Did you know tears that protect your eyes every day are slightly different from those that flush away irritants or those you cry in response to emotion? “Basal tears” are the typical tears that keep the eye hydrated, clean, and nourished. “Reflex tears” are produced in response to irritation from chemicals, bright light, or crap you get in your eye. Crying as an emotional response or from pain is called “weeping”. These tears contain the protein-based hormones prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and Leu-enkephalin, which acts as a natural painkiller. (Chemical Composition of a Teardrop by Anne Helmenstine, Therefore “weeping” in response to a painful event-emotional or physical—is actually healing and good for you!

When the Three of Swords is reversed, though, it indicates one is denying one’s inner pain and is refusing to let the tears flow. This blocks the necessary healing process. There’s actual scientific proof for that old saying “have a good cry” to feel better!

Once you’ve dried your tears, amazonite might help you regain your equilibrium. As the stone associated with this card, it is said to help reawaken joy and open your heart so universal love can flow again. And that’s something we all can use right about now….

October 27, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. In the midst of a pandemic, a contentious election cycle, and grave economic conditions, we’re being reminded to recognize the valuable qualities present in EVERY situation. No matter how bad it is in your life right this minute, I guarantee you the sun will come up again. Literally and figuratively.

So, if you’ve been feeling a little lost, foggy, slow, and anxious lately, I urge you to have faith and hang on. It WILL get better. The Ten of Cups is here to lift our spirits and bring us the rainbow after the storm.

October 26, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords. Maybe this is just me, but the Two of Swords today is signifying low-level mental blocks, stagnation, or lack of creativity. This past weekend consisted of me drooling in front of my phone for hours on end…I’m still feeling like my brain cells are under water. Is it the weather? The political news? Covid-19 malaise?

I dunno, but I saw a new word (new to me, actually, because it’s quite old) during my perusals: acedia. It means spiritual and/or mental apathy or  sloth. Now, “sloth” doesn’t just mean “lazy”; there are lots of nuances to “sloth” such as lassitude, which means lifelessness and weariness. 

How does all this relate to the Two of Swords? It means the mental/spiritual energy circulating these days is sluggish and not conducive to big bangs. The last two cards I posted were about big bangs of fire energy scattering in all directions. This is the aftermath, the hangover, the “I should clean this mess up now, but I can’t move.” Just do your best today…. And if your best is a nap, that’s okay.

October 23, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. The bold forward motion of The Chariot is disrupted when the card is reversed. The energy scatters in all directions or surges out of control. In an effort to redirect or rein in that energy, you may feel the compulsion to CONTROL…anything, everything, everyone. (Your friends, partners, colleagues, children, etc. will just luuuuuuuv you for that. NOT!) This need to control things outside of yourself is a reaction to the out-of-control feeling inside.

However, “balls to the walls” force isn’t going to put things back into place. These are problems that need to be SOLVED not overpowered and that’s gong to be hard to do in your current state. I suggest heavy exercise, trivial activities, or mindless organizing of paperclips to allow some of this crazy energy to bleed off. (Um, hello reversed Princess of Wands.)

Once your energy level has softened a little, you’ll be able to focus on making a list or putting together a plan. I don’t know if you can actually move forward yet, but you can at least get ready and visualize the solutions. Don’t consider it time wasted, think of it as insurance against possible f*ckups. Only then can you proceed intelligently, economically, and in a straight line to results.

October 21, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands, reversed. Whoa, Nelly! Rein it in, people. Energy is wonk-assed and hasty. Bratty, brash, dramatic, manic, thrill seeking, and completely unmindful of your resources…all things you DO NOT want to be with a credit card in your hand. I can’t even say give it to a trusted friend because they can’t be trusted either! Put it in a jar, fill the jar with water, and put the jar in the freezer. It’ll take enough time to thaw it out to get yourself away from whatever crazy thing you were going to buy or do.

The problem is you haven’t been allowed to have any fun for so long that your energy is getting backed up. Better to go for a long run, a fierce work out at the gym, or dig a new pool in your backyard. By hand! Notice I didn’t say practice your yoga and/or meditation. Wands energy that’s gone sideways needs to be burned hot, fast, and sweaty.

You might be a little too flakey to do anything creative and false starts would be demoralizing. Stick with cleaning the garage rather than starting your new novel. At any rate, this too shall pass after you’ve vented a bit.

October 19, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles. This Card O’ the Day is dedicated to my friend, Sarah, who’s struggling a bit right this minute. Perhaps you are, too. Take heed….

The Nine of Pentacles represents success through discipline. With discipline one will achieve, grow, and prosper. Accomplishments will be grounded on the physical plane (Pentacles, after all), but they will be sensitive to your spiritual wellbeing. Meaning, the thing you’re working on is good for your wallet AND soul. The number 9 indicates a certain level of completion has been reached, but it’s a foundation for the bigger, badder stuff coming down the road as a result of this particular finished project.

The word “discipline” originates in Middle English in the sense of “mortification by scourging oneself.” Used like this, “mortification” is subduing one’s physical desires and causing oneself great suffering (scourging). However, you can make self-discipline more palatable by facing fears of failure and releasing self-judgment about not being “good enough.” Travel your path with compassion for self. You’re INVESTING in yourself, and future, by doing this thing. 

With that mindset, get off Facebook or Instagram, and get to work!

October 18, 2020: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess, reversed. When the High Priestess is reversed, it indicates a removal from one’s higher self as the desires of the ego get confused with real intuition. In plain terms, you might feel an increase in the superficiality or distance in a relationship, or it feels like you’re doing all the work to maintain it. Lethargy, laziness, or lack of interest could be preventing you from initiating new plans or projects. At worst, that could mean principles become corrupted as they conflict with ignorance, shortsightedness, and lack of understanding on the material plane.

I understand the lack of interest in new projects. Many of us are struggling to be motivated these days. Remember that your favorite people are also experiencing this laziness and lethargy, so have compassion for them when they don’t call or re-tweet your post. Keeping emotional score right now means that connection will fail. Try to save the judgment about whether that person is “a keeper” until after things settle. (Now, I’m talking about casual flaking, NOT someone being an utter asshole to you. You have my permission to dump that person right now.)

The worst connotation of this card, though, is the disconnect from or loss of personal integrity. This should NEVER happen. You’re meant to be better than that. Men and women imprisoned in the WWII concentration camps held onto their integrity. If they could do it under such horrific circumstances, you can too. Take a deep breath and a brisk walk around the block to reconnect with your kinder, gentler Self, and help a little old lady across the street while you’re at it.

October 16, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Devil, reversed. The Devil reversed shows greater extremes than any other card, reversed or upright. If you’re good, it means you’re reeeeeaaaaaallllly “good”…so much “better” than anyone else and you make sure they know how holier-than-thou you are! And if you’re bad, I hope you know a good lawyer and exercise your right to remain silent cuz bragging about how “bad” you are and posting the proof on Instagram is how a lot of chumps get caught.

Another facet of the reversed Devil is weakness and timidity. You’re going to have an epic pity-party—Covid be damned—everyone is invited, and no social distancing or masks will be enforced! Wine will flow in abundance.

Or, you can move on to Door #3 and face your false inhibitions, patterns of manipulation, and codependency and release yourself from that garbage. Allow yourself to be happy in your own skin with all its stretch marks, cellulite, droops, bags, sags, and wrinkles. Own your frailties, but don’t be defined or limited by them. See through all the illusions you’re being fed on a daily basis that you’re not “enough” in some way. Because you ARE enough in every way that’s important.

October 15, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands. We had the Prince of Wands a few weeks ago, but he was reversed then, which indicated slower energy and a more mature way of handling stress. Upright, somebody put a boot up his root chakra, cuz he’s back to lighting his hair on fire and runnin’ down the road.

This isn’t necessarily a “bad thing” though. Changing it up is good for you; it keeps you on your toes and young-thinking. The Prince offers us the self-confidence we need to dare a little and take a risk. Now, I know we’re in Mercury retrograde right now and things can go to hell in a hand basket quickly, but maybe THINK about the adventures you want to take. It never hurts to plan and with fire under your butt, you’re more likely to make plans that you’ll actually follow through on.

Channel this guy’s excessive charm to your advantage and burn up your social media connections with witty memes and funny photos. Just know the difference between being the life of the party and becoming an asshole. The Prince skates reeeeeeaaallll close to the edge of being a douche. 

October 14, 2020: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles. Autumn and spring are the two “super change-y” seasons of the year (as opposed to the long hot days of summer and the endless dreary months of winter). During these two seasons, things change fast; buds pop over night or the leaves change color and fall within a week’s time. The King of Pentacles conveys the energy of Spirit and the feeling of connectedness to Mother Earth as she goes through her cycles. I think his appearance today is to remind us the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Emotional support and spiritual connection—if achieved—open doors for further development and expansion, a strong sense of purpose and direction, and long range vision. Meaning, think beyond the current discomforts and inconveniences we are all suffering right now. My grandfather was a POW during WWII. Since he had no idea how long he would be imprisoned, he planted a garden to feed himself and his fellow prisoners. By connecting to Mother Earth and planning according to HER calendar, he survived.

This card is significant of good physical health and we are called to focus on our body, diet, and exercise, and apply energy to practical matters and physical wellbeing. Amber, the stone for this card, is said to fortify inner vision, increase mental wellbeing, help the soul achieve illumination, absorb negative energy, give life in the material world, and bring strength and wisdom. I dunno about yinz guys, but I’m gonna go put on my amber earrings right about now.

October 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. It doesn’t happen often that I get the same card two days in a row (to remind you, there are 78 cards in a Tarot deck), but when that happens, I’m thinking I either missed something or we didn’t get the memo this card was sending. …and then I open my Big Book and the first thing I see is it’s possible to over-think things. (LOL-ing at Universe…)

Nevertheless, let’s examine that notion. Sometimes we do need to take a leap of faith based upon minimal research. You know, as in you can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket. My take away on this is we’re being urged to take a step or make a move, even if it’s the wrong move, just to get unstuck. You can fix it later if it turns out the effort wasn’t the best, but there’s nothing to fix if you don’t move at all. 

The Prince is here to give you all the courage and willingness to fight all enemies and the ability to overcome physical and mental limits. Meaning, right now is a good time to run on 3 hrs sleep and a lot of coffee to get your “thing” launched, into Phase 2, or done. Therefore, use the spirit of enterprise and your quick-wittedness wisely to support a cause, meet like-minded people, be inspired, right some wrong, cut through obstructions, create time efficiency, or eliminate ineffective behavior.

October 11, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. Some of you have turned your personal Star right side up! Good for you! How do I know this? Because today’s Prince of Swords represents sudden shifts in perspective as the mind is cleansed of all parasitical concepts that weigh one down. This is the mind-chatter that keeps you from going beyond mere thought and making your plans reality. 

However, while your mind may be whirling with all this new energy, don’t get ahead of yourself and leap at every impulse. The Prince reminds us to ground ideas in reality and be responsible for what you do and create. (Ask him how he knows….) With your head screwed on straight and out of your root chakra, you’ll be able to see your way to solutions that end conflicts and clear up some problems that may be dogging you. 

Keep your Star upright! If you’re still breathing, there’s always hope for making changes and choices that will improve your life.

October 10, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Star, reversed. The Star is the card that quietly tells you you’ve got this. That you have strength and power and matter in this world. When the card is reversed, you doubt that. Self-esteem takes a hit as you believe you lack talent, grace, and beauty. In denial of your true gifts, insecurity leaves you hiding and trying your best to be invisible.

You may lose touch with some of your sources of inspiration and/or other valued relationships could be getting distant. Like the reversed Princess of Swords from the other day, clarity of thought is compromised, focus on tasks is gone, and decisions are nearly impossible. In such a head space, efforts will seem overwhelming or pointless.

The Star is asking you to shed all ideas about yourself that depend upon your social status, possessions, appearances, and what others think of you. Post what you want to on your social media pages without thought to how many “likes” or shares it’ll get. Stop measuring yourself against the “Kim Kardashians” of the world and start measuring yourself against who you were yesterday. Strive to do better and be better than the person you are rather than trying to “one up” your neighbor. Staying on your own mat and concentrating on you will go a long way in helping you rediscover your self-worth.

October 7, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Swords, reversed. The reversed Princess of Swords signifies halting and poorly organized thoughts. This leads to becoming overwhelmed by problems—large or small—and feeling too weak or intellectually confused to do anything about them. Miscommunications in emails or other writing or in conversation seem to be chronic. Some of those “misunderstandings” seem to be on purpose, like someone is trying to trick you!

I’m not trying to minimize your distress, but I want you to ask yourself where this is coming from: definitely from the outside or from that horrible little voice in your head that blows even the slightest hiccup into The End of Days? You know which little voice I’m talking about…the one that tells you you’re too fat/skinny, tall/short, stupid/smart, nice/unhelpful, etc. The voice that blames you for things which are completely out of your control and yet somehow makes it your fault.

Think about it reeeeeaaaalllly honestly. Are you breaking your own heart and tearing yourself down or is it truly coming from your stinking boss/partner/colleague/neighbor/“best” friend? If it’s you, it’s time to talk to someone about it and find out what old pain hasn’t been dealt with from your past. If it’s outside, grow a pair and get off the floor. If you’re not lying down, nobody can wipe their feet on you.

October 5, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. The last few days have been hard for me. Maybe you noticed there was no Card O’ the Day. Perhaps the full moon was at fault, perhaps it was the chaos of the entire year that put me down. As I was drawing the card for this morning’s reading, I asked for help from Universe. The answer I got was work.

It doesn’t matter what you do; it’s the actual labor of the task that can bring spiritual reward if you let it. Find beauty in the simple routine of cleaning the kitchen or weeding the garden. Such mundane jobs take on a sacred quality when performed with total involvement, love, and for the sake of having a clean kitchen and weeded garden once you’re done. Take it one step at a time without concern for reward or recognition. 

Working in harmony with the environment makes you aware of your body, the world around you, and the way we all fit into the puzzle that is Universe.

October 1, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Lovers, reversed. The reversed Lover has been coming up a lot lately for clients of mine. Now it appears for all of us. In a nutshell, The Lovers is about making the wisest choice for one’s own greatest good. Sometimes that means making tough choices that seem to go against everything you THOUGHT was right and true. 

However, when the card is reversed, it may indicate a lack of analysis (or over analysis) regarding a situation or decision. Impulsiveness leads to uninformed stabs just to get it over with so you don’t have to spend any more thought on it. Quarrels, haggling, and miscommunications don’t make things any better.

It might be a time to be alone with yourself, thoughts, ideals, and values for a bit. Never mind what the neighbors, pundits, “experts”, or your hairdresser thinks you should do. Think carefully about the choice and what is best for YOU and go with that. There will be repercussions no matter what you decide, but at least you stayed true to Self.

September 30, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. Psycho-emotional energy bleeds off us all like B.O., last night’s garlicky shrimp, or the dust cloud surrounding Charlie Brown’s friend, Pig Pen. We pick up new energy and drop old in a constant cycle. Currently, the energy blasting around like a tornado is hubris. Even more so this morning….The card for today, the reversed Chariot, reflects that energy. 

This card signifies a dangerously inflated ego that leads to lack of caution, inflexibility, and having absolutely no doubts about the validity of one’s actions. Any means justify the ends to one’s goals, but because one is easily distracted from the objective, the work remains incomplete. Overly aggressive rash actions, an unreasonable attitude, and the inability to adhere to rules of fairness reflect a compulsion to control others to make up for the lack of self-control.

In actuality, all this bluster is just a smoke screen to cover one’s weakness and doubt in one’s abilities. Here’s a hint: attempting iron-fisted control over a situation isn’t the answer. You must find a true solution to the problem and that will require finesse, diplomacy, and compromise. No, you won’t get everything you may want, but you’ll get more than what you have now. And so will the “other side.” It’s no coincidence we received Death and The Tower—the two BIGGEST “change” cards in the Tarot deck—yesterday and the day before. Everything NEEDS to change to correct the many faults and mistakes made.

September 29, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Tower. Alrighty, then. If yesterday’s Death wasn’t a big enough ass kicking, how ‘bout we add The Tower. This card tells us there’s no problem that cannot be solved or a situation shifted. If you don’t have the strength or chutzpah to do it yourself, Universe will do it for you eventually…like it or not. It’s not in the Divine plan for you to be imprisoned in illusion or repression, but you must work WITH Universe to change that. 

Stop looking for God/Allah/Yaweh/Jehovah/Higher Powers in the sky and find it here on earth and within yourself. We’re “made in the image of God”, right? So release that bit of personal divinity that’s the True You and embrace the clarity that comes with the freedom from false beliefs that you’re “lacking” or “not enough” in some way.

In my understanding, Death is a change in physical things or social structures…your job, house, car, relationships (with yourself and/or others), your own body, your church, etc. The Tower is a change in your mind, beliefs, or values. Having them together like this is a challenge to make some really radical shifts in yourself and life. Will you resist or willingly participate…or perhaps start the process yourself?

September 28, 2020: Card O' the Day: Death. A reminder to those not very familiar with the Tarot cards: Death does NOT mean someone you love, or you yourself, is going to die. 

Death according to the Tarot is a time for a deep letting go of all the anger, aggression, or other negative energy you harbor in your being. Doing so would allow for the elimination of all the useless crap that impedes your growth as a human and divine being. If you allow it, you could go through a metamorphosis that brings an end to all your illusions about what’s “important” and “necessary” for your happiness. Such a change of view could bring great relief.

With every breath we take, there’s a chance for renewal and revitalization of the way we think, behave, and act in the wider world and within our own selves. Therefore, treat every moment as an opportunity to perform or receive a miracle.

September 27, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles, reversed. Pentacles represent the physical plane and all that goes with it: jobs, cars, living quarters, relationships, family/religious/social/political structures, and all the beliefs, values, and opinions that support them. When the normally volatile Five is reversed, it can feel like chaos has erupted in your daily slog through life. However, this “chaos” can lead to a reconfiguring of that grey plodding that releases you to a more light and colorful life.

The big take away from this card is that the same ol’ thing isn’t working anymore. You need to make some real changes to find new opportunities and enjoy the subsequent gains. However, changes require admitting what you’re doing or have isn’t perfect. So, you need to prepare yourself for eating a little humble pie as you reevaluate your religion, politics, beliefs, and other “shoulds” and “oughts” by which you judge others.

If you really want to go there and embark on the hard journey, expect obstinacy, impatience, and irritability from everyone around you (and ESPECIALLY yourself!) as you start voicing your new thoughts and put them into practice. Some stuff and people will be left behind, but the prize at the end will be worth it.

September 26, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands, reversed. The easy road for the reversed Wand Prince is to give into the volatile energy and blow the world wide open. Acting like an utter ass feels good in the short term as you vent that steam but know that you’ll burn bridges with colleagues, friends, lovers, and family. Nobody will be able to stand your boasting, dick-swinging, and inconsideration. Expect to be dumped, ghosted, and possibly fired.

OR, you can take the reversed Prince’s hard, but high road. This road has a slower pace on which you stop to smell the roses, enjoy the present moment of a cold beer with pals, really pay attention to your SO’s description of their day, and send somebody a birthday card because you remembered. Sure, you’re allowed to plan ahead, but it’s not done with the frenetic “what’s in it for me” and “how soon can I get mine” attitude. Look for ALL the benefits coming from an idea—not just how much money it’ll make you.

The upright Prince is super dynamic and will probably make his/her first million by his/her 30th birthday, dates only models, and has a fancy car. How nice for him/her. When reversed, this energy either spins out of control or quiets down to a simmer because you’ve come to understand what’s truly important in life. Your choice.

September 25, 2020: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups, reversed. When any of the “fours” are reversed, their inherently stable energy gets disrupted. Sometimes we need a little volatility to get us off our fannies, other times, we’d really rather have things stay the same. With the reversal of the Four of Cups comes emotional disruption as that safe, plodding energy gets a little sloshed about.

The first thing you may be feeling is restlessness, a bit irritated for no apparent reason, or your normal meditation or prayer routine keeps getting interrupted by thoughts dashing through like an annoying toddler who needs a nap. Psychic potential becomes amped under the influence of this card, too. You may be noticing “signs” or synchronicities that actually mean something to you rather than you dismissing them as coincidences. 

Take advantage of this situation and try on a few new hats, so to speak. Join an interesting group, talk to people at the dog park, or take an acquaintance out for coffee and see if there’s potential for a deeper friendship. Plan an unusual date night with your SO. This is your chance to break out of an emotional rut and transform creeping boredom and apathy into fulfilling new relationships.

September 24, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords, reversed. We JUST had this card appear less than a week ago, and it’s reappearance tells me some of you may still be a bit confused about what’s real and what isn’t. What truly is cause for concern vs. what’s nonsense.

Some restrictions you’ve placed upon yourself may seem to be supported by logic and reason. Your doubts about your own intelligence (or having been told you’re a bit dim for too long) make you susceptible to persuasive ideas and/or arguments, which allows others to deceive you. Do me a favor and Google “Jim Jones”, “Guiana”, and “Kool-aid.” Mr. Jones was very famous for gas lighting nearly 1,000 people into drinking poisoned Kool-aid. This card is indicating there’s a lot of Kool-aid out there to be had and I’m here to tell you NOT to drink it!

Use your own smarts to discern what IS true and what’s merely gas lighting. Do your research, listen to your gut, and see things clearly for what they are (it might not be what you WANT it to be). Again, the reversal of this card brings us ingenuity and improvisation, which makes it easier to get past intellectual blocks and sort all the contradictions that have you so perplexed.

September 23, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. At this moment, many of you may feel like you’re spinning your wheels and getting a whole lotta nowhere. If you’re pushing forward trying to force progress, you’re hitting obstacles after blocks after U-turns. You just can’t seem to get anywhere. Conversely, maybe you’re feeling too cautious to even try and bed is looking reeeeeeeally good right now.

Upright, The Chariot represents taking control of a situation and making disparate factions work together (whether they want to or not) to create something new. When reversed, this card tells us the bulldozer, control-at-the-expense-of-all-else approach isn’t going to work. We’re trying to control that which cannot be controlled. We need to actually SOLVE the problems and not just beat them into a semblance of submission. It’s like filling in a volcano’s crater thinking that’ll keep it from erupting.

What to do? Commiserate with your fellows and be reminded of how your life sucks a little less than theirs. An occasional dose of “it could be worse” puts things in perspective. Next have compassion for yourself and all those who suffer. Finally, step back and seek support. Two or three heads are better than one in this case. The down-side to that is compromise will have to happen. However, the point is to solve a problem for reals so that everybody wins.

September 22, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince (Knight) of Pentacles. The suit of pentacles is about the spiritualization of matter. Meaning, it encourages us to find the divine in tangible things and our work. The Prince of Pentacles is expert at this because of his sold work ethic and willingness to do mundane grunt work. He achieves a sort of zen state as he lays bricks, mows the lawn, puts files or accounts in order, or whatever task he is doing. He’s not the designer but the person who makes the design a physical thing.

This zen state of being in the physical world can be wonderfully grounded and centered and the Prince’s appearance today is a signal to make space for this new kind of stillness. We are urged to let go of expectations about ourselves and others and become more self-contained and less attached to stuff and people for our “happiness.” By accepting what “is”, and being okay with it, life becomes simpler and less stressful…and dare I say, happier.

The downside to the Prince is he’s a bit stodgy and slow to change. Therefore, being too chill can mean things that should change, don’t. Balance in all things means having the strength and passion to change what you can and being accepting of the stuff you can’t.

September 18, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords, reversed. The Eight of Swords is about creating the illusion you’re trapped. It may seem to be true, but the blocks are actually in your mind and heart rather than being actual iron bars. This self-sabotaging mindset keeps you stuck and prevents any forward motion out of your current quagmire.

When the card is reversed, however, it indicates the first, most important, steps of finally seeing things clearly and for what they truly are. Magic, ingenuity, and improvisation are greatly enhanced by this card, so give some “crazy” ideas a second or third thought. It’s time to set yourself free by doing something you never thought you’d do…like move across the country, end that dead-end or toxic relationship, or quit that completely unfulfilling job.

The connotations regarding health, for this card, include panic attacks. No surprise there! The mere thought of quitting my job, selling my house, and moving 2500 miles away from everyone I know for a guy makes my heart race, ears ring, and palms sweat. Oh, wait. I did that 17 years ago (and counting) to marry my husband. Those concrete shoes you’re wearing? You put them on…you have the power to take them off.

September 17, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant. The Hierophant contains yin/yang energy and all that’s possible. He represents a solid foundation of traditions, lore, knowledge, ideals, and doctrines passed down from our ancient ancestors. He’s all this personified, as well, in teachers, gurus, and religious leaders. This card makes us aware of the “shoulds” and “oughts” of life, our senses of civil obedience, and the fear of “what will the neighbors say?” that keeps us from breaking the rules.

But The Hierophant also offers a bridge between this stern right v. wrong, the limits imposed by organized religions, and the stuffy and timeless teachings from our elders and our own free will. While we have millennia of human experience passed to us through the collective consciousness and what has been discovered archeologically, we still are individuals who are born as clean slates.

We are invited to blend the two with the help of this card. Take what you know as “right” and “wrong” based upon formal education, family tradition, and societal laws and blend it with what you know in your heart and soul to be true. We all have the capacity to act with perfect love, kindness, and mercy. Today, strive to walk what you talk.

September 16, 2020: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands, reversed. The Seven of Wands has a lot of interpersonal energy that’s pushy and competitive. When reversed, you might be losing the argument. We just had two Princesses (Pages)—of Swords and Wands—and they represent budding energy and just starting out with something. Because of that, the Sword Princess is often disregarded intellectually…I mean, what does she know? In the same vein, the Princess of Wands can be considered too enthusiastic or idealistic with her concepts and gets told to hush while the “big boys” talk.

Whether you’re male or female identifying, being dismissed is no fun and one’s first reaction might be to become painfully self-conscious, pretend you don’t care, become passive-aggressive (as much as you can get away with), or go away to soothe your wounds. Being scarce for a little while is actually not a bad idea because it keeps you from doing something foolish and saves face while you heal from that particular humiliation. 

While you’re holed up, however, examine why you were shot down. Was your input vague, poorly supported by facts, or otherwise weak? Was your idea a little fantastic? Now get busy researching the snot out of your “eureka” moment. Find articles, data, and/or beta tests to bolster your thoughts and prove your theories aren’t completely nuts. Then come back armed with all this valid information and show them who’s a noob! You’re stronger than you think. 

September 14, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. Another Princess (or Page)! Again, this card represents entering into a new phase with all sorts of wide-eyed curiosity and enthusiasm. Being of the Wands this time, the phase is going to be passionate, spontaneous, and downright brazen! Non-conformity and independence rule this free-spirit who’s yearning to take action…ANY action just so they can feel the wind in their hair again and not so damned lethargic! As they search for new directions and self-growth, they don’t care about their lack of actual training or skills! With enough determination, stubbornness, and sheer chutzpah, they can do it all!!!!!

Anyone else remember “senior-itis” or spring fever? It’s a bit early for that, but I think we’re starting to chafe at the bit of the restrictions necessary to squash the Covid-19 bug. Thus the instability of energy that has us starting twenty tasks or projects and actually completing nary a one. This type of spazziness can cause hyperactivity and attention deficits that might lead to minor accidents and injuries.

I’m not going to rain on your parade too much, but the Princess does bring a few caution flags with her. Sure, welcome your adventures and dream big dreams, but be realistic in your goals and ground yourself in common sense before you get hurt.

September 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Swords. As a Princess (or Page), this card represents entering into a new phase with all sorts of wide-eyed curiosity and enthusiasm. Being of the Swords, the phase is going to be intellectual or scholarly…using your noodle. This card in particular is very tuned towards communication, so be sure your throat chakra is well lubricated and you’re ready to express your cerebral activity. Some of you may be going back to school and learning new skills like closed-captioning, computer systems, court reporting…fields that tie communication with technology.

People who are under the influence of the Princess can get caught up in head trips of the “shoulda, woulda, coulda” variety. The young energy of this court card brings insecurity with it, so be careful of second-guessing yourself into an insecure puddle of doubt. If that happens, distract that busy brain with a nature hike, cleaning frenzy, or frivolous novel. 

Garnet is the stone associated with the Princess of Swords. It’s said to have a restorative effect, strengthen courage, and promote self-trust. All that’s needed to get off that guilt-doubt-fear-of-not-being-enough train!

September 11, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords, reversed. Very many of us are beset by problems outside our control (Covid-19, wildfires, floods, etc.) right now. The fear you feel about them and your personal safety is completely legitimate. But because the problems are out of your control, there is a tendency to suppress your anger and resentment  regarding these totally unfair disasters. Therefore, check yourself for unacknowledged depression or state of crisis.

Now, things WILL get better. When? It’s anybody’s guess. Therefore, use any kind of down time to face your fears, all your biggest “what if’s?” that make your stomach churn. Make a plan of what you would do if it did come to pass. You’re stronger than you think and there are people out there ready to help. 

September 10, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. Ever hear the adage “before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water; after enlightenment, chop wood and carry water”? I used to puzzle over that one until the light went on and I understood. To me, it means as long as we’re in human form, we still have to do all the mundane chores regardless whether we become enlightened to all the mysteries of the universe. If you’ve got a physical body, it must be maintained, fed, and sheltered.

Today’s Eight of Pentacles is about that chopping of wood and carrying water. Since it has to be done, no matter what (unless, of course, you’re good with allowing your body to be seriously uncomfortable or die), then do it with a smile on your lips and a song in your heart. This card represents work as a form of love in action. It’s the love of a job well done for the sake of doing a good job and not because it “gets you something” in the end.

Approach your work today with conscientiousness and attention to the details. Turn your “ugh! I gotta do’s” into “I want to do’s.” Find the beauty in the most ordinary tasks and work from a spiritual level.

September 9, 2020: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords. After all the tragedy, changes, righteous anger, natural disasters, and political turmoil we’ve been experiencing of late, the Four of Swords is suggesting it’s time for a retreat from “battle” to give ourselves time to heal. This withdrawal makes time and space for repose, much needed meditation or prayer, and respite from our troubles to replenish ourselves and regenerate our energies.

Once one is well-rested, one is better equipped, more energetic, and stronger to digest what has passed, grieve losses, and release the ashes to the cosmos. From such a place of tranquility, one can mindfully respond to the world and all its current chaos rather than be governed by knee-jerk reactions coming from fear, pain, or rage.

Therefore, make a time today for being alone. Maybe you’re a book-in-the-corner kind of person or nature hike lover. Regardless, take some “me” time and refill your cup.

September 7, 2020: Card O' the Day: The World. There are several “ending/beginning” cards in the Tarot deck. The four tens of the Pips, Death, and The Tower come to mind. The World, as the final card in the Major Arcana series, I think, is the big kahuna of the “endings that allow beginnings” cards and its appearance today is a strong omen.

This card represents an ending that’s inevitable and completely unavoidable, but it’s slow. Rather than wiping everything out in a second like a flash flood, tornado, or wild fire, it’s like a creeping river of magma. It will bury everything in it’s path, but you have time to collect yourself, your most important belongings, and make a plan for the future. The question is whether you do so or stick your crown chakra in your root chakra and ignore what’s coming.

This card is also about reflection and integration of all the experiences of the past year or two. All the frustrations, heartaches, job changes, joys, readjustments, and adaptations need to be combined into your new “normal” going forward. This will lead you to the “a-HA” moment where you realize you can handle all that life is throwing at you and that you’ll be okay in the end. (Provided, of course, you’ve got your chakras in proper alignment….) 

September 6, 2020: Card O' The Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. Money is a form of energy. We receive it in exchange for our work energy. But if we lose sight of this energetic exchange and begin to covet and crave the money itself more than doing the equal amount of work, that’s when we get into a spiritual imbalance. 

The reversed Seven of Pentacles represents this spiritual imbalance and reflects uneasiness about money, the impatience and restlessness urging you to get “more”, and the fear of losing what has been gained thus far. Some of this schism between work/money energy may come from feeling like you’re trapped in an unsatisfying job.

This card is telling us it’s time to go back to working with a consciousness of the spiritual divinity in all you do. Respect the energy you receive in return for your work whether is comes to you as cold hard cash, perks and benefits, a basket of eggs, traded labor, gratitude, etc. Cash is not the only energy form that rewards your labor or the labor of others working for you. Remember that and you will feel closer to your Higher Self and less focused on “having” or “not having.”

September 5, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Star. I feel the best way to summarize the energy of The Star is the moment Dorothy understands from Glinda that she had the power to get herself home all along. Dorothy had to be ready to trust herself and her inner light to guide her past all blockages and challenges. We are encouraged to be like Dorothy: find our inner calm, tap into the Universal love bathing our Mother Earth, and hope for the future.

Receiving this card today reminds us everything is connected and we aren’t ever truly alone. By following the light of the Higher Self—that bit of the Divine each of us has within—you will find the way to your spiritual healing and be reborn to a higher level of consciousness and knowledge. And because we are all connected, even though we may be undergoing a personal healing journey, the glorious energy generated by your efforts will combine with the energy of others and further add to Universal Love.

September 4, 2020: Card O' the Day: Strength. Strength is said to be the implementation and expression of feminine or yin* power, and thus the majority of Tarot card decks depict Strength with a female figure overpowering a lion or other larger-than-the-figure creature. In this form of power, passions have been conquered by reason; there is wisdom, discipline, and courage in it. It’s the kind of power that’s aware and nuanced with self-mastery—meaning, the wielder of that power doesn’t need to shout, puff up, or force their ideas through.  

True Strength is seen when one listens to understand the other and not just to come up with a witty or crushing response. This Strength is born of love, not the desire to best another, and so compromise becomes easy and desirable to all parties. One with real Strength faces challenges and learns from the experience rather than blaming others for misfortunes. It’s time we act with Strength.

*Yin energy or power is contemplative, thinking, considering, planning, and therefore “quiet” versus yang energy which is action oriented.

September 2, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords, reversed. Being a “10”, regardless of the reversal, this card represents the change of a cycle or another type of ending in your life. This could mean the ending of sorrowful times or good times, but the “thing” has run its course and it’s time to move forward into something new. 

More specifically, the Ten of Swords represents serious bummers that have cost you a great deal of resources, energy, and tears. When  reversed, that means things are supposed to be looking up, but I’m not holding my breath…I feel like we’ll be struggling for a while longer. The emotional toll these hard times take on us can create intellectual blocks, but this card tells us we’re survivors. Always remember your reactions to problems are within your control and those responses will determine whether you fail or ultimately succeed.

No circumstances are entirely awful (just as nothing is entirely perfect, either) and many may see some upgrades in their personal experiences. However, for there to be REAL improvement for all of society, we need to make lasting changes, not just slap a Band-Aid on it and call it done. Laws and policies must be changed, eliminated, and/or implemented. Do what YOU can to raise up your corner of the world even if that’s just holding the door for someone else.

September 1, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles, reversed. As the world events swirl around me and the news becomes more and more bleak, I feel lost, insecure, isolated, and even trapped. My energies dissipate and I just want to sleep to avoid everything….

But…whispers my soul…there is still hope for us all. People are still getting married, having babies, going back to school, cooking, gathering, protesting, traveling…life continues. Yes, it’s all a little different. Restrictions change the way we do things. And yet, that’s the way change occurs and we improve upon a flawed system. 

When the Nine of Pentacles is reversed, it can signify one is denying the wellbeing one enjoys. One looks beyond what one has and dwells only upon what one doesn’t. I’ve been guilty of this lately. It’s time for me to re-focus. You, too?

August 28, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles, reversed. Today’s reversed Princess is actually an extension of yesterday’s reversed Prince of Swords. The Prince was indicative of the exhaustion many of us are feeling as we’ve been struggling for survival these last months. The reversed Princess is here to help us come to a new understanding about what’s truly important as many of our plans have been downsized, postponed, or cancelled altogether. While this is very disappointing, it does make room for relaxation and a refocusing of attention and energy as deadlines evaporate. 

This card can represent changing one’s mind about previously held beliefs, attitudes, and goals. You may feel a little at sea as you wonder about your purpose or place in this world after all these changes and the necessary adjustments to them.

Your own esoteric gifts can offer peace and tranquility during this period of uncertainty. We all have them…and no, I’m not talking about being “psychic.” I’m referring to our innate inner wisdom and gut-level knowing that can guide us to what’s next for each of us. It might be to join a group, go solo, embrace a new religion, completely reinvent yourself, or return to your roots. Whatever this shift from the pursuit of the material looks like for you, seek it from within.

August 27, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords, reversed. “Battle worn” is our key concept for the day. I feel it…do you? Disease, wrongful death, violence against the “other”, graft, corruption, natural disasters, bigotry, and hatred have poisoned us and beaten us down since time began, but it seems especially harsh this year. 

Retreat, rather than forward motion into the continuing line of fire, is tempting. And for once, Universe is okay with letting us run away from our troubles because pushing forward right now would be careless, reckless, and a waste of time and other resources. Therefore, leave the heroic work to those who are called to do it, stay home and out of the way, and don’t try to launch any big projects at this time. 

A new day will come, but not today.

August 26, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. The main keyword associated with the Six of Pentacles is “reciprocity.” This is defined as exchanging things with others for the benefit of both. The word “exchanging” means giving one thing and receiving another in equal value. As in, taking as much as you give. It’s said that it’s better to give than receive but if you never allow yourself to receive (or take what you deserve) and just give of yourself to no end…well, an end to the free giving will come and you’ll be left feeling bitter and used.

Balance within one’s whole environment, spiritually and physically, is vital to our individual wellbeing. We’ve all had that person in our lives for whom we do a lot…too much. We do it because they are family, we love them, or we owe them. But when the giving far outweighs the receiving, you’re setting yourself up for resentment.

Today, practice generosity to yourself. Nurturing, kindness, and unconditional love should not just flow out from you but must flow in for your overall health. If no one else is offering it to you, then keep some of your own to maintain your reservoir of happiness. If you’ve drained yourself dry, then you can’t give anymore anyway. So, you might as well hold some back for you.

August 20, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Moon. The whole world is in a situation of flux. Nothing seems to be stable and normal…but yet there is stability and normalcy if you look for it. The Moon is here to help you separate truth from illusion, delusion, and fear as the current multitude of crises has many of us swamped by our emotions. This condition then leads to clouded perception and insecurity for your familiar way of life.

This card represents deep spiritual connections and faith in the unseen. I like to ask people to prove it’s impossible when they question psychic gifts, ghosts stories, or other evidence of “things that cannot be touched.” Therefore, in such an upside down time, why not welcome the possibility of what could be and dig deeper into your own inner wisdom and psychic “gut” feelings? Activate “the spiritual” in your own ordinary life (if you throw salt over your shoulder after spilling it, then you’re already doing so), by adding a moment of meditation to your day or keeping a lovely rock that pleases you. “Spiritual” isn’t all about incense, crystal balls, and flowing veils, ya know.

We’re all in states of evolution as we try to adapt to what is. The Moon tells us we have time to rest and recuperate from what has happened recently and is happening daily. While it may not be time for big activity yet, seeds are being sowed and gestation has begun.

August 19, 2020: Card O' the Day: Three of Wands. We’re being asked to continue to persevere despite all the blockages and challenges we currently face. There are still vital currents of energy flowing—Mother Nature is slogging through her annual routine, in case you haven’t noticed—but they may seem more hidden or inaccessible right now. You have to sit quietly and take a minute to feel it on a deeper level than what you may be used to. Like yesterday’s reversed Prince, we continue in a more relaxed, moment-by-moment mood of active waiting. 

What the heck is “active waiting”? It means envisioning future goals and exploring possibilities without concrete planning. You’re not making phone calls, ordering supplies, or talking to loan officers. It’s researching grant possibilities but not applying just yet. It’s trying on different ideas to see if they really appeal to you and whether you’d be willing to do the work. It’s basically armchair quarter-backing.

Because there’s no concrete goal in the works, take all the time you need to reevaluate possible plans. Use creative enthusiasm, flashes of clarity or clairvoyance, and a-HA! moments to wander through your imagination. You may not come up with anything brand new, so look for ways to improve the “old” or branch out further. Don’t be shy about asking for assistance; it’s out there and you just have to ask.

August 18, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands, reversed. We received the Prince of Wands, reversed, a little over a week ago and he’s here again today. Last time I felt all the FOC* energy the reversed Prince displays when he’s “in a mood.” Today, not so much. 

Though the current situation continues to block, delay, and cancel damn near everything we try to do, it’s almost as if we’re finally getting used to it. I think many of you are ready to let the flames in your hair die down and settle in for the long haul. At the beginning, we were promised a few weeks or a month or two of inconvenience. But by now, it’s apparent we’re in a marathon and not a sprint. 

The good news is if you shorten your outlook from the “five year plan” to no more than a five week, or even five day plan, you’ll be able to remain present for what’s happening right now. Yes, it’s helpful to have goals, but if all you do is reach for goals, you don’t get to enjoy the accomplishments you’ve achieved thus far. By sitting for a bit and truly appreciating a job well done—large or small—it allows for a deeper experience of that feat.

(*F*cking Out of Control)

August 16, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords, reversed. Sometimes we attach ourselves to a belief that feels really “right.” As evidence begins to emerge contrary to this comfortable belief, some will dig in their heels and be resistant to the truth. But without a clear sense of reality and the willingness to see it, emotions take over and mistakes compound. In an effort to save face, one may confuse ideas and facts with one’s emotions and resort to verbal aggression and wound others with words and insults.

We’re being asked to pay attention to details that have been long ignored. Put aside ego and view the situation for what it truly is. Logical objectivity is needed at this time, not emotional attachments. Reason and thinking dictate that if Approach A isn’t working, and is actually making things worse, then one needs to switch to Plan B. (It has been said that using the same solution to a problem and expecting a different outcome is akin to madness.)

This card suggests that commitments to fanaticism are beginning to waiver, which tells me that truth is beginning to win…as it inevitably does. Like The Wheel, this card reminds you that your reactions to situations matter and are entirely within your control.

August 15, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune. The Wheel is reiterating the inevitable changes Death signified the other day as in it’s futile to resist the continuous march of time. The sun comes up, the sun goes down, and there’s not a damn thing you can do to stop it. Therefore, it makes the most sense to come to terms with and accept how life is flowing right now.

View the current events not as failure but as a chance to find a new path. There are cheap ways to reeducate yourself and learn new skills for when the job market reopens. Find them and create your own story of rebirth. While many of us took the extra free time at the beginning of spring to clean closets and reorganize our spice racks, now is the time to cleanse and renew your mind and spirit by dumping the obsolete notion that things will return to “normal” in just a few days…weeks…months.

The most important concept that I urge you all to embrace is that the challenges we face now, or ten years from now, will be. Most of the time we have little control over what happens. But you have ALL the control of how you react to what happens. Will you lay down, sniveling and whimpering, or will you roll with it? How you react today will determine what comes next for you.

August 14, 2020: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles, reversed. The reversed King is indicative of feeling helpless and having very few choices as one watches the entire world fall into corruption. Disillusioned by the justice system and/or politics/politicians with their totalitarian views and verbal aggression, it may seem one is the only one left with any principles. Those with power are sadistic, malicious, and unscrupulous people who look only after their own interests. In an effort to bring change, some may join non-conformist or revolutionary groups or engage in other forms of activism. 

While it might be too much for you, personally, to organize or take part in protests, phone or social media campaigns, door-to-door petition projects, etc., there is one rather easy form of social activism I hope all of you will consider: voting. Don’t be afraid to ask for an absentee ballot (some states require you to send a mail-in request, so it’s time to request a ballot now), go to your polling station and vote early, if you can, or be tenacious enough to vote in person regardless of the lines. 

If you want things to change, you have to use your voice. Be heard this fall.

August 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles, reversed. The reversed Six indicates energy isn’t “flowing well.” (THERE’S an understatement….) This could mean you’re feeling weak-kneed or broke on the physical plane, cranky, sad, or stuck emotionally, or just can’t seem to find your spiritual mojo any where. We’ve all suffered disappointment after disappointment as high hopes for the new year were utterly shattered, and it’s enough to make you feel like a victim of an unjust Universe.

However, if you think about it, we Humans have been running ourselves off the proverbial cliff for some time. It was a somewhat stable situation that was held in place by the “powers that were.” Universe has said ENOUGH! and knocked us on our asses. It’s time for us to evolve again, and that’ll be uncomfortable but we really have no choice (see yesterday’s reversed Death).

The trick to surviving all this with your sanity is to return to your spirituality. To be clear, “spirituality” isn’t necessarily something organized that you do according to a set of rules. You can absolutely free-form your spirituality through art, gardening, charity work, or living naked in a yurt and not speaking for 10 years. Whatever YOU need to do to find your connection to the divine is fine with me (as long as you don’t hurt other living beings in the process [I’m not judging but Karma does]). The point is to “get good” with yourself and your place in the cosmos so we can find new balance together.

August 11, 2020: Card O' the Day: Death, reversed. Upright, Death means we can expect ch-ch-ch-changes! But when reversed, it represents struggle against and resistance to those changes. That resistance may show up as fear, distress, excessive sleeping, lethargy, inertia, and/or stagnation. (My hand is raised and I’m nodding along with that list.)

The thing is, the changes we must accept at this time are necessary and inevitable. Crossing your arms across your chest and pouting “I’m not gonna” is pure self-delusion. It’s going to happen; it IS happening. Your denial doesn’t make it go away; it just prolongs the pain of the particular ending.

If your personal ending just happened, you get a pass for a few days. If your ending is Covid related*, then it’s been long enough and you have to start accepting that life is going to be different from now on. The coping mechanisms and alternative routes we’ve been implementing to continue forward despite the virus may very well be more efficient and will be used forevermore. Accept and adapt. It’s a lot easier.

*Deaths of loved ones are of course excepted. Take all the time you need to grieve.

August 10, 2020: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands, reversed. The Four of Wands is one of the happier cards in the Tarot deck with lovely, benevolent energy. It can signify happy gatherings to celebrate life events or goals being met. When reversed…not so much. The happy gatherings don’t or can’t occur. If they do, the celebrations are a mere shadow of what they should have been and one may question whether it’s worth it to make the effort to go at all. Work isn’t much better. Labors may feel forced, rushed, or overwhelming as you are expected to perform miracles without the proper resources. Anything creative feels like a boring routine so what’s the point.

The lesson of this card is the necessity of appreciating the blessings you still have. Yes, much has been taken from us in the last few months, but where there is breath, there is life, and where there is life, there must be hope. Go to the bare-bones event and be present for the one who is trying to celebrate milestones even now. Be glad you have a job at all; there’ll be plenty of time to get a better one later. Set aside the “creative thing.” If it’s bringing you no joy, then don’t do it. 

Sometimes we have to encourage our happiness and actually work at it. Now is one of those times.

August 8, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands, reversed. I know lots of people lost their jobs through temporary layoffs, downsizing to cut costs, or their employer went out of business. Therefore, many of you may be looking for a new job and the reversed Prince is right there with you. Unfortunately, he’s feeling the heat and is becoming deeply insecure about his ability to find something new in the current job market. 

That insecurity and worry translates into brashness, dick swinging, and hot air. (HR personnel be on the lookout and verify EVERYthing on this type of person’s resume.) On a good day, The Prince of Wands is the type to go to Daytona for Spring Break, pandemic be damned. But now that the money is running out…desperation can make people do even crazier things.

If you recognize yourself anywhere in this post, step back and take a minute. Review your resume for anything that might be a little “overstated.” Have a mere small latte before the interview, not three triple-shot espressos. Be natural, kind, polite, and grateful to be present for this opportunity. And check the zipper on your pants.

August 7, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. Dreary news continues….

We’re experiencing tough breaks as things continue to fall apart. New beginnings are still indicated by the reversed Ace, but it’s damn near impossible to get anything off the ground as everything is blocked energetically and psycho-emotionally. Weakness and doubt among our leaders leads to reduction, waste, and devastation. This card advises “inaction” at this time and it would seem the U.S. Congress is taking this advice to heart as their calendar shows they’re leaving Washington until the 7th of September.

As for the rest of us, do the best you can but don’t expect huge results. Be happy with what you do get and continue to be kind, grateful, and helpful to your neighbors and fellows. Sending out love and light….

August 5, 2020: Card O' the Day: Temperance, reversed. When Temperance is reversed, it represents conflicts and imbalances that cause stress and/or illness. We’re looking at the extremes of a spectrum with no easy middle ground that allows for natural energy flow. People seem to overcompensate or be completely lacking in any compassion, they’re uncooperative and uncompromising, and it can feel like you’re in competition or conflict with everyone. If the external energy of your world is like that, your internal energies can manifest in wild mood swings, losing sense of your Self, impatience, frustration, loss of efficiency, and a whole lot of wasted time.

Sometimes, when I pull these daily cards, I just wanna shriek YA THINK!?!?!?!??!?! WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CLUE, UNIVERSE!?!?!?!??!!

As best you can, try to regain your balance. Find a personal compromise between caution and reckless abandon. Because the whole world is suffering crisis after crisis, we must look within to achieve center. It may not be perfect, but it’s enough to get YOU through. If some of you can be strong enough to support yourselves AND a few others who can’t find their footing at all, then do what you can to help your neighbor. If some of you can only be strong enough to support yourselves, there’s no shame or judgment attached to just staying out of the way, because reducing burden is still a laudable way of helping to restore balance.

August 4, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles, reversed. I hesitate to post this card because I want to offer hope and good tidings. However, that’s not reality right now and we need to be slapped hard with our truth. Denial of the pickle we’re in will only prolong the situation and/or allow it to get worse and worse.

The reversed Nine recognizes your intensifying feelings of entrapment, isolation, loss, discontent, and insecurity. It’s difficult to relax and enjoy hobbies or exercise as the pandemic continues to threaten our individual and collective health. Personal discipline is gone and the sense of failure that follows only exacerbates things further. The threats to personal contentment and safety due to the poorly handled crisis may tempt one to flaunt social regulations. But this self-gratifying lack of awareness results in irresponsibility and faithlessness to yourself and everyone around you.

Hang tough, people. Pray, meditate, hug trees, make crystal grids, burn candles, dance naked in the moonlight, brew tinctures, and/or do whatever ritual of healing and love that’s part of your belief system. Humanity is suffering. Be part of the solution by being nice today.

August 3, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles, reversed. Oooo! I hope those in the eastern states haven’t done anything important yet and for those more westerly, I warn you now it’s Monday. If it’s liquid, you will spill it, zippers won’t zip, buttons will pop off, and if you’re on time right now, something will make you late. In addition to being all thumbs physically, your head isn’t much better. An inability to focus will result in dumb mistakes. What was super important last week is so “last week” today.  

When I’m in that kind of mood, on-line shopping and Doritos are my new best friends. Therefore, trust me on this when I tell you to just cancel your day. If you can’t, don’t make critical decisions. Ask for another day to research to be sure or to “sleep on it.” De-activate your Amazon Prime account and call your bank to say you’ve lost your credit card. Stay out of all convenience or grocery stores. Take a long hike, bike ride, or nap. Naps are good for keeping you out of trouble.

August 2, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. Another one of those goofy Tarot tricks! Yesterday I drew The Chariot, but wasn’t able to read its meaning for the day. Color me blocked or just not in the mood. Today, I drew it again, but reversed. Seventy-eight cards in a Tarot deck. So, the odds aren’t astronomical and yet not exactly “one out of three” either.

The Chariot indicates (among other things) being masterful in your game plan.You’ve got full control of yourself and the solution to the problem. However, when reversed, you still have confidence to burn, but it’s misplaced. Your solutions, plans, and methods lack caution and prudence, are inflexible, ego-driven, and actually counterproductive and self-destructive. With your inconsiderate and unreasonable attitude, I’ll bet you’re blaming everyone in your path to make up for your FUBAR attempts.

Here’s a suggestion: your “will power” approach isn’t the answer to the problems you’re facing. You can’t simply bulldozer your way through and over things and call them done. A REAL solution needs to be found and that will require brains over brawn, finesse, diplomacy, cooperation, consideration for others, and basically being a decent human being rather than a full-of-yourself a**hole. If you must go out today, be nice.

July 30, 2020: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups: My first thought when I saw this card was of care and stability. A lot of people interpret this card as representing stagnant emotional energy, but I feel a quietness about it rather than stasis. It’s a time of active waiting because the time isn’t right for big actions. Certainly keep moving forward, but do so gently…besides, it’s too hot to make grand gestures!

While you’re sitting in the shade having a cool drink, step back from your mind and all the “shoulda”, “woulda”, “coulda” crap that’s circling up there. You could turn a perfectly fine—if a little dull— situation into something awful with your overactive mind and needy ego or you could cleanse your psyche of old emotions that keep coming back to torture you.

This card speaks of an opportunity to behave in an altruistic and giving manner, kindness, and optimism. But there are also elements of feeling introverted and unmotivated. Maybe, and here’s a wild thought, the introversion you’re feeling is a signal to be kind and giving to yourself! What!?!?!?! Yes! Seriously! Plop in a quiet corner and let any drama take place in another room while you read a book, listen to music, or nap. I’ll just let you be and see myself out….

July 30, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands, reversed. Life is pretty much a sh*t storm right now with conflicting energy and information. This might cause you to give up on an idea or journey because the trouble arising at every turn is just not worth it or makes it impossible. Furthermore, your resources are already stretched thin, so you really can’t afford to waste anything. Have you ever heard the saying “Retreat is sometimes the better part of valor.”? In this case, it’s true and prudent to back off a minute and save your strength.

This card is telling you that sheer will-power or force isn’t going to “make it happen” this time. You’re being asked to become more self-sufficient and reorganize the turbulent energy available. You have inner resources and possibilities you’re not considering…look to those and how you can use them. Be receptive to the unexpected because you never know when an alternative route will open up.

Remember that it’s often through loss, sadness, trouble, or fear that we learn our best lessons. Embrace the sucky inconvenience, take notes, and find a new way.

July 28, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Moon, reversed. The Moon is full of magic and serenity…I defy anyone not to feel at peace and a bit fey when gazing at the full moon! However, when this calming quality isn’t allowed to envelop you and emerge through your basest instincts, fear and disturbed emotions can result. The reversed Moon represents a refusal to acknowledge the unseen world of intuition, gut feelings, and “knowing” and instead clinging to reason, logic, rationality, and practicality to your detriment. Without the Moon’s gentle reassurance, one could develop poorly defined anxieties or depression.

Now, granted, we don’t need to ignore the Moon to feel depressed or angsty right now! I would imagine most of us are mentally and spiritually weary and would just love to retreat to a cabin in the woods or a shack on the beach. The delusions, manipulation, suspicion, illusion, and impractical ideas being blasted at us 24/7 doesn’t help the drain on our psycho-emotional health, either.

Didja ever notice that when people dream of a retreat it’s to a cabin in the woods, a beach, or even just proverbially sticking their head in the sand? What do all those have in common? If any of you said Mother Nature, you get the prize. Mother Nature in general and our sweet Moon are immensely calming and healing. Honest. Find the Moon tonight, sit for a minute, and just study her. I’ll bet you’ll feel just a wee better for it.

July 27, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ten of Pentacles. As with all 10’s, the ten of Pentacles indicates an ending and new beginning if you can allow it. It represents the completion of material gain in our lives, but that there’s nothing beyond it. As in, how nice for you, but what are you REALLY worth? The current environment isn’t the sturdiest, most secure, or safest and there’s continued distraction and detachment from what’s truly important: abundance for all and a permanence of mankind that outlasts a single individual.

Each of us brings value to the big picture, which makes it that much grander, which we then get to share in a community without inferiority or superiority (in a perfect world, of course). Certainly enjoy life’s luxuries and shiny objects, but understand there’s soooooo much more to it! This card represents going beyond the material world to bring abundance to all parts of our existence and its appearance today is the reminder we need occasionally.

The card’s stone stepped forward: Tiger’s Eye. Tiger’s Eye is said to teach the tolerance of different points of view and help one see the unity of life on this earth. Perhaps today is a good day to have some in your pocket….

July 24, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant. The Hierophant represents (among other things) all that is good about organized religion, belief systems, and codified magical practices. When we have faith in a higher power, it can bring a sense of serenity and grace in times of trouble. There is a part in most of us (I won’t insult anybody by saying “all”) that needs a connection to the Divine and this card signifies the importance of each individual being and their connection to Universe—regardless of whether they are aware of it.

The Hierophant is the bridge between spiritual beliefs and daily life. As in, he helps you walk what you talk. He is the heart of unconditional love that embraces the good and corrupt. (He’s also about laws and societal order, so don’t think anyone is getting off scot free with their shenanigans. Just sayin’.)

You are invited to look for inspiration for your spiritual truth, joy, and power through the guidance of elders and their traditional rites. If you once practiced a ritual like saying the rosary, praying to the east, lighting candles at a personal altar, or anything else that was a traditional part of your life and have slacked off of late, maybe now is the time to return to the comfort of the habit. This “forces” you to be quiet for a moment each day and reconnect with your spirituality, which might just do a body good.

July 23, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles, reversed. The reversed Six represents insolence and physical narcissism. No, I’m not talking Kim Kardashian and her incredible curvy figure, I mean material “physical” as in stuff or money and being disrespectful with it. Currently, those who have largesse or are in control of government funding are acting unjustly by misusing or misappropriating financial means. They are lacking in generosity and are downright selfish in a time when it’s crucial to be the opposite. There’s even resentment of the people who need help and are receiving it despite all efforts to minimize or cut off that assistance.

On the other side of the coin, some may be feeling ungrateful for what little they receive, denied and overlooked when not getting more, or also resentful of a neighbor whose plea for help was answered. Another danger is being covetous of the financial power the “haves” or government officials wield.

No, it’s not fair and most of us are in no position to change the sucky truth. However, what you CAN do is share where you are able, not give up on asking for help, and being grateful for what you do receive. Live in gratitude and love. The alternative is bitterness and hate, which is waaaaaaaay worse than what we’ve got right now.

July 22, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. …And again with the Eight of Cups (previously on July 2nd and 11th). Astrologically speaking, this card is governed by Saturn (planet of hard work and order), which is in opposition to Pisces (sign of emotional healing and life completion). This antagonistic relation indicates the emotional healing we all so desperately need will require great effort to manifest changes for the better. Expect destructive patterns to surface—either old habits you thought you’d kicked or taking up something new. Swell.

We are sooooo ready for the next phase of life PAST* the disease, civil unrest, and political turmoil but weariness and frustration cause a decline in interest of anything constructive. If any of you are still slogging forward, it’s super tempting to discontinue all efforts, abandon any small success you may have gained, and just “turtle up” into your respective shells. However, continued separation and self-isolation will only make things worse. 

Therefore, keep crawling forward. We must persevere. Above all, guard against chucking everything you still have while searching for new emotional fulfillment…in a bad relationship, at the bottom of a bottle, in the ice cream section at the store, etc.

*How DARE I whine when disease, civil unrest, political turmoil, devastating fires and/or floods, earthquakes, etc. etc. ravage our world every day since the dawn of time? I’m hanging my head in shame for it, but I still feel it and need relief from the grind. Along with everyone else….

July 21, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man. One of the most obvious and dramatic ways one can shift one’s perspective is by standing on your head. Now what do you see (besides the dust bunnies under the sofa)? A shift in your world view can also be had by going into panoramic view to see the whole picture and not just your narrow “truth” or the convenient details that bolster your perception. There’s actually way more to life in general, and your part in it in particular, than some of you may want to admit.

This card is an invitation to decide what’s truly important: your anger, self hatred, fear, and/or judgment or pulling your crown chakra out of your root chakra and clearing your True Self of all that sh*t to become a better version of you and not such a miserable cow. Look at what suffering in your life may actually be “homemade” or allowed because you’re too inert or weak-willed to speak up and stand up.

It’s time to let go of the old mindset that you’re not “enough” in some way and transform the way you view yourself and your life. Is your glass half empty or half full? We are in a moment of suspension where our normal routine has been disrupted. Use that free time to your advantage and gain a little self-knowledge by doing the hard inner work. Notice I did NOT say lose 50 pounds, train for the Ironman Competition, write the next best seller, or get your PhD. Just contemplate your navel and notice how perfect it is and how you do a very good job at walking and chewing gum—at the same time!—most days.

July 20, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands, reversed. Goofy cards…. As I was drawing the card for today, I was a little distracted and quickly pulled the Eight of Wands. I immediately felt I’d been too hasty so I returnedthe card to the deck (of 78 cards) and reshuffled and cut. Once I’d centered myself and concentrated on my deck fully, I drew another card. Eight of Wands, reversed. I sh*t you not.

The reversed Eight has a very up-in-the-air quality about it. There’s a situation that should end, we want it to end, and yet it continues to drag on without a clear finish point that we can look forward to. This will lead, or may have already led, to feelings of burnout, uncertainty, and a certain paralysis that prevents you from making any forward movement at all. During this adverse period, it may seem everything is in your way, Murphy’s Law is cutting you zero slack, and there are no breaks to catch. You may gravitate to completely ineffective ways to spend your time and energy because what’s the point of trying to do anything useful right now?

You have my permission to binge-watch NetFlix. But I’m also going to encourage you to try your best to do at least three useful things a day. They don’t have to be huge undertakings but at least little worthwhile.

July 18, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. This card its JUST NOW showing up!?!?!?! 

The Hierophant, reversed, indicates questioning conventional mores through behaviors or ideas that are pompous, righteous, and arrogant. One has had enough of the “shoulds” and “oughts” of life and is choosing one’s own standards rather than just accepting the dictates of the powers that be. Bucking the system, disobeying rules, rebellion, civil disobedience, or outright crime are ways this energy can manifest. Some leaders (or wanna-be leaders) will make fanatic pronouncements with absolute assurance they are RIGHT and anything else is flatly WRONG. However, they’re hypocrites just in it for the money or recognition and nothing else.

However, committing to such a path of false knowledge or mistaken beliefs, which get in the way of actually resolving an issue, is restrictive and limited. Failing to accept the responsibility of finding one’s own way, one’s higher way, is lazy and displays gullibility and resistance to change.

Be very careful onto which bandwagon you jump. If you close your eyes and ears to new information that indicates you may be wrong, you would do well to reassess your position. It actually takes a bigger person to jump off the wagon and admit a mistake was made than to stay on and double down on one’s error.

July 17, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups. I was tempted to describe this card with mere rainbows and hearts emojis. But I knew we needed a little more than glitter to guide us, so I opened the Big Book. The Ace of Cups represents the spiritual basis that gives meaning to, and protects from corruption, the laws of society, moral order, and community structure.

Change and insecurity are overwhelming most of us. We’re experiencing new emotions that are hard to fathom or describe. Therefore, we would do well to look inside and connect with our real NEEDS, never mind our wants. This is accomplished by being passive and receptive (rather than pushy and grasping) to what comes to each of us. This does not mean you’re laying down in the middle of the road to become everybody’s speed bump; it means knowing, in your soul, that life will support you.

The truest feelings of the heart come through a relationship with the Divine. (What you call “the Divine” is your business; you know what I mean here.) When you’re well connected to higher powers, you’re capable of trust, hope, and all the possibilities love can create.

July 16, 2020: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles, reversed. In some ways things are slowly getting better as the scientists and doctors come to understand the current pandemic slightly better each day, as more people become willing to wear masks in public, and businesses adapt to the new circumstances. In other ways things are getting worse as the virus continues to spread, businesses are forced to close again, we ponder the wisdom of opening schools in the fall, and the pervasive uncertainty of “what are we gonna do!?!?!” stretches on.

The union on the physical plane this card represents is disturbed and those of us who should be working together aren’t. Mutual support is withdrawn as we childishly pick “sides” on an issue and stubbornly stick our fingers in our ears and shout “lalalalalalalalalala, I’m not LISTENING to you!!!” Ignoring the issues at hand is not an option. Seeking to force everyone to do as YOU will have it is impossible.

Therefore, take your fingers out of your ears, get off your righteous soapbox, and look for ways to compromise and return this card upright so we can work together to solve problems that impact us all. Remember that old adage about flies and honey v. vinegar.

July 15, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords. The Six of Swords is one of the only “nice” cards in the suit of Swords, in my humble opinion, and I’m glad to see it today. Two days ago we got The Magician, which is a powerful “beginnings” and “potential” card. Yesterday, The World showed up (albeit reversed) to remind us that with all beginnings, there must be an ending first. Today’s Six also speaks of a new start and being receptive to a new state of affairs and/or opportunities as you mentally move away from loss, trouble, and heartache.

The new situation may not be your ideal or the opportunities may not necessarily be dreams come true, but the good news is you’ve stopped resisting these ideas and solutions. No, they’re not perfect nor what you thought you wanted, but you’re ready to surrender to what IS being offered and it’s now time to figure out what to do with it.

This will require reorientation to reality and directed intelligence. As you move towards the unknown, without knowledge or guarantees of the outcome, you’ll discover the light in all the perceived darkness.

July 14, 2020: Card O' the Day: The World, reversed. Upright, The World card contains limitless potential for us all. The world is our oyster and we only have to reach for it with the desire to make our dreams come true. It’s our reassurance that we belong here. Terra firma beneath our feet offers stability, structure, and security as we find the final pieces of our personal puzzles.

Reversal of this card does NOT negate all the fabulousness of this card, it just slows things down a little as we must re-learn how to thrive. Even though we may feel stuck or running in circles right now, our inherent success remains. It might be difficult to manifest goals, but it’s not impossible. Slow growth or lateral movement is better than nothing.

Look to see what holds you back and release it. Fear? Lack of self-confidence? Loss? Just keep moving your feet…left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot…. The World, as the last of the major arcana in the Tarot deck represents a big ending whether upright or reversed. However, it represents just as big a beginning. Don’t give up on finding your new way.

July 13, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Magician. The Magician is so rife with possibility…he can go in any direction, but today his shadows are most prominent to me. He’s ruled by three planets: Mercury, Neptune, and Uranus. This last planet rules The Magician’s darkness, and I think it’s funny—“yer anus”—because his asshole is really showing today. I mean, it’s a struggle to put this together; I’m feeling sick to my stomach.

The Magician of today represents illness, infirmity, and destruction. I think this is physical sickness as well as spiritual, which is manifesting in dishonesty, manipulation, and trickery by people who make things up as they go along. I don’t need to explain the physical, do I?

This card is revealing what happens when Universal Law is disrespected and ignored. Ego takes over and the willful need to be “right” supersedes all reason and compassion. Undisciplined and reckless are the keywords for today. Be careful out there.

July 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. The suit of Pentacles (my favorite) represents the spiritualization of the material world. Hunh? Simply put I’m talking about bringing Spirit into your physical life via meditation, crystals, rituals, religious practices, or anything that helps you see the magic that is woven through our ordinary existence. We’ve all admired the beauty of a flower, bird, or scenic vista on occasion. You’re being asked to look again with your soul, inner self, child’s eyes, or what have you to experience wonder and awe at what you’re seeing, smelling, or hearing.

The Two of Pentacles, specifically, represents trying to maintain or restore balance in a volatile situation. I would consider our current atmosphere of worry, obstacles, and agitation a “volatile situation,” wouldn’t you? To get back to a feeling of equanimity, we’re going to have to make some conscious choices to let go of unnecessary stuff, whether physical or psycho-emotional, to reduce the load.

Hard as it is, embrace some of the new norms* of society and adapt them to your life. You may be suffering thin resources right now; learn to make do without and/or look for ways to stretch what you still have. Try to remain joyful. That’s where my first paragraph of this post comes in. NOTICE the moment and find the magic in it.

*Certain “new norms” of overt hate and bigotry I will NEVER embrace, accept, or adapt to.

July 11, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. Another repeat…the Eight of Cups appeared on July 2nd, too. 

Depression and stagnation are represented in this card but we also have change and progress. The “inch by inch” growth spoken of in yesterday’s Seven is already showing up today as we are moving, inevitably, from a less meaningful situation to one that is more worthwhile. Unfortunately, the “blahs” are still present but small adjustments and itty-bitty differences show us a slightly different perspective than from yesterday. 

Allow this card, this day, to be a wake up call that breaks the monotony of the fear and malaise that is currently blanketing our society. I’m not saying you’ll suddenly jump out of your socks and start singing like Maria in “The Sound of Music.” You’re being invited to discontinue certain pointless efforts and spend what little energy you have on finding a deeper meaning in yourself and your own life. You may find a “higher purpose” that will benefit all of society or you’ll “just” find some relief from the constant horror of our present reality. Either way, BONUS!

July 10, 2020: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. Yesterday I simply couldn’t bring myself to write about the card of the day I drew. Anxiety sucked me down and the day was spent sleeping or avoiding reality. After a bit of an uptick in my cheerfulness rating these last few weeks, I seem to be having my own resurgence of the Covid-caused blues…a sort of fracture or separation between my lethargic body and tired spirit. Neither body nor spirit can help uplift the the other and thus I become an inert blob. Anybody else out there, too?

The reversed Seven represents problems and complications at work. I don’t see “work” limited to just your job, but it includes all work you do, whether domestic chores, home maintenance, personal projects, or volunteering your time. It’s all “work” and this card signifies feeling trapped by unfulfilling jobs, which leads to bitterness, sadness, and a universal and pervasive dissatisfaction.

However, the good Seven, even reversed does offer a small glimmer of hope. While there is delay, growth does happen inch by inch. The trick is to just slog through the work without expectation of reward or material gain for now. In a little while, you WILL have something to show for your efforts and that might give you the boost you need to really reconnect to life.

July 8, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Devil. The Devil in the Tarot deck represents our shadow sides. It’s all the stuff about yourself of which you’re not too proud. A tendency to gossip? Bigoted? Addictions? It doesn’t matter what it is, but the more you hide it in shame, the more power it has over you. You’re being invited to face those shadows, admit to them, and do something about them. The “doing something” means getting a grip on those shadows and not indulging them. Educate yourself about different cultures, people, and religions to help you see the “other” is just that and not the “bad thing” you’ve made it out to be. Addicted to a substance or action? There are help groups or therapists for everything you can imagine. 

By recognizing your inner shadows, you awaken to the responsibility of integrating them into your whole being. The fact is, you are who you are and you can’t just deny a large chunk. You need to learn to balance your light with this primal force of “not-so-niceness.” Look for work-arounds. If you simply can’t be bothered to volunteer your time, then write a check. People who are different than you bug the snot out of you? Walk away. There’s no reason for you to engage and become a viral YouTube sensation.

If you understand and admit to your faults, this opens the way for renewed well-being and liberation from them. NONE of us is perfect! Remember that as you forgive yourself for your failings. However, as you notice those failings, it might be a good idea to improve on them a little.

July 7, 2020: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. Yesterday it was suggested to take a step back from people and all their emotions to concentrate a little more on yourself. Today we get the emotionless Mr. Spock of the Tarot deck: the King of Swords. He’s one to make sense of his world through extreme organization and uses logic to make decisions rather than emotion. The need to find a more practical and “better way” for something in your life will come through being organized and logical. The better way will yield higher results for less effort. Therefore, look to see what could be streamlined in your life.

Another way to get more bang for your buck is to be mindful of what didn’t  work in the past. Repeating mistakes is a huge time and resource waster and therefore, you’ll want to be brutally honest with yourself to learn those lessons. No, don’t paste an “L” for “Loser” on your forehead, just make a note and move on.

The King is also an “implementer” with the capacity to foster change. He’s frank and honest in his communications, cooperative, and tactful. He’s also so persuasive his compromises tend to be a little tilted in his favor. And yet, his commitment to honesty and integrity means he does the right thing and doesn’t take unfair advantage. Keep all this in mind as you work towards making life easier for yourself and becoming a better human.

July 6, 2020: Card O' the Day: Four of Cups. The most common interpretation of this card is emotional and energetic stagnation. However, I’m not feeling the quietness of this card as being stagnant, but more like a clam, cool pool in which to relax and reclaim your emotional balance. If you noticed, I took a couple days off from the Card O’ the Day for the holiday weekend. Any time I socialize or am with people for several hours or a day or two, I need time for quiet grounding and contemplation after the emotional overload of simply “people-ing.” This card suggests you follow my lead.

It’s also recommending that you become a little more protective of your emotional energy. Set personal boundaries and attend to your own needs before you attend to others’. Remember, they tell you on airplanes to put on your own emergency oxygen mask before trying to help your traveling companion(s). This is the same thing, only for your psycho-emotional health. Now, you may feel like you’re withdrawing and withholding your feelings from those who need you, but seriously, you cannot help others when you’re a mess yourself!

The Four is telling you to step back from any drama and simply watch from a distance; wait to be asked to step in. Even then, be sure you really need to—otherwise, let the drama and participants sort themselves out while you go into the comfort and safety of your inner world to strengthen and purify yourself. While there, clean out old emotions that continue to drag you down.

July 2, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. Sometimes the Eight of Cups is considered the “travel card” indicating a departure. That can be literal as in moving houses, jobs, leaving school, walking away from a relationship, etc. or figurative like going on a spiritual quest to dig deeper into your own psyche. The reason for the need to move on, though, is the important part.

You could be looking to leave an actual situation because what you thought you wanted has ceased to be all-consuming. You’ve either outgrown that particular thing or something else has taken its place that you find way more fascinating. Perhaps the job/house/relationship is still okay, but deep down you know it’s not going to be a “forever” thing and you have an urge to go now and seek something better rather than waiting for the last dregs. On the other hand, you may not need to actually leave the building but to find what’s missing within you, your spirit, your mind—which you can easily do in your back yard.

This card represents the need to venture into unknown territory. You’ve gone as far as you can here and to stay would mean you’d repeat what’s already been experienced or accomplished. Open your eyes, look around, and answer the urge to get up and “do” that’s been chewing on the back of your neck.

June 30, 2020: Card O' the Day: Death. When cards repeat within a few days, it tells me the message is really important. We just received Death on June 25 and now it appears again today. Between these two appearances, we’ve received cards that are basically ego-centric hissy-fits of resistance to the changes and “death” to norms we’ve accepted for decades. People are being called out for their blatant racism/sexism/homophobia/etc. and are suffering consequences such as losing their jobs, social standing, or respect. Then they try to do damage control by saying they didn’t mean it “that way”, it was a joke, or anything else to evade responsibility for their hurtful actions and words.

The truth is inevitable and unstoppable societal and systemic changes are rolling across our world like Death. These painful changes are necessary for us to transform into better, kinder, gentler beings. The values and concepts we’ve been holding diminish us and it’s time they’re swept away. We are being given the opportunity to reinvent ourselves individually and as a species.

Some will become leaders and take very active roles in facilitating the changes or reorganizing the aftermath. Others will quietly follow and adjust to the “new.” Either way is fine; you do what you can to survive and be happy. Those who resist will suffer the most. Therefore, I advise you let go of what “was” and start accepting what “is.” And here’s a secret: It’s simply easier to be nice and love than be nasty and hateful.

June 29, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Empress. The Empress is most commonly associated with abundance, fertility, and creative force. She is also the ruler of the Underworld and the keeper of our inner child (the little brat that waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaants!!!!!!!). Today all that nurturing, “mother” energy is on vacation and The Empress’s shadows are showing.

The Empress has strong emotions and sometimes they overtake her intellect. Today she’s passionately (read: loudly and insistently) expressing her beliefs with great confidence. Never mind they are rooted in ignorance and confusion. Did I mention she also represents “light deprivation” and “obscurity”? As in, “darkness”; the lights are off at her house and she’s refusing to consider the fact she can’t see her hand in front of her face…or the truth.

With a lack of sensitivity and flexibility, the Empress is becoming bitter and resentful of life’s required changes and separations that must occur. In all fairness, she is Earth personified and we all know how slowly Earth usually makes changes. I can relate; I hate changes, too. However, we cannot avoid the truth of what is happening these days regardless of how much you don’t like it. So quit’cher bitchin’, put on your Big Kid Pants, and roll with what is real—not just what you waaaaaaaaaaaaaant.

June 27, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords, reversed. The normally astute, science-minded, and pragmatic Queen of Swords turns away from clarity of thought when she is reversed. She represents those narrow-minded, uber-righteous people whose personal biases prevents all logic and reasoning from getting through their ego-centric beliefs and opinions.

Regardless of how impractical and fantastic their ideas may be, such people will harangue you until you agree just to shut them up. The fact that their ill-temper and negative attitude comes from frustrated plans and ambitions can warrant a little sympathy, but because they’re being such assholes about it, they simply alienate everyone around them.

The appearance of this card is a reminder NOT to behave in such a way no matter how hard your day has been. If your mood is still good as you read this, be forewarned there are people like this out there…waiting and eager to harsh your buzz.

June 26, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. What is up already with the Five of Cups? This is the third time we’ve received it inside two weeks! First, on June 15th, we got it reversed; June 17th it reappeared upright; today we get it reversed again. To recap the previous readings: reversed means we’re intellectually understanding the losses, though not liking them by any means, and upright is basically WAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! and not being able to see what’s still there through your tears.

It’s interesting this card follows Death from yesterday. Death warned us of inevitable changes and “endings” we have no control over. Today, we mourn what is taken from us and perhaps indulge in one of the five stages of grief, that of denial. When reversed, the Five of Cups speaks of not accepting losses and/or hiding from the pain through busy work or putting on a falsely “brave face.” 

No, I’m not saying we should all weep, tear our hair, and rend our shirts. However, we do have to acknowledge our pain to move through it. Ignoring the elephant in the room won’t make it go away—as much as we’d like it to all just disappear—so face your pain squarely and start some meaningful recovery practices. That might look like talk therapy, gardening, bike riding, spring cleaning, starting your novel, painting your bedroom, or anything else that moves your butt forward. We can do this….

June 25, 2020: Card O' the Day: Death. Before you all freak the frick out, no one is dying…well, yes, they are. People around the world are dying every minute of every day. But Tarot’s Death card is not talking about that literal, people are dying, death. Tarot’s Death card is heralding deaths of beliefs systems, ingrained patterns of behavior, prejudices, religions, economies, leadership groups, jobs, relationships, etc. In other words, it’s a big fat hairy “change” card. And, boy, are we experiencing some big fat hairy changes around the world—and in the U.S.—right now. 

My humble opinion is that it’s about damned time for changes in the way we view and treat others. It would seem our species has an inherent mean streak that needs to be tamed. (Notice I didn’t say eradicated because, let’s be real!) We need to love more, be kinder, more helpful. But if that’s too big of a change to make all at once, then practice staying on your own mat. Because minding your own business is ultimately kinder than pushing your views, religion, fears, traditions, etc. on someone else just to get them to agree with you and make you feel “right.”

Closer to home, you can expect changes around your house, to your body, and/or in your job/career. The changes Death brings aren’t always “happy events” but they do release you from something that’s no longer in your best interests and make you available for something better. Therefore, when you experience “unpleasant endings”, look for the new and better for which you’re now open.

June 23, 2020: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords. This card refers to the choice we had yesterday. The Three is telling us “no” or “not now” with regard to that decision because things are still unclear at the moment. It’ll cause grief and not be what you want in the end if you move too soon. Therefore, it’s advised to continue evaluating all your possibilities.

I suspect that during your assessing and evaluating of what to do next, you’re going to realize something isn’t working for you anymore or wasn’t such a good idea in the first place. This card mentions movement and severance from the past, which helps alleviate upsets. This tells me there are a few “items” in your psycho-emotional knapsack than can be jettisoned. Yes, you may waaaaaaaaant it, but by now you’ve realized it’s it’s actually causing you suffering. The good news, though, is the suffering and realization of “I’m done with this” means you learn a valuable lesson and you don’t have to go back and do “that” again! 

Be gentle with yourself and practice self-care, but don’t you dare wallow. Life is too short for pity-parties.

June 22, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. Hunh. I took a couple days off from the Card O’ the Day and we’re still here pondering the lint in our bellybuttons. The Two of Wands, like all two’s, represents a decision that needs to be made, but there’s uncertainty because you’re not sure if you should protect what you have now or move forward into “the new.” Fortunately, the pondering has not been wasted because you now recognize your potential and can appreciate your capacity…and yet you hesitate to step through the door.

The present energy is encouraging you to take a risk and choose what you really want, but your doubt is blocking that energy. Therefore, take a little more time to assess and evaluate what you have, what you’ll need, and what you can dump. I’m a big fan of engaging all parts of the brain on a knotty problem by writing stuff down and reading it back to yourself out loud (this includes the parts of the brain that control your hand, arm, eyes, mouth, and ears). This little exercise may help you prioritize tasks and get you started on breaking those stultifying patterns in your life be they physical, mental, or spiritual.

Caution: you will upset those closest to you with your choices and evolutions. See above re assess and evaluate what to keep and/or chuck.

June 19, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man, reversed. The reversed Hanged Man is kind of a reversed reversal since the Hanged Man is already upside down. When the card is upright, the central figure is hanging upside down, which can represent the need for new perspectives or just hangin’ out for a minute to catch your breath. But when the card is reversed, the central figure may be heads up, but he’s still tied by the ankle to his spot and can’t go anywhere. That non-movement could come from fear and resistance to what’s next, procrastination, or being stuck in a suffering mood.

Another interpretation of this reversed card is being caught up in social pressure. For example, there are lots of argument for and against wearing a mask in public these days. There are opinions and articles by “experts” from every occupation posted online, on social media, and in the news. As we look for direction on this issue, and any other issues that concern you personally and society in general, we tend to get pushed one way or another and become confused. This card is recognizing that confusion as we struggle to figure out what the “right thing” IS so we can DO it.

Bottom line: Listen to your gut. Do what YOUR heart and soul ask you to do whether that’s for yourself only or for your community as well.

June 18, 2020: Card O' The Day: Prince of Wands. The Prince (or Knight, depending on the deck) of Wands represents movement and action for the sake of movement and action. Lots of pent up energy needs to be released and changes will be made! This may look like changing jobs or moving houses, but whatever happens it feels like (and needs to be at this point) an adventure! If you don’t do an actual physical move, then you may drop old habits or belief systems. 

While you seek those broader and greener pastures, do a little research and think about what you want first. This powerful, transformative energy is extremely useful…kinda like dynamite is extremely useful. Therefore, it needs to be employed carefully lest you ka-BOOOOM it all to oblivion. Naturally, you’ll face challenges along the way to your goal. First and foremost of those challenges is yourself and your eagerness to “git ‘er done!” A little innovation and improvisation and lots of willpower will help you on your way. 

The final word on this card is this energy can make you very appealing to some and equally annoying to others. Look for the people who are thrilled by your “winds of change” and ignore the cranky plodders. They’re just not ready to move like you are.

June 17, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups. I think the reason we received this card again is that the reversal of two days ago represents our COGNITIVE understanding of losses, but the upright version points to the emotional pain that has yet to be fully processed. Absolutely feel and acknowledge your pain, upset, anger, inconvenience, fear, discomfort, anxiety, and anything else unhappy you’ve been experiencing of late. This year has proven to be a hella ride and it’s only half over! Therefore, release any negative self-judgment you may be/have been experiencing because you can’t move forward into the new normal until you come to terms with your grief over what’s been lost or irrevocably changed.

While it’s tempting to drag your feet and cling to what you knew as the “good ol’ days”, ya can’t. Continued denial of your losses leads to self-pity, wallowing, blame, and depression (ask me how I know). We cannot control our environment but we can control our reactions to it. Your reactions can be rooted in resistance (the hard way) or with the mindset of greeting each new day as a clean start. 

On a mundane level, this card can represent reuniting with friends and acquaintances. Portends of things to come….

June 16, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords. Today’s card has echoes of yesterday’s reversed Five of Cups in that you’re aware of what has been lost (the tipped over cups), but not yet conscious of the remaining cups and what you can do with them moving forward. This card offers you the clarity and evolutionary perspective that allows you to see those still standing cups. Tension is easing because the initial “oh sh*t!” moment has occurred and you’re moving into recovery and accepting what has happened. The next question is “Now what?”

The most traditional meaning of this card is travel by water, but I don’t see this in a literal sense today. Emotions are governed by the element of water and traveling implies “physical distance.” I think our directive to “travel by water” is really an encouragement to put some distance between yourself and an emotional situation. As in, don’t go out with your S.O. for a few days/weeks, don’t go visit your mother, pass on any invitations to go hang with “that friend”, and so forth.

By making this physical distance, it will help you gain perspective about circumstances. With proper perspective, perhaps you’ll find the wisdom of understanding something has finished or is hopeless and the best course of action for you is to simply walk away. Leaving a toxic situation is by no means a cowardly retreat or giving up. It’s rising above, remembering your True Self, and taking that badass Self to a better party.

June 15, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. The Five of Cups is often depicted with five vessels of some kind, three of which have been knocked over or destroyed in some way and two remaining upright or intact. When the card is reversed, it means we’ve come to understand the three that were lost are actually less important than we once thought. And when we turn our attention to what is still there, we see THAT’s the important stuff, the foundation on which to build. Yes, mourn losses but focus upon what remains.

We are able to see the valuable remnants because this card also offers the emotional stability, coping skills, determination, and fortitude to overcome recent misfortunes and anxiety so we can redirect energies. Help is given quietly and subtly; receive it without guilt or shame. As you transform your disappointment and begin rebuilding, new interests and/or occupations will take your mind, heart, and wallet in fascinating directions.

June 14, 2020: Card O' the Day: The World. The World is the final card in the series of the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck. As the last, it represents an ending, which we all know then makes space for and brings a beginning. We are encouraged to celebrate with a ritual of gratitude, remember what has been, and look forward to the limitless potential of what could come.

This card also signifies liberation from the bondage of negative thinking with regard to yourself, your life, your job, and everything that creates the whole of “you.” The World represents a major realization about our True Self…that each of us is a perfect creation/child of Universe. We may notice we have a few flaws, but ALL of us do and that’s part of our perfection. The World gives you the power to be okay with who you are, warts and all.

We are in a vital time in our nation and across the globe. Take a minute to reflect and integrate all you’re learning. Align your mind and intuition with the cosmic Spirit (or God, Allah, Jehovah, Yaweh, Insert Your Higher Power Here) to see the real meaning of life beyond concrete, material reality.

June 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles, reversed. One of the more subtle meanings of the reversed Six of Pentacles is its “Robin Hood” connotations. It represents a desire to tip the scales of society and remove the stratifications or caste systems that have been built over the millennia. The way the “haves” are separated from the “have nots” is often merely the luck of your birth situation. Some are damned to crowded slums with no hope of ever getting out and others are born to wealth and status.

As a stable but unequal status quo is disrupted, those whose abundance is more than ample are encouraged to share. Give what you can and are comfortable offering. Ask yourself this important question: What lesson am I meant to learn here during this current upheaval?

June 11, 2020: Card O' the Day: Temperance. Have you ever watched the path of a pendulum? It swings far to the left and then swings equally far to the right. It takes a while, but eventually it settles into the middle and is still. It’s a visual representation of one of the main laws of physics: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. I feel like we are experiencing some pretty wild actions and reactions in our world right now. These tumultuous responses are resulting in many deaths, literally and figuratively.

Temperance promises peace will fill the emptiness Death has given us and  indicates healing and reconciliation. (For those of you who Death has touched literally, you have my deepest condolences. Peace does come, eventually….) Harmony will happen as we blend elements and factions into a delicious soup that never could happen if all the parts were kept separate. Finding the middle way with compromise and doing the “right thing” will bring us back to equilibrium and then to recovery.

The stone associated with Temperance is rose quartz. It’s said to heal the wounds of the heart and allow one to trust and love fellow humans. It can show us how to influence the environment with gentleness, harmony, and love. How can a simple rock do all that, you ask? I haven’t the faintest idea, but isn’t it worth a shot to try? If you’ve got some, put it in your pocket today.

June 10, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Star, reversed. When The Star is reversed, it may indicate you’re holding your thoughts and feelings back or having difficulty opening up. However, you may think you need to hide those thoughts and feelings from others. The question to ask yourself is why? Are you hiding because you don’t want to make waves with your different opinions or are you unwilling to examine yourself due to fear of what you may discover or have to confront? Because it’s often the case when we do that inner exploration, we don’t always like what we find, which may require some hard work to change. (Ugh!)

Sometimes, deep insecurity is masked by arrogance or false smiles (I’m FIIIIIIINE!!!!!). It’s possible disappointment has adversely affected a few valued relationships and now you find yourself less capable of trusting those people. Certainly there is a wide range of … opinions … circulating on social media these days….

The reversed Star is asking you to shed all ideas about yourself that falsely depend on status, appearance, or possessions. Get back in touch with your favorite sources of inspiration such as a yoga practice, meditation, reading holy books, making a crystal grid, praying to a deity or higher power, etc. etc. It’s time to heal.

June 8, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. Two’s often represent decisions and the necessity or readiness to make them. The Two of Pentacles suggest a great transformation is required to unite two aspects of one thing, but it will be precarious, full of obstacles, and worry. This revolution will allow fundamental, but worn out, structures to be positively reshaped and replaced. It has been, and unfortunately continues to be, a long time in coming and only through great effort and perseverance. But we stand in a doorway to something new.

Emotional and personal attachment to a global or personal shift can make it hard to assess a situation. It may be difficult to hold one’s ground and defend a position, but it can be achieved by keeping in touch with pure and positive motivations and holding on to personal integrity and sincerity. At all costs, remain focused on objectives and stay firm in ethical efforts as you move forward to bring about change at home, work, in your community, or in the wide, wide world.

June 7, 2020: Card O' the Day: Judgment, reversed. When the card of Judgment is reversed, it represents difficult transitions. Some of us welcome the new and just love when changes come into our lives. The bigger the change, however, the bigger the adjustment that’s needed to turn the ship becomes. These changes that you face may be within yourself, your immediate family or tribe, or on a broader scale. 

Many of you may be resentful or doubt the value of these necessary revisions. Resistance to new information and an inability to detach from past mistakes and behaviors causes a schism within tribes, communities, and all of society that threatens the comfort and security of our old ways. (Whether those “old ways” are detrimental doesn’t make it any less easy to change them.) Nevertheless, refusal to face facts and move forward will lead to further disappointment, impede expansion, and result in stagnation and rot.

Also, this card indicates the promises of some leaders have fallen flat. Those who followed may be feeling duped or betrayed for having placed trust in that particular leader. Know that there’s absolutely no shame in shifting your support to a different leader or set of personal rules after discovering they don’t represent you well anymore. That’s just called “personal growth.”

June 6, 2020: Card O' the Day: King of Pentacles, reversed. Usually the Reversed King of Pentacles signifies money problems and I think most of us experience a pinch now and then. Considering the current situation, I’m sure many more of us are feeling “pinched” more than usual….

However, the king of all creature comforts, when reversed may also indicate some of you are coming to realize you have enough. The lights are on, there’s food on the table (okay, maybe not steak…), and there’s a roof over your head. Money as a form of stability and security becomes less important as you understand stability and security can be found in relationships, kind gestures, volunteering, a more profound spiritual practice, or in any gazillion other ways.

This king is also representative of family and long-held traditions or beliefs—either cultural or personal. When reversed, it could indicate you’re ready to let some of those traditions/beliefs go. Maybe those traditions/beliefs have become uncomfortable for you (or always were but you had no choice), you’ve changed your mind about why they are important, outgrown them, or just need to start fresh. For whatever reason, the traditions or beliefs no longer serve you and you don’t have space for them in your life anymore. That’s okay because the most permanent thing in our lives is change.

June 5, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles. Whereas the number eight represents completion and manifestation on the material, physical plane, nines take that completion to one’s personal spiritual plane. As with all “endings” or “completions”, space is then made for change and growth. The maturity, depth, and spiritual awareness brought by the nine is combined with the suit of Pentacles today to represent accomplishments grounded by the earth element but that are sensitive to spirit.

Practically speaking, this means you’re aware of the good things in life and are grateful for them, but also realize there’s way more to “success” than merely physical acquisition. It may feel as though life is pretty darned nifty for you in your current situation. However, the final piece may still be missing…inner resolution and/or purpose. 

Keep looking! Reinvest in yourself, face your fears, and release self-judgment about not being enough in some way (or wayzzzzz). You might need to dedicate some time alone for creative internal work or thinking to get there, or it might just smack you in the face some day. Either way, be true to Self, do what you need to do to heal your wounds, and live YOUR ideals. Always remember and never forget, Universe made you for a reason.

June 4, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords, reversed. When the normally sharp intellect of the Prince of Swords is reversed, it slides into the fanatical and ridiculous. Arguments become irrational. It seems as though the only way to express oneself is like a toddler in an out-of-control temper tantrum during which one seeks to deliberately cause pain, injury, or physical damage. As one impulsively charges ahead, others are endangered by rampant recklessness. 

One may think one’s forward motion is in the name of destructive rebellion, but it’s a wildly mistaken response to a situation that calls for diplomacy, prudence, and a more careful and considered solution. Anger, fear, and vengefulness are the true impulses behind such actions, and those emotions stem from ego…tit for tat, mean-girl sh*t.

Here’s a question: Is such an aggressive and excessive approach really necessary?

(Before ya’ll have a kitten about this post, I’m not talking to righteous adults; I’m conveying the energy I feel from all those “Karens” and “Kevins” out there with their panties in a twist.)

June 3, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess/Page of Wands, reversed. The reversed Page/Princess can represent our society’s collective worry and consciousness of challenges (and, kids, are we having some “challenges” right now or what?) or it could represent an individual person. Other symptoms of this card being reversed can include uncertainty in acting. (Um, me! What do I say or do? Is it better for me to stay home and out of the way, or should I go and add another body to the fray? Where am I needed?)

Then if I do act, I feel clumsy…Did I say the right thing? Have I inadvertently offended anyone with my own two cents’ worth? The waters are hard to navigate right now and I’m afraid to declare myself to others lest I do it badly and be misunderstood. Trust me, my heart is in the right place, but I don’t know what to do or [how much I’m willing to sacrifice]. Did y’all notice how I wrote that question in teeny-weeny font*? That’s my privilege showing and I can’t wait to pull my skirt down fast enough to cover such an embarrassing truth about my self.

Society* is at the point of concretizing ideas beyond mere inspiration, dreams, or “wouldn’t it be nice?” and many are less than enthused. But the longer society remains indecisive, communal resolve and confidence will erode further. Therefore, clumsily and uncertainly stumble forward or sideways, but don’t stand still and heaven forbid, don’t go backward.

*I’m using our current events and social climate to illustrate the energy of this card. However, it could just as easily apply to individuals who are going through their own personal crises.

**Teeny-weeny font does not translate on Yola.

June 2, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles. All four of the aces in the Tarot deck represent beginnings. The suit of Pentacles represents all that’s tangible—from your own body to the economic resources of the world. This particular card signifies the great work of the civilization of humanity. Ideally, we shape the raw materials Nature gives us into safe, comfortable environments so that all are secure enough to live life fully and not just merely survive and exist.

This card invites you to celebrate the sacred in ALL life with strength, gratitude, balance within and without, fairness, compassion, and love. Let’s start with those who need to be acknowledged the most at this moment.

The Ace signifies the coming of a spiritual springtime in which we will experience new wisdom and knowledge, and in which we will undergo a shift in consciousness. This shift will allow us to challenge laws, move mountains, change the status quo, remove that which no longer serves, and hold accountable all that owe debts to society. It’s a time of cleansing our own spirits, that of Mother Earth, and Universe. We, the people, made this mess; it’s time to begin cleaning it up.

June 1, 2020: Card O' the Day: Strength. Strength represents all the work we must do on ourselves to live righteously, morally, and walk the talk coming out our mouths. Have the certainty and robustness to hold your convictions passionately yet peacefully without being controlled or carried away by the heat of the moment. True strength is being able to remain calm, lucid, and reasonable in the face of chaos.

We’re beginning a new week, a new month, and a new cycle today and Strength is asking us to use the power each of us has within our souls wisely. As communal beings, we yearn to be loved and understood. We all need feedback from others; make that feedback you share loving and healing. Use your persuasion, influence, and cooperation to overcome difficulties you face rather than force. True power comes through love, not coercion, dictatorship, or military might.

Today, let us begin reclaiming our lives from Fear.

May 31, 2020: Card O' the Day: King of Swords, reversed. We’ve received the same card—out of 78 in a deck—as we did yesterday. It’s not often this has happened in my posts re the “Card O’ the Day”, but it seems we’re seeing the reversed King of Swords on a large and small scale this weekend. Yesterday, I felt the reversed king represented the corruption in leadership across the world. Today I feel this card slightly differently.

As long as there are groups of any nature, there will be leaders of those groups. Those leaders will suggest beliefs and core values and those who agree, will join the group. However, those beliefs and core values aren’t always lawful, equitable, or ethical. This weekend, civil unrest rages across the country. Peaceful protests are disrupted by a few who have lost their sense of integrity in the pursuit of truth and justice. 

These few are disregarding law and societal order for their own gains. They care nothing for the consequences of their actions…well, to be clear, they WILL care for themselves if they get arrested and have to pay legal fees, but they don’t care about how their actions effect others. It’s wholly unjust for the innocent victims of these rampaging few who are so thoroughly “reversed” in their thinking and reasoning. 

Clear quartz is the stone associated with the Ace of Swords. It is said to lead to perception and harmony and aid in clear thought. The mineral associated with the King of Swords is gold. It is said to stimulate spiritual development and strengthen character. If you find comfort in the vibration of the earth elements, these are suggestions to hold close today. Peace be with you. Namaste.

May 30, 2020: Card O' the Day: King of Swords, reversed. Ten days ago we were given the “gift” of the epitome of the “Karens” of the world represented by the Queen of Swords, reversed. Today, with the King of Swords, reversed, we get a glimpse of every tin-pot dictator our species has ever suffered… and suffers to this day.

The King of Swords, when reversed, shows how strength and power is corrupted and twisted when used for one’s personal gain and dominance. These beautiful qualities that allow mere mortals to become heroes who can move mountains collapse into lawlessness and avoidance of consequences for wrong-doing when the privilege of leadership is exploited. It’s wholly unjust and unscrupulous favoritism that’s harsh and without mercy for ordinary men. If one of the victims of such abuse should speak up, then he/she will be coldly and methodically shut down with excessive logic…or cruelty. 

On both large and small scale, this reversed King is currently well-represented all over the world and in our own backyard. How long will we allow it? My cynical best guess is as long as humans exist. We’re capable of great mercy and altruism, but being greedy little assholes and walking the low road is so much less work.

May 27, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands. The Eight of Wands is expanding on yesterday’s Four of Swords by teaching us the meaning of “motionless movement.” (Hunh?) This means there’s a lot of creative and intellectual activity but it’s happening while you’re on your keister, drinking coffee, and enjoying the birds squabbling at the feeder. In this calm pause, you can find a deepening of thought and acceptance of what was and what now is as we transition into new possibilities.

As you think your deep thoughts, try to focus on enjoying the moment rather than getting super caught up in the “I oughta do”s of life. I remember my mother said she could never sit on her garden bench for longer than three minutes before she’d leap up to weed or trim something. So just take a breath and see the beauty of life. Never underestimate the power of a well-placed pause….

May 26, 2020: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords. Yesterday’s Ace of Cups gave a message of love and open hearts. Today’s Four of Swords is asking you to sit still in that new love. Be in the moment to understand what that means for you. Digest and reflect upon what has passed through you for the last couple months and allow these new energies to coalesce into organized plans. We’re being asked not to take quick action just yet but to gather a little more information about how our new lives will look.

This card speaks of social harmony and compromise, regeneration and recovery. We’re on the right track towards living through the pandemic and adjusting to the necessary changes we all must make.

Use this moment of tranquility to enjoy your mental peace and newly opened heart.

May 25, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups. This card represents an outright gift of love from Universe. Open your heart to it and the hope-filled new starts it promises. This gift is of spiritual as well as physical healing, and we’re being asked to create a more spiritually alive new world after the breakdown of the old.

How do we do that? By pursuing heart-based meaning and purpose in your life. The Ace is a “beginnings” card that’s telling us it’s a time of welcome change and creative inspiration. The abundance of positive energy being transmitted is so great it can lift others up to collectively effect societal change.

The Ace of Cups embodies love in all its potential and possibilities! And it’s what will heal us emotionally, spiritually, physically, and economically as we emerge from the period of stasis we’ve recently endured.

May 24, 2020: Card  O' the Day: Three of Wands. The protective home environment that has kept us safe all these weeks has been the center of your strength. Wellbeing within the family unit continues to support and guide us as we take our first tentative steps back out into the world.

This is indeed cause for celebration as our problems lurch in the direction of resolution and the healing we all need begins. It’s been painful, but our innate deep human sympathy for each other has shown through. Whether you stayed home and out of the way or worked the front lines actually doctoring, delivering, cleaning, cooking, etc., we bore this burden well.

Now is a time of positive energy and a very fertile window for new ideas. There are endless opportunities if you dare. The question is only how badly do you want it to happen? Make it so.

May 23, 2020: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. All of the cards in a Tarot deck have light and shadow qualities. Usually, the shadow qualities of the Seven of Swords are brought forward and interpreted in a spread. However, I’m seeing all the bright light of this card today and none of its shadow. In general, the number seven can represent exploration, new inventions, and mastery of challenges. The Suit of Swords is all about your thoughts and thinkings capabilities. Put them together and we get a burst of insights, strategy, new plans, inspiration, and creativity!

We are indeed still in crisis, but barriers have been opened and we can see new hope and relief from isolation (literally!), which brings us renewed trust and hope that it’s gonna be okay. “Okay” does not mean things are going to go back to what they were. Old assumptions will be challenged and you’ll be asked to leave behind beliefs or mindsets that no longer serve you in this new world. 

Great activity and reception of your intellect will propel you forward, and you’ll increase your personal strength on the way. Perseverance and willingness to take risks boosts your ingenuity and creative problem solving abilities because you feel confident your fresh ideas will find fertile ground. The time is becoming ripe for all possibilities!

May 22, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords, reversed. It’s always fascinating to me how much the Tarot cards tap into the collective psycho-emotional energy of the Universe. Back in early March we saw the cards reflecting our fear and mounting frustration as stores/restaurants/bars were closed, we were sent home from work, and anticipated events were canceled. We had more than the usual number of Major Arcana cards show up to ask us to PAY ATTENTION, we had lots of cards that encouraged us to be creative with our resources and time, and now I’m seeing the difficult rebirth of us all as we slowly come out of quarantine. 

The Five of Swords, reversed, is telling us to look beyond what* we’ve lost (jobs, money, time, businesses, clients, etc.) and the defeat some of us may have suffered and turn our attention towards recovery. Grieve and mourn your losses, by all means because during this “aftermath” period is the time to do it. We’re not at 100% yet, so you’ve got time to fully process this catastrophe.

Once we do get back to 100%, however, don’t wallow in your losses. Focusing on the defeats will only cause stagnation and prevent forward motion. Look around to see what can be salvaged. Repair the disconnection from your clients, business associates, the job market, and the outside world as you begin meaningful communication again that includes plans for your version of “reopening.” Finally, recognize the potential for spiritual growth this sorrow and discomfort offers us.

*Notice I said “what”, not “who.” If you’ve lost a loved one to Covid-19, you have my deepest sympathies. I don’t expect you to “get over” this kind of loss. Take all the time you need and understand everyone grieves differently.    

May 21, 2020: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles. The suit of Pentacles, in general, represents the spiritualization of the physical plane. As in, labors of love, serving others in times of crisis, or helping your elderly neighbor mow their lawn. This card, specifically, reminds us of the work that raises us to a higher level and brings joy. (Okay, maybe you don’t really “like” mowing your neighbor’s lawn, but it does make you feel pretty warm and fuzzy when you’re done, amirite?)

The Three also indicates creativity is bubbling in the pot and an actual goal is beginning to take shape. In fact, you’re starting to see some results and they tell you you’re on the right track. Your focus, organization, drive, and perseverance on this project will lead you to expansion and positive outcomes. This card also suggests now might be a good time for learning useful skills. If that’s not possible, then look for people who have talents where you don’t and get them to do the stuff you can’t.

In a nutshell, the Three of Pentacles reminds us of practical work that helps your community and serves as a vehicle for self development. What that actual work looks like is up to you. Everybody has a vital role in our communities.

May 20, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords, reversed. Here, Ladies and Gentlemen, is the perfect description of every “Karen” you’ve ever met. Thanks to social media, we get to see “Karens” behaving badly in the wild. The memes and videos are hilarious and show how truly unpleasant people can be when we lose our commitment to truth, clarity, and the Higher Self and sink into an excess of egoism and personal bias.

The typical “Karen” is a strong-minded person who’s turned nasty in reaction to pressure or pain, frustrated ambitions, ideals that have turned sour, or abilities that have been sacrificed. She expects everyone around her to do as SHE wills and rationalizes her bad behavior through faulty reasoning. This narrow-minded and bigoted thinking is impractical, micromanaging, and hypocritical.

Basically, the “Karens” of the world feel they’ve been badly short changed in their lives and use their rude ‘tude to try to gain some ground back. Sometimes compassion and gentleness will get past the angry dick swinging, but if she’s become too entrenched in her victimhood, professional therapy would probably be best. (But that would require her to have the personal insight that she’s in the wrong…don’t hold your breath for that to happen.)

Bottom line: if you suspect you might be a “Karen”, stop it right now! If you know one, run for your life.

May 18, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Cups. Wow, the third Prince in a row! (Well, almost.) Princes, in general, represent commitment, responsibility to others, and huge amounts of energy directed outwards in their bold actions. Their appearance in spreads can indicate situations developing quickly and then resolving as soon as you take steps toward rectifying a problem or taking advantage of an opportunity. They don’t indicate something lingering on and on; their vigor makes things happen.

The Prince of Cups, in particular, tells you that your next bold move “feels” right—it’s sincere and coming from your heart. It’s about fulfilling dreams that align with you personally. By example, it would be going to medical school because you want to help people rather than wanting to make a lot of money. The Prince of Cups is a natural healer, protector, and humanitarian, so he’d be the health care provider who goes to a third world county or a disaster zone to “do good.” (But, of course, there are lots of ways to “do good” without requiring the time and expense of medical school.)

How does this translate for all of us? It means examining our motives and what is driving us forward. First, we had the Prince of Pentacles who was ready to manifest something solid. The reversed Princess whined that she didn’t wanna ‘cuz it was too much werrrrrrk! Then the Prince of Swords shows up to poke us in the behinds with his electrifying ideas. Now the Prince of Cups is here to tell us “it’s the right thing to do.” I have no idea what you guys are up to, but I bet it’s gonna be grand!!

May 17, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. This flip-flopping of action!/sluggishness/action! may be tied to the weather. In my neck of the woods it’s been awfully rainy this spring and on the rare days with sunshine I’m decidedly more “up.” And since I’m drawing the cards…. Anyway, our good Prince of today is nervous of being quiet and alone with himself, and I think his appearance signifies most of us are in agreement with him. 

The Prince of Swords, like all the Princes—but more so— is a man of action and “doing.” This makes him very adaptable (we need that right now) and quite frank. No time for flowery phrases or persuasion, but some of you may have to defend your version of the “truth.” For example, the issue of wearing a mask or not is quite the hot button topic on social media! Let’s remember diplomacy and tact as we weight the pros and cons of any topic.

This card represents a very active intellect that’s eager to overcome difficulties with shifts in perspectives and rapid thoughts. Necessary decisions will provide solutions to problems and end of mental conflict. The Prince is here to help you conceive it and then DO it already!

May 16, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Pentacles, reversed. Oh, I am so laughing at myself! Yesterday the Prince of Pentacles was steadily riding forth towards new horizons and a new way of being! Today the reversed Princess is lifting the edge of the rug and calling me out on my other reality. Meaning, while I do feel I’m progressing through the various feelings this pandemic has stirred in me, today’s card is reminding me I ain’t perfect and I still got sh*t to do.

 This card represents distractions, loss of purpose, and remaining inactive. Now, I’m not feeling “Loss of Purpose” in the grand sense; it’s more along the lines of “the bathroom really needs to be scrubbed…but not today….” My sense of hard work has petered out from what it was only a couple days ago. I’m allowing trivia to distract me from projects I’d really like to accomplish, but I don’t have the discipline or focus necessary to do a good job. Thus, I sit like a blob of dissipation as I waste the most precious of resources: time….

(You’d think the guilt of all this lethargy would kick my butt into action. Sadly it does not, and I just feel more guilty…. Blech.)

May 15, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles. During my personal journey through the quarantine, it has been interesting to note my reactions over the past weeks and months. At first I didn’t think I would be too put out since I live a fairly isolated life anyway. Yes, it was vastly disappointing to have a large chunk of my favorite thing to do (psychic fairs!) cancelled after anticipating them all winter, but I could handle it and stay home for the greater good. Then the anxiety set in. Not really for myself, but the world in general…I became worried for all of humanity.

Now I feel myself moving into a new frame of mind, and the Prince of Pentacles describes it perfectly. This card represents letting go of certain expectations of yourself (during the quarantine, I MUST find a cure for cancer, the answer to global warming, and a quick and efficient way to clean the oceans!) and others. I’m being told I don’t need to do anything but rest in the fullness of who I am right now and simply heal and practice being a little more flexible. After all, clinging to a rigid pattern that was no longer possible was what made me anxious.

We’re now in a phase of making space for a new quality of stillness and acceptance for what life is now with a new and dangerous presence in our midst. With practicality, patient, and methodical work, we’ll get on with the business of quietly protecting each other until an effective treatment or cure can be found to eradicate the virus.

May 13, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups. The Princess—or Page, depending on the deck you like—represents emotional maturation through reflection, meditation, relationships, and struggles. By being the attentive observer through this process, one acquires critical thinking skills, judgment or discernment, and a solid capacity for decision making. In the desire to live fully, mixed with fear coming from inexperience, we can expect a cautious beginning that is destined to evolve positively.

This card also signifies the realization we’re not isolated beings in an uncaring world. Suffering often stems from the illusion of separateness and we have no one to lean on in times of distress. That’s not true, but you must reach out to others when in need. No one can read your mind and it’s unfair of you to expect them to. You have the ability to create your own situation of happiness but it takes a little work.

The short answer for this card is, collectively, as humans, we’re embarking on a whole new path.

May 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. When the virus first became bigger than what we could ignore and the country was largely put under quarantine, I thought it would be easy. I’m pretty much a hermit on my hill, so how was this going to be any different. When I couldn’t meet friends for coffee or take my mother to lunch, that’s when I began to get uncomfortable. Then the news stories of how hard this situation was hitting others really triggered my anxiety.

The reversed Five of Cups is indicating to us that life has changed. However, those changes have brought new coping skills and emotional stability as we are determined to overcome anxiety and get on with life. This card promises recovery and renewal for ourselves and new interests and/or friendships coming after these sad and disturbing events.

The Five of Cups is often depicted with a central figure lamenting three overturned vessels. The remaining two vessels of the card are still upright but ignored by the figure. When the card is reversed, we become aware of those two remaining vessels and understand what remains is important and permanent even in the face of sorrow. Furthermore, we can comprehend that the losses are actually less crucial that we’d originally thought. Build your new “house” upon what stayed during these tough times.

May 10, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. The Two of Pentacles signifies the duality of moving forward on the physical plane or staying pat with what you already have. This card indicates you can get by on the current resources you have, but staying still for too long leads to stagnation. It’s definitely a hard choice to make right now and that means your bright future is currently blocked. 

Bottom line, you need to make changes to progress forward and the practical work begins with this card as you balance new needs and obligations. The question is whether you’re flexible and adaptable enough to make these changes with grace or anxiety. For me it depends on the day or even the hour…. Yesterday morning I got all sorts of things done, but by afternoon I was a blithering, anxious mess.

This card promises expansion if we can make alterations to our “normal” ways of thinking, behaving, and physically living our lives. Fortunately, we don’t have to do it all in one fell swoop. This is the kind of thing that needs to happen organically and flow with natural energy. Translation: baby steps will serve you better than giant leaps in this case.

May 9, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Hermit, reversed. The most obvious interpretation of the reversed Hermit is that we no longer want to be alone. Circumstances are such that many of you may be feeling deserted and abandoned, which leads to intense loneliness and isolation from the very resources that can help alleviate this problem. Do reach out to friends via FaceTime, get some sun, and look into whatever financial aid you qualify for if you need it.

The upright Hermit represents a time of serious self-reflection. When reversed, there’s a fear of looking too closely at the truth and denying what’s patently obvious. (That uncomfortable reality could be in your own backyard or worldwide depending on how broad your view is.) That fear will tempt your ego to take over to obscure the facts and slap a pair of rose-colored glasses on your face or shove your head in a hole. That’s what ego does: it tries to make us feel more comfortable about ourselves without doing the real work to FIX the situation. And without actually fixing anything, chances for success go right down the drain.

Additional keywords for the reversed Hermit include hastiness, imprudence, rashness, prematurity, and refusing to listen to advice. I’ll allow you to apply (or not) those concepts to your life where necessary. Personally, all those apply to my cry-baby, petty side that’s pissed about the latest cancellation in my fair schedule. My higher Self will soothe the pissy-ness with a cookie. Or three. Whatever works….

May 8, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands, reversed. The reversed Queen of Wands represents energy that blows hot and cold. Kinda like the stores are reopening!! But it’s not safe to go in them, only a certain number at a time, stay 6ft apart, etc. It also represents excessive authoritarianism, which many of us actually need! There are a lot of yahoos out there who struggle with rules meant to save our lives. 

Closer to home, she signifies struggles for personal growth and development because of the lack of opportunities in which you can prove or challenge yourself. Feeling weak and directionless, one is apt to procrastinate, withdraw into deeper solitude, and become unavailable. 

I can certainly attest to the above paragraph. The psychic fairs and expos I planned to attend continue to be cancelled as each one comes up on my calendar. And while I understand the necessity, it’s really heartbreaking to be denied what so defines me. In an effort to CREATE my own opportunities, I’m doing on-line readings. (This isn’t a shameless plug, I’m explaining here.) It’s second best because I’d rather read for people in person, but at least I still get to interpret my beloved Tarot cards for my equally beloved clients near and far. I gently suggest you do the same: CREATE your opportunities!

May 7, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune. The Wheel reappears for us after a month. As Spring “springs” with blooming flowers, trees and shrubs, and the animals get on with creating babies, we’re reminded how the cycles of our world move ever onwards. Personally, I’ve been struggling to maintain my equilibrium; I have good days and bad days. Some days are half good as I collapse after only a couple hours of productivity. I’m not sure what kind of day today is yet, but  The Wheel reminds me “this too shall pass.” All of it. My anxiety, bleh mood, eagerness to garden and ride my bike, make jam…all of this energy waxes and wanes within me like the moon waxes and wanes above.

It occurs to me just now that some people whine they ALWAYS have “bad” luck, NOTHING ever goes right for them, they’re always the one to be shat upon in any situation. These types look to people who seem successful and say “Look at So-and So; he leads a charmed life!” Nothing ever goes wrong for him. But The Wheel begs to differ…the charmed one may lose a wad in the stock market or his wife takes him for everything in the divorce. Whereas the whiner might get a well-deserved promotion. EVERYbody’s life cycles. The world goes through cycles.

The changes we go through individually and as humans on this earth are inevitable. You can do it the easy way and roll with them, or fight tooth and nail, be miserable, and have to adjust in the end anyway. My struggle to maintain my equilibrium and my good days/bad days routine illustrate to me I’m resisting the current circumstances brought by this latest cycle. A lot of my life I can control, but right now too much is out of my control and I’ve got my knickers in a royal twist. But THIS TOO SHALL PASS!

May 6, 2020: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands, reversed. It would seem my cards are reflecting my own feelings and observations. Yesterday was all about making lemonade out of lemons and finding new ways to work and the joy in our work! Today it’s back to anxiety, indecision, and feeling defeated. (Certainly the grey chilly weather doesn’t help. Fer cryin’ out loud! It’s May 6th and I’ve got a fire going!) If one (ahem, me) isn’t careful, one can allow fear to overtake one and lead to over caution. Going into total protection mode and keeping people at a distance is good for “flattening the curve”, but it also eats away at one’s vital social connections. 

Under ordinary circumstances, I struggle to maintain contact with my friends. I adore my peeps, but I’m lazy about staying in touch. When invited out, I’m so there! However, I usually don’t do the inviting. At the beginning of the year, I made a promise to myself to check in with my friends and initiate lunch dates more often. One date a week was my goal, and then THIS happened.

The Seven is reminding us we’re stronger than we think and to dig out the inner resources that have been pushed to the back of the closet. No, every day doesn’t need to be uber-productive, but do your best to be a little productive at least once on a “bad” day. That includes texting “yo, s’up?” to your friends between the episodes of your binge-watch du jour.

May 5, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Pentacles. The Eight of Pentacles is the big “work” card of the Tarot deck. Typically speaking, it represents employment, craftsmanship, handiwork, and possibly training for something new as alternate work opportunities or interests arise. Seeing as how the employment rates have utterly tanked lately and many small businesses are in danger of going bankrupt, I think we need to take a moment to consider what “work” means to us and what it has the potential to be. 

In general, the suit of Pentacles represents the spiritualization of the material world. The Eight in particular signifies the spiritual element in our daily work wherein our jobs bring us spiritual reward. By example, on a rare trip out yesterday, I stopped at a fast food place for lunch. The people in the drive up windows seemed so serene and grateful to be working and serving a purpose to society. Maybe it was my imagination…but I was a teensy envious they have jobs to go to where they get to serve others. My job has been canceled for the foreseeable future unless people reach out to me individually. I really MISS sitting with clients and hashing out their readings with them. That’s MY purpose—how I share my spirit through my work—and I can’t fulfill it right now in the way I’d like.

However, Universe has a way of making sure we have what we need. The Eight asks us to work in harmony with our environment by using the resources we have to create something. It may require learning new skills or honing those we already have or haven’t used in eons. (Esty is positively exploding these days!) Take the day one step at a time and try to elevate even the most ordinary tasks to moments of gratitude and beauty. Put your spirit into a job well done.

May 4, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Emperor, reversed. The Emperor represents the concept of “father” in the Tarot deck. This can be interpreted to mean one’s actual father, a father figure in one’s life, a boss, or a leader of a group, community, or even country. When reversed, this leadership, support, and inherent duty to others is ignored. The personification of this card betrays the trust of those he/she should be supporting, fails to stand for important principles, and is unable to carry through with hard and unpopular decisions.

As we struggle with the current strict rules required to minimize the impact of the pandemic which is upon us, some may very well feel utterly stifled by our “cruel” governmental leaders. The news and social media is flooded with reports and pictures of those who so suffer. However, such self-righteous arrogance and self-importance above all others simply illustrates the level of immaturity at which some are stuck. 

As our “kingdom” that we once knew crumbles to dust, my question to you is: What is your reaction? You can control nothing but your own reaction…. Will you be able to honestly stand tall ten years from now?

May 3, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups. The Six of Cups is often seen as the “nostalgia” card as we look back and pine for simpler, happier times. While it is good to look back and remember valuable lessons learned, it’s not useful to wallow there. By yearning for what was, there’s a tendency to make the past more perfect than it actually was and to gloss over the boring or painful parts. Also, staying stuck in your past and hiding from the present can bring uncertainty for your future and inevitable solitude…and not just from being quarantined.

That said, we’re not yet ready to move forward out of our current holding pattern. We have some lessons to learn about love…the humble and generous kind that has nothing to do with your own self-interests. This is the nurturing love that you give, out of the kindness of your own heart, without looking for a gold star or quid pro quo. It’s about checking in on elderly neighbors who might need groceries, wearing a mask in public so you don’t spread YOUR germs to others, or buying a gift certificate from a small local business to support it during these lean times. I saw a great quote on Facebook the other day that sums up this kind of love: If we change the “i” in “illness” to “we”, it becomes “wellness.” Ponder that for a minute….

May 2, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords, reversed. When Upright, the Two of Swords indicates a balance or status quo. It’s not particularly pleasant or productive, but it works well enough and you’re too entrenched to really think very hard about changing things. I mean, it would be nice, but that would require weeeeeeerrrrrk now wouldn’t it?

Reversed, this precarious balance is upset, whether you like it or not. Being smacked in the face with the truth is never fun, but sometimes that’s the only way we’ll ever move our butts and start making things better. Because we’re dealing with Swords here, it could indicate something is “cut” literally (you have surgery you’ve been trying to avoid) or figuratively (you end a relationship).

Regardless of how this card plays out for you, it’s time to recognize avoidance of the problem is no longer an option. There are such things as lost causes and you may be stuck in one. Walk away and find a friend with a WHOLE box of tissues and a couple bottles of wine. You’re gonna want them.

May 1, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Chariot. Wait, wait, hold up! We JUST got The Chariot, reversed, five days ago. Now we get it upright!?!?!? As in “victory”, and in “total control of a powerful will”? Say WHAT!?!??! Hmmmm…I’m not feeling that and therefore, I shall dig deeper.

Actually…The Chariot is appropriate today. Right now, many of us are suffering inner conflict as we desire both security and safety but also to move forward to the return of normalcy. (I mean, my hair is sooooooo bad, people!) However, The Chariot gives us self-control over our antsy, burnt out selves that overestimate our abilities and cause us to make mistakes. The narcissistic ego is what forces us to believe misconceptions that lead to mistakes and great peril.

As the charioteer—depicted in many iterations of this card—controls two creatures, this card teaches how we can face the contradictions within and come into harmony. We must learn to accept responsibility and the consequences of our actions…more so now that ever because our actions can cause others to die not merely cause us, individually, embarrassment or inconvenience. Again, we have to make use of different qualities, talents, and avenues to succeed.

And as a final tidbit of wisdom, “isolation” is actually one of the keywords associated with The Chariot. Who knew?

April 30, 2020:Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups, reversed. Welp, THAT didn’t work. I thought if I let the Card O’ the Day go for a few days (and I was busy), it would perhaps give my cards time to show something new and promising. Nope. More of the same.

When the Ten of Cups is reversed it represents strains within groups, tribes, or society. We suffer disruptions in our success, indignation, irritation, and blocks as a highly-charged situation—in this case LIFE as we knew it—goes wrong, and we must endure a serious reality check regarding our hopes of going back to normal any time soon. Anticipated events continue to be delayed or cancelled.

The push to re-open businesses, entertainment venues, grooming establishments, and so forth indicates many are concerned with the material, day-to-day world to the detriment of their integrity. Because it’s usually so easy to get what we want, when we want it, we fail to appreciate what we already have. Ever look in the closet and think “I have NOTHING to wear!” or in the refrigerator/cupboards and sigh “There’s NOTHING to eat!” Look again and I’ll bet you‘ll find plenty to wear and eat if you can accept what IS there rather than lament what ISN’T.

April 27, 2020: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords, reversed. The toxic theories and aggressive ideas suggested by the reversed Seven are all over the Internet and in the media. These incredibly ignorant hypotheses can cause damage of epic proportions. Therefore, the reversed Seven’s “good advice” is to really double check what you read and hear before trying it yourself.

While the pandemic and the worldwide threat is indeed real, the fear that it’s causing is equally disturbing. Prudence dictates that we cancel or postpone previously laid plans for another time when the danger of widespread contagion has passed. When that will be, I don’t know but all the smarty pantses of the world are banding together, seeking joint effort to create meaningful change in how we, as Earth’s citizens, move forward from here.

The reversed Seven is offering us support and assistance through this hardship. Look for it and ask.

April 26, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Chariot, reversed. Becoming over-confident, engaging in self-destructive behaviors (drinking bleach or rubbing alcohol, for example), and lack of self-control simply means you’re speeding towards a big Crash-n-Burn. The “will power” approach to ending the quarantine isn’t going to work on this particular problem.

My next planned event is at the end of May…in about 5 weeks. The reversed Chariot tells me that plans are delayed or cancelled altogether and things will remain static. Well, yeah! That’s what I’ve been doing for two months! So, do I go in 5 weeks? Will THAT event be cancelled, too? As the debate to “open” or not “to open” meanders on, we become mired in ever-increasing inconclusiveness….

The wisdom hidden in this card is the situation is out of our control. Therefore, we must find a way to SOLVE the problem rather than try to simply “control” it. In my mind that means the experts do all the heavy lifting while I stay out of the way. I shall continue to watch the statistical reports and make my decisions about venturing forth based on them, prudence, and my gut intuition.

April 25, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles. The suit of Pentacles is the physical embodiment of Spirit in general and yours in particular. The Ace represents a cleansing of this spirit because it’s in deep need of nourishment and renewal. 

While all Aces signify new beginnings, and this one does, too, with this Ace it’s about the long view. We’re not talking personal five-year plan here. This card is asking you to step onto an entirely new path so we don’t end up like this again. Okay, I realize Nature is Nature and there’ll always be viruses and bugs in our lives. However, we need to learn our lessons THIS time so we can survive more gracefully through the next time.

When we create and work towards manifesting our visions with love and excitement, that’s the essence of Pentacles. There’s no shame in wanting “everything”, but there’s the danger of self-sabotage if you fail to truly appreciate each of your creations. If you just make a “thing”, set it aside and immediately working on a “bigger thing”, you never embrace the joy of the work you did. During this forced stasis, look around yourself and be grateful for what you’ve made thus far out of your life.

April 24, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Tower. Another repeat from April 7th. We are getting ass-kicked, 2x4-to-the-head-whacked, throat punched, and balls-in-a-vice warned to take heed. On the physical plane, this card represents the breakdown of health and wellbeing. Emotionally, it’s telling you it’s time to admit failure. I’m going to soften that blow a tiny bit by changing that to “it’s time to admit we are FAILING.” As in, we still have time to fix this and be smart.

We are being asked by Universe—actually, forced—to allow the old world to come crashing down. Our egos have been usurping the soul’s power for far too long. We must allow the soul to reassert itself to resume the natural flow of Nature’s energy. With everything swept clean, we can rebuild upon truth without the false and numbed-mind illusion we’ve been stuck in. It’s time to get our crown chakras out of our root chakras.

The Tower tells us our pleas for freedom from our oppression will be answered! Just be careful what you wish for….

April 23, 2020: Card O' the day: Temperance, reversed. Approximately a month ago we received Temperance, reversed; today it comes back to us. Yesterday, I failed to notice the Nine of Pentacles, reversed, reappeared after less than two weeks. I believe we’re receiving repeats to reiterate and emphasize the messages from these particular cards. Also, the number of reversals compared to the number of upright cards tells me we’re living in extreme times that require extreme measures and sacrifice to get us all “right side up” again.

As the quarantine drags on and on, differences of opinion and dissension among our leaders and popular groups disrupt and fragment all of society and its normal cohesion. Meaning, we used to be all on the same “side”, more or less. Not any more. Quarrels, discord, disagreements, and downright hostility abounds as people become more and more impatient. Wild swings of emotions and behavior indicates many are losing their sense of higher self and this lack of moderation or self-restraint leads to harmful imbalance and inefficiency for everyone.

I get it. Some are getting desperate as they wait for unemployment stipends and/or the promised stimulus checks. I don’t know what to tell you, except wear a mask in public. It’s the least you can do.

April 22, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles, reversed. In our (yes, “our” because I’m speaking from the heart) isolation, we’ve suffered a loss of discipline, an inability to channel energies towards a useful purpose, and can’t tell what we want or what truly matters. All my plans from early March onwards have been canceled. As each event fell like dominos, I would think maybe things would settle and I could go to the mid-April event; after all that was a month away. Then it became waiting until mid-May…six more weeks and SURELY by then I could get back to my life. Now I’m looking at the first part of June and am grappling with the wisdom of going or staying home provided, of course, that event isn’t canceled.

The experts are saying we can’t come back out of isolation too soon. The reversed Nine of Pentacles agrees because it represents expansion that threatens to overwhelm and suffocate what has been achieved. If we come flooding out to crowded events too soon and flout social regulation, we are being faithless to ourselves and others. We’re only wanting self-gratification and refusing to recognize right from wrong.

And here I sit, dying to get back to my psychic fairs and reading the Tarot cards for my wonderful clients. If my next event carries on as scheduled, do I dare go risking my own health and my husband’s when I get home? Do I stay at home and become a germaphobic hermit? How do I balance my duty to society of not spreading disease and the desires of my ego? Anyone? Anyone?…Bueller?

April 21, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Wands. The Princess of Wands is celebrating the joy of being alive! Her nails may be ruined, bloody stumps and her roots grown out a mile, but she’s alive and kicking. She encourages us to approach challenges with eagerness and see them as opportunities rather than road blocks. Her wonder and creativity are balanced by wisdom, so her energies are expressed in practical ways. 

She’s all about starting new projects that are a little daring and non-conforming. I see this as doing something you’ve just never done before. Have you noticed how many people are sewing masks and offering them on Etsy, EBay, Facebook, etc.? These resilient, enterprising people saw a need they could fulfill from the safety of their own home. They may not have experience, knowledge, or exceptional skills, but they’re open and have the desire to DO something constructive. 

Of all the Princesses/Pages, this one is the most “message-y.” Therefore, keep your eyes and ears open for signs, casual suggestions, or requests for help you could take further than just for the one person. Like, say, becoming a professional grocery shopper for people who can’t or shouldn’t go to the store right now. The Princess of Wands is asking you to declare your willingness to begin!

April 20, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant, reversed. The Hierophant, reversed, perfectly represents the people who have become so frustrated by the quarantine they have taken to the streets in protest. This card represents disobeying rules, questioning “authority”, and choosing one’s own standards. Many are past mere questioning and are ready for confrontation, civil disobedience, and rebellion as evidenced by the many protests in several states. 

However, one must understand that EXCESSIVE individuality can be—an is in this situation—dangerous and disruptive to all of society. The signs I saw participants holding in the photos of the protests were based upon false knowledge and mistaken beliefs that speaks of shallowness and gullibility that moves right on into the territory of fanaticism. They righteously make pronouncements with absolute assurance they’re correct as they cling to unproved principles out of sheer blind faith.

One of the signs I saw held by a man read something to the effect of “The Lock-Down Killed My Business.” I ask you, sir, would you rather the virus killed you and your family after you infected them?

I’m struggling, too. Hang tough people.

April 19, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Sun, reversed. When The Sun appears reversed, everything seems clouded over and we suffer loss of reason and lucidity. The intensity of life leaves one exhausted and as things drag on, we’ll suffer burnout from the continued loss of freedom and choice. Many are already reacting to these frustrations by having demonstrations, parades, and protests without wearing protective masks or maintaining distance from each other. While I absolutely support these people and their right to make their displeasure with the government known, their methods are born of ego inflation, hubris, and false optimism.

Another manifestation of this card is being unable to enjoy what you do have out of fear it’ll be taken from you or in a form of survivors’ guilt. I’m incredibly blessed to be where I am, to have maintained my health thus far, and am painfully aware others aren’t so lucky. Why me? What did I do that’s so special? I don’t know….

Nevertheless, try your very best to find pleasure in even the simplest work or household tasks. Actively choose to be happy. That’s a HARD one and some days I fail miserably. Some days I manage it for several minutes. I fully believe in the power of a positive attitude, so I push onwards and Choose. Joy.

April 18, 2020: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups, reversed. It’s interesting that we’ve received this card again a month later.… In fact, the last three cards have been repeats. Though The Lovers and Fool reappeared upright, the Three of Cups remains reversed to remind us how important separation and maintaining emotional control continue to be. We need to look at the hard realities: people continue to be infected by the Covid-19 virus and thousands are dying.

Our movements, activities, and jobs have been disrupted and curtailed for only about six weeks. Lack of cooperation, self-pity, and moping that something hoped for didn’t come about is extravagance in all its most negative aspects. Even all your extra eating and boozing isn’t as fulfilling as it was in the beginning (ask me how I know).

The next time you want to ignore your deeper values and indulge in a trip to the beach (certain beaches in Florida and South Carolina are reopening), think of the people who are permanent shut ins because of physical or emotional limits and whose “quarantine” will never end. View this quarantine as a TEMPORARY inconvenience that will pass. Big Kid pants, people. If Anne Frank could handle “quarantine” for YEARS, we can hang on for a few more months.

April 17, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Lovers. Well, that’s interesting…. Yesterday I drew The Fool, upright; in January I had drawn it reversed. Today, I drew The Lovers, upright; just twelve days ago I drew it reversed. Could it be that we’re beginning to turn our world back to right side up?

This card tells us we have an important choice to make between two desires. Judging by the growing push back against our continued quarantine, I’m going to guess many are starting to wonder whether staying home is the right thing or going about their business is what needs to be done. We must base our decision upon responsibility and reason, not our momentary desires. While this card’s title speaks of “lovers” it’s actually about analysis, consideration, and comparing the pros against the cons.

This card isn’t just about choosing the right lover who makes your heart sing and your nether regions melt, but it’s also about balancing cause and effect, love and hate, good and evil…it’s the point at which you no longer view others in the way of how can they help you with your needs, but how you can help THEM with THEIR needs. It’s about putting others first and thinking of society as a whole and not just yourself. Of course, if you need help, ask for it. If you don’t, stay out of the way and continue to do for yourself with what you have on hand.

April 16, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Fool. The last time we got The Fool it was early January and the sh*t hadn’t completely hit the fan. However, said Fool in January was reversed and I interpreted it to mean we WANTED to go on adventures, but we hesitated and felt safer at home. And here we are, safer at home!

This time The Fool appeared upright. I see him as seeking knowledge or truth. Change is essential, but it starts in the imagination—if you haven’t conceived it yet, then you can’t plan how to make it real. We’re on the edge of new beginnings and rebirth with potential out the wha-zoo. 

However, doing “nothing”, as in staying sheltered in place, is also advised by our dear Fool because we’re still powerless over our circumstances. When it does come time to move again, we will burst forth with fresh ideas and lessons learned in mind as we make the Big Shift happen. Until then, be safe, cautious, and healthy.

April 15, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords, reversed. Even though our Ace is reversed, it’s still an Ace and thus it tells us beginnings are afoot, albeit blocked or delayed. The general Swords energy of thoughts, mental activity, and communication are present. Upright, this card can indicate a new way of thinking, but it’s reversal tells me we’re still resistant to that. Similar to the Eight of Wands and the reversed Five of Pentacles of the past couple days, this reversed Ace is also telling us that Plan A ain’t workin’ so good and it’s time to trot out Plan B. However, changing the course of our entire world culture/economy is going to require a humble surrender of ego.

On a more personal level, you may be having difficulty thinking clearly, get lost in confused ideas and feelings, and suffer disturbing thoughts. Refusal to accept the new normal and reevaluate current plans will only exaggerate problems. (A little shout out to my 22yo nephew who thinks only “old” people get the COVID-19 virus and just wants to hang wid his bros. Oy!)

When things appear more important or dire than they really are, try to find balance in your reality. To do that, look around and see what you do have. Check what you don’t and then determine if it’s a true need or merely a want. Make the needs happen and let the wants go for now.

April 14, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands. This card’s mainstream representation is of speed and synchronicity. However, I want to dig a little deeper into it because we’re in a place where we simply can’t go hell bent for leather into the wide, wide world. The change and movement signified by this card is necessarily going to be inner work as we align our energies with others to harmoniously solve world problems. According to all the posts on social media that I’m seeing, this is happening beautifully as people sew masks, deliver goods to those who can’t go out at all, etc., etc.

This card is a good omen for seeking new paths, but that can threaten to displace or upset long-standing commitments. Welp, yesterday’s reversed Five of Pentacles already told us the “old way of doing it” was no longer working. Therefore, cut back and make use of what you’ve already got and edit life now in preparation for the new stuff coming. We certainly don’t want to carry our crap forward!

The Eight gives hope for great transformation, triumph over obstacles, and change for the future. However, a conflict lies between impetuosity to get moving already! and logical foresight—as in we simply have to wait for the virus to pass through town. Remember, the “journey” is the actual goal and each step has importance. Therefore, don’t rush your steps…savor them for the individual gifts they are.

April 13, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Pentacles, reversed. As our “normal” way of life collapses around us, it actually makes room for us to create alternative structures and invent new approaches. We see now the standard way of doing things wasn’t working (globally and in your own backyard). As we continue to persist through our difficulties, we come to a turning point while facing material and spiritual troubles. I think we’re all learning to make do with less, without, or share what little we have with someone who has nothing. And with less “stuff”—and the inability to procure more stuff—cluttering up our space, it’s possible to look inward and reevaluate what’s really important.

Something else is going to shift big time: your relationships. This forced separation will strengthen ties and commitments to some but others will be allowed to just drift off. If you made do without them now, and didn’t miss them all that much, well…. Also, be aware that relationships you’ve forged during this crisis may be just a “crisis friend.” Once the severest danger is over, that friendship might no longer be as intense. Just sayin’.

April 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: Strength. After all the cards we’ve received that have described our anguish, we receive Strength today. Not only do we receive the card labeled Strength, but I feel strength coming from this reminder of our deep inner knowing that we can endure facing life as it is right now without wavering. Some are using skill and craft to do useful work to help their neighbors and community. Some are showing magnanimity by donating PPE supplies they don’t need to those who do, paying someone’s grocery bill, or donating to research foundations. Those of you who are simply staying home are also to be lauded.

Strength means showing restraint and discipline when handling hard situations gracefully. Sacrifice and self-denial takes courage. And your inner Self is noticing your outer work. Do not be surprised if you undergo a psychological transformation. There are countless stories of humans rising to great heights when put in the most dire circumstances (think of every natural and man-made disaster ever). After this pandemic has passed, the stories will surface of how truly heroic we have been.

Strength is daring to thrive under the worst conditions.

April 11, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Pentacles, reversed. As the necessary quarantine drags on, the feelings of entrapment will intensify and you’ll feel more and more desperate to roam freely without a mask and without having to obsessively eyeball the distance between yourself and others. This  isolation can lead to loss of discipline and common sense leaving you open to being taken advantage of through online schemes. All our plans for the spring and summer are having to be cancelled or postponed, which then makes you unable to channel your energy into a useful purpose to prepare for said plans.

Many of us are facing financial embarrassment or downright ruin. Health issues become all the more highlighted as we try to manage any underlying conditions without access to some of our usual coping mechanisms. Some may wonder what they want or what really matters anymore….

The upshot of this card is denial of wellbeing and good fortune. Therefore, look around you and assess your situation for the next 24 hours. Roof? Food? Clothing? Necessary meds? If you’re reading this, then you have access to the Internet. Count. Your. Blessings. Express gratitude for them. Rinse and repeat at the top of every hour. Concentrating on what you DO have instead of lamenting what you don’t increases the feel-good chemicals in your brain, which helps lift your mood.

Where there is life, there is hope.

April 9, 2020: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords, reversed. We just luuuuuuuuv to gossip, don’t we? Conspiracy theories are merely another form of gossip, and they can range from the absurd to the downright dangerous. Because we have a brand new topic of conversation to chew upon, the conspiracy theories are coming in fast and thick about the corona virus itself and who “invented it”, how to cure it, and how to avoid becoming infected.

Here’s what our Card O’ the Day has to say about those ridiculous stories floating around. First and foremost, those theories are toxic and create more fear-based problems. These aggressive and dishonest ideas will destroy the world if we let them. Many are using cunning and covert manipulation to scam, con, and swindle people out of their savings promising a miracle cure or fool-proof protection from illness. (This kind of crap has been going on forever, it’s just “new and improved” to fit the Covid-19 situation.)

Yes, seek help and advice for your problems but from REPUTABLE sources like the World Health Organization, CDC, your local unemployment offices, for forgivable small business loans, or other PROFESSIONAL and qualified persons. Once you have your solid advice, be cautious about becoming OVER-dependent upon others to tell you what to do. You’ve been given a brain and an intuitive gut. Use them as you navigate these times with common sense and a grain of salt.

April 8, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Empress, reversed. We continue with our lessons from the Major Arcana…. The Empress, of course, is the “mommy” card of the Tarot deck representing fertility, creativity, and all things “mothering”—whether actual children, four-legged babies, important work projects, or running a corporation. 

Reversed, The Empress slides into hot-headedness, over-emotionality, lack of concentration, disinterest, and inaction. This card signifies feeling overwhelmed and not being able to take proper care of yourself or your home. Blocks on our creativity leave us frustrated, disempowered, and lethargic. You may indulge in extravagances of comfort food, alcohol, or on-line shopping. (This entire paragraph is me, just so we’re clear.)

I saw something on Facebook today about “motivational posts” which actually translates into motivational shaming. It was something along the lines of “if you haven’t learned a new language, sculpted your body to perfection, and found the cure for cancer by the time the quarantine is over, it’s not that you lack time but you lack motivation.” The response to these motivational shaming posts is that we are all suffering collective trauma right now. Who can start a new business, earn a PhD AND an MD on line, and write the next great American novel when this stressed?

Therefore, try to get dressed and comb your hair today (no shame if you don’t). Maybe reorganize your sock drawer (NOT you entire wardrobe, just the socks). Make yourself a hot meal rather than cheese and crackers (guilty of that). Forgive yourself for not recreating the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel on your own living room ceiling and just get through these next weeks with your sanity more or less intact. 

April 7, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Tower. I kid you not; I am NOT cherry-picking the cards to show you only the Major Arcana. Universe is essentially screaming at us. Listen up, people.

The Tower is one of two “HUGE CHANGES” cards of the Tarot deck; Death is the other one. Today The Tower is telling us there is no problem that can’t be solved. The fear we’re experiencing now is because we’re not sure of the consequences of the changes that come with the solution. Our world illusion is being shattered, but that will allow what has been imprisoned to emerge. What has been imprisoned within you that’s coming out now?

The Tower breaks the hold The Devil has had on us of arrogance and materialism. Many people in positions of authority will lose their standing, which will bring changes, too. 

The message for this card today is we are to stop looking for God/Allah/Yaweh/Holy Father/etc. in the “heavens” and find him/her/it right here on Earth…within yourself, within your neighbor, within your community. Trust, that no matter what, Universe has our back.

April 6, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Wheel of Fortune. The Wheel of Fortune is the tenth card in the order of the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck. Therefore, I count it as a “10”, which represents endings that make new beginnings and renewal possible. Yes, people are dying—as they always do—and babies are being born—as they always are. The Wheel reminds us it’s utterly futile to resist the continuous flow of life. Spring is still bursting with new life even as we despair at the lack of proper medical equipment and governmental management.

These huge changes are shaking us out of our complacency and the illusion we have everything under control. We don’t. We’re amoebas in the Grand Scheme of Things. Therefore, right now, your REACTION to the changes we’re experiencing is of the utmost importance. We’re being given the chance to evolve, adapt, and break destructive patterns in our individual lives and collectively as humans. 

With everything in flux, be open to the opportunities these tremendous changes will bring. Open your mind to receive more than you ever dared. Embrace new ways of perceiving your life, experiencing events, and being you. Some will make huge and obvious changes, others will simply give thanks a little more often. Whatever changes you make to your life at this time know they have the potential to make things better. Receiving The Wheel is generally regarded as a fortunate omen as it’s believed “good luck” is on the rise.

April 5, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Lovers, reversed. This is the fourth Major Arcana in a row we’ve received. I’m called to examine the number four. Generally it speaks of structure, order, and stasis, which is a nice word for stagnation. A structured and orderly life can be very comfortable and comforting, but I understand prison is very structured and orderly, too. The lesser know representation of the number four is that we’re being dominated by the physical world. Ain’t THAT the truth! A tiny little virus is holding us hostage in our own homes. Our job is to fight the stagnation. I have a friend who’s learning Chinese and taking an on-line calculus course. I don’t aspire quite that high but I am trying to keep my brain from turning into a rotten carrot.

The Lovers, reversed, represents quarrels and arguments. Well, duh, Captain Obvious. Coop people up and they’re gonna get cranky.

There’s also a lack of or over analysis of a situation. I think this comes from the 21,000 sources of information we draw from when trying to stay informed of the latest news of the pandemic. This card recommends we act alone right now, and apart from the very plain meaning of this, I believe we should be “acting alone” when choosing the source of our information. Miscommunications cause confusion. Confusion leads to bad choices which could then lead to regrets and guilt. Never mind what your 3rd cousin’s aunt-in-law, who works at the sewage treatment plant, has heard from her astrologer*. Find science-based notifications and learn for YOURSELF what’s the best plan for you at this time.

(*I hold cousins, aunts, and astrologers in very high regard. This is an example, not a slam.)

April 4, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Devil. We’re a species that thrives by living in communities (herds). We’re better protected and secure when part of a group, but The Devil wants you to examine who you are alone. Who are you without the beliefs about yourself society has imposed upon you? The moment you stop believing the crap you’ve been fed about being “less than”, not “enough”, or otherwise limited, you’re free to release the light of your originality that lies within you.

Once you take off the costume you’ve been given, you’re going to have to come face to face with your deepest fears: am I weird? am I enough? am I kinky? am I petty, small, greedy, jealous? Once you face these fears, you’re being invited to “get good” with your darkness. No, I’m not giving you free rein to become an asshole! The Devil wants you to simply accept your less-than-admirable qualities. Just because they’re there doesn’t mean you have to act on them, but it would be awfully nice to stop feeling so guilty about them. 

The Devil is the source of your strong will, audacity, chutzpah, and charisma. When harnessed and kept within appropriate boundaries, they’re darned good qualities to have. However, if they’ve gotten off their leash, take responsibility for your shadow qualities and change how you govern them. Otherwise you’ll just keep making the same mistakes, alienating others, and failing to achieve your goals.

April 3, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Hierophant. The Hierophant represents a body or person that hands down social laws and norms. It’s a system that upholds laws or organizational networks. It’s the power of structure that brings us comfort and security. Though it leaves little room for development of individual ideas or decisions, conformity to this structural system allows for peace and common ground among all those within a community.

Having received this card today we’re reminded of the need to put faith in those we’ve chosen as our leaders. We need the guidance of our “elders” and to trust it in order to progress through this time of global crisis. As they put into place new and inconvenient rules, know that it’s in an attempt to mediate and hold in balance opposing poles and not just to f*ck with your world.

This is a time to comply with patience and endurance.

April 2, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Hermit, reversed. When cards are reversed, they don’t really signify the exact opposite of the upright…rather they show the extremes inherent in the upright card. The Hermit, reversed, reflects not wanting to be alone anymore, but a fear of people leads to phobias and paranoia. Normally, if this occurred in a reading with a client, I would ask what brought them to this condition. Who hurt them and how? Considering the current situation, though, it’s a bit of a no-brainer as to why some of us are caught between not wanting to be alone but are fearful of others.

Isolation to excess tends to slow or disable any development of one’s ideas, well-being, and any type of forward motion. (I know MY couch is calling me for a nap at 8:50a.m.) The Hermit, when upright, represents self-reflection, contemplation of one’s life and next steps, and/or getting in touch with your more spiritual self. Reversed, there’s a fear of examining things too closely lest unpleasant truths surface. And with all the time we have these days, being forced to fix your flaws can be pretty daunting. Start with baby steps; don’t try to fix anything, just acknowledge it for now.

Today is a sunny spring day in my area. I’m going to do my damnedest to avoid my couch. For those of you living in the city, open your windows and do some jumping jacks in the fresh air. If permitted and practical, take a walk around the block. Literally putting one foot in front of the other is the only way we’ll survive the quarantine…even if that means pacing circles in your living room.

April 1, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands, reversed. All aces represent new beginnings. (Interesting we got one on the first of a new month.) However, when reversed, the Ace of Wands is telling us the right opportunity for action hasn’t come yet. We’re being given the “thumbs down” and “now now” that counsels inaction because a situation is premature and not yet ripe. Your incorrect evaluations could bring consequences that are possibly severe. Therefore, put some more thought into any bright ideas you may be hatching during quarantine.

Because the card is reversed, it indicates a block in the flow of energy. Thus, the means of realizing goals isn’t there, which causes delays and setbacks. Rather than wasting precious resources and energy raging at the circumstances the virus has caused, sit back and wait for Nature to take her course. It’s not like anyone else is screaming past you and getting a leg up on you; we’re all stuck at home doing nothing.

March 31, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups. Receiving the Princess of Cups today is a reminder to let life flow…to accept and adapt to circumstances. We’re being asked to be fully aware of and open to all the wonder and magic of life. It’s true that people are getting sick and dying, our health care workers are stepping into danger every day, and our social lives are on indefinite hold. BUT ALSO babies are being born, trees and flowers are blooming, the grass is visibly growing, and Mother Nature is bringing us a new spring. Embrace the adventure of this burst of new life mentally, emotionally, and spiritually even if it’s physically impossible to do so right now.

This card represents curiosity, reflection, and an attentive observation as one waits to acquire critical judgment and decision making capacity. All Pages/Princesses represent study or being students at something. Therefore, with all your free time (if you’re not busy supporting those of us staying at home, of course), learn something new. Cooking, baking, knitting, scrapbooking, journaling, writing, gardening, ANYthing that stimulates your brain cells!

The Princess of Cups has the unique ability to create her own situation of happiness. Be the Princess of Cups. (Tiara optional.)

March 30, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Swords, reversed. Upright, the Two of Swords represents a precarious or superficial balance that one wishes to maintain simply because you don’t feel ready to make the decision the Two requires or you’d rather keep the status quo out of fear of change, laziness, or indifference. Kind of an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” situation. But here’s the deal, it IS broke and it DOES need fixed.

Reversed, this card tells us it’s time to give up this faux balance willingly or know that it’ll be lost soon enough. Some of you are ready to end your stasis and see the truth…the real truth of the disturbing issues that require action. Perhaps that action is to learn to sew masks for the health care workers (I’ve seen instructional videos all over Facebook and You Tube), help deliver groceries to seniors or other vulnerable people, or simply stay home and out of harm’s way so you don’t become yet another person the overloaded healthcare system has to treat.

Truth is like an onion: the more extensively you look at it, layers of deeper and more profound truths are revealed. Perhaps one of those deep, dark truths brings you to question the honor and wisdom of the “it can’t touch me” and “I’ll do what I damn well please” attitudes some still have. Be well. Stay safe. Stay home.

March 29, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Magician, reversed. This is the third Major Arcana, reversed, in a row we’ve received. The Major Arcana are the “heavy hitters” of the Tarot deck. These are the cards we want to pay attention to as they point to the things we really need to address. The Court cards can show the people close to you who are also involved or the personality traits you may be exhibiting as you try to deal with the situation. The Pip cards add nuance and show which of the elements is most present in a reading. A little Tarot 101 for ya….

While many people are staying home and doing their best to shelter in place, there are still many who are not. I recently read there’s a mass “migration” occurring where people are fleeing the larger cities to go to their vacations homes or rent housing in smaller towns. This is a self-serving manipulation to get what you want because these small town or vacation town hospitals aren’t built for a lot of sick people. Continued denial of involvement in this pandemic or responsibility for your fellow humans is deception of your True Self and abuse of social power and privilege that others may not enjoy. 

No, things aren’t going as planned this spring for ANY of us. I, too, feel petulant and peevish, but The Magician, reversed, is telling us there is a necessity to wait and not act at the moment no matter how lonely or tired of doing things by yourself you may be. All of us need to take a new approach to life right now and, most importantly, ask yourself how others are affected by your actions. You may say you don’t care and just want to protect yourself, but the longer you move about and spread the virus, the longer this problem will hang over you.

March 28, 2020: Card O' the Day: The World, reversed. How very appropriate to receive The World, reversed, since our world has been literally turned upside down by the grim sh*t called Covid-19. 

There are two sides to this card; let’s get the bad news over with first. Many of you still refuse to take this virus seriously and refuse to let go of your fun plans for the near future. Despite warnings, Mardi Gras festivities went ahead in New Orleans and Spring Breakers went to the Florida beaches by the thousands even though the bars had been closed. If you’re STILL traveling for fun, this is pure egocentricity. Yes, you will feel limited, constrained, and stagnant stuck in your house or apartment with “nothing” to do. But consider how limited, constrained, and stagnant you’d be in a hospital bed or coffin.

The good news is that all this “inconvenience” amounts to setbacks and delays. NOT complete failure. There is still stability and structure in our society. If you truly need help, it’s available; we haven’t devolved into total anarchy and “Mad Max” end-of-times. This whole situation is an ending that clears the way for a new beginning. However, the reversal of this card indicates some of you are unwilling to bring closure and completion to that which is indeed over. Sacrifices are necessary; make them from a place of compassion and wisdom. When you do that, it’s easier to stomach.

March 27, 2020: Card O' the Day: Temperance, reversed. The United States has a population of approximately 330+ million people (according to Google). China has a population of 1.4 BILLION; that’s more than four times the population of the USA. AND YET, the US now has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world. China has FOUR TIMES more people, but we have more cases at 85.6K and counting.

And why is that? Temperance, reversed can explain. This card represents lack of moderation or self restraint that leads to harmful imbalance of the energies of the Universe. Lack of compassion and/or the inner awareness to know what’s appropriate for a situation. Being uncooperative with and uncompromising about the local directives that are in place to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus means you’re putting your own needs in competition or conflict with everyone else’s. Emotions are out of control, which only leads to quarrels, discord, and disagreements.

Temperance, reversed, represents an “all or nothing” type of situation. And, yes, that’s where we are. Our health care workers have VERY limited supplies and some are being forced to wear trash bags for protection as they treat sick patients. This cosmic imbalance is causing stress and ill health for us all. The way to bring back balance is to calm down, avoid extremes, and STAY. HOME.

March 26, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles, reversed. The reversed Prince seems to perfectly describe the two main reactions people have had to the Covid-19 quarantines and limits placed upon our movements. Since nothing is black or white, I would guess most of us fall into both camps…a little or a lot. 

First we have those who developed an unhealthy obsession with material things. They panic-shopped and hoarded the toilet paper and hand sanitizer. They didn’t care a whit about anyone else and were completely indifferent to the fact that others needed T.P. and dry goods, too. (We all saw the videos of people behaving badly on You Tube.) And once these people got home, they sat staring at their toilet paper pile and became inert couch potatoes. Because they’re so self-focused, they stagnate without any outside stimulus. They need someone else to entertain them because they have no internal drive…except to “get theirs” before anyone else can.

The other “half” of society is using this quarantine to overturn any materialistic focus in their lives and to look inward to work on their value and security of spirit. They practice any form of meditation (jogging, yoga, biking, hiking, chanting mantras, etc.) or prayer to seek inner peace and repose. While they look within, they will likely find “buried treasure” they’ve been ignoring, which can now be brought to the surface for disposal or refinement.

Whichever side of the fence you’re on, I wish you health, happiness, and hope for the future.

March 25, 2020: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess. All of us have oodles of potential that we haven’t tapped into. Why? Because we’re so busy working to pay rent, hanging with friends, maintaining relationships, and basically running on the gerbil wheel. However, right now, we have a truly golden opportunity to just stop, be perfectly still, and receive what our minds, souls, and/or Universe want to give you.

The High Priestess represents passivity that gives your mind a chance to work, prepare, and nurture that gestating little germ of a brilliant idea…the one you aren’t really sure you even have yet! But if you remain centered and balanced, that creates a strong foundation for your faith and intuitive knowledge on which to grow. Be quiet and at peace and listen to what Universe is trying to tell you.

This is a time of preparation and taking the first steps towards understating your new reality. Don’t “think” too much (what if, where’s the funding going to come from, I don’t know how….) and just trust your instincts to solve the problems as they arise. I have a feeling that after the quarantine is lifted, there will be an explosion of new inventions. When it’s again possible to take action, all these dreams we’re dreaming will burst onto the physical plane. Make yours one of them.

March 24, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands, reversed. The natural introverts among us are not experiencing much change in our lifestyles during the “shelter in place” decrees imposed by our lawmakers. However, the natural extroverts are struggling a bit. 

The Prince of Wands is a “flaming” extrovert who needs lots to do, places to go, and people to see in order to thrive. When reversed, he displays foolhardy impatience and thoughtlessness about anyone else but him/herself. The Prince wants what he wants when he wants it and hates to be alone or tied down. This type of person will defy rules, advice, and requests that are for the greater good but infringe upon him/her personally. 

Yes, all these cancellations, delays, and interruptions are frustrating, but we have a chance to rein in our fiery impulses and simply enjoy the present. Take advantage of this quiet time rather than perpetually focusing—and worrying—about future plans and the expected progress. This slower pace gives you time to perfect strategies, be more effective, and allow for deeper experiences.

March 23, 2020: Card(s) O' the Day: The Hanged Man and the Four of Swords. If you think about it, life often gets in the way of spiritual rebirth. A pause, whether self-imposed or imposed by circumstances, gives us the respite from the daily grind to refine plans, do inner work, and/or gain insight into who you really are or want to be. We’re getting that pause right now and despite all the discomfort, it’ll be for your own good in the end. 

The Hanged Man is about making a choice between staying in the depths of your anger, self-hatred, fear, and/or judgment or clearing your higher Self of all your sh*t. You’re being asked to shift your perspective from your personal narrow view and convenient details to see the entire picture. At this time your REACTION to the truth is what defines your character.

The Four of Swords reiterates The Hanged Man’s message of rest, meditation, and quiet preparation imposed by Covid-19. You may feel dull sickness or incompletion as you think about all the things which can’t be accomplished at this time. However, through centered stillness, you can prepare to manifest future plans. Spend your down time reassessing your psycho-emotional position on life and get your thoughts, dreams, and musings organized.

I have a feeling these first weeks of stasis will be the worst. Let the sorrow and frustration move through it’s natural course by acknowledging your feelings. Then let them go (or wallow, that’s the choice The Hanged Man is offering) and allow a state of peace and patience to come into place.

March 22, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords. I’m seeing a pattern develop: we have several gnarly cards reflecting the doom, gloom, and panic followed by strength and perseverance, which then devolves back to panic. I thinks that’s normal to see our emotional pendulum swing from “the sky is falling!!” to “I can do this!” and right back to “I CAAAAAAAAAN’T do this!” None of us can keep a perpetual smile on our faces (I had a period of anxiety yesterday) nor can we live in an emotional bunker for the rest of our lives. We need hope to keep our sanity.

This card illustrates the power of worry and anxiety. In our forced solitude, we feel imprisoned literally and figuratively as we stew in our fraught thoughts and emotions. Fearful visions of the future consume us and we lament the loss of our ordinary lives.

However, Universe will protect you. All unnecessary and extreme fear only exacerbates your discomfort. This pain is not meant to make you miserable; it’s meant to make you aware and wake up to a rather serious truth. It’s time we face reality about a lot of things: globally, in our homes, and within our Highest Selves. Calm your mind to find courage and then welcome the illumination that appears out of the mirk.

March 21, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups, reversed. Yesterday we had the Princess of Cups, reversed and all her emotional drama; today we get her “mom.” The reversed Queen can represent passive resistance, becoming lost in overwhelming emotions, and losing one’s sense of service to one’s Higher Self and community as one becomes more possessive of resources (and toilet paper). As the days of isolation stretch before us, it’s tempting to retreat into unrealistic fantasies, alcohol, recreational drugs, or other vices. The increased worry and brooding—along with boredom eating—will bring on indigestion, water retention, and moodiness.

I looked over the cards for the past week or so and saw the fear and hoarding behavior build. Then we had a couple days of sane “we can survive this” energy, but the ever-increasing limits to our freedom and normal activities is playing havoc with our emotions. This. Is. Normal. 

However, you can be “abnormal” and push back against these tendencies to collapse in a heap of despair. Firstly, go outside. “Outside” is safe. Fresh air and sunshine are actually GOOD for you in that they’re anti-viral, boost your mood, and force you to put down the TV remote/phone/tablet and MOVE. A brisk walk or longer hike will help you battle that bloated, oogy feeling and clear your head. If you have physical limits, conference call friends and relatives for virtual tea parties, card games, or chess. Find a way to continue being your best Self.

March 20, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups, reversed. There are STILL some naysayers out there who don’t think our current pandemic is “real” or “that bad.” Our card today represents the mindsets and emotional selfishness of those who refuse to listen to advice, legitimate stories, or the news. Intuition is being ignored and vulnerability is being denied. Some are being easily swayed, influenced, or distracted from current events. I recently saw a video of many young and foolish people in Florida continuing with their Spring Break celebrations they had planned “months” ago.

The truth is the entire COUNTRY of Italy has been on lock-down; the entire STATE of California has just announced they’re now on lock-down, too. If you don’t NEED to go out in public, don’t. State parks are open; museums and zoos have put all their exhibits on line for virtual tours; spring is coming and your garden needs attention. You’ve been complaining for months/years you don’t have time to learn to knit, clean out the attic/garage/basement/closets, or read that stack of books on your night stand. Now you do.

The reversed Princess also speaks of mentally/emotionally retreating into a fantasy world. Right now, that’s NOT a “bad thing.” I mean, you’ve got nothing better to do, right? However, while you’re dreaming, see if there’s anything useful in your imagination. Keep a journal or write down your uh-MAZING ideas for later. Who knows? You might just invent the perfect mousetrap during this forced stasis!

March 19, 2020: Card O' the Day: Strength. Receiving Temperance yesterday and Strength today makes me feel as though the energies of Universe are already shifting. Perhaps it’s because China, the place where “it all started”, has started closing their special hospitals due to lack of new patients and reported NO new cases in the last 24-hour period. The wave of infection is still cresting here in the U.S., but elsewhere it IS beginning to subside. The cards of recent days reflected our fear of losses and uncomfortable changes. These new cards are showing we are made of sterner stuff than we thought.

This card represents keeping control over our “animal” energy. Meaning we can maintain compassion for all rather than sinking into cutthroat survival mode. As we handle aggressive situations gently, we can solve problems with patience and reclaim our lives from fear. Life has a way of finding a way to bloom and grow where nothing should…look at forests after devastating fires; look at Chernobyl; look at the canals of Venice where dolphins and swans have returned.

Strength gives us the courage and responsibility to find the balance between our fear and recklessness (spring break youth who are still partying, anyone?), handle our emotions, and face our difficult and dark feelings. By doing this, we can discover which familiar patterns no longer fit or serve and can be eliminated in preparation for the new cycle that’s beginning. This cycle promises protection, self-discipline, grace, and health.

March 18, 2020: Card O' the Day: Temperance. Temperance represents a new awareness of divine protection and the existence of guardian angels. As the dust settles around our “new normal” regarding the current pandemic, I’m starting to see forces working together to create a unified whole. The harmonious merging of seemingly opposing energies work to find the middle way to keep us safe.

The need for continued energy flow remains to prevent stagnation; but to do that, we may need to get creative and a little elaborate with our maneuvers. (My local wine bar is now offering delivery of their fabulous wines to help stay in business through the closure of restaurants and bars.) By seeing what DIDN’T happen (as in the world DIDN’T end), and avoiding extreme emotional reactions, we can assess what remains and be clever with it. 

This particular card follows Death in the order of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. Death doesn’t LITERALLY mean someone is going to die. It means a situation/thing/relationship/job/etc. is ending. But that ending clears space for something new…. In this case, Temperance is offering promises of recovery, balance, peace, and health to fill the places Death has cleared.

March 17, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles, reversed. My Tarot cards continue to tap into the bleak energies we’re all suffering at the moment. The reversed Ace represents hardships, traumatic events, and devastating and painful experiences where previously secure and dependable structures fail. Well, duh. It also can signify “false starts” and I’m thinking that this new decade has gotten off to a reeeeeaaaaallllly “false start.” When this is all over, I vote we have a “do-over.”

Unfortunately, when there’s widespread hardship those who have more material resources than others end up having more power, too. In their survival mode, those with resources and power will be tempted to abuse that power and reduce their abundance to mere possession. This is the ugly side of humanity….

However, there are ways to be generous without emptying your pockets or exposing yourself to infection. We’re being asked to go beyond the strictly practical and be creative with new possibilities. Start thinking of ways you can help your fellows remotely. I know of several yoga teachers who are putting videos on You Tube so you don’t have to neglect your yoga practice. You can become a personal shopper for the elderly in your area. You can start virtual chat groups to keep in touch. Teach something in a video and post it on Face Book. Use your imagination, stay safe and healthy, and don’t give up.

March 16, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Swords, reversed. The Queen of Swords, when reversed, is the whole current social situation personified. She represents changes that cause loss, suffering, and scarcity. She’s become self-centered with little regard for social causes or the rights of others. Her personal bias has made her ill-tempered and suspicious. Much like yesterday’s reversed Prince of Swords, clarity of thought has gone out the window. In an effort to control a frightening situation, she becomes micromanaging and frustrated.

If you recognize any of these characteristics in yourself right now, it’s pretty normal. Our worlds have been turned upside down. We can’t follow our usual routines, enjoy entertainments, or go on vacations. For cryin’ out loud, we’re not even supposed to have St. Patty’s Day parties!!! Schools are closed so kids are home climbing the walls and eating the cupboards bare. I’m afraid to visit my mother because she’s nearly 85. The list goes on and on.

What to do? Acknowledge your feelings. Yes, it’s all HIGHLY annoying, inconvenient, budget busting, terrifying, and business killing. Reach higher and look past what’s in your face. Try, try, try to see what remains and concentrate on what you DO have rather than what you don’t. Give thanks for all of it. Dwell on the list of positives, no matter how short, and not the list of negatives. We can do this.

March 15, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords. The Prince of Swords is a messenger with warnings—he doesn’t bring news of spring flowers and love. We are told to prepare for sudden changes that blow up our worlds. (Where was this guy a week ago!?!?!) We’re being told the virus situation is going to get worse before it gets better, so it’s possible our good Prince is bringing these warnings closer to home and making them more personal. (Swell.)

Unfortunately, this card carries traits of aggression and impatience as the Prince operates under his animal instincts for survival. All stores are currently FULL of these types emptying the shelves of basic staples and toilet paper.

The good news is we are also capable of questioning past recklessness. Instead of acting with greed and selfishness, this card asks you to take the lead and move forward with courage. Ground your ideas in reality and do thorough research into what needs to be done and how you can do it safely. The quick minds and actions of all of us will get us ahead of the problem and back to our hum-drum lives sooner rather than later.

March 14, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles. We JUST had this card on March 11th, but it was reversed. That day I cautioned against becoming spiritually constipated and ceasing all energy flow. Apparently a whole bunch of you took that to heart because the card appeared to us upright today!

Reciprocity, generosity, and philanthropy are the keywords that represent this card. Knowledge from REAL sources (such as the CDC’s Facebook page) and common sense have brought us power. Compassion and helpfulness compel us to help others in new ways. For example, I saw a suggestion to buy gift certificates on line from your favorite local businesses. They get the money now while things are really tough and you get a “free lunch” when the dust has settled. My local small pet store is offering to deliver pet food for at-risk customers.

Has anyone else seen the videos of the Italians singing to each other from their balconies? This is a PRIME example of flowing spiritual energy. Think about how you might help others from a safe distance. It’s absolutely possible and it’s the best way to keep spiritual energy flowing so we ALL survive together.

March 13, 2020: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups, reversed. Oh, I just laughed out loud when I drew this card! The Three of Cups, when upright, represents hanging out with your peeps, homies, posse, and or “crowd.” Reversed, it indicates a loss of enthusiasm for socializing and unpredictable circumstances that generate confusion and displeasure. Ya THINK!?!?!?! It ALSO signifies self-pity and extravagance in negative aspects. Hoarding food and toilet paper anyone?

It’s highly important, right now, to maintain emotional control of ourselves and NOT panic. I know yesterday I said to “keep moving forward” to avoid stagnation. I still mean it. “Moving forward”, in my mind, is following the emergency guidelines our lawmakers are setting, staying home if possible, and social distancing. Nevertheless, continue with your normal lives with prudence and lots of hand washing. 

Over-buying food and toilet paper is a form of hoarding energy and contracting the energy flow. This damming up of the energy is what will keep the spiritual illness around long after the virus actually moves on or we find a vaccine for it and reduce it that way. By keeping your spirit alive, light, and ever-reaching higher, you’ll reduce the panic in yourself and those around you. Be a beacon of common sense and calm.

March 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: Seven of Wands. We are most definitely experiencing challenges right now. Fear and ignorance cause us to descend into aggression and paranoia. Therefore, don’t rely upon Facebook memes, what your cousin’s aunt-in-law said, or the local radio talk show host opined. Educate yourselves, take realistic precautions, and use your best judgment. Even then, you may find yourself  having to explain your actions to others. Remind them politely you’re doing what’s best for YOU.

We’re being asked to remain calm and resourceful. We MUST continue to move forward with our lives and keep energy moving. If we contract, that energy stagnates and we only sink deeper into fear and ignorance. Look for alternative routes to going about your business. Go shopping at off-peak hours, make do with what’s already in your pantry, use your own pen in public places, use that pen to push buttons on payment machines, etc.

This is a major departure from our normal levels of equilibrium, but brute resistance to these forces accomplishes nothing. We can overcome these obstacles with ingenuity, prudence, and compassion. Namaste.

March 11, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Pentacles, reversed. The suit of Pentacles is the spiritualization of the material world. Meaning, Wands gives your the initial spark to do something, Cups gives you the desire to do it, Swords gives you the intellectual planning to do it, and Pentacles is the actual “doing” to make the thing tangible. Upright, the Six of Pentacles represents fluid material energy as chores get done, purchases are made, cars are built according to the blue print, etc. Reversed, this card indicates that energy isn’t so “fluid.”

This card can indicate feeling shortchanged, denied, or overlooked. High hopes have been let down causing one to contract into greed, jealousy, illusions, and insecurity. The first words that came into my head when I drew this card were “spiritual constipation.” As the latest version of the flu virus spreads throughout the world, many are panicking and hoard-buying toilet paper (!?!?!?!?) and hand sanitizer among other things. People are refusing to go to public places, or help another in need because of fear of the virus. It’s similar to the reaction to the HIV virus in the 80’s and early 90’s.

Granted, the Corona virus has proven to be deadly. HIV was even more deadly at the beginning but time passed and we got used to that monster in our midst. We can do the same with the Corona virus. Take precautions but don’t live your life in fear, suppression, repression, and spiritual constipation. This is not the Zombie Apocalypse.

March 10, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups, reversed. Okay, I seem to be reading for myself today, but I invite you to apply this wisdom to your own lives. This past weekend I had my first expo of the season and had taken my lovely little trailer out of winter storage for the trip. During the drive there, the awning of the trailer decided to self-destruct in the most dramatic way possible while I was speeding down the highway. Fortunately, no one was hurt and after removing the dangling bits, I carried on and had a fabulous show. Upon calling the dealership to make a warranty claim, I was told there will be a fight. As in, they’ll somehow try to blame me. 

Which brings us to our card today. The reversed Nine of Cups tells me I  will encounter blocks and opposition and that differences of opinion will make it important to clarify all details truthfully and frankly. There is a solution, but I must not expect immediate results. In the end, someone will be called to account as reality becomes apparent and no longer avoidable.

That’s the “manifestation of the problem” part of this card. The “what do I do about it” part is as follows: put the past behind you and proceed with confidence. As you gain perspective over this little snafu, you’ll be able to let go of what’s already been lived (the awning blew off, but no one was hurt). If I allow myself liberation and release from the superficial attachment to the awning, I’ll find my inner happiness again.

March 5, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ace of Cups, reversed. Aces mean new beginnings, but when reversed, some of you may be unwelcome to this new start. Why? Do you feel you’re undeserving of it? Do you doubt such good fortune is yours? What old failures or disappointments hold you frozen from trying something new?

The Ace of Cups is offering an emotional gift of happiness or the birth of a new endeavor that is heart-based. Meaning, it’s a thing you’re very passionate about and you hold dear in your heart. However, the reversal suggests you’re blocking yourself out of fear or someone who has emotional influence over you is pooh-poohing your idea. (Don’t be crazy. You can’t go to Puerto Rico to help rebuild schools or improve infrastructure. Stay home and do your job like you should.)

Because we all have the gift of free will, we have the power to turn this Ace upright and get on with it. Yes, you’ll need to go out of your comfort zone and dare a little. Any nay sayers will have to be politely—but firmly—shut down. Accept this gift from Universe and make your dream a reality.

March 3, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. This card made me smile when it popped up! It feels like Universe is just giving us a pat on the back and saying, “keep the faith, be strong, I got you!” The otter is the animal associated with this card. I now direct you to every otter video or meme you’ve ever seen on the Internet. That right there is the meaning of the Ten of Cups embodied in a happy, cute little critter!

Copper is our mineral/stone/crystal structure that goes with this card. it’s said to strengthen loving qualities like optimism, benevolence, harmony and our sense of beauty. It helps us love and accept ourselves…and if we can love the hot messes we ourselves are, then we can love others despite  the flaws that have, too.

The small gnat in the otherwise lovely ointment is this card is a 10, which means the ending of something we’ve put our heart and soul into is coming soon. However, we’ll be okay with it and the new beginning has lovely and loving potential. For now, bask in the perfection of yourself, your friends, and your life. 

(I can just hear some of you start to whine that your lives are HARDLY perfect. I ORDER you to FIND something perfect about it and celebrate that! Choose joy, people, CHOOSE joy. Don’t make me come after you to kick your ass….)

March 2, 2020: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. This is the second “7” we received in a row. This tells me 7’s, in general, have their own message. This number is associated with risk-taking and strong action. The intellectual energy and creativity we felt yesterday is repeated here. Because we have Pentacles today, it tells us whatever is in your head is ready to come into physical being.

When the Seven of Pentacles, in particular, is reversed, it speaks to over valuation of the material world. It’s not just a preoccupation with money but all material things. There’s danger of focusing too much on the actual tangible “thing” at the expense of the spiritual elements that are also present. Just because you can’t feel/touch/see something doesn’t mean it’s not there or important.

The number 7 also reminds us to continue our inner work. The card today tells us it’s time to return to working in service of Mother Earth and others. “Service” is the operative word here. Not “returning to work to make a sh*t-ton of money”, “not returning to work to one-up the Joneses”, but to work in service. As we all know, what we give returns to us ten-fold in warm and fuzzy feel-goods.

Finally, this is a process not an end result. Be patient. Prune carefully what no longer serves. As we come into spring, many of us will be literally pruning tress, removing dead plant parts, and so forth to allow the new shoots room to sprout. Take note from the gardeners among us. Don’t worry about what you’re losing in this pruning process because the new will be bigger than the old.

March 1, 2020: Card O' the Day: Seven of Swords. Swords = mental energy, seven = magic. Put them together and there’s a whole lot going on upstairs. Great activity is beginning in your intellect. This energetic burst borders on the divine so it’s super important to be receptive to these “crazy” notions. These are the kind of creative ideas that jet you past opposition and a “stuck place.” Serious “Eureka!!!” moments here.

Some people may think your solutions or concepts are just too far out there. You might have to employ a little diplomatic maneuvering and ever-so-slight massaging of the facts to get your brilliance past the stuffed shirts. Be sure your integrity is still in place, though. Stretching the truth is only kosher when it’s for the greater good and not merely for self-interest.

I’m feeling lots of forward motion today (maybe because it’s sunny and warm and the first day of March, I dunno). Drop excess baggage so you can move more freely. Let go of what you don’t need…especially fear and self-consciousness.

February 29, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups, reversed. Two days ago we had the King of Cups appear to tell us all how amazing we are; yesterday we had The Sun, reversed, to remind us we aren’t perfect, but that’s no reason to damn ourselves to hell. Today, the reversed Queen of Cups is here to tell us what happens if we don’t make and keep healthy boundaries (ahem, King) and try too hard to be perfect (The Sun).

The reversed Queen can indicate emotional neediness, clinging, and grasping onto those who use her. (What!?!? No way! Not me!) Because she’s trying so hard to please everyone, she finds validation in “doing for others.” Therefore, it’s very easy for others to start using her because she’s so willing to be used. When resentment starts to creep into her psyche, she’s already let it go too far and she’s lost the sense of service to herself and healthy service to others.

A much more balanced reversed Queen refuses to be swept away by her emotions and lets no one take advantage of her. She’s clear in her intentions and thoughts and competent in her actions. And this version has her personal boundaries well in place. Be like this Queen, not the jealous, possessive, grasping mess of the one who doesn’t know when to get out from under the bus.

February 28, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Sun, Reversed. As we travel the Tarot path through the Major Arcana, we get closer and closer to “enlightenment.” Because we travel this Tarot path many times and ways throughout our lives, this “enlightenment” can be large (life changing epiphanies) or small (perfecting your cookie recipe). The Sun is towards the end of the path and represents a brighter light shining from within (first we have the Star which gives us hope, then the Moon which helps us face our fears). When it’s reversed, you’re doubting your internal philosophical fires.

Stress interferes with your happiness and health. Your health may already be fraying around the edges, but if it hasn’t yet, it will unless you do something about the stress in your life. Where can you become more realistic about your life? How can you be more neutral in your day-today living? What I mean is, do you expect too much of yourself? Perfect house, perfect kids, perfect garden, perfect figure…. Guess what? Perfect doesn’t exist. EVERYONE HAS DUST BUNNIES, BRATS, WEEDS, AND CELLULITE!

Throw on the jeans and t-shirt you left in a pile on your closet floor and go walk the dog. If there’s no dog to walk, walk yourself and ponder those internal philosophical fires. Where do you doubt? Where does the confusion lie? You don’t have to figure it out. Just spend time thinking deep thoughts, de-stressing, and turning this reversed Sun right-side up the way it belongs.

February 27, 2020: Card O' the Day: King of Cups. The King of Cups is the noblest of the Kings…nurturing, paternal, and has strength in his leadership and vast emotional experience. He helps others reach their fullest potential and is the first to congratulate them when they achieve their goals. He’s able to channel spiritual and creative energy into practical expression. The King of Cups is everybody’s best friend and an excellent boss. If you were lucky enough to work under him, you’d never leave.

However, the King puts himself last. Always. He thinks he has to keep his emotions and personal creativity tightly under wraps in order to act responsibly. He’ll encourage his subordinates to have office parties or casual Fridays, but he won’t participate. This makes him seem detached and aloof, but it’s really rigid self control. Sadly, he abandons his own dreams for what he thinks he “should” do. He’ll always act for the greatest good at his own expense because he’s the boss and no longer a person.

His lesson today is to learn to be selfish. Know what you want for YOURSELF and don’t be shy about getting it. Of course, you’ll do so within reason, right? I mean, I’m not giving you license to become a complete asshole…just recognize you’re allowed to have dreams and goals, too.

February 26, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Lovers. Contrary to popular belief, The Lovers is not about romantic love partners. Well, I mean it CAN be, but it’s primarily about choices. So I suppose if you’re choosing a love interest, then yes, it’s about romantic love. The real root of this card is about making a choice…an “ultimate decision.” This decision must be from you and FOR you. It’s about choosing for your greatest and highest good. This choice might prove to be painful, but make it out of love for your Highest Self.

Making tough choices represents a test of maturity. Recognition and understanding of the options available, analysis of them, and cooperation with others is required. The shadow of The Lovers is giving too much of yourself away in the effort to be liked by others. Therefore, take special note of the word “cooperation”; I don’t mean you should just cave to what everyone else wants. Cooperation means everyone wins—including you.

This card represents the action of conscious decisions coming from a blending of intellectual weighing of pros and cons with the emotions and feelings that drive you to take action. Keen analysis coupled with your heart’s desires will help you develop a clear idea of your priorities and what comes next for you.

February 25, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ten of Swords, reversed. This is one of those cards we WANT to be reversed! AND it’s a “10” which gives us the hope that this particular gnarliness is almost over. Therefore, hang onto that thought and look forward to the recovery and breakthroughs waiting for you. Maybe it’s Mercury in retrograde or maybe it’s just a personal sh*t-show, but you’re almost done. The worst has come and you’re now back on the way up. 

The image of Dorothy leaving the dark forest and coming out into the poppy field comes to me at the moment. She sees the Emerald City off in the distance and begins galloping with joy to be so near her goal and out of the darkness. However, we all know what happens in the poppy field. There is fear of being hurt. Emotional blocks go into your head and ping-pong right back down to your heart. Is it REALLY over? Is the other shoe going to drop? 

Have faith. Simple physics dictates for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Meaning, what goes down must come up. Look at this latest “down phase” as a useful clearing. Whatever has been taken from you wasn’t truly needed. Whoever left you, wasn’t a true friend or a good influence. If you got canned, take it as an opportunity to be free to interview for a better job. Like yesterday’s card, it’s all about the ‘tude you face your life with.

February 23, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Wheel, reversed. The Wheel basically means changes are a’comin’ and because change is a good thing (as in, NOT stagnation), we can view the reception of this card as a good omen. However, it’s reversed. Now, that doesn’t mean our good fortune has turned to bad. The reversal means there are things in your way and the energy for smooth transitions and easy changes will be a bit rough. 

It could be the new events aren’t quite ripe yet…therefore, let the green banana sit for a day or two and soften up a bit! In other words, it’s not the end of the world, just annoying. And when we’re annoyed, we can get cranky and negative. Ever notice how your blood pressure goes up when the light turns green and the person in front doesn’t notice? You have the power to get cross and sit on your horn or just wait another 3 seconds.

The point to the reversed Wheel is to check your ‘tude for any negative ju-ju. This card says to expect snags and then asks how you’re going to deal with them: relaxed and with trust things will work out for the best or with yer panties in a bunch? Your choice

February 22, 2020: Card O' the Day: Prince of Swords, reversed. The normally cock-sure and full-steam-ahead Prince is a bit bass-ackwards right this minute. You may feel like words are failing you and you simply can’t clearly describe ideas, wants, or needs. It’s like trying to tell someone about a dream you had. The good news is this, too, shall pass. The best thing to do is just back off a minute until the opposition you’re feeling resolves itself.

Because this Prince is usually so self-assured, any time he doesn’t feel that way he begins to doubt his prowess. This causes fears of self-worth to arise and one steps more cautiously lest one make a stupid mistake. The caution part is a good thing at this time, but don’t let momentary “two left feet” reduce your confidence. Besides, rushing forward when you’re not 100% just makes painful accidents more likely.

There is a little deceit or craftiness lurking around the edges here. I don’t feel it’s coming from this Prince, however. Meaning, I don’t feel it coming FROM you but more AT you. Read all fine print (or have someone read it for you), get a second opinion, or hold off big decisions until you’re a little more clear-headed. I’m not suggesting you’re definitely going to be defrauded…just be aware this type energy has made its presence known to me today.

February 21, 2020: card O' the Day: Five of cups, reversed. Some people fear reversed Tarot cards and think it’s a “bad thing” when they come up that way. However, this card becomes kinder and gentler when reversed. It represents moving away from emotional upheaval and/or resistance to something that may have caused rifts between family or friends. These rifts now have the opportunity for healing, your own coping skills improve, and the psycho-emotional energy around and within you stabilizes.

As you put this “discomfort” (I feel like a doctor using that word… Me: Will it hurt, doctor? Him: Only slight discomfort.) behind you and get on with life, you can get back to feelings of hope, charity, kindness, and recovery. As in all the softer, more lovely parts of your existence on this plane. During this process, some hard choices and changes had to be made to overcome the difficulties. But it’s resulted in a change of lifestyle that ultimately will be healthier for you.

Sigh in relief that this particular hill has been climbed and you can afford to coast for a bit…. The next hill will come soon enough.

February 20, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Star, reversed. The Star represents our efforts towards ascension to the highest levels of Oneness with Universe. Reversed—and coupled with the direction for inner contemplation—it leads me to the feeling that any lofty ideals you are striving for can hold off for a minute. We need to get good with this “skin suit” and lifetime we’re in right now before we’re ready to push for the next level.

The path to ascension includes extremes of physical/material pleasure and indulgence to get satiated and bored with it. Conversely, it includes severe hardship in the false premise that it’ll make us “better” if we sacrifice all and pretend we’re Mother Theresa. However, extreme asceticism and self-privation is just as egotistical as flaunting wealth and indulging every material whim. Therefore, while you’re trying to find the happy medium between giving of yourself for the greater good of all and starving yourself and living under a rock, simply “be” rather than “do.” 

There’s a need for healing of yourself, and until that’s done, you won’t be able to get to that higher plane of True Self. Shed all ideas about who you are that depend upon status, appearance, and possessions as you find the middle ground of being happy and comfortable in your life without defining yourself by your achievements and stuff. Once that’s done, you’ll be better prepared to take a step “higher.”

February 19, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ace of Wands. Spring is coming and the sap is rising in every living thing! The rush of vigor and energy is of growth and evolution and therefore, this is a good time to start something new—especially in your profession…either adding to it or changing lanes altogether. Whatever you do, be bold and daring and let your inner light shine!

This card also removes the limits to your playfulness and anything that gets in the way of being truly present within the moment and yourself. Celebrate your life and find fulfillment in the simple things as you enter into a new spiritual phase.

February 16, 2020: card O' the Day: King of Cups. On Friday I posted about the King of Wands; today, the King of Cups appeared. These two fellas have deep compassion and heart-based values/beliefs in common. Therefore, I think we’re not quite done with the concept of the wisdom of kindness being a guiding principle in our lives.

Like the King of Wands, the King of Cups represents business success. Being super sensitive to the needs of others, he makes it a mission in his life to help others to achieve their fullest potential. Now, this does NOT mean you have to put everyone before yourself. As a King, you’re in a leadership position, which means you get “there” first and are thus in position to pull others up after you to join you in said success.

Because this King has mastered his emotions (NOT squashed them to oblivion but understands them and finds his human-ness in them), he finds serenity and fulfillment within himself. This leads to joyfulness in his mere existence. Getting out of bed in the morning becomes a moment to celebrate! Based upon his loving vision of the world, he discovers his personal strength and becomes capable of vast action.

I’m blessed to know a guy just like the King of Cups. His name is Mike. Let’s all be a little more like Mike.

February 14, 2020: Card O' the Day: King of Wands. The appearance of the King of Wands is a reminder to believe in yourself—because if you don’t, who will? This guy has all kinds of power and authority and recognizes the great responsibilities that go with those gifts. He offers good news of fertile opportunities, so heads up and keep the faith if you’re waiting for something in particular. 

Something else the King does well is control his mind to let go of all “negative passions” or obsessive thoughts of greed, hatred, fear, and/or depression. He focuses instead on love, compassion, and service to others. Ever notice how you get a little lift when someone holds the door or elevator for you? You feel just a wee special in that moment. How do YOU feel when you do the same for someone else? It feels nice to BE nice, does it not?

The King has the ability to make decisions—large or small—based upon the deeply held value of being kind to others. Coincidentally, that also honors what’s truly good for the Self. Therefore, on this Valentine’s Day, love yourself and do what is truly good for you by sharing that love with others.

February 13, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Star. Ladies and gents, the Eight of Swords that “fell out” of my shuffling yesterday hinted at magic being available to you but The Star straight up connects you with the Divine. How you want to define that word is up to you and your beliefs, but let’s just say the Higher Powers have got your back.

The Star represents breakthroughs so opportunities can become accessible to you. As you step into those opportunities, you’ll feel like you’re hitting your stride or have found your niche. Creative realization (echoes of yesterday’s Three of Swords) brings you to your “place” in this world and has you dancing to YOUR beat and within YOUR abilities. This card personifies guiding lights or stars; this particular star is inside of you and you can have faith in it as you give of yourself to the world. 

The stone for this card is Moldavite and it raised its hand at me today. It took me a long time to feel ready for my own piece of Moldavite. While I was intellectually attracted to it for its theoretical properties, whenever I asked myself if I was ready for it, the answer was no. Finally the answer was yes, and I purchased a necklace. It’s said this stone helps one perceive your lost purpose in life (or maybe just not yet fully realized, as was the case for me) and release the constricting thought patterns that hold you back. I can say I’ve had some pretty amazing energy jet through me whenever I wear it. Perhaps you  will, too.

February 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords. As I was shuffling before my draw this morning, the Eight of Swords fell from the deck. Since I’m clumsy, I don’t pay attention to those “falling cards.” Some do; I don’t. But then I drew the Three of Swords…and I reread what I wrote for The World, reversed, yesterday…about resistance to endings…and was reminded of the blindness to the way forward the Eight of Swords sometimes represents. Thus, the Eight did have a little to say this morning after all. Oh, and the Princess of Swords is still lurking around the edges.

The World, reversed, told us the beginning would be delayed because the ending wasn’t finished. The Three of Swords reiterates the “unfinished business” concept. Our good Princess was jazzed about learning and study. Today’s Three is yammering about lightening realizations and new ideas to be implemented. The still immature concepts/plans in the Three reminds me of the blindness of the Eight of Swords. However, the Three gives us intellectual enthusiasm with a passion for learning and study, like the Princess AND the Eight has the little bright light of magic being more available to you than at other times.

Like all the cards of the Swords suit, there’s heavy shadow on our Three. The mishmash of unfinished business, half-formed ideas, yet raging zeal for moving forward is a recipe for crazy making. Confusion about what to do first, interruptions, and downright opposition is going to set you up for emotional drama created in your head. Recognize it for what it is! Drama YOU create in your own head. Stop, step back, and allow the frustrating snags give you time to regroup. The delays are there for a reason.

(P.S. Today’s reading is a wonderful example of how the Tarot cards support each other, reiterate certain concepts when read in a group, and thus create a fuller picture.)

February 11, 2020: Card O' the Day: The World, reversed. As the final card in the fifth suit, or the major Arcana, we have ending/beginning energy similar to that of the 10’s in the other suits. However, being of the Major Arcana, The World has a little more “oomph” in its meaning and thus we should pay closer attention.

Because the card is reversed today, it means those beginnings we’re trying to manifest are going to be delayed, psycho-emotionally difficult, or held up in snags and red tape. The “ending” isn’t complete. You haven’t yet graduated with your new degree and are thus not quite qualified for that job you’re eyeballing on the Monster Jobs website. Maybe you’ve start dating someone new before you’re well and truly disengaged from the previous romantic entanglement. Basically, the cart is before the horse. You must tie up all the loose ends and make a clean finish or else the new beginning is going to be waaaaay harder than is should be.

On the other hand, some of you may be pretty darned comfy in the stability and security of your current situation and don’t wanna move. Guess what? You gotta move forward or you stagnate. After my father died, I remember being furious, nay, utterly OUTRAGED that the sun came up the next day. How DARE the world keep turning and forcing me forward when all I wanted to do was stay put in my agony. This is an extreme example, but Universe kept dragging me forward and into better times. Let’s hope life for you doesn’t suck right now, but you still have to keep putting one foot in front of the other because if you rest, you rust. Ask the Tin Man.

February 10, 2020: Card O' the Day: Princess of Swords.The Princess of Swords represents new intellectual phases coming. Some of you may be in the middle of learning something or are feeling the compulsion to go back to school. Your logical brain is speaking. Your inquisitive and objective parts need to be fed new ideas to chew on and develop. Because the Princess is at the beginning of this “learning quest”, there may be a bit of a struggle to direct this mental energy towards a productive purpose. But that’s okay, you’ll figure it out as you go.

One concern I have about this card is the Princess of Swords has been intellectually devalued at some point. This has been a real blow to her self-confidence because she’s not feeling heard when it comes to her efforts and ideas. The reaction to this is to increase independence and pretend an aloofness or “I don’t care” attitude. And during this self-imposed, defensive alone time, the thoughts just go round and round about why it’s not happening for you right now. 

My advice is to get off this train of thought as fast as you can. It only sends you deeper and deeper into the abyss of “I’m not enough.” (Ask me how I know.) Concentrate on your studies instead, and give your brain something constructive to do rather than destroying you.

February 9, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Magician. The Magician represents beginnings, potentiality, and all that’s possible. This is an excellent card to have right on the heels of the Nine of Cups, which was representing the nearing completion of something. Several friends of mine are in the process of learning new skills and are in the process of finishing up their courses of training. As new initiates, they’re about to be using their acquired knowledge and resources to create change in the world. Through their fire of will, they’re preparing to make life what it CAN be, rather than settling for what is has been, for themselves and others.

This card’s appearance is telling you the time for action is coming and choices regarding this new knowledge are necessary. Is this going to be a side gig or is it your new career? Here’s a hint towards making that decision: drop the baggage of the past (I can’t, I’m not good enough, everybody says I’ll fail) and fear of the future (what if I fail?, will I make any money?, is this what I really want for the rest of my life?). Make “right now” as perfect as you can for yourself and everyone around you. Launch yourself. The rest will fall into place.

February 8, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. The Nine of Cups is one of the more fortuitous cards in the Tarot deck. How nice it showed up for us today! Let’s recognize this blessing for what it is: a reminder to be grateful. Practice deliberate gratitude today by offering up a “thank you for…(insert your list of blessings here)” to Universe/God/Yaweh/Allah/Etc. You’ll be surprised how much counting your blessings lifts your spirits! And once you see how truly abundant your life is, do a mitzvah and pay it forward. There will be someone you cross paths with who’s not feeling all that “abundant” and needs a little of your joy to keep them going.

As much fun as this card is, it’s a “9” which represents the nearing completion of a cycle that’s near and dear to your heart. No, no one is dying and your S.O. probably isn’t going to break up with you. It’s more along the lines of being in your last semester of school before you graduate, your ninth month of pregnancy, the end of a performing arts run or exhibit, or that kind of thing. You worked really hard to make it happen, you loved it while it lasted, and now it’s time to let it go and move on to your next big experience.

February 7, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Swords, reversed. When upright, this card indicates movement away from psycho-emotional turbulence and towards calmer thoughts and peace of mind. However, when reversed, the movement stops as one becomes resistant to new concepts, thoughts, or ways of thinking/believing. One stays stuck in a particular mindset too afraid to step outside of what’s known to explore alternative possibilities or ideas.

By perceiving things from a purely subjective and personal viewpoint and paying no attention to facts and external verification, it becomes increasingly easy to misunderstand anyone else’s opinions, suggestions, or alternate courses of action. This is actually intellectual narcissism. As In, “I know what I know so don’t try to confuse me with fact-based truth.” 

The problem is, none of us is born “all-knowing.” As our societal rules, norms, laws, and standards grow and change with the times, we have to move forward, too. Staying put with what you “know” and are comfortable with is a reaction that keeps you trapped in fear and limited self-confidence. There’s no shame in not “knowing.” Ask questions, become educated, and base your beliefs upon provable facts and not yesterday’s news.

January 30, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Pentacles. Sometimes I complain to Universe with the old “why me?” whine when I feel too put upon. Lately, though, I’ve been understanding it’s my purpose to be “put upon.” People look to me for support, encouragement, and a sympathetic ear. They have since I was a pre-teen…. Today, the Queen of Pentacles appeared. She’s my patron, so to speak, and I identify with her most strongly of all the court cards (which represent the 16 distinct personality types recognized by the psychiatric/psychological field). 

This queen is able to blur the line between giving/receiving in that when she helps others, she’s actually helping herself, too. Her acts of giving become self-nurturing. I think she’s turning up today to remind us, in general, that helping others helps us all. In particular, be prepared to be leaned upon by someone in your community/tribe.

Don’t fear giving of yourself because our good queen is also good at preserving her sense of personal security, space, and identity even while she helps others. Her grounded and practical emotional energy, trustworthiness, reliability, and calm nurturing is needed. Be like the Queen of Pentacles and answer the call when it comes.

January 28, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups. We’re still in the place of “passing through” a disappointing, sad, or sorrowful phase. More than likely this unhappiness stems from a loss or ending of some nature. You’re asked to feel and acknowledge your emotions. Allowing yourself to fully mourn gets that business out of the way and returns you to clarity of thought and more balanced emotions a whole lot faster. As much as you may want to, sweeping it under the rug doesn’t mean it goes away. It just sits there, lurking, until you address it, so you may as well get it over with.

Once that business is done, you can proceed with taking stock of what has remained after the ending or loss. This card implies focusing too much on the loss and not enough on the stuff you still have. Don’t. Focus hard on what’s left and deliberately give thanks for it and enjoy it. If anything that has remained isn’t “of love”, pitch it. Just because it wasn’t swept away in the main “ending or loss” doesn’t mean you have to keep it.

When you ask “how will I ever find the strength?” when you’re totally down and out—or even just a little glum—remember the personal power you have that keeps you breathing and your heart beating. You may say you have no control over that; your body just does it automatically. But you do have control…and the courage you display every moment that you allow your heart to beat and your lungs to expand will lead you forward to surviving and healing.

January 26, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands, reversed. Emotional distress continues with this card. In an effort to push through it faster you may try too hard, apply too much force to the situation, or engage in “people pleasing” that brings you no gain. (There are rare times when brown-nosing is beneficial to your cause. This isn’t one of them.) At any rate, it’s a total energy drain of pointless, repetitive emotional patterns that have you trying so hard to be “perfect.” 

In the effort to be “perfect” and keep everyone happy (except yourself), you’re actually going nowhere fast. Back up, take a “mental health” day if you can, and be still a minute. Do what you need to feel more emotionally secure. While this upset is temporary, it’s gnarly.

January 25, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Swords. The cause of discomfort, worry, or stress is in the process of bulldozing its way through your heart and mind right now. This is a “good thing” ultimately because it means you’ll be done with it. However the actual happening of it is super unpleasant. Nines signify intensity but also completion. Hang tough….

There are ways of making these days of shoveling psycho-emotional sh*t easier for you. When you come to the realization that something is truly ending, accept it. The faster you can understand there are no winners or losers in this “ending” situation, the faster you’ll come to peace and harmony again. This is hard for your ego to do—I’ll warn you now—but it does make it easier on your heart to just let go.

The reward for getting through this and on the other side is illumination—the “I get it” moment. Some of your old concepts may be called into question and examined for viability in this new place for you. Understanding and releasing will bring transformation. (Ask me how I know….)

January 24, 2020: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. Receiving this card of deep feelings and love going out to your fellows and coming back at you confirms the Queen of Cups’ message that feelings are a “good thing.” Enjoy the human experience of feeling and emotions with and among others, just keep an eye out for where YOUR feelings end and another’s begin.

Being a three, this card signifies making compromises. But the inherent love and joy in this card let you know that making those compromises leads to a win for everyone involved. Meaning, the collective idea is actually better for everyone than any single idea from an individual would have been. And because you’re all happy, you’re more willing to give/receive (don’t forget to receive!) the warm and fuzzy support from your group, community, or tribe. In this atmosphere, endless opportunities are available if y’all dare to step forward. Yes, you might fail, but there’s power in numbers, so maybe give it a whack!

The Three of Cups also represents healing and resolution. Whether that healing and resolution occurs with “Me, Myself, and I” or with a group of which you’re a part, depends on what’s needed most. Don’t rule out the need for arbitration, mediation, or a therapist for neutral guidance during the healing journey.

January 23, 2020: Card O' the Day: Queen of Cups. The Queen of Cups is the epitome of “receptivity.” Receptivity is defined as having the quality of “taking in” or “admitting.” That includes taking in knowledge or ideas and means she’s willing or inclined to receive suggestions or offers with favor. Esoterically, being of Cups, this means she’s also receptive of the emotions of others and is a super good listener.

On one hand, this is all good. However, the down side is with so much “receiving” you can get lost in all the stuff that comes in from the outside and you ignore the stuff that’s being generated inside of you. This may be why some of you connected with the trapped feeling of yesterday’s Eight of Swords. All the worries coming at you—your own stuff or problems of your loved ones—can put you in a dark hole.

Therefore, acknowledge the feelings—yours or theirs. Prioritize which ones need your attention most. If your own feelings and personal worries need more attention, then give it to those first. Tell your friends/family you simply have too much on your plate right now to help them. Once you have your priorities straight, begin the self-care you need to reduce the insecurity and worry you have about YOUR life right now. You can’t be a good friend/parent/employee when you’re fried.

January 22, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. The Eight of Cups represents psychic/mental blocks due to attachments to ideas or concepts we THINK are positive, but are actually causing us more pain than good. One may FEEL powerless and restricted by circumstances, which tempts us to run back to bed and pull the covers over our heads until say, June.

This card represents my mom at the moment. She recently moved to a “senior apartment” which required a lump sum up front and carries a modest monthly rent. The place offers their clients ample time to sell their homes to raise this lump sum. Mom has been trying to sell her home for months and even has a buyer. But the buyer is having difficulty securing a loan because he’s an entrepreneur and doesn’t have a “day job.” Even though the apartment people are by no means demanding their money, my mom is driving herself insane with worry that she hasn’t paid them in full yet even though she has made substantial down payments. Her intense worry and trapped feeling (if I don’t sell my house NOW, the apartment people will kick me out!!!) is a perfect example of this card.

So, the first thing to do is to cut the cord between your brain and your heart. Get cold and analytical and look at your situation with clarity, reality, and truth, NOT fear and hysteria. Talk to the people in charge of the situation—if you’re not in charge directly—to see what you can do to tackle the problem in smaller increments. If you are in charge, make a realistic battle plan with reasonable daily actions. Put one foot in front of the other and this, too, shall pass.

January 20, 2020: Card O' the day: Princess of Cups. The Princess is here to remind us to be present to, and take pleasure in, the simply joys of your life. Really taste that morning cup of coffee or tea. Sit with it and wallow in the satisfaction of it for a few minutes. As you reflect on the magic that is your life, remember to keep balance between work and play. This court card’s personality tends to take an idea and get a little obsessed with it to the detriment of everything else. 

Another point to ponder is your own worthiness for all that you enjoy. Yes, YOU. Explore your inner thoughts and you might notice the door to the cage you think is holding you prison is actually open. You just have to free your mind of oppressive, confining thoughts. Yes, it’s kind of emotionally fraught to think what could be if you put yourself out there, but this small beginning is destined to become a “good thing.”

The animal associated with this card is the beaver. Our busy, industrious little friends are super creative with setting goals and using their available resources. Take note and take a step.

January 19, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Sun, reversed. Put yer copper back on! It’s lesson of self acceptance and love didn’t stick for some of yinz!

When The Sun gets reversed, it indicates one is afraid to acknowledge or relish the joy and abundance you have in your life. There’s this sense of “yeah, but…” as in, things are good NOW, but wait until the sh*t hits the fan or the bottom drops out because it ALWAYS does. So, are you gonna walk around with an umbrella over your head the rest of your life waiting for it to rain!?!?

Doubt and confusion occasionally are totally normal. However, don’t allow that mindset to be permanent. Take a truly realistic view of your life and really SEE all the things going for you. What talents do you have? Who loves you? What material blessings do you enjoy? If there are thin spots, make adjustments where you can to give them a little boost. Otherwise, concentrate on the full part of your glass and know that all setbacks are temporary.

If you’re feeling the need for a stone, amber is our friend today. It absorbs negative energy and promotes your self-confidence. It also encourages decision making that will bring balance. And patience…it’s got patience to help you relax and stop stressing about what you don’t have.

January 18, 2020: Card O' the Day: Ten of Cups. Oh, wow…if we could only quiet the mind chatter and live here forever. This card says we can. It represents repose of the heart and happiness inspired from above. It shows us the interconnectedness of all living things in our world. Wellbeing, blessings, and security are offered as well. 

While it’s a 10, and 10’s—in theory—herald endings that make new beginnings possible, I don’t feel the ending part today. I feel like we’re at the top of a ladder. But instead of starting on the bottom rung of a new ladder, we have the opportunity to just soar into the stratosphere and BE happy and blessed and secure no matter what. It’s a conscious choice to live in a state of joy. 

Copper is the crystal/mineral associated with this card. It’s said to help one accept and love oneself and others. Calmness and healing are supposed to flow into you from this substance. (Does it REALLY? I dunno, but I’m gonna slap on some copper today!)

Allow yourself to soften and be more receptive to life. After all, being guarded against the bad stuff means you’re also closed to the good stuff. Yes, the bad stuff hurts, but the good stuff heals and lifts you high so you can see the glorious view. Welcome yourself home to who you really are…a creature of joy.

January 17, 2020: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands, reversed. What!?!!?!? The Four of Wands AND reversed is baaaack…. And what, pray tell, does it want to say today?

Yesterday I talked about everything being connected and how The Lovers represents moving from an immature “me” mindset to a more mature “we” in which you join forces with others to make the world a better place for us all. This desire to help look after your fellow Earth inhabitants and broadening of your view may feel like a sort of cultural rite of passage like a Bar Mitzvah or a natural one like puberty. Either way, you’re experiencing a shift that may be a little disconcerting. Maybe there’s a little “I’m not ready yet! I haven’t done a, b, or c yet!” going on that makes this time unsettling, too.

When we’re afraid to move forward with new ideas, ways of life, or phases—especially when others are involved—there’s going to be a certain amount of wondering if you can handle it. Do you measure up? Are you “enough” to hold up your end of Universe? Do you DESERVE this right choice for yourself? The answers are yes, yes, and YES! Therefore, revel in the gifts of the recent sixes and get on with your own badass self!

January 16, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Lovers. Another 6 here with The Lovers. In general, 6’s symbolize pleasure, beauty, and all things intangible and not of the material plane. They’re about doing what you love and putting a positive, optimistic spin on all situations. The Lovers, another 6, takes the basic message of the Six of Cups and expands on that…going from the “me” mindset to the wider “we” mindset as you shift your consideration of just one or two individuals to the whole world.

This card espouses making the right, higher choice for yourself and thereby for the others with whom you engage. In this way you begin to understand the deeper concept that EVERYthing is connected. The Lovers’ energy shows you the blessings Universe bestows upon you and makes you fully aware of these divine touches. It’s so easy to take these for granted; today’s card is a little reminder.

January 15, 2020: Card O' the Day: Six of Cups. This card is often interpreted with heavy emphasis on the past, nostalgia, and/or sentimentality. The only “past” I’m getting today is remembering lessons of the past to make the present better and to integrate into our future plans. After all, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel…or do “that” again, am I right?

Whereas the Six of Pentacles can represent reciprocity of the wallet, the Six of Cups is offering reciprocity of the heart. This is a nurturing love that feeds a need for someone else or yourself. It’s totally altruistic as in there’s no “what’s in it for me” but it’s all about how can I make things better for the other person. When you direct this kind of love towards yourself, you’re more interested in healing the spirit and soul and developing inner richness and maturity.

These are our keywords and thoughts for the day: kindness, generosity, harmony, acceptance of what’s true about you, and choosing peace. ‘Nuff said.

January 14, 2020: Card O' the Day: Four of Wands, reversed. This is our second 4 in a row (even though this one is reversed today). Fours represent stability of energetic routines in the suit of Wands, domination of one’s material plane in the suit of Pentacles, clarity of mind in the suit of Swords, and emotional tranquility in the suit of Cups. The danger of the 4 is stagnation. That could look like getting stuck in a rut (Wands), hoarding material things (Pentacles), having a narrow or closed mind (Swords), or boredom or apathy (Cups).

Today’s Four of Wands is reversed, which tends to disrupt the stability of the upright card. When your everyday routines and habits get changed, it can be a little disconcerting. Suddenly something you thought was “done” or settled is up in the air and that can bring on anxiety. For example, the washing machine/car/regular bus route suddenly doesn’t work. Crap! Now you have to cough up money to have the washer/car repaired (I can’t afford that!!!) or you have to find a different ride to work. If the disturbance is at your job, a project may need more work to complete it than you’d thought, final details might crop up, or anything else that makes the project last longer. UGH! Can’t I just be DONE already and have things runs smoothly for a change? 

However, this energy glitch will settle and all work will be completed as it should be. The car/washer will get repaired and the alternative ride to work might even introduce you to a new friend. (There’s an emphasis on community with this card.) Universe is giving us a little shake today just so we don’t fall asleep at the wheel. Accept it, wake up, and enjoy the new.

January 13, 2020: Card O' the Day: Four of Swords. Again, this relates to current plans, whether actual things are in the planning stage—like building a house—or you’re in a more philosophical planning stage of personal growth. Something has come up that’s put you in a forced time out. Circumstances simply won’t allow further motion forward. The thing you need for the house is back-ordered or your basement flooded and you need to take care of this concrete thing before you can get back to contemplating your navel. 

However, this forced stasis helps you recognize difficulties and address them early, rest little from heavy duty mental activity, bring sense to ideas and plans, and basically digest all that you’ve metaphorically swallowed up to now. It’s a time to organize your thoughts to find the practical route necessary to make the most of your resources or reality. 

Some might find this mental quiet too conservative or dull. But it’s in this still place you can more effectively meditate, retreat to your inner self, and find the exciting spark of a creative vision that will be your next big mental enchilada!

January 12, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Chariot. The Chariot is continuing the ideas presented yesterday by the Two of Pentacles. Fresh starts or “journeys” are present here, but unfortunately the objectives are still unclear. This card represents the desire for a particular achievement, not the achievement itself. That’s why I say we’re still planning. Fortunately, the ground is “fertile” for our plans and we’ve got oodles of conviction and determination to “git ‘er dun!” 

Because the final product isn’t quite clear yet (and it won’t be until it’s complete), you may have some doubts and stress surrounding this achievement or journey lurking behind all your outward confidence. Let that stuff go and remember Murphy’s Law: What can go wrong, will. Therefore, if you go into it KNOWING there will be snags and f*ckups, you can relax, let go of the notion of perfection, and learn fabulous lessons and experience the joy of solving problems! (This kind of mindset takes the sting out of failures. Ask me how I know.)

Finally, this card gives us the hell-bent-for-leather urge to charge forward but the self-mastery not to be a bull in a china shop. It’s a good card.

January 11, 2020: Card O' the Day: Two of Pentacles. Being of the Pentacles, we’re turning our attention to concrete things rather than our feelings, thoughts, or creative energy. This is stuff you can touch. The Two represents plans…you’re lurching in the direction of something new. For example, sending out resumes rather than actually interviewing for the job, reviewing which college to go to rather than already picking your classes, or reviewing the blueprints of a new house rather than hammering the first nails.

During this planning stage, you’ll figure out what’s impossible or too expensive. Fortunately, this card brings you adaptability and resourcefulness, which allows you to change gears, modify, and/or find another way to get what you want. MUST have a claw-footed tub in your new house but the contractor says it’s going to cost the moon? That’s where you get on Craig’s List or Ebay and find one for pennies. Or, you start looking for the most obscure scholarships to help you afford the college of your dreams.

Chrysocolla, the stone associated with this card, stepped forward today. It’s said to strengthen your intuition—your gut instincts, the “little birdie”, the voices in your head—so you don’t go all cold and logical when making your decisions. As in, “Okay. No tub. Too expensive.” Your softer intuition will help you keep the dream alive and make it happen.

January 10, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords. Some people are naturally more cerebral and less emotional—they feel sentiment can make the intellect weak. However, rigid control of the heart/mind relationship doesn’t allow space for flexibility or room to grow from concepts that were good in the moment to new and better ones. This card is offering the clarity you need to see the ineffectiveness of a narrow scope and ways you can be more generous in your mind and heart in your relationships with others.

Being of the Swords, this card cuts both ways. Perhaps you’re super generous to everyone but yourself. Are you often stuck in a mind-loop where you compare yourself to your peers? And how do you stack up? Here’s a thought: remove that word from your vocabulary. Do the best YOU can. Remember that EVERYthing is incomparably unique and has a place reserved in Universe. You are necessary for Universe.

Once you’re done with all these thought games, get cracking. This card offers lots of creative energy. Unfortunately, this creative energy is colliding with the mind/heart conflict and is being frustrated in its tracks. Balance your steel trap of a mind with your sentimental heart and you’ll become more versatile.

January 9, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Fool, reversed. The new beginnings, purity of intentions, and trust in Self and Universe are clouded by the reversal of this card. While utter fearlessness can put you in danger, over caution and not daring to step forward lest you look stupid is just as bad. There’s a saying that goes along the lines of you WILL fail 100% of the time if you don’t even try. The reversed Fool is hesitating to even try.

This card also could indicate some of you are pining for adventure in your lives, but either there is none or you’re staying home where it’s “safe.” This urge won’t go away until you answer it and answering it will be good for you. Now, “adventure” doesn’t have to be a month long trek to Katmandu. A day hike in your local state park, while not as exotic, will get the yen to shush a bit, is easy on your wallet, and doesn’t require the use of precious vacation days.

Back to the “hesitation to even try”—it could be you don’t know where to begin! Welcome to being human. All of us go through periods of apathy and not knowing what to do next. Here’s what you do: take. a. step. Go to the library and get a book that seems vaguely interesting. Skim a few pages. Worth taking home? If not, pick another book. Scan through You Tube and find a video that teaches you something. Join a club. My point is one step leads to another…. Put The Fool back on his feet and plunge into Life!

January 7, 2020: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups. The appearance of The Magician yesterday was to remind you about your inherent power and abilities. This card gives you a tiny reality check regarding the limits of your individual actions to keep you humble. In fact, the Nine, while full of positive expansive feelings, confidence, and joy, prompts you to receive all blessings that come from outside of you with humility and grace. No, you don’t have to hide your good fortunes or apologize for them, but let’s not be an asshole about them. If you’re in a position to be generous, be generous because at any point in your life you may need the generosity of another. Pay it forward now.

This card, coupled with yesterday’s Magician, has us taking full responsibility for our own happiness. It’s finally becoming clear that no one else can “make” you happy. You’ve got to decide to BE happy. Examine what you need to do to create feelings of happiness and joy within yourself and keep doing that stuff. Once you own your own happiness and decide to BE happy, your personal parade becomes pretty rain-proof.

Along with all the “happy, happy, joy, joy” comes some pretty strong intuition and clear gut instincts. Listen to them. This obedience to Higher Self will translate into solid “executive abilities” to help you make decisions, develop personal boundaries, harness creative juices, and generally make you a pretty effective Captain of your own ship.

January 6, 2020: Card O' the Day: The Magician. The Magician is akin to the aces of all the suits in that it represents all potential and possibilities. We’ve been floating for a little while as we regained our footing after the artificiality of the holiday season. (By that I mean normal schedules, diets, and habits were thrown out the window to accommodate all the “extra” that was being offered.) The Magician has come to us today to make us aware of what we could accomplish this coming year.

Firstly, dig around a little in your psyche to find those hidden dreams and desires you think are out of your reach. As you come to understand them, you’ll see what’s indeed possible to make the best life for yourself. Notice I said “best life.” The Magician is urging you to reach for the brass ring rather than settle for what is or has been. Seeking a little bigger and better keeps you moving forward and out of a complacent rut. (Read: stagnation, rot, and the state of “dead man walking.”)

It’s becoming time now to focus on and commit to your plans. You have all the tools you need and the strength to make it happen.

January 5, 2020: Card O' the Day: Strength. As I prepared myself to draw this card, I felt a “punch" in my solar plexus chakra. This feeling was similar to the throat chakra opening I felt the other day when I drew the Justice card. It’s small wonder I felt a physical reaction in my third chakra when I drew Tarot’s Strength card; confidence, autonomy, and inner drive live there, which is Strength in a nutshell. My favorite depiction of Strength is found in The Tarot of Trees by Dana O’Driscoll. This card is our photo du jour.

Strength represents deliberation, self-awareness, and maturity in handling difficulty with grace. It offers you the choice of blaming others for your troubles or facing the challenge and growing from it. Notice the tree in our photo is growing, and THRIVING, in a place that’s “less than ideal”! It’s growing out the side of a vertical cliff, fer cryin’ out loud!

With such strength and confidence, you don’t need to prove yourself. You can accept your strength and power and share it even if you face criticism. It’s like dicks (this has nothing to do with actual penises). Those who are “hung to the floor” quietly go about their business and make their dreams reality. Those who have itty bitty dicks whip them out at every turn and wave them about screaming LOOK HOW BIG MY DICK IS!!!! Here’s a tidbit of Truth: everybody is born hung to the floor; it is you who shortens it.

January 4, 2020: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups, reversed. As we move away from losses—we’re invited to do so with this card and we’re aware it’s time—your resistance or disappointment is transformed into something better and/or more useful to you. For example, coping skills, emotional stability, and the determination to overcome misfortunes and anxiety are a whole lot more practical than wallowing, sniveling, and whining “I caaaaaaan’t.”

With your Big Kid pants pulled up and belted snuggly around your waist, you can start seeing the alternative routes to greater success and personal growth. In this frame of mind, you’re able to determine who’s offering helpful resources and is willing to stick with you. Ask those particular gems for assistance with your current journey. 

This card is also about repairing rifts and burying hatchets. Whether that happens spontaneously and you all agree to “fuggetaboutit” or whether it takes concerted effort to negotiate a peace treaty, take the gift of healing and be grateful.

January 3, 2020: Card O' the Day: Justice. As I was getting quiet in preparation of drawing the card today, I felt a physical opening of my throat. A thought passed through my head regarding the throat chakra…open throat means truth, expressing your feelings and needs honestly. Justice is all about truth and honesty. What do you reeeeeaaaaaallllly want? How are you going to make that happen? 

Firstly, getting what you want requires work—duh—but since no man is an island, we have to play well with others. Through balance between the ego (I WANT!!!) and the Higher Self (May I please have and what do I need to do in exchange?) this becomes possible. Justice = fair play, diplomacy, integrity.

Developing balance within yourself and your life requires some solid self-examination. What is your truth? Say it, own it, and don’t avoid it. What’s in your life that doesn’t allow balance? Which is better: keeping “that” or breaking with it so you can achieve balance? And so our journey around the Sun goes again…seeking truth, being responsible for it, and getting good with it.

January 2, 2020: Card O' the Day: Eight of Cups. Again, super appropriate for the beginning of a new year and decade. The Eight of Cups helps us recognize the need to leave some stuff behind. This could be a relationship, job or your total career path, belief systems, or actual tangible things. By leaving this stuff behind, you’re free to pursue more meaningful plans for your life.

I once had a “non-believer” pull this card when he asked for a demonstration of the Tarot cards. Oooooh! He was MAD when I slapped him with his truth! But it actually wasn’t me, it was his own Higher Self and soul who was saying, “c’mon, DUDE! We’ve got better things to do here.” Life was trying to deliver on the promises this card represents—happiness, journey, exploration, growth—but he was too stuck in his Devil Self to make the effort.

You’re being asked to seek a deeper meaning with this card. It doesn’t have to be HUGELY deeper, as in “digging all the way to China” deeper. It could be simply joining a book club. Venturing into uncharted territory is the point here. ANY venturing outside your usual rut will lead to growth. Only ONE step forward in a different direction can change your life profoundly. Look what it did for Neil Armstrong!

January 1, 2020: Card O' the Year: Ten of Swords, reversed. Welcome to a new year and decade. A lot has happened to us individually and collectively as humans—both pleasant and unpleasant.

The Ten of Swords represents an ending(s) that make beginnings possible. Under this suit, those endings may seem/feel particularly harsh. (Swords though of the mind are very connected to the heart, too). The reversal of this card softens the blow and turns the severity into sort of a “near miss” rather than a direct hit. It also speaks of having turned the corner, as in having hit rock bottom and the only way now is up.

Receiving this card on New Year’s Day can be literally describing the shit-show 2019 was for you personally. You’re now on your way up. It can be a figurative description of what you or all of us has endured this past year. But this card promises we’re on our way up. Turn your back on all that was shitty about 2019 and leave it behind. Bring only the happiness and good fortune, however small, forward with you into 2020. Plant those seeds of joy and plan for a bumper crop of abundance and delight. A little rain must fall this year, but know it comes to ultimately nourish the garden. Peace be with you.

December 30, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man, reversed. My day yesterday was a total sloth-fest—notice there was no Card O’ the Day yesterday, I didn’t even do that. Today we have a “suspended animation” kind of card, but it’s reversed…it’s a reversal of the reversal.

Little things are still in your way that will prevent forward motion (echoes of the reversed Eight of Wands we got the other day), so don’t blame yourself too much for not blazing a new path. Some things you just have to wait to shift on their own because they’re out of your control.

Things within your control are also blocking your way, though. My husband just finished a pretty big creative project and now he’s fidgeting with nothing to do. Yesterday he pottered in his shop trying to picture what comes next…. Basically this card personified. A little wandering around is fine, just be careful this momentary feeling of being ungrounded doesn’t slide into apathy, procrastination, and fear of change. We’re still in the between-the-holidays doldrums so another few days/weeks of figuring out what’s next is fine; just don’t let it become a new lifestyle.

December 28, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands, reversed. Upright, the Eight of Wands represents speed, inevitability, creativity, all work efforts falling into place, and the “you better be on the bus because it’s about to leave” type of energy. Reversed, it represents trouble working with others, barriers, a burst of little things going sideways, and emotions running high.

If you think about it, this sums up the last weeks in one card. Speed, hurry-hurry-get-everything-done!  And, now that actual Christmas/Kwanza/Hanukah have passed (or are nearly over), we’re left with the energetic hangover. It’s called “burnout”, people. S-L-O-W D-O-W-N now and and try to calm your inner agitation. 

Freeze the remaining holiday treats and switch to leafy greens, lean proteins, and whole grains. Get back to the gym for a light workout. Stay sober for the next few days. Try to get as much sleep as possible. Also, maybe clearing your social calendar wouldn’t be a bad idea. I know I’ve had quite enough of people and all the conversation, compromise, accommodations, etc. that is required when interacting with large groups. I’m ready for some self-care to unfrazzle my nerves and get my digestion back to normal. Aren’t you?

December 23, 2019: Card O' the Week: Ten of Cups. Family is coming and I’ll be concentrating on enjoying their company and keeping them fed. Therefore, this is a Card O’ the Week. Happy celebrations to you all!

Oh, please. Sometimes my Tarot cards can be so stinking spot-on, amazing, and appropriate for the moment. Could we not have a better card to represent our coming week?!

What we have here is love, love, more love, and did I mention love? The Ten of Cups gives the gifts of joy, repose of the heart, well being, blessings, and complete emotional contentment and stability. This kind of happiness doesn’t come from possessions, but from welcoming yourself home to who you really are and being good with it.

The rainbow, often depicted in this card, speaks of the peace that comes after storms. Therefore, give thanks for family, community ties, friends, and—most importantly—yourself. You’re here. You exist. You’re important to Universe. Revel in what’s happy in this moment, in this week. Leave your cares and woes at the door; they’ll keep for a bit while you party. That’s the message of the 10: enjoy the bliss while it lasts because 10’s mean endings…but also promise new beginnings.

December 22, 2019: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands. The first thoughts in my head when I turned over the Queen of Wands was, “whatever it is, you’ve got this.” She represents a protective white light and a deep inner conviction things will turn out okay. She’s reminding you you’re actually in a place to share your love and joy—even if it feels so small at the moment—which then makes you feel more blessed and full. It’s a “vicious” cycle….

With her strength of character and integrity, she relies upon, and trusts, her own judgment and power. You don’t need to override others as you wield that power. People who underestimate themselves will try to feel more powerful by stealing that of others; but that’s not you. You have all the power you need to be happy, fulfilled, and lift others as you sail down your path.

December 21, 2019: Card O' the Day: Two of Wands. This card, as a two, represents that it’s time to make a decision about something rather important. You could say you’re at the threshold of a doorway. The question is do you go through it to explore new experiences and adventures or do you stay where it’s safe and secure? Before you can make that decision, however, there are some things that need to be sorted and cleared out of your way first.

While you’re at it, this card suggests developing a new mental discipline or returning to one that worked for you in the past. Think of it like going back to your healthy food regimen, returning to the gym after several months of “not having time”, becoming more brave about calling out rude people, or embracing a new religious ideology.

When you take the plunge and step through the door and readjust your thought processes, you’re going to begin to recognize your full potential. By harnessing and controlling your energetic force (that Qi we talked the other day), you can appreciate your own manifested, and manifestING, powers and capacity.

December 20, 2019: Card O' the Day: Nine of Cups, reversed. The quest for your deeper understanding of yourself and Life isn’t over as you look for more than mere overindulgence of material pleasures. As you find inner—rather than outer—happiness, you can drop the facade of keeping up appearances and discover what you really want from your life.

This card brings us truth, the frankness to speak it, sincerity in your perception of your reality, and the freedom from superficial or false attachments all that brings when you practice it honestly. My definition of “practicing honestly” is LIVING by example rather than flapping your gums about how “woke” you are. 

Walk what YOU talk…whatever that means for you. There’s no shame in writing a check to the Kidney Foundation; you don’t actually have to donate a kidney to someone!

December 19, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Wands. The past is only good for reminding yourself not to do “that” again because it didn’t work out so well. It’s also good for knocking yourself down a peg when you start to get too big fer yer britches…keeps ya humble. The future can be planned for, and it’s advisable to do so. However, excessive worry about the past and/or future is useless and makes you miserable. That leaves today, the present moment, the importance of now, and THAT is what our good Prince is trying to convey.

He gives us the willingness to take a risk and seek new movement and experiences. He sees a chance for action and is eager to take it. Seeking “new” and “action” requires change. Guess what? The opportunities are all around you to leave old ways behind and alter your existence. Not sure how to do that? Expand your perspectives on what you consider possible and entertain different points of view. (Prove to me it’s IMPOSSIBLE before you scrap an idea.)

Finally, I think the most important lesson the Prince of Wands has for us today is to renew your Qi, or the vital energy that is held to animate the body internally (Miriam-Webster), through living a heart-centered life. Love, love, and more love.

December 18, 2019: 

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality

Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see…


These lyrics were running through my head this morning as I was outside feeding my horses. And then I drew The Devil…. This card is about temptations, entrapments, instant gratification, and all the other stuff we think we waaaaant. However, it has nothing to do with real life and the work required to make real life rewarding. For example, relationships have to be nurtured. You have to decide if your partner’s quirks are something you can live with or are deal breakers. Careers have to be supported through the lean times and you have to do the crappy grunt work that goes with ANY job. 

It’s not a “bad thing” to want more, bigger, badder, better and to work towards making your dreams come true. But if all you do is waaaaant, then you’re missing the point of life. Read those lyrics again. Re-read the last line once or twice more. If you can let go of the attachment to “waaaaaanting”, you’ll see how much you receive every day, which then frees you to really live in happiness and inner harmony as your “wanting ego” is balanced by your True Self’s joy

December 16, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Swords. This is one of the gnarly cards in the Tarot deck. It contains very valuable lessons that absolutely suck balls because they’re so painful. Unfortunately, equal and opposite reactions to an action, and all that, mean the more deeply you feel love for someone or passion about a project the more badly you’ll be hurt if things go south. Physics can’t be denied.

I know that when my feelings get hurt my first move is to “turtle up”, hide my pain, and protect myself. (It’s not a coincidence my spirit totem is a turtle.) However, this card is urging us to erase some boundaries and allow love into our lives. You’ll actually heal faster with the support of others than when alone. Also, shared pain can build deep bonds with others because it teaches empathy. Not that y’all sit around trying to one-up each others’ tragedies, but when you see that others have pain just as deep as your own, you understand it’s not just you that Universe hates.

The silver lining to this card is it helps you understand the price of love. Through understanding this cost, you gain perseverance, faith, and resolution. With those gems in your pocket, you’re able to move forward, severe attachments to the past, and find relief from the pain and tension. Practice these beautiful forms of self care today.

December 15, 2019: Card O' the Day: King of Swords. After all the high emotions of the last few days, the King of Swords is here to take control. Strength, intelligence, and assertiveness just ooze from him. The most important quality of this guy, and his big reminder to us all, is frank and honest communication. This means open your throat chakra and say “no” when you need to. Self-advocate and speak your mind! If you keep swallowing your own words out of deference to others, you’re going to get heartburn—literally and figuratively.

With logic and analysis, you can organize your next week so you have your ducks in a row. Being super organized will go a long way towards reducing your stress. It will also show you where you can compromise and cooperate with others on some things. Life is a lot more efficient with extra hands working towards the same goal.

The bottom line is, you need to use your noodle and put your ego and heart in the back seat for a minute. This will allow all plans to be completed timely, which translates to you having more time to relax and enjoy your company…or not. This King is amused by socializing but really prefers solitude and harmony. I love when my family visits, but I reeeeeeaaaaallllly love it when they go home!

December 14, 2019: Card O' the Day: Five of Cups. A deep loss or ending has occurred for some of you. Grieve, process your pain, and come to terms with this sucky turn of events. However, during this period of solitude and reflection, you don’t want to stop living altogether. Completely giving in to despair means you’re not available to enjoy the pleasures you do still have in your life.

Keep this at the forefront of your thoughts, scrawl on a piece of paper and hang it on your fridge, or embroider it on a pillow: deep spiritual moments sometimes come at your lowest points. It’s a very painful price to pay, but ultimately you’re a better person in the end. Once you realize that, you begin to see the possibilities that await.

If you feel you simply cannot go on, call the suicide prevention hot line at 1-800-273-8255. It absolutely WILL get better.

December 13, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Wands, reversed. And this is what a minimental melt-down can look like: inner agitation, uncertainty, panic, and indecision. Too much force is applied too quickly thereby wasting power. You know how kids can get “over excited” and they just need a nap or quiet time with limited arousal? Adults can get this way, too. Only we’re supposed to be “adults” and handle too much arousal with equanimity and aplomb. 

Hahahahahhhaaaaaaa, *wheeze*, haaaahahahahahhahahahahhhaaaaaaaa! *Snort* (Oops, I tinkled a bit.)

If you find yourself getting overloaded with obligations, social events, holiday pageants, baking, cooking, decorating, etc. (as this card can indicate…not the actual holiday stuff, but the energy created by the holiday hubbub), and you don’t take a break for self care, expect an emotional outburst in 3…2…1… I guarantee you it will only create more friction and then you’ll have a mess to clean up. Do what you need to do to feel more secure and in control. Now excuse me while I go cancel some plans….

December 12, 2019: Card O' the Day: Princess of Cups, reversed. I think this holiday season stuff is the most dangerous for the Princess of Cups types. She’s dreamy and idealistic…still believes in Santa Clause and will do back flips over the first flake of snow. She lives for glitter, tinsel, and mint-mocha frappes.

Especially this time of year, when expectations are so high, the Princess can go upside down and become super emotionally charged. This makes her vulnerable to ridicule for her child-like wonder, being easily swayed, and being distracted—which makes her wide open to getting her feelings hurt. If someone wants to be particularly cruel to her, just tell her to grow up. That’ll reduce her nothing quite nicely.

Therefore, all you little Princesses out there listen up to Auntie: your gut is trying to tell you something, but you’re not listening. Lemme guess…your gut is saying let the haters hate because you DO believe in Santa; you DO adore all the trappings that go with this season; you DO wish for peace on Earth and goodwill towards EVERYone. Don’t let the haters get louder than your divine little guts. So put on your fuzzy kitten mittens, drink your cocoa with marshmallows, and tell the Scrooges to fuck off!

December 11, 2019: Card O' the Day: Queen of Wands, reversed. Happy holidays everyone! Is your house decorated to perfection? Is all your shopping done? Everything wrapped exquisitely? All out of town gifts mailed? I’ll just bet your freezer is crammed with pre-made casseroles, soups, and cookies that can be brought out for impromptu gifts or people dropping by for dinner! You uber-prepared Martha Stewart types just wanna make me barf!

Whenever my husband reminds me I’ll have a house full of relatives in just a week-and-a-half, I want to throat punch him. I do have things organized in my mind and have it all planned down to the wire. I WILL get it done and be ready for when my family shows up. 

But the more I’m reminded and pushed the more obstinate I get. Last minute get togethers, which bring me happiness, are indeed another obligation. One is tempted to focus so intently on the future Big Event that the smaller things happening today or the preparations you can comfortably do today get lost in the panic.

So, set all insecurity aside; line up your tasks and delegate where you can. You’ve got lots of time. Breathe….

December 10, 2019: Card O' the Day: Prince of Pentacles. This card is the epitome of the old saying “before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water; after enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.” It took me a while to figure out what that actually meant. To me it means that no matter how “enlightened”, “woke”, and “spiritually special” I become, my shit will still stink. It can also mean life goes on no matter what. The sun will come up; the sun will go down. What happens in between depends entirely upon you.

Therefore, the Prince is reminding us to remain flexible and not blow a gasket if things don’t go EXACTLY as planned or expected (remember: expectations are merely anticipated resentment). Whatever happens—good, bad, or ugly—accept it and move on. Now, accepting what “is” doesn’t mean you just park your butt and throw up your helpless little hands. No, you do your best to make things happen and work your visions and dreams! Then, knowing you gave it your all, you accept the end result.

This super chill dude is also about steady work at an unhurried pace. Find stillness and calm in the actual work. With determination and focus, you can do anything you set your heart on doing. I find making to-do lists keeps me on track. You may have other tricks. 

December 9, 2019: Card O' the Day: Five of Swords, reversed. This card represents the aftermath of a bothersome issue, conflict, or disagreement. It’s the day after the big storm when it’s time to own your responsibility for the part you played in the drama and make amends. Look to see what can be salvaged from the situation: renew it, recycle it, and be glad it’s still whole. What is permanently damaged or no longer useful, let that stuff go.

When you look beyond the loss or defeat, you can begin to recover as the uncertain outlook begins to improve. During this recovery time, glean the spiritual  lessons that always come with this kind of upset. What can you do to prevent the  same misunderstandings from happening again?

We have yet another Sword card today. Swords, in general, represent thoughts and communication. If you’re not communicating effectively, the other party is left wondering what you mean. And I’ll guarantee you that if you leave them guessing, they’ll guess wrong. Say what you mean, people.

December 8, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords. Ooooooo! This is just TOO good. I’m doing a little happy dance in circles because of this incredible message from Universe that follows the message from the Ace of Swords so perfectly! I LOVE when my cards do this!!!!

While you’re sitting in your deep mental stillness encouraged by the Ace of Swords, you’ll come to realize a no-win situation you may find yourself in is of your own making. WHAT!?!?!!? Yes! Your feelings of helplessness and stuck-ness are fear-based! All the intense emotions of late have formed a barrier against rational thought. Furthermore, attachment to ideas you THINK are positive—but actually aren’t—have formed a psychic block. Do you know what this MEANS!?!?!?! All your problems are in your head!!

Some of you may beg to differ. As in, it’s NOT all in your head that you just got laid off, your car died, your significant other dumped you, or you have a real illness. While you certainly can’t control what Life throws at you, you CAN control how you feel, think, and react to the situation. The Eight of Swords offers you keen logic that shushes your nervous heart and helps you see a way out and forward. You have the power to fix everything wrong in your life. Use your noodle and make it happen.

December 6, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords. When I choose cards, I hold the deck in my lap and move the cards left to right through the fingers of my left hand and to the fingers of my right. In this way I touch the cards with both hands and come to a stop on the “correct” card (don’t ask me how I know which one is “correct”). Today, several cards fell off my lap onto the floor during this process. Only one fell face up: Death. This is highly interesting because both Death and the Ace of Swords represent inevitable and irrevocable change.

The Ace also brings us new beginnings and fresh starts (that big change “Death” made space for). This particular Ace also lets you know you’ll be in the right place and time for expansion and abundance as you come to accept everything that’s been lost. The best months for this will be March, April, and May.

Because the suit of Swords is of the air element, it generally governs the mind. However, our minds can put a lot of weight on our hearts, so deep emotional feelings are indicated here along with calmness in the face of difficulty. Crystal clarity that’s detached and rooted in deep stillness at the core of your being brings new understanding for the losses, changes, and new beginnings.

December 5, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Pentacles. And now the actual WORK begins…. We’ve been talking a good game about our spiritual paths, formulating plans, learning who to bring with you on this journey and who not, and it’s getting to be time to put your money where you mouth is.

This card represents the exuberance, combined with industry, that stimulates inspiration and enthusiasm to harmonize all factors to create your own happiness. The truth of your deepest being is trying to show you the way, trust that inner guidance—that nudge from your gut—because it knows what to do even if you don’t. 

TRUE wealth comes from knowing yourself and walking through opens doors rather than pounding on closed ones. In other words, life doesn’t have to suck! Find the work that brings you joy. When you work in joy, you’ll relish the prosperity it brings to you whether that work is on yourself, volunteering in a homeless shelter, or making oceans of cash.

December 4, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Hanged Man, reversed. Many people are “waking up” to their spiritual paths these days; myself included. I don’t know if it’s because it’s more acceptable to admit to your spirituality and your belief in magic or “other” or if it’s because Mother Earth, and all her inhabitants, are going through some Universal cosmic paradigm shift. Beats me, but I got sucked into the woo-woo world about sixteen years ago and have found greater peace and contentment than I ever experienced before.

The reversed Hanged Man suggests a recent awakening to the possibilities the metaphysical world has for you. It indicates a spiritual turning point with a sort of “now what?” feeling to it. Restlessness to move forward on this new path is thwarted by minor inconveniences and obligations to the old world. Be patient with yourself as you figure out what this is going to mean for you. Take inventory and make realistic plans. Now, realistic plans include discerning on whom you may rely with all this new stuff so you don’t end up getting “took” or disappointed.

Finally, certain sacrifices will have to be made if you want to make the most of your new spiritual/metaphysical/esoteric path. I found I had to sacrifice a little pride and face ridicule. But I got over it and now skip along merrily knowing full well some think I’m a bit of a whack-job. And that’s okay. Didn’t we JUST talk about Judgment and how we need to tend our own gardens?

December 3, 2019: Card O' the Day: Judgment. This card speaks of a sense of Self you’ve discovered through experience and your spiritual path. In such an aware state, you’re able to hear your true calling, vocation, great truth, or mission in life. I had a moment like this just the other day in which I had both this tiny and hugely mind-blowing epiphany where I felt sure of myself and my life. (The energies of the Tarot can come upon us and move us at any time, not just when a certain card has been chosen on any given day.) I think I’ve chosen Judgment today so all of you can have—or be on the lookout for—a similar experience.

Judgment represents a point of true change with a new spiritual consciousness emerging…these changes are those that affect everyone and everything through a ripple effect. It’s a time of accountability and responsibility for actions taken, choices made, and/or opportunities missed.

Lastly, we’re reminded to focus on our inner worth to discover what’s REAL; never mind what’s happening in someone else’s life. Checking on the condition of  the “garden” of another only leads to judgment—of them and yourself as you measure yourself against them. Wherever you go, there you are. So tend the garden you’ve been given and make it your very best.

December 2, 2019: Card O' the Day: Eight of Swords, reversed. Interesting, as I closed my eyes to concentrate on choosing the Card O’ the Day, I saw a lot of green in my mind’s eye. Green is the color of healing and the heart chakra…the suit of Swords, while it governs the mind and our thoughts, is ruled by the heart chakra. And we all know how those voices in our heads can break our hearts by telling us we’re less than or “not doing it right.” 

When the Eight is reversed, it indicates self-imposed restrictions have become intolerable. Whatever you’ve decided is your responsibility, must be done a certain way, or is a problem, has become a bigger burden to you than it’s worth. However, this card tells us you’re seeing the light and you’re ready to take those first steps towards liberating yourself from unnecessary “shoulds”, “oughts”, and “musts.”

Fortunately for us, ingenuity and improvisation are greatly increased at this time. Get creative and release your restrictions—or any obstacles—so you can gain relief from this pressure (that you put on yourself, just so we’re clear). All the power you need to transcend limitations and remove your confines is now available. Use it!

November 30, 2019: Card O' the Day: Four of Pentacles, reversed. Perhaps some of you went a little overboard with your Black Friday shopping…. The reversed Four indicates dissatisfaction with your financial matters or material concerns. This causes you to go in the extreme opposite direction and clamp down hard on your resources out of fear and defensiveness. On the other hand, if you’ve put a stop to all outflowing energy, there’s no room for anything to come back in.

Reconsider what you need to feel secure. Then establish a realistic budget and be patient with your finances as they bounce back and new pay periods approach. However, try not to let your new prudence with your resources devolve into stagnation, passivity, or covetousness.

Despite all the obstacles you perceive at this time, you can still work towards goals. Maybe you can’t set aside $200 each month right now. Maybe $10 is all you can manage; $10, though, is more than $0! 

November 29, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Devil. How very appropriate for this particular day. We are being offered a lesson in perspectives and gratitude….

The Devil represents temptations on the physical plane such as over consumption and consumerism, seduction, hedonism, base desires, and indulging yourself in any and all of them. The ego, in its obsession with and attachment to things and its struggle not to lose control over them, causes you to cave to addiction, physical cravings, bad habits, and to forget your spirit and Higher Self. We are susceptible to this energy when we base the image of ourselves upon the opinions and possessions of others rather than our own experiences, beliefs, and values. It’s the “keeping up with the Joneses” syndrome.

Therefore, instead of rabidly shopping today and for the next month, take a walk around the block. Admire the Christmas lights your neighbors have put up without having to dash home and redecorate your own house more lavishly than theirs. Go deep into your psyche and figure out why you feel so “less than” that you cannot be satisfied with a more modest car, decorations, clothes, etc. Volunteer at a homeless shelter this holiday season. Then, when you get home to your “less-than-the-Joneses” house, you’ll feel waaaaaaay better that you even HAVE a house.

November 28, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles, reversed. Yesterday we had very lofty aspirations of spiritual work, higher acceptance and patience, and basically tapping into our Zen state. And then we have the truth of today. Anxiety, impatience, bitterness, feeling as though there’s always more to do, and any goals you do reach, you achieve only the most minimal of rewards and reception of thanks. Sprinkle in some desperation and fear of loss and/or failure and you’ve achieved the ideal Thanksgiving Day dream in a lot of households!

Here’s how to turn that around and release the knot in your stomach. Firstly, change your attitude about your labors. Work with only the joy of the actual physical labor in your mind. Do so with no expectations of gain; do so with only charity in your heart. (Someone once told me “expectations are only anticipated resentment.” BOO-ya!) Dedicate your efforts today to the service of Mother Earth rather than your in-laws, Cousin Eddie, and your perfectionist mom, who never ever made a dry turkey or soggy dressing in her life. Riiiiiiight.

Release all your ideas about what this day SHOULD be and start with a clean slate of zero expectations and just receive and accept what unfolds.

November 27, 2019: Card O' the Day: The High Priestess. Funny…as I was about to draw the Card O’ the Day, I had whirling thoughts about my plans and shoulds and oughts. I consciously made an effort to still my thoughts. I even used the word in my mind as I told myself to be “still” as I prepared to choose the card. And look who showed up….

The High Priestess embodies the principle of perfect stillness and the ability to stay calm and be at peace in extreme situations. She represents the aspiration to the “higher”, whether that’s spiritual, ethical, or something else. As you begin to achieve your own greater spiritual development, share it with your community, posse, homies, family, besties, or anyone so that they, too, may find this inner stillness and peace.

I know it’ll be hard tomorrow to be still and calm as many of you celebrate the traditional holiday. Try. Try to find stillness as you peel the potatoes. Try to find stillness as you dress the turkey. Delegate tasks to others to lighten your own load and don’t freak out if that task isn’t done to your standards. Is it done and will it function as it is? If yes, then leave it and be grateful you didn’t have to do it as you move on to the next thing.

November 26, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Pentacles. Another Ace…and this time of Pentacles. It’s a card that represents the winter months and is auspicious for good fortune, bliss, and spiritual wellbeing. It heralds the beginnings of new projects on the physical plane, whether that’s a new job, building a house, or simply knitting a sweater. The Ace of Pentacles provides you with the strength, abundance, and gratitude necessary for going beyond mere success to fulfilling the prophecy of magic each of us contains.

This Ace also speaks of a deep need for nourishment. Give yourself that. The Ace provides the solid base and foundation from which to work and the impetus to improve and expand—not just on the physical plane but in your spiritual world. And perhaps that’s more important right now…improving your spiritual connection to Self and Universe. 

I think it’s especially important to recognize your spirit as we go into the year’s end celebrations. Material gifts and meals and socializing/networking take up all our consciousness right now. This is where the nourishment part comes in…don’t just feed your face. Take time each day to feed your soul with kind words, kind deeds, and compassion to others AND yourself.

November 22, 2019: Card O' the Day: Ace of Swords. The Archangel Michael, the angel of Truth, Clarity, and Protection, governs this card and he’s appeared today to help you find honesty, fairness, and real truth…not the truth you kid yourself with. Once real truth is exposed and recognized, you can accept yourself for who you are and not be so judgmental about your perceived flaws. And, BONUS! If you can accept your own flaws, that makes you more sympathetic to everyone else’s flaws and you can be more accepting of those who seem different from you.

The Ace of Swords offers a new way of thinking, enlightenment, and the emergence of new and more viable principles and values. Read: less judgment! Yes, you will suffer idealogical conflicts as you sort things out—changing your mind and your thinking patterns takes work. But as old patterns emerge are questioned, this makes room for new patterns to emerge and a giving way for progressive understanding and an open mind to all possibilities.

(To be clear: I am NOT proselytizing, preaching, recruiting, or trying to convert you to something in which I believe. I’m merely encouraging you to examine your ways of thinking to see if you’re in a stagnating rut. Is it time for change?)

November 21, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Moon, reversed. If you hope to heal yourself of any and all your psycho-emotional baggage, you’ll have to be ruthless in this quest. It’s not easy, nor for the faint of heart, but the reward is freedom from self-judgment and being comfortable in your own skin. And who doesn’t want those awful voices in your head that tell you you’re “less than” to Shut. The. Fuck. Up?

You’ll have to descend into the darkest part of your psyche and be brutally honest about the facts. It’s best to do this with a good therapist to call you on your bullshit and hold your hand.

The reversed Moon is suggesting it’s time to discover your crap, face it, and accept it as simple reality—neither bad nor good—so you can move past it. During this healing process, be gentle and patient with yourself, but don’t allow any sniveling or excuses. Git ‘er done!

November 19, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Five of Cups, reversed. Welcome to adulthood and all the hard choices that go with being a grown up! However, making tough choices will lead you towards a change in your lifestyle. Maybe that lifestyle is of being fat and out of shape or wallowing in your victimhood. Either way, moving past those sacrifices I spoke of yesterday land you smack into recovery and renewal…like how you feel after a really good massage only more or less permanently.

This card foretells of emotional stability that gives you the determination and fortitude to stick with those rock-and-a-hard-place decisions and sacrifices and maintain this new life of boundaries, physical health, and psycho-emotional strength. As you transform your resistance and/or disappointments into something better, you’ll understand you have complete control of your own happiness and how to achieve it.

Finally, the reversed Five has elements of blood relatives and alliances in it. I take this to mean that some relationships—whether blood, business, or friend—can be poison. If you don’t acknowledge that toxicity and the loss and sorrow it causes you to feel, you’ll never get past the pain and the never-ending cycle.

November 18, 2019: Card O' the Day: The World, reversed. Funny…yesterday was the beginning of the Major Arcana (The Fool is merely the traveler of the Tarot Path) and today we have the ending. But reversed. All the qualities of the upright card are present, just to a slightly lesser degree…like a partly cloudy day rather than pristine blue skies. Being an ending, that means letting things go that no longer serve you. Some things may feel like sacrifices, but know those sacrifices are made with wisdom and compassion for your highest Self.

You may find that your environment is the thing that needs to be “released” in that it’s become restrictive and limiting. You’ve become potbound and it’s time for some changes there. Apply for a higher position in your company, look for a similar job in a different company, or make a career shift altogether. If you don’t want to move houses, then rearrange the furniture, paint, buy new bed linens/towels, or even a new teapot from the thrift store. Make a change in your surroundings.

Yesterday we were given the good news that we’re on a new path and we have potential out the ying-yang! Today we’re told the “bad news” that something has to end to make way for the new. Don’t resist…you can do this.

November 17, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Magician. Oh, people. I’m so laughing right now. Yesterday we got Death…which is what I have been feeling like for several days: inert, stuck, sniveling, lazy, and with all the self-blame and guilt that goes along with not curing cancer before lunch and cleaning up the world’s oceans by supper. However, today is a NEW day and The Magician tells me all things are possible in this moment and throughout the rest of my life! Not that I HAVE to discover water on Mars…but I COULD if I tried.

The Magician has us feeling confident and capable, hands us all the tools we need to face our challenges and succeed, and then ladles on intense creative energy (I’m thinking of entering my sewing room for the first time in eons). With this raging will to create, magic will happen. But you have to allow it to come at its own pace. Don’t be discouraged by “mistakes”; those are just false starts or getting a little lost on the way to the new mall. The point is that you GET there, eventually.

Here’s your homework: ask yourself “What do I have to face within myself to reveal my inner gifts?” Who among you practices self-defeat? self-deprecation? self-abuse in thoughts or practice? Death came to take that shit yesterday. Today, we have The Magician to lead us in discovering water on Mars.

November 16, 2019: Card O' the Day: Death. If you’ve been feeling sluggish and inert lately, like me, then perhaps it’s because we’re entering into a sort of chrysalis or womb from which we will be reborn. While you’re in there, contemplating your navel, it’s a good time to face your fears, doubts, cover-ups, denial, the pile at the back of your closet, etc. and examine it in preparation of letting it go.

Death heralds new beginnings, but it’s a process. It’s not instant gratification. It takes some serious soul-searching to be really honest with yourself and not manipulate the truth into what you want it to be or how it will show you in the best light. This is like bathing suit shopping with overhead fluorescent lighting. It’s ugly.

But once you can face your cellulite honestly, you’re better equipped to deal with it and play up your assets. We ALL have “cellulite” in one form or another and we’re stuck with it. Therefore, decide to dance with your two left feet and transform yourself into the best version of you the world has ever seen. Let your self-criticism DIE!!!

November 13, 2019: Card O' the Day: King of Cups. The Kings of the Tarot deck can indicate you’ve topped out in a situation or environment. You can’t expect further growth or satisfaction of needs if you stay put and not make some changes. Today we have the King of Cups, which puts us into the realm of relationships and emotional stuff. Therefore, you can’t continue to grow emotionally or satisfy the needs of your heart in certain relationships. As with all things, our relationships will wax and wane according to the requirements of the individuals involved. You’re not failing at something, it simply “is.”

The presence of this king is a suggestion that some of you may have a tendency to suppress your creativity or emotions in an effort to behave responsibly or practically. After all, he’s the mature one in the room. This particular king is also apt to anticipate the needs/wants of others and be a source of comfort at their own detriment. Meaning, everyone ELSE gets the good stuff and the good King is left with dregs.

However, his appearance today represents a catalyst for change and message to rediscover yourSELF. Meaning, he wants you to adjust your love to be true to YOUR heart. This may require you to change the dynamic of certain relationships or end them altogether. Your soul is ready for a spiritual quest to find what’s best for you.

November 12, 2019: Card O' the Day: Seven of Pentacles. This card reflects the idea of long-term goals, letting go of the need for instant gratification, and the willingness to work hard until you get there. You’re realizing that some things simply take time and you’ve just got to be patient. However, you can stay busy while you’re waiting. Prepare for the new growth by clearing out clutter—literal or figurative—painting, pruning, and installing shelving to keep the incoming largesse organized. Some of you may need to slightly alter your course to reap the rewards you’re hoping for; that can be done while you’re waiting, too.

The other key concept of this card is fear of failure. You’re pouring so much of yourself into your work and hoping for such a huge return that the risk/gain ratio is pretty scary. All I can say is Trust. Yourself. To. Do. This. Thomas Edison is credited with the following quote: I didn’t fail. I just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work. The cleaning product called Formula 409 was the 409th recipe! The previous 408 recipes were deemed “not ideal.” 

When you take a step off your path, take a moment to understand why this was an error and LEARN from it. Build your success upon every “oopsy, not gonna do THAT again” moment! The hidden gem in the Seven of Pentacles is the promise that inventiveness and mental/emotional stillness can be found as you meditate upon your dreams and goals. Breathe deeply and think 3-5 Year Plan….

November 8, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Fool, reversed. The Fool embodies new beginnings, growth, unlimited possibility, and adventure. But when he’s reversed, it represents you putting yourself in a box. You’d never DREAM of dying your hair purple or taking a leave of absence from work to spend two weeks helping to guard turtle nests or going to see Machu Picchu in person, dammit!!! Living life carefully, safely, and worrying about what the neighbors would say stifles our innate free spirit and sense of “what if?”

The concepts of freedom and original energy remain in the reversal, just under a cloud or basket. To me, this card is all about hiding your light under a basket and being too frightened to reeeeeaaalllly be YOU! Dare yourself to do something outside your norm and then do it today.

Now, the caveat is that you need to “dare” WISELY. The reversed Fool can also represent hasty actions without judgment or discernment. If you’re going skydiving, research the school and make sure it has a stellar safety record and triple check your gear before you jump. I SCUBA dive, which is considered to be “dangerous” by my life insurance company. However, I do it carefully with reputable dive captains and triple-checked gear. Now, git on wit’ your bad-ass self!!!

October 31, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Magician. How appropriate that we should have The Magician, today, this day of Samhain. This is a magical day on which we celebrate the end of harvest and settle in for the “dark half” of the year. Therefore, I think the good Magician has shown his face to remind us all of our own magical powers. Because, you do have them…we’re all magical, psychic, gifted, or whatever you want to call it. It’s just not too many of us acknowledge and use those powers. Just like any “muscle”, if you don’t practice your magic, it becomes weak and you’re even less likely to trust it.

In addition to representing all your magic, The Magician personifies using your knowledge, resources, and will to create change in the world. He’s CONSCIOUS magic and the unlimited possibility you could have if you tapped into it. Now, conscious magic doesn’t mean creating positions and mumbling spells to yourself. To me, conscious magic means recognizing and fully appreciating the wonder that is Life. Have you ever really studied the complex petal structures of a flower? noticed the varied tones of green on a single tree? listened to a baby’s cry and understood whether it was mad, hungry, or lonely? 

You are a part of this fabric! Therefore, practice the magic of kindness and love towards others. The law of physics—or Karma—that dictates for every action there is an equal reaction means that love and kindness will return to you. Practice the magic of imagination to invent the next best mousetrap. Practice the magic of diplomacy to soothe a tense situation. As The Magician, you have all the tools you need to create anything new or fix anything broken. Get busy….

October 29, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Hermit, reversed. When The Hermit is upright, it can represent a time of being alone to quietly reflect upon life or a problem. That’s fine. We all need a little “me time.” However, when reversed, that “me time” becomes excessive isolation away from people who could help you or represents the refusal of good advice. Life is all about change; sticking your head in the sand and clinging to old beliefs, customs, or worn out ideals only makes you “old” before your time.

In efforts to stick to the “tried and true”, you’ll gloss over, ignore, or blur the facts. I know you’ve worn your hair parted in the middle and feathered back since high school, but it doesn’t look good on you anymore! Ditto the frosty blue eyeshadow! These may be frivolous examples, but any time you stay stuck in a rut—any kind of rut—for too long, you stifle your own growth and expansion.

You may have retreated into a hole because someone you held in high regard betrayed you. That betrayal may have been minor or crushing. Staying in your hole means you’re not getting the help and guidance you need to get past this block that holds you in place. No, nothing will ever be the same, but you can still thrive, albeit differently.

October 18, 2019: Card O' the Day: The Lovers. What!?!??! First the Two of Cups and now The Lovers!?!?!? WTF….

More choices as you face a test of maturity in which you need discrimination. This choice or decision is about considering options that have the fewest DISADVANTAGES rather than leaping at what has the most advantages. You are at risk of choosing based upon your emotions (some emotional input is good, but not ALL), but careful consideration is also required here.

Because this choice is not entirely in your hands, this process amy be fraught with frustration and feelings of impotence as this choice may be dependent on the actions or availability of others. It may seem like all is lost  at several points. However, breathe deeply and try to find the light in the darkness.

October 16, 2019: Card O' the Day: Two of Cups. This is considered the “Big Romance” card of the Tarot (surprise! it’s NOT The Lovers). However, each of our amazing cards have so many layers and nuances to them, so today I’m not talking romance in the sense of Valentine’s Day. Today, we’re seeing romance with ourselves in the Two of Cups. It’s about developing a true partnership with your higher Self and finding friendship within. If you can get good with you, truly heal YOU, then you can be good with everybody else. Or nobody else…because you’ve still got you.

When applied to another person, this card represents the essence of true friendship. The kind where you’re both mature, natural, easy with each other. There’s no neediness about the connection—you want it, you don’t NEED it. There’s no desire to change the other into something else. It’s love without expectations or demands and CHOOSING to relate to the other person As. They. Are. They are who they are with all their drama, kindness, odd habits, snarkiness, etc. And you love them just like that. Or not. Just as you choose to love someone, you absolutely may choose not to if they rub you like sandpaper on an open wound.

Yesterday we were choosing joyfulness and including our friends in that joy. Today, we’re choosing the people with whom we want to share our joy.

October 15, 2019: Card O' the Day: Three of Cups. Following yesterday’s Princess of Swords, reversed, which indicated some of you may feel unloved, unappreciated, unsupported, and/or unheard, we have this lovely card reminding us that we do indeed have support, are loved, are appreciated, and are heard. Maybe not by the people you’d expect or hope, but each of us has SOMEone. And if you say “but not me”, then call a hotline for mental health. There IS a person waiting to talk to you. To hear you. To help you feel less alone and to explore the options available to you so that you get the support/love/appreciation you deserve.

This card is all about friendship, exuberance, resolution of problems, healing, and abundance. However, rarely does happiness just plop into our laps. We have to choose it. Choose it by calling a friend or a hotline. Choose it by taking a walk in the sun and saying “hi!” to every person you see. Admire someone’s dog and ask if you can pat it. Pick up a piece of litter and dispose of it properly. Let someone in front of you on the road.

We are a tribal species which NEEDS contact with other warm or living things (fish and reptiles like cuddles, too). Go find your tribe and be joyful among them!

October 14, 2019: Card O' the Day: Princess of Sword, reversed. The Princess of Swords, when reversed, can mean some pretty nasty language is directed at you. In other words, someone is being mean to you. My question is, is that someone YOU!?!?!? Self-belittlement and believing that you’re somehow “not enough” can cause lack of confidence that then causes you to stop communicating (Swords are about communication, among other things) because you think your ideas and words are stupid.

Chakra-wise, this means your throat chakra is being blocked. When we’re afraid others will get mad or not like us, that’s when we tend to clam up. We don’t want to make waves. However, when you speak your truth or call someone out for being disrespectful, hurtful, etc. to you, and THEY get mad at YOU!!?!? Oh, girlfriend. Huh-unh. No. Being mean to you is on THEM. It’s not your job to make them feel better for hurting your feelings.

Health-wise, swallowing unhappy worlds and thoughts can translate into speech difficulties. (Ya think?) Also, it can weaken your immune system leaving you open for more colds and sniffles this coming winter. We don’t want that, now do we?

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….