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Body Movement

Body Movement

Really? *smirk*
Rough translation Wendi-style — I’ve been spending entirely too much time on my ass playing SIMS2. *LOL*
Seriously, though, when I’m doing readings for others and they draw this card, I explain to them that too much down time can lead to depression, to “Monkey Mind” thinking.  By staying still too long, you’re slowing your motabalism, and lethargic body can lead to lethargic mind.  Start an exercise program, join a Yoga class, take daily walks, or dance in your living room — anything physical that will lead to an increase in adrenaline and “jump start” the body’s energy. Even sex is an excellent form of body movement!
It’s odd because I was just saying to my daughter that I haven’t had any days at all lately where I can just be at home.  I’m always on the go.  Even when I was out of work for a week due to injury, I left the house every day – the first day for drug testing, then back to school night, grocery store errands, trips to the bank.  I’m always going somewhere and I crave the down time.  Yet, busy does not necessarily mean “active”, I’m just realizing.  Because I work on my feet at a steady pace, I find that when I do run errands, I often send the kids in while I wait in the Jeep.  I’m not up, I’m not moving, I’m not getting the adrenaline pumping. Aside from when I am at work, I am still — and apparently, that’s a problem.  Being more active may have prevented me from getting sick!
Here’s what the guidebook says:
Card Meaning: “Your body wants to express itself through movement. Listen to your body, and it will tell you what type of movement it craves.” (Uh, yeah, I’ve got that one figured out, thanks!)
Description: Your physical body has its own life force and intelligence, and it’s part of the same elemental kingdom as the fairies. It’s both childlike and demanding, as well as mature and insightful. This card indicates your body’s wisdom, and asks that you honor your body’s need for exercise and movement.
Spend a moment asking your body what type of movement it desires. Does it want cardiovascular conditioning such as jogging? A peaceful walk in nature? Stretching and meditative activities in a yoga class? Dancing to music? Listen to and follow through with your body’s answer.
Affirmation: I lovingly pay attention to my body’s needs.
Source: Healing with the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, Ph. D.

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I drew this card on July 13. Here she is again.

Last time, I’d equated this card with extreme empathy, if not clairvoyance and psychic attunement.  She governs her people by feeling what they feel, by being sensitive to their needs.  I’d also learned last time that this card can indicate female hormonal problems, or addictions.  I’d determined that inverted would likely indicated the troubled spots, whereas upright would indicate the more positive attributes.

I also remember reading somewhere that this card could represent a female alcoholic (which ties into the addiction definition), or that it can represent the “other woman” in an affair (which I’d never heard before and tend to resist). Ah, I remember… that last bit was from Solitary Witch by Silver Raven Wolf, which I’d included in the description the last time I drew this card.

Based on my recent study subjects (palmistry, numerology, astrology, etc), and my recent writing of The Winds of Change, the fact that I’ve become more solitary – and yet, through that solitary action, more “connected”, I think this card is right on time.  In fact, last time I drew her, she came up with the Quiet Time Fairy Oracle. I’m learning to stop resisting the flow of life, to stop being emotionally “bowled over” when things don’t go the way I’d hoped or planned, such as with the recent plans to move that fell through, or in relationships.  I’m focusing much more on honing my skills and using my gifts, on doing what I’m supposed to do.  Rather than see the world through my own human eyes, I’m looking at it through the third eye… allowing myself to be directed by the Universe instead of trying to bend the Universe to my own will. In an odd sense, I’m becoming much softer by thickening my own skin.

Here are the definitions as recorded on July 13:

Queen of Cups

Queen of Cups

The Queens represent maternal energy – the mature, nurturing, soft, caring energy of a mother. Cups represent emotion, feeling, and spirit.

This Queen, as I understand her, is extremely empathic – if not downright psychic. She governs her subjects well because she can feel what they feel. With one foot in the water and one on solid ground, she balances physical needs with spiritual and emotional needs. She reminds me of divine guidance… especially with the cherubs on her throne.

Her message, then, would be to show compassion, to remember that we are all one, and to govern with a sense of epathy, honoring psychic impressions and intuition.

As I understand it, she corresponds with Scorpio in astrology.

I’m reading the description from the book “Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation” by Silver Raven Wolf, and I’m having an instinctive “no way!” reaction. The description in this book doesn’t fit anything I’ve learned to date about this card. Here’s what it says:

Secretive, creatie woman. Oft times ‘the other woman’ in an illicit affair. Gossipy and vindictive. Emotional.”

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

Loving
turns away wrath with caring
is unconditionally accepting
is sensitive to the feelings of others
dispels anger and hate
has infinite patience

Tenderhearted
is easily moved by another’s pain
reacts with sensitivity and compassion
is kind and gentle with all creatures
can never turn away someone in need
feels what others are feeling

Intuitive
is always tuned to emotional undercurrents
senses the climate of a situation
is guided by the heart
trusts an inner sense of what is true
understands without having to ask

Psychic
is open to the unconscious
has a well-developed sixth sense
can have a telepathic bond with another
has a finely-tuned sensibility
is a natural medium

Spiritual
feels oneness with God and the universe
has reverence for all life
finds joy in communion
appreciates the deeper meanings of life
sees the world as a holy place

The personality of the Queen of Cups combines the positive water energy of the Cups suit with the inward focus of a Queen. Because she has a sweet, loving and sensitive nature, the Queen of Cups has a kind word for everyone and never reacts with anger or impatience. There is a gentleness about her that soothes and calms. Compassion is her watchword. Her reactions to the world are guided by her feelings. In all matters, she lets her heart lead the way. She senses emotional currents and knows what others are experiencing without having to ask. She is never moody, but understands moods and their influence. She trusts her intuition and so is more open to knowledge that comes from within herself and beyond. She is often moved by the beauty and tragedy of life. The Queen of Cups feels deeply and has a reverence for all aspects of God’s creation. Her love includes and embraces everyone and everything.

In readings, the Queen of Cups asks you to think and feel as she does. For example: Are you aware of the emotional climate? Are you feeling loving? Do you trust your heart? Have you received an intuitive message? Have you been moved by another’s pain?

This Queen can also represent a man or woman who is like her, or an atmosphere of gentle love, acceptance and respect for feelings. In a reading, she tells you that her special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this Queen in whatever form she appears in your life.

Now that’s more like it! That fit my own description almost perfectly. I won’t rule out the description from the book, but it didn’t feel right and this one matches much better to my own understanding.

Here’s from AeclecticTarot:

QUEENS
The element of Queens is water and, not surprisingly, they are a reflection of the Empress. In this they signify the creative force. One way to think of the court cards is this: The Kings are the motivating force (Fire = the sun waking up the sleeping Earth). The queens are the ones who make it real (water = rain bringing forth life from the earth). The Knights spread the idea of the Kingdom (wind = spreading the seeds). And the Pages, of course, are the fertile soil in which all of this can grow.

When Queens appear they signal a time of growth and development, a time when the Querent is making things real.

Queen of Cups

Often a healer, counselor or psychic, this is a woman who seems to know what’s wrong even before you open your mouth. Call her the emotional fix-it woman, but she seems to have exactly the right solution to problems relating to home, friends, love. Sometimes she is shy, self-effacing, you might not even notice her; other times she can be a little scary, dreamy, mysterious, a creative storyteller. Affectionate and loving, she is a “mom’s mom” always there to hug, heal and bake cookies for her children. Her intuition is uncanny, her temper…well, it runs very deep and you don’t ever want it turned against you. Talk about scary. Unfortunately, this is also a queen who can suffer from female hormonal problems, depression, moodiness, alcoholism, drug addiction, psychological problems.

Well, that fits, although it adds to my own information base. I’d not yet connected this card to female hormonal problems, or addictions – although since the King of Cups represents patterns, addictions, and alcoholism, it does make sense and shouldn’t be hard to remember. I think upright would show the compassion, psychic abilities, intuition, and empathy – and reversed might indicate the moodiness, female problems, or addictive patterns.

I think this card is going to be a good one for me to carry in my mind’s eye throughout the day, as Sundays are my most challenging days at work – and this one, moreso than normal because it’s going to be about a fourteen hour shift. When I find myself getting irritable, or wanting to .. eh hem… bitch because of the guests I’m serving or the lack of cooperation from co-workers, I’ll remember this queen and draw her energy up. Of course, she may have other meanings for me that I’m not consciously aware of today, so I’ll keep myself open to her messages.

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Creative Expression

Creative Expression

 

Well, ain’t that like a hammer to the head? *LOL*

One of my biggest complaints lately – and by lately I mean for like the past year and a half – is that I seem to be creatively blocked – stumped, stuck, clogged.  The muse is constipated.  I used to write creatively every day – all day, in a myriad of genres.  And when I wasn’t writing? I’d draw (not that I’m good at it, but I enjoyed it).  I’d be creative in the kitchen, too – baking breads and desserts and all sorts of new treats.  But, ever since the divorce and my return to work, with the kids back in school, and dealing with life’s trials and tribulations, I haven’t been creative at all!  I did have a few insightful moments over the last year when thoughts of love inspired poetic expression, and did come up with at least two articles I can think of off the top of my head that I was pretty proud of, but by and large, over-all, I’ve been creatively closed.

This card says enough is enough… bust out the drano, grab hold of the plunger, employ the use of the roto-rooter, feed the muse her exlax and get on with the show.

It’s time to write again.  It’s time to draw again. It’s time to bake again. (uh… candle making, maybe? *grins*)

Here’s what the guidebook says:

Card Meaning: Your heart needs an outlet to express powerful emotions. By drawing this card, you are urged to engage in an artistic or creative endeavor.

Card Description: The fairies sing, dance, and make beautiful decorations as a way of expressing their heart’s joyful energy. You, too, are urged to create an outlet for creative expression. Anything artistic or creative will make your heart sing with joy, and will allow you to get in touch with your true inner feelings and divine guidance. Painting, flower arranging, photography, sand or snow sculpting, writing, or composing songs are wonderful examples.

Your creative expression doesn’t need to be skillful or perfect. In fact, the most therapeutic types of creative activities allow you to “paint outside the lines.” In other words, don’t worry whether your creative project is perfect or marketable. Let go of all goals and judgments, and instead, create with childlike exuberance. Enjoy!

Affirmation: I am a highly creative and artistic person. I now allow this side of myself to be expressed.

Source: Healing with the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, Ph. D.

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Page of Swords

Page of Swords

 

Pages, if I’m not mistaken, are the messengers – delivering messages, so unexpected news may be arriving.

Swords represent the element of Air, thought, and intillect – logic, and reason.

The keywords that come to mind when I see this card are flexibility and preparedness.  This page, although holding a sword, does not look as if he’s prepared to strike, but instead, looks almost as if he’s striking a pose, or dancing.  There are clouds around him, but to me, they look almost like a “mist”, as if to say there are forces at work, change in progress.

I’m floundering a bit with this card this morning, second guessing myself, and I’m not sure why.  Generally, I associate it to Taurus energy, and a tendency to be work oriented (almost to a fault).  In readings, I usually caution against workaholic tendencies and remind the person to remain flexible.  The story I often associate with this card is that of a tree.  If a tree tries to resist wind when the wind blows, it will snap.  If it tries to hold it’s position when the wind blows, it will break.  However, if the tree is flexible and able to bend with the currents of the wind, it will survive the storm. Be flexible and bend like the tree in the wind, and keep the mind open to new possibilities.  Be prepared… change is in the air.

Now… because I’ve second guessed myself today (which is exactly why I do the Daily Dose… to LEARN as much as to get a grasp on the day’s influences), I’m extremely curious to see what the other sources say:

Here’s from Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Messages of a fact-finding nature. Young, intelligent individual. A flair for secrets and spying. Individual with an impressive network that can relay information.

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

Use Your Mind
analyze the problem
use logic and reason
reexamine beliefs
develop an idea or plan
study or research the facts
learn or teach
think everything through
 
Be Truthful
act honestly
face the facts
stop deceiving
clear up any confusion
expose what is hidden
speak directly 
Be Just
right a wrong
act ethically
treat others equally
champion a cause
try to be fair
do what you know is right
accept responsibility
acknowledge the other point of view 
Have Fortitude
face problems squarely
refuse to be discouraged
meet setbacks with renewed energy
keep a firm resolve
move out of depression
keep your chin up and head high

keep trying

The Page of Swords is a messenger bringing you challenges. He suggests that an opportunity for growth may come your way in the guise of a problem or dilemma. These challenges may not be your favorites. In fact, you probably will want to say “Thanks…but no thanks.”

The Page of Swords asks you to embrace these difficult situations. Think of them as trials designed to test your mettle. If you accept and prevail, you will become stronger and more resilient. In meeting these challenges, you are encouraged to use the tools of the Swords suit – honest, reason, integrity and fortitude.

The Page of Swords can also stand for a child or young-at-heart adult whose interactions with you involve truthfulness, ethical behavior, discouragement or matters of the mind. This relationship is likely to be troubled or difficult in keeping with the challenges of the Swords suit.

Sometimes the Page of Swords implies that your entire situation is one suffused with the spirit of learning, discovery, and mental activities of all kinds. At such times, use your mind and enjoy the delights of the intellect.

And from AeclecticTarot:

PAGES

The first court cards are the Pages/Princesses. It is always best to imagine them as young, and with a letter or scroll in hand or on their person. The element of the pages is “Earth” indicating something young, growing, a seed planted. So the Page of Wands would be “Earth of Fire” – the seed of fire, so to speak. The spark. Pages most often stand for children, though they can also be said to be the “Fool’s” alter ego. So, an adult who is child-like enough might also be a page. The Querent, if starting something very new and fresh might also be said to be “The Page” – in this case, a kind of apprentice. Deck-wise, if a Page, they can be male or female. If a Princess, likely a female young person; the prince will be the male young person.

When no children seem to be involved (the person you’re reading for is childless, has no friends with kids, etc.), then the Pages can indicate that the Querent is about to receive a message. The purpose of a page, after all, is to deliver messages. In this case:

Page of Swords

A message relating to a problem either solved or ending badly, or a message that gives one an idea or solution. Sometimes about illness. Sometimes rumor or gossip – in which case, check it out carefully, it might be false.

Page of Swords

You can’t shut up this kid. “Why? Why? Why?” he/she’s always asking. And even more alarming, anything they hear, they’ll repeat, just blurt it out in front of people. They’ll go up to Aunt Hazel and say, “Are you carrying a baby? Mommy says it looks like you are….” On the positive side, this kid could be quite a brain, good at puzzles, quick to learn. And they already know how to use the computer better than you do. Likeable, but also the most aggravating of kids because whatever you tell them to do, they’ll argue about it. You have to watch that they don’t become “know-it-alls” or tattletales.

Personal Notes: Well, I can connect a few things from the sources to what I’m currently going through. I am shifting back into a learning phase, and coming out of a depression. That’s a familiar cycle for me. The depression strikes when I feel “bored”, or have a complete lack of interest in learning anything new. When creativity is blocked, the muse goes on strike, and I feel completely uninspired. Then, something in me sparks, I get the hunger for knowledge again. I drink in as much knowledge as I can, studying a particular topic or starting a new project. Once the knowledge-drinking phase comes to a close, the creativity begins as I start to put into practice what I’ve learned.

I have been mentally lazy, there’s no doubt about that – and I think everything I’ve written in my blog to date shows that pretty clearly. I am learning to think things through, and to exist on more of a mental plane.

There’s not really anything I’ve been dishonest about or hiding, other than the fact that I have not completely and openly expressed my feelings in certain situations.  I’m not hiding them, so to speak.  In fact, I wear them pretty much on my sleeve – but vocalizing them has been a challenge for me and I keep my emotions well guarded – not so much because I feel vulnerable or like I may be hurt, but because I’m not completely confident in that other people need to hear what I have to say.  I don’t want to change the dynamics of a situation by “unloading” something on someone when they’re not ready to bear the weight of it.  July’s reading told me point blank to speak what I feel… and quite honestly, I was rigid and refused.  I came close once… and then backed out because of what I sensed coming from the other person. (blah blah blah)

I did just write about studying palmistry, so I’m sure that’s part of what’s being expressed here – but maybe I’m being cautioned not to talk about that too much.  When I get excited over something, I tend to talk about it a lot, to share what I’ve learned, because sharing it helps “cement” it in my mind… but it can get annoying to other people, I’m sure.

The source definitions remind me a bit of two of my three children.  Atlas was the one who always knew everything.  In his younger years, hanging out with him was like trying to have a conversation with an encyclopedia.  And Stinkerbelle is the one with the tattle-tale tendencies, the one who can’t keep a secret or who is subject to gossip. Maybe I need to look for reflections of those aspects within myself.

Will have to spend some more time with this card later.  I’m bothered that it seems so perplexing to me today when normally I’ve had no problem with it.

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Today is:
August 10, 2008

*Turning of Age

*Neither planting or harvest day

Today’s Tarot: Six of Swords
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Vizualization, Inverted

Sunday:
Governed by the Sun – Healing, spirituality, success, strength, protection

Colors:
yellow, orange, gold, amber

The Moon:
Second quarter waxing in Sagittarius

Waxing Moon: Waxing moon is where the moon is growing in the sky. Each night for two full weeks she grows in light, getting bigger and bigger in the sky until she reaches full moon. During the two weeks that the moon is waxing, it’s the best time for trying to draw things to you, encourage growth, or to “magnify” certain things in your life. Want your nails to grow longer? File them while the moon is waxing. Want your hair to grow faster? Trim it during waxing moon. Want to increase your finances? Focus your energies on improving finances during waxing moon. Waxing moon is the best time for starting new things, seeking new employment, or establishing “gain” in any area of your life. (but remember, the zodiac position of the moon is also influencial, so reference where the moon is in the zodiac prior to working any magick).

When the moon is waxing, we feel more positive, more energized, more outgoing.

Moon in Sagittarius: *Encourages confidence and flights of imagination. This is an adventurous, philosophical, and athletic Moon sign. Favors expansion and growth. (Ties in well with today’s Tarot and Fairy Oracle, dontchya think?)

*Source: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Leo, The Lion

The Sun Rules the Sign of Leo

  • On the downside: You may have a heavy ego, and you can be arrogant, vain, and extravagant.
  • Your good qualities include: A strong vitality, honorable, creative, generous, dignified.
  • Developing your own self identity and mode of creative energy expression will be your ongoing life’s work.

Leo has a great deal of self confidence but they also have a great fear of being ridiculed and made to feel disgraced. While Leo is very affectionate there is a tendency to have things their way and may rapidly lose interest if they are challenged too often for the leading role. They will have to learn to discipline themselves against their overall enthusiasm for living life to the fullest, which is to say, dangerously on the edge. The creative urge in Leos should never be stifled as to do so a good deal of potential will be wasted.

Leos are found as painters, actors, or sculptors; but not all Leos are in the public arts, no, rather they can be found in the throes of creation doing their projects on the kitchen table. They have an infectious vitality that lights up their lives like an inner sun and illuminates not only their lives, but the lives of those around them. Lack of fulfillment in life, professionally or personally, can destroy these bright and shinning people and cloud their personalities.Leos need control in their lives to be really satisfied so organization is absolutely essential to their peace of mind.

A leo should cultivate a flexible mind as they do not always ‘know best’.

Only when this trait is cultivated can the characteristic Leonine warmth, generosity, and desire to really understand others be fully indulged.

The lions love and adore children as they bring out the inner child. Leos are surprisingly sensitive and easily hurt, but they do have a tendency to dominate and this should never be underestimated. It is always meant well as they only want to bring out the best in the people they care about, or work with. They also tend toward impatience and they should make curbing these traits a lifelong objective. Born leaders, they can take command of a situation in any emergency and see it through to its completion. The enthusiams they acquired in childhood will generally last a lifetime and may even dictate the career one would choose.

They can be too status conscious, causing themselves much anguish when, or if, they cannot keep up with others in their immediate circle. They can also be quite overbearing and vain when they feel they are being challenged. On the other hand, the lions make great lovers and parents, giving more to a relationship than most of the other signs. They are good honorable persons and good providers.

Source: http://www.starlightastrology.com/leo-sun.htm

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Today, you should focus on meeting people and on building some new relationships.

Overview
Change is in the air and you’re enjoying what you see. It’s a good time to take the lead and try to steer things in a direction that you find more amenable. Your friends look to you for answers.

Daily Extended
Today, you should focus on meeting people and on building new relationships — your current ones are all doing well enough to be left alone for a while. You have the right amount of curiosity for what makes other people tick right now, and you know just the right questions to ask. Plus, your easygoing manner will help them loosen up and really be themselves. So if you’re torn between hanging out with an old friend or going to a gathering where you can meet someone new, opt for the newness.

Daily Flirt:
Sometimes, one little change can have a huge impact — and you’re right tin the middle of one! It’s pretty sweet to see your life rearrange itself, and you can tell that it’s almost all for the best!

Daily Couples:
You’ve got the travel bug, and you’ve got it bad! Spend some time pouring over the travel section of the paper with your sweetie and start planning that dream vacation together.

Daily Singles:
Pursuing someone new can be thrilling and scary at the same time. While you desire a totally fiery romance, take your time exploring what turns them on and off. There’s no rush to get to the finish line. Enjoy discovering where their passion lies.

Career & Finance:
Everyone needs a pat on the back every once in a while. If you saw someone slacking off you wouldn’t mince words. So don’t hold back on the praise, either. In fact, be downright magnanimous with it.

Source: http://shine.yahoo.com/astrology/

The horoscope aligns quite nicely with today’s Tarot card, including the need for travel!

Other Planetary Shifts:
Mercury enters Virgo at 5:51 a.m. US Central

Mercury in Virgo gives an intelligent, strong, versatile and analytical mind with great powers to attend to detail. You have a good memory and the ability to think practically and constructively. Your mental disposition is well-suited to demanding intellectual work and you may find success in fields such as science, teaching, administration or in jobs requiring detailed analytical ability. There is some predisposition to nervous excitement, headaches and needless worry over trivial matters.

Source: http://www.astrologyweekly.com/learn-astrology/mercury-in-virgo.php

With Mercury in Virgo you’re practical, logical, quick, precise, and have fine attention to detail as well as good common sense. Although Mercury rules Virgo and is thus strongly placed in this sign of discrimination, you must not forget that the world you live in is governed by emotions, prejudice and self-interest, not by logic. Be careful of getting bogged down on the small stuff or criticism in your relationships. You tend to be honest and a good speaker, but also intolerant of minds that are not as good as your own.

Source: http://www.myastrologybook.com/Mercury-in-Virgo-all-about-Virgo-Mercury.htm

Mercury will enter its own sign and exaltation, Virgo, on August 10th. This is great news for Mercury, which has been in a relatively weak position since it left Gemini in early July. But Mercury could not be any happier than it is in Virgo, a mutable/double earth sign, where the Trickster gets to apply all he’s learned to the real world. Mercury is right at home in mundane affairs, indeed. The only problem is that he rarely looks at the big picture, so busy is he running to and fro.
Source: http://gryphonastrology.com/blog/2008/07/30/mercury-in-virgo-august-10-august-30-best-location-all-year/

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Visualization

Visualization

This is a familiar card, and I smile when I see her. She reminds us of the importance of daydreaming, fantasizing about what we want, allowing our mind to project images of the future we desire. If you can see something in the mind’s eye, you can manifest it and make it a reality.

It reminds me of a situation with Rhythm years ago, when he was around six or so.  Back then, he was taking gymnastics and was an absolute natural at almost everything he did.  He’s got a flexible, wiery frame and a tiggery bounce to him that gave him an edge in the sport. However, when it came time to learn how to do a round-off, he was stumped and kept falling.  No matter how many times he’d try to do the trick, he’d flub it up and end up falling down.  At one point, I called him over to me and had him close his eyes.  As his eyes were closed, I instructed him: “See yourself standing at the edge of the mat, preparing yourself to perform the round-off.  See yourself running down the mat.  See yourself set the cartwheel in motion, and see yourself flip that cartwheel in the air.  See yourself land on both feet, solid, and see yourself raise your arms in accomplishment.  Watch it in your mind.  Can you see it?”

I watched the boy’s eyelids flutter as he imagined what he looked like doing the trick successfully.  When he opened his eyes and smiled, I said, “Now go do it just like you saw it in your mind.”

Sure enough, he mastered the trick on his next attempt.

This is a classic example of how visualization can cause creation.

This card is reminding me to see my own future the way I want it to manifest.  It encourages me to daydream about the magick shoppe, about happy relationships, about financial well being, and success in all of its forms.  The more time I spend visualizing that, the closer it becomes to being reality.

Here’s what the guidebook says:

Card Meaning: Your clairvoyance, your dreams, and the pictures in your mind’s eye are becoming more clear and powerful. This card asks you to trust and to develop your visual skills, and to use them in conscious manifestation.

Card Description: The fairies know the power of conscious visualization as a tool of manifestation. By drawing this card, you are guided to sit quietly on a daily basis and to visualize yourself living a healthy, happy, abundant, and meaningful life. Visualize only what you desire, and avoid picturing that which you do not desire.

You have powerful visual skills, even if you’re unaware of them. Affirm daily, “I am a highly visual person.” Any blocks that you have about clairvoyance will begin to lift. Know that it is safe for you to see the future, the spirit world, and the truth about your life. By relasing any fears about “seeing,” your visualization powers will be greatly magnified.

Affirmation: It is safe for me to see. I am a very visual person.

Source: Healing with the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, Ph. D.

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Six of Swords

Six of Swords

Swords represent the element of air, thought and intillect and are therefore represented by Mercury (which may be relevent according to this morning’s correspondences as Mercury shifts into the sign of Virgo at 5:51 a.m. US Central time, approximately one hour from now. Incidentally, Mercury is Virgo’s ruling planet, so it’s a “homecoming” of sorts cosmically speaking. I’ve a lot to learn yet about the dance of the planets, so just ’cause I’m stating the facts does not mean I know exactly what it means *smirk*). 

Although represented by swords and thought, the image in the Six of Swords card shows three people in a boat traveling by water, and water represents emotions.  Could it be time to change the way I think about how I feel? How am I navigating the journey where thoughts and feelings merge? Perhaps it’s time to be led by the mind instead of the heart, or to find a way for the two to peacefully merge. Mercury, Virgo, and Swords indicate a more analytical energy.

There’s a change of direction in this card, if not a physical relocation or journey, then a complete change in perspective.  Now is the time to navigate, to take control, to “row the boat to shore”.  Because there are two additional people in this card, it indicates a sense of responsibility, an awareness that the actions taken by the quarrent will have consequences that affect others.

This makes me think of what I’d written last night about making sure my children feel secure and as though they’re on solid ground after such a difficult year of change.

Sixes represent the ability to reach above and beyond what seems like reality in order to tap into a higher source of strength, inspiration, and universal wisdom.  The round belly of a six represents the earth, and the arm extending beyond that round belly is the quarrent’s ability to reach out to the heavens and grab a handful of magick to bring down to earth.

Here’s what the sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Moving away from illness, pain, or sorrow; recovery; taking action to overcome one’s problems; better times ahead so keep going; a journey often planned due to unhappy circumstances; the need to “get away”.

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

feeling the blues
experiencing a low-level sadness
just keeping your head above water
working to get through the day
feeling somewhat depressed
avoiding the lows, but also the highs
feeling listless
functioning, but not much more 
recovering
dealing with the effects of trauma
getting over a tough time
picking up the pieces
starting to cope
beginning to get your health back
heading toward a more positive place
feeling hope again 
traveling
changing location
moving from one place to another
taking a trip
experiencing a change of scene
being uprooted
going on a journey
entering into a new frame of mind

At one point in The Pilgrim’s Progress, the hero Christian (who is also on a Fool’s Journey) becomes mired in the Slough of Despond. He struggles for a time until drawn out by Help. Help tells him that “…many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions…settle in this place.”

The Slough of Despond is a good name for the Six of Swords. Sometimes this card represents a dull, listless state. Nothing is seriously wrong, but nothing is really right either. You’re getting by, but not thriving. In the picture the figures in the boat seem sad and disengaged. Life is indeed uninteresting when we feel the blues.

In a more positive vein, the Six of Swords can indicate recovery. This is especially true when you have just experienced a tough time or psychological blow. During the crisis, you felt numb and disconnected; nothing mattered at all. Now you are beginning to heal and pick up the pieces of your life. The travelers in our boat are at least moving forward. They are headed toward a new place, even if they are not yet ready to eagerly embrace those shores.

In fact, the Six of Swords can indicate travel and moves of all kinds. This could mean an actual change of scene, relocation or trip, but not necessarily. A journey can also take place on the inner planes as we move from one frame of mind to another.

Although the Six of Swords does not promise great joy, it also avoids the depths of despair. A slough is not a bottomless pit, but simply a hollow or depression. When you see this card, know that even though the situation is not ideal, you are moving toward a more positive place. Change is in the air, and new, more hopeful conditions lie ahead.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

SIXES

Sixes are balance and harmony, especially after the upsets of the fives. These cards predict a solution, and not just any solution; there will be an exchange, a give and take that results in a new equilibrium. It may not last, but for that moment, everything is stable. With this card, there is an almost “Ah-HA!” of recognition, of understanding in the solution, and more than a little awe at the symmetry achieved by it.

If you connect the sixes to the Lovers card you’ll see how it works. The “love” aspect of the Lovers card is that of recognition and equilibrium. Like Gemini, you recognize your twin, your soul mate. Maybe you didn’t even know how uneven, how lopsided your life was, but now that you’ve met this person, you can feel the scales coming into balance. Here is harmony. Here is the solution.

Six of Swords

A boat of swords being ferried across a river with a woman as passenger. The classic Rider-Waite meaning is that one is leaving difficulties behind. A trip or change of scene may be the answer to restoring balance here. But there is more to it than this. In relation to the mind, ideas and words of the sword suit, this is also about finding a solution to math problems and brain twisters, not just troubles. The ferryman may signal help here, a silent partner (a reference book or internet website perhaps?) who helps you row your way toward the other shore…and THERE is the answer, a way to make your idea, your argument, your formula work smoothly, perfectly, beautifully. Also, of course, a card about trips by boat.

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Positive Expectations

Positive Expectations

 

I’ve noticed I’ve been having a “Ha!” or a “grunt” reaction to the fairies lately.  I shuffle, I cut, I flip, and when I see the card, I make a verbal sound.  They must be hard-hitting these days. *giggles*

Indeed, I understand exactly why I drew this card reversed this morning.  I’m just emerging from this mini-depression I was in (oh, Wendi, remember the Wheel of Fortune card from July??). 

I had been all excited and anticipating a move, then I found out I’m stuck right where I am. I was just starting to get to a semi-secure place financially when I hurt myself and got set back ten paces by missing a week’s worth of work.  I was just getting comfortable with the T situation when life took over and kept us both busy and distant.  I was just getting comfortable with the healing my daughter and I were doing, then she started high school and ended up right back with the influences that sparked the trauma and drama of last year.  I was just getting nestled into my blog when I realized it can’t host Google Adsense, Amazon affiliations, or other code I was hoping to use to begin converting the blog to incorporate the beginnings of a store – and wondered if I need to scrap the whole thing and start over.  Everything I felt confident about suddenly slipped out of my reach and I spiraled into this dark pit of fear, insecurity, doubt, failure, and self-depreciating tendencies.  That’s why this card shows up reversed.

She makes me eat my own quote, “Believe good things; what you believe becomes.”

She reminds me not to lose hope, not to expect the worst – because if I do, that’s what I’ll create.  She encourages me to remain positive, to continue to dream, to hold onto faith because, as cliche’ as it sounds, this too shall pass.

Here’s what the book says:

Card Meaning: Keep up your hopes, dreams, affirmations, visualizations, and prayers, as they will be wonderfully manifested right now. Don’t quit five minutes before the miracle occurs!

Description: You’ve planted the seeds of manifestation with your positive thoughts and emotions. Yet, you may be discouraged occasionally because you aren’t seeing immediate results. You start to have pessimistic thoughts and wonder whether your faith is unjustified. Hold on to your faith, though! Although your manifestation is taking longer than you’d hoped, it is coming to you. You certainly don’t want to cancel or cloud your manifestation with miscreations that come from negative thoughts.

At your earliest convenience, go outside in nature — even a backyard or small park will do. Mentally converse with your friends, the fairies. They are absolute experts at manifestation! Tell them about your doubts, fears, and disappointments, as well as your hopes and dreams. Ask the fairies to help you release any negativity you may have, and feel them surround you with healing love and light.

Affirmation: I am safe, confident, and secure. I feel joyful about my future.

Source: Healing with the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, Ph. D.

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The Empress

The Empress

 

I love this card. 

The Empress can represent many things, but above all, she represents fertility, maternity, and earthly pleasures.  She is the ultimate mother in that she can represent pregnancy itself, situations with the quarrent’s mother, or Mother Nature, and she encourages enjoyment of life’s treasures – meaning she can indicate a fertile financial situation.  Represented by the number three, she also celebrates friendships and group activities, communication, and social engagements, including nurturing those she surrounds herself with. She’s a celebratory creature – enjoying everything that life has to offer. I’ll share my ideas about how/why she’s shown up today after I list the referenced sources.

As  Major Arcana card, she will trump other minor arcana cards in a full spread reading, meaning the minor arcana cards (Ace-9 and the suit cards Page-Kings) will support her message.

Here’s what the sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Heralds pregnancy in body, mind, or spirit; abundance; fertility; motherhood; nurturing experience; gardening; female entrepreneurship; gaia; domination over the Earth. Astrological association: Venus.

From LearnTarot.com:

mothering
giving birth
nourishing life
nurturing and caring for others
cherishing the world
expressing tenderness
working with children 
welcoming abundance
enjoying extravagance
receiving lavish reward
luxuriating in plenty
having more than enough
feeling rich 
experiencing the senses
giving and receiving pleasure
focusing on the body
appreciating beauty
feeling vibrantly healthy
being earthy
doing physical activity 
responding to Nature
relating to plants and animals
embracing the natural
feeling connected to the Earth
going outdoors
harmonizing with natural rhythms

The Empress and the High Priestess are the two halves of the female archetype in the major arcana. The Empress represents the fertile, life-giving Mother who reigns over the bounty of nature and the rhythms of the Earth. From her comes all the pleasures and joys of the senses and the abundance of new life in all its forms. The Empress encourages you to strengthen your connections with the natural world which is the ground of our being. Too often false sophistications and pleasures take us far from our roots. Let the Empress remind you to keep your feet firmly planted in the Earth.

The Empress can also represent lavish abundance of all kinds. She offers a cornucopia of delights, especially those of the senses – food, pleasure and beauty. She can suggest material reward, but only with the understanding that riches go with a generous and open spirit. The Empress asks you to embrace the principle of life and enjoy its bountiful goodness.

In readings the Empress can refer to any aspect of Motherhood. She can be an individual mother, but as a major arcana card, she also goes beyond the specifics of mothering to its essence – the creation of life and its sustenance through loving care and attention.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

THE EMPRESS

Basic Tarot Symbols

A gown decorated with pomegranates, a crown of stars, a rod, a heart-shaped shield with the symbol for Venus, a field of ripe wheat.

Basic Tarot Story

Having decided what shape his future will take, the Fool strides forward. But he is impatient to make his future a full-grown reality. This is when he comes upon the Empress. Her hair gold as wheat, wearing a crown of stars, and a white gown dotted with pomegranates. She rests back on her throne surrounded by an abundance of grain and a lush garden. It is possible that she is pregnant.*

Kneeling, the Fool relates to her his story. And she, in turn, smiles a motherly smile and gently gives him this advice: “Like newly planted grain or a child in the womb, a new life, a new love, a new creation is fragile. It requires fertile soil, patience and nurturing, it needs love and attention. Only this will bring it to fruition.” Understanding at last that his future will take time to build and create, the Fool thanks the Empress and continues on his way.

* Pregnant. Well, not in the Rider-Waite deck she isn’t. But she is in early decks, and it is an apt symbol for this card.

Basic Tarot Meaning

The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

Thirteen’s Observations

The Empress card is one of the easier trumps to read. She’s Mother. Generally, Mother in a good sense, patient, loving, giving, generous. If defining her as the Querent, you can say that they are currently feeling like a mother hen, worried about their children, new business, new creation, or new romance. Male or female, they want to dote and hover and fret over every little sneeze and problem. If defining the Empress as someone related to the Querent, well, it might well be the Querent’s Mom, or a woman who’s very motherly toward them.

Of course, the Empress can also be the worst aspects of an attentive Mom; she can smother, not know when to let go, be possessive and jealous of those who would take away her “baby.” It is important for the Querent to realize that plants can die from over-watering as easily as neglect.

This card tells the Querent that if they want their new romance, new career, new business, new creation to grow into all it can be they have to pay attention to it, baby it and be willing to let it take those first steps when it is ready. Most of all, like any pregnant mother or good gardener, they have to be patient. All things need time to gestate and sprout.

Wendi’s Thoughts: I can see a multitude of ways this card resonates with me today. Yesterday, I’d drawn the “Making New Friends” Fairy Oracle card and had much to say about my resistence to the idea. All the while I was typing, I had one person in mind – someone I’d met recently with whom I had sort of a cosmic connection. I dunno – I admired her, respected her, and felt comfortable sharing energy with her. T introduced me to her by arranging a Tarot reading for her. The morning I met her was a rough one for me – no coffee, no Daily Dose… not even time to do my hair properly. I’d over-slept, so it was a get up ‘n’ go rushed situation. Yet, the moment I met this woman, my nerves calmed and I knew I was right where I was supposed to be – and the precise moment I was meant to be there. Yet, because time was limited, we were able to discuss things pertaining to her reading, and then I was whisked away for the next appointment. We communicated later a bit by email, and then she graced me with beautiful and generous gifts a short while later. I knew that if I were going to want or have a friend, she’d be exactly the type of person I wanted to connect with. She’s been reading along here and caught the vibe of yesterday’s fairy card. While I was at work, on break, I got an email from her. She acknowledged what I’d written, that I don’t ‘do lunch’ *smirks*, and extended an invitation anyway – offering room for adjustment, saying if I preferred not to do lunch, maybe a glass of tea and a visit in the park. I was delighted to hear from her and replied immediately that I would, indeed, love to do lunch. I’m excited. I believe the Universe has crossed our paths with intent and that we have much to share with each other in the way of knowledge and energy. So, in that regard, I see the Empress nurturing new friendships, as per yesterday’s Fairy.

I also see the Empress at work in relationships. I haven’t written much about T lately, and there are reasons for that. I haven’t seen him since last Saturday. I spent time with him Friday night, and saw him for about five minutes on Saturday night when I went by to pick up my daughter who had gone to a horse show with his daughter, but I haven’t seen him since. I didn’t hear from him Sunday, but called him just to say hi before I went to bed. Didn’t hear from him Monday. I called him Tuesday night just to touch base and let him know I’d be back at work Wednesday, and haven’t spoken with him since. I know he’s busy as can be right now – his work load is incredible and I’m doing my best to respect the demands life is placing on him. At the same time, so much distance leaves room for doubt and insecurities to creep up. I’ve decided not to phone him… he’ll call if and when he’s ready and has the time and interest, and I’m doing what I can to keep my own emotions/fears in check. What will be will be… and when I read the message from Aeclectic Tarot about giving things room to grow and time to mature, it helped me relax about the whole T situation. It’s only been 3 1/2 months since I met him, so I’m not sure why I think things should be anything other than what they are. Relax. *exhale*

I can also see the workings of the Empress in business. I’ve been thinking for a long time about this magick shoppe idea, but I can’t seem to get into gear with thoughts, planning, preparing. A business plan would be a good idea, but I can’t figure out exactly where or how I want to start. It’s just a seedling of an idea. But the Empress’s influence over female entrepeneurship definitely trips my trigger this morning.

Then, there’s the mothering factor. Heaven knows my mind has been on my own maternal state lately, with my youngest child starting highschool. I can’t get pregnant – I had a hysterectomy when I was 25, so I know that’s not an issue… but I’ve been all soft and gushy mushy emotional over mothering my kids lately, so I can definitely see that energy here.

With my mother living next door, there’s also that maternal influence, and with my birthday two days away, she’s all mushy gushy emotional over mothering me, even though I resist. I’ve been scheduled to work 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday, which is exactly how I wanted it, and every time my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I insisted “Nothing… it’s just another day.” I do celebrate the fact that I’m alive, and I appreciate the opportunity to experience life to the fullest, so I honor the day in that regard, but I’m not all about birthday cakes and pressies… that’s just not me.

So the Empress is right on time and right on target. She’s an appropriate card for today.

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Four of Pentacles

Four of Pentacles

Ah… it figures I’d draw this card just after checking my bank account status. *sigh*

Pentacles represent coin, or money – and tangible things of the physical world.  On the Four of Coins, we see a person clinging to one coin with both hands, pinning a coin under each foot, and even balancing one on his head.  The phrase “penny pinching” comes to mind! This is a card of financial struggle, of not wanting to part with the few coins that are in posession.

The fours generally represent a solid foundation and plenty of room to work with – but, inverted, could mean just the opposite.  In the case of Four of Coins inverted, I’m inclined to say that the financial foundation needs fortified – and that there may be feelings of being bound or confined by the current financial status.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From: Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

(this one is totally new to me – I’ve never seen this definition for this card before)

Beginning a garden; adding on to a building; purchasing property; home and property renovations; setting down roots of a project; prosperity; stability; working toward ambitions.

And from LearnTarot.com:

wanting to possess
keeping what you have
getting your share
acquiring material goods
hanging on to someone
being greedy
penny-pinching
declaring ownership
saving
 
maintaining control
wanting to be in charge
denying weakness
directing
demanding compliance
insisting on your own way
imposing structure
setting limits and rules
creating order
 
blocking change
maintaining the status quo
wanting everything to stay the same
refusing to look at new approaches
stagnating
obstructing new developments
holding on to the present
resisting the flow

Spend time with a 2-year-old, and you will soon hear the sounds of the Four of Pentacles: “No!” and Mine!” These are the cries of the ego, which is just developing in the young child. The ego tries to guarantee power by imposing its will. The desire for control is the hallmark of the Four of Pentacles.

Some control is valuable. In chaotic situations, a firm hand is needed to provide structure and organization. Too often, however, the urge for control gets out of hand, stifling creativity and individual expression. In readings, this card asks you to weigh carefully the level of control in your situation.

The Four of Pentacles can stand for issues of ownership. You may be involved in getting and keeping money or some other commodity. You may be having problems with possessiveness or jealousy. Use the energy of this card to preserve and defend, but not to lay claim. People need to be free to determine their own lives.

The Four of Pentacles also implies blocked change. It’s as if the stubborn little man on the card is thwarting your every move. Opposition may come from those who want to maintain the status quo. It may also come from within yourself. Are you resisting change that is truly needed? We often cling to the familiar even when we know it’s not for the best.

The lesson of the Four of Pentacles is that control is impossible. We stand in the world as in a great ocean. Who could manage or possess such power? The only way to keep from drowning is to ride the currents. The ocean will support us as long as we swim with the flow.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

FOURS

Fours are ruled by the Emperor. Like both the Emperor and his throne they signify a kind of stability, a holding pattern if you will. For a moment, everything is still, solid, rooted, established. This can be positive, a solid foundation, or negative, something that refuses to budge or change.

Four of Pentacles

A man holds tight to his four pentacles in this card. And in this case, the refusal to budge may be damaging. This is the miser card. Remember how the Querent got more work, money, luck, health in the last card, the Three of Pentacles? Well, he’s holding on tight to what he’s got, not sharing it with anyone, not investing it in the future, just holding onto it, trying to keep it still and unchanging. When this card appears it tells the Querent that they’re in a position of status, health, money, even comfort. Solid, and unchanging. But the Querent is too afraid of losing all this.

The card reminds them to throw their bread upon the waters. Share the wealth; be generous with good luck and good fortune. A miser lives always in fear, never able to take delight in what they have, or create from it those things worth having like friends, family, a good name. Relax a little, be less worried about loss of what you have – it’s not going anywhere. Focus, instead, on how to make the best of what you’ve got while you’re around to enjoy it.

 

Notes: These definitions are for the card in its upright position.  I think it’s interesting that the first defiinition speaks of moving or renovating – the past three months were packed solid with hopes and dreams and plans to move – and the Universe decided we be best to stay put right where we are.  It wasn’t me resisting change – it was change resisting me! *grins* As for renovations, this house needs them badly – but I’m not in a financial position to even think about that at the moment.

The other definitions speak of control, of which I feel I have none at the moment, nor am I struggling to obtain it.  On the contrary, I realize that the more I try to control a situation, the less control I have over it. Normally, I try to at least have an edge on it – by way of Daily Dose, or by engaging in or enhancing certain energies and/or influences in my life. Yet recently, I’ve been on complete shut down – rolling with the punches, so to speak.  Maybe, then, it means its time for me to regain control?

As for holding on to what’s had, that’s comical.  The account is currently overdrawn. Yesterday was my first day back at work. It was a fair day financially, and yet, I wake this morning without a dollar in my wallet – and an overdrawn bank account.  I put just enough gas in the Jeep to take the kids to the store last night and to get back to work this morning.  Took the kids to the store to buy the basis and mandatory school supplies, a box of cereal, a gallon of milk, and some juice.  Just enough to get them through ’til Friday, when I can spend everything I earn today on just enough to get them through the weekend. Obviously, there is no “holding” anything… it comes, it goes – and sometimes, like right now, it’s gone before it ever gets here.

The trick is to not freak out.  I was in a fairly decent position before I missed that week of work. Had I not missed the week, I’d not be overdrawn and we’d have what we need.  Now, I need to work extra hard to try to catch up.

I hit the nail on the head in my own definition when I said “penny pinching”, which was the exact phrase that came up in the definition from LearnTarot. And, the definition I offered up before referencing sources seems most fitting to my current situation.

Financially tapped and strapped.  That’s the moral of this story.

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