Cocktails, Characters & Quirks

I love creating stories. One thing I loathe in my own writing, though, is characters who lack depth. They are cardboard cut-outs with no imperfections. These characters bore me to tears. What about you? If you were going to introduce them to your friends, what would you say?

“This is my heroine, Joie. She heals animals. She loves her godmother. She’s pretty.”

Yeah. I won’t want to hang out with her. She comes across as perfect, right? Nobody is perfect. At least not in my group of friends. I want my characters to be real not cardboard cutouts.

Now what about:

“This is my heroine Joie. She heals animals. She thinks she’s too short. She has a jealous streak a mile wide but she is a loyal friend.”

So she sounds far more real to me. We all have things we don’t like about ourselves. We have flaws as well as strengths. I think she is someone I could be friends with now. Moreso than the cardboard perfect Joie from before.

Okay, but how do you get those quirks? How do you develop a character who is 3-D…believable? One way that I do it is with a simple three card Tarot spread. Try this out for your next character and let me know the results.

Cocktail Spread

The premise is that you are going to a party with your character as your guest. You are going to have to do a short introduction when you get there. Draw three cards for the following positions.

Job
Personal Life
Quirk

Using the award-winning Ghosts And Spirits Tarot by Lisa Hunt (U.S. Games Systems, INC 2012) I drew the following cards for a different character:

  • My character’s job requires them to be a mentally focused warrior. He can’t let his guard drop ever. (King of Swords)
  • My character’s personal life has too many ties to his past so he really doesn’t like to talk about it. (5 of Cups)
  • His quirk is that he parties so he can be one of the guys but he really wants one of the guys. (4 of Cups)

So, from this, I realized my character is a gay soldier who has rejoined the military to get away from a bad relationship. 😀 It’s my story so I get to let my brain wander wherever it likes. King of Swords is a warrior. When I saw the 5 of Cups next, I immediately wondered about his past relationships. Why would he be a warrior with a broken heart. But the 4 of Cups showed me he had a bunch of regrets but ignored them by indulging in the drink too much.

Or, if I were going a more paranormal track, I might say that he was an eternal warrior(job) who was haunted by all the loves he’d lost(personal life). He avoids water because that is how the ghosts of his past connect to him(quirk). And there’s nothing worse than being nagged by a dead ex!

This is a good spread for the main characters and the villain.

So what are your cards? What is your take away? I’d love to hear what you think. You can use any deck. A deck of playing cards (look the meanings up online) can work as can any oracle deck.

This exercise is from a workshop I used to teach online. I’ve turned that month long Hero’s Journey (a Tarot for Writers workshop) into an eCourse. Now you can take advantage of all the lessons, handouts and writing prompts whenever you like. No more waiting for me to set up a workshop. It’s my secret weapon for NaNoWriMo.

Some great books are:

  1. Vogler, Christopher, The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
  2. Campbell, Joseph, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
  3. Pearson, Carol, Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes to Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World

A more extensive bibliography comes with the eCourse.

If you like, I’ve got a video here. It is on YouTube but was on Periscope first. It’s not great quality video wise…it was my first one. 😀 I do a few exercises including this one. 😀

If you are doing NaNoWriMo, I’m there as TarotByArwen. I do it every year.

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Originally posted in 2012. I've updated the post and republished.

Sorry, You’ve Got It All Wrong!

Why your vision of your perfect day is patently false.

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This is the Ace of Winds from the Shapeshifter Tarot by Lisa Hunt. I love the feeling of air moving here. She’s ready to launch into her wise Arctic Owl self and soar. Are you? Shapeshifter Tarot, Llewellyn, 2002

Part of my practice is to draw a card each day. Recently one of the cards reminded me that you are all wrong. That none of you know what a perfect day is. That none of you have any concept of a truly ideal day. How do I know? Well let me tell you what a perfect day is. Then you’ll know.

A perfect day is slightly overcast. There’s a brisk wind coming in that carries just a bit of cool with it so the ambient temperature is around 68. There might even be the scent of rain on that wind. The sky is just a bit gray. The sun is definitely not bright and shining. The wind is the key for the perfect day. It must lift skirts, fluff hair and generally flutter things.

WHAT? Not your perfect day?

Okay. Close your eyes. Tell me what your perfect day looks like. Place yourself right into that scene.

Betcha it’s different from mine in most cases.
Betcha your perfect day is perfect for you.

Now try this. Picture your perfect person. Not yourself. Not your lover. Just your perfect person. What do they say? What do they do? How do they act? What makes them a perfect person to you? Is it what they wear? Is it the color of their hair? Their skin? What about their weight? Did you think about how much they weigh when you were deciding what perfection in a person meant to you? Did you worry about their eye color or their footwear?

Betcha the key things were more internal than external.
Betcha the important stuff was what they say and what they do rather than what they wear or who they know.

So why worry about what others think about the external you, darling? Why worry at all? It’s what’s inside that is important to you. Why should anyone else be different? They are worried about the same things. We all are concerned that we won’t be accepted for this thing or for that thing.

Me? What is my worry?

Being seen as weird.

I worry that I will be seen as weird and not a real business woman because I use Tarot. Because my coaching business uses Tarot to help others seek joy. Because I teach Tarot for a living.

Silly, right? I agree. So I remind myself to co-opt the Austin, TX and Portland, OR. Keep Arwen Weird. And let my freak flag fly! That’s perfect for me. It helps me stay mindful for those of you who practice mindfulness.

So my perfect day, my perfect person and my perfect motto aren’t yours. It’s all good, darling. That means we have room to wiggle and to grow. Room to find our own perfect spot.

Not sure how to find your wise inner self? I can help. Let’s have a conversation using the Tarot as our tools to set your feet on the joy seeking path today.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Oh by the way? Lisa Hunt and I worked on a Lenormand deck called Fairy Tale Lenormand. Just released 9/1/16. If you want to learn how to read Tarot my way, check out my upcoming class Trust Your Gut Intuitive Tarot.

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Tarotscopes July 12-18, 2015

Cosmic Deck of Initiation Law of Cause and Effect
Cosmic Deck of Initiation

IMPORTANT: Starting August 2, 2015, these Tarotscopes will only be available via newsletter. I’m trying to reduce the time I spend putting these together so I can channel the energy into some other projects. So please subscribe to my newsletter. You will get an email every Sunday and one on the 1st of the month for the monthly podcast. Right now I post these to Twitter, my webpage, Facebook and five other places. I love doing these for you. I just have to wrestle my schedule back into a manageable beast. This will reduce my time from two hours down to one. This is a good thing, darlings. Seek joy. Don’t miss your ‘scopes. Subscribe today.

Welcome to this week’s Tarotscopes. My goal is to help you find your joy and hang on to it. You can transform your existence by bringing joy back in on a regular basis. I’m here to be your joy guide.

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Tired of being sad? Done with all the negativity in this world? Let’s work together to bring you back to the joy path. No time like the present to get started on your own joy seeker’s life. I’m ready to help. Got fifteen minutes?

Did you know that the Dalai Lama had his own author’s page on Amazon?

Did you know you can hear your full monthly Tarotscope here? Get your month started right with a free in-depth joy journey.

CARD OF THE WEEK: [inlinetweet prefix=”CARD OF THE WEEK” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]What if everything you did came back to you? How would you [/inlinetweet]change what you do, say, think? This week is a really good week to consider the energy you put out into the world. It is reflecting back to you. Are you working to change for the good or are you working in a different energy channel? There are so many to choose from. The Universe urges us to choose well this week. What we put out, comes back. Seek joy, y’all. LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT From the Cosmic Deck of Initiation by Barbara DeLong (U.S. Games)

AQUARIUS [inlinetweet prefix=”AQUARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]How much are you taking on this week? Can you [/inlinetweet]write yourself a note that just says “Delegating is a good thing”? Refocus your efforts on streamlining your life. Decluttering isn’t just for closets, darlings. Work to make your life easier. The leader who never rests is a poor leader. Allow yourself to step back so someone else can step up. It will make things so much calmer in your world. TEN OF AIR

PISCES [inlinetweet prefix=”PISCES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]Who teaches whom? Open your heart up to all the [/inlinetweet]infinite possibilities of how you learn and how you teach. Set the best example for your self. Don’t worry about how others see you. It’s far more important to worry about how you see yourself. Your job isn’t to judge, critique, instruct anyone other than yourself. Live your best life. Navel gazing is highly recommended this week. TEACHER
Gaian Tarot Explorer of EarthARIES [inlinetweet prefix=”ARIES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]How can you best connect with your community? Feeling a little [/inlinetweet]bit outside of everything? This is a good week to explore your community connections. Even picking up the phone is a good thing. You may find yourself taking a short trip to see loved ones. This will be a good thing in the long run. Make sure you are focused on the ties that bind with love. EXPLORER OF EARTH Bonus: Check out the book by the model for the Explorer of Earth

TAURUS [inlinetweet prefix=”TAURUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]Who needs a helping hand? Remember that the secret to charity [/inlinetweet]is to receive as easily as you give. You lessen the gift when you feel guilty. Receive and send with the same amount of love. It will grow exponentially when you back your ego out of it. The giver is blessing themselves when they give to you. You do the same when you give. Allow the flow to grow. SIX OF EARTH

GEMINI [inlinetweet prefix=”GEMINI” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]What are your successes so far? Take time to write them [/inlinetweet]down. Revisit your goals. Celebrate the ones you’ve met. Reset your sights on those you still find important. The spiritual being who understands that yesterday’s goals may not be tomorrow’s desires–wins. You will go further remaining flexible while still focusing on your changing horizon. No one does it better than you, Gemini. NINE OF EARTH

child-waterCANCER [inlinetweet prefix=”CANCER” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]What emotional needs are you ignoring? This isn’t about [/inlinetweet]someone else, compassionate Crab. This is about you and your needs. You fulfilling your own needs. You depending on your own heart to take care of you. You you you. It really is all about you this week. Take yourself out for dinner. Have a tea party with you. Make your needs the focal point of the week to have your best week. CHILD OF WATER

LEO [inlinetweet prefix=”LEO” tweeter=”@Tarotscopes” suffix=”..more #horoscope”]What needs to be examined? Time to pull out that old [/inlinetweet]science kit. Get a microscopic look into your own thoughts. Channel them into analytical lines of thought. This is your week to make all the lists you want. I know, right? YAY! Be childlike as you examine things. Break them down into bite-size chunks. Investigate every rabbit hole to your heart’s content. It’s an “in your head” week for you. CHILD OF AIR

guardian-airVIRGO [inlinetweet prefix=”VIRGO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]If you could ask your future self one question, what would it be? [/inlinetweet]Great week to meditate on where you want to be in 2,5,10 years. Set down some achievable steps. What the heck. Write down some that seem as easy as walking on the moon without air. With your brain power, Virgo, you might just be the one to solve all the problems of the world. Dream big. See what your future guru self has to say. GUARDIAN OF AIR

LIBRA [inlinetweet prefix=”LIBRA” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]Who sets your boundaries for you? If the answer [/inlinetweet]is anyone other than yourself, STOP. If you set up boundaries based on input from anyone other than your precious soul self, why? Who better than you to make decisions about your life? Who better than you to create the life you want to have. It’s okay to get input from loved ones, but don’t make decisions that make your stomach twist up into knots. Do the right thing for you. GUARDIAN OF EARTH

SCORPIO [inlinetweet prefix=”SCORPIO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]What’s tying you down? Why do you let [/inlinetweet]old fears and old voices dictate your beautiful existence? Time to rise up. Cast off those chains of guilt, doubt, fear. Step away from being told how to love, who to love, what to love. Make your break for spiritual freedom by letting go of outdated desires. You love the world hard. Don’t stay trapped by the demon of regret. Live, darlings. BINDWEED

SAGITTARIUS [inlinetweet prefix=”SAGITTARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #horoscope”]What do you want to learn this week? Curiosity[/inlinetweet] is your super power, Archers. Find a new craft. Rekindle an old one. Dive into projects that encourage your creative child to play. Finger paint to your heart’s content. This is a week to splash color all over your world. Make something fun. Let that child out and stop holding yourself back from doing fun things. PLAY. CHILD OF FIRE

8-strengthCAPRICORN [inlinetweet prefix=”CAPRICORN” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”… more #horoscope”]What makes you feel strong? Don’t worry about [/inlinetweet]what is SUPPOSED to make you feel strong. Explore what actually makes you feel strong. Is it your ability to dive into deep wells to help others out? Is it your innate knowledge of who can help whom? Maybe it’s your compassionate inner warrior who fights battles for those who can’t. This is your week to be strong, Cappies. STRENGTH

Remember to seek joy, y’all. Pass it on! I want to hear from you if you are ready to kick the negativity habit in the tender bits. Let’s get started today to create a plan for you that takes you from feeling alone to feeling alive.

Card of the Week is from the Cosmic Deck of Initiation by Barbara DeLong (U.S. Games)
Weekly Tarotscopes feature the Gaian Tarot by Joanna P. Colbert (self-published)

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Seek joy, y’all. Thanks for sharing these, too.

Sharks, Joy & J. Campbell

Sharks, Joy & Joseph Campbell: what do they have in common?

Gaian Tarot Three of Air
Gaian Tarot

Today I live in joy.

I was following sharks on Twitter (no really…see @MaryLeeShark and @Shark_Katherine) when I saw this quote.

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. – Joseph Campbell

It spoke beautifully to my own thoughts on this. Sorrow happens. Pain happens. I cannot control those things in my world.

I can control my reaction to it.

I can cry but still seek joy.
I can live with pain but still seek joy.

Is it a Pollyanna mentality? I’ve discussed that before (way back in 2011 in fact). What do you think?

What does it mean to you to live in joy?

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Three of Air, Gaian Tarot

Thanks for sharing.

Tarotscopes for April 26 – May 2, 2015

Goals, butt kicking and dreams. This week’s Tarotscopes cover it all. What was yours?

DarkGoddess_3Cards003Welcome to this week’s Tarotscopes. What’s your goal this week? Tell me in the comments. 😀

My goal is to help you find your joy and hang on to it. You can transform your existence by bringing joy back in on a regular basis. I’m here to be your joy guide.

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Tired of being sad? Done with all the negativity in this world? Let’s work together to bring you back to the joy path. No time like the present to get started on your own joy seeker’s life. I’m ready to help. What’s holding you back?

So I’ve been going through my bookshelves to see what books can go. Here’s one that I’ll never let go of. I love this woman’s Tarot knowledge.

Did you know you can hear your full monthly Tarotscope here? Get your month started right with an in-depth joy journey. If you were subscribed on iTunes, they won’t carry my podcast any more. Sorry!

CARD OF THE WEEK: [inlinetweet prefix=”CARD OF THE WEEK” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Looks like a good week to reconsider your personal rules and [/inlinetweet]boundaries. What needs to be changed? What needs to be shored up? Got any holes in your fences? Time to check the perimeter. If folks are encroaching on your space and time, it’s probably because they think they can. (HIEROPHANT CYBLE)

AQUARIUS [inlinetweet prefix=”AQUARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Change is coming. It may be difficult to negotiate if you don’t remember to always[/inlinetweet] stay in the present moment. When you lean into the future, you may trip over the here and now. Deal with what is in front of you. Death brings inevitable rearrangements to our lives. It is the card of hard, unavoidable change. Remember that it gets better as you navigate this week. (DEATH LA SANTA MUERTE)

PISCES [inlinetweet prefix=”PISCES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]One thing will see you through this week. You cannot falter in this area if you would[/inlinetweet] succeed. The secret word is focus. Focus on what must be done as opposed to what could be done. Begin those things that must be begun. Fate favors the prepared so make to-do lists. Mark things off. Add more things to the list. Don’t let up on your focus. (ACE OF AIR NEMESIS)

ARIES [inlinetweet prefix=”ARIES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Pay attention to your things. Check insurance policies. Are you fully [/inlinetweet]covered? Good week to check on that. “Protect what you possess” is the message of the week. Don’t assume someone else has taken care of it. Also? Make sure you aren’t relaxing your guard in those areas where others have taken advantage of you. Be alert please. (NINE OF FIRE CHANTICO)

TAURUS [inlinetweet prefix=”TAURUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Nice week for some dream work, Bulls. Open up to the messages[/inlinetweet] that come from the other side. You may be surprised by what you learn. Indulge in the cycles as well. Where you are, where they are…these are both beautiful places. Learn from them as you teach them what you know. (MOON ARIANRHOD)

GEMINI [inlinetweet prefix=”GEMINI” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]It’s okay. You have permission from the Universe to hole up and [/inlinetweet]take care of your own interests. Good week to dive into learning about things like who you are, where you come from, where you are going. You know…the simple things in life. I recommend opening up that journal you keep saying you are going to use. (HERMIT BABA YAGA)

CANCER [inlinetweet prefix=”CANCER” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]What must be balanced? What are you struggling to rise [/inlinetweet]above? Be gentle with yourself. Acknowledging the patterns in your life can help. See where you participated in your own successes and your own tragedies is good if you want to move to your next personal best. You’ve got this, Cancer. (LIBERATION/JUDGMENT PERSEPHONE)

LEO [inlinetweet prefix=”LEO” tweeter=”@Tarotscopes” suffix=”..more #tarot”]Yes! This is your time to make everything [/inlinetweet]you want to make. Want to try out that new recipe? Make it happen. Want to start that book that’s bugging you? Do it. You have all the tools. Stop setting up roadblocks for yourself. If you can just get out of your own way, magic will happen this week. (MAGICIAN ISIS)

VIRGO [inlinetweet prefix=”VIRGO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Look inwards, my practical darlings. A little navel-gazing never hurt anyone. What [/inlinetweet]do you need emotionally? What will help you expand on your soul level. Go deep this week to meet your true self. Time to make a heart’s desires list. That’s way more important than a rusty old bucket list. Believe in your ability to want. (ACE OF WATER FACE OF THE DEEP)

LIBRA [inlinetweet prefix=”LIBRA” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]When troubles come, you are ready. Expect to be the warrior for [/inlinetweet]others this week. Someone may turn to you with a need that you can provide. Show them how you moved from the bad times. You don’t have to carry them. In face, you shouldn’t carry them. Just be the leader that they need. Compassion goes a long way. (SIX OF AIR SCATHACH)

SCORPIO [inlinetweet prefix=”SCORPIO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Whirl. Now whirl some more. Dazzle yourself with your own ability to [/inlinetweet]dance in the face of danger. Time to show off is now. You have had your head down for so long…who knows what you’ve missed. Let’s make this week about mental cleansing. Clear out your brain closet of all that clutter of “would’ve, should’ve, could’ve.” (WITCH OF AIR OYA)

SAGITTARIUS [inlinetweet prefix=”SAGITTARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]When you are at a crossroad in life, why waste time [/inlinetweet]dithering. Make a choice, Archer. Then stick to it. When you keep going back down a path you know is closed, you are just wasting your own precious life. We all have a limited time in this body, in this life. Why screw around two-stepping? New path. New forward motion. (TWO OF FIRE HEKATE)

CAPRICORN [inlinetweet prefix=”CAPRICORN” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”… more #tarot”]Spring! It’s here! New beginnings. Time to take that risk you’ve [/inlinetweet]been talking about. Time to leap off life’s cliff to see how far you can fly (or bounce). Stop letting others get in the way of your joy. Time to kick up your heels. If you can’t make them laugh, make yourself laugh. (FOOL SHEELA NA GIG)

Remember to seek joy, y’all. Pass it on! I want to hear from you if you are ready to kick the negativity habit in the tender bits. Let’s get started today to create a plan for you that takes you from feeling alone to feeling alive.

Dark Goddess Tarot, Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, self-published. One of my “don’t miss” decks.

Speaking of don’t miss decks, check out Lupa Greenwolf’s Indiegogo project. Fully funded already so you don’t want to miss out on this amazing deck.

Tarotscopes for April 12-18, 2015

So this week Arwen told me compassion is a shark. What the heck? #tarot #seekjoy y’all

Animalis Os Fortuna King Of Cups
Animalis Os Fortuna

Welcome to this week’s Tarotscopes. My goal is to help you find your joy and hang on to it. You can transform your existence by bringing joy back in on a regular basis. I’m here to be your joy guide.

[Tweet “So this week Arwen told me compassion is a shark. What the heck? #tarot #seekjoy y’all.”]

Let’s recalibrate your joy. If you have fifteen minutes, I can help. What’s holding you back?

I hope you will join me this week as I talk with Dr. Tandy Elisala about the number one thing that kills your affirmation work.

Have you seen Tierney Sadler’s The Deck of 1000 Spreads: Your Tarot Toolkit for Creating the Perfect Spread for Any Situation yet? I just got my copy. It’s really good for those times when I get stuck on what and how to ask the Tarot.

Also, if you are a lover of new Tarot, I invite you to check out Lupa Greenwolf’s Indiegogo project for her Tarot of Bones. It’s already fully funded (in less than a week). I predict this deck is going to be one you will wish you had gotten in on. I’m eagerly waiting for the finished product. Yes, I bought two decks. You know me! I like backups.

Did you know you can hear your full monthly Tarotscope here? Get your month started right with an in-depth joy journey. If you were subscribed on iTunes, they won’t carry my podcast any more. Sorry!

CARD OF THE WEEK: KING OF CUPS [inlinetweet prefix=”CARD OF THE WEEK” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]It’s a great week to flex our emotional muscles. Make sure that [/inlinetweet]you are focusing on compassion for self as well as compassion for others. We grow exponentially when we give to others with an open, loving heart. Imagine your compassionate self is a shark–you must keep compassion moving to keep it fresh and alive within you.

AQUARIUS THE HIEROPHANT [inlinetweet prefix=”AQUARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Sometimes spiritual needs require travel. You already know those needs require [/inlinetweet]fierce focus. Bow down to your own spiritual self. Honor what you need. Make time for filling that need. This card urges you to incorporate your personal spirituality in more of your every day life. This is a card that requires your attention.

PISCES KNIGHT OF SWORDS [inlinetweet prefix=”PISCES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Magpie energy may overwhelm you this week. It’s okay to say no to all the pretty[/inlinetweet], shiny new things. Get your mind into play on things that are already within your reach. No need to gather more ideas, tech toys, pens, etc. A better use of your efforts will be to focus on working the ideas you have, resetting the toys and rewriting the stories alrady started.

ARIES THE FOOL [inlinetweet prefix=”ARIES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Taking risks can feel foolish sometimes. But this week’s challenge is for you to do stupid [/inlinetweet]things and make people believe you are smart. You know the challenges, the constraints, the choices. Make the ones that have the biggest payoff for you. Brashness will serve you well this week. Do tackle something new if that opportunity should arise.

Animalis Os Fortuna Queen of SwordsTAURUS QUEEN OF SWORDS [inlinetweet prefix=”TAURUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Whose needs must be met now? What do you require [/inlinetweet]from those in your life? Are they not focused on your needs? Ask yourself this. Are you giving them the space to see that you have needs? Are you letting them focus on you or are you doing what you always do? Taking care of them first? Let them have this opportunity to grow by letting them understand your own need.

GEMINI THE SUN [inlinetweet prefix=”GEMINI” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Splash a litte more in those puddles. Laugh a little harder at that viral video because [/inlinetweet]self-love is super sexy. When you indulge in the joy of the work, the laughter of your life, you are going to get seen–get noticed. Like someone is shining a big spotlight on you, your week is going to be all about showing your stuff. So shake that sexy butt. Shine!

CANCER FOUR OF PENTACLES [inlinetweet prefix=”CANCER” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Oh my yes, you do work hard for the money, don’t you. But have you [/inlinetweet]stopped to consider what you are getting for all that hard work? Money is nice. Kudos are terrific. However, if you aren’t allowing yourself a few niceties as reward for your efforts, you may not be reaping the full benefit. Don’t hold on so tight to your wealth that you can’t share a little, mmmkay?

LEO TEN OF WANDS [inlinetweet prefix=”LEO” tweeter=”@Tarotscopes” suffix=”..more #tarot”]So many things need to be done. It’s a great week for you to create a master to-do [/inlinetweet]list as well as daily “must get done” lists. Passion will see you through but the Universe says you may be bone-tired by the end of this week. So on those “must get done” lists? Yeah, make sure you include some down time to avoid mandatory down time. You follow me?

Animalis Os Fortuna Two of Pentacles
Animalis Os Fortuna

VIRGO TWO OF PENTACLES [inlinetweet prefix=”VIRGO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Don’t be surprised when you get caught between a rock and a really [/inlinetweet] awesome place. Even the rock is going to be one of those “hell yeah” challenges that rev your earth self up, Virgo. Choose the one that requires more nibbling than full mouthfuls. Your energy this week may be best suited to gathering intel over ground force strikes. Hooyah!

LIBRA THREE OF CUPS [inlinetweet prefix=”LIBRA” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Social gatherings are going to be coming in fast. Take some time to decide now how [/inlinetweet]much energy you have to give to that. Your friends want to be around you because you are a charming companion. Just make sure you don’t party yourself into missing work and other obligations. Have fun, but monitor your own personal need for quiet, please.

SCORPIO FIVE OF SWORDS [inlinetweet prefix=”SCORPIO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Are you sharing the pretty? Even peacocks squabble,[/inlinetweet] darling. Don’t be so focused on your own self-worth that you lose your focus on others. They need to feel pretty too. Make sure you aren’t being so focused on you that it turns into selfishness. Others won’t appreciate that energy. You may find that some walk away. So let’s share the pretty this week, okay?

SAGITTARIUS TWO OF SWORDS [inlinetweet prefix=”SAGITTARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Crow magic is old magic. But you may find yourself split between wanting [/inlinetweet]new as well as old magic. Make sure you don’t get locked into the place of making choices. Sometimes you get stuck on what to choose so you lose out on both things. This is a good week to set your mind up to make choices rather than dither. Getting honest with yourself is the best path for this week.

Animalis Os Fortuna Justice
Animalis Os Fortuna

CAPRICORN JUSTICE [inlinetweet prefix=”CAPRICORN” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”… more #tarot”]Balance is not a good idea this week. It’s pretty much an [/inlinetweet]imperative for you. Mind your p’s and q’s so that you don’t add a legal battle to your week. And if you do get a ticket, be honest about the cause. When you get out of balance at work, it affects home. And vice versa, sweeties. A wide stance makes you harder to knock down.

Remember to seek joy, y’all. Pass it on! I want to hear from you if you are ready to kick the negativity habit in the tender bits. Let’s get started today to create a plan for you that takes you from feeling alone to feeling alive.

Animalis Os Fortuna, Zaheroux, self-published

Tarotscopes for March 1-7 (and the monthly podcast too)

Remember to seek joy, y’all. Pass it on! I want to hear from you if you are ready to kick the negativity habit in the tender bits. Let’s get started today to create a plan for you that takes you from feeling alone to feeling alive.

Gaian Tarot Elder of Air
Gaian Tarot

Welcome to this week’s Tarotscopes. My goal is to help you find your joy and hang on to it. You can transform your existence by bringing joy back in on a regular basis. I’m here to be your joy guide.

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Are you ready to spring into March? Ready to own your own joy? Let’s get going! I’m on your side.

CARD OF THE WEEK: GUARDIAN OF WATER [inlinetweet prefix=”CARD OF THE WEEK” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]What needs diving into? What requires [/inlinetweet]your whole heart–not just a part of you? This week you need to identify who and what needs your compassion, your love the most. Then release the full power of your awesomeness.

AQUARIUS SIX OF EARTH [inlinetweet prefix=”AQUARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Generosity comes in many forms but the key thing to remember is [/inlinetweet]to be generous with yourself. Don’t hold back on self-praise, on positive self-talk. And don’t dismiss it when it comes from others in your world. Honey, it’s a bit rude to tell people they are wrong about you. Hold your head up and smile when someone tells you that you rock. You do, you know. You rock.

PISCES LIGHTNING [inlinetweet prefix=”PISCES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Oh shit? Well only if you aren’t prepared for it when it happens. This is[/inlinetweet] about you understanding that Tower moments come to everyone. Just stay aware of your surroundings. Don’t go into dark alleys. Be smart. And pay attention to those brilliant flashes of insight that are bound to happen this week. That’s what I see more of. Brilliant Ah ha! moments for you.

ARIES ACE OF AIR [inlinetweet prefix=”ARIES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Butterflies take time, sugar. They don’t just pop out of the caterpillar’s [/inlinetweet]rear, you know. Caterpillar, cocoon, primordial soup, then butterfly. Keep paying your dues and flexing those wings. Your time to fly is coming. Belief in yourself is the strongest drug you can take. And you can’t OD on belief!

TAURUS LOVERS[inlinetweet prefix=”TAURUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] You need this, don’t you? Just someone to hold your hand and tell you[/inlinetweet] that you’ve got this. You are the strongest of strong this week because love will see you through everything. Hold on to those who are always there for you, Taurus. And ask for help when you need it. Your friends are psychic…or are they? But they know you well enough to only offer when you ask. So ask.

GEMINI THREE OF EARTH [inlinetweet prefix=”GEMINI” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Time to gather up the besties. Make a date to get together to talk about[/inlinetweet] all those things you love. Friends make you stronger. Create space in your world for them. You need them as much as they need you. Stop saying you need to call and just call.

CANCER TEN OF EARTH [inlinetweet prefix=”CANCER” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Return to the starting point. Look around you. Realize that this isn’t[/inlinetweet] where you started. It’s changed because you’ve changed. Revisit past haunts to see which ones just need paint and which ones need to be let go of. Someone may leave you this week but honor their journey as they would honor yours.

LEO TEN OF WATER [inlinetweet prefix=”LEO” tweeter=”@Tarotscopes” suffix=”..more #tarot”] Did you know you can reuse, recycle, repurpose nearly anything including [/inlinetweet]emotional responses? You don’t have to have the same response. You can show growth. You can be the bigger person. By examining your own cycles, you can key into how to navigate just about anything that comes your way with grace and style. Just like you do, Leo. Just like you do.

VIRGO FIVE OF EARTH [inlinetweet prefix=”VIRGO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Time to focus on money and budget. Things may seem a little shaky if you[/inlinetweet] haven’t been cautious with your funds. And I see a distinct need to hunker down. Stormy times, darling? Feel free to build a blanket fort in the living room. Just don’t forget to invite your loved ones in with you. This isn’t about you doing everything alone. Reach out to those around you. Say help. Accept the yes

LIBRA EXPLORER OF WATER[inlinetweet prefix=”LIBRA” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Sometimes you just gotta go all in. Holding back causes more [/inlinetweet]damage than just falling off the cliff. Who excites you? Who do you want to explore just a bit more? What places are calling you? Go forth and roam, darling Librans. This is a great week for you to follow your heart. You don’t have to commit just yet. Keep your options open.

SCORPIO NINE OF FIRE [inlinetweet prefix=”SCORPIO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] OM mani padme ommmmm Repeat it as needed because this week is going to [/inlinetweet]try your last good nerve. Please schedule down time now. If you can, get an extra hour of sleep by going to bed a half hour early and getting up a half hour later. Okay so maybe just the half hour early? Do not wear yourself out. Calm and meditation will take you through this somewhat riotous week.

SAGITTARIUS EIGHT OF WATER [inlinetweet prefix=”SAGITTARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Oh precious heart! What are you still holding on to? Or is that[/inlinetweet] who? Time to move away from the safety of the shore. You must move out into the deep water. Absolve yourself of those imaginary sins. Was it really all your fault? No, I didn’t think so. Take a class. Teach a lesson. Go be you. Time to leave that old skeleton behind.

CAPRICORN THE PRIESTESS [inlinetweet prefix=”CAPRICORN ” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”… more #tarot”] Secrets come to you. You don’t ever go out of your way to get the[/inlinetweet] dirt. People just naturally want to tell you their stuff. It’s okay to be less available this week. You may need to make room in your life for you! It’s a great week to take yourself out on a “getting to know you” date. When’s the last time you did some self-care that didn’t involve doing something for someone else?

Remember to seek joy, y’all. Pass it on! I want to hear from you if you are ready to kick the negativity habit in the tender bits. Let’s get started today to create a plan for you that takes you from feeling alone to feeling alive.

Gaian Tarot, Joanna Powell Colbert

Tarotscopes February 15-21, 2015

Welcome to this week’s Tarotscopes. My goal is to help you find your joy and hang on to it. You can transform your existence by bringing joy back in on a regular basis. I’ve got my Joy Road Trip mapped out. Let’s get yours down on paper too.

Japaridze Tarot
Japaridze Tarot

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Welcome to this week’s Tarotscopes. My goal is to help you find your joy and hang on to it. You can transform your existence by bringing joy back in on a regular basis. I’ve got my Joy Road Trip mapped out. Let’s get yours down on paper too.

Gary Karp has released a book that you might enjoy. It’s called Clear Visions: How to Create a Vision Board that Really Works!. Let me know what you think of it.

Did you know you can hear your full monthly Tarotscope here? Get your month started right with an in-depth joy journey. If you were subscribed on iTunes, they won’t carry my podcast any more. Sorry!

If I told you that in fifteen minutes, you and I could pinpoint at least one area where you could find more joy, what would you say? Leave a comment to win that fifteen minute Joy Recalibration. Winner announced in next week’s Tarotscopes (2/22/15).

CARD OF THE WEEK: QUEEN OF WANDS [inlinetweet prefix=”CARD OF THE WEEK” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Uh oh. This week’s energy is all about [/inlinetweet]multi-tasking. Think of it as running a leg of an egg relay while dictating a letter and painting a portrait all at the same time. Expect things to come at you 90-to-nothing. But don’t worry! You’ve got this. The Queen of Wands understands the value of delegating. She doesn’t hold herself so important that she can’t let someone else do some of the things on her to-do list.

AQUARIUS STRANGER OF WINDS [inlinetweet prefix=”AQUARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Put your thinking caps on, Aquarius. You are being tasked [/inlinetweet]with mental acuity this week. The details really really matter so don’t skim over them. Possible air travel so if you are flying somewhere, make sure that reservation is confirmed and you have all the things you need. Don’t expect anyone else to check the fine print. That’s your job.

PISCES JESTER OF WINDS [inlinetweet prefix=”PISCES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Well now, fishies, what does the wind blow your way? Look[/inlinetweet] to those who inspire you. Those luminaries who make you think until your brain hurts just a bit. They will be your guiding lights as you navigate this week. Don’t let the weasels get you down. Look to the eagles instead.

ARIES QUEEN OF TIDES [inlinetweet prefix=”ARIES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Compassion is your key word. Others may think you are being [/inlinetweet]foolish, but you understand how to look at someone’s past to see their future. Your kindness could be their salvation. Pour your love out freely so that others can learn from where you have been. It really does get better, doesn’t it?

TAURUS SEVEN OF TIDES[inlinetweet prefix=”TAURUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] A little daydreaming never hurt anyone until they let it[/inlinetweet] take over their lives. Time to put the dreams aside so you can actually do the work. You’ve been slacking a bit. Maybe because you think what you really want isn’t achievable. I tell you that it is. You just have to keep doing the work. How many ten year overnight success stories must I tell you?

GEMINI THE DROWNED [inlinetweet prefix=”GEMINI” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Oh sweeties, this is going to be an interesting week for you. What must[/inlinetweet] you let go of in order to get what you really want? This is the Hanged Man who gave up his need to be free so he could learn how to be real. You are trapping yourself when you hold on to everything. What can you let go of? What do you really want? Releasing the things that don’t work is never a mistake. Free your mind.

CANCER LOVE [inlinetweet prefix=”CANCER” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Such a nice card you get this week. You are being shown how all the pieces[/inlinetweet] come together to make a whole. When you compare where you’ve been and who you’ve been with (and who you were at those times) to yourself now? BAM! Totally different person, right? Love is a gift. Don’t deny yourself or those around you that precious gift. Love with an open heart this week. Try it.

LEO FIVE OF FIRE [inlinetweet prefix=”LEO” tweeter=”@Tarotscopes” suffix=”..more #tarot”] Shit, Leo. Please remember that when you shred another human (even if[/inlinetweet] they really deserve it, you leave a bit of your own soul behind. Anger that simmers burns the one holding on to it. I need you to look at the interactions you are having with others. Are you bringing old pain back? Are you using that anger to create barriers where you need gates? Time to put down your sword. Let it go, Leo, or you will be destroyed by that anger. Please let it go.

VIRGO EIGHT OF FIRE [inlinetweet prefix=”VIRGO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] BOOM! What passion is simmering inside of you? What direction [/inlinetweet]will it take? I predict that this week you will learn how to channel that amazing energy you’ve been sizzling with. Time to remind people what you are truly capable of. If they refuse to listen to your warnings, I fear they will be Pompeii to your Vesuvius. You did tell them. BOOM!

LIBRA TWO OF GARDENS[inlinetweet prefix=”Libra” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Time to juggle, oh balanced ones. You are so very good at this[/inlinetweet] I think I’m wasting my breath saying it. But! You need to keep doing what you are doing. You may even be asked to put one more ball in the air. Don’t panic. You’ve got this. You’ve so got this. Balancing acts are your specialty. And look around for things you can do while doing other things. The more you get done now, the better.

SCORPIO EIGHT OF TIDES [inlinetweet prefix=”SCORPIO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Maybe some reflection on what you thought you didn’t want, will help you[/inlinetweet] understand what you are really working towards. Time to get real with yourself. Don’t punish yourself for who you’ve let go, but do honor the fact that maybe you did that out of fear. Then it is time to turn away from that regret. Time to move back to family and friends who nurture you. You’ve had enough alone time, darlings.

SAGITTARIUS SIX OF GARDENS [inlinetweet prefix=”Sagittarius” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] MMMM I wish I were you this week. Lovely times with people who[/inlinetweet] get you. Old friends who know you inside and out will help you move into your old self. Some things have been missing in your life, babies, but it’s okay. You’ve got all the tiem in the world to replant that garden. Open up to memories that make you happy. Reach out to those who understand your soul seeking self.

CAPRICORN FORTUNE [inlinetweet prefix=”Capricorn ” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”… more #tarot”] The wheel is spinning, goats. Time to reach out and grab[/inlinetweet] what you want. No time like the present to step up to the microphone. Ask for what you want. Write it down and say it outloud. Things are coming to you, but you need to be specific. Now is not the time to mouse around. Articulate your needs, my darlings. Universe wants you to have what you want, but you need to step up and ask for it.

Remember to seek joy, y’all. Pass it on! I want to hear from you if you are ready to kick the negativity habit in the tender bits. Let’s get started today to create a plan for you that takes you from feeling alone to feeling alive. I’m ready to help. What’s holding you back?

Japaridze Tarot, U.S. Games. Tarot 2014

Tarotscopes for February 8-14, 2015

Welcome to this week’s Tarotscopes. My goal is to help you find your joy and hang on to it. You can transform your existence by bringing joy back in on a regular basis. I’m here to be your joy guide.

The Dark Goddess Tarot www.darkgoddesstarot.com
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Welcome to this week’s Tarotscopes. My goal is to help you find your joy and hang on to it. You can transform your existence by bringing joy back in on a regular basis. I’m here to be your joy guide.

Tired of being sad? Done with all the negativity in this world? Let’s work together to bring you back to the joy path. No time like the present to get started on your own joy seeker’s life. I’m ready to help. What’s holding you back?

Here’s a great book for beginner and experience Tarot enthusiasts alike. It’s Holistic Tarot. It’s making a lot of us in the Tarot world sit up and take notice. I recommend it.

Did you know you can hear your full monthly Tarotscope here? Get your month started right with an in-depth joy journey. If you were subscribed on iTunes, they won’t carry my podcast any more. Sorry!

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CARD OF THE WEEK: APHRODITE SIREN OF WATER [inlinetweet prefix=”CARD OF THE WEEK” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] What would you risk for love? Would you be willing[/inlinetweet] to sacrifice your self? Please say no. But do understand that there are other risks you need to take to bring love into your life. One of those is a willingness to be honest. But that honesty must be with yourself. Until you are brutally honest with yourself, love may prove elusive. And by brutally honest, I mean learning to love yourself as you are right now in this very moment. Do not set limits on loving yourself. “I will love myself when I lose 20/40/100 pounds.” “I will love myself when my skin clears up.” “I will love myself when…” No! Love yourself as you are. Want more help? Check out this love spell.

AQUARIUS MAMI WATA THREE OF WATER [inlinetweet prefix=”AQUARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Oh boy! What a wonderful week you are going to have! Here we see[/inlinetweet] the Goddess Mami Wata who celebrates passion. The women dance for her to invoke her spirit. Your job, Aquarius, is to celebrate your sexuality this week. Write a poem to your vagina or penis. Paint a picture of what passion looks like for you. Turn up the tunes and shake your sexy ass. Make this week passionate and playful.

PISCES KAMUI FUCHI FOUR OF FIRE [inlinetweet prefix=”PISCES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Focus on the family can have different meanings for us all. But this week[/inlinetweet] I want you to put your family first. chosen or blood family, it doesn’t matter. Both are equally important in my world. How about yours? Kamui Fuchi is an Ainu Goddess of hearth and home. Her influence is to bring us all together. Open your heart to the warmth of being with friends and family. Honor your ancestors whose work brought you into this world.

ARIES LA LLORONA FIVE OF WATER Joy is balanced by tears. Sometimes you must cleanse your soul by weeping before[/inlinetweet] you can let go of anger and pain. Review bitter words and angry encounters, Aries. Let go of the rage and fire of those moments. Weep so that you erase the pain. File the memories so you can learn from them but not burn from them. This week joy comes to you when you learn to expunge the need to retaliate. Stop feeding them with your pain.

TAURUS MAMAN BRIGITTE HAG OF FIRE[inlinetweet prefix=”TAURUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] “Dance with your ancestors. Raise the dead.” This is what[/inlinetweet] the booklet for this deck advises. When I see Maman Brigitte, I am reminded that how we connect with our past influences how we walk our present. Honor the strength of those who raised you and those who raised them. Perhaps some joy comes when you reflect upon the passion of the people in your lineage. How can you walk your walk to show them what you’ve learned? Write a love letter to someone who has crossed over. Let your love soar up to them.

GEMINI SCATHACH SIX OF AIR [inlinetweet prefix=”GEMINI” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] What is your purpose in life? Who are you called to be? Ask[/inlinetweet] yourself how you can rise up to the moment. Guidance comes to you if you ask for it. Quiet your mind. Set your goal. Be open to the messages that come from the Universe to you this week. You might try this spread to orient your life to your Life’s Purpose. I am happy to do this spread with you as well. Schedule an appointment. Whatever you choose, listen to the Universe this week.

CANCER EPONA SIX OF FIRE [inlinetweet prefix=”CANCER” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Good week to build on those alliances. Reach out to like minds to[/inlinetweet] create a unified front. Someone needs you as much as you need them, Cancer. Place yourself in their path if they won’t take your call. Not in a creepy, stalker way, but in a “I’m here to walk this journey with you” way. Remember that there is strength in numbers. You don’t have to walk this journey alone. Reach out this week.

LEO CYBELE HIEROPHANT [inlinetweet prefix=”LEO” tweeter=”@Tarotscopes” suffix=”..more #tarot”] Oh what a perfect card for you this week! Time to show the world[/inlinetweet] how you can build community simply on the strength of your personality. This is your time to shine, Leo. Tired of the disconnect you’ve been feeling? Ready to create opportunity that shows off your skills? Set up meetings with those you admire. Let them know that you are ready to put the focus on community. Offer to host the meeting if you must. Just make things happen this week that are about bringing others together for the greater good.

VIRGO SPIDER WOMAN STARS [inlinetweet prefix=”VIRGO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] What magic can you weave this week? Who will you inspire just[/inlinetweet] by being you? Remember this. You are your thoughts. You create your own reality so choose your intentions wisely. Don’t start with “I hope I make it through this week.” Instead set your goals with a positive affirmation such as “I am the one who gets things done. No list can defeat me. I am large and in charge. I conquer this week.” Lofty ideals and big gains are in the bag for you when you set your week up with the right start.

LIBRA PELE AMAZON OF FIRE[inlinetweet prefix=”Libra” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Careful you don’t overwhelm everyone with your enthusiasm. Don’t rein it in, just[/inlinetweet] understand that others may have to simply move out of your way. You are an inexorable force this week. To-do lists fall before you as you burn your way through the week. And understand this. That like Pele, you are aware of what is yours and you may not be in a sharing mood. That’s okay. Just ask yourself to be a bit kinder than the Lady Pele is if someone crosses your boundaries.

SCORPIO GAIA ACE OF EARTH [inlinetweet prefix=”SCORPIO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] What will you give birth to this week? What creative project is ready to [/inlinetweet] burst forth? Don’t hold back. Let your soul be fed by creativity. If you are a writer, you might enjoy this course. Like to draw? Check out my love for this art style. But this week is about you letting your personal seeds grow. About blossoming into the person you know yourself to be. Open up to your imagination and desire. Bloom, Scorpio. Bloom.

SAGITTARIUS KALI DESTRUCTION [inlinetweet prefix=”Sagittarius” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”] Whoa, whoa, whoa! Time to tear down old attitudes. Break through[/inlinetweet] those walls you’ve built around yourself. Kali is not a Goddess to be mucked about with so pay attention, please. Your sacred task this week is to break past the lies you’ve been telling yourself. Have you been holding on to something that is never coming back? Dreaming that your life doesn’t need any thing? Time to remodel, baby. Rip out the counters. Put up new paint. Search through your personal corners to get rid of negative thought patterns. Time to destroy your own unhappiness so joy can fill you back up.

CAPRICORN BAUBO SIREN OF EARTH [inlinetweet prefix=”Capricorn ” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”… more #tarot”] Can you commit to being raw? Ridiculous? Can you overrule your own need[/inlinetweet] to follow the rules this week? This is a call to be authentic. Authenticity heals. What does that mean to you? Examine your life to see where you are not being your own raw, beautifully flawed self. Let go of the need for perfection. This is about throwing clay on a wheel to make a lopsided pot that you call beautiful. That’s you. You are the clay. Spin yourself into something real and raw this week. Make them sit up take notice any way you can. Baubo did. She showed them her “secret parts” to make them laugh. You don’t have to go that far, but laughing at yourself is healing.

Remember to seek joy, y’all. Pass it on! I want to hear from you if you are ready to kick the negativity habit in the tender bits. Let’s get started today to create a plan for you that takes you from feeling alone to feeling alive.

The Dark Goddess Tarot by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince

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TarotBlogHop: Imbolc

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Oracular Anomalies is the subject we’ve been given for this Tarot Blog Hop. Did you know that this is the beginning of the fourth year of this? I’m so pleased that what started as a community-building exercise has gone on for this long. We’ve seen so many amazing voices join this chorus. I’m blessed to be a part of such a vibrant community. Like to join us? Go here.

As I thought about the topic, I had to look up the definition of anomaly. I had a good concept since I am a child of the original Star Trek series. “Mr. Spock, what do you make of it?” “It’s an anomaly, Captain.”

One of the definitions is “strays from common rules or methods.” Right. I see this a lot. Many consultants, readers, coaches, whatever name we want to call ourselves, try to set ourselves apart by pointing out how different we are. How we are anomalies in a sea of anomalies.

I mean, let’s face it. How do you stand out in a crowd of unusual? This is the thing that has my mind buzzing right now. There’s an inherent part of me that loathes promotion by demotion. By that I mean the need to sing my praises by putting down someone else. Or a group.

It’s something I work at but by the very nature of the beast, I fail at. For instance, I see someone on the Book o’ Face who is bitching about how he doesn’t like so-and-so doing something. But he doesn’t say this TO so-and-so. He says it to a locked down group of friends.

I get upset about him not saying something to so-and-so. I go to my Book o’ Face to post. My post says those who don’t go to the source are perpetuating the problem.

Um, Arwen? You just did the same damned thing.

So I’ve just stood out for the wrong reason. Back to anomaly me. How do I stand out in this fabulously flawed fellowship? Without putting down others? Is it even possible in our world of “my detergent cleans better than yours?”

Well this is a divination hop, right? Let’s ask the Tarot.

Anomaly Spread

1. What area am I most unique?
2. How can I play up that uniqueness?
3. How can I stand out the best?

Using the Chrysalis Tarot (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.) I got cards that made me smile.

Chrysalis Tarot
Chrysalis Tarot

1. The Pilgrim is how I am most unique.

2. The Poet is how I should play up that uniqueness.

3. The Mime is how I can stand out the best.

Without further commentary on these cards, I’ll just say, “MOOOOMMMMM! The Universe is mocking me again.”

If you have input on these three cards, feel free to let me know. I need to go practice my “I’m in a box” routine.

Please enjoy today’s TarotBlogHop. Use the links below to navigate your way around. If you get lost or find a broken link, use the Master List link to find the next blog.

As always, seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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