Respond Or Stay Seated?

When is it time to respond and when is it time to stay seated?

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Fenestra Tarot Queen of Pentacles
Fenestra Tarot

#affirmation Today’s card reminds me to look forward. It reminds me to keep my seat for just a bit longer. Even when prodded and poked, I need to hold my position.

The Fenestra Tarot’s Queen of Pentacles looks out from her throne. She has a soft look on her face but a determined one. This lady has learned that to keep her home and family safe, she must make sacrifices.

Sometimes those are sacrifices of money, of time, but sometimes they are sacrifices of self.

However, she’s also learned not to make those decisions impetuously. Her vision must remain on the goals she has set for her family and for herself.

I think that we all have made sacrifices of self. I think that many of us could look back and say that some of those sacrifices might have been done for the wrong reasons.

Now I try to remain seated. I try not to leap up offering soul, heart and self until I am sure it is what is truly needed from me. It wasn’t an easy lesson–and it isn’t one I always succeed at either.

What about you?

Today’s affirmation:

I am confident. I do the right thing by considering before responding. I hold my peace to learn the truth of a thing. I am a beautiful, strong, honorable human. Loved and loving, I love each of you.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Queen of Pentacles, Fenestra Tarot, U.S. Games Systems Inc.

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Right, Rules & Cops

What do you have to do that’s just right? What makes you just a bit uncomfortable because you want to be one of the gang, but can’t be? How do you handle your own Queen of Swords moments?

Today’s card is a reminder to do what’s right. Sounds simple, I know. But is it? Is it really that easy to do what’s right?

I work a job that puts me in a position where I have to tell my co-workers when they are doing something incorrect. It’s not easy. In fact, it pretty much blows because then I have to be the bad guy.

But it’s what *I* get paid for. To make sure things are being done the way they are supposed to plus help out whenever they hit a sticky situation or have an irate customer.

Do I want to have to tell them those things? Um, hell no. Luckily, the folks I work with are a bunch of those who get it. They get that they are at work to do a job. They get that they are bound by someone else’s rules. They don’t make me, or my counterparts, have to be the cops very often.

The Queen of Swords is, for me, the compassionate cop. She’s the one who leads the way by being precise and focused. I’m not a great Queen of Swords. I am more of the Queen of Wands type. This woman is a clear thinker. She’s ready to take decisive action for what is right in her world.

What do you have to do that’s just right? What makes you just a bit uncomfortable because you want to be one of the gang, but can’t be? How do you handle your own Queen of Swords moments?

However you do it, remember that if you keep joy as the underlying message for your own life, you will succeed.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

Pssst! Once you get your workbook, lemme know! We’ve got the Facebook group set up.

Queen of Swords, Fenestra Tarot, USGames, 2005

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Thoughts, Swords & Purviews

The Universe frequently knocks my noggin, yanks the rug out from under me feet, or yanks my pigtails then runs.

Today’s card was pulled at a perfect time for me. See, I am furious right now. Just sick with anger about a news story that I read. I’ve already kneejerked about it on my personal page. I’ll spare you that here.

What I will say is that the 8 of Swords (Fenestra Tarot, US Games) is the perfect knock upside my noggin from the Universe. The Universe frequently knocks my noggin, yanks the rug out from under me feet, or yanks my pigtails then runs. (FWIW, I don’t have pigtails… :D)

When I looked at this, I didn’t see swords so much as bindings held by others that locked this woman into place. Of course, those are swords but not for me, not now. My fuzzy eyes have locked onto that idea that she’s held captive by others.

Swords are thoughts. Swords are mental actions. Swords are controlled by…????

Ourselves.

Our thoughts are completely within our own purview. So those swords in this card? Not in someone else’s hands. They are emanating from her and being PUT into the hands of others.

Yep, she’s giving them control of her thoughts. I do that. I forget to stay fierce about my joy. I forget to deny outside input into my interior landscape. I plant thorns when I should be planting tulips.

I can’t control others.
I can control myself.

Yep, it’s that simple. If, and only if, I keep fiercely focused on that finding. (Yes, you can assume adore alliteration.)

So today, my job is to reset my mind, to reroute my thoughts, to restore my inner landscape. Yes, the newsstory was horrific. Yes, there is something I can do about it (educate others on what I think the cause is). But no, there is no reason to walk around jacked up about it all day. What good will that do?

And, in a lovely bit of synchronicity–Thanks, Universe– I read Jodi Chapman‘s blog today.

Yes. Be nice to myself. This is what I must do. And I shall!

Will you?

8 of Swords,Fenestra Tarot, US Games, 2005

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

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