Gorgons, Love & Affirmations

Today’s thought? Too much sturm and drang, baby. Too. Much. Everyone seems to be pissy–even me. I have caught myself being super judgmental and exceptionally mean these past few weeks.

So I pulled a card at random…

The Gorgon's Tarot, the Lovers
The Gorgon’s Tarot

Today’s thought? Too much sturm and drang, baby. Too. Much. Everyone seems to be pissy–even me. I have caught myself being super judgmental and exceptionally mean these past few weeks.

So I pulled a card at random from The Gorgon’s Tarot by Dolores Fitch (Schiffer Publishing).

Whoop.There it is.

[Tweet “Speak love or speak not at all. That’s the phrase that came to me when I saw this card.”]

This is a round Tarot (kudos to Schiffer for producing a round Tarot since they are very hard to print from what I hear.) It is in black and white with some rare accents of red here and there.

The box is one of the things Schiffer does the best. Sturdy with a magnetic closure, this box is about the size of a hardback book. The cards and LWB nestle nicely inside.

I’m fascinated by the artwork because it reminds me a bit of the art of Zentangle which I indulge in.

This deck doesn’t shy away from unusual artistic interpretations while still holding on to tradition. Here we see the man and woman looking up at the spirit. Well, she’s looking but his eyes are cast toward her.

So only one of them is really getting the message. Sounds like more than one relationship, doesn’t it?

Communication is important. Right now, for me, communication with love as the message is more important. I’m going to do my best to sit on myself for one more week. I tend to get really cranky during Mercury Retrogrades (even when I don’t know they are coming!)

Affirmation for today:

I speak love. I repeat love. I stay open to love. I turn my ears away from meanness. I offer comfort when there is sadness. I offer peace when there is anger. Loved and loving, I love each of you. Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Lovers, The Gorgon’s Tarot, Schiffer Publishing

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Snakebites & Love

What about you? What do you see in this card? Why do you think the snake bites one and not the other?

Deviant Moon Borderless Lovers
Deviant Moon Borderless

Today’s card is a reminder that there is balance in love. This deck intrigues me a lot. I don’t read with it very often but just got a copy of it for review. It’s the borderless version of the Deviant Moon Tarot from U.S. Games. So much is happening here.

The two lovers are entwined. The Moon shines a dedicated beam down to them. A snake chomps on the male figure’s left leg. Is that to envenomate or is it to warn or maybe it is to transform?

Her head is back in what looks like ecstasy to me. His eyes are wide open where as hers are shut. She is trusting that he will hold her and not drop her.

In some ways this card is super disturbing to me. It reminds me of all the times I’ve trusted someone not to drop me. Of all the times I’ve gone into a relationship blind.

But why does the snake bite him and not her?

In my current relationship, I feel that I do have my eyes open. We have known one another for three years. We’ve had love, fights, sickness, joy…and so much more. So we decided to get married since neither of us could see it going any where else. Not so romantic as it might have been if we were in our twenties…grin. But far less drama!

So I’ll take this balanced lovers card as a reminder that trust and seeing things for what they are are the important messages for today.

What about you? What do you see in this card? Why do you think the snake bites one and not the other?

Lovers, Borderless Deviant Moon Tarot, U.S. Games, 2014

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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Can You Do This Today?

I know. That can be hard to accept sometimes. I have a hard time when someone (including myself) tells me things like this.

StolenChild_Loversnocopyright004Today’s card reminds me to cherish. Cherish is a word that I use to describe you…and me (sorry to muck up that lovely song.) It’s one of those words that I enjoy saying. Not sure why but cherish feels good in my mouth.

And it feels even better in my heart. Did you know I cherish my relationships–near and far? Do you recognize that means you, by reading this, are now cherished by me?

How often do I remember to tell you that I love you for taking the time to read, to comment, to share? How often do I remind you how important you are to me?

  • Not as income sources.
  • Not as marketing targets.
  • Not as book buyers.

Just as that rare gift you are–human with a capacity for joy beyond belief.

I know. That can be hard to accept sometimes. I have a hard time when someone (including myself) tells me things like this. But one of the key steps to being a professional joy seeker is learning to stay open to the gifts of the universe.

One of those gifts is being able to connect deeply.

Did you know I often get teary-eyed when I read your comments?

Do you know that I often cry with you during our Tarot conversations?

I’m so honored by the sharing. I mean that.

This card from the Monica L. Knighton Stolen Child Tarot represents this concept of cherishing one another. And I love how the young bat wrapped in its parents wings licks its lips. The two children are sound asleep knowing they are protected. They are cherished.

Hibiscus flowers are also important to me. I have two hibiscus trees growing together on my back porch. Yellow and red together because it brings me joy when they bloom.

So for your 180 second challenge today, can you tell someone you cherish them? Can you look them in the eye and simply say,

“I cherish you.”

You can expand, but can you do at least that tiny bit?

Then.

And here’s the hard part.

Then can you do that to the beautiful person in the mirror?

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Lovers, Stolen Child Tarot, Monica L. Knighton, self-published

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Seek Joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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Whoosh, Plunging & Doom

Today’s card is a bit scary to me and many others. I mean really! Do they have any concept of what they are doing? Have they thought about it? Talk about crazy. Who is that said anyone with half a mind to get married has all the qualifications?

Then, I go back to yesterday’s card. OMG! I’m being a crow. All I can see is the plunge to doom. I can’t even hold on to the hope that the car is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang‘s granddaughter. I ignore the blissful happy faces. The hearts floating mean nothing to my crow mind.

Ever been that person? I know I have. This is my one big bump in life. I’ve been married. Twice to women and once in a perfectly acceptable male-female format. None of them panned out. Will I marry again? Hmmm, that remains to be seen, but most likely yes. 😀

This Lovers card is a reminder to me to not be a crow in my own life. I can’t seek joy if I’m enumerating all the ways this relationship could Titanic on me. Or Hiroshima. Or Pearl Harbor.

I have to lift my head up and enjoy the whooshing sound the wind makes as we take the plunge.

WHOOOSH, y’all! Whooshity whoosh whoosh.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Lovers, Housewives Tarot, Quirk Books, 2004

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Bats, Comfort Zones & Friendship

Today’s card reminds me to enfold myself in my own wings. The knowledge that I must be my own best friend (even though I am blessed with truly the best ever best friend) keeps me whole. When I don’t depend on others to uplift me, I am able to be truly grateful to those who do. Those who don’t? I allow them to fall away gently.

You see, I used to spend far too much time trying to be a friend first to others and last to me. By putting myself last, I actually put my friends last.

What?

It’s true. I brought to them a person searching for others to make me whole. I brought to them an incomplete me as if their love might shore me up–build me up–somehow make me more.

Isn’t that an awful burden to have put on them? I’m lucky that so many remain in my life from those years past. I don’t hate those who aren’t still here. I feel sorry for myself sometimes but I also know they made decisions that were best for them at that time.

  • Clingy? Check.
  • Whiny? Check.
  • Needy? Check.
  • Desperate for approval? Check.
  • Angry if they didn’t have time for me? Check.
  • Fearful if I didn’t hear from them immediately? Check.

Reality check. Do I still have those feelings? Absolutely. At times I still do. Then I do a hula hoop check to see what are my feelings to own and what aren’t.

I also pick up the phone to just say hello.

When we become our own comfort zone like this bat encircling these two lovers, then we become whole. And when we become whole, we are the best friends to have–both for ourselves and for others.

Doing the work is hard. I’m told that my positive pounding of Seek Joy, Y’all can be off-putting. Some may find it daunting when they are facing life’s harshest moments. Just know that by choosing joy, you defeat sorrow.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Lovers, Stolen Child Tarot, Monica Knighton, Limited Edition, 2012. Decks still available.

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Freaks, Alphas & Hunters

So when you are considering love and lovers and partnerships and relationships and worships and any ol’ kind of ship…keep in mind that the captain of your ship is a freak.

Today’s card is a reminder that sometimes love can be a freak show. And I’m okay with that. Are you? Even though I’m a romance writer (Marilu Mann), I know that not all heroes are buff-bodied, danger-seeking alphas. I know that not all heroines are lithe, leather-clad, pistol-toting hunters.

Often the hero and heroine both belong in some side show. Or so we think. It’s that attitude that can trip us up. We may struggle to tame our inner freak in order to love the wrong freak. Note: I think we are all freaks to someone. And that’s a good thing.

The first person we have to love in our personal freak show is ourselves. We are most likely the freakiest of the bunch to ourselves because know one knows us better than we do.

RIGHT?

So when you are considering love and lovers and partnerships and relationships and worships and any ol’ kind of ship…keep in mind that the captain of your ship is a freak. Love that freak. And, as we say here in Austin, let your freak flag fly!

Lovers, American Obscura Tarot by Misha Huntting, 2011

Seek Joy, Y’all. Pass it on.

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Whoopi, Love & the Other Side

Late one night, I was contacted by someone whom I know to be a faithful Christian. They know that I’m not a Christian and that I read Tarot. I’ve never read for them but a catastrophic family event led them to question their personal faith in God. They weren’t sure they believed in God at all due to a young family member committing suicide. In a nut shell, I was asked why God did what He did.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.  Marcus Aurelius

James Wells shared a reading that was designed to drill down the meaning of our Tarot practice to one phrase for each of five cards. I got a great deal out of that spread. One of the questions was about the spirit or essence of our practices. What Major Arcana offered insight into that.

I got the Continue reading “Whoopi, Love & the Other Side”

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Musings on The Lovers (Gaian Tarot)

The Dark Side, Lovers and Contests? What is Arwen talking about now?

I’ve got so much to do today.  I’ve done my weekly Tarotscopes on Twitter. You can check them out every Sunday just by going to that link. No need to join the Dark Side even if we do have cookies!

I’m gearing up for my Austin Tarot Talkers Meetup at 2pm today. I have some notes on the suits and hope that will be enough. May dig some books out as well to share.

Today’s card came as a bit of a surprise to me. With all I have on my plate, I expected Continue reading “Musings on The Lovers (Gaian Tarot)”

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TIME “TWO” MAKE A CHOICE

By becoming a conscious choice-maker, you begin to generate actions that are evolutionary for you and for those that are around you. And that’s all you need to do. ~ Deepak Chopra

Conscious choice-maker. What a concept. I have long known, and preached, that we all have the ability to make choices. Also that we are Continue reading “TIME “TWO” MAKE A CHOICE”

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