Bayou Tarot: Page of Pentacles

When is a waterfowl the Page of Pentacles? Arwen’s Bayou #Tarot explains.

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Bayou Tarot Page of Pentacles
Bayou Tarot Page of Pentacles

#affirmation Here’s another one from my Bayou Tarot since Storm Dancer asked so nicely. I’m not sure what kind of waterfowl this is. It might be what I know as a “pull-du” which are birds that kind of fold up to dive into the water.

I see this as the Page of Pentacles. He’s a seeker. He’s got a mission though so he’s not as dreamy as that Page of Cups. This bird knows where he is heading.

I love the reflection in this one as well. It makes me think thing my little Page of Pentacles knows his inner worth. He is learning the valuable lesson of not selling himself short. He can’t ignore his inner drive when it is right there looking back at him.

Sometimes my inner drive takes a holiday. Does yours? Today I’m fighting off illness. I have too much to do! I’ve already worked several hours of overtime. If I cave in to call in sick, I’ll lose those hours as over time. My inner self balks at that!

Today’s affirmation

I grit my teeth. I get through it. Whatever it is, I get through it. I drive forward following my personal goals. I focus on the end result to get myself through this day. Determined, focus, driven are my words for today.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Page of Pentacles, Bayou Tarot, Stephanie Arwen Lynch-Poe

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Join My Army Now

I revealed my sacred word of the year on my guest post for Leonie. It’s REGENERATE. And that’s really buzzing in my head right now. My website, my purpose, my passion–all need to be regenerated this year.

Page of Swords, Tarot of Trees
Tarot of Trees

Today’s card reminds me that I need to get ready. I need to be prepared. I am moving into a new era of me. I want to celebrate that.

Do you ever have the feeling, the urge, the itching under your skin telling you that things are changing? That you need to be ready for a skin shedding of epic proportions? That’s where I am right now.

It’s one of the reasons I haven’t been blogging as much. Something is shifting, y’all. It’s going to be amazing, I know. I just need to focus on what it is.

In the free readings I’ve been doing this month, I’m seeing a lot of people get cards that talk about transcendence, hitting the next level, moving on up to the east side. 😀 My work with Leonie’s workbook (the way everyone is getting the free reading) did this to me last year.

I revealed my sacred word of the year on my guest post for Leonie. It’s REGENERATE. And that’s really buzzing in my head right now. My website, my purpose, my passion–all need to be regenerated this year.

I will still do Tarot–can’t see myself ever letting go of that tool. But the focus is going to move more intensely into helping you become professional joy seekers. I want to start an army of joy seekers, y’all.

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Are you ready? Can you feel the shift coming? Do your very bones vibrate with the intensity? Mine do. Mine very much do.

Oh! Do you want a free reading? Maybe to see what your shift will be?

Well, for $9.95 you can!

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Get ready. Change is coming.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

Page of Swords, Tarot of Trees, Dana Driscoll

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Revisiting: Gravy and Love Letters

Do you ever write yourself love letters? I’m serious. Just consider it for a moment. Who better to tell you how marvelous you are than the person who spends the most time with you. YOU!

Cats_CupsPageDay six of my wedding trip…tomorrow we head home.

I’m sharing some favorite posts from my Tarot & Food entries.

Revisiting: Gravy and Love Letters

Do you ever write yourself love letters? I’m serious. Just consider it for a moment. Who better to tell you how marvelous you are than the person who spends the most time with you. YOU! more…

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Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

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Rants, Wrong Decks + Focus

There’s not a thing wrong with this deck. In fact, this deck is one of the enduring popular ones. It just doesn’t do a thing for me really. And why is that? It’s colorful and the images are rich.

SacredRose_11Pentacles001Today’s card is from a deck I don’t really use. It’s one that is on the list to sell if I ever get around to selling off my collection.

There’s not a thing wrong with this deck. In fact, this deck is one of the enduring popular ones. It just doesn’t do a thing for me really. And why is that? It’s colorful and the images are rich.

They just don’t speak to me.

When I try to read with a deck that I don’t connect with, it’s like stuffing a round peg in a square hole. A much smaller square hole at that.

I used to smile and nod when someone said something I didn’t agree with. Then I went through a period where Arwen had to have her say. I didn’t really care how mean or cruel I was. I let my Scorpio moon fly.

These days, I choose what I rant about. I’m more careful. Part of that is because of some of the organizations I represent. But more of it is because it is just tiring.

Our little Page of Pentacles is very focused on his task at hand. A glittering gold rose rises up at his call.

Instead of going off about honest mistakes and Mercury Retrograde, I think I’ll focus on my upcoming eCourse. It will be 33 days of lessons, prompts and handouts to help you write your book. It’s over forty thousand words but broken down into smaller chunks.

Like this rose with all of its petals, I know those who purchase this self-guided eCourse will put the pieces together for something amazing. I can’t wait to see what blooms.

What about you? What are you focused on right now that is good? That is clean and without negativity? Let’s try to get through this Mercury Retrograde without too much sturm und drang, shall we?

Today’s journal prompt is, “How can I vent in a self-empowering way without dragging myself down into their mud?”

Page of Pentacles, Sacred Rose Tarot, U.S. Games

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Wanna Come To Crazyville?

Housewives_11SwordsToday’s card reminds me that I often do things I know I should not be doing. It’s not as if I don’t know better. It’s as if I think I’m bullet-proof or that I can get away with it for just this one time. Like eating ice cream when I’ve worked to eliminate fat from my diet. Or running with scissors as our young Page of Swords does here.

This is the quirky and totally fun Housewives Tarot. This card represents those mental thoughts that we don’t quite have a handle on. Sometimes they run wild and hurt us or others. We create drama where there was none to create.

But what about when you are in a situation where a trusted friend turns into the Page of Swords? When someone you have always thought the best of suddenly goes straight off the rails into “cuckoo for cocoa puffs” territory?

How do you deal with that?

You can certainly shake your finger and admonish them to “Stop that” or to “Behave”. But does that do you any good?

I think not. I think it just makes me more involved in their crazy. I have to step out of my hula hoop into theirs to make them stop. And really, can I make anyone but myself stop?

All I can do is step away and isolate my interactions with them. I can monitor how I deal with them on a daily basis–if at all. Sometimes you have to. If they are someone I work with, I can’t turn my back on them. I have to offer them the same level of service as others.

What I can do is limit my energy interaction. I can throttle back my openness and create boundaries for me. I can make sure that when my erstwhile friend or co-worker, I am making sure my hula hoop stays as free and clear of their erratic behaviour as possible.

Is it fun to see someone I care about go off the deep end? Not even a little. Still, the person I must protect first is me. And to do that, I have to make sure my boundaries are tight.

One place that has helped me immensely in learning about how to maintain my own hula hoop is Leonie Dawson’s Amazing Biz + Life Academy. [aff] Come join me!

Your 180 second challenge is a two parter. The first is easy. Just think about those in your life who are inviting you to play in their crazy.

Now for the true challenge. Ask yourself this.

“Why am I RSVPing yes?”

I give you permission to decline those invitations. I assure you it is okay to say no to one more round of drama llama ding dong. Do it for you.

Seek joy, y’all. Limit your trips to other people’s Crazyville.

Page of Swords, Housewives Tarot, Quirk Books, 2004[aff]

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Love Letter To Who?

Cats_CupsPageSo today’s card is one that reminds me of things even a child could do. The Page of Cups is that emotional young person who is all about hearts and flowers and youthful emotional expression. A traditional meaning is that someone is going to send you a love letter.

Do you ever write yourself love letters? I’m serious. Just consider it for a moment. Who better to tell you how marvelous you are than the person who spends the most time with you. YOU!

For today’s 180 second challenge, can you commit to dashing off a quick love letter? Maybe just a memo? A post-it note? How about just three words?

I love you.

Some of us will jump right in.
Some of us will drag our heels.
Some of us will refuse because it seems silly.
Some of us will refuse because it hurts to be the only one writing a love letter to ourselves.

And it’s okay. Just face your fears. No one else has to see this love letter. No one else has to know. This is some simple self-care you can do today.

C’mon, darlings! What’s 180 seconds out of your day? Just try it. That’s all I’m asking.

I cooked myself a love letter the other day. Yes, I can see you smiling. I can hear you giggling. But I did.

I had what you might term a trying day at work. My team was recalcitrant. They pushed back at every possible moment it seemed. Customers were particularly difficult with one even exerting the effort to yell at me for three minutes. So I needed some self-love. I needed some me time.

Food is one of my comforts. I was trying to decide if I was going to go to my favorite sushi show when it hit me.

Hamburger gravy over rice.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I had that but it has to have been five to seven years easily. So I went to the grocery store and picked up what I needed. It was so yummy that I wanted to add it to my Tarot recipes collection.

Page of Cups Hamburger Gravy Love Letter

  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1/2 lg onion (white sweet is my choice), chopped
  • 2 TB garlic (I use the jarred stuff so I can get some oil too)
  • 2-3 TB olive oil
  • 1 TB pepper
  • 1 TB Salt (I use sea salt)
  • 3 TB Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Family-Sized can cream of mushroom soup (or 3 regular)
  • Cooked rice to serve it over (I am a brown rice fan)

In a large cast iron skillet, heat up 2-3 TB of olive oil. Sauté` the onions until gold (I let mine go a bit brown on the edges.) As you stir this, think about all the love and joy and happiness in your world.

Be happy.

Add the hamburger and brown thoroughly. Sometime in the middle of cooking the beef, add the garlic. Please note that I adore garlic and you may want to back off a titch. Do spoon in some of that yummy oil if you used the jarred variety. As the meat cooks and you stir it, open your soul to the unknown blessings already on their way.

Be joyful.

Add the salt and pepper and stir in well. Now add soup and Worcestershire sauce. Let it come to a simmer. This is a very thick dish so you can add a bit of milk here if you prefer it soupier. As it simmers, speak words of love to you.

Remember that you are a fabulous human being.

Oh! Don’t forget to cook the rice. 😀 I generally start it just after I start browning the hamburger so everything is done about the same time.

I know here is where I should say that I serve this with a green salad or some deliciously nutritious vegetable.

I didn’t. I ate two bowls of this and nothing else. HA! Oh, I do add soy sauce to the dish after serving. That’s me. You may just want to experiment with how much salt you like.

I hope you remember to write (or cook) yourself a love letter. You deserve love. You are loveable. I love you. Want some help finding your joy? Contact me. I can help.

Page of Cups, Cat’s Eye Tarot, U.S. Games
Seek Joy, Y’all! Pass it on!

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Frowns, Situations & Health

And I’m here to tell you that it works. It WORKS, y’all. I had a goal. I knew what steps I needed to take towards it. I took the first step and BOOM, that goal is now ticked off on my list.

Whimsical_11PentaclesToday’s card reminds me that business must be attended to. This time of year finds many of us doing the day-to-day of gathering receipts, checking last year’s revenues, preparing for our taxes. When I drew this card from the adorable Whimsical Tarot (Dorothy Morrison and Mary Hanson-Roberts), I frowned.

Yes, frowned. I mean who wants to talk about business like this? Counting. Stacking. Evaluating.

But the Page of Pentacles knows that if you don’t do this, things pile up. Things get out of hand. He, or she, is the slow, steady type. The one you can depend on. That part of ourselves that does what has to be done.

I’m in a situation like that now. Not about money, but about another area that this suit rules. That’s physical health. I have a toothache.

No. That’s not exactly right.

I HAVE A FREAKING PAIN IN MY MOUTH THAT IS TAKING OVER MY LIFE.

Yeah, that’s more like it. I left work yesterday to go to an emergency dental appointment. I left that appointment with words I didn’t want to hear. Extraction. Times four.

Sigh. I have bad teeth and don’t take care of them on a good day. My confession for 2013. 😀 I am going to lose teeth because of this. My Page of Pentacles self is shaking a finger at me reminding me of what I should have done.

Should’ve.
Would’ve.
Could’ve.

The dentist tells me that my diabetes probably contributed to this. I’m working on forgiving myself today. I mean I can’t dial back 30 years and fix this. 😀 So I can either beat myself up for it OR I can address it and move forward.

Slow and steady. This is also addressed in that workbook+planner I’m in love with. 2013Calendar

WHAT? You didn’t think I wouldn’t mention that, did you? 😀 The business version is rocking my world. It focuses on the steps to take to be successful. It isn’t all “pie in the sky” telling you all you have to do is use affirmations.

Nope. This is about dreams + plans of action + actionable steps + check lists + to-do books.

And I’m here to tell you that it works. It WORKS, y’all. I had a goal. I knew what steps I needed to take towards it. I took the first step and BOOM, that goal is now ticked off on my list.

CHECKED!
DONE!
FINITO!
In the bag, baby.

So I want you to get this workbook+planner. You can get either version for $9.95 or both for $14.95. I have both. I’m finding both invaluable for different reasons.

Because I want you to get this, I’m sweetening the pot with a free eBook. This is the eBook that is currently being illustrated by….no, not yet. I can’t tell you yet. I want to tease a bit more! But you will get the unillustrated version AND the illustrated version once it’s ready. Free. Because I love you and want you to have this magical workbook+planner. That’s right. Love. You.

So what will it take for you to join me on this quest to make 2013 an incredible year? Click here to get this party started.

Page of Pentacles, Whimsical Tarot, US Games, 2000

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

P. to the S. My tooth hurts less after making this confession. Maybe that energy needed to be released, eh?

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November 2012 Tarotscopes

Join professional Austin psychic, Arwen Lynch for a free podcast for your horoscope for November 2012.

This month I’m using Carmen Waterman’s gorgeous self-published Rainbow Travelers Tarot to read for you. This month shows us some interesting things to do including dressing up and showing off. Who got that card, I wonder?

I also announce the winner for the October comments and tease you with a discount only the Newsletter folks get (but I tell you how you can get in on the deal yourself.)

So what are you waiting for? Listen and let me know what you think. Did you listen to last month’s? Would you miss these if I stopped doing them?

Let me know.

Oh the scan of this card is intentionally not great so as to discourage absconding with Carmen’s work. 😀 Trust me, it’s gorgeous. I’ll do a video review as soon as I get my nails done.

WHAT? Yes, I’m vain. LOL

Oh, the Tarotscopes? Scoot to the bottom of the page…all the way down and you will see the Podcast Widget in the middle. Click on November 2012 and enjoy. Don’t forget to let me know about those questions I asked.

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Nurture, New & Swans

I’m so tickled to have folks subscribed that I thought I’d give them a treat just for them. There’s another treat tucked in there as well, but that’s just for them.

Today’s card reminds me of all the things I have to do. I see this gorgeous girl focusing not on all the adults around her but on the baby in her arms.

She, like me, is focused on something new, something coming. She sees the potential in this flightless cygnet and so do I. I’ve been working on my newsletter today along with my monthly Tarotscopes podcast. Did you know I’ve been doing them for several years now?

This month, my newsletter readers will have their Tarotscope podcast announcement earlier than anyone else. I’m so tickled to have folks subscribed that I thought I’d give them a treat just for them. There’s another treat tucked in there as well, but that’s just for them.

If you want to get yours early or want to see what my treat for my November newsletter subscribers is, you can sign up.

So what are you nurturing right now? Are you remembering to focus on the beginning rather than worrying about the end? Do you gaze out your window looking at those who are doing what you want to do or are you keeping your eyes on the prize, the project, the promise you made to yourself.

You can let others lift you up and show you the way like our Page of Swords (Shadowscapes Tarot) is doing. But never forget that you are the one sheltering that new beginning. You are the one watching it carefully to know when it has wings ready to fly.

What do you nurture today?

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

Page of Swords, Shadowscapes Tarot, Llewellyn Publishing, 2010

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Safe, Secure & Apples

There won’t always be apples! That tree could die. It could get cut down. He might fall from the tree. And what about that rabbit anyway?

Today’s card is one that never fails to make me smile. Even on a day like today when I got news that I didn’t care for, this little boy examining his apple makes me happy.

Why does he examine the apple? Do you think he is looking for the bad spot? At his age? Nahhhh, he’s just looking at the pretty, shiny red surface. He’s considering where to sink his teeth in. He’s considering how much he will share with his lop-eared friend. He isn’t worried about where the next apple will come from.

In fact, our Child of Earth from the Gaian Tarot is pretty secure in the knowledge that there will be more apples where this one came from. I mean all he has to do is climb that old apple tree behind him to get more.

And the adult in some of us is thinking:

There won’t always be apples! That tree could die. It could get cut down. He might fall from the tree. And what about that rabbit anyway? It might run off! It could get hit by a car or eaten by a coyote.

Child of Earth don’t care.

The Child of Earth understands that his basic needs are taken care of. He is secure and safe.

And that’s what really matters. If you are not secure and safe when you read this, stop reading right now and make that happen. There are places and people who will help you.

If you are secure and safe when you read this, stop worrying so much about that next dollar in your bank account. Let this moment–this one right now–be your joy. You are not in a situation that requires police or medical intervention. You are safe. You are secure. There are more apples coming. The bunny is your guide to joy today so hop along, darlings. Hop along.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

Child of Earth, Gaian Tarot, Llewellyn Publishing, 2011

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