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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The Joy Challenge: Day Five

Wait. Day five of the joy challenge includes yelling at your mother???

Joy Mum White
Joy Mum

Day five is here. It’s a bit grey here in Texas, but OH the temperature. I haven’t seen 70 in the morning in ages. It’s bringing me a lot of joy right now.

Have you looked yourself in the mirror yet to say this, “I am a joy seeker. Joy finds me. I am a joy magnet.” ??

I did…sort of. I looked myself in my reflection in the laptop screen. Hey! That counts.

Tell me some little joys that have come to you. One of mine was a pair of house wrens on my back porch. One of them wanted to make a nest in the can holder on my camp chair. The other one was obviously not impressed. I laughed at their antics.

You?

Oh! Today is Tarot Blog Hop day so the monthly Tarotscopes will be up tomorrow.

Oh SHUT UP Mom! is my discussion on the Queen of Pentacles. It includes an original spread.

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Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Joy Mum White, Stephanie Arwen Lynch-Poe, 2014

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Pain, Queens + Baths

Ukiyoe_13PentaclesToday’s card reminds me that I am in charge of my own physical well being. I talk a lot about how seeking joy keeps me mentally healthy. It matters to my spirit to release negative thought patterns.

What about my physical body? What is it that seeking joy can do for me there?

Not many know that I suffer from chronic back pain. I’ve mentioned that I’m losing my hearing. My eyesight is trying to catch up with my hearing.

So how on earth can I keep rattling on about seeking joy when I have so much physical stuff going on?

I do it because I have to. It’s my survival technique.

Here we see the gorgeous queen of pentacles from the Ukiyoe Tarot (I’m super excited that it is being re-released this year). She balances a coin on one hand. In her hair she wears an elaborate headdress of combs and jewels.

The screen behind her shows an autumn day with deer seeming to laugh behind her. Her robes are rich. She stands on a gorgeous rug. Her focus seems to be more on someone or something off screen rather than on the coin she holds.

She is so composed that there is no way of knowing if she is in pain. I try to be like her as much as possible. I don’t want to talk so much about pain or discomfort or what I can’t do. I’d rather talk about joy and what I can do.

This card challenges me to focus on me. Focus on my own well-being. To put myself first. When I nurture myself, I am more available to others.

So I’ll seek joy today in giving my physical self some nurturing time doing back exercises. I might even indulge in a bubble bath. Secret? I shower instead of bathe because getting in and out of the tub is difficult these days. Smile. I miss soaking in the tub.

Can you commit to taking 180 seconds today to do something caring and nurturing just for you? That’s three minutes to have a quiet cup of tea or massage some cream into your feet.

What will you do to nurture you today?

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Queen of Coins, Ukiyoe Tarot, U.S. Games, 1982

Seek Joy, Y’all! Pass it on!

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