Tarotscopes for May 3 – May 9, 2015

Zombie Tarot
Zombie 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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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?

Did you know I’m a huge advocate for joy? I know…shocker. I’m listening to an audiobook series right now that is bringing me a lot of that joy I seek. It’s an older one but the series is fun. Have you read/listened to this series? No spoilers but if you have, tell me in the comments. Or make your own recommendations. I really adore books, don’t you?

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CARD OF THE WEEK: [inlinetweet prefix=”CARD OF THE WEEK” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Life gives. Death takes away. Or is that the other [/inlinetweet]way ’round? Either way, the messag of the week is one of balance. Don’t expect more out than you put in. Don’t assume others will be happy to give their all just because you are. If you can moderate your reactions, you will survive this week. Strive to be as middle-of-the-road as possible–particularly in extremely volatile discussions. TEMPERANCE

AQUARIUS [inlinetweet prefix=”AQUARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Well, once it all falls apart, you will need [/inlinetweet]a road map, some strong twine and a safe place to hide. Remember you can prevent this from being one of “those” weeks by limiting your engagements. Really good week to find a hidey-hole. Definitely avoid the malls. And if it really falls apart? Ask yourself this. Do you really want it back the way that it was? Maybe your chance to change things for the good of all. TEN OF WANDS

PISCES [inlinetweet prefix=”PISCES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]It’s a bad idea to give into the grief because [/inlinetweet]there may be more coming. Hold strong for now. Find solace in others. If you focus on all the “what went wheels up”, you may find that there are those in your life who would be happy to deliver more of the same emotional carnage. Better to stand up, face the future instead of letting them eat you alive. FIVE OF CUPS

ARIES [inlinetweet prefix=”ARIES” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Um, any port in a storm may not be the [/inlinetweet]best answer. This week promises to offer plenty of sympathy and tea coming your way. You just need to make sure there isn’t arsenic in the tea. Some are genuine in their offers of support. Some never are. Play it smart, Aries. Avoid the lovers of old lace to stay emotionally healthy. You know what I mean. FOUR OF CUPS

Zombie Tarot Queen of Wands
Zombie Tarot

TAURUS [inlinetweet prefix=”TAURUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Honestly, sometimes you make it worse than it is by [/inlinetweet]over-engaging with the enemy. Yes, the enemy. That can be yourself when you are being so negative about yourself. It can be your friends who don’t support you with love and laughter. It can be the job that seems to big to finish. Your attitude is going to need watching this week. Stay positive, Bulls. Don’t let your own mind pull you down. NINE OF SWORDS

GEMINI [inlinetweet prefix=”GEMINI” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Baffle them with bullshit or maybe it’s a good week to [/inlinetweet]just make a decision. A final decision. One that you can’t waffle on. Time to fish or cut bait, my dears. Analyze the decision. Poke at the roots. Then either fertilize it so it will grow or chop it down. You weaken your own position by not stating the obvious. TWO OF WANDS

CANCER [inlinetweet prefix=”CANCER” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Be aware that legal issues could be decided this week. If [/inlinetweet]you are in the wrong, prepare to pay the piper. If you are in the right, prepare to be paid. Also pay attention to areas in your life that need more balance. Fairness comes into play as well. Do the right thing every time to succeed this week. Cutting corners is not recommended. JUSTICE

LEO [inlinetweet prefix=”LEO” tweeter=”@Tarotscopes” suffix=”..more #tarot”]Sometimes the very best weapon is your brain when your heart [/inlinetweet]is fully engaged. Stop being mean. Being kind takes more strength than you know. Filtering out the anger so that the compassion can take over is a real cardio workout. Your anger may be justified, but try replacing it with love. See how much better you feel. Because, in the end, it’s really all about you. STRENGTH

VIRGO [inlinetweet prefix=”VIRGO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Winner! You have done all the work so now you get to [/inlinetweet]enjoy the spoils of your own personal battles. Just remember that generally speaking, one battle doesn’t win the whole war. Still, it’s a good week to rest on your laurels. Accept the accolades coming your way. Quietly make preparations for the next phase of this journey. SIX OF WANDS

LIBRA [inlinetweet prefix=”LIBRA” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Learn this lesson well to succeed in all things. You must [/inlinetweet]work with others. Bringing others in on the plan or project will ease your work load plus widen the scope. When you can be open to group effort, you can make it better. Not a good week to go the “I do it myself” routine, okay? Accept help. Offer help. Form committees even. Just remember this is about the group mind this week. THREE OF HAZARDS

Zombie Tarot Eight of Swords
Zombie Tarot

SCORPIO [inlinetweet prefix=”SCORPIO” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Sometimes we are hoisted on our own petard when we [/inlinetweet] forget how trapped we can be by our own decisions. Faced with something you don’t want to do? Feeling put up on,ill-used, taken advantage of? Take a moment to really examine the situation. Who said yes in the first place? How many outs did you have that you didn’t take? Time to face the music, Scorpio. Your own belief may have gotten you hear. Change how you think to leave. EIGHT OF SWORDS

SAGITTARIUS [inlinetweet prefix=”SAGITTARIUS” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”…more #tarot”]Oh the key energy of this week is dedication with a side of [/inlinetweet]multi-tasking. Time to show off your multi-armed approach to all you have to get done this week. Super full plate? Don’t worry, Archers. You’ve got this. Expect a burst of energy about mid-week to carry you through this “get ‘er done” frenzy. Do remember that you don’t have to do anyone’s work other than your own. If you say yes to them, no fair being a martyr. You did say yes. QUEEN OF WANDS

CAPRICORN [inlinetweet prefix=”CAPRICORN” tweeter=”@tarotscopes” suffix=”… more #tarot”]Sometimes it feels like everyone needs a piece of your [/inlinetweet]heart. As if they think you can be all things to all people. Don’t be surprised if someone tries to bite you in the ass after you’ve been nothing but kind to them. Just that kind of a week. My advice? Grab a journal and get to writing. Sometimes putting all the emotional stress and trauma down on paper makes it easier to manage. You know, Cappy….make a list. THREE OF SWORDS

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.

Zombie Tarot, Quirk Books, 2012

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TarotsCopes August 17-23, 2014

Yikes! #Zombies this week for my tarotscopes. Hold me. I’m scared.

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Zombie Tarot
Zombie Tarot

Card Of The Week: DEVIL Tempted to do something you shouldn’t? DON’T. The danger lurking behind is greater than the risk. Play it safe this week.

AQUARIUS MAGICIAN Time to own your creativity. Time to believe in your tools. You can make things happen so get started. Stop dithering.

PISCES THREE OF WANDS Pay attention. Joining with others to make something bigger is a good idea.Waiting for them to come to you? Make your move first.

ARIES SEVEN OF HAZARDS Learn everything you can. Prosperity comes from using what you have. Rest is okay but work still has to be done.

TAURUS PAGE OF HAZARDS Job potentials are here. Keep it fresh. Play more. Loosen your grip on the rules if you want deserved recognition.

GEMINI ACE OF HAZARDS Time to make things happen. Money tight? Make a better budget. Need a job? Send out more resumes. Seize the moment!

CANCER JUDGMENT Actions bring unavoidable consequences. Payment comes due this week so grit your teeth + make it right. Learn from this.

LEO DEATH What changes must you make? What transitions are you stuck in? Shake loose. Break free. Painful? Sure but the payoff is huge!

VIRGO FOOL Time to step out of your comfort zone. You need to make those dreams happen by starting today. Smart risks pay off so do it.

LIBRA FIVE OF WANDS Stop letting competition destroy you. Break free of those who must always be better. Crawl if you must but get away.

SCORPIO EIGHT OF WANDS Why do you play the victim when you know you’re the winner? Stop playing into their hands by believing their meanness.

SAGITTARIUS FIVE OF HAZARDS Home is important. Never stop fighting for your place of peace. Struggles this week around home end with your desired outcome.

CAPRICORN FOUR OF HAZARDS Money is as easily made as it is spent. When you stop the flow one way, it stops the other too. Loosen up a bit.

Today’s deck? Zombie Tarot reminds me to double-tap + stay away from the mall! Get it before it gets you. 😀

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Shadows, Zombies & Hops

A magical book that dwells in an attic where the pages turn themselves
An evil book kept only by those who wish to do great harm to others
A book of amazing spells that can vanquish demons, offer lifelong beauty and more

Welcome to the 7th Tarot Blog Hop. We started at Imbolc of this year. I’m glad you have found me along the way. If you are hopping forward, you just go here from Joanne’s blog. You can find the next link at the bottom of this post.

This Tarot Blog Hop is being wrangled by Amethyst Mahoney. She has challenged every blogger to answer this question.

“Who is hiding beneath the normal every-day mask you wear for the World?”

Another question she posed was “What aspects of yourself do you feel like you have to keep hidden?”

“Who are you really, once you shake off the expectations of your community and the World?” is also asked.

This was an interesting concept to me. I think of myself pretty much as an open book. Most who know me will soon learn that I am a queer femme, over 50, professional psychic and author of erotic fiction. I seek joy because it is a lifesaver for me. It’s not so much that I avoid the shadows as that I don’t roll about in them. I acknowledge them. I accept that the balance of nature–of light and dark–exists within me as well as outside of me. I don’t see shadow self as a flaw so much as a piece of me.

And a rather important piece at that. You see, when I write, I access Shadow Self. I will capitalize it to honor it. Because the Shadow Self deserves as much honor as the Light self. In my Tradition there is a Book of Shadows. In popular fiction this has been made into many things

  • A magical book that dwells in an attic where the pages turn themselves
  • An evil book kept only by those who wish to do great harm to others
  • A book of amazing spells that can vanquish demons, offer lifelong beauty and more

But really, a Book of Shadows is simply a recipe book at its most basic level. There is more of course, but that is a discussion I would have only with others of a like mind. What many don’t know is that many witches keep a companion book. That goes by several names, but Book of Light is one of those. It is for experiences and education received while working with the “recipes” in the other .

So balance is important. I guess I don’t feel that Shadow Self is hidden so much as protected. Without that part of me capable of delving into and reliving pain, I couldn’t write. Simply put.

I couldn’t write.

And that means, I couldn’t breathe.

So I let my Shadow Self have room. I let her keep her calm, quiet hours of long, silent times. I let her be my creative side. This piece of me is my Hermit self. So for this, I came up with a spread to honor Shadow Self.

Honoring Shadow Self

1. What part of me is protected by the every day mask I wear?
2. Why do I keep this part of me separated from the world?
3. How can I honor this Shadow Self?
4. What does my Shadow Self need most right now?
5. What is the message the Universe wants me to know about my Shadow Self?

Using the Zombie Tarot, I pulled these cards.

1. What part of me is protected by the every day mask I wear?

Queen of Wands, Zombie Tarot, Click for larger imageQueen of Wands: I love that she is a nurse trying to heal herself. She is there with the tools of her trade as if she can put herself back together. And this is very true of me. Some of the background on my joy seeking is that I was in an abusive relationship. That was a long time ago, but a lot of that pain went undealt with for a long time. It caused me to try to grow new relationships from salted earth. And, as any good battle strategist will tell you, doesn’t work. You have to heal the ground before you can grow anything new. So my healed ground is what I protect.

2. Why do I keep this part of me separated from the world?

Judgment, Zombie Tarot, click for larger imageJudgment: Um ouch? Yes, that is exactly why I protect Shadow Self. The harsh judgment of others who can’t, don’t or won’t understand frightens me. There. I said it. It’s actually scary to work so hard at being a joy seeker. Folks think I miss the snide comments or the sideways looks when I work at staying joyful. Yeah. It hurts, but it hurts worse to give into that negativity. And yes, I still do get negative. I still make catty remarks. I just try to control it. Am I successful? Not always, but it’s a growth issue.

3. How can I honor this Shadow Self?

8 of Swords, Zombie Tarot, click for larger image8 of Swords: Now what an interesting card here. Normally this is a card of being a victim but here, the first thing I saw was the heart enclosed in the ribs–protected. And there’s netting there as well for more protection. I honor Shadow Self by protecting her. There’s really not much else for me to say about that one, is there.

 

4. What does my Shadow Self need most right now?

6 of Swords, Zombie Tarot, click for larger image6 of Swords: Awww, time with old friends and reminiscing. I love that this shows a canoe. If you read my blog regularly, I just posted about a love affair with a canoe and a bayou. So more time thinking about the past good rather than the past bad. Okay!

 

5. What is the message the Universe wants me to know about my Shadow Self?

Lovers: Can I get an AMEN on this deck? Anyone else go, “DUH” when they saw this? A well man kissing a Zombie woman who is holding his heart. I need to love my Shadow Self and fully embrace that part of me.

I’d be honored if you chose to try this spread. And please let me know! You can share your reading here or just link to it in the comments.

Now hop along to RoseRed’s blog for the next stop in our Samhain Blog Hop.

If you get lost or a link is broken, use Amethyst’s Master List.

The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead with Deck and Instructions, Quirk Books, 2012

Not a fan of Zombies? Here is a review of another deck you might like more.

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Uzis, Accessories & Will

And look out the window! The troops are coming. If she can just hold off the slathering horde, she’ll make it.

Today’s card is a reminder that sometimes you have to take the high ground even if you have to use force. This means that you can’t let your detractors drag you down. The force is best applied to your own strength of will unlike this fabulous Seven of Swords.

Of course, if your detractors include a horde of zombie party guests, I guess a high heel to the face could be deemed necessary. I don’t know about you, but I’m wondering where she picked up the neat little Uzi.

Still a girl must accessorize, right?

And look out the window! The troops are coming. If she can just hold off the slathering horde, she’ll make it.

So your thought for today is that when you take the high ground, others will come to your defense. Maintain position and never forget the most important lesson of this card.

Two shots. Straight to the head.

Okay, so maybe not in the real world, but you know what I mean. Be firm. Be direct. Don’t be wishy-washy when the 7 of Swords shows up.

Seek the high ground, y’all. Pass it on.

Grin.

Fine!

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

7 of Swords, The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead with Deck and Instructions, Quirk Books 2012

P. to the S. I can’t recommend this deck highly enough. It’s packaged with an eye to highlight the zombie theme plus it really actually reads very well.

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Stockpiling, Zombies & Joy

Today’s card makes me laugh even though I think it isn’t supposed to. A traditional meaning of this card is make a wish or getting one’s heart’s desire. I think this gal isn’t just hoping to get her desire. She’s planning on it.

Locked and loaded, the 9 of Coins from the Zombie Tarot by Paul Kepple and Stacey Graham (Quirk Books, 2012) shows a woman determined to stay alive. I think this is a fine example of how to put this card’s energy to good use.

I mean it’s grand to have a wish. It’s spectacular to know your heart’s desire. But what are you going to DO for it? Are you going to get active? Are you going to protect it from all comers (even brain-eating ones) once you have found it?

I don’t think our pretty woman is going anywhere. She’s got the radio to stay tuned to any broadcasts. Her back is to the sea. She’s got the pump action rifle in her hand. She’s wrapped up to stay warm. Now all she has to do is survive the Zombie Apocalypse.

What will you do to keep your heart’s desire? What actions can you take today to start stockpiling your own joys? Put some memories aside so when you have to hunker down for the hard part of this journey, you have some ammunition handy.

9 of Cups, Zombie Tarot, Quirk Books 2012

Seek joy, Y’all! Pass it on.

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