Pirates, Soothsayers + Insanity

WakingTheWildSpirit_14Cups001Today’s card made me look up a word. I wanted to know more about what it meant. One word in the first definition just rankled my cockles. Sorry, but it IS Talk Like A Pirate day. 😀 I’ll spare you from translating the whole thing, matey, but there will be bits as we go.


So as I was saying…there was a word in the definition of soothsayer that made me twitch. “Supposed” as in “a person supposed to be able to foresee the future.”

That makes it seem as if it is the reader’s fault if the currents they see today in your reading change tomorrow.

I’ve got two words for you.


Just because I see you getting that desired interview today doesn’t mean you won’t do something between now and then to change the outcome.

Patterns are in our lives for a reason. We create grooves, gouges, ruts that we stay in. We don’t move out of them.

Why? Because they are familiar. And darlings, I mean mateys, familiar isn’t always good. Just because you are making a killing on the bounding main today doesn’t mean you won’t need to put your self into dry dock tomorrow.

Don’t let anyone–not a doctor, not a teacher, not a parent, not a psychic–tell you that you can’t change your future.

Of course you can. That’s why my clients know a reading with me creates homework for them. They need to take stock of actions they are currently involved in. Sure they can continue as is, but, things will not change until they change.

Do you know who said this?

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

My fellow Pisces Albert Einstein dropped that little gem.

So on this Pisces Full Moon, let’s use this as our journal prompt.

“What insanity in my life can I change and how?”

King of Cups,Waking The Wild Spirit, Poppy Palin

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How To Have A King of Cups Day

CatsEye_14CupsToday’s card reminds me to indulge myself every now and again. This comfortably plump (okay, fat and happy) King of Cups from the Cat’s Eye Tarot has nothing but love for you. He exists to be petted. He wants nothing more than to lie in your lap purring all day.

But that’s not really the best thing for very day, is it? Of course not, but you and I know that. But what we may forget is that every now and again it is not just okay, it’s mandatory.

Here’s how to have a King of Cups day (with or without large purring cat).

Don’t set the alarm. Wake up when you wake up and be happy you don’t have to fly out of bed.

Loll about. Here’s where a large purring cat or snuggling dog might come in handy. Don’t get up immediately. Just lay there for a bit. Use that time to do some active day dreaming.

When you are ready, go have something you really love for breakfast. Pancakes? Tuna melt? Shrimp etoufee? Eggs Benedict? This is your day of indulgence so eat what you like.

Now you have a few choices.

One. Go for a walk just to wander. Not for exercise. Not to get any where. Just to go see what’s out there.

Two. Curl up with a good book in a comfy chair. Here’s another spot where a fat cat might come in handy.

Three. Curl up on the couch to watch a new movie or an old favorite.

This day is for you so do what you like.

I find that it rejuvenates me. You?

Now I’m ready to tackle some spiritual stuff using my Sacred Space Clearing Kit. Love this!

Here is my own fat cat and his favorite dog pal. They sleep together all the time.

King of Cups, Cat’s Eye Tarot, U.S. Games

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Why Am I So Stingy?

I think we all can have those moments of “Mine! It’s mine, mine, mine!” I know I can. Particularly around food. I feel threatened and angry if someone eats my food. It’s one of my stumbling blocks.

Wildwood_14SwordsToday’s card is from the re-envisioned Greenwood Tarot now sold as the Wildwood. Here is the King of Arrows (Swords) seen as the Kingfisher. This is a bird whose very name invokes a very real and very large king in my world.

I wouldn’t say that I’m a fan of Huey P. Long, former governor of Louisiana. He was assassinated in the capital building. It’s something of a pilgrimage for all Louisiana children to go to the capital to see the hole in the wall where one bullet struck.

I was taught by a woman who told stories of her early teaching career. Days when a whisper against Long in north Louisiana on a Monday could find you with out a job or prospects in Louisiana on Tuesday. The man had a long reach.

The Kingfisher of the avian species is one I’m also familiar with. I’ve been fortunate enough to see this bird in person on several occasions. Don’t try to get into his fishing range if you are another fishing bird. He will use that long, pointed beak to drive you off. What is his is his.

I think we all can have those moments of “Mine! It’s mine, mine, mine!” I know I can. Particularly around food. I feel threatened and angry if someone eats my food. It’s one of my stumbling blocks.

Another thing about this particular king is his focus. This bird doesn’t get distracted. He can sit for hours watching his water waiting for the fish to surface. I’m not that patient. Are you?

I see the two sides of this king today. One the all-consuming, all-selfish ruler of his world who doesn’t want to share and can’t see why he should. Two the focused individual who shepherds his thoughts from incubation to fully fledged ideas that can take wing on their own.

For my 180 seconds today, I am going to contemplate why I am so stingy around food. Why I have this prehistoric, knee-jerk reaction over the last cookie or the last cracker.

What will your 180 seconds be today? I challenge you to search in yourself for one area where you don’t share well. Then examine that to see if you can figure out why.

If you feel safe, tell me here. And I will be doing yesterday’s readings tonight so don’t despair if you were one of the folks who participated yesterday!

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

King of Arrows, The Wildwood Tarot: Wherein Wisdom Resides, 2011

Deity, Guns & Fierceness

Today’s card is from a deck I used to have. I got it, hated it and traded it. Hate is such a strong word, isn’t it? But this deck caused a huge reaction in me — this card particularly.

Still, the quote I read yesterday by Ntosake Shange reminded me of this card.

“I found God in Myself & I loved Her…I loved Her fiercely. ~Ntosake Shange”

Loved Her fiercely. Another strong word–fierce. Here we see Rodin’s Thinker repurposed into a man contemplating suicide. That’s such a permanent answer to a temporary question to my way of thinking. I understand why some choose it. I’ve been at that dark spot myself.

Going back to the Shange quote. I love this quote because it reminds me that Deity (no matter what you call it/Him/Her/Them) is within all of us. That is why we should treat one another with love and compassion–including ourselves.

And not shoot one another. Think what it would mean to point a gun at someone and know you are killing God. Or any other weapon including your words and your fists.

What if you are yelling at God? What if you are calling God a fat, ugly bitch when you do that to yourself?

Just think about it. If you knew you were in the presence of Deity, would you change what you do? Would you change what you say? Would you offer Deity more love, more compassion, more grace of being?

Find God in yourself and love Her/Him fiercely.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Gunman (King of Swords), The Pomo Tarot: A Postmodern Deck for Navigating the Next Millennium, U.S. Games Systems, 1994 (OOP)

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Dolphins, Stress & Doors

Arwen Lynch, professional psychic, discusses why a dolphin on your head is a good thing.

Today’s card brings me a valuable lesson. I saved a quote earlier this morning thinking it might come in handy for today’s card. Then I drew from my brand new first edition Steele Wizard Tarot (yes, I’m excited.)

Last night I drew a card for meditation and got the King of Swords. This morning, while shuffling, the King of Pentacles popped out. I poked him back in (oh yes I did!). Then I pulled the King of Cups.

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Musings on Elder of Earth (Gaian Tarot)

Elder of Earth comes spinning out of the Gaian Tarot for me today. I started today out with breakfast with Romeo and my Thursday husband which just makes it an excellent day right out of the gate. I also got to talk to a new friend on the phone right before that. Two friends are on their way from Omaha, NE to come see if they want to live in Austin.

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