Monthly Archives: August 2011

Daily Tarot: The Sun

The Sun has been the focal point of many religions over the course of history, and with good reason. It is the life bringer, the one who coaxes plants out of the ground, the one who dictates when we awake and when our daily work is done. Its relative presence or absence dictates the seasons of our lives, and when it returns to where it was at the time of our birth, we celebrate another year of life. It is life force, unbridled energy, nuclear fusion in its most raw, primal form.

The Sun provides warmth and light. Its warmth protects us, nurtures us, allows us to grow and flourish. With it we can create new branches in our lives, or expand current ones. The Sun gives us energy and strength, and we can go forth in confidence and enthusiasm. Its light allows us to see our way, to build our dreams into reality, to study new intellectual heights. We can appreciate nature’s beauty and splendor, because it is before us, no longer hidden by the shadows of the night.

I most definitely need this energy and strength! All four members of my family, myself included, are attending school now. With assignments and appointments and preparation, I will be busier than ever. I welcome the Sun’s energy in my life, and hope that I can push myself farther and with more self-assurance. My endeavors will allow growth now, and in the future. I just need to ride the wave of the Sun’s current, pulsating through my life.

Daily Tarot: Six of Pentacles, Yet Again

The Six of Pentacles is the bane of my existence, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned. It is about giving and receiving, and often appears when I’m juggling bills and other financial obligations. Usually it is a day of struggle, but today has actually been fairly balanced. I’m finally getting a handle on how much of myself I can give now, and how much I need to apply to future endeavors. Invest energy for the now, invest energy for later.

However, the Wildwood Tarot has brought an entirely new perspective on the six of pentacles for me. It is titled Exploitation, and highlights how our choices in the present can cause havoc for future generations. Our use or misuse of our current resources can leave a big mess for our children. Although this is a rather high world view, this can easily be applied to day to day activities. If I’m not getting enough work done, then I won’t be able to give my children everything they need. If I’m not working on my long term writing projects, I’ll never be able to earn an income off of them later on. If I don’t study now, I won’t succeed in college overall.

As I finally begin to get a grip on work/life balance, I am presented with the challenge to balance my short term and long term goals. It is so hard to give myself the space to breathe and work on things that matter to me. I worry so often about the day to day bills. However, time and energy invested wisely will pay great dividends in the future.

Daily Tarot: Queen of Wands

Qualities of the Queen of WandsI recently picked up the Wildwood Tarot, but due to the move haven’t had much time to play with it. So, for today’s draw, I asked of the deck the same question I ask all of my decks: “Who am I?” This serves as an introduction to the deck, so I can begin to understand our reading relationship.

Today, the answer is the Queen of Wands – or, in this deck, the Queen of Bows (The Hare). Usually, I identify with the Queen of Cups, so this was a bit of a surprise. However, I have been drawing upon the firey wands energy a lot lately. I’ve needed the strength, courage, and determination that this Queen offers.

In this incarnation, the hare is standing on some rocky terrain against the light of the full moon. Her eyes are awake, alert; she is poised to act. Behind her are some hills and distant trees. Above all, she is not afraid.

Hares represent fertility and potential. She holds the potential of new life, new energy and ideals. She manages her impulses with wisdom and courage. She will not back down when she knows she is right.

I don’t often see myself as this confident, wise woman who will go after what she wants. Yet I am glad that this potential has been growing within me, and finally starting to come towards the surface. I will need this energy, as this year holds many challenges in all areas of my life. It’s now or never.

Tarot Pops the Stress Bubble…

If you know me, you know that I know stress. I have work, school, family, home, writing, tarot, knitting, and so much more that makes up my life. I’m busy, and also, I admit, rather scattered by the idea of getting it all done. Yesterday, I took some time out for me, to art journal a word cloud of everything I was stressed out about. So yes, literally, a stress bubble, on paper, right before me. It took me about an hour to be able to face it again, and to start making connections.

I pulled out my Diary of a Broken Soul deck and began to shuffle. This is one of my favorite tarot decks, that I instantly connected with and understood. It’s like it was made for me, and it never ceases to amaze me with its insights. I asked the cards about the current situation, the simply obvious overwhelm I’ve been mired in.

Current Situation

I drew the Six of Pentacles with the Two of Pentacles jumper. The Six of Pentacles is all about give and take, the necessary push and pull of life. The picture, while much different than the RWS Six of Pentacles, paints a glorious picture of a happy family, making the most out of their lives. In their happy faces, I can see prosperity, hope, and exuberance. This is what I want out of life. I want the veil to part, and to reveal harmony, exuberance, and caring. I want to provide this for my family, and to experience it for myself. I want the cycle of generosity to grow, outwards from our home, and down the generations.

The RWS Two of Pentacles is perpetually out of balance. He puts on the show that he knows what he’s doing, but it’s just a show. In reality, work/life balance is off kilter. The Diary’s Two of Pentacles shows us the way out. He is the gatekeeper, full of insight, and offering the key to the kingdom. If I follow his guidance and take the necessary leaps, I can restore the balance. I already know in my heart what to do, I just have to do it, which is the hardest part for me. As the quote goes, I need to be the change I want to see in the world.

However, me being me, I still asked for more. What does the next step need to be? Am I headed in the right direction?

Next Step

This time, I drew the Eight of Wands. The “just do it” card, and the one that usually makes me duck for cover! The RWS Eight of Wands has a wall of arrows flying overhead, and that much energy scares me. Thankfully, the Diary shows me how to stand up and take charge. I must draw power and courage from all that energy. Self-confidence and boldness will serve me well. I can get it all done, as long as I hold my head up high. I don’t have to be in control of everything, as long as I just act. It will all get done.

I am ready to do this, I just need friendly reminders once in awhile. How do you relieve stress? How do you get it all done? Do you have the confidence to see your projects through to the very end?