Today's Monday Musings are brought to you by The Tarot of the New Vision. It's a quirky little deck, and takes the Rider Waite tarot, painted by Pamela Colman Smith, and looks at it from behind the scenes. Monthly forecast? Weekly forecast? Daily forecast? It's up to you, you know the drill! Pick the one that calls to you for a mini-reading for the week ahead, or read them all as a three-card spread. Your reading, Your call. I'm just the messenger. I'm still offering private readings, too, so if you want to know a little more about what the universe has in store for you, hit me up. "I'm here to help.
In this instance, strength doesn't mean bravado. There is nothing harsh or forceful about this card. The gentle figure has not backed down from the lion's roar, and her integrity and tenacity have enabled her not just to face the lion, but to tame it. Over her head floats the lemniscape of infinity, promising that there are infinite ways for you to find your courage and tenacity this week. There is no beginning, there is no end, there is only being, and you have innumerable opportunities to be who you want to be, who you need to be. There may be foes and ghosts of foes ahead. There may be something coming up behind you, but your task—your success—comes from focusing on the here and now and in believing that you have what it takes to get the job done.
MIDDLE: Queen of Pentacles
The queen sits on her throne, accomplished and comfortable. She holds here wealth in her hands, and if you look closely at the back of her throne, the image carved into it shows that she is also sharing what she has to those who are less fortunate. She's a reminder that if you have an abundance, don't build a higher wall, build a bigger table. Wealth is energy, the combination of wellness and health, and energy has to flow if it's not to become stale and stagnant. It doesn't matter how little you share, if it's more than someone else has, share it and share it willingly—whether it's food or a coin or knowledge or even just a smile or a kind word. The road to abundance is not paved in gold. It's paved in gratitude.
RIGHT: The Devil
Not one of the more welcoming cards no matter which way you view it! The Devil is nothing to do with demons or evil, though. This card is a reminder that you are the one putting restrictions and limitations on yourself and are the one who has the capability—the strength, if you like—to break free of those limitations and step out into your destiny. We all have that side of ourselves that we don't want to face, that we'd rather others didn't know about, that we're ashamed of when it comes out to play, yet life is about making friends with our faults and learning how to deal with them so that they don't have control over us, and they don't inhibit us from being all we can be. Nobody is perfect, so stop waiting for the right day or the right situation or the right person, and get on with the business of learning to love yourself,' warts and all ' as my mum would have said.
... and here's what the originals look like. Clever, eh?
Monday Musings on Tuesday because reasons. This offering is brought to you by the characters in the Ancestral Path Tarot. This was one of my favorite decks may moons ago, and even though I don't read with it any more, I somehow cannot bring myself to part with it. Monthly forecast? Weekly forecast? Daily forecast? It's up to you, you know the drill! Pick the one that calls to you for a mini-reading for the week ahead, or read them all as a three-card spread. Your reading, Your call. I'm just the messenger. I'm still offering private readings, too, so if you want to know a little more about what the universe has in store for you, hit me up. "I'm here to help."
LEFT: Prince of Staves
Court cards can be a bit confusing in a reading, for there's some debate as to whether they represent an actual person, a situation, or both! In this instance the Prince of Staves is a messenger, and he's telling you that you've thought about it long enough, now it's time to get out there and do it. This is a card of action, and if you're not feeling motivated then you're not passionate enough about your idea and it's time to tweak it a bit. Remember, the desires of your heart were put there before you were even born. The Prince is telling you it's time to start manifesting your bliss, and reminds you that a dream without action is destined to remain a wish.
The judgment card isn't about doing something wrong, it's not about karma, it doesn't mean you're being criticized. If you've chosen this card, it's an indication that you're about to level up in someway in this game of life that we're all playing. It's time to take stock, to tune into your higher self (and the aforementioned desires of your heart), and to trust your own perceptions. You're on the brink of an achievement or some kind of revelation that will help you to understand and accept the past better while simultaneously catapulting you into the future in a good and positive way. Step into the new vision; your higher self is calling to you.
RIGHT: Five of Swords
If the Five of Swords is the card you chose, this is a caution to pick your battles wisely. You may have won the skirmish, but how are you doing when it comes to the bigger picture? Was losing your peace of mind to achieve that momentary gain worth it? This card is reminding you that—contrary to what the media would have us believe—life isn't a competition. It's a dance. It's okay to come out the loser once in a while. It's okay to compromise, to surrender, to walk away when it is not something that is feeding your spirit or growing your soul. Yes, you may feel defeated momentarily, but in the long run you're making progress that will elevate you more than pettiness ever could. Learn from the situation, let it grow you, and be a bit more canny the next time around.
What a dreary day! Here at 'The Keep' I'm doing my best to fight off the cold and gray by baking and cleaning and doing the Monday Musings! Today I've gone back to the beginnings, to the deck that became my go-to deck for over 20 years, the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson. I even went so far—once upon a time—as to use the style of the shields on wall hangings and other art. Those were the days... Monthly forecast? Weekly forecast? Daily forecast? It's up to you, you know the drill! Pick the one that calls to you for a mini-reading for the week ahead, or read them all as a three-card spread. Your reading, Your call. I'm just the messenger. I'm still offering private readings, too, so if you want to know a little more about what the universe has in store for you, hit me up. "I'm here to help."
Why are you frightened? What has happened to you that has stolen your thunder and spooked you out of your authentic empowerment? Whatever it is, I promise you it is not worth it. Rabbit teaches you that thoughts become things, and that if you are afraid of something, if you're worried about it, you're actually drawing more attention to that negative energy than if you could find a way to let it go. Rabbit reminds you that fear is just a misuse of the imagination. Never in the course of history has worry changed a thing. It simply steals away your confidence and your faith and robs you of the happiness of the moment. Rabbit is telling you to stop focusing on what might go wrong, and start looking for what's going right.
Squirrel's message to you to say is, "Shhh, it's coming!" Ready yourself for change. Prepare for what's ahead. You might not know all the details, but if you prepare yourself for the various different options, then you'll be ready to step into that vision of the future when it arrives. Another message that squirrel brings is that you may actually be holding yourself back by having over-prepared. It's possible to have too much, do too much an—as Rabbit indicated—think too much. Squirrel teaches you that it is a fine line between having enough and having too much. Prepare for what is coming by organizing what you have, and getting rid of what is no longer useful. Anything that is holding you back is impeding your evolution. Let it go, and open yourself to the infinite.
Have you forgotten how to frolic? Lost your laughter? Misplaced your playfulness? Otter's message is to go and find this again! Some things in life are serious, yes, but there's a time for taking things seriously and a time for letting go. Watch a child at play; they don't worry about embarrassment or mistakes, they just have fun. They make toys out of what is available to them, and look for reasons to bubble forth with joy. Otter reminds you to take time every day to appreciate what you have, rather than to compare yourself to others, for there are always going to be those whose proverbial grass seems greener. Otter's message is this: take your work seriously, take your responsibilities and obligations seriously, but never ever take yourself seriously, or you'll fall victim to a karmic custard pie.
For today's Monday Musings I chose Songs for the Journey Home by Catherine Cook and Dwariko von Sommaruga—you know me and round cards! I resonated very profoundly with all of these cards as I was typing them up—if I do say so myself! Monthly forecast? Weekly forecast? Daily forecast? It's up to you, you know the drill! Pick the one that calls to you for a mini-reading for the week ahead, or read them all as a three-card spread. Your reading, Your call. I'm just the messenger. I'm still offering private readings, too, so if you want to know a little more about what The Year of the Pig has in store for you, hit me up. "I'm here to help."
Left: The Homecoming
The Homecoming reminds us that life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved. The card is a solid affirmation that it will all be okay in the end and if it isn't okay then it's not the end. The experiences in life are but bridges, one thing tying into the next, one person leading onto the next. Some of these bridges span vast chasms that move us in profound ways. Some of them are so subtle we hardly notice them—yet everyone, big or small, is an integral part of our evolution and our very existence. The fact that this card is just over quarter turned is further confirmation that this is something that is ongoing, something that is cyclical and moving and ever changing, and a reminder not to try to cling to what wants to naturally evolve.
Center: Flame Creating
Weaving, dancing, and nearly upright, Flame Creating is emphasizing that you are the creator of your own destiny, the spinner of your own reality. Her message is that thoughts become things, so ensure that they are positive and optimistic. In this way you draw positiveness and confidence into your life. It's not just psychic mumbo jumbo, either. This is actually neuroscience, for the mind will always try to seek out more of what you train it to find. Make a conscious effort to direct those thoughts in a positive and empowered way, and—because like energy always attracts like energy—you will find that you notice more things about which to be thankful. After all, the road to abundance isn't paved with gold; it's paved with gratitude.
Right: Seven of Wave Songs
This is a time where there are many choices in front of you, and all of them are appropriate. How do you know which one to take? The message of the Seven of Wave Songs is to follow the desires of your heart. Those desires were put there before you were even born to lead you to your highest happiness and your deepest fulfillment. Anything else is just flotsam and jetsam. You may have to step out of your comfort zone, and that's where it gets scary, but that's also when you prove how badly you want it and what you're prepared to do to get it. While all of the choices are suitable, one is going to be the best. Take your time to find it; the card is almost upright, so you're nearly there. I promise.