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When did we decide that yoga was such serious business?  Yes, you can laugh in yoga class.  No, you don’t have to wear the silly outfit.

Weekly Card 9 of Wands

RWS 9 of Wands

Rider-Waite-Smith 9 of Wands

 

The Tarot of the Spirit offers our first example of a deck that uses elements rather than the usual suits.  Here, Fire is the equivalent to Wands, Wind (Air) corresponds to Swords, Water is the same as Cups, and Earth matches Pentacles.  So 9 of Fire in this deck holds the position of 9 of Wands.

9 of Wands guards the status quo.  All the details are in order, all the hard-won battles have been fought (notice the bandages?), and now it’s time to protect what’s been gained.  9 of Wands is dedicated to a world view.

9 of Fire from Tarot of the Spirit illustrates the connection between Wands and spirituality.  The Eye of Fire protected by the wands (rods and cones of vision, anyone?) bears the 6-pointed star of earthly experience meeting the divine, and looks over mountain peaks.  There’s been a peak experience — or will be one coming up — that offers a new approach to daily life.  Allow your enthusiasm to scale mountains, bringing you to a new vision.  Integrate the peak experiences, the spiritual passions, into the mundane.  Allow the Vision (think “Vision Quest”) to be your inspiration, regardless of the opposition.

Of course, there can be a down side to all that standing ground in 9 of Wands.  The danger is in becoming someone who is looking for the next fight instead of enjoying the passions of his or her life.  He or she — but certainly not you or I :-} — can become so argumentatively stuck in his or her beliefs that all opposition is shut out.  Passion without compassion can lead to the strong arm approach.  The call of the 9 of Wands is for understanding of the connection to all that is.

So, questions to ask when 9 of Wands shows up include, “Is it necessary to fight in order to follow the Vision?”  “What are ways to meet opposition with enthusiasm?”  “How do your passions colour your world view?”

Would you prefer the experiences of 9 of Wands guarding an 8 of Swords status quo or a XIX Sun status quo?  And what story might you tell if you follow XI or VIII Justice with 9 of Wands?

Enjoy your dedication to your deepest enthusiasm (en-theos or the divine within) this week!

Weekly Card 8 of Swords

 

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Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

 

Oh, that critical 8 of Swords!

You know those times when every single thought seems to be an accusation?  When every decision you make seems to keep you from everything you’ve been working toward, everything that’s of value to you?

Lucky you, if you don’t!

What’s going on in your day-to-day life — remember this is a Minor card, so it’s all about circumstances — that the nit-picking 8 of Swords might apply to?   Listen to your self-talk this week to see where you’ve gotten so critical of yourself that you’re absolutely stuck and can think of no way out.

8 of Swords offers us the chance to re-direct toward our intuition for guidance.  How can you go within to feel your way forward?  Use your emotions to help you find the road to take.

If 8 of Swords is putting you right in touch with some of the trickier spots in your life, remember that Minors are circumstantial:  this, too, shall pass.  Unlike with Major cards, Minors indicate that there’s a lot you can do to influence your situation (all that stuff we just talked about).

So, the circumstances you can expect to see when 8 of Swords show up involve criticism and being stuck.  Pet projects might come under fire and go absolutely nowhere.  There could be sniping in relationships.  If you’re studying, you could find yourself completely lost in a sea of details.

Again, ask yourself how you can change the way you think.  How can you connect with your intuition to move forward?  As you can see by the bindings around the arms and the blindfolds, you’ll need to look for something other than manipulation or clear-sightedness to help you when 8 of Swords shows up.

How does last week’s card, XI or VIII Justice, combine with 8 of Swords?  Has something moved back into balance, leaving you unable to think your way out of the new situation?  Or, possibly, has your self-criticism brought things out of balance and you’ll find yourself released by external circumstances that get you in touch with your intuition?

And how does XIX Sun connect with 8 of Swords?  What if you make a 3-card reading of XIX Sun, XI or VIII Justice, and 8 of Swords?  Notice the events in your life this week, with an eye toward discovering correspondences with any singular card or combination of these 3 cards.

And make sure you spend some time reminding yourself just how adorably wonderful you are!

 

The Showers are All in the Timing

If you love flowers — and are there really folks who don’t? — you know all about the April showers bringing May flowers.

It’s all in the timing.  If those bulbs and seeds don’t get the refreshing rain, we don’t see the blooms.  If the showers are too early — say, in windy March — the earth will have dried out by the time the flowers-to-be go looking to drink up the water.  Too late and . . . well . . . it’s truly a bleak sight.

You know there’s a metaphor for your life here, don’t you?  Into every life a little rain, etc . . . .  Feed a cold, starve a . . . no, wait, that’s something else.

Or maybe not.

Our dreams need feeding all right, and they need it at the right time.   If they don’t get what they need, what becomes of them?  Do they just die away underground?   Do they go dormant until conditions are right again?  Or do they become the feed for something non-native that takes the opportunity to fill the space we cleared for our dreams?

Well, that’s largely up to us, isn’t it?  Even if we miss an opportunity, do we keep our spirits open in anticipation of jumping on the next one?  Do we continue to tend the space, even if conditions haven’t been right for blooming dreams?  And do we do our homework to recognize where we can make changes in our attitudes or our actions to increase the chances for full flowering?

To support you in your blooming (other than my regular client hours, of course), I’ll be part of the riches at On the Wings of Dreams twice this month; once on Sunday the 7th and again on Saturday the 20th.  Facebook info is here  (complete with a weather forecast — FB just gets more creative every day!) and here.

Our last tarot teaching event, Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think!, was Very Good Fun and we’ll do it again.    For those who didn’t make it in to the March event, contact me to talk about creating an opportunity that will jive with your schedule.  Remember, if your free time doesn’t match scheduled events, you can always fit yourself into my regular client hours or, in the case of a multiple-participant event, you can get in touch to instigate other options.

Yoga is ongoing at Harmony Healing Arts on Thursday and Friday mornings and at Extreme Family Fitness on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

We’re starting a new 4 week yoga session the 30th April for Tuesday evenings at 6pm and Wednesday mornings at 10am, through the Berkeley County Adult and Community Education Program, so now is a good time to sign up (304-267-3585 or their website to download the spring catalogue).

There’s a special Harmony yoga event geared toward bicyclists on Friday,12th April from 7:15 to 8:15pm.  We’ll run through short pre- and post-ride sequences, as well as short and less short sequences to support your special stretching and strength-balancing needs.  Of course you can find the details on Facebook.  Remember, those event pages are an easy way to spread the word to interested friends:  click “join” or “maybe” and then “invite friends”, or just share the link on your timeline.  (Am I the only one who regularly remembers Dick Tracy’s wrist TV and Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone?)

Keep an eye out for the return of the Kitchen Witches in early May.  Brooke and I are cooking up — literally! — divine new delights to Up Your Game.   If you let your eyes wander over to the right, you’ll see that there’s a box dedicated to On-Going Classes and Upcoming Events.  You’ll be able to find the details for Kitchen Witch events — and all others — in that little widget.

You’ve probably noticed that the T3 website is a whole new world recently.  Jen Rolston and her staff at Eden Design brought their creativity to Raelene Mercer of Sublime Miami‘s inspired designs to bring the T3 website to life.   I’m grateful to all the goddesses at both firms for sharing paradise with T3!

Here’s to a life in full bloom!

Weekly Card XI or VIII Justice

Rider-Waite-Smith Justice

So it’s another Major, is it?  Our 2nd weekly card turns out to be XI or VIII Justice.   Justice implies imbalances and disputes.  Even the numbering for Justice is disputed:  some decks and systems assign XI, others, VIII.  I’ll stay out of that discussion because I can see the merits of the arguments on both sides.

You’ll remember that Majors indicate that we’re working at levels deep in the psyche, with spiritual lessons that require adjustment to our basic values and beliefs.   Lots of things will be out of our control.

Justice is all about adjustment.  Karma.  Balancing.  Finding the centre point between 2 opposites.

In most decks you’ll see symbols like scales — nothing like the obvious, eh? — and a sword, along with some indicator of rules or laws.  There’s also usually a female figure, often blindfolded.  Taken together, these illustrate Justice as enforcing the rule of law, as basing its decisions in rationality, while taking the intuitive into consideration, and as being unaffected by external trappings like social or economic status — treating all equally.   All the figures and tools are acting in service to Justice.  Personal considerations are laid aside while in service.

There’s an interesting implication of maturity in Justice.  When it shows up, it indicates that karmic debts are being — or about to be — paid.  Why the delay in requiring payment?  We’re not subject to the same kinds of responsibilities when we’re young as when we’re adults.  So Justice implies that we’ve “come of age”, we’ve reached another level of responsibility for ourselves and our choices.  If the choices in our past have created imbalance, we’re given circumstances that offer us the opportunity to restore the balance, from a mature point of view.

Justice is unrelenting, untiring, never off duty.  You can run, but you cannot hide.  When Justice shows up, it’s time to learn the lesson, and you’ll get circumstance after circumstance after circumstance that requires attention until you’ve made choices that indicate you understand where the imbalance lies and what caused it.

So, the questions to ask when XI or VIII Justice is before you are things like . . .  Are all sides being heard in this matter?  Am I trying to have my own way at someone else’s expense or vice versa?  Where’s the garbage in my attitude that I need to toss away because it’s becoming toxic?  Is there something I need to take action on in service of Justice?  And when challenging circumstances that are beyond your control are happening with a Justice indicator, the big question is always, what is this situation trying to bring back into balance?

Now, what happens if we look at XIX Sun with XI or VIII Justice together?  2 Majors together indicate Big Things Afoot.  A few of the possibilities are that . . . Something hidden is being brought to light and will require actions or realisations in the name of Justice.  Things are being brought into balance so that you’ll be able to be more authentically yourself, more able to self-actualize.  If you’re literally facing legal matters, they will affect how the public sees you.  Would you say that XIX Sun in connection with XI Justice as applied to pending lawsuits indicate a positive or a negative outcome?

As you consider your life this week, notice when you feel XI or VIII Justice illustrates your circumstances.  And take any opportunity to bring balance to the world around you this week.

Weekly card XIX The Sun

Rider-Waite deck  XIX The Sun

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

 

How fitting that our weekly look at a tarot card begins with XIX The Sun, since the sun has passed the halfway mark and moved into the majority of the day up in the northern hemisphere.  In the southern hemisphere, you can take the symbolism for the Sun internally, into your conversations between you and yourself, as the sun crosses the border into the less-than world.

As a Major card, the Sun indicates an impact deep in the psyche, bringing lasting effects to fundamental values and beliefs.   It brings circumstances that are largely out of your control in the realm of regeneration and self-actualisation.   Even though events may be out of your control, your responsive attitude is completely yours.  Think literally:  sunny disposition, shining on all unconditionally, making choices with respect to your natural cycles.

The symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith Sun, amoung others, refers to the 21 Majors (excepting the Fool), to the 4 elements and to the 3 kingdoms, along with the development of human consciousness.  The young child brings truth — remember the Emperor with no clothes? — and a comfort with the natural self.  There is victory and public acclaim for lessons learned out of experience.  The true self is uncovered, so to speak, after being buried beneath imposed expectations.

When XIX The Sun turns up, expect events that expand your horizons and your visibility, and that allow you to feel more truly yourself.  Actions that fit the Sun include stepping out boldly into the public realm with optimism and generosity.  The Sun allows you to see yourself more clearly and to celebrate what you see.

Questions to ask yourself when the Sun appears . . . .  How do you present yourself to others?  To yourself?  Do you allow yourself to be seen? . . . . for who you truly are?  How generous are you with others?  With yourself?

One of the practices in the tarot tradition is to “protect” the energies of the resting deck by placing XIX The Sun and XXI The World on either end of the deck.  That gives you an idea of the power and positivism of XIX The Sun.

Forward . . . .

March!

Have you ever wondered about that? That Mars attitude that comes with March? All blustery and driving?

Well, that works just fine when we’re on a straight line. But how often has your path been a straight line?

What’s that? Did I hear you say “never”?

Yeah, me, either.

Life just doesn’t work that way. Life’s all about the scenic route. You know, the one with about a million S-curves and switchbacks. The rough road with plenty of stones to stumble over and gullies to leap. The bush-covered path with brambles to dodge and low-hanging branches to duck. (Anyone else with the forehead dents to prove they forgot to duck?)

We can fight against the zigzags and prat — er — pitfalls, or we can learn to incorporate them in our own personal dance.

I know we’re usually focused on the destination, but . . . do you remember those reaaalllly loooonnnng car trips and — say it with me — “are we there yet?

And do you remember the kinds of answers we got — or gave? Usually something like “forward, March!”

If “there” is any interesting place along the journey, then the answer is always “yes”. And we’re always “there” right here.

So let that blustery drive of March contribute to exuberant exploration all along your twisting, winding travel, as you really, truly, madly, deeply get to know your own life.

There’s a lot coming up in March, so here goes . . . .

I’m still happy as can be at Harmony Healing Arts Center  and with the Berkeley County Adult Ed program for yoga classes (they’ll both have to kick me out to get rid of me). And what’s new is that Extreme Family Fitness is re-building its yoga program starting this month. The calendar isn’t up on the web as of this writing, but you can find me there Tuesdays at 10am, Wednesdays at 5pm, and Thursdays at 8am beginning 5th March.


On Friday 15th March, from 7:15-8:15pm at Harmony,  I’ll introduce you to — or refresh your memory about — the series of Edgar Cayce-based exercises that Peter van Daam has developed from the Cayce readings.   In 10 to 15 minutes of simple exercises that you can do anywhere, you can contribute mightily to your personal spring cleaning.   All the info you need is here on Facebook.


For tarot enthusiasts, there’s plenty of excitement. On Saturday, 16th March, there are limited spaces available to learn a bit of tarot for yourself. We’ll gather at Harmony Healing Arts from 3pm to 5pm to play The Tarot Game, created by Jude Alexander as a fun way to learn tarot basics while creating a meaningful reading for yourself. Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think! All the info is on Facebook.


I’ll be available for readings at Laura’s beautiful and healing shop, On the Wings of Dreams twice this month (and I couldn’t be more excited to be expanding!), on Saturday, 9th March, from 10:30am to 5:30pm, and on Sunday, 17th March, from 11:30am to 4:30 pm. Stop by to put your dreams into spring and find your own bit ‘o’ Irish luck! On Facebook: March 9th Event and March 17th Event


Although Brooke’s closed the Acorn Cafe to keep up with the deserved demand at Triple Oak Bakery (and if you haven’t experienced the deliciousness yet, your tastebuds may never forgive you!), Berni and Dan at Ginger Hill Antiques have asked me to stay on at their fun shop for readings. I’ll be there on Saturday, 23rd March, from 11am to 3pm to help you find that spicy Spring in your step. On Facebook: March 23rd Event


I’ll look forward to all those inspirational shares on social media about how you’re creating a life that “blows you away”!