Values or Hobbies?

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”
— Jon Stewart

Out of the mouths of babes and comedians . . . .

We’ve all made choices in our lives that don’t conform to our values. Take a sobering moment to look back at some of those times.

Most of us aren’t too happy when we confront ourselves as hobbyists. Alarmingly, most of us learn to rationalize, developing a Hobby Lobby that out speaks our Value Lobby.

There are lots of very good reasons for our compromises. “I have to keep the roof over my head and feed my children” are two of them. Rather than question feasibility, cue the cheerful music and find some less life-threatening places to examine for change.

Last year’s numerology series explored what we hold sacred (at the bottom of the post, you’ll find links to the entire year). Self-expression, the community, our material possessions, how we build our business are all arenas to consider when you look into your values.

Where’s a place in your life where you are only smalls steps away from passing final exams? What steps can you take to move from dabbler or amateur to solid professional?

Live your values to change the way things are.

 




There are lots of ways we can get your actions aligned with your values.   An exceptional one is Change Your Game, Change Your World.   Get in touch to make it happen.

Weekly Card the Playful Page of Wands

Now here’s a Page of Wands that looks like enthusiastic fire energy! The last time we looked at this Page, it was with one of the older, much more sedate decks.

Jump right into your life with this Page (you know you want to!). Where are you ready to play with life and its stuff? Where are you a loose cannon? When do the sparks fly in your life? And how about the high energy stuff that doesn’t quite fit yet, but you can’t help but wear it anyway?

There you are, being all Page of Wands. Parties and temper fits. Frolicking and tearing it up. Maybe still learning how it all fits into real life, but having fun at the same time.

Remember (Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think), Pages are the youthful, fresh energy of any suit. Wands are all about our values, our lifestyle, our goals. We’re discovering new goals, uncovering important new values, putting youthfulness back into our lifestyles.

In other words (Tarot 2: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore), we’ve got the element of Earth (Pages) meeting Fire (Wands). What happens then (as if you didn’t know! Kaboom!)? It’s the passion behind the practical elements of your life.

So TIETYT, let’s tell some stories . . . . What happens when the Page of Wands is corralled by the 9 of Pentacles? How about when all that playfulness meets a 2 of Cups situation?

T2WNIKA, get a little deeper: knowing that Wands are stronger with Pentacles and weaker with Cups, how does that dynamic control the TIETYT stories? Remember, the higher the number of the suit, the more of the element. A LOT of Earth with some Fire? A little Water with some Earth and Fire (oh, we just needed Swords for Wind!)?

And when you’re done with your stories, head on back to your own life.

Add in the enthusiastic play!





Tarot counseling and learning are both available to you.  The next Berkeley County Adult Ed classes are on 20th March and 1st May.  Call 304-267-3585 for info and to sign up.

Yoga Thoughts

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And in Iyengar yoga, you can take comfort in knowing that a bolster will solve it all.

Thanks to Yoga Dork for the wonderful post!




You’ll get to play with lots of props in my classes.  The schedule is in the Upcoming Events and Ongoing Classes box on the right of your screen.

Weekly Card X The Whirling Wheel of Fortune

Do you ever look at a card and go, “huh, what?”   (Yes, I know, for those of you at the beginning of your journey this can feel like a constant state!)

How about circumstances? When things change around you, do you have trouble orienting? Confusion can easily take over.

Well, as we talked about before, and as you learned in Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think, X The Wheel of Fortune is all about change. And we can easily put ourselves on autopilot and lose track of changes in life. Even when we know that change is a constant, we can find ourselves with lots of elements whirling around us, leaving us dazed and not at all sure what’s going on.

The Tarot of the Spirit X The Wheel of Fortune captures the feeling of confusion brilliantly. There’s so much going on: energy’s whirling all over the place, there are lots of elements and images, many of them unfamiliar without a background in the esoteric.

But, like change, when you sit with the image for a while, you begin to get your bearings. You start to isolate elements of the image, even if you don’t understand them all. You find personal responses to those elements, even without knowing the intention of the artist.

And then, perhaps, you doubt whether your interpretation is the “right” one. If you’re feeling very tenacious, you’ll do a little research to find out what the symbols “really” mean. The companion books with complex decks can be very helpful. This is definitely a deck I’d recommend using with the book until you’re very comfortable with the advanced imagery.

If the Tarot of the Spirit imagery is one you want to work with, I’ll bet you’ll eventually find that your original interpretation has a place within or alongside the intentions of the creators, Pamela & Joyce Eakins. That level of experience with the tarot will give you the solid central core of stability within all the very busy elements of each reading – or, even, each card!

This week, discover which of your past experiences give you your supportive spine. Use them as a reference point to observe the changes around you. There’s always something changing for the better as well as for the worse.

Join the dance!





If your life has you whirling and wheeling,  I’m more than happy to help.  Spin on over when you need!

Yoga Thoughts

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We can spend a LOT of time dissecting poses.

Dissection helps create awareness,

helps us understand what we’re directing.

But we need to bring the cadaver to life:

allow for the “single, harmonious whole”




You’re welcome to join the opportunities to expand your yoga in any of my classes.  The schedule is on the right, in the Upcoming Events and Ongoing Classes box.

Weekly Card Healing the Knight of Swords

Our last straightforward look at the Knight of Swords covered the concepts of adventurous, forceful energy in the realm of ideas, concerns and communication, from Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think. So let’s delve into the specifics of the Healing Tarot image.

Before we start, though, I want to addresse the issue of medical treatment versus healing. Medical diagnosis, treatment or cure is not within the scope of tarot. However, healing – the idea of making oneself whole – is. So, as we talk about this Knight of Swords, stay within bounds of healing and don’t mistake it for the medical world. For that you need a medical professional; I am most definitely not that.

That said, we’ve got a young man with his back to us here. He’s still looking at his sword, symbol of the ideas that concern him. He’s being treated by a massage therapist, specifically around his upper back and shoulders.

So, how does that relate to our TIETYT concepts? Think about the concerns portion first. Where do we carry our problems? And how do your shoulders feel when you’re worried? How about when you’ve been dashing off this way and that to act on this idea or communicate that one? You can see how softening the knots from unceasing activity could help this Knight.

In Tarot 2: We’re Not In Kansas Anymore you learned that Swords are connected with Air. Our front-line physical interaction with air is in our respiratory system. Breathing exercises can help restore wholeness in the world of Swords. And since communication is in the mix, meditation or other tonics to the nervous system – our internal communication system – can also help us to heal when we see Swords in a spread.

Let’s combine the Knight of Swords with the two cards from January that we added to the mix last week. What story comes out when an adventurous, dashing and witty Knight of Swords is connected to the relationship of the 2 of Cups? And how is he likely to respond to the patient maintenance required by the 7 of Pentacles? What if all 3 cards are part of the story; is this a relationship that will last?

T2WNIKA students can look at how assertive and active Air (Swords) interacts with passive and receptive Water and Earth (our Cups and Pentacles). Both Cups and Swords are strengthened (for better or worse) by their interaction with each other. Swords and Pentacles, not so much: they’re weaker in their exchanges. The Knight of Swords is Air of Air, so the most quick-moving and active of the Knights. That level of activity could be enough to stir the passive Cups and Pentacles into movement. But this Knight isn’t known for staying power, so what do you think? Remember to figure in how much Cups energy and how much Pentacle energy is involved, from the numbers in each suit.

Flash your fine mind and wit this week!

 



If you’re having problems with the Knights of Swords in your life, you know where to find me. You can also get in touch for individual and group lessons.
The next Berkeley County Adult Ed classes are on 20th March and 1st May. Call 304-267-3585 for info and to sign up.

Yoga Thoughts

150209 heart yogaWe love it that you heart yoga.

Have you noticed that yoga hearts you, too?

Notable Valentine gifts from yoga to you:

Helping your heart do its thing.

Improving your connections with others.

 

To all my students:  our journey together is so rich because you open your hearts so generously every time you show up.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Weekly Card Growing the 9 of Pentacles

Last time we looked at 9 of Pentacles, we looked at the sense of wealth and luxury that go with this card.

This time, let’s go to course basics and examine the specific elements of the vivid Crystal Tarot image.

Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think has 9 as integration and security in the realm of Pentacles: the material world, your health, and your finances. From Tarot 2, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, you see that 9 is a whole lot of the Earth element. If we’ve got a specific project going, we’re just a step away from completion.

So what do we see here? We’ve got our 9 discs. These are arranged as a growing plant, a wonderful connection to the natural world of the Pentacles. The discs are golden, with various petal and star images on each. Am I the only one who sees the sun up there in the top disc, keeping the whole plant warm and growing? Did you notice that the central stalk is a thick, solid brown, not a slender green? This is a plant with some age and solidity, reflecting the qualities of 9.

The horizon line is halfway up (or down) the card. We’ve got a lot of earth showing, again, appropriate for Pentacles. We’ve also got blue sky with the bright green of the plant creating patterns across the sky. We have various elements working together, a wonderful expression of the 9’s integration.

What do you make of all the colours? Remember, you can use chakra associations. You can use the traditional tarot associations of mental yellow for Swords, growing green for Pentacles, flowing blue for Cups, and fiery red for Wands. Don’t forget your own personal associations.

Let’s look back to a couple of cards from earlier this month to build story-telling skills. What happens if you’ve got 2 of Cups next to 9 of Pentacles? What story would you tell if 7 of Pentacles led into 9 of Pentacles? What if you’ve got 2 of Cups to 7 of Pentacles to 9 of Pentacles? Remember, just start the story with a few elements and see where it goes.

From T2WNIKA, you have associations to deepen the story. Earthy Pentacles and Watery Cups have a neutral relationship, so neither will strengthen or weaken the other. But what about those quantities? 7s and 9s indicate a lot of the earth element. Will that dam up the small amount of water or provide a solid bed for it to start a trickling river? Is there enough emotional Cup energy to move the practical Pentacles? Our 2 and 9 “get along”, both being concerned with community. But the 2 wants to get personal, while the 9 demands big picture thinking for the greater good. How about the 7 and the 9 or the 7 and the 2? Not always an easy relationship. If we stay connected to the sacred, using our skills in service to the community, the 7 and 9 combination smooths out. How about the solitary-minded 7 with the relationship-minded 2? How can you use the 9 to help them get along?

Coming back to your own life, what are your figurative blooming plants? Unlike the transient blossoms, expect these elements to last. Make them a part of your very self.

Luxuriate in the wealth that surrounds you!





If you’d like to use the beautiful images of the tarot to help you find and make use of the wealth in your life, you know where to find me.  You can also get in touch for individual and group lessons.

The next Berkeley County Adult Ed classes are on 20th March and 1st May.  Call 304-267-3585 for info and to sign up.

Power On!

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February is a very upfront, in your face, make it happen month this year.

Thoughtlessness and self-absorption are in the air. Power tripping is the mode of choice.

But that end of the energy spectrum will quickly be slapped down. Or, at least, not rewarded. Eight demands integrity, honesty and a connection with the Divine for success.

Remember that we’re looking at the universal energies each month. Your personal energies may or may not blend well with what’s going on around you. It’s helpful to know the backdrop against which you’ll be using your own energies. These looks at the trends of the universal month can help you understand internal conflicts you may be coming up against. And they can help you ride the currents.

Even if you’re not a business person, this is a very business-oriented month, with lots of individualism centre stage. Sounds very much like the American brand of capitalism. We all know the down side when that runs amok. But that’s not the whole picture.

The Universe will provide opportunities for self-awareness this month. How are you when you stand alone? What’s your leadership style? Do you take opportunities to use your marketable skills?   Do you jump on the chance to be centre stage?

If you’ve been looking to start a business venture, the universal flow can help you. It’s a matter of jumping on opportunities, rather than having to push to get something going.

And here’s the secret key to the month: sensitivity to others is a powerful tool to self-understanding. As you’re jostling others, elbow to elbow this month, remember that we’re all part of a big mix. Recognize that being yourself is an important trigger to allowing others to be themselves.

How do you take executive action in your own life? It’s time to take charge!





It can be exciting to make use of numerology in your own life.   Get in touch to discuss your chart!


Here‘s January’s post on the numbers for the year.  You’ll be able to find links for the rest of the year at the bottom of the post.

Yoga Thoughts

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Urdhva mukha groundhog

namaste groundhog

Creature yoga to welcome back the light!




Let your inner creature out in any of my yoga classes.  You’ll find the schedule over there on the right side of the screen  →