The Joy of Floating

Today’s meditation was skipped because… I didn’t do it.  Honestly?  I don’t know. I just didn’t do it.

Chakra Healing Tarot and Thera-Pets Emotional Support Animal CardsToday’s draw is a the Fool, which is traditionally a representation of new beginnings, enthusiasm, naivety, and innocence.

When I think of the Fool, I often think of someone beginning on an adventure with their head in the clouds.  Dreaming of all the good things that might be ahead for them along the way, and ignorant of all the dangers.

This is where the Thera-Pets card comes in to combine with the Fool’s message today. Like hikers in the woods, sometimes ignorance really is bliss.  There are those that  hike and see only beauty. Dappled sunlight through leaves and the scents of earth and vegetation fills the air. They eagerly see birds and squirrels, raccoons and maybe even deer.  Others enter the woods and see only danger and irritants. Mosquitoes buzz with flies, and they believe there’s a protective mama bear or hungry wolf around every bend in the trail.

Who do you think enjoys the woods more?  Who takes more pleasure in the experience and the journey?

Of course, realistically?  You have to at least be aware that there is a possibility of danger. But that doesn’t mean you have to let it rule your life or steal away your pleasure.  Sometimes it’s okay to float along and enjoy instead of overthinking everything.


#DiscordTarotholicsAug2021 Challenge Prompt
:  Grab a spread that you’ve been curious about and give it a go!

Journey Into the Heart Oracle and Impressionists TarotWhat unmet need do I have?
Strength, Four of Wands, Ace of Pentacles

To take greater joy and pleasure in my home. I’m not really happy with the state of disarray and disorganization going on at home right now, and it lessens my comfort and enjoyment of my home as a result. A new method of organization is needed.

What stops me from doing something about this need?
Bravery and Nine of Pentacles

Complacency and the discomfort that in order to get things organized, a great deal more chaos must be created during the transition process. That extra chaos has felt overwhelming to me, and thus I’ve struggled to get up the courage to even start the process.

What happens if I do deal with this need?
True Voice and Seven of Wands

As a result of dealing with this need for new organization and getting the adjustments and reorganizing done, my home’s energy will feel more aligned with me and my needs, as well as in tune with my true nature.

I know the boon of getting this done, but I also know it’s going to take a lot of time and energy… and that means that it will have to wait until at least the beginning of next year, or it will clash with the holiday rush.


CoffeexTarot’s Who’s Your Spirit Guides? Prompt
Questions for August 30th and 31st

Chakra Healing TarotWhat has influenced my spiritual path?

The past and present combined. You seek out the new that may resonate with you (Ace of Swords)… while the past continues to ground (Six of Chalices) you in the foundations of your faith.

I was raised Wiccan and the foundation of my practice still holds to many of the practices, methods, and techniques of that faith even though I moved on into a more eclectic pagan path. The cards here indicate (and are correct) that what resonates with me will outweigh the past, but that the foundation I was raised on remains as well.

A healing message you want me to receive.

Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed (Ten of Wands) with how far you still have to go in your emotional growth (Ace of Chalices).

You are still at the beginning and that’s okay. Take your time and focus on what is right before you instead of the next steps.


Daily Self Kindness

I had L help me in getting out all the decks for September instead of doing it all by myself.


Today’s meditation was skipped because I fell asleep, and woke up mere minutes before the housekeeper was supposed to arrive.

Tarot de St Croix Borderless Edition and Thera-Pets Emotional Support Animal CardsToday’s draw is the Five of Swords, which is traditionally a representation of disagreements, conflict, and a “winning at all costs” mentality.

The imagery in this card, much like when the Five of Swords appeared in the COTD the other day, is about that “winning at all costs” mentality.  Here, we see the dynamic of a dysfunctional family and how the conflict in this type of dynamic affects everyone involved.

Having been raised by a vicious… malicious man who had a whole lot to say, and very rarely was any of it pleasant, I can relate to this dysfunctional dynamic and the damage it can cause.

Combined with the Thera-Pets card for today, the message here is that regardless of the ugly things that come out of other peoples mouths, you need to remember that you hold worth all on your own, despite their opinions and using their words as weapons against you. Self-worth comes from within, it comes from the self… not from others.


#DiscordTarotholicsAug2021 Challenge Prompt
Questions for August 30th

Tarot de St Croix Borderless EditionThis Month’s Lesson The Hanged Man and The Empress – Pause and reflect on self-care, and redefine what it means to you. Self-care isn’t a chore, and shouldn’t be viewed as something to check off on a checklist.

Next Month’s ThemeThree of Pentacles and Seven of Pentacles – Preparation time for the business and upcoming holiday rush has begun, but you need to pick and choose the things that you begin to prepare, instead of trying to do it all at once. Also, make sure that you are delegating, instead of trying to take it all on your own shoulders.


Daily Self Kindness

I took a couple of breaks today even though it was an orders day.  It seemed to work out okay, even if I’m a bit late getting finished with everything.

Transitioning from August to September

Neurotic Owl Tarot and The Painted Runes

Here and Now I Exist – Who you are now, in your entirety.

Eight of Cups and Algiz – Now is a time to move on from anything unhealthy, and that includes unhealthy associations and negative inner dialogue. You already know what needs to go, so there’s no need for further reflection at this time, just get on with it.

The Slough – What is to be left in the past as you move forward.

The Emperor and Gebo – Leave behind the idea that you are unshakeable, and thus that anything (or anyone) you invite into your sphere won’t have the influence to rock your foundation. It is a false belief, and it volunteers you for extra life lessons you don’t need right now.

What Lies Ahead – An ideal state or ideal self you are seeking at this time.

Five of Pentacles atop Nine of Cups, Eihwaz – The restructuring and preparation as you transition towards the holiday rush is going to cause some disorientation and a rise of scarcity issues that have been set aside for quite some time now. Work on staying aligned with what you really want and don’t focus too hard on those rising concerns, as they are an illusion caused by stress.

Limitations – Negative influences, opposition, or ill will.

Temperance and Othala – Moderation does not mean stagnation. Take a moment to really look at the actions and motivations of others. Do you need that in your life? If not, float free of it (and them) like a leaf skimming past rocks in a babbling brook.

The Boon – Positive influences, higher guidance, or divine intervention.

Six of Swords and Jera – Instead of focusing on the hang ups and obstacles, look instead toward your accomplishments. Make a list. What have you done to improve yourself and your life this year? What have you overcome? What good decisions have you made? Seriously. You need to make a list to look back on as a reminder.

The Wound – An unpleasant past experience or event that is ripe for some support and healing.

The World Rx and Wunjo – That feeling and faith that things are going along perfectly only to have your world turned upside down by a wrench thrown into the works. This is about the PayPal fiasco and the raw uncertainty and imbalance that was created through their unjust treatment. It isn’t fully healed yet, but you’re getting there.

Nostalgia – A positive past experience or event to acknowledge, reflect upon, and enjoy.

Five of Wands and Inguz – Breaking free of inner conflict and stagnation that you were feeling in the spring is a remarkable feat you should appreciate having accomplished. This was a really big struggle for you for a time, and yet you managed to move past it into a happier and more comfortable place through a good deal of work on exploring your feelings and your connection with your guides.

A Warning – Something coming that can be prevented or overcome.

Seven of Swords and Thurisaz – There are elements at play that are wanting to usurp your power and leave you confused and listless. Make sure you are shedding those things and people that you know are not healthy for you. Don’t hesitate, this is needed before you move forward and become distracted by other things.

Empowerment – A future opportunity to work toward.

Six of Cups and Kano – Tap into the positive memories and those things you cherish from the past to help motivate you forward into the future and the holiday season ahead. You need these extra little bits of spark to help light the fire of your creativity.

Message from the Spirit World – Your past is not just a wound that needs healed, but also your foundation and support. There are positive things in your past that have made you the man you are, and you can tap into them to lift yourself up as well as inspire you creatively and otherwise.

Message from the Mind’s World – Micromanagement of your world will turn what should be a boon into something far less enjoyable.  This shift is in perspective and not reality.  Make sure you aren’t gripping on so damned tight that you turn what should be a positive outlook into a mentality of fear and “not enough” thinking.

Message from the Physical World – Take a look at the shifts that have happened in your life recently and make sure there are no “leaks in the hull” that need to be patched up. A bit of preparation and early adaptation can make a world of difference in the long run.

Take Away – A lot of this reading is about letting go of people who are holding me back, holding me down, or have negative intentions towards me. I know who they are, and the cards here are indicating that now’s the time to make sure to release them so they’re not in the way moving forward.


Forethought Helps

Today’s meditation was skipped… again.  I did some nice breathing exercises in the shower, but I didn’t actually get a full meditation in.

Tarot Illusori and Thera-Pets Emotional Support Animal CardsToday’s draw is the Two of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of making future plans, plotting your course towards progress and possibility, and making the decisions that support this type of planning and the endeavors planning in this manner can support.

Sometimes, this card can also indicate when you are at a crossroads and need to choose a direction, and with the faces pointed in opposite directions combined with the pointing hands at the bottom of the card, this is the meaning that I see most strongly in the imagery for this deck.

Combined with the Thera-Pets card for today, what I see here is a reminder that we can’t do everything.  We can’t even try everything.  So it’s important, when looking at the things we choose to do and the directions we decide to go in, that we take a moment to think things through first.  Planning and common sense, strategy and tuning in with our interests and enthusiasms… all these things can help ups in choosing the path that’s right for us and that we have the best chance at success in following.


#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge Prompt by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: How can I focus on the future while being in the present?

Cat-Rot TarotReading Summary: Build your strength (Strength) by focusing more on having fun (The Fool) and getting the rest you need (Four of Swords).

Take Away:  These cards are a reminder that whether it’s in the now, or in the future, I need to make sure I’m making time for lighthearted pursuits and restorative rest.

I can use that time of rest to plot and plan, but don’t skip it or consider either the need for play or the need for rest as unnecessary. Only with these factors in my life will I be able to continue on and be strong for whatever trials the future might bring my way.


#DiscordTarotholicsAug2021 Challenge Prompt
: Do Spread #4

Illusori TarotSeeds Sown – What seeds for my spiritual growth planted in the spring have flourished and grown strong?
Eight of Wands atop Six of Swords atop Seven of Wands

Reconnecting with your purpose and path, and where you want both directed. In the spring you were lost in a fog of stagnation and frustration. Over the summer you have quickly been able to bring yourself back on track.

The Chaff – What seeds have not flourished and I need to let go of to encourage healthy growth in other areas?
Ace of Wands

Exploring a crapload of new creative ideas you want to dive into, learn, and enjoy. There has been no room for that this summer, while the list of things to try and explore continues to grow, but none of it has received any attention. It’s time to let this go with a shrug and a “maybe next summer” mentality.

The Harvest – How can I best prepare how to reap the benefits of a positive and healthy harvest in the Fall?
Temperance atop Five of Wands

Make sure you are keeping a careful, moderating hold on your frustrations and reigning in those old habits of pushing too hard. The holiday season is coming, but it’s not here yet. Don’t get a head start by jumping ahead into mistreatment of yourself earlier than necessary.


Daily Self Kindness

I made L get my phone for me while I was stuck on the kitchen floor instead of forcing myself to get up before I was ready to go get it myself.