On the Other Side

Today’s meditation was skipped.

The Dream Tarot - Five of CupsToday’s draw is the Five of Cups, which is traditionally a representation of pessimism, doomsday thinking, regrets and disappointments, and occasionally, failure (or at the very least, the perception of failure).

Look it up for a little dude that just fell out of his cup while the others are all topsy-turvy. And from the spill from the overturned cup then becomes a path that leads into a tunnel in the distance.

What’s on the other side of the tunnel?

The imagery in this card is a reminder that misfortune can sometimes lead to new things if you’re willing to change your perspective from one of pessimism over to optimism.


Mr Lionhart’s #TheAugustTarot Be Here Now Prompt
:  The Seeker Tarot Spread

What guidance or advice can help me right now?

Left Three Cards – Beauty and magic in the world is all around you. It’s not about seeking some remarkable thing or reaching for more, but rather it’s about appreciating what is here and now more, and delving deeper into those things to really see all of the beauty and magic they have to offer.

What signs should I pay close attention to today?

Center Two – Laughter. Make sure that you are looking for and paying close attention to those that retreat from it rather than going with the flow.

In what area am I asked to follow my intuition?

Right Two Cards – Seek out those things that bring you joy. It’s often hard for you to identify these things, as you are hardwired to lean into self-sabotage and self-punishment instead. Your intuition can help you in seeking out true joy and identifying the things that bring it out for you.


#DiscordTarotholicsAug2022 Challenge Prompt
Topic for August 31st
: Grab a spread of your choice that you’ve been curious about… and give it a go!
Spread: My Power Tarot Spread

Where should I listen to the wild one within me?

Queen of Wands – There is great joy in your creativity, and a freedom there in that creative spark that you love and cherish. Foster that creativity within yourself today and every day.

What personal strength should I use and nurture today?

Three of Swords – Just as you are able to function (and in fact rejoice) while it is raining and the weather is crap, so too can you move through times of trial and disappointment. Make sure you aren’t letting small disappointments ruin your whole day.

What can I do to honor my independence right now?

Three of Pentacles – Work with others. Prove to yourself that independence does not require solitude.


Daily Self Kindness

I pulled my decks for September today.  I know this sounds more like work than a self-kindness, but after how much I struggled with leaving them on the shelves and pulling what I want to use daily last month, this is a huge self kindness to myself to pull them all for the month ahead.

📆 Transitioning from August to September

Month End Tarot Reading with the Tarot of the Secret Forest and Menagerie Playing Cards

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

The Moon and Nine of Clubs – You are feeling a lot of uncertainty right now, which is understandable. These two weeks are the slowest part of the year for your business and you are currently in the lull that follows the completion of a large project. Don’t allow these feelings to push you to lax your boundaries with yourself. Healthy choices are needed, even when feelings of uncertainty are messing with you.

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

Death and Seven of Spades – Stop looking at changes as a disruption. Resisting creates problems and stress. Instead of looking at them as a destruction of harmony, try seeing changes as an opportunity.

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

Ace of Swords and Three of Diamonds – Inspiration and an ease of communication with others as you work together to prepare for the holiday rush. There hasn’t been a need to really synchronize over the past few months, but that time is fast approaching.

Limitations – Negative influences, opposition, or ill will.

Eight of Cups and Four of Spades – Watch out for the ones that have gone silent or walked away. There are potential problems brewing in that direction.

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

Five of Wands and Ace of Hearts – When others have good intentions at heart, make sure to remember that just because you may not agree with what they say or their methods, it doesn’t mean that they’re not trying to help and don’t care about you.

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

Nine of Pentacles Rx and Two of Hearts – This is in reference to trusting people that turn around and let you down. Sometimes you find a connection with someone, and it feels like it’s just right, and then something happens that feels like it tears down everything that you’ve worked for all in one blow. Now is a good time to focus on healing from these experiences. Look at those times when this has happened in your life, and see if you can let go of some of the hurt and residual pain that resides there.

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

Six of Wands and Four of Diamonds – It’s not always a bad thing to feel good when people praise you. That positive feeling that the praise from others provides can be nice, as long as it’s not something that you become dependent on for feelings of stability to thrive.

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

Five of Pentacles and Nine of Hearts – Feelings of scarcity, whether real or imagined, have a habit of rising up at this time of year. Be sure that you are leaning into appreciating those things that are making you happy and seeing the value in them, instead of allowing yourself to fall prey to the rise of scarcity’s theme trying to inject itself back into your life and your mind.

Empowerment – A future opportunity to work toward.

Wheel of Fortune and Queen of Spades – Make sure you are paying attention to your reactions to stress and change. You are going to be given an opportunity to turn this around into something better, but you need awareness in this area to do so.

Message from the Spirit World – Sometimes when you’re unhappy with how things are and you want to make them better, you have to actually fight for the changes that you want to see and stand strong against the resistance that may rise up in others as a result. Complacency is not always something that makes life easier.

Message from the Mind’s World – Change can breed uncertainty and steal your confidence. Make sure at these times that you lean into keeping your boundaries in place and communicate with others on what you need to help keep things invigorated and moving forward smoothly.

Message from the Physical World – Those that care about you are working hard to convince you to take a rest and do what you need to do to create stability in your body. Physically, you’re not at your best right now, and you need to take their advice and do those things you know are needed to rectify the situation. Stop being a stubborn ass.


Weekly Creativity Prompt – Adrian’s Adventure

Prompt: “Draw (at least) three cards, and use them to tell us a story about a farm with talking animals.”

Storytelling with the Aisare Garu No Gaikotsu TarottoAdrian Goat was a happy creature all the days of his life. He bounded and bounced around in his pen, climbed and played with the toys, and ate good food every day (The Sun).

One day the farmer left the gate unlatched though, and Adrian became curious. Tempted by the outside world (The Devil), he went against the warnings of Mother Spider and Brother Pig and squeezed through the opening (The Chariot).

He wandered off into the woods (The Fool), and soon found himself all alone as the sky began to darken.

Scared and alone, he could hear rustling in the trees, and he bleated fearfully instead of calling out for help, at a loss for words in the face of his first encounter with true fear (The Moon).

Remembering all the stories that the other animals had told him about wolves and bears with sharp teeth and claws, as the sounds came closer and closer he was terrified of what might jump out at him at any moment (Wheel of Fortune).

When the leaves right before Adrian Goat rustled, he shouted his fear and turned to run, dashing back through the trees and back into his pen, using his teeth to close the gate behind him.  No longer curious or eager for adventure in the outside world, he was now very happy for his safe, comfortable pen (The Hanged Man).

In the woods, Brother Dog and Alfred Horse chuckled to each other as they emerged into the clearing that Adrian Goat had left behind. Chatting quietly with each other as they returned to the farm at a leisurely pace, assured that Adrian Goat had learned his lesson (The Hierophant) and would stray no more.


Make the Unusual Usual

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Maxwell's Rainbow Tarot - King of WandsToday’s draw is the King of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of a projective alpha energy, personality, or person in the area of one’s passions, drive, willpower, determination, or inner spark.

You inspire others with your drive and your determination to do what you love rather than bending to the demands that say otherwise.

It’s okay to be a unique individual.  Create an environment where the unusual is the norm, and show others what we are all really capable of when you put your mind and willpower into the cause.


The Rainbow Moonscape #VennoxesTarotChallenge Prompt
Questions for August 29th thru 31st

Infinite Wisdom of the Chakras OracleWhat is my current state of luck?

The Dancer atop Crown Chakra – Your current state of luck is constantly changing and in flux. Luck is a matter of give and take, of perspective, and of a willingness to allow the energy of life to flow as it works to find balance. By tapping into this flow the process becomes a dance rather than a trial.

What do I need to let go of?

Dawn – You need to let go of self blame concerning the inconsistency in your energies when it comes D/s and your libido. Allow yourself to just accept what’s what. Nobody is “on” all the time.

What do I need to protect and preserve?

Bear – Yourself. Instead of worrying so much about everyone else all of the time, remember that you also need to be protected and cherished.


Mr Lionhart’s #TheAugustTarot Be Here Now Prompt
Questions for August 30th and 31st

Maxwell's Rainbow Tarot - The Magician, The High Priestess, Ten of Pentacles, Eight of Pentacles, Page of PentaclesWhere have I seen a lot of growth in my spiritual journey throughout August?

The Magician and The High Priestess – You’ve shown a good deal of progress in doing more of what’s needed for you instead of allowing yourself to be pressured by obligation. This has allowed you to reconnect more strongly with your intuition as a result.

I now give closure to this journey as I begin my next journey knowing that:

You are beginning to realize a better stability for yourself and others (Ten of Pentacles) that you have been working towards for a long time (Eight of Pentacles). There is still more to do and further to go, but you are learning to take your time and not rush so much (Page of Pentacles).


Daily Self Kindness

After I got home this evening I took a little time after my shower to lie naked on the bed with my legs up the wall and just let myself settle and cool off.

Staying Open to Better Things

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Animals Divine Tarot - Eight of SwordsToday’s draw is the Eight of Swords (The Condor), which is traditionally a representation of self-imposed limitations, closed mindedness, inflexibility, and restrictive thinking.

I read the description of this card today out of curiosity, and it spoke of the condors being stuck in this land of fallen soldiers and dropped swords.  It spoke of being unable to look -beyond- the land they’ve claimed and become familiar with.

The message in today’s card is about paying attention to old habits and making sure that you aren’t getting stuck in patterns that aren’t as efficient or helpful as other methods might be.

There’s a lot to be said for the familiar, but sometimes there’s a better way waiting to be discovered if you’re willing to look beyond what’s right in front of you.


#DiscordTarotholicsAug2022 Challenge Prompt
Questions for August 29th and 30th

The Language of Flowers & Trees OracleWhere do I need to foster more joy and happiness in life?

Gladiolus atop Pine – You need to be more receptive to finding peace. That means getting out in nature more and hiking among the trees, rather than staying inside all the time or overwhelming yourself with so much to do that you have no time to take care of yourself.

How can I encourage that joy to flourish in my future?

Yarrow and Aspen – Be open and honest with yourself and others about your needs. Only through connecting with your needs and being open to fulfilling them can you not just survive, but actually thrive.


Mr Lionhart’s #TheAugustTarot Be Here Now Prompt
Questions for August 28th and 29th

Animals Divine TarotWhat has my journey through the wild unknown taught me?

Four of Pentacles atop Ten of Pentacles, Ten of Swords – There’s a lot of hard work in achieving stability, and a lot of pain and sacrifice goes into the process. When you get to a place where you can take a breath, be sure to look back and appreciate these things instead of forgetting them completely.

How can I build upon this journey moving forward?

King of Pentacles, Ace of Pentacles, and Ten of Cups – Remember that sometimes when you reach the end of the road, that means it’s time to start again and perhaps focus a bit more on what will make you happy instead of what you feel is your responsibility or obligation.


Daily Self Kindness

Even though it was and orders day, I dawdled in bed for a bit first.