Watching the Pot

Tuesday: “Am I going to get a new job?”
Friday: “Anything new happening with my career?”
Sunday: “…what about now?”
Monday: “…what about now?”

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Sometimes people want to get multiple readings to keep tabs on a situation. This is a good idea when there’s a lot going on and the balance changes quickly from one day to the next. But often it’s just a waiting game, and I’ve noticed something interesting happens when we ask the same question over and over again: either the readings become really, really repetitive, or they stop making sense entirely.

If we’re using astrology, the planets’ courses aren’t going to suddenly shift. That Jupiter transit that I told you about last week is still doing the exact same thing, right on schedule. I promise. But even randomly-shuffled tarot cards tend to get weird when we ask a question more than once–the same cards start coming up, in the same positions. Or we get different cards that are so all over the board, there’s no way to see how their story is remotely related to your question.

You know how some nights you’ll open the refrigerator several times, just to see if anything new is in there since the last time you looked? Multiple readings for the same question are like that. We might see that the cheese just moved to another shelf or that you should probably throw that tomato away, but if you don’t get up and go to the grocery store, don’t expect a spontaneous cheesecake manifestation.

Whatever comes across in the first session is usually what you need to know. We can keep digging for more details and new perspectives, but there comes a point where we’ve seen all that we’re going to see and it’s on you to deal with the situation and either just be patient if you can’t control it, or make something happen if you can.

I love repeat business, but you don’t want to pay for the same reading twice!

Gritty Tarot Re-boot

This is, without a doubt, the most intensive Photoshop project I’ve ever done. I have at least 20 hours into these two images. Prints will be available as soon as I have the pricing down.

I did all the Photoshopping myself, but I owe many thanks to Corvin of Mixed Debris for the raw photos, and to Mary St. Sin and Sir Mark Bruback for standing still longer than Adam and Eve probably ever did.

Of course these pieces are based on Pamela Coleman Smith’s original designs for the Rider-Waite tarot. The card borders are from scanned images of my 1971 deck.

By the Gods, this was fun. I think I’ll do an entire deck. At this rate, it’ll be ready for pre-orders around 2025. Anyone want to sit for photos?

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Polaris: Anchor, Lighthouse, and Other Nautically Cosmic Metaphors

Every night I spend a few minutes staring up at Polaris, whether I can see it or not. It’s my favorite star.

Polaris doesn’t move. Sailors used to navigate by the “North Star,” and I see it as a spiritual beacon as well. It’s become an important symbol in my own personal mythology.

Hey, I’m going to go out for a smoke now, in fact. Come with me. Come look at this.

Everything else in the sky that I can see from my hemisphere is spinning around and around and around and it never stops, while Polaris just sits quietly up there in one spot* like a tranced out Ascended Master, or the finite center point of an infinite spiral. When my life feels like it’s going haywire (which is pretty much par for the course), I always know where Polaris is. Even on a cloudy night. Even in the daytime.

I associate Polaris with the Archetypes: big ideas that have become entrenched in our collective consciousness and don’t change. The concepts represented by the gods and goddesses, heroes, villains, standard stock character types, monsters, and the stories about all of them that just keep re-appearing in many different forms throughout the history of all Earth’s cultures. Archetypes are the examples we’ve created which, in turn, create us by showing us how to shape our lives.

Mathematics. The laws of Physics (including the ones we don’t know about yet). The philosophical debates around our most basic questions. The perfect Platonic Ideals conceived by imperfect slices of consciousness.

The core tenet of so many religious beliefs: “Don’t be a dick.”

If we ever get to meet people from other planets (when, dammit, I mean when), I bet we’ll find common ground when we start comparing our species’ oldest questions and the stories we tell as we to try to answer them. I like believing that these things are universal and unchanging.

This might sound weird coming from a self-proclaimed Chaos mage. I understand that events and time are all random and fluid from the human perspective. It feels like we’re swept every which way by who-knows-what kind of cross-dimensional cosmic tides and our lives are subject to incomprehensible coincidental fields. I just appreciate being able to look up while trying to sail through the midst of this whole mess and knowing there’s something tangible that I can rely on: a little point of light that’s always there*. We just have to keep going that-a-way and we won’t get lost.


*Yes, I know the Earth wobbles a little on its axis, and I know that someday Polaris will be gone. But I’ve just given it Archetypal status, so it’s officially part of the stories, and it’s not really going anywhere ever now, is it, Smarty-pants?


 

The Story So Far…

Hey there! Been busy. Websites to build. The Internet is not nearly big enough yet. Today seemed like a good time for a cold reading, though…

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I think this one’s kind of for everyone right now. When I was shuffling the cards, I got a very strong sense that these three little cards apply to so many people that it might just as well be a reading for everyone in the world in general.

Change is in the air. It’s undenyable. It’s unavoidable. Yet so many people are resisting it that it’s starting to become a THING. This transformation will not be blocked forever, because it WILL happen. The dam is about to burst. Let’s try to channel this tsunami of energy into something that will benefit everyone.

You know what? Well-placed chaos is okay. Chaos leads to opportunities that lead to transformation that leads to growth. Get to know that voice deep within you — the one that’s a little (or a lot) different from what you’ve been taught. It’s really okay to step into something new. Quit trying to fight and guard and resist, and start reaching out to help.

This is the beginning of a whole new phase of clear thinking. We can all still draw lines in the sand; but do take a moment to step back and see what kind of pattern all these lines are making. Consider how your lines can be a contribution, rather than a barricade, to the beautiful new shape that’s being drawn.

The world is changing, and that’s okay.

Do it. DOOOOO EEEEEET.

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I’m feeling sassy and weird tonight (and how is that different than any other night? Never mind.) I’m going to use Morgan’s Tarot and the Somniscript for this cold reading.

Well, well, well. Aren’t you special? Yes, in fact, you are. WHY ARE YOU STILL LISTENING TO OTHER PEOPLE’S RULES? This reading speaks to those who are my own kindred spirits. I have a feeling it might even be for one of my own other-dimensional friends. (I don’t have Spirit Guides. I have a Peanut Gallery.)

That doesn’t mean that it isn’t for you, too.

Center yourself wherever you’re meant to be. Quit asking permission. Don’t look for external validation to make sure you’re doing it right. “Right” is whatever you call it. Next step: bring it to the real world and live it. No, you don’t need emotional validation. You need intellectual action to balance out all those feelings and dreams and you need to make this real on your own terms.

Will you get crap for it? Yep. Why do you care? Who are you trying to please? Do any of those people really exist, or are they just mouthpieces for a whiny, insecure Overmind? Your reality is just as real as anyone else’s. Give it a chance to settle in, and tend it with love and care. It will take root and grow.

You can change the world, even if it’s just your own perspective of the world. Why would you worry about anyone else’s? This is what you can control. This is yours. Own it.

Cold Reading: STAAAAAHP

I’m right in the middle of building two other websites, but my spirit friends tell me it’s time for another Cold Reading. I’m using the Rider-Waite Tarot and my own Somniscript. This is for someone — is it you?

20150710-coldTime to stop. Seriously, just STOP. You’ve been on overdrive for WAAAY too long. Look, I’m the last person to tell you to ignore your imagination and ambition, but it’s time to set it aside for awhile, at least. You don’t have to do anything right now. The material world will wait. The other worlds will wait.

You need a GOD. DAMN. BREAK. Go drink tea on a patio. Read a stupid book just for fun. Take out your journal and doodle crap that you’ll never be able to use. Okay? You need downtime. Give yourself that. You’re allowed. Whatever you’re so worked up about will still be there tomorrow. Or the next day.

Hell, take the whole weekend. You need it.

For what it’s worth, this song came on right about the same time I got the inspiration for this reading.

Quit Feckin’ About

cr-20150624For tonight’s Cold Reading, I pulled a couple of cards from my old faithful Rider-Waite deck. The first thing to show up is the Nine of Cups — someone’s wish is about to come true!

This card means that everything is all set to go your way. As long as you’re not asking for anything ridiculously out of the bounds of possibility, IT WILL HAPPEN. The whole Universe is on your side. Don’t ruin this.

But what’s this? The Ace of Swords, reversed. Do you even know what you want? I bet you do. You’ve been given the keys — now you just have to quit worrying about what everyone ELSE wants, and lock in your choice.

Finally, Judgement reversed suggests a holding pattern: one that you’ve created, due to your own insecurities, uncertainties, and lack of direction. You’re your own worst block at this point. Quit waiting for the Universe to tell you what to do. The Universe is waiting for you to tell IT what to do.

It’s kind of like that old non-argument: “Where do you want to go to eat?” “I don’t know, wherever.” “You pick.” “No, YOU pick.”

SOMEBODY PLEASE JUST PICK before we start eating each other.

Make. A. Decision. Then go with it. It will work out!

Rise and Sign

You know your Sun sign. (Right?) Everyone fits neatly into one of 12 pigeon-holes which define your entire personality and make it easy for newspapers to print perfectly accurate 3-line horoscopes that you can rely on to tell you exactly what your day will be like…

rising-sign…Or not.

Because you’re so much more than your Sun sign. The Sun is important, sure: its position in your chart is a like a huge lens that collects all the other planets’ energy and focuses it in one place. It’s your conscious mind, your general outlook, the outline that you get to color in. But there are a lot of subtleties involved. 12 simple categories do not define everyone in the world. Your chart is as unique as a fingerprint.

So, do you know your Rising Sign? Also called the “Ascendant,” this is the zodiac constellation which was coming up over the eastern horizon at the moment you were born. This sign rules the 1st House, which is the segment of the chart that defines the “Self.” It’s like a filter between you and the outside world: it shapes your perspectives and the personality you project.

The Ascendant is just as important as the Sun sign when it comes to defining your personality, and when a powerful planet is transiting through this sign, your entire life is affected.

For example: I’m a Sagittarius. (Actually I’m an Ophiucus, but that’s a whole ‘nother post.) Sagittarius is all about adventure and travel and spiritual philosophy and new experiences. Wheeeeeeee!

However, I’ve got Virgo rising. This means that I want to be a pirate and an astronaut and a rock star and a messiah, but first I have to finish organizing my books according to the new and improved Dewey Decimal System that I invented.

Ooh! An adventure! I must create a new database to catalog each photo and journal entry so that I may easily cross-reference them with previous escapades.

And that’s just the 1st House. There are 12 Houses in a chart, defining everything from family to romance to money to careers to karma. Every sign influences every chart in one way or another, along with the planets and a peanut gallery of asteroids, Nodes, aspects, and ever-changing daily transits.

So when you say “I’m a (insert sign here), but I don’t FEEEEEL like a (insert sign here), and my free horoscopes are never right,” that doesn’t mean astrology is bunk.* It means that you should take a look at your whole chart in order to see where all that other energy is coming from.
*That, too, is a post for another time.