Happy 2011, everyone! In Chinese astrology, this is the year of the Metal Rabbit, which commences on February 3. The Rabbit signifies the advent of peace, tranquility and diplomacy. However, the Metal element adds a touch of a competitive, aggressive, cold, and sometimes, insensitive energy. This means that those of you who are working to manifest peace, tranquility, and diplomacy will find that you will still be dealing with those who are content to work in a less-enlightened way. Therefore, while many of you will be working to build a better world, you’ll still find yourself dealing with some tough people and living through some not-so-fun times.
Because you will most likely be dealing with some tough characters in 2011, do your best to negotiate with tough people and through rough times, if you are unable to avoid these types of people and circumstances. Trying to force an issue with aggressive people is only a recipe for failure. However, the good news is that the Rabbit is considered to be lucky, and because rabbits are private creatures, who are bit introverted, this means that 2011 will provide an opportunity for you to find a place of quiet and ingest some calm. It also means that, while in your quiet place, you’ll be inspired to take action that will result in some unexpected good fortune.
To gain the greatest benefits from the Year of the Metal Rabbit, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and all kinds of relationships, especially those with people that have captured your heart, be it your best friend, your lover/mate, your child(ren), or a pet. Do your best to create a safe, peaceful world for yourself and all of those you’d like to be within your world. Read more
Hi, everyone. Because we're nearing the end of 2010 and find ourselves in a month that always seems to be too busy, I'm posting a reading for the entire month of December. In early January, I'll post a reading for 2011, which will provide the overarching energies that you'll be working with throughout the year. I'll then return to the regular weekly postings, proving insight for each week, which you can use in conjunction with the overall reading for 2011.
For this month, you'll be working with the Knight of Swords, the King of Swords, and The Empress. When I pulled these cards and saw that two Swords appeared, I thought, "How appropriate that two Sword cards would appear as we wrap up a year."
The reason I thought this is because Swords represent cutting through to find the truth, cutting away that which is no longer needed, and taking the action necessary to clear away the clutter so that you can manifest what you need. What better time to do this than just before the beginning of a new year, which brings new possibility. With The Empress representing creation and fertility, you can begin creating what works for you, after you've discarded that which doesn't work.
Last week, you were asked to take a close look at your most intimate relationship and determine how to keep it healthy or take the steps necessary to end it. Over the next two weeks, the Two of Wands and the Queen of Pentacles are going to ask that you continue working on whatever is most important to you. This could find you carrying over your work from last week, or you could work on something instead of a romantic relationship, like your job, a friendship, or a creative endeavor. However, whatever you do, your work on must include interaction with other people.
The Two of Wands and the Queen of Pentacles are two well-matched cards. Both cards represent intelligence and kindness, with both carrying a promise of good things to come. The Two of Wands indicates that this good will be a reward that will result from work that you do with others. The Queen of Pentacles says that this good fortune will most likely be money or some kind of gift that will come to you because of how well you treated people in your immediate world.
The good promised by both the Two of Wands and Queen of Pentacles is infinite; however, this good will probably not be the result of a solitary endeavor. Nothing wrong with working alone, but right now, the Universe is asking that you come out of hiding and be a part of a larger group. Read more
This upcoming week, the Six of Cups asks you to look closely and truthfully at your most intimate relationship. Quite often, this card can indicate a return of a past relationship. If a person from your past shows up and you're in a relationship, then you'll have to do some deep soul searching. However, if your past does not rocket somebody into your Life, then the Six of Cups asks that you review your current relationship and decide what you can do to make sure it's working for both you and your partner. If you are not in a relationship, the Six of Cups heralds great potential for a new partnership, as long as you stay open and don’t let the failure of past relationships blind you to new possibilities.
The Six of Cups nudges you to approach intimate relationships with the open heart of a child. I know that many of you are afraid to do this – afraid that acting in a childlike way could cause you to be naive about a relationship. And while we are all capable of being naive about a relationship and have probably acted just this way at some point, the Six of Cups asks you to not worry about being naïve, but rather, asks that you use the best childlike energies, like that of curiosity and wonder and delight, and apply these to your most intimate relationship. In doing so, you and your partner can learn about each other in a new way, a way that doesn’t try to hide one’s true self, but lets you remain open and trusting, bringing new dimensions and depth into the relationship.
This card also asks you to review your childhood and determine how it might affect your most current adult relationship. If you had a good childhood, then know that you are among a select few that were gifted with beginning years that probably propelled you into a Life that has been, most likely, pretty good. If this is the case, be grateful and show some of this gratefulness to the person closest to you. If you are alone, be grateful for the relationship that you know awaits you. If you had a tough childhood, the Six of Cups, asks you to finish healing whatever wounds remain open and then use what you’ve learned through this healing to better a current relationship or pull in a good one. Read more
I hope everyone took a well-deserved break this past week and had some fun. I will be taking another break during the second week of November to celebrate my birthday. Because of this, I will not be writing a blog entry during that time. Therefore, today's entry will serve for the next two weeks, when you will be working, again, with the Seven of Cups and a new card, The Emperor.
As you know from the reading for the week of 10/3/10, the Seven of Cups is all about keeping your dream (or dreams) alive and taking the action necessary to manifest that dream. Unless your dream, or one of them, manifested during the past three weeks (and if so, congratulations), then the Seven of Cups shows up again to remind you that you have to keep envisioning your dream and following up with the appropriate action to manifest what you want.
The Emperor works well with the Seven of Cups, because The Emperor is Mr. Action. This card advises you to build a strong foundation upon which your dream can reside and then reminds you that you have to have a strong will to make your dream come true. Read more
So, how did everyone do last week with regard to putting in a little effort towards one or more of your dreams? My current Facebook status reads:
Feel like I've been in a boxing match all week. Where are the Epsom salts? Is it too early for wine? Despite this, was pleasantly surprised to be given an achievement trophy for work done on a new product.
I guess I definitely worked the Three of Pentacles energy last week. And surprisingly, I even received an unexpected reward in one area of my Life on which I'm working. Read more
I guess you all must be working to manifest some huge dreams, because the Three of Pentacles shows up this week, to remind you to keep crafting your skills. The Three of Pentacles is also referred to as the Master Craftsman card, but this does not mean that you are yet the master. It means that you are working towards becoming a master.
However, while this card does not indicate that you've mastered a particular craft, it is a very positive card in that it indicates that you not only have the skills inherent to master a craft and manifest a dream, but the Three of Pentacles also represents success through effort. Therefore, you can be assured that your hard work will bring forth the best result possible. Additionally, not only will you realize a dream, but others will applaud, acknowledge, and appreciate the effort behind your achievement.
Know that you are making progress. Your creativity is the energy behind your manifestation prowess. Therefore, whatever you find inspiring this next week, go with it - even if it's something you've not yet experienced before. And know that even as I downloaded that sentence, I'm talking as much to myself as I am to you.
Hi, everyone. I hope that you’ve all taken at least one step towards manifesting one or more of your dreams. If you have, know that the Queen of Wands congratulates you, and if you haven’t, this lady is going to provide all the energy you need to get moving.
The Queen of Wands is associated with both business and spiritual ventures. However, the traits associated with this card are that of passion, energy, and action. Therefore, you should have a lot of help this next week finding the energy and ingenuity necessary to keep moving forward, while making the appropriate decisions.
If you are trying to manifest something very tangible, like a job promotion or a new car, then the business aspect of the Queen of Wands kicks in and she inspires you into taking the action appropriate to ensure a positive outcome. If you are trying to create something more esoteric or something that is connected more with emotion, like a partnership or bettering yourself, instead of something material, then the spiritual side of the Queen of Wands is the aspect with which you’ll be working. Read more
Hi, everyone. How have you been doing regarding taking steps toward something or someone that you love? I hope that last week was a great week for you and that each of you took at least one step toward making yourself or your Life become a bit more of who or what you truly desire.
This week, the Seven of Cups reminds you that, to bring what you want into your Life, you can't just daydream about it. You're going to have to take an active role in making your dreams come true.
Quite often, the Seven of Cups is referred to as the Daydream card. While the meaning of this card does include a caution against daydreaming, I've always interpreted it as being more of a creative visualization card. And technically, there's nothing wrong with a little daydreaming. The problem occurs when you do nothing but daydream. If you don't take some action to spur the daydream into a reality, then ultimately, the daydream has no where to go and it will just disappear, possibly leaving you despondent and upset.
So, now that you've started the releasing process, it's only natural that the Knight of Cups would appear, with news that either you are beginning to move toward something or someone you love, or that something/someone is moving toward you. The Knight of Wands is also known as the Seeker card.
What are you looking for? For many, the search can be very tangible. You are looking for a new job or a new car. While looking for new love, the person that comes with this search is tangible, yet the experience can be esoteric. Other searches can be even more esoteric. Perhaps your search is taking you deep within, where you are exploring all aspects of you, the good and the bad.
This kind of search can be scary and many avoid it. However, it is a search that can bring with it so many new realizations, that you almost can't help but start moving towards a Life you love better than the one you were living. And maybe your search for a new Life is not esoteric - perhaps you're trying to figure out how to move away from being a lawyer or corporate manager and become a teacher or work for a non-profit group.
So, what have you not been able to let go of? A bad relationship? A one-sided friendship? Pain? Anger? Whatever it is that you know you need to let go of, but just haven't been able to do so, now is the week to say "goodbye". The Eight of Cups is here to help.
The Eight of Cups always lets you know when it's time to say, "That's it. I'm done. I don't need this in my Life any more." This card lets you know that you need to not only let go, but also put the past behind you. I know that this is easier said that done and you probably won't be able to do this in a week's time. However, use this upcoming week to begin the process of letting go.
If you need to get out of a unhealthy relationship or friendship, find a way to do so without causing any more anguish than already exists. Don't feel guilty. Know that you are moving on and in doing so, you'll let these other people move on, too, even if the parting is painful. If you're still dealing with the pain or anger of something that another person did to you, figure out a way to let these feelings go and start anew.
Hello. Hope you've all been enjoying the good energy that the cards have brought the past few weeks. This week, you'll still be working with positive energy, but one that asks you to either begin building towards a goal or continue building. The Three of Pentacles is known as the Master Craftsman card. Whenever it appears, know that it's time to get busy and start creating.
Like many of the cards, the Three of Pentacles carries with it an artistic vibe. So, all of you painters, writers, musicians, singers, and sculptors - anyone working in an artistic vein - know that this is a great week to either continue your current creation or begin a new one. For those who draw on the left side of the brain, don't despair. The Three of Pentacles is, ultimately, about building and crafting, and you can apply this energy to any endeavor.
While the Three of Pentacles asks you to work hard, this card always brings with it an energy that rewards you for your hard work. If you're trying to create something that might take some time, use this week to plan. If you're already in the midst of a project or goal that has yet to see fruition, take a few minutes to determine whether you're doing all that you need to do, and after you figure out what the next best step is, take it. Whatever you do this week, don't be idle.
Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderfully happy and lucky two weeks. Guess what? The fun continues with the Three of Cups. This card represents fun, artistic ability, fulfillment, healing, and harmony. It's also called the Good Luck card, providing a vibe similar to the lucky energy that the Nine of Cups brought over the past two weeks.
If Life threw some unexpected good surprises at you the past two weeks, then be on the lookout for one or two more nice things to happen this week. For me, the last two weeks told me that my new job is providing me a promotion, raise, and bonus. Although, Mercury retrograde put a small kink into this good news by delaying the actual promotion and the money that goes with it. Still... a gift is still good luck, even if delayed!
Mercury will be in retrograde until September 13th, and since it can cause delays of all kinds, it's quite possible that you might still be getting good news and gifts a couple of weeks past the day that Mercury goes direct. So be prepared for some good things to happen well beyond this first week in September. And, with the good energy of the last two weeks and the continued good energy wrapping itself around this next week, I think that you can take a little breather and just relax and have some fun.
Happy Sunday. I hope you're all doing well, and if you're not, know that the Nine of Cups brings happiness and good luck to all of you for the next two weeks. "Why two weeks, you ask?" Because 2010 has been an extremely difficult year for me, on top of far too many years that refused to let me rest, and I desperately need a break. So, I'm taking the Nine of Cups' advice and bringing myself a little happiness by taking some time off from almost everything next week.
Before I started my meditation this morning, I asked if I would need to pull one or two cards for a two-week reading. After asking, only the Nine of Cups showed up, so lucky you - you should have a lot of fun over the next two weeks. Additionally, be prepared for a little luck to show up and help you where needed.
The Nine of Cups represents true happiness and fulfillment. If you are already in this space, you might not need any extra luck. But I would suggest that you figure out what brings you such happiness and fulfillment and keep doing what it takes to stay happy and fulfilled. And, if a little extra luck shows up, welcome it.
Amazingly, I did not pull The Lovers card yet again. This week, we'll be working with the energy of The World. When I pulled this card, my first thought was, "This indicates that many will be finding success with some of the tasks and projects they've been working on for the past six months."
While I do believe this to be true, I also heard that this week, The World brings with it an additional energy that asks, "What can you do to make the world a better place?"
Perhaps, some of the projects you've already been working on will better the world. Maybe you've planted a garden that produced more than it ever has before, and you can share this food with others. If you've been working with groups that help those in need, maybe you've gone out of your way to provide encouragement, helping someone to take the necessary steps to reach a better place in their Life.