Reversed King of Pentacles - clear out the clutter!

I’ve been thinking all week about a reading I did recently. In this reading, we discovered that my client was being blocked by the reversed King of Pentacles.

The King of Pentacles represents a person, often a man, who’s very powerful. In his benevolent form (rightside-up), he shows his leadership and authority through material means—he’s a great provider. Reversed, it can mean someone who uses his power and wealth to manipulate or abuse. A bad boyfriend, a terrible boss, that kind of thing.

But none of that applied to my client. Her relationships were fine. Her job was chill. So what was the deal with this card?

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The answer to this turned out to be a perfect reminder of why I love tarot. (Also one of the reasons why I so believe in CO-CREATING readings with my clients. Together we can solve anything!)

As she talked, it turned out that CLUTTER and caring for material possessions were a huge issue for her. She wanted to do something about the clutter, but kept putting it off. And I suddenly realized that our poor King is DROWNING in clutter! He has so much stuff, you can hardly even see him, his fancy robe, his beautiful castle. Reversed, the clutter has the upper hand. SHE was the King. And getting rid of this clutter, simplifying and caring for her home, is key to her being able to move forward with her other plans.

Wishing you all a happy and simplified New Year! May we all take this opportunity to de-clutter our palaces, a little every day. Less is truly more.

What Justice calls us to do

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Justice is one of those cards that can be tough to get acquainted with. The figure is stern and foreboding - are we being judged? The pose is stiff and awkward. Plus it's somewhat similar at first glance to other cards, in particular Judgement and the Hierophant. So what does this card mean?

When Justice appears in a reading, it's often calling us to be our best selves - a moral challenge, if you will. Here's what I mean:

1. Integrity. Justice asks us to conduct ourselves with integrity in all things. To treat people the way we want to be treated. To be fair and honest, to do unto others. Not to cheat, lie, steal or manipulate. This isn't always easy to do - you often need real strength to stand up for what's right. (Hence the stiff posture!) People sometimes talk about this card as representing "karma" but karma can seem a bit self-serving - doing good to others, to ultimately benefit yourself. Justice asks us to do good, for no other reason than because it's the right thing to do.

2. Decisiveness. Justice also lets us know that a time of decisions is on hand, and calls on us to be ready to make those decisions. It's not a time to be wishy-washy, or look to others to decide. We have to look deep within ourselves, know what we want, be brave enough to make choices, and (most of all) to THINK DEEPLY and CHOOSE WISELY.

Traditionally, Justice can also portend legal issues, contracts, etc.  Not always day-to-day life for most of us (hopefully anyway) but worth keeping in mind as well.

Recently this card came up in a reading for someone who was nervous about an upcoming professional challenge/opportunity. Based on this card, we determined that her best path forward is to behave with integrity - not pretend to be something she isn't or scheme to "work the situation". And to get in touch with her own true desires so that when decisions (or possibly even contracts) come up - she is ready!

 

The Moon, the Sun, and magic!

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 I recently did a reading for the following question: how can I best attract opportunity and magic into my life? One of the cards that came up was the Moon. I always love the Moon,  maybe it's the crazy lobster climbing out to dance with dogs in the moonlight.   maybe it's the shining golden path leading off into dark mountains. Maybe that it so beautifully represents the scary beautiful nighttime world of imagination and intuition. 

 An interesting way to think about what the Tarot cards are saying is to think about the cards that are NOT shown. In this case: what would it mean to attract opportunity and magic through the Sun versus through the Moon?  

The Sun in this case would reflect conventional wisdom about how to be successful: be confident, be joyful, put yourself out into the world and attract attention to yourself so that opportunities will find you.  Expect the best and the best will happen.  And in a lot of cases this would be great advice. 

  But the Sun is not the card that came up. The card that came up was the Moon. So this is saying that for this person, the way to find opportunities and magic is not to focus on the external world, not to worry about how you are being perceived by others,  not to strive for attention, but to go deep. Go weird! Get in touch with your inner voice. Follow your own  unique path. Be as individualistic and iconoclastic and intuitive and idiosyncratic as you possibly can be. 

 And this is why I love the Tarot.

The World, Hawaiian-style

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Everyone loves to get The World in a reading.  It shows that all of your hard work is paying off, or is about to. You can rightly take pride in your accomplishments and bask in the recognition and opportunities that are coming your way.  Usually this card is interpreted as representing something celestial, that the figure in the middle is gazing down from the heavens.  But in a reading this week, it struck me that in fact it looks like she's floating happily in a swimming pool.  Here in Kona,  as much as we love the ocean,  pools are indeed a reason to celebrate!  I'm going to take the advice of this card today and enjoy some quality time relaxing.  I hope you do the same. 

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New beginnings!

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Inspired by Mary K. Greer's fabulous book, Tarot for Your Self, I'm intentionally selecting a card. And today it simply must be The Fool, the patron saint of new beginnings, fresh starts and beginner's luck. I've been reading Tarot cards for myself and my friends for a long time now, and I have to admit that I love reading cards for other people. It's been poking around in the back of my head for awhile - should I put myself out there, to read cards for others? Strangers? And today, almost before I knew what had happened, I created and launched this website. I'm looking forward to this journey and enjoying the momentum of this sudden burst of new-ness.