#ChattingwithTarot – 10 of Pentacles, Queen of Pentacles + Strength (#Dreamkeepers #Tarot)

Hmm, yesterday I drew the Queen followed by the 10 of Pentacles, today it’s the other way ’round. So clearly these energies still need to be explored further.

I think, in this instance, my ancestors are showing me the path to inner strength. They’re reminding me that I need to shuck the persona I wear for others and reconnect with my true inner self. It’s time to stop pretending. The best way for me to fully manifest and fulfill all my potential is to focus on what’s important to me. I need to find what I believe truly matters, not focus on what other’s think should be important to me. Once I’ve nurtured my inner and outer selves, honored my physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual sides then I will become truly strong. That’s when I’ll be honoring myself and my ancestors.

#ChattingwithTarot – Ace of Cups, 3 of Wands + Strength (#Dreamkeepers #Tarot)

Today the ancestors are taking the opportunity to remind me that in order to pursue interesting projects or find ways to collaboratively express my creative energies (which they feel is a key to keeping me strong enough to keep moving forward), I need to look in my heart.  I need to find ways to reconnect with that little girl who loved to dance and wanted a tutu. 

Being strong is very useful but sometimes it means I tolerate intolerable situations because I’m “tough”.  As I have often joked, the women in my family are not delicate, china teacups – we’re sturdy, plain mugs able to take the occasional rough patches.  What this has also meant is that we often put up with difficult situations far longer than is healthy.  Strength and fortitude can become burdens if a situation is endured beyond reason.

I think this message is my ancestors reminding me that being able to take a punch can be useful but that doesn’t mean someone who dreams and dances in a tutu is weak.  It’s a different kind of strength  Listening to your heart and following its wishes mean believing in yourself and being willing to look foolish or open yourself up emotionally in order to achieve those dreams.  Am I strong enough to risk having my dreams laughed at if others feel they’re silly?  I like to believe so but I guess time will tell. 

#TarotDaily – 2 of

How are the ghosts of your past still influencing your life?

The ghosts of my past, or as I like to call them – my ancestors, left me a legacy of family obligation and responsibility as well as strength and fortitude.

The women in my direct line did not domesticate well. We aren’t the best at cooking or cleaning but we’re great at taking on a lot of responsibility; at getting things done. At the same they helped me learn how to forge my own path in life; how to be strong and endure. I’ve learned to trust my own mind, even if I don’t always follow through. I realize that compromising who I am to satisfy others sucks! It’s not worth it to me and if it results in a limited social circle I’m fine with that.

So, I may need to get better at the whole finding balance thing but I have learned not to try to fit in and be like everyone else; not to do things because others expect me to do them. I may be chained by what I believe are my obligations to family but I’ve accepted that. Is it easy, hell no! However in my heart I know that this is right for me and I feel good about it.

#TarotDaily – The Moon Rx + The Warrior Woman Rx (#Sacred Bridges)

TarotHunter’s Salt Rounds:

  • You can’t sleep through your current situation anymore. It’s not a dream or an illusion, it’s a nightmare. It’s time to take up the reins and move in a more focused direction. Passive resistance is making things worse.
  • The dream has not turned out as you’d hoped. You believed positive changes could result but it hasn’t quite turned out that way. You hoped you could put down your weapons and relax because the changes would make things better. Apparently that was a mistake. Don’t let it make you a victim.
  • There are times when you can relax control and let autopilot take you where you need to go; this in not one of those times. You intuition, your inner wisdom is telling you things are wrong but you haven’t listened. You need to face the reality of the current situation and take back control of the vehicle before you’re run off the road altogether.

#TarotDaily – 5 of Coins + Strength (Deirdre)

TarotHunter’s Silver Bullets:

  • Although you may believe you have nothing, you do possess the inner strength and fortitude to see things through.
  • Remember that help is available to those who ask. All true heroes require aide, advice & assistance on their journeys.
  • Being strong and stoic doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask for and benefit from help and support.

#TarotDaily – Strength + The Wheel of Fortune Rx (Hudes)

TarotHunter’s Silver Bullets:

  • You are strong enough to endure whatever changes come your way.  Don’t let fear keep you stuck in stasis.
  • Do not confuse physical strength with inner strength.  Remember that the trees that bend with the winds endure the storms.
  • Being strong means not giving in to your fears. It doesn’t mean you don’t have them.  The world is cyclical and although things may look challenging right now, that, too, will change.

#TarotDaily – 9 of Wands Rx + The Hermit Rx (Hudes)

TarotHunter’s Salt Rounds:

  • You don’t need to take on this challenge alone.  Allow yourself to find help and support from others who care.
  • Your defenses may be well-developed and serve a purpose but they also isolate you.  Be open to alternative paths and methods
  • The image of the rugged individualist is often self-defeating and illusory.  SEeking help when needed does not imply weakness.  In fact, being able to ask for assistance may show a strength of character and willingness to be vulnerable and exposed that the “rugged individualist” fears.

The healing gift of a fart joke

Baubo Siren of Earth Dark Goddess Tarot

My message from the Dark Goddess Tarot for today was Baubo the Siren of Earth. Baubo is a bawdy, rowdy and raunchy Greek goddess best known for her role in the Demeter/Persephone myth. Baubo is an old nurse in the house of King Celeus who makes a desolate and mourning Demeter laugh by lifting her dress and showing off her private parts. Now that’s someone willing to do anything for a laugh. Baubo seems to function as comic relief during the Eleusinian mysteries, breaking the emotional tension and stress with a well-placed raunchy maneuver.

This is the second time I’ve pulled Baubo in three days. Clearly she has a message for me that I am either missing or haven’t fully embraced yet. When I consider her legend and look at the image on the card I am struck by the absurdity of it all. We often treat women’s genitals as something either too uncivilized for polite conversation or too gross. Baubo couldn’t care less – she lets it all hang out. So what if she’s described as a crone with withered genitals, she’s showing them off to get a laugh. She refuses to be bound by societal expectations and regulations.

Baubo’s myth brings two things to mind for me. The first is that when things seem darkest and most gut-wrenching, that is when we most need to laugh. Sometimes life is just nonsensical, absurd and ridiculous. If we allow it to these absurdities can easily overwhelm us and suck the joy out of our existence. The best way to counter this is with a good laugh. I know there are days dealing with my in-laws when the very monotony and tediousness of it makes me want to pull my hair out. Baubo reminds me that putting on a raunchy comedy (not some cerebral, satirical movie but a juvenile movie filled with fart jokes and sexual innuendo) can help relieve the stress and strain.

Baubo also reminds that I don’t need to do anything according to societal expectations. I do not care for my in-laws because it’s expected or required. I am doing it because I choose to do it; because I love them and want them to remain at home in familiar surroundings for as long as possible. If laughing at the ridiculousness of what goes on around here and in the world in general helps me maintain my equilibrium then bring on Meatballs, Caddyshack and Grandma’s Boy!!

I realize that “funny” means different things to different people and I make no claims to expertise in this area. I only know what has worked for me when in that kind of place – ridiculous, silly, practically juvenile comedy. When I’m in a dark place certain types of comedy just irritate me because what should be humorous becomes all too commonplace and triggers my cynical side (Bart Simpson I’m looking at you). So the next time you feel frazzled caring for loved ones (infant or elderly), the next time the news has put you in a deep funk, the next time your job has gotten on your last nerve take a page from the Baubo handbook – go rowdy, raunchy and ridiculous to rejuvenate and relieve the stress.

Strength – Blue Rose Tarot

Blue Rose Strength

Blue Rose Tarot
Created by Paula Gibby
Published by Soul Guidance

The Book says: Yes, the woman has gentled the ferocity of the lion. Her understanding of and connection to this fierce animal has tamed and disarmed the beast. But there is more to it than that. For to ignore the effect of the lioness upon the woman is to ignore the reciprocity of the relationship. For true relationships are not one-sided. The strength of any relationship is in is reciprocity. For just as the woman has gentled the primal fierceness of the lioness, so has the lioness calmed and gentled the fears of the woman. Think on it. This lovely woman, faced with the most potent representation of her own inner fears, needs and instincts, feels no urge to run or to escape. It is obvious that she wants nothing more than to occupy the same space with her alter-ego. She realizes that her well-being relies upon the symbiosis of both aspects. This is a reminder for us to not be so quick to dismiss or forsake our primal instincts. They were not given to us to merely agitate and confuse us; rather, they perform a very important service. Our gut instincts protect us in situations where there is no time to think or reason carefully, for to do so could bring irreparable harm to us. Oh yes, there are times when the gut must rule the head.

Basic instinct is one of the miracles of nature and as physical beings, we should embrace this gift the Creator has given us. The important point to remember is that we need both, for to permanently forsake or repress one for the other is to not only render ourselves incomplete, but also to deny an essential aspect of our being. In other words, neither being has exerted dominance or control over the other. They are united in their mutual understanding and acceptance of the other. Strength of will and strength of mind working in concert with each other.

TarotBroad’s Buzz: I have to admit that when I first saw this card I didn’t get it. I’m used to very fiery, solar type imagery on the Strength card – what was this blue stuff? Then while chatting with Diane Wilkes one day, she pointed out that the hottest part of the flame is blue. All of a sudden – BINGO, everything clicked. This Strength card is so hot she’s cool. There is definitely a strength and a courage evident in this card – only someone very brave would lean against a lioness as casually as this lady does. But more than that, I feel a distinct sensuality from this lady. She is not only comfortable with her wild side, she is quite at home with her sexuality and passionate side too. She sits there barefoot, with her skirt up passed her knees as though challenging anyone to comment.

She reminds me of a perfume commercial from the 70s with the line “I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan and never let you forget your a man”. Well this lady might never let you forget your a man, but if you want bacon fried you can do it yourself. She is strong, independent and occasionally fierce. But she is also quite comfortable with her multi-faceted nature. She accepts the wild, animal side of human nature and has no desire to change it. But she asks for the same in return. As long as you don’t try to change her innate nature, she will be loyal, loving and strong. But rub her the wrong way and watch out!

Strength – Transformational Tarot

Transformational Tarot Strength

Transformational Tarot
Created by by Arnell Ando
Published by US Games ISBN:1572815396

The Book says: A triumph of love over hate, compassion over cruelty, awareness over ignorance and fear. The seeker has great courage and inner strength adn will need this sense of control with an unpredictable situation. Gentle mastery. Mind over matter. The courage to take risks. Attainment at considerable peril.

TarotBroad’s Buzz: The Strength card (as I may have already mentioned) holds a special place in my heart. It is the card associated with my zodiac sign (Leo) and I usually love the imagery on the card. This card does have a fairy tale quality to it. The dragon doesn’t appear fearsome or fire-breathing and the way it is drawn on the card contrasts with the more realistic depiction of the maiden. She is calm and unworried, willing to get close to the dragon. She has no fear and trusts that her good intentions are clear to the dragon. There is a sense of purity and peace in this image – the maiden’s heart is pure and she holds only good intentions towards the dragon. Her trust and love convey themselves to the dragon and help keep is serene and harmless.  The butterfly reinforces the peacefulness and serenity of the energy in this card. It may seem to be an odd pairing but the maiden understands that her love and trust will always keep her safe from the dragon and the dragon knows that she presents no danger to him.

They are an unlikely team, partners in whatever faces them down the road ahead. The dragon can offer the maiden protection and safety, while in return the maiden offers love and caring. Any fears she may have had towards the dragon have been allayed. She sees beyond the frightening exterior to the heart of the beast. And in loving the beast, she learns to love that side of herself as well.

Having recently re-read The Hobbit, this card reminds me of one of the lessons Bilbo Baggins learns. By consorting with dwarves, wizards and elves, fighting Wargs, goblins and spiders and helping to find the dwarves’ treasure, Bilbo finds an inner strength and courage to defy traditional hobbit behavior. He may no longer be quite respectable to other hobbits but he has learned to be true to himself and found the strength to stay true to his course despite societal disapproval.