Daily Reading Mar 3

Wed Mar 3

The Tower doesn’t come up very often in daily readings, but when it does it signifies a period of tremendous change.

Saturn remains in a square with Uranus. This leads an overall “boundary breaking” feeling our energy as the structure and discipline of Saturn pushes against the rebellious nature of Uranus. There will continue to be social unrest that in turn requires intense personal growth through most of 2021 as these planets square off. This is Tower energy.

Another energetic shift in the astro world occurs as Mars leaves Taurus, an earth sign tied to material abundance, and moves into Gemini, an air sign focused on communication. Ideas may begin to flow more freely and our attention turns from making cozy homes to arranging a spring fling. Mars transits each sign for about 8 weeks, so this firey energy in Gemini will take us into springtime.

Our cards remind us today that the world turns on its axis, the sun rises and sets, planets travel on their orbit and the moon waxes and wanes. We cannot control these things nor would we want to, for while we frequently take them for granted these are the building blocks of life. We can only appreciate the divine timing of nature’s magic and study how her energy may influence our physical bodies and collective thoughts here on earth. In doing so, we acknowledge that chaos is part of the journey. We gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and thus better understand how to belong to the human family.

Deck: Divine Feather Messenger and Tarot of the Cat People

Daily Reading Mar 2

Tue Mar 2

Today’s cards ask: Are you bringing your best to the table, or are you holding back out of fear or resentment?

We all have unique skills and talents to contribute in this world. Sometimes it can get discouraging when things don’t go our way, we are not recognized for our efforts or, even worse, we are shunned because of our unique and individual way of being.

Unity is not everyone thinking, feeling, and acting the same. We will experience freedom and community when we are able to be our true selves and contribute to the collective in a way that brings us joy. I for one do not understand how we will address issues of mental health in our society when the very expectations of being a “functioning adult” are soul killing and compromise our health and well being at every turn. How did things get this way, and can we ever recover?

Some days it is harder than others to see the light, to be optimistic, to hope for a better tomorrow. Sometimes I want to just give up and slip back into the narcotic bliss of pop culture where happiness is only a new pair of shoes away. Except no one can afford new shoes and there’s no place to wear them anyway, so what’s the point?

Today’s energy seems to ask that we dig deep to find that thing that makes us happy, satisfied, and renewed. By identifying and cultivating the hobbies, habits, and rituals that bring us joy, we resist the constraints of a society that causes pain when we do not comply, when we suffer, grieve, or fail.

Not only can we fall back on this internal reservoir when we are struggling, but it also gives us strength to bring our authentic selves to partnerships and relationships. In doing so we begin to develop communities of shared values and mutual respect for our differences.

Deck: Divine Feather Messenger and Tarot of the Cat People

Daily Reading Feb 28

Sun Feb 28

Earlier this week we saw the Four of Cups, and today we see the next card in the series, Five of Cups. Whereas the four speaks to self-imposed barriers to moving forward, the five brings us a change in circumstance that we are forced to deal with.

There us a silver lining here, for while our existing cups have spilled there are two new cups being offered from on high. Additionally, in this version of the card from the Brady Tarot, an opportunistic raccoon is drinking up what’s left of the spilled water to ensure less waste. This card is about making the best of a bad situation, since such circumstances are inevitable in life.

This is also a key aspect of self-employment. With the courage to set out on your own also comes the resiliency to fail repeatedly and with grace, learning each time what you must do in order to persevere in following your dreams.

This is a different kind of success from making it in an established career field, where the rewards and consequences are mostly external, fixed, and can be navigated by following the rules. By contrast, those who are self employed must make their own rules, internal validation, and stamina to persevere through boom and bust.

I don’t know if I have the courage to be self employed because I prefer a regular paycheck. While more stable, it comes with its own challenges in terms of free time. A great deal of business ownership requires tolerance for risk. Yet, given our changing times, freedom may become more important than security as we strive to create a more livable world.

Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle

Daily Reading Feb 27

Sat Feb 27

Today’s cards are fairly straightforward and invite us to examine the connection between strength and healing.

This is a relationship that flows both ways. It takes strength to heal, and we must heal in order to have strength.

When we talk about healing ourselves, strength may refer to having the faith that we can improve when we fall ill or are injured. It can mean avoiding fatalistic thinking yet still facing reality, and having the strength to acknowledge our limitations while our bodies or minds are working to heal.

Strength may also mean having the fortitude and open mind to explore our inner worlds and shadow selves. It can mean healing from past trauma or abuse. Strength is also the courage we use to set appropriate boundaries that support and protect the healing we have done.

When it comes to healing others, strength may look more like the humility of acceptance. Strength is needed to dismantle ableist ideas that create arbitrary standards for wellness. It takes courage to kick perfectionism to the curb. Healing cannot occur as long as performance and production are the yardsticks of recovery. When we give our strength to help others, it should be on that person’s terms and we should do so with no expectation of outcome or reciprocation.

I always call myself a “bad nurse” because I struggle with ableism that is rooted in oppressive perfectionism. I still have a lot of fear around disability that is rooted in cultural stereotypes, despite being a disability advocate. This is a shadow I’m actively working to heal, and one way I do so is by listening and learning from individuals who may fall outside of the narrow definition of able-bodied. Thus diversity in ability becomes the norm, and “illness” is a journey or a state of being not a disaster or moral failure.

One final meditation about strength I offer is to release your fear around sickness and injury. Life comes in so many different shapes and sizes. It reduces our possibility as a species to say our soul’s journey can only take place in one kind of body.

Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle

Daily Reading Feb 26

Fri Feb 26

Astrological energies are fluid today, but there is a general sense of optimism and personal autonomy. Our values are highlighted, especially around relationships. We may experience clear vision as past illusions fall away.

The World is the final card in the Major Arcana. It completes a symbolic cycle, or season, of life. The moon is nearly full and will soon complete this cycle of growth. The sun is in the final sign of the zodiac, Pisces, along with Venus and Neptune. Our dreams are nearly ripe and ready for harvest.

Each day is also the beginning of a new cycle. Affirmations are a helpful way to set your intentions for your waking hours. More than simply a tool for productivity, affirmations can help rewrite your internal dialogue, directing your inner voice toward language that uplifts and inspires you to venture outside the box and follow your wildest desires.

Too often we are our own worst enemy, our heads crowded with the values and expectations of an unbalanced society. By creating your own affirmations and repeating them to yourself each day, you create a counter narrative to the dominant discourse. You create space for your vision of reality to take shape. And you solidify the way in which your values, thoughts, and actions align.

Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle

Daily Reading Feb 25

Thu Feb 25

Today’s cards continue a theme that’s appeared for the past two days.

The Four of Cups is a card much like the Hanged Man but with a few distinctions. There is a focus on emotion, as in disappointment or fear of rejection or failure, that may be holding us back from new beginnings. The timing may be right to move forward, but we lack the drive to do so. There is am implication that this apathy is a result of past experiences that have worn us out and taken the spark of adventure away. It is not merely circumstances stopping our movement; we are keeping ourselves at bay for some reason.

We also see another card today for positive manifestation energy. As I wrote yesterday, manifestation is about more than wishful thinking. But it does require focus and belief in ourselves and our self worth.

It’s OK to not know where you are going or what you want. Apathy is not necessarily a bad thing if what you need is space to process your feelings or are waiting for creative inspiration to strike. Perhaps this is a time of deep self-reflection.

The challenge is to not get stuck wallowing in self-pity, negative self-talk, jealousy or fantasies of revenge. Bad things happen, and sometimes we may even be responsible for those things. But we have the power to determine our personal narrative about the past. It might take time to recover from a fall, but remember that manifestation begins when you make up your mind to do it. If you want to learn to ride, you have to get back on the horse.

Don’t let disappointment hold you back from wishing on a star. Don’t assume you know everything about how magic may appear. 🌟

Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle

Daily Reading Feb 23

Tue Feb 23

Today is a good time to look at the transits of Mars and what our cards indicate as a result.

Mars is square Venus today and also forms a trine with Pluto.

Mars square Venus brings our values to the forefront. Our actions are infused with desire. We have a great deal of drive.

Mars trine Pluto cracks open our subconscious and transformative energy pours forth. Our true selves are revealed, but our ego is also activated as a form of protection.

Mars brings the energy of external action, drive, and spontaneous combustion to every planet it aspects. Today’s cards caution us from getting carried away with that fire.

We are warned against knee-jerk, ego-based action that preserves the status quo. This does not mean we must stand down and avoid fighting for what we want, but we are advised to do so with tact and diplomacy.

We are also warned against being so blinded by our own crusade that we fight for the sake of a cause that is either long gone or makes no real difference in the long run. This is Don Quixote tilting at windmills: fighting imaginary enemies for a romanticized ideal that can’t exist in reality. This is Gatsby staring at Daisy’s green light and obsessing over a past that can never translate into the future.

Mars can drive us to create with intense and passionate energy, and can power us to fight for our deepest held beliefs. This is crucial to creating a new and better world.

But before we break ground on our newest development, we are asked to deeply consider whether we are planning a strong foundation or merely dreaming of a glass castle. We are encouraged to pursue our dreams, not amplify our delusions.

Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle

Daily Reading Feb 22

Mon Feb 22

Today’s cards remind us to not get stuck in overthinking, and to regicmize that we might not arrive at all our necessary answers simply via rational thought.

At the same time, manifestation is more than just wishful thinking. We must combine our rational thoughts with intuition and instinct to create magic.

Magic requires that we step outside of the conventional norms of resistance. This requires courage and self awareness. We are conditioned to believe that our success is dependent on our own innate abilities and how hard we work to apply them to the traditional structures of society. Earning straight A’s on your report card is an example of this linear and traditionally defined achievement.

This kind of performance is respected and can of course generate power and opportunity for the superstar student. But the risk lies on the performance itself . I know from my personal experience that those grades weren’t what mattered; it was the praise and reputation as a “good student” that meant the most.

What is missing from this equation is chaos and failure. I did not make a “catastrophic mistake” until well into adulthood. As we all know, chaos is where the magic happens and failure is how we learn and grow.

In performing so well to other people’s expectations, I paid no attention to my own needs and desires. Thinking about the Chariot cards from yesterday, I held tight to the reigns of my cart. I did not leave room for magic. I did not leave space for mystery. It was a one-way mission to the top. It was a relief to finally give up control, but it was a far fall from perfection for me.

Manifestation requires both intent and allowing. Often the universe gives us what we need even if it is not in the form we expected or desired. With the right attitude, we can learn from these challenges and increase our resilience and personal power in the process.

Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle

Daily Reading Feb 19

Fri Feb 19

Today the Page of Wands invites us to explore our inner and outer worlds before launching into action.

The sun has moved from the airy ideas of Aquarius into the dreamy water of Pisces. Depending on your personal astrology, the dreamy, free floating Pisces energy can be comforting, confusing, or overwhelming. Do you have a lot of water signs in your birth chart? Or are you more of an earth, air, or fire baby?

Pisces asks us to consider our feelings deeply, and from many perspectives. While fire signs take action, air signs think and discuss, and earth signs make a big pot of soup to process feelings, water signs just dive right into the full range of human emotion. By exploring all the emotions present within, they gain clarity about how they feel and take action (or not, lol) accordingly.

This is the dream time of the zodiac, the time to dip our feet in the flowing waters of subconscious desire. During Aquarius we started to voice our ideas and to discuss and write more clearly about restructuring society.

The Pisces sun asks, how do we feel about these ideas? How can we reconcile our fear of the unknown with our desire for change? How can we move forward in compassion, considering our own needs and the needs of others less fortunate, prioritizing people over profit?

Centring our social justice work in love is one way to use emotion to drive change.

“The transformative power of love is not fully embraced in our society because we often wrongly believe that torment and anguish are our ‘natural’ condition.”
-bell hooks

We don’t yet believe that we are worthy of love outside of the consumer matrix, so we disregard the emotions that may actually be used to guide our way forward. Words will not be enough to transform our world; we must also act in alignment with our beliefs and values instead of tailoring our deepest desires to meet the existing constraints of an oppressive society.

Deck: Prism Tarot and EartHeart Affirmation Deck

Daily Reading Feb 17

Wed Feb 17

Today’s cards indicate you may need to take a break from something or someone in order to care for your basic needs.

Likewise, you may be called upon to comfort someone who has had to walk away from a challenging situation.

Perhaps someone has grown tired of your foolishness and is moving on, or you have become fed up with the antics of someone who you know will not change and you’re ready to make a break.

You might have received new information or gained knowledge that has forever changed your world view and you can no longer fall back on professed ignorance.

Regardless of the reason, there is some disappointment and grief here that needs some TLC. A transition or shift is occurring, or the seeds of change have been planted and you will soon discover what fruit they may bear.

The sun is about to move from the airy communication of Aquarius to the watery depths of Pisces. Whatever ideas we have conceived of this past month, and whatever changes we want as a result, will have to pass through the filter of our emotions in order to be realized in the spring when firey Aries comes out to play. This is the season to cast that last bit of baggage off the boat and into the setting sun.

Deck: Prism Tarot and EartHeart Affirmation Deck