04/27/17: Take on the run!

“Who is the thief, and what exactly is being stolen?” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Today, you are the thief – grab up what is yours and take it on the run! 

There is a time to stand and fight – but today is not that day.

There is a time to bow out gracefully – but today is not that day.

There is a time to sneak away in the night, to live to fight another day – WELCOME TO TODAY!

I know it goes against the usual empowerment messages but sometimes, sneaky strategic retreat is the answer. Protect what is yours and keep your head down; the storm will pass – probably quickly – and you can get back on your own track.

And as always, “May the odds be ever in your favor!!”

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04/26/17: Be the change!

“Magic is always there. Learn to feel it.” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Dedication. Determination. Strength. Force of Will.

The Magician blends the elements, accessing the magic around him, manifesting change as he sees fit. Guess what? That very same power exists with you!

Yeah! YOU!

Perhaps you have forgotten the place of The Magician in your own life? No problem, you will find a refresher here – read it carefully. The Magician (card above) is here to remind you what you are capable of accomplishing; absolutely ANYTHING!

It starts with you. Be the change you want to see in the world!

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04/25/17: When you are stuck, and don’t know what to do, try something new!

“Up here, everything looks a little magical.” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Absolutely every journey begins with a first step, no matter how small the step may be, and that last moment before we begin can be incredibly exciting – intoxicating, perhaps…

WARNING: Do not allow excitement to get in the way of your practical mind and thoughtful planning!

No one would ever accuse The Fool of anything so vulgar as practicality, and we are all well-aware of the importance of pairing luck with timing,  but there really is no good substitute for a good map and a compass! ((NOTE: Each year, hikers go missing because they believed they could rely on GPS in their phones, tragic but true. Sometimes, the old methods are still the best methods.))

REMINDER: Plan the work, work the plan!

You spent the weekend creating a thoughtful plan – now’s the time to use it! Take your first step, do not be afraid to revise as needed, and move forward fearlessly. If you fall, get up and start again! 

It’s all about you – make the most of it for yourself!!!

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04/24/17: Practice makes improvement.

“The quest for perfection can be exhilarating. Exhausting, but exhilarating!” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Welcome to Monday! A new week, a new start, a new opportunity to “get it right” !(Whatever your “it” may be.)

After last week’s messages regarding the many re-s of retrograde season (review, reflect, retool, reorganize, reconsider), we feel ready to “start” something; this is a week for moving forward carefully, perhaps somewhat slowly, with our renewed intentions to make the most of our plans. Our sleeves are rolled up and we are ready to do our very best!

CAUTION: Do not allow yourself to be bogged down with perfectionism.

How often have you heard the expression, “Practice makes perfect,” or thought to yourself, “I just didn’t try hard enough” when things did not turn out as you hoped? Too many to count, I am sure, and it was likely not your fault; no matter what you do, “perfect” is not attainable – it is a concept, not a hard reality, for human endeavors. Being human, we are not capable of perfection – face that fact, and everything gets a little bit easier. That is not to say you should not put your best foot forward at every opportunity.

REMINDER: There is no substitute for hard work, and best efforts. 

Let the start of this week be led with our true intentions to do our best without regard to how it may be judged against the performance of others; you do you.

Enjoy the new week!

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04/21-23/17 WEEKEND: Think first!

((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Hesitation. Practicality. Desires.

Our week of introspection and self-improvement is not over just yet; we have a weekend of careful deliberation before us.

Under normal circumstances, I would probably think of hesitation as a barrier to success but since conditions have been far from normal (seriously – what a week we’re having!), our hesitation is prudent and well-placed with practicality. It is a good time to think about what we want, and how best to pursue it – strategy will be the key to success. 

Take a break this weekend; do your strategizing from a comfy chair ,and jot down your thoughts. You will want to spend some time going over the ideas, developing the steps of your plan; if you cannot get to the practical conclusion you are seeking, try again. Patience will be required, and well worth the investment.

Enjoy a peaceful – and thoughtful! – weekend.

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04/20/17: You’ve had the power all along.

“Magic is always there. Learn to feel it.” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

The cards this week have been about recognizing our own thoughts, decisions, and behaviors – and taking responsibility for them. Total bummer, I know, but it must be done.

ENTER THE MAGICIAN!!!! 

Paraphrasing Glinda, turns out we’ve had the power to straighten ourselves out the whole time – first steps were recognition and responsibility, now on to setting the corrected course!

Roll up your sleeves, get to work – you may have the power but you will have to get down and dirty with the mess to get it cleaned up.

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04/19/17: Welcome to Dr Frankenstein’s Support Group. We have cookies.

“It’s bloody hard work keeping this thing going.” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” Pogo, Walt Kelly

Extending yesterday’s theme of sleeping-in-the-bed-you-made, today we have The Devil of your own making. Once again, no one to blame but yourself.

Some ideas, no matter how good they may seem, can become destructive if allowed to take over; think about the “cheat meal” that turns into a “cheat day” and becomes “I can eat whatever I want” even though we already know mindless eating is very bad for our health. That’s the whole trick to The Devil; if not carefully managed, simple indulgences can become unhealthy addictions. 

Unfortunately, this energy is insidious; by the time we become aware that we are no longer in control, we have invested a great deal of time and energy into the thing – it is a part of us and our lives (actually, it was always a part of us, that’s the real rub, you realize) .

THE GOOD NEWS: We can shut it down immediately.

THE LESS GOOD NEWS: We may not realize the importance of shutting it down.

TAKEAWAY: Moderation is always the key; do your best to avoid the trap of this energy in the first place.

PRACTICAL MAGIC TIP: Staying grounded can help you avoid some of the more insidious energy traps that sap weaken us. The quickest and easiest grounding measure is wearing patchouli oil, or washing with patchouli soap. Among its many positive qualities, patchouli is instantly grounding as well as uplifting.   ((NOTE: If you do not like some of the more common patchouli products – “It smells like dirt!” is a comment I often hear – seek high quality oil for the earthy deep jasmine notes associated with this plant.)) 

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04/18/17: No one to blame but yourself.

“An honest look at your own actions will show you exactly how you came to this place.” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

And now we know what High Priestess was smirking about.

If there is one thing I really hate, it is the full realization of my personal responsibility.

SHEESH!!!!! 

But seriously…

We play the cards we are dealt, and we live with the consequences; sometimes we win, sometimes we learn – just as it should be. 

TAKEAWAY: Do your best to be kind; everyone is dealing with their own past. 

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04/17/17: Oh, come on!

“She’s completely batty, I tell you. Didn’t say a word that whole time. Just sat there smiling at me.” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

WHATEVER IT IS, JUST TELL ME ALREADY!

I don’t know about you but I find her enigmatic know-it-all-smile irritating; easy for her – she already knows what’s going on as well as the likely outcome – and she doesn’t feel obliged to share the information. DRAT! 

WHY DOESN’T SHE JUST TELL ME ALREADY?!?!?!?

Short answer: That’s just not how it works; if you want to break the enchantment, you must figure it out for yourself. Additionally, you cannot provide the answers to anyone else – EVERYONE must figure it out for themselves.

Yeah, I know – FRUSTRATING!

As much as we may dislike the discomfort, this really is as it should be. Keep your eyes and ears open, trust your intuition, and pay attention to the vibes you get.

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