02/09-11/18 WEEKEND: Be Safe & Warm

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Nurture. Inspire. Consequences. 

The weekend has arrived and in many parts of The US, bad weather is on the way. Here in Chicago, Snowmagedon is expected this weekend (starting Thursday night), so a message to hunker down could not be more timely.

This weekend should be full of nurturing; hot cocoa, woolen socks, hearty soups, fluffy blankets – keep yourself and your loved ones safe, well and warm.

But as long as you are spending the weekend indoors, taking good care, consider spending some time seeking inspiration; read a good book, watch an old movie, break out the colored pencils and a journal – allow yourself to accept any creative ideas that may come to you. (NOTE: You cannot force this; if no creative ideas come to you, do not worry about it. Have a cup of tea and enjoy a crossword puzzle.)

You already know all of our actions have consequences. This weekend, results will be closer than they appear; expect swift returns on your energy actions (what you do rather than what you think or say) so be prepared. Do your best to keep it positive.

As always, be happy, safe, and well, and enjoy the weekend!

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02/08/18: Follow your heart!

“All that water represents is by nature hard to understand or to describe.”

Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Hard work is NOT its own reward.

No risk = No reward.

If you want to be successful, you must put your heart into it – no matter the risk.

The struggle is real.

Invest your resources – time, money, engagement, etc – in yourself, and your passion projects.

You do not owe an explanation to anyone but you – what is holding you back?

The right time is right now; be brave, be bold, be crazy – and get to it!

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02/07/18: BREAK’S OVER! GET TO WORK!

“What you resist, persists.” Carl Jung

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

LOOK WHO HAS RETURNED!!!

It is time to stand up, claim what is yours and own it. 

You don’t feel ready? Too bad.

You don’t want the responsibility? Too bad.

You didn’t ask for it? Too bad.

You thought you wanted it but changed your mind? Too bad

Are you sensing a theme? Good.

It’s time to roll up our sleeves, stand up, and get to it – whatever it is.

Break’s over!

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02/06/18: I’ve had enough!

“The good news is that you can stop it.” Barbara Moore

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((Nine of Swords. The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Waking more than sleeping?

Trouble attending to normal tasks?

Restless? Irritable? Edgy?

When you have too much on your mind, it is easy to get caught up in the negative; when you are losing sleep, everything seems bigger and worse than it actually is. The bad news is you are doing this to yourself; the good news is you can control it.

PRACTICAL ADVICE: WRITE IT DOWN! The thoughts plaguing you? Write them down with the promise you will review them in the morning, giving each one the attention it deserves. When you review them, be practical in your assessment of threat and/or importance:

  •  Are any of them actually the end of the world? Probably not. 
  • Will any of them actually change your life? In positive or negative ways?
  • Are any of them flights of fancy? Enjoyable or upsetting? 

Once you have assessed the list, use your pen to cross out those items you know to be needless burdens; decide you are done, and dismiss them. For those items with merit, order them according to their practical/useful accomplishment (i.e. if you need a new job, start by updating your resume), and begin whittling away at them in your daylight hours. Check your list two hours before bedtime; make any notes or adjustments you feel necessary, and firmly close it (the book, the program, whatever), putting it away for the night. Say out loud, “Until tomorrow.” and be done with it for the night. As with anything, your commitment to it makes all the difference.

Sleep safely and well!!

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02/05/18: SURF’S UP!!

“Snake eyes or lucky seven…that is the question.”

Barbara Moore

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The Wheel turns at its own speed, and in its own time, with absolutely no regard for our efforts. Sometimes we’re at the top, sometimes we’re at the bottom, but all the time, The Wheel is turning.

THE GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS: Everything is always changing, nothing ever stays the same.

TAKEAWAY: The real test of our mettle is in how we surf the arcs!

Who we are will always be revealed in our grace as we rise and fall with circumstance. This week, as you feel the shifting in the air and under your feet, choose grace and gratitude – they are appropriate for every occasion!

SURF’S UP – BEST OF LUCK!!

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02/02-04/18 WEEKEND: THINK TWICE!

((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Accomplishment. Desires. Consequences.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, LEST IT COME TRUE!!!

We enter February with a great deal of energy swirling around us; this is a fabulous cocktail for creation and manifestation…much the way a Molotov cocktail creates a scene. Make wise use of the energy this weekend; think twice about what you want before you start turning the wheels – you can’t unring a bell!

But for the sake of the argument, let’s say you decide to throw caution to the wind, seek out your heart’s desire of the moment in the most energetic terms available to you – what’s the worst that will happen? After all, not all consequences are bad, right? 

Wrong – the cards really do suggest consequences not only unintended but also undesirable. Who wants to go to court? Take a good look: it’s Justice – not Temperance or The Wheel or any one of a dozen other cards that might indicate livable results. 

Heed the warning, avoid the drama, think twice. 

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02/01/18: It takes a village.

“This is your victory, not mine. I did not do this alone.”

Barbara Moore

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Our hero looks uncomfortable. Despite his victory, he does not appear to bask in the light of his admirers but rather, he would shrink from it if he could; he may even feel a bit the fraud. He has done nothing wrong – in fact, he did many, many things right – but he does not want their adulation. Why? Because he knows the only real truth: 

He could not have done it without them!

Time to realize and recognize the importance of our personal networks. No one lives in a vacuum; we touch each other every day in a thousands ways, and we may never know our true influence on anyone else. So often, we keep our own counsel and never share with others how helpful, kind, or inspirational we have found them to be.

TAKEAWAY: Be grateful. Be kind. Be helpful.

The world needs you, even if it never says so.

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01/31/18: Mom is home!

“Let your inner light be reflected in the outer world; loveliness is next to godliness.”

Barbara Moore

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((Queen of Pentacles. The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Throw open the curtains and doors; welcome the moonlight as well as your neighbors. It is a fabulous time to enjoy the company of loved ones, and make future plans to collect memories together. 

ENJOY!

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01/30/18: Snakes & Bastards!

“In the smallest of moments, a few words can destroy what took years to create.” Barbara Moore

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((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

“Don’t tell me what I’m doing; I don’t want to know.” Federico Fellini

Learning can be useful. It can also be overwhelming, dispiriting, and exhausting. There is a very real reason why, although knowledge is power, ignorance is bliss. Bottom line: just because I need to know does NOT mean I want to know, thank you very much for your interest!

Of course as always, the good news here is that we are not going to die on this hill, and we are better off for knowing the truth – no matter how much we hate it.

And as also always, the bad news is we REALLY hate this! This stings with bitter disappointment tears. Alas. Again. DAMMIT!

Rage a bit if you must, then move along. Think of it as a tetanus shot; this is not so bad, and you are better off. 

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