TAROT FOR THE TIMES

Tarot brings information to your fingertips; when you are ready to cut the cards the possibilities are endless! – Traci Goodrich

Patience+Persistence+Proper Pacing=Progress

Tarot Message for the Week:

9 of Cups     Queen of Wands     Judgement

I’m really awesome, but I’m the only one that knows it.

Just a little patience, yeah, yeah….

What are you waiting for? Let’s get this party started!

Quick clues to the tarot message for the week:

The 9 of Cups represents a dream, desire, or wish — something that you want to manifest in your life, but, with this wish comes great responsibility. You have to do the work, regardless of what that work looks like. It’s not always stars and sparkles when you are trying to get a project off the ground — do the dirty work too. If this project has been in a gestation period for 9 months, now is the time to start telling everyone you know!

The presence of the Queen of Wands tells me you are up for the task, you don’t need anyone to help you, you might even be someone who likes most of the creative control anyway. You know what to do and who to speak with to get the outcome or experience you desire — use your network and keep the lines of communication open.

For this reading, the Judgement card has a dual purpose: to let you know you are definitely heading in the right direction with your creative project, but, when you get really close to achieving your goal you start to doubt yourself and back pedal. Keep your doubts at bay, and really focus on an outcome. You are so close to getting what you want, why don’t you finish what you started regardless of what you think it looks like? You are your own worst critic, let your audience be the judge.

Here’s a story:

A few years ago, I went cycling with my husband (who is a far more experienced cyclist than I am) and we decided to ride our bikes to the Sandy River that was about 15 miles away from our home. Getting to the river was a breeze, but the return trip presented a very painful hill that I knew was going to be a challenge for me to climb. When it was time to leave (and do the work) my husband did his best to cheer me on with songs of triumph and overcoming obstacles (the theme from Rocky comes to mind), but I was stuck in a negative thought pattern (When is this ride going to be over?) and felt genuinely angry that I had to climb this hill.  My resistance was strong: I didn’t want to climb this hill slowly, I wanted to power through the experience and get it over with, I wanted to be on top of the hill  (achieve my goal).  What I needed was a combination of patience and persistence.

Eventually, I DID make it to the top of the hill and I did feel like I had accomplished something, but, the real lesson was that I needed to slow down and accept the challenge that was presented as being part of the overall experience (even if it didn’t meet my expectation) instead of trying to power through and ignore what I perceived as an obstacle.

Here’s a great quoted from Steven Pressfield, author of the War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, if you change the word “professional” to whatever it is you are working on (parenting, cat-wrangling, art, etc.) you can apply in whatever way you see fit:

“The professional steels himself at the start of a project, reminding himself it is the Iditarod, not the sixty-yard dash. He conserves energy. He prepares his mind for the long haul. He sustains himself with the knowledge that if he can just keep those huskies mushing, sooner or later the sled will pull in to Nome.”

Advice: Sing your song and allow other people to hear it; stop judging the progress you’ve already made. Do something to get your project out into the world. Use the “go tiger” attitude that is symbolized by the presence of the Queen of Wands. Use your network by making phone calls, sending emails, using your blog or social media, get your information out into the world, and, just wait. There is a big difference between productive waiting and just sitting back doing nothing.

Just a little patience, yeah, yeah, so sang Guns N’ Roses, but it’s more than that. It’s patience coupled with proper pacing and productivity. You might have to organize or work on some of the details, but you are almost finished!

Does this reading resonate with you? If you are working on getting your own creativity or passion off the ground maybe a tarot reading with me will help get you past any real or imagined blocks you might be experiencing.

Contact me today: tarotforthetimes@gmail.com

A Day of Renewal in Portland, Oregon

I will be co-hosting a space-limited retreat called, A Day of Renewal, with Dr. Louise Rose of Rose Cabinet Medicine on Saturday, April 27th from 11 AM until 5 PM.

The retreat will be a daylong event with a potpourri of relaxing and rejuvenating options such as: detoxification, energy healing, body work, water therapy, holistic nutrition, intuitive development, stress management, and of course, tarot.

This event would make an excellent gift for someone in need of some TLC. Is it you? Don’t miss it! If you know someone who might be interested, please share this event.

A Day of Renewal at Rose Cabinet Medicine

 with Dr. Louise Rose & Traci Goodrich

 image of day of renewal             

What new seeds of possibility do you want to plant in your life this spring?         

Which areas of your health do you want to explore?

If you had more energy what would you do with it?

Are you ready for a change?

Come for a day of renewal and to rediscover what wellness feels like. 

When + Where + Cost:

Saturday, April 27th, 11 AM – 5 PM

Rose Cabinet Medicine, 2135 NE 55th Avenue, Portland, OR 97213

The total cost is $230. $115 will reserve your spot at this space-limited retreat. The remaining amount is due in full by April 15th. Contact Dr. Louise Rose to pay. 503-308-8608 Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted.

Wheel of Fortune: What’s the difference between fortune and luck, anyway?

Since it is St. Patrick’s Day, the appearance of the Major Arcana, the Wheel of Fortune has special significance.

The Wheel of Fortune is a card that explores the human response to the opportunities that are presented in life. You should be exited to see the Wheel of Fortune in a tarot reading because it often indicates that you are in a position to consciously work towards getting something you truly want, and maybe with a little luck, you will get it.

Here are a few phrases to consider:

Nothing stays the same forever. It’s all about perspective. As we sow so shall we reap. You are one lucky bitch! I’m still waiting for my 3 minutes of fame. What goes up must come down.

There is no better card in the tarot that explores the human experience with luck, fortune, and opportunity than the Wheel of Fortune. Many tarot decks show the Wheel of Fortune (aka the wheel of  life) turning and the people who are riding the wheel respond either favorably or unfavorably based on their position in life. Some people appear scared and cling to the wheel in desperation, trying with all of their might to turn the wheel against its natural rhythm, while other people seem to balance effortlessly on the wheel,  appearing calm and collected as the wheel moves beneath them.

It is interesting to note that the people who have a fear response seem closer to a dire consequence (say, falling into the sea), while the people who respond with trust and acceptance seem at peace (or at the very least appear out of danger). How do you respond when you are present with an opportunity? Do you respond with trust and acceptance, or do you respond with fear?

What’s the difference between fortune and luck, anyway?

Let’s break it down, shall we?

Luck  is success or failure due to chance. There is often an element of synchronicity or surprise. You might be taken off guard (pleasantly or unpleasantly). You are in the right place at the right time and it offers you a potential opportunity. You are given an inheritance that offers financial relief when you need it most, or, a friend calls you out of the blue and tells you about a job that is perfect for you. Luck is passive – you don’t have to do anything to receive it.

Fortune is success or failure based on your response to chance opportunities.  Fortune is something you have to work your ass off to get. When a lucky opportunity is presented, you say, Why the hell, not? There is an element of risk involved. You are shooting from the hip or acting on a hunch and it moves you in a new direction.  Fortune happens when you take advantage of every opportunity that is offered. Fortune is active – you make a move.

Here’s a pop quiz!

True or False. When you are lucky, you don’t have to exert much effort to get a desirable outcome.

True or False. When you are fortunate, you respond to every opportunity that is presented to see where it will lead.

How are you lucky? Today is a good day to start keeping track of how luck enters your life every day. It is your awareness and response to luck that leads you to greater fortune. Don’t cling to luck like it’s the only life-preserver left on deck. Know that luck has an ebb and flow of its very own.

Remember that YOU turn your own wheel of fortune by the decisions you make that lead you in new directions. YOU have control over how fast or slow your life moves. There is no guarantee that you will make the right decision or move in the right direction – this is where the element of risk or “chance” comes into play – you have to roll the dice and hope for the best.

How do you create greater fortune by saying yes to every opportunity that comes your way? How do you create your own luck? What characteristics do lucky people share? Feel free to share your lucky stories in the comments section!

Force: Wrangling Lions

The card of the day is FORCE.

Even though you might not know it yet, you are actually in a position of strength. This card explores the feminine approach to power, and encourages you to consider a soft, persuasive, and strategic approach to solve your problems.

Traditional tarot decks show a sophisticated and feminine woman taming an unruly lion by using a gentle touch, in the distance there is a lion hunter ready to attack at a moments notice. What the woman knows that the lion tamer does not, is that her greatest strengths are her compassion and patience; by using a non-threatening approach she is able to turn a volatile situation to her favor.

The appearance of this card tells me you might have to wrangle a lion or two to achieve your goal, but if you show patience with yourself and those around you, you will succeed. If you are presented with a lion – don’t run away, don’t attack – cajole.

What does the lion represent to you? Do you have an impatient or impetuous beast in your midst who is trying to force your hand?  Or, is the beast a part of yourself that you are trying to master? What do you achieve by communicating with compassion and patience? What do you achieve by using a non-threatening approach to handle the situation?

I welcome you to share your lion wrangling moments in the comments section below!

Ace of Cups: The Key to Emotional, Intuitive, and Creative Wellness

The card of the day is the ACE OF CUPS.

This Ace of Cups is a fertile seed, it is the key to your emotional, intuitive, and creative wellness; plant it wisely and cultivate with care.

Unlock your emotional, intuitive, and creative potential by giving your digestion a break.

You can help yourself along by paying close attention to what you eat. Think raw, fresh, and organic and you have the idea. Emphasize lighter enzyme-rich foods that are easier for your body to digest (fruit, vegetables, broths, and seafood).

Watch your health blossom on every level as you respond to your body’s needs. When your body is able to digest, this will release energy so you can digest your thoughts and emotions as well (I’m serious, give it a try!). Giving you energy to explore your intuition and creativity! Go for it.

How to get started: For 3 days focus on meals that are built around fruit, vegetables, seafood, and broths (as well as gluten-free grains plus olive oil, nuts, and seeds for fat). Eat until you feel satisfied (3 square meals or 6 mini meals each day) Be sure to stay hydrated by getting plenty of water, mineral water, herbal tea, and coconut water.

 

 

The Fool: I’ve Always Wanted to Live In a Tree House

The card of the day is the FOOL.

There is no better card that illustrates the desire for freedom, adventure, and a generally spontaneous existence than the Fool. With the clothes on your back, a walking stick, a few lucky charms, and a casual pack – you are ready to hit the road! What’s great about this card is that you can take what appears to be a risk and know that your faith (optimism, innocence) will protect you. Now I know some of you might say, that’s crazy talk (because I know you are no fool), but maybe your leap of faith looks like this:

Are you about to quit your high paying job in favor of pursuing a crazy entrepreneurial dream? Do you want to move to a new city with less than $100 in your pocket? Are you a life-long urban dweller who wants to buy a house in the country?

The appearance of the Fool tells me there is a risk that you really want to take, but only you will know if the risk is worth it. Sometimes you just don’t know until you do it. The advice is to stay positive, keep moving forward (toward your dream), and to ask for help as it is needed along the way.

Taking your trapeze cats on the road? Let’s talk! We would love to hear about the crazy adventure you want to take in the comments section below.

 

Five of Wands: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The card of the day is the FIVE OF WANDS.

Can’t we all just get along? Are you with me or against me? The walls have ears.

Some people you work with will never recognize or acknowledge your effort or achievements. So be it. You know you are working hard, so just continue to put your best foot forward and be as civil as you can be when you are working with others as part of a team. If you work with someone who likes to talk smack about other team members, do not engage in the gossip (even if you have something to contribute). It’s good to land somewhere in the middle, Switzerland.

My advice is to: Smile, know when to stay silent, and hold your head up high.

Be sure to document all of your project achievements by making sure your portfolio, resume, and list of recommendations are all up to date. Maybe you need to let your manager know what a good job you’ve been doing ( if that person doesn’t already know). Take comfort in the fact that at least you have the skills to handle your piece of the puzzle, even if others do not.

10 of Cups: Cheers!

The card of the day is the TEN OF CUPS.

On an emotional level, you feel supported, protected, nurtured, and loved. The emotional support that I speak of comes from members of your community: your significant other, your neighbors, your friends, your family, your coworkers – anyone you trust. In fact, you are in such a comfortable place within your community, you are able to extend love and emotional support to others without feeling burdened or overwhelmed. You listen because you love. You tell stories because you want to entertain. You meet up with members of your community because you have energy and you want to share the experience of life and create valuable memories.

It’s a good time to say ‘yes’ to any social invitations that appeal to you. Remember that whether you choose to celebrate traditional holidays or not, there will be no shortage of pleasant conversation, dining experiences, and opportunities to connect this month (which doesn’t come as a huge surprise considering it is the month of December and all…).

Make an effort to connect with your family of choice and/or your family of origin.

Two of Swords: Are you going to fish or cut bait?

The card of the day is the TWO OF SWORDS.

Hmm…this is the second time the two of swords has been pulled this week, so we know this card has meaning for someone out there.

Ok fence-sitter, it is time for you to make a decision. You cannot stay in this position forever. It’s clear that you are not quite ready to commit to making this choice, but it needs to be done, right? I know, you don’t want to hurt yourself or the other person who is involved in this situation – whatever it is, but the longer you wait the harder it will be for everyone involved.

The advice here is: Do not be destructive with the sword that you hold in your hands (which is your key to effective communication), use your words and make your opinion crystal clear without engaging in battle. The appearance of this card tells me that you are not actively fighting anymore, so the real challenge is about the ability to listen. When you are dealing with someone who refuses to listen, it can be interpreted as a form of control, especially if the other person is forcing you to make an uncomfortable decision as a reaction to his or her stubborn behavior. Speak your truth, but allow others to speak theirs too. If you can’t come to a mutual understanding, hasn’t the decision really already been made?

Queen of Wands: She’s got it going on

The card of the day is the Queen of Wands.

Are you feeling extroverted today? Good! Try hobnobbing with members of your community. This social time will serve several purposes: it will create stronger bonds with the people you know, memorable moments, and  it will help you meet some new folks that you can add to your network. I know you don’t feel like this every day, so use this desire to be social to your advantage. Tell people what you are working on and why you are so excited;  share your ideas, excitement, and enthusiasm with the people in your life – your excitement will be inspiring and contagious. Don’t be scared to brag a little – you know you’ve got it going on!

The queen of wands is fun-loving, positive, charming, talkative, and energetic. Do you have something you are working on that you feel excited about? Use one or several of this queen’s positive characteristics to get this project moving forward. You have an abundance of energy at your disposal, so don’t waste it. Let your community know and let them help you share your ideas with the world.

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