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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 3/27/2017

Theme, Ace of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. Ace is the beginning, a gift from spirit holding all potential and possibility. This week, be ready to receive that new idea, new insight, divine inspiration. If you aren’t on the look out, you might miss it.

Focus, Strength. This Major Arcana card is about the Strength from within. A level of spiritual and emotional courage. This week, where do you need to access and use that Strength for your creative work or project?

Action, 4 of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career and work. Four is a number of stability and structure. Take action this week to create structures around your creative work, whether that is a commitment to it or an actual space set apart for it.

Gift, Queen of Swords. Again in the element of Air, but this time with the mistress of the element. Here is a woman who knows her mind and speaks with truth. Here is a writer whose words have power. Receive this gift this week. She empowers your creativity.

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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 3/20/2017.

Theme, 7 of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams, intuition and creativity. This week, beware of letting yourself get distracted by other work or creative possibilities that distract you from your current project. Don’t succumb to bright, shiny object syndrome.

Focus, 2 of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. Two is a number of choice and decision. This week, ask yourself, where do I need to trust my intuition instead of my logical brain when it comes to making a decision, especially regarding my creative work?

Action, Knight of Coins. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health and wealth. The Knight is the one who serves and protects. This week, you must leave the safe space of your studio or office and take your work out into the world. Speak, exhibit, perform.

Gift, 3 of Coins. Then, after getting out into the world with your work, you are ready to receive time alone in your work space with time to focus on finishing details before starting another project.

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…Hermes only leads us to clarity when we abandon our preconceived plans. As with the Greek principle of aporia, only when we reach the point of pathlessness can a new way open before us.
~Aaron Cheak, PhD~

The other day, I was doing some reading and research and stumbled across the term “aporia.” Being the lover of words that I am, I had to check out the online Oxford English Dictionary to get a definition of this new-to-me word.

Aporia: an irresolvable internal contradiction or logical disjunction in a text, argument or theory.

Another definition is: impasse, difficulty of passing, lack of resources, puzzlement in philosophy.

This made me think about how often the people I work with on a regular basis–writers and creatives–face impasses, lack of resources, puzzlement or an internal contradiction that appears irresolvable in their work on a regular basis.

For example, you just published a book but when you sit down to work on the next one you hear that internal message of “you can’t write.”

Or you want to write but the fear makes challenges like time, money and energy seem insurmountable, irresolvable.

Or you find yourself in the middle of your work, unsure of where to go next and wonder what the heck you are doing and who do you think you are.

Aporia makes you feel like this card from the Major Arcana of the tarot—the Hanged Man.

“Traitor” from Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery by Robert Place

Hung up. Unable to move forward. Unable to do anything other than flail helplessly while hanging by one foot.

This is how you can feel if your work isn’t selling and bills are piling up. This is how you can feel when you have the deepest driving desire to do your work and everyone around you is telling you to get real, to be practical, to stop daydreaming.

But, the Hanged Man shows you how to move out of creative aporia.

1. Surrender to the experience. Stop flailing, trying to get loose, and cursing your helplessness. The more you flail, the tighter the knot gets in the rope around your foot. The more you flail, the more you spin in circles from that rope (which would make me dizzy and ready to send up my last meal). Didn’t you ever used to hang by your knees from the monkey bars? Pretend you are doing it again. And take a deep breath—or several.

2. Abandon preconceived plans. Too often, the temptation is to think you know what you know. You are certain that the story or the image or the melody should develop this way. So you keep pushing forward even when your intuition, or instincts or inner knowing urges you to do otherwise. Aporia is this internal impasse, an inability to move forward because you won’t abandon your “plan”. What would happen if you considered the impasse an opportunity for initiation into the deeper work? What if the impasse is actually a rebirth?

3. Look for new insights and perspectives. If you can let go of your notion of how the work should go, how your career should develop, etc. then you can give time and energy into looking at things upside down. Or you can ask, “How can I integrate what seems to be two contradictory notions? What is the big picture here? What am I not seeing that could free me and my work?”

There are many times and many ways you can experience aporia, can get “hung up”. It is how you co-exist with that experience that can make the difference.

As I tell clients when the Hanged Man shows up in a reading, recall the times as a child you lay on your bed with your head hanging over the edge as you viewed your world upside down. Remember how different things looked from that perspective? Consider trying it now and be aware of how vulnerable you feel in that position, prone on the bed with your throat exposed.

And be conscious of how you see things anew.

Aporia is an opportunity to cross a threshold into a new way of seeing and being…with your creative work.

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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 2/27/2017

Theme, Page of Coins. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health and wealth, anything in physical form. The Page is the youthful messenger modeling for you the energy of the week–being ready to share the beauty and gifts of your creativity in a practical or physical way. Hold that book up, exhibit that painting, play that piece of music.

Focus, 8 of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams, intuition and creativity. Eight is a number that indicates being near completion, a sense of movement toward that. See the Pisces Full Moon? Ask yourself this week, what is the creative vision or dream I now want to pursue? And what to I need to let go of emotionally in order to pursue it?

Action, 5 of Cups. Cups again. And the number five is one of challenge and change. In answer to the questions of the last card, one of the things you need to let go of is past disappointments. Stopping sitting there protecting other ideas or projects, worrying about your emotional vulnerability around them. Get up and get out there!

Gift, King of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. The King is the master of the element. When you take the action above, someone comes into your arena to help you communicate about your work with more clarity and power. Perhaps, the action clears your mind so that you can do this for yourself, so that you can make more informed decisions and choices for your work.

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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 2/13/2017

Theme, 7 of Coins. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health and wealth. Seven is a number of action or being aware of action. This week, keep your eyes on your creative prize. That is, tend to your creative projects. Although they may be coming along nicely, now is not the time to expect them to come to fruition on their own. They still must be nurtured and guarded.

Focus, Knight of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career, and work. The Knight is the champion, the one who has what is necessary to do the job of serving and protecting. Ask yourself how you are the passionate, fiery champion for your creative work.

Action, 5 of Coins. Back in the element of Earth, you can see the woman with her hand outstretched seeking alms/aid, when right behind her is the possibility of a level of help or aid that is better than she can imagine. Look around you this week for where help is available to you that you are not receiving or aware of. Move from passive victim to active seeker.

Gift, Queen of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. The Queen is the mistress of Air and, not only does she take no guff from anyone, but she knows how to get her point across, sharply and with intelligence. One of the sources of aid or help in your circle might be someone who can offer that skill to you in order to help you communicate better about your creative work. Be prepared to receive it.

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MONDAY TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 1/30/2017

Theme, 6 of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career, and work. See how the Knight moves from the left (past) to the right (future)? This week ride forward on your past creative successes–of any kind. Let them carry you confidently into the future.

Focus, Page of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams, intuition and creativity. The Page is messenger. See how he holds that Cup as if it is precious? This week, ask yourself how you are holding your creative work for yourself and others. How are you relaying the sacred, intuitive aspect of your work?

Action, The Sun. This Major Arcana card is near the end of the Fool’s journey. Here is the Sun, a source of vital energy, of life, the star that all planets revolve around. This week, shine your creative light brightly. Illuminate the power of your work–and your creative successes–for others. Draw them to you with the power of your work.

Gift, 7 of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. Here a burglar tries to enter your mind, steal your confidence and your trust in your creative ideas. The gift this week is one of awareness and understanding that allows you to shut the window (and the door) on those who would steal from you in one way or another.

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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 1/23/2017

Theme, 4 of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career, and work. Four is a number of stability. This card is often called the wedding card. I call it the commitment card. Note how everything inside is lush and beautiful and everything outside is not. This week, be aware of when and how you are committed to your creative work…in spite of family, work, community. Note where your commitment is tested.

Focus, The Moon. A Major Arcana card, represents dreams, intuition, and emotions. This week, ask, “What are my dreams telling me? What is my intuition trying to convey to me about my creative work?”

Action, Page of Wands. Wands again, with its energetic associations of passion and vitality. The Page of Wands is the one who carries the passionate, active energy of youth. The Page is also the messenger. So this week, be a passionate, energetic, enthusiastic messenger for your creative work. Don’t be shy or falsely humble.

Gift, Knight of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams and intuition. So, in your Moon focus this week, also be aware of others in your environment who want to be of service to you and your creative work. Might be a critique partner, a gallery owner, and editor–someone who wants to help you get your work out into the world.

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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 1/16/2016

Theme, Knight of Coins. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health, wealth, anything physical. The knight is the one who has the training and resources to serve and protect. But in order to do that, he must return to the castle in order to rest, eat, and train before serving again. This week, be aware of the physical demands of your creative work. Pay attention to your need for sleep, healthy food and exercise.

Focus, High Priestess. This Major Arcana card returns to ask you, “What are the mysteries of your work that you need access to or can share with others? How do you access your source of deep wisdom and inspiration for your work? How do you connect with it?

Action, Page of Coins. Still in the element of Earth, this Page wants you to physically engage with your audience. See that Coin she is holding out? That is you, sharing your work, not by talking about it but by bringing it out into the world for people to see. Whether at an exhibit, a performance, or words on a page, get it out there.

Gift, Faith. This Major Arcana card shows the representative of the four major religions praying. This week, look for the gift of time and space for that deep connection to inspiration and wisdom within your work. Be ready to receive it that divine gift.

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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 1/9/2017

Theme, High Priestess. This card is numbered 2 in the Major Arcana and speaks to the idea of bringing awareness to the deeper mysteries of the unconscious. This week, look for opportunities to share your own creative process with others and thereby support and encourage them in their creativity.

Focus, 4 of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career, work. Four is a number of stability which creatively can suggest commitment. There is no development or depth of creativity without commitment. This week, ask yourself, “How committed am I to my creative work?”

Action, Ace of Coins. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health, wealth, any thing in the physical realm. The Ace is the beginning, the seed, holding all potential and possibility. This week, make an investment in your creative work, whether in the purchase of resources, registering for a class, or even just spending time in your studio. Make an investment to that Ace, that seed will grow into its full potential.

Gift, 3 of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams, intuition, and creativity. After you’ve made the commitment and the investments, then receive the gift of celebration. Celebrate your creative gifts.

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MONDAY TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 1/2/2017

Theme, 10 of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career, and work. Ten is a number of preparing to begin again. This week, the first of the New Year, finish up and let go of old projects, or work that has sat around and probably will never be finished because you’ve lost interest in it, or because your work has taken a new direction. Time to let go of those “should” projects.

Focus, 6 of Coins. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health, and wealth. Six is a number of imbalance in the tarot. The division of resources is unequal here. What do you need to do this week to bring balance into your creative resources? Are you leaving your creative work begging for more of your time and energy?

Action, The Hermit. From the Major Arcana, the Hermit speaks of the need for time alone in order to receive vision and direction for our creative work and thereby light the way for other creatives to follow their creative visions.

Gift, 2 of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. This week, receive the gift of intuitive insight that allows you to quiet the mind chatter and make choices and decisions that bring you into right relationship with your creative work.

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