Tarot Reading of the Week: 1/26/2021 – 2/2/2021

DISCLAIMER: As always, everything presented here is for entertainment and semi-educational purposes only.  Please do not mistake this for mental health therapy or advice.  If you need mental health counseling or treatment, please contact your insurance company, local college’s student counseling clinic, county crisis line, or the Psychology Today Portal.

If you want a running list of COVID-19 resources and news, check out my list here.  Also, check out this running list of disaster hotlines by state.  **I have quite a few articles for the news and resources page, but way too much is else calling my attention right now.  I have 120 more articles that go through the end of May.  Beyond that, I haven’t been able to sort through the info coming out.  Sorry to be so slow.

WARNING:  This is the part of my weekly post where I talk about some pop-psychological and tangentially metaphysical thing.  My belief is I’m not the only one noticing this and I wonder how it will affect the New Normal (™).  I am doing this in the hopes that it is useful for someone.  If you are not that someone, you are more than welcome to skip to the reading.  Please accept my humble apologies if you found this preachy.

This has been one of those months where I’ve truly given myself burnout by watching the news.  After hearing about Republican senators bringing guns into government buildings, National Institute of Mental Health seminars on anxiety, and theories about the future of COVID-19, my frontal lobe was leaking out of my nose.  I thought my index finger developed arthritis, but no.  It was threatening to jump off my hand so I wouldn’t click on yet another mind-numbing article.  My whole hand slapped me when I threatened to go on Twitter.

I needed some comedy, so I checked out the CBC Comedy Channel on YouTube.  Here was the first video I found:

Yeah, I’m probably the last person who needs to be told how much social media sucks.  This video gave me a lot to think about, though.  Here were some of my thoughts:

Then I learned Uranus plopped itself smack-dab in the middle of the upcoming retrograde.  Yeah, this week ends with the first Mercury retrograde of 2021.  So between Uranus moving in direct view of the Sun and Mercury moving backwards through quirky Aquarius, here’s what you can expect:

  • That nagging feeling that you need to start caring about something beyond yourself and getting likes.
  • Your personal truth getting in your face and screaming, “I’M NOT GOING TO BE IGNORED, DAN!!”
  • The strong urge to commit to the goals you were saving for someday.
  • Random insights on turning pain into personal power.
  • Being forced to get over yourself and accept change.
  • Increased creativity and self-expression.
  • Being very aware of—and rather irritated by—the hubris, vanity, and selfishness of others.
  • Others compensating for their insecurities may smell like zombie poop.
  • You might get the strong urge to do weekly technology breaks.  (Please do.)
  • Putting your foot in your mouth way more often.
  • Universal feedback in the form of explosive fuck ups.
  • Delays that force you to focus on things that are more important.

The outcome of the next month will either be a version of you that feels realigned and focused, or like you’ve been stuck in some cosmic spin cycle.  This may be a great time to ask yourself:

  • Exactly how much time am I wasting online?
  • How much time am I spending chasing goals that no longer reflect who I am?
  • What are some projects that I feel guilty about putting off?  How can I take even one small action step towards them?
  • Who is the person triggering me and what about them is especially irksome?
  • Where in my life am I skating around the truth?  Why do I feel the need to do this in these particular situations?
  • Where in my life am I pretending to be more positive, smarter, more attractive, wealthier, more together, more organized, less bothered, more compassionate, tougher, braver, or just more than I really am?  Why do I need others to have this idealized view of me?  What am I trying to get others to feel or think when I do this?
  • What am I afraid will happen if I stop trying so hard to control my image?  How am I giving away my power by trying to control my image?
  • Did I speak more than I listened, or did I listen more than I spoke today?
  • What are some things in my life that I am resisting?
  • When have the delays and disappointments in my life led me to better outcomes?
  • How would I explain my social media posts to a small impressionable child?
  • If I could spend time with only three people this week, who would I choose to see?  Am I showing these people that they are a high priority?
  • If I could spend time doing only three nonessential things this week, what would I choose to do?  How can I make more time for these things?
  • Before I say, post, or text this, what exactly do I want to communicate with the other person/people?  Is what I’m about to say, post, or text reflecting that message?

Now shake all of that off with a little Deepak Chopra:

As always, I have to mention the MindBody/Wellness Research and Science Network group on Facebook.  The chick who runs it takes an evidence-based approach to holistic topics.  I appreciate her common sense-meets-spirituality way of doing things.  

Aaaannnnyyyyhoo…  Onto the Reading, Shall We…?

I asked the cards what we need to know about the week of 1/26/2021 – 2/2/2021 and I got:  Three of Wands (number 3, profitable business ventures, offers from far away, possibly travel, opportunities for growth, and success); Seven of Cups (number 7, possible intoxication, not being able to see all of one’s options clearly, confusion, the need to make a choice, and the need to give oneself time before making a decision); Ace of Cups (number 1 or 11, love, emotional contentment, happiness, the energy of love, a new relationship, and possibly getting what one wants); and Seven of Swords (number 7, deception, being two-faced, mind games, a warning against hasty decisions, schemes or manipulations that will not work, covering one’s tracks, impulsivity, possibly avoiding the truth, and possibly the need to do some detective work).  The first theme that jumps out at me is a big ol’ red flag.  We have two Sevens—the Seven of Cups and the Seven of Swords—which tells me this whole spread is going to be painted with major 7 energy.  In numerology, 7 energy is the energy of keen intuition, the collective unconscious, science, writing, learning, alchemy, and spiritual awakening.  So let’s combine this degunking of the Third Eye with the meanings of the Seven of Cups and Seven of Swords, shall we?  The Seven of Cups usually makes an appearance when someone has a bit of an alcohol, porn, or pill problem.  It is the card of intoxication to the point of confusion.  Right off the bat, the Seven of Cups tells me the success indicated by the Three of Wands and Ace of Cups may also target any emotional confusion you’ve been having.  The Seven of Swords is my two-faced, politician mother fucker of a snake card.  One of our sevens signifies confusion and indecision (Cups), while the other seven talks about skirting the real issues and someone looking to take advantage of that confusion.  Then we need to factor in the overarching 7 energy of this spread.  All of these factors together tells me this is not the week to make emotional decisions, try to manipulate your way out of something, or listen to people who are overly flattering.  As a matter of fact, this is a good week to avoid social media echo chambers, anyone in your circle who likes to talk shit about others, people who ask you too many questions about yourself, people who don’t know the difference between constructive criticism and trolling, and people who seem too good to be true.  The psychic energy surrounding this week tells me you will probably get a heads up about any of this, but whether you listen to your intuition is entirely up to you.  The other two cards in this spread—the Three of Wands and Ace of Cups—tell me you may not listen.  The Three of Wands is a card that indicates a recent venture of yours has paid off or is hitting a major growth spurt.  The Three also shows me you’re considering new possibilities and looking for ways to expand your horizons, usually in ways that pertain to travel, business, and finance.  This may also be a week where you consider a new side hustle.  If that’s the case, please consider the warning of the Sevens.  There may be a person or entity looking to take advantage of your situation.  Beware of making hasty decisions or decisions based on strong emotion (i.e. happiness, love, anger, or anxiety).  Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions.  The Ace of Cups is a card of strong happiness, like the energy you get from a new romantic relationship.  In a spread with the Seven of Cups, the Ace amplifies the feeling of being intoxicated by a strong emotion.  This brings up another possibility when dealing with the Seven of Swords.  Although none of the cards in this spread expressly talk about jealousy, the Seven of Swords might involve getting dirt on someone to use later.  The feeling around this is someone who sees that you’re happy, feels triggered by it, and then decides to bring you down by gathering intel.  I also feel like you would see this coming a mile away if it weren’t for whatever confusion is going on with you lately.  Another possible meaning is a little more sinister.  On one hand, we have cards that indicate growth, possibility, and happiness (the Three of Wands and Ace of Cups).  Great news, right?  Then we have those doubt-inducing Sevens.  We have Seven of Cups (confusion) and Seven of Wands (mind games).  To make a long story longer, this could be about the ways in which you play mind games with yourself.  This might be the week for you to be mindful of:

  • Self-sabotage
  • Fear of success
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of what others will say or do
  • Self-punishment
  • Negative self-talk

PLEASE READ:  I am not doing private readings for the foreseeable future.  I have way too much going on to create content and be an effective reader.  Please understand, this isn’t personal.  I just need to clean my own mental and emotional house for now.  If you want a badass reading, I suggest you hit up my friend Marshall Delaware.  You can email him at ggm92666@yahoo.ca  Also, I highly recommend you check out my Keen pal Silverbreeze.  You can find her right here.

If you’re looking for an inspirational poem on finding your place in the world amongst a million ghosts, check out Joan Carol Bird’s latest.  Hey, sharing is caring.  

Those wildfires on the West Coast displaced thousands of innocent pets.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) wants to help.  If you would like to help the pets affected by the wildfires, please click here.  Also, the American Humane Society is looking for donations for these pets.  You can donate here.

For those of you who can’t resist a little subtle virtue signalling, why not give to those sweet little animals in Australia?  Funko Pop is releasing a limited edition figure to support the animals hurt in the Australian wildfires.  Arm the Animals is also selling shirts to benefit the animals hurt in the fires.  You can get those here. 

If beanies or water bottles are more your style, check out the Piper Lou collection.  Proceeds from select items benefit the Australian Red Cross. You can see for yourself right here.  Or you can take the more direct route through GreaterGood.com

 P.S.  I managed to publish the first part of my first novel in 2019!!  I’m excited and want to share it with you. Check out Water Torture Part One: Have You Checked the Children? Here.  Please read and review it.  Thank you!!

Did you like my buddy Marshall Delaware, aka G. G. MacLeod?  Check out our latest political collab.  He’s coming back in the near future, FYI.  If you want to read an awesome historical fiction novel, you can get your hands on his book here.  It may take place in Ancient Rome, but Augusta couldn’t be any more timely if it tried.  He actually dropped Part Two a while ago and most recently gifted the world with Part Three.  Part Four is right here.  And, ehrmagerd, he has just come out with Part Five.  I think you should go get it, Tiger!

Tarot Reading of the Week: 1/20/21 – 1/27/21

DISCLAIMER: As always, everything presented here is for entertainment and semi-educational purposes only.  Please do not mistake this for mental health therapy or advice.  If you need mental health counseling or treatment, please contact your insurance company, local college’s student counseling clinic, county crisis line, or the Psychology Today Portal.

If you want a running list of COVID-19 resources and news, check out my list here.  Also, check out this running list of disaster hotlines by state.  **I have quite a few articles for the news and resources page, but way too much is else calling my attention right now.  I have 120 more articles that go through the end of May.  Beyond that, I haven’t been able to sort through the info coming out.  Sorry to be so slow.

WARNING:  This is the part of my weekly post where I talk about some pop-psychological and tangentially metaphysical thing.  My belief is I’m not the only one noticing this and I wonder how it will affect the New Normal (™).  I am doing this in the hopes that it is useful for someone.  If you are not that someone, you are more than welcome to skip to the reading.  Please accept my humble apologies if you found this preachy.

I interrupt whatever pop psychology-meets-political point I was going to make to bring you this WTF?! Moment:

Yeah, The Lone Ranger guy gets his rocks off by thinking of eating people.  Let us all take a huge unifying breath and let it out in a resounding, “Ewwww!!”

Before you grab your outrage sandwich with your pitchfork, read Rolling Stone’s breakdown.  If you don’t feel like clicking here, soak in these takeaways:

  1.  These DM’s appear to have been leaked by Armie’s exes.  As sketchy as that always is, it almost doesn’t matter because…
  2. The salaciousness of the BDSM cannibalism claims is overshadowing the issue that this dude appears to be passively using his status to bypass the need for consent between two people.
  3. Yes, there is a MAJOR difference between abuse and BDSM.  That difference is commonly known as consent.  Do not use this as an excuse to deride or judge a lifestyle you don’t understand or like.

After I regained the power of speech, I reckoned this insanely fucked up exposure was a product of the combination of the recent Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter conjunction as well as Uranus going direct (tee hee).  You can read about what the conjunction means for your astrological sign here.  You can find the relevant details of how Uranus’s movement will affect your life here.  However, if you’re not feeling motivated to do any sort of clicking, I have summarized the most necessary bits below:

  • Expect the unexpected.  Uranus going direct brings change and chaos.
  • You may feel more anxious, which may cause you to spend money you don’t have.
  • Expect to learn some downright TMI secrets that will make you see those around you differently.
  • There will be a decent amount of karmic return for things you tried to hide, corners you cut, or otherwise shady stuff you did.  
  • Your sense of security may be blown to bits, thanks to shifts in career and finances.
  • You will be forcibly awakened by world events or a surprise reversal in your close relationships.
  • You will be put into a position to embrace change or keep swimming upstream.

And all of this just in time for the Inauguration.

Meanwhile, this all culminates in a big ol’ Mercury retrograde at the end of January.  All of the information I have right now shows me that 2021 is going to be the year where you will be forced into a position to deal with your dark side.  In practical terms, you may want to consider taking daily baby steps to:

  • Heal your relationship with money and food.
  • Explore and heal your emotional triggers.
  • Heal any feelings of burnout or exhaustion.
  • Avoid any online Karen fights.
  • Consider alternate points of view without absorbing it.
  • Understand that you are not always right or a good person.
  • Make your good deeds anonymous.
  • Consider your impact on others, even when it makes you look like an ass.
  • Be grateful for what you have, as reversals of fortune can happen.
  • Save for your future.
  • Improve and clean your house.

P.S.  Kudos to WeatherBoy.com for the headline Uranus to Make a Splash Tomorrow Night.  Also, I highly appreciate the knowledge that “Uranus smells like rotten eggs.”  *snicker*

But back to Mr. Armie Hammer.

I have no idea how this is going to end, but his current issue illustrates what the astrologers are saying about the current planetary activity for one big reason: the juicy nature of the cannibalism fetish distracts from the issues of possible abuse and lack of consent.  We are collectively focusing on the grotesque details and completely missing the real problems being vomited to the surface.  We are fighting the individual fires without figuring out where the safety codes are being breached.

And that, dear reader, is probably going to be the focus of this section for the next few weeks.  

Before I lay down cards, I feel like this week may be a good one to ground yourself.  This may help:

As always, I have to mention the MindBody/Wellness Research and Science Network group on Facebook.  The chick who runs it takes an evidence-based approach to holistic topics.  I appreciate her common sense-meets-spirituality way of doing things.  

Aaaannnnyyyyhoo…  Onto the Reading, Shall We…?

I asked the cards what we need to know about the week of 1/20/21 – 1/27/21 and I got:  Three of Pentacles (number 3, recognition for a job well done, rewards or bonuses, someone who has worked hard to get to the top, someone good at their job, and persistence and dedication); Three of Cups (number 3, friendship, celebration, feminine energy, birth of a child or creative project, and joy); Three of Swords (number 3, grief, sadness, the need to let time heal an emotional wound, an old emotional scar, sadness that brings a clearing, and releasing painful memories); and Four of Wands (number 4, marriage, life becoming more stable, a stable home, leaving one’s old life behind, and hope for the future).  Huh.  We have two huge themes that present themselves here.  The first is we have one of each suit represented.  This tells me the energy here is going to be relatively balanced, which will be a welcome and comforting thing.  On a lesser scale, this could also mean you’re going to be feeling stretched in a few different directions.  Any stretching or stress feels like the stuff of life, rather than a drama bomb being set off in your stomach cavity.  So that’s nice.  The second theme is three out of these four cards correspond to three energy.  This type of energy has a playful outer shell, but the core of three energy is wise, grounded, and understanding.  Pythagoras considered three the perfect number because it symbolizes beginnings, middles, and endings, such as the life cycle.   The fact that we have a spread that contains all four Minor Arcana suits—three of which are represented by the number that symbolizes balance—tells me your best option is to stay grounded and out of your own way.  Let processes unfold and focus on what you can observe without judging.  But let’s take these cards individually.  This spread starts with the Three of Pentacles, a card of recognition and rewards.  The implication with this card is that the reward is deserved.  Nobody is being handed anything because they’re cute.  Our card of just rewards sits happily next to the Three of Cups, which is a card of celebration and friendship. This tells me the recognition will definitely be public.  These cards together are also a creative combo, as three energy tends to be creative and fruitful.  Just ask the Empress, which is the Major Arcana card governed by three energy.  The Empress is also a card of decadence and possibly smothering relationships.  Although I don’t see any real warnings in this spread, the Three of Pentacles next to the Three of Cups is a wee caution to not overindulge.  Do not allow your mouth, digestive system, libido, or any other carnal system write checks that your body can’t cash.  This brings me to the one Debbie downer card in the spread.  The Three of Swords is a card of grief.  This card tells us that all of this jubilation may bring some old emotional wounds to the surface.  Coupled with the celebratory and minorly decadent vibe of the first two cards, the Three of Swords serves as a reminder to let yourself feel your feelings, even if they’re depressing.  Also, the Three of Swords tells me that maybe not everyone will be happy for you.  There may be someone in your inner circle who believes one of two things.  One, they may believe your success came at their expense or that they had a hand in it somehow and are not being recognized.  Lastly, they are being triggered because your success reminds them how they could have done things differently in their own life.  The social nature of this spread tells me this is a good week to make an effort to include anyone in your life that appears to be struggling.  Even a cup of coffee over Zoom will have a major impact.  Conversely, if you are the struggling person, the friendship card next to the grief card tells me you feel like an outsider, but there is support available if you ask.  Our final card, the Four of Wands, is a card of stability.  This card signifies moving away from the past and into a more hopeful future.  This card can also signify marriage.  When I see this card in a spread with the Three of Cups and Three of Pentacles, it makes me feel as if this would be the week where you make a stable business or romantic partnership official.  If this spread also included the Lovers or Ace of Cups, I would assume it meant an engagement, but the vibe of these cards is more like you starting a business that doesn’t feel like work, getting a promotion, starting a business with a friend, or making a relationship social media official.  The partnership has an a-ha feel to it, like you have been building to this moment for a long time.  Any creative project you start this week has the potential to bear fruit, so don’t be a slacker.

PLEASE READ:  I am not doing private readings for the foreseeable future.  I have way too much going on to create content and be an effective reader.  Please understand, this isn’t personal.  I just need to clean my own mental and emotional house for now.  If you want a badass reading, I suggest you hit up my friend Marshall Delaware.  You can email him at ggm92666@yahoo.ca  Also, I highly recommend you check out my Keen pal Silverbreeze.  You can find her right here.

If you’re looking for an inspirational poem on finding your place in the world amongst a million ghosts, check out Joan Carol Bird’s latest.  Hey, sharing is caring.  

Those wildfires on the West Coast displaced thousands of innocent pets.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) wants to help.  If you would like to help the pets affected by the wildfires, please click here.  Also, the American Humane Society is looking for donations for these pets.  You can donate here.

For those of you who can’t resist a little subtle virtue signalling, why not give to those sweet little animals in Australia?  Funko Pop is releasing a limited edition figure to support the animals hurt in the Australian wildfires.  Arm the Animals is also selling shirts to benefit the animals hurt in the fires.  You can get those here. 

If beanies or water bottles are more your style, check out the Piper Lou collection.  Proceeds from select items benefit the Australian Red Cross. You can see for yourself right here.  Or you can take the more direct route through GreaterGood.com

 P.S.  I managed to publish the first part of my first novel in 2019!!  I’m excited and want to share it with you. Check out Water Torture Part One: Have You Checked the Children? Here.  Please read and review it.  Thank you!!

Did you like my buddy Marshall Delaware, aka G. G. MacLeod?  Check out our latest political collab.  He’s coming back in the near future, FYI.  If you want to read an awesome historical fiction novel, you can get your hands on his book here.  It may take place in Ancient Rome, but Augusta couldn’t be any more timely if it tried.  He actually dropped Part Two a while ago and most recently gifted the world with Part Three.  Part Four is right here.  And, ehrmagerd, he has just come out with Part Five.  I think you should go get it, Tiger!

Fortuna Spell: New Moon

DISCLAIMER: As always, everything presented here is for entertainment and semi-educational purposes only.  Please do not mistake this for mental health therapy or advice.  If you need mental health counseling or treatment, please contact your insurance company, local college’s student counseling clinic, county crisis line, or the Psychology Today Portal.

If you want a running list of COVID-19 resources and news, check out my list here.  Also, check out this running list of disaster hotlines by state.  **I have quite a few articles for the news and resources page, but way too much is else calling my attention right now.  I have 120 more articles that go through the end of May.  Beyond that, I haven’t been able to sort through the info coming out.  Sorry to be so slow.

Does anyone remember the beginning of 2020?  Pre-corona 2020, when we felt all the optimism of the new year?  

Betcha you had some resolutions.  Maybe you resolved to go to the gym every other day.  Perhaps you wanted to read at least 100 books during the year.  Were you thinking this would be your year for a career change?  Did you think you would improve your overall mental health by getting out more?  Or maybe your resolution was as simple as flossing your barnacle-encrusted teeth.

Remember how we all kept it as normal as possible as we started hearing about this thing called COVID-19?  

It’s no big deal, many of us thought, Let’s just wash our hands, mask up, and don’t make unnecessary trips… Oh, and let’s get some toilet paper.

Others of us thought, Oh helllll NO!!  This whole thing is a hoax.  Big Brother wants to microchip us with an enema and take away our rights.  Mask this, bitches!!!

Either way, most of us thought this would be over in a couple months and the truth would be revealed.  And then Fate pumped the brakes.  We started blaming each other.  We pointed fingers at the government.  The rich blamed the poor for not being prepared enough.  The poor blamed the rich for hogging the resources.  Trump blamed the Chinese.  Trump’s followers blamed the Democrats.  We blamed the virus.  We blamed the cosmos.

We looked at everything but ourselves.

I guess that makes sense, since the fucking cesspool that is social media incubates narcissism and quarantine has been making us all nuttier than squirrel shit.  Most of us—including and especially me—had a difficult time keeping to a schedule because nothing was normal.  Meanwhile, the constant centrifuge that has been our pandemic lives did not change the fact that we had bills to pay, things to do, and families of varying species depending on us.  The struggle to keep things halfway predictable was gargantuan and real.  The problem with that is all of the emphasis on social media, social isolation, and the ground constantly shifting made us fucking horrible at thinking rationally, critically, and for ourselves.  

It was as if some jerk rolled out the red carpet for all of our shadow selves to run amok.  

The succinct definition of the shadow self is your dark side.  A lengthier explanation is the shadow self was Carl Jung’s way of describing those parts of yourself that you can’t explain, fill you with shame, and will go to any lengths to push down.  

You know how I keep shaking my head and accusing those begging for healing of just sweeping shit under the rug?  It’s because these panicked calls for forced civility are happening because those panicking can’t handle their own dark impulses.  Not only can they not handle their own negativity, but they are incredibly fucking triggered by others’ emotions.  I feel like it should be called the Nam-ASS-te Principle because the asshole in me not only recognizes the asshole in you, but also wants to chain it to the radiator.  Here’s a quick run-down of how it works:

  1.  You see something that offends, angers, or otherwise makes you emotional in a way that you can’t immediately explain.
  2. Your subconscious mind recognizes the offensive stimulus as an emotion, thought, belief, or behavior that you secretly resonate with or have.
  3. Your conscious mind will hear none of that fuckery, as the offensive stimulus contradicts your self-image and makes you look like a big ol’ hypocrite.
  4. Your conscious mind decides the best course of action is to freak out at the offensive stimulus until you no longer feel like a big ol’ hypocrite.  Take that, offensive stimulus!!
  5. You don’t have to change the way you see yourself or think about the offensive stimulus ever again…  until the next time something beyond your fucks with your shadow self.

There are many reasons we get triggered, but they all boil down to not wanting to feel pain or look at a part of ourselves that makes us feel uncomfortable or ashamed.  For example, a mother who was severely abused as a child may find that her baby’s cries send her through the roof.  The man who not only has 30 years sober, but scraped his way to success may find the heroin addict with 12 hours of sobriety whiny and entitled.  The down low Trump-loving Karen with enough self-awareness to know her racism probably won’t be well-received might call for healing because everyone else’s anger makes her think about how other people would never see her the same way if they knew how she really felt.  

Know who else can’t handle others’ emotions?  People with narcissistic tendencies.  This makes perfect sense, if you think about it.  Being able to tolerate others’ emotional expression requires an ability to feel empathy for that person.  True empathy takes a willingness to look at yourself objectively, even the stuff that makes you look like an ass hat.  Narcissists actively avoid anything that makes them look like wusses, hypocrites, or anything that denounces their carefully curated self-image.  Think about an Instagram profile, personified.  (Please circle back to my assertion that social media is a fucking cesspool that rewards our narcissistic tendencies because I’m too tired to repeat myself.)  

Now consider this: the way out of the burning building is to navigate your way through the fire.  The only way to make sure the shadow self cannot fuck with you is to take a look at yourself.  Richard Grannon makes a good case for it here:

And his eyebrow-raising amuses me to no end.

Using “the way out is the way through” logic, how do we deal with triggers we want to blame on the hand we were dealt?  By having a conversation with fate, of course.

Enter Fortuna

Ancient Romans considered goddess Fortuna (or Tyche in Greek mythology) a major player when it came to fate, destiny, and luck—both good and bad.  Fortuna was such a big deal that the empire erected multiple temples in her honor, as well as designated June 11 as her feast day.  The ancients believed partaking in her feast days and making offerings at her temple could persuade Fortuna to make and multiply fortunes, improve crops and harvests, and make sure enemies turned into bumbling keystone cops.  Jupiter’s daughter was really a great one to have on your side.

But obtaining Fortuna’s blessings wasn’t the only reason Ancient Romans bent over backwards to kiss her ass.

Fortuna represents good and bad fortune, as well as fate.  This means you may be a little screwed if you piss her off or if she likes you too much.  If you’re a little perplexed as to what this means, think about this: Would you rather be completely destitute and invisible, or so famous and powerful that everyone is out to get you?  Would you rather have everything you touch turn to shit, or would you rather have to constantly fight backstabbing snakes to stay powerful?  

Dealing with Fortuna isn’t as simple as putting millions in Monopoly money on a vision board and chanting some nonsense from Think and Grow Rich or The Secret.  When Fortuna takes an interest in you, she dares you to explore your dark side and take an honest look at what in your life needs to leave.  Fortuna has the power to bestow incredible gifts, but this same power can reduce you to rubble if you don’t listen to her or if you choose to act like an ingrate.  This ability to increase and reverse fortunes on a whim is a huge part of the reason Miss Thang is so strongly associated with the Wheel of Fortune in the tarot.  

Although there’s no way that I would work with Fortuna for foo-foo manifestation rituals, this badass goddess is a fantastic ally if you:

  • Are willing to put real work into changing your life.
  • Want to remove the obstacles that prevent you from taking charge of your life.
  • Need to do a little clearing.
  • Want to get rid of stale energy, old patterns, and stuff that’s just kinda there.
  • Are ready to feel the discomfort of doing true shadow work.
  • Need help navigating instability.
  • Are ready to stop getting in your own way.
  • Are willing to take criticism to gain something greater.
  • Are ready to take a leap of faith, even if you don’t have a clear picture of where you want to land.
  • Want to protect your marriage (she has a soft spot for married women).
  • Want to get healthier and are willing to change your lifestyle.

Do NOT work with Fortuna if:

  • You are set in your ways.
  • You’re looking for a quick fix or fast luck.
  • You don’t want to be made uncomfortable.
  • Now is not the time for uncertainty.
  • You’re in the precontemplation or contemplation stage of change.
  • You feel like you have a lot to lose.
  • You’re a procrastinator.
  • You’re not willing to show gratitude or help those less fortunate.

Fortuna sees any blessings she bestows on you as a gift.  She also believes not accepting or appreciating her gifts is the ultimate sin.  Therefore, Fortuna can be fickle and temperamental.  Here are some of the best ways to approach Fortuna:

  • Be humble and understand that your luck can always change.
  • Keep a gratitude list, as she sees this as a running thank you note.
  • Be willing to share the gifts she gives you with others.
  • Plant a garden and tend to it.
  • Avoid acting entitled, envious, greedy, or ungrateful.
  • Take at least one small step towards your goal and/or to take care of what you have been given each day.
  • Clean your house at least 10 minutes a day.
  • Avoid making demands or being too specific with her.
  • Take extra care of any gifts or blessings she gives you.

Due to the clearing nature of this spell, I suggest you do it the week of the new moon.  The new moon is all about clearing out the old, changing patterns, and starting something new.  This is the perfect time to ask Fortuna to get rid of stale energy.

If you choose to work with Fortuna during the new moon—or any moon—check out this list of things Fortuna likes (all Etsy and Magick Planet listings are affiliate links):

(NOTE: I became an Etsy affiliate because I’ve been a long time Etsy shopper.  Many of my ritual supplies come from Etsy because I feel like they have products that are made with love, for a fair price.  I am also a Magick Planet affiliate because I love their products, service, and prices.  It would be lovely if you clicked my links, but do what calls to you.)

***If you want a more nuanced view of what it’s like to work with Fortuna, then please check out G.G. MacLeod’s Augusta series. Yeah, I know. But this is more than just a shameless plug, as MacLeod has personally worked extensively worked with Fortuna, had to research her for his novels, and gave me several hints on working with Fortuna.

The Spell

What You Need:

  1.  A green pillar candle, novena candle, or candle made specifically for Fotuna.  I also like to buy my candles at Dragon Marsh and Panhalla Esoteric (not sponsored).
  2. Incense (use frankincense, cedar, rue, lavender, or a blend, made just for Fortuna).
  3. A trinket that reminds you of Fortuna (think Wheel of Fortune tarot stuff, jewelry, cornucopia vases, and things with stalks of wheat on them).
  4. Anointing oil (use bergamot, frankincense, lavender, or a blend made especially for Fortuna).
  5. Food and drink offering (she likes small cakes, apple cider, white wine, or honey mead).
  6. About a half hour of your time for at least a week, no longer than a month at a time.
  7. A journal and pen.
  8. About 10 minutes a day to clear some clutter from your home.  The symbolic act of clearing a tiny bit a day has a profound effect on the psyche.

What You Will Do:

  1.  Clear your head for about 5 or 10 minutes before you begin.  I suggest using a simple mindfulness meditation, such as the ones on the Stop, Breathe, Think app or this video.
  2. Anoint your candle with your oil.  As you do, imagine yourself sending a thank you note to Fortuna for her time. 
  3. Light your candle and your incense.  As you do this, thank Fortuna for her time and her help.  You can repeat this invocation three times:  “I invoke the grace of Fortuna, which fills this space with light.  Light dissolves all darkness.  I thank you, Fortuna, for lending me your grace, light, energy, magic, inspiration, and inner power.”
  4. Meditate on what clearing means for you today.  Maybe you get an image of your cluttered table, or a habit you can’t seem to break.  Whatever comes up, visualize it being wrapped in a silver and gold bubble and being sent to Fortuna.
  5. Find an invocation to Fortuna that you like and repeat it up to three times.  I like to combine the invocation from this blog and this short call for luck.  Here’s what that combo looks like:  Come Fortuna, with strong propitious mind and rich abundance, to my prayer inclined.  Placid and gentle trivia, mightily named, Imperial Artemis, born of Eubouleus famed.  Mankind’s unconquered, endless praise is thine, sepulchral, widely -wandering power divine!  In thee, our various mortal life is found, and some from you copious wealth abounds.  While others mourn thy hand averse to bless, in all the bitterness of deep distress.  Be present, goddess, to we who worship you, and give abundance with benignant mind.  Oh Fortuna!  Lady Luck, come to me.  Goddess of Fate, Goddess of Fortune, I call upon thee.  Come to me!  Enter my circle, bless my circle with life and your magic touch.  Bless me with luck and fortune.  Great Goddess Fortuna, I invoke thee!
  6. State your case to Fortuna.  Tell her how she can help you with your request, but please remember your manners and that she does not owe you anything.
  7. Take a deep breath and allow yourself to feel whatever comes to the surface for you.  You can even do some freewriting in your journal.  Once you are ready, see all of your requests being taken to Fortuna in that same gold and silver bubble from Step 4.
  8. Close out the circle in whatever way works best for you.  Just be sure to emphasize your gratitude for the goddess’s time and invite her to take your offering.
  9. Be sure to journal any stray inspirations or thoughts during this entire time.  You’ll start to notice a pattern in a week or so.

PLEASE READ:  I am not doing private readings for the foreseeable future.  I have way too much going on to create content and be an effective reader.  Please understand, this isn’t personal.  I just need to clean my own mental and emotional house for now.  If you want a badass reading, I suggest you hit up my friend Marshall Delaware.  You can email him at ggm92666@yahoo.ca  Also, I highly recommend you check out my Keen pal Silverbreeze.  You can find her right here.

If you’re looking for an inspirational poem on finding your place in the world amongst a million ghosts, check out Joan Carol Bird’s latest.  Hey, sharing is caring.  

Those wildfires on the West Coast displaced thousands of innocent pets.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) wants to help.  If you would like to help the pets affected by the wildfires, please click here.  Also, the American Humane Society is looking for donations for these pets.  You can donate here.

For those of you who can’t resist a little subtle virtue signalling, why not give to those sweet little animals in Australia?  Funko Pop is releasing a limited edition figure to support the animals hurt in the Australian wildfires.  Arm the Animals is also selling shirts to benefit the animals hurt in the fires.  You can get those here. 

If beanies or water bottles are more your style, check out the Piper Lou collection.  Proceeds from select items benefit the Australian Red Cross. You can see for yourself right here.  Or you can take the more direct route through GreaterGood.com

 P.S.  I managed to publish the first part of my first novel in 2019!!  I’m excited and want to share it with you. Check out Water Torture Part One: Have You Checked the Children? Here.  Please read and review it.  Thank you!!

Did you like my buddy Marshall Delaware, aka G. G. MacLeod?  Check out our latest political collab.  He’s coming back in the near future, FYI.  If you want to read an awesome historical fiction novel, you can get your hands on his book here.  It may take place in Ancient Rome, but Augusta couldn’t be any more timely if it tried.  He actually dropped Part Two a while ago and most recently gifted the world with Part Three.  Part Four is right here.  And, ehrmagerd, he has just come out with Part Five.  I think you should go get it, Tiger!

Tarot Reading of the Week: 1/13/21 – 1/20/21

DISCLAIMER: As always, everything presented here is for entertainment and semi-educational purposes only.  Please do not mistake this for mental health therapy or advice.  If you need mental health counseling or treatment, please contact your insurance company, local college’s student counseling clinic, county crisis line, or the Psychology Today Portal.

If you want a running list of COVID-19 resources and news, check out my list here.  Also, check out this running list of disaster hotlines by state.  **I have quite a few articles for the news and resources page, but way too much is else calling my attention right now.  I have 120 more articles that go through the end of May.  Beyond that, I haven’t been able to sort through the info coming out.  Sorry to be so slow.

WARNING:  This is the part of my weekly post where I talk about some pop-psychological and tangentially metaphysical thing.  My belief is I’m not the only one noticing this and I wonder how it will affect the New Normal (™).  I am doing this in the hopes that it is useful for someone.  If you are not that someone, you are more than welcome to skip to the reading.  Please accept my humble apologies if you found this preachy.

I had something planned about this week’s new moon in Capricorn, buuuutttt my plans got a bit hijacked by the Y’all Quaeda’s Washington D.C. coup.  Yeah, an American President inspired a treasonous act that allegedly sought to overturn the results of a fair election by by kidnapping and murder, if necessary.  What’s even more surprising is the Vanilla Isis has the support of approximately 19% of Americans.  Here are a couple things that don’t surprise me in the least:

  1.  Social media continues to be a fucking cesspool.
  2. Haughty conservatives (usually women) are demanding that we come together and understand so that we can heal.

You want me to understand?  Huh.  Okay.  Explain yourself for all of the half-truths you posted about Black Lives Matter protesters.  Then maybe you can use your #AllLivesMatter and #BlueLivesMatter logic to help the officers who were overrun to understand and heal.  Speaking of understanding, where was your compassion when protests that began far more peacefully elicited a more militant response from the government?  Tell me all about your empathy when you continued to support Trump.   When you ask us to understand, does this mean you will actually try to comprehend why the other side feels the way they do, or does this mean you will get that self-satisfied smirk on your face and reiterate that “unlike those other media outlets,” you choose to see all the good that Trump has done?

Hopefully you can pardon my cynicism when I say that your call for understanding is actually a call to sweep shit under the rug.  Your call for understanding is you demanding that nobody call you on whatever the fuck drove you to back this administration, thereby enabling the events of January 6th to occur.  Yes, Arnold was absolutely correct when he said people who supported Trump were just going along with the crowd.  Hell, people on the far left are probably doing the same thing.  But does that make any of you correct?  Before you blindly post Arnold’s video and get on your high horse about understanding and healing, understand this:  the Terminator also made it abundantly clear that the former Nazis who had to assimilate into post-war life often abused their families.  In fact, it happened so frequently that it was considered normal.

Does that make it fucking right?  

Before you demand that others understand you so that you can go on thinking you’re some good and righteous specimen, why don’t you try a little self-reflection?  Do you understand why you backed a rabid horse?  Do you have a firm grasp on why you sent passive-aggressive and hateful emails to your friends, sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, et al who believe differently than you?  Do you comprehend why pure outrage and blind hate would overtake you to the point that you spread things you couldn’t be bothered to research online?  What did you think you were getting out of the position you took?  What did you gain by treating your loved ones like garbage?  What the fuck do you think makes you so special that others are automatically wrong?

Until you understand those things, please do not ask for the absolution of those who may have been hurt by you.

Until you understand those things, please don’t demand that others understand you.

Until you understand those things, you’re still carrying the shitty anger and abusive tendencies that led you here.

Until you understand those things, you’re not healing anything.

Those of you who feel entitled to understanding before you bother to understand, know this: you were our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, coworkers, friends, teachers, and neighbors.  We may have depended on you.  We may have trusted you.  We may have loved you.  Before you demand our understanding so that you can feel like a good person, maybe you should understand how your actions may have impacted everyone else over the last four years.

As always, I have to mention the MindBody/Wellness Research and Science Network group on Facebook.  The chick who runs it takes an evidence-based approach to holistic topics.  I appreciate her common sense-meets-spirituality way of doing things.  

Aaaannnnyyyyhoo…  Onto the Reading, Shall We…?

I asked the cards what we need to know about 1/13/21 – 1/20/21 and I got:  The Princess of Wands (young fire sign person, initiative, drive, new creative projects, surge of creativity, planting the seed for future endeavors, and a new venture); the Hight Priestess (number 2, stillness, intuition, the desire to develop intuition, an opportunity to become more self-sufficient, look within for answers, and using one’s downtime constructively); the Magician (number 1, important communication, letters or messages, clear vision for the future, knowing what one needs, confidence, manifestation, skill, possibly manipulation or the trickster, and thinking things through logically); and the Princess of Swords (young air sign person, gossip, someone with a lot to say, someone with a quick mind, possibly new contracts, new information, and someone who should be heard).  Huh.  We’re only on Week 3 of 2021 and there seems to be a pattern emerging.  I don’t know how long this will go on, but the readings are building on each other.  We don’t have a clear numerical theme,  but we do have two Major Arcana cards sandwiched between two Princess cards.  Major Arcana cards signify themes that scream so loud for our attention, that they may as well be doing an impression of Trump before Twitter took away his binky.  Princess or Page cards usually indicate a young person or the start of something.  Even before we get into the meanings, the types of cards and how they’re placed tells me you are going to have an idea or two that is worth pursuing, if you get the fuck out of your own way and stop listening to others.  This spread starts with the enthusiastic, energetic Princess of Wands.  She is a card of wonder and creativity.  This card has a crazy idea and thinks, “Why the fuck not?”  But maybe in more family-friendly words.  The creative energy around the Princess of Wands is vibrant, fun, and usually kinda loud.  This huge swell of inspiration is simultaneously supported and tempered by the High Priestess.  The High Priestess has a cooler, wait-and-see vibe.  This card is all about going within for answers and waiting patiently for divine wisdom.  When combined with the full steam ahead optimism of the Princess of Wands, we have a message to balance your energy and write down your stray ideas.  I feel like the High Priestess is also a warning against excitedly telling everyone you encounter about your genius, as the High Priestess often appears to tell us, “Kindly shut your face.”  This silence is for our own good, as you won’t get the answers you need right now if you keep flapping your gums or engage in empty socialization.  The High Priestess is telling you that you may want to keep to yourself and tend to your inner world by meditation, prayer, spell work, etc.  The seeming duality of the first two cards is then met with the Magician, which is potentially a card of manifestation.  Not only will you have the inspiration, but you’ll be makin’ moves, baby.  But I did say the Magician is potentially a card of manifestation.  There are a couple other facets to the Magician.  This card is also a trickster card and potentially the card of a con man.  Remember how the High Priestess wanted you to shut up and observe?  The Magician is not only a sign that your idea is something you should pursue, but also a sign that others will want to steal it or sabotage you.  The High Priestess and the Magician are the male and female aspect of alchemy.  They’re right next to each other in this spread, which tells me you will need to blend action and inspiration.  Just keep your grand schemes to yourself.  Another facet of the Magician is communication, which is why this card is often associated with the sign of Gemini, or the chatterbox of the zodiac.  The Magician is a card of important emails, texts, and any other form of electronic communication.  This aspect of the Magician is further supported by the Princess of Swords, who is a chatty little thing herself.  You know that kid who is super smart, but can’t stop talking?  The one you always bet against when it’s time to play the quiet game?  This kid is usually so talkative and hyper because they are incredibly observant, intelligent, and don’t have the social skills or experience to know that not everyone likes to hear the truth.  That’s our Princess of Swords, only she tends to signify gossip, racing thoughts, and contracts.  Remember how I told you last week that bullshit would smell like bullshit and that super sketchy person in your life would make their intentions known?  I feel like you will get more confirmation that this person should be cut like gangrene.  The Princess of Swords tells me this confirmation will come out in a #NoFilter almost Asperger’s sort of way.  If this confirmation comes in a conversation, don’t expect it to be from the snake themselves.  Expect it to be from someone who has no idea what the snake’s true agenda is.  This goes back to the energy created by the union between the High Priestess and the Magician.  Don’t say anything in the moment, but use it as inspiration to do your own thing.  If this confirmation comes from something other than innocent gossip, take note of how you heard it and use it as inspiration.  The Magician next to the Princess of Swords means you may have to be diplomatic this week, as you don’t know how others will decide to twist what you have to say.  The Princess of Swords concluding this spread means that you will be able to communicate your ideas when the time is right, but your week is better spent getting your shit together.

PLEASE READ:  I am not doing private readings for the foreseeable future.  I have way too much going on to create content and be an effective reader.  Please understand, this isn’t personal.  I just need to clean my own mental and emotional house for now.  If you want a badass reading, I suggest you hit up my friend Marshall Delaware.  You can email him at ggm92666@yahoo.ca  Also, I highly recommend you check out my Keen pal Silverbreeze.  You can find her right here.

If you’re looking for an inspirational poem on finding your place in the world amongst a million ghosts, check out Joan Carol Bird’s latest.  Hey, sharing is caring.  

Those wildfires on the West Coast displaced thousands of innocent pets.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) wants to help.  If you would like to help the pets affected by the wildfires, please click here.  Also, the American Humane Society is looking for donations for these pets.  You can donate here.

For those of you who can’t resist a little subtle virtue signalling, why not give to those sweet little animals in Australia?  Funko Pop is releasing a limited edition figure to support the animals hurt in the Australian wildfires.  Arm the Animals is also selling shirts to benefit the animals hurt in the fires.  You can get those here. 

If beanies or water bottles are more your style, check out the Piper Lou collection.  Proceeds from select items benefit the Australian Red Cross. You can see for yourself right here.  Or you can take the more direct route through GreaterGood.com

 P.S.  I managed to publish the first part of my first novel in 2019!!  I’m excited and want to share it with you. Check out Water Torture Part One: Have You Checked the Children? Here.  Please read and review it.  Thank you!!

Did you like my buddy Marshall Delaware, aka G. G. MacLeod?  Check out our latest political collab.  He’s coming back in the near future, FYI.  If you want to read an awesome historical fiction novel, you can get your hands on his book here.  It may take place in Ancient Rome, but Augusta couldn’t be any more timely if it tried.  He actually dropped Part Two a while ago and most recently gifted the world with Part Three.  Part Four is right here.  And, ehrmagerd, he has just come out with Part Five.  I think you should go get it, Tiger!

Tarot Reading of the Week: 12/30/20 – 1/5/21 and 1/6/21 – 1/13/21

DISCLAIMER: As always, everything presented here is for entertainment and semi-educational purposes only.  Please do not mistake this for mental health therapy or advice.  If you need mental health counseling or treatment, please contact your insurance company, local college’s student counseling clinic, county crisis line, or the Psychology Today Portal.

If you want a running list of COVID-19 resources and news, check out my list here.  Also, check out this running list of disaster hotlines by state.  **I have quite a few articles for the news and resources page, but way too much is else calling my attention right now.  I have 120 more articles that go through the end of May.  Beyond that, I haven’t been able to sort through the info coming out.  Sorry to be so slow.

WARNING:  This is the part of my weekly post where I talk about some pop-psychological and tangentially metaphysical thing.  My belief is I’m not the only one noticing this and I wonder how it will affect the New Normal (™).  I am doing this in the hopes that it is useful for someone.  If you are not that someone, you are more than welcome to skip to the reading.  Please accept my humble apologies if you found this preachy.

I am a little tired of people saying good riddance to 2020.  You probably shouldn’t keep mentioning the demon by name if you don’t want to invite it to tea.  

*ahem* Aaaannnnyyyyhoo, I think it’s the blind optimism that kills me.  Haven’t we fucked ourselves enough with our little orphan Annie nonsense?  Apparently not.  Yet we persist just thinkin’ about to-morrow when the Saturn – Jupiter conjunction has been all over the news.  This article does a great job of explaining the conjunction from an objective, cosmology point of view.  However, I think this video explains why we should care on a more personal and energetic level:

I’m totally showing my age here, but I keep hearing Camouflage’s The Great Commandment when someone says “the grand conjunction.”  That song might be an accurate reference, considering how big of an impact this astrological event will have on our mindset.  I also find the lyrics prescient because the U.S. is being presented with an opportunity to either learn something from their fucked up, jingoist history or ride another wave of politically-generated emotion to who fucking knows where.  On a global level, COVID-19, our collective pandemic fatigue, and the anti-masker assholes who are ruining it for the rest of us are giving certain international financial entities an excuse to usher in the Great Reset.  And the members of Camouflage were serious eye candy back in the day.  Don’t judge me.

Pardon my wee digression.

All 12 astrological signs are going to get their own special dose of this energetic medicine, but all of us can expect:

  • Karmic returns (good and bad)
  • To feel a little claustrophobic
  • A few truth bombs to detonate
  • Clarity on whatever needs to happen next for us
  • Spiritual growth
  • More emphasis on our individual paths
  • No longer being able to sweep shit under the rug
  • No longer having the patience to carry others’ baggage

I don’t have the energy to get too deep, but now might be a great time to ask yourself:

  • What does freedom mean to me?
  • Where in my life do I feel restricted?  
  • What part of my restrictions are in my control?
  • What are some parts of my life that I’d rather not look at?
  • What are some of the relationships I hold onto out of habit?
  • What are the things in my life that are just taking up space?
  • How am I covering for others or enabling them?
  • Where in my life am I being lazy, spiteful, or overly emotional?
  • How am I being closed-minded?
  • Where in my life am I being judgmental?
  • Where am I being too rigid in my thinking, feelings, or physically?

As always, I have to mention the MindBody/Wellness Research and Science Network group on Facebook.  The chick who runs it takes an evidence-based approach to holistic topics.  I appreciate her common sense-meets-spirituality way of doing things.  

Aaaannnnyyyyhoo…  Onto the Reading, Shall We…?

I asked the cards what we need to know about the week of 12/29/20 – 1/5/21 and I got:  Seven of Wands (number 7, success after being challenged, the need to defend oneself or one’s convictions, knowing one’s rights, being nobody’s fool, and protecting oneself against opportunists); the Moon (number 18, moodiness, psychic insight, gaining wisdom from dreams, the need to go inward, feeling triggered, an opportunity to understand one’s emotional triggers, issues with one’s mother, and creativity); the Hermit (number 9, the need to be alone, seeking guidance from within, perhaps social isolation, the need to do some inner work, turning one’s back on materialism or the physical world, answers will come, and preparing for a major change); and Queen of Swords (air sign female, someone who uses words harshly, an objective friend, good advice, candor, someone cold due to emotional wounds, an independent person, and a friend who offers straight answers).  Although there is no clear numerical theme here, there are a couple other leitmotifs getting in my face and screaming.  (Note to the leitmotifs: get some breath mints.)  The first major thing I notice is half of this spread is Major Arcana cards (the Moon and the Hermit).  These two cards speak to a couple similar things: intuitive messages and the need to withdraw from others in order to get those messages.  This might be a good week to go on a social media break or a detox from family, especially because the Moon sometimes refers to emotional triggers and moodiness. You’re probably going to be too sensitive to engage this week, which is a good indicator that you need to sort out your thoughts.  I feel like the Moon and the Hermit are asking you to take this week as an opportunity to process an emotional trigger that has been at the center of some serious self-sabotage (i.e. procrastination, playing it small, overreacting to certain people in your life, not speaking up for yourself, etc).  The type of moodiness signified by the Moon can be due to physical or hormonal causes as much as it can be a product of old emotional wounds.  Pay as much attention to your food sensitivities as you do to your dreams, as they’re both likely to be a bit weird.  This spread starts with the Seven of Wands and ends with the Queen of Swords, which brings me to the next running theme.  You will see right through anyone who tries to fuck with you, which might be why you’re better off alone this week.  There is also a defensive vibe to these two cards, which tells me you might be on the receiving end of a painful truth.  If someone’s words cut you to the core and don’t feel like a pile of gaslighting shit, consider taking a step back and parsing the objective truth from your hurt feelings.  I feel like said painful truth might be the subject of your weird dreams, so feel free to browse Aunty Flo’s online dream dictionary here.  The Queen of Swords and the Moon in the same spread suggest some serious mother wound fuckery.  If your Mommy Dearest doesn’t show up in person, expect to run into someone who has her special brand of insanity.  If your mom was halfway cool, you’re a fucking unicorn  expect a fairly unemotive person to nonchalantly expose one of your insecurities.  It’s all good no matter how it comes about because the Seven of Wands tells me you’ve worked hard and made a lot of progress.  Think of the weirdness as another chance to flex your self-improvement muscles.

I asked the cards what we need to know about 1/6/21 – 1/13/21 and I got:  The World (number 21, natural ending to a cycle, ultimate success, endings that lead to new beginnings, resolutions, finishing a project, and being okay with an outcome); Ace of Swords (number 1 or 11, cutting away the unnecessary, putting an end to bullshit, clearing karma, getting to the real issues, learning the truth, mental clarity, and logical decisions); Eight of Swords (number 8, mental bondage, playing the victim, keeping oneself enslaved, the need to find a creative solution, and having to choose whether one will face reality); Four of Swords (number 4, the need to take a break, recuperating from an illness, hiatus, retreating from the world, the need to reconcile an old issue, and the need to pause for a solution).  Woof.  To say this week is going to be intense is a bit of an understatement.  Just a bit.  This spread starts with a Major Arcana card (the World), then punctuates this energy with three Swords cards.  The World is one of the more positive cards that signifies an ending, but it’s an ending nonetheless.  The theme of things coming to an end is supported with the Ace of Swords, which signifies cutting away unnecessary behaviors, patterns, karma, relationships, and word salad.  In terms of relationships, these two cards point to that friend, relative, lover, coworker, etc who may or may not be a snake.  They always fly just far enough under the radar that you think maybe, juuuussssttt maaayyybbbeee, you might be wrong or crazy.  Maybe they’re a relative.  Maybe you guys have shared some good times.  Perhaps you need to make nice because they’re a coworker.  Or maybe they’re freakin’ hot and quarantine’s got you lonely.  Despite your misgivings, you have your reasons to make nice to them.  If it’s not a person, you will definitely be dealing with a situation you’ve been hanging onto out of some crazy notion that you need it or it will be useful to you in the future. Until now.  I feel like the World next to the Ace signifies some pretty solid evidence that it might be better to either walk away or emotionally detach.  This smoking gun is most likely going to come in the form of a conversation you weren’t meant to hear, a social media post, or a timeline that just doesn’t make sense.  The Ace tells me the bullshit will smell like bullshit.  You ain’t putting perfume on this pig.  You were warned that you would need to go within last week with the Hermit card.  However, the World tells me your decision will be completely supported provided you actually get off the damn fence.  The Eight of Swords speaks to feeling like you can’t make a move.  Now here’s the rub: the Eight of Swords is a card of keeping yourself in a bad situation.  Regardless of why you think you have to stay where you’re at—whether the reason is financial, you feel guilty, you need to keep up appearances, you don’t want to hurt anyone, you don’t have a Plan B, or you’re constipated—you have choices.  Even if your decision is to keep to yourself, stick to it.  The Four of Swords is a card of mental or physical exhaustion.  You are mentally and physically in a place to walk away and say, “Fuck it.”  This is not the time to start arguments or waste energy you don’t have.  This is also a card of going to your corner and tending to your wounds.  The World and the Four tell me you will recover, but you need to understand that taking a rest is part of the process.  The prevalence of Swords cards tells me this might be one of those times where you will want to cut your losses, rather than go all Braveheart and scream about what you deserve.

PLEASE READ:  I am not doing private readings for the foreseeable future.  I have way too much going on to create content and be an effective reader.  Please understand, this isn’t personal.  I just need to clean my own mental and emotional house for now.  If you want a badass reading, I suggest you hit up my friend Marshall Delaware.  You can email him at ggm92666@yahoo.ca  Also, I highly recommend you check out my Keen pal Silverbreeze.  You can find her right here.

If you’re looking for an inspirational poem on finding your place in the world amongst a million ghosts, check out Joan Carol Bird’s latest.  Hey, sharing is caring.  

Those wildfires on the West Coast displaced thousands of innocent pets.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) wants to help.  If you would like to help the pets affected by the wildfires, please click here.  Also, the American Humane Society is looking for donations for these pets.  You can donate here.

For those of you who can’t resist a little subtle virtue signalling, why not give to those sweet little animals in Australia?  Funko Pop is releasing a limited edition figure to support the animals hurt in the Australian wildfires.  Arm the Animals is also selling shirts to benefit the animals hurt in the fires.  You can get those here. 

If beanies or water bottles are more your style, check out the Piper Lou collection.  Proceeds from select items benefit the Australian Red Cross. You can see for yourself right here.  Or you can take the more direct route through GreaterGood.com

 P.S.  I managed to publish the first part of my first novel in 2019!!  I’m excited and want to share it with you. Check out Water Torture Part One: Have You Checked the Children? Here.  Please read and review it.  Thank you!!

Did you like my buddy Marshall Delaware, aka G. G. MacLeod?  Check out our latest political collab.  He’s coming back in the near future, FYI.  If you want to read an awesome historical fiction novel, you can get your hands on his book here.  It may take place in Ancient Rome, but Augusta couldn’t be any more timely if it tried.  He actually dropped Part Two a while ago and most recently gifted the world with Part Three.  Part Four is right here.  I think you should go get it, Tiger!