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. Sorry to be so slow.
NOTE: I have to stop doing that part of my weekly post where I rant about current events and give you some CBT-style journal prompt. It’s not you, it’s me. In addition to pulling longer hours at work, I’m working on putting out more books. You might like them, but I won’t know until I finish them. Current events still piss me off and I still hate society’s lack of distress tolerance. I just don’t have time to write about it each week and put out a weekly reading. I apologize.
In current events this week:
- The remains of 215 indigenous children were found on the grounds of the Kamloops Residential School in Canada. What happened to these kids was horrific and showed the sort of racism Native Americans endured in the States and Canada. You can read about it here. YouTuber and psychic medium Sloan Bella offers an unpopular opinion and spiritual perspective on this right here. Although you can read Reuters debunk the picnic story here, William Coombes was a real person that you can read about what he endured at Kamloops here. I don’t know about you, but I feel this makes the detained migrant children situation seem both a little familiar and more suspicious at the same time.
- Ever wonder where Jeffrey Epstein got all his money? This article details his parasitic relationship with the founder of The Limited. It also talks about how he bullied a fellow financial advisor out of the business.
- Speaking of predatory financiers and sleazy people, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law, stating they can go after your home’s equity if you get behind on your debts. That opens up a rather 19th Century can of worms. You can read about it right here.
- I’m going to have to post an astrology video because there’s a definite money and exposure theme happening. If you want more proof, check out this article on the Biden administration’s investigation into someone illegally leaking the tax info of the super rich.
- Human Rights Watch posted this handy timeline of the Israel-Palestine conflict. You may want to read it because I feel the whole world is about to get tested on this later.
- Meanwhile, in India, this missing person’s case has been solved after a decade.
- In a very Captain Obvious study, researchers have found that people with dark triad behaviors and personality traits are more likely to engage in aggressive behaviors (i.e. bullying, belittling, stalking, etc.) online. Read more about dark trollism here. In slightly less Captain Obvious news, people who have strong leanings towards the dark triad and antisocial personality disorder are more apt to try mind upload technology. Read all about it here.
- Does anyone else wonder what possessed Bill Gates to buy up the farmland to grow potatoes for MacDonald’s fries? It’s kind of genius if you think about it, but this is the same guy who is working with Harvard to throw dust at the sun to combat climate change. You can form conspiracy theories after reading the article here.
- Speaking of conspiracies, the hacker group Anonymous may have launched a series of attacks on Elon Musk and Tesla. Experts believe the oil industry is also behind this. You can check it out here.
- On a more depressing note, American women now drink as much as American men. It’s not some girl power, equality thing. Young women are hitting the bottle to cope with increasing stress, most recently from the pandemic. Please look at the sobering stats in this article.
- Post-pandemic prices are on the rise, mostly due to supply chain issues. Demand is outpacing supply. Now might be the time to take up urban farming. Read all about it here.
- In freaky science news, scientists have made further advancements in hacking your genes. They did this via creating a superbug. The ethics are a little murky and it makes me think of an episode of Tales From the Dark Side where that family paid for a genetically perfect baby. You can scare yourself silly here.
After you’ve caught up on the news, why not check out my salty tarot podcast? I use the tarot cards as inspiration for guided meditations. The goal is to help you do things like unhook from negative people, calm down, get some clarity, and increase your intuition. Here’s the latest:
In case you need it, check out this info sheet on COVID-19 financial relief grants for those in need.
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 6/9/21 – 6/16/21 and I got: Five of Cups (number 5, grief, loss, sadness, the need to let go of an old emotional issue, losing something to gain something greater, and focus on what is left); the Moon (number 18, moodiness, flashes of awareness, mood swings, imagination, prophetic dreams, the need to go inward, “mommy issues,” and the need for self-reflection); the Tower (number 16, chaos, a destructive event that brings liberation, being served a reality check, sudden changes, issues coming to a head, and a breakdown); and Princess of Cups (young water sign female, psychic awareness, an imaginative person, possibly one’s inner child, daydreams, and creativity that needs to be acknowledged). I posted this late and there’s no excuse, but if I had to guess, I’d say that last week was pretty fucking emo for you. As per usual, there are a couple running themes. The middle of this tarot sammich is a couple of Major Arcana cards. If we’re running with the food theme, these cards would be that particular cheese that just sits in your lactose intolerant intestines like a half-digested brick. Too crude? Let’s see what you think after I ‘splain. Our first Major Arcana intestinal chunk is the Moon, which is a card of the moody water sign Cancer. Like that overly sensitive crab we all seem to know, the Moon is a card of feeling too much and retreating a little. Also like a true Cancer, the Moon is a rather empathic card. You can expect to catch wind of others’ feelings as if they’re your own. You might have strong feelings—usually sadness or anxiety—from nowhere. You may even get a cosmic warning about some bullshit before it happens, which brings me to our next Major Arcana card. The Tower is the ultimate chaos card in the deck. This card represents upheaval, ruin, devastation. You know, that royally fucked up event that shakes you to your core. The Tower is the only card in the Major Arcana that represents all twelve zodiac signs, symbolizing how none of us get a pass when chaos comes to call. When the Tower strolls into your reading, you know every elephant in the room or situation you’re trying to ignore is going to bite you on the ass. However, like the Hindu goddess Kali, the Tower’s destruction ultimately brings liberation and the chance at something better. These two cards sitting together tell me not only was the big shake up in your life supposed to happen, but it was probably the only way you would look at that aspect of your life that makes you feel like hot garbage. The bread of this week’s tarot sammich are two more watery cards—the Five of Cups and the Princess of Cups. The Five of Cups signifies grief, sadness, and having to let part of your life go. Sitting right next to the Moon, the Five tells me you may have felt something was a little off for a while. If the stank vibe in your life has to do with a relationship—romantic or otherwise—things haven’t flowed too well lately or you learned something about the other person that got under your skin. My guess is this is a relationship blemish that you have tried to cover with a gallon of concealer, rather than popped it or put some nightly witch hazel on it. As we learned from the Tower, this denial definitely cost you. The Princess of Cups echoes the psychic energy of the Moon, as this is a card of someone who is just wiping the crust out of their third eye. Along with the Five, these cards feel things deeply. These three cards also feel very inward in nature this week, quite like an animal who slinks to the corner to lick their wounds. If we combine this energy with that of the Tower, we have a week where we can’t take anything for granted. I hope you paid attention to your intuition this week because however you chose to deal with the chaos this week will impact your life for the next five to 18 months. Also, I sincerely hope you pay attention to this final lesson from the Five of Cups: the way through this obstacle is to focus on what stays around you, not what was forced out of your life. This means the people and pets that stick with you, the job you may not have lost, and those parts of your soul that nobody can take from you.
I asked the cards what we need to know about the week of 6/16/21 – 6/23/21: Ten of Wands (number 10, martyrdom, carrying too much burden at work or in a relationship, burden not worth having, anxiety, exhaustion, and the need to delegate); Queen of Wands (fire sign female, someone who needs recognition and validation, speaking one’s mind, possibly an overbearing person, a passionate and generous person, possibly narcissism, knowing what one wants from life, and possibly attention-seeking); Six of Wands (number 6, hard-won victory, success, business or career success, and a well-received creative project); and Two of Cups (number 2, relationships based on equality, partnership, meeting others where they’re at, feeling balanced, and new relationships). Remember how last week was all watery and weepy, with a hint of chaos? This week feels like you suddenly feel motivated to yell “fuuuuuccckkk that” and drop your end of the tug-of-war rope. Wands are super fast fire energy, so this opting out of the game is likely to happen quickly. The first two cards—the Ten and Queen of Wands—support this. The Ten of Wands is a card of carrying too much responsibility and burden, while the Queen of Wands wants to be recognized for her work. These two cards together tell me this may be the week of your ah-ha moment. This may be the week that you finally get sick of all the work, with none of the credit. Acknowledge your feelings, but don’t be a dick about it. If anything tells me that you need to be graceful, it’s the final two cards—the Six of Wands and the Two of Cups. The Six of Wands tells of a victory that you truly earned. Next to the Queen, the Six tells me that having a history of hard work will give you the ultimate clout this week. Those around you will be forced to scratch their heads and admit you have a point, even if they never say it to your face. Keep your receipts in case you get questioned on your Ah-ha/Fuuuuccckkk That Moment (™), as the Two of Cups tells me you will ultimately be understood. The Two of Cups tells me this might also be the week where you figure out that any power imbalances in your non-family relationships are based on your anxiety. NOTE: This has NOTHING to do with abusive situations. The best course of action is to hold your boundaries, but don’t be an abusive ass hat about it. Don’t get insulting. Keep it classy and stick to the facts. I feel like this issue is more likely to be in the realm of career or platonic friendships, rather than family or romance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Also, consider donating to Blind Cat Rescue. They do wonders for blind and FLV+ cats.
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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 then 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!