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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Tarot 8 of Earth "ACCOMPLISHMENT"

Attention to detail brings a true reward

Find a job you like and you add five days to every week-- Jackson Brown, Jr.
This tarot image depicts sewing and all of its tools, in the foreground a woman in bright pink holds aloft her ever-ready, shining needle.  She is ready to do what needs doing, the tape measure gives her away, she is mighty proud and reassured of her worth as she knows what she manufactures and repairs is done with her skills. Through the window of cotton spools is a young woman excitedly fashioning her wedding dress.  She has placed the love she feels for her betrothed in every stitch and she is assured that even if there were faults in her workmanship, it will not matter one bit.

INTERPRETATION:  The fruits of your labours are coming to ripening now.  Enjoy and appreciate yourself for a job well done. 

All of the eights in all of the four suits represent a second layer of mastery in your earthly life.  
·                     In 8 of earth “Achievements” you are invited to use your particular or professional skills and talents. This tarot brings some material benefits, good health, perhaps a pay rise or bonus for something you have "designed" in any medium. Your projects of any type that was begun two years ago is about to come to a mighty climax, or alternatively this tarot is also good to meditate on when starting a new project, one that is long term [lasting for around two years] 
  •  In 8 of Fire “Anticipation” you are invited to use your particular passions. This tarot brings you some ego enhancement, self-confidence, perhaps a new relationship or new passion for doing something. The new passions you find now are intense, old passions are also raising up a notch or returning to you. Until these new passions are apparent you may feel a great deal of anticipation. 
  • In 8 of Water "Horror" you will be called upon to use your particular healing abilities. This tarot brings you focus, emotional control, and "KEEPING YOUR HEAD ABOUT YOU WHEN THOSE AROUND ARE LOSING THEIRS". You may have to be a tower of strength in some difficult situation and may will come to depend upon you emotionally for a while.
  •                      In 8 of Air "Patience" you will be called upon to use your particular knowledge and understanding. This tarot brings you eloquent powers of communication, and the knowledge to know when to speak and when to listen and a strong rational reasoning. Others are likely to admire your input and trust your judgement.
You are becoming known for making or doing something practical.  Enjoy your work!  Do not feel the need to do work at something you are unhappy with, as this is a kind of misery is one you can barely tolerate.

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece”
---John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
If you are unhappy in your work, this tarot indicates it is time for you to make a job change.  If you continue to work in an environment that hurts or cripples you emotionally you will impede your growth.  It’s time for you to end work that you really don’t enjoy and start doing things you do, if you cannot think of what to do first, go make yourself your own playlist [for old people like me itsa “mixed tape”].  Here are some songs that are great to listen to while you are thinking of what you want to make or do:
Peter, Paul and Mary: “If I had a hammer”

The B-52's “Housework” [Detour Thru Your Mind]

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: “Whistle While You Work

Kraftwerk: “Das Model”

Jerry Lewis: “Typewriter

Rufus Wainwright – “The Maker Makes"

One more chain I break
To get me closer to you 
One more chain does the maker make
To keep me from bustin' through 
One more notch I scratch
To keep me thinkin' of you 
One more notch does the maker make
Upon my face so blue 

Cat Stevens: “Tea For The Tillerman"

Before doing anything take time out to reflect on what you do best and what you enjoy most then look for something that blends these. 

You need to know what you really want before you go looking for it.
If you still can’t think of what to do...find at least one song that would be a good addition to these songs already in our playlist.  Be sure and post it on here so we can all share, always good to have something to focus on to help surprise your mind into bringing you a moment of inspiration for something to make or do.  It will be fun to see if anyone decides to play along.  You don’t even have to be searching for new work, everyone is welcome to participate.

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Best Wishes,
Gabrielle Elliot, ©2011

Monday, 21 March 2011

Tarot 7 of Earth "CIRCUMSTANCES"

Sometimes things just happen; they are neither punishment nor reward. 
Around and around the clock we go but time is rather funny there

The sliding clock is adorned with seven earths and seven figures stand in a circle upon it, they have clocks for faces, representing how whenever we try to control time we will become frustrated, angry and stressed out.  The figures have clock faces illustrating how many people are so ruled by their schedules that they become a bit of a cog in the machine and lose their personality in pursuit of this impossible task.

INTERPRETATION:  Time to accept whatever circumstances you find yourself in at the moment.  No matter how long you have been ignoring your issue it will urgently need attention very soon.  The time is nearly come for it.

In all the sevens in each of the suits you will find the theme of needing to recognise and acknowledge a basic truth that you have either ignored or simply not comprehended.  This then represents the something that is limiting you from proceeding on your course.

You may think that something you want or something you want to do has been thwarted recently and it is down to this inability to have recognised about the truth of the situation. It can be something you really believe you haven’t got that you need, but in actuality there is an alternative something you have not yet considered that can alternatively get to where you want to be. Kind of like this...

·                     In 7 of earth “Circumstances” you will have to come to understand that you have been trying to work against time, either your ideas are ahead of their time or you will have to accept that you have missed the boat and will now have to try and launch your project in the future when the time comes around again

·                     In 7 of fire “Persistence” you may be worried that you do not have the passion needed to carry through your ideas or dreams, you will have to understand that you have enough passion, so it is more about believing in yourself and that you really can accomplish what you want

·                     In 7 of water “Self-preservation” you may fear that loving means you will inevitably be hurt again so you have been holding yourself back from relationships.  When you realise that sharing yourself emotionally with others will always be a risk, then you will be ready to go out and try again to love

·                     In 7 of air “Reality Check” is about recognising that you honestly do know what’s best, in many instances this tarot represents “physician heal yourself”

Day and night on earth is dictated to be the rotation of the earth around the sun.  Ocean waves are controlled by the lunar cycles.  Time is necessary in order to understand and appreciate the concepts of nature's laws.

Give yourself time.  Is there really anything that cannot be done tomorrow? 

You may be creating a great deal of stress in your life, ease off. 

You may have tried something recently and failed.  Having the seven of earth in your reading indicates the time will be right in the short-term future. So try again.

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Best Wishes,
Gabrielle Elliot, ©2011

Monday, 7 March 2011

Tarot 6 of Earth "DISCRIMINATION"

Weed your garden now; allow the strongest, most productive plants more space to expand and place the weak and puny a place on the compost heap so they may become a part of the re-creation (to become again and again)...
Getting your hands dirty is apt now

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.
Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life's procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.  

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.  
But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune. But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret. 
You have been told also that life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.
And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,
And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,
And all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.
And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that houseIt is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit, And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.
Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, "He who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is nobler than he who ploughs the soil. And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet." But I say, not in sleep but in the overwakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;

Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man's ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.
--- Kahlil Gibran

 Additionally you may need to evaluate your material matters, some things are helping you grow, others are crowding your space...decide upon the only best to cultivate.  Now is the time to make some hard decisions to get rid of things that are tying you down and this effort will be rewarded with freedom and expansion
Things around you now need careful selection, get rid of anything that you have not needed for a long time or that you believe will be of no help to you in the future.  This is the time to clean out the closets, and sell all the things that you do not need.  

The extra income from the sales will benefit you now. Believe that the earth will provide you with all the resources you need and you will soon find that you are well provided for indeed.  
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Best Wishes, 
Gabrielle Elliot,