thunderfrosty asked: What deck do you use? I absolutely love the cards!
This is the Victoria Regina deck. It’s currently out of print, which is how I ended up with a Chinese edition — if anyone out there knows enough Chinese to tell me how the literal translations of the card names compare to English, I’d love to hear it.
I’m very kind to my deck — I’ve done hundreds of readings with it I’m terrified of having to replace it.
Anonymous asked: Here's a fun one: I, the dreamy Pisces, have this intense crush on a celebrity and have for about five years. I'm not usually the sort to crush like this on a perfect stranger, but I am and it's sort of fun to have that giddy thrill when I hear about him on the news. Anything in cards for us? I will accept a wagging finger and a reminder to keep my feet on the ground, as well. My deck gave me gibberish but I was a wee bit drunk, so la-dee-da.
Hey, it’s a crazy world out there, and who am I to tell someone what may or may not be possible for them? Just look at that whats-her-face who ended up with Matt Damon.
As you can see, my deck has pointedly refused to rain on your parade.
I’m on board with stoking this fantasy as long as it doesn’t contribute to a sense of deep inborn despair that allows you to wallow in paroxysms of “I’ll never be able to have the things I really want!” If you stare at the sun long enough, it leaves you blind to the more immediate and lubricious pleasures here on Earth.
I eventually had to give up on Emile Hirsch for these very reasons, Querent. I almost never look back.
Anonymous asked: I keep trying to be more productive and stop procrastinating, but no matter what I try, I somehow circumvent everything and end up continuing to procrastinate and my grades are suffering because of it. Is there some kind of mental block or something sabotaging me and how can I remove it? (Is this a question your cards can even answer?)
Your question’s better suited to the Tarot than most, because there’s no concrete answer that you could easily obtain elsewhere. The answer is in you, Querent, and the Tarot is just one tool you can use to root around in there in search of it.
It seems to me that you’re more invested in the idea of failure than you are in success. Which is to say: you may outwardly aspire to a positive outcome, but deep down a negative one seems inevitable — desirable even, because that would confirm something you’ve always suspected about your personal nature.
There can be something satisfying about having your worst fears about yourself confirmed — and when you feel powerless, acceptance of your fate can actually feel like a display of strength. It’s less threatening learn to survive on this meager gruel of twisted-up “satisfaction” and “strength” than it is to seek real satisfaction, or build true strength. I totally understand how scary it can be to truly believe in yourself, to make visible changes in your life, to believe in the alchemical process of transformation that turns shit into gold.
But always remember this, Querent: you can either feed a fear, or you can starve it.
I suspect that one reason your attempts at productivity have failed is that they get trapped mainly in your head. You think this, you promise yourself you’ll do that, you make resolutions. You absorb inspiration from outside sources, but it just sort of hangs around for a bit and then slowly dissipates. Nothing really happens as a result.
If you want to change your life, you need to introduce changes into what you’re doing as well as what you’re thinking.
Write things down. Leave yourself notes. Talk about what you’re experiencing. Allow other people to depend on you and hold you accountable, and then find joy in following through. Before you go to bed at night, write a to-do list for yourself for the next day and leave it where you are sure to find it. Cross stuff off the list as you do it. Move the stuff you didn’t do onto tomorrow’s list.
Shake up your routine. Move your furniture around. Create an environment that reflects your new commitment to a better future.
This isn’t about working harder, it’s simply about constantly looking out for your future self, giving him/her extra ammo he/she will need to shoot down obstacles. If you can introduce even a few small, meaningless changes into the way you normally do things, other changes will start to seem frighteningly possible. Future Self needs help that only Present Self can give.
Don’t accept the plunge from The Tower card as a symbol of your fate. Turn the card upside down, and fly away.
It’s also seems possible that you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, Querent. Don’t rely on your own perception of your mental state to rule this out. It’s worth consulting with a professional to rule it out, so that you don’t waste your best efforts on battering against a brick wall. Consider getting more physical exercise in the meantime, which is likely to positively affect your mood and energy levels either way.
Anonymous asked: I have a bully supervisor at work. I had escaped her last year by changing my hours and my location. She has transfered to my current location and has it out for me. She is trying everything possible to have me removed and or demoted yet I do have a great work ethic and can normally prove my value. What can I do to get her off my back? Am I in the wrong line of work and being pushed by life to move on or am i to fight? She is unprofessional and wears two faces. Oh help please
Before I look at the card, Querent, I’ll share my first thought with you. Is there any way you can transfer back to your original location? The powers that be might get annoyed, but maybe they’d agree to it if you came up with a good excuse — or maybe they’re aware of your true predicament and would read between the lines.
Regardless of where you go, the Ace of Coins is a sign that there are new, better opportunities afoot. It’s a fortuitous time to make a new plan, and regardless of which direction you set out in, you’re likely to experience a windfall of material gain.
Coins (referred to as Pentacles in other decks) refer to health and family as well as wealth and industry, so think of it this as a quality of life issue too: the longer you toil in the shadow of this menace, the more it the effects will begin to poison other aspects of your life.
Whatever decision you make, be sure it’s focused on you, not her. Do not engage, Querent. Continue being yourself and doing your best, and count on others to notice it. People may occasionally listen to a gossip or a blabbermouth, but ultimately they’ll trust their own impressions.
What’s that George Bernard Shaw quote? "I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it."
teddyturnaround asked: I'm currently in transition out of a day job that I used to love, but I've lost the heart for months ago. Simultaneously, I'm enjoying a new venture into bartending that will afford me time for my nightlife performances, but I feel pressured to stick with the previous one which has completely different hours and, as a result, will mean I work around the clock. Job 1 has been very good to me, but I feel like if I don't put my foot down soon, I'll be in a continual state of limbo with everything.
Your feeling is correct. Your decision to pull the trigger is the product of a long, healthy period of soul-searching (The Star), and the Ace indicates that if you assert yourself, opportunities will arise to meet your slightest effort.
Switching gears from reflection to action isn’t always easy, but I rarely seen a combination of cards that are so well-suited to each other, as odd as the contrast in imagery might be. A fresh start lies ahead of you, using a different part of your awareness, a different range of skills.
Kudos for putting so much thought into a transition like this — I’m sure that even the people you leave behind at your old job will consider themselves to be beneficiaries of your thoughtfulness.