Category: Theme of the Month

Fate & Luck

As we shift away from the Summer into Fall, it's no surprise to anyone to point out that things change, the cycle of the seasons go round and round, and that the new work or school year promises new challenges, opportunities, and misfortune alike. We don't know what we're going to face this year, but yet it's somehow exciting when the intensity of the sunlight changes, the mornings are cooler, and the first leaves start turning. It's easy to look forward to change, but another thing when the change actually happens.

It's easier to deal with the vagaries of life when things

Justice, Adjustment, and the Tarot

The theme for this month is a nuanced understanding of balance. We're not talking about the kind where you just carry a ton of shit and don't drop it, like a waiter with a tray full of dishes. I don't know about you, but thinking about that just stresses me out. Instead, we're going to talk about balance in a way that will actually help us improves our lives instead of making us feel like we should be more, do more, or handle things better.  We're going to talk about balance as not a state, but a physical kind of motion--a constant one

Motion and Flow

June is a weird month. School is over, activities are winding to an end, maybe the garden's planted, but it doesn't feel like Summer...yet. At the same time, clearly all the weeds and greenery outside has gotten the memo that it's time to go whole hog.

​I don't know about you, but at the moment I'm feeling like I'm caught in limbo between recovering from the full-speed-ahead busyness of the school year and finding a new work schedule for the Summer.

After spending so much time driving people around, my body is craving more motion, and my soul is craving

Loving Ourselves, Loving Others

The theme of this month is Love which, in true tribute to its complexity, isn't really what you think it is. Or, more precisely, "The Lovers," whereby the focus is put on the people rather than the act, because this is not that kind of self-help blog. And by "lovers," this is not going to be like a Cosmo "15 Orgasmo-tronic Sex tips from Hyper-erotic Penguins" type of thing--more like the totally unhot Jesus kind of love.

But what is that? And why are we talking about that now?

The Fool's Journey of the Tarot, and life in general, is

Parenting Ourselves: Growth and Self-discipline

March is about the stirrings of Spring, and things emerging into existence. Last month we learned a little bit about power and how we see it in ourselves, and now we start to learn how to use that power to make things happen in the world. This month also brings us to introducing the Emperor and Empress, the traditional parental figures of the Tarot. 

This raises the question again about the validity of referring to energies as "masculine" and "feminine," and how to discuss and apply those terms meaningfully if at all. Throw in any issues we have regarding our parents,

Faces of Personal Power

What do you think of first when you think of "Power?" It's probably pretty messed up. We think of kings, politicians, abuse thereof. Maybe we think of athletes, celebrities or personal heroes. But in terms of yourself, what's inside you, how do you work with and visualize that? The basic definition of power is " the ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something." 

This is very similar to how we use the word "potential" in physics, to describe stored energy, energy that can (and very likely will) be used.

Note that in this definition, power isn't in

Beginnings

Maybe it's cliche, but we get excited at the beginning of the year because it's well...new. We get to start over, make resolutions, intend that somehow this year will be different than the last.But beginnings are hard, and if we're honest with ourselves most of the time we tend not to like them.

Why? because really-they're stressful, we're impatient, we don't know if anything's going to work, and that voice of the inner critic turns into a combination of the Three Tenors and Every Asshole You Ever Knew, just because it knows you're hesitant. This is not conducive to keeping