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Tarot for Teddy – Going Within & Going Without

Last month we introduced our new client, Teddy. He was suffering in silence with an unrequited crush on his acquaintance, a stuffed duck. We sent him off with perhaps a little more confidence in himself and a broader view of the situation.

Well, Ted has made quite the progress in his life this past month. He has begun not only a personal relationship with his friend Anatra, but also a business one. The two of them, he explained, have started a pet snack company called Seriusly Quackers -- and he is totally terrified. "I'm a quiet bear," he said. "I'm

Doing vs. Being, and the Father of Swords

This past summer, I decided I needed to reinvigorate my morning routine (as in make one). I wanted to exercise, meditate a little, maybe read a few pages of an inspiring book to get my head ready for the day. I really wanted to do these things, or so I thought.

The problem was, I'd wake up in the morning, and -- well, not want to do them. Like, REALLY not want to do them, as in "you can't make me, I'm going to throw a tantrum" not want to. What the heck?It confused me, because I figured that these

The Magician and the High Priestess

The Magician and the High Priestess are the first two archetypes The Fool meets on his journey, and they are the masculine and feminine faces of power.

The Magician is traditionally shown as a kick-ass guy with lots of tools that represent his ability to exert power over the external world. He's a bit of a showman, and while his power is over the elements this doesn't stop him from having fancy tools.

He tells the Fool that he has all he needs to make his way in the world and shows him how. He is about acting, making a

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

The Fool’s Dog

Every year, I resolve to make  a new web site. I do all sorts of epic stuff, and then...well, shit happens. Somewhere in the process of excreting multiple child-sized life forms, I agreed that I would a) keep them alive, b) drive them everywhere, and c) ratchet my brain back to default setting at least once every week. 

I don't know where anything is, ​Wordpress is making me angry, and yet, I can remember EVERY lyric to possibly every Duran Duran song. This does not feel like progress.

Such is the life of The Fool.

As much as the Fool

Journal Prompt – Working with the Fool

In The Fool card, the fool is traditionally accompanied by a dog, his trusty sidekick. Sometimes, the road is easier with company. Who or what would your ideal companion be? Describe him, her, or it, and how this makes your journey easier. 

​Then, write a paragraph of two as your companion. What does it say to you, what wisdom does it have to offer? You can consider this companion to be an alternative to the "inner critic," the good old voice we all have that varies in gender, tone, and other characteristics but is generally an asshat.

 

Feel free to

Tarot for Teddy – The Three-Card Reality Check

While people can work with tarot cards individually, it's most common that you'll work with at least a few at a time. An arrangement of tarot cards is called a "Spread," and each spread is usually designed to either answer a specific category of question, or be a workhorse for asking pretty much any kind of question.

If you go for a tarot "reading," the reader will have you ask a question and then blindly choose cards from the deck. The reader will then put them down in the spread for you as you choose them and interpret the spread based on

Tarot-based Life Coaching

As a life coach, I seriously geek out on any and all sorts of tools to work with in helping people or advancing my own personal development. Whether they’re ideas, books, journals, workshops, or gosh darn yet more books, I’m into them. I’m like a happy otter when I have something to play with and learn from. Recently I’ve been delving into the art of tarot and loving how it connects my interests in coaching, creativity, the visual arts, and how we perceive and create meaning. So this is why I’ve decided “tarot-based life coaching” is a thing.

The tarot …