Last week was so busy that I couldn't even make the time to write a blog post for Friday. In fact, I had to put most of my work before my weekly rituals. It was a little hard to swallow at first, but well worth it in the end. Last week was very productive and interesting. Now I am getting the gears in place for the next adventure coming up. Hopefully I'll be able to stay on track with this blog in the next coming weeks!

For such a brightly colored deck, it sure packs a mean bite. The images compiled herein are of intense social critique and even insulting. It denotes clearly that no one is safe from these creatures that smile, because they’ve got tricks up their sleeve that leave you humiliated or in pain. It says a lot about people and their hidden agendas or shows for attention. With the only Major Arcana card present, the Magician gives this spread a theatrical feel. Nothing is what it really seems to be like, but it’s up to you to believe the illusions or to be aware of the game as you play. He presents us with the entertaining aspect of being involved in situations like these, because we can [maybe] see them for what they are and laugh about them. The tarot deck used is the Fantastic Menagerie by Baba Studio.

With so many Swords present, there could be some stress to handle before the trip next week. There is an uneasy feeling lingering in the cards that tells me the week is not the safest atmosphere to be in. Everyone has a hidden agenda or manifests desires that are not our own, and it is up to us to decide whether or not we want to stay in that type of environment. We should be true to ourselves, what our limits are and also what our needs have always been. We can go with the flow sometimes, but if we end up forfeiting our needs to place someone else’s above us, we’re going to end up in the wrong place, with the wrong people.

Monday. Knight of Coins. That is one fat turkey! He has the task of going around and collecting money where it is due. He is careful about how he goes around doing it, too. He likes his stability and his comfort, and he won’t do anything to compromise it. He’s so big! He would do well to accompany me to my belly dance class today ;]

Tuesday. Ten of Swords. What a naughty fellow. He looks to the turkey as he sharpens his teeth on the side. The intentions are no good, it feels like he’s getting ready to take a big bite out of the turkey and his wealth. He already left behind a victim that is down and out of it. Since the crocodile stands before the person, you can’t really see the defeat. The person looks like a pile of stuff that someone forgot to pick up and clean. A keyword that comes to mind is greed.

Wednesday. Queen of Wands. Not my favorite character to see this year, admittedly. I have begun to see the Queen of Wands as manipulative and conceited, although in the upright position, she can be quite the opposite. I see her as a charismatic persona, one that charms many with just a look. Her presence is enough to be noted, with a little helper at her side to get things running.

Thursday. The Magician. The Magician looks back at all those unwanted folk and makes them disappear. He’s making fun of them, turning them into a fresh show spectacle for all the gentlemen and ladies coming to watch the show with curiosity. If this were a still in a movie or a scene from a book, the Magician would be saying, “behold! They are a treacherous trio, a lot you’d never want to mix and mingle with!” Tricky fellow. Sometimes we can bring a little magic into our lives by laughing at the things that don’t work out as we would like them to, and seeing the positive highlights of being on the opposing side.

Friday. Six of Swords. I like this guy! He turned his back on everything that is going on and said, “nope. I’m getting out of here!” As the birds fly off to a warmer place, so he looks for another place to go for a while. He’s not feeling connected with his surroundings and he’s ready for a break. I feel like that with my vacation coming up. A mental disconnect from everything going on, and the purposeful look to next week for a bit of fun in a faraway place.

Saturday. Five of Swords. The chicken and the moth are gabbing over something going on in the other room. It looks like gossip or open humiliation of a third person not pictured in the card. The portrait above them denotes their intentions, which are nowhere near good. They will tear people up to pieces verbally if they have the whole afternoon to each other. I wouldn’t like to be the subject of their beheading, but if I am so, at least I am out of the picture, so I don’t find out.

It’s not right to badmouth others unless they absolutely deserve it because of their behavior. Even then, I need to remind myself that it’s not okay to fall into this behavior as a habit. That would make it pretty toxic.

Sunday. Nine of Swords. That little chick is freaking out in front of everyone else. It fell out of its next and it’s anxious because no one can come down to save him in time, and a fearsome predator stalks his way over in search of prey. He’s in a bothersome predicament and he will have to rely on himself to get out of the situation. This is the need for rest, the lack of sleep, and the worries that keep people up at night. A sign that when situations are blown out of proportion, you need to cut them out before they get really nightmarish for you.

What to avoid. Seven of Cups. The dog looks up dreamily at all the things he wants to be when he grows up. An astronaut, an elephant racer, an artist, a window cleaner, a performer, an adventurer. When you look at his reality, he’s far from being those things. He’s an aristocrat with responsibilities and a job that already carries him elsewhere. When it comes down to make a decision with what he wants to be, he only has so many options to deal with. It is a sign for me to not allow there to be so many things to fix, options to go over, and dreams to carry myself away with. I need to ground myself in reality with the options that are really present at the time.

What to strive for. Two of Coins. The balance between the two points. If I am that bug on the tightrope, I will have to learn to juggle personal life with professional life a little better. The crowd feels like there are people watching. It could be admiration for how the cricket balances itself in difficult times, or for a secret wish to see him stumble and fall. For a performer, the most important thing is to look graceful as you go. They cover up their mistakes with dances and smiles, and that’s what is expected.

I think the stork has the right idea in taking flight away from more uncomfortable situations, and instead going in search of things that really matter. With dreams and aspirations on the line, I don’t think it’s the best idea to get tangled up in problems of the outside world when I have my own to think about.

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