Tarot #25: Disappointment; dejected, rejected and betrayed? Whatcha gonna do about it!


You have had to lower expectations about your plans for the future and are currently mired in negative feelings. You have been rejected or denied something you counted on and must deal with a feeling of dejection and loss. The challenge is to figure out how to move past despair onto a new path. Or, if possible, figure out how to continue on as you were going, moving out of the shadow of melancholy by adjusting your aim to an attainable goal for the present where before you might have been overconfident or perfection oriented.

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If you are living your life fully you are bound to be looking for the positive aspects in possible future events. This may lead to moments when the future becomes a present that isn’t what you expect it to be. This sometimes comes about too suddenly to adjust emotionally to the new situation and to a feeling of loss that requires a period of adjustment. The challenge is to not let one such event block out the positive parts of your life that are still present. Sometimes the change is not as negative as it is just a change, if looked at creatively. Sometimes you just have to move through the roughness to get back to the smooth.

You must gather all your hope and frustration and love and right yourself for the way out disappointment is not attainment goals, it is being mindful and aware that where you are is where you must begin.

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Sumeg Village

Sumeg Village at Patrick’s Point State Park

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August in Mingus Park

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My Sister’s Thistles


Say that three times fast.

Or, How many artichokes could Arty choke if Arty could choke an artichoke.

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August in the Redwoods

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Humboldt County, CA

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Tarot #24: Interference, filter the static to find the picture


Unforeseen obstacles, details or seemingly insignificant side notes have positioned themselves in the path and scattered thoughts, plans and energy, as a mislaid brick will trip an overburdened person, sending carefully balanced items flying from out flung arms. There is no one to blame, and the scattered pieces can be gathered and repaired, but energy and focus are lost in the process. The challenge is to bring focus back to the task, by assessing the situation quickly, so as not to lose momentum. Solutions rather than blame should be sought. The plan is viable, but needs calm, thoughtful action and clear vision to proceed.

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You are uncertain how to proceed in a project due to trying to account for all the possible problems far down the road. Better to begin knowing the immediate problems and move closer to what awaits you, so have a better point of view for problem solving.

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You are besieged by imaginary fears and a feeling of powerlessness brought on by inability to filter information and need to simplify your noisy life in order to escape from a self-imposed prison of indecision and open your eyes to real problems hidden in the chaos.

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Tarot #23: 6 of wands, well earned and meaningful victory

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Peace and stability gained through personal strife. Wrestling with demons, you have overcome them, and fangs removed and declawed they have no power over you now. You have known you were right and you have been vindicated. The dust of the melee has cleared and your adversaries lie in heap at your feet. You will or have triumphed over addictions or weakness of some kind and become the master of your fate.

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Counting Coup

To demonstrate acts of courage against an enemy to gain a moral victory, inspiring others to take up the challenge against even overwhelming odds.

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