Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit


Just Tell Me What To Do

As part of this transition period and potential new journey, I asked a dear friend if she would do a Tarot card reading for me. We used a lovely deck called the Tarot of Transformation by Willow Arleana and Jasmin Lee-Cori. Out of the three decks presented to me, this was the one I was most drawn to. And I could definitely feel an energy from the deck in both of my hands as I shuffled the cards, spread them on the table, and repeated my question over and over in my head.

We did a three card spread which included reading the interpretation of my chosen cards, asking questions, and lots of discussion.

Now I know the intention of doing a Tarot card reading is to assist or guide the receiver as she deals with the situation that lays before her. That is why the cards are interpreted and questions are asked. The cards are not supposed to tell you what to do, though perhaps the cards might confirm something you already know deep inside.

And that is part of what this reading did for me.

But oh how I wish they would just tell me what to do!

I come from a long line of years of doing what has been expected of me (don’t we all, especially women?) or doing things based on other people’s advice or suggestion. So to think about truly doing something because my inner voice is rising up and poking at me and getting antsy with me is scary and overwhelming.

What if I fail? What if this still isn’t the right thing to do? What if I really don’t know what I’m doing? What if…what if…what if…


Last week at the health food store I bought a 3-pack of mini-smudge sticks.  Smudging is a ritual common among Native American tribes that involves burning a bundle of sage, cedar, or sweetgrass and gently waving the smoldering stick around the area (or person) to clear negative energy. You can read one explanation about this ritual here.

I’m not sure what prompted me to buy the sticks that day but I’m glad I did as I used one of them yesterday to clear my studio. I chose a sacred white sage bundle, lit it from the flame of a candle, and as it started to smolder I walked around the studio asking for the negative, old energy to be cleared and to welcome new energy and creativity.

I cleared all four corners of the studio and my desk area. In the process I also cleared the space around me as the smoke had a tendency to envelope me as I moved about the studio. When the ritual was completed, I extinguished the sage in a small polymer clay bowl filled with sand and set both items on my altar.

Poor Pippin wasn’t too happy with this ritual. He laid on the floor the whole time watching me move through the studio. When I was finished and I bent over to pat him, he scrunched up his little furry face and seemed to say “Mommy, you smell funny.”

The scent of the white sage stayed in the studio for quite some time. While it was a little overpowering at first, I gradually got used to the smell and found it rather soothing.

More Messages Along the Way

One of the cards in the Tarot spread indicated that I need to spend more time in prayer, meditation, and in opening up to my intuitive nature and awareness. Going away on vacation took me out of that daily schedule/structure I had started. I did return to my seated meditation yesterday after almost three weeks of absence. It can be so hard to get back into this habit, even though I know it is good for me. It is like restarting (or starting, for that matter) an exercise program. Certainly a few minutes in silence is better than nothing. And I’m returning to reading my affirmations and writing daily in my gratitude journal.

Ironically, my Daily Om horoscope for yesterday was titled “When Opportunity Knocks.” One line in the horoscope said “It may be that an optimistic mood coupled with the belief that your prospects are thriving has opened your eyes to avenues previously hidden from you.” and “…consider reexamining your current goals so you can be sure that they are reflective of your aptitudes and outlook for the future.”

On Twitter, two quotes caught my eye:

Don’t deny your “gut feeling” it could be your calling trying to keep you focused on what’s important. (posted by Paul Peixoto)

Today’s Practice – Let go of the need to explain yourself. (posted by Jackie Walker)

Perhaps these are more small messages for me to become aware of on this journey.



Daily Tarot: Judgement


It does seem curious that as the Daily Tarot series ends on a Sunday, the final card is Judgement.  Judgement is known as the karmic card.  That is, “as you sow, so shall you reap.”  This card signifies judgement day and represents karma.

Judgement represents the result of the seeds you’ve previously planted as well as past efforts that are now being rewarded.  Judgement indicates renewal and revival; dormant matters are now coming back to life.

When you draw this card, a general feeling of rejuvenation is given.  Now is the time to be happy with new beginnings afoot.  Liberate yourself from old attitudes or patterns of behavior.  Make choices and do so without blaming yourself or others.

Judgement tells us it is time to “get off the fence,” to make choices, and wake up to new possibilities.

Zodiac affinity: Pluto


Daily Tarot: The Hierophant


The second to last card in the daily Tarot series is The Hierophant.  The archetype of the Hierophant is knowledge and education.  This card may indicate receiving help from a wise, trusted person, such as a mentor, teacher, or religious figure.

The Hierophant frequently refers to large institutions, such as hospitals, educational establishments or churches and suggests conformity and conventional, set ways of working or thinking where it is difficult to implement change.

Where the Emperor represents material and worldly matters, the Hierophant represents the spiritual aspect; following traditional values and moral ethics or the need to find deeper meaning to life in exploration of spiritual matters.

When you draw the Hierophant, it indicates that traditional values are appropriate for any actions but also that your inner spiritual soul needs expression.

Zodiac affinity: Taurus

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Daily Tarot: The Fool


The Fool is one of my favorite cards in this Tarot deck because of his joyful and fun-loving attitude.  The Fool is the zero card; the very moment before creation which indicates unexplored potential.  Zero also represents the endless circle and cycle of life; that without beginning or end.  Alpha and Omega.

The Fool represents unexpected opportunities that will suddenly appear and that bring welcome changes.  It tells us to remain open as we will need to make a major choice seemingly out of the blue.  However, one negative aspect of the Fool is the implication that we are afraid of making choices out of fear of making the “wrong” choice.

When drawn, the Fool is a reminder to listen to the voice of our inner child that recalls the excitement of new adventures and stepping into unknown territory.  It asks us to take a leap of faith, to travel along unknown paths, to let go of worries and self doubt, and to grow as a result of the experience.

If you are confused about making a decision, the Fool tells you that it’s time to believe in yourself and trust your heart.  Sometimes resistance is more foolish than risk.

The Fool represents new beginnings and childlike enthusiasm for life.  The Fool signifies the unpredictable; that life is full of surprises and anything goes.

Zodiac affinity: Uranus


Daily Tarot: The Hanging Man


The Hanging Man is the most mysterious card in Tarot.  The Hanging Man can indicate self-sacrifice; we need to let go of something in the short term to gain something considered far more beneficial in the longer term.

The Hanging Man tells us that life seems to be in a period of suspension.  We need to take this opportunity to look at matters from a fresh and different perspective which may bring a possible solution through better understanding.

It is time to let go of emotional baggage so you’ll soon be released from any pain or emotional hurt because you are opening your mind to living for the moment, not for the past.

The complexity of the Hanging Man invites you to do exactly the opposite of what you think is right to do and thereby gain results.

Zodiac affinity: Neptune

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Daily Tarot: Strength


Today, the Strength Tarot card jumped out of the cards remaining in the deck.  Strength represents a pure expression of our female qualities.

In this deck, we see a beautiful maiden and a lion.  The lion, the king of the jungle and a symbol of male energy, appears to have been tamed by the maiden.  The lion is an expression of inner strength but is controlled and manifested with the more gentle, feminine qualities of our nature.

Strength reveals that you have a reserve of inner strength that provides you with more power than you realize which is expressed through quiet determination.  Feminine qualities such as patience and diplomacy combined with courage will achieve required results and bring success.

When this card is drawn, be prepared to forgive and forget or to accept someone needs more space or that you can’t always have your cake and eat it too.

Strength can also symbolize feminine charms to which men succumb.

Zodiac affinity: Leo

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Daily Tarot: The Moon


Today’s Tarot card is The Moon, a complex card because it represents illusionary situations, possible deceptions and feelings of uncertainty.  Emotions are highly charged and fluctuating at the moment.

When the Moon is drawn, feelings of intuition and gut instincts are heightened; dreams become more vivid as the subconscious reveals itself to us.  It may also indicate that we are so wrapped up in our emotions that we don’t have a clear, rational view of the truth of a matter.

The Moon warns us to be watchful but to not act in haste.  We should take our time until the situation has revealed itself more clearly.  It is important not to jump to conclusions.  On a positive note, the Moon tells us to trust in deeper realms and to remember that mystery permeates life at all times.

Zodiac affinity: Pisces