12 Second Tarot: Temperance (aka the cure for Mecury retrograde)


Stop. Just stop for a second. 

Take a deep breath. Take a look around. Get the information about where you are, so you can catch your breath and catch your balance before moving on.

Things have been pretty yang lately, energetically speaking. Yin and yang, outward, inward, pushing, taking in….all of those things apply on a mental level as well as the physical.

Choosing is a mentally active thing, even in those times when you choose to do nothing or choose to decide later. Choosing not to choose is still a choice, even when made through apathy or inattention. It is still doing a thing. So is stopping, at least for a moment, to regain your balance.

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t resonate with astrology on a lot of levels, most of all with the whole Mercury retrograde thing. I mean, take a tiny step above the ecliptic plane and Mercury moves just fine. Look. Look at the planetary movement from the big picture, from top down. A little shift in perspective and POOF! No problem.

So stop. Just stop.

The cure for all the frustrations that social media looooves to blame on Mercury is to go from frenetic mental yang to a moment of mental yin. Stop. Re-calibrate. Re-orient. Re-balance. And Re-member how the solar system actually works. Think of this trick-of-eye retrograde time as a time for mental yin. Naturally, if you push and keep a frenetic yang spider-monkey-on-amphetamines state of mind during a yin quiet-and-observe energy time, you are going to be blocked and frustrated. If, as Neil Degrasse Tyson says, “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you” then neither are the energies of the universe obliged to cater to your agenda. Like the rhythm of the planets, energies ebb and flow. Sometimes energy is right for a large and in charge King of Passions and Choices like we saw yesterday with the King of Pentacles. Other times the energies are right for a moment of watching, mixing, balancing. 

The Tao in TaoCraft is about finding harmony with energies as they are then making a better way forward. Tarot has a card for that.

12 Second Tarot: The Energy of Choices Still Reigns


Yesterday, the Seven of Cups talked about the power of choices. No secret, one of my favorite TV shows. Current showrunner and writer Chris Chibnall wrote in the “Cold Earth” episode that  “The future pivots around you, here, now. So do good” That is what the TaoCraft style of Tarot is all about. Showing you the choices around which your future pivots. It shows the choices that have brought you where you are, and can take you where you want to go. 

Today, the King of Wands shows the power and control you have over those magic-seeming choices.

Not every THING, not every condition, and certainly not every person around you is under your control. If you are very lucky, you might have some influence. On the other hand, you are totally, completely in control of your inner world. You are the one to decide the interaction between your inner passions, your inner desires and the circumstances of the outer world. You choose whether to view the things around you as hindrances to your dreams, or as resources to help you achieve them.

Vision 2020

We all saw it coming.

We are going to be up to our eyeballs in vision references this year. Including this reminder to glimpse at the special offers page. Please subscribe to the blog with the box  you can see to the right on laptop or down below on mobile. After all you want a good view of all the special offers and new content, don’t you?

All kidding aside, the idea of a “vision statement” has caught my attention. A new client recently asked if I had a web page or anything that talked about my philosophy about Tarot. I hadn’t given it much thought recently. We have already been there and done that in the old Tarotbytes blog. In the process of re-branding from Modern Oracle to TaoCraft Tarot, I’ve put loads of nuts-and-bolts information under the “about” tab on the website: Bio, prices, example readings, how to schedule, you name it. So far it’s all business and not so much philosophy.

Now it’s time to share my vision with you again. It has evolved and grown just like I have. Look for a new series of posts under the category “Portfolio.”

Artists put together portfolios when they interview for a job to show their skills and artistic vision to a potential employer. Tarot readers have a lot in common with artists.  I am putting together a portfolio to share my vision of Tarot with you in the hopes you will hire me to do readings for you. It is just that simple. It is just that clear. When you are working with any kind of vision, it is always better to stay focused.

Keep a weather eye on the horizon, there is lots more to come including the usual 12 Second Tarot (almost) daily meditations, and the “You Choose” interactive Tarot reading posts here on the blog page and on the assorted social media accounts.



12 Second Tarot: The Chariot (2020-02-17)

Spirit speaks to everyone, but it whispers. The only way to hear over the crash and clatter of daily living is to pay attention and to be fully here in this present moment. That is the kind of attention the Chariot asks of us. Life moves fast. It takes deliberate mindfulness to connect with what you need to hear otherwise subtle guidance is whispers in the wind.

My Tarot Valentine 2020: Queen of Pentacles

Heart of Star Tarot by Thom Pham. Used with permission.

There are a million was to show affection.

Sometimes it is a smile to a stranger. Or making a favorite meal. Or not saying anything when it’s not your favorite meal. Or asking if you have your keys and phone. Or putting a little extra salt on the ice by where you park your car. Or sending a random funny meme. Or letting yourself nap. Or giving an extra long hug. Chocolates are nice, but the little everyday sprinkles of love are the best.