The Plate

Daily Draw: Three of Pentacles and Two of Wands

Today’s draw puts us smack into the workaday world and provides a gentle warning that hard times — or actually, let’s not call them “hard” because they may not be, they may just be intense and occasionally challenging — are coming. Creativity will be required to find ways to work with that challenging energy, and having some kind of protection for yourself is a good idea. Do what you can to take care of yourself, and don’t lose hope. You are more than up to this challenge, and can totally kick its ass. And once you do, your confidence will be so much stronger when the next life-challenge comes along.

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Daily Draw: Queen of Wands and Knight of Swords

Get moving on those projects, people! Time to get moving. Use the energy of the day to move forward with all the things you want to do, even if you only do a little step at a time. Use whatever tools are available to you, and try to take advantage of modern communications (e.g., social media). Don’t be afraid of new things. And keep in mind: you don’t have to publish everything you’re doing as you do it. It’s ok to take your first steps in private. Wait to start talking about your process until you’re further along, ok? Don’t lose heart!

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Daily Draw: The Anchor, The Rose, and Blackbird

The hard thing as we get older is seeing the flow of time. We see that a new year, a new cycle, isn’t a completely blank slate–it’s more like starting over with all the information from previous tries backed up in our heads. All those do-overs, second chances, new year’s resolutions all led to this place we’re at now. Rather than rushing off in pursuit of starting over, use this new beginning to stop and look around a bit. See where you are, and give yourself proper credit for it. Even if this new place sucks, you’re still alive, on the positive side of the grave. You get credit for that. Look at your situation as clearly as you can, from where you’re living to what you’re eating. There’s good there. The blank slate presented by the turning of the year isn’t blank at all. It’s a beautiful amalgamation of everything that’s come before. See clearly and with focus, and realize that everything turns and flows in cycles. Nothing is linear. If you need to cry, go ahead and cry. Let that be a part of the flow too.

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Daily Draw: Four of Wands (Ganglati) and Five of Wands (Gjalp & Greip)

Today’s draw is about doing the work in front of you and recognizing all the resources at your disposal, even if they are not optimal or somehow not what you had hoped they would be. There is comfort and ease to be had even in darkness, even in places where you think it’s the end of the world. Relax. Take a breath. Nurture yourself as best you can with what’s around, and be grateful to everyone who helps you. Realize that there is always someone somewhere who has it worse than you, even as there are those who have it better. You are where you are, and that’s ok. Do the work, keep moving, and for god’s sake stop tilting at windmills. They’re windmills. They don’t care if you fight them or not. There’s nothing noble in fighting the non-existent fight. Don’t let yourself get run away with by fantasy–we here at Muse’s Darling Industries have a bad habit of fighting the great social issues of the day in our heads, which takes a great deal of focus and energy and doesn’t lead to any real-world change or growth. It just leads to us being tired and cranky. Now, don’t mistake me: find a way to make your voice heard on those issues about which you’re passionate: donate to charity, write letters, protest, make signs, march, chant, and support. But just do that out in the world where it can do some good, not just in your head. And don’t pay attention to advertising messages right now: they’re designed to separate you from your money, they’re stupid, and this whole Christmas shopping lunacy will be over soon. Don’t make purchases now that you’ll regret in January.

Deck: “The Giants’ Tarot” by Raven Kaldera
— The Muse’s Darling

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Daily Draw: Gargoyle, The Golden Age (Wholeness), Thor (Strength)

Today’s draw is a reminder that we are protected by unseen forces, and that it’s important to release worry and stress because we can be our own worst enemy if we let our tension and anxiety run the floor. Stay strong, and keep moving. Goodness is ours, and we’ve reached the end of whatever stressful situation we were in previously. Also your ancestors have heard your prayers and are working to bring about the transformation you’ve requested. Everything is in a cycle of sowing and reaping, using and recycling, death and rebirth, energy and rest—everything, including us.

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Daily Draw: Twilight, Gunther (Weakness), and Snotra (Virtue)

Today is a good day for contemplation, my friends, or if you don’t have time for a good sit and think, then at least give yourself a few deep breaths as you’re running errands, doing chores, and otherwise getting things done. There is a balance in effect between standing firm in your convictions and collapsing into a shuddering heap of “give up and die.” Twilight is that time when it’s neither light nor dark. The day isn’t over yet, but night hasn’t begun yet either. You’re at a tipping point and can be pushed either way, into virtue or into ignominy. Don’t stress out too much if you feel like you’re falling into failing; a few small failures don’t mean you are a Golgothan Shit Demon. You have powerful allies on your side, and your ancestors are helping you more than you can know. Life is long (not just this one little life right now, but all the lives you’ve lived and all the lives you will live after this one). The critical thing is to not give up, even if you feel like you’re failing, and even if you have proof that you’ve failed. It’s ok. If you’re going through hell, as Winston Churchill once said, keep going. Don’t stop in failure. Keep moving toward virtue, and let yourself be guided by your own inner light. Oh, and while you’re going through hell, be really careful of what you pick up. That stuff has a way of sticking to you and you have to be careful.

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Daily Draw: The Mask, Skadi (Withdrawal), and Naglfar (Evil)

Well, that’s the thing about this Oracle of the German Gods: it doesn’t pull any punches or sugar-coat anything. When things look like they suck, there’s no mistaking the suck. So the theme for today is deception, the masks we wear when facing the world and when facing ourselves. When dealing with the outer world, having a mask on today is a good idea. Don’t let untried and untrusted people in your world see the real you because they will attack. If you’re strong enough to do battle, that’s fine. But if not, discretion is definitely the better part of valor today. Let yourself be shielded from what’s coming at you, and don’t engage it unless you’re absolutely sure you can defeat it. As for the lies you’re telling yourself to get by, those need some attention. The mask is becoming the reality and that’s a scary thing. Who are you when no one else is around? What do you tell yourself to feed the deception? It’s time to face that and begin to take that mask off before it becomes permanently attached.

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