October 3

10/03/11: Impossible to Possible | Rev. 10 of Pentacles, 8 of Swords


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” –Dr. Seuss

Waiting for the “right time”—how many dreams have been put on hold, waiting for the right time? Or waiting for motivation, or circumstances to change, or the economy to shift, or the kids to grow up or blah blah blah?

Been there, thank you very much. And the biggest thing I’ve figured out from the trip: fear is a whole lot more restrictive than reality.


Today’s Tarot is the Reversed Ten of Pentacles and the Eight of Swords. The Ten of Pentacles is generally welcome, even inverted. The Eight of Swords, not so much. The thing I love about the Eight of Swords, though, is upon seeing it, I know you are in control. You’re just not acting like you are.

Whatever it is that has left you feeling like you’ve not quite “made it”—those nagging doubts, feelings of not being quite good enough, not quite secure or assured of your future? It’s centered in your perspective. Sometimes, we’ve spent so long thinking we cannot possibly do something, we believe it. Even if our reasoning was sound at the time, is it still? As one of the Tarot Eights, the Eight of Swords tells us we can work our way out of this feeling.

The woman in the Eight of Swords is standing in water; the situation is rooted in emotion. Her destination isn’t far off behind her, but she’ll never see it without willingness to fight just a little to remove that blindfold. Passive won’t cut it. It’s not the situation itself, it’s fear of confronting it that keeps her enslaved.

Question long-standing assumptions—those ties that bind you. Do you really “have to” remain stuck? Because I would argue that perspective is a choice. What would happen if you let go of other people’s choices? What would happen if you allowed yourself room to take some chances, make some mistakes, or walk a new path?  What if you let others live their lives and really, truly started living yours? What if…?

Do you have some “what ifs?” What are you gonna do about them?

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
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Eight of Swords, Radiant Rider Waite, Ten of Pentacles

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  1. “Waiting for the “right time”—how many dreams have been put on hold, waiting for the right time?”

    Yep. That would be me. I feel like I’ve been doing nothing but trying to survive for DECADES. Enough of that! So I’m changing my beliefs about myself, and going after what I’ve wanted since my teens. We’ll see where it goes!
    Thanks, Dixie. Always SO good to start my day out with your thoughts on things.

  2. I was just starting to let the doubts creep in again… and today I read this excellent message! Nope, I’m not going to let the blindfold slip over my eyes again! I’ve got important life-time-dream stuff to do!

    Thanks, Dixie!

  3. Me too!! I sure was feeling blue this morning! Had a hard time plugging my get-up-and-go! Feeling better now. Thanks! :rose: :rose:

  4. I LOVE that Dr. Seuss quote from “Oh, the places you’ll go!” I gave that book to my daughter when she graduated from high school – along with some cash of course!

    LOTS of what if’s I say them out loud
    I say them and say them as if I’m so proud

    Remaining stuck is a place I’d not like to be
    Another perspective just might set me free!

    No Horton’s, No Grinches, No Cats here to play
    Pentacles & swords is the wisdom this day

    We’ve made it! She’s saying not a doubt in her mind
    The control is ours! It’s all ours to find!

    Just remember our path, our brilliance will light the way!
    And don’t forget there’s more Dixie but that’s for another day

    P.S. I’ve had my afternoon coffee!!!

  5. Haha I love this it came up in “creativity” for me. I can apply it 2 ways. My work, I’m a union organizer stalled in contract negotiations to unionize for almost a year now before we can move forward. I’ve been stuck in a city for 2 years I don’t want to be in and alone, I’ve had lingering doubts about negotiations moving ahead and me living it up as a 25 year old in a city I like. I have been very restless in my job that’s stifling me and my work family (my bosses) want to give false hope, I recently indicated to my bosses that I’m looking to relocate come spring and I’m over it despite their pressure, despair, and judgment about what I “should” do.

    Secondly, I anticipate a lot of grief from my family who I still help financially and my mom’s control issues when I do move to the opposite coast. Makes so much sense! When will it be the right time for me to live? can I live lol?! Thanks!!

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