The Hit List - Bend it like bamboo

The planets were sending bat signals in my direction over the past week or so. Pluto in Aquarius crossed over my IC, a transit associated with transformation of the domestic sector, while the Full Moon in Leo suggested closure on something that began six months ago.

Last year, some situations blew up around me and these required careful management of time, energy, and resources. Many times, I felt like a ninja, cloaking myself to avoid detection as I slithered around, looking for the best escape route.

But now, the smoke is clear, the way forward is visible, and the end of the line is in my sights.

Many years ago, I went through a different, but equally tense time. I was in the midst of elder care with a small, but disruptive, group of shit disturbers, who seemed determined to make the situation as unbearable as possible. It took every fiber of my being to manage without breaking. Instead, I became like bamboo – flexible to a point, but resilient. Once every loose end tied up, I washed my hands and walked away.

This past year proved I am harder to break than the other side might have thought. I know I’m not indestructible, but I’m far less likely to bend. Instead of bamboo, I’m concrete or marble, hard substances known to stand the test of time. Is it any wonder so many ancient buildings crafted in those mediums are still there, even though some wear and tear is visible?

In a few days, this ordeal will be over, but it won’t be the last time I’ll need to shore up, stand tall, and flex my power. But one thing I know for sure: I’ll be less likely to bow, crack or break at that point. I’ll be a diamond.


Other stuff:

I spoke to David Odyssey at Nylong for An Astrologer’s Guide to Death.

No one wants to fine people for feeding the homeless.

According to Lauren Ash, These Are the Zodiac Signs Most Likely To Have a Glow-Up in 2024.

The New York Times asks: Do You Have ‘Bookshelf Wealth’?

Here are some amazing facts about bamboo.

Pat McGrath is amazing: Pat McGrath Turned Models Into Porcelain Dolls on the Maison Margiela Runway.

They don’t care: Legislators Should Protect Domestic Violence Survivors Like Me.

From People Magazine: Mercury Retrograde Is Over! Here’s Why It’s the Best Time of Year to Manifest, According to an Astrologer.

Can’t argue with science: Yes, Pasta Really Does Make You Happier (Science Says So).

I was a guest with Reiki Radio Podcast last week: Facing Tough Conversations for Healing, with The Tarot Lady.

Also visited with Moonbeaming recently: The Shadows of Strength With Theresa Reed.

Here’s what you need to know to get along with those stoic Capricorns in your life.

I’ll admit: I am drawn to tiny houses. The Best Part of Tiny Living? The ‘Freedom We Have Created for Ourselves.

Pick your friends wisely – with astrology: An Astrological Guide to Friendship Compatibility.

These Bronx skater girls are so badass.

Good: After ‘Roe’ Fell, Reproductive Justice Advocates Created a Chatbot for Abortion Seekers.

Bastards: Ohio Just Became the 22nd State to Ban Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Kids.

Looks interesting: Tarot Through the Witch’s Year: 33 Spreads for Spiritual Connection.

Because I defo need another oracle deck: Oracle of Heaven and Hell.

OH. EM. GEE. WANT. Throwing Bones, Crystals, Stones, and Curios: Includes 20 Unique Casting Boards for Divination and Insight.

For the floral lovers: A Floral Grimoire: Plant Charms, Spells, Recipes, and Rituals.

From RuPaul: The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir.

Love this: Gay Science: The Totally Scientific Examination of LGBTQ+ Culture, Myths, and Stereotypes.

Once you purchase your first tarot deck, you’ll want to get a journal: The Weiser Tarot Journal: Guidance and Practice.

When you’re going through a divorce or another big life transition, your Tarot deck can be your best friend—and a daily source of comfort. Ask any question, any time. Tarot always listens: The Cards You’re Dealt: How to Deal when Life Gets Real (A Tarot Guidebook).

Your natal chart is a road map. The transits show you the current traffic. Tarot is the GPS to find the detours if you don’t like the way things are rolling. Learn how to navigate your life with Twist Your Fate: Twist Your Fate: Manifest Success with Astrology and Tarot.

It’s the weekend and the kids are moping around – and driving you bananas. It’s tempting to plop them down in front of the computer or tv. Instead, get them a copy of Tarot For Kids. It will keep them occupied for hours – and off the screen: Tarot For Kids.

Pull a Tarot card. But instead of flipping open the little booklet to find out what the card means…pause. Don’t touch that book. Instead, look closely at the card and see what kinds of messages arise in your mind. What do you notice? What do you feel? If this card was bringing a message to you, what would it be? This is called “intuitive reading” and anybody can learn how to do it: Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading.

Prefer to listen to your tarot lessons? Check this out: Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading is available as an audiobook.

I remember when I first began studying astrology. Most of the books were rather dry and complicated. I thought I’d never get it. I wrote this book for folks who feel that way: Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners (A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious).

There is an audio version if you prefer: Astrology For Real Life.

Here’s a gorgeous tarot deck to add to your collection: The Uncommon Tarot: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle.

Hot date idea! Instead of Netflix and Chill, tonight, how about…Tarot and Chill? Grab your crayons, a bottle of wine, a blanket, and The Tarot Coloring Book for a super-cozy evening: The Tarot Coloring Book.

The ultimate tarot book for shadow work and activism: Tarot For Troubled Times.

I’m honored to collaborate with artist Adrianne Hawthorne and Walter Foster Publishing on this project: Create Your Own Tarot Cards. A fun kit with 80 blank cards so you can paint your own one-of-a-kind Tarot deck: Create Your Own Tarot Cards: A step-by-step guide to designing a unique and personalized tarot deck.

Get yourself a 1-year subscription to: The Astro-Biz Digest. Every week, I send out an astrological forecast that’s especially for entrepreneurs and freelancers. If you’re self-employed, this is for you: The AstroBiz Digest.

Ever wish you had astrological and tarot guidance right at your fingertips? WISH GRANTED. Check out my new text message service: Sign up here.

Learn how to write better, get published, and market your magical book with my newest thang: The Metaphysical Author’s Confidential – a newsletter for mystical writers: The Metaphysical Author’s Confidential. Essays and lessons on writing, publishing, and marketing your magical book.

If you want to learn astrology in a hands-on way, you need this new kit from Carrie Paris and yours truly: My Living Astrology Chart, an experiential astrological kit!


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Brushes and Stars – An Online Astrology and Intuitive Painting Class with Chris Zydel and Theresa Reed. Join us for a day-long creative play date filled with intuitive insights, deep healing, creative prompts, artistic play, and astrology. February 17th, 2024. 9 AM PST – 4 PM PST. Grab your virtual seat right here. SOLD OUT!

Advanced Tarot Techniques. Join me for this four-part online class and learn about timing, decans, how to create your own tarot spreads, and more. Starts April 5th, 2024.

Pens and Cards. October 18-19th, 2024. Picton, Canada. Learn how to use tarot to inspire your writing with yours truly and Sarah Selecky. Details coming soon.


What I’m Grateful For:

Peace restored


Lunch with old friends

Baby feet

Warming trend

Bamboo towels and tissues

Soundtrack for 1/27/24

Cacao and Cocaine by Sofia Isella

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2024

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