The Hit List - Crunch(ing) Time

Maybe it’s because I grew up with a Virgo father. Or perhaps it’s the three planets in Virgo sitting in my natal chart (we always blame the planets around here). It could just be how I’m wired, but no matter the cause, I seem to be living in perpetual crunch time.

There is always something to do or something going on. Rare are those moments of utter nothingness. Part of me craves that, but the other Virgo-y side deplores the idea.

On a subconscious level, I fill my days with activities. Most of the time, it’s work. I spend an awful lot of time writing. When I’m not engaged in writerly tasks, I’m reading. I read a ton of books about…writing. I also love to pore over cookbooks because I’m determined to never be a boring cook. I must make at least one new recipe every week. Why do I clog up every minute of my day with a task? There must be something within me that doesn’t want (or know) how to relax. (Dad? Virgo problems? Avoidance techniques?) Sigh.

Now that I have another book on the way, I am crunching time like never before. I have a massive list of to-dos centered around the book launch, plus regular duties and, of course, life. Throw in a personal challenge that has been testing my resolve since May, and I could probably say I need a break.

But will that happen? Nope. The wheel is moving at full speed, and I have a mini tour ahead. I must make arrangements for the cat, who needs insulin. My daily schedule has to be adjusted to ensure it all gets done, somehow, in some way. Trust me: you don’t want to be in my shoes right now.

While this may sound like a dire conundrum, I see the light beaming at the end of the tunnel. November and December will be “medicine months,” dedicated to rest, writing, holidays, and my grandbaby’s first birthday. There will be excellent food, and I’ll have nowhere pressing to go.

I’m fantasizing about that time. Yet inwardly, I know this is most likely a fantasy. New projects are tugging at my sleeve, and the house needs to be decluttered again. I’ll let that pretty picture linger in my brain while I am in white-knuckle mode for the next five weeks.

But first…it’s go time. (Time is going.)



Other stuff:

Check out this amazing episode of the Milestones Podcast, where astrologer Sam Reynolds joins host Angélika Beener to discuss John Coltrane’s astrology chart.

Haha: So Your Coworker Is Impossible. Does It Help To Know They’re A Virgo?

Speaking of Virgos, here’s how to get along with one.

Ooh love this from Marlee Grace: Hiding my best writing.

Great post at Briar Patch Magazine: Sex worker feminism by Chanelle Gallant.

Whenever I’m in the mood to cook new things, I go here.

I love Erykah Badu.

I also love John Waters.

From Brit+Co: 5 Ways Tarot Reading Transformed My Life — Here’s How It Can Do The Same For You.

Know your enemy: here’s who’s behind the book bans.

These are my writing rituals.

Eff this guy: Jann Wenner’s Biographer: “He Revealed the Ugly Truth of Rolling Stone.”

Meet Hildegard Of Bingen: The Most Important Medieval Intellectual That You’ve Never Heard Of.

Yoga Journal lays it out: What the Fall Equinox Means in Astrology.

More about the Fall Equinox from Lisa Stardust.

Joan Bunning’s tarot reversal book is revamped for next year: Upside Down Tarot: How Reversals Add Depth to Your Reading.

NEED: Rainbow Tarot.

Added this to my wish list immediately: Red Tarot: A Decolonial Guide to Divinatory Literacy.

OOOOOH: The Magic of Tarot: A Modern Guide to the Classic Art of the Cards.

Interesting: Astrology & Tarot for Burnout: A Journey through the Decans of the Zodiac.

I really want this: Secrets of Predictive Astrology: Improve the Scope of Your Forecasts Using William Frankland’s Techniques.

Does the perfect tarot journal exist? Yes, it does: The Weiser Tarot Journal: Guidance and Practice.

Coming soon! Pre-order my new book before October 1st and get a special thank-you gift: one ticket to attend a class called First Do No Harm: How to Deliver Sensitive Tarot Readings. Perfect for Tarot lovers of all levels, including beginners: The Cards You’re Dealt: How to Deal when Life Gets Real (A Tarot Guidebook).

No matter how crummy your astrology chart may be, you can turn that beat around: Twist Your Fate: Manifest Success with Astrology and Tarot.

I wish I had this deck in my backpack when I was a kiddo: Tarot For Kids.

Learn how to read tarot intuitively with this book: 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.

Aspects. Yods. Mutual reception. The language of astrology can seem intimidating. Get fluent with: 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.

Because everyone needs a gorgeous tarot deck: The Uncommon Tarot: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle.

Learn how to read tarot by coloring in the cards: The Tarot Coloring Book.

The world is a complicated place. Learn how to cope with tarot as you ally: Tarot For Troubled Times.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? How about creating your own tarot deck: Create Your Own Tarot Cards: A step-by-step guide to designing a unique and personalized tarot deck. <-Cards are included!

I never make a business move without consulting the cosmos. Now you can follow the stars for your biz too: The AstroBiz Digest.

If you love astrology and tarot, you’ll love this text message service: Sign up here.

I created a newsletter just for fellow mystical authors: 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.


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What I’m Grateful For:

Freshly painted trim

Slow cooker chili

Magical boxes

Beautifully scented anything

Jazz lilting in the background


Soundtrack for 9/23/23

Black Friday by Tom Odell

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2023

images from stock photography and personal collection 

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