Blog Posts, Tarot

Time to look at things from a different perspective

Hi there and welcome to my first card of the week post. This is something I do on a Sunday afternoon while everyone else is busy cramming in activities into the last few hours of freedom before the working week begins. It helps me focus on a particular aspect of life in the forthcoming week. This week’s card is The Hanged Man.

Just chilling out

It’s not as horrible as it sounds. As you can see, he’s not swinging by his neck from a noose! He’s calmly chilling out, upside down, suspended by his right leg while holding an elegant balletic pose with his left leg. His face seems peaceful and serene. He could be practicing yoga! Looks fun to me… at least for a while, and only as long as my boobs don’t end up around my nose!

I get the feeling that this card is advising the beholder to pause, chill out and look at life’s issues from an alternative perspective. From my own point of view I have a couple of work and personal things to deal with this week, which are what they are, potentially problematic. The only thing that will change is how I approach each one… so I’ll try to see things from a different point of view… quite literally!

On the work front, I have the possibility to be involved in a massive project which will involve a variety of teams working together. In principle, everyone has agreed that the budget is there (that’s always the first deal-breaker) and that the work can be done (second test passed). Now we come to the sticky bit. The ‘when’. I want it to happen this year – second half of the year would be ideal for my team and our customers. However (whenever I see the word ‘however’ it’s usually followed by things that may derail my plans), the team who will carry out the actual technical wizardry, have so much already planned in this year, that unless we can convince the executive board to champion the cause, we will not see work begin until the second half of next year!

Someone’s in a snit!

Nooooo! I don’t want to wait that long! I almost feel like stamping my feet in a fit of pique! Not a good move in the workplace, and certainly not the way round the delay. Time to look at my options. I could accept the timeline for 2022 and use the gap to complete all the training courses associated with the project so I’m up to speed when we go live. Notice I’m still thinking in the positive – that this project will happen! I could also ask my boss to do battle for me, to speak to board members to see if there’s an appetite for this project to be brough forward to this year. Let’s see how this plays out this week.

On the personal front, my Dad and I seem to be working to different expectations regarding keeping in regular contact. He’s never been a particularly chatty person, but he’s the only parent I have left and I’d like a bit more than forwarding funny emails to me that he receives from friends or the occasional ‘thumbs up’ emoji in our group chat with my sister! The noncommunication drives me and my sister bonkers with frustration.

Emails are so impersonal

The Hanged Man reminds me that in this situation my expectations with Dad are simply too much for him. I have to change my approach before I’m totally driven round the twist! When I think about it from Dad’s perspective, he was brought up in a time when men went to work, women stayed at home and did all the parenting. To expect him to change the habit of a lifetime is just daft and unrealistic. As my Headspace app reminded me this morning, when you compare what you have with what you wish you had, you can end up feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. The way to change this is to stop the comparison and be content with what is. It may not be what I want but I still have contact, and he does occasionally join in the group video chats when he’s in the mood.

And there you have it, my take on how the Hanged Man is showing up in my life this week. If you draw a card of the week or the day, feel free to share how it works out for you.

Until next Monday – stay safe and well.


Blog Posts, Menopausal Mutterings, Tarot

Introducing my guest blogger

A few you you may have caught sight of a new menu option on my home page, and may even have spotted the inaugural post. Yes, I’ve decided to branch out a little… ok, I’ve gone ‘out there’ a lot. But it’s a topic that’s intrigued me for years, and I know it’s had the same effect on Jules. We are an insatiably curious pair, and fortunately for us, curiosity hasn’t done away with us cool cats. I think it’s safe to say we are officially post-menopausally batty!

It’s going to be a great adventure

Both of us successfully completed our on-line training courses, started in lockdown 1.0 (UK) for something different to do. And completed in lockdown 2.0 (UK). While everyone else seemed to be baking breads with Paul Hollywood (who can resits those sapphire blue eyes?) and jumping up and down in front of the smart tv with Joe Wicks (more eye candy), Jules and I were pouring over card decks, text books and delivering online tarot readings on a variety of subjects.

Our clients were mostly concerned with their love lives and careers. The occasional request to “tell the future” landed in our inboxes, but we politely declined and rephrased the requests. The future isn’t written in stone. It’s down to the individual to make their own choices. What we do is tap into intuition. Invariable our clients already subconsciously know the answer to their questions… we just bring it to light and uncover options. Most people seemed happy with our readings. This spurred us on to bite the bullet and do our final exams and submissions.

The gin cocktails flowed freely the night we got our results. It’s amazing how much can be consumed in a video call! The hangover the morning after was quite spectacular. I know myself well enough to not utter the phrase ‘never again’. I know full well when we do finally emerge from lockdown, and the pubs are open again, I’ll try to remember to ‘take it steady’ but will have emergency paracetamol and a chilly bottle of water beside the bed, ready for when I finally stagger in.

If only I looked this glamorous the morning after!

In a strange turn of events, a colleague of mine interviewed me for our company blog. She was writing a piece on what employees had done to keep themselves occupied (apart from continue to work hard, of course) during the COVID crisis. At first I described the production line of veggies I grew in my greenhouse, my landscaping efforts to create a dry riverbed in a bare and dull section of my garden, but I was hesitant to tell her about my course. Our company is heavily invested in cutting edge technology… where on earth would tarot fit into this?

I asked what everyone else had been up to. Some had invested in Peletons to keep fit. Some did on-line art classes and some turned their 3D printers to great use, providing PPE for the local hospital. All very commendable. She then remarked that nobody had done anything she considered ‘totally bonkers’… then I quietly mentioned what I’d learned, and got a certificate to prove it!


Oh heck… wrong move Cath!

‘Brilliant! I love it. We need more people like you at this time. Intuition and wisdom are often overlooked to our cost. When we are allowed to travel again, we must meet up for a good old chat and bring your deck!’

Well you could have knocked me down with a feather. That wasn’t the response I was expecting but it gave me courage to tell a few more friends and colleagues. I now have a group of them who regularly ask me to read for a variety of situations, and occasionally I get asked to draw a card at the beginning of a meeting to help focus where we need to focus. Consider me gobsmacked (for my non-UK readers – I was jaw-droppingly surprised)

Anyhoo, this is a rambling, round about way of saying please welcome Julie in the Tarot section of this site. I’m looking forward to her weekly insights.

Stay safe and well my lovelies!

Cath xx