A Lot Of Changes In June 2022

I thought maybe a post was in order as this blog, my website, indeed my life has changed a lot in June and I’m not exactly what to do with this page going forward.

For those that don’t know (and my one subscriber at this time, hi Emily) I have had a lot of jobs these past 4 years. About 2 years ago I left graphic design and became a custodian at the University of Michigan. Then this year I switched my second job from a simple stocker at a retail store to an inventory control clerk which is a much more mentally challenging job.

But overarching these last 4 years I was trying to build a business on Patreon offering spiritual coaching and mentoring. So yes, a side hustle aka a third job. And while it was more successful than I had hoped, it was not as successful as I needed. Yes, I helped quite a few people, something that I think/thought the Spirits wanted of me. Along with it of course came a cost. Time away from my home life and personal life which has affected my relationships. This came to a head in June as well. So with a job switch possible and a personal life I had been neglecting I made the change, as I would have advised any of my clients to do. I admit I have been feeling very anti-Christian given all the fascism that particular faith seems to be embracing, so it is a relief not to have to worry about who I might aggravate in the search for potential clients.

Combine this with a bunch of other new changes. I will be having major dental work a process started in June. I have been prescribed a CPAP, and I am getting used to that which is affecting my sleep.

But I guess overall this has led to a sort of identity crisis. I’ve been a public figure for over…20 years maybe? Who the hell am I? What do I even enjoy? I have a list of projects I want to work on, a shrine in the yard, learning Italian (who knows if we might have to flee this nation), maybe painting. I need to get some 5th edition books because the family has talked about a monthly D&D night. I also have started working on an original character cosplay for my TikTok channel, longer pieces of which might end up on my YouTube. I have to be careful there though, as my mind keep thinking about how to gain a following, not how to just make it fun for me. 

What will this blog be though? Spiritually I have been inspired a lot recently by Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic
by Aidan Wachter, and his book really is just a collection of his blog posts. He uses the term “dirt sorcerer” which of late make more sense to me than shaman or even paqo. I want to make sure I try to do more personal practice, do I place that here? 

Or maybe I review movie here, or the shows I am binge watching. Or some combination of all these things. Or maybe I will only post here every few months like I did before on journals. I guess we will find out.

Week Ahead Tarot Spread for June 19th, 2022

 

Hello my friends! This is the week ahead reading for the week of June 19th, 2022. And since this deck quite literally fell off a shelf in the night and hit me in the head, looks like we are going to be using the Starman tarot. I decided on a 5 card general spread, and amazingly there was not even a single reversed card!

 

The overall energy of the week is the Two of Cups. So there’s going to be a lot of love and harmony and cooperation possible this week. Which is good I think we could all use a little of that couldn’t we? Also about balance it’s the classic balance between energies and finding that right harmony. The Starman tarot uses the phrase “I merge with the beloved”. Sounds quite nice.

 

Over in the area of health we have the Prince of Swords. The prince tells us to both stand our ground and fight for our ideals, however We must sometimes be willing to surrender things. So in the context of health there could be something that you know is unhealthy for you that you’re needing to give up for this week to better your overall health. Or perhaps you have been really trying to grind your way through a health routine, in which case this card might indicate that it’s okay to take a half a step back; you can still achieve your goal without destroying your joints in the process. So in the area of health there are things to be won, just keep in mind the cost.

 

The area of relationships brings us the Princess of Cups. Gentle, sensitive, intuitive and artistic. If we want to take the biggest advantage of that Two of Cups energy, we have to approach our relationships this week as things of beauty to begin with. To be created intuitively along the way. Your relationships are completely unique and they need to be treated as the special things they are.

 

For spiritual we have the Five of Swords, which is a card a lot of people dread because it shows conflict. I think here in this position it’s pretty simple; Make sure you’re acting out of integrity and fighting your inner demons. Perhaps even those demons that have been holding you back from other things to do with relationships. Beware of letting past conflicts pile up within you, because they may make you fearful of future conflicts, or may color your reaction to situations that aren’t actually conflicts at all.

 

The last card is for work and finance and for that we have the World. Not much better of a card could be had in this spot. There are opportunities all around you and abundance is coming to you. It might not be abundance in the form that you are anticipating, however the world is trying to give you exactly what you need.

Week Ahead Tarot Spread for May 29, 2022

I’m sorry friends for being a day late on this post, and also for no audio. It has been a taxing weekend for me, and it was hard to bring things into focus. Given this I have tried to keep the reading simple this week with a three card layout.

The energy of the week is the Six of Stones which continues the exploration of both giving and receiving in balance. What does having or not having mean to you? Are you giving too much? Do you need to ask for help?

What is working against us is an interesting one; the Star. Normally the Star is a fantastic card, showing us to have long term vision, to believe in ourselves, and to follow our dreams. So how can that be working against us? Basically given the energy of the week, I would take this as a caution not to have your head in the clouds. Vision is great unless it’s just daydreaming. How are you going to make sure that while you are watching the stars you don’t trip over your own feet?

What is working in our favor this week is the 10 of Fire, a lovely and needed card which reminds you that you don’t have to feel guilty about saying no. Nothing is worth sacrificing your health and stability. What did I say about not tripping over your own feet? So if the Fire is telling you to remember that it’s not just about the light of the guiding star, but of the light within you as well, I hope you will listen.

Have a blessed week.

Week Ahead Tarot Spread for May 22, 2022

 

Hello my friends, this is your week ahead reading for the week of May 22, 2022.

 

I happened to see that today is National Maritime Day, so we are using the rowboat spread with the Gentle Tarot.

 

Where We Sit is the  Lovers. This card comes up every time I use this deck I think! Communication, getting along and finding harmony. This week it’s going to be about trying to find a harmonious balance.

 

What We Are Leaving Behind is the Ace of Thunder. There was a recent insight or revelation, or a new piece of information that you had to integrate. We are leaving behind the newness of that information, which is how we get to the Lovers and integration. This could be outside information, but likely it was something to do with you and an insight into yourself.

 

Where We Are Going is the Two of Stones. You have the ability to overcome, and to gain the needed flexibility to adapt to a situation. The first three cards are showing an interesting story aren’t they, something new, the coming to terms with it, and the new strength and flexibility it provides. If things are too much, slow down and breathe. You can overcome any challenge.

 

The Left Oar (the subconscious) is the Flower of Wands. Outwardly confident and inwardly focused, the flower reminds us of our confident connection to the divine. So while any number of things might be in your conscious thoughts, your creative, think outside the box subconscious is directly wired to the universe. So if in the work this week you suddenly feel like wearing red, then wear red! If you suddenly want to play music, or doodle an image of you as a superhero, do it. Your deeper self knows what you need. 

 

The Right Oar (the thinking mind) is the 9 of Cups. You are close to a goal! The nine is also a card of imagination. So as we bridge the left oar with the right, with the Lovers as the center card, how can you imagine a goal, visualize success and integrate the two sides of yourself? Balance the imagination with the thinking and doing.

 

The Rocks (what we need to beware of), is the Empress. An interesting card as a challenge, because the Empress is also about that rooted connection, the subconscious, and abundance. So we could be looking at the difficulty of that integration I spoke of, or perhaps we are struggling with having the resources we need to fulfill our vision. But what I’m really feeling here is the struggle to feel that we are worthy of that balance and unbundance. If we spend a lot of time telling ourselves we are lacking, or not focused, or unable to commit to a task, this is often the hardest thing to overcome. We need to allow that we might actually have all the commitment, focus and resources we need, and imagine ourselves in a more positive light.

 

The Lighthouse (to guide us) is Justice. So many cards about balance this week. No matter what happens this week, internally or externally, try to be fair. Fair to you, fair to others. If you look at the ideal of Justice, even those who have done harm get their day in court, which we can translate to proper boundaries. Try to remember to be open to new evidence, and adjust. Try to set aside your biases.

 

Remember, I release this reading to the public on Wednesdays, so if you want to get the reading on Sunday so you have it for the entire week, sign up for my Patreon at just the $5 a month level OR sign up for a $5 monthly subscription at snipfeed.co/jimtwosnakes and have the weekly reading emailed to you instead! I also offer breakthrough sessions and individual tarot readings. You can find out more about everything http://www.jimtwosnakes.net

 

Have a blessed week

Week Ahead Tarot Spread for May 15th, 2022

 

Hello my friends, this is your week ahead reading for the week of May 15th, 2022.

 

Remember there is a full moon and eclipse tonight!

 

This is the second week with the new 5 card spread. Maybe next week I will use a pentacle formation for them as well, what do you think? Using the Gentle Tarot.

 

The Overall Energy Of The Week is the 3 of Stones (reversed). The 3 in its upright position is one with a ton of prosperity and hard work paying off. Harmony. The Gentle Tarot does not usually use reversals but I think for a week ahead reading they are useful. So this doesn’t mean to me that there is no prosperity the coming week, or that you will suffer a loss, more that the work is not quite over. Last week was a pretty good overall energy, but that flow is slowing a bit this week, so you might have to make your own magic.

 

Next we have a card for Health which is the 5 of Wands. Here is another card suggesting disharmony, a conflict of energies. Luckily this is not a huge issue, but definitely a lot of small annoying ones. You are going to have to take care of yourself this week. Be careful of what you eat!

 

Next, Relationships and Communication, which is the 8 of Wands. If communication is needed then you need to provide it. There are key pieces of information to be had, and understandings to be gained, but you are going to be the one that initiates. Like the 3 of Stones above indicates, there are still opportunities if you can make them happen.

 

Next, Spiritual is the Seed of Thunder (reversed). Take the leap of faith? Yeah maybe not so much this week. I mean it’s spirit work right? What very practical things might help you on your path? There are a lot of ideas in the air, but they might not all be good ones. 

 

Last is Work/Finance which is the Chariot. A card of action and initiative. If you need change in these areas you are going to have to go out and look for it. In this modern age that might not mean actually driving someplace, but it might mean getting the metaphorical wheels in motion for things you want down the road. In a very practical sense, if your job depends on your car and you need some routine maintenance, now is a good time.

 

This week might have you putting in more effort than last week, depending on circumstance, but it will be worth it. No huge breakthroughs right now, but you are setting up things to come to fruition later.

 

Remember, I release this reading to the public on Wednesdays, so if you want to get the reading on Sunday so you have it for the entire week, sign up for my Patreon at just the $5 a month level OR sign up for a $5 monthly subscription at snipfeed.co/jimtwosnakes and have the weekly reading emailed to you instead! You can find out more about both at http://www.jimtwosnakes.net

Week Ahead Tarot Spread for May 8th, 2022

 

Hello my friends, this is your week ahead reading for the week of May 8th, 2022.

 

Sorry for the delay in getting the reading out and the lack of an audio file this week, but we had the opportunity to spend time with our children so I took it! This is a new 5 card spread that I used recently for an individual, but it seemed like a good one for a Week Ahead spread as well, using the trusty True Heart Intuitive Tarot.

 

The first card is The Overall Energy Of The Week and for that we have The 9 of Cups. It looks like a very good overall energy this week, it’s about feeling good, savoring food and drink, and connecting with others. It’s a heart overflowing energy we find ourselves in, and it’s up to us to really stop and smell the roses.

 

Next we have a card for Health which is the King of Discs. Now obviously one card cannot reflect all the people who might read this the exact same way. We all have different starting places after all, and different goals and standards. But this card would reflect what is in the air so to speak, a guide to the currents. And for that the King is a very good card. I know several of us, myself included, have some appointments and procedures in our week this week. This is a good card which would indicate good outcomes. I think we can all expect some of what we need in our health and wellness this week.

 

Next, Relationships and Communication, which is the 4 of Cups. Boredom and apathy could cause you to miss some opportunities if you are not careful this week. Don’t get so caught up at gazing inward that you miss out on a text asking you out on a fun date, or friends who want to just get caught up. 

 

Next, Spiritual is the 2 of Wands. It can be weird to apply what seem like very mundane terms to the Spiritual realm. I mean we are raised primarily on language of faith, belief in what we cannot see, destiny and the like. Yet here is the Two of Wands saying the energy is there to make some choices and plans this week. Plans you say? How can one make plans for Spirituality? While it is true that you cannot make plans for enlightenment, if your goal is to be more enlightened you darn sure are not going to get there without making plans for things like daily meditation. Winging it is only going to get you so far, because like the wands of a wizard, good magic only happens with some amount of willpower.

 

Last is Work/Finance which is the ONLY reversed card this week, the 6 of Discs. But you know, for a reversed card this aint all bad. Basically this is a reminder to you that you can give way too much to others but you are not getting back in return. You need to make sure you are investing in yourself, because a little bit of that investment can go a long way. 

 

Overall a pretty positive forecast, IF you are wise enough to take advantage of it.

 

Remember, I release this reading to the public on Wednesdays, so if you want to get the reading on Sunday so you have it for the entire week, sign up for my Patreon at just the $5 a month level OR sign up for a $5 monthly subscription at snipfeed.co/jimtwosnakes and have the weekly reading emailed to you instead! You can find out more about both at http://www.jimtwosnakes.net

Week Ahead Tarot Spread for May 1st, 2022

 

Hello my friends, this is your week ahead reading for the week of May 1st, 2022.

 

This is a reading for Beltane as well as the week ahead. And hold on because it looks like it’s a bit of a doozy. We are using the Rachel True, True Heart Intuitive Tarot.

 

The first card is The Overall Energy Of The Week and for that we have The 10 of Discs. The 10 of disks is one of victory and accomplishment. Of helping to bring forth something greater than yourself, especially helping future generations. Which is a really nice place to begin with an overall energy for the week.

 

Next we have What’s Going To Challenge Us This Week which is the Ace of Wands reversed. The ace of any suit is its perfect representation. Fitting that on Beltane we should have the Ace of wands which is our fire card. However it’s reversed. So what challenges are we going to be faced with this week? Well just ego, jealousy, fear, anger, you know nothing big. Now whether these forces are things external to us, or if they are forces that are from within us, we might get more insight from the next cards.

 

Next, What Should We Aspire To, which is the Tower reversed. Well I guess one of the most feared cards in the tarot sort of gives us a clue. The tower reversed is about chaos and uncontrollable situations. About bad foundations. So there are a couple ways that we can look at this. One is that if we don’t take the time to clear out what’s not working in our lives the universe will do it for us. The other is that sometimes situations are just beyond our control, so we have to look at our foundational practices for stability, and make the choice on how we respond. A new tower will be built, our attitudes and honesty with ourselves will help determine the quality of the tower.

 

What We Should Do For Our Community is the 5 of Swords (reversed). Here the picture becomes more clear because the five of swords, another unpopular card reversed, is about bitterness, pettiness, cruelty, and aggravation. I think in this position it’s clear that the tower that’s crumbling is something to do with relationships or community. And that there’s going to be a lot of anger and frustration over it. This doesn’t mean that you need to participate in this anger. Knowing that your community is going to go through this helps you to navigate.

 

The final card is the Message From Our Spirit Allies, which is the Judgment (reversed). Once again a couple different ways of looking at this. Now judgment reversed could easily be talking about making bad choices. So your spirit allies could be forewarning you to use caution in your decisions. Another way of seeing this is that a reversed card is a withholding of those energies. So your spirit allies could be telling you to withhold judgment.

 

I think that some mixture of those points of view seems to be helpful especially given the other cards that are going on here. Make sure you’re using good and sound judgment within these situations. Given the energy of the week it’s obvious that we’re trying to put together something that’s a little bit more long-term and might not even specifically be for our benefit. In the course of this using good judgment we must caution ourselves not to be judgmental. What’s the difference you might be asking? The difference is one is as objectively as we possibly can considering all the situations that are going on with other people and their lives making the best decisions we can. The other is letting our preconceived biases and notions which might be what the tower is reflecting cause us to judge others based on old ways of thinking that might not even fit anymore. Judgmental is being held hostage to your biases and prejudices. Judgment is looking at situations with wisdom, judgmental is looking at them through the lens of anger or hate. This week no matter what happens to you or in the situations around you try to use wisdom and remember that you’re trying to build things for the future.

 

Remember, I release this reading to the public on Wednesdays, so if you want to get the reading on Sunday so you have it for the entire week, sign up for my Patreon at just the $5 a month level OR sign up for a $5 monthly subscription at snipfeed.co/jimtwosnakes and have the weekly reading emailed to you instead! You can find out more about both at http://www.jimtwosnakes.net

Patreon Changes

I have decided today is a good day to post about upcoming changes to my Patreon https://www.patreon.com/spiritualdad.
Beginning in May I have decided to replace the Talking Stick chat with Community Prayer Requests. These requests will still be open to all Patreon supporters of all levels. You will be able to message me via Patreon, FaceBook, Discord or email and I will make the request to the community in the form of an audio file to Patreon members only. The fulfillment of these requests will include my own prayer, so if you as a listener do not have the energy or think it would be inappropriate to add a prayer yourself you can listen to my prayer as a way of holding space.
In addition, the Community Prayer Requests will be completely anonymous, protecting your privacy, but allowing you to share more vulnerable thoughts and requests. When I make the audio for the request it will take the form of “We have a member who is in need of prayers for…” or “We have a member who is struggling with _____ and needs supportive prayers.” I will even include some level of instruction as you request such as “prayers for healing are not requested, but prayers of dealing with the financial implications are welcome.” There will be no limit on the number of these requests, so you might find I send several one week, then none the next depending on what is requested.
When I made this decision I drew a card from the Witches Wisdom tarot, and the Healing card seem to be quite appropriate.

Week Ahead Tarot Spread for April 24th, 2022

 

Hello my friends, this is your week ahead reading for the week of April 24th, 2022.

 

You know sometimes the universe is a really funny place. I was going to start off this week by asking you for a few things. I was going to ask that if you like what I do, to share my page or my posts. And I was going to ask you for some feedback. What could I or my Patreon be doing to help people more? What services could I offer that could help even more people? The reason this is amusing? Well, you will see…

 

The first card is The Overall Energy Of The Week and for that we have The Ace of Air. The Ace is all about that communication; speaking and listening. The vibrations in the air carry our words and our intent. Beware of chatter, and listen for the real words of truth and honesty being spoken. 

 

Next we have What’s Going To Challenge Us This Week which is the Messenger of Earth. The Messenger is pushing that point, that it is about honesty. Speaking, and especially hearing, the truth might be a challenge this week. Truth can bring with it things that are not easy to face. 

 

Next, What Should We Aspire To, which is the Two of Earth. Momma bear is taking care of that cub, just as you should aspire to help others. Nourish them and watch them grow. Protect them when they feel vulnerable.

 

What We Should Do For Our Community is the 5 of Fire (reversed). Choices, decisions. Do we use fire to illuminate, or to burn? Do wounds make you angry, selfish or abusive? 

 

The final card is the Message From Our Spirit Allies, which is the Star (reversed). When the Star comes up, even reversed, I usually think of it as a good thing, because it is telling us to seek out that grand vision. How are we as individuals connected to a greater destiny. But this week, combined with the other cards, it feels a bit different.

 

Combined together as a grand unified message for the week ahead, the cards seem to be saying…

 

“It’s not all about you!”

 

This week is going to be about listening to others’ truths. Even the word truth can be challenging, because what is true to one might not be true to another. So the word I am going to have you use instead is authenticity. When words are spoken and the people speaking them are showing you their authentic self, pay attention! Maybe this is the Universe and Mother Earth telling us we spend too much time in our own heads. And that the best way to handle challenges in our own lives is to help others with theirs.

 

Remember, I release this reading to the public on Wednesdays, so if you want to get the reading on Sunday so you have it for the entire week, sign up for my Patreon at just the $5 a month level OR sign up for a $5 monthly subscription at snipfeed.co/jimtwosnakes and have the weekly reading emailed to you instead! You can find out more about both at http://www.jimtwosnakes.net

Week Ahead Tarot Spread for April 17th, 2022

 

Hello friends, this is your week ahead reading for the week of April 17th, 2022. I felt like something new, so let my intuition guide me in this spread. Let me know what you think.

 

The first two cards are laid sideways, so there is no negative or reversal, nor is there a positive or upright. There just is the flow of energy.

 

The first card is The River, which is essentially the flow of the week. For that we have the 9 of Stones. Interesting because this was the “what we aspire to” in last week’s reading, so it seems to have come to the present. Dedication is worth the effort because though it personal power grows. It is a current of being unstoppable and being rewarded for hard work.

 

The second card is The Undercurrent. Not as prominent as the energy of the week, still it might be felt more depending on the depths you seek. It is an influencer. For this we have the Root of Thunder. So as an undercurrent of that hard work vibe, is a story of making sure you don’t do too much. It’s a balance thing. Probably really appropriate here because if you work too hard, like you wade too far into the river, you might be swept off your feet. Don’t ignore the truth of needing good footing.

 

The next three cards are the gathering on the shore. Perhaps they gaze at the water, perhaps they come to fish for wisdom or nutrition, but these three beings stand before the river.

 

The leftmost is the Mind and the Past. The flow of time is almost past this being, leaving memories and patterns of thought. It reflects both your mental state, what we might need to let go of, and what we dwell on. For this card we have The Emperor. Another card of balance and boundaries. Also maybe a card of having issues with authority. This reminds me of fighting the wrong fight, because you are fighting an old battle that only exists in your memory. Not all structure is bad.

 

The middle card is the Body and the Present. This being is living here and now, concerned with the needs of the body, as well as living in the moment. Enjoyment of food, breathing deep, getting rest. For this card we have the 5 of Cups reversed. You are trying to withhold healing and forgiveness. And when I say forgiveness I mean the face that reflects back at you from the water not anyone else. Being present in the moment can help so much, and this also makes sense combined with the left card. Trying to hold it in is fighting the current this week, a current that is saying “do the work”.

 

The rightmost card is the Spirit and the Future. First to encounter the flow of time, first to envision what is to come. Connected to the realm of possibility. For this card we have the 7 of Wands reversed. Are you afraid of your own power? Afraid to fight for what you believe in? It’s OK to be angry over wrongs, it’s OK to say no, even to people you care about. 

 

This week might be a bit tricky, as we have to find both healing and forgiveness, let go of things that we dwell on that undermine us, but also have a willingness to fight. Don’t turn away from your power, even if it is expressed as anger. Understand where it comes from, do the work to forgive and heal, then let our old restrictive thoughts change. You are the authority you are fighting the hardest. 

 

I would also like to add weekly prompts to this report, so this week is the 16th week of 2022, and brings with it the prompt of:

 

That activity that eats up so much time, what do you get out of it? How do you feel when you finish it?

 

Remember, I release this reading to the public on Wednesdays, so if you want to get the reading on Sunday so you have it for the entire week, sign up for my Patreon at just the $5 a month level OR sign up for a $5 monthly subscription at snipfeed.co/jimtwosnakes and have the weekly reading emailed to you instead!

 

Have a blessed week!

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