Tarot Tuesday collective reading for the week of May 8th by Megan Alexander

Welcome to the Tarot Tuesday collective reading for the week of May 8 by Megan Alexander of Embodied Home 

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  • What are we moving through? Son of Cups (reversed)
     
  • What is the undercurrent? Five of Swords
     
  • What are we learning? Ten of Swords (reversed) 

It's clear to me from these cards I have pulled that we are collectively moving through a time of contraction.  Contraction precedes and is necessary for growth / birth / transformation, of course that doesn't make it sting any less. What does make it sting less is the awareness that if we are willing to commit to being present for all of it, it will teach us a completely new way to move through the world.

We're invited this week to pay attention to the ways we might be able to heal from something we have done that is actively preventing us from moving with ease and grace. We're asked to confront a decision that seemed like the best idea at the time or perhaps we made against our inner knowing. In either case, we're either very well aware of it and have been living with the consequences or they're just starting to show up.

Whether this knowledge is old or new, we're asked to invoke the power of hindsight, which in this instance serves as a time machine. We can't go back and unmake our decision or change our actions, but we can take responsibility for what we can now see clearly. As we reflect on what we might have done differently knowing what we know now, it's important to beware the pit of "if only I had...." or "why didn't I..." etc. The point of this reflection is to discover how we might correct our course, not to feel shame for veering off in the first place.

As we begin this course correction, we may find the need to have uncomfortable conversations, make some big choices, etc. We can find solace in remembering that any pain or upset is temporary, and that eventually it will become potent medicine for who we are becoming. As we move through more cycles of growth and transformation in the future and encounter similar circumstances, we will find ourselves wise and seasoned having survived it all before.

 

Thanks for reading! Megan is available for individual readings in person at The River Guild and over distance. To check her availability and book an appointment please visit embodiedhome.as.me

(enter code HAPPY35MEGAN to receive 20% off any appointment booked before 6/1/2018!)

Tarot Tuesday collective reading for the week of May 1st, By Megan Alexander

Welcome to the Tarot Tuesday collective reading for the week of May 1 by Megan Alexander of Embodied Home 

 

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  • What are we moving through? Son of Swords (reversed)
     
  • What is the undercurrent? Six of Cups
     
  • What are we learning? Five of Wands 

After a rush of creativity and good work after liberation from over thinking, we're approaching a point where we must admit that our flow feels like it is running a bit dry. It's not that we've lost our way or are lacking inspiration, but rather that moving with a charging pace, while thrilling, sooner or later gets us a bit ahead of ourselves. The time has come to pause and recenter, to tune back in to subtle communications: synchronicity, gut feelings, dreams, birdsong, animals who cross your path, insects that drop in for a visit on your sleeve, etc.

Our activity in the pause is to tone our subtle communication skills, because Spirit / God / Creator / Source / Divine / The Universe, etc can't communicate with us like another human might. We can begin or resume this by paying attention to things that feel meaningful, responding in the way we feel called, then listening again, and responding again, and so on until we experience meaningful shifts in our lives. We are at our most effective, our happiest, our most content when we are listening and responding appropriately to the cues and instructions we receive.

Overall, we're being reminded that we all have a connection to feel and a contribution to bring to the web of life. The deeper we tune in to ourselves, the deeper we tune in to every other living being. We realize our immense capacity to help and heal, and to wound and destroy. As we dissolve the perceived separation between ourselves and literally everyone else, even people we despise, we open ourselves up to feel much more deeply, "negative" emotions included. I prefer to refer to them as messy instead. When we're available to really see and feel the messy stuff, it provokes a proportionally messy response. We're learning to calibrate our instruments, to understand how we can participate in the creation of our own lives and futures so that in times to come, we'll be ready and able to participate in the creation of the larger future. Our own quiet, internal revolution is the first step on the way to the liberation of all.

 

Thanks for reading! Megan is available for individual readings in person at The River Guild and over distance. To check her availability and book an appointment please visit embodiedhome.as.me

(enter code HAPPY35MEGAN to receive 20% off any appointment booked before 6/1/2018!)

Meet Taylor Davis, leader of DTI's Doula Training at The River Guild

This conversation can also be found at DTI's own Blog. We've borrowed it so you can get to know the woman behind the training, scheduled for this September!

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We know that now you are a DTI Educator but what first attracted you to DTI as a doula? When you yourself were looking into taking a doula training how is it that you ended up with DTI?

I was most attracted to DTI for two reasons. The first was the mentorship piece. I really wanted support and mentorship throughout my certification process and, having talked to friends who had recently certified through DTI, I knew I would get this. The second was my passion for activism around birthing people’s rights and advocacy in the birth room. DTI doesn’t shy away from this, and actually teaches its certifying doulas how to do this effectively. This was so important to me and continues to be one of my absolute favorite parts of our community and our certification program.

Since your doula business launched what have you learned? What would you look back and want to say to your less experienced doula self?

I have learned so much since I began my business years ago. I’ve learned the value of face-to-face connections and networking and that nothing replaces becoming actively involved in my local community. I’ve learned that I love knowing and working with other doulas. If I could tell my less experienced self something now, it would be that the business side of this job could actually be fun because it could still involve lots of personal connections. I would also tell myself that bringing my authentic self to births would always be exactly the right thing to do. I would encourage myself to trust myself and my instincts, the same way I encourage my birthing families to trust themselves.

What can you tell us about your local DTI community?

Since certifying with DTI, I’ve moved and don’t live somewhere with a strong DTI community…YET. I have one other local doula who certified online through DTI and I love having her here. I am actively working on building a local DTI community and hoping to get some trainings off the ground near me. I have some treasured doula colleagues here, but really crave a community of like-minded doulas who have gone through similar training as me.

If someone hasn’t quite immersed themselves in the DTI community in your area how can they get out there and connect with others?

I can’t overemphasize the value of reaching out to your local birth colleagues. Just know that many people feel nervous and hesitant to reach out at first and that’s normal. However, in DTI you’re going to find a community of welcoming and kind doulas who will open their arms and welcome you in. Don’t let yourself miss out on that!

If someone is thinking about registering for a DTI training in your area but hasn’t quite made their mind up yet what could they do to figure out if DTI is a good fit for them?

Call me or message me! Seriously, I LOVE talking about DTI. Joining this community is one of the best professional and personal decisions I’ve ever made and I love to share why with anybody interested. If you’ll call, I’ll probably want to take you out for coffee or tea, but I’ll settle for a phone call if we can’t meet face to face. Also, really dive into DTI’s website and read the pages and blog posts. Check out DTI’s reading list. Look through our social media. These will all give you a great feel for our approach and overall culture. And then, again, call me! I’d love to talk with you.

How would you describe yourself as a trainer? What is your training like?

As a trainer, I really value the experiences and opinions of everybody in the group so my trainings are super interactive and dynamic. We all bring so much to this work, even if we’re new to it, and I like to highlight that and build on it in my trainings. I’m also really passionate about the rights of birthing people and that will come through in my training. I am a huge believer in the Slow Doula Method and love diving fully into that. I’ve also been described as grounded and nurturing by colleagues and students, so you can expect that energy in my trainings as well.

Can you tell us something about you that even the DTI community doesn’t know?

My other great passion besides birth work is self-directed education and childrens’ rights. My husband and I unschool our children and are constantly talking, reading, writing, and soon will be podcasting about self-directed education and respectful parenting. If you want to know more about that, hit me up! It’s also something I can’t stop talking about once I get started.

You can find out more about my work at Taylor Davis Doula Services and New Mama Project. You can also check out the work my husband is doing at Camp Stomping Ground.

Tarot Tuesday collective reading by Megan Alexander

 

Welcome to the Tarot Tuesday collective reading for the week of April 24 by Megan Alexander of Embodied Home 

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  • What are we moving through? Two of Pentacles (reversed)
     
  • What is the undercurrent? Eight of Wands (reversed) 
     
  • What are we learning? Five of Cups 

Last week I wrote about an opportunity or circumstance coming back to us in an elevated form, ready for us to receive it from an elevated place within. Practically speaking, we're meant to be looking out for the work we have left to do to reach that elevated place to be illuminated.

What we're reminded this week is that even though we are cognizant of this arrival and our work to prepare to fully receive it, there is much to this turn in our spiral that we are not able to perceive. We're asked to trust, wait, watch, and listen for the proper action and timing of action to be communicated to us. This is not easy to do, especially in the scenario when we're tuned in and ready, seeing more of the big picture and our role in it. We may find ourselves frustrated and impatient, or reluctant to actually make the changes we know would serve us wholeheartedly, thinking perhaps simply being aware of them might be enough to communicate that we're ready to receive. 

While trusting, waiting, watching, and listening are paramount when it comes to the balance between what we bring to life and what life brings to us, the piece we might forget is the power of the quality of our communication to that which moves the spiral. Moving through this process of identifying the work ahead of us and carrying out that work with more aligned energy is what is waiting to be received from us.  

As we inquire around where and who we have been previously, mining for the beautiful jewels of experience to carry with us as we shed the shame, pain, etc, it's very easy to get lost in imagining how we might have held on to the arrival I've been referencing the first time it came around, and how different our lives might have been if we had managed. But I will reiterate what I said last week, that this arrival wasn't meant for us given where we were at that time. We're learning to recognize the truth of this and implement a change in the way we carry out what needs to be done: working on our thoughts / actions / behaviors not as chastisement, but as a gift only we can give ourselves.

 

Thanks for reading! Megan is available for individual readings in person at The River Guild and over distance. To check her availability and book an appointment please visit embodiedhome.as.me

(enter code HAPPY35MEGAN to receive 20% off any appointment booked before 6/1/2018!)

Embodied Home for April 10th, 2018

Welcome to the Tarot Tuesday collective reading for the week of April 10 by Megan Alexander of Embodied Home 

 

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What are we moving through? Two of Stones (reversed)
 

What is the undercurrent? Seven of Stones
 

What are we learning? Two of Cups (reversed)

The time is right to begin some practical, earthly work of processing an old trauma. It is the work of reassembling long lost pieces (events, thoughts, ideas, feelings) into a whole and complete picture that we can experience in a new way: as a map to a place beyond. 

This is likely to show up as some inopportune disquiet, it is even more likely to be something you thought you had already worked through. It's important to remember that this is not a sign that you did anything wrong/left anything unfinished in your previous processing, simply that there is another iteration ready for you to experience. 

This new iteration is related to the role we play in the lives of others. They may be family members, chosen family, colleagues, collaborators, clients, strangers, or intimate companions. In any case, the trauma we have the opportunity to process further will allow for greater transparency and vulnerability, which sparks connection on a level as of yet unseen. This connection is key in times to come, as it will become a valuable source of creation.

 

Thanks for reading! Megan is available for individual readings in person at The River Guild and over distance. To check her availability and book an appointment please visit embodiedhome.as.me

We visit with Peggy and offer some Tarot

Hey, family! First things first, we have a new episode of Kinda Sorta coming at you, now hosted on our brand-spankin' new YouTube channel. Subscribe to get updated on all the latest things we post there. We love sharing the wonderful people an modalities we host here at The Guild and we want you in on all the goods!

Next I need to apologize for being so late with the Embodied Home Tarot this week! Megan is amazingly talented and is available for private readings at the Guild!

Welcome to the Tarot Tuesday collective reading for the week of April 3 by Megan Alexander of Embodied Home 

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  • What are we moving through? Four of Wands (reversed)
     
  • What is the undercurrent? Two of Stones (reversed)
     
  • What are we learning? Father of Swords


Four of Wands and Two of Stones, both reversed, call on us to take a pause in spite of the impulse we feel to take off running with the deep, juicy instructions we've been receiving from Spirit fresh in our minds. It's possible that the circumstances for our work to flourish simply aren't in place yet, but more likely we need to take a closer look at what we ourselves must let go of.

There is a weight or heaviness, some obligation or structure we're feeling we must impose upon this work. This has much to do with societal conditioning around what "work" is meant to be. Here's the rub: soul work does not fit into any sort of container created by an outside entity. The way any individual's soul work weaves into their life is as unique as they are.

The call to action is to focus on the joyful and nourishing aspects of what you are feeling called to do and take the action that makes sense to you to embody them. If there is worry, doubt, or a slew of "shoulds" in your consideration, take the time to honor where those are coming from. Trust and be open to the ways your soul work will weave its way into your life as you let go of the "shoulds."

This action is in service to Father of Swords, who illuminates our lesson. We're being asked to chart our own course manner so that our message / work will be of the highest benefit for those who are meant to receive it: we can inspire others to find their own way by first doing so ourselves.

 

Thanks for reading! Megan is available for individual readings in person at The River Guild and over distance. To check her availability and book an appointment please visit embodiedhome.as.me

Embodied Home Tarot for the week of 3/27

Welcome to your Tarot Tuesday forecast for the week of 27 March, 2018 by Megan Alexander of Embodied Home (www.embodiedhome.com)

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  • Where are we? Six of Stones
     
  • What is underneath / informing where we are? Daughter of Swords
     
  • What are we learning? Mother of Swords (reversed)

We're being invited to further our exploration of clarity and communication for the benefit of all this week. 

We're moving through a period of realizing the richness and abundance that is generated by equal exchange, by giving and receiving fully. Six of Stones informed by Daughter of Swords suggests that we are ready to share our own unique experience with others, realizing that we can enhance our connections by simply (or not so simply) being open and available to one another. It may be that we are ready to open up to a wide audience, or perhaps to an intimate community. The scope of our reach is not as important as the quality of our communication, which is where Mother of Swords (reversed) comes into play.

Mother of Swords is in a position to ask us to look honestly at what we have been communicating, either subtly or overtly. She invites us to explore not only what we say, but why we say it. If our intent and our methodology are misaligned, we succeed only in communicating ineffectively, which results in not receiving what we needed, causing harm to others, or some combination of both. 

The call to action here is to take time to get very clear about what we really need, specifically what we need from the people we are feeling the call to open up to. Additionally, really take time to consider how they might best like to be asked to meet those needs. Mother of Swords reminds us here that the key to finding the way is knowing that this consideration before communication benefits everyone involved. After all, communicating our needs clearly meets a need for the other party as well: it removes the burden of guessing and interpretation entirely. We create a more fertile environment for new fruits to be born as we deepen and expand within relationships and community. 

Thanks for reading! Megan is available for personal readings live at The River Guild and online. To check her availability and to book an appointment, please visit embodiedhome.as.me

Embodied Home Tarot For Your Week

Welcome to your Tarot Tuesday forecast for the week of 20 March, 2018 by Megan Alexander of Embodied Home (www.embodiedhome.com)

 

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  • Where are we? Son of Cups (reversed)
     
  • What is underneath / informing where we are? Three of Stones
     
  • What are we learning? Nine of Cups (reversed)

This week what comes up is a block in the area of communication, not necessarily with other humans, but in our exchange with God / Spirit / Divine / The Universe et al. The block is related to the belief that we are separate from what we do for a living or any other seemingly mundane activities, as though these are unrelated to our nature as spiritual beings. It's a misconception that sacred action or devotion can only be expressed and embodied in the container of ritual. In fact, when we make the choice to consider any action we take as an offering, even something as uneventful as cleaning the toilet, we subtly communicate our gratitude for this life in a sustainable, lasting way. The feedback received in return for this continual expression of gratitude, at least for me, feels like deep satisfaction and contentment. It's an unconventional fortune that must be experienced to be fully understood, and it is of a higher value than any other currency.

It's also worth a detour, if you'll come along with me, to take into consideration the elements of these cards: earth + water + a touch of air. When earth and water come together, they make mud or clay which can be worked into a vessel / container. When we expose this vessel to air, it will begin to dry and harden enough for us to be able to carve intricate details into it, and with enough time it will be ready to enter the alchemical fire of a kiln. After this vessel passes through the fire, it will be forever changed, forged with new strength and capacities.

So, dear reader, I encourage you to consider yourself as both the vessel and the ceramicist. Take into consideration what you wish to communicate with the intricacies you carve. Take all the time you need to fully prepare yourself to pass through the fire, entering as dirt and water and coming out again as a vessel for divine truth.

Thanks for reading! Megan is available for personal readings live at The River Guild and online. To check her availability and to book an appointment, please visit www.embodiedhome.com/tarot

More Tarot from Embodied Home

Welcome to your Tarot Tuesday forecast for the week of 13 March, 2018 by Megan Alexander of Embodied Home (www.embodiedhome.com)

 

  • Where are we? The Emperor
     
  • What is underneath / informing where we are? Seven of Wands
     
  • What are we learning? Death

It seems we have more work to do with Seven of Wands as it comes through for the third week in a row. This week's iteration is as an undercurrent of The Emperor, also making a repeat appearance.
 
We find ourselves more capable than perhaps we once believed. We have the opportunity to experience clearer decision making as we allow what is precious and worthy of protection (our power, our soul's purpose, etc) to become our compass. It is evident that this new compass has replaced fear, doubt, old stories / habits, and shame when we find it easy (or at least easier) to take action without apology, as the impulse to apologize withers when we have firm roots to draw instruction from.

When we operate within this framework of clarity + well-informed / balanced action, we are better prepared to process the inevitable mess that comes with liberation. It looks different for each of us, but when we really settle into our balanced, benevolent power as The Emperor, the constructs around us that are lacking integrity will begin to fall away. These can be social norms, relationships, jobs, etc. Whatever may need to leave us to make space for our expansion rarely goes quietly, but when we are clear about staying true to our course, we know we have what we need to withstand any discomfort as we evolve.

Please visit www.embodiedhome.com/tarot to book a live, personal reading with Megan at The River Guild or online. 

Your weekly tarot from Embodied Home!

Welcome to your Tarot Tuesday forecast for the week of 6 March, 2018 by Megan Alexander of Embodied Home (www.embodiedhome.com)

 

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  • Where are we? Seven of Wands 
  • What is underneath / informing where we are? Daughter of Swords 
  • What are we learning? Eight of Stones

If you recall, Seven of Wands showed up for us last week, but today we have received it directly instead of reversed. This is not evidence of a backslide, dear reader, since it is informed by a most welcome Daughter of Swords. The feeling I get is that of having had an affirming experience, one that has set us up to freely accept the invitation of Seven of Wands: to examine what is true/real vs. what our creative (if not misinformed) minds might imagine is true/real in the absence of concrete proof.

When we examine our circumstances through this lens, it would serve us well to remember that what is true/real reveals itself in a multitude of ways, ranging from tangible to spiritual and any and all combinations thereof. Acknowledging this totality of experience allows us to walk on our current path holistically. It's the key to being able to discern what action would be wisest as we move at an intelligent pace, which of course is different for each of us at any given moment. 

In trusting and taking action in this manner, we are given the opportunity to be affirmed again, this time of something we may only be aware of intellectually at this time: that our own truth can not be given to us or defined by someone else. So, we are invited to get quiet and still enough to Know what is next, and to take the step, no matter how small it may seem. This step, even if imperceptible by others, taken with confidence and self assurance is deeply powerful. It's more powerful than any action motivated by a "should." As we continue on, each step building upon the last, we can be liberated from the adage that slow and steady wins the race, as when we embody our truth we remember that there is no race to win.

Please visit www.embodiedhome.com/tarot to book a live, personal reading with Megan at The River Guild or online, and enter the code SEEDS-TO-FLOWERS at checkout to receive 20% off. There are only 5 discounted slots available, and once the code has been used 5 times it will no longer be valid. If you feel moved to do so, book your appointment today!

Your Tuesday Tarot from Embodied Home

Welcome to your Tarot Tuesday forecast for the week of 27 February, 2018 as channeled and interpreted by Megan Alexander of Embodied Home (www.embodiedhome.com)

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  • Where are we? Seven of Wands (reversed)
  • What is underneath / informing where we are? Mother of Stones (reversed)
  • What are we learning? The Emperor

After a long journey wandering the outer edges very far away from our core, this is a moment of spiraling back toward our center, where lies our ability to perceive our connection to the vast web of all life.

Walls, bars, and defenses erected against an unseen threat now reveal themselves to be nothing but a cage. That which we built to protect our strength and give space for it to flourish no longer does. We begin to feel how cramped these quarters have become, how they only serve now to stifle our growth. There is an opportunity to let the cage crumble, and experience what it feels like to stand tall and share space in the wider world.

What is available to us to embody beyond our defenses is available to all beings, therefore not something to be guarded. It is the space we require to feel ourselves fully, and the intricate connection between us that allows for free and open exchange.

Please visit www.embodiedhome.com/tarot to book a live, personal reading with Megan at The River Guild or online.

 

This week's tarot and a brand new show!

First things first, Megan Alexander (of Embodied Home) has a pull for us this week. Sorry for the 24 hour delay on this:

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Welcome to your Tarot Tuesday forecast for the week of 20 February, 2018 as channeled and interpreted by Megan Alexander of Embodied Home (www.embodiedhome.com)

  • Where are we? Seven of Swords
     
  • What is underneath / informing where we are? Daughter of Cups
     
  • What are we learning? Seven of Cups (reversed)

This week will present the opportunity to do some deep internal work that has eluded us for some time now, mainly because we have been operating under the belief that something/someone outside of ourselves is what needs to be reworked.

The core of this internal work is E.M.P.O.W.E.R.M.E.N.T. Upon shifting our attention inward, we can discover the depth of our ability to be resourceful, authentic, resilient, and adaptable. When we apply these abilities practically to solve our own problems, they can feel like superpowers, an in a way they are, especially when they serve not only to enrich our own lives but to inspire those around us to follow suit.

The ripple effect of the work we begin to do this week is capable of fundamentally shifting the way human beings relate to one another, which is a beautiful concept if not potentially overwhelming. Avoid this exhaustion by focusing on your own behavior, thoughts, and actions. Make change as it applies practically to your own life and in your own time.

Please visit www.embodiedhome.com/tarot to book a live, personal reading with Megan at The River Guild or online.

In other news (drum roll please) ...

We have a show! A TV show! It's called Kinda Sorta Spiritual, hosted by our own Dr. Carlos Perez and Sarah Robinson. A huge thank you goes out to our producer, Joe Chateauneuf, without whom this wouldn't have happened. We'd also like to thank the staff at Concord TV, who has been flexible, supportive and exceedingly helpful during this process. We'll be doing episodes of our show every month, so stay tuned! We'll be posting them here for you to share! Let us know what you would like us to cover in future episodes.