When The Tower Shakes Things Up

Oh, that scary Tower in the Tarot deck. It’s not a pretty card, and most of us, myself included, really hate to see it in a reading:

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Doesn’t look like a happy card, does it? And do you see that female figure on the right side of the card? The one falling head-first to the ground, screaming for all she’s worth? Recognize her?

You don’t? 

Well, it’s me.

And that guy in the red cape, falling down on the left side, that’s my husband. Aren’t we a lovely couple?

Actually, we are. We’ve just had the rug pulled out from under us, is all. Usually, we’re much quieter people. Right now, though, we’re a bit…rattled. That’s because the energy of The Tower has overshadowed our lives once again.

We’ve been here before. In 2002, right around the same time of the year, the company my husband worked for closed its doors. He literally went in for work one morning and came home jobless by lunchtime. That’s how quickly it happened. We’d been on a short spring break vacation with our boys the week before, and the loss of his job blindsided us. He was out of work until September. In that time, though, he was able to finish the novel he’d been struggling to complete, which was the silver lining inside of that cloud. Still, I was thankful when he found another job. Money worries went away, and I felt secure again.

This time, it’s been a little different. My husband has been suspicious for several weeks now that something was going on at work. Sometimes I think he should be the professional psychic in the family–he’s very perceptive, and he’d told me about the energies he’d picked up on around the office. You’d think by now I’d’ve learned to pay attention. Did I? No. Ever since our son was ill last summer, I’ve been craving security, trying to hang onto what semblance of “normal” that I can. I didn’t want anything to rock the boat. I’ve put off new projects and ideas I’ve had for my business so that I could recover, emotionally, mentally, and physically, from the ordeal of caring for a sick child. Now that our son is doing better, I’ve been enjoying where we are in our lives and feeling like, perhaps, I can breathe again.

A perfect chance for Tower energy to come in and shake it all up. 

My husband lost his job yesterday. His company eliminated his position. In our household, he is the primary source of income and our source of insurance. As a self-employed person, I work part-time in my office as a bodyworker and reader, and, having just completed my third book, I was looking forward to taking some time off to relax a bit.

It seems that the Universe has other plans.

The energy of The Tower can be likened to an earthquake. It shakes up your world, causing old thoughts, ideas, and issues to be exposed and sifted out of your life. Sometimes, it can be a test of faith, or a time to ask, “What do I really believe?” For me, at this time, my head reels through all of the usual worries. Mortgage, office rent, tuition payments, insurance, food, everyday expenses–where will all of this money come from if my spouse is out of work? How will we make ends meet? What will we have to sacrifice? What will my husband do now?

When we’re caught in the throes of The Tower’s initial energy, it can be overwhelming. I’d be lying if I told you I was fine with all of this. When my husband called me yesterday at my office to tell me what had happened, I was stunned. I kept repeating, “I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it.” I think what I should’ve said instead, more truthfully, was, “I don’t want to believe it.” Because I didn’t want to believe this could happen to us again. I wanted safety, and the Universe gave me chaos energy instead. I could tell you that I took a deep breath and straightened my spine to face the storm. In reality, I cried and cried once my client left the office. 

But what is chaos energy? It’s a way to shake up what’s in our lives, a way to force us to evaluate and to get rid of what’s no longer needed, what no longer serves our larger purpose. I know that my husband wasn’t happy at his job. He was often bored, and although he has many, many skills, he wasn’t able to use them. My heart tells me that there is something better for him to be doing, something that will challenge him in a positive way to use his talents and to really make a difference somewhere. This is what I pray will happen for him. I want him to be happy in his work, as I usually am. I want him to feel he is accomplishing what he needs to in this world. I want him to grow and learn and be the very best he can be.

I know, deep down, that this is what The Tower is delivering to us now: opportunity. Yes, it’s scary. There are things in my life I don’t want to give up. I know that the Universe is abundance, and if we can keep our minds in a positive state and recognize that abundance, we can tap into it. This is what I’m trying hard to do right now. 

I know this is an opportunity for me as well, a time to reassess the projects I’ve been considering and possibly to expand my business in new ways. I may not have all the answers yet, but I think Spirit is asking me to look at the possibilities and not be afraid to try new things. It will take me some time to sort it out, but I will make the effort to do so.

And so…with the energy of The Tower swirling around us, my husband and I will pick ourselves up from the rocks, dust ourselves off, survey what has fallen away from our landscape, and repair our lives, knowing that what grows now will be more beautiful than what has been here before.

Affirmation for today: “I am safe and stable. I am one with the Universe and the Divine. I am powerful and positive. I create what I need, knowing that there is only abundance in the Universe.”

Be well, my friends…and if the Tower is causing tremors in your life, hold fast to what matters most: love. That’s what I’ll be doing, too.

Tarot Tuesday 4-28-09

Yes, it’s time again for Tarot Tuesday. Boy, the days are really flying by–I can’t believe it’s time to look at Tarot again on the blog! This week, I decided to read using the Mystic Faerie Tarot, by Barbara Moore and Linda Ravenscroft. Here are some of the images in this beautiful, whimsical deck:

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I love the gorgeous faerie images in this deck, and it feels especially right to use it today as Spring infuses my thoughts and energy. One interesting thing to note in this deck: reversed cards, ones appearing upside down, in a reading, are used, but the reversal of the card is thought to draw special attention to the meaning of that particular card in the spread. I’ll use this method today as I read for the questions drawn from those submitted. So, here we go!

Our first question today is from Linz, who asks:

“I would really love to know what’s ahead as far as my art/business is concerned.”

For this question, I’ll throw 3 cards to see what the Universe has in store for Linz and her artistic and business pursuits.

Card 1: Three of Cups

Card 2: Four of Swords (reversed–pay special attention to this one!)

Card 3: Major Arcana card The (High) Priestess

There are deep meanings here for Linz as she approaches her art and her business, which I’m assuming are connected. The 3 of Cups indicates a time of fun and sharing with friends. It’s important to laugh and to be social, and to recognize the great support that loved ones can be. Remember to always share with friends, but don’t allow them to influence you in negative ways. Some people may never understand your work or your need to pursue particular avenues in your life, and that’s OK. You can still listen to their advice, but always remember that true friends will support and love you no matter what choices you make. This card indicates that there will be celebrations of something artistic, but some of those around you may not understand what you were trying to accomplish. Don’t be discouraged by this, and keep moving forward.

The 4 of Swords, reversed, indicates a need to listen closely to this message. There may be an idea or problem that you encounter in the next couple of weeks, and you may exhaust yourself trying to manage or figure this situation out. Sometimes, though, the best thing you can do to solve an issue is to step back, rest, and take some time away from it. Sleep is important at this time, not only for your health but because our unconscious minds can sometimes reveal solutions that we haven’t explored. When this situation arises, take the time you need to sort it out, and know that it will come to a better end than if you rush into it head-on with no thought. 

The final card, The (High) Priestess, is a Major Arcana card indicating a need to go within to explore the mystical and magickal part of your nature. The Universe is calling you to your higher purpose. Since Linz asked specifically about her art work, I believe this card indicates that the art is very important and is vital to Linz’s survival as a human being. The art must reflect, however, her deeper, spiritual self, and in order to bring this forth, Linz needs a lot of time excavating her interior life: her thoughts, her dreams, her fantasies–all the things that make magick real. She also needs to create a sacred space in order to do this work, a space where she can both meditate for her inspirations and create the artwork that comes from this process. The (High) Priestess entreats Linz to love and honor the mystical side of herself and to allow it to pour forth into her artwork, which will draw more and more people to her. When she displays her heart in her work, people can’t help but be attracted to it. Now is the time to really concentrate on making this a priority.

Linz, I hope this makes sense to you. Thank you for your question!

*****

Our last question today comes from Diane, who writes:

“Will I be successful/what to expect at school this fall; and what I should do/can expect from romance in the next year.”

Diane, I will throw 2 cards for each part of this question. The first 2 cards will concern school this fall, and the last 2 will highlight romance in your life.

Card 1: Major Arcana card The Tower

Card 2: Two of Wands

Card 3: Nine of Cups

Card 4: Six of Cups

Anyone who knows Tarot knows that Diane’s first card, Major Arcana card The Tower, can be a challenging one. But Diane, do not despair! These first 2 cards are energies around your school career in the fall, and my feeling here is that The Tower is indicating that something you believed in will be challenged and perhaps shaken up by what you’re learning or what you encounter in school. Long-held beliefs do not often leave us without putting up quite a fight, and I think something you’ve believed in for a long time will be challenged when you go to school. This is a necessary part of the growth of the Self, however, and this is something you need to confront and deal with. You are not the same person any longer, and sometimes this means that old ideas and ways of life must be released. This isn’t easy for some of us. But if we know this is coming and we recognize the necessity of shedding our old skin, it makes the process easier and more bearable. School may be challenging for other reasons, too–fitting it into your lifestyle, making room for its demands, etc. My feeling here, however, is that if you can continue on through the most challenging times, you can be successful. And always remember that this is something very important for you to do.

The 2 of Wands indicates that you won’t be alone in this struggle. This card depicts 2 woodland creatures sitting together, reading a book. An alliance will be made in school that will help you as you challenge those old beliefs, and this partnership has potential. You must ask yourself if you are willing to give some of you to the relationship, for this is what will be required if the relationship is to succeed. Having someone there to support you will be most helpful–but you can’t always just take in the relationship. Be prepared for it to be a balanced relationship, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

In regard to the relationship question: both Cups cards indicate the energy of love, emotion, and family, so this will be prevalent as you move forward. The 9 of Cups shows a couple embracing in a very satisfied way in this deck, and I have to say that it looks like a love relationship will become very important to you by the end of the year. This feels very happy and content, and the partnership seems to be a good one. The 6 of Cups cautions you, however, not to live in the past. Even when a good relationship comes along, some folks destroy it by comparing it to other, past relationships instead of allowing it to be what it is. Don’t sabotage yourself this way. Appreciate the new energy and the new person, and don’t put parameters on the relationship because of what’s happened in the past. Be happy, and don’t pick it all apart with insignificant things. Know that love is a strong and vital energy, and you can have it, if you can stay happy by recognizing your own joy.

Diane, I hope this helps you. Thank you for allowing me to stand between the two worlds!

*****

I hope each and every one of you reading this is having a fabulous week so far. And it’s not too early to submit a question for next week’s Tarot Tuesday. Either leave a message in the comments section or email me at info@vandeneynden.biz. See you very soon!

xo

The Law of Attraction

Recently, one of my readers, Lisa, asked me to comment on the Law of Attraction, my experience with it, and the way it’s worked in my life. Ever since she asked the question, I’ve been contemplating doing a blog about it, but I’ve been so busy with the manuscript I couldn’t pull my thoughts together.

Today, when I checked my Tweets on Twitter, I saw someone had posted a blog about this very subject. I checked it out and thought it was EXCELLENT. Go and read it. Don’t be put off because it seems to revolve around seeking a relationship. The principles the author highlights can be applied to ANYTHING you’re trying to bring into your life:

http://singleseekingsoulmate.blogspot.com/2009/03/what-to-do-when-what-you-dont-want.html

I’ve had this very experience myself. Year ago, in seeking to build my own reading and massage therapy business, I stumbled across several offers to work doing massage in salons or spas, the environment I’d left. Although the temptation was great to have set hours and a steady stream of clients, the spa and salon scene was one where I was never happy. The gossip and negative energy of the salons where I’d worked in the past left a bad taste in my mouth. The competition between workers was outrageous and unnerving. Although the promise of a regular paycheck loomed bright, I couldn’t bear the idea of going back to such an appalling energy. So I stuck with my office, re-establishing my intention to build my own business and to be happy doing so. Eight years later, I’m still doing well: I get to work the hours I want to work, I screen my own clients, and I enjoy doing a mixture of bodywork and Spirit work throughout my days. Best of all, I feel I’m honoring myself and Creator, using my talents and my skills to help others achieve peace, healing, and comfort. I really feel like I have the best job in the world.

I believe very strongly that those other opportunities were presented to me at that time so that I could firmly re-commit myself to what I wanted to create. Just as Dr. Jenn says in her blog post, if you’re not receiving what you want, you shouldn’t settle for something not-quite-right. Thank the Universe for bringing that to you, and re-state what it is you truly desire. This cements in your own mind what you’re trying to achieve and affirms for you that it can and will come to you. And don’t get discouraged it the not-quite-right stuff seems to keep appearing. It’s just a precursor of what is right around the corner for you!

Happy Thursday, everyone.

xo

Tarot Tuesday 4-20-09

I’m excited to be back to doing Tarot Tuesday again! I’ve received a bunch of questions, so I’m going to try to do several short readings today on the blog so that we can get a few answers. I’ll be using the Gilded Tarot today, which is a lovely, colorful deck, as you can see here:

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For each question, I’m going to throw three cards to get a general sense of energy around the question and the most important factors the querent needs to know and understand at this time. Here we go!

The first question today comes from Lori M, who writes:

“Before I met my husband, I was committed to an academic career and, if not one of the brightest department stars, I certainly held my own and had my faculty supporters.  Slow-forward 10+ years, and I now have a husband, a daughter, a son, and absolutely no PhD dissertation to speak of.  My *desire* to write it remains fairly strong, but I’m worried that I will either let myself waste the last two years I have on my clock and end up with nothing professional to show for all that time, or that things out of my control will conspire to make sure I never finish.  I love my family, and I don’t regret the choices I’ve made up until this point (in fact, I really do believe that if I ever do get off my behind and get the thing written, it will be better for the experiences I’ve had as a wife and mother), but I’m really panicking about the possibility that I will fail at this goal.  Any insights?”

I threw 3 cards, as I said, but I then threw an extra card for clarification, since the last card thrown was a Page, and I don’t like ending energies on a “person” card. Pages, Knights, Queens, and Kings in a Tarot reading can indicate particular people in the seeker’s life who will play a major role, and although I will mention my interpretation of this card for Lori as we go along, I need to have a clearer picture of “end result” for her. So, the cards that came up for Lori:

Card 1: Major Arcana card Judgment

Card 2: Ace of Swords

Card 3: Page of Cups

Card 4: Four of Cups

The two Cups cards that appear in this reading for Lori indicate that there is a lot of emotional energy surrounding this question for her. The Major Arcana card also indicates that this dissertation and its place in Lori’s life is a major factor in her path and where she’s going from here. She certainly has important choices to make, and Judgment symbolizes several things here. First, Lori has the talent and the intelligence to write a wonderful paper and to complete her academic goals. She has many gifts, although some of these have been put on the back burner. There is a message from Spirit here to call those gifts forward, however, and to give them the attention they deserve. It is important to notice, too, that Judgment is the penultimate card in the Major Arcana. My sense is that time is running out, and the decision about whether to finish this needs to be made quickly and decisively. The important thing to remember here is that all Judgment in this card comes from the self, not from anyone outside of Lori. She is the only person who can commit to this goal or to allow it to pass her by, and she will be her harshest critic or her greatest cheerleader. She cannot rely on others to do it for her. All of the strength and purpose lies within her, and she needs to realize that this is an important component of who she is. If she bypasses the opportunity, she will never be less because of her decision–but if she takes it firmly in hand, she will step into her power and achieve great things.

The Ace of Swords reiterates here the opportunity that is being given to Lori right now. Swords are thoughts, ideas, and sometimes projects, and Lori has a good one, ready to be taken to the highest point it can be. She has a sharp mind and can easily complete this project given the time and resources she needs. The Page of Cups indicates that her children are probably the biggest challenge at this time, and she may need to find childcare, at least for a few hours a day, in order to commit fully to undertaking this project. It may make her heartsick to allow someone else to watch the children or to not be present for them all the time–but children are resilient and will benefit in their own ways from others helping out and tending to their needs. If Lori sets the intention that she find the right people to care for the kids at an affordable rate, this is exactly what will come into her life. She simply needs to trust that this will happen and not allow her anxiety to keep her from reaching out and connecting with folks who can help her. 

The final card, the 4 of Cups, is depicted in this deck as a large hand offering a beautiful chalice to a person sitting under a tree. There are 3 Cups gathered around the person on the ground, but the person in the card only has eyes for the offered chalice. This indicates that, in her heart, Lori truly wants to do this dissertation. She acknowledges the importance of her family and her role within it, but her academic goal is essential to her as a being. She can take a bit of time to contemplate how to make this all work for herself, but she needs to remain calm and peaceful as she works out how to arrange her life to fit in her dissertation. It CAN be done, if she dedicates herself to her goal and doesn’t allow anything else to stand in her way. I feel there is a strong message here: stop making excuses, love yourself and your family enough to recognize that this is an important goal, set your intention to achieve it, and the Universe will help you set it up so that you can.

Lori, I hope that doesn’t sound harsh. As I mentioned, Spirit will never tell you what to do. You can always choose a different path, which is what free will is all about. And there is no judgment here, no, “If you don’t do this, you’re a terrible person.” It’s all up to you. But you have a lovely gift to share with the world, and you CAN achieve this. It’s up to you to decide how much you want to devote to it.

Much love and many blessings to you!

*****

Our next question is from Sheri, who writes:

“Should I be seriously looking for another job? And if so – what kind of job should I be looking for?  I’m so confused, as I’ve been here doing website work and display work for over 12 years now. 
Or, should I stay here and ride out the storm? Is our business going to prevail over all of this money misfortune?”

Seems to be a question on many minds these days. Let’s see what the cards hold for Sheri concerning her work situation.

Card 1: Page of Swords

Card 2: Major Arcana card The Emperor

Card 3: Ten of Swords

Because the Ten of Swords can sometimes be a challenging card, I threw another card for Sheri to see what would come of that challenge. 

Card 4: Major Arcana card The Sun

Wow! Two Swords cards and two Majors in this 4-card reading! There’s a lot here for Sheri to know about her work situtation.

The Page of Swords, in his placement as first in the spread, represents Sheri’s idea about finding a new job. It’s undeveloped, but it’s there, and it’s waiting for action. My feeling is that the Page of Swords, the idea of a new job, could easily turn into the next card, Major Arcana card The Emperor, indicating great power, prestige, and leadership. My feeling here is that Sheri has talent that could help her find something new and drive her forward on the material plane in her career path. This card depicts The Emperor surrounded by the Wheel of the Zodiac, which gives the card an otherworldly, mystical feel. I feel this is a signal from the Universe for Sheri to step into her power, moving from the idea of the Page into the action of the Emperor. He also points down at the earth in this card, an indication of manifestation power, and he wears a crown of victory on his head. I don’t think there’s an indication here that Sheri should just leave her job now, but there’s a definite energy of success if she decides to begin the hunt and understands that her power of manifestation, especially in the realm of career power, is real.

The 10 of Swords indicates a challenge here, and my feeling is that this represents Sheri’s current job situation. I feel that the company is in dire straits, and although the swords in this card are not piercing the body over which they hover, an end doesn’t seem too far in the future. All endings are also beginnings, however, and that’s how Sheri should see this current cycle of energy. There may be a loss and some sorrow concerning her current job, but the Major Arcana card the Sun coming close behind indicates great success not far away. Again, on this card there is a depiction of the Wheel of the Zodiac, echoing the Wheel on the Emperor, and it feels as if the Universe is sending a subtle message here about the turning of the Wheel, that Divine Timing is in play, and that Sheri has come to the end of this cycle because it is important for her to move on and beyond what she’s doing now. There are great things awaiting her in the future if she can move past her fears and step confidently into her personal power. 

Sheri, I hope this helps you. Good luck, and thank you for allowing me to read for you!

*****

Our final question today comes from Missy. She says:

“My life is a jumble of unknowns, which in truth I am ok with, but I will take whatever you get for me.  Love, Work, Divine Purpose…whatever comes in strongest.”

Let’s see what the Tarot reveals today to Missy!

Card 1: Queen of Swords

Card 2: Two of Swords

Card 3: Six of Cups

Two Swords cards dominate this 3-card reading, indicating ideas and a choice that Missy needs to make. The Queen of Swords represents Missy’s energy in the reading, and this Queen often symbolizes what I sometimes like to call the “bitch” quality. I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense–many people call strong women bitches because they know what they want, and they are tenacious and insistent. My feeling here is that Missy possesses a strong, gut instinct about what she needs in her life–now, she needs to be adamant about having it. She needs to set her boundaries and not allow anyone around her to goad her into doing something she doesn’t wish to do. The Queen in this particular deck holds a gleaming sword aloft with a careful, almost smug smile on her face. Missy, I feel as if you have a good idea about something, perhaps an invention, a new project, a new product, something that could be very beneficial to you in a financial way, and in having this, you also have a great deal of power. Don’t waste your time with people or in situations that don’t appreciate your project. The 2 of Swords coming right after this indicates to me that you’ll have at least 2 people or organizations that are interested in what you have to offer. Don’t blindly accept one offer, depicted by the blindfolded woman hovering in the background of this card. Remove the blinders and look at each offer carefully before deciding which path to take. The moon on this card tells you to also pay attention to your intuition, and don’t waffle or hesitate–you’ll make the right choice. Whatever it is, it will be coming into your energy soon, within the next few weeks, so you must act quickly when given the opportunity. The Six of Cups indicates that your choice here will make you happy, filling your cups with many beautiful flowers. If you have children or a family, this decision will affect them greatly, and there will be prosperity and abundance for you all. 

Thank you for allowing me to serve between the worlds for you, Missy!

*****

Whew! That was a lot of reading! 

I hope you all enjoyed this week’s Tarot Tuesday. Keep those questions coming in!

Until later this week…be well, happy, and at peace.

xo

Return of Tarot Tuesday

Hey, everyone, don’t forget that I’ll be returning to Tarot Tuesday this coming week. If you’d like to submit a question to be answered with a Tarot reading on the blog, please post it in the comments section or send me a private email to:

info@vandeneynden.biz

I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend!

Love and blessings to you and yours.

A Musical Interlude

Greetings, everyone! I’m back from a few days away with my family, and I’m thrilled to tell you a bit about our trip. We visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, pictured here:

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My husband and I have visited the Hall of Fame twice before, but this was our first time taking our twin sons, age 13. In the last year, they’ve become more interested in popular music, and my husband, a musician and one-time rock band member, couldn’t have been keener to take them to the Mecca of rock and roll. We had a tremendous time, and I was quite amazed, as I’ve been in the past, at the dedication to their work that these artists display. This time, the museum featured a special exhibit on Bruce Springsteen. I’ve never been a big Springsteen fan; although we own a couple of his albums and I enjoy his music, he’s not a favorite. I was terribly impressed, though, to see the exhibit, especially the pages and pages and pages of his handwritten song lyrics. I couldn’t help comparing the songwriting process to my own as an author and admiring Springsteen’s dedication to capturing just the right words to express himself musically. Being there also proved to me, once again, how important music is to so many people, and how it binds us together in a common experience.

So, in honor of our trip to the Hall of Fame, I thought it would be fun to create a meme of sorts. I love memes–I enjoy expressing my own opinion, I suppose, and it’s hard for me not to complete one on Facebook or LiveJournal when someone else posts it. I thought I’d post a list of the Hall of Fame performance inductees, along with my favorite song by that artist, and encourage readers to lift the list, post it to their own LJ, blog, Facebook page, etc, with their own favorite songs listed. Be warned: the list of Hall of Fame inductees is terribly long, and although I’m sure all of them are terrifically talented, I only listed the artists whose work I knew. My criteria: if I knew one of their songs, I listed them. So I did leave some of the inductees out–my apologies to those folks, but I had to make a limit somewhere. If you’d like to see the entire list of inductees, you can visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list here: http://www.rockhall.com/inductees

Anyway, on to my list!

1986 Inductees

Buddy Holly–“Peggy Sue”

Chuck Berry–“Johnny B. Goode”

Elvis Presley–“Jailhouse Rock”

James Brown– I have to say here, I’ve never been a fan of James Brown (but always did love Eddie Murphy’s impersonation on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), but I can acknowledge his influence even if I don’t like him– “I Feel Good”

Jerry Lee Lewis–although my uncle was a big fan of Jerry Lee and played his version of “Chantilly Lace” over and over again, I prefer “Great Balls of Fire.” Sorry, Uncle Jim. 

Little Richard–“Tutti Frutti”

Ray Charles–“Georgia on My Mind”

The Everly Brothers–“Wake Up Little Susie” (Scandalous song at the time, I’m sure!)

1987 Inductees

Aretha Franklin–“Respect”

B. B. King–“The Thrill is Gone”

Roy Orbison–“Pretty Woman”

Smokey Robinson–“The Tears of a Clown” 

1988 Inductees

Bob Dylan–I know a lot of people consider Dylan to be a musical genius, but I’m just not that into him. Still–“A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”

The Beach Boys–As a girl, I listened to ENDLESS SUMMER countless times. Funny, but I don’t think “Barbara Ann” was on there.

The Beatles–Now, here is genius, at least to me. Hard to choose just one, but I’d have to go with “Hey, Jude.”

The Supremes–“Stop! In the Name of Love”

1989 Inductees

Otis Redding–“(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”

Stevie Wonder–“Superstition”

The Rolling Stones–Another band I’ve never gotten into, although I know they have legions of fans. I do like “Paint it Black.”

1990 Inductees

Simon and Garfunkel–So many good songs. I’d have to go with “The Sounds of Silence.” Interesting–until I looked it up to check, I thought it was “The SOUND of Silence.” 

The Kinks–“Lola”

The Who–One of my favorite bands, so it’s very hard to choose just one song. But it will have to be “Behind Blue Eyes.”

1991 Inductees

Ike and Tina Turner–I think Tina Turner is one brave, strong, enduring lady. And their version of “Proud Mary” never fails to knock me out, especially when you see the old clips of Tina dancing. 

The Byrds–another band I know next-to-nothing about, but I like “So You Want to be a Rock-n-Roll Star.”

1992 Inductees

Johnny Cash–ah, the Man in Black. I like several of his songs quite a bit, but I’d have to go with “Ring of Fire.”

The Jimi Hendrix Experience–my husband introduced me to Jimi, and honestly, it took a long while for him to grow on me. He has, however, and now I really like his stuff. “Fire” is my favorite.

The Yardbirds–another band I know very little about, except that several great guitarists started out there. “For Your Love” would have to be my favorite of theirs.

1993 Inductees

Cream–“White Room”

Creedence Clearwater Revival–“Bad Moon Rising”

The Doors–“Love Her Madly”

Van Morrison–“Moondance”

1994 Inductees

Bob Marley–“I Shot the Sheriff”

Elton John–“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”

John Lennon–“Imagine”

Rod Stewart–“Hot Legs.” No, just kidding. I’m not a big Rod Steward fan, but I actually like “Fascination.”

 The Animals–“We Gotta Get Out of This Place”

The Band–“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”

The Grateful Dead–I know several people who are big Dead Heads, but I can’t count myself among them. This is why I’d have to go to their 80’s song “Touch of Gray.”

1995 Inductees

Frank Zappa–Oh, he’s a strange guy, and so is his music. I can’t honestly say I know any of his songs…but I think he was a cool dude.

Janis Joplin–“Piece of My Heart”

Led Zepplin–another band it’s taken me years to embrace, but I do like most of their stuff now. “The Immigrant Song” is still my favorite.

Martha and the Vandellas–“Dancing in the Street.” Probably also because my mother loved this song…even Van Halen’s version of it!

Neil Young–“The Needle and the Damage Done”

The Allman Brothers Band–another band I’m not terribly fond of, but I suppose “Ramblin’ Man” is an OK tune.

1996 Inductees

David Bowie–such an inventive person, and a great performer, even though I don’t know much of his music. I really like “Modern Love,” though.

Gladys Knight and the Pips–I used to listen to “Midnight Train to Georgia” and sing along when I was a girl. It still stands out in my mind as a great song.

Jefferson Airplane–How much do I love Grace Slick’s voice? She’s the bomb. “Somebody to Love” rocks.

Pink Floyd–I was obsessed with THE WALL in college. Depressed much? Still, “Comfortably Numb” is a kick-ass song.

The Velvet Underground–“Walk on the Wild Side”

1997 Inductees

Crosby Stills and Nash–“Teach Your Children”

Joni Mitchell–another artist I don’t know much about, but I like “Big Yellow Taxi.”

Parliament-Funkadelic–my good friend Marilyn is a big fan of theirs. When we were studying for our tests back in massage therapy school, she’d whip out a P-Funk album when we took a break, and we’d all dance around like maniacs. “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)” is a great, fun song.

The Bee Gees–not a fan of disco at all, but “How Deep is Your Love” is a tolerable song.

The Jackson Five–way before Michael went off the deep end, he was very cute. Case in point: “ABC.”

1998 Inductees

Fleetwood Mac–“The Chain”

Santana–I know Santana hit in the 70’s, but I prefer his later stuff. “Smooth” is one of the sexiest songs ever recorded, in my book.

The Eagles–“Desperado”

The Mamas and The Papas–“California Dreamin'”

1999 Inductees

Billy Joel–I have been a Billy Joel fan forever, it seems. His was the first rock concert I ever saw. It’s extremely hard to choose just one of his songs…but I’d have to go with “Only the Good Die Young.”

Bruce Springsteen–“Born to Run”

Dusty Springfield–“Son of a Preacher Man”

Paul McCartney–As a solo artist, I don’t know a lot of McCartney. I was trying to figure out if this included his stint with Wings, so I’ll vote it does and choose “Live and Let Die.”

2000 Inductees

Bonnie Raitt–I’m a little embarrassed to admit I know squat about Bonnie Raitt. I do, however, like “Something To Talk About.”

Earth, Wind, and Fire–“September”

Eric Clapton–As a solo artist, I’d have to pick “Wonderful Tonight.”

James Taylor–“Sweet Baby James”

2001 Inductees

Aerosmith–“Janie’s Got a Gun”

Michael Jackson–It has to be “Thriller.” How can anyone forget that video and that dance?

Paul Simon–“Late in the Evening”

Queen–“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

Ritchie Valens–“La Bamba”

Steely Dan–“Josie”

2002 Inductees

Ramones–Another group I only appreciate because of my husband’s influence. “I Wanna Be Sedated” always cracks me up.

Isaac Hayes–I’m sure the man made other music, but I’d have to go with “Shaft.” Can you dig it?

Talking Heads–“Psycho Killer”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers–“Mary Jane’s Last Dance”

2003 Inductees

AC/DC–thanks to my older brother, I grew up listening to AC/DC. “Hell’s Bells” is my favorite of theirs.

Elvis Costello and the Attractions–Apparently, my favorite song of theirs wasn’t written by Elvis Costello, but by Nick Lowe. Oh well, it’s still “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding?”

Righteous Brothers–“You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”

The Clash–Not a big fan, but I can tolerate “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”

The Police–“The Bed’s Too Big Without You”

2004 Inductees

Bob Seger–“Turn the Page”

George Harrison–“All Those Years Ago”

Jackson Browne–another artist I’m not fond of, but I’d have to go with “Doctor My Eyes.”

Prince–“Let’s Go Crazy”

ZZ Top–“Sharp Dressed Man”

Traffic–Hmmm….it seems I don’t know anything about Traffic and can think of no songs of theirs. Sorry, guys.

2005 Inductees

The Pretenders–ask my husband and he’ll tell you how much I like the Pretenders. (Oh, that’s right…sarcasm doesn’t come through in a written post, does it?) But I can listen to “Back on the Chain Gang.”

U2–Although I like a lot of new U2, I still tend to love their older stuff more. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” is a long-time favorite.

2006 Inductees

Black Sabbath–Sign of the Beast! I can still remember being scandalized by my brother’s copy of “Heaven and Hell,” whose cover depicted angels sitting around smoking cigarettes and playing cards. But growing up with heavy metal, I do like a lot of Sabbath songs. “Paranoid” is tops on my list.

Blondie–Um…yuck. Not a Blondie fan, so it’s hard to pick a song. I’d have to go with “Rapture.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd–Again, not a fan, but if pressed, I could listen to “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Sex Pistols–OK, this is turning out to be a challenging year for me! I don’t like the Sex Pistols because of their attitude (and yes, I get that that’s the whole thing!) “God Save the Queen” is probably the only song of theirs I even know.

2007 Inductees

Patti Smith–I feel like I should know more Patti Smith, but I can only go with “Because the Night.”

R.E.M–Love these guys, and I know a lot of their stuff. Still, “Losing My Religion” really resonates for me. Commercial, yes, but my favorite.

Van Halen–“Hot for Teacher”

2008 Inductees

John Mellencamp–“Rain on the Scarecrow” 

Madonna–I feel stupid writing this, but “Papa Don’t Preach” has always been my favorite. Don’t laugh–I grew up a Catholic girl fearing this very situation!

2009 Inductees

Jeff Beck–“Guitar Shop”

Metallica–“”Enter Sandman”

Well, that was very fun! If you choose to play, please DON’T post your responses in my comments (blog overload!), but do post a link to your own blog so I can check out your answers.

Until next time…”Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World!”

xo

A Few Days Away

Folks, I’ll probably be absent from the blog-o-sphere for a few days. With Easter coming up on Sunday, I’ll be busy with family activities and with entertaining my boys, who are on spring break. On Monday, our family will be visiting Cleveland to take in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other local attractions. I’m not entirely sure I’ll have Internet access…and if I do, I’m not positive I’ll be taking the time to post anything.

So…I wish you all a very happy Easter, if you celebrate it, and I’ll see you all very soon.

Blessings and love galore. xo

It’s Finished!

Well, I was really hoping to surprise you all with a video post, but I can’t get the file to upload. Since I’m technologically challenged without my husband, I’ll have to forgo the fancy-shmancy stuff and just write (how old-school!)

Today is usually Tarot Tuesday, and I’m sorry to say there won’t be a post of readings today. I hope I have a good excuse, though: it’s because I’ve been so busy putting the finishing touches on my new manuscript for Llewellyn Worldwide. And I can say with a huge sigh of relief and a big smile on my face: SPIRIT FAQ is now FINISHED!

: cue the confetti :

Now that the manuscript is complete, I hope to be doing a bit more blogging, so thanks for your patience. And I promise: I’ll have readings for you next on Tuesday, April 21, because next week, I’ll be out of town with my family for Spring Break. We’ll get back into the swing of Tarot Tuesday in the next couple of weeks, so send in your questions!

I hope your day today is bright and beautiful. I know mine sure is. 

I think I’ll go celebrate by watching the episode of ’24’ I missed last night. A good dose of Jack Bauer can only add to the happy!

Blessings and love to you all! xo

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