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Hope After the 2016 Presidential Election

If you happened across my public posts on Facebook, you'd know that I was very anti-Trump during this election cycle (no need to rehash why). However, I think it's hypocritical of Hillary supporters/Dems to take to the streets in protest, hang effigies of Trump (WTF?) and vandalize businesses.

This is the same kind of destructive and whiny energy that many demonized Trump for. And, after demonizing anti-Obama folks for saying #NotMyPresident for 8 years, it seems pretty hypocritical to now do the same to Trump. The fact is, Trump IS our President-elect. And, Hillary has called on us to have an open mind and to give him a chance to lead. As President Obama said, Trump's success is OUR success.

Going forward, Trump needs to be judged on how he leads and what he does for the country. Continuing to fuel the fires of division and hatred will NOT help our country heal, nor will it help the government get things done. If you were against the Electoral College, you should have started protesting after Gore won the popular vote...but lost the election to Bush. If you truly wanted Hillary to be president, you should have been more vocal and got off your ass to knock on doors or volunteer at call centers.

The horses have fled the barn, so stop wasting time trying to lock the doors or--worse--burn the damn thing down.

In the Tarot, The Fool is all about new beginnings. It also symbolizes Tabula Rasa--"blank slate". Oh, sure, Tarotists LOVE to invoke that interpretation when they want to forget mistakes or horrible experiences. But guess what? This card meaning ALSO applicable to "forgetting" the past of others in order to give them a chance. You don't have to give multiple chances--but, the Fool urges us to AT LEAST give one.

Strength is about grace under pressure. It's calm restraint--including refusing to fuel fires of anger, share controversial posts or whine about the State of the World (and is, arguably, much harder to do than succumb to diarrhea of the mouth).

The Devil isn't a person. It's symbolic. A "thing". It has many names: Hatred. Addiction. Cruelty. Bondage. Fear. Gross Materialism. When you give in to that energy, and pass it on with your actions/words, YOU embody The Devil.

The Star doesn't only shine when we get what we hoped for (including a favored political candidate). It shines when WE hope for a better future that includes Aquarian traits like humanitarianism, brotherhood, open-mindedness, rationality, globalism, futurism, detachment and benevolence. This isn't dependent on an elected official. It is dependent on our CHOICE to hope, dream and assume the best.

You want to show Trump, your fellow Americans and the world the "wonderful" traits you say we have--our "greatness"? You don't do it with inflammatory rhetoric, the endless sharing of news stories (some, fake) or crying about how bad the next four years will be (btw, if that's what you think it will be, it WILL be).

Instead of becoming part of the (perceived) problem, become part of the solution. That happens when you become the change you want to see in the world (and in a President) action and words.

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Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot (Hampton Roads), Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer Publishing) and Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice (Dodona Books). She's the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot, and authored both companion books to those decks. A Renaissance Soul, she is also an award-winning cook, mixed media artist, jewelry artisan and journal maker. Next to creating, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her beloved husband, son and 5 cats at her rural home in Pennsylvania. Visit her at


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