Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Recharge and Review!

Hope your week's begun well; it's Springtime in Texas ... the azaleas are blooming and we're starting to get some really nice weather. I'd say the grass is growing, but it never really stopped growing (winter in South Texas!) Of course, we still have occasional wintery days -- but the good days are really close!

The siding on my house seriously needs repair or replacing; have been talking to siding guys the last few days.

I had the Sears guy over to talk about vinyl siding. He gave me a really high pressure sales pitch, refused to give me any references ("Why do you need references? We're Sears, you can trust us!"), and offered me a $1000 discount if I signed a contract on the spot. "There's no risk; you can cancel the contract at any time, you're just ensuring you'll get the discount!"

I asked to see the cancellation policy; he stalled for awhile, then finally showed it to me. It had an address with no phone or fax numbers and clearly stated that if they didn't receive notice of cancellation within three days of the signed contract, I could not cancel. When I pointed out that even if I mailed notice right away, they wouldn't receive it in three days -- plus this was certainly not "You can cancel at any time", the Sears guy said "Well, that's just a formality, we'd never hold you to it. Besides, we're Sears, you can trust us!"

I refused to sign. He then told me there was no reason for me to be afraid and that I was stupid not to sign.

That's when he got thrown out of the house. I've since reviewed customer complaints about Sears siding jobs and it's a total horror story.

The last guy was a Hardie-Plank guy -- his price was half of Sears (even though Hardie's supposed to cost about 30% to 50% more than vinyl) plus he had loads of local references (including many in my neighborhood) and a clean BBB report. No pressure at all, he invited me to take time to contact his references and evaluate his work.

This guy's probably going to get the job!

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We'll again pull two cards -- the first suggests something we should focus on for the week. The second suggests things we might consider in order to fully benefit from the attributes of the first card.

The cards are:

Four of Swords (reversed)

Seven of Pentacles (reversed)

These two cards complement each other -- that kind of emphasizes this message.

The Four of Swords suggests taking a little breather before you move forward -- maybe take a break and try to recharge, especially if you've been feeling stretched or frazzled! Spend some quiet personal time to reorganize and prepare youself by clearing your mind of distrations. You might consider whether or not you need some physical recharging as well as mental relaxation. Once you've refreshed yourself, you'll be much more effective.

Our next card, the Seven of Pentacles, works well with the Four's message. The Seven suggests taking a moment to pause and evaluate your position and plans. When you evaluate things, you might be pleased with the evaluation ... or you might decide a change in tactics is appropriate. In any case, the Seven can help you prepare yourself to be more effective in your efforts.

Do you see how the two cards work together -- the Four suggests you mentally and physically recharge yourself before moving forward, the Seven suggests you evaluate your situation before moving forward. Combine them, and you increase your chances of being effective.

And, of course, they're both reversed ... which puts a twist on everything! Quite often we get so involved in reacting to situations that we're never quite in control -- we act reactively, not proactively. That could very well be the meaning of the reversal. By letting situations control us, we lose effectiveness. If we step back and take a little time to evaluate and plan, to recharge and refresh -- we place ourselves in control and can direct our efforts to ensure the results we most care about.

And that's about it this time! I hope things go well for you this week and look forward to talking to you again next week. As always, if you're interested in a private reading, please try my sponsors above or my list of readers at http://www.woodsongtarot.com/readers.html . I also welcome your comments at http://woodsongtarot.blogspot.com !

Woodsong --

3 comments:

Wendy Bassett said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, your reading today has opened my eyes, I have been SO BUSY learning, seeking, asking questions and full of mind-turmoil these past few weeks, reading about Mayan astrology, 2012, changes to come, after reading your message I realized all I need do is step back and feel and come back to NOW... sincere heartfelt thanks and Blessings. With Love, Wendy, Tasmania, Australia.

Soulsurvivor said...

Thanks so much for the weekly readings. I've been getting them for over a year. Most of the time they are right on but also, at least lately, my cards are reversed. My first reaction is "Oh no, not again!" You always put a positive spin on them, but I can see where I am and how much I keep banging my head into that brick wall, if ya know what I mean. Do the reversals represent my unwillingness to change? or warnings to change or else keep banging my head, like the knothead I tend to be? Oh and I loved the way you handled the Sears guy, What a scam artist! Thanks again, Fran, F F Fridgit New England USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Woodson,
Your Sears story riled me! ..and I don’t live any where near Texas or the United States for that matter…(shame).

First of all how dare he!
Second of all, he got busted! because you didn’t sign up and you finally tossed him out.
What a reputation-destroyer for Sears.

Anyway, you certainly dealt with him brilliantly. By the way I adore this country, although from afar,…(such was my destined-fated).
I am in awe of you manage to be so “spot-on” with my weekly tarot readings, most of the times you hit the nail on the head. At least this concept offers a form of entertainment, so I say many thanks for this.

Cheers
Mary T
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
(10.01am)