The Hit List – Cat Assumptions

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The Hit List - Cat Assumptions

The other night, Monkey curled up on my lap for his nightly purr and petting session. Occasionally, we’ll have a brushing extravaganza, which he adores. But this time, there would be none of that because I noticed globs of drool around his muzzle.

I wasn’t squeamish about that part. Instead: I was panicked.

The reason why: last year my other cat TaoZen passed away – and a few months before he died, he was also drooling. Immediately, my brain went to THAT – and suddenly, I was fearing the worst. I was knee-deep in “cat assumptions,” and looking up every single thing on the internet to confirm my theories!

But the vet came by, examined his mouth, and said it was some gingivitis, nothing more. There were no tumors, no infections, or mouth ulcers. Just an aging set of teeth ’n gums (Monkey is 13).


It’s interesting how fast we go to those worst-case scenarios, especially if there is a past lived experience. I had to remind myself this is a different cat, with his own unique genes/issues/ and body. (The doc remarked that Monkey had a mighty trim waist! He’s fit!)

I think this is something a lot of folks can relate to in some way. We assume that the same situation is about to happen – particularly if it’s something we perceive as “bad.” Those negative experiences seem to get branded onto our consciousness while the positive ones are too quickly forgotten.

We might agree assumptions can sometimes be right, but it’s best to approach every situation with an open mind instead of preconceived notions. Because what looks like major drama might simply be a case of a cat with poor dental hygiene.

The next time you find yourself anticipating the worst, take a few deep breaths. Ask yourself: am I feeling what’s true to this situation – or is this reminding me of something I’ve experienced before? A moment of mindfulness might keep you centered on the now – and that is a more accurate place to be.

The Hit List - Cat Assumptions

Resting up.

Other stuff:

Listen up: I loved chatting with Liz Worth about Tarot Professionalism over at her Life’s What You Make It podcast.

I’m beyond honored to see Tarot: No Questions Asked in this mighty fine list over on Oprah Magazine: 20 Best Tarot Books That Will Help You Master the Cards in No Time.

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How Tarot & Astrology Became Black & Brown Women’s North Star.

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The newest from Julia Cameron: Listening Path.

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This ramen bowl is too cute!

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Sasha Graham has something on the way: The Magic of Tarot: Your Guide to Intuitive Readings, Rituals, and Spells.

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Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading will be available as an audiobook in a few days! Yay!

If you prefer a hard copy over the audio, you can get that right here: Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading.

I’ve often heard people say that “astrology is way over their heads.” I’m here to say a loud “NOPE” to that.  Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners (A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious) is a simple yet thorough guide to understanding the basics of astrology.

The Uncommon Tarot: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle is a gorgeous, collage deck from Shaheen Miro. And yes, it belongs in your tarot collections!

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Feeling scared? Dealing with too much stress? Tarot For Troubled Times is like balm for the soul – a tarot book focused on healing, empowerment, and self-care.


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Soundtrack for 2/27/21:

Смерти Больше Нет /Death No More by IC3PEAK


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