These Saturday readings are (not usually) bearing in on any one thing or event in my life, as the question used is asking for a more general outlook. This is a self care exercise, and is not meant as a predictive reading… although that, too, happens on occasion.
The question is… What do I need to focus for self-care through the week ahead?
Earth – Knave of Swords and Rhino (Fear) – You’re going to find yourself at a crossroads this week where you will have to choose between observation or action. Make sure that you don’t allow your fear to be the reason that you hold back from stepping forward into the light.
Air – Six of Swords and Praying Mantis (Mindfulness) – Make sure you’re not “winging it” this week. Have a plan and move forward with purpose and intent. The first step to manifestation is forethought and planning.
Water – Six of Wands and Elephant (Kindred) – Do not allow admiration or praise to be an opening for someone to endear themselves to you. Just because they admire something you do or a quality about you that you are proud of does not make them a good fit as a friend or a confidant.
Fire – Eight of Swords, Stingray (Balance), Manatee (Compassion) – Don’t get frustrated. Things are not going to go as planned this week concerning creative endeavors. Remember that it’s okay to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on instead of brooding over them and making a big deal out of it. A balanced and compassionate view of these mistakes is a far better approach, and will keep you from getting stuck in self recriminations.
Waning – Empire – It’s time to get away from the city and step outside the concrete forest and into actual trees. The good news is that a vast number of trailheads have opened up in the area for day-hikes. Spend some time outside and let that time cleanse the pollution of too much time in the city from your soul.
Waxing – Duality – Note that this card is very close to touching the mindfulness (Stingray) card. Moving into this week, make sure that you are allowing for an open mindfulness that allows for multiple views of the situation at hand and an unbiased quality to looking forward so that you can see all of the divergent paths that are possible before you. Possibilities abound, and allow yourself to split apart in that forward thinking so that you can explore each thoroughly before ever taking the first step.
Take Away – Lots of planning, watchfulness, and forethought involved with this week. Not so much action. The week ahead is about preparation. Acting on creative inspiration is going to cause a little distress and struggle, but that’s okay because it is something you will learn from, so even in failure it will not be a useless experience.
And… it’s time to get your ass outside and enjoy some time in the forest’s embrace.