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 – Ten of Swords and Golden Poppy (Dream) – It’s time to let go of what has distracted your focus and latch on to your dreams of the future. The sedative side of the Golden Poppy is expressed in the Ten of Swords in that there is a time when you change from one cycle to the next where there is a moment of pause. A moment to rest and re-calibrate. Take this week as an opportunity to do just that. The last quarter of each year is a blur of responsibilities you’ve been able to coast slowly on over most of the year so far. It’s time to shift gears.
Air – Ten of Cups and St John’s Wort (Stabilize) – Now is the time to find your balance emotionally and focus on the abundance of positive relationships you have in your life. See clearly and communicate your feelings and your gratitude for those in your life that enrich your experiences day-to-day. Taking time to do this now will help you feel more stable and secure in the future, as you are building a foundation of confidence and comfortable security that will help balance out harder times to come.
Water – Judgement Rx and Violet (Attract) – Work on being a little less judgey and a little less of an ass. This may not currently be being expressed blatantly in an outward way that others can put their finger on, but you know it’s true. Even hidden, these habits cause a negative reaction in others. Make sure that you’re not jumping to conclusions this week, and you’ll be far more likely to remain in everyone’s good graces.
Fire – Ace of Pentacles and Marshmallow (Adversity) – This is not the week to start any new projects or change the status quo on any of your investments. Doing so will be an uphill climb that will expend far too much of your energy for far too little result. Instead, take the advice given in the Earth section of this reading and use this week as a time of rest and re-calibration. You’ll have time to explore new projects later on.
Waning – Shock of the New – Over the course of this year I’ve done a lot of exploration on “the New”. New emotions. New ways of doing things. New ways of thinking about myself, my work, and the world around me. So much new that at times it’s been a bit overwhelming, but I’ve allowed the tides and eddies of flowing newness take and buffet me along. With the fall now upon us, this card indicates it’s time to start winding down on all of “the New” this week.
Waxing – Softly, Softly, The Tender Touch – Don’t push. The theme of this week is rest and re-calibration. That doesn’t mean turn on a dime and push full force into autumn preparations. It means taking time to gently and carefully pack away what is going to be in the way over the next little while. This is not a funeral, it’s a gentle and temporary storage.
Take Away – Lets repeat it again. Rest and Re-Calibration. This is the theme that has surfaced through this reading. Although I’m aware of the approach of the holiday rush and have plenty to do to get prepared for it, it’s going to be important that I don’t push too hard this week. Take this time to ease into the mindset needed. Don’t bury… don’t release… don’t smother or otherwise discount any of the work you’ve done over the summer and spring. It’s all valid, it’s all important. Acknowledge it and gently place it in safe keeping. Don’t make any big decisions this week, and put some conscious thought into not being a judgemental ass… externally or internally.