Today’s meditation was… well… it kinda turned into nap time. I actually took a grand total of two naps today. So although I didn’t really get in a decent meditation, I did manage to get well rested. It was actually really nice, to be honest. Although, I have to say… satin pillowcases are way too comfortable and make it so tempting to just nuzzle in and go back to sleep. Dangerous stuff right there.
Today’s draw is the Five of Wands is traditionally about trials, tests, and conflict in the area of one’s passions and drive. The word “passions” in this instance is not about sex, but rather about the interests that light that spark within you and create an inferno of interest that needs to be followed and/or obtained in order to be sated.
I really like the imagery on this card. I mean at first it just looks like a tangled mess with some spears added in, but when you really sit down and look at it, what you find is three snakes, two of which are in conflict concerning something they are both passionate about, while the third is caught in the crossfire.
That is how conflict goes sometimes, right? It’s not always clear cut. Sometimes people get caught in the crossfire and are forced to either choose sides or end up tangled up and embroiled in a mess not of their own making. That third snake in the imagery clearly just wants to get out. It wants no part of this quarrel, and yet it is stuck in the middle and unable to get free.
The message in today’s card is to take care not to become tangled up in conflicts that you really don’t want to be in. Sometimes? It’s okay to take a step back and abstain.
DECK USED: HUSH TAROT
Reading Summary: It’s OK to take things slow (Tree of Life and Knight of Pentacles both depicting long, slow journeys), just don’t give up (Eight of Cups).
Take Away: This is about self-love. It’s about the impatience I feel towards myself when I feel that I am not moving fast enough or progressing quickly enough. It’s about that “Not Enough” shadow deep inside that is always nitpicking at everything I do and telling me it’s not enough. The love that is needed is a love of self, and the understanding that it’s okay to take my time and not to let that inner voice cause me to say “fuck it” and walk away.
DECK USED: WILDERWOVEN TAROT
#DiscordTarotholicsSep2020 Challenge Prompt
Question: What do I need to focus on for self-care for this new moon?
Reading Summary: Preparation (Page of Wands). Self Care (The Empress). Streamlining (Ace of Swords). Note: Color combinations between the Page of Wands and Ace of Swords connect these two cards into a singular theme.
Take Away: As this week is my week off and lands right smack dab upon the new moon, this is the ideal time to give myself a little rest and nurturing recuperation that is suggested in the Empress card, the placement of which in the center of this spread indicates its priority and how its theme should permeate through the rest of the reading.
My self care this new moon needs to be a combination of taking care of my need for rest and nurturing activities, joined with the needed preparations necessary for the holiday rush that is right around the corner. Part of that preparation requires the streamlining of certain processes, as well as the progress of actually stocking up on supplies for my business and it’s needs.
DECK USED: JOE SPARROW TAROT
Question: What could further support my partnerships?
Father of Feathers atop The Empress Rx – Although being kind to yourself and others is all well and good? It isn’t always the answer and sometimes tough love is needed. Lighting a fire under someone’s ass to get them motivated is sometimes the only way you’ll be able to get them motivated.
Five of Horns atop The Hierophant Rx – Don’t allow times when you’re feeling down to influence how you interact with those that come for your help. This isn’t about having eased up on the teaching schedule to give yourself space for your own personal growth, but rather it’s about your current influences on others.
Five of Feathers atop Death Rx – Being competitive has its place… be sure to keep it there. Being competitive is not really in my nature, but like everyone else… sometimes it sparks up when I’m least expecting it. This is another “choose your battles wisely” message like so many I have received from the cards lately.
DECK USED: BRADY TAROT 2ND EDITION
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What needs to be different in my life?
Take Away: This is what I have been working on so intently over the year thus far. I’ve come a long way toward giving myself more space and allowing myself more rest along the way. As a result, I experience less burn out. The cards here are a warning that these tendencies are very likely to try and rise up and repeat as I get closer to the holiday rush. It’s something I need to watch out for and work at being conscious concerning so that I can catch these bad habits and course correct along the way.