The prompt for this reading came from one of my Discord servers and is as follows:
“This week, let’s chat about our expectations of ourselves, especially during this busy time of the year.”
Ten of Diamonds atop King of Hearts – That I can shoulder everything and not crack emotionally under the pressure like a dropped egg. I am not the King of Hearts, and I do not do well under too much pressure, especially if my emotions become involved. With my emotions at a higher level due to the emotional growth I’ve been fostering all spring and summer and the vulnerability that new growth has created, there is a risk of that shell being even more fragile than usual.
What is one expectation I have of myself right now that is healthy?
Ten of Hearts – Allowing my emotions to have free reign rather than being neatly boxed off and walled up for the next five to six weeks. This seems counter intuitive to what is said in the advice above about what is unhealthy, and yet what this indicates is not that it is opposing advice, but rather that I need to find a better way of dealing with these emotions than closing them up in a dark cage in the basement.
How should I shift the unhealthy expectation into a healthy one?
King of Clubs – Use your drive and vision to motivate you into finding and using this better way of doing things. New methods for old habits are hard for everyone, but you need to remember what you’re goals are… and that you can’t reach them unless you make these changes for the better.
Where should I look for support to make that change in my expectations?
Six of Clubs atop Queen of Clubs – From those in your life that both admire you and inspire you. With a foundation of admiration and moral support under your feet, you can take the inspiration that they create in you and carry it forward, even when things feel new, unsteady, vulnerable, or difficult. That support system is there for you when you need it as long as you’re willing to reach for it.