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 Wands and Dignified Dragon – Make sure as you move forward into this week that you are staying on guard about putting too much on your plate. The holiday rush is taking up all of your energy and all of your attention. Do not make promises you cannot keep or that will be detrimental to you to try and keep. Do not make commitments to anything more or extra. Dance in the fire of what is already before you and on your plate… there is no room for more right now.
Air – Son of Pentacles and Mischievous Monkey – You’re clever and often single minded. Single minded isn’t a bad thing, but you need to activate that clever wit this week to help bring a little humor and a spark of fun to the process. Keeping your head down and taking each step forward one at a time is all well and good, but don’t forget that it’s especially during these times that a little bit of funny and fun are needed most.
Water – Seven of Swords and Lofty Lion – Emotionally, self control is going to be a bit difficult for you this week. Like the other night when you burst out in tears and became a sopping mess for a bit, your emotions are going to steal away with you again and again. This is natural when someone is under the kind of stress and strain that you are currently under. You will make it through, so don’t shy away from these moments. They are needed.
Fire – Eight of Pentacles and Elegant Eagle – Lots of hard work coming in this week, which is to be expected from the holiday rush. You’ll have the opportunity to make some good decisions for your business this week as well. These opportunities have the potential to positively influence your business in the future. Make sure that you think them through thoroughly before cementing your decisions into place and take into consideration what your gut has to say.
Waning – Focus – There’s not a whole lot of control over the next week and you are going to have to train your focus on where it needs to be instead of where you want it to be. The nature of the holiday rush is that you have to train your attention on the business and your work, no matter where else you might feel you want to place it instead. There’s only so much time to go around, and only so much you can invest… and right now you have to invest your focus in those places instead of where you want to train your focus, attention, and time.
Waxing – Smile – “It may not be possible to immediately meet all adversity with a smile, but we can begin to try.” This quote from the small guide that came with this deck says what I’ve been trying to wax poetic about for over a half hour and talked myself into circles repeatedly. Right now there is so much stress and so much strain that it’s hard to be positive. The important part is in the trying. It’s in finding the little things that you can smile about, the small things that can bring a chuckle. Just as is mentioned in the Air position in this reading, you need to make sure that you’re allowing those things to lift you up, no matter how small, and using your clever wit and sense of humor to foster and support this effort.
Take Away – You may not be doing what you want to do, but you’re doing what you need to do, and that’s extremely important at this time of year. Give yourself little boosts of positivity in small ways will help keep you a bit more uplifted. Make wise choices and listen to your gut as you watch out for opportunities to further your goals this week, and be aware that emotional outbursts are going to happen. They’re scary and embarrassing, but they’re a part of the process so don’t run from them.