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 – Knight of Pentacles and Water – Things are slowing down. You don’t really need the cards to tell you that as it’s very obvious, but of course here you see it plain as day. Business is slowing from the holiday rush, and with it the money that comes in will slow as well. Do not look at this as a shot in the foot and mourn the loss, but rather pace yourself to match the slow and be kind to yourself both in the stepping up of your self-care as well as in how you relate to yourself emotionally during this time of slowing down.
Air – King of Swords and Bear – You have done all that you set out to do and exceeded your expectations. Now is a time to retreat into the solid footing you have created and feel a sense of peace in the fact that you have done well. Don’t allow doubts to set you off balance but own your success with inner strength and confidence.
Water – Nine of Pentacles and Crystals – Turn your focus to how secure you feel now with the success you have under your belt. Changing gears during this time of year can be a struggle, but to keep yourself emotionally balanced you need to switch quickly to the good that has happened and the good that has been earned. Cast your eye to the positive and keep it there. Don’t hesitate… do it now.
Fire – Four of Wands and Samhain – Again we see a sign of completion and endings. This too, is an indication of the holiday rush coming to the end. The chaos and wild whirlwind is closing out this week, and things settle once more into a more sedate pace. This week is a time of rest and you need to do just that. Even though there are things that need preparing for the new year, set them aside this week and worry about them after you have taken a few days to rest and recover.
Waning – Wisdom – Take some time for yourself this week. The Wisdom card is about collecting wisdom and passing it on to others, but this week you need to just cherish your quiet time and not worry about the rest of the world all that much. Some healthy seclusion is needed… share later.
Waxing – Evocation – The theme of the evocation card is “to manifest change in the world, begin within”. This card brings into focus that now is the time to shift back into what changes you want to make in your own life and in yourself. Over the past few weeks you have closed yourself off, shut down your needs and ignored the demands of your body, mind, and emotions. This week it’s time to turn that around and return your focus to a more balanced care for yourself.
Take Away – This week’s reading is all about the changing gears that come from shifting out of the holiday rush and back to the slower pace of everyday life. Although this transition is not easy, there are things you can do to help yourself make this transition go smoothly. Focusing on the positive you have accomplished, and the positive you want to achieve in yourself and your self care, making sure you give yourself the rest you need to adjust and be kind to yourself rather than harsh and judgemental.