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 – Six of Swords, Get More Information, Jera – As yesterday’s personal readings have indicated, I need to be looking forward with an attitude of adjustment and change. Falling back into old, unhealthy habits is easy. Keeping your eye on the prize of moving forward into something better and healthier? That takes more diligence, more work… and patience as well. You’re doing better today than yesterday, you’re doing better this week than the last, and you’re doing better this year than last year. Make sure to do your due diligence when it comes to educating yourself on what you need to know, and keep moving forward one small step at a time.
Air – King of Pentacles, Unlikely, Laguz – Make sure that you do not become so rooted that it becomes impossible to go with the flow. Knowing what you know and being confident in that knowledge is one thing, but becoming stubborn and stagnant and unwilling to adapt and continue to grow is another all together. It can, at times, be a fine line between the two and although it is not in your nature to lean into stagnancy, that stillness of rooting deeply is tempting and appears peaceful. It’s not… it’s unhealthy. Make sure you keep moving.
Water – Queen of Pentacles, Choose a New Direction, Berkano – As with the earth position in this reading, here we again see an encouragement to tread a new path, break old habits, and step forward into a better and healthier way of doing things. Share more, allow yourself to be receptive and soft. You don’t need all those shields and walls. They are a carry over from a long time ago when you did need them, and you need to stop maintaining them and let them crumble to ruin.
Fire – Seven of Wands, Yes, Thurisaz – Well, okay then. Here we have the cards openly saying “Grow a set”. I mean… essentially. What we have here is an encouragement to fight for what has meaning for you by bringing forth your aggressive protective “masculine” energy and pushing it forward into what needs dealt with and protected. Don’t back down, don’t stand and wait. Be proactive and use that aggression to protect what’s important to you.
Waning – Listen – You may not have that much time to connect with nature this week. Keep in mind that this situation is temporary and you will be able to do so again soon enough. For now, it’s time to focus on other things besides the commensalistic relationship you share with the earth and fern, moss and trees.
Waxing – Under My Umbrella – Don’t be shy about allowing others to help you and they will get something out of it as well. More often than you realize, such help is a type of exchange where both parties get something out of the experience even though neither may be fully aware of what the other gets from it.
Secondary Notes – There is a color correlation between the King of Pentacles in Air, the Queen of Pentacles in Water, the Listen card in the Waning position, and the island in the Six of Wands for the Earth position. What I see here in this connection is an encouragement to use the grounded strength and solid certainty in the King and Qeen to support yourself through the transition to a healthier place. Allow grounding to play a significant role in this, even if this week doesn’t allow for much time outside in nature. Touch base with that grounding energy in other ways, and refer back to it when making decisions based on your health and home.
There is also a color coordination between the Seven of Wands in the Fire position, the Thurisaz rune card in the Fire position, the Under My Umbrella card in the Waxing position, and a small hint of it in the Laguz card for the Air position. Someone will be in need of your help this week and you will need to step up with some aggressive “masculine” energy to get things done and keep them safe. Now will not be the time to “go with the flow”.
Take Away – This reading is a reinforcement that I need to see this climb back out of the depression as an opportunity to “reboot” how I deal with responsibility and balancing my self care with my other interests, responsibilities, and needs. I need to remember that it’s okay to ask for help, and stay vigilant in watching out for old habits that might try to sneak back in.
I need to remember, as well, that being rooted always feels safe and secure, but too much is not a healthy thing. Adaptability is an important part of life.
The Fire portion of this reading combined with my second secondary notes are self explanatory. This is a heads up to let me know to be prepared. By being prepared I may be able to circumvent this issue all together, or at least ensure that I’m ready for it when it arises.