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 – Ace of Cups atop Eight of Pentacles, Passion – There’s nothing wrong with taking joy in the process of manifestation and you can be both responsible and sink into that pleasure and allow it a place in your heart. Try connecting more to that pleasure as you work, and the peace and spark of passion that it can bring with each beautiful thing you create for the people that order from your shop. It doesn’t have to feel so much like work.
Air – The Hermit and The Unknown – Don’t go out alone right now. Being alone now may be tempting, but you need to remember that at the moment that urge could be more about self destruction than it is about healthy solitude. Having someone along on your excursions for the time being isn’t a bad thing, even if it’s not what you really want. That solitude you crave isn’t exactly healthy at the moment, so let your escorts keep you safe… both from yourself as well as from the potential stalker that decided to let itself be known.
Water – Page of Wands and Imagination – Here, like in the Earth position, we have an encouragement to bring your emotions into the creative process. You love learning new techniques and different creative pursuits. Allow there to be an emotional element to your imaginative endeavors and creative process. There’s much to explore and there’s no reason to leave your emotions out of the equation when they can add another colorful element to the cause.
Fire – Death and Fuck It – The Selaginella lepidophylla is what is depicted in the Death card’s imagery, and is a reminder that changes aren’t always bad. Sometimes they’re just a part of life and we need to set back and enjoy the ride, wait for the water that will regenerate and renew, fill up the space of what was once dry and thought dead. The “Fuck It” card is also a reminder of this…. but rather instead of a reminder of the changes, it’s a reminder that you have to “set back and enjoy the ride”. Sometimes letting go is the only thing you can do. So take a breath and a step back, and let shit ride for now… see where it goes from here without trying to control every step along the way.
Waning – Thorn Bug – Defensive adaptation towards greater protection may be needed, but you need to make sure that you don’t go overboard. This theme is carried forward from the Air position above and speaks of a need for judiciousness and care for your safety without going overboard. Do what is necessary to stay safe, but not to the point that you end up feeling as if you are in a cage.
Waxing – Gnat – Inspiration is thick in the air this week and it may feel a little overwhelming with it all coming at you at once. Make sure that you are writing down ideas as they come, break them apart into pieces that are easier to pursue and process. Do a little at a time.
Take Away – There are two themes to the upcoming week. One is to not take for granted the danger that is present and make sure you are protecting yourself without going overboard at it. The other is about your imagination and inspiration, and beginning the research and exploration process towards your ideas. Write everything down, and you’ll be able to explore at a slower pace and enjoy the process more. That enjoyment is extremely important right now, so don’t discount the need for it or take it for granted.