We all seek to have enough. Material security is, for most of us, a long term process: there are rarely quick fixes or ‘sure things’ that will magically provide that sense of safety.
At the same time, however, we can find ourselves too involved in the material if we aren’t careful. Money and things are important, but they are not all that complete us. The only way to work out what does that – what provides happiness, what takes away that burdensome sense of constantly striving, trying to keep up with those around us and pushing the boulder uphill – is to engage in honest self-reflection. That’s our task for this week.
All of us can experience times where we feel trapped: by circumstance, by dependency on people, things, substances or by shame. Our belief systems and how we perceive ourselves within our communities play an enormous part in what, if anything, we feel we can do about where and how we are stuck. Sometimes we’re simply unwilling or afraid to risk walking through the dark wood in order to reach what might be at the edge of the trees.
This week, however, is a time for us to allow limiting beliefs to wither and fall away. If they no longer serve us, if they keep us stuck in fear, it’s time for them to go. Old habits may die hard, but die they must if we intend to make progress.
Flanking this week’s reading we have two cards which, in their distinct ways, speak of steadiness. The Daughter of Pentacles is gentle, dependable and hard working: the Emperor authoritative, stable, strong. Yet in the centre, the Fool, bringing a far more untethered energy. It heralds new beginnings, but not necessarily the kind meticulously thought through and planned in advance: the Fool is for spontaneity and making a leap into the unknown. The Fool lives for “what if… Well, let’s find out, shall we?”
Think, then, about how you can centre spontaneity and innocence in spite of your own responsibilities. We all have obligations and duties, but we all deserve a release from those that allows us to reconnect with our impish side. Look for a space to enable a little of that this week.
There’s a simplistic reading to this spread which says: friendships should not be taken for granted. They require practical effort to be sustained. That is absolutely true, and message enough on its own.
Read a little deeper, however, and consider the invitation of the Four of Cups to give attention to how well our emotional circumstances serve us. Are there relationships we need to reevaluate? Are we giving our time and attention to people out of habit, rather than because there is genuine mutual satisfaction derived from the relationship? Who within our circles are close friends and who, simply acquaintances? It is so easy to spread ourselves too thinly. We would therefore do well to be clear with ourselves this week where our efforts are best concentrated.
It’s not often a weekly reading will speak so nakedly of what’s happening in the news and current affairs, but… the cards say what they have to say. This week, they caution us that whilst the prevailing narrative is that a powerful man renowned for fiscal responsibility will bring order and restitution, we should question the things that we don’t see and what is kept hidden in the shadows. All may very well not be as it is portrayed.
It will be easy, this week, to be caught up in misunderstandings. They may arise directly with others, either through stubbornness or conflicting points of view; or alternatively they may be caused by the internal conflict we create out of our own unhelpful thought processes, the kind that suck us into a spiral of negative talk that takes us round and round in mental circles.
The way around these conflicts – or out of them, if they prove unavoidable – is the swift, bright fire energy of the Eight of Wands. A rainbow occurs when light is reflected, refracted and dispersed through water. When we allow light to be similarly cast and dispersed across what may, at first, seem intractable issues, suddenly they can look very different. New, frank perspectives, perhaps from unexpected sources, will see us through.
We all tell ourselves, I think, that working hard is a virtue or at the very least, something that society expects of us. So we graft, we try to be consistent, to learn, to better our skills. It’s easy for many of us to spend most of our energy on work and indeed, some of us have little choice.
This week, however, we are nudged to remind ourselves of the value of freedom and space: that we all benefit from letting our hair down every now and again. It’s OK to hang loose, to be silly, to do something new. It’s not an indulgence: it’s a necessity. Find room for it in your life wherever and however you can.
This week we are invited to remember that for as long as we are subject to the ups and downs of the external world – which will sometimes feel like it is spinning us at dizzying speed – true harmony and contentment is to be found through the rest and recuperation that allows our internal world to find balance. Care for the self is an act of love.
Have a good week and stay safe – normal Sunday service resumed next week! x
When we are surrounded on all sides by things that weigh us down; when life feels difficult and it seems we are beset by external circumstances over which we have very little control; what we need to remember in spite of it all is to act from the heart. More than ever, when things are tough we must act with love and do what we feel to be right. That’s our message for the new week and the new moon.
When we are faced with adversity we always have a choice as to how we respond. Do we use our blade in anger, or to cut carefully through the scrub blocking our path in order to move forward? Do we choose to become cold, or do we respond with compassion that arises precisely because we ourselves have been tested?
This week’s reading tells us that if we opt to continue to see beauty; to give what we can, where we can; to create; it is this that will lead us through to the other side of adversity and into new beginnings. There is great strength in tender choices.