Ouch. After an extremely challenging few days of global news, this reading shouldn’t really come as a surprise I guess.
These cards speak of a new phase ushered in by conflict and cataclysmic events. We don’t yet know the full ramifications of these events, but while it would be a grave mistake to underplay their seriousness, it’s worth our remembering one of the lessons of the Tower that people sometimes overlook: it can be rebuilt. There is significant damage, yes, but the structure still stands and the foundations remain. This week, faced with the aftermath, let’s remember that.
Some weeks the message is really simple and clear.
If you feel confused and confounded by too much choice or too many possible paths to take; if you are feeling all over the place or conversely, have ground to a halt, finding yourself stuck in procrastination; and if all this is causing you pain and distress; the way out of the cycle is through reconnection with your instinctive, creative self. You know what excites you, what you truly connect with, deep within you. You know what to do. Remind yourself of that. Trust it. Step forward.
We have a full moon coming up on Tuesday this week: always something of a watershed moment. These cards speak of personal agency and responsibility as a key theme for the surrounding days.
We can, sometimes, be our own worst enemies. We convince ourselves that we are stuck, unable to free ourselves from tricky situations or relationships. We tell ourselves that our problems are intractable, far too large to begin to tackle. Maybe at times we even thrive on the drama of it all, whether or not we like to admit it to ourselves or anyone else.
We assign too much weight to external factors, telling ourselves that we are the passive victims of circumstance and fate. The wheel turns, and either we decide that all that we can do is accept whatever comes around with it; or, sometimes, we tell ourselves that what’s coming around the corner will fix everything, will finally be the opportunity we’ve been waiting for or the answer to our difficulties. So, of course, we do nothing while we wait for this magical moment to arrive. The present is lost to us as a consequence.
The answer to helping us move away from being the passive observers of our own lives is knowledge – specifically, self-knowledge. This week, examine your belief systems about your life and whether they serve you. Are you living the life you want, or the one you think others expect of you? Have you learnt to view your own capabilities through the lens of others, or from your own experiences? Think about what might happen if you saw your life from a different perspective. How might things change if you did? What might you regain control of? Knowledge is power.
Two sixes this week: cards intimately connected with giving (how we share the things we have) and receiving (how we are recognised for our skills and successes). Before them, the King of Swords: ruler of confidence, clear thinking and communication.
The message: think carefully about how you interact with others in the coming days, and what you want from those interactions. Be open and straightforward in your dealings with people. Treat them as you would wish to be treated. It will bring its own rewards.
A nice bit of continuity from last week in the shape of the Two of Pentacles. Change is the only constant, right? It’s definitely on its way, and the Sun says it’s the positive kind. There’s no guarantee it will come without any pain – emotional knots aren’t so easily untangled – but with the Sun’s warmth front and centre we are encouraged to look for the good things emerging this week, the one that will help that tangle begin to loosen.
Hmm. This week’s reading feels like it’s signalling towards things that are on their way just after the week is over. A new moon on the 30th is followed by the end of this period of Mercury retrograde on June 2nd.
At that time we can expect the issues where we have been facing uncertainty and difficulty to see something of a shift. We may be able to lay down that which has been oppressive and hard to bear; the clouds may begin to lift a little. Movement is on the horizon. This week, we should try to ready ourselves for it.
Clarity. Control. Works. Sometimes the card descriptors do all the talking.
I’m not an astrologer, but I know that when there are eclipses on the cards, people can feel themselves unsettled, upended. In the early hours of Monday morning this week there is a total lunar eclipse, on the heels of the partial solar eclipse of April 30th. These cards, I think, speak of the aftermath of those events: a shaking down of that unsettled, nervous energy into something more tangible. The silt slowly sinking down again as the water clears.
So, this week – let’s embrace that which enables us to see clearly. Let’s see if we can find moments where we feel like we’ve got it together. Let’s make use of those insights in a practical way to move ourselves forward.
This week I’m drawn to the Two of Swords at the centre of the reading. You know how sometimes situations are described as being ‘on a knife edge’? It’s not just because of the potential of a nasty cut: the thing with a sword specifically is that it could go either way. Both of those edges are pretty sharp. So, sometimes we find ourselves balanced precariously on a dilemma, reluctant to commit in either direction.
What’s interesting here is that the Four of Wands suggests that the cause of our indecision is something that once seemed certain: it’s a card of stability, commitment, partnership. Things that we thought we could rely on, until we found ourselves blindfolded and unsure, but also things we might have been unwilling to let go of owing to their familiarity.
It’s the Three of Wands that gives us our way out of the tricky position in the centre. Out over the water there’s a star of hope and the promise of something not yet fully understood in the distance – but something we can see, and maybe long for. A place we can make plans to visit to discover more about what lies over there. This isn’t necessarily a ‘grass is greener’ situation: more an invitation to branch out, test our wings a little, see what’s out there. We don’t have to make a permanent move: an exploratory visit to new territory is just fine for now. Let’s see what’s out there.