This weeks card from The Spacious Tarot reminds us that it’s okay to take a pause when we need to.
For some people “lockdown” has been a stressful, full on, and scary time. If you have been one of the people keeping essential services functioning for the benefit of everyone else, then by now you are probably feeling exhausted and depleted of energy. This card is saying that now is the time to lay down your sword and take some much needed respite. Even if it’s not possible to take time off to rest and recuperate, then it might be possible to at least take some timeout to come back to centre and recharge your batteries.
It is a cliche, but even small things can help to ground and calm. Perhaps you could make yourself a beautiful, nourishing meal, and sit down, uninterrupted, to fully appreciate and enjoy it.
Soaking in an indulgent bath, with an aromatic bath oil to soothe and unwind tense and knotted muscles can calm body and soul, and help to restore a sense of well-being.
Or simply giving yourself time to connect with nature and green spaces can be super restorative and relaxing.
I hope that this week you can find a few minutes to come back to yourself, look up at the sky and feel a sense of calm and wellbeing. You so deserve it.
This weeks card, drawn from The Spacious Tarot, is The Devil.
This can be a scary looking card in some tarot decks, but really isn’t anything to be afraid of. It often points to a situation where we have become entrapped in a situation of our own making, usually a behaviour pattern or way of thinking, which is having negative repercussions for us.
It can indicate addictive patterns which are keeping us enslaved to another person, a substance or a negative, self defeating pattern. In order to break free from whatever is holding us back, we will need to confront our shadow side and work through the personal issues we uncover there. There is no quick fix to take us out of the forest and back into the light….the only way is “through”.
We must not despair though as through the darkness of the trees we can see the light of the sun shining. It gives hope that if we do the inner work, and get professional help with this if necessary, we can emerge into a new place of hope and positivity, having conquered our inner demons.
The Empress is a beautiful, bountiful card. It asks us to consider if we are nourishing ourselves on a regular basis? Are we doing the things which will empower us to create and sustain the important things in our lives. In order to be strong and abundant we are required to attend to the three main areas of body, mind and spirit. These must be stoked in a positive way to ensure that we are strong and able to squeeze all the juice out of life. Ask yourself if your perpetual daily habits are moving you nearer or further away from the strength and empowerment you seek.
This week’s card, The Child of Wands, features an intrepid little salamander, setting out on a voyage of discovery.
This brave and curious little character marches to the beat of his own drum. He is secure in his own creative process and takes his vision from within and makes it manifest in the world. This card seems to be asking how we can embrace our unique creative spark?
During lockdown maybe we have experimented with new creative ventures…perhaps returning to things we used to love as children, but which we long ago abandoned. As adults we tend to judge our creative explorations harshly, more often than not finding our efforts falling short of an illusory perfection impossible to achieve.
Maybe we could allow ourselves to simply explore and play, finding joy in the process of creating rather than obsessing about the finished product? Too often our creativity is cut off at the knees and never allowed to bloom because we don’t think it’s “good enough”.
But good enough for whom? If we are too invested in the outcome instead of enjoying the journey, we will miss out on so much of what life has to offer. So this week, why not just revel in creativity for it’s own sake? Experiment and explore, being guided only by your inner muse.