This weeks randomly drawn card is the Three of Pentacles from The Spacious Tarot. Pentacles talk of earthly endeavours and so for me, this card tells of a challenging task where teamwork and collaboration will be imperative to getting the job done.Although the task at hand may seem daunting, the energy of the three pentacles working together indicates that they are up to the job.
Collaboration with others will be vital to achieve your aims. People bring different things to the party, so utilise the strengths, talents and skills of the people around you to overcome any roadblocks or challenges you come up against. Remember that the synergy within a group can move mountains when focused in a positive direction. It is therefore imperative to use the skill sets of all the individuals involved for the benefit of the whole team.
To sum up then, the road ahead may be rocky and challenging in places and it will be hard to pull off. However everything required is available and the sense of achievement in the end will be so worth it.
The Ten of Swords often appears when we have reached rock bottom and the only way is up. Although the skies look heavy and grey with turbulent clouds in the foreground, if we look to the horizon we can see that there is a sliver of brightness beginning to form. This is our assurance that better times are coming.
Often the Ten of Swords can also be a melodramatic card. Perhaps we are overreacting to a situation and imagining it to be far worse than it actually is. There can be a sense of martyrdom or playing the victim when the Ten of Swords appears.
Sometimes though, this card can have a fairly literal meaning, and can indicate that there are people in your circle who may be backstabbing you. There is a real possibility that someone is not to be trusted and may be betraying your loyalty. Be aware that someone may be badmouthing you to further their own agenda, and keep this in mind in your interactions with others at this time. All may not be as it seems.
Whatever the actual interpretation of this card, as it pertains to your circumstances, it does come with an assurance that although some things may end at this time, with endings come new beginnings, rejuvenation and renewal. Don’t forget that when one door closes another one opens, and that often things happen for a reason for your souls growth and development. Although the Ten of Swords can look negative, ultimately it is a card of redemption and new beginnings.
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.
This week I asked what we needed to be reminded of as we navigate the upcoming week, and this beautiful Magician card came out with an uplifting message for us
The Magician is highly creative and resourceful. The wand, sword, cup and pentacle which appear to be floating in an azure blue and pink sky, represent the four cornerstones of creativity. They are activated and ready to use, and all that is required of us is to grasp hold of them, and bring them down to the Earth plane so that we can utilise their powers in our lives.
The Magician reminds us that we already have everything we need to manifest whatever it is we wish to bring into our reality. We have the wand of imagination and inspiration; the sword of truth and discernment; the cup of heartfelt desire; and the pentacle to bring our dreams into concrete reality.
The possibilities are infinite, and limited only by our imagination and beliefs about what is available to us. If we can truly envision the life we wish for ourselves, and believe in our deepest heart of hearts that it is possible, then there are no barriers to our creating it.
It looks like there is a decision to be made this week. However, it doesn’t matter how long we stare at a list of pros and cons, this approach isn’t going to yield the answers we are hoping for.
The swords represent two deeply entrenched views at odds with each other. This can be two individuals “crossing swords”, two ideologies which clash, or opposing and conflicting attitudes within ourselves. Whichever scenario, the swords are deeply rooted in the bedrock of the mountain, immovable and hard to reconcile.
However, the small plant in the foreground is a symbol of hope that a way through can be found. The plant has survived and thrived by being flexible. When it has come up against stony ground it has changed direction and grown around the obstacles placed in it’s path. By taking a meandering path instead of trying to force things, it has triumphed and survived the challenging terrain.
The ocean also symbolises the emotional and feeling realm. It suggests that simply trying to intellectualise, and come to a rational solution is not the answer here. This situation also requires us to feel our way through it, by engaging our heart and soul in the process too. By doing this we will find a way forward, as evidenced by the sun just starting to rise in the background of the picture.
When I turned this card over today, the sight of it was a welcome relief. This is the Ace of Wands from The Spacious Tarot, a beautifully simple but evocative card.
It reminded me immediately of a line from a Kate Bush song, Symphony in Blue….
“When that feeling of meaninglessness sets in, Go blowing my mind on God: The light in the dark, with the neon arms, The meek He seeks, the beast He calms, The head of the good soul department.”
It made me feel as if there is a higher power, however we want to interpret that, whether we see that as God, the Universe, or our Higher Self, that is guiding us through this unprecedented time.
It gave me a sense of hope and optimism for the first time in a while. It seemed to be saying that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and although this glowing spark is small, it is real, and will grow stronger as it gains momentum. This makes me think of the energy and vitality of new beginnings. Maybe we can never go back to the way things used to be, but this crisis which has touched everyone in one way or another, will pave the way for new creative and inspiring solutions to take us forward into our new reality.
During Lockdown, each week I have been asking the question….”how can I use my time most productively?”. It has been interesting to see the progression in my consciousness as the weeks have rolled by.
Initially the cards were indicating to me that it was time to slow down, take stock and reevaluate my life. When all this was over, how did I envisage my “new normal”? I discovered that there were certain aspects of my life which I had no desire to rush back to. During this period of getting clear on my future vision I found that I was utilising many tools which help me to access deeper levels of consciousness, such as tarot, meditation, and journaling.
The next phase, for me, involved looking back to the past to see which aspects of my life had been placed on the back burner, but should now be reintegrated into my life. I found that I was using technologies such as Zoom and FaceTime to reconnect with many old friends, and it dawned on me that this was something I definitely wanted to continue to do in the future. I couldn’t believe that it had taken this pandemic to remind me to utilise these amazing tools which I had at my disposal!
I also rediscovered my love of walking in nature. If I’m honest, I had never really forgotten about this love, but I had certainly forgotten to make time for it. I am lucky to have beautiful places to explore right on my doorstep, and the sense of freedom, expansion and inspiration was a welcome antidote to the cabin fever of lockdown.
So, on to this week’s card….The Guardian (or Queen) of Wands. This is most definitely a card of action and dynamism. For me, it exhorts me to get moving again, to take some action towards my goals and vision. This will be many different things to different people, but in my life it has translated into quite literally getting my house in order. I have cleaned and polished; ordered and decluttered. I have felt, quite literally, that the time for navel gazing has passed, and a new active phase is underway. Cooking has always felt like one of life’s sensual pleasures to me, and I have loved creating some new recipes, and baking a sublime Venetian Lemon cake. I have also done a weekly yoga class via Zoom, and got together with family and friends to participate in a YouTube virtual Pub Quiz.
I feel as if I have rediscovered many old loves and lives during this period of enforced retreat from the world, and am grateful for many precious blessings to carry forward into the future.