As the year and the decade begin winding down, we move into the time where it seems there are parties every weekend! The Two of Pentacles urges you to find balance in your life despite all the hubbub and glitter and food and obligations. Juggling your family life with work and social events becomes so difficult at this time of year, but it’s vital that you do so. Otherwise, you’ll spend all of January in a state of “holiday hangover.”
Not only do you have to maintain balance between the facets of your life, but you have to maintain balance in your diet (all that holiday food and treats!!!) and budget. Along with all the parties goes gift-giving. If you MUST give a gift, make sure it doesn’t put you in debt just to keep up with Karen in accounting. Practice healthy boundaries and don’t be shy about enforcing them!
Fun times can, and do, devolve into agitation. You get two people into a room and you can have conflict. Add more and the probability for snark, embroilment in other people’s business, and attack goes way up. Add liquid “holiday cheer” and it’s likely there will be turmoil. That’s when personal boundaries really come in handy by having you put down your ginger ale and heading for the door. If you’re not there, you can’t get involved or hurt!
This card has inherent disappointment woven through it. This disappointment can come in the form of a loss, betrayal, unkindness from a friend, or other form of heartache. Perhaps you’re seeing something for what it truly is and that’s a bit of a slap in the face. Rather than experiencing a loss or betrayal, plans may have fallen through or things didn’t turn out as well as you’d hoped. At any rate, this glum mood can prevent you from being awake to and available for enjoying the good things in your life.
I don’t mean this to be a wet blanket for your entire month of October, by any means. I’m not feeling like the near future is filled with one disaster after another; it’s more like a lesson is being offered to us. IF we suffer a setback, we have the choice to wallow in a lousy mood or reflect on what went wrong and figure out how not to do “that” again. Accept your lesson, accept the past is gone, accept what is now—and not what you’d hoped— and turn your face forward.
Because life is all about contrasts, having a less-than-happy moment is an opportunity to feel your heart in a heavy state. Therefore, nurture your bruised feelings, recognize them, and remember them in times of joy. Your high times will feel even higher when you can compare them to the low times.
Let’s hope you have no low times this coming month, but if you do, give thanks to Universe for the reminder and move forward.
Happy October Everyone!
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When the Devil is reversed, it indicates recovery from addictions or bad habits, saying no to temptations, or beginning a path of redemption and enlightenment. This is amazing news and I wish every one of you the very best of luck on your path! May you move forward with ease and your burdens practically step aside to allow you to pass!
Uh-huh…. You know those people who finally are able to quit smoking and then become completely insufferable about smoking and anyone who does? Substitute smoking for going on the Keto Diet, becoming a vegetarian or going totally vegan, giving up all forms of social media, consuming only free-range eggs, etc., etc. and those people are just as obnoxious about their super “woke” habits as those who recently quit smoking.
It’s VERY easy to become arrogant and holier-than-thou when you’ve turned over a new leaf. Suddenly everything is seen in extremes…black/white, good/evil…there’s absolutely no wiggle room left for being human. “Did you see Martha chowing down on that ice cream cone? Ha! She who is vegan/gluten free/keto!!! Fell off HER throne, now didn’t she!!!” Yeah, and YOU took three drags on that vape pen in the car.
Whatever you’re trying to do to become a better person in your own eyes, good on ya. Just do it on yer own mat and shaddap about Martha.
Happy August everyone!
June is going to be a time of shaking things up a bit and breaking out of your normal, daily rut. Take some time and examine your personal rules, values, and/or beliefs. Do they still ring true to you? Have you outgrown your views on politics? Have you shifted your stance on human rights? Does your religion nurture you spiritually or are you attending services simply out of habit?
Living hidebound by the “shoulds” and “oughts” society dictates (we’re not talking about actual laws here) can stifle your individuality. I mean, on whose authority do we ladies not wear white shoes before Memorial Day or after Labor Day? It’s time to step out of the box you’ve stuck yourself in and make some rules of your own when it comes to your wardrobe, beliefs, and habits. As long as you don’t harm anyone else or break the law, be the “weird” one; it can be enormously liberating and rewarding!
If you can let go of some of the restrictions you’ve followed, you may find your innovative juices will flow. Expect a burst of creativity this month that will be recognized as something valuable to not just you.
Have a happy avant garde June!
This card is all about the different connotations of lying. Lying to others, yourself, being “less than completely honest”, manipulating the situation, lying by omission, and generally being tricksy just to name a few ways we can be untruthful. Now, it’s true that sometimes, we simply must lie or bend the truth for ethical reasons. Doctors will tell loved ones the patient died without suffering when he knows damned well the patient fought and suffered until the end. You’ll tell your partner it was “good” for you, too, just to help them feel a little better about themselves and so you can roll over and go to sleep. The coach tells the worst kid on the team that he can see “improvement” to give the kid a boost in self esteem.
My point today is to really examine your motivations behind your untruths. Are you saving someone’s feelings? Are you motivated by compassion and sympathy? Or are you lying to save your own skin or ego, to weasel out of something you don’t have the balls to straightforwardly say you don’t wanna do, or to get something you want at the expense of another?
If you’re lying to yourself about something, stop. Face your truth: you actually LIKE to smoke, you’re just too lazy to exercise, and you hate smoothies/love bacon. Do you have to do anything about the things you lie to yourself about? No. But if you have to lie to yourself to shut something up, then there’s a deeper urge that’s saying maybe you should do something about that. Food for thought.
Happy May all!