Weekly Forecast: The Art of Learning Grit

There’s this belief that if something was meant to be, all of the stars would align to guarantee it, and all obstacles would crumble away. This is, more or less, nonsense. Inevitably, some things in life will just fall in to place for you for better or worse. However, things destined to propel us forward towards our highest good may not necessarily feel very good and it’s certainly not promised to be without pain.

Today’s Weekly Tarot Forecast is for you.

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Your weekly Tarot Forecast:

Past: Knight of Cups

Present: The Hierophant

Future: Strength

Advice: Four of Swords

Sometimes, you don’t recognize the person you once were. The inexperienced Knight of Cups had passionate conviction. An unshakable idealism that caused conflict internally and externally as those struggled under the weight of expectations. You knew how things ought to be. You immediately sensed when things weren’t right. The young knight’s emotions were still maturing and developing the complexities to capture the messy, beautiful creatures we are. It’s been a process of failure, forgiveness, success, and celebration but it has made you into the person you are now: the Hierophant.

The inexperienced and innocent knight has given way to authority and expertise. You’re confident now. You know what you know. It hasn’t been an easy road but it’s one that has taught you things allow you to exude the air of mastery. It’s okay to be bold in the knowledge that you’re an expert whether it be an expert in being a partner in a relationship, a master of your trade, or the mastery of a craft… you’ve stuck it out and that’s worth acknowledging.

However, it’s important to continue pursuing growth, less complacency erode the foundation upon which your pride has been built. In the future, we see the Strength card, which is both a warning and reassurance: you will be tested and you’ve got this.

I know it sometimes feels like you’ve crested the top of the mountain only to find more mountain to climb instead of the steady decline you were expecting. After so much hard work, effort, and skill we all hope to just reach a point where we can say, “I did it,” celebrate that moment, and then coast the rest of the way down. However, that’s not in the cards for every one for every thing.

This may be the few years you’re hoping to handle with grace before a well earned retirement. It may be that bittersweet moment that empty nesters feel as their young leave home for the first time. It may be that moment right after the last final exam for the last class that stands between you and your diploma. It could be that knowledge of finding the one or the moment that those fertility treatments create a baby. Regardless of what brought you here, the warning is that the battle isn’t over yet, but also that you’ve got this.

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The advice given is the Four of Swords which reminds you of the importance of inward reflection and ascension gained through meditation. You’re not going to find what you need by looking outside of yourself because the type of strength that will be required of you is one grown from within. The grit of survival cannot be imparted upon you by someone outside of you, it can only be developed over the lifetime of struggles you’ve endured. It’s time to recognize you’ve prepared yourself for this moment and seize it.

The role of meditation also serves as a secondary but essential practice: guidance. Everything may not happen for a reason. Divine timing may truly suck at times. Life’s irony can be a bitter pill to swallow. That isn’t to say there aren’t lessons to be learned and opportunities for growth in our adversity.

Ensure that you define your obstacles; that you leave them behind you as you stroll away in victory. Don’t allow your obstacles define you or the journey that lies ahead.

 

Weekly Forecast: Opportunity knocks and then Leaves if you Don’t Answer

Sometimes life presents us with too many choices and, for a moment, we get lost in the possibilities. Fantasizing about where the possibilities may lead is a healthy normal response but be wary of spending too much time sitting on the fence less you want those opportunities to slip through your hands.

Today’s Weekly Tarot Forecast is for you.

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Your weekly Tarot Forecast:

Past: Ace of Swords

Present: Seven of Cups

Future: King of Coins

Advice: Two of Wands

It was a moment of absolute clarity for you. The Ace of Swords is in our past position as a reminder of the realization we had not too long ago. Suddenly, things just clicked, and we understood something that had been plaguing our worried minds for awhile.

What was that moment of clarity for you? Did you suddenly realize that your relationship was counterproductive towards your goals? Did you discover what your life’s passion was? Perhaps you realized a pattern in your life that was preventing you from moving forward. Whatever it was, that moment of clarity is the past, and set the stage for where we’re at now: Seven of Cups.

In some ways, that epiphany was the easiest part of your journey, because once you know… you know. Now comes the question: what do you do with it? How do you need to move forward with that knowledge? Do you repair the relationship? Do you pursue your life’s passion and, if so, at what cost? How viable is it to simply abandon bad behaviors especially if there’s a mental or genetic component (as is the often the case with addiction or anxiety)?

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The Seven of Cups, in the present position, talks about the choices before us. They are numerous and can be overwhelming especially as we weight the outcomes of any given path. To be clear, these are important decisions that we’re faced with making, with consequences that are vast and far reaching. The future we’re seeking, after all, is the one represented by the King of Coins.

The King of Coins is a future of security and stability. It’s a future of happiness and confidence. It’s a future that isn’t free of struggle but is free of the accompanying worry. It’s a future of a comprehensive insurance policy that assures us whatever trouble lurks ahead is within our ability to handle.

The pressure to make the right decision that yields the future of the King of Coins isn’t subtle and this opportunity isn’t one we want to squander. Yet, it is important that we act decisively, according to the Two of Wands. That relationship isn’t going to get easier to leave with the addition of children. Job opportunities can dry up just as quickly as they rain down upon us if we spend too much time considering which one we want to pursue. Having a life’s passion is a wonderful experience but determining the degree to which you want it to consume you isn’t going to be easier as you also find yourself making other commitments.

 

The advice here is to weigh your choices with wisdom and expediency. Then commit to the path you’ve chosen. It may not be around forever.

Weekly Forecast: Moving On from Past Mistakes

You made a vow. It’ll never happen again. You won’t allow it. This time, it’ll be different. You’re better prepared.

We’ve all been there. The pangs of regret are life’s growing pains. They’re useful; not pleasant. An aversion to repeating them is not only natural but completely understandable. But what is the outcome for the path that you’re on?

Today’s Weekly Tarot Forecast is for you.

Your weekly Tarot Forecast:

Past: Five of Cups

Present: Three of Wands

Future: Two of Cups

Advice: King of Cups

The dominant suit represented in today’s weekly forecast is Cups which is a reminder of the strength and power emotions carry and the energy emotions inspire in ourselves and others. Today, we’re living with the painful reminders carried over from our past mistakes represented by the Five of Cups. Life is beautiful and messy because we are beautiful and messy.

Sometimes, that messiness is comprised of moments that we’d prefer to soon forget. Our histories are filled with the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. Yet, you know to hold onto your regrets and past mistakes as an oath you’ve made with yourself: never again.

And so you’ve taken precautions. You’ve noted the lessons that needed to be learned. You’re better prepared and far less naive. You know, deep down, that you’ve got this. The Three of Wands is the totem from that oath you’ve struck. In the present position, the Three of Wands acknowledges the thought and growth that has brought you to this moment.

As we gaze into your future, we see Two of Cups, which indicates that the measures you’ve taken and the lessons you’ve heeded have paid off.  You won’t be doomed to repeat the same regretful mistakes. You’ve moved on, more weathered, but also with more grit and a better understanding than you had before. You’re a far more balanced and well rounded person because of your history; not in spite of it. You also have a better understanding of what you can survive.

However, it’s important to remind ourselves that the desire to learn from past mistakes is, in part, a commitment to make new ones. The advice here is presented as King of Cups which is to be kind to yourself. Your future isn’t going to be without regret. Mistakes will still happen. There are still lessons yet to be learned.

What’s important here is that you embrace yourself with gentle compassion and understanding. Forgive yourself. Love yourself. Your dignity will remain intact. You will survive this, too.

Weekly Forecast: the Essential Nature of Self-Care

Sometimes, it feels like we’re stuck in a hamster wheel. We’re running, running, running but we never seem to be moving forward. Our location remains fixed. The same amount of work that existed yesterday exists today. The same bills that existed last month exist this month. The same financial shortfalls that force you to stretch your money from pay to pay never end. Life feels like an endless loop. And the question remains, “How on earth am I working this hard but not even a little closer to achieving my goals?”

Today’s Tarot reading is for you.

Your Weekly Tarot Forecast reading:

Past: Three of Wands

Present: Ace of Swords

Future: Page of Swords

Advice: The Sun

Here’s the thing. The universe knows how hard you’ve been working. The universe knows how dedicated you’ve been. This is acknowledged by the Three of Wands appearing in the past position. The Three of Wands is a card representative of both hard work and dedication. It’s the card that is frequently accompanied by cards heralding in success, balloons, and a fantastic victory dance montage.

But what about you? Where are your balloon waterfalls and victory dance montages? Where is your success card? You’re in the present, exhausted by the effort you’ve put forth, and yet it feels like you’ve gained no ground. Your success card is missing. You’re not closer to your goals. Where’s the balance to your hard work?

The Ace of Swords is in your present position and is here to symbolize your moment of clarity. Something isn’t working. You realize that continuing to do exactly what you were doing will not yield different results. You’re not opposed to hard work. When it has to be done, you’re the first to roll up your sleeves. But there is nothing to gain from spinning your wheels.

There is an obstacle in your path and it is blocking your hard work from achieving the outcome you’re trying to build. Do you know what it is yet? Perhaps you’re not sure. You’ve done everything by the book. You’re doing exactly what others have done to more successful results. Perhaps you know exactly what the problem is but the solution is an elusive devil that keeps dodging your grip.

The Page of Swords is around the corner and is here to deliver the epiphany you need to crush your obstacles and finally move forward. In the future position, this card promises to deliver a future of insight and inspiration. That a-ha moment will happen… if….

You embrace the advice of The Sun Card.

Last week, in our weekly retrospective, we talked about how lessons not heeded will repeat themselves in future readings. The Universe is quiet in her guidance but she is unwavered and persistent. The Sun Card appeared in the last Weekly Tarot Forecast reading, too, which tells us that we are still not following the following the path lit by the Sun.

The Sun is a card about the expression of joy in the ways that fuel, inspire, and motivate you whether that be time spent curled up with a good book to tackling that hiking trail with friends or family. Last week, the Sun told you that the universe has so many blessings in store for you if you open yourself up to them. But you have to open yourself up to them.

This week, the message is a little stronger and more prescriptive.

Here the advice is clear: you are burning yourself out. You need to take time and space for self-care. Even if that means the dishes aren’t getting done as often. Even if that means laundry piles just a little more between loads. Even if that means you have to delegate a few more tasks out to others. You are being overburdened and, as a result, that creative and problem solving genius inside of you is too over-tasked.

It also good advice to re-evaluate your current outlets to determine if they’re contributing to your stress. You may love games but when you’re playing them – how do they make you feel? How often to do you end the gaming session with more anxiety than when you started? How might these activities rob us of the enlightenment we’re seeking? Last week’s reading on Understanding the Energy reminds us that for all plans, we must anchor ourselves to our outcomes, less we find ourselves lost and adrift.

The same is true for the series we binge watch, the friends that occupy our time, celebrity gossip blogs we browse, and other ways we opt to unwind.

We don’t have to purge all of these influences in our life but we need to be mindful of how they make us feel and the cost of energy associated with them. These activities all consume energy but are they also replenishing your energy? These activities all require mental components; are they breaking down mental blocks or reinforcing them?

By establishing the roots of self-examination, we can focus our efforts in spending more time on the right kind of activities that will fuel us because our fight is not over. The success card is not yet in our future. By shifting away from behaviors that drain our energy and leave us anxious towards activities that fill us with energy and inspire us, we can move forward. It’s written in the cards. The Page of Swords is ready and awaiting you to make time for yourself to rejuvenate with the Sun.

 


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