Last week, I was able to reap some of the harvest of the seeds I planted. I proactively communicated with my team and got helpful feedback. I asked for help instead of having an unversation, and people came through. An unversation is when you assume what the other person will say in a conversation. This week’s blog comes from my friend's question, “How do we survive?” I tweaked it slightly into “How do we survive this?”
What are we up against? I pulled a card from the Ancient India Tarot.
Death is traditionally seen as a card of transformation. There is a woman in a white sari kneeling in supplication. There are various objects in front of her and what looks like two steps. There is a tree in the background. Below in white text, it says, “Death (kind of a stylized font). What is it time to release? Is it anger, pride, or ego? Is it attachment, suffering, and pain? Be free, burn the rest in the pyre.” I ignored the words; when I viewed the card, the woman appeared to be anticipating the next phase. Due to perspective, what I assume to be offerings in front of her appear so small to be insignificant. What are we sacrificing, and is it worth it?
I then pulled four follow-up cards from a traditional Rider-Waite deck. I will describe them one by one.
The first card is the 2 of Pentacles. A man is wearing a tall red cap, a beige tunic with a long-sleeved red undershirt, a red belt, red leggings, and black shoes on the shore of the beach, juggling two circles with pentacles. The man is looking at the pentacle to our right. The motion is described as a visual infinity symbol. A ship is out to sea, and the waves are rolling in. There is black text underneath which says “2 of Pentacles. Money confusion. Juggling two situations or ideas around.” What is happening now? A lot. Yet we can only focus on one thing at a time; though the waves come, they also go. I had a lot going on this past weekend; most of it was a waiting game. Putting energy into what could be instead of what is was very draining. During this week, can you pay attention to the present moment? How can you be present and focus your energy on what you can impact?
The second card shows three ladies dancing in a circle, raising their glasses with fruit and vines at their feet. One is blonde and wearing white robes, one has long black hair and golden robes holding a bunch of grapes, and the other has brown hair and a blood-red cape. The text underneath says, “3 of cups, Celebrations. Bright happenings.” What are some challenges we may face this week? I think of the three ladies as the fates or the Hecate. The Hecate is associated with crossroads and liminal spaces. The maiden, the mother, and the crone. It is a challenge sometimes to accept the changes as we age. I almost view the Death card as a chance to celebrate the transformation and embrace the transition. Where are the crossroads in your life? What aspects of your character can help you this week?
The next card is the Knight of Swords, which features a knight on a white horse with text that says, “Young man to 25 years. Speedy situation or finish.” The rider appears to be riding in to stop the trio's magic. Swords are generally associated with thoughts that conflict with feelings. Looking back at the first card about juggling two things, how do we balance our thoughts and emotions? If we are trying new intuitive ways of leadership, the messenger may be riding in, trying to force us back to using established ways and trigger a fight or flight response. What can help us maintain a forward trajectory for the seeds we planted last week against the onslaught of naysayers? How do we maintain hope in the face of our foes?
The final card is the Queen of Cups. She is seated on a throne, holding a giant chalice. Her throne is on a peninsula at the edge of a body of water with cliffs in the background. The text underneath her reads, “Woman over 25 years. Blue eyes, fair or brown hair, soft, gentle, motherly. What don't we know? Perhaps we underestimate the extent of our power or the power of rest and reflection. To me, she may be peering at the idiot knight and is unconcerned. She will chill in her chair and have a glass of wine. I know being unbothered may be considered a privilege, but if we go back to the more profound ways and tap into what death teaches us, that is how we survive. Death is all around us. We can never get back each moment; the loss makes things more precious. You will encounter various agendas, views, and perspectives this week. What strategies will you use to continue your transformation? Will death be the end or a new beginning?