Perception, lessons, and Groundhog Day

From time to time, I stumble back to the truth that everything is about reactions, perspective, and where we send our energy. This usually happens when I find myself too tied up with silly things, things that someone has decided are important, things that someone has turned into a problem.

As something of a an empath, and a people-pleaser from way back, I’m predisposed to accepting and jumping right into the toxicity when someone whips it up. I know that this is a losing strategy, but the nature of the thing is that it blinds you to its existence. It is only in a moment of clarity that I can notice, ‘Oh. I’m here again.’

While pondering this state of affairs and how to better protect myself from getting pulled in next time, how fitting that 12 should turn up in the first position. Obviously, perception is key to all of this. With 2 and 3 also in the spread, I’m more sure than ever that this is all a lesson. One I’ve botched so far, so must play again.

Part of the message seems to be that my habitual neglect of self care and spirituality is also playing a large role. I always think that I should be accomplishing more. There is a good chance that this is exactly where I’m going wrong. What does it mean to accomplish something? The accomplishments that I currently use as my guideposts are fleeting as there is seldom any time to stop and enjoy. There is always a new emergency.

While there will never be anything wrong with wanting to do good work, I think that I need to try and divorce myself from always trying to do more of it. It would be better to¬†recognize the work as something outside of who I am, an activity done in its time and place for an agreed upon reward. Taking personally what happens with that is toxic and quite counter productive. If I were just responding to the situation itself, it would be slightly annoying and done in a few minutes. Instead, I have this gnawing feeling in my gut like I’m being disrespected and circumvented. What’s that even about? Why do I care? Aside from these little incidents, which I have the power to see as nothing really, I like what I’m doing and the people I’m surrounded with.

In short, do what the Hanged Man says, find a new perspective. Remember that it is not a problem unless you see it as one. While this is much easier said than done, there is little doubt that being more mindful is a step in the right direction.

blessed be

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Ace of Pentacles

Aces represent the basic form of the element.

For Pentacles, this would be things of business, finance, or property. This is a card about news in one of these areas.

With the proper surrounding cards, this card can mean that something good is about to happen; promotion, inheritance, etc.

Two of Pentacles

Twos are about union.

Where the Pentacles represent the material aspects of life, this card is about the balance between the things that vie for our attention, work and personal, passion and responsibility.

Since it is so easy to get pulled too far in either direction, view this card as a reminder to check in with yourself regularly. If you’ve been exhausted for weeks on end and find yourself getting cranky, there is a good chance that this balance has slipped.

Three of Pentacles

Threes represent the full expression of their element.

In this case, we see effort and focus bringing new possibility into the world. This is a card of reward after hard work. It is not quite as strong in this message as the Eight, but it should be seen as encouragement to keep it up, you are getting somewhere.

Four of Pentacles

Fours are about structure.

Given the physical/material nature of Pentacles, this card brings a caution about worrying too much. When we come from hard times and work hard to get to a place of security, it can be easy to become overly cautious. The perspective of scarcity can become a habit. This card reminds us to enjoy the fruits of our efforts, within reason.

Five of Pentacles

Fives are cards of change, conflict, and struggle.

The most obvious interpretation of this card is that of physical or financial hardship. More subtly, this card be represent a feeling of being stuck in a situation with no way out, or simply the inability to see anything positive.

The lesson of this and most Pentacles is to remember that goodness is all around. As long as we have hope and the eyes to see the miracles that surround us, we can not only persevere, but triumph.

Six of Pentacles

Sixes are about communication and ideas.

Being still on the high side of the Pentacles, this six is about sharing in the abundance that surrounds us. This is both in material goods and in knowledge. There must be a balance to work and reward, giving and receiving. We never find ourselves wanting when we are truly open the gifts of the universe.

That openness is the tricky part, though. All manner of distractions can get use out of sync with the source. From the usual vices to excessive worrying, when we focus on need and scarcity, that is what we find.