"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out." Edwin Markham
Again with the Chakra cards. I almost never get these, and now it’s two in a row.
Today, Tarot hands us the Heart Charka, and Five of Swords (Venus in Aquarius), aka Conflict and Defeat. (And I now realize I’ve written about "Conflict and Defeat" before as the Five of Wands. The border colors on this deck never cease to confuse me. Agrh!)
Defeat is a feeling state that is born from emotion. It truly is an affliction of the heart. When a sense of defeat looms, it’s a crossroads, a moment of choice. You may be bruised and bloody, and maybe the bright side eludes you. You may retreat to nurse your wounds and gather your wherewithal, but you are not defeated until you have given up. It’s a feeling state.
That doesn’t mean you’ll always get your way. Far from it! But it may mean redefining your objectives. LETTING GO. Reprioritizing. Letting your internal GPS re-route, man.
Both conflict and glory do shake the soul. Especially hard times (and especially easy ones) give opportunity to define who we are. Both are telling. Look to the heart—as long as the Heart remains open, loving and compassionate—well, you may lose a conflict, but you cannot be defeated.
What do you notice about defeat?
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