Queen of Swords: Focusing on What?

So, I got my project wrapped up. I expected it to take me about 2 or 3 days. Instead, it took two weeks of very intense attention. I pulled some long work days and just wrapped it up late Thursday night.

Now, I was less-than-enchanted with the entire endeavor, until I realized something very relevant: the end result was completely worth the trouble. There were a number of issues that went awry and each one I fixed in turn. This back and forth, catalyzed by what I didn’t want really made a difference in what I got in the end. I would not have touched any of the side issues had they not broken. So yes, there was plenty of cussing and frustration. Yes, I could have finished in a couple of days if everything had gone the way I’d planned. And yes, the finished product would have been inferior had it gone the way I’d planned.

Looking at it that way makes me glad so much stuff broke! A legitimate bright side right there, front and center. If you can find one, I always urge you to adopt the bright side. It pays off.

Aside: Thanks to those who wished me well with the stuff I have been working on last week, either directly or in your heart. I know you’re sending me your goodwill and I do appreciate it very much. ♥ An especially bright side for me.

This next week, I’d encourage you to keep looking for your own bright side and keep that vision central when you’re making decisions and taking action.

[bctt tweet=”See what’s broken for what it really is: impetus forward.” username=”goddess_dix”]

Next Week in Tarot

The overall outlook is represented by the Queen of Swords with advice coming in from the Knight of Swords from the gorgeous Star Tarot Deck. Now, seeing this duo, right away I know, words will be flying over the next week. Not much of a surprise, huh? Words are already flying. But I’ve got more than obvious observations to share here.

This Queen is clear, focused and discriminating. There is (and will be) plenty going on. That doesn’t mean she (or we) need to digest all of it. That’s a surefire recipe for an upset stomach! What you don’t want provides the most value in spurring you towards what you DO want. So acknowledge it and then move forward. The queen focuses on her goals and anything that doesn’t contribute to those goals gets discarded. That’s a very effective approach.

What topic of focus is most in line with your values and intentions? Problems serve a purpose: they help identify areas of improvement and that’s where we want the greatest bulk of our energy to go.

What serves your greater purposes? THAT is where to direct your attention. This is a big world and we have lots of choice on how we spend our energy. Anything else is just a distraction. And if there’s one thing the Queen of Swords will not abide, it’s distraction.

The Knight would advise us to convey our ideas and messages with clarity. Dix would advise you to be mindful of tact, but not everybody listens to her. Har!

Thing is, if communication is especially sharp, critical or loud (whether or not you consider it accurate), anyone who does not agree already will tune it out. Factor your goals into your overall approach. If your goal is only to be heard, volume will suffice. On the other hand, if your goal is to inform, persuade or otherwise influence…well, doing so from a connected place will give you far more power than any other approach.

In other words, keep your head clear this coming week. When you see something you perceive as wrong, you can let it be discouragement to you or of service to you. The choice is yours.

What are you focused on?

Give me a holler for a personal visit if you want a little realignment.

 

 

Empress Rx: Rough Birth

As I write this, I’m still neck deep in a personal web project that was supposed to take a couple of days. It’s been over a week of hammering away and I’m still not there. I’m close, but not there. It’s also looking like I may need to go diving deep into databases, code and all sorts of techie muck.

It also reminds me why I quit doing tech work for other people. The end result will still be worth it, but I’m not loving the getting there part as much as I’d like. While I doubt anybody reading this is in the same boat as me exactly, I would not be surprised if you had some similar feelings about something important to you going down in your life.

And you know why I wouldn’t be surprised? These cards.

Next Week in Tarot

This week, we have the Empress reversed for the general outlook, along with Temperance for the advice from the gorgeous Star Tarot Deck. (Isn’t this a great deck? The cards are very large, oversized, so it’s clumsy as all get-out to shuffle but I think it would make a fabulous deck for pathworking if it’s catching your fancy.)

I want to say something’s just not working and it’s draining to boot. Your me-time may get put on hold to some degree or another while it’s sorted. Like a “breech birth” of a project or intentions. It’s coming out, yes, but all upside down!

But not all is lost. You can and do get helpful clarification through addressing what’s going wrong for sure, and you can use that to make the end result better.

[bctt tweet=”Problems coach you into better outcomes.” via=”no”]

Take some of what you wanted and some of what you didn’t and mix them together to make a better mix. Temperance is particularly suggestive of taking advice or listening to other opinions as well. Consider inspiration and input from unlikely or unrelated sources, as they are likely to hold a key piece of the puzzle. You can take disparate pieces to make a surprisingly cohesive whole.

Just remember as you plug your way through whatever you’ve got to plug your way through, it’s all okay. It WILL work out and you’ll get back to where you want to be. Take a deep breath and be still a moment. Listen for inspiration. Be aware you may be getting helpful hints from outside sources, either directly or indirectly, with a word or comment that can inspire solutions. Don’t let your self-care completely go, even if you have to adjust what and how much for a minute.

Hang in there! The end will be better for it, even if the middle isn’t quite what you want.

Are you feeling this? I hope not but either way, it will work out. Okay?

Be well, friends.

p.s. If you’d like to hook up with me for a one-on-one, just give a holler.