Weekly Forecast: Let it go / Rev. 2 of Pentacles

Sometimes it’s advisable to drop the ball.

Short version: Are you doing more than you need to be? Do you have energy out in pursuits that are not paying off or not rightfully your job? The reversed Two of Pentacles is telling me there’s benefit to be gained from paring down the unnecessary commitments this week.

Are you seeing this scenario?

12/17/13: Stuck in a Stick Fight / 5 of Wands, 2 of Pentacles

Treating your adversary with respect is striking soft in battle. –Samuel Johnson

Five of Wands Two of Pentacles Steampunk Tarot

These two cards flopped out of the deck together, so I am reading them together. We’ve got the Five of Wands and Two of Pentacles from the Steampunk Tarot staring us in the face.

Sometimes people get frustrated because other people cannot or will not remotely approach their own expectation of “reasonable.” Beyond a potential rush from a dose of righteous indignation, this approach doesn’t offer much in the way of net gains.

You MUST effectively juggle conflicting perspectives or goals to navigate effectively today. In other words, you may be expected to take in consideration strong feelings or viewpoints that in no way, shape or form resemble your own. You may be asked to transcend your personal, strongly-held belief structure to function within a group or resolve a seemingly unresolvable issue.

You can do this, but it takes effort—and self-control.

It’s not about abandoning your identity or core values. It’s about knowing exactly what those issue are, and being generous with what those issues are not. You dig?

Don’t dig your heels in unless it truly matters, and be prepared to let go of the rest. That’s the only way you’ll be able to avoid spending the whole day whacking and being whacked with a bunch of sticks.

You stuck in the middle of a stick fight?

12/17/13: Stuck in a Stick Fight / 5 of Wands, 2 of Pentacles 1 Steampunk Tarot 
Barbara Moore and Aly Fell

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08/28/13: Ups and Downs of Juggling Hard / 2 of Pentacles

Years ago, when we were in the middle of the Custody Battle from HELL ™ I was enrolled in school full time. And I was volunteering 8 hours a week. I had small children. And I was working part time, I think, at least for some of that period. It’s hard to remember honestly, as that time has “blur” written all over it.

2-of-pentacles-tarot-illuminatiIn retrospect, I feel kind of bad the fact. Because I was so busy with rather inflexible demands of my schedule, I effectively checked out emotionally at points. I didn’t have much left over, you know? I was exhausted, even sneaking in naps in my car before classes. I managed to maintain, but the outcome was that it left my husband alone in the middle of an emotional mess while I was absorbed poring over scientific journals or writing research papers. It wasn’t my intention to leave him on his own, but despite the reasons I wasn’t fully present, it had the same impact.

It did make it easier for me, though. I had no physical or emotional bandwidth to remain upset. It was an escape. For better or worse in the big picture, it helped me through that time.

That’s what this Two of Pentacles reminds me of—demands of maintaining the status quo crowding out emotional concerns. The rough waters in the background show emotional turmoil. Who knows if one or both of those ships will capsize? He has no time to wonder! This man’s focus is fully required to maintain juggling his Pentacles—the physical, financial or energetic demands of his life. Tarot Pentacles are about the physical world and physical manifestation. See the infinity symbol around the Pentacles? There’s no clear end in sight.

Those pentacles could represent a number of situations: financial stress, health problems, family concerns, whatever. The overriding theme, however, is that the all-encompassing attention that’s required to keep real-world issues managed is also taking place in a wider emotional context.

My advice  is to start with acknowledging that sea: be aware of emotional context you may be ignoring. Also, start looking for some help! Relief from juggling duties, even occasional, will make the overall situation easier to maintain. I’m not saying the juggling is not necessary or important. That’s not my call. I’m saying there are implications and costs that can go along with this phase. Everything requires a trade-off, baby. If it takes all you got to keep those Pentacles in the air, there’s nothing left over for you (or the people you love). Know what you’re paying for it as well as what you’re getting from it. I guess above all, I’d tell you to make it a plan to keep your juggling temporary. This is workable for a while, but is not a permanent solution.

Are you juggling hard?

 

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07/07/13: Make a run for it! / 2 of Pentacles Rx

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Writing up several of these daily forecasts in a row, I have to laugh. The cards seem to tell a story. Even different decks, stringing them together for upcoming days, patterns emerge. Pictures materialize out of chaos. And the image on this reversed Two of Pentacles speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

But notice #1. The card is reversed; #2, That door is open. That is a brief but golden opportunity, right there.

You feel locked up, trapped, incarcerated, backed into a corner? There’s a chance to escape if you’re willing to make a run for it!

Are you ready to make a run for it?

07/07/13: Make a run for it! / 2 of Pentacles Rx 6
Zodiac Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo

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06/12/13: Transformation via Specialization / Death, 8 and 2 of Pentacles

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An interesting addition on Declaring your Major from a few days ago…we’ve again got the Two of Pentacles and the Eight of Pentacles, but here they team up with Death, shown majestically as the Phoenix.

See, I do shuffle the cards! To me, it looks like an exclamation point after that message.

Moving from the place of following (or believing) EVERYTHING to mastering ONE THING leads to transformation. And probably irrevocably alters your vision of “everything” in the process.

Are you ready to specialize?

06/12/13: Transformation via Specialization / Death, 8 and 2 of Pentacles 7 The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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06/09/13: Declaring Your Major / 2 & 8 of Pentacles

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2_of_Pentacles8_of_Pentacles First, we juggle our responsibilities, actions, needs and drives trying to keep it “all under control” in our lives. But as time progresses—providing WE are progressing, that is—we become better at what we do. We refine and perfect our craft, our knowledge and workmanship in creating our lives.

The Two of Pentacles juggler is trying to be all things to all people. Or maybe, he’s just trying to stay centered, afraid to lose touch for even a moment with the demands placed upon him. He’s managing…but just for now!

The Eight of Pentacles workman, however, is in a different place of development. He’s not a generalist. He’s a specialist! He’s focusing not on everything, but on one thing, and getting that one, main theme of his work right.

You can start with a sampling, juggling all the “truths” that come your way, giving it all equal weight and importance. But sooner or later, if you want more than to just get by, if you want to truly master any idea or concept, you’ve got to make choices. It’s like declaring your major in college.

Pick your focus and refine that skill. Once you’ve mastered it, you can return to one of the other Pentacles (or not). If you don’t, you’ll always be tired and never quite feel like you’ve truly got it.

Do you have a major focus right now?

06/09/13: Declaring Your Major / 2 & 8 of Pentacles 8 The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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