January 7, 2022

Today's draw: A new hope

Today's draw: A new hope

Figured I'd start journaling my thoughts on my daily draws as a way to explain my life, given that one of my resolutions this year was to blog more.

[ 6 of swords ]-1 as Past

Personal transition, resistance to change, unfinished business

The Six of Swords shows a woman and a young child being rowed across a body of water towards a nearby land. Her head is covered, suggesting sadness or loss as she moves away from something in her past. Her child nestles in close to her body, looking for safety and comfort as they make this journey together. In the boat stand six swords, suggesting that the woman and child are still carrying memories or baggage from their past into their future.
While the water on the right of the boat is turbulent, the sea ahead is tranquil. This imagery suggests that they are leaving behind a tumultuous situation, bound for a more peaceful and supportive environment.
Swords are often double-edged and in this way the Suit of Swords symbolises the fine balance between intellect and power and how these two elements can be used for good or evil. As such, the Swords must be balanced by spirit (Wands) and feeling (Cups) to have the most positive effect.

You know... I was thinking that inversion and in the position of The Past would mean to read the card opposite of its intent (i.e., that this situation is no longer), but given my particular circumstances, it almost seems to underscore its meaning.

I am transitioning out of 2022, and out of an old job that mentally and emotionally wrecked me. And funnily enough, as I was considering staying at that job to make the best of those circumstances, I got laid off anyway, cutting short my tenure there. These swords and baggage bring to mind the negativity I felt from my coworkers and team there – and their lack of belief and support for me, which in turn affected the way I viewed myself.

My work is my unfinished business... though, that could mean more than just my job/career, at present.

It's funny, that last bit about how the sword (intellect) must be balanced by spirit (wands) and feeling (cups), given the draw of my hand today.

2 of Cups as Present

Unified love, partnership, mutual attraction

The Two of Cups shows a young man and woman, exchanging cups and pledging their love for one another. Above them floats the Caduceus of Hermes – a winged staff with two snakes wrapped around it – the ancient symbol of commerce, trade, and exchange. At the top of the caduceus is a lion’s head, signifying passion and fire energy and suggesting that there may be a lot of fiery, sexual energy between these two people.
The Two of Cups is the ultimate symbol of partnership, manifested in many forms. This particular partnership is a powerful one affecting your past, present and future, bringing great happiness and trust along with it. This card can also signify a romantic relationship or a deep bond between friends. Either way, you can count on this person at every turn, no matter the situation at hand.
This card is a win-win scenario — it’s about giving as much as you get in return.
The Suit of Cups Tarot cards deal with the emotional level of consciousness and are associated with love, feelings, relationships and connections.

Well, that's timely. A friend and I are casually experimenting with forming an alliance to get our combatives/self-defense businesses off the ground. I remember months ago when this was something I thought would just be amazing if it actually happened, but I didn't think it ever would. Well, as of yesterday, it happened, and I am so fucking hopeful, even though both of us are being somewhat careful about everything, feeling each other out, and trying not to step on each other's toes with regards to goals and where we want our respective projects to go.

One thing that I find super promising about our partnership? The fact that we're both willing to maintain open lines of communication, aren't easily offended (and promise to hash it out like adults if we ever do), and are generally interested in seeing the other person succeed. Can I trust you? This card seems to say yes.

"TRUST BUT VERIFY!!" everything in me screams. But, yes.

[ Ace of Wands ]-1 as Future

An emerging idea, lack of direction, distractions, delays

The meanings of the Wands Tarot cards deal with the spiritual level of consciousness and mirror what is important to you at the core of your being. They address what makes you tick – your personality, ego, enthusiasm, self-concept, and personal energy, both internal and external. The negative aspects of the Suit of Wands include illusion, egotistical behaviour, impulsiveness, a lack of direction or purpose, or feeling meaningless.
In the Ace of Wands, a hand holding a sprouting wand extends out from a cloud, as if to offer a new opportunity or idea with the potential to grow. The rich, verdant landscape is further confirmation of this growth capability. In the distance on the left sits a castle, representing the promise of opportunities to come, and hills and mountains line the horizon. Their rolling peaks remind us that there will always be challenges along the way, but they are surmountable with enough effort.
The Ace of Wands reversed suggests that you can sense an idea emerging from within but are uncertain what form it will take or how you will manifest it in the world. You may have energy and passion in spades, but you do not yet have a clear outlet to express them. You may be waiting for something else to happen before you pursue this idea. Or, you may prefer to keep your idea private until your confidence kicks in. All of these wonderful ideas are bubbling up, but now you must find a way to harness this creative energy to set you up in the long term. Timing is essential for success, so be patient and wait for the best opportunity to move ahead.

Given the Future position of this card, it sort of feels like a warning that my projects can be easily derailed, and my purpose and intent sidetracked into oblivion, if I don't keep an eye out. I could end up getting too frustrated along the way by unexpected challenges, which does occasionally happen when I try to bite more than I can chew. Feels like the card is sort of warning me to keep my ADHD tendencies in check. Remember the mission, and advance accordingly.