2018 Chaos Rally #50 ~ Diligence and Discipline

This weekend’s Chaos Rally playlist celebrates the working class in response to Team Goblin’s tarot forecast for next week predicting a need for diligence and discipline in order to get things done. Enjoy!


This Coming Week’s Forecast


Intro-12-14-18The purpose of this Chaos Rally reading is to take a look at the coming week and see in what way we can challenge ourselves to do better in regards to our overall wellness. I ask you to approach this as a fun brainstorming session of possibilities rather than me prescribing a course of action to you.

And again, in terms of wellness I want to point out that this applies to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the self. All four of these comprise the total sense of being and need to be taken care of in order to be well. As always, and I cannot stress this enough, be sure to speak to the appropriate professional before making changes to your care plan. This is especially true if my reading for some reason inspires a change in diet, exercise, supplements, or medications, or even raises a concern regarding to your health.

I’m not a specialist in any of these fields. My goal is to look at how to manage wellness in the presence and with the cooperation of your professional care team. Please keep this in mind when going over this reading.

Here is the image of this coming week’s reading.Spread-12-14-18

The Challenge: Eight of Pentacles

Mastery doesn’t occur through haphazard means. It’s achieved by focused intention.

Monday-8P-12-14-18Monday Button’s position represents the challenge you need to be working on at this time. Thus, what you need to be working on right now is found within the Eight of Pentacles.

The theme of the Eight of Pentacles here is diligence to detail. See how the spider in the image of this card carefully crafts her web into a true work of art? Mastery doesn’t occur through haphazard means. It’s achieved by focused intention.

Whatever it is you’re doing this coming week, take the time to pay attention to the little details. They matter and they do add up. It can make the difference between a disaster and a masterpiece.

The Lesson: Nine of Pentacles

The lesson here is you need to have the discipline to make good use of the details.

Grim-9P-12-14-18Grim Lee’s position represents what you need to be learning while working on your challenge. Therefore, your lesson at this time is found within the Nine of Pentacles.

The Nine of Pentacles here represents discipline. Look at the elven musician practicing the piano in the card’s image. As someone that used to play the flute and the oboe, I can tell you that many hours are required to get anywhere with an instrument. It takes dedication.

The lesson here it’s not enough to pay attention to the details. You need to have the discipline to make good use of those details as well.

Rewards come to those that practice. Repeatedly.

Grim-9P-Monday-8P-12-14-18Examining these two cards together, the message we can get from is rewards come to those that practice. Repeatedly.

As I said before, mastery isn’t achieved from haphazard means. It comes from intention and dedication. You can’t dabble in something here and there expecting overnight success. You will need to roll up your sleeves and get sink your arms into it elbows deep.

The Inner Lie: Queen of Pentacles

The remarkable thing about the human heart is its capacity to love and give.

Murphy-QP-12-14-18Murphy Law’s position represents the false belief you need to overcome while working on your challenge. The inner lie at this time is revealed within the Queen of Pentacles.

The Queen of Pentacles is the mother of the earth and body. She embodies the nurturing heart within us all. The remarkable thing about the human heart is its capacity to love and give. Just when we think we have no more love left, not one more ounce to give, somehow we manage to surprise ourselves and give just a little bit more. I think those of us who are parents understand this better than anyone.

Pay close attention to your loved ones and neighbors. Give to them what they truly need this holiday season.

QP-8P-12-14-18I’m not asking you to give to some faceless charity this holiday season. I get it and I hear you. Why do that when you have no idea where the money is going? Instead, I ask you to pay close attention to the details around you – especially to your loved ones and neighbors. Give to them instead. Make it personal.

What do they really need?

Is someone near you struggling in some way? Do you have resources to spare to offer? Your time alone is a precious commodity. Do you know someone who is a caregiver that could use help with a meal or housework? How about someone who has a disability or special needs? Trust me when I say this is a godsend.

With practice, you will find that your heart grows as you give more.

Murphy-QP-Grim-9P-12-14-18Exert discipline as you serve others with your heart this holiday season. I know that it is easier to turn a blind eye. It is easier to say, “I have nothing to give,” but with practice you will find that your heart grows as you give more with no expectation of receiving anything in return.

Remember last week how we worked on setting aside our pride and serving a higher purpose? This is an extension of that.

As humans, we always have the ability to love and care for others if we choose.

Murphy-QP-Grim-9P-Monday-8P-12-14-18Studying these three cards together, we can see that through diligence and discipline we can expand the capacity our hearts have to nurture others. As humans, we always have the ability to love and care for others if we choose to do so.

The Wisdom: The Empress

We need to be ever mindful that we aren’t creating decay in our wake.

Toad-03-12-14-18Wise Toad’s position represents the wisdom to keep in mind as you work on your challenge. The wisdom you need at this time is found within the Empress.

The Empress represents all of creation and the expression that comes from this process. Since nothing can be created without the destruction of something else, the wisdom here is that we need to be ever mindful that we aren’t creating decay in our wake.

While charity is a good thing, we shouldn’t be doing it if it means we are neglecting to meet the needs of those closest to us.

Toad-03-Monday-8P-12-14-18Yes, it is good to give in order to create joy, but at who’s expense? Ours? A loved one?

This is a detail we need to be paying attention to, especially during the holidays. Often times we get so caught up in the swing of things that we miss people are being overlooked or feeling left out.

While charity is a good thing, we shouldn’t be doing it if it means we are neglecting to meet the needs of those closest to us. Our family of choice should be coming first and foremost.

It is with discipline that we manage these resources so that we can continue to create.

Toad-03-Grim-9P-12-14-18At this point I want to draw your attention to the basket in the Empress’s hands that she is using the create the ring of butterflies and flowers. Eventually, this basket will be empty. This is the destruction that results from creation that I spoke of earlier.

We can only create something through the use of resources available – whatever they may be. It is with discipline that we manage these resources so that we can continue to create.

If this basket becomes empty, then our creation process is halted until we are able to refill it in some way.

You need to make sure that your needs are being met first before your attempt to give from your basket.

Toad-03-Murphy-QP-12-14-18Staying focused on the basket in the image of the Empress card here, whenever we create or give something from ourselves it drains from our personal basket. This basket is usually referred to as a cup and is a resource like any other.

While it can grow in size when nurtured, it will decay if neglected. Let this sink in people. Your heart space – your cup, your basket – will shrink and decay if you do not take care of it.

You need to make sure that your needs are being met first before your attempt to give from your basket.

Conclusion

Don’t spread yourself too thin this year if you can help it.

Team-12-14-18Pulling back to look at the entire spread, what I find most striking here is that only one card isn’t from the Pentacles suit and even then it is an earth card.

This suggests to me that there is likely to be a heavy focus on physical activity this coming week and given how it is the holiday season, it doesn’t surprise me. We’re probably all going to feel a lot of hustle and bustle this time of year.

I really don’t need a set of cards to tell me this. I don’t think you do either. I just find it interesting that they came up the way they did at this time is all.

I will also add that because of this, pay attention to how your body feels. If you need to get some extra rest, don’t be afraid to do it when possible. Nothing is worse than being sick during the holidays.

Don’t spread yourself too thin this year if you can help it.

 


This Coming Week’s Playlist


Here is the music playlist inspired by the overall theme presented in this reading.


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~ The images used for the Team Goblin characters were found on pixabay.com under the CC0 license.
~ Credit for 3D model and assets used in renders can be found here.
~ Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2011

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