In this coming week’s wellness tarot challenge, we are called to take back our power to respond with benevolence and joy. Read on for details!
This Coming Week’s Reading
The purpose of this Chaos Rally tarot 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.
The Challenge: The Emperor
As you move through this global crisis, take the time to consider not only what is best for you, but also what is best for the highest good of everyone.
The Emperor is viewed as the All Father in tarot and provides law, order, and structure. On the light side of things, this largely creates stability and the ability to respond to events. On the shadow side, it stifles imagination and breeds apathy. The Emperor’s responsibility, first and foremost, is to serve the highest good of all.
Any one person or government can rule with either a gentle hand or an iron fist to get the job done. Be it a family or a country. Any individual or culture can respond to that rule with either cooperation or rebellion. Where either party lies on the spectrum of that depends on many complex factors.
Given the Covid-19 crisis we have going on right now around the world, the question should be: What will do the greatest good for the largest percentage of the population?
This is what every government around the world, at every level, is facing right now. Doesn’t matter what end of the cooperation-rebellion spectrum you are on. Or maybe you are faced with making decisions within your household, which also places you on the gentle hand and iron fist spectrum. The point, and the challenge, is that as we move through this global crisis we take the time to consider not only what is best for ourselves, but also what is best for the highest good of everyone around us.
The Lesson: Ten of Wands
Learn how to slow down, relax, and calmly assess what you’re dealing with.
The Ten of Wands typically asks us to examine how we are addressing and handling the burdens we bear. Look at the image of this card. The dragon is tangled up in a mess of string and his faerie friend is tugging on it for all he’s worth in order to free him. It’s very likely that the harder the faerie pulls on the string, the tighter it becomes – which isn’t helping the situation at all.
The lesson here is to slow down, relax, and calmly assess what you’re dealing with. Can you really change anything? Is force from you truly required? Would a different approach be more effective?
Calmly assessing a situation before reacting or taking charge is a critical skill to have.
Calmly assessing a situation before reacting or taking charge is a critical skill to have. This is called The Pause and it’s within this space of time that we are able to clearly problem solve. This is how we transform chaos into order. We’re not able to do that if we’re just reacting from one moment to the next.
The Inner Lie: Justice
Everything we say and do has an impact on others, whether we see it or not.
Justice deals with the concepts of responsibility, cause and effect, ethical principals, and decision making. It’s law in action on so many levels.
Here in this position, this card is telling us that everything we say and do has an impact on others in some way whether we see it or not.
We need to hold ourselves accountable for our behavior at all times. Every action sends out ripples of influence to those around us. Whenever we cause harm, intentional or not, we need to own it, make amends, and rectify it.
We need to be willing to embrace the fact that we are human, imperfect, and ever learning. And while we strive to be the heroes of our story, we also need to accept the fact that sometimes we are seen as the villain in the story of others due to our behavior and the choices we make.
Become okay with not controlling everything.
Just like yin and yang, chaos and order requires a balance. Order brings stability and chaos brings creativity. Too much of either causes its own style of decay and collapse. They both need the other in the right ratio to function properly. It is up to The Emperor to pay attention to the scales and adjust accordingly. If he does not, the scales will tip too far on one side and this dynamic will rebound on him.
So what does this metaphor mean for us? We need to learn moderation in all things. If order is the equivalent of control and chaos is the equivalent of the lack of control, we need to become comfortable with the middle ground. We need to become okay with not controlling everything in our lives.
If you are struggling or stuck, it is a signal to try something different.
Stop reacting and start responding.
The first is the faerie just tugging on that string for all he’s worth and it looks like it’s only making matters worse rather than actually helping. While Justice is over there reminding us that responsibility means “the ability to respond” which is not what that other faerie is doing. He’s reacting.
The next thing that comes to mind is how the Universe is a reflection of who we are. It returns to us everything we put into it. Why is that? Again, Justice reminds us about the Law of Cause and Effect. You say something, something happens. You do something, something happens. Doesn’t matter if it’s what you expected. You got a result of some kind. Even when you speak to yourself out loud, one result is you got a release from it.
So seeing these two cards together tells me to pay attention to the cause and effect of our behaviors. If you are struggling or stuck, it is a signal to try something different. Because if you keep doing the same thing, you will continue to get the same result.
Stop reacting and start responding.
Become the benevolent builder of your life rather than the reactive dictator.
Practice “The Pause” instead of reacting so you can weigh and balance your decisions and actions wisely. Become the benevolent builder of your life rather than the reactive dictator. By doing so the Universe will reflect back to you more positively more often.
The Wisdom: The Fool
Find the things that make you smile, bring you joy, and share it.
The wisdom from this card this coming week is to have faith, believe in yourself, and to let go of worry and fear. It wouldn’t hurt to find joy where ever you can as well. It sounds like a pretty tall order right now, I know.
Life is rough right now, but there isn’t a need to make it more difficult or miserable than necessary. For you or for others. Find the things that make you smile, bring you joy, and share it. Share it like crazy.
It doesn’t hurt to be reminded of what is still good, wonderful, and lovely in the world.
We can debate all day and forever right now what should or shouldn’t be done. But hands down, it doesn’t hurt anyone to be reminded of what is still good, wonderful, and lovely in the world. Now more than ever we need to embrace the heart of a child and enjoy these things.
Sometimes the best thing we can do when we’re struggling with something is take a break from it.
Sometimes the best thing we can do when we’re struggling with something is take a break from it. There isn’t anything wrong with slowing down and resting when needed. This way when we come back to it, we can see it with fresh eyes and renewed energy.
Allow for some chaos in your life.
Again, Justice reminds us we need to keep all things in moderation. Chaos and Order. Part of having faith means trusting in the process, which means releasing the need to control. It means allowing for some chaos in our lives. This gives room for spontaneity, surprises, creativity, novelty, adventure, and more that Order cannot provide.
Yes, it can be scary to release that sense of control. But, it can be exciting too. This is where trusting and believing in yourself and the Universe comes in.
We don’t need to be reactionary when we take back our power to respond with benevolence and joy.
When we are able to truly believe in ourselves and the Universe, it becomes easier to pause, consider what the cause and effect our actions has on the highest good, and make the best decision available in the moment. We don’t need to be reactionary when we take back our power to respond with benevolence and joy.
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