2020 Chaos Rally #43

In this coming week’s wellness tarot challenge, we’re asked to examine our wellness needs and the stories we tell ourselves about them. 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: Temperance

[insert Monday Card summary]

Monday 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 Temperance.

This coming week’s challenge is to assess and address your overall wellness.

How have you been feeling lately? Physically? Mentally? Emotionally? Spiritually? Do you have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed? Are you in need of any appointments? It’s time to make them. What about medications? Are all your prescriptions up to date and filled? If not it’s time to make some phone calls and run some errands.

The Lesson: Knight of Pentacles

If you say you’re going to do something, then get it done.

Grim 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 Knight of Pentacles.

Last week we were reminded with this card that we are not defined by what we do. This remains true.

This card also reminds us that anything worth doing is worth doing well. We’re not talking about perfection here. What we’re talking about is following through. If you say you’re going to do something, then get it done. Your word is your bond.

Of all the things you can invest in, your health is your best investment.

Stop putting off appointments and check ups. All too often we take our health for granted until it’s gone. Of all the things you can invest in, your health is your best investment.

The Inner Lie: The Hierophant

Not all traditions serve you and the life you desire.

Murphy 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 Hierophant.

Be willing to question your belief systems. Not all traditions serve you and the life you desire.

Not all traditions are good for your well-being.

Not all traditions are good for your well-being. After all, mercury was once used as in medicine before we knew it was actually toxic to the body.

Pay attention to how you feel before and after you use something. Report all side effects.

Even social traditions may have a negative affect on you. Pay attention to how you feel and set boundaries around them. Maybe you don’t need to stay as long or even attend at all. You don’t need to wreck yourself for the sake of tradition.

Be mindful of what you’re committing yourself to and why.

Just because it’s a tradition doesn’t mean you have to do it. Be mindful of what you’re committing yourself to and why.

Is it something that moves you forward in some way, uplift you, or an investment toward something better?

This isn’t asking you to be selfish. This is asking you to be wiser with your time and energy. People that naturally give you a return on investment aren’t likely to pull the tradition card, or any other card for that matter, in order to get you to do things for them.

There needs to be a balance between the duty to self and the duty to others.

Too often we allow society to dictate much of how we live our lives. We slap the label of tradition on it and don’t give it much thought even when it impacts our well-being. While traditions do serve a purpose in giving society structure, they don’t need to restrict us to the point of illness. There needs to be a balance between the duty to self and the duty to others.

The Wisdom: King of Swords

Be mindful of the stories you tell yourself.

Wise 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 King of Swords.

The King of Swords is supposed to be about wisdom, emotionlessness, and impartiality. However he’s also about ambiguity. A lot of this has to do with the way he looks at things. Unlike the Justice card where black and white exists, this card swims in the grey between.

So the advice here is to be mindful of the stories you tell yourself. Whatever story you tell yourself about something is what colors your lens and sets your view on it. This includes the stories you tell yourself about you.

If you’re telling yourself a negative story about something, then you will view it negatively. You will view it positively if the story you are telling is positive. Your view is neutral if your story is neutral.

The funny thing is, often times we can change the story we’re telling ourselves without changing any facts.

Our overall well-being is directly impacted by the collection of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.

Our overall well-being is directly impacted by the collection of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.

Are you the hero of your story or are you the damsel in distress? Or by chance, do you see yourself as the villain?

What we tell ourselves is often fueled by what we do, which in turn drives what we tell ourselves.

What we tell ourselves is often fueled by what we do, which in turn drives what we tell ourselves. You can break this loop by remembering that you’re not defined by what you do and do something different. The easiest way to do this is by being mindful of what you’re doing and why.

Learn to recognize where it’s coming from and ask yourself if it’s really true for you.

The stories we tell about ourselves are often shaped by society. Gender roles and norms. Our professions. Our cultures. Our religions. Our friends and family. All of these things play a small voice in what you say to yourself. Learn to recognize where it’s coming from and ask yourself if it’s really true for you.

Conclusion

If you’re not taking care of your wellness, ask yourself why.

If you’re not taking care of your wellness, ask yourself why.

Medical coverage aside, look at the basics. Are you getting enough sleep, exercise, food, and water? Do you have an adequate and safe shelter to live in? What needs to be done to meet these needs?

What about your mental, emotional, and spiritual health? Are these needs being met?

Examine the stories you tell yourself about your wellness. Are any of them actually barriers to achieving well-being?

This is particularly true for men where it’s tradition to remain silent about emotions, for example. Many cultures consider it taboo to discuss struggles with mental health. And many women are taught to put themselves last, including their health, in order to tend to the needs of everyone else. So question what it is you’re telling yourself here, especially if you’re unwell.


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~ Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1986
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