2020 Chaos Rally #47

In this coming week’s wellness tarot challenge, we explore the stability of our foundation of operations. 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: Ace of Pentacles

Focus on the foundation of what you currently have.

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 the Ace of Pentacles.

The challenge for this coming week is to focus on the foundation of what you currently have. Remember, your resources are not limited to just money. This includes your time, attention, energy, materials, and even your supports as well.

  • Are you managing what you have appropriately?
  • Are you investing in them wisely?
  • Is the flow in which these things move in your life balanced?

These are things you need to consider when assessing your foundation. If your foundation is shaky or rocky, then you don’t have a solid ground to operate from. Make sure your foundation is in order.

It’s important to understand here that this isn’t about what other people may or may not be doing. This is about what you’re doing and the boundaries you set around that. To have a firm foundation, it means having strong boundaries.

The Lesson: Strength

Tame the beast within.

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 Strength.

The lesson for this coming week to taming the beast within. When we give in to every impulse we have, we lose sight of the big picture and risk derailing ourselves from the goals we’ve set.

But we don’t overcome this by brute force and beating ourselves up. Instead, we give ourselves the compassion and grace we need to keep practicing the skills we need to achieve whatever it is we’re working on.

Strength and courage doesn’t come from avoiding pain, failure, and fear. It comes from facing it, working through it, learning from it, and ultimately healing it.

Give yourself the grace you need whenever you reorganize your resources.

The housekeeping involved with managing and maintaining your foundation can be overwhelming at times, but it’s something that must be done in order to successfully move through life. Give yourself the grace you need whenever you reorganize your resources. Life shifts frequently so it’s normal to make adjustments for that.

The Inner Lie: Justice

On one hand, you do need to take responsibility for your life. However, you also need to be realistic about what you’re actually responsible for.

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 Justice.

I’m not sure how exactly to word this, given the placement of this card. Each person either has an internal locus or an external locus. And I have no doubt that there’s a spectrum to this.

An external locus places the center of control in one’s life outside of themselves, while an internal locus places the center of control in one’s life inside. What this means is, an external loci blames everything on whatever else outside and an internal loci blames everything on themselves.

So, having said all that… On one hand, you do need to take responsibility for your life. However, you also need to be realistic about what you’re actually responsible for.

You are responsible for your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. You are not responsible for the thoughts, behaviors, and feelings of others.

Does this mean you get to cause harm? No. That’s still your behavior and that’s on you. But you don’t get to tell somebody they weren’t hurt or that they can’t feel sad or that they can’t see your behavior in a negative light. That’s on them to deal with and process. Even if you make amends and change your behavior, it is still up to them to decide how to respond, not you.

Compare how much you’re investing with how much you’re getting in return.

So how does this apply to the foundation of our resources? Really take a look at how you invest yourself and why.

For example, do you find yourself investing in someone with the expectation of a specific outcome and then get upset when you don’t get it? And moreover, does this then trigger some kind of battle, where you engage in protest behavior and invest even more into them with the hope that eventually they will invest back?

If so, stop this cycle on your end right now. I’m not judging because I’ve been guilty of it too. But the harsh truth is, you’re never going to find happiness engaging in this cycle. And the reason for this is what happening in this cycle is you’re draining out your cup with the silent expectation that the other person will just fill it back up for you.

It’s not wrong to invest in anyone or anything. I’m not saying that because the truth is, we do need to in life. The universe operates through exchanges. The problem comes when we start draining ourselves before we have vetted the value of something. Is the person we are investing in willing to return the investment?

This applies to friends, family, and lovers. And yes, the way we answer this differs depending on the type of relationship. The return from a child is to see them grow up to become a member of society, for example, and that’s a long-term investment.

Compare how much you’re investing with how much you’re getting in return. Making the long shot “someday” investment is a high risk bet. The immediate problem is that it creates a drain on your resources. The secondary problem is that it creates uncertainty on whether those resources will ever return. So choose wisely on how you’re investing and how you maintain the balance of your resources.

Set better boundaries, with yourself or others, to ensure your life stays in balance.

When you find your life is imbalanced, give yourself both the grace and rest you need. Doing so will give you the strength you need to realign whatever it is that’s imbalanced. More than likely this will mean setting better boundaries, whether with yourself or others, to ensure that your life stays in balance.

Don’t let someone else control your budget.

The foundation of your resources is your base of operations so set firm boundaries around it to keep it well balanced. You are solely responsible for it, no one else.

So for example, holiday shopping is upon us. Get a solid idea of what you honestly have to work with, set up a realistic budget for yourself, and don’t let anyone in your life make you feel pressured to over spend for whatever reason.

Do the same with your time. Who do you have time for? What do you have time for?

Don’t let someone else control your budget.

The Wisdom: Eight of Cups

Walk away from whatever is no longer serving your well-being.

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 Eight of Cups.

The wisdom for this coming week is to walk away from whatever is no longer serving your well-being. Whether it’s clutter, a personal project that now annoys you, people that don’t really support you, a commitment you wish you hadn’t made, or the old pair of jeans from high school you still have but can’t fit into anymore. It’s time to weigh in on whatever it is and decide if it really needs to be in your life.

Do you use it? Does it bring you joy? If the answer is no, find it a new home.

In this particular area, pay close attention to materials. And yeah, I’m talking about clutter. Even if it isn’t technically clutter, give it some thought anyway.

Do you use it? Does it bring you joy? If the answer is no, find it a new home.

Apply a similar principal before making purchases as well. Do you need it? Will you use it? Does it bring you joy? If it’s yes without hesitation, then go ahead.

Sometimes saying goodbye takes strength and courage, even when it’s absolutely necessary.

Sometimes saying goodbye takes strength and courage, even when it’s absolutely necessary. Be gentle with yourself when it’s hard to do. It’s normal to feel anxious or afraid. Even when leaving toxic people or situations, grief can be involved.

Sometimes it’s necessary to let go of something in order to restore balance in your life.

Sometimes it’s necessary to let go of something in order to restore balance in your life. Sometimes you simply have to walk away to regain equilibrium and get back on the right track. Only you know what it is that’s right for you.

Conclusion

Know what to let go of and what to keep in order to stabilize the foundation of your resources.

Know what to let go of and what to keep in order to stabilize the foundation of your resources. Be gentle but firm as you set boundaries around your foundation to maintain this stability. And as you move through life, give yourself the compassion you need so you can make adjustments. In doing all this, you will be able to operate with increased grace and ease.


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