Chaos Rally 2021-01

Here is this quarter’s self improvement tarot challenge. Read on for details!


This Quarter’s Reading


The purpose of this tarot reading is to take a look at this quarter of the year 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. If it doesn’t resonate with you, then you are free to discard it entirely.

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 elements 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 the reading 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: Nine of Swords

Functional sleep hygiene is the keystone of all coping skills in life.

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 Nine of Swords.

This quarter is three months long. That means you have roughly one month to make or break a habit and the rest of the time to set it as a lifestyle.

The habit change we’re looking at this quarter is our sleep hygiene.

Functional sleep hygiene is the keystone of all coping skills in life. Mental illness? Chronic illness? Your job? Your kids? Your family? Doesn’t matter what you’re dealing with, or what you’re stressing over, quality sleep makes it easier to manage.

Dysfunctional sleep is all it takes for your coping skills to tank down the toilet. We’re not even going to get into all of the other health issues that come into play with dysfunctional sleep. We’re just focusing on how it impacts our ability to deal with daily life.

So the goal of this quarter’s challenge is to improve our sleep hygiene.

The Lesson: Ace of Pentacles

The proper management of all your resources is how you set the foundation.

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 Ace of Pentacles.

A sense of abundance is something you create from the foundation you set each day.

Have a clearly defined idea of what your needs are versus what your wants are. Have a clear idea what your resources are and how you are managing them.

Keep in mind here that your resources is more than just money. Resources include your time, energy, knowledge, skills, material goods, and even the people you know.

Are your resources meeting your needs? If not, what adjustments do you need to make?

If your resources are not meeting your needs, then your wants really cannot be met. Your needs must have the highest priority. When your needs remain unmet, you are unable to experience true fulfillment. So what ends up happening is you chase all these fleeting wants in an attempt to numb the empty well of needs. Meet the needs first and then meeting the wants becomes icing on the cake.

This doesn’t mean you need to be wealthy in order to enjoy frivolous things. What it does mean is that make sure the needs are met, like paying your bills on time and buying groceries, before indulging in the frivolous.

Understand that proper management of all your resources is how you set the foundation.

Sleep is how we recharge and refresh our energy, and our energy is a daily resource.

Sleep is how we recharge and refresh our energy, and our energy is a daily resource. Anyone familiar with Spoon Theory understands this well, however, I will argue that everyone has a set amount of spoons regardless of whether they have an illness, disability, or disorder to contend with or not. It’s just that those of us who do have one are working with fewer spoons than those that don’t.

The important thing to remember here is that too little AND too much sleep impairs our ability to recharge our energy. We don’t “stock up” on energy and store it for later by sleeping extra hours in a single stretch.

A battery can only hold so much power and often times when you try to overcharge it, the battery actually ends up holding less energy. I think something similar happens when we oversleep.

The best way to manage our sleep is to set and stick to a schedule. Go to bed and wake up the same time every day, no matter what.

The Inner Lie: Two of Pentacles

Juggling everything in your life is only possible when you set your priorities.

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 Two of Pentacles.

We often believe that we need to juggle everything in life and heaven forbid if we drop a ball. Here’s the thing though, not every ball is a glass ball or even a ball we need or want to be carrying.

So be highly aware of what your priorities are. Decide for yourself which balls to pick up and juggle, and when to do that. Only then is it possible to juggle everything that is important to you.

Make your sleep hygiene a high priority. You can’t juggle anything in your life effectively when you’re feeling sleep deprived.

How many times have you stressed out, or worried, over everything that needed to be done to the point of losing sleep? I know I have. Many times. I think it’s inevitable at some point as a parent. Hell, I’ve lost count on the number of times where I’ve said, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” because I’ve had so much to do.

Make your sleep hygiene a high priority. You can’t juggle anything in your life effectively when you’re feeling sleep deprived. When you attempt to do so, you end up feeling like you’re dropping the ball all over the place.

Focus on ONE thing at a time. Get that ONE thing done before moving on to the next.

Stop wasting time stressing yourself out with dysfunctional to-do lists. It’s not enough to write a simple to-do list.

So start on the top with the most important, critical thing to get done with the idea in mind that if that was the only thing you got done for the day, you could rest easy. Ask yourself when you start that list, what is the ONE thing I need to do right now that will make my life easier/better? Yes, chances are it’s the thing that feels the most unpleasant to do, but that’s what needs to get done. That’s your highest priority item on the to-do list.

The next item on the list is the second most important, critical thing in the amazing event you got the first thing on your list done and still have time left to get stuff done.

And so on.

Focus on ONE thing at a time. Get that ONE thing done before moving on to the next.

The best thing you can do is decide what is important to you and pool all your resources into that.

The best thing you can do is decide what is important to you and pool all your resources into that. Stop spreading yourself out between everything and trying to juggle it all. You don’t need to. Attempting to do that creates unnecessary stress, anxiety, and worry.

The Wisdom: Four of Cups

Be aware of and take care to address your own indifference.

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 Four of Cups.

Be aware of and take care to address your own indifference. Apathy can come in many forms, but it’s particularly bad when we stop caring about ourselves and well-being.

Remain in tune with how you’re feeling. Practice the pause. Name it, claim it, sit with it, and choose the appropriate healthy response to it.

Stop reacting blindly. Stop numbing. Stop avoiding.

Unresolved issues can cause sleep dysfunction.

Unresolved issues can cause sleep dysfunction. When we ignore how we’re feeling it has a way of erupting elsewhere in our lives. We can’t just bury it and pretend it doesn’t exist forever. In the long run we end up paying the price. We need to face it and address it somehow.

Whatever it is you have going on, decide on what course of action you need that you can take at this time and act upon it.

Don’t drain the well. Give from the overflow.

It’s time to dig deep within yourself about how you’re managing your resources.

Are you letting others dictate this entirely or are you ignoring others completely? Either extreme isn’t healthy. Take the advice of others into consideration, but make sure your needs are met with the resources you have.

The point here is you don’t want to be draining your well when you’re dying of thirst. When you do this, you only set yourself up for resentment because now you are placing yourself into a mindset of lack. It’s hard not to become apathetic when you’re operating in the red energetically.

Don’t drain the well. Give from the overflow.

The highest priority for your resources should be set to meeting your needs.

The highest priority for your resources should be set to meeting your needs. Everyone else’s needs are secondary at best.

As mentioned earlier, it’s difficult not to become apathetic when you’re operating in the red energetically. We also talked about how a sense of fulfillment cannot be achieved when your needs are left unmet.

Your well represents resources being poured into the meeting of your needs. How do you expect to be able to juggle anyone’s needs if your well is empty? You cannot pour from an empty cup. This is why I say give from the overflow of your well. Don’t drain it.

Conclusion

The intent behind doing this quarter’s challenge is to provide yourself with a sense of daily clarity.

By avoiding indifference to your well-being, you can tackle your sleep hygiene head on in order to set a stronger foundation in your daily life where you are juggling more of the higher priority concerns, and fewer of the lower priority, which will open up a greater abundance for you.

The intent behind doing this quarter’s challenge is to provide yourself with a sense of daily clarity. Better sleep means you’ll be boosting your ability to cope and stabilize the ground you stand upon. This in turn permits you to be better able to determine what is and isn’t important in your life. When you achieve that, you’ll be present for what really matters to you more often.


~ Mystic Faerie Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2015
~ 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 this rendered image can be found here.


Disclosure Statement: A tarot professional cannot predict the future with certainty and you should not rely on a tarot reading to make any decision that would affect your legal, financial, or medical condition. If your inquiry involves the law, finance, or medicine, then you should seek the advice of a licensed or qualified legal, financial, or medical professional. Also, a tarot reading cannot replace qualified mental health care. A tarot reading can only facilitate how you cope spiritually with a given situation. In certain jurisdictions, a tarot professional is required to disclose to you that tarot readings should be for entertainment purposes only, and if such a law applies to your reading, then you are hereby on notice thereof. Your tarot professional is bound by a self-imposed code of ethics, which can be viewed here.

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