Three-card Tarot Tuesday — 9.16.19

On the heels of yesterday’s one-card reading for myself, I wanted to do another one of these! Just like before, clear your mind, choose the row of cards that speaks to you, and scroll down to see what they have to say.

Unlike last week’s reading using the Deviant Moon deck, The Wild Unknown Animal spirit deck, and The Illustrated Herbiary deck, this week we’re going to use the Klimt Tarot. (The cards are gorgeous and very fancy looking.)

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Ready? Here we go.

The Top Left

The Three of Swords. Oof. You can tell by that lady’s face that she’s not too excited about anything going on right now — she’s naked and vulnerable, hemmed in with drawn swords at every side. The Three of Swords speaks of betrayal and heartbreak, of grief and loss. It indicates that this isn’t a very great time for you, either right now or in the recent past.

The Emperor can indicate an older man full of wise council; he’s someone you probably want to listen to right now. If he doesn’t point to a specific figure for you, he can signify your intellect and sense of logic overcoming your emotions. If you are still suffering through the grief and heartache indicated by the Three of Swords, he can help you through it with focus, stability, and the ability to keep your heart from getting away from you.

The Nine of Pentacles is one of the most positive cards in the deck. It points to financial independence. It is the finer things in life, and the hard work you’ve put in to achieve them. It is wisdom gained through experience, and the maturity that comes with time.

Overall, these cards point to a very emotionally difficult time. It’s going to take some doing, but, if you are open to listening to advice from those who’ve gone through it before and able to keep your heart from leading you into more trouble, you will reap plenty of rewards. Working to obtain stability for yourself now will yield tremendous dividends in the future. Keep yourself grounded, and things’ll be looking up soon!

The Center

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The Chariot is determination. It is overcoming obstacles through a sheer force of will. The Chariot, to put it bluntly, is not here to fuck spiders. Either now or recently, you have/had a real Situation to go through. Fortunately, The Chariot is a card of success — with enough focus, you’ll win. However, that success comes with a cautionary note: don’t allow yourself to develop too thick of a shell in the face of what you’ve gone through. Keep your vulnerability.

The Knave of Pentacles is a very positive card. Unlike the Knights, who signify movement and progress, the Knave is the preliminary step. It is figuring out what you want out of life, and what you need to do to get it.

The Magician indicates that whatever endeavor the Knave of Pentacles signifies will go well, but it’ll take a lot of intelligence, craftiness, and willpower on your part. Don’t worry, though — you have the skills you need. The woman here has a snake twined around her arm, but her expression is completely placid and unruffled. She knows she’s got this. So do you.

Altogether, these cards indicate that you’ve been in (or are in) a tough spot, but you’re pulling through. You’re tough enough to make it and, once you do, you’ll be in a place where you can lay the foundations for your future success. While The Magician says that you have all of the right stuff to pull off whatever you put your mind to, don’t forget — success is never guaranteed. You need to apply your cunning, ingenuity, and willpower in order to do it.

The Bottom Right

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The Three of Pentacles (isn’t this card pretty? I love this one) indicates a learning experience or opportunity. It could be a class, an apprenticeship, or a skill you’re honing. The young woman bends her head as she plays, focusing intently on the music. Still, even though her fingers pluck the strings, she wouldn’t be able to play without the efforts of the woodcutter, the harp-maker, or her music teacher. You’re working with others, setting the foundation for your future. Following Aces and Twos, Threes are the stage where you really start cooking with gas. It looks like you’re devoting a lot of your energy to this right now. Good! You’ll need to keep it up if you want to really grow and succeed.

The Ten of Pentacles is usually tied to very good things, financially speaking. It can point to a sudden influx of cash, or a general sense of a happy, stable family life. Whether you’re looking forward to a much-anticipated family reunion, about to have an inheritance drop in your lap, or otherwise, it paints a picture of financial and domestic harmony. Gold hangs from the boughs of a tree, heavy and abundant. Behind them, you can see the architecture of a grand, solid-looking building peeking through.

The Nine of Wands reversed points to a fear that others are out to get you, or a serious butting of heads that leads to a stalemate. It can also be a crumbling of your will — you might feel like you don’t have it in you to keep going, resulting in delays and setbacks on your path to reach your goals.

Taken together, these cards paint a picture of growth, learning, and a stable financial and familial situation. Unfortunately, it looks like you may run into obstacles that will make these things difficult to really experience. The Three of Pentacles points to opportunities for growth and learning, ones you may be taking full advantage of right now — don’t let your resolve wane, or you’ll begin slipping up. Similarly, having a stable and abundant life might make you want to rest on your laurels. Don’t let your drive to succeed weaken.

If you’ve had to hear some rough news, take heart. No tarot reading shows you an immutable future. Things can, and very likely will, change. These cards give you a snapshot of situations as they stand now, and a future that is likely if you remain on the same path. Good luck!

 

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The Knight of Wands Returns

The Crow Tarot might give me a lot of Wands, Knights, and Aces, but now’s certainly a good time for ’em. (It also definitely means business when it comes to negative cards, so, to be perfectly honest, I was just happy not to have pulled the Ten of Swords again. Yikes.)

Anyhow, this week’s card is the Knight of Wands again, and man oh man am I glad to see him!

Last time, I mentioned that my S.O. and I had just finished a book, and were working on ways to turn it into something more than just a .doc file. Good news is, we’re making plenty of progress on that front! Not only are we fixing what needs to be fixed and polishing up what needs to be polished, we’re actually working on turning another manuscript we finished some time ago into a serial of some form. Though we’ve put a lot of thought into this process, neither of us have experience in publishing and none of my market research has been oriented in that direction. It’s definitely a fun learning experience, though! Besides, even if nothing comes of either of these things, I’m still happy just to have made them.

Speaking of which, I finished another painting this past weekend. Photographing them has been difficult because our overcast days have all been rainy — so, while the clouds do a great job at scattering the light and producing true-to-life color while keeping the glare down, the rain isn’t exactly easy to work around. Ah well. As the weather cools, hopefully we’ll have more cloudy days that aren’t accompanied by summer storms. I love collecting summer thunder water and the way the rain washes the pollen from the air, but I miss having dry surfaces!

The Knight of Wands stands as a reminder that enthusiasm and excitement are justified, but it’s a bad idea to get carried away with ourselves and jump headfirst into things we aren’t prepared for. Overall, it’s a very good omen. I’m going to be mindful to do my homework while my S.O. and I work toward creating the life we want to have. 💜

Three-card Tarot Tuesday — 9.10.19

Hello! Following last week’s reading, I wanted to do another one of these with the Deviant Moon tarot deck, The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck, and The Illustrated Herbiary deck. So, just like last time, choose the stack of cards that you feel the most drawn to:

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Take your time choosing. Ready?

Feather

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First, we have Judgment. Judgment is the end that marks a new beginning — unlike The Tower, it is not necessarily an end marked by destructive upheaval. This is a very significant stage in your life! Judgment urges you to make a choice and step into the spiritual awakening that’s waiting for you. Trust your gut feelings, but use a healthy dose of logic to temper your emotions and make the decision that is most in line with the highest good. This is a time of awakening for you.

Butterfly energy comes during times of transition. Like the caterpillar to the butterfly, it marks some serious changes. (This is probably unsurprising, considering the appearance of the Judgment card!) Let your friends, family, and comforting routines be your support through this time. If you feel yourself becoming anxious or frustrated with what’s going on around you, now is the time to develop comforting new rituals to help see you through. Start a gratitude journal, take up a gentle form of exercise, meditate, or just set aside a few minutes every day to have a cup of tea and just get your head out of a place for a bit. Give yourself something stable to look forward to every day.

Mugwort calls us to travel in our dreams. Do you ever have lucid dreams? Prophetic ones? Ones you can remember vividly? Your dreams can hold messages for you that you might miss in the waking world. Start a dream journal and practice dreaming lucidly, so you can unlock the mysteries of the realm of dreams.

This is a time of big changes for you, and you might feel that you’re on uncertain footing. That’s perfectly understandable! Don’t overthink things — your intuition knows more than you might be giving it credit for. Follow your heart (but don’t give up your sense!), create comforting daily rituals for yourself, and listen to the messages of your dreams. You’ll get through this okay.

 

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Next, we have Justice. It is the card of fairness, truth, cause and effect, and… well, justice. You are at a point where your actions — good and bad — are coming back on you. As long as you have acted ethically and honestly, you have nothing to worry about. You may be at a point in your life where you seek justice; this tells you that it will be served. You may also be at a point where you’re faced with a difficult decision. Rely on your conscience to guide you, and be ready to accept the fallout for your choice.

Gazelle energy is vigilant — perhaps too vigilant. It can be easy to miss the forest for the trees, and miss out on the life you’ve made for yourself because you’re too focused on what can go wrong. Take a breath. Give yourself the chance to enjoy the present. Learn some grounding exercises to keep you in reality, realign your nervous energy, and keep yourself focused on the Now.

Mullein is the hag’s taper, and one of the plants that grows in between-spaces. It appears when it’s time to take a step back and look at the patterns we miss when we focus on details. Everything is linked by some thread of commonality — you are being called to find those threads and see the bigger picture evolve.

Are your actions haunting you, or are you waiting for justice to be served? Whatever the case, you might be feeling a little too antsy and hypervigilant right now, and it’s causing you to zero in on minutia in a way that isn’t helpful for you right now. Learn to ground yourself in the present moment, and avoid jumping to conclusions until you can get a bird’s eye view of your situation. You’ll have an easier time making the right decision if you do.

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Lastly, we have the Nine of Pentacles. Sweet! This is a card of material wealth, luxury, and abundance. You’ve busted your ass to get here, and now you get to enjoy the fruits of your labors (even if they’re a stack of paid bills and not, say, a new Maserati). If you’ve been supported by and relying on others for awhile, relax and enjoy your newfound independence. Treat yourself as a reward for your hard work!

Sometimes, the Nine of Pentacles shows up when we’re not necessarily rolling in dough. It’s important to remember that the concept of money is a relatively new one, but abundance isn’t. It can also refer to being surrounded by the bounty of nature, or other areas of life that are producing an abundant harvest after hard work. No matter what this card means for you, it’s a signal that it’s time to enjoy yourself.

Tarantula comes when you have a decision to make. You might even find yourself paralyzed or succumbing to choice fatigue. You might be tempted to make the choice that’s easy right now, instead of the one that you know will put you more closely in line with your higher purpose and long-term goals — don’t. Now is the time to prioritize your future growth.

White Sage clears the way. All members of the sage family are used for clearing something — from the fiber in chia seeds, to the mucilage of eye-clearing clary sage, to the smoke of garden or white sage. What do you have that needs letting go? Are you willing to follow your emotions here, and release things without analyzing why?

You’re entering a time of monetary abundance, and it can be a little intimidating. With this newfound freedom comes a lot of new choices to make. Unfortunately, it seems like you’re holding on to ideas that — while they may have helped get you where you are today — are no longer serving you. Trust that you’re going to be okay. Don’t be afraid to indulge a little, don’t hold on to the past, and choose the path that will allow you to grow.

I hope this was helpful. Stay tuned for next week’s reading! 💜

Three of Cups

Man, who couldn’t do with some good news right about now?

This week marks all kinds of awesome things — I’m nearly finished with another painting, my partner is starting a new job, he and I are starting a(n honestly pretty ambitious) new creative project, I’ve got my own projects, I have some new ideas to blog, and we’re scoping out some new digs soon. It’s good stuff. I still wish my health didn’t impact things quite so much, but you know what? I’ll take it. If “if” were a fifth, I’d be drunk, and eating a lot of lentils and using a desk pedaler ain’t that bad.

I didn’t draw a card for myself last week. To be honest, I didn’t really feel like I needed to. Things have been okay. I have a lot going on, but nothing that I’m particularly worried about or feel I need more insight into. With his new job coming up, though, I wanted to see what’s around me. The situation is, of course, far more stressful for him than it is for me… but I still want to know what kind of energy he’s going to be bringing home!

I drew the Three of Cups. Yay!

It’s a card of celebration, fellowship, and coming together. Traditionally, it depicts three women dancing together, cups held aloft. In The Crow Tarot, it’s a really beautiful, colorful image of three crows drinking from fallen golden goblets. (Which I am honestly kind of kicking myself for not having photographed when I had better lighting to do it in!) There’s fruit. Everything’s verdant and flowering. Basically it is party time, regardless of species.

The Three of Cups is a card of recognition and celebration for your achievements. The soil is the power of creativity, the fruit is its culmination. Cups is the suit of emotion, and most decks feature figures either happily drinking it in, or about to. It points to fulfillment, happiness, and a time to enjoy your success.

I’m excited to see what it’s pointing to!

 

A Free, Simple Card Reading for You

This week, I wanted to start trying something different. I picked up three of my divination decks, and decided to put together a small reading for anyone reading this post right now. It’s simple: just pick a stack of cards, scroll to the one you chose, and see what they have in store!

Not everyone agrees with doing “general” tarot readings, but I find that they can be very helpful — synchronicity is a thing. If you’re drawn to pick a card today, tomorrow, or any time in the future, there’s likely a reason why. So, even if a free tarot reading is a general one sent to nobody in particular, it can still hold a lot of insight.

So, shall we? Pick a stack of cards. From left to right, they are marked by a moonstone, an amethyst, and a rose quartz.

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Now, when you’re ready, scroll down to the cards you chose. Each stack comprises a tarot card from the Deviant Moon tarot deck, an animal spirit card from The Wild Unknown deck, and a plant card from The Illustrated Herbiary deck.

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Here, we have The Empress, Hummingbird, and Plantain.

The Empress is the embodiment of a loving, nurturing spirit, surrounded by abundance. She is regarded as a very feminine figure and, in some contexts, can even signify marriage or childbirth. You are in a period of growth right now, and are surrounded by the energy of abundance. If that is difficult to recognize against the background noise of your life, take some time to connect to the world with your senses — go into nature, bring a picnic of your favorite foods, and give yourself the gift of time to experience the earth beneath you, the fragrance on the breeze, and the taste of good food. Remind yourself of all that you have to be grateful for, and help cultivate the feelings of contentment and prosperity in your life.

Hummingbirds have really fun energy, I love them. With Hummingbird, there is a feeling of enthusiasm, creativity, and positivity — though this can turn into overbearing pushiness if this energy is out of balance. Since Hummingbird represents an open, curious, and creative mind, one way to bring this energy into balance is to learn something new.

Plantain’s advice is to rewild. This simple herb, often treated as a weed when it pops up in lawns, is a versatile and abundant source of medicine. Mash the leaves and place them on a bruise or bee sting. This is what Plantain asks you to do: connect with simplicity and the open-hearted, childlike side of your authentic self.

Overall, the advice here is to connect with nature and feelings of gratitude, simplicity, and the fresh curiosity you had as a child. Take time to enjoy the simple pleasures in your life, you are surrounded by them and much more prosperous than you might feel right now.

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Here is The Star, Firefly, and Vervain.

The Star is a very hopeful card. It is the promise of a new day that comes after a period of strife. It’s the feeling of new possibilities after experiencing untold hardships. It is hope, wishes, dreams, and a desire to connect with the energy of spirituality and inspiration. Be assured that you’re moving into a fresh period of your life, full of possibilities for growth and happiness.

Oh man, Firefly! Firefly is a burst of inspiration — bright and radiant, but brief. It is the energy of the creative breakthrough, but, when out of balance, it can feel like the creative burnout that turns into a block. Firefly’s advice is, “Creator, create!” Bring its energy into balance by stretching your creative muscles and making something.

Vervain is one of the most sacred herbs of many European magical traditions. It is the herb of between-places, harvested at dawn and dusk, and it encourages you to explore the liminal. Let magic into your life by opening yourself to the possibilities around you. After all, it is in the in-between places where possibilities overlap and we are presented with nearly infinite outcomes. If you had every door open to you, what weight would you be willing to drop in order to pass through?

Overall, the advice here is to embrace the new possibilities open to you. You seem to have come out of a difficult period, and you’re entering a new one that is giving you the chance to experience an incredible burst of inspiration, creativity, and growth. Are you willing to take it, or is the fear of what you have gone through going to hold you back?

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Here is The Chariot, Cobra, and Rose.

The Chariot is strength. It is girding your loins for battle. It is determination, action, and decisiveness in the face of a challenge. It tells you that now is the time to make a choice and take a stand. If you’re afraid that you lack the strength to do so, don’t worry — with focus and determination, you have what you need to be successful. Assert yourself, and don’t back down on matters that are important to you.

Cobra is a spiritual guardian. They are not ostentatious, they do not command the attention of a room, but they are patient, watchful, wise, and strong. When out of balance, this strength can turn into egotism. Balance cobra energy by remaining humble — give yourself the opportunity to learn something new from someone else, and recognize that there is still much that life has to teach you.

Rose is an herb of duality. It is the soft, silken petals and the blood-drawing thorns, the nourishing rose hips and the choking seeds. As such, it reminds you to embrace duality within yourself. You can be beautiful and fierce, soft and strong. Look at the things within yourself that you perceive as flaws, and recognize that they do not define you — you can still have a whole, open heart that is worthy of love.

Overall, it looks like you are in a period that demands a lot of strength from you. The Chariot assures you that you can succeed, if you are willing to stand up and assert yourself. Cobra tells you to remain humble — you have strength, but should not let your assertiveness turn into an ego-shield of narcissism. Rose says to embrace the contradictions within you. You can be assertive and soft. You can be successful and humble. You can push yourself to succeed without losing the tender, gentle aspects of you.

 

I had a lot of fun putting this together. To be honest, I was very surprised at how well the cards interrelated with each other. I’d like to do this again (maybe next week?) and I hope you’ll join me.

 

Three white candles in the middle of dried vines.

The Birthday Moon

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Do you know which moon phase you were born under?

It’s not something I’ve come across in a lot of astrological charts, but it was something I became curious about after looking for some information on the 12 houses. A quick search later, and it turns out it’s very much a thing: just like the position of the planets in your natal chart, the phase of the moon you were born under is said to have an impact on your life.

Naturally, it made me curious. As it turns out, I was born under a waning crescent moon — according to some sources, this makes me reflective, insightful, creative, psychic, and eccentric. According to others, it makes me nosy, annoying, and very difficult to deceive. (The truth, I imagine, lies somewhere in the middle!)

So, inspired by this bit of moon trivia, here are some lovely depictions of our nearest celestial neighbor:

First, these very pretty earrings from EcoMoonCreations. I love the simplicity of the tiny crescent moon rising over the trees — it’s woodsy, but in a very sleek, sophisticated way. The warm brass hooks and dangle look really lovely with the bright blue flash of labradorite, too. The moon symbolizes change, and labradorite is regarded as an excellent crystal companion in times of upheaval.

 

These hand-drawn, hand-cut silver rabbits can be made with or without the moon phases or turquoise drops, but I really love them with them. Moons and rabbits fit nicely together, too —  the spots on the moon are said to look like a rabbit in some cultures, giving rise to the Moon Hare from Asian folklore. I dig the overall design of these guys, and the stainless steel ear wires mean less of a chance of allergies for people like me. Awesome!

I love a nice, big-bellied mug. I have one that I’ve kept with me through many years and innumerable moves. Whenever I’m sick, it helps me feel better — it’s smooth-bottom roundness, filled with hot chamomile tea, is excellent for resting on a sore muscle or holding against a cramping stomach. This moon mug by CrafterEverAfter is way fancier than mine, though. I really enjoy the texture of the glaze — the mottled blues make it look almost like a galaxy, and the metallic gold moon and stars look really lovely against it.

How pretty is this silk bracelet? The moon phases are a subtle, but unmistakable, lunar embellishment that look really pretty with the ombre of the silk. This bracelet is available in a variety of colors, too — I’m particularly partial to the light blue-green and lilac of the “Enchanted” color scheme.

I love stained glass and suncatchers. I blame it on keeping so many plants — as sensitive as I am to the quality of light in my home, I’ve only gotten worse with all of the plants I’ve brought in. As a result, though, my apartment is always full of rainbows and colors. These stained glass crescent moons are very pretty, and I think they’d look great with my other suncatchers — I have my eye on a turquoise or pale purple one for as soon as I move.

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These crescent moon earrings by NimbusNixie.

Man, I love textured metal. I think part of that is a consequence of keeping my hair so short — without the waist-length tresses I used to rock, it helps me look more “balanced” if my accessories have some eye-catching texture to them. These silver crescent moons are absolutely gorgeous — I love the irregular, river-tumbled look of the blue apatite drops (with those tiny spirals!), in particular. These are also just under three inches in length, too, and so perfect for those who enjoy accessories on the larger side.

Man, I love copper and purple together — it’s even something I’ve been playing with in my most recent series of paintings. (Which I really need to get on posting to my portfolio… Oops.) I really enjoy the cool purple amethyst contrasting with the warm, bright copper in these earrings — there’s just something about the color of unsealed, unpatina’ed copper that just speaks to me, you know? It helps that the tiny moon crescents are absolutely adorable, too.

So, what’s your moon phase?

The Six of Swords

Fffffffuuuuh… It’s swords again. Not even a court card, either.

I mean, I don’t have anything against  swords, but I haven’t had a lot of positive experiences with them lately, either. At least this one isn’t so bad.

They (though I’m not exactly sure who “they” are) say that you change every seven to ten years. Depending on who you ask, this comes from either a physical place, or a metaphysical one. Some hold that our body cells are effectively replaced every seven or so years — not all at once, mind, but every seven years you can be reasonably confident that you no longer contain the same cells you did on that day seven years ago. Some hold that our luck or our spiritual growth move in seven-year cycles.

All of this is to say that this is a Six of Swords kind of week.

The Six of Swords doesn’t really look like a happy card — if anything, it’s bittersweet. Three people, presumably a family, load up a bunch of swords in their rowboat and shove off. Their backs are to the viewer, indicating that they are leaving, not arriving. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the two seated figures almost appear huddled. It is abundantly clear that this is not a pleasure trip.

Still, that aside it’s not all bad. Interpretations vary, but all of them have one element in common: letting go and moving on. As unhappy as these people might look right now, they’re headed away from the source of their unhappiness and moving toward something better.

Trouble is, they don’t look happy to be leaving.

The Six of Swords is about cutting your losses. It’s letting go of something you might want to keep holding onto, but which is ultimately not actually helping you. Whether it’s a situation, an idea, a feeling, or a habit, it needs to be dropped for growth and progress to take place.

In some interpretations, the Six of Swords stands for healing. I can understand why — these people are leaving a bad situation. Things are looking up, but they can’t see that yet because they are still in the midst of the pain of leaving.

When I was younger, I was fortunate to learn something in the midst of a very frustrating job search. I was underemployed, in a bad relationship, annoyed at my lack of progress, and fed up with the dearth of opportunities in front of me. A set of circumstances — far too long to delve into here — taught me that every chance I was denied was a sign that something better was close by. When I didn’t get the job I was hoping for, it was because the opportunity I stumbled upon a week later was waiting for me. When my relationship finally ended its interminable death throes, it was because there was an incredible set of experiences that I never would’ve gotten to have if it hadn’t.

I wanted to know more, though. The Six of Swords isn’t a bad card to pull, though it’s a bit thorny. But what am I supposed to be leaving?

I pulled Justice.

I have to admit, I’ve been holding on to a very particular idea of fairness. They say the best revenge is living well, but it can be very difficult to enjoy if your enemies don’t know you are, you know? People often talk about a very westernized idea of karma. Rather than the sum of one’s actions deciding their fate in a future life, it’s regarded as a kind of manifestation of “the golden rule.” You do unto others, and life does unto you. If only things were so simple!

I get what the cards mean, though. In this cycle of life, I have to let go of the last nagging part of me that wants things to be fair. Life isn’t fair. I left my enemies behind so they wouldn’t have a negative impact on my life anymore, but, but continuing to live in hope of justice and some kind of fairness, I’m still allowing them to affect me. It’s only when I can rid myself of their influence entirely that I’ll really be free.

We’ll see where this week goes.