The Daily Deskhenge:
In today’s daily deskhenge I ask the questions, “Who’s helping?” and “Who’s hurting?” The card on the left, the 5 of Swords, is who’s helping, and the card on the right, the 10 of Cups, is who’s doing the most damage. And if anybody still thinks that there are any “good” or “bad” cards in the Tarot, check it out: each card has light and shadow aspects that are highlighted or emphasized based on how they’re laid out and which other cards they relate to. None are “good” or “bad” in and of themselves. Take our example above: you might think that the 10 of Cups would be a “good” card. Everybody’s happy, the children are dancing, the grass is green, the sky is blue, and everything looks about as positive as it could possibly be. So how can this represent what is hurting us right now? How can this card possibly be “bad’? First of all, appearances can be deceiving. Maybe things aren’t as happy in that family as they appear to be. The husband’s arm is around the wife, but her arm is not around him. Maybe he’s controlling, gripping her close to him to manage her responses and reactions. Maybe the children are dancing in the dirt because they are not allowed to play in the grass. More specifically to our purpose today, this card can represent oppressive emotions and too much family/community. We’re heading into the holiday season now, which can be one of the most stressful times of the year. So today’s card on the right tells us to remember our own needs, find the wealth outside of community/in solitude, and be careful of engaging in an overly emotional way. The “Who’s helping?” card is good for this. The 5 of Swords is a good antidote to too much emotion: use your head (but be careful of being mean or cruel); choose wisely when you are in conflict or argument or “battle” of any kind. It’s interesting to me that the Heart rune ended up on the side of the Swords: it’s telling me to let your heart be guided by your head now. Think it through and you can’t go wrong. And for heaven’s sake plan yourself some alone time as soon as you can: go for a walk or a drive, visit your favorite spot out in nature, or just read a book.