The Daily Deskhenge:
In today’s deskhenge we’re back to looking at what’s helping versus what’s hurting us right now. The card on the left, the Ace of Swords, is what’s helping. Clarity of thought, focus, vision, forethought, all are helping us to corral and understand our energies as we get ready for the dark season of the year. This is a good thing, because first of all who doesn’t like having a great big sword at their side in case things get stabby? But second of all (because the sword is metaphorical), as with all the Aces, the Sword represents a gift from the Divine. It’s not by our own power that we’re able to see and understand and know. We can only achieve understanding (and hopefully wisdom) with guidance (and hopefully a little humility). If this is our prayer as we head into winter, “God(dess)(es), don’t forget me. Don’t leave me all alone out here in the dark,” the Ace of Swords is God(dess)(es)’s answer: “_________________.” (You get to fill in the blank yourself. That’s the wonder of living in a place where the First Amendment is [usually] the law of the land: everybody here gets to put whatever words they like into God(dess)(es)’s mouth. 🙂 )
The card on the right, the 3 of Pentacles, is what’s hurting. When I first turned this card I didn’t understand what it could possibly be indicating, but I think I’m getting it now: we’re meddling. We think we know better than the Mightay-Mightay (referencing the Divine, of course, and not The Commodores), so we’re making, creating, fixing, patching, updating, and just generally making a nuisance of ourselves the way a toddler might who was trying to help her parents clean up after dinner. I’m also getting the sense that there’s a problem with taking directions–we’re not paying attention to the surrounding area as we go. It’s like trying to follow GoogleMaps directions so exactly that you don’t take into account road changes, temporary closures, etc. Don’t be looking for exact instructions to follow: you get to wing it, which is both the good news *and* the bad news here. There’s great opportunity for creativity and self-expression with winging it, so yay; HOWEVER, if you drive like I do, there’s also a great opportunity to wing it right into a ditch. So have your instructions for moving forward, by all means, but don’t forget to use your head as you go: be on the lookout for changes, shifts, and opportunities to take new and weird paths toward your destination. It’s all part of the fun.