Fear of Initiating Change? A Reading: Inspiration and Guidance from Tarot Knight of Swords, 2 of Swords and Ace of Cups

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Lately under intuitive guidance when doing a reading, I’ve watched myself add a step to my preparation.  Three tarot cards–one for the issue and two for the guidance.  Usually, I have guidance ready to go already prepared before I get the client on the phone that comes through my meditation time beforehand.  But I’ve gone to adding another step lately–who knows why.  Its just something I’ve been doing.

I felt like writing a blog post today and usually I have some topic in mind based on some recent life experience.  Today, that corner of my consciousness is empty; so I thought to draw those 3 cards to just manifest a topic or be inspired about something to write.

KNIGHT OF SWORDS is the topic/issue/concern and the TWO OF SWORDS and ACE OF CUPS give the insight/advice/guidance.  Ready? Go!

A Knight of Swords topic involves change that comes from action.  Did you ever have times in life when you had to do “something” and sometimes we will say the phrase that comes from the desire to just get things moving.  And so we may something to a friend that goes something like this, “Look; I can’t just do nothing–I’ve go do ‘something’ even if it’s wrong!”

Initiating something just to get the ball rolling.  Suddenly what comes to mind is those pawn shop TV shows where they negotiate over the price of an item for sale or an auction–someone’s got to start the bidding.

The Knight of Swords  represents a time when one takes action and perhaps begins the communication, the dialogue ensues–that is what (my intuition has decided) the issue is that this blog will address.

It takes courage to make the first bid at an auction or begin a difficult conversation with someone or… just had an image of someone who has something like agoraphobia which is that fear of going outside of the house.  Just initiating that first step takes great courage.

What added advice or guidance can we derive from the other two cards?  (The Two of Swords and Ace of Cups)

Two of SwordsTwo of Swords reminds us of something.  We’ve got to open the heart to the process and look directly at anything that may cause us fear.  Take the blinders off and open the heart is what the Two of cups tells us.  So many times we let our minds run wild with imaginings of what could happen, projecting into future with a good many “what if’s” which keep us trapped.

Personally, with fears I’ve found the best way is to invite them in for tea and cookies–meaning this.  I run through the worse case scenario– what’s the worst that can happen?  Here is a good place to recommend “The Work” which is a system of challenging one’s thought which is a whole program of awareness based on ancient teachings and coined by Byron Katie.  I suggest to Google the name/term if you’re not familiar and want to know more.  Basically, challenge the fears, listen to the wisdom of the heart and don’t let fears inhibit your decisiveness.

ace of cupsAce of Cups echoes this sentiment, nearly validating my interpretation of the other card. The deck I use the most (Herbal Tarot) pictures a lotus flower, a cup overflowing with light held by a hand in the clouds with the dove of peace nearby and  all these symbols speak to me about finding the peace of spirit through devotion in some way.  One may ask what devotionals such an individual who has such concerns or issues described by the Knight of Swords subscribes.  Where is there any level of devotion that one can draw from?  Some are devoted to their spirituality, their family, their own self-improvement but we all have some level of devotion.  If we don’t the guidance is to find that something that you’re devoted to and use that to help with courage and decisiveness, keeping in mind that we all have help available from… well, what’s the usual expression people use?  Help from above is how most would say it.  So one can draw upon that.

Big decisions are difficult but small one’s are not.   And sometimes just taking one step or making one small decision to get things started (with the understanding that it doesn’t have to be permanent) is what frees up the energy enough to brings new ideas.  And it strengthens faith in the universe as a good place to be and of course enhances self-trust as well.

Just sayen:  I’m a psychic and of course I love divination!  Just had to go there just now. Anyway…

So take that first step out your door or initiate the communication or action!

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Tarot 3 of Cups dances with Trillium and Mercury in Cancer! Spontaneous Joy!

Trillium 3 of cups collage

Can you imagine it?  There you are walking in the woods in late spring after a long, cold winter.  Or perhaps you have recently survived a difficult life initiation of some type and suddenly there it is!

You’re looking down, watching your footing and simply surviving the moment, perhaps lamenting the past or thinking of the future with some apprehension.  Who knows, but anyway there you are walking along, deep in serious thought.

And then… you stop suddenly.  Some grace has broken through the lonely dark woods and you nearly stumble as you stop to take in its beauty… a red trillium looks up at you smiling.

And you feel a sensation that anything’s possible.  You feel suddenly determined to push through just as this cheerful flower has.  More aware of your surroundings now, you look around seeing more of them, groups of them,  waving at you in the breeze.  Cheerfulness!

And you cherish this moment remembering that this IT, it’ s LIFE, there is no past or future, there’s only NOW.  This becomes clear to you as you whisper a thank you to nature and the Trillium as you continue on with joy and celebration in your heart, feeling ready to dance with life and realizing you’ve been taking things too seriously.

CONNECTIONS:  TRILLIUM, 3 OF CUPS, MERCURY IN CANCER, VALUES AND JOY  They are all connected!  Trillium that is blooming in some places now represents the quality of  “what we value in life” and fosters spontaneous joy. 

“The herb Trillium seems to arise spontaneously out of love in the loneliness of the dark woods” — Herbal Tarot

Three women with different colored hair  celebrating, holding their cups are wearing purple, red and green clothing in the image above.  More on that in a moment.  Trillium is used for medicinal  benefit in pregnancy, thus the astrological Cancer connection (Mercury in Cancer).  I always associate this card with the celebration and joy of communicating with my three daughters–they even have the same hair color as the woman on the tarot card [see image above].

Brunette in purple celebrates the joy of others.

Golden-haired one in red salutes the dance of life.

The brown-haired one represents the glory and power of the herb.  (according to the artist who created the image)

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May this post be helpful to the reader and may all beings upon the earth experience joy and the causes of joy!

SIX OF WANDS and INITIATION – When we are tested, fall short or feel bad about ourselves

6 of Wands
6 of Wands
Surviving Initiation

SIX OF WANDS WISDOM FOR WHEN WE ARE HARD ON OURSELVES 

We all have things in life that we wish we could improve upon or wish we could do better.  We may look back at a recent experience and feel bad about ourselves when we see how we wish we could be versus how we are!

We all know what perfection should look like and then we compare ourselves and see how we have fallen short.  How do we handle that?  That’s was my thought as I drew a Tarot Card for guidance. 

I don’t know why but I always think of the word INITIATION when I see this card.  And that makes me think of the book with that title about the Initiations in Egypt–probably soul memories triggered.

[The book:  INITIATION by Elizabeth Haich].

We all know that initiations are difficult and sometimes impossible to perfect… its a right of passage… like walking on hot coals or a bed of nails… we’re just supposed to make it through alive and intact, not perfect the state so that we remain in that hot coal or bed of nails state.  The focus is on indoctrination and instruction into a state of mind–an awareness creator so-to-speak.

Anyway, sometimes enduring an initiation is in itself the success!  Perhaps we aren’t meant to conquer the fire fires but to just get through them without being burned too badly!  Maye it’s not so much about controlling the raging river but rather staying on top of it.  Maybe it’s not as much about controlling the pool full of crocodiles but just getting through the crock pond alive to reach the other side!  Initiations are like that.

Should we feel back about the anxiety and panic that we may feel about being tossed in a crocodile pond?

I think we should feel great about getting ourselves through it any way we can!

The heck with trying to master the crocs–that’s not what it’s about.

Its about keeping one’s head together well enough to survive–that’s the way initiation goes!

The 6 of Wands always brings the message that after the initiation self-confidence will return and other problems or anxieties will be easier than those major initiations, once passed!   One feels vindicated but has to give credit to help received along the way–the Divine Assistance.

The wisdom of the 6 of Wands reminds us that life’s initiations are difficult and that we shouldn’t be hard on ourselves— we just need to get ourselves out of the pool of crocodiles and to the other side any way we can–whatever works.

Success is simply getting through the initiation–passing the test, enduring he difficulty and living to tell about it!

The benefits come later.

I don’t know about you but drawing this card and applying it to the “pond full of crocs” type of situation in my life helps me to feel better about it!

Thank you to for Divine Assistance and to the Angels of Tarot for giving me much needed insight and I hope something here is helpful for you too!

Divination Message from ICHING Kua 43 Resoluteness; Overthrowing Darkness; Having a Breakthrough; Initiation

Wow, now that’s a rough and tough image there for Kua 43 of Resoluteness. That guy looks like he’s been “through the mill” (so to speak) and while he may not understand why things are happening the way that they are, he’s not giving up.  He has a look of “fatigue with determination” on his face–strange combination.  Been feeling that way myself lately. Yeah, I can totally relate to the look on that guys face and in his eyes.

I was just asking about some insight for us (me and you, dear reader) regarding the whole New Year getting off to a good start.  For myself, it’s not been necessarily going like gang busters.  I’m feeling determined and unwavering in my resolve but am testing myself here a little bit.  I’m not failing but I could be doing better; maybe we can get some guidance from the I-CHING here.  That is if you’re like me feeling like you’re making efforts that don’t seem to be manifesting much right now–it all feels mental at the moment.  Lots of mental efforts with little to show physically.

It is a test of character to stick with the efforts especially when we don’t see the instantaneous breakthroughs that we’d like to see.  Sometimes we have to wait until the seed we plant germinates or grows beneath the soil before it shows the results of our focused efforts.  Sometimes our tenacity and resolve are put to the test–it is easy at those times to lose heart or faith but we must avoid being defensive or attacking life head-on.  We must remain uncompromisingly focused on our intentions while at the same time remaining relaxed and free of fear in order to get through these periods.  Besides, it’s a good time to meditate upon our truths and weed out ego-inflated ideas and beliefs that we are harboring–many times it is those that are causing the problem.

It is a good idea to remain aware and alert about our thoughts.  I wrote a newsletter today which may be helpful in that regard.  HERE’S THE LINK.

Lately, I’ve noticed that before certain problems work out they tend to get worse before they get better–nearly like we seem to go south before going north for the resolution in matters.  It reminds me of the switchbacks up here in the mountains.  Sometimes south is north and east is west when you are negotiating around a mountain.

I’ve had some real issues with Nationwide Car Insurance Company and Frontier Communications Phone Company and in another area that will remained unnamed.   Issues with Nationwide went on for a few weeks and with Frontier, months.  Fingers crossed they’re resolved now but believe me it took a lot of time on my part and persistent effort combined with all that this Kua refers to– i.e. tenacigty and inner resolve.  I would like to say that without my efforts, things would have resolved on their own–not so.  My efforts were required.  The advice of this Kua is to achieve resolution one must be detached, uncompromising, patient and must not waver from their purpose.

Personally, the other matters I have in mind will be resolved too, just like with Nationwide and Frontier–I just have to hang in and not give in to emotion and persist in faith.  If you are having some issues like I have that seem to get nowhere as far as progress goes, keep in mind that sometimes we have to go south before we go north and that’s just the way life goes sometimes.  Don’t give up hope.

Sometimes we have to be flexible enough to move with the changes of life without compromising our vision.  Through tenacity and strength of character, we will reach our goal and attain our vision.  I am reminded of that with regard to my recent issues with Frontier and Nationwide–these were tests and I made it through yet another initiation.  It is fresh in my experience to share with you right now–hold true to what you desire, do your best and somehow or another, eventually and with some resolution that is for the highest and best, things will go north again.  Our efforts do pay off; continue with determined effort.  Be willing to make any adjustments but remain determined; it will work out!