The cards pictured are from the Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck.
Ten of Disks and Seven of Cups
This week we have a New Moon in Leo on August 16th, and it’s a powerful time for setting intentions. This new lunar cycle allows us to start fresh and create the paths we have been desiring. The first card we are working with is the Ten of Disks, and it’s a perfect card to support us as we embrace the new moon.
The number ten in the Tarot is all about looking back and reflecting at the end of a cycle before we launch into a new one. In order to move to an even greater place financially, personally, or professionally, we must first hold gratitude for what we have now.
The Ten of Disks, also known as Wealth, wants us to understand how strong we are and how many resources we already have. It is a card about connecting with the richness of our lives.
We are being called to take stock of our wealth. Whether materially, personally, or spiritually, the more we notice what we have, the more we will amplify that energy.
Ask yourself: What are the biggest assets in your life? What is going well? What are the things that bring you comfort? What are you most grateful for?
Carve out some time to think about your personal riches and write them down. Read them out loud and feel the powerful emotions that wash over you as you hear the words.
When we enter this new moon, we are asked to look beyond our material goals and see how valuable an afternoon in nature can be if we let it. Our friends, families, animals, and planet give each of us so much, and under the Ten of Disks, we can really feel it.
Let’s focus on all we have that makes us rich. Think of the things that truly matter and make us feel blessed. From this place, we can set our intentions and call in abundance and success.
Our next card shares some tough love and presents an opportunity to make some positive shifts. These shifts will allow fresh energy to enter our world as we navigate the week ahead.
When the Seven of Cups shows up, we know we are under her spell. We listen to the part of ourselves that just wants a quick fix. She softly whispers in our ear: just take the easy road. We feel drawn into a cycle of instant gratification and we lose our way.
We might feel cloudy and disconnected from our moral compass. We might not be thinking clearly due to a possible addiction or problematic pattern. The Seven of Cups points to some less-than-healthy behaviors that might be taking up space in our lives.
Whether it’s a relationship based purely on pleasure and not connected to our hearts, a job that pays the bills but does not fulfill us, or even the glasses of wine and endless scrolling that soothe our brain after a long day but don’t fuel our spirit.
These pleasures can easily deceive us into thinking that it’s something we need. We start to crave this way of operating instead of healthier more sustainable choices. The Seven of Cups shows up to make sure we see through the illusion of instant gratification.
It is hard to make healthy choices because they usually require more planning and effort. And if we have been dealing with stress, the effort is just that much harder. But we are called to remember that these things are not making us happy. It may be delaying unhappiness for the time being, but it is not making us more joyful in the long run.
When we take a step back and look at our patterns, we will be able to adjust and recalibrate, rather than just operating on autopilot. This recalibration will be worth the effort and usher in a new more sustainable path.
There is nothing wrong with pleasure in it itself. The cards just want us to see if we are experiencing quick, short-term pleasure, or a deeper more restorative kind. It wants us to cultivate a life that enriches us and makes us feel more alive and strong. We are called to find things that truly fill our cups.
Mantra for the week: I let go of patterns that hold me back. Through gratitude, I call in more of what I love.
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