8 of Swords and 4 of Swords
There is intense energy in the cosmos right now. We have a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on the 16th and many planets are still in retrograde.
But the cards are telling us to take a big sigh of relief because we have calmer energy coming our way. We are reaching a resting point after much turmoil and stress. Your body will feel this stillness.
The 4 of Swords, also known as Truce, is sending us this powerful message. It knows how hard we have worked and is here to tell us we can take it easy for a bit.
We have pushed through challenges and made it through trying times. We now have some quiet space to rest and recover. It is also a time to build up our reserves for the next chapter of our journey.
If this seems like a much-needed message, make sure you really soak it up. Let your body feel restored in this period. Take nice long walks and baths. Drink some sparkling water with lemon. Let yourself feel proud of all your hard work.
This quiet time should also be put to good use. Do not let your brain go completely blank, instead use it to think clearly about what your next steps will be. Because you will experience less stress, your clarity will be heightened and you can make better decisions about what you want to do in the future.
Ask yourself: How best can you move forward? How can you build on your strengths? How can you consciously stay in a calm state? How can you be strategic about creating healthier relationships and personal patterns?
The answers will come to you during this time. You will be so connected to this peaceful place that you will work hard to keep this energy.
You will be less drawn to dramatic partners or situations. You will find yourself having healthier boundaries and saying no to things that are not serving you.
The 8 of Swords is also called Interference. The word ‘interference’ is speaking to all the thoughts in our head that are interfering in our ability to just listen to one thought at a time.
Sometimes we can be so clouded with overthinking that we eventually become paralyzed.
This is especially tricky when it comes to future planning. We might spend all our time ruminating about what could go wrong that we never take that next step.
The 8 of Swords wants us to use the energy of the 4 of Swords to focus on slowing down in order to think clearly and positively.
Once we have spent time thinking through our questions and strategizing for the future, it is time to put ourselves out there.
The 8 of Swords and the 4 of Swords both warn that we cannot spend too much time in the contemplation phase. We have to go out there and do!
Under the energy of the Lunar Eclipse will be a great time for restorative practices and quiet reflection. But towards the end of the week, we should take a risk.
We should go for what is in our hearts and push through our fears of failing. I truly believe we have the talent and strength to accomplish anything.
Mantra for the week: I deserve to rest in stillness. I am building up my confidence and I’m optimistic about the future.