The cards pictured are from the Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck.
Seven of Disks and Three of Swords
This week we have the beginning of Cancer Season. The start of Cancer Season is always a special event as it coincides with the energy of the Solstice on June 21.
The Solstice represents the longest or shortest day of the year depending on where you live. Our relationship with the light helps to guide us through the second half of the year.
As we cross this halfway point, our cards show our emotions being front and center. We connect to our hearts and look to our feelings as our teachers. We are learning how to navigate heavy emotions with compassion and understanding.
Our first card is the Seven of Disks, also referred to as Failure. Failing is a messy business. It is hard, fear-provoking, and tiring. Whether it is a failed relationship, business, or personal goal, we can start to doubt ourselves when we fail.
When we face a failure, we can believe there is something wrong with us and we are doomed to fail forever. We cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel and we feel this failure is somehow permanent.
However, failures make us much stronger and wiser than successes ever could. Failures teach us how to love ourselves regardless of our outside circumstances and how to persevere when faced with heartbreak.
The truth is that nothing is wrong with you. Failure happens to every single person, regardless of what you see on the outside.
When we fail, we get an opportunity to evaluate what happened and what went wrong. We ask ourselves: how can we grow and change so that we can be more successful next time? How can we be kinder to ourselves when we fail? And how can we manage our fear of failure so it doesn’t lead to inaction?
These are all things to contemplate when we are faced with a setback. Working with these questions will lead us to more strength and wisdom as we move forward. They will help us build a more loving relationship with ourselves, which perfectly connects with Cancer Season.
The Failure card has seven coins in a pattern that looks like eyes peering out towards us. There are also beautiful dark blue feathers that create a lovely pattern. I have always seen these coins and feathers making the shape of an owl.
Owls have long been the symbol of wisdom. Wisdom is an intuitive feeling that grows with experience and age. When you share wisdom, people gain insight into their own experiences and avoid painful mistakes. Failure makes you wise.
Our next card is the Three of Swords. This card is about revelations and the sting of this new information. When we uncover something about ourselves or our world that feels difficult, we often want to shy away from it.
When this card comes up we can feel some heartbreak or grief. But the Three of Swords knows that hard truths will lead to more growth and strength.
We are called to be honest with ourselves and to allow our emotions to come up to the surface. When we do this, we feel relief as it confirms the feelings we have been holding inside. We might have a good cry and feel renewed after our tears.
It wants us to connect to what we already know to be true and start to trust our gut feelings. We often feel closer and more loving to ourselves after experiencing this energy.
This week we get the chance to process our feelings and show ourselves love. We are grounded by our compassion and wisdom. We may experience setbacks but we are always learning and growing. Let this perspective fill you with strength as we make our way through the second half of the year.
Mantra for the week: Every experience helps to make me the person I am meant to be. I keep evolving through truth and love.
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