Jan 19, 2005
Situation: Six of Pentacles
A gap between have's and have-not's challenges the imagination to improve relationships between people.
The card that lands in the Situation position refers to the circumstances you find yourself in with regard to your concern.
The Six of Coins in this position points to some kind of imbalance in a social or family situation. This could have to do with a specific relationship or a sub-culture you are involved with. Either way, such a predicament can be frustrating because no amount of effort seems to make much difference.
It's always challenging to help those who are currently dependent rise to a position of equality. Change can seem threatening in an unbalanced situation where all participants have become too comfortable with a one-way flow of energy or resources. The challenge for those who are empowered is to extend assistance in an empowering way, in a way that supports greater autonomy and self-sufficiency rather than dependency. Beware of patronizing attitudes.
Challenges/ Opportunities: Ten of Cups
You know in your heart that you have done what is best for all concerned.
The card in the Challenges/Opportunities position reflects how you can use creativity to turn a crisis or challenge into an opportunity.
With the Ten of Cups in this position, let yourself relax, knowing your labors are completed. The worst is over and a much-improved future lies ahead. You are moving forward to a life which is very different from the one you inherited. You know that your heroic effort has made a real difference in the way things are now unfolding. Even if you don't receive all the recognition you have earned, a solid core of self-esteem is now your permanent possession. You did the right thing under challenging circumstances; you kept the greater good in mind. Knowing this produces feelings of personal gratification. Now you can lay this situation to rest and learn to live in a totally new way.
Advice: Four of Pentacles
Study the responsibilities you have inherited rather than just looking at the advantages they represent.
The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
The Four of Coins in this position signifies a young person, naive and pampered, who has been left an estate. Think conscientiously about all those people whom your activities impact, including those whose work and effort went into building what you inherited and those whose welfare depends upon your right management.
What you have been given is abundant; still, it is not without limits. If you are prudent and responsible, the endowment will grow. However, if you are frivolous or foolish, your behavior could undermine both your inheritance and the well being of others who are connected to it.
In the English-school decks, we see the image of a person who is stuck in his or her misunderstanding of how the material plane works. He's afraid to let go of his four measly coins, because he doesn't know he has to give in order to get. When looked at this way, this is the card of "poverty consciousness."
Daily Lesson: Two of Staves
Lay aside judgments and rely instead on your intuition.
The card in the Lesson position represents the personal investment or sacrifice required to derive full benefit from your current situation.
The Two of Wands in this position asks you to let go of all previous judgments about better or worse, conservative or radical, right or wrong. Look beyond all the black and white polarities, so you can see the landscape without projections; your intuition is already telling you that to do so is correct.
A new set of potentials is indicated, which are not limited by the imprint of your past experiences. When those formerly useful lessons are fully digested and passed, you will know how to act. Then you will be free to move forward in a fresh and creative way.
Near Future: Three of Staves
You will get the support you need to remain confident and capable.
The card in the Near Future position indicates which way the wind is blowing with regard to your situation. If you follow the Advice card, however, you can improve on or neutralize tendencies.
With the Three of Wands in this position, some of the good fortune and cooperation you have been hoping for is on the horizon. Your pursuits bloom under this influence. Forces in the environment are willing to support you and your good idea is catching on with the one you care about.
You need to be organized, focused, and ready to face challenges. With a confident and open-minded attitude, you will be able to work with changes as they unfold. A common comment in this kind of situation is to "make hay while the sun shines." So, take advantage of this sunny moment and extend yourself in the direction of your goals.