The topic of this month’s Asking about Life is related to one of the so often misunderstood Tarot cards. It’s card # 15 of the Major Arcana and it’s called The Devil. And nope, there is nothing negative about the card nor does it have anything to do with any devil portrayed by any religion. The names of the cards are mainly symbolic/metaphorical. There are really no negative Tarot cards. Tarot is a system designed to help, comfort and advise us on the best paths for us to take. Negative cards would serve no purpose in a system designed to do all that.
What The Devil does actually talk about is generally about being tempted to do things that may not be in our best interest. It also talks about bad habits. We’ve all been there where we feel tempted to do things we may regret later, Like wanting to eat a big piece of chocolate cake when dieting. Or the desire to go out and stay out late when you have something due the next day…Or about giving up before we get to achieve something meaningful to us. It’s about those kinds of feelings, but really the card is all about offering suggestions to overcome these issues so we can be the best us we can be. That is its purpose.
I thought that this being the month of December and a time when many of us will soon be thinking about 2017 and what we want to achieve in the new year (and about setting some New Years’ resolutions), that that would be a good topic to ask about for you here, as it related to The Devil card. New Years’ resolutions represent things that are important to us, things we really want to have and be more of in the upcoming year. So the topic here this month will be about how to not give into any feelings that might come along and make us want to give up, so that we can complete these goals that are important to us and bask in the pride and joy of seeing them completed.🙂
I am going to use my Tarot of Transformation for you here. It’s by J L Cori, and Willow Arlenea. It made sense of me as setting New Years’ resolutions is all about transforming ourselves and our lives into something that brings us more joy and fulfillment. And also just because I believe this is just a great little deck that always has a lot to say in deep ways.
The question I asked for you here this month is:
What can you tell us here about how not to to give in to any feelings to give up on our New Years’ resolutions this year, so that we get to where we really want to be in our live and feel the joy and pride in our achievement?
Here’s what came up :-):
Cards 1 and 2: 8 of Disks (reversed) and 5 of Swords (reversed)
These first 2 cards came out of the deck together. That makes them a card duo, and this says that the meaning for the two cards are very closely connected here. They are working together as one to give a common message.
The first is from the suit of Disks (aka Pentacles). This is a great place to start this reading as Disks, for me, are about our goals and what we need to do to achieve them (exactly what the question was about🙂 ).
It is also a reversed 8. Reversed 8’s, for me, are pretty amazing cards when they come up. They talk about the mysteries of life, the parts that no one fully understands fully: like life energy, what goes on “behind the scenes” to send us just what we want when we most need it, fate/destiny,…
The gist of this card here is that we are not in actuality ever alone and that our lives will work with us to create what we want to have. It says that your life will work with you to help you create just what you want to as long as you don’t give up. If you don’t know what to do, just do something and things will fall into place when they are meant to. If we need a break (a week or two off) it’s certainly alright to take one, but that doesn’t have to mean giving up.
As you can see the keywords for this card are “Skillful Perseverance”. They are saying that even if we don’t feel we know to succeed at what we set out to (or even feel we don’t have what it takes to get there), That we can know that that is ok. We don’t have to know it all right now to succeed. We are all beings who can learn and grow as we move forward. And that IF we keep on persevering and keep at it, we will learn and grow. As we go along we will learn new skills and we will learn what we need to know to have that success.
The image to me shows evolution and that we evolve and grow as we work towards goals. And that the voyage, in that sense, can be as important as the final destination. And to me the image also shows the winds of change. And that there is no need to give up because we don’t know how to proceed. We will learn and grow and change along our path. And the things we learn on this path will nurture us more and more and teach us to fly.
The second card in this card duo is about the kinds of thoughts we may be having that could lead us to want to give up on our goals (New Years’ resolutions). The way we may be thinking when we feel like giving up. The kinds of thoughts that make us want to give up.
This card asks that we try to notice where we are inside when we have these feelings, what our thoughts are. The reversed 5 again talks about what makes us want to let go of what’s good for us and give up. Here this card is asking us to notice the kinds of thoughts or the way of thinking that can make us want to give up on our goals and resolutions.
And the keywords here are “Holding the Vision”. It suggest that after we notice what thoughts and ways of thinking are leading us to want to give up, then to stop and think back to WHY we set that resolution as a goal that was important to us. To stop and focus on WHY it was important to us, what it meant to us, what having it would add to our lives, the joy and fulfillment of achieving it. These are still more than attainable.
The image is mauve (about healing) And it is full of stars, which represents hope and faith. And the person in the card is aiming his (or her) bow and arrow out into all those stars. So this card is about seeing which thoughts and ways of thinking tend to lead us to any feelings of wanting to give up. Seeing what these are and just what they lead to.
Then putting them aside. They are only thoughts, after all, not reality.
And then making time to think on what achieving that goal would feel like. And what it would bring and add to our lives. And how good it would all feel. And then making it our new aim to have hope and faith in what we can achieve in the future if we aim high. And get out there and just be the us that we can be.
The 2 cards are tied together. Together they are saying that if we remember that we don’t have to know it all now from where we are starting out, that our lives will work with us to help us achieve our goals, …and if we trust that we will learn what we need to and grow as we need to as we progress…
Then that that can give us what we need to hold onto the vision of what we want to create and be. It can help us not give into any thoughts that make us feel like giving up and help us aim high and for a place of hope and faith and knowing we can achieve what we set out to if we keep at it. And since it was important to us, then why wouldn’t we want to do just that?
Card 3: 5 of Disks (reversed)
Here is another Disks card for you, once again about our goals and how to best achieve them. It is also a reversed 5, which for me are all about resisting the temptation to do something not good for you (as in giving up on New Years’ resolutions that you can still achieve and that would fulfill you to do so).
The keywords here, as you can see, are “Releasing Stuck Energy”. And it’s coming up here says that that is part of the key here, releasing any stuck energy. It does seem that the times when we might feel the most likely to give up on our goals is when we feel stuck and don’t see any movement of change in the situation as we work on it. When things are flowing well and quickly and we see the completion of our goal getting closer and closer…those are not the times we think of quitting or giving up. It is more likely to happen when we feel stuck where we are and see no change.
And this card says that when we feel that way then we need to just release that energy. If we feel stuck, it’s not a good thing to focus on that and think only of how things are not changing, and maybe even that it looks like they never will. They will. Life IS change. This card image says that if we feel the energy of the situation is stuck (or that ours is), that is the time to pull back and try to look at the big picture. To see how far we have come from where we were in the past on similar issues. To look at the times in past situations where we felt stuck and still we got to your desired destination. To think about if we got to your destination and achieved our goal, would it really really matter if we got there a week or a month later, in a grand scheme of things. If not, then so what? As long as we get to where you want to go, then we’re there.
It’s about releasing the energy that comes from telling ourselves we are stuck where we are, for whatever reason. Finding ways to let it go. Finding more positive ways to see the situation, as in the timing must not yet to right for things to work out in the bast way and when it is things will move forward again, or that there may still be some life lessons we first need to learn before things advance so we will be better prepared. …
The image also says that centering and grounding exercises could be useful when confronting the feeling that you want to give up on a goal. As may well be remembering that any journey tends to consist of some steps forward and some steps back. If we come to a rough patch we may need to take a few steps back from where we came and to start again from there. That’s normal. But the advice here is to put our focus on the steps forward and on how far we have come, and how far we will go yet before it’s said and done. And to not look backwards.
Card 4: Kali (reversed)
This last card is the most important card here, of all the cards in this reading. It is the only Major Arcana card on the reading. And Majors are important cards by nature. They talk about important life lessons that our lives are trying to teach us through what w are sent to experience in our lives. In this reading this card says that there are some important life lessons we can learn (and that it would in fact benefit us in our lives to learn) when it comes to facing up to any temptation to give up on our goals (and New Years’ resolutions before we have completed them. The fact that this is also a REVERSED card says that these lessons that we could learn from this situation are truly very very important ones, that could change our lives for the better in many ways if we learn them.
This is an unusual card that is unique to this deck. It is card 16 of the Majors, which is normally called The Tower. But, as you can see, here in this deck it is called “Kali”. As you can see, the keywords here are: “Shattering the Structure” (here, of those thoughts and feelings that make us want to quit). Taking away the foundation that they stand on, so they have nowhere to go and crumble to the ground.
Sounds a bit easier said than done of course. But it can be done and WE can in fact do it or this card would not come up in a reading for us here.
Kali is the Hindu goddess of creation and destruction. And when you think of it, who “created” those thoughts and feelings but ourselves??? What we ourselves created, we ourselves have the power to take down and rebuild again in any way that suits us better. We have the power within ourselves to do this. That is why this card has come up here. And each time we don’t give up we learn and get better and rebuilding things in the best ways for ourselves.
This card says there’s an art to knowing when it is time to let go of structures in our lives that need to go. Something (including thoughts and feelings) that tend to hold us back and prevent us from being our best selves and who we want to be …have just outlived their usefulness. Maybe those same thoughts as certain times in our pasts and where we were served a real purpose. But if they hold us back now then they have outlived their usefulness to us. We were not born with these thoughts, we learnt them along the way as we moved through our lives. We can choose now to embrace new thoughts instead of ones that no longer works for us, just once chose to view things as we do now.
This card says that letting go of old thoughts and feelings is a creative act. It leaves a blank canvas for us where we are free to paint our lives in the colors that feel real and right to us. It leaves us free to be a bigger brighter version of ourselves (our selves).
The image of this card just says to me that we can rise above all this, reach up and go with the flow of life. With the best flow for our lives and reach for the best version of our selves.