KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Temperance, Feeling Solid Ground
9 Cups, The Empress, 8 Cups
Pride hinders those who operate at a level of competitiveness and coveting the gains of others. Often it’s just a form that hides insecurity. A facade of being in control when we feel out of sorts or not so sure of our footing. At some point we are bound to work through our vanity as a stage in our evolution. Whether we see it in others or ourselves or we see it in others as a reflection of ourselves. It is the stubborn weakness of lack of self assurance that keeps people sitting on their mounds with no intention of moving for anyone and with no desire to go out of their way for others , lest they lose their position. Don’t feel threatened by this, as again that is buying into the inflexibility of others as blockage in your own life, as it’s really only an expression of theirs. “They” may be looking at you smugly like they’ve got your goat. But it’s the same tug of war you could experience with a 3 year old. Would you get upset with a 3 year old’s antics? Who really has the power? Do grown folk have the ability to control your life – if you buy into the idea that they do? No one can ever really block you from unlocking aspects of yourself, they may only be able to use material world items as leverage. But this is not true power. Nor is it everlasting. It is a temporary, transitory semblance of power.
Mid week provides a well needed return to temperance. A break from outer affliction and a clearing of this residue. It’s a time to tune out and tune in. Clear the chatter or the echoes of it from others and take some meditative down time if you need it, whether it’s a hobby or a creative expression outlet. Solo activity is advisable. But if you are around others, find a way to give yourself permission to operate independently while each of you go about your business. Check if you feel you need to clear your head, and if so, maybe tone down the social activity for a while, whatever feels right to you. But you’ll recognize if you feel the stronger urge for solitude calling, especially if you haven’t lately been heeding that call. A little contemplative laziness never killed anyone.
Bide your time. And your time only. Delve deeper into the inner realms. End of the week signals deeper emotional release. Throw out what you don’t need . Some of you may have felt that your footing hasn’t been firmly planted for quite some time and you may feel like you are sliding backwards. This may feel like an oblivion because you are waiting for the clarity of life to present itself without the fog obscuring your path. Until that time comes, ground yourself deeper, even if it feels like you are in swamp land and the waters are rising up as you are trying to feel solid ground. It is the cup of your emotion. It’s important in these moments to hold onto what you believe in as an act of faith and as a reminder of who you are. That keeps your equilibrium and your intrinsic knowing of your bearing as you may not be able to measure it as progress in the outside world. And yet you are still here.