Card of the Week – September 6, 2022

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Tarot from Conscience (or the Traveling Moth)

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Hello friends,

I hope you will be understanding. We had to take my father to the ER on Tuesday. He’s fine – aspiration pneumonia has been staved off due to keen attention from the home nurse and antibiotics – but consequently, family comes first.

When I studied on a fellowship in Bali, one of the things I brought back with me was a commitment to truly put family first, community/spirituality second, and work third.

It’s challenging and a constant practice, especially for someone like me whose spirituality feeds my work and many of my co-workers are chosen family.

I wrote about this some on Medium. Do hop over, take a read, and click follow. I want to get 100 followers there! Then I can start getting paid, because all of this – theatre, tarot, writing – is how I make my living. It’s my art and my profession and my passion.

So, this Card of the Week, is more aptly, Card of the Weeks. I highly doubt I’ll be in this writing space after Mystic Mabon.

We are given:
10 of Wands

Won’t you lay your burden down…? is the lyric to a chant to Ereshkegal by Sharon Knight that frequently comes to mind when this card arises. It’s a chant I love dearly, and use whenever I need to move grief. I even created a short piece of ritual theatre including it. You can watch it here. Ereshkegal’s modified chant starts at 2:49.

A pale pink skinned blonde wearing a short red skirt and yellow polka dotted top, carries 10 wands in a very awkward posture. It’s like she’s about to fall down and he’s trying to stop them, putting themselves out of balance trying to keep everything together. (Yes I’m intentionally changing pronouns as I can only make assumptions about the gender from femme presentation, and there are a lot more males realizing wearing skirts beyond kilts, is marvelous.)

Regardless of gender, as these energies live in all bodies, all sex/gender combinations, questions arise from this card:

Do you need to keep everything together?

Are you doing other people’s work instead of letting them do it themselves – even though they might fail or make a mistake?

This card frequently comes up for work-a-holics and caregivers, and anyone experiencing – or coming precariously close – to burn-out.

What can you put down? What work isn’t yours to do? How can you take a break to rest, recharge and refuel?

Can you prioritize self care? I am! That’s part of why I’m going off grid for a long weekend! Even if it’s just taking one minute to intentionally breathe, it helps regulate the nervous system.

Fire is the only element that is made up of two other elements, air and earth. Without either, there is no fire. Also, with too much of either there is no fire. There are lots of reasons we may lose the energetic fuel for our souls and spirits. What can you do to safeguard yours?

Sure, others can help you, and community may be key to releasing some of what you carry, as may delegation, or training. Starhawk’s lesson is one of my favorites, to paraphrase: teach your replacement while you still love what you do. That way you infuse the work with love rather than exhaustion, apathy, or mindless repetition.

Tens also signal completion.

Whatever it is that has been draining your energy, or taking your focus, is coming to an end.

How will you mark that completion? With a celebration? Vacation? Bingeing your favorite book or TV series? Graduation? A party? Something else?

Folx socialized in the USA have horribly few healthy coming of age, or marking transition, rites. Many of us are also trained to not celebrate our accomplishments – which is bullshit in my not at all humble opinion – so don’t feel bad if you don’t have answers to these questions. Reach out if you’d like to talk through possibilities. I’m happy to help. I love brainstorming to co-create celebrations or rituals! Schedule a reading or discover session with me here.

Sometimes, expectations, or other people’s wellbeing – especially for caregivers of all sorts – make it seemingly impossible to put down any responsibility. I get it. Sometimes literal lives are at stake.

If you’re so inclined, and this feels good for your body & soul today, I invite you to remember what it felt like to carry something *really* heavy. Allow whatever this is to be super weighty, and not precious in any way. Notice all the sensations running through your body remembering that weight, what moving with it was like, how and where you held it. The pounds effect your feet, your spine, your breath. Maybe you’re physicalizing this, maybe imagining it, maybe both.

Now drop it.

Shake out if you feel the impulse.

Feel the change in your breath, your feet, your spine. Notice the sensations coursing through your veins and energy.

Notice what’s different. Notice what’s the same.

If you want to take this a little deeper, you may do it again, changing the weight to be different specific responsibilities you currently have in your life. Maybe write them down on pieces of paper or popsicle sticks. Take time to notice how each different responsibility affects your body, how they build and sit with each other, affecting you.

Now drop them all.

Notice what’s different. Notice what’s the same.

Feel the change in your breath, your feet, your spine. Notice the sensations coursing through your veins and energy.

Shake out if you feel the impulse.

Take three good centering breaths, coming back to your core, your spine, your alignment.

Now, look at everything you dropped, and decide what you choose to pick back up, and what you let lie, trusting someone or something else will pick it up when/if necessary.

For those of you who chose to write things down, one option is to burn what wasn’t picked back up. Another is to tuck them away into a special container. Then you may return to them at a better time.

About this deck/author – Modern Witch Tarot by Lisa Sterle lisasterle.com

To purchase this deck – Lisa’s website doesn’t have artist direct, so check your local brick & mortar first. Here’s my Bookshop link as another option. I may earn a commission at no cost to you.

Further recommended reading – I think the Starhawk quote I reference is from Webs of Power, one of my favorites and one that Bookshop doesn’t include sadly. Hopefully your library or brick & mortar come through!

All the b.e.s.t,
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