December 16

12/17/13: Stuck in a Stick Fight / 5 of Wands, 2 of Pentacles


Treating your adversary with respect is striking soft in battle. –Samuel Johnson

Five of Wands Two of Pentacles Steampunk Tarot

These two cards flopped out of the deck together, so I am reading them together. We’ve got the Five of Wands and Two of Pentacles from the Steampunk Tarot staring us in the face.

Sometimes people get frustrated because other people cannot or will not remotely approach their own expectation of “reasonable.” Beyond a potential rush from a dose of righteous indignation, this approach doesn’t offer much in the way of net gains.

You MUST effectively juggle conflicting perspectives or goals to navigate effectively today. In other words, you may be expected to take in consideration strong feelings or viewpoints that in no way, shape or form resemble your own. You may be asked to transcend your personal, strongly-held belief structure to function within a group or resolve a seemingly unresolvable issue.

You can do this, but it takes effort—and self-control.

It’s not about abandoning your identity or core values. It’s about knowing exactly what those issue are, and being generous with what those issues are not. You dig?

Don’t dig your heels in unless it truly matters, and be prepared to let go of the rest. That’s the only way you’ll be able to avoid spending the whole day whacking and being whacked with a bunch of sticks.

You stuck in the middle of a stick fight?

Steampunk Tarot 
Barbara Moore and Aly Fell

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Five of Wands, Steampunk Tarot, Two of Pentacles

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