“Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will.” –John D. MacDonald
When things get ugly, that’s when you really find out what people are made of. Especially yourself. I know many hold the idea the ends justify the means, and sometimes they win the battle with that philosophy. Personally, I’d rather lose the battle and retain my sense of who I am.
Today’s Tarot is from the non-traditional Psychic Tarot oracle, so the cards are a bit different than we’re used to seeing. “Obstacles and Challenges” is better known as the Five of Wands (Saturn in Leo), “Deception and Envy” as the Seven of Swords (Moon in Aquarius), and “Wisdom” as the Hierophant (Taurus). But it’s a great example of how using a non-traditional deck along with your old-school favorites can help expand your interpretations.
These three cards? They are kind of a microcosm of life at times. There is conflict—and sometimes, it gets ugly. Dishonesty rears it’s head, and it can be quite off-putting once we realize whom or what we’ve put our trust in hasn’t lived up. (For the sake of argument, I’m assuming you’re not the sneak!)
So what now? Turn back to yourself. Look for the wisdom in the experience, and I’m not talking about better understanding the other person. (Oy Vey, if I had a dollar for every person who wanted me to psychoanalyze somebody else! I’d be rich, man.) Look to YOU. That’s where you have the power, that’s where you have the control, that’s where you have the right. That’s YOUR path, so walk it.
And if you are the one doing the sneaky? Well, look at that as well. It’s liable to be a little ouchy, but in your best interests regardless. Look to how you contributed to the conflict, how you made the decisions you have, and how it fits in (or doesn’t) with your personal spiritual tradition. Take the next step to integrate the behavior into your own morals, and you’ll have a real “teachable moment.”
Have you learned from sneaky fights?
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by John Holland