“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” –Philo
Whose fight is it, anyway? That’s always the question, at least for me. What’s mine and what’s not is the ever-present query. Because even if I need to do some fighting, knowing where my emotional responses come from, detaching from other people’s vision and choices, allows me not to take discord so damn personally. It whisks away a lot of the sting.
Today’s Tarot forecast is another pretty card from the Psychic Tarot oracle—maybe too pretty. “Obstacles and Challenges” is better known of the Five of Wands or Lord of Strife, associated with Saturn in Leo. Got to control (Saturn) the Ego (Leo)!
Tarot folks will recognize the traditional image, while today’s Psychic Tarot Oracle version suggests a more internal struggle than I usually read for this card. The Legacy of the Divine version likewise emphasizes internal conflict, showing all the warriors growing from the same tree. It’s a good point, though—reactions are internal, even if the disagreement isn’t.
Fighting through our own issues prepares us, to take the next step forward. It’s only through releasing the drive to control anybody else that we gain true control of ourselves. Peace doesn’t come from convincing the world to revolve according to our dictation. Obstacles and challenges appear for a reason—they are attachments, lessons, pockets of energy that have to be worked through before we can move through to another plane, experience a new level of mastery (Saturn) and shine (Leo).
It’s an opportunity. Tarot fives are conflicted, but there is always a lot of energy and movement afoot. We can use that! Thinking back on the times in your life when you’ve made the most significant changes, when you’re grown the most, weren’t challenges and conflict an integral part of the process? Personally, I’d have been lost without them.
What point do you see in your obstacles?
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by John Holland
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