September 24

09/24/11: The Point of the Fight | Five of Wands



“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.

5_of_WandsToday’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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  1. That’s why I’m avoiding anyone that might rub salt into a wound, inadvertently or otherwise. I’m not passive-aggressive, and there’s a good chance that I will not be civil to some right now; I won’t be shamed over a few bad nights and days either. I’ve had a huge reminder of what’s really important, and anyone who thinks they have me all figured out is welcome to think that they’re correct, even if they aren’t. Let them enjoy themselves.

    And I agree with that quote. I also like:

    “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.” ~Jesse Jackson
    “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I had this on a personal profile for years:

    “Have you had a kindness shown?
    Pass it on;
    ‘Twas not given for thee alone,
    Pass it on;
    Let it travel down the years,
    Let it wipe another’s tears,
    ‘Til in Heaven the deed appears –
    Pass it on.
    ~Henry Burton, Pass It On

    I left another place, so that I wouldn’t be unkind, when I felt that I was being looked down upon. I was gearing up for a fight, but I didn’t want to do that, because I liked the place, and the people, and I wasn’t sure if I was being overly-sensitive – like, “When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

  2. I’ve been getting this card for myself all week and I’ve been saying that it keeps turning up because I’m just “not getting it” After your makes perfect sense.

    Thanks Dixie

  3. I am learning to be thankful to the person or opportunity, so that I can become more of who I really am by changing my behavior and thoughts.
    Ummm….I’ve been thankful to several people lately!

  4. Damn, Dixie. Some days I’m just awed by how exact you are in terms of what I’m dealing with here. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

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