“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” –Lao Tzu
It used to be, when I offered help, when I gave, I had a very particular notion of how I expected that gift to be used. I gave with a particular outcome in mind, and would sometimes get my feelings hurt if that didn’t readily come to pass. They may have been lightweight twine, but there were definitely strings attached. And that caused a lot of problems, mostly for me.
Today’s Tarot is the reversed Six of Pentacles, associated with the Moon in Taurus, so we’re talking contributions that have emotional (Moon) value (Taurus). Inverted, I’d be aware of merely going through the motions, giving that feels coerced, of the wrong things, or more than you can comfortably afford. In other words, giving with strings attached.
What, exactly, are you giving? What energetic ingredients are you mixing into that bread? What are your motivations? If you hope to control or generate indebtedness, you’re off-base. Gifts with strings backfire, often bi-directionally.
Do what you can feel good about, and most importantly, LET IT GO from there! Trite or not, it IS the thought that matters, so make sure your thoughts are of kindness and love. Whether your fully baked intention is consumed or not is up to the recipient, but you know you’ve whipped up the best recipe you have on offer. You often don’t see, how it all ends up being used. So have a little faith in the end result and you’ll be able freely without weighting yourself in the process.
What’s your experience on gifts with strings?
Tarot: The Complete Kit
by Dennis Fairchild