December 15

12/15/11: Conscious Compromise | 2 of Wands, 4 of Swords rev, 6 of Pentacles rev


A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice. –Mohandas Gandhi

One of the first things I learned when I married into motherhood was watching my mouth! (I know this is difficult to connect to ME, but please suspend disbelief here for the point, okay?)

Because once you lay down an edict, you then have responsibility to follow through with it. Your word has to mean something to be effective. So if you tell the rug rats, “Don’t do ‘X’ or you’ll be grounded,” for example, and they do X, you have to follow through! Which makes more work for you.

It wasn’t always the best investment of my energy. You either choose your battles well or end up regretting them, but feel obligated to continue on principle. Oy, you know? Easy to slide right into that one!


Today’s Everyday Tarot forecast is the Two of Wands (Mars in Aries), reversed Four of Swords (Jupiter in Libra), and reversed Six of Pentacles (Moon in Taurus). It’s a prescription for not losing your head!

Don’t let conflicting demands get under your skin. When you see the stand-off, back off long enough to get perspective, but don’t avoid it completely, either—and possibly end up resenting it. Think of taking a short breather, a time-out to collect your thoughts. Then you can go back into the ring and give on unimportant issues but with the clarity to not abandon that which matters most.

Be flexible and generous when we’re just talking differences of opinion, but don’t let go of your core values or issues of integrity. KNOW the value of what you’re defending beforehand and you can release that which isn’t important. This is the kind of compromise that you can feel good about when you look in the mirror.

Does this resonate for you?

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by Dennis Fairchild

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Four of Swords, Six of Pentacles, Two of Wands

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