Since I have a bit more time on my hands than I'm used to having, I'm going back to my roots and returning to something I enjoy: reading tarot. And since I don't do anything the way you're "supposed to," I'm offering up each (hopefully) weekly reading as a writing prompt because that's another passion of mine.
If you use one of my prompts to write something you'd like to share, please post it at your blog or on your Facebook page (or wherever your happy place is) and include a link to this post. If you'd rather keep it private but wouldn't mind sharing it with me, please email me a .doc or .docx at jpwest6 (at) gmail (dot) com, or share a link to a Google Drive document with that same email address.
Before we begin, let me just say this: I don't believe I have any ability to see into the future or the past or to reach out into the ether for knowledge. I'm not making any such claim here. What I do believe is that each of us has information in our subconscious minds that we can't consciously access. I believe dreams are one way our subconscious mind tries to impart relevant or helpful information. But the subconscious mind speaks an entirely different language that our conscious minds simply aren't capable of translating.
I use tarot cards as a visualization tool to bridge the gap between my subconscious mind and my conscious mind.
Without any further ado, let's dive right in. Shall we?
I am, of course, doing things my own way. The spread is The Celtic Cross, but the deck is The Hoodoo Tarot.
1. Ten of Knives
You are currently surviving a disaster. Okay, we're off to a great start. That's a pretty accurate depiction of pretty much everyone who hasn't died yet from COVID-19. I swear I didn't hand-pick that card. Moving on.
*After having read the entire spread, I realize this card probably pertains more to a personal disaster rather than the pandemic currently sweeping the planet.
2. Ace of Baskets (R)
You're struggling in particular with your emotions right now, swinging from one extreme to the other. While it's not good to suppress your feelings, you should also be aware of being overly emotional.
3. Three of Coins (R)
Work-related issues have led you to where you are today. Whether it's from a lack of skill or a lack of discipline, your half-hearted efforts haven't brought you where you'd hoped to be professionally by now.
4. Six of Coins (R)
And it's not looking like your future, work-wise anyway, is going to get much better. You know that saying, "Never look a gift horse in the mouth." Bad advice. Be careful who you do take advice from, and even more careful who you take loans or "gifts" from.
5. Daughter of Knives (R)
The Daughter of Knives reversed reveals someone who is sarcastic, condescending, rude, impatient, domineering, insensitive, acidic, and pedantic. You know this person (or you are this person). More importantly, you are aware of these behaviors. They may even be a coping mechanism you use to deal with your underlying fears.
6. Five of Coins (R)
Speaking of those underlying fears... Subconsciously, you seem to be on the brink of losing everything-your job and home-and becoming truly isolated from your "friends." There's a reason that word is in scare quotes. More on that in a minute.
7. Five of Baskets (R)
Beware of how you handle loss and stress. More often than not, you are your own worst enemy. Some people take a bad situation and make the most of it. That would be quite a challenge for you. But there are hidden depths of strength within you that you haven't yet explored. Take up the challenge.
8. Eight of Baskets (R)
There are people in your life that are having a devastating impact on you, especially fair-weather friends. Familiarity brings you a false sense of security. If you continue to nurture unhealthy attachments, they will continue to drag you down.
This is a major arcana card, which means there's a big life lesson to be learned here. A card in this position represents your hopes and fears, which are often one and the same.
You're at a crossroads in life, and the company you choose to keep will set you firmly on your new path toward achieving your own goals or keep you right where you are now. The Courting card doesn't necessarily refer to your relationship with lovers only. In the scope of this reading, it's indicative of all your relationships and the role those relationships play in your life.
You have a moral and ethical code you live by-we all do, whether or not we're aware of our own personal set of "rules." It's time to sit down and have a real come-to-Jesus talk with yourself. Examine your own beliefs, then look at the relationships you're currently prioritizing. Something not quite meshing there? Your choice is between keeping toxic relationships or cutting ties for a brighter life.
While the choice seems obvious, it's not as simple as it sounds. Be brutally honest with yourself. Don't hide from your fears, specifically your fear of the unknown. Embrace it. Confront it. Defeat it.
10. Father of Baskets (R)
The likeliest outcome, if you make no changes and stay the course you're on, is this: you will remain trapped and weighed down by emotional manipulation. You are moody, self-destructive, and the deceptive people in your life will work hard to keep you there. Misery loves company. If you want your present to become your future, stay the course.
Otherwise, make the necessary changes. Don't half-ass it. And while it's okay to sit on your pity pot once in a while, don't live there. You can make the most of a bad situation and turn your whole life around. You do have the power to do that. But you have to let go of the relationships that require you to remain stuck in that rut you're in.
Jess is currently pursuing a state of self-induced psychosis (reading, writing, or editing).