A tarot reading for someone out there! Is it you?
The Tower The Chariot Queen of Swords
Burn it down to the ground, baby!
The 3 D’s: Desire, Determination, and Direction
Good fences make good neighbors
Let’s break it down, shall we?
Oh boy! When I see the Tower in a reading I immediately think Anarchy! Or, I at least think of the song, Disco Inferno (listen to the Trammps version here). I know, little anarchists everywhere are bristling at the comparison between the status quo being burned to the ground and a disco reference, but I’m doing it!
When you are presented with the Tower you must: think on your feet, look for humor or deeper meaning where you can get, and rise above judgment by taking a risk to get things moving again.
The presence of the Tower implies something is coming your way that will shake things up and some type of change will make a lasting impression. Are you moving? Did you lose your job? Did you get injured? Did someone close to you get hurt? The good news is dramatic events can be very enlightening. Sometimes seemingly unfortunate events manage to steer you in the right direction, but with fresh insight and a new sense of freedom. When your house is on fire, sometimes the only thing you can do is watch it burn, but the one thing that is usually left is the foundation. You can use this foundation to build something new. How can you prepare yourself for the challenge of real change? How do you want your life to really look?
It is no surprise to see the Chariot in this reading as we are in full swing with the Year of the Horse. The Chariot card comes up for people all the freakin’ time. The lesson: You are in the driver’s seat now and you are being pushed to own your power. When obsolete structures are removed what do you see? Is the path clear? It will be necessary for you to react with some haste. Sometimes you just need to get out of your own way. The presence of the Chariot card implies that you are in control and have the ability to chart a course that has power and meaning. It’s time to set things in motion. The Tower experience might be the catalyst that you needed to move forward. The time to respond is now.
The presence of the Queen of Swords implies that you can look at your life events with honesty and humor. The Queen of Swords is a breath of fresh air because she doesn’t mince words, she calls it like she sees it and sometimes that is exactly what is needed. You can trust that she will handle any situation with integrity.
Some friendly advice: If you are presented with a situation in which you must communicate with someone who has different ideas or values than you, it’s going to be important for you to be clear, direct, and concentrate on the facts. You don’t have to lay all of your cards on the table; choose your words carefully and model appropriate behavior using key social skills. Think neutrality, listen respectfully and be courteous.
The expression, “good fences make good neighbors” comes to mind, as it is brought to life in Robert Frost’s poem, Mending Wall, in which two neighbors come together to repair a wall, but the implication is they come from different walks of life. In my mind, the wall is a great metaphor that reminds us to maintain healthy boundaries by meeting in a neutral location and upholding some social niceties. What would a good neighbor do? When you are put into a position to fix what is broken, do you take the bull by the horns and get the job done? Where are healthy boundaries necessary and important in your relationships?
Are you a good neighbor (friend, coworker, sister)? When a necessary structure in life is altered do you patch it up to look the same or do you create something entirely new? If you are building something with another person, do you respect their ideas and values? How do clear boundaries help you and when do they get in your way?