Welcome to a new week! Were you able to enjoy the Full Moon in Aquarius on Thursday? She was a beauty, and for once we had clear skies here. I made moon water under her bright rays, and am already thinking about rituals where I could make use of the magickal water.
This week’s spread is by request. A creative asked for an easy spread to tackle tough decision-making, especially when a number of solutions are present, but it’s difficult to know which will serve for the best. The simple spread is as follows: Solution, Alternative Solution, Potential Outcome. For writers out there, this spread could be used to jump-start inspiration for a character facing a turning point in the storyline, especially if you’re unsure of which way they should go to keep the plot interesting. I’ve used it in the past and found it gave me great inspiration.
The 6 of Swords is the card of regretful, but necessary transition. It carries a theme of transition; moving from one chapter to the next, and often leaving behind that which no longer serves. The shift is one you’d rather not experience, but the situation is likely no longer salvageable, and therefore, it’s time to transition out of it.
Consider this as a first option for whatever decisions you face right now. What would walking away do? Does it offer better hope than remaining in place, continuing to battle? You’ll need to be logical about how you proceed with this situation. Swords are cards of intellect and rationality, so try to park emotion. Remain calm, communicate with honesty and integrity. A severance is never easy, but the 6 of Swords indicates it’s necessary.
This card can also reflect disenchantment, so if you’ve been wrangling with a project that no longer inspires, moving on to something more engaging should be contemplated.
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An alternative solution comes with the 6 of Pentacles. This is the card of giving, of prosperity, generosity, and charity. It often appears when the seeker is about to benefit from the help of a mentor, or guide; someone whose experience will assist with their career or work. Have you considered reaching out for assistance with your situation? It may be an association who can give advice, or perhaps an individual you can approach for guidance. Either way, a helping hand will greatly benefit the situation. Sixes carry themes of harmony and cooperation, so this second option asks that you reflect on who can help. Communication is important here too. Pentacles are grounded, earthy cards, so much like the Swords, indicate the need to remain practical and not allow emotion to run amok.
The Potential Outcome brings the prickly 10 of Swords. This card is a tough one; it speaks of defeat, endings, and loss. But with the 6 of Swords already driving the energy, it’s not an entirely surprising outcome. In a nutshell, the 10 of Swords marks the end of a cycle. Despite your efforts, it appears that an ending is inevitable. Whatever the situation, the end is nigh, and while you may not want to accept it, it’s for the best.
Tens are cards of completion and renewal, so while the conclusion may sting, know that its departure leaves space for something better to come in. How you choose to see this issue to conclusion is also something to consider at this point. Bowing out with maturity will allow you to emerge with grace. While harsh endings such as these can often prompt a desire to lash out, keep a level head and ask yourself if burning bridges will be worth it in the long run.
Overall, the best message to take from this card is that the end of this cycle brings a new start, so focus on the potential of a new beginning, knowing that you’re now armed with experience and wisdom you’ll carry through to ensure future success.
This is a great spread for gaining clarity on tricky situations, and while the Potential Outcome isn’t always what we might want to see, tarot will always tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. The 10 of Swords is one of those cards that prompts a hiss, but like any event that shakes your foundation and makes you uncomfortable, we emerge all the better for it. With two sixes, the key takeaway from this reading is harmony. Maintain balance between your mind, heart, and tongue. You may face terse conversations in the week ahead, but if you can keep your cool and work with logic instead of emotion, the outcome will see you emerge whole, and ready to move on.
Deck: Shadowscapes Tarot
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