Tarot for Creatives Feb 27th to March 5th 2023
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This week, I’m reading with the Past, Present, Future spread, but with a creative twist, examining how both the past and present impact your current creative projects, and how that energy potentially impacts the future.
The 7 of Pentacles is the card of Unfulfilled Success. That’s not a message of failure for your Past position; it simply means that with seeds sown and diligence to your efforts applied, patience was all that you needed as you waited for a creative project to bring rewards. Reflect on what you learned from this phase. Did you use the time to upskill, weed out what choked the project, and nurture the growth? Consider your mindset, too. When it felt as though time stood still and progress had halted, what was your inner narrative; confident, patient, disappointed?
All of this energy feeds into your current position, and like the figure in the card, you may need to take out the hoe and uproot any sneaky weeds that currently stunt growth. The 7 of Pentacles also reflects study and research, so consider too how this may have impacted previous endeavours, and what aspects paid off.
What’s important to remember is that the past does not define your future. Mistakes made can be rectified going forward. Use past experience to recalibrate present actions, and you’ll build a solid foundation for the future.
"The past is kind enough to give you lessons. The present is kind enough to give you opportunities. The future is kind enough to give you both." - Matshona Dhliwayo
For the Present, we have the Wheel of Fortune. As a ten, it’s a card of completion, but also speaks of cycles, reminding us that when times are good, we ought to celebrate, but when times ain’t so good, we need to remind ourselves that ‘This too shall pass’.
Karma is a word often associated with this card, so in terms of creativity, it simply says ‘You reap what you sow.’ Typically, the Wheel is a positive card, indicating a sweeping change is about to roll in. But that change always reflects your past actions, so the consequences may not be as sweet as you’d hoped. This is the 7 of Pentacles on steroids; a loud and clear message for the Present, stating your Past remains relevant, so stay focused, make necessary changes, and maintain integrity as you create.
Hit the brakes and pull over! It's time for a break.
For the Future, we have the retreat, rest, and regroup message of the 4 of Swords. For me, this card is a powerful one for creatives. We spend a lot of time in our heads, and at times, it gets pretty crowded in there. With this card, it’s a case of being unable to see the wood for the trees, so it’s necessary to take a time out and regroup. This can take the form of a day or two off, where you physically rest, catch up on sleep, veg out on the couch, or enjoy that book you’ve been putting off reading. Once the body is rested, the mind relaxes too, allowing a sense of order to return.
Swords are cards of logic, so it’s basically a message to get your ducks in a row, take a bird’s eye view of your situation, and make new plans. Disconnected from the external fray, we can connect to the internal, and in that quiet, you’ll find the answers you seek. Considering the 7 of Pentacles and the Wheel, the 4 here indicates we definitely need to take a timeout and ruminate on what’s shifting in our current mindset, how it may be reshaping goals, and how we can put past experience and nurtured wisdom to positive use. Logic likes order, so as you flake out on the couch with a cuppa, grab your favourite notebook and translate your thoughts into words or lists.
A week of reflection lies ahead. With it, permission to rest and regroup. When did you last give yourself a day off and truly use the hours for some self-care? The Wheel indicates a shift coming. It will bring what’s deserved, so go with it, but know it won’t last. It’s simply another cycle. Be kind to yourselves this week, creative souls!
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