This week’s tarot reading is a continuation of last week’s message which implores you to consider your relationship to your work.
When I pulled these two cards, my immediate reaction was “oh! Labor Day cards!” Hence, this combination, if this were a timing issue might refer to an event that occurs on or near Labor Day, or perhaps a vacation or respite during Virgo season.
Truth be told, I had trouble summoning the creative juices to write this blog post. That’s when I knew I needed to heed the advice of the 8 of Pentacles. Last week I wrote about how this card is a call to remind us to soldier on with the faith that something beautiful might occur through unwavering dedication. This week I am actually summoning that energy as I write this.
The 8 of pentacles makes a comeback, and not by coincidence, as I pulled from another deck. The powers that be are reiterating the concept of what Virgo is all about and asking you, instead of freaking out about your craft 9-of-swords style ,to instead reflect on your work and more than that, develop a strategy that supports your daily practice. Out of your ritual, it is a reminder to rest and regroup from the work you’ve put out, thereby replenishing your mental focus.
When we’re talking about pentacles, we’re in the arena of MANIFESTATION in the material world, except, with the 8 of pentacles, we can see that this is through one’s own efforts: repetition and practice, of meticulous effort, of slow building to manifest something larger. Through his lone (lot’s of solitude in these cards) efforts, he will eventually rejoin the town in the background of the photo with something tangible to offer.
The eights in the tarot are almost always an indication of movement, even with the 8 of swords, we’ve brought our awareness of stuckness, so that we’re able to move. So with the eights, we have the promise that something is taking place, your work not in vain.
The swords (the realm of restless mental thought in the 9 of swords) led us to a place of creating, of developing a craft, and the work we’ve done is now leading us to rest and contemplate all that we’ve accomplished.
In the 4 of swords, we see a man in a church, in repose, a state of grace. As a minor arcana, probably temporary. Again we see figures in a scene just as in the 9 of swords, and it looks like, in the 4 of swords, one lady bowing before the other receiving a blessing , the window located ABOVE the figure, rather than two figures engaged in battle place BELOW the figure as we saw in last week’s figure in the nine of swords.
An interesting correlation. My take is that allowing ourselves the space to create something generative and tangible, we free up our minds and organize our thoughts accordingly, which allows a space to see the blessing bestowed upon us through this state of grace; repose.
What skills have you acquired? The cards suggest you’re on the right track, now, with the mental strategy implied in the 4 of swords, how can you create something plentiful from your skills? How do you apply your skills into practical application? Again, this might require some strategy as indicated in the 4 of swords, and while the 9 of swords literally woke you up to the notion that something was amiss, that you needed to face the issue of applying your gifts practically, the 4 of swords is letting you know that you can rest and figure out the details as you relax. Instead of allowing your thoughts overtake you, you organize your thoughts with a sense of purpose, with renewed faith and the promise of blessings.