Been awhile since we've done a Monday Musings. Life got in the way there for a while with trips and Christmas and other factors. This morning I decided it was time to return to what was familiar. Actually, I had that epiphany on Saturday I think; stop trying to fix what's not broken. Anywho, here are the cards and you know the drill. The deck is Tarot of the Cloisters by Michelle Leavitt, and anyone who has had an in-person reading from me knows that this is my go-to deck, because the round shape gives every card 360° of interpretation (*swoon*). The reveal is in the comments. Pick the one that calls you for a mini-reading for the week ahead, or read them all as a three-card spread. Your reading. Your call. I'm just the messenger. I'm still offering private readings, too, so if you want to know a little more about what 2019 has in store for you, hit me up. "I'm here to help."
LEFT: Queen of Swords. There's a stubborn streak going on here! Make sure that you're not sticking to your guns just because. Remember that old saying about a mind being like a parachute and only functioning when it's open? Yeah. That. It's too easy to get stuck in a rut. Double check and see if your perception needs altering. Alternatively, someone around you may be being a bit bombastic and inflexible. Maybe they're incapable of seeing things from another point of view or maybe they just plain don't want to. That's their issue and their journey; don't make it yours by buying into their mindset. Take the high road, and lead by example. Your task is to be the changes you want to see in your life.
RIGHT: Five of Swords. Yeah, you might have won the battle, but what about the rest of the war? Maybe you're upset about the way that things have been handled, maybe you think that someone else got a bigger share of the pie, maybe maybe maybe, baby. This is another card about perception. A shallow victory isn't anything to crow about, and might even leave you feeling more jittery about 'what next' than if you'd walked away from the skirmish in the first place. If any card had the lesson 'play fair,' it's this one. In this game of life, you're only ever really competing with yourself. Stay in your own lane. You can't control anyone else's actions, but you are accountable for your responses to them.
BOTTOM: Justice. This card is a caution that what goes around comes around, and that the choices you make now are going to create the life you live tomorrow. Take responsibility for your actions. If you need to apologize then do so and do it with integrity. If someone apologizes to you, forgive them. This doesn't mean that what that person did was right; it means that you are not going to let it have any control over you. This card is less to do with legalities and more to do with what's right, what's ethical—the great cosmic law, if you like. Even more than that, though, it's asking you to find the truth, for no matter what the situation, there's that kernel of truth in everything under the Sun, but you may have to dive into the mud to find it.
WRAP UP: Geez, that was a karmic sword fest, wasn't it? I don't know about you, but it's going to be interesting to see what transpires as the week unfolds. I know the eclipse last night has been doing a number on me with interesting insights and weird dreams. Anyone else have funky stuff going on?!