This month’s cards encourage us to explore personal balance further, making sure our actions match the values we have claimed for living life. Self-examination is a constant necessity if we are to keep one side of the scale from tipping too far, throwing us off balance and off course. The cards pulled this month talk a lot about patterns and points of view. They suggest that an attitude of acceptance and patience encourages growth and keeps us discovering more of what life has to offer.
March 5-11: Seven of Cups
I see the Seven of Cups as one manifestation of our theme for this month, Justice. The current exploration of values and actions may be turning up a list of unmet needs, desires, and goals. It would be natural to feel an urge to fill in the gaps immediately, and all at once, leading to the scattered energy of this Cups card. Whether it’s a response to responsibility or the result of a curious mind that wants to explore everything in a world full of wonders, the Seven of Cups expresses the end result: feeling overwhelmed. When we have too much happening at once (too many cups we have to keep filled), we may not be able to give adequate attention to each pursuit. We end up feeling unfocused, and that muddled state can lead to a loss of direction. Only when we let some things go (or at least prioritize our attention) can we fill each cup fully. This does not mean that important visions must be dismissed permanently, but we may need to address them one at a time. This also reminds me of last month’s spread, the creative brainstorming and project management inspired by the reversed Eight of Pentacles. It’s wonderful to generate lots of ideas, but to actually make things happen, we have to get organized, then follow through in a more methodical, gradual way.
Exercise for the Seven of Cups: Working smarter, not harder
1. Sketch out all your ideas/plans. For each one, list the next three steps towards completion. See if any overlap exists, and if those ideas can be advanced with the same actions.
2. Prioritize — what is most important to you, and what can wait? This is a natural extension of the values quest from the Justice exercise. How does value get assigned? Will you base this on emotional importance (for yourself), other people’s needs, or something more practical like length of time to completion, selecting the easiest to accomplish first so that you can cross items off the list right away?
3. Take it one step at a time. Work through your list, focusing on each major step. Meanwhile, are there small actions you can take to progress any of the other items without disrupting your workflow?