Saturday, June 16, 2018

Nine of Wands – Rise up again and agian

Today’s Card is the Nine of Wands from the Tarot of the Hidden Realm. The same card as I pulled yesterday. The Nine of Wands is for me about wanting more, doing more, doing better. A card of burning desires and the sometimes not so pleasant aftermath.
     
Nine of Wands Tarot of the Hidden Realm Julia JeffreyFive of Swords Tarot of the Hidden Realm Julia Jeffrey
We often take on more than we can manage. And only after we're burned out, we ask ourselves how could this possibly happen to me. Perhaps we don’t know our boundaries as well as we should have and so we let others and ourselves trample them without noticing until it is too late.
I’ve been in this position several times. But I have also experienced that whenever this has happened to me I always rise up again, stronger, wiser (I hope) and determined never to let something like this happen to me again.
So I wondered why this card is showing up again today and I pulled the Five of Swords. Not only is a burn-out caused by taking to on much responsibilities in the physical world. It is often accompanied by negative thought patterns such as lack of self-worth, self-love en so on. These mental attackers want to lure you into a battle, which they know you can’t win. It will only wear you out more until only chaos and exhaustion will remain. Maybe it is better to acknowledge our thoughts and see them as such: just thoughts and nothing more.  
We have to ask ourselves whether these thoughts and feelings are true and if they're not, I promise they will go away.
Then we will rise up from our ashes and become a little more akin to the person we want to be.

For me, this means I have to sit with these returning thoughts of not being good enough again and learn to recognize them once and for all as tricksters of the mind.

10 comments:

  1. That is a positive take on the Nine of Wands (rather than the weary, wounded fellow). Both these cards make me think of choosing my battles wisely - using discernment to understand whether my involvement or action is going to do any good at all (as well as what lies beneath my expectations). Hope you refuse to take the bait my friend!

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    1. I like to think that each day I have grown a little bit wiser. Yes sometimes I still take the bait but nowadays I notice if I did. :)

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  2. the 9 of wands is looking backward, the 5 of swords is looking directly toward the reader. What is done can't be changed, his whole effort is wasted. Take charge of today, lest it be lost too.

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    1. There is only one moment we get to enjoy and that is now. So we'd better enjoy it. :)

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  3. One of the great things about getting older is the ability to say 'No' Younger we are pressured and compelled to say yes and get along. No means no and people are shocked sometimes with my no answers. I don't even want to or have to explain. No means no. Done.

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    1. Yes!! I think you are absolutely right. I praise the day I was brave enough to put NO in my vocabulary :)

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  4. The Five of Swords is all about choosing your battles to me. You can win, but the cost may end up being too much. "I still take the bait." Yes, yes we do, LOL. I kept going back and forth on the 9 of Wands - what it means to you is different than what it means to me, but I was trying to see your view. To me - it's all about the courage to continue standing even after you've been beaten down. So together - these two cards stand for Standing up for what you believe in, but also making sure the cause is worth the fight. Choosing your battle wisely - as thesycamoretree pointed out. Hope you had a good weekend and chose wisely. :)

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  5. One thing I really notice is that when I'm already tired and a bit battle-weary, I am more likely to fall prey to those negative Five of Swords thoughts. A little self-care can go a long way in strengthening me to face the remaining task/s :)

    Hope you are taking time for yourself, and recognising those trickster thoughts before they bother you too much!

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