Self-Care Guidance: Lessons from the Minor Arcana

Lessons from the Minor Arcana

This week we have Lessons from the Minor Arcana cards – and one from each Suit, so there is an element of balance and wholeness there, despite outward appearances.

Each suit in the Tarot represents a different element and when all four come together we have the holistic view of earth, air, fire and water coming together. The 4 physical elements that breathe live into our spirit.

Tarot Cards from the Light Seers Deck

So let’s dive in and take a look.

2 Pentacles

This card speaks of juggling different roles and responsibilities. Perhaps finances are tight with Christmas just around the corner and you are robbing Peter to pay Paul at the moment. Maybe you feel pulled in a variety of different directions and are juggling your time and energy. Perhaps it is a combination of both!

We all have a variety of roles that we play in life. And sometimes, just because we are capable of spinning all those plates, doesn’t mean we have to. This card asks you to consider this and think about where you may be placing too much attention, to your own detriment.

Are you working too much and then feeling guilty for being exhausted when it comes to family time?

Maybe you are caring for a relative and are feeling the pressure to always be there – is it time to ask for help?

Are your finances up and down, stretched to breaking point, as you try to keep up with the pressure to have the perfect Christmas?

These are just some of the things this card asks you to consider. Because only we can take radical responsibility to change how we are using our energy. It is up to us to decide which things we need to set down to help us find a better balance and flow.

4 Swords

Your body, mind and soul are craving rest and recuperation. For many it is a tough time of year.

One of my best friends has just lost her mother after a period of illness and decline. I feel this in my soul as this time last year I was going through the same thing.

Maybe it is your first Christmas without a loved one, whether through bereavement or separation in some form. Perhaps you have been running on empty for so long your physical body has cried “enough!” and you have been ill?

This card is a reminder to take some time out for YOU.

Amongst all the busy-ness of the season – you don’t have to do all the things.

It’s OK to stop and take time for you.

If, like me, you are sensitive to energy – this time of year can be really hard to handle. With all the loud music in shops, the hustle and bustle of people, the invitations to social events . . . all the noise!

Respect your own needs and your own boundaries.

You cannot pour from an empty cup. So take time to replenish your energy levels. Sleep. Rest – you don’t need permission to take a break.

Honour your sensitivity. Maintain your boundaries. No is a full sentence. You don’t have to explain yourself if you don’t want to do something.

7 Wands

Saying no and honouring your boundaries may rattle some cages. Other people may not understand and you may feel attacked. But you ultimately have the power to keep your zen.

When we take the time for ourselves and honour our needs, it becomes easier to hold the power for ourselves. To give ourselves the permission to stand our ground and honour our boundaries.

This beautiful card reminds you that you have an infinite source of beauty and light within you. You can tap into it at any time you need it.

Use energy clearing techniques like the one I shared previously on YouTube here – place yourself in an energetic bubble of protection.

You don’t need to take on everyone else’s issues. And when you start honouring yourself and putting your needs first, it may shock people initially. Because they wish they could do the same.

You’ll create a ripple of positive energy, rather than a ripple of resentment by doing things you don’t want to do. Your energy levels will increase as you ground and centre into your body and honour your needs. And that, in turn, will actually allow you to be of service to more people, on your terms.

3 Cups

Surround yourself with the people that support and care for you. Our friends are often the family we choose for ourselves. Lean into the support from your besties.

If you’re in a supportive community space like Soul Food Circle or Soulpreneur Space then lean into that community. Ask for help when you need it and know it will come. Offer help to the others when you can.

This card speaks of sisterhood and friendship. Of connections with others from a loving and supportive place. Look at the stars above – a representation of the pleiades system – the 7 sisters.

There are many myths and legends about the symbolism of this star system. But in this card it represents sisterhood, strength and support. The intuitive and creative forces that form part of the divine feminine energy. Another nod to the self care and nourishment that we all need.

Summary of the Lessons from the Minor Arcana

I feel the cards are asking us to honestly look at how we are spending our time and energy this week. We are being asked to honour our own needs and step into some self care, rather than getting swept up in the mania of the season.

Be true to yourself and don’t worry about what others think or say. They are not living your life and you are a sovereign being, it is your right to say no.

Surround yourself with a circle of people who love and support you. A community or sisterhood of friends who you can rely on for support and nourishment.

If you’re having a tough time just now, hang in there. Your track record for getting through tough times is 100% – reach out. Don’t feel you have to do it all alone. And remember you are loved and needed – your energy is beautiful. So if you are tired – rest. If you are juggling too many things – set something down. And if you need a hug or some help – ask for it.

Much love to you.

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