5 of Sacred Circles: Searching for a direction or purpose in life. Tapping the subconscious for direction. A spiritual retreat. Spiritual risks. The pause between preparing for and undertaking a spiritual ordeal. –Julie Cuccia-Watts

As a stand alone card, the 5 of Sacred Circles shows the need for introspection and meditation. Perhaps something drastic has or is going to change for you, you know it’s coming, and now you are wondering what, if anything, you can do about it. It is said it’s not necessarily the dilemma you find yourself, but in how you handle and react to the dilemma that is most important. This does not help to ease your mind now or even help you sleep, but it is something to consider when you are faced with a big decision. Which path do you choose? Are you seeing all the options available? Can you create new options? The 5 of Sacred Circles energy is one of conservation. You do not want to act rashly, but deliberately and only after much consideration.

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”
― Marcus Aurelius

To help round out this reading are the Justice card and the Seven of Staves. With Justice you are asked to get to the heart of the matter through judicious, considered evaluation. This certainly suggests there are options on the table to weigh. Depending on the circumstances, litigation may be a consideration. The Seven of Staves suggests you rely on your experience and abilities to problem solve. You’ll need to be as stoic as the Sphinx and hold your silence until you are sure which options are the best for you and yours. Then, you’ll be on the best ground to be heard from.