Quagmires and Quandaries

Art of Life Tarot Five of Pentacles Two of Swords The ChariotToday’s draw comes from the new Art of Life Tarot Deck by Charlene Livingstone.

First off we have the Five of Pentacles.  (Present situation) the woman in this painting looks totally despondent.  Her shoulders are hunched forward in a posture of defeat, her eyes appear to be staring at nothing, her face is void of expression, and she doesn’t even seem to be aware of her surroundings.  What could have possibly happened that she has arrived at such a dejected point?

Well, not to get overly dramatic, it’s not as bad as all that.  As my COTD the Five of Pentacles takes a further look at this idea:

Are you feeling at loose ends today? Perhaps you are questioning where you find yourself at this point in your life (there is a lot of that going on around here).  Perhaps you are feeling a little sorry for yourself. That’s ok. Every now and then it’sacceptable to wallow in a little self pity. But you can’t stay there for long. Have a good cry and allow it to wash out of your system.  Situations can and often do change in the blink of an eye.  Tomorrow is time enough you can wipe your eyes, blow your nose, and pull up your “big girl” panties and get on with it.

The Two of Swords in the challenge/obstacle position is very clear.  Ambivalent and seemingly unable to get past this state of being.  When a decision cannot be reached, for whatever reason, there can be no action, no moving forward, no solution.  As long as this remains the status quo, the Five of Pentacles energy is going to hang around.

The Chariot in the advice position calls for action!  This is the obvious solution to the Two of Swords quandary.  Possibly easier said than done, but it’s time to buckle down.  Make a decision on a course of action, then make a plan, and start implementation.  This is the only way to break the stalemate of indecision and immobility and crawling from the quagmire of self-pity.

I pulled one more card to answer “How can this best be accomplished?”  and drew The Empress.

The quote on the card pretty much sums it up… Don’t you think?

*images are from the Art of Life Tarot deck available soon from U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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