If It Were Easy Everyone Would Do It
If It Were Easy Everyone Would Do It
When Struggle is a good thing.
I say this to myself every time I feel discouraged. It always cheers me up to remember that I chose goals that require hard work, that I am uniquely qualified for that hard work, and that I am working toward something I want, value, and am honored to do.
While there is no reason to make life more difficult than it needs to be, there are times it is better to dive into struggle than to turn away from it.
If you know that, at the other end of your efforts, there is something worth working for, worth having and worth doing, then it’s worth giving a herculean effort to get there.
We all have the ability to be extraordinary in some regard. Some people have specific talents. Other have compassionate character. Others have vision. Once we identify our skills and traits, we have the option to set goals for how we will use those skills, and where we want them to take us. Of course, the bigger the goal, the harder it is to achieve.
Not everyone is willing to struggle. Not everyone feels prepared to do the hard thing, even if the rewards are significant. And, there is no shame in choosing a stable path over a path of struggle.
But, if you are a person who is driven to achieve something special, take comfort in the knowledge that your path will be hard – so hard that other people might avoid it. By facing that struggle, you are setting yourself apart from the pack, and you are setting yourself up for rewards as big the difficulty it took to get them.
Two Tarot Classes in May!
I am exciting to be offering two tarot classes this month in South Florida.
On Wednesday, May 22, from 7 to 9 pm I am presenting Your Personal Tarot Practice: Reading Tarot for Yourself in my conference room at 1025 SW Martin Downs Blvd, Palm City.
Whether you are a new reader or an experienced enthusiast, you have probably struggled with your own self-reading.
This special class will help you discover your personal tarot cards – specific cards that have a special message for you, and that provide a mirror to help you understand yourself.
You will also learn special techniques to help you stay objective as you read for yourself. You will learn special ways to derive information, enlightenment and personal growth from your tarot practice.
Seating for this class is limited. Tickets are $37.50 and available from Eventbrite. Call or text 561-655-1160 for more information.
On Thursday, May 30, from 7 to 9 pm I will be teaching Working with the Tarot Court at Dream Angels at 128 Bridge Road in Tequesta.
The sixteen Court Cards of tarot, that is, the Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings, are the most versatile cards in the deck. This makes these cards extremely useful, but also sometimes confusing.
In this class you will learn a variety of ways to interpret and work with these cards.
Seating for this class is limited. You may register in advance with Dream Angels.
I hope to see you in tarot class this month!
Encouragement from the Minor Arcana
There are many tarot cards in the Minor Arcana that can speak of the struggle of overwork, overwhelm, and goals that take effort to meet. Some cards, like the Three of Swords or Four of Swords, can tell us that we need rest, retreat and healing.
Other cards, like the Ten of Wands, can encourage us to carry our load until our journey is complete.
The Two of Pentacles can remind us that we have the ability to keep up a taxing pace for as long as we need to.
The Seven of Wands ask us to defend our dreams, even against superior odds.
All four of the Minor Arcana Fives deal with struggle, expansion, and conflict. Yet, each card holds the promise of victory if we can just get through the difficulty.
Each Minor Arcana suit tells the story of a journey, and in each journey the potential for struggle is present. Also present in each story is the potential for success, healing and growth.
The trick is that when we see a card that speaks of struggle, we also must find within the cards the purpose for the struggle, and the assurance that the struggle will ultimately yield good results.
The Week in Review
This week I shared a blogpost about divination. How and why does divination work? Here’s what I think.
From Around the Web
It’s the First of May, so here is a May 2019 Astrology Forecast from Om Times.
Did you know that Benebell Wen offers free online courses in tarot, astrology, numerology and feng shui?
I love it that tarot is now more often acknowledged as part of popular culture. Here is a slideshow from Popsugar that assigns tarot cards to Gilmore Girls characters!
Cards for Your Consideration
This week I ask you to consider a deeper meaning for a typically-feared card.
The Three of Swords is undoubtedly a card of heartache and sorrow. It can indicate betrayal, loss and sadness.
Yet, when we see this card in a reading, as much as we must acknowledge the pain that is present, there is something else that must be acknowledged. That is the chance to heal.
When we see pain in ourselves or in others, we must always also see the opportunity presented by pain – the opportunity to work through the hurt, to heal, and to grow.
Without pain and suffering, there is little ability for growth.
In every shadow is a gift. The gift of the Three of Swords is healing.
Tarot Topics Newsletter
Volume 2 Issue 18
May 1, 2019