I feel like I should begin this post with some moon-related anecdotes after several moon-centric posts, but I am devastated to report that my moon-watching efforts last night were unsuccessful. Undaunted, I went ahead with a reading to prepare for a busy week of interviewing. I've been feeling like things have turned a corner in my job search, following a spate of interesting job postings and a few interviews that could result in me receiving wages in return for my labor, so I decided to use this Bridge spread from Little Red Tarot to help me think about where I've been and what might be next. The card positions are:
1. What you have left behind
2. The hardest lesson you learned
3. Something that helped you
4. The high point—where you are right now, looking back and looking forward
5. The next step
6. Something that will help you
7. Your destination: the new shore
Here are the cards I drew!
What you've left behind: Seven of Wands
The RWS* meaning of this card is defense against an attack. The simplest interpretation of the image in this deck a that a fox is defending its kits against an attacking badger. But I can’t help but wonder who, if anyone, is the aggressor. After all, there are more foxes than badgers. Maybe the foxes are all adults, and the badger is defending her den. Or maybe the badger had to leave her den and is trying to find a sanctuary in the foxes' territory, but the foxes can’t or won’t share space. In this standoff, it’s not clear who’s right and who’s wrong. Maybe no one is. But everyone’s upset and defensive and there aren’t enough resources to go around. All the energy and creativity is focused on the standoff. This type of conflict all too familiar.
The hardest lesson you learned: Queen of Wands
Energy has limits. The Queen has mastered their element of fire, of energy and creativity, in their internal world. Part of that mastery is knowing the limits of the internal store of energy, exactly what it can and cannot do, and how to work within that framework. In this transition, I’ve learned a lot about my energy, and I’ve had to make some tough decisions to step away from things that take more than I’m willing to give. By accepting my limits, I can make better choices about how to focus my energy, and get the most out of what I have.
Something that helped you: The Empress
The Empress has been my guide card for navigating burnout and this transition. They are all about nurturing and creating and birthing, in the inner world as well as the outer world. Deciding to take myself seriously enough to put substantial energy into caring for myself, instead of pouring all of my energy into others to the point of burnout, has definitely helped me in this transition.
It’s also interesting to me that, in this deck, the Empress standing on the same wooden arch as appears in the Four of Wands. The Empress is typically associated with earth, not fire, but the Empress is also strongly associated with birth—which is pretty darn creative—and creativity is a major facet of fire/wands. Thus, if there is a wands association with the Empress, the entire first half of the bridge is wands. One of the things I’ve learned in this transition is that I tend to get out of balance in favor of wands and swords, and that I need to bring more cups and pentacles into the mix, which is exactly what the second half of the bridge is composed of!
Where you are now: Ace of Cups
This ace indicates a new stage of connecting with feeling and emotion. I’ve been working hard to reconnect with my emotional self rather than being constantly stuck in my head or distracting myself by being on the go. Well—it worked. Sometimes it feels like it worked a little too well! I have a lot of new skills to learn, but it’s growth and it’s progress and I’m grateful for it.
The next step: Six of Cups
As a Serious Tarot Person, I feel like I should say this card is telling me to be conscious of the balance of giving and receiving in my life, and to examine my ideas about wealth and poverty, but what’s true is that when I looked at this card I couldn’t stop laughing. Like the green plant amidst the brambles, I am small and also mighty and I am ready, universe, to accept a glorious waterfall of cash.
Something that will help you: Seven of Cups
This card is about illusions and choices, and discerning between dreams and reality. One person seems to be a dreamer, determined to get to the seemingly inaccessible sky-tree-castle-thing, even though there are two other castles that seem like more realistic goals. The other person looks more down-to-earth and is consulting… a map? Or perhaps it's instructions for how to build a helicopter? This card is saying, be wary of illusions when making choices—but don’t be too quick to assume you know what’s going on. Access your analytical self and your dreamy, imaginative self when making choices, and look for opportunities to engage both aspects of yourself in your decision.
Your destination: Judgement
This is the penultimate card of the Major Arcana, and a major here indicates that the destination will involve overarching life themes. A winged being plays a trumpet, calling up a rush of ghosts and butterflies from a field of poppies. I think this means, this transition has felt in some ways like a death, but death is always followed by rebirth, and a day is coming when you will feel that you’ve come back to life, that you have been transformed, and you will be surrounded by beauty.
*RWS is Rider-Waite-Smith, which is the 20th century deck that most modern decks are based on. There are several other major systems.