We wrap up the weekend with some homework to start the week. Thankfully we will find inspiration and support in some downtime with friends - at the end of the day the important thing is feeling motivated to make a change.
The crow of the Nine of Swords can't sleep and each night is haunted by a memory of a past experience. The powerful hold this event has is crippling and although time has passed - its effects are still very much present today.
The Nine of Swords is referring to a past pain or experience that has a hold on you today in the form of anxiety or guilt. It may have been a childhood that was less than perfect or a time of being bullied where the physical scars have healed but the emotional ones are still fresh. The question this card asks is "what stresses you out today that can be linked back to a past experience? - what can't you seem to let go?" You may find that the answer to that question is the very thing that has created a stagnation or prevented you from expanding your horizons. If there is a deep seeded fear of being criticized or ridiculed, you may be reluctant to go after a dream that requires you to put yourself out there. If you are suffering guilt, you may believe you don't deserve to find success or happiness. The key to releasing the energy around this card is to shine a light on the source - confront it for what it is today.
The three crows are enjoying themselves in the garden. They are eating and drinking without a care in the world - they have their friendship and at this moment all is perfect in the world. Life is a celebration.
The Three of Cups denotes a time of happiness and getting together with others. It's about getting together with your tribe and drawing power from each other. Being surrounded by those you feel comfortable with - that feed your soul! It is from these moments that we raise our vibration and it is from this place that we create more opportunities for success (however that looks for you.)
It may be worth opening up to an empathetic friend at this time- someone who can be a sounding board for you without casting any judgments or personal assertions. If you have a friend who is critical or judgmental, maybe not reach out to them - although helpful in some cases, this is not the energy needed when trying to resolve feelings about guilt or shame.
The Crow of the Eight of Cups looks across the water with a heavy heart. She is feeling stuck, detached from life and is hoping a change will recharge her spirit - however doing so will require her to let go of all she has accumulated over the years. It is here she must decide whether or not to abandon all she has gained for a chance at starting over.
Although the Eight of Cups can point to loneliness and abandonment - in this spread I see it as letting go of that past anxiety of the Nine of Swords and with the love and support of the Three of Cups (good friends) finding the strength to let go of that thing that has held you back - the junk that has been accumulating in your mind, weighing you down that should have been taken to the dump a long time ago.
There will be loving, nurturing support in your life when you feel the time is right to take ownership of your history - to own your story - however, the trip, that big journey that will lead you to a better place is yours to make alone.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ~Brene Brown