Here are your cards for January 26th – February 1st.
For many of us, last week had its challenges. However, with the overcoming of difficulties, most of us were able to see reward, even if small to begin with.
Are the challenges over and done with? I am afraid not. As we begin this week, we are asked to look at those obstacles which reside within us, rather than what lurks in our external world. In Strength, a man faces a lion. In silhouette, he is alone at the top of a cliff with only the moonlight as a witness.
You may wonder what the result of this unlikely duel will be. Many would expect the lion to have the greatest power, but this is not a test of physical strength. The man levels up to the beast and uses his patience, stillness and quiet to pacify the animal. These two creatures are far more than just their physical bodies. Within each is a soul.
As this week begins, you will find yourself in a power-struggle with your beast within. The lion in this card represents your fears, worries, animal instincts and your darker side. Even though it may want to roar and control you, you must find ways of calming it with love, patience and understanding.
What aspect of yourself do you need to pacify and control? Is it the way you react to other people, your need to receive for yourself alone, or a temper which inevitably hurts you as much as everyone else? Find a quiet place, as the man in this card has, take a deep breath, and try your best to tame the lion within you!
As with in the first card this week, this card shows a lone figure within the landscape of nature. Suspended from a tree, he is not in pain, but seeks enlightenment. Upside down, he views the world in a brand new way.
Because the man is tied to the branch, this card can insinuate delay, but this moment of peace also speaks about taking a step back from a situation. Through the confrontation with the lion in Strength, we sacrificed our immediate needs or nature for something far more powerful. Resistance is a strength in itself. In The Hanged Man, this sacrifice continues, as we shift our perspective and gauge what is really important this week.
Can you now see a situation in a new way than you have viewed it before? Have you discovered that your needs are less important than those of somebody else’s? What have you sacrificed or resisted for the better good? Sometimes, we learn that immediate rewards are as not as important as long-term goals.
In the 2 of Swords, we see a figure (possibly the same one as in the last two cards) holding a sword in either hand. Each is of equal weight, suggesting that each decision is viable and that his choice is not easy. His task is not one he wants to make without thinking either option through thoroughly. In fact, he must be careful to not become stuck in analysis. A decision must be made and a sword must be left behind.
Think about the cards already drawn, the confrontation of Strength, and the sacrifices made by way of The Hanged Man. How do they influence decisions which need to be made this weekend? Are you making choices based on yourself or others? Are you looking at the bigger picture when you make your mind up or are you thinking of what you need right now?
Unlike weeks past, this trio of cards works on our inner-self. It attacks our core and reveals who we really are. However, it does not eliminate our external life. It encourages us to strip away those things which are not important in the material world and make decisions based on what is important for everyone concerned. How can you best do that this week?
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
Illustrations by Steven Bright