Two of my favorite cards in the tarot deck that frequently come up as checkpoints for advice for my clients are the Fool and the Wheel of Fortune.
The Fool card has the image of a man, who is kind of happy-go-lucky wandering towards the edge of a cliff. At first glance, you might think “WHAT ARE YOU DOING!? You’re about to walk right off!”, since his head is pointed toward the sky and he’s not paying attention of what’s coming next. However, right at his feet, is a dog barking upward at him as a warning. Yes, in certain circumstances, this card could point toward being foolish, not paying attention, then putting yourself in a bit of a hairy predicament, but my common interpretation when I pull it, is being mindful, but walking in faith, knowing that you will get the help you need if you just trust in the universe, which is represented by the Wheel of Fortune.
It’s so easy for us to forget this, because faith doesn’t show us tangibles. It requires us to relinquish control, and trust that things will work out. It’s always easier to worry about what might happen next, and cling to that, because even though it stresses us out, worrying gives us a form of control, whether we want to view it that way or not. It’s just easier” to just think “So and so might never be honest with me,” or “What if I never find a job?” The thing is, the more we do that, the more we just that stressful uncertainty, and not what’s healthier for who we are.
Two years ago, I decided that I wanted to quit my current desk job. At the time I was working as a manager at an osteopath’s office. When I initially started the job, I had come straight from graduate school, where I got my degree in creative writing. I promised myself that I would only leave this job, if my writing career took off, so I toiled away part-time, making very little money, and finishing writing projects on the side. Finally, after three years, I realized that a writing job didn’t look like it was coming on the horizon, and I wanted to make more money to be able to live a better lifestyle, so I decided I had finished a couple of projects, and that I was going to have faith that the universe was going to lead them to the right places, and I was going to now take care of myself differently and more responsibly, while just being open to having another full-time office job, until my writing career took off.
Before I left, one of the regular patients, who I had gotten quite close to, had said to me that a Cherokee woman once told her “tell the universe how you want to feel, and let it provide the form for you.” The solution in that, is that sometimes what we think we want isn’t what’s best for us, so if we concentrate on wanting to feel positive, supported, grounded, creatively fulfilled etc, and just trusting that the universe will provide what’s best for us, we walk in faith towards our best selves and outcomes. I took that phrase to heart, and when I quit, thought a lot on how I wanted to feel in my next work place, and then started writing it in my cover letter. I wanted to be in a positive environment, with people who cared and were passionate about what they were doing, were okay with my heavy arts background, and where I could learn new skills. I listed to myself how much money I wanted to make, and also that I wanted to be in an environment where my opinion was respected. Because of that, I stood out, and started attracting these kinds of environments to me. But at first things were slow, so I promised myself during this uncertain transition, that I would not freak out like I had in the past, but just to do the best I could every day, asking for help from people, remaining open and trusting that things were working out for the best (though I’m not going to lie, there were a couple of times I did freak out, but I kept saying out loud to the universe “I’m trusting in you!”).
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