What should we keep in mind this August?
It can be challenging to keep working patiently (Seven of Pentacles) when you know there’s still so much more work to do. How do you keep boredom or even apathy (Four of Cups) from moving in and setting up shop when you’re just so dang tired of the grind?
When you reach this point, it’s time to put down the hoe, lay down the hammer, step away from the laptop, and give yourself a break. This needs to happen not once, not twice, but over and over again. As the wise Nap Ministry says, “The pace of quarantine life was actually healthy. The regular pace of this culture is machine-level.”
We are not machines.
We are humans.
At any time, things can change, sometimes to such a degree that you wonder how you ever thought things were always going to be the same.
Sometimes things change incrementally, like a snail making its way out of a three-foot-high planter box. It takes its time. It’s hard to detect movement when things move that slow. But I generally find that humans have a hard time sensing when a shift is coming (Wheel of Fortune), while animals can sense it in the air and in their bones.
What is the way?
Keep taking slow and steady steps forward (Knight of Pentacles). Rest. Take another step.
Put time into nurturing the partnerships (The Lovers) in your life. This can be at work, at home, at school, anywhere you’re working with someone as a team.
Keep a close eye on your health because there is loss happening all around us (Five of Pentacles) and the pandemic is not over.
You are sacred.
We are sacred.
This is a sacred time.
Treat it as such and remember, it can all change in an instant.
Cards: Seven of Pentacles, Four of Cups, Wheel of Fortune, Knight of Pentacles, The Lovers, Five of Pentacles
Journaling prompt for the month:
- What I hold sacred… (list as many things/people/animals/flowers/songs/art/etc. that come to mind)
Recommended book for the month:
- Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder (Read the book before I saw the movie. Liked the book, did not like the movie. Just my two cents. Read and watch for yourself and let me know what you think!)
ps. If this month’s tarot touchstone has sparked your interest, you might enjoy Tarot Writing Prompts with me, my friend Anja Schüler-Renner, and a wonderful group of like-minded folks on September 19, 2021. Anja and I will draw tarot and oracle cards, discuss the imagery, and then give a writing prompt or question to answer. It’s a fun, no-stress, relaxing way to tap into your intuition and write what wants to be heard. REGISTER HERE.
Peg Cheng is the author of Rebel Millionaire, a guide for how to retire as a millionaire even if you make a modest income, and The Contenders, a novel that asks, can enemies become friends? She is also the proud owner of Plaid Frog Press with her husband Marcus Donner. Born in Southern California to Taiwanese parents, Peg currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
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