When I write these monthly Tarot Touchstones, I ask the cards a question that I really want to have answered. I figure if I want to know the answer, maybe other people want to know it too?
For this month of May 2021, the question I asked was, “What do we need to pay attention to as we enter the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic?”
While not everyone is going through a fourth wave, I wanted to be more specific, rather than general, with my question. It’s my hope that the following touchstone may still apply to you, no matter where you are.
People, get ready.
Hope is on the horizon. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s not all smooth sailing ’til we get to the Promised Land. In fact, you might be feeling restless and ill at ease–like your mind is okay one minute and racing the next. Your feet may feel as if they’re constantly walking on rocky, shifting ground. But clarity–even a revelation–is coming (Ace of Swords).
You will need your intellect and logic for this new journey because–I’m sorry to break this to you–it’s going to be challenging. But if you keep your wits about you, and don’t ignore the problems present during this unusual time, you will make it through. Yes, there are people going to parties, shopping for hours, traveling, and eating in restaurants. These people might be thinking, everything is FINE. Really. What does it matter that there are invisible swords piercing my entire body (Ten of Swords)?
And yes, we are in the middle of spring and natural bursts of energy (Page of Wands) may be infusing your body as the days get longer and vitamin D lifts your spirits. Everything feels possible. This might give you the urge to do something wild, weird, or kinda crazy (The Moon). COVID fatigue is real (lawd, is it real). I hear you. Harness that energy and channel it, but please keep yourself safe while you do it.
Thing is, this pandemic with its heartbreaking tragedies, amazing humanitarian efforts, and scientific advances is all part of the wheel of life. It doesn’t make sense and it certainly isn’t fair. Life will always keep moving and changing (Wheel of Fortune). We are not here to control it, but to understand that it’s all a cycle. The medicine is not to say, “Aw, to hell with it!” and do whatever you want. No, the solution is to adapt and ride out the waves even when they threaten to engulf you.
You will make it through. We will make it through. See you on the path.
Cards: Ace of Swords, Ten of Swords, Page of Wands, The Moon, Wheel of Fortune
Journaling prompts for this month:
- There’s nothing fair about…
- The craziest thing I want to do…
- One thing worth trying…
Recommended books for this month:
- Displacement by Kiku Hughes
- She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
- Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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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