We interrupt our normal daily blogcasts to bring you this special tarot bulletin: THE HOLIDAYS HAVE ARRIVED!!!!
The big events this week: The Beaver Moon on Wednesday and Thanksgiving* (and its Big Weekend, kicking off the Holiday Season) beginning Thursday. There is a whole lot of activity at large in the world – much of it rather horrible – and all of it vies for attention at your table. Let’s take a look at the first reading, going into the holiday week:
Crisis. Strength. Order.
This requires little in the way of interpretation; world events bring us one crisis after another, including images of very real people digging deep within themselves to find the effort and energy to restore order to their homes, their families, and their lives. For many of us, this creates a renewed sense of gratitude as we hold our loved ones close, so grateful for their safety and our togetherness; although we prefer not to think about it directly, we are very aware, “There but for the grace of the gods, go I.”
I would like to say these feelings of love, gratitude and togetherness will extend through the holiday season. Yes, I really would like to say that….but I cannot. From the looks of things, this will be a rough holiday week/weekend. Let’s take a look:
The problem: too much pressure on the holiday. We want normalcy, comfort , togetherness, and happiness so much, we forget the most important part – we are all the same flawed individuals we were last week. We always hope the holidays will bring out the best in us; we long for the holiday feelings of our youth, before were responsible adults in charge of the actual holiday, when all we had to worry about was making sure Grandma gave us the turkey leg. But as a very wise man once said, you can’t go home again. And that is okay.
In an effort to make the very best of this holiday week, I offer the following suggestions:
Be realistic: Do the best you can but don’t get carried away – a butter sculpture of the First Thanksgiving is not necessary and will not be missed.
Don’t sweat the small stuff: Rolls burned? Throw them away and don’t worry about it. Spoons on the wrong side of the plate? Let it go.
Be patient: Forgive yourself and others for transgressions; let old wounds and barbed remarks pass without notice – they don’t serve you and you don’t need them.
Relax: Putting pressure on yourself and others is a sure way to ruin a holiday.
ENJOY: You are meant to enjoy this time with family and friends so do just that – enjoy!
*Thanksgiving holiday refers to the National holiday in the US; but the sentiments may be applied to any holiday, worldwide.
((All images courtesy of Google Images. Cards are The Steampunk Tarot by Moore & Fell.))