The other day I pondered what conflicts me about more assertively pursuing a career as a professional Tarot reader. One of my main issues is the need to promote and market myself. Another is that I’m not fully comfortable accepting reading requests when I know there will be times I’m not in the mood to proffer the requested service. I’ve reached out to several friends about the issue and received some very helpful advice many of which involve changing my mindset about the entire process.
So today I decided to take another look at how to works towards settling this matter. I drew the 6 of Swords which reminds me of a faceted gem or panes in a window. On one level this image speaks to me of being a piece of a bigger whole; to make sure that Tarot readings are one part of who I am and what I do. It’s a reminder that I can compartmentalize aspects of my life so that they create a comprehensive and complementary mosaic.
The 9 of Disks reminds me that no one can do it alone. I need to make sure I have a community of friends and loved ones that can help me through times when I’m frustrated, annoyed or feel like a failure. I need to build a safe space, whether virtual or real, where I can be myself and let it all hang out without worries that I’ll upset someone or be perceived in a negative light.
The two of these cards together remind me that life if a puzzle, a patchwork quilt of different experiences, different relationships and different desires. I don’t have to always be “on” or in the mood to do readings for clients but what I must do is treat it as a profession and provide services to the best of my ability. Even if I am not feeling in the mood the client has been brought to me by the Universe for a reason. I own the client and the divine my respect and diligent efforts to give the best possible service. My ego needs to be taken out of that equation. It might be easy but at least now I have a clearer and more realistic attitude and approach to the situation.