It took me some pondering but eventually I decided the 8 of Pentacles R shows me that instead of focusing on external products and stuff (toys), focusing on what I’m manifesting internally is one antidote. It can help me get out of the mindset that I don’t have enough money. I am what I’m minting right now. I am the golden coin that will be produced at the end of my labors. Instead of losing sight of that getting distracted by things, I need to stay focused and keep my eyes on the end goal.
The Faery Stallion reversed is a reminder that I have little control over what goes on in the outside world. If I want to steer the course of my life then I need to worry about how I interact with the outside world; how I play that game. If I decide not to play it that’s fine as long as it’s a conscious decision and not apathy. Looking at it I was reminded of the old 70s song Wildfire. If I want to ride off into the unknown on my stallion I can do that. I just need to set my mind towards that goal.
To ward off despair, I think these cards are telling me I don’t need to play the money game or be part of the system. I can find my own path that might be less traveled but no less successful for me.. They both tell me that the antidote to despair is not becoming distracted by other people’s definitions of success, achievement, etc. I need to work on myself and plot my own course regardless of what “the world” thinks.
It is my choice if I give in to despair. I may not have control over various situations in my environment but that doesn’t mean I need to let them beat my spirit. In reality the only thing that can defeat me is me. Despair can only claim me if I allow it to do so. If I want to live a happy, joyous and fulfilled life then it’s a matter of priorities and focus. I can choose to focus on what I don’t have and what isn’t there or I can celebrate and embrace what is. I may occasionally give in to bouts of bleak despair but I think my nature is such that I refused to let it defeat me for long.