The woman on the 6 of Cups is up to her breasts in dark blue water. She seems calm and at ease. She is obviously there by choice and in no danger of drowning. Flowers float atop the water all around her. She seems contemplative as though pondering deep issues.
The 4 of Wands shows a quartet of rather rag-tag musicians. They seem to be engaged in an impromptu jam sessions for flute and violin. I get a sense of untamed, enthusiasm. They are channeling their creativity and in the process drawing us into this magical energy.
I was struck by two things as I looked at these cards. The first is that the reversed 6 of Cups is reminding me not to get overwhelmed by the past; don’t let the negative emotions still lingering drown my dreams. I need to gain some distance, the ability to view them as learning experiences but not let them still hurt me. I need to be able to keep my head above the water and not feel like the water will soon be over my head. What’s past is past and it’s time to move forward.
The 4 of Wands reminds me that I need to improve my networking skills. The 4 musicians remind me that playing with others is always more fun than playing alone. It’s a great way to improve my skills, trade ideas and build a support network. In the past I’ve found it difficult to network. It often required me to act more outgoing than I felt at the time. I do love attending events such as Readers Studio but sometimes in smaller venues I have a hard time feeling comfortable.
My friend E-M has been hosting a gathering of like minded women at her house every few months. The women share ideas, create vision boards and things like that. They support each other and apparently have a lot of laughs. I’ve manage to miss them so far. Perhaps this is telling me that I need to cut it out and find ways to create this kind of energy for myself.
I think the difficulty is in letting my guard down and trusting. In the past when I’ve created what I thought were support networks with friends (or at least friendly colleagues), I’ve learned that when the chips were down I could not count on them. That hurt more than anything else about my firing from my last job. I felt abandoned and as though once my usefulness to these folks ended so did our network. That left a bad taste in my mouth. I can use that experience as a lesson and find ways to be cautious without being cut off completely. Otherwise I’m making things more difficult for myself than they need to be.