These cards show an entwined and complementary answer to my question. In the companion book, Barbara offers the interpretation “wasting time and energy” for the reversed 3 of Wands. I can see that as one appropriate meaning but I also see it as telling me that I need to slow down and waste some time and energy on myself. Focusing that energy inwards rather than outwards is one way of welcoming spirit in and honoring it in my life.
The 10 of Wands with its harried female office worker describes my life right now. My harried, overworked feeling might not be due to an office environment but it exists nonetheless. I think this card is reminding me that I need the slow down, wasted energy phase to counterbalance this harried, abundance responsibilities phase.
To me the 3 of Wands reversed is more about slowing down and tending to myself; stopping and enjoying a cup of tea while reading a great book. Ellen of Greylady’s Hearth commented on my blog post the other day reminding me that a gratitude journal can be a powerful tool for staying on track when it comes to self-care and slowing down. That seems to fit beautifully with this card’s message.
This is also the third time I’ve drawn the 3 of Wands since using this deck. I think it’s trying to reinforce the message that I need to take better care of myself. It’s important to take time for myself to relax, de-stress and just do something just for me. Otherwise I’ll be blue and swamped like the woman in the 10 of Wands. I can’t walk away from these responsibilities so I need to develop skills and techniques to help me relax and become calm and centered so that I can deal with them without losing my mind.