It’s such a gorgeous day outside that I changed my focus a bit. Instead of focusing on the Shadow I decided to look at soulwork issues.
Looking at the image on this card and its keyword (insecurity), what strikes me is the arrows piercing the woman’s body. Are these the arrows of self-doubt? Of inner demons and critics? Despite the arrows embedded in her body, the woman’s expression seems melodramatic. It’s almost as though she isn’t truly wounded but is acting as though she’s wounded.
That made me wonder about the nature of insecurity – at least in my case. There are times when I claim to be insecure or self-effacing about something but in reality I’m just fishing for praise. Have you ever found yourself doing that – seeking reassurance and reaffirmation that you are good at something (or at least not as bad as you fear)? That’s the message I’m getting from this card today. Her pose is so contrived and her expression so overly dramatic that I want to say “just get over yourself!” And there are many times when I want to say that to myself too.
In relation to this question, I think she is telling me that I need to stop letting myself get held back by self-doubts and insecurities. They can only hold me back if I allow them to do so. They can only hurt me if I make them reality. They are phantasms; illusory weapons that can only wound if I give them the power.
I often see this card as representing the reclaiming of one’s own power. That can certainly apply here. By not allowing the slings and arrows of self-doubts, negative opinions and inner critics to wound me and hold me back, I am reclaiming my power. I am standing up and saying I can achieve anything as long as I believe in myself. What a great message for such a beautiful day.