Sunday, June 17, 2018

giving up

It's always the moment before gunshot
You try and try to rise but you cannot.

~ Flying Inside Your Own Body by Margaret Atwood
This more than an impasse. It is more than simply waiting out a thing or finding a new perspective. When The Hanged One is leaning left, one has given up rather than surrendered.

For the purposes of Tarot reading, there is a difference. Surrendering suggests letting go (and letting God, if necessary), giving one's self over to what's next. A certain curiosity, preparing one's self for the next phase by doing what can be done and then waiting on the next course of action. With serenity and grace, faith and trust.

Giving up, however. Well, that's a different thing. Giving up means also giving up any hope that things may improve or change or shift. Giving up on hope isn't surrendering, it's simply cashing in and letting Life buffet you from one windy desert to another like a tumbleweed.

So.

Find something to help with the despair. Get boots on the ground and do what you can for now. Remember this is only a card for today and that tomorrow will be different. After all . . . tomorrow is another day.

The Everyday Tarot

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