Monday, August 10, 2020
Tarot of the Day--Five of Pentacles
2020 in a nutshell--few of us could claim to even be as well off now as we were at the start of the year. A lack of health, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual permeates society--of the literal and psychosomatic variety. Due to the business of lockdowns, social distancing, and the insistence of some (who are at odds with others in the medical community) masks, gloves, googles ect there is a widespread sense of alienation.
None of this portends good things. Is it any wonder there is so much chaos on the streets, political discord, and social distrust? Is it any wonder that there is frustration that making a living has been only for the select few and there is now denial amongst the paranoid that earning your way is your right as a human being? With so many health issues thrown to the wayside for a sake of a virus that has a 99.7% SURVIVAL RATE is it any wonder that so many people are experiencing other illnesses?
Last January, I don't think any of us truly believed that our world would be so utterly transformed for the worse. That being said, the Five of Pentacles is not portending a future comprised only of further catastrophe. Rather it is a chance to make peace with what happened, acknowledge the reality of what has occurred, and understand that it is easier to break things than it is to fix them. Then--our thoughts can turn to solutions.
While I detest the affectation of "the new normal"--and it is a vision that should be rejected on the grounds of human rights--it is also true that the world has been permanently changed. Too many tyrants have shown their true colors and willingness of take advantage of anxiety and fear in order to seize unlawful powers and keep people under their boots. The breakdown in human relationships--public and personal--will require considerable work to stitch back together. And individuals and businesses (particularly small businesses who were thrown out into the cold) will need to stand up and reject the notion that they are "non-essential" and reclaim their power.
The future hasn't yet been written in the ink of tyranny, hypochondriacs, and social fracturing--not yet. What we do now--visibly and in our day to day lives--will determine our own fates and that of the next generation. It does NOT have to be the way things are now. We do NOT have to surrender and submit to the mob. We are NOT powerless--and never will be.