Sunday, August 16, 2015

Testing, Testing: the Silhouettes Tarot

First, a confession.
I have STOLEN this wonderful question from TABI's Reefgirl, who posts monthly practice questions for us all to learn from and experiment with. Thank you!

The weather here is hot, so I'm keeping this light and a bit flippant. Here's August's practice question, using the Silhouettes Tarot by MASA September.

"My circle of friends is generally wealthier than I am (I'm a single teacher; they're not). They're all going on holiday, and have offered to pay for me. I don't feel comfortable accepting, but I hate the idea of being stuck at home. What do I need to know about accepting their offer?"

Right off the bat, I can see that the querent is blowing hot and cold about this trip idea!

1. On the one hand...7 Wands

You may feel a need to defend your independence and worthiness to be an equal member of this dynamic group.

Yes, you can take the high ground and fight against the idea of accepting charity, but I'm not sure how long your pride can prevail against your friends' burning desire to share the trip with you.

They have six burning torches; your defense is one very flammable broom.

2. On the other...5 Pentacles

You can, of course, turn your back on the promise of a vacation if the idea of accepting this gift from your friends makes you uncomfortable.

If huddling in the snow and cold while the others bask in the sun is your choice, then walk away from their offer.

Keep in mind that you may feel sad about the situation or have second thoughts, and be prepared to deal with any lingering regrets that may crop up after they've left for their trip.

3. Compromise...5 Wands

This scene reminds me of a puppet theatre - Punch and Judy with a cast of five!

How about a brainstorming session with your friends to come up with ideas that will make you feel less like a charity case, and less beholden to them?

Could you repay them in non-monetary ways? Have you skills, talents, ideas, that your friends may not possess?

They may get all fired up at the idea of receiving a hand-made item from you, or a monthly casserole or batch of cookies. Perhaps research is your forte - could any of them use some assistance in that area?

Maybe the trip arrangements can be turned over to you, saving them the time and hassle.
Will the group be needing local guides? Museum reservations? Concert tickets?
Current information about festivals, holidays, venue closures?

Put down your broom, come in out of the gloom, and get to work on a compromise plan that pleases all of you. Surely your worth as a person and friend is determined by more than your bank balance!