Tarot for December 16th, 2016: Worry


Today’s Tarot card is the 5 of Disks (Worry).

Mercury in Taurus governs the 5 of Disks, and with Mercury turning retrograde in Capricorn just a few days from now, this is a good time to confront our worrisome thought patterns before the retrograde has us ruminating in earnest.  Mercury governs our thought and speech, and Mercury dwelling in Taurus can lead to us always thinking about and talking about our material concerns, since Taurus is the sign that most fully expresses our material being.  This leads to a situation in which matter dominates spirit, symbolized in the Thoth deck by the downward-pointing pentagram.  When this happens, we lose perspective, weighed down by our material circumstances instead of being lifted up by spirit.

Fear of material lack and physical discomfort can grab us on a very primal level and be very hard to shake as a result.  It can become immobilizing or result from extended inaction, which is why it is within the realm of Taurus, the least mobile of all of the signs.  Taurus being a fixed earth sign, it also squares the fixed fire sign of Leo, which the Moon entered today.  Leo’s proud self-expression may make us wish to deny our worries and pretend that they don’t exist, but that which we keep hidden still may rule us from the shadows.  Fears denied can still suffocate us slowly, depriving us of sleep and health, exacerbating the problem.  Thus, we need to accept that the fearful situation exists without allowing it to dominate our consciousness.

Worry can often relate to future events, real or imagined, as well as current situations, so a crucial means of battling it is for us to focus on the present moment as much as possible, a practice that may be assisted today by the Leo Moon’s focus on pleasurable activities and self-expression, as well as basic self-worth.

The 5 of Disks can relate to an actual material crisis, such as worsening financial circumstances or a downturn in health, but it can also relate to a self-fulfilling prophecy, in which our thoughts surrounding our material situation preoccupy us so negatively that we have difficulty finding a way out, because we literally cannot see the possibilities and opportunities that could lift us out of the situation.  And when the situation truly is something out of our control, consuming ourselves with thinking about it won’t change it.

The 5 of Disks is a situation out of balance, so dealing with it requires that we first take steps to correct the imbalance, and that can mean counter-intuitively putting our thoughts and energies elsewhere for a bit.  If thinking and talking about the situation can’t help, getting momentum in the doing and feeling realms may help to rebalance the situation, even if what you are doing and feeling isn’t directly related to the problem.  Sometimes getting ourselves out of a mental rut is the first real step toward solving our problems, even if we can’t immediately see the solution.  Taking a step back can give us perspective.  Changing the focus of our attention can allow our subconscious to find solutions while our conscious mind gets a much-needed break.

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