We are ushered into the new year through the pillars of the Four of Wands, marching toward the road to freedom. We are at the beginning of the end of a consciousness shifting cycle that began several years ago. If we can hang in there, and remain meticulous in our attention to what needs to be done, soon we will celebrate.
No doubt we have been living in times that reek of peril, yet often what seems like peril blossoms into a state of unimaginable self-expression. This context is at the heart of the shift we are making, and will lead us to our new purview.
Integration of the gifts we’ve attained is where we find our focus this year, and any emotional bits and bobs that got stuck to the walls on their way out last year will likely be expelled soon. It is a year of mutation, with all its glory and gore. Ultimately, we are called to integrate structure and faith.
How do we create the bounds we need to freely surrender to our divine selves?
This is not an easy task. It means we must face the dark forces that we allow to be our jailers. It means we must own up to the lies we tell ourselves day in and day out to create an illusion of comfort, of protection. And, most of all, it means we can no longer hide behind our egoic resistance. The ego deserves some dignity too, and we must establish the higher road to utilize that tool.
2016 is not promising hearts and flowers. It begins with sober attention to detail, imploring us to take stock.
Where and who have we been?
How did we get here?
Where do we want to go?
We have walked through the the fire over and over, and now it is time to assess what’s left, and what we need to move forward.
This week starts that process in full force. The Lovers lead us into this bastion of feels. Picture a bunch of electrical wires severed, and flying around in the office of a General in the midst of creating a battle strategy. The General instinctively sees an image of their lover as salvation, and walks out of the room into the lover’s arms. That’s what we’re in for this week. The control freak in all of us will be tested, and tested again. This serves to combat our illusions, and transforms our view to one of reality and new order.
Self-love and care are essential this week. Clean out any sense of threat from the ones you hold most dear. You will need them this year.
The utmost focus this week is inward. Go inside. Take a look around. How does it feel in there? This is the antidote to the fireworks at your feet. When in doubt, retreat; not escape, retreat. Escape leaves us feeling hunted, retreat fortifies our ability to address what is in our scope.
As we take our first steps down the road to freedom, may our eyes be wide open and our foundations hold strong.
** card image sources:
4 of Wands from the Shadow and Light Tarot
The Lovers from Astral Tarot