I was reading a guest post by Brigit Esselmont at Tarotize.com about how a beginner could learn to read the Tarot in just five minutes by using the images on the cards to tell a story. I decided to give it a try, asking the question, "What's the best way to approach this holiday season to avoid becoming overwhelmed?"
|King of Coins, Four of Swords, The Lovers - The Joie De Vivre Tarot|
There's a man, well, a bunny, a bunny man! There's a bunny man offering a modest but beautiful gift. At his feet is a heart, symbolizing love. He stands in front of his beautiful kingdom looking peaceful and content.
I should remember that the celebrations, gifts, and gatherings are there for the purpose of loving each other. The gifts don't have to be expensive. That's not what's important. Opening up my home to our extended family and friends for the celebrations is one way I can show them how much they mean to me, and that is the best gift of all.
In the next card is a woman who appears to be meditating. She is centering herself, and in her hands she holds another heart, another symbol of love. She is surrounded by, what looks to me like, balloons. Is she closing her eyes and catching her breath in the middle of a party?
When I start to feel overwhelmed, I should step back and take some time to center myself. During the parties, instead of worrying whether or not everything is perfect and whether or not everyone is having a good time, I can sit and let myself soak in the love of my family gathered together. I can take a time out, even in the middle of a social event, to just be present.
The last card shows two people holding hands while traveling together somewhere. They are followed by a winged messenger, symbolizing communication. Where are they traveling? Maybe they are going Christmas shopping at the mall!
Maybe the message here is that I don't have to make all the preparations and gifts by myself. I do have a partner to help me, but I have to communicate with him and let him know when I need help. Typically, I do handle all of the holiday preparations by myself. I buy the gifts, bake the cookies and cakes, make the meals and all the plans. My husband is always willing to do whatever I need him to do to help, but if I don't ask, he doesn't know what I need.
Perfection is not the goal this holiday season. Loving each other, and taking the opportunities given by the birthdays and holidays to spend time together is the goal. I will take time out from the preparations and celebrations to breathe and be present, and I will rely more on the support my husband can offer by communicating with him so he knows what I need from him.