i shared last week that i was preparing to work a massive event that i do every year - and it went off without a hitch, though i’m still drained and trying to find my balance again. it’s amazing to be part of a huge team, to organize and assist thousands of guests in only a few days, but it takes a lot out of me. i always need some time to recover, to relax and resist the urge to jump right back into work before i’ve had time to let my body and mind heal a bit more.
to that end, today’s spread is one for self-care, for restoration and release after a stressful period or transitional time. healing is a lengthy process, but the cards can provide insights into the kinds of rest we need, the things we can do to ease any tension or pain and get back our equilibrium.
where to focus healing: five of cups. it’s always draining to give so much of myself - time, energy, connection. it often feels like i’m depleted emotionally after events, managing so many guests and volunteers, trying to care for everyone around me. and while it may feel like i’ve shattered a few cups this week, things aren’t as bad as they seem. i can make space for grief and mourning, for letting myself recognize and move through any strong emotions that come forward, but focusing healing on my heart and sense of relationships will help me find the restoration and balance i’m seeking.
how to recover: eight of swords. as well as feeling emotionally drained, i may also feel intellectually stuck - the plans i made before this event all feel jammed up, and the schedule i created isn’t flowing the way i expected. but instead of feeling trapped and isolated, stuck in a situation that i myself created, i can recover by taking charge of my life and my choices, by giving myself some flexibility and space to adapt. i don’t have to always wait for others - instead i can find my power again, and move forward in a way that feels right for me.
what to remember: mother of pentacles. i have skills, resources, and the ability to set boundaries that are necessary and incredibly useful. this queen is organized, ambitious, and badass, managing to be a gentle caretaker and an absolute boss at the same time. she runs both work and home with ease, and i need to remember that when i’m recovered and back in control, i can too.
what to release: son of cups. i like to think of emotions and intuition as my strong suits, but this knight of water can get stuck in those heavy emotions, using them as an excuse to be difficult, controlling, obsessive, or manipulative. i need to release the urge to control things, and instead allow my emotions to flow, to be soothed, to rest. i tend to take failures or mistakes very personally, and this is a chance to let that go, to look forward instead of backwards.
the cards feel gentle today, seeing me where i am and recognizing how exhausted i still feel. my to do list is a mile long, i have social engagements and events coming up that i’m excited for but wondering how i’ll get through, and the dreams i have for my future are still hanging over me - but the cards urge me to take things one day at a time, to honor the challenges i’ve navigated this week and to remember how strong i can be. healing will come, but i can’t rush it.
if you use this spread, feel free to tag me - i’d love to see how it works for you!