At the end of the week I like to go back and see what my predictions were on the previous Sunday, and see if they panned out. So often we only remember the coincidence, and discount too quickly the card that missed the mark. This is a way I can keep myself honest, and improve my skills as a reader.
I should preface this recap by saying that sometimes the Star of the Magi spread links up nicely with the days of the week, but sometimes in retrospect the reading is much more about the planetary associations each card is meant to have. I spent a great deal of the week frustrated because as I reflected on the day, the card didn’t ‘match’ the day’s events. As I sit down to write the recap, however, I can see things from a different angle and realize the reading was on point, after all. When I look at another way to read each card (paraphrased below) I see that it’s spot on. So this recap is really a do-over. The reading I should have given myself on Sunday. This is one of the reasons I love this spread and have worked with it for five years – I am always learning, always challenged, always getting better.
1. Sunday (Sun) True Self, Ego, Life Force, Money Justice
How you get your life force revitalized. This week was the last full one of the school year, a time when year-end reports are due, contracts must be signed, and we all stand around and say if it was a ‘good’ year. Justice in this position is interesting, because this week has been all about seeing the balances in my life. For example, I have a great job, but it’s so challenging I have very little social life. The Lady of Justice in this deck does have a band across her eyes, but has another set open. She has a knife, but a hanky. She’ll cut you, but also staunch the blood. for some reason this resonates with me this week. I wanted this job. I wanted to be the one who answered for a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ year. And I got the job. The buck stops with me. But no gift comes without price. Nothing is all good or bad. For some reason that realization this week took a lot of pressure off. I had expected perfection out the gate, and that is impossible. I can expect hard and easy, in equal measure.
2. Monday (Moon) Emotions, Changes, Journeys Knight of Cups
How you get your emotional needs met. Oh, yes. This is me. Needy, frantic-hearted me. I’ve been up and down this week as we have celebrated the year and the graduating class. ‘What about me?’ my selfish little heart cried. It’s a big deal for me too! Had I read it this way on Sunday, I would have said “make sure you find ways to get a little love and appreciation.”
3. Tuesday (Mars) Ambition, Energy, Risk Eight of Wands
How you express your energy and passions. Ok, now this makes sense. I love, love, love to plan and build castles in the air. The bright spots of this week was the planning. I finally got my hands on goals, changes, plans, the works! Wheeee! Had I read it this way on Sunday, I would have said “make sure you find ways to do the stuff that makes you loose track of time.”
4. Wednesday (Mercury) Communication, Business Matters Six of Wands
Your communication style. There is only one communication style the week of a a graduation. Victorious. Confident. Job-well-done satisfied. Had I read it this way on Sunday, I would have said “make sure you find the story of triumph whenever you speak this week.”
5. Thursday (Jupiter) Faith, Luck, Abundance The Magician
How you achieve a sense of faith and optimism. Control. Making your own destiny. That’s the Magician. After all, when we feel like we are in a terrible situation, but can make change we are ok. When we feel like we can not make change, that’s when we as humans get depressed. Had I read it this way on Sunday, I would have said “make sure you find the points where you are in control, can take charge. That’s how you will find hope and a sense of abundance.”
6. Friday (Venus) Love, Beauty, Pleasure Seven of Cups
How you express love. Dreaming, wishes, possibility. This card in this position speaks of the luxury of dreams, and of course all graduating classes have dreams. I have dreams too. Had I read it this way on Sunday, I would have said “make sure you find ways to love the dreams of your students as they graduate, but also to reconnect with your dreams and aspirations. That will give you joy, and help you see the beauty of life.”
7. Saturday (Saturn) Discipline, Work, Stability Six of Coins
The way you embody discipline. The Six of Coins is about generosity, but I also think it’s about the idea that if you have a lot, you need to give a lot. Had I read it this way on Sunday, I would have said “you are very lucky in your work. You need to find a way to remember that in a hectic week. Even the mundane tasks in your job an be done with generosity and gratitude.”
Verdict? I should have looked at this reading both ways on Sunday, as I likely could have given myself some great advice!