Unless you’ve been living under a large rock, you know that power institutions in the United States are under widespread, serious, and long-overdue scrutiny from both without and within. Issues that have been critical to half the nation are now becoming obvious to the rest of us ( #BlackLivesMatter y’all). Today’s draw reflects this, on both a larger-than-life scale and a more private, intimate scale. But the bad news is that this energy is getting delayed or blocked by something around us, deflected perhaps by those who wish to keep or otherwise have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo (perhaps literally in some cases–for example, those municipalities who prey upon black communities to fill municipal coffers). So look around you today. Where are you getting blocked? Is your forward movement getting held back by something? If so, take careful note: is the block something you can get around safely? Or is it something you should just wait behind until it moves out of your way? Being able to discern about that wisely is what growing up is really all about, so take the time to make good, solid decisions that keep your safety and the safety of your loved ones close to the surface. The path is dark right now, and looking to the authorities to clear it up is not a good idea. Oh, and one more thing: if you’re stuck behind the big thing that won’t move and you’re really impatient but you can’t get around it, consider that you might be working off some negative karma from some other time and place, so just breathe, relax, and offer up this exercise in patience to the Powers of goodness in the world for the benefit of all beings.
Interesting that today’s reading is a reverse of yesterday’s. The card and one of the runes is the same (although the charms are not), but both are reversed, which is something I’ve actually never seen before. You’re boundaries have been violated, and you need to stop and take inventory and clean things up before proceeding. The energy is stalled or delayed, and with The Coffin and The Crossroads charms, the wisdom is to stop. You’re at a turning point and something is going on that you’re not aware of. You’ve got stowaway energy, or maybe somebody has dropped something in your bags because they don’t want to get caught with it so they’re hoping you’ll carry it for them. Best to sort through your stuff and find out what’s gotten dumped on you recently so you can get rid of it. Has someone given you a gift that’s not really a gift? Something that’s a boundary-breaker, something you’ve been too polite so far to get rid of? Yeah, it’s time to spritz that shit with some holy water (or florida water or gin) or smudge it and get it to Goodwill (or just throw it out). You’re carrying stuff that isn’t yours, and you’ll want to get rid of it before you get too much further down the road.
Today’s draw is about travel and moving past boundaries because you have to. Do whatever you need to do to get from point A to point B today, including pushing past your own boundaries and letting the worthy come through to help you. Do your work, wherever it leads. Help others where you can, because you might be the only one who can. And if you need to have a Bloody Mary (or whatever works for you) to get you there, go for it and don’t give yourself shit over it. Just keep moving because you don’t know what’s riding on your actions today.
Today’s draw is the 6 of Swords (the Frost Giant Bergelmir) and The Hand, The Keys, The Star, and The Sun And Moon. It is or it soon will be time to move on, and you can take some amount of control over how and when you go and where you end up. Do not give up hope and allow yourself to be driven by the tides. Wake up, shake it off, get to the helm, and steer. These are loving directions, not somebody yelling at you. Still, if it helps to think of them coming from your Inner Drill Sargeant, roll with it. Anything to get you moving. Don’t be afraid of the dark, my dears. Be afraid of drowning in the dark.