Well, today’s reading is a near-repeat of last Thursday’s energy, meaning whatever we were working through then is still hanging around and needing our attention today. Today is about radical self-love and self-care, and putting as much of our focus as possible on doing the best we can to take care of ourselves — I know it’s difficult amidst other responsibilities and the madnesses of daily life, but it’s very important to do the best we can. We can’t help anybody else if we’re compromised ourselves (it’s that whole “put your own oxygen mask on first” thing). We can be vigilant today in seeking out opportunities to make ourselves healthier and stronger, and it’s also important to realize that there are processes happening already to bring those opportunities to us. Let’s pay attention to the self-talk too, and watch out for where we run ourselves down. There’s been too much of that recently and it needs to stop, please. You’re awesome and doing the best you can with what you’ve got, so start treating yourself with the love you give everyone else.
So that’s three times in a week that La Llorona has made an appearance, and in this case, She is representing that which we mustn’t give in to. Put on your disguises, your masks, and let the great grief of the nation pass you by. There is so much sorrow and grief in the world right now that it’s getting in the way of everything else. It’s time to disconnect from it. Turn off the media, grieve in your own private way, and do what you need to do to shield yourself. Focus inward. Take good care of yourself today, and let the anonymous nature of the priesthood envelop you. Go deep into your own pathways and stay steady while the greater grief flows by.
Today’s draw is about being stuck, but knowing how to get out of it … you just don’t want to do it. It’s an ugly situation all around, and you’ll have to break a few things to make good your escape, but you can fix those later. You’re strong enough to manage it, so keep your eyes on the prize and move forward. Use your words, your voice, and speak your truth from the heart. Keep moving, and do the best you can. Do the hard thing, and do it well. You’re going to keep getting goaded at until you do it anyway, so might as well do it and get it over with.
Today’s draw is about recognition from both within and without. The new day you’ve waited for has dawned, and it’s ok to take a moment and enjoy it. Don’t just rush off to start work; take a minute to breathe in the hope and promise of a new day. Be sure to acknowledge what’s gotten you to this moment, and also to recognize your own worth. Rest and take it in today, and while you do, keep thinking through plans for those next steps. Don’t wait too long, though. Don’t let rest become laziness.