Don’t trust yourself: Questions to navigate the shadows

The Moon, Seven of Swords and Six of Cups.

 

The Moon, Seven of Swords and Six of Cups.

These cards have been coming up a lot lately so it is interesting they all came together in this reading. There are many ways each of these cards can be interpreted and pulled apart, but I want to talk about a topic that this combination brings up that is rarely talked about in tarot: not trusting the self.

It is not uncommon for readers, myself included, to say: “Trust your instinct. Listen to yourself. Your higher self knows the answers.” etc., etc. And a lot of the time this is true, but sometimes, especially when you’re working in the shadows of The Moon, when things can seem confusing and emotionally overwhelming, aspects of your self can rise up to eat at your confidence and obscure your truths through seeding self doubt and lies (The Seven of Swords.) These conniving aspects of the self are actually working to protect you. The human psyche can be quite resistant to change and is invested in keeping the status quo. Often when we get in touch with our intuition, the truth it reveals is a catalyst for change.

This combination of cards is not a warning against listening to your gut or meditating on your inner truths, but it is a warning to not always take what you find on face value. It is okay to question your inner world and look at the motives for some of the truths you find. Here we see nostalgia as the final card (Six of Cups.) A desire to hold on to the past as a mechanism for avoiding loss is often a strong motive for the psyche to resist change.

In short, listening to your instincts and exploring your inner self is always sound advice, but so is the advice to go in with a critical eye at times. When working in the shadows, not everything is as it seems, even yourself. This post isn’t meant to encourage you to give into self doubt and fear, rather check in with your instincts, ask a couple of questions, and if your instincts hold up under scrutiny, move forward with them. Some good questions to ask:

What do my instincts say?

Am I feeling afraid?

What am I afraid of?

What do I have to gain from acting on this instinct?

What do I have to lose?

Do I need to act at all?

When I hear, see, or sense this instinct – is it in my own voice or in the voice of someone I would consider an oppressor?

Are there any ‘shoulds’ associated with this instinct?

Is this instinct clear, or murky?

 

 

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