Ideas: Adjustment, improvement, resumption
Traits: Active, adaptable, confident, decisive, flexible, practical, realistic
Emotions: Eagerness, enjoyment, enthusiasm, optimism
Ideas: Evaluation, inspection, pause
Traits: Contemplative, experimental, hesitant, indecisive, reflective, slow
Emotions: Apprehension, disappointment, frustration, hope
Ideas: Disengagement, nonchalance, procrastination
Traits: Critical, distractible, dreamy, lazy, leisurely, passive, relaxed, timid
Emotions: Fear, insecurity, longing, melancholy, sentimentality
You can waste an entire lifetime wrestling with regrets. Escape the trap. Shift your focus from the past to the future, and resolve to make the most of the here and now. No amount of looking back can rewrite history; by contrast, working in the here and now can radically alter tomorrow.
When this relationship started, what did you imagine it could become? To what extent have your expectations been fulfilled? If it falls short, you have two options: confront the difference … or revise your expectations. Which option is most likely to lead to happiness?
Fulfillment keeps work from becoming drudgery. What do you need in order to feel rewarded? To what extent is your current work providing this? A new project can breathe life back into a dull job. Be alert for opportunities to change your job without, necessarily, changing jobs.
Which are you more likely to do: look back on wasted days or focus on a brighter future? The past is the past; let it go. If you haven’t achieved, spiritually speaking, what you hoped to achieve by now, deepen your resolve, set new goals, and pray for the strength to achieve them.
The Crop of Pentacles
Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired illustrations portray a vine or tree bearing a crop of golden Coins: the fruit of past labor. Take stock of what you have today, and consider how past efforts have contributed to your current situation. If you’re unhappy at all, change your strategy; to get different results, stop doing the same old thing.
The Unhappy Farmer
Rider–Waite–Smith-influenced decks depict a man whose posture and expression suggest a level of exhaustion and regret that not even a bumper crop can alleviate. Most likely, his expectations were out of alignment with reality. What expectations do you have? How have these expectations shaped your efforts?
Everyone’s a Critic
Each person sees his or her situation through a lens of his or her own making. What role might prejudices and assumptions play in your current situation?
The Marseilles Image
Seven coins are balanced like berries on vines that sag beneath their weight. In your situation, how might further growth be limited by past performance? Might some items be ripe for picking—creating room for new expansion and growth?