slow holler tarot
architect of knives -- nine of vessels
when i was a kid we went to church a lot- sometimes up to three services a week! one of my favorite parts of the service was a section called “joys and concerns.” it was a time for the congregation to gather around each other and offer up support and strength as we shared what we were going through, the good times and the bad.
i guess in retrospect i love it because it’s a reminder that life keeps moving, and sometimes hard things happen and sometimes we get gifts and sometimes we get to be the container for other people’s grief or happiness. and that is maybe the most beautiful thing i can think of? creating space, time, energy, a container, to witness ourselves and others as we do life. honoring people’s, even people who we don’t know super well but who are part of our communities, or people who are doing it differently than us, or people who we don’t even like that much, honoring their process and being humble enough to be witnessed in all of our messiness.
ok, well with all of that said, i did a “joys and concerns” reading this morning. the cards did what they wanted, not what i expected! as usual.
joy: the architect of knives. there is so much joy in peeling back the layers of the self, seeing behind the masks that we wear and letting other people see us too. the architect of knives has worked hard to find this wisdom, has practiced and has given up and has started again and has kept trying. it can be hard to contend with all the mess, but it is worth it.
concern: the nine of vessels. the nine of vessels is a wishing card - some readers think that if you pull this card you get a wish granted. but don’t think that you can get around the hard work that the architect wants you to do by wishing. don’t think that you can magically achieve mastery, at anything. it takes doing the work, diligently and ceaselessly-until you cease, which is fine, and then you try again.
so do your work, whatever it is. do it and share it with others. be honest and humble about your messiness. be vulnerable, be willing to be held up by your community. that’s the only way we’re going to make it in this cruel world.