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WARNING: This is the part of my weekly post where I talk about some pop-psychological and tangentially metaphysical thing. My belief is I’m not the only one noticing this and I wonder how it will affect the New Normal (™). I am doing this in the hopes that it is useful for someone. If you are not that someone, you are more than welcome to skip to the reading. Please accept my humble apologies if you found this preachy.
This has been one of those months where I’ve truly given myself burnout by watching the news. After hearing about Republican senators bringing guns into government buildings, National Institute of Mental Health seminars on anxiety, and theories about the future of COVID-19, my frontal lobe was leaking out of my nose. I thought my index finger developed arthritis, but no. It was threatening to jump off my hand so I wouldn’t click on yet another mind-numbing article. My whole hand slapped me when I threatened to go on Twitter.
I needed some comedy, so I checked out the CBC Comedy Channel on YouTube. Here was the first video I found:
Yeah, I’m probably the last person who needs to be told how much social media sucks. This video gave me a lot to think about, though. Here were some of my thoughts:
- What the hell had to happen in society that we post pictures of our most banal moments and expect adoration from our friends and family?
- When did the fake shit on the internet become something people have started to accept as real?
- If playing violent video games only makes you more aggressive if you had aggressive or antisocial traits to begin with, what are the personality traits exacerbated by toxic positivity and online shaming behaviors?
- Will all of our vain, shallow posts look stupid to future generations, or will they evolve into shitbags who worship that sort of thing?
Then I learned Uranus plopped itself smack-dab in the middle of the upcoming retrograde. Yeah, this week ends with the first Mercury retrograde of 2021. So between Uranus moving in direct view of the Sun and Mercury moving backwards through quirky Aquarius, here’s what you can expect:
- That nagging feeling that you need to start caring about something beyond yourself and getting likes.
- Your personal truth getting in your face and screaming, “I’M NOT GOING TO BE IGNORED, DAN!!”
- The strong urge to commit to the goals you were saving for someday.
- Random insights on turning pain into personal power.
- Being forced to get over yourself and accept change.
- Increased creativity and self-expression.
- Being very aware of—and rather irritated by—the hubris, vanity, and selfishness of others.
- Others compensating for their insecurities may smell like zombie poop.
- You might get the strong urge to do weekly technology breaks. (Please do.)
- Putting your foot in your mouth way more often.
- Universal feedback in the form of explosive fuck ups.
- Delays that force you to focus on things that are more important.
The outcome of the next month will either be a version of you that feels realigned and focused, or like you’ve been stuck in some cosmic spin cycle. This may be a great time to ask yourself:
- Exactly how much time am I wasting online?
- How much time am I spending chasing goals that no longer reflect who I am?
- What are some projects that I feel guilty about putting off? How can I take even one small action step towards them?
- Who is the person triggering me and what about them is especially irksome?
- Where in my life am I skating around the truth? Why do I feel the need to do this in these particular situations?
- Where in my life am I pretending to be more positive, smarter, more attractive, wealthier, more together, more organized, less bothered, more compassionate, tougher, braver, or just more than I really am? Why do I need others to have this idealized view of me? What am I trying to get others to feel or think when I do this?
- What am I afraid will happen if I stop trying so hard to control my image? How am I giving away my power by trying to control my image?
- Did I speak more than I listened, or did I listen more than I spoke today?
- What are some things in my life that I am resisting?
- When have the delays and disappointments in my life led me to better outcomes?
- How would I explain my social media posts to a small impressionable child?
- If I could spend time with only three people this week, who would I choose to see? Am I showing these people that they are a high priority?
- If I could spend time doing only three nonessential things this week, what would I choose to do? How can I make more time for these things?
- Before I say, post, or text this, what exactly do I want to communicate with the other person/people? Is what I’m about to say, post, or text reflecting that message?
Now shake all of that off with a little Deepak Chopra:
As always, I have to mention the MindBody/Wellness Research and Science Network group on Facebook. The chick who runs it takes an evidence-based approach to holistic topics. I appreciate her common sense-meets-spirituality way of doing things.
Aaaannnnyyyyhoo… Onto the Reading, Shall We…?
I asked the cards what we need to know about the week of 1/26/2021 – 2/2/2021 and I got: Three of Wands (number 3, profitable business ventures, offers from far away, possibly travel, opportunities for growth, and success); Seven of Cups (number 7, possible intoxication, not being able to see all of one’s options clearly, confusion, the need to make a choice, and the need to give oneself time before making a decision); Ace of Cups (number 1 or 11, love, emotional contentment, happiness, the energy of love, a new relationship, and possibly getting what one wants); and Seven of Swords (number 7, deception, being two-faced, mind games, a warning against hasty decisions, schemes or manipulations that will not work, covering one’s tracks, impulsivity, possibly avoiding the truth, and possibly the need to do some detective work). The first theme that jumps out at me is a big ol’ red flag. We have two Sevens—the Seven of Cups and the Seven of Swords—which tells me this whole spread is going to be painted with major 7 energy. In numerology, 7 energy is the energy of keen intuition, the collective unconscious, science, writing, learning, alchemy, and spiritual awakening. So let’s combine this degunking of the Third Eye with the meanings of the Seven of Cups and Seven of Swords, shall we? The Seven of Cups usually makes an appearance when someone has a bit of an alcohol, porn, or pill problem. It is the card of intoxication to the point of confusion. Right off the bat, the Seven of Cups tells me the success indicated by the Three of Wands and Ace of Cups may also target any emotional confusion you’ve been having. The Seven of Swords is my two-faced, politician mother fucker of a snake card. One of our sevens signifies confusion and indecision (Cups), while the other seven talks about skirting the real issues and someone looking to take advantage of that confusion. Then we need to factor in the overarching 7 energy of this spread. All of these factors together tells me this is not the week to make emotional decisions, try to manipulate your way out of something, or listen to people who are overly flattering. As a matter of fact, this is a good week to avoid social media echo chambers, anyone in your circle who likes to talk shit about others, people who ask you too many questions about yourself, people who don’t know the difference between constructive criticism and trolling, and people who seem too good to be true. The psychic energy surrounding this week tells me you will probably get a heads up about any of this, but whether you listen to your intuition is entirely up to you. The other two cards in this spread—the Three of Wands and Ace of Cups—tell me you may not listen. The Three of Wands is a card that indicates a recent venture of yours has paid off or is hitting a major growth spurt. The Three also shows me you’re considering new possibilities and looking for ways to expand your horizons, usually in ways that pertain to travel, business, and finance. This may also be a week where you consider a new side hustle. If that’s the case, please consider the warning of the Sevens. There may be a person or entity looking to take advantage of your situation. Beware of making hasty decisions or decisions based on strong emotion (i.e. happiness, love, anger, or anxiety). Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. The Ace of Cups is a card of strong happiness, like the energy you get from a new romantic relationship. In a spread with the Seven of Cups, the Ace amplifies the feeling of being intoxicated by a strong emotion. This brings up another possibility when dealing with the Seven of Swords. Although none of the cards in this spread expressly talk about jealousy, the Seven of Swords might involve getting dirt on someone to use later. The feeling around this is someone who sees that you’re happy, feels triggered by it, and then decides to bring you down by gathering intel. I also feel like you would see this coming a mile away if it weren’t for whatever confusion is going on with you lately. Another possible meaning is a little more sinister. On one hand, we have cards that indicate growth, possibility, and happiness (the Three of Wands and Ace of Cups). Great news, right? Then we have those doubt-inducing Sevens. We have Seven of Cups (confusion) and Seven of Wands (mind games). To make a long story longer, this could be about the ways in which you play mind games with yourself. This might be the week for you to be mindful of:
- Fear of success
- Fear of failure
- Fear of what others will say or do
- Negative self-talk
PLEASE READ: I am not doing private readings for the foreseeable future. I have way too much going on to create content and be an effective reader. Please understand, this isn’t personal. I just need to clean my own mental and emotional house for now. If you want a badass reading, I suggest you hit up my friend Marshall Delaware. You can email him at email@example.com Also, I highly recommend you check out my Keen pal Silverbreeze. You can find her right here.
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