Image description: A four-card spread, using the Wild Unknown Tarot. At the centre is the Ace of Swords, crossed by the Father of Swords. On the left is the Father of Pentacles and on the right is the Six of Wands.
I’ve been dealing with a lot of indecision in my own life, and I know I’m not the only one. When we’re dealing with persistent primary and secondary trauma, as many of us are in this current political, economic, and ecological climate, it can be incredibly difficult to make decisions.
So, this is a spread to help guide decisions this week!
At the centre:
What will be helpful in guiding decisions, and what is crossing it?
The Ace of Swords will be helpful. What new knowledge or insight can help you make decisions this week? What have you learned? What do you know? What have you become aware of in the last while that can help with the decisions that are in front of you this week?
Looking at this card, I am particularly struck by the rainbow infinity snake wrapped around the sword. Unlike the rainbow sword in the Father of Swords, which crosses this card, this symbol looks, to me, like an invitation to complexity and intersectionality. Justice and liberation does not happen in a linear fashion, and our struggles are linked. We must maintain an awareness of those members of the community who are more or differently marginalized than we are ourselves. The community is more important than the sword – the sword is a tool, and we wield it.
Crossing this helpful card is the Father of Swords. Is old and established knowledge getting in the way of making decisions based on new knowledge? Are you being invited to let go of a sense of expertise or mastery, and be a beginner again? Are there ways in which established knowledge is hindering your ability to make decisions this week?
On the left:
Something to move away from or be aware of
The Father of Pentacles is so tempting right now. Security, stability, material sustainability. Where are you making decisions out of the fear of scarcity? Where are you trying to control your material world, to master it and keep it stable? Can you loosen your grip, let yourself be something other than “in control”?
I get it, bbs! I feel it, too. So much. This card speaks directly to the heart of my financial instability and the way I make decisions right now with one eye always on the money. Capitalism, scarcity, shame, fear… I want to find Father of Pentacles magic to banish my fear and my feelings of precarity.
In this position, I see this card as a reminder that making decisions from a place of fear and scarcity can lead us away from justice rather than towards it. Our fear is so valid, and the scarcity is so real. We are not obligated to harm ourselves for “the cause”, so I do not read this card as an exhortation to “be selfless” or any of the discourses that get so weaponized against us.
Rather, I see this as a gentle reminder that sometimes clinging tightly to a false sense of security based on materiality can actually get in the way of finding a deeper security based on justice and community.
And on the right:
Something to move towards
The Six of Wands. Can you let your decisions be guided by what helps you feel free? What gives you a sense of spaciousness? What moves you towards liberation? What moves you towards transformation? Where do you have the ability to rise above the sharp thorns of the tangled wands below – where can you spread your wings?
I see this card as an invitation to keep our hearts tuned to collective liberation and justice.
We all have so many decisions to make.
Will we speak up to the racist at the rally or in the grocery store? Will we make space for the people of colour around us?
Will we reach out to our friends who are struggling?
Will we reach out when we are struggling?
Will we pay attention to the news, witnessing the injustice in the world?
Will we take care of ourselves, witnessing our own needs with the same compassion we bring to what we witness in the world around us?
Will we confront our own biases? Will we allow ourselves to learn?
Will we take up anti-colonialism, anti-oppression, anti-ableism?
How will we move through the world this week?
Can we move away from those Father cards – can we move away from patriarchal, hierarchical, established ways of being, doing, knowing?
Can we be butterflies, allowing ourselves to dissolve and transform?
Can we be aces, allowing ourselves to be new, to be beginners?
I believe in us.