So now that I have figured out that I am supposed to be using Spirit Keeper's Tarot for my month ahead spreads ALL YEAR, I think I'm set. In a previous IG post I mentioned that my intentions had been to use a different deck every month. When nothing clicked for March having used another deck, I had an epiphany that when I did my year ahead wheel I had apparently entered into some kind binding agreement with Spirit of which I was not aware. Hm. Not sure how I didn't get that since it's blatantly called "Spirit Keeper's Tarot"! Well now that that's out of the way......
The card for the first week of April was the Archangel of Glory, Angel of Art and Grace (aka King of Wands). How did this card show up for me during this first week? A lot of it had to do with taking my power back, and having the courage and confidence to do so. I don't often associate this card with boundaries, but in order to get some of this back, laying that down was exactly what I had to do.
It mostly came into play with my day job, which makes sense. The card would be associated with the suit of wands which is often times related to career, and I am also a Leo in a leadership-type of position. I realized there were some things where I was being taken advantage of due to a particular skill. Not to bore you with the details, but basically I finally had to say "no" and find a clever, diplomatic way to put a stop. So I did.
Where Archangel of Glory and my theme card for April, The Warrior Rx (aka The Sun), showed up for me was also in the work arena - not surprising given the wands and fire. A good thing: my reward statement became available and effective. I'm never quite sure how I'm doing compared to my colleagues, and I would never ask. I just make note of what increases look like from year to year to ensure thing are going in the right direction which they are. This first week of April though, it came to my attention that I'd been passed over for a promotion.
Am I grateful for my job and how it allows me to provide for my children? Am I fortunate and privileged with what I was given? Without question, absolutely, yes yes yes. Completely grateful.
Did it sting? Yep. 100%. It means I wasn't as successful maybe as I could have been (the Warrior Rx) as a leader and a prideful Leo (Archangel of Glory/King of Wands).
What I realized with the Archangel of Glory, specifically as it pertains to Spirit Keeper's Tarot, is that when it shows up you are being tapped on the shoulder to live up to this Archangel's message and Divine qualities because - and this is important - you can and should. As a result, I'm now on the lookout for opportunities where I can make more of a difference within this microcosm of the work realm, and keeping my boss informed, and working with him to flesh these things out as needed.
These cards also showed up where my tarot endeavors are concerned. During this first week of April I read at an event that one of my girlfriends had arranged at a salon. The primary goal was to get my name out there a little more - to just go for it, exercise skill and confidence. Was it successful? Welllllll - yes and no (again, The Warrior Rx). The people for whom I read were appreciative which was great. I got good feedback. They were each a little chatty (especially after some wine) and I didn't manage the time very well. Also the money, not good. Still that didn't bother me because I still did it and everyone seemed happy AND I had the chance to see exactly what and how I would do things differently the next time.
As it so happened, the salon invited me back as soon as that next Wednesday for another event. I was able to implement almost everything I wanted to change. It went smoother and was more prosperous due to some prep work I did, including timing a couple of readings for my soul sister to ensure I could deliver a solid, concise message in a specific amount of time needed for these type of things. And in that way, I could shift my perspective to putting into action what I could personally do to manage this theme card reversal in a positive way.
The takeaway from The Archangel of Glory and The Warrior Rx: Call my shots, prepare, lead with boundaries, and know that it's ok to process improve from missed opportunities. It doesn't mean I'm "bad" or "unsuccessful" or not valued. This is how I grow. Also I think I can see now how important this will be for the remainder of the month.
As always, if you've made it down this far thank you for taking the time to read these little posts......xo, Leah