Seven of Pentacles

Seven of Pentacles
A man leans on a hoe contemplating the ripening fruit on the vine before him

As often as we find ourselves wishing it were so, manifestation is not an instant process. When we set our intentions on that which we desire, it does not appear overnight. All things in the physical world as we know it take time.

Throughout this transit of time the manifestation process calls upon various stages and applications. It invariably begins with setting the intention, identifying and feeling what it is we wish to attain. From there we may set a plan, whether it is detailed or just an envisioned next step. After we have identified our next course of action, we set the wheels in motion by applying our energy and efforts toward our task, utilizing our creative abilities and our physical exertion in combination to propel our intentions closer to becoming realized. Continue reading Seven of Pentacles

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Seven of Wands

Seven of Wands
A man stands elevated in defense against the onslaught of several attackers below

The process of manifestation begins by knowing what we want to attract into our lives. Once we are on the path to creating our desired outcome for ourselves, it is not uncommon for us to have our intentions challenged by others who question our desires.

As we find ourselves working toward our given goals, we may find ourselves having to defend our intentions in the face of external criticisms and doubts. Others might consider our choices foolhardy or unrealistic. They might feel that they have a better idea than we do as to what might be a beneficial outcome for us. When this occurs we may feel that we do not need to defend ourselves against these onslaughts, only to find our silence merely welcomes continued criticism. Continue reading Seven of Wands

Seven of Cups

A person is faced with several cups containing a myriad of choices
A person is faced with several cups containing a myriad of choices

As we travel down the path that leads us to the desired outcome of our lives, we often find the greatest obstacles are the ones created from self-doubt. One of the greatest of causes for self-doubt comes from our own distraction.

It is not uncommon for us to encounter diversions as we move toward accomplishing our goals. We might be drawn to something that is more appealing in the moment, something that does not necessarily lead to our destination. While on a very long journey we may decide we need to take a break to recharge and regroup, only to find the break has lasted considerably longer than we had originally intended it to. Continue reading Seven of Cups

Seven of Swords

Seven of Swords
A man sneaks away from an encampment with a handful of swords, leaving only a couple behind

Sometimes when we evaluate our progress toward creating the life we want, we may see it as being impeded by the actions of others. Perhaps our efforts at work seem to be eclipsed by a coworker whose work is more noteworthy. Maybe we are looking for support from a friend or family member but the wants or needs of another member of the group seem to overshadow our own. Or we might land an interview or an audition time and time again only to be trumped by someone more qualified or experienced.

At those times it may feel to us as if no matter how great our efforts or qualifications, there is someone who stands out ahead of us. We may believe that we simply need that edge to bump ourselves out in front of our competitors, the edge that they seem to possess, the one we lack.

The trouble with this perspective is we automatically disempower ourselves when we believe our fate is at the mercy of those that seem to be in a more advantageous position. Within every single one of us lies a myriad of skills, gifts, and talents which are unique to us, which can only be offered, presented, and utilized in a way intrinsic to our own individuality.

When we see our fate as being at the mercy of our competitors, we employ blinders that prevent us from seeing our own unique talents and skills. It is not that others are better, more talented, or even superior to us; it is merely that we allowed ourselves to overlook our unique gifts that would enable us to see the opportunity that is an ideal fit for us.

Successfully seizing an opportunity is akin to assembling a jigsaw puzzle. One piece does not fit into another because it is better than all the other pieces. It is because they are mutually receptive by design. We have more success figuring out where our own piece goes when we examine our own unique shape to determine where we truly fit best.