An interesting card to turn up for the second week of the New Year. Perhaps some of us are feeling discouraged already at all of the messages to make resolutions, improve ourselves, set goals, reach for our dreams. (Even though I am personally very big on setting goals, I did write about rejoicing in non-goals last week.)
Sometimes . . . especially at this time of year, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to lay fallow, to rest, and receive. The trick is to not allow ourselves to fall into depression or discouragement, but to allow healing to flow through us during this downtime.
As for myself, I broke a small bone in my foot last Friday, and could very easily fall prey to feeling very sorry for myself. It’s painful and not fun, and it wrecks my plans to start dancing 5Rhythms weekly and go walking every day. But I can still do most of my yoga practice, so that’s OK.
When I think back on the times when I get really depressed, it usually has to do with not paying attention to my intuition, or not living in an authentic way.
Here’s what I wrote about the Five of Water in the Gaian Tarot companion book:
A woman sits on a misty shore, wrapped up against the cold. She holds a scrying bowl in her hands but no images have arisen in it. Her longing gaze is directed inwardly as the fog of depression descends over the scene. In the distance, a boat is moored to the shore.
When you get this card in a reading . . .
You are hovering on the edge of grief, despondency or discouragement. You may be regretting lost opportunities or missing someone terribly. Depression has been called “anger turned inward,” but also “intuition unheeded.” How might you reclaim your neglected intuitive abilities? What message do you need to receive from your intuition? It can be hard to find a way out of the gloom, and yet it is not impossible. There’s a boat in the distance that will take you through the mists to the farther shore. What is on the other side?
I will let healing flow through me and move me out of depression.
When do you get depressed, dear Reader, and what do you do to work your way out of it?
What wisdom does the 5 of Water have for you?