Saturday, September 3, 2022

August End of Month: Harvest

  To help my personal growth, I've decided that not only will I have a card of the year, I will also choose a word each month to study and reflect on.  I'll be reading books and articles on my word of the month as well as figuring out activities that will help me incorporate that word into my life.  My word of the month for July is:


At the beginning and end of each month, I will also do a reading.  The beginning of the month reading will be about what lessons I can learn from the card and the end of month reading will be about what I did learn.  

End of the Month Reading

Deck:  Sacred Rose Tarot

What does Harvest 
mean for me right now?  
Interestingly although this is a different card than I pulled in the initial reading, the meaning here is similar as the Page of Cups is a nice person who goes out of his way to help others.  The reading for the card stressed that the Page of Cups upright had sincere motives and was not just a flatterer out to deceive. As he is trustworthy, he inspires trust in others (i.e. reaps what he sows).  

What is interesting to me is that as I write this and as I reflect on this card, my immediate reaction is that he is too trustworthy and he is going to be taken advantage of.  However, I think this is the deeper meaning of reaping what you sow as if you are too naïve, you will reap being taken advantage of.  To be honest, that is why I struggle with holding scammers who take advantage of people who try to sell them things or scam them.  I believe that they are reaping what they sow by being naïve.  That doesn't mean that I think scammers should get to keep what they steal, but I do think people need to be less trusting in some situations.

I also believe that some people (like me) need to be more trusting as I feel like I may miss out on good stuff by putting up too many boundaries.

What did I learn about Harvest?

Harvest isn't only about receiving and taking from the earth or for others, it is also about reciprocity and helping those less fortune.  I actually really like this card in this position as it is a reminder that harvest shouldn't be all about us.  Harvest is also about helping those less fortunate than we are.  The six of pentacles, at its heart, is about balance.  it is a reminder that sometimes I will have more than I need and can help others and other times I will need help from others.

As I reflect upon this card, I realize that give and take provides the rythm of the world and when people are selfish or unwilling to receive, the world falls out of balance.  We are out of balance now because a small number of people have been taking more than they need which leaves some people without enough.  

On a micro level, we can also push our bodies to do more than they are capable of and we will deplete them and leave ourselves unable to function.  That's where I'm at now as I've pushed my body for so long to do, do, do.  And now, I am depleted and I need to make more of an effort to take care of my body and soul and refill my coffers.

What do I need to do to continue bringing Harvest into my life?

I need to continue moving forward and being willing to let go of the things that hold me back.  There is always a tendency to cling to the past, but clinging to the past doesn't move you forward.  In order to move forward, I need to face forward and deliberately choose what to bring with me and what to leave behind.  What people don't often understand about harvest, is that most often everything in the field is not picked, at least by small farmers.  There is something left behind for the critters and what is left the following year is tilled under to provide nutrients to the soul.

I need to live my life looking forward and being deliberate about what I take with me and what I leave behind.  All too often, I take too much baggage with me, which weighs me down.  

What benefits has  Harvest brought into my life?

The reading for this card is interesting as it is about mastery and craftmanship, which are qualities I associate with the eight of pentacles nd not the three.  However, the more traditional meaning of this card is about collaboration and working with others and that is something I do need to bring into my life.  One thing that I'm really grateful for at my new job is that they are all about roles and responsibilities.  And boundaries.   That was something that seemed to be sorely missing at the Bird as it seems like everyone stepped on everyone else's toes.

For me, the benefit here is learning to work with others to accomplish things. It is also understanding that boundaries and roles are important.  

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