We seem to be getting more than our fair share of fives, don’t we? Certainly not the happiest card in the Tarot, sometimes this card is called “the dark night of the soul.” The fives are traditionally about conflict and struggle. And so, these two miserable characters are struggling along in the deep snow, seemingly unable to receive the spiritual warmth so nearby them.
Where is the doorway to that place? Will they eventually find it? Do they seek it at all? Or are they so used to surviving their hardship that they simply battle on? Or have they been actually cast out, no longer allowed into the sacred places? Perhaps they deliberately pass it by, because it no longer offers the authentic solace that they need.
In what ways do our struggles prevent us from entering the places where we would be healed and welcomed? Is this stubborn pride, or is it ignorance? Or could it be that conventional solutions and structures no longer work for us? In what ways might we feel we have been left out in the cold?
This week, your faith may be tested. What do you really need from Spirit, and how do you ask? Do you dare ask for more than minimum make-do? In another Rolling Stones song, we’re told we don’t always get what we want, but we get what we need. What is the difference, and what do you believe about being worthy enough to be given more? How do you find the doorway to grace, comfort, and abundance? What do you need and desire to flourish and thrive?
Might you be missing the opportunity to be sheltered and cared for because you are unwilling to ask for help? In what ways might you be feeling deprivation and loss, and missing the beacon of warmth and welcome that is right in front of you?
Maybe the mainstream institutions no longer work for you. Perhaps what you perceive as conventional spirituality no longer brings light to your soul. For it is surely true that many of our powerful religious institutions are rife with hypocrisy, building ornate temples and cathedrals, yet leaving the poor, sick and suffering out in the cold.
Or perhaps you believe it might it be necessary for you to endure hardship and disappointment. Maybe you feel that sacrificing your comfort and ease will bring other rewards. They say that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Do you believe this?
Be patient with yourself while understanding and forgiving the obstacles you yourself create. Look sincerely for the door you seek, allow others to give you a helping hand, and be of good faith. For this, too, shall pass.