When change hits all at once, we often have a tendency to freak ourselves into more of a frenzy. To over-analyze the upside-down and inside out rather than enjoying fresh perspective. We attach meaning to our attachments. Delve into despair when we detach from something we knew wasn’t good for us but desired anyway. When winds shift, our effort to mutate with it might make a mess out of trying to organize a million minute details. This week, a world series of major shifts dominates the skies. Whether we’ve hit a home run or a foul ball, our thoughts are probably flying far out of the park.

The Nine of Swords blows the whistle that backs you up when you lay down the bat. It doesn’t mean you’re benched for life, but digging yourself out of your thoughts might mean a lengthy break in the dugout. The Nine of Swords will walk you to first if you’ll accept a free pass or lean back into the basics of play. It’ll be your personal referee, your water boy and your mascot if you’ll let go of trying to control the game.

The Nine of Swords is a sign we’ve dug too far into the details of our own mental dis-ease. It instigates relief by reminding us we’re not telekinetic or telepathic (not likely anyway) and might as well drop the telescope with which we’re looking at our problems. The laws of energy are such that wherever you put energy, energy flows. If you focus on the problem, the problem gets bigger. If you focus on the solution, you’re bound to find solvency. While the Nine highlights our susceptibility to specifics that seem to (but don’t necessarily) contain critical keys, it also pushes us to find solace by removing the particulars from the puzzle.

This week, as you experience shifts on internal and external levels, try to keep away from the craze of all the minor characteristics in a given situation. As Jupiter enters Sagittarius, we begin to learn that we get a lot when we give a little faith. “Figure it out” is not a solution when facts and feelings keep changing. The Nine of Swords reminds us we can create a crisis simply by concentrating on everything that hasn’t yet gone right. Give yourself a chance and the benefit of doubting a mind in overdrive. Consider the possibility that you’re not failing or flailing. Meditate on the methods of magic instead of madness. If magic incorporates a supernatural force, is there one that’s helping you out? Pay particular attention to where the universe is falling into place. Make a list of appreciations and see how it multiplies your assets. When you acknowledge that anxiety and worry aren’t working, you’re free to test a new theory.

*If you’re looking for tangible tools, you can start with with Practices in Listening, a beautiful new zine written and designed by one of my dearest witchy sisters, Maribeth Helen.

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