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5 OF INSPIRATION

— Competition and rivalry —

FIVE OF INSPIRATION (WANDS) TAROT CARD MEANING

POETRY AUDIO

MEDITATION AUDIO


THE 5 OF INSPIRATION TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

challenges, competition, “comparisonitis”, a need to collaborate, can signify fighting or trying to out-do one another

CREATOR MUSING

Competition can be our best friend when we allow it to push us to better ourselves.

WORD PROMPT

Bouts of discord

EXPERIENCING the Tarot 5 OF INSPIRATION

The Muse looks down at the challenges and the rivalry below. The pushing and the pulling. The comparisons. The not-enoughs. Sometimes she sees rivalry that hurts, and sometimes she witnesses rivalry that seeds goals and dreams. She sees its many forms, and she hopes to help all of us to see the positive and negative effects that competition can have on our lives. She illuminates opportunities to work together, and she shares ways that we can engage in friendly competition so that it serves as a catalyst for our successes, rather than a road map to our losses. So she gifts us mirrors. Mirrors to see the things that are similar, and to see those that are dissimilar. She gifts us mirrors to look at the way we show up and compete. Some of us push our ideas, some push forward our feelings, others compete using their charm, some with depth of conversation, some with sexuality – and these mirrors are meant to help us discern and distinguish the types of competition that make us better from that which make us worse. These mirrors help us to see the many faces of our own internal struggle to find category, rank and place, and they allow us to better understand ourselves based on the world around us. But most of all, the Muse offers mirrors so that we can realize that the most important person we can compete with is our own self, and that all of the conquests and successes could never teach us her most important lesson: We must always see ourselves as deserving of our own highest accolades, and love.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Take a journey into the desert and find the Five sisters of inspiration. Take a peek into their mirrors and see what they have to tell you about how you compete, challenge and push yourself, and where comparison or friendly competition could do more good than harm.


CREATIVE PROMPT

Mirrors. Every time we look into them we judge ourselves, by ourselves. The lines. The hips. The eyes. The nose. The stomach. The lips. Look in the mirror and draw a self-portrait. Feel free to exaggerate the features you spend too much energy focusing on, and then name it ‘The mirror that distorts and that teaches.’

“I’m a mirror. If you’re cool with me, I’m cool with you, and the exchange starts. What you see is what you reflect. If you don’t like what you see, then you’ve done something. If I’m standoffish, that’s because you are.” – Jay-Z