Hello fellow Tarot (and magical) geeks!
We are in a period of seasonal change. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, we just had the spring/vernal equinox (Ostara); the days are getting longer and (hopefully) the snow is disappearing and we’re seeing the early green signs of spring. For those in the southern hemisphere, we just had the fall/autumnal equinox (Mabon) and are seeing the days start to shorten amidst harvest-time.
The end of April/beginning of May is the next milestone in the Wheel of the Year; Beltane for the northern hemisphere and Samhain for the southern. The beginning of the summer season and the beginning of the winter season… depending on which half of the world you live in.
When I pulled my Card of the Month for April, I asked what y’all needed to know as you prepare for this timeframe. Using my The Wild Unknown deck, I drew the Eight of Pentacles reversed: progress over perfection.
The Eight of Pentacles is a card about craftsmanship and development. In the RWS card, you see a young man working diligently on crafting a pentacle, with his previous works prominently displayed. The image depicts a timeframe when someone would choose a trade, work under a master as their apprentice, and work that craft for their life. The image in The Wild Unknown’s card is one of a spider – a patient crafter in nature who weaves their web as a way to capture prey. It takes patience and persistence to do this, especially when they choose a spot where they are less than welcome (like a corner in my house).
So what does the Eight of Pentacles reversed mean in this? The impression that I got from looking at this card is one of progress over perfection. When we are in the process of developing our skills, we sometimes become too paranoid of what others will think of our work (even if they know we are just starting out) and we get hung up on the details and trying to make everything look super-polished. This can lead to the creative process getting stuck as we pine over what stock art to put into a power point presentation or whether or not a sentence should include a comma or semicolon… or other such minutae. One of the most important lessons I learned from my mentors is to “launch dirty” – get the minimum viable product out there, and then go back and improve it once you get feedback. Amusingly enough, I get the same advice in my day job as a data analyst – don’t worry about getting everything 100% perfect (accurate yes, but not perfect) – and use feedback in order to create the polished product.
What is ONE thing that you want to accomplish for yourself during the month of April? What can you do to keep yourself from being distracted by the urge for perfectionism so that you can get that thing done? Let me know in the comments.
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