Daily card: Three of Pentacles

Today’s been a hard day. Possibly tired, possibly hormonal, but I had an enormous crash this afternoon, full of self-doubt and recrimination.

The three of pentacles is a card of teamwork; there may be great summits to climb, but you will only progress and achieve your goals if you can bring your own unique strengths to the fore as well as rely on others for support where you aren’t as strong.

And actually it’s only in writing that out that I’ve just realised what this card is trying to say. Today’s crash was because I’ve been trying to do it all myself – freelance work, parenting a toddler, keeping the house decent, admin, being a good friend, being a good partner to two people, being a good sister, being a good daughter, trying to stay in touch with people I don’t see often, sleeping when possible – and not asking for help or acknowledging that sometimes I can’t keep all the plates spinning all on my own. I am stronger when I can say I don’t feel strong. This afternoon I cried in my partner’s arms and felt much better afterwards, like a cloud had lifted.

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Daily card: Three of Pentacles

Three brightly-coloured pentacles in front of a towering mountain, echoing the three peaks visible on the horizon. All the peaks are part of the mountain; one stands above but all three are part of the whole. This card seems to suggest a major journey ahead, but not an intimidating one – a challenging and rewarding one. Threes mark an initial completion, and pentacles suggest a professional project (which suits my day well). Determination and effort are needed to carry this project on, but you’ve made an excellent start.

Traditionally, the three of pentacles is a reference to hard work, but more specifically the value of teamwork and collaboration, of acknowledging contributions at all levels. This card seems to pull in less of the collaborative idea, but is also more (quite literally) grounded; scaling the foothills of the mountain may not be as exciting as arriving at the peak, but it’s just as essential a step.

This is a particularly well-suited card for today as I’ve made a substantial start on a new work project, and am feeling really inspired about the amount of work I can see ahead of me.

Daily card: Three of Wands

The three wands form a triangle, the most stable of shapes, which appear to surround a portal or a vision of another world. The Three of Wands suggests future plans, vision, looking forwards – seeing your envisioned better world, through a sturdily-constructed frame. You have developed your plans, you have an inspiring vision that you can see clearly, you are looking far into the future and thinking long-term; in the context of the inspiration and planning of Wands, think distance, expanse, broad horizons.

Today, this card feels to me like valuable advice; I’ve spent much of today caught up in the minutiae, seeing only what I’m getting wrong right now, without recognising that some of what I’m struggling with is either minor, or is in service of exciting future plans.