An Instagram user by the name of @shufflingfate has created a journal prompt challenge to inspire others to seek guidance in balancing their chakras through divination (#chakradivchallenge). I saw this as a long sought opportunity to let go of fear and doubt and return to the Tarot.
The first prompt in the series is titled “Find balance by…” and, to complete the statement, I have interpreted my reading to suggest that I can find balance by reclaiming my true Self from the space Within where I have hidden it as protection from my toxic environment.
As a Pagan in a close minded, superstitious, and mostly-traditionalist black family with Abrahamic beliefs, I’ve spent almost a decade keeping the two worlds separate. Naturally that meant that when I moved back in with my family 2 years ago while pregnant with my daughter, I had to put aside the religious and spiritual relationships I had built with myself and the Gods.
Separating yourself from your Self makes it impossible (generally) to find balance. How can a scale be balanced if an entire side is missing?
The Star – healing, hope, intuition
5 of Wands – arguments, petty conflict (given the nature of the reading and the surrounding cards, my first interpretation was conflict between “egos”)
7 of Swords – deception, theft, recovery of something lost or taken
Tiamet – Tiamet, the primordial Mesopotamian Goddess of the Ocean; “you are stronger than you think”; crossroads
The Gilded Tarot (aka The Easy Tarot); art by Ciro Marchetti
Oracle of the Dragongae; Lucy Cavendish