Five of Wands § King of Cups § Two of Swords

The Five of Wands welcomes us as we enter the month of June. This card indicates a challenge, but we are ready for it this time. The wands represent the element of fire, which influences the many passions—the thrill of inspiration, the magnetism of sexual attraction, and, of course, anger. The Five of Wands indicates conflict and we will likely find this particular interaction, or series of meetings, less than pleasant. The best advice is to prepare a direct statement of your stance and leave it at that. Be wary of sprawling conversations that deviate from the necessary tasks of disentangling. If we allow space for pontification on our intentions or flaws, we are only courting chaos. The impasse is the reason for the disengagement and that is that. No further analysis is required.

The King of Cups will be all along our path this month. This is the character we will be running into everywhere we go or his name will keep coming up. He could come through as a store clerk, an old friend, or in a dream. We will know when we come across him because he will confirm, through some small action or choice of words, that we are holding a full and reasonable grasp of reality. It is important that we keep our thoughts on our immediate environment rather than allow our precious mental dreaming to take up residency in the hands of those from whom we are cutting ties. The King of Cups will appear again and again to remind us to focus on what we want to remember about today when tomorrow comes. The King of Cups holds his chalice steady as he floats along the waves of the emotional world. This character knows how to organize his thoughts and feelings and how to convey their truth clearly and succinctly without adding extra complications or unnecessary pain. He doesn’t need to raise his voice or make others see his point of view when he knows they simply cannot or will not do so. Look for this King as you go through the days and he will support you.

Once we land on the other side of our complication, the most wise among us will reflect on what just happened. The Two of Swords is a posture we take up when we have gained all the external input we desire and retreat into ourselves to review it all. It will be fruitful to list the red flags you could have noticed—as long as this analysis is constructive and not self-abasing. The truth about red flags is that they must form a pattern over time. No one moment or characteristic can tip us off to the true character of a person. It takes years to get to know any one person and, even then, we will be surprised at times. This Two of Swords offers us an opportunity to gain a sense of satisfaction that does not need external validation. Being right is less important than being free of ideas that put fractures, no matter how small, in our self-worth. You don’t owe anyone a piece of you. May our own strength be our best comfort.

illustration by Gurleen Rai

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