Summary: This week the cards are asking you to pay particular attention to your intuition and prepare to release something that is no longer serving your highest good. If your situation or emotional environment is lacking inspiration, or you feel that your values or potential for growth and fulfillment are being stifled, it is time to seriously consider moving out and moving on. You may be feeling bound by responsibilities or the expectations of others to remain where you are, but know that if you dedicate yourself to changing your circumstances with grace and goodwill, you can minimize any disruption and put your best foot forward on your new path. Celebrate all that you have achieved, honour that which fulfilled you for a time, then say goodbye.
This spread is dominated by the element of water, suggesting that the key to this coming week lies in listening to your heart. The Eight of Cups and the spread’s quint card, the Chariot, both speak strongly of going in a new direction and being prepared to get through a little chaos to get yourself back on the right track. Something isn’t quite right at the moment, and you feel it.
Things that aren’t working for us don’t need to be bad or regretful to not be right, they could be beautiful and wonderful, but simply not for us. Here, the Four of Wands asks you to celebrate the good times you have had where you are, don’t darken your past experiences by sneaking out in the middle of the night, for there is nothing good to be had from ghosting, stealth and defensiveness. Be clear in your intention to seek something new. If others are affected by your decision, be open and receptive, give them time to express their opinion and process your decision; and if the situation calls for it, actively participate in easing the disturbance of your departure.
Now, take a moment to look at the direction the Chariot is driving in. Head tilted down, she looks well on her way to meet the Queen of Cups, who stands ready to toast her arrival. You may have to wrangle a few doubts and some opposition to get there, but if you can stay true in your intention, she will meet you half-way.
As your mentor on this new path, the Queen tells you that you will need to pay close attention to your dreams and instincts at this time. She warns that you may be tempted to return to your old ways for the security of familiarity (and relative stability suggested by the Four of Wands), but also reminds you that discomfort is a natural and necessary part of spiritual growth. Allow yourself to be guided by compassion, empathy and beauty, seek out experiences and environments that touch your heart and feed your spirit, connect with those sensations, seek refuge within them; and when you’re ready, they will lead the way to your souls calling.