I was reading Lisa's post over at Tarotize on the Mars Retrograde we're currently being influenced by. I really liked her spread to look at what to do to help ourselves during this period - short but sweet. So, I decided to give it a try for myself, drawing from the Joie de Vivre Tarot (U.S. Games, 2011).
As what not to do, the Queen of Cups cautions me not to be a drama queen, or manipulative, and also says that I shouldn't think that I have all the answers at an emotional or intuitive level. The Queen of Cups doesn't tend to be very practical, which is what is called for by the Three of Coins. While working together is certainly important, sharing our emotions at a personal level should take a back seat, I think.
Finally, what I should do is represented by the Hierophant. This tells me I need to toe-the-line in terms of institutional/governmental requirements, to study and to take advice from those with more experience. This isn't always an easy one for me - studying I'm fine with, but I can get a bit bolshy with authority. However, in a time when Mars (with its bellicose energy) is retrograde, allowing my temper to get the better of me is not a good idea! Growth will come from working together, and so if I have to follow someone else's lead to help make that happen, so be it.
It's interesting the ways in which this reading chimes with the video reading I did for the week. There, too, there was something about following guidelines and working with others, as well as learning from them.
I think this reading was useful. Working in emotional professions (counselling and tarot), it can be easy to forget to stay practical, and especially that I can't always do everything by myself. Let's hope I can put this advice to good use...