Facing an exciting opportunity and keen to suss out whether it's something truly aligned with where you're at right now?
This is the spread for you!
I put these prompts together while contemplating the possibility of returning to uni and finishing up my English Lit undergraduate degree.
(Super quick backstory: I started my degree in 2009, gained straight Distinctions in all modules completed and then postponed my studies due to ill health, with only one more module to go.
After I'd recovered I decided to focus on launching my biz - best decision ever! - which brings me to where I am now - itching to finally graduate should I be allowed to re-enrol... fingers crossed!)
Grab a cuppa, pop open a pack of cards/your journal and get comfy.
It's time to dive in!
1) What is the energy of the opportunity in question?
Checking in with the energy around whatever it is you're considering going for is a great way to test the waters and begin figuring out whether it truly resonates.
The Two of Swords makes perfect sense here - not only am I unsure as to whether or not I'll be able to re-enrol (I'm waiting to hear back from the powers that be) but part of what attracts me towards studying again is the introspection and swords-y 'thought' energy that such a path involves.
Studying is something just for me - taking notes and writing essays isn't something that needs to be shared with anyone other than my tutor!
There's no pressure to create for others - and while I absolutely love running my biz, having something on the side just for me feels pretty good.
2) How do I really feel about this opportunity? Why do I desire it?
When we identify the root of our desire we're able to determine if we're leaning towards an opportunity for the right reasons.
The Sun suggests I'm ready to step into the spotlight, so to speak, bringing my studies to a fitting end.
I started way back in 2009, so it's been a long time coming!
It hasn't always felt like the right time to pick things up again, though, and that's ok. It's important to honour our timeline and embrace opportunities only when they feel authentic and resonant with where we are today.
3) What growth does such a pathway provide?
Yummy prompt, no?!
In what ways are we able to expand and stretch ourselves should we embrace the adventure ahead?
The Hanged Man suggests that turning inwards and reconnecting with my more academic, intellectual side provides plenty of potential for a deepened understanding of myself while fostering new ways of perceiving the world around me.
Isn's that what learning is all about?
There's also a message coming through around exercising the self-discipline required to carve my own path and commit to my goals.
The Hanged Man can feel kinda alone at times, but he's experiencing things upside down for a reason - to go deeper and to peek beyond the surface.
4) How can I best open myself to receiving this pathway?
While some decisions are out of our control, there might be things we can do to support the delivery of our desired opportunity - cultivating a supportive, enthusiastic mindset, visualising a successful outcome, putting in the work and writing a standout application.
All that good stuff!
The Ten of Swords encourages me to step away from any need to obsess and worry myself silly while waiting to hear back from the administrative team at my uni.
Instead of biting my nails and focusing on not-so-wonderful what ifs, I'm going to focus on just how far I've come health-wise to be where I am today - contemplating resuming my studies and feeling strong enough to do so.
That's freaking awesome!
I trust that whatever happens, happens for a reason - and whether I crack open my textbooks now or at a later date, an ending of sorts of fast approaching.
5) How can I best support myself in diving wholeheartedly into this new chapter?
Let's say I'm given the green light to go crazy in my local stationery store, stocking up on school supplies (the best part of being a student, right?!) - how can I make the most of my final year of uni?
The Five of Pentacles reversed reminds me that I have a super strong support network around me; there's no need to walk this path alone, even if independent study and life as an 'adult learner' is kinda solitary a lot of the time (I still feel about 15 at heart, FYI, so the whole adult learner thing is a little bizarre!)
Family, friends, my tutor and fellow students are there to talk to, and while I'm bound to encounter some hairy "omg this essay is due tomorrow and I've written the grand total of 112 words" moments, I've got what it takes to keep going.
Looking after my physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is also really important if I'm going to do this.
Eating well, getting enough sleep, making time for my spiritual practice and running my biz are all crucial and play a huge part in keeping me feeling balanced and healthy.
I'll be sure to update you when I've received a decision, sweet friends! Fingers and toes, fingers and toes.
Wishing you so much love as you explore and embrace beautiful opportunities ahead,
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