Card Reading for Week of December 21, 2020

Nine of Swords, reversed; Nine of Cups, reversed; Ten of Pentacles
The Nine of Swords is an emblem of loss and grief whether upright or inverted, a perfect representation of 2020 as a whole. In reverse position, it points to financial losses. The Nine of Cups, usually a positive card, can be an indicator of poor health when it is reversed. The only upright card this week, however, is the Ten of Pentacles, and this card can bring us hope. It symbolizes security, safety, and family.
The fact that I’m only posting my interpretation of these cards on Thursday is just another testament to how upside-down and miserable this year has been. Unless you are a vendor of hand sanitizer or toilet paper, you have probably seen serious financial losses this year. Even if you are fortunate enough to have been spared any cases of COVID-19 in your family or immediate circle, you likely know someone who has been affected or who has lost someone, and we have all been afflicted by the mental strain of shutdowns, quarantine, and, my personal least-favorite contemporary stressor, on-line school.
So much for the first two cards. The third card is how we are going to survive this: family. Not necessarily birth family, but the families we make of our supportive friends. I love you, and I pray that 2021 will see the growth of love, mercy, and kindness this world needs.
Blessed be (and for those who celebrate it, merry Christmas Eve! I’ll be at Midnight Mass tonight—Strega Nona would approve!), Angela

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