The full moon this past week had a more negative impact for me than any I can recall in my recent personal history, resulting in an unexpected upheaval. I was in the late stages of a protracted interview process for a senior role in two separate companies and things were going well. In both I was one of two finalists, and a heavy favourite in one of them. Then Uranus, in opposition to the moon, decided to throw a spanner in the works with a twist worthy of “Tales of the Unexpected” —not only did I not win either role, nobody won either role. Both companies decided to change job requirements and go back to the drawing board. Yikes!
I won’t go into the details of how much time and energy I put into all this, or the knock on effect of having to go back to the drawing board myself, and under a bit more financial pressure this time. But I will say that one of the first things I did after putting down the phone from the second rejection was to lay out a celtic cross spread of what the next month was going to look like for me. In retrospect it might not have been the best idea to launch into this reading on the heels of that fresh energy of frustration, rejection and futility, but nevermind.
Without going into the whole reading, I will tell you that I drew three out of four sevens (no cups) in the minor arcana. Challenges and obstacles to overcome indeed. And just to the right of it all, in the immediate future/concerns slot was the Tower.
The Tower is probably the card one least wants to see under any circumstances, especially when one is contemplating when and where they’ll see their next paycheque. The Tower warns of impending upheaval, crises, inescapable disruption of life as one knows it. So not part of the comfort zone then.
Seeing this card in my immediate future was unsettling, to put it mildly. And then I was reminded that 16, the number of the Tower, reduces to seven. A fourth seven, in this reading. A great big honking seven, but still a seven. Staying upright while the rug is pulled out from beneath you definitely falls into the challenges and obstacles category.
The Tower usually doesn’t come up unless there is a good reason for it, and as harsh as it is, it is not only usually for your own good, but you caused it to come up in some way. You’ve willed it into being by being complacent in a situation you know you should get out of, or you’re letting things slide and not taking care of business, or you’ve been propping yourself up on a shaky foundation, for example. Eventually something’s got to give. If you don’t rise to the challenge of the hints and red flags that you may have ignored, the Tower makes sure you learn the hard way.
The Tower can also mean revelation. In this case, it’s possible both of the roles I was going for were beginning to look like more trouble than they were worth—one company didn’t seem to quite know what they wanted, with an ever-changing the job spec, and the other company was beginning to look quite toxic. But I need the work and I’ll just suck it up right? Guess not, says the Tower, time to reassess and find the path you should be on, not the one you think you should be on, or that is expected of you by others. And while I’m concerned that the fallout from all this might make it tough going for the next while, at least the only pentacle that came up in the next reading was the seven, as a possible outcome. That I can handle.