I'm working through some assigned shadow work that would require me to face some trauma I'd put aside. To say I'm procrastinating would be an understatement. I'm avoiding. Hard. I don't see a way through this- at least not one that doesn't result in my disappointment, hurt, and frustration that I'd even bothered. At the same time, the possibility of success, of surviving this trial promises a deeper connection to parts of myself and my roots that I've always felt a blockage around.
Of course, my cards served it up to me straight no chaser. I drew an Occasional Oracle for my network and drew the Crow from the Winged Enchantment Oracle. It's ancestral knowledge seeking. It's all about the dive deep into the shadow and getting out of our own damn way.
I hesitantly explored this card further and drew from the Stretch Tarot. The figure in the Four of Cups looks inward and only sees the dark, the Five of Swords. Their back is turned away from the promise in the Ace of Cups- the reason they began this journey in the first place. Of course, when I say they I really mean me. And perhaps you, if you've also have a hard time engaging shadow work that requires so much peeling away of tightly placed bandages and exposing the wound beneath.
I wish us both the best of luck.