When it comes to relationships, family can often be the area where we carry the most emotional baggage because it’s likely we have to tread more gently and be more mindful about what we say. Perhaps when we were growing up it was ok to throw a tantrum and scream and shout and pout and cry until it was all wrung out of us, the hurt and the infringement fully discharged? But as adults a degree of order and decorum must be followed and that’s where the problem lies. I’m not saying we should all carry on like ten year olds forever after until we die…. just that they have a point, because their battles, although loud and all-encompassing, don’t last very long. They disagree. They clash. They blow up. Things are dicey and uncomfortable for a while. And then there’s a thawing out and things get cleared. A biscuit and a cup of juice usually do it.
Adults are so much more complicated. And, as a result, subject to a lot more pain. When we were young a fight could usually be negotiated into resolution by an older sibling or parent. It wasn’t just up to us. We had help. Other people cared. Things were taken into hand. And if talking alone failed to remedy the situation, a bag of sweets, a week with our favourite doll, sleeping in our bed overnight or joining us on a sleep…. over could easily bridge the gap.
As adults, we have to think more deeply about our approach and apply more lasting and meaningful solutions. Sometimes, a bunch of flowers might be enough. But more often than not it requires difficult conversations and a whole heap of grovelling and forgiveness.
This reading is intended to help you to move towards harmony and union… and away from distance and despair.
Loving Words reminds us about the power of language and how words can either harm or heal. This card is a call for action and an invitation to make amends. When was the last time you said something nice to your sister, just because? Or when you complimented and praised her? How much love and appreciation do you pour into your relationship? No matter what has happened in the past, and no matter how much hurt has passed between you and possibly still exists, words are seeds, and if you plant nice ones, kind ones, like roses or pansies… pretty things will grow in their place. Plant pretty things and watch what rises to greet you.
The deck used is the Affirmators! Family deck by Suzi Barrett. You can find out more about it here.
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