This week’s question is: “How can I grow my business to make it self-sustaining?”
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Disappointment at what seems counter-intuitive
My first gut impression upon seeing the Two of Swords as my answer was honestly disappointment. I thought: “Hey! I want to grow my business! Give me the magic, happy solution! I don’t want to see this woman. I don’t like her. She’s closed-off and cold.”
When I see the Two of Swords, oftentimes it comes up in relationship readings. I see this card a lot when people are coming out of difficult relationships and feel that they have to protect themselves from harm’s way. So, they put up their defenses, seen here as those two huge swords, and they cross their arms over their chest and they blindfold themselves and they say, “Never again!!” It’s a gesture of self-protection. The problem though is that sometimes we can be so careful about “protecting” ourselves that we fail to see what’s right in front of us and we end up shutting ourselves off from being vulnerable and open to new opportunities for growth, even if it involves risk.
See? See why this was a card that I absolutely DID NOT want to see regarding growing my tarot business as I re-launch it? Not exactly the happy card with money pouring out and abundance. How in the world could a card like this be pro-active advice? It seems so counter-intuitive. “Shut yourself off to grow your business?” WHHAAAT?!?
Seeing things for what they are—or not
First, regarding growing my business, I see that blindfold. My questions to myself are: What is it that I’m refusing to look at, or what is it that I don’t want to see about growing my business into something self-sustaining? Am I avoiding something?
Secondly, as pro-active advice, should I be closing my eyes to something? Here I think, absolutely I could stop looking around at what others are doing as a point of comparison and intimidation, and focus inward on what I can do. That would be a healthy step for me to take. The water behind the woman also shows that she has turned her back on her gut intuition. Getting back in touch with my intuition and inner feelings and knowing about how to grow my business will certainly help me, as this card higlights when we’ve gone a bit overboard perhaps on intellectual theorizing or rationalizing and need to balance it more with the watery, feminine, yin, heart-centered feeling and knowing about how to proceed. That involves trust.
Creating healthy boundaries vs. putting up a defensive stance
The second factor to examine here regarding growing my business has to do with how open I am to sharing with others and interacting with others. Since the card of advice shows the woman actively closing off, it makes me wonder: do I somehow need to find ways to protect myself as I grow my business? Am I letting myself be too vulnerable or am I not setting up healthy boundaries that allow me to grow my business the way I would like?
Certainly in my personal life I could do a better job of managing how others take advantage of my generosity. Perhaps I need to start saying “no” to others in order to have more time to devote to my business. Perhaps growing my business into something self-sustainable is going to mean I have to get a bit “tougher” about boundary-busting people in my life who would distract me from the work I’d need to do to truly focus on my own business and not their concerns or taking advantage of my time.
The caution about boundaries is that they don’t become a brick wall or a barrier that shuts others out. So, focus boundaries that protect my time and effort from being sucked away by others is apparently something that I need to cultivate here in order to move forward in building my business.
A clarifying card
Sometimes, on impulse, if I still feel I’d like a bit of commentary on a reading, I draw an additional card. Here I felt that I wanted that something extra to round out my thoughts, so I drew the next card on the deck.
The Six of Pentacles is about give and take. So it highlights the need to be careful with my resources and find balance (see the scale) in how much I give as opposed to how much I get. I can’t give “hand outs” in order to grow my business. I have to distribute my resources even-handedly and fairly. On the flip side, I shouldn’t “beg” for business. Balance in resources and in the give-and-take of growing the business is important in terms of the factors shown with the Two of Swords.
Over to you
What do you think? Any additional thoughts? You don’t have to read tarot cards to comment. Just look at the images and share with us what they make you think, feel, or believe to be true, and then relate those thoughts, feelings, images, etc., to my question, and tell me what you come up with. I’d love to hear from you—just leave a comment!