Many of us struggle with over-thinking things.
There’s a constant battle between the head, and all its rational justifications for our decisions, and the heart, with its impulsivity and open vulnerability.
It often happens that if we spend too much time in the headspace as opposed to the heart-space, we end up stressed, anxious, and more confused than ever.
So, how can we take a few moments to step outside of our snowballing thoughts on an issue and get some objectivity, while also connecting to the unfiltered “voice” in our own heart?
Let’s ask the cards for some advice.
1: How can I stop over-thinking?
2: What can my heart tell me?
3: What can help me to better trust and follow my inner soul’s (heart) voice?
I used the Thoth tarot for these questions:
In the first card, we see Trump VIII, which in the Thoth deck is called “Adjustment” but in most decks is Justice.
One of the first things to note with Justice is the concept of balance.
So, in order to stop over-thinking, we must balance out the thinking with something else. In this case, with our heart and our “gut feelings” rather than rationalizations.
I’d also say, judging by the image on this card, that we can stop over-thinking by going within and finding our center. In this card we see symbols for the Alpha and Omega on each side of the figure, with a sword in the middle whose symbol (the crescent moons) evokes much symbolism.
The word crescent comes from the Latin term ceres meaning to “bring forth, create” and crescere, the Latin term for “grow, thrive.”
Therefore, between the beginning and the end, the black and the white, between the extremes – therein lies the balance, the gray area, and thus, creation and growth.
Regarding what our hearts can tell us, the first thing we see in the center card, the Five of Wands, is that it’s bright yellow and there are twisted flames coming out from the center.
In our hearts is where our inner fire lives; it’s what gives us the power and determination to make real in the world what our hearts desire.
Although the fives in the Thoth have difficult keywords (this one, for example, is “strife”) and that wouldn’t necessarily track with what we might expect to see here (if we expect something light and positive regarding the heart’s message), I interpret this card to tell us that our heart can show us when we’re at a crossroads in terms of our desires.
Often the over-thinking keeps us stuck or stagnant: the heart can tell us how to break free of that trap and direct us to the truth of the matter. The five is a turning point between the stability (or stagnancy) of the four, and the newfound harmony and balance of the six.
In another perspective, we can look at the opposing astrological influences of this card: Leo (all fire), and Saturn (pressure, discipline, resistance, blockage). Perhaps this is another way of showing us, in Lon Milo DuQuette’s words, “a picture of hot, pressurized magma struggling to reach the surface of the volcano, but frustrated by the sheer weight of the mountain itself”. In that sense, the magma is the heart’s impulse, while the weight is brought on by the baggage of excessive thoughts. Here the heart is telling us to lighten the load.
In fact, our final card here is a six, the Six of Disks, which implies a grounding influence that has integrated the heart and the mind. The keyword here is “success”. The two astrological symbols here are Moon (emotions/heart) and Taurus (practicality/head). In fact, Crowley’s own Book of Thoth, as quoted in Lon Milo DuQuette’s treatise, says that Tiphareth (the six) “represents consciousness in its most harmonized and balanced form; definitely in form, not only in idea, as in the case of the number Two. In other words, the Son is an interpretation of the Father in terms of the mind.”
So, what can help in better trusting and following the inner/soul’s voice? Finding that balance between heart and head, not going to extremes. When we realize that we’re trapped in the snowball effect of over-thinking, we must take a step back and silence the mind so that we can allow the spontaneous and non-rational input of the heart—how we instinctively feel about the issue rather than what we merely think—to make its voice heard.