Updated: Jul 6
4 of Disks//Pathway 41 Al-Jalil, Pooling Strength
Sun in Capricorn
Recalibrating your foundation for greater security
Set yourself up for success, whatever that looks like to you
4 of Disks, Lord of Earthly Powers
This month’s message is about cultivating greater, more enduring stability. As we head into yet another recession with quite a few things feeling shaky and uncertain, it is necessary for us to take new stock of our lives. Where can we trim some fat? What could use some additional cushioning? How can we stretch our resources a bit further? If we had to completely shift how our needs are met, how could we do so starting today?
The plans we had in place may need to be tweaked, rewritten, or put on hold altogether while we rework our sense of balance and security. This is particularly true when it comes to finances.
Since the beginning of the year, experts have been predicting the drastic rise in fuel costs and “winter is coming”. Many of us know what it's like to ration furnace oil or to endure the cold because our heating is electric and companies like to hike rates in the cold season. As we continue in times of collective economic strain, we can enter the winter season with greater security by investing in better blankets, socks, and practicing creative insulation measures. However, before we go out and buy things we must look to see what we already have on hand.
One thing my mother always taught me and exemplified was to always release at the start of recalibration and renewal. I know many people of color have trouble getting rid of old things. You may not know when they could come in handy again. Even if not for us, things may be useful should someone come looking we’d be glad we held onto them. If this is you, why wait to bless someone with what has served its purpose in your life already? Someone could use those things today!
Sometimes we’ve held on because we remember times when we or loved ones had no choice but to make do with what was already on hand and we want to be sure we don’t get caught lacking. Other times we hold on for fear that we are unable to or foolish/selfish/wasteful for replacing the old with the new. We all deserve to upgrade when due and able.
* Go through your closets and those big-ass storage bins and bags we all got and make room for things you truly need. Donate what you can directly to someone in need or to an organization that gives things away for free or at minimal pricing. This allows you and the item to be of use while you go for your upgrade. That comforter that has started to get lumpy but has no stains or holes, old to you but a blessing to someone else.
* Go through all your subscriptions and only keep the ones improving your life in UNIQUE ways, you can always loop back around to superfluous engagements once your stability allows. This is not a call for you to delete the streaming services that help you unwind at the end of a long day. Instead, consider deleting apps with capabilities found elsewhere. Do you pay for apps with overlapping functions? Is it absolutely necessary that you have both? Are there subscriptions you have that you no longer use but are still paying? Have a gym membership that you never use???? Trim the fat of all these smaller charges that add up.
* Review your spending habits and see how IF or how things could be better balanced more effectively. Do you need to negotiate a change of due date of some of your accounts to reduce stress? Do you need to make smaller payments as the month goes on instead of paying certain bills at once?
* Take this same approach with how you spend your time and energy.
* Reflect on your “ must-do” procedures – things like cleaning around your home, cooking, laundry, washing your hair, etc. How can these things become more routine and less chore?
Make sure you are working smarter not harder, it’s easier to feel secure that way as it won’t take as much energy or resources to sustain. Find ways to manufacture your success with your everyday decisions and behaviors.
PERSONALLY, success means not doing anything I don’t want to do. I genuinely do not care what it is; I promised myself and my ancestors I would never be forced or coerced into doing things I don’t want to. I promised I would recover and protect my autonomy and exemplify that for the next generations. Crafting routines that fuel or support me out of household chores is often the only way the bathroom gets cleaned, the only reason I cook. It takes a while to get your rituals right but if you’re someone who needs an expansive why beyond “because you have to”, try it out.
Ex: I will clean the bathroom once a week because if I let it messier than it does in a week it’s going to be hard to be motivated to do, take longer to clean, and I’m going to be upset. I will be doing something I don’t want to do.