Burned, Awake & Focused

Today’s card is a reminder about focusing. In yesterday’s weekly @Tarotscopes, focus seemed to be a theme. This could be because my own mind is on an upcoming trip. I just know that when I pulled today’s card, I sighed and laughed.

Look at this worker. He’s in charge of so much machinery here. All the dials and levers and cogs must be maintained. Yet he uses the brass telescope to scan the horizon. Why, I wonder. Is he so focused on his next project that he doesn’t realize the wand in his hand is thisclose to burning him?

The Buddhist teaching of being awake in the moment is deceptively simple, but I think it’s a good one for this card. How often do we forget the here and now for the what we have to do next.

Shoddy workmanship can hurt. He’s already got a bandage around his head. Who wants to bet he’s going to need one on his hand soon? And what happens when he DROPS the fiery wand? The whole place is going to go up.

He has to learn to focus on the task at hand. Otherwise he’s going to be doing the “two steps forward, one step back” dance.

What about you? Do you have something coming that you are excited about? Is it causing you to lose focus on the here and now? For today, try to let your monkey mind tackle what is in front of you. Don’t worry about what’s down the road. Just for now, do what you can do.

And for goodness sake, pay attention to the sharp, pointy things and burning things, darlings! No need to cause yourself more work just because you didn’t focus on the right things.

Seek joy, y’all! Pass it on.

9 of Wands, Steampunk Tarot, Llewellyn Publishing, 2012

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4 thoughts on “Burned, Awake & Focused”

  1. How timely! Yesterday, I was packing up my stuff to head off to the dentist and my husband rushed in from his wood shop. He had cut his hand pretty deep from a drill bit. I ended up sending him off to the doctor with my daughter holding a bandage on his hand (note to self: we need medical tape) and I went off to the dentist. All was fine, but it made both of us think. It made him realize that his hand is not a good stopper for a drill bit and it made me realize that we are completely unprepared for any sort of medical maladies in our household.

    I loved your post. I always love your posts so I would like to just stop saying that, but I can’t help myself. Your vision is wonderful and SO SPOT ON. How many times in our lives are we so intent on what the outcome is that we completely forget where we are right now? Brilliant.

    So where are you going on your trip?

  2. I am the world’s worst at focussing on the future at the expense of the near at hand! So, I can identify with alllllll this.

    I do TRY to focus on the moment – and the job in hand – but my little monkey mind gets all excited about …ooooh shiny thing, shiny thing …. where was I? Oh yes, I get distracted by new projects!


    Ali x

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