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A tarot reading to cope with the stress of traveling

Like many people, I really enjoy travelling. Prior to COVID, I was fortunate enough to be able to afford a trip once a year or so. While these trips wouldn’t be long or extravagant, I cherished them deeply. Those several days a year helped me break up the monotony of work and the stresses of life.

So, naturally, traveling was one of the things I looked forward to the most when society reopened. To me, it feels like the last frontier of things returning to “normal.” And, yet, I didn’t book the first flight I could. I can’t stop fixing on all the things that can go wrong.

Recent articles in the news are noting that the Pearson Airport has been ranked as the worst in the world for delays. Canceled and delayed flights have led to missed connections. And many travelers are also dealing with lost luggage.

When I travel, my ultimate goal isn’t to eat exotic foods or see historic monuments. While those things are on the list, what I yearn for more than anything is to just relax. I fear that these traveling nuisances will end up achieving the exact opposite of what I seek. But with places to go and people I want to see, I’m not sure how much longer I want to delay my travel plans.

Faced with this uncertainty, I reached for my tarot decks to seek some comfort and counsel on how to deal with the stresses of travelling.

Card: Knight of Wands

The way this knight beats the drum with such joy shows us that this card is all about passion, energy and enthusiasm. So wholeheartedly in the moment, she’s not concerned with the mistake she may have made yesterday or the long to-do list she must tackle tomorrow. Now is a time to focus on the positive.

This is not to say that she will throw all caution to the wind and make decisions with reckless abandonment. What it does mean is that she will challenge her fear of her with hope. She’s aware that there’s inherent risk in everything we do; even something as simple as crossing the street has its set of risks. Once we make a choice to proceed with an action, however, we must shift our attention away from fear and move toward pragmatic optimism.

In the case of travel, once we’ve decided that it’s the right choice for us, it’s time to focus on the trip itself. Think about all the things we want to do and start looking forward to it. Allow ourselves to be excited.

Card: Hierophant

Traditionally, the Hierophant is presented as a religious figure. Symbolically, he stands for all the things we learn from culture and society. In this reading, this card can be interpreted to mean all the things we learn about ourselves when we travel.

The card shows me how I can learn from the Knight of Wands by putting a positive spin on my stress and seeing it as a learning opportunity. Generally, I am rather ambitious about avoiding stressful situations. While it can be smart at times, it can also prevent me from engaging in challenges from which I may grow.

The motivation to travel, however, is so strong that I am willing to confront my fear of stress to achieve it. The world is filled with wonders but, in order to be worthy of adventures, I must be able to deal with the setbacks and unforeseen circumstances that can come with it.

Card: 9 of Wands

A woman stands upright and alert in a field with a low fence before her. She holds in her hand a wand emitting a glow to give her vision in the darkness. This image speaks about the importance of vigilance.

The last piece of advice this reading leaves us with is to be prepared. While we should be cautiously optimistic, it can’t be just about good vibes and leave everything to chance. Be diligent and plan for setbacks. If possible, plan for delays — not just in terms of our itineraries but also how we can react if it occurs. Perhaps we can arm ourselves with that book we’ve been wanting to read and turn down time into some “me” time.

I once read in a fortune cookie that luck is where the crossroads of opportunity and preparation meet. If we’re well prepared, delays need not necessarily be stressful setbacks.

Wing is a GTA-based tarot reader and teacher, you can find her on Instagram @tarotmechanic

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