After the shake-up of loss, potential or actual, we have learned what’s really important. And so it’s time for us to try on multiple perspectives and truly begin to touch Wisdom. We have experienced both loss and gain so we can deeply empathize with the plight our siblings in the human family. And then we must treat others just as we would wish to be treated. Jesus’ Golden Rule echoes through this card: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.1” In this card, we have the very poor accepting the generosity of a wealthy patron. Put yourself in the place of the beggar, who is homeless on the street and reliant on the wealth of others. Consider the possible circumstances that may have put you in this situation. What could have happened to force you to depend on the generosity of another person? And then put yourself in the place of the benefactor who, unlike the hoarder in the four of Stones, gives generously of his resources to those in need. So the card of loss, the five of Stone, leads to the card of generosity, the six of Stone. When we understand what it is to lose we also better understand what it means to give. And each one of us will at some time or another play both roles in some way. And it is here that lack fills itself with Love.
In times of physical stress, financial, health, or otherwise, who has been there for you? Have you had the opportunity to be there for another?
How do you choose to live the “Golden Rule?” Does it hold true for you? Engage with the different roles in this card. How do you act as the beggar? How do you act as the benefactor? What emotions do you experience in each role? Really put yourself there. Role-play it. Experience the emotions of yourself as each of these characters. Then energetically bless yourself in all spaces. Send blessings to the poor and to the rich with a prayer that they may gain greater understanding of the other and realize that they are One.
Have you found yourself in judgment of those who are very poor, perhaps homeless on the streets? What about those who are less well-off than you who are of a different racial group or socio-economic status? Or perhaps you are more likely to judge the very wealthy or those of the middle classes. Step back from your judgements and imagine what it is like to be them. Understand the choices they make are from their perspective and accept that, more often than not, they are made from a place of innocence.
Is it easier for you to be the giver or the receiver? Some of us are very good at giving and very terrible with receiving blessings from others. This represents an imbalance in ourselves. It is most important we be willing to give and receive equally in all things. If we cannot receive blessings from other humans, we are less likely to graciously receive blessings from the All. And if we cannot give with kindness, and without expectation, then we are freezing the flow of blessing.
When the six of Stones enters your spread, no matter your status, look for some way to give. Even when we are at our most impoverished there is someone we can help. By giving to others, in whatever way seems appropriate, we also thaw frozen places in ourselves and restore movement in our lives.
© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston