Ask KnightHawk — Dissatisfied at work
I am very depressed about my job at present because there is absolutely no opportunity for growth in my job. What do I need to do to bring about change in my employment? Will I have to leave my current job?
Dissatisfied at work
Thank you for asking for a reading. Here are the cards I dealt for you:
Card 1 (Major Arcana Card for Spiritual advice) – Judgment
Card 2 (Court Card for traits to develop or emphasize) – King of Cups
Card 3 (PIP card for suggested action) – Four of Cups
A quick review of these cards suggests a bit of advice which is to look around for a better opportunity. First, however, you’ll need to consider what you feel called to do because it is when you choose to do what you truly love that the right job will come to you.
This card is generally about hearing a higher calling, so in this case, it indicates that in order to find employment that is satisfying and fulfilling for you, you should find out what your higher calling is. Consider what your heart tells you that you should be doing with your life, and pursue that. For now, the job you have makes you a living, and of course that is important. But once you discover where your soulful purpose lies, you should pursue that.
King of Cups:
This King urges you to cultivate your ability to remain calm, even in the midst of emotionally turbulent situations — maintain control of your emotional responses and be diplomatic. I realize that this advice is not telling you how to find a better job, but it is telling you how to deal with the one you have in the Here and Now. Developing emotional equanimity and diplomacy will serve you well in whatever you do, so you can consider this job, with all its problems, as a great way to develop and practice those skills.
On a more practical level, this card suggests meditation as a way to discover the higher calling that the previous card talks about.
Four of Cups:
This card indicates that you are stuck in the “trance of everyday life,” as Arthur Deikman calls it in his book, The Observing Self.
The dissatisfaction with your job that you feel is actually a very important and positive thing for you right now because it is your emotional guidance system telling you that you are not where your soul wants you to be, you’re not doing what it wants you to do. To paraphrase Gary Zukav in his book The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness, “Dissatisfaction is your ‘fuller life’ calling you, and your fear of hearing the call.” You need to pay attention to that.
And so, like the King of Cups, this card also suggests learning and practicing meditation as a way to discover your higher calling.
We can also find advice for you in the contra-positive card for the Four of Cups, which is the Seven of Wands. This card indicates assertiveness — taking a stand for what you believe in and standing your ground. Sometimes this is the best remedy for the boredom and stuck-in-a-rut dissatisfaction that we see in the Four of Cups. By the way, this stand-your-ground advice may sound contradictory to the diplomacy advice of the King of Cups, but it is not. One can take a stand in a diplomatic way.
To help you in this situation, I would like to leave you with the following affirmations, which are adapted from my book, Tarot Affirmations. (You can read more about using affirmations with Tarot cards in a prior blog post.) Feel free, of course, to pick and choose among them and to adjust them to suit yourself.
First, here is an affirmation based on the Judgment card:
I listen to the call from my Higher Self leading me to my soulful purpose.
The next two will bring you the qualities of the King of Cups:
I am calm and in control of my emotions.
I handle all my relationships with tact and diplomacy.
These affirmations work well with the messages of the Four of Cups:
I am ready and eager to find new and exciting things to do with my life.
I am open to new possibilities and new opportunities.
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