Self-Sabotage

Jan Erickson
3 min readMar 30

Below are the reading notes from today’s As Above, So Below reading on YouTube:

Reading Notes:

Today’s runes are Algiz and Tristitia. Algiz is the bridge between the astral and physical realms, protection, the elk or the elk sedge whereas Tristitia is fully an ego-oriented rune where you get stuck in grief and you can’t get past the negativity. Together they represent the extreme ends of as above so below and the need for higher awareness to release you from being stuck in a particular mindset.

The cards today were the 10 of Wands, the 5 of Pentacles, and the Ace of Pentacles. At that point, the cards had a seven numerology suggesting the need to look at what’s happening in a more realistic manner. I did draw another card, the Queen of Swords, to give more information about the 10 and the 5 which only reinforced the seven numerology and the need for honesty.

The 10 of Wands illustrates a man carrying ten staffs that are fanned out at the top. His head down and he’s not paying attention to where he’s going, but it appears like he’s headed home. Normally I would interpret his head being down as trusting the process, but given the 5 of Pentacles, I have to think he’s not paying close enough attention to the reality of his burden. Wands reflects the Fire element and in one sense, the staffs could represent new opportunities, but has he taken on too much and can he deliver on the promises he’s made?

The 5 of Pentacles indicates change that results in destitution. Both individuals are the walking wounded as they walk in the snow, in the cold, and against the wind. They’re walking by a church evidenced by the stained glass window. But they’re braving the elements because they don’t perceive the safe space that’s right next to them. Aligning the 5 of Pentacles with Tristitia and the 10 of Wands, the people may be stuck in a perception that isn’t accurate or realistic. Perhaps the 5 of Pentacles is the result of taking on more than you can deliver (10 of Wands) and something tragic has happened such as the loss of income or the loss of a job.

It was at this point where I drew the Queen of Swords as a card to give more information about the 10 and 5. The Queen takes no prisoners and expects honesty, but in this case, this could be suggesting that you need to take an honest look at…

Jan Erickson

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