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For most of last year, I did the #Vanlife thing (without a van.) I can work from anywhere and did while traveling the continent. It was incredible in a lot of ways but also hard and expensive (bad weather meant last-minute motels, gas prices went up, ate out a lot more than I thought I would, etc). I came back home for the winter, and the plan was to start the second part of the trip up again in March. Except I dont know if I should. After being home for 6 weeks, its nice to have a toilet and shower, and kitchen. I cant afford an outfitted van, so it would be back to camping and pooping in Love gas stations. Should I stick to the plan or settle back home?
Cards to hit the road: Full Moon, Nine of Pentacles (rev.), High Priestess (rev.)
Cards to stay home: Nine of Swords (rev.) Queen of Pentacles, Eight of Pentacles (rev.)
I dont know the details of your financial situation and, personally, I think camping is terrifying (if the wildlife doesnt get you, some serial killer will), so take all of this with a grain of salt: I dont think youre finished with this road trip yetat least emotionally speaking.
We start with the Full Moon, a bright, energetic beacon that feels like the universe is shouting, GO! GO! GO! Its also a time of clarity. You probably learned a hell of a lot about yourself when camping by your lonesome or driving on some desert highway at dusk. You probably had time to do some soul searchingand with the High Priestess reversed, I think youre still in the middle of that process. To be Jungian about it, I think youre becoming conscious and really learning who you are.
The Nine of Pentacles can be a card of growth. The image is usually some sort of vine or bush, and it can represent the carefully tended fruit of the soul. Paired with The High Priestess, Id say youre in the throws of deep emotional growth, and finishing up this trip will help ripen these lessons.
Now, I dont know what your bank account looks like, but I would guess that staying home is a more financially sound move. The Queen of Pentacles is nothing if not practical. But I dont think youd be happy there. Sure, youll save moneythe Eight of Pentacles usually means throwing yourself into workbut I think you might feel disappointed. Nine of Swords can feel haunting, an anxious loop of did I make the right choice? on repeat, and to quote the Butthole Surfers: Its better to regret something you have done than to regret something you havent done.
So if possible, continue on the trip. Maybe you have to shorten it or do more couch surfing, but I think youre in the middle of something here, and youd like to finish it. If its not feasible to keep traveling, how can you keep growing back at home? Dont just return to rise and grind---shit aint edifying, and youd hate it.
Best of luck and safe travels, my dear.
Life is getting interesting for me as I move into a different phase of my career. Am I making the right move at this time? It would potentially be a big change in income, but Im hoping for more peace and opportunities that Im not able to enjoy right now. What do the cards say for me?
-Time for Transition?
Cards: The Lovers, The Fool, Two of Pentacles (all reversed.)
Not only are you making the right move, but I think this is something that you have been looking forward to for a very long time.
While its the only minor arcana, I want to start with the Two of Pentacles. Its a card about balance, particularly work/life balance. With a big change of income (Im assuming its lessening), budgets will need to be balanced more. That can be stressfulbelieve me, I knowbut it will open up time that you can spend doing other things you loveincluding spending more time with the people you love.
The Lovers represents not only romantic love but ALL love and relationships. I do think you dearly loved your career at one point, but now your priorities are shifting. Does this peace and opportunities include having more time for your relationships? Would you get to spend more time with your family, your friends, and yourself? If so, you should take it! Harvard recently published results from its 85-year, multi-generational happiness study, and you know what the good life consisted of? Good relationships. While this career move might be a finical loss, youll gain time spent deepening your older relationships and possibly starting new ones.
This is a completely new phase of your career and your life. The Fool is the card of beginnings, of taking a leap of faith, all blind hope and big dreams. But starting off into the unknown can also feel frightening. The familiar is deeply comfortingits a big reason why people stick in shitty jobs or relationships or apartmentsbut the potential for something greater is on the horizon.
I do think youll have to reconfigure some things in your life. Budget is one. But how you spend your time is another. What does peace look like to you? What are some of the opportunities youd like to try? Transitions can be tricky (even when we want them), so a few plans or ideas might help you ease into your new lifeand keep you from doubting if you made a mistake.
But with The Fool, we can also expect the unexpected. Keep an open mind and curious spirit as you start down your new path. You never know what exciting things may come along.
Best of luck, my dear!