The typical Hero’s journey hinges on a devastating event that not only changes the life of the soon to be hero but also ultimately threatens his tribe. There is no going back to the way things where so the young person is faced with a choice. Wallow in the loss, or accept the new reality. Wallowing in the loss leads to victimization, accepting the new reality leads to victory. The Knight chooses victory.
Today I contemplate Justice and the Pages. The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates. To decide what is Just/Right for me and my life I need to do a little self examination. Through the pages I ask myself: Are my beliefs Just? Is my passion fuelled? Are my emotions honoured? Am I taking care of the essentials?
Today I contemplate the Wheel and the Tens. James T. Kirk says in Return to Tomorrow; “I don’t believe we can stop. In fact, through all our existence the frightened and faint hearted have been warning men not to push any farther not to learn any more, not to hope, grow and exceed themselves. I don’t believe we can stop, I don’t believe we are meant too.”
Today I contemplate the Hermit and the Nines. Am I able to experience the trials and joys of life without receiving constant feedback from the outside world? Does my sense of value come from me or is it dependant on others?
Today I contemplate Strength and the Eights. Do I have what it takes to forge a new way for myself? Do I have the will, courage, endurance and dedication to reach my goal? Once I strike out on this path do I have the strength to complete the journey?
Today I contemplate the Chariot and the Sevens. Planning and prep work can be arduous but it leads to a relaxed and joyful attitude during the execution of the task. Measure twice and cut once.
Today I contemplate the Lovers and the Sixes. Can I feel confident in knowing my decision is sound? Once I have made my decision am I able to fully commit to the venture? Do I have what it takes to follow through on my decision?
Today I contemplate the Hierophant and the Fives. Have I become so inflexible in my beliefs and assumptions that I would rather suffer the consequences then reconsider my position? Is my ego so fragile that I need to be conceded to in all aspects of my life? Is it my way or the highway?
Today I contemplate the Emperor and the fours. It is easier for people to thrive when they have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. When a firm hand of discipline is tempered with mercy and understanding loyalty arises. Then everyone working together can find enjoyment in the process.
Today I contemplate The Empress and the Threes. Life can be bountiful if we understand that a sense of purpose comes from pride in your work, pain and suffering are inevitable, patience is required and it’s important to have fun.