“Turn your midlife crisis to your own advantage by making it a time for renewal of your body and mind, rather than stand by helplessly and watch them decline.” Jane E. Brody Yesterday, I came across a totally fabulous post by the Tarot Lady, titled Tarot To The Rescue: Aging Gracefully, where she uses the Tarot as a tool for taking action rather than standing by helplessly. My kinda lady and my kinda tool! I can identify! Things are slowly making their way south. Fine lines are insisting that their true calling is to turn into wrinkles rather than remaining fine lines. The skin on my neck is not so firm any more and I find myself checking the skin under my chin for overhang once or twice a week, thinking I’m quite lucky so far. My tweezers are becoming my best friend (I panic when I can’t find them!) and the mirror is my worst enemy, or it’s a close tie between my mirror and non-candlelight lighting. My stomach used to be flat as a board and after giving birth twice in my mid 20’s I snapped back into shape in no time. I did my dance teaching degree in my late twenties and my childless fellow classmates couldn’t believe how tiny my waist was. Now I have to face the fact that I have the body of a middle-aged woman complete with the rounded belly, varicose veins and cellulite. Ugh. Is it even possible to love oneself at this stage? Yes! Now is the time when what is inside me has a chance to shine. I can take my accumulated wisdom and understanding of life and myself and become what I wish to be: A light in the world. But first I should address those ‘in your face’ questions about getting older that Theresa Reed a.k.a. the Tarot Lady asks, because if I sweep them under the carpet they’ll be back to haunt me in one way or another. What do you need to face about getting older? What is your inner dialogue at this time? What can you appreciate about yourself right now? What are some actions you can take to accept yourself right now? I used the Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot deck for this reading: 1. What I need to face: 5 of Wands (Saturn in Leo). I need to face that I do take pride in my appearance. I take after my maternal grandmother in this. I’m very human and love to be told I look younger than my years. I suppose I’ll be happy as I look and move like I’m younger than I really am. The sense of smugness that gives me kinda compensates for all the other stuff. 2. My inner dialogue at this point in time is very much centred in my connection with the angels so The Judgement card is...Read More »
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