Is it a Sign or just a Coincidence?

Yesterday I did a Tarot reading for a woman who may have a decision to make in the near future: to stay at her current job or accept an offer that is forthcoming. The first card I pulled, front and center, was the Nine of Cups—the wish card.

The sign of Aquarius, which we are now in, is most closely associated with the 11th house in an Astrology chart. The 11th house is, in part, the house of hopes and dreams, goals and aspirations, and ideals.

In the context of the reading, the woman said to me, “I had been thinking about looking for a new job in this field for 6 months. Now this falls into my lap. Is it a sign or just a coincidence?”

The answer that came through was this:

It is neither.

If you think of the opportunity as a sign, you could place too much emphasis on it. You might feel obligated to take it. You might think of it as an omen, and thus consider it fate.

On the other hand, if you think of it as a coincidence, you will be dismissing or diminishing its value—reducing it to mere happenstance.

Think of it like so. You have been considering an experience (specifically a job) that is different than what you are currently in. The Universe responded by saying, “Well, here’s something. What do you think about this?” The Universe offered up something in reply to your query. Doesn’t mean you have to take it. Doesn’t mean it was an accident either.

How nice it would be if we simply considered all opportunities as the Universe saying, “Well, what do you think about this?”

You see, then all of the following replies would be appropriate:

  • “I hate it.”
  • “I love it.”
  • “Do you have that in red?”
  • “Well, I thought that’s what I wanted, but what I really want is <this> …”
  • “I don’t know. I need some time to think about it.”
  • “Can I try it on for a while and let you know what I think after?”
  • “Can I decide yes for now, but then decide again later?”

Aquarius is a fixed sign, but it is still an air sign. Ideals seem like fixed mental constructs, but they aren’t. They may change slowly, but they can and do change.

Just because you’ve prayed for something for years, doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind later.

Mercury is Retrograde in Aquarius. It is like the Universe saying, “Well, what do you think about <this>?” The <this> is different for each of us. It could be about work, career, relationship, a hobby, etc. Mercury going backward is simply giving you information you may have overlooked the first time.

Sometimes I play a game with myself. I ask myself, “What if you got everything you wanted right now?” I then monitor my emotional reaction.

You know, most of the time, I freak out a little (or a lot). I find myself saying, “I’m not ready!” or “I’m scared.” I’m starting to realize that the Universe is (and has been) ready to give me what I want. I’m the one slamming the brakes.

In the world that we live in, there are signs that say: ‘Stop’, ‘Do Not Enter’, ‘Left Turn Only’, and ‘Right Lane Must Exit’. When the Universe offers you an opportunity in response to your musing, it is not giving you a sign. It is simply saying, “What do you think about this?”

What it really wants to know is what you feel about it.

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