Oracle of the Day: Five of Earth

Fears surrounding money.  Photo credit: Meli Halstead

Fears surrounding money.
Photo credit: Meli Halstead

Central theme of your writing piece for the day:

 

Five of Earth unveils a fear that surrounds money and uncertain self-employment.  Are you worried about having enough?  Are you living from paycheck to paycheck?  Do you have a mountain of bills staring at you and you’re dreading them?  Are you uncertain about your current self-employment?

Remember, you are in control of your finances and your financial future.  If this card makes you nervous, this is a fantastic time to write a list of all the worries you have that surround your finances.  After you’ve got your list, then you’re ready to take a brave step forward and have the wisdom to accept help from others.

It’s hard asking others for help and/or guidance, but sometimes you are too close to the financial struggle that it’s hard to see things as they are.

You might ask a close family for guidance or advice, or a spiritual counselor, or even a financial planner.  Someone out there has a solution for your troubles.

 

Writing Focus:

Money is the currency of our economy.  It’s a form of energy that allows us to obtain other energy forms.  Some people have a lot of it and other people have none, but most of us come in-between the spectrum. In every single aspect of our lives, the subject of money comes up in one way or another. Folks feel out the financial picture of each other by asking the basic question of “What do you do for a living?”

We look to famous people and some of us are in awe at how much they make, and marvel at their luxurious lifestyles.  Sure, we might not want that kind of fanciness, but we’ve all said these at words at one point: If I were a millionaire, I would (insert action).

We get excited about the powerball and the lottery scratch tickets.  Why?  We dream about having lots of it and swimming in a pool of coins like Scrooge McDuck, but feel that “lot’s” of money is unattainable.

We spend our lifetimes under this imaginary financial ceiling, subconsciously telling ourselves we are only worth so much.  Anything more than that is downright scary.  It doesn’t have to be that way, but it is for most of us.

Some people stay stuck in this financial turmoil, while others break out through creative visualization followed by action.

Your character…..

Your character has a lot of fears surrounding money.  Perhaps s/he has spent too much without really taking stock of what’s in the bank.  Or somehow a big financial expense came up due to an unforseen incident.  The reasons for fear that surrounds money is vast: surgery, car accidents, sickness, and more.

These are real issues that affect real people.  When people read books, they like to connect with characters that have real problems.  People like to see a bit of themselves in the characters you write about.

Have your character face a serious money issue and becomes rather fearful about not having enough.  What does your character do in these moments of desperation?  How do people around your character react?  Do they rally around him/her or do they jump ship?

What does your character do to dig out of this financial fear?  Show us the feelings and raw emotions your character goes through.  Show us at his/her lowest.  Show us at his/her highest.

I Dare You To Take Action Prompt:

Take a look at the Five of Earth card and look at the detail.  Recall all the emotions you felt when you couldn’t pay a bill or you knew a big bill was coming.  Recall the gut wrenching feeling of despair and scouring the internet for solutions.  In your search, you probably found those ‘get rich quick’ schemes and part of you hoped that it wouldn’t be a scam, but you passed up the opportunity.  What if your character decided to take the risk?  Live vicariously through your character and write what could have been.

 

If you’re thinking of something else, another memory you have regarding your fear surrounding money, then write those experiences down in your journal.  Take 30 minutes to ponder and write those feelings you had.

Once you are done, find a way to incorporate what you wrote into your rough draft.  If you don’t have a rough draft, then it might be a great part for your new piece.

Resources for you:

10 minute guided meditation to ease anxiety, worry and urgency. 

 

Allowing Money (and other good stuff) – Tapping with Brad Yates.

I’d love to hear how this oracle has enhanced your writing.  Leave a comment and enrich the lives of our other readers.  Pay your experiences forward.

Let’s connect on Twitter: @MeliHalstead

 

Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who likes to help writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles.  She has written and published several short stories in her life time.  She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.

 

Wondering where in the world I got this amazing card? It is part of the wonderful deck Angel Tarot Cards by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine. *I am not an affiliate in any way. I bought the card deck because I like angels!*

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