08/04/2012: (Reading for someone; thanks for letting me post!) What should I do this fall in order to be successful at school and work?
The Nine of Wands indicates that you are waiting. The choices and decisions are tough. There is a desire to move forward quickly, but moderate it! Stay balanced! Don’t judge yourself as being indecisive, love and accept yourself no matter what! It will give you courage. You are easily stretched too thin right now, and the time is coming in which you will need your strength of emotion, strength of mind, and strength of body; you will need strength of character. This is not to say do nothing, but be mild and meek with your self. All new growth is tender.
You are still in the process of judging the situation and it weighs upon your mind. You are letting yourself fall where you may. Have you lost sight of the ultimate goal by attempting to find and meet the intermediate ones? Remember which activity serves the other. The process of weighing the outcomes is draining you, so you often force yourself to just stop. But be careful of not looking where you’re going.
You can take the two and make them one; the process of thinking about school and work, and the letting go of it all. Set your goals for the short term but do not be attached to them. There are mystic forces at work which you have not seen.
It appears that your ultimate goal has to do with material and emotional contentment and fulfillment, but you have not fully answered yourself as to what that actually means or feels like to you. You must do this before you can intermediate goals as you need to know where you are going before you ford your own road. A good meditation is to create the feeling of what your ultimate goal would feel like. Hold it and cherish it. Then you can begin to create the path to get there; you will receive the answers to your current question. The success at school and work is short term, and your ultimate goal is long term. Once you have a solid feel for what your long term contentment feels like, you will know what to do in the short term.
In assistance to your success at school and work is Spirit. Be aware of it and what it does in your life; pay attention to the details. You have been given a gift of the Spirit; a gift of potential towards fulfillment of your desires, a gift of knowledge. Its message is to direct it wisely, with balanced judgment. This agreement between you and Spirit must also be honored by nurturing it. It is a light that burns from within and if you listen and care for it, it will help your mind attune to the knowledge and awareness needed to succeed. This is in your recent past.
The Star in your near future indicates that nurturing this gift will be a great aid to your short and long term goals. It is an offer from Spirit for success in however you choose to direct it. Ensure that you direct what you truly want and it shall be yours. The Star also indicates that the successes offered are spiritual in nature. So I see that the original question of material success requires a spiritual answer.
You know that you are making great changes within yourself, letting go of many things you would have normally fought for that you no longer have a need for. Whether this action is conscious or not, it would indicate that you are in tune with the movements of the Earth Spirit. You may be in tune, but remember to listen, and listen often! Listening to Spirit will give you guidance, peace, and rest from weariness. Other people around you see this too, but they see it as an effort on your part to sacrifice in order to get what you want and need in life. Both perspectives have truth in them.
Your hopes and fears are represented by The Moon. This indicates to me that you may fear that your actions are baseless, unreal, or have no real value; while you hope that actually do. When this fear arises, recall that you are the artist of your life, and that just because others may not see the value, when you are making balanced decisions to achieve your goals (which you have based on your balanced emotions, physical, mental, and spiritual selves), you can do no wrong.
The outcome, Six of Wands, shows a definite victory for your future, but beware as it is not the end. There will still be many more steps to take to lead you to your ultimate goal. Take them in stride, and you will create the world you desire.
There are many forces affecting you at the moment. Only allow the forces you want to affect you. The decisions you are currently faced with can only be answered by prayer and meditation in order to balance your outer world with your inner world. This balance will help you find the success in school and work that you desire. Remember that you are currently working towards a greater goal, and do not settle for the small victories that pop up along the way. Be grateful for them and the learning opportunities they may bring, but never loose sight of your ultimate goal.