Drawing a Blank – Angel Card

Angela Rider - Angel Cards
New Edition Angel Cards

I keep a set of Angel Cards in a wooden box on the kitchen counter for easy access as part of a daily ritual or whenever I would like a word of guidance. I think of them as one-word messages on-tap.

I have a set that I’ve used for about 20 years. A while ago I purchased an updated version of the cards and I love the expanded selection of words to contemplate. The new set of cards builds onto the previous version with words like Expansiveness, Resilience, and Discernment.

Sometimes when I’m having a bit of a struggle getting clarity on a situation, I draw a card and use that word as a starting point. The Angel Cards are also great insight prompts for journal writing. Often the word on the card I pull is so direct it makes me smile at the obviousness. Like recently, I pulled the Trust card when I was having second thoughts about a project offer that I declined. That card helped me to move on and release the doubts that kept me stuck and were draining my energy.

Angela Rider - Blank Angel Card
Blank Angel Card

The card sets include a Blank Angel Card. In discussions over the years with others about the Blank card, I was surprised to find that so many people didn’t like drawing the blank card and would just pull another. The responses about why they didn’t like the card had the general themes that not receiving an actual word was not helpful to them, didn’t feel like they received any guidance, or it was felt as an implicit and harsh “No response for you!” to whatever they were seeking. Maybe it’s my independent nature, but I like the Blank card. It can be interpreted as guidance to be open to whatever word or thought that percolates or pops up. Sometimes I take it as “permission” to get out of my head for awhile.

Lately though, I’ve been thinking of the Blank card as my personal “On a Need to Know Basis” card. My own growth opportunities continue to stretch my capacity to surrender to the Not-Knowing-ness of life. Sometimes I find myself futilely trying to figure out details of future possibilities that don’t even matter right now. I get caught spending mental and emotional energy on the “What Ifs”. I’m not talking about general responsible life plans and strategies like earthquake preparedness or having an emergency money savings plan.

I find myself thinking about the “What Ifs” of things like…

  • What if I run out of things to write about?
  • What if I get really busy with work and for some reason want/need to move again?
  • What if I totally miss some juicy personal or work opportunity?

So even though there are Angel Cards for Surrender, Faith, and Trust as well as other words that could pull me out of my “What If” thoughts, the Blank card is what speaks to me the most succinctly. It pulls me back into the moment to pay attention to what is going on right now. The Blank card carries the message to Surrender control, have Faith that the universe is conspiring with me and not against me and that I can Trust myself to see what I need to do when the time comes. (Actually, I’m not always that gracious about it. Drawing the Blank card is usually followed by a heavy sigh and a dramatic eye-roll before I accept that I’m still “On a Need to Know Basis”.)

We have to be willing to accept that “drawing a blank” to our questions is sometimes the very best response we can receive. It calls for us to look inward for the truth and access our own authentic power instead of looking to others to tell us what to do or think. It reminds us to be present in the moment, notice what is going on, and take care of it. Again, this doesn’t mean to ignore personal issues or not get needed counsel and it doesn’t mean to not make plans or have goals. When you draw a “blank” response through card divination or meditation, it’s time for inner reflection and maybe it’s as simple as coming to your own answer of “I just don’t know…yet.”

Labyrinth - Questionable Thinking
Questionable Thinking

Caroline Myss has some self-examination questions related to getting in touch with your divine intuition and how you relate to it. One of the questions (below) reminds me of drawing the Blank Angel Card.

How would your life change if the divine answered your questions by saying:

I have no intention of giving you insight at this point in your life?

What would you do then?

Even when you draw a blank, it’s the moment of beginning the future.

You get to choose how you will respond.

Start where you are.