Today’s meditation was ten minutes long, and focused on the subjectivity of time. That is to say, how in some situations time feels like it moves at a crawl or even stands still, while at other times it flies by in a blink.
It specifically dealt with times when these slows or accelerations in time are stressful or uncomfortable, and how we can help take ourselves out of that space by stepping back for a moment and focusing on the now. This includes a moment of mindfulness, taking a few deep breaths, and centering yourself in the moment.
I have a habit of doing this thing throughout the day, but it was a good reminder, because there are times when I am feeling flustered or overwhelmed that I forget the practice is available to me.
The Nine of Brine is traditionally a culmination card in the area of emotions, creativity, and relationships. But, what I see here in this card is not so much culmination as support through times of difficulty. I see the young elephant and the young human giving each other comfort and support as they are surrounded by the remnants of the dead. The water they wade in is a reinforcement of the emotional connection blended into the support between the two. They are washed clean together, they emerge together, supportive of each other.
The Knight of Oak (pentacles), is a card of action within the tarot, which deals with themes to do with hard work and productivity. Again, in this card I see something that lightly touches on that theme, but that again speaks of a coming together and supportive relationship. The moose and the boy work together to gather what they need. Yes, the key word here is that they are working, but what I see in this card is far more than that and speaks to me of a joining of spirit and interconnected relationship. Support between two spirits that are very different, and yet the same.
Bringing the impressions I am pulling from both cards together, what I see is an encouragement to take stock of and appreciate those connections I have that serve to support myself and the other individual in the relationship. These are my close relationships, like you, my sister, and J. In each instance, there is support given and received on both sides, and together in these relationships everyone is different, but together create something far stronger and more useful than as individuals.
These cards also speak to me of the work involved in preserving and fostering these relationships being worth it. Sometimes, these relationships are work, and that’s okay. That you’re willing to put in the work is a part of knowing how much you value what you have.