Today’s meditation was ten minutes long and focused on the benefits of meditation in helping keep mental clutter in check. This has been one of the largest benefits of my meditation, to be honest.
I know that, like most people, I struggle with concentration while in the middle of my meditation practice, but the effort does seem to assist in building the mental “muscle” needed to focus better in the day to day, and by doing so, not allow overwhelm to get the better of me.
The thing is that with meditation it’s about slow progress and small gains. You only start to see those gains once they’ve begun to add up like grains of sand in a glass. One grain of sand or even a thousand of them, seems inconsequential. But over time, they become something substantial.
Today’s draw is the Five of Wands (again) which, as I mentioned before, is about tests, trials, and conflict in the area of one’s ambitions, drives, and passions. And I’m just saying, but when this card shows up twice in a week and it’s only Tuesday? It starts to feel a little ominous. I know it’s just the cards saying, “You didn’t get it… Try again,” but still.
I still feel that this message is about what can be benefited from conflict. The sparks still stand out to me the strongest. In that message, though, is also the indication that you have to go through the conflict in the first place.
As the purpose of my daily draw is to find the positive in each day’s card for mental health reasons, today’s appearance of the Five of Wands is a message of hope, indicating that no matter how hard the conflict might be, there is a reason for it and an in to it as well. Because after every upheaval comes the calm, and in that calm a newness.
DECK USED: SPACIOUS TAROT
#TarotForGrowthJanuary Challenge Prompt
Question: What can I do this year to be of service to others?
Reading Summary: Provide a sense of stability and security (Card 1) and a calm center (Card 2) for others in the storm (Card 3).
In the first card, the house and garden communicate to me a sense of peace. There’s a sense of providing what is needed in the healthy garden out front, and security and stability in the house itself and how well cared for it is.
In the second card is a depiction of a beach and calm sea. To me this imagery is very soothing. There are stones well seated in the scene that speak to me of solidity and stability as well, reinforcing the first card and further indicating a sense of calm.
The third card depicts a roaring fire, and my first instinct when I saw this was the phrase “trial by fire” and the chaos and transformation that is involved in the process.
Take Away: Friends often come to me for an ear or guidance when they’re feeling lost. For these friends, I represent a safe place and an open mind, a place they can come to confide in someone and find perspective. The cards indicate that this is a good thing, and a way that I can contribute to others in the year ahead, just as I have in the years past.
DECK USED: JEREMY MIRANDA ORACLE CARDS
#DiscordTarotholicsJan2020 Challenge Prompt
Question: What is a really great idea you had but then forgot about?
Reading Summary: A new investment (Ace of Coins) in my passionate endeavors (Daughter of Wands) that will take me to the “next level” (The World).
Take Away: There are a couple of creative classes I’ve been wanting to take. But over the past year I’ve not even been able to entertain the idea, let alone look into doing something about it. The classes in jewelry design techniques and photography have the potential to elevate my work both professionally and creatively to a new level if i can find a way to fit them in sometime this year (or even beyond this year if that’s the case). This is definitely something I had forgotten about over the past year.
DECK USED: EMBER + AURA TAROT
Question: Pull three cards for a career/life meaning goal.
Reading Summary: The career/life goal that I focused on was a general outlook on the business over the next year. From the cards pulled, business over the next year is going to be crappy (Seven of Swords… look at that cat pissing on the wall! Jesus. Seriously.) and uncertain (The Moon). Just remember to stay calm and centered emotionally (King of Cups).
Take Away: That is not something I’m particularly good at since the awakening of my emotions has gotten more intense lately. I’m referring to the whole “stay calm and centered” during personal crisis and uncertainty, yeah? I mean I can? But it takes a lot more effort these days than it used to when I could live in a state of detachment.
That said, the cards are a good reminder that it’s going to be needed moving forward into this year, as there will be hurdles involved that are going to try my patience and effort to stay calm and collected.