Today’s meditation was just over eleven minutes long and focused on how sometimes we fill our lives up with so much noise that we lose track of our path, and how important it is to slow down and take the time to connect with silence and stillness so that we can delve deep into our selves, our values, and our motivations.
If you don’t take the time to know yourself, then you end up missing an entire aspect of the world, and the depths of our interaction with it. In that aspect we find perspective and understanding that isn’t available when dealing with ourselves and others on a purely surface level.
As deep as we know ourselves in our day to day, there are always inner depths yet to plunge into and explore. Depths that can only be reached through stillness and silence and taking the time to do so. Meditation allows for that exploration.
This card’s traditional meanings deal with the ups and downs of life, and with luck (both good and bad). It can also mean a turning point as well as a resistance to change, and I’m starting to think that the stalking aspect of the card during this time of year has to do with those latter meanings rather than the former ones.
As a stalker card, it’s asking me to seek deeper meaning, and there is definitely a time of transition going on for me in a lot of areas. There is also a sense of resistance in some ways, because I feel like I am dragging my feet on getting started on things.
The fact is that a journey can only start once you take the first step. It can be a small step, but it has to happen. So I feel the message of today’s card isn’t so much about the ups and downs, or even about luck. It’s about movement, and taking that first step.
DECK USED: THE EFFLORESCENT TAROT (COLOR EDITION)
#TarotForGrowthJanuary Challenge Prompt
Question: What can I do to prepare myself for that obstacle? (Build off yesterday’s cards.)
Reading Summary: The obstacle in yesterday’s read was about tripping over my own pride.
In the first card, I see a simple and stable home that blends in well with the earthy surroundings and draws focus to the window devoid of curtains. This card indicates a need to keep one’s mind and heart open to both the view you can obtain within yourself, as well as at the world outside yourself. Entertaining different perspectives while staying grounded and stable can sometimes be difficult, and pride is a hindrance to this goal. By being mindful of this and fostering this multi-perspective view, it can help to then combat against the pitfalls of pride.
Within the second card, there is a comfortable if sparse room with a warm fire burning in the fireplace. The card speaks to me of that inner self and allowing yourself to find comfort and warmth within yourself. This comfort and warmth allows for kindness to the self. Pride is cold and hard, and what comes from it is also cold and hard. By allowing some space for simplicity and warmth within the soul, pride has less room to take hold and grow into a problem.
The image in the third card speaks to me of escaping cold chaos for inner warmth and inner calm. As I mentioned before, pride is a cold emotion and is often used to cover up the turbulence of uncertainty. Fostering inner calm gives you somewhere to go to escape that cold conflict that can encourage pride to rear its head as a defense mechanism.
Take Away: The cards indicate that to prepare myself for the possibility of a “flare up” of pride and possibility of tripping over it, I need to stay grounded and down to earth with an open outlook while keeping things simple and remembering to foster an inner warmth and inner calm that I can touch base with when things feel uncertain.
DECK USED: JEREMY MIRANDA ORACLE CARDS
#DiscordTarotholicsJan2020 Challenge Prompt
Question: Something that you miss more than you realize and can bring back into your life?
Reading Summary: Time spent in liminal spaces (Infinite Circle) within the deep forest (Ten of Pentacles) brings me happiness (The Sun).
Take Away: I need to start going hiking again. I haven’t been out into the depths of the rainforest since the first week of November. That bond with nature and lingering in the liminal spaces that reside there are refreshing to me in a way nothing else is. I need to make the time to get back out there, which will lift up my mood and be healing to my inner spirit and inner spark.
DECK USED: THE CIRCLE – INNER ANIMAL TAROT
Question: What makes my ideal life?
Reading Summary: Knowing that I have moved through life’s change and challenges (Death) while holding strong to the parameters of my values and personal moral compass (Judgement and Strength). Being able to do this while exploring my creative ideas (Ace of Wands) and obtaining my goals (King of Pentacles).
Take Away: Both exploring the spark of my creative spirit as well as obtaining my goals are very important to finding satisfaction in my life, but in order for that life to be considered “ideal”, I also need to be able to adhere to my personal values, ethics, and morals through the challenges and changes that life presents to me.