Today’s meditation was just under twelve minutes long and was a non-guided meditation set into the tail end of my yoga practice. I did not do my soak in the bath yesterday or today, but rather enjoyed a little extra time in bed before getting up to do my physio/yoga routine and then attaching the meditation to the end.
The meditation focused upon a full body scan and then focusing upon my breath and breathing into the spots where I felt a bit of extra tension and pain.
What really stands out to me in this image is three things that all support the traditional interpretation to one degree or another. The first is the knotweed at the bottom of the card, which is an extremely hardy and invasive plant and speaks to me of “advancing” and “taking over” or taking charge.
The second element is the star shining in the sky among the clouds, which is reminiscent to me of the north star in the nativity story that leads the wise men to the birth of baby Jesus. This theme and imagery speaks to me of being given direction from external sources such as a guiding spirit or the hand of fate.
The third element in the imagery that stands out to me today is the hawk, but not.. as a hawk. In truth, the perching hawk reminds me of the cranes that I often see perched on old poles in the wetlands and bird sanctuaries I sometimes visit on my way up north. The cranes sit on these weathered poles in much the same way the hawk in this picture sits upon his perch and the reminder is that… I need to get outside.
The message here in today’s card is just that. I need to get outside including a suggestion, perhaps by the guiding hand of my spirit guides or the hand of the fates, that I should be proactive about my needs (the knotweed) and check if I can possibly gain access to one of these wetlands in order to get a little outdoor time the next time I head north to check my mail.
DECK USED: FORAGER’S DAUGHTER TAROT
#TarotForGrowthMay Challenge Prompt
Question: How can I better acknowledge and love myself for that quality of being able to find a positive pat forward through the discomfort of change, and guiding/inspiring others to find theirs?
Reading Summary: Take some time to think over my inner qualities (Four of Cups and Eight of Swords) and don’t fight so hard against (Five of Swords) being kind to yourself (Temperance) and giving yourself credit. A bit of kindness can go a long way.
Take Away: The read above is less about what the cards are and was more of an intuitive hit off the cards as a whole and how they surround the Temperance card which really stood out to me strongly. The advice here is advice that I hear from the cards pretty often (and from people as well) which is…. be kind to myself. If I want to appreciate myself and love myself more for that quality mentioned, I need to stop judging myself so harshly and instead take some time to really consider and meditate on my good qualities.
DECK USED: MYSTICAL CREATURES TAROT
Reading Summary: Silence the beast with teeth (Knight of Swords). Take more off your plate (Seven of Chalices). Focus on what works (Queen of Pentacles). Emotional growth and contentment (Nine of Chalices).
Take Away: This is about easing up on my expectations of myself concerning my ambitions and responsibilities in order to give myself room to grow emotionally and find acceptance of that growth and emotions.
These expectations are rarely ever spoken aloud and yet always present and eating away at my mind and thoughts, pushing and always sharp toothed and quick to bite with criticism. This beast breeds in the silence, grows within the quiet. Instead of constantly fighting against that “beast” while piling more and more on my plate, now is the time to be emptying my plate a bit more, not adding more to it.
To pick and choose what needs to be removed from my plate, let go of the things that aren’t working and focus on those things that are. By doing this and it will free up space on my plate and room in my life to find a happier and more contented “piece of the pie” in my life.
DECK USED: LIGHT VISIONS TAROT
Question: What knowledge does this month want to share with me?
Reading Summary: How to move forward (Three of Wands) in defeating my mental demons (Knight of Swords) in order to allow myself to foster my own emotions and emotional growth (Queen of Cups).
Take Away: Okay! Okay! I hear you! Make room for emotional growth!
So many of my readings over the last few days have been about this. Clearly the cards want to make sure I’m very clear on where my focus needs to be this month.
*Huff* Right. So this month wants to share with me how to embrace the emotional growth and new level of emotions I have been trying to get used to and not allow my negative mental voices to get in the way of that progress.
DECK USED: THE FOUNTAIN TAROT
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: Why are relationships important to me?
Reading Summary: The relationships in my life help me overcome uncertainty (The Moon) by making me feel I have a wealth of support (Nine of Fossils) and options to reach out to (Seven of Shells).
Take Away: I actually struggled with admitting that relationships are important to me, because it feels like a vulnerability. That said? The truth is that relationships are important to me, regardless of the fact that they also make me feel vulnerable.
One of the ways that I use to process things that I don’t understand or need support with is to reach out to multiple people for their feelings and opinions on whatever has me feeling uncertain.
They provide support, definitely… but they also provide me with an array of perspectives and views that allow me to sort through my own emotions that I don’t understand and find my way to a place where I can better understand what’s going on with me, my emotions, and my reactions. They help me in piecing together that understanding to give me a much larger, fuller picture.