Today’s meditation was fifteen minutes long and was attached to the end of my yoga/physiotherapy practice. I went up north today to check the mail and I didn’t want to allow myself the chance of falling asleep during or after my meditation, so it was a better idea to incorporate it into my yoga practice instead of doing it on my own stretched out and folded up into a couple of stretches on the bed. The floor is far less comfortable, after all, even with a yoga mat laid out.
Today’s draw is the Emperor card, which is traditionally interpreted as a strong “father” energy or “boss” energy. This has to do with themes that involve being in a position of authority, or possessing a sense of stability, structure, and established control.
What really stands out to me in the imagery of this card today is the banded agate rocks that the buck stands upon. Banded agate has a lot of meanings and uses but it is most commonly known as a healing stone that reaches into the levels of the mind, body, and spirit to unify as it heals. It is also a powerful against psychic attacks directed through harmful negative energy.
The traditional meaning of this card blended with the qualities of the banded agate provide me with a message about not allowing others to drag me down. Keep my energy both positive and authoritative as I move through my day today and things will continue to go smoothly. Step off this path… and you may fall into a tangled mess below.
DECK USED: FORAGER’S DAUGHTER TAROT
#TarotForGrowthMay Challenge Prompt
Question: How can I bring more alignment with self into my life?
Reading Summary: Bring more restraint (Temperance) into both the juggling of my responsibilities (Two of Rocks) and allow for more acceptance (again, Temperance) of fickle nature of change (Wheel of Fortune).
Take Away: The advice here is to add a little extra space to my plate… not to be filled up with things to do, but to leave a little bit of “wiggle room” in my schedule and in my pile of responsibilities so that when I need a little extra time and space, I have it on hand. This is really good advice, and oddly similar to advice I gave in a reading to someone else earlier today with an entirely different question.
The truth is, though, that I do have a habit of piling so much on my plate that then, when I need a little space, I’m so overwhelmed with commitments and responsibilities that I can’t find it. This starts a cycle of negative reactions and struggles that results in burnout (where I end up having to drop the ball on damned near everything) and then a recovery period after burnout.
DECK USED: TAROT FAUNA
#DiscordTarotholicsMay2020 Challenge Prompt
Question: Write something free-form inspired by the cards.
So much so that the fox was able to be picky with his meals and often ignored the advice of his mother (Queen of Cups atop Four of Cups) to eat a diverse diet, instead choosing to eat his favorites again and again.
Over time, because the young fox had a sweet tooth that caused him to eat far too many berries and not enough meat, he became very sickly and unwell (Seven of Disks).
Then one day he saw his sister chasing after a rabbit. He was so fascinated by the joy she displayed as she ran and played (Knight of Wands), bounding after the bit of fluff this way and that, that he realized the error of his ways and was inspired to follow suit and learn from her how to take care of himself properly (Princess of Cups).
DECK USED: STELLA’S TAROT
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What are my relationship deal breakers?
Reading Summary: Irresponsible with money (Page of Coins Rx). A bossy know it all (The Hierophant). Uncertainty and lack of direction (The Moon).
Take Away: I’m actually surprised that stupidity isn’t up there. *Chuckles.* Though, all of those things listed in these cards are definitely deal breakers for me.
1) I really can’t stand someone that is ultimately so irresponsible with their money that they can’t cover their responsibilities. I see this behavior all the time and, while I don’t mind it in others as a whole? It’s not something I could ever saddle myself to, as I am far too focused on stability and security to tolerate that behavior when it might influence my own situation.
2) There is a big difference between someone who is dominant and wise…. and someone that’s just bossy and an ass. I’ve found that although I thrive in relation to the first, and I would not be able to tolerate the latter. I’m too independent to allow someone with arbitrary demands have control over my life.
3) By the same turn, I am also too independent to tolerate being close with someone that has no clue what the fuck they think or feel or want. This type of behavior drives me nuts, and it is something that I have often encouraged others to grow out of over time.