Today’s meditation was cut short by the appearance of the sandman. He cracked me over the head with his bat while I was settled in for my meditation and I ended up sleeping for three damn hours! Which, of course, set me back on getting the rest of my tasks for the day done. I never really did catch up but instead just carried some of those tasks forward to be done another day. I’ll try to meditate again when I go to bed.
Today’s draw is the Four of Pentacles, which is traditionally interpreted as themes of stability and structure, shelter and ease, as well as taking time for reassessment concerning the areas of finances, resources, health, and the physical world. It can also indicate greed, although I do not see that in this card’s depiction.
What stood out to me the most strongly in the imagery of today’s card is the sprig of Rhamnus purshiana, and the wimple that the woman is wearing. I’ve had this deck for… seventeen years now? Possibly eighteen years. And I’ve never been able to connect the Cascara bark in this card to the RWS meaning for the Four of Pentacles. The thing is? Rhamnus purshiana is a laxative (thus the depiction of an outhouse in the background of the imagery). And… that just doesn’t “fit” for me with the stability within the Four of Pentacles. Perhaps if you consider greed a form of constipation?
Anyway… I digress. Back to today’s interpretation.
The wimple is a demonstration of modesty, and the crown one of wealth. Combined with the sprig of the Cascara tree, what I see here is a message concerning moderation. It is a reminder that even when you are feeling that everything is stable and secure, you need to remain modest in the use of your resources and put a little something away for later.
DECK USED: HERBAL TAROT
#TarotForGrowthJune Challenge Prompt
Question: What in my life is ending to make way for something new?
Reading Summary: Feeling so pessimistic (Four of Cups) about my work (Eight of Pentacles), and all of the fearful/painful/worried and upset (Three of Swords) that rose up over the winter (blue background on the Three of Swords).
Take Away: These cards are about the letter, and my response to the threat of what those that sent that letter to me could take away from me. The cards here are letting me know that this time of fear and the influences that the letter had upon my thoughts (and emotional reactions to those thoughts) is finally coming to an end. This will then allow my true skills (Eight of Pentacles at the center) to begin to shine through again.
DECK USED: HAPPY TAROT
#DiscordTarotholicsJun2020 Challenge Prompt
Question: How does my inner adolescent feel right now?
Take Away: Okay so this sounds completely ridiculous to me. But, then again? As noted yesterday, I’m not particularly connected to my inner adolescent. So maybe it does need a bit of praise and recognition for my responsibility and ability to keep life as much on an even keel as possible.
I guess on further consideration that it might actually make sense. I did not get a lot of positive reinforcement when I was under my parent’s roof, and after I emancipated from them at the age of sixteen, I definitely wasn’t getting that positive reinforcement from anywhere else. So perhaps it’s not that far fetched that my inner adolescent would seek what it had not received when I was growing up.
DECK USED: TAROT OF A MOON GARDEN
#TheJuneTarot Challenge by Lionhart
Question: Draw one card, and use its theme to celebrate your growth or journey.
Reading Summary: You do you real damn well.
Take Away: This is about following my inner compass and what feels right for me, regardless of outside influences that try to pull me astray. This card is a celebration of my journey through life and willingness to discard what feels wrong and, in doing so, stay upon my own path. I like the person I am, I am proud of who I am and who I have become. I am a work in progress, yes… but I am happy with where things have come to thus far and where I am headed. I feel secure and right upon my personal path… the Judgement card pulled here today is about that steadfast direction and strength it takes to follow my moral compass… no matter what.
DECK USED: TATTOO TAROT INK AND INTUITION
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What do I need to start?
Reading Summary: Take a chill (Four of Swords) while doing something you’re not good at (Eight of Pentacles Rx) and gain emotional strength and stability from the experience (Queen of Cups).
Take Away: I need to start setting aside some time to work on the wood burning now that the weather is better and I can spend some time outside on my balcony working on it rather than inside (less of a fire hazard outside, and no ventilation concerns). All of the supplies that I need are now here, so it’s time to take a bit of time to just enjoy myself and let my creative juices flow.
DECK USED: TRIPPIN’ WAITE TAROT