Slow and Steady Steps

Today’s meditation was not timed, because I kind of lost track of the timer.  That said, I would estimate that it was at least ten minutes.  I took the little bit of focus I had from yesterday, and repeated it… without the harp strings this time.  In other words, as I did my piriformis stretches, I meditated on the growth of a plant from seed to adulthood.  Like last time, this was very enjoyable for me and thus how I ended up losing track of time.  The only reason I know it was at least ten minutes is because my hip flexors were very limber and well stretched at the end.

Herbal Tarot - Ace of Pentacles - Whole GrainsToday’s draw is the Ace of Pentacles, which is traditionally interpreted as the seed of a new beginning or opportunity in relation to finances, resources, health, or the physical world.

What stood out to me the strongest in the imagery of this card today is the stone wall with arched entrance that stretches through the background.   What I see in that wall is not just a new beginning, but a “recasting” of sorts.  A seed comes from a flower that has bloomed and faded, and thus this seed comes from a path that has passed and is now behind you. It is not immaculate conception, but rather reincarnation as you pass through the archway and into a new phase… a new cycle.   A new path created from the tail of the old one.

In the pentacles suit, this speaks to me of my endeavors to find that new balance with how I manage my work, responsibilities, and time.  It is a reminder (of which I am in need of many of them quite often) that this is a new start.  A new method.  A new way of doing things…. and it’s okay to take slow steps to assure your footing is strong and as sure as possible.

DECK USED:  HERBAL TAROT

#TarotForGrowthJune Challenge Prompt
Question
: How can I better hear and heed my inner wisdom?

Tarot for Dandelions

Reading Summary:  Don’t allow uncertainty (Moon) to distract you (Two of Swords).  Instead, soldier on (Knight of Swords) and use the tools and skills at your disposal (Magician) to follow your inner wisdom’s call.

Just sayin’?  But the more I use this deck… the more I like this deck.

Take Away:  The cards here are referring to how sometimes my intuition’s voice can sometimes get a little muddled when dealing with upheaval that causes fear and uncertainty. This is very apropos considering the upheaval I had last night with the very out of control customer that lost his shit in my email.

DECK USED:  TAROT FOR DANDELIONS

#DiscordTarotholicsJun2020 Challenge Prompt
Question
: Do Spread #2
Should I go ahead and post the piece about a controversial topic on the blog with the blogpost I started last night?

Dame Darcy's Mermaid TarotReading Summary: It’s a selfish point of view as stated (Queen of Swords Rx) and needs to be reworked from a different perspective (Hanged Man over the Nine of Swords) in order to be less insensitive and ‘blind’ (Eight of Swords).

Take Away:  Okay yeah… I get that. The post that I wrote last night on this topic was very self centered and not at all “woke” or enlightened.  More just me popping off and being a bit of an ass. The cards here warn that posting it as-is risks hurting myself and others.  I’m not sure if I’ll rewrite it, or just scrap it entirely.  Either way, I’ll take the card’s advice on this and hold off on posting it as-is.

DECK USED:  DAME DARCY’S MERMAID TAROT

#TheJuneTarot Challenge by Lionhart
Question
: Something I am suggested to do for myself today.

Linestrider Tarot

Reading Summary:  Slow down (Temperance) and make a conscious choice on what you’re doing today (Two of Wands) , and make sure that choice involves spending time with Gideon (King of Cups).

Take Away:  Just exactly what I’ve done with the majority of my day today.  Yes, I skipped nap time to do some work, but the majority of my day has been spent with you… and I’ve loved every minute of it. I love you man. Thank you for making today such a good day.

DECK USED:  LINESTRIDER TAROT

#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What do I need to change?

Tarot Sirene

Reading Summary: Passion’s direction (Two of Wands). Because being forceful (Strength) will only cause unpleasant consequences (Justice). Ie: Change your tone.

Take Away:  This goes back to the reading I did for the Tarotholics challenge, and that blog post that I want to post but at the same time was hesitant about.  The advice here is if I want to post about this topic… I need to change the tone of the post.  Because as it stands… it’s just not there.

DECK USED:  TAROT SIRENE

 

 

 

Gideon’s Challenge

ComfortComfort

Come
slip into the water
with me
into a cool embrace.
Let the nymphs
pull you deeper
with me
as embracing waves
caress.

I find comfort within water.  Floating within it’s caressing embrace, I can close my eyes and allow everything… absolutely everything… to just drift away.  Where the forest is my grounding and my center, water is the conduit to my freedom and greatest moments of peace.

Photo © ZenStatePhotography

Self Care Saturday (On a Sunday)

These Saturday readings are (not usually) bearing in on any one thing or event in my life, as the question used is asking for a more general outlook. This is a self care exercise, and is not meant as a predictive reading… although that, too, happens on occasion.

The question is… What do I need to focus for self-care through the week ahead?

Red Thread Oracle, Unnamed Oracle, Wychwood Oracle, Self Reflection Cards, The Crystal Tarot

EarthKnight of Pentacles and Dryad of Death and Rebirth –  Remember that sometimes changes take time.  You’re always so impatient when it comes to how you perform and how much patience you give yourself to make adjustments and changes.  Long lasting and meaningful change doesn’t happen in a day.  Make sure you are practicing patience with yourself and those reformation plans you’re actively working towards.

AirFour of Cups and The Herbalist – Hiding behind the comfortable and familiar so that you don’t have to deal with things that are causing you discomfort is not going to work.  Pull those flowers away from your face and use your hard won skills and knowledge to pull yourself out of that “funk” you’ve been experiencing.

WaterEight of Cups and The Hideout – These cards fit along the same theme as the Air position, making it clear that hiding out and retreating is not a good choice.  Instead, move away from those habits that are no longer serving you and find a different way to deal with when things become difficult or uncomfortable.

FireQueen of Pentacles and Counting Crows – Things are well in hand with the business right now.  If you want to lolligag and take some time just to enjoy yourself?  Now’s the time. Instead of pushing and pushing yourself toward the business and those responsibilities, take some time to just relax and enjoy yourself.

WaningThe Hand, The Key, The Twins –  L and you are going to have a bit of a “moment” this week where you two will move away from that comfortable groove you’ve had going on due a revelation of truths.  This is not a permanent disquiet, will create some tension.

WaxingThe Cup – Concerning this moment of truth with L, make sure that you stay well balanced and don’t allow your emotions to spill over and create a mess.

Take Away – Aside from the warning about L and I having a rocky road this week, the cards here indicate I need to take some time for myself and a break from pushing myself so hard concerning my business and responsibilities.  Now is a good time for that.

The theme here is a blend between patience, restraint, and taking time for myself.  Patience with my performance and slow progress, restraint in pushing myself to my limits, patience and restraint with my emotions concerning L and whatever truths are soon to come to the surface.

DECKS USED:  THE CRYSTAL TAROT, SELF REFLECTION CARDS I II III, RED THREAD ORACLE, UNNAMED ORACLE, WYCHWOOD ORACLE