Strength and Resilience

I’m playing a bit of catch up for the blog posts at the moment.  Being that I’m writing this a couple days behind schedule, I can’t quite remember what my meditation was like on the 18th, but I know that I did meditate.  It’s tomorrow when I skipped it.  So… just a little note to heads up that it did happen, I just don’t remember much about it at this point.

Herbal TarotToday’s draw is the Page of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of a receptive omega energy, personality, or person in the areas of one’s passions, ambitions, interests, and ideas.  The wands suit also sometimes is interpreted as the journey of one’s spirit.

Today this card reminded me of that line in the “Sam I Am” song, that goes “Second verse, same as the first…”  I guess that this could be said about any of the Pages, as that is a part of that receptive omega energy that there is a learning from what has come before and beginning to put together how to carry that knowledge forward into a new cycle of experiences.

In the imagery of this card, what stood out to me the strongest today was the Shepherd’s Purse plant… especially the leaves at the base of the plant. Capsella bursa-pastoris is a very common weed in this area and it is also edible.  When the leaves are young, they are very good in salads.  As they age, their leaves become more peppery in flavor and there are many good recipes (especially in Southeast Asian cuisine) that use the plant as an integral part of their recipes. It is believed on a spiritual and magical level to foster fortitude and inner strength.

The message in today’s card is about repeating cycles.  Sometimes when we learn lessons or strike out on a journey, we end up right back where we were before… just with more knowledge under our belt the second time around.   It’s important, in these times, to remember that you wouldn’t be there if you weren’t strong enough to have made it there. And that means you’re strong enough to take that knowledge you’ve learned and apply it to your forward movement so that you can do things differently (and better) the second time around.

Sometimes, I forget this. At those times it can feel really tiring and trying to find yourself back at the beginning again (or what feels like the beginning).  Today’s card is a reminder that this is not the same beginning as the first time.  This time, you’re more prepared.


#DiscordTarotholicsJun2020 Challenge Prompt
: How can I help my inner adolescent in letting go of their unresolved angst?

Tarot of Passing ShowersReading Summary:  It’s important to keep a calm level head (Queen of Swords) and remember all the good that you have in  your life (Nine of Pentacles) and have accomplished (Eight of Pentacles) rather than flying off the handle impulsively (Knight of Swords).

Take Away:  The cards appear to be indicating that if I want to help my inner adolescent in letting go of unresolved angst, it is through comforting that inner adolescent and assuring them of our resilience that will do the trick, rather than allowing that angst to break free.


#TheJuneTarot Challenge by Lionhart
: Draw one card to reveal a lesson that this retrograde phase wants to teach you.

Tattoo Tarot Ink & IntuitionReading Summary: Choose the path that offers you assistance, or crash and burn alone on your own.

Take Away: The lesson that mercury retrograde wants to try and teach me this time around is that sometimes you have to look up and look around when things start going down hill.  There’s help… but you have to actually notice that its there and reach out for it.  Otherwise, that downhill  momentum will continue and you’ll continue on… miserable and on your own.


#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What is my best achievement for this year?

Brady Tarot

Reading Summary: Finding a level of positivity (Four of Wands) and truth (Seven of Swords Rx) even when the chips are down (Eight of Swords) manifests a magic all its own (Ace of Roots).

Take Away:  The cards here speak about my efforts to try and continue to see positivity in difficult situations, and allowing that positivity to carry forward into my life and the world rather than withering and dying when things feel like they are going the wrong direction.  Optimism really isn’t my strong suit, but it is  something I’ve been trying really hard to foster in myself over the past few months as I recover from the struggle and fear I went through in the winter months.