Today’s meditation was ten minutes long and I was a little distracted because I think I’ve devised a plan to make more room for my decks. I know, I know. Not what I should be thinking of during meditation, but it kept popping into my head. SO… I suppose you could look at it as that I got a lot of mental push ups done during those ten minutes as I kept bringing myself back to center.
Today’s draw is the King of Wands, which is traditionally interpreted as a projective alpha energy, personality, or person in the area of one’s passions, ambitions, interests, and drive. This often translates into themes that deal with inspirational leadership, authority mixed with an entrepreneurial spark, and vision one is on a path of leading others towards.
What stands out to me the strongest in the imagery of today’s card is the cinnamon plant combined with the very strong look of determination on the face of the figure on the card and the fact that he is facing (to my way of reading right and left) the past.
Magically speaking, cinnamon is used to create a spark of inspiration and warmth, and what I see in the direction that the King faces here is that sometimes you have to look to the past in order to find the strength you need to move forward… and lead others forward with you… into the future.
The message here is about learning from the past instead of discounting it or trying to forget it. The wise leader does not ignore lessons learned or potential lessons in their past, instead they take these experiences and move forward with them, letting them help and guide his steps and… in turn… the steps of those that follow them.
Although I do not really consider myself a leader, I do consider myself a guide and I enjoy helping others find their own personal path and discover what works for them and fits for them. This means I don’t seek to create conformity, but rather to inspire… and I use my past experiences in many different ways to help in this goal. Today’s card is an encouragement, and a reminder, to continue along this path with warmth and inspiration.
DECK USED: HERBAL TAROT
#TarotForGrowthJune Challenge Prompt
Question: What toxic beliefs would I benefit from releasing?
Reading Summary: You need to take some time and reflect (Hanged Man) on the fact that you don’t have to be perfect all the time (Six of Wands). Better to own your mistakes and transform them into strength (Queen of Cups).
Take Away: The belief I need to release is that deeply ingrained need to do better and be better all the time. The problem is that in that drive is the inner critic that makes sure that any time I fall short from these impossible standards, I pay the price for it. The cards suggest to take a more understanding and caring approach, and ease up on that demand for perfection from myself.
DECK USED: HAPPY TAROT
#DiscordTarotholicsJun2020 Challenge Prompt
Question: What do I need to focus on for self-care for this new moon?
Reading Summary: It’s time to start moving in a direction (Three of Wands) that fosters your passions (Queen of Wands). This means that you might have to make some difficult choices (Two of Swords, and deal with a bit of sacrifice concerning your need for stability (Five of Coins).
Take Away: A lot of the readings over the past few days have touched on this need to let go and allow myself some room to breathe and time to have some fun. Here there is encouragement that now is the time. The energy of the new moon gives a chance to start again, and I need to utilize that energy to move away from the slave driver mentality concerning my business and into an energy of more fun and enjoyment while things with the business are slow.
DECK USED: TAROT SIRENE
#TheJuneTarot Challenge by Lionhart
Question: Instead of starting something new, what is something current I could focus on this new moon cycle?
Reading Summary (left to right): It’s time to put an end (first card) to the slave driver mentality you saddle yourself with (second card), because overwhelm (third card) puts you on shaky ground (fourth card) and is not your friend (last card).
Take Away: These cards are pretty much a reiteration of what has been coming up over and again throughout the past few days. The cards have given me this answer in different imagery and different phrasing again and again. I’m doing my best to listen, and to direct my energy away from obsessing over my business and onto other things… it’s just a struggle to achieve and feels like two steps forward for every one step back.
DECK USED: NICOLETTA CECCOLI TAROT
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What am I grateful for?
Reading Summary: That the cycle of life (imagery in The Wheel) may take me through many changes and a lot of chaos (The Tower), but it also provides me with a new perspective for each experience I have (The Hanged Man).
Take Away: Sometimes I forget just how grateful I am for this quality in myself to take the negative aspects of what has happened in my life and turn them into a perspective that allows for positive growth. Occasionally, though, I run into someone that seems determined to wallow in the feelings of negativity and victimization that horrible events can create, and I realize anew just how glad I am that I am not able to linger in that place. I think that my life is far better for it.
DECK USED: TAROT OF THE ANIMAL LORDS