Today’s meditation was ten minutes long and… I did it twice. I was actually trying to fall asleep, as for some reason I was having a lot of difficulty in that area this morning. I didn’t manage to fall asleep during either of those meditations, although they were very relaxing. And I did eventually manage to fall asleep for a few hours some time after that. I’m still feeling a bit sleep deprived, but much better than earlier before the nap.
Today’s draw is The Magician card of the major arcana, which is traditionally interpreted as (essentially) “the man with all the tools”. The card is about confidence and resourcefulness. The Magician is about having the tools necessary to do whatever needs done, and the skill to wield them as needed along the way.
I just have to say… I love this card’s imagery. I love the Satyr helping the little lamb to get out of the tree’s branches. It shows both gentleness and kinship, but also strength and surety.
The lamb, specifically, caught my eye today. And the hands of the ram. There is kindness and capability in those hands, and an aching vulnerability in the visage of the lamb.
The message in this card is to trust in the one you know can help you. Trust in the one that has the strength and the gentleness and the loving care to help you.
Today’s message is about trust, and about putting yourself into the caring hands of the one you trust when you are feeling vulnerable.
DECK USED: COSMOS TAROT AND ORACLE
#TarotForGrowthJuly Challenge Prompt
Topic: I’m struggling to maintain motivation.
Question: What single, small change can I introduce into my routine that would most benefit my goals moving forward?
Reading Summary: Despite my fears and anxieties (Nine of Swords) , continue to make a conscious daily choice (Two of Swords) to grow and move forward (Seven of Pentacles).
Take Away: Sometimes it’s not about the things we do, but the thoughts we keep. When feeling vulnerable, it can be hard to stay open and continue to advance on one’s desires and goals. Sometimes the biggest and best thing we can do is make sure we are checking in with ourselves and making sure to stay open… make sure that walls are not coming up and closing you off. The message here is about mindfulness and self awareness. It is a small change with a huge and important impact on the long term growth you seek.
DECK USED: STAR SEEKER TAROT
#DiscordTarotholicsJul2020 Challenge Prompt
Topic: Free Day! Pick a spread you’ve been curious about and try it out.
I was raised to always seek perfectionism from myself. To demand it. Directing my energy into this idealism has become not just a habit, but a compulsion that creates self doubt concerning my skills and abilities.
What ideal needs releasing?
Let go of the expectations of what your mother could be or should be. You want a new start and a relationship filled with love and support, but this is not who she is and it never will be. Expecting this from her is futile. Her heart is not open, nor is it the bud preparing to bloom… instead, it is the withered bud folding in on itself.
What do I need in order to accept my present self?
Patience, tranquility… and most of all, alone time. This isn’t about self reflection as it is about finding peace and allowing time for all that you have learned and discovered to sink in and settle into calm waters.
DECK USED: THE FIFTH TAROT
#OwlandBonesJuly Challenge by Owl and Bones Tarot
Topic: invest: time // money // love // patience
Invest Time – Ace of Wands – In developing new skills and passionate pursuits. I recently ended up putting the wood burning project I’d been practicing for on the back burner. Perhaps it’s time to pull it back out and play with it a bit more. Some more exploration and experimentation is in order and could be fun.
Invest Money – Queen of Pentacles – Literally… invest money. Tuck some of that cash that you’re making right now away to replenish what’s been used over the past few months.
Invest Love – The Hierophant – Sometimes being a guide to others and teacher requires applying a bit of loving understanding. In this case, I need to take time to make sure I’m investing a bit more love and kindness than is my normal into my client readings. Someone desperately needs to hear it.
Invest Patience – Queen of Cups – In yourself and others. Compassion is important, and a part of compassion is allowing space for people and providing them with room to speak their truth. Being a good listener is an extremely important part of interacting with others.
DECK USED: WHEEL OF THE YEAR TAROT
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: How can I maintain my creative flow?
Reading Summary: Give less weight to your mothers influence (Mother of Swords Rx), give more weight to Gideon’s influence (Father of Cups)… and have confidence in your hard won skills (Eight of Pentacles).
Take Away: The crap blocks my creativity most strongly is the shrinking, constricting pain that happens in my stomach whenever my mother’s claws manage to tear a chunk out of my insides. Your comfort… your influence… your love is the balm to that pain and those wounds. You lift me up and remind me that I am good and capable and more than just meagerly talented but innovative and skilled in my craft.