Today’s meditation was a repeat of the method I used yesterday combining the harp strings and intermediate chimes with the guided meditation. It was really nice. I think that the interval chimes help me to relax more, as I’m not worrying about how long to hold my stretch or how long I’ve been in the meditation. Instead, the chimes help increment it out so that I know exactly when to switch positions without worrying if I’ve held it too long or not long enough.
The topic of today’s guided meditation was about not getting ahead of yourself. It discussed how it’s all well and good to have plans and goals, but when you’re working towards those goals? Make sure you aren’t so focused on the future that you’re missing out on the present. It’s what you do in the now that nurtures the roots and foundation of what will grow and eventually bloom in the future.
In the Swords suit, there are a lot of struggles and trials represented, and in this card you are given the chance to take a step back and a deep breath, to reflect upon how things are going and make decisions that could change your future path.
Lavender is not just a plant of relaxation and ease, but is also a plant used to dissuade other plants and animals from encroaching upon gardens due to its woody stems and fragrant scent. This allows the plants in the garden to grow in peace.
The message that I see in this card today is that boundaries are a good thing. They allow you to be comfortable and relax. By having good boundaries, you are able to carve out time for the rest and relaxation that you need, including the reevaluation that might come with it.
I had not thought of using boundaries as a way to carve out that time, and I think it’s something I need to spend some time reflecting on.
DECK USED: HERBCRAFTER’S TAROT
#TarotForGrowthJuly Challenge Prompt
Topic: I’m struggling to find my purpose.
Question: How am I allowing what others see as realistic keep me from my dreams?
Reading Summary: It’s my own realism (Seven of Coins) that stops me dead in my tracks (Ten of Swords), not others opinions. I’m not used to allowing my emotions to lead (King of Cups) and following my more frivolous impulses (Sagittarius).
Take Away: Emotions and logic so very often do not mix. It’s like oil and water. It’s something that I struggle with, as I am so used to ruling my life through logic and thought… and disregarding emotions and the nonsensical as without worth. It’s a bit of a kick in the pants to realize that there is value in these things… and that I’m now left figuring out how to change how I handle them.
DECK USED: MINCHIATE ETRURIA ANIMA ANTIQUA TAROT
What needs to be left behind as I focus on future growth? – King of Swords – Critical thinking and too much realism. As mentioned in a previous reading, I’ve spent most of my life using logic as my foundation for how I deal with the world. In furthering my growth, these habits need to be set aside in order to give that growth I have going on a chance to flourish.
What is in full bloom for me right now? – Six of Swords – A transition to something better. This transition is moving away from swords and into water, as indicated in the imagery of the card. I am at a high point in this transition into inviting more emotion into my life as a whole instead of locking it away and ignoring it. Growth often takes steps from discovery, to exploration, and finally incorporation. I have been in the exploration phase for some time now, and things are now moving towards the incorporation aspects of my growth.
Where do I need to direct my focus for future growth? – King of Cups – Allowing my emotions to take the lead more. As stated above, it’s time to start focusing on incorporating the things I have learned into my life, and allowing my emotions to take the lead more often is one of the ways in which to do this. It means being open about how I feel instead of hiding those feelings away, and following where those emotions lead rather than ignoring them.
DECK USED: TAROT OF THE JOURNEY TO THE ORIENT
#OwlandBonesJuly Challenge by Owl and Bones Tarot
Topic: Full Moon in Capricorn: contribute // trust this voice // outward focus
Contribute – King of Swords and Seven of Coins – Consider wise ways in which your long-term successes can be shared with others. These successes that have been built over time are stable and have the ability to be shared without being put at risk. Make sure you choose wisely, and don’t act in impulse.
Trust This Voice – Five of Cups – Listen to yourself when you are feeling shorted… sometimes it’s true. This goes for when you are receiving from others, but it also (and even more importantly) is valid when considering how you are treating yourself. Don’t punish yourself for
Go – Eight of Coins – Skill development is a key factor in most of your life’s pursuits. This is no different whether you are in a time of growth and transition, or standing on stable ground. Don’t forsake your skills and turn away from them during this time, instead find ways to enjoy them and expand upon your talents.
DECK USED: TAROT MADDONNI
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What are my creative dreams?
Reading Summary: Clever strategizing (Knight of Swords) to take my creative passions forward (Six of Wands) and make money off of them in order to further home and financial stability in my life (Ten of Pentacles).
Take Away: My creative dreams right now are focused on taking my creative business to a level where I can be self-sustaining without needing to work myself to the bone in the process. I don’t dream of retirement or relaxation and aimless creativity, instead the dream is about sustainability.