Stay Positive

Today’s meditation was ten minutes long and very, very distracted. I did make a good effort at it though, but there was lots of mental push-ups involved as my attention was drawn to the absolutely mouthwatering smells that were wafting my way and back to center again and again.   That smell, incidentally, was Z making brownies.  Oh…my… God.  You have no f’ing idea just how good that woman’s brownies are.

Herbcrafter's TarotToday’s draw is the Star card, which is traditionally a representation of hope, as well as the interconnectedness between us, our environment, and the spirit world.

What stands out to me the strongest in the imagery on this card today is the background.  That beautiful mas of stars and planets that make up the universe is a huge and mind boggling thing filled with diversity and possibility.

Blended into this imagery is also the representation of Cottonwood, which has a very close relationship with the star including in some Native American legends that teach that the cottonwood tree gave birth to the first stars by holding the seeds within its branches.   I didn’t know about the legend until tonight when doing a little research on different  representations of the Cottonwood, but I was aware that it represented times of hope and healing, as well as times of transformation.

The thing is that the Star comes after the Tower in the tarot, and there’s good reason for that, as it is after times of destruction when we need that shining light of hope to help lead us forward into something better, and that’s what the Star card is all about.

The message for me in today’s card has to do with my own personal transformations that I’m working through.  It is a reminder to stay positive, and keep my head up.  Don’t let frustration or fear close me off or keep me from following through.

DECK USED:  HERBCRAFTER’S TAROT

#DiscordTarotholicsJul2020 Challenge Prompt
Philosophical Question: 
Are all emotions irrational?

Dixit Cards v 4 Origins Expansion PackReading Summary:   There is a connection between the three cards in the shades of green that blend between them. This connection brings together the three cards meanings, threading their stories together.

The first card’s story is one of flights of fancy and the flowing freedom that emotions possess (the flow of glowing animal shapes escaping from the creature).

The story in the second card is one of impulse, where the glowing saw blindly  cuts through the trunk of a tree that holds the lives of many in its branches.

In the third card, the story here presents the presence of primates reacting to the appearance of something completely outside their normal environment.  Where one reacts with curiosity and pokes at the television in the water, the other hides in the tree in fear.

In none of these three cards is there any representation of logic or reason.  Only reaction.

Take Away:  Emotions are not rational… period.  We interject logic and reason into how we process our emotions, but the emotions themselves are not dictated by these qualities at all.

DECK USED:  DIXIT CARDS V.4 ORIGINS EXPANSION PACK

#OwlandBonesJuly Challenge by Owl and Bones Tarot
Topic:
uproot // replant // nourish

Aquarian Tarot

UprootEight of Swords and Two of Rods – Self doubt concerning my direction. As I try to change the way I do things and how I handle my responsibilities, I am plagued constantly by self doubt.  It’s not blatant, but subtle and insidious, trying to sneak in under the radar and whisper in my ear.

ReplantThe Tower – My commitment to make this change even if it means chaos and restructuring. I want to shirk from the Tower, even though I know that it is necessary to tear things down in order to build something better.  I need to remember that the commitment to continue on with my efforts will be worth it in the end. This reminder needs repeating again and again (as so many of the reminders that comes out in the cards need to be)… because otherwise I forget.

Nourish The Fool – My sense of adventure and enthusiasm. Those qualities can help me get through this time of change and transition with more ease. It is important to stay upbeat and look at this as an opportunity and an adventure.  Once it becomes a responsibility… it then also becomes a chore.

DECK USED:  AQUARIAN TAROT

#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What do I love to do? Why?

The Hanson Roberts Tarot

Love To DoStrength and Nine of Rods – Using my inner strength and qualities of persuasion to help others in defending those things that are important to them.

Why?Knight of Swords, The Moon, The Magician – I enjoy the challenge. And I enjoy the sense of accomplishment I get through lead others from their place of uncertainty and into a place of growth where they can develop the skills and “tools” they need to move forward on their own.

DECK USED:  HANSON ROBERTS TAROT

 

Gideon’s Challenge

IMG_5171Grateful

Your comfort
and support
when things
fall apart
is amazing…
overwhelming
and more soothing
than ever expected.
I am afraid
and yet
your presence
comforts me…
so much.

Yesterday was so hard and so stressful, and I can’t help but be worried for myself.  Yes, I was wearing a mask and my glasses, but I still can’t help but be worried.  Hopefully the worry is for nothing.  Hopefully they either didn’t have it or I was protected enough and took the right steps to keep myself from being infected by their callous actions.  But regardless of that, I am so lucky to have you in my life.  Thank you for loving me… and for caring so very much.

Photo © ZenStatePhotography

Weekly Creativity Prompt – Adversity and Triumph

Pull (at least) three cards use them as the foundation to write something (real or fictional) about adversity and/or triumph.

Natural World Tarot

The Magician – There was once a young boy named Manah that thought he knew everything and was indestructible. He was smart and strong, and believed that he could handle anything that came his way, no matter the source. Even though Manah was young, he believed he had everything he needed and was prepared for anything.

The Hierophant – The wise man of Manah’s village warned him that one day he would run across a situation that he could not handle on his own, but Manah refused to listen.

The Star – Instead, Manah decided to strike out on his own. He packed up his few belongings and left his village with high hopes, and began on a journey to travel the world and see many sights.

Temperance – The great wise spirit of the sky looked down upon Manah with patience for his youthful foolishness. She decided to test the boy, and see if he was indeed ready to strike out on his own.

She sent down from the stars dreams that whispered through his mind as he slept that first night.

The Devil – In his dreams, Manah was greeted by a beautiful woman that stepped out of the flames of his campfire.

She was kind and gentle, and he fell under her spell. She gave him attention and asked nothing in return, and in his dream he became attached to her. As the dream progressed, though, this woman began to ask for small favors. Little things at first, and then something a little more.

Soon she was asking for things that went against his nature, and against what he knew was right or wrong. And yet he was no longer able to say no.

Justice – When Manah awoke the next day, it was late in the day and he had overslept by hours and hours. His fire had died down and animals had come and stolen off with all of his food and some of his supplies.

He realized, through his experiences both in the dream and his awakening to reality, that perhaps he was not as wise as he thought and returned to the village and back to the tutelage of the village’s wise man.

DECK USED:  THE NATURAL WORLD TAROT