Today’s meditation was ten minutes long and took place out on the balcony. I needed some fresh air and distance, so I closed myself out there and laid out along the plants and pots to chill for a bit. I took a lazy amount of time out there, even after the breathing exercises I rolled over to spend some time chilling with the overflowing of thyme I have out there this year, picking buds and cleaning things up.
Today’s draw is the Three of Air (Three of Wands) which is traditionally interpreted as representing themes of heartbreak, disappointment, emotional pain, and depression. These “emotions” do not live in the heart, but within the mind, and this is why although the card appears to be about the emotions, it resides within the Swords suit which is the suit of the mind.
In this card, my eyes are irresistibly drawn to the Echinacea flowers reaching for the sky today, as well as the hint of a rusted roof in the distance of the background. Echinacea is an immune system booster, and is used in spellcraft as a plant that lends an energy boost to your intent as well as an herb used to promote inner strength. This makes the presence of the plant represented on the Three of Swords card especially relevant, as it transforms the card from a representation of desolation and despair to one of growth and support during difficult times.
The roof holds its own meaning to me when I see it in the imagery of this card today. It speaks to me of a long stretch of time. It takes time to weather a corrugated roof and create those streaks of rust and weathering you see in that small peek you see in the lower left corner of the card. Blended with the Echinacea, it speaks of the fact that sometimes it takes time to heal from disappointments and heartache. Not everything can be immediate.
This message today is in reference to my journey of healing from “the letter”. It’s been months and months since the letter first arrived, and over six months now since I started confronting the fear and fog that swallowed me whole in response to that letter. It feels like this climb out of that place of fear and desolating doubt. Today’s card is a message of encouragement and patience. A reminder that true healing takes time, and that’s okay.
DECK USED: HERBCRAFTER’S TAROT
#TarotForGrowthJuly Challenge Prompt
Topic: I’m struggling with self-worth.
Question: What three qualities do I associate with what it means to be “a good person”?
Reading Summary: The ability to stay on the straight and narrow despite the shit that tries to tear you down.
I can’t quite break this one down as neatly as I usually do to display how I came to the bare bones of the reading. What I see here is that the Three of Swords is the topic. It is what “happens to you” and the basis of this reading. The King then represents the strength to “stay the course” and the Eight of Wands reinforces single minded purpose towards the direction I wish to go in seen in the Two of Wands.
Usually when I break apart my reading to display how I get there, I’m able to break it into pieces that fit together into a succinct sentence. Something about how the Lumina Tarot communicates makes this process a lot more difficult. I’m not sure why.
Take Away: So in breaking this down, three of the qualities I associate with being a good person include the strength of will to “stay the course” of one’s beliefs and standards through through times of struggle and heartache, the ability to perceive the direction you want to go in through these times, and the determination to stay on that course. This is about one’s moral compass and life goals, and about not allowing negativity to steer you away from those values.
DECK USED: LUMINA TAROT
#DiscordTarotholicsJul2020 Challenge Prompt
Topic: Banish This / Attract This
Banish This – Taurus – It’s time to let go of your bullheaded stubbornness and rigidity. There is a great deal of inflexibility in you and in order for the growth you want to happen to flourish and really take off, you need to find a way to let go of some of that rigidity.
Attract This – The Grand Duke – Androgyny and a hint of mastery yet to come. The message here is about adaptability, versatility, and growth. I need to invite these qualities in and allow them to ease the rigidity that is holding me back. It is possible to hold on to who you are and your moral compass, even as you move through the changes taking place and grow into a better person.
DECK USED: MINCHIATE ETRURIA ANIMA ANTIQUA TAROT
#OwlandBonesJuly Challenge by Owl and Bones Tarot
Topic: let in // let out // let go // let rest
King of Cups – Let in Gideon, for he is your support and knows you better than all others (except perhaps L). Sometimes, especially when I’m dealing with subdrop, it can be hard to open up. Feeling so vulnerable makes being so open especially a struggle, but that is what he is there for, to block out the danger so that he and he alone has access to those tender moments and inner knots, and can help me through.
The Empress – Let out into the world my ability to nurture and encourage others. Remember that the creations you make and send out in to the world have power to influence others in positive, nurturing ways. They foster positivity and spread joy, bringing this warmth and energy into the lives of others, sometimes when they need it most, but always with the ability to then spread out from that person to the next and the next.
The Sun – Let go and allow the sun to shine. Don’t allow pessimism to win out. You’ve made he conscious choice to try and move in a more positive direction, to foster positivity and joy in your life. In order for this to happen, you have to allow it.
Ace of Swords – Let rest my harsher nature. That inner critic and the inner dialog that goes on with myself is not healthy. Pushing it away is not the only path to easing up on this. Letting it rest is another method worth exploring.
DECK USED: ALBANO WAITE TAROT
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: How can I capture my best ideas?
Reading Summary: Take time to examine them from all angles (The Hanged Man), pick them apart and judge them harshly (Queen of Swords) in order to challenge their worth (Five of Wands).
Take Away: This is more about how to sort out the best ideas from the not as great ones. It’s one of those times where that shrewd judgement and harsh sight comes in handy as it allows me to pick apart an idea down to its bare bones and look at all the drawbacks and other pitfalls it might have. If it can make it through that process and come out the other side, it is truly worthy of exploring further.