Today’s meditation was fifteen minutes long, and came after the second prolonged yoga/physio routine. It was another of the harp strings with interval timers, but as with last time, I added in some extra stretching to help ease some of the tension of the new yoga work I’m doing. I didn’t do the extra work yesterday, and I won’t tomorrow. I want to ease into it so I’m doing it every other day for the time being.
Today’s draw is Four of Water (Four of Cups) which is traditionally a representation of emotional reevaluation of a situation, meditative contemplation, or withdrawal which on an emotional level can turn into an apathetic outlook.
What stands out to me the strongest in the imagery of today’s card is all the motion and movement. This is not something that I really associate with the fours of… well, any suit, really. Fours, to me, are about stability and so all of the movement seems a bit counter-intuitive to the traditional meaning of this card.
The other thing that stands out to me in this card, though, is that the dogs on this card are wearing collars.
The movement combined with the collars brings my mind to the swirling of thoughts that go through one’s head when they can’t settle. And so maybe this does tie back to the traditional meaning after all, because what I see here in this card is the constant attempts of the mind trying to interrupt times of meditation. This is something that happens to everyone, and when we catch ourselves in the middle of meditation that is being interrupted by stray thoughts or emotions, we grab on to the “collar” of those thoughts and tug them back in line. And yet, they always start running around again soon enough.
The message in today’s card is about accepting that this happens, and that it’s normal that this happens. It’s okay that the mind wanders during meditation as long as you catch yourself and bring your attention back to center again… no matter how many times it takes.
DECK USED: COSMOS TAROT AND ORACLE
#TarotForGrowthJuly Challenge Prompt
Topic: I’m struggling to maintain motivation.
Question: What aspects of my current routine might be helpful in achieving my goals?
Reading Summary: My self-defeating behaviors (Five of Swords) are actually a powerful tool (The Magician) in fostering hope and spiritual awareness (The Star).
Take Away: This is a reminder that not all of my goals are centered around financial stability and security. Growth in those areas is great, but my distractions and self-defeating behavior (such as slacking off, sometimes falling behind, etc) in these areas also opens myself up to those other types of growth that need to take place.
DECK USED: NEW PALLADINI TAROT
#DiscordTarotholicsJul2020 Challenge Prompt
Philosophical Question: Is morality relative?
On the other hand, some things are more about inner perceptions (Four of Wands) and experiences (Ten of Swords). These things are relative.
Take Away: Like the sun in the sky and the need for life on our planet to be nurtured by it, some things are universal and that includes some aspects of morality. On the other hand, there is a great deal of morality that is based upon perception and experience, either through individuals or through societal experience.
The cards indicate that morality is not a whole, but rather is a conglomeration of pieces that are brought together through both universal values and personal/societal experiences. So it is both relative in some areas… and not in others.
DECK USED: TAROTBOT TAROT
#OwlandBonesJuly Challenge by Owl and Bones Tarot
Topic: absolute truth // opinion // misconception // lesson
Absolute Truth – The World and Wheel of Fortune – All life moves in cycles.
Opinion – Temperance and Eight of Cups – Walking away from something is the same as peaceful restraint.
Misconception – Knight of Cups – Emotions don’t have to be full on all the time.
Don’t forget that the experience of one’s emotions is subjective to the person experiencing them and the memory of those emotions is influenced by what comes out of them.
Lesson – Five of Cups Rx – Letting go of pessimism and that inner narrative of negativity in order to choose a lighter path.
DECK USED: MIDCENTURIAN TAROT
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What am I being called to create now?
Reading Summary: You can create balance in your relationship with your responsibilities (Two of Coins) if you’re willing to practice patience and allow for your growth to continue at a slow pace (Seven of Coins). Enjoy your time with those nearest and dearest to you (Two of Potions), and give yourself space to grow (Page of Coins).
Take Away: What I am being called to create right now isn’t about manifesting a physical item in the world, but rather I am being called to create space within my life for growth, and patience to allow that growth to take place by spending time building my relationships with those I love rather than focusing on pushing forward and rushing things.