Today’s meditation was ten minutes long and was an energy cleansing exercise using selenite and black tourmaline at the end for helping in closing things back up after. It was very relaxing and went far more quickly than I thought it would. I hadn’t actually set a timer, just the interval chimes for changing my piriformis positions. It went well and was very relaxing.
Today’s draw is The Hermit card, which is traditionally a representation of retreating for self reflection and contemplation. This isn’t about retreating to hide, but rather because sometimes when you are digging deep into yourself you need to do it away from others so that you can lower your defenses and get a clear look at what’s going on and the path to take forward.
What stands out to me the strongest today in the artwork of this card is the colors. The absolutely speak to me of being alone, but they don’t speak to me of the healing that is needed. It means that the imagery on this card today speaks to me not about alone time, but about retreat and closing off.
I feel like closing off today. I feel like a bit of a failure today, and a disappointment. The thing is? A little alone time or self reflection may be a good thing, but too much is unhealthy… as is bad timing. Now? Is bad timing. It’s not healthy to let these feelings fester and grow, and if I follow that urge to close off right now? That’s exactly what will happen.
DECK USED: NEXT WORLD TAROT
#TarotForGrowthAugust Challenge Prompt
Topic: I’m struggling to move past trauma.
Question: What can I do to prepare myself for obstacles along my healing journey?
Reading Summary: Make sure that I don’t allow my fears (Nine of Swords) to close me off from (The Hermit Rx) the emotional support and healing warmth that others have to offer (Queen of Cups).
Take Away: When I am feeling vulnerable, I find it extremely difficult to reach out to others, especially for comfort and emotional support. This is not a healthy way to deal with things, and the cards here indicate that I need to not just keep in mind that there are people that want to support me, but that my healthiest and most healing option is to reach out to them and allow that support and comfort to wash over me.
DECK USED: HERO ANALYSIS FOR THE FUTURE #79 MHA TAROT
#DiscordTarotholicsAug2020 Challenge Prompt
Philosophical Question: Which is more real… mind or matter?
Take Away: Reincarnation is very much a part of my faith, and thus the Fool in this spread is a representation of rebirth. And yet, in our rebirth, we do not automatically maintain the memories of our past lives and experiences. We must start anew. This is why love and wisdom are shared while you are alive, and material possessions are passed on after death. The continued existence of material items even after the death of the mind and moving on of the soul, therefore, makes material more real (in our human reality).
DECK USED: VIVID JOURNEY TAROT
Reading Summary: Work at looking at your work in a different way (Eight of Pentacles atop The Hanged Monster) and resting when you need it (Four of Swords). The emotional and inspirational connection will come back if you stick with it (Ace of Cups with Knight of Wands).
Take Away: The teachings referred to here have to do with yesterday’s reading about bringing emotions, pleasure, and joy back into my work. The answer here is that it’s something that will come over time with a bit of determination, as long as I make sure to be mindful about instilling this more joyful perspective into my work and make sure I’m not allowing myself to become overburdened or burnt out by taking healing rest when needed.
When I am overburdened, I shut out the pleasure and joy and emotions… and bear down on the responsibility aspects. To instill these tenants back into my work, it is important to avoid putting myself in situations where the urge to block out these things rises up. Be aware, pay attention, and act with intention rather than reacting.
DECK USED: MONSTAROT
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: How can I get better at expressing my feelings without hurting others?
Reading Summary: Take a pause (Four of Pentacles). What would Gid do? (Knight of Cups) Approach as a friend (Three of Cups) and climb that hill slowly and carefully (Knight of Pentacles).
Take Away: This is about moving slowly rather than just blurting out in a reactionary manner. By taking a pause and actively looking to others who express their emotions in more socially accepted ways, I can then learn how to express my own better as well.
There is also a reminder here that I need to approach those that I’m trying to speak to about my feelings as a friend. This is another skill that is something I’m learning, as my normal mode is not usually so… warm. These are skills that take time to learn, but I am on that path. I just need to remember not to get impatient and careless. It’s not a sprint, but a long journey of growth.