Today’s meditation was was ten minutes long and one of the harp strings meditations with interval timer. It was very relaxing, even if my piriformis stretches were pretty painful throughout the process. This is not a surprise as my physiotherapy / yoga practice is as well at the moment. I’m paying the price of not going in to the chiro / sports medicine doc regularly.
Today’s draw is the Emperor card, which is traditionally a representation of an authority figure or leadership. This card is about the responsibility and steady control as one makes decisions for the greater good.
Sometimes, when making decisions for the greater good, we have to disregard our own wishes and desires. It sucks, but that’s what being the responsible party is all about. It’s about working towards the well being of all instead of the individual. This is the message that stands out to me today in the imagery of this card. The man in the picture is weathered and tough, but his eyes hold a hint of kindness as well. Strength tempered by compassion.
And whether you lead or follow, whether you’re the man on top of the mountain, or just one of the grunts climbing the hill? We all have strengths. The important thing is that we wield those strengths with compassion.
DECK USED: BOTAN TAROT
Reading Summary: Reevaluation (Four of Cups) of my strategies (Seven of Swords) when things change or go awry (The Wheel).
Take Away: This is about adaptability, and making things up “on the fly” in order to keep moving even when roadblocks try to trip me up. The thing is, I don’t see anything in life as a real “road block” but more a challenge. Stopping is not an option because life just doesn’t work that way, so it’s important to be able to adapt and adjust and keep moving, even when it feels like you’ve reached the end of the road.
DECK USED: ART NOUVEAU TAROT c.1989
#DiscordTarotholicsSep2020 Challenge Prompt
Philosophical Question: What are the 3 major strengths of humanity?
Two of Swords – Free Will – Humanity has the ability to make choices, to exercise free will upon themselves and their situation. Although sometimes our choices are not always appealing, there are always choices open to us. We are able to dream our dreams, and make choices based upon what we want out of life.
The Emperor – Autonomy – With free will comes the autonomy to create out own fate and move forward in the direction we choose. Sometimes we must make a round-about path to get there, but ultimately we choose for ourselves where we are going on our path.
The Devil – Transcendence – Which then leads us the ability to transcend. This is not about “spiritual transcendence” to a new level of consciousness, but rather the ability to pull ourselves out of bad situations through our free will and autonomy and into a different situation or better place either mentally or physically.
DECK USED: WILDERWOVEN TAROT
Question: What is my biggest strength (or personal superpower)?
Reading Summary: Potential growth (Ace of Disks) through nurturing (Queen of Cups) and recuperation (Four of Swords).
Take Away: As much as I struggle with giving myself the nurturing warmth and rest that I need, the fact is that I am able to physically bounce back rather quickly when I do fulfill those needs. After multiple car accidents, and more injuries than I can count throughout the three decades of my life so far, my recoveries have always been impressively quick, and even more so if I allow myself the self love and recuperation needed during those times of healing.
DECK USED: HARDY TAROT
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: How can I appreciate all of my talents?
Reading Summary: Remember how much you have overcome (Starseed atop Five of Pentacles), and where you come from as well as how much you have grown along the way (King of Swords atop Page of Swords). Take care to act sans impulsivity (Knight of Swords).
Take Away: Impulsive action is not my friend and in order to appreciate my talents, I need to use them in ways that support my growth and keep me moving forward. That requires both forethought, as well as trust in my moral compass to lead me forward in a positive direction.