Today’s meditation was just over ten minutes long, and was another guided meditation with interval timer. I’ve decided that the guided meditations definitely have a place in my meditation practice. Although the non-guided meditations are nice, these guided ones sometimes allow me to relax a bit more fully and can assist in keeping my mind from wandering.
The also give me a little something to think about now and then. Not that they are all gems, but there are definitely a few diamonds in the mix.
Today’s message was about choosing your battles. There are things you can change, and things that you can’t change. The moral of the story for today’s guided meditation was to make sure that you are choosing the battles you have a chance of winning… instead of railing uselessly against the rain.
Today’s draw is is the Five of Swords, which is a representation of tests, trials, and conflict in the area of one’s mind, intellect, and communication. This often comes into play in the form of disagreements, arguments, misunderstandings, and debates.
What stands out to me in this card today is the look on that pheasant’s face. I mean I know that pheasants can’t really show expressions but he sure is looking pretty damned cocky, yeah? Cocky to the extend that it actually appears a bit snide to me.
That’s the thing about winning tho, right? Sometimes when you win? It’s hard not to look back with that snide moment of triumph. It can be hard not to kick’em when they’re down.
The message here is that when that opportunity arises? Rise above it. You’re better than that.
DECK USED: BOTAN TAROT
Reading Summary: Learning what makes people tick and how to motivate them (Page of Swords) helps me build on my emotional knowledge (Page of Cups) and grow into a better person (Queen of Cups)… Even if that growth is somewhat slow in the making (Page of Coins into King of Cups).
Take Away: Although emotions are not my strong suit, my ability to reason through people’s reactions is. Using this ability in a way allows me an entry point into understanding both my own emotions as well as other’s… which in turn assists me in my own growth.
DECK USED: ENGLISH MAGIC TAROT
#DiscordTarotholicsSep2020 Challenge Prompt
Topic: The Problem / The Lesson to Learn / Advice to Help You Through
The Problem – Eight of Cups – Giving up too quickly or feeling the desire to walk away too easily and too soon. This is bred from my need to step aside when I become irritated or frustrated. Especially in the area of people.
The Lesson to Learn – The Fool Rx – Grow up. It can’t always be about you and what you want. Sometimes you have to do shit just because it’s the responsible thing to do, whether you like it or not.
Advice to Help You Through – Ten of Cups – It’s important to remember just how ‘well off’ you are in your own life and appreciate that. It gives you the luxury to behave in the ways written above without a lot of consequence, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a consequence on the other side of the table where a person’s cup is perhaps not as full as your own.
Take Away – I need to be more patient and understanding of others. Not everyone can motivate as quickly as I can, or think as fast as I can, or come up with the right words as quickly as I can. Instead of getting impatient and cranky, I need to make sure I’m practicing patience and understanding, and keep in mind that not everyone is as fortunate as I am.
DECK USED: ART NOUVEAU TAROT c.1989
Question: How am I asked to deal with areas in my life that currently feel like too much of a grind?
Reading Summary: Suck it up buttercup (Five of Cups) and get your ass in gear (Eight of Wands). Just make sure you’re practicing moderation (Temperance) and making good decisions (Two of Swords).
Take Away: The thing is? Whether it feels like a grind or not? You can’t put off and avoid these things forever. They’re a part of life and sooner or later you have to suck it up and do them. That’s just a part of being an adult. So is making sure that when you do them, you don’t overdo it and send yourself into burn out. Making good decisions about how you work and when is just as important as the work itself that needs to be done.
DECK USED: 20TH CENTURY TAROT
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What can I do about the fear of being wrong?
Reading Summary: Explore more (Page of Wands) and accept that sometimes it’s going to happen (Five of Pentacles). Learn from it (Knight of Swords).
Take Away: You need to use these as opportunities to further your education and knowledge instead of hurdles in your way. Being wrong can suck and feel really bad, but that doesn’t mean it’s something to fear or avoid. Instead it’s an opportunity for growth, as long as you’re willing to take it that way.