Today’s meditation was just over ten minutes long with interval timer for my piriformis stretches. The topic of the guided portion of the meditation was about holding space for others and listening with more than our ears but our mind and our heart as well.
Often, when we are talking with others, we don’t spend enough of our energy on listening to what the other person has to say. Instead, we’re in our own heads formulating what we’re going to say next, or musing over our opinions of something that was said, or planning what we need to do later on in the day, etc.
The encouragement in the guided meditation is to use the mindfulness that we use in meditation, and carry it forward into the world in how we listen to and communicate with others.
Today’s draw is the Ace of Cups, which is traditionally a representation of the seed of new beginnings in relation to one’s emotions, relationships, intuition, and creativity. This often translates into themes that have to do with new relationships, new creative ideas, or new emotional growth.
What really stands out to me the strongest in the imagery of this card today is the small pink lotus flower on the right near the woman’s arm, and on the opposite side, the gray swirl of what I think is supposed to be her hair… but looks a lot like a shark to me at first glance.
The message here is that there is always a bit of risk in new things. Things can go well and go smoothly, or they could turn around and bite you in the ass when you’re not looking. The key is in her lifted arms… which speak of moving forward into new experiences regardless of the risk. Sometimes you just have to step up and see what’s waiting for you.
DECK USED: TRADITIONAL MANGA TAROT
LionHart’s As Above So Below Challenge Prompt
Sun Question: What am I asked to create for myself, or work on, throughout the month of November?
The Magician – Confidence. I’ve felt a lot of uncertainty and insecurity lately when it comes to my ability to juggle my emotions and the holiday rush. It’s been sort of wittling away at the edges of my confidence in other areas pertaining to my business. The Magician is a reminder that I’m capable and that through the next few weeks I need to prove this to myself and create for myself the confidence that I’ve felt wavering a bit lately.
What am I asked to work on throughout the month of November?
Patience through slow change. Patience is not my strong suit when it comes to my expectations of myself and my personal progress. I need to keep in mind that most of the changes I’m working for this year are slow growth changes, and not sudden transformative moments.
DECK USED: DELOS TAROT
#DiscordTarotolicsNov2020 Challenge Prompt
Question: Advice I need to hear at this time concerning my personal happiness.
Take Away: Get your ass out into the woods. Stop procrastinating.
Wednesday. I’m going on Wednesday after my dentist appointment. I plan on running a few errands in the morning after the dentist, and then heading out into the forest by late morning or early afternoon at the latest.
I’ve been feeling the need to get out into the forests for a bit now, but things have just felt so clusterfucked that I haven’t really managed to do it. But I’ve set aside time for it on Wednesday and have every intention of spending a handful of hours out there. It’s not as good as a day hike, but it’ll be a good long visit all the same. More than enough time to untie some internal knots and enjoy some alone time with the trees.
DECK USED: TAROT OF THE LITTLE PRINCE
Heal & Transform November Challenge Prompt
Question: What previously unknown shadow aspect has presented itself this year?
Reading Summary: My issues with slowing down (The Chariot Rx) and taking things at a slower pace (Knight of Pentacles). These issues are rooted in my childhood (Six of Cups).
Take Away: Ugh. So much shadow work has been peeking out at me and trying to make itself known recently. I can’t do shadow work in the fall and winter, and yet it always seems ready to make itself known around this time of year each year. This shadow, like so many that try to get my attention in the fall, is rooted in my childhood. Speed and efficiency are highly prized in my family, especially by my father, and I’ve spent a huge part of my life developing my speed and efficiency in all aspects of my life, work, and business.
Over this year, I’ve been trying to spend more time slowing down instead, which has brought this specific shadow aspect I wasn’t really all that aware of as a shadow aspect rising up to the surface again and again.