Today’s meditation was just over ten minutes long, and was another guided meditation with interval timer for my stretching. I almost skipped today, to be honest, but forced myself to lie down and do it anyway. Might be time to change things up on the style of meditation to keep things interesting.
The topic of today’s meditation was about how each and every one of us view life subjectively through our own perspective. It’s natural to forget this, and to forget that everyone else is in the same boat, viewing life through that same window of perspective. Their window.
The meditation encouraged looking beyond that and exploring the concept of sonder. Sonder is the realization that everybody around you, even strangers, are living a life just as rich and complex as yours. That their experiences are unique, and that they have different things going on in their lives that create different experiences and perspectives completely apart from your own perceptions.
What stands out to me the strongest of the imagery in this card today (and I really want to work with this deck more so I think I’m going to carry it over into January), is the roots of the plant that grows through the skull.
Those roots look so much like Mandragora officinarum (mandrake) roots that it’s uncanny, although it is not a mandrake plant from the trailing stems of the plant’s growth above ground. Still, the sight of the roots brought to mind the use of mandrake root as poppets and that in turn brought to mind the use of poppets in directing one’s will and intent.
The message that I see here in today’s card is about molding one’s new opportunities to your will. You drive the bus on these new opportunities. Not fate. Not luck. Not any other person. It’s on you to steer the bus in the direction you want it to go, and the best place to start with that… is at the beginning.
DECK USED: BONESTONE & EARTHFLESH TAROT
#DiscordTarotolicsDec2020 Challenge Prompt
Question: How can I better foster my relationship with friends and loved ones?
Reading Summary: Grace is repeated within the first two cards, and reinforced by the red and white color scheme that they also share. In order to bond more closely (Holiday Cookies) with my friends and loved ones, it is important to take a measured and balanced approach (Ice Skates) while encouraging them to seek out their best life and best selves along the way (Evergreen).
Take Away: The cards here are about being supportive, but in a “hands off” sort of way that allows people to make their own choices and choose their own path. Advice and perspective is warranted and welcome, but don’t push. Allow them to weigh things for themselves and make the choices they feel are best for them as they take new steps along their personal life paths.
DECK USED: YULE ORACLE
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What do I need to hold onto through the transition from this year into the next?
Reading Summary: My ability to find balance and harmony within my passions (Six of Clubs) needs to be weighed against the drive to push too far too fast (Nine of Clubs). Remember to look at what I’ve done and the accomplishments I’ve made in a positive light (Nine of Diamonds).
Take Away: If I take the time and ingenuity to keep myself in a positive mindset and see my deeds in an optimistic and positive perspective, it will allow me to foster my passions instead of becoming disappointed in them. Remember to take that step back and slow down, and I won’t get so choked up in unhealthy deadlines and responsibilities to the point that I lose sight of everything else and fall back into that turtle shelled “go go go” zone where nothing else but more progress and getting more done matters.