Today’s meditation was just under fifteen minutes long and was a guided meditation from the Calm app with an added interval timer for my piriformis stretches. Again, I was tempted to skip my meditation today, but I managed to push myself to do it anyway.
The topic of today’s meditation was about distancing yourself from your thoughts during your meditation practice so that you don’t fall down the rabbit hole of their sticky grip. Instead, the guide offers the technique of labeling your thoughts when they arrive. Essentially catching yourself and saying “thinking” and then allowing the thoughts to drift off. Doing this each time so that you do not become emotionally or otherwise invested in the thoughts, but instead see them just as thoughts and then set them aside.
Today’s draw is the Nine of Cups, which is traditionally a representation of wallowing in one’s “feel good” feelings. It’s about contentment and taking pleasure in one’s good fortune, as well as feeling emotionally satiated. It can also be an indication of gluttony.
What stands out to me the strongest in this card’s imagery is that there is more than one person in the card and the figure on the stump appears to be sharing her wealth of goodness with those below. Normally, this is a theme that I would expect to see in the Ten of Cups, as I usually consider the Nines of each suit lean more into solitary themes.
In absolute honesty, though, this looks a lot more like the Six of Pentacles to me. But that’s just me. It’s just that the imagery seems to lean so very heavily into sharing and generosity. What is being shared here, though, is not money or resources. It’s happiness, pleasure, positivity, and the sweetness of hope. Those below reach for it, seek it out… and that is where the message lies in today’s card. It’s not really about the figure on the stump… it’s about the people below.
Today’s message is about reaching for the positivity. Don’t wallow in the dark. Don’t sit on the sidelines and allow the negativity to have its way with you. Instead… reach for the light. Reach for the good, the positive and the hopeful. It may seem out of reach, but it’s closer than you think.
DECK USED: BONESTONE & EARTHFLESH TAROT
LionHart’s Elements Tarot Challenge Prompt
Question: In what area am I asked to nurture myself right now?
Reading Summary: The anxiety and depression that you’re feeling (Nine of Swords) requires some nurturing (The Empress) and that you seek out the positive as much as you can (Mercury) instead of focusing on the negative and letting it drag you down (Justice Rx).
Take Away: I’m currently struggling with what is starting to become clear is a clinical depressive episode at the moment. The cards here indicate that this is exactly the area where I need nurturing at the moment, and I need to make sure I’m leaning into self-care and self-kindness, as well as focusing on the positive and the light as much as possible in order to help in combating the darkness of the depression’s influences.
DECK USED: ZOLAR’S NEW ASTROLOGICAL TAROT
#DiscordTarotolicJan2021 Challenge Prompt
Question: What is a very positive thing in your life you are overlooking?
Reading Summary: You’ve done this before, again and again (Seven of Coins Rx atop The World). You have all the skills, all the knowledge, all the tools that you need (The Magician) to make it through your depression and come out the other side (Death).
Take Away: *Takes a breath.* Yeah. That’s true. This is not the first time, and I can do this. It’s not permanent, nor is it even especially long lasting. It just needs to be worked through so that I can get to the other side of it and then move on from it.
Once the depression is over, perspectives will shift, experiences will shift…. life will shift. And a whole different and lighter reality will take the place of where darkness currently exists.
DECK USED: MUNDANE MAGICK TAROT
I made a new character to play with Gideon instead of trying to burrow into myself and take a (not really needed) nap. It’s something new so I don’t feel the pressure of trying to fit into the skin of an established character during a time when am barely fitting into my own skin.