Today’s meditation was just over ten minutes long and was a guided meditation with interval timer for my piriformis stretches. And, it’s very clear that I’ve been skipping far too often, because my right hip is stiff as hell and it was nearly impossible to do the stretching as I normally would. So… a few days of skipping will lead to about two months of time to regain the flexibility I’d been maintaining. Still, it’s definitely got my attention.
The focus of today’s meditation was clearly about living in the present instead of ruminating on the past or being too focused on the future. The thing is, though? I say “clearly” because I don’t remember what was said in the meditation at all, but the graphic kind of speaks for itself. I know I listened to it at the time, or at least I think that I did, but I think the depression is at a point now where I’m struggling with remembering even what happened a few hours ago with any clarity.
There are two things that stand out to me the strongest in the imagery of this card today, which is the hag stone that the Hermit stands upon, and the geese.
The geese in this card’s imagery insinuate that the Hermit is high in the sky. Far above where geese fly in their migratory trek. This is about lift rising above, and it speaks to me (along with the light that shins so brightly) of the solitary being a healthy and healing experience.
The hag stone that the Hermit stands upon speaks to me of secrets. Hidden secrets that can only be accessed by honing in one’s view and dipping into a side of things that you don’t examine in the day to day.
The message in today’s card is reminder that alone time needs to be healthy alone time. Just retreating to wallow in your own misery is not okay and not healthy. If you’re going to spend alone time, make sure that it is in the pursuit of inner reflection and growth, not to allow yourself to sink into unhealthy habits and thoughts.
DECK USED: TAROT SKRYTYCH SVETU
#ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge by E Roebuck-Jones
Question: What brings my heart joy?
King of Pentacles – Stability and security. When I have that feeling of security that everything is as it should be and all is stable, I then feel free to explore my pleasures and indulge in my joys.
Ten of Swords – Knowing that even the most difficult journey comes to an end eventually. Sometimes bad shit happens. Sometimes it happens and keeps happening and feels like it will last forever. But the truth is? Bad shit eventually ends, and in that moment we have the opportunity to birth a new thread.. a new journey. It brings my heart hope, and thus joy, to know this.
Justice – That life can be fair, even if you have to work at it. I very much feel a deep seated need for balance in life… for fairness in life. I can’t help this. When things feel balanced and fair, even if that fairness takes from my pocket to even things out with another less fortunate, I feel good and pleased and happy. Fairness and balance are important, and finding as well as fostering these things in life brings me joy.
DECK USED: PAULINA TAROT
#DiscordTarotolicsFeb2021 Challenge Prompt
Question: What personal energy will best facilitate conversation with others today?
Reading Summary: You may still be learning your way (Page of Cups), but you still need to allow your emotions to flow easily and share them with others (Ten of Cups). There’s no use in tangling yourself up in them while trying to hide from them or avoid them (Eight of Swords).
Take Away: At the moment I am struggling with a major depressive episode and I’m struggling under it’s grip. The emotions I’m feeling need to be expressed and communicated. My gratitude and my love need to be expressed and communicated as well.
My natural inclination is to hide from my emotions, especially right now when I’m vacillating between a painful numbness and extreme bouts of dark emotions. Don’t hold it in.
DECK USED: TAROT SKRYTYCH SVETU
I gave myself permission to cry today, and have done so multiple times today. I’ve napped and tried to treat myself kindly, even setting aside some of my responsibilities of the day to allow more room for myself to feel less choked up and constrained.