Today’s meditation was just a bit over seventeen minutes long and was the third installment of the mantra course on the Oak app. I included the interval timer for my piriformis stretches as well.
The focus of today’s meditation was (surprise, surprise) using mantra in meditation. For this particular segment of the course, there was no vocalization of the mantra at the beginning and, although I know this wasn’t the intent of having the mantras be a mental exercise instead of a vocal one? I feel so included. Silly, I know. But it’s really nice to be able to follow along without having to improvise due to my mutism.
Now… that’s all well and good, and the meditation was relaxing… you know I can’t not say something about the quote included in today’s meditation. I really dislike this Lao Tzu quote, as I’ve mentioned before. Yes, nature does not hurry. No, everything does not get accomplished. That’s the whole point of changing seasons. Flowers die before they can bloom, leaves fall before they’ve turned, animals die because winter came early… not everything gets accomplished. The quote makes absolutely no sense and I have no idea why it is so popular.
Today’s draw is the Ten of Cups, which is traditionally a representation of moving beyond emotional contentment to happiness and sharing this emotional abundance with those around you. It’s about positive relationships and a sense of harmony shared with friends, family, and loved ones.
I really like the imagery in this card. At first, the card seems a bit plain other than the dancing fish. And then, when you look closer you see that the cups that are overflowing with a wealth of water (emotions) are of all sorts. Wine glasses and baby bottles, sippy cups and dog bowls and mugs and saki cups. There are all types to represent all the different types of people that make up the emotional bonds of family and friends in life. The imagery here very literally is a visual representation of the Hebrew bible phrase “My cup overfloweth,” which for those that are unfamiliar with the phrase, means “I have more than enough for my needs”.
When combined with today’s Thera-Pets card, the message in today’s cards is that the current journey through struggle and strife is not a journey taken alone. Loved ones are there in good times and bad, and those that truly love you will support you even when you’re going through the worst of it. Don’t forsake their support when you need a little help, instead let them lift you up and remind you that as strong and capable as you are? You’re even stronger and more capable together.
DECK USED: FIFTH SPIRIT TAROT AND THERA-PETS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL CARDS
LionHart’s Mercury Retrograde Tarot Challenge Prompt
Question: What am I asked to (gently) let go of during this Full Moon?
Reading Summary: Use your ability to inspire yourself and others (Queen of Wands) to gently begin nudging out the sadness and depression (Three of Swords) that has been stealing all of your attention lately (Seven of Swords).
Take Away: The figure in the Three of Swords so obviously needs a nudge to get them off their stool, but that nudge just as obviously needs to be soft and gentle. The energy of inspiration can be gentle, but that takes a little more focus than just whisking yourself away in the inspiration. Instead this is about giving yourself the inspiration to get off the stool, not to pretend that things are fine but simply to help straighten the spine and start moving. At one time or another the time comes to stop looking at the big baddie that has oppressed you and start looking forward instead. During this full moon it is time to stop staring over your shoulder so intently…. and look forward instead.
DECK USED: PAULINA TAROT
#DiscordTarotolicsFeb2021 Challenge Prompt
Question: What skill in my tarot practice needs improvement?
Reading Summary: I need to work on being more gentle and nurturing (The Empress) in my delivery (King of Swords with the megaphone and the Five of Swords positioned to surround The Empress on all sides..
Take Away: True enough. I am always very focused on being empowering to those that I read for (as well as for myself) that sometimes I forget that there are times when a delivery also needs to be gentle and nurturing. My readings often hand people the facts in a way to “light a fire under their ass” and I rarely coddle.
This means that my skills at coddling are not as strong as they could be, and as a result I can often come off a bit harsh, or even confrontational.
DECK USED: FIFTH SPIRIT TAROT
I took a pain pill. My foot was really bothering me today and even after I put it up for a bit it wouldn’t ease up on the throbbing ache. It isn’t hot, so it’s not an infection. So I went ahead and took half a vicodin along with my ibuprofen.