Today’s meditation was skipped and for once I have no excuse. I just plain didn’t feel like it and ended up fucking around a bit on my phone instead watching videos and IG clips.
What stands out to me the strongest in the imagery of this card today is that the Empress in this card is barefoot. I think that this is a very important aspect and including it here shows the connection that the Empress has to the natural world. She is both grounded, and at ease, comforting and warm.
When combined with the Thera-Pets card for today, what I see here is a message about self-kindness and care. It’s all well and good to direct kindness and care to others, and wonderful to be accepted as a kind and caring person. But we need to remember that kindness and caring needs to be directed toward ourselves as well. Even when you might feel like you don’t deserve it, or feel like punishing yourself is more apt and comfortable.
Try harder to be kind to yourself. Work harder at silencing the negative inner dialogue that picks you apart and tears you down, puts you in your place and… quite frankly, abuses you. If you wouldn’t treat others that way, why would you treat yourself like that? Instead, work at replacing that inner dialogue with something kinder, more understanding, and more accepting.
DECK USED: IDEAL SOULMATE TAROT AND THERA-PETS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL CARDS
The Sacred Grounds Tarot Club Prompt
Question: What beautiful aspect of myself am I ready to embrace?
Reading Summary: My ability to move through life’s winding pathways (Three of Mushrooms) with an attitude of gratitude (Nine of Sunflowers), and my willingness to show others the path to do the same (The Hierophant).
Take Away: I’ve dealt with a crapload of pain and struggles in life. I make the conscious choice to walk that path with gratitude, and to see each experience I have (including the bad ones) as a lesson to help me become better in some way. I choose not to live in the mentality of a victim, but rather I see these experiences are a type of wealth. That wealth is something that I both cherish as well as consciously practice gratitude for on a daily basis.
I want to share this with others, and help them through their own struggles by sharing this perspective. Sadly, not everyone is ready or able to see things from that perspective, but I try anyway because I care and I want to help where I’m able to do so.
DECK USED: TAROT OF THE NYMPHS
#DiscordTarotolicsApr2021 Challenge Prompt
Question: How can you break free of the illusion that acting on new ideas is the only way to suss out the best from them?
Reading Summary: Moderation is needed (Temperance), or you end up with so many things on your burner at once that your time becomes fleeting and stolen away in too many directions (Seven of Swords). Ignoring the help available to you (Two of Cups Rx) is foolhardy and unhealthy (The Fool Rx). Instead of thinking you know everything (Page of Swords Rx) remember to keep your mind and heart open to new perspectives (Ace of Cups and Hanged Man).
Take Away: Sometimes. I fall into the habit of becoming too rigid in my thinking. The encouragement here is about being more adaptive, and allowing myself to take things in moderation. I need to remember that help from others is a good thing, and I need to take a step back and look at why I feel so threatened by the idea of writing ideas down to save them for exploration at a later date.
I could explore more with more help from others, but with both of the center cards very definitely and clearly insistent on being Rx, what I see here is more about looking at things differently and cherishing my time rather than throwing it away by stubbornly repeating old patterns. An open mind and open heart are needed to find a new path in this area.
DECK USED: IDEAL SOULMATE TAROT
It wasn’t really a kindness in the traditional sense, but I sent the entire day today working on taxes, and with each of the tasks on my list that I checked off, I could feel the weight of the pressure to get them done easing. I didn’t get finished, but I expect that I will be able to finish up on Friday.