Owning Self Truths

Today’s meditation was sort of done and sort of not?  I lounged in a cool bath for a bit early on in the day and did some breathing exercises while I was in there, but I also dozed off.  So… sort of meditation but not really?  Still, it was amazing and very relaxing.

Bonds Across Time: An Inuyasha Tarot and Less Anxiety Affirmation CardsToday’s draw is the Emperor card, which is traditionally a representation of leadership and authority combined with a dominant energy and a “greater good” mentality. It is a card that represents responsibility, and the strength that it takes to shoulder the responsibility and ownership that comes with leading.

Sometimes, what we need to take ownership of isn’t others or leading others, but rather how we treat ourselves.  This is also a part of leadership, for without self awareness and control over ourselves, leading others never goes as smoothly or as well as it otherwise could.

Today’s affirmation card combined with the Emperor speaks of this responsibility toward ourselves. It’s a reminder that it’s not just others that need our kindness and understanding, but that we should treat ourselves with that same kindness.  Stress can make anyone short tempered, but don’t turn that negativity inward.  Instead, straighten your spine, look at what’s truly going on, own it, and then deal with it.

DECK USED:  BONDS ACROSS TIME INUYASHA TAROT AND LESS ANXIETY AFFIRMATION CARDS

The Sacred Grounds Tarot Club Prompt
Question
: What inspires/heals me?

Whispers of the Ocean Oracle and Salt + Sea Energy OracleWhat inspires me?
Push to Surface, Pearl, Mermaid

Stagnancy is the cause of inspiration’s death.  To foster your inspiration and awaken it, sometimes you have to take stock of where in your life you are feeling still and stagnant, and look at these things with honest eyes.  Only the can you begin to change what’s holding you back and, in doing so, allow your inspiration to once more rise to the surface.

What heals me?
Sandcastle and Persistent Drive

Acknowledging that struggle and strive is only temporary and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel allows you to find focus on the way out instead of feeling stuck.  Like with depression, it’s when you accept that the depression is only temporary that you give yourself an exit to focus on and work towards.

DECK USED:  WHISPERS OF THE OCEAN ORACLE AND SALT + SEA ENERGY ORACLE

#DiscordTarotolicsJun2021 Challenge Prompt
Topic
: Do Spread #2
Question: I always feel like I’m struggling, even when I’m trying to relax. How can I more easily let go and go with the flow in my self-care and growth?

Bonds Across Time: An Inuyasha TarotReading Summary: Ground and steady your footing (Four of Jewels) instead of running away (Six of Swords Rx), accept and acknowledge that transformation is painful and takes time (Ten of Swords).

Take Away: The message here in these cards indicates that I’m not doing anything wrong other than being impatient about moving forward It’s not like running on floats in the water, where you have to keep going or you’ll lose your balance and fall into the water.  Instead, you need to focus on finding a grounded and steady stance.  Allow the changes to move at their own pace and be patient.  Wait. Breathe.  And let the changes flow around you like water flows around a stone in a stream, slowly smoothing out rough edges over time while the stone is always steadily rooted in place.

DECK USED:  BONDS ACROSS TIME INUYASHA TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

I mentioned this above, but I spent a good two hours soaking in a nice cool bath today.  Sort of like chillin’ in a kiddy pool… but in the tub.  It was nice.  I had rubber duckies and music, and it was very relaxing.

Self Care Saturday (On a Sunday)

These Saturday readings are (not usually) bearing in on any one thing or event in my life, as the question used is asking for a more general outlook. This is a self care exercise, and is not meant as a predictive reading… although that, too, happens on occasion.

The question is… What do I need to focus for self-care through the week ahead?

Playful Heart Tarot, Whispering Herbs Healing Cards, and The Zen of Animals Cards

EarthTen of Swords, Flaxseed (Metal) atop Valerian (Yin/Yang) – Watch out for that “shit happens” shoe that’s preparing to hit you in the face.  It’s going to suck, but if you make sure to keep yourself grounded and follow your gut, you’ll get through to the other side just fine and all the better for it.  Check the filters and drain pans for your air conditioners.

AirFive of Pentacles and Strawberry (Earth) – You have worked really hard to get to a place where your inner voice isn’t constantly poking and prodding you with your scarcity issues. Don’t backslide and remember, even if you don’t finish all of your blog post each day?  The most important part of the blog post is the COTD and the Self Kindness. It’s okay to just do these two things and skip the rest when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

WaterThree of Cups, Wood Betony (Wood) – Reach out to others this week for emotional support.  The heat leaves everyone feeling like they’re on a short fuse and it’s hard to forget that even during these times?  They’re still there for you if you need them to be.  A little love can go a long way sometimes.   Make sure you’re expressing to others that you’re there for them as well.

FireThe Hermit atop Page of Swords Rx, Slippery Elm (Earth) – Remember that it’s okay to have little to no progress some weeks, especially now during the summer months when you’re supposed to be allowing yourself some rest and relaxation anyway.  Especially for you?  Those times of rest are their own learning experience.  Don’t forsake them (and yourself) by pushing them away and forcing yourself to stress and worry instead.

WaningCrane – Cool and untouchable may be something that you project quite often, but you need to work on allowing a more approachable warmth into your life.  Don’t just settle for that colder and less welcoming presence this week.  Be more. Holding yourself apart isn’t always healthy, even when it might feel like it is.

WaxingGoat – Don’t forget that you are a survivor.  Follow your gut and what you know is right, and you will continue to be sure footed and it will be nearly impossible to knock you off your path.  Don’t forget that you have value beyond the money you make and the things you do. That value resides inside of you and is a part of who you are, not what you do.

Take Away – Check on the health of those things that are helping keep your home happy and healthy this week.  Check on the ACs and the fans, make sure the girls are caring for themselves and hydrating.  You can avert catastrophe, but you have to be diligent to do it. And if it can’t be avoided, remember to breathe and keep moving forward, for all struggle leads to growth and transformation.

Cut yourself some slack on all the stuff you want to do.  It’s okay to cut down to the bare minimum now and then, and this is the time of year to do that if that’s what you need.

Work on being open and approachable, and recognizing your own value.  These things are a part of moving into that new mindset and emotional growth you’re seeking.  Don’t disregard them as unimportant or without value.

DECKS USED:  PLAYFUL HEART TAROT, WHISPERING HERBS HEALING CARDS, THE ZEN OF ANIMALS ORACLE