Judicious Boundaries

Today’s meditation was a little over fifteen minutes long and was not a guided meditation.  Instead I simply took some time to work on breathing exercise on my own, concentrating on my breath and on slowly relaxing one body part at a time from head to toe.

The Pri8m Tarot and Less Anxiety Affirmation CardsToday’s draw is the Nine of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of being battered and exhausted yet still upholding one’s boundaries.  It’s about courage and resilience, even in times when you aren’t at your 100%, and protecting those things that are important to you by “standing the line”.  Sometimes this can also translate into having one’s beliefs and faith being tested, for it is when we are beaten down and tired that we are most often tempted to let go of those things we would otherwise stand firm on.

When I first saw this affirmation card?  I read it to say “then they have served their purpose” (as opposed to “when”), and I think that this misread was actually important, especially in relation to the tarot card pulled today.

The thing is?  A lot of times we build up walls where our emotions are concerned.  Walls to keep them out.  Walls to dull their strength.  Walls to bury them under.  These walls are not healthy. Three different walls, with three different purposes, but none of them are healthy.   It’s only when we allow our emotions to run their course that we can get a healthy result.  That is what emotions are for… to help us learn, to help us grow.    If we aren’t allowing the emotions to come, to stay so that we can learn from then, then leave when that learning has taken place?  Then we aren’t allowing them to serve their purpose, and hurting ourselves in the process.

DECK USED:  THE PRI8M TAROT AND LESS ANXIETY AFFIRMATION CARDS

Mr Lionharts’ #TheJulyTarot #TarotSuitsChallenge Prompt
Questions for July 21st thru 23rd

Hedgewitch Botanical Oracle and Radiant Scales TarotWhat am I asked to overcome to embrace / support my best self?

Sage / Salvia officinalis (Purify) and Six of Water – You have had a childhood history filled with a myriad of experiences in pain and betrayal served up by those that you should have been able to trust implicitly. You can begin to overcome the remnants of these experiences through acknowledgement of where these remnants come from.  By remembering that they are a part of the past, you can then purify their negative influences from your present and your future.

How can I best keep focus on the things that are good for me?

Chicory / Cichorium intybus (Sustain) and Seven of Air – Stay the course, no matter who or what tries to steal it away.

This is about making sure that I keep my focus on the changes I’m trying to make in my life.  The healthier balance of work and rest, the lean into optimism and positivity instead of rejection of these things, the efforts to find a path that allows me to share my work rather than hoard all the work and responsibility for myself.

How, or where, is my spiritual practice strengthening me?

Sage / Sambucus nigra (Ritual) and The Sun – Joy is created through your spiritual practices and rituals. Not only are the things in your day to day spiritual practice supporting your successes and efforts to focus on the positive, but the larger rituals are also helping in fostering those efforts.

DECK USED: HEDGEWITCH BOTANICAL ORACLE AND RADIANT SCALES TAROT

#DiscordTarotholicsJul2021 Challenge Prompt
Philosophical Question
: Do acts of kindness always have a motive?

The Pri8m TarotReading Summary: It doesn’t always “pay off” as expected (The Void), but every act of kindness serves either a purpose towards balance (Three of Pentacles), or as a strategic personal motivation (Knight of Swords).

Take Away: So all acts of kindness have a purpose, which means they inherent have a motive. That doesn’t mean that all acts of kindness are strategically motivated, though. Sometimes that motive is more about trying to find balance either within ourselves or the world around us, and of course, other times it’s more selfish. And sometimes, no matter the motive or purpose, acts of kindness get lost in translation.

DECK USED: THE PRI8M TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

I spent about two hours out on the balcony with my plants today, just tending to them, watering them, making sure they’re getting the right nutrition, etc.  I also replaced the pansies and lobelia that didn’t make it through the 110+ F heat wave we had.  They just couldn’t handle it, so I’ve replaced them with a few plants I picked up from the nursery.

Gideon’s Challenge

Miraculous Details

How closely do you look
at nature’s splendor
is it just a glance
or a long glimpse
or do you lie down
among it all
and look closer still
with moss in your hair
and sweet scents
of earth
tickling your nose
How close will you get
to see the miracle
in the details…

Or will you let the wonder pass you by?

Photo © ZenStatePhotography

Weekly Creativity Prompt – My Addiction

Prompt: Pull (at least) three cards from your deck and use them to share with us about something you are personally addicted to.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Tarot

I have always connected most strongly with cards when it comes to methods of divination. I love the feel of them and by the time I was sixteen, I already owned well over a hundred.  Although I was (and am) familiar with a large number of different types of divination, and even practice a few of them, I know where my bread is buttered and I have always made damned sure to keep my collection of decks safe, secure, and growing. (The Chariot)

The thing is, though? I did slack a bit on collecting now wand then. Most of the time it was because finances just didn’t allow, other times it was because I had other things to focus on, other addictions to delve into, other interests to explore.   Out  of fear?  I hid my divination practice from Gideon.  I hid it because I was worried that although he’s not a particularly religious person, that if I delved too deeply into what exactly “I’m pagan” meant and that I read the cards… I might loose him.  This was something I couldn’t abide.  But with each year that passed?  I felt like more  and more like I was withholding something important from him and our relationship.  So… I decided to tell him (The Lovers).

I was very nervous at first, but he took me by surprise.  He asked a lot of questions, and then?  He asked me to teach him.  I was so surprised and amazed, but I took him under my wing to begin teaching him the tarot (The Hierophant), and something amazing happened.

All those secrets, now out in the open, reinvigorated my practice.  It breathed new life into not just my divination practice, but also my Pagan practice as a whole.  By being able to share with him these things instead of hide them from him, it turned over a new leaf for me in my own practice and path (The World).

As a result, of course, this meant my collecting (addiction) for decks also was reinvigorated and, at this time of life when I have more disposable income than ever before, that has resulted in my collection growing by leaps and bounds. (Justice)

DECK USED:  MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TAROT