No Bracing Needed

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Tharbon I TarocchiToday’s draw is the Quattro di Denari (Four of Pentacles), which is traditionally a representation of

La danzatrice di Jam Jeer dances among her coins, because it is among the coins she feel safe and secure.  Supported.  Just as these coins stand on their edges, she stands on pointe, balanced and stable even while she revels in movement filled with flouncing fabrics and flowing feathers.

This card tells a story of stability and balance that is not created through stagnancy or stillness, but rather through the confidence to feel safe, secure, and stable even while in movement.

The message for today is a reminder that you don’t have to stop, still, and brace in order to find stability. It can be with you every day as you go about your life, and that is the healthy type of stability that we all should be seeking.  Not the kind that lies in stagnant stillness.


GroundedInMagic’s #Lovers2022TarotChallenge Challenge Prompt
: How do I let perfectionism get in the way of love?

Le Tarot de GulliverReading Summary:  Don’t be so hard on yourself (Queen of Coins) when you reflect on your efforts towards emotional growth (Ace of Cups).  Even when you’re not paying attention, even when you’re resting (Four of Swords) or completely turning a blind eye the other way (Eight of Swords)… even then, you’re still on the right path in this area.  You don’t have to keep your eye on the ball every moment in this area of your life.

Take Away: Even though I know that this emotional development journey that I’m on is going to take time, for some reason I have a habit of pushing myself to go faster and do more, even when there is no deadline and no “end goal” in sight.

Today’s cards are about self love, and about being kind to myself and not forcing myself to measure and judge every tiny step and moment of progress.  There is no standard of progress here, and there is no race to win or deadline to meet.  Let it come at its own time.  Sometimes the best things develop through fermentation when out of sight (… like good kimchi!)


#DiscordTarotholicsJan2022 Challenge Prompt
Philosophical Question
: Is it true that pleasure is the root of all true evil?

Tharbon I TarocchiReading Summary: Lush and swollen to the point of near-vulgarity, the trees in the forest of the Nine of Pentacles speak of excess and hedonism.

In the Ace of Cups, a cornucopia overflows, in a bounty of emotions and a demonstration of a different sort of wealth, one based in emotion instead of earthly delights.

Here in the Seven of Swords, we see a forger working at his anvil, creating swords in his workshop and looking not just content, but enraptured with his work while he prepares weapons meant to reap more from the world for those that wield them.

Take Away: Clearly, the opinion of these cards is a resounding yes. I’m not sure I agree, but in this case, it is in the bounty and pleasure of what we can gain that inspires the evil that will be wrought.


Daily Self Kindness

I put everything back up above the fireplace.  I couldn’t stand it being so bare.  I just couldn’t.  I know that soon I’ll just have to pull it all back down again, but it was really bothering me.

Weekly Creativity Prompt – Falling Apart

Prompt: Draw (at least) three cards. Use them to tell us about a (real or fictional) winter night in the city.

The Grand Elixir TarotWalking in this old, worn neighborhood at night takes a certain amount of projected authority (The Emperor) to keep from being accosted… and a certain amount of disregard for one’s safety (The Lovers Rx) because it might just happen anyway.

What was once a lush and thriving beauty is now a crumbling shell of what once was (imagery for The World) as corruption took over to eat away at its core as crimes are committed and remain unsolved either through disinterest… or willful ignorance (Justice).

Sadly, there is no coming back from what it has become. In this neighborhood, there is no recovery to be had, for it goes beyond the cracked sidewalks and grime… the poison has gone root deep. Too much blood, and violence, and too many deaths. (The Tower)

And yet even in this place I see beauty (The Magician), for it is in the strength of those that live here (Strength) if for no other reason than they can’t afford to live anywhere else. I see it in their eyes as I pass them on the street while they avoid the darker shadows and hurry home, their heads down but the inner spark that lives within them shining with a hope that they can lift themselves and their children up to rise to something better (The Star).