Purification and Repurposing

Today’s meditation was skipped.  I really need to get back on the horse with this.  I tell myself this every day in the evening, and then in the morning I end up skipping again.  It really bothers me that I can’t seem to get myself back into a regular practice with this.

Animal Guides DeckToday’s draw is the Vulture card. This is a card from an oracle deck, so there is no traditional meaning. There is, on the other hand, the common metaphysical meanings that come with this animal spirit, which includes life cycles and death, resourcefulness, scavenger mentality, and purification.

This animal asks us to take a look at our habits and our methods in life.  Where can we do better to reduce waste?  What can we recycle or reuse that we’re wasting instead?

Whether we are shedding possessions from our lives, or looking to step up in our environmental responsibilities, today’s card is about examining how we can do better.  How can we bring new life to old things, purify them, and repurpose them into something useful or better rather than simply tossing them aside or throwing them out?


#DiscordTarotholicsFeb2022 Challenge Prompt
Topic for February 28th
: Grab a spread of your choice that you’ve been curious about… and give it a go!

Animal Guides Deck

What animal represents something I lack at this moment?

Snowy Owl – Clarity. There is sneaky shit going on around you and in the current clouded state that you find your mind to be in right now, you are not able to see things clearly and make the precision judgement necessary to deal with things as you normally would.

What animal represents my current energy best?

Hummingbird – Trusting and grateful. Busy.  Perhaps a little bit too trusting. You have the ability to find great joy in the little things that are pleasurable to you, but you need to pay attention to them in order to do so… otherwise you are starving yourself of the sweetness and joy that life has to offer.

What animal energy am I asked to embody right now?

Hyena – There is strength in independence and in thinking for yourself.  Don’t allow naysayers and the judgements of others to silence your voice. When you are misunderstood or misinterpreted?  Remember not to shoulder -all- of the blame by yourself.  If you are speaking your truth openly and clearly, part of the onus lies with those willing to believe the worst of you rather than making the effort to understand what you’re trying to say.

What animal can help me give closure to something in my past?

Dragonfly – Don’t lose sight of the fact that you view the world through your perceptions and experiences, and everyone else views their life through theirs.  It’s okay to not always be able to see things from within their shoes… that you’ve tried to do so is enough.

What animal can aid me in my present dealings?

Cat – Remember that you can be graceful even in the moments when you are stumbling, fumbling, or falling.  You are dexterous and flexible, with a great deal of adaptability under your hat  when you need it. This means that when you run into road blocks, hurdles, and obstacles in your path, you have the ability to adapt and keep moving instead of being held back by these issues.

What animal can guide me towards the desired outcome of my goals?

Wolf – Structure, ritual, and routine are not your enemy.  They can help you to set yourself free for more enjoyable aspects of life if you utilize them to your benefit.


Daily Self Kindness

I went to the chiropractor today, and I finished pulling the rest of the decks for March.  I also spent a huge portion of today with Gideon, which was wonderful.

📆 Transitioning from February to March

Shades of Magick Tarot and The Personal Space Oracle 2nd Edition

Here and Now I Exist – Who you are now, in your entirety.

Six of Wands and The Fossil – You are finding yourself falling into old patterns of approval seeking. This has not worked for you in the past and you need to be aware you are leaning in that direction so that you can course correct your trajectory.

The Slough – What is to be left in the past as you move forward.

Knight of Wands and The Key – Set aside your expectations of what motivation looks like. You can’t unlock what it will truly feel like for you until you stop using other’s definitions and expectations to measure yourself against.

What Lies Ahead – An ideal state or ideal self you are seeking at this time.

The Devil, The Boot atop The Pin – You are seeking a better way to keep your addictions in check that doesn’t require only identifying that things have become a problem when you’ve stepped on it (the pin, in this example) and feel the pain.

Limitations – Negative influences, opposition, or ill will.

Eight of Swords and Umbrella – Trying to protect yourself through willful ignorance doesn’t work.  Don’t hide from what is bothering you.  Don’t hide from what you fear. The anxiety of trying to hide from these things builds beneath the surface and you end up not protecting yourself from anything.  Better to deal with things head on.

The Boon – Positive influences, higher guidance, or divine intervention.

The Chariot, The Arrow atop The Antler – Move your ass or lose something essential and intrinsically you. Use it or lose it is the theme here. Look into those skills and abilities you have been neglecting, and seek out ways to reawaken them and explore them more fully.

The Wound – An unpleasant past experience or event that is ripe for some support and healing.

The Hermit and The Candle – It’s time to return to using alone time in more healthy ways instead of indulging in alone time that is not serving you well. There is a beacon that lies within optimism and positivity that you have ignored in the past and that can light your way to a safer, better use of your alone time than what you’re doing with it now.

Nostalgia – A positive past experience or event to acknowledge, reflect upon, and enjoy.

Three of Swords, The Bloom atop The Anchor – Take time to reflect upon all the times others have helped ground you and lift you up. This isn’t about them, but about that sense of grounded uplifting and how it makes you feel. You can wallow in that feeling from the past by bringing the memory into your present.

A Warning – Something coming that can be prevented or overcome.

King of Swords and The Finch – Remember that just because someone presents themselves as an authority doesn’t mean that they are dependable or can be trusted.

Empowerment – A future opportunity to work toward.

Seven of Pentacles and The Hand – At this time, the speed of your progress is in your hands. This will not always be the case, so find what works for you now and carry it forward from here.

Message from the Spirit World – Your growth in this area is directly under your control. It’s time to plot a “flight plan” and step on the path, awaken those things neglected that are at risk of falling to the wayside and take control.  It’s in your hands what you decide to do with this, but keep in mind the journey is a long one… not a sprint.

Message from the Mind’s World – You need to battle your demons for you, not for anyone else.  Pick those things you want to deal with and move forward with care. Take your time and don’t get impatient. There is no one else’s expectations to cater to other than your own, and you need to set those to be kinder to yourself so that you won’t rush forward headlong but will take time to truly do things right.

Message from the Physical World – Stop pretending that you’re okay and get your ass out in nature. You need to recharge, ground, and allow the earth to give you the nurturing you need.  It will do your mental health good, and your body too.


Guileless or Conniving?

Today’s meditation was skipped (again).

Stray Cat TarotToday’s draw is the Ace of Cups, which is traditionally a representation of the seed of new beginnings in the area of one’s emotions, relationships, creativity, and intuition.

What stands out to me in the imagery for this card is how into the whole thing the cat is when it comes to the bird delivering the host to the waiting cup. It’s a debate whether this is about the act being performed, or about the fact that it’s a bird and cats like birds.

The reminder here is about not allowing myself to become paranoid.  The bird can easily deliver and escape without having to worry about the cat’s motives, so why should the cat’s motives matter?

Often, when paranoia tries to dig its claws in, I become reclusive and it can create a sense of stagnancy and suspicion that drags down my emotions and mood. This is a seed we don’t want to plant, and today’s card is  a reminder that the potential for this issue is present and needs to be dealt with.


#DiscordTarotholicsFeb2022 Challenge Prompt
: Do Spread #2
Question: How is March gearing up to treat me this year?

Stray Cat TarotReading Summary: Holy shit, that’s a lot of self-care and rest.

The progression of these cards are shown in the flow of color from left to right, as well as the progression of light and brightness from the left card in through the center and fading in the right. The transition of lightness and brightness indicate personal choice, making choices, and the consequences of not doing so, while the color flows from the yellows into the blues is an indication of the direction in which the cards are moving.

Take Away: The cards here are a progression that speaks of either choosing to have a nurturing approach to yourself and getting the rest and meditation that you need… or ending up forced to do so by the end of the month in order to restore and recover.


Daily Self Kindness

Today was Gideon’s birthday and I spent the day with him and it was wonderful.

❤️ 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?

Vintage Storybook Illustrations Tarot, POESIS Oracle, Storytale Lenormand

Central ThemePage of Wands – This card is included because it demanded to jump out from the deck twice during the initial shuffling process when I was thinking about self-care for the week ahead, but had yet to begin shuffling for a specific element. It speaks of focusing on the things you want to be passionate about.  Letting your focus move to those things that you want to include in your path, those values that are important to you, and giving them the time and attention needed to help them grow in strength and purpose.

EarthThree of Pentacles, Boundary atop Humility – Suck it up when it comes to your pride and ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself, and in fact, it’s not good for you to try.  Re-align your boundaries to allow yourself to ask for the help you need when you need it… and even sometimes when you don’t think you need it.

AirThe High Priestess and Nurture – Spend some time this week researching the mediumship you are interested in learning to expand your intuition. Feed your mind the information it needs in order to begin connecting the dots and allowing growth in that area to begin.

WaterJustice, Create atop Body – When the body feels good, the mind feels good. Let yourself find the healthy balance you need in your body… go hiking and commune with nature, create a space for the time you need to allow yourself to feel healthy and hale… and as a consequence, your emotions will follow and feel better as well.

FireThe Empress and Transform – It’s time to look at your business in a healthier light.  Let go of the workaholic mindset that is fostered by the holiday rush.  Let go of the guilt and the unreasonable expectations. Be kind to yourself instead.

WaningMan and Scythe – Stop being so damned ruthless and demanding with yourself. You’re allowed to be kind to yourself and you need it. That narrative in your head demanding more and more from you, then shaming you when you need to rest or fall short on those demands, isn’t healthy and you need to shut it down.

WaxingShip and Child – Work at looking at your journey with a more innocent and youthful gaze.  You’ve lost track of the efforts to take on a more positive and optimistic perspective.  It’s time to return to looking at each day as a new adventure instead of as just another day.

Take Away – The encouragement here is to remember that this week is still a part of my time off.  It’s a reminder to enjoy the week instead of ducking my head and diving into work.  The reading indicates that there’s more than enough time to do both and have a healthy happy week were I also manage to get things done, rather than just focusing on work.