Today’s meditation was skipped.
Today’s draw is the Ace of Wands (Bastet), which is traditionally a representation of the seed of new beginnings in the area of one’s enthusiasm, drive, willpower, principles, determination, and inner spark.
From the LWB: “I am energy, vitality, inventiveness, birth, fire. I am the active principle. I am Bastet, Egyptian goddess, fertile ray of sun that illuminates and warms the earth.”
Bastet is a lioness goddess, a role shared by other deities such as Sekhmet. Eventually Bastet and Sekhmet were characterized as two aspects of the same goddess, with Sekhmet representing the powerful warrior and protector aspect and Bastet, who increasingly was depicted as a cat, representing a gentler aspect. Before this deity’s nature was ameliorated around 1500 bc, she was known as a ferocious goddess of protection, and whose more gentle aspects make her the goddess of home, domesticity, women’s secrets, cats, fertility, and childbirth.
I feel that the LWB combined with being set upon the Ace of Wands leans more into Bastet’s fierce lioness traits. This card says… Do something today. Do something that sparks your enthusiasm and your interest, kindling that inner spark that the depression keeps banked. Do something that brings you joy and stirs you up inside.
That’s the message in today’s card.
DECK USED: UNIVERSAL GODDESS TAROT
#DiscordTarotholicsMay2022 Challenge Prompt
Topic for May 8th: Do Spread #1
What positive quality do I have that others admire?
The Moon and Seal – Even when you are feeling uncertain, your creative spark continues to grow and shine. Instead of fear or uncertainty turning you away from creativity, you find solace and shelter within your creative endeavors.
What positive quality do I wish I had that I admire in others?
Three of Elixirs and Raccoon – The ability to survive and thrive in intensely social situations. As much as you want to enjoy socializing and groups, that is really just not where you shine, but is something that you admire in others.
What step(s) can I take now to work toward developing that quality in myself?
Eight of Elixirs atop Two of Elixirs, Dove – You need to accept that some people show their love and affection differently than others, and those that love you understand that you are not a particularly social person. It’s okay to walk away when you need to, and your way of showing love to others is no better or worse than anyone else’s. Accept yourself as you are instead of trying to be something you’re not.
What step(s) can I take to make the positive qualities I already have shine brightly?
Six of Coins and Rat – Work on accepting help from others without worrying (or anticipating) that it’s going to end up biting you on the ass.
DECK USED: WINTERSEER ORACLE AND ANTIQUE ANATOMY TAROT
The #ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge Prompt by E Roebuck-Jones
Questions for May 8th and 9th
What positive traits do I bring to my relationships?
The Tower (Morrigan) and The Lovers (Venus) – You show people that it is possible to stay on a healthy path and make healthy choices, even when it feels like your world is falling apart. And in doing so, you encourage others to do the same.
What unrealistic expectations have placed on myself?
Judgement (Ceridwen), Five of Coins (Hel) atop Temperance (Anahita) – There is a lack of temperance to how you treat yourself concerning your inner narrative and it’s influences. You judge yourself too harshly and allow the feelings of scarcity and aloneness that result from this to lead you away from positivity and moderation.
DECK USED: UNIVERSAL GODDESS TAROT
I spent some time digging in the dirt out on the balcony today, and I quit when my body said it was time to quit instead of keeping going. I didn’t get done everything I wanted to as a result, but it’s a win for self-care and self-kindness.