Protecting What Matters

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Cat Warrior Tarot - Seven of WandsToday’s draw is the Seven of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of standing up for one’s values and principles, perseverance, conviction, and protection of what is important.

What is most noticeable to me in the imagery for this card is that the cat is sitting still instead of in active defense mode. Instead it sits and stares, its tail curled close around those things it values most. This reminds me of the best advice I have ever gotten from the numerous self defense classes I have taken over the years.

Sometimes being on the defensive and standing strong for what you want or believe in isn’t about the actual fight. It’s about preventing the fight from happening in the first place by being diligent, present in the moment, and aware of what’s going on around you.

Sometimes, like walking down the street at night, that’s all you need to protect yourself from an attack; because most often those that wish to do harm on others usually are not looking for a victim that is aware and prepared to fight back when needed. They’re looking for someone distracted and unprepared.

Today’s card, therefore, is a reminder to be aware of your surroundings and present in the moment, as it is one of the best ways you can protect yourself and what matters most to you.


#DiscordTarotholicsSep2022 Challenge Prompt
Questions for September 22nd and 23rd

Oracle des FéesWhat projects and energies are you taking with you into Autumn?

La Fiancée du Géant Vert – Your work in connecting with others is starting to pay off and the commitments you’ve made to them (and that they have made to you) are beginning to settle into a routine that is comfortable for both.

How will your courage be tested this autumn season?

L’Allure de l’Escargot atop Barnabé et La Prince – Your courage will be tested in the effort of finding a balance between the need to rush and push and move faster, and the need to take things slow while grounding and reconnecting with the earth. Slowing down, especially as the holiday season approaches, takes a lot of courage and strength. It’s far easier for you to get wrapped up in the anxiety and pick up speed too quickly while ignoring your need for rest and respite.

How will your strength be tested this autumn season?

Autrefois Innocente – The deterioration of your innocence has been one of those things that you have marked over the years and grieved over more than once. Changes that you ride out or struggle with harden your outer shell, while disappointments from the people around you reach in and crush small bits of your innocence that are left behind. Your ability to stand tall in your grief over these losses will be once again tested this autumn.

How will your faith be tested this autumn season?

Suivez-moi – Be careful of the invitations that you accept this autumn. Although it might seem extremely inviting and tempting to reach for, remember what you have to leave behind, and if you really want to abandon those things in the process. Is that new opportunity really a good idea? Is it worth it?


The #ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge Prompt by E Roebuck-Jones
Questions for September 23rd thru 25th

Cat Warrior TarotHow can I get closer to my dream life?

Ace of Swords – Examine all new ideas for potential, but only go after the good ones if you are certain to hold a high potential for success.

What would it be like to only worry for 10 minutes a day?

Ten of Cups – Only worrying for ten minutes a day would foster a lot more happiness in your life, and a greater sense of security in that happiness.

Is it possible, though?  I think probably not.

How can I more easily say no to others and yes to myself?

Queen of Wands Rx atop Two of Pentacles – To more easily say no to others and yes to yourself, you need to accept that sometimes in order to foster balance in your own life, you have to say no to others. Even if this means that it stunts their growth or their enthusiasm when you do so.


Daily Self Kindness

I had an absolutely delicious raspberry and cupcake.  I froze the last four and they (surprisingly) defrost perfectly soft and just like fresh.  It was a treat for today.

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