Growing Pains and Inner Strength

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Light Seer's Tarot - Ten of SwordsToday’s draw is the Ten of Swords, which is traditionally a representation long journeys coming to an end, painful endings, lessons learned, deep wounds, and sometimes can indicate loss or betrayal.

The imagery in this card speaks deeply to me, as I wear a great many scars on my body from an array of life experiences.

When I was younger, I was given a reading where I was informed that my life would be one of struggle, strife, and woe. I was told that it is not the struggles themselves, nor the strife and woe, that I needed to focus on, though.  Rather, it was the lessons learned from these experiences that I needed to carry with me as I moved past them.

Each of the scars on my body is a reminder. A lesson.  Something I have survived… something that has made me stronger. And thus, I see this card as a sign of great strength.  The appearance of this card today asks us all… what experiences do you carry with you from the past that could be transformed into a lesson… and into a greater strength?  What can we do to take these experiences and transform them into something positive we can then take with us into the future?


#DiscordTarotholicsNov2022 Challenge Prompt
Topic for November 6th
: Do Spread 1
Question: What influence does each of these themes have in your life?

Avalon Magick CardsFateFate is defined as a predetermined end of the journey. This end is unchangeable, but you have free will to choose whatever paths and roads you want in the getting there… only the purpose for your life and/or its end is predetermined and remains unchanged.

Dreamcatcher Woman and Grace – Your fate is the foundation that your intuition and unique abilities are based upon. They are there to ferry you forward into the fate awaiting you at the end of your journey.

DestinyDestiny is about not only the final destination but every step from the very beginning of the journey to the end. In other words, everything is predetermined and out of your control, and thus free will is an illusion.

Raven’s Perch and The Knight – Divine timing is a thing, but it does not supersede free will. We may repeat certain lessons over and again in life until we learn them, because we are meant to learn them, but how slowly or quickly we learn them is up to us. This means not all aspects and nuances are predetermined to exacting detail, and there’s lots of wiggle room to work with.

ChanceChance is the opposite of both of these in that it is the occurrence and/or developments of events in the absence of any cause that can be predicted, understood, or controlled. Accidents are a form of chance. Random coincidences can be considered moments of chance (as long as they are truly random).

The Winding Path and The Unicorn – Chance can often determine how direct or convoluted your path is, and what surprises await you along the way.


@The.Journey.Well ‘s Friendship & Community Challenge Prompt
Questions for November 5th and 6th

Light Seer's TarotWhat energy do you need?

King of Pentacles and Three of Cups – Make responsibilities fun.  Fun for you, and fun for others. Turn your attention and creativity toward this process and goal, and you will find yourself far more prepared to take on the challenges ahead.

How are you serving, or what is stopping you?

Death atop Nine of Cups – You sacrifice too much of your time and energy to others, and it holds you back from experiencing smooth transitions in your own life. This process leads you astray from your own path, and you need to take more care in just how many of your “cups” you’re allowing to spill out onto the ground as you try to help others balance theirs.


Daily Self Kindness

I had more play time with Gideon today, which again helped a lot in easing the slow creep of anxiety trying to rear up and work its way in.

❤️ 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?

Everyday Witch Tarot and the Black Salt Lenormand

EarthThe Lovers – Make sure you are doing what is needed to keep you happy, healthy… and grounded.  Connecting with others right now is extremely important for your well-being.  So is making sure you allow them to keep you grounded.  Not everything has to be done alone, and you will need input from others to make healthy choices for yourself this week.

AirQueen of Pentacles – Again we see a need for grounding.  Seek out those that help you find that stability you need instead of insisting you can do it all on your own.  Their input can help put your mind at ease and keep you from spiraling into anxiety and other non-grounded mental avenues.

WaterThree of Pentacles – Another reminder that this is not a time to do things on your own.  Incorporate others in seeking out what you need, and in providing it.  You don’t always see what you need half as clearly as others around you do.  Make sure you are consulting them instead of just settling for what you can manage on your own.

FireThe Devil – Do  not allow yourself to fall into bad habits or the temptations that could harm you this week.  Keep an eye on those things that seem far too good to be true and turn away from them instead of trying to figure out how you can accept them without them causing harm.  You can’t.  Spurn them instead, no matter how tempting they appear.

WaningScythe and Snake – Do not lean into your work this week.  This is your opportunity to have a few easy days to breathe before the holiday rush falls into full swing.  Don’t waste them trying to accomplish more… just breathe.

WaxingRider and Tower – Pay attention to those that try to step in and integrate themselves into your life at this time. Lean into those that are there with you all the time, and reject the advances or offerings of those that are suddenly trying to step in and be a part of things.

Take Away –  Tried and true friends are the way to go this week.  Don’t waste these last days of rest, and allow those around you that you trust to keep close to help you find a positive spin on things so that your worries and anxieties don’t get a chance to try and eat at you.