Grace Costs You Nothing

#DailyCalm with the Calm AppToday’s meditation was ten minutes long, and another of the #DailyCalm sessions from the Calm app. It was interesting that today’s topic for the session was about envy, when just last night Gideon and I had just had a discussion about the use (or rather misuse) of the words jealousy and envy in everyday conversation.

The meditation discussed how love opens us up to experiencing new things, allowing us to find new connections and explore new horizons.  Whereas envy, on the other hand, picks things apart through nitpicking and negative emotions.

Insecta Obscura Tarot - The Tower and Six of CupsToday’s draw is the Six of Cups atop The Hermit (they demanded to come out together). The Six of Cups is traditionally a representation of nostalgia, and The Hermit is traditionally a representation of alone time and self-reflection.

What I see in today’s cards is a reminder not to be harsh on yourself if you occasionally fall into old bad habits when it comes to your alone time.

I have a habit of dawdling after my meditation, relaxing into a few extra minutes of down time while I play on my phone or scroll through Instagram. It’s not a particularly good or useful habit… and it wastes time.  And yet?  It happens sometimes.

Today’s card is a reminder that, as a book I recently read says, “Grace costs you nothing.” Be kind to yourself and just seek to do better in the future.

CrowSister’s #DeckStudyTenTrueWords Prompt
Prompt
: Distill your reading of the card to your ten truest words.

Some habits
die slow deaths,
be kind
when relapse happens

DECK USED:  INSECTA OBSCURA TAROT

Lionharts’ #TheJanuaryTarot 2023 Year of Evolution Challenge Prompt
Question for January 14th
: If there is one thing I could change for the better, what would it be?

Star Light CardsReading Summary: There is an intrinsic and unending (Limitless) strength that comes in leaning into the positive (Light), and allowing that effort toward optimism and positivity to permeate through your life (Nucleus).

Take Away: Your nature is one of pessimism and distrust. This is what you were taught through your formative years, and was reinforced through adulthood.  But, what you’ve found is that when you counterbalance your negativity and pessimism with an effort to lean into positivity and optimism, it helps you to balance things out a bit.   This effort lightens  your mood and your perspective, allowing you to see the world in a bit more positive light than before, which in turn helps in keeping your depression at bay and lifting your spirits.

If there was one thing you could change for the better, it would be to make this process easier to accomplish, and share it with others in a way that would show them its benefit without coming off as that abrasive “goodness and light” vibe that turned you away from things that could help in the past.

DECK USED: STAR LIGHT CARDS

#DiscordTarotholicsJan2023 Challenge Prompt
Topic for January 14th
: Draw or write something free form inspired by the card(s).

Insecta Obscura Tarot - Judgement, Nine of Blades, Nine of Swords, Five of CupsThe girl wept tears
tinged with blood
as her fears weighed
heavy upon her head
and the nightmares
followed her
into the waking world
through harsh
inner whispers
of “should haves”
and “what ifs”
until, on her kees
she asks…
“Why me?”

DECK USED: INSECTA OBSCURA TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

I gave up on looking for something that’s gone missing rather than allowing myself to continue to wind up and get more and more upset.

Warming Up Cartomancy Reading

The prompt for this reading came from one of my Discord servers and is as follows: “For many of us in the northern hemisphere, it’s been cold, so let’s do talk to our divination tool of choice how to warm up.”

Constellation Playing CardsWhere could I benefit from more warmth in my life?

King of Diamonds (Deneb Kaitos) – The King of Diamonds is a rigid card indicating a “fixed” position in the Deneb Kaitos star.  This often translates into self-destruction by change that is forced upon us, sickness, or disgrace/shame.  The King of Diamonds can be a ruthless king, rigid in his ways and unwilling to bend.  Make sure that you are not sinking into this rigid stance and allowing stagnancy to creep in and take over.  You need movement to keep life’s blood flowing, and your life healthy and happy.

How could I start the process of instilling this warmth where it’s needed?

Seven of Clubs (Horologium) – The Horologium constellation represents a pendulum clock.  Combined with the Seven of Clubs, it speaks of there being an ebb and flow to times when there is harmony in your life with others, and times when there is not, and it reminds us to take advantage of opportunities to connect and create positive ties with others of similar beliefs and values that can be there for you when things turn to being not at their best in your life later on.

From who (or in what way) do I need help in bringing that warmth to life?

Ten of Spades (Pictor) – The painter’s easel is what the constellation Equuleus Pictoris represents. It reminds us, when combined with the Ten of Spades, that when we paint the picture of our lives we need to deal with painful endings with grace and dignity.  Just because it hurts doesn’t mean we should lash out.  Sometimes, it means that the lesson to be learned wants to make sure we’re paying attention.  How will you paint your picture… what will you see when you look back at the most difficult times in your life? Will you see someone of strength? Or will you shy away from looking because you’re unhappy with what’s there?

What would be the benefit of welcoming this warmth into my life?

Five of Spades (Telescopium) – Your scarcity issues have been a long term problem in your life, and will continue to be for a good long time moving forward.  That doesn’t mean that we give up, but rather that we look ahead and plan… dream… work towards overcoming their negative influences in the future.  Reach for help instead of turning away from it, and face forward toward the future.

Is instilling this warmth into my life a long journey, or a short trip?

Two of Diamonds (Serpens) – Never Ending.  The Serpens constellation is a representation of a serpent and, when I think of serpents in a metaphysical sense, they always reflect back to the ouroboros. This ties into the constant necessity to foster balance, as balance is never stagnant and always changing.  A little weight one way or another and the effort to balance needs to be shifted, again and again and again.  There is no finish line, for constant and/or consistent balance requires constant and/or consistent change, and the cycle feeds into itself, never ending.

What are the possible repercussions of leaving things alone?

Five of Diamonds (Taurus) – Again, we see stagnancy, and an inability to ask for help, as well as a refusal to receive it even if it is available to you.  Lonely, stagnant, and miserable.  Not to mention broke.

DECK USED: CONSTELLATION PLAYING CARDS