Ideas and Inspiration

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Stitchery Witchery Tarot - King of SwordsToday’s draw is the King of Needles (Swords), which is traditionally a representation of a projective alpha energy, personality, or person in the area of one’s thoughts, intellect, education, ambitions, and communication.

The man sews by hand in neat stitches, radiance glowing from his head as he works.  This is clearly something he does often and well, and yet the radiance around the head also indicates that there is more here.  Ideas and inspiration flowing freely and ready to be applied to his work.   Others think he is brilliant for a reason… because he is able to translate those sparks of inspiration into something beautiful.

Where in your life to you transform ideas into something beautiful?  For me, it’s in my work with jewelry.  Today’s card asks us to look at these activities and allow inspiration to flow freely.  Don’t choke it up with worries or nay-saying… allow it to flow into a process that might bring those ideas to life for all to see and admire.

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

Before manifestation
breathes its first breath
comes ideas
and inspiration

DECK USED:  STITCHERY WITCHERY TAROT

Lionharts’ #TheJanuaryTarot 2023 Year of Evolution Challenge Prompt
Question for January 23rd
: What are my current biggest strengths? Draw up to 3 cards.

Runic Odyssey Oracle Pocket EditionIngwaz – Your openness to growth and willingness to let that develop at its own speed. Patience isn’t one of your strong suits, but the fact that you’re willing to try and let things develop at their own speed provides you with a potential for growth you wouldn’t otherwise have.

Dagaz – Your ability to seize upon moments of realization and epiphany and adapt with them rather than allowing them to create blockages and hurdles. By being able to adapt more freely when these “epiphany moments” appear, you continue to evolve rather than growing stagnant.

Kenaz – You are clever and intelligent, and you use these qualities in ways that create a spark of inspiration for your creativity to flourish. This allows creativity to be a part of your life in a variety of aspects and incarnations rather than one or two, and with each creative endeavor you pursue and experience you garner, your skills and abilities continue to grow.

DECK USED: THE RUNIC ODYSSEY ORACLE POCKET EDITION

#DiscordTarotholicsJan2023 Challenge Prompt
Question for January 23rd
: Measure Your Feet Day – Who in your life could you understand better by putting yourself in their shoes?

Stitchery Witchery TarotReading Summary: Ms B (Queen of Buttons… literally) could be understood better by looking at things from (The Hanged Man) a more emotionally anchoring and supportive role (King of Chalices).

Take Away: She is full of feels… so many that she doesn’t know what to do with them all.  By putting yourself in her shoes, you are better able to see what she needs and provide that for her.

This, in turn, is healthier for you because you won’t feel like you are jumping through hoops and getting nowhere. It will provide you direction and allow you to offer help where it is needed instead of expending time and energy where it is not.

DECK USED: STITCHERY WITCHERY TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

This is a catch-up post, and I can’t remember what my self kindness might have been on this day.

Unexpected Mercy Moments

oday’s meditation was skipped.

Mystic Gnome Tarot - Queen of PentaclesToday’s draw is the Queen of Pentacles, which is traditionally a representation of a receptive alpha energy, personality, or person in the area of one’s finances, resources, home, health, manifestations, and the physical world. This often translates into a supportive or nurturing energy or entity in the areas of one’s health, home, and financial responsibilities.

Sugar Daddy.  Yeah, it’s a bit of a strange interpretation for the Queen of Pentacles, and yet… somehow, it fits.

This question asks what do the authority figures in your life allow you to get away with?  And why? Did you get pulled over and get by with only a warning instead of a ticket?  Do something at work that should have gotten you fired but it only earned you a talking to?  What is it you’ve managed to step away from unscathed due to the mercy of the authority figure you thought was going to skin you alive… but instead showed you a hint of humanity?

Take some time to consider these circumstances in your life and why they turned out as they did.  Did the experience help to humanize the authority figure in question?  Do you look at them differently now?  Is that a good thing?  Or is it just confusing?

DECK USED:  MYSTIC GNOME TAROT

Lionharts’ #TheJanuaryTarot 2023 Year of Evolution Challenge Prompt
Questions for January 22nd

Druid Wisdom CardsWhat is left underutilized that could help me attract good things?

The Hermit’s Home and Ritual of Water – Clean your damned house or get a housekeeper in to do it. As much as you hate housework, putting it off just results in a situation that aggravates both you and your allergies.

How am I asked to utilize this dormant energy, strength, or skill?

Welsh Waters and Stone of Memories – See it as a self care exercise in grounding and centering your energies. Everything feels a little bit better when your environment is at its best.  It’s time to move back into that feeling instead of trying to ignore that it’s something you need.

DECK USED: DRUID WISDOM CARDS

#DiscordTarotholicsJan2023 Challenge Prompt
Topic for January 22nd
: Do Spread 2
Question: What can I do at this time to work at heading off the encroaching depression?

Mysterium Cards and the Mystic Gnome TarotAwareness is key (Anchor card).

There is a color coordination between the darkness in the anchor card, and the cloak that the Five of Cups wears, as well as in the raging lion in the Strength card. This speaks of not allowing yourself to fall into the darkness by entertaining your natural pessimism. It has the ability to influence you if you let it.

There is also a color connection and a radiant lightness in the right hand side of the anchor card, which contains the windows and the book, and in the Seven of Wands. This indicates a need to lean into the light, and rely on what you have learned to keep you from falling into that dark pit. You’ve experienced the benefits of focusing on optimism firsthand, and now it’s time to use that experience to keep depression’s darkness at bay.

DECK USED: MYSTIC GNOME TAROT AND THE ART OF PIXAR POSTCARD SET

Daily Self Kindness

This is a catch-up post, and I can’t remember what my self kindness might have been on this day.

The Path to Now

IMG_E0418Today’s meditation was ten minutes long, and was one of the #DailyCalm sessions from the Calm app.  This meditation focused on vulnerability, and how being vulnerable does not make you weak, but rather it makes you strong.

Vulnerability is often a choice, and when you choose to be vulnerable and show your true self, it can be terrifying.  Courage, is not the absence of fear, but rather moving forward bravely despite the fear you feel.  And thus, choosing to allow vulnerability in your life becomes a strength… never a weakness.

Lord of the Rings Tarot - Nine of RingsToday’s draw is the Nine of Rings (Pentacles), which is traditionally a representation of wealth and accomplishments, gratitude and comfort, and the pleasure of having done well for oneself. This is a solitary pleasure, that moment of adjustment where you are doing well but are not yet comfortable to the point you are then ready to share the wealth (which comes later on in the Ten of Pentacles).

Today, I see the arrival of this card as my daily pull as a reminder to be grateful for all that has been accomplished.  Sometimes, when business is slow, it can be hard to be grateful or acknowledge how far you’ve come, too focused on how far you still want to go.

This card is a reminder that its important to appreciate what came before and how you’ve done, how far you’ve come.  Don’t always be looking ahead to what’s next… sometimes it’s important to be present in the moment instead.

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

Acknowledge and appreciate
the journey already taken
and accomplishments achieved

DECK USED:  LORD OF THE RINGS TAROT

Lionharts’ #TheJanuaryTarot 2023 Year of Evolution Challenge Prompt
Question for January 21st
: In what area can honoring my true self help me manifest the best?

In2it Angel OracleNuriel – Honoring your true self can help you to connect more strongly to your spiritual path and the practices that are a part of that journey.

Zadkiel – Honoring your true self can help you to accept your limitations and adjust to them instead of punishing yourself for them.

Gabrielle – Honoring your true self can help you to continue to explore your new awareness of (and connection with) your spirit guides and Amalthea.

Take Away: By honoring your true self, you allow yourself a  closer connection with your spiritual path and the divine.  You give yourself the support needed to explore new paths, and to know which ones are right for you… and which ones aren’t.

DECK USED: THE IN2IT ANGEL ORACLE

#DiscordTarotholicsJan2023 Challenge Prompt
Question for January 21st
: What do you need to focus on for self-care for this new moon?

Lord of the Rings Tarot - Ten of Rings, Four of Rings, Five of WandsReading Summary: Remember that stability (Ten of Rings) and security (Four of Rings) looks different for everyone (Five of Wands).

Take Away: What works for you isn’t always going to work for everyone else, and what makes you feel safe and stable often won’t be the same for everyone else either.

For self care this new moon, make sure that you are focusing on what -you- need, and let other people deal with their own needs in this area.  You don’t have to be the provider of stability for everyone… just focus on your needs and the rest will take care of itself in its own time. If there are those in your life that rock the boat about it?  Then they’re being selfish and need to focus on fulfilling those needs for themselves instead of expecting you to do it for them.

DECK USED: LORD OF THE RINGS TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

This is a catch-up post, and I can’t remember what my self kindness might have been on this day.

Expressing Convictions

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Seeker Saga Tarot - King of SwordsToday’s draw is the King of Stars (Wands), which is traditionally a representation of a projective alpha energy, personality, or person in the area of one’s passions, drive, determination, principles, values, and willpower. The King of Wands often indicates themes that have to do with leadership figures or authority figures with the ability to rally others to their causes and draw them in to their own values, principles, and passions.

In the imagery of this card, we see a figure doing just that.  He speaks before others, taking center stage to say his piece and spark within others the motivation and values he desires to see.  This skill of communication could speak of the King of Swords, but it is in his purpose we find the King of Wands, for he seeks to rally others to his cause through passion and conviction, rather than using logic to convince them.

This card asks where in your life do you need to use a bit more passion and conviction to win others over and influence them to follow your lead?  Where are you being too compliant instead of stepping up and leading the way?

DECK USED:  SEEKER SAGA TAROT

Lionharts’ #TheJanuaryTarot 2023 Year of Evolution Challenge Prompt
Question for January 20th
: What can I do today to honor/embrace my unique authentic self?

Seeker Saga Tarot - Ace of Keys, The Devil, The MoonReading Summary: Communication is the key (Ace of Keys/Swords) to embracing your authentic self. Don’t allow uncertainty (The Moon) to drive you into your addictions (The Devil Rx) as a way to avoid things… express what’s going on instead..

Take Away: Remember that your addictions are not the whole of who you are.  Do not lean into them to find identity when you are feeling uncertain or uncomfortable.

Instead, use your words and express how you’re feeling, allowing others to help you to find your balance and lead you back to your unique and authentic self.

DECK USED: SEEKER SAGA TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

This is a catch-up post, and I can’t remember what my self kindness might have been on this day.

Acknowledging the Problem

Today’s meditation was skipped.

The Phantomwise Tarot - The DevilToday’s draw is the Devil card, which is traditionally a representation of temptations, addictions, and the quandary that we get ourselves into when we go “too deep” into something we (at least initially in some way) enjoy.

What really draws my attention in this card is the shadow of the figure at the table’s end.  Addiction draws a long, long shadow in our lives.  What starts off as something enjoyable becomes an obsession, then a need, and develops into something unhealthy that we can’t do without.  When we kick an addition, it’s still there lingering, stretching out into the future to forever continue to tempt us even once we’ve distanced ourselves from it.

The message in today’s card is an encouragement to not ignore these addictions and their temptations, but acknowledge their presence so that you can better make healthy choices… informed healthy choices, instead of possibly stumbling back into something you have kicked and are trying to avoid.

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

Elephants in the room
sit at the table
patiently waiting

DECK USED:  THE PHANTOMWISE TAROT

#DiscordTarotholicsJan2023 Challenge Prompt
Question for January 18th and 20th
:

The Phantomwise TarotPhilosophical Question: Currently, what is humanity’s biggest challenge?

Page of Swords and Ace of Cups – Cutting off one’s nose to spite their face. Humanity must repeat their mistakes again and again, for emotion makes our memories too short to remember we’ve made those mistakes already before.

New Friends Day – How could making new friends better your life?

Ten of Wands, The Chariot, and Three of Wands – When there is less burden for you to carry, the journey goes far quicker towards your goals. The more friends there are, the more arms their have to carry the load while you steer the bus towards your goals and dreams.

International Day of Acceptance – How can you better accept others’ perceived faults?

Four of Wands and Queen of Wands – Find comfort in that no one is perfect. Seek out the value in these people despite those perceived faults (or even the value in those faults themselves), and help others find the value in them as well.

DECK USED: THE PHANTOMWISE TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

This is a catch-up post, and I can’t remember what my self kindness might have been on this day.

All that Inspires

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Porcelain Tarot - Eight of WandsToday’s draw is the Eight of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of action, speed, alacrity, and having a target goal in your sights that you are charging towards.

Here in the imagery of this card the figure is stagnant, as he sits on the ground looking up at the stars, and the stars are filled with motion as they shoot up into the sky.

This imagery speaks to me of the dreams that inspire and motivate us. Even in moments of rest, those things are with us and fuel our dreams and desires, and are the spark of motivation that gets us moving again.

The message in today’s card is a reminder to look at these things that inspire and motivate you, and not allow stagnancy to creep in and cause you to lose sight of your dreams.

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

A single spark
lights the wick
for our
pyrotechnic dreams

DECK USED:  PORCELAIN TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

This is a catch-up post, and I can’t remember what my self kindness might have been on this day.