Sit With It For a Bit

Today’s meditation was un-timed and spent naked in the center of the bed under the ceiling fan.

Animal Spirit Tarot - Ace of CupsToday’s draw is the Ace of Cups, which is traditionally a representation of the seed of new beginnings in the area of one’s emotions, relationships, intuition, and creativity.

I had a bit of an emotional upset today, and it was today’s pull that helped me in getting through it.  It reminded me that my emotions, and their intensity especially, are still very new to me.

I’m still learning, and it’s okay to get pissed off sometimes.  It’s also okay to take time to process these emotions instead of shoving them away or reacting to them on the fly.

The message in today’s card is that sometimes it’s important to sit with an emotion until you have an understanding of where the new emotion is rooted, and where your initial reactions are coming from… before you act.


#DiscordTarotholicsJul2022 Challenge Prompt
National Lipstick Day
– Pick a physical feature you don’t like about yourself and draw cards for a positive message about this feature. Chosen Feature – My scars.

Lisa Hall's Fairy Tale Tarot (trimmed naked)Reading Summary: You earned your scars through both fighting back against those that would have destroyed you (Left Card) and through incidents that were no fault of your own (Center Card). They mark you as brave and strong (Right Card).

Take Away: There is nothing to be ashamed of in wearing scars earned in defending yourself, standing up for what you believe in, or that are obtained at no fault of your own. Remember that when people stare at your scars, they are not judging you harshly, but seeing just how strong you really are written across your skin.


The #TarotForTheWildSoul Challenge Prompt
Questions for July 22nd and 25th

Animal Spirit TarotWhere do I feel most connected with nature in my current environment?

The Hierophant and Queen of Wands – Currently, due to stalker issues, you’re not able to enjoy going out in nature alone and on your own right now. You need company along for safety. That is your “current environment”.

You feel most connected to nature in this situation when whoever you take along with you is open to you teaching them about your surroundings as well as the rhythms and cycles of nature, and is supportive of your bond with nature and need to be out in it.

What is the element I most deeply resonate with?

Eight of Pentacles – Earth. From the theme of this card, there is a theme that specifically has to do with the honing of one’s skills and constant growth.

The Moon – Water. The Moon here indicates Water, but also speaks of your feelings of uncertainty as you feel your way forward on learning and growth in your emotional intelligence.


Daily Self Kindness

I took lots of mini-breaks today while working in order to cool down, and drank a lot of water.  I think I’m going to need to pick up some Gatorade tomorrow, tho.

Worth Fighting For

Today’s meditation was just over eleven minutes long, and was another of the quiet meditations combined with my piriformis stretching. It was peaceful and quiet, and I again didn’t struggle at all to stay in the “zone” through the entire length.

Yin Yang Cat Tarot - Five of WandsToday’s draw is the Five of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of tests, trials, struggle, and conflict in the area of one’s drive, willpower, enthusiasm, principles, values, or inner spark.

Ever since I got my hands on the Stolen Child Tarot, I see this card differently, as I now see an element of empowerment in the card, instead of just a theme of chaos and conflict.

For that reason, what I see in today’s card is a message that tells us to stand up for what you believe in. If it’s important, it’s worth fighting for.


Mr Lionhart’s #TheJulyTarot Be Here Now Prompt
Questions for July 28th thru 31st

Victorian Meaning of Flowers Oracle and the Yin Yang Cat TarotWhat has my divination work taught me this month?

Bleeding Hearts and Page of Pentacles – Don’t force it. Take your time.

How can I use my July lessons for the journey ahead?

Gardenia, King of Cups atop Four of Swords – You need downtime with Gideon in order to make things feel balanced and right in the world. Avoiding this time is a form of self punishment for you that you need to work on letting go of.

What awareness can I further build on throughout August?

Abulition and Eight of Swords – Stop ignoring and denying yourself the benefits that meditation gives you in your life and your health. You need to work on developing a regular practice that you can depend on doing daily.

How am I guided to give closure to my July journey?

Feverfew and Ace of Swords – It’s time to start really focusing on your inner voice and what it has to say and how it says it. Turn over a new leaf towards a gentler and warmer tone in how you speak with yourself.


#DiscordTarotholicsJul2022 Challenge Prompt
Philosophical Question
: Can predestination and free will coexist?

Yin Yang Cat TarotReading Summary: You seek control and choose your passions (King of Wands). You choose your direction on life’s path (Two of Swords), and your interests along the way (Page of Pentacles). But Friday still comes regardless (Friday Cat).

Take Away: Just because there are things that are predestined to happen and places you are predestined to go doesn’t mean you don’t get to choose everything along that path. Just like Friday always arrives eventually, so too do these predestined things sit like landmarks on your path, but that doesn’t determine how you spend your week.


Daily Self Kindness

After I finished with packages today, I soaked in a nice cool bath before bed.

Do It Right the First Time

IMG_F2343Today’s meditation was fourteen minutes long and was a quiet, self guided meditation while I did my piriformis stretching. I find it interesting how when I haven’t meditated in a while, the process seems to be far easier to sink into than when I’ve been doing it regularly.  Today’s meditation was soothing, quiet, and peaceful.  I didn’t have any trouble staying in it at all.

The quote on the right is just something I ran across that I liked. It doesn’t have any relevance on my meditation today, although it does echo some of the sentiments of yesterday’s card of the day.

The Outsiders Tarot - Ace of Eyes - Ace of SwordsToday’s draw is the Ace of Eyes (Swords), which is traditionally a representation of the seed of new beginnings in the area of one’s thoughts, ideas, logic, intellect, education, ambitions, and creativity.

Today was the first day of organizing decks on shelves, which starts with playing cards. It involves mapping out where different decks will go, as well as alphabetizing and rearranging to account for space.

The Ace a of Swords is a reminder concerning this process to keep an eye forward on the future and growth that might happen within my collection, and plan accordingly. Make allowances for that growth now rather than having to do a massive reorganization later.


The #ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge Prompt by E Roebuck-Jones
Questions for July 22nd and 24th

The Faux TarotPick a Tarot/Oracle card for creative inspiration.

The Inner Demon – Not all inner demons are a bad thing all of the time. Use your drive for organization (that can often get out of hand) to your advantage this week and be creative in getting everything onto the new shelves that you want to be up there.

If I could live my life creatively I would…

You don’t need to ask this question as you already know the answer (The Suit). You are already living your life creatively and just need to hold onto what you already do and not let go. Just be sure that you don’t push so hard that you smother your creativity. (The Knot)


#DiscordTarotholicsJul2022 Challenge Prompt
Vanilla Ice Cream Day
– What staid and boring thing could you do today to bring more joy to your day?

The Outsiders Tarot - Ghost Car, Chariot, 10 of Bottles, Ten of Cups, 3 of Lights, Three of WandsReading Summary: Set your own pace (The Ghost Car) on your project as you move forward (Three of Lights) so that you have time to enjoy the process instead of being beleaguered by it (Ten of Bottles).

Take Away: You don’t have to be miserable to make progress. There is no race.

You have a whole two months and a bit to get things in order, so take a breath and don’t let the magnitude of the project still to go get to you. It’ll all get done in time.  There’s no need to rush or stress over it all right now.


Daily Self Kindness

I quit working when my back, knee, and ankle started to complain, and ended up taking a nap with my ankle elevated.

Tear It Down

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Tarot of Life - The TowerToday’s draw is the Tower card, which is traditionally a representation of destruction, chaos, upheaval, sudden change, and tearing constructs in one’s life down in order to make room for something new.

The Tower coming up today is a “get it done” card. It speaks of my plans to finish building the shelves today and get them attached to the wall and in place. It is a reminder that I need to continue to tear down and push aside what isn’t working in order to make room for what is or will.

It took a long time to get started on this project, in part because I was resistant to the chaos involved in the changes that needed to be made. Now that the chaos has ensued, it’s time to push it through till the end. You can’t raze a house partway to the ground in order to build one new one, you have to go all the way down to the foundation.


Mr Lionhart’s #TheJulyTarot Be Here Now Prompt
Questions for July 22nd thru 24th

Power Animals Oracle CardsWhat fear am I guided to abandon and leave behind?

Elephant – The fear that no matter how hard you try, some things are just not going to work out and are going to fail.

The fact is that failure as a part of life, and you learn things from it. It doesn’t always have to do with resolve and willpower. Sometimes it’s just the way it’s meant to be.

What am I asked to trust and have faith in about myself?

Cougar – Don’t allow your negative inner narrative to drag you down and make you feel “less than”. You are too hard on yourself, which means you are far more than what you see in yourself. This card indicates that you are asked to have trust and faith in yourself and your capabilities.

Where/how can I {begin to} embrace my freedom?

Antelope atop Koala – Stand back to listen more, and take action only when action is needed. You don’t have to have your finger in all of the pots, just make sure you’re watching over what’s happening around you so that when you need to step in you can be fully informed when you do so.


#DiscordTarotholicsJul2022 Challenge Prompt
Hammock Day
– What can you do to relieve some stress for yourself today?

Tarot of LifeReading Summary: Don’t charge forward impulsively in your irritation (Explorer of Swords Rx) when things go wrong or become uncertain (The Moon). Instead, pause a moment to reconnect with what you want to have accomplished in the end (The World).

Take Away: In being headstrong and stubborn, I sometimes push when I should pause. These cards are an encouragement to take that pause, allow my irritation and uncertainty to cool, and make sure I’m still heading in the right direction before pushing forward.


Daily Self Kindness

I took breaks for food and water, even as I worked to get to where I wanted to get by the end of the day.  I’m really happy with the results of today’s labors, and I had issues with imbalances because I timed out my eating just right.

In Support of Enthusiasm

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Anime Tarot - Queen of WandsToday’s draw is the Queen of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of a receptive alpha energy, personality, or person in the area of one’s motivation, drive, willpower, values, passions, spirituality, principles, and inner spark.

Help to support other’s enthusiasm when you see them faltering. You have the unique ability to provide perspectives that can make or break the fragile start of another’s inner spark with your own responses. Make sure that those responses support others, instead of redirecting them away from what they really desire.


The #TarotForTheWildSoul Challenge Prompt
Questions for July 19th thru 21st

Starcodes Astro OracleWhere can I release judgement in my heart?

Saturn (Structure) – Stop picking on yourself whenever you take some time off, have a little fun, or do something just for yourself. These things are a part of life too, and have value. Not everything can be about structure and responsibility at every turn. Sometimes you just have to ease up and let loose a bit.

How can I replace judgement with compassion and understanding?

Sixth House (Sustainability) – It’s important to remember that it’s through the balance of having fun along with (and sometimes along side) all of your responsibilities that you can find true comfort and happiness in your everyday life.

What cycles of karma am I ready to be released from?

Dignified (Strength) – Let go of self blame that has kept you from appreciating your opportunities and accomplishments. You don’t have to focus on the stuff that went wrong all the time, instead accept that sometimes it’s just not the right time for those things to come into your life.


#DiscordTarotholicsJul2022 Challenge Prompt
Philosophical Question
:  What is true beauty?

Anime TarotReading Summary: Free will and independent principles that stand strong (Five of Wands) in support of (Queen of Wands) one’s sense of “home” (Four of Cups).

It took some time to find the connection in the Four of Cups, until I realized that this deck is based on the Thoth system.  In Thoth, the Four of Cups is a representation of “the womb” and a “mother’s love” that is stable, protective, safe, and affectionate. It is a place where one finds peace, connection, and stability on an emotional level.

Take Away: These cards aren’t about house and home, even though I used the word “home” to describe the theme represented here.  Instead, they are about the foundations we build our life, faith, ethics, and principles upon and where they come from.  In these cards, therefore, true beauty is about the love and support that helps someone grow into a good and principled person willing to stand up for their values and beliefs.


Daily Self Kindness

Even though it was an orders day today, I took a short (and very needed) nap.

Responsible Prioritization

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Penumbra Tarot - Throne of Torches - King of WandsToday’s draw is the Throne of Torches (King of Wands), which is traditionally a representation of a projective alpha energy, personality, or person in the area of one’s motivation, drive, willpower, values, passions, spirituality, principles, and inner spark.

With only today and tomorrow until it’s time to ship out, today is a catch-up day and you need to make sure you stay focused on your goals.  The more you get done today, the less stressful tomorrow will be, so take that spark you’ve been directing towards getting your shelves done and redirect it into your business for a couple of days. Then you can go back to the shelves again.

Today is all about responsible prioritizing of those things you need to get done.


#DiscordTarotholicsJul2022 Challenge Prompt
Ugly Truck Day

Sawyer's Path TarotWhat in your life could use a little sprucing up?

It’s time to do a little reinforcement (Nine of Wands) of your wards and protections (The High Priestess). This is something that needs to be taken care of relatively quickly (Eight of Wands). Don’t let it go ’til later or wait until it becomes a problem. Get going and do it now.

How can you start? 

Be proactive about changing things (Ten of Swords), and practical in their execution (King of Swords). Keep in mind that you get what you give. Procrastination just leads to more problems and more procrastination (Justice).


The #ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge Prompt by E Roebuck-Jones
Questions for July 19th thru 21st

How can I safely share my inspiration with others?

Penumbra TarotYou already share quite a lot (Ten of Wands). No matter how interested others are, or how in tune they may be to your own interests (Two of Cups), you need to hold a little back just for yourself (The Hermit).

How does a creative blockage feel to me?

Five of Cups atop Four of Pentacles – Creative blockages feel like apathy, depression, and stagnation. It feels like being stuck, unable to find any joy or positivity, and so you are left stewing in the dark.

When am I creatively true to myself?

When you feel like you have your finger on the pulse of your ambition, and all of the ideas that often run rampant are set in order and strategized (King of Swords). When this feeling is then combined with a feeling of healthy energy that you can expend, then you are able to connect with your true self through your creativity.


Daily Self Kindness

I remembered to use Voltaren to help ease some of my pain today.