Kindness Over Cruelty

Today’s meditation was just under twelve minutes long, and was the third installment of the Foundations III series on the Balance app. This meditation wend deeper into the details of a body scan meditation (Yoga Nidra), and focused on how each part of the body can hold influence over the others.

Symbolic Tarot of Wirth and Thera-Pets Emotional Support Animal CardsToday’s draw is La Madison Dieu (The Tower), which is traditionally a representation of the chaos and destruction of sudden, unexpected changes.

Something that really stood out to me in today’s card is that the destructive lightening in this imagery comes from the sun specifically. To me, this is an indication that all the good going on has unbalanced the scales, and thus balance needing to be restored, the joy is struck down in preference for destruction and change.

Combined with the Thera-Pets card for today, what I see here is about how you respond to these sudden chaotic changes.

Some people take change in stride. Some rail against it in anger or fear. Others become disheartened and take all of the onus and blame upon themselves, even when it isn’t theirs to claim. The message here is not to allow these moments to drag you down and create a pattern of self-abuse. Don’t let the crappy shit that happens in life make you feel like you’re less than or unworthy.  Shit happens. It happens to everyone.  Our task is to pick ourselves up, take care of ourselves and treat ourselves like we matter, and continue on.

DECK USED:  TAROT AND THERA-PETS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL CARDS

#DiscordTarotholicsSep2021 Challenge Prompt
Questions for September 23rd thru 25th

The Pulp of TarotWhat are you ignoring that needs rooted out and dealt with?

Cavaler de Cupe – You need to work out what it is that’s holding you back from finding joy in the things that you do, and how to reignite that joy in your life. It will make the busy season to come that much more tolerable, and you’ll weather it much better with the support of pleasure in your craft.

StopThe World Rx – Stop purposely doing things that hold yourself back. The self-destructive tendencies getting in the way of your growth are only hindering you and need to be cut loose.

StartThe Star – Lean into positive thinking and the supportive energy of your spiritual path. Everything evolves together, supporting everything else in their own evolution. Instill positive energy into this process. What seeds you plant are what will grow… grow good things for yourself in your life.

ContinueFour of Cups – You’ve started picking back up on your meditation practice. Don’t be dissuaded or distracted. It’s important, especially as things start to pick up and stress increases in the months ahead.

As fall draws to a close next month, what needs to be let go of?

Nine of Cups – Chilling out and enjoying the bounty of what you have accomplished over the year thus far. You only have a limited time to enjoy this before you will have no time for anything at all but work and filling orders. Enjoy it while you can, for as fall draws to a close you will need to let go of this to make room for responsibilities to come.

DECK USED: THE PULP OF TAROT

Healer Josephine’s #MindfulImperfectionTarot Prompt
Questions for September 21st thru 25th

Symbolic Tarot of Wirth and Oracle Médiéval et MerveilleuxHow would it benefit me to further embrace my humanity?
Carnaval and La Maison Dieu

It would allow me to see more clearly beneath the masks that others wear, exposing what it is they are afraid to bare to the world. This in turn has the potential to radically change my perception and perspective of the world around me and those within it.

Where do I need more self-compassion?
Roi Père atop Fol, King of Wands atop Five of Coins

Instill a little more direction and purpose into your meandering moments in life. It’s through having a sense of purpose to focus on that you can come to grips with and overcome your scarcity issues.

The self compassion here in these cards is in alleviating some of the scarcity issues that plague me emotionally. They are not based in logic.

How can I release the fear of getting messy?
Déchéance, Two of Cups atop Le Diable

Accept that “messy”is a part of life. Instead of fearing it, invite it in and allow others to help you moderate its presence in your life.

DECK USED: ORACLE MÉDIÉVAL ET MERVEILLEUX

Daily Self Kindness

I took a nap.  Which, considering it is an orders day, is huge.  But I really needed it.

Morning Bonus Read – Libra Season

Retrospective Tarot - Libra Season Tarot Reading

What needs balancing?

Eight of Coins – You are spending too much time focusing on work. Even in your down time, this is where your mind lingers. You’re not in the busy season quite yet and you need to make sure that you don’t push yourself into it before it’s time.  Six weeks in that demanding physical and mental space is long enough.

How to align your energy?

Three of Wands – Movement. Get yourself outside your burrow and experience the world. You need the fresh air and the exercise, the movement and the time outside.  Get as much of that as you can, while you can.  Soon enough you won’t have time for it (or much of anything else) and you’ll be aching for it.

How to create a better work/life balance?

Knight of Cups – Spend more time pursuing the stuff you enjoy. It’s about having fun and finding the fun in the things you do. At one point you found joy in every aspect of your work, and it’s time to start seeking out that joy once more.

How to find balance and harmony in relationships?

Page of Swords atop Eight of Swords – Learn to identify more quickly when a relationship isn’t working for you and needs to be severed. Cut the cords before they become toxic.

How to find peace and balance in your own heart?

King of Swords and The Tower – Seize control of the chaotic moments of change in your life. Make them yours, and use them as tools to strategize towards something better.

DECK USED: RETROSPECTIVE TAROT

Your Best Is Enough

Today’s meditation was skipped because I fell asleep.  I was just so tired and apparently the sandman decided I hadn’t had enough sleep and made sure I got some more.

Cerise Tarot and Thera-Pets Emotional Support Animal CardsToday’s draw is the Queen of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of a receptive alpha energy, personality, or person in the areas of ones inner drive, willpower and determination. This often translates into themes that have to do with inspiring others and supporting others to reach for their dreams.

Again, for another card of the day, we see a theme that has to do with perfectionism and how to deal with this tendency in a more healthy manner.  How to allow yourself to let go of the need for everything to be just so, and let it be how it will be.

As we pursue our passion projects and dive into the things that spark our enthusiasm and motivation, it’s important to remember that our level of “expectation” needs to be held in check. It’s more important to enjoy the journey and take joy in the process.  Do your best… don’t expect more from yourself than that.  It’s not healthy, nor realistic, to demand more.

DECK USED:  CERISE TAROT AND THERA-PETS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL CARDS

Mr Lionharts’ #TheSeptemberTarot Rise and Fall Prompt
Questions for September 22nd thru 24th

Urban Crow Oracle and Tyldwick TarotWhat (future) changes am I asked to embrace or accept?
Scavenge, Seven of Coins atop Page of Cups

The shift of attention from slow growth of your emotional intelligence into that of the holiday rush is coming. Don’t fight it, as resistance will only hinder what you need to accomplish over the busy season.

How do these changes support my best personal journey?
Survival and Knight of Coins

You need the holiday rush and that overwhelming busy season it offers in order to fill your coffers for the year ahead. Being all-in on the transition will ensure you get the most out of the holiday rush that you possibly can.

Something I am asked to approach differently.
Isolation and Temperance

Make sure that any alone time you have going forward is healthy alone time. No wallowing, no hiding. Reserve alone time for restorative activities.

DECK USED: URBAN CROW ORACLE AND TYLDWICK TAROT

#DiscordTarotholicsSep2021 Challenge Prompt
Philosophical Question
: What are the three major weaknesses of humanity?

Cerise TarotPage of Swords – Curiosity. This quality is a weakness, but also a strength.  The problem is when we indulge in our curiosity without applying common sense or good safety practices.  When humanity dives into curiosity without these cautionary elements in place, we lose our humanity in the process and end up hurting ourselves and each other as a result.

Three of Cups – Hedonism. Much like curiosity, pursuit of pleasure requires a dose of common sense and good safety practices.  When humanity delves into hedonistic pursuits without them, more harm than good is the result. Turning a blind eye to the damages does will not mitigate the fact that they are happening, and the destruction of such behavior can compound over time.

The Chariot Rx – Impatience. Does this one really need much of an explanation? Impatience breeds frustration, anger, and can even spark cruelty directed to both ourselves and others. It also creates the situation where rushing creates mistakes and  less thorough care of what is being done, thus accidents and injuries.

DECK USED: CERISE TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

I filled my pill boxes today.  I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but I’ve been gathering my medications each night before bed for the past few days instead of having my pill box full and prepared with what I need.  Getting the pillbox filled ensures I don’t miss any meds, and also ensures I don’t miss any of my vitamins during the day.

Defining Perfection

Today’s meditation was skipped… sort of.  I did a bit of a meditation out in the woods when I was on my hike, but it wasn’t an actual -meditation- but more of a quiet pause.

Korean Tarot and Thera-Pets Emotional Support Animal CardsToday’s draw is the White Porcelain Moon Jar 6. This deck is titled as a tarot, but is actually an oracle deck. For this reason, there is no traditional meaning to note here today.

In this imagery, we see the hard work and focus on building expertise that is often associated with the Eight of Pentacles, combined with a hint of the need to please others that are watching on that is typically associated with the Six of Wands.

Combined with the Thera-Pets card for today, what I see as the message in these cards is that nothing is perfect and no one is perfect. When we strive for perfection, it’s important to remember that the definition of perfect is fluid and subjective. It is defined by each of us, and thus to achieve perfection, it’s not working harder and pushing harder that earns us our goal… but adjusting our perspective and acceptance about what “perfection” actually means in the first place.

DECK USED:  KOREAN TAROT AND THERA-PETS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL CARDS

BekahMurphysMagic’s #IntuitiveHealingTarotChallenge Prompt
Questions for September 21st thru 23rd

Mystical Creatures Oracle and Aquarian TarotWhat challenges do I face in connecting with my intuition?

Ghoul and Eight of Pentacles – You have spent so much time in your past focusing elsewhere and allowing your intuition to run (and lead) in the background, that it can be difficult to draw it forward into the light and into sharp focus now. Although it is highly honed, it’s an element you don’t have a lot of control over other than to listen and follow.

How can I unblock my Third Eye Chakra in order to receive my intuitive gifts?

Valkyrie and Knight of Rods – This is an impulsive idea, and far more trouble than it’s worth. There is no advice here on how to do it, just a warning not to.

This is actually something I very much agree with. There is far too much focus placed on “opening the third eye” in new age circles these days. There are far less potentially harmful and misguided ways to develop one’s intuition than trying to rip off a filter that protects you from being overwhelmed.

What should I reflect on to better open myself to my intuitive gifts?

Naga and Judgement – Where are you closing yourself off? How is this effecting your path forward and your development into the person that you ultimately want to become?

DECK USED: MYTHICAL CREATURES ORACLE AND AQUARIAN TAROT

Healer Josephine’s #MindfulImperfectionTarot Prompt
Questions for September 15th thru 19th

Korean TarotWhat part of me longs to “color outside the lines”?

The White Porcelain Moon Jar 10 – The part of me that seeks approval from others.

How can I support this part of me?

Palace Nurse Making Medicine – Turn the care, kindness, and empathy that you show to others around and show it to yourself as well.

How can I release resistance to being imperfect?

Yutnori – Focus instead upon taking more pleasure in the small things and the people that you surround yourself with.

DECK USED: KOREAN TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

I went for a hike! I couldn’t play a lot of the more fast paced games of the Fae or do any hard and heavy trails due to my ankle, but I did get out in nature and spend some time in those deep, dark liminal spaces that draw me so strongly.

Finding the Fire Within – Part III

Stretch Lenormand - Finding the Fire Within Reading

How can I incorporate self-discipline to stay true to myself moving forward?

Dog and Birds – Be kind and loyal to yourself. Don’t allow your inner narrative to turn ugly and hurtful, but instead use your self discipline to bolster yourself with positive feedback and kindness.

What should I avoid?

Scythe and Ship – Being cruel to yourself isn’t going to get you anywhere. Self- flagellation only holds you back.

What lessons have I learned from this process?

House and Child – To see my personal “sphere” in a different light that is more open and positive than before.  Opening my eyes required re-framing how I see things, and these readings have assisted me in that, allowing me to take a fresh look at what I’ve built in my life and the shelter it provides.

What inspires me to be true to myself?

Broom and Mountain – This answer might seem a bit odd, but it’s the things that I have struggled to overcome that give me the strength and inspiration to be my  true self.  Some organisms grow best in ash instead of soil.

How does my authentic self align with my purpose?

Letter and Fish – By chronicling your journey as you work to learn to better go with the flow of life’s currents, you don’t just allow yourself to reflect back on your personal journey, but allow others to be inspired in the sharing of it.

A card for self-care.

Cross and Stork – Don’t forget that you require a certain amount of recovery and recuperation after shifts of fate and unexpected changes.  It’s okay to give yourself that time, to allow yourself to sink into it instead of pushing forward.

DECK USED:  STRETCH LENORMAND

No Need To Rush Forward

Today’s meditation was supposed to be about twelve minutes long, but it got cut short a few minutes when the housekeeper showed up early.  Still, the portion of it that I did was nice, and did seem to help my anxiety a bit as well.

Terato Tarot and Thera-Pets Emotional Support Animal CardsToday’s draw is the Two of Fire (Wands), which is traditionally a representation of making future plans and plotting a direction forward, including all the decisions and work involved in plotting for progress.

I spend a lot of time focused on self care and self improvement. On becoming a better person, and healing old wounds.  These endeavors often feel like they need some type of planning and plotting of a course of action, regardless of the fact that my cards often remind me that they will happen at their own pace in their own time.

And that, right there, is the message in today’s cards.

Not everything needs to be planned out to the letter, nor is holding expectations on how long things should take or how far you should be able to go in a set amount of time help in these types of journeys.

It’s okay to savor where you are now and let the future take care of itself.  It’s okay to release expectations and let things develop at their own pace. As much as we want to heal and improve? We don’t have to push this endeavor. These things will work themselves out with only a bit of focus on your part… no detailed plans required.

DECK USED:  TERATO TAROT AND THERA-PETS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL CARDS

#DiscordTarotholicsSep2021 Challenge Prompt
Questions for September 20th and 21st

Lauren Marx Art Card and Black Lilly TarotWhat do you need to focus on for self-care for this full moon?

Connecting with the central image, there is decay in the Wheel of Fortune, renewal in the Seven of Cups, and deception in the Five of Swords.

Make sure you are taking care of to pay close attention to those around you and what their motivations might be. Not everything is as innocent as it might it first appear.

Transitions are happening at a quicker rate now that you are closer to the end of the month. Make the choices that begin to move you forward into the new “world order” of the busy season ahead. Doing this in a healthy way will help balance out the sense of unpredictability that is eating at your confidence, and allow you to retain the growth you’ve accomplished this year as you move forward.

What lessons can Libra season (beginning on the 22nd) teach you this year?

Connecting with the central image, there is a raw unraveling within the Four of Cups Rx. The Ten of Cups and Strength cards are threaded through with potential, while the Six of Wands connects with rampant growth.

Libra season wants to teach you to not be so hard on yourself when it comes to the things you’re unable to accomplish. Instead, you need to keep your focus placed upon where you want to go and what’s going to make you happiest in the long run. Celebrate your accomplishments instead of punishing yourself for your failures.

DECK USED: LAUREN MARX ART CARDS AND BLACK LILLY TAROT

The #ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge Prompt for the Sacred Grounds Tarot Club
Questions for September 19th and 22nd

Terato TarotHow do I choose hope over fear?

Justice – Keep in mind that life is about balance. That means that “leveling out” is the key factor that drives most of life’s experiences. Everything balances out in the end, but you can help it to do so by staying positive instead of letting your pessimistic qualities take hold and become self fulfilling prophecy.

Can I put myself first?

Three of Earth – Not without help from others. This is something you are still learning to do, and others in your sphere are helping with the process.  You’re not at the point yet where you’re able to naturally move in that direction on your own.

Can I accept myself – even my faults?

Page of Air – Your brain works in a very logical manner. Accepting yourself (faults and all) is going to be a mental exercise, not an emotional one. It’s through logic and reason that you will be able to find the acceptance of those faults.  By picking them apart (instead of punishing yourself for them) you can understand that they are a natural part of who you are… and a natural part of being human.

Do I feel I deserve…

LoveSeven of Water – Sometimes. This is constantly in flux depending on what is going on with you at the time.

Compassion The Empress – Yes. Everyone deserves compassion, even you. This is something that you naturally offer to others, and expect without question in return from others.

EmpathyNine of Swords – No. in fact you expect to be judged harshly.

DECK USED: TERATO TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

Today was an orders day, but I managed to lie down for an hour or so after the housekeeper left and take a little nap. It was very much needed.