Staying Connected

Today’s meditation was ten minutes long, and was a quiet time spent with breathing exercises and piriformis stretching.  It was peaceful and quiet… well other than some intruding thoughts about next steps in the home organization department.

Witches Wisdom TarotToday’s draw is the Four of Water (Cups), which is traditionally a representation of apathy and withdrawal, meditation, taking time for contemplation, and aloneness (which can often also be loneliness).

Here in this imagery we have the theme of connection.  You are not alone, even in your most solitary times.  Whale song travels miles through water to reach to others and connect, serenading the sea in the process.

Today’s card is a reminder of the connection you have to others.  Don’t withdraw into yourself.  Don’t allow yourself to pull away from them when that connection is something healthy that you need in your life.

DECK USED:  WITCHES WISDOM TAROT

#DiscordTarotholicsJan2022 Challenge Prompt
Topic for January 23rd:
Do Spread #2
Question
: Once it’s all said and done, will I be happy with the end result of the living room shelves?

Witches Wisdom TarotReading Summary: There is a connection between the vines the woman wears in strength, and the lush beauty of the Ace of Cups.  This speaks of having the strength to work through newness, especially when there is an overlap into the Page of Cups Rx.  Uncertainty in lighter greens bleeds up into a greater certainty in the Ace of Cups, while both of these cards speak of newness.

There is also a connection between the Witch of Air and the Ten of Air.  In both cards, there is flight through the braids and skirt of the woman, the wings in the crows. This speaks of the ability to use your clever mind to discard and restart… the spinning of the figure indicating that this “discard and restart” may need to repeat more than once.  Combined with this, there is a hint of connection in the background colors between the Strength card and the Ten of Air, speaking of the ability to use your strengths to overcome a journey that ends in unsatisfactory ways, to use what is learned to do better.

Take Away: Overall, emotionally you will learn to be happy with it. It’ll be new, and there will be a lot of adjustment to make along the way before you get there though.

You’re going to go through organizing, and then re-organizing things a number of times before you find that peace and contentment you’re looking for. The good part is, is that one of your greatest strengths is your sense of organization. In the end you’ll figure it out, it’s just gonna take some time and repetition to get it right.

DECK USED: WITCHES WISDOM TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

When I wasn’t feeling well, I laid down instead of trying to push through.

Sidestepping Negativity

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Celestial Botanical OracleToday’s draw is Okra. Being an oracle instead of a tarot, there is no “traditional meaning” for this card. That said, metaphysically speaking, the Okra plant is a representation of clearing out and/or avoiding the negative, slipping past those things that might hurt or harm, and shedding unhealthy connections.

The herb in this card is about near misses and avoiding negative influences in one’s life.  The words on the card “awaken your magical powers” speak of a need to get more in touch with the magic within you.

Together, the cards are an encouragement.  They are a reminder that instilling magic into your daily life is something that is supposed to improve your life and lift you up.  If it’s not doing that?  It’s time to look at why it’s not doing that, and make some course corrections.

DECK USED:  CELESTIAL BOTANICAL ORACLE

#DiscordTarotholicsJan2022 Challenge Prompt
Question
s for January 21st and 22nd

Celestial Botanical OracleWhat is something that you miss that you can bring back into your life?

Oak and Wisteria – Trying new things with your creative energy. A good long while ago, you accepted that in order to juggle your responsibilities with your self care, some things have to be put on the back burner. That included the chase after every little inspired idea that comes along.

These cards indicate that now is a good time to begin resurfacing your creative spark and enthusiasm for new projects.  This doesn’t mean you will be able to chase after every little thing that strikes your fancy.  But, it means that you can begin to be open to these ideas again… just pick and choose instead of going after every single one of them indiscriminately.

What in your life needs started now for it to be ready when you need it?

Willow and Witch Hazel – Lean deeply into your magical, spiritual, and divinatory knowledge.  Share it with others.  You have a lot of knowledge under your belt, a lot of experience and strong connection to the energies and entities surrounding these pursuits. Pick them back up now that the holiday rush is over.  Don’t allow the rest of the year be polluted by that six week stretch.

DECK USED: CELESTIAL BOTANICAL ORACLE

Daily Self Kindness

The TV is HUNG!  It lives above the fireplace now.   And I ordered the cords and connectors I will need to make it perfect. It feels very satisfying to have it set up there.  Next step is to get the shelves and the backing.  In the mean time, I have some shuffling to do with furniture and things.

There’s More In There

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Teddy TarotToday’s draw is the High Priestess card, which is traditionally a representation of sacred knowledge, secrets, the mysterious feminine spirit, the subconscious mind, and intuition.

Today’s card is a reminder that I’m more than my work.

It’s an orders day, and on orders day I often have a hard time keeping up on self-care stuff and focusing anywhere other than on work. It’s easy to forget that there are other needs that need met and other things to be done.  It’s easy to forget to listen to myself.

The High Priestess is a reminder to make sure that I’m listening to what I need, hearing the inner whispers and what they’re saying, and not falling so deep into my work that I become deaf to everything else.

DECK USED:  TEDDY TAROT

#DiscordTarotholicsJan2022 Challenge Prompt
Question for January 20th
: What is your greatest vice that you’re not consciously aware of?

Yoru No Sumi-EReading Summary: Seeing your impatience with yourself and self abuse as something that makes you stronger.

Take Away: I am so fucking guilty of this. SO guilty. I am impatient with myself so often, and neglect myself or abuse myself in small (and sometimes not so small) ways so often.  With a hard heart, I look at these moments as “toughening up” when in fact… I’m already tough enough and I need to be kinder to myself.

I’m not sure how to break myself of this habit, or this viewpoint that these unhealthy habits make me stronger.  Perhaps Gid might have some ideas in this area.

DECK USED: YORU NO SUMI-E

Mr Lionharts’ #TheJanuaryTarot Wheel of 22 Challenge Prompt
Question for January 20th
: How can I create healthy stability in my life as I move through 2022?

Teddy TarotThe Sun atop Two of Pentacles Rx – Lean into positivity to a point that feels excessive. The pessimist sees a tea spoon of optimism as a gallon jug.  It’s not a gallon jug, it’s a teaspoon. You can go so much further with this than you realize, and still not be annoying anyone but yourself with it.

Three of Pentacles – Allow others to help you even more in your work. Letting others do more has been a major theme for the past year, but there’s more that you can go in this area as well.  Keep looking for opportunities to involve others in the process more and share the responsibility more evenly.

The Moon – Don’t be stagnant when uncertainty rears it’s ugly head. As a reading earlier this week pointed out, sometimes hunkering down to brace doesn’t create more stability, it just creates stagnancy. Keep moving. When you stop to brace, those moments of stillness are something that you end up stuck in.

DECK USED: TEDDY TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

I made a concerted effort to eat on a schedule today even though I was struggling with concentrating on anything outside of work.

Mercury Retrograde Self-Reflection Reading

Oracle of Mystical Moments

Mercury is in Retrograde from January 14th thru February 3rd. As the planet of communication, when Mercury goes into retrograde, it can often affect people by shifting their perspectives and abilities when it comes to one’s communication with others, including family and friends, work, social media, and more. Admittedly, I don’t often experience these affects personally, but I liked the spread. 😉

What perspectives need to be reviewed?

Mermaid’s Love – Take some time to reflect on your relationship with Gideon and just how well you fit together like puzzle pieces.  One’s strengths support the other’s weaknesses and vice-versa.  In this relationship, you are equals for each brings something to the table that is unique and that the other needs. Combined, you become more complete than either of you are when apart.

Ways I can work through any mental blockages.

Eva – Don’t allow yourself to hide away that which needs to be seen and known.  Secrets, especially those kept from yourself, are poisonous and can not just set you back but incapacitate you entirely, depending on what they’re about.  Pay attention and be aware of what you are hiding from.  Awareness is the first step to finding resolution and a better path forward.

How can I bring in more conscious thought practices?

Moondance – Work on that optimism that helps you see life through a more magical lens.  Only when you’re able to see the beauty around you are you at your best, and only then will you be more easily and with more confidence be able to balance the hard parts with the easier ones.

Ways I can be more clear and concise with communication.

Queen Bee – Be strong.  Be supportive.  You don’t have to choose one or the other.  Gentle your sharp tongue to provide a more nurturing energy that can lift people up, even as you remain strong on your boundaries and expectations.

What thinking patterns or ideas do I need to release?

Touch the Sky – Unhealthy alone time is awfully tempting, even during times when things are going well.  It’s that lingering in bed, those stolen moments retreating into the games on your phone, the temptation to nap when you don’t need one and linger in the limbo of waking instead of returning to face the day head on.  None of these are good for you, and you need to work at making healthier choices no matter how tempting those unhealthy ones are in the moment.

Main lesson from this Mercury Retrograde.

Like a Bird – How to balance your motivation in a more healthy way. You are capable of succeeding even when you’re not pushing yourself like some kind of slave driver.  It doesn’t mean you’re stalling out, and a slower pace doesn’t mitigate success or create stagnancy as long as you stay motivate to keep moving forward… no matter the pace you take to get there.

DECK USED: ORACLE OF MYSTICAL MOMENTS

No Bracing Needed

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Tharbon I TarocchiToday’s draw is the Quattro di Denari (Four of Pentacles), which is traditionally a representation of

La danzatrice di Jam Jeer dances among her coins, because it is among the coins she feel safe and secure.  Supported.  Just as these coins stand on their edges, she stands on pointe, balanced and stable even while she revels in movement filled with flouncing fabrics and flowing feathers.

This card tells a story of stability and balance that is not created through stagnancy or stillness, but rather through the confidence to feel safe, secure, and stable even while in movement.

The message for today is a reminder that you don’t have to stop, still, and brace in order to find stability. It can be with you every day as you go about your life, and that is the healthy type of stability that we all should be seeking.  Not the kind that lies in stagnant stillness.

DECK USED:  THARBON I TAROCCHI

GroundedInMagic’s #Lovers2022TarotChallenge Challenge Prompt
Question
: How do I let perfectionism get in the way of love?

Le Tarot de GulliverReading Summary:  Don’t be so hard on yourself (Queen of Coins) when you reflect on your efforts towards emotional growth (Ace of Cups).  Even when you’re not paying attention, even when you’re resting (Four of Swords) or completely turning a blind eye the other way (Eight of Swords)… even then, you’re still on the right path in this area.  You don’t have to keep your eye on the ball every moment in this area of your life.

Take Away: Even though I know that this emotional development journey that I’m on is going to take time, for some reason I have a habit of pushing myself to go faster and do more, even when there is no deadline and no “end goal” in sight.

Today’s cards are about self love, and about being kind to myself and not forcing myself to measure and judge every tiny step and moment of progress.  There is no standard of progress here, and there is no race to win or deadline to meet.  Let it come at its own time.  Sometimes the best things develop through fermentation when out of sight (… like good kimchi!)

DECK USED: LE TAROT DE GULLIVER

#DiscordTarotholicsJan2022 Challenge Prompt
Philosophical Question
: Is it true that pleasure is the root of all true evil?

Tharbon I TarocchiReading Summary: Lush and swollen to the point of near-vulgarity, the trees in the forest of the Nine of Pentacles speak of excess and hedonism.

In the Ace of Cups, a cornucopia overflows, in a bounty of emotions and a demonstration of a different sort of wealth, one based in emotion instead of earthly delights.

Here in the Seven of Swords, we see a forger working at his anvil, creating swords in his workshop and looking not just content, but enraptured with his work while he prepares weapons meant to reap more from the world for those that wield them.

Take Away: Clearly, the opinion of these cards is a resounding yes. I’m not sure I agree, but in this case, it is in the bounty and pleasure of what we can gain that inspires the evil that will be wrought.

DECK USED: THARBON I TAROCCHI

Daily Self Kindness

I put everything back up above the fireplace.  I couldn’t stand it being so bare.  I just couldn’t.  I know that soon I’ll just have to pull it all back down again, but it was really bothering me.

It’s Not as Bad as It Looks

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Yin-Yang Cat TarotToday’s draw is the Five of Pentacles, which is traditionally a representation of tests, trials, and hardships in the area of one’s finances, resources, health, home life, or manifestation abilities.

Today, I get to have a peek at just how much money I need to build the shelves in my living room.  I’ve been looking at a variety of different options, but regardless of the options, the price range looks like it’s going to be somewhere between $550 – $700 which… is painful.

Funny thing? I often fall back on Amazon for less expensive options, but they were pretty damned expensive in this case.   Tomorrow, I’ll take some measurements in order to get a better idea of the exact length of wall I’m working with and then I’ll be able to narrow things down further.

The thing is?  All this pricing has made me feel pretty damn poor yeah?  I know it’s not the case, but so many times scarcity is in the mind and not reality… and this is one of those times.  I need to remember it’s not as bad as it feels in the moment.

DECK USED:  YIN-YANG CAT TAROT

GroundedInMagic’s #Lovers2022TarotChallenge Challenge Prompt
Questions for January 17th and 18th

Yin-Yang Cat TarotWhat (from me) do others misunderstand as anger or self-righteousness when it is actually love?

Three of CupsYour abstinence from drinking and drugs.

This one came full circle by the end of the day with a question posted on Discord asking about doing tarot readings while under the influence.

The thing is (and this is entirely my opinion), when you are reading for other people, those people are often extremely open to suggestion during their reading. I feel that when you hold that responsibility in your hands, you should be responsible with it.  That means being clear headed and mindful of the influence that you have over this other person, and careful to ensure you don’t damage them or their trust during those moments. Partaking of drugs and alcohol makes one… less responsible.  Not more.

That said?  If someone wants to partake and read for themselves?  I don’t see anything wrong with that as you’re not risking hurting anyone but yourself.  Not that self harm is okay, but its an entirely different level than carelessly hurting others that put their trust and well-being in your care when having a reading done.

Anyway… yep.  I see how this opinion can come off as self-righteous (or even as anger) to someone who doesn’t share my same viewpoints.

Nine of Pentacles – Using your own trials and successes as a way to try and encourage others. Although sometimes it can be inspiring? Other times it just comes off as “why the fuck are you being a whiner?”

This is, of course, not how it’s meant. But, that’s the whole point of this prompt. It’s about the things we say and do to express love (and in this case that love is in the form of encouragement) that can come off as something more negative.

What do I do that I believe is showing love to others, but is actually doing more harm and the good?

King of Wands – Providing opportunities for others, instead of letting them suss them out for themselves. You feel that you are helping, but it often boils down to the difference between teaching a man to fish or giving them the fish. Better to teach so that the man will never go hungry, than to hand it over and they learn nothing other than to depend on you.

Queen of Swords – Staying silent (usually to keep from hurting their feelings) instead of speaking up giving your opinion. Sometimes, even when you don’t mean to be, your words cut through the clutter and chaos, and can come off as sharp or harsh.  And sometimes?  That’s what they need in order to cut through all the bullshit and see things clearly.

DECK USED: YIN-YANG CAT TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

I ate my yogurt?  OH!   I also downloaded a task manager to see if it might help me in keeping up on the day-to-day self-care type of stuff.  I don’t have it set up yet, but I figured I would give it a try.