Weekly Creativity Prompt – Thankfulness

Prompt: With American Thanksgiving just in the rear view and Christmas just around the corner, now is a great time to consider what we’re thankful for in our lives. Pull (at least) three cards, and use them to describe something in your life that you are thankful for this year. Then share what you’re grateful for and how the cards connect with this theme.

Phantasma TarotFriends and family (Two of Cups) are not allowing me to retreat fully into myself (The Hermit) during times of emotional struggle. They continue to reach out even as I push them away (Four of Cups).

The solitary cards that speak of alone time are interrupted by the Two of Cups, this speaks of those that are closest to me standing in the way of me allowing myself to fully retreat.

In this instance, when I am grieving, that retreat would not be healthy or helpful.  Just as I help them with their grief, they are helping me with my unique needs concerning my grief as well.

DECK USED: PHANTASMA TAROT

Stand Up

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Terra Volatile and How to Be a Wildflower DeckToday’s draw is the Five of Swords, which is traditionally a representation of tests, trials, and conflict in the area of one’s intellect, education, logic, ambition, or communication. This often translates into themes that have to do with competition at work, arguments, and the drive to win and come out on top of the situation.

The message here, when this card is combined with the affirmation card for today, is to remember that not all journeys are meant to be easy.  Sometimes you have to fight to move forward and keep life interesting.  It won’t all just land in your lap.

DECK USED:  TERRA VOLATILE AND IS AND HOW TO BE A WILDFLOWER DECK

Tarot Nerd’s Better Boundaries Tarot Challenge Prompt
Questions for November 28th thru 30th

Kindred Fauna Oracle and Hush TarotWhat resentment(s) am I holding onto that need to be released?

Eternity and Six of Wands atop Four of Pentacles

Life is fleeting. Security is fleeting. The approval of others is fleeting. I hate that it feels like nothing is permanent. There is no way go grasp and hold on to those things we love and take comfort in.

What compromise have I made that is in need of reevaluation?

The Sentinel and The Hanged Man

Seeing others perspectives doesn’t need to be a restraint for you. You don’t have to adopt their perspectives as your own in order to understand where they are coming from.

What do I trust about myself that will help me going forward?

Your Spirit Guide and Nine of Pentacles

You are well seated and familiar in listening to the voice of your intuition. Spirit guides speak through this language as well. Allow yourself to trust what you have worked so hard for so long to develop.

DECK USED: KINDRED FAUNA ORACLE AND HUSH TAROT

#DiscordTarotholicsNov2021 Challenge Prompt
Topic for November 30th
: Grab a spread of your choice that you’ve been curious about and give it a go!

Terra Volatile

A card to represent me this past year.

The Star Rx – Struggling with staying positive. It has not come easily to me this year and there has been a lot of difficulties and slip ups along the way.

A soul lesson I was learning this past year.

Five of Wands – How to be more effective in getting across what I feel is important. And that inner conflict can be far more destructive and disruptive than outer conflict.

How this soul lesson changed me.

Four of Swords Rx – It showed me that rest is more than being idle. Idleness is not enough to restore and recuperate.

Something that held me back this past year.

Ten of Wands atop Seven of Swords – There is a great deal of uncertainty residing in the Seven of Swords here in this imagery. It seeks of allowing myself to become overburdened by feelings of uncertainty concerning my direction forward and methods of getting there.

Something that I ignored this past year.

The Moon – It didn’t work and held me back, but I was trying very hard to ignore my feelings if uncertainty and self doubt.

Something I should be proud of.

The Temptation – Identifying where I am slipping off track with my addictions and making efforts to begin rectifying the issue.

DECK USED: TERRA VOLATILE

Daily Self Kindness

Still playing catch up from over a week ago.  I just don’t remember.

Deserving of Happiness Lenormand Reading

Deserving of Happiness Lenormand Reading - Slavic Folklore Lenormand

What makes me think that I don’t deserve happiness?

The Letter and The Rodent – Corrosive messages from family that I’ve received throughout my youth having stuck with me all this time.

Why don’t I trust joyful moments in my life?

The Tower and The Ring – I feel an obligation to always watch out and protect. That means being aware of the ways in which you can be fucked over and watching for them. It is my responsibility to do this, and it means that joyful moment are often looked at with suspicion instead of taken at face value.

How can I understand that I deserve happiness?

The Bear and The Moon – Treat yourself as you would others. Be kind.

How can I forgive myself for believing that I don’t deserve happiness?

The Wolf and the Man – Another reminder to treat yourself kindly. Choose to be your own best friend.

Some reasons why I’m deserving of happiness.

The Child and The Fox – That child that resides inside you needs care, no matter how difficult they may be to reach.

Moving Forward / Words of Encouragement

The Key and The Grave – You can let go of these unhealthy habits, move on from them, and find a better way. Make the voice to break free.

DECK USED: SLAVIC FOLKLORE LENORMAND

Joy’s Gateway Drug

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Blood Moon Tarot and How to Be a Wildflower DeckToday’s draw is the Knight of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of an active beta energy, personality, or person in the area of one’s passions and drive, willpower and determination, as well as their moral compass and beliefs.

Combined with the affirmation card for today, what I see here is a reminder that life is precious and we need to be passionate about enjoying it, savoring it, and being grateful for it.

Sometimes this is extremely difficult.  Sometimes… impossible.  But, it’s important even in those times to look at what catches the eye, sparks interest, and allows us to find a moment of joy to savor, even when it’s more fleeting than we’d like.

DECK USED:  PHANTASMA TAROT AND HOW TO BE A WILDFLOWER DECK

Mr Lionharts’ #TheNovemberTarot Solitary Tarot Challenge Prompt
Questions for November 29th & 30th

Ostara TarotWhere is light breaking into my life right now?

The Emperor atop Nine of Wands – Your “protective walls” came up out of ingrained habit to hide behind when your emotions became intense. They cut out the light that others love and kindness shine on you.

You are beginning to now be able to lower these walls and allow Gideon back in a little at a time, others will eventually follow in time.

What can I do to be more fully receptive of this light?

Seven of Swords atop Five of Swords – Stop fighting and trying to wiggle away. The defense mechanisms of your youth cause you to pull away, and although those defense mechanisms were a part of your past, and may spring up from time to time in the present, you don’t need to encourage them by leaning in and allowing them to steal any more of the light than necessary.

Where have these contemplations helped me find clarity?

The Magician – Acknowledging that there is a problem is the first step (and most powerful tool) in fixing that problem.

Today’s contemplations are helping to bring these habits concerning those walls into sharper focus and, as a result, returning the power and control back into my hands.

What can I do to further build on this moving forward?

Page of Cups – You are still learning how to identify and process your emotions. This is all very new to you still. You have learned a lot, but are still at the beginning stages of this learning process. Don’t get discouraged and give up.

DECK USED: OSTARA TAROT

#DiscordTarotholicsNov2021 Challenge Prompt
Topic for November 29th
: Three Things to be Grateful For…

Blood Moon TarotTwo of Dreams (Air) – Autonomy. I am not bound by anyone or anything (other than societal laws, obviously). I am independent and follow my intuition and moral compass, unaffected by peer pressure or confined by other’s expectations. Everything I am and do is my choice, and there is always room to change direction as needed.

Temperance – Moderation is extremely difficult for me; a jagged pill that is tough to swallow. But, I accept it’s necessity and am aware of the dangers that come with my level of compulsive/addiction issues. Moderation is not easy, but it is something to be grateful for, as otherwise my life could (and would) spiral out of control.

Queen of Skins (Fire) – I am not alone in my passions and interests. My passion and drive inspires others and supports their drams, and they in turn support mine.

DECK USED: BLOOD MOON TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

Again, playing catch up from over a week ago.  I just don’t remember.

Don’t Be a Shit

Today’s meditation was just about ten minutes long, and was an unguided meditation of just my breathing exercises and piriformis stretches.

Rider Waite Smith Tarot and How to Be a Wildflower DeckToday’s draw is the Wheel of Fortune, which is traditionally a representation of the ups and downs of life. We all have good times and bad, and the Wheel of Fortune is an indication that a shift is coming that needs our attention.

I see the Wheel of Fortune not as a harbringer of bad luck, or a promise of better luck, but rather a reminder that when things change, we need to make sure we are prepared and on good footing.  Even if “prepared” simply means that we know that some sort of shift is coming and not what that might be.

Combined with the affirmation card today, the message that literally shouted itself out to me when I saw these cards is, “Just because there are shitty times doesn’t mean that you have to be a shit.”  It has to do with not just the joy that the card speaks of or the Wheel of Fortune, but also the blue jay and how they are cunning thieves and bullies much of the time, and yet… also beautiful.

DECK USED:  THE RIDER WAITE SMITH TAROT AND HOW TO BE A WILDFLOWER DECK

Mr Lionharts’ #TheNovemberTarot Solitary Tarot Challenge Prompt
Questions for November 28th

R Black TarotSomething about myself that I haven’t fully accepted?
The Tower and Eight of Swords

When things start to fall to shit, you spend too long dissociating and trying to ignore the problem instead of tackling it head on.

What can embracing myself in this area do for me?
Daughter of Swords and Ten of Pentacles

It will allow you to confront things more directly from a place of stability instead of uncertainty. This gives you a stronger foundation to work from so that you don’t feel so vulnerable and threatened.

DECK USED: R BLACK TAROT

#DiscordTarotholicsNov2021 Challenge Prompt
Topic for November 28th
: Do Spread #3

Rider Waite Smith TarotWhat have I been taking for granted?

Ace of Wands – You are not writing down your new ideas and inspiration.

What’s been holding me back from seeing my blessings clearly?

The Moon – Uncertainty and self-doubt.

How can I better express my gratitude in the future?

King of Cups – Own your emotions and express your feelings. It’s not enough just to say the words.

What do I need to acknowledge gratitude for in my relationships?

The Emperor – Everything that the do for me to help me advance my objectives and support my ambitions.

What do I need to acknowledge gratitude for in my finances?

Six of Swords – Remember where you come from and how far you have come from where you began.

What do I need to acknowledge gratitude for in my work life?

Two of Wands – I plot my own course.

DECK USED: THE RIDER WAITE SMITH TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

Playing catch up from over a week ago.  I just don’t remember.

Coming Home

Today’s meditation was a little under ten minutes long, and was unguided. Just me and my breathing exercises and my piriformis stretches.

Blood Moon Tarot and How to Be a Wildflower DeckToday’s draw is the Four of Skins (Wands) which is traditionally a representation of the welcoming comfort of home and the celebratory spirit of homecoming.

In the imagery of today’s card, we see that theme expressed between two people. There is a warmth to this image that expresses not just happiness but a deep connection and sense of reunion.

You know that phrase “home is where the heart is”? Combined with the affirmation card for today, the message that I see in these cards is that just as homes come in all shapes and sizes, people, pets, and places… so too do homecomings, and that it’s important to appreciate those things that feel like “home” as well as the feelings of celebratory comfort and relief that come when returning to them.

DECK USED:  BLOOD MOON TAROT AND HOW TO BE A WILDFLOWER DECK

Mr Lionharts’ #TheNovemberTarot Solitary Tarot Challenge Prompt
Questions for November 27th

Power Animals Oracle and The Rider Waite Smith TarotWhere is darkness clouding my life?

Spider and Four of Wands – I am worried about Ms B and her future. About where she will go when she sells that big ass house, and how she is going to settle into single life.

How can I move past this darkness?

Frog and Judgement – Let go of the things you can’t do for her, and instead focus on what you can.

DECK USED: THE RIDER WAITE SMITH TAROT

Tarot Nerd’s Better Boundaries Tarot Challenge Prompt
Question for November 16th & 17th

Blood Moon TarotIn what way does fear affect my reactions to others?

Six of Honey (Pentacles) and Four of Songs (Cups) – I stay distant and withdrawn because, when I am feeling depleted, I don’t want to share what’s left of my energy with others.

In what way does anger affect my reactions to others?

Queen of Dreams (Swords) and Justice – When I am angry I turn cold and hard, and feel the need for retribution. The universe may balance things out but I want to be there when it happens so that I can “speak” the words that will rub salt in the wounds.

DECK USED: BLOOD MOON TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

Antacids are a wonderful thing. ‘Nuf said.