Weekly Creativity Prompt – The Hanged Man

Prompt: “Pull the card from your deck(s) that matches the card posted below. Compare the imagery between the card provided below and the card(s) from your own deck(s). How would you read them differently and why?

Tarot of the Hidden Realms - The Hanged ManTarot of the Hidden Realm – Eyes open and body relaxed, he hangs inverted and sees the world from this vantage point.  As the green grows up around him, coiling in his hair, a butterfly comes to whisper secrets for him to hear.    In this imagery I see patience, but also a hint of determination in his features. He does not hang for the heck of it, but with purpose.  He is a seeker, and he wants to see this alternate view. Thus, I would see this card as an encouragement to actively seek out new perspectives.

The Stormlight Archive Tarot, Darkened Dreams Tarot, The Kitchen Tarot

The Stormlight Archive Tarot – In this card the figure is bound by one wrist, pierced by an arrow, and run through by many blades, one of which also pierces through his free hand.  He hangs with his head bowed, brought to a knee in his pain, bound through not just ropes or twine, but by punishing pain as well.  As the Hanged Man, this card reminds me that the world looks different to everyone.  Chronic pain, pessimism, punishment, or misfortune can all create a skewed view of reality.  A skewed view we then carry with us as we move through life.  I see this card as a reminder that we must pull out the (metaphorical) blades that keep our past wounds open and raw so that we can heal and begin to rise, straighten from our kneel, and see the world from a better perspective.

Darkened Dreams Tarot – In the imagery of this card we see a figure that ascends as if defying gravity, their wrist anchored to a barren tree as they are pulled upward, defying gravity.  This imagery speaks to me of astral projection while the colors of the card speak to me of enlightenment.  As the body is anchored to a tree, it makes me wonder if it is not the tree’s soul that floats above, seeking new adventures and perspectives that it cannot experience when rooted to the ground. I see this card as an encouragement to explore and try new things, seek out new experiences and allow them to expand one’s perception of the world.

The Kitchen Tarot – In this deck, the Hanged One is named the Kitchen Timer with the added input of the words “miracle worker” etched into the arms of the chef with their third eye open and the other two eyes closed. There is something to be said for the old adage “time heals all wounds” and, in a way, this is true…. -if- you are willing to be open to the healing that time offers us.  I would see this card as an encouragement to wait.  To wait and to watch, and to keep an open mind.  Allow yourself to move past your own first impressions, and look deeper.

DECK USED: TAROT OF THE HIDDEN REALM, THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE TAROT, DARKENED DREAMS TAROT, THE KITCHEN TAROT

The Radiance of Wonder

Today’s meditation was just over twelve minutes long, and was another quiet meditations where I just use breathing exercises and the chime for the piriformis stretching.

White Fly Tarot - Page of CupsToday’s draw is the Page of Cups, which is traditionally a representation of a receptive omega energy, personality, or person in the area of one’s emotions, relationships, creativity, and intuition.

In the imagery of the Page of Cups in this deck, even as the sun sets and darkness creeps in, the figure looks at the cup that they hold with a sense of wonder that lights up the encroaching darkness.  This speaks of how creativity and wonder can make the world and life seem much brighter and far less scary.

Today’s message is an encouragement to instill creativity and imagination into your day today, because when you look at the world with wonder, nothing seems quite so dark.

DECK USED:  WHITE FLY TAROT

The #ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge Prompt by E Roebuck-Jones
Questions for July 4th thru 6th

Dixit Card Games Odyssey Expansion PackWhat inspires my creativity?

Top Row – Color, imagination, and a touch of guidance from beyond the veil to help balance everything out. A lion’s share of the inspiration for your creativity lies in these avenues, sparking not just your creativity but also your motivation to explore those ideas that rise to the surface.

What are my creative dreams?

Middle Row – That skills learned in secret will earn you admiration and money is one of the most significant creative dreams you have.  For it is in earning this admiration and money that you then find a way to support yourself through those creative endeavors that you enjoy.

What am I passionate about?

Bottom Row Left – Friendship and the connection, guidance, understanding, and open-mindedness that I feel need to be a part of friendship are all things that I am passionate about. People’s differences, and finding people that you can connect with in spite of those differences is important to me

Bottom Row Center – Fairness  and balance.  My moral compass requires fairness. I am aware that life is not fair, and yet I cannot help that I feel a need for it and expect it regardless of how many times I might be disappointed by not finding it.  I crave the balance that fairness creates and reach for it again and again.

Bottom Row Right – Knowledge.  Knowing yourself and knowing others. Gathering useful knowledge and applying it in one’s life. When we continue to learn and explore, we continue to grow.  I feel that this is an important part of life and, at least for me, something needed to be happy with myself and the world around me.

DECK USED: DIXIT GAME CARDS ODYSSEY EXPANSION

#DiscordTarotholicsJul2022 Challenge Prompt
National Bikini Day

White Fly TarotWhat needs more exposure in your life?

Four of Cups – Do your meditation. Do your meditation.  Do your meditation.

The Emperor – Buckle down to get the things done that need doing. You’ll need help, but you have the help you need.  They’re more than happy to step in.  So start getting these things done and delegating as needed.

What needs less?

Ten of Cups – Don’t focus so hard on where you are going. You need to enjoy the present.

Ace of Swords – New ideas need to be set on the back burner for a while. You have enough on your plate and don’t need to add more at the moment. Deal with what already needs worked on for now.

DECK USED: WHITE FLY TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

I didn’t really want to because I really wanted more time with Gid today, but I took a nap.  I needed it, I just didn’t really -want- to do it.   And look!  I did meditation two days in a row!

Be Open, Be Curious

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Science Tarot - Benzene Dream - The High PriestessToday’s draw is the High Priestess, which is traditionally a representation of intuition, secrets, sacred knowledge, mystery, the subconscious,

The “Benzene Dream” is the true story of a scientists (that I can’t remember the name of) in the 19th century working on mapping out the particles of Benzene and getting stumped in the process, then coming to the solution in a dream about an ouroboros and waking up with the answer that had been alluding him.

The story that the imagery in this card speaks of is a reminder that we know far more than we realize. Our brains are always working, and sometimes we are able to access this information easily, while other times it is a mystery that requires meditation, sleep, dreams, intuition, or other tools to suss out from the depths what we need.

The message in today’s card is encouragement to never be afraid to say “I don’t know”, for it is in that phrase that curiosity and mystery lives… and in turn, gives us the opportunity to explore, delve deeper, expand our horizons, and learn more.

DECK USED:  SCIENCE TAROT

Mr Lionhart’s #TheJulyTarot Be Here Now Prompt
Questions for July 4th thru 6th

Wild Unknown Tarot and Herbal OracleWhat am I guided to nurture {instead of trying to control}? 

Eight of Wands atop Two of Cups, Star Anise – Dive into the bonds that you have with those that you connect well with, and don’t worry so much about the ones you don’t. There’s truth in the saying that you can’t please everybody all the time, so focus on nurturing relationships with those that hold similar values and compatibilities. Doing so will help foster a feeling of good fortune in your life.

This falls into understanding that you have what (and who) you need in your life if you are only willing to pay attention, acknowledge, and appreciate what you already have instead of constantly reaching for more.

How can I embody that which I am passionate about?

Nine of Cups and Queen of Potions – Again we see a message about what is already in your possession, as well as the potential for emotional satisfaction if we delve into these things and explore them more in depth. There is no need for expansion if you choose to go deeper instead.

In what area/way can a nurturing approach enrich my life?

Five of Cups and Clove – [Okay so this reading has officially become extremely redundant, which I can only assume means that I really need to hear this message right now.]

The cards here are a reminder to not take for grated the stability that you have created in your life. No amount of stability and security is ever going to be “enough” until you can find peace and appreciation with what you currently have.

DECK USED: WILD UNKNOWN TAROT AND HERBAL ORACLE

#DiscordTarotholicsJul2022 Challenge Prompt
Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
– What in your life is too hot to handle right now and you need to give it some space.

Science TarotReading Summary: Listen to your heart when making decisions (Seven of Cups) and plotting your course forward (Two of Wands) in order to find a healthy and harmonious balance (The Lovers).

Take Away: Stop leaning so damned heavily into logic. Leaning into logic is all well and good and definitely has its place, but there’s a lot to be said for instinct, intuition, and listening to your heart as well.

All of these have input to offer, and none of them should be ignored when deciding on where to direct your feet upon your life’s chosen path.

DECK USED: SCIENCE TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

I bought Fruity Pebbles as a treat for myself.

Moments of Uncertainty

Today’s meditation was ten minutes long, and was a silent meditation other than the timed chime I use to let me know when to switch positions in my piriformis stretching.

Considerate Cat Tarot - The MoonToday’s draw is the Moon card, which is traditionally a representation of uncertainty, illusion, doubt, the unknown, fear, and the subconscious.

Don’t second-guess yourself.  That’s what I see here.  There is plenty of light to guide your way, so don’t second guess.

Today’s card is a word of comfort and reassurance. It says that just because you feel that dealing with conflict concerning controversial topics is not your strong suit, it doesn’t mean that you’re bad at it, or that you need to second guess yourself to the point you get worked up and stressed out.

Everyone feels this uncertainty from time to time. It’s natural.

DECK USED:  CONSIDERATE CAT TAROT

#DiscordTarotholicsJul2022 Challenge Prompt
Topic
: Do Spread #1

Fairy Tale Tarot and The Knitter's OracleWhat needs to be left behind as I focus on further growth?

Two of Cups Rx and The Lys – The Fortress of Solitude. Stop wallowing in your comfort zone instead of getting out and socializing with those you have a connection with.

What is in full bloom for me right now?

Ten of Wands Rx and The Ram – You are currently excelling on not overburdening yourself with too much. In fact you’re almost at the point of lingering in stagnancy at the moment.

Where do I need to direct my focus for further growth?

Four of Coins and The Lace – Don’t get so comfortable that you’re unwilling to move or take action. There’s a lot of work to be done, and if you’re stuck in the mire and unable to move it will be nearly impossible to get any of it accomplished.

DECK USED: FAIRY TALE TAROT AND THE KNITTERS ORACLE

The #TarotForTheWildSoul Challenge Prompt
Questions for July 1st thru 3rd

Considerate Cat Tarot and When My Soul Whispers OracleWhat am I leaping into this month?

Strength and Intuition – Rediscovering that comfortable niche of your intuitive voice. You did some growth spurts this year and it upset the apple cart, but you’re moving back into a period of resettling and finding your footing again.

What am I ready to manifest this month?

Nine of Swords Rx and Passion – Use inspiration and enthusiasm to deflate anxiety and worry. One can be used to defeat the other, and this is the direction you want to leap in. Don’t allow anxiety to get the upper hand.

What sacred truth am I ready to see?

Eight of Pentacles, Confidence atop Advocate – What you have learned over the years, and the skills you have worked to develop, put you in a uniquely confident position that allows you to advocate for others and help them in finding their own unique skills and their own path.

DECK USED: CONSIDERATE CAT TAROT AND WHEN MY SOUL WHISPERED ORACLE

Daily Self Kindness

I let myself have an emotional explosion to cry out my anxieties with Gideon there to support me through the moment of upheaval and bring me back to center again.

Sparking Motivation

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Fifth Spirit Tarot - King of WandsToday’s draw is the King of Wands, which is traditionally a representation of a projective alpha energy, personality, or person in the area of one’s passion, drive, willpower, enthusiasm, and inner spirit.

Like many of the cards that have come up over the past couple of weeks, here we see another reminder that I need to sieze control of my energy, my emotions, and my motivations… and set them to work.

I  have direction.  I have a goal.  It’s about motivation, and lighting that spark to get things moving, as well as inspiring others to work with me toward those goals.

DECK USED:  FIFTH SPIRIT TAROT

The #ConnectWithYourDeckChallenge Prompt by E Roebuck-Jones
Questions for July 1st thru 3rd

Neutral Vibes Tarot and the John Bauer Tarot (Trimmed Naked)Do I believe I am creative?

Two of Swords and The World – Yes! In fact, it is something you prioritize highly in your life regardless of where you are on your path.

Why?

Temperance Rx and Four of Coins – You are constantly bombarded by creative ideas and inspired to explore them all, to the point that you have made your creativity an integral part of how you provide for yourself and build stability in your life.

A card to describe my creative self.

The Moon – Always exploring and trying new things, sometimes your creative endeavors are more about feeling your way in the dark while learning something new than about knowing what you’re doing or where you’re going with it. It creates a sense of uncertainty and exploration as you weave your way through the dark.

Three Oracle Cards:

The Creativity I WantUpper Right – Inspiration and dreams in the quiet of the night.

You want to feel secure in your creativity. Creativity is a way of exposing yourself to others. This part of yourself is vulnerable, and you wish to feel safe in exposing these vulnerable parts of yourself to the world.

My Blockage Center Right – Stagnancy, and comparing the present to the past, which exacerbates the emotional issues that drag you into a standstill.

ActionLower Right – Stop blowing things out of proportion. You have the ability to control how many projects you invest in at one time, as well as how you go about doing them. Don’t invite more in at one time then you can comfortably deal with.

DECK USED: NEUTRAL VIBES TAROT AND JOHN BAUER TAROT (trimmed naked)

#DiscordTarotholicsJul2022 Challenge Prompt
I Forgot Day –
What have you forgotten (or willfully ignored the need) to do that needs to be put back into your routine?

Fifth Spirit TarotReading Summary: You need to “seize the day” where your home life and stability are concerned (King of Pentacles). Get the restructuring done in your home (The Tower) before time runs out and you’re left with no time left (Justice) to work on it this year.

Take Away: I’ve been procrastinating on getting the stuff done where the shelves for my tarot decks are concerned for quite some time now. Wallowing in those feelings of complacency and dawdling instead of actively pursuing completion of the school.

This reading is an encouragement to get going on this project and get it done, or I will run out of time before the holiday rush arrives and not be able to get it done until next year.

DECK USED: FIFTH SPIRIT TAROT

Daily Self Kindness

Imodium is my friend today, and I didn’t just think about taking it while hoping my stomach would stomach would stop cramping, I actually -took- it to help ease off the discomfort.

Seize the Day… and The Prize

Today’s meditation was skipped.

Tarot of the Pirates - Ace of PentaclesToday’s draw is the Ace of Pentacles, which is traditionally a representation of the seed of new beginnings and new opportunities in the areas of one’s finances, resources, health, labors, manifestations, and the physical world.

Pirates are a greedy lot, and here in this card we see one contemplating a gold piece as he considers the opportunities it might hold for him to garner more.

Today’s message is a reminder about opportunities, and seizing those that come your way rather than letting them pass you by, especially when those opportunities have the potential to garner you more of what you want most in your life.

DECK USED:  TAROT OF THE PIRATES

Mr Lionhart’s #TheJulyTarot Be Here Now Prompt
Questions for July 1st thru 3rd

Sasuraibito Tarot and Visions In the Liminal Space OracleWhat cosmic consciousness am I guided to align myself with? 

Seven of Pentacles and Until All Are Free None Are Free – Social reform is never sudden. It takes time, and although we can spur on growth spurts, it usually takes not years, but actual generations, to see noticeable change. Foster patience in others, and encourage it within yourself as well. All things meant to grow will do so with passionate people there to facilitate the process.

What {part of my life} needs a break or restart {right now}?

Two of Wands and King of Pentacles, Life Is Beautiful Life Is Meaningful – Entertaining the depression’s presence flirts with the edges of your self-destructive tendencies. Better to find and develop a direction forward that can create greater stability in your life and make it easier for you to appreciate life as a whole, than to continue dawdling in complacency.

How am I asked to surrender myself to the here and now?

Ace of Swords and The Hot Tubs Too Hot – Stop trying to push yourself into trying new projects and new things right now. You already have enough on your plate. Too much will add pressure you don’t need.

DECK USED: SASURAIBITO TAROT AND VISIONS IN THE LIMINAL SPACE

#DiscordTarotholicsJul2022 Challenge Prompt
International Joke Day
Draw 3 cards and use them to tell us a funny (story/joke/etc).

Tarot of the PiratesDear reader, if you find this letter it means that I have died at sea. But, I have a story to tell about making assumptions… And about love and passion. A story that I hope will live on in you.

I was born on a plantation where the owner worked us all too hard, and expected to much. He would work us until our fingers bled, and our backs were fair to breaking. (Two of Pentacles Rx)

Pushed to the end of my rope, one day I took the opportunity to run away.  In the dark of the night I spirited away into the trees at the edge of the plantation and made my way through the forest to the docks. There, I slipped aboard a ship at port that was preparing to leave and stowed myself away among the cargo.

It wasn’t long after the ship set sail that I was discovered and strung up for my crime.  Hanging from the ship’s lowest yard and firmly tied, I thought this was surely the end of everything.  (The Hanged Man)

And when the captain came out to have a look at his stowaway, and it was my plantation owner!!  My surprise was complete, but it was nothing compared to his delight!  Not only had he caught his runaway slave, but what I was to learn was also his heart’s desire! Me!

Now we sail the seven seas together, and I’ve discovered he’s not so bad!  Well, until he gets in his cups and starts trying to ride the masthead anyway. That poor dolphin’s blowhole is never to be the same.  (Knight of Cups)

May this teach you to never look upon those around you harshly…. at least not ’til you know their true nature.

Signed,
Seaman Leeway, The Captain’s Boy

DECK USED: TAROT OF THE PIRATES

Daily Self Kindness

I took a nap today, and it was a good one for once. The heat makes me more tired and I seem to nap better because of it, even if I never really feel like I’m -not- tired even after my naps.