Being Present

One of the most powerful meditations I’ve come across lately is simple, powerful, and enlightening. No need for guided words or music; just sit comfortably, close your eyes, and count upward with every out-breath.

As you breathe in, feel the space all around the trunk of your body opening up and spreading out—you always have all the space you need, so take it. And simply be present.

That means observing without judgment the thoughts that flit across your brain like leaves in the wind. We can learn a lot about ourselves just by seeing what sort of thoughts make their way across our consciousness. I found I tend to run ahead into the future—a lot!

Keep your yourself grounded in the presence of your breath. I’ve found that the counting helps with this. You can set a goal to get to a certain number if you like. I find myself listening to and observing the noises of the present, which is a new sensation for me.

Try it and see what you find!

Featured Arcana: 10 of Wands

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A good title for the 10 of Wands is “Opression.” I used to take it as a warning—that constantly pursuing the path of your energy will inevitably lead to overwhelming responsibility. And while that can be true, today I gained more nuanced insight on the matter…

10 is the sephirot of completion for a cycle, or the Physical, Tangible Manifestation of the journey that first elemental spark took. For Wands, or Fire,  “Oppression” is the material reality brought about by all of the energetic ambition built up before it. The nuance I gained today involves the acknowledgement that this can be the manifestation of our Dreams — our ambitions came to manifest in Reality!

So this is good news! I can rejoice in this! There is still the cautionary truth, however, that with new achievements come new responsibility. This, I’ve come to realize, is the heart of this card. You’ve achieved your goals; now understand you must work to maintain your new Reality. And that’s ok. 🙂

Re-balancing the Scales

I grew up in a world that could not possibly be understood, a world where the laws of Cause and Effect could not be trusted for the meddling of either God or the Devil.

I was told that I had the power (through “confession”–speaking Scripture to a problem–and Tongues-speaking, the laying on of hands, anointing with oil, etc. But it rarely worked like it was supposed to, so all I took away from the experience was that I could never be sure of anything–and that my actions never really mattered.

Being set aright today is the Reversed 6 of Discs (Success): my scales are out of balance to the point I’m not seeming to reap what I sowed. It’s good to know that it’s being worked out…

In fact we always reap what we sow; we often just don’t make the connection between what we thought and what we see.

My mindset had never really understood Earthly balance and Cause & Effect. There was always a “biblical excuse” for everything that happened in my life. And now I’m in the process of rethinking my whole relationship with Reality. That everything I do does indeed matter.

All my surroundings react to what I do or decide, and vice-versa. I’m learning this is actually really good news.

Featured Arcana: 9 of Pentacles

The ninth sephirot represents Self Reflection; it’s a sort of spiritual funnel that gathers all that came before it, from the top of the Tree of Life, and assembles it into what will become Reality in the tenth sephirot below it.

In the realm of Earth (or, Material Reality), 9 symbolizes a reflection upon the harvest that was recently gathered–looking upon all that has been sown and consequently gained.

It’s a celebration of the journey to this point, and a wonderful reminder to practice gratitude for all that we have.

Featured Arcana: Judgment

Judgment crosses sephirots 8 to 10.

It moves us from a sense of willing submission to the absolute completion of a new Reality, built upon what has come before.

It is the essence of being taken forward to some Ultimate Conclusion, without our say in the matter. Still, the sephirot 8 implies a purposeful Action to submit on our part;

it is this purposeful action of Submission (8) that is our say.

Mirror Pictures…

Both Judgement and the Moon lead to the same place (10: a conclusion of cumulative Reality). But they bypass the filter of 9, so they arrive on different sides of the same Reality.

Sometimes we welcome this emotionally, sometimes we fight against it, although it is our Action of Submitting (8) ourselves to another that allows it. The Ultimate Reality awaiting us at 10 is still where we are being taken.

Likewise, 8 to 10 is a mirror reflection of 1 to 3 (The Magician)

The Magician takes the pure inspiration he’s been given and applies deductive reasoning… he amplifies and magnifies this knowledge to where he can reconstruct it and use it for his own purposes.

With Judgment, we hold back, Submit to circumstance and observe Reality unfold on its own.

Featured Arcana: 9 Wands Reversed

The #Shadow of the 9 of #Wands: You’re refusing to look back and #consider all that has come before in order to #finish the “race”. Either you’re moving ahead without considering what brought you here, or you’re #resisting the final stage of wholeness, #fearful of what may come… #strength #minorarcana #tarot #thoughtfortheday

Today’s Oracle

Self: Reversed Air (Thought) &Fire (Ambition)

  • Thought feeds Ambition
  • But when Reversed… Fire is either fed to the point of losing control, OR Air blows so hard that the Fire cannot be sustained

Situation: Virtue – a deductive understanding of your Ambitions

Advice: Reversed Strength

  • (The bridge between the extremes of INTENT is broken; you cannot rely on your Intentions because they are currently at odds with each other. Patience is what is required now.)

Based on the Advice for today (placed in the Unconscious Triangle), I believe that it is my Thoughts that are blowing out my Fire. I need to be aware of that and employ Patience instead of wrestling to get my opposite Intentions to Unite at this moment.