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!
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. 🙂
Made something new last night ☺️🦋 The Crossroads has been an important symbol for me lately.
I also created this lovely little art piece…
You can get some cool swag with this artwork on it, if you like! ☺️
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.
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.
Adaptation and growth are all around me now. I must look inward and trust my subconscious, don’t look to the past for answers, and remain in the present.
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
When the #king of #swords appears, it is a sign of #ambition #ruling over #thought. Your #fire blazes and is fed by the #Air of your #mind. But be careful not to let your fire consume all the air around you or your ambition will starve itself…
#tarot #courtcards #thoughtfortheday
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.
Lately I’ve been really into playing regular old Solitaire on my phone to take a mental break here and there throughout the day. I started thinking about why I love it so much, especially lately as I’ve been practicing my own Mindful Acceptance.
Some valuable lessons solitaire can teach us include:
- There’s only so much you can control
- A large part of solitaire is dependent on Chance, the “luck of the draw”
- Another part is based on the constant decisions a player makes
- The player’s decision, of course, directly affects the game, but only in varying degrees at different times, combined with what cards they currently have available to them
- If they don’t take any “do-overs” the player must live with each choice they’ve made and continue forward to make the best of what they have now, even if it’s not exactly the result they wanted
- The player can constantly learn and improve by experimenting and making different choices in the future
- Sometimes the player must observe the playing field carefully to see if they’ve missed anything that might help them
- If the player’s not careful, they might miss a great opportunity to further the game
- The player can’t assume they already know how things will turn out, nor can they simply give up when all seems lost
- In short, they must accept the hand they’ve been dealt and navigate decisions to work best with whatever they have in front of them.
What other lessons do you take from everyday experiences around you?