Thursday, October 11, 2018

regaining balance

It's a different kind of danger
And my feet are spinning around
Never knew I was a dancer
'Til Delilah showed me how

~ Delilah by Florence + the Machine
When the 8 of Water is upright it indicates a move away from some situation in life. One is usually ready to move on because the work is done, some goal has been achieved, and now it is time to search for some deeper meaning. The present position has other insights.

This might be a day of some lost meandering, vagueness, floundering. The number 8 is tied with karmic work. It is finding the stillpoint of either extreme and working from that point. The very act of walking is losing and regaining balance repeatedly yet still progressing in one's direction. From a certain age on, many humans have that act down. Barring any tragic occurrences, we manage that balancing act well into those golden years.

If no solid decision can be made today (and if there is no urgency), it may simply be a good idea to step away from the matter and regroup. Gather your emotions and settle your mind.

In the Polestar Oracle, I'm drawn to the triangular shard at the feet. (Think of the image as the human body; head, arms, feet.) If it were standing, the shard would be balancing on the apex instead of utilizing that sturdy base above it. And so again, finding some equilibrium will be the task at hand. Take one step at a time.

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Saturday, October 06, 2018

stitch

When I look out my window / Many sights to see
When I look in my window / So many different people to be

~ Season of the Witch by Donovan
The Devil requires some diligence. There's a bubbling 'neath the surface, an undefinable sense that things aren't as they seem. The Devil loves these sorts of odd places ~ anxiety, indecision, apathy. Where you're frozen in place is where The Devil laughs and delights, spurring on those feelings of dread and gloom.

However, The Devil is leaning left today and that could work in your favor. It's not quite Samhain or Halloween just yet, but the effective use of costume could work in your favor. It might be helpful to take on another persona to duck The Devil and escape your personal doom. If you are normally a quiet, unassuming person of a malleable demeanor try on the costume of someone more wild with sharply defined edges. If you're typically brash and defiant, tone it down a bit and listen. Carefully. Because The Devil works in your perceptions of The Absolutes. This absolutely has to be done this way. We absolutely need to get this in order to have that. This is the path to absolute success. Then the environment of possibilities dries up and it all gets too serious.

Well, The Devil isn't paying much attention; taking a nap, in fact. Now is the chance to act differently and change your course.

The broken crystal in the Center has my attention here today. It gives a sense of trying to go two different directions simultaneously. And that just doesn't work. The strong pull to go in different directions either breaks you apart or, more than likely, keeps you where you are ~ frozen, paralyzed, and also broken. Making a solid decision also goes along way toward keeping The Devil at bay.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

hugs

She gets down on her knees and hugs me
And she loves me like a rock

~ Loves Me Like a Rock by Paul Simon
What do you need today? Our Mother of Earth can provide. Because that's her gig. Need food? Send her the list, she'll make sure your kitchen is stocked. (Actually, you'll just go shopping, but bear with me here.) Are things looking a little run-down around the home or workplace? She'll get busy sorting things out and sprucing up ~ that includes getting rid of the garbage. Maybe you need a sympathetic ear and, well, a hug. Our Mother of Earth has that all covered too.

As a self-assured grounded person, it is her task to spread that energy to those who need it. Our Mother of Earth is the go-to in times of overwhelm and uncertainty. I mean, those things will still be there. They don't go away simply because they're being ignored. However, you might feel better able to deal with the situation when she is at your side.

In The Polestar Oracle, I'm drawn to the fork the two twigs create in the North. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind with most forks is the ubiquitous Fork In the Road. No reason to discount that first inkling. It could be you are standing in the middle of a decision. Do you go this way? Or that? Aspects associated with North are the element of Earth, winter, midnight, silence, grounding. Stand where you are for the moment, be comfortable with not knowing for now. The Earth element is not typically a hasty one. I've an idea no decision needs to be made in this moment. Waiting to see what unfolds is also what our Mother of Earth does.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

wing

I was a wing in heaven blue
~ Wing by Patti Smith
Temperance is usually associated with sobriety, that keeping together of disparate things, maintaining equilibrium. Temperance also sings of Alchemy, that bringing together of said disparate things and making something new, golden, divine. And those correspondences still apply to today's reading.

However, what I'm honing in on are the wings found in the Tarot image and in the oracle. Those maple seed wings in the North, in fact.

Sometimes, when musing on the Tarot, the prescribed meaning carries little weight ~ the imagery is everything. In today's reading, wing seems to be the thing.

So.

Let's consider: What does wing mean me? Or you? Roll the associations about in your mind and you've got an idea how the day is going to fly. For me, wings are, of course, flight. Wings can raise one up to the sun. Just not too close, Icarus. Birds are messengers of the Gods. Wings can be found on angels. And dragons. Wings can also be wrapped around a body in an embrace making a hug all the more sweet.

Let today's wings raise you out of the doldrums or simply ride the thermals if not down so low.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

churn

Six o'clock, TV hour, don't get caught in a foreign tower
Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn

~ It's the End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M.
One tries to find some sense of comfort seeing The Tower, that dreaded card, in reverse. It's upside down. Can't be that bad, right? Well, on the whole, that could be true. On the other hand, as an arcana of sudden realization, one could simply be dodging the inevitable. Change is in the air, there are shifts and stirrings. It would be best to give attention to these occurrences rather than ignore them.

The Tower, in its upright position, indicates an unexpected shift, an electric shock of realization that changes one forever. Sometimes, those realizations are rather like the V-8 commercials. You scurry off to the store to get some. Other realizations, of course, may be more serious. Then you simply have to roll with the punches, buttercup.

In reverse, perhaps one sees the danger, but hides under a blanket and ignores the situation. As Wile E Coyote knows, pulling the shade down does little to thwart disaster. Now is a good time to remember the perspective: This is a card just for today. It will be helpful to be aware of what's going on and see what can be done to remedy the situation or, at least, prepare for it. May it only be a V-8 moment.

What has my attention in The Polestar Oracle is the crystal (looking Tower-like) resting on the feather in the North. A tower resting on air doesn't have much support. That hint brings me to the ubiquitous Be Present and Stay Grounded suggestion generally posted here.

The Tower, whether upright or reversed, isn't the worst thing in the world. Ignoring danger or being reckless might be. So, take care, but don't hide from the world. It's just changing. Like it does.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

shhhh

Today I'm flying low and I'm not saying a word.
I'm letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

~ Today by Mary Oliver

Our Mother of Air is indeed flying low today. She is seeking silence and solitude. He is withdrawn and eager for some peace of mind. The world feels like a cacophony of words and thoughts and opinions ~ each one stings and bruises. With our Mother of Air leaning left, a break from the noise is necessary.

Which makes this posting rather short and sweet. There really isn’t much to say. In fact, it is better to say nothing, keep one’s peace, and move on.

The triangular shard and feather in the East have my attention today. Start over, begin again, but with lighter intentions. Let the new beginning be an inquiry, a question to settle into rather than seeking to know. Make it a point (pun intended) to move away from the distractions. Sometimes, questions require silence.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

this old house

Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong

~ A Nation's Strength by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our Father of Earth is ready to work. He is carefully assessing the situation and preparing the work space. She is totaling the estimate and gathering the tools. Because work can't be done unless certain items are in place. Even the building of a foundation needs a foundation, some good ground to stand on. Not too sandy or too wet. Bedrock is a fine thing to build on, but requires more work. All of which also requires a certain flexibility.

If one is working with an old house, one must gird loins for the inevitable surprises ~ rotting sills, electrical wires leading to nothing in particular, plumbing pipes that can be carbon dated. Our Father of Earth is just the person to hire. He is steady and reliable. She is knowledgeable and, most importantly, calm. Renovations are a daunting task.

Of course, this is all metaphorical. Translate the above into your task of choice today. Gather your necessary tools, rally your good senses, and, above all else, keep calm.

The fruitfulness in the East has my attention today. Along with the berries is an amethyst cluster. These items here speak of coming to fullness with a calm center. A bit of an oxymoron to have an ending in a beginning. However, knowing there is a reward to be reaped keeps an eye on the prize, keeps one's head in the work rather than living in dreams (another thing the East is known for). A methodical approach to finishing a task is needed here.

So.

Do your Work today. Plan accordingly, but be flexible. The rewards are yours, but they will benefit everyone ~ keep that in mind.

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