Sunday, November 25, 2018

learning

Let me keep my mind on what matters,
Which is my work,
Which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.

~ The Messenger by Mary Oliver
The Hierophant spends her time steeped in tradition, the inner workings of culture, the places of learning. She is often misunderstood as a being of hierarchy, dispensing knowledge and knowing to those worthy of receiving it. Sometimes, it makes sense to get your knowing in digestible portions. Can you imagine getting the Knowing of All in one go? A bit much to swallow. Instead of focusing on The Hieorphant's lofty position, step up and recognize her in another way ~ as one's inner guidance or teacher. I've an idea all humans possess such a being within themselves. Attention and a desire to understand one's self are the only requirements.

So. Stand still a moment. And listen.

In The Polestar Oracle, the little green leaves in the East have my attention today. Think of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Remember the simple energies of trees, that they are sleeping, but still speak of winter dreams. The lessons are many as there is more than one leaf. They don't all need to be integrated at once, but taken in over time. Which requires you spend time, listening and learning.

The Everyday Tarot
The Polestar Oracle

Friday, November 16, 2018

break

And every shipwrecked soul knows what it is
To live without intimacy

~ Every Breaking Wave by U2
The 2 of Air is trying desperately to detach, step back, think. The number 2 doesn't create very good boundaries because it's one or the other. On rare occasions, both. In our four-dimensional space, 2's tend to fall flat in the area of protective space. The only safety is to sit with What Is and let a solution present itself. This means finding time and space to be alone ~ not so much to think, but ponder. Or not think at all. Instead, take this time to feel into the empty spaces letting them be an internal oracle.

The malachite egg and green plant in the North has my attention in the Polestar Oracle. North holds the element of Earth, that place of grounding, crystals, material manifestation. Malachite is a green, heart-centered stone giving courage and breaking through those barriers that keep one from feeling or expressing emotions. The tiny seedling plant might be an indication to let those roots find purchase in a rocky situation. Sit with it. Let there be a lesson learned rather than escaped. The 2 of Air doesn't dodge bullets.

The Everyday Tarot
The Polestar Oracle

Friday, November 02, 2018

look up

Don't make a shadow you yourself
Always shutting out the light
Caught in your own creation

~ Third Eye by Florence + The Machine
Today's right leaning Temperance is out of balance yet seeking desperately to be in balance. This sort of striving puts one off-kilter and scrambling for an integrated state yields no relief.

Temperance works best in clear-minded sobriety, not the mania of manipulation, of making things work when they won't. As the pure alchemist she is, if a thing ain't working, Temperance lifts her wings and moves on to find the right elements which will work. In The Everyday Tarot, the Temperance angel is covering all the sectioned images. She holds all the elements involved; Air, Fire, Water, Earth. She has eyes in her wings and so has more sight than most. But Temperance here today needs to remember to look up. She's become too mired in the work of Her Work, forgetting that connection, integration, is part of The Work. Temperance knows what integration looks like, but isn't embodying it very well today.

And that, my friends, is the business of integration. Embodying all your many elements and facets, being who you are and doing your work, without struggle and contortion.

With the green leaf in the East on The Polestar Oracle, I'm thinking it might be a good day for a fresh start. Set aside the manic desire for balance, find the elements of the environment you're in, and work with what's available (but not too hard). The funny thing about striving for balance is how the striving won't get you there. The moment you stop trying so hard is when the state of equanimity finds you.

The Everyday Tarot
The Polestar Oracle