It's very much my belief that each of us has something unique and truly beautiful inside.
Something no one else quite has or can ever be. And that we are all created just as we are, perfectly so, because the world needs the unique gifts of each of us to be the best it can be.
With all that on my mind, this month I thought I would ask:
How can we best let out that unique beauty inside each of us out and share it with the world?
I used my "the World Spirit Tarot" for you here, by Lauren O'Leary. It just made sense here as the spirits of all of us that have so much to give and add to the universe are scattered all over the world.
So here is what the cards had to say here on that question:
Card 1: 5 of Wands (reversed)
This is a Wands card so it's about the act of creating things. What can we create if we share that side of us with the world and how to best create it. Mostly the latter here. And it's a reversed 5, which adds something in that I find interesting here.
A reversed 5 for me is all about feeling tempted to do something that is not in our best interests. And, as you can see, even the image itself shows a struggle. This card is saying that it is not always easy to be an individual, to embrace what is unique to you (uniquely you), to take a different path than others when that is where you feel your natural inclinations go.
The start is to accept that people don't always embrace what is outside of what they consider the norm, at first. To bare your chest and show and be proud of your uniqueness may lead to some degree of struggle. It may feel at odds with the way you were brought up or taught to be. Or others may try to oppose you in some way, out of a fear of change, Seeing something different can make them think of change and that worries some people. This card is not saying that being your true self in the world in a kind caring way has anything to do with doing something you shouldn't. But just that at times, others may try to make you feel as though it were.
But in the end, the bare feet in the image say it's really about "feeling" your way on your path. And you'll know when something feels right if you pay attention. It takes some a lot of thought, and a focus on the warmth behind you that you can share with others, not on what you cannot know yet in the future. And focusing on what feels right from sense of warmth and connection should lead to the best outcomes for all concerned.
Card 2: 5 of Cups (reversed)
This is a Cups card, about your feelings. And yep, it's a second reversed 5. And again this says that some people may try to make you think that there is something wrong with feeling a desire to allow what is truly unique in you to shine though fully. Or to follow your inner feelings instead of just doing as everyone else does.
The woman's hand in this image, hiding her face, is saying that some people feel that we should try to hide what is unique or different about us, or worse to be ashamed of it. Not to talk about it or show it. Some of us may even believe to greater or lesser degrees that that is the best way to be, and that everyone should try to be the same. Which to me begs the questions that if we were all meant to be the same, why aren't we? And is different necessarily wrong? And is it better to feel you have to hide part of who you are or to feel pride in all that you and be unashamed to admit it?
And despite all this the cards shows a lone wolf in the corner standing tall, proudly being himself, in touch with his true nature and who he really is, looking out at all the beauty that is nature before him, and of his own true nature.
The woman in this image wears blue, which is a colour of communication. That is a sign that if you are unsure what you feel about this topic, it could be helpful to talk to others about it hear their views. You may hear all kinds of viewpoints. You can even feel free to discuss it here if you like. :-)
Card 3: 9 of Pentacles (reversed)
This is a Pentacles so it's about your goals and the best way to work on them. Your goals related related to who you want to be in this world, and how much of the uniqueness and beauty you want to share with the world and how to best do so.
It's the 9 of Pentacles, and the 9's are about stopping and taking some alone time to think things out. Time to be alone to meditate, think, contemplate, and figure things out on an individual basis. This card is saying that while getting opinions from others can be useful, when all is said and done it's a very personal decision that only you can make by going inside and getting in contact with what you are truly feeling about it all. There is no logical answer that applies to everyone, you can only feel it inside, As the woman is shown "inside' her house, looking out at the outside world.
It's about what you personally see when you look out at the outside world and what you want the world to see of you. And as you can see by the smile on the woman's face, ultimately what will bring you the most inner happiness.
The big rose to the right of the image represents love, love of life, universal love. And the butterfly above it represents change for the better, growth and evolution. These as the things that we need to stop and think about when before deciding what we want to share with the world of the real us.
Card 4: flipped The Hierophant (reversed)
This is the most important card in the reading. It is a flipped card, a Major Arcana card AND a revered card. It doesn't get more important than that. :-)
This card being a flipped card, card that flipped out of the deck during shuffling, means that there is something in the meaning of the card that bears stopping to think about. Something complex that may require some though to fully see the message.
It is also a Major Arcana card and the Majors talk about important life lessons our lives are working to teach us through what we are sent to experience related to the question of the reading. This says that your life is working to teach you an important life lesson related to the vision of yourself that you choose to share with and show to the world.
And a reversal on a Majors card for me strengthens the meaning, so we are talking about a very very important lesson here.
The meaning of the Hierophant is, for me, about your upbringing, what is expected of you, the norms of society, what you were taught growing up by your parents who learn it from theirs who leant it from theirs...All that you were taught about life as opposed to what you learnt on your own through personal experience.
The card can sometimes be suggesting that you should in fact follow all that you were told and taught all your life and that that is the right path. OR, it can be suggesting that you break with the norm completely and forget your own new path.
And that is pretty much the question of the reading. Naturally if you want to let out what is unique and beautiful (and uniquely beautiful) inside you to share it with the world, that is going to involve some degree of forging a new path.
For one thing, if you haven't been doing so so far, that will mean changing paths. And many times breaking with the norm. This is not to say you should or shouldn't. Tarot is not a tool to tell you what you should or shouldn't do, just a tool to clarify issues. It's an individual decision that takes thought, as shown in the last card.
But what I see in the image is that the decision has something to do with if you want to bow down to what others have told you you should be. Or if you want to reach up and point to who you really are. And light a path for others to follow, enlighten people with your gifts (shown in the torch the man holds).