Saturday, March 29, 2014

Asking about Life

This month I pulled out my Margarete Petersen Tarot for you.  I felt a longing to use it. It's just been a while and the imagery of the deck is so wonderfully intuitive.

I thought this month that I would ask about daydreaming. it's something we all do, but probably don't think much about it. I thought I would ask a bit about it month and what kinds of purposes it can serve.  Here goes: :-)

Question 1:  What can daydreaming be when used in most uplifting way? 

Card 1: The Crone

This card is from the Major Arcana. And that means that it is talking about a very important life lesson, one that we can really learn something from.

The Crone card is unique to this deck.  In the Tarots I know of and have, Card 9 of the Majors tends is usually called The Hermit. So this is something unique here. And it really is a beautiful cards with a beautiful meaning.

The Crone is about what we can learn from our life experiences. listening to our inner voice and the voices of our heart and soul, This card says that daydreaming, at its best, can connect us to something greater and more meaningful that the mundane everyday parts of life.

It can connect us to something deeper and teach us things we might not ever learn in any other way. And that is a pretty good place to start.

The card image is saying to me that daydreaming can show us the light and how to head towards in when things feel dark around us. It can be uplifting. It can shine the light on things and help us see and understand more clearly.

There is something creative to it and it can connect us to our creative side from deep inside us. And that helps in problem solving.  At it's best, it can strength us and help us to not give up until we succeed,

Card 2: Son of Coins (reversed)

Here is another aspect of what daydreaming can be, at its best.  And this card is a Coins card about your goals and how to best work towards there. It's a reversed "Son" which in this deck is related to having hope and faith in life, optimism, expecting things to work out for the best,  and seeing the magic in life.

This card is saying that at its best daydreaming can be a help to us in goal setting and in accomplishing our goals. Positive feelings, such as faith in life and optimism, naturally make it easier to work on and stick to your goals. If we expect the best outcomes, we may even set higher goals than we might otherwise have dared and achieve them.

Daydreaming in a positive way can help us see the best in ourselves, expect the best from the situation ...and all that helps avoid things like procrastination and other things that could otherwise waylay our efforts.

The image says that it also keeps us focused in the right direction no matter what, and that does pay off in the end, It gets us on the proper flow to achieve our goals more easily. And even to see and understand the reality of the situations we are in more clearly and accurately. And that helps us grow in positive ways.

Question 2: What is daydreaming when used in the least effective way?

Card 1: The Fool (reversed)

The answer from this card is pretty much the opposite of that of the last card. Not totally unexpected as the question is the opposite side of the coin from the one above.

But this card is an important one. It's a reversed Major Arcana card. And that says that it is has a very very important lesson to teach.

Basically it is saying that when used in the least effective way, daydreaming can rob you of your faith in life and lead you to expect negative outcomes from your life.  And that just turns things upside down.

 It can make you feel all at sea, alone and isolated. Even trapped sometimes. Even if these are not reality, daydreaming in negative ways can lead to these feelings. It can make you see obstacles around you, when in reality none exist. Danger when there is none there in reality. It can make you turn your back on warm experiences trying to reach you. At times, it can keep you so lost in thought that you don't see or notice the warmth all around you.

Card 2: 10 of Feathers

The suit of Feathers in this deck is about your thoughts and the WAY you think. Daydreaming is of course about just that. The 10's are about the most of the suit that it is humanly possible to have. So really the 10 of Feathers, for me, is about obsessive thinking. Thinking about something ALL the time and having a hard time focusing on anything else.

This, this reading is saying, is an ineffective way of daydreaming. If is not a real way to solve problems although sometimes it might seem to be. This image says to me that this tends to happen when you are already seeing the situation in a dark or negative way. Which says that there has already been some ineffective use of daydreaming to get to this point.

It just distorts your vision so you don't see as clearly and makes things feel stormy that are nowhere near as bad as they may seem. And it makes it hard to see the love-based and positive sides of the situation (every situation has them) that might be the key to actually solving the issue.

Question 3:  What advice do you have on how to make the best out of our daydreaming time?

Card 1: The Chariotess (reversed)

This card is another reversed Major Arcana card. So again,the cards are saying there is  a very very important lesson here.

And the main lesson is to remember that no matter how things seem, nothing is ever all black or white. There are good sides to everything and to every single issue. Nothing is ever hopeless and it is not at all a bad thing to expect something good to come from every situation in some form or other. In fact, it can be a good and useful thing and tends to be.

The lesson here is that if you use daydreaming in a way that helps you remember and believe in that, it will lead you to a better place than seeing only the harder side of things. That if you use your thoughts and daydreams in a way that encourages you not to give up and to believe that if you don't you will succeed, well....logically think how much more likely you are to succeed, than if you use your daydreaming time expecting to fail and telling yourself you may as well give up now. It makes sense as to which of these paths is most likely to lead to more success in your life.

The image shows a white cat and a black one. And that is really the point of the message of this card here. Do you use your daydreams and imagination to prove to yourself that you are good and lovable and worthy of all the best life has to offer so of course it will come. Or do you use your daydreams to tell yourself you are eternally unlucky (represented by the black cat).

The point of this card is to tell you that you CAN and WILL succeed in the vast vast vast majority of things. if you have faith and don't give up.

That being so, and if expecting the best is most likely to lead to achieving it, then which path would feel happiest to you, To imagine the worst or to imagine good things to come?

Card 2: flipped Mother of Feathers (reversed)  


This last card here is also from the suit of Feathers, about your thoughts and way of thinking when you daydream. It's a reversed Mother, which here in this deck is about fate, destiny and sometimes all that is meant to happen.

It the end it comes down to faith.  And to how YOU SEE and believe that it works in your life,  Here it's about  destiny in the sense of if you tell yourself that things are destined to work out well or badly for you. Naturally each will lead to very different kinds of daydreams. Of course what we believe to be true is not always. A belief is nothing more than something we have told ourselves often enough that we have come to believe it.

This card is talking about where your daydreams come from. It says it might be helpful to stop and look at that. To see if the way you are daydreaming is your best interest. If it is coming from a place of pain. If it your eyes truly are open to seeing each situation as a unique one with no real connection to the past. if you are seeing clearly or if you vision is clouded by certain thoughts, and if there are some distortions in the way you see the situation. If you can truly see the calm center under the situation and the loving spiritual aspect above it. If you can always see the blue sky behind any clouds and maybe even more importantly to trust it is there even when you can't see it.

Those are some things that came up from the card image as things to think about if you want to daydream at your best. :-)

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