Friday, July 25, 2014

Asking about Life

I think that we all get busy in our lives and sometimes don't get to take enough me time. Or have to focus on one thing that needs to get done ASAP.  I thought I would ask the cards this month about that.

Related to this topic,. I thought I would ask for us :What do we need to remember to do to keep things in balance in our lives? I thought the answer would give us something useful to keep in mind at those times. 

I used the Voyager Tarot here, by James Wanless. It's a deck with a unique kind if imagery, but one that I find reads very well for me (I am already on my second edition of the deck).

Here is what the Voyager Tarot had to say in answer to the question I asked:
 (Something worth noting here is that 4 of the 5 cards that came up here were from the Major Arcana. That says right there that keeping things in balance in our lives is very important)

Card 1:Woman of Cups

I JUST LOVE the answer given by this card. Looks like a great card to start off this reading with to me. :-)

The Woman (or Queen in other decks) or Cups to me is about opening sharing your feelings. And so the first part of your answer says that holding in feelings that need expressing is not going to help you achieve of maintain that feeling of balance in your life.

But this card is suggesting doing so in a specific way. The  keyword on this card is "Rejoicer". And it is a card full of joyful images and beauty. While letting out angry feelings loudly may well be sharing feelings, it is not the kind we are talking about here, not the kind of communication that will help keep things in balance in your life.

As you can see from the image, we're talking about beautiful cleansing conversations that come from the heart, And not just conversations, a good hug or a gentle touch are also ways of communicating feelings. Or a loving look. These all connect us to others. So really we are talking here about connection, that feeling of being cared about and connection that we all need.

So part of the answer here is to make sure you make time for that when you get busy, schedule that into the plan, to take time outs to stop and put it down and rejoice in what you do have and to share caring feelings with others. And to really connect. 

Card 2: Chariot

I've always loved The Chariot. Some don't like to see it come up, but to me it's a very positive card. It talks about some form of difficulty BUT it says that it can and will be resolved if you keep at it. The Chariot says that if you don't give up and keep working at things you WILL succeed, and in a huge way. Big victory, and think how proud you will be when you do. It's the card that says that your persistence will pay off.
What this card is saying here in relation to the question asked is that when things are busy and you have deadlines: envision success and expect/believe/know that if you keep at it you can and will succeed. .Know you are on the path there. You may need to take a short rest of two,. You may have to take a little detour on the road you're on. But know that in the end if you keep at it you will succeed. 

And let the light of that knowledge shine from you and lighten the load, let your spirit fly and free your mind to be more and more creative. And to think in new ways that it can only do when freed. 
Card 3: Balance (reversed)

This card coming up here just made me laugh. I asked about keeping things in balance in our lives, and up pops the Balance card. LOL.  I love when those things happen, just a little proof that the cards are listening! (even though of course they always do).
This card does have an important message. It is once again a Major Arcana card AND it was a reversed card. The way I used reversals here a flipped card on a Major strengthens it's meanings and makes it more important. 

Since it's a bit obvious to say that the best thing to do to keep a sense of balance in our life is to maintain thing in balance, the answer is more to be found in the card image here.
And the first part of the answer I see in the image is the diamond. It says that one thing you have to remember to do to keep your life in balance is to truly value balance. To see it as something truly precious and valuable to you. Something that you need to keep as a constant in your life (diamonds are forever, after all).
The more you value it, the less likely you are to let go of it, or to not take the steps you need to to maintain it. Logical enough. If you just see it as something not worth focusing on and that you can put aside when too busy and not think about, that attitude will lead you to do just that.

Next the ballerina (representing you), is talking about not over-extending your reach. We can't already reach as high if you are overtired or exhausted from the dance of trying to achieve what you are working on. The bird doing a nose dive on the other side of the sword, says that's just is not good for you inside. It can make you your goals feel "fragile"
The middle path, the path of balance as it is shown in the image is shown by the face in the middle coming out of a shell with a castle on top. All this says is that no matter what we are doing, it's still important to still take time to think thoughts that make us feel comfortable and at home. And to make some time to engage in activities that make us feel that way. These will relax us and let our natural wisdom float naturally out of us. And help us more easily glide towards solutions.  

Cards 4 and 5: flipped Moon (reversed) and Star (reversed)
The last two cards here are also important ones to this reading. They are both flipped cards, meaning that they have a deep meaning, that might be better understood after thinking it over a bit. And they are both Majors and reversed Majors at that. Which gives their meaning a strength and importance.
The pair also form a card duo, meaning they came out of the deck together. That says that their meanings are very closely interconnected.

The first card, Moon, says that part of keeping things in balance is related to maintaining your sense of awe in the magic and beauty of life. It about keeping your ability to see the miracles of life all around you alive and well. So often, maybe too often things get too busy and fast-paced for us to make the time to slow down enough to look around and see and really notice the unusual, the inspiring, the creativity around us...This is not a path to keeping things in balance. 
I believe what is being said here is that making that time to see all this will have two different, but both very worthwhile, effects:
  1. to see the beauty and magic and miracle so life opens us up to think more creatively. To experimenting with new things.  And that is good for achieving our goals.
  2. to see all this gives us more confidence to try new things and believe they can work.

The second card here, The Star, is about having hope and faith in life. That trust that things will always work out for the best in the end. And when this card come it, it says that they will. This card is closely related to the Moon card, because seeing the magic and wonder of life can lead you to have that faith that things will work out in that kind of work. And the reverse is true as well. If you have that faith in life and belief that things will always work out in the end, that belief frees you to let go and see the more of the wonders of life all around you.
All this has a lot to do with keeping things in balance in your life. 

The image itself is really about finding and holding onto what brings you personally inner peace in your life. Knowing what feels "beautiful" to you in and about your life and making time to connect regularly to that. 

About what makes you feel that fireworks feeling....the one where you're there and expecting something beautiful to come and watching for it. And the not knowing what form it will take. And then there it is and it's uniquely beautiful. And just makes you want to oooh and aaaaw,  and you do inside.
Whatever does that for you, a child's laughter, a baby's smile, beautiful music or artwork, caring friends, the touch of a loved one, the beauty and magic of nature. Whatever connects you to that and inspires trust and faith in life, those are the things in life to check in on regularly, and especially to make even a little time for when we feel extra busy. 

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