Friday, July 25, 2014

August 2014 Friendship Reading

Today I used the Thoth Tarot for you, of course by Aleister Crowley, and Frieda Harris. Very famous and effective deck. :-)

I did use reversals in your reading. This time round I used upright cards to reflect what is going on inside yourself and reversed cards to represent external influences.

I asked for you this time what to pay attention to this month of August 2014, that would help you make the most of it and be the best you can be.

And here is what this deck said:

Card 1: The Sun

The Sun is a Major Arcana card and that tells you that there is something quite important that can be learnt this month by paying attention to what is talked about in this card. There is an important lesson for you there.

The message of The Sun card is related to all the good positive things we think about when we think about the actual sun. Warmth, joy, that feeling that all is right with the world, health, light, enlightenment, seeing things more clearly (in the light of day)...

So the basic message for you here, from this card, is that if you look for these things and pay attention to them this month, will teach you some important and enriching life lessons.

The image shows what looks to me like a seashell. That makes me think of holding that shell up to your ear to "hear the ocean", the ocean representing the rhythms and movements of life, and of your life.

This is the month to put  your focus on all that is represented by The Sun card. All that warmth, joy and enlightenment. But just as we need to put our ear on the right part of the seashell to hear anything,  we are talking here about listening in to all this this month, but in a specific way.

This was an upright card here, saying that the place to look for these is inside yourself. That is the lesson. The answers are there inside you, it's just a matter of finding them and bringing them out.

It's about really connecting to your inner warmth and caring there inside you. Allow yourself to feel it as fully as you can and to shine it out into the world.

As you can see, the two beings are "inside" the shell. With their arms reaching out and upwards. It's about reaching out to others with the inner warmth and your unique inner vision that is inside you. The wings suggest that you should feel free to do so this month and that it will help uplift you and help you fly higher.

Reach out from what is inside you in warm ways to others, spread your beautiful inner light this month as much as you can. Touch people when you can. And see how those actions radiate out into the world and affect the future you attract towards yourself. There is something important you can learn this month by doing all this. It will help connect you more to the wisdom of life, which is right there behind you, and lead to more things to celebrate.

Card 2: 9 of Disks

This is a card from the suit of Disks, which for me is about our goals and the necessary work needed to achieve them. And it is the 9, about taking a time out to really think things out before moving forward.

As you can see, the keyword printed on this card is "Gain". So the question here for you is really about what you hope to gain vs what you are likely to gain on the path you have chosen.

This card is saying that this month of August would be a good time to stop and think all this over. What are your goals that you hope to achieve from where you are in your life? What is the way you have been thinking and feeling and acting actually likely to lead to? Is this in line with what you actually do want to accomplish?

Have you set out a plan to achieve your goals? How is it working and why? Is there an easier or more efficient path to get to the same place? What has been working for you and what hasn't and why?...

The Thoth is telling you here that now is a good time for you to stop, take a deep breath and look around before moving forward again. To stop and take a time out from working on your goals and think it all over before starting up again. See what you can tweak and adjust and do better. Or if you find that your goals  and what feels important to you may have changed since you started, if you take a good look...then to adjust accordingly.

The image here says to look also at how one goal may interact with and affect another.  That is something to take into consideration when planning the best way to proceed. And how the goals you have and how you react to them affect others around you. Also how other people's help can pay off in making things easier for you

This card asks you to think about the energy your are putting out as you work on your goals. Do you feel all alone in working on what you hope to achieve, or do you feel and know your life is working with you (and that others around you are willing to help if you ask).

Are you sending out positive love-based energy and acceptance. Or stress-based energy. These can also affect the outcome, So if the latter, try to make things less stressful on yourself. Cut the goal into smaller more achievable bites, expect ups and downs (we all have them after all). Those kinds of things can help.

Card 3: Knight of Swords (reversed)

This is an interesting card here. It's from the suit of Swords, about out thoughts and the way we tend to think. It's also the Knight. And Knights for me are all about empathy, about true feelings of oneness and connection. And being able to clearly feel what it would be like to be the other person in the situation and feeling for them.

What makes this card interesting here is that it's a reversed card. And that makes it not about you, but about the other people in your life all around you. How well do you think THEY understand you and feel for you and feel that connection and oneness with you? How often do you think they stop and think about what it would be like to be where you are now and feel a true understanding and oneness with you because of it.

This card is asking you this month to stop and think about this.  About how often people try to really connect with you and understand. How often you think this is happen and to think about if sometimes it may be happening more than you know.

The image shows the knight just plowing ahead, barely seeing clearly even where he is going (you can't see his eyes at all here). He is just plowing ahead out of habit and as sense of obligation without even stopping to see if the rules of the game may have changed and he may be heading completely in the wrong direction to get to the best place in his future.

Look at all the armour he is wearing here, and you can see the message of this card. You are being asked this month to stop and look if there is something from your past that made you feel you NEED to keep you shields and walls up and wear armour to protect your inner self. And is all that preventing you from seeing real cases where people want to and do feel empathy and caring and oneness with you. And is all that pushing people away at times? And if so is that the best path to get to future you want to? Or does that path just lead to a downhill struggle. If so, you always have the ability to change turn around and change directions on any path you are on. :-)

Card 4: 2 of Cups

And yes, this is the 2 of Cups, the love card of the deck. :-)  Cups are about  our feelings and the 2s are the interaction between two people. So it's really all about love between yourself and others. It can be about the love you feel for specific other people in your life, Or about a general feeling of love for all humankind. This is an upright card so we are feeling about your feelings of love, the love that YOU feel for others.

And this card is telling you here that paying attention to your feelings of love this month will help you to make the most of this month of August and to be the best that you can be.

As you can see in the image, the two beings (the fish) are identical. They are really mirror images of each other. The message from that is to see the other people that way. This month, look for and focus on the similarities between yourself and the other people you love. Look at how you are the same, not at how you differ.

Even, and especially, when it looks like you are facing (coming from) different directions. This card says that the loving (and best) thing you can do is to focus on your similarities and not on your differences. See yourselves both as human beings both with the same need to feel accepted and needed and safe, Not as two people who can't see eye to eye. If you can focus on the similarities you can turn things around so that you can see eye to eye again.

This is also the most loving way to treat strangers, to look for how you are the same and not how you are different. As humans we have a lot of similarities. We are all part or what it means to be human.

Card 5: flipped Aeon (reversed)

This last card of the reading was a flipped card ( card that flew out of the deck during shuffling). Flipped cards are important. A flipped card means that the message of the card contains something a bit deep in it that you will likely understand more clearly and deeply if you stop and think over the message.

This is also a Major Arcana card, so it is talking about a very important life lesson for you. As this card is both a flipped card AND a Major Arcana card, it is really the most important and powerful card in this reading.

And the message of Aeon is all about renewal and rebirth. And also about stepping back so you can see the big picture. This card is asking you to stop and look back over your life. At the things that have become habit for you. We all seem to have things we do and ways we react as if on automatic pilot.

This is the card that says that looking back on all that, on what has been working well so far and on what that you may be holding you back.

The image asks you to think about the times you bent over backwards for someone. How did that work out? It may be that it worked out with some people and not with others. And that is something that would be good to know.

And the last piece of advice here is to think about who and what you were as a child. Did you lose or give up something in growing up that was an essential part of yourself. Did you let go of something or things that brought you joy because you were told you had too. Or maybe become more rigid than you used to be?

 Maybe now is the time to think about that and to reconnect to something you lost that used to bring you joy. It's never too late to got back and pick up something we let go of, or to rebuild something similar. 

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