Thoughts on healing

IMG_20190311_074608_570.jpgHealing is a path. It’s many paths on a lifelong journey. Sometimes we can see the path clearly and Forge ahead. Sometimes we choose to take a different path for a while. Sometimes the path is rambling with a beautiful view. Other times it’s intense, mud slogging, grueling. Do you know what path you’re on now? Spring’s coming signals a ripe opportunity to reconnect with your path. Spring’s promise is a time to make conscious choices about that path.

Why the Two of Wands here? This card asks us to take stock and notice scope. Where can we go? Where do we want to go? Can we align those through planning? We are about to take first steps and we must have a plan. We can detract from our plan, but we must have one to get us started and for focusing energy, time, and resources. My plan includes lots of good therapy, the Wild Soul Tarot school, chosen family and friends.

Card study: Knight of Pentacles

IMG_20190215_091810_301Kim Krans reframes the court cards as a family, which is an interesting take.  If you struggle with the court cards, take a look at elements like body language, facial expressions, an actions. Noticed how the Son of Pentacles has a serious expression on his face. His head is down, a bit like nose-to-the-grindstone. He’s clearly focused on a detail in front of him. Which is excellent for when you’re trying to accomplish a goal. But don’t forget to look up and see the bigger picture. Often this card is telling you that you need to take a wider view. If you’re having trouble focusing, then this card is a message to limit distraction.

The important element for me here is that blazing sun above him. That’s the success, that’s the goal. Keep that bright goal in mind as you move forward. And if you’re feeling bored or uninspired, try to find that ray of sunshine on your journey. Know you might have to look hard to find it.

He is a good one to see when money or leadership/career are in question. FOCUS, FOCUS, and be frugal, he says. Do not count chickens before they hatch. Do not take anything for granted. Hone in on details, keep the big picture in mind, and be prepared for a long haul.

Card study: Temperance

IMG_20190212_175825_516I love The Wild Unknown versions of so many cards because the artist manages to bring out so many of the subtleties of the cards. Thris deck can be a challenge to tarot newbies for sure. When I started reading again, it took me a long time to vibe with this deck. Once I let go of reading tarot with my brain and allowed my intuition to take over, I got the hang of this deck. It’s my go-to deck for myself and for others to whom I feel spiritually close. I occassionally will use it for a client read if that is the “hit” I get. But I only use it for clients with whom I have an existing relationship. This is an intimate deck for me that speaks to issues of the soul.

Temperance involves taking existing elements and combining them to create something new in the hopes of achieving balance. Remember that salient point, existing elements, when using this card. Also remember that this card, in addition to being one that tells us that balance is important in our life, also reminds us that creativity is needed. The act of creating is usually a means to realignment. Like the Page of Cups, this is a card for artists. It is a card that reminds us that we need our watery emotions and our fiery passion and physical self to create and to find balance.

Try to dig deeper when this card pops up. My thoughts on the majors is that they reflect to us what we already know on a gut or heart level, but do not allow to fully articulate in our minds. So the majors can sometimes feel nebulous. This card does speak to a need for balance, but a DEEPER balance. The soul’s purpose right now is not aligned. The soul is off-course. This is not a time for the soul to start something totally new. It is a time for us to see what we have around us that we can already use to get back on track. Think more Marie Kondo teaching people to take what already exists in their lives and find joy, purpose, and structure in that as opposed to Queer Eye giving a COMPLETE makeover.

Card Study: Six of Cups

IMG_20190127_172539_876.jpgSome depictions of the six of cups invite us to consider our childhood or look at our past through the lenses of nostalgia or innocence. The Six of Cups can sometimes represent the idea that we are looking at the past through rose-colored glasses. But I especially like this representation of the Six of Cups. It invites one to go deeper and consider how our Roots impact us. What threads from our past and our ancestors’ paths root us now? This can be rooting that is grounded. But it could also be rooting that keeps us from growing. It is probably a mixture of both. Consider the rainbow of colors that make up the roots in this image. They invite us to consider the complexity of what makes us who we are.

Card study: evergreen trees

Screen Shot 2018-08-22 at 3.31.33 PMThe Wild Unknown one of my favorite decks because it is ripe with Pacific Northwest imagery. I love the use of an evergreen tree to symbolize the emperor. Evergreens symbolize virtue and longevity. They are tenacious in establishing their roots and will grow tall, towering over other trees in the forest. They also represents the New Year, interestingly. The emperor often symbolizes the opportunity to build something new and strong.