Last week, I took time off to rest, to recuperate after being sick, and to create a sort of sacred retreat for myself. Each day, I pulled a tarot card or two, for intuitive guidance.
It was very illuminating, and I wanted to share some of the cards I pulled in this post, as well as the conclusion I came to, after I thought I was finished with this post...
Lead with a bold, kind heart. Gentle healing builds resilience. Power sweetened is strength unmatched. Courage dwells in the soft spirit. Meet adversity with inner fire. You have the power to persevere.
Adelita of Air
Shout, sing and scream. Declare your truth loudly and without fear. The Adelita of Air is a champion of truth.
Hmm. For half a week, I have been immersed in exploring parallel lives and dimensional wholeness. I read the book, Pull Yourself Together, by Rebecca Whitecotton.
I think that card might be referring to sharing my thoughts about alternate realities, and my interest in the possibility of offering self-love & healing for all the selves you have ever been. But also, it is probably about being me more, in all the ways.
I have been told that my voice is powerful, soothing and healing, and maybe this is reminding me that it is my responsibility to use it as a messenger.
Three of Fire
Delight in your own unique expression. Creative inspiration will last longer than one season. Allow your ideas to find wildly original expressions. Remain enthusiastically committed to your goals.
I think this might be guidance for the work I do. It's hard to stand out and not look like the others.
But even more importantly, I think it's about not letting my own enthusiasm wane. Though I am multi-passionate, I think there are times that I give up on my ideas too soon.
It's like I abandon myself because of fear and self-doubt, and this reading encourages me not to do that anymore.
Eight of Water
After taking the weekend off, but actually, doing at least a few things that weren't exactly retreat-like, I was thinking of the next day as a day when I might go back to tackling my to-do list. And then, I got this card...
Seek the depths of rest. "Sleep is the best meditation." - The Dalai Lama. Relax, recover, recuperate. You may be overextended and weary. Do you need to step away from commitments?
So there it was again, the message to make time to retreat. But this one adds that I should allow myself to recuperate, and that is interesting, because I have been sick. I started this challenge with a plague (I exaggerate) and was planning to just keep right on going.
Which means that in addition to creating a feeling of sanctuary, this retreat is really about resting and recuperating.
And so it continued...
So, the first thing to know about Monday is that I cheated, and spent about 45 minutes doing WORK in the middle of my retreat day.
But it felt inspired! I was meditating and suddenly, I got this sort of download of an idea for a video for one of my groups, and I wanted to capture it before I forgot.
If I had stopped there, it would only be a 6-minute cheat. But then, I uploaded it to the group and the website, and created a graphic and before you know it, 45 minutes was gone. Ah, well.
But I also fell down the well with this book I was reading. I was learning a lot and one chapter became three.
So by the time I got to the Moon, I didn't really care what it had to say, LOL. I had run our of fuel.
But my takeaway from the card is to spend time being open to intuitive guidance because "intuitive awakening awaits."
It also encourages me to embrace vibrational medicine - which may be a clue about the new spin on an ancient calling or remedy message that I keep getting.
And it reminds me to connect with the moon, which I have gotten away from doing.
Six of Fire
I actually remembered in the morning that I wanted to pull a card, and wondered if doing so would give me a message that would inform the way I spent my day.
Call the circle. Make some magic. Raise a little power for healing & transformation. Your ability to bring people together creates magic.
This card's message also mentions celebrating myself and my friends, and using creativity to do things with my own personal flair. It encourages me both to "dance to my own beat" and to be in harmony with others.
Using sacred time to magnify joy and accepting my role as a leader of my own community were also part of the message.
Rather than being about how to spend my day, it seems to be more general guidance about my work, and possibly about something I am planning for January.
But it may also affect one of my plans for today - I am writing this part of the post on Tuesday.
I feel guided to start writing the revisions on my book today, and it may be guidance meant for that, too.
I may pause for a few minutes to think about that before I start writing. And maybe see if I can step into the card in a meditative moment.
After the reading last Tuesday, I started to forget to do them. So altogether, I only had 6 days of tarot wisdom, but I intended at least a week of readings.
On Thursday, I did do one for 11/11 as part of an online manifesting ritual, but I just did not feel like posting those cards, several of which I have pulled and written about before.
There was one that stand out because it said, "she makes lots of remedies," so I am happy to share that piece since I am remembering it now.
So we move on to today's reading, on Monday, the 15th...
The High Priestess
Follow the fragrance of mystery.
The card also suggested that I could increase my access to intuitive guidance through dreams and visions.
In thinking about what this might mean in the contest of my own life, I am thinking about creating aromatic blends, using essential oils, and priestessing, possibly using healing or shamanic journeys.
I used to love to create essential oil blends.
And I have started to meditate more, so I would love to have some intuitive insight on the whole ancient part of these readings.
Do let me know if any of you reading this see a big picture I might be missing!
Meanwhile, I believe that that retreat and rest time was good for me, and I think I need to change the way I spend my time even more than I have done, so that I get even more rest, and stillness.
I have mixed feelings about being back, and about finishing the challenge, even though I have written all of the remaining posts ahead of time.
When The High Priestess shows up in a reading she may be asking you to recall ancient wisdom to help you on your present journey. You may need to take a break from the madness of everyday life, be calm and meditate. You are wise, but at this time you may need to pay attention to your inner world more than your external world. - Suzanne R. Banks
As I was saying, I feel like I need more retreat time, but have not figured out how to do that and this challenge, and finish the book, and so on. So if you don't see me for a while, again, that will be why.
I've Got Questions
(1) Do you ever do intuitive readings?
(2) Have you ever had an insight or revelation come to you in a dream or a vision?
(3) Do you ever sense that there is more to know about your own calling or life purpose?
See you next time!
P.S. Re-read the High Priestess part of this reading if you need context. That's the card I pulled today, and I wasn't completely sure what the Herbcrafters interpretation meant for me, personally. So I added to this post, finished it & scheduled the posting.
Then, hours later, I came across a quiz (again, I got High Priestess as a result), an information about a 3000-year-old - ancient? - secret mystery school for scent priestesses.
I Googled scent priestess, found a training/school and it said this in its description...
Immerse yourself into the ancient rites and mysteries of anointing. ... learning the art of anointing using high frequency oils combined with sound and gem stones. In Gate One you will learn the art of anointing using specific oils on the body for consecration, deep emotional release, and transformation. -Scent Priestess Training, EmeraldTemple.com
And then, there's this. I signed up here...
So I am thinking the "fresh look at an ancient calling" messages I keep getting, along with hints that remind me of essential oils, must be connected, and I just may have landed on it, with the idea of a modern scent priestess.
I'm a certified spiritual aromatherapist, but have been ignoring that, for years now. I don't even have any essential oils, right now, so that will need to change. Might add some to my wish list for Christmas.
And this is going on my Christmas wish list, too...
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