It began with a daily exercise through Nicole Cody’s site Cauldrons and Cupcakes (https://cauldronsandcupcakes.com/). I needed to use oracle cards and had never heard of these before. It may be useful to know at this point that the mainstream faith culture I am grown from treats such things as taboo and dangerous so ordering my first pack felt like a sneaky adolescent rebellion, a cigarette at the back of the playing fields. I chose a pack of Doreen Virtue’s angel cards, Mary Queen of Angels as the images were familiar and I could relate to the themes.
Since then I have acquired other oracle decks and have begun exploring tarot too. I’ve found Little Red Tarot (http://littleredtarot.com/) helpful at presenting a fresh approach and thoughtful insights to this process and have registered for Beth’s excellent eight lesson course to help me to take the next steps.
As part of this learning it’s good to draw cards daily and reflect on them, write about them, share them. Ta da! Here are yesterday and today’s cards.
This card, from the Natures’ Whispers oracle deck by Angela Hartfield shows a tiny person resting peacefully. They are both supported and surrounded by the leaf which is carrying them down a gentle stream. The candles suggest guardian lights illuminating the journey even though she sleeps and the rainbow swirls in the water remind me of pleasant dreams. The card reminds me of the need to rest, to take a break, to spend time recuperating. This is apt at present as I’m still getting over a bout of labyrinthitis and it is just after the end of a busy term. I put the card on the mantel shelf to remind me.
Today I was using the Angel Tarot deck from Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine (http://www.angeltherapy.com/oracle-cards). I didn’t shuffle the cards today (I find it difficult to shuffle them like playing cards as they are large and of a good thick card). Instead I swirled them around on the table top (as suggested in The Alternative Tarot course – http://tarotcourse.littleredtarot.com/). This was really good fun. I then sat quietly with my eyes closed and asked my question which, most days is along the lines of “What do I need to know today?”. Then I take a card. This is still new to me and I always wonder what will arrive.
And it was this. Which made me smile and also made me think I really should be listening to this message! The unicorn is resting while the others watch over her, she is surrounded by peaceful, golden light. The forest is calm and the leaf shown at the bottom of the card reminded me of the leaf holding the little sleeper (above).
It can be very difficult to make the time for rest and refreshment. Even our leisure activities in busy lives can become another set of goals and achievements. My practice is now to take a few minutes each evening to stand barefoot in the garden and reconnect to the earth. And breathe.