Looking at the reversed figure of Nut on the 4 of Air I get the sense of being consumed; entering through the red circle she holds in her hands and emerging through the one at her loins. It’s almost as though she is diving towards me, ready to subsume me whether I’m ready for it or not. She does not seem fearsome, her blue, star-filled body and calm expression preclude that. However she does seem determined, almost like a mother who is determined to give you medicine whether you like it or not. She knows what is best.
How tempting that seems – to rest myself in the body of the night sky and allow her to heal and succor my spirit. Just writing that makes me tear up. It’s seems as though it’s been so long since I’ve had a true rest; a healing, soul-restoring rest. My life is filled with cat naps and exhausted sleep. I awake feeling as tired as I was when I fell asleep. In many respects caring for my in-laws is similar to having toddlers – you have to sleep with one ear open because you just don’t know when one might awake and what they might decide to do. Even when I’m not sleeping at their house I find it difficult to relax and fall into a restorative sleep.
This card reminds me to the ancient healing temples that used sleep and dreams as part of the treatment. It’s a reminder that sleep is necessary to maintain physical, mental and spiritual health. I’ve read several books on dreaming and one of the concepts that grabbed me is that when humans do not have enough deep sleep, dream sleep, they suffer mental breakdowns and other health issues. I think Nut is reminding me that I must make time to drop my defenses and responsibilities and get that deep, dream sleep. The repercussions of not doing this may be more devastating than I realize.
The 3 of Earth shows the Norns sitting at the roots of the world tree, Yggdrassil, weaving fates. One of the things that has always appealed to me about the Norse concept of fate (or at least my limited understanding of it) is that rather than Past, Present and Future it is viewed as “That Which Was”, “That Which Is” and “That Which is Becoming”. On the surface they are the same but in practice the Norse saw time as circular. Actions today can not only change “that will is becoming” but can also changed “that which was”. Certain aspects of our wyrd were predetermined but others could be changed by our current actions. That seems more hopeful to me than a predetermined fate which cannot be changed or modified.
On a personal level, The Norns remind me that I do have the ability to change my future. I’m not the plaything of an indifferent Universe but a full participant in my own life. That is something I occasionally forget. Perhaps the lack of true rest is also distracting me from focusing on creating the destiny I desire. It’s time to carve out some time and space for myself and focus my energies on manifesting the future I deserve.