Looking at this Cernunnos-like figure sitting at the center of this card I was struck by two things: I need to reconnect to my spiritual traditions and I need to not get held back by being outside the protective circle of the stones. I need to reconnect with my roots and foundation while at the same time reaching for the stars or thinking outside the box. In other words the way to maintain my sanity right now is to find my own path and not be held back by expectations or “supposed to”.
This is an important message for me because I have a tendency to try to do things “the right way” and then castigating myself if I fail. Dealing with this type of situation is entirely new to me. I’ve never had children and never been in the role of primary caregiver for someone who was entirely dependent upon me. I must say I don’t like it much. However I am also determined to do the best I can for both my in-laws. To some extent that requires me to forge my own path.
I have a quirk in my nature that doesn’t allow me to follow paths created by others. I may enjoy exploring their route and learning about how they chose the path and what they learned. However at the end of the day if I haven’t forged my own way through the wilderness I don’t value the lessons. I need to viscerally experience the process to gain the most benefit. This even applied in school – if I did not hand write notes in class I found it much harder to remember the lessons. Simply studying the texts or other’s notes was not as helpful as the simple act of writing. It’s as though the physical act transferred the information to my brain cells and made them more available to access later.
One way I have decided to both go back to classic traditions and forge my own path is the concept of French Chic. I think some Americans (especially women) tend to idealize the French and the stylishness and chicness of French women. I am in no way impugning either of these traits, however I think they need to be taken in context. French women are who and what they are because they are in France. An entire culture is woven around them to support their lifestyle. America is different. We can certainly incorporate certain elements of French (or actually I suspect European in general) lifestyles but in some cases it’s just not practical.
For me, the key element of French chicness and style is to simplify; take the time to fully appreciate every experience and enjoy every moment in your life. Instead of complaining about the routine, day-to-day drudge work that often seems to fill our days, see them as the foundation for a wonderful life. Understand that without those daily chores and tasks, our lives would become a chaotic mess. This is where I need to focus my energies.
Right now I feel as though my current situation is sucking the life out of me; killing my soul. If I start to focus on these daily chores as essential to maintain the foundation of my life perhaps I won’t feel such resentment. At the same time I need to embrace the idea that taking care of myself is just as essential as these daily tasks. It’s not frivolous or shallow or pointless. It’s beneficial and helps me maintain my equilibrium – quite a worthy endeavor in itself.