Today while sharing a cuppa tea with my #ancestors. I asked for some advice & guidance. This was their reply:
I heard “You’re wasting time, hoping for the perfect opportunity. Stop futzing around and move forward. Trust that the direction in which you’re moving is the way you’re meant to go. You’ve done a lot of hard work; sown a lot of seeds; honed your skills. Now it’s time to real the benefits and embrace your achievements.”
What is becoming unsustainable or unbearable in your life? What is your next step?
Wow! Clearly, something in my life needs shaking up. I think The Hanged Man is pointing out that I’ve done enough hanging around, stuck in stasis. It’s time to see things from a different perspective; turn things on their heads.
The next step is accepting that it’s okay to be dissatisfied with how things are; to want to find the emotional fulfillment and healing I need. Acknowledging that sense of ennui and emotional stagnation is an important start.
TarotHunter’s Salt Rounds:
- You believe you’re a champion but if you have to turn yourself upside down and inside out to do it, are you truly winning?
- You’re pursuing victory using the same stale tactics. Stop resisting change and try exploring new perspectives. It might improve your chances and revitalize your mojo.
- You’ve stripped yourself to the bone and given all you have in pursuit of your goal. When was the last time you stopped to truly enjoy what you’ve gained?
TarotHunter’s Silver Bullets:
- Dipping your toe into new waters can change your perspective on the possibilities and potential around you.
- Caution before plunging ahead into something completely different and unexpected is usually a good idea. However, don’t let caution turn into paralysis.
- Blending the old and the new, necessity and passion, can provide a more holistic and balanced approach to life. Achieving this balancing requires turning your preconceived notions on their head and seeing things from a different angle.
Tarot Hunter’s Salt Rounds:
- You think you’re dancing to your own tune but in reality you’re not seeing things clearly. The cycle has shifted but you haven’t adjusted yet.
- Life is always in a state of flux and change but if we don’t adapt to the changes we risk trapping ourselves in outmoded patterns.
- As the song says “What goes up must cone down.”. Try to accept the changes rather than getting hung up on what was or what you think things should be.
For two days in a row I drew The Mirror card (The Hanged Man in traditional decks) from the Wildwood Tarot in my daily reading. The image shows a mermaid seeming to hold the moon in her hand while the other clutches a mirror to her breast. Her eyes are closed and she can see neither but she seems aware of both on a deep, unconscious level.
Looking at this image I consider what it might be trying to tell me. Considering the questions I asked both day, the key element is one of changing perception, altering mindsets, looking at things from a different angle. I also get a sense of trusting your heart, your instincts, your unconscious. She speaks to me of looking at yourself and changing how you view the reflection. This became especially appropriate when I had a profound epiphany today (I do love profound epiphanies). While looking in the mirror the thought flashed across my brain that I looked beautiful. Not pretty, not nice but beautiful. I have recently gotten a haircut and was wearing a new shirt but that wasn’t why I felt this way. It was because I was in a wonderful mood. I felt fabulous inside and it was visible outside. I finally realized the meaning of the expression “true beauty comes from within”.
The truth is that my physical being changed little. I’m still overweight, fairly worn-out and wore no makeup. I know I’m attractive enough but that’s never been a major priority in my life – call me ugly I’ll shrug it off; call me stupid and them’s fighting words. Seeing myself in a different light today, truly believing I am beautiful, was powerful. How many of us go through life believing we’ll only be beautiful and acceptable if we meet some arbitrary norm. If we lose weight or dye our hair or fix our nose or get that new outfit. It doesn’t matter what the variable is, the commonality is that we believe some external factor is what will make us beautiful. In truth we already possess that quality if we can see it and believe in it. Of course the irony is that it takes maturity and wisdom to actually accept and embrace this fact. The expression “youth is wasted on the young” was coined for a reason.
That brief look in the mirror has convinced me that my attitude and mindset dramatically changes how I see myself and how I present myself to others. If I stop staring in the mirror looking for flaws and instead let myself be bathed in the radiant light of the moon, I’ll find it easier to let my inner beauty shine through. Maybe we should all stop focusing on our flaws and instead change our perspective and celebrate our gifts, embrace our inner loveliness. We all have the potential to be radiantly beautiful if we believe in ourselves. I’m going to start off taking one step at a time, day by day.
Blue Rose Tarot
Created by Paula Gibby
Published by Soul Guidance
The Book says: But the Hanged Man teaches us that this is precisely what is necessary in order to continue upon the last half of the Great Journey, where the stages become so delicate and subtle that it takes an embracing of all possibilities simply to perceive and attempt to navigate through them.
But to step out of the paradigm that today’s world wraps around us…well, it is easier said than done. A world in which the spiritual and magical hums softly, so softly just below the surface of our consciousness. And it is indeed a difficult song to hear through the stifling atmosphere of our own personal paradigms.
We humans do hate to relinquish all our “pet” beliefs, prejudices and opinions. When we are in the middle of a paradigm, it is hard to perceive or imagine any other. But that is precisely what must happen.
TarotBroad’s Buzz: The man in black seems to be saying “follow me and I’ll lead to you to a place you never knew existed”. All you have to do is change how you look at your world. It suggests that there is another world that exists beneath or next to our own, a world we are not usually able to see.
I find it interesting that the adult is showing the children the path to new perceptions. It has been my experience that children usually lead us to new perspectives and to question our long held beliefs. I also like the suggestion that there are layers to our reality, realities within realities, like those Russian dolls which have successively smaller dolls within the larger one. This Hanged Man is like a Monty Python skit which pokes fun at commonly held beliefs and causes us to stop and reconsider our perspective. It is that wonderful book that uses fiction as a way to shine light on something and forces us to look at it anew.
I also think the children in the card symbolize how our perspectives and attitudes change as we mature. As children we believed the Moon followed us home and watched over us but as adults we realize that is an illusion. However how many of us still cling to that belief in our heart. The Hanged Man shows us that we sometimes need to expand our boundaries and explore new perspectives. We may need to sacrifice the comfort of long-held beliefs and not allow complacency or laziness to keep us in a rut.
Created by by Arnell Ando
Published by US Games ISBN:1572815396
The Book says: Reflection, meditation, a time for deep contemplation. Feeling the need to sacrifice oneself for a worthy cause, or for others. Spiritual awareness obtained by letting go of outdated patterns and beliefs. The ability to perceive things from opposing viewpoints. In it’s reversed this card can warn of a tendency towards co-dependency, self-denial, playing the victim or passive/aggressive power games for persona gain.
TarotBroad’s Buzz: I found this card intriguing. The message I immediately got from it is changing your perspective – one religion’s martyr is another’s demon. Reflection forces us to pause and thing about the polarity and divisiveness we live with daily. It also asks us to stop for a moment and think before we act. It calls on us to look at things from someone else’s perspective, to transform our view of the current situation. As we see when learning history, perspective alters whether an even is “good” or “bad”. Columbus’ “discovery” of America was good to Columbus but bad for the native population. Politicians who reinforce and support our beliefs are seen as good while those espousing different viewpoints can be seen as bad. But the reality is that both may have good and bad points.
Reflection is about those shades of gray with which I personally have so many problems. I hate having to make exceptions and go beyond very simplistic views of “right” and “wrong”. Reflection shows that life is never that simple. Good and evil, right and wrong, sinner and saint are relative terms and can vary according to where you stand and what you believe. So Reflections reminds us all that sometimes we need to turn our beliefs on upside down and see if they’re still useful and healthy. And it’s also a reminder not to rush forward but to stop a minute and reflect on our beliefs, our actions and our lives.
Mansions of the Moon Tarot
The Paper says: The crucifixion of Jesus Christ & the burning of an accused Witch. Horrible and inhuman torture in the name of religion.
TarotBroad’s Buzz: To me this card contrasts the difference between a willing sacrifice and an unwilling one. Christ has always been portrayed as a willing sacrifice who allows himself to die on the cross in order to save humanity’s souls. He might have dreaded the upcoming pain and death but he ultimately gave himself over to the inevitable; to his mission in life. Compare this to the terror the victim at the stake must have felt – fury, mind-numbing horror and ultimately a sense of betrayal and futility. And the Earth is home to both types of sacrifice every day.
The key to this card is to remind us how easy it can be to fall into the trap of creating unwilling sacrifices and how difficult it can be to stand up for our beliefs, even at the risk of losing our lives. It makes me think of the question would I be willing to sacrifice myself for the greater good? This is not an easy concept to grasp or to resolve. And does our sacrifice actually make a difference? If one believes in an afterlife then even death is just a transformative process. As Imhotep says in The Mummy “death is only the beginning”.