I am calling this reading A Healing Combination because with both Temperance and Justice coming up, I feel that this reading is trying to communicate what changes are needed for healing, in the grand scheme of things in the world, at this time. There is a vibe of balancing or weighing opposites and discerning what actions to take when all is considered (Justice) and felt (Temperance). I will come back to these elements in a moment, but first let’s look at the Queen of Swords.
Personally, I can relate to this Queen as she sits there quietly holding her arm out in a welcoming gesture and holding her sword up high, letting you know that she is all about what’s true and right and about being clear-headed. And I feel she is mirroring the Justice card in meaning, and quite literally, since she’s facing it. Why is she looking over at Justice? Maybe she is telling us that we are off kilter right now? Pointing out that something needs to bring us back into balance? And with all that sword energy, it seems to say: use your clear thinking and logical mind and for God’s sake, look at the facts and the truth in order to figure this out.
Together the Queen of Swords and the Justice card are asking us to look with a clear head at what’s around, what’s going on and determine what is the best course of action to take, with the highest good of all in mind. Juxtaposing these two cards with Temperance, also makes me feel as if there is a karmic vibe to this message. The Queen of Swords stands for truth, clarity and fairness on the earthly realm; Justice for the same ideals, as well as balance on the bigger cosmic plane. And then we also have Temperance, another major arcana card which is also “weighing in”, no pun intended. According to Paul Quinn, in his book Tarot for Life, Temperance represents Iris, a winged messenger of the gods in the time of Zeus, who created the rainbow in order to permit Iris to descend to earth and bring messages to humanity. Iris became known as the goddess of the rainbow and represented a bridge between Heaven and Earth. So the angel of Temperance is helping us to bridge Heaven and Earth and is doing so as an alchemist. She assists each of us to “dilute denser energies” so as to help us continue on our path of self-mastery and self-actualization (represented by the road leading towards the mountains and the gold crown).
As an alchemist, Temperance is about synthesizing, mixing and blending two or more things to create something entirely new; something better than the sum of its parts. Maybe the angel is telling us the solution is to be found in something we haven’t tried yet. That we need to blend some things in order to find the solution. I do feel a ying and yang vibe too – which to me speaks also of the divine feminine/divine masculine balance, which I think is so necessary if we are to move forward in our evolution. The angel’s red wings really jumped out at me as if to say, now is the time to trust in the unseen, that which is not readily discernable with our senses but certainly is with our imagination. Angelic forces are really here to assist us, so maybe we should believe in them and invite them in to help us bring about the new. Partnering with angelic forces so we can evolve into our higher selves would definitely be a healing combination. 🙂
Ten of Pentacles: by taking care of our physical needs – the whole human family (the world tapestry), as well as all sentient beings, grounding ourselves and staying connected to each other as best as we can.
Knight of Pentacles: this is going to take a while; know that it’s a marathon, not a sprint; we may not see the future clearly; we are on a “bridge”, have patience, trust and surrender; take one day at a time.
The Sun: remain optimistic, pray for and focus on a good outcome for all, don’t watch too much news; plant some seeds that can grow during this time (real or metaphorical); use this time to do something you’ve always wanted to do: use this time as an opportunity.
Hawk: sees every little detail as well as the big picture (sometimes we have to zoom out – how is this situation possibly bringing future change?) Hawk is also a messenger from the divine: we are not alone, the divine is here among us; what nudges are you getting? Tap into your intuition. Call on your spirit team for help in whatever way you need it!
Sending you bright wishes for a happy day, Cora
This post is about navigating what I’m calling “the bridge” on the path of life. The metaphorical bridge is where we are when we feel like we’re not sure where we’re heading. Or, we know where we would like to be heading, but we don’t know how to get there. It could feel like we’re stuck, or we’re in some kind of limbo la-la-land which never seems to go anywhere.
These times could also be when we feel that something is missing in our lives, but we can’t quite pin it down. Or it’s a time where we are looking after someone else, whether it be children, our elderly parents, a friend going through cancer treatment etc., or when we ourselves are not well.
We might ask ourselves, “why is this happening?” and it may feel like it’s all too much and it’s never going to end. We may feel, among other emotions, exhausted, overwhelmed, depressed, uninspired, restless, angry, bored.
During these times, I think it is helpful to envision ourselves walking on a bridge, one that we can’t see where it goes or where it ends. We can’t go back, so we just keep going.
It’s during these times that we need to develop patience by telling ourselves that it’s ok that we don’t know yet. We have to get comfortable with being on standby. Which leads me to the second thing that’s important during these times. The grandma of them all – surrender. Years ago, I had no idea what that really meant. Weren’t we supposed to keep fighting the good fight? It turns out surrender does not mean throwing in the towel and walking away, or giving up. It happens when you admit to yourself and to God or the Universe that you’ve given it your all and you don’t know what else to do; you give it all (the situation, whatever is causing you distress), over to the divine intelligence that created you and all things, to manage. You agree to allow Life to handle it for you AND you stand by for guidance. “Show me the way,” is a good mantra for these times.
It can be pretty surreal and amazing to see what happens once you’ve surrendered. Things do start to happen, not the least of which is feeling more peaceful. People may go and then maybe come back, a new may job appear, and your life may even get really shaken up. In tarot, the Tower card represents a time in which sudden change occurs. It shows a large building with fire coming out of it and people being thrown from it. Sometimes it shows a tower being struck by lightening. It represents those times when what currently exists gets shaken up or toppled over so that something new and better can replace it.
I’m here to tell you from personal experience, that these times, when we’re walking across the bridge, end up being some of the most defining times in our lives. It is during these times that we are being asked to learn something; what we signed up for Earth school to learn. It’s during these times, that we can do some solid personal development or spiritual work. And when it feels like it’s taking forever to get “somewhere”, maybe it’s because we are exactly where we need to be; exactly where all the learning is going to happen.
I wanted to also say that it is very important to have solid personal care practices during these times. Making sure to take care of our physical bodies with good food and maybe even supplements. Doing some physical activities you enjoy, or something simple like getting out for a daily walk. Spending time in nature is a balm at any time but especially during these times. Taking some time for solitude or developing a morning or evening ritual such as prayer, meditation, pulling an oracle or tarot card for inspiration and clarification, for example. Engaging in an activity that brings you pleasure often, such as a hobby or creative practice is also very nourishing. And reaching out to others, whether it be a friend or family member, pastor or therapist, when you need to talk and process your thoughts and feelings is invaluable. You don’t need to do it alone.
In closing, I hope this has helped you if you are going through a time of uncertainty or change. And I hope that it may help you to see your situation in a different light. That it has a purpose; that ultimately it is for good.
Lastly, I don’t in any way mean to imply that if you’re in a situation where your mental or physical well-being is being threatened, that you should stay in that situation. I would urge you to leave the situation and seek help in your community!
Wishing you all peace and happiness, Cora
I feel that, together, these cards are encouraging us to diligently and with intention, work at our “craft”, (that thing that makes us feel joyful when we’re doing it) and often comes about when we are being creative or feeling inspired in some way. And all of this is leading us to creating a (new) happy world; yours, mine and ours! 🙂
What kind of “work” or activity is calling you? What you have to give is needed!
“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
It’s March 21, 2020 today. In case you’re reading this months or years into the future, I’ll just say that the world is going through some troubled times right now. These are the days where we are well into the Covid19 pandemic. We are experiencing social distancing and isolating ourselves within our homes, people are home from work, restaurants and all non-essential businesses are closed and some people are in self-quarantine after returning from international travel. Having set the stage, I now give you my interpretation of these cards that landed in my lap this morning.
Since Rachel Pollack’s 78 Degrees of Wisdom was within arms’ reach, I decided to consult her descriptions first. She actually talks about these three cards together on page 133. Here are some thoughts, based on this text:
The Hermit is about two things: having a guide/teacher to help with your spiritual growth and personal development (or being that teacher for others) and about retreating from the world/going inward to shine a light on unconscious patterns, ultimately seeking wisdom.
The Sun is all about joy, happiness and being free of all illusions and fear (where the truth has emerged), looking at the world in a whole new light – everything is united (we are ultimately all One).
The Magician is about having all the tools to take action, being aware of your own power to create your world into being (materialize something from “nothing”). The Magician is also a channel, allowing “something” to flow through him and materialize in the world. See how he stands with one arm pointed to the heavens and the other pointed down towards the Earth?
Ms. Pollack says that when the Hermit and the Magician join forces, they create super consciousness.
Does anyone else get the feeling that this is telling us that we’ve gone through unconscious times full of fear and illusion as to what this whole thing called “life on Earth” really is, and now, amidst this crisis, that the clear light of the Sun is shining down on the Truth, the eternal truth, in order that we all wake up and use our collective wisdom and empowerment to create something new in the world?! Like maybe a kinder, more compassionate, more sustainable way of living?
The Octopus also came in to remind us about having healthy boundaries and the 6 of Cups kept falling out of the deck as I was shuffling… representing innocence, nostalgia and seeing life with a fresh set of eyes.
I’d love hear what you think, in the comments, if you have anything to add about the interpretation of these cards!
For those of you reading this in real time, stay safe, be well. ❤
Just popping in today to let you all know that I’m pursuing a passion of mine by opening an Etsy shop as a Tarot and Oracle card reader.
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If you’re a human plagued by your inner Judge or any of the 9 saboteurs including Pleaser, Controller, Hyper Achiever, Victim, Avoider, please do yourself a favour and watch Shirzad Chamine’s Tedx video and check out his website http://www.positiveintelligence.com
I’ve been reading and listening to Dr. Joe Dispenza (author of Becoming Supernatural, Evolve Your Brain, You are the Placebo and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, among others). A comment he made has stayed with me: that often people who attend his workshops initially have a hard time opening their hearts and really feeling gratitude (because it’s not something they are used to doing).
Being someone who often feels and expresses gratitude for all that life has given to me, I found that statement to be, well, quite surprising and sad.
I also know from experience and from what I’ve learned from spiritual teachers, that gratitude is one of the highest vibrations that we can manifest, and, from which we can manifest what we want to bring about in our lives.
So, I’m showing up here today to urge you to look into this thing called “gratitude” and see how you can bring it into your daily life, if you haven’t already: it really is a life-changer!
And, to help you with that, here is a meditation I just discovered, which can help you tap into the feeling of gratitude. It is from the YouTube channel called PowerThoughts Meditation Club:
Happy Sunday wherever you are in the world!
Look at what appeared in my Muskoka room just now:
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