Transparent Oracle Sunday!
18, Guide: Horse (South). South is the direction of the midday sun and the peak of power and illumination; this direction is associated with passionate drive and creativity. Horse is basically about going somewhere; after all, humans use Horse as a means for transportation. Because the ability to get to where you need to be and thus, transform yourself is perceived as having authority, this card also represents sovereignty, the kind of sovereignty the stallion has over his herd. This leadership is maintained by courage, strength, and skills learned through a lifetime.
2, Weather: Wind (East). East is the direction of the rising sun, and thus of new beginnings and fresh ideas, as well as knowledge, intellectual ideas and thoughts. Wind brings chaos and unpredictability; a stiff breeze can disrupt order, or it can clear away the cobwebs of stagnation. What we need to remember is that we can’t control the effects of the Wind, only deal with them. Sometimes we are rewarded for bravely accepting the effects of Wind, by receiving inspiration.
17, Guide: Stag (South). The element of Fire manifests as spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change; its dignities are hot/separates and dry/shapes. Stag is an impressive Guide at any time of the year, but during the Summer, when he is at his peak, he is the epitome of pride and leadership and competition. Stag is an archetype for the Sacred Masculine, and of the God in my spiritual tradition. Stag tells of magnificent demonstrations of prowess, and of regenerative properties and the cycles of life.
I stacked my cards and created my mandala. Stag and Horse fit together so that the two of them combined seem to be filling the entire circle. The hooves of Horse, his method of travel, are interspaced with the horns of Stag, his method of exhibiting his prowess. While the image itself does not imply motion (despite the Wind and the leaves being blown around the image), it certainly implies power. Stag seems to be emanating from the center as he looks confidently at me, while Horse is circling in the background; is the Wind from their motion?
I spent much of this weekend sweating and toiling in my beloved garden. I loved every minute of it! Nice dinner in the yard, and we are heading out to hear a neighbor sing jazz standards. Heaven!