Transparent Oracle Sunday!
33, Element: Earth (North). North is the direction of Earth, and thus of the physical or physically formed or manifested world, and of nurturing, health, finances and security, and the wisdom associated with living simply, being well-grounded, and being in touch with our physical body. Earth represents stable, material, practical energies that are slow to change; its dignities are cold/binds and dry/shapes. Earth is the element of form and substance; it is connected to physical health, to material world security (and even wealth), and to our physical bodies and physical senses, and the pleasures and pains they bring. Earth represents the fertile, nurturing and serene side of Nature, and it represents the tangible end result of our labors.
13, Element: Fire (South). The element of Fire manifests as spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change; its dignities are hot/separates and dry/shapes. Fire has often been used as a representation of Spirit or the Divine, and this makes sense. Fire brings transformation, animation or life, courage, and intent. Fire has its dangers, though; it brings transformation through destruction that brings new birth.
49, Saturn (Above). The direction of Above takes us up and out of the four traditional elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth, and reminds us that we are but a small part of the Cosmos. Above also reminds us that while the Machinery of the Universe is huge, it does have an effect on each of us, and each of us is an important part of the workings of that Machinery. The planet Saturn is about structure and boundaries, and about constricting energies within a particular format, often involving time.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. Well, this one is sure pretty obvious. The Earth and Fire triangles oppose each other; the points of one are in the middle of the sides of the other. There is a precarious balance here, and the grounding energies of Earth are currently being balanced by the transformative and animating energies of Fire, but oh boy, things could change pretty quickly. These currently balanced energies filled with the potential to crash and burn are being held together by Saturn, and the concepts of keeping within a structure and a timeline, and understanding just what my boundaries are. This means not only doing what I can to keep within the boundaries, but also it means making sure those boundaries are realistic. I could waste a lot of energy attempting to meet unrealistic expectations!
I had two lovely days in Cape May. Friday, I headed down a bit early so I could spend a bit of time in my garden. I cut the grass, deadheaded my roses, tamed the wisteria, and grounded the last of my angst into the earth, as compost to encourage new growth. Our company for the weekend arrived just as I came out of the shower. We went to the front porch for appetizers and a nice glass of chilled white wine. Then came dinner, and some great conversation (as well as quite a bit of laughter!).
Saturday morning I went for fresh bread and some lovely fresh-picked salad greens. The day was perfect, blue sky, nice breeze; we ended up spending the entire afternoon sitting in the yard. A pair of catbirds were with us the entire time, and a pair of cardinals joined us briefly. Birds are feeding babies now, so they are as busy as I am!
Yoga Teacher Training Intensive number 5 today! I’m up early, getting a few things done before heading out to learn about chakras and Ayurveda (our focuses today). Have a marvelous day!