Transparent Oracle Sunday!
42, Guide: Angel (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. Angel is the Guide for the Celestial Realm, and you could say that Angel is one of the messengers who bridges the gap between us and the vast expanses of the Universe. When Angel appears in a spread, some event or effect may have more significance than I think, and I had better pay attention.
29, Guide: Turtle (West). West is the direction of Water, and thus, of feelings and emotions, relationships of all kinds, cleansing and healing, the wisdom associated with natural endings, and the bubbling up of pure joy. Water is Turtle’s environment, but not only Water, for like Otter, many Turtles are at home on Earth (and in fact, Turtles lay their eggs on Earth). Turtle offers us an opportunity to learn about protection; not the kind of protection that shuts out the world but rather, the kind of protection that allows us to dive deep and explore the unknown without fear. Turtle is also slow and steady, is patient, and endures; Turtle has a long lifespan, and has existed relatively unchanged since ancient times. Turtle’s shell shows us how to exist in spite of the churning eddies of life, without being affected by them. After all, she is able to safely travel between the worlds because she is well-protected.
19, Guide: Bee (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. Bee is about teamwork and harmony and a sense of community, and about service to that community. The service is performed for the greater good, and without an expectation of acknowledgment. Bee is not about the individual’s needs, but rather it is about the needs of the hive, and often the individual is sacrificed in order to allow the hive to continue.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. The Turtles each cover the faces of the Angels, and the Bees each connect the wings of the Angels. The center of the mandala is the pentagram in a circle of its own, surrounded by alternating Turtles and Bees, each facing outward as if on guard duty, with the Angels hidden, supporting but not being seen. The energies of these cards do support each other; Turtle is about enduring and remaining true to myself over the long term, despite the churning eddies of life, and Bee is about the needs of the hive, which are often maintained by personal sacrifice. Angel is telling me that today, these concepts are quite significant for me, and they could be bringing about a huge change of some kind.
Awesome weekend. Started both mornings off with a walk on Sunset Beach, then time in the garden, then off to the beach with company. Two awesome dinners, now quiet time. Pretty much unplugged most of the weekend, and I am better for it.
My next Wild Unknown Tarot is a lovely one: The Lovers. This card shows two Canadian geese flying wing-to-wing, with a blue sky and lovely rays coming from a point of infinity. The image exudes love and supportive connections and blessings being showered upon those who love and have loving and supportive connections. Geese mate for life; I’ve heard stories of pairs of geese getting separated and the efforts they put forth to find each other. Geese support each other when raising a family, and they look out for the entire group. Every time I pass a large group of geese on a lawn somewhere, there are always one or two members of the group who are watching and guarding as the rest eat. This card is about love and caring, and about choosing to nurture and value that love and caring.