Transparent Oracle Sunday!
63, Touch (and Taste) (Within). Within is the direction of the Self, and thus the cards associated with this direction deal with the ways our Self connects to the world and perceives the world, and the Self. This direction is mostly abstract, and yet is our bridge to the Universe around us. Our senses connect us to the physical world, and the sense of Touch is the most solid and least deceptive sense; touch is the method we use to find our way around and to dispel illusion. Taste is a part of Touch, for it is by bringing things into contact with our tongues that we Taste them. Contact is the key here, and connection; they can be pleasant or violent.
52, Guide: Ancestors/Dark Goddess (Below). The direction of Below is not easily associated with spirituality, yet it is a powerful symbol representing the opportunity to create a strong foundation, and to connect to the tools and powers of the Underworld. This card is about the ancestors who came before us, but it is also about the Goddess of the Underworld, and to some, it is about Hecate, the Triple Goddess of the Crossroads. This card can be about death, but it can also be about renewal. Our personal history, where we’ve gone and what we’ve learned, helps us to make choices in the future. This card is telling me these things are important.
11, Gateway: Summer (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. This Gateway is about warmth and bounty, abundance and blessing, passion and wealth. Summer is a time of physical world manifestation and abundance, and it is also a time to bring magickal awarenesses into the open. After all, with an abundance of manifestation into the physical world, this would be an easy time to sense non-physical world abundances as they often happen around physical manifestations.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. This one is pretty interesting. The first two cards seem to be connected by the hands of Touch, even though the Ancestors/Dark Goddess faces are overlaying the faces of Touch, creating a sort of double blindness (because our sense of touch does not rely on sight). Summer is bracketing these other two cards, but not in a comfortable way. The symbol of Summer is shaped like a square, while the other two symbols are triangular. Is Summer acting as a gateway? Is the light of the sun illuminating the path I need to take? Or are the brilliance and warmth distracting me from the less noticeable yet equally important messages of the Dark Goddess and my own Ancestors?