Transparent Oracle Sunday!!
58, Grail Hollows: The Spear (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. The Spear is about challenges and sacrifice, karma and focus, severe consequences and the concept of “piercing.” The Spear can be seen like a scalpel which in the hands of a skilled surgeon can cut out disease (even if leaving a scar). Redundancy is destroyed by the Spear in order to clear the land so new growth can begin.
59, Grail Hollows: The Stone (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. The Stone represents the deepest and most pure manifestation of the element of Earth, and tells us of traditions that have been around for a long time (some of them relatively unchangeable, and that can be either good or bad). The understanding of those traditions, and within that process, the determination of their validity for us personally, brings us authority. This understanding also offers us entry into the understanding of the mysteries that are the foundation of spirituality, and of life and living.
62, Dream (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. Dream is the language of the unconscious mind; our unconscious mind is constantly absorbing and interpreting information, and since Dream has no physical world limits, it can interpret that information without being bound by any limits. Thus we can see the past and the future, and talk to those who are not now (or maybe never were) of the physical world.
I stacked my cards to create my mandala. I understand completely the message of the meanings of these cards. We cannot be certain of the strength of our foundations unless they are challenged in a powerful (and sometimes overwhelming) manner. And often, once the tsunami has passed and once the storm is over, we see that what was destroyed is in the end unnecessary, and what remains is truly strong and useful. What I noticed first about the madala is that the Spear, tool of change and destruction, fits perfectly into one of the grooves of the Stone, the strong and unchanging foundation. Could this be the dynamic balance of Temperance of the Tarot Major Arcana? I am being told that in order to interpret the message of these two opposing yet interlocking cards, I must look within my own Self. It is there that the Mystery will be solved, and the unique answer valid to me will be found.
It is amazing to me how relevant this message is.
Today was YTT Intensive 8, which focused on meditation. Loved the entire day! Only two more intensives, and I will be done with training.