Transparent Oracle Sunday!
5, Landscape: Mountains (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. Mountains tells us that our goals are in sight, but there will still need to be strength, skill and perseverance before accessing that goal. Mountains also allow us to rise up above the chaos, confusion and noise of our mundane world in order to experience peace and solitude. This card tells me that I’ve got a good strong foundation in place, and now it is time to look forward and up.
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.
64, Hearing (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. Hearing is about perceiving without using our ability to visualize, in order to understand; it is about an inward flow of knowledge, wisdom, information or energy. Hearing can be accomplished with our physical ears, with our other physical senses, and also with our minds and our ability to be aware. In order to Hear, we must open ourselves to being able to listen, maybe even to listen to things we don’t want to hear.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. These cards are about foundations, but they are also about perception. After all, a mountain can pierce through a low-lying cloud cover, just as The Spear can pierce through a boundary. Hearing is a way of perceiving as well, not just literal hearing, but also “hearing” as in “understanding.” In any event, to effectively hear we must also listen. The Spear moves horizontally across the Mountains, creating a sort of horizon. One lobe of Mountain is above that horizon, but two lobes are below that horizon, reminding me that often what we see is only the “tip of the iceburg,” and there is a lot happening that can’t be seen. Like Mountain, one face on the Hearing card is above the horizon created by The Spear “listening” along the horizontal direction created by The Spear, but two others are below, and they are listening both above the horizon and below the horizon. That Spear is certainly asking me to focus, in ways that are not usual and customary for me. I need to perceive the obvious, but I also need to remember that often, the hidden message is not in plain sight, and that message might be much more massive than what I am seeing on the surface.
After a night out with the girls last night, I felt kind of sluggish today. The day was nice and slow, but thanks to my Yoga buddy, Bree, I actually got out and walked for about two hours under the beautiful Fall sky this afternoon. I feel better for it. Now for dinner with the hubs!