Transparent Oracle! Because I had company, I am a few days late, but you know what they say: better late than never.
32, Weather: Snow (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. Snow has a magickal effect on the landscape and our surroundings; when snow falls, it covers everything and hides details as well as mutes sounds. The mantle of white is made of countless tiny, unique crystals, and like a blanket, the covering of snow insulates and protects.
16, Guide: Snake (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. Snake has powerful symbolism in our world; it is seen to represent many medical/healing modalities, and the Kundalini energy. Snake corresponds with the dragon, and is seen as a mundane representation of that mythical beast. Because Snake can shed its skin and appear renewed, it is associated with healing, fertility, regeneration and rebirth. Snake can access places that would be out of reach for most of us, and so Snake can share both knowledge and wisdom. However, the knowledge and wisdom owned and shared by Snake is neutral, and we need to be careful what we choose to do with what we learn. Eve learned that lesson in the Garden of Eden.
17, Guide: Stag (South). The element of Fire manifests as spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change; its dignities are hot/separates and dry/shapes. Stag is an impressive Guide at any time of the year, but during the Summer, when he is at his peak, he is the epitome of pride and leadership and competition. Stag is an archetype for the Sacred Masculine, and of the God in my spiritual tradition. Stag tells of magnificent demonstrations of prowess, and of regenerative properties and the cycles of life.
I then stacked my card and created my mandala. Similar to earlier in this month, when I had Snow and Snake in the same throw, the Snakes appear to be emanating from the Snow; over the Snakes are the Stags, as if the message of the Snake (which manifested amid Snow) was being presented to me through Stag. Both Snow and Snake work through the use of a covering. Snow blankets the land in tiny, glistening crystals that muffle sound and hide details. Snake uses its skin shedding process to heal and renew. Stag is the archetype of the Sacred Masculine, and this one is also associated with regenerative properties. Despite the fact that they may be hidden from the casual glance, there are messages to be had here. Those messages are transformative, and brought to me through the Sacred Masculine. This makes sense, particularly because we are only about 10 days from Samhain, the Sabbat that celebrates the end of the solar year, and the approach of quiet, dark, cold, and wintery weather.