Transparent Oracle Sunday!
23, Element: Water (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 about emotions, feelings, the Inner Voice, dreams, intuition, and Water is connected to both birth and death. Because our physical bodies contain so much Water, whatever affects Water usually affects us as well. The image on this card also shows ripples moving outward; something to remember when we are expressing our feelings.
38, Guide: Owl (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. Owl is a night hunter, and thus is very good at perceiving things, even in the dark. Because Owl can fly silently, he is also associated with silence; dark silence can be uncomfortable for some. Owl tends to be solitary, but this nature allows Owl to be objective and detached, and to gain much wisdom from life experiences.
40, Elemental: Gnome (North). Earth represents stable, material, practical energies that are slow to change; its dignities are cold/binds and dry/shapes. The Gnome is about hard work, strength and patience; Gnome is the guardian of the Earth who meets each responsibility fully and completely; he may appear serious, but he is capable of some mischief. And woe is the person who damages what he guards!
I then stacked the cards and created my mandala. The Gnomes appear to be guarding the circle, faced outward, while the Owls are facing inward, toward the triangle of Water. It is as if the Gnomes and Owls are around a triangular well, guarding and guiding. Or perhaps the Gnomes and the Owls are cradling the Water, the way the earth cradles a lake. There is a slow, dreamy feel about these cards, but yet a grounding in a sense of responsibility as well.
Today was the last YTT Intensive; I have officially graduated, and once I register with Yoga Alliance, I will be able to put an RYT after my name. This was an emotional day, and an empowering day. Now, I get to sit back and digest it all. Time for a glass of wine.