Transparent Oracle Sunday! Today is also my 59th Solar Return, during my second Saturn Return. Should be an interesting reading, eh?
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.
46, Mercury (Above). The direction of Above takes us up and out of the four traditional elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth, and reminds us that we are but a small part of the Cosmos. Above also reminds us that while the Machinery of the Universe is huge, it does have an effect on each of us, and each of us is an important part of the workings of that Machinery. Whatever happens, it will happen quickly, and maybe in an unexpected manner. The effects associated with this card (and this planet) are quick to manifest; they are about connections and communications, about travel, and about the way it all happens through what seems like magick! I associate Mercury with the Internet, and thus, with the astral realms.
12, Weather: Lightning (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. In the T-O, the weather associated with the South is Lightning, and oh boy, does this make sense. After all, South is about Fire, and Lightning is about a sudden eruption of heat and flame and light. The energies of this card are full of drama, and maybe even a bit scary at times, but they are a great way to break down and end the effectiveness of blockages.
And the cards do not disappoint! The majority of the cards in this Oracle have images set up in threes, but a few of the cards are square in their setup. This can be disconcerting. This mandala has a strength to it, but that strength is being tested by a card whose image does not overlay nicely: Lightning. These cards talk about where I’ve been, where I’m going, and the possibility of an unexpected effect that might break down or totally change my life. Whatever this is, it will erupt suddenly and with seemingly magickal power. The effect will transport me in some way, to a new place and a new time.
Another Wild Unknown Tarot card: The Daughter of Cups. This Cups Court Card has the most active feel to it of the family of the Cups Court. The swan is standing and flapping her wings, while surrounded by multi-colored stars with a black background. Before her is an ornate cup, but we cannot see what if anything is in that cup. The swan knows, and she fans her wings as if to send to us a bit of the fragrance of what is in the cup. This way, we close our eyes , breathe in deeply, and then interpret what we have perceived, using our personal unique pattern catalogue. This card reminds us that often the important messages come from within; we each have in our possession the skills set necessary to get the message. We just need to open ourselves to the possibility.
I ended up hosting some dear friends for the weekend, a last-minute arrangement that worked out really well. We spent lots of time walking around, even putting our feet into the ocean (**brrrr**). We had some great pizza for dinner (and breakfast, LOL), and some great bread from the Breadstand. We made mulled wine, and drank lots of prosecco.
Happy Solar Return to me!!!