Transparent Oracle Sunday!
24, Time of Day: Sunset (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. Sunset is the time when we pause as the daylight hours come to a close. We should not, however, assume that the day is done, for much can be had from the dark hours. The light of the setting sun and the long shadows can transform even the most mundane environment into something mystical and magickal, the perfect environment to remember the experiences of the day.
28, Guide: Frog (West). Water is emotional and sensitive energy that strives to stay the same; its dignities are cold/binds and wet/adapts. Water is necessary for Frog to exist and thrive. Frog tells of fertility and creativity, and Frog also represents the amazing transformations that occur during a lifetime. We need to grow and adapt to the situations that present themselves, and Frog is an expert at this! Frog has a permeable skin, so this card is also associated with healing and empathy and healing, and with partnerships
31, Gateway: Winter (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. Because this Gateway is square and solid, and appears unshakable and immovable, it seems like a safe place, or a strong foundation upon which we can exist and prosper.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. I have spoken before about how disruptive a particular card can be if its image is based on four corners rather than three. Well, I’ve found the exception to the rule, perhaps because the Gateway of Winter is more of a stationary card (it is a Gateway, after all, meant to be a frame for action), and rather than disrupting the energies of the other card, it serves as a container for them. The Sunset is framed by one of the Stonehenge-like megalith gates, reminding me of the power to be had from the crossroad of dusk, the bridge between light and dark. Dusk is the time to tuck safely away the memories of the daytime in order to prepare for the rest and inner reflection of the night. The perfect Guide for this time is Frog, as Frog is also about transformations that bridge the cycles of life. There is a focus here to the effects of the element of Earth: grounding, stability, safety, prosperity, and health and healing of all kinds. I think I am being told that it is time to focus on myself, my own health; soon enough I will pass through this Gateway . . . soon enough the night will end and there will be a new dawn. It is time to prepare, as best I can.
As I sit typing this entry, I am watching the first big white fluffy snowflakes of the season fall. This does not look to be an accumulating snowfall, but it sure is pretty!