Transparent Oracle Sunday!
51, Gateway: The World Tree (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 World Tree is a powerful symbol in many cultures; in Wicca, the Tree is seen as representing the cast circle, and it is seen as a gateway to the Underworld. The World Tree is about initiation of the most exciting kind; it tells of the ability to tap into the knowledge and wisdom that is a part of me through my ancestors, and it tells of the ability to connect with non-physical beings.
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.
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.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. It is obvious at first glance that Snake and Owl are interacting with each other, with The World Tree acting as the “platform” for this interaction. It is interesting that my Underworld Animal Guide is the horned owl. It is also interesting that along with the representation of “as above, so below” we also have a South card and a North card in this throw. The connections through knowledge, wisdom, and advice from those who came before me, is being made through healing, renewal and regeneration, and through a solitary embrace of the dark, my own body, and the simple life, are quite important to me right now. That is a powerful message!