Transparent Oracle Sunday!
62, Dream (Within). Within is the direction of the Self, and thus the cards associated with this direction deal with the ways our Self connects to the world and perceives the world, and the Self. This direction is mostly abstract, and yet is our bridge to the Universe around us. Dream is the language of the unconscious mind; our unconscious mind is constantly absorbing and interpreting information, and since Dream has no physical world limits, it can interpret that information without being bound by any limits. Thus we can see the past and the future, and talk to those who are not now (or maybe never were) of the physical world.
30, Elemental: Undine (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. Undines are immortal Water entities who remind us that true feelings are a part of who we are, but infatuations can drown us. Interesting tidbit: Undines can gain a soul and lose their immortal nature by falling in love and having a family.
17, Guide: Stag (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. 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 cards and created my mandala. Oh, this one is filled with beautiful shapes and colors! Dream and the Undines seem to be dancing together or supporting each other, and this does make sense for dreams and feelings are linked. But then we add Stag, and everything changes. Stag covers Dream, and the swirls appear to be emanating from Stag, and Undine appears to be encouraging Stag, despite Stag’s stern expression. Dream and Undine are feminine cards, but Stag is very masculine, and it is no wonder that Stag changes everything. In a way, Stag balances and grounds the abstract energies of Dream and Undine. The three cards present a nice balance between an inner, quiet focus and an outer, active focus. One warning, though; there is regenerative energies but no fertility; there is catalyst but no seed. Perhaps this mandala is encouraging me to find that missing ingredient . . . or even to be that missing ingredient!