Transparent Oracle Sunday!
11, Gateway: Summer (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. This Gateway is about warmth and bounty, abundance and blessing, passion and wealth. Summer is a time of physical world manifestation and abundance, and it is also a time to bring magickal awarenesses into the open. After all, with an abundance of manifestation into the physical world, this would be an easy time to sense non-physical world abundances as they often happen around physical manifestations.
10, Elemental: Sylph (East). East is the direction of the rising sun, and thus of new beginnings and fresh ideas, as well as knowledge, intellectual ideas and thoughts. Sylphs personify these concepts, and they encourage the use of imagination in an original way, they tell us to shift as needed in order to take advantage of the prevailing winds, and they tell us to fly free, filled with joy and unencumbered by life’s burdens (at least for a little while).
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.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. As always, when one of the images is square there is a kind of discord in the circular mandala, but not necessarily a bad discord, even if it is a bit uncomfortable. To me, this kind of energy discord serves to make me more aware of the subtle differences in the possibilities of the day. Since the circle formed by Sylphs and Mercury is a bit toward the right side of the circle (touching the top, right and bottom sides), I will interpret this message as being more toward the outer and active type energies and possibilities. Mercury is right in the center of the mandala, almost as if it was balancing Summer and the Sylphs; how odd is that? Mercury is not usually connected with balance. But quick and powerful eruptions do have a purpose, after all. They can bring balance, too!
I am coming off of several days of being sick with laryngitis and a cold, so I apologize for disappearing. Every bit of my energy has been devoted toward getting done the things that ohers rely on me to do. But on this beautiful spring morning, I am finally beginning to feel more like myself; let the catch-up begin!