Transparent Oracle Sunday!
18, Guide: Horse (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. Horse is basically about going somewhere; after all, humans use Horse as a means for transportation. Because the ability to get to where you need to be and thus, transform yourself is perceived as having authority, this card also represents sovereignty, the kind of sovereignty the stallion has over his herd. This leadership is maintained by courage, strength, and skills learned through a lifetime.
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.
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.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. This one appears very stable and balanced, yet without lethargy at all. The two Gateways balance each other out nicely, with a four-sided focus to be found in Winter and a two-sided focus to be found in The World Tree. Both of these Gateways offer stability to the strength and motion of my Guide, Horse. This entire combination has an interesting feel to it, and it is perfect for this time of year. Now is the season for acknowledging the peak of Summer, recently past, and for the preparations needed in order to move into Winter, with its inner focus. This transition can only be made by believing in my own authority, my abiity to lead (which is obtained through courage, strength, and the skills learned), and by caring for my body and my surroundings.