Transparent Oracle Sunday.
22, Weather: Rain (West). West is the direction of Water, sensitive, imaginative energy that strives to stay the same or take the same course; energy that is cold and wet, that binds and adapts. Water is about emotions, feelings, the Inner Voice, dreams, intuition, and Water is connected to both birth and death. Rain is cleansing and nourishing, and this kind of weather can often bring dissatisfaction. However, I also see Rain and it’s quiet, dark and cozy sensations as providing a time for rest and renewal. Many are melancholy when it rains, but we need the rain to grow and live.
56, Grail Hollows: The Cauldron (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 Grail Hollows are ancient treasures deeply connected to each of the four elements, guarded throughout time by the Tuatha de Danaan. The Cauldron corresponds with the element of Water, and thus, with feelings, emotions, intuition, nourishment and healing, all necessary for the balance and harmony of the Self. Within Wicca, The Cauldron is also seen as a representation of the Sacred Feminine, the Goddess, and Her fertile womb.
26, Guide: Otter (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. The first thing I think of when I see the Otter card is joyful playing. Otters are known for their play, and play is a sign of intelligence and awareness. Otters are at home both on Earth and in Water; they form strong family bonds, and work hard to protect their group of family or friends. All while playing tag!
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. Such immense, Watery power emanating from the Cauldron, protected fercely by Otter. There is a sacredness about this mandala, a sacredness that is real-world rather than transcendent and removed. There is also a sense of caring, and of nurturing that caring while washing away what does not serve. Finally, there is a sense of quiet, of the enjoyment of simple pleasures. Lovely!