Transparent Oracle Sunday!
44, Moon (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. The Moon is a card of cycles and tides, and of mystery, the subconscious, and fantasy. All are useful tools and effects, except when taken to extremes. The Moon also represents the Sacred Feminine, and inner, passive and receptive energies.
35, Landscape: Forest (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. Forest is about the results over the long term, results which happen because of fertility and nurturing and patience; Forest represents the manifestation of age and wisdom and patience, connections (and results) that are not openly apparent but rather, like roots under the ground, are all around us. Different energies can work together; a Forest is proof of that.
24, Time of Day: Sunset (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. Sunset is the time when we pause as the daylight hours come to a close. We should not, however, assume that the day is done, for much can be had from the dark hours. The light of the setting sun and the long shadows can transform even the most mundane environment into something mystical and magickal, the perfect environment to remember the experiences of the day.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. What a beautiful image! The full Moon is in the center, surrounded by the trees of Forest, with the Sunset framing it all with golden beams of light. The message here is pretty simple: cycles, connections, and long term results are all important now, and just because the sun has set does not mean the experiences are over. While all cycles are important, endings are particularly so. Endings bring new beginnings!
Today was the Advanced Yoga Intensive for spinal surgery patients. What a wonderful day I had! I learned so much, and my awe of the spine and its intricacies has not been lessened at all. I am so lucky to have this training available!
I also submitted my next article for PaganPages. That new column will be out on the first of December.