Transparent Oracle Sunday!
14, Time of Day: Midday (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. Midday is also a time of peak power, the peak of light and illumination for the current day. This is a time when shadows are small and seeing clearly is easy, but this moment of clarity is not permanent. Soon enough, the shadows will begin to grow once more.
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.
54, Guide: Giant (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. Giant corresponds quite a bit with the element of Earth and Earth energies, and is about the stability of the ground below us, and about the huge geological forces that formed our world and even now, changes it. In most fairy tales, the Giant ends up being a great big bump in the road for the hero of the tale, and without these kinds of challenges, we would never get the chance to be brave or to see if we have courage.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. Giant is the most obvious part of this beautiful mandala, with the brightly lit flames of the Midday Sun shining down upon Giant. Between these two easily-seen cards is Dream, with its subconscious connection to the self and its intuitive messages. The peak of power represented by Midday is also an ending of sorts, an ending of growth. If a strong foundation has been created, and if we have the ability to work with waxing energies and then prepare for when those energies naturally wane, balance can and will be achieved!