Transparent Oracle Sunday!
29, Guide: Turtle (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. Water is Turtle’s environment, but not only Water, for many Turtles are at home on Earth (and in fact, Turtles lay their eggs on Earth). Turtle offers us an opportunity to learn about protection; not the kind of protection that shuts out the world but rather, the kind of protection that allows us to dive deep and explore the unknown without fear. Turtle is also slow and steady, is patient, and endures; Turtle has a long lifespan, and has existed relatively unchanged since ancient times. Turtle’s shell shows us how to exist in spite of the churning eddies of life, without being affected by them. After all, she is able to safely travel between the worlds because she is well-protected.
61, Gateway: The Self (Within). This card is considered a “blank canvas,” in that it has faces and hands like the other Within cards, but there are no traits or textures or shapes or colors infused into the faces and hands. That is because each of us is unique; this is a great significator card, and I am choosing to accept The Self as offering a message: “These cards offer a unique message to you, but that message must be perceived through your own unique senses and interpreted through your own unique intellect.” This card tells us that the first and main purpose of life and living is to get to know our individual Self.
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.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. This one has a different feel from the past few weeks; rather than a sense of accomplishment, my first instinct with this one is a sense of blockage. Getting to know myself is an ongoing process, I know this, and from the messages in these cards I am getting a hint that it is time to examine a new layer of the Self. It seems that self-protection will be an important part of this process, the ability to shut things out, the ability to open completely, and the ability to open to what I need or want and still filter out distractions. This is a long-term project, for sure, and it won’t be accomplished by just shutting out the outside world. Time to stick my head out from my protective shell and see what is around me!!