Transparent Oracle Sunday!
68, Vision (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. Vision is one of the most powerful of our senses, but also the most easy to fool, probably because we depend so much on our eyesight in order to perceive and interpret our world. Vision is generally about a concern for appearances, but it can also be about “seeing within.” And within Wicca, visualization is considered one of the first steps to actual manifestation!
49, Saturn (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 planet Saturn is about structure and boundaries, and about constricting energies within a particular format, often involving time.
9, Guide: Wren (East). ). East is the direction of the rising sun, and thus of new beginnings and fresh ideas, as well as knowledge, intellectual ideas and thoughts. Wren is pretty amazing; she is a combination of ambition (sometimes ambition that seems on the surface to be out of reach) and cunning (which enables Wren to surprise us as she attains the unattainable), which allows her to think out of the box with amazing results. Wren tells us that bigger is not necessarily better, and often it is the seemingly insignificant contribution of the most invisible of players that allows us to win the game.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. It appears as if the Visions have startled the Wrens and made them fly, but Saturn is preventing them from escaping. There sure seems to be a parallel message being offered by Vision and Wren: pay attention to appearances, whether outer or inner. Saturn reminds me that restricting is necessary for things to take shape, and also that even the tiniest energies can affect the big picture. Looks like this week will be one of attempting to perceive and understand even the most obvious and basic ideas and concepts, so I can make use of them in new ways.
I spent the day finally beginning the Spring clean-up in my beloved garden. It felt so good to get out there (even though not much is sprouting yet; Winter has just barely let go of us). Now, I am watching two pairs of cardinals chase each other out of the yard. Last year we had two different nests at the back of our yard, too close for comfort I guess. They are back, and still attempting to establish “squatters’ rights” in the cypress trees at the back of our yard.
I opened some windows and began to air things out; more gardening next weekend!!