Transparent Oracle Sunday!
15, Landscape: Desert (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. Desert represents an extreme environment that upon initial examination seems to preclude life; actually this Landscape just challenges life, severely, but if we see that challenge as a chance to test our endurance and our ability to adapt to difficult situations, we will prosper.
67, Empathy (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. Empathy is about receptivity, sensitivity, and shared emotions or experiences. This is not a detached understanding of another, but rather it is about being able to communicate without words, without conscious understanding, as if we ourselves are experiencing the feelings of another being.
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 no outward motion at all, and that makes perfect sense, when you consider that the middle card is Empathy. I am being told that this week there will be important messages all around me. They will appear in the more obvious manifestations of Nature, those that are bursting with new life as Spring slowly morphs toward Summer. But there will be messages to be had within the less fecund surroundings as well, equally as important yet less obvious unless I take a second look. I am also being told that there are benefits to be had from successfully dealing with a challenging environment, whether that challenge is the peak of Sun (and the lack of Water) or the peak of Earth (so overgrown that there is no Air).
I am having a hugely busy weekend, preparing for company next weekend. My body is sore, but I am accomplishing most of what I need to get done. Monday will be a busy day, too, because it is submission day for my column in PaganPages. Hopefully when I go to bed tomorrow nigh, I will be caught up! **crosses fingers**