Transparent Oracle Sunday!
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, change 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.
37, Guide: Raven (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. Raven is a clever bird, often portrayed as a trickster. Raven is known for assisting us in the transformation from one realm to another, often manifested in a similar way as my own Totem, Turkey Vulture, by cleaning up dead things. Raven is known as a skilled communicator, able to use intelligence and language (not necessarily verbal language) in order to convey messages from the Gods.
63, Touch (and Taste) (Within). Our senses connect us to the physical world, and the sense of Touch is the most solid and least deceptive sense; touch is the method we use to find our way around and to dispel illusion. Taste is a part of Touch, for it is by bringing things into contact with our tongues that we Taste them, enjoying the yummy tastes and grimacing through the unpleasant ones. Contact is the key here, and connection; they can be pleasant or violent. Contact can bring a sense of support and security, and touching something can dispel illusions. This is not just a receptive sense, for we show love and support by touching others.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. The most prominent figures in this one are Raven, their beaks touching in the middle of the pattern. The colors of Giant and Touch appear to be emanating from each Raven; perhaps the contact between them all has created some special magick? Earthly energies really do represent the microcosm and the macrocosm. We sense the ebbs and flows of days and nights, of seasons and lifetimes. There are larger patterns as well, patterns the size of solar systems or universes, the length of decades or eons. Some manifest so fast that they can’t be perceived; others can’t be perceived because they are slow or huge or tiny. They are there, however, and just understanding that the wood of the table beneath my hand took time to create (and is constructed with the stuff of stars) can offer a Glimpse of the Machinery of the Universe. That single Glimpse could change the way I perceive the world.