Transparent Oracle Sunday!
26, Guide: Otter (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. The first thing I think of when I see the Otter card is joyful playing. Otters are known for their play, and play is a sign of intelligence and awareness. Otters are at home both on Earth and in Water; they form strong family bonds, and work hard to protect their group of family or friends. All while playing tag!
23, Element: Water (West). West is the direction of Water, sensitive, imaginative energy that strives to stay the same or take the same course; energy that is cold and wet, that binds and adapts. Water is about emotions, feelings, the Inner Voice, dreams, intuition, and Water is connected to both birth and death. Water is necessary for Frog to exist and thrive. Because our physical bodies contain so much Water, whatever affects Water usually affects us as well. The image on this card also shows ripples moving outward; something to remember when we are expressing our feelings.
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 is mostly about Water; the symbol for Water is at the center of the mandala, and the ripples are moving outward, affecting everything else that is reflected on its surface, or beneath. The joy to be had from being a part of a family or community that is loving, that watches out for each other, and that celebrates the least of accomplishments, is something that I should allow to infuse my very being, and to wash away the discomforts and worries of day-to-day existence. Over time, these little efforts to infuse joy into my life will manifest in a big way, and if I open myself to the efforts of others, even if I disagree with those efforts or the intentions behind them, everyone benefits.