Transparent Oracle Sunday!
13, Element: Fire (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. The direction of South corresponds with the element of Fire. Fire brings spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change through heating and separating, drying and shaping. Fire has often been used as a representation of Spirit or the Divine, and this makes sense. Fire brings transformation, animation or life, courage, and intent. Fire has its dangers, though; it brings transformation through destruction that brings new birth.
6, Guide: Butterfly (East). East is the direction of Air, and thus of fresh ideas and new beginnings, knowledge, information and thoughts. Butterflies are about metamorphosis, and about seeing in all directions at the same time. Butterflies are strong! Monarchs, with wings basically the consistency of tissue paper, fly hundreds of miles to the South in the Fall, winter over, and then return Northward. Butterflies are an interesting combination of potential and sacrifice.
25, Landscape: Ocean (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. Oceans are huge and magnificent; they are considered the cradle of life. They can be calm as glass, but beneath that smooth flat surface lurk powerful predators. They can be rough and deadly, yet if we travel down a short distance, all is quiet and silent. The Ocean card is about death and life, about destruction and creation; and amidst the chaos, healing and purification.
I then stacked my cards and created my mandala. This image just plain feels good! My Butterflies are resting on the points of the triangle that represents Fire, and they are all surrounded by the gentle waves of Ocean. In a way, this image really resonates for me; Cape May is a stopover for the fall monarch migration, and I can easily visualize the sun on flowers, butterflies fluttering in the warm air as they search for nectar, and the groups of monarchs departing southward across the Delaware Bay. I am being reminded today that life’s Journey is long, and often it is filled with detours and challenges. In the end, whether the road is smooth and straight, or whether I take one step backwards for every two steps I move forward, transformation and change and evolution will all happen. I need to have courage, and I need to focus on one step at a time; the Journey is one that takes a lifetime so I should look for the day-to-day benefits rather than allowing myself to be overwhelmed by the big picture.