Transparent Oracle Sunday!
60, Polarity: Red Dragon (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. The Red Dragon’s energy begins within, and radiates outward with amazing power. While the Red Dragon is in a sense about balance, it presents only one extreme for our consideration: inner power that expands outward. This card is about passions and drive, and even the life essence itself, all of which begin within and then manifest outward.
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.
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. The Red Dragon is what I see first, and my Dragon seems to be cradling or supporting the other two cards. Empathy is an interesting companion to my Red Dragon, for the Red Dragon abides in the direction of Below but presents the concept of radiating or emanating outward, while Empathy has a more receptive focus that brings us inward to the quiet and calm of the Core. I am being told to connect with and value where I have come from, to connect and value who I am right now, and to understand that my own life is connected to all Life. That connection itself can bring purification and healing, and a deep and abiding peace, if I open myself to it.