My beautiful Dreams of Gaia card for today is the Ten of Air. What a gorgeous card! The keywords are individuation, self-actualization, liberation, altered perception, new paradigms, great mystery, paradox and potential. This card is about the integration of the conscious and the subconscious, soul and shadow, masculine and feminine, in order to become whole and complete yet ever evolving. “You are willing to step away from all that you were, so that you may become all that you choose to be.” Powerful words, describing a powerful experience that alters how I perceive the world, and how I move forward. We cannot see what the woman in the image is seeing, because her body and her wings are in the way; we just get a glimpse of a doorway beyond which lies a dark and starry sky. Whatever she is seeing has her transfixed and spellbound; she is ready to step into the portal. A glimpse of the Machinery of the Universe is available to me today, and seeing these wonders will change me forever.
I am still feeling echoes of the powerful experience of yesterday. Perhaps a bit of research is in order; it might offer a bit of grounding.
Here is some info about Tishtya the Watcher:
Aldebaran (“the Follower”), Persian name, Tascheter or Tishtya (also associated with Sirius and Arcturus), reaches dominance at the Spring Equinox, and thus it is associated with sunrise, the cardinal direction of East, and the season of Spring. It is found in the constellation Taurus, and has a possible planetary companion; it is associated with Archangel Michael, and eloquence, integrity, courage, agitation, loss and violent death. This star is probably the source of the phrase “hitting the bull’s eye,” and is said to predict riches, honor and integrity, but those benefits are usually presented through the passing of some kind of test.
Archangel Michael's main characteristics are exceptional strength and courage. He fights for good to prevail over evil, he protects and defends people who love Deity, and he empowers believers to set their religious or spiritual faith on fire with passion. Archangel Michael is often pictured wielding a sword or a spear, symbolizing his role as a leader in spiritual battles. People sometimes ask him for help to gather the courage needed to face and overcome their fears, to find the strength to resist temptations, and to stay safe in dangerous situations. Archangel Michael is also considered a key angel of death; his job is weighing people’s souls on scales.
Tishtya appeared to me as a Roc. According to Wikipedia, a Roc is a huge bird of prey, and one root of the word “roc” is the Persian “ruk”; how appropriate. The roc first appeared in Arabic history, and spread from there. The article in Wikipedia mentions stories of these birds back to the 13th century and before.