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For lack of anything better to report today, I present this morning's Tarot spread. The spread itself is the "Morning Mug Energy Spread" that I found on Pinterest (unfortunately, the link to the original post it references seems to be broken. :/ )
My current working deck is the Dreaming Way Tarot, which is a really fantastic, emotive deck. It's almost a Rider-Waite-Smith clone, but with a sort of wonderland-esque whimsy that I adore. Monday morning's spread had produced the Two of Wands, which is a card of beginning and planning out new actions, and this morning it was the card that "jumped" out of the deck as I started shuffling it. I took the hint and set that card aside as a kind of anchor card for this morning's spread.
(I prefer the term "anchor" in this context, I think, because the card is less representing "me" than it is the specific situation that I'm doing the reading about - thus anchoring the context of the reading into a specific aspect of my reality. It's a subtle distinction, but an clarifying one. And that's the point, right?)
Then I stirred the cards up in a big pile (I'm playing with different ways of selecting cards this week) and pulled out the five cards for the reading.
The spread is very clever, and is set up so that the card positions are themed around morning beverages and an overall mug shape.
This deck has made it clear since day one that it doesn't particularly care for the little white book that it came with, and has continually found ways to remind me that it's primarily an intuitive deck. I do look up traditional meanings after the fact to get some additional illumination, but the cards are definitely coming up for me based on the messages from the images and my own personal associations rather than their primarily traditional meanings.
This time, looking at the reading as one about taking action in plotting out my path and potential goals (I'm currently working through Danielle LaPorte's Desire Mapping process), this is what I got:
1. What will energize me? The Six of Cups: for me this card is all about happy, innocence, uplifting kind of love. It's about surprising someone with a bouquet of daisies or a spontaneous hug. It's about optimism and a childlike wonder at the world, which is definitely a state I can draw a lot of energy and joy from.
2. What will inspire me? The Empress: Over and over again, this Empress comes up for me as an indicator of stillness and serenity, particularly the content, calm serenity of knowing that you'll know exactly what to do. It's not the deep, archetypal intuition of the High Priestess, but the natural unconscious intuition of the Mother. And a deeply needed reminder that I need to give myself more space to be still and silent.
3. What will calm me down? Nine of Wands: A job well done. Completed work. Being surrounded by the evidence of your productivity and action.
4. What will I put to rest? Page of Cups: This one took me a minute, but ultimately I decided that she's representing a combination of my hesitant, passive, stuck-in-a-daydream tendencies and that it's time to move from imagining doing things to just jumping in and doing them.
5. What will hold everything together? The Emperor: Getting shit done, having a plan of attack, planning in general, to do lists, outlines and instructions. Doesn't this guy just look like someone that's got it all together and planned out?
So, today was all about some detailed time-tracking, working on my Desire Mapping process, some overtime at work, and finally jumping on this #the100dayproject adventure.