See, I knew yesterday that he was not done with me, as I blithely skipped over him as my shadow card for the day.
Today, I think he is here to answer my question about why I find it so hard to trust this figure.
In this image, his heart resides outside of his body, and it is all bound up. I do not trust people who don't feel, I think, and I am concerned that he does not feel. Which, of course, brings me to a piece of myself that must not be fully integrated, which I feel is the secret to be content and happy in life - that feeling that the parts of oneself are not at odds with each other on any level.
I definitely struggle with my own authority and stability. I am one giant softie, and my kiddos know it. In a "traditional" family, the father would likely offset this, but we are not a traditional family in any sense of the word, and I do not wish we were.
The shadow card, the hidden card, for the day is the Ace of Swords. Again, I see a misunderstood "bad guy" represented by the fore figure, the lion/dragon/clawed creature, who actually seems more surprised to me than anything else as the maiden shrieks from him and the warrior jumps up to her defense. In this image I can so clearly see the pieces of me which I still find undesirable, and the wish for them to be loved and understood.
These images are from the Heart Tarot bu Maria Distefano for Lo Scarabeo.
I am not a visual artist. The creators of the decks I use are. I try very hard to give proper credit to the artist when I use an image.
My most oft used deck on this blog is the Deviant Moon Tarot, created by Patrick Valenza and published by U.S. Games Systems, Incorporated. Check out his site to buy some fantastic Deviant Moon stuff, or a deck of your own!
A lovely, but digital only, Rider Waite Smith clone deck is the Aquatic by Andreas Schroter. You are allowed to downlaod and use the images.
They also make me tell you that readings are for entertainment purposes only. I'll tell you on my own that if you change your life based on a few cards something is not right there.
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“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~Ashley Smith~
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~Rumi~
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.” ~Marianne Williamson~
“Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.” ~Kahlil Gibran~
"First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down." ~Ray Bradbury~
“If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” ~C.S. Lewis~
"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love." ~Rainer Maria Rilke~