We are supposed to be a family, and we are a family, but things are really topsy turvy at the moment. Floppy Hair is a teenager, and as such it is his job to destroy the world. Little Big Man is the middle child, and all that entails, and NicNoodle has possibly a smidge too much princess energy and not enough goose girl energy. Brother is a grown man but seems to be easily enticed into the kids' little (and big) dramas and sometimes it seems like four kids, not three.
There is me, in the middle, trying to break it up, but becoming part of the melee instead.
Not a pretty picture. Wanna come over for dinner tonight?
I often tell my kids to treat each other kindly, and tattling is the biggest on my list of no-nos. They are not likely to get any more siblings, and ultimately, I would prefer they were a close-knit group than knowing who ate the last Ding Dong.
The lesson - as I look at the Eight of Swords, first I notice that she is so frazzled her hair is sticking out on end. Yep, that is me some days.
The sky around her seems to be that dark just before a storm, tempestuous and raging.
I usually think of this card as refusing to budge, to see what is really there, but this time, maybe it is more of a choosing to not move, fully knowing that a storm is raging. In this situation, that is me taking myself out of the conflict that is happening in the Five of Rods, and deliberately not seeing, letting them work their own things out for once. The ground in this card, storm or no, is much more fertile and able to support life than in the previous card, and doing so may very well lead to more solutions making themselves apparent.
One thing I do know is, what I am doing is not working, so taking some time out to re-evaluate could certainly do no harm.
These cards are from the Hezicos Tarot by Mary Griffin.
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~