Today I have drawn the Princess of Coins, and clarified her with the Five of Cups.
These two ladies are very similar, making it clear to me that the choice is mine - I can start down the path, get that much further by sundown, or I can sit and cry.
Crying is a very real need, an energy that must be expressed, and there can be no doubt about that, but sadness and regret can also become a trap, a way to stay in one place when a person would really be best served by moving on down the road.
It will take a lot of hard work to get to where I want to be, to earn my living solely from my creative endeavors, to live the kind of life I am envisioning for myself, and some days the burdens I bear weigh heavy on me. Some days, it's a lucky thing indeed if I manage to get dinner on the table and kids semi-clean before bed, let alone manage to write a heart breaking work of staggering genius. Yet, every journey begins with just one step, and just one more. I get far ahead of myself at times, wishing for the fruition of the thing before I have put in the hard work necessary.
And each moment has its' own joy to experience. The woman in the Five of Cups is surrounded by breath taking beauty, but she is oblivious. It rather sucks that she no longer has what was in those three cups, but it is also rather wonderful that she still has the two. And who knows, perhaps her feline companion needed whatever was lost more.
I am going to lift my head, revel in Spring, and start taking those steps. Beginning with cleaning my work space to be beautiful, organized, and inspiring. Even if it's drudgery to get there. *smile*
These cards are from the Maat Tarot by Julia Cuccia-Watts.
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~