A funny thing happened in the card altar room today. Our deck is one of the alternative Tarot options, so there is the possibility of Reversed messages. What we got this time was a kind of sideways draw. Not unheard of but not all that common either. It’s like when cards throw themselves at me in a reading. It’s something that needs paying attention to.
Before we go any further though, I should mention (or re-mention, since I know we’ve talked about this, but maybe not for years) that Contrary cards are sort of a controversial topic. Some readers never acknowledge them, and others see them as the exact opposite of their Direct definitions.
I’m somewhere in-between, I read them with a tweak. Usually the message is about cycling in or out of that right-side-up phase. They arrive facing one way or another for a reason, it’s up to us to discern that reason. (Or listen for it.)
We’ll look at these with two pictures, one from each angle. (I tried to make this a slideshow, but WordPress changed shit around since the last time I posted one so now I can’t figure it out.)
Both of these are Major Arcana, so that’s meaningful, as are their numbers, and the order in which they fall within the story of the cards (yes, there’s a story, a journey really).
“Aloneness ~ IX
Breakthrough ~ XI
One of Gautam Buddha’s most significant contributions to the spiritual life of humankind was to insist to his disciples, ‘be a light unto yourself.’ Ultimately, each of us must develop within ourselves the capacity to make our way through the darkness ……
If you are now feeling that ‘enough is enough’ allow yourself to take the risk of shattering the old patterns and limitations that have kept your energy from flowing……”
These two have many points in common, so I’m thinking that’s more of why we got them together, with their up/down wobble. We need to look within, and see ourselves as both of the characters, the one who is learning self-sufficiency and the one who is bursting with energy.
We can BE both, and yet feel somewhat unstable in our footing. Our soul knows shit, it just does. And it carries a certain amount of ancient joy into every endeavor, dragging us along sometimes when we just don’t feel like having fun. Often, we’ll remember that feeling and look like the Breakthrough image. In our serene quiet moments we resemble the Aloneness image, lighting up the world with our inner glow.
Our lessons give us pause, and sometimes cause us to question ourselves. When we doubt and waver and allow fear to enter into our lives, we fall away from those strong, empowered beings we see in today’s illustrations. When we stand tall, jump with both feet, and guide others with our inner light, we are validating how far we’ve come and how much we’ve leaned. As well as honoring that infinite core of who/where we came from and who/what we are capable of being.
We can do all of this, with humility and with honesty. If we keep that Divine spark, the one we all have right here, in mind, we’ll be better able to manage the down-times, the rough patches, and any uncertainty that might creep up on us. The Universe is telling us that we’ve got the right idea, that our progress is measurable and profound. We simply need to lead with our truth, and be our very best selves possible.
Osho Zen Tarot
minor fail. No picture. I’m giving up on cookies for now, again. Back to muffins and cupcakes (and biscuits).
Alaska, and South Carolina (who Dan had to practically piggy-back onto their bumper before we could see WHICH of the Carolinas it was).