There were several (fabulous!) blog topics and ideas floating around in my head this afternoon, most of them fell right out. Because 1) it’s my mother’s birthday, and I nearly forgot it, and B: there was a minor incident* at the pool tonight.
*It was actually a scheduling misunderstanding (along with a raging case of disrespect), but the entire situation got slightly emotionally heated there for a bit. And “management” had to be called. For the first time in over a month, it was NOT the fault of my new nemesis, who I fondly refer to as That Fucking Idiot. (She is a story for another day, suffice it to say, this a challenge. And a lesson.)
So, instead of any of those things I thought I’d be talking about, we won’t. We’ll just look at some delightfully uplifting photos. The first one, below, I took last night as we were unloading our new basket-o-goodness-and-amazing-bargains. You’ll notice their diminutive size, relative to my still-holding-on-for-dear-life, and previously discussed, crappy old flip phone.
The bargain shop where everything is a buck, had LOTS of pink flamingo items. It was with GREAT restraint that only these two (above) lovelies came home with us.
Totally worth an entire 100 pennies. As you can plainly see, their “legs” are stabbed into their middles (through the neck area) upon purchase. Then, following the instructions (not even kidding), you remove the metal sticks and jab them into OTHER, more appropriate, holes*. So that the birds may stand. Like this.
*Hey, I’m not judging, merely, describing.
Here is Maxx, posing patiently. Looking around with very little interest in what I’m doing. We had to take several shots, just to get this not-so-great-one. My positioning of all three of them could have been better. But, you get the idea. An adorable wee mated pair, now added to our collection. They already feel part of the family.
On our card altar we have a message from that Special Occasion deck, because ya know, my mom doesn’t turn 72 every damn day. (We brought her gifts over earlier in the week, my brother came by this morning with his daughters, and she’s been getting phone calls for hours.)
“Echidna ~ 33
When threatened, Echidnas quickly dig themselves into the ground leaving no part visible except for their quills. Such a move precludes anyone from picking them up or altering their path. They effectively shut themselves off from the world, preventing anyone from interfering or getting too close.
Such action not only protects them from predatory attack, but unfortunately also shields them from the assistance or support offered by those who would see no harm come to them. What if the Echidna’s quest for food leads him onto a busy road, into oncoming traffic and inevitable danger, for example? What if a passing motorist stops and attempts to direct him off the road? What if the attempts prove futile, because the Echidna’s obstinate character prevents him from realising the error of his ways?
Quickly agitated, Echidnas prey on Ants because they know they hold a secret: patience and strength of character. Ant nurtures the collective powers of the mind, body, and spirit. It expounds the strength found in community and unity.
If Echidna has shuffled into your cards today, you are being asked to open your heart to the needs of those around you and the nurturing they can offer. Stop shutting people out. You need to let down your guard, relax your sense of personal protection, develop tolerance, and begin to trust. Shunning anything (or anyone!) that may divert you from your path is great if you want to live an independent life, but Echidna warns against protecting yourself to the point that your heart becomes impenetrable.
Echidna helps us understand the fundamental distinction between denial and determination or, more to the point, the difference between not wanting assistance and not needing support.
The idea of an independent lifestyle may appear attractive – free of the hassles of commitment and responsibility to others, but if you become too complacent you may accidentally find yourself exiled from social activity all together. Your friends may wander away, for example, and your family may forget to invite you to family events.
To stand rigid and distant from those in your life will eventually give rise to the general belief that you are unapproachable, ungrateful, aggressive, and lacking in humility.”
We’ve had this one come up before, and yet I still couldn’t figure out how to pronounce it. (Not like “killing pee-RAWN-yahs!) So I went in search of a sound recording. Ah ah! Gotcha. Good to know.
Three and three add down to six, so we have a very sacred number, along with a very helpful message, all in the form of the last card from this group’s Earth category. Much to learn from and think about.
Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards by Scott Alexander King
was just up to the pool and back 3.866 in 24 minutes, 55 seconds at 9.3 MPH, and even though the weather guessers had said that I’d get rained on, I did not. Most pleasant.