Tonight we have to begin with part of a personal text exchange. When the Deputy and I upgraded from flip to fancy-pants phone, we also switched home service carriers. Fine, it had to do with saving money. Whatever. No big deal, right?
Wrong. Something huge happened. Something I didn’t expect, or even think about. Sure, I was disappointed that our old-fashioned, family room, princess-style, land-line would no longer be connected, but we had one newer model (probably less than 15 years old) upstairs (and later we can get another base, the kind with TWO handsets). This is the new Me, I can be okay with that. It’s only temporary.
Until today. When I discovered something accidentally. Now, I’m still fine with waiting to be able to afford a new phone, because guess what? (Prepare yourselves, this is huge.)
The old one now shows caller I.D.! Something we’ve NEVER had in this house before! I excitedly sent out the following message to all of my children:
“Holy crap. 700 years after it was invented we finally have caller I.D.”
I heard back from Hanna:
“Welcome to the future! It’s great here in 1995.”
It certainly is! A witch could totally get used to all of this modernity. And I am, no doubt, going to fully enjoy my newly discovered bounty.
However, we still have work to do, so let’s get to it. (But honestly, I can hardly describe how fun this was to discover.)
Here’s what I woke up to this afternoon:
be extra aware of signs,
and figure out what they mean.
Which is, in itself, a sign. When we see shapes in clouds, find feathers on our path, come across coins or treasures, look up to see a nearly naked guy ride past us during a seemingly solemn event, these are all messages. The best way to know what the meaning is? Just listen. The answer will be clear, and often, loud.
Mine was, when I stood in front of our card altar asking where we were headed. I was directed here, and instructed to flip three.
“Transformation ~ XIII ~ Major Arcana
The central figure in this card sits atop the vast flower of the void, and holds the symbols of transformation – the sword that cuts through illusion, the snake that rejuvenates itself by shedding its skin, the broken chain of limitations, and the yin/yang symbol of transcending duality. One of its hands rests on its lap, open and receptive. The other reaches down to touch the mouth of a sleeping face, symbolizing the silence that comes when we are at rest.
This is a time for a deep let-go. Allow any pain, sorrow, or difficulty just to be there, accepting its ‘facticity’ . . . .
Adventure ~ Page of Rainbows ~ Mastery of the Physical
Adventure really has nothing to do with plans and maps and programs and organization. The Page of Rainbows represents a quality that can come to us anywhere – at home or at the office, in the wilderness or in the city, in a creative project or in our relationships with others. Whenever we move into the new and unknown with the trusting spirit of a child, innocent and open and vulnerable, even the smallest things in life can become the greatest adventures.
Patience ~ 7 ~ Rainbows: the Physical
There are times when the only thing to do is wait. The seed has been planted, the child is growing in the womb, the oyster is coating the grain of sand and making it into a pearl . . . .”
There is not much I need to add here. So much of what we’ve been talking about is in this draw. The Transformation, the Adventure, and the Patience all come together and show us the best way to proceed.
We need to be open and accepting, observing our lives with Joy. Being on our path with mindfulness. Allowing the beauty of our days to wash over us as we share lovingkindness with every step we take.
Laughing and finding fun in an unexpected feature on an old phone.
Osho Zen Tarot
was just to the bank* and back, 6.780 miles, in 38 minutes 22 seconds, with a pretty decent average pace of 10.5 MPH.
*Yes, yes I absolutely DID take my bike into the drive-through lane.
is the grand bargain I mentioned the other day.
As previously discussed here, I go through a lot of greeting cards. And stamps. And I’m picky as hell. Usually, I’m buying local, but sometimes, I just go with my heart. This time, it was beyond cool.
We were in line at the downtown post office (a gorgeous historic building with one of these on the walls). In a display case I spot a package of cards. When we get up to the counter, I inquire. Our delightfully kind government worker is clueless, she has no idea what I’m talking about. Clearly they do NOT have these in stock.
Immediately she grabs her keys, and zooms out into the lobby. Where she opens the back of their big glass box, and plucks out the above pictured collection. Which we promptly purchase. Barely out the door, I’m ripping the plastic off and trying to see what’s inside.
Ta da! Eight cards, in four designs, with stamps included! Score!!! I’ll be happy with this for weeks to come.