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Stalker or Supporter?

BF-DCTrimmed-6-7-16OpenReading3Having taken a blogging hiatus, I have been trying to find a bit of clarity around where I am and where I want to be headed.  It hasn’t been all that easy, though.  So much is going on in the UK and the world, so much that is scary and hateful.  I don’t know how to respond, and I don’t know how this affects my life at an everyday level.

I wanted to ask the cards, to reflect.  However, I couldn’t even decide on a question…

Normally, I’m a big fan of spreads, for the clear boundaries they lay.  Now, I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to ask, what positions I should use.  I suppose I could have used Tierney Sadler’s Deck of 1000 Spreads (Llewellyn, 2013), but I didn’t have it to hand.

Instead, I decided to use a cartomantic approach.  I drew a first card from the DruidCraft Tarot (Connections, 2004), and almost stopped there: it was my beloved stalker/supporter, the Four of Swords.

This card has been coming up for me a lot of late, in about 80% of the draws I’ve done in the last three weeks.  Still, I don’t feel stalked by it.  Rather, every time it appears is like an acknowledgement: “Yes, you still need to be resting, taking time to prepare for whatever is to come next, reflecting on life.”

BF-DCTrimmed-6-7-16OpenReading2Not wanting to back away having finally managed to decide how to read the cards, I drew another, to see what the Four of Swords figure is contemplating as he sits there with his blades around him.  The Six of Wands… What does success mean to me?  How would I know if I had succeeded?  Do I have the support I need to move forward?

The figure on the horse, the victor, is looking and riding in the same direction as the Four of Swords figure was looking.  What is he riding towards, what goal is he aiming to succeed at?

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The Five of Pentacles woman isn’t looking at anything, though her body does face the two previous cards, closing the cycle nicely.  She is wrapped in despair, worried about her physical situation, her family, her finances.  While I can see myself in her, that isn’t an answer to the questions posed by the Six of Wands.

Success, I think, is knowing that I am helping others out of such situations, helping them open their eyes to the transformative potential around them.  After all, that hare and greyhound running in the background represent Cerridwen chasing Gwydion.  Each is in animal form, before she eats him and then rebirthes him as Taliesin.  How to transform myself, and help others transform themselves, is still the question…

With no answers yet, I shan’t return to a regular blog and newsletter schedule.  I don’t know what I want to be doing.  For the moment, I can promise to check in each week, if only briefly.  And if you would like to make suggestions, they might inspire me and help me gain that much needed clarity!

To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.

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8 Responses to “Stalker or Supporter?”

  • Well, you’re not alone. This resonates very strongly for me too. And yes, there is the ‘helping others’ aspect… but what about asking for help in order to succeed? I’m glad you keep getting the 4 of Swords. I’m not even doing daily draws or any kind of readings for myself at the moment because I need to just BE… On the whole, I feel positive. A lot of the changes that have put me on pause are changes that I have instigated myself. It is when I look around me that I, just like you, am tempted to despair… and then the medicine is always that of the 4 of Swords. Rest and meditate. There are cycles of everything and the swing of the pendulum can only go so far before it changes direction… Right now, the pendulum seems to be hovering. Sometimes I get that feeling you get when you near the high point of the rollercoaster ride… What next? A more compassionate world, I hope. A new definition of success perhaps? Success could maybe mean recognising our interdependence and that we all need help sometimes… It is in giving and receiving that we make space for compassion to do its magic. Love and Blessings, Lisa

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    • A more compassionate world would be good! In the meantime, meditation is always a good answer. Here’s hoping we both refind our equilibrium soon 🙂

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  • I think that sometimes the compassion we want so much to give must first be given to ourselves. Pema Chodron suggest that the two tools necessary to begin training the mind (lojong) are a sitting meditation practice and self-compassion. Be kind to yourself and heal your own mind and heart first; don’t be in a rush. The world’s pain will be waiting when you are whole.

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    • Interesting you say that, Bev, as I have been doing some trauma-healing work for myself the last little while. That, combined with my sitting meditation has been encouraging me to consider the connections between things like feeling selfish and feeling overwhelmed, between courage and vulnerability… 🙂

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  • Good for you to take more time for yourself when you need it. This Four of Swords is the perfect guide for you right now. I loveds how you’ve read these card so fluidly and organically. Well done my friend and take good care of yourself
    Hugs

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    • Thank you, Ellen! It was surprisingly fun to read the cards this way for a change. And yes, I shall try to take good care of myself- hope you do, too <3

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  • I think many of us are processing, waiting. From your reading above, I see you incubating your Taliesin. Remembering who he was and how he created his magic will give you clues about your own magic when it’s time to move along to your next success. 🙂

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    • Yes, it does feel like there’s a lot of this energy going around, Joanne. That’s an interesting perspective on incubating Taliesin. Will have to see where it takes me… 🙂

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