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What Elements To Focus On?

Last week was totally insane, and validated my decision to postpone the deadline I had. Things were so busy, I couldn’t even get a quiet moment to pick a deck and draw cards. Instead, I pulled this spread using the Chrysalis Tarot app (based on the Chyrsalis Tarot published by U.S. Games, 2015) on my phone while on the tube.

The app calls this the Spirit Spread and, with North at the top, it’s the elements in the round, with spirit at the centre. So, what does it have to say about where I am this week?

North – Three of Spirals (Wands) – Contemplation

I’ve been focusing on mindfulness in my meditations for the last week, and that’s what I see here. A Buddha face peers out from a tree trunk, contemplating the physical realities of life. I’ve been in a deal of pain from an injury two and a half weeks ago, compounded by painfully stubbing one of my toes last Wednesday.
Sitting with the pain, I’ve been able to observe it in a peaceful and accepting way. I find it almost ironic how much better I am at dealing with physical pain than emotional stress. I hope, though, that the former can help me with the latter.

East – Elpi – The Star

At a mental level, I could certainly do with a bit of hope! The star maiden, Elpi, rides the four winds, symbolised by the horses. She scatters stars to guide people through the dark of night. Here, we see her holding a star that glows a loving pink.
Hope comes in many guises. In my mindfulness meditations, I have struggled with loving kindness. Not as directed towards others, but mostly towards myself. Is it just weakness to accept yourself, including your flaws? Isn’t that like giving up?
Yet, Elpi suggests that there is hope in love: a hope for the ability to change, to be guided to something better. This hope may fight those negative, critical thoughts, allowing kindness to take their place.

South – Three of Stones (Pentacles) – Planning

Three owls sit before a stone doorway decorated with celtic knotwork. The doorway leads into the earth, beneath an enormous tree. Below the owls, a fire burns brightly. The keyword given is planning. Is this the planning of those who created the earthworks, or of the owls, I wonder?
Ha, well, I think planning may be all that I can do, this week, when it comes to projects and passions. With the summer holidays now upon us, I doubt I’ll have time for much more, as work schedules get disrupted and kids tumble around the house.

West – The Artiste – Queen of Stones (Pentacles)

The Queen of Stones leans forward towards her easel, paint brush in hand. A butterfly sits on top of her canvas, with another behind and above her on the window/arch through which we see her. She brings her creativity and passion into the world, showing others the beauty inside her mind, and perhaps transforming herself in the process.
Taking a bit of time for myself, to be creative, would certainly help bolster my emotions this week. Sounds like a plan!

Spirit – Sorceress – The High Priestess


With her cauldron, mushrooms and raven, this sorceress reminds me of Cerridwen. She seems far more active than a typical High Priestess.

Everything will be helped by tuning into my intuition. More mindfulness to assist with pain and also to work on my emotional stress. And if I can actively make some time for a bit of planning and creativity, that will make things go more smoothly, as well as helping me feel more joyful.

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

4 Responses to “What Elements To Focus On?”

  • Your stumped toe reminded me of a couple of quotes from Mark Nepo:

    “If peace comes from seeing the whole,
    then misery comes from a loss of perspective.”

    “We begin so aware and grateful. The sun somehow hangs there in the sky. The little bird sings. The miracle of life just happens. Then we stub our toe, and in that moment of pain, the whole world is reduced to our little toe. It is the giving over to smallness that opens us to misery. When we narrow our focus, the problem seems everything. In actuality, misery is a moment of suffering allowed to become everything. So when feeling miserable, we must look wider than what hurts.”

    Sending a gentle hug!

    • Thanks for the hug, Bev, always appreciated. It’s funny, I’ve actually really been able to expand through the pain – with the reminder that in the same way as I can sit with physical pain, I can sit with emotional pain. So, the stubbed toe was a blessing 🙂

  • “loving kindness. Not as directed towards others, but mostly towards myself” It seems to me some serious self-care and self-love are in order here, only then real transformation (cauldron) can take place.
    So I think stubbing your toe is a blessing in disguise 🙂

    • You hit the nail on the head, Ellen. That stubbed toe was a blessing. And I have actually started to find that loving acceptance <3 Wishing you the same 🙂 Hugs, C


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