Be careful today, my dears. People and other energies are about who would steal your life force. Stay close to your roots, keep your friends close, and watch out for people throwing their hooks at you trying to find a way to latch on. Shields up! Listen to the voices of wisdom and ethical justice and stay grounded in the truth.
Ok, wow. For real, look at this. Life and healing happens (on the left) and Death and submission to the great unknown happens (on the right). When I was laying out the cards this morning, I had a spread in mind for the general theme of the reading, which in this case is the medicine of Mercury Rising: the card on the left represents what actions we can take, and the card on the right indicates what’s going to happen regardless of what we do. So, yeah. Death happens. It’s going to happen and there’s nothing we can do about it. The Tower charm here comes from the Lenormand system so it means something different than the Tower in the Tarot. Here, it means “Authority,” “Governments,” “the well-established System.” And you can see that it is falling. Structures that have stood for a long time are collapsing, pouring themselves out into the great pool of spirit at Hel’s feet. Everything dies. Everything ends. But the Star at Her head is equally clear: this is not an evil thing. This is not a bad thing. Death is nothing to be terrified of. It is a process, the same as birth is. Recognizing this might make living life more fulfilling for us–which is what the card on the left is about: Eir is the doctor of the Gods, the Medicine Mother who knows how to heal everything just as Hel is the Mother of Death who welcomes us all in the end. We must continue to heal and work toward greater healing for all despite Death in our future (and for some, in our present). And the Hello Kitty! charm encourages us to heal by playing, by engaging and activating our inner child no matter what else is going on. Old ways have great medicine for us, and help us to understand in a way that our modern ways don’t seem to be able to that Death is what happens, and fearing It, fearing Her doesn’t stop Her from coming. It just robs us of the joy and beauty of our lives in the now.
Today’s draw is very similar to one that came up four days ago, so something is coming through that needs attention. It’s time to stop and ask yourself what the hell you’re doing. Where are you going right now? What are you trying to accomplish, and for whom? Because you’re going the wrong way (about something). There is healing that you need to be doing, and many new things coming in. It’s ok to be ok about that–sometimes we don’t want to have hope that something good will happen or come to us because of how we might feel if it doesn’t. But it’s time for some new medicine, some new healing method, and the only way to get to it is to let go of the entrenched disappointment. Let go of the quest for someone to tell you what to do. Let go of the dream of rescue. Stop, look at what’s around you, and take stock. Move toward joy for yourself and away from what constitutes joy for others.
Today’s draw is about the growth processes that happen in the dark. It’s ok that things aren’t clear right now, and sometimes we really do just have to keep going even though we have no idea what we’re doing or how it all fits into the grand plan. You are healing on multiple levels, and as much as you’d like to know exactly how all that healing is happening and what the healers are doing, you just can’t. Time to trust that things are happening, that you’re following an inner light even if it feels like all outer lights have gone out. Keep going, and listen for messages of encouragement beneath all the noise of modern life. And yes, your ancestors are helping.