Today’s draw indicates a manifestation of long-term ideas and plans, something that has been in pieces for a long time but is now beginning to draw together into a more visible whole. Focus on what you really want from your life, how you want to spend your days and nights, what matters most to you, and what constitutes prosperity, wealth, and a happy life for you. Don’t go by someone else’s definitions: define those qualities for yourself in a clear-cut and down-t0-earth way. Then see what you can do with what you’ve already got at hand to make these things happen for yourself.
Today is one of those days to just hunker down and git ‘er done. Do the best you can to push through even when things feel hard and heavy, and even when it feels like you’re dragging the weight of the world behind you. Make lists. Get detailed. Figure out what you need to do, and break the tasks down into small, do-able chunks so that you can get things done. Leave the outer world to itself for the moment. There are elements and energies going on Out There that you can’t see and you don’t know about, and that’s fine for now. Let the flow flow. Just focus on what’s on your plate and do your best to get your stuff done.
Well. Ok, then. There we have it, short and sweet (because it’s pretty obvious and doesn’t need a lot of explanation: the poison and dagger from Romeo & Juliet are under the Gargoyle’s feet, and the wounded angel has an arrow shot directly into her lower back). Today’s draw is about protection and watching your back, being careful of where you’re going and what you’re doing, and not taking anything for granted. Go carefully today and be wary because you don’t know what kind of trouble’s afoot. Don’t get caught up on other people’s drama (which is always good advice, but is especially on point today), and use your heads. Think things through.
First off, darlings, your Oracle is going to Pantheacon in San Jose, so divinations will be intermittent over the next four days. Pantheacon yay!
Ok, now for this mess. There is SO much going on here that it’s going to be hard to focus today. You’ve worked hard and gotten yourself ready to face things, but you’re being pulled in multiple directions simultaneously and that’s not good. Get your protective shields up, root yourself in your traditions and good habits, and answer meanness and petty problems with a big smile and an overpowering, “No Problem!” attitude. You can handle anything they throw at you, and you have more help than you know. Don’t trust the naysayers, and let their worries and fidgets be their own problem, not yours.
Ferocity in guarding your space and your boundaries is not only acceptable, it’s required. With such intense energy focusing inward these days, and let’s face it, we’re all focusing inward on getting our stuff done, moving our projects forward, or just plain trying to survive, sometimes intense defense needs to happen. When others come at you to either get your help or to dump their stuff on you (whether they mean to or not, and sometimes they really are just clueless and not proceeding from ill intent), finding a way to say, “No, thank you,” is critical. It depends on who it is, of course: if your boss dumps on you and you need the job, don’t tell her to go f*** herself. Do the job, do what you have to do to protect your inner resources, and practice not taking anything personally. If however it’s someone who tends to be an energy vampire, who comes at you with their boatloads of crap all the time, by all means practice your sacred and divine “NO.” Let yourself have your “NO.”
Today’s draw is about being stuck, but knowing how to get out of it … you just don’t want to do it. It’s an ugly situation all around, and you’ll have to break a few things to make good your escape, but you can fix those later. You’re strong enough to manage it, so keep your eyes on the prize and move forward. Use your words, your voice, and speak your truth from the heart. Keep moving, and do the best you can. Do the hard thing, and do it well. You’re going to keep getting goaded at until you do it anyway, so might as well do it and get it over with.
Today’s draw brings great harmony and deep connection with Ancestors (which is actually the subject of today’s #30DaysofHecate by the way). The way the charms fell is stunning today. The arrow of bright and brilliant thought is enmeshed in the crown and pointing at the crown worn by Tara Sermo Sonam Tobche, the Great Golden Lady Who Increases the Power of Merit, She Who is Impeccable Virtue. And the Karma Coin is at the roots of our Ancestral Tree, our lineages. We are working out and off ancestral karma as well as our own, and everything is connected over generations. Even if you don’t like your people or don’t know them, you are affected by their lives and actions. How we live our lives matters; the choices we make every day matter. It’s important to keep the sacred fires of the self lit, and to move in the direction of making your dreams a reality. Continue to move inward along your journey of development, following the path in the dark with your lantern held high (this is another nod to Hekate, the lightbringer–She carries the lantern and brings light to the darkness).
The forces of negativity that you’re up against are formidable, and it’s important to not take them lightly. Keep your focus, though, and be strong. Face your fears, and be guided by the light of your heart. Now, having said all that, let me also say that sometimes there are Things out there that you can’t defeat or avoid. You’re going to have to do battle. We can’t let somebody else do all the fighting or just pretend that the fights don’t exist. They do. Our lives are at stake, and if you want to keep a grip on the good life for yourself and others, you’re going to have to fight for it–not fight just to keep what’s comfortable and cushy for yourself, but fight to end the sources of negativity and evil that are trying to take the good life away. Do you remember that scene in “The Lord of the Rings” in which Frodo is facing Shelob in her lair, and the only thing he has is the vial from Galadriel and his own courage? Yeah, that’s us right now. We’re facing Shelobs out in the world all over the place, and all we have is faith and our own courage and a little bit of magic. Don’t back down. Let the purity and beauty of your courage and your faith in what’s good and right blaze forth and drive evil back to where it came from.
So maybe today is not the day to declare your run for the Presidency of the United States. Maybe today is a day to keep your friends close and kick your enemies to the curb because frankly, who needs ’em? Shield and protect yourselves, and pay attention to your own needs as you move through the day. Listen to your body. Pay attention to little signs and signals. And don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
As we return from the weekend into our regular working lives, it’s valuable to bring forward gifts to share and offer to others from wherever we’ve been. Be in the now and in your real life, and share willingly the treasures you’ve received. But here’s a warning: the idea is to share what you choose to share, with “choose” being the operative word. You don’t have to let others take your stuff. Give where you want to give, where you choose to give, and don’t let others manipulate you into giving where you don’t feel drawn to. Your journey is not over–you’re not done yet, so it isn’t time to completely clear the decks. But letting go of some things that brought you joy once but no longer do now (and that may now bring joy to someone else) will bring blessings to you both. Release with joy and a full, grateful heart. That’s the key.