Today’s draw is one of those where the charms really add to the message in a hard-core way. Look at the image: The white rose at the center of the White Queen card has been covered by the silver heart milagro, and the blood that drips from the rose now appears to be coming from the heart itself. The card, which carries a meaning of connection between personal Spirit and Cosmic/Divine Source as well as the revelation of signs and mysteries, has now been overwhelmed by the Bleeding Heart, and the Plus Sign charm indicates an increase of whatever it has fallen close to. We are trusting too much to divine signs and not enough to our own personal wisdom and intuition. We are allowing our feelings to overwhelm everything else (I blame Facebook — no, seriously, we now have access to everything that’s going on everywhere anyone has a phone and a camera, so we’re being bombarded with everything from bloody far-off revolutions to baby bunnies in “wheelchairs,” and the distraction level is monstrously high). There is a lack of rootedness at work today, and we need to get our feet back on the ground. Pay close attention to what you let into your space today, friends; pay attention to your thoughts. Where do they come from? Are they yours? Has the source of these thoughts and ideas worked hard to earn your trust, or do you just believe what you see because you want to, because you are being told what you want to hear?
Today’s draw shows a process of moving from thought into action. You’ve had some good ideas lately and now it’s time to get them moving. Put them into the flow of things. Don’t be afraid to look like a beginner—you are a beginner, so you’re going to look like one no matter what you do. So don’t let that bother you. You’ve got all the requisite wisdom you need, and you’ve got the strength and capacity for making what you need to make in the world. Go for it. If you feel like you need to start quietly, that’s fine. Go wisely and let it be a start that few know about. You don’t have to shout it from the mountaintops. Just get moving because the flow happening right now is something you really want to tap into.
Today’s draw is about where we are now and where we’re going. We are facing a big job of getting rid of a LOT of crap. There is an entire way of being that’s currently dying (or is already dead), and we can either keep dragging that carcass around or bury it and move on. It’s time to take the lessons from it, to see where the goodness is and to bring that with us while letting the rest go. We are moving into a deeply creative period and we can’t go there or be there fully while constantly maneuvering around acres of our previous crap. Get rid of it. Clear out your house. Empty your closets of things you don’t wear. Donate stuff to charity, sell what you can, and throw away the rest. There is so much work to be done, and your stubbornness is really getting in the way (I’m speaking to myself as well here, so this isn’t just me being all bossy at you). We’re being fools, hiding the truth from ourselves, or rather, hiding ourselves from the truth. It needs to stop. Go within. Quiet down. Put down the masks and distractions and face what you are too afraid to face.
Today’s draw is a warning to be careful at work today: shield yourself as much as you can against getting thrown under the bus by others or being the subject of their tricks. Don’t take on guilt for that which isn’t your fault. You are shielded and protected from trouble so far by your own good work, but don’t be afraid to move on if you need to. Goodness is growing beneath your feet and will be there for you when you need it. It’s ok to hide if you feel threatened. Let your sacred protectors do their job.
Fight for what you want. Fight for what’s real to you, what matters. Keep moving and doing the work you’re doing, but don’t get caught up in the past. Don’t wander around back there, second-guessing choices you’ve made or the road not taken. That’s just going to make you crazy, for one thing, and for another, it’s wasting your time in the now. Whatever happened back there has made you who you are now, for better or worse, so just allow it to be what it is and focus forward. Things may be hard and a little joyless at the moment, but you’re doing what needs to be done. Don’t let yourself get distracted; don’t make stuff up to make yourself sound more important than you already are. Go with the truth, because it’s enough.
Some old things need to die, and some new habits need to die off as well. Letting ourselves get distracted by fantasy and daydreaming isn’t helpful right now. It’s understandable of course because it’s human, and there’s a great deal of creative potential in daydreaming. But there’s a point at which so much “drifting” becomes counterproductive. Do what you can to focus today. I have a friend who sets a timer whenever she gets on Facebook because otherwise she’d lose hours. We all would–hell, we all do. The timer idea is very wise, and I’d recommend it or something like it in the coming days because there isn’t time any more to let go of focus. Another thing we need to let go of us that feeling of powerlessness and being at the whim of forces we can’t control. We are not just cogs in a machine. We’re not here to pad someone else’s bank account through our hard work. We are all parts of a Cosmic whole, and that whole is utterly undone without each of us doing our part. No one is more valuable that you, and no one is less valuable than you.
There is a sense in today’s draw that we need to remember that we are all in this for the LONG haul. What we do, what we wish for, what we think and plan, reverberates outward in all directions across time and space, and it does so faster than we are born and reborn. We are affected by our thoughts and the thoughts of our ancestors in ways we cannot imagine, so mindfulness and prudence are very important. It’s also important to remember that negativity can be caused by others seeking vengeance against us for past misdeeds that we might not even remember. Karma (which concept the Druids embodied in the Ogham stave for the Elder tree, seen in today’s draw below) is always in flow, always bringing our past back to us. Make amends. Don’t wallow in wasteful shame. Be mindful of what’s yours and don’t be afraid (or too proud) to ask for forgiveness. Your destiny is a good one and you’ve earned it, so don’t let it be lost to pride, guilt, and shame.
Today’s draw is about keeping up the good work. I mean, there’s a WHOLE LOT going on here, but if I were to boil it down to one simple phrase, it would be to keep doing what you’re doing. You’ve made choices in your past and they’ve brought you to where you are now, for good or ill. It’s ok to review those changes and make sure that if they brought about negative consequences you learn from them, but it’s important to not live in the past. Make creative fodder out of your history. Use it to build something great in the now. Use it to protect and shield yourself from future harm. And if you’ve lost something recently, something you thought was important, let it go for now. Chances are that it was filtered away by the grand flow of things for a reason. If it is meant to be, it will be brought back to you (it or something similar). But for now, release it and focus forward. Manifest your dreams and plans today. Forward. Now. And if you need to set something on fire to do so (metaphorically, of course, unless you are using all proper fire-safety techniques), go for it. Flame on, you darlings.