Today’s energy isn’t particularly happy or helpful, friends, and the possibilities for being your own worst enemy are endless. Watch what you see and hear, what you let into your boundaries, and be careful of your own thoughts about things. My parents went to see the movie “Spotlight” last night, and while they agree it was an excellent movie, my stepdad said he wishes he’d never seen it. It’s a powerful and important story, but one must be in the proper frame of mind, with the proper boundaries firmly in place, before seeing it. The mind is a powerful beastie, and it’s not above tricking you into believing things that aren’t true based on past trauma, abuse, and crises that litter your past. Reach out to family and friends for advice and support, especially if you’re considering a life change. Let yourself be sheltered and protected by the walls of love and friendship. Leave heavy decisions for tomorrow, if you can. And if you must make hard choices today, get advice, do your due diligence, get as much information as you can, and remember that you’re doing your best and that’s all anyone can do.
Happy new year, my friends! This is the first draw of 2016, and it sets a bit of a theme for the year to come. We are all still in flow: things are still changing all around us, and we’re continuing on whatever journeys we were on before. It’s strange and weird and difficult to understand sometimes, but it’s important to keep our eyes on the prize. What are you moving toward? Do you have a goal, or are you just floating? We’re reminded that we could spend our entire lives floating if we’re not careful, so set some goals. Start small, and keep your goals and plans short, small, and as doable as possible. Give yourself a decent shot at success. You’ll get there in the end, and you have guardians and protectors that you can’t possibly even imagine, so relax and go with the flow.
Today’s draw is a reminder that life is flowing all around you and it’s ok to let go and join in. Take some time for yourself to dance, celebrate, and flow with the waters of the world. Don’t have a point except to move. Don’t have a plan except to let yourself relax and go. There is so much movement happening everywhere, and you don’t have to fight that energy all the time. You can actually tap into it and let it pull you along. Go with the flow, my dears.
Today’s draw tells us to guard that which is most precious to us. Today in the United States it’s a day of mercantile madness that comes less than a day after we profess gratitude for what we already have. Without getting too political in this space, let me just say that before we criticize those who wait in line for shopping on this day, consider that many of those who do are poor people who can’t afford the items they’re shopping for otherwise. Let’s not criticize the people but the corporations that are taking advantage of them and their own workers — remember who the real enemy is. So guard your valuables if you’re shopping today, and continue that flow of gratitude for what you already have as you search to bring in more (if you need to).
Ok, that’s that. Back to the reading: Tap into your own magic today (of course you have it; we all do). Watch out for predators and tricksters, and ALWAYS read the fine print. Guard your precious light against that which drains it, and if you are surrounded by energies that sap you, get away from them for a little while. If you can’t get away, put up some energetic shields to block them. These family weekends can be feeding grounds for energetic vampires, so be careful. Watch. Guard that which is most precious.
There is great depth and sorrow among today’s energies, and the sorrow is bleeding over into all elements of life. There is poverty consciousness and dearth, a sort of scorched-earth reality happening now that is absolutely at odds with the possibilities around you. There is abundance as a part of life itself, and it’s important to face that in order for you to live, some things must die. There is nothing any of us can do about that. If we would survive here in this life, other beings cannot survive, whether we’re talking about the spider who drowns in your shower or the insects that splat into your windshield or the food you eat or the leather on your feet. The important thing is not to try to live without killing things — a life without action and engagement is not worth living — the important thing is to bring reverence and honor to all your activities, to recognize that you and I and all of us are part of a cycle of life and death and rebirth, and that just as we feed on the abundance provided by other beings, we will provide abundance for other beings when it is our turn to die. We are all a part of the Great Cycle, and it is a sacred and holy thing. Honor the meals on your plate, whether animals died to feed you or not; the sacrifice of the green world is no less than the sacrifice of the mammalian or pescatorian. Honor the money you bring in, and be generous where you can to keep the cycle of abundance flowing. You can’t take anything with you when you die into the next life, so what you leave behind, your legacy, is what matters.
Remember that you are protected as you go today. Keep your eyes focused on what you are doing and what you need to do, but relax, breathe, and have faith that your prayers are being heard and answered. You are blessed. Keep the wolves out by remembering to close and lock the door, people. If you live in a dangerous neighborhood, you’re not going to leave your front door wide open for anybody to just wander in. The same is true for your inner life: ground yourselves, shield, and then lock those shields into place. Rest, focus, and breathe. You are a sanctuary.
Decks: “A Curious Oracle” by Holly DeFount, “Das Germanische Gotterorakel,” Red Dragon Edition
Let’s talk about treasure, those things we value most and what we’re searching high and low for. Those things that complete us. We may have more of them than we think, or rather, we may be richer in ways we don’t recognize than we think, and it’s important to start recognizing those things so that we protect them better from those who would steal from us. Guard your shit, people. That doesn’t mean you should go all Unabomber/NRA and freak out and go live in a bunker somewhere in the desert to keep people away from your cash. We’re here to enjoy life and learn as much as we can from the process and each other. But it’s important to not pay so little attention that ungrounded energies come and take because they can. (“Ungrounded energies” can be anything from flaky people who rely on you to rescue them to downright evil assholes and everything in between.) Use your treasure in concert with others for greater impact. And don’t mourn so much for things that are gone that you drown in your own bitterness. Learn from the loss as much as you can, use the experience, and move on.