Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New moon in June

Yesterday I drew two cards for the New Moon of this month from the Shadowscapes Tarot and both hold some very sound and also summery advice for me:
Shadowscapes Tarot, Eight of Cups,Stephanie Pui-Mun LawShadowscapes Tarot, The Hanged Man, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
        
Release – The eight of Cups
For me this card is all about soul searching, shadow work and seeking truth and answers in places you’ve never been before. A lonely and sometimes scary journey into the unknown, leaving behind who you once was and not knowing how you will emerge from this adventure. But now is not the time to dive deep, so I should let go of that tempting distant glimmer in the depths which is just out of reach. I’d better swim back to the surface and bask myself in the summer sun.
Embrace – The Hanged Man
Well  he sure is getting a tan. This card is always a real challenge for me: letting go of control, surrender to what is and while doing change my perspective and be open to new ways of thinking. A shift in consciousness is sometimes all we need to continue our journey peacefully. Often it is hard for me to do nothing because when my mind is unoccupied, unwelcome thoughts will creep in. So I read and  I write, I draw and I knit  to keep the worrying at bay. But when I look at this card even the little Fae  are quietly  waiting so perhaps when I try to let go of suppressing my darker thoughts they will stop wriggling and writhing too. Isn't it a fact that what we fight is always getting stronger?

And just now I noticed the Hanged Man has a beautiful  shining  ball of light in his hands, so we don’t always have to dive deep to find our treasure. When we hold still and surrender it might just magically appear…

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  1. It is my nature to run from or at least distract myself from strong emotions. Had I drawn these two card for myself, I would automatically think of the phrase, "What you resist will persist." Like the HM, I need to allow the emotions to flow through, but without getting attached to any thoughts that accompany them. Hard work!

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    1. Hard work indeed Bev. It looks so easy but it's not. Again I've been busy all day without taking an actual break.:) There hasn't been much hanging going on here but the other part of the hard work is not to beat myself up over it
      In this respect we are much alike :)

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  2. Yes! I pulled my two cards last night and will post about them soon :) The 8 of Cups showed up for me, too. I love your comment that sometimes we just have to be still to find our treasure :) I think you're right - being still is sometimes hard. That's how I feel about meditation a bit. I enjoy it and know it's beneficial, but making time for it..... that is a challenge for me.

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    1. I am looking forward to read your post!
      I can relate to the reluctance to meditatevery much Olivia. And when I finally sit down to meditate I have to let go of any expectation of what I should feel if I meditated the right way. And don't forget those Thought storms force 10!! But when the bell sounds I feel soooo good about my self. Is pride a bad thing ? :D

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    2. Oh yes, there is a lot of pressure built up around meditating in the "right way." If I tried to do that I think I would never meditate!!! :) Haha, pride in this case is positive reinforcement, I'd say!

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  3. What a simple but helpful reading this is. You got quite an interesting pair...I liked reading your thoughts. I might have to draw a couple cards for myself. :)

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    1. This reading does surprise me time and again. I am sure you will enjoy your reading just as much as I did.:)

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    2. It turned out pretty well. What I need to release came out loud and clear. It was the 5 of Swords reversed...I've been feeling very much like one of the losers in the background lately. I need to stop feeling discouraged and move on. I'm still a little unsure as to what I must embrace however...The Moon reversed. I jotted down some ideas but I need to think on it more. Very interesting. :)

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    3. Maybe The Moon reversed can be about embracing your inner shadows without fear holding you back. Sometimes facing fear is all about taking that first step which will lead you to freedom and self-worth
      Hugs

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    4. True! There are always inner shadows in need of attention. I'll definitely keep that in mind. Thanks for the input! :)

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  4. I'm interested by the fact that both these cards are presenting figures suspended, upside down. Were I to have drawn these cards for myself I think I'd be inclined to look at my situation in terms of polarities and gradations because the cards are so similar physically. The sense of radical new direction that might manifest in taking time for oneself to really look at the stories and views we hold about our own place in the world, our own identity. Plus I'd definitely be doing some modified headstands lol.

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    1. Yes you are quite right about that. Only one is searching actively for insights and the other is waiting patiently for enlightenment. It is not only through meditation but also just by sitting quietly and doing nothing we can find clarity about who we are and why we are here
      Headstands....not for me anymore not even modified ones. :D

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  5. Such a beautiful reading!! I love that you've been using this deck. I just purchase it and am completely in LOVE with it!!! I enjoy that this hang man chooses to suspend himself. He is not tied or hanging; it's more of a graceful balancing; a choice to suspend, gain new perspectives and simply BE.
    Brightest Blessings to you my friend!!

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    1. I am so happy I've picked up this deck again after seeing it popping up here and there. It is absolutely stunning and so appropriate for this time of year
      This Hanged Man is like Odin who hung himself from the World Tree for nine days in order to receive the runes. Now that's gaining a new perspective :D
      Hugs and happy crafting with your girl

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  6. Interesting, I don't normally see the Eight of Cups as being about soul searching, so much as seeking a higher truth. It's a card I love. Still, that mermaid diving down certainly gives it a different slant. I hope that the answers you need will appear as you release striving :)

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  7. When I look at the RW depiction, searching for a higher truth would be very applicable. Maybe the diving combined with my own personality made me think of diving too deep and striving too much. :)
    I've been trying to relax and just sit and do nothing without making an effort to do it the right way :)

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  8. I love her work especially with these cards. Great post and combination of cards Ellen.

    Today, yesterday actually I learned of the writer Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote Eat, Write, Pray. I confess I never read her book, I knew of it but never heard her name until yesterday. My point is creatives and fear seem to go hand in hand like she talks about in her TED talk. Very compelling and truthful what she has to say. We either seem to be running from fear or running to it. Having to relinquish control, with a trip to the underworld, and having to trust in the unseen workings of the unconscious waiting with fear, anxiety and hope. We just need to keep doing the creative work anyway.

    Elizabet Gilbert has a new book coming out called Big Magic.

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    1. Thanks Catherine! This is so true! Showing up to the blank page or canvas is one the most scary things to do. But we do it anyway because the wonders awaiting once we have faced this fear are too beautiful to leave untouched.
      Big magic sound like a great book. Now we only have to wait until September. :)

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    2. Thank you Ellen. You might want to check out Elizabeth Gilbert's TED talk. Fantastic.

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