What impulse should I act on? Four of Cups
At first glance, this seem likes a curious card for an impulse I should act on. Should I spend some time wallowing over all the rubbish life throws at me, forgetting to acknowledge all the good things? In fact, it is asking me to examine this feeling and use it as a vehicle for change. When I catch myself moping and focusing on the negatives, I need to look up and see that there is an alternative boat I can hop on.
What impulse should I ignore? Magian
The first thing which strikes me with this ‘Magian’ (a title deliberately chosen by Julia Turk) is the mask he holds in his hand. His head is also not attached to his body. I can see here a warning about not following the Magian’s lead in creating a different persona which can be taken on and off at will. It is important for my psyche to remain firmly attached to the rest of me. I cannot let the creative will of the Magian lead me astray and lose sight of my purpose. Where possible, I should avoid trying to be a bit too clever.
Oracle of the Radiant Sun gives me Practicality for today. This card represents the energies expressed by the Moon in Capricorn. It suggest recognition for work done or help to advance my career by a successful woman. I should look out for opportunities for public recognition.
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The Bittersweet Spread
What is currently bitter in my life? (the things which cause sadness, don’t sit right or you wish you could spit back out) Death
Well…of all the cards to pull in this position. 🙂 This card is applicable on many levels. It speaks to me not only of my current struggle to change direction, but also of the many deaths I have experienced in the past. At the moment, it’s causing me frustration because I know my situation is changing but I cannot see where it will end. There is currently not a safe ending in sight.
Death brings its own blend of bittersweet anyway. There are things which I have celebrated which have been tinged with sadness because my parents weren’t there to share it with me. Once Death has walked into your life, it can bring great transformation. It is very effective at making you question how you are living your life and what your real priorities are. In that way, it can be a catalyst for positive change. However, it does also bring with it a wistfulness, a longing for what might have been. When in the throes of Death, life can indeed seem quite bitter.
What is currently sweet in my life? (things which cause happiness, enjoyment and that you enjoy savouring) Aeon
It is interesting that this card follows Death. Aeon represents self-realization, it’s waking up to your true self. Is this the sweetness that comes after Death? Do we need these endings in our lives to help us learn more about ourselves and our potential? Death certainly taught me that I’m stronger and more resilient than I thought. It also showed me that I was wasting my life in a job I didn’t enjoy. Fast forward a few years, and I find myself in that position again. 🙂 This card reminds me of the potential we have to create a different future. It brings clarity and the ability hear those subtle messages that lead us back onto the right path.
Oracle of the Radiant Sun gives me Achievement today. This card represents the sun in Capricorn which is also its position on my birth chart. It indicates the achievement that comes from a steady, conscientious pace coupled with a strong sense of responsibility and duty. Today might be a day when I have to take responsibility for something or show commitment to a project.
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This week I have decided to use Navigators of the Mystic SEA published by U.S. Games Systems. The artwork, created by Julia Turk, is wonderfully abstract and dream-like.
I have decided to use it this morning to help me interpret a rather bizarre dream I had last night. In a nutshell, it was about a large house which was haunted by a figure who only came to visit once per year. Unfortunately, a new family had moved next-door and didn’t realise that this happened. They find themselves inside the house, trapped with the owners trying to placate the ghost with all the rituals it needs.
What is the connection between this dream and my waking reality? King of Wands
A cloaked figure stands holding a torch, his head covered by a hat which looks like fire and lightning strikes by his foot. There seems to be an indication of great power which needs to be earthed in a productive manner. The ghost in the dream could represent powerful memories of my past which need to be grounded and worked with creatively. It is coming up to the anniversary of my Father’s death which provokes powerful emotions each year. It is a time when I do find myself doing some type of ritual act in his memory just like the figures in the dream.
What is my subconscious trying to tell me? Sun
The word ‘basking’ comes to mind when I look at this card. It evokes that feeling of lying in the sun, enjoying the warmth of its rays on your skin. There are symbols of fire and water in this card. The torch of the previous card is now a blazing sun offering further illumination. There is a balance between emotional reflection and active doing. The figure lying down, is holding a quill and paper which suggest some time to write and reflect would be beneficial. It is time to bring those memories to the full light of day and use them to gain clarity.
My card for the day using Oracle of the Radiant Sun is Negotiation.
It represents Jupiter in Libra and indicates a time when a decision needs to be made. There will need to be some weighing up of the pros and cons and some negotiation to ensure everyone is happy.
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