Another Saturday, a more indepth spread. This time, I am using another basic four card spread called “Message from the Universe,” which can be found in the Shadowscapes book.
I didn’t have a specific intention with this one. Just want to know what the universe has to say to me.
Cards are arranged as follows:
Card #1: Ace of Swords. This card is haunting me lately! This is the third time it has shown up, so it must really have something to say to me. This position represents the body – how you care for it, honor it (or not). This card represents beginnings and cutting away obstructions. I think I had mentioned previously that I had been trying a new diet and fitness program. I really fell off the wagon the end of last week. I had a lot of mental and emotional stress, and that just made everything worse about trying to keep with any sort of fitness. I think this card is now telling me that it is a new day, and next week is a new week, and I can always begin again. Get through the obstacles in my path and go.
Card #2: Judgment. Such a beautiful card! I absolutely love this. This position represents the heart – how you protect it, how you share your love with others, and emotions. This card is as it says (a judgment) but doing so as to bring a renewal, the “freshness of a new dawn.” In the heart position, I don’t think it has to do with how I love others, other than perhaps I need to show it more, but also how I show love to myself. I generally hate my self and definitely don’t treat myself right.
Card #3: Queen of Pentacles. The position of this card reflects the mind – the way you see and think about the world or the way you approach problems. I wish I approached problems like a Queen! She looks so wise and serene. I definitely don’t approach anything quite like that. This card represents a generousity and warmth of spirit, security in your position in life. It also has aspects of creative energy. I need to pour these aspects into my current mental state.
Card #4: Seven of Swords. The position of this card is directed at the spirit. The message from the universe directed towards it. Sort of an overall message to sum up the reading. I have had this card before as well. It represents a shirking of responsibility. Trying to elude what you need to do. Breeding pessimism. I think I was starting to give up on a lot of things this past week, especially towards the end of the week. I think this card is chiding me just a bit. This entire reading is telling me to get back to work, treat myself better, forgive myself, and don’t fall into despair. Pick yourself back up. Get back in the saddle. Pick your metaphor.
So that’s what I’ll do.
Today’s Daily Draw: Ace of Swords
This is the first time this has happened. I pulled the same card as yesterday. And I did shuffle the deck several time and drew a card from the middle somewhere.
So let’s see. Taking into consideration events that happened yesterday (nothing major, but every day has something), it does seem like this is a time of new beginnings in my life. We had a meeting at work discussing how this is the best team they have ever had and they are ready to discuss making some changes and improvements to certain procedures. It really makes me feel like I am part of something there, which is nice. It does feel good to have a work family again, where everyone really does care about each other and wants everyone to pull together and succeed.
Still really tired, but the weekend is almost here. Plus, we might get some winter weather this weekend, so there is a chance I won’t be at work on Monday. More time to rest.
Today’s Daily Draw: Ace of Swords
What a powerful card! I love the swans and the butterflies, and the hilt and pommel of the sword is absolutely gorgeous. There has been a theme so far in my readings about trying to find your confidence and power, and this seems to go right along with that. I have been really struggling lately, especially with feeling overwhelmed and tired from the moment I get up in the morning. Not a good feeling at all. Cards like this make me want to continue to fight, make me feel like the fight is worth fighting.
Still can’t wait for that weekend though.
The artists’ interpretation is about beginnings, something that is beginning now. A funny card, since I had started all my New Year’s goals almost two weeks ago, but maybe it means not to get discouraged, because one can always begin AGAIN. There is strength, but there is also the purpose of swords – to cut away things. To “clear the obstructions that hide the truth.” That’s what I need to do. Cut through these doubts and fears and such so that they don’t hinder me any longer.
Today’s Daily Draw: Queen of Wands
I am feeling very discouraged right now. Or very overwhelmed. Or both. Both is probably the right answer. I’m also very tired and would love to have a day off, which is sad because I just came back from having days off through the holidays. But those days were full of people and plans and other distractions. I need a day off by myself. A chance to breathe without having people around asking for things.
This card is beautiful. Serene. The Queen is playing a harp made from the branches of a tree while other woodland animals sit in rapt attention. I wish I had that serenity right now, but I have no idea how to find it.
Back before the holidays, several months ago before everything went crazy, I had made a plan to go away for a weekend, just me. I had a reservation and everything at a small bed and breakfast up in the mountains. The main draw for me was that it had a balcony with a beautiful view, and also a fireplace. Due to my life imploding at the time, I had to cancel the trip. Maybe I need to try and reschedule it. Find that peace that only time in nature can bring.
The artists’ interpretation is that the Queen is confident in her power, knowing that the attention she is receiving is only her fair due. She is beautiful and alluring, but knows that these traits can be used for evil, which she guards against. I don’t really relate to this card as much today, so maybe it is something to aspire to instead. To be able to truly feel that confidence, to embrace it, and know that you deserve it. I’m a long way from that point, but maybe someday.
Today’s Daily Draw: Two of Wands
This card looks very introspective. Someone on a journey, looking out across the valley to where they are going, wondering what is ahead. Seeking, searching, not just outward, but inward as well.
I’ve been doing a lot of searching, as anyone who reads any of my blogs would know. I don’t know all the answers yet, but this card makes me feel like I might be able to find them at some point. It’s a long journey, but there is still hope. And that’s not nothing.
The artists’ interpretation says that this woman on the lion is a leader, surveying her kingdom and her people. She has stepped into her personal power and shows authority and courage. It is time to be bold, not just letting things happen, but taking initiative and making them happen.
Today’s Daily Draw: Seven of Pentacles
I’m feeling very discouraged right now, and I’m not sure why. My body is hurting, I am very tired, my diet and exercise plan completely fell apart yesterday. I did okay throughout the week though, so it’s time to climb back on the horse today, as it were. I just need motivation.
This card has very oddly shaped fruits hanging from a tree branch, bearing the pentacle symbol. At the bottom, a young fae creature is picking the fruits and putting them in her basket. So it is a harvest. She is reaping the rewards of her patience, of nurturing her tree or other plants. This tells me that I just need to be patient, keep nurturing myself and my plan and I will reap the rewards for it. That is so hard to do! Patience is not one of my strong suits, but I suppose I will have to do my best.
The artist’s interpretation has a bit more introspection. The dryad is trying to decide whether or not to pick the fruit. Does she pick it and enjoy it now, or does she let it ripen even further, possibly to become even more desirable? It’s a good question, again coming back to patience, but also presenting a choice. To take what I’ve learned and give up, or to let my new practices continue to ripen into what they are supposed to eventually be. It’s so hard to do, but important nonetheless. I guess I’ll keep at it.
Today’s Daily Draw: The Emperor
This card looks powerful! Which is, of course, to be expected from a ruler. My intention this morning was just continuation – being open and ready to continue with my goals for the coming week. This past week has been pretty good as far as keeping up with everything, so I am feeling fairly optimistic about the next week.
So to me, this card is telling me to be strong, stay strong. Self-mastery. Focus (look at that face).
Also, I love the imagery in the ring surrounding the Emperor. It’s absolutely beautiful.
The first sentence in the artist’s interpretation is “creating order out of chaos.” That is definitely what I have been trying to do this year so far! The Emperor is grounded, confident, knows his path and continues on it. Sounds good to me!