Working the overnight shifts this week I have had a fair amount of time on my hands at work. The lull after the Memorial Day madness and before July.
I had listened to one of the early episodes of New World Witchery and was feeling especially Witchtacular so I grabbed my Tarot cards and in the early A.M. of the 17th did my first spontaneous reading in months.
(The one before that was in February of Last year and full of omens that I could have read to avoid a LOT of heartache and loss and grief had I paid attention to them rather than sweeping them nervously under my psyche… then again the disasters of that year have led to the successes and happiness of the present… so who’s to say I was meant to listen to them then anyways?)
Any how I emptied my mind breathed into my centers and Center and shuffled and mixed the cards, which had been separated into their Suits and The Arcana for some re-learning/studying earlier this year, and drew three cards. I didn’t label them…. I mean it wasn’t like one was Past one was Present and one was Future, nor did I have a specific question. I simply opened myself up to intuition and inspiration and let ‘er rip in the spirit of “What do I need to know?”**
The three cards I drew were, from left to right, the King of Swords, The Chariot, and the 9 of Swords.
Duh, dum, DOOM! (that’s the musical riff that I heard inside my fertile imagination as I first looked at this little spread, familiar to anyone who’s watched any of the action/adventure type shows of the late 70’s early 80’s…)
I looked at the cards and their relationship and relaxed as the themes of Balance and Will seemed to percolate to the surface and was confirmed in my consultation of my trusted Paperback Tarot Book. (I used to be able to read with out it… but then I set down the Cards, and a lot of my Craft, for years as I wandered emotionally and mentally in my early to mid 30’s.)
‘In the late PM of that same evening and the early AM of today I consulted the I-Ching for clarification/cross-referential purposes; a practice I first heard of from my dear dear friend The Incubus. ( a nickname rather than an entity)
The coins were thrown and the Book of Changes consulted and I got
#32 Thunder above Wind – Long Lasting
#35 Fire above Earth – Proceeding Forward
with special emphasis on the 3rd line, which would lead to #40 Relief…had it been the only changing line, which it wasn’t, but I felt that intuitional sort of nudge to go ahead and read up on #40 as well anyway, so I did! After all what’s the point of Divining unless you truly give yourself up and over to the process?!
Over all, signs seem to indicate that continued Will development and working and Working on the proper ballance of Spiritual Work and my Stable Planes is in order. The Suit of Swords, and the many moving lines from the Book of Changes, both suggest a lot of outside forces at work. Yet the core message is one of True Will and seeking a ballance. The coins of the Book of Changes counsel me not to rush anything. Doing the Work of Spirit and Magick and nurturing Will and seeking Ballance; these will leak to Forward movement, Relief of hardship, and success.
So that’s what I am trying to do.
**I should note that, for no particular reason I can identify other than it felt right in the moment, I shuffled and mixed the cards in such a way as to NOT reverse any of the cards.