Friday, 4 November 2011
The Problem of Words
A case in point is my card for today from the Oracle of the Shapeshifters (Blue Angel, 2011) by Lucy Cavendish and Jasmine Becket-Griffith. I drew this card asking what energy I needed to bring to the day. Now, at first glance you'd think this is just a rather depressing card with no sense of empowerment. It says: Alice in a Sea of Tears - Castaway, out of your depth, feeling abandoned. Looks like a pretty bad day if you take it just as a prediction!
However, what I make of it is that there may be a situation where I feel a bit overwhelmed. In that case, I need to keep moving, to not give up, so as to keep my head above water. I also see a message to listen to the small voices inside me which may help guide me.
I don't like simply accepting that a negative card means I'm going to have a bad day. Instead, I always try to find the empowering message in the card, to help me cope with any difficulties. So, I don't just take the text on the card at face value, I look deep into the image. And I also frame my questions in such a way that I can find the course of action, the way forward. For me, that openness to intuitive reading and empowerment are what using the cards is about :)