Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards (Watkins Publishing, 2014). I liked the idea of a deck based around the chakras, and have previously seen some of Tori Hartman's stories, the fable-esque nature of which I enjoyed. While the companion book suggests a number of spreads for this deck, I decided to still use my traditional Body-Mind-Spirit spread, and see how the chakras played into those categories.
Body - Despondence (Sixth Chakra)
Interestingly, although this is a card of the sixth chakra (at the third eye), it jibes nicely with the body, at least in terms of the image and the key phrase. We see a woman with the earth at the centre of her body, a Gaia figure. To one side is a rather sad and grumpy looking woman in purple, a clue that she is officially the main character on the card, which has a purple border.
The key phrase given is: "By taking action, I found the way out." The little fable reminds us that often, by helping others, we can refind our joy in life. It reminds me of a post on service by Tierney Sadler recently, in which she states that service is not about what we do, but about the attitude with which we do it. Despondence is unlikely to hold up in the face of acting to help others.
Although I know the figure to the right is intended as the main character, my intuitive reading of this card for myself centres around the Gaia figure. She is a mother figure, yet seems to be tearing her hair out, and I can really relate to that! Last week was a little tough, being half term. At one level, I feel I have all this creativity inside of me, but no time to express it. And at another level I feel like a fat mother, rather than a creative goddess. I hope this week I'll have a little time to remedy both of those - time to workout, and time to do some work that isn't related to nappies, babies, or six year olds!
Mind - Release (Seventh Chakra)
A woman stands in a graveyard, with rain falling around her. In the background, the sun breaks through the clouds. This suggests to me the need to let go of something before being able to move on. In terms of the mind, that says that sometimes we need to prune our ideas, freeing up our mind to think outside of the box.
It's funny, this leads on nicely from the previous card. I need to let go of my expectations of myself, then I may actually get more done, or at least feel better about what I do get done...
Spirit - Recovery (Sixth Chakra)
At a spiritual level, this card suggests the need to unlock something. The key floating, as though offered by the spirit, seems to say that we have all we need to set ourselves free, if we can just see what is right in front of us. Whether it be having the tools to recover pieces of ourselves from the past, or to let go of the past by unlocking a new door, I like the feel of this card.
Over the weekend, I took some time to do more personal readings, and it felt really good and helpful. Part of recovering my sense of myself is to do the things that I love, without worrying about how much I'm getting done within a certain timeframe. Taking time to honour the more spiritual side is important, too, no matter what the other pressures on me!