Chrysalis Tarot (U.S. Games, 2014). The artwork in this deck, by Holly Sierra, is absolutly lovely: colourful and joyful. And the inspiration and writing of Toney Brooks is full of myth and mystery - delightful!
Situation: Golden Flower (Temperance)
The companion booklet links this card to meditation, rather than more traditional ideas of getting the right balance of ingredients, moderation, or balancing different elements. Though, it's true, meditation helps in finding inner balance...
Don't: Ten of Mirrors (Cups)
Rather than domestic bliss, this card shows the dove of peace carrying mirrors that reflect happiness. As the card for what to avoid, I see it saying not to idealise emotional situations or family, not to choose peace over what your inner voice tells you is right.
Do: Ten of Scrolls (Swords)
I love the description Brooks gives of tiger energy that battles through the negativity of thought patterns that lock you in: 'strong-willed, confident and resolved'. That definitely sounds like a good mix to overcome the sometimes overly dramatic emphasis of this card, with those thoughts that we allow to stab us in the back, to lay us low, and which we face again and again until we break free of their hold. In terms of what to do, it's a clarion call to roar in the face of adversity!
Well, I am hoping to make meditation a focus of my week, it's true. I'm writing some meditations for workshops I will be running next year! And so, I shall make sure not to focus too much on emotions in these, but rather to highlight how people can be confident and resolved. On a more personal level, I have been meditating daily, and it has definitely helped me find greater emotional peace, and to focus on my own ability to deal with negative self-talk :)