The Fool

Trust your adventurous self. Start over. Remember your innocence. Mock and play. Be spontaneous. Risk looking foolish. Trust your path. Take a plunge. Leap before you look. Learning to be more open to the new, strange, and even scary is going to a part of the journey I take with this deck.

0, THE FOOL.

The Fool is not the beginning, it is not the end, it is not the middle. The space of The Fool is the in between, the moment of passing between portals.

The Lovers

The Lovers is a card not just about falling in love and all that comes with it, but also about choice and influence. Essentially it is a card that asks you to take a close look at what choices you are making and why, and what the influences are over those choices. 

In the context of something to be wary of, approach The Lovers as an early warning sign to The Devil card which often indicates vices and addictions. In fact, in the traditional RWS portrayal, these cards are very obviously related. You are asked to pay attention the things that delight you which, where health is concerned, can easily turn harmful.It’s perhaps easiest to start with a physical idea of optimum health, perhaps beginning with reduction of sugary and salty foods that are often used for comfort. However, The Lovers card will ask you to go deeper and look at your mental and emotional health. What (and sometimes who) is currently present in your life that feels good for a moment but ultimately becomes a source of stress, frustration, and at worst pain?

Be as honest in your answers as you possibly can be and avoid the urge to create excuses for these influences. Instead shift your choices to that which provides true nourishment, without caveat or exception.

Temperance

 

TEMPERANCE is a balance of extremes, fire and ice. Drawing power without being consumed by it. Walking the edge without falling to either side. It is not simply light and shadow- these are the dark and dangerous edges of your soul that name you bridge. That is the call of shadow work, to tread carefully.

The primary card in this reading is TEMPERANCE, which also happens to be a major arcana card and requires us to play particular attention as this queer and fluid energy guides us over a longer period time than say cards from one of the suits or court cards. TEMPERANCE can be hard to navigate, as difficult as picturing a tiger on water. Temperance- harmony and balance are such broad terms with vaguely defined entry points that don’t always sound and feel and manifest practically in our world. Balance in practice looks like- at the very least- ensuring that your cup is full and overflowing before looking to share its contents with the world. It’s the give from the overflow concept that we all love and also somehow end up ignoring nearly every time.

The Star

After the effects of The Tower, here comes starlight, beautiful, healing, and gentle. In the stars we find our way, navigate back to ourselves again. This is no flighty hope, it is hardwon. The dim but brightening inner flame beginning to glow.

Starlight is not so bright, but in this moment, it is just enough.

"This is a post-disaster hope, one not sought through conscious direction but by the full and heavy surrender of grief and loss." (She is Sitting in the Night)

What does this mean to me right now?

This grief is a cleansing ritual.

It is an offering to Her who knows this unkindness well- to the world's ocean, Yemaya- all the shit, trauma, grief, and pain all of it and releasing that to fill up my pitcher with something fresher.

It looks like getting back into the work- sharing this journey, this process and processing of grief with others because it is a world ocean- so many others recognize what we pour out. That recognition heals, affirms: vulnerability, and the bravery to lay it all out.

That deep honesty allows the starlight to kiss my skin and hold me together.

 

asaliprayerspelloffering                 'I make space as I pour out, to myself, to you, to community.'

 

Yemayareceivedsresponse                      'You are not lost/You are finding yourself.'