For me, autumn is the season when inspiration and spiritual imagery seems to flow in abundance, but this year it has been a flood (or tidal wave) of images, ideas, energy, and vision. When I attended the Be Thankful Circle of Trees Retreat in early Nov. the intent that I put forth in sacred space (while drumming, dancing, firewalking, arrow breaking, etc.), was to expand and be more open to fulfilling my path as a healer, and I think the Universe was listening.
I decided to do a three card reading using the Gaian Tarot to ask for insights for the path that appears to be unfolding and that the Universe is “gently” *cough* nudging me to follow. (And by “gently” I mean tapping with a two by four until I pay attention.) The reading:
The Tree – letting go -The ego’s notion of being in control is mostly an illusion. You have the opportunity to release attachments and surrender to the flow. You are no longer in charge of your life. It isn’t a time to resist, for everything is out of your control. Give it up. Your world may feel like it’s been turned upside down. You can fight this reversal — you can go into it kicking and screaming — or you can surrender with grace and take it as an opportunity to see your life from a different perspective.
The Magician – spirit made manifest – The magician is a ritual drummer. You have the power to manifest your desires. Charisma and personal energy radiate from you. It is your gift to be able to enter sacred space and bring spiritual energy into the world of matter. Remember that when you align yourself with the heartbeat of the earth, you have the power to bring forth healing for the planet and all her creatures.
The Teacher – learning and teaching – Resolution comes with a spiritual teacher who will soon appear in your life, or you may be ready to become a teacher to others. The natural world around you has some of the most profound spiritual teachings you will ever encounter. The Teacher calls you to become intimately acquainted with the natural world in the place where you live, as part of your spiritual practice.
A simple three card reading, but the message is far from simple.
The Tree: Trees have become a very important symbol for me. Over the past two years there has been a series of “unrelated” experiences regarding trees (full body breath tree connection vision; vision of a gift from a tree, and discovering the “Circle of Trees retreats”) that when viewed as a whole are “connected.” Going back even further, in my childhood I spent many long hours quietly sitting on a rock in a hidden alcove of trees along the Delaware River where I grew up. I have always felt a love for trees, but it is only in the past couple of years that I have been able “physically feel” the connection, wisdom, strength, and web of energy that flows between the earth, sky, trees and all living creatures. When I allow myself to sink into that “web of energy” and consciously be a part of it there is a calmness and peace, and the message from the card The Tree “to surrender to the flow” resonates with that feeling and is a gentle reminder to trust that feeling and be open to it even more.
The Magician – This card confirmed for me that it is time to “manifest” what it is I desire to do with my life, which is to be a healer. I have been a healer most of my life, but privately and only among family and friends, but I know it is time to be more open to what other possibilities may unfold. At the Circle of Trees retreat during the drumming circles I danced and did qi gong into the wee hours of the morning, raising healing energy for Mother Earth and all those in need. The vibration of the drumming (the heartbeat of the earth) was a powerful combination with the healing energy of qi gong. I was inspired to learn more about drumming and bought a healing drum yesterday. It is interesting that “the heartbeat” and “healing” were part of the message.
The Teacher – I have always loved crystals and stones, but recently the call of the stones has increased in volume and many more have come into my life and I know they have much to teach me. Some of these stones are for others and making their way to their new homes through me, but some I know are meant to stay with me. I feel very fortunate to have their wisdom and energy in my life. I also want to create a permanent healing space in my backyard (using stones from around the world). In dreams and meditations I have also been inspired to teach more workshops and lead more circles (I have two scheduled for the spring Circle of Trees Retreat in April 2012- Awakening the Goddess Within and a Healing Circle). Over 25 years ago I used to be a guest lecturer at various college campuses on the topic of Wicca, and I also facilitated a Wiccan circle for many years. But stepping into the role of “teacher” is a little out of my comfort zone. However, we are all teachers (and healers) and we learn from each other. I know that being more open to doing healing work also means opportunites for teaching will open up as well, and along the way I have and will continue to meet wonderful teachers.
I will post photos of my healing drum tomorrow. I had so much fun picking it out and got to experience many lovely drums. My drum is being painted with the design I asked for so I have to wait a couple of weeks to bring it home.
Bright Blessings, Lady Rose