Last night I had a weird dream about a present reality in which some global participation project (think “ice-bucket challenge”) was viral on the internet asking people to be a lot kinder and more understanding of one another – especially those who have different cultures, languages and or/religions. When I woke up I thought that this certainly fits the political climate of late and on a more personal level summer is coming to a close and people everywhere are just a tiny bit more on edge than usual (the astrologers say that we’re in the “shadow” period of Mercury retrograde coming in October). The deck of cards I picked randomly with closed eyes and pointing finger seems to reflect the global understanding theme — Das Orakel Der Sibylle (Sibilla Oracle Cards) lists the meanings in each card in five different languages – ha! We even have a “jumper” card again. So what do this week’s cards say about this time where there’s just a smidge more fear and more understanding needed?
The first one is SUCCESSO, éxito — Erfolg… SUCCESS! Woo hoo. The gentleman in the card is all spiffed up in his fancy swan-tail coat, his sleeves are extra puffy (80’s TV stars would be green with envy) and his hands are holding the book that contains the results of all his effort, erudition and heart. Two hands are about to place a laurel wreath (a symbol of triumph and success since the times of ancient Rome) on his head…. and notice those other wreaths on the ground… which didn’t quite hit the mark before? This time, he’s truly ready. The thing about success is that it’s not always instant and, as the card suggests, sometimes we have to try a few times before we get it right. That’s OK! Spend less time this week focusing on the wreaths that didn’t meet the mark and more on the projects, studies and abilities in your own two hands. If you keep your focus on the game, – like a cosmic game of ring-toss, that laurel wreath of success will land squarely on your head. This is not the week to go crawling around after old wreaths that have already fallen. It’s time to focus on your work without a second thought of the reward. You’re close to success!!
In terms of our global kindness theme… it’s good to remember that different people have different concepts of what success is. Whether near to you or different from you, no two versions of “success” are the same. Be measured by your own measure…. but at the same time raise your glass to congratulate or appreciate those who are wearing laurels that are different from yours. Appreciating someone else’s success doesn’t take success away from YOU.
Here’s the second “jumper” card:
The second one is about WAITING… (Warten, attesa, espera, attente!) Even though those laurel wreaths are plopping on our heads and we’re close to success- waiting might tempt us with its stuck-making powers of distraction. Yes, life does have times when we have no choice but to wait… but this card seems to refer to those wait times we impose on ourselves. See our girl in the blue dress? (Again with ginormous-sleeves) – she’s all dolled up in her best outfit, and she’s carrying a wreath of flowers symbolising her power to bestow love and innocence. She is waiting at a garden gate and she’s been standing there so long her feet have gotten tired and she has to lean on on the wall for support. See who she’s looking at? Yeah – that Huckleberry Finn guy in the straw hat with the fishing pole who is heading in another direction… off to spend the day doing his own thing. She’d be far better off putting that wreath on her own head and taking her own merry way, but she is caught in the trap of waiting. The day gets longer and longer and that floral wreath will start to droop and all that waiting isn’t going to change what he’s doing or hurry him along. Maybe someone else could be far more worthy of that wreath.
This is a good week to do just about anything BESIDES “waiting” for things. It doesn’t matter what that thing is (even if it IS A good thing) … your job is not to wait around getting droopy. You have your own life. If you’re in a trap where you’re waiting on someone who isn’t giving you their time and attention – really ask yourself if this is the best use of your energy. Powerful, self-focused energy does NOT wait around. (And those forces or people that have your best interest at heart will come towards you … if they’re true…. WITHOUT you having to stop your life for them)
In the theme of kindness and understanding… think of a great cosmic waiting room. It might seem like some people are ahead or behind us.. but you know what? We’re all waiting for something. Sometimes we’re focused on the wrong things like our lady in the card, or sometimes the GOOD or necessary things aren’t happening just yet. Don’t be the loudmouth in the room who bemoans life and makes the experience harder on everyone by being angry at the people in front or making life tough on those behind in the queue. Realise that we all have different ways of going about the experience. Maybe you could make some coffee for others or spruce up the magazines. DO something with your time and be productive — see everyone in the room as partners.
This week we have FABULOUS success coming towards us and the ability to defeat the trap of waiting if we put our minds towards success. It’s time to puff up our sleeves, get those wreaths on our heads… and get out there! Have a great one, everyone! (Que tengas una buena semana! Buona settimana! -eine schöne Woche! Passe une bonne semaine! )
About this deck: The Sibilla Oracle Cards are published in various forms for hundreds of years… (and were very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries) … this particular one is a reproduction of a period deck published by Lo Scarabeo in Italy and has 52 cards.