Tale of Fox and Moon; Card of the Week 5th January 2015

card 1.5.2015 Never fear,  in spite of the title of this card, our Foxy friend is not here to say we’re necessarily  going to feel bad or be rejected this week.   Instead,  she speaks about the obvious or hidden feelings and thoughts that accompany letting go and jumping into a new positive phase.  (The good kind of letting go, that we need or even want!)    The call to let go, relax and open up often wears the disguise of fear of rejection.    For example:  being rejected is often a fear that accompanies the act of letting go and letting someone in.  Fights can surround a misplaced sense of “rejection”  when in reality another person is simply trying to express themselves.   We can even feel rejected when someone around us is not taking responsibility for their lives,  something that has nothing to do with us.

Sometimes emotions are like a fox in the woods… elusive, difficult to track, difficult to understand or pin down. We might not know what they mean in the moment we’re having them. or they might just present themselves silently when everything seems fine.  Sometimes we wonder if we can trust ourselves. Doubts dart in and out of our mental landscape like the fox. This is the perfect week to think about our feelings, stories and beliefs about “rejection”  — are these stories keeping our power to choose and make decisions hidden?  Are these beliefs hiding an awesome way to progress forward?

What are you afraid of?  Here’s the thing – rejection isn’t something you need to fear.  Most of the time it’s an idea in our heads, a fear in our hearts, not something real.  Sometimes rejection is just an act when we don’t know how to talk about what is REALLY in our hearts. And in those rare times that something doesn’t pan out or work out (we get a denial letter from a publisher or a Dear Jane) – it’s still not rejection! It’s simply that whatever it was wasn’t in the right groove with where we’re headed right now.  (A protection, not a rejection)

Maybe if we worried about rejection a little less this week we could make better decisions and not cloud our judgement with thoughts about how to keep another person (or thing) from hurting us when we could be seeing the truth or making intelligent decisions instead.  We’d be our wonderful, shiny, foxy selves more often.  We’d rush into things (or out of things) a little less blindly because we’re not just trying to escape rejection.

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The second card that popped out alongside our fox, is the moon. – The author says, “The moon calls you to creative reflection. Her mysteries will be revealed in due course, and when you least expect them. If you feel stranded and bewildered, energize your goals and aspirations with positive thoughts. Listen to your inner voice, dreams and intuition. They have amazing power to alter your future. The Moon is about the joyful celebration of your success.”

Imagine our little fox darting in and out of the trees in a deep woods. The moon hangs in the winter sky, the snow crunches beneath her little paws. She’s on the case,  she’s going somewhere amazing and astoundingly beautiful.  She knows where she’s going – it might not always be obvious but she’s being guided with her creativity and heart more than any doubts or fears and so are you!  We all have fears, illusions, and dreams hiding the clear path, but this week those dreams can be harnessed for powers of good!

 

Have a wonderful week and happy 2015!

 

About this deck:  This week’s card is from the beautifully painted Chrysalis Tarot illustrated by Holly Sierra and written by Toney Brooks. Published by US Games (and available by Fools Dog on Android and Apple).  I was attracted to this deck based on the really unique and whimsical representation of traditional tarot themes and the magnificent artwork.

Key to Life Card of the week, 15th September 2014

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This week’s cards (including a ‘jumper’)   have an interesting combination that provides a key to how to live life.  Funny enough,  in this quirky deck by Russell McDougal, the two key words are “life” and “key”) Life is all about balance; knowing what we CAN change (and being brave and inspired to do just that) and knowing when to let go  (to let things flow, and to let the present be).  This balance between “doing” and “letting things flow” takes centre stage this week and you’re likely to navigate that balance between letting life unfold without effort, and keeping the wind in your own sails.

I’ve often said that the meaning of life is hidden in the lyrics to Row Your Boat – And Mr. McDougal  says,

“Let it Flow Effortlessly – The gift of life is a wonderful thing. Often we get so caught up in the rush of things, that we get full of tension. When we aren’t paying attention, we identify with the thoughts and emotions and take everything personally. We all have problems, but it’s our attitude that determines the quality of our lives. Stress never helped anyone. Just relax into knowing that you are doing the best you can. Be content in knowing that at this moment, this is the way it is, no more and no less. Just go with the flow. Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream. When you flow effortlessly, life is like a dream.”

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The booklet entry for “key”  says,

“One of the keys to life is to use your attention to focus on what you want to create. Where you put your attention, energy will follow. Life is a mirror of your mind… Tap into the flow of life and watch things happen. Just let go and start to flow, and soon you’ll know.”

It’s not a matter of knowing when to let go and when to try.   Instead, these energies live together like peas and carrots on one plate.  While we can’t “effort” all the time and MUST learn to let go at times, that doesn’t mean we’re supposed to just lie down in the middle of the road and forget about our empowerment and responsibilities.

For example, we may have to sometimes let go of those things we can’t rush, hurry or directly control, or we might have to let go of our feelings of responsibility for the actions or emotions of others… but at the same time, we do have the ability to lift ourselves up, to make choices and to send ourselves sailing towards our visions and our practical duties. Knowing when to let go and trust things to flow and unfold frees up all KINDS of energy for other purposes.

The easiest way to know if you’re flowing and empowering yourself is to look at the things you’re pouring your energy into this week…. are they things you can truly control or influence? Are you taking on too much responsibility?  Do you feel upset or stuck?  What if, instead of trying to push external things to your will,  you put your energy into your own pursuits and those things that you CAN influence (your own thoughts and emotions, your choices in how you deal with others, your attitude).

This is an awesome week to send some wind and energy (intention) into your own kite so that you can soar above anything getting you down, and a perfect time to pedal down the road under your OWN power.  Don’t wait for anyone or anything else to help you feel like you’re motivated.   Nobody can empower you but YOU.    Flow feels amazing… and it feels exciting and invigorating. You do have the ability to free your energy and to use that trust in the flow of life to help you power your adventures and choices this week. Pack your pup in your bicycle basket and ride!

 

Have a great one!

 

About this deck: ISLE of View is a self-published 50 card deck and booklet  by Russell McDougal featuring fun art collages and acronyms to inspire you and re-Mind you.