1.) DESPONDENCE--Violet Iris--"By Taking action, I found the road out." (6th Chakra - purple)
Quick message: You have all the answers you need within. This card may indicate an emotional tie that no longer serves you. Remember, how you relate to the issue is the issue. Obstacles are removed when you change your relationship to them.
The Legend: Iris is depressed and unable to look after herself or her home. She cries out to the Great Spirits for help. Mother Earth appears and suggests Iris shower, eat a good meal and clean up her house. She does, but still feels despondent. Suddenly, a hurricane hits and Iris springs into action to rescue her neighbour's children. In the urgency Iris finds the way out of depression by taking action.
Inspiration: Iris teaches us that the only route out of stagnation is motion. If we do nothing, we must accept the consequences.
Personal Inquiry: In which part of my life am I feeling immobilized? I know what I need to do. Am I willing to trust myself?
Key Ideas: Feeling helpless; acceptance of circumstances; change on the horizon; taking action
Keywords: Revelation, movement, encouragement
Meditation: Imagine an expansive countryside with nothing to block the view. The wind blows and without warning carries you to a place of sadness. Ask the Great Spirits to reveal the action you must take. You will either intuitively know what to do or it will soon be revealed to you. Open your eyes and see that all is calm. Be grateful.
2.) GRIEF--Penelope and Pickle--"Grief is love without a place to go." (4th Chakra - green)
Quick Message: Pickle represents the strength of character inherent in true love. This card heralds a deep caring and an ability to heal and love again, however deep the pain or hard the challenges you face. Troubled times denote smooth sailing ahead.
The Legend: Penelope meet Pickle, the puppy, when she is at college. They go through everything together. When the day comes, much later, for Mother Earth to call Pickle home, he dies in Penelope's arms. Her friends are hard on her, suggesting that she should just get over her pet's death. Penelope knows she loved Pickle deely and is simply in grief. Loving Pickle was worth every moment of sadness. When she is ready, she will love again.
Inspiration: Penelope and Pickle remind us that what we reveal, we can heal. Give yourself time; you will love again. If you honour your pain, it will change your life.
Personal Inquiry: Is lingering grief preventing me from progress? What can I see in my heart?
Key Ideas: Feeling grief; healing process; missing someone/something; being unafraid of sadness; love is on the horizon
Keywords: Love, commitment, vulnerability
Meditation: Close your eyes and allow cleansing white light to wash over you. Invite someone you miss into the light. Feel the happiness this moment provides. Tell them how much you miss them, and let them tell you the same. Create space for another visit in the future, if you wish.
3.) Service--Honey Adams--"I attract to you whatever you desire, if you give up your desire." (2nd Chakra - orange)
Quick message: The energy here is one of manifesting through being of service. This card indicates a steadfast aility to stay the course emotionally, and create something sustainable and lasting. It can also bring to light not seeing or valuing what you have.
The Legend: Honey Adams loved her three children very much and had a rewarding family life, though sometimes she regretted never finding a career outside the home. At the end of her life she realizes that his "failure" was not a failure at all. She achieved something more important: passing on a legacy of service to her daughter Frannie. Being a mother is a great accomplishment.
Inspiration: Are you seeing your life as it really is? though we may wish things to be different, often we create just what we need. This is an opportunity to look at where you are today, give up what you think you deserve and start being of service.
Personal Inquiry: How does the idea of service inspire me? How can I make the most of my present situation? What can I give?
Key Ideas: Favouritism; unwillingness to compromise values; finding contentment; the joy of service; precious memories
Keywords: Compassion, loyalty, strength
Meditation: Keep relaxing until you find yourself in a place where you feel safe. Honey is there. She has come a long way to visit you. It doesn't matter what you say: simple words are fine. Explain to Honey why this place is safe. Now she has to go. She gives you a warm hug and thanks you for meeting her. Watch her walk into the light. What was the last thing you told her? Open your eyes and write it down.
I love this deck, although the card words are often ominous, the messages underlying are hopeful and loving...This week's oracle reading tells me there are some intense energies we are working on collectively right now, not a big surprise with the last few weekly spreads. It is time to "say hello" to a certain situation(s) that puts us into ourselves...where we can find ourselves lost in despair thinking about it. There is an aspect of that situation we need to allow ourselves to grieve over. (In my personal one--from doing the Despondence and Grief meditations--I realized the emotional situation immobilizing me was related to unexpressed grief over the loss of myself...the part of me that I gave up to others, ignored for others, etc. growing up). It is coming to light now for release and transformation. Allow yourself time to grieve, and then roll-up your sleeves and do something that inspires you. Not what you "should" do, unless that is actually inspiring too! :) It could be something as simple as watering your plants, listening to a friend, making a card for someone, and don't forget to also do something for yourself (bath? manicure? nice quiet time with a cup of coffee??)...Find the feeling of love from within, and be open to share it with others. This will help you get through this intense emotional clearing work with greater ease and grace. <3