Getting to the Root Issue
It's time to dig deep
Despite being sixty-three degrees in Asheville as I write this, we are in the thick of winter. If I needed confirmation of the season, I have only to remember one week ago, when it was eight degrees and snowing outside my window. I suppose we could ascribe the sudden, demonstrative variation in conditions to climate change, but I believe there’s a deeper message—one that’s also reflected in this week’s Spread for the Collective, which brings to my mind this ancient Hermetic wisdom:
“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…”
― Hermes Trismegistus
With that guidance, let’s take a look at the spread, remembering to read the cards left to right as past, present, and future influences.
Messenger of Air. A shapeshifter that carries messages between dimensions. This card represents the swift and malleable energy of ideas. It prompts you to dream, ask, and believe that anything is possible. At the same time, it reminds you to seek out and release limiting ideas and beliefs.
2 of Earth. Mother Bear. Did you know that pregnant bears give birth during hibernation in the winter and that the cubs, also while sleeping, nurse and grow until spring when the Mama Bear awakes and resumes active maternal care? This card in the center, or present, position suggests that this is exactly what you are advised to do now: Bring those lofty ideas from the Messenger of Air into your den (Mind-Body), nourish them well with rest and reflection (Spirit), and allow them to grow until spring, which emerges when you are ready to bloom (mostly likely coinciding with the spring of the external world).
Messenger of Fire. In the right (future) position, this card represents the energy of awakening. It symbolizes readiness. You are advised to follow the subtle, guiding signs you are shown and take action. This is a message of Carpe Diem! Seize the Moment!
We are in times of massive change in all areas of life, but that doesn’t mean that you have to put yourself in the path of what appears to be hurricane-force winds or be blown about at the whim of the storm. Changing times do require inner personal work for adaption, but you have the ability to choose how and when.
Ask yourself, what really changes? The laws of nature don’t change. Only the laws of humans vary. If you need guidance in the ways of living, then, doesn’t it make more sense to follow nature? The indigenous peoples and ancient cultures made massive progress based on following the stars, seasons, and clues around them.
Today’s Spread for the Collective reveals the way to successful adaptation to new energy and circumstances. The knowledge of what and how is already within you. Don’t be led astray by strong winds and inclement weather. Take your time, dig deep—to your core, if necessary—and allow your self-knowledge to grow and mature until your spring shows signs of the way of new life…like little blossoms and buds regenerating a world of abundance and healthy growth.
I have added the I AM VITAL & VIBRANT affirmation candle and Red Jasper, the stone of the Root (1st) Chakra, to warm and ground you through winter.
I hope this reading supports you on your journey.
Until next time… My best, Shelley
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