Happy Christmastime, Everyone! I hope everyone is having a warm & fun beginning to their holiday season! Today I begin one of the things that this corner of Boomtown called "No Tomorrow Like Today" was created for ~ to bring you a twice~weekly reflection/meditation through the drawing of a tarot card. I will be drawing a card at the beginning of the week and one as the weekend begins for you to have something peaceful to reflect upon. That's my favorite thing about tarot ~ the peace & easing of anxiety it will give you when you spend time seeing what you can see in a card. There's never just one meaning and there's never right or wrong. It's simply what YOU see in it ~ what it means for you. You will be amazed at how the time spent doing that, even with just a single card, can begin to create much~needed space between the tight little knots we can all get our minds into.
While the image on the card I drew this morning may not look peaceful and, no question about it, this card, the 5 of Boons (Pentacles in a standard deck), is symbolic of hard times, struggles, & hurdles to get over (all 5's are), it's asking you to, as hard as it is (and this is TRULY hard to do in the midst of loss, scarcity, & hardship) look around you for what might be one area in your life right now that offers genuine hope, help, and the beginning of a path out of the deep heartbreak, scarcity, and hardship in your life. Where might it exist? Here as Christmas draws closer, the siblings in the 5 of Boons of the Forest of Enchantment Tarot are experiencing some genuine loss, hurt, scarcity, or lack in their lives. It's deeply painful for them to be experiencing this. Someone somewhere, however, is looking out for them. While they've been huddled together on this December night something has been happening just behind them. If you look upon the holly bush the huddled siblings kneel in front of, the holly berries and bushes have begun to shimmer, lighting the path for them to the warmest & coziest of cottages anyone could hope to find. Someone has left a light on for them. The living room & bedroom windows are lit. All they need to do is look up and together walk up that berry~lined pathway. Maybe the key is in one of their pockets or maybe someone's awaiting their safe arrival and all they have to do is knock to be let in & suddenly find themselves wrapped in warmth and love, being given a delicious dinner and warm bed to sleep in safely the night through. When they awaken, fully rested and feeling good from the delicious dinner the night before, they will better be able to find a way forward to where they want to be.
Sometimes a path forward or out, or help that we need, is right in front of us or just over our shoulder...waiting there for us. Sometimes we continue to struggle because it hurts too much even just to look up and look around and sometimes we think we don't deserve the help or feeling better so we allow ourselves to continue to suffer. You DO deserve to feel better, though. If you're blaming yourself for something that happened or for being where you are, you were doing the best that you could at the time. When we're able to do better, we do better, and all the things along the way are learning processes we have to go through.
As you enter into this first weekend of December and the holiday season, be kind to yourself. If you think there's "somewhere that you should have been by now" or "someone that you should be by now", there's no timeline for these things. In every moment, we're doing the best that we can right now ~ I truly believe that. So allow yourself to breathe in the pine, the snowy air, the scent of fireplaces as you're walking through your world. There's no question there's a lot of harshness & scarcity in the world but there's also kindness, goodness, softness, and gentleness. Allow yourself to find the kind, good, and soft & gentle places this weekend.
P. S. The second image, of the owl in the starry night, is what the back of all of the cards look like in the Forest of Enchantment Tarot, which is one of my very favorite decks and the one I'll be drawing from for the month of December.