Mercury Retrogrades provide us with opportunities. Opportunities to devote a period toward inner reflection and that is a powerful seed for personal growth, change and transformation. Have we been living our authentic Self? Is there a mindset, an activity, or whatever it may be that we feel bound to or that we perceive limits us? That is not to say we become judgmental nor critical toward ourselves. it is apart of evaluating ourselves and where enter into a place of Divine Humility and Grace. When we do go within the visualizations or images that come to us can vary greatly. A deep lake or forest, a vast desert, the peaks of a cliff or at the heights of a mountain. Whatever that may be if we feel daunted take a deep breathe, find that place of peace
and be patient with yourself. This is away that Spirit reveals treasures before us. Dive deep into the lake, immerse yourself into the forest, leap and ride the winds of the cliff, listen to the drum or heartbeat of the earth in the desert. Rediscover that which Your Self and you rediscover true Peace, Serenity, Love and the Divine for each of those are and always have been apart of You. In those moments you are not alone. Spirit is with you, in you and apart of you; your beloved spiritual allies are with you...not to do this for you and foster dependence. Rather to give you encouragement that you have the strength, you have the will, you have the passion and you certainly the love to find your Purpose or whatever you may be questing for. You gain a deeper and richer understanding of life, of Spirit, of You and within that you will find choices which flow up. Ways in which you will enrich your Self and this world by living, breathing and being True to
the Earth, to You, to everyone all in balance and love together.
In that you will find that amidst whatever may seem chaotic in your life that is that inner calm and place that you can enter. You release all that held you in the life you lived and you enter into grace, purpose and passion through the merging of Your Will and Divine Will together. Foregoing the "need to figure it out" or try to have it occur in a specific way. You can and will and do come to that Knowing that all will come together in the Divine Flow. You are apart of that Flow and directing it. Your focus, your ability to forge ahead
and discover new horizons as you renew your commitment to Spirit, to your Self, to Love brings a clear resolution in, of and from Your Spirit. Be full of courage Knowing that you can and will succeed no matter how things may appear for they all are apart of you developing, honing and accentuating your Strength, your Commitment, your Devotion, your Passion. Life is full and sweet; reach out to pick the fruit, plant the seeds and Know your allies, physical and spiritual are with You as You are with them. You will Know the prize is already won inside and you are walking in your integrity with deep enlightenment, passion and unconditional love.
|The Opportunity||The Challenge||The Resolution|
|20 - Awakening|
You have the opportunity to raise your consciousness and "wake up" in
some way. Perhaps you will make a commitment to eating locally-grown
organic foods, or perhaps you will begin a new spiritual practice. You
now perceive yourself to be part of the global community. You know that
your choices and actions affect the entire web of life, and you live
your life accordingly, as best you can. As you continue to open
yourself up to the life of the Spirit, your heart is filled with
compassion and you begin to let go of the judgments and criticisms you
have made in the past. To live in alignment with your deepest, most
authentic Self is not possible without the help of spiritual allies.
It's this knowledge that keeps us humble. You know that your life has
purpose and meaning, and this gives you deep joy and peace. Service to
others may not have been part of your life in the past, but it is now.
When each person gives their own unique gift to the world, the entire
fabric of the planet is strengthened and enriched.
|12 - the Tree|
You are being challenged to release attachments, to surrender to the
flow. You are no longer in charge of your life. It isn't a time to
resist, for everything is out of your control. Give it up. Your world
may feel like it's been turned upside down. You can fight this reversal
— you can go into it kicking and screaming — or you can surrender with
grace and take it as an opportunity to see your life from a different
perspective. It is a time to take no action, other than meditation and
prayer. Learn to be still. During this time of suspension and waiting,
you may discover within yourself the gifts of inspiration, enlightenment
and unconditional love.
|7 - the Canoe|
Focused on your path
Resolution comes with staying focused on your path, and exercising
self-discipline as you work towards your goal. Set aside anything
extraneous that would distract you or keep you from completing your
task. What is your goal? What do you want to accomplish? This may
apply to your life in the everyday world — pursuing a course of study, a
career goal, a fitness plan, a creative project. It may also apply to
your inner life; perhaps you are in a recovery program or are healing
from a trauma. Whatever it is, set your intention, take your first
steps, and your guides and allies will be at your side to help you on
your way. Be of great courage! No matter how hard it seems, you have
what it takes to win the prize.
With this card, we awaken to a higher level of consciousness, both on
a personal level and on a planetary one. We are called to open our
hearts to Spirit, to live in a more meaningful way, and to participate
in the life of our communities. We “think globally and act locally” and
are aware of the dakinis, angels and bodhisattvas that aid us behind the
scenes as we work to heal the planet.
In this image, a young man opens up to the life of the Spirit. He has
emerged from the darkness of the tomb/womb of Newgrange and is now fol-
lowing the spiral path of the devotee. The compassionate gaze of Kwan
Yin, Goddess of Mercy, smiles down upon him. Cranes of peace fly
His community encircles him, between the
earth and the heavens, creating sacred space where all things are
possible. Magic happens, the earth is healed, and so are we.
The Hanged Man has always been one of the most mysterious and compel-
ling images in the Tarot. Here the dream-like figure is suspended in
the yoga posture called vriksha-asana — the Tree. Her grace and balance
is a mirror of the serenity of her inner being. She is able to stay
centered even when her world is in upheaval, when the horizon is
off-kilter and all things are topsy turvy.
Perhaps our yogini is right side up in an
upside down world. Her practice and devotion are evident in the way that
she has become at one with the sky and sea. She ignores the discomfort
of her position, finding harmony with a deeper vision. She shows us how
to “let go and let God/dess.”
Stay focused on your path
The paddler sets out on his quest, unencumbered by baggage or even
excess clothing. He is focused on his goal, in- tent, looking neither to
the left nor right. The phrase “paddle your own canoe” indicates
self-determination and self-reliance. He brings his strength, will and
courage to the task at hand. A boat often symbolizes transition from the
material world to the spirit world. Here the paddler makes his way in
the world while exploring spiritual depths. His task is to live his life
with meaning — to infuse everyday life with his soul purpose.
His paddle is his magic wand, his tattoos his
armor. His companions on the journey are Eagle and Salmon, each
bringing their own gifts — swiftness, power and keen sight from Eagle,
wisdom of the deep from Salmon. The black- and-white Orcas bring their
own powerful magic, the balance of playfulness and fierceness. No doubt
they will both challenge and guide him.
All content © Joanna Powell Colbert 2003-2011. Please do not reproduce art or content without permission.
'May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings