And from the universal comms team, Enya's "Orinoco flow"
I'm sure many of us would love to be sailing away across seas and oceans, to get away from it all, having been living with such restrictions on life and travel. Or at least perhaps sail away on our dreams of distant lands, summer holidays and the like.
However, in the context of our storytelling today it appears perhaps more as a metaphor for "flow".
Let's see shall we?
Our first card today is a quick return of the 5 of wands ( wands representative of the fire element and of action). They're still jostling for position. Still in competition.
It's all hands on deck in alignment with our boat type metaphor today.... the rush has begun to switch back on the flow ( perhaps a metaphor too for our economy, hospitality trade and the like).
It does appear from our card that we need to build more sound structures, then we are seeing... rather than rush things.
You only need look at those people and wands... not exactly a well planned leg up... It takes me to a memory of old swashbuckling movies and deckhands climbing the masts of ancient sailboats.
Swashbuckle.... now there,s a word:
To engage in daring and romantic adventures with bravado or flamboyance.
We cannot do things "Just for show" right now, is what comes to mind.
The other thing that springs to mind here, continuing the boat theme is "Mutiny on the bounty"
A mutiny is a rebellion against authority, like when sailors overthrow the captain of a ship.Mutiny comes from an old verb, mutine, which means "revolt," and a mutiny is still like a revolt today.
There is the breaking down of old hierarchy weaved within this it feels. A questioning and challenging of authority.
Again the whole scene is illuminated, by a bright burning flame. It would seem many structures in our society are being bought under the spotlight of examination at this time.
Our second card today is the 6 of swords ( swords representative of the air element and of thoughts and intellect)
We see a woman aboard a boat, carrying her suitcase whilst the boat is pulled to the shore by 3 birds, whilst 3 other birds can be seen left behind.
She is wrapped in a red shawl, red being the colour of the
1st chakra ,the Muladhara otherwise known as the base or root chakra.
Red spiritually effects, stability, security, grounding, courage, action, physical and emotional survival.
The turquoise skies and sea show the woman moving through spiritual and emotional changes, away from challenges and trials, towards a new future.
For some reason I see the woman and think of Wednesday Addams from the Addams family. When the characters were adapted to the 1964 television series, Charles Addams gave her the name "Wednesday", based on the well-known nursery rhyme line, "Wednesday's child is full of woe."
Our woman does look as though she carries the woes of the World from her journey. She has traversed the ocean and is about to reach dry land.
The ocean is the beginning of life on Earth, it symbolises formlessness, the unfathomable, and chaos. The ocean can also be seen as a symbol of stability, as it can exist largely unchanged for centuries.
Perhaps this suggests that no matter what the recent rise and fall of the tide, she can flow with the waves to reach a new land.
Our final card today is the 6 of cups ( cups representative of the water element and of feelings and emotions)
the card depicts both the inner child and the future self. It recounts a life journey.
We see a Labrador puppy developing into a grown dog.Labrador retrievers represent trust, loyalty, empathy, compassion, joy and playfulness. They accept us as we are. They bring unconditional love to our life.
We see the small boy encouraging the puppy and the mature man leaning on his faithful friend.
This card shows us that we need both to give encouragement and receive support. It is the flow between us that builds the trust and collaboration on which our future communities are being built.
It is also a card of compassion, forgiveness and love.
I'm reminded of the song lyrics " Let you love flow like a mountain stream"
Or as I have said many times before: "Love is the answer, what was the question?"