Pack up your troubles.
As soon as I turned the first card this morning, the song started playing in my head from the universal comms team!
"Pack up your troubles" by The Andrew Sisters.
"Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and Smile, Smile, Smile" is the full name of a World War I marching song, from 1915 .
It became the stiff-upper-lip anthem of World War One.
It may well have an upbeat feel to the melody, of course in truth of course it was designed to boost morale and galvanise the troops of young men going into the horrors of the trenches.
I've also just realised that today is armed forces day !
Blimey that's a bit of a heavy start to today's storytelling.
Let's see how this one plays out ..
First card out today is the 10 of wands (wands representative of the fire element and action)
Wow some heavy burdens being carried there by the ox.
Thankfully, the ox teaches us how to bear hard burdens, with grace and poise.
It's crescent-shaped horns gives the ox the ability to bridge between two worlds, that of sun and moon, masculine and feminine and that of intuition and reason.
Its appears to have been a long journey to reach this point, tenacity is required to push on through. Also an acknowledgement of what is no longer needed, what no longer serves us and can be shed so that we can lighten the load as we move forward.
Our next card today is the ace of wands, another fire card.
There is a spark of creation in this card. The netting around the head of our subject reminds me of interconnection today, how one idea leads to another... it gives me a feeling of pure potential.
The phrase " from little acorns, great oaks do grow".
There's a feeling of momentum gathering behind this card.
Which is interesting as we move to our final card for today the knight of swords ( swords representative of the air element and of thought and intellect)
It looks as though that energy has transferred from our previous card and now our knight has picked up the idea and is quite literally running with it .
And how focused is he ?
The bird flying above makes me think of a fighter jet today.
Jets are a symbol of power and of being in motion and action.
It reminds us that we need to focus on the direction of our life as well as our adaptability.
Ahead we see a motorbike parked up, by the side of the dirt track.
The motorbike represents speed, a need for speed, taking action, making an effort, to achieve successful outcomes.
Beyond the bike there doesn't appear to be any track ahead, perhaps suggesting that we are forging a whole new, unchartered path into the future.
We can see some storm clouds over head, perhaps suggesting that things will be unsettled in life, for a little while longer, yet the blue skies are still there after any short lived storm has passed.... and up above the clouds the sun continues to shine.
In summary today, perhaps its time we shed those heavy loads we have maybe been carrying.
New ideas of how things could be have begun to germinate and now is the time to take action towards nuturing them into blossom.
With all change inevitably comes a level of uncertainty and possible discomfort (as we step out of our collective comfort zone)
Yet if we remember that we are forging a new path and with that will always come trial and error, its simply informing our collective learning experience as we move forward together.