Strangely, my hubby spotted a sparrowhawk in our garden just before I sat down to do today's storytelling.
Sparrowhawk - Awareness that opportunities that seem small on the surface have the potential for great growth and expansion over time.
The sparrowhawk helps us to see through to the heart of events and synchronicities that are trying to lead us to our greater goals and higher good.
So often we ignore the smaller things in life because we can't see how they could possibly be of much use to us or help us to resolve a problem. Yet when we soar high above to see where they fit in the larger scheme of things, we see how they are a jumping off point that if it were not presented to us and pursued, we could not reach that we are truly seeking.
How interesting that sparrowhawk should show up at this time, it seems very relevant to our experience right now and perhaps how we may look at this from a bigger perspective.
It was also followed by seeing a hare run across the field ( such an abundance of nature around us )
The spiritual meaning of the Hare comes from the dawn of time, the Dawn, the East and new beginnings.
The hare symbolises fertility, when the hare appears spring is close. The hare represents Eostre, Ostara, Cupid and also Aphrodite'.
The hare is the symbol for Eostre and with Eostre comes the light and fertile winds of springtime, these winds blow in from the East and bring change, harmony, love, fercundity meaning eternal quality power.
The symbolism of the hare is one of protective influence, as an animal guide it brings solitude and focus.
Maybe this is a sign that staying home in solitude allows us to gain focus and clarity to a new way forward for our life?
Hare encourages us to celebrate the new dawn, the new day and fresh opportunity.
Which reminds me of a perfect song to accompany the message... "feeling good " by Nina Simone.
I love how the signs and symbols can give us so many teachings, if only we are aware.
So onto today's cards....
As I turned them over a somewhat random song came to mind....
"Ride on time" by black box.
I wondered how this related at all... so I took a look at the lyrics and it all made sense.
The lines that jumped out at me were :
"And time won't take
My love away"
Suggesting perhaps that even though we may be apart for a time from one another, the love remains strong.
And then the next line that stood out was :
"You're such a, you're such a hot temptation"
Which bought my attention to what we've been hearing on the TV and the radio... that the sun will be out this weekend, with tomorrow, Sunday being the hottest day of the year so far. The temptation to step out into the world and flout the instruction to stay home may be huge... yet as the lyrics go on to say : "Just don't move".
It's amazing how the universal comms team make sure their message is heard !
Our first card today is the 9 of pentacles.
Let's start with the numerology...
9 is wisdom and responsibility, and the ultimate goal of the number 9 is to serve humanity. ...
Number 9 learns selflessness and compassion. People with the 9 energy work without motive and their purpose is for the greatest good of all.
They have a protective energy and they have great power and love in their soul.
Another nod to keeping the instruction of stay at home , protect the NHS , save lives right there hey ?
So let's take s deeper look at the 9 if pentacles.
We see a smiling young woman, dressed in white , reaching up with her left arm to hold steady a mandala ( pentacle) on top of which balances a bird wings outstretched.
Drying herbs hang down along with different coloured and sized mandalas ( pentacles)
A coldron containing a large green mandala ( pentacle) sits in the background , again surrounded by herbs.
Sage and basil jump out at me.
Burning sage — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual.
The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they keep infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay.
Smudging has long been used to connect to the spiritual realm or enhance intuition.
For healers and laypeople in traditional cultures, burning sage is used to achieve a healing state — or to solve or reflect upon spiritual dilemmas.
This may have some scientific basis, too. Certain types of sage, including salvia sages and white prairie sage, contain thujone.
Research shows that thujone is mildly psychoactive. It’s actually found in many plants used in cultural spiritual rituals to enhance intuition.
Smudging may also be used as a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others.
This may help you establish a positive environment for meditation or another ritual. Choosing to sit and let go of negative thoughts in a ritual like this sets your intention and dedication to self-improvement.
Choosing to engage in ritual can be the beginning of your change in mindset.
Basil is also known as St. Joseph’s Wort.
St. Joseph signifys a way or path of life, that is guided through, faith, hope and charity.
Perhaps a reminder to us to keep positive, keep hope alive and support one another.
The card suggests a realisation of the abundance around us. Much to be thankful and grateful for.
Our second card today is the 7 of swords.
In numerology 7's are secretive, mysterious, stand-offish, intuitive and introspective. An unworldly attitude means most 7's need to be 'protected'. The 7 vibration represents rest, contemplation, spirituality, sensitivity, sympathy and mastery. 7 is a number of the 'mind'.
The card shows a figure appearing to be up to no good , carrying a knife in the light of the moon
Around him are crows calling out. In the background are the silhouettes of city buildings. The landscape looks cold, with snow underfoot.
With any card, there are no good or bad cards, they are neutral. It is purely the perception of the viewer in the context of the unfolding story.
In our story today, it feels as though this is a reminder, to take only what is needed. To be selfless rather than selfish.
Perhaps we are being asked to keep the highest of vibration, the best of intentions and not be drawn into conspiracy, illusions and deceptions.
Our final card for today is the 10 of pentacles.
We see a happy family gathering, a playful and merry scene. Patterns hang down and bright pentacles are around the picture. A large mandala ( pentacle) sits in the centre, with the tree of life depicted.
The Tree of life is considered to be a map of the universe and the psyche, the order of the creation of the cosmos, and a path to spiritual illumination.
The card shows us a sense of community, abundance and the legacy we pass from generation to generation.
Perhaps a repeating message that out of this challenging time we will emerge more abundant in our sense of community, family and be creating a more compassionate, caring and kind world to pass onto future generations.
Wow , now that was a long one today!
"Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature". -Steve Maraboli.
"When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears".