Regaining our true nature.
What a beautiful bright sunny day it is as I write today's storytelling. I'm sitting in the sanctuary of my treatment space here at Holly House, I have the windows open, out onto the flourishing springtime garden, some essential oils vapourising and I can feel the breeze and hear the birdsong. It feels as though nature is pouring in.
With our first card this morning , a book I once read for a book club I used to be in comes to mind, "Rewilding" , in truth I can't remember a great deal about the book itself, but the title jumps out at me.
In the Strength card we see a young woman, half girl, half lion. A heart pendant hangs around her neck, on her left arm we see a tattoo of the infinity symbol and we can make out the constellation of Leo in the sky. In the foreground we see a lamb.
It feels as though it is a time of reconnecting to our true nature, to go beyond the mask of a commercialised age to rewild, to recognise we are in and a part of nature. To return to the heart of being human and being in our true nature.
The symbolism of the lion and the lamb has of course ancient biblical references. Regardless of individual belief systems, it is interesting to look at the interpretations here:
This symbol is used in both Christianity and Judaism to represent the Messianic Age.
In Abrahamic religions, the Messianic Age is the future period of time on Earth in which the messiah will reign and bring universal peace and brotherhood, without any evil.
Many believe that there will be such an age; some refer to it as the "World to come".
In addition, in Christianity, the lion stands for Christ resurrected, the lamb for Christ's sacrifice.
Perhaps then, translating that for today's World our sacrifice of being asked to remain at home is allowing us the opportunity for a new start, beyond this current restriction.
In our next card the 9 of pentacles, we see a woman happy and joyful tending to her abundance of hanging mandalas, alongside herbs hanging and drying.
The meaning of the word mandala in Sanskrit is circle.
Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe.
The circular designs symbolises the idea that life is never ending and everything is connected. The mandala also represents spiritual journey within the individual viewer.
We see a dove or maybe even a pigeon sitting upon a small mandala.
As a totem animal or spiritual animal, pigeon represents love. Dove has been a symbol of love and peace for years back and this symbolism remained even to this day.
People with this totem are loving and kind with a good understanding of life and problems that others might be having. Pigeon is a totem of motherhood.
In the background a large pentacle is placed almost aside in a coldron.
Perhaps this is a time that is very much about going back to the simplicity of life, living in harmony with nature and a love of simple pleasures, leaving aside the need of financial gain, the cut and thrust and consumerism. Returning to the more nurturing matriarchal way of being and taking care of the ultimate mother , Earth.
Our final card for today is the 6 of cups. We see a young child and a puppy with a series of singing bowls towards a grown man and his loyal old dog. The ground is a deep pinky red colour. And the sky is crimson with mists of time separating the child and the adult.
With this we are reminded of the days gone by, remembering those days of childlike wonder and innocence. Maybe we are nostalgic today about how things used to be.
I'd like to suggest that instead of dwelling on what's gone and perceived to be lost, we harness that childlike wonder, the spirit of curiosity and that playfulness.
I shared a post from a teacher this morning, he was suggesting to parents not to home school, to set up strict teaching regimes.
Instead he suggested nurturing those children whose world has suddenly changed. Be their social circle, bake a cake, play, be creative, paint,laugh and enjoy.
Today, may we all cultivate some of that childlike spirit.
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