Those were the days...
Two songs came in from the universal comms team this morning. The first was 'Harvest for the World' by the Isley brothers and then came a real blast from the past...
'Those were the days' by Mary Hopkin. (where do they dig them out from hey ?)
As ever, the universal comms team had the lyrics spot on to our current scenario, I even laughed to be fair.
"Once upon a time there was a tavern,where we used to raise a glass or two.
Remember how we laughed away the hours,
Think of all the great things we would do.
Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end, we'd sing and dance for-ever and a day.
We'd live the life we choose,we'd fight and never lose,for we were young and sure to have our way.
Lalala lah lala, lalala lah lala.
Just tonight I stood before the tavern,
Nothing seemed the way it used to be.
Through the door there came familiar laughter.
I saw your face and heard you call my name.
Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser,
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same".
How very apt .
Things we took fore granted, now completely changed. Our dreams though, are still intact. The song did though remind me of simpler days.Carefree, playful, joyful. I do remember the song from childhood, despite it being released the year I was born.It seems to be a nod to where we find ourselves, as though life had strayed from those days of simple pleasure. A reminder to reconnect with the importance of thriving, instead of striving.
So on we go to our first card of the day. Here she is again, The Empress, she looks ready to pop today, her time is fast approaching to give birth to the new world . When I say new World, I do have a sense of going back in time, to a more peaceful, less hurried and demanding world . When we weren't driven by a speed and pace to exceed,before the time of technology that somehow keeps us all "always on" ( the irony of typing this into Facebook isn't lost on me)...
When your groceries came in brown paper bags, there were green grocers, butchers and local little merchants shops. When children got excited by spending their pocket money on a bag of penny mixture, or waiting all year for Christmas or Birthday to receive that special gift.... before the microwave mentality of " have it now" instant gratification.I'm not saying we can stop advancement, or even that we necessarily should... yet there does seem to be a message of slowing down, reconnecting with what is truly important when all the gloss is stripped away.
This is a beautiful seamless link into the nostalgia we see in the 6 of cups (cups representative of the water element, of feeling and emotions)This too is a repeated card. Today though, it is perhaps suggesting to us that it is in that nostalgia for simpler times, we inform a better future .
If all of life is cyclical, as we know to be true .. (just look at nature if proof is needed). Then I guess the question we are being presented with yet again today is...
Can we start the next chapter with the wonderment and joyful curiosity of a child?
Can we use the wisdom of our adult selves, out of this experience, married with that childlike wonder, to create heaven on Earth ?
Our final card today is the 9 of cups.
9 is wisdom and responsibility and the ultimate goal of the number 9 is to serve humanity.
Number 9 learns selflessness and compassion. When we work with the 9 energy, we serve without motive and our purpose is for the greatest good of all.We have a duty to use our protective energy, great power and love in our soul, for the betterment of the world.
In this card we see an abundance of joy, riches and treasures.
We see the image of a woman with glowing energy shinning out on all around her. Her highest wishes are being fulfilled. I wonder, could our message today be to birth a new way of being that calls on the best of the past, not immediately pre-home staying, but much further back, when perhaps we connected more deeply with values that filled us up, rather than drained ours and the mother's ( Gaia - mother Earth ) resources.
Can we then manifest a new world that we could previously only ever dreamed of?