Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year reading with Journey Oracle cards

A friend came several days ago to have a new year reading with the Journey Oracle Cards.  The energy felt so clear and valuable that I am sharing the four cards, and a fairy tale, with everyone who is wanting guidance for 2017.

The oracle card of your situation right now is this:  a young deer being lit by the sunrise while resting within bushes .  There is some wisdom here.  Even though you may think you should feel energized and inspired to begin new projects at this time of year it is prudent to remember that all of nature is resting.  Your plans benefit when you let them warm and grow in the rising sun of the coming spring,  

This oracle card is the image of your experience of this situation.  Its name is "next steps" and although the first impression may be one of confusion, this image confirms the promise of spring in bleak winter. When you  focus your prayers to touch the earth and be in the sun, you become the green sprout reaching toward maturation.

This image is the oracle card of change.  The change that is calling you in this new year is the sound of community.  Can you bring a feeling of mothering to the change you seek?  Even better if this ability to mother your transformation is wearing red lipstick.

This oracle card is the image of resolution for your situation at the beginning of this new year.  And what creature is this!  Maybe your first reaction is colored with fear.  "Is this something I am going to have to face in 2017?"  The Journey Oracle fairy tale that accompanies this card tells a different story about being afraid.

A Journey Oracle fairy tale
There was a woman who was afraid of bears. She loved being close to the earth and went hiking and camping, but once in the wild she experienced a loss of balance, focus, power and reasonableness—imagining bears around every turn in the trail. It seemed not to matter to her fear that when she saw a bear it was in the far distance going about its business in a reasonable way; her fear would come like coyote again and bite wounds in her joy of nature.
And then something happened. Someone gave the woman a bear skull. It was burnished gold with age; its teeth worn to a flattened ledge of mottled ivory; its cranium cracked around a large hole where the bear’s life had flowed away.
“This is a familiar soul,” the woman thought. “Perhaps it is bringing me strength with the bears.” And at that moment a canine tooth fell from the skull into the woman’s hand. The woman felt an idea not fully formed, evolving toward this healing, and so she put the tooth into a leather pouch instead of back into the skull.
When next she was going for a hike, she sat first with the bear tooth. She lit a twist of sweetgrass and passed the tooth through the smoke so its spirit could eat the blessing. She offered the bear her most eloquent words to invite it to come inside her as she hiked. She put the pouch around her neck and started up the trail. And suddenly the fear was gone. She did not see the dappled sun as camouflage for bears lurking in the shadows; she did not hear the sound of water cascading over pungent green moss as covering for the click of their claws.
“Do I trick my thinking?” She wondered, but no, the fear was gone.
The bear and she were family now, and so she climbed to a wide meadow and asked “Where do we go here?” The bear she brought inside led her into the sparkling sunshine and lay down with her on the warm soft earth. 

May you feed the Holy in your own nature with simple ceremonies and long walks. May you lie down without fear in the wide meadow of your highest self during this year 2017.