Friday, 1 February 2013

The Stillness and Silence of the Grave

This morning, I decided to do another reading with the Mystical Lenormand (AGM/Urania, 2004) asking it for a spiritual focus for the day.  My answer: Fish, Storks, Coffin.

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As a simple sentence this gave me: transitory (Storks) abundance (Fish) ends (Coffin).

How I read this is as an existential reminder.  Yes, most of the joys and abundance we experience in life are finite.  Life, after all, will end.  Yet, does that mean we shouldn't enjoy it while we're here?  No, quite the opposite!  It is a call to be mindful, to make the most of each joy while we can experience it :)

I sank into the stillness and silence of the Coffin, chanting Om silently with my breath, unmoving except for my fingers on the mala beads and my chest gently rising and falling with life.  I felt as though I was buried in the earth, quiet and heavy around me.  And yet, I felt the joy of touching those mala beads, the feel of their roundness beneath my fingertips.  And I felt the warmth of the embrace of the Goddess, in whose arms I was wrapped and held.

Today, then, as I celebrate Imbolc, I will be mindful of the enjoyment of even the simplest of pleasures, of movement and breath and colour and sound.  Of the light of a single candle, of the scent of fresh flowers, of the joy of sharing smiles with my loved ones, of the blessings of being alive!

6 comments:

  1. Wow! Unbelievable synchronicity!! Love how you interpreted these cards and what sprang forth from your soul... just lovely <3

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    1. Yeah, gotta love synchronicity! Loved your reading, too - balance is so important :)

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    1. Thanks, Carla. I know you prefer Lenormand for more direct things, but I'm loving my meditations with these cards :)

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  3. Such a pretty posting. I love the reverence and relaxation in it. I need to do more relaxing tarot and oracle readings and rituals. I tend to be too frantic!

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    1. Hiya MM,

      Yes, I draw the cards after having sat at my altar and invoked sacred space. Then, after drawing them, I do a meditation of some kind. So they become a part of that practice, a part of the stillness. It's been really beautiful and healing, as well as deepening my connection to and understanding of the cards :)

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