Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tarot Blog Hop: Ambivalence at Equinox

This is a stop on the Ostara Tarot Blog Hop! You can hop back to visit Chloe or go to the end of this post to find the link to the next stop. If you get a little lost, don't worry, the master list is right here.

Tarot Blog Hop events are aligned with the wheel of the year. The festival we're celebrating today is the vernal equinox, or Ostara. In the northern hemisphere it is the beginning of spring. For me in Cambodia it is the entry into the REALLY HOT season (as opposed to the warm season, and the just hot season). This is also the time of the astrological new year, when the sun moves from Pisces into the first zodiac sign, Aries. It is a time to be reborn!

Regardless of where you are, the vernal equinox is marked by a day and night of equal length. Morgan's beautiful theme for the equinox is, "Dancing between Light and Darkness". For this blog hop we are examining ambivalent situations balanced on the precipice between light and dark, good and bad, fortune and misfortune.

In our lives we have experiences that we may label good and bad, or perhaps happy and difficult. However, if we take the time to hold these experiences in our mind and feel what we have received from them, we may find that both kinds of experiences are equal in what they have to offer us. It may even be that the experiences that we experienced as "bad" at the time were actually the beginning of really wonderful things that we otherwise would never have known. There is an ambivalence in most experiences.

I think many of us have experienced for ourselves what it is like to cling to a bad experience, repeating the negative event over and over in our mind, perhaps even causing ourselves more suffering than the original event. I think many of us have also looked back on bad experiences and thought, "maybe that wasn't so bad after all". When we become adept at working with energy, we may be able to integrate the learning that comes from painful or confusing events more quickly, reducing our own suffering.

The Tarot spread I created for this event is inspired by an exercise in one of my favourite books, "Basic Psychic Development" by John Friedlander and Gloria Hemsher. This exercise, 'Breathing in the Knowledge and Wisdom', was designed by the authors to help us move through aura blockages so that our energy can flow more freely. They recommend working with a mildly painful or confusing event to begin with, just to acquire the skill. The idea is to use hold the distressing experience in your mind; use the in-breath to help integrate the learning from the experience, and the out-breath to release the pain and wisdom. Continue breathing deeply, integrating and releasing, until you feel better about the experience. By consciously practicing this transcendent exercise we can move through life's obstacles with more ease.

I hope this spread will serve as a meaningful addition to the meditation exercise. I would recommend practicing the meditation first, and then using the Tarot or an oracle deck to augment your experience. Finally practice the meditation again, using the wisdom from the Tarot to guide you.

I would love to hear your experience of this Tarot meditation technique!

Hop on over to see what Annick has got for you!

8 comments:

  1. It looks simple and effective! Will try it out.

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    1. Thanks Annick! I'd love to learn how it goes for you.

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  2. I love this. I'm very fond of taking exercises like this and turning them into a spread. :D

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    1. Hi Arwen! Thanks! Yes, I like to look for spread inspiration everywhere!

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  3. I am huge on meditation. Turning it into a spread is just pure genius. Wonderful post luv!

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  4. Thanks for the inspiration, Shonna. Haven't meditated all week, hopefully this will help me get on that cushion :)

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