Truth, trusting yourself, being real with people, knowing the difference between intuition and paranoia, uncensored feelings, returning to innocence.
It can be hard to decipher between intuition and what our mind is telling us. Stories, projections, expectations, or fear can arise under the guise of intuition. To distinguish the truthful inner guidance from paranoia, we must return to innocence, to our purest essence. Here we have access to the truth of our being.
Don’t second-guess yourself. How does it feel in your body when you are brutally honest with yourself? Try to go beyond the layers of what you have been taught to believe about yourself. When some of the logic falls away, what answers remain?
When you ask a young child a question, they don’t censor their answers. Their honesty may not be considered polite or socialized. It may even seem a bit funny. But, it’s their truth, and it’s interesting to note how intuitive children naturally are.
To tell the difference between intuition and mind chatter, you need to recognize a clear instinctive ‘yes’ and a distinctive ‘no’. For this, you must trust yourself. The foundations of self-trust is honesty. You must be completely honest with yourself, about what feels good, true and real to you, and what does not.
Honesty is more that not lying to yourself. It is also about not withholding information. It is about having deep transparency within yourself. Some might describe their intuitive ‘yes’ as a softening rather than a feeling of tightening, contracting or avoidance. If we are to stay on our optimal path, trusting our original innocence or instincts is key.
Guidance: Learn to trust your inner-sense or intuition. You are encouraged to be absolutely honest with yourself. Cast aside any mind stories and ‘shoulds’ that you tell yourself. In your heart of hearts, you know the answers. Dare to listen and to honor them. This card may also relate to being truthful with another person. Relationships can only deepen when we can be real with each other. Consider your timing and be considerate, but this is a time for truth.
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Ethical consumption, making a difference through our food choices, caring for all beings, animals, environmental awareness, doing the best we can, animal spirit guides.
Animals are intuitive and sacred beings that walk the earth beside us. They are the wisdom keepers of many earth traditions and some of our most loving companions. They have much to teach us, and yet, the way some species are treated is quite unbelievable. As we become more empathic and our sense of compassion expands beyond that of our own family and community sphere, we start to see other beings and the quality of their lives as interconnected and equal. We may be inspired to align our actions with our compassion to minimize the harm we do to the planet and all her inhabitants.
As humans are evolving and moving to a lighter consciousness, our bodies may struggle to digest what was once healthy and fortifying. Also, when we are doing the work spiritually, we may feel more sensitive to things that don’t fit with our values. When we take on the energy of a product that has suffering imbued in it, no matter how good it tastes or even how organic it is, we may notice a lowering of our vibration as it challenges our spiritual integrity.
That is not to say that there is one way of living and eating that everyone should adopt. This message is about doing the best we can within our circumstances. It is not always possible to access nutritious or locally produced alternatives. However, we have the power to push for change by choosing how and where we spend our money. When it comes to consumption, we have many more options in the West than did previous generations. Unfortunately, this variety has had a detrimental impact, and on the whole, we need to eat more plant-based foods to address endemic health issues.
As the false food pyramids fall away, they reveal themselves as misinformative, marketing tools of the meat industry. We can let go of this falsehood, and choose nourishment that is sustainable, healthy and inspiring. Also, be aware of environmental factors, such as land clearing and water use. Once you start to scratch the surface, you will discover alarming and eye-opening truths about food production. There is no need to be dogmatic about making the shift but do what you can – it does make a difference.
Guidance: Look at how you choose to nourish your physical body and your ethics and reasoning surrounding your food choices. Where possible, explore fortifying, filling and nourishing alternatives. Your body and energy will thank you for it. This card also signifies strong animal energies. That could mean working more closely with an animal spirit guide or bringing a four-legged companion into your life. You may have a greater awareness of the wisdom of the animals that you encounter and what their traits or messages mean to you.
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Nurture nature, looking after the planet, the ebb and flow of life, the living embrace of Mother Nature, the natural beauty of death and decay, the macro-microcosm, time in nature, ancestors, growth through weathering storms, nurturing self and heart so you may flourish.
No-one can hold us the way nature can. Mama nature is a powerful healer and transmuter of dense energies we may be holding on to. Just as she takes in our out breath and returns our bones to fertile soil, so too can she transform our woes if we can allow ourselves to surrender, to lie in her grassy arms or be embraced by her branches. Just as plastics and oils cannot be broken down in the earth for renewal, when our emotions become hardened and impenetrable, catalyzed into something more destructive, they cannot be transformed into the compost that we grow from. Experiences we may categorize as good or bad are a part of life. Death and rebirth are part of the natural cycle that allows for the continuation of life. Creating something through suppression and control that will not break down, will only bring us further out of harmony.
Guidance: Nature is all around us. Notice her and know that when you feel like no-one else can hold you, she can. Spend as much time in nature as possible and do what you can to preserve it.
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