Water.

I think I’m being stalked. I am a solid Earth sign and stick to the ground, or preferrably, in it. But Water seems to want my attention.

I’ve been reading PSAs about water shortages and conservation.

It has been raining for days.

The cats have been uncharacteristically determined to spill any container to play with liquid.

And today it dominated my Tarot and Oracle pulls.

Sometimes the elements and universe are not subtle.

Have you had a similar experience? What element do you normally work with?

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Arctic Fox.

It’s important to step back, really look at yourself, your emotions, the world around you.

Irrational choices in the midst of a heated arguement are damaging and live long in the memory. Keep calm when politics, religion, race, economics, cultural appropriation, privilege, and other sensitive topics are discussed. It’s not easy.

Anger can be so overwhelming, so strong, so justified. And that’s ok. Sometimes you need that kind of anger. Use it. Breathe into it. But consider the best course of action.

Being non-reactive can be satisfying and empowering.

Empathy and compassion and the oh-so-difficult-and-elusive patience work miracles.

Calmly letting the other person answer questions you provide will often lead them to understanding.

Being a rock of peace in the face of adversity can be healing and inspiring.

It isn’t about taking the easy road or walking away when a difficult moment presents itself. (Unless you need to because your survival is at risk. Then run, do not walk.) It’s about using our observations and emotions as effective weapons against tyrany, oppression, and misinformation.

A pattern of action and reaction is based on thoughtlessness and, quite frankly, damaging. Yelling because the other person is, does little good. One cannot hear the other. One cannot hear themselves. Only overriding passion and knee jerk retaliation can happen.

Watch, try, learn.

Watch others.

How do those you admire behave when faced with a difficult circumstance? Can you use their strategies in your own life? When you do, what was the outcome?

Watch yourself.

Is it difficult for you to maintain in the face of adversity? What is your tipping point? How can you step back?

What you are upset about reflects more about you than the person you are letting under your skin. Do not give up your power so lightly.

Pivot and move through the hurt and rage. Mold those emotions. Shape yourself into a blade to cut out that which does not serve. Do not let the actions and emotions of others be a poison you willing drink.

Step back, even if it is just mentally. Protect yourself with confidence and inner calm. Reframe the situation and stand firm. Take a deep breath, even just one, and for that moment be in the present. Release the breath, regain yourself, approach the situation again, if you want to.

Afterward, remember to care for yourself. Regain your balance. Carve out time and space for yourself and yourself alone. Even if it is on the toilet meditating. Do what you need to do for you. There are no rules for self-care and self-love. Nurture yourself however, wherever, and whenever you can.

Or reach out to your support system to regain strength. That doesn’t mean engaging with an echo chamber. Spend time reconnecting in as joyful way as possible with those you love. Community is the web which catches us before we fall.

Observe.

Be still.

Come away better, strong than you were.

Mystery.

Mystery

A dragon is blowing clouds of smoke around you. Can you live with the unknown?

What does the unknown mean to you? 
What mystery in your life would you like to solve?

What mystery does the Universe hold for you?

What feelings do the ideas of the unknown provoke in you? Is it fear? Does it excite you? Do you go with the flow?

How do you cope with these emotions? How do you help others cope?

How might you explore the unknown to know it better? Or is it better left a mystery?

Weekly Contemplation, May 8 Through May 14

Anchoring

This dragon’s heavy scales weight it to the ground. Are you glad to be anchored, or do you long to take flight?

Is there something, perhaps a harmful emotion or thought process, you need to release?

Do you need a new experience or to open a door?

Would looking at your life in a more balanced way help you find a freedom, regardless of what you carry?

Weekly Contemplation.

Here is the first in a new series for the Gate & Key Society!

While we’ve seen the idea of daily, weekly, and even monthly card draws floating around on Facebook and YouTube, we’ve never tried it ourselves. But it looks like such a fun way to get the creative, meditative, and spiritual mojo going, we’re going to try!

So starting now, we’ll pull a card from an oracle or tarot deck each week and include a question or two to stimulate contemplation.

This week we’re using Dragon Cards, a 52 card oracle style deck from Findhorn Press by Polly Waterfield and illustrated by Brian Nobbs.

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FRIVOLITY.
A dragon is dancing around your living room. Is it time to treat life lightly or do you need to be taken seriously today?

How will you approach the world?

How will you react to these times?