I am from the midwest and the Tornado that touched down in Joplin hit really close to home for me in a manner of speaking. My grandfather was from southern Missouri and much of his family so this story really speaks to me on so many levels. I remember him telling stories of big twisters he saw growing up. Back then of course there were no warning systems. Thankfully today we have some amazing technology that saves a lot of lives. Even in the tragedy of up to 100 lives lost, without that warning system in place it would have been much worse.
I can’t begin to imagine how it must feel to have one’s life torn completely to shreds in a matter of seconds. I’ve been in a couple of small tornadoes and have always lived in an area where we seem to get missed but are always vigilant. Anyone who lives in the Midwest is all to aware of these types of storms. just last month two touched down within only minutes of my home… fortunately those were not in densely populated areas like Joplin and no one was severely injured or killed. It does make you stop and think though.. Be thankful for what you have and for those around you. Life is short and fragile and we humans really need to learn to not trip over the trivial and focus more on what adds beauty and value to all of our days.
My heart truly goes out to these people and with more storms expected this afternoon it will be a very huge test of endurance for those folks. Please keep them all in your thoughts/prayers and if you are able do what you can to help them out via the Red Cross or any other trusted organization.
Have a great day! Will post more Tarot stuff later.
I know many of you get the daily tarot card reflections from me via YahooGroups and others of you are Tarot readers or dabblers yourselves. I was wondering what is your favorite Tarot card and why? I know this answer can change day to day – but for right now at this moment what card stands out most in your memory and what do you like about it?
Feel free to respond to this blog post I would love to hear from you .
For me I have so many favorites, but the one I always seem drawn to the most is the Star. To me it represents hope, always seeing something larger – a bigger purpose or meaning behind every experience. In life when we look at stars we tend to see them as small and distant – but in reality they aren’t distant specks of light in the sky – they are massive suns that give live and generate great energy. I believe most people to be the same – we tend to see ourselves as “small” and don’t really realize the great energy we have within us. I believe star is a card of hope and power – and I always feel encouraged when I see that one.
What are yours? and why?
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Ok so I am picking back up where I left off with these. Remember to have your own journal as discussed in the beginning of the lessons
You’ll want to bear with me as I am playing around with the blog designs and templates It will look better soon. In the meantime…
Be sure to do your own journal entry for your card first before reading mine below. Doing your own journal will help you connect with your cards in the way that is most meaningful to you.
My Journal Entry
The first things I notice: The Sun, The angel, the couple standing nude, the apple tree with the serpent, the tree with branches of fire – the couples hands – one hand for each partner is reaching for the other – but the other hand is reaching back behind the individuals.
What this card means to me: The Sun speaks of energy and magnetism, healing power and sexuality. the Angel above is higher wisdom and authority – looking to those with great experience for guidance and wisdom. The lovers can signify an actual couple – but they also symbolize polarities and opposites – in this case coming together to work for the higher good. The tree of knowledge and the burning branches represent spiritual energy, higher wisdom, and deep passions/energies.
The couples hand positioning represents the importance of reaching out to one another but also the value of keeping one’s own identity and passions alive at the same time. These partners have a rich life and deep passion for one another because they are secure and whole within themselves.
There are a few different versions of the “standard” Rider-Waite decks. I found my two were getting a bit worn so I ordered a “Radiant Rider-Waite” deck with my last order to check out. Radiant is right – I thought the Universal was bright and vivid – but this deck is really beautiful. Perhaps I’ll start carrying this one in the future as well. Right now, financial times being what they are it’s difficult to add a lot of new items to my store because of the initial investments required but I like this one a lot.
There is a “blue owl” deck I saw as well on an advertising flyer that looked very intriguing as well. This is one that US Games brought back because there was a high demand for it. It’s not a “standard tarot” deck, but a 36 card “fortune telling” deck – which is really not my thing lol.
I liked it because of the history of it and of course for the owls. This deck is an English translation of a french deck made popular in the 19th century by Mille Lenormand who was one of the most prominent fortune tellers in Europe. It is said her clients were very prominent and included Napolean.
I love french history and owls so I am thinking I may have to check this one out at some point for fun .
Ok enough blathering for today It’s finals week coming up next week and I have tests to prepare for.