Passion & Gifts (Vision Seeker Day 3)

Sunday, 30 April 2017

The spread featured below is a journal prompt from the Vision Seeker ecourse* by Nicole Piar. I drew four cards from The Good Tarot in response to the prompts. This is my journal entry - hopefully it makes some sense. 

Deck: The Good Tarot by Colette Baron-Reid. Click to enlarge the image. 

Card 1: The 5 of Fire embodies 'the energy that fuels our passions' and is a very interesting card for this position. Fives are challenging, and as the fire element deals with the energy of intention and inspired action, this is a card which calls into question the way we deal with conflict, differences of opinion, and diversity - all things that are responsible for fuelling passions. This is sometimes thought of as the 'spanner in the works' card, but most of the things people are passionate about were initiated, at some point, in response to a conflict or competition. If we consider a few random examples - sport, technology, self-improvement, fitness - they have their raison d'être in diversity, conflict, difficulty or competition. 

Fire is the suit of transformation and in this card we see two symbolic butterflies - both heading in different directions - as well as matching wings on the main character who sits between them, thoughtfully. She is wondering how she can act in the best interest of all, and in a way that will bring future enlightenment (see those lights above her?). The answer surely lies in honouring the various differences by finding creative solutions - when you have an unusual problem, you have to look for inventive ways to deal with them... and so we have arrived at the point of something being created.  

Note: At this point, I wondered if there was a theory about the 'cycle of creation' that might fit with this and googled it. There is a lot online, and some quite pertinent, but that's an entirely different rabbit-hole, and one I don't have the time to fall into! 

Card 2: What blocks or limits our passions? In response to this, I drew 'Love', which is such a loaded word, not immediately helped by the image of a sleeping woman and lion. The alternative (key)word for this card is actually 'oneness', which follows on beautifully from the previous card. Like many other spiritual teachers, Eckhart Tolle talks about oneness being the key to enlightenment: 
The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and and yet is much greater than you. It is finding your true nature beyond name and form.¹  
So what blocks and limits our passions, is actually the feeling of separation and egoic thinking. When we consider ourselves separated into 'us' and 'them', anything that isn't 'us' becomes a threat and the ego takes over - bringing with it a series of concepts that block true relationships and "you forget the essential fact that, underneath the level of physical appearances and separate forms, you are one with all that is"².

In the image on the Love card (above), the woman and lion sleep harmoniously - they are completely at peace together and are not conforming to the fierce / terrified behaviours we might expect. Behind them are two pillars, bearing the signs of Fire and Leo. (Leo is a fire sign. The first and last cards in this spread are also from the fire suit.) 

The pillars remind me of those in the traditional imagery of The High Priestess (right). In both cards, the characters appear to be inside the building. Rachel Pollack³ explains that the pillars behind the High Priestess represent the temple of Isis and also the ancient Hebrew temple in Jerusalem which was the dwelling place of God on earth. To me this card is saying "God"⁴ (which Tolle alternatively calls 'Being') is embodied by the image of the woman and lion - representing 'love' or 'oneness'. It is indeed, all the same thing. 

Card 3: Ace of Water is the helper that allows us to overcome the limitations and blocks from the previous card. Water (cups) cards relate to how we feel and how those feelings influence our behaviour and relationships. As Aces are the driving force of each suit, their purest most intense form, this particular Ace represents overflowing and unconditional love. It is full of hope and promise and light. What a perfect card to help us overcome the limitations and blocks of division and separation! There's not much more to say about that. 

Card 4: When we share our gifts, we are giving... a unicorn! Well, perhaps not an actual unicorn -  7 of Fire represents overcoming challenges and going the distance. The fact that it is represented by a unicorn is a good indication that it may take those unconventional solutions suggested by the first card to achieve it. Nevertheless, he's on the top of the hill - he made it. When we share our gifts and passion, we can overcome obstacles and achieve what we set out to do. 

So, to sum up, it's often the less harmonious aspects of life that fuel our passions and help to develop our gifts. But keeping ourselves separate and divided only limits us. The way to overcome all of this is love - oneness, compassion and appreciating that we are connected. When we are able to do this, we give the ability to overcome all of our differences. That would truly be the ultimate gift to the world. 

*Find details of the Vision Seeker course, and how to enrol (for free), here.
¹ Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now, p. 8
² Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now, p. 9
³ Rachel Pollack, Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom, p. 38
⁴ For the record, I don't like the word "God". I find it such a divisive word and too attached to formal  / traditional (patriarchal) religions for it to resonate with me. "Being" is much more comfortable. When you read this post, please feel free to substitute or use any word that sits well with you. 

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