01/03/18 - Decisions. And Omens.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

If you've seen my recent post, you'll know that I'm re-reading The Alchemist. Each day I seem to randomly select a card which is pertinent not only to my situation, but also to the current section of the book - it's as though various threads converge on any given day. My card today was 'Fork in the Road' from Wisdom of the Oracle (WOTO) and it couldn't sum things up any more perfectly. Colette Baron-Reid says:
You've arrived at a fork in the road and you are being asked to come to a decision. Will you further your dreams by choosing left? Or by choosing right? ... Be present, and do not avoid this junction, for it is an important crossroads.
My husband and I have a major decision to make and we have been making lists of pros and cons as well as trying to imagine all the possible scenarios of either option. This has been going on for a few days, but has peaked in the last 24 hours. In fact, we have been talking about it so much - going around and around in circles - that I've given myself a headache! 

Deck: Wisdom of the Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid and Jena DellaGrottaglia
So after pulling this perfectly apt card, taking my daughter to school and walking the dog in the snow, I sat down with a steaming mug of tea and picked up my book. I intended to take my mind off things while I defrosted. If you're familiar with The Alchemist, I was at the part where Santiago is just about to meet the Englishman. 
He still had some doubts about the decision he had made. But he was able to understand one thing; making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.
Earlier, the old man Melchizedek had already told Santiago how to know the way to find his 'treasure' - he advised that he needed to follow the omens, saying "God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you." 

However the word 'God' relates to your own belief system the advice is sound - when we can tune in to our feelings and intuition - which usually means tuning out a lot of the mental 'noise' - we are able to clearly see the best way forward. 

This reminds me of something similar in Gabby Bernstein's book The Universe Has Your Back (incidentally that includes a conversation she had with WOTO deck creator Colette Baron-Reid about a house purchase - the deck I used and the cause of our own dilemma, two more interconnected threads). Gabby's advice was to: 

(1) Be determined to see with love (rather than low-vibe stories driven by fear).
(2) Let your feelings navigate your path.
(3) Ask for a sign.
(4) Turn it over to the Universe, and be patient. 

The first three are a lot easier to do than the fourth so it seemed like a good time to use the Release & Surrender Spread, however I didn't even get that far. Two cards fell out of the deck while shuffling... 

Deck: Universal Waite Tarot
Shortly after meeting him, the Englishman tells Santiago:
Everything in life is an omen .... There is a universal language, understood by everybody, but already forgotten."
If these cards are any sort of omen, it looks like I already know what to do!!!!

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