Tarot: Surprise afternoon with the High Priestess.

I’m not even sure if the word “surprise” describes this correctly. Technically, if the cards tell me some things about my day before my day even begins, what happens shouldn’t be a surprise, right?

I do daily draws- instead of just one card that can be so many things: advice, warning, what’s around me today, what to watch out for, what to contemplate on etc. I choose to do 3 cards for the day: what’s happening around me in the morning, mid-day, and evening. Then I get 1 advice card for the whole day. This gives me the best preview of what my wake up- to noon time will be about, what my noon to 5 will be like, and 5pm to bed time. The advice cards covers the whole day and is applicable to any and all of it.. I feel like if I get an advice card for each part of the day, that’s almost like cheating. C’mon, figure it out yourself, make an effort at least!

So today’s cards were Tower Reversed, High Priestess and Star. Daily advice was 7 of pentacles. I have a special relationship with that card. It’s my “you are a procrastinator” card.. so when it showed up for today’s advice, it puzzled me. You want me to procrastinate to day?? That doesn’t seem right with these 3 important major arcanas sitting right above you… 7 of pentacles, you be crazy. But this card had a different feel to it today energetically. By habit I jumped to “procrastinate” definition, because for me, in any of my readings for myself or others this card hasn’t meant anything else. Today, I felt the card was advising me to take the day slow and steady, and all would make sense. This felt like a much more appropriate interpretation, and it seemed to fit.

Tower Reversed:

This card is suppose to cover “wake up until noon” time frame, but in my experience, the card can represent one particular and important moment in that time frame, rather than the overall feel of that time.  The Tower Rx was definitely about one particular moment. My dear sweet husband, had worked all day Sunday (6am starting), came home for dinner, took an hour break, and went back to work. He came home and crashed into the bed at 4am. (Life of a business owner- we own an asphalt maintenance company). His plan was to get 4-5 hrs of sleep and get back to the new day. However, at 7am I find him getting into the shower: an employee didn’t show up for work, so now he has to go super early. The look on his face of sadness, disappointment, exhaustion, anger- this was my Tower moment. However, once he got in the shower, his phone beeped- that was the employee saying he is on his way and stopped at the store to get supplies we needed for the day. This was the Tower Reversed moment- disaster avoided. My husband, now showered, can go back to bed and sleep some more, which he promptly did. So this was a span of maybe 20 minutes where the Tower loomed up ahead..and then reversed, giving us a much needed break in the day. The rest of my morning was smooth and painless.

High Priestess:

This was the coolest experience! I’ve had moments where the cards of the day were extremely literal and it was a very personal and intimate moment of understanding a card and its message. I’ve never had the High Priestess Experience. Until today.

When I drew the card in the morning, I thought to myself: okay, secret keeper, what do you have in store for me? I thought on all of her messages: hidden agendas, reflecting back to your inner guidance, “you already know”, what’s behind the veil, duality, listening to gut instinct and so on. I decided that she was telling me to spend some time reflecting on myself. My plan for the afternoon was to make a trip into town, about an 1.5hrs away, to get some supplies for the business and help my tired hubby out. I had ample time to think, be still in my mind, and just be present in the moment. To cut to the chase, I arrived to the first location: the man at the counter was all business, getting the order together, getting the paperwork, payment etc. Then something changed, and he started talking to me about his life, and how his journey took him to where he is now and where he hopes to go from here. He must be in his late 50’s, early 60’s, as he mentioned he was considering retiring soon. I listened intently, there was something special at having a complete stranger spill his life story to me. It wasn’t dramatic, he wasn’t looking for sympathy, or laughs, or a shoulder to cry on- his story was a happy one, he talked about joys in his life and how things have worked out for him, he talked about his aspirations and wants in life, he talked about his wife and her life (not nearly detailed as his). It felt like a genuine need to be heard, to be listened to, understood and for joy to be shared and for kind words to be said. This conversation, was mostly a monologue, really. I didn’t say much, except for an occasional “yes, aha”. I maintained eye contact, full of curiosity, compassion, understanding and mostly, a genuine interest in this human being in front of me. He talked for about 20 minutes. At the end, he was really surprised at himself for having shared so much, and he said that somehow he felt so much better and thanked me for talking to him. We ended the conversation by introducing ourselves and shaking hands. (S)

On my way to the next stop I kept thinking at what transpired. All of a sudden, I had a realization “this was the High Priestess moment”. I listened intently, like she does. I didn’t judge or provide commentary. I allowed the person the room and the space to reflect on to their own life. That literally blew my mind.

I arrived at my next location: I decided to stop in at the jewelry store to get my wedding ring inspected and cleaned, as it was due. I always go to the same place where we bought it, and while the staff there changed, there is an older gentleman who has worked there for a long time. I have dealt with him at previous ring cleanings, and he was always polite, but distant, not too interested in engaging in any small talk or weather conversations. He greeted me as I walked in the door, I explained what I needed and he began to help me. He was quiet at first, and when we walked over to the cleaning station, he began talking. At this point, I realized I could have another experience of the High Priestess energy and decided to consciously ride this wave, knowing what I needed to facilitate to allow it to keep happening. He talked for over an hour. He told me about his wife, his dad, his career, his life choices, time in the war, concerns he is faced with at this time. We stood off to the side of the cleaning station, as other employees were walking by, customers coming into the door, but if felt like we didn’t exist, we weren’t there. No one noticed us, no one interrupted us. I allowed for the space for him to reflect on his life, and realize how full of joy it really was. There were a few times he got teary eyed looking back on some memories. It was a beautiful experience. I felt like I was there to facilitate it, as those people needed to reflect on their lives, listen to their inner voices, but my role was very minimal. I barely said a few words during that hour. He wasn’t overbearing, looking to cry, complain or anything of the things you would think of when the person won’t quit talking. This had an entirely different feel. As the hour came to an end, he realized how long he was talking and the conversation drew to a close. We ended our talk with introducing ourselves and shaking hands. (D)

I went on to get lunch at a near by grocery store and pick up a few things. I had to ask an employee where to find the organic bubble bath for kids, as I don’t shop there too often. I could tell the same thing started happening, but unfortunately, I was completely out of time, as I had to pick up my 3 year old from daycare, and still had 1.5 hrs to drive before I got there. I was saddened to have had to end that experience. (Sorry H!)

However, my drive home was full of reflection on the High Priestess and her powers. She is silent, her words aren’t needed. Her attentive eye gaze, that sees the person’s soul, is what does the trick and allows the person to begin exploring what is really in his soul. She listens, she doesn’t judge, agree or disagree- that’s not her job. She creates presence for the person to reflect on themselves, check in with their inner compass, and take the time to examine their map of life.

This is was a deeply personal and intimate afternoon with the High Priestess.

My evening card? Well.. it’s the Star.

As I was walking into the office tonight, my sweet husband was snoring on the couch (as he rightfully should), I had just closed the bedroom door to my son’s room- he was off to dreamland after a busy evening of a bubble bath and lots of books. I shut down the Quickbooks, checked the email, made the list of to-do for tomorrow, and was about to shut off the computer…and then decided, stuff like this doesn’t happen often. I need to write about this…now, where is my blog?

The Star: the card of an artist and writer. She is the muse, the inspiration, the quiet creator of the inspirational fairy dust. Thank you for being my evening card and motivating me to write and share.

7 of pentacles was indeed the most appropriate card of advice for the day. Do things with dedication and purpose and the hard work will pay off. I allowed the time for the experience to take place instead of rushing off to the next thing. I procrastinated, indeed, but in the most rewarding way.

Love and light!

Yulia

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