To set the scene: Susan has been amicably divorced for five years and has a thriving business (a florist shop). Her son is studying for his history degree 500 miles away. He's doing well, and it seems that the apron strings have been cut now. Her friends are all telling her how lucky she is to be free and financially independent, but she's restless. She's always wanted to paint. Her sister moved to Italy awhile back and she loves it. Now, Susan's wondering about doing something similar, but afraid she'd be giving up too much good stuff for an uncertain future, just to indulge herself. So she asks for a reading...
My name is Susan, and I would like a general reading on the next stage of my life. I'm a single mother with an empty nest, and I'm thinking of making some changes!
Here is your reading. The journey it describes is primarily an inner one. It may be accomplished over a period of time, or very quickly in your inner understanding of something. I have meditated before drawing these cards, and I believe that they are chosen for you at this time.
In the reading, I give you the position of your cards and a short meaning that doesn't change from reading to reading. It's the fixed meaning of the card, if you like. After I list these, I'll go on and expand a bit, and what I say here does vary from sitter to sitter, based on my intuition about the person and reading as a whole.
The way to get the best from this reading, I believe, is to center yourself with a few moments of meditation, or whatever works for you, before reading it. Keep in mind that it is not advice, as such, nor a prediction. Think of it as a way to take a fresh or a deeper look at your situation. Think about this reading over the next few days or weeks, when you have some quiet time, and feel free to come back to me and ask for clarification. When you're ready, here goes...
The first card, which describes your current situation is Rain - Rain is essential. Where rain falls the landscape becomes lush and abundant. We may find the rain frustrating, depressing or inconvenient, but it's lesson is "Wait for better things!" as well as "Accept the gift of life."
The second card, which refers to your destination in this question, is Rooks - Intelligence, communication and problem solving come naturally. The society of the tribe is important, and the individual flourishes within it. Loss of these qualities brings ill. Change and death may be frightening, but can also be foreseen, and guidance found to pass through.
The third card, describing your journey to this destination is the Hare - Elusive and independent. Those wishing to approach are tested fiercely before being accepted. The balance tips toward the light and fertility.
I love it when Rain appears in a reading. Things are bound to get better!! This might be telling you that you need to recognise the good in something more than you do. It is an invitation to be thankful. It's okay when we have weather we don't like, it's okay not to like it, too - just like it's okay to feel that somehow we are not who we wish to be - yet. Just don't be afraid that you won't be able to go on living because of it. When we are not who we wish to be there are two paths - change (which will always come anyway) and acceptance (which is always advisable). It's win-win!
The place you are in right now is probably a lot better than you think. It is preparing the ground for growth and abundance. That is what the Rain card says to me.
Now, there is something about the cawing, black Rooks that makes people think they might be negative. Nothing could be further from the truth! In case you aren't familiar with this bird, it's in the crow family - big and black with a loud voice. You'll notice that the card is in the plural. This is very important. Rooks are extremely social, and build their nests in colonies, in high trees, usually overlooking fields or pastures. We see some kinds of birds all moving as one, as starlings do - like a school of fish. Not rooks. They are very much individuals within their own society, but they do stick to that society and enjoy being together. I certainly wouldn't mind knowing that I was headed to a Rooks destination! The other aspects of the card - death (which represents change), intelligence, skill in communication I also see as positive. It sounds like a wonderful place of learning and feeling empowered that you are headed to!
The female Hare (which is much the same as the American jack rabbit) tests potential mates with a fierce combination of boxing matches and chases. (Before naturalists understood this, it was believed that it was males fighting over the right to mate that was being observed, but now it is understood correctly.) Unlike true rabbits, hares are mostly solitary animals who live out in the open and depend on their speed and cunning to survive and raise their young. Although they don't mate and reproduce with the enthusiasm that rabbits do, it was hares which were originally associated with springtime and fertility, and gave rise to the Easter Bunny, not rabbits. Fertility may refer to childbearing and so on, but equally to creativity and nurturing. "Mates" might include ideas and people in general, I think, as well as romantic or sexual partners.
When you first read all this, I know that it is a lot to take in. It may feel like too many words all at once, or it may even provoke some strong emotions. You may want to assign a meaning to each thing very quickly ("A = my job, B = Geraldine, and C means that bloke at work fancies me" sort of thing.) You don't have to digest it all at once! Let the images work their way in slowly. You might like to spend time contemplating just one card, or one aspect of a card in a session. You might find it helpful to look at images of these things, or to visualise them in your mind's eye and see what stories they conjure.
Do let me know that you received this email, but don't feel that you have to say a lot, unless you would like to. If you have questions, I will do my best to answer them. If at some point you would like to offer me some feedback - anything at all, positive, negative or just exploring meanings, that is very welcome, but it's optional. The majority of people seem to enjoy talking about how the meanings unfolded for them, but it often takes quite awhile before I hear from them, and that's fine.
I'm so sorry that it took me so long to get back to you. I've been busy with my business, and some family stuff came up a few days after I got your email, so I kind of shelved things for awhile. I used to meditate quite a lot, but life got it the way... but I decided to dust that off and after things settled down with my elderly uncle (long story) I started doing that again and it's been good. So that was a bonus from your reading. I'm glad, because you were right, it helped it all make sense. When I first read it, it seemed like a bunch of animals in the rain, and I thought about just giving up on it. Now I'm glad I came back to it. It's helped me see things VERY differently, and in a good way.
You are right, I get really impatient when it rains, and I'm impatient now. I got divorced 5 years ago - not my idea, but it worked out okay. I feel like I've been biding my time for too long, but it has prepared the ground and I've been lucky to have a solid business and a good income all this time. Talk about abundance! You hit it!
It's funny about those Rooks, because I've been wondering about moving to Italy, and my sister's already there. I've been thinking about all the things that could go wrong. What if we don't like living near each other, or I'm in the way with her and her husband. But we've always gotten along and I like your tribe idea. I see that this is part of what I'm looking for, a real support network. My girlfriends here are all a bit superficial in their thinking. They can't see past me making a lot of money here and think I should just live it up, but I want something more from life. My sister and her husband think more like I do, and it sounds like they have friends where they are now who do, too. It's a lot to think about, but at least I'm clearer on what I want.
Well, it's funny you should mention creativity, because the thing I've always wanted to do is paint! I do, a little, but I just never have time. Maybe I'll never be good enough to sell a painting, but I just feel like I have to let something out by painting. So those are the easter eggs I want to hatch - lots of nice pictures. But I get the thing about challenging "mates". I ended up with my shallow girlfriends because I didn't do that enough. I want more than to just "do lunch" and gossip. Now I'm going to check people out before I call them my friends, and I'm going to check out my own ideas a little better, too.
That was a big "insight" I had when I meditated yesterday. I've been thinking it's black and white. Stay here in Boston and run the store forever, or go to Italy and risk quite a bit, so that I can have a nicer life and paint. I got unstuck from that thinking today. That rabbit must have kicked some sense into me. Now I've got a bunch of ideas about how I could stay here and work less and paint, or go to Italy and just test the waters for awhile, or even that I might like to move to New Mexico instead! I've been stuck thinking I just had these two choices for about a year now. Duh!
This really helped me.