image: Stephen Halpin
Red Stag - Fatherhood. A balance of male and female energy. Foolish pride.
"The Red Stag is a beautiful and imposing creature, but I wouldn't describe him as cuddly! This is an animal preoccupied with breeding, and with fighting to breed. When we try to transpose that directly into human behaviour he just doesn't sound like a very nice guy. So let's not do that. Cards don't work that way. Let's think of the creative urge. In the animal, it's the urge to create more elk, but here it might mean an incredibly strong urge to make something meaningful, or to pass on something important. This is also a form of love, although it's not the directly nurturing, caring and protective love of a mother, or of many modern fathers. It's also the love of an artist or other creative person for their work, and ultimately for the society who will benefit in some way from that work. Although the creative urge can sometimes make people appear selfish, at some level they are driven by love."
When I do a reading for someone, we are both opening ourselves to a high level of inspiration. How deep this experience goes depends partly on my skill and intention in delivering a reading. Once it is placed in your hands, though, it becomes your responsibility. You get to call the shots. You can take it lightly, with a grain of salt, if it doesn't suit you, or you can over think it to such a degree that it drives you a little nuts. (I hope you don't do that, of course!) I hope that it becomes a little piece of awen that moves through me to you. I hope that it inspires your life in some great ways, but you have to take it, and make it yours and work with it for this to happen. I do believe that this is another reason that you have nothing to fear from a reading. You deal with the material in your own time, on your own terms.
When I consider this creative energy as it presents itself in our lives, I think we might understand it best through some questions. What am I driven to create? Am I honouring my creative impulse? Do I need to deal with anything that's blocking this? Is there an imbalance in my creative energy? We need to sort these things out occasionally, get them out of our way, and then we probably need to get out of our own way, and just do it. Like the stag, it's by giving ourselves over to the creative impulse that we truly find out who we are.
Stag image: Peter Trimming
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