Happy Autumnal (or Spring, respectively) Equinox, Friends!!
Whew! Is it just me, or was that summer season a doozy? The energy of the quickening season hit me hard, and left me with my head spinning. I am grateful to welcome in the fall, and hopefully a little 'slow' along with it. This feels like the prime time to pull back a bit, slow the pace, and take in with all senses the graceful changes happening around and within you now. Do take pause and reflect on your personal growing season, and on the fruits that you are preparing to harvest now. A wonderful way to honor one season's exit, and another's entrance, is to spend time reflecting on that was given to you, and all that you accomplished in the passing season. Welcoming in the new, full of gratitude for what you already have is a good way to ensure that life's cornucopia continues to pour its abundance upon you.
Today's cards are pulled from two of my all time favorite decks: Jamie Sams' Sacred Path Cards, and Jamie Sams and David Carson's Medicine Cards. I love using these two decks in conjunction, and usually do. As I prayed over the cards and asked Spirit for the optimal message for the group, these two came forward. What fitting guidance as we step into a season of being... To respect and have patience with both our own path, and the paths of others. Naturally, this provides fertile soil for where sharing, learning, and growing can happen.
Each life form has something unique to share with world that others can gain from. If we can honor another's path, we open ourselves up for a learning opportunity. What does this unique individual have to teach you? Surely there is a something. To truly honor one beings path, is to honor all paths. When we honor our own path and gifts, we are honoring what Spirit gave us to share with the children of the earth. In doing so, we automatically, deeply, and fully experience reverence for all paths. It isn't that any one is better or more important than others, but rather, that all beings have something unique to share, show, and teach us. The key is true respect. Which starts from your truly recognizing and honoring your own path and gifts as valuable and needed.
Part of this honoring is about respecting your sacred space. Spirit indicates time and time again in my personal life, and with my work, that everyone needs a sacred space of some kind to go to. This could be in your office, or bedroom, or in your garden outside. Perhaps you are able to dedicate an entire room to sacred space, or maybe your entire living space is as such. In any account, it is important for your sense of centering to have a sacred space where you can go to connect to the Divine. It could be in your recliner. I don't care where your space is, as long as it works for you ;) Often times a sacred space may include special stones, amulets, or artwork that reminds us to connect to Spirit. It may be very simple, inviting you to sit in silence, or it may be a place where you feel inspired. In any event, it is important to have a space of your own, where you can go and be in private, where you can usually be uninterrupted, and afforded the time to connect with yourself and with Spirit.
Your sacred space isn't only a place outside of you, but it is within you, as well. Respecting your Sacred Space also means respecting your body, time, and energy, and insisting that others respect it, as well. If someone shows you disrespect and it cannot be resolved, then you don't allow that person in your sacred space again. If people are dumping on you or wasting time, just say no. Don't answer the phone. Or, be direct, if you wish. In all cases, you can stand up for and exhibit self-respect without tearing another person down. Asserting your sacred space and boundaries, will ultimately help to model for others how to do the same.
Respecting your physical sacred space may mean having boundaries in place, so that no one can just barge in and access your space any time. It also means keeping it clean and tidy, freshening it up, and ensuring that the integrity of the space is maintained.
Likewise, respecting the sacred space of others is important, and can be done with a little thoughtfulness. Removing your shoes upon entering someone's house, being mindful of where you walk, what you touch, where you lay your things, and asking before you touch an object that may be sacred, or upon entering a sacred space, or a room with a closed door. When in another's space, it is always best to follow their lead, rather then to presume to enter as though you own the place.
The sister card to Sacred Space, is Ant, who teaches us much about patience. What a beautifully fitting card of support.
It takes time to create a sacred space (that's half the fun!), so have patience with yourself and with the Universe. Bit by bit, step by step, the ant completes incredible feats of workmanship, and you can too, one step at a time. Start small and build from there. Perhaps the first step in creating a sacred space within might be to consider boundaries within your personal relationships, to ensure that they are in order, and to consider if any changes need to be made. When creating a physical Sacred Space, you may want to first conceive of where it could be located, second clean out the space, next add one sacred item at a time. No need to rush. A space filled with nothing but your pure intent is sacred in itself, so no need to keep up with the Jones's on this one. Baby steps --> and remember not to step on anyone else's toes in your process! ;)
The Application: The Sacred Space card insists on respect for the possessions, ideas, homes, and persons of others. This also applies to demanding it for the Self. Mark your territory. Respect yourself so that others will see that reflection in themselves and in how they deal with you. Be willing to say no.
Sacred Space means that you consider your body, feelings, and possessions sacred and will not allow others to abuse them. Only invite those who have earned the right into your Sacred Space. You are the one who sets up how other people treat you through how you treat yourself.
In all cases the respect you show yourself and other lifeforms determines hoe you relate to the Planetary Family. If you allow others to be destructive in your Sacred Space, on some level you don't have the guts to be disliked. It is not important to be liked by others, but it is important to be able to live with yourself. Happiness begins within.
Ant can carry a leaf over hundreds of miles just to get it back to the anthill. Ants in Africa will strip a forest bare when food is scarce, if it takes them a year. Ant's medicine is the strategy of patience. Ant is a builder like Beaver, is aggressive like Badger, has stamina like Elk, scrutiny like Mouse, and give-away like Turkey.
Every Ant in an anthill is part of the Ant "group mind," as all the Ants work for the Queen Ant and the hive. Self-sacrifice is a part of Ant medicine. Greater than Ant's other medicines, however, is patience.
Ant people are active, community-minded folks who see the greater future needs of their town. Ant people are planners, like Squirrel, and are content to see their dreams being built a little at a time. In today's society that is a rare quality.
In the desert, one type of Ant will burrow a conical hole with its apex at the bottom. The Ant will cover itself and patiently wait for some unsuspecting insect to fall in. As the sand crumbles, the prey eventually falls to the bottom, only to find Ant's open jaws.
Patience does have its rewards!
And people have a knowing about the sweet victory at the end of the line. There is never a concern about "going without" if they are late for the opening of a sale. If what they want is sold out, they are sure that something equal or better is available.
If you have Ant medicine, you eat slowly and deliberately and are content in knowing that "what is yours will come to you." This knowing is good medicine. It shows a trust in the Universe to provide.
If Ant meandered into your spread today, it is time to show a little trust and patience in some life situation. You may have forgotten that you will always receive that which you need, at the time you need it most. If it is not on the horizon or just around the next anthill, you may need to use some strategy. How can you put to use your power of creation until "it" arrives -- whatever "it" means to you at this time?
Ant is working for the good of the whole. Are you? If you are, be assured that he whole wants the same goodness for you, and that it will be provided.
With love and blessings,
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