In keeping with my current theme of Our Connection With Animals, I decided to do a card reading with this awesome oracle deck that I bought at the Edgar Cayce center in Virginia Beach in May. I LOVE these cards and I am currently on a high of exploring my renewed and beautiful connections with the Animal Kingdom.
As I said in a recent oracle post ~
As you know by now, we are all about Balance. And the Ascended Master most closely associated with Balance is Lady Portia.
According to Inner Light-Workers (http://www.innerlightworkers.co.uk/ascendedmasters/mastersmep.htm), Portia “embodies Divine Justice through Divine Opportunity and so is also known as the Goddess of Justice and the Goddess of Opportunity. It is she that is characterised holding the scales of justice above buildings such as London’s Old Bailey. “Justice” is to be found at the balance point of thought and feeling, and so together with the hierarchs of Libra (whose sign of the zodiac is of course the set of scales) her role is to teach humanity to attain balance of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies through the attributes of the 4 elements of earth, water, air and fire.”
We’ve been talking a lot about the four elements and balancing our four lower bodies and so I began doing card readings using the four directions as they correspond to the elements, starting with West and moving clockwise (these correspondences apply in the northern hemisphere).
In this reading, West represents the emotional body (Water), North is the physical body (Earth), East is the mental body (Air), and South represents the spiritual body (Fire). In the center is a card for Spirit, and this represents a summary and information about the spiritual journey ~ it ties the other cards together.
I asked Animal Spirits what message they have for Humanity in this moment.
Turtle appears in the Emotional Body. Turtle says “Retreat ~ Stop trying to make something happen.”
Turtle also says:
There’s not a whole lot you can do right now to influence the situation you’re inquiring about. It’s best to back off and wait until it’s time to move forward again. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially given the futility of trying to make something happen right now. Patience is what’s called for. Eventually you can stick your neck out a little at a time to determine if it’s time to come out and make some progress toward your goal. A retreat isn’t defeat. Make it a conscious and intentional choice instead.
You could stand to spend some time by yourself in nature, away from the intensity of your usual life. Although we call this a retreat, it’s really more of a movement toward the peace and harmony you’ll find in the woods, at the mountains, or by the seashore. Doing so also helps you connect with Mother Earth, and when you do, it helps put everything in proper perspective. The ocean’s been there a long, long time, and will continue to be. And every day there’s a sunset, no matter what else has happened.
An additional association for Turtle is Toughness.
Dolphin appears in the Physical Body. Dolphin says “Playfulness ~ Take time to play.”
Dolphin also says:
You’re thinking too much and doing too much, such that you’re disconnected from your feelings. The best way to integrate your intellect, emotions, and actions, believe it or not, is through play. You’ve been analyzing this and that and strategizing for the future at teh cost of ignoring the present and a more basic need to let go and just have some fun. Get away from all that through play, and you’ll find that your thinking is much clearer and more insightful.
There are a couple of ways to play. One is a structured activity or game. This is a great avenue for socializing and playing with other people. Another is ~ hold on, now ~ spontaneous play. You can’t plan to be spontaneous, but you can simply be spontaneous. All it takes is the right attitude. You can do this anywhere, even at work. Dance, sing, or make a joke. It’ll help you lose your mind for a while, or at least bring it into balance with your body and your feelings. And stop taking all of this so seriously! It’s only life!
An additional association for Dolphin is Breath.
Squirrel appears in the Mental Body. Squirrel says “Preparation ~ Get Ready for BIG CHANGES.”
Squirrel also says:
Feel the anticipation of what you know is coming. Get everything ready and in place. This can be a new job, a new relationship, or a major move. There will no doubt be challenges, but you can prepare for them in a number of ways. The most important kind of readiness has to do with your mind. How smoothly you move through these changes is totally dependent on your attitude, thoughts and beliefs. There’s no need to scurry, no need to worry. Rather than rush, make each movement count. If you worry, it will just make everything a lot harder. Just do what you have to do to prepare.
Don’t get so bogged down in making list after list. This can help, but at this time it’s better to stay active, focused, and purposeful in your efforts. Get a sense of where you’re going, even if you may change course later. Rely on family and close friends for support before and during this transition. And most important, keep breathing.
An additional association for Squirrel is Alertness.
Salmon appears in the Spiritual Body. Salmon says “Determination ~ You know where you are going and YOU WILL GET THERE.”
Salmon also says:
Sometimes it seems easier to just give up in the face of adversity, especially when the struggles you face feel overwhelming and insurmountable. Yet these trials and tribulations are all part of your spiritual path, and are necessary to make you stronger and more capable at dealing with life’s unpredictability. The ordeal you’re faced with now is not necessarily a light one; and to succeed, it will take a clear intention, a commitment to purpose, and a willingness to stay with it until you’ve reached a calmer part of the river.
Even if you’re not sure of your purpose or why you’re faced with these challenges, follow your path with absolute faith, and the reasons will reveal themselves within the process of your journey. Sometimes your actual goal isn’t apparent, even when the direction you must go is. You must trust that your direction is being inspired by the deepest sense of your innate knowing, align your intention with Spirit’s intent, and let nothing stop you from moving ahead.
An additional association for Salmon is Regeneration.
Seal shows up as our fifth card, the one that represents Spirit and ties everything together.
Seal says “Imagination ~ IMMERSE YOURSELF in artistic and creative expression.”
Seal also says:
Your subconscious mind is the playground of your imagination, which waits to be called out by your willingness to unleash the bonds of personal convention and societal restraint, to challenge and surpass the usual limits you’ve placed on yourself regarding artistic expression. This means nothing less than to release your familiar sense of identity and stretch the boundaries of your creative mind. It’s not a matter of believing ~ or disbelieving ~ that you have talent for any kind of creative pursuits. It’s a matter of surrendering to the imaginative impulse that’s beginning to be expressed in some form.
So drop underneath those restrictive beliefs, and tap in to this most natural drive toward creative, artistic expression, perhaps something you’ve always wanted to do but have stopped yourself until now. Feel it all in its depth and dimensions, then throw yourself into it ~ whether it’s singing, dancing, painting, drawing, writing, or some other path. This is food for your heart and soul. Don’t put it off any longer. It’s time to take that plunge.
An additional association for Seal is Adaptation.
I feel this is a good reading. I actually started to cry a couple of times while I was typing the text above so I know that these messages are right on, at least for me. They affected me deeply.
I feel that Turtle appearing in the Emotional Body is significant because we all develop shells like Turtle’s in the illusion to protect ourselves and at some point we all have to drop our emotional defenses once and for all if we want to move forward. However, there will still be times when we want to retreat and yes, it’s important to understand that that is okay. It’s not about going backwards, it’s about connecting with ourselves and letting the outside world go on for a while without us. As Turtle says, “… it’s really more of a movement toward the peace and harmony…”.
If you want your Emotional Body to be in balance with you other bodies, sometimes you have to retreat and put your shell on for a while so that you are free to reclaim your inner Peace and find Serenity again. That is the “toughness” that Turtle’s shell exemplifies ~ setting up boundaries to maintain emotional stability. The shell or shield you carry on your back shows that people and situations can’t penetrate your core, not really.
It didn’t surprise me that Dolphin showed up in the Physical Body because I received a message about playing the other day, too. Playing is one way that we work through our emotional and mental issues but, obviously, playing gives our physical bodies a nice break as well! Play is like the Retreat that Turtle suggests ~ a way to take a break from all the things that seem to demand our attention every day.
If we want to be in balance, we cannot neglect our physical bodies. We have to listen to and get in touch with our physical needs so that we know what our body is saying to us in every moment. It’s about experiencing a sense of well-being throughout all of our bodies. Our bodies store all sorts of things like stress, emotions, memories, and energy and we have to discover the best way to release those things so that they do not affect our journey. Play, which in this case is really about having fun and being lighthearted and carefree, is a great way to assist the release of anything that is having a negative impact on our physical body. Moving with abandon (dancing like nobody’s watching) can truly bring your physical body into balance with your heart, mind, and spirit.
Dolphin also says: BREATH. Dolphins breathe through a blowhole and when they surface, they expel air with a lot of force. This can be seen as symbolic of making a concerted effort to let go of things which no longer serve us, especially those things that our body does not need to hang on to. Take some time every day to focus on your breathing. Breathe in the Love all around you and breathe out old energies and stresses. Release them with Love. Breath = Balance.
~ Just Breathe ~
I laughed when I saw Squirrel in the Mental Body. Really. Cuz, you know… squirrels are squirrelly. I’ve seen a lot of squirrels and they do some crazy shit.
People do some crazy shit, too. Oh, it’s true. I say that with Love. I mean, I’m people too and I have done some crazy shit. What Squirrel is saying is to not make a big deal out of things, even if they seem like big things. Don’t worry about the future. Don’t make yourself crazy. Like I’ve said before, worrying never helped anything in the history of Creation, EVER!
There is a difference between awareness, activity, preparation, and worry. Worry comes from fear and fear is a lie. Fear is not Real. If you are holding on to any fear, you will not achieve balance, especially in your mental body. The best thing you can do for your Mental Body is to stay in the Present Moment as much as possible. Fear will not allow you to do that. Remember that fear is not Real and walk away from it. Give it your Love and say good-bye forever. Free yourself from fear and go on your merry way, collecting your nuts and whatnot while you enjoy the Now.
It’s interesting that Squirrel also says, “And most important, keep breathing.” And, I agree.
Squirrel also represents Alertness. This is true ~ Squirrel seems to see everything and to protect himself, he will dart off if he sees anything that looks like a threat. The difference between you and Squirrel is that you can choose to react to outside stimuli in a different way. Crazy only exists in the mind. When you are in your Heart and in the Now, there is no crazy; there is no squirrelly.
Salmon appears in the Spiritual Body. This is exciting for this moment because we are moving very fast and it has been difficult and intense for some people lately. Salmon is telling us that if we stick with it, we will reach our destination. Yes, some people feel like they have been swimming upstream for a long time but Salmon reminds us that we all chose our path. Following it is about developing spiritually. Challenges are what we asked for and planned.
Salmon does not complain or stomp off because he gets tired of swimming upstream. He doesn’t waste his energy on distractions, emotions, crazy thinking, or fear. He just follows his path. All of his energy is directed to and focused on that.
I’m not saying that you should see yourself as a drone, making your way uphill without taking time to enjoy anything. I’m just saying that you chose what you are experiencing and you chose to be here. Put your energy into making things better for yourself by focusing on what is important ~ YOU! The difference between you and Salmon is that you can make choices and changes. You are not locked into a migratory pattern. You can choose to put yourself into The Flow, for one thing. If you are going against the current, turn around! Choose the path of least resistance. Don’t fight; surrender. If you’re still waiting to reach a more peaceful part of the river, understand that the only thing keeping you from that is You. Take a shortcut and find peace now. You are moving in a predetermined direction but you have the power to dissolve any obstacles in your path.
Did you notice that dissolve has LOVE in it? That’s you. You are the obstacles and you are the Love.
Use the determination of Salmon to inspire your co-creations and make them manifest.
An additional association for Salmon is Regeneration. That’s what happens when you meet challenges and over come obstacles. You are regenerated over and over. Celebrate regeneration!
Finally, we have Seal in our fifth spot, a card for Spirit. Seal represents a summary and information about the spiritual journey ~ it ties the other cards together.
Seal sounds a lot like Dolphin here. Perhaps they are speaking to us together to make a point. Seal is about creativity and playfulness. He represents letting go of our inhibitions; freeing ourselves from personal and societal constructs that intimidate us and keep us from revealing our True Selves.
One of the reasons we want to achieve balance is because that is the only way we can be our True Selves. Only when all of your four bodies are balanced and in balance with each other are you really yourself. Imbalance keeps you from expanding into who you really are.
Seal is telling us the same thing Team Awesome has been saying for a while now ~ it’s time to co-create. Get to creating! Express your creative energy and drive and do not spend one second thinking about how other people might react.
As Seal says, “So drop underneath those restrictive beliefs, and tap in to this most natural drive toward creative, artistic expression, perhaps something you’ve always wanted to do but have stopped yourself until now. Feel it all in its depth and dimensions, then throw yourself into it ~ whether it’s singing, dancing, painting, drawing, writing, or some other path. This is food for your heart and soul. Don’t put it off any longer. It’s time to take that plunge.”
Seal also represents Adaptation. This is another key concept on our journey. Things are literally changing in every moment and we have been in uncharted territory for a while. Being a Lightworker, working with energy, being Love in Action, etc. ~ what those things mean in this moment are not the same thing they meant thirty years ago or even yesterday. The Divine Plan is alive for a reason ~ because we all co-create it in every moment. If you want to achieve a balanced state, you must evolve, be willing to change, and be open to all possibilities. All is energy and energy is all. Energy that does not move and flow ~ as in its natural state ~ becomes trapped, stagnant, and static. Let the energy that you are flow and expand, bringing Light and Love to you and everything around you.
Well I enjoyed this reading even tho it turned out to be very long. It was helpful to me and I hope it was helpful to you. I feel very joyful in this moment.
I think, to summarize, I would say ~ to achieve balance, the concepts we want to focus on right now are retreating to find peace in our emotional body and giving our physical bodies a chance to release through joyous movement. We also want to remember to not make ourselves crazy by worrying about the future and remember that while we are dedicated to our path, we can make course corrections and not make “obstacles” bigger than they are. And, one thing that will help us with all of this is to Express Ourselves Creatively.
P.S. Just Breathe
Text and Cards: Power Animal Oracle Cards, Steven D. Farmer, 2005