How do I trust my instincts and intuition? How can I honor my individual spirit and be part of my family or community?
From the wolf as the misunderstood character in fairy tales to the tale of La Loba who sings the bones of wolves back to life (as retold by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Women Who Run with the Wolves), the wolf is a dynamic archetype.
There is a Cherokee story about the two wolves of the self, the inner battle of the choice between good and evil. In the end, the one who wins is the one you feed.
There is the wolf pack, a symbol of community. There is the social hierarchy of the pack. The lone wolf: isolated, alienated, solitary.
For my Wolves card, I chose to focus on wolves as a symbol of community and in maintaining the self in the midst of community. I also looked at wolves as a reminder to trust instincts and intuition.
When you are in a group of people, I encourage you to notice: Do you feel part of it? Do you strive to blend or fit in? Do you lead, follow, or a combination? No matter what role you play, are you being true to yourself while doing so? If not, how can you honor yourself more? Are you happy with the role you are playing in the group? Is there another role you would like to play?
The Wolves card reminds us that we can be part of something larger while still being true to ourselves.
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The above are several of the cards from my Characters and Archetypes category.
A brief summary of the meaning of these cards:
The Addict: noticing unhealthy behaviors and coping mechanisms
The Fool: Approach a situation with fresh eyes, return to “beginner’s mind.”
The Shepherdess: Nurture yourself; a return to self-care
The Enchantress: Lessons, what you are learning from current circumstances
High Priestess: It’s time to use your talents, gifts, and wisdom.
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When I’ve introduced my cards to people, and they pull a card, a common question is: “What does this card mean?”
I refer to the book that comes with my oracle cards as a “book of insights.” I have created guiding questions and an overall description of the potential meaning of each card. Ultimately, the question I often want to ask: “What does this card mean to you? How does it apply to your life? How do you relate to the theme of the card? How are you aware of this theme in your life?”
In other words, I do not view these cards as having just one fixed meaning. I don’t see them as having reversed meanings, either – where the cards while mean something different if pulled facing upside down.
I see these cards as intuitive tools, and my hope is that they help people strengthen and trust their intuition. I hope they help guide people.
When I pull my oracle cards, I see it as similar to a conversation. “Okay, so what are you telling me?” Sometimes my response when I pull a card is like, “Yeah, yeah, I know. Thanks for the reminder.”
Sometimes people like to do oracle spreads – laying out multiple oracle cards to give a more detailed reading of a specific situation. A simple one is a past, present, future spread, which uses three cards to reflect where you have been, where you are, and where you may be going. Here are more ideas for spreads that another intuitive card reader has gathered: http://lightnloveguidance.weebly.com/tarotoracle-spreads.html
More ideas on how to use the Sacred Spiral Oracle Cards:
- Use as part of your daily spiritual practice
- Choosing a theme for the year on New Year’s or a birthday
- Use the questions as journal prompts
- Use as guidance for a specific decision or situation
How do you like to use oracle cards or other divination tools? How do you respond to a card’s meaning, whether it is based on your own intuitive interpretation or a written description?