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Card of the Day – The Metal Kingย 

โ€‹This card is speaking mostly about our emotions. Here we see the King in his armor with a sword in his hand. He’s here to help us in our struggle.  

He lends you his armor to keep you safe from criticism and any verbal attacks hurled your way. They cannot harm you. He indicates that now is the time to be clear about your personal boundaries. It’s important to establish and enforce a safe and healthy space so you don’t become overwhelmed or entangled in other’s emotions. 

Always important, your self-esteem may need some attention right now. Spend time loving yourself and thinking about the things that you make you a fabulously wonderful person. ๐Ÿ’œ

These things all work together. A healthy sense of self along with strong personal boundaries creates a beautiful, sacred space within us, which acts as an armor against the army of emotions that continually try to beat against our minds.  

May we remember today to protect ourselves from any negative energies that are directed our way. May we counter these with unapologetic self-care and self-love. May we rise up strong and refreshed, ready to take on whatever comes next. 

You are valued,

Anya ๐Ÿ’–

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Card of the Day – Three of Swords, reversed

In its upright position, this card indicates the potential for our hearts to be broken. Reversed, there is a feeling that this has already happened. We’re lost in a sea of confusion and pain, trying to recover from something horrible that’s left us feeling empty.

from The Fountain Tarot

Although we may be in a period of shock and mourning right now, know that there will be brighter days ahead. This feeling of brokenness will not last forever. There is always hope.

Please help us, Great Spirit, as we walk through this wall of grief. Let us mourn fully for what might have been, and then get up and do what we can to make this world one of peace and compassion for all. 

Be the change,

Anya ๐Ÿ’–

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Card of the Day – Three of Cups, reversed

In its upright position, the Three of Cups represents a joyful celebration with family and friends. It exudes a feeling of joy, safety, and fulfillment in community. Life is good and we feel like partying!

But today it’s in the upside-down, or reversed, position. 

from The Fountain Tarot

In this position, the card takes on a different meaning. Today we may be feeling like our friends, family members, and neighbors are not as friendly, loving, or safe as we wanted them to be. There may be a general feeling of wariness in our lives and we don’t feel happy or joyous.

This card encourages us to reach out to others for support. Find a community you can trust and become part of it. Go where the love is and then be the safe space you always wished was there for you. 

May we turn outward in love rather than inward from fear today. May we open ourselves to both give and receive love from our family and community. May we be safe spaces for all who feel threatened and may we join together in meditation and action that will bring peace and equality to all.

 Sending out love and hope,

Anya ๐Ÿ’–

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Card of the Day – Nine of Swords

I have to admit, I’m not surprised this card came up today. Here we have someone who is clearly frightened, curled up in the fetal position in the dark. They are peeking out from behind their knees, watching as imaginary swords creep toward them. These swords represent the person’s many fears which are tormenting them. 

But there is good news! The swords aren’t real! They’re shadows, bending as they reach the person, heading toward their mind. They can’t do the person any physical harm.

from The Fountain Tarot

I would imagine this is how many people feel today, worried that horrible things are about to happen and imagining all the ways things could go terribly wrong. 

The message from the Nine of Swords today is that we’re caught in our own minds, paralyzed by fear. We’re scared and feel like the darkness is all we can see. It asks us to get out of our heads, to stop our ruminations on catastrophe, and to focus on reality. We cannot allow our fears to take away our power or to keep us from participating in life. 

May we have the strength today to confront our fears and render them powerless in the face of all we are capable of doing to make this world a safer place for everyone. May we remember that each day we have an effect on everyone we interact with, so may we choose to show all beings love and compassion. 

Things can get better, but for things to change, we have to change them.
Love to all beings,

Anya ๐Ÿ’–

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Imagine

We each have a set of beliefs that we live by, right? They inform our daily choices and determine how we live our lives. Take a moment to think about what yours are. Jot them down if you want. Now, where did you get them from? What are they based on? Are they from your parents? Your religion? Your culture? Why did you make them yours? 

Using our beliefs, we build our view of the world. We make value judgments every day which are based on what we believe is right and wrong or acceptable and unacceptable. 

For most people, our sense of right and wrong is learned primarily from our family and the society in which we were raised. As a result, our judgments tend to fall in line with whatever our parents believe or whatever the dominant cultural norms are where we live. What we learn as we travel the world is that what may be unacceptable in one country or culture may be perfectly acceptable in another. Right and wrong are subjective. 

In my country right now, there seems to be a very prominent Us vs Them mentality. I believe this divisiveness is caused mainly by fear, ignorance, and a false sense of superiority. It drives violence and hatred and makes our world a more dangerous place for everyone.

So here’s a thought and a challenge: what if we could strip away our closely held ideas of right and wrong that encourage us to judge and vilify our fellow human beings? What if we decided to see the value in people who are different from us? What if we rise up in our power to choose who we want to be and decide that we will LOVE instead of hate, practice empathy and compassion instead of judgment? What if we decided to STOP FIGHTING and instead START TAKING CARE OF each other?

What a different world this would be. 

Please take a moment to consider: do your beliefs make our world a more peaceful, compassionate, and safe place for everyone? If not, why not ask yourself why you’re still choosing to believe them? 

In order to make our world a better place, we need to make better choices. 

I’m  gonna spend some time imagining a better world tonight. Won’t you join me? 

Much love to all,

Anya ๐Ÿ’–

Imagine by John Lennon

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Divine Radiance

โ€‹Adyashanti says:  “Through the whole trajectory from birth to childhood to adolescence and then into adulthood, we change so much, not only physically but also emotionally and intellectually, yet something remains unchanged. That sense of something unchanged is the eternal spark within. At the beginning it may be felt as a very subtle, almost incomprehensible intuition, but when we bring our full attention to that felt intuition of whatโ€™s the same throughout our whole lives, then that little seed of divine radiance can begin to reveal itself, can begin to shine brighter and brighter in our lives.”

As I meditate on this, I reach back in my memories to see what has always been true of me, to see my divine radiance. I see kindness, compassion, wonder, a sense of honor for and oneness with all things, passion, strength, and purpose. 

What things have always been true of you? What is at your center? What are the 5 best things about you? Please share them with us! Brag about yourself in the comments! You are beautiful, wonderful, amazing, and fantastic! 

Much love,

Anya  ๐Ÿ’–

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Card of the Day – The Desert Prince

The Desert Prince stands ready to assist you. He is strong and capable. The moon and pyramid behind him indicate that he is familiar with the mysteries. The lion and bird sit close to him and show affection, meaning he has a connection to the animals. He is a master of desert survival, and he is here for you. 

from Wisdom of the Hidden Realms Oracle Cards

The message from The Desert Prince is that although it may feel like you’re going to perish in the heat and emptiness of this difficult time, he’s got your back. You’re gonna make it safely through the desert, because he’s gonna make sure you do. 

Trust in your intuition and continue to seek your highest good. Be strong and take courage. No matter what you’re going through, remember that it WILL end and you will come out on the other side amazed at how perfectly everything has worked out for you. The Desert Prince will work miracles on your behalf.  

May we remember that all lives have times of difficulty. May we remember to be thankful for our struggles because they are catalysts for our growth. May we trust that a time of peace, safety, and prosperity is in our future. May we offer love and peace today to those around us. ๐Ÿ’•

Sending love and peace out into the world,

Anya ๐Ÿ’–