Today’s card is from Earth Magic oracle cards by Dr. Steven Farmer. The illustration is by Walfrido.
Ocean – Ebb and Flow
This card also came up for me personally today. The scan of the card probably doesn’t do it the justice it deserves. The colours are just beautiful and I could gaze at it all day.
The ocean is something that we probably don’t think of too often, unless we live near it or are on holiday, yet it effects us even so. Our bodies are made up of 70% water and more than half the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean. We are a microcosm of this vast living water world that we still know so little about. We feel the tug within us of the tides, as they ebb and flow through our lives. We plunge to our own emotional depths of cold darkness where unknown creatures lurk, and danger waits around each hard rock face. We have our own sunken shipwrecks, those parts of our lives that we feel have cost us dearly, that we hold onto, sinking them deep within us, unseen but not forgotten. We also have shipwrecks that we have consciously forgotten about, but our subconscious knows they are there. These can stop the proper ebb and flow of our lives as the waters have to skirt around them rather than flowing freely.
We have our own shorelines where our consciousness touches the vast ocean of sub conscious. We walk along, dipping our feet in the surf, sometimes swimming out a little further, but never too far. The boat we need to travel that distance can seem impossible to find and we dare not risk captaining it, because we are afraid we may capsize. At times the waves of our sub conscious crash against us, demanding that we pay attention and listen. Mostly we run out of reach, misunderstanding. For the ocean is a creator. It is the womb of the world. Those waves of subconscious reach for us to nurture, teach and inspire. A little courage is needed to find a perch on the rocks and hang on tight while the waters rush over our heads and we find ourselves re birthed into a deeper consciousness.
When you feel the ebb and flow of the waters of emotion in your life, don’t fight them. Clear those shipwrecks with your mind and allow yourself to float with the tides. You are not driftwood, completely out of control, you are a boat that can be steered and guided, yet is still seeing and feeling the swell of the waves. Your emotions are part of you. Squashing them is like trying to stop the sea from washing on to the shore at high tide, you may manage for awhile, but there will be seepage and all the time you will feel the effects of those emotions on your barricade. it is better to allow your emotion to surface, even let it out into the open. But remember that you are still in control. Emotions that take us out of control are like the storm at sea, raging and crashing inside us, bringing turmoil, loss and wreckage. But emotions that we see coming and ride like a vast wave until they peeter out on the sand teach us about ourselves, others and our situation.
The ebb and flow of the ocean, the ebb and flow of our emotions and the ebb and flow of the breath into our lungs are all things we cannot fight. We must accept them, not hide them. In hiding them we die a little bit more each day.