My relationship with Scotland has been profound over the years, as many of you will know. I have travelled north, south, through central parts and inner and outer isles and in each place I discovered a part of myself that showed me various truths about what life and love means to me, reminded me of profound grief and loss and soothes me into a sense of peace and quiet. Most of all nature understanding within and without is something I will always see as a priceless gift I was given in this lifetime.
This year things have broken down literary on this path of my relating to the land and lessons have been huge. I felt as if the land spat me out all ragged and wounded with a sense of self lost and disintegrated. My heart broke and I disconnected from everything and everyone as a result. I left the land exhausted and ill not wanting to look back.
Now the storm is over and I have grounded into the earthly quality of autumn once again I am beginning to reflect on my journey so far and clear a way forward in this profound connection I feel to the land and to myself subsequently. I am setting an intention to redefine this connection, fine-tune it. I am evaluating and comparing my experiences and looking at various sides of myself that have come forward as a result of my journey through the land. Where the wild North torn me to pieces and stripped me of the ground beneath my feet, isles got me in touch with a quiet of my internal possibilities and the central part always held me steady I am clearly defining places that I want to engage with going forward. It is almost like I am creating healthy boundaries for myself like with any other relationship. I know where to go and what not to engage with necessarily for my own peace and vitality as well as for maintaining balanced relationships with significant others in my life. In terms of the elements I know that woodland (Earth) vibrates on the closest level to what I am deep down, whereas the sea is quite far from my essence, although lakes and rivers (water but on a gentler scale) are singing the song my soul recognises. It’s natural. Mountains are incredibly supportive and holding to me and with their spaciousness (Air) I find the balance in my breath (this took time).
I now know that after surrendering to the utterly wild side of myself and the land where there is no mercy on soul or body I now seek balance, warmth and gentleness instead. I want to feel safe and contained. Those are the qualities I want to cultivate further and one particular place I feel can support me in that. Interestingly enough it is a place where I visited Scotland first. So I have come a full circle, one might say, and returned to the understanding of myself on a much deeper level and what truly matters to me in this life.
I am publishing my poetry collection Soul Land soon as a tribute to my spiritual love affair with the land over the last few years. Watch the space.
Archetypes are energies, which flow and become present through the channel of collective unconscious. They are energies, which enter into our experiences to give us clues to who we are in a multidensional sense and what aspect of ourselves needs attention. It is often interesting through intuitive guidance to observe in another or feel in yourself a certain response or a behaviour, which can somewhat align with a certain archetypal energy. It can be confusing or unclear what is happening and what a course of action should be. Archetypes are powerful forces, which can throw things out of balance unless one focuses on its purpose and directly address their significance in a certain situation or generally in daily interactions.
I have come up with a 1 Card Archetypal Tarot reading, which looks at Major arcana cards from an archetypal point of view and their attributes, e.g. what mental, emotional, physical and spiritual attributes a certain energy is carrying for the receiver of the reading. We all have an archetypal personality attributes, if you like and we all will have our own distinctive way of thinking, feeling, behaving and being.
In the deck that I use there are 22 Archetypes. We are all part of one whole and I strongly believe in ‘wholeness’ of each personality. The universal person expresses all 22 Archetypes personality styles. Each of us is a mosaic of these characteristics.
The way I work with cards is by utilising my intuition, which means when I have a strong feeling about something or sense a particular energy I might move away from traditional interpretations of some cards (I also include those) and using my intuitive guidance and sense to tap into information, which might be relevant to a person in a particular situation rather than in a general sense. I follow a belief that one aspect would have different interpretations for different people, i.e. no one card has one meaning for all participants, not always. My Tarot readings, therefore, are a combination of traditional interpretations and intuitive information.
Traditionally archetypal cards are read through linking the numbers on an archetype card with corresponding attributes cards – Cups (emotional attributes), World (physical experiences), Crystals (mental attributes) and Wands (spiritual aspects). For example, The Empress III archetype card would correspond with your emotional aspects represented in 3 of Cups (love of creation, Venus, nurturing love, etc.). 3 of Crystals would mean that you possess the mentality of creativity and give birth to ideas, etc. There are links that are made between all attributes in relation to the archetype present for you.
An archetypal Tarot card reading can throw light on what aspects of yourself need attention and what archetypal energies are around you and also where you are in the Fool’s journey in a more traditional sense. Tapping into them can be beneficial to the process you are in currently. To give you an example, one of my archetypes, which has been around for a while (an elegant Lady – I associate this archetype with the Fortune card). It represents old values and behaviours, rules and moral codes (these are my personal intuitive interpretations). In a wider, more general sense of the card it relates to wealth and opportunity and how I see it and been affected by abundance or the opposite vibration of ‘lack of’.
I hope you find this information interesting and will explore archetypal energies for yourself through Tarot card readings I offer.
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