I’m doing this reading a little differently than the usual reading–I felt like it was important to show the cards as they were laid out, because they hang together in a way that seems important to me. (Also, this message is painfully relevant for me. It’s SO relevant that I’m a little bit afraid the reading is ONLY for me, and won’t be any help to y’all. If that’s the case, my apologies! Maybe next month I’ll do a reading for myself before I do one for the blog. Anyway, moving along!)
So what’s going on here?
We have honesty, standing on his head. When he does this, it usually means that we are not being honest with ourselves. And if we’re not being honest with ourselves, we certainly can’t be honest with anyone else–and we probably don’t have a very easy time trusting anyone else, either. And when we are dishonest with ourselves, we stunt our growth–indicated by the Green Woman standing on HER head.
There are plenty of problems with this kind of dishonesty, but one of the most significant problems (according the the Faeries) is that life IS growth. If we are unable to grow, to evolve, then we are suffocating ourselves, twisting and warping our energies. This is all kinds of unhealthy. Stuck energy hurts our bodies and our spirits, and it hurts the people around us too.
Arval Parrot says the solution is clear communication. Initially, of course, this means communicating with our own selves–and that might not mean talking. It might mean, instead, listening very carefully–to all the things we’ve been trying not to hear. Of course the things we don’t want to hear are different for each of us. For some of us those little whispers in our noggins are lies. Things like “I’m not good enough/smart enough/pretty enough/whatever enough”, things like “I don’t deserve love/success/happiness/whatever.” If we are being tortured by lies, it would be helpful to listen to what the lies are saying–and THEN, clearly state to ourselves what we know is really true. We might need help with this–more on that in a moment.
For others, the little whispers are trying to help us see mistakes we are making, patterns that we need to change, situations we need to walk away from. What truths are we avoiding?
Whatever it is that we are hiding from, truth or lie or fear or desire, continuing to hide will eventually summon Gawtcha–and we don’t want that. Gawtcha is sort of like the universe’s last resort to get us to pay attention. If we refuse to heed the subtle signs, then refuse to heed the not so subtle signs, then refuse to heed the giant billboard . . . Gawtcha comes in to trip us up. Right now, we are just stuck in a rut–but Gawtcha has us in his sights. We can avoid a bigger fall down the line if we pay attention right now.
Fortunately, we aren’t entirely alone in our self-deception. The Oak Men like to remind us to seek out the help of older and more experienced friends, counselors, family members, to help us sort out our muddled thoughts. They want us to know that it is definitely worth our time to do this work of knowing ourselves more truly. It might seem like a slow, painful process, and we might think we have better things to do with our precious minutes, but they insist that there is nothing more vital than finding our way to the truth. They also want us to know that trees are very, very wise, and it’s just as important to spend some time with them as it is to spend it with humans. “You might be surprised what a tree can tell you about yourself,” they say.
Nelys agrees. Actually, Nelys doesn’t really care HOW we get to the truth: She just wants us to shake ourselves up and get busy exploding our limiting personal myths. Our ridiculous ideas about who we are and what we can’t do are getting in her way. She likes to do her work by waving her wand airily over our lives and transforming them–but she probably wouldn’t hesitate to use her wand for bludgeoning if that’s the only way to make a change.
We can’t stay where we are. We just can’t. The world needs us to get unstuck so that we can share our gifts with it. We have all kinds of help from all kinds of friends, but we have to do the work ourselves, and we need to do it soon.
his reading was a general message from the faeries for the readers of the blog. If you’re interested in purchasing a reading specifically for you or someone you love, see my Etsy shop.
To learn more about the creator of The Faeries’ Oracle, please visit the World of Froud website. I am not associated with Brian Froud or Imaginosis in any way: I just love his work.