Good morning, tarot enthusiasts, learners, and tarot-curious. This morning I’m working with the Lioness Oracle Tarot deck, in honour of the Lion’s Gate. I know very little about these Lion’s Gates, but I’ll let Norma Budinski of Harp To Heart Healing explain it. This is from her latest newsletter:
“We’re currently in one of the most powerful times of the year known as the Lion’s Gate! It takes place when an alignment between the Earth and the star Sirius occurs, creating a cosmic doorway of abundance and heightened manifestation!
Sirius is a star of legends, known for bestowing wealth, honor, devotion, passion, and powerful creative talent. In ancient Egypt, the rising of Sirius was directly associated with the rising of the Nile River, which would nourish the land and crops, sustaining life. The Lion’s Gate is a portal for accelerated ascension and major shifts on all levels. It remains open until the 12th of August.
It’s important to remember that you’re always creating your reality. However, when the Lion’s Gate is open, everything moves faster and with intensified energy. The Lion’s Gateway will multiply your efforts and keep them magnifying as you focus on your highest intentions.
This energy also activates your heart chakra bringing great healing, heightened intuition and freedom from past limitations. During the Lion’s Gate, you can access higher realms of consciousness, clear and align your energy for receiving. Meditation, spiritual practices and energy healing are essential to receive the transmissions at this time.
This year, the Lion’s Gate coincides with the New Moon bringing dynamic transformation!
You may have intense dreams and receive very clear guidance from your Angels or loved ones in spirit. Parts of this energy may create heightened sensitivity, drama or unexpected events. It’s essential to trust that the old ways, patterns and beliefs are being cleared. Greater ease is being created for you to open to increased love, healing and prosperity in many forms.
In addition to the Lion’s Gate and the New Moon, we’re currently in the energy of Imbolc heralding the end of winter and the emergence of spring with its growing light.”
Today, I’m asking my tarot deck: where should I focus my energy for today? I have a number of things on my mind, and feel overwhelmed, not knowing where to start, or what appeals because it all appeals.
Oh it would have to be one of the Major Arcana cards, wouldn’t it? If it was from the minor arcana, I could simply go off the correspondences of the four suits. Fire – action. Air – thought and imaganation. Earth – groundedness like gardening and house painting. Water – more emotional work such as art journaling. But no, I get Justice.
All right. First let’s look at the card itself. In this deck, there is a starry background in blue, purple, and indigo. In the foreground is a rainbow, with a pink rose at either end. In the middle of the rainbow is the symbol for Libra, the scales.
For me, the night sky, the universe is a symbol of deep imagination, deep dreaming, which ties in well with what’s been said above by Norma Budinski. With Imbolc in the air, the Lion’s Gate portal, and the now waxing moon, I could sink into pictures of galaxies and the deep sky, and dream a whole new life for myself.
The rainbow has many symbols for me: over the rainbow is the land of Oz, a fantastical escapist place. Mind you recent books such as ‘Wicked’, and ‘Dorothy Must Die’ have given me a jaundiced view of Oz. The rainbow colours are also associated with the LGBQI community. For me, the rainbow is a symbol of hope, of the whole spectrum of colours, of inclusivity, vibrancy.
The pink roses. In the language of flowers, pink roses symbolise love, gratitude, joy, and funnily enough, indecision. Information garnered from THE COMPLETE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS.
Now we turn our attention to the meaning of the Justice card. “Justice rules the law of equal return. It knows that which comes out, comes back in similar form. It knows there is strength in truth. Equilibrium and balance are key qualities in this honest judge. Fairness. Weighing things before an important decision. Cutting through false exteriors. Cause and effect. Equal exchange. Defending what you think is right.” – from the booklet accompanying the deck.
Faced with about a dozen choices of what to do today, the Justice card acknowledges that I do indeed have choices, and advises a little bit of this, a little bit of that. There are no major decisions to be made today, so I’ll structure my day to have balance between active and more passive things. I’ve already done a little house painting, and now I’m sitting at my wee desk typing this up. Justice advises me to keep balancing the day this way. Activity, then more restful things. All while keeping an eye on my energy expenditure, and giving some thought to how I’m travelling, and do I need to rest. And to give a bit of gratitude as I go.
And definitely some time set aside for deep sky dreaming, and manifestation magical work. Ooh, sounds like a bit of art witchery to me….. UnicornLass, I’ll be calling your energy in for this.
Thankyou, dear Lioness Oracle Tarot. When I bought you, which I’ll admit was for the title alone, I thought you’d be a beautiful but ultimately neglected addition. I wasn’t sure I could read with you. And yet, here we are at the Lion’s Gate portal, and we’re grooving.
That’s the instructional for this week, tarot fans. Don’t forget that if you’d like to see how I’d tackle a particular question, drop a comment in the comments section, and we’ll what we can set up.