- Time of Fallow – Creative manifestation occurs more easily when I have nurtured myself and honored my time of fallow.
The soul lesson that is falling away for all of us as we step into September 2020 is honoring our inner winter. Fallow means very little is happening on the surface. The word fallow usually describes cultivated land that is resting before crops are planted again.
Perhaps the last month has been a quiet month with nothing significant seems to have happened. It certainly feels that way to me. I have been feeling sluggish and tired for some reason and just taking it slow.
But during this winter time it doesn’t mean nothing is happening underground. It is a reminder to rest and take things slow. When we really nurture our souls and take good care of ourselves, we can be recharged and be open to receiving creative inspirations again.
Often times in our current society dominated with the masculine way of “doing” things, we feel like we need to constantly create. If we are not producing something, we are not efficient nor effective.
But just like Nature has its own seasons, for example t has time to grow like spring and summer, and a time to harvest like fall, it also needs winter to rest. It is a reminder for us to live more in tune with the rhythm of Nature. We are in fact all cyclical beings living with the rhythm of day and night, the moon cycle, the four seasons, and the planetary and cosmic cycles.
Even though the image of card depicts much darkness, there is also a silver lining. You can see rays of light seeping out behind the face of the woman. New ideas are being brewed. Out of the darkness, the void or the womb, there is an immense amount of creative potential and power, and limitless possibilities waiting to be birthed.
So don’t worry if you feel like you haven’t done much the past month, or if you feel like turning inward and slowing down. Follow the guidance of your body and your feelings. The lesson here is to prepare ourselves for the spring to come.
How do you nurture and honor your time of fallow? Do you notice a need to constantly push yourself to create? Or do you allow yourself to slow down and do nothing?
There is no judgment here. Take 10 minutes today to write down your thoughts and feelings in your journal, and celebrate how you have honored your body and feelings in the past month. All small wins count.
24. Boundaries – My clear boundaries allow me to protect myself, nurture my intentions and follow my true self.
It’s interesting that this card appeared before in my Monthly Soul Card Reading for July 2020 on what was falling away in June 2020.
When we are now coming out of our inner winter, it’s time to plant new seeds and to tend to our “inner garden”.
What kind of seeds do we want to grow in our garden? Are there any weeds or negative thoughts we want to first take out?
Remember when we plant a mango seed, we cannot expect a durian tree to grow. What we plant is what we get.
So when we pour our attention into our thoughts, whether they are positive or negative, our thoughts will manifest as our outer reality.
This card is a clear reminder to stay true and loyal to our intentions. It’s like the woman in the card gazing to the red bird that is resting on her hand. The bird is like her intention. She is connected to the bird (her intention) by holding it on her hand. Note that she is not desperately grasping onto the bird or trying to control the bird either. Her gaze is focused and powerful yet soft. Her attention is completely focused on the bird itself. And she is happy to let go of the bird anytime.
In a recent online course I took called “The Power of Focused Intent” by Sandra Ingerman, a renowned teacher of Shamanism, she shared that spiritual practices can be simple and profound. The key is to keep our attention on practicing and integrating these simple spiritual practices into our daily lives. Just when we feel like giving up, or feel like nothing is happening despite we are practicing every day, we need to keep going.
We need to stay focused on our intention, and continue to devote to our spiritual practices. As Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Staying true to yourself is the reminder for this month. Perhaps with so many uncertainties, we start to feel shaky with our future and we may want to change what we are doing to fit to what we “think” we should be doing. Or maybe because everyone else is doing it, we feel the pressure to follow the same suit.
If you are business owner or entrepreneur, stay true to your original intentions of why you started your business at the first place. If you are thinking to change career, reflect on why you want to make the change. Is it because you are following your soul’s true calling, or is it because you are afraid that you are not earning enough money?
Sometimes it may feel hard to set a clear boundary in relationships. The key here is not to get stuck on the how but focus on the what. Perhaps you want to have a relationship where you feel respected by your partner, but don’t know how. Instead of wanting to change the other person, bring the attention back to yourself. How can you first build a relationship of trust and respect with your inner self? Start with your intention, and listen to your intuition. Your intuition and the Universe will show you your next step.
Deepak Chopra beautifully wrote in his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, “Attention energizes and intention transforms. Whatever you put your attention on grows stronger in your life. Whatever you take your attention away from will wither, disintegrate, and disappear. Intention, on the other hand, triggers transformation of energy and information. Intention organizes its own fulfilment.”
When we first set an intention like planting a seed, and we continue to pay attention like watering the seed, that’s where energy flows to. Staying true to your intention also means that you may need to prioritize. How can you create more abundance in your life? Every day we only have a finite amount of time and energy. How can you prioritize your time and energy that is in alignment with your intention and for your highest good?
WORK YOUR MAGIC
Reflect on what your intention is for yourself this month. Instead of using your thinking mind to come up with an answer, pose this question to your heart, and hold the intention of allowing your heart to show you the answer.
Allow the intention to arise at its own time. Perhaps it will come during meditation, or a walk in nature, in your dream, or when you are in the shower.
Once you have an intention for the month of September, you can create some fun around it. You can find a theme song that matches with your intention and sing and dance with it every day. You can create an affirmation or a vision mandala that expresses your intention in a visual way. You can also draw or write your intention down on a piece of paper and place it on your altar or where you can see it on a daily basis as a reminder.
I close this month’s reading with a famous poem by Sufi poet Hazrat Inayat Khan to remind us on how the Universe works in a mysterious way and always supports us to grow and evolve.
I asked for strength and
God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom and
God gave me problems to learn to solve.
I asked for prosperity and
God gave me a brain and brawn to work.
I asked for courage and
God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for love and
God gave me people to help.
I asked for favours and
God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted.
I received everything I needed.
I recognize that my interpretation of the cards is largely based on reflections of my personal life experience and you may or may not resonate with what I share. I find that sometimes by sharing what’s going on in my life, others may find that they are going through something similar in their lives. It’s important to know that you are not going through this journey of life alone.
I highly encourage you to look at the cards as well and feel into the messages and energies of the cards yourself.
Read the messages and notice what sensations come up. Do you feel light or tense? Look at the images of the cards, and notice what draws your gaze. What thoughts and feelings arise? Do you like or dislike the card, or certain elements in the image of the card? Why is that and what does it remind you of?
Your intuition is your inner compass. My intuitive soul card reading only serves as a reference point, an invitation for you to reflect and ponder and to work your magic. I don’t claim to predict the future, nor can I do that. Take what you resonate and leave what you don’t.
Card reading is a great intuitive tool for us to find some clarity and guidance in our own life, but remember ultimately you are the one who get to decide and live the life you want.
Enjoy reading and feel free to let me know your thoughts, questions and sharing by email.