Tarot transcribed: balance earth & heavens

by Rebecca A. Watson on February 28, 2013

in life, Tarot Transcribed, the artist's way

This morning during my yoga practice I was laying in corpse position feeling very balanced. I know this because the whole point of the exercise was to attain said balance.



But what was so wild was how my brain and body reacted to certain words, opposites, that the lady recited.

Hot. Immediately my thoughts go to my forehead.

Cold. My toes twitched.

Heavy. Suddenly my left eye feels deeper in its socket than the right one.

Light. My heart felt lifted up with my breath.

Happy. “Eeeeeee!” my brain said.

Sad. My eyes welled.

Was I really that open to suggestion? Yes and no, I think. I was being told to pay attention to my body’s reactions, so I might have been being a little dramatic. I have always enjoyed the stage. But still, I was also really aware.

Why are some opposites just fine and others bad? Why do I not break down at the mention of the word cold? OK, that might be a bad example. At one time in my life, there were many freakouts over the word cold. But you get what I’m saying, right?

Why does one word bring tears to my eyes when another simply makes my toes twitch? They’re just words (says the writer)! I have an unbalanced response.

And so, for my first in what I hope to be a recurring series, I’ve picked a Tarot card to represent the next month. Since March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, I figured we should talk about combining opposites. It can be done, you know. Water and oil have mixed.

fferyllt tarot card

If you’re unfamiliar with this card in the Tarot, it’s traditionally referred to as Temperance. I’ve always disliked the card because I could help but be reminded of the Temperance Movement.

But The Fferylly appeals and it makes much more sense to me. She’s an alchemist, mixing fire and water, creating beauty and magic by combining opposites. She’s firmly rooted in the earthly realm but comfortable traveling into a more spiritual place.

This, my friends is a very big goal. It might sound funny coming from a gal who reads Tarot, seeks guidance from the stars and calls herself a witch, but I’ve been feeling very superstitious lately. It’s almost as if I don’t want to make a decision for fear of what a horoscope said, and that’s just plain silly.

supersition is the poison of the mind

“Superstition is the poison of the mind”-Joseph Lewis (Thanks to Cayeg for this pic.) 

My focus in March is to spend time moving between those two realms, living in harmony and peace, making decisions based on firm intellect but without ignoring my intuition. Can I do it? I’m pretty sure I can.

I also see March as a time where our creative juices start to awaken again after the long slumber of holidays, self-improvement and the exhale of winter. This card is a favorite for writers and other creative minds. It’s time to pull out those paints, start designing a project or just get your hands dirty in the garden. Who doesn’t love that?

I’m planning on spending some time with my sidewalk chalk, gardening and maybe trying some new dance. We’ll see. I encourage you to do something creative this month, particularly something that combines your spiritual beliefs with something earthly. Something you can touch.

Art is a great way to do just that. When is the last time you played? What did you do? I’d love to hear your ideas.


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Olivia [i am still learning] February 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I stayed up until 5am drawing a dreamcatcher a few nights ago.

I really want to plant a garden too. Nothing too big, something fun… I’ve also started a few avocado trees and even given some away (if you eat avocados look up how to grow a tree from a seed, it’s crazy easy).

I’d really like to get more into. my meditation too.


Ms. Becca February 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Olivia! I’ve never planted an avocado tree but I eat them like a crazy person, so I should probably try it 🙂 I have a lemon tree and some other fruit tree I’m trying to grow. Gardening is super easy if you know the right things to plant. We should pow-wow and talk plants sometime!


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