|Thoth Tarot & Angel Insight Pack|
It's really interesting to me that the last time I tried this, I drew for one week with the tarot deck, then for the same week with the oracle deck, and was amazed by how the cards echoed each other in appearance and expanded upon one another in meaning. It's happened again for this week. Today's cards, 8 of Disks and Knowledge, both feature trees and suggest patience and slow growth.
According to Crowley, the 8 of Disks 'signifies intelligence lovingly applied to material matters,' to which DuQuette adds 'Prudence is a passive activity. It is calculating. Plant and wait. Wait and see.' This message is expanded upon by the Angel of Knowledge from Astell's Angel Insight Pack. Here we see an angel reclining under a tree, surrounded by scrolls and holding a book, from which knowledge glows upward.
The card suggests something important will be learned, possibly read, that will need patience and nurturing to come to fruition. The most obvious thing would be my recent study of Thoth Tarot and its Qabalistic correspondences. The little I've managed to absorb so far has already begun to affect the way I look at the tarot and the way I read the cards. As my knowledge increases, I have no doubts that it will take deeper root in my subconscious and add new depths of richness to the way I interpret cards, as well as the role they play in my spirituality.
But, the Disks are the earth suit, so to bring the message to the physical plane, I believe this may have to do with being patient with myself in a physical endeavor, a strategy regarding food intake and health. In fact, I do have a book about it, and so perhaps the draw says that today I should dip into it and learn more, in order to support myself in making the changes necessary to my nutrition to follow the advice given in the book. The two cards work together to remind me that any changes I see in my personal health as a result will be a slow progression, not a quick fix.
If you've never tried drawing one each of a tarot and oracle together, you really ought to try it. Adds all sorts of interesting new dimensions and angles to a reading.
[ETA: Well, the day is done, and I did 'okay' with the endeavor I had in mind for today, but something else happened. I've been having to go back several times to have my hearing aid adjusted; on Saturday the NHS audiologist turned the high frequency down to avoid feedback. Things were much improved Saturday - today regarding the feedback. Then today I got home to a message on my answer maching asking me to bring the hearing aids in to trade for different ones with a programme for directional mikes in, which were meant to be programmed to my specifications. Looks like they forgot to do the feedback reduction thing in the right hearing aid, because now this one is squealing like the other one did. *Sigh* There's my health-related patience, I guess. Now I just have to deal with my reticence in calling them tomorrow. I've been back twice with these hearing aids. I feel like I'm whining, like I'll be annoying them. I feel like I should just tolerate the feedback rather than phone. Isn't that ridiculous! I am just going to have to buck up and phone them tomorrow. *Wibble* Why oh why when something is clearly not my fault do I feel like I've done something wrong?]