The Woman

Daily Draw: XIII Death and the Maiden of Earth

Today’s draw provides a startling reminder that life and death are in a constant beautiful dance, and that we cannot have one without the other. Death happens, and it needs to happen so that what needs to come forth can be nourished into birth — because of course what dies feeds what comes to life. Death is as much a mothering as birth is, just in a different way. We Westerners tend to cling to life so fiercely because we’ve been taught to fear death as a form of punishment for evil-doing instead of the natural and honored part of the Universal cycle of existence it is. Face the day as your own beautiful, charming self, and do your best to be alive while you’re alive. Try to enjoy yourself more and worry less about the challenges and burdens of life. (I’m actually telling myself this as I’m saying it to you because it’s very hard for me to do too, so this isn’t me just preaching at ya — I’m preaching at us both. 😉 ) Solutions come from approaching things with beginner’s mind, getting away from preconceived notions and fears and just accepting things as they are.

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Daily Draw: Fenrir and Widar

Today’s draw warns us that no matter what the world is doing outside (and it’s in the middle of some ridiculous gyrations at the moment, April Fool’s Day notwithstanding — oh, and we here at Muse’s Darling Industries don’t do April Fool’s Day, so everything in this divining here is straight up and not a joke), it’s critical to keep your feet on the ground and rely upon your own wisdom and strength. Follow your heart. It’s fine to get advice from others, but it’s also fine to ignore that advice once you receive it. It’s your life, your destiny, your future. Do your thing, and try to not get swept up in the madness swirling around you. Fenrir represents the untamed monster within us (among other things), and Widar is the force needed to conquer Him. As a matter of fact, in the Norse legends of Ragnarök, when Odin is killed by Fenrir, Widar is the one who avenges Odin and kills Fenrir by crushing the wolf’s skull under His giant boot. Widar is an exemplar of silent, efficient goodness, of mastery and skill that’s not wasted but only brought to bear when it’s needed. Let that be your guide today: don’t get dragged into the drama. Watch and wait, and move when your time comes.

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Daily Draw: The Female, The Baby Carriage, The Computer

Today’s draw continues the layout in which we look to the charms to lead the reading, and in this layout, today’s energy is about renewing our natural selves. Our bodies are constantly changing, shedding cells, renewing itself even as we age. And it occurred to me last night that the most beautiful women are those who allow themselves to be whatever age they are. We live in a youth-obsessed culture here in the western half of the northern hemisphere, and while there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look young and healthy, there is something wrong with dismissing age and elder-ship. Just because one colors one’s hair and uses Botox does not give one authority over elders who choose not to. If you’re going to have pride in your youthful appearance, that’s fine. Celebrate that, and allow your strength and health to serve those who are most vulnerable in society. But don’t think for a minute that looking twenty-five makes you twenty-five. There is a responsibility that comes with age, and it’s critical that as we age, we act our age. Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying that we can no longer work with our inner child. Of course we can. What I am saying is that there are juvenile attitudes and practices in place in this culture that seem to be enjoyed as much by older people as by twenty-five year olds, and that shit’s got to stop. Being uneducated is a problem; being willfully uneducated is a choice. Not voting is a choice. Not paying taxes and working for the betterment of the community is a choice. Putting yourself and your individual family above the community around you as if you are somehow better than the homeless man outside the 7-11 is a choice. And it’s wrong. It’s time to grow up. Society needs you to be the adult you actually, naturally are. (And also pay attention to the signs around you: today is a lucky day.)

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Daily Draw: Ace of Coins (Gefjon) and Eight of Wands (Mjol)

Today’s draw is about moving on from what’s gone before and putting all your energies into new projects and great new ideas. It doesn’t matter if they are kind of whackadoodle; there are nuggets of learning and wisdom in there, so even if the ideas don’t pan out, you’ll still glean valuable treasures from the experience. You are being directed by that inner voice, the inner Guru who is connected to Source, so take the time to listen. Slow down, let yourself hear what’s being said, and try not to let what other people say get to you. Don’t try so hard to be strong that you end up being brittle and immovable. And don’t try so hard to keep up with the flow of the culture around you that you lose your roots. Relax, breathe, slow down, and listen to the Inner Guru. Follow your own merry tune today, and let others do their own thing.

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Daily Draw: Siren of Water (Aphrodite) and Three of Fire (Circe)

Today is a day for making magic to help us let go of what is dead. Right now we are going through a period of terrible violence and shadow as evil forces struggle to retain their ghastly grip. Don’t be taken in. Keep yourself as grounded in peace and love as you can, and do whatever you need to do to release drama. Take a break from social media if that will help, or create something today, even if it’s as simple as scribbles on a napkin on your lunch break. Give yourself space and time to breathe, and do your best to take care of yourself, especially if others are counting on you. Put on your own mask first. Relax into beauty and peace wherever you are right now, and release what is dead. Visualize yourself letting it go into the grave, and leave it there. Turn around, walk away, and move on in peace.

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Daily Draw: Three of Water (Mami Wata)

Today’s draw is a reminder that life is flowing all around you and it’s ok to let go and join in. Take some time for yourself to dance, celebrate, and flow with the waters of the world. Don’t have a point except to move. Don’t have a plan except to let yourself relax and go. There is so much movement happening everywhere, and you don’t have to fight that energy all the time. You can actually tap into it and let it pull you along. Go with the flow, my dears.

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Daily Draw: The Rose, Frigg (Soul Magic), Ginnungagap (The Void)

We are well and truly on our way into the darkness, my dears, into the great Void of unknowing and sacred silence. Work your magic to create the bridge to bring being forth from nothingness, and be relentless in your pursuit of beauty. In “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” John Keats wrote, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty.” Do not be persuaded that human appearances or the appearance of any one thing comprises what we mean by “beauty.” What we’re aiming at is the truth of human experience, and how that conveys the magic and beauty of the universe we create and inhabit. Even the ugliness within ourselves has beauty because it conveys a truth. We may not wish to see that truth, but still we must if we are to successfully bridge the Void and move along the ever-circular path of being and nothingness and being again. If you would be born anew, you must acccept all parts of yourself, even the darkness within your own soul. Keep moving, and be ruthless in your forward movement–not unkind, not uncompassionate, not unaccepting of frailty, but ruthless in the pursuit of self-awareness and honest self-appraisal. You have tools you don’t know about yet, and you’ll never find them if you aren’t keenly aware of what you’re letting yourself get away with.

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