Today’s card reminds me that growth requires rain. It requires struggle. It requires pushing and shoving. It requires that you pay attention to what other say only as far as their commentary can push you into more growth.
Judgment (not judgement please, grin) is a card that can be difficult to interpret at times. It can feel like the heavy hand of the All Mighty ready to smack you down. But in this deck, Tarot of Trees by Dana Driscoll (http://www.tarotoftrees.com), you see the acorn sprouting up and out.
So you see how hard it worked to get up through the earth right? Look again. That green sliver of life has had more than its fair share of hard. It fell off a tree. It escaped being bird food, squirrel food or even yummy acorn bread. It made its way under the earth.
Then it shoved out of the hard shell. It worked its way up through what must have seemed like unending earth to the light-seeking green sliver of life. Now as it unfurls the first two leaves to start transforming sunlight into what it needs, the rain clouds dump buckets!
“Oh, what a world, what a world!” you might want to moan, but don’t. Each push. Each challenge. Each escape.
You’ve grown. You’ve succeeded even if you’ve only escaped by the skin of your teeth.
Judgment, today, reminds me that my critics are as important as my supporters. Both help me move forward. I want to prove my critics wrong (living a Pollyanna life does work) and I want to show my supporters my gratitude.
Take five minutes. Write down a few of life’s challenges–past and present. How did the past ones create the you of today? How did they provide you with tools to continue seeking the light? How will you face the challenges that are here now and will, inevitably, come?
I know you can do it. I have faith in you. I love you.
Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.
Judgment, Tarot of Trees, Dana Driscoll, self-published.
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