Tarot Oracle Helps Solve Toad in Cellar Issue – Strange But True Story

5 of Wands
5 of Wands

I have something on my mind… an inner question.  Maybe it’s a silly one.  I have been dealing with issues in the cellar—a long story that I won’t bore you with involving a dehumidifier and a damp, leaky and unfinished half-basement. 

There’ve been salamanders down there—I’ve caught a glimpse of them once or twice in all the years that I’ve been here.  So that is what it is—really a non-issue.  I just go down there to throw in the wet clothes into the dryer and then rush back up.  I have seen this toad though fairly consistently over the past year.  Oh, he’s small really and brown and he’s slow and seems old—doesn’t jump around much and isn’t afraid of people.  He holds his ground.  When the landlord is here or the Exterminator for the mice [which are no longer an issue, thank you] comes, I always ask what they see down there and every answer is the same:  just a little frog. 

Yeah, I think frogs are green and toads are brown but I don’t know for sure—this guy seems like a toad since he’s brown but we’re seeing the same little critter.  I used to stare at him and he at me while I put clothes in and out of the dryer, the whole while saying, “Okay don’t you jump–just stay where you are we’ll be fine—you leave me alone and I’ll do the same”.   

Now that I’ve been going down there to deal with a dehumidifier issue–sometimes several times or more a day I’ve been down there lately.   And of course, each time I see Samuel.  Yeah, I name things and so I call out to him when I’m there, “Hey Sammy where are you?”  Or “Sam, what-z up dude?”   Now, I don’t know why I think this little brown toad is an old male, but that’s my delusion maybe.

I’ve been thinking about him lately and wondering if he is in a hell-realm there and if I should find a way to scoop him up somehow and take him outside.  What’s he eating down there?  Maybe crickets or spiders or something and of course the leaky basement provides some water for him when it rains.  But now with a dehumidifier down there, maybe I’m messing with his ecosystem?

How would he do outside?  He’s been in that hell-of-a-realm for a good while and he’s slow and maybe sick… could the outdoors be worse for him?  After all, who am I to interfere with Sam’s karma?  

I think of a Buddhist teaching about how our ego/personality mind will create problems where none exist or will worry just to give itself a job to do if you don’t give it something better to do. 

And I do have better things to do.  I need to get a life, right?  I have a lot of home and yard projects and my psychic work and other things that I’d like to call “a life”.  I want to get this issue with Sammy the toad out of my mind!  I’m going to turn to the tarot cards—believe it or not—to ask what to do about Sammy.  Should I leave him alone or try to get him out of the hell-of-a-realm, scooping up and escorting him outside?  Maybe ole’ Sam has lived down there longer than I have –maybe he was born down there and maybe didn’t just somehow hop in around a weak cellar window by mistake.  Who knows?

The bottom line question:  With all things considered, is it best if I leave this toad alone?  What should I consider about that?  Okay, so I am going to grab my cards because I just want this to be resolved in my mind and I’ve decided that I will go by whatever the oracle says here!  So, let’s shuffle….

O boy!  5 of Wands [image above].  A guy in a boat, surrounded by stormy water.  My first thought is that this toad got washed into the cellar somehow during a storm.  Actually, I am thinking of that year when we had the remnants of Hurricane Irene… there was a lot of water.  So, apparently, he’s been down there for years.  I was only renting here for about a year or so when the rainy leftover’s of hurricane Irene came through here.

Listen, hold on a second… I have to put some seed in the bird feeder outside.  I put a day’s worth in during the morning hours because otherwise, this raccoon that looks like a big dog (I swear he looks like a German shepherd dog size-wise) comes by at night and eats it all. I’ve caught him red handed.  I tap on the window when I see him and he sheepishly walks away!  Anyway, the birds are calling…be right back.

Aside from the 5 of Wands being about unnecessary hassles, petty annoyances and trivial issues, I still don’t know what to do.  However, I do feel the card guided me to an understanding of how the toad got there to start with.   It seems that this card is telling me not to worry about it… that it’s a trivial issue. 

Actually, I already know that.  I just want to know if the toad is suffering I guess.  Let me shuffle again.  It doesn’t seem like a healthy environment down there… not much light coming in.  Don’t toads need sunlight?  Maybe I should google toad information but that is going to get my mind in even a worse tangle I’m sure!

I’m going to a yes/no format with my cards now… aces are indicators of a yes.  Is the little guy suffering by being in the cellar environment?  Yes or No?  (I added the words “by being in the cellar environment” at the end because while he may be suffering because all sentient beings do, my question is made more specific by adding the words in quotations to make the question more specific.)   Or we could ask:   Is the suffering of this sentient being increased by being in the cellar I like that wording better.

YES Answer; Ace in 3rd Pile is YES indicator
YES Answer; Ace in 3rd Pile is YES indicator

Oh, shoot!  Darn.  I got a YES answer to that question—Ace in the 3rd stack.  And in the other two stacks of 13 cards, the top cards [which can also be ‘read’] are ‘The World’ and ‘4 of Wands’.  Gee, the 4 of Wands is about being outside of the home and happy.  And ‘The World’ is about ending/completion.  I’m starting to get the feeling that I should find a way to scoop up the toad and get him outside.  Maybe I will wait until my grandson comes to help me with that drama/trauma.  I don’t want to hurt Sammy, you know? 

Well, let me ask another Yes or No Question.  If this toad’s suffering is increased by being down in the hell-of-a-realm basement, shall I then scoop him up and take him outside?  Maybe he’s used to it down there and to take him outside would increase his suffering or a predator could get him; after all, he doesn’t hop much.  Geesh.  What a can of worms my mind opened up here! 

Okay, so shall I scoop him up and out?  Yes or No?  Well.  I get a NO to that one with a very weak, well yeah maybe indicator—an Ace [of Swords] in the 2nd pile.   The Ace in the 2nd pile is saying, “Well, you could but really no you shouldn’t.”   That’s the way this Yes/No spread works-the rules.

NO Indicator:  No Ace in 3rd Pile
NO Indicator: No Ace in 3rd Pile

You know I think that this frog’s fate [or this toad trouble]  is a doomed destiny either way and maybe we should let him die a natural death where he’s used to his surroundings and where he won’t be beat up worse [9 of Wands].  He seems to be coping down there.  The landlord may be sending some workers to clean up some building materials that were down there since I moved in.  I will tell them to be careful of the toad if they see him; hopefully he will go hide away from the workers.  The other 2 cards I received were 9 of Wands and 5 of Pentacles [Coins].  Yeah, you can see the contemplation that I’m doing about this reflected in the 5 of Pentacles and the 9 of Wands is probably a reflection of the beat up toad [I’m not sure but he may be missing a leg; thus the hopping problem] and also it is me beating myself up over this issue.  LOL 

I send him love and healing now and am not afraid of him hopping toward me like I used to be.  He may have lost a leg when he traveled via the gutter system during the storm.  Bless his heart.  I’d forgotten that — I had that thought last night when I saw him hop while I was down there; it was a strange hop and he sits tilted.  I think one of his legs is gone. 😦

I would like to bring him sunlight as a gift and a green lawn.  Last night I did leave a light on down there… I mean what the heck, light is light even if it is artificial.  Like I said, bless his heart. 

Maybe you will send him a little love.  Yeah, I know, he’s only a little brown toad with only one leg but all sentient beings deserve to be free from suffering. 

Now, I have settled this issue.  The cellar increases his suffering, yet I should not try to scoop him up to take him outside—we should let him remain in his familiar environment because either way, his journey on Earth is about over.  There are several indicators — the 9 in the of Wands; 9 indicate endings. And the other indicator of the end of the line for this toad is the card of  The World–the last card of the major arcana; the card indicating a completed cycle. 

It is more humane not to traumatized him further through my act of scooping him up and putting him outside; he’s used to [accustomed to] his present environment and is probably coping the best as he can–just the same as we all are. 

May he, and all sentient beings, be free of suffering!

Daily Divination 8-8-11 Favorable Conditions Today; The Magic of Twilight Time Reinstates Peace; Mountaintop Mist Experience – I-CHING Kua 11/Peace, with Astrology and Tarot Associations

We achieve a state of peace when we are in perfect balance. I find that reflecting on that one sentence to be so helpful. Perfect balance equals peace! E-Z; no problem–right? Today the Oracle reminds us of this simple truth and predicts favorable conditions for your life offering that caveat with it. Twilight! I love that time of evening and morning when there is a balance between the heavens and the earth—a magical time. When I think the word “peace”—that’s the image that comes to mind. And we see that in the image here. I used to have a paper route and for 3 years, when my I had babies at home, while they and my husband slept, I’d leave at 3 am daily (7 days a week) to deliver my newspapers. I didn’t want to put my infant in a daycare and opted for that way of adding to the family income for those years. Anyway, greeting the day as it was being born was a beautiful part of that job—breathtaking sunrises too. Another favorite time was calling the kids to come inside from their outdoor play as it began to get dark; but I’d linger there first, sitting outside for a while before calling them at dusk.

Twilight times when time seems to stand still are so magical. Can we capture and hold that feeling 24-7? If we can, we walk the world in a state of peace.

Yesterday at dusk my grandson and I were at the top of the mountain at 6,000 feet caught in the midst of a passing cloud at twilight time. (It was COLD up there too if you were wearing simple t-shirts which we were.) In those moments, my 13 year old grandson and I stood there together letting the fast-moving misty clouds pass all around us.  Immersion in the mountain mist at twilight time!

I still carry that feeling within me now as I type this and hope to share it with you; let’s go there together in our minds.

Pulling this Kua for today’s cosmic communiqué as I have,  is a validation of our mountain top experience of harmony, balance and perfection—those are 3 keywords to express the archetype of I-CHING Kua 11/Peace. 

The still point of Peace is a blessing in which “all feels right with the world” and the outlook is positive and clear and a divine perspective is gained. The misty clouds of energy flowing past us on the top of the mountain at dusk yesterday as we closed our eyes and held out our arms to immerse ourselves in the mountain energy, reminded us about flow itself; the TAO. In those moments we were fully open to whatever experience came our way—we surrendered to the midst, the mountain, the moment!

Whatever your own situation is today, perhaps if you take a mental journey to the moments I’ve been describing, capture it and carry it with you, it will help you feel the peace too.

ASTROLOGICAL AND TAROT KEYWORD ASSOCIATIONS TO KUA 11/PEACE

Capricorn – earth (the mountain top)

Aquarius – freedom; release; breaking free from ego/subjective reality

Cancer – MOON! Yesterday was a day moon, about ¾ full so clearly obvious in the sky all day; the emotional reality (the Moon rules Cancer)

Leo – SUN! twilight time is the time between the Sun (daytime) and Moon (nighttime); joyful; light heart; illumination (the Sun rules Leo)

Death – a new day being born; change or transition from one world to another or one day to another; merging with another or with the cosmos as an expression of consciousness (the moment that my grandson and I stood in flowing midst of the mountain top at dusk)

Empress – Mother Nature; harmony; beauty

The World – Unity of all elements; manifestation of spirit on earth; inspired by the order of the universe; the present moment; a peak experience

Justice – the 11 card of the tarot major arcana relating to Kua 11/Peace; balance; harmony; clearing out any feelings of or sources of limitation

The Emperor – Earth; Capricorn; Saturn; overseeing as my grandson and I were as we stopped to look down at various mountain views; the life force; restoring order

Judgment — being “called” to ascend (just like we ascended up the mountain); ascending means bringing spirit into flesh;  CLOUDS PARTING which is what was happening on the top of the mounting in the fast-moving cloud mist; opening up to other dimensions

Daily Divination 8-3-11 Have you come to a standstill? Take Heart! Deal with Details or Meditate and Let it all go! I CHING Kua 12- Standstill with Astrology and Tarot correlations

Standstill!—that’s the name of today’s message from Kua 12 of the I-CHING. My first thought was how that relates to Mercury Stationing Retrograde today—that’s a standstill for sure! Things that are usually humming along come to a halt for no apparent reason. We all have those times in life when progress seems impossible! For example, I’ve been so busy today that I just looked down and realized that I’m still in my pajamas! (That’s how she goes when you work from home.) It’s been like trying to shovel snow in a blizzard today—and with temperatures still in the 90’s that’s a cooling vision if nothing else!

All of that Mercury stationing retro can leave one feeling a bit disoriented and unfocused—not to mention Mercury is opposing Neptune! Some days we can only do our best and then turn to the higher energies (Neptune) where things seem more conducive. Sometimes during those occasions when you can’t focus well anyway, why try? It just feels like the energy now is calling is more inward.

Isn’t it just like divinity to show us that we aren’t as “in control” as our ego tends to think we are by crossing a few wires every now and then? Today could just be one of THOSE days! But we mustn’t allow ourselves to feel totally snowed under—sorry, it must be the heat; just can’t stop with the snow impressions! At these times, we do ourselves the greatest service by reminding ourselves that everything really IS unfolding exactly the way it should. This goes back to a blog from a few weeks ago—one of the greatest questions we can ask ourselves, said Einstein, is whether we believe in a friendly or unfriendly universe. In other words, one way to say it is that you either believe things are working in your favor, or you don’t. May as well agree to it—what is, ‘is’.

This seems to be a time for details too—at least until August 8th. Why so? Because Mercury is standing still and retrograding in the sign of Virgo—the detail oriented archetype. Essentially, if we can’t accomplish something really big right now, it may be best to back up a bit (retrograde) and work on the smaller details. Cool?

Cool! There I go again with the temperature references. I changed my twitter background to a Horn of Plenty image to try to encourage fall temperatures today and have “cool” on my brain.

Okay, so what needs maintenance and fine tuning and detailed attention? Go there—that’s today’s message. It’s time to go with that flow instead of spinning wheels and getting yourself deeper in the snow. Oh, if only it did snow for just a moment! It will soon enough is the point and that’s the message today—creative work can still happen even if there’s a freeze on. Become attentive to the intimate details of life now; do your part to melt the ice from within. Like I said, it’s a good time to meditate (it always is but…) now especially.

THE ASTROLOGY AND TAROT KEYWORD ARCHETYPE ASSOCIATIONS FOR KUA 12/STANDSTILL ARE:

Cancer – nurturing from within

Leo – not getting attention/acknowledgment

Capricorn – withdrawal; alone; isolation

Aquarius – detachment; need to detach; objective; need to be objective

 

Justice — pausing to restore balance

The Emperor – restoring order to chaos

Judgment – need to keep an open mind

Death – renewal; change; let go; release

Empress – natural laws bring comfort; spring is followed by winter

The World – divine timing

(Sorry; I rushed through the archetypes today; a lightning storm is approaching—need to end and shut down the system. Another standstill!  )