After reading Linda G. Hill’s funny post Seek a sign where she writes about looking for a sign then seeing a truck full of road signs I decided I needed a sign on whether or not I should go ahead with a haiku prompt site inspired by Jack Kerouac’s haiku that I wrote about here. Late yesterday I decided that I wouldn’t go ahead with the project but this morning I find myself wondering whether I made that decision too hastily.
Looking for a sign I got out a set of oracle cards called ‘Native American Oracle Cards” by Laura Tuan, Massimo Rotundo and Kay Walker. These cards are good for a quick reading because the commentary on each card is very short. I used the Medicine Wheel Spread suggested in the accompanying book.
Card 1 represents the beginning point of the situation.
ELK: Message – Do only what needs doing, carefully mete out your resources and keep moving until you’ve finished.
Keywords: Stamina, overcoming obstacles, strength and will to continue on drawing on magical elemental resources.
(hmmm – well that pretty much covers my doubts of yesterday. Does the project need doing and do I have the resources, strength and will power to pull it off? No answers there.
Card 2 represents resources available that should not be wasted.
TAIKOMOL, GOD OF RAIN Message: Let the waters of your heart burst forth… Give with no expectation of repayment.
Keywords: Gestation, solitude, fertility, tears, cleansing, healing.
(Well it’s certainly true that I am bursting ideas and making the site is not a ploy to make money. Gestating the idea is causing to me spend a lot of time alone. While I am beset with doubts I’m finding the process of sorting out my ideas very healing. I am clearing out a lot of mental garbage.)
Card 3 represents ideas or items that need to be released.
WOLF Message: Challenges and struggles often remove things things from our lives. They also bestow gifts.
Keywords: Struggle, difficulty, obstacles, communication, leadership, difficult lessons, initiation, spiritual connection.
(True – that describes what’s happening perfectly)
Card 4 represents external resources, such as opportunities or advice that can help.
CROW Message: All of life is a lesson. Learn the lessons, be smart and practice the right use of power. And don’t take yourself so seriously!
Keywords: Power, organization, authority, gifts offered and received, respect, mischievousness.
(I guess I was taking myself a bit too seriously with all of this. When I told the woman who helped me come up with the idea that I’d decided not go ahead with the project she said she was disappointed but that she respected my decision – lol – so that covers the respect aspect anyway. I like the way the word ‘mischievousness’ is slipped in at the end of the commentary. Maybe that’s the way forward – to lighten up and bring a little gentle humour and mischievousness to the project. Jack Kerouac certainly bought that to haiku and, after all, he is the spiritual godfather of the project).
Card 5 represents the possible evolution of the situation
THE DREAM CATCHER Message: Cultivate discernment and make sure you understand all the subtleties before jumping to conclusions.
Keywords: Choice, discernment, study, knowledge, revised plans.
(hmmm again – did these cards just take me round in a circle? While I’m studying and gaining knowledge I am still faced with a choice. I am still asking myself if this project is needed at this time. My plans are in a constant state of revision.)
Dissatisfied with the way that reading turned out I pulled a single card from another deck. This one is called “The Enchanted Map” by Colette Baron-Reid.
DRAGON’S LAIR: The path you are on now is one that will challenge you to the core. That said, peril is also exciting and exhilarating… A life lived fully isn’t lived only in safety. A new experience is calling to you, one that will text your courage. The choice is yours, but there is greater value in risk taking than remaining unchallenged New territories are waiting to be discovered.
– Nothing ventured, nothing gained I guess. Time to lighten up, revise my plans and take some risks.
prompt: Linda G Hill’s SOC prompt – sign