The Tower card from tarot decks usually signify an event or time in one’s life when the Universe and their life stream / soul / Spirit decide it’s time for the individual to wake up. It may present itself as a traumatic event or a time in when everything seems to be falling apart. I also believe that it can present itself as an inner turmoil – like thunder rumbling within the darkened sky heralding a major storm, like the turbulent sea in the midst of such a storm, with strong winds forming huge crashing waves as we grip the edge of the little row boat we seem to find ourselves in. And, I think that is when we come to certain major cross-roads in our journey, a place where we decide which way we are going to go – sometimes consciously but before that mostly unconsciously. Most times we aren’t sure what we are doing, we’re scared, confused and we stumble along in blind panic trying our best to talk ourselves back into some semblance of calm. Sometimes, there is a voice within us that feels like the glow from a candle still alight even with the raging storm all around us, nudging us towards a certain choice or action. Either way, these times in our lives give us the opportunities to do what can’t not be done. The choice though is always ours.
Another quote day. I’m just so totally pooped from the awesomeness of working six 12.5 hour days week ( is this even the correct way to say it? Never mind..it’ll do) for 2 weeks (yay! one week down as I type this and 2 weeks done when you read this..woohoo!) so you and I get a wonderful break with another quote from The Map by Collete Baron-Reid.
Last Sunday I posted an excerpt from the book The Map, by Colette Baron Reid. As I was replying to comments on the post all the while thinking…*what* am I going to post for Wednesday…my mind seeming really quite determined to take some time off from 30 days of November madness…I was struck by inspiration!
A quote that is commonly used to mean it doesn’t really matter what name is used, what matters is what something is. The original quote is from William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is more telling:
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet
I have many names..well, different versions of two different names….
In the book Alchemist by Paulo Coelho the Shepherd realizes his destiny in the form of a dream. He was to look for treasure at the pyramids. In the story, he meets an old man– the King of Salem in disguise who influences the shepherd to follow the path to his destiny. As the Sheppard had no money to pay for his voyage across to Africa, he had to sell his sheep. He thought it might be difficult to do so but as he says to the old man he was surprised to see how fast and how easy it was for him to find that person to buy the sheep.
“That’s the way it always is,” said the old man. “It’s call the principle of favourability. When you play cards for the first time, you are almost sure to win. Beginner’s luck.”
“Why is that?”
“Because there is a force that wants you to realize your destiny; it whets your appetite with a taste of success”
I am quite certain that as there are those blessed or lucky few who know what they want or are meant to do, there is a larger proportion of us who are either still looking or have completely forgotten or lost sight of it.
I am also quite certain that for those that do already know what they want in life there are those who have settled to a life that they think is right by their families, the community and themselves – those like the old man in the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho says “In the long run, what people think of bakers and shepherds becomes more important to them than their own destinies”.
One of the things that I have thought about is , if we have free will and have the ability to make choices where then does fate and our planned destiny fall in? These are my thoughts on this. Some may agree and some may not. Read on and if it inspires you to, let me know your thoughts on this 🙂