The Cards Are Drawn, the Shaman Begins
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Ebb and Flow.
Almost Â a Â Â year ago, Â Kelley Â Harrell Â of Â Â Â http://www.soulintentarts.com made a Â shamanic Â journey Â for me. Â (And do check her out!)Â Â Iâ€™d learned so much from her book, Gift of the Dreamtime and Kristinâ€™s Maddenâ€™s The Shamanic Guide to Living and Dying, that Â I Â felt Â I Â needed more of this experience. Â Something else for my spiritual toolbox, something new to put yet another spin on all the things I was learning. Â So I asked Kelley to make a journey for me and check on a few things for me, and then later, after weâ€™d discussed it and Iâ€™d let things settle a bit, Iâ€™d do a follow-up with her.
I Â hadnâ€™t read back over the results in several monthsâ€”okay, Â many months, since Iâ€™d misplaced itâ€”but Iâ€™m doing a little bit of cleaning up and came across the initial â€œtrip reportâ€ sheâ€™d Â sent Â me. Thereâ€™s nothing like seeing how far youâ€™ve come until you stop, turn around, and take a good look behind you.
Iâ€™ll share Kelleyâ€™s insights, as well as my initial impressionÂ Â Â Â (including when the Â reaction Â was Â Â Â Â â€œHolyÂ #!&@*#$&!â€ or â€œHuh?â€) and what Â I think Â now, Â given some time and distance.
Fireâ€”Cartouche Deck (cycle of destruction, purging, creation) Tour Shipâ€”Contact Cards (calm, smooth sailing, indicating a well-deserved vacation and the path of least resistance in undertakings)
My reaction then:
Omigods. A cycle of destruction? Â Just what I need! But oh, lookâ€”Iâ€™m going to get a well-deserved Â vacation. Oh, good. Â Thatâ€™s what I need! Â I can rest soon!
My reaction now:
A cycle Â of Â destruction,Â Â purging, Â creation? Â Thatâ€™s death and rebirth, isnâ€™t it? Â Even though at the time of the journey I was a Â year into my new independent life as a divorced woman, there was still more to be purged. Â A lot more. Â Seeds were planted, yes, but even more of my old life had to be destroyed to make room for the creation of the new.
As for the well-deserved vacation and the path of least resistance, it seems Â that Â many Â things Â took Â the path of leastÂ Â resistanceÂ Â to Â break Â apart Â and Â form Â something new. Â The things that broke or burned away did so very quickly when they did break or spark. Very unlike my relationships in the past. Â Always before, Iâ€™d Â overstayed my welcome in relationships, Â until the point where they were Â out of balance, and it would have been best if Iâ€™d left long before instead of hanging on until the other per- son, Â organization,Â Â group, Â project,Â Â whatever Â pointedly moved on without me. Â What broke apart in the past year had no lingering whatsoever. Â When it was done, it was done.