By: VICTORIA WILSON on JUNE 21, 2014
This post is written as part of the Litha 2014 Tarot Blog Hop. In celebration of the summer solstice our marvellous blog hop wrangler, Olivia Destrades of First Earth Tarot, has asked us to consider the theme of “joy”: What are you joyful about? What brings light to your heart? How to do spread joy to others? For those of you who are new to the Tarot Blog Hop, please use the “PREVIOUS BLOG / MASTER LIST / NEXT BLOG” links to find your way the blog hop. These links can also be found at the bottom of this article. The Master List contains a complete listing of the blog hop participants. Happy reading!!!
Today is Litha, otherwise known as Midsummer or the summer solstice. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice brings with it the longest day of the year, when the sun occupies the highest position in the sky and shines for the longest amount of hours before it yields to the half-light of the moon.
Midsummer always takes me back to childhood and the sheer joy that I felt during the first few days of summer vacation. For me, summer vacation represented the ultimate freedom from responsibility. The routine and obligations of school were suddenly no longer of concern, and each day offered the opportunity to explore something different and completely new. The additional hours of sunshine brought with it a host of decadent pleasures – swimming and tap dance lessons, summer camp, long afternoons of reading in the sun, and solitary expeditions through the walking trails that spanned the leafy, green hills surrounding my home. As a child I never lacked in imagination. I found endless ways to amuse myself.
Despite the knowledge and wisdom that I accrue as the years go by, I regard my childhood summer vacations as a time when I occupied the pinnacle of my clarity on life, simply because I did not allow a single day to pass by without deriving some pleasure from it.
In Tarot, this kind of clarity is represented in the Sun card. The Sun signifies the joy that comes when one is fully aware of the beauty in life. It represents illumination, enlightenment, insight, and revelation. Like a child, you are able to look at the world with a fresh perspective.
The responsibilities that come with adulthood have a funny way of making us forget about the simple pleasures of everyday life. The daily stress of school, jobs, career, family, and our relationships can get the better of anyone, clouding your vision of what really matters. Joy is seeing clearly the fullest potential that each day offers.
Here are 5 Daily Tarot Draws that I use to remind myself of the simple joys of everyday life:
1. How can I make today even better?
2. What is one thing I can do to make myself smile today?
3. What is one thing I can do to make someone else smile today?
4. What do I give myself permission to indulge in today?
5. What can I let go of to lighten today’s load?
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” -Marianne Williamson
Dreaming Way Tarot used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT c. 2012 by U.S. Games Systems. Further reproduction prohibited.