Remember the song by the Carpenters that goes, “Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down…?” A Billboard Hot 100 Hit in 1971, circling back around and hitting the UK Singles chart in 1993 (1). Even in 2015, you can walk into a department store playing background music and tune into the soft vocals or see a quote with a visual appealing graphic posted on facebook. The reason being that the lyrics identify the way we are viewing the bustle of rushing back to work the Monday after enjoying a delicious and entertaining weekend, children push their faces to glass window panes, as raindrops cry on the other side, preventing them from enjoying the outside pleasures of games and fun. We can identify with the lyrics and that keeps it popular and recognizable.
Maybe we are conditioned to see life this way, looking for obstacles to create sadness, pain and regret. Looking for true happiness seems like a far fetched dream and if we are lucky enough to catch a glimpse, it never lasts for very long so whats the point anyway? Yes, I too have felt this way more often then not but it is time to change the way that we think, the way that we are conditioned to believe and view life. The cards that I pulled today are “the Hermit” from “The Beautiful Creature Tarot” by J.R. Rivera and artwork by Jasmine Becket-Griffith, available from Schiffer publishers and from the “Magical Times” Empowerment Cards by Jody Bergsma and available at broomstickmagick.com, the “Union” card.
First let’s look at the Hermit.
The Hermit says that you have been a part of or witnessed chaos. Selfish people, a society that takes and abused our environment. You have experienced hatred, sadness, even a broken heart and so upon not being able to take it in any longer, you withdraw, you put walls up to protect yourself from life hurts, and retreat to find your meaning in this cruel world as you have some to know it.
The Hermit is about self reflection. Where do you fit into the chaos that has been going on. You feel like it is too big for you to change any of it, how would you start even if you could.
The Hermit is not about giving up though, it is about taking a deeper look. It is about getting to know your true self and living from that point out. It is about being in the moment, and not worrying about what wasn’t or what will be, it is simply accepting what is, right now, right here. It is about looking at a world so large and so full, and realizing that you can only control your actions, your thoughts, your self. If you do that, and are true about it, you will be like a raindrop hitting a puddle and rippling out to the rest of the world. Be the inspiration of love, show it and others will follow, that is how we can make the world better.
The Union card takes the self reflection piece further and asks us to draw upon our strengths. It may be Monday and raining but hey, we have had nine days of sun and our crops are thirsty. It is the way that you look at a rainy monday. Have you never danced in the rain? Cold, wet and invigorating…stop I can read your mind…how can anyone enjoy that, you say? A cold wet raindrop sends a sensation to your body, reminding you that you are alive. Water, rain, relates to emotions. Take a breath of air after a rain storm has passed and you can smell the cleansing. Dancing in the rain is similar in that it washes away impurities of everyday life. Do you feel better after a shower? exactly the same reasoning, especially after a hard day of work.
Union tells us that we are not alone, that we need to tap into our spirits and listen to the ones that build us up and make us happy. People that we encounter in everyday life are like this too, if someone is causing you grief all the time, you should think about what the agreement of having them in your life is serving you. Are there people who bring you joy? perhaps you should hang out with them more, ask them their secret, what do they do that you do not? what do they do that you should?
Overall, take time to get to know you, your passions, your loves. Remember as Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote “it is better to have loved and lost, than have never loved at all.” Treasure the moments that you have that make you happy and hold on to them as long as you can.
~Alura Rose is a Priestess with The Temple of Witchcraft and a Professional Tarot Reader at Zuzu’s Healing Center in Melrose, MA and Enchanted in Salem, MA. She also provides tarot readings via telephone and internet and is an online business owner of Broomstick Magick. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit broomstickmagick.com or https://www.etsy.com/shop/BroomstickMagick?ref=hdr_shop_menu