As she did last year, Kat kicked this year off with an oracle reading on the eve of our beginning. She selects a set of three, and participants are asked to pick one. Kat’s guidance was this:
You could take a moment to close your eyes, breathe deeply and take your attention to a specific part of your body that seems to have something to say to you. Or you could ask a question, something that’s been niggling you for a while. Maybe you could invite a new word or idea to help you honour and release the year that’s passing.
The theme of this year’s Reverb reflective writing challenge is ALCHEMY, so you could use it as an opportunity to dive deep and explore the opportunities for alchemy that are beckoning in the new year.
However you feel called to accept the offering, all you need to do is glance at the stones below and choose a number quickly, without giving it too much thought.
As I did last year, I hesitated to pick. When I opened her first email, my eye was immediately drawn to the star, but then I thought about how the feather reminded me of one that’s on my writing shrine. When I did as suggested, closed my eyes and took a deep breath and contemplated alchemy, what arose was a longing to figure out how to integrate my desire to make a living financially with my desire to make a life creatively, how to blend paid work and heart work, how to balance my effort with ease. When I opened my eyes, I focused on the stones rather than what they were paired with, and this time, it was definitely the third one that seemed right. It was the smallest and almost perfectly round.
If you chose STONE 3, you are invited to open up to OPPORTUNITY.
What feelings, images and ideas does the word OPPORTUNITY evoke in you?
Below is one interpretation of the mandala:
“This mandala carries the spirit of the woodpecker. He brings his optimistic and determined approach to life, finding abundance in the seemingly ordinary. He reminds us to continue to knock on the doors, in hope that the right one will open, revealing something truly amazing.
If you are contemplating upon this mandala, your spirit may be asking you to seize the day. If you are feeling unfulfilled, it is time to create a big opportunity, regardless of whether you feel one exists or not. Seek inwardly to reflect on what you might be lacking right now, and light the flame to guide you towards the creation of something amazing from this darkness.”
In light of what I was contemplating just before I picked, that seems just about right.