Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Indian Summer at Goddard Park

Tarot of the day for 10/11/11:

Seven of Wands
Upright: Challenge, competition, perseverance
Similar to the Five of Wands, the Seven of Wands indicates a struggle after initial satisfaction and fulfilment. This time, however, the struggle is about maintaining your position at the top while others compete and fight to achieve the same success and status that you have already achieved. Thus, competition is rife and you must continually prove yourself with the Seven of Wands. If your vision and creative effort is fulfilled to the point where there is public acclaim or acceptance of your success then you must expect competition and challenge, as other people will no doubt also desire the same things as you.

The Seven of Wands can also indicate a challenge to the continued success of a venture or creative project from an external source. While it appears to block your path forward, you can overcome this challenge or obstacle by drawing upon your strong self-confidence, self-belief and continual self-improvement. It can also be overcome with effort and clarity of purpose.

The Seven of Wands is about holding your ground, despite ongoing challenges to your position and authority. You need to take a stand and defend your position at all costs. This will take courage and persistence but you have the strength and determination to do it. You see yourself as a battler and no matter what the challenge, you still have it in you to stand up for yourself and fight to the end. So, although you are experiencing a number of setbacks at the moment, you need to continue fighting for what you believe in and confronting others who may oppose or threaten you.

There needs to be acceptance with this card that you are not always going to be able to win everyone over. There will always be challengers and opposition to your point of view and you cannot keep everyone happy all of the time. Thus, now is the time to draw your line in the sand, and say, “This is who I am and this is what I need right now.” There cannot be any compromise or negotiation at this time, just hold your ground with determination and courage.

From quite a literal perspective, this card can indicate that you will be required to give a speech or write a paper on a contentious or highly debated issue. You will need to be ready to defend your argument and present hard facts that support your point of view. Expect to be challenged but enjoy this challenge as it will help you to create an even more robust argument.

Six of Pentacles
Upright: Generosity, charity, giving, prosperity, sharing wealth
The Six of Pentacles is a card representing being in harmony with your money. The amount that comes in and the amount that flows out are in balance, and you are thankful for what you have without being grasping of it, and happy to share with others in need. This card is also about charity. You may either be the wealthy man in this card, giving away his wealth, or the beggars, gratefully receiving what the man has to offer.

Nine of Swords
Upright: Depression, nightmares, intense anxiety, despair
The Nine of Swords is the card of fear and nightmares, and has an apparently negative ‘feel’ to it. However, the troubles alluded to in the Nine of Swords are primarily of a psychological nature and do not necessarily indicate suffering in your external reality. That is, it is what is inside your mind that is creating the fear and anxiety, not your actual circumstances. Your experience of the world is greatly influenced by our expectations, desires, and fears, and therefore you are largely the creator of your own world, and your attitudes determine how you experience that world.

The Nine of Swords can also reflect fear of the future, or what may possibly happen in the future. If you allow yourself to be bound by fear of the future, you are at risk of eventually creating a negative reality for yourself by virtue of your expectations. Your nightmare becomes your self-fulfilling prophecy, which is clearly not a desirable outcome.

Shannon and I were in my apartment,cleaning. She went outside to take out the trash and discovered it was GORGEOUS out!!!!!!!
So, we decided to take the kids to the park. There was something completely magical about it. It was more than the weather, and more than the beauty of the park. My life feels so magical right now, everything is just falling into place. It is wonderful, and I am so grateful.

Even driving to the park was beautiful, I was just taken back by how clear and bright the day was. Almost uncomfortably warm.
We had cleaned out my car (finally) so there was kind of a freshness about things.
The stairs that lead up to the path remind me of something from a fantasy movie.

The first thing we come across that caught the attention of the little ones was a tree with exposed roots. Really cool little spot for Wes.
Then there is this other tree ... it's branches dip down into the water and there is a perfect reflection of the sunlight and colorful leaves. It is a really pretty spot, there is something about it. Maybe it is the way the light hits the water, or the tiny little fish that swim in and out of the roots. Or maybe it is just something about that particular spot that really has nothing to do with the light or the fish.

My little girl is so precious. She loves taking pictures, and having her picture taken. Wesley was gathering his thoughts - and some random sticks on the path. He is a collector of all fine things, sticks, pine cones, rocks and dead sea creatures. They come home with me and decorate my house.
This is another shot taken at the magical tree. I love that tree!!
Seleneand Wesley don't always get along, but when they do, they truly are the best of friends.
I mentioned before that Selene likes to take photos. Well, she grabbed the camera and took a very quick snap shot of Wesley. I really like it, again, makes him look magical.
Forced them to stay still for two minutes so I could take this photo.
Shannon found this leaf, we thought it looked like it was a heart connected by a heart in the center.
Shannon also found a leaf that she wants to send to her friend in Africa who has never gotten to experience fall.
Then she climbed this crazy cool tree.
Selene was actually blinking in the photo below, but I felt like it looked like she was reflecting on something wonderful.
Somehow the children had green all over them. Must have been a marker from home.
Shannon is the best friend that anyone could be lucky enough to find. She has always been there for me, even when no one else really was. She loves my kids as if they were her own. She will always be like my sister.

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