Today’s card is Cleaning House and what an odd little card I thought, the little pixie or browny with long brooms as legs but that just reminds me of my own house brownies, not that they do much cleaning. However, it’s an apt time of year for this card what with spring just around the corner, although the tree in the picture looks decidedly autumnal bordering on wintery doesn’t it, as does the sky. I think this might have something to do with the essence of the card, which is…cleaning house and getting rid of the wintery, negative energies that do not serve us any more. Just my take on it though.
Here’s what the book says:
It’s time to clear the clutter to make way for better things. When you see the Cleaning House card in a reading, it’s time to de-clutter your life. Get rid of unwanted things in your physical home, and release what you no longer want or truly need. Is there any unfinished business you should address? Thoughts, memories and emotional baggage must be swept out of your house as well. Your conscience must be clear for you to move freely in the world. Celebrate a spring-cleaning and feel the freedom as you make way for much better things. Look at what you’ve resisted discarding and be honest about its value. BE HONEST – CLEAN HOUSE!
For me this speaks more about my inner spring-cleaning than it does about my physical home, although that’s important too. However, when our inner self/home is cluttered with outdated and worn out ‘stuff’ it can pull us down and inhibit growth in so many ways. Why do we hang on to stuff (thoughts, emotions etc) and allow them to lurk in the corners of our minds and hearts gathering dust bunnies and choking off new opportunities and growth? Possibly it’s because we hang on to the past in the hope that it will change. How can the past change? It won’t, not ever! The past is passed, gone forever and whatever happened will stay that way. You can’t go back and change the past. You can only move forward.
I was thinking about how many of us hold on to past romances, letters exchanged, photographs etc. Then the romance falters and fails quite often acrimoniously. But we still hold on to the stuff and that makes us hold on to the inner feelings too, it acts as a constant reminder of how things were, not how things could be. I realise that quite often it’s not easy to just ditch the baggage but I think we hold on to it because of our feelings of disappointment, our anger and sense of loss of what could have been. I know this from my own experience. In the end you are full to the rafters with dusty, choking feelings that deprive you of a clean fresh start, of new possibilities. I use the example of an old romance but it could be anything, a job that didn’t work out, a friendship that didn’t really get off the ground in the way you wanted, in fact anything at all. You just end up with old ‘stuff’ that just takes up room in your physical home and your inner home and blocks out the light, rather like the clouds in the Cleaning House card.
It seems really harsh to just be brutally honest and just get rid of it all doesn’t it. So look at Mother Nature…look at the trees in autumn. Do they hang on to their leaves? Ok, I know the evergreens do but for the most part the trees discard their leaves. Why? Because they’re of no more use to them, so they drop them. Can you imagine a tree saying ‘Oh I won’t discard that bunch of leaves, they might come in useful one day’. Not on your life! The time comes and they drop them in order to make room for the new growth that follows in the Spring. That’s what we need to do with our old stuff – ditch it! Be honest with yourself and just go ahead and give yourself permission to throw it away. As sure as the green buds grow on the trees by doing this you WILL make room for the new and Spring WILL return again to your life.