I’ve been a bit of a slacker in posting these daily cards due to my own inner turmoil at present. Nevertheless, here is today’s The Island of the Revolting Beast. At first glance it doesn’t seem a very nice card at all but of course on any inner journey one needs to look well beneath the surface of things in order to see the real value and hidden gems. Here’s what Caitlin has to say about this card:
Many Celtic characters undergo a physical contortion or agitation when excited or grieved, including the famous hero Cu Cúchulainn, whose exertions become so violent he has to be doused in a cauldron of cold water. The magical ability to shape shift is attested to in many stories.
In your current position, are you trying to stretch your abilities to match the situation, or the situation to match your abilities? Something is not working because you have not allowed for basic nature. Give everything its due.
The key words attached to this card are mental contortion, stress, showing off, illusion, changeable nature, failure to recognise the true state of things and vulnerability. I think recently I’ve been guilty of showing off and the hubris that comes with it, and now am paying the price. It’s easy, when we start a new venture, no matter how small it is, to be swept up in the excitement of the moment and not give any thought to what the new venture will really entail or its impact on us. Of course we do our home work, make plans etc and that is good but sometimes we are so swept up in the ecstatic maelstrom of this new adventure we can tend to forget ourselves. Then the new adventure becomes somewhat of a burden and we can be beset by thoughts such as…why am I really doing this? Will I be able to fulfil other people’s expectations? Will I be able to fulfil MY expectations? That’s when a good dousing of reality is needed, and that can be a bit of a shock. It’s time to come back down to earth and see the true nature of things, and our true natures also. This doesn’t mean we should not embark on new adventures, not at all, but we need to remember that an out of control ego can wreak havoc on us and ultimately cause us pain. Taking time out and allowing things to lie for a while is one way of regaining some equilibrium and balance.