The theme of this Blog Hop was taken from the title of the old Gene Autry song "Don't Fence Me In." While our wrangler, Joy Vernon, gave us some suggestions for how to approach this prompt, she also gave us permission to let the prompt inspire us and take us wherever it would take us. This is one of those prompts that has been bubbling in the background since I first read it and I wasn't exactly sure where it would take me.
It ended up taking me back to my roots in DeKalb, IL, which is the home of barbed wire (there's a museum and everything). I knew that somehow I wanted to incorporate barbed wire into my prompt and also the theme of breaking free from the things that keep us fenced in. When I sat down in front of my computer to put together a layout, it all came together into the Don't Fence Me In Spread below.
The deck I chose to use for this reading was Leeza Robertson's Animal Totem Tarot because animals should be free and not fenced in and because animals are much better at not overthinking things that we are. I also love this deck because it is a reminder that the deep lessons do not always come cloaked in darkness, sometimes they come through loud and clear from playful and happy decks.
The swan lovers tells me that it is my own lack of self worth and self love that is keeping me fenced in, especially where love is concerned. I do not believe I am beautiful enough or sexy enough for love. Leeza Robertson says, "During this phase of outer evolution the swan must trust that there is nothing missing it its life and that who it is, is perfect by natural design, regardless of the outer reflection others see. This element of inner beauty and
inner wholeness is crucial to the power of the Lovers card." This is powerful stuff indeed and tells me that it is not truly something physical keeping me fenced in, but my own beliefs about my physicality.
The simple answer to this is to play like children play and to let myself be free to trust other people and myself. The message of Otter is, "Everything we experience i this physical form is part of a game we call life. yes, the biggest play of all is the life you came here to live. But you didn't come here to play alone, as this particular game is not a one player game. You came here to play with others. Playing with others is not only good fun, but it's what the soul came here to do." This is a powerful reminder that I need to get out there and start making friends and start making time to play.
This was an amazingly powerful and deep reading as it reinforced some new behaviors that I'm working on, like meditating in the sun and making time for others, and gave me so new things to think about.
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