The Four of Water from The Herbcrafter's Tarot is all about taking time to recharge and refresh the spirit. It is also about not letting ourselves get overwhelmed. Mint is the perfect plant for the four of water as it is an herb that can refresh and overwhelm. Lathisha Guthrie said, "Mint plants are used as border plants because they can be trained to grow as a lively hedge. However, just as mint can overtake the garden if it is not contained, your feelings can overwhelm." She advises is to take time to replenish your emotional reserves. This is advice that I'm working hard to implement right now as I'm going through a significant amount of change personally and Covid-19 means the world is undergoing a lot of change. I'm realizing that it is more important than ever to take a step back once in a while and make time for myself. I have to be kind to myself as I can't do everything all at once, I have to accept that sometimes I have to say no, even to things that look good.
Some of the spiritual practices that I've been putting into play are making time to pull my cards every day and journal about it. Finding time to journal and really think about the cards and how they apply to me is important. I've been pulling the cards and sitting with them for a day before writing about them the next day. It lets me take a much deeper look than if I just pull them and write about them. It gives me a chance to reflect upon their meaning over the course of the day and record any relevant insights before sitting down to write. Gratitude is another practice that I'm working on and when I really practice gratitude, life flows much more smoothly.
The other card I pulled was The Voyage of the Heart from The Sacred Traveler Oracle Cards, which tells me that "Love flows through you and to you" and that I am beloved even if it doesn't feel that way. It's interesting as I was reading through some of my old journals and the self loathing was painful to read. Every other word out of my pen was about how horrible I was, how unlovable, how totally unredeemable. I've come a long way since then and I am starting to appreciate my worth and my value. It has been a long hard road, but I think I've come a long way and I am proud of the work I've done.