A good card for today, I think, with its double message of gratitude and stewarding our resources. Let us light a candle for those in Mumbai and offer up open hearts, full of gratefulness, to the Great Mystery. Blessed be.
Four of Earth
On a beautiful autumn day, a grey squirrel pauses to nibble on an acorn as he gathers nuts and seeds to save for the winter to come. He is surrounded by his stash of acorns, and even more tumble out of an opening in the trunk of a maple tree. A cairn or inukshuk of four stacked stones mark the turning of the seasons and represent an embodied prayer.
Divinatory meaning: You are building a structure for personal safety and security by wisely stewarding your resources. In times of plenty, you’re saving up for the lean times ahead. But be careful — our Friend Squirrel can become so acquisitive that he saves more food than he really needs. He often forgets all the places where he hoarded his food for the winter. You might ask yourself if you’re taking more than you need. What is the best use of your resources? The nuts and seeds the squirrel forgets will grow into trees and populate a forest. Can you be generous with your resources too?
You may want to start a practice of building blessing cairns. Each stone can represent something you’re grateful for; the stack is a physical gratitude list! They can also represent prayers you say as you stack the stones. In the Inuit culture, an inukshuk often signifies safety, hope and friendship — all qualities that can’t be hoarded. In any case, the stones remind us of our connection to All That Is, and to our soul’s purpose.
Thanks to Cate Kerr for allowing me draw from her squirrel photos, and for her intimate knowledge and love of the little critters.