Do you ever draw a complete blank when you turn up a card in a reading? You might even think to yourself: “Well that card is just wrong. Let me put it back and pull another.” It happens to all of us . . .
A few weeks ago an artist friend of mine asked me to pull a card for her and do a short reading. She had just been diagnosed with gout in her feet, a very painful condition. She was distressed, not only because of the pain, but also because she wanted to treat it without allopathic medications. (She wasn’t, of course, asking for medical advice, which I would not have given in any case. She just wanted some comfort and a little spiritual direction.)
So I grounded and centered, shuffled my deck, and pulled . . . the Child of Water. And my mind went blank. What the heck? I thought to myself. What can the Child of Water possibly have to do with gout?
Then I noticed the Child’s feet in the water. And I wrote this to my friend:
I pulled the Child of Water for you, as the card that ushers in the New Moon in Pisces. Oh so watery, for the Pisces New Moon! The first thing I notice is her feet, in the water . . . and makes me wonder if there isn’t something literal there for you, about soaking your feet in warm salt water. I don’t know, just a thought.
Another literal level . . . go to the seashore this month, even if it’s freezing, as you will find a piece of the puzzle there, and have some healing for your heart and toes.
On a more metaphoric level . . . the Child of Water, I think, is that young, tender part of yourself, your heart that is open to intuition and love and healing. Your inner child, the little girl you once were.
And the Children are always about being a neophyte, a beginner, learning something new . . . this could be about learning new things about the foods you’re eating, or maybe it’s about starting a new art project of some kind . . . maybe the intersection of healing and art.
Does any of that resonate for you?
I was just following my intuition and free-associating when I wrote that to her. I really don’t like to do email readings, as I prefer a “conversation” with the person I’m reading for. I half-expected my friend to write back and say “Well that just doesn’t fit at all!”
Instead, she wrote this:
Oh, Joanna, this is perfect! Thank you so much.
Gout = kidney issues = the water element in qigong as well as the obvious biological element of the urine-producing kidneys.
Child = learning a new thing about how to care for my body PLUS I woke at 4 this morning and instead of worrying about this medical stuff (as I did the night before) I started having images and ideas for new work in the studio, where I’ve been stalled for weeks . . . months. I just came downstairs from finally getting up there and folding some paper and making some roughs . . . distracting myself with some art therapy.
AND, I HAVE been soaking my feet in Epson salts to try to bring the swelling down!
AND, I did go to the seashore last month and it was a warm day and I DID put my feet in the water (photo attached). It had been SO LONG! It was my day of self-loving for the month of February’s Farther Shore. I will not let so much time go before I go to Santa Cruz again.
AND, I have been thinking it’s been months and months since I went to the physical therapy pool, and maybe it’s time to go back and see how that feels. (Not sure about whether I want to scratch my swollen feet on the pool bottom though, but could find some pool shoes, maybe, if they would fit over my BIG toes) . . .
And finally, YES, my young self, being scared, and having to mother myself, or let myself be mothered by those who will help me, and ASKING for help.
So you see this really was the perfect card, on many levels . . . Isn’t it amazing how the cards are? New Moon in Pisces. Oh my GODDESS.
And I know this is Gracie, your beautiful granddaughter. And my own Gracie is the healer in our retreat circle, and probably a go-to person for me right now.
Joanna, thank you so much. I’m so glad I asked. It is confirmation that I am on the right path, that I can follow my intuition, that I can learn how to put in the work to make the magic happen to make myself better. I’ll put this card up on my altar for a while and remember its messages.
I couldn’t stop grinning when I read her response. If the reading was a confirmation for her, it was also one for me. Always trust the cards.
(Thanks to my friend for allowing me to share her reading with you.)