Somehow, after the dream, daytime beckons. Reality creeps in, no matter how hard you try to hold on to something ethereal, something otherworldly. No matter that there are forests and streams and fallen leaves and golden sunsets, we must wake up and face reality. Or do we?
One of the many sights from our trip was Paronella Park, a rather magical and wondrous place that really belongs in the Bohemian Gothic tarot deck, and I couldn’t quite believe that it was, in fact, real. In the 1930s, Jose Paronella created his dream, though many called him foolish, no doubt. 30,000 pounds, back in those days, was quite a sum, to fritter on castles and gardens and the like. Still, the man had a dream, and that dream continues today, the park being beautifully restored, though many of its structures are crumbling and covered with vines, moss, and ferns.
What better place to find a quiet spot, gather yourself, and shuffle some cards? I couldn’t resist. I wondered around for a while, then came to a little seat next to a smaller waterfall.
And there I sat, and shuffled, and connected, and shuffled some more. I did quite a few spreads, one of them asking simply for Mother Earth to send me a message and some guidance.
New beginnings, transformation, hope and healing are the keywords for these 3 cards from the Gaian Tarot. After a rather uneventful year, I am truly seeking again – exploring new healing modalities, contemplating new courses. I love the Ace of Air butterfly, few symbols are as powerful yet fragile. As for the Star, well, I just got up, went by the little pond next to the waterfall, and splashed the water on my face. It was cold and refreshing and I wanted to merge with the earth right there and then. Most of all, I felt supported. I felt like there is a heartbeat in the land, and that heartbeat sustains me, and guides me, and it’s in the trees and the rocks and the birds and the moss and the dragonflies and every dream that ever was or ever will be.
May everyone’s dreams and wishes come true, no matter how foolish or impractical they may seem to others. May we all strive to follow our dreams and bring them to fruition.
Note: all photographs of Paronella Park courtesy of the website http://www.paronellapark.com.au/