Tarot Oracle Helps Solve Toad in Cellar Issue – Strange But True Story

5 of Wands
5 of Wands

I have something on my mind… an inner question.  Maybe it’s a silly one.  I have been dealing with issues in the cellar—a long story that I won’t bore you with involving a dehumidifier and a damp, leaky and unfinished half-basement. 

There’ve been salamanders down there—I’ve caught a glimpse of them once or twice in all the years that I’ve been here.  So that is what it is—really a non-issue.  I just go down there to throw in the wet clothes into the dryer and then rush back up.  I have seen this toad though fairly consistently over the past year.  Oh, he’s small really and brown and he’s slow and seems old—doesn’t jump around much and isn’t afraid of people.  He holds his ground.  When the landlord is here or the Exterminator for the mice [which are no longer an issue, thank you] comes, I always ask what they see down there and every answer is the same:  just a little frog. 

Yeah, I think frogs are green and toads are brown but I don’t know for sure—this guy seems like a toad since he’s brown but we’re seeing the same little critter.  I used to stare at him and he at me while I put clothes in and out of the dryer, the whole while saying, “Okay don’t you jump–just stay where you are we’ll be fine—you leave me alone and I’ll do the same”.   

Now that I’ve been going down there to deal with a dehumidifier issue–sometimes several times or more a day I’ve been down there lately.   And of course, each time I see Samuel.  Yeah, I name things and so I call out to him when I’m there, “Hey Sammy where are you?”  Or “Sam, what-z up dude?”   Now, I don’t know why I think this little brown toad is an old male, but that’s my delusion maybe.

I’ve been thinking about him lately and wondering if he is in a hell-realm there and if I should find a way to scoop him up somehow and take him outside.  What’s he eating down there?  Maybe crickets or spiders or something and of course the leaky basement provides some water for him when it rains.  But now with a dehumidifier down there, maybe I’m messing with his ecosystem?

How would he do outside?  He’s been in that hell-of-a-realm for a good while and he’s slow and maybe sick… could the outdoors be worse for him?  After all, who am I to interfere with Sam’s karma?  

I think of a Buddhist teaching about how our ego/personality mind will create problems where none exist or will worry just to give itself a job to do if you don’t give it something better to do. 

And I do have better things to do.  I need to get a life, right?  I have a lot of home and yard projects and my psychic work and other things that I’d like to call “a life”.  I want to get this issue with Sammy the toad out of my mind!  I’m going to turn to the tarot cards—believe it or not—to ask what to do about Sammy.  Should I leave him alone or try to get him out of the hell-of-a-realm, scooping up and escorting him outside?  Maybe ole’ Sam has lived down there longer than I have –maybe he was born down there and maybe didn’t just somehow hop in around a weak cellar window by mistake.  Who knows?

The bottom line question:  With all things considered, is it best if I leave this toad alone?  What should I consider about that?  Okay, so I am going to grab my cards because I just want this to be resolved in my mind and I’ve decided that I will go by whatever the oracle says here!  So, let’s shuffle….

O boy!  5 of Wands [image above].  A guy in a boat, surrounded by stormy water.  My first thought is that this toad got washed into the cellar somehow during a storm.  Actually, I am thinking of that year when we had the remnants of Hurricane Irene… there was a lot of water.  So, apparently, he’s been down there for years.  I was only renting here for about a year or so when the rainy leftover’s of hurricane Irene came through here.

Listen, hold on a second… I have to put some seed in the bird feeder outside.  I put a day’s worth in during the morning hours because otherwise, this raccoon that looks like a big dog (I swear he looks like a German shepherd dog size-wise) comes by at night and eats it all. I’ve caught him red handed.  I tap on the window when I see him and he sheepishly walks away!  Anyway, the birds are calling…be right back.

Aside from the 5 of Wands being about unnecessary hassles, petty annoyances and trivial issues, I still don’t know what to do.  However, I do feel the card guided me to an understanding of how the toad got there to start with.   It seems that this card is telling me not to worry about it… that it’s a trivial issue. 

Actually, I already know that.  I just want to know if the toad is suffering I guess.  Let me shuffle again.  It doesn’t seem like a healthy environment down there… not much light coming in.  Don’t toads need sunlight?  Maybe I should google toad information but that is going to get my mind in even a worse tangle I’m sure!

I’m going to a yes/no format with my cards now… aces are indicators of a yes.  Is the little guy suffering by being in the cellar environment?  Yes or No?  (I added the words “by being in the cellar environment” at the end because while he may be suffering because all sentient beings do, my question is made more specific by adding the words in quotations to make the question more specific.)   Or we could ask:   Is the suffering of this sentient being increased by being in the cellar I like that wording better.

YES Answer; Ace in 3rd Pile is YES indicator
YES Answer; Ace in 3rd Pile is YES indicator

Oh, shoot!  Darn.  I got a YES answer to that question—Ace in the 3rd stack.  And in the other two stacks of 13 cards, the top cards [which can also be ‘read’] are ‘The World’ and ‘4 of Wands’.  Gee, the 4 of Wands is about being outside of the home and happy.  And ‘The World’ is about ending/completion.  I’m starting to get the feeling that I should find a way to scoop up the toad and get him outside.  Maybe I will wait until my grandson comes to help me with that drama/trauma.  I don’t want to hurt Sammy, you know? 

Well, let me ask another Yes or No Question.  If this toad’s suffering is increased by being down in the hell-of-a-realm basement, shall I then scoop him up and take him outside?  Maybe he’s used to it down there and to take him outside would increase his suffering or a predator could get him; after all, he doesn’t hop much.  Geesh.  What a can of worms my mind opened up here! 

Okay, so shall I scoop him up and out?  Yes or No?  Well.  I get a NO to that one with a very weak, well yeah maybe indicator—an Ace [of Swords] in the 2nd pile.   The Ace in the 2nd pile is saying, “Well, you could but really no you shouldn’t.”   That’s the way this Yes/No spread works-the rules.

NO Indicator:  No Ace in 3rd Pile
NO Indicator: No Ace in 3rd Pile

You know I think that this frog’s fate [or this toad trouble]  is a doomed destiny either way and maybe we should let him die a natural death where he’s used to his surroundings and where he won’t be beat up worse [9 of Wands].  He seems to be coping down there.  The landlord may be sending some workers to clean up some building materials that were down there since I moved in.  I will tell them to be careful of the toad if they see him; hopefully he will go hide away from the workers.  The other 2 cards I received were 9 of Wands and 5 of Pentacles [Coins].  Yeah, you can see the contemplation that I’m doing about this reflected in the 5 of Pentacles and the 9 of Wands is probably a reflection of the beat up toad [I’m not sure but he may be missing a leg; thus the hopping problem] and also it is me beating myself up over this issue.  LOL 

I send him love and healing now and am not afraid of him hopping toward me like I used to be.  He may have lost a leg when he traveled via the gutter system during the storm.  Bless his heart.  I’d forgotten that — I had that thought last night when I saw him hop while I was down there; it was a strange hop and he sits tilted.  I think one of his legs is gone. 😦

I would like to bring him sunlight as a gift and a green lawn.  Last night I did leave a light on down there… I mean what the heck, light is light even if it is artificial.  Like I said, bless his heart. 

Maybe you will send him a little love.  Yeah, I know, he’s only a little brown toad with only one leg but all sentient beings deserve to be free from suffering. 

Now, I have settled this issue.  The cellar increases his suffering, yet I should not try to scoop him up to take him outside—we should let him remain in his familiar environment because either way, his journey on Earth is about over.  There are several indicators — the 9 in the of Wands; 9 indicate endings. And the other indicator of the end of the line for this toad is the card of  The World–the last card of the major arcana; the card indicating a completed cycle. 

It is more humane not to traumatized him further through my act of scooping him up and putting him outside; he’s used to [accustomed to] his present environment and is probably coping the best as he can–just the same as we all are. 

May he, and all sentient beings, be free of suffering!

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Divination Message April 12, 2011 Personal Ego vs Soul Reality; 5 of Wands relates to Saturn in Leo

Our personal egos do not always reflect the reality of our soul/spirit. 

“What is good is perfect, and what is called bad is just as perfect.”—Walt Whitman

As consciousness expands, we increasingly recognize the “divine” in everything.  Then we realize that there’s really no need for conflict which only makes us weak and unhappy anyway.  Many life experiences bring us opportunities to deeply integrate these truths; that is my view anyway, but the ego-self thrives on disagreements and conflicts and victimization is just another ego-trip that is self-sabotaging.  It may not be a bad day to whisper a sincere prayer or higher mind intention, affirming that you will be assisted and guided to the highest expression of yourself today.

How do we sabotage ourselves through disagreements and conflicts?  Today’s cosmic broadcast brings a message inspired by the 5 of Wands (rods) in tarot.  When we want to “blame” others and feel victimized it weakens our inner strength.  Being drawn to engage in open conflict with others or the outer world on any level and believing this is the only way to approach a situation speaks to our own shortcomings.  Engaging in conflict and elevating behavior with another is really a reflection of our own inability to know how to communicate with others. 

The whole feeling with today’s divination message is one that can be likened to narcissism in a way–acting from an egoic or personality level rather than from the higher mind and the wisdom-self.  

 Lower-mind views of life can be quite narcissistic (it’s all about ME) while the higher mind views people, events, circumstances from a more objective stance.  Higher mind is more inclusive such as in being able to see things from a wider perspective including the rights of others and what is best for “all concerned” rather than just the little self. 

And the little mind or lower mind is extremely manipulative and sometimes this is in a very passive aggressive way.  Conflict happens in very undermining and underhanded ways as well.  Of course, it is all an avoidance posturing no matter which way you cut it—an avoidance to take self-responsibility that is coming from the wisdom center of the self and not the victim place within us.

The energy that is being addressed in today’s divination relates to the archetypical energy of Saturn in Leo.  Yes, right now transiting Saturn is retrograde in Libra and there’s a lot of relationship drama happening for the purposes of people being able to see themselves from a completely different place.  In other words, people are really getting clear about their own patterns and yes even faults if you want to call it that, god forbid.  We are seeing ourselves in ways that we’ve never considered before and egos are getting bruised left and right these days.  “Me?  Are you talking about ‘me’?  I’m not really like that, am I?”  We are seeing ourselves through the eyes of others and it can really shake us to our core, but if we can be honest and take it in and work with it, we end up being much better humans as well as helping the soul to evolve. 

Does it have to be dramatic and gut-wrenching?  Not at all, as long as we can remain objective.  Of course, ego wants no part of that since its always sure it’s right and everyone else is wrong.  The 5 of Wands (Rod) relates to Saturn in Leo like I said.  Saturn represents, archetypically, the boundary of consciousness—the boundary between the individual conscious mind and other levels of mind.  And Leo, of course, is overly subjective (all about me) many times and wants that adoration from the world and expects it actually.  At least that’s one interpretation of the Leo archetype.  In any way that our survival and well-being are perceived to be threatened, the ego will choose the battle but in doing so reveals its own weakness. 

Today’s message is about creating the space in consciousness in order for a wider, newer,

Pathway to Higher Mind

 healthier viewpoint to take hold.  That’s called having spiritual tenacity.

Any perceived outer conflict that is occurring in life now should be taken within or examined with the higher mind.  

One’s inner conflict out-pictures in the outer world.  Perhaps to accept this or consider this can help and then the motivation comes to resolve inner conflict through spiritual tenacity.

Center through breath and remember that Walt Whitman’s quote: “What is good is perfect, and what is called bad is just as perfect.”  Trust divine order; keep breathing, and smile—no matter what!  And do your very best to get your ego (Leo)  out-of-the-way as you let go of control (Saturn).

  PS—Saturn in Leo type energy relates to today’s message and interestingly enough, today’s transiting Moon is also in the sign of Leo.  So emotionally (Moon energy), this seems to be a timely message for today.  Suggestion:  ask to be shown how you can call a truce and work agreeably with others