The Mystic's Tarot & Oracle Cards™
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5 - Portal
The Journey of Portal
The journey now moves into the domain of seeing with different eyes. Maybe with mercy, maybe with judgment, with earthly eyes or the eyes of the soul. Maybe with all?
CARD DESCRIPTION: If you look closely, you see this face in two layers: a watercolor overlays a photograph, together, summating a kind, yet slightly inscrutable gaze. She looks over a colorfully adorned shoulder directly at us. A yellow mandala with a sapphire heart hangs at top left. Butterflies grace their hair. And butterflies flit among the plant beings. At bottom left we find a white angelica flower, perhaps for psychic protection. Blue and pink clematis may represent wisdom and maturity.
SITTING WITH THIS CARD: As you feel into Portal, what opens up for you? What does a portal mean to you? Is it within yourself, out in the world? Both? Are there multiple portals with different characteristics, leading to different places?
Sitting with this card, I think of "worlds within worlds. It doesn't seek to define what they are but that in our earthly existence, we travel between many worlds.
There are so many layers to life, I can slowly lose my grounding, lose touch with my soul's truth. To me, the person in this card looks into the soul. Just looking at this card reminds me that I'm an earthly manifestation of the divine.
WHEN YOU FEEL OUT INTO THE WORLD: In what way, if any, does Portal gain a different meaning? What kind of portal may this be about?
When I imagine the card out in the world, Portal speaks to me of "worlds within worlds" (Fournier d’Albe): Our material world nested as particles within in cells, within bodies, within the world, our solar system, the Milky Way. All of them, then, nests in a greater divine ground.
Our psyche, too – nested in multiple worlds: conscious, subconscious, supra conscious, soul, spirit, and beyond. Outcomes are flexible: What seems desirable in the moment, later may not be. Portal points out to me that we are always in a state of opening and closing.
WHEN YOU DRAW THIS CARD: Might it invite you to see the world in many layers, some harmonizing, some in friction with each other?
When I draw this card, Portal invites me to not just recognize and tolerate cognitive dissonance, but to look for it and embrace it, to recognize it as part of the Divine Mystery.
YOU CAN ALSO ASK: What am I about? Do my choices reflect my inner reality? Do I feel like I have a self, but also a "real self." Is there a gap between them?
What would happen if I were to close the gap and live life with ever more authenticity?
I ask myself, where will I choose to come from: my divine self, my egoic self, my body's self? Can I blend them? Is that the "real self?" And depending on my choice, what portals will that open? Portal invites me to not just recognize and tolerate cognitive dissonance, but to look for it and embrace it, to recognize it as part of the Divine Mystery.
SYMBOL DESCRIPTION: The symbol is an ornate key with two small flames in the bow, or head, signifying guiding lights. The shank is graceful, yet sturdy to symbolize that act of unifying opposites creates openings. The circle in the bit (protruding outward) illustrated openings. The tip is complex in design in homage to the reality that openings can be just as easily challenging as revelatory.
FAMILY CHARACTERISTICS: Layers, achievement, freedom, self-actualization, success, opposites, choice.
What might the Torchlight symbol mean to you?
To me, Openings are about creating something new. It suggests dealing in possibility instead of the "tried and true" to create openings rather than solutions or answer.
Openings Family Kin Cards
5 – Portal
14 – Peace
20 – Expansion
33 – Freedom
PORTAL INTERLACES WITH:
14 – Peace
23 – Sacred Protection
32 – Agape