This month is one of my favorite full moon’s — the Beaver Moon. I just love beaver medicine. Beaver works hard for her money, steadily falling trees and building damns — providing life for loads of other animals by providing the essential water. She works with a community to meet a goal. And my favorite thing about Beaver? She never ever paints herself into a corner. Her network of channels and tunnels means she always has secret exit–an alternative, a way out.
The tarot card I most associate with the Beaver moon is the Eight of Swords, seen here from The Wild Uknown deck. In this card a butterfly in it’s chrysalis is just about ready to spread it’s wings. But it fees trapped, caught up by too many ideas, too many options, too many ways to take action. If the butterfly stays in this state, viewing itself as victim and captive, she can never achieve her full potential. But if she acts, knowing that she, like Beaver, can navigate many channels, she will find that she has many paths to follow out of her current state.
I’m always very, very cautious when it comes to talking with folks about escape. Sometimes the illness is so debilitating, the sorrow so great, the finances so daunting that you may feel well and truly trapped. There have been times–years even–when I felt totally stuck and very much the victim. When well meaning, maybe even right friends had said, “Hey, there’s a way out. Buck up.”– and I wanted to throw a book at their heads.
In those periods it’s comfort that is needed. Not mushy comfort that tries to tell you you don’t need to ever do anything scary or hard. But true comfort that comes in the form of solace, that says “You are not alone.” Then, out of that place of soul-comfort, you may start to see the many exits that await you. Those exits will not be without discomfort. You may have to squeeze through and get scratched. You may have to work hard. You may have to be vulnerable and call your community around you to reach your goal. But then–with source— Way will appear. You will find an exit. Escape will be at hand.
Is that escape always packaged the way you’d like it to be? Does it arrive in fair and equal measure to all? No. So if you, like, me are among the privileged we must work to make sure escape routes exist for our sisters who have twice as many swords beneath their chrysalis, twice as many predators at the main entry to their damn.
And regardless of our privileged or lack thereof–we all must look for escape to come in unexpected ways.
Escaped from pained bodies might not come from cure, but from loving distraction.
Escape from money troubles may come not from more salary, but from a simpler lifestyle.
Escape from heartache might come not from a new love, but from learning to see the joys of standing alone.
(Then again, escape may come in the easiest and most welcome of ways. Source, she’s a mystery.)
How about you, friend?
Are you ready to make your escape?
Can you align yourself with a right-fit option?
Will you step into freedom?
I think you are.
I know you can.
I hope you will.
What do you need freedom from? Where are you seeking an exit? Join me on the Beaver’s Moon as we tap into nature’s rhythm, our own intuition, and something else I can’t quite describe as we ask the cards to help you find your escape.
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