All hail the sun’s maximum moment shining on planet Earth. Raise your cups in celebration! And welcome to the Litha/Solstice Tarot Blog Hop.
Olivia asked us to write about joy, which does make me think of a shining sun, actually. Joy has this yellow brightness, this point-of-light quality. Feels like being touched by a wizard’s magic wand. 🙂
The question that came to mind when I read about Olivia’s topic, though, is: When is joy?
The short answer is that joy is now. That’s what I love about it.
Last night when I mentioned to hubby that today was the summer solstice and I was doing a blog post on joy, he reminded me about how important joy was, along with hope, for people who are in a place of suffering (he mentioned the Holocaust as an example). I don’t bring that up to create despair among you all, of course, but to show the importance of moments of joy to our well-being no matter what the external situation we are in. Unlike happiness or contentment, which can be ongoing feelings over time, joy is always a feeling in the moment.
Like, I’m writing this blog on solstice morning here in southeast Texas, USA, and the cardinals are going crazy with song out in the ash tree in my front yard. Joy is easily missed if we aren’t tuned in to the beauty in our living space. Is the sun shining through your window on this Saturday morning or afternoon (or evening if you are in the South Pacific), or are raindrops kissing your window panes? Watch, listen, feel. That’s what the sun calls us to do. It fuels the cycle of life every day (even when it’s not shining directly on us); feel the joy in that moment when its rays break through the clouds, or when it turns all red and purple as it gives way to the moon and stars in the evening.
Joy is now. Joy is connecting with the world in a happy moment of spontaneous dance or laughter. Stop now. No, stop and look up from the computer. Look, listen, feel for something around you that brings you joy….
Got it? Great! Don’t try to hang on to it, just let that little cosmic joy whisper pass through and energize you.
This blog hop, I’m going to leave you with a one-card “spread.” The question is: “What can bring me joy today?”
I drew the Eight of Pentacles, so I will find joy in being “in the zone” in whatever project I choose to work on today. I’ll capture that sense of “flow” while I’m crafting words or packing up for moving house later this summer. I’m excited!
No matter what card you draw, figure out the joy message in it and let me know in the comments how that is for you (this should be interesting!). Happy blog hopping!