pick a butterfly for the transformation potential of the solar eclipse

Pick a Butterfly for the Transformation Potential of the Solar Eclipse

pick a butterfly for the transformation potential of the solar eclipse

Happy Friday, curious hearts and mystical souls! I hope you are well despite… well, everything happening in the Heavens right now. I’m sure it hasn’t escaped anybody’s attention that we are in eclipse season. Nor will it have escaped anyone that we have a New Moon solar eclipse in Aries on Monday or the fact that we are currently in Mercury Retrograde. Because of the transformation theme inherent in an eclipse, we are going with a butterfly theme for this week’s pick-a-pile Tarot readings.

These perennial pick-a-pile Tarot readings are for whenever you happen upon them. They will bring you a message about the transformation that is relevant in your life right now. However, as always with general readings, only take that which resonates.

We are working with the Marigold Tarot for these readings.

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Butterfly Symbolism

Butterfly symbolism is rich and varied, and it extends across many cultures and philosophical systems. From a Jungian perspective, the butterfly often represents transformation and metamorphosis, reflecting the profound changes in the psyche. In the realm of psychoanalysis, Carl Jung saw the butterfly as a symbol of the process of individuation. Individuation is how an individual becomes aware of their inner self, distinct from the collective norms and values.

The lifecycle of the butterfly, from caterpillar to cocoon, and finally to flight, parallels the journey of the unconscious to conscious. It’s an emergence of the true self from the murky depths of the unexplored psyche. Jungian thought considers the potential for personal growth and rebirth an escape from the chrysalis of prior psychological constructs.

From an esoteric standpoint, butterflies embody the spiritual transformation that can occur within an individual. In many mystical traditions, the butterfly’s journey symbolises the soul’s progression from physical life through death and into the afterlife, or through the various stages of spiritual enlightenment. It is often associated with the immortality of the soul and its ability to persist and transform beyond material existence.

Soul Alchemy

In some esoteric systems, the butterfly represents the need to move with grace and lightness through various stages of spiritual development. Its delicate and seemingly effortless flight can denote the potential of elevating one’s mind above the mundane to attain higher wisdom and spiritual insight. This mirrors the alchemical process of spiritual transmutation. It’s the kind of soul alchemy that turns the base materials of our lives into spiritual gold.

Overall, the butterfly’s symbolism in both Jungian psychology and esoteric philosophy corresponds with evolving stages of self-realisation and enlightenment, from an unawakened state to one of full consciousness and spiritual awareness. It is a powerful symbol of the continuous journey of the human soul towards truth, understanding, and harmony with the cosmos.

A. White Butterfly

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1. Shadow Self – The Sun

The appearance of The Sun in this position is somewhat paradoxical. That’s because The Sun is traditionally associated with positivity, vitality, and success. In the context of your shadow self, it suggests that what may have been concealed or suppressed is not negative. Rather, it is an innate vibrancy and potential for joy that you’ve kept hidden. Why? Maybe you have done it out of fear of overshadowing others or drawing unwanted attention. The solar eclipse serves as a conduit, illuminating these buried parts of your bliss and potential. It urges you to embrace and shine with the full spectrum of your positive attributes.

2. Transitioning Phase – 8 of Pentacles

The 8 of Pentacles highlights a phase of diligent work and attention to detail. Just as the solar eclipse ushers in change, this card suggests that you are in the midst of a significant and industrious period of self-improvement and skill enhancement. The transition occurring in your life right now is characterised by a profound dedication to mastering your craft or profession. This period of meticulous effort and perseverance is essential to the transformation process. It is what ensures that when you come out on the other side, you’ll have honed your abilities and be prepared for the growth that awaits you.

3. The Emergent Self – Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands as your emergent self speaks to a powerful and charismatic presence that you will develop. Once the transformation is complete, expect to embody the Queen’s warmth, energy, and courage. As an inspiring leader, you will exude confidence and attract followers with your passion and zest for life. The transformation brought on by the eclipse will awaken an assertive yet nurturing aspect of your personality. This, in turn, will empower you to pursue your ambitions boldly and inspire others with your optimism and sheer force of will.

Reflect on these insights. Consider how the eclipse is not only a celestial event but also a personal invitation to embrace the hidden light within you, refine your skills, and ultimately, step into the role of an inspiring and vibrant leader.

B. Purple Butterfly

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1. Shadow Self – The World

In the shadow position, The World signifies a cycle in your life that has been left incomplete. Or perhaps a success that you have not yet allowed yourself to acknowledge or celebrate. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned or an experience to be fully realised that you’ve been avoiding. The eclipse calls upon you to close this chapter with gratitude and consciousness, integrating all the wisdom you’ve gained. It’s time to allow these hidden achievements and the sense of fulfilment they bring to emerge. Embark on a new journey with the entirety of your experience.

2. Transitioning Phase – Ace of Pentacles

The Ace of Pentacles illuminates a new opportunity for material growth and financial stability that is emerging during this transitional phase. The eclipse is inviting you to plant the seed for a new venture or perhaps a new pathway in work life. This period is marked by the possibility of laying down a firm foundation from which prosperity can grow. It’s a time of potential abundance. Hence, you need to ground your energy and take advantage of the tangible opportunities that are presenting themselves.

3. The Emergent Self – 4 of Swords

As your transformation concludes, the 4 of Swords indicates a period of rest, reflection, and mental recovery awaits you. After the eclipse/transformation phase, you are likely to find yourself in a peaceful state, stepping back to rejuvenate your spirit and mind. This momentary pause will be crucial for integrating the changes and realising the new sense of stability in your life. It suggests that the emergent self will have a more balanced approach to life’s stresses, employing wisdom and calm when faced with adversity, and understanding the importance of mental health and self-care in maintaining personal growth.

C. Blue Butterfly

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1. Shadow Self – Queen of Pentacles

The Queen of Pentacles in the position of the Shadow Self suggests that there is a part of you that has been underappreciated – the nurturing, resourceful provider within. You may have been downplaying your abilities to create comfort and stability. Alternatively, you may have been neglecting your own needs in the process of caring for others. This solar eclipse is revealing the importance of valuing your practical wisdom and the warmth of your generous spirit. It’s an invitation to acknowledge your capacity for creating abundance, not just for others, but for yourself as well.

2. Transitioning Phase – 3 of Pentacles

The 3 of Pentacles indicates a time of collaboration and recognition of expertise during this transition. As you move through eclipse season, you may find yourself working closely with others, fitting your unique skills into a larger puzzle. This card reminds you that your contributions are valuable and that teamwork will be a key component of your growth. The process you’re undergoing now involves learning from others, sharing knowledge, and building something greater together. It’s about finding your place within the community or team and excelling in it.

3. The Emergent Self – 7 of Wands

Emerging from eclipse season, the 7 of Wands points to a self that is assertive and unafraid of challenges. You will have developed the strength to stand your ground and defend your position against opposition. This period may have tested your resolve, but it will result in a newfound courage to tackle obstacles and assert yourself with confidence. The 7 of Wands embodies the resilience and internal fortitude that you have built, enabling you to triumph in the face of adversity and maintain your integrity.

Consider how these cards reflect the internal shifts taking place within you. The eclipse is not just an external occurrence but also a profound inner journey leading to greater self-awareness and a fortified spirit. Embrace this period as an opportunity to recognise the richness of your inner resources, collaborate constructively with those around you, and prepare to stand tall with the strength you’ve cultivated.

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