False Start, 2-card penalty?

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Hitting the Books:
Mystical Manga (left) – The World: The Fool’s quest has ended. Lessons have been learned, and the preparations for a new journey are on the horizon. Now is the time to bask a little – accept the compliments, acknowledge the accomplishments. Relish a little, you’ve earned it.

Wild Wood (middle) – The Shaman: However the new chapter in your life begins, you are in an emotional and intellectual position to bring forth real change in your life for the benefit of everyone.

Shadowscapes (right) – Four of Cups: Introspection to the point of being unaware of your surroundings. Not vanity, per se, but more getting lost in your head and not quite finding the quiet isolation needed for proper introspection.

Gut Check:
The Four of Cups pops up a lot for me, and it’s not surprising. I tend to get lost in my thoughts a lot – for better or worse. Sometimes it’s the reason I lose track of hours out of a day, other times it’s the culprit behind the desire to work on a thousand different projects. Shadowscapes likes to hound me about it, but it’s a Thing that’s been a Thing since I was old enough to remember having any Things to Thing about.

Which isn’t to say it’s not worth keeping in mind. With The World and The Shaman starting this off, today’s draw is about closing one chapter, and starting another.

I’m not sure personally what loose ends tied up in The World – I don’t feel particularly accomplished or have any recollection of really completing _anything_. I have gotten back into a routine I missed, and I did survive an incredibly rough Monday, my ducks may not be in a row, but they’re not squirrels at a rave, so that’s a start.

It’s possible, as The Shaman takes me by the hand to lead me through the woods, that my accomplishment is simply knowing what path I want to follow. It may be this wild teacher who has stepped into my way to guide me, but it’s me who put my foot down where our paths would intersect.

While the decision to do so doesn’t feel particularly conscious on my part, it’s still something that I did.

Ménage à Maybe:
I almost pulled three Mystical Manga cards today, instead of one from each of my “main” decks like normal. The more awake I get the more I think that’s what I should’ve done – not that I think how I did it was completely wrong – I just think it’s like 10 degrees off. It’s still close enough in the vicinity of Correct to be okay, but there’s some little details that aren’t quite right.

There’s this small nagging voice in the back of my head that’s telling me that Four of Cups isn’t a warning to be careful not to lose myself inside my head, so much as it’s the long-suffering sigh of a deck that’s just not into it today. Like Shadowscapes wanted to sleep in and how dare I even bother it for anything because if I had taken a look inward a little longer this morning, I never would’ve drawn anything except the Mystical Manga cards.

… Seriously.

Welp, I think you all are going to get two posts today, because I’m about to write up the one for Just the MM cards. I’ll let you decide which suits better ^_^

(Today’s second post can be found Here. )

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