Tuesday, March 5, 2013

3/6/13—Transcending Through a Hobby

Today's Draw: The Star in the Hobbies and Talents position from The Wild Unknown and the Deck of 1000 Spreads. What are your hobbies? How often do you partake in them? And how do they make you feel?

Tarot and this blog are hobbies of mine. 
We are all polyhedrons. Which is to say we are three-dimensional objects with many sides. There's the side of us that identifies with gender. The side that identifies with familial role. The side that identifies with our profession. Etc. And one of those sides is dedicated to hobbies and talents. 

Most people, I think, have hobbies. They may not always do them, but they have them. Maybe they like to do genealogy. Read history books. Collect tea cups. Quilt. Or, like me, maybe they're hobby fanatics, putting their grubby little paws in all sorts of things. 

The cool thing about hobbies is that there is literally something for everyone. And whatever it is you like to do, there's really no way to fail. Right? I can't think of a way. Because it's something you do for enjoyment. It's how you express your passions. 

What else in our lives do we have that we'll never really be judged at (unless we want to be); that holds no consequences if we do it poorly; that is entirely based upon our whims and timing; and that nobody else has input into? Hobbies and talents are purely our own. And they're so many and varied that you don't have to be "creative" or "smart" or anything else to have one. You can just be you. 

Cooking is one of my hobbies. 
The Star is shining its light upon hobbies today because they are also our own little fortresses of happiness and hope. They are the place we can turn to go inward, shut the rest of the world out and channel "the force". How many times have you been engrossed in a hobby and lost all sense of time and place? Pretty much every time, I'll bet. Well those moments of transcendence are mystical experiences. 

When people talk about meditation, out of body experiences, transcendence and channeling spirit, it's the same feeling as when you're engrossed in a hobby...that feeling where you lose all sense of time, space and form and you're in the zone. Stress melts away, you even out, and you emerge happier than when you went in. 

Stained glass is another hobby. 
When I talked about all the different facets of you up above, I think hobby time is that facet of you that is most your essential and divine self—even more so than, say, your spiritual side. Because your spiritual side is making an effort and your hobby side puts you there without effort. 

What this all comes down to is that today's reading is acknowledging that connection to the divine through the total focus of a hobby. It's telling us that, despite all the other facets you sometimes HAVE to be, the one that you WANT to be is the path to bliss. 

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