One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to increase the amount of Mindfulness I spend each day. One of the exercises that I have been doing to increase Mindfulness is to meditate with this exciting deck that I haven’t had a real chance to play with much. Ann Maser and Cecil North created Pages of Shustah in the 1970s, to learn more about the Pages of Shustah visit Rev. Ken Foor blog for insights, or J. David Arcuri blog for a history on the oracle and example spreads.
This particular deck can be used for prophecy work, but for right now I am really just focusing on letting the images speak to me each morning to help me reflect and meditate on life in general. These cards speak to me in that manner. I wanted to share a couple of cards that I drew today.
(Y13) Angel of Autumn – (G8) The Journey – (G3) Unicorn
The Story I see: The Angel of Autumn has her body facing towards us as if she is in the present. There is a strong wind picking her hair and wings up. She looks radiant and her head is facing the direction of the wind. Its as if her mind is on the future. The Journey has a mountain that is prevalent (there are several mountainous landscaped cards in this deck), this particular one the road seems to be going up rather than down. I also see that the road is going through the mountain—straight through the middle as if there are no obstacles that can stop the journey. Every issue can be worked through and remedied. The Unicorn looks cautious maybe excited that she has escaped her pen. She seems ready to leap forward to the next page and start its next journey or “Page.”
There seems to be a common theme in these cards—movement towards the next step, phase, or chapter. The Angel Autumn is in the present, but has an eye to the future page. The Journey isn’t halted by a mountain but trudges forward, and The Unicorn has escaped its pen and looks with eagerness to jump into the next “Page.”
Manser and North have an accompanying text that goes hand-in-hand with these cards. The Angel of Autumn described this card as a mutable quality (the deck has many astrological association), in that it’s the third section of a project or relationship. Think maturity phase! This Page tends not to be stuck in the present, but is willing to adapt and accept change to move forward to the next project in preparation for that Cardinal type essence. Manser and North describe this card as having a feeling of self-confidence and not egotism. The Journey is described as moving forward into a new area. Meanwhile The Unicorn is a card speaks to alertness and subtle awareness.
The insight I gain from these cards is that while a project in my life is coming to maturity and closure, it’s not the end of the world. It might be disappointing, but there is a new journey and new opportunities that wait for me. However, I should take care not to leap into anything very sudden. Be aware and take the time to reflect and gradually ease into this new journey.
What do you see in these cards for you?