We in the Pagan Community talk about following the signs of the universe around us. When we refer to that general subject, what we often have in mind is a specific litany of concepts, like tarot cards, the birds that happened to cross our paths lately, or the dreams that we had last night. We interpret these signs and symbols in various ways, wondering how thoroughly correct this or that prediction might prove to be.
When we interpret these, sometimes we’re trying to find the happily-ever-after that’s been alluding us. Sometimes we’re trying to nail down exactly where the pitfalls are, so that we can sidestep them. I’ve heard people try to nail down when something bad with their work, their lover, or their car might happen, so they might have a chance to plan ahead or even avoid it. For me, I often experience time out of order, something I refer to as “premembering.” I’ve finally gotten good at really nailing down whether or not it’s a memory – that was the hard part. It feels like a normal memory. However, in practice it’s a matter of discerning if I’ve actually experienced the thing that I suddenly remember when looking at a picture, hearing a phrase, or smelling that specific scent. Sometimes it was when I was a child. Sometimes I remember feeling sore and old, though, and a feel of time having passed. Or I can kind of hear a baby crying in the distance, and a new mom nearby trying to soothe it. Either it has happened already, or those items are something that have not occurred yet in my world, but might.
There has often been a conversational topic passed back and forth of “Would you want to know when you’re going to die?” Me, personally – I’d rather be prepared. Many people wouldn’t! And yet many of the bad things we can predict in our lives are not necessarily dark, they don’t hint at the reader being drawn to negativity, and in fact they can be used to prevent disaster. One night when I was driving, I had a feeling that someone might pull out into the intersection near my house without looking, and get hit. My response was to pray on the subject, trying to shift the energies away from that probability until I felt a real solution. When I headed back from the grocery store, I personally had a car pull out almost directly into my car! Luckily, it hesitated just like I’d seen in my corrected vision. It couldn’t have been more clearly what I had tried to correct the situation to. And I managed to accidentally help myself!
The reason this came up for me tonight is because we have odd blessings & signs in our world, quite often. In my case, I’m sick right now. Or rather, I’m fighting a cold, and colds tend to wreck my allergy-ridden body in terrible ways. It’s just not healthy. However, my becoming sick reminded me to stop for a while, instead of launching right back into things headlong after vacation. It reminded me to drink juice, take vitamins, and supplement my body’s needs. It forced me to stop and spend time covered in children and animals who wanted to comfort me, and wanted to comfort themselves. It helped me, basically, to do what I needed to do for myself, even if I technically didn’t want to.
When we are reading signs, guidances in our lives, we often forget the mundane items as though they are not relevant, or couldn’t possibly be spiritual. And yet for me, every time I get sick it is a reminder to pay attention to the things in my life that matter, that make me feel more whole. Every time that something as blasé as a sore throat pops up on my radar I try to fix it by fixing what was wrong in my life that week.
You have no idea how rewarding it can be, taking sickness on with the positive application of listening to my body’s needs. I don’t punish myself for the rest I need, but rather allow myself to enjoy the time off that I need anyway. I feel like a better person after I’ve healed, and once I feel rested I even enjoy catching up on my work! So I don’t have to feel as bad! About feeling bad…which would be far more funny if it weren’t true for so many of us.
When it comes to interpreting signs, we never entirely know the difference between interpreting clouds or misreading chemtrails. But I have discovered a couple of interesting points. Either you believe in synchronicity, or you don’t. So anyone running into you, even if it’s because you both happened to be on the same committee and didn’t know it, doesn’t mean it’s not important! Take the meaning you can find in life, or don’t worry about it. But if you pick and choose too closely… You might lose out on some of life’s mystery.
At the same time, though, life goes on whether or not you’re too distracted to notice. Missing some indication or another – everyone’s run a stop sign at some point in their life. Or simply bumped into someone in a crowd. There’s no way to be perfect all the time, and the world will not end if you aren’t! If you are trying to tell the difference between a pile of garbage that looks suspiciously like someone’s outline, versus a garbage bag your kid accidentally tore on the way to the dumpster, you’re going to be sorting beans for the next hundred years.
So basically, don’t hesitate to take the lessons in your life that seem the most relevant, the most important – and the most helpful! What’s wrong with a life constantly full of meaning? Part of the point of living is to try to do it the best for you. I’m not saying to eat the world in the process, but don’t hesitate to give yourself a leg up. That’s the nature of life, after all. And it certainly helps sustain that whole “life” thing for a little bit longer.