My Wednesday afternoon book club is reading The Power of Receiving by Amanda Owen, a very insightful woman.
There are only 3 women in our book club, which we lovingly call “Wise Women Wednesdays.” Okay, maybe the name is a bit lofty, but those two are ~ truly ~ wise women. It’s the highlight of my week because of the wonderful conversation and, well, because I’ve really grown to love those two. They keep me sane in my little tiny town.
There’s lots of story-telling and we (almost) always have a thought-provoking book to discuss. I belonged to another book club in town briefly, but the books weren’t always appealing to me so I’d wind up not reading them and then didn’t want to go to the meetings because I didn’t want to look like a dimwit. When I explained this to the woman who started that book club about 30 years ago, she said, “Honey, reading the book is the absolute LAST reason to come to book club!” (Isn’t that a fab Gemini thingy?)
We’re loving The Power of Receiving and the deep conversations it has elicited. We’re also discovering quite a bit of interesting things about ourselves ~ not that we didn’t know these things, but we’re viewing them from a different perspective. The question of all questions ~ Why? ~ is becoming clearer. (And that’s another fab Gemini thing.)
One of the standout lines I remember from Amanda’s book is “Receive everything—decide later.”
I’m working with The Bright Idea Deck by Mark McElroy for the month of June. It’s a new deck for me, and it’s quite innovative, which makes each card really fresh. So, last Saturday when the Ace of Pentacles turned up, Amanda’s wise words came to mind. Here was the perfect card for one of my favorite lines in the book. How many gifts are presented to us that we think we can’t or we don’t/won’t accept? I love that this card shows a woman opening a present, with all the earth symbols grounded at her feet, to manifest the gifts.
- Dot No. 1 ~ that memorable line from Amanda’s book that stays in my mind.
- Dot No. 2 ~ The Ace of Pentacles—Receiving from a deck I haven’t worked with before.
- Gemini is the line that connects the two.
That’s what Gemini does ~ connects the dots from its random learning and turns them into knowing, changes random stars into constellations, creating something new and meaningful that can be put to good use in the future. Now, whenever I pull this particular card from The Bright Idea Deck, an entire book will flood into my memory as I ponder what I might be receiving or blocking.
Plus! I now have a “show and tell” for book club.