20 Decision G
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." Amelia Earhart
Wise decisions take feelings into consideration as well as the facts. Pay close attention to the energies around you and their motives. Be ready to take charge of the ship in uncertain times, and navigate through seas of emotions by trusting your experience, your compass, and the stars. Are you choosing based on your hopes, or your fears? "I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done." Lucille Ball
Understanding the choices you have made in the past will help you to see the present and future differently. Speak with a trusted listener who will reflect your words back to you and allow you to see your choices from a new perspective. Don't blindly accept advice, but do actively seek people with experience and listen to them with an open mind. Never lose sight of the long-term objective. As yourself "what am I afraid of?"
Bee (Air) Once the decision is made the work towards constructing the new reality can begin.
Cloud (Water) When the visibility is poor, decisions require a lot of trust and communication.
Lightning (Fire) The best plans are agile and adapt to sudden unexpected changes in the environment.
Star (Light) Focus on the people and inspirations that have proven themselves reliable.
Poison (Dark) Choose to distance yourself from bad habits. Commit to eliminating toxic forces.
Diamond (Earth) The strongest and most fulfilling path is one with the purest motive.
THE MAGIC SEAL
A captain on the deck of his ship is pondering a very difficult decision. The ocean is shaken by a tempest; gigantic waves are soaring over an ocean liner, they will send it to the bottom of the sea! The captain has to decide what do to: to risk his own ship in order to save the survivors, or sail away, saving his ship but leaving the shipwrecked to their destiny? In Decision I wanted to represent a morally difficult choice, one of those decisions that shapes our life. Decisions can be very important, because they can forge us, making us what we are, beware! :)
The ship we see in distress is the same one we see sinking in Death.
The video is focusing on showing the danger of the situation:
the ship is rolling side to side,
shaken by the waves,
seagulls crying in the sky,
flying away from the storm.
When we were looking at the three-part journey of the ship in Oracolarium, which begins in Beginning and ends in the ship sinking below the waves, we knew we wanted a master storyteller to guide the power of the story. We are deeply honoured that John Matthews collaborated with us to bring the Decision card to life. Every Decision that a person makes reveals their taste, their beliefs, their dreams, and even their fears. The captain of the ship must constantly assess the sea, the sky, the winds, the stars, and take difficult decisions to keep their ship on track.
Having produced over one hundred and thirty books on myth, faery, the Arthurian Legends and Grail Studies, as well as some of the worlds most powerful and beloved Tarot decks, short stories, a volume of poetry and several successful children’s books, John Matthews has devoted much of the past forty years to the study of Arthurian Traditions and myth in general. Nobody knows better the importance of the decisions each of us takes on our quest. We couldn't be more excited that such a wise and generous captain is at the helm of our ship through this ferocious tempest.
It begins with communication. We find ourselves at sea. Five short blasts on the ships horn is the signal for danger. The melody replies with a five-note motif. The timpani drum echoes five-beat phrases. All signs point to danger. The captain of the ship is going to have to make some critical decisions and soon. You can hear the waves breaking, and the ships engine pushing forwards. The epic orchestral ocean swells and crashes in tides and waves. We see another ship ahead struggling to escape the maelstrom. Our decisions, or lack thereof, will shape our future.
LINKS TO GO DEEPER
Enjoy the incredible insights of Sheena Iyengar's TED Talk: The art of choosing