When the Student Is Ready, the Sign Appears

In my previous post, I shared some insights on the Tarot card, the 4 of Cups. One of those insights was the idea that “signs” from the Divine are going to present themselves, so we’re being put on notice to pay attention.

There is a saying that we teach what we need to learn, so this post reflects something I learned from the experience of that aspect of the 4 of Cups.

As part of my daily spiritual practice, every morning, I pull a single Tarot card, asking the question, “What’s the one thing I need to know?”

Yesterday, using the Dore Great Bible Tarot, I pulled the 4 of Cups. Having many decks in my collection, some serve specific uses. Some are for readings, some for study; some are for public readings, others for my personal use. This particular deck is for my own personal readings and study, as it has a Christian bent to it, and my spiritual path is that of the New Thought Christian.

The 4 of Cups, from the Dore Great Bible Tarot.

The 4 of Cups, from the Dore Great Bible Tarot.

In looking at the image on the card, I was immediately drawn to the angel approaching the man sitting beneath the tree. For me, angels represent messengers of the Divine.

As I of took the image in, I first reflected on what I did right before going to bed the night before: I watched videos by Kyle Gray on YouTube. Kyle is a young man, based in Scotland, who is known as an angel whisperer/messenger/communicator/therapist, and has quite a following for his modern approach toward the angelic realm.

Then, I intuitively felt the prompt to pay attention today, that I would see a “sign” of some kind.

Shortly after, I had the thought to write a blog post about the card, but I wanted to use a deck that had a more traditional, or universally accepted, image of the 4 of Cups. And I decided on using the card from the Wizards Tarot.

While writing and publishing the post, something I’ve never seen before happened.

I was seated at a table in my consultation room, where I see and work with my clients. As I looked up from my laptop to the window directly before me, I saw a squirrel on the window’s ledge. The room is on the second floor of the building with no trees nearby, so seeing the squirrel on the ledge came as a surprise.

A squirrel at the window got my attention--and put me on notice.

A squirrel at the window got my attention–and put me on notice.

As I watched the squirrel, it began to move up, down, and all around the window. I have never in my life seen a squirrel attach itself to a glass window before. And there was no way I could miss it. Even if I had missed it moving along the ledge, the sounds it was making as it moved all over the window could not be denied. The squirrel wanted me to notice it—at the exact moment I was writing and posting about a card that spoke to me about paying attention for a sign that was coming.

Since I’ve been in the same place for the past 5 years, and this is the first time this has happened, I felt it was significant—unmistakable.

After several minutes of looking at one another, the squirrel was gone. And I was now left with wondering about this “sign.”

What could it mean?

I know many spiritual professionals who are in touch with the natural world—and I am not one of them. As I considered reaching out to one of my Shaman colleagues to give me the meaning of squirrel as an animal totem or spirit guide, I got another prompt.

This time, I was being encouraged to approach the experience as though it were a dream—a waking dream. Being a professional dream decoder, this was right up my alley.

Approaching the experience as a dream, there are two symbols: the squirrel and the window.

I started with the window, asking, “In my frame of reference, what does a window symbolize for me?” A window can represent my outlook, especially since I was in the room looking out the window. Looking out in front, or ahead, of me symbolizes the future—a possible “sign” of what’s to come.

Turning my attention to the squirrel, I asked the same question. When I think of a squirrel I think of gathering, as a squirrel gathers nuts. But the squirrel was “empty-handed.” Then I considered that squirrels prepare for the change in seasons, when fall becomes winter. There seemed to be something with that association—especially since it is fall now.

I then felt that the squirrel was a “sign,” a “message” for me that I’m in a time of preparation for something coming in the future. There’s a saying that came to mind about the window, in this regard: When a door closes, a window opens.

Also that a window can suggest a “window” of opportunity.

And I was being put on notice.

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About James Himm

James Himm Mitchell, the Dreamer and Visionary of LifePlan Coaching & Consulting, LLC, works as an intuitive life coach, with a focus on personal growth and development. His specialties are Dream Decoding, Oracles (Tarot, playing cards, and Lenormand), and Energy Medicine (Reiki), and he uses those modalities coaching individuals to create the tools and develop the strategies that transform their lives.
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