12 of Water
Artist: Ravynne Phelan
Empathetic, Wise, Objective Advice, Trustworthy, Emotional Understanding, Clarity, Sharing
– A time of questions and mixed emotions
– Look beyond the words to the emotions
– Mixed or confused emotions
– Listen. Listen. HEAR
– Seek objective counsel
– An emotionally complex situation
– A lack of empathy
– An opportunity for understanding
– Be receptive not rejecting
– Are feelings preventing a resolution?
The Counsellor of Water represents one who stands high – an elder, advisor, or wise man or woman whom the king or queen calls upon to discuss their feelings regarding a situation or experience of concern. She, or he, is someone who is trusted; they are a caring, compassionate person, who will listen attentively, only interrupting the flow to ask a question if there is need.
Once the tale is told, the counsellor offers her thoughts in an objective manner. Her role is not to give instruction, but to present alternatives and insight that will help the seeker understand the thoughts and feelings that may be clouding their judgment.
She is an empathetic person, skilled at stepping outside of herself to look through the eyes of others. She never judges, and offers only compassion and the opportunity to understand the emotions at play. By asking the right questions, she helps people to come to their own conclusions about what feels right for them and how to proceed from that point.
When the Counsellor appears in a reading, she symbolizes a need to be empathetic and objective when dealing with emotionally complex situations. If you can, look beyond the words being spoken to see the emotions behind them. If you cannot, the Counsellor asks that you seek out the wisdom of someone who can.
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