Definition: Maintaining something at a most favorable temperature or state for its growth; the gradual development in some interior environment, until fully formed; the act of keeping an organism, a cell, or cell culture in conditions favorable for growth and development.
When this card arises there may be something “brewing”. It may not be visible yet, for it is in its beginning phase. There may be alchemical stirrings of unconscious energies within you that are percolating and forming a new aspect of yourself for discovery, or a new creative project.
The incubation phase is an important part of how we grow, change and create. Jung refers to it as an alchemical process towards individuation. It can be a vulnerable time and how we move through this phase may be critical to what comes forth in our life. If we have difficulty being with ambiguity and uncertainty, we may push too soon and let what is incubating out into the world before it is fully formed. Opening the chrysalis of a butterfly in any part of its process may stunt its ability to fly. Yet, if we are fearful and too cautious and stay in the incubation period too long, what is to come forth may suffocate and never experience the joy of its birth and life.
When a woman is pregnant her body prepares a perfect environment within her womb. This period of incubation is accompanied by nesting urges, wherein the environment is prepared to receive the new child. When we incubate an idea, or project, it is important that we nurture the new growth. We must prepare ourselves and our world around us for the changes, and listen deeply to the small voice of what is incubating within.
Is there something brewing within you? Do you have a sense of something that needs changing? How do you honor your places of ambiguity? How do you nurture your changes when they are in their infancy
NOTE: Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. My only rule is that if I draw one that I have already written about, I draw another. In this way I am using the spirit of the cards themselves.
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