Definition: A developmental process; to develop or come to a promising stage; to extend or stretch out from a folded state; movement.
When we are unfolding, we are in a process of becoming – a process that has its own pattern of development unique to every life form. All things are evolving according to their nature. We can assist the process to some degree – mostly by assuring that our environment is at its most conducive to this unfolding.
When a fern emerges from the earth, you can see, in the coiled fiddlehead, the fern that it is to become; its wholeness is compacted into a tight coil. In this tightly wound fiddlehead we know and can see that the process of coming to maturation is underway.
The Unfolding card is about movement and the energy of things developing according to their unique design. All things have stages of unfolding, be it a creative project, a relationship, or an emotional process such as takes place during grief and loss. Sometimes it is difficult to trust that things are working out as they “should”, particularly when there is no tangible evidence, and there is no way of seeing the trajectory.
When this card has been drawn it may be a confirmation that things are evolving in the way they need to. This can be a reassurance and a reminder to trust the process, and hold the space. Sometimes we can do damage to the natural growth of something by attempting to artificially speed up the process. The fiddlehead cannot unfurl faster than it can, to push it would be to damage the life that is to become. Sometimes we perceive slow growth as “bad” when it is simply a process of unfolding.
Some questions that may be helpful when this card arises are: Where do I need to honor a process in my life? What is unfolding at this moment? Am I trying to hasten a process? How can I relax into the knowing that things are unfolding just as they should? What would it be like to be more in the flow and movement of life?
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
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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