Our Divine Download for May 24, 2022 is Bast/Independent from the Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards with the message "Your independence is a foundation for your strength and success." Bast is the Egyptian goddess who is the daughter of the sun god Ra who transforms into a cat each night and embodies much feline type energy. Bast encourages us to be both independent, but also playful like the felines she so favors. Often we view independence as a burden rather than a blessing and in doing so we forget to have fun with our ability to be independent and those things which we are able to do and achieve independently. No one ever said that we can't have fun with and be light about those things which we do for ourselves! We don't have to reserve the energies of fun and enjoyment just for those moments in time when we happen to be with others or have an audience. Give yourself permission to play. This is a time to balance social interactions with solitude. You need both independence and also affection and playfulness in the companions in your life. It is okay for you to seek out the council and opinion of others, but do not fall into the habit of allowing others to make your decisions for you. Nurture your freedom and independence equally with your need for companionship and our own innate playful nature. Don't forget to ask for your needs to be met because part of being truly meaningfully independent is knowing when and being willing to address reaching out to others when you need their help in order to meet your needs.