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Taking the Dispassionate View ~ Tarot for Aug 24, 2016

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I love it when my three favorite cards show up in a reading! The 2 of Swords, The High Priestess, and the Queen of Swords appear in a three-card spread showing influences for today. I’m using the Robin Wood Tarot for today’s reading. It has a Celtic or Druidic feel to it that I like.

Today is special because it happens to be my oldest son’s thirty-sixth birthday. 36 reduces to 9. An ending in preparation for a new beginning or a fulfillment of some kind. He just celebrated his first wedding anniversary and recently purchased a home, so lots of new beginnings there for the two of them.

There’s a preponderance of Swords in the reading dealing with our intellectual presence in the world. Sometimes swords also indicates mental or intellectual challenges or conflict that we might face and with the 2 of Swords present, it may mean that a decision must be made.

What’s interesting, however, are the colors used in all three cards. Blues dominate all three cards, with the balance between what’s known and what’s hidden depicted with The High Priestess. The full moon is visible in front of dissipating clouds; white and black trees stand to either side of the Priestess. Her dark hair flowing, reflecting the moon’s light, a moon adorning her headdress. She holds her grimoire in her left hand indicating wisdom and knowing, and a crystal ball in her right suggesting awareness through divination. The second card of the Major Arcana, the numerology of The High Priestess represents duality and balance.

Returning to the 2 of Swords and the Queen of Swords which surround our High Priestess, a woman resembling The High Priestess sits blindfolded, water churning around her, holding two swords in balance, the light of the moon glistening off both blades. The clouds are clearing with the Moon behind her in Libra suggesting peace after conflict. She sits in balance, taking the dispassionate view, remaining in alignment. Again the two represents balance and duality.

The Queen of Swords stands looking out over the land, her sword in her right hand, her blue robe flowing, adorned by butterflies, birds, and clouds. Her sword is held in an upward position, indicating new thought or new ideas forming. The rays of the sun peek out from the dissipating clouds providing the Queen with clarity of thought and purpose. The Queen is well-prepared for the future. Roses grow at her feet, suggesting her future is filled with beauty and grace.

I love the 2 of Swords in any deck, but in the Robin Wood tarot deck it has so much going on and the colors used help depict the woman’s inner focus and strength. She remains in control despite the chaos which surrounds her. Through wisdom and grace, The High Priestess moves past the chaos and blending intellect with intuition, she both researches and intuits her way forward. The Queen of Swords takes what she’s learned from both 2 cards (they reduce to 4) with the structure necessary to greet whatever comes. If the Court cards were numbered, the Queen would be a 13, or 4 when reduced, the same as the other two when reduced. Together they add to 8, indicating strength and progress.

Although more than one card from the suit of Swords can indicate conflict or aggression, it can also indicate an intensity of motion. And with the churning waters from the 2 of Swords, it feels like much is happening. But as anyone can see, the woman’s aligned focus keeps her centered enough that she can discern what’s important and leave the rest, a positive outcome seen in the Queen of Swords assured, particularly when looking at the numerology of the reading.

So allow your new ideas and projects to gel a bit and then move forward with them. Embrace the newness of it all and know that you’re ready for anything.

Blessed Be

 

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A Witch Needs No Explanation

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White versus Grey versus Black. Last time I looked, a witch needs no explanation. Look, I understand identifying with a title that references your tradition. I identify with Druidry, Hedgewitchery, and the Völur. Typically I call myself a Hedgewitch if I’m pressed to define myself. But I don’t identify with white, black or grey, although the way other witches define grey probably covers Hedgewitchery.

White apparently indicates purity or positive-oriented magick, black the dark arts, and grey a hodgepodge of whatever you want. And it’s not that I necessarily think a color reference is any different than any other title, but that it feels like a judgment is associated with it which leaves me uncomfortable. So I have to ask, why would any of us define ourselves as white, black, grey, or any other color of the rainbow? Is it a statement? If so, to whom?

If we define ourselves as white witches, are we doing so to make others more comfortable with who we are? Or is it to make ourselves more comfortable with who we are? Is it to let others know the type of magick we perform? Because if so, why on earth would we ever tell them that? I seem to remember to keep silence (some say to keep silent) as one of the four powers of the witch and I would think it might apply here. And again, do we want others to know this so that they approve of us somehow?

I realize that it wasn’t so long ago that witches were persecuted and that it still goes on today. So a little discretion might still be in order. But for me, living in truth is more important than creating a moniker that makes others comfortable, so identifying as white, black, or grey wouldn’t work for me. Well, maybe grey. But it would still feel weird to do so.

I don’t mean to pick on white witches here but the dark arts witches seem to deal well with who they are as do the grey witches. And maybe the white witches do as well, but every time I hear someone refer to themselves that way, I immediately wonder why. I can’t help it. Although it’s actually none of my business what other witches call themselves, I typically decide that it’s because it resonates somehow, but I still wonder.

The last thing witches should do is respond or present themselves in a way that gives credence to fear-based viewpoints. I have to wonder if witches unwittingly do this when they self-identify as a white witch.

It would be nice if no one had to send any message that they’re okay to be around, witches in particular. Whether the magick we perform is all love and light, or it embraces the darker aspects of our craft, it’s all just energy that we move or affect with our intention. We might have various purposes that differ and some witches may engage in various levels of control when circumstances warrant, but in my opinion at no time should we make any of it palatable to others.

We’re witches after all. NO explanation necessary.

Blessed Be

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Goddess Power Within: Thoth Tarot Aug 22, 2016

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Aleister Crowley created the Thoth Tarot and when he did so he changed the order and a couple of Major Arcana card names. Strength became card number 11 and renamed Lust and Justice became card number 8 and renamed Adjustment. In today’s three card spread, it seems we have a choice to make. Focus on the pain and negativity of the physical world, or embrace our Goddess within and choose a more balanced energy flow.

Beginning with the numerology of the reading, we have 9, 2, and 11. The number 11 is a master number prophetic in nature representing instinct, intuition, and faith and is one we don’t reduce any further, although if we did it would reduce to 2 or balanced polarity. It’s interesting that 9 and 2 add up to 11. Balance will be key in this reading.

A card of Leo, Lust is an expression of loving power. On it we see a woman, naked and in control of the many-faced lion. She is the catalytic force that holds together the universe. She symbolizes purity and our return to awakening and consciousness. She represents our inner strength and fortitude. She is the Goddess as our genesis and it is to her we return.

The 9 of Swords and the 2 of Cups couldn’t be more opposite. The 9 is pure agony and the 2 overflows with abundance and love. Sword represents our reason and intellect. The issue with the suit of Swords, a card of Elemental Air, is that we can’t let our intellect overshadow our alignment with Source Presence. Thinking tends to give way to judgment, no matter how hard we try to stay objective and we can really get ourselves into trouble when we overthink. Negative thought gives way to negative emotions and before you know it, we’re an emotional mess.

The 9 swords are dripping the blood of perception, their points facing downward into physical presence. We’ve made too much of something and we’ve gone as far as we can with it, perhaps too far. A card of Mars in Gemini, the projective energy expressed by Mars along with the superficial influence of Gemini, leaves a feeling of reason run amok as we become our worst enemy.

Elemental Water governs the suit of Cups. Its energy is flowing and abundant. A departure from the suit of Swords, the challenge of Cups as with any of the suits is to remain in balance, not allowing our emotions to control our choices. And yet, this is precisely how we know when we’re not aligned in Source Presence, when our emotional state is anything other than joyous.

The 2 of Cups is a card of Venus in Cancer, two signs reflecting our emotional presence. The colors chosen by Lady Frieda Harris when designing Crowley’s deck suggest influences that are smooth, calm, and flowing. Balance is achieved with the 2 of Cups, our polarity of Self reflected in its flowing nature. All things flow from our Source Presence represented by the top lotus blossom. Source Energy flows downward into physical form combining and blending energy in the second lotus blossom. Finally, Source Energy moves into the creation of form, balanced and loving. It’s up to us to maintain that balance.

Which is where we come full circle to the only card from the Major Arcana (still not using the T word, #ImWithHer after all, and he appears certifiable). Lust is our genesis, our Mother Gaia, our Goddess Presence, and unto Her do we return. But it’s not a return after a lifetime lived, but a return to awareness of our Source Presence. We always have the ability to realign with who we are.

After all, we never stop our focus into physical presence, into these bodies we inhabit. It’s not like we’re plopped out like an egg and left to fend for ourselves until we die and then we become one with the Creator. We’re one now. That reality never ends. And this is the point of today’s reading. We’re to maintain our alignment with our own Source Presence while we experience life in physical form. We can choose a focus that results in all sorts of chaos illustrated by the 9 of Sword when our minds get the better of us, or we can choose the flowing abundance of the 2 of Cups and effortless align with the flow of Source Presence.

True duality is that of physical versus nonphysical presence. If we make physical presence too real and forget that we’re just here to have a good time, then we manifest that duality in our daily lives instead of leaving it where it belongs. Then the chaos the mind is more than capable of takes over and we’re off and running, blood dripping from the swords we wield.

Stay in the loving flow of Source Presence, embrace Goddess power within, and see all through Source Vision. Become the genesis of your reality and extend that loving presence to all.

Blessed Be

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Full Moon Runecasting: Embracing the Truth of Self

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In today’s full moon runecasting I drew Eihwaz, Berkano, and Laguz, three runes that represent all Elements. Eihwaz embodies both Air and Fire as the rune of paradox and the connection between opposites. It’s our link between the nonphysical and physical realms and our magick is transformed by Eihwaz. It’s a wonderful rune to include when riding the hedge or shamanic journeying. The journeying bindrune at the top of the divination altar incorporates Eihwaz along with Sowilo and Ehwaz.

Berkano, an Earth rune, brings both healing and fertility influences to the divination. With Berkano, energy is brought to fruition, invoking Earth energies to bring something into being. It’s calming influence protects and ensures security and represents motherhood and femininity.

Finally, Laguz, a rune of Elemental Water, instructs us to go with the flow, letting our intuition guide us. As the rune of the Occult, Laguz allows us to gather energies to be expressed in magick. It’s power lies in its expression of balance as it controls lunar tide energies which can both create and destroy. Laguz is among the runes associated with witches and drawing it on the Full Moon brings additional energies to bear.

The runes fall into the second and third Aetts concerning psychological principles and universal laws. We focus into physical form as nonphysical aspects of Source Energy. That never changes. What matters in the broader scheme of things is how we see our existence in form. Are we the form we take, or are are still Source Energy? Runes and Tarot typically are interpreted from the standpoint of physical form. I prefer to look at the interpretation from the standpoint of Source Presence.

The only true expression of duality we experience is that of physical versus nonphysical aspects of Self. Anything else is just us manifesting that notion into other judgmental expressions (good/bad, light/dark, us/them, new/old). In truth, everything just is.

Eihwaz, from the second Aett, then teaches us to blend our dual nature, learning to either move around the obstacles we encounter or to use them to our advantage. But the main idea is to keep the connection with our nonphysical aspect of Self alive in our awareness so that we make real that which supports this truth.

Berkano and Laguz are both from the third Aett and emerge from the basic reality that we’re extensions of Source Energy. We create our reality with the energies of Berkano, full of life, love, and Goddess presence. Laguz teaches us to let our inner voice guide our path for its awareness comes from our own Source Presence. Irrespective of what the world around us looks like, we create our reality, and learning how to move around in a more observational mode makes more sense than reacting to everything we see. We retain the control of Self as opposed to reacting in egoic judgment, resulting in a happier existence.

The numerology of the runecasting is 13, 18, and 21. Since none are Master numbers, although I was born on the 13th and it comes up all the time for me and sure feels like a Master number, I’ll go ahead and add them up and see what I get. Added together I arrive at 52 which then reduces to 7, the number of magick! Well that’s cool! Nothing’s better than a 7 on a Full Moon! Seven also means perfection and the eternal, so it’s a little more involved than simply magick, but it’s relevant nonetheless.

We’re stronger than we realize. As Source Energy, we have the power to create any reality we choose. So do we continue down the path of conflict, or do we stand apart, viewing everyone and everything with Source Vision? It requires a whole bunch of Laguz energy as we learn to go with the flow, and not stop every five seconds to judge something or someone.

We’re here to expand our experience and awareness without losing sight of who we are. It’s just that most of us don’t realize who that is. We’re taught as children that God exists outside of us, and that we’re to acquire spiritual attributes so that we land in heaven when when we die. Except that’s not the case at all. God or Source doesn’t exist outside of us. It IS us. All that happened is that Source or God extended Itself as All That Is resulting in the universe surrounding us and US as well. We have the power to move past anything that’s keeping us from uniting as one family. That disunity is based upon the illusion of separation and it’s what gets us into so much conflict.

The disunity is unnecessary and prevents us from coming together as one. Perhaps this Full Moon will shine the light of oneness upon all of us, energizing us with the truth of our Source Presence.

We are all powerful, and all loving, and we are all one. Let this Full Moon awaken us to that truth.

Blessed Be

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When Truth Matters Not

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I’m surrounded by liars. When truth matters not, liars live their lives by whatever gets them through the moment. And they care nothing about the impact of their lies on others. Oh they can be told of their impact, but they all give that deer in the headlights look. You know the one. Where they look at you expressionless as if they have no clue when in reality they’re only trying to come up with another lie.

The election is fraught with lies. The lies told about Hillary began years ago. I guess those in the position to fabricate all of this nonsense could see the threat she would become so they began demeaning and lying about her early on. The crazy man running against her just has to speak and he’s his own undoing. He lies constantly and still got the nomination. But that’s a reflection of the lack or moral compass that seems to have settled in and taken root.

The DEA has once again decided that lies are more important than truth and they’re continuing the Schedule 1 classification of cannabis. Most activists are telling them to talk to the hand and have even put it in a hashtag which of course I’m using. As long as the government holds Patent No. 6630507 they can go fuck themselves as far as I’m concerned. As a patient who has healed using cannabis, this decision, although not exactly surprising, is insulting to all of us who have done so. So we all know what this is about. Money. Profit. What it’s never about is the health of any of us.

As an empath, I really struggle around people who lie. I’m not talking about people who are simply guarded and private. I’m referring to people who look me in the eye and lie through their teeth. These people take creating the reality they see to a destructive level. I know that it’s happening, but sometimes they’re so adept at lying that I’m not always sure that’s what I’m sensing.

I tend to give others the benefit of the doubt. I know a woman who lied directly to me, and I knew her energy had shifted when she did it, but I wondered if it was just that she was in a new setting and was a little uncomfortable. Over the course of the last eight years or so, she has behaved in such a vile fashion toward me, but again, I gave her the benefit of the doubt and assumed it was a personality clash.

And then I found out the truth. And it was worse than I ever thought. As it turned out she was lying, not just to me, but to others as well. But then fraud is like that. All because truth mattered not.

But it strikes me how what happens on a personal level extends to our community at large. When truth matters not, people make it up as they go along, pulling whatever they need out of their asses, all with an innocent countenance. It’s disgusting to watch and even more so to experience. I can tell you when I found out this woman had lied to me, I felt so foolish. I knew all along that something was terribly wrong with this woman, but I didn’t listen to my inner sense of things and look further. Instead, I waited until doing something about it relied on others, some of whom seem just as morally bankrupt as this woman. So time will tell how her bullshit will find its remedy.

It’s critical to listen to one’s inner voice, particularly when that voice screams inside you the way it does for me. And particularly today, when so many in positions of power over us lie so easily. And it’s sad that we all have to worry about this now. But clearly we do. And for proof, just turn on the news, where we’re inundated with so-called pundits who can’t even seem to give praise to the women athletes competing at the Olympics who win without referencing their husbands or boyfriends, or suggesting that Simone Biles’ grandparents who adopted her are not her parents.

We all know better than this. Truth matters. Respect matters. Lots to think about during Full Moon ritual tomorrow. And with that..

Blessed Goddess

As the Full Sturgeon Moon begins your Maiden expression tonight, as we draw down your fullness as Mother tomorrow, allow us to embrace wisdom gained as your Crone aspect follows.

Allow us to listen to our inner wisdom, our knowing, our awareness of Self.

Allow us to raise our frequency, our vibration, stepping aside from the egoic expression of the physical realm.

And allow blessings to flow freely to all as we embrace our truth, willingly and lovingly.

We are, so blessed be.

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Balance Between Knowing and Keeping Our Silence: a Runecasting

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Eihwaz, Othala, and Laguz, runes from Elemental Air/Fire, Earth, and Water, make up today’s runecasting so all Elemental influences are present. The bindrune above blends energies of Ansuz, Tiwaz, Gebo, and Dagaz for clarity, strength, balanced energy exchange, and enlightenment. I like to include bindrunes to provide the underlying energy for the runecasting.

Eihwaz as the rune of paradox reflects the connection between opposites acting as a link between the physical and nonphysical realms. It’s one of the runes that embodies more than one Elemental influence with both Air and Fire as its Elements. It’s a rune that is useful in trance work, astral travel, and hedge riding. Eihwaz represents the strength of the Yew tree as it increases our personal power and endurance with Air increasing the intensity of Fire. Eihwaz is useful in addressing challenges and removing obstacles and helps us attain our objectives. It’s alignment brings stillness resulting in knowing what’s hidden.

Othala brings energies of the Akash or ancestry into our awareness. As the rune of sacred space, Othala’s Earth influence restores balance between order and chaos. It’s said that Othala contains the energies of all runes from the Elder Futhark, but most specifically it takes the balanced energy exchange of Gebo and combines it with sudden burst of energy from Inguz. Othala is our genetic inheritence, our ancestral traditions, and reflects the wisdom of the Crone.

We’re purified and cleansed with Laguz, a rune of Elemental Water. The rune of the occult, Laguz strengthens our intuition, clairsentience, and life force. A Lunar rune, Laguz holds the same power and influence as does the Moon over the tides as it gathers energies together, strengthening the witch’s will. Drawing down the moon energy is in play when Laguz appears in a reading, giving the witch access to the dream realm. In short, Laguz represents our state of emotional balance.

The numerology of the runecasting is 13, 21, and 23 respectively. Added together we arrive at 57 which reduces from there to 12, and from there, 3. Three reflects the fundamental balance between Mother, Father, and child. It’s the structure of the triangle from which everything else flows. The number three reflects the Divine, the Triple Goddess, past/present/future, sigils including Valknut and Awen, and of course the Three Norns of Fate.

So if we take balance as the theme of this runecasting, it would tell us to stand back and reflect before acting, using wisdom gained from our Akash to bring us the perspective needed to fully assess the situation at hand. Our intuition will guide us forward if we stay aligned, keeping our emotions in check. With all four Elemental influences present, we have their support in staying the course.

We’re in an odd time right now. Deception and vested interest seem to be the theme of the day. Laguz tells us to listen to our inner voice and to act with purity and grace. Observe, rather than engage, and all that’s hidden will be revealed. Othala gives us the balance as well as the energy needed when action is necessary, but we need to employ the wisdom of the Crone as we choose our battles wisely. We don’t have to become involved in everything that comes our way.

Sometimes our greatest power in found in the balance between knowing and keeping our silence. The bindrune reflects that notion as its outward flow of strength is balanced with the inward flow of clarity, with enlightenment as its genesis.

Blessings to all!

~ Jan

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The Sounds of Healing

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Sound resonates through me so I’ve always loved music. Whether it’s a full orchestral arrangement or a beautiful guitar solo, all music envelops me. And sometimes I’m not sure where the sound begins and I end.

I taught myself how to play the guitar when I was a child, ultimately receiving a Martin D-28 for Christmas when I was fourteen. I loved that guitar, but I eventually gave it to my youngest son as a college graduation gift. Self-taught as well, he plays far better than I ever did and I don’t regret giving it to him.

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Pineal activation

I recently purchased a small tuning fork for pineal gland activation. The idea is that you strike the fork on what looks remarkably like a hockey puck and then hold it slightly away from your pineal gland and feel its resonance. It’s interesting and I liked it. My husband really likes working on his own pineal gland for shamanic journeying and was excited about sound therapy so, of course, I bought some more tuning forks.

I decided immediately that I would utilize them while performing Reiki. Sound healing has been used successfully in many healing settings for years and I’ve always wanted to explore its use. My husband has lower back issues and the forks when applied to his lower back give him relief from the pain he experiences. I have a knuckle on my right middle finger that was damaged by a customer at my former business who decided it was appropriate to crush my hand when he shook it one day. He knew I had rheumatoid arthritis and he could clearly see my hands were swollen, but it was evidently more important to hurt me. Assholes are like that. This happened back in September 2007, and as of this writing, my knuckle is still swollen with nodules surrounding it.

Any attempt by doctors to inject the finger have been largely unsuccessful so I thought I’d try my weighted Ohm tuning fork on the knuckle, and to my delight, I’ve had some success. My doctor can’t actually drain the nodules, so I’m hoping that the sound frequency put forth by the Ohm tuner will break them up. Time will tell, but so far I’m encouraged.

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Weighted Ohm Tuners

There are two types of tuning forks used in healing: weighted and unweighted. Regardless of type, the forks are cut to a specific frequency or hertz rating. The Ohm fork, for example, is tuned to 136.10Hz, the frequency of Earth. I also bought a low-Ohm fork that resonates at 68.05Hz. I have yet to purchase the 128 tuner, but that’s next. The weighted forks are for placement on meridians and trigger points and can be used together or individually.

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Body Tuners C/G

Unweighted tuning forks are used over the body for chakra and other energy balancing. I purchased a body tuner set as well as a full chakra set and I just love them! The body tuner set is really nice because one is tuned to C-256Hz and the other to G-384Hz and when held up to each ear, they create a perfect fifth and are said to balance yin and yang energies. I plan to use them to begin and end a Reiki session. The blended sound they emit is so relaxing.

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Crystal and Moon Tuners

I also purchased an unweighted crystal tuner as well as a planetary tuning fork having the frequency of the Moon for balancing emotions. I like the idea of using crystals in healing and after activating the crystal, the crystal tuner sends its sound frequency through the crystal and into the body. So of course I added a couple of more crystals to my existing ones I’ll use for this type of healing.

Needless to say, my husband is thrilled. He loves his Reiki sessions and he’s also quite taken with the sound therapy. The crystal healing is an added bonus! Reiki blends so well with other treatment modalities. All we are is a frequency, so it makes sense that we balance and heal ourselves using the same.

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Chakra Tuning Set

There are more unweighted tuning forks to try but I think I have enough to start with. As time goes on I’ll post my results. But all things considered, I really like using tuning forks. My mood is better, I have more energy, and I feel more aligned. And who knows? With daily use on my finger, maybe my finger will stop bending to the right and straighten back up. It’s on my dominate hand and it affects my flipping off ability and these days, Goddess knows a Crone needs options.

~Blessings!

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A Little Honesty Would Have Been Nice

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Apparently the federal government is not yet ready to remove cannabis from the Federal Drug Register. NORML is reporting that the Feds aren’t going to reschedule cannabis after all. Never mind that a profit motive put it there, because it was never about truth. I guess they’re going to allow universities to “study” it now. As if that’s never happened in kitchens across this country, or in Israel and other countries around the world. Evidently Americans aren’t capable of using cannabis responsibly, whatever that means. At least not without years and years of “acceptable” research.

You’d think cannabis would be illegal because it’s dangerous and addictive. But all the hysteria surrounding cannabis’s so-called addictive nature was founded on a lie. Cannabis isn’t addictive, nor is it dangerous. It is, however, the source of healing for all sorts of people, myself included.

Cannabis is an effective treatment for autoimmune disorders (rheumatoid arthritis in my case), epilepsy, diabetes, pain, PTSD, cancer, and any number of other conditions that arise when our endocannabinoid systems have nothing to interact with. Our receptors need the cannabinoids found in cannabis so that our bodies can handle the stresses of daily life that all too often result in chronic illness. When the cannabinoid receptors are firing properly our bodies are healthy, when they’re not, illness results. So it would seem the issue is a simple one:

The government has lost its mind and still cannot find it.

It’s embarrassing, really, to think that we have some of the most intelligent people in the world working for our government yet the truth is still not important in the final analysis. Instead people are still arrested for a plant that heals. But then there’s no money in health, only chronic illness, because truth is irrelevant when profits are at stake. I mean, if we actually stopped locking people up for cannabis, we’d certainly see a reduction in the prison population, a job-killer for sure, so we can’t have that. What on earth would all those private prisons do without potheads taking up space?

CNN did an excellent three-part documentary series called Weed with Sanjay Gupta, but I guess a brain surgeon’s investigation isn’t enough to sway the DEA. Various states have legalized the recreational use of cannabis, my state included, and others have legalized medical cannabis use. I think half the country or better has done one or both. Every poll I hear about says that the majority of Americans believe cannabis should be legal, so how is it that the DEA can override respected scientists and the majority of citizens who want legal cannabis? They look like fools.

If alcohol and cigarettes are legal in this country, then cannabis should be as well. This notion of legalization with extensive restrictions isn’t legalization. It’s still control. Alcohol isn’t restricted, nor are cigarettes, and cannabis should be no different. If it’s legal, it’s legal. And in the case of cannabis, it’s safe to use unlike alcohol and cigarettes.

Aren’t we tired of crap that makes no sense? I sure am. And I’m pretty certain that everyone sitting in a jail cell for cannabis is as well. All the lives ruined by unnecessary prosecution and prison sentences, and for what exactly? Increased profits for Big Pharma? Asset-forfeiture? All over a little weed?

Cannabis makes us feel better. It heals not just our bodies but our emotions and our minds. There’s nothing like it and to think our government would rather lie about this plant than treat the American people with respect and dignity by telling us the truth is shameful and appalling.

Enough is enough. Come clean. Do the right thing by all of us. The American people will begin to heal and we’ll do that on our terms, not defined by and built upon a lie. Chronic illness will give way to actual health. I know because I healed with cannabis and I’m healthier now at 58 than I’ve ever been in my life. And that can happen for others.

All we need is a little honesty, a little truth, and then for our government to step out of our way.

 

Links:

  1. DEA Reaffirms ‘Flat Earth’ Position With Regard To Marijuana Scheduling

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Accessing the Akash: a Tarot and Runecasting

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Everything we are is contained within our Akashic Record. Whether collective or individual, since all are a reflection of Source Energy and of one Mind, it really doesn’t matter in the long run which information we access. So journeying with an Akashic focus can be general or specific in nature. With ascension upon us, accessing aspects from other expressions of Self can assist us in raising our collective frequency.

I decided on a more complicated divination for such an important subject so I cast three runes as well as three cards from my Thoth deck to see what Akashic information it had to tell me. Three cards from the Major Arcana, The Magus, The Moon, and The Lovers bring an archetypal influence to the tarot portion of the reading, while Dagaz, Isa, and Laguz, three runes from the Elder Futhark, explore various levels of consciousness in the runecasting portion.

runecastingBeginning with the runes, Dagaz is the 24th rune of the Elder Futhark. Although some place Dagaz before Othala, it makes more sense to me as well as other runecasters to place it at the end of the Aett. Enlightenment is ours as we stand in the center at the end of one phase and the beginning of another with Dagaz, the rune of the present moment, as it teaches us to remain aligned in our Source Presence.

Isa, the Norn rune representing Verdandi, represents our stillness within. The 11th rune of the Elder Futhark, eleven is a master number representing instinct and intuition. Isa acts, therefore, as a bridge to our consciousness, teaching us that our strength is found in our alignment and concentrated will.

Lastly, Laguz, the 21st rune of the Elder Futhark, represents our clairsentience, life force, and the state of our emotional balance. As the rune of the occult, Laguz grants us access to the dream realm and magickal energy. It encourages us to step back and view situations with rationality, understanding that we have the power and the will to control our way forward.

All runes are of Elemental Water which suggests that above all, we stay on our path, moving around obstacles, in the nonresistant flow of our Source Presence. Numerology of the runecasting results in 24, 11, and 21. Because of its master number status, I’ll leave 11 as it is, but something interesting happens when we look at 21 and 24. 21 reduces to 3 and 24 reduces to 6, a multiple of 3. Together they add up to 9, another multiple of 3.

Three is mastery, the trinity, and creative synthesis; six represents the physical plane, balance, and serenity; and nine represents revelation and endings in preparation for beginnings, the meaning also behind Dagaz. It would appear that the runecasting is telling us that all power resides within, aligned in Source Presence. And it’s within that alignment that we raise our frequency for ascension.

Moving on to the tarot portion of our Akashic Record request, The Magus allows for the possibility of. The Magus, or Magician in other decks, and the first card of the Major Arcana (The Fool is zero), represents the infinity of Self, the creative force of our will as it manifests into form. We play a role in balancing the energies of the collective expression of the universe. We need only align, visualize what we want, and then extend that intention to the collective consciousness. We are not the bodies we inhabit, but Spirit manifesting those bodies with a conscious focus of energy.

The Moon, the 18th card of the Major Arcana, represents the Crone aspect of the Goddess. In a sense, humanity has moved out of infancy, adolescence, and adulthood, into the Crone phase of existence where it’s time to now put up or shut up. It’s time for all of us to become what we truly are, one in Source Presence. We understand now that as above, so below means exactly that. We are still expressions of Source Energy whether in body or out and the wisdom associated with that knowing will guide us in the future. We feel a restlessness now, eager for the frequency to rise to a more comfortable and honest place. Our psychic and spiritual awakening is at hand, and all things hidden will be revealed.

The final card is also from the Major Arcana. The Lovers, card 6, represents balance in all aspects. With this card we find our integration both with self and others as it teaches us to view all aspects of a situation. With respect to integration of self, it’s truly Self that we’re integrating with our physical presence. We always hear that duality is about black/white, dark/light, either/or. But I believe that although those and other examples like them are metaphors for duality, true duality is found in the idea of physical versus nonphysical aspects of Self. Any duality found in physical expression is so subjective that the only constant expression of it is found in our dual aspect of Self.

We would have no need for such integration if we could think of ourselves as our true Source Presence while incarnated into bodies, but until now, that’s been difficult for most. But awakening is a given and all will ultimately embrace the remembrance of Self. The numerology includes 1, 6, and 18, so we have another multiple situation here. I’m not sure if we can actually include the 1 in that, but it sorta fits. 18 adds up to 9; 6 plus 1 equals 7; 7 plus 9 equals 16 which in turn reduces to 7. Interesting synchronicity there. Seven is the number for magic, perfection, and spirituality.

We have the power, the will, to experience all that life has to offer. We need not become caught up in the drama of the old energy which only keeps us from our true expression of Self. Our worries, our fears, have nothing on our fullest expression of Self. It’s there that we find our joy, our wonder, our creative energy.

Our Akash is not only filled with a record of our lifetimes here on Earth, but it’s also filled with who we are as Source Energy. Accessing the Akash brings us into focus and aligns us with our true purpose. The influences expressed by both the runecasting and the tarot reading illustrate that in alignment lies our potential for the greatest joy and happiness. It’s time to let go of the old energy and be who we are.

Blessings to all as we navigate the energies of ascension with grace and joy.

 

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In Creating Energy Channels, Attention Gives Way to Intention

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It’s like when you’re in a room full of loud voices and you decide to step outside for some air. When nothing makes sense anymore, maybe we need to do just that, step outside for some air, or better yet, for some clarity. The longer we remain in uncomfortable situations, our energy becomes part of that situation whether or not we intend for that to happen. We leave a calling card of sorts or a reference point that we can return to time and time again. So stepping away from it makes sense.

We don’t give enough attention to our own peace of mind, instead giving it away to others. And then we wonder why we’re fragmented and unhappy. But for any of us to feel like we have some semblance of control over our lives, we must stop reacting to everything that we see. I remember my mother telling me to choose my battles. Without realizing it, she was telling me that always reacting potentially removes my control, placing it directly at the mercy of something or someone other than myself.

For a witch who notices everything, it’s easy for me to become fragmented, but it’s clear that these fragments make it easier for me to return to the scene of the crime as it were. Bringing my energy back into alignment pulls all of that back to a more coherent expression of Self. This practice applies as well to my thoughts.

Thought produces form on some level, even if it’s only our attention to something. A link is created providing a channel of sorts for us to travel down. With any luck, it’s a channel to something positive, be it a positive thought or situation. But all too often, we create energy channels to drama and conflict. So it makes sense to carefully consider the channels we create and if they’re uncomfortable, let them go as quickly as possible. That conscious choice alone will support us in recognizing problematic situations and over time we’ll see their futility and not engage with them at all.

We’ve all had the experience of ruminating thoughts. We think about something over and over again. We talk about it endlessly, even sharing it with strangers we encounter. In the process we’ve created a fully functioning energy channel and in so doing, we learn how to apply that process to other thoughts we have. It’s energizing and seductive, so we repeat the process until we can’t seem to find our happiness anymore, with find being the operative word here.

We’re not here to find anything, but to create everything. If we’re essentially thought-forms then everything begins and ends with our thoughts. Do our thoughts create something positive or negative? If we’re experiencing a greater amount of negativity in our lives then we really can’t look any further than where our attention is focused.

Because here’s the thing. Attention gives way to intention and it can all go downhill from there. Or not. Our choice entirely, because it’s always our choice where we place our attention. Since as humans we tend to fixate on the past, we do that because our attention has given way to intention. Oh we tell ourselves that it’s someone else’s fault that we’re giving so much attention to something that upsets us. It’s his fault that I can’t stop thinking about how upset I am over what he did. True, the guy may have been an ass, but it’s not like anyone needs to create a home to return to there.

Once we realize that we’re a little stuck, we need to immediately recognize that we put ourselves there, that we’re on a path or in an energy channel of our own making and then stop thinking about it. I know. It can’t be as simple as that. But it is. Thought produces form on some level and our emotional state is just as much an expression of form as is a rock, a table, a building, or any other so-called tangible object. Thoughts, emotions, moods, they’re all as tangible as anything we can see or touch. So lose the distinction between what we can see and touch with that which we feel. It’s all the same expression of Source Energy.

It’s not about winning an argument, but about not becoming caught up in the argument in the first place. I knew a guy once who always seemed to have an agenda with nearly every conversation we had. He’d establish a channel of conflict and then guide the conversation in the direction that fit his agenda. When he got nowhere with me, he’d attempt to leave, only to come right back and try again. One day, he did this three times before he gave up, his agenda (i.e. intention) finding no purchase. But I think this illustrates well how this flow of energy functions. If we don’t create the channel to begin with, then our interactions with others become lighter and more enjoyable.

The energy channels we create define much of our experience in physical form. Remaining aligned in our Source Presence keeps us in the creative mode instead of the reactive mode and when we do this, the energy channels we create are positive and productive. But no matter the type of energy channel we create, make no mistake about it, it doesn’t exist without our agreement, so as my mother would say, choose wisely.

~Blessings to all!