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Strength From Unified Presence ~ Rune and Tarot for 15 June 2017

Strength From Unified Presence ~ Rune and Tarot for 15 June 2017

Strength from unifed presence is what comes to mind as I look at today’s tarot and runecasting. 13 represents the numerology for the tarot cards. I can also reduce that to 4 but I prefer to consider 13 as a Master Witch number. The numerology of the runes reduces to 3, or unification and wholeness and together with the tarot numerology, the overall numerology for the combined reading is 7, or divinity and intuition. 7 also happens to be a number that represents magick.

Two cards from the Major Arcana along with one from the suit of Cups comprise the tarot portion of the reading. The Empress, the 6 of Cups, and The Emperor create a lovely balance with the result of their union represented by the 6 of Cups in the center with its multicolored roots extending in an as above so below manner. Cups represents Elemental Water and our emotional presence, our intuition, and relationships with others. Its direction is West and is represented by the chalice or cauldron signifying receptivity and fertility, as it transmutes Air and Fire into form.

Mannaz, Raidho, and Perthro are today’s runes representing Earth, Air, and Water elements respectively and support the interplay between The Empress and her consort, The Emperor. Take notice of their order in the deck. She appears first and from her flows the entirety of creation signifying her greater importance, the current patriarchy having no place in the equation.

Looking at The Empress and Mannaz first, we see a beautiful white pink-tipped tree with a crescent moon in the night sky above. The Empress represents love, beauty, abundance, and happiness. She is the Goddess in her Mother Aspect, receptive and fertile, and the essence of feminine creativity and the subconscious realm. Mannaz brings into the reading the influence of mankind’s fragility. In disunity, our partnership is threatened, with Mannaz encouraging us to seek assistance from others, understanding that we are part of a greater consciousness with harmony our fundamental goal.

Raidho and the 6 of Cups both discuss the journey we take in form, Raidho signifying harmony and right purpose, the 6 of Cups denoting family and fulfillment. The Wild Unknown Tarot uses animals and trees in its depictions and in the 6 of Cups we see an as above so below expression with the tree above and its massive root system below. Positioned between The Empress and The Emperor, the card reflects all that they create together in balanced unified presence. Raidho indicates rhythmic motion in partnership with others, attuned to a higher purpose.

 

Finally, The Emperor stands tall representing structure and leadership. Fatherhood and the conscious realm along with benevolence and stability are among this card’s influences. He provides a certain kind of balance to The Empress although without her he would not exist. Boundaries, protection, and order are felt with The Emperor as he assists The Empress in providing the structure for success. Perthro represents the mystery of fate and is thought of as the childbirth rune. Perthro points to correct action, something The Emperor needs to stay in balance. Healing and understanding are among Perthro’s influences and provide The Emperor with a window into the unknown.

Our strength is found in unified presence with the collective consciousness. We are not the bodies we inhabit but in fact, the Creator personified into form. While we understand the idea that our bodies have to work in harmony in order that we continue to live, we miss that application to humanity as a whole. In harmonious union with each other, our roots run deep and provide all the strength we need for an abundant experience.

While the future is unwritten, we instinctively know that in unity, our success is far more assured than when we’re at each others’ throats. It was nice to see both sides of the aisle come together after the shooting yesterday of a Republican Congressman, two Capitol Police officers, and a Lobbyist who were practicing for today’s game. Irrespective of our differences, it’s clear that the only thing to do now is to come together.

The insanity of this moment requires that we pause and remember that we’re one family, no matter how things have been between us of late. It’s time to remember who we are and let the strength of our love guide us forward.

Blessings to all!

 

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Have We Had Enough Yet? ~ Tarot for 13/14 June 2017

Have We Had Enough Yet? ~ Tarot for 13/14 June 2017

Have we had enough of this crap yet? I drew some cards yesterday prior to the Sessions hearing but I didn’t get around to writing anything up until today, so I’ll interpret the reading as the influences surrounding that event. The overall numerology is 2 or balance, but given the reason for the hearing, it feels more like a decision between honesty and deception. Too much has happened and too many lies have been told and now it’s time for clarity, no matter what that is.

Beginning with the 4 of Pentacles, a balanced structure is represented assuring wealth and material gain. Our legacy of abundance and success is depicted by the lemniscate shapes joining each pentacle to the next, created by balanced effort. The negative side of the 4 of Pentacles arises when we hold on too tightly to our possessions or are unable to let go of what no longer serves.

The Empress is the only card from the Major Arcana that’s present in today’s reading. A beautiful card, the Wild Unknown Tarot depicts The Empress as a white tree with brilliant pink tips while a crescent moon rises in the night sky. The Empress represents the Goddess in her Mother aspect in all her elegance and grace, the essence of fertility and femininity. Both a receptive and creative presence, all life flows from the Great Mother.

Power and protection are depicted in the Mother of Wands by a snake coiled around her eggs, a crude stick ready to defend her brood. She alone stands ready to do whatever is necessary to protect her young with honor and integrity. She is determined and successful, adapting to situations as necessary to assure a successful outcome.

Three swords are bound by a red cord, blood dripping from their tips emerging from what appears like a black hole against a white background. The 3 of Swords often depicts a drama triangle or sorrow. This card, in the position of hidden influence, seems to suggest that we may be either bound by our own competing thoughts, or by the intentional distractions of others. Either way, clarity is available but somehow interfered with by self or others.

The 10 or Swords depicts ten black swords piercing and killing a bull. Ruin, betrayal, and the end of illusion are this card’s primary interpretations. We’ve gone as far as we can and a new approach is necessary. It’s the end of the road, and we’ve hit rock bottom.

Perfect love and perfect trust is an idea observed amongst witches. We perform rituals and spells that invoke perfect love and perfect trust as our foundation. With all the evidence that’s coming forward surrounding the truth of the last election, it’d be nice if we could all have that as our common goal. We need answers from the new guy and his minions, yet only dodges are forthcoming. They think they’re crafty, but as the rest of us watch and are affected by their continued deception, their time is coming to an end.

Mother of Wands is such a powerful card as it illustrates the power of women to guard our future. At least some of the senators interviewing Sessions sounded as fed up as the rest of us are with the endless dodging and weaving by people working in the current information who couldn’t answer a question in a straightforward manner to save their souls. Of course, the best one was Huckabee who believes the Attorney General is the President’s personal lawyer. He ran for President too. I guess these guys think they can write their own laws while they’re in office.

We evidently no longer share the same foundation in this country. The United States of America has become so divided that our future together is in doubt. The numerology of 2 not only indicates change but choice as well. We have a choice to make in this country to either come together and put an end to the deception surrounding our last election or we can continue as we are, at each others’ throats.

We must guard what we’ve built together and refuse to accept the continued deception by the new regime. The expressions of fealty from his cabinet the other day were sickening to watch. What’s wrong with these people? How could any of them choke out the words? This is not normal. This is not what happens in a democracy. We used to be able to depend on that, but now everything is upside down.

For whatever reason, the new guy is providing a catalyst for change. But the change he seeks will make us all the poorer while enrichening a few of his friends. They view him as someone they can use at the expense of the rest of us. We’ve gone as far as we can now. It’s time to put up or shut up and I’m not shutting up anytime soon.

What we’re experiencing is the last vestiges of patriarchy in all its ugliness and oppression. Mr. Sessions sat in his chair and refused to answer anything of substance, offering some sort of ridiculous notion that his boss might at some point claim executive privilege so he’s not saying a word and even giggled when Senator Kamala Harris was shut down during her questioning of him. Besides, to hear him tell it, how could anyone think he’d do anything treasonous to our country? Well, Mr. Sessions, you apparently lied during your confirmation hearing and now you want to blame Senator Franken for that lie. So while you think you’re a patriot, the jury is still out on that.

Blessed Be

 

 

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Do We Circle The Drain Or Choose A Higher Level Of Discourse?

Do We Circle The Drain Or Choose A Higher Level Of Discourse?

A comedian posts a picture of herself holding what appeared to be the severed head of our so-called president. It was disrespectful and disgusting and I didn’t like seeing it. However, if the conservatives who vilified the Obamas claim the right to express themselves in such a disgusting manner, then so can this woman. Citing outrage over the feelings of the new guy’s young son, I wonder where their outrage was as President Obama’s daughters were inundated with the same sort of shocking and upsetting crap?

Personally, I don’t care for this type of humor. I like parody, but I’ve never been fond of severed heads or openly racist comments or pictures. I think this type of humor represents a bridge too far, but again, that’s just my opinion. People can do as they please just as I can choose to ignore all of it. Just don’t be surprised if it’s met with some push back when the target is the orange guy occupying the White House.

And I have to say that the but he did it so I can too excuse got old when my kids tried it growing up. It’s a fallacy and suggests that no one really needs to be responsible for their behavior. Do we circle the drain or do we choose a higher level of discourse? When does pushing the envelop just because we can do so go too far? With a severed head? An outburst of laughter at a Congressional hearing? Where do we draw the line? Or should a line be drawn at all?

If we react to something that someone else does, then we’re not living in our own present moment, but in the present moment of another. And in the case of the severed head picture, it seems that some of us are living in the new guy’s unhinged moments a little too much. But with all the potential destruction he’s causing, is it any wonder that many of us are having difficulty staying calm?

People are scared to death that they may not live to see a new president undo all the damage this guy and his white nationalist party are doing to the bulk of the country. They are culling the herd by destroying the social safety net that so many of us depend on to survive. Had wages ever been commensurate with our experience let alone a reflection of simple compassion and dignity, we all might be in a better place financially and a middle class might actually exist in this country. However, the priorities of those currently in power are misplaced with their focus on enriching a chosen few while the rest of us worry about how to make our income stretch to the end of the month. Caring about our neighbors has gone out of style, replaced by lawmakers who somehow believe that if we become sick, we’re undeserving of care, as if it’s our fault that we’re ill.

I believe what the comedian did, as distasteful as it was, expressed a level of fear that so many in our country now live with on a daily basis. We want an end to a nightmare that is really only just beginning. That’s all the comedian was really saying, albeit graphically. Something is terribly wrong here and what’s unfolding is far from normal and it must stop. Leaders around the world are either terrified or salivating at the antics of the so-called new guy and his minions, in fear of his craven unpredictability or looking for opportunities to use his gullible ass. Either way, we’re screwed as long as he remains, so any indictments on the horizon can’t come too soon.

I used to believe that the Republican party at least had some core values that were shared by the rest of us. Now I’m not so sure. Maybe it was all a ruse with destruction of the masses their goal all along. Because it sure looks like they’re all in on this strategy and it’s becoming more and more difficult to stomach their glee as they continue their path of destruction.

However, we do ourselves no favors by circling the drain along with him. We have to be above this sort of behavior, saving any down and dirty approach we make for when it truly counts. We can’t worry about stepping on the feelings of those who have compromised our country, but nasty potshots aren’t appropriate either. He depends on this sort of vitriol and uses it to his advantage, something we cannot give him.

The picture above is of a dead juniper tree in the center of one of my ponds. It strikes an as above, so below feeling as its image reflects in the water reminding us that who we are as Spirit should drive entirely our experience while in human form. It’s in that alignment with our true Self that we’ll find our way home, the antics of this man-child a horrific and distant memory.

While he distracts with lies and tweets, we must put the pressure on with facts, something he seems averse to. While he continues to play games, we must be the parents in the room, baby-proofing everything in sight. If he’s so easily led by the bad guys, we need to use that to our advantage. Not that I’m holding my breath mind you, but there’s nothing wrong with using an opponent’s weaknesses against him. And he has plenty.

Just ask Vlad.

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The Politics Of Baby-Proofing The World Against A Leader Lacking Basic Impulse Control

The Politics Of Baby-Proofing The World Against A Leader Lacking Basic Impulse Control

I don’t profess to understand the workings of world politics let alone what’s unfolding now before us in our country. But one would think that even the most uneducated of occupants in the Oval Office would know not to share intelligence with representatives from foreign countries, particularly when it’s a country that’s implicated in the hacking of our election. The optics alone preclude any further contact with these people, yet the man-child invited not just two Russian representatives, but also their news organization to the exclusion of any other reporters. Then they all had the audacity to suggest that there’s nothing to see here, folks, nothing at all.

As it turns out, the classified information he shared with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. and the Russian Foreign Minister came from Israel,¹ a country he’s apparently visiting next week. Israel. Of all countries. His National Security Advisor admitted that his boss didn’t even know that what he was sharing was classified. What? How could he not? Maybe he should assume that EVERYTHING is classified and shut his mouth until impeachment proceedings can begin. Then he can run his mouth all he likes ensuring an early demise.

He’s taking his clown show on the road, reportedly giving a speech in Saudi Arabia, delivering an inspiring’ speech on ‘peaceful vision of Islam’.² As if he knows what that is given the Muslim ban he’s so intent upon enacting. That’s all we need, an overgrown child lacking impulse control to tell Muslims how to live. It’s hard to believe it will end well. He’s already offended the Israelis with the sharing of classified information, possibly affecting our relationship going forward so I’m not certain why he’s even going.

It’s like babies who’ve just learned to walk. They run everywhere, their tiny hands reaching for new heights as their exhausted mothers baby-proof ever higher. But they have an excuse for their curiosity, having so much to explore. The 70-year-old man-child has no such excuse, the potential cost of his diarrhea of the mouth unclear.

Politics can be shady enough without our having to baby-proof the world against a leader lacking basic impulse control. With all that’s at stake, the republicans remain in silent support of someone so unhinged and unqualified that he speaks without any concern for the fallout. He’s on a roll, you see, and he will not stop until the American people stop him. How his supporters couldn’t see this coming speaks to their own agendas and vested interest. They were blind to this man-child and his election has greatly disturbed the fundamental security of our nation with their amateurish behavior.

The demise of his regime can’t come too soon.

References:

  1. McCarter, Joan. New York Times: Intelligence Trump leaked to Russians came from Israel. Daily Kos. May 16, 2017.
  2. Revesz, Rachael. Donald Trump to deliver ‘inspiring’ speech on ‘peaceful vision of Islam’ in Saudi Arabia. The Independent. May 16, 2017

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When Life Becomes A Preexisting Condition

Life As A Preexisting Condition

In the new guy’s version of life in this country, preexisting conditions should be allowed only for those who can pay for them. And one foolish congressman even went so far as to suggest that the sickest among us should be paying more than people who have remained healthy as if chronic illness or cancer, for example, are due to someone’s irresponsibility or negligence. He probably didn’t like it when the smart girl blew the curve in school either.

But here’s the thing. We live in a country where income inequality is the norm and that translates into not enough money to eat well. Most people don’t grow their own food anymore so they have no control over the pesticides used on the crops or whether or not the seeds used were genetically modified into something our bodies don’t recognize.

Instead, we’re put on the treadmill of chronic disease, beholden to the medical community, although well-meaning, who focus on symptom treatment in lieu of actually figuring out how we became sick in the first place. Other than doctors in functional medicine or herbalists and naturopaths, most don’t consider diet, mindset, emotional issues, or environmental factors that could be at the root of chronic illness preferring instead to prescribe this pill or that injection.

I suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for over thirteen years, but it was for that length of time that it was severe. Nothing the doctors did relieved any of the pain, inflammation, fatigue, swelling, or fluid retention that I experienced. Instead, I seemed to stay in one place, severe. When a commercial came on television selling a medication for RA they would always say it treated moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. I would look at my husband and remark that someday I hoped my RA would be moderate. It was one of those moments of dark humor that got us through those years.

And now that I’ve been in clinical remission for the last six years and off the last of the prescribed drugs since September 2015, my doctor did some blood work and lo and behold, the daily coffees my husband makes that would make a barista blush have affected my glucose level. I got a call from her nurse and she told me that my doctor wants to schedule an A1C test to screen for diabetes. No discussion, or even the glucose number, just go have a test.

Perhaps they didn’t notice in my chart that my primary care doctor when I was so ill had prescribed Metformin after doing a glucose tolerance test and endless A1C tests, diagnosing insulin resistance when my glucose numbers stayed elevated. After becoming a cannabis patient in June 2010 and making my own concentrated medicines at the end of that year, two and one-half months later I was in clinical remission. I began discontinuing several of the prescribed drugs on my own that I could safely do, but when discontinuing the Metformin the same primary care doctor who initially prescribed it helped with that. A change in diet has always been the way to get my glucose number to come down but instead of having that conversation first, it’s test time.

Now with the republicans in the process of destroying health care in this country, the last thing anyone needs is to have a diagnosis of something that’s situational in nature that can then become a preexisting condition. You’d think if Congress wants to go this route of endangering the citizenry so that the wealthiest among us become even more wealthy, they’d legalize cannabis. The tax revenue alone would be staggering. Prescription drug costs would be considerably lower, our collective health likely improving overall, but then the drug companies who line lawmakers’ election coffers might not be so generous at the next election. So the struggle for truth and dignity continues.

Apparently, rape is now a preexisting condition if this monstrosity is signed into law. Does this also apply to children who are raped by their fathers? Will they be punished with a preexisting condition if they report the abuse? The congresspeople who voted for it, my own congressman included, exhibit an astonishing level of moral bankruptcy and have clearly lost their fundamental compassion for humanity. One wonders how they sleep at night, but after today’s kegger at the white house in celebration of their victory, I’m sure they’ll sleep like babies.

If this passes the senate, then women like my daughter-in-law won’t have their pregnancies covered. Medicaid will be trashed and Medicare is next. They’ll leave everyone hanging and people will die as a result. There has never been a clearer example of us versus them ideology than what we’re seeing now. It’s destructive and unsustainable, but it’s full steam ahead anyway.

Even if this doesn’t pass the senate, as members are signaling that it will not, today’s vote gives us a window into the mindset of the people who believe the death of our citizens is an acceptable outcome. But when we finally have health insurance that we can depend on and republicans want to either take that away or make it completely unaffordable, something tells me that our response will be greater than the republicans can imagine let alone survive.

The republicans shouldn’t have targeted women and children in this bill. They shouldn’t have targeted veterans, seniors, or the chronically ill. Because when a mother finds that her child with asthma or cancer can no longer get the care she so desperately needs, trust me the ground will open up around them and shit will get real. Women, mothers or not, are sick of the government’s interference in our lives and as republicans continue their destructive behavior, we’ll pay close attention and then we’ll vote their sorry asses out of office.

I sat by the new hives out in the apiary today watching the new bees become acclimated to their new homes. They exist in unified presence with each other, each one valued and necessary. They work together to feed the brood and to protect their queen. Everything is about the survival of the colony, a notion of family that escapes republicans now in control. None of this surprises me, however, now that the fascist floodgates have been flung open. The cruelty present within the republican mindset is breathtaking. It’s nasty and to think they celebrated with a beer after it was done.

So now we await the Senate’s response. I won’t be holding my breath. Besides, in the process, I’d probably develop another preexisting condition, irresponsible person that I am.

Just ask Mo.

Update: got my blood test results and after Jerry’s insane coffees it was only 114. Now I see why she neglected to mention the number. I wouldn’t have mentioned it either lest I be laughed off the phone. Now ADA recommends <100 even though the test range is 74-106 for fasting 12 hours except that I probably only fasted for 7 or 8. Why does the number keep going down? My theory: it puts more money in the pocket of Big Pharma as more prescriptions are written. Still not drinking anymore of that coffee even though it’s yummilicious. 

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Donald Likens Himself To Andrew Jackson, A President Who Owned Slaves

Donald Likens Himself To Andrew Jackson, A President Who Owned Slaves

No, Donald, Andrew Jackson wouldn’t have done a deal to prevent Civil War given that he owned slaves.¹ Why would he ever want to end what served him so well? Do you believe in the keeping of slaves? With what Chinese workers are paid to produce his daughter’s clothing line, I have to wonder. He says he was told that he was similar to Jackson even visiting the First Lady’s grave when in Tennessee. On top of that, Jackson founded the Democratic Party, so has Donald returned to that as well?

A friend on Facebook reminded me that Jackson was responsible for the Trail of Tears, the senseless relocation of the Cherokee nation to Oklahoma and one would think something like that would give the new guy pause. But then we learned how he feels about Native Americans when he signed off on the pipeline project continuing through sacred land. It’s business, after all. And as we all know by now business deals are more important than clean water or the dignity of the water protectors who stood in defense of the land.

He said that he didn’t know if Lil Un is sane or not, but remarked in an interview that he’s a smart cookie.² And continuing his fascination with the dictatorial types, he’s invited the Duterte ³ fellow to the White House. Never mind the death squads. Just a nice dinner at Maralago amongst business associates, no doubt including his daughter.

The new guy is intent upon remaking the country in a way that hurts people. He takes the worst, most destructive positions possible giving the impression when interviewed that he doesn’t actually know any of the details. His inartful and inarticulate expressions make one wonder if he actually received any education at all or was it as valueless as his university turned out to be?

Our boys finished their primary education at home. They both went on to attend and graduate from college so it’s not that I’m opposed to alternative forms of education because, in the case of my kids, that format served them well. One of the history texts they used while homeschooling was Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States (4), a text I viewed as a more accurate version of history. Perhaps the new guy should read that before opening his mouth any further because the private schools he attended apparently didn’t share any of these facts. It tells the story of our country from the perspective of those not in power, not that he shows any capacity to care about that.

His focus has been on self-aggrandizement in blissful denial of the basic needs of society and his policies reflect that stance. Bush seemed to be unaware of the world-at-large as well, but he pales in comparison to the new guy who potentially changes his mind with every new encounter, seems easily led by anyone with an agenda, and still, he shows no ability to effectively lead.

A lifetime of self-absorption gives us what we see now: a man-child unable to make it through the day without a rally filled with adoring crowds or a golf game to play. It makes no sense to interview him because he clearly cannot answer the questions asked without appearing incoherent. Instead, he holds up executive orders that he claims he doesn’t read, appearing delighted that he can sign his name.

It’s sad, really, to live one’s life this way. To have so much wealth without any awareness of or concern for the average person’s way of life doesn’t qualify someone to be the leader of the free world. He’s out of his league, this ego-driven man-child, his lack of impulse control the new normal.

Maybe voters should send him some history books, Zinn’s in particular. Throw in a geography text or two as well for balance. He’s realizing that he likes his old life better which gives us at least something to work with. But until he goes, could he please do us all a favor and  just stop speaking?

References:

  1. Oh, Inae. Donald Trump Questions Why the Civil War Happened. Mother Jones. May 1, 2017.
  2. Alana Horowitz Satlin.  Donald Trump Calls Kim Jong Un A ‘Smart Cookie’. Huffington Post. May 1, 2017.
  3. Cullinane, Susannah.  Trump invites Philippines’ Duterte to the White House. CNN.com. May 1, 2017.
  4. Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States. Amazon.com.
  5. Hannon, Elliot.  Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Line Is Made in a Chinese Factory Where Workers Earn $1 an Hour. Slate. April 25, 2017.
  6. Andrew Jackson. Wikipedia. (photo)