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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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We Are Now And Forever One Family ~ Tarot for 6 June 2017

We Are Now And Forever One Family ~ Tarot for 6 June 2017

My new tarot deck arrived today. The Wild Unknown Tarot is designed and interpreted by Kim Krans and I happened upon it by accident. But I’m so happy that I did because her drawings are amazing. Her use of background lines creates a sense of flow similar to the Thoth tarot deck, and her use of animals instead of people brings a Spirit animal or Totem presence to the deck. It’s Shamanic and invokes an intuitive feeling.

Krans has reordered the Major Arcana in the same manner Crowley used in the Thoth deck and other than the Court Cards she keeps the same traditional titles. The Court cards are renamed Daughter, Son, Mother, and Father as in the Haindl tarot but again she uses animals in her depictions instead of people.

Today’s reading is comprised of two cards from Pentacles, one from Wands and Swords, and one card from the Major Arcana. Cups are absent and the overall numerology is 33 or the Master Teacher number for Christ Consciousness. If I reduce 33 to 6 (which I typically do not do) then it brings the influence of home, structure, and the sacredness of Higher Self consciousness into the reading.

Beginning with the 3 of Pentacles, a great mountain rises above three joined pentacles representing Fire, Air, and Water. Teamwork along with creative efforts foster material results and a solid foundation. Synthesis and growth stem from organization and focus.

Four pentagrams are linked together, working in concert toward a greater goal. The 4 of Pentacles illustrates wealth that’s building, a legacy based on material gain. The connectedness appears contained, which might suggest an unwillingness to extend that wealth to others, but most interpretations suggest a comfortable and solid financial foundation.

I love Krans’s drawing of the 10 of Wands. A bramble-like stand of barren brush stands ominously in front of a black background with light peeking through denoting difficulty but with new options on the horizon. The branches in disarray suggest many commitments along with oppression, possibly self-induced. We’ve gone as far as we can and irrespective of the situation, it’s time to move past perceived limitations to welcome new experiences.

Instead of an alchemist or an angel, Krans depicts Temperance as a great blue heron standing next to an alchemical blending of water and fire. Renewal, healing, and self-control are among Temperance’s interpretations along with purification and moderation. In the hidden influence position, Temperance is asking us to remain calm amidst the chaos.

In the outcome position, the 2 of Swords is beautiful regardless of the deck used. Typically a blindfolded woman is depicted holding two crossed swords, but in The Wild Unknown deck, a bright orange corona surrounds a dark sun appearing in the center of the crossed tips. Although deception and distraction may exist, a decision must be reached, with a more dispassionate viewpoint necessary to move on.

Life can be overwhelming. It always seems as if nonsense is behind every corner and we have to be savvy in order that we see beyond the bullshit. We know that together we can accomplish anything, but forces beyond our control turn everything upside down making clarity difficult at best. We also know that a calm demeanor gets us further than letting our emotions run amok.

I think it’s fairly clear now that our country is being scammed by the so-called new guy in the White House. Given all the information to date, it appears that we’re being collectively fleeced by this guy and his family. One of the more shameful reports I read about today involves making a buck off of charity money for children with cancer. Who are these people? Because it seems far more insidious than simply interference by Russia in our election. As bad as that is, I have a feeling that as more and more information comes out, the gravity of who they are and what they’re actually doing there will be more of a shock than those who voted for him can handle.

Not that anyone should care.

The histrionics and itchy tweeting fingers will be the so-called new guy’s undoing. Or perhaps as some have suggested it may start a war. Qatar has been tweeted under the bus and I wonder if he even knows that our Forward Central Command is located there. He’s easily led with no real foundation to judge anything by. Leaders with nefarious intentions will use him at our expense, leaving our country at such risk.

A decision must be made by all of us in complete clarity, ignoring the deception that inundates us daily. We must come together and kick these people to the curb before they destroy everything we’ve built. For all the change that was desired, was this really what those who voted for him expected? Did they think they’d lose their health insurance? Or did they believe this grifter hook, line, and sinker?

He used his supporters and the country, if not the world, is in jeopardy because of that usury. He never intended to live up to anything he promised, reciting The Snake at a rally to bring that truth home. Did his supporters even listen? Did they understand what he was telling them, essentially saying they knew he was a snake when they elected him? How could they not understand who he is when it was so obvious to the rest of us?

I earned a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate in 1991 and taught for several years in the school that my husband and I owned. Self-defense can take many forms including running away, blocking a punch following up with a strike or kick, or striking first when it’s evident that one’s attacker is telegraphing his assault. The other thing we can do is redirect the attacker’s assault, leaving him off-balance, gaining control over the situation. Why expend energy if we don’t have to? Instead, let the dumbass run about, exhausting himself while we play with him like a cat tormenting a mouse.

It’s beyond awful watching all of this unfold. We’re being given a birdseye view of the destructive effects of a white nationalist ideology where only the pure survive. And we simply cannot allow this to happen. As stressful as all of this is for most of us, we have to remain calm and centered or our efforts will be in vain.

Dear friends, we must collectively become the cat and observe our prey, pouncing when the time is just right, you know, like during the Comey hearing on Thursday. The new guy gives us everything we need and then some and his lack of impulse control will prevent him from saving his own ass while we stay in control, ready to clean up the mess when all is said and done.

The numerology provides the basis for our success. The new guy has spent his life detached from everything that the rest of the world experiences on a daily basis, extreme wealth his only teacher. 33 suggests that our Higher Self as our Master Teacher should inform our decisions instead of overreaction and tweeting everything from fake news to classified information as the new guy insists on doing.

The truth is, we are now and forever one family, no matter how these fools try to tear us apart. And we will be victorious in the end.

Blessed Be

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In The Quiet Place Of Spirit ~ Tarot for 4 June 2017

In The Quiet Place Of Spirit ~ Tarot for 4 June 2017

Never let it be said that Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot deck is cheery. Something tells me he was far too caught up in the negativity of the world at the expense of Spirit. Still, Lady Frieda Harris did his interpretations justice because her cards resonate with Elemental influences and her designs and color choices are stunning.

Today’s tarot reading begins with the Knight of Wands, the 7 of Swords, and Death in the general influences section, with the 6 of Disks in the position of hidden influence and the 3 of Swords as the outcome. Fire, Air, and Earth are represented with Water absent and the overall numerology of the reading is 11 or the Master number for illumination and our connection to the subconscious realm.

Cool. Inner work.

The Knight of Wands begins the reading illustrating a valiant Knight blazing into battle on his noble steed. His wand explodes with flames, his cape alive with energy and passion. The King in traditional decks, the Knight of Wands represents an individual full of generosity and optimism. Resolute and creative, the Knight excels at negotiation, transcending the mundane for more creative solutions. He is both a warrior who can be cruel as well as a mentor who can be supportive and loving.

Futility is the title of the 7 of Swords. Six swords point downward toward a larger sword which points upward toward the moon with planetary glyphs adorning each hilt. This card suggests that deception is occurring, either from others or possibly from the self. It encourages us to think outside the box and to understand that we give everything the meaning that it has. It’s easy to become confused when so much is coming in on us, but I don’t see futility as much as a need to look inward for answers.

Death is a busy card in the Thoth Tarot deck. The Grim Reaper with his scythe appears to dance a jig as he symbolizes rebirth and renewal. The snake and the lobster both indicate cycles of renewal and regeneration with new opportunities in store. Change and transformation are assured when Death appears. We’re to let go of what no longer serves clearing the way for a new outlook or new experiences.

Success is the title of the 6 of Disks and illustrates life in harmony. Abundance and fairness are expressed in the 6 of Disks. Six represents the sacred layer of the Higher Self, and the one thing we can depend upon. Irrespective of what’s going on in our lives, at our core, we are Spirit, our bodies only an illusion of form. We are forever and expression of the Creator, in harmony with both self and others.

And with the 3 of Swords, we’re back to Sorrow. Although I’m not fond of the shade of yellow used, I actually love how Lady Harris drew this card. Three swords pierce the center of a yellow flower telling us that the bloom is off the rose. But sorrow is a choice. In alignment, we remain unaffected by the chaos around us as we accept reality allowing the process to unfold as it will.

Tarot reminds us of the choices we can make to live in awareness of Spirit or to become caught up in the drama of form. All answers are found within, in the quiet place of Spirit, where we exist in unified presence with all. If we remain focused on drama then sorrow is surely what we’ll experience. Instead, we should remember that life is cyclical in nature and that rebirth and renewal are always possible. Our inner harmony is compromised when we lose focus. The key is in remembrance of who we are as Spirit. It’s not a place we return to, but one that exists eternally within.

Blessings to all!

 

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Off With His Head Already: Valor Of A Queen ~ Tarot for 19 April 2017

Off With His Head Already: Valor Of A Queen ~ Tarot for 19 April 2017

The Queen has clearly had enough. She reclines on her throne in the clouds, her sword in her right hand, a severed head in her left. She’s exhausted, having taken matters into her own hands, from the drama and illusion surrounding her. She is the unknown presence, watching everything unfold around her, waiting for the correct time to act.

Today’s tarot reading has a decidedly feminine feel to it with the presence of The Star, the Princess of Cups, the Queen of Swords, and Lust. In the center of it all is Valour and the 7 of Wands. And it’s interesting that I read today in the news that the celebrity interviewer on the hot seat at a major news network that has paid out millions over sexual harassment claims has finally been fired. Something about hot chocolate. Men like this never learn, do they?

We’ve learned to not wait for some higher authority or power to extend its own brand of valour to us. No, if we do that, we’ll be waiting forever. Women learn over their lives to find their valour within. We watched in horror as the current president took office knowing his there is no one who respects women more than I do bullshit was just that: bullshit. Guys like him believe that all they have to do is deny it happened, change the narrative, and its all okay.

The Star begins today’s influences as the Blessed Conduit between physical and nonphysical aspects of self. Through her, we express insight and hope as we manifest our dreams. The Star pours blessings from above bridging the abyss while offering healing and optimism along with spiritual vision.

Valor, honor, and bravery are depicted by the 7 of Wands telling us to stand our ground and have the courage of our convictions. Six ornate wands align in a balanced pattern with a crude wand standing alone in the front. A sense of unique purpose is suggested by this card, with conviction and integrity as motivation. Our authentic self emerges with the 7 of Wands as we arise to face new challenges and experiences.

The spirituality of The Star continues with the Princess of Cups. Dreamy and loving, the Princess flows in emotional fulfillment, a swan above her head as a turtle peeks out from a shell held in her hands. Positive movement, improvement on all fronts, and potential are among the Princess’s influences.

Crowley retitled as well as renumbered some of the cards of the Major Arcana. Lust, in other decks, would be card 8 instead of 11 and is titled Strength. The power and compassionate strength of the goddess within hold up creation in this card of rebirth and unconditional love.

We can narrowly define who we are, allowing selfish needs to drive our choices or we can embrace the greater unified presence that we are. Our future is uncertain now, driven by people blinded by greed and ambition seeking to reset the world using their own narrow and oppressive vision.

It’s clear that the masculine has overshadowed the feminine resulting in an imbalance so alarming that we may be unable to stop its overall effects for some time to come. But women won one battle today, with the celebrity interviewer losing his job. Maybe it’s our inner valor, one step at a time, resisting, persisting, that will see us through to a more respectful and loving future.

Because at the end of the day, women are sick of this shit. And we’re not going away.

Blessed Be

 

 

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In Centered Presence ~ Runecasting and Bindrune for 16 April 2017

In Centered Presence ~ Runecasting and Bindrune for 16 April 2017

In centered presence, we align with the Creator within. It is our natural state and reflects awareness balanced with will. We extend ourselves in full awareness of who we are unfazed by the varied expressions of form around us. When we’re caught up in our reaction to life we lose sight of the control we each have to create a happier experience if we could only remain aligned in centered presence.

Bindrunes work well because they blend runic energies together creating a greater focus or intention. I set the intention for a bindrune for centered presence and then drew Thurisaz, Othala, Hagalaz, and Inguz  from my bag. Will, sacred space, fixed structure, and the desire within comprise the bindrune’s influences.

Protection and defense along with catalytic change and renewal are among the interpretations of Thurisaz. But at the heart of this rune is the expression of will and the ability to avoid impulsive reaction.

Othala is considered the rune of sacred space because of its energy of ancestral inheritance. It’s said to possess the power of all runes in the Elder Futhark and balances order and chaos. Our essential unity is expressed by Othala as the repository of our Akash.

Reinforcing the rune of sacred space, Inguz represents not only our genetic inheritance but our focus into form itself. Inguz expresses the desire within for expansion and growth. Invoking inner will, Inguz focuses and releases energy with intention promising a successful outcome.

Hagalaz is the ninth rune of the Elder Futhark and its numerology suggests completion. Considered a witch rune, Hagalaz provides a fixed structure from which magickal workings unfold. It extends blessings and facilitates hedge riding and shamanic journeying. Like the witch, Hagalaz can bring a disruptive influence prior to positive change providing the right influence and structure to the bindrune for centered presence.

                   Centered Presence Bindrune

The stone that appears in both pictures is a hag stone I found at the Oregon coast the weekend our oldest son was married. I turn sixty in October and I’ve never found a hag or holey stone, ever. That weekend, I found the motherlode. Needless to say, it was a magickal experience. I use this smaller one frequently because it has a nice feel to it. Hag stones are a divination tool for witches, divining the future as we look through one of the holes. I use hag stones in ritual or magickal workings to add a Crone influence.

Three is an important number for a witch as it represents triple aspects such as the Triple Goddess as Maiden/Mother/Crone, creation/divinity/fate, past/present/future, and mind/body/Spirit. The three thorned twigs in each picture are from one of my hawthorn trees reinforcing thorny Thurisaz. Hawthorn is considered a tree of the fae folk and is revered by witches as well. I’ve crafted wands from hawthorn as well as the runes used in the runecasting. The bindrune itself is from a larger piece of juniper that we had pruned from one of our juniper trees and its protective and purifying energies allow for its use as a container to gather and hold the runes’ enhanced magick.

Othala directly includes Inguz and is suspended within the framework of Hagalaz. From there, Thurisaz extends downward aligning as above so below. Another expression of triplicity, Awen illuminates above Thurisaz and in Inguz/Othala’s center signifying the flow of inspiration and Spirit. Three points appear in the lower half of the bindrune linking Awen with physical presence.

If we accept the premise that the universe is a projection of the Creator in an effort know more, then we can view our experiences as far more subjective than we do. We make everything so serious, so absolute in form when nothing could be further from the truth. The world we experience now could look very different if enough of us collectively made a more loving choice. Instead we believe this must happen or that must change or a particular leader has the answers when everything comes down to how and where we place our focus.

The pathways or channels of thought we engage in create the life we live. Staying aligned as much as possible in centered presence keeps our vibration high and our thoughts going in a positive direction irrespective of what’s going on around us. Using a bindrune as a focus in ritual or magickal workings or to carry along with us as we go about our day helps us emanate from within instead of reacting from without allowing us to stay positive and in control.

Maybe I should tweet this to the so-called new guy. He could use a little centered presence in his life.

Blessings!

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The Arousing of Goddess Presence ~ Tarot for 14 April 2017

The Arousing of Goddess Presence ~ Tarot for 14 April 2017

My maternal grandmother, Bridget Murphy, was from County Kerry in Ireland. She was Roman Catholic and no doubt named for Saint Brigid. But before this co-opting by the Roman Catholic Church occurred, Brigid was considered a Celtic Goddess. And she appears in the hidden influence position of today’s Haindl tarot reading.

Goddesses and witches go hand in hand and Brigid has always been a favorite of mine. Women were, at one time, held in higher regard than currently exists. Celtic tradition viewed the mother’s lineage as establishing their primary ancestors instead of the father and conferred civil rights on the women of the clan or tribe. In Brigid: Survival of a GoddessWinter Cymres’s excellent piece on the Goddess, Cymres writes that:

Motherhood demanded the utmost reverence. Rape was a crime of highest severity, subject to the greatest punishments and not pardonable or subject to leniency (Later, in Her evolved role as the Lawgiver, Brigid would make certain that women’s rights were retained in some form within the new religion).²

And further:

In keeping with the Old Ways, men were not permitted to impregnate women against their will, against medical advice or the restrictions of her tribe. A man was not permitted to neglect the sexual needs of his wife. Irish law also provided extensively for the rights of women in marriage, for pregnancy out of wedlock‚ and for divorce.

In one incident, clearly defining the position of women in this new warrior class, a woman petitioned Brigid for justice. Her lands and holdings were about to be taken from her after the death of her parents. Brigid, however, ruled that it was the woman’s decision to either take the land as a warrior, being prepared to use arms to protect her holdings and her people. If she decided not to take on this privilege‚ half her land should go to her tribe. But, if she chose to hold the land and support it militarily, she was permitted to hold the land in its entirety.²

And from Wikipedia:

She appears in Irish mythology as a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the daughter of the Dagda and wife of Bres, with whom she had a son named Ruadán.

She is the goddess of all things perceived to be of relatively high dimensions such as high-rising flames, highlands, hill-forts and upland areas; and of activities and states conceived as psychologically lofty and elevated, such as wisdom, excellence, perfection, high intelligence, poetic eloquence, craftsmanship (especially blacksmithing), healing ability, druidic knowledge and skill in warfare. In the living traditions, whether seen as goddess or saint, she is largely associated with the home and hearth..¹

Goddess stories provide such a rich legacy. I wanted to spend some time acquainting readers with the Goddess before interpreting the cards because of the extreme form of patriarchy that’s in control throughout the world. As we see from both articles, there was a time at least in the Celtic tradition when women had stature and respect that is sorely lacking now. In the hidden position, Brigid represents the resonance of the Feminine Divine ready to reemerge in her rightful place in the world.

Two cards from the Major Arcana, Justice and The Sun appear with the 6 of Wands as the general influences for today, with Haindl using Brigid to represent the Princess of Cups and the 4 of Stones as the outcome. Fire, Water, and Earth are the elemental influences and the overall numerology is interesting. Justice is the eleventh card and as a master number, I won’t reduce that any further or include it in the overall result. Adding up the other cards, a synchronicity appears as we arrive at eleven once more.

11 is considered the master number for illumination, instinct, and a connection to the unconscious. The patriarchal imbalance under which we all live is unsustainable and a course correction is necessary. 11 is counseling us to reawaken the unconscious and unified Self within. With two 11’s appearing in the reading along with Goddess presence in the Princess of Cups, Justice, and Sun cards, awakening and illumination are strengthened and reinforced.

Beginning with the 6 of Wands, six upward-turned spears align in cooperation before a barren background, a vine of ivy winding through the scene. Victory is the title of the card of elemental Fire, suggesting that success is assured by meeting challenges together. Its hexagram is The Receptive and represents yin energy or the feminine aspect of self, reminding us that conflict is best approached when masculine and feminine energies are in balance. A sense of higher knowing, with compassion as our guide, promotes cooperative effort in lieu of a more aggressive approach.

The scales of Justice appear before peacock feathers standing resolutely in the background. A bubble appears suspended above each scale indicating the presence of higher consciousness with this influence. Nauthiz appears at the top right describing the need within. A Norn rune representing Skuld or the future, Nauthiz shapes the self and the world at large. By including it on the card Haindl is telling us that the need within to extend and receive Justice is an intrinsic part of humanity’s foundation.

Aligning with Brigid as the Sun Goddess, The Sun shines brilliantly in the sky, its rays extending outward toward the earth. A single large rose appears in the lower half of the card, a tree-lined road extending in the distance. Unfolding hope and new beginnings are The Sun‘s joyful influence.

The translucent and peaceful countenance of Goddess Brigid appears on the Princess of Cups which Haindl retitles the Daughter of Cups in the North. A narrow creek winds between six large monoliths with a cave in the distance suggesting feminine mystery and inner wisdom. The Goddess waits in calm resolve for balance to return to humanity.

But the 4 of Stones suggests that she may not be waiting for long. The Power of the Earth is this card’s title and illustrates four stones suspended in water. Each stone represents the four elemental influences which comprise the building blocks of the universe and the power of Gaia to rebalance life. The Arousing is the title of the card’s hexagram referencing humanity’s ability to adapt in response to shock and chaos. We feel empowered and willing to take the risk necessary to rebalance our world, recognizing the fallacy of separation and oppression.

The Mother principle is returning, arousing, her voice suppressed no longer. The boys have run amok for too long and women and children have suffered as a result. And now in the words of the so-called new guy, he’s bombing the shit out of anyone his generals choose, thereby washing his hands of any responsibility for the outcome. He needs to be sent home and to his room to think about all that he’s done, confiscating his phone in the process.

Although he claims there’s no one who respects women more than he does, lots of women apparently disagree. He loves women so much that he signed an order authorizing states to drop funding for Planned Parenthood. And now, millions may lose health insurance that they waited a lifetime for all because the so-called new guy can’t understand that the right to affordable healthcare is not only about compassion and dignity, but primarily about that inner sense of Justice that we all so desperately wish would outwardly manifest.

Things have to make sense. And these days, nothing does. And if the bombs continue to fall, our arousing will continue to grow and we’ll be all too willing to take that leap of faith with blessed Gaia in reawakening Goddess presence within, and ensure balance without.

Blessings to our One Family!

 

References:

  1. Brigid. Wikipedia.
  2. Cymres, Winter. Brigid: Survival of a Goddess. Druidry.org.
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Revolution ~ Tarot for 11 April 2017

Revolution ~ Tarot for 11 April 2017

While we began in Ruin yesterday, we begin today experiencing Conflict leading to revolution. An oddly shaped rock structure rises in the background in the 5 of Wands, powerful yet worn. Competition and strife are felt by the five upward pointing spears, flames rising from each tip. A balanced hierarchy exists with the center spear in dominance. Its hexagram is titled Revolution based on higher principles instead of power. Without that aspect present on the card, we’re not really sure of the genesis of the conflict. In this case, it appears the conflict is in service of a greater good.

The High Priestess appears next in the reading illustrating a luminous goddess, her hands raised in supplication to the moon. A large bubble hides her countenance creating mystery and suggesting secret knowledge and inner wisdom. A camel appears below representing the Hebrew glyph on the above left reinforced by the rune, Uruz on the right representing the strength of the aurochs and manifestation of consciousness into form. A card of the Moon, The High Priestess represents the Divine Feminine, intuition, stillness, and alignment.

With inner wisdom as our guide, a conflict born of revolution, when focused on a higher purpose can yield the Richness depicted by the 10 of Stones. The blessings found in legacy built from community effort are felt with this card. Its hexagram is The Well representing the resources necessary to establish and preserve the needs of the community at large.

In the hidden influence position, The Fool reminds us that we’re forever on a journey to remembrance and awakening. We can always correct course and refocus in a more positive direction. A focus on the present moment releases expectations that seem to only hinder our progression, allowing us to develop our infinite potential.

We end with the 3 of Swords titled Mourning. Two swords are suspended with their tips pointing to the earth. A tear emerges from a wound in the background. A third sword is suspended to the side as if standing aside from the drama. Its hexagram suggests Retreat from a situation based on past conflict or hurt in an effort to gain a new perspective. Although the card suggests some pain is involved a running theme of the reading focuses on turning weakness or disadvantage into strength associated with a higher purpose.

Three can indicate a synthesis of some kind, in this case, understanding gained from the inner awareness that with unified effort revolutionary ideas can find their genesis, creating a stronger and happier future for all. The overall numerology of the reading is 2 or choice. And it’s clear that the choice that gives us ultimate joy is found in unity with others.

Those who wish only power will find that the rest of us have no intention of cooperating with their self-possessed agenda. They can change the narrative in any way they like but it will still come out the same. Deception and betrayal have a funny way of spawning revolution.

Humanity’s time has come. It’s time for the foolish ones to either get on board or step out of the way.

Blessed Be

 

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Humanity’s Greatest Strength ~ Tarot for 7 April 2017

Humanity's Strength ~ Tarot for 7 April 2017

More patterns emerge with the numerology of today’s tarot reading in that I can find 9 in three places in the reading. The initial three influences reduce to 9; the hidden influence and outcome cards do as well; and, the overall numerology also reduces to 9. A sense of completion is felt with 9 involving humanitarianism and a sensitivity to the needs of others, prescient given what’s now occurring in the world.

Pentagrams and Wands, Earth and Fire respectively, along with three cards from the Major Arcana are influencing today with archetypal messages coming through the loudest. Beginning with the 10 of Pentacles, a sense of wealth and prosperity is felt as a loving grandfather visits with his two grandchildren while a dog sits adoringly at his feet. Their parents stand together in the background, smiling and happy. Blessings found in family and community provide a legacy like no other.

Swift movement is felt in the 8 of Wands as eight flamed-tipped spears rain down upon the earth. A crystal radiates light in all directions while planets hang heavy in the sky. Expansive action is occurring, both direct and swift. Much is at stake with this decision to strike, the consequences of this action high.

Since the remainder of the cards is from the Major Arcana, it might be well worth the effort to stop and interpret the initial two cards. An established legacy is threatened by swift action with many consequences in store should it be the incorrect response. Have decisions been made too quickly without consideration of the effect upon others, innocent and unable to defend themselves?

Illusion and deception are in play when The Moon appears. Two dogs howl at the full moon as she rises in the night sky. Also appearing on the 10 of Pentacles, dogs represent loyalty, honesty, and faith. Two stone pillars rise above either side of a pathway between the hills in the distance and the water below. Two can indicate decisions or choices that need making, the height of the pillars signifying the need for diplomacy over swift action, a middle ground possible in lieu of a more either/or perspective. Concentric circles move outward, disturbed by the lobster as it emerges at water’s edge suggesting rebirth, protection, and the cyclical nature of life.

                      The Sun

The Sun follows The Moon in the Major Arcana and appears in the position of hidden influence. Together their overall numerology is 1 or new beginnings and speaks to humanity’s awakening. A young boy sits atop a white pony holding a flowing red flag, the sun shining brightly in the sky. Sunflowers peek over the top of a stone wall reminding us to extend love and light to all.

Strength appears in the outcome position illustrating a smiling woman with flowers in her hair lovingly petting a lion at her side. More flowers appear on her lap and in the lion’s coat as this card expresses Strength found in the balance between our wild and civilized nature. Strength expresses the power of the Goddess within each one of us to align in Unified Presence with all.

It’s certainly not easy to watch as children are attacked with chemical weapons. It creates a visceral response and swift action can be appropriate. But sometimes swift action creates unintended consequences. And is a violent response the only answer available?

When certain cards dominate a reading, it’s a message to sit up and take notice. Majors represent soul archetypes and exist to keep us on track and to understand our true nature. With three appearing today just after a military response over the chemical attack on civilians in Syria, some caution might be in order.

The Moon suggests there’s more going on here than we realize. Something is being hidden from view and we’re to look further to know the real truth. A new beginning is possible born from clarity found within. Our Strength comes from the awareness of our Unified Presence and the choice to see all through that lens.

Distractions abound with this new regime. If I hadn’t drawn The Moon, I might have thought this reading was in support of yesterday’s military strike, a protection of family and legacy. But now I have to wonder if we have the full picture because reports today suggest that this strike was symbolic and not meant to really change the dynamic at all. And then there’s the fact that it happened without Congressional approval.

This feels contrived and I believe the cards from the Major Arcana are suggesting that we take a deeper look at what occurred. Was this strike truly based on a humanitarian perspective? Or was it the beginnings of something else more destructive? A decerning eye is needed now, one that looks dispassionately at the situation allowing inner guidance to inform our view. Did this help the people of Syria, or simply provide a springboard for more of the same from the new guy who professed on the campaign trail that he loves war.

Our greatest strength is found in Unified Presence with all. I have no clue where the Tomahawks fit in with that. And the new guy? It’s just sad he’s the one making these decisions given his breathtakingly ignorant view of the world.

Blessings

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Our Tradition of Fellowship ~ Tarot for 6 April 2017

Our Tradition of Fellowship ~ Tarot for 6 April 2017

Master numbers in numerology carry additional influence or weight. A pattern emerged right away in today’s tarot reading. The 8 of Stones and the 3 of WandsKnowledge and Virtue result in 11 or illumination, instinct, and our subconscious. The Lovers, the 3 of Stones, and the 2 of Swords result in the same. Two elevens are significant on their own. I can leave them as they are, or I can add them together resulting in 22, the Master Builder representing discipline, manifestation, leadership, and potential. The 3 of Stones in the outcome position is titled Work which reinforces the overall numerology of 22 so I’ll use that.

Stones (Pentacles and Disks in other decks) begin and end the reading with one card each from Wands and Swords present. One card from the Major Arcana appears and the Elements of Earth, Fire, and Air are influencing.

We begin with Knowledge and the 8 of Stones. Haindl paints a stone temple in the background, a small window visible, with seven boulders suspended in mid-air. A bubble represents the eighth stone suggesting possibility. An elephant, possibly a mammoth, appears in the rock face at the bottom left reinforcing instinctual knowledge. The missing eighth stone suggests that we pay close attention to detail so that our resulting foundation is strong. Haindl includes hexagrams from the IChing on the numbered cards from the Minor Arcana. Hexagram 62 titled, Preponderance of the Small, reinforces our attention to detail.

The Lovers appears next illustrating a man and a woman as they pledge their commitment to each other. The Goddess has taken a consort. Both nude, they come together in transparent love and joy, their union depicted by a downward facing spear as it enters a golden chalice. A rose containing a Merkaba appears above the man’s head while an inquisitive unicorn appears above the woman, her flowing hair rock-like suggesting her ancient countenance. They stand between two trees, the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life. A card of Gemini, although I draw this differently, a rune depicting Kenaz or Torch, appears at the top right suggesting passion and transformational creative energy.

Virtue is the title of the 3 of Wands. Three flame-tipped spears appear in front of a stone structure. A window behind opens to new experiences. Synthesis and expansion along with the traditional values of compassion and cooperation are the 3 of Wand‘s influences. The Cauldron is the title of the hexagram which reinforces the importance of traditional values which “enrich the present and the future”¹ Other decks illustrate the 3 of Wands as an individual waiting for his ship to come in. Haindl’s version appears less about waiting for a life yet to come and more about the virtues of solid preparation based on shared values and tradition, certainly a more proactive influence than standing around waiting for something to happen.

Shared values foster a sense of union with others. We were never meant to go it alone. The numerology of the initial three cards is 8 or structure and strength which also reinforces our need for community reflecting a focus on the greater good over one that is more single-minded.

In the position of hidden influence is the 2 of Swords. Two swords point downward in front of a wintry scene suggesting calm and Peace. A grove of trees stands in the distance behind a stone temple. The two swords project a balanced force, yet the blood-tinged moon above suggests that it’s an uneasy peace that’s been struck. But there’s a sense as well that the conflict is now past, left in the distance and now we’re embracing new thinking reflecting equanimity with others. The hexagram Peace reinforces the meaning of the 2 of Swords as adaptability is preferred over conflict.

Three boulders are positioned at the bottom of the 3 of Stones in a triangular pattern suggesting material structure. In the outcome position, the card is clearly telling us that progress takes unified work. A cross of sorts appears in the background, the vertical axis representing the strength of Spirit while the horizontal axis representing form appears less clear. Nothing appears certain when in form compared to the strength and clarity of Spirit. Fellowship of Man is the title of the hexagram which appears on the card counseling that universal ideas and values in an ordered framework…inspires humanistic cooperation.²

In other words, we go forward together if we want to truly accomplish anything, a concept that seems to escape the so-called new guy. He apparently believes that countries can be effectively run as he would his businesses, forgetting that it’s people who live in those countries. He’s more interested in his ratings which are in the crapper by the way than he is on the needs of the American people.

He speaks without considering the effect of his words. And now that we have dead children in Syria, killed from a chemical attack, and the little guy from North Korea test-firing a missile, we have to trust this appallingly ignorant man to respond appropriately to provocative acts which seem to be taunting a man who has so little impulse control that he takes to social media to lob unlimited accusations and threats against anyone who disagrees or disparages him.

He would do well to heed the counsel of the 8 of Stones and learn something about attention to detail. Without that, he speaks without knowing anything, something his advisors appear content to let him do. They’re apparently so hell-bent on stripping our government down to the barest of bones that they can’t see what any of that will do to people. Again, countries are filled with people and this kind of destruction will leave everyone reeling. But his focus is on his own perception of greatness instead of on the greater good and it’s doubtful he can reconcile this conflict within any time soon.

He views himself as the Master Builder, yet he lacks the self-discipline necessary to actually lead this country into a better tomorrow, leaving that work in the hands of his son-in-law, a thirty-six-year-old real estate heir while the Feds investigate his involvement with Russia. He touts the need to make our country great again yet doesn’t possess the fundamental values a sitting president should share with the rest of the country.

Of course, people who live in countries do something else with their time. They vote. The Fellowship of Man aligns well with our sense of tradition and is the perfect ending of today’s Haindl tarot reading because it’s a reminder that it’s in fellowship and unity that we do our greatest work. We all know this to be true because we couldn’t have achieved what we have without it.

Apparently, the orange guy has yet to get the memo.

Blessed Be

References:

  1. Ra Uru Hu. Bunnell, Lydia. Human Design Rave IChing Cards. 2014.
  2. Ra Uru Hu. Bunnell, Lydia. Human Design Rave IChing Cards. 2014.
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Reaching Ever Higher Toward Unified Presence ~ Tarot for 27 March 2017

A young boy reaches toward an open window while the girl fiercely protects her material possessions. The Devil represents the choice within between a focus on self and one that embraces the greater good. Each of the three initial cards, the 8 of Cups, The Hermit, and The Devil reflect the choice to abandon emotions that no longer serve, choosing retreat to find wisdom within, and the ultimate choice we make.

The World appears in the hidden position of the reading while the Knight of Cups signifies the outcome. The suit of Cups, or our emotional presence, dominates the cards of the Minor Arcana with three Major cards providing the overall influence. When more than one card from the Major Arcana appears in a reading it suggests archetypal or foundational influences are in play and we should pay close attention to their message.

The overall numerology of the reading is eight, a Saturnian number signifying structure, discipline, and strength suggesting that a more grounded attitude might be needed at this time. This is supported by the illustration of the cloaked figure from the 8 of Cups leaving eight golden cups behind, staff in hand, as he ascends the mountain before him to a more fulfilling emotional awareness.

The Hermit suggests retreat in order that we find inner wisdom. He stands atop a mountain, his lantern shining its light in all directions. He is the Creator personified giving light to the world withdrawing in meditation and alignment with the Unified Presence.

The Devil is always an interesting card irrespective of the deck. In the Robin Wood tarot deck, it really illustrates how we balance our instincts with our Higher Self, reflecting the illusion of polarity within as one side of self protects the material side of life while the other reaches for a higher purpose.

We’re reminded by The World in the hidden influence position of the reading that the Fool’s journey toward awakening is a given. We can live life fractured by our experiences typically brought about by a focus on self, or we can choose a more compassionate experience that acknowledges the greater good. We ascend to new experiences either way at journey’s end.

The second card from the suit of Cups in the reading, the Knight of Cups, appears in the outcome position. A young Knight sits atop a white steed holding a golden chalice as they both emerge from the surf. Wearing a conch shell as a helmet, fish adorning his armor, it appears that the horse itself is part fish with its rear haunches resembling a large fish jumping from the water.

Emotional awakening is felt with the Knight of Cups as he takes a leap of faith into new emotional clarity. It’s a quest of sorts the rider and horse take, his passion in synchronicity with his dreams.

Sometimes we go as far as we can with a situation. When clarity is lacking sometimes the best choice is to step back and regroup. The Devil requires that we acknowledge the choice we make to remain self-absorbed or to seek a higher purpose in life. Trusting our inner voice can be difficult when life seems uncertain, but it’s exactly where we find the light of truth and the strength necessary to press on.

Awakening to our higher self, our Unified Presence, is inevitable; however, the journey we take is our choice.

Blessed Be