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Dark Moon Rune and Tarot ~ 23 June 2017

Dark Moon Rune and Tarot ~ 23 June 2017

Some people begin the new month at the beginning of each month; I begin mine on the New or Dark Moon. Magicks of decrease, banishing, intuition, and dark power are worked at this time. I also like to do a full rune and tarot reading to see what I should pay attention to during the coming month. Two cards from the Major Arcana, The Lovers and The Star, along with the 4 of Wands comprise the tarot portion of the reading while Tiwaz, Raidho, and Othala are the runes. The numerology of the cards is 9 and for the runes the overall numerology is 1. Together, they both reduce to 1 or wholeness and new beginnings. So there’s some synchronicity between the numerology and the fact that it’s a new moon. The moon happens to be in Cancer, so home and health issues are favored.

I created a bindrune from the runes for soul journeying allowing for an unfettered experience. We become too focused and stuck in our experiences believing in their reality instead of the illusion that they are. Ours is not a journey to salvation, but one of remembrance. Tiwaz deals with justice and sacrifice along with an expression of higher ideals. Raidho represents our soul’s journey through life, stressing the process over the goal. It also directs energy for a specific purpose and helps us attune to Higher Self presence. Finally, Othala represents our Akash and is known as the rune of sacred space. The remembrance we seek is of who we are as the Creator personified, with sacred space existing anywhere that we are. The bindrune can be carried as a talisman or placed on the altar during ritual in remembrance of who we are. We are beings of light and should live in unfettered joy. It’s our Othala, our sacred space as well as our birthright.

Looking at the cards, The Lovers describes the balance between our receptive and projective aspects of self, represented by two geese flying in harmony while the sun’s rays radiate around them, the rays reflecting balanced elemental energies. The 4 of Wands also reflects balance as well as respite. Behind the crude wands in a balanced pattern, energies expand in all directions, contained by the angled lines that frame the scene. Much is happening while we find our focus. Lastly, The Star extends its blessings downward into creation indicating positive experiences are in store. A new day is dawning, one replacing all illusion with complete clarity and vision. Our perspective is changing and we’re less likely now to accept a life out of balance.

With all the chaos that’s going on our government, we need to stay focused on our own creative presence. It’s fine to keep one eye on the nonsense because the fallout is severe if we don’t. But at the end of the day, we have to go on with our lives. The fear created by this guy will only interfere with our soul’s journey and that’s the last thing any of us needs.

It’s only a matter of time until he’s gone. Until then, breathe.

Blessed Be

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Some Thoughts on Using Magick Squares and Seals

Some Thoughts on Using Magick Squares and Seals

Witches and magicians utilize gods and goddesses along with other entities in their magickal workings, rituals, and ceremonial magick. Enochian magick is one such example where angels are summoned for this or that purpose. The entities called by King Solomon were not actually demons but in my opinion interdimensional beings. Still, witches and magicians down through the ages include these entities in their magickal workings for one reason or another and I’m no different. We also use sigils in our magickal workings including magick squares and seals as well as other forms of sigil magick using various runic or angelic scripts.

Using magick squares in ritual sets things in motion and aligning with the various Mansions of the Moon as well as planetary hours creates a vortex of sorts from which to cast one’s intention. Planetary seals, on the other hand, created from the squares bring situations to an end. I use planetary seals during a magickal working to reduce problematic behavior or situations. But if a witch really wants to effect change, a planet’s magick square or one associated with angelic presence helps influence change from a proactive standpoint instead of always reacting to an existing situation. In other words, create the space for a new perspective to emerge from that person. Using a planetary magick square, a connection of influence can be established in the nonphysical realm with the respective planetary influences providing a supportive foundation for change to occur.

When teaching Kenpo, we had a saying that action beats reaction. It wasn’t a saying solely attributed to Kenpo, but it’s relevant to this discussion nonetheless. While we certainly want to halt unwanted forces, at some point we may find in necessary to influence in such a way that the unwanted forces no longer occur. That’s where acting before something happens makes more sense, a sort of getting out in front of the situation, and using a magick square associated with a planetary or angelic influence adds strength and power to the working.

Planetary Seal of the Sun

So if we were going to try to influence say leadership skills in someone in whom they are sorely lacking, we could draw the square of the Sun and its numbers during ritual, focusing on the influence we wish to have. Or conversely, if someone’s ego had run amok, we could incorporate the planetary seal of the Sun to stop that runaway train. Mars could also be used, but I prefer a more enlightened approach and Mars feels somewhat controlling which may not be what the individual needs.

Corresponding influences in support of the magick square can include invoking during the 10th or 13th Mansions of the Moon involving the strengthening of buildings, love, and benevolence, and protection of enemies along with gain, voyages, harvests, and the freeing of captives respectively. The 3rd Mansion can also be used if applying to sailors, hunters, or alchemists.

Several hours of the day or evening can be appropriate for the ritual but 8 pm is designated to improve or increase basic leadership skills. 2 am can also be used if the primary issue is negativity; 7 am if insights and an improved perspective are in order. 8 am is useful if a conscious change is needed, but if all else fails, 11 am can be used if the changed needed seems completely impossible. Add whatever candles and crystals or other corresponding altar items that seem appropriate if you use those sorts of things.

Anyway, while drawing out the square, we focus our intention for improved leadership skills as each number is written, and if it’s a tyrant’s behavior we seek to subdue, we would place the planetary seal of the Sun over the square, speak our words, possibly in the form of a binding spell, and cast our intention to the collective consciousness.

Needless to say, squares and seals can be worn or carried as talismans or simply used during ritual. I tend to use runes for that purpose in the form of a bindrune, but squares and seals are appropriate as well. I love using sigil magick but magick doesn’t have to be all that involved unless we want it to be. Truly, sometimes I simply center, gather and focus my intention, and then cast it to the universe. But in my opinion, using correspondences and sigils add some extra power to magickal workings and besides, it’s fun. We add a little bit of this and a little more of that and before we know it, we’ve summoned a demon or an angel or Goddess knows who. I’m aware of one entity who reportedly appears only when he feels like it and one we can’t call more than three times or he gets really upset and although performing rituals like that are interesting, sigil magick is much simpler.

Especially if someone forgets to chant the license to depart. Then I have a houseguest.

Blessed Be

 

 

 

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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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In Peace Amid The Chaos ~ Tarot for 11 June 2017

I ordered a new Thoth Tarot deck, this one larger than the first one I bought. I typically use a magnifying glass when looking at the cards anyway, but the larger cards provide a better look at Lady Frieda Harris’s interpretations of Crowley’s work. From the colors used to the flow of the cards, her impressions bring forth an emotional resonance unlike any other deck I own.

Swords and Cups comprise today’s reading along with two cards from the Major Arcana as well as one Court card. The overall numerology is 5 or change. Elemental Air and Water are represented signifying our intellectual and emotional presence. The two cards from the suit of Swords involve the astrological sign of Libra, beginning with the 2 representing the Moon in Libra, and ending with the 3 representing Saturn in Libra, moving from peace to sorrow with a Knight and two Majors in between, a change of some kind possibly in awareness taking place.

I like the suit of Swords given that my astrological sign is Libra and because it represents balanced intellect and clarity. The 2 of Swords in the Thoth deck depicts two swords piercing a blue rose as they cross in balance. Two daggers appear above and below, one piercing an upward turned crescent moon, and the other the glyph for Libra. Four geometric symbols appear behind the sword suggesting an evolving intellectual process while angels in prayer adorn both swords’ hilts. The card’s title is Peace illustrated by the swords in balance. A decision has been made and peace and calm have returned.

A winged Knight bursts forth on a white steed holding a golden chalice with a crab balancing on its rim. A peacock appears on the right-hand corner of the card, its tail feathers extending out fully behind it. The Knight of Cups represents an individual who is both self-disciplined and a thrill-seeker. He can be loving and wise as well as insensitive and shallow. Somewhat passive-aggressive, the Knight’s vacillates between a focus on self and others, wishing to do the right thing, but at times becoming caught up in the drama of the moment finding it difficult to let go of what no longer serves.

Card nine from the Major Arcana, The Hermit represents Thoth, Hecate, and the Creator within. He stands on the mountain top in retreat from the world, receiving wisdom from the divinity we all possess within. In alignment, his light of wisdom extends to all.

In the position of hidden influence, The Fool stands ready to take the leap of faith into his journey through form. The Fool represents our infinite potential and the development of the individual through life. He has no expectations as he lives in the present moment, eagerly embracing the diversity of new experiences.

And then we come to the outcome card, the 3 of Swords. Crowley titles this card Sorrow as we see three swords tearing apart a rose, piercing its center. A serpent coils around the handle of the largest sword, offering the possibility of rebirth and renewal, yet the dark colors suggest a lack of clarity or confusion exists. A drama triangle may be represented but the chance of rebirth suggests an opportunity for clarity exists if we balance our intellect with our emotions. As the geometric shapes appear to break around the main sword, the scene suggests that in alignment, the deceptive agendas around us will fall away, replaced by understanding and substantially more dignity than when we began.

We each make a choice when incarnating to either live in service to self or in awareness of our greater unified presence. We make every attempt at living peacefully but occasionally others enter our lives providing a catalyst for something more interesting and at times, confounding and upsetting. Truth is like that. It may not always be pleasant, but it’s far better to live in truth than to continually be drawn into lies and deception.

If ego drives the human experience then the drama becomes real instead of something to merely observe and experience for the lessons it has to teach. The Hermit teaches us to see the world through a higher perspective, experiencing life without judgment. Remaining aligned amid the chaos of the world allows us to experience the world as observers instead of reactors.

We begin in peace and balance, but as time goes on, our innocence is threatened by the drama around us. Alignment in higher self-awareness assures peace amid the chaos as we calmly navigate our experiences irrespective of how emotionally charged they may be. Although the outcome of these experiences can certainly be sorrow, in alignment sorrow falls away, replaced by clarity and vision.

Blessed Be

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Spiritual Awareness ~ Full Moon Runecasting And Bindrune 9 June 2017

Spiritual Awareness ~ Full Moon Runecasting And Bindrune 9 June 2017

Tonight is the Full Strawberry Moon and I decided to do a runecasting prior to tonight’s Esbat ritual for a bindrune invoking spiritual awareness. As a side note, I harvested my first strawberry of the season out in my medicinal garden, tiny, but sweet and yummy and I also crafted a new set of runes from some Black Locust I have growing next to one of my ponds. We brought the trees in from my husband’s parent’s home before it sold years ago and now the trees are producing blooms that are so beautiful! I hadn’t yet crafted any runes from them and their blooms reminded me of that fact. So my husband kindly cut some rune stock from a branch he had pruned last year and I spent a couple of days sanding and wood burning until the runes felt right in my hands.

Runes have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Although I do buy runes made from stone, I always make my wooden runes. There’s something about a witch’s interaction between the wood itself and the sanding and engraving process that makes every set a reflection of the witch’s inner vision. I create them in the order established by the Elder Futhark, visualizing each rune’s meaning.

For this Full Strawberry Moon runecasting, I drew Perthro, Mannaz, Eihwaz, Jera, and Fehu. Runes have many influences and the well of Wyrd, rational thought, paradox, transformation and balance, and wealth are the primary influences contained within the runecasting. I derive the overall numerology of a runecasting from their numerical placement in the Futhark, so individually they are 14, 20, 13, 12, and 1 respectively, with 6, or the sacred layer of Higher Self presence, as the runecasting’s overall numerological influence.

Perthro is the rune of fate, the unknown, and the cup from which runes are cast. A Water Element rune, its numerology of 5 reinforces the elemental influence of change. Also known as the childbirth rune, Perthro also represents birth if pointing to the right or death if pointing to the left. It reveals memories and can be visualized in meditation to experience past lives. Perthro represents the simplicity of cause and effect on the physical plane as well as the alignment of our nonphysical aspect of Self.

Intuition is balanced with our rational mind with Mannaz, the 20th rune of the Elder Futhark. An Earth rune, Mannaz represents humanity’s need for partnership and helps us understand our role in the greater community or society at large. It teaches us to live our lives in the present moment and to understand that we are part of a greater unified presence.

The 13th rune of the Elder Futhark, Eihwaz provides the connection between physical and nonphysical aspects of Self, the link between realms. It provides both structure and transformation, infusing Spirit into form and creates movement from one energetic state to another, eliminating stagnation that prevents clarity.

Another Earth rune, Jera is the rune of transformation and balance, fertility, and positive change. It’s useful to hang in the garden as part of a bindrune for growth as well as to bring harmony and alignment to relationships. Luck, prosperity, and the cycles of life are among Jera’s influences.

We end with Fehu, the sending rune representing wealth and traditionally, cattle. A Fire Element rune, Fehu begins the Elder Futhark and increases wealth and abundance as well as the witch’s ability to send energetic intentions. As the final rune of the runecasting, I believe it’s there to organize and send the collective energy of the runes above it.

Perthro opens us to experiencing the partnership of Mannaz while Eihwaz infuses that spiritual awareness into our daily lives. Jera further transforms our relationships into a conscious, unified presence with all. And Fehu provides the catalyst necessary to cast the intention of unified presence to the universe.

I created a bindrune along with a planetary sigil using the magick square for Jupiter and burned both onto a piece of juniper to invoke spiritual awareness of our unified presence. I like working with both types of sigils and have been using them together lately. The sigil from the magick square uses the letters associated with each rune to obtain their numerological equivalent and I drew the sigil from there.

 

 

I blessed and consecrated the sigil with the following chant. I used the Latin version:

  • I bind these runes     (Circum nos imbuit)
  • Blending energies within     (Melicos intra resonantia)
  • Bringing balance without    (Componere sine)
  • Infused with immanence     (Splendido immanentia vestiganda)
  • I bless and consecrate this sigil     (Benedico et consecrare hoc sigil)
  • In alignment with Goddess     (In noctis per Dea)
  • It is done     (Consummatum est)

Sigil magick is great to use when you want to create a symbol for a collective influence or intention. It can be as complicated or as simple as you like; it’s all a reflection of your own process. I wrote a book called Magick and the Aligned Witch in which I discuss working magick from an aligned state. Magick worked from an aligned state is less about consequences or trying to create the space for one thing or another to happen and more about creating the space for remembrance of who we are. We’re not here to judge others or expect them to live in accordance with our respective comfort levels. And casting our intentions when aligned in Source Presence allows us to see all as extensions of Self and the Creator and experience the truth of their perfection.

Now in the time of ascension, many are awakening to the truth of who they are and magick that creates the space for that process to happen in perfect love and perfect trust is the primary focus of this witch. Witches stand in observation of the world around them, secure in their knowing that all of it is an illusion of form. We can participate within that subjective, ego-based structure or reflect one that engages from an awareness of Higher Self. The choice is ours.

Our focus can no longer be on what separates us, but in fact, the awareness that we are one unified presence. We can no longer afford to be confused about this truth allowing hate and division to drive the conversation. We are so much more than we have been led to believe. We are the Creator, focused into the fabric of space/time, in collective creation of the universe.

My dear family, we are so much more than we thought, and it’s time to awaken to that truth.

Blessed Be

 

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Deception From Energy Vampires: An Empath’s Struggle ~ Tarot for 6 June 2017

Deception From Energy Vampires: An Empath's Struggle ~ Tarot for 6 June 2017

I’ve been experiencing some panic attacks lately due to the antics of a handful of manipulative people. It’s one of the downsides of being an empath and has nothing to do with any fear on my part. It’s just an empathic awareness that becomes so overwhelming that panic results. When people seek to deceive, I experience their thought process, their intention, their choices, and the energy associated with all of it in one fell swoop. It’s not that I’m afraid of any of them because they’re far too silly for that, but that their deception is so great that it has taken on a momentum all of its own and feeling all of it as I do, a panic attack results.

Deception is emotion-based. Someone wants something so much that they’ll do anything to achieve it including deceiving others. Empaths are like lightning rods for such machinations, typically becoming hyper-alert when deceptive energy comes close. My physical response is usually commensurate with the level of deception, so when it’s a panic attack, it tells me that someone is either really intent on getting what he wants or that he has assistance. In this case, it feels like both. At the end of the day, nothing will ever come of the deception or the game that’s played, but it makes things uncomfortable nonetheless.

Normally I look at daily influences instead of at specific questions when I look at the cards, but with what I’ve been experiencing, I decided to ask for clarity and for help in remaining calm and I found it prescient when I drew both Swords and Cups for the tarot reading. The 7 of Swords, Daughter of Cups, and the 2 of Cups are the cards I drew with an overall numerology of 9 or completion and alignment. Somehow I knew that would be the case.

Beginning with the 7 of Swords, six black swords are suspended in the air above a fox curled up over the seventh suggesting separate agendas are in play. He sleeps with one eye open, aware that all is not as it seems. It’s time to tread carefully until a clearer picture is possible, staying in observation mode only. Envy and jealousy are at the root of the deception that’s occurring and the best thing I can do at this point is to not create any thought channels toward that emotional vibration. Otherwise, it’s easy to absorb that emotion with my panic attacks the end result.

I must confess to finding Court Card annoying so I appreciate Kim Krans’s animal depictions instead of people. She uses snakes in the suit of Wands, swans with Cups, Owls with Swords, and deer with Pentacles. The Daughter of Cups (the Princess or Page in other decks) depicts a baby swan or cygnet peacefully floating on the water. Rainbow colors spill before her, reflecting emotions in balance. She remains in her bliss, unaffected by the world around her as she floats peacefully about. Her youth suggests undeveloped potential, imagination, and intuition as well as positive messages and new experiences.

The 2 of Cups is beautiful in any deck, but the simplicity of this card is striking. And I have to say that I love the directionality of the backgrounds in Krans’s cards. This one feels like a night sky with stars in motion. Beneath the starfield stands two cups with two red roses standing overtop in a crossed fashion. A unity of polarity is felt with this card, perhaps the unity or balance between intellect and emotions. Additionally, the card suggests harmony and partnership, the crossed roses depicting a strong connection. Normally, I would interpret the 2 of Cups in terms of a relationship between two people, but with respect to my empathic-driven panic attacks, this is about alignment within. Empaths pay too much attention to the goings-on around us creating all sorts of headaches for ourselves in the process when we can’t stay in observation mode. In other words, we have a tough time minding our own business because everything is so interesting.

In a sense, what I’m experiencing is vampiric energy and since witches don’t suffer fools well, I’m not sitting still for it. I’m honest and that bothers people. It’s both a witch and empath thing, but truth-telling comes with the territory, and there’s nothing I care to do about it even if I could. I have the Left-Angled Cross of the Clarion in my Human Design chart, which should explain all of it as well as the Christ Consciousness Field for my godhead. So they might as well just stop now because I’ll always be one step ahead of them.

But in the meantime, the answer lies with that adorable baby swan, floating about in her own bliss, focused on the present moment. This is alignment in its purest form, expressing the full truth of as above, so below. Because if we think about it, the expression isn’t as below, so above. We express ourselves as the Creator into the form that each of us takes. The trick of it is to not forget who we actually are as the Creator personified. And yet we do just that, absorbing the negative vibrations that seem to hold the physical world together. But that’s an illusion as well because we choose at every moment the experience we wish to have. Focus on something negative, and we create a thought channel or pathway to that negative situation, oftentimes unable to find our release. So, we visit it again and again and soon it dominates our awareness. We take up residence in the past instead of continuing to create the experience we wish to have, placing our emotional balance at certain risk.

I found relief from the situation by pulling weeds in the garden, my bliss evidently found there. Their screwy vibration still taps me on the shoulder but at least I’m no longer having panic attacks. So either their own focus is waning, or I’ve been successful in shutting down their vampiric asses.

But if not, it’s not as if I’m without options.

Blessed Be

 

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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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A Study Of The Emerald Tablets of Thoth ~ Tablet 1: The History of Thoth the Atlantean

A Study Of The Emerald Tablets of Thoth ~ Tablet 1: The History of Thoth the Atlantean

I’m fascinated by Thoth, so much so that my favorite tarot deck is the Thoth tarot by Aleister Crowley. Studying the Emerald Tablets has both reinforced and clarified much of what I believe particularly how I view who we are in form. Various authors have researched the Tablets and offered their own interpretations. Dr. Doreal’s book, The Emerald Tablets of Thoth-The-Atlantean² provides a critical look at the message Thoth had to share as well as does the work of Gerald R. Clark in The 7th Planet, Mercury Rising³. Both authors discuss their interpretations with scholarship and devotion to Thoth’s message and I recommend both highly.

The following is my take on what Thoth has to say. I make no claim of a better understanding than anyone else. I only want to work through it and make some comments. The link to the website is below where I found another copy of the Tablets. I’ll reference sections, but the entire first Tablet is below.

Thoth tells us that he began his incarnation in Keor, a city on the island of Undal long ago and renews his life in the Halls of Amenti:

A hundred times ten
have I descended the dark way that led into light,
and as many times have I ascended from the
darkness into the light my strength and power renewed.

He’s telling us that he’s made the trip down to and back from the Halls of Amenti one thousand times, in renewal and rebirth and tells us that he descends once more, reminding all to never betray his message, lest he require an accounting of those left behind. It’s unclear given when this tablet was written or if Thoth has already begun reappearing as someone new, but either way, an accounting will be required in view of the fact that his message has been largely ignored by those in power.

Thoth refers to the Children of Light, of which he is one, acknowledging that his father, Thotme (possibly aka Enki) as the greatest of all and regards him as his most beloved teacher. As Thoth gained in wisdom, it began to dominate his thinking resulting in the Dweller of the Temple reaching out and commanding him to come to the Halls of Amenti. At this point in his life, Thoth was not yet granted immortality and describes the difference between the Children of Light and mortal men:

Few there were among the children of men
who had looked upon that mighty face and lived,
for not as the sons of men are the
Children of Light when they are not incarnate
in a physical body.

The Dweller agreed to teach him, so Thoth remained in the Temple for an extended period of time learning the path to Amenti. And here is where he tells us that he’s been granted immortality, and a different method of renewal and rebirth than the reincarnation a human experiences.

Taught me he, the path to Amenti,
the underworld where the great king sits
upon his throne of might.

Deep I bowed in homage before the Lords of Life
and the Lords of Death,
receiving as my gift the Key of Life.

Free was I of the Halls of Amenti,
bound not be death to the circle of life.
Far to the stars I journeyed until
space and time became as naught.

And regarding a human’s reincarnation process:

Down through the ages I lived,
seeing those around me taste of the cup
of death and return again in the light of life.

And when those in Atlantis lost their way and preferred darkness over light, shit, as they say, got real:

Gradually from the Kingdoms of Atlantis passed waves
of consciousness that had been one with me,
only to be replaced by spawn of a lower star.

In obedience to the law,
the word of the Master grew into flower.
Downward into the darkness turned the
thoughts of the Atlanteans,
Until at last in this wrath arose from his AGWANTI,
the Dweller, (this word has no English equivalent;
it means a state of detachment)
speaking The Word, calling the power.

Deep in Earth’s heart, the sons of Amenti heard,
and hearing, directing the changing of the flower of fire
that burns eternally, changing and shifting, using the LOGOS,
until that great fire changed its direction.

Over the world then broke the great waters,
drowning and sinking,
changing Earth’s balance
until only the Temple of Light was left
standing on the great mountain on UNDAL
still rising out of the water;
some there were who were living,
saved from the rush of the fountains.

Apparently, the sons of Amenti energetically caused a pole shift with a great flood as the result. Was this the flood mentioned in the Bible? Possibly, or it was one of many. Earth’s balance was changed and Thoth tells us that only the Temple of Light was left along with a handful of others who were saved.

The Bible is an interesting document, and with all its rewrites and flaws, I view it as an account of our interaction with visitors to Earth who were involved in our creation via genetic manipulation. The God of the Bible isn’t the Creator, in my estimation, but the primary ruler of our progenitors.

Thoth states that the Master, the Dweller?, told him to take everyone who was left alive to Khem, today known as Egypt, which he does by using the Master’s space ship. As they rose into the air, they witnessed the Temple sinking into the sea.

Gathered I then my people and
entered the great ship of the Master.
Upward we rose into the morning.
Dark beneath us lay the Temple.
Suddenly over it rose the waters.
Vanished from Earth,
until the time appointed,
was the great Temple.

Upon reaching Khem, Thoth tells us further that the indigenous people were not happy to see them and became violent in defense of their land. Thoth, his staff emitting a ray, forced them to hear him.

Then raised I my staff and directed a ray of vibration,
striking them still in their tracks as fragments
of stone of the mountain.

Then spoke I to them in words calm and peaceful,
telling them of the might of Atlantis,
saying we were children of the Sun and its messengers.
Cowed I them by my display of magic-science,
until at my feet they groveled, when I released them.

Thoth and his people remained in Khem for a long time, eventually sending out Sons of Atlantis to various areas of the Earth to bring his message of love and truth to the rest of humanity.

Long dwelt we in the land of KHEM,
long and yet long again.
Until obeying the commands of the Master,
who while sleeping yet lives eternally,
I sent from me the Sons of Atlantis,
sent them in many directions,
that from the womb of time wisdom
might rise again in her children.

But as time went on, Thoth needed access to Amenti so that he could experience his own rebirth and renewal,a different process than the typical reincarnation that humanity experiences, so he created one using among other things, a crystal pyramid for energy direction:

Blasted I then a path to Amenti so
that I might retain my powers,
living from age to age a Sun of Atlantis,
keeping the wisdom, preserving the records.

And:

Now for a time I go from among them into
the dark halls of Amenti,
deep in the halls of the Earth,
before the Lords of the powers,
face to face once again with the Dweller.

Raised I high over the entrance, a doorway, a gateway
leading down to Amenti.

Few there would be with courage to dare it,
few pass the portal to dark Amenti.
Raised over the passage, I, a mighty pyramid,
using the power that overcomes Earth force (gravity).
Deep and yet deeper place I a force-house or chamber;
from it carved I a circular passage
reaching almost to the great summit.

There in the apex, set I the crystal,
sending the ray into the “Time-Space,”
drawing the force from out of the ether,
concentrating upon the gateway to Amenti.

So, Thoth actually constructs the physical entrance to Amenti along with the Great Pyramid of Giza using the same crystal pyramid power that overcomes the gravity of earth.

Builded I the Great Pyramid,
patterned after the pyramid of Earth force,
burning eternally so that it, too,
might remain through the ages.

In it, I builded my knowledge of “Magic-Science”
so that I might be here when again I return from Amenti,
Aye, while I sleep in the Halls of Amenti,
my Soul roaming free will incarnate,
dwell among men in this form or another. (Hermes, thrice-born.)

Emissary on Earth am I of the Dweller,
fulfilling his commands so many might be lifted.
Now return I to the halls of Amenti,
leaving behind me some of my wisdom.
Preserve ye and keep ye the command of the Dweller:
Lift ever upwards your eyes toward the light.

It’s interesting that Thoth shares with us the fact that while he takes his respite in the Halls of Amenti, his soul remains free to incarnate as other entities;

Aye, while I sleep in the Halls of Amenti,
my Soul roaming free will incarnate,
dwell among men in this form or another. (Hermes, thrice-born.)

The Emerald Tablets are attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, or Hermes, thrice-born, who is considered to be Thoth in another form. Throughout the remaining tablets, Thoth describes further who we are and counsels that living solely within the body isn’t necessary, that astrally projecting allows us to explore more of the universe as well as more of who we are.

I plan to go through each tablet to mine their spiritual gems for they are endless. Thoth ends with the following:

Surely in time, ye are one with the Master,
surely by right ye are one with the Master,
surely by right yet are one with the ALL.

Now, I depart from ye.
Know my commandments,
keep them and be them,
and I will be with you,
helping and guiding you into the Light.

Now before me opens the portal.
Go I down in the darkness of night.

The Emerald Tablets represent one of the most comprehensive viewpoints on who we are apart from the form we take. Life is not what many of us believe that it is and our written history is varied and therefore suspect. There is nothing to work our way back to other than remembrance of who we are, something that Thoth explains quite well.

Tablet #2 is next.

Blessings!

 

 

Tablet 1

 I, THOTH, the Atlantean, master of mysteries,
keeper of records, mighty king, magician,
living from generation to generation,
being about to pass into the halls of Amenti,
set down for the guidance of
those that are to come after,
these records of the mighty wisdom of Great Atlantis.

In the great city of KEOR on the island of UNDAL,
in a time far past, I began this incarnation.
Not as the little men of the present age did
the mighty ones of Atlantis live and die,
but rather from aeon to aeon did they renew
their life in the Halls of Amenti where the river of life
flows eternally onward.

A hundred times ten
have I descended the dark way that led into light,
and as many times have I ascended from the
darkness into the light my strength and power renewed.

Now for a time I descend,
and the men of KHEM (Khem is ancient Egypt)
shall know me no more.

But in a time yet unborn will I rise again,
mighty and potent, requiring an accounting
of those left behind me.

Then beware, O men of KHEM,
if ye have falsely betrayed my teaching,
for I shall cast ye down from your high estate
into the darkness of the caves from whence ye came.

Betray not my secrets
to the men of the North
or the men of the South
lest my curse fall upon ye.

Remember and heed my words,
for surely will I return again
and require of thee that which ye guard.
Aye, even from beyond time and
from beyond death will I return,
rewarding or punishing
as ye have requited your truest.

Great were my people in the ancient days,
great beyond the conception of the
little people now around me;
knowing the wisdom of old,
seeking far within the heart of infinity
knowledge that belonged to Earth’s youth.

Wise were we with the wisdom
of the Children of Light who dwelt among us.
Strong were we with the power drawn
from the eternal fire.

And of all these, greatest among the
children of men was my father, THOTME,
keeper of the great temple,
link between the Children of Light
who dwelt within the temple and the
races of men who inhabited the ten islands.

Mouthpiece, after the Three,
of the Dweller of UNAL,
speaking to the Kings
with the voice that must be obeyed.

Grew I there from a child into manhood,
being taught by my father the elder mysteries,
until in time there grew within the fire of wisdom,
until it burst into a consuming flame.

Naught desired I but the attainment of wisdom.
Until on a great day the command came from the
Dweller of the Temple that I be brought before him.
Few there were among the children of men
who had looked upon that mighty face and lived,
for not as the sons of men are the
Children of Light when they are not incarnate
in a physical body.

Chosen was I from the sons of men,
taught by the Dweller so that his
purposes might be fulfilled,
purposes yet unborn in the womb of time.

Long ages I dwelt in the Temple,
learning ever and yet ever more wisdom,
until I, too, approached the light emitted
from the great fire.

Taught me he, the path to Amenti,
the underworld where the great king sits
upon his throne of might.

Deep I bowed in homage before the Lords of Life
and the Lords of Death,
receiving as my gift the Key of Life.

Free was I of the Halls of Amenti,
bound not be death to the circle of life.
Far to the stars I journeyed until
space and time became as naught.

Then having drunk deep of the cup of wisdom,
I looked into the hearts of men and there found I
greater mysteries and was glad.
For only in the Search for Truth could my Soul
be stilled and the flame within be quenched.

Down through the ages I lived,
seeing those around me taste of the cup
of death and return again in the light of life.

Gradually from the Kingdoms of Atlantis passed waves
of consciousness that had been one with me,
only to be replaced by spawn of a lower star.

In obedience to the law,
the word of the Master grew into flower.
Downward into the darkness turned the
thoughts of the Atlanteans,
Until at last in this wrath arose from his AGWANTI,
the Dweller, (this word has no English equivalent;
it means a state of detachment)
speaking The Word, calling the power.

Deep in Earth’s heart, the sons of Amenti heard,
and hearing, directing the changing of the flower of fire
that burns eternally, changing and shifting, using the LOGOS,
until that great fire changed its direction.

Over the world then broke the great waters,
drowning and sinking,
changing Earth’s balance
until only the Temple of Light was left
standing on the great mountain on UNDAL
still rising out of the water;
some there were who were living,
saved from the rush of the fountains.

Called to me then the Master, saying:
Gather ye together my people.
Take them by the arts ye have learned of far across the waters,
until ye reach the land of the hairy barbarians,
dwelling in caves of the desert.
Follow there the plan that yet know of.

Gathered I then my people and
entered the great ship of the Master.
Upward we rose into the morning.
Dark beneath us lay the Temple.
Suddenly over it rose the waters.
Vanished from Earth,
until the time appointed,
was the great Temple.

Fast we fled toward the sun of the morning,
until beneath us lay the land of the children of KHEM.
Raging, they came with cudgels and spears,
lifted in anger seeking to slay and utterly destroy the Sons of Atlantis.

Then raised I my staff and directed a ray of vibration,
striking them still in their tracks as fragments
of stone of the mountain.

Then spoke I to them in words calm and peaceful,
telling them of the might of Atlantis,
saying we were children of the Sun and its messengers.
Cowed I them by my display of magic-science,
until at my feet they groveled, when I released them.

Long dwelt we in the land of KHEM,
long and yet long again.
Until obeying the commands of the Master,
who while sleeping yet lives eternally,
I sent from me the Sons of Atlantis,
sent them in many directions,
that from the womb of time wisdom
might rise again in her children.

Long time dwelt I in the land of KHEM,
doing great works by the wisdom within me.
Upward grew into the light of knowledge
the children of KHEM,
watered by the rains of my wisdom.

Blasted I then a path to Amenti so
that I might retain my powers,
living from age to age a Sun of Atlantis,
keeping the wisdom, preserving the records.

Great few the sons of KHEM,
conquering the people around them,
growing slowly upwards in Soul force.

Now for a time I go from among them into
the dark halls of Amenti,
deep in the halls of the Earth,
before the Lords of the powers,
face to face once again with the Dweller.

Raised I high over the entrance, a doorway, a gateway
leading down to Amenti.

Few there would be with courage to dare it,
few pass the portal to dark Amenti.
Raised over the passage, I, a mighty pyramid,
using the power that overcomes Earth force (gravity).
Deep and yet deeper place I a force-house or chamber;
from it carved I a circular passage
reaching almost to the great summit.

There in the apex, set I the crystal,
sending the ray into the “Time-Space,”
drawing the force from out of the ether,
concentrating upon the gateway to Amenti.

Other chambers I built and left vacant to all seeming,
yet hidden within them are the keys to Amenti.
He who in courage would dare the dark realms,
let him be purified first by long fasting.

Lie in the sarcophagus of stone in my chamber.
Then reveal I to him the great mysteries.
Soon shall he follow to where I shall meet him,
even in the darkness of Earth shall I meet him, I,
Thoth, Lord of Wisdom, meet him and hold him
and dwell with him always.

Builded I the Great Pyramid,
patterned after the pyramid of Earth force,
burning eternally so that it, too,
might remain through the ages.

In it, I builded my knowledge of “Magic-Science”
so that I might be here when again I return from Amenti,
Aye, while I sleep in the Halls of Amenti,
my Soul roaming free will incarnate,
dwell among men in this form or another. (Hermes, thrice-born.)

Emissary on Earth am I of the Dweller,
fulfilling his commands so many might be lifted.
Now return I to the halls of Amenti,
leaving behind me some of my wisdom.
Preserve ye and keep ye the command of the Dweller:
Lift ever upwards your eyes toward the light.

Surely in time, ye are one with the Master,
surely by right ye are one with the Master,
surely by right yet are one with the ALL.

Now, I depart from ye.
Know my commandments,
keep them and be them,
and I will be with you,
helping and guiding you into the Light.

Now before me opens the portal.
Go I down in the darkness of night. ¹

 

 

References:

  1. The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean
  2. Doreal, M. The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean
  3. Clark, Gerald R. The 7th Planet, Mercury Rising.
  4. photo sources: Thoth. Wikipedia.
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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!