Friday, March 27, 2015

3/27/15 The Sun reversed and the Three of Cups

Back to the Thoth Tarot today.  I threw The Sun reversed and the Three of Cups. 

The Sun corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), our Sun (the inner core of a person or situation), Resh (the face; reason), and the Path between Yesod (the place where patterns and images emerge that may manifest in the physical world) and Hod (provides analysis and communication), and it tells of a time of enlightenment and peace that comes after the completion of some ordeal.

The Thoth Sun card is brilliantly lit, and includes a pair of dancing figures and the signs of the solar zodiac.  Crowley sees this one as representing truth, glory, pleasure, gain and riches, as well as shamelessness and vanity. The Sun is about manifestations of all kinds, as well as recovery from sickness.  The reversed Sun is not a bad card; we modern humans understand that our sun does not blink out at night, nor does it die as the Fall comes to an end.

The Three of Cups (Mercury, reason, intelligence, orderliness, communication, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody) is about connections, emotional abundance, and about blessings.  This card shows what could be born from the potential to experience potent emotions and feelings of the Ace, and the caring, attraction and chemistry of the Two.

To Crowley, the Three of Cups represents abundance of all kinds.  It is a card that reminds us that love is fruitful, and dreams do come true.  The Thoth Three of Cups is also about hospitality, eating and drinking, and even new clothes.

Today will be a good day, filled with abundance and pleasure.  The clouds may be covering the sky (it is a cold, rainy day, so The Sun is literally reversed), but the Spring flowers are just poking their heads up from the cold, wet ground.  Even with The Sun in a reversed position, its golden light enriches us all. 


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

3/22/15 Transparent Oracle Sunday!

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

15, Landscape: Desert (South). South is the direction of the midday sun and the peak of power and illumination; this direction is associated with passionate drive and creativity.   Desert represents an extreme environment that upon initial examination seems to preclude life; actually this Landscape just challenges life, severely, but if we see that challenge as a chance to test our endurance and our ability to adapt to difficult situations, we will prosper.

28, Guide: Frog (West). West is the direction of Water, and thus, of feelings and emotions, relationships of all kinds, cleansing and healing, the wisdom associated with natural endings, and the bubbling up of pure joy.  Water is necessary for Frog to exist and thrive.  Frog tells of fertility and creativity, and Frog also represents the amazing transformations that occur during a lifetime.  We need to grow and adapt to the situations that present themselves, and Frog is an expert at this!  Frog has a permeable skin, so this card is also associated with healing and empathy and healing, and with partnerships.

4, Time of Day: Dawn (East).  East is the direction of the rising sun, and thus of new beginnings and fresh ideas, as well as knowledge, intellectual ideas and thoughts.  Dawn is a magickal time, a crossroad between the quiet and serenity of night, and the action and manifestation of the day.  With the first rays of the rising sun we move out of our dreaming consciousness and into an awakened perception, and it is during this crossroad that we might be able to bring the messages of our dreams into the light of day, so we can better manifest them.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  At first glance, Frog looks like he is surrounded by trouble.  Frog is bracketed by Desert, an environment that offers very little water, and Dawn, the beginning of the sun’s fiery trip across the heavens.  Not a drop of water in sight!  What I need to remember today is that often the best ideas and the most creative concepts are born smack dab in the middle of a hostile environment and rather than whither up and die, they thrive under adversity.  I need to shield myself from these uncomfortable conditions but my shield needs to be permeable, like the skin of Frog.  Emotions and feelings need to flow with control, not so much that they are all sucked out of me, but not so little that I shut myself away from the rest of the world, and the assistance to be had.  Dawn offers dew and the remnants of half-remembered dreams, both of which can be taken with us as we move into the day.  Perhaps a drop of dew or a fragment of a dream will sustain me through the coming heat and dryness.

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3/21/15 Daughter/Page of Wands and Death reversed

Back to the Wild Unknown Tarot!  My cards are the Daughter of Wands and Death reversed. 

The Daughter is equal to the Page. The Page of Wands (Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody; Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic noble egotistical; and Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented) is fun to be around, unless you have a migraine. He is about being open to new experiences and about being enthusiastic about whatever is happening, and his optimism just might tip things into the right direction.  He is reversed today, and my energies might be a bit scattered.  My easily distracted state of mind might not be a hindrance, though.

The image on the Wild Unknown Daughter of Wands is beautiful.  The snake (the symbol of Wands in this deck) is vibrantly colored, as if she had just completed shedding her skin.  She is coiled around her Wand, a branch from a flowering cherry tree.  Flowering cherries symbolize clouds, the birthplace of the lightning strike, and they symbolize the ephemeral nature of life (a concept which has a name, “mono no aware,” the awareness of impermanence.  The serpent on this card has almost completed positioning herself in the symbol of eternity, the figure 8.  But the symbol is not complete; another indication of impermanence.  This image seems to be telling me to enjoy and take advantage of the beauty of “now,” because it is a unique work of art, gone in a blink of an eye.

The Death card of the Major Arcana corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and sensitive, imaginative energy that strives to stay the same or take the same course), Scorpio, Nun (fish head; liberation), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration), and it tells of natural change that cannot be stopped, and that usually involves the potential to step upward on the evolutionary ladder. Many people fear this card, but Death can be seen as representing natural change through alchemic putrefaction.  This card also reminds us that in order for the seed to sprout, it must be destroyed or broken open.

I adore the image on the Wild Unknown Death card; it absolutely captures the idea of transformation without bringing in the fear.  Here is the duckling of The Fool and the swan of the Cups Court Cards of this deck, or at least what is left of them after their life forces have departed and their bodies have mostly decayed and gone back to where they began so new life can spring from their ingredients.  There are still some feathers left, and a beak on the skull, like the fading memories left in our minds of someone who was once alive.  Most of what was here once has gone on to another plane of existence, the life force back to the Divine and the body back to the Earth.  We don’t know what it is like to die, but there is a rightness to this image that reassures.  Life may not be forever, but neither is Death.

Endings are as necessary in life as beginnings, and today I am being reminded that the cycles of life, no matter how pleasant or feared they may be, have a beauty about them.  Our life cycles have an elegant simplicity about them.  Nothing is wasted, and everything has value.  As I move away from the changes and transformations that have occurred for me over the past months, I need to remember to not dwell too much on the events of the past, or the possibilities of the future.  Instead, I should embrace this moment in time and look for the possibilities hidden within it.  They have so much to offer me, and they are right here, in my hands.  How exciting is that??!!

Ostara Blessings!

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

3/19/15 Ace of Swords and Nine of Coins reversed

Today I am going back to my Legacy of the Divine cards.  The Legacy Tarot is a favorite of mine for doing readings for others.  The cards I threw today are the Ace of Swords and the Nine of Coins reversed. 

The Ace of Swords (Capricorn, “I build,” ambition, caution authority, cunning, Aquarius and Pisces, “I believe,” feeling, duality, soul growth, artistic) tells of the birth of ideas and concepts; it offers the power to analyze that is necessary in order to make good choices, to determine personal truth, and in order to react correctly to events in our day.   This card is about intellectual potential, and it is about that feeling that occurs when lightning strikes and a new idea is formed.  If we are lucky, the ideas presented by this card just might last through to manifestation.

The Legacy Ace of Swords shows bald eagles soaring around a Sword, point facing downward (ownership), with the insignia of Air on the hilt.  Thoughts can go anywhere, and the workings of the mind and the intellect can be noble and far-seeing.  These are things to remember today.

The Nine of Coins (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented) in an upright position tells of accomplishment through the imposition of discipline. 

The Legacy Nine of Coins makes me think of The Empress, and in a lot of ways this card in an upright position can be seen as a Minor Arcana version of The Empress.  The Legacy card also hints at seeing these accomplishments through rose-colored glasses.  Affluence and comfort allow us to spend time focusing inward, true; and that ability to shut out the world and focus inward might not be possible without affluence and comfort. 

But since this Nine is reversed, perhaps I am being told that an obsession with setting up the resources necessary to look within might be counterproductive.  Today I should not worry about being able to please the senses.  Those kinds of resources are huge distractions to me today.  Instead, I need to use the power of my mind (and the strength of Will, carefully honed) to keep me on the straight and narrow

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

3/18/15 Six of Disks reversed and Five of Wands reversed

I’m feeling the urge to pick um my Thoth Tarot (let’s be honest, my deck has been yelling and screaming and stamping its feet because it feels ignored!), so that’s the deck I’m using today.  My cards are the Six of Disks (“Success”) reversed and the Five of Wands (“Strive”) reversed.  LOL, are my cards still having a tantrum?  Let’s interpret, and see.

The Six of Disks (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Taurus, “I have,” Sensual, cautious, stubborn) brings an awareness of resources to the situation, both those that I have and those that I don’t have, in both the upright and reversed position. This card shows us what happens when we don’t let the apparent failure of the Five of Disks hold us back.

Crowley sees the Six of Disks as a card of balance, and while that balance is fertile, it is also temporary.  The Thoth Six of Disks offers a brief reward for our efforts, and a glimpse of a possible end result that will bring success.  My card is reversed today, and while I do need to remember that resources are important, it is more important to remember that those resources are not the be-all and end-all of the project. 

The Five of Wands, which corresponds with Saturn (discipline, responsibility, law and order) in Leo (“I am, passionate, dramatic, egotistical) in an upright position indicates a struggle caused by annoying cross-purposes, or this discomfort could be caused by growing pains. The traditional image on this card makes me laugh, and makes me remember setting up a tent in order to camp.  LOL, talk about cross-purposes!

The Thoth Five of Wands shows ten flames separated by Wands.  DuQuette describes this one as “a picture of hot, pressurized magma struggling to reach the surface of the volcano, but frustrated by the sheer weight of the mountain itself.”  That makes sense, in a unique “Uncle Al” way. 

Things can get done, and done in a beneficial way, without any resources at all, so I can’t allow myself to become too dependent on the resources.  This is the lesson that all mages need to learn once they accumulate their personal tools.  Don’t become dependent on them!  I also need to remember that growth involves discomfort as well as euphoria, and it involves the overcoming of inertia.  This last concept could be the message of both of my cards today.  Struggling against insurmountable odds, even if I fail, is a good way to add to my strength and focus.


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Monday, March 16, 2015

3/16/15 Temperance and The Sun

Today, I am working with the Shadowscapes Tarot, one I haven’t used in a while.  The cards I threw are Temperance reversed and The Sun.  Wow!!

Temperance corresponds with Sagittarius (“I seek,” philosophic, adventurous, blundering) Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive, energetic change), Samekh (the tent post), and the Path between Yesod (the place where patterns and images emerge that may manifest into the physical world of action and outer reality) and Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify), and presents one version of the concept of balance: balance achieved through knowledge and experience of extremes.  If you split the Major Arcana cards into two horizontal categories, theory and practice, and two vertical categories, active and passive, Temperance falls in the middle of the passive practice cards. You could say that it presents a balanced version of active, outer energy and passive, inner energy, and even if releasing that which cannot be changed does not solve the problem, it will allow the return of this beautiful balance.

The Shadowscapes Temperance card shows a woman working with a dragon and a phoenix, maintaining a balance of opposites by providing small adjustments here and there, as needed.  “Without water, fire rages utterly unchecked and all-consuming, burning itself out eventually in a terrible conflagration.  And without fire, the waters are lightless and drowning, flooding until there is only a still, silent mirror of nothing.”  Limits need to be defined in order to achieve balance. 

The Sun corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), our Sun (the inner core of a person or situation), Resh (the face; reason), and the Path between Yesod (the place where patterns and images emerge that may manifest in the physical world) and Hod (provides analysis and communication), and it tells of a time of enlightenment and peace that comes after the completion of some ordeal. 

The Sun is golden and warm, and its light illuminates all.  We are reminded within the Shadowscapes Sun card that our Sun is a star, similar to the twinkling lights of night.  However the light of our Sun lights our world so its splendor can be perceived.  

The Shadowscapes Tarot does not have reversals, so I am going to interpret that reversed Temperance card as telling me that balance will be achieved today, but not by expected methods.  Things might seem to be upside-down today, but that in itself can offer balance, and if I believe that for today, even an upside-down balance will turn to golden light, I will end the day with a smile on my face.  Both of these cards have golden fire on them, the phoenix on Temperance and the sun on The Sun.  Light will lace its way through the day, hopefully allowing me to see in all the dark corners.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

3/15/15 Transparent Oracle Sunday!

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

29, Guide: Turtle (West). West is the direction of Water, and thus, of feelings and emotions, relationships of all kinds, cleansing and healing, the wisdom associated with natural endings, and the bubbling up of pure joy.  Water is Turtle’s environment, but not only Water, for many Turtles are at home on Earth (and in fact, Turtles lay their eggs on Earth).  Turtle offers us an opportunity to learn about protection; not the kind of protection that shuts out the world but rather, the kind of protection that allows us to dive deep and explore the unknown without fear.  Turtle is also slow and steady, is patient, and endures; Turtle has a long lifespan, and has existed relatively unchanged since ancient times.  Turtle’s shell shows us how to exist in spite of the churning eddies of life, without being affected by them.  After all, she is able to safely travel between the worlds because she is well-protected.

61, Gateway: The Self (Within). This card is considered a “blank canvas,” in that it has faces and hands like the other Within cards, but there are no traits or textures or shapes or colors infused into the faces and hands.  That is because each of us is unique; this is a great significator card, and I am choosing to accept The Self as offering a message: “These cards offer a unique message to you, but that message must be perceived through your own unique senses and interpreted through your own unique intellect.”  This card tells us that the first and main purpose of life and living is to get to know our individual Self.

35, Landscape: Forest (North). North is the direction of Earth, and thus of the physical or physically formed or manifested world, and of nurturing, health, finances and security, and the wisdom associated with living simply, being well-grounded, and being in touch with our physical body.  Forest is about the results over the long term, results which happen because of fertility and nurturing and patience; Forest represents the manifestation of age and wisdom and patience, connections (and results) that are not openly apparent but rather, like roots under the ground, are all around us.  Different energies can work together; a Forest is proof of that.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  This one has a different feel from the past few weeks; rather than a sense of accomplishment, my first instinct with this one is a sense of blockage.  Getting to know myself is an ongoing process, I know this, and from the messages in these cards I am getting a hint that it is time to examine a new layer of the Self.  It seems that self-protection will be an important part of this process, the ability to shut things out, the ability to open completely, and the ability to open to what I need or want and still filter out distractions.  This is a long-term project, for sure, and it won’t be accomplished by just shutting out the outside world.  Time to stick my head out from my protective shell and see what is around me!!

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