Monday, September 1, 2014

9/1/14

Seven of Wands reversed/Eight of Pentacles. The Seven of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, natural leader, egotistical, selfish) in an upright position reminds me that my own judgment is worth relying on, so I should have confidence in that judgment.  This card also reminds me to choose my projects carefully, and then stand by them until the end.  The Legacy Seven of Wands has a personal message to me whether upright or reversed: a test is coming.  To me, this reversed Seven of Wands is cautioning me coming and going today, and I’m being warned that sometimes no action is not the right choice. Denying a situation or ignoring it might bring grief in the end.  The Eight of Pentacles (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation, in Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, sensible, orderly) tells us that diligence and an awareness of details is important.  This card tells me to act as well, to act by making use of skills and talents, and to pay attention to each step. 

My Thoth cards are the Seven of Wands (“Valor”) and Aeon (Judgement) reversed.  Bookends!  Uncle Al calls this card Valor, but as usual he offers an uncomfortable twist.  This Valor is more on the line of machismo, not always useful.  He also reminds us that if the army is in disarray, individuals may still save the day.  Aeon/Judgement corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), Pluto (power, metamorphosis, cycles of dying and becoming), Shin (fang), and the Path between Malkuth (the physical world of action and physical, outer reality) and Hod (provides analysis and communication) and represents an opportunity to tally up and pay the bill so we can have a fresh start.  Crowley sees it as representing a final step that ends an issue of the past and at the same time brings us forward.  Today a focus on deliberately releasing and leaving behind the things that no longer serve me could be a waste of energy.  I just might throw out something I will need tomorrow! 

My Legacy card is The Hanging Man, flavored by the Three of Swords.  Ugh! The Hanging Man corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and emotional, sensitive and imaginative energy that tends to move deep, and attempts to take the same path as in the past), Neptune (inspiration, spirituality, magick, enchantment, dreams, altered states), and the Hebrew letter Mem (water, stability and balance, the reflective quality of thought), and presents the kind of balance that comes to us through surrender, and through deliberately attempting to see things in a different way.  This card tells of initiation and destiny, as well as sacrifice and loss, but the interesting thing here is that in many situations, the face of the Hanging Man is not distorted by pain or suffering, as we would expect.  Instead he is serene, as if he was experiencing a quiet epiphany.  This card has a “wait and see” feel about it, or maybe a fatalistic acceptance of what presents itself.  The Legacy Hanging Man is seen as a halfway point through the Majors, and that idea makes this suspension-and-sacrifice somewhat more important. My Hanging man is being flavored by the dreaded Three of Swords. The Three of Swords (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitations and resistance, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) usually indicates the possibility that logic, rationalizing and the intellect could end up causing harm if they are not used with balance and compassion. In the Thoth Tarot, this card is seen as indicating not a specific sorrow, but rather melancholy, the kind of melancholy that actually brings changes for the good in the end.  The Legacy Three of Swords tells us that at least we know what is going on; now we can begin to heal.  And perhaps the best way to heal is to surrender to whatever happened, and try to see it in a different way so I can learn from it.

More about my Bookends card, the Seven of Wands.  The energies of this card are interesting: we have the pause of the number 7, and the Fire of the Suit of Wands.  No wonder this card is about taking a stand; how else could these seemingly opposing energies manifest together?  The Tarot of the Sephiroth sees this card as representing regenerative force, and the gathering and focusing of power.  The Legacy Tarot sees the Seven of Wands as representing a possible degeneration of the victory of the Six of Wands; the card does not predict defeat but it warns us to be ready, because the challenge is not over.  In the book Tarot Dynamics, the Seven of Wands is seen to represent adaptability that allows us to gain the upper hand.   The cool thing about this card is that it not only represents courage, it also represents fear.  The Seven of Wands encourages us to feel and acknowledge our fear, but not allow it to hold us back.  Cool, eh?

My 6-digit date number is 6, the number of vertical and horizontal balance.

My horoscopes: “elusions of grandeur? You're already as optimistic as they come, Sagittarius, but when the Moon in your house of self and identity forms a tricky angle with ungrounded and impressionable Neptune today, you might just bite off more than you can chew. Sure, maybe you think you could be the next Rihanna or Channing Tatum, but before you quit your day job to vie for the spotlight, check out your facts. A cosmic hint: Be wary of anyone who promises something that's too good to be true today.”

And: “You may have endless ideas streaming through your head but little patience to see any of them through to the end. Perhaps you are so busy jumping from one thought to the next that you don't take any of them far enough to know whether they are worthwhile pursuing or not. Write thoughts down as they come to you, and go over them later when your mind is in a quieter state.

My latest Tarot Talk column is up on Pagan Pages, here: http://paganpages.org/content/2014/09/tarot-talk-44/.

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8/31/14

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

39, Guide: Wolf (North). Wolves are seen by many as dangerous, even evil, but we should always keep in mind when we are working with Wolf that he is the ancestor of the dogs we humans love so much.  Wolf has a strong sense of family, and of rank within that family.  Wolf can communicate over great distances, and has the stamina to travel those distances in the first place.  Wolf has keen instincts, and a strong urge to protect his territory.

50, Polarity: White Dragon (Above). The direction of Above takes us up and out of the four traditional elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth, and reminds us that we are but a small part of the Cosmos.  Above also reminds us that while the Machinery of the Universe is huge, it does have an effect on each of us, and each of us is an important part of the workings of that Machinery.  The White Dragon represents masculine, dispassionate, celestial energies that come into us and into our world from “Above.”  If you see the solar system and the universe as being alive, and as being filled with the manifestations of the Sacred Essences that are the source of life and awareness, then these energies are very important.  We are the Microcosm, after all, and these energies are from the polar opposite, the Macrocosm . . . filled with information, knowledge and wisdom

45, Mars (Above). Mars is about drive and energy and passion; it is also about striving to do things our own way, about conquest, power and aggression.  Mars can bring sexual tension, often infused with domination or submission, as well as fiery tempers.  Since Mars is connected to the element of Fire, all the traits of this planet can bring transformation.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  Mars seems to be emanating from Wolf, and that makes sense.  Dominatin and submission are a part of the wolf pack, and provong oneself able to be the Alpha is no small accomplishment.  Sexual tension is also a part of the wolf pack, and in order to mate and reproduce, the Alpha must be strong, and skilled at surviving and at caring for those who require protecting and nurturing.  The Whie Dragon also represents this concept of Alpha, or of outer, active male essences that are the catalyst of life. It appears that the big picture is important now, as are actions, and consequences. 

We had a short weekend in Cape May this Labor Day because we have work, and that is a good thing.  We had company for dinner both nights, but no overnight guests.  I spent the day taking pictures of my flowers.

We came home today, and imagine our delight when The Hubs and I went out to take a quick, refreshing swim in our landlord’s pool, and found that neighbors were having a picnic, with live music!  We took a quick swim and then sat with a glass of wine, listening to a playlist that we would have chosen ourselves.  Reward for putting the nose to the grindstone?  Cool.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

8/29/14

The Wheel of Fortune reversed/Five of Cups. The Wheel of Fortune (Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), Jupiter (expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune), Kaph (grasping hand), and the Path between Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration) and Chesed (the place where forms and structure are stabilized and nurtured)) tells of sudden movement, but not movement caused by us or controlled by us.  The Wheel reminds us that nothing is permanent and everything is always in motion, motion that we can’t control.  The Wheel tells of luck and good fortune, and it tells of the concept of progression; nothing stands still, except if I allow it.  Because my Wheel is reversed today, there might be a sort of disconnect.  Things are happening all around me, but I may not feel integrated or involfed.  The Five of Cups (Mars, action, aggression, drive, in Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, controlling, mysterious, obsessive) tells of an emotional setback or disappointment, or perhaps the belief that a wrong choice has been made; this card also warns us that we are focusing too much on difficult emotions. I am being told that while it may seem that the uncomfortable stuff is ruling my day, there are some hidden satisfactions to be found, and if I look for it (maybe look for it in an unexpected place), I will find it.

My Thoth cards are The High Priestess reversed and the Queen of Cups reversed.  Well, there is an imbalance! The High Priestess (Water; the Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination; Gimel, the camel who safely crosses Da’ath, the Abyss, and thus, has the secret of life; and the Path between Tiphareth, the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify, and Kether, the source, limitless possibility), is one-half of the Major Arcana representation of the Sacred Feminine, with The Empress being the other half. The High Priestess is the source of the power of The Magician (who is also in my spread today), the feminine version of The Hierophant, and the Keeper of the Mysteries.  She is the Gatekeeper who determines whether I am ready to experience the Mysteries, and she is somewhat removed from everyday life although her mind is receptive.   She is reversed today, and perhaps today I will need a bit of grounding, some Earth energy, or even Fire energy, rather than Water. The Queen of Cups (cusp of Gemini, “I think,” curious, sociable, dual, and Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody) represents the energies of Water and The High Priestess manifested into the Minor Arcana.  She is comfortable with her own feelings (whatever they are), and she nurtures and encourages the dreams of others, too.  My Queen is also reversed, validating my consideration of an imbalance in my emotional self or my inner focus.

My Legacy card is the Page of Swords reversed, flavored by the Knight of Cups reversed.  Lots of reversed Court Cards. The Page of Swords (Capricorn, “I build,” ambitious, competent, cautious, cunning, Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, the group, society, cause-oriented, and Pisces, “I believe,” feelings, duality, soul growth, spirituality) in an upright position encourages us to use our mind and intellect to analyze our situations as well as our emotions and feelings.  Since the Page is reversed, any attempt at analysis just might blow up in my face.  My reversed Page of Swords is being flavored by the reversed Knight of Cups. The Knight of Cups (cusp of Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, the group, cause-oriented, and Pisces, “I believe,” feelings, duality, suffering, soul growth) is about feeling things strongly and without restraint or grounding.  Upright, this Knight appears calm to others, but inwardly he feels things strongly.  He is reversed today, and this might mean I may be tempted to wear my heart on my sleeve, or allow my emotions to rule me, and that will not be a good thing. My only upright card today is the Five of Cups, and while the day may be uncomfortable, at least on the surface, I need to remain focused.  The reversed Wheel tells me that help is there, I just need to perceive it.

My 6-digit date number is 6, the number of vertical and horizontal balance.  LOL, go figure.

My horoscopes: “With the Sun at the apex of your chart, you may get the grandiose notion to get your entire life in order today. But employ restraint so that you won't accidently throw the baby out with the bathwater. A fuzzy opposition with nebulous Neptune can actually help in an unpredictable way by causing your plans to go awry. So take it as a cosmic redirect if, for example, you try to give up wheat, dairy and sugar all at once starting this morning—and wind up going out for pizza with pals tonight.”

And: “In general, your spirit is upbeat, freedom loving, and adventuresome. Today, however, you might find that it is a bit more intense and possibly a bit somber, especially when it comes to romantic issues. This approach to matters of the heart isn't exactly your normal style, but you are apt to find that it is appropriate for your situation at this time. Make sure you have the right tool for the job at hand.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

8/28/14

Six of Wands reversed/Page of Pentacles.  The Six of Wands (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, noble, authoritative) in an upright position expresses the celebration we feel when we have passed some test or successfully met a challenge. Since my card is reversed, the results may not be clear or conclusive just yet.  I should not panic; I need to remember that while the flurry of Wands cards of the past few days appears to be settling down, the dust has not settled yet.  The Page of Pentacles (Aries, “I want,” assertive, action oriented, Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, sociable, dual) is down-to-earth and responsible, and a listener and a learner. The Page of Pentacles loves to learn new things and have new experiences, and he loves to share the excitement created through experiencing new things.  Change is fun, after all.  Today I should attempt to get some things on my To-Do list, but I should not see this effort as a task, but rather as fun.  I can make even doing laundry light-hearted!  And by getting things done with a good attitude, I might be able to tap into the Fiery energy still lingering.

My Thoth cards are the Queen of Swords and The Devil.  The Queen of Swords (cusp of Virgo, “I serve,” practical, sensible, work and service oriented, and Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation, grace) can be considered a Minor Arcana representation of the Justice card, which is about responsibility and the relationship between “cause” and “effect.”  The main difference is that while Justice is about the law, the Queen of Swords is about the intent behind the law.  Cause and effect will be in play today for me, and I need to pay attention to what I cause as well as how I respond to what happens around me.  The Devil (Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes, and stable, material, practical energies that are slow to change), Capricorn (“I build,” ambitious, competent, cautious, cunning), Ayin (the eye, senses), and the Path between Hod (which provides analysis and communication) and Tipareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) tells of being caught up in the physical world and the effects of the physical senses, to the point of being bound or addicted to those things.  Not every deck sees this card as representing hopeless bondage, however the Thoth Tarot also sees this card as representing blind ambition and secretive plans, as well as obsessive behavior.  Actually, The Devil could very well balance out my Queen of Swords, and remind her of one of the messages of the Page of Pentacles above: all work and no play makes the Queen of Swords a dull girl.  I do need to watch out for any obsessiveness, however.

My Legacy card is the Eight of Coins reversed, flavored by the Queen of Coins.  Niiice.  The Eight of Coins (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation, in Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, sensible, orderly) tells us that diligence and an awareness of details is important.  Because my card is reversed today, I am being told to relax a bit, maybe blur my vision just enough so I can capture the big picture, rather than stressing over the small stuff.  My Eight of Coins is being flavored by another Earth card, the Queen of Coins.  The Queen of Coins (cusp of Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering, and Capricorn, “I build,” ambition, caution, cunning, authoritative) is very good at sustaining the physical world, keeping things dry and cozy and safe and orderly.  She has a “greatness of soul” and can easily manifest this greatness around her.The Legacy Queen of Coins manifests through her visualizations, and brings her plans into reality.  She is comfortable with all physical world sensations and experiences, maybe because she also understands balance.  Balance seems to be key today, so I welcome her influence!

My 6-digit date number is 5, the number that imposes motion onto stability in order to prevent stagnation.

My horoscopes: “It's time for a dose of truth serum as only you can administer it, Archer. Your cosmic ruler, candid Jupiter, is in your zone of radical honesty, making a harmonious angle with the Moon in your teamwork corner. Translation? Your (limited) patience for others' ambivalence--or mediocrity--could run out, and you may finally lay it on the line. No need for anger or melodrama, however; just let people know what it and is not acceptable. If they can't take the heat, they will flee the kitchen.”

And: “Your sensual side might show itself today, and you might find yourself viewing young men in tight jeans more appreciatively than you usually do. Racy novels and movies may suddenly seem appealing, and you might want to make some purchases at the perfume or lingerie counters. Romantic encounters are intense and passionate - so make sure you allow plenty of time for them! Don't be surprised if you turn into a Siren! Enjoy yourself!

Well, it has taken me a week, but I am finally recovered from my family vacation.  Ten days of family fun, eating and drinking, and sitting on the beach resulted in a tired, dehydrated girl whose chemistry was thrown out of wack from eating and drinking things that are not on my normal menu.  Thanks to the imposition of aerobic discipline right from the first day of my return, and sticking to the plan even though I did not feel like walking or doing Yoga or dancing, I am in good shape.  Now if I could just get Saturn to move a bit on my astrological chart and unclog the back-up being created, things might start to flow again. 

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8/27/14

Two of Wands/Three of Cups.  The Two of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, pioneering, assertive, enthusiastic) tells of power, influence and authority, and the implementation of the Will.  This is a card of action and ownership, personal power and authority.  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.  Each of these cards, interestingly enough, presents a version of authority.  The big difference is that one presents authority achieved in a solitary fashion, and the other presents authority created by a group, a loving group.  These two ideas can certainly butt heads, but today they will work to support each other.  The group will support individuality, and individuality will add strength to the group.  Perfect balance!

My Thoth cards are The Hermit reversed and the Ten of Wands (“Oppression”).  The Hermit corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes, and material, practical and stable energy that is slow to change), as well as Virgo (“I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented, orderly), Yod (open hand, touch), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Chesed (the place where forms and structure are stabilized and nurtured), and is about searching within for a deeper meaning, often through solitude bordering on discomfort.  The Hermit tells us that in order to release the past and achieve something of value, the work must be done internally, usually involving solitude to the point of discomfort, and with an outward mantle of “business as usual.”  Like The High Priestess, he deals with hidden or not obvious knowledge, however The Hermit understands that his knowledge is insignificant when compared to what he does not know.  He also acknowledges that the maintenance of his solitude requires will power, and today that might not be an efficient use of energy.  I certainly can take a short moment alone, but my focus needs to be outward, and on the betterment of the group.  The Ten of Wands (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitations and resistance, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering) tells of being taxed to some perceived limit, or of feeling as if we are out of gas at the bottom of a hill.  This card can also tell of a passion that has taken a life of its own and gotten out of control or taken over, and paired with the reversed Hermit, my Ten of Wands is warning me that if I insist on solitude, I could end up in a downward spiral.

My Legacy card is the Knight of Wands, flavored by the Nine of Wands reversed.  Oh boy, another Wands card, this one the poster boy for being out of control.  The Knight of Wands (cusp of Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, controlling, deep, obsessive, and Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering) usually represents a person of passion, courage, enthusiasm and boundless energy; most definitely not background-type efforts. This Knight can be seen to represent the coming and going of energy, but that process may not be effective because things are not seen through to completion.  Lots of intense energy hanging around today, but it needs taming.  My Knight of Wands is being flavored by yet another Wands card, the reversed Nine of Wands.  . The Nine of Wands (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, adventurous, blundering) in an upright position tells us that the final challenge approaches, and we need to ready ourselves so we can guard our assets.  This card also tells of the order and control that helps us to plan for possible challenges or hostilities to come, the way a seasoned warrior would plan, and oh boy, look out.  We have a seasoned warrior (the Knight of Wands), but it looks like in his enthusiasm he is missing the fact that a bump in the road is rapidly approaching.  Look out!.

My 6-digit date number is 4, the number of depth and stability. 

My horoscopes: “Ambitious much? Today, when you wake up with the Moon in hardworking Virgo and your career corner, you're pumped and ready for anything. You may not see yourself as a natural-born leader, but others do, so if all heads turn to you for direction, follow your gut and lead the way! By late afternoon, the Moon moseys on into Libra and your collaborative 11th house. Unwind with friends and a night of karaoke or a picnic in the park.”

And: “Some enlightening conversations could take place today with a partner, possibly romantic, possibly career-related. New methods of operation could come to your attention, possibly involving modern technology that could speed up the process and increase your income. However, bear in mind that some of what you're hearing about may not be feasible for a while, and other ideas may never be practicable. Remember to remain objective and check out all the facts.”

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8/26/14

King of Wands/Four of Swords.  The King of Wands (cusp of Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, nurturing, moody, and Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic egotistical) is honest and open hearted, and rules his realm through the advantageous use of his creative impulses.  He is admired by all, is able to assert authority without alienating others, and his achievements not only bring him benefits, but also increase the quality of life for those around him.  The Four of Swords (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) can represent a pause or truce or mutual deterrent, or a time of silence and isolation used to prepare for challenges to come.  The pause represented by this card does not happen due to weakness, but rather through conscious choice. I like these two cards together!  I can make use of my creative abilities, and I can also pause appropriately and effectively without damaging or derailing those creative impulses.  Sometimes knowing when to pause is the most important thing a King understands. 

My Thoth cards are the Two of Swords (“Peace”) and Lust (Strength) reversed.  The Two of Swords (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) represents a time of not looking or of shutting out the world.  Yes this can be helpful, and my other Swords card is saying something similar.  Today is not a day for the intellect to rule.  The Strength card, which Crowley calls “Lust” (Fire, hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic energy; Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, egotistical; Teth, sieve or basket, digestion; and the Path between Geburah, the place where forms and structures are challenged or affirmed, and Chesed, the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured) is about having the strength and the patience to endure and focus.  Crowley sees this card as offering the traditional meanings (courage, passion, inner focus and fortitude), but he also sees it as representing the use of magick or magickal powers.  My Lust card is reversed, and perhaps it will seem to me that surrender or solitude may be the better choice.

My Legacy card is the Eight of Coins flavored by the Page of Wands reversed.  The Eight of Coins (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation, in Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, sensible, orderly) tells us that diligence and an awareness of details is important.  This might be the most important card in my spread today because of the pause indicated by my two Swords cards.  If I pay attention to the details, I might be able to better tap into the reversed Fire cards in my spread.  My Eight of Coins is being flavored today by the Page of Wands reversed.  Upright, the Page of Wands, flavored by the Three of Coins reversed. 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.  He is reversed, and because the King of Wands is also in my spread and in an upright position, I am being reminded that sometimes we need to be the grownup, and today is that day. 

My 6-digit date number is 3, the number that tells of a new creation sourced from the position and potential of the Ace, and the balance, polarity, and energy of “distance between” of the 2.

My horoscopes: “Look before you leap today, Archer--and also where you walk when you're texting. You could easily turn into a meme, falling into a fountain as your smartphone goes flying up in the air. The mash-up of impulsive Mars and slow-moving Saturn in your foggy 12th house today is a wakeup call. Though you may be tempted to multitask, this conjunction can throw you for a loop, and it's better to be safe than speedy. The upside is that this lineup could attract a powerful mentor, so be ready to accept a generous offer.

And: “Because your tendency recently has been to brood over everything, a day like today cannot be anything but beneficial. It has been difficult for you to find material satisfaction lately, but today offers you a view into the world of the intangible and unreal. You may find it especially gratifying to participate in an artistic or religious activity.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

8/24/14

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.

52, Guide: Ancestors/Dark Goddess (Below). The direction of Below is not easily associated with spirituality, yet it is a powerful symbol representing the opportunity to create a strong foundation, and to connect to the tools and powers of the Underworld.  This card is about the ancestors who came before us, but it is also about the Goddess of the Underworld, and to some, it is about Hecate, the Triple Goddess of the Crossroads. This card can be about death, but it can also be about renewal.  Our personal history, where we’ve gone and what we’ve learned, helps us to make choices in the future.  This card is telling me these things are important.

5, Landscape: Mountains (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.  Mountains tells us that our goals are in sight, but there will still need to be strength, skill and perseverance before accessing that goal.  Mountains also allow us to rise up above the chaos, confusion and noise of our mundane world in order to experience peace and solitude.  This card tells me that I’ve got a good strong foundation in place, and now it is time to look forward and up.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  The focal point of this one is the Guide, bookended by the two Landscapes.  We cannot see the faces of Ancestors/Dark Goddess because they are not meant to be seen; this guidance comes from an anonymous place.  I am being told that choices are important for me this week, and whether the land around me appears flat and barren or thrusting upward toward the sky as it offers challenges, where I’ve been already can offer wisdom.  Even when the final destination is obscured (especially when that destination is obscured), I should make my future choices after examining them through the lense of that wisdom, earned by experience.

Fall is in the air in Cape May.  Crepe myrtles have huge blossoms this year, branches are arching downward with the weight.  Hibiscus are blooming too, and I love seeing them all over the place.  One of my Fall favorites, Virgin’s Bower, is just beginning to bloom.  Next weekend should be peak of color and fragrance.  My garden still looks good, even though there has not been an abundance of rain, because it’s not real hot.  And I’m still getting freshly picked lettuce and French radishes!  This weekend, I’ve indulged myself and I’m eating all fresh veggies and fruit.  Yum! 

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