Monday, October 20, 2014

10/20/14

Two of Swords/Ten of Wands.  Ugh. 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.  This process can be useful; a bit of disconnect from the world can actually be clarifying as long as we don’t stay disconnected too long. 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.  These two together really do have a message for any procrastinator.  Looks like I should attempt to be real aware of reality today. 

My Thoth cards are the Six of Cups (“Pleasure”) reversed and the Knight of Cups. The Six of Cups (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation in Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, compulsive, deep, obsessive) is a card of innocence, emotional balance and harmony, of simple joy that begets even more simple joy by infecting all that is around us at this moment.  This card is about friendship and play, teamwork, and drawing strength from shared experiences.  And it is reversed; boy, this day might be serious. In the Thoth Tarot, the Knights are actually the Kings. The Knight/King of Cups (cusp of Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation, and Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, controlling mysterious, obsessive) is the expert on emotions and the subconscious, mainly because of his life experiences.  He is able to be calm, caring and diplomatic, and still get things done by getting others working together in a productive way.  My King is showing me how to turn physical world discomforts and mental puzzles into opportunities for emotional evolution, and oh boy do I need his help today.  He is also reminding me that sometimes I have to be the grownup and control my own feelings in order to better serve everyone else.

My Legacy card is the Page of Cups reversed, flavored by Faith/The Hierophant reversed. The Page of Cups corresponds to Libra (“we are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation), Scorpio (“I desire,” intensity compulsion, mystery) and Sagittarius (“I seek,” philosophic, adventurous, blundering) and is a card of soft and tender energies and of getting fulfillment through connections to others, and through innocent and simple joys. That kind of optimism and belief that everyone has good intentions will not serve me today; I’ve got more serious things to deal with.  My reversed Page of Cups is being flavored by Faith/The Hierophant, also reversed. Faith/The Hierophant corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes), Taurus (“I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn), Vau (the nail which holds tradition in place), and the Path between Chesed (the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured), and Chokmah (dynamic male energy, the origin of vital force and polarity).  This card is an archetype of Spirit (with The Emperor as archetype of the Sacred Masculine, The Empress as archetype of the Sacred Feminine, and all three representing the supernal triad) that reminds us of the value of tradition, ritual and ceremony, and conforming to the rules and traditions with the aim of presenting the highest good of the group.  There is duty to be found in this card, as well as morality, and a suggestion that tradition should not be accepted blindly.  The interesting thing is that when reversed, this card tells of a more individual focus, another way of presenting that Two of Swords, my first card.  Interesting.

My 6-digit date number is 8, the number that tells of the conscious response to the pause and approach of degeneration of the 7, in order to maintain for a bit longer the balance of the number 6.

My horoscopes: “Channel your inner entrepreneur, Archer, and get your own project off the ground. Mars in your sign gives you the energy of three people, but you want to work smarter, not harder. And with Venus in charismatic Libra in your social network sphere, it'll be easy to get supporters on board. Just be careful not to leave 'em in the dust. You may be operating on turbo speed, but take a minute to look around and see if anyone else is able to keep pace.

And: “Don't be surprised if a lot of visitors show up at your door today. Perhaps you're hosting an impromptu social event, or neighbors bring news of changes nearby. You should be brimming over with energy, so this isn't anything that you can't handle, but you could find it a bit unnerving if it gets to be too exciting. In situations like this, it's best just to go with the flow and enjoy it. You can think about it later!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

10/19/14

Transparent Oracle Sunday! 

18, Guide: Horse (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. Horse is basically about going somewhere; after all, humans use Horse as a means for transportation.  Because the ability to get to where you need to be and thus, transform yourself is perceived as having authority, this card also represents sovereignty, the kind of sovereignty the stallion has over his herd.  This leadership is maintained by courage, strength, and skills learned through a lifetime.

31, Gateway: Winter (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.  Because this Gateway is square and solid, and appears unshakable and immovable, it seems like a safe place, or a strong foundation upon which we can exist and prosper.

51, Gateway: The World Tree (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.  The World Tree is a powerful symbol in many cultures; in Wicca, the Tree is seen as representing the cast circle, and it is seen as a gateway to the Underworld.  The World Tree is about initiation of the most exciting kind; it tells of the ability to tap into the knowledge and wisdom that is a part of me through my ancestors, and it tells of the ability to connect with non-physical beings.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  This one appears very stable and balanced, yet without lethargy at all.  The two Gateways balance each other out nicely, with a four-sided focus to be found in Winter and a two-sided focus to be found in The World Tree.  Both of these Gateways offer stability to the strength and motion of my Guide, Horse.  This entire combination has an interesting feel to it, and it is perfect for this time of year.  Now is the season for acknowledging the peak of Summer, recently past, and for the preparations needed in order to move into Winter, with its inner focus.  This transition can only be made by believing in my own authority, my abiity to lead (which is obtained through courage, strength, and the skills learned), and by caring for my body and my surroundings.  


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

10/17/14

Temperance/King of Wands reversed.  A clear message! 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.  All of this is important to me today, and if I want to access the messages of the day, I need to think about this card.  The King of Wands (cusp of Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, nurturing, moody, and Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic egotistical) in an upright position 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.  He reminds me that I do have the skills to make things happen, and I should trust in those skills, and act with confidence.  However, my King is reversed today, and I should try to remember that selfishness or intolerance might be instinctive reactions to challenges, and this won’t be productive.  LOL, I guess I should Temper my impulses today.

My Thoth cards are the Four of Swords (“Truce”) reversed and The High Priestess. 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 truce represented by this card does not happen due to weakness, but rather through conscious choice and through a balance of power.  My card is reversed, and the time for a mental pause and preparation, or of attempting to balance with an equal power, has passed.   This does not necessarily mean I need to declare war, but it does mean that my brain needs to get to work now. 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 not about mental analysis at all; rather she tells me that in order to access the Mysteries she guards, I must know my inner self completely, and accept the messages of my Inner Voice, even if they defy analysis.  I am being told that my awareness may fluctuate today between the “real” world and my ability to perceive the Mysteries.  During the times that I am perceiving those Mysteries, there could be a tendency to become enthralled by them.  Yes, amazing Aha! Moments happen this way, but I should attempt to remain in control, with my feet on the ground, so that I can bring away with me what I’ve learned and experienced. 

My Legacy card is the Ace of Wands, flavored by The Tower.  A bit of transformation today, eh? The Ace of Wands (Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, egotistical, Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, sensible, orderly) tells of the initial emanation of enthusiasm or inspiration that could very well energize an entire process or project.  Lots of Fiery energy here, or at least lots of potential for that Fiery energy to manifest, handy for overcoming inertia.  However, that energy might become too strong if I’m not careful, as indicated by The Tower, which is flavoring my Ace of Wands. The Tower (Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive, energetic change), Mars (action, spontaneity, aggression, drive), Phe (mouth or speech), and the Path between Hod (which provides analysis and communication) and Netzach (which offers the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration)) is one of the Major Arcana cards that talks of adjustments.  This one tells of a violent or explosive correction in the way things are going that usually happens after more gentle corrections don’t bring the needed result.  The destruction caused by The Tower is actually clearing away the old and expired, so new growth can begin, but it might not be fun to experience.  The Tower also shows us what can happen if we cement ourselves into our beliefs.  I love what Oswald Wirth says about The Tower in his book, Tarot of the Magicians: “[The Tower] . . . is less a temple, a house of God, than a sacred building of a body mistakenly identified with God.”  Herein lies the danger to be found even in an upright Ace of Wands.  Better I listen to Temperance and The High Priestess, eh?

My 6-digit date number is 5, the number that tells of motion which upsets stability in order to prevent stagnation. 

My horoscopes: “Get the soapbox ready! You're known for preaching to the choir, Sagittarius, and you'll only need a louder microphone today, as the Moon in your truth-seeking ninth house teams up with your ruler, philosophical Jupiter. You'll want to understand why you're here and what this world has to offer, and most likely let all the little details of actually living life (what's a budget again?) go by the wayside. In other news, if you have a mission statement or message you need to broadcast to the world, the stars are lined up to help you today.

And: “Interesting letters or phone calls from friends could center around possible world developments, or maybe some juicy gossip about people you know. Listen to what they say and enjoy yourself, but don't take everything you hear at face value. Much of what you hear is less actual fact than the products of someone's fertile imagination. Short journeys in your near neighborhood may bring knowledge of upcoming changes in your community. Expect the unexpected!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

10/16/14

The Wheel reversed/Four 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.  However, my card is reversed today.  I just may find that if I focus, and make use of what I’ve already tried with success, I could end up having an effect on the outcome. The Four of Cups (the Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, nurturing, tenacious, moody) reminds us that too much pleasure, or maybe too much nurturing or overprotectiveness, deadens the senses. This is a card that describes what can happen when nothing goes wrong in our lives, and the “cloud” that pleasure can create might end up distracting me from the things I need to accomplish.

My Thoth cards are the Two of Swords (“Peace”) and the Queen of Swords. 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.  Crowley sees this process as sometimes being useful (hence, the keyword chosen for this card); a bit of disconnect from the world can be helpful.  Taking a mental time-out and disconnecting can help to recharge my battery, and allow me to do a bit of “system maintenance” by cleaning out my “temporary files” and “de-fragging” my “hard drive.” The image on the Thoth Two of Swords shows the two Swords piercing a lotus flower, representing the intellect being restrained in a balanced manner by love.  Perhaps that is how Peace is attained, and with that Four of Cups above, it might be emotions and feelings that are out of balance, and not the intellect. 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 will need to make certain that I understand why things happen, or I won’t be able to respond appropriately.

My Legacy card is the Ace of Swords, flavored by the Eight of Cups 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, and in order to react correctly to events in our day.  With all the Swords cards present in my card throw today, it sure looks like the workings of my mind will be affecting many outcomes.  This kind of analysis potential is going to be necessary.  My Ace is being flavored by the reversed Eight of Cups. The Eight of Cups (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitation, law and order, in Pisces, “I believe,” feeling, duality, suffering, soul growth) in an upright postion tells of an ending or a decline or a change of direction, often one associated with emotions, and it offers one possible response to that decline or change: moving on.  Moving on will not be my first choice, and it sounds like there is a conflict between the non-emotional, analytical part of myself, and the emotions and pleasures (and discomforts).  Can I balance things?  Perhaps being forewarned and thus, forearmed, will help.

My 6-digit date number is 5, the number that tells of movement that upsets stability in order to prevent stagnation.

My horoscopes: “Spread your wings and fly! You love to try out your next adventure, Sagittarius, so you'll feel right at home today, as the Moon continues its tour of your expansive ninth house. If you've wanted to put yourself out there—either by globetrotting or broadcasting your wild ideas via the Internet—you have the star power to take those risks today. You may quench this wanderlust by reaching out to your old friends across the country (or ocean) as well.

And: “You are spiritually inclined by nature, and today you could be feeling especially so. You might find yourself attracted to meditation groups, or studies of the scriptures of various world religions. You are also likely to be feeling especially psychic, and might experience some premonitions which actually come true. This is an excellent time to train your psychic abilities, or to try your hand at reading runes or Tarot cards.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

10/15/14

Two of Pentacles/Seven of Cups reversed. The Two of Pentacles (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Capricorn, “I build,” ambition, caution, cunning) reminds us that everything always ebbs and flows, and we need to do the same in order to remain dynamically balanced.  Change is what allows stability to be functional, and I should keep that in mind.  I should also remember that surviving this kind of dynamic balance can only happen if I am aware on many levels. The Seven of Cups (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, controlling, obsessive, mysterious) in an upright position represents the distraction, sensory overload and dissipation that can happen when we are presented with too many enticing choices.  We could see this one as being drunk on pleasure, a kind of sensory paralysis that might be damaging if this card was upright.  It is reversed, however, and once again I am being told that being aware of the consequences of my feelings and desires will serve me well.

My Thoth cards are the Queen of Cups and The Lovers reversed. 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 is comfortable dealing with the feelings of others (whether serene or uncomfortable) without losing her own serenity.  She nurtures and encourages the serenity and dreams of others, too. The Lovers (Air, hot/separates and wet/adapts, quick and animated, intellectual, problems or challenges; Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, sociable, dual; Zayin, double-edged sword; and the Path between Tiphareth, the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify, and Binah, female receptive energy and the origin of form and structure) tells of duality, union, and personal choices.  This card is about love, but it is also about our personal values and how they affect our choices, and the promises we make to others.  The traditional image on The Lovers offers three people: a man, and two women (one representing virtue and one representing sensuality).  The Lovers presents the two halves that when united with balance are greater than the sum of their parts; in other words, The Lovers is about a unity that is necessary for fertility and creativity to have an effect.  The Queen of Cups can be seen as one of the Minor Arcana versions of The Lovers, and since my Lovers card is reversed, today is less about personal choices that bring fertility, and more about instincts and intuition. 

My Legacy card is the Page of Wands reversed, flavored by The Wheel of Fortune. 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 hinderance, though.  My reversed Page of Wands is being flavored by The Wheel of Fortune.  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.  More change, and perhaps the state of mind created by the reversed Page of Wands could allow me to enter a meditative state, and ride the wave.  Or crash and burn.

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

My horoscopes: “No more oops-I-said-it-again syndrome! You usually say flat out what's on your mind, Archer, but not this Wednesday, as the Moon in your psychologically savvy eighth house forms a beneficial angle with serious and prudent Saturn. You'll be in touch with your feelings and can address them without blurting the unprocessed tidbits out in your usual blunt way. Today you'll share your revelations in a restrained, sensible way that doesn't offend or overwhelm.

And: “Your mood should be generally good today, although you should be careful that you don't rub it into other people's faces. If people don't feel like being cheerful, it is not a good idea to force cheerfulness on them. There is an importance sense of duty that is prominent, and should be obeyed at all costs. Give your adventurous nature some sort of practical grounding which you can use to be much more effective in regards to whatever it is you get your hands on.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

10/13/14

The Emperor reversed/Five of Swords. The Emperor corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive, energetic change), Aries (“I want,” action oriented, assertive, competitive) and the Hebrew letter Heh (window, illumination), represents confidence, authority, and the archetype of the Father.  The Emperor instills balance, form and structure onto the fertility and creations of The Empress, an important task.  The Emperor says that the best way to make the day have a happy ending is to follow the rules, get things done on time, and encourage others to do the same, and he does his best to guide and protect others so they may do so.  My Emperor is reversed today, and I will need to keep in mind that my connection to my own Will may be strong (or I may think it is strong), but the end results won’t be as balanced, organized, and ethical as I expect. The Five of Swords (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, pleasure, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloof) shows what happens when we insist that our way is right, or when we impose our needs or wants onto a situation. This card could also be telling of what seems to be overwhelming opposition, or being made to suffer the sins of others, and because it is reversed, these kinds of things could be over-emphasized.  Oh boy, mixing the unbalanced Emperor with the selfish energies of the Five of Swords could be a recipe for disaster.  Beware the tyrant!

My Thoth cards are the Two of Swords (“Peace”) and Death 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.  Crowley sees this process as sometimes being useful (hence, the keyword chosen for this card); a bit of disconnect from the world can be helpful.  Taking a mental time-out and disconnecting can help to recharge my battery, and allow me to do a bit of “system maintenance” by cleaning out my “temporary files” and “de-fragging” my “hard drive.” The image on the Thoth Two of Swords shows the two Swords piercing a lotus flower, representing the intellect being restrained in a balanced manner by love.  Perhaps that is how Peace is attained. 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.  My Death card is reversed, and taken alongside the energies of the Two of Swords, it has a waiting feeling about it.  I should watch for the approaching energies of Death, clear the way if necessary and prepare for Death’s manifestation, and then remember to embrace the coming change rather than fearing it or fighting it. 

My Legacy card is the King of Swords, flavored by the Four of Wands. The King of Swords (cusp of Capricorn, “I build,” ambitious, cautious, cunning, authoritative, and Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, the group, cause-oriented, aloof) is a good judge of people and situations. He uses his intellect to analyze, so he may not be compassionate but he is trustworthy, and he can be trusted to fiercely stand by his decisions.  The Legacy King of Swords certainly looks regal and fearsome, like someone who can proclaim his judgment for the best of all, without softness or mercy. In a way, this one offers a kind of validation to my reversed Emperor above, because The Emperor in an upright position exercises authority laced with mercy and compassion.    My King of Swords is being flavored by the Four of Wands. The Four of Wands (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, assertive, enthusiastic) is about building enough to become established, and about the results of harmony and effort and creativity combined.  My foundation is strong today, and the Fire of Wands in the nice stable container of the 4 might be just what my King needs in order to prevent falling into a rut. 

My 6-digit date number is 10, the number that tells of the end of a cycle, which reduces further to 1, the number of position and potential.

My horoscopes: “It takes two. You like your independence, Sagittarius, so you may not feel like compromising on much today, as the Moon in your cooperative seventh house clashes with argumentative Mars. If you need to smooth out an interpersonal issue—in business or in life—today's not the day to make that happen. You'll struggle to see the other perspective and won't let go of your own. Instead, try to postpone any negotiations for another day.

And: “Money which you may have been working to earn for a long time may finally come your way today. Don't be surprised, however, if you have to do a lot of running around in order to get it! Plans for future moneymaking projects may come your way, though it is important to remember to consider everything carefully and not jump in too quickly. This is an excellent time to start learning a new moneymaking skill. Go for it!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

10/12/14

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

63, Touch (and Taste) (Within). Our senses connect us to the physical world, and the sense of Touch is the most solid and least deceptive sense; touch is the method we use to find our way around and to dispel illusion.  Taste is a part of Touch, for it is by bringing things into contact with our tongues that we Taste them.  Contact is the key here, and connection; they can be pleasant or violent.

68, Vision (Within).  Within is the direction of the Self, and thus the cards associated with this direction deal with the ways our Self connects to the world and perceives the world, and the Self.  This direction is mostly abstract, and yet is our bridge to the Universe around us.  Vision is one of the most powerful of our senses, but also the most easy to fool, probably because we depend so much on our eyesight in order to perceive and interpret our world.  Vision is generally about a concern for appearances, but it can also be about “seeing within.”  And within Wicca, visualization is considered one of the first steps to actual manifestation!

59, Grail Hollows: The Stone (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.  The Stone represents the deepest and most pure manifestation of the element of Earth, and tells us of traditions that have been around for a long time (some of them relatively unchangeable, and that can be either good or bad).  The understanding of those traditions, and within that process, the determination of their validity for us personally, brings us authority.  This understanding also offers us entry into the understanding of the mysteries that are the foundation of spirituality, and of life and living.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  This one has an obvious inward-to-outward flow of energy, and that makes a lot of sense.  LOL, with “sense” being the operative word this week.  What I touch and what I see are important this week, and I need to remember that this is about perceiving with the physical senses, and with the non-physical senses.  And that means I need to bring in good information in order to send out good information.  And how do I understand what comes in and goes out?  Through the lense of my personal traditions, and the efforts I have expended over the years to know and understand the Mysteries. 

What a beautiful Fall day!  I walked the trails at Point Park this morning, and saw many hawks and falcons, and even a few stragler monarchs, heading to warmer climes.  It has been a fun weekend.  Back to reality tomorrow!

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