Wednesday, July 1, 2015

7/1/15 The Hanging Man reversed and the Princess of Wands

It’s July already!  I can’t believe the year is more than half over.  I’ve pulled out my Thoth Tarot this morning, and threw The Hanging Man reversed and the Princess of Wands. 

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 destiny, as well as sacrifice and loss, and passive or mystical initiation.  All of these do not have an accidental feel about them at all. Crowley warns us that the suspension brought by this card can either hint that we are waiting for someone else to take charge, or that we are sacrificing for the benefit of others.  Either of those interpretations can either be appropriate or harmful, depending on the situation.

The Thoth Hanging Man (called The Hanged Man) is pretty traditional.  It shows a figure hanging upside down, arms out to either side (reminding us of the crucifixion of Christ), but the Thoth Hanged Man and his body placement reminds us of another card: The Emperor.  The traditional image on The Emperor shows a kingly man seated on a throne, with one leg crossed over the other, and The Hanged Man is reminding us that often, the structure and order of The Emperor is counterproductive.  The Thoth Hanged Man represents sacrifice or loss (either willing or enforced), suffering, defeat, and even death.  It also can represent the kind of surrender that happens when we wait for events to unfold with a sense of fatalism.

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 can be a bit scattered though, and easily distracted.

The Princesses in the Thoth Tarot are equal to the Pages; this Princess stands facing a huge flame, almost like a wave ready to overcome her.  The Golden Dawn calls her the Princess of the Shining Flame, and this image really does personify that name.  She appears to be dancing with the Fire, and she literally has a tiger by the tail.  Look out world, here she comes.

I am being told today that I need to make my efforts for the good of all, rather than just in furtherance of my own needs and desires, and this might be difficult.  I may have trouble understanding just what to do, and my ambitions, enthusiasm and instincts might be pushing me to act anyway, not such a good plan.  Stillness is difficult to achieve at times, particularly when we are truly enjoying or getting fulfillment from what we are doing.  However, a time of inward focus might bring both balance and clarity.


Monday, June 29, 2015

6/28/15 Transparent Oracle Sunday!

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

25, Landscape: Ocean (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.  Oceans are huge and magnificent; they are considered the cradle of life.  They can be calm as glass, but beneath that smooth flat surface lurk powerful predators.  They can be rough and deadly, yet if we travel down a short distance, all is quiet and silent.  The Ocean card is about death and life, about destruction and creation; and amidst the chaos, healing and purification.

56, Grail Hollows: The Cauldron (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 Grail Hollows are ancient treasures deeply connected to each of the four elements, guarded throughout time by the Tuatha de Danaan.  The Cauldron corresponds with the element of Water, and thus, with feelings, emotions, intuition, nourishment and healing, all necessary for the balance and harmony of the Self.  Within Wicca, The Cauldron is also seen as a representation of the Sacred Feminine, the Goddess, and Her fertile womb.

33, Element: Earth (North). Earth represents stable, material, practical energies that are slow to change; its dignities are cold/binds and dry/shapes. Earth is the element of form and substance; it is connected to physical health, to material world security (and even wealth), and to our physical bodies and physical senses, and the pleasures and pains they bring.  Earth represents the fertile, nurturing and serene side of Nature, and it represents the tangible end result of our labors.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  Such a beautiful image!  The triangle of Earth appears superimposed onto The Cauldron, and everything is surrounded by Ocean.  Does that Ocean fit into The Cauldron?  Or does The Cauldron float upon the Ocean?  Earth is below, cupping and cradling the Ocean, like that Cauldron!  Feelings are important this week, and they might be rough or they might be calm.  In the end, those feelings will bring healing, balance and harmony through dreams and visions, so I had better pay attention to what is going on.  I should not neglect my physical body in the process.  Form and substance are as necessary as dreams and visions!

Another glorious weekend in my beloved garden.  I think I’m caught up now, and only need to do some maintenance.  Woohoo!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

6/24/15 Queen of Swords and The Emperor reversed

The Llewellyn Welsh Tarot is my choice of decks for today, and the cards I threw are the Queen of Swords and The Emperor reversed.  Okay, then. 

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.  She is Water of Air, and her feelings support her intellect and the workings of her mind.

The Llewellyn Welsh Queen of Swords is a regal-looking woman seated on her throne in profile, holding a sword with the point upward in her right hand, with her left hand extended forward as if pronouncing judgment on someone standing out of frame to the right.  An eagle soars overhead, and there are eagles on the arm rests of her throne.  She is confident, intelligent, independent and determined.  She is certainly calm, cool and collected, and while she might be a bit too callous with the feelings of others, she won’t be held down by expectations. 

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.  He is an effective leader, even if he is a bit lonely at times.

The Emperor card for this deck sits casually on his throne, draped in royal red and holding a scepter, symbol of authority and male potency.  He is partially in armor and a shield rests against the side of his throne, indicating that he is ready to protect those who look to him for sustenance, or even take a pre-emptive strike if necessary. 

Well, we have the Queen of Swords, who is good at being confident and objective, and we have a reversed Emperor, possibly hinting at job or legal issues, irresponsibility or ineptitude, or a bad-tempered father figure.  My Queen tells me that I need to keep in mind the intent behind any requirements today, and do my best to manifest that intent, even if the response is not quite what I expected.  Things don’t need to be exactly fair, and in the end if I do what I am supposed to do to the best of my ability, and maybe keep my sense of humor intact, I will finish the day confident and in good spirits.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

6/21/15 Transparent Oracle Sunday!

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

49, Saturn (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 planet Saturn is about structure and boundaries, and about constricting energies within a particular format, often involving time.

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.

66, Telepathy (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. Telepathy corresponds to the brow chakra, the element of Air, and Spirit.  It is about transmission and reception, and reminds us of the power of thoughts, ideas, visions and intentions; most importantly it is about connections of all kinds.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  This image is filled with awareness or flows of energies, anchored in the center and fenced in by Saturn.  Foundations are important, and we can’t build without them, but we also need structure, a building plan if you will.  This week will be about the effect of the Universe and its workings upon me, personally, and the way I manifest my own traditions in response to those effects.  I need to make this a two-way connection, not just about what is happening to me, but also what I am causing to happen.  All with awareness!!

I really like the image on this one, and I will be looking at it on and off through the day.

Solstice Blessings!!


6/19/15 The High Priestess reversed and the Knight of Swords reversed

The Shadowscapes Tarot jumped out at me today, so I threw The High Priestess reversed and the Knight of Swords reversed.  The Shadowscapes Tarot does not have reversed meanings; a reversed card, however, does serve as a red flag, or as a figure jumping up and down and waving her arms and yelling “Look at meeeeee!!”

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 this pair), 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; when upright, 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.  She is reversed today, and while she may be able to balance the outer realms with the inner realms in an effective way, I won’t be able to do the same.  Her tools are not my tools today, and I would be better off looking around me in the physical world for messages.

The Shadowscapes High Priestess is a beautiful card!  The HPs is floating upward, wrapped in a veil of the palest lavender embossed with crescent moons, her wings and arms spread and her dark lavender skirt festooned with green oak leaves and slate blue feathers, holding a pomegranate in her left hand.  Her hair spreads around her head like a corona, mimicking the rays of the sun.  Below her a ghostly white owl flies, wings and tail spread.  The sky is sprinkled with stars, but the darkness is soothing rather than fearsome.  “In the gloam, the night is full of whispers – the secret knowledge of the stars, of the trees, and of the earth.”

The Knight of Swords (the cusp of Taurus, “I have,” sensual, stubborn, cautious, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, dual, intelligent) is outspoken, assured, alert, and logical, as well as rude, domineering, critical and sarcastic.  His daring and courage, and his ability to respond quickly to situations, are impressive, but he can also be disruptive, too.  While all of the Knights can be considered as mercenaries, the Knight of Swords truly personifies this career.

The Shadowscapes Knight of Swords is also flying through a star-studded night sky, but the colors of this card are more intense.  Our Knight sits proudly on his swan, coming directly to the point without spinning the facts.  He does not acknowledge the possibility of defeat, does not back down once he has engaged, because he will only allow himself to visualize success.  He slices through the night sky, not noticing the storm of swirls and eddies behind him, caused by his passing.

The events of this day just might distract me from that quiet, calm and confident place within me, that place attained by working to obtain and understand knowledge and then manifest that knowledge with wisdom.  The lure of being the hero, of saving the day in a blaze of intellectual glory, just might be the distraction.  Neither of these cards are the wrong thing to focus upon, but neither of them are the right thing either.  Perhaps a balance of the two??


Thursday, June 18, 2015

6/17/15 The Sun and the Two of Swords

The Hermetic Tarot called me today, and I threw The Sun reversed and the Two of Swords. 

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 Hermetic Tarot Sun card image contains a hugely brilliant sun, roses, and two joyously dancing maidens.  For a black-and-white image, this one is filled with golden light.  The flowers represent the blossoming of the solar influence (and being an avid gardener, I understand the connection between perfect blossoms and the sun), the maidens are young, innocent and shameless (for they are also pure of heart).  My Sun card is reversed today, which tells of loneliness, possibly broken engagements or no-show clients, or unhappiness.

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.  A bit of disconnect from the world can be helpful today because it allows me to achieve a pure inner focus. This card can also tell of being self-sufficient, or of not needing input from outside sources.   represents a time of not looking or of shutting out the world.  A bit of disconnect from the world can be helpful today because it allows me to achieve a pure inner focus.  In the end, the serenity created through this disconnect could allow the reconciliation of differences or cross-purposes.

The Hermetic version of the Two of Swords shows two crossed swords with a perfect rose at their juncture.  That rose is destroyed on the Three of Swords, but that is a card for another day (and not in the near future, hopefully).  This card also hints at illumination of some kind, as there are rays emanating from that rose; the symbol for the Moon is also found in the image, telling of another, more subtle and reflective illumination.  The name of the card is “Lord of Peace Restored,” and it tells of peace that comes after suffering or pain, sympathy for those in trouble, truce, and the conflicting characteristics that are to be found in the same nature.

Even with the reversed Sun card, my solitude today might have a silver lining.  There is peace to be had from spending time alone, and the Moon’s silvery light can be a relief to the eyes from the brilliance of the sun.  However, the Moon would be dark without the sun’s light, and even though it is reversed, my Sun card reminds me that a new dawn will come eventually.  Peace will be restored and a restful pause will occur; then I will be ready to face the new day.


6/14/15 Transparent Oracle Sunday

Transparent Oracle Sunday!!

23, Element: Water (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 about emotions, feelings, the Inner Voice, dreams, intuition, and Water is connected to both birth and death.  Because our physical bodies contain so much Water, whatever affects Water usually affects us as well.  The image on this card also shows ripples moving outward; something to remember when we are expressing our feelings.

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.

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.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  Frog and Water are the shapes I see first; Touch and Taste are more subtle, but then again any of our senses can easily be overwhelmed.  But I’m not worried, because Frog has a permeable skin, and thus he can draw within him anything that brushes against him, absorbing, connecting, and understanding the flavors of feelings, emotions, dreams and the intuition.  I should keep in mind that empathic connections will be more prevalent through this week, as will partnerships, particularly those partnerships that deal with healing of some kind.

What a busy weekend!  I spent every day working in my garden; I really missed getting dirty!  I’m sore (but not that sore), and I still have a lot more to get done, but I feel good!

I also have a new Yoga class starting this week; I am up to five classes and now two private students!!