My Thoth card is the Prince of Cups reversed. Another Knight! The Prince/Knight of Cups (cusp of Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, the group, cause-oriented, and Pisces, “I believe,” feelings, duality, suffering, soul growth) feels things strongly, and is a dreamer. Maybe it is the tendency to dream that makes this Knight appear calm on the outside, but those strong feelings are still churning, even if we can’t see them. Because my Prince is reversed, today the amenable nature will actually fulfill its appearance because it really is there.
My Legacy card is the Two of Swords, flavored by the Seven of Coins reversed. The Two of Swords (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) can represent a time of not looking or of shutting out the world. This card tells of the presence of peace, but because of its nature, this peace has the potential to become harmful rather than relaxing because it exists because of barriers erected rather than because of true harmony. The Seven of Coins (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, law and order, in Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn) in an upright position tells us that our efforts thus far may bring future rewards, but full potential has not yet been realized. If it was upright, this Seven of Coins could be reminding me that the balance of my inner life with the demands of my outer world should be my focus during the pause. However it is reversed, so the Seven of Coins could very well be warning me that if I pause too long within the peace of the Two of Swords, there may be unpleasant consequences.
My New Moon Pearls of Wisdom card is the Nine of Pentacles. The Nine of Pentacles (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented) is a card of accomplishment through the imposition of discipline, and indeed the Pearls of Wisdom card tells of deliverance to a goal or the manifestation of a goal through the application of discipline, focus and hard work. This is seen both as a card of harvest of the fruits of our labors ~and~ a card of potential of having both material security and creature comfort.
My 6-digit date number is 4, the number of depth, stability and the potential for stagnation.
My horoscopes: “Miscommunication with a romantic partner could have you either writing or reading love poetry or a story of some kind. It's more important that you clear up the misunderstanding with the special person in your life. Cheer up. Don't let your insecurity get the better of you. All isn't as bad as it seems. The end of the day could bring a passionate reconciliation.”
And: “The day ahead won't be easy. A glimpse at your love life reveals that you'll be bridling at certain inhibitions. You long for peace and stability, and at the moment everything is in suspense in that department. Use the day ahead to gain some perspective on the situation. Until the ice melts and the flow of events resumes once again, why not devote your energy to some other endeavor?”
My Shadowscapes Insight today is regarding the Knight of Pentacles. This Knight is about striking with the weight and power of the element of Earth behind us. This is about the ability to break open a mountain through an earthquake as well as the ability to crack open a boulder through the intrusion of tiny tree roots. The power is there; all I have to do is access it. But I do need to remember that this power is like a tractor trailer filled with heavy farm machinery: hard to stop once it is up to speed. Paths must be chosen wisely.
Today is a day of absorption, not self-absorption, but a day to absorb my experiences of the past week. Being with my fellow Sacred Mists students at WGW2011 always requires some processing time. So much good stuff happens there that it can’t be processed until the “party’s over,” so to speak. I work with the Student Council Members who attend WGW2011 every day; we all strive, mostly behind the scenes, to empower ourselves, each other, and every other student at Sacred Mists. Much of what we do is truly behind the scenes; no one knows of these efforts, and this is mainly so because we are successful. And I would not have it any other way.
Some changes in my responsibilities at Sacred Mists are upcoming, and I am looking forward to them. **smile** I can’t mention most of these things quite yet, but the one thing I can mention is that I have volunteered to write and lead the Sacred Mists Yule Sabbat Ritual this year. It has been a long time since I have led a Sabbat. I am Director of the Esbat Program at Sacred Mists, and I do write and lead Esbats regularly, but I have not written and/or led a Sacred Mists Sabbat Ritual since the Third Degree Lesson requiring this. It is time.
One of the things that I truly love about our WGW events is that my own enthusiasm for what I am doing at Sacred Mists, and what I belong to as a member of the Community, the College and the Coven, is renewed. I work with some wonderful, caring, wise, knowledgeable and hard-working people, and I am honored to be associated with them. There is all kinds of crazy information out there about Sacred Mists, unfortunately most of it is bad. There is a reason for this: most of us are too busy learning and growing and sharing with others to spend time defending the value and validity of Sacred Mists. We don’t really want to associate ourselves with those posts and threads that are just not fair because we don’t want to be dragged down by the negative focuses.
Is Sacred Mists perfect? I’ve answered this question before. No, it’s not perfect. Do situations get mis-handled? Yes, they do; none of us are perfect. But I do know, because I am privy to and witness of many attempts to handle situations, that no one in Administration or the Student Council has ever mis-handled a situation and remained in either Admin or the SC. We are all most definitely held accountable for the effective meeting of our responsibilities, and we all take those responsibilities quite seriously.
For me, these responsibilities are serious because of who I am and because of the way I practice my Craft. I have gained so much from everything about Sacred Mists, and I know that this is so because I strive to always go above and beyond what I perceive as the minimum requirement. Can I pass a lesson by answering a homework question with only one or two simple but correct sentences? Yes. Can I progress through my Degree Training by not volunteering to help or teach, or by not posting in our Forums, or by not showing an interest in my fellow students? Yes. But sooner or later, I will reach a brick wall because the training I am receiving requires that I do more than the minimum amount of work in order to get the most out of each lesson, no matter how simple, and also requires that **I** take responsibility for my own progress or my own failures, rather than blaming others when things don’t end the way I want them to end or expect them to end. And from my perspective, many of the former students of Sacred Mists who have issues with how things were handled have those issues because they did not own those issues, but rather shifted all responsibility for resolving issues exactly as requested, and in many cases, divining out of the air just what the problems were in the first place. Especially when participating in an online community, assuming that not receiving a response means that we are being ignored or disrespected is usually a recipe for disaster.
I am proud of how much I have grown during these years of being associated with Sacred Mists. I would not be who I am today without the influence of this wonderful Community. I love the way we are offered through our training the opportunity to advance our own growth by serving others, and my only wish is that there were more hours in the day, so I could volunteer for all the programs I would love to be associated with. And I am grateful to be associated with those who lead me and those who work alongside me. Where will my studies at Sacred Mists bring me? I don’t know. But thanks to those who have gone before me and thanks to those who walk the Path beside me, I have faith that even though I can’t see ahead, I will end up where I am supposed to be.
Okay, back to work; the digestive process has officially begun. I have a new task this weekend: I am going to create and sell (**crosses fingers**) wire-wrapped hand collected sea glass charms that are Reiki charged. I’ve gotta get some samples made and some descriptive information to enclose with the charms created. I am excited about this!!!