Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nine of Swords/Seven of Cups. The Nine of Swords (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, in Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, social, dual) represents brooding and worrying.  This card represents the “agony of the mind,” and no matter what happens today, good or bad, I need to keep “face-palming” myself so that I remember that I can choose how to respond to things. The Seven of Cups (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, controlling, obsessive, mysterious) represents the distraction and dissipation that can happen when we are presented with enticing choices. The traditional image of the Seven of Cups shows seven cups, each filled with what appears to be a wonderful gift: the Wreath (Saturn and The World); the Castle (Mars and The Tower), the Woman (Venus and The Empress); the Snake (Mercury and The Magician); the Veil (the Moon and The High Priestess), the Jewels (Jupiter and The Wheel of Fortune), and the Dragon (our Sun and The Sun).  The lesson here is that every choice we make can bring pleasure or pain; we have to look carefully, make our choice, and then accept the consequences.  Worrying is counterproductive, but awareness of consequences is not.

My Thoth card is the Six of Disks reversed. The  “Success” card has been showing up for me lately, both upright and reversed. The Six of Disks (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Taurus, “I have,” Sensual, cautious, stubborn) in an upright position can be seen as being a bit heavy, or as warning of the approach of a weight that will end up dragging us down.  Today this card is asking a question: “What is worse?  Having?  Or not having?”

My Legacy card is the Ace of Wands reversed (had this one yesterday, too), flavored by the Three of Coins reversed. The Ace of Wands (Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, egotistical, Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, sensible, orderly) tells of the first spark of a new and exciting process for self-expression and adventure.  My Ace is reversed.  Again.  But today, I may just have a hint as to what I can do to turn that Ace around.  The Three of Coins (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Capricorn, “I build,” ambition, cunning, competence) in an upright position tells of competence, planning and teamwork.  But it is reversed, and flavoring my reversed Ace of Wands, as if to wave its arms at me and yell “Over here, stupid; here is the answer you keep missing.”  Okay then, time to plan carefully, and then implement those plans completely so I can build a good foundation.

My 6-digit date number is 5, the number of movement which dispels stagnation. 

My horoscopes: “Restrictive forces may come into conflict with you today. The good news is that you should be able to find a space of peace within your emotions. Seek a mediator who can help you sort out stalemates that may exist between you and others. Opportunities for freedom and autonomy are out there waiting for you to grab. Seek the bizarre and unconventional ways of doing things.”

And: “Expanding your horizons is the key phrase for today. Communications received from distant states or foreign lands could have you entertaining the idea of traveling to those places and visiting with people with the same interests as yourself. Learning is very much on your mind, and you're probably very curious about different cultures, different ideas, and different perspectives. Though you might not make definite plans for travel now, you're apt to at least consider it.”

My Shadowscapes Insight is regarding the Nine of Cups.  What a pretty card!  One of my favorite things to do is to bend my body as the merman is bending his body in this image, in preparation for gliding gracefully downward into the water.  It just feels so powerful to me.  This card is about the pleasures of the senses, and about satisfaction.  The perfect card to throw on a day that is bracketed with the offering of Nuad Borarn in the morning, and belly dance in the evening.

My gift to you all today is the text to a YouTube video that I found, called “Sumerian Sacred Script of Covenant.” If you have the time, head over to YouTube and do a search for it; the video is beautiful.  But the text is the part that really spoke to me.  Enjoy!

Honor your body, which is your representative in this universe. Its magnificence is no accident. It is the framework through which your works must come; through which the spirit and the spirit within the spirit speaks. The flesh and the spirit are two phases of your actuality in space and time. Who ignores one, falls apart in shambles.

The marriage of soul and flesh is an ancient contract, to be honored.

Let no soul in flesh ignore its Earthly counterpart, or be unkind to its mate in time.

The mind cannot dance above the flesh, or on the flesh. It cannot deny the flesh or it turns into a demon demanding domination. Then the voice of the flesh cries out with yearning through all of its parts; the ancient contract undone. And both soul and flesh go begging, each alone and without partner.

Who feeds the body with love, neither starving it nor stuffing it, feeds the soul. Who denies the body denies the soul. Who betrays it betrays the soul. The body is the body of the soul, the corporal image of knowledge. As men and women are married to each other, so is each self wedded to its body.

Those who do not love the body or trust it do not love or trust the soul. The multitudinous voices of the gods speak through the body parts. Even the golden molecules are not mute. Who muzzles the body or leashes it muzzles and leashes the soul. The private body is the dwelling place of the private guise of God. Do it honor. Let no man set himself up above the body, calling it soiled, for to him the splendor of the self is hidden. Let no one drive the body like a horse in captivity, to be ridden, or he will be trampled.

The body is the soul in Earth-garments. It is the face of the soul turned toward the seasons, the image of the soul reflected in Earth waters. The body is the soul turned outward. Soul and body are merged in the land of the seasons

The knowledge of the soul is written in the body. Body and soul are the inner and outer of the self. The spirit from which the soul springs form both-soul and body. In Earth time, the soul and body learn together. The genes are the alphabets by which the soul speaks the body-which is the soul's utterance in flesh

So let the soul freely speak itself in flesh.

The body is also eternal. The soul takes it out of space-time. The body is the soul's expression, and its expression is not finite. The spirit has many souls, and each has a body. The body is in and out of time, even as the soul is. Let the soul rush freely throughout the body, and breathe life into all of its parts. The first birth was a gift, freely given. Now you must acquiesce and give your blessing to the life within you. Trust the spontaneity and health of the body, which is the spontaneity and health of the soul. For each morning you spring anew, alive and fresh, out of chaos . . . .

From “The Education of Oversoul Seven” by Jane Roberts


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