Monday, August 31, 2015

8/30/15 Transparent Oracle Sunday!

Transparent Oracle today!

26, Guide: Otter (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.  The first thing I think of when I see the Otter card is joyful playing.  Otters are known for their play, and play is a sign of intelligence and awareness.  Otters are at home both on Earth and in Water; they form strong family bonds, and work hard to protect their group of family or friends.   All while playing tag!

38, Guide: Owl (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.  Owl is a night hunter, and thus is very good at perceiving things, even in the dark.  Because Owl can fly silently, he is also associated with silence; dark silence can be uncomfortable for some.  Owl tends to be solitary, but this nature allows Owl to be objective and detached, and to gain much wisdom from life experiences.

28, Guide: Frog (West). West is the direction of Water, sensitive, imaginative energy that strives to stay the same or take the same course; energy that is cold and wet, that binds and adapts.  Water is about emotions, feelings, the Inner Voice, dreams, intuition, and Water is connected to both birth and death.  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.  Three Guides!  Lots of information: birth and death, healing and metamorphosis, friendship and family.  This week I may be surrounded by creativity, transformation and joy, however in the middle of it all will be a sense of detachment.  Silence and a solitary focus will begin to bring me into an inner awareness.  I can still have fun, but there just might be a sense of separation, of not fitting in.  This should not be seen as a bad thing!  I’m just different, and I see and sense the world in a different way.


8/26/15 The Moon and the Page of Cups

I chose my Llewellyn Welsh Tarot today, hoping for some clarification or advice, and I threw The Moon and the Page of Cups. 

The Moon of the Tarot Major Arcana corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, emotional and sensitive energy that strives to stay the same), Pisces (“I believe,” feeling, suffering, soul growth, duality), Qof (the back of the head), and the Path between Malkuth (the physical world of action and physical, outer reality) and Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration), and is about feelings and emotions and instincts and the subconscious.  This card tells of falsehood and illusion, deception and chaos, and the Dark Night of Soul, and about magick and mystery. The Moon also tells of being either drawn to or susceptible to the effects of these things (and their manifestation can either be helpful or harmful). 

The Llewellyn Welsh Moon card shows an owl soaring over the waters of a lake, full moon in the sky.  In the distance are rock formations and hills, both of which hint at a gateway or pass.  The moon is reflected on the surface of the lake, but not the shadow of the owl; hmmm . . . wonder why?  In the foreground of the image, we can see under the surface of the water.  We see fish and water plants; there is life under there.  But we can’t see more than just a glimpse, for the surface reflects moonlight in our eyes.  We are susceptible to distraction because of the light of the moon, and the waves and tides ebb and flow, distorting what we see.  Our visions are powerful, so powerful that they disorient, and things that look familiar to us under the light of the sun appear different now.  But they have not changed, only our perception of them has changed.  If I remember that things might not be as they seem, I should be able to control my fear of the dark.  And perhaps seeing things in this different way will bring this answer: “. . . we decide which is right, and which is an illusion.”

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.  Often this card is seen as representing a more immature version of the Queen of Cups, and that means this Page might be seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.  The Page of Cups is Earth of Water, and thus all about feelings and sensations, particularly pleasant feelings and sensations.

The Llewellyn Page of Cups is another card whose image is filled with Water; unlike The Moon and its deep and silent lake, the Page of Cups stands precariously on a rock, surrounded by the spray and foam of crashing waves.  Our Page stands steadily, holding up a Cup with a fish jumping above it.  This Page feels safe here, trusting that the rock will hold steady and understanding the waves and the tides (and applying that understanding), and their push and pull.  This is a card of cheerfulness and innocent optimism, of romance and playfulness and imagination and beautiful creativity.  There’s some good news!

The way forward may not seem immediately clear to me today, and that could be because the way forward is not properly illuminated.  That is not necessarily bad, for the light may be dim but sometimes the softer light allows more subtle messages to appear.  I should remember that fear can distort things even more; I should not be afraid of the dark, and if things seem uncertain, choose the prudent path.  I should also remember that I’ve faced fear before and survived, so if I stand tall and steady and face my fear with a smile on my face, emotions and visions won’t throw me off balance.  I have the experience and the training to not only survive, but to prosper!

How is that for optimism?!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

8/23/15 Transparent Oracle Sunday

Transparent Oracle Sunday.

11, Gateway: Summer (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.  This Gateway is about warmth and bounty, abundance and blessing, passion and wealth.  Summer is a time of physical world manifestation and abundance, and it is also a time to bring magickal awarenesses into the open.  After all, with an abundance of manifestation into the physical world, this would be an easy time to sense non-physical world abundances as they often happen around physical manifestations.

41, Gateway: The Celestial Realm (Above).  Both our solar system, and the vast reaches of space beyond, have an effect on us, and we need to acknowledge this effect and be aware of it.  While we should not allow only these effects to control our choices and actions, they are valid, and there can be higher meanings to seemingly mundane events at this time.  The Celestial Realm Gateway has seven points, corresponding to the seven classical planets and the seven days of the week, offering both a broad and a more mundane influence; the seven-pointed star is also associated with angelic beings.  This Gateway tells me that the events in my life right how have higher levels of meanings than I am perceiving at first glance.  It might help to read today’s horoscope, or touch base with a Guardian Spirit.

12, Weather: Lightning (South): The direction of South corresponds with the element of Fire.  Fire brings spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change through heating and separating, drying and shaping. In the T-O, the weather associated with the South is Lightning, and oh boy, does this make sense.  After all, South is about Fire, and Lightning is about a sudden eruption of heat and flame and light.  The energies of this card are full of drama, and maybe even a bit scary at times, but they are a great way to break down and end the effectiveness of blockages.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  Okay, just like in reality, Lightning obliterates the details of the other cards.  Scary, dramatic energies are on their way, and we have two Gateways through which they can pass.  The effects of this blast of energy are important as well, and those effects will be shaped by the Gateway they move through.  Abundance and manifestation will occur suddenly, and the patterns and shapes that result will have deeper meanings than I expect.  I need to look twice, even three times if necessary, at everything that happens this week.

I am back after a bit of a rest from this blog.  Hopefully my return will be filled with enthusiasm.  If my cards are any indication, things should be happening for me.