Monday, May 1, 2017

Tarot Blog Hop, Bealteine 2017: Tarot AND.....







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So, my friends. here is the 2017 Bealteine Tarot Blog Hop....our charming Wrangler, Arwen Lynch Poe, has asked us to respond to the question, ""Do you combine Tarot with any other divination system? Why or why not?"  I find this topic totally engrossing and exceptionally useful to me, since indeed I do work with three different oracles (at a minimum) when I am doing readings. And my reasons are as follows....

There is quite a range of reasons why people come in to get a reading, but in my Druidic background, as well as my connection to Brighid as Her Priestess, I do have a tendency to group the kinds of readings that people request into the context of the Three Realms as Druidry denotes them, Land, Sea, and Sky, or Body, Mind, and Spirit...and my hope for my clients is that we will, together, work the reading so that they may go away feeling as if they are able to deal with one of the Three Fires of Brighid to create their desired end, with either Fire in the Head (Poetry), Fire in the Hands (Smithcraft), or Fire in the Heart (Healing). And the three tools I use work to this end.

My own creation, the Faery-Fire Oracle, is based on the Nine Realms of the Sidhe, relating to nine aspects of human personality, and the nine stages of life. And so this one works really well for things where the client needs clarity about what is going on within the Self. Fire in the Heart is Inner Health and Well-Being. It is knowing what is going on within your own heart and mind, and it is creating whatever you need to do to achieve your desired end regardless of circumstances. And so, this is the first tool I explain to the client.

The Tarot itself is a tool with great subtlety, much detail, and many ramifications available in any circumstance. I consider it the paramount oracle for dealing with issues concerning the outside world of the client, including family, relationships, job, home, money, friends, and all the other "outside stuff" that is actually the foundation upon which of us builds our personal lives. It is a useful tool to create for us "Fire In The Head", i.e. awareness and knowledge and ideas about how to deal with the ramifications of life.

The third tool I use is the Celtic Tree Runes, the Ogham, in the Beith-Luis-Nion arrangement. Because of the energy of the trees as the year proceeds from Birch to Yew, this tool can give the client specific information about the energy of The Future, what kinds of energies are coming forward and what to do more of or less of to open the Gate of Fate. As the client looks at the tools laid out on the table, he or she chooses which one or ones might best fit the context of their desired information.

And just as an example, since this Hop celebrates Bealteine, I am going to do a draw for all of us to look at. There will be one card drawn from each tool, to respond to the question, "In the Bealteine Fire, which burns with love and inner flame of passion, what is it I need to know and experience to assist me to move forward with New Life?"

And so...here we go.



Faery-Fire Oracle: Queen of Passion's Flame. Her interpretation: 
The Faeries Say: You are a passionate person in every sense of the word. Sometimes that might put you at odds with others, and sometimes that might make you feel as if you are standing alone in some situations. But there is one thing to remember here. Your passion for life and for the things that matter to you is what sets you apart from every other person on the planet, and your passionate nature in relationships means no one is indifferent to you, and that no relationship in your life is unimportant.



 
Haindl Tarot: Six of Cups: Interpretation: You need to be more powerful, directing the flow rather than following. Look at your past as a repository of wisdom to be applied judiciously in the present.  Then use this as motivation for change. Make the very best use of hindsight, employing new strategies and trying new angles on these recurring issues.







      















Celtic Ogham, Gort/Ivy: The Spiral To Center: Interpretation: Look within your Self to know the tools with which the Universe will create your Future. It is necessary that you understand and accept all the details of your own personality, and choose to use these as tools to create your future.

And so, friends, there you have it. Tarot---AND. Body, Mind, and Spirit. Walk in Beauty!






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Monday, March 20, 2017

Tarot Blog Hop Ostara 2017--The Sun Also Rises...









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Today is the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, and the balance of the light and dark is the image of the concept of Spring, which contains the representation of Aries, the dark and light faces of the Sun God Ra, and the developing child in the womb of Mother Earth, the Empress. This is a day when one may do a very specialized three-card reading, based on not just Astrological Decans and Tarot Images, but the focus of the actual season, weather, and outside environment in which each of us lives. And so--


The First Card: Aries and the Blood-God, Mars: What is the fire of my passion and the way in which my heart burns for my own Will? The card that represents this energy in the Haindl Tarot is the Ace of Wands, the representation of the Fire of the Sun rising in the East, the beginning of the light we shine on the intentions of every day, every season, and every personal journey into the future. Use this card and make an offering of Flame in your sacred space, and do a focused Working, a Meditation which requests of the Guides to show you, to enLIGHTEN you, if you will, as to what is your True Will in this iteration, what do you, must you, Will you, focus upon and seek to complete in this season?

The Second Card:  Aries and the Light of Ra : What will be the deepest and most substantial energy of the season to come in my own Stream of Life? The card connected with this energy in the Haindl Tarot is the King of Swords, Master of Fire: Ra, the Lord of Light. The Sword is the energy of Fire of Air, that which makes it possible for us to choose the most direct way of illuminating our Path, as well as understanding that this is the time in our lives when our actions, our intentions, and our own iteration of our Being, will come into the Light and cannot be disguised, either from our Selves or from the world around us. It is time to shine a Light on all that we intend, create, and promise to our Selves, and be certain that this is truly who we are and where we wish to go. In your Working, keeping in mind what was shown to you in your previous meditation, focus now on how to bring your Will into the Light, and especially how to illuminate those parts of your own Being which you do not choose to recognize. Every step on the path will bring you clarity, so do not refuse to examine anything which the Light of Ra chooses to illuminate for you. It is all important to your journey.

The Third Card: The Empress. Knowing my own Will and illuminating my Path, to what will I give birth by the end of this season? This is the place to give offering in honor of your Guides and God/Dess, so that you know not only what you intend to illuminate and develop, but what you intend to do with it. At this time, go outside and make an offering to Mother Earth--water for plants, seed for birds, some other kind of direct interaction with Her Ladyship. And you will feel yourself begin to grow within, to acknowledge your own ability to give Birth to that which you wish to see in your own life. And you will be guided by our Mother Earth in your journey, as long as you make certain to pay Her respect and honor.

Blessings on your Journey. Magic is Afoot--Walk in Beauty!



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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tarot Blog Hop, Imbolc 2017: Planting the Seeds of Change--It's All ACES!



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And here we have it, the beginning of the new growth of our 2017 Spring Season...so, what will be the energies of this season, and what are we growing here? Well....beginnings start with zero, as we buried the past and invoked the future at the Winter Solstice, and then we decide what "one" is, as we choose and plant the seeds of our new growth... And so, here ya go:

Growth of Mind:
Air is the source of the word 'inspiration', which literally means "to breathe in". And our first seed of change must be a decision--about what do I need to think here and on what must I focus?

Growth of Will: 
Fire is the burning desire to do what we Will, the concept of passionate dedication. In this "light". we see the path before us, as we decide, of all those thoughts, which one is our Flame?

Growth of Understanding:
In our emotions and feelings is the place where we nurture our desires and come up with the reasons why things matter to us. And without that focus, we cannot decide what to do about things, but when we fill the Cup of our love and care with our Intent, we can create the potion of action.

Growth of Being:


And so, finally, here we are at the place where we manifest what we have thought, desired, and nurtured with our cardinal abilities. And so, now, the cold, firm foundation of real change is being built in our destiny. We have created our reality, by thought, will, desire, and action. And for us, now, the future is planted and determined...and it really IS "all Aces"!


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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tarot Blog Hop, Yule 2016; Mother-Night Speaks


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When they are in the darkness and not certain what to do, children look to their mother for safety, help, and hope. In this card, we see the face of the Great Mother emerging from the darkness and storm of what has passed, and yet her image seems to arise out of the darkness almost as if it were the source of her power.... and, in a sense, it is. She is between darkness and light, she arises out of confusion, and she gazes into the new journey silently, as she shares her own light. I wrote the Charge of the Dark Goddess many years ago to express the nature of the Great Mother in the time of the dark. Here you go.....


Charge of the Dark Goddess

Listen to the words of the Dark Mother, who of old was called
Hecate, Nuit, Morrigan, Banba, Erda, Macha, MotherNight,
Sekhmet, and many other names:

Whenever you seek wisdom, at the time of the Darkening Moon,
come together in love and trust and learn of Me,
who am the Wisest of Crones...Ye who search the mysteries
of the Earth, the secrets of Air and Darkness, of Blood and Fire,
the silence of the uttermost stars, come unto me,
and I shall whisper to you in the depths of midnight.

Ye shall approach Me in silence, and as a sign that ye are free
from fear, your breast you shall bare to My blade...for fear has
no place in My mysteries, and that which you seek of me will
destroy you if you fear it.

For I am the dolmen arch beyond which stretch the mysteries of infinity.
I am the silence before birth and after death.
I am the clouded mirror in which you scry your own soul.
I am mist in the twilight, the vast and starry sky of midnight, shadows on the Moon.

All things come to Me in the end, and yet I am the beginning of all.
I meet you at the crossroads, I lead you through the darkness,
My hand you grasp in the passage between the worlds.

To those that toy with Me am I an instrument of self-destruction,
yet to the true seeker do I bring knowledge beyond mortal comprehension.
 
Of you shall I demand the utter truth of all that you are,
and in return shall I give you all that you may be, all that I am.

For My wisdom is beyond the Ages, and knowledge of My Secrets
is power over self, over fear, over death.

Nor do I demand aught of you which you cannot give.

For I am the Mother of Mysteries, and as you know Me, so shall you learn to know yourself.


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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Daily Draw, 11/12: Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Peace

Just got back from choir rehearsal for a performance we are doing at the Parliament of World Spirituality on November 19th. My thoughts on this event align with the energies of help and healing we need to experience following our disastrous Presidential election, and the music we are doing for this performance led directly to the focus of today's daily draw. We are performing the "Prayer of St. Francis", and the first line thereof is "Make me an instrument of thy Peace"...and I know that "thy" in this sentence may be directed towards many intended receivers of this petition, depending on who's saying it. So....the question is....HOW may we become "instruments of peace" and contribute to healing the world as it so sorely needs? Let's find out.....


I promise you, I do this draw completely at random, and I have no idea what card(s) will emerge until I draw them, sight unseen. So, today, I once again realize that Spirit is at work here. How to be an "instrument of peace"? First, light your own fires of Courage and remember that there is nothing which is presented to you by the Universe that you will not have the ability to do, if you simply focus on your inner strength and sally forth to answer the call. Take Courage from your ethics, your inner Spirit, the love and support of those you cherish, and your own intention to make the world a better place, regardless of what is going on outside your door. You can DO this, and you will know how when the time comes. Until then, and at all times, Walk In Beauty!

Friday, November 11, 2016

11/10. 11/11. Power Numbers, and the Power Path.


In Tarot parlance, 11 and 22 are considered "Master Numbers", numerologically more powerful than the 2 or the 4 they would add up to if the digits were combined. From a book I use often, "Numerology; Key To Your Inner Self" by Hans Decoz, here is an explanation of the meaning of 11, the first Master Number: "The 11 is the most intuitive of all numbers. It represents illumination, a channel to the subconscious, insight without rational thought, and sensitivity, nervous energy, shyness and impracticality. The 11 is a dreamer. It has all the aspects of the 2, enhanced and charged with charisma, leadership and inspiration. It is a number with inborn duality, which creates dynamism and inner conflict with its mere presence. It's a number that, when not focused on some goal beyond itself, can be turned inward to create fears and phobias. The 11 walks the edge between greatness and self-destruction. Its potential for growth, stability and personal power lies in its acceptance of intuitive understanding, and of spiritual truths. For the 11, such peace is not found so much in logic, but in faith. It is the psychic's number."  Since what we celebrate on 11./11 is Veteran's Day, we are indeed focusing on that which at one and the same time denotes leadership and self-destruction, i.e., War, and those who fight it, to protect and serve and defend, but who also may be walking the path of self-destruction. And therefore, today's draw will give insight into the personal illumination of those of us who have lived through the events of the past few days in America and worldwide. What is our intuitive insight to assist us in walking with Mastery through our lives to come?




And here we have it! "He is a Sun God, He is a Fun God, Ra! Ra! Ra!" Ra, the dominant God of the Egyptian culture, is said to have created Himself out of nothing. He is the emblem of shining light on the future and walking fearlessly into whatever comes forward, knowing that one's inner resources are more than adequate to cope with whatever Fate hands us. And therefore we know that the intuitive insight of this day is saying to us, "You have untapped resources within yourselves, your families, your communities, your countries. You are more than you think you are. You can DO this. Begin now, and create your Self, create your Reality, and bring Light out of Darkness!"


And so, it seems appropriate to mention yesterday's draw, which of course preceded todays, and which therefore may be seen as a foundation. Yesterday was not a Master Number, but it was a significant number--a 3. This represents, for those of us in Traditional Craft Streams, the "three legs of the cauldron", a motif of change and transformation. And the card?

White Buffalo Woman is a central figure in one of the deepest and most sacred myths of the Lakota and Plains Indians. Here is Rachel Pollock's description of Her significance:

"...a person willing to take responsibility for something greater than herself. She seeks to help the people around her. She may show them how to help themselves. She demonstrates great love and courage as well as dedication. Her virtues include intelligence, for she understands the meaning of things and can explain them to others. A leader, she can inspire others to action. Her beauty comes from within." And that may, and must, describe all of us, moving forward. We are all responsible for many things greater than our Selves, so let's look into the eyes of this figure of compassion, focus, and intention, and let's find those resources within ourselves. We can DO this. And in so doing, we can all, still, yes, in our America and everywhere else, Walk in Beauty!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Daily Draw....Asking the Universe "What the F***, and How Do I Deal?"

No need to say anything about the absolute horror US residents woke up to this morning. We're going to have to gird up our loins, gather our friends and families about us, look deep into our hearts for sustenance, and figure out how we can move forward without letting what is living in the White House make us forget who we are. Here's a couple of clues. Card one--what will be our guide and guardian through this time of the dark? Card two--how can we focus our Selves to create a safe and wholesome refuge for the next four years? Here we go:

Our Guide: We see here the "swiftness" of definite goals, focused power of the Will, dedicated persistence. And--we see this as our only saving grace during the times to come. We can't just sit in the corner and rock and weep. We are who we are. We are strong and powerful and focused and we have our ethics and our goals and our Deep Self, each one of us, who knows our own inner compassion, integrity, and the Soul of our Being. We look for a Guide, a Guardian, and to each of us, the Universe says, "You ARE who you need, right here, right now. You KNOW what is right, you have love, compassion, and determination without needing to fall to the haters and the dividers of society. Be your Self, your True Self, and help one another move swiftly forward. Four years is not forever--take it one day at a time, and focus on your goal and your Being. You can DO this!"

 Card Two; Our Focus

Here is Our Lady Brighid, Goddess of the Three Fires. Fire in the Head--what do you KNOW to be true, to be real, to be necessary? Fire in the Heart--about what are you passionate, dedicated, truly devoted? Fire in the Hands--what can you create, become, sustain, with your actions, your words, your smithcraft, which is your ability to forge what you need in the fire of your own will and dedication. The card is the Universe telling us, "Don't lose your Self. You have not been defeated, but rather called to action. You KNOW, you WILL, you DO. Keep on keeping on, and sustain your Self and the Other with the fires of love, integrity, compassion, and creation. Become who you Are, and know you are not alone.


We live, we breathe, we care, we know. And we will help one another to Walk in Beauty