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.


© Aisling the Bard, 1998 All Rights Reserved.

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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


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Daily DrawTimes Two....What Do I Elect To Do?

Today is Election Day USA, and yesterday, Monday November 7th, was the first day of our new "time cycle". as we "Fell Backwards" on Sunday. So....two cards to see, one for Monday, revealing what we have fallen backwards into, and one for today, revealing what we might like to elect to do about it. Here we go...

Monday--Falling Back. Daughter of Cups, (Brighid) reversed.

Our Lady of the Three Flames is standing on her head today. She is telling us that we have to be careful not to fall back into the habit of letting other people "light our fires". Fire in the Head--inspiration. Fire in the Heart--Passion. Fire in the Hands--Creation. They are OURS, ours to know and feel and experience and DO. If we fall into that old habit of looking to other people for inspiration and instruction, all three fires will soon go out. Please, please, turn my Goddess over onto her strong feet and relight your own three Flames!





Tuesday--Election

And here we have it! Simply follow your own three fires, your inspiration, your passion, and your action--and know that if you do what you are inspired to do, and the things about which you are passionate, you cannot fail here!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Old Samhain Speaks--Three Times

Here we are on the day when time changes, and we have experienced the astronomical shift from light to darkness, as well as the journey into the shadow realm of the dead. So it seems fitting that we look to the three legs of the cauldron, and see what transformations await us:

Friday, the journey:
We've seen this guidepost before, a directional focus on our inner map of our lives. It is telling us to look to the realm within, and permit ourselves to decide for ourselves what is to be the focus of our inner exploration of our own needs, desires, directional motivation, and inner destination. Don't let yourself be drawn off your own path. Decide where you're going, and simply move forward.








Saturday, the Veil:
We walk between the realms at this season, and on Old Samhain we are met and accompanied by the Mighty Dead, the Ancestors, those whose Being sources our own and in whose lives we have sought direction and focus. And it is not an easy interaction, since many of those beyond the Veil wish not to be there, and some whom we meet are lost and seeking. So courage is our guiding light, knowing we are intended to assist their journey to learn more about our own. The Wild Hunt is moving, and we are able to interact with those who journey and those who hunt, assisting our own inner walk and lifting us into the Inworlds where we will find our direction.




Sunday: Fall Back:
We use "time" to source the goals of our day, week, month, year, and life. And yet today we have cause to remember that "time" is a human invention, and we are free to, and we do, manipulate it and make it be where and how we want it to be. The truth is, "time" may be a helpful guidepost on our journey, but this card tells us to remember that tomorrow will never come, because it is always NOW. White Buffalo Woman is She who gave to the Native People the meaning of the buffalo as more than food, and showed them not only the many uses that could be made of this sacred gift of food, clothing, and shelter, but also how to mark the changing of the seasons and the move of Time by following the seasonal journey of the buffalo. What she tells to us is that each moment is what we make of it, and that although the journey of our lives is deeply personal, there is that without ourselves to which we must pay attention as we walk our path, since nothing that exists lives alone. We are in this journey with the others of our tribe, and it is our responsibility to live fully in the present and assist where we may, so that each and all of us may use our Time to our own best interest and assist others to do the same--so that we ALL may Walk in Beauty!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Daily Draw, Nov. 3: Playing It By The Numbers

I somehow feel the numerical energy of this day is significant, so this draw was numerically sourced. The numerological value of 11/3/2016 is a 5, so fifth card down in the shuffled deck will have something to tell us. Here goes....
 The Empress is the Triple Goddess, the Mother of Life, the divine symbol of the constant renewal of Nature, which is symbolized by the presence of the traditional energies of Land, Sea, and Sky in the picture. She is a symbol of passion, of reverence for life, of motherhood and joy in caregiving, and of the intersection of the powers of the Inner Self with the powers of the Realms of Nature. So, today, my friends, Be the Empress. Take joy in what you love and care about. Interact with Nature and the world around you. Look clearly and watch carefully what is presented to you, and remember you are the doorway to your own success in life. You stand between the realms, always, and what you care about and focus on will become your truth and reality. Walk in Beauty!