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Tarot Weekly 3/28-4/3/11

A break away from a usual or old way of thinking that could be a negative voice within. Check that. Watch for the inner saboteur, our own trickster when it comes to foundations and / or foundations of passions. We could inadvertently cause our own stumble.

Ideas and plans are still young and, yes, even immature, but everything has it’s cycle from birth to death. We are in a state of constant Bardo, culture young thoughts as would a child. Stoke enthusiasm, creativity, and spontaneity. Cultivate those resonating relationships that are highlighting the free spirit, and lift up the melancholy.

Let go with that grip! Clinging to the way things are or what you don’t wan to let go of (mentally speaking), and embracing the security of change, the flow, movement and newness. Open up your mind, seek improvement by learning through the experience.

There may be concern about how this affects your standing in the eyes of others but one should be cautioned not to be so self deceptive about self importance, or egotistical about the person we wish to be perceived as. Our friends and loved ones see us for who we are, not just the mister or misses popularity that we want them to see.

Examine our reflection. Explore our spontaneity, our inner adolescent. See our self in the moving, dancing, singing, spring time world around us. It is young again.

Note: Mercury is going to go Retrograde this week, on the 30th.

It’s time to be mindful of what we are communicating, transmitting, sending and receiving in our messages psychic, and on the world wide web. *wink* There is a Mars / Aries action adding to an emphasis on the child and action, but that could also lead to foot in mouth disease. Laugh it off. Be light.

Be well,

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November 29th - December 5th

 

This week we get a full spread of cards across the cloth and the first thing I see is that decision-making is under the auspices of the blind. The choice cannot be made on how it is viewed, other measures / sense should be employed before committing to a choice.

Note that Venus is now direct and  moving out of Libra and into Scorpio, the sign least favored by Venus (astrologically speaking it can be needy, intense, yearning for transformative experiences in love and sex). A bit intense for the fluffy love stuff. Doesn’t mean it’s bad, but I’d mind the intensity in our convictions in our goals and relationships, they could be mistaken or overrun our stability. Mark that Uranus is going direct as well, in Pisces (?), and that’s the planet of sudden changes, electro-magnetism… He is our Awakener, the innovator, the jolt. SHAZAM!

I mention these planetary movements because there could be some major changes in our most intimately connected partnerships (work, love, family) as mentioned last week, the trend continues.

Excerpt:

“There are some notes in the air here that says there has been, or we could be entering a time of some challenges and we’ve given a lot into our situation on the level of giving / receiving / exchange. This could be work, this could be relationships, this could be helping out a friend, or cause… The underlying message is not to be so intense, or driven because you could  lose the balance point perspective of charity and fall into the role of debt collector.

This is not about “right” and “wrong”, winners or losers, those who have and those who have not.

We can honor our feelings. There may be something that is critically wrong with the situation we are in, either immediately or in the long run, and by Gods, that is valid. We can say I have given enough and now it’s time for me. Some self-appreciation is in order, or even some pats on the back from a friend who see’s your real worth. Talk to them. Step away and in one way or another refuel.  Find some balance in your life between work and play, giving and receiving, honor and obligation. It’s the “Holiday Season,” a time when these issues can seem to pop up around every corner, and so it is also the perfect time to be mindful of this balance between give and take.”

Anyway, as I was saying, the two of Swords (R) is telling me that the message of the internal senses, feeling / intuitive, are a better gauge than what our eyes may be taking in. It’s not that you are not seeing the truth but that we must trust our ability to know and to take action.

Trust yourself. You do not need to prove yourself, just feel, know, and then move forward with that stability. Indecision, lack of faith, these will sting this week in matters of the heart, or emotional commerce. The Devil (R) seems to indicate a lesser state of denial. Be mindful of framing yourself between others to highlight the issues, relating, or focus that you have moved through. There is a hint that the internal seeking can feel like it is not enough (Scorpio / Venus / Uranus) and you may want for it to play out in the “RL”.

If there is a case of the drama-bug and a wish to give issue or meaning to what you are experiencing try to be conscious of it. Don’t drag your friends, family, lovers, neighbors, and the kitchen sink into it… unless you can mythically / ritually re-enact the process. Try Sacred Drama, or find a movie, book, something that you can get into and unwind some of the emotional tethers you may have wound up and bound tightly to the heart and mind.

Queen of Wands and Page of Wands, I’m instantly drawn to Cate Blanchett‘s portrayal of Elizabeth and the lovely looking, if tragically flawed, Joseph Fiennes as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. I’m also fond of High Fantasy. The latest Harry Potter was pretty good as well. Talk about indecision, the Deathly Hallows, has large portions of learning to trust in oneself, and lots of good ol’story.

So… decision-making. Magus is in reverse I’m pretty solid in my feeling that this is the Querent after the energy has left… Standing where the house once stood. In the place where he or she was and trying to make something happen but there is nothing there left to work with. The time is for action and moving forward and our efforts to make change with what has ended, passed, or is no longer relevant is playing into the illusion of want and our want to make good with what we had / the past.

Gone is gone. Done is done. There is newness and it’s up to you to find it.

Interesting helper cards and I’ve got two images.

  1. The Bee is part of the hive, or a collective intelligence. A group mind. There is a much better field of energy to be found after the fact of letting go and embracing forward movement when we trust our decision making skills and our intuition. A lot of the energy you can just waste on useless drama is fuel for new connections. Sweet like honey if we move forward. Stings like a bitch if we stay back and play-replay-rewind-play-replay the same-o same-o. This “energy” feels universal in nature, magickal, as if what we are connecting to has a force, intelligence, and power all it’s own so I would probably take the time and connect with your HGA, higher self, or higher divinity.
  2. Second card, the Knight of Pentacles (gift giver) feels like an actual, male / masculine, guiding force. A guide, spirit or physical, who is offering an opportunity or gift that can take you forward now. I’m leaning heavily on an actual, physical, person with this one but there may be something “undesirable” about the person (that you believe or perceive) that may block your willingness to accept the gift. Investigate your thoughts and feelings about this… deal, or gift.The space you are in (as mentioned earlier on) and how you are playing out your life will affect the karma, tone, and outcome of this gift or deal.

Bargain or boon can turn in any direction depending on how, or if, you take it, play it, or walk away from it.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith
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Death, from the 1911 Tarot deck by Pamela Colm...

Key XIII | Image via Wikipedia

In the middle of meditation on this weeks Tarot spread, contemplating Death, I received nine calls to ask for distance healing. A friend has been in an accident, her car is totaled, and tho she is OK, I think we’re all shaken.

My lesson seems to be to listen to my quiet voice. During my meditation I kept receiving an image of female, and feeling death. I didn’t want to pull other cards, for a minute I had to focus in on that image.

While I was meditating there was a faint buzzing. Below on the street was parked a truck, humming a long but the quiet voice kept saying “answer the phone.”

I didn’t hear my phone.

Dogs start barking. SHHH! Something outside the door.

OKAY OKAY! I’m getting out of meditation I’m going to the phone!

I must seem like a brat to the spirits, hard-headed, and hard of hearing. I did get the call. I did learn about the accident. I did spend the rest of my morning sending Reiki-Earth-Healing energy.

Anyway, that made me look critically at the cards. As is the usual I opened myself to the message, may it be revealed safely, clearly, and with ease…

Tarot Weekly

October 25th – 31st.

A few things to consider this week as we look at the cards. It is Samhain, a time of looking to the future, parting the veil, honoring our ancestors and guardian spirits. A time of endings, insights, communion, and bonds with our spirit allies, families and history.

A good read to go along with the weekly is the Temple Bell, Samhain 2010, Temple of Witchcraft. Among the many interesting things in this issue is an article, Honoring the Ancestors. Steve Kenson (Minister, Temple of Gemini) talks about spirits like the Hidden Company, our ancestors of Blood, and Kindred Spirits, or cultural ancestors.

You can download a copy of the Temple Bell, here.

As I said, this week’s card is Key XIII, Death. The theme is then surrounded by four cards, made up mostly of swords: Queen of Swords; Four of Swords (R); Knight of Swords (R); Page of Wands.

Animal Spirit: Raven.

Death | Old Hood

Fortunately for us there are no opposing or reinforcing cards for Key XIII this week. That leaves us with the Energy of Transition / Transformation / Initiation. One part dies, another awakens. This process is inevitable and so you can approach it with a sense of magick and spirit… or be tugged down the path kicking and screaming. Either way you enter the portal and make your way from one life to another.

And that’s the thing about death isn’t it? “This to shall pass” and  so we shall go through the gate. Do you approach it as an Initiate, or do you return to it like a child, as you came in, screaming and crying?

Though this isn’t an actual death, I believe in the message of dignity, mystery, and reverence.

The Raven

I summon up the animal spirit because, where there be death, there be ravens! The Raven personifies the powers of the underworld, the ability to take the passage into the mysteries and return from the darkest depths with new knowledge and power.

Symbol of protection, healing, and initiation, and often death itself usually with many negative, cultural, connotations.

Raven creates the world

“A raven story from the Puget Sound region describes the “Raven” as having originally lived in the land of spirits (literally bird land) that existed before the world of humans. One day the Raven became so bored with bird land that he flew away, carrying a stone in his beak. When the Raven became tired of carrying the stone and dropped it, the stone fell into the ocean and expanded until it formed the firmament on which humans now live.”

Wiki.

Minor Arcana

Queen of Swords, she faces the truth, logically, direct and the point, she asks us to be clear and to see.

Her mind is sharp, honed over many years, like a sword it cuts through the bullshit to reach the heart of the matter. The truth. Righted she is in power, with a keen and agile mind. She IS the power of the owl in this instance. Her power can take you directly to the heart of the truth.

What perception does she wield. Is this you and your penetrating mind, or a woman of authority in your life who is showing you the way to see through to the mysteries? She sits in the Northern Quarter of the spread, representing Earth.

Four of Swords (R), lies in unrest, placed in the Eastern Quarter of the spread, place of Fire. These four swords council rest, to take a moment and breathe. The power of fire should be kindled and used to review, like a torch, let the light be your guide into deeper parts of self, exploration, or inquiry into your journey at this time.

Investigate your drive, re-fuel, then get back to moving with focus and direction. Watch for isolation tendencies, you may need company / help along the way.

Knight of Swords (R), charges through in the South, place of air, where we would expect to find harmony in the element and card, reenforcing the message.

What are you so impassioned to change? What is the reason? Has passion carried away logic? Where is discernment? Alternatively, are you being a slug, so overtaken by the power of something (your idea of it) that you just don’t wish to take up the sword and carry forward because of the work it will entail?

Be on guard, review sources of information, check yourself. Carry on.

Page of Wands, In the Western Quarter stands the Page of Wands. There is inspiration in how you feel, or better yet, creative energy in inspiration via an emotional outlet or connection.

Feel for the juice! The Passion for life. A new approach, wonder, or someone who invites you to play, to lighten up, to have some fun.

Bringing it together and what do you get?

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Here’s hoping you have a wonderful holiday! I’ll be out and about, dressed in bones. Be safe. Be merry. Get wild!

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Be well,

Scott K Smith
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