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Looks like good ol’Clootie is hanging around for another week. Horney little bugger must be pretty insistent we catch the message. Last week was a look at miss-direction and perspective.


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There is truth in what you feel and see. The point is to listen to your feelings, you inner sense, about it’s rightness for your self. We can all suffer miss-direction, the world is full of many wonderful and terrible things that can bring up our passionate self. I consider it a personal challenge to allow for the fire in the belly to burn without it setting everything around me ablaze in a 4 alarm fire…. well at least not without the proper safety equipment.

When we come to the crossroads, it is our passion that lights the way. Harness it. Make a torch like luminous Hekate, and seek the path you choose.

For the centered person, this could be a time of observation, seeing over indulgence in vice in others and knowing or seeing the result of those decadence. You may find you have an opportunity to shine a light in the darkness. Caution indicates that you shouldn’t let other people’s business take you away from your own life so much that your own passions suffer.

Tarot Weekly

So our cards for the week are: The Devil; Ace of Pentacles (R), 7 of Wands (R); King of Swords (R); Ten of Wands; Assisted by Wolf.

I write to the creative, the spiritual seeker, the person who walks a similar path. Novice or adept, there is a thread that we share found in our connection.

The gist of what I received this week during communication with spirit that I work with on the Tarot Weekly was this.

  • False starts
  • Inspect what we have committed to; what have we allowed to overpower us? What have we given our power to, dis-empowering ourself.
  • To move forward (a very common theme lately at the Tarot Weekly) we must find the resources to leave the confines of our current situation.

What does that mean?

If it is a job and you wish to progress, you may find that this is not the job for you OR that someone has or is hindering your progression.

Relationships could be binding us from change that can infuse us with the creative energy we need. Not to say our partner(s) are bad news but maybe some break away time for you into your own endeavors would serve you better.

There is a final message of “Own your Mojo!”

Do what is necessary to find your great spirit, your authentic self, your true-glowing-you and begin to cultivate that energy. It is time.

A look at the cards…

The Devil: Desire, temptation, and encounters with our fears related to our passions and our animal nature.

What are you facing here in your current situation, are you actually tuning into your fears or an instinct that can help you in your life right now. Fear of progression? Fear of advancement? Fear of change?

Seven of Wands: Are you afraid of leadership? Decision making? Are you focused on imagined outcomes? Remember the realism of the Queen of Swords and the practicality of the King of Pentacles? When we clear the mind and get back to the real path of what needs to be done, the illusions of fear fall away; or if they, our doubts, are founded in actual relationships, it can help us to find our right perspective. Where the seat of our consciousness should be sitting.

Ace of Pentacles (R): Take the seed, plant it and begin! The door is before you. Your greatness, your wisdom / know how is on the other side. Pony up! Let the journey begin.

Do you feel insecure? What are you grounded in? Again, re-seat your consciousness in the proper throne.

King of Swords (R): Again, miss-direction but more specific, either there is focus on the wrong issues and not the bigger picture, or you have been fooled and it’s time to clear the head and set yourself straight.

He is representative of a selfish man, serving his own ends, and will probably do whatever it takes to make sure his own survivability / needs are met. Could be a very charming guy, who has a sense of how people work and uses that to play the right cards. If it’s not another, watch for these motivations in the self.

This could represent our own Devil.

Ten of Wands from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

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Ten of Wands: Said to represent taking on too much, or more than your share of responsibility in a situation. Overburdened. I also feel an element of shame there… The figure is not only carrying to much, but his head is bend into the staves, hiding behind the work to prove the place he is in.

“See how much I have to deal with? This is why I can’t just let this go.”

Don’t fool yourself. It’s not worth the energy you are wasting that could be spent in something that you want to pursue and would make you happy.

The animal energy that comes through is the wolf.

For me, personally, this has to do with retaining a sense of power / independence while existing within the pack.

Our sense of self that is sustained by those we surround ourself with, we are empowered when we are connected to those that are part of the goal, support us in our higher aspirations, and want to see us succeed. Find these folks.

I recommend a meditation on the force and power of the Wolf to find the message that it brings to you in light of the tarot connection this week. Seek your lunar influence, feel the dirt beneath your paws, run through the primordial forest of your self.


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I’ve ticked around a concept for a few years involving the Mana. The power that is within, or imbued through thought, feeling, and worship within objects, places, people, and spaces. In a sense this is a part of my art and the things that I, we, create because there is often meditation involved and the use of ritual, essential oils, herbs, breath, and Ki.

The following is a movie that I have meant to watch for some time. It is part explanation and part visual experience of how the sacred is acknowledged around the world. It is the primary motivation for my next piece/pieces.

Mana: Beyond Belief.

From the website:

Mana: Beyond Belief is a 92 minute ’round the world motion picture encounter with power objects and how people believe in them, filmed in dazzling High Definition digital video.

MANA–a journey leading from a Navajo medicine man’s mud-covered hogan to the eternity of space, from the most ancient of technologies to the most complex, from the concrete world of objects to the projected world of values, and from the individual’s attempt to comprehend the secret powers surrounding him to the power our own minds give us to shape our experiences . . .

You can watch the full film here at or you can tune in via Google Video. More information about the film is at the Mana Movie Site.


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The interaction of Eastern spirituality and Western science has expanded methods of stress reduction, treatment of chronic disease, psychotherapy and other areas. But that is only part of the story. Hindu and Buddhist descriptions of higher stages of consciousness have expanded psychology’s understanding of human development and inspired the formation of provocative new theories of consciousness itself. Their ancient philosophies have also influenced physicists, among them Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg and J. Robert Oppenheimer, who read from the Bhagavad Gita at a memorial service for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In his landmark TV seriesCosmos, Carl Sagan called Hinduism the only religion whose time-scale for the universe matches the billions of years documented by modern science. Sagan filmed that segment in a Hindu temple featuring a statue of the god Shiva as the cosmic dancer, an image that now stands in the plaza of the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva.

The relationship between science and Eastern spiritual traditions — which many prefer to think of as psychologies — is still in its infancy. In recent years, the Dalai Lama has carried the ball forward, hosting conferences and encouraging research. Western religions would do well to emulate this history. Their historical and faith-based claims conflict with empirical science and probably always will; but to the extent that their practices directly impact human life, they can be treated as testable hypotheses.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Ervin continues his exploration. I’m actually sort of curious about this journey.

It presses the boundary and borders “New Age”… but that’s all “Old Age”, isn’t it? Revisiting ancient concepts with modern  thought, science, theory, and evolving consciousness…


In the first post of this series I promised to explore the wider implications of our having a quantum computer in our head. What does this revolutionary understanding of the capacities of the human brain mean for our life and our future?

Here I call “quantum consciousness” the consciousness we access when we use the potentials of our quantum-computer brain. Our brain is a macroscopic quantum system, yet we use it as if it were exclusively a classical biochemical system. With its quantum-system functions, our brain can receive information not only from our eyes and ears, but directly from the wider world with which we are “entangled” — nonlocally connected. Insightful people throughout history, whether shamans or scientists, poets or prophets, have extensively used this capacity, innate to all human beings. Today it is widely neglected. This impoverishes our world picture and causes a nagging sense that we are separate from the world around us.

I believe that quantum consciousness could be the next stage in the evolution of our consciousness — and that this evolution could be our salvation. Let me explain.

get the full article at Huffington Post, via Ervin Laszlo: Quantum Consciousness: Our Evolution, Our Salvation.

I’ve gotten hooked on this debate between Deepak Chopra, Michael Shermer, and Sam Harris.

Like any good doctor, Deepak follows up. Unfortunately my brain isn’t quite moving at quantum speed today so I’m taking this all in slowly.

For myself I have always wanted to see the research that is said to compare quantum physics to magickal/occult knowledge. Though I’ve had some fantastic, I mean really fantastic, experiences on my magickal path, I’ve always wondered where was the measured comparison that gets thrown around like, “Modern science is even now proving the existence of the energetic universe through Quantum Physics…”




Most people have spent at least a few minutes pondering a famous riddle, although they may not know that it originated in Zen Buddhism: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Strangely, this turns out to be a pivotal question if you want to prove that God exists, or doesn’t.

I want to explain the whole issue in detail, but if you want to view a vigorous and often contentious debate about God and whether He has a future, ABC Nightline is running Tuesday (March 23). The Nightline episode contains only excerpts, but the full debate will be available online at Nightline/FaceOff/ The location was at Cal Tech, where God probably isn’t a pressing topic compared to quantum physics. Yet as it turns out, the two are vitally linked. What you think about reality depends on quantum physics, and since God is the ultimate reality, His existence hinges on such things as waves and particles.

This wasn’t a crude argument between believers and non-believers. It was an attempt to see if the most up-to-date science made God’s existence unlikely, which is what atheists led by Richard Dawkins believe. Taking that position in the debate was Dr. Michael Shermer, the editor of Skeptics magazine, and Sam Harris, author of Letter to a Christian Nation. As staunch materialists, they offered a simple attack on God — nothing is scientifically valid unless it can be seen and measured. Since God has no physical presence in the world, there can be no measurement of His existence. Without a physical presence, the deity is reduced to being subjective. Millions of people were taught to believe in a supreme being. If they paid attention to science, they’d realized that their faith has no real basis.

On the other side, I and my partner, the noted philosopher and writer Jean Houston, rejected materialism. We held that science is about objective data, but human beings have rich internal experiences that are valid. These experiences give rise to art, morality, psychology, and everyday things like love, truth, honor, and so on. Is science really in a position to call human experience itself wrong if it cannot be seen and measured? Our opponents of course argue that ethics, values, meaning, and purpose are all reducible to brain phenomena. While we hold that brain phenomena are merely representations of consciousness and not the experience itself.

You’ll note when you get deep enough, Dr. Chopra attempts to answer the question…

On the side of materialism, Shermer and many others say no. Quantum behavior, or as Shermer calls it “Quantum weirdness,” is confined to the microscopic world. It doesn’t leak into the macroscopic world of rocks, trees, clouds — and the moon. But there are three weaknesses in this argument:

1. Recent discoveries have produced quantum weirdness on the macroscopic level. See this article about “supersizing” quantum mechanics

2. Quantum physics is behind all kinds of technologies used in the big everyday world: transistors, superconductors, experiments with superfluids. There are even cutting-edge experiments with time travel and teleportation, very Star Trek, although so far the results are on the level of light beams, not Scottie and Captain Kirk.

3. Most crucial of all, if you don’t allow quantum phenomenon to interact with the big world, you run into a huge problem with physics itself. Quantum physics is the basis of our macroscopic physical world, so there has to be an interaction, even if that interaction is not fully understood.

Read the full and in depth article (rebuttle) @Huffingtonpost: Deepak Chopra: Which Is Real, the Moon or God?.

The last article this morning that really made me smile. Reminded me of ol’ Hermes Trismegistus…

As above, so below

The Magician displaying the Hermetic concept of as above, so below.

These words circulate throughout occult and magical circles, and they come from Hermetic texts. The concept was first laid out in The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, in the words “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing”.

In accordance with the various levels of reality: physical, mental, and spiritual, this relates that what happens on any level happens on every other. This is however more often used in the sense of the microcosm and the macrocosm. The microcosm is oneself, and the macrocosm is the universe. The macrocosm is as the microcosm, and vice versa; within each lies the other, and through understanding one (usually the microcosm) you can understand the other.

Carry forward, this is the article I read.


ARTICLE: Ervin Laszlo: If Your Brain Is A Quantum Computer,  Can It Connect You To The World?

Biochemical processes alone could never have coordinated this exacting process with such speed and precision. It seems that the human brain develops through an instantaneous, nonlocal exchange of information via the process known in physics as entanglement. Our brain is an entangled “macroscopic quantum system,” and it functions as a “quantum computer.”

There is further evidence to support this conclusion. The human brain appears to have an enormous — and conventionally inexplicable — capacity for storing information. Famed mathematician John von Neumann calculated that during an average lifetime of seventy years we accumulate some 280 trillion bits of information. This volume of information doesn’t just disappear without a trace: evidence from psychotherapy and research on non-ordinary states of consciousness shows that all, or almost all, of the information is retrievable. This means that potentially everything we have ever experienced in our lifetime can be recalled. And if it can be recalled, then it must be stored somehow, somewhere. While this is obviously true, the storage repository is not necessarily within our brain.

via Ervin Laszlo: If Your Brain Is A Quantum Computer, Can It Connect You To The World?.

This was a really interesting read this morning, in addition to a few things I posted to the Lifencompass Facebook profile.

Things like this get the n0gin tickin.


ARTICLE: Samir Selmanovic: Religion Needs Atheism

The 2009 quintennial session of Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia represented 220 religions and featured 675 programs, 37 movie screenings, and 84 off-site events. For all this colorful diversity, the parliament did not have a meaningful presence of atheists in its program, neither as another religion (in the sense of a “system of meaning”) nor as conversation partners. This coming weekend, the atheists of the world are having their own 2010 Global Atheist Convention entitled The Rise of Atheism in the very same convention center in Melbourne, and with a correspondingly apparent absence of anything religious. It is true that religious people and atheists are not historic partners or easy conversationalists and that they both need their identity-building convocations. Yet, this segregation is happening at the time when learning to live interdependently on our fragile planet has moved from being merely a virtue of neighborly love to a matter of survival. Interdependence is no longer a choice to consider; it is a necessity.

Then Later, this little bit of Judaism got the hamster’s in a frenzy. I can still hear the wheels spinning…

Rabbi Or Rose tells me that rabbis of old have long taught that the highest form of human discourse is Makhloket, or disagreement. First we recognize our own limits, and then we proceed to clarify our positions as best we can. When we sustain the tension between us, each pulling our own way, we create emptiness between us. In this emptiness, Rabbis say, God creates. As it was in the beginning, so it is today. In the presence of one another, in the moment when our positions of clarity are matched with humility, the possibility of a truly new idea emerges, a solution, a way forward. Creation continues, and we all gain.

Finish the article via Samir Selmanovic: Religion Needs Atheism.

For those of you who do not know Karen Armstrong, get introduced. She is a provoking, candid, voice for spirituality and harmony between religious ideologies that have lost their way.

Excerpt from
As she accepts her 2008 TED Prize, author and scholar Karen Armstrong talks about how the Abrahamic religions — Islam, Judaism, Christianity — have been diverted from the moral purpose they share: to foster compassion. But Armstrong has seen a yearning to change this fact. People want to be religious, she says; we should act to help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help her build a Charter for Compassion — to help restore the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) as the central global religious doctrine. To brainstorm on this wish and get involved, visit >> (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 21:27.)


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Older, mainline churches approach to environmental issues are attracting younger Americans.

In a Declaration on the Environment entitled “We are still betraying the Mandate God has given us” , Pope John Paul II points out, in part, “We are also concerned about the negative consequences for humanity and for all creation resulting from the degradation of some of the basic natural resources such as water, air and land, brought about by an economic and technological progress which does not recognize and take into account its limits.”

Pope Benedict XVI continues the theme by saying:

“All of creation represents an enormous gift from God to humanity, so people have a responsibility to protect this treasure and dedicate themselves against an indiscriminate use of the earth’s resources,”

Full article at Twilight Earth: Churches Filling Pews by -Gasp!- Preaching Environmentalism!.

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The White House has added its voice to the growing chorus slamming the Rev. Pat Robertson’s suggestion that a Haitian “pact with the Devil” brought about the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation.

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, said the Robertson’s remarks left her “kind of speechless.”

“That’s not the attitude that expresses the spirit of the president or the American people, so I thought it was a pretty stunning comment to make,” she said on “Good Morning America.”

Robertson’s organization has quickly  backpedaled on the controversial comments.

In a statement on his Web site, a Christian Broadcasting Network spokesman says he didn’t mean to imply the earthquake was the Haitians’ fault, and that he was merely repeating a legend that has led “countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed.”

“If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear,” the statement read.

Full story via Pat Robertson’s ‘pact with the Devil’ Haiti comments leave White House adviser Jarrett ‘speechless’.

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