Jul 302016
 

As the last new moon reached the end of its cycle, I post these readings as a prompt for contemplative practice and noticing the more cosmic patterns of life as you attend to the lunar energy in a solar world.

August New Moon – Tuesday, August 2 at 4:44pm ET in the USA

Releasing the last water moon & Welcoming the new fire moon – Amidst the first days of the Celtic season of Lammas which brings a time of harvest and the first hints of tipping back toward the dark half of the year.

Surrender to the Depths Reading

gaian four-waterAugust days are full of beauty at height of summer season but there often also begins a strange undercurrent of emotion coming from somewhere. Perhaps it is a message from our soul selves.

The soul isn’t easily defined so metaphor is the way to discover meaning. Our souls are like the late summer pond. The murky mystery of our depths makes the beauty that we show in the sun. So in this season, it makes sense to tend both.

Before doing this reading, you may want to imagine yourself as the woman in the Gaian Four of Water and spend some time looking inwardly to see what your emotions are.  You might visualize a pond or well and imagine traveling down from surface to depth and seeing emotions at different levels. Don’t worry about understanding them all. Just open yourself to them.

SOUL MESSAGE:
 What message is coming from your soul through your deep emotions?

SURRENDER: How to surrender to this message?

REVELATION: What will be revealed when you do?
 

I am going to be tending my soul depths on vacation during the first two weeks of August! I am only doing readings for those who have signed up for the full lunar year before I leave. But if you do want this reading and can wait until after August 16th, you can order this as an e-reading for $22. Here is a sample of how I do these readings in a collaborative intuitive format.  

Apr 282015
 

Although I didn’t hear the Hanged One invoked consciously, this wisdom figure hid in plain sight, worked a special magic, and invited our souls to go deep at this year’s Readers Studio, the annual gathering of the Tarot tribe organized by The Tarot School.

Le-Pendu-images

I’ve written before about how the Tarot’s Hanged One exults what is usually lowly – the hard working feet are closest to heaven in this upside down image –  and invites our higher consciousness to be directed downward – the head as container for the mind is brought closer to earth. A surrender to a different way of being is shown in the image.

Each of the main stage presenters danced with and embodied the Hanged One, showing us an archetype come to life and modeling wisdom moving in our mundane world.

TiamatEllen Lorenzi-Prince took to the main stage wearing a pendant made from her Dark Goddess Tarot card for the Hanged One, Tiamat, the Babylonian Goddess who reminds us:  What has been lost lives in hidden places.

During the introductory interview for her session, I heard Ellen give the most wonderful definition for what the Tarot really is: A modern practice for encountering ancient stories. The Tarot from its conception to today tells stories in pictures of our perennial seekings: of love and death, tricksters and saints, the gods and the goddesses. Ellen’s latest deck, The Minoan, brings to life an ancient culture, and as I contemplate its images in serious in playful ways I am engaged in a practice that brings me the wisdom of that culture.

During her presentation Ellen brought our heads and our consciousness close to the earth as we explored the elements. We did not look at the symbols of wand, cup, sword, and pentacle, but rather imagined the actual elements of fire, water, air, and earth. Through meditations we centered ourselves in the power of the element moving from the holy place of the ace to the fulfillment of its potential. We encountered the compassion, test, invitation, challenge, and blessing of each element. There were waterfalls and tornadoes, bonfire and stone.

Ellen surrendered to the wisdom of the elemental earth.

Theresa Reed, the Tarot Lady, told us she was going to teach us How to Read Tarot Under Any Circumstances.  When her technology would not cooperate she then showed us how to give a stellar presentation under any circumstances. I don’t know how she felt as people scrambled to bring up her power point and the screen behind shifted and changed, but she was calm and, even more impressive, the 200+ of us seated in the ballroom were calm. I never doubted that we would get the information that we needed.

gaian 12-treeMy favorite section of her presentation was on how she brings her yoga practice into her Tarot work. Here are just a few of gems:

  • Do grounding meditations before readings.  Plant your feet on the floor. Breathe deeply down to your abdomen. When you exhale complete imaging a grounding cord wrapped around your waist. The cord goes into grounding earth and touches into the fiery center. With this down, Teresa told us: Know that you are grounded, centered, supported, and ready to serve.
  • Mirror your clients breathing and then you can help them to align to calm breath.  We did this with a partner touching knees and we felt powerfully connected. I kept doing it for my readings throughout the weekend.
  • Soft gaze. Let your eyes float around the cards and let your intuition draw you to the focal point. Begin from there and keep your attention coming from the cards (not your mind or ego or needing to please your client).

Theresa surrendered to the chaos of the now and transformed it into a power that made her point about being able to work under any circumstances.

shiningtribe12 Hanged WomanCarrie Paris began her presentation with a confession. She’d intended and even worked hard on a presentation focused around her Magpie Oracle. It would have been a very logical choice and helped her sell her “product”. But she kept being called to something else and what I experienced was a soul-centered presentation with words of inspiration, beautiful visuals, music, soul gazing, and Tarot process that worked with the Minor Arcana, little trinkets, and poetry prompt words. I can’t fully describe it – you had to be there – but the reading moved with this flow:

  • SPIRIT: Get inspired.
  • HEART: Feel and love.
  • MIND: Listen to the knowing one inside.
  • BODY: Become

Looking at the image she created for this (a snake swirled around circles with these words) awoke me to the presence of the Hanged One. Because in the Handed One the Heart is above the Head/Mind as shown here. It is not a hierarchical relationship, but rather one that directs the flow of meaning making that becomes the guide for the action of becoming.

Carrie surrendered to the call of the soul.

And then we went out from Readers Studio back into the world with its beauty – spring at last in the Northeast! – and its evils – another black man killed by police, violence in Baltimore. What does the Hanged One point us toward around the return to the world, around the reality of evil?

Evil; it’s such a strong word. The way we have used it has us thinking we can just push that which we label as evil into a dark closet. But I am realizing I learned a Hanged One definition of evil from The Woman’s Theological Center (WTC). The WTC’s mission to nurture liberation invited a different definition of evil: the heart can not express its goodness and so evil results.

The Hanged One surrenders to what is and dares to look at it fully. Then Spirit / The Greater Than / The Unity of the Divine is the guide who speaks first to the heart. Here we might let our hearts break open because of the injustice and inequity that exists and explodes from these killings and their aftermaths. We don’t have to have the answer first. We feel first. Then we can listen deeply to those most impacted, to the truth of our history, to new perspectives. We may hang out here a while so we don’t rush into patching things up.

Because we no longer want to patch things up if we have truly danced with the Hanged One, We want real change. We want Death.

We think we lose when we face Death, the card that follows the Hanged One, but what really happens is that we are transformed. This weekend I worked with Mellissae Lucia and her Oracle of Initiation, a messenger of how to create rainbows in the dark; how to turn death, your greatest pain, your loss into beauty and new life. The Oracle’s #23 is Sacrifice – Sacred Surrender, and in the companion book Coleen Renee writes of this card: A true sacrifice is an act that makes everyone and everything more sacred.

Even if we have to give something up, we can sacrifice white privilege or silence around a history of injustice. Death always claims takes something away from us and keeps it for Itself. But then we will be lighter, able to float as freely and serenely as the Hanged One.

Sacred surrender to the real, to the now, to the heart is possible. I know because I saw at Readers Studio this weekend.

[Images are from (in order of appearance): Marseille, Dark Goddess, Gaian, Shining Tribe.]

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Jul 142014
 

Each week I pull Tarot cards to inspire personal development / spiritual practice for readers of the blog as a group using the Gaian Tarot.  (If you want to read more about the process, check out Sacred Practices of the Gaian Tarot: The 3 P’s).You are invited to use the cards below to inspire your practice, and, if you like, share your reflections in the comments.  You are also free to draw your own cards.

gaian 12-treePATH:  Use Pile 1 / Majors and Aces to pull a card for the question:  What path would it best serve us to walk this week? THE TREE  invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • Surrendering to what is.
  • Holding on to what offers essential support.
  • Seeing with new eyes.

 

gaian six-earthPRACTICE:  Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question:  What practice(s) will best serve us to move along this path this week?  SIX OF EARTH  invites us to practices such as …

  • Graciously giving your gifts to others and humbly receiving what they give back to you in return.
  • Paying attention to how your shopping habits impact the earth. You might think here of the eco-guidance of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (which I did develop into a spread for personal sustainability).
  • Gratitude for the abundance of food that comes from the earth, which might express itself as saying a prayer over your food. Here is a favorite for mine from Thich Nhat Hahn: “In this food I feel the presence of the whole universe supporting me.”

gaian elder-earthOSTURE:  Use Pile 3 / People cards for a question such as:  What attitudes and behaviors will be most helpful to undertake this practice and walk with path?  ELDER OF EARTH  invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of …

  • Awareness of the larger patterns of the Earth and cosmos that hold our everyday lives
  • Ease – and even amusement – with moving with the up and down changes of the turning of the Wheel of Life
  • Recognizing that with the skills that you have, you are able to surrender to the flow of the process.

OVERALL MUSINGS: The message that came to mind as I looked at this autumnal-hued cards is:  “Surrender to the fall.  There are gifts there.”  (And, yes, of course you are invited to explore all the implications of the word “fall.”)