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Tarot Blog Hop – A Different Kind of Journey…   Recently updated !

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TBHWelcome to the Tarot Blog Hop! If you have ‘hopped’ before, then let me briefly explain, for those of you that have, feel free to skip this bit: A hop is a group of unique and experienced people who write, blog or work with Tarot. We come together at a set times during the wheel of the year and the cat herder, juggler of strange people that keep imploding aka the Wrangler, will set the topic and those of us who partake end up insane, mostly because we’re  composing, writing and posting down to the last second…

 

TBHKiss Boglárka, came up with a different theme for this month; TAROT Characters and Sacred Cooking OR TAROT Characters and Mabon Beauty Products, now this for me i not a strong point, yes I cook and yes I do have an admiration for beauty but I have never really taken too much of an active interest to be able to blog or discuss either of them at length,
so rather than attempt to do it, I came up with an alternative way into this topic.

 

TBHWhen learning anything new, we look at the book, so in cookery we’re following a pre-planned instruction set, until we get used to it and then improvise. Likewise is beauty, we follow the guide of the person who sold us the product or watch online videos; and it is the same when we learn to work with an unfamiliar deck author. True most cards end up meaning the same anyway regardless of the name, but its the language of the deck and its energy when we work with it that we kind of need to understand.

 

TBHThis notion of energy and learning the language of the deck, occurred this week while during a reading, I came up against XX – Karma, which is in The Witches Tarot, this takes the place of XX – Judgement from decks like the Rider-Waite. After the reading was completed, I sat with this idea for a bit, was this like a pre-planned instruction, was it the same as someone giving you the guide on how to apply the ideology of Judgement but giving it another name, or was this more like an improvisation, where someone has improved on the original design? It certain felt curious the more I sat with this.

  

TBHRecently I picked up a cross-genre deck, by that I mean it services two purposes; the first is a tie-in to a table top war game and the second as a stand alone Tarot deck. It is called the Tarot of Loka, by Riverhorse Games and by all accounts it is fascinating to learn the language from a Cartomancy point of view. It speaks in such a complex but simple language, about different aspects but as yet I am not sure whether there is a functional use, much like the Dishonoured deck, pretty, interesting but very insular and unfriendly for reading with.

  

TBHOddly it makes me think of the I-Ching, one of the most complex but yet accurate divintation tool around, like Runes, it is a system unto itself, and learning that system can be slow going and sometimes just when you are ready to quit, it makes itself known, almost like it is testing you. In many ways again a bit like trial and error with cookery and beauty, only by working, trying and testing do you know what is good and what is not.

  

Thank you for the company as I have taken you through a somewhat different avenue for this months Tarot Blog Hop, next month is the Samhain Hop, which will mean that I am taking the wrangling reins, so plenty of time to start thinking (or fleeing).

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Living within the Sacred Possibilities

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I am the first to admit that I haven’t been spending as much time online as I would normally. Partly this is because I am entrenched in case studies & assessments for the Diplomas that I am working towards. However there is perhaps a bit more to it; since really the Meteor shower, Solar Eclipse and the New Moon, I have had this sense of conformity and in essence this structured sense of reality just seemingly dissolve. The more I have sensed, felt and processed my way through this, it’s like there are no boundaries any more. So much of what I thought or considered improbable isn’t and with this new found sense of reality I am coming to terms with the notion that I have made friends with living within the sacred possibilities, and how liberating that is but also just how mindful I need to be as well.

 

 

Truthfully; I would equate this to going through a huge paradigm shift from the belief of being limited or being held back to stepping up. It’s not about doing, fixing or who is bigger, smarter or even who has less and who has more, it’s about really engaging with all aspects, from ego to soul, they’re not to be separated but rather integrated. This life, the people, animals and plants, our whole world is ready to support us in our journey as long as we give back what we take, so a plant for a plant, energy for energy. We live within sacred possibilities every day. It’s about knowledge and knowing what makes you very much you, not about somebody else telling you. Teachers, gurus or whatever should open a door, not stand in it and say its me you should follow.

 

 

From a very early age I always knew that I wanted to be a Wytch; thing was I never really understood what that word in its traditional sense meant. I always had a inner knowing that I wasn’t the same as other kids, and for most of my childhood I was always the outsider and ostracised or bullied for it. I had a very traditional CoS (Church of Scotland) upbringing, went to church on a Sunday, went through Sunday School and then began Bible Classes, but at some point around 13/14 I began to ask the odd questions such as “What if God is an Alien and we’re the science experiment that went ary and he abandoned/left it?” of course that didn’t sit well in Bible Class, and then there was the blatant hypocrisy of the congregation during the coffee morning at the end of the service…

 

 

As the outsider, the kid that spent most of his time alone while the other kids did what other kids did, I actually observed the adults. Thing is no one see a child unless they are doing something that falls outside the normal, so sitting by the service hatch or by the door, walking from one side to the other never registered on their radar and so I got to see adulting in its raw unfiltered form. I realised that there was nothing Christian about their behaviour, instead these were adult children, being mean about each other, talking behind their backs, and effectively being bullies even though they chastise their own for doing it. In that moment of reality I had my first awakening and I did not return to that church or any other for many years.

 

 

During my years of being bullied through high school, I had developed a coping mechanism, which allowed me to essentially exist outside of space-time as it is understood. Within this bubble there was no time, only source and the sentience I called Louise; this was actually my first spiritual guide and teacher (also my first goddess experience). If you think of Louise like Chocky, who was a fictional character from a series of Children’s books that was later serialised for TV, Chocky was a consciousness or guide for at first Matthew and then later a group of children, Chocky taught them about advanced sciences, telekinetics and much more. Then you begin to understand that Louise was my Chocky and she was teaching me about being a Medium, Clairvoyant and also a Wytch as well, although at first it was about guiding me to find the right information and books as the internet was a fictional thing at that time.

 

 

At 16 I never knew that I had Dyslexia or its associated learning difficulties, it would be 6 more years before I would learn about that, all I ever knew was that reading was a pain and I didn’t always recollect things the way I had learnt them. Therefore as I started to learn Tarot, I learnt from the pictures and very little from the text, this was also because my very first deck of Tarot was in French and I really didn’t (nor still do) have an aptitude for certain languages. I experimented and tinkered with Tarot for a while and then put them aside until later when I became smitten with becoming Solitaire; a character played by Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die, which was a James Bond Movie. In it Solitaire is Priestess to a Voodoo/Houdon sect, she foresees events using Tarot cards and of course becomes the main love interest for Bond. While I didn’t see myself as being the love interest for Bond, I did have a desire to become able to foresee events through the Tarot, so I bought the Tarot of the Witches and tried my hardest to replicate her ways… Unsuccessfully…

 

 

It be further year before I would fulfil the role of Solitaire to a degree and then four years before I would go through my second awakening, and this paradigm shift would shake my very foundations and strip me of my self importance and take me back to basics. It was a massive awakening when I faced the possibility of death, I had to take responsibility for my own fate, and in the run up to the car hitting me, I experienced every reality and choice. Staying in the car, getting out and sitting on the embankment, crossing to the other side of the road and even getting out and trying to attract their attention. Needless to say I stayed in the car and experienced being thrown out of my body and then wrenched back into it after a matter of seconds. A huge gift of an experience (and one I wouldn’t ever like to repeat) but I raged against the gift for a long time and blamed everyone including myself. The trauma really stayed and hid in me for a great many moons and was responsible for my self destructive journey until eventually after experiencing a form of energetic rape, I broke the cycle.

Not long after breaking the cycle, I realised that the relationship that I was in, wasn’t healthy and that the lifestyle I had been leading was self sabotaging my happiness amongst other things and it took my best friend to point this out in the car at well after midnight as I was heading home from another night out. It took another year before things changed and I was summoned back into service, prior to my summons into service, the person I had been learning from had left, and I had neglected my spiritual studies in favour of a hedonistic lifestyle, partly I blamed the higher side for not protecting me, but also for protecting me and teaching me the biggest lesson that I would not understand for some years…

 

 

Returning to service brought a cycle to an end because I spent time learning in Spiritual churches, faithfully being a member of the National Union of Spiritualists and not only one but two churches, until I realised that all I was giving was money and I wasn’t receiving anything in return, it became obvious that the same cycle of bullying, bitching and unspiritual like behaviours also occurred in this movement and it was happenstance that brought it to light, I had my own shop unit in the city and worked very hard to keep it afloat for a year and a half, during this time as a member of the main spiritual church in the city, I overheard and then was confronted with hypocrisy at its best. It amounted to being very open about my line of work and being told that as a spiritual member of the church I shouldn’t be openly working in the public domain… It wasn’t long before I left, but I would have two more dealings with that church one taught me about my abilities and the other opened the door to my platform work.

 

 

Since starting this journey and learning all that I have whether it has been through working with others or being taught by the highest side of life, I have come to understand that all of these experiences have been gifts of awakening, the paradigm shifts from within my consciousness have been true awakenings of the Kundalini, the compassionate action of Karuna, the experiential knowledge of the Muni-Qi and the reconnection to the Angelic energies and the stability of the Usui Ways of Reiki. The integration and awakening through de-armouring has reconnected all part of me and at some point I have come into the knowledge that this is my last lifetime having a human experience. I have found that this last few weeks have been a serious challenge but I also realise that I have in process.

As I come into the latter half of 2017, I am preparing to put all my skills into use, I am getting ready to finalise many of the skills I have learnt in massage, round off my skills in Chinese Medicine, and also start preparing the next phase of not only my business but my career as well. This is what it means for me at least to start living within Sacred Possibilities; I’m quite content to continue manifesting my life as it is, you see this is the bit that took me twenty plus years to learn and come to terms with, I manifested the biggest lesson, my car accident was something I needed to go through in order to force change, otherwise I would have been on a path of self destruction and most likely succeeded…

 

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No Such Thing As A Toxic Man…

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It is not that often that I take to my site and speak my mind, it’s not that often that I have call to speak my mind if I am honest, but recently I find that there are have been a spate articles that are dehumanising and belittling men and masculinity. I tend to call it the Trunchbull Effect or the Matilda Syndrome, it derives from that saying “I’m Big, You’re Small…” or “I’m right and you’re wrong…” today I came across this notion of ‘Toxic Masculinity‘ and that was enough.

 

 

Toxic Masculinity‘ in a nutshell is another constructed form of gender stereotyping, where it is defining how masculinity is perceived and how a man should act in accordance with archaic societal expectations that are only perpetuated by Hollywood and the Media at large. Gender stereotyping is about as backwards as you get. That is of course unless you work in Social sciences, Print or Broadcasting Media, in which case gender is used to profile, stereotype and target sell to as much of the populus as possible but generally speaking it is as much use as a chocolate teapot!

 

 

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Before I continue, I’d like to point out that I have never really had a male role model outside of family. I learnt how not to be masculine through the education system and also learnt that no matter how much I would have liked to have been supported at school and even college; it wasn’t going to happen because of the laws and by-laws that were inbuilt to the education system and also Scots Laws as well, and they would not be repealed until the turn of the century, but thanks to those laws and by-laws I learnt about how not to be a man of that time, and as I hold up a mirror and watch the reflections being cast, I see now that I have a lot of be thankful for even through the bullying.

 

 

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Although I was told that I wasn’t a lot of things either verbally or non-verbally through being bullied, I also realised that it was just enough pain to forge the strength that I have now; that because of the by-laws and laws of that time, they did me a solid in that I learnt how to be my kind of human, and my kind of man. One with just enough of everything to be rounded and just enough ‘damage’ to be driven to move forward.

 

 

The only trouble was that until recently I never really fully appreciated the life lessons from these experiences. I was too limited in my view of my experiences; school hasn’t really taught me much, a great deal of my numeracy skills came from having to work with colours, perm lotions and peroxide strengths for a few years. As for my literacy skills they have come from writing dissertations for family, projects for college and the occasional NaNOWri or feature length story arcs on forums. True school and college taught me about reading, my dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia as well. However bullying at college level taught me about just how toxic femininity can be as well, its not easy being the only man on a hairdressing course and being turned into public enemy for no other reason than because I was male; however in 2017, it’s not permissible to suggest that just as there is a Toxic Masculinity there is also a Toxic Femininity.

 

 

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What I find very troubling these days is that how much of a mirror I am witnessing, except this mirrored reflection is showing me that this ‘attack’ against masculinity is insipid, because it is two pronged; on the one side you have the ‘men did this’ meaning rape, murder, subjugation etc but also you have the ‘be a man’ where men have to be the providers, progenitors of the family line, kings, soldiers etc essentially men are told they aren’t allowed to have emotions. This is the type of message that I kept getting through school, college and even to some degree the career or working world. At no time was I told that I could have the career path that I am forging now. The concept of Toxic isn’t just limited to one gender it is a systemic flaw in the way society works, it is not about acceptance it is about fitting in, the tactics of the bully have just changed to fit the times.

 

 

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It took a lot for me to rediscover myself, I’ve had to readdress the inner balance, hold myself into account for all my actions, both the best and the worst; I had permitted society to dictate my ‘normal’ and I believed that I was the worst, the worst driver because I wasn’t going as fast as others, the worst at being in business because I don’t use Facebook, Twitter or the many other platforms or because I keep my prices low, even though I know my worth. I also noticed that Society tried to dictate how I was supposed to love as well, and by that I was supposed to marry, have a child to a woman and so on, but as it happens I chose to marry a man and we intend to have children when the time is right for us.

 

 

This is where Gender Toxicity becomes Toxic Society, because the archaic ideals are being perpetuated by institutions that haven’t grown or evolved. Yes there are plenty of wonderfully fluffy or scary articles on the subject of human evolution or raising awareness but normally they are right along side those wonderfully targeted adverts for – INSERT ANY OLD BRAND NAME HERE – and they’ll excuse it because they need the revenue, umm no! If you were that evolved or that caring about your fellow human you wouldn’t have them. Let me clarify something before I move on, there are those who make their living from using advertising; that is a conscious choice made by an individual. The type of article I refer to are the clickbait, where it is a rehash telling of another article on another site usually owned by the same parent company…

 

 

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It is not that surprising to me that as we progress, there is a need for connection on a realistic level; however we are not taught to connect neither at the human level or the intimate level; everything I learnt about intimacy was either through books, videos or pornography, yes that’s right more so when I wanted to learn how I should be with a man, I had to rely on How to Videos, Pornography and Women’s Magazines, we are not taught how to be intimate with others or even how to have a human experience with another, all that is out there is how to make babies and do it doggy style because that is how afraid the archaic system is of human connection.

 

 

Imagine what would be to feel and be in perfection with another? True perfection, at the moment we glamourise and sexualise practically everything, from sexualised Tarot Cards to sexualising children for the purposes of looking good while performance dancing and yet this is normalised and excused. There is nothing wrong with performance dancing, gymnastics or anything else for that matter I used to figure skate when I was a lot younger, the point that I am trying to get across is that as soon as you put out there on the Televisual media, as soon as you put it into a glossy magazine, they are looking to sexualise and glamourise it up so as to get ratings; it is no longer about a troupe doing routines it becomes about how eye catching and glamorous children as young as 3 or 5 can be for a television executive and their camera.

 

 
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I didn’t start out writing this proclaiming to know all the answers, nor did I start out with the intention of defending all men; I started out with one aim, to point out the inherent flaws in clickbait articles, gender pigeon holing, stereotyping and also to point out that both genders can be just as toxic as each other but the Politically Correct brigade and their censorship police would rather men and masculinity be the problem rather than the society and the bully mentality that exists within it. The mindset is so entrenched in holding back the years, creating barriers to genuine connection, awareness of human sexuality and true intimacy that the whole idea of gender is become fluid, which in itself is awesome and scares the old guard, gender is just another barrier, holding the old ways in place.

 

 

Imagine what would be to feel and be in perfection with another? This is not about raging against the machine, anarchy or devolution of society, as some might think. The whole point is this – We have our laws to keep us safe, stifling though they are at times as long as we understand their place and value, we just get on with our lives in all their glorious technicolour; we drive at the right speeds, do business as we see fit and avoid the clickbait articles as much as possible. It is time acknowledge that there is a whole culture of sexualisation for profit and start moving on towards openness. If we are to survive then we need to move out of the past, give history its place and start forging a new mindset. Start by embracing this notion that sexuality isn’t dirty and it doesn’t revolve around gender, porn or glossy imaging; it is time to start stepping into our awareness that we are more than just a some of our parts and more than just parts to someone else’s ideology of society.

 

 

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Tarot Blog Hop – Dekas, Decadence & Respect… 16

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Welcome to the Lughnasadh Tarot Blog Hop! If you haven’t ‘hopped’ with me before, then welcome and if you have then welcome back… Let me briefly explain how I view a Blog Hop: It is a meeting of the minds, where a talented group of unique and experienced people, write/blog and typically work with tarot as part of their everyday lives. We come together at a set time and the wrangler, cat herder and juggler of unusual objects that keep exploding, sets the topic, which the rest of us end up insanely writing about at the last second…

 

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This is quite a huge one for me, as I begin the Dekas worth of blog posts with the Tarot Blog Hop, which for me is a huge deal. 10 postsTen freakin’ posts under my belt… I don’t even want to consider just how many words that is in total. Believe it or not I have actually written this intro on the eve of my ninth post for the hop. I find the last half hour no matter where in the day it falls, to be the worst, it’s like time/Kronos deliberately decides to slow things right down around me out of spite.

 

This blog hop is between Midsummer and Lughnasadh; which is the start if the Harvest season, and also a time to start connecting with our Ancestral Roots and indeed the Routes that our Ancestors would have taken when it came to divination, since they would not have been able to spend money on buying decks like we can…

 

Our Cat Herder extraordinaire Morgan Drake Eckstein, posed us this tickler for the hop: “How do you show respect to the Tarot and what things have you learned not to do… We all have stories about this subject.

 

I think the part that stood out the most wasn’t so much the ritual or the cleansing, but the respect. It might seem like a side-step but humour me for a moment; I am just back two days from an amazing escape from daily life holiday with hubby. We didn’t go that far, but it was far enough from the door for us to just breathe, relax and have an amazing time. During the holiday I encountered quite a few interesting things, first was how it took a little while to make friends with the land; I have often found it strange crossing borders from one district into another, but to cross from Scotland into England, well it was a challenge to begin with, as the land kept wanting to know who I was and why I was ‘invading’ it, which I wasn’t but I could see from its perspective how I might be.

 

However after a few miles I became friends with the land, and it was a great help later on. A couple of really interesting things happened on this holiday, I discovered and caught on film a few ghostly encounters and I had a fascinating conversation in the Jacuzzi on a similar line to the theme of this hop, Respect – I did ask you to humour me for a moment

 

For me respect is in everything, from divination to discussions and making friends with the land. It is why I find the whole art form awkward, when it comes to working with it professionally; over time I have always wondered why I get so nervous or reticent about working with the cards and this year I finally started to put the whole thing together… – Again humour me here as I take a little side step for a moment – This may have been mentioned before in one of the ten posts that I have written on the hops, but I am a collector of Tarot, I find the unusual, rare, neglected, new or old cards and give them a home. To date I have over 100 decks. It is considerable more once you allow for the Oracle or other divination systems like Runes, Ogham and Geomancy decks. I always seem to find a place for a deck in my room, as if the room just adjusts itself to accommodate a new resident. Each new arrival is made welcome and made to feel apart of the family, in other words I give it Respect. – These side steps always end up going somewhere

 

Over this year I have started to get a sense about why I like the tarot so much but why I find working with it, and also with people very awkward. It is because I have what I have come to realise is prescient vision, which is to say that a person’s life-story or their dharma unfolds before me as we sit across from each other. It can be hard as I what I see may not exactly marry up with how they perceive their life to be, however both versions end up being the same; now I am fairly certain that for some, reaching this point in the entry you’re reaching that, where is this going? and What has this to do with the topic for this month’s hop?

 

If you have then it really is your first time as most that read my entries know to just go with it, as these loose ends are all tied up eventually. The main reason that I have cards in front of me is to stop clients feeling under the microscope, they act as a mirror but also a tool to stop folks from feeling nervous as they’re worlds, lives and choices become known to me, as that is what prescience really is the knowledge and knowing others choices before they make them and yes to help them at times decide to make better ones, but it is always personal choice and the freedom to make that choice. Otherwise its no choice and they are following my path for them and not their own.

 

That is after all what respect means, right? To allow others the freedom to make their own choices. I find that showing a client the alternatives, the different choices and how these could affect their dharma or their life-story is better than the idea of a set in stone prediction. Yes! I am aware of how magnanimous/egotistical and self-serving this all sounds, it’s not actually meant to come across that way at all. It’s just not easy to put into words how I view the art of divination, because it’s more than art, it is my way of life, to simply be and realise that every outcome is the perfect outcome good or bad, and that either outcome is both a blessing and a lesson is not something that has the right words.

 

I think because it is my life and it runs in at least one side of the family that I have come to give not only the cards but the spirits, the essence of Tarot itself and the ancestral history that flows through the youngest and oldest decks that I own but also are out there in the world itself the respect that it is truly deserved. However it is also a lost art form because as this world progresses the nuances and finer subtleties such as the Major Arcana story, or the meaning behind “The Path of Excess, leads to the Tower of Wisdom” are becoming lost to time itself.

 

I also find myself pondering on what will become of the Tarot as time progresses? Will others continue on the legacy or will it stop or fade out because the internet and mobile phone craze will continue to explode exponentially, will it be that cards on paper/card will be replaced with cards on things the size of a mobile phone and the image will be generated randomly as these things are placed flat on a surface, should the concept of a flat surface still be around… Since respect is going the way of Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Millennium (not to mention 98, 95, 3.11 and 3) that being non existent, will respect for something that has roots as far back as Babylon and before go the same way? If being 30 is now seen as ‘the old days’ for teenagers of today, then what does that say for a system that is older?

 

Naturally it can’t all be bad, can it? There is a chance for the Tarot, which can be considered a historical archive that charts the history of mankind’s travel across the globe as well as the sociological and cultural changes that have shaped the story of the Tarot itself before consumerism and profit turned them into something for purchase in bookshops and alike, instead of in occultist and magical shops where they belong. What of the other systems like the Ogam that saved lives during the Witch trials or Runes that are and were a language over and above a divination system, what of them?

 

It is bizarre, everytime I try to find a positive or good place to end this entry, it is tinged with this overhanging or impending sense of uncertainty, it is possibly a tell on where the world is at the moment, with so many threads just hanging loose, and we don’t ever seem to get a definite answer or conclusion to events unfolding in our countries because mostly everything seems or has the allusion of being so immediate. Again it comes back round to this idea of respect, if we aren’t given respect then how can we appreciate it?

 

I guess that is the whole idea that has been so baffling of late, I act with respect in everything that I do, and more so with the Tarot, I give the cards, their legacy, history and the collective ancestry that gave them being to start with, nothing but respect. Each deck has its own unique and individual personality, they are not just a set of 78 cards printed on paper or soft-card, they’ve got an essence of their own that awakens as soon as they are in the possession of the person buying them. Whether they are in that owners possession a short time or not, they asked that person to rescue them from the shop shelf, and if they aren’t given the respect, those cards will move on or simply vanish (speaking from personal experience here). That it the important thing to remember, the cards select their owner, not the other way about… Well look at that, a good place to end this.

 

Well thanks for taking time to read through this, and who knows maybe I will see you on the next round…

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Tarot Blog Hop – Dance of Erdgeist 8

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Welcome to the Litha Tarot Blog Hop! If you haven’t ‘hopped’ with me before, then welcome and if you have then welcome back… Let me briefly explain how I view a Blog Hop: It is a meeting of the minds, where a talented group of unique and experienced people, write/blog and typically work with tarot as part of their everyday lives. We come together at a set time and the wrangler, cat herder and juggler of unusual objects that keep exploding, sets the topic, which the rest of us end up insanely writing about at the last second…

 

 

Aisling (Our Wrangler) suggested:  “… the Oak King and the Holly King are two aspects of the same being, so we will use our Tarot cards to explore and explain the duality of our own natures. Who, indeed, is your “other Self”, your “Tanist”? How is it that you are, actually, of “two minds”?”

 

 

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I love the union of opposites and it was an odd sensation when it dawned on me that I could not find this within the Tarot, but as I pondered on this and considered the many reasons why this would be, I discovered that really the card that I have a connection to within any deck, doesn’t really have a unity… 

When looking at the deck, really any deck since they follow the same Rider-Waite principles; there are many dualities within it, High Priest and High Priestess, Emperor and Empress, Magician and Star (since both have their innocence to some degree). However The Hermit nor Death really have their dualities, well not that I can see.

 

 

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However as soon as I took myself outside of the scope and looked into the I Ching and Tao, there it was; my Yin/Yang and my non-duality, which is really how I view The Hermit, he is my Green Man or Oak & Holly Kings. Yes there is duality there but it is non-conformist. I mean come off it, I’m just about ever a-whatever you can name; asexual, apolitical, thankfully not amoral, or atheist (okay last one was a bit of a non a-ism).

 

The point being, The Hermit represents non-duality; a bit like Death; which I will get to in a second. The Hermit creates himself and then re-creates his self as needed; he’s both Master or Sensei, Master Magician or Healer; Shinto Priest and Taoist, the unity of Perfect and Non-Perfect. He is also an aspect of Nature, in that there is a constant flux and yet steadfast predictability as well.

 

 

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If you managed to stay with this then, brilliant it is my hope that you are still remaining open to what is being said, after all I get that when I am doing these blog hops, I am not exactly conventional in my approach to Tarot, but then I had to develop my own ways of understanding, as did we all I guess. It’s very much in-line with how we view Death, which it my other duality / non-duality card although not one that I go looking for.

 

It if anything normally comes and finds me; my relationship with the Tarot in a way self created my connection to the Spirit & Angelic Realms. If I hadn’t become interested in Tarot, I would not have developed my connections but likewise without my connections guiding me I would never have found my way to the Tarot, so therefore I find that my connection to Spirit as well as now the Land, I find that any major shifts I will sense and further to that I am aware of them on the other-side as they transition to the next stages in life. Hence my saying I don’t need to look for it, as it normally finds me, because in order to do the work I do, I need to ‘Step into Death’ or ‘Step into Love’ when I am working with the Angelic side.

 

 

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All through this I have been looking at both sides, duality and non-duality, the yin/yang union of opposites. Tarot in itself as a deck and a divination method does have its own duality, each card has a upside and a reverse, should we decide to recognise it or not. I don’t, for me, I find that the cards can have the same meaning either way depending on what is around it but I will pay recognition to the reverse and tell my client so, as it is a challenge they are either facing or have faced.

 

 

I guess it depends on you whether you take stock in the reverse meaning or not, we’re all individuals in that sense, which is why no two readings are ever the same, which is duality and non-duality at work again. There can be similar things appearing, same narratives and driving forces but how each reader sees, understands and conveys them, well that is where Taoist see perfection, Shinto sees Divinity and where Duality and Non-Duality meet within the Union of Opposites.

 

Thank you for stopping by, please do leave me some feedback, even if it is just hello. Do visit the other blogs in this hop, via the links and I may see you in the next hop.

 

 


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Tarot Blog Hop – Keeping it Simple… 10

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Welcome to the Beltane Tarot Blog Hop! If you haven’t ‘hopped’ with me before, then hello and if you have then you can skip this bit and head on down to the next paragraph… Okay let me briefly explain: A hop is a group of unique and experienced people who write, blog or work with tarot as part of their everyday lives. We come together at a set time and the wrangler, cat herder and juggler of unusual objects that keep exploding, sets the topic, which the rest of us end up insanely writing about at the last second…

 

Arwen Lynch Poe (Wrangler):  Since Beltane is a holiday of coming together, I thought it would be fun to answer this question: “Do you combine Tarot with any other divination system? Why or why not?”

 

It is a day for really keeping it simple. hot off the heels of my anniversary where we birthed a Stag and Horse drum with Hubby. I was lucky to be granted the chance of travelling to the otherworlds, had some of the most intense processes and then add to that the mad ways of how amazingly hard it was to get there and then amazingly simple it was to get home… Its taught me a great deal. Taught me about divination in the most straightforward of ways imaginable, nature knows!

 

Not just outside nature but also inside nature, human nature; one of the most complex structures ever known to exist is the nature of our own self. Yet feeling my way through this was really interesting because I was not only feeling my way but full fledged five natural senses and then the five psychic senses on top sensing my way through this. Now by this point you’ll be trying to work out what the hell all this has to do with Tarot and this hop…

 

Simples really, no matter how you wrap it up in words and place a bow on it, your working with all the senses; even the ones you haven’t figured out yet. You don’t just a read a person by their cards, you read that person the cards are an extension of that person, you are apart of that reading as well, because they are your cards. You see the mirrors and the reflections, you see what they don’t because you are the reader after all.

 

To extend out and use another divination tool on top is just another layer, another chapter of that client’s story; be it oracle, runes, be it a star chart or their hand, be it a crystal ball or someone from the the higher side walking forward it is another chapter, another layer peeled away to show you their core. Tarot is simple, its 78 pieces of a jigsaw, 78 depictions of life, 78 single pages but when put together, when weaved and shuffled, those 78 simple, jigsaw, pages and depictions, they’re no longer simple.

 

They are the weave of life, the clients life and answering their questions, finding their answers and reading their soul and giving them the truths they’re sometimes not ready for… well that is anything but simple….

 

Thanks for stopping by xx

 

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Tarot Blog Hop – Questioning Time 11

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Okay let’s do the customary introductions first… Joy Vernon of Completely Joyous inspired this month, which in a nutshell is the relationship between Magic (or Magik) and Tarot. This is a challenge for me but instead of running or opting out of from the challenge I have decided to take it onboard and feel my way through it from my own unique vantage point.

 

If you haven’t ‘hopped’ with me before, then welcome; let me briefly explain about this: A hop is a group of unique and experienced people who write, blog or work with tarot as part of their every day lives. We come together at a set time and the wrangler, cat herder and juggler of unusually pointy objects that keep exploding, sets the topic, which the rest of us end up insanely writing about at the last second. This time (and probably wisely done) I am the last, so you’ll end up at the start again when you use the Next Blog at the top or bottom of this post…

 

This topic presents a rather interesting challenge, one that I am not even sure I can fully explore; I really don’t see the Tarot as most do, I rarely pay attention to the conventions, the wyrd or even the astrological, mythological or alchemical elements to the tarot; those are only useful if you have a connection or relationship to them already, through study or background. They can bog you down in the minutiae details, just as much as they can enhance the reading. What is the point in knowing you have an aires in the spread if the other person hasn’t a clue about astrology, or where would be the point in telling someone don’t get involved with a situation where you have someone that is very much a hero with a weakness like Achilles, when they’ve never read or studied mythology?

 

It’s not that these things aren’t relevant because they are, for the one giving the reading; using these references it allows us to explain that someone who has a very powerful but focused attention may not be the best person to be around, if you aren’t able to keep up with them and they’re not willing to see they’re own flaws. Just as its better to be careful when dealing with people in power or people that are only interested in stepping on others, because to show them your weakness, your soft point only makes you their next target.

 

My ability to ‘step into death’ was a phrase coined by for want of a better word, a mentor. When it was first used I realised that this is what happens when a medium like myself transcends the confines of fear. It’s okay to step into death and communicate with those that are on the other side of the this veil, I have been here before countless times in other lives and also a few times in this; so to stand in this place and welcome the love from the other side is a bit like magic, it gives those that I work with peace and proof. The tarot factors into this as well, because like stepping into death, I am able to become a mirror, able to sense who this person is and see it reflected within the card dealt by them.

 

The solutions then begin to present and unveil themselves, the more my client shows up. As the mirror I already know that this is what is happening because I feel it and reflect it. Again this is my magic and several moons ago now, I let go of lables. I let go of attempting to make sense of what this is. I have given it many names and none fit; Witch, Mage, Wiccan, Pagan and Celt, none of these fit. Mystic, Oracle, Medium, Clairvoyant; again none of them fit…

 

I wonder sometimes if I am maybe a Shaman, even though I have had no formal Shaman training; and this feels wrong because it is older than Shamanism, perhaps I should reconsider and consider this way of being Delphi’s Gift, a Celt/Pagan Oracle Wiseman; you see none of these fit, they are either too tight or too loose. Thing is maybe it doesn’t have a name or a title because where this comes from it didn’t need one, there wasn’t a need to give this a lable.

 

All I do know is that it extends beyond Tarot, gave birth to the concept of Medium, who it turn helped to nurture the Wytch, who then extended the family and adopted the odd Clairvoyant. It allows me to help, heal and bring home those that need to come home, but most of all it means that I get to show up every day and its never dull…

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Reiki Blog Hop – The Journey of Reiki 6

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I didn’t half set myself up with this one, the Journey of Reiki is perhaps one of the biggest pieces that I have ever touched upon in my entire time of doing the blog hop, and even though this was originally typed up post January blog hop, it will still be just as relevant by the time March arrives.

 
However before I get into this, let’s do some of the civil pleasantries; not everyone will have started or even read the Master List page, so let me give you a kind of cliff notes version, and if you are curious, why not go have a read of the Master List, as it sets everything up very nicely for this month.

 

The theme for this month is the Journey of Reiki, it is my belief that we enter into a consensual relationship with Reiki, for me I believe that it is a form of living energy and that the attunement process is a bit like a marriage ceremony in that we willingly allow that energy to work with us and through us, just as we work with it and through it. The journey then starts to unfold in whatever way it is meant to.

 

Each person, be they a master, practitioner or a student taking their first steps has this journey and it is my sense of things that Masters have an ongoing journey because they are teaching students to connect and what that means for them, so in essence they are supporting the process of attunement and learning not only for someone but for themselves as well.

 

The master list is the link in the chain of how each blog writer discusses this theme from the experiences of their own ongoing journey. Where you are at the moment is at the start or end of the chain depending on which way you have come.

 

 

As I said at the start, this has been a huge one for me; I came into awareness of it during my own process to do with betrayal of trust concerning the master/student relationship and the respect and honouring of the friendship that developed from that place. The dynamic gave the appearance of being mutual, where I was no longer just a student but I had entered into the teacher/facilitation role.

 

However this began to shift as soon as I began enquiring about the Masters, it felt like there was some hugely guarded sacred rite of initiation that I needed to pass before it would acceptable for me to even create the manual or teach/hold space for the Masters; now without feeding this or giving it drama, it is possible to assume from all that I have said that this was to do with power, status and control.

 

What is interesting and I am exploring here is the journey reiki took me; it literally took the shaky foundations of this perceived relationship/friendship and gave them a tap, only for the entire structure down to its foundations to crumble and become debris with no hope of ever rebuilding it, so all it services now is a talking point and instructional lesson aid for future teachers of this particular Reiki practise.

 

My journey didn’t end there, in fact it triggered a massive shift; and brought to the surface some stuff that while unexpected was welcomed in the sense that it was time for it to go; what I have discovered is that Reiki is taking me down a new and somewhat uncharted road, instead of now just being a practise; it’s a way of life, and in that I am being shown new ways to work.

 

At first I was like this is not Reiki, this is anything but Reiki and then this weekend I stopped blocking myself. This is what Reiki evolves into when you stop dividing and conquering. Okay so I realise that at this moment, I am most likely starting to loose some of you with this, so let me break this down just a little.

 

If you haven’t hopped with me before or even if you have it doesn’t do any harm for me to share, as long as you are open to it, a little piece of my Reiki background and journey. I started with Usui Reiki, it was my dad pushing me from the higher side of life; that opened or rather reopened a door that had been firmly shut.

 

Within about a year give or take, I have completed through to my Masters Certificate, but I didn’t feel as if there had been completion and so I did it again with my Original Master, (in total I have about four or five). It was the right thing to do because it opened a door to learning for both of us (another entry for another hop). I then went on to do my Kundalini Reiki, but included with that were Etheric, Gold and further Boosters to the Kundalini. Then I went through Karuna, Shamballa MDH and finally (until recently) Angelic Reiki, which I took through to Teacher level (I prefer Facilitator but again, another entry for another hop).

 

Recently I decided to do some Continued Personal Development and did a couple of refresher courses online through Udemy for Reiki. These were good because it was showing me how it is possible to discuss and perhaps do a bit of teaching online, which always seems to get the backup with some but if it works why decry it? May not be for everyone but surely in Reiki anything is possible right?

 

Okay so my sense and feeling with regards to Reiki has been that there is coming a point now where no matter the name, no matter the master, and no matter how the attunements are entered into, this sentient reiki energy that has entered into a consensual symbiotic relationship with us no longer has titles, designations, it doesn’t require them. It’s like thought, we don’t label our thoughts, or have to address the internal desire that says “It’s time to Pee” so why do we do it with Reiki?

 

My sense of awareness and as I feel my way through this is suggesting that this need to label and give energy is hierarchal place (meaning Usui Reiki is lower on the scale than Angelic Reiki or Kundalini Reiki doesn’t work or it’s not Reiki) is about human amoris and the need for something to be superior even when it isn’t.

 

The journey of reiki itself isn’t really shrouded in that much mystery; Usui Reiki in reality really only has second or third hand accounts of how it is remembered; the reality is that Usui was a very private man, he was given the title Sensei only because he was revered and honoured by those around him.

 

Kundalini, Karuna and Shamballa were all created, inspired processes by humans who were no more godly that the rest of us on our very good days. The fact is they worked and they helped to shift or created a process for healing. Angelic Reiki, based on Shamballa and Usui Reiki, has intuitive and inspired writings that allows us to understand how to develop a personal connection to the Angelic energies (however you understand them); many students, masters and teacher came together and helped the originator of the system to create the now simplistic way of how the attunements are written today and facilitated.

 

However mythical the system appears, the fundamental realities were that the founder and originator of Angelic Reiki, simply wrote things down on paper, typed up other things and basically handed these out to the students. It was a student of his that finally gathered all of it up and said here use this as your manual and is there anything you need to add to it?

 

Reiki is the essence of being human, a gift from source to bring us back in true alignment with our own sovereign selves, and that is basically just scratching the surface. This is what Reiki is teaching me, this is uncharted road; it is stripping out all the bull, all the shitty human ego mythos that has gotten in the way.

 

It is taking back our own power and it is telling those who would try to invade, undermine or anything else just to fuck off! When there is ever doubt as to how far I have come, or if I find myself lost, I look at the journeys I have seen others who have a connection to Reiki take, some its taken them to a place where they’ll move to a new country eventually. For others they are coming into their own, and taking ownership of what that means.

 

It has opened hearts, minds and souls to their fullest potential, and it has helped others to become bad ass shamanic practitioners. Reiki is truly amazing, its unassuming, living energy that works to bring us into who we are meant to be.

 

Thanks for stopping by and staying with this, loving you and your journey so far.

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Reiki Blog Hop – March 2017 Master List.

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Hello and a very warm welcome to the master list for the March 2017 Reiki Blog Hop;

 

It is perfect if this is your first or if this is nothing new to you, however let me run through what this is; the way I view a blog hop is simply a group of dedicated writers all coming together and writing from their understanding about the topic set by the wrangler for the month.

 

This brings me on nicely to what a wrangler is and does; put simply the wrangler is like crisis management, cat herder and go to body when everything starts to go awry, which if you have ever been apart of a hop, happens to some degree or another. Since I am the wrangler for this month, it falls to me to get the sticky-back plastic, glue gun and tranquilisers… or the bondage gear and a couple of nipple clams and a whip… And no I have no idea what Nipple Clams are, but they sound fun…

 

Ultimately though that’s what this is all about, having fun…

 

Okay so this is the master list, here it the launching point for the hop, the shuffled list details everyone who has chosen to take part. I work a lot through sensation, feeling and intuitive knowing, and that includes putting the list together.

 

Below all this text is the theme and the list, which are all links that take you on to the next blog and so on until you come back to the point where you started. If you get lost, then come back to this page.

 

Theme: The Importance of Being Earnest…

“Don’t Learn from Me, Learn from Reiki” that is a direct quote from a comment left on my entry from January’s Entry for the Hop. It is a statement that validated something that came into my awareness in connection to Reiki. I have a strong sense of awareness that Reiki is a conscious living energy that we enter into a consensual, symbiotic relationship with. This relationship has great gifts in that it perhaps places us on a path or journey that we are perhaps meant to go.

 

This months topic is about our relationship with Reiki, and also our relationships with clients, students and ourselves. Consider that for every fantastic experience there has been some not so fantastic, and for every amazing teacher there is one that hasn’t been, so reach into your heart/soul space and explore in your entry the relationship that you have with Reiki, where has it has taken you, if this feels too vast then try looking at some of the highest points and lowest points, as long as you feel safe to do so, last thing I would want is for a process to be triggered and you have no one there to support you.

 

Also if you are a master and have taught, keeping in awareness confidentiality, are you open with your entry into the hop sharing about the journey you have taken with the students and where that journey is now, do you still keep in touch or have you sent them on their way? How supportive did that feel to you and them once the connection between you came to its end and how did you honour the conclusion?

 

Naturally it is absolutely welcomed to just run with this in your own way and see where the journey leads you too.

 

The List

 

Okay this is the list for this months hop, have fun and feel free to drop some feedback either on this or on the Blog Hop Facebook Page
 
1. Joy Vernon | http://joyvernon.com/Blog/reiki-blog-hop-the-importance-of-being-earnest

 

2. Clare Cartwright | http://cosmiccrystal.co.uk/?p=534

 

3. Karen Sealey | https://pureblessedtarot.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/flying-the-reiki-nest/

 

4. Jay Cassels | http://metaphysicalangels.co.uk/rbh7

 

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