Archive for April, 2013

Tarot Post – Ten of Pentacles

 

Ten of Pentacles (Wealth)

Ten of PentaclesTen of Pentacles (Revised) by G A Rosenberg

Fulfillment of life
Living as wishes come true
Forever after

 

All dreams have come true
Honour the source in your heart
continue in grace

 

Having it all
this life, this land, this house
this tree that grew from seed
is more abundance than I ever dreamed.
What shall we do with it?
If we horde it it will turn to stone
as will our hearts
what good is a well that is only filled?
or a vine never allowed to seed?
Our channels must be clear
and abundance shared.
From the tree must come the seeds of many
as the cycle begins anew.

 

The suit of Pentacles refers to the element of Earth and of practical matters such as money and partnerships both of a business nature and of the home. They can also represent nature, the Earth itself as well as our bodies. Tens show the ultimate completion of the energy involved leading ultimately to a new beginning. Here the seed that was the Ace of Pentacles has bloomed into a mighty tree and material goods and nature are in abundance. Yet what good are riches that are never used? What good is an abundance of fruit and vegetables if none are fed by them? Everything that we have that remains utilized for the good of all may as well be stone and fields left unharvested will putrefy. Eventually out of the rot and through the stone a seed will push its way through starting off a new cycle.

 

Astrological Correspondence – Mercury in Virgo -This is a deliberate detailed energy that tends to be very self-contained yet often loses the forest for the trees. While good at communication the Mercury in Virgo energy seeks to know the full-story before it will be helpful. It tends towards sterile abstract thought more than creativity or practical matters. In its best aspects once it has seen the whole story, it can then see how all the puzzle pieces fit together. The biggest drawback with the Mercury in Virgo energy is that it tends to over intellectualize and this can block its sense of compassion

 

I Ching Correspondence – 19) Lin – Approach

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The Trigram of Earth is over that of The Lake. The Lake nurtures the earth and as long as those who have abundance in either knowledge or material goods has a way of sharing what they have with others less fortunate than all will prosper. Indeed, not only is it necessary to share the goods that one has, but a good leader shares the knowledge of how to have abundance with all. This generosity of knowledge and goods must be as inexhaustible as the Lake is in its feeding of the earth.

 

The Ten of Pentacles in a reading means often that the cycle has come to a successful conclusion and all the effort has borne fruit. It is now a period to enjoy the fruits of our labour and to savour every moment of it. With this energy we have a keen appreciation for the beauty in our life and our surroundings. We feel the pride and enjoyment of what we’ve accomplished and that provides impetus for the next cycle to come. This card can also indicate that we have given up risk for security as in avoiding adventure by remaining in the comfort of one’s home and family.

 

When the Ten of Pentacles turns up reversed, it may mean that we have left our comfortable life behind to partake of a new adventure. It may also mean that there has been a delay in realizing the full potential of our dream or something that is blocking us from realizing it. Ten of Pentacles in the reversed position may also mean that we have this beauty and abundance all around us but we are taking it for granted or not utilizing it to its best potential. The card may also mean that out of boredom and entitlement we have been taking foolish risks or behaving badly.

 

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Lion Truth

“The truth is like a lion, You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.”
— St. Augustine

If something is the truth, then no matter how people try to pervert it, it ultimately wins out. Every time I have tried to convince myself that I could live a lie, I would end up either sabotaging my experience or the falsehoods I was living would keep hitting me in the back of the head until I had to act on it. This has proven to be the case whether it was a relationship I knew I shouldn’t be in, a job I shouldn’t have taken or a life choice that I knew entering into it would not work out. Eventually in each of those situations (most of which I’ve done more than once but then I tend to have a stubborn streak) I finally had to move on because things had collapsed underneath me.

If this is true of my inner (small t truth) then it is definitely true for the Big T Truths. Say you come across a statement of belief. Try and falsify it and measure it against its opposite and let the two vigorously engage with each other. Eventually it will become clear that either the original statement was true on an objective level, the opposite was or in some ways they were both true even if that leads to paradox. Most large T truths tend to do that

Blessings, G

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Tarot Post – Ten of Swords

 

Ten of Swords (Ruin)

 

Ten of SwordsTen of Swords (Revised) by G A Rosenberg

 

The swords have fallen
Painful wounds from head to toe
Better luck next time

Coda
lying here
in blood my own
I didn’t see that one coming
I guess
you miss
the signs
sometimes
tho I set it up
My life
always thinking
my way out
of trouble
and into worse
loving conflict
a disaster waiting to happen
and it DID
Now the puppet
with strings cut
has reached the end
At least
now suspense has gone
of when and who and where
Ruined
here now me
with nothing
yet now
something new

— G A Rosenberg

 

The suit of Swords represents thought, ideas, plans and conflicts. Tens show the ultimate completion of the energy involved leading ultimately to a new beginning. The energy of the Ten of Swords is somewhat reminiscent of the cliche “Live by the sword, die by the sword”. If conflict is all you ever know then ultimately it will end with ruin as every aspect of your life results in a conflict that can’t be won. Likewise the ultimate result of being in a state of constant internal conflict is a ruination of thought especially when we ignore how the inner conflicts impact on our external lives. Nothing is ever permanently destroyed, however. Ruination leads eventually to a new beginning with a clear playing field. After all after ruin, there is nothing else to lose

 

Astrological Correspondance – Sun in Gemini- This energy is an extremely mutable and active one, ever dancing from one idea to the next never stopping to rest. Sun in Gemini loves to reinvent itself, establishing a new way of being even as it leads the old one to fend for itself even if it means leaving it to ruin. Gemini being the sign of the twins tends to be of two minds in just about every area often in conflict with itself tho very rarely is the conflict taken as seriously by the Sun in Gemini as it is by the others drawn into the conflict.

 

I Ching Correspondance – 29) K’an-Abysmal

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The Trigram for Water is doubled. In this case K’an is not only thought of as water but as a pit or darkness. In this case it is a double case of danger where conflict after conflict rears its head. It feels like one has fallen and kept falling where there may be no foreseeable end in sight but we know when we hit, we are going to hit hard and probably fatally. In this situation where we know that things are about as bad as they can be, about all we can do is hold on to anything good and positive within ourselves and follow it through to the end.

 

When the Ten of Swords comes up in a reading, it means that things have become about as bad as they can be. Almost anything that we’ve considered important has been taken from us and there is very little if anything left to lose. In some cases, it may be a matter of disappointment as something that we have set up for ourselves has failed to materialize but then how realistic were we in the first place? This card may be reflecting worries and fears that we have rather than the actuality of ruin so it is good to see both the position and the other cards surrounding the Ten of Swords to gather more insight. However the best thing about the feeling that there is nothing left to lose is that if we’re still here than there is the chance of rebuilding again from the ground up and establishing a new life, informed by our past, without the circumstances and problems that led to things collapsing in the first place.

 

The Ten of Swords reversed in a reading may mean that the collapse has happened and the new beginning has started. It can also mean that we have been managing barely to stave off the total disaster that is hovering over us and either we need to extricate ourselves from either the situations or mindsets that are causing conflict or things will become dire. In either case Ten of Swords reversed shows a need for clarity on how we want our lives to be and the follow-through to take the necessary steps to avoid the circumstances that we have just come through.

Firecamp (Redux)

Companions at night
We’re questing for life’s answers
The deity awaits

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Fire in a Forest

“Awe is What Moves Us Forward”

“The creative act is not hanging on, but yielding to a new creative movement. Awe is what moves us forward. ”
–Joseph Campbell

 

What fills me with awe?

  • Seeing flowers in the garden that weren’t there the day before

  • Seeing babies of almost any species

  • The extreme acts of kindness and helpfulness that people are capable of

  • The extreme acts of insensitivity that people are capable of

  • Every night when I look at a finished blog entry after the initial trepidation of  a blank screen

  • So many pieces of art and music and writing. The creative mind is a wonderful thing and I have been so fortunate in being exposed to the creative talents of so many.

  • Love in all forms

  • Appreciation for the things that I do from people.

  • Life on this planet

Blessings, G

 

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Tarot Post – Ten of Cups

 

Ten of Cups (Satiety )

 

G`Ten of Cups (Revised) by G A Rosenberg

 

Joy is in the house
Love and happiness in tune
Celebrations start.

 

Being
here with you
with them
is everything I ever dreamed
and carried inside of me
fulfilled
I’ve been swept by a wave of expression
in beauty
with you
What else could I dream for
or hope for
or yearn for
For what should I strive?
I was told
that I could live my dreams
with work and perseverance
and here we are
Life has filled me to the brim
No hunger from the past
remains unsatisfied

 

The suite of Cups deal with our emotional nature including love, both that as in a relationship between two (and rarely more) people and that of friends and companions. Tens show the ultimate completion of the energy involved leading ultimately to a new beginning. The Ten of Cups shows the complete fulfilment of our emotions. We have everything we may have wished for in our lives and everything that we believed would fulfill us in terms of family life and appreciation of the beauty around us. We feel as if we’ve been touched by grace. However, satisfaction in one area of our lives is not the same as self-actualization and there is that in us which strives for more than ‘Happily ever after’. Eventually this satiation will yield to a hunger for something greater.

 

Astrological Correspondence – Mars in Pisces – This energy is quiet almost passive seeming to have no wants and a willingness to go along with whatever it encounters. Its not that it has no wants as that its wants are fleeting things, momentary itches as opposed to burns and easily sublimated to the happiness of others around it. However if these desires are too often frustrated without any outlet, this energy may respond in a passive-agressive manner. Quite often Mars in Pisces can be quite scattered if it does not have some form of higher purpose or deeper meaning inspiring it and giving it purpose. This energy quite often desires nothing more than a total merging with another.

 

I Ching Correspondence – 58) Dui – Joyful

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The trigram of the Lake is doubled. Two lakes that run together constantly refresh each other. People in harmony and joy do the same especially when each of them keep bringing new things to the table in order for there to be further growth and greater understanding and yes continued joy. If there is nothing new fed into the situation than even combined bodies of water will stagnate. Joy is not an end result as much as it is a new springboard.

 

The Ten of Cups in a reading can show that this is a time of harmony and enjoyment particularly in the areas of love, relationships and family. This often comes as a culmination of a long series of events. This care may also hold the promise for this type of fulfilling relationship. The Ten of Cups may also indicate that there is a commitment and marriage in the offering. This card may indicate a need to take the surface enjoyment of love and family and use it as a springboard to a new level of awareness.

 

When the Ten of Cups turns up reversed in a reading, it can mean that something is blocking the happiness shown in the card. Perhaps we have developed a problem with how we related to our loved ones and family. Perhaps we feel like we have lost the ‘closeness’ we once had or that there is something lacking in our life that we need to pursue separately from the family unit. The card reversed may also mean that we are neglecting our family in pursuit of material or other goals. It is often a call to introspect and discover what our values are or have become.

Crazy is My Strength

“George smiles to himself, with entire self-satisfaction. Yes, I am crazy, he thinks. That is my secret; my strength.”
― Christopher Isherwood

 

It is doubtful that I will ever see life in the same way that the majority of people in my environment do. On the day that this ceased to be a concern for me I felt liberated. No longer would I try to wear a reality view that fit me worse than the borrowed suit I wore to my brother’s wedding. No longer would I try to follow the crowd while my inner voice shrieked and howled that this is not how its supposed to be. Instead of worrying how others see me I have given myself a much more difficult criteria. I now have to act in accordance with how I see myself. The biggest difference is that when I put the view of others ahead of my own inner self, part of me died. Every time I act with the integrity of my being, my life shines brighter.

Blessings, G

 

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