Two of Cups
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Two of Cups
Friday, July 22, 2011
(This is an article published in the Isis Scrolls/August 2011
Descent of the Fool
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” (Robert Frost)
Once again, with the passing of the Summer Solstice, we begin the descent into darkness as the days grow shorter. Similarly the Fool of the tarot, symbolizing the soul, emerges from the ecstasy of oneness with the Cosmic All and willingly descends into the depths of matter as he travels the path of the Major Arcana, until finally after many trials and tribulations, he is able to fully manifest in matter with The World card.
Who else but The Fool would be willing to venture from joyous light into punishing dark year after year? Some of us choose to never go there, instead spending the winter in Mexico, or medicating our dark induced depression, but what would happen if we took the journey joyously as The Fool, with the purpose of awakening? What if we claimed our birthright as emanations of a Cosmic Mind who chose to descend and experience humanity? And why, you might ask, would I choose to venture forth out of light into evermore darkening matter? Is it the call of the grand adventure? A compulsion to explore? Or is this yearly trek into twilight just the condition of being human? That in order to grow we must explore our duality again and again using the dark as a way to comprehend the light? Or perhaps we need this hibernation for the juices of creativity to bubble and ferment, fertilization for what emerges in the spring? Or, is it all a cosmic test, the Cosmic Will calling us to our true Selves?
These are good questions to ask as our own planet, Gaia, seems to be descending into a chaotic, convulsive Sphere, as she attempts to emerge into light. To those who are not aware of the transformation taking place, the world could look very dark indeed, a descent into madness, a planetary shake down of apocalyptic fire, flood, and earthquake. But what if we could look at this descent into seeming chaos as part of the journey to the new world, that in order for creation there must be destruction, that the old must pass away to make room for the new, so that this time of “loss” is really a time for weeding out what is no longer needed for a new planetary system?
A Reading For the Last Half of the Year.
Question: How to Navigate the path of descent to the Winter’s Solstice of 2011?
(I have chosen as signposts along the way of descent, the Celtic Wheel of the Year)
Pull out your Fool and Wheel of Fortune cards. Create half the yearly Wheel, placing The Fool card at the top as June 21st, the longest day of the year, with the Wheel of Fortune card at the bottom, for the Winter Solstice, December 22nd the longest night of the year. Now, create the path of descent between these two cards.
Card 1, Summer Solstice: Choose one card for the question: What door opened for you at the summer solstice, what aspect of yourself needs to be explored in depth? Cross the Fool with this card
Card 2 - Luhnasadh, celebration of the Harvest, August 1. Choose a card for the signpost, we just passed. Ask: What have you harvested this summer that will warm you as you descend?
Card 3 and 4 – Autumn Equinox, halfway point, preparation for winter, September 23. Here you will find a signpost , pointing in two opposite directions for further descent. Ask : What two choices do I have for positive change? Notice which card is the stronger choice, the riskier one. Take that road.
Card 5 - Samhain, November 1, The time of year when the veil between worlds is the thinnest and we can commune with the dead. Ask: What must die that I may live?
Card 6 – We arrive at the Wheel of Fortune, Winter’s Solstice, December 22. Here long ago in colder climes it must have truly felt as though one were dying, that the sun would never return. And how did people manage? What kept them going? Ask: What will keep me going in my darkest hour? If this card appears negative, then open up its possibilities, shine your light of awareness upon it and see it as a contrast which will enable you to appreciate the next phase of sun and light. Choose helper cards for how to break through. Ask: How can I shift my thinking so as to not create this hole? What can I do to alleviate the heaviness of the inevitable?
Card 7 - The “We.” Question: How can I help in the dark days that have been prophesied for the planet? How can I be focused and purposeful rather than resistive and fearful?
It is time for us all to realize that we are in this together. That our troubles are part of the big picture, of a bigger dis-ease. That if we begin to take responsibility for our own healing, we can bring light to the larger issue of planetary and human healing. If we see that we are all descending together, arm in arm to our rock bottom to bring in the new earth, then the fear is not so great and we can emulate the Fool feeling the joy of this adventure of planetary shift and evolution. We can laugh and sing as we walk together, keeping the dark spirits at bay. We can build campfires to show others the way as we warm ourselves at the fires of our hearts, building community, knowing that together we can overcome and create a lighter space for us all.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Tarot As An Evolutionary Path
Isis Temple in Arcata
Two Tuesday evenings each month 6:30 to 8:00 PM
$17 per class or $105 for 7 classes
Tarot Studio in Eureka
Two Monday evenings each month 6:30 to 8:00 PM
$17 per class or $105 for 7 classes
The quest for this class is to find answers within yourself, bringing truth and honesty to your life and so the world’s global spirit. My part in this quest is to guide each of you to the door of your own intuitive guidance, using the Tarot cards as the key. The information encoded in these cards can unlock a force of energetic manifestation and clear guidance in this time of great change. If you commit to this process, the entire journey through the cards, I guarantee joyful change. Come share the excitement of the coming transformation. Empower yourself for a positive outcome.
Part I - Path of Consciousness
The Fool’s Journey
Part II - Path of Descent Begins in January.
Carolyn Ayres 707- 442- 4240
Website: www.tarotofbecoming.com email: email@example.com
Friday, July 1, 2011
These messages are my own search for a higher knowing and connection. Here is a transcript for the New Moon of July.
We are Here.
We are here to speak about the beginning.
The beginning of the end of the known world.
And what does this mean?
It means you are evolving beyond your known.
Yes. I realize this. Do you have message for my tribe?
We ask you to begin to speak of your sorrow and your joy. It is time to release all within you all that has been pushed to the side, forgotten, released but not truly released, forgiven but still not forgiven. It is time to let go of old ways of being, of knowing, of communicating. Time to release the power within that truly knows.
When you say I don’t know how I feel. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to think. This is a falsehood. You do know. You understand but fear letting yourself truly know. The fear binds you to the old way of thinking about yourself and your circumstances If you can just let go Let go of the control of feelings , let go of controlled knowing, control of what others are doing, of what you think is happening in your world, you can begin to see the truth of the situation.
The truth is what brings the new earth, the new way of seeing and being for all
You who listen will lead the way. You who dare to take a stand for justice and truth, who dare to question the old hierarchies of power, who point out the flaws, you shall show the way for others too timid to allow themselves to know. Tear away the veil, allow yourselves to truly see, to feel the Earth as she writhes in her birthing process. It may feel painful. It may feel as though you will not survive her process but please, release, sit, listen and know the rightness of it all. We trust in your process, please trust in ours. The Masters.
Reading for the Tribe New Moon July 1, 2011
Using the Thoth deck
Where are we at this point? 9 of pentacles Gain
We are reveling in our existence in matter. Thinking of what we can have or gain. Though some may not feel it at this time, we are incredibly abundant in our material wealth. Enmeshed in the illusion.
What is being asked of us at this time? What is the theme of this new moon?
7 of pentacles Success unfulfilled
We are being asked to see the failure of material wanting. We are being asked to see how we are never satisfied, that there is never enough because we are looking in the wrong place for our sense of abundance. That fulfillment is not found in the material.
What is limiting us at this time? Five of cups Disappointment
Again we are only seeing what we lack; that which we have lost; that which we think we need. So we not able to feed ourselves with what is available within ourselves. We have a sense of disappointment in ourselves, others, the world our leaders.. it goes on and on.
How to dig ourselves out of this malaise and evolve with the planetary push?
Queen of Wands
Begin to get very comfortable with volatility, movement, Begin to tap into our creative answers to our seeming problems, to get excited instead of being in fear This queen is very comfortable sitting in the fire, in the hot seat. Change does not frighten her it only strengthens. She says, “Bring it on.”
Advice for us all in the coming month 10 of wands
You may feel oppressed by all that going on in your life right now. A sense of toooo much. Be aware that the sense of too much is because of our own self repression. It’s time to release and this month may see a build up of pent up energy that will need to be released. Be aware of this and let off steam a little at a time so you do not literally explode. Expand to contain the enormous amounts of light coming to the planet . Get bigger.
IN summary: In the midst of plenty, we tend to only see what is lacking and so are out of touch with our fertile imaginations. We need to infuse ourselves with our passion and determination to overcome the natural repression of societal and human fears. There is a huge amount of creative cosmic energy available to us at this time. Stop a moment every day and tap into it. Let it begin to feed your joy.