Tarot #72: Power, being grounded and centered physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually.

Although all is temporary, there is a grounded state that brings a feeling of well being and security without fear that makes it possible to open to the world and life around you with all you have to offer. It is the place of power and has nothing to do with politics or armies or violence of any kind. It is the kind of power that heals and replenishes the world and the possibility of joy among the storm and chaos of life.

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Look for an opportunity to create a space in the jumble of life that is centered from which to approach the your life from a position of confidence and support. Now is a good time to settle down for awhile or make a firm choice of where you will center your life around the values you hold closest to your core and know who and what you cherish.

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Develop faith like a mountain in your soul and you can not be moved from your place in the world by a passing a breeze. Even the mightiest wind will only scatter leaves and leave you to stand steadfast.

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There is active, overt power which seeks to control as many people as it can trap to do its bidding. But, there is also the collective power of people working together or the power of a person who is completed grounded in integrity. With that power miracles can be brought to life in the world.

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Tarot #71: Lust/Strength, use your passion to create your destiny.

why abstain from happiness

When like a skilled lion

Your heart is nearing

And someday see

The divine prey is always near!

— Hafiz

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Mitigate energy with Love;

but let Love devour all things.

— Aleister Crowley, The Book of Thoth

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Let passion be your path and run full tilt into the world diving head first into the living water, immersed, devoured and devouring.

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You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. If it seems to you that I move in a world of certitudes, you, par contre, must benefit from the great privilege of youth, which is that you move in a world of mysteries. But both must be ruled by faith.

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You have a chance to put your dreams in play through energy and enthusiasm you will lead others into your visions of passionate living.

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There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.

— Federico Fellini

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“From around the age of six, I had the habit of sketching from life. I became an artist, and from fifty on began producing works that won some reputation, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention. At seventy-three, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, and of the way plants grow. If I go on trying, I will surely understand them still better by the time I am eighty-six, so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature. At one hundred, I may well have a positively divine understanding of them, while at one hundred and thirty, forty, or more I will have reached the stage where every dot and every stroke I paint will be alive. May Heaven, that grants long life, give me the chance to prove that this is no lie.”
― Hokusai

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Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.

–John Locke

 

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“The sensory misers will inherit the earth, but first they will make it not worth living on. When you consider something like death, after which we may well go out like a candle flame, then it probably won’t matter if we try too hard, are awkward sometimes, care for one another too deeply, are excessively curious about nature, are too open to experience, enjoy a nonstop expense of the senses in an effort to know life intimately and lovingly.”
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Follow desire let your dreams and visions be maps to the unknown destination.

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Tarot #70: Oppression, burdening or imprisonment willfully enforced upon body, mind or spirit.

Burdens are the foundations of ease and bitter things are the forerunners of pleasure.

–Rumi

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Sometimes oppression comes from without when some people seek abusive power over others on any scale from a 2 person relationship to a dictatorial regime using fear and violence to achieve their ends.

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Sometimes we oppress ourselves by having expectations that are beyond our power to reach or by giving into fear or desperate need for security.Image result for 10 of wands wild unknown

The first defense and initial step to throwing off oppression is to recognize it and name it so that it becomes possible to see its limits and weaknesses.

 

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The second step is to counteract oppression wherever you can. Stand up to it and move out of the cage it has put you in giving you a view of the world outside the absurdity of life in a trap.

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Question the authority which has you under its thumb and make plans for safe routes of escape so you can take with you what you will need beyond the walls.

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Hope has feathers to help you fly, but you must grab the opportunities when they show themselves. Grab and hold on with all your spirit and courage never let go of that bright bird.Image result for 10 of wands hermetic

knowledge and enlightenment assist courage and hope. You must teach yourself, with the help of those who have escaped and those who are learning to do so, to unlearn fear and doubt and relearn action and conviction.

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There are many forms of oppression and domination which become invisible–the new normal

— Michel Foucault

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As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight when everything seems unchanged, and it is in this twilight that we must be most aware of the change in the air– however slight– lest we become unwitting victims of darkness.

— William O. Douglas

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Tarot #69: Work, committed creative effort toward a specific goal.

The master craftsperson’s years of experience training each muscle to apply just the right amount of pressure and the hand and eye aligning the tool to make the precision cut to bring out the perfect angle and fall of shadow on the final curve of the figure which is the creators imagination and artistic vision made manifest.

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Look for the inspiration in what you can do through practice and earned skill. If you begin a project put your whole body and soul into completing it with mastery and commitment to quality, love and detail. Whether it is raising a child or building a boat put into this job all of your integrity and passion.

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There is a project that you are working on that needs more of your attention or you need to apply yourself more to material concerns in order to bring stability to your life.

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Create something from inspiration, bringing it to completion through patient and loving care. If it is of stone or wood make it breathe. If it is of words make it bleed and sing. If it is of sounds than make it take on colors and a voice from deep inside you.

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Effort must be expended to get something done to provide grounding for your life.

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To build a life it takes effort of bone and muscle and brain and emotions all in balance and with all the training done on the job.

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Autumn Poem #6

AUTUMN

The leaves are falling, falling as from far off,
as though far gardens withered in the skies;
they are falling with denying gestures.

And in the nights the heavy earth is falling
from all the stars down into loneliness.

We are all falling. This hand falls.
And look at others; it is in them all.

And yet there is One who holds this falling
endlessly gently in his hands.

–Rainer Maria Rilke1875 – 1926

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Tarot #68: Satiety/perfected success, fellowship and shared light and care.

Among the worlds shattered and weather gnawed rubble, there is a place inside that contains a perfect peace and satisfaction and contentment which can be radiated outward to form a a protective space around more than one, but this is a fragile place that could fly away with a breath of wind like dandelions fluff carried off and diffused into the chaos of an ever revolving wheel of water.

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A feeling of peace and contentment can be shared from person to person and valued, extended rolling through the world like a wave of uplifting light. This feeling must be sought and cultivated and allowed to drift into the interactions and connections made in the wider world. This is not an esoteric secret of success, but only truly successful when shared with every word and gesture.

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You have begun to pay attention to methods of creating community and peace in the world. If you continue to pay attention to these ways of encouraging positive feeling in others it will continue to feed your satisfaction until you find yourself in a community of true friends caring for each other and reaching out to the world with eager hands inviting all who feel draw of fellowship.

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Through fortunate circumstances you have found someone to share your life who returns your love and this relationship radiates lighting the lives of others and allowing you to form the nexus of support that echoes out into the world.

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Find little ways to nurture others around you, to bring people together and allow them to feel valued and respected. At this time it is important to share even the smallest hope. There a great possibilities of building on a small foundation as a bonfire starts with a single small flame.

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Contentment and true success come from being satisfied and truly present in each moment. It is time to let go of ideas of material gain as a means of gaining happiness or security. All the riches you can gather will not protect you from loneliness or heartache or death, but by being present and satisfied with who you are you can avoid a lot of needless suffering. Riches and brilliant ideas may or may not come to you, but you can find all you need in each present moment.

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The lives of plants [are] more stirring than a detective story. The musculature of the back in motion dances a ballet. This piece of fabric should be set to music and that jar of preserves is a poem of ingenuity…You live. Eccentric. In integral solitude. In anonymous communion. With everything that is root and summit and that throbs, revels, jubilates. Phenomena of this congenital hallucination which is life in all its manifestations and the continual activity of consciousness. The motor spirals. The rhythm speaks. Chemistry. You are.

Blaise Cendrars, “Profound Today”

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Tarot #67: Happiness, a point of emotional equilibrium and contentment.

All is peace and well- being around you. For a time you have a moment to appreciate yourself and the people who have helped bring about this space in the mad race of survival where you can feel free to be who you are fearlessly.

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You are the master of your fears and dreams. Feeling supported and enriched by your community, you express and receive affection and revel in the freedom of others to do so as well.

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You wisely see that making the world a secure place for people to develop without prejudice and with encouragement to live in a way that brings them joy.

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The cups overflow with enthusiastic light and wine of effortless and unconditional love. Nine cups of wisdom filled to the brim with an inexhaustible supply flowing. There is no need to covet or horde. Their is no end to love and good feeling for all who partake.

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Here is something to try

In the world as you go through it,
If a person annoys you or seems out of sorts,
think this,
“You have a light.”
“You have a song.”

Ask yourself,
“Can I help them find their light?”
“Can I hear the faint whispering
of singing deep inside?”

Each of us has a light to shine.
The light may be covered by pain
or worry,
but it is there.
You may see a glimmer of it
as if through a dark wood

Each of us has a song
that sings from within

The song may be muffled
or stifled,
or picked up angry discord
through years of abuse
or neglect
it may just be lost
in the jumbled noise of machinery
or inane babble
of the shallow stream of thoughts
that runs through the world
without direction or meaning or passion,
just the yammering of greed and loneliness.
“Look at this!”
“You really need one of these!”
“You can really have it all!”
while pointing big flashing neon signs at the void

You may need to find your light
to see where the light
is hidden in others

You may have to learn your song again
in order to hear the sound
of a real voice
above the clamor

You may need to sit quietly:

shining and humming
in a field on a warm day
with a soft breeze moving
the leaves of nearby trees

Or in a room with people
who care for you
just listening to soft conversation

Or, maybe, on a beach
with the waves whispering
and crashing

or in a car
on your way to work
when the noise of the day
has not begun to drown you out

There really is nothing
more important to do

Nothing else will matter
by the time it is
too late

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There is an art to love based in empathy and compassion and the reflexive nature of emotional experience. If you ascribe a feeling to another person then you take on an equal need to respond to that feeling as if it was real. If the feeling you ascribe is hate or anger then you will feel the need to build defenses to protect yourself from attack. But, if you reserve judgement and explore in a curious manner you will find reasons to ascribe some more positive feelings and that is the beginning of building a relationship and community even with those we tend to disagree. This is how we make a world where we all get to be who we are without all the walls and suspicion, but it is not easy. First you have to make yourself a curious and empathetic person who always looks for that little light that empathy and compassion can grab onto and like a magician with the scarves pull the good feeling out of people so others can see. This happens one by one, little by little and is never ending if we want to live without fear and walls.

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