Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The Queen of Heaven
by Heather Blakey
"The Moon is usually represented as the feminine power, the Moon Goddess, Queen of Heaven, with the sun as the masculine. The Moon is universally symbolic of the rhythm of cyclic time: universal beginning. The birth, death and resurrection phases of the moon symbolize immortality and eternity, perpetual renewal; enlightenment."J. C. Cooper An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols.
My rational mind is not enough to sustain me, especially as I come to grips with the recent passing of my mother. Like the computer my rational mind processes the input it receives and calculates logical conclusions. Given that there is much that cannot be explained the rational mind has obvious limitations.
By contrast, the Moon is the portal to intuition. As a conduit, The Moon provides access to an infinite supply of information, enabling me to tap into an incredible storehouse of knowledge and wisdom. I sense that if I trust intuition I will gain entrance to an Aladdin's Cave of treasure.
So, tonight I stand before the Moon, keeper of the keys of fertility and the gates of birth, death and rebirth. I stand before 'she' who is the perpetual renewal, the bringer of the seasons, the controller of life giving waters.
Tonight I acknowledge her to be the measurer of time, to be the weaver of fate.
I put my trust in her clear light, even if it exposes aspects that have remained hidden within dark shadows. For it is this light which equally highlights a creative power that knows no bounds.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Luna - Goddess of The Moon
by Heather Blakey
According to Rachel Pollock, "in divinatory readings The Moon indicates an excitement of the unconscious." She says we "begin to experience strange emotions, dreams, fears, even hallucinations. We find ourselves more intuitive, more psychic."
When the Moon appears it is normal to be introspective. Because of its different phases the moon is thought of as being fickle and producing transitory effects. It is also perceived to be a benevolent, feminine planet, influencing emotions, impacting on all life on earth.
No one escapes the silvery touch of the moon!
Every month the moon is 'reborn', is resurrected. Here, within the safety of a group, we can pay attention to our inner lunar state, stop to consider our own phases, our inevitable waxing and waning of creative energy.
Maybe you will rummage through the shelves of old projects, gathering dust, laying silently, quietly hoping you will resurrect them; breathe life back into their limp bodies; make then luminous like the moon in all her fullness and glory.
On the other hand it may be enough to sit watching the moon this month, examining all its phases, singing hymns to this mysterious planet, the receptor of the sun's light.
Then again you might be content to examine woman's connection to the moon. Begin by going to Barbara Walker's Encyclopedia of Symbolism and check the index. There are rich entries under Moon and Moon Goddess
So many possibilities!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
It is the 25th of July, just one month since my mother's passing. Now with two pillars removed from my life, my husband and mother, a feeling of emptiness and loneliness engulfs me. I long for the day when I will wake feeling whole again.
I turn to the cards and consider the dull pain that has been with me for so long. The Queen of Wands appears and I am reminded of a drawing I did some time ago that captures her essence and my grief.
Wrapped in my soul coat, the wand in my hand, I walk on alone.
The Queen of wands is industrious, creative, versatile, strong willed and talented. She is self contained and stable, holding her great strength and energy within, devoting herself to those things to which she has given her heart
The Queen of Wands has the strength and ingenuity to rule her domain creatively.
At this time I open the door to the Queen of Wands, willing to take her guidance and solace.
As the journey begins I have taken the plunge and begun to put together a collection of magnets representing important stages of the journey.
Some of my magnets are currently available at The Sumptuous Villager in Daylesford and when my order is filled a collection of these Tarot based magnets will be featured there.
This really is the beginning of a new creative endeavor that will lead to many new and exciting projects.
Friday, July 23, 2010
The Journey Always Begins
With The Fool
by Heather Blakey
Imagine you are stepping through a portal! A fool's errand? A journey for the fool hardy? A fool's paradise? Certainly a fool's license to wax lyrical!
Those who have spontaneously stepped through the portal and entered the landscape of archetypes know what riches they can return with.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The Mythic Tarot (top left ) shows the serpent biting, devouring, eating its own tail, symbolizes the cyclic Nature of the Universe: creation out of destruction, Life out of Death. The ouroboros eats its own tail to sustain its life, in an eternal cycle of renewal.
The World represents an ending to a cycle of life, a pause in life and prepares us for the next big cycle beginning with the fool.
The narrative of the Tarot portrays our psychological condition, our story, with indelible accuracy, with more precision than any scientific method. It tells us the truth, not just of a single individuals life, but of the lives of entire cultures spread over centuries. The Tarot provides a universal thread, portrays a collective image, tells about things that are true for all people.
When we encounter the motif of the World we see what we know to be true. The life we have led is legitimized, but, perhaps more importantly, we come to understand that, in the next cycle, we can reach a new level.
The World offers us the opportunity to begin all over again; presents a way to participate in an age-old, ancient, mythic pattern. Knowingly engaging in this mythic pattern deepens our self understanding and enriches our knowing.
Take the World cards and examine them closely. Research using books of symbolism and readings provided by others and meditate upon endings and creative new beginnings. Consider ways to articulate yourself. For example, my drawings, in response to cards that guide me, guide this journey, will be appearing on magnets and hopefully become collectible items.
Cards: From Top Left to Bottom Right
Tarot of the Witches
The Tarot of Durer
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
by Heather Blakey
The Star is not a card of action. It is enough that it mirrors the way I feel at this moment, a moment which is to become a 'once upon a time' moment. The Star speaks of inner calm and for now it is enough to sit with my calm.
Sit quietly, meditate upon how you are feeling. Draw a card and see if the card or the interpretations provided by your favorite book, mirror that feeling or guide you. Listen to the quiet whispers and just be in the moment.
Please feel free to use the comment tool to add to my brief reading and provide further insight on the meaning of the Star.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The Page of Wands
by Heather Blakey
The Page here symbolizes a new beginning, the start of a new project and a new phase of life. She is a part of me that has been marginalized, who I do not know well enough, whose hopes and dreams have long been relegated, left to gather dust on shelves.
Pose a question about your new directions, shuffle your deck mindfully, take ONE card and work with the card that emerges. To aid your work read the interpretations of others and check out the meaning of symbols that are present. I use, amongst other reference books, Barbara Walkers Encyclopedia of Symbols.
Here is one response from a fellow traveller.
All thoughts on this card will be welcomed.
Friday, July 16, 2010
You are invited to join me on a
with a twist.
To engage you need a Tarot Deck. The Rider Waite Tarot Deck is a good one for beginners and a common deck for us to work with.
It is also recommended that, in the first instance, you purchase a copy of Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachael Pollock. I also suggest that you acquire a good book on symbolism. Barbara Walker is a reliable authority on such subjects. In addition I have also ordered Walker's book entitled The Secrets of Tarot.
Very briefly the course will look at using cards to come to really know yourself and your potential as a creative. It is a platform, a vehicle for self exploration and a portal to the collective unconscious. The course will roughly cover
* the history of the tarot
* one card readings
* understanding symbolism and archetypes
* using intuition when reading
* the Major and the Minor Arcana
* using Tarot as a vehicle to promote writing, art and other
* framing daily questions to guide writing, art and creative projects
* using symbolism and tarot to break creative blocks.
As we progress through various activities other books will be recommended.
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Please let me know if you plan to engage and journey with me as I apprentice myself and learn the craft myself.