Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tarot Blog Hop Bealteine 2018: "What I Could Teach The World"


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I don't truly consider myself an "avatar of wisdom", so I am not certain I walk through my life with a need and desire to "teach the world" anything--at least not from the perspective of "let me teach you because I know so much better than you do". However, I do see in myself a great desire to assist others in seeing themselves clearly and positively, and doing, from their own perspective, all the good they can to all the people they can ... actually, John Wesley gave me the words I try to actualize in my own life, and help others to do likewise. He said, "Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”  This would make a world so amazingly more positive and powerful than the one we live in, that I hope to try every day to actualize as much of this amazing goal as I can. And so--

....how does the Tarot fit in here? Well-- we do all know the meaning, if we read Tarot, of the concept of the "significator". This is the card representing the person for whom the reading is being done, and each card in the layout is interpreted partly in reference to the significator, and their interactions work to introduce the concepts of thought and action and inspiration one hopes to have a reading bring forth. So--here is a suggestion, something I will try to teach to each one who reads this, and anyone who asks me to give them ideas about living life better. Every Full Moon, I draw three cards, for my Self, to give me the concepts of exactly what I must focus on in the walk of this Moonth. I draw these in connection with the Irish "three realms" which I grew up with--"Land, Sea, and Sky" which connect to "Body, Mind, and Spirit". And these answer for me, "What do I do, what do I think, and how does that impact my Inner Realm of Spirit?" And just as an example, for this Moonth, here are my cards, drawn on Sunday's Full Moon. I will walk in harmony with these ideas for this month, will make note of how they impact me, what I learn and what I can do about it, and then will do it again the following Full Moon. And so--Full Moon of Willow, healer of Body, Mind, and Spirit, what did you suggest I should learn?

Land/Body:
This card is a reminder that I am far too likely to try to change my body's parameters, my way of moving and eating and resting and exercising, and therefore I sometimes don't recognize the state my body is actually in or what I might need. SO this card is saying "Don't interfere with your Body's natural processes, and do your best to permit your physical being to modulate in harmony with what you really are doing and experiencing, instead of constantly trying to change things. What IS, is what is important. Before you try to change it, experience it and learn from it."

Sea/Mind


I have had some difficult times lately, and this card is reminding me that healing the mind is based on love and acceptance of who you ARE, what you truly think and feel, and trying to use your actual Self as a tool for good and healing not just for yourself but for others. So I am working on loving who I am and not being so annoyed because I am not yet what I hope to become. Every moment matters, and Now is all we ever have. Live in the Now.

Sky/Spirit
This is the card that reminds us that Spirit is Real, that it manifests through our Mind and Body, and that "new beginnings" happen every day. So let your Spirit cleanse itself with each night's sleep, and awaken with a focus on what will Be, and how it will inspire us. What is Spirit, is Life. Don't let the past weigh you down. Each day is another beginning, and you can make it happen.

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And if I could do so, this, and the Wesley quote which sources it, is what I would teach the World. Live and Learn, each and every one of you. And---don't forget that your most significant teacher is your own Body, Mind, and Spirit--your Self. Give honor to that Being. And learn.






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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tarot Blog Hop: Tarot, The Musical, 2018

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           Singing In The Aether: The Music Of The Tarot 

 Our amazing Wrangler, Jay Cassels, has suggested that this might be a time to celebrate, since it is the 50th Anniversary Blog Hop. And so, of course, music must create the harmony and symphony of all that the Tarot does, not only for the recipient of a reading, but most deeply and permanently, for the reader. And so, in harmony with this suggestion, words and music are floating through my mind, and I present to you the Song of Spirit, the anthem which celebrates in words and song the ways in which the Tarot can make one's mind open, one's heart glow, and one's spirit dance. And so--here we go, tune your mind and voice, and feel free to sing along:

(To the Tune of "Singing In The Rain")

I'm drawing cards today,
To guide me on my way,
What a glorious feeling--
My soul will sing and play!
I'm laughing at Fate,
The dark will have to wait,
My mind and spirit say
"Let this reading illustrate
All the ways you can aspire
To lift your spirit higher!
Your deck encompasses
Earth and Water, Air and Fire,
So what is there to do
But let your Soul look through
The ways that Elemental
Energy brings hope to you!"

Thank you, oh Tarot,
For the ways you help me know
All the choices, all the ways
I can just step up and GO!

And so, I need to see
What the future holds for me,
And for this, the cards which show
The path on which I go
Will need to number three,
For land and sky and sea.
Stand on land and gaze at sky,
As the Irish, from whom I
Draw my life and blood and soul
Knew that these three were the whole
Of life, so see and hear it,
Cards for Body, Mind, and Spirit!

And so--Body, what say thee? Come show me, come play me!
Ace of Stones--calling me, to be whole, to be free, to look for the rainbow and follow the black crow, and know that what happens is always what should, and whatever it is, I can turn it to good!

Now, Mind, home of thought, from you what am I taught?
Ace of Swords--Air is thought, something new I'll be taught, and the sword points the way, go and journey today through the clouds of your Mind, and see what you can find!

And Body, my Being, what now are you seeing?
Life is moving and changing, so keep on arranging the path and the places of rest. You won't stop till you win it, so while you are in it, make each step of the Journey--the BEST!!

My song of hope and love for the Tarot
Is written, sung, and now, friends, off I go!!!

© Aisling the Bard, 3/17/2018  All Rights Reserved

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MASTER LIST: Brighid's Blue Moon, Tarot Blog Hop, Imbolc 2018

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Brighid's Blue Moon: Tarot Blog Hop, Imbolc 2018

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Here is the set of cards for the Foundation:

LAND:
Brahma, the dynamic King, holds his wand and looks in all directions to determine where he will begin his journey. The King of Wands in this position reminds us that our lives are designed to bring us eventually to a place of self-ownership. An opportunity for self-empowerment is presenting itself to you now. Recognize that through your attitude and the way you express yourself to others, you hold the power over your own experiences in life.

SEA:
Odin, the origin of the Hanged Man, voluntarily relinquished his godly powers so his brethren, the Midir, who were afraid of his power, would cease to fear him and speak with him. Support others with your strength and wisdom. The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible. The King of Cups in this position advises that you closely examine your conscience and bring your personal mission into alignment with what is best for everyone. You can then step into your community or situation with integrity and an ability to communicate the highest wisdom.

SKY:
Above us, the Sky represents the future which we will achieve if we are able to walk out path through the obstacles and focus on our True Will and our Wisdom. Doing both these things will increase our ability to maintain our lifestyle, and bring us many different kinds of "material gain"--everything from money to job, home, success in endeavors, and all the kinds of things we want to make our lives beautiful and bountiful. And even though that kind of thing might happen rarely--well, this is a Blue Moon, isn't it?
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Here's the Triad of cards for the Construction:

What is the energy of the new path that presents itself?

On the card in this deck we see a rainbow – often symbolic of the end of the frustrating and difficult story times and the beginning of the new light and clarity in the world – so things you have been frustrated with over the last couple of month clear up and you now can start the ball rolling again with your plans. There is a sense of spiritual overseeing in the eagle of the card – you can see the bigger picture of things this month and start to aim for what is really needed, small details, small adjustments can make huge changes possible when you are precise about your actions and see them in the context of the overall picture.

Setting the ball rolling on projects you have gained a lot of wisdom and information about is also depicted here. It is time to act on your vision of a better future! Do it now!

From what will I need protection on this journey? 


There are others in the mix who simply believe that you should not be able to do it YOUR way, but need to "follow the rules." Be willing to make the rigorous effort that is being called for now. Perform wholeheartedly, with good faith and hopefulness. As such, you'll forestall bickering and criticism, prevail against negative forces and overcome the demons of doubt and resistance.

What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me? 


No matter what your past patterns have been, it is fully possible to place yourself solidly on the road toward the future. Not only can you get a clear sense of the proper path, but you will also have enough instructions to be self-directing. Necessary skills and resources are available to you, and the time is right for you to act. Once you get started, you may be surprised how easy it can feel, but don't be seduced by that feeling. There will be comfortable stretches of the road and there will be distinctly uncomfortable ones. Know that any form of motion is better than no motion.

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And here we have "The Surprise"...as in, "Once In A Blue Moon"....

Body;



Stay focused and resolute, for you are about to reach your objective. The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
The Ace of Swords in this position advises you to be steady--you are about to reach your objective. There may be no need to hesitate. Just concentrate on making your impact. This could be your moment. The arrow is pointed straight at the target. Your eye is keen, your grip is firm. Let that arrow fly! If you set aside distractions and hit your mark, you will be rewarded with insight and clarity.

Mind: 


 Aeon  emphasizes the theme of renewal for the whole planet. When we think of the card in readings we see that this can apply to an individual as well. The card of Aeon is a powerful one. It tells you that this is a time of change. The person who receives Aeon becomes "reborn" into a new situation. This may involve a real change in circumstances--a new job, a move to a new home, a new relationship. Sometimes, the new situation is psychological, a new way of looking at life in which everything becomes fresh.

 Spirit: 




Identify and acquire the ingredients that will most help you complete your mission and leave the rest behind. The card suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible. The Alchemy (Temperance) card advises you to identify and seek the missing ingredients in your life. Marshal your known skills and abilities and do what needs to be done to complete your mission. Prepare to use spiritual practices, studies, or lifestyle changes that can  assist you in your quest. A tremendous amount of benefit is available if you can organize yourself and be disciplined at this time.


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And there we have it---guidance from the Blue Moon of Rowan on the Festival of Imbolc under the guidance of Brighid of the Three Fires. Who could possibly go wrong if we only listen?


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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Tarot Blog Hop, Yule 2017: From the Past to the Future

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Our Wrangler for this year's Yule Blog Hop,  Ania Marczyk, has reminded us that, no matter what Festival Of Light we individually celebrate at this time of the year, it is a time of celebration of what has come to pass in our lives, and anticipation of what may be yet to come. So we will be drawing cards that represent what has come to pass for us in the preceding year which is now ending; this, we will contemplate and attempt to understand. Because we will also look into the future and see what may be coming to pass, and, standing on the foundation of what has already come, looking and thinking about how we may move forward, we will be focusing on what we wish the coming year to bring. And, no matter what we discover, we will be able to make it work in some way over the coming year.

The Past: This draw is based on three cards, drawn numerologically, one at a time. The first one represents the age we achieved in this year. My age became 70, so I am using the entire shuffled deck of 72 cards,  and drawing card number 70, to represent the overarching energy of the past year as it affects me. And the card I drew is:
Chief Seattle is not a myth or a legend, but a person. Chief of the Duwamish tribe in now-Washington State, Seattle tried to make peace with white settlers who sought to move his people from the land they inhabited. Seattle is most famous for having spoken passionately and powerfully on native and environmental rights, though his words are now forgotten and lost. Haindl draws him with a leaping Orca, a symbol of the life sustaining food and spirituality of Seattle's tribe. Like the indigenous people of North America, the Orca is now endangered. Seattle is seen with a lightning bolt striking a feather in his hair- which is not a feature of the Duwamish people's garb, but represents the fact, as  Rachel Pollack points out in her book on the Haindl,  that "Seattle did not speak only for his own nation" There is a challenge to this card- a challenge to learn and to grow and connect to forgotten ways. Not to appropriate and transform them, but to learn as much as we can about them. My past year, of doing readings for many people, some of whom had no experience with, and "do not believe in" divination, exemplifies the concept of doing what one needs to do in order to understand people and situations that one does not know personally, and figuring out what needs to be done to keep things moving forward in a positive manner. The Tarot is reminding me that this was the overarching energy of my entire year, and that I need to bring that wisdom into my new year to continue to grow.

The second card, numerologically, is the number of this day of this year--the Winter Solstice in 2017. That number is a 7, which represents building on a foundation, and is our reminder that nothing we have experienced in this past year is exactly what we think it is. Seven is the "seeker" trying to discover the hidden meaning of life's events.  And so--what is the focus of those things?
The Two of Stones represents balance and harmony, both within the Self and in interactions with the outside world. The past may have been hard to deal with in its actual events, but it is for us to decide what those events can help us achieve of balance and harmony as we have attempted to deal with them. That is the foundation of the future year that we will carry with us.

And the third card of the past year is numerologically represented by adding the age we achieved to the year itself, not to some particular day. So, for me, this is 2017 + 70, which equates to 8. And this represents the focus of what we need to understand in order to walk with confidence into the next year. 8 represents building on a foundation and discovering the reason behind the event. And we chose this card:
which is a clear message that the harmony and balance we wish to achieve in the future will be, as it was in the past, achieved only by personal internal Strength, of purpose, of character, and of will.

And so--what will the future hold? Let's find out. For the final three cards of this reading, I simply drew the three cards representing the date of next year's birthday, next year's solstice, and a random number discovered by a throw of the dice. And these cards were drawn all in the same cycle; for me, it was the 9th card, the 8th card, and my random number, the 11th card. And we simply, in my spiritual path, align these three cards with Body, Mind, and Spirit, where we will experience and understand the future. And we have:



Osiris reminds us that we must look more deeply than simply regarding what we see, and look within for its deeper meaning. The Star is our reminder that, no matter what happens, we are to connect it with our High Self, with our sacred journey and our internal purpose. And the 7 of Cups speaks of making certain we don't decide too quickly on the meaning of future events, but analyze them looking at all three Realms, Body, Mind, and Spirit, to recognize what they truly mean to us.

And so--there you are. Welcome to your Future!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Tarot Blog Hop Mabon 2017: Dining With Deity



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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop celebrating Mabon/Harvest Home 2017. Our wonderful Wrangler, Kiss Boglárka, and her co-Wrangler, Jay Cassels, have come up with a topic that is right up my alley and amazingly pertinent to this festival. Here's an overview:

"At Mabon, we can enjoy the harvest of what we have sown, giving thanks for what we have – and profiting of it as much as we can, also, profiting of what Nature gives us. If we just think of how much sunshine has nurtured and grown our harvest into what it is, and yes, we can benefit from all that vital power and energy of the sunshine if we prepare and eat food with love and respect – and this sunshine will literally turn into Light in us. And do not forget, Light becomes a blessing in those who share it with others" And therefore, to celebrate the Harvest of Light, we were invited to share a card or cards from the deck which we considered to be a representative of the bounty of the harvest, and suggest a recipe that Being would cook, and a sacred way it might be done, so that the bounty of life and the celebration of Light could be shared. And so, here's my suggestion:





My primary Goddess-Mother is Brighid of the Celts, and She is the Daughter of Cups in my primary Tarot deck, the Haindl Tarot. And when I think of her symbolism, I think of the Three Fires of Brighid, Fire in the Head, Fire in the Heart, Fire in the Hands, which are explained as Knowledge, Passion, and Creative Ability. So--fire for cooking, and fire for thinking and fire of caring and sharing...we're going to make an Irish dish that represents the bounty of the Waters, the Land, and the Sky, the three Realms or the three elemental energies of the Celts. So--Let's start with an appetizer of Smoked Salmon and make a  main dish of  Roast Goose, served with Colcannon, and serve it with a lovely bottle of Irish Whiskey and some Irish Coffee to finish. In order to prepare the meal in a sacred and thankful way, one does the cooking in a kitchen where candles burn and an herbal incense burns, and one makes offering to the Gods of all the finished foods on one's sacred offering plate, and toasts Them with Irish Coffee.

And here's the recipe for that Colcannon, which combines Land and Sea in some amazing ways and speaks to the soul of Irish cooking:




3 cups Irish potatoes, new ones with the skin on
1 cup chopped cabbage
1 cluster of green onions, chopped
1 quarter pound of bacon
Butter
Sour cream
Irish whiskey

Cook the new potatoes, with skins on, in a pot of water which just covers them, along with the chopped cabbage and green onions. While they are cooking, let the bacon cook to a light brown. When the potatoes are done, mash them in a bowl with about one stick of soft butter, a half-cup of Irish whiskey, and a cup of sour cream. Add the chopped bacon, stir thoroughly, and place on very low heat for 30 minutes to mix the flavors. Serve with your roast goose and enjoy your smoked salmon as a side dish/appetizer, and you eat and honor the return of light, the three realms, and the Gods who have given us the gift of life, food, and harvest home. Blessings of the Light to you!



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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tarot Blog Hop, Lughnassadh 2017: How I Honor And Respect My Tarot and Other Divination Tools


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I use my Haindl Tarot, my Celtic Ogham Staves, and my self-created Faery-Fire Oracle in tandem with one another when I do my work as a House Reader at Crone's Hollow. And I have discovered, from the Spirits of the Speakers (my term for the inner wraith that provides the information) that there is a very clear path to showing honor and respect for these spiritual gifts, and that I must not fail to reverence what is of spirit...soooo...here's how we do that.

1) Each and every time I set up for my shift of readings, each and every day, when the cards are laid out, there is a blessing I do beginning with sprinkling sacred scent for purification, then incense for charging, then the calling in of my Deities and the Wraith. I then smudge the entire area to focus the energy and clear out unwanted distractions.

2) Before I take my first client, I draw one card for my Self to let me know what energy to concentrate on this day, and one other card for my Self to let me know what to beware of, avoid, or watch out for. This focuses my energy for the day.

3) I do not permit the client to tell me an exact question. I ask that they will think deeply about the things they want to know, silently within themselves, and then I tell them what question each set of cards will answer, beginning with the first sett which tells the client "What do I need to KNOW about this circumstance that I do not now know?" and goes on from there with a new question for each individual draw. In this way, I respect the cards by not permitting my own inner thoughts and feelings about their question or situation influence my interpretation--instead, I don't know enough to have a personal opinion, so when I do the interpretation, it is the cards that are speaking, not my Self.

4) I do not permit any money to change hands until the reading is done, and I request that the client make an offering in my cash bowl to Fortuna in thanksgiving--not a tip, it is just where I ask them to place the money. I want it clear to them that I am only an interpreter and a guide, not the source of their response.

5) After each client leaves, I once again cleanse and charge the space before I take the next client. No leftover energy is present to influence the next draw. Each client begins in a clear and sacred space.

It has been very very interesting for me to focus on this work and explain to myself and to you, my readers, how I choose to honor the cards. May we all give joy and thanks for what we are permitted to do, and may we all continue to do it. Walk in beauty!!


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