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Yoga Thoughts


“Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority.
All people are born with different constitutions.
Never compare with others.
Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength.
Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.”
― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom

Weekly Card 3 of Cups

What a beautiful card for a spring day (at least, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere – those of you in the South can lift a cup to spring days yet to come)!

3 of Cups is a social, cheerful card saying, Celebrate! And find your best friends to celebrate with you.

You’ll remember, from Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think, that 3s are expression and expansion, and Cups are emotions, relationships and creativity.

So how can you express your emotions? How can you expand your relationships? Your creativity?

Looking to the Crystal Tarot image, we’ve got the three Cups (or Chalices) enclosing an egg, symbol of fertility and creativity. This one is many layered and includes a design that makes me think of the beautiful pysanky from the Ukrainian Easter tradition. Floating above the stable triangle is the fluttering butterfly of transformation. We’ve no shortage of blooming flowers here, with lots of heart-based green and turquoise from the higher heart – that place where expression comes from the heart.

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Rider Waite Smith Tarot

For Tarot 2: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, let’s introduce 3 of Cups experiences to a couple of Court Cards. Start with the Knight of Cups. We’ve got the airy Knight stirring up the watery Cups in a situation of the same element. Remember, he keeps moving. As long as things are expansive, is he likely to stay? When we look at the stability of the 3, how is he likely to react? What happens when we’ve got too much water and it’s all being stirred up?

Bring the practical Page of Pentacles in. How do earth and water get along? Pretty neutral, aren’t they? But how long is this Page likely to stick around if the party just keeps going, particularly if it’s celebration for celebration’s sake? The Page may not have much impact on the situation, but the situation may not have much impact on the Page either.

If you were a Court Card, who would you be? And which Courts might best represent some of your friends? Now, which ones do you want to invite to the party?

Are you running out of patience and ready to be out creating and socializing?  Have at it!



You can sign up for Tarot 2: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore with the Berkeley County Adult Ed Program.  The fun happens Friday, 1st May, from 6 to 8pm.

Yoga Thoughts

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“The asana is an enquiry: ”Who am I?”

Throwing out the parts until only the Self is left,

the final pose is “I am.””

BKS Iyengar

Look at last Monday’s post to see how Mr. Iyengar has whittled away the non-Self.

As a teacher, I’m privileged to watch students deepen their sense of Self regularly.  You’re welcome to do the same in any of my classes (listed over there on the right).

Weekly Card Your Tarot Relationship


Rather than look at a specific card this week, let’s talk a little about how to use tarot effectively.

Do you know folks – or are you one – who run to the deck for every little thing? Those are the folks who’ve lost their ability to make a decision without drawing a card. They no longer have hopes, dreams or desires. They’ve essentially put their fate in the draw of the cards.

I’m all for taking the information of a spread and putting it to good use. But we want to factor in our own feelings on the matter. And we want to keep our own intuition active. Tarot as a crutch is going to limit life severely. You finally have that spontaneous romantic encounter but you can’t go with it because you don’t have time to draw a card. Really? That’s a level of very sad that I don’t want any of you to reach. You’ve got a decision to make in a job interview and you have to stop to pull out your deck. Say bye-bye to what could have been a brilliant opportunity.

If you use tarot as a crutch, count on life to kick it out from underneath you.

Here’s another ineffective way to engage with tarot that I see regularly. You throw a spread and it doesn’t tell you what you want to hear. So you throw another. And another. Eventually, you might get something close to what you want and you triumphantly exclaim victory and then do what you wanted to all along.

You’ve just told your intuition that tarot is a tool that you’ll only listen to when it tells you what you want to hear. So when you use it, you’ll get two possibilities. One is that you’ll get gobbledygook from your spread. The other is that you’ll get an unreliable sycophant telling you what it knows you want.

If you don’t listen to tarot, it will stop talking with you.

No one really knows how tarot works, but I’ve got my theory. It’s based on resonance and attraction. Our beautiful vibrating energy system attracts symbols and occurrences that vibrate in harmony with it. So, when we cast a spread, we’re looking at the energies that surround us. Tarot gives us an opportunity to get conscious about some of the energies that have been below our perception horizon.

And that leads us to one of the best ways to use tarot: as guidance from our own trusted soul to our selves. We still need to choose the actions we’ll take. And we still need to take those actions ourselves. We’re interacting with tarot in the context of our lives.

Keep your relationship with tarot honest!

Yoga Thoughts

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“It is important for those of us who teach yoga to make it clear that the practice (as stated by Mr. Iyengar) does not come from the mind or the body, but should come from the heart. When we go through life with an open heart, we are sensitive to ourselves and those around us.” -Janet MacLeod