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Expressing Integrity

1504 Numbers

There’s a special push to put things into form this month. Building projects that have been on hold resume construction. Businesses that have been a nebulous idea are finally incorporated. Sculptors love this energy, because they’re all about expression through form.

The energy can be summed up as expression with form and integrity. In the arts, this is also a satisfying energy for dancers and choreographers, as long as they’re not trying to overdo and push their physical limits. Focus on the beauty of the line and what you mean to express with it.

For the rest of us mere mortals, attending art exhibits or any of the performing arts (with especial emphasis on sculpture and dance) will allow us to be witness to those remarkable moments of artistic genius.

Expressing ourselves through our businesses and through the businesses we choose to be associated with is also a strong encouragement this month. Again, it’s a time to ask whether our business dealings express who we are; what’s our integrity in the world of commerce?

The energy is social this month and can favour cliques and societies. That can cause sore feelings amoung outsiders. If you’re on the outside, find connections with others by speaking your truth with consideration for the differences in people. In fact, that’s great advice for everyone this month! If you’re an insider, enjoy your special connections but be sensitive to exclusivity or superiority complexes.

Whatever the opportunities, express yourself!

 




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Weekly Card Riding with the Knight of Cups

We’ve had a pretty thorough look at the Knight of Cups before (as one of his aliases: Prince of Cups). Since he follows his heart in and out of our lives, let’s take a look at a few more of his possible faces.

One of my favourites is his appearance as a white glamour puss on his proud black mount, from the Baroque Bohemian Cat deck. This Knight obviously loves the finer things in life. When he rides into town, it means you’d better put on the dog to have a chance with him. It’s nights at the theatre and five-star dining. The minute you want to run through the sprinkler in your undies or crash on the sofa, he’ll be back on his horse in search of his next peak experience.

Brian Williams’ Knight of Cups from his Renaissance Tarot seems more accessible, perhaps even more interested in being of service. He’s awfully placid atop his feisty and substantial steed. This Knight promises growth and healing (his green garments and the corner reference to the Archangel Raphael) if we drink from the cup he offers.   But his horse has all the ferocity and bite of the transient and truncated sexual encounters (Scorpio’s sting is in there, after all – the astrological correspondence for Knight of Cups) that the Knight of Cups is famous for.

Finally, we have the Aleister Crowley- Frieda Harris Thoth Tarot (another Prince of Cups). Frankly, a whole lot more scary Scorpio and less hopeful romantic. His sights are still set firm on his desires (the serpent rising from the cup), but he wears and rides the eagle aspect of Scorpio (the “evolved” scorpion) and carries a lotus blossom.   This Prince (Knight) may still tear through with romance, but he’s putting the transformative aspect right out front.

So, what kind of emotional mindset do you need to get on the horse – or eagle – with any of these Knights, even for a short ride? Can you visit the elite artistic heights with the Baroque Bohemian Cat? Are you seduced by the gentle healing promise of Williams’ Renaissance Knight, despite his high-spirited horse? Are you brave enough to join Crowley’s Knight for a transformative flight?

What about the transient romances in your own life? Have you been the “victim” of a Knight of Cups or two . . . or three or . . . ? Were you able to let go after the encounter to let it be healing? (Or did you, like many of us!, kick and scream in resistance to the ending?) Are you still lost in romantic fantasies of bygone desires and wishes?

Or have you been the Knight of Cups, highly creative and innovative, intimate with whomever you fancy? Commitment? Of course you’re committed: to love, to creativity, to beauty and truth. Are you guilty about your Knightly self or have you learnt transformative acceptance?

Be in touch with your desires this week and make a commitment to their source. Spontaneity and creativity are required in your ride . . . the scenery will change, after all.  Above all . . .

 Commit to the ride!

 




When the ride gets a little wild or confusing, a tarot session with a professional can help you find your course.  And here‘s where you can find one.

Making Space for Change

1504 Change

What’s your relationship with change?

Is it the bugaboo you reluctantly accept as inevitable? Do you kick and scream, putting up resistance with revolutionary fervor? Are you so happy to see it coming down the pike that you run to meet it?

Probably depends a whole lot on your current circumstances and what the nature of the change is.

If you’re not in love with change, what is it that keeps change off your First Tier Invite list? Is it the unsettlement, the uneasy feeling that you don’t always recognize yourself when it shows up? Is it the disruption to your efficient autopilot? Is it that your closets are full and there’s just no room for it to move in?

Sometimes we’re dealing with change as an unwelcome and uninvited guest. Sometimes we’d like to welcome it, but it’s just not answering our calls.

So where do we start?

How about in the mind, first? Being willing to be unsettled, being willing to not know who you are anymore.

Too big a bite to chew? Still in the mind, entertaining the vision of possible change, of an open door for potential change. Accepting the possibility of the idea of the potential. Get used to it first, in the ideal or the abstract.

Chomping at the “real life” bit? Make small changes in daily habits. Change the timing of routine tasks. Pull yourself off autopilot intentionally.

Ready for more? Take small steps. Trying to get to the gym regularly? Get in the habit of bringing your gym clothes to work (or setting them out on the bed in the morning). Next step would be making the time to actually get them on. Eventually, physically getting to the gym will be just a small step away.

Change is inevitable — except from a vending machine. ~Robert C. Gallagher





Change is why I’ve got a job — so you can use change to transform yourself positively.  Get in touch when you need a hand.

Yoga Thoughts

150330 yoga retreat

ah, the benefits of yoga

 a solid vrksasana

er, wait . . . .

this would be why I don’t do gurus

Weekly Card VI The Lovers

Can it be? In the 2 years we’ve been looking at a card each week, we’ve never seen VI The Lovers?

Finally, here it is!

Which is often the way people feel after encountering the choice they’ve been waiting for. The one they recognize as truly “theirs”.

Wait! “Choice”? Not “person?

Yah-hah.

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Rider Waite Smith Tarot

VI The Lovers can absolutely mean a soul-deep love when that’s what we’ve focused on. But it’s a much bigger energy than that. It’s about recognizing any element in your life as peculiarly germane to your singular journey. A career choice, an education choice, a geographical location choice: these can all fall into VI Lovers territory.

The thing you’ll recognize is that you feel there really is no choice at all. There’s something you have to do, someone you have to be, because of the calling of your soul.

The down side is that there’s usually something else to be left behind. In the case of relationship, we may not have the freedom we did when single. For an education choice, we may be leaving friends behind by choosing a faraway college. Any choice has its ramifications, doesn’t it?

Here in the Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights we have the choice of the Sultan to love Scheherazade. Quite a brave choice, even given the thousand and one nights of brilliant story-telling. All that story-telling doesn’t necessarily mean the Sultan won’t get hurt again. Scheherazade could be cunning enough for treachery if she’s clever enough to keep interest by story-telling. (Of course, I’ll put in a vote for the happy ending!)

VI Lovers isn’t our happy ending; it’s our meaningful beginning. There’s still the “ever after” part left to live.

So bring it down to the level of your own life: where do you have meaningful choices to make? How can you connect with your soul at the crossroads? Recognize that you’re at the very beginning of the paths you can choose between.

Choose soulfully and begin the adventure!

 



We all have times when we need help recognizing our options and hearing the voice of our soul. Tarot’s a wonderful tool for those times and I’m happy to help you use it. Get in touch with me whenever you need.