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Workshops at On the Wings of Dreams

I’ll be presenting 3 highly participatory workshops in March and April, 2 on tarot and 1 on numerology, all at On the Wings of Dreams, in downtown Shepherdstown.   You can attend one or more; the first one is the only one with a limit on attendance (and we’ll just create a waiting list and a second date, if need be.)

tarot_cardsTarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think   is a fun way to get acquainted with the basics of Tarot, using The Tarot Game © by Jude Alexander.  If you’ve always wanted to learn tarot, this is the time and place to start – or carry on with what you’ve already started.  There’s space for only 6 intrepid students to explore tarot basics while building a reading.  Since space is limited, advance registration (with payment) is required.  To book your space, call 304-876-0244.   Thursday, 10th March, 6:30 to 9pm; $30

Tarot Spreads: Mapping the Landscape  will get you up to speed for information gathering.  Now that you’re familiar with some of the inhabitants and landmarks in the Tarot world, how do you organize your materials so that you have as much information as you’re looking for?  We’ll look at how you can build spreads of your own.  Come with your tarot deck and an area of your life that needs clarification; you’ll be reading a spread of your own creation.  Prerequisite: Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think or other Tarot experience.  Thursday, 21st April, 6:30 to 9pm; $30

numbersNumerology: Numbers as Patterns  will have you looking differently at the numbers in your life.  In the esoteric world of Numerology, numbers aren’t just quantities, they’re qualities.  In this introduction to the art and science of Numerology, we’ll look at your personal numbers, as well as some of the numbers that surround you.  You’ll leave the class with keys to your own treasure chest of meaning in your life.  Thursday, 7th April, 6 to 8pm; $25

Sign up via email, or by phone call to On the Wings of Dreams: 304-876-0244.

Who Do You Love?

How much do you love your little slice of nature: your body?

Tell the truth.  If your sweetheart treated you the way you treat your body, would you break up with him or her?

If you poured the stuff you pour into – or onto — your body into your water, would you let your loved ones drink it?

Do you remember your body’s favourite places and foods or do you cater only to your taste buds and temper tantrums?

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Your relationships go better when you’re listening to each other and acting on what you’ve heard, don’t they?  So how do you listen to your body?  It’s giving out signals all the time; are you tuned in?

How are your children when you let them indulge in all the processed sugar they can get their hands on?  It isn’t fun to find discipline, but it’s productive, isn’t it?

Conversely, how are your romantic or family relationships when it’s all about discipline and janitor service?  What happens when you pull all the fun out?

How did Valentine’s Day go with that really awful suitor who stopped at the 7-11 for half-dead flowers and pulled a half-eaten Snicker’s bar out of his pocket like it was solid gold?  (True story!! Not mine, fortunately.)

How can you be more of you, in a better relationship with yourself?

Take a look at the basics: sleep, food, water, movement, play, sex.  (What?  Play is a basic?  Yup.)  Where do you want to start treating yourself better?  (Remember the “listening to your body” questions?  Start there.)   How can you make that happen?

Who could you be if you’d be loving and kind to your body?

(Did you notice we just played “20 questions”?)

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XII The Hanged Man Reconsidered

I love it when the cards are this literal!

Here we are, at the winter solstice when the sun seems to hang in the sky, not moving from its ever-changing trajectory. And XII The (immobile) Hanged Man shows up.

When we’ve looked at XII The Hanged Man before we’ve seen a slightly different image. All the images so far have had a person hanging upside-down from a tree.

In the Mythic Tarot, we have Prometheus chained to a cliff as punishment for bringing fire to humanity.

One of the gruesome things humans have done to each other is to hang traitors or other perceived criminals upside down by one leg. Yes, it’s a method of execution. And that is how XII The Hanged Man is perceived in some branches of Tarot.

Prometheus would certainly fit the definition of “traitor”, if we’re looking from the perspective of Zeus, who designed the punishment. Of course, from our point of view, Prometheus is a rebel fighting for a worthy cause.

It’s all about perspective.

And that’s got a lot to do with XII The Hanged Man: taking a pause to view the world from a different perspective. Stopping the current forward momentum to assess and change direction.

Kind of like what the sun is doing right now.

For those of you celebrating Christmas, I wish you a blessed and hope-filled holiday.

Enlightening

Do you remember that kid’s game where we’d turn off the lights and do whatever we could unseen before the lights were turned back on and we were caught in the act?  None of us wanted to be seen in embarrassing or compromising positions and all of us wanted to get away with something embarrassing or compromising before we could be seen.  And if someone had created embarrassment for us, part of the game was to get back at them next time the lights switched off and on again.

Sometimes it seems like entire portions of the human race are caught up in the real-life version of that game.  And the consequences are, well, unspeakable.

Other than pull the metaphorical covers over our heads, what on earth can we do?

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Get personal.

And start small.

What’s the area of your life where you’re feeling, thinking, acting out violence and ignorance?  Yes, I know it’s really sucky to be caught with your pants down and the lights off, even when it’s just you looking.  That’s why you’re starting with a little bitty patch of life that feels manageable (not the 24 room, 7 vehicle garage mansion with a pool and a labyrinth).

Just bring that little patch to light.  Let yourself in on all the emotional and mental violence.  Explore for areas of ignorance or misinformation or short-sightedness.

‘Tis the season for enlightenment, so go with the trend.

Whatever holidays you celebrate, may you have the safety and opportunity to celebrate with brilliant abandon.