Yoga Thoughts

141103 Theresa

Theresa is the beautiful Iyengar teacher who trained me to teach yoga.

Please donate to the fund that will expand her cancer treatment options as you’re able, and share if you’re so minded.

 

 

 

You’ll find my yoga class schedule over there on the right, at the end of the Upcoming Events and On-Going Classes list.

Sacred Integration

141102 Rumi

We’re almost to the end of our year of exploring the Sacred.   November gives us the chance to integrate, to complete that exploration.

We’ve been using our skills of analysis in our year-long discovery. How can you complete your analysis of the sacred this month?

The numbers of November are related to those of February, when we were expanding the sacred. This late in the year, the sense of expansion is very different.

Now, we’re emphasizing the wrap-up of our process. The expansion has to do with our interconnectedness. We can look to our exploration of the social sacred in August.

Rather than seeing our differences and finding ways to blend our different communities, the call this month is to see how each of us embodies all of the sacred, every last bit of it. We’re finding the level where our differences are illusory.

Be curious this month, especially about your connection to others. The more you explore individual connections with an eye to the universal, the more the Universe will provide you new opportunities to connect and explore.

Expand your awareness of your personal sacred to encompass the entire Sacred Ocean!

 

 

Yes, numerological counseling is amoung the services offered here.

Here‘s where to find all the Numerology posts for 2014.

Gratitude and Time Travel

1411 Gratitude

Picture it . . . . It’s the end of the month in the United States and families are gathered around tables, some heavy laden and well attended, others more sparse in feast and persons. A common tradition is to share the circumstances and people we’re grateful for since our last Thanksgiving.

As we think of what we’re grateful for, it’s almost as if we’re there, reliving the situation or in the company of the person. We’re transported by gratitude. We go back to the emotions of the past.

Can gratitude transport us into the future? Can we feel the blessings to come, as if we were living them now?

And here’s a thought . . . What if we allowed gratitude to connect us more deeply to the now?

We’re gathered around the table between smelly Uncle Harry and critical Aunt Josie and across from our brother’s endlessly caterwauling twins. It’s easier to time travel to the pleasant times we’re grateful for from earlier in the year than to try to avoid looking at the dead bird in the middle of the table. But Cousin Millie, bless her heart and soul, arranged the last of the flowers from her garden over there on the sideboard. And someone must have baked an apple pie, because the nose knows. Can we experience our present gratitude, allowing it to wash over the exposed sore spots, renewing our connection to where we are now, forging strong links between our past and future gratitude?

Whether you’re in the United States this month, celebrating our Thanksgiving tradition, or overseas . . .

May you find yourself meeting gratitude at every step.

 

I am grateful for all of you, for contributing to my professional success, for sharing so deeply of your lives, for inspiring me with your brilliance.  Thank you.

Weekly Card 9 of Swords Revisited

Well, here’s one of the “scary” cards, just in time for Halloween. No skeletons or ghosts, just your friendly Roman charioteer with a victim in tow. You’ve seen the frightened kitty and the up-all-night versions before. Remember, 9 of Swords is ideas, concerns and communication connected to integration and security.

It’s always intense to see cards like the 9 of Swords in a spread. They’re as much your friends as the more pleasant cards in the deck. Think of them as the notice that there are spooks afoot. If you went out on Halloween without a clue what was up, it’d be pretty terrifying to run into monsters and zombies. Since you know what’s going on, you don’t have to freak out about the dripping blood and hollow eyes.

How would you be if you were tied and dragged? (Be sure to look around when you’re done imagining; come out of your “let’s pretend” well before you hit panic.) How do you handle learning that something like this could be coming up? What would you do for a friend, if it were?

How about if you’re the “victor” – the charioteer? Who would you need to be to do that to someone?

What if you’re both? What if part of you is dragging another part to death?

Misery and Revenge are the words up in the corner of the Renaissance Tarot image. How are these two related? What miseries do you need vengeance for?

There’s definitely a “doing it to ourselves” component to 9 of Swords. We can use all those swords to cut ourselves loose from the desperate or vengeful situation. Storytelling, mastery of communication, sharing ideas in the greater community all figure into the positive potential of 9 of Swords.

Looking at tarot tradition, the Renaissance Tarot blends the old tradition of “pips” on the minor cards – pictures of swords, wands, cups or pentacles in the number noted on the card – with the newer tradition of illustrative images.

So what sort of stories are you telling yourself? Remember, Stephen King and self-torture aren’t your only options.

 

If you’re looking to learn more about Tarot, I’ll be teaching level 1, Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think, on Wednesday, 5th November, and level 2, Tarot 2 . . . We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, on Friday, 12th December, through the Berkeley County Adult Ed program.  Call 304-267-3585 for more information and to register.

And you know where to find me for phone, email, or in-person tarot counseling.

Yoga Thoughts

141027 skeleton yoga

Dhanurasana.

There’s more than one way to connect with your ancestors.

Not to mention demons and monsters.

Weekly Card IX The Hermit

 

For a Hermit, there sure is a lot going on in this image!

On the keyword level, that makes sense; wisdom doesn’t come out of nowhere. It comes from an experience-rich life, with depths of analysis and understanding. And, like the Major Arcana, experiences that bring wisdom change the way we look at the world. Those circumstances may be out of our control, but we can manage our attitudes.

In the Gaian image for IX The Hermit, we’ve got a bearded elder and an owl, two of the common symbols for wisdom. The old man is writing, but he’s not looking at what he’s writing. Is he pausing to remember or to think or to look at what’s around him? And what is it that he’s writing? His memoirs? His observations?

His desk is made of stone. It’s lasting, natural, of the earth. His writings are supported by that. It brings to mind the phrase “set in stone”. That’s deep wisdom, the stuff that’s as permanent as the earth.

His lantern is also supported by the big stone. The light of a lantern is a symbol for knowledge – bringing things to light.

His cloak of blue connects with water and emotions, but also with blue sky and the mind. And, given that he’s writing, the blue connected with the throat chakra and communication.   Could this even be the deeper indigo of the third eye, and spiritual wisdom? Since his cloak is lined with purple, the colour associated with spirituality and the crown chakra, the connection with the Divine, it could be.

So we’ve got wisdom that’s divinely inspired, but very connected with the stuff of the earth.

How trustworthy is this guy? His facial hair is white and so is his robe. In symbolism, that’s a lot of purity. It frames his speech and covers his body; he lives within white. On the outside, his communication shows; he’s not being flashy or showy about purity. It’s there on the inside.

The smudge smoke also speaks to purity, as a cleansing, sanctifying element.

It doesn’t seem that he’s lacking for company, despite the solitary calling of the Hermit. He’s got the wise owl, and, in the smoke that swirls from the smudge shell, the social wolf, a loon from the dream world and a falcon, with its sharp ability to see details, even from immense distances.

The Hermit sits under an evergreen tree. Evergreens speak of timelessness, outside of seasons and cycles. Not only is the Hermit’s wisdom outside of time, he himself is called to be out of time. He’s even higher than the snowcapped mountains. He’s in the spiritual heights. Anyone else reminded of the sages who meditate in the Himalayas?

141023 IX The Hermit RWS

Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Now it’s down to the personal . . . How does IX The Hermit connect with your story in the coming week? Is he unexpected in your world, or can you already see how he’ll fit in with your plans and responsibilities? Where does your wisdom lie? How can you bring it into daily life – set it in stone? Where are your opportunities to share it with others? When do you have time alone to follow your own path?

“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” ~~   Marilyn vos Savant

 

If you’re looking to learn more about Tarot, I’ll be teaching level 1, Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think, on Wednesday, 5th November, and level 2, Tarot 2 . . . We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, on Friday, 12th December, through the Berkeley County Adult Ed program.  Call 304-267-3585 for more information and to register.

And you know where to find me for phone, email, or in-person tarot counseling.

Yoga Thoughts

141020 yoga at home

There’s a reason for yoga classes.

But what do you learn when your yoga continues through distractions?

Is it possible both strengthen your yoga?

Weekly Card Ace of Cups Revisited

 

It hasn’t been that long since the new emotions of Ace of Cups were before us. And now the beginning energy, the seed energy, of relationships and creativity is back for another visit, this time with the beautiful image from the Haindl Tarot. So far you’ve seen the mundane Housewives Tarot depiction and the mystical Gilded Tarot image. The Haindl is another mystically directed deck, somewhat older than the recent Marchetti Gilded Tarot (the Housewives Tarot is also very recent).

Now that we’ve come down to earth from the excitement at all the goodies Ace of Cups offers (totally up to us to take them!), let’s look at the image before us.

This is a very alive cup, energetic, glistening, swirling. It’s hard to imagine actually picking it up, the way we would a real container. The energy inside the cup seems to permeate the cup itself and jet into its surroundings.

Haindl’s cup is pure, precious, royal – all the attributes of gold. The golden sun comes to mind. This is not creative, relative, emotive energy spreading rays into darkness. This is bright and active daytime energy. And it offers cleansing and elevation, stripping away all that isn’t purely us, keeping (or putting) us on our Divine path. Anything that allows us to connect and create from our true selves is certainly a gift without price.

Then there’s that single drop falling into the cup. The red within is like the activating sperm falling into the receptive – and already highly active! – cup. There’s no meek waiting here; this conception is one with plenty of mutual passion in the receptivity. Perhaps that heavenly drop is the already fertile egg, complete in itself, ready for the vessel that will allow it to grow. The red within the drop also reminds me of the egg yolk, ready to be consumed by whatever is ready to grow within the egg. In all cases, we have everything we need for life to begin for new emotional connections and creativity.

Haindl’s system of directional correspondence is just one of several.   He associates the suit of Cups with European traditions, via the Grail legend. Within his global structure, that puts Cups in the north. You can decide, with each deck, whether or not you “feel” the correspondences and want to use them. If they don’t make sense to you, there’s nothing that says you have to attend to them. I’m comfortable changing with the various decks I use, when there’s a tradition in place, and have a system that makes sense to me when there’s nothing specifically connected to the deck.

This week, then, is your chance to allow new emotions (even the less comfortable ones!) to surface, finding the ways they contribute to your unique life journey. Attend to the possibilities for new creativity and make space to begin new relationships.

Accept the seed for connection!

 

Yoga Thoughts

141013 asanas are my prayers

What are you praying for?

What can prayer accomplish?

Is it all about you?

Weekly Card Knight of Wands

 

Whoa, Nellie!!

Knight of Wands is the most adventurous and forceful of the Court Cards: the most active card in the most aggressive suit. He may signify someone crossing your path or he may be rushing you to encounter that aspect of yourself.

141009 Knight of Wands RWS

Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Brian Williams’ Renaissance Tarot representation is much more subtle than the Rider Waite Smith image, but we can still find the indicators for the Knight who’ll take us quickly in the direction of our ambitions.

For starters we’ve got a few of the different names for Wands: Staves and the Italian Bastoni, which translates as Batons. Sometimes we’ve got slender staves or wands, other times heavy batons or clubs. All the same suit, under different family names. This one’s got the crown of spirit on it’s slender stalk.

Going basic, we’ve got a man on a horse. That immediately ups the speed and distance available to the Knight. His armour is light, a compromise necessary for speed. Perhaps he’s arrogant about defenses, perhaps he’s ignorant, perhaps he’s just a very good fighter. And perhaps he’s just able to out distance or out maneuver his adversaries.

He keeps a loose hand on the rein, an indication that he’s got a trusting relationship with his steed, letting his spirit take the lead. The wings on his helmet refer to the swiftly moving air element that’s associated with all the Knights. Knight of Wands’ flight is motivated by passion.

The red cloth of his dress is the colour of fire, with a yellow amulet, the colour of air. Emotional blue contains his passionate red. Although blue is most often associated with water, we all recognize it as the colour of clear skies . . . clear sailing.

Up in the corner, we’ve got an angel with a scroll – the Torah, the law. That’s one of two references to Hermes, the winged messenger. The other is the winged helmet. In the other corner we’ve got 2 men, indicating masculine energies (NOT male: you already know we’ve all got a masculine and feminine side); another descriptor of the activity level, the dynamic nature of the Knight of Wands.

The countryside through which he rides is fertile and green, growing. The water behind him – again a symbol of the subconscious and of emotions – is calm. The city is in the distance with mountains even further behind.   Is our Knight passing by, or has he come from those distant places? It’s hard to imagine the city containing him but his fiery spirit could easily conquer the rugged mountaintops.

So, this week, identify the people in your life who are moved by their passions. And find the ways you yourself embody the Knight of Wands.

Fire away!

 

If you’re looking to learn more about Tarot, I’ll be teaching level 1, Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think, on Wednesday, 5th November, and level 2, Tarot 2 . . . We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, on Friday, 12th December, through the Berkeley County Adult Ed program.  Call 304-267-3585 for more information and to register.

And you know where to find me for phone, email, or in-person tarot counseling.