Archive for November 8th, 2012

12-12-12 Healing Circle at Mandala Center

November 8, 2012
“There is a light in this world,
a healing spirit more powerful
than any darkness we may encounter.”
                                                                                                           ~ Mother Teresa
Many traditions and paths affirm the potential for humans, animal companions and all of creation itself to experience a healing return to our original nature of pure, loving, infinite and eternal light.
Please join Debbi Mayo and Neal Szpatura for a meditation/exploration of our truest, most hopeful and healed state of being.  This circle will promote personal transformation based on the

TRANSFIGURATION stories and
LIGHTWORK traditions of many spiritual and healing paths.
Bring some very special LIGHTto your winter holiday season.
Wednesday evening
December 12
7 – 8:30 pm
The Mandala Center
114 East Park Street
Chardon, Ohio
Love offerings gratefully accepted.  All proceeds will benefit the Lisa Bearden Healing Fund. [Details about the fund will be available at the Mandala Center web site.]
For reservations, please contact Debbi Mayo at 440-286-8866 or DMayo@MedicineBasket.net
Please register early; circle attendance will be limited.
BLESSINGS!

Daily Tarot ~ November 9

November 8, 2012

The Hanged Man

Castle Perilous

Fortune Fookie:Stay much more aware ~ especially intuitively ~ than normal.  Know that positive energy and opportunities are near and can benefit you.  Reach out and take hold of them, one by one, to get where you intend.

We last saw this fellow in mid September. Let’s see if we learned anything ‘t all from the good advice he brought last time. Maybe? [Why do I even ask?]

Here we go: 

[Gonzo Tarot reader slowly and carefully sidles to far end of table, humming “Who put the bomp/In the bomp bah bomp bah bomp??” or some other pleasant but innocuous tune.]

[As Sir Terry Pratchett put it in his book, The Light Fantastic, “He moved in a way that suggested he was attempting the world speed record for the nonchalant walk.”]

This is one of those cards whose visual depiction can set clients whimpering and collapsing into themselves in a repetitive rocking fugue the moment they see it.  Pretty amazing, really. I suppose I can understand that. The name alone is enough to cause mewling in all of the hardiest guys I’ve read for − okay in the only hardy guy I’ve read for.

Some decks picture a fellow hanging by a rope upside down by one leg from a tree, possibly with his head about to take a deep dunk in a fast flowing river.

Even my deck, Legend by Anna-Marie Ferguson pictures a passle-o-knights left hanging in a grove, one leg and both arms tied behind their backs to show the world that they were rendered utterly powerless and had, one by one, failed in their quests.

So I get why some readers interpret the card as indicating restriction, sacrifice or − at best − feeling drained.  Sort of an I need Ativan and a B12 shot kinda energy, ya see.

As the regular crew of bloglodytes expects by now, I see the card differently.  When it turns up for a client, whatever area of his or her life we’re examining, I usually say something like,

“Okay.  Right away now.  Keep breathing.  Nice deep breaths.  Good!  Not too much.  Don’t hyperventilate.  Have a little brandy or a shot o’ Jack Black, maybe a little Cuervo action. Try some flower essences.  Take a hit of this.  Good.  Hey!  Give it back!

“Now….

There are several levels of meaning to this card.

“First, what the card is saying to you is, ‘If you’ve been feeling stuck in place or like you’re so deep in a rut you can’t see over the edge… Guess what?  Good news! You really have been.  You aren’t just a whining, puling little git.  And knowing that should actually make you feel better, Spunky!

“‘Second, it’stime for you to move up and out of that stuck space.  And very soon, if not immediately!’”

And this is How. 

So pay attention.

The Hanged Man asks that you be extra vigilant in keeping your intuitive antenna up for strong, wise, functional, interested and caring energy that can and will help pull you out of your rut.

The help may come in small chunks, like a better-paying job that can move you forward − as opposed to winning the Mega Millions jackpot. [Sorry!  Remember, I’m just the messenger here.] But the help will be here, maybe even is already here, and it will be here in the ways that can really, truly benefit you.

Your mission then is to stay tuned in, be aware, notice the positive energy or helpful opportunity, reach out for it and grab onto it when it shows up, and use it to move you along to where you really want to be.

As if that weren’t enough, I find that there is an additional directive from the Hanged Man.

The card basically says that, in those moments when the new, positive, helpful energy and opportunities aren’t readily apparent – and those moments happen to all of us − your mission is to refuse to get sucked into the old It sucks to be me! I’m hopeless!  I’m helpless! whirlpool.

Rather, use the time for

deep prayerwork,

healing meditation, shamanic journeying, etc.

Go deep within for wisdom and direction; embrace your own spirituality, guidance, hope and healing.

Use the “fallow time” in practices that will help you become more fully connected to your truer, deeper, self and to the channels of spiritual power and assistance around you.

So:

Stay aware. 

Stay much more aware than normal, in fact, especially intuitively

Know that positive energy and opportunities are there and will benefit you.  Reach out and take hold of them, one by one, to get you where you intend.  

If nothin’s shakin’, use the time for prayer, meditation, magical and deep wisdom studies and spiritual practice to increase those elements that are of and for your highest and best.

Bright blessings and beautiful positive flow upward, out to freedom!   

Quote for the Day: You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Today’s Weather: Galaxy de pommes frites.  Starbender tenders.  And wherefore the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a?  Eh? Just askin’… 

On this Date: 1913 – The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, the most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the lakes, destroys 19 ships and kills more than 250 people.

Text From Last Night:hoping by this time next year will be smoking  weed at a friend’s gay wedding, asking “Mitt… Who?”

Daily Tarot ~ November 8

November 8, 2012
Nine of Swords
Lily Maid of Astolat
Fortune Cookie: Be careful today not to overextend yourself in unfair especially to yourself or unhealthy ways.  And hold solid, healthy boundaries!

Ack!  This card always gives me indigestion.  But it’s got some very important insights to offer.  So here we go:
It’s another looooooong post. This card last came up toward the middle of September.  Sadly, it’s a card for studying REALLY DEEPLY any time it rolls around.
Anyway… as I have said before, in our codependent, enmeshed and embalmed  (embombed?) culture, it’s always good to be reminded of what this card has to say. 
And to read it. And print it out. And post it next to your bathroom mirror. And every mirror you own.  Including mayhaps the rear view mirror of your vehicle.   And send it to yourself as a text message three times a day.  And stuff.
[Finishes pontificating. Wipes sweat off of jowls.  Or at least most jowls.  Gets down off soap box.  Makes a feeble attempt to tidy hair and looks around for… Tidies hair and…  Tidies… Aw buggrit!   Tosses brush out window, accidentally nailing a groggy blue jay.  Looks around for coffee.  Asks, “Where was I?”  Where? Or who?  Whom?  Oh.  Right.  Where!]
Okay. 
Kids, this is a card of warning, plain and simple.
Different readers vary the focal issues being dealt with here, so I’ll give bits and pieces of other perspectives before moosing on in with my take on things.
Betty – those of you who read this blog rather regularly will remember — was my long-time teacher and friend.  She used to turn the elucidation of this card into a real piece of performance art.  When Nine of Swords would come up, she’d shake her head, give a low whistle, shake her head again, look closely at the card, look up  mournfully at me − or whoever she was reading for − and say softly, “You gotta be careful.  Something here is nearly DEAD.”  Got me whimpering every time.  Even when I was just watching her read for somebody else.
So if that’s the interpretation of the card we’re working with, one of the things to be careful about − depending on exactly what’s being examined in the reading – is that you and/or a situation may be about to seriously pass the point of flameout or burnout and you need to pull back, regroup, rethink things and really recover before you go off the deep end or go up in smoke.
So please, today, give that possibility some serious thought throughout all major aspects of your life.  [Except those that involve reading this daily card. No sense going overboard, then, is there?]
Some readers find this to be a card of delay, deception and disappointment − or worse.  [Charming!]  Others indicate that it betokens fear and dread for the future, and it implies you should take a course of action that will still and calm the mind to help instill courage. [Yeah.  That there is a sentence that would really help ME calm down, you betcha!  Yo! Waiter!  Bushmill’s triple here.  Straight up!] 
Other sources say the card recommends finding a path of extra alertness and wariness, along the lines of “cover your back [or, uh… you know],” for now, anyway.
Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, writes of pining for a loved one, fretful dreams and obsessions.  Her interpretation that I’m most interested in (on your behalf) is depression blinding us to the possibilities and beauty that surround us.  (Don’t go there!  DO NOT!  You DO NOT need to be in that place!!!!!)
My take?
When this card turns up in a reading for a client, I say things like, “Okay, several levels of meaning here, and you need to pay close attention to each one.”
First, this is a card that says be very careful to NOT take on the emotions of others.  You may choose to be kind and be a shoulder for another to cry on.  But understand that to do so does NOT involve letting someone else’s disappointment or depression take you over; you are NOT meant to be anyone else’s emotional and psychic trash bin
If you’re one of those people who lets a friend come over and dump all his baggage on you so that he can then just skip away, free as a bird and back in the groove while you need to go hide behind the couch – STOPPIT! That’s unhealthy behavior.  It’s not kind.  It’s not even really helpful to you OR him. 
Second, do not take responsibility for other people’s emotions.  Yes, we all do things that disappoint others, including those we love.  But their emotions in response to the situation are THEIRS to deal with and work through.
I remember overhearing a woman in a store, talking to her four-year-old daughter, saying, ‘If you keep acting this way Daddy’s going to divorce us, and it will be all your fault!’ [Just. Plain. Vile!!!!It’s obvious how false and manipulative − not to mention cruel − that was. 
Whether we like it or not, EACH OF US is responsible for OUR emotions and HOW WE RESPOND to all the situations in our life.  That’s true for everybody else as well. So don’t let anyone bamboozle you into thinking different.
Third, don’t take responsibility for anyone else’s life or life choicesIf you’re in a position to help someone when they’re lost or down, and you CHOOSE to offer that, do so – if you can do it in a way that’s safe and healthy, non-manipulative, non-addictive, non-codependent, with healthy boundaries.  It’s like they say on an airliner:  if you’re traveling with a child and the air masks come down, put yours on first, THEN put on the child’s.
So: 
~ Be careful today not to overextend yourself in unfair (especially to yourself) or unhealthy ways. 
~ Hold good boundaries.
~ Be compassionate, but don’t be a doormat or a crying towel.
~ Double-check your own energy to be sure depletion isn’t closer than you may have realized.
~ If it seems depletion may be near, do what you need to do to take care of YOU!
Bright blessings, healthy boundaries, good choices and discretion!
Quote for the Day: That which does not kill me may require stitches. ~ Anon
Today’s Weather:  Extravagant but intermittent bonzo-bating.  Watch out for prolonged ginger cookie-wooks. 
On this Date: 1895 – While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray. [I think he was actually trying to create the first bug zapper.]
Texts from Last Night: …amazing to think how many Obama victory sex babies are being prevented by Obamacare free contraception…