Monthly Archives: October 2016

Recovery: Irony

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I was reflecting on a thought I had while I took my quick morning stroll:

The bottle that erases the hell, is the hell.

That’s irony for you.

 

 

New Age: The Tarot

 Mysteries Of The Tarot

The origin of the tarot is a mystery. We do know for sure that the cards were used in Italy in the fifteenth century as a popular card game. Wealthy patrons commissioned beautiful decks, some of which have survived. The Visconti-Sforza, created in 1450 or shortly thereafter, is one of the earliest and most complete.tarot

Later in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the cards were discovered by a number of influential scholars of the occult. These gentleman were fascinated by the tarot and recognized that the images on the cards were more powerful than a simple game would suggest.

They revealed (or created!) the “true” history of the tarot by connecting the cards to Egyptian mysteries, Hermetic philosophy, the Kabbalah, alchemy, and other mystical systems. These pursuits continued into the early part of the twentieth century when the tarot was incorporated into the practices of several secret societies, including the Order of the Golden Dawn.

Although the roots of the tarot are in the occult tradition, interest in the cards has expanded in the last few decades to include many different perspectives. New decks have been created that reflect these interests. There are Native American, herbal, dragon and Japanese decks, among others.

The tarot is most commonly viewed as a tool for divination. A traditional tarot reading involves a seeker – someone who is looking for answers to personal questions – and a reader – someone who knows how to interpret the cards. After the seeker has shuffled and cut the deck, the reader lays out the chosen cards in a pattern called a spread. Each position in the spread has a meaning, and each card has a meaning as well. The reader combines these two meanings to shed light on the seeker’s question.

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New Age: Manifesting Abundance

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How You Can Attract Abundance, Prosperity and Happiness Into Your Life  (By:  Rhegina Sinozich)

When my daughter was about 3, I got this urge to make her a sundress. I think that first one was red polka dotted. I made it after she went to bed one night and left it on her chair.

The next morning she came prancing into the kitchen. “Thank you mommy, thank you.” She was absolutely the personification of excitement, exuberance and gratitude.

As I’ve watched this child, now teenager, attract abundance on every front into her life I now realize that there was something far more than just a sundress at work that day.

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My Miscellany: Self Condemnation

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As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I love Notes To Myself, By Hugh Prather, it was one of the first books I read about self introspection.

Somehow over the years the lessons he shares in his book went by the wayside of the mind taking over the beauty of me.  The book helped me to come into focus with the messages which so keenly pinpoint the flaws within which the mind can bring us discord both in our heads, and in our relationships with those around us.

It is a book you can pick up and read any passage at any time, as his thoughts are written not in a linear way, but sort of happenstance.  Bring this book into your life!

Although it is not the type of New Age subject matter you might be used to reading if you are on the path of being the “Light Fantastic,” it really brings one out of one’s head, and into a kind of perspective that allows for introspective that can bring you back within yourself and rejoin your inner self.

One of my favorite quotes in the book is:

“The criticism that hurts the most is the one that echoes my own self-condemnation.” Read more

Poetry: Use By Eternity

you know you want to
it’s been sucking
you dry for eons

drink
from the
well of your soul
people
and places
and things

drained it
out of commission
dry as bones
dead as Tut
I dare say
worse than

Hiroshima

why?  because
you weren’t there
might as well
have been
with your resolve
and all that

just check the
directions again
see?  says
right there:
Use By Eternity
scared?

you bet
you’d rather
buy the box
now
or vase or plot
bury yourself deep

the worms really
won’t mind
it’s free dinner
to them
besides, easy
come easy go

what if you
just went ahead?
excuse me,
I’m taking it
back now, you’ve
messed it up

can’t even
recognize the
beginning from
the end anymore
thanks though
guess that’ll be it

Is that going
to be
a problem?

don’t know about
you
but I’m taking
a unicycle to
the universe
bought my helmet

it’s dangerous in
the Milky Way
but I’m sure
I still have
the map
I was given

me, myself and
I
are going
if you care
to join me

you’ll need your own damn unicycle

and for God’s
sake (or whomevers)
bring a helmet
cause it’s rough
going home
always is

but once you
pass
the belt
smooth sailing
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