My healing website lotusforest.net is looking great, now I have updated it and changed the theme a bit. I love tinkering with websites, don’t you?
I think saying you love self-help books is as uncool as saying you love musicals or poodles. I download the more outrageous self-help titles onto Kindle on my iPhone because honestly the book covers are so cheesy even I’m embarrassed to read them in public, which frankly is not a usual experience for me. However, I came upon Your Greatest Gift just after New Year and it’s just stellar, I tell you. If you are going to buy only one manifestation / LOA / self-help book in your entire life, let it be this one.
I’ve been a Zen student for about ten years, and a student of Buddhism for about 25 years. I’ve read a lot of Zen commentaries and poetry, I’ve been on several retreats and still consider Zen to be the cornerstone of my life. But you know, Zen can only be described as an abstract, incomprehensible non-entity – horribly distorting Charles Bukowski’s beautiful line: “Where the mind ends, God begins”. Having said that, Your Greatest Gift turns out to be the most lucid and helpful Zen manual I have ever read. Seriously – take heed, Hui Neng and Dogen Zenji.
In terms of seeing your original face before your mother and father were born, and / or giving yourself the greatest gift, this puppy does what it says on the tin: five stars.
I’m on my winter vacation with Star and the family. I’ll be back in fully functioning mode on the 3rd of January. In the mean time, Happy Christmas to everyone, and a beautiful New Year to you all.
I’d love to get as far away as possible from the ridiculous consumerism that is causing environmental disaster (factories and shipping causing CO2 emissions are the biggest cause of global warming) but at the same time I really like receiving presents at Christmas. The Crystal Tarot is absolutely top of my list, hint hint!
If you are stuck for an original, last-minute zero-emission Christmas present for someone you care about, why not give them a Tarot reading? I am offering my usual Christmas deal:
You buy someone a Tarot reading for Christmas, and get 25% off the normal price
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The proviso is that you both book your Tarot reading before January 31st. Sound good? Contact me using the form below with your name and e-mail and the receiver’s name and e-mail and we will take it from there.
I have this full-on fascination with the Buffy The Vampire Slayer television show at the moment, in fact my whole family has. Also I’m crushing majorly on Spike, because I am a heterosexual female. What’s really incredible about him is that the actor who plays him, James Marsters, looks exactly like my Animus, as I have seen him in my dreams. But in my dreams my animus usually has a chainsaw or an axe or something similar.
If you have never watched Buffy, I advise it, it’s a really fun and entertaining programme.
Who does your animus or anima look like? How do you know? Leave a comment below.
Massive thanks to Brigit Esselmont and team from biddytarot.com for giving me a forum for my opinions. This was such a fun blog post to write, and something that’s been on my mind for a while.
Star Tarot community, your views on Tarot and storytelling mean a lot to me. Please check me out on and tell me what you think @biddytarot.
A film by Clemens Kuby. This is very close to my work as a healer, although I don’t go into a trance, and there is no blood. Please watch and leave a comment, if you are a healer or you have experienced shamanic healing.
9 hours of Tibetan singing bowl and rain and chime sounds… It’s nice! I’ll be playing this next time I do a healing.
I’m currently reading Frances Yates’ The Rosicrucian Enlightenment, because it relates to AE Waite and the Society of the Golden Dawn, albeit in a small way… and I’m reminded just how much symbols mean, as keys to unlocking historical facts – it’s a history book – and the pleasure of the impact of symbols on our psyche. It also reminded me of the amazing set of images that AE Waite created with the illustrator John Trinick, which can be viewed for free on the British Museum website.
On the last Monday of the month, I’m at Ain Soph restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo, giving free sample Tarot readings, in English or Japanese. All diners at this rather swishy vegan resto get the chance of a free 15-minute Tarot reading from assorted readers throughout the week.
See my Ain Soph profile here!
I designed this course for you if you keep meaning to learn the Tarot, but you don’t now which book to start with, and it all seems so uphill.
This course is designed so that the lessons are delivered straight into your e-mail inbox every 3 days. There are links to a dedicated web-page for each lesson, with additional content and the chance to comment, ask questions and generally hang out and chat about the Tarot.
There is no fluff or repetition, this course represents the basic amount of knowledge I feel a person needs to read the Tarot with Confidence, in a way that’s easy to digest but not over-simplified.
Check the Learn Tarot page on my website for more info, price and course structure.
So you don’t know whether to go out on a date tonight with Bob? Or perhaps if you should have hummus sandwich for lunch? Or other universe-expanding yes or no questions? Now is your chance to find out how to get the answers that matter using one, count it, one Tarot card. Watch the video then tell me if it worked for you.
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In this video, I give three excellent reasons why people should get Tarot readings. I know, I have vested interests, okay. But even if I weren’t pro, I would still think that life without Tarot is unthinkable.
I’ve recently become totally addicted to Pinterest. The image above is from my Real Tree Houses board – I’ve got over a hundred pins on there, it’s doing great! Feel free to Follow, Like… you know what to do.
In this video, I give my take on the nuts and bolts, what happens under the bonnet of the Tarot. Is it synchronicity? Is it the power of our awesome human brains? Watch, then comment please!
Nowadays, it’s like you can’t even go quietly into Starbucks to enjoy a Venti size Soy Chai Tea Latte without bumping into a magnificent display of Tarot cards at the Yurindo across the way. Seriously! Is Ebisu becoming the fortune-telling hub of Tokyo, we wonder?
I loved their very extensive selection of cards, and sample cards in display albums. All very satisfying and definitely the place to go if you’re looking for a deck (or two, or three) in central Tokyo. The Yurindo is on the 5th floor of the Atre building, which sits on top of Ebisu station, and their website is here.
Can you see my business cards in the picture? I sneakily put some in the display… Ha never know, right?
Tarot readings in Japanese (not with me) at this very cute, friendly and vegan cafe in Musashikosugi, about 1/2 hr from central Tokyo. Check their website cafe-loop.com for access and details.
When we get a card, or group of cards in a Tarot reading and we don’t know what they mean, what should we do?
Touchstone Tarot by Kat Black
“Take care of your money issues, don’t let them eat you up with worry, then you’ll have the emotional freedom to do all the metaphysical soul-searching you want.”
I’m absolutely thrilled and hyper-excited to announce the Advanced Tarot Workshops, scheduled for this Autumn and Winter. On the menu will be:
- September – Intuition
- October – Kabbalah
- November – Astrology
- December – Meditation
- January 2016 – Going Pro
- February 2016 – Magic Ritual
The workshops will be held in Tokyo, at a venue to be arranged. These workshops are for experienced Tarot practitioners only, who already know their way around a Tarot deck and have given a good fair few Tarot readings.
Sorry, these workshops are not for you if you are still working with a book and have not given a whole lot of readings yet – but there’s plenty of time between now and autumn.
Find out more and reserve a place at the Meetup website. The joining fee for each workshop is a very reasonable ¥3,000. You can pay me in advance via PayPal, and as each workshop is limited to 6 participants this would make sense. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
A while ago I came across a Tarot reading space in Kamakura called Magical Ama. Very near the station and Hachi Mangu (the main shrine) Magical Ama gives amazing value Tarot readings in Japanese only in his cosy hideaway.
A good selection of cards (in sealed boxes, not sure whether they have albums to browse) and friendly staff. I didn’t get a reading, but there were a couple of consultations going on when I visited, mid-day, mid-week, so I’m guessing it must be quite a popular spot.
Is it okay to give a Tarot reading if you have drunk alcohol? How about giving a reading to someone when other people are in the room? Is it possible to give Tarot readings to yourself? These questions and more are answered in this short video. Any questions? Just get in touch.
Is it okay to have more than one Tarot deck? Will one Tarot deck get jealous or need to be ceremonially burned if you buy another? How will you know which deck to use for which client? All these questions and more are answered in this video. Any questions? Get in touch!
Look at this cutie little card stand I got in Tokyu Hands. Just what I need for displaying cards in an online Tarot course. Interested? Use the contact form on the About page on this site, or PM me through Facebook.
The card is the 4 of Swords from the Secret Tarot. If you do the course with me, you would know what my Spirit Guides want me to do today.
At last, a brief and inexpensive meditation to help you connect with your spirit guide or power animal from the soundstrue.com website – click on the image to visit the page. This recording basically gets you to the nugget, the essence of how to go about it.
It’s true that there is a lot more to the practice than just what is in the recording. If you are looking for a quick-fix answer to a problem, that this is not the path for you – get a Tarot reading instead! – but as an introduction to the process, this would be as good a place to start as any.
What’s missing from the recording is a warning that not all entities in the lower realms are benign – on the contrary. Even though at the beginning Sandra tells you how to invite only positive and helpful spirit guides, it might be that you come across one that has visible teeth, claws or a threatening or aggressive appearance. Do not engage with this, but reject it, go back to ordinary reality and when you get to the threshold of ordinary reality, you must consciously close the door – visualise yourself closing a door and pulling a curtain across.
If you are called upon by a Spirit to destroy or harm anything, or you feel exhausted and depleted after your encounter with a Spirit you should reject them and get a new one as a matter of urgent and pressing priority. Also if they demand that you worship them as an end in itself, that would be an excellent reason to reject them. This also applies to any religious group that you meet with in the real world.
But of course, if you have set your intention correctly at the beginning of the meditation, that should not happen.
My feeling is that your relationship with your Power Animal or Spirit Guide is long-term, sometimes spanning many lifetimes, and that just occasionally calling upon it to help you in a bind is not satisfying for it. Remember that this is a relationship that should benefit you both. You are the physical incarnation that your Spirit Guide is relying on to act in the real, physical world, and obviously that means for the betterment of the entire universe. Regular (daily) contact with your Spirit Guide, hanging out and chatting – is satisfying to you both. Also, do not be tempted to go on any other-worldly expeditions without your Spirit Guide. It will guide you to where you need to go, and shield you and remove you from harm’s way. So start any journeys with a check-in with your Spirit Guide first.
If you want a really excellent and definitive read on the subject, here is the book you are looking for:
As comprehensive as you could wish for, this is an excellent guide to a fulfilling and mutually beneficial relationship for both you and your Spirit Guide.
COURSE START DATE: MAY 10
Have you ever thought that you would like to learn Tarot, but you want a structured, regular class from a professional with decades of experience, with engaging and creative projects on the way and amazing peer support?
If so I have set up a Tarot Initiation Course that you are bound to love and get so much from. This is basically the class I would have loved to have taken, all those years ago, but never knew how to find.
If you are interested, please read the course details on this page and get in touch. I’m aiming for a kick-off date of early May 2015, finish late June. All I need is people to sign up and we’re away.
Not in Tokyo? Not to worry, an online version is being set up. Please let me know that you are interested and I’ll get in touch when it all happens.
If you are in Tokyo on Sunday, it would be great to meet up in Waseda for the first ever Celestial Eton Mess. Three speakers are holding forth on the joys of linking astrology and aromatherapy – totally up my street. Hope to see you there!
step 1: What do I need to do less of, diminish and remove from my current practice or approach? What do I need to cut down on?
The most important thing to downsize is an attitude of what I can get for myself, to strengthen my position. The 4 of Disks is “strength in material possessions”, and in this case it would be an attitude to loosen up on. Don’t fret so much about where it’s all going to come from, this can lead to an attitude of miserliness and stuckedness in your own account-keeping.
The two flanking cards show my personality issues – how I seek to control with my mind, and rationalise everything. I sometimes come over as calculating and a little cold. At the same time, my approach is aflame with passionate desire to learn, but in the long term this can lead to burn-out.
Time to cool down and lessen the all-out ego tripping. I need to decrease the urge to control and account for everything. At the same time, I realise that I can be way too full-on about life. A full-throttle attitude is great to get the party started, but it can lead to too many false starts, and nothing that really lasts.
What’s missing from this mini-spread above is the element of Water. There is no passive cool here, no long-term acceptance of my position in this universe. The fact that there are also no Major Arcana shows that I want to control everything, and I am not feeling a balance between what I can do myself and what I am led to do by Upstairs.
step 2: What do I need to increase, or add to my current practice or approach? What attitude or process do I maximise?
The Wheel of Fortune is the card of Jupiter, think: Rock’n’Roll, an attitude of entitlement towards partying and good times, and insane good luck. The moralistic Tarot tempers this with a karma-oriented vibe and the idea that whatever expanding your ego and hopes experience, there will be a down-time to counter that. Hangovers and payback both, ain’t they a bitch.
On either side, we see how this approach could be attempted in the here and now:
The 10 of Swords is the yuck and panic of fear, loathing and paranoia, on the other side is 2 of Cups is new friendships and alliances that support you spiritually and emotionally. Whatever nasties await you this year, the beauty and love in your new relationships will carry you through.
Take the ups and downs with a long view, don’t get snagged up in the minutiae, as in the 4 of Disks above. Let everything flow and roll and eventually you will become part of the process, not a victim to it, or run over by the wheels of fate.
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Wheel of Fortune card from Kat Black’s Golden Tarot
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The Mary-El Tarot’s 9 of Cups
9 axioms of Tehuti
1. The Principle of Mentalism: THE ALL is mind; The Universe is mental
2. The Principle of Correspondence : As above, so below ; as below, so above.
3. The Principle of Vibration: Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.
4. The Principle of Polarity: Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has itâ€™s pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites Are identical in nature but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.
5. The Principle of Gender: Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.
6. The Principle of Rhythm: Everything flows out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; Rhythm compensates.
7. The Principle of Causality: Every cause has its Effect; every Effect has its cause; everything happens according to law; Chance is but a name for law not recognized; there are several planes of causation but nothing escapes The Law.
8. The Principle of Growth and Creation: Growth is a manifestation of size altering from one point in time and space to another. Creation is a manifestation of beginning and on to a specific designated point as found in the seed of thought that initiates the idea of creation.
9. The Principle of Breathing: Everything appears to be breathing inward and outward. This appears to be the principle by which one acknowledges life, but in actuality, true life existed before the breath, or the necessity to breathe to exist.
Tehuti or Djehuti is another name for Thoth, the Egyptian God of learning, communication and medicine. He is the ibis-headed God that appears holding the scales that weigh people’s hearts against a feather after death. He is associated with Hermes / Mercury.
I’ve just finished listening to Sandra Ingerman’s audiobook Miracles For The Earth which I downloaded from the Sounds True website. What a beautiful approach this supremely talented woman has. I enjoyed every second of this truly miraculous recording.
Just as well young Graham Hancock is married, as I’m totally crushing on him and his A-MA-ZING book, SUPERNATURAL, Meetings With the Ancient Teachers of Mankind, in which we learn about how cave art was made, about the people who made it and the way they went about getting to a state of mind that would generate these images. It’s true to say the GM is not afraid to put out challenging ideas, in a very forthright style, which adds to the whole IMHO.
Spoiler alert! If you are interested in the work of Michael Harman or Sandra Ingerman, this would be a textbook / required reading for the history of their craft.
Just found this epic video of GH on YouTube. Dang it, this man is awesome:
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So as we learned from Candace Pert, the emotions are stored in the physical body. When we experience an emotion, our mind registers what is going on outside and all around and we also get a physical sensation in our body. Together, these make a memory. The return of this sensation, it could be a burning sensation in your stomach, or an aching in your back or arms, reminds you of a certain time or place. However, we don’t associate memory with our physical body. If we have an unpleasant memory, we push it away, and that’s natural. But, like a small child who wants a croissant in the supermarket on a Saturday at 11.45, this memory is not going to go away unless you accept it, you acknowledge it’s need to be heard. Pam Grout calls this “the most tenacious singing telegram in the universe”, because basically this emotion is not going to stop ringing the doorbell of your consciousness until you let it in and hear the message.
Yes, emotions and memories are all mixed up in a big unholy mess. Just like a broken leg or a cut finger, if you don’t attend to painful memories they are really not just going to heal themselves, you know. But how do you go about really reaching in there and doing the work? Teal’s video reveals all.
What for me was so exceptional about this was the way that Pam Grout, Candace Pert, Edain McCoy and my teacher Zen Master Dae Gak all live together in here. Edain McCoy wrote Advanced Witchcraft, in which she explains the idea of a threshold. These are life tests that we are doomed to repeat ad infinitum until we can really understand how to navigate to a higher, better version of ourselves. Hint: it’s not about ignoring the problem and hoping it goes away.
From a Zen perspective, if you can ever talk about Zen which I think is kind of impossible, but here I am going for it anyway: nothing is either desirable or undesirable, nothing is painful or pleasurable, to set up opposites is to chase your tail, to differentiate is to walk into a trap. To investigate, really analyse, live and breathe experiences, emotions, without denying or differentiating, that’s the soul of enquiry.
To be a whole, integrated person is to accept yourself fully, and that means your history and everything and everybody that made you who you are today. Do not shy away from this essential work. And if you happen to meet Teal along the road, please say thank you from me.
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I’m delighted to announce the launch of my new site, Lotusforest. I sell plant-based healing and body care. Currently I have three items for sale. You can get a 15% discount by liking the Lotusforest Facebook page, as well as updates on new products and more.
I’m not one to “do” chat boards but I’m totally hooked on Teal Tribe, Teal Swan / Scott’s website’s community board. I’m on there as Lotusforest. See you there.
Since changing the group name from Kanto Tarot to Tokyo Tarot the group numbers have trebled. Fantastic, eh? Our next meeting is on the last Sunday of September at Flowers Common in the Hikarie building in Shibuya. The map is HERE. We’re meeting at 12.00, so if you are around please join us for an afternoon of Tarot-themed conversation.
World Suicide Prevention Day is September the 10th this year. As part of tell lifeline’s round of walks to raise awareness for depression and suicide, I’m organising a walk in Yokosuka, starting from 4.45. Details of my walk and the others in the Kansai area, see the tell website or contact me via my facebook page.
So glad to have the Tarot in my life. When I need guidance, there it is. When I said thank you for the spot-on support that I needed this evening, I got the 6 of Swords, the card of refuge. In Marie White’s Mary-El Tarot, this card shows us the Archangel Raphael guiding two children and a dog. “I’ll guide you to where you need to go,” said the Tarot, in response to my thanks. Wherever would I be without it.
A video about the historical Jesus and how the New Testament came to have it’s present form, narrated by Anglican priest Pete Owen Jones. The Gnostic site is also well worth a peruse.
I’m half way through Molecules of Emotion as I type and found out today that Candace Pert died last year, of a heart attack, apparently. Wow, am I sad. For the first time ever I am tempted to channel the dead through my cards. I am so loving her book, which makes the connection in scientific terms, should one be needed by the CAM community, between the communication systems of the body (neurons, endocrine and immune system) and how the emotions and body systems are linked and influence each other reciprocally. I’m hooked, and can’t wait to read her other two books. Come back soon, Candace. We need you.
Here is a picture of me at Nachi waterfall in Wakayama, Japan, just after having escaped from a typhoon. We had been camping in the rain and had not heard the flood warnings until it was nearly too late! Anyway, Wakayama is the bomb if you love waterfalls, hot springs, swimming in the river, beautiful forest walks and of course visiting epic shrines, like this one.
I hope you all had a fantastic summer, as I did, and I look forward to connecting with you all soon.
Dr. Cathy Collautt and Marie talk about becoming subconscious whisperers. Why sedate, corral and try to beat your unconscious? You know it’s probably never going to happen. In this video, we learn how to understand that fears are not to be locked away or shunned, but listened to and taken into account. Watch and learn, people! I know I did.
Cool, huh? Also you get lots of lovely free personality interpretation. Future predictions etc. are not free.
I’m really into Karen Mattison’s informal yet informed style, she is a woman who has spent the last seven years perfecting her craft. If there is anything that Karen doesn’t know about smoking cessation, pain management or belief changing, then it’s probably not worth knowing. Check out her website HERE. Five star.
I have just finished reading Bruce Lipton’s The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles. What’s amazing about this book is the clear and easy way Dr. Lipton presents difficult information on cell biology and histology, so even I could understand. Many thanks for that. Dr. Lipton points out that what we want to believe and what we state as positive affirmations don’t take effect because our beliefs are locked away in the unconscious mind, and it takes years to re-wire those pathways. Of course, that’s good because these mechanisms are what allow us to survive, but when it comes to reprogramming our minds in line with new beliefs it’s a long process.
Where the book fell down for me is that at the beginning we are told that we can change our beliefs to alter our reality to something that is in line with what we want, and that all will be revealed at the end of the book, but all that was revealed was Kinesiologist Rob Williams’ website PSYCH K. Most likely this is a very helpful service, but the power of my consciousness, matter and miracles have not been unleashed.
Teal Swan says that it’s easier to change your core beliefs if you don’t try to jump from A to Z in one go, but if you use stepping stones, and change your beliefs incrementally over time. I can dig that. Watch her explain this HERE. Pam Grout in E Squared explains also how we can change our beliefs, one of her many recommendations is writing postcards to yourself with affirmations like: “The world needs your talent” and “You are worthy of success”. If all of this seems a little artificial, it’s because your unconscious is making a judgement about what is real and what is not real. George Mobus’ research at the University of Washington Tacoma explains more about this in his research paper on Sapience Components.
Meanwhile, back in the microscopic world of cell biology, we learn through Dr. Lipton’s book that cells in a Petri dish are attracted to nutrients and grow towards them, they somehow sense their presence, and conversely they sense the presence of toxins and tend to shrink away from them in self-defence. The conclusions are that we naturally, at a cellular level, gravitate towards our joy, and remove ourselves from harm’s way, and also in the presence of a toxic environment we cannot grow.
My sister sent me the link to Teal Swan’s YouTube video about suffering; here it is:
Warning, it’s a little heavy, so be prepared! But this woman is on the money 100% about how suffering works and how to deal with it. She is also really pretty! That was kind of amazing for me, because usually spiritual types on YouTube are more gnarly… Watch the vid and let me know what you think about her ideas on my Facebook page.
All esoteric systems are based not on zoning out and going “out there with the fairies” (no pun intended), but in staying very aware and focused on your work, from Neo-Pagan rituals to shamanic travels. Being an Ace Tarot Pro means staying awake to the client, being the channel between the voice of the Tarot and the ears of the client. Tune out for just a moment and the confidence of the subject disappears.
In the picture above, Shepard Fairey asks us to stay awake. This means switch off your TV and keep it off; be aware, very aware, of the power advertising has on you, and take care of what you put in your bodies, how you sedate yourself, and what you eat. Peace be with you. Just don’t fall asleep.
What does it mean to be bored? What does it mean to be hungry? What does it mean to sacrifice yourself for another being’s sake? Switching off your television is the opposite of being bored. Not doping yourself with games or excess food is not being bored or hungry. Being hungry is fine, if you know that you are going to eat when you need to. Not eating meat to avoid the torture to death of animals for your sake, to avoid buying into that system, that is not really sacrifice. That’s just sanity, being awake to the consequences of your action.
It’s possible to say that anyone who does any esoteric work at all, from the smallest ritual practice to ceremonial magic is plugging themselves into the network of energy of this planet. Eating meat that you have not killed yourself, where there is no bond of gratitude and sacrifice, is contrary to that.
Coming from a place where I was doped out on so many things for years on end, I am testifying to the superiority of this feeling, this energy. It doesn’t take effort to do this, to be aware of what you are doing. It’s like the opposite of taking energy, it’s more like freewheeling, not having to even think about it.
Throw away your television, your console(s), your meat-eating habits, your dope. You are being controlled through them, your life is no longer your own. Choose awareness, do not allow yourself to be sedated, stay awake. We are all Buddhas.
I know I have posted about Adam MacLean’s site already but I have just received the e-mail update today and as I love it so much here is the link again:
Adam sells independently printed artwork a Tarot decks in limited quantities, you will certainly NOT be finding these on Amazon.. This is a must-view site for anybody interested in Tarot.
This great image of Sekhmet comes from Kris Anka’s epic website.
My mother gave me Les Élixirs Floraux de Viviane which, sincerely, is a life-changing read. The author, Viviane Le Moullec, has a super-duper website: http://pistar.chez.com where she has a whole section on Tarot. Warning: this site is entirely in French… However, she gives wonderful attributions for the Tarot cards, one of which is Sekhmet (as in the image above) as Temperence. So what does Sekhmet, Goddess of War, excessive beer consumption and unslakable bloodlust, have to do with Temperence, I wondered?
A few nights after I received the book, I had a dream about a huge – 9 foot tall – Angel. When I asked him his name, he said it was Kamael. This is the Angel of War, the chief of the Powers (Archangels), the one closest to God, his name means: “The One Who Is Seen By God”. Here’s a picture of him now:
In my dream he had short blonde hair, however. The image of an angel with a flaming sword is something I saw in a half-waking dream when I was a child, and this has stayed with me ever since. If you want to know the whole story of the dream I had as a child, I am happy to tell you but I need Patron, lots of Patron.
Camael allows us to go “by any means necessary” to our destination, providing it is righteous and evolutionary in a spiritual sense. Viviane Le Moullec says: La déesse Sekhmet n’est pas seulement la déesse de la guerre, elle est aussi la déesse de la médecine et de la chirurgie. “The Goddess Sekhmet is not only the goddess of war, she is also the goddess of medicine and surgery”. Making better, by any means necessary.
My friend Jyoji says this reminds him of Lord Shiva, destroyer and creator, and I know that this image of a wrathfully but compassionate deity reminds me of my beloved Fu Doo Myou Oo Sama:
“Listening Mother, the Clan Mother of the Fifth Moon Cycle, teaches us that all human beings have the potential to hear the still voice within their hearts. We know this voice by the serenity it makes us feel and the joy that fills us when we follow the message it gives. The heart’s voice leads us to the place of inner peace where we are in harmony with who and what we are. This place of inner knowing and at-one-ment cannot be taken away. When we seek the heart’s voice, we reside in rhe safety of being serenely balanced and feeling marvellously alive. The Ancestors called if Tiyoweth, the Stillness. Those who seek it will always find it within.”
Weighing in at only 20 grammes and numbering 4, count them 4 pages of A7 paper, the Seng-Ts’An is a diamond-hard commentary on the Way, with a capital Way. Here are the first three verses for your delectation and delight:
“The Great Way is not difficult
for those not attached to preferences.
When neither love nor hate arises,
all is clear and undisguised.
Separate by the smallest amount, however,
and you are as far from it as heaven is from earth.
If you wish to know the truth,
Then hold to no opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind.
When the fundamental nature of things is not recognized
the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail.
The Way is perfect, as vast space is perfect,
where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.”
“Intuitive decisions are good, but you make them after equipping yourself with all the information possible in the area in which the decisions are to be made.” Richard Wagner
Thank you to Patricia Davis for this quote, from her book Subtle Aromatherapy (Daniel Press). This applies to the study of aromatherapy as well as Tarot.
I’ve just started an Anatomy and Physiology course and an Aromatherapy course online at the School of Natural Health Sciences. Aromatherapy online? you ask. Doesn’t the screen get oily? I’ll let you know.
Vitamin C under the microscope
According to the Linus Pauling Institute, Vitamin C (along with lysine) is a key player in the fight against arteriosclerosis. Further, a study from the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine states that Vitamin C in large doses fights cancer, even at stages 3 and 4.
My posts and pages don’t have pictures because 1and1 won’t let me have them from their server now I have migrated to bluehost. So my pages are nuda. Kind of spartan, I quite like it.
I have a new page up with an ever-growing selection of books that can help you to become a better Tarot reader. Please feel free to comment on my Facebook page, and add your suggestions. Click the tab at the top of the page or go HERE.
Should you be feeling that your energy is low, or that you can never succeed, this video will most definitely help with that.
There’s nothing like a period to fully resent everything. I know I’m annoying and I cry a lot but a whole heap of useless viewpoints and habits come slewing off during this time. I see it as a reset button, being in the service of the Goddess. It’s painful going back to zero, but that’s winter for you.
In some parts of the world, menstruating women sleep with the livestock. The men say it’s because they are unclean, but secretly t’s the women’s opportunity to get away from the endless round of food preparation, child-rearing, cleaning and other duties imposed on them. Phew.
Humans are the only female animals who permit sex during menstruation. And if you think about it, statistically one in every six women you meet between the ages of 13 to 55 is menstruating right now.
I may be hiding out, but like a snake that has just shed it’s skin I’ll be so much better when I’m back.
HERE. Here are a few highlights:
Chapter 12, Verse 6-7.
For one who worships Me, giving up all his activities unto Me and being devoted to Me without deviation, engaged in devotional service and always meditating upon Me, who has fixed his mind upon Me, O son of Prtha, for him I am the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death.
Chapter 12, Verse 8.
Just fix your mind upon Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and engage all your intelligence in Me. Thus you will live in Me always, without a doubt.
Chapter 12, Verse 20.
He who follows this imperishable path of devotional service and who completely engages himself with faith, making Me the supreme goal, is very, very dear to Me.
“It’s all crashing in all around me, everything is just a big mess, and everyone is behaving like an eejit.”
Wouldn’t it be great to get a little clarity, some insight, a bit of perspective? Or maybe the impartial judgement of someone who knows you really well, but who doesn’t have an agenda?
This is a Tarot reading. With guidance and clarity, not to mention prediction built in, no wonder this “little deck of cards” has been around since 1420 and is going stronger than ever today. See the Tarot readings page for details.
Who said this?
“The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the power of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead.”
If you can guess – no google searching now! – or if you already know, you could win yourself a free 3-card Tarot reading. Contact me via Facebook or on the About page of this site.
Seriously crushing on Lisa de St. Croix’s Tarot deck, due to come out in March. Click on the link above to be taken to her site and see more of her luminous paintings.
With thanks to the Greg Samples site for this great chart.
I’m now reading The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk, a beautiful, poetic and above all understandable read on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The basic idea is that a cause of the illness is not sought, only the way that the symptoms create disharmony within the healthy body’s patterns, and those imbalances are addressed. My friend Joe H said that “Nowadays, Western medicine is finding that TCM has a lot of benefit” and I said “It’s not surprising since it’s been around for nearly 4,000 years.”
The two main pillars of treatment of TCM are herbs and acupuncture. Sensibly, Mr. Kaptchuk doesn’t have a lot to say about the remedies, so I found the above chart online. There is no mention of chocolate, my daughter noticed.
This is Lord Siva and Parvati as one, His/Her attributes are the sword, the staff, the ring and the cup.
Since I lost all my feedback on my previous site, I am now looking for volunteer clients to get readings from me in exchange for feedback that I can post on my website with your name. If you are interested, send me a message on Facebook.
I’m a little bit smitten by these extraordinary images of Tarot and meditation, à la Lady Frieda Harris, but subtler and deeper, even, perhaps. Check out the artist’s website here: fredriksoderberg.org/
I have a new Specials page with details of all the discounts and special offers I am currently offering. I have put a password on this page which you get when you subscribe to my newsletter HERE.
Meanwhile, on the subject of Specials, enjoy this lovely piece of nostalgia:
The price of a 3-card Quickie e-mail reading has risen to $15.00. I’m still no nearer to being a fat cat, tho.
This is the deck I bought at the Librairie du Bonheur in Paris last week. Here is the spread I did on the plane on the way home. I just adore these cards, and as with the Will Worthington Druid Oracle deck, my intention is to not learn the meanings from the book but to learn to read the symbols only, in an intuitive way.
This spread shows me asking about how I can go about most effectively growing my business in 2014.: love, partnerships, daring, responsibility, and in the words of Terry Hall, among others: “Enjoy Yourself.”
This is Librairie du Bonheur in the rue Brea, a lovely little shop that deals in Tarot and esoterica. Visit their website at librairieduboneur.com.
I enjoyed this event such a lot. I must have done 20 readings in 3 hours with nothing to sustain me but some very fancy Teqilla. Still, great to meet everyone and a wonderful networking opportunity. Thanks for having me!
So enjoying coming here every week. Above is my warm-up spread, breaking out the Mary-El deck from a period of hibernation.
Right now there is an exhibition of these incredible wreaths, some full-power silver jewelry and gourd lamps. Everything hand-made, hand grown, and in the picture above: macrobiotic stollen.
Star Tarot in good company at Asaba.
I do like this quote from Creating On Purpose from Anodea Judith and Lion Goodman, because I am big into the whole responsibility thing, and I could add that now we have online petitions, thanks to the likes of AVAAZ, we are all in the democratic system, so no more excuses. Look at what happened in Brazil.
The book is great, I am particularly enjoying the “ripping out the old beliefs by the roots” exercises and visualising a whole new wardrobe. Fashion, gardening and self-help! My kind of book!
Queen Elizabeth I painted by Steven van der Meulen in 1563
“Since our culture tends to over-emphasize the Yang qualities of life – that’s the over-busyness that says go-go go in order to accomplish anything – we often feel tired and burnt-out with little to show for it at the end of the day. To balance that tendency out, learn to activate the energy of the Empress in your daily life. Notice how she feels as she reposes there. Is she running around ragged all stressed out? No. She is in the receptive state – she is fertile by her nature. Her state of mind generates harmony with her surroundings, hence abundance is hers. She is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, creativity, fertility, art, harmony, luxury, beauty and grace. When you can be ‘the Empress’, you will have these qualities in your life.”
Read more of Barbara Hagstrom-Cox’s article on Biddy Tarot.
This winter, join me in celebrating the end of the year with FEW. I will be among the entertainers at the FEW Bonenkai at Lapaz, the Mexican restaurant in Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo.
See the FEW events page for details.
Totally fell in love with the lady who works at Maison Ensoleille A Table [sic] even if they couldn’t get it together to native check their restaurant name their desserts look A-Mah-Zing and of course that’s what counts. Join me on Sunday for an afternoon of Tarot talk and cholesterol. See the Kanto Tarot page for details.
I have been so enjoying Kim Wilborn’s Gardian Gateway talks, which she so generously offers for free for 48 hours each. Particularly interesting were Kim’s opening talk and then Ferol Humphrey explaining how she connects to guardian angels. This is so inspiring.
Click the image above to connect, but make it quick as they all are available to listen to for a very short time only.
It’s raining, I have my feet under the KOTATSU, and I’m just starting a new knit. A perfect day to be listening to Tagore on LibriVox.
I’ve shared this on Facebook before but I’ll put it here again now, HERE is the link to the Oprah site article on developing intuition. Very useful, very helpful.
Thank you for the shielding Middle Pillar exercise, Ted. I love it.
I have a scan of the pages in question from Ted’s Andrews’ book “Learn to See and Read the Aura”. The book in itself is well worth the small amount of money it costs, esp. If you buy it second hand, and it’s full of great exercises for, among other things, taking care of your aura. But if you want a copy if the scan let me know. Use the form on the About page.
Why shield? Because it feels good.
Since writing this post and since starting regular daily shielding using the Middle Pillar exercise – well, it’s more of a chant and visualisation, really – not only have I been really enjoying it, as there is a sense of total wellness and peace that is frankly beautiful, but my life has been going very smoothly. Whereas before I was constantly in crisis mode, it was always “The Wrong Time For This!” for the last two weeks everything has been very smooth and peaceful. I feel less ragged constantly. People don’t harass me with just “one more thing, Elise, could you just…?” and the silly crap of life doesn’t seem to cling, or even hit. In brief: Middle Pillar exercise is my practice. Can I get a tee-shirt printed? Or a hat?
Image from David Palladini’s Aquarian Tarot
Just finished the astro and keywords table for the Major Arcana / Trumps on the new Card Meanings page. One of the joys of going back to ground zero is that you can totally re-invent your site. Like the table? Share it around!
As you might know, tonight is the dark moon / new moon in Scorpio. This is also All Hallows’ Day, the day of the year when the souls of the departed go to heaven, and it’s the anniversary of my brother David’s death. Moreover, it’s a time of solar eclipse in Scorpio, which is like a super-double-plus dark moon. How apt it is then that I should be laid up in bed with a nasty cold feeling like death. Now is the time to think about all the things you want to let go of. These could be fears, worries, doubts, blocks; you could make a list. Because Scorpio is a water sign, this is the perfect opportunity for some water rituals.
There are many great water element rituals: you can have a bath and ritually clean yourself, or a shower, or you can charge water with the energy you want and drink it. Because we are working with a waning energy, the cleansing rituals work great, but also purging and clearing. Here are the dark moon times you are working with:
Tokyo – Sunday 21.48
L.A. – Sunday 05.48
New York – Sunday 08.48
London – Sunday 12.48
This, incidentally, is during the planetary hour of the Moon. Go near a large body of moving water, such as the sea or a river. Bring your ritual cup, pour in tap water, and hold it in your cupped hands. Feel and visualise the worry, fear, block or doubt you want to expunge and speak those fears into the water. Charge the water with this negative energy, feel the negative energy leave through your hands and into the cup. Yuck. This should be at the time of the solar eclipse or dark moon, whichever you wish to work with. As the moon becomes new, or the eclipse passes, pour the water from the cup into the sea or the river – you could use a toilet bowl I guess but where’s the beauty in that? unless you are Marcel Duchamp – consciously realising the energy. You are now cleansed and purged. Feel yourself freed of negativity, feel the sweet relief and lightness of the new moon’s energy fill you. Vocalise your positive affirmations for the future. Thank the water for helping you to discharge yourself from what was holding you back. The next time you are that way, you could bring it a gift.
PS: all the usual cleansing and warding rituals, for yourself and your tools, before and after, need to be observed, don’t forget!
…is my favourite picking from facebook for today, from Donnaleigh de la Rose. Try the phrase yourself with “metaphysical” or “esoteric”. Anyway, I laughed.
I’m feeling way under the weather today but I’m happy to say that the regular Tarot workshops are starting again from next Wednesday at the fantabulous Asaba Art Cafe. Honestly, I can’t think of a better location or a happier, funkier crowd to be setting to and doing open (public) readings and sweet spontaneous Tarot workshops. Fee is by donation, we suggest ¥500 to ¥3,000. After all if you don’t value it enough to pay you won’t value the guidance enough to follow it, right?
I’m in the process of writing a table for the keywords and associations of all the cards. Please check the Card Meanings page for details. For now, this is the Astrological association of the Major Arcana or Trumps of the Tarot according to the Golden Dawn system.
No. Arcana Association 0 Fool Element of Air I Magician Mercury II The High Priestess The Moon III The Empress Venus IV The Emperor Aries V The Hierophant Taurus VI The Lovers Gemini VII The Chariot Cancer VIII Strength Leo IX The Hermit Virgo X The Wheel of Fortune Jupiter XI Justice Libra XII The Hanged Man Element of Water XIII Death Scorpio XIV Temperance Sagittarius XV The Devil Capricorn XVI The Tower Mars XVII The Star Aquarius XVIII The Moon Pisces XIX The Sun The Sun XX Judgement Element of Fire XXI The World Saturn
Note that there is no Earth Element association. XXI The World sometimes acts as the Earth Element card.
I have had some enquiries about Tarotscopes and when they might be coming back. The truth is that I am up to my neck in a counseling course and I simply don’t have time for Tarotscopes at the moment.
Rest assured, gentle readers, that Tarotscopes will return in the new year. And thank you for your continued support over this last month. Apparently, November is set to be a month to remember. In a good way, of course.
Today is Kanto Tarot Meetup day. We are scheduled to meet in Mark City Shibuya’s Starbucks – chosen by our member Karen, can I just quickly say – at 12:30 to talk about life, love, the universe in Tarot form. See the Kanto Tarot Meetup Page for details.
I receive The Lady Medusa’s daily horoscopes and frankly where would I be without them? To whit, this weekend’s:
“You know, that we are just over a week off another Eclipse – this one a regenerative booster New Moon AND it’s augmented by Chiron sextile Pluto.
A positive new force in your life that has been trying to happen all year can now get some serious, sensational traction.
In some ways, one could argue that the tension of this year has been the old world/a previous version of yourself doing battle with the fresh vibe/new you trying to emerge: this next fortnight is when you can see the shinier reinvented self winning out.
Anticipate swift and obvious rewards in areas where you are trying to innovate. New and/or authentic relationships trump the brittle or fake ones of yesteryear.”
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This is the all-new Star Tarot website. As you can see, the format is different:
- This is the style I always wanted from my last site but somehow could never achieve – thanks to Mr. Hacker-Man I now have the site of my dreams!
- The front page is a blog post although I lost 2 years of blog posts in the hack attack
- I found out today that I channel the voice of the Tarot as a clairaudient. How cool is that? Not really relevant to my site but I thought I’d just mention it.
- Fewer pages. Much better.
- Thanks to My Lord Mercury for his retro-redo imperative. I love you. Always have, always will.
Enjoy the new site. If you have any comments, use the form on the Offerings page.