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.
|0||Fool||Element of Air|
|II||The High Priestess||The Moon|
|X||The Wheel of Fortune||Jupiter|
|XII||The Hanged Man||Element of Water|
|XIX||The Sun||The Sun|
|XX||Judgement||Element of Fire|
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.”
Subscribe via her blog today.
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.