Buddha means: The One Who Is Awake

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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.

Artwork Tarots

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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:

http://www.alchemywebsite.com/tarot/tarot_decks.html

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.

Sekhmet

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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:

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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:

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Jamie Sams’ Earth Medicine

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“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.”

Hsin-Hsin Ming

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.”

Intuition with learning

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Canaga odorata – Ylang Ylang

“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.