Of Wind and Willpower

Today I pulled cards from a couple different decks. One was for Will of the Way on Facebook, and another was for my Keen blog to help build visibility and prosperity.

What touched me was not only that I drew the Eagle card from the Animal Messages deck by Susie Green but also He of the Fiery Sword from the Faeries’ Oracle by Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth.

In regards to the Eagle, they have some of the best vision of any creature (you try to zero in on a rabbit from a ridiculous height and calculate wind, drift and rapidly approaching hard surface..).  Eagle teaches us the benefits of having an eye on the big picture as well as not losing sight of the smaller goals and hanging onto our vision when so much in the world can distract us from our goals.

Point in fact, I’ve been stuck in YouTube and Facebook videos for hours this week. Yes I was multitasking but it wasn’t mindfully, it just happened and I lost a lot of time this week just getting distracted. This is a constant struggle for someone who is of the Fae – or as I refer to it sometimes as Fae-Brained or ADH-OH SQUIRRL!

Combine this input from Deity with that of ‘He of the Fiery Sword’. Now normally swords in Wicca are considered to be tools of Air and thought. In Faery however, in my personal vision, swords are linked to the element of Fire and action.

To that thought the Singer who carries the aspect of He of the Fiery Sword is one that is filled with that resolution to act and needs help in the department of willpower and strength. This is a Fae that can help you buckle down and do what needs to be done and adds energy to your endeavors.

Willpower has been a recent lesson for me. I’m getting better at boundaries and expectations and self-care, but now comes the hard part of knowing everything that I should be doing, and DOING THEM. So, if you are like me in this regards perhaps you too can call upon ‘He of the Fiery Sword’ to aid you in kicking your butt into gear and doing what needs doing.

 

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Tarot lessons in Pop Culture

In the Tarot there are many who feel that the Fool begins his journey new-born and unaware of the dangers they may face. He seems reckless and headstrong because the Fool only acts on instinct. The Fool has no concept of others, only self. I agree with this assertion, though I urge everyone to do their own research and meditations if you practice reading or are just vaguely interested in it.

The card I want to talk about today is the Hanged Man. I love listening to music of all flavors, and whenever I hear Mumford & Sons – The Cave. I feel they are speaking on many levels of sacrifice, awareness, and emergence that ring in close harmony with the Hanged Man (or Woman!).  I also have a part-time hobby of listening to songs and trying to feel what tarot card lesson the song brings out for me.

“…..So come out of your cave walking on your hands.
And see the world hanging upside down.
You can understand dependence,
When you know the makers land.”

If you look up some of the discussion about the lyrics that make up this spectacular piece of work, you will find many people who find correlations to Plato’s Cave as well as Homer’s Odyssey. I see no reason to refute these opinions, and every reason to agree with them.

In Plato’s Cave, Plato talks about how people who are under no other torture are forced to sit chained in the dark, unable to move their heads and watch shadows of people walking by behind them back lit by two fires. It talks about how this perspective becomes their reality until the point where they conceive no other thought about their reality, until one crawls away and experiences the outside world. They try to come back to impart their wisdom to the others in the cave, but many disregard the truth spoken to them because they cannot see it.

In Homer’s Odyssey, one of the stories talks about the lesson of the Sirens who try to pull Odysseus’s ship off course and crash it and kill everyone on board. The others didn’t understand the sweet song they heard was actually heralding their doom. Odysseus did and managed to steer the ship rightly back on course and away from the Sirens call.

​​”….So make your siren’s call
And sing all you want
I will not hear what you have to say…”

In the story of the Fool, when he comes to the stage of the Hanged Man, he has begun to understand the world outside of himself (I’m only using masculine because of ease with the name of the card. It could be man, woman, child, non-binary, dog; anyone). There is sacrifice here, there is awakening and a new urge to bring balance.

The sacrifice of the Hanged Man is made because a person feels that they will come out of the situation more enlightened than when they went into it. It’s not the sacrifice of worldly goods for personal gain, it is a sacrifice made for the world, the greater community of mankind.

“…’Cause I need freedom now
And I need to know how
To live my life as it’s meant to be.”

This concept is also explored with various beliefs and deities such as Jesus, Prometheus, Odin and Dionysus to name a few. With this sacrifice, we begin to see our world a little differently because we see it from another perspective. One corner stone of witchcraft talked about by Lady Belladonna LaVeau is perspective reality. In short, your interpretation makes up your understanding of your reality. Change your perspective, and change your reality.  For more information, I highly suggest WiccanSeminary.EDU.

In the Hanged Man phase of lessons, the Fool has decided to change his perspective reality, quite literally. With this he begins to realize that he has a subconscious mind, and that his subconscious affects the reality he finds himself in. Not only that, but the reality that others around him may perceive as well.

His experience touches more than just himself.

His actions touch more than just himself.

“Oh boy,” the Fool thinks. “Maybe I’ve messed up somewhere. Am I living the life I want?”

For some of us, this lesson comes later than others. Some of us like to repeat this lesson often with gusto… (looks in mirror…chuckles). So I urge you all, to take a listen to the song and come to your own conclusions as mine is just one among many possibilities. Perhaps take a moment to think about the kinds of sacrifices you want to make, and what the outcome of that exchange you want to experience in your life.

“I will hold on hope and I won’t let you choke
On the noose around your neck
And I’ll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I’ll know my name as it’s called again.”

Bright Blessings upon your journey!
-Skyfae Laveau
Article originally posted 4/19/17 on Panegyria

Flowers and Dreams

I greeted today much like any day… slightly bewildered, groaning and wondering where on earth the coffee is…

It wasn’t until I was outside, collecting my thoughts smoking and drinking my coffee that I realized I had dreamed last night that my ears were bleeding. Bleeding ears? Really Universe? That’s your clue? So I pondered it and reached out to my teacher. There were other aspects of the dream like being covered in blood and bruises, memory loss, memory gain, and the Hermit from the Tarot decided to help me out and act as a guide. I’m still not sure what all is going on in my subconscious mind or connection to Deity other than my ears hurt.

I have noticed my stomach has been acting up the last couple days so I decided to try addressing it energetically. Solar plexus, I’m keeping myself from doing something I want to do for me. I evidently have been discounting my own needs trying to keep everyone else balanced. When something finally reaches out to me, I am too busy trying to not fall of the saw-horse of life I cannot take what is offered.

Round and round it goes…. sound like anyone else?

So I pulled out my blue mandala candle and focused on blue to give voice to what it is I want to do. What is it that I need? How can we make desire, action, creation and communication cooperate with one another?

While the answer to that question is largely personal and frankly has no answer because it’s only 7am in the morning and I’m not done with my first pot of coffee.. YES I SAID POT OF COFFEE.. don’t judge…

I received a gift of FES Flower Essences it feels like forever ago. I mainly have used them to add a bit of herbal magic to my candles and encourage certain vibrations… love, energy, waking up, prosperity… etc.  However, I have never actually used them for their intended purpose. So after consulting my teacher, and some helpful information from the website I decided to add the following to my morning altar tea.

Chamomile

“This is a calming remedy especially indicated for babies, young children and animals who are challenged to retain their emotional center during times of dislocation and stress. Indications include extreme bouts of crying, irritability, hypersensitivity and moodiness. These emotional symptoms are typically accompanied by pronounced tension in the solar plexus and/or stomach, including digestive upset, flatulence or bowel disturbance and related sleep disturbance.”*

Pink Yarrow

“Pink Yarrow for heart and solar plexus trauma stemming from sympathetic absorption and related phenomena like stomachache, heart palpitations, nervous depletion or anxiety.”*

Pine

“For those who are besieged by inappropriate second-guessing or guilt, feeling that they could have done more, or should have made other decisions. They may be consumed by feelings of self-blame that they were not able to save a loved one or a pet. While these feelings are typical for anyone in a natural disaster situation, the Pine essence is indicated for those who are paralyzed by such feelings, morbidly depressed and dysfunctional.”*

Now to clarify I do not consider myself morbidly depressed, least not at the moment but I do suffer a lot from second guessing… shoulda-coudla-woulda… which is short for day late and a dollar short and no sense fucking worrying about it. I don’t know that I’d include Pine as an every day, but to give myself a slap upside the head with a clue-by-four (conveniently made of pine…) I think appropriate.  Chamomile and Pink Yarrow could quickly become a daily favorite.  I will see how it helps the digestive upsets I’ve been experiencing lately. It’s also the tail end of my period and my period is a destructive force from hell on my system.  I’m never quite sure where to being treating the physical and the metaphysical so sometimes it’s approached from the right, and sometimes the left. I do believe it all helps out the same root problem in the end.

For now I must away, Bright Blessings to you all I hope you have a lovely day!

*Flower Essence Services, Healing Flower Essences,  http://www.fesflowers.com/humanitarian-relief2.htm, Accessed and confirmed July 23, 2018

Tarot of the Day: Eight of Wands

I find my recent period of inaction strangly and amusingly reflected in this Eight of Wands I drew today. The Eight of Wands represends finally MOIVING, DOING SOMETHING, CREATING after a period of being stagnate.

In many decks the wands are represented in a diagonal on the card in question, this diagonal action usually indicates movement, up or down.  This is no different.  In my deck The Mythic Tarot the Eight of Wands is represented by a ship, on an ocean, moved by the flames of Eight wands on the deck of the ship. The ship is also moving with dolphins swiming near.

This immagary tells me, firstly movement, progress, getting somehwere. We see air represented in the sales, water, in the ocean, fire in the wands and earth in the planks of the ship. It is a well balanced card and can mean travel, but usually is tied to creative energy finally finding exposure in the light of day.

I find this accurate in my life because I am starting to move once more on Skyfae Creations, Crafts for a Magical Home. I’m beginning to think forward to what I might offer and staples I want to keep stocked for myself and my clients.

As spring is now here, what projects are you beginning to dust off? How is inspiration striking you in your life?

Bright Blessings!

Tarot of the Day: Five of the Wands

The five of wands hails from the element of Fire! In the Mythic Tarot we see a figure battling a dragon for the prize of a golden sheep.  Those of you with a mythological background will appreciate the inherent story here.

This card is giving us a heads up that we are, or will be coming into a time of struggle. This is not a pointless struggle but a needed ordeal, or test in which we may move forward in our lives.

One symptom of this going poorly is apathy. If we have to fight too hard, why don’t we just give up… we won’t win anyways.

However, if we are processing this time well we will focus the attention and time on the physical (dragons are of the earth) problems so we can move on spiritually.

This is not the end but a beginning, so I encourage you if you are feeling down, buried by a problem, financial or otherwise. DO NOT GIVE UP!

Come at the problem in a different way and you may be surprised just how quickly the antagonist in your lesson falls away so you can shine.

The day after Judgment

I realized with a little help through one of my inspirations (Leonie Dawson) that really what holds me back is fear. Fear of being too far out there, too much of myself and my struggles, my caustic sense of humor and my childlike sense of wonder always at opposite sides of my own self that I find it hard to find peace between the two.

What if someone doesn’t like what I have to say?

What if I alienate people?

What I really need to focus my energy on is this. I am a sacred individual and as such, there are lessons only I will ever get to share with the world. Things I have learned, Things I have lived through. There is only one of me, with a very unique set of circumstances and genetics that have made me who and what I am.
Who will I help by being honest in such a public forum?

Who will help me spread joy in what is more and more often a miserable world filled with stupidity, ugliness and greed?

You will.

You may not know it now, you may not know it ever. However, at some point you will help me make this world a little better and I THANK YOU for it.

I remember the first time I ran across Jess Carlson online and I looked at her website, I looked at everything she does and I remember thinking. That is what I want to do!

Followed closely on the heals of that was, well shit, someone’s beat me to it.

I must say that is the source of a great deal of my inspirational and manifestation gap: Not doing something because someone has already done it.

Well, SO WHAT?!?

Jess’s story is her own, her own way of interacting with her clients is a language only she can speak. Leonie has in her own way through her Soul Biz workbook (I highly suggest it for anyone looking for inspiration for anything really)… it is a language only she can speak.

Just because these lovely people have spoken their piece, and made this success for themselves does not mean that there is no place for me. This is not corporate culture where there is no room at the top. This is inspiration, this is family, this is community and it is what I have been wanting to build for years.

So I thank you all, those who read this. Those who may read this years from now going through some archive for the early days of Skyfae.  Welcome, and thank you for coming. I hope to hear from you.

Tarot of the Day: Judgment

Above you can see the judgment card from the Visconti-Sforza tarot deck, which is said to have been in use in the 1400’s.
In the Mythic tarot deck, which I am using today; Judgment (Hermes/psycho pomp) stands before the dead mummies inside a crypt, and behind the main figure holding a staff on fire entwined by snakes lies a doorway to paradise.
In Greek Mythology Hermes was a messenger god, and psycho pomp which meant he could move between worlds. This gave him a unique power and a wide reach.
I find judgment a healer card. This is the doctor (snakes on staff imagery) that helps you cut out what no longer serves you in your life (heal the dis-ease), baring the way of insignificant crap from making it through to your inner heaven or paradise.
This is not necessarily at odds with common definitions as given by Alfred Douglas in The Tarot, as Judgment embodies the great epiphany, an evaluation of self, or of surroundings before moving on. Just another take on it.
What will forever be burned into my mind when looking at the Judgment card is this:
Gandalf shouting to the Balrog  “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”
Forever earning my place in the geek-mystical heaven I suppose.
So what I ask myself is what is clamoring for my attention that doesn’t really deserve it? What holds me back? What is keeping me from walking up those stairs and out into the haven and paradise of my own inner temple? What realization have I come to that perhaps even hasn’t made it to the conscious mind that drives my subconscious actions?
I will see what comes to mind today and perhaps tomorrow I will have a personal answer.