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The Daily Deskhenge: White Hat vs. Black Hat

The Daily Deskhenge, Weds 11/14/13

 

Good afternoon, friends! Today’s Daily Deskhenge is all about allies and enemies. Sometimes it’s just that simple when it comes to divination: we want to know who is helping us and who is hurting us. Is that new acquaintance a friend or a foe? This layout here does just that: the card on the left is the good guy/gal, the friend, the White Hat hero with the silver bullets and the excellent timing and the fabulous abs and great hair who will save us from ourselves and our enemies. The card on the right is the Black Hat, the bad guy/gal, the twisty-mustachioed villain, the chaos element bent on making us absolutely insane with their behavior (or their response to our own behavior, which is often the case even though we don’t like to admit it).

Judgment is our White Hat, our hero. It’s a card of endings and discernment, and also of planning and preparation for great change. It’s a card of being called, of being chosen, which is always nice. 🙂 And it’s a card of warning and a sort of cosmic “Heads up!” It’s like having your own spy on the Other Side who is sending you a secret message telling you to pack your things and get ready to go. So that’s what’s going on here: we are being advised that we will be moving on, and it’s time to start getting ready. Get your affairs in order. Make your plans and arrangements. (I’m pretty sure this isn’t meant to be as creepy as it’s starting to sound, but you never know with these things. Just a nod on that.) Pay attention to the signs around you, and have faith that all is proceeding as it’s meant to. The stone I’ve put down with this card is my Ancestor rock from the Sterkfontein Caves. Our ancestors planned and prepared, and they are sharing that wisdom with us now.

The 5 of Pentacles is our Black Hat, the demon enemy trying to trip us up. It’s a card of poverty consciousness, of “Other-ness Awareness” (as it were), a card of envy, jealousy, and bitterness. Don’t get lost in wanting what other people have. We are all guilty of it, and we’re all capable of it. We’re human, after all, and this is a very human card. There’s a huge opportunity for compassion and self-awareness here, if we are wise enough to see and take advantage of it: if we can acknowledge how envy and self-disrespect undermine our efforts and how we are all guilty of such feelings, we can stop taking them personally and stop having shame around them, and just notice that that’s how we’re feeling. By doing so, we steal the power of the card away from our Black Hat enemy. We become able to back up and see our own envy and jealousy from a distance, and can learn over time to hold such feelings (and ourselves) with compassion and understanding. The stone I’ve put down with this card is the Iron Pyrite, the “Fool’s Gold.” Don’t be so blinded by your own passions and feelings that you mistake a pretender for the real thing.

Blessings…
K

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The Daily Deskhenge, Friday 11/1/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Friday 11/1/13

 

Happy new year to all my friends who celebrate Samhain! May it be bright and blessed for you all. Today’s deskhenge takes a look at the friend/foe situation, just because who couldn’t use a little closer look at who our friends are and who our friends aren’t? The column on the left represents our friends. These are the people or energies who work on our behalf, whether we like them or not–often people can be good teachers and we just can’t stand being around them. This doesn’t make them “foes.” This just makes them those difficult life lessons that the Universe tosses at us occasionally to help us get to where we’re going. We can’t like everybody, and that’s ok. And not everybody we don’t like (forgive the double negative) is an enemy, and it’s a mistake to treat them that way. The distinction lies in how they use you and treat you, and it’s a lifetime lesson for some of us to determine the difference. I have always tended to believe that nobody would ever be rotten or evil or act as an enemy to me, but that’s a weakness of mine. It makes more sense to me now to try to see people as they really are in the moment rather than as I would want them to be, as their Mom and Dad maybe saw them on the day they were born.

Keeping that in mind, our friends (the column on the left) are represented by the 10 of Swords, the Knight of Wands, and the King of Wands. See how dreadful the 10 of Swords looks? That’s the clue that just because somebody won’t treat you like the pretty pretty princess you think you are doesn’t mean that they aren’t your friend. I have had some difficult relationships in the past with difficult people, but I know in my heart that those people were in my life to teach me powerful lessons that I *had* to learn. They were unpleasant people and the lessons were hard, but I’m grateful for them now. The Knight and the King show that our friends are creative and passionate, and probably very educated, well-traveled, and opinionated. They can be fiery. They can also be vain and judgmental. But they are also a source of powerful creativity and connection in our lives, and for better or worse, they help things MOVE. They help us activate the fire in our hearts and minds, and they challenge us in the best way to become our best possible selves. We may not like them (and of course we may love them very much), but we absolutely need them in order to thrive.

Our foes (the column on the right) are the trickiest kind of tricksters. They are represented by the 2 of Pentacles, the Page of Cups, and The Devil. Watch out. These people are sweet, beautiful, exciting, charming as hell (literally), and full of magic and captivating stories. They do the dance of life so skillfully that it’s impossible to not become captivated just watching them, and in so doing, maybe we forget to live our own lives. We feel smaller and smaller and less and less activated, which is a good clue that we are being manipulated in a bad way. We’re being not only tempted to lift them higher so we can lift ourselves higher, but our perception of the world around us becomes skewed, as if we were standing on the deck of one of those ships in the 2 of Pentacles: the horizon seems to never get any closer, but we’re moving up and down with these huge waves that make us feel like we’re moving (when instead of moving forward we’re just moving all kinds of up and down). We trust what is not real, and that’s a danger. The Page of Cups is a dreamy lad who speaks to the unseen. This in itself is not a problem. The problem occurs when he becomes so captivated by what he sees and hears that he stops, sits down, and never moves again. His job is not just to hear the little fish in the cup, but to carry that cup and the fish in it to its next stop. The Page is a messenger, and what good is a messenger who becomes so in love with the message that he loses track of the reality of the path he’s on and never delivers the actual message he was entrusted to carry? That’s when the Devil manifests. Sometimes in readings we de-horn The Devil and just call him “addiction” or “temptation.” But that’s doing a disservice to the power of this card. There is evil in the world–evil tends to like it here on Earth, so I’ve been told. We are great big tasty energy treats to it, and it will eat us up if we’re not careful. So it’s very important to learn to recognize evil when we feel or otherwise sense it, because evil can wear a beautiful face. This is not to say that every beautiful person out there is evil–not by any means. It’s just a reminder to look beneath the surface, and pay as much attention to deeds as to looks. Just like your Mama used to tell you to. 😉

Blessings…
K


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The Daily Deskhenge, Wednesday 10/16/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Weds 10/16/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Weds 10/16/13

Holy heckling heebie jeebies, Batman! This is a powerful reading today. We start at the situation, which is Death, or the end. So already we’re beginning at the end of things. What is ending in your life? What do you need to release? Is anything coming up for you over and over again, and you’re asking yourself, “Hey Self, why am I doing this?” Now may be the time to actually start paying attention to that voice. Something needs to go, and it’s maybe even trying to go. Are you hanging onto it and preventing it from dying the death it so richly deserves? Have the courage to look around in your life and really see what’s going on. And don’t be afraid to face it. In this culture, we’re deathly afraid of Death. We have no relationship with it except as some horrific thing that happens to other people in desperate, tragic, and occasionally disgusting ways. We don’t see it as a natural and normal part of this life we’re in, and that’s a mistake. We all die in psychological, emotional, spiritual, and ultimately physical ways, and we do not serve ourselves or others by refusing to face this obvious and important reality. So, take this opportunity to face it: what is dying for you right now? What has already died, and are you just hanging onto the corpse? Look. Open your eyes and really LOOK at it. What do you see?

In this reading I’ve pulled two additional cards to help out here: what you can change, and what you can’t. What you can change (The High Priestess) as you go through this transition is essentially yourself. You can initiate yourself into the mysteries, and develop tools and skills that you didn’t have before. You can go silent and learn to meditate (I’m talking to myself here 😉 ), and you can go in search of new teachers and new sources of wisdom and learning. What you can’t change (The Hierophant) is how you get past the bouncer at the door you have to go through to get to The High Priestess in the first place. You can’t just bum-rush The High Priestess, fling a handful of cash at Her, and expect Her to give you all Her wisdom. Ain’t gonna happen. You need to approach The Hierophant first. This means going through community, structure, organization, and ( … take a deep breath here … ) going by the rules. We Americans don’t much like going by the rules, especially if we aren’t the ones who have set those rules down. This however is one of those situations in which, “too bad, so sad” applies: if you want to take this opportunity to change what you can as you transition through this Death period, you HAVE to play by the rules of the house you’re in. Listen to your elders. Do what they say. Keep your mouth shut and do the exercises/homework/learnings, and remember why you’re going through it in the first place: the learning process is to find yourself reborn at the end of it. And in order to be reborn, you have to die, surrender to the rules and tradition of The Hierophant, and then walk the liminal spaces with The High Priestess to discover the self you wish to give birth to.


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The Daily Deskhenge, Friday 10/11/13

Happy Friday, everyone!

The Daily Deskhenge, Friday 10/11/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Friday 10/11/13

 

It rules that today is Friday and the first card is Freya. 🙂

Anyway, today’s Daily Deskhenge is brought to you in part by the desire to know what’s coming before it comes. I can’t help it. It’s something that’s driven me since I was a little girl: wanting to know what’s going to happen, when the meteor is going to hit, when the earthquake is going to come, when the storms will come back. Maybe it’s my love of fiction and story, or maybe I’m just trying to be prepared both mentally and physically. Either way, today’s reading includes a request to know what kind of surprises are in store, in addition to knowing what to leave behind both now and in the future. Freya, the Norse goddess of love, sexuality, and fertility, is here telling us to let go of previous ways of loving and understanding love. This is a big issue for me right now, this letting go of previous ways. I’m being reminded that for new things to enter, the old things must leave and make room. How can we let go? Is it by conjuring images of ourselves in previous situations that ended badly and then burning them in our mind’s fires? Do we shred them for Freya’s cats’ heavenly litter box of love remnants? Whatever it takes, let go of how you used to do things, how you used to think of yourself in relationships, and what you used to think your role was. Let it go. Let the cats have it all. As anyone who keeps cats will tell you, they usually end up with it anyway. But wait! There’s more! More letting go, that is. The Sphinx (also a cat), an ancient representative of holding one’s peace amidst the ravages of daily life, brings an element of solidity and the security of sameness to the reading which also must be let go. Shun it when it appears on your horizons. Don’t be afraid to see it for what it is, and reject it when it comes because you know what it brings. You know, and it will not serve you. Reject it, and don’t be afraid. And since something nice must follow something scary in my world, be comforted: something wonderful is coming, and it will catch you by surprise–you have to pass through the wild and terrifying world of letting go first, but the landing will be much softer and sweeter than your frightened mind can conceive of right now.

Bright blessings…
K


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The Daily Deskhenge Thursday 9/13/12

The Daily Deskhenge (featuring the Piatnik Lenormand deck):

The thing I’m noticing with these Lenormand (and related cartomancy) decks is how blunt they are. It’s kind of like talking to somebody who has no conversational filters. In my experience the Tarot speaks in waves, with metaphors and colors and varying shades of music and meaning. The cartomancy decks are more like getting a two-by-four to the head. There’s no mistaking the intention or meaning of a two-by-four to the head. Don’t get me wrong: the Tarot has often delivered me a less-than-musical whallop from the Cosmic Frying-Pan to the Head. But I’ve felt dreamier using the Tarot than I do with these cards. There’s room for movement and dance around the cards when I use the Tarot, but the experience is much less dancey and dreamy when I use these little brass-knuckles of love and wisdom here. For example, just look at the spread above (from left to right): there are diverging paths. Choices to be made, ways to go laid out and marked for those who follow you. There’s even a little signpost and a huge tree standing out in a field, so you can create directions later on that say, “Turn left at the big-tree crossroads.” Then as you’re walking along, tra la, all happy because you’ve got your good and unconfusing directions all laid out, BAM! There’s a snake in the path. He looks mean, too. And hungry. AVOID THE HUNGRY, MEAN SNAKE. More choices: how will you get past it? Will you feed it? Kill it? Try to jump over it? Your call (although good luck with that last one; I’ve tried jumping over snakes in dreams when they’re in my path, and it NEVER works). Once you get past the snake, you’re home free. Literally. There’s a nice, pretty little homecoming awaiting you, complete with roof-turret, circular driveway, green shutters, and a colonnaded portico.

So, what have we learned? Choose your path (and remember your landmarks), watch out for the nasty creepsy tricksy along the way, and you’ll get home just fine. Be careful in whom you place your trust–the snakes in our lives rarely have a sign around their necks that say, “I’m the snake. Just FYI.”


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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It’s been awhile, so let me just bash right back into it. 🙂

The Daily Deskhenge (with The Mary-El Tarot by Marie White):

Today’s layout is about brightness and shadow, without assigning “good” or “bad” meanings to either of them. The card on the left, the 10 of Wands, is the Shadow card. The 10 of Wands in shadow is out of control fire, or fire on the verge of becoming out of control. It is passion that has begun to feed on itself because it has nowhere else to go. The Creator has become The Destroyer, the force of nature consuming everything in its path. The card on the right, the 4 of Disks, is the Bright card. I read it in its bright aspect as a card of finding home, whatever that means to you. The star evident in the card is a symbol to me of great hope and peace, and the home itself in the card is situated as if it were a mountain retreat. Follow the light home. The winding paths are often the straightest way to achieving your goals.

Put them together and you have an admonition of awareness against letting your passions sit idle. Remember how your Grandma used to shake her finger at you and say, “Idle hands are the Devil’s playground”? Well, today she would be right (not about the Devil, though). Use your passion to guide you home. Let your inner fire light your way. Don’t be afraid when all the lights go out: your heart knows its way home. (And before you wonder why the heck I’m dragging Grandma into this, those stones in the middle of the layout are my Ancestor stones. So yeah, I get to call on Grandma. 😀 )

♥♥♥


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Daily Deskhenge:

This card feels *so* much like me today, it’s ridiculous. Does it feel like you too? Check it out: there’s a guy sitting in a comfy spot on a nice day, with all his body language suggesting that he’s in a place of rejection and boredom, and would rather stare petulantly at the three cups in front of him than notice the disembodied hand floating pretty much right outside his line of sight. I mean, come on! Who wouldn’t want to notice a disembodied hand??! Tarot Zombies, people!! Body parts floating in weather patterns! It’s so cool! But no, we’re focused on what’s right in front of our faces for whatever reason and we won’t look at these gifts coming in no matter how cool they seem to be. Surrounding the card on the cloth today is a circle of my favorite stones, all of which represent something to me: ancestors, angels, divine mystery, the eternal prettiness of sparkly things, etc. So all these wonderful things are surrounding the card in much the same way that the gift from the Divine (in the shape of the fourth cup) is in the air surrounding Our Hero On The Grassy Knoll up there. But he refuses to see.

So here’s today’s challenge, friends: What aren’t you seeing? What are you vaguely aware of but refusing to look at? As an example, I’ll go first. I have a horror of dating and engaging in intimacy, but I’m mostly kind of a lonely gal so I really need and want intimacy and closeness. But up until now, I’ve had this to-Death fright of connecting, of dating. But it’s been made clear to me that if I want that intimacy, and I *do*, I HAVE to start dating. It’s kind of making me nauseated just thinking and writing about it, but there it is. The intimacy and connection I’ve been seeking so desperately is in that fourth cup, hovering right there in front of me. I’ve just been letting my terror blind me to it and keep me from it, and keep my eyes on the three cups in front of me whose contents by now I know so well (and don’t want). My fear is pushing me into despair, thinking that I’ll never connect with anyone ever and I’ll die alone and unloved, when in fact the very solution I’ve been seeking for so long is not only within my grasp, it’s being friggin’ HANDED to me. All I have to do is take off the Fear-Goggles. Which is what I’m going to do, starting right now.