The Daily Deskhenge

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The Daily Deskhenge, Monday 10/21/13

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The Daily Deskhenge, Monday 10/21/13

 

Happy Monday, my dears! Ok, I know it’s been tough for a lot of you these days, and “Happy Monday” is probably the last thing you want to hear. But a friend posted a quote from Hemingway on her Facebook newsfeed that speaks about enjoying the Now because it’s all we have, and if someone as far removed from the Dalai Lama as Papa Hemingway can find peace in the now, then I can too. So I’m sending you love and peace and a gentle admonition to breathe in and out in the now, and to relax into whatever your reality is at the moment. Hopefully this little reading will help.

On the left above we have a card about something to leave in the past. In this case, it’s The Hierophant: unhelpful and stagnant community, expectations of family and friends, rules, and ways of doing things that no longer serve you. It’s time to move on. Sometimes structures die from our lives by being blasted apart by The Tower or some other equally dramatic event. Other times reminders come up more gently, and that’s what’s happening here. Look around you at the communities and structures with which you’ve surrounded yourselves, the families you’ve created, the organizations you’re in. Are they not serving you? Are they not helping you along on your path? Maybe they’re providing “safe haven” when what you really need is “high seas.” Don’t be afraid to break out.

On the right above we have a card about what to let go of in the future. It’s the 4 of Cups, a card I tend to read as the card of divine disillusionment. Boredom, ennui, and a sort of sad and grumpy acceptance of the current state of emotional things as they are. You’re looking at what’s in front of you and aren’t very happy with it, but you’re not expecting more so you don’t see the Divine hand bringing in something new and literally waving it in front of your face. You’re being asked to release that pattern of behavior and belief in the future–let go of those limited expectations and beliefs about what is “supposed to be,” and let the Divine bring you something great.

Blessings …
K

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The Daily Deskhenge, Tuesday 10/15/13

The Daily Deskhenge 10/15/13

The Daily Deskhenge 10/15/13

 

Good morning and happy Tuesday! Today’s Daily Deskhenge is brought to you by the Japanese and Ainu peoples (the Ainu are indigenous people in Japan). As you can see, the card on the left indicates what is influencing us in a positive way today, and the card on the right indicates negative influences. I’m also just noticing now that I when I put the crystals and stones into the layout, I pointed the crystal quartz at the top toward the Positive Influences without realizing I was doing it, so try to focus today on the positive elements of any situation.

Haya-Akitsu-Hime is the Shinto goddess of the sea. In this deck She serves as the Witch/Queen of the suit of Water, and her message is that everything flows to the sea. No matter how tied up we get in what we’re doing or what the significance is of our daily actions, everything eventually makes its way into the loving heart of the ocean. If something is troubling you, ask yourself if it will matter in a hundred years. Will anyone care? Maybe the answer is yes–if your actions affect your descendants or the environment, then yes, in a hundred years someone will care very much what action you take now, and you should take that action accordingly, with those generations in mind. But more often than not what troubles us are small things that make no difference to anyone tomorrow, let alone a hundred years from now. Let the Great Mother have it. Turn it over to Her and let it all flow away from you. And in terms of more direct influences, be watchful of the healing, cleansing nature of water in your life as both a metaphor for washing away what’s negative and draining and as a symbol of nourishment and the best potential for self-nurturing.

Kamui Fuchi is the Ainu goddess of the Hearth. She gathers gods, ancestors, ghosts, and the living around Her–we go to the hearth for nourishment, comfort, heat, rest, and the protection of our tribes. But sometimes this is exactly the opposite of what we need. Sometimes clinging too closely to the safety of what’s familiar and comfortable keeps us from reaching out for new opportunities. We stay in the nest, the womb, the comfort zone because it’s comfortable–a teacher and good friend of mine says that humans are “comfort-seeking missiles” and she’s right. And in this case it will get in your way. Don’t be afraid to get uncomfortable. You’ve got the Water Mother (above) watching your back. Another thing to keep in mind here is the legacy of negative self-talk that often comes down to us from the generations before us. In my own family there is a history of women running themselves down about being in the spotlight, about speaking up and being noticed. That’s a family story that I ignore every day when making this blog, and when doing readings in public. We also deal on a national level with the left-over stories from the Depression and the 20th-century wars that shape how we purchase, how we raise our children, and even how we look at buying a home. What do your family stories tell you? What are you telling yourself that may not be rooted in reality but instead may come from something that was faced by an ancestor three generations past that no longer is true for you? Pay attention to what moves you.

Blessings…
K


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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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Welcome back! The Daily Deskhenge, Thursday 10/10/13

Welcome back to the Daily Deskhenge! Your Oracle has been haunted by all things divination lately, and so she decided that it’s time to start putting together the stones and bones to see what they have to say again.

 

The Daily Deskhenge, Thursday 10/10/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Thursday 10/10/13

The decks I’m using are Ellen Lorenzi-Prince’s Dark Goddess Tarot and Tierney Sadler’s Deck of 1000 Spreads. The stones are, from the top, labradorite, citrine, quartz, amethyst, and fluorite. I picked these stones because they’re shiny and sparkly and make me happy, and they seem to bring a brightness to the reading that the cards belie severely. As you can see from Tierney’s layout cards, I’ve made a two-card spread to show what the card is for today on the left and what is floating around underneath it all trying to get up in your business today on the right. You’ll see that the card for the day is Dhumavati, the Hindu Widow Goddess of shadow and ashes. She represents what is ugly and unattractive (physically), and is often shown riding on a crow or a horseless carriage. When she appears in a reading, the meaning is two-fold at least: on the one hand, she represents what is stagnant and seriously going NOWHERE in society or life in general. I mean, imagine you’re in a horeseless carriage. Have fun sitting there doing nothing. She’s usually considered unlucky and inauspicious.  However, as is usually the case with such things, there is another side: sanctity and depth and great tenderness. The stories say that she is tremendously tender-hearted with her devotees and will usually grant all their wishes. They also say that she grants super-powers (I DARE you to try to convince me you haven’t asked for a superpower at least once in your life 😉 ), and is the one at the end of the Universe who sits in the chaos and destruction of all things. So how is this a card for today? Lorenzi-Prince in the Dark Goddess book says that the appearance of this card indicates that what appears unlucky becomes sacred. I love this idea. How can what seems most hopeless and broken and ugly be in fact something sacred from which we can learn?

The unconscious desires that float beneath the ashes of the widow indicate a desire to find a teacher or general guidance in navigating strange and/or difficult waters. We are looking for the inner hero in ourselves, and we need a teacher to help us get there  (and Scáthach is the Scottish battle goddess who taught and trained the mythical Irish hero Cú Chulainn in the arts of war and battle). It’s important to recognize this as a hidden motivation because if you are at all like me, your expectations of people tend to be rather high in the first place, so acknowledging that you are hunting for someone to teach and train you is helpful when dealing with people who are not and can never be those teachers. Lighten up on those ones, and don’t expect things of them that they can’t deliver. Save your high expectations for the true master, and let everyone else be as they are.