The Daily Deskhenge

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The Daily Deskhenge, Thursday 11/6/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Thursday 11/6/13

Hello, friends! Today’s Daily Deskhenge is a simple one about what’s hidden. What are we not seeing that can help us if we did see it, and what are we not seeing that can hurt us if we don’t see it? This is a great spread for just checking out the energy flow around you. So let’s see what we have for today. The card on the left, the Knight of Cups, is what we’re not seeing that can help us. We have a champion out there, someone passionate and kind who is carrying our good fortune forward. We’re not seeing him or her because perhaps we’re looking elsewhere, or we’re distracted by the tasks and mindlessness of the day. This card is inviting us to stop and look around — literally. I mean, check out the card: the guy is sitting on a slow-moving horse, so he’s got loads of time to look around at his environment as he passes through it. He’s keeping focus on the cup because that’s his passion and his quest. The horse has its eyes on the ground, watching where it’s going, measuring the path. This is someone trustworthy and empathetic (and maybe empathic), a deep feeler who believes in you. Look around and see if you can find him/her. The stone beneath that card is Aventurine, a beautiful and passionate stone embodying creativity and leadership.

The card on the right, the 6 of Wands, is what we’re not seeing that can hurt us. Are you engaging in arrogant behavior? Can your behavior be perceived as arrogant, even if you don’t think it is? That’s something to be aware of, and to watch out for. It’s also important to keep an eye out for a successful person who is not your friend. There’s something sketchy going on — seriously, look at the face the horse is giving the guy. It’s like the horse is saying, “Really? You’re going there? Really?” The 6 here indicates a victory, but not the end. The battle may have been won by this other person or persons, but the war’s not over. Use your head. Pay attention to your own judgment, keep your own counsel, and keep quiet. The victories of these other folks might be more short-lived than they think, and you’d rather be toward the back end of that parade than up front when it all goes wrong. The stone I use here is a simple quartz crystal egg, something that will amplify and clarify both the feelings around this card and the indications of what to do about them.

Blessings…
K


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The Daily Deskhenge, Wednesday 11/6/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Wednesday 11/6/13

Good morning! Today’s Daily Deskhenge feels a little complicated, so I laid out my Ancestor stone to give it some grounding. It’s the brown triangle-ish piece in the center; it’s just a rock, but it comes from the Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa, a place paleoanthropologists call the cradle of humankind because it’s where the oldest human remains have been found, so I call it my “Ancestor stone.” I also used clear quartz, fluorite, citrine, and labradorite to add brightness and depth. And also pretty–they totally add the pretty, don’t you think? 🙂

The cards are what bring the complication. The 6 of Cups (on the left) is the card for the day, and the Ace of Wands (on the right) is what to do about it, or what to look for. Depending on which deck/system you’re using, the 6 of Cups can either represent nostalgia or sorrow (or other related realities depending on what comes up for you as you read). While I don’t usually think that nostalgia and sorrow are bedfellows, I can see how there is a link between them. Looking back at the past can rob you of the future, as many a well-meaning Facebook post has no doubt assured you. There’s truth to the platitude, though: holding onto grief is a dark and dangerous business, and if you’re creative, sensitive, or at all artistic, it can be deadly. Jane Austen once wrote, “Too much poetry may be … unsafe” and she’s right. Depression and despair that way lie. Purification is a natural part of the healing process of grieving, and if you don’t let yourself grieve fully, you never go through the process of having what is dead and useless to you burned away. Imagine what a Phoenix would look like if it just sat huddled at the bottom of a wet bonfire, not burning away the old, not letting go of what’s dead to burst out into new life. It would just be a pathetic, shivering lump of proto-glory, and we would pity it and look away. That’s not what it’s meant for, and it’s not what we’re meant for. The Ace of Wands is the beginning of a new venture, a new adventure, a new path to destiny. Look at the hand reaching out to the sun. See and believe that the sun comes up again, and that giving in to despair is not only not the way, it’s the absolute wrong way. Reach out for what drives you. Embrace the sun, and let what’s dead fall away. Who knows what’s next?

Blessings…
K


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The Daily Deskhenge, Monday 11/4/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Monday 11/4/13

 

Happy Monday, my dears! Since I’m in a bit of an inner turmoil myself this morning, I thought I would create today’s Daily Deskhenge around the topic of serenity (insert Nathan Fillion joke here). 😉 The question that I asked specifically is, What is the current state of serenity in my life, what do I need to draw in to myself to increase serenity, and what do I need to let go of to increase serenity?  The card in the center, the 4 of Cups, represents my current state of serenity–read: NOT MUCH. I’m disillusioned, unhappy, and not seeing what is being given to me. So what can I do to clarify my vision more? That’s represented by the 9 of Cups, a card of fulfillment and emotional contentment. Be happy with what I have, the cards say. Find joy in what’s actually there, and be in command of the forces I have, not the reinforcements that haven’t arrived yet. And what do I need to let go of to increase my peace? That’s represented by the Queen of Swords, that First Lady of thought who in this case is bringing too much emotional pain to her thought process. You know how you can get yourself all worked up over what turns out to be either nothing or something close to nothing? That’s what’s in danger of happening here, or what’s already happening here. Lighten up. Let go of the emotion. Feel it first–don’t shove it away or try to kill it with carbohydrates, because we all know how well THAT works. NOT. Instead, feel those feelings, let yourself have them in whatever safe way you can, and then let them go.

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, Thursday 10/31/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Thursday 10/31/13

 

Happy Halloween, friends! Or for those of you who celebrate it, a very blessed and holy Samhain to you. May your ancestors be blessed, and may they light the way forward for you and all your family.

Today’s card is very apropos for this time of year: The Hermit is about going within, seeking the answers to your questions from within ourselves. I also read it to be about ancestors and the wheel of time passing, and as a reminder that if we are not old now, we will be before too long. It’s a reminder that we carry within us all we need, if we can just let some combination of faith and wisdom be our guide. And now, I’ve literally just found out that the mother of a friend of mine passed away into the next life early this morning, following in the footsteps of her ancestors before dawn and walking the path that we only walk once. So I’m going to cut this post short, and go pray for her and the family that she has left behind. May we all be blessed and held in eternal love, and may you all find what you are seeking. Be patient with yourselves, and remember that wisdom only comes through a lifetime of experience.

With all love, even in grief,
K…


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The Daily Deskhenge, Wednesday 10/30/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Wednesday 10/30/13

Good morning, friends! Today’s Daily Deskhenge is all about progression. I just felt like seeing what the flow was like today, and this is it (and note the tiny Lenormand card on the far right: it’s the Ship card, which indicates movement — from far away to near, or from near to far — so I think checking out how things in general are flowing is pretty much in alignment).

The beginning of our progression on the far left is the 9 of Pentacles (crowned with a quartz crystal egg symbolizing the richness of potential), which is a card that always seems to me to be about discernment and wise selectivity. We are beginning from a place of readiness and potential, which is auspicious for our journey. We have everything we need, including the wisdom and good sense to get us where we are in the first place. We head into The Hierophant (crowned by a beautiful piece of aventurine to stimulate the heart chakra) , which is where we will cross the bridge from where we are now into where we are going. The Hierophant/Pope/Grand Poobah is not only symbolic of the outer spiritual community but also the divine bridge between the gods and us. S/He is the conductor of the mysteries, the Speaker of the gods for those who can hear. At the other end of the Hierophant’s bridge is The Devil, which makes more sense than I can possibly convey (and slapping a piece of smoky quartz, the protector stone, over his head was no accident 😉 ). For a human to hear the voice of the gods, his/her heart has to be purer than pure. But there isn’t a story that’s come down to us from the ages, no matter what culture we grew up in, that doesn’t speak somehow of a human being being on the divine journey and somehow screwing it up. We’re human. That’s what we do. We learn from The Devil, and we need Him. He is our greatest teacher. So when something happens on our journey that is either troubling or that gets us into trouble, that’s difficult or challenging or somehow bringing us face to face with every single one of our addictions and demons, thank them. Whatever they’re here to teach us, we need to learn. And it won’t last long anyway. That’s the good thing about journeys: we’re always moving (hopefully). Moving on from our lessons cycle we meet others on the path who are working with us (the 3 of Pentacles with a bright, sunny bit of citrine overhead to light the way). Work together. Let yourself be aided, and help others too. That’s how we all move forward. As we do, and as we get stronger from our interactions, we’ll find we are receiving all the blessings we wanted as our foundations grow strong and solid beneath us–both for you, and for the entire kingdom. We’ve come back home with wealth and wisdom to share, and everyone will prosper from our good fortune.

Oh, and I drew the Lenormand card to be a helper for us as we go. The Ship indicates journeys, foreign and far away ports of call, and mysteries yet explored. Above his head is a snake carved of tiger eye. A powerful stone of protection, tiger eye guards us on our journey, and the snake carries with it the wisdom and power of the earth as we travel upon the sea.

Blessings …
K


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The Daily Deskhenge, Tuesday 10/29/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Tuesday 10/29/13

 

Hello, darlings! Your Oracle is *very* late today <insert regrets here>, so the Deskhenge will be very brief. I asked the question as to who the best helper for today is, and the card I got is the Woman of Wands from James Wanless’s Voyager Tarot. She is the Sensor, the live wire who brings in data across the Universe from the very Source of all things. Listen to Her, and let her teach and guide you. We are getting up to the time of the year when the veil between the planes is thinnest, and that’s the time when the Woman-Sensor is strongest. She is an artist who is creating a map for the way forward for all of us–She hears what was, directs what is, and creates what will be. Bless the part of you that is Her, and let Her guide your steps today.

Blessings…
K