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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, 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, Friday 10/25/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Friday 10/25/13

 

Today’s Daily Deskhenge is a two-card breakout of a concept developed by the brilliant Anastasia Haysler of the Tarot Media Company (http://tarotmediacompany.com/) called the “Spear and Magic Helmet.” In this reading, I’ve split the two up so that the Spear represents your weapons, your armory, what you have to defend yourself and maybe go on the attack with, and the Magic Helmet represents your armor, your shielding, what will defend you from harm. So let’s have a look!

Your Spear card is the one on the right, the 10 of Pentacles surrounded above and below by earthy red stones. I picked three red stones out of my bag: red jasper (the two directly above and below the card) and Botswana agate (the third reddish stone on the top) to ground the energy of the Spear and to root it to the earthy energy of the Pentacles. Your “weaponry” as it were is the family, the community, your ancestors (and your DNA). What gifts come to you from your people way, way back? Maybe you’ve got brilliantly clear vision or common sense or a knack for listening to other people with patience. Maybe you’re funny as hell when you tell stories, or more determined (or stubborn!) than anybody else in your life, or maybe you have a way with plants and animals. All of these things are tools you can use to defend yourself if you need to, and all of them are right at your fingertips. Can you sing? Can you see cloud animals? Can you cook or think through a project quickly or boil water without making a mess? Can you change a tire or make a kid stop crying or take extensive notes on what’s happening around you in your daily journal? Yours is the one historians and archaeologists are going to shout “Eureka!” over when they uncover it a thousand years from now and use it to help them understand what twenty-first century life was like. You don’t need to be carrying the Spear of Longinus or Excalibur: use the weapons you have at your disposal, and look particularly at what your ancestors were good at for ideas.

Your Magic Helmet is the card on the left, The Sun surrounded above and below by black stones of protection and shielding. The stones are black tourmaline (at the bottom), tektite (just below the card), and I think either black agate or black jasper–I love the feeling I get when I imagine them being warmed and empowered by The Sun. There isn’t a more powerful energy source in our daily reality for most of us than The Sun. Think for a moment where we’d be without it–we wouldn’t be here, in this solar system, we’d be somewhere else where there was a sun that provided heat and energy enough for us and everything around us to live and thrive. You are protected by the most powerful energy source there is (in this teensy corner of the physical realm, that is), so let yourself feel the heat and warmth of The Sun. Let it charge up your force fields, and let the power of it infuse your inward and outward breaths. Let it be the great device on your shield, and let your enemies run away blinded from you as you march toward them in glory–ok, I’m going off the rails with my overly poetic language right now 😉 but you get the point: you don’t need to be afraid.

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, 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