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The Daily Deskhenge: Applied Kindness

The Daily Deskhenge, Monday 11/18/13

Good afternoon, my dears! I hope everything is great for you, and that you are all as bright and blessed as I hope you are. Today’s Daily Deskhenge is about engendering kindness. I’ve been a bit of a snarly mess lately, so perhaps it’s time to start actively creating kindness as much as possible to make things around myself more serene and loving not only for me, but for those who have to deal with me. Sometimes that’s the best thing to do when you’re feeling in the dark: create light from within yourself instead of waiting for someone else to come by and flip on the light switch. So let’s give that a try together and see what comes up.

The card on the left shows us what to do to find and hold kindness for ourselves. It’s the 5 of Coins/Pentacles. This card is often read as indicative of poverty consciousness, or that awareness we have that tells us we have less, or are less, than other people. It’s that warning against looking at things from the “I need…” point of view instead of looking at them from the “I’m grateful for ….” point of view. Our thoughts create our reality, so be very careful what you think about yourself today. For example, I’m often prone to thinking nasty thoughts about myself when I look in the mirror. I’m a large gal and I tend to get bitterly creative in my self-bashing invective (the 5 of Coins/Pentacles rears its ugly head), but instead of doing that, I’m going to express gratitude for all the beauty passed down to me from my ancestors that other people don’t have. My family may not have the best skin ever, but we do have beautiful eyes, strong bones, and piles and piles of pretty nice hair. Focus on the good. Focus on that which is a blessing for you, that came from your people. You have great beauty and goodness for which to be grateful, my friends, that you share with your blood relations both past and present. If I can see it, so can you. The man in the card is showing us a window in his heart. Go within and see the beauty that’s truly there, not the vision from without that you think is real.

The card on the right, The Hierophant, shows us where to generate and show kindness toward others today. The Hierophant is the Conductor of the Mysteries, the guardian of the High Priestess, the one without whom we cannot access tradition and community wisdom. The Hierophant is community spirituality, the religions of the world in both their good and bad aspects. Be kind to others in the same way that the Nazarene was kind even to those who were killing him. Hold in love and compassion those who don’t understand you, who hate you, who want your death or destruction. You don’t have to engage with those people (please don’t, actually), but hold them in loving compassion today. Have pity on them, and be kind to them in your thoughts. Don’t take it personally when you’re cut off on the freeway (I’m so talking to myself right now on this one). Don’t take snappishness, rudeness, bad behavior, or anything else unpleasant personally. You don’t know everything that other people are going through. You don’t know why that person is racing down the freeway: maybe that young man is late for a meeting that could save his job, or maybe that Mom is trying to get to her child’s school because the child is sick. Maybe that person is just a total 100% entitled douchebag tool who needs your prayers to find him or herself in a greater place of loving serenity. People in our society are sick, even the healthy ones. The society itself is sick, so naturally everybody in the society is going to be sick. Hating them for being sick isn’t going to help anybody. Being angry at them for being idiots or douchebags or racist jerks or whatever isn’t going to help anybody, but it will hurt you. That’s a guarantee you can take to the bank. But what are you supposed to do with all this upsetness? There isn’t an anti-angry-at-idiots pill you can take to get rid of the hurt, so you’ve got to get rid of it somehow. The Hierophant says, “Bring it to me.” Talk to somebody. That’s the worst part about our sick society: we think that talking to someone about our pain and anger makes us weak. It doesn’t. It liberates us, and it may liberate others. Find someone to talk to, a community leader or spiritual presence in your life who will just listen. Hell, you can just go into any church that leaves its doors open and sit down and talk to Spirit for awhile, if you can’t find anyone to talk to face-to-face. Unburden yourself of your feelings so that treating others with kindness will be easier. We’re heading into the season when shopping, spending, buying, and “feeling the spirit” have become some sort of competitive blood sport, and kindness is pretty much left sprawling in the dust. Be the bigger person when you find yourself in these situations. Slow down. Breathe. Give yourself the gift of time and loving compassion, and then pass that gift on to others.

Blessings…
K

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The Daily Deskhenge, Tuesday 11/12/13

The Daily Deskhenge, Tuesday 11/12/13

Good morning, friends! Today’s Daily Deskhenge is a simple one: I just focused on today, and then the words “Yes” and “No,” meaning what should we be looking for in the affirmative today, and what should we be avoiding (or what will manifest itself in the negative today). The Knight of Pentacles on the left is the “Yes” card. Isn’t that always the way? The fun-looking PAR-TAY card on the right, the 3 of Cups, is the “No” card. Boo! 🙂 But let’s look closer at what we have.

The Knight of Pentacles is reviewing his work. He’s put a lot of effort and energy into what he’s done, and he’s seeing what needs to be done going forward. Weighing his options. Checking his to-do list. Of all the Knights in the Tarot, his is the only horse who is not moving. The engine and source of movement in the card, the horse waits patiently for direction about the work to be done. Now is the time for clear, vigorous thought about what steps to take next. And you can’t do that well if you’re drunk or hung-over, which leads us to the “No” card.

The 3 of Cups can be seen as a card of relaxation, connection, and enjoyment–after all, what do you think is *in* those cups up there? In vino veritas, right? But considering the meaning of the card within the context of the layout of “Yes” and “No,” it makes sense if we see that we’re being advised to avoid celebration at the moment. It’s not the right time to let go of the work ethic we’ve worked so hard to cultivate so far, nor the right time to engage in group projects that distract us from our purpose. Stay true to what you’re doing–we’ve all seen the movie where a student/hero is faced with either studying for the upcoming exam or blowing studying off to go party, right? And the subsequent plot of the movie is driven by the consequences of the actions of that student/hero. Well, the same is true for us: stick to your goals and avoid the party demons for now. There will be plenty of time to celebrate later.

Blessings…
K


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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, 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, 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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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.