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The Daily Deskhenge: Be Still And Wait

The Daily Deskhenge, Thurs 11/21/13

Good morning, friends! Bright blessings to you, wherever you are. Today’s Daily Deskhenge just called out to be a simple one card presentation, which makes sense given the card drawn. The Hanged Man is potentially one of the most difficult cards for our modern society to receive because it is the antithesis of what society uses to thrive. Modern American society is all about hustle, information, drawing in and consuming, being the first in line or the first to score the next big thing. We receive and consume without perceiving. We don’t understand because we don’t take long enough to reflect, to allow, to release the old and the completed. The Hanged Man calls on us today to stop. Stop your trains of thought, stop your consumption. Stop spending, chasing, racing around. Release what others are doing and just let that be. We are called to stand where we are and wait. Now, raise your hand if you suck at waiting. (I’m totally raising my hand over here.) I have to hold myself in compassion around this because I am such an instant-gratification monster. I used to have over 25 international news outlets sending me Tweets about everything happening everywhere when it happened because I’m a news junkie, until I had a total meltdown. I had crying fits that I couldn’t explain until I realized that I was taking in global grief and anger and despair just because of my need to be first to know anything. Well, that’s just crazy, and I realized it after maybe a year. (I’m slow.) Now I still have a Twitter feed, but I restrict myself to receiving information about my favorite local sports teams and information from friends–by which I mean people I actually know and hang out with and pictures of whose food and art I actually *want* to see. I released my need to be the first to know anything and everything, and just let myself sit in the peace that came afterwards.

The Hanged Man presents us with an uncomfortable truth: we aren’t really in control of much of anything at all. Facing that truth is what we’re called to do when he appears in any reading, so let’s face it together. We’re here, we can’t control much, but we can control ourselves. Let’s do that.

Blessings…
K

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The Daily Deskhenge, Energy Ebb and Flow

The Daily Deskhenge, Wednesday 11/20/13

Good morning, people! Hope you’re all doing well. I’m feeling like I’m running on empty energy-wise, so I thought I would do a spread about what brings us energy and what takes our energy away. And this … well, yeah. It’s one of those readings where the cards are so obvious, they’re doing their “Cosmic Frying Pan Upside The Head” thing. I feel like I’m Wile E. Coyote and I just got KAPOW’ed. My ears are still ringing.

The card on the left, the King of Disks/Pentacles, is what brings us energy. Ok, just look at him. He’s a Pan figure fully embodying the masculine generative principle (you *know* what I’m talking about), and he’s equally fully engaged in what he’s doing. Whether it’s ruling a kingdom (the King of Pentacles is often seen as a hopefully benevolent dictator, a supreme commander and ruler who has his people and his kingdom’s best interests at heart) or just eating that apple in the card there, the King is focused on what he’s doing. In terms of bringing us energy, the card seems pretty obviously indicating that it’s time for some sexytime, if you know what I mean. We draw energy from the sex act, from the pleasure and the intense focus we engage in while doing it. We recharge our batteries by this connection, whether we’re connecting with another (or a group of others) or  the Divine within. Or both. Whatever works. Go get lucky. And if you’re single or otherwise unpartnered, take matters into your own hands. Yeah, I went there. 😉

The card on the right, The Hierophant, is what’s sucking our energy away. Look at the image. The Hierophant figure is suckling two near-skeletal figures at her swollen and distended breasts. It’s a harrowing image in the best lights, but in this reading today the light is profoundly negative. Other people are sucking away our life force, and we’re letting them do it. Find those relationships in your life that are draining you and cut them off. Maybe not permanently, especially if they are core relationships, but at least for now. Something in our communities is unhealthy and overly demanding, and we need to turn away from it. So take a look around and see what there is in your life that is taking without giving. Find the leaks, the leeches, the vampires, and cut them off. Maybe just for today, but do it, for your own peace and well being.

Blessings…
K


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The Daily Deskhenge: Seen and Unseen

The Daily Deskhenge, Tuesday 11/19/13

Good morning, friends! Today’s Daily Deskhenge is pretty simple, at least compared to the last few. Today’s spread is just looking at what is seen (the card on the left) and what is unseen (the card on the right). These things can be both helpful and hurtful; it all depends on how we interact with these energies when we bump into them. Oh, and the deck I’m using is Mary White’s stunning “Mary-El Tarot.” If you Google “zomg,” you’ll find it. (I hyperbolize, but you get what I’m saying. 😉 )

The card on the left, the 5 of Wands, is what is Seen around us. That’s some mighty powerful energy there represented by the flaming lion, and you can see that it’s charging ahead without really looking where it’s going. It lights the darkness around it, so it can be seen as a useful good. But there’s no clarity here, no focus, and very little direction except charging ahead. We have the light we need to see by, but it would be smart (or at least smartER) of us to slow down, watch where we’re going, pay attention to what we’re doing (NO TEXTING/TWEETING/FACEBOOKING/IM’MING WHILE DRIVING, PEOPLE, and if you’re walking, for the love of all that’s holy, put the phone away when you enter a crosswalk). Actually see where you are and what you’re doing. That’s the warning and advice for today. SEE.

The card on the right, the 8 of Swords, is what is Unseen around us. The unseen is one of the meanings of this card, so it’s doubly important and the energy is doubly resonant. There are things you are not seeing, forces at work of which you are not aware, and paths and choices you can take that you are not aware of at the moment. It’s not a bad time to stop and take a breath before moving forward. That doesn’t mean STOP period. It just means stop, think, and THEN move. The gate may look closed in the image, but it’s not locked. You can open it if you try, and it will admit you if you want to enter. There’s also an element of trust to this card. You have to have faith in yourself to deal with the unseen. Believe your feelings and senses, and trust in your thoughts and impressions. Trust what you cannot see. Leap, and the net will appear.

Blessings…
K


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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, 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