Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Extend insight with a new reading

Last week I helped you create a reading for an immediate answer to a life question.  This post continues that reading using the other side of the card. If you are visiting the Oracle for the first time, enjoy doing the reading described in the post of May 20 before continuing.

 Here is the question side of your card.  Its orientation has come up the way it needs to. Before you work with this new image, think again about your situation and the insights you have already received.  Did another question occur to you at the completion of your first reading? Perhaps you wanted to know how to solve the problem, or shift your perspective, or maybe what action to take next?  Ask this second question now.

 Now read the card question—and look deeply into the card image.  This image shows you how to understand this question. Describe what you see in the card image using simple language.  Describe images, colors, shapes, and also what you feel and associate with them.  See the answer to your question in this description, and apply this to your situation.  

 Remember that one or more of the following themes are a major influence in this situation: hope, light, perspective, time.  How does the answer to your question deepen when you put your situation into the container made by these themes?  And what does the container itself look like in the story of your life right now?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Create a journey card reading now

Think of a situation that is confounding you; whose possible paths of choice and action are tangled and difficult to see. Perhaps it is occurring to you as you read this. Here is the card you have drawn for your journey to the Oracle about this situation. The card’s orientation has come up the way it needs to. See first the card phrase—then look deeply into the card image. This image shows you how to understand this phrase. Describe what you see in the card image using simple language. Describe images, colors, shapes, and also what you feel and associate with them. Now see your situation in this description, and apply the phrase to the story you are telling yourself about your situation. How is this image, and phrase, an answer to your question?

Deepen your understanding of your revelation by noticing the color of the card’s rim. This shows the card is part of the Wiccan wheel of the year suit in the Journey Oracle divination deck, so one or more of the following themes are a major influence in your situation: hope, light, perspective, time. This card represents the seasonal energy of Samhain, or Hallowe'en, on October 31. What feelings or associations do you have with this time of the year? How do these additional layers extend the meaning of the insight you have received about your situation?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Find life purpose

Recently a friend said decisions were flowing well for her; a new career possibility was in view, and lots of good energy was surrounding it. I wondered if these subtle energy cues are the way we find life purpose. I asked the Oracle about how to best find life purpose and this card of the Moon from the Journey Oracle deck came forward. This is one of the divination cards for self-knowledge in the Journey suit, named for our life's journey to access our own deep wisdom.

I see plant forms flowing upward from purple depths towards soft yellow. I am aware that these two hues are color opposites: the two primaries of red and blue that mix to make purple do not use the third primary of yellow. Therefore when our eye sees one of the set, it yearns for the color not used. Our eye wants this color complement to be present; it wants what is whole to be visible. We yearn for our life purpose to be visible, in order to feel whole.

Intense blue flowers grow from twiggy stems, or perhaps these are already gone from the life force; their papery edges seem without vitality. The upward rushing color is hatched on either side with ragged black, as if a web has given way in the force of this movement.

Finding life purpose is a balancing of opposites. Even though the Journey Oracle art images are complex and many-layered, it seems that the insights from reading oracle cards are often quick and simple. When I look carefully at the card image, and read again what I have chosen to describe, these questions come into the hollow space made by my seeking. Am I making space for what is whole? Is there something in my present life purpose,that once had vitality, now feeling lifeless? Has a new energy force broken through, reaching now for a new light?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Journey in Strange Territory #2

This continues the story of the second blue marble and of my journey into the strange territory of the Mayan calendar. It took me four months to go receive what I knew to be a second Sastun. Fear of future grief mixing with present elation created a swirl of shifting feelings. “What color? What size? What do I do? What do I know?” When finally I held the gossamer pouch within which the Sastun nested in copal, I saw with amazement that although it was countries and years away from the first one, this marble was the same size and color, with little twinkles of turquoise light moving on its surface.

During the time of the first blue marble, I began receiving songs in sounds that had no apparent connection to human language, yet had their own internal logic and order. This receiving happened very slowly, and I treated their remembering more like a game than a lesson. A psychic mentioned a most important object I had; something with a blue cover. This was the little notebook where I wrote down this vocabulary, and so I gave this study priority.

I struggled to accept the Sastun teaching me, and to stop believing I was in charge. I spent six years of thinking I had been shown a clue, following its scent with hopeful action, only to find the surface of the marble growing dim and vacant before my efforts. Something liquid, a candle nearby, songs of greeting, the strange language, different systems for ‘reading’ the lights: all shifted and transformed, became deleted and reconnected. A few clients would indicate an interest in a session, and I would enthusiastically gallop in my most current direction, believing their request was confirmation of right action, only to discover patterns of light that didn’t fit my system, and messages I couldn’t translate.

The juxtaposition of a children’s book and writings about time in Mayan reality created a breakthrough. In The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, Lyra understood images on the compass rim by seeing a three dimensional ladder of possibilities from which she was able to intuitively select the correct meanings. At the same time I was studying the Mayan deities of the days, months, years, and other time measurements, because of this Sastun’s origin in Guatemala. I came to understand that every moment is a manifestation of forces, however favorable or adverse, that are always divine. Are the lights the arrivals and departures of divine forces within the many kinds of time that govern all existence? Is the Sastun a three-dimensional world of Time? Is recognizing the gods of day and night in a situation a way of describing the forces moving within that situation?

Another doorway opened when I discovered a Mayan poem in Shaking the Pumpkin, edited by Jerome Rothenberg, in which a man describes going to a wizard who reads a Saastun before giving advice. Now I understand that the liquid is liquor given with the candle as payment; the strange language is my gift of effort to the gods who move in five kinds of time, and that the lights are, at least, the faces and locations of these gods, and certainly much more. As I continue to investigate I am beginning to ask, “Why is this coming to me?” Probably not to satisfy my ego that likes to imagine lines of clients holding pints of whisky and candles. Maybe so I can share that the simplest of things—a blue marble—is awake. And perhaps it is we who are not.