Bells – link

Well, this definately turned out to be a “cros-over post”

Since EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS CONNECTED  I leave it to you, my readers, to decide, if this one  and the 2 preceeding posts should be on this blog – or with the other A”HA card meditations in “The Voice within the Cards”

http://voicewithinthecards.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/bells/

Oh, and I will just put the link to a very short video about the use of a bell and a dorje:

Bell_Dorje_Ritual

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wXNj17DTWQ

Splitting the blog! :)

Most of my Shamanic Drum readers are interested in my life and work as a shaman and over the last few months I have received “mutterings”, that they are not subscribing, in order, to not get all my Tarot related posts.

Lately this has kept me from posting about my workings with my “Deck of the Month threads on Aeclectic Tarot” and my working with certain other decks. :(

On the other side of the spectrum, I have a quite a few readers and Tarot clients that are only interested in my writings about the cards, Tarot, Oracle and also other divination systems but they do not much care for me describing in detail, how I “wave around this or that Owl feather to get rid of…. “

You get the drift. …. 

This now has prompted me to separate the 2 areas of  interest into 2 blogs.

Welcome to

The Voice Within the Cards :)

http://voicewithinthecards.wordpress.com/

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For right now I started writing down the stories and allegories pertaining to the Soprafino Tarot, which I consider our family heritage deck, since it was the one, my maternal Gran read with from the mid 1890ties onward….

Eventually the Voice Within the Cards  will also have archives for the Greenwood cards and texts and all the other things Tarot, that interest me.

I would love it, if some of you sign up to follow  or at least bookmark my newest baby!

Thank you all!

And with these words it is official:  🙂

This blog is mainly about my life and daily work as a shaman, healer and teacher and about how that translates into living in Central Canada in 2013 and beyond.

Everyone in one Box

That is exactly how it felt, when I opened the “Wild Unknown” and flipped through the first few cards of this, my newest Tarot deck. My whole family in in there! My Spiritual family that is.

OK: First up, the Fool, the Chick – obviously me!

Chicken!” It pieped 😉

Well, at least this deck solved the everlasting conundrum of who was first – the Chicken or the Egg!

Mayors

The very next image confronted me head on with Ee’ren Omsür. The proverbial shaman trickster Spirit of my Ancestor Clans. I have written about Ee’ren Omsür here:

“Spirit of Snow” about Snow Leopards in our Clan

https://shamanicdrumm.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/215/

..and you will agree, he makes a great Magician 🙂

Having not seen many cards beforehand, my jaw dropped, when next I was confronted with – my Great Grandmother Ulali – or, to be more precise, her personal Guardian, the Tigress:

Tigers have since the times of old been the powerful Spirit Protectors of the ancestral homeland of my Ada – now called Tuva and the circular Tiger is its main emblem still today. Tiger

In many journeys I have been confronted face on with the Powerful Tigress into which Ulaly at times turns to teach me a hard lesson. Many of these lessons have been about having to overcome paralysing fear and terror and force me into action.

What however I find so very auspicious with the depiction of the High Priestess Tigress in the Wild Unknown is the fact, that she also much reminds me of my other Gran – Eliza, who worked as a Tarot and Crystal Ball reader with several travelling circuses of her time. Also being the one, who was in charge of the health of the Animals the circus featured, she had to deal with sick Tigers, Horses, Brown Bears and Lions and there are stories of her having to pull an abscessed tooth of one of the Tigresses, that was so sick, she refused to nurse her small cubs…..( The story involved ice and copious amounts of hot rum and a large pair of pliers….)

Now here, on the image, the Roman No ll is situated above the head of the Tigress – indicating – for me – both of my Granys…..

Dare I go on to the Empress and the Emperor?

Trees both! What a relief!

The Empress reminds me of the Maple and the here and now: The Maples outside my house in their fiery red Autumn dress and also the fact, that the Maple to the Haudenosaunee is the “leader of the Trees”, providing the sweet Maple syrup in Spring

The Emperor, an enormous Pine, Stands right outside my house, rising 38meters above theNorth West corner, its mighty trunk just 4 inches away from our roof line. I live in its protection, sleep beneath its branches.

The People of the Longhous see the mighty Pine as their Tree of Peace: It was beneath a Pine like this, that the warring chiefs buried all their weapons and covered the hole with a huge rock. It is this pine and the tradition of the Peace it stands for, that the Rohanis, the chiefs, protect with their lives and that is their sacred emblem:

Longhouse emblem

An Eagle alights in the uppermost branches of the Tree of Peace, reminding everyone of the sacred intention of the Creator Spirit, while all the Clan Guardians surround it.

Well, E’eren Karakoruk, the “Black caller” sits on my Pine Tree,outside and here we have the Hierophant of the Wild Unknown. Not only is he in charge of the proper conduct during ordinary daily life, he protects the hearth Fire and also tells/ teaches the legends. He also is the one who knows almost everything that happens in the Middle World and is very good at finding lost things and has “the goods” on anyone that broke a taboo and so drew an illness to him/ herself or loved ones….

To the shaman he is an indispensable informant.

Karakoruk and the Horses

But back to the Lovers – here depicted by 2 Canada Geese. Their Creator – given duty is, to remind us, to never loose our way home, not on the roads of daily life, nor on the roads of Spirit = keeping us from getting lost – in more than one way.

 The next card is all about movement, speed, action and confidence:

The Chariot with the galloping Horse: I see the personification of “Windhorse Energy” Life Energy or Höümoorhüh, as we would call it.

And when I draw the 4 of Cups I can well see, what it looks like, when Windhorse Energy is lacking. When I look at this Horse, I am also reminded of a gray Horse. In Buriatia, Tuva and Mongolia gray Horses are the preferred ones for a ritual sacrifice….. 😦

Well, I could go on and on here; from card to card…..

…Mother Earth the Turtle appears  as the Hermit. Hermit

The 7 of Swords – the Fox, Ee’ren Dilgi the spy…. sooooo reminds me of Ada, my father…..Dilgi

Read world lore about Fox here:

https://shamanicdrumm.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/fox-medicine/

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I will now give a quick look at the Court cards, who present themselves as Animal families:

The Pentacle courts are shown as Deer.

I just recently wrote about Deer – here:

https://shamanicdrumm.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/the-deer-as-medicine-animals-spirit-guide/

the Deer Family

The Cups are all Swans – and for a person from Siberia all the lore and legends of the Swan Maidens, Daughters of Umai Ee’ne flood into my mind…

The Swan Court

The Wand Court is represented by Snakes, bringing us the Power of the imagination and a person’s creativity to transform adversity and grow out of limitations as well as the venom, that may be a part of the cure.

The Snake court

Last is the suit of Swords,who’s Courts feature 4 different Owls. Combining wisdom and vision into other realms with needle sharp talons for executing change, they are a personal favourite of mine.

Read here, why:

https://shamanicdrumm.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/134/

Owls for my Heart

 

Oh yes, in case you wondered; I painted the cards 🙂

Ghosts in Agony

The other deck new in the house, the Tarot of Ghosts and Spirits from Lisa Hunt is exactly the right thing for the spooooooky Halloween season – or so I thought….

Until I looked at it closer.

Sooooo many disembodied Spirits SCREAMING in anger, fear and agony. 😦

My very first layout with the cards – my “new deck interview” speaks to that.

Looking at these images I feel pain, oppression, despair and more fear and agony……

I am currently reading through the Lwb to learn a little more about just who these spirits are supposed to be. Yes, the stories are quite different, but so many of the images are all portraying the same sad subject all anew.

I do own 2 other of Lisa Hunt’s decks, The Animals Divine and the Fantastical Creatures and quite like her intricate artwork…

But will I read with this one – other than- yet again- sadness and pain or tragic loss?

My favorite card of the deck – No questions, it is thePage of Swords.

It is supposed to be a dark and scarrrrry black dog, but to me, the image shows a Wolf.

The swirrrls and spirals in the image remind me of the Celts.

So maybe this Wolf is one of the last of his kind, that walked the pathways of the British isles.

On his way into extinction?

……Also a sad story…..

New decks in the house

So, What is going on in terms of my forays into the world of

“The Cards”?

Over the last few months several new Tarot and Oracle decks found their way into my home.

I am always a little strapped for cash and so often I prefer to trade for the decks I am interested in, rather than buy. This summer I was lucky, because another member of Aeclectic Tarot was interested in me creating a beaded leather pouch for her beloved Tarot of the Origins in trade for the large set of the “Songs for the Journey Home Tarot” – Alchemy through Imagery – created by Catherine Cook and the late Dwariko Sommaruga as well as the “Ghosts and Spirits Tarot” from Lisa Hunt. 🙂

 

I was already somewhat familiar with the imagery of the “Songs for the Journey Home”, having recently received the miniature set, packaged in an most exquisite color coordinated bag as a gift from a good friend. While they are lovely and feel almost tooooo fragile to use, I tried to get the full sized set, because I like to meditate with card images and, getting ever closer to the age 60, I like LAAAAAARGE cards, where I can SEEEEE the image clearly – and then subsequently disappear into them for a while….

For New Moon September to New Moon October this was my “deck of the month”.

I find many of the images very intriguing, because they put quite a new take on well known meanings of a variety of cards and so broaden my horizon 🙂

Ultimately however I was toooo busy last month to really get through the whole deck, read the book and really delve into the mind-set of its creators. So for now I put it aside, maybe even until next spring, since, due to its color palette, to me it has more of a summery feel, and does not quite fit with the mood of the browns and grays of late October in Ontario.

 

 

Into the Cave

7 of Coins:
When I drew this card this morning,

I had to laugh out loud!


See, yesterday evening we went to see the movie “Cave of forgotten Dreams” from Werner Herzog about the Chauvet Cave in France.
Now today, the 7 of Coins shows a prehistoric person painting on the wall of an ancient cave – supposedly Lascaux, but the Horse drawings above him on the wall look very much like the ones in Chauvet!


Yesterday we found it enigmatic and beautiful to see the amateurish film from/ about the elderly scientists exploring the cave, but we also wondered about all the strange avant guard and quite ‘squeaky”violin and cello music, that they used for the film and that none of them had any inkling about the shamanistic worldview of the people that painted these images. There also was a Reindeer fur clad guy, who plaid on a replica of the oldest Flute ever discovered.

And what did he play?

The Star spangled Banner  😦
With only o short shot and 1 sentence the Bear Skull Altar was mentioned in the film.


– and then back to religious music….

The scientists were all christians and to even talk about shamanism for them means risking their carrier and their reputation…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZFP5HfJPTY

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Today in the 7 of Coins I am seeing a person that although lived 30 000 years ago, has much the same worldview as I do…. that is enigmatic. although back then people did not paint with a paint Brush like in the card image, he looks at me and I see eye to eye with him on many levels…. What would he think about my life here today?

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So: How was my day after drawing this card?
20/ 20:
Well, no, I did not paint a cave today
A client of mine asked me to present a shamanic teaching circle about love using the Medicine Wheel as a paradigm – for her grandchildren. So I sequestered myself for a while into my Spirit Cave and planed that event. It will happen on Thursday at a Medicine Wheel I build with the family last year.
I will need a lot of loving patience when working with these precious young Souls.
The patience that is a virtue of the 7 of coins will help me…..

… and yes, the prehistoric man in the image would understand all about love and concern for children in the circle of the family….

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here some infos about Chauvet Cave and the world’s oldest flute:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chauvet_Cave

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/090624-bone-flute-oldest-instrument.html

The Wheel of Time

On more than one occasion the cards prompted me to get out old diaries and pictures and reminisce.


X = Wheel of Fortune is certainly one of them.

It actually shows 2 things from 2 very different sites and cultures in Central America:

1. The enigmatic Aztec Sun calendar from the valley of the Mexica and the terrifying Chac Mool sacrificial altar from Chichen Itza on the Yucatan peninsula

It is always quite intimidating to stand before the Reloj de Montezuma = Montezuma’s watch, as the inhabitants of Mexico City jokingly call the 24 ton colossal and envision its significance as a wheel of their worldview and sense of the cosmos, time and space.

The center face is that of Tonatihu, the Aztec sun god with his tongue that doubles as a knife that slices time and flesh and lets blood and life flow freely through Nāhui Olin, the Nahuatl name for the Era of the Quaking Sun, our times right now.

The stone also has the symbols of previous Eons, the wheels of the days of the Aztec month, the symbols of the 4 cardinal directions and the feathered Serpents that in the end devour everything, the night symbolized by Xiuhtecutly, the fiery god of the Sunset and the day itself, symbolized yet again by the Sun god Tonatihu.

In the worldview of the Aztecs everyone and everything must perish and the only choice man has is, to decide when and how. Suicide and becoming a sacrifice were the most honored ways, while dying of illness and old age were frowned upon and in some traditional circles of the Mexica of today still are.

This general world view was widespread in pre-contact Mesoamerica and signs and symbols of it are found in all the cultures. Of which the Aztecs were just the last and probably the best known today.

2. The place for a sacrifice would undoubtedly be the altar of Chac Mool in the temple complex of Chichen Itza of the earlier and unrelated Maya culture. Here in the jungle of the Yucatan peninsula the priest would place offerings including the still quivering hearts of a sacrificial victims onto the tablet on the lap of the stone Spirit in order to beseech the gods to bring rain, fertility for the crops and protection from enemies.

I well remember splendid Full Moon nights spent on the Pyramid of Kukulkan, (the Feathered Serpent) and looking across to the Chac Mool on top of the Temple of the Warriors watching the eery shadows dance to the sounds of the jungle like a thousand Spirits in for a visit from Forever….

Mystique at sunset

Sadly nowadays the site is closed up and guarded and visits like these are a thing of the past. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

I am not quite sure why these 2 relicts are shown on the same card.

Did the artist not know they are from different cultures?

Is it just for effect?

But then it is not one Sacred Site anymore…….but feels more like modern pop culture…. 😦

I guess most people would not know…

I like the Sun stone as a symbol for the Wheel of fortune.

We all will be eaten by time….

And the Chac Mool – is still waiting for a true sacrifice – like the ones of time past – and not the Bananas and Pepsi bottles today’s tourist put on top of his plate to snap a picture….

picture from google images

Sacred Sites – Nazca

Recently a wonderful present arrived in my home:

The Sacred sites Tarot

 There are quite a few cards that – better than any other image – for me personally embody and enliven the concept of certain RWS meanings.

Let me try to explain what I mean on the example of the 8 of Wands:

The Condor soaring high over the mysterious Nazca lines:

Yes! It clearly shows the meaning of having to rise high above a creative project, situation and get a Bird’s eye view of the situation / the project.

Only from up here we can see the whole “landscape as it now presents itself.

All its hills and valleys, all the extend of the labyrinthine path below/ the convoluted winding intertwined interconnected ways of a situation / problem……

And:

The Condor looks with detachment down upon the creation of humans.

= We are looking at it from the vantage point of a different species. 

We are getting the detached perspective of a Being outside of the situation.

Like a counselor sees a marriage and all its problems with a more detached overview.

Like I “see” through the eyes of one of my Owls and then can point out things previously unnoticed and also ways out of the labyrinth of problems…..

Out of the desert-like, energy draining trackway the person is stuck in and running through again and again over towards the nourishing waters of new fertility / ideas, behavior and release……

What better metaphor for the 8 of Wands than the Condor speedily flying over it all and seeing it all… 🙂

 That is something I always said about the Nazca lines:

They are labyrints, to be walked in a sacred manner. Each step each drop of sweat a gift to the Spirits.

The Animal geoglyphs  are just that = labyrinths.

NOT maizes, where you get lost.

 These geoglyphs  portray the sacred worldview of the people that created them: Learn from the Hummingbird – Chilpalmilto the Fighting Jewel! For some South American tribal people he stands for the 2 chambers of the human heart: Love and Hate – Compassion and Fight…

Learn from the Monkey and his roundabout circular round and round again sooo human -like tail spinning spiral. Learn about his ways while you walk this gigantic labyrinth in the heat and dry air – or the freezing night up on the plateau – and see what you learn about the human condition.

The human- like Owl Man/ Being is also often called the “astronaut figure” . Here it  is drawn up the hill however – not so much labyrinth but steeeeeep climb leading – where?

Straight into the head, where our ideas come from – and all our machinations and ruminations.

Into the head and around – but NOT into the eyes!!= towards sacred vision.

 

Were the eye circles sacred altars once?

I would check that – go there, just touch the Earth…..

It would “speak”

Was it the Owl that was to see while soaring over the labyrinths at night?

Were there offerings left for her? – For the Rodent prey of the Owl People that is?

Corn and Grains that brought rodents out of their burrows?

So Owl man could feed?

Or were there offerings of putrid meat – of the recently dead, that were left for Condors to come from far and wide – to strip the bones bare?

To take them up to their nests up high in the mountains?

The Condor: Was the Condor their Messenger to the Great Mystery?  Condors are highly revered all over ancient and modern South America.  The Condor alone could see the whole picture – the whole mystery…..

Some people said the geoglyphs are to be seen by the stars! ??

?– At night, in the dark?

The Star People might be too high up above to see it….

I am coming back to the Condor – who flies in the rising heat of the morning Sun…..

and the Owl – Messenger of the darkness of mind and shadow, through which we often stumble…..

 

http://www.gogeometry.com/incas/nazca_lines_astronaut.htm

Water Flier

Water Flier:
6 of Cups
That is supposed to be the angel Uriel – love of god. Why -for the love of god – does he have these hideous claws?
I have to admit, through the Angels and Wings discussions here on the blog and at AT I have learned a lot! About the view others have of angels, of their origin and how come they are depicted the way they are. It also reminded me to take note of a well known warning sign I know in me: When I do take certain things literally,  what I see – on angels and crosses and a few other things……
I do not do that normally with other images!
I have to be especially aware, when I feel that certain gut aversion.
I have in the past discovered, that I did that to distance myself from these subjects. Like in “They do not work, so they are christian nonsense” and then dismiss the whole notion of people believing in angels…
Avoidance tactics – that is what it is called in psychology terms.
Avoidance tactics create and then re-enforce blinders and blind spots.
I have to do my very best to clear them up and out wherever I find them, to keep my practice and my visions clear and clean in order to be of service to others.

Well, back to the 6 of cups:
Because, with just the image as such I am quite OK.
Only the book tells me, that this is another angel….
If I would see a Spirit in trance, that looks just like this one on the card, I would not for a second question, that he can fly through water with these huuuuge wings. I would not question his lobster claw hands. I however would want to keep this Spirit away from my clients – less he pinches them….:(
But- on the other side: Could he pinch out of them the kind of deep seated dysfunctional stuff that holds them down? (I need pinching there, to re-examine and update my fixed ideas about angels 😉
I neeeed to do that because shedding light into these dark corners of my smaller self and dust it out on a regular basis, keeps me from mixing up “my stuff” from the needs fears and miss-conceptions of my patients and clients. It keeps my vision as clear and current as possible lets me see with fresh eyes and prevents me from becoming rigid and habitual.

I am putting the Hanged Man card next to the Water Spirit Flier

One dives deep into the subconscious and lets the loooong hair hang down even further to allow all the unconscious hang-up stuff rise up and be re-examined. Is this seeker is a gender-less person? Or is it a middle-aged women – like me?
She anchored in the vines of the Tree of Life – with that I do not mean the Kabbalah tree but the shamanic Tree of my ancestral teachings. The hands of this person are not hands anymore. There are fiery red dots in them. Are they at this moment transforming into the lobster claws of Water Flier?
After being suspended in the murky unconscious for a while, boiled in the bubbles of wisdom – eventually one has to come up again.
Up for air.
Up into tangible reality.
Up where in this middle world people are waiting to be touched by bubbles of wisdom, healing hands and feathers that encourage Spirit flight.
Uriel / Water flier was transformed down there,
even his/her sex – maybe….
Now it is time to come up and work with what gifts
s/he brought back.