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The Rarr

Wild energy. Pure potential.

Once upon a time there were three pink boys (more or less) and a Rarr, who all played in Brian’s son Toby’s bedroom. They liked the midnight tea parties, the magickal ambience, and of course, they liked Toby. Unfortunately, the Pink Boys got too rowdy, and Brian had to throw them out into the garden, which was where they belonged anyway. The Rarr learned from the experience, in a rarrish way, and it quieted down a bit during the midnight hours.

Rarrs are not naughty or wicked, just energetic. They are also not very discriminating. They like to join into whatever excitement is going on and add energy to it. In a way, they are pure potential, and they potentize whatever is happening. Rarrs are attracted to mobs rioting and to meditation groups rising toward ecstasy and to any other strong energy states.

Rarrs are a bit like Tigger in the Pooh stories. They bounce; they zoom; they go off on wild tangents. (Brian hasn’t painted a Wild Tangent yet, as far as I know, but I know what they look like, having encountered more than my share!)

Think of the rrrarrr of a growling dog, the rrrarrr of an engine revving up, the rrr of a purring cat, and the arrr in Arrrugh! As I say, Rarrs don’t discriminate. It is up to us to do that. They put a live spark into whatever is happening. It is our choice what we do with it.

A Rarr in your cards encourages you to be especially attentive to what you are doing with your energy and intentions. Don’t get carried away by the Rarr’s bouncy enthuisiasm, but do take advantage of the energy. You can accomplish a great deal with the energy being made available to you. This is a good time. Note that the Rarr is not grounded – and is not meant to be – but humans need to keep their feet firmly on the earth. When you encounter the Rarr, breathe slowly. Center. Earth yourself. Be clear about your objectives and then go for them.

REVERSED

The Rarr upside down indicates a terrible problem. Both the querent and the Rarr are losing (or have lost) control and are thrashing about in midair. Faery glamour and faery zaps are running wild. Illusions and delusions are rife. Misunderstandings escalate. A cold shower is definitely in order. Practice grounding exercises. Meditate. Back off and look at things coolly. This may not be enough, but please try.

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Ilbe the Retriever

Office of Unclaimed Property, Hopes, and Wishes. Loyalty.

While writing this, I was having a little trouble with Ilbe – not for the first time. I couldn’t find my keys anywhere. He thinks it would be greatly to my benefit to be more organized and tidy, so he smears not-quite-visible juice on things that are out of place. Or he encourages the resident cats to hide things. (Cats seem remarkably willing to cooperate with these little bits of faery helpfulness.) Then I have to hunt and hunt for them, and Ilbe hopes I shall be more organized the next time. You may have encountered him in this guise. When he has done something like this, my son observes, he just looks at us with that “Who? Me?” look. My son also advises, “Keep your eye on him and whatever isn’t nailed down. And if you scold or contradict him, he just gets huffy and insists on having his own way.”

This sort of busybody helpfulness is just one of Ilbe’s tasks, however. He also has more important things to do.

Ilbe is a protector. He retrieves and safeguards our lost hopes, forgotten dreams, and mislaid keys. (My keys were under a stack of papers, stuck to the floor with peach juice – not a place that I’d put them myself, but certainly safe from most key thieves.) He holds these seeds of our potential futures carefully and delicately until we are ready for their return. Sometimes we don’t think we are ready for them or we have given up hope altogether, and then he may arrange reminders for us – events or people in our lives that bring back memories of our past hopes and dreams. When that happens, we need to look at them again and consider how we might manifest them in reality.

Ilbe is trying to remind you of something you’ve lost – a hope, perhaps, or a dream. You may have thought it gone forever, but he is holding it out to you for reconsideration. He thinks you can do something with it now. The way may not be obvious, but his clever nose has scented a path, a potential opening for bringing this into your life. Sometimes, Ilbe may be saying that a long-awaited dream is at last arriving on the scene and there is nothing we need to do but open our hearts and minds to it. However, we usually have to work for it.

Another attribute of Ilbe is loyalty.

REVERSE

Is it time to stop saying “I can’t” and take a look at “I can” instead? Perhaps something important in your life is being held back by negative attitudes, but we have choices about our attitudes and can change them when they are not helping us.

Alternatively, Ilbe may be saying that this is not yet the time for the germination of this seed. It may be that other things need to be dealt with first. What might you need to clear out or finish up before being able to properly plant and nurture this seed? Are the things in the way weeds, which should simply be pulled, or valued growing things that we would wish to care for before planting something new in that space in our lives?

The Singer of Healing

Healing of body, mind, and spirit.

The song of this Singer has the power of healing deep wounds of the spirit – wounds that can destroy mortals or immortals alike. Faith betrayed, love dishonored, trust abandoned, and other injuries of the spirit all inflict serious wounds, which are reflected in the body’s illnesses and injuries. Through the song of healing, we may be restored and renewed, but only if the wounded one is prepared to forgive and let go, returning to love and compassion. As always with all the gifts of spirit, healing is offered, not forced, and requires active participation on our part.

True healing must take place on all levels at once – body, mind, and spirit. These levels are inextricably linked, all one piece, and we cannot expect to change one without changing the others. Our bodies do not do things all on their own. The links between different aspects of being are many, complex, and often obscure. And yet, the principle of healing them is simplicity itself. We need only to let go of the things that are hurting us and nurture ourselves with the things that benefit us. So simple! So difficult!

The song of Healing is present everywhere, and like the other aspects of the great song of Ekstasis, it is without limit. Healing can seem so complex as we dig our way through all our blocks and resistances and old stuff, but in the end it is simply letting go and opening up. Learn everything you can from others; there is a lot of good information out there. Just keep the essential simplicity of the process in mind and you won’t go far wrong.

This is the healer’s card, and it’s presence in a reading may speak of healing to be given or of healing to be received. The circumstances and processes of reaching well-being may seem easy or they may bring great challenges. In either case, we are asked to participate in our own healing as we are strengthened by this Singer.

More usually this Singer speaks of both giving and receiving because we cannot truly and freely give without receiving as well. Healing is something that flows through us, not from us, and as such, we are inevitably affected by its passage. Drawing this card tells us of both a need and an opportunity for healing ourselves and perhaps others as well. As Warren, one of my teachers, said, “Healing is not something you do – it’s something you are.”

REVERSED

When illness of body, mind, or spirit prevails and we feel disconnected from the great song of healing, the question we need to ask ourselves is “What feelings or ideas or beliefs am I holding on to that keep my wounds open and unhealed?” And, “What can I do to nurture myself and open to the song of Healing?”

The Maiden

Auspicious beginnings. Birth. Growth. Joy. Hope.

From her crown of light to her star-jeweled toes, the Maiden is pure joy. She is the face of the force that generates growth throughout all the worlds.

When she smiles, troubles melt. Where she dances, flowers spring from the ground and burst into bloom. It is from the Maiden that the pixies learned the dance that keeps the otherworld turning – and probably our world, too, for that matter. She is newly born every morn, and she carols her plangent song of growth for all beings in all the worlds. She sees the magick and the light in everything and takes endless delight in it.

Yet even though the Maiden is so wonderful and powerful, she is a child and she needs to be cared for, nurtured, and cherished. When she takes the form of a flower, someone must see that she gets enough water and sun. Whenever we look after something new or young, we are caring for the Maiden, whether she is in the form of a blossom, a sapling, a baby, or a new idea. She, in turn, is likely to switch between joyfully and gratefully receiving such nurturing and insisting on an independence that she really isn’t ready for yet. She knows, deep within herself, what she needs to do and become, and become, and she moves toward this with the directness of a child.

The Maiden also has the simplicity and curiosity of a child, seeing with unclouded eyes. She has an openness to life, love, new things, and new experiences. Every moment with her is an adventure, filled with playfulness and hope. Innocent, she is awakening to and learning about the world. Much of her learning comes with laughter and silly jokes, and she trusts what life gives her.

Every time we allow ourselves to be filled with joy, we become more like the Maiden.

The Maiden signifies new beginnings and growth. You couldn’t ask for a more auspicious card than this if you are beginning something new. Spontaneity, joy, growth, exhilaration, and promise for the future are signified here. We must note also that, in the early stages of any process, there is vulnerability and a need for protection, shelter, and guidance, but there is also a magickal impetus toward burgeoning growth. Trust the process – but take care of the details as well.

The Maiden is also the inner child who needs to be under the supervision of a competent inner adult in order for her to feel secure and loved. She is not happy when we spoil her.

Consider what is growing in your life. Make a list of your hopes, dreams, and plans. Look for the growth within you, and think about how you can cherish and nurture that. Bless the growth you see around you.

REVERSE

In the Maiden reversed, we find her virtues turned into flaws. When her energy is blocked, we don’t allow ourselves to dream, to hope, even to plan a future that is anything but minimal and mundane. We live a cold, sterile, joyless life.

When we twist her energy we become impulsive, unthinking, gullible, lost in dreams that never get translated into reality. There is a tendency to live in fantasy and deny reality, and there is definitely a lack of grounding. Life in a floating soap bubble is perilous – and that is where she is. When living in a dream world has become habitual, the addiction to fantasy is hard to break. It cannot be changed from the outside by others, and even from the inside, there is usually no desire to break through into an unhappy reality until the fantasy world itself becomes too painful to live in any longer.

When the Maiden’s energy is seriously reversed, this card can indicate crippling pessimism – an attitude that when possessed means the possessor sees the worst in everything, expects the worst from life, and gets it. Such an attitude creates its own misery and denies one the possibility of joy.

When such a powerful energy as the thrust toward joyful growth is inverted or twisted this way, it is still a powerful energy – and usually requires an equally powerful experience to break free of it. But there is always hope, and those outside the fantasy need to remember that, even while being realistic about the difficulties of changing this state. Someone needs to be an adult here.

Losgunna

Sunken treasure. Discovery of self. Adventure.

The realm of Losgunna, the Frog Queen, is extensive, both below and above the waters. Faery waters are made up of human emotions, sometimes beautifully clear and sparkling and sometimes disgustingly murky. Different faeries are attracted to different waters. You would hardly expect to find the Soul Shrinker or old Gloominous Doom happily splashing in clear or sparkling waters, although you might find Nelys the Alchemist at a murky pool, holding her nose as she waves a clarifying wand over it. Most of the bright faeries avoid such places. However, Losgunna knows that there are treasures, lost in disasters or abandoned by pirates, to be found in the murkiest of waters.

Exploration is what this card is all about, and through exploring and seeing what we really are, warts and all (Losgunna would like you to know that she doesn’t have warts), we discover parts of our talents and potentials that have been hidden by old traumas and misunderstandings, or by lack of opportunity. Losgunna’s explorations are not limited to the realm of the emotions but also include the world. She wants us to dive deeply into new experiences involve flying high. Listen to different styles of music with open ears, try new tastes, look at new sights, and try them all with the open willingness of a child. She especially wants us to explore new ideas.

Have you ever noticed how people tend not to explore the territory they live in? How they only visit the special places there when they are trying to entertain someone from out of town? We do the same thing with so many aspects of our lives, and then, sometimes, we grumble that life is dull. Life is always adventurous for adventurous people and boring for boring people. My grandmother told me this when I was nine, and I expect she got it from Losgunna. She also told me that if I didn’t have anything interesting to do, I might as well clean up my room. I took this lesson to heart and so can you. If life seems boring and you feel stuck in your puddle, either explore the parts of the puddle you haven’t really seen before or jump out and do something new and interesting. I’m sure you, dear reader, are not a bored or boring person – boring people don’t read blogs like this.

Losgunna tells us to pay attention to our dreams, to listen to the murmur of the waters, to note the patterns in the damp, fallen leaves, to listen for the distant, high sounds of angelic music among the stars. She also suggests soothing baths, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, trips to the nearest spa or hot springs, and dips in the handiest sea, pond, or mountain lake. Mud baths also help us quiet down and become strong enough to explore her territory, which is the earth and the waters, from the depths to the heights.

As important as it is to explore the inner realms, she tells us that exploration of the outer realms is also vital. She suggests that we go places we have never been, try things we have never done, take classes in subjects we always meant to study someday, maybe even learn a language and see where that takes us. Explore widely and deeply in our own world so that we develop the adventurousness of our spirits.

It almost goes without saying that she recommends exploring Faery. She also suggests kissing any metaphorical or actual frogs you encounter to test for princes or princesses – but I don’t know how seriously you want to take that suggestion.

REVERSE

Bored? Tired of the same old thing? A question we must ask ourselves is are we boring as well as bored? The message here is to try the things suggested above (or invent our own) before Gawtcha takes pity on us and liberates us from our firmly stuck-in-the-mud state. It is so much more fun to jump than to be pushed.

The Singer of Transfiguration

Transformation. Transcendence. Metamorphosis.

The Singer of Transfiguration tells us that we have been through the gate, we have passed through the initiation process, and we have reached a new way of being, reflecting deep transformation within ourselves. Things will never again be what they once were. Things will never be seen in the same way by us, and this is a good thing! This Singer’s joyful, passionate, bright blaze of color heralds a time of fulfillment and accomplishment.

As with the other Singers, the power and joy of this one radiates especially strongly to the things and beings symbolized by the cards around it. Like the reborn, renewed phoenix, this Singer is aflame with vibrant, expanded life.

There really isn’t much I can say about this – not even the faeries seem to have anything to add. They are just sitting around here, smiling blissfully, even ol’ G. Doom, and humming an ethereal and beautiful melody. And the cat in my lap, Sylvie, is purring so loudly it sounds like she is singing – as indeed she is. So are we all.

Jackpot! This card in a reading signifies the joy of success after a time of struggle. A new way of life has been accepted and is being integrated. A sense of inner peace is growing. The struggle has all been worth it. This is a time of consolidation and joy, and is both a reward for past achievements and a time of preparation for the next climb up the path.

REVERSED

Even reversed, this card simply suggests that the realization or completion of this process is just around the corner. Enjoy!

The Guardian at the Gate

Passages to new life. Openings. Gatekeeping.

The principal task of the Guardian at the Gate is to facilitate the passage from one realm to another and to block the passage of that which is not ready to pass. These realms may be Earth, Faery, the cosmos of the Singers, or Unity. They can also be considered as levels of reality or states of consciousness. In one state of consciousness we are in the ordinary world, in another we are in Faery or Unity. Our bodies don’t move but our minds do. The Guardian at the Gate of Unity facilitates the passage of the song into the hearts of the singers, and aids the passages of humans and faeries into Unity, to be filled by that song when it is their time. We cannot make the mystical experience happen to us, we can only open our hearts wider and wider until we are ready, usually only momentarily, to receive it. The Guardian at the Gate recognizes our readiness. Along this line, one man in the Oracle online group notes, “We see the energy gathering into the starry gate (or streaming out of it) in the picture, but we cannot tell what is happening on the other side of the gate.” This is very suggestive of how these gates and our passages through them can be.

This is the primal spirit of all the guardians that appear when we are about to step through all metaphorical and most physical gateways. From the guardians of the passages between the worlds to the guardians (doorkeepers) at your own front door, they are all manifestations of one spirit, like facets of different sizes on the surface of one diamond. Naturally, this card shows the Guardian at the gateway to Faery and also to the Faeries’ Oracle itself. Every person, every faery, who has ever helped us through an important passage, was manifesting the energy of the Guardian.

Now the Guardian holds the gate of the otherworld open for us. All we need to do is enter.

Drawing this card indicates that a passage is being made to the beginning of something new in our lives. It speaks of new opportunities and new openings. Passing through this gate may lead to a physical journey, a mental or an emotional one, or a journey of the spirit. It always leads to adventure. This gateway will also lead to significant change in our lives. The passage through such a gate changes us.

The gate we face may not seem to be a matter of great moment, but the presence of the Guardian at the Gate tells us that something important is happening. It indicates that going forward through that gate is no small thing, but something to be approached with awareness and prayerfulness. We are embarking on a new phase of our lives, and there will be no going back once this gate has been passed. That is the kind of transition the Guardian at the Gate leads us to – always to irrevocable change. We may, of course, ask the Guardian at the Gate for guidance and protection on our journey – and we would be wise to do so.

Alternatively, the presence of the Gatekeeper in a reading may indicate that you are being asked to help open a gate for someone else, to help provide an opportunity for them. The job of a gatekeeper (or gatekeeper’s assistant) is merely to open the gate, not to push people through it.

REVERSED

The reversed Guardian at the Gate card can indicate that a gate is closed to us at this time.

Perhaps we are trying to start things that we are not truly ready for – or that are not yet ready for us, something that will take us off on a dead-end road. Standing here and banging our heads on a closed gate is not a productive activity.

If we have our hearts set on going in a particular new direction and this card is reversed, a good question to ask is “What do I need to attend to first in order to bring this opportunity into my like?” The answer to that might be unfinished business from the past may make us unready to move on. If so, we need to complete that first, whether it is something in our physical world or in our inner selves.

 An alternative possibility is that the gate is open and we are refusing, probably out of fear, to see and enter it. We may be telling ourselves that it isn’t a real opportunity, that it wouldn’t really work, that we can’t (or don’t want to) do it after all. We might be feeling both an attraction toward it and a substantial fear of it, and we might be denying the fear and giving ourselves all sorts of reasons and rationalizations and justifications as to why a sensible person would not try that. Yet the gate stands open.

When the Guardian at the Gate appears in a reading reversed, deep thought is required. When it appears right side up and the gate is open wide, prepare for an initiation into a new life.

Geeeeeooo the Slooow

Cycles of time. Slowness. Waiting. Patience.

Geeeeeooo is the Gnome of Slow Processes. How long is it going to take for that water to wear that rock away? How much has that mountain grown (or eroded) in the last millennium? Geeeeeooo is there watching attentively, making certain that things don’t happen too fast, resulting in a slip-shod job. It is he who watches the waves slowly encroach on the shore, wearing away the cliffs. Elsewhere, to keep things in balance, he watches certain mountains slowly grow taller.

Geeeeeooo is also the master of the clarification process whereby we let something sit quietly while the impurities slowly settle themselves out, allowing the substance to purify itself in time.

Geeeeeooo doesn’t understand why we rush about so, missing out on the slow changes in the worlds around us. He is amazed at the stress and problems we create for ourselves by doing that. He wonders how we can survive if we don’t sit down and watch the sunrises and sunsets or if we “don’t have time” to enjoy our lives – especially if we are so busy rushing around with the idea that we are making things good for ourselves later but never now.

The thing about Geeeeeooo’s process is that they all proceed in good order. Fruit ripens on time, grain is ready at harvest time, and the moon and earth circle each other in equitable balance, neither too quickly nor too slowly. These natural processes work well, and in our own lives it is helpful to use them for models, finding the right pace – the pace that allows natural, low-stress growth and progress and joy. The world isn’t turning any faster, so we might ask ourselves why we are trying to cram more into our days.

Slow down. Sit back in your chair and think a little. Why are you going so fast? What do you hope to gain from it? Are you metaphorically trying to push the river? What kind of stress is being created in your life by hurrying? The presence of Geeeeeooo in a reading indicates that the situation or issue is part of a long process that cannot well be hurried. It is important to settle in for a long haul and to set a pace that you can maintain for as long as needed, while remaining relaxed and patient. If you are short on patience, try cultivating your acquaintance with the Singer of the Chalice. You will find life much more delightful if you do. Geeeeeooo himself clearly does, to judge from his face.

REVERSE

Unnecessary delays or even stalling may be going on here. Whether the querent is the cause or the victim of this, it may be time for him to give things a tactful but firm push to get them in motion. Geeeeeooo may be in charge of slow processes, but they should be actually proceeding and not stuck.

She of the Cruach

The Receptive Principle. Nurturing. Fertility.

This is the Great Goddess, the many-named mother of all, and all goddesses are attributes or aspects of her. Her cup, the Cruach, overflows with bounty for all. She is the yin energy of the universe – nurturing, compassionate, and wise. She gives form and brings into manifestation the will and life force of He of the Fiery Sword. His is the intention, the action, and hers is the manifest reality. In a sense, she is the Cruach holding all the worlds within her being.

One Oracle group member saw the Cruach as a great bowl, like a scrying tool for seeing past, present, or future potential, but filled with energy instead of water. Within it he saw a tower with a moon above it, a farmhouse, and many other bits and pieces of our world. He felt that if you dropped something in the water, these things would scatter out to become reality – archetypes manifesting everywhere. He said, “She is the woman who dreams, and her dreams are the worlds and all that is in them.”

Looking at this card, another Oracle group member notes, “What I see here is the energy of being held lovingly in the palm of the hand of the great goddess, followed by a relaxed sigh and release.”

She of the Cruach is the holder of all of our sorrows and all of our joys. Her Cruach, the miraculous chalice, is the womb of birth and the cauldron of rebirth, the chalice of healing, the container holding the germinating seed. She is the body, the soul-shrine that holds the spirit and keeps it from being lost or dissipated in a formless fog. She is pattern and form in the abstract and in the specific. Within her we take form, grow, achieve fulfillment, and let go of that form to move on to the next phase of our being.

All of the universe, each individual particle, every being, is cherished by her.

She of the Cruach may indicate a form of pregnancy, a necessary time of nurturing and development. We need to be open to her overflowing grace. She may also indicate a need to allow her nurturing grace to flow through us to others in the form of unconditional receiving, of making the best of what we are offered. She also reminds us that unbounded love and grace is ours, just waiting to be accepted.

The presence of this card in a reading radiates comfort and nurturing to the cards around it.

REVERSE

Like He of the Fiery Sword and all of the other Singers, She does not have a reversed meaning as such. She fills the universe and is available to all. Reversal here speaks of her archetypical energy blocked or unaccepted by the querent or another involved in the issue. Read the cards around her to begin to understand the cause of this. When She of the Cruach is reversed, the question we need to ask ourselves is “How may I free this energy of acceptance and nurturing in my life and allow it to flow through me?”

Unity

Union. Mystical experience. Spiritual home.

Unity comes first and last. In between we have the illusion of duality, which we all believe in for a very long time. This apparent duality is ultimately shown to be an illusion, but it is an illusion through which we learn and grow, and then once again return to Unity.

You may have had mystical experiences where you have had true union with other beings or even with the Unity, the One Who Is All. Such experiences change our lives, effectively showing us that the saying “we are all one” is not just a pious belief but is a statement of actual fact. We are not seperate like the flowers in a field, but are one. The only way to reach this awareness is to surrender the small everyday self to the larger spiritual self, which is Unity. Experiencing full oneness with the Unity is transformative.

Looking at this painting, one observer notes, “All the power is focused in here, vast energies. It is as if all that power is looking for a place to happen.” This is exactly what is going on. Unity is the energy of the cosmos still unmanifest, still without form. Here we see the dark and the light, masculine and feminine, active and passive, and other polarities, all expressed in balanced, energy-filled, vibrant union. “All That Is is one, and that One is god/dess” is the principle expressed. From this, all else derives. This is the source from which we draw our strength, our very being.

When this card comes up in a reading, it is asking us to remember the mystical concept that we are all one, unified in a holistic universe. It reminds us to look at the needs and goals we have in common with others, and to seek cooperation and community action rather than attempting to do everything on our own. To achieve our goals, we need the active cooperation of others; and to get that cooperation, we must be helpful to them and willing to work with their ideas as well as our own. It suggests that we think of things in terms of equal partnerships rather than in lines of hierarchical authority.

Unity also tells us that we have much to gain by remembering our own wholeness. Resolution of inner conflict is often necessary before we move ahead. It is important at this time that we work toward cooperation and reconciliation, within and without.

Seek the highest good. Ask for the divine energy of Unity to permeate and guide you.

REVERSE

We may have become overly focused on the differences and disagreements that seem to separate us from others, and this may be preventing us from achieving our potential for fulfillment and happiness. We may feel alienated, unwanted, and lonely. If this is so, we need to refocus on what we have in common with those around us, far and near. We may need to heal our own attitudes and our beliefs that contribute to these feelings of separation, and we could usefully consider how we might find reconciliation with others. Forgiveness may be a key. Prejudice and judgmental and critical attitudes all push us farther into the delusion of separateness and loneliness.

Move toward allowing others to be closer to you, gradually dropping the defensive attitudes that hold them away and keep you alone. Don’t wait for others to make the first move toward reconciliation and connection but reach out to them with compassion and selflessness. This may be difficult, even very difficult at first, requiring self-study and inner work, possibly with the help of skilled teachers or therapists.

In meditation and prayer, ask to be in communion with the Unity deep within yourself. In Unity there is trust, love, and ecstasy.

The Piper

Music. Order. Harmony. Seduction. Empathy.

The secret melody of the Piper drifts through our lives, offering us a means to communicate from the heart and without words. His music conveys our emotions to one another, emotions that are audible only in the listening ear of our hearts. His approach to us is gentle and wordless. He may send us his melody through the whisper of leaves, the rustle of grass, the song of a bird, the hum of city traffic, the buzz of a refrigerator, or the whirr of a computer. He asks that we listen to the world around us, especially to the unspoken words of others, humans and faeries, plants and trees.

Among the other things the Piper offers us is the ability to bring him our sorrows and pain in the form of music so that he may help us to heal them. Sing a sad song to this faery and he will add to it the energy of cleansing and healing, if we are open to healing. His natural music offers us tranquility, if we take the time to be still and listen to it.

The Piper’s music can be seductive and attractive – even magnetic. He lures us with our own daydreams. Sometimes, we allow the music of the Piper to enthrall us into illusion, especially the illusion of control over that which we cannot control. However, if we use that illusion (our own self-deceit) to break through into greater truth, it has served its real purpose.

He calls to us, asking that we listen – listen to him, to the faeries, to each other’s hearts. His piping may seem elusive, hard to hear, diffused, yet it is very clear and it brings us the meaning of our lives.

Working on developing more order, harmony, and beauty in your life? Then you are singing to the tune of the Piper – and becoming more like him as you do.

To get what you want, the Piper recommends that you try polite requests and gentle, patient persuasion – and then wait, quietly welcoming, for it to come to you. Seek harmony and tranquility in yourself and in the world around you. Use tenderness and gentleness. This card speaks of a time of harmony, creativity, and increasing order. It tells of communication without words – the music of empathy and the awareness of the feelings and concerns of others. This is a time to pay attention to the subtlety of others’ expressions of feelings and ideas. Look past the surface and listen as you would to a beguiling melody on the very edge of hearing. He also plays melodies in our dreams, which may be filled with meaning and importance, and then he leaves it up to us to understand what they mean.

This may also be a good time to be aware that others may be listening to us with sensitivity and clarity – so much so that they may hear what we are truly saying more clearly than we do ourselves.

This card may also signify musical talent or ability, or it may be suggesting that the use of music is in some way important at the present time.

Reverse

When we have blocked out the melody of the Piper we can be like someone mesmerized, lost in a dream, stagnating. Alternatively, this card may represent people so vague and diffused that they are insufficiently earthed to be be able to keep commitments – or even to remember that they have made them and it wasn’t just another fantasy. Self-absorption, moodiness, and self-deceit can be problems. Altogether, unreliability and untrustworthiness are a real problem. Look at the other cards to see if anything can be done to rectify this or if you just have to take this into account and make your plans accordingly.

When the power of the Piper is twisted, it becomes manipulative and may be aimed at seducing others into something against their judgment or ethics. It becomes like a spider waiting at the center of a web to entrap someone.

One of the worst abuses of this energy is to use our empathic understanding of the needs, hopes, and dreams of others to attempt to lure them into self-destructive ways, especially by playing on their illusions, delusions, and confusions.

3 August 2012

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Oracle of the Day

O! That Gnome

Trickster. Creative chaos. Wild gifts. Breaking habits and patterns.

This is the Trickster, who exists in every world. He comes to us wearing our own faces to fool us into thinking that his ideas are our own. He brings creative chaos into our lives. He helps us break down old habits by showing us how silly they are. He encourages us to fall on our faces so that we get a different point of view, looking up past our mud-smeared noses. He helps us get ourselves into situations in which we discover gifts we never knew we had – often because there is no other way out of the mess we got ourselves into.

As Brian mentions, That Gnome is unreliable and sometimes encourages drunkenness. This is true… he certainly doesn’t always do as we expect – but our expectations are our problem, not his, he says. As for drunkenness, in vino veritas (in wine, there is truth). When we let down our mental censors and filters, we sometimes come up with discoveries about who we really are and what we really want that we hadn’t let ourselves know. When he appears, it is breakthrough time, and all too often, the first step in breakthrough feels just like breakdown. There are better ways of doing this than getting drunk or going through a psychotic break, but the better ways take skill, and he has to work with what he has – us, just as we are.

“That Gnome tells wild and wonderful long-winded stories, complete with demonstrations of the action and much arm waving,” an on-line group member says. He adds, “That Gnome is full of knowledge, but the trick is sorting out the truth from the fiction. It takes a lot of good sense to be able to listen to him. He isn’t known for his patience.”

If That Gnome breaks a vase, the pieces will fall into patterns of great significance and meaning – but it is up to us to read and understand it. He is the potentially constructive force of chaos. That Gnome is also the keeper of our wild talents, the ones we may not even know we have. When he appears, it is often to call our attention to our latent gifts.

In a nutshell, which is where he claims to belong, his job is to help us get lost from our comfortable ruts so that we will explore wonderful, exciting, and strange new paths. He is a good friend of Raven, the philosopher-trickster, and Coyote is one of his many disguises. He is so smart that he sometimes outsmarts himself.

Can you laugh at yourself sometimes? And let the laughter carry you into new insights and new ways of being? Then That Gnome within you is waving his faery wand gleefully.

It’s time to leap into the air, letting the earth turn beneath you, and discover where you come down again. Reasonable risks are okay. Even unreasonable risks are probably okay. Use your head and look before you leap, of course, but do so understanding that the actual jump is likely to be very rewarding. No guarantees, but then there never really are anyway, no matter how pretty the paper they may seem to be printed on and the scrollwork around the edge.

In a reading, the presence of That Gnome tells us that the forces of chaos are at work. Things may not be as they seem, and this may very well be a good thing. Look for the unexpected, find the opportunity in it, and go for it. He says that no matter how confused things may seem, there is a way to make them better – but it is a creative way, one you haven’t tried before. He says, “Think amazing new thoughts!”

In a way, a trickster is always reversed, and sometimes even perverse. Sometimes, the reverse is even reversed into other dimensions. Standing on his head, That Gnome could be say:

Be careful – there is trickery going on, or

He who hesitates is lost, or

Play it safe, or

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread – but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because sometimes “fools” accomplish things that “angels” thought impossible, or

Complete honesty may not be the best policy, but lying is definitely not the best policy, or

Discretion is the better part of valor.

But which, you ask, is the real answer?

Oh, you want that kind of an answer? A neat one in a box? I’m sorry, but That Gnome doesn’t do those kind of answers. He is just here to shake you up, jolt loose some preconceptions, help you to see yourself and your situation as it really is, and aid you in finding a new and unorthodox response. That’s all.