Posts Tagged ‘religion’

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!

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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.

Ramadan (Saudi Arabia)

Al-Lat

Themes:

Religious Devotion; Meditation; Purity; Home; Justice; Children

Symbols:

Moon; Silver; White Stones

About Al-Lat:

A Persian and Arabian moon goddess, Al-Lat is the feminine form of Allah. Post-Islamic writings banished her name from holy books, but her presence remained behind as a domestic guardian, the giver of children, and protectress of all good and just deeds.

To Do Today:

Around this time of year, Muslims begin a time of abstinence to purify themselves and honor their sacred book, the Qu’ran. During this fast, people are instructed to look within and rededicate their hearts to the tenets of their faith. To do this and also honor A-Lat, fast for this day if physically feasible. Or, just abstain from one well-loved food or beverage for the day, and study your own sacred text(s). Pray to Al-Lat for insight into the deeper meanings of the words. Write down any observations in a journal, so Al-Lat’s presence will inspire good deeds and positive action for many years to come.

To attract Al-Lat’s protective energies into your home, grasp four white items (Coral and moonstone are excellent choices), saying

Within these ________________ of white,

Al-Lat, place your protective light.

Where’er these ______________s are placed around,

your safety and presence shall abound.

Put these as close as possible to the four directional points of the area that needs guardian power.

Khordad Sal (Persia)

Anahita

Themes:

Honor; Love; Fertility; Pleasure; Cleansing

Symbols:

Water; Lunar Objects and Colors; Green Branches

About Anahita:

Anahita is the Zoroastrian moon goddess who shines upon the darkness in our lives, replacing loneliness with true love, barrenness with fertility, and impotence with pleasurable unions. She is the Lady of Heaven, the flowing force of the cosmos, whose name means “pure.” A traditional offering for Anahita is green branches, which represent her life-giving power.

To Do Today:

Today marks the birthday of Zoroaster, the founder of a religious sect that influenced the Maji of the Bible. Amidst Zoroaster’s pantheon we find this goddess, radiating with the beautiful things of life, but only after a good “house cleaning.” Honor her by washing your floors with pine-scented cleaner (i.e., green branches) so her energies can purify the sacred space of home. Afterward, light a white candle to represent Anahita’s presence therein. Add a simple invocation like this one:

Lady of Purity, Lady of Light, be welcome in my home and my heart.

Purify yourself, too, so that Anahita’s passion can flow unhindered. Take a ritual bath, adding any woodsy aromatic to the water. As you wash up, say,

Anahita, carry the darkness away,

so my body and spirit may revel in your pleasures,

giving and receiving them equally.

Then spend time with your loved one, letting nature take its course.