A Lenny/Astro Crossmatch…

I like to pretend that it’s because a picture paints a thousand words… and yeah… that is true… but in reality… there may be a more honest reason as to why I like to record my studies by creating images…

My handwriting is horrendous… sure… I can write beautifully every so often, when I know it’s going to be read by someone else… but in the privacy of my own journals… it collapses into sigil and scrawl that I find impossible to decipher if I return more than 3 or so days later to re-read…

Lenny Astro Crossmatch Karen Sealey ~ Night Tide LenormandSo… having spent the last few days exploring ascendants/descendants and mid-heavens/lower mid-heavens… I was pleasantly surprised when I veered off-track and stumbled across Lenormand/Astrology correspondences… (though… don’t ask me exactly where as I found them scattered in bits and bobs in several places and I forgot to note them down… and the interwebby is a big place… :/ )

I pulled out the cards for houses I(Asc), IV(IC), VII(Desc) and X(MH) and the cards for the signs in my chart that fall there…

It was just a small experiment/exercise and I found it strangely useful in that it brought back all my thoughts from over the past few days on the subject, threw in a few more and kind of pulled them all together like iron fillings on a piece of paper being gathered to a central point by a magnet placed underneath…

I find the brevity of Lenormands a welcome break from the outward evermore spirally fractal arms that unleash via Tarot…

Lennys seem to deliver a pithy punchline to the cosmic jokes in your life…

I like that I can use something that I am visually familiar with to learn about something that I’m not familiar with… that I can turn planets and orbits into little cartoon strips…

So I’ve decided to leave the full list I herded together here as a) I’ll be able to find them again… and b)it’s a preemptive strike to counter attack the frustration of cracking the code of my cursive trails…

I’m certain I’ll be trying out a few more things with them…

You can play too… if you like… 😉

Lenny Astro Correspondences Karen Sealey - Night Tide Lenormand

Epic Adventures with The Didactic Tarot…

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The Didactic Tarot by Jeffrey M.Donato published by Schiffer is a deck I’ve been following the progress of for quite some time… I’d seen several images but even so, I still wasn’t quite prepared for what a humongous extravanganza arrived on my doorstep…

There’s a whopping 102 cards -the extra cards coming from 2 extra in each elemental suit, 4 extra in the “Change” suit (Major arcana) and a whole new suit  – “Pause”.

I’m immediately struck by the high quality and attention to detail… the book has a sumptuous feel to it… the colour coding running along the outside of the pages makes me quite gleeful! my pleasure continues as I open the pages to find full pages of artwork…

 The cards are big… though there is so much packed in there, that part of me wishes they were even bigger…

I soon find myself sat on the floor and swirling them… at first I kind of feel like Scrooge McDuck swimming in his money room… but a combination of the texture of the cards and the sounds that they make as they move across one another brings a strange calmness… at the right pace, it is almost like listening to a rain storm in the distance and moving the deck around takes on the feel of playing a musical instrument… When it comes to shuffling… my old croupier brain reactivates and sections the deck to riffle… I try an overhand shuffle and at a slow pace it’s good… move too quickly and the cards launch themselves into flight in all directions… I particularly like  the designs on the back and that although they have a direction, it’s not immediately obvious or distracting if you want to play with reversals…

The deck itself is packed solid with symbols… vibrant, pulsating, creation and destruction looping around and through each other… pockets of humour and pools of tranquility… words that pop to mind… nature! red in tooth and claw! yoni-verse! It’s a deck that feels familiar yet unique both at the same time… a mixture of old deities and  new galaxies…

I’ll whistle stop tour through a few things I found  immediately interesting…

IMG_5004The Hierophant!

or as he’s titled here – The Orb of Guidance

This makes me smile… he seems to have very much gone out of favour of late… so I’m pleased to find him here looking so full of bliss 🙂

IMG_4997The Four Magicians

Seriously… what’s not to love…

IMG_4996The Moon phases…

Also… the cards are packed with Astrology correspondences… which I heartily appreciate… being far too lazy to either memorise or go look up for the nth time… which brings me to…

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Zodiac court cards…

I’m also intrigued by that extra suit… “Pause” which I can see working well enough on its own…

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I look through the deck and it feels as though there are many decks in one… it works more than well with just the 78 cards that tarot heads are used to seeing… though I like the big coloured borders that make it easy to sort quickly… it reminds me a bit of lego… here’s six colours… build whatever you can imagine… take it apart, mix it around… do as thou wilt… 😉

I decide to choose one card to sum up the deck…

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A-ha!!

The infinite hotel!

Always fully booked and always room for more…

 

Oh For Fox Sake…

IMG_4991Ok… admittedly I’m frequently an irascible soul… or so some would claim…

On the whole and left alone in my own little world, I’m generally laid back to the point of horizontal… though every so often someone else tries to merge their reality into mine and then I can become vertical with a vengeance…

Now there is something that I’ve noticed over the last few years… and it comes into view way too often for my liking…

From where I’m standing there seems to be an over abundance of project optimism… There also seems to be some kind of assumption or maybe misguided rumour going around that if you are doing anything remotely holistic for a living then you must have had half of your brain cells scooped out…

Maybe I’m reading it wrong…

I don’t know…

What I do know is that I hear way too much chatter about ‘potential’ and nowhere near enough information about the details or facts and figures… always castles in the air presented and never the solid foundations… and when you ask questions or try to examine the ‘information’ being presented then that’s where it gets interesting…

Suddenly you’re under fire for being negative or problematic or you get some love and light bastard saying things like… oh… I know you’re in a bad place right now… maybe you should go and meditate, cleanse your aura and balance your chakras so you can go trust and go with the flow… find your faith again… you need to reverse your conditioned negative thinking patterns…

Mmmm… really…

See… it is my experience that going with the flow with people who refuse details only leads to being sold down the river…

Asking questions and wanting to see the figures does not equate to a deficit in positivity…

It is not negativity!

It is numeracy!

And if you want to talk business then… how can I put this nicely?

Love and ledgers…

Numeracy KS PBT

Set ’em up Jo…

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The theme for this blog hop was set by Joanne Sprott, who prompted…

Give us your take on the influence of the Sun and/or Mercury in the Tarot or your favorite oracle deck…

This amused on several levels… firstly I guess, because… well… I am just so easily amused in general! Secondly… In my Astrological birth chart, I have 5 planets hanging out in Virgo which is ruled by Mercury (I also have a wry smile at the thought of Virgo corresponding to The Hermit… and wander off sideways to wonder if that has anything to do with me often being asked as to whether I’m a very noisy introvert or an extremely antisocial extrovert… )

Thirdly… Last blog hop, I was spinning around with my personality card The Wheel… So Mercury brings to mind my Soul Card – The Magician… and The Sun… well that brings out the 3rd card in my birthcard pairing… My Shadow card is the Sun…

So all these thoughts and a few more I forget whirl around and soon I’m heading away to play with Night Sun Tarot… I lay out my Birth Chart Mandala to see what I can hear…

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I say…pssssst…. Merc! What are you talking about?

He hisses back… Merc? Call me Hermes… I’m talking about Psychopomp and Circumstances…

What is that supposed to mean…

The Sun chips in…Take a closer look and see where we shine…

So I pull out all the cards where these two appear and I shuffle them up and ask again…

What are you talking about?

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And this is what I heard…

Sun & 10 of Swords - Sun/Gemini

Sun & 10 of Swords – Sun/Gemini


So… this is what it’s come to… Our glory days coming to an end and here we are… sitting it out somewhere in a bar near the ending of our Universe… We used to be so revered… One by one they turned against us…

Magician & 10 of Pentacles - Mercury/Virgo

Magician & 10 of Pentacles – Mercury/Virgo

I know what you mean man… Time was when they believed in Magic… and now when I levitate… They don’t believe it… they mock and say I just sit on a barstool… Breaking down every little detail… over analysing us to death… Still… I guess the advent of that new religion didn’t help me… and all that stuff about thou shalt not and ‘Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.’ I’m Mercury Man… yet I still get tossed out with the golden calves…

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6 of Chalices – Sun/Scorpio & 3 of Wands – Sun/Aries

Well… bottoms up my friend! Here’s to the past and who knows what the future will bring… Do you think we’ll ever be glorious again…

 

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5 of Pentacles Mercury/Taurus

 

Who knows… all things go around… and speaking of which… I’m getting a bit short on Dinars… Any chance of you getting a round in?

 

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8 of Pentacles – Sun/Virgo

Well… I’d like to mate… though I’ve been advised to save a few quid for a rainy day… 

 

 

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8 of Wands – Mercury/Sagittarius

Rainy day! Don’t make me laugh! You’re the Sun! You make it shine wherever you go… Loosen up… Live a little… Even for immortals, life is too short to have regrets…

 

 

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4 of Pentacles – Sun/Capricorn

Yeah… that’s easy for you to say… you’re used to being foot loose and fancy free and going wherever your whims take you… Some of us have to be solid and stable… some of us have responsibilities, dependants…

 

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3 of Chalices – Mercury/Cancer & 6 of Swords – Mercury/Aquarius

Yeah, yeah, yeah… I’ve heard it all before… I get it! You are the centre of the Universe! Well… if you want to stay in your rut, then that’s all fine and good by me… but yeah… I have wanderlust… And I think I’ve just heard them call ‘Last Orders!’ So… Let’s make it one more for my baby and more for the road…

 

 

 

This way for the Exodus…

I have Alison Coals to the left of me and Arwen Lynch to my right…

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Time… it peeks at many things…

Myth Magic White Rabit time

 

It’s been a strange few weeks or maybe months of late… or maybe even longer… Who knows?

My grasp on time has always been tenuous at best… I’ve never really been fully convinced that time is a one way street despite many years of hearing  – Oh, you’ll be old before you know it… you’ll wonder where time went… I remember hearing that the first time when I was around age 3 or 4 and finding it quite puzzling… I’d not really grasped that people did age… I thought that people just stayed the age they were. The world seemed to be divided into two types of people… Those who were my age… and those who were incredibly ancient. Actually… I still have days like that now and then… not exactly alike but similar enough to keep me amused…

Linear time… I guess it’s constructed for linear thinkers… a device to put structure and direction in place… a tool to describe their reality… I’m not a fan of linear time… it feels more like a stepladder… rigid and mostly full of holes and if you try to bend it, it will snap…

Time to me has always felt bendable…or maybe expandable or inflatable… sometimes stoppable… pause-able… is that plausible… divisible and multiple… examine-able yet  invisible when directly viewed…  best caught and seen when it thinks that you’re not looking…

No… not linear… an interwoven web… lines that touch and cross… the tick tick tock not a clock… a stenographer recording… a knitter knitting… counting every stitch…

My last few weeks… much news has come my way… events that have rippled lives… and I’ve sat with steady eyes and heavy heart… Karen? You don’t look surprised… Ah… c’est la vie I reply… My tongue lies still and silent… There’s no joy to be found by explaining that you knew many years ago how this tale would end… It would be unnecessarily cruel to sit in judgement and preach… well how can you bleat about the ripples and ignore the massive rock you tossed way back at the start? What did you really expect? How else could it end when you built on a foundation of secrets and lies…

Unnecessary and pointless… In the mind of the narrator… well the rock was never tossed…The story line has been edited and tweaked so many times… they no longer remember the original plot…

But I guess that’s the thing about time… you can go shuffle your own story ad infintum… But you can’t go rewrite all the paths that crossed yours…

Increasingly it’s a DBI (Delete Block Ignore) culture… but live people and their histories don’t disappear into the aether or fall away like unwanted clips of film discarded by the Director’s hand, just because you decide to unplug… switch off… edit them out…

People resurface… consequences catch up…

Time… it peeks at many things…

It remembers… forwards, backwards… this way, that way… all ways always…

Sometimes it bangs on the door like some Cosmic Pikey…

‘Allo there!! I’ve come to resurface!!

What? Resurface? I don’t need that!

Oh… But you don’t have a choice… Your time is up…

What are you resurfacing?

Ah… well… you remember all that shit you pretended never happened… and you thought everyone would forget… well… here’s how it is… I’m come to give you a quote…

Quote? How much?

Ah… cheap at twice the price… just your immortal soul…

😉