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…

 Astro Birth Chart Mandala

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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Let ME… tell YOU… what’s WRONG with kids today…

Let ME… tell YOU… what’s WRONG with kids today…

Really? You want me to tell you?

Really?

Because ME… I’m sick to the back teeth of hearing this and similar remarks in various guises… such as OH! and don’t even get me started on THIS generation’s whole sense of entitlement etc etc etc…

Yeah… I’ve had my fill of hearing this…

I’ve been parenting for knocking on for 25 years, what with 4 of my own and two step-kids…

And believe you me, throughout all these years, there’s never been a shortage of people queuing up to offer unsolicited advice, give me the benefit of their wisdom and generally point out just exactly how I’m doing it all wrong…

Yeah… time and time again I’ve been accused of bad parenting for all manner of reasons… Reasons may I add that make no sense to me… just that I’m not doing it right because the way I do things is not the way another person does things…

Well… bully for you!

There is that old phrase that kids don’t come with instruction manuals… and to be honest, even if they did, it would be highly probable that I wouldn’t read it anyway… But… bearing in mind I come from being dragged up by parents who really would have been doing me a massive favour by tossing me into the gutter to be raised by urban foxes… well… I consider it a huge success to end the day with the same number of kids I started with…

But… manual or no manual… There is one thing I know for sure(or as sure as one woman can be) and that is that all my kids are different… They are individuals with different needs and there is no one size fits all method… To treat them equally means to treat them all differently… to help and assist as and when and how required… to help them help themselves…

And I look at my kids and I like what I see… Ok… so they drive me to the brink of insanity on a regular basis but on the whole… yeah… I like what I see… I see witty, bright, intelligent people… I see very many things… I see what is RIGHT with my children…

OK… so I’m their Mother and I may be biased…

But this is one of the many reasons that I love to read tarot… I read tarot and I get to meet people of all ages from all walks of life… There’s no such thing as a typical tarot client, other than a general curiosity to find out more about one’s self…

So… today I am at an event and a youth keeps passing by my table and glancing across… He walks over in between clients and asks how much I charge. I tell him… he raises an eyebrow, thanks me and walks away…

Later he returns… He stands at a discreet distance and watches the reading that I’m doing and when the table becomes empty again, he walks over and asks – May I sit?

Sure…

He sits down and places his money on the table… He turns his calm face towards me and his eyes meet mine and he says – I’d like you to read my tarot for me please, I’d like you to tell me what you see…

A woman appears at his shoulder and says… Hey! I’m his Mum, is it ok for me to listen in? Can I squeeze myself in between you?

I turn to the youth – Is that ok with you?

He says- Yes, I’m perfectly fine with that, if that is ok with you.

We are all agreed and so the reading begins…

And it really is not my place to divulge the contents of a reading… but let’s just say that sat in the middle of his cards was this…

XIX The Sun (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

XIX The Sun
(c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

And around this card lay other cards that sounded out like a magnificent orchestra playing a symphony…

I looked into this youth’s eye and his steady gaze held mine… and my mind spiraled into the future and I saw glimpses of all the lives that he would touch… How his passion would radiate like the rays of the sun to warm and bless those around him… But I didn’t tell him what I thought he would become… I didn’t want to hear him in the future telling someone that he was doing this, that or the other because some tarot reader saw it in his cards… No… that’s piffle and tosh… What he will become, he will become through his own efforts and nothing should take that power away from him…

Instead, I told him what I could see now… And most of what I said made very little sense to me as they felt to be things that would normally be said to someone much much older… But I felt to be looking at very special person, one filled with focus, a sense of purpose, calmness, drive, talent and ambition… yet humble, grounded, polite and well mannered and considerate of those around him… He listened as I spoke and never took his eyes off of me and then he thanked me again… yes… you’re right that’s exactly how I am… He put his hand out to shake mine and again he thanked me and he said – I like what you see. I’m very happy that you’ve seen that. He left my table and his mother sat down and she said to me… Ok… now let me tell you why I’m so happy that you’ve seen that… My son is exactly how you described him and he is 17 and he has his own business, he can support himself and he’s worked really hard to make a living out of the things that  he loves most… he pours heart and soul into doing what he’s always wanted to do…

And she said much more and I watched her talk and felt my heart warm as the pride, respect and admiration she felt for her son spilled out of her…

So…

Let ME… tell YOU… what’s WRONG with kids today…

Nothing!!! Nothing is wrong with kids today… I believe that all kids are born with dreams and potential…

And our main job is to NOT PISS ON THEIR PARADE…

So… should you ever feel the urge to offer me your take on what is wrong with kids today… approach with extreme caution or you may well find that you’ve just grabbed a tiger by the tail…

I respectfully suggest that you leave me alone and go and actually LISTEN to some of these kids…

Then… YOU… tell ME… what’s RIGHT with kids today… because that’s something I have plenty of time to listen to…

 

You can Love and Light me all the way to hell…

You know… I’m often perceived as a fairly laid back person… which surprises me and people who are close to me… as yeah… maybe I am laid back to a degree but I’m only laid back up until the point where I’m not laid back… and then I’m vertical with a vengeance!

And mostly, it’s not that I’m laid back at all but more that I’m pretty happily occupied with a zillion and one thoughts and I’m just not that observant of what is being said around me… Until something ripples my pond and then you have my full attention…

And today… my full attention has indeed been stirred…

Fully stirred by three little words…

LOVE AND LIGHT

Why?

Because they come at the end of a snarky email filled with rudeness, assumptions and patronising overtones…

Oh… but that’s OK… no need for me to take offence….as it ends with LOVE AND LIGHT

And when I challenge the tone, I get a further email complaining about my ‘nasty response’… also ending with Love and Light…

I’m fed up with this phrase and how it’s tossed around… used as some sort of glamour to cover up nasty attitudes… and a vain attempt to deny one’s dark side…

I am full of light and so I am right!

Really? See you tell me that you are only light and I only see half a person…

I can be as Sunny as the sunniest of sunny bunnies…

But I know I have a dark side… I like my dark side… Often it’s my best side…

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XIX Sun (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

So I think it’s only fair to say…

Beneath my calm exterior lies a mind like a hornet’s nest…

If you want to come poking me with your shitty stick then hide behind your love and light mantra…

Don’t be surprised when you get stung…

 

Around and around and around…

There are 3 things that have been circling me lately… The Sun… The Ace of Pentacles and the Ouroboros…

So… a round and a round and a round…

And when did these begin to show up?

When I noticed a pattern that has been repeating in my life…

There have been 3 occasions where I’ve decided to follow new interests… and along side each one, has arrived company that feels the need to tell me just how I should be doing things and pointing out to me how I am going wrong… or I’m not good enough… or I should stick to what I know and stop making a fool of myself…

And always this information is delivered as being for my own good and that they only have my best interests at heart…

Funny thing is… this never comes from people who actually know anything about me…

So… I think to myself… Well… once is unfortunate… Twice is careless… Three times… Now that’s a pattern…

So… I asked myself… what should I be learning here?

And then somebody else started showing up…

Dear old Hanged Man…

XII The Hanged Man (c) 2010 Jordan Hoggard

XII The Hanged Man
(c) 2010 Jordan Hoggard

And I’m going to quote here directly from Mr Hoggard’s Imagination Primer that comes in that very chic box with the magnetic click that houses the Tarot in the Land of Mystereum…

IMAGINATION TOOLS FROM THE HANGED MAN

  • I give you a place of your own to clearly float in your mind.
  • I introduce you to illumination. Hang out with it once in a while.
  • I gift you a place to hang your idea solar system in these rings. I suggest you create orbits for your biggest ideas so they move naturally.
  • THE WHEEL mentioned to suggest that you play with your magical scale here when you want, too. It moves smoother here without resistance.
  • I gift you perspective for your play here so your play gives you more to explore later. For now, simply experience the insights you have while hangin’ out here.

So… I sat with him a while and we had a little chat and he said… Karen my lovely… you are way too easily distracted by pretty colours… Take away all the colours and see what you can hear…

So… I took some black card and a silver sharpie and I stripped him down to the bare bones…

And to my mind came Odin and the Yggdrasil tree… so I reached for my runes as well… and as HM is XII, which is basically a 3… I took out 3 runes and cast them to the Hanged Man…

Hanging with The Hanged Man...

Hanging with The Hanged Man…

 

And it really does make me laugh, that my runes have such a rockin’ sense of humour…

So there I have Eihwaz, associated with the Yew tree… Sowelu, associated with the Sun’s energy which has plopped itself down right on top of the ouroboros that sits on the HM’s tree… And there bursting out through the border is Teiwaz… The rune of the spiritual warrior…

And I was going to wax long and lyrical and then it occurs to me, that all I’ll be doing is repeating what the HM has already told me… and I am getting tired of the lather, rinse, repeat cycle…

And then instead of being distracted by colours, I find myself wandering off for a touch of I-Ching…

The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6, verse 5… and I think HM will dig this…

Lift up the self by the Self

And don’t let the self droop down,

For the Self is the self’s only friend

And the self is the Self’s only foe.

And if you want to hear more, straight from the HM’s mouth… go visit here… CLICK!!!