Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This card shows three women working together to build a structure, most likely something that will benefit not only them but the whole community. They are here to remind you if you have a project that seems to big then seek the aid of those around you. Working together not only makes it easier but also more enjoyable. You will make new friend and strengthen your bonds with friends and family.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Lovers card represents the joining of two as one. This could mean two people in love joining in a physical union but it is not limited to this. It could be two minds joining to create something greater then the two could ever have alone. It could mean bring two conflicting parts of your own personality together to create a more balanced self. What ever the union that is in store for you, you need to be open to it. If you are not willing to let of your ego you will never be able to join with another and you will miss out in all the peace and joy that a union can bring.
Monday, November 15, 2010
The nine of wands is a very energetic card. The woman pictured sits in meditation with nine flaming wands behind her. The wands are an accumulation of a life time of knowledge and power. She has learned to store her energy and save it for when it is needed. She is here to remind you to do the same. You can draw energy and power from everything you have learned over the years, but don't waste it, put it to good use and you will do great things.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Crone stands at the crossroads not sure which direction to take she looks to the sky Goddess for aid. The stars and the moon are lanterns left out for her guidance. There is a decision to be made in your life. But this is a decision you need to make on your own, your friends and family can't help you. You must take sometime exploring your inner self, this is where your answer is. The Crone is here to guide you during this time of solitude. Take you time and enjoy the quiet and get reacquainted with yourself. Sometimes we loss ourselves in our fast paced lives. Once you find yourself you will know which road to take.
Monday, November 8, 2010
The 10 of wands is a very energetic card. The women pictured in this card are evolved in a trance dance. They are letting all of their built up energy out. They are releasing stress, anxiety, hope, fear- everything that has built up within them. We all need to do this from time to time and what better way to do it then within a safe and trusted community.
How long has it been since you spent time with your girl friends. Have you let work and family take over your life? Perhaps it's time to call your friends and sisters and have a girls nights. If this isn't possible you can meet them in meditation. Find some time when you won't be disturb, turn on some music and dance. Your sisters will join you in the ethers.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Eight is the number of change and cups is the suit of emotions. Pictured in this card is an octopus holding eight very different cups. The octopus is a creature that can hide behind its own ink cloud. Do you feel like you've been hiding? Are you juggling to many different emotions? You have a lot of things going on in your life and you are being pulled in a new direction. Do not be afraid of change, do not let it stress you out. Just relax and let the ocean currents take you where they may. You have the strength to handle what ever comes.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The ten of discs is all about community coming together for a common cause. Here a woman is giving birth aided by three other women. She is surrounded by ten other women all holding discs with different images on them. Each person in the community has a talent of gift that they are offering to teach to the child. These women have learned that a community that shares and works together is a strong one.
The ten of discs is here today to remind you that you are not alone. You are part of a community. Have you forgotten this? Are you trying to solve all your problems alone? Are you afraid to ask others for help when you have to much to do? Reach out to the people in your life, you may be amazed at how much they are willing to help. Or are you the one who is in the position to help others? Do not think of it as a duty or a choir. Working together with others can be very rewarding and will strengthen your bonds with those around you.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The Strength card like our last card, the Empress, represents the Mother Earth Goddess. However, the Empress is the grain Goddess who provides for her people where Strength is the Earth Goddess in her raw female power form. She is the fire Goddess and holds her flame out to us. Her fire is the passion that gives our lives meaning. She is the woman in all of us who is connected with nature, animals, and the moon. All women have the power to tap into these things and access great wisdom.
She is here today to remind you of your own power. What ever is going on in your life you have the strength to get through it. Trust in yourself and listen to your internal voice.
Brigid's Flame is once again burning in the town square of Kildare, Irland
Monday, November 1, 2010
The Empress represents the archetypal Mother Earth Goddess. She is Ishtar, Aphrodite, Demeter and many more. In this image she is lounging in a fertile green field smelling one of her roses. She is content and relaxed knowing that all is well and her people are well cared for. Her plants grow abundantly and her animals are thriving.
She is here today to remind you of the abundance of life. To often today we get caught up in our things and possessions and we forget the beauty of life. Spend some time outside today. Or take it a step further and try to go the whole day without buying anything material- anything unnecessary to sustain your life.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sometimes the cards just amaze me. Imagine my surprise when I drew the Death card on tonight, Samhian with tomorrow being the day of the dead. In our society death is thought of as a negative thing and an end point. But in tarot Death is not an ending but a beginning. In the motherpeace image there is a snake shedding it's skin. It is going through a transformation, part of it is dying but it's dead skin is being replaced by new life. This constantly happens in our lives, every time something ends it is replaced by something new.
Death is here today to remind us of this. I believe Death has also shown up today to remind us to remember those that have crossed over. Spend today The Day of The Dead remembering your loved ones, especially those that have past in the last year. But when today is over they will return to the land of the dead and you must remain with the living. Rejoice in their memory but do not linger in the past. The wheel is always turning and you must move on with your life.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The suit of swords represent mental activity and the powers of the mind. In this card a woman is standing on one leg while writing an infinity sign with two feathers. She is taking a moment to balance her mind to prepare for a future endeavor. The stock next to her represents fertility and is helping her find balance so her mind will be ready to begin creating.
Are you planning to start a new project? The 2 of swords is here today to remind you to prepare yourself before you begin. Take a deep breath and quiet your mind, because if you rush into things they can become stressful instead of enjoyable.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
In many different cultures hanging upside down is a symbol of initiation. Inanna descended to the underworld, was stripped of all her worldly possessions and was hung naked upside down. She had to give herself over completely and in a way die before she could learn the secrets of death. She returned to the world a changed woman with new knowledge. This story has been repeated again over and over again, even the Christan Jesus was hung on the cross and then resurrected three days later. Yogis teach their students to stand on their heads believing this will cause a change in their mental state. Their main goal is to have the ego disappear into the greater mind. In other words to experience the death of 'self' so they can become a part of something greater then themselves.
The Hanged One is here today to tell you not to be afraid of letting go. Allow your ego to drift away, it is the only way to truly feel ecstasy or love. Look at the world from a different angle, you'll be amazed at the things that are there that you've never noticed.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
In this card the woman is standing in front of an ocean of her own emotions. The cup on her head is over flowing with her hope, dreams and desires. There are so many of them that she is overwhelmed and not sure which ones to concentrate on. She holds out a net in front of her in an attempt to catch some of her desires but since they are made of watery emotions they will flow right through. If you find yourself feeling like this woman do not despair there is hope even if you can't see it. The answer is in the cup on top of her head. Aphrodite's dove is there to remind you that all woman have the power of the oracle. You intuitively know which of your dreams and desires are worth putting energy in and which are not right for you at this time. Just take some time to meditate and figure this out before moving on.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The Goddess Speaks:
I sit with my attention focused on my breath. Breathing in and out, inhaling and exhaling. Taking in and letting go, the dance of creation, the dance of the universe, the dance of life. I sit in stillness in focused awareness. Breathing in and out, as the ocean that is life churns and pulses around me, as oceans of incarnations swirl and twirl through me, besides me, all around me. My eyes see all, know all, and watch all. As I breath: Still. Focused. Aware. Centered. -Amy Sophia Marashinsky
Tara is a female Bodhisattva in Tibetan Buddhism. A Bodhisattva is a person who was motivated by compassion and achieved enlightenment. Tara is known as the 'mother of liberation' and represents the virtues of success in work and achievement. She is generally a tantric meditation deity.
She had many forms:
Green Tara, known as the Buddha of enlightened activity.
White Tara, also known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity.
Red Tara, a fierce aspect associated with magnetizing all good things.
Black Tara, associated with power.
Yellow Tara, associated with wealth and prosperity.
Blue Tara, associated with transmutation of anger.
She is here to remind you to keep centered. I once heard the Dalai Lama speak and the one thing he said that really stuck to me me was "If you cannot find time for meditation you will not have time for anything." Many times we forget that meditation is just as important to our health as eating right, exercise, and sleep. So take some time this weekend to think of ways to add a few minutes of meditation to your day. Or if you already have a practise maybe it's time to review it. Are you happy with it? Does it need some fine tuning? Maybe it's time to try something new or change the time of day you practice.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Baba Yaga is a witch like character in Slavic folklore who flies around on a giant mortar or broomstick and lives in a hut that stands on chicken legs. In many stories she is an antagonist who kidnaps and eats small children, however in many other stories she is sought out for her wisdom and offers guidance to lost souls. Seeking out her aid is usually portrayed as a dangerous act. An emphasis is placed on the need for proper preparation and purity of spirit, as well as basic politeness. Most likely she was a wise old woman Goddess figure who was turned into an evil "witch" by competing religions that moved into the area.
Baba Yaga is here today to remind you to remember the wisdom that ageing women hold. Our society devalues woman as they age and loss their beauty. Baba Yaga is screaming out "there is more then one type of beauty, everyone is beautiful if you will take the time to look. Do not look away from an old woman instead sit with her and listen. Show her the respect she deserves and she will share her wisdom."
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wednesday's card was drawn from The Goddess Oracle deck.
Hestia is the ancient Olympian Goddess of the hearth and home. She is thought of as the center of the home, the community, the town, and the city. No meal could be eaten without her, for she is the very fire that transforms the ingredients into nourishment. She is one of my favorites. After I clean my kitchen counters I rub them with a little clearly sage oil and ask Hestia to bless my home.
Hestia is here today to tell you it's time to shift some more energy to your home life. Are you working to hard at making a living that you can't enjoy your hearth? Your home is where you can recharge your energy, a place for you relax and be yourself. Take some time today to tidy up your place and burn some sage to cleanse the emotional space. If you have a fire place light a fire, or a candle will do, and welcome Hestia into your home.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sedna is the Inuit Goddess of the ocean. She was a beautiful young woman who is not impressed by any of her multiple suitors. One day a sea bird promised to take her away to his comfortable and luxurious home. The impulsive young girl eloped with the bird. However when she reached her new home she found it was a filthy and smelly nest and her new husband treated her like a slave. Sedna begged her father to come get her and take her home and he did. However while they were crossing the sea a flock of angry birds surrounded their boat. The flocks flapping wings caused a tremendous storm to arise and the small vessel tossed from side to side. Fearing for his own safety, Sedna's father threw her into the ocean to appease the birds. When Sedna tried to climb back into the boat her father cut off her fingers. As she sank to the bottom of the ocean, her dismembered limbs grew into fish, seals, whales, and all of the other sea mammals. She became the Goddess of the deep ocean and the provider of food for her people. But she only provides if her people respect her. Sedna found her power and never again would be a victim.
Sedna is here today to remind you that you have power over your own life. Bad things happen to everyone and at some point you will feel like a victim, but take a lesson from Sedna. She could have sunk to the bottom of the ocean and stayed there in misery but instead she found a purpose to her life and demanded respect from others.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Japanese Shinto Goddess of joy and happiness, Uzume is called the Daughter of Heaven and Heaven's Forthright Female. Her name means "whirling". She is also the Goddess of good health, which people obtain from drinking blessed water of her stream. When the Sun Goddess Amaterasu had hidden herself in a cave, thus covering the earth in darkness and infertility, it was Uzume who brought her back. With her provoking and curlew dances she managed to make the gods laugh so hard, that Amaterasu left the cave to see what was so funny. Her emerging brought light and life back to the earth.
She is here today to remind you that in even the gravest of times a little laughter can be just what is needed.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Cerridwen is a Welsh triple Goddess, Maiden, Mother, Crone. She represents the phases of a woman life as they are reflected in the phases of the moon. In her cauldron she brews the secrets of life, death and rebirth.
She is here today to remind you that death is not necessarily a bad thing. Death is always followed by rebirth. To look at it from the other direction everything new replaces something old. Her message is the same as the Death card in a traditional tarot deck. A love affair may end or a job may be lost and you will mourn these things but don't dwell on the negative for to long. Keep your eyes on the horizon so you don't miss the new and perhaps better opportunities that are out there.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The Egyptian birth and death Goddess Hathor is pictured as the winged cow of creation. She created the body for the immortal spirit to reside in. As such she governed all bodily pleasures such as music, song, dance, art, love and touch.
She is here today to remind you that life is not worth living without pleasure. All work and no play leads to a very stressful life. Pleasure itself will relieve stress. So don't feel guilty for taking some time out for fun, consider it a necessity in order to get your work done.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Chinese legend tells of a quarrel between two powerful Gods. When the water god, Gong Gong, saw that he was losing, he smashed his head against Mount Bzxhou, a pillar holding up the sky. The pillar collapsed and caused the sky to tilt towards the northwest and the earth to shift to the southwest. This caused great calamities, such as unending fires, vast floods, and the appearance of fierce man-eating beasts. Nu Kua cut off the legs of a giant tortoise and used them to supplant the fallen pillar, alleviating the situation and sealing the broken sky using stones of seven different colors, but she was unable to fully correct the tilted sky. This explains the phenomenon that sun, moon, and stars move towards the northwest, and that rivers in China flow southwest into the Pacific Ocean.
Nu Kua is here today to remind you to find balance within your world. Everything in your life reflects everything else. If one of your "pillars" falls your whole life will fall into chaos. She is also here to tell you perfect balance is not always possible so don't create undue stress in your life trying to achieve this. Even she wasn't perfect enough and had to leave the world slightly out of balance. So find a balance that works for you.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Sheila Na Gig is the name given to the stone carvings of a woman holding open her womb. These are found widely over Ireland and Britain but are found throw out the world. Their meaning is widely debated by historians. Some relating them to Ancient Mother Goddesses and others calling them warnings against lewd sexual behavior. The beauty of religious and spiritual beliefs is that they evolve with the needs of the people. Today we need to be reminded of our power as women. We are the givers of life and death. Our wombs are warm and protective and should not be feared. In this card the Sheila Na Gig is portrayed as a hag (wise woman) in all her glory: rib cage of bone, breast dried out and sagging, with few remaining teeth and little hair, yet vibrate and defiant in the beauty of her age. This beauty is the right of all women to claim. She dares you to look at her, face your fears of aging, and triumph in your celebration of what will age and die.
Meditate on these things and remember that your greatest power comes from your ability to birth. But this does not just mean children. You birth things every day with your creative energies and your wise woman thoughts. And your ability to birth doesn't end at menopause but only gains in wisdom.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Inanna is the Queen of Heaven and Earth and the Goddess of Love. She is also Goddess of Grain, War, Fertility, Sexual Love. She traveled to the under world to learn the secret of death and bring it back to her people. By doing this she taught us the death is not to be feared and is a necessary part of life.
The Goddess Speaks: "I went there of my own free will, I went there in my finest gown, with my rarest jewels and my Queen of Heaven crown. In the Underworld at each of the seven gates I was stripped seven times of all that I thought I was till I stood bare in who I really am. Then I saw Her. She was huge and smelly and hairy with a lion's head and lion's claws devouring everything before Her. Ereskigal, my sister. She was all that I am not, all that I have hidden, all that I have buried, she is what I have denied. Ereskigal, my sister, Ereskigal, my shadow, Ereskigal, my self." -Amy Sophia Marashinsky
She is here today to remind you that your dark side is something not to be denied. You cannot be a whole person with out it. Wipe off your makeup, mess up your hair, strip off your clothes and scream. Let out the anger you've been holding in. If you feel like you've been embracing the darkness for to long she is here to tell you it is time to journey back to the living world. If you spend to much time in the darkness you will start to feel sorry for yourself and forget about the joys of living.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Minerva is the Roman Goddess of intelligence, creativity, wisdom, domestic skills, and handicrafts. She is the patroness of artisans and all persons whose handiwork is guided by their minds. She appears in the card with her sacred olive tree and wears a breastplate edged with snakes, and an owl on her headdress. Snakes and owls represent wisdom.
Minerva is here today to tell you it is time to examine your beliefs and change them if they do not nurture your wholeness. A wise person knows when to dis guard old ways of thinking that no longer serve them.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The Vila are the Slavic versions of nymphs that are often depicted as beautiful winged women, naked or dressed in white with long flowing hair, although they are shape-shifters and can also appear as swans, horses, snakes, or falcons, or as natural phenomena such as whirlwinds. The Vila live deep in the forest. They are fierce protectors of it's animals and plants and are revered for their deep knowledge of herbal healing. Humans who harm their creatures may be lured into a magic circle and danced to death, crushed in a landslide or drowned in a river.
They are here today to remind you to honor nature and all it's gifts. But also to honor your own nature and gifts. Remember that you are a complex person with many aspects. Allow yourself to shape shift and show all your different "animals".
Friday, October 1, 2010
Isis is the Egyptian Goddess of magic and the giver of life. Unlike other Egyptian Goddesses she spent time among her people, teaching women how to grind corn and make bread, spin flax and weave cloth, and how to tame men enough to live with them. Over time as she gained popularity she embodied the characteristics of all the lesser Goddesses that preceded her. In later Egyptian history she became best known for her association with her brother Osiris. He became her lover and her brother Set killed him out of jealousy and dismembered his body and scattered the pieces. Isis gathered the pieces of Osiris' body and with her magic brought him back to life and conceived her son Horus with him.
Isis is here today to remind you of your mothering abilities. Are you a mother or nurturer to others? Don't forget to save some of that energy for yourself. Have you been feeling unfulfilled lately? Maybe it's time to start a new project. Your mothering energy doesn't need to be directed toward a person a project is the perfect place to put that energy.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sophia is the Greek Goddess of wisdom.
She is know by many other names: Hohkma in hebrew, Sapientia in Latin, Mother of All for Gnostics, and the Holy Spirit in early Christianity.
One of her symbols is the dove. The dove today is still a symbol of purity and wisdom. She is the dove that appeared to Mary and entered her to create life. She is Aprodite's dove who adds wisdom to her beauty to bring peace. Hebrews see her as the female aspect of God. According to Gnostic creation myths she was born of silence and gave birth to both Male and Female who together created all the elements of our material world.
Her sacred shrine is Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
By those who love her she is readily seen,
And found by those who look for her,
In every thought of theirs,
she comes to meet them.
-Wisdom of Solomon 6:12 and 16
You of the whirling wings,
circling, encompassing energy of God:
you quicken the world in your clasp.
One Wing soars in heaven,
one wing sweeps the earth,
and the third flies all around us.
Praise to Sophia!
Let all the earth praise her!
-Hildegard of Bingen
She is here today to remind you to always listen to your inner wisdom. All woman are wise by their very nature but to often we have been taught to not trust ourselves. Don't listen to others who will make you second guess your wisdom, this includes your own negative voices.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I dance my life for myself, I am whole, I am complete.
I say what I mean and I mean what I say.
I dance the dark and the light, the conscious and the unconscious, the sane and the insane and I speak from myself, authentically, with total conviction, without regard for how I might look. All the parts of myself flow into the whole all my divergent selves unite as one. I listen to what needs to be heard. I never make excuses. I feel my feelings deeply and profoundly. I never hide. I live my sexuality please myself and pleasure others. I express it as it needs to be expressed from the core of myself, from the wholeness of dance. I am female, I am sexual, I am power, I was greatly feared.
Lilith's story, perhaps more then any other Goddess, has changed greatly over the centuries. Some believe she was a Sumerian Queen of heaven proceeding Inanna. In a later she is the demon snake at the base of the tree Inanna was tending too. However, the ancient poem this story comes from does not mention the name of the demon snake. Some believe her name was attached to this story much later after the Hebrew story of Lilith came about. The Hebrews believed Lilith was Adam's first wife. She left Adam because she refused to lie beneath him during intercourse. She insisted that because they were created equal that they needed to have sex equally. Adam's second wife Eve was made from a part of his rib so that she would have to be submissive to him. It is from this story that many modern feminists find inspiration.
Lilith is here today to remind you of your power. Do not let others control you. Always stand up for yourself. Insist that those around you treat you like an equal.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Sekhmet was the warrior Goddess of Upper Egypt. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. It was said that her breath created the desert. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare. After battles the people would hold festivals to pacify Sekhmet so that the destruction would end. Legend goes that after one battle her anger and blood lust could not be quenched and she almost destroyed all of humanity. So Ra tricked her by filling the Nile with beer and pomegranate juice so she thought it was blood and drank it till she was intoxicated and her anger quenched. The Nile really does turn red every year as it floods and red soil floats into it. This story could easily be a story of the Goddess saving the people from the flood water.
She is here today to remind us that anger is a real emotion and you can not deny it. Part of a woman's strength is from her anger, so don't hold it in. Confront your anger, understand what is behind it, and then release it. But don't hold onto it or it will burn you.
Friday, September 17, 2010
The Star card represents the calm after the storm. She comes after the destruction of the Tower card. Now everything has quieted down and you are in need of self-healing. It is time to remember that inside every woman is the radiant beauty of the stars above. On the Yucatan Peninsula of Central America women perform the healing ritual that is depicted in the Motherpeace artwork. A hollow is created in the earth and a woman baths there naked. The other women cover the surface of the water with flowers and dance around her singing and praying in order to heal her. This is the nurturing effect of tribal sisterhood.
In our fast paced modern lives we need to remember to set aside time for self healing. Take some time this weekend for a ritual bath, a massage, or eat some nourishing food. Or better yet plan something with your sisters and friends. You don't need to spend money you could give each other pedicures.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Crone corresponds to the Hermit in a traditional tarot deck. She is the wise old woman. She stands at the cross roads and appears to those who need to make a decision. You are in darkness and not sure which road to take. She uses her lifetime of knowledge and shines a bright star in the sky to show you the way. Is there someone in your life who could be the Crone? Have you been listening to her or shutting her out? Or is the Crone you? It's not about age, the Crone represents anyone with knowledge and guidance. Is there someone in your life in need of your help? Think of these questions as you go through your day today.
The Crone also represents the Dark Goddesses. As Mabon will soon be here they are starting to call to you. This is the time of the Dark Mother, Demeter mourning the lost of the her daughter Persephone. It is time to finish your harvest and prepare for the long winter. In this coming season reflect on Hecate. She is the Goddess of the crossroads. Just like she aided Demeter in finding Persephone, she will be there to guide you through the dark times in your life.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Aces represent gifts and since this card is a discs the gift will bring stability to your life. It could mean a new job, family member or friend. It may represent a new pattern of thinking in your life. The baby in the card is playing with a baby leopard. The leopard is it's spirit animal and will bring power to the child's life. The baby is also surrounded with acorns and sitting in front of a warm fire. This child has all it's earthly and spiritual needs met.
Today look for the gifts offered to you. They may be subtle but they will be there. Know that you will be as well taken care of as this child.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Depicted on this card are several women working on different crafts. They all are working on different projects but they have a common thread. Each item they are making has a useful purpose, something that will be used daily. Despite the fact that they are making common items they still put great care and creative energy into each piece. These women know that they are working together to weave a happy community. They understand that the energy they put into the objects they make will transfer to the people who use them. Knowing this secret makes their work satisfying and enjoyable.
They are here today to remind us that no job is meaningless and the energy you put into it will return to you. If you can find value and pride in your work your whole life will be more positive. However, if you focus only on the negative parts of your work you will be miserable doing it. So check you mental state before beginning your day today.