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Imbolc, The Rise & Stirring of the Tarot Princesses

The Quickening of the Year

The Rise and Stirring of the Tarot Princesses

Art by WarwickGoble; Google image from 'teachmetarot.wordpress.com'

Art by WarwickGoble; Google image from ‘teachmetarot.wordpress.com’

Many of my friends will soon be celebrating Imbolc, also known as Candlemas, at the end of January and the beginning of February. The next equinox is approaching and the Earth, our celestial Mother, is beginning to awaken from her dark slumber. Her fiery husband is courting her with ever increasing warmth of light and love; stirring her, quickening her heart beat, and bringing her flow into fullness. She spreads open her presence to receive and we join in the divine dance through ritual whether ancient or not.

Winter is often referred to as the ‘crone’ period, where our lives become quiet and we go deep within to listen to the experiences of the past year, dream of the upcoming year and honor the presence of friends and family still with us. The winter is the time when the veils are thinnest, when we release the old and many choose to exit this realm to return to our true home with First Source. The vacuum of winter pulls on all that can no longer remain tethered to the Self and its connection to Earth. Winter’s grip is tight, cold and we see the severity of Geburah, but pray for the mercy of Chesed. The quickening of light and warmth is when the snow begins to recede showing us the first signs of the promise of spring; the time of the maiden. This is the splendor of Hod and victory of survival in Netzach.

Princess of Disks

Princess of Disks

In Tarot this time of year is represented by a rising of the four Princesses of the Elements of the human psyche. In the Thoth deck, the Princess of Disks is pregnant with the seed of promise, the assurance that our Mother will again warm her daughter’s womb in preparation for bearing fruit through our labors.

Princess of Wands

Princess of Wands

The Princess of Wands rides the fiery current of the warming fire sent from deep within our Mother’s heart, the quickening of the serpent fire to prepare her daughters for divine courtship and the Great Rite to follow. It is she that invokes, she that holds the wand in her authority of her Mother, and she that pushes life forward.

Princess Cups

Princess Cups

The Princess of Cups is dressed in her finest gown of sensual crystalline weave. She reweaves the old into the new while correcting any errors remaining from the past year. She is fluid and feeling everything all around her but not controlled by it; she rules her feelings and emotes only what is the truth of her feelings.

Princess of Swords

Princess of Swords

The Princess of Swords rises forth to apply her sword of understanding removing the thoughts that will no longer serve the divine Self in our journey to understand the divine architecture of our expanding and evolving presence. Together, these four act under the direction of the Great Mother. They are soon to be courted by their magical matches, the Divine Princes, riding downward from their fiery house of the Sun and acting their part to complete the divine marriage of sun and moon, dark and light, anima and animus; the two serpents rising around the maypole of the Divine Sword of our Spine and joining our Mother and Father in the divine presence of I AM. All in preparation for the renewed cycle of opening and expanding, all that is on this plane we call home.

Now is the time we clean up the wintery dust of stale thoughts, feelings and emotions. We open the windows and doors to welcome in fresh air, set fire to the old remnants we find buried and hidden in closets; things we coveted but no longer call to us as hoarded thoughts and feelings. We gather to dance around the fire in gratitude and bliss; preparing for the gush of fecund gifts to come forth to all who prepare.

In the next week, take time to recognize the process it takes for food to adorn your table, fire to warm your hearth, and the physical temple your Soul uses as its personal Avatar. Honor your bodies with cleansing baths, scented and energetically clearing. Clean the home and hearth to call forth new energy and begin a new cycle of experience. Eat foods the encourage health like blackberries (the darker the color means it is full of antioxidants and Vitamin K), anything with ginger to get the blood going and assist inner energies to get moving, and if you are feeling the need for a taste of the fresh fullness of new life, eat cheese from ewe’s milk.

Photo: Google Images Sodahead.com/Gaia

Photo: Google Images
Sodahead.com/Gaia

When you throw a tarot spread, ask ‘Show me what remains hidden and needs to be released.” Call forth the maidens of the tarot for assistance to feel, understand, impassion and fill your presence with the seeds of a new year’s opportunities. See them as the sensual and magical maidens of change and growth; but beware of what you ask. They each manifest under divine authority of each Queen of the deck and the Great Empress, who reflects the knowing from the Divine First Mother. Keep your heart true to your divine Self; sovereign and without limits, be mindful of that which you agree to, or surrender to, from the outside of integrity of You.

Grace Sequoia
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IAM – Au Courant

IAM Au Courant photo source: http://www.lauragraceweldon.com (see also – shortgreenpigg.deviantart.com)

Some meditations bring questions,  some answers,

or, this morning, while sitting under twin-cedars, this.

I call this post Au Courant.

What would you call it, and why? 

 

Scene: 7:17am, 67 degrees,

beneath two 50-year-old Cedar trees named “The Sisters”

I breath in…out…I breath in…and out…

a movie begins to play

and the narration is this ~

There is nothing; a nothing that holds place. A dark thick matter poised as if held without purpose, all potential, unrealized. And as an outer lid opens, there is yet an inner lid that remains shut; yet ready, at any moment, for any moment, a moment. Then something is felt, the inner lid opens and an awareness is present, the question: I AM.

For a brief moment, the awareness waits for something, anything, to appear in response, yet nothing returns the ping of I AM. And in that moment, the nothing shifts into multitudes of expression, and ‘I AM’ is expressed outward in all directions turning to see its self. And it responds with I AM Many Expressions, ME. And it begins to explore each expression, simultaneously, in loving joy and wonder, bestowing upon itself a promise to continue expressing till all ME’s are exhausted. Each ME expressing over and over again, moving in and out of itself, evolving into fractals of connections upon connections.

The First IAM that becomes the First Source of presence, in love with itself, in wonder and joy, exploring and learning through the first-question:     

I AM…

 Grace Sequoia LeFae’

Honoring The Dance

“…We should dance like there’s nobody watching…”

Today’s post is about honoring our own ‘dance.’ Each of us walks, talks, and expresses our life in different ways. It is our own dance where we partner with the various parts of our self, our friends, our family and our experiences. Much like the image to the left, there is a moment that we know deep within our self that strikes the pose of presence; and it belongs to ‘You’ completely. No other being does it like you or ever will.

One of my favorite lines of a verse by William Purkey states that, “we should dance like there’s nobody watching.”  And it’s true. We should each find that point of presence on our personal Tree of Life, our Tiphareth of solar shining, and bring it down into Yesod to form and express its presence. All too often we look over our shoulders to compare, and then we feel a tension deep within as we try to adjust to, stay within, that required tiny tolerance of what we compare against. That tension is when we step out of the integrity of our own dance and into that of another’s. Doing what makes us dance the brightest is part of the integrity of living our life, of being the You of you.

Wikipedia Tree of Life 2009

Wikipedia Tree of Life 2009

Throughout the universe, you not find exact duplicates; there is no exact cloning of Being. There can’t be. Difference is that slight shift that keeps the gyroscope of presence going and flowing into what is possible instead of the static state of Being which leads to the eventual transformation through putrefaction.  We want that dynamic state, the fullest expression, the whole dance and nothing but the dance. Children live this way until we tell them to follow the prescribed cultural syllabus.  We seek freedom but we consult a massive tome of rules and regulations about the ‘how high to step’ and ‘which tempo’ to dance. The joy of being is about the joy of, well, Being.

Part of Qabbalah is about traveling up and down the Tree of our ‘own’ Life, experiencing in various combinations the multifaceted way of being. Because through us the First Source experiences with us each time we’re laughing, crying, eating, dancing, screaming, sky-diving, playing, sleeping and yes, even sensually. My guess is that the First Source really likes this part because it really is the most sensual experience. And some even call it ‘dancing in the dark.’

When we dance to the sound of our own drum, follow the music of our heart, we are not only honoring the integrity of our being, we are sharing it with the world. It’s our gift to the world and it wantonly calls us to do so. When we do this, we become a unique part of a snowflake, a fractal, or note from a chord of sound that the universe needs to complete a choreographed moment. If you deny it, the movement is incomplete and an imbalance occurs. If many of us deny the universe of our unique dance, there becomes a disharmony that screams for resolve. To address this the First Source has built into the Universal pattern or refrain to modulate from one part of the score into the next. But remember that included in this score is the knowing that we cannot appreciate another’s misstep without out having made our own misstep of the dance. Both are required, so both are necessary and part of a way for us to ‘know thy self’. And this is where during our footwork we look to find the errors and correct them. Notice I said ‘correct’ and not ‘fix’. To ‘fix’ is to establish that it was wrong and didn’t belong, to ‘correct’ is to adjust into what is needed to master our Dance. By knowing our self we know our dance and honor it daily as best we understand how.

So the next time you see someone doing their dance in a way you don’t appreciate, remember that they are “another way to be you” and their dance is present because the First Source is dancing that dance, that way, and at that moment. Either join in or honor the First Source as it dances.

 Grace Sequoia – A Wild Dryad

The Dryad Is Back!

great horned owl pixabay - infobarrel-com

The Dryad is back! After some time away for caregiving, I am returning to the great work and sharing the insights and blessings of my craft. I will begin blogging again and sharing awareness and resources to help walking through the upcoming shifts and changes and how best to stay connected to your truth and claim your inheritance as a ‘sovereign being’ in the universe of the ‘now’.

UPCOMING NEWS

FAIRS: 4/18/15 Mystical Winds Holistic Fair, Everett WA

Come find me at the Mystical Winds Holistic Fair in Everett WA, Saturday April 18th, 2015. I’ll be in booth #38. I am singing in the Language of Light for Dryadic Blessings and offering Tarot readings from a Kabbalistic approach. I will also have some mandala coloring books, artwork, and tarot bags for sale.

NEW PROJECTS

Book In Process ~ Tarot Spreads for the New Aeon

Stay tuned for my upcoming book of new spreads for the New Aeon – including the Physician’s Spread – and others related to Kabbalistic work and ways to daily experience the tarot deck to learn about your self. There will also be a spread to reach out to and connect to the Angels of the Tarot.

CLASSES

Using Tarot to augment energy work – The Physician’s Spread

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 @ Lynnwood Meadowdale Workloft

A class on using the Physician’s Spread to augment your energetic healing work will be on held in May as part of the Love-and-Light Community group. My many thanks to Diane Garris for sharing her loft space to hold this class!

This is a 21 card spread designed to THE PHYSICIAN’S SPREAD – (a Kabbalistic tarot spread), is a unique tool for understanding how the energies of an individual’s thoughts, emotions, and passions are impacting their body. This is a 21-card spread offering a look at: the inner/outer approach to their life, their mind/personality process-flow, the five main systems and the five basic regions of the body individually, followed comparison of systems to each region and lastly a Final Awareness Message. These six ways offer insight into a person’s current life-condition/situation and a way to augment any energy-worker’s tool box. A workbooks with the spread and worksheets for notes will accompany the class. Come discover a way to help encourage your clients to “become the change they wish to see.”  Click here for details.
In Infinite Love & Gratitude,
Grace LeFae’

Honoring the Silence of Empty Space…

Honoring the Silence of Empty Space

source: the sound RAMA, by soundcloud website

source: the sound RAMA, by soundcloud website

At this time of year I usually write about joy, glad tidings and the spirit of warmth for the holidays. This time I would like to challenge each of you to add to your holiday traditions, a moment surrendered to silence to honor what surrounds the fullness of life; empty space. We have passed a new moon, the winter solstice and approach the end of a calendar year. This year has expressed itself at record speed, and record shifts have taken place in and around all of us. Together and separately we have experienced events at home and abroad, and they have filled our minds and hearts with highs and lows, joy and sadness, wonder and despair. But in between these events recorded in the matrix of our collective consciousness, is the sacred inky element; empty space.

Here in the abyss of our universal mother’s infinite womb is the silent space where are all things known and unknown are found. Here we find thought forms left behind, ignored, and passed by during the business of our mundane lives, now in process for recycle and renewal. Shells of events unfinished, books thought closed but the closing line yet unwritten. This is where in revered silence our tears fall, creating pools of reflections in liquid darkness and each pool showing us what we need to remember – to honor where silence gives birth to sound, dark to light, and emptiness to fullness of form.  So here in lies my request.

Before you lift a glass, light a candle or offer a gift, take a breath and be silent. Hold in that moment the measure of what ‘is’ and honor it. Remember the journey taken to be there, to be giving, and loving, to be receiving and honor it. Honor the ‘void’ between cycles, the ‘trans’ before forming; the profoundness of empty space that allows awareness of each event, each new life, each coming and each passing.

We are the sum of our parts. The macrocosm and microcosm; and as such, we must honor the totality of the whole. By honoring the empty space, the silence that resounds loudly the ‘I AM’, we embrace the connecting shadow of our light and the profound power to Be. So take a breath and for just a moment, connect to the emptiness, the silence, and then move forward.

 

In Gratitude,

    Grace LeFae’

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Grass

Today I finished reading a short, but wonderful book titled, “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating“, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. I’m not going to retell the story, but I will tell you this, it’s an amazing and honest journey of a woman’s ability to move forward in her life, aided by her observations of the small snail living in a pot of violets at her bedside. It sounds simple, but the most simple things in life can become the most moving and life changing if we truthfully open ourselves to them.

Which brings me to today’s post. Most of us move about the planet under a set of required tasks, expected events and self-imposed routines. And each day we make choices that steer out boats about the cosmic sea according to our whims and wishes. Sometimes, life brings a storm that causes us to stop a moment and re-examine our lives and what we have placed value on and what we have set aside. But most of us have few interruptions that forces us to rewrite our course to stay or change.

The wild snail in the book is very adaptable. It does what it needs to survive with little thought on the why and where of the cause; only that a change is required. Humans on the other hand, we love to expound on the why and share theories of what should have happened, could have happened, and then…what if; but not necessarily to make a change. We do love to advise though. Even if we have nary an understanding of the source of the situation, but we have great imagination and thus, we can create a solution. Which is why it is such a trial and error life. I digress. My point is if a snail can not be worked up over being moved to a new location, with no idea for food and sustenance and yet, and yet, manage to figure it out without drama, why can’t we?
Meditation, praying, retreats and moments of reclusiveness all have one thing in common; a chance to be quiet. To still the mind, to become mind-less. This is what the book brought to my attention. To hear a wild snail eating, can’t happen with the television or radio on. It can’t happen with an iPod or cell phone in use. It happens when we slow down long enough for the outside world to be heard in the subtle layers of sound and movement. It’s amazing when you think about it. So my challenge to you is, if you had a chance to slow down long enough to hear something so subtle as a snail eating, what would you listen for? And how long would you be willing to wait, to let all the chatter cease to be able to hear it? Think about it. I did. ~ Grace