VII The Chariot

Focusing purpose, determination, resilience.

Successful ventures require consistent effort. With this in mind you can proceed. Understand that everything is continually changing however your direction can remain true and unwavering so long as you are committed to authenticity and truth.

Watch your ego and make sure it pulls on the reins with equal power as your spirit so it does not pull to one side and turn your vehicle in circles.

Right action will lead to the achievement you desire, you have all the energy you need for a positive outcome. Work wisely, leave a light foot print on the earth. Acknowledge and honour your vessel, your body. Feed yourself good healthy food and water, don’t rely on abusing stimulants to get you over the finish line.

Balance your emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual centres. Listen to the wisdom that each of them have to offer you and the venture you are undertaking.

Victory, intense activity, media success, steering your energies, ease, fertilization, travel.

References
Mother Peace. Vicky Noble. HarperSanFransisco. 1983.
Songs for the Journey Home. Catherine Cook & Dwariko von Sommaruga. 1996.
Book of Thoth. Aleister Crowley.
The Way of the Tarot. Alejandro Jodorowsky. Destiny Books 2004.
The Alchemists Tarot. Matsu & Hayat Morrison. 2020
Tarot. Kathleen McCormack. Fontana Books 1973

VI The Lovers

Union of Opposites, Surrendering to love.

An ambiguous card that points to the finding of what we love most and asks us if we are living in our own truth and joy? When we marry together the polarities of masculine and feminine, Yin and Yang, our inner and outer worlds, we can find peace.

To truly surrender to the beloved requires each of us to be coming from a place of wholeness. There may be a choice to make here, to dive deeper into relationship? To embark on a joint venture? Surely this is a relational space, this is the first Major Arcana card to feature more that one person, usually two. The Gemini twins. Androgynous, Hermaphrodite, self completing.

The inevitable cycles of life create union and dissolution simulatenously and continually.

Unconscious loving leads to dependancy, clinging, jealousy, possessiveness. It is to abandon the self and live only from a place of lack. In order to reach unconditional love it is necessary to have down the physical, mental and emotional groundwork.

To love another is to witness a thousand deaths of people they have outgrown, goals completed or abandoned, personalities discarded,  transformations embraced. To love the self is to allow this to occur within, self acceptance, appreciation, and the ability to be alone as well. To fulfil ones own needs at times when you are the only one who can fully understand them.

References
Mother Peace. Vicky Noble. HarperSanFransisco. 1983.
Songs for the Journey Home. Catherine Cook & Dwariko von Sommaruga. 1996.
Book of Thoth. Aleister Crowley.
The Way of the Tarot. Alejandro Jodorowsky. Destiny Books 2004.
The Alchemists Tarot. Matsu & Hayat Morrison. 2020
Tarot. Kathleen McCormack. Fontana Books 1973

V The Hierophant

The Pope, The Teacher, Spiritual Authority,

Bridging between the inner and outer worlds The Hierophant is our guide to finding inner truth. When we feel we have reached the peak of our journey, it is The Hierophant who helps us reflect on how far we have come and who will gently show us how much wider our horizons are from this vantage point. They are the externalised spiritual authority, from whom we ask forgiveness.

Sometimes attributed to Venus, and sometimes to the all seeing Jupiter, The Hierophant can also become our own internalised judge, to whom we may be continually trying to please and coming up short.

If corrupted, The Hierophant may manifest as the greedy guru, the abusive parent, the hypocrite, the pervert. We have these negative archetypes within us, and we may find them outside us, repressing our power and our atunement with the Goddess.

Can we forgive ourselves? Can we forgive misdeeds done to us? Can we accept forgiveness when it is granted to us?

Are we blindly accepting the morality imposed apon us by society, family, school, religion? Or are we able to search deep within ourselves for our ‘own truth”?

IV The Emperor

The Patriarch. The Father. The Authority.

On the positive side, the Emperor is your inner authority, your mature masculinity and your disciplined, controlled self. He is able to lead you steadily to achieve your goals.

However this part of ourselves (and of society) has often becomes toxic. So it’s important when drawing the Emperor to examine if you are trying to control or assert authority over another, or if you are perhaps on the receiving end of this treatment and experiencing some kind of repression.

Therefore, how can you stand with sovereignty and be the master of your own destiny?

III The Empress

Earth Mother, Papatūanuku, Pachamama, Tonantzin, Venus, Ishtar & Aphrodite. She offers an abundance of life nurturing energies as the Goddess of sustenance, receptivity and understanding. Here is the part of you who holds space for healing and prosperity. She is fertile with new life and her gifts overflow whilst never rendering her empty. Reach down to the core of your creativity and she is there. She takes care of you and helps you rejuvenate with rest and gentleness. She dances in harmony between body and spirit. Invite her to be with you this week by accepting her offer of positivity and passion for life.

I The Magician

Take a moment today to acknowledge that you are at home within yourself. A child of the earth, oceans, wind, starts and ether. Through focussing your intention you can manifest whatever you visualise. So take some time to reflect quietly on what you really want, and then make a tangible step towards your goal. Feel your way into the outcome, your desire, your direction and ACT. Now is the time to own your path and summon your magical energy to alchemise the raw elements around you. Sing yourself into being. Dance your way through the obstacles. Speak your truth.

0 The Fool

Trust in your intuition. Allow yourself to experience life from an state of innocence. Leave your intellectual analysis for another moment. This is a moment for action with little for-thought. Make a start, don’t over think it. Just do it.

In some decks the Fool has no number, in other’s it has number 0 and could be considered to be either the first or last card of the Major Arcana.

Sanctuary

What does it mean to be in sanctuary?

The form holds the space and the space is there for the form. Lean in and investigate.
Uliai Williams

I am presently occupying at Artist Residency space at Wingsong Sanctuary on Waiheke Island, which is home of Ngati Paoa iwi, in the Hauraki Gulf.

How does being in sanctuary space affect my residency?

Space, silence, stillness
Conscious action
Deliberate movement
Observance of surroundings
Feminity – receptivity
Flow

Acceptance
Patience
Heart opening
Learning as I teach
Opening to possibilities
Burning the ego in soul fire
Breathing

Everything is medicine
Sunsets, oceans, Pohutukawa
Patience with other people
Divine timing
Synchronicity

Leaning in to opportunity
Letting go of expectation
Purpose

Knowing when to act and when to receive
Spaciousness, relaxation, nurturing
Appreciation of other people
ideas, needs and boundaries
Everything is medicine
Everything is sacred

‘excitement’

It was interesting to talk with a friend about ‘excitement’ last night.

‘It was a “Are you ‘excited’ about what you have coming up in your diary?” sort of question ….”there are some good things coming up for you, you must be excited!”

But no, what I feel is not excitement. For me excitement is an ungrounded, jump in my heart feeling. Slightly off world and out of control, with a weakness in the knees, in the belly.

Excitement has not helped me create great work.

Excitement takes over my head and makes loud thoughts.

What I need is slow, gentle, groundedness and weighting into the earth. I need to sink my toes into mud and stay with the sensation of water squelching between my skin and the earth.

I need calmness of breath to work, to create, to organise my upcoming opportunities.

I need to tune in to my soul and what message she wants to take out into the world.

I need the courage to get bored and to find the new ideas that lurk in the corners of boredom. In the familiar things.

So …. what place has ‘excitement’ in my life?.

Before I play I experience a tide of energy. First she leaves me, I slump empty on the couch. Then about an hour later, she fills my every pour with a surge of …. excitement… adrenal spike. That’s my moment to take all the work I have done in those long months of preparation and offer it to the world.

Those last moments before I am on-stage, in the greenroom, as the lights come up, as who ever is playing before me is reaching for the stars and showing me how well the sound system is pumping.

That’s when I am excited.

Today I am here, with my two feet on the earth. There are a lot of creative ideas and realities inhabiting my mind and I need to be still to filter and form them.