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Beyond Illusion - Wake Up
{Neptune in 1st square Saturn/Pisces Sun opp Saturn}

The opening of the third eye and the rising of the sun of awareness allows us to see that we must always look within for the truth. All else is illusion - dependent upon projection, judgment, perception. In Osho Zen, the butterfly represents illusion, but butterflies can also relate to transformation. We must transform our normal habits, thoughts and actions to reach the realisation of awareness. There are many bubbles of light in the background of the card (XX) - the light of truth, of new ideas, of opportunities, once we can find our true nature.

It can be a challenge to just sit still. Whenever I have seen a butterfly, it is fluttering about, so to see one still, and still be alive is miraculous...for me. I love to meditate, and I find it a sound source for connection and peace. Many times it will lead me to another 20-30 minutes of just lying awake in silence afterwards. It is true, perception is altered somewhat, enough to sense things in a different way. So to me this card represents receptiveness to the Universe, Guides, Angels, whatever..whoever you call upon for help and assurance...thing is, you first must be still...physically, emotionally, mentally, still.

This card answers, and challenges, the Judgement card (XXI) in the major arcana. I think it is saying that the judgment that is important is solely our own. We need to work out our own salvation with diligence.

This is a fundamental card for Zen that reminds us to not look outside for what is real, but within.

[http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?t=67407]
Beyond Illusion - Wake Up
{Neptune in 1st square Saturn/Pisces Sun opp Saturn}

The opening of the third eye and the rising of the sun of awareness allows us to see that we must always look within for the truth. All else is illusion - dependent upon projection, judgment, perception. In Osho Zen, the butterfly represents illusion, but butterflies can also relate to transformation. We must transform our normal habits, thoughts and actions to reach the realisation of awareness. There are many bubbles of light in the background of the card (XX) - the light of truth, of new ideas, of opportunities, once we can find our true nature.

It can be a challenge to just sit still. Whenever I have seen a butterfly, it is fluttering about, so to see one still, and still be alive is miraculous...for me. I love to meditate, and I find it a sound source for connection and peace. Many times it will lead me to another 20-30 minutes of just lying awake in silence afterwards. It is true, perception is altered somewhat, enough to sense things in a different way. So to me this card represents receptiveness to the Universe, Guides, Angels, whatever..whoever you call upon for help and assurance...thing is, you first must be still...physically, emotionally, mentally, still.

This card answers, and challenges, the Judgement card (XXI) in the major arcana. I think it is saying that the judgment that is important is solely our own. We need to work out our own salvation with diligence.

This is a fundamental card for Zen that reminds us to not look outside for what is real, but within.

[http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?t=67407]
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  1. CosmicBlyss
    07-15-2012 03:01 PM
    CosmicBlyss


    ~ The Trick is to Keep Breathing ~ Garbage

    She's not the kind of girl who likes to tell the world
    about the way she feels about herself
    She takes a little time in making up her mind,
    she doesn't want to fight against the tide

    Always the one who has to drag her down..
    maybe you'll get what you want this time around

    Can't bear to face the truth, so sick she cannot move
    and when it hurts, she takes it out on you

    And lately I'm not the only one..I say never trust anyone

    The trick is to keep breathing..

    She knows the human heart and how to read the stars
    Now everything's about to fall apart..

    I won't be the one who's going to let you down,
    maybe you'll get what you want this time around..

  2. CosmicBlyss
    07-15-2012 03:39 PM
    CosmicBlyss


    Ask yourself this question: Is there an upset in your past that you are holding on to that is influencing your current life? Perhaps an early childhood incident positioned your perspective on the world around you; or maybe a love relationship that—at one point was the answer to all your prayers—broke your heart when it ended through death, divorce, or separation; or maybe there’s something that you’ve done that you have never forgiven yourself for.

    Throughout our lives we accumulate these moments of sadness, disappointment and regret and as we stew on them and build our lives around them, they bloom and become who we are. In time, they can evolve into such toxic emotions as hopelessness, negativity, anger, guilt and self-loathing.

    We honor those emotions because they feel real - not because they are right - and over time we unconsciously weave them into our emotional state and eventually into our physiology. Yes, ultimately they become part of our body and begin to take on a life of their own.

    But we are not helpless. As beings gifted with free will, we can make choices - to forgive, to grow, to let go, to love ourselves again like no one has ever loved us before. Each of us has the power to liberate ourselves from the prison of the past, but only if we embrace the present..and make peace with our past.

    The path to emotional freedom sometimes seems like it is a thousand miles long, but it’s actually only a few long inches and begins with the very first baby step. Each of us can move beyond the pain of the past, but we must first give ourselves permission to be emotionally free.

    - Deepak Chopra (http://www.chopra.com/namaste/november07)


    ~ Human Emotion ~ Digital Daggers

    Never again with your human emotions,
    I won't take the hate from your heart
    I'll take my chances outside of your kingdom..
    You know when I step, I won't start

    I long to be where the stars still shine brightly,
    You know they won't breathe where you are
    I try to run but my feet move too slowly..
    and I feel the earth fall apart

    Never again with your bitter convictions,
    I won't let them live in the light
    Severed ties leave you here in your fiction..
    alone where the dreams only die

    Human Emotion
    Set it free!
    Piece by peace..
    Let love lead!
    Piece by peace..
    Set it free!
    Piece by peace..
    Let love lead!
    Piece by peace

    I won't take the hate from your heart
    I won't let it tear mine apart
    Never again..never again

    Set it free!
    Piece by peace..
    Let love lead!
    Piece by piece
    Set it free!
    Piece by piece


  3. CosmicBlyss
    09-07-2012 08:29 PM
    CosmicBlyss

    {Mystic Dreamer Tarot}

    ~ Blinding ~ Florence and The Machine

    Seems that I have been held in some dreaming state..
    A tourist in the waking world, never quite awake..
    No kiss, no gentle word, could wake me from this slumber..
    Until I realised that it was you who held me under
    Felt it in my fist, in my feet, in the hollows of my eyelids..
    Shaking through my skull, through my spine and down through my ribs..

    No more dreaming of the dead as if death itself was undone!
    No more calling like a crow for a boy, for a body in the garden!
    No more dreaming like a girl, so in love, so in love..
    No more dreaming like a girl, so in love, so in love..
    No more dreaming like a girl, so in love with the wrong world..

    And I could hear the thunder and see the lightning crack..
    and all around the world was waking, I never could go back..
    cuz all the walls of dreaming, they were torn wide open..
    and finally it seemed that the spell was broken..

    And all my bones began to shake, my eyes flew open..
    And all my bones began to shake, my eyes flew open..

    No more dreaming of the dead, as if death itself was undone!
    No more calling like a crow for a boy, for a body in the garden!
    No more dreaming like a girl, so in love, so in love..
    No more dreaming like a girl, so in love, so in love..
    No more dreaming like a girl, so in love with the wrong world!

    Snow White's stitching up the circuitboards..
    Synapse slipping through the hidden door..
    Snow White's stitching up the circuitboard..


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo7EqBBmq1A

    "The four of Pentacles looks just like I feel. She is sitting on the ground clinging to her pentacle in the same way that I feel like I have to pinch every penny right now.
    Like many people, money is currently a problem for me. The two represents choices in many cases. Perhaps the choice to remain blindfolded or to see what's in front of me."

    http://readingthecards.wordpress.com...dreamer-tarot/
  4. CosmicBlyss
    09-07-2012 09:07 PM
    CosmicBlyss
    The 4 of Pentacles: Of Misers and Martyrs
    by Rohini Pathmanathan in Tarot and Astrology

    "Extending the theme of stability, maintenance and endurance discussed in my previous posts on the tarot’s Minor Arcana fours, the 4 of Pentacles brings the quality of the suit of fours to bear with the element of Earth. Because Pentacles represent material gain, tangible resources and the more practical concerns of day-to-day living, when coupled with the number 4, focus is placed on achieving success and stability in these areas of life.

    Money and property are most commonly involved, but to a less extent, health and the (physical) body are implicated as well. Unlike Water, Fire and Air, Earth is a more stable element, resistant to change and less malleable than the other three. Different modes of Earth (cardinal, fixed, mutable) indicate different degrees of adaptability but as a whole, those for whom Earth figures prominently in the birth chart abhor change, preferring to stick to routine, never diverging from a set course of action for fear of failure or upsetting equilibrium.
    It is important to remember that a positive four shows endurance, while a negative four represents stasis. With the 4 of Pentacles, the material aspects of life are stable, but much of how this manifests depends upon the emotional, spiritual and mental attachments accorded to wealth and gain.

    Decks adhering to the Rider-Waite tradition show a man garbed in rich robes, clutching a pentacle to his breast while two more lie at his feet and yet another is placed securely upon his crown. If our heart chakra represents our center for receiving and giving love, and to a lesser degree, an indicator of what we value, then the act of holding a pentacle (symbol of status, wealth and gain) at the level of our heart shows that love is measured in practical and tangible terms.

    Here, we could equate affection with the receiving of gifts, or attempt to measure our partner’s devotion through the number of resources they are willing to share though we ourselves may not be as forthcoming with the same resources. Note as well the placement of the pentacle atop his crown, indicating a mind that is focused solely on the accumulation of more wealth. At its core, the 4 of Pentacles represents greed, and an all-consuming obsession with the pursuit and acquisition of riches.
    Our resources, whether they be our time, energy or money, are not shared without lengthy calculation on our part. We then fall into the trap of equating material gain, whether status or income, with emotional and spiritual satisfaction. We become misers who horde our gains rather than sharing them with those near and dear to us, and in the process, we lose sight of the true meaning of wealth: inner peace and security.

    The Thoth tarot recognizes the 4 of Pentacles as Power, a card of drive, forcefulness and endurance. The square-like structure is a castle with a moat built around it, and the four inner squares represent towers and the corresponding elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Here, Air is representative of mental power, Water of emotional stamina, Fire of dynamism and spiritual vitality, and Earth of physical health and well-being. Together, the image on the card depicts a sort of stronghold of the self.

    The castle signifies wealth, resources and emotional belonging, which when taken together, are indicators of security and stability. The moat shows the limits and boundaries that oftentimes need to be imposed if this sense of power is to be contained and used effectively. Here, all four levels of control are essential (mental, spiritual, emotional and physical) if we are to safeguard that which is precious to us, whether these be material goods or the relationships in our life. It’s important to remember that power in this context exists not just for its own sake, but for the purpose of empowering (empowerment..) as well. Through the protection of mutual interests and resources, power can be effectively distributed not just for the good of the self, but for the greater good of all involved.

    Capricorn energy placements imbue the ego with a need for material stability. From a very young age, these people (influenced by Capricorn) are driven to succeed in all that they do, measuring self-worth against the countless goals and accomplishments their families set for them. Conservative by nature, Capricorns have a healthy respect for the rules and regulations that keep a society functioning, and employ cautious, rational thought in the decision-making process. They aspire to positions of power and have a deep admiration of authority figures, especially those involved in politics or matters of national interest.

    The shadow side of the Capricorn personality is a tendency to be blinded by ambition and to become so obsessed with the pursuit of material riches that their actions can border on ruthlessness. Overcome by their need to seek security, the act of making money can assume complete prominence in their lives and to the detriment of all else. Terrified by the notion of ever being in ‘lack’, these individuals constantly push themselves to greater heights of achievement.

    Those with the Sun in Capricorn (or other strong placements..) are often gifted with superior executive and managerial capabilities, allowing them to shine in politics, law and business, but the shadow side of this placement can bring about tendencies towards unholy means to gaining wealth and status. Here, we need to keep in mind that the methods in which wealth is acquired hold as much, if not greater, weight than how much we succeed in making.

    When merging the astrological qualities of Capricorn (Saturn) with the 4 of Pentacles (Power), there can be a danger of tyranny and self-imposed isolation, where the pursuit of wealth is all that is deemed worthy of your time and attention. A castle can be built to protect all you've earned through sheer hard work and perseverance (wherever that happens to manifest for someone personally..i.e., self-protection --reinforced OVER protection-- of *something*), but that very same structure can function to keep people out.
    Richness of pocket does not mean being blessed in love or spirit, so it is essential to keep all four elements of the towers in a perfect state of balance. For what good is wealth without the people with whom to laugh and rejoice in your good fortune? (the basic sharing or *lack* of sharing of personal resources..wherever's or whatever someone's happen to be..)

    The 4 of Pentacles' appearance in a tarot spread can show a desire to attain (or maintain) a strong financial base and the corresponding danger of sacrificing one's principles or values to acquire (or sustain) it. A certain degree of possessiveness over one's resources (whether actual or perceived..) is associated with this card, as is greed and material ambition.
    As with people who are forever pushing themselves to greater heights, achievement of one's goals does not mean (necessarily..) satisfaction or contentment. This card warns of being so overcome with the desire for material gain and stability that you forsake the beauty of your relationships and the truth of your heart in your quest for richness.

    Apart from resources, the 4 of Pentacles can also indicate a tendency to cling to the status quo. In keeping with this card's astrological association with Capricorn (conservatism, lack of risk-taking impetus), the 4 of Pentacles encourages us not to fear change but rather embrace it.
    While the traditions and customs that have kept society functioning are to be honored and respected at all times, true progress comes with being willing to accept new modes of thinking and behaving, and not clinging to outmoded styles of living.

    In the context of a love reading, the 4 of Pentacles can indicate holding on to a relationship even though it has outlived its usefulness. Here, the querant may be clinging to their partner not out of any great love for the person, but because he/she has gotten used to a certain level of comfort that being in a committed relationship/marriage has afforded them.
    Fear of change is implicit in this card and it is important to remember that a deep-rooted fear of abandonment can keep you chained to a partner who may very well be as miserable as you, but is holding on for the sake of financial, if not emotional, security.
    When a relationship breaks up, there are a number of factors to be considered. First, if the partner has been the sole breadwinner, than the dissolution of a partnership can effect a drastic reversal of your financial security. Secondly, there are the expectations of family and culture to consider, where pleasing the status quo can be motivation for staying in an unsatisfying relationship. With the 4 of Pentacles, issues of material gain, status and security are emphasized.

    In a career-related spread, this card can point to staying in a job that breeds nothing but discontent, but because it pays the bills, the querant grudgingly chooses to live with the ennui. Again, the Capricornian qualities of conservatism come to the fore: it is better to be safe than sorry. Dissatisfaction with current job circumstances are preferable to the uncertainty of unfamiliar opportunities that cannot guarantee concrete returns.
    In keeping with the theme of the fours and their concern with the building of foundations, long-term goals must be considered if true happiness is to be achieved. Sometimes, this can mean staying in a dull job for the sake of financial security, because the circumstances and the status quo just do not permit otherwise at this point in time.

    From a financial perspective, the 4 of Pentacles indicates someone with a miserly disposition. It frequently describes a person who has all the comforts that money can buy, but despite their incredibly stable financial status, refuses to share their bounty with anyone. Abundance is infinite, Mr Scrooge, so why so stingy?

    In a health reading, this card comes as a sign that any physical manifestations of illness are often closely linked to your attitudes and beliefs about money and security. Capricorn rules the bones, joints, teeth and skin, so ailments that affect these parts of the body can be seen as psycho-spiritual symptoms of deep-seated neuroses.
    Constipation and migraines are also common, and point to a need to learn how and when to let go. Is there a particular value system you are clinging to? Do you stay in unhealthy relationships because you are afraid to face the truth that change brings? Or do you harbor negative emotions such as anger, pride and envy?"

    Because of the 4 of Pentacles' tendency to hold onto things that have outlived their use, the message with this card is to release all that no longer benefits you, be they possessions, beliefs, or memories. Once this is achieved, all your aches and pains will vanish as if by magic.

    “The art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” ~ Henry Ellis.

    http://shadesofmidnight.wordpress.co...s-and-martyrs/

    Can you say Pluto transiting Capricorn, in the 2nd House? OMG Mea Culpa.
  5. CosmicBlyss
    09-07-2012 09:37 PM
    CosmicBlyss


    "I've written before about the Four of Pentacles, along the very negative 'greed, selfishness, materialism' line. But I often find the card has a very different interpretation and I've grown quite fond of it recently.

    The Four of Pentacles can warn us that it's time to hold something back, to count our pennies and watch the spending, say no to a few expensive nights out, or to stop being so generous with our time and other resources. It's a good card for someone who tries to help everyone else at work, then can't manage their own tasks. And I can think of plenty of stereotypically 'busy women', always putting others before themeselves, neglecting themselves in the process.
    It's also about realising what you hold dear, and protecting it. In a recent reading, I felt that this card was suggesting the querent give higher value to her relationship and work to protect it against things that were threatening it.

    In traditional images, the figure on the card sits solemnly with their pentacles, turning away from their city, home or community. Sometimes a bit of selfishness is good; we need to separate ourselves from our usual society and focus on looking after our precious resources. An immediate application of this card would be Christmas shopping! We all want to give lovely presents to our friends and family, but as everyone knows, year on year we feel pressured to spend more money on bigger and better things. So as Christmas shopping fever grips our high streets, maybe channelling a bit of the Four of Pentacles will help us to avoid going hopelessly overdrawn. Another thing springing to mind relates to our health - as the weather goes from bad to worse it's far to easy to neglect our own health.

    So it's not all misers and hoaders - whilst the Four of Pentacles often suggests someone is being selfish, conservative and greedy, there are times when it can provide a much-needed reminder to draw the things you love in close, batten down the hatches and look after number one for a bit. No matter what anyone else thinks."

    http://littleredtarot.posterous.com/...r-of-pentacles


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