How can America heal it’s spirit? 4 of Wands Rx, The Hermit Rx & 7 of Pentacles (#MoonGarden #Tarot #TarotReading)

I’m reading Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth by Robert Johnson and he discusses what can happen when we loose our connection to spirit. He wrote “If we don’t go to the spirit, the spirit comes to us as neurosis.” This made me wonder if that explains some of the craziness going on in America – we’ve become disconnected from our spirit.

In this scenario, I don’t believe spirit equates to religion ( because, quite frankly, I believe most organized religions are just as disconnected from spirit). Instead, I believe it refers to that part of our nature that connects in a caring, symbiotic way with the world around us. It’s that instinct we feel to provide aid and succor when we see people struggling or in need. It’s that inner voice that encourages us to do good; to make the world a better place. That generous, caring side more concerned with ensuring others are treated fairly than with profits and economic theory.

I have to wonder if capitalism and the push towards a global economy has undermined these traits and reinforced our greedy, gluttonous nature. We seem more focused on want and fear of scarcity without understanding that much of this is artificially created, like planned obsolescence. We focus more on squandering our money on ridiculous frivolities like dog weddings rather than putting our resources to use helping those less fortunate. We convince ourselves that impoverished people are in that situation because they didn’t try hard enough rather than understanding that the deck was stacked against them from the start.

We accept the theory that “job creators” will trickle down prosperity on the masses as long as the government doesn’t try to restrict them but ignore the reality that once they’ve been given an inch these corporations take the mile. We accept the claims that many things are manufactured in China because it’s more cost effective but ignore China’s history of human & civil right violations and the oppressive nature of it’s policies. We ignore that US corporations that set up shop overseas often create sweatshops so we can buy more affordable gadgets. How do these behaviors reflect a country that claims to represent democracy, freedom and equality?

So, I decided to ask my guides his we can heal this disconnect from America’s spirit. I drew

My take (and naturally your mileage may vary) is that we’ve divorced ourselves from our spirit. The reversed 4 of Wands shows our success was based on a belief in ourselves married with the desire to work hard towards that goal. There have always been flaws inherent in the system but I like to think we did strive to be and do better. In the last 40+ years we’ve grown cynical and jaded, taking a more selfish approach. We’ve gone from believing in supporting our communities and helping out neighbors to suspicious isolationists who believe everyone is out for themselves and we should get ours first. It’s all about the money, finding the cheapest price and getting “mine”. I think we lost sight of the true path and let ourselves get seduced by all the shiny things. We view everything as disposable and frugality is a joke.

The Hermit reversed suggests two things to me. The first is that because we’ve lost our way we’re no longer a light for others; no longer a shining beacon of democracy leading through example. It also reminds us that we cannot and do not exist in isolation. Despite America’s belief in “rugged individualism”, the truth is that it’s almost impossible for industrialized nations to do this on an international level. And, despite my earlier rants about globalization, I don’t think it’s healthy. Perhaps instead of preying on third world nations we should work towards truly improving their social and economic status.

The 7 of Pentacles offers a possible solution. Perhaps we can use the current situation in the US to take some time and ponder what we’re sowing right now and consider if it’s what we want to continue sowing. Do we wish to truly be a leader in freedom and democracy or become part of the crowd? Are we sowing good will or ill? Are we truly improving the lives of workers in third world nations of are we helping to line the pockets of the ruling class, corporate CEOs, and politicians?

I realize this oversimplifies many of the issues and factors involved in this situation. I don’t think it’s a magic bullet. What I hope is that anyone reading this will consider how they can make changes in their own lives to reconnect with their spirit. Maybe if enough of us put that energy out in the world it will become a movement that produces permanent change.

#TarotDaily- Awakening + Gaia (#SacredBridges)

I gotta admit, seeing these two cards together gave me a chill. It just seems to offer a hopeful & profound message. Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post. 😘

TarotHunter’s Silver Bullets:

  • The beacon has been lit, beaming light across the world. People are finally realizing that we can change the world just from small beginnings. Baby steps move us in the right direction.
  • We have woken up after a long dark night; moving into the light and embracing the idea that we are all part of the web of life. We are the world and if we try working together maybe things will improve.
  • Gaia reminds us that the planet will endure; the world will go on without us. What we need to wake up to and accept is that if we don’t make changes for the better, we might not be around to enjoy it.

#TarotDaily – 6 of Coins Rx + Justice Rx

TarotHunter’s Salt Rounds:

  • If you are not willing to help someone in need be prepared for no assistance to be offered when the tables are turned.
  • Are you judging those in need too harshly? Maybe a more objective, clear-sighted look will change your perspective.
  • If you are harsh towards others, how are you towards yourself? Do you equate needing assistance with weakness; a moral failing? Maybe a less biased look at things can change your perspective.

#TarotDaily – 3 of Cups Rx + 6 of Coins Rx (Grand Luxe)

Tarot Hunter’s Salt Rounds:

  • Don’t let your joy and happiness be ruled by someone else’s financial control. You don’t have to have money to celebrate.
  • Consider how your generosity, or lack thereof, impacts other people’s ability to enjoy their lives. Are you deliberately being controlling or are you oblivious?
  • Despite popular misconceptions, finding oneself in need of financial aid should not be cause for mourning. Everyone needs help at some point in their lives. Don’t let it stop you from celebrating the blessings you do have.

Wheel of Change Tarot – The World

Wheel of Change Tarot
created by Alexandra Gennetti
Published by Destiny Books, 1997
ISBN #0-89281-609-0

The Book says: When the World is a part of your reading, it is a symbol of spiritual unity and attainment, a recognition of the unlimited potential of life and the ability to make use of it. Often, she tells you that you have all you need to move forward and to make a complete assessment of the present situation. She symbolizes the ability to give form to the nebulous and to free the potential you feel within. The World card symbolizes the return to a deep understanding of unity after a great and laborious assessment of the fragmentary nature of creation, as represented by the other twenty trump cards. The World is the embodiment of wisdom and knowledge; perfection, completion, and fulfillment.

Tarot Hunter’s Theories: The first thing that popped into my head upon looking at this card was the song We Are the World. That is what this card brings to mind, that we are all a piece of the same universe. We are all composed of the same elements and we are all interconnected in the web of life. We are everything and everything is us. It is like the end of the Men in Black movie where the aliens are playing marbles with the Earth and other planets. And the concept that we are really nothing more than a nail on a fingernail of the One; which may mean that our nail is the home of a universe. It is mind-boggling and amazing when one considers all the possibilities.

It also reminds me of the Butterfly Effect – the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world can create a tidal wave in another part of the world. This card forces us to realize that everything we do – whether positive or negative, intentional or accidental, impacts on the rest of our world. So we can choose to affect our world positively or negatively, but either way, we must accept that we do have some type of impact.

COTD – Strength/The Woodward (Greenwood & Wildwood)

 

I am so glad I rediscovered the Greenwood Tarot.  I haven’t played with it in a while and had forgotten how much I love its somewhat dreamy and shamanic artwork.  Greenwood’s Strength card reminds me of Sekmet, the Egyptian goddess with a lioness’ head.  The legends of her definite indicate strength and forcefulness.  This image portrays a gentler but no less powerful sense of strength and fortitude.  The female hunter wears a mountain lion’s head mask and stands with a bloodied spear adorned with an anthropomorphic lion-headed statue in one hand and an offering bowl in the other.  A lynx stands next to her and an eagle swoops in the sky overhead.  She reminds me of deities of battle and death who can bring peace as well as destruction; healing as well as blood.  She represents the strength of compassion and the compassion in strength.

The Woodward on the Wildwood Tarot offers a similar sense.  He appears to be the caretaker of the woods; the one who can kill a wounded animal with compassion or who understands the concept of a “controlled burn”.  He accepts and understands that sometimes in order for life to grow and thrives, the weak and injured must be released.  He is the protector of the woods and its destroyer if need be.  His power and strength come from his ability to support those weaker than he as well as knowing when compassion calls for him to end their suffering.

Both these cards offer a powerful message and a reminder – without compassion, strength can become abusive and without strength compassion can become draining.  I have seen both of these situations.  In fact there have been occasions when I’ve embodied strength without compassion with every fiber of my being.  Not an especially pleasant fact to admit about oneself but I am rarely anything but honest about some of my less appealing foibles.  In some ways it’s the only thing that makes me bearable.  At least if I can acknowledge my flaws there is the potential to change them.  And I think that is the message this card is offering me today.

I’ve always felt an especial attachment to Strength because it is the card associated with my Sun sign of Leo.  And I’ve always had a fondness for lions and as a child used to love the story my mother told me about a little girl with a pet lion named Herman.  Lions also have a fabulous mystique to them – the regal kings of the jungle, the noble leader of his pride.  The reality is a little less perfect.  Male lions can be relatively lazy sometimes, leaving the hunting and day to day things up to the lionesses.  Lions are also rather quick to take advantage of carrion, despite our perceptions of them.  In other words they are real and live in the real jungle rather than the mythic, noble creature that inhabits our legends and lore.  I am the same.  Despite the myths about myself that I might build up in my head, I am usually fairly clear-sighted about who and what I really am.

I think Strength’s message to me today is that I need to incorporate more compassion into my strength.  I may be able to endure, withstand and overcome a variety of challenges and obstacles.  I may be a survivor and a fighter.  However that doesn’t mean I should have some compassion for those who are unable to share these traits for whatever reason.  Sometimes people go through cycles when they are vulnerable and weak and if I am able, I should help them.  At the same time I should not become an enabler or create a situation where is there is no incentive for the person to grow stronger.  It’s about balance and I need to work on balancing my strength with compassion; blending my fierceness and fieriness with understanding and supportiveness.  Granted that’s not my preference most of the time and it will take some practice but I think I’m up to the challenge.