The Empress

The RWS Empress card

The RWS Empress card

I often think about what it is that people makes people get up and go (as well as the opposite – what knocks them back or knocks them down) and how they move forward (as well as if they don’t move forward – choosing to stay in a particular state whether this is a conscious or unconscious choice).

I put it to you that the promise of things to come is there in each of us. There is potential in all of us. The fact that we are all alive and reading this shows the promise we all have to live and to “BE” who we are so what are you doing about this?
Don’t be scared to do things. You never know.

Without trying to sound dramatic but the thing is that life is not always about good expereinces. There will be bad or uncomfortable experiences in our lives that will make us quite sad and will affect us deeply. It will feel like someone has took an apple corer and scooped your core out and all you can think to ask is “WHY?” The good of this is that it will make you stronger.

I remind myself of the Empress Tarot card who has accepted and embraced this challenge to proactively and intuitively nurture the life of herself and others around her. She gives this her best shot. Maybe she doesn’t know everything that is yet to occur but she is consciously present in the moment. She may not be able to control everything but she is the strong sanctuary that we all know in some way.

What is the difference between Astral Projection and Lucid Dreaming?

Astral projection or astral travel is an interpretation of out-of-body experience that assumes the existence of an “astral body” separate from the physical body which is capable of travelling outside it. Astral projection or travel happens when the astral body leaves the physical body to travel in an astral plane. The idea of astral travel is rooted in common worldwide accounts of the afterlife in which the ‘consciousness’ or soul’s journey or “ascent” is described in such terms as an out-of body experience, wherein the spiritual traveler leaves the physical body and travels in his or her subtle body (or dream body or astral body) into ‘higher’ realms. It is frequently associated with dreams and forms of meditation.

Here is a youtube video on astral travel for beginners:

A lucid dream is any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. It is when you are dreaming, you remain dreaming (you don’t wake up) and at some point you become aware that you are dreaming.

Free Will

I like the sense of experiences creating us but I also believe that we should not be defined by others. We should be allowed to make our own decisions and choices. I know myself pretty well. I know what I like and what I don’t like.

As such, I have a pretty good sense of where my life is going and I take responsibility for the decisions I take (or don’t take) as well as those I am yet still to make.

I also am fully involved in all aspects of my life that involves others or in areas of my life that functions with others.
I will come face to face with things I may not like and this adds to my depth.

I often imagine myself like a well and I am able to stand at the top of this well and look into it without falling in (unless I wanted to). There is a long way down. There is lots of water. There is a cool breeze. I am standing on solid ground at the edge of the well. The sun is warm and makes me feel warm too. I am able to jump into the water if I want to.

Death and Putrefaction

The Thoth Death card

The Thoth Death card

With the help of “The book of Thoth” (page 100) by Aleister Crowley, I have the following to share:

On my obsession with Death in Tarot, I would like to look at the Death card in the Thoth deck which is attributed to the letter Nun which means fish; the symbol of life beneath the waters; life traveling through the waters. It refers to the zodiac sign of Scorpio which is ruled by Mars which is the planet of fiery energy at its lowest form, necessary to provide the impulse. In alchemy, this card explains the idea of putrefaction, the technical term given by adepts to the series of chemical changes which develop the final form of life from the original latent seed in the Orphic egg.

This card has 3 aspects which appear on it which I would like to discuss now:

The lowest part is symbolised by the scorpion of which sit may be known to commit suicide when surrounded by fire or an otherwise desperate situation.

The middle interpretation is given by the serpent. The serpent is sacred. The serpent is the Lord of life and death. The serpent is also symbolic of male energy and in the Thoth deck is the completion of Lust, Atu XI and Atu II representing the solution or dissolution which links them.

The highest aspect of this card is the eagle which represents exaltation above solid matter.

What I especially love about this card is the presence of the fish and serpent which are 2 principle objects / symbols of worship in cults that look at resurrection or re-incarnation –

Oannes and Dagon, Fish Gods in western Asia.

Christianity is represented as a fish.

Peter was a fisherman.

The Gospels are also full of stories involving fish (feeding of the 5000) and the serpent in the Garden of Eden.

How closely it is connected to catholicity.

Tarot and Life Coaching

I am a Life Coach as well as a Tarot Reader but I don’t mix the 2.

Life Coaching is an on-going partnership that helps a client produce and achieve fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Clients are encouraged by their Life Coach to improve their performance by setting realistic goals which ultimately leads to and improvement and enrichment of their lives. As a Life Coach I do not set goals for the client because they are encouraged to set their own. This allows responsibility to be a natural part of the process. Someone is more likely to work towards a goal if it is one they have set themselves.

I don’t mix Life Coaching with Tarot because I do not feel as a Life Coach that the client should be allowed to think that their decision / s are based on the Tarot reading or that they do something (or not do something) because of a Tarot reading. As a Life Coach, I encourage the client to actively participate and I do not influence the client’s goals or life decisions (in any way) because it is their life and they are working towards an ideal after they have identified that things need to change.