stillness

stillness halts and lingers
ignoring the fantasy of truth
ignoring the framework of deception
and puts me on my guard

I cancel the stillness with an obscene amount of mental motion
my stillness feels like boredom
so I break its bonds
and think I’ve found freedom

but until stillness can be still
fleeing it only leads to an illusion of freedom
a sticky web of the subconscious
that knows what it wants but keeps forgetting
simple steps

be still everywhere
except your breath
be still-breath-be free

Be free of ugliness
of never ending cyclical motion

let stillness linger
find freedom

Wink

I stood in the dark and winked at myself
twice
I called to you from beyond a brick wall
whispering
Laughing underwater, smelling plastic flowers, and chewing on paper tasteless meat are all common things

Sometimes the truth is there
but we hide from it
and instead
we stand
winking in the dark

Inpiration in dark times

A message of hope

It’s hard to look at what is going on in the world and not see dark times. Especially when there are events that are indeed very dark. But if all we do is despair we are even more out of balance.

For me balance is a verb, not a noun. It’s something I am always activating and expanding into and adjusting. In dark times the way I balance is by adding light to the world in whatever quantity I can muster that day even if its just a tiny flame.

Today’s reading is meant to inspire that spark or flame within so that you in turn can spark that flame in others. It was done by first pulling cards and reading them intuitively, and then pulling two more cards to set an even stronger intention.

The first card is from the Enchanted Map Oracle, and its called Intention. Today I look at this card and I see that the Owl is not trying to prevent the seeds of the dandelion from being spread, and the owl isn’t not trying to force them to spread, but it is holding the dandelion in an intentional direction, so that when the wind blows the direction the seeds are planted is intentional.

What direction are you holding your dandelion? What seeds are you trying to plant, and is that just happening randomly, or can you see a way to be more intentional?

The next card I pulled is from the Way Home Tarot. The six of swords is about making a mental transition or transformation. The start of that journey was difficult, and the events that have transpired so far were not easy to overcome. But now you have a choice, will you continue on in despair or will you choose to transition and intentionally grow in a new direction? Maybe in a direction that brings more light to yourself and others.

One of my favorite cards, again pulled from the Way Home Tarot. The 10 of pentacles speaks to building not only something that strengthens your future, but strengthens the future of generations to come. If you can accomplish the transformation or transition mentioned above, this is what it has the potential to build. A place for everyone at the table. A table of abundance for generations to come, a legacy.

This is what can come from intentionally creating a tiny flame today, that grows into a fire that can warm many, and its why small tasks that can be done today should not be seen as “not enough”. Lots of intentional small flames can create a really strong light and a better balance in the world.

The next card is from the Light Seers Tarot, and I pulled this one intentionally. It reminds me of some people who inspire me, and I pull it to describe one of the tools or attributes they have that allows them to keep moving on their path, and keep lighting flames of hope along the way.

The fool is about having faith enough to start the journey. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that faith is taking the first step without being able to see the whole staircase. The fool knows this and willingly plunges off the cliff to start the journey. Its a journey where even the first few steps are not entirely known. But when we know that a journey is one of creating light for ourselves and others intentionally, we should have this faith, and take this leap.

Its one of the actions we can take to contribute to our verb of balance. Just taking this leap starts a small spark and puts that into the world.

The last tool and the point of the whole post is the archetype of The Star also intentionally chosen from the Light Seers Tarot. The Star is hope itself, but not in a way that is distant and unreachable. When you find The Star in your life or on your path you find the string that allows you to connect to hope. There may be stages of this. The first stage might be just finding the string in the first place. The second, feeling the connection through the string to that light and that hope, and lastly, being able to add your light to this star that provides hope for all of us.

What tiny flame will you light today as you set an intention and use balance as a verb?

What will your legacy be?

The 10 of Pentacles/Coins

Many of our questions tend to be around our own path, how to heal and evolve ourselves. For some of us we will never attempt to find a legacy, or consider what kind of ancestor we might become. A step beyond this is asking what myth or legend our story could become? Who will we inspire for future generations? What will we leave them? A problem to solve, or a solution?

The message of the 10 of pentacles is to ask these questions, and see if there isn’t something you can be building or working on today that will become a legacy for the future.

These first two cards are from the Afro Brazilian Tarot and the Tarot of the Divine. These are two powerful heads of a family/clan/community who have built a legacy through leadership. One possibility, and a very noble pursuit. Lets look at some more ways of manifesting this idea.

These next two cards are from the Light Seers Tarot and the Way Home Tarot. They show beautiful visions of 10 plates, or 10 foundations that future generations can eat from or play with.

That might sound a little daunting, so if you are having trouble envisioning this, start with one plate. What plate/dish/foundation/inspiration can you start working on today that will become a place setting for this legacy?

I think even more importantly you don’t have to do this on your own. Make it a community/family/team project. Each member starts working on a plate. At the end of the current generation there will be an amazing feast and celebration to pass this on to others.

How beautiful!

The name given to the 10 of roots from the Brady Tarot is Wealth. Its a strong tree with deep roots that bears fruit that nourishes many. With this card we also have several symbols illustrating archetypal concepts that will last for generations, and maybe for all time.

This is what the tarot is actually. A set of archetypes and archetypal paths that all humans can relate to. Imagine creating an archetypal system like the tarot! I know! Talk about overachieving.

The Ancestral Path Tarot is a whole deck devoted to the idea of discovering your path to becoming an ancestor. You might even call it a 10 of pentacles Tarot, except that in this deck the pentacles are called Sacred Circles.

The sacred circles suit of this deck are inspired by both a Menominee creation legend of bear and thunder spirit ancestors, and a Winebago medicine song, both of which support the tale of the vision quest.

A vision quest is an intentional journey that is intended to allow you to learn about a higher purpose, and also connect you to the next stage in your own transformation.

One of the most important tools of connection in many Native American cultures is the drum. It measures the heartbeat of the earth. It carries messages with each beat and connects you to the place where the spirits and ancestors are waiting to guide us.

If it all sounds like too much… If even today sounds like too much…. If you feel like you can’t even begin to envision this legacy….find your heartbeat. Beat your drum. It will come back to you, because its something you were born to do.

Here is to your path to legacy and becoming and ancestor. Hell, here’s to all of ours, because if we don’t all take up this mission, I’m not sure what the next generations will have to sustain them.

With so much love…..

The Rambling Locksmith

Shrapnel 2

On paper and in person she was as small as a mouse
and still she tried to make herself smaller

She wished to shrink to a speck of stardust
infinitely small
but also imbued with powers contained
in the nascent universe inside her

One day she went into her mind
and did not come back out again

Instead she became stardust.
Her dream of becoming a speck came true

But that was not the end of her story…..

She became a seed planted in a new place
and all that there was left to do
was to expand.

She sang the body electric
She became the stars
and her own new multiverse under her own terms

Like shrapnel exploding
she exploded into the biggest planet
anyone had ever seen

Her power was compassion
and no one could ever make her feel small again

We are all made of stars.

shrapnel number 1

The strength of weighted words
measured for resonance
and chosen for impact
hit their mark

the armor did not hold
and the sting became a wound
where these words pierced her

It wasn’t so much that she was called a name
it was whose voice was used as the weapon
to deliver this name that became the bullet

now she spends the wee hours
picking out shrapnel
which she is forming into bullets of her own

Finding Truth in an Empty Room

December 12, 2021 Reading Post

The Wild Unknown Archetype Oracle is one of my favorite non-traditional ways to explore messages through archetypes. Its divided into four categories of archetypes: The Selves, The Places, The Tools, and The Initiations.

One way to use this deck for a great weekly reading is to separate the cards into those four categories and draw one of each type to give you a focus for that week. The story I created through this practice this week is the story of how to find your truth. Lets begin!

We must first understand who what and where we are dealing with before we can put all of this together in one sentence.

WHO – The Unseen – The Unseen is the voice of the spirit, our unconscious, our ancestor that is trying to reach us through the fog. We can see that fog in this card, and we can hear/or see the message of the Unseen only when we can push past this fog. The Unseen is the clarity that is waiting for us to be able to hear and be present for. What is important next is to understand the tools and the place requred in order to clear this fog.

Where – The Empty Room – The Empty Room is a black box with nothing in it but yourself. No objects, no other people. Its hard to become comfortable with the idea of an empty room. We often think we need to fill it with things. But the only way to receive the message of the Unseen is to be able to connect with our present moment. To be able to sit in uncomfortable empty silence in order to receive this message. The Empty Room is both only us, and therefore all of us eternally connected through the present moment. Be in a place where nothing is in order to connect to everything, and therefore connect to the Unseen.

What – The Mirror – The Mirror is both a tool and a hindrance. In this scenario it is important to reflect long enough with just ourself to understand what we see when we look in the mirror. And then we need to put down the mirror and sit with ourselves as we are, and understand what we are distorting about that when we look in the mirror. The mirror helps us see those perceptions, but its important not to fall in love with that image, because it may not be the truth. See what’s in the mirror, then put it down and reflect on what is.

Why – Aletheia – The Whys, also called Initiations in this deck, are the big moments in life. They are things that change our life in big ways. Aletheia is a truth that fundamentally changes how you see yourself and the path you choose next. We know when we have found this truth because the room changes, what we see in the mirror changes, and it changes because we have connected with the Unseen and heard or seen this truth. It can come in the form of a story – when someone else tells us our truth and that makes us reflect and see our own in that sudden moment of clarity. It can be a conversation that changes the way we see something forever.

The Message – Step toward an Act of Truth by sitting in an Empty Room with the perception you have seen with The Mirror. The Unseen is trying to send you this truth, and it is for you to prepare yourself to be able to hear it. It may feel uncomfortable to sit this way, but once you find this message, you will find new footing in the world , and will be closer to telling your own story with peace and clarity.

With much love,

The Rambling Locksmith