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

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

Weekly Reading, November 7, 2021

A Story of the Two Cups

One of the most romantic cards in the deck, the two of cups represents two hearts meeting. I would like to dedicate this post to my brother and his new wife as this is the card I pulled for them on their wedding day, and it couldn’t be more fitting. The manner of meeting and how they become joined together can happen in all manner of ways, but the result is always a happy one. Here are some examples of the two of cups and their meanings. This first is the exact card for the newlyweds.

The Two of Cups in the Way Home Tarot shows two jellyfish that have met in a vast ocean, and are now effortlessly swimming peacefully and gracefully together. Everyday and every hour may not be able to feel this effortless, but that fact that you have found this in each other is miraculous. The Cups are about emotional connection which is not often effortless for a lot of us, which makes this message even more beautiful.

In the Santa Muerte Tarot the Two of Cups card shows two people who are able to be open enough with each other that they can refill each others cup and in a effortless way where this does not feel like a sacrifice. This is a joyous union created when we can find joy and solace in each other.

In the Brady Tarot cups are represented by horns and the 2 of Horns shows two Albatross and is called Union. Albatross mate for life, but only show this joyous dance at the start of the relationship. Maybe a reminder to keep dancing. They are also combining the water from their horns to form new medicine.

In the Tarot of the Divine the Two of Cups is represented by the story of Enkidu and Gilgamesh. Enkidu was created to defeat Gilgamesh, but instead Gilgamesh finally found his equal in strength. The two grappled for days, and instead of ending in one overpowering the other, it resulted in the two becoming inseparable and never wishing for the company of another. Finding someone who compliments or matches your strengths is a great thing indeed.

Weekly Reading, October 3, 2021

A Study of Shields

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A dear friend of mine recently explained the difference between blocking and shielding. A block is an attempt to stop one move at a time and is focused only on the direction of that strike. A shield is different. It is intended to block many strikes from any direction. This made me want to explore different kinds of shields, and more importantly not just physical shields, but mental, emotional and spiritual shields. Today I’m doing this using the Way Home Tarot and the Enchanted Map Oracle.

Shields can be barriers and these barriers can be both helpful and hinder us. Sometimes we need to hibernate like the Hermit above. In this case we are shielding ourselves from the world in order to heal, but if we stay there too long we are just hiding from life, and that’s not protection, that’s stagnation.

Some barriers are helpful tools in order to allow us to complete a task. The frog in the four of pentacles is using the lily pads as a barrier to the water. The structure of the lilypad shield allows the frog to walk on water.

In many ways shields are a show of collective strength. A community is a type of shield, like the ant colony in the Three of Pentacles above. By working together we are able to protect ourselves by building one bigger stronger shield rather than each of us holding our own.

A shield can also be used as a weapon, although if that’s what you are doing, you should know that you are going back more to blocking than using the shield as its truly intended. The minute you aim a shield at something it becomes a block. But it could be a very effective block at the right time – two swords crossed together can be a shield.

I know what you are thinking – how the hell is this thing a shield. In my study of shields this week I have decided that the most powerful shield we can have is the ability to connect with the present moment. We cannot live in the future, it doesn’t exit yet – if we live there we are living in the ghostlands where no sheild is possible. Yes we should plan for the future and have goals, but we can’t live there. We also cannot live with the ghosts of the past, in a place that we have frozen in time and are trying to use as a shield to keep us from joining the present. That place no longer exists as well, and staying there is only harming yourself and not anyone else.

When we can truly connect with our present we are able to send energy out in all directions, farther than the heart or soul can see. Its the biggest shield of all, and maybe the hardest one to build in a strong way.

I wish you peace in whatever shield you need this week, and I wish all of us progress in staying in the present and out of the ghostlands.

Weekly Reading, September 19, 2021

The ingredients for a feast

This week just a fun light three card story from the Way Home Tarot. The 6 of pentacles shows some harvested herbs and garlic. Some painstakingly prepared ingredients for sure which required the passage of time in order both grow and dry some of the herbs.

On the left, the 9 of pentacles – a harvest from another well tended garden, this one has most likely taken several seasons to develop.

In the center, the 2 of wands, the conflict of the sticks is necessary to create the spark for the cooking fire.

Its a good example of three thigns that are important, but don’t work as well if they are not combined, in this case into a tasty feast?

What three ingredients would you focus on in order to create your long awaited feast?

Weekly Reading for Sept 12, 2021 (late post)

Why so judgmental?

Judgement is the name given most often the next to last card of the major arcana in the Tarot. It has the number 20 and is has been one of the hardest ones for me to connect with so I thought I would study it a bit more and write an article.

The general idea of this card is that its time to make a decision, and not just any decision, a life changing decision. For this reason I have stopped thinking of the card so literally and renamed it the Huge Decision card in my head which has helped immensely. Here are some examples and some of the nuances that come with them. If you want more info on the decks that the cards come from please go to the page of this blog on tools of the locksmith.

Whoa! Am I right? This card from the Afro-Brazilian Tarot says huge decision with high drama for sure. Its literally asking you if you are ready to grab the lighting in the storm within and transform. Well…..are you? Maybe you would like some time to think about that.

Sometimes this refers to a huge decision that we made in the past depending on the location of the card. It might have been a decision you had to make to survive. If that’s the case you should look at how that decision is currently impacting your life, and understand why it was necessary, but if at all possible do so without…..wait for it….judgement.

Well this seems a bit more low key…almost, I mean its a monkey how bad could it be? Beware, this is from the Tarot of the Divine where legends, myths and fairy tales abound. This is Sun Wukong, the monkey king born from stone who acquired supernatural powers through Taoist practices. The story of Sun Wukong is a long and winding one where he made some very bad and downright evil choices, and then later on proves himself by accompanying and protecting a pilgrim on a journey of 81 tribulations.

In this case this judgement might be more about redemption, and being able to look at what led up to this moment as a whole story instead of only seeing either mistakes or victories. Its more than the “simple” balancing act of the card called Justice, its the ability to look with detachment at the whole picture to inform the choice for redemption.

In the Voyager Tarot the card with the number 20 is called Time-Space. Its the ability to see all things as one and how they are connected. This is less of a judgement or decision, and more of the ability to have this kind of perspective and awareness.

In many ways this is harder than making a big decision, because we often blind ourselves to important bits and pieces if our judgement is clouded by the past, or if we are projecting something that is not really there into the future.

Lastly I offer this simple vision of transformation from the Way Home Tarot. Is the now transformed cicada looking back on its shell from the past, or is the shell from the past looking forward to the future transformation. Trick question, there is no time or space at this point in the archetypes because we are about to come to the final realization that they are all the same thing.

In this case the transformation is inevitable, even if the cicada will have to wait 17 years to experience it. So then what? I think the message then is to prepare and study for this big impending moment.