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Archive for July, 2012

Tarot: The Hanged Man

Traditional Meanings

Associations: sacrifice, acceptance, surrender, reflection, putting others first

The hanged man is traditionally shown in a well-known yoga pose.  It is important to remember that he is there willingly.  He has chosen his position, and is there by his own design.  To reflect, or surrender one’s will to something else is the key representation of this card.

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Heart Chakra: Unconditonal Love

We have all heard of the concept of unconditional love, but through our expectations, attachments, and at times inability to forgive (even ourselves) it can be very hard to put this into practice.  Learning to understand our expectations, monitor our attachments, and forgive is a part of learning to love unconditionally.  Understanding that we can not or should not control another person’s reactions, feelings, or choices in life is a long lesson in understanding our own selves.

Everyone has needs and lessons they are trying to fulfill.  Understanding yours will help you understand others.  Expanding what you have learned through acceptance of everyone’s freedom to have their own reality can assist you in forgiving their mistakes.  We’re all human, we’re all in this together, and no one is getting out ‘alive’ in this incarnation.  Remember, allow yourself your own limitations, understand your own mistakes, and forgive and love yourself unconditionally so that you may share that with others.

When you love someone (or even yourself) unconditionally, you do not base your love or affection on whether or not they meet your expectations, react in ways you are attached to, or even feel a certain way.  They are free to be themselves, to make their own choices, mistakes, and successes.  Being supportive of those around you as you each help each other through the lessons you each chose to accept this incarnation is key to learning and keeping your heart chakra open and clear.

People still make mistakes, or may tell you lies when they are struggling with a throat chakra issue, hurt you deliberately or carelessly, and being human we may become angry with them.  Examining your anger, coming to terms with what happened, re-establishing your boundaries, and learning to forgive them for everything that they do or say is the goal of understanding yourself and who you are as a person.  You feel how you feel, but it is what you do with your own feelings that counts.

Heart Chakra: Attachments

The reasons that many negatively charged emotions occur is due to attachments.  Being attached to a certain outcome that did not happen the way you wanted it to can cause anger, being hurt, sadness and even fear.

It’s important to remember that as human beings we develop attachments naturally, but keeping them healthy is key to keeping the heart chakra clear.  A healthy attachment is a well-balanced one.

You should try not to create any imaginary mental contracts with people without them knowing about it.  A good excerpt and example of this is as follows:

You go out of your way to make other people happy because you think it will make them more sympathetic to you, and you think that’s how you earn people’s affection. When they don’t respond by going out of their way to make you happy in return, you think they’re mad at you. That’s because this you’re putting up their behavior against a sort of imaginary contract you think governs how people get along with each other, and which you think people obey if and only if they like each other.

So when your needs don’t get met this way, you conclude people must not like you. In reality, people are not meeting your needs because you aren’t asking for what you want (you think it wouldn’t be nice to impose) and they know nothing about this arrangement or how you believe the world works.

In fact, most people, if they get a sense of what you’re about, will like you less, because the idea that you can choose to do something nice for them and it puts obligations on them is really passive-aggressive. You’re pretending to want nothing, and to give everything, but really you’re making a free choice that reduces their freedom of choice by adding the consequence of hurting your feelings. If you frame your relationship in terms of “you’ll want to do nice things for me if you like me” then when other people don’t want to do nice things for you (as even your own grandmother sometimes doesn’t), they too will conclude they must just not like you.

Stop centering your life on the success or failure of an imaginary mission to make other people happy, and you’ll realize that they respond about the same whether you’re trying or not. No better, but no worse. Tell people what you want and sometimes they’ll help you. Sometimes not, but it doesn’t mean they hate you. Counter-intuitively (to someone in your position), giving people the opportunity to choose freely to do something for you makes them like you more. Similarly, a trust that you’ll only do something for a friend if you really want to makes your friendships stronger than being willing to do anything at any cost for the sake of friendship itself.
-Anonymous

In the above example you would be attached to someone being happy and, which you can not actually do.  You are not responsible for any one else’s happiness, only your own.  People will chose to be happy or not based on their own criteria.  Measuring people based on what you think or how you would react is a form of being attached to how other people behave.  Once you realize you can not control people, the way they behave, or how they feel you can begin to understand your attachments to certain outcomes and determine whether or not if they are healthy.  Having healthy expectations of people and attachments are normal, and acceptable – the danger lies in expecting or being attached to things you can not control, especially when things start to go a way you did not expect or want.

Tarot Card: Justice

Traditional Meanings

Associations: karma, fairness, responsibility, balance, cause & effect, accountability

Like the Emperor, this card represents the order of the world.  While it’s counterpoint points to the the underlying order, this card points to your spiritual order: your karma.  The knowledge that in the balance, you will get exactly what you deserve.  Each action has an opposite and equal reaction.  It is important to try and view your past with an objective mind and see the lessons you have chosen for yourself in this lifetime.  This card represents the effects of your actions, it is up to you to recognize the cause.

He also is representing as above, so below in most decks, with his projective hand representing the element of the mind.  You are held accountable for your actions.  This is not necessarily a negative action, simple a fair accounting.  This card can also be a warning to  be sure you carefully explore the ripples of of your decisions or a decision yet to come.

Quick Recap

The fool began his journey with little enough in his pack, and oblivious to dangers.  He met the Magician who revealed the tools he needed, and opened up all of the possible paths for him to chose.  The High Priestess walked with him between the worlds of an idea or direction, to beginning to actually plan his path.  The Empress showed him that for plans to come to full fruition at times it must needs wait a short time to germination.  The Emperor taught him how to use his resources wisely so that they are not all used up at once.  When he came upon the Hierophant he learned that at times there is a need for structured learning in order to advance himself.  With the Lovers he learned that he can not always go alone, that there are times where others are need to help him along his way.  The Chariot taught him that opposing forces or battles between heart and head at times must be harnessed and balanced together or he may be pulled in two different directions which could destroy everything.  Strength taught him the inner and outer ability to focus his desires to overcome any and every obstacle.  The Hermit having experiences already was able to show him the way by illuminating his path, teaching him quiet introspection, and taught him that people do not have to go alone, that it is okay to assist others with their journey by lighting their way.   He found that the Wheel of Fortune and endless opportunity in this life to change one’s fate; by looking at the big picture he may yet be able to reshape his current outlook.  Justice taught him that he will get the exact karma that he deserves by his own actions and decisions, that there is a cause and effect to every move, and that he will be weighed on his own merits, exactly.

Heart Chakra: Forgiveness

Forgiveness.  The biggest part of the heart chakra is reviewing the past and figure out what you are holding on to.  Processing the past or even the future through the lens of trying to understand what lessons you have set out for yourself is a key component of clearing the heart chakra.  A lot of the time the right to love and be loved gets confused along the ups and downs of life.  This chakra will be about attachments, forgiveness, and unconditional love – all topics many people struggle with on a daily basis.

It’s important to point out that the opposite of love is not hate.  They are actually emotionally the same thing – simply one is positively charged and the other negatively charged.  If you hate someone or feel strongly against someone, that is a clear indication that you are still expending energy on that person.  You have not forgiven them any transgressions against you.  Anger and hatred toward another person does absolutely nothing to them.  The only thing it does it make you feel unhappy, miserable and angry.  If you feel you hate someone or still react in anger, then there are still some lessons you need to contemplate on and process.  You can love passionately, and you can hate just as passionately, but it is still passion and energy that is being spent.  The actual opposite of either is indifference.

If you find you are still holding on to emotions that do nothing for you but make you feel dark and miserable, you need to ask yourself why you are still holding on to those emotions.  You may even need to realize that you should forgive yourself for your own mistakes.

Saying “I forgive you” either in person or even just mentally frees you from the burdens and baggage you are still carrying around about the things that might have happened between you.  You must understand that hatred still creates a bond between you -as long as you hold on to those emotions, you will be forever bound to them.

A good suggestion that many psychologists recommend is ‘writing letters’ which can be very releasing.  In the letter you write down why you are angry with the person.  Even if it is a list.  “I am angry at you for x.  I am angry at you for y.  I am angry with you for z.”  Write it as detailed and specific as you like, this is for you not for anyone else.  Allow yourself time to process this letter and when you are ready you may begin to understand why  you are angry and what lessons you were trying to take from each other.  What did this person or the incidents teach you?  Why did you chose for this to happen to you in this lifetime?

When you are ready you may begin to write again, this time addressing each previous reason you were or are angry.  “I forgive you for x.  I forgive you for y.  I forgive you for z.”  You may find that there are some things you are not ready to let go of, but you should have a better understand of why you are not ready to forgive certain things, and come to a better understanding of how you have allowed the past to shape your current reality.  In this way you may begin to change things you currently wish to change.

Remember, the past does not define you.  No matter what happened, YOU decide your current reality.  Forgiving those who have transgressed against you can go a long way with being able to transcend and create a more positive environment for yourself.

Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

Traditional Meanings

Associations: destiny, turning point, possible outcomes open, unexpected fate change, looking at the bigger picture, cycles within cycles

This card is opportunistic; a chance to change one’s fate, or realize one’s destiny.  Looking at the bigger pattern in life as most people do as they mature, they can begin to find their niche, or purpose.  No matter if you believe destiny is mutable or set in stone, this card can herald it’s embrace either way.  It is about the cycles that are in life, how one thing leads to another and so on down the line.  It’s a wild open world of opportunity and destiny: what’s yours?

Full Capricorn Thunder Moon Esbat

Full Buck Moon -July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon. -Farmer’s Almanac

Capricorn Moon Vs. Cancer Sun

Practicality vs. emotions. We’ve all heard about our heads and hearts being at odds, and these signs bring this sharply into focus.  The full moon energy can lend a lot of strength to trying to find the balance between what we feel, and what is practical.  No easy feat!

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