10. January 2018 · 3 comments · Categories: RUNE

Challenge this year: REVERSED 8 CUPS

I-CHING: 55 Abundance – first line changing – 62 Conscientiousness

If you make your heart like a lake, life will continuously fulfill you.

Everything flows and nothing abides;everything gives way and nothing stays fixed. – Heraclitus

Meeting a powerful ally, even if only together for ten days = it is not a mistake, going meets with recognition. Changes to (62) Small Exceeding. In this situation forming a partnership with someone of like mind brings recognition. One party contributes energy while another has vision so great things can be accomplished A valuable arrangement presents itself and is beneficial even if only for a limited time.



EAST: Guides you to your greatest spiritual challenges and guards your path to illumination.


If Wild Boar has appeared in the contrary position, this could be a warning. Because you have been unwilling to confront some challenge, situation or feeling, it is about to explode in your face. It could be time to evaluate any avoidance mechanisms. Denials can vanish when you confront them with unflinching honesty. If some lie is present, now it is time to come clean with yourself or another. Have you dishonored yourself by breaking a trust? Be strong and make amends. If you do not believe that you are brave enough to confront your mistakes or denials, quit lying to yourself and acknowledge the authentic power of the honorable self within.

Remember, you can call upon Wild Boar to help cut through feelings of helplessness or weakness. Those sharp tusks can cut to the heart of the matter and reveal the valiant warrior self that you may have unwittingly abandoned.

7 MEDICINE WHEEL [CYCLES/MOVEMENT] The Medicine Wheel card portends a time of cycles and/or movement. You are asked to notice which stage of the cycle you are presently experiencing. Is it the beginning, the creation, the growing time, and developing or end of a cycle? How you look at where you are will assist you in clarifying what it is that you need to do next. Any retreat, hesitation, or stopping has now ended.

With this card you are being put on notice that the stagnation is over and new beginnings have taken root in the present. Don’t get caught in old patterns. Notice which direction on the Medicine Wheel will assist your forward movement and apply that lesson in your life. Your choices are illumination and clarity (East), faithfulness and humility (South), introspection and goals (West), or wisdom and gratitude (North). It is now time to decide for yourself which type of movement will keep the Wheel turning. In all cases, the Medicine Wheel card assures you that life continues.  The quality of the new cycle depends upon you, your actions, and attitudes toward growth.

2. SOUTH: Protects the child within and reminds you when to be humble and when to trust, so that innocence will be balanced in your personality.  I have found this to be your most primal gifts.


If you have drawn Bear reversed, your internal dialogue may have confused your perception of your true goals. In seeking answers or advice from others, you may have placed your own feelings and knowing aside. The time has come to regain your authority, for no one knows better than yourself what is proper and timely for your evolution. Reclaim the the power of knowing. Find joy in the silence and richness of the Mother’s womb. Allow from the West, nurturing your dreams as the Earth Mother nourishes us all.

Bear in the contrary position is teaching you that only through being your own adviser can you attain your true goals. Anything less than the doing of that which gives you the most joy is denial. To achieve happiness you must know yourself. To know yourself is to know your body, your mind, and your spirit. Use your strengths to overcome your weaknesses and know that both are necessary in your evolution.

Journey with bear to the quietness of your cave and hibernate in silence. Dream your dreams and own them. Then in strength you will be ready to discover the honey waiting in the Tree of Life.


8 EAST SHIELD [ILLUMINATION/CLARITY] The East Shield represents a need for clarity independence in some part of your life. It may also mark a time of illumination when suddenly things begin to fit together and make sense to you. If you have been confused, now is the time to ask for order in your life. Order can be restored through making lists of things ot do, clearing up your living space, or finishing old projects. When order is restored, you are then more receptive and can find the clarity you need.

The illumination of the East can also be asking you to assist another in finding clarity. Sharing your ideas may bring illumination as others give you feedback. It may also be a time to heal old wounds or negative thoughts so that there is room for clarity to enter your life. Be creative and daring in order to stretch your concept of who you really are and venture into new realms of understanding.

In all cases, the East Shield marks a time of new freedoms that come from wiping the mud from your eyes and seeing with the eye of Eagle. Observe which thoughts keep you in blinders and clear that Mindness through summoning your courage and taking flight.


3. WEST: The animal in the West leads you to your personal truth and inner answers.  It also shows you the path in your goals.

20 MOUSE [SCRUTINY] Mouse says, “I will touch everything with my whiskers in order to know it.” Paradoxically, this is both a great power and a great weakness. It is good medicine to see up close. It is good medicine to pay attention to detail, but it is bad medicine to chew every little thing to pieces.

Mouse has many predatory enemies, including birds, snakes, and cats. Since Mouse is food for many, it has a highly developed sense of danger at every turn. So-called civilization is a highly complex set of components which calls for more and more organizational skills and scrutiny to detail every year. Mouse is a powerful medicine to have in these modern times. Things that might appear insignificant to others take on enormous importance to mouse.

Mouse people anger many other medicine types because they appear to be nit-pickers. Mouse people will spot the lint on your coat, even if it matches in color. They will try to convince you that the simplest task is fraught with difficulty. they are fixated on methodology. They sort and categorize and file away for alter use. They may seem like they are hoarding, but this is the farthest thing from Mouse’s mind. They are merely putting everything in order so that they will be able to explore it more carefully at a later date.

The chiefs tell us that without Mouse there would be no systemization of knowledge. Mouse ended Renaissance man and hearkened the age of specialization. Mouse knew from the very beginning that “there is always more to learn.” One can always delve deeper and deeper and deeper.

If your personal medicine is Mouse, you may be fearful of life but very well organized, with a compartment for everything. You should try to see a larger picture than the one staring you in the face. develop largesse of spirit. try to become aware of the Great Dance of Life. Realize that even though you may be sitting in Los Angeles, there is also a New York, a Moon, a solar system, a galaxy, and an infinite universe. Jump high, little friend\. You will glimpse the Sacred Mountain.

If mouse is in your card-spread, its medicine is telling you to scrutinize. Look at yourself and others carefully. Maybe that big hunk of cheese is sitting on a trigger that will spring a deadly trap. Maybe the cat is in the pantry waiting for you. Maybe someone to whom you have delegated authority, such as a doctor, a lawyer, or even a plumber, is not doing the job faithfully. The message is to see what is right before your eyes and to take action accordingly.


24 COUNCIL FIRE (DECISIONS): If you have been waffling over what to do next, the Council Fire card is insisting thaT you make a decision. There can be no forward movement if you fail to decide which trail will lead out of the swamp and into the forests. It takes courage to make changes in your life and all changes must begin with a decision. Do it and don’t look back. Life awaits you in all its beauty.

If the decision of another has left you in a precarious position, make new decisions of your own. There is no need to make your decisions based upon another’s. Consider all possibilities and how your decision affects others, then be courageous enough to act. Find your truth and stick to it.


4. NORTH: Gives wise counsel and reminds you when to speak and when to listen.  It also reminds you to be grateful for every blessing every day.  I  believe this represents your relationship to personal authority.

REVERSED 46 RACCOON [GENEROUS PROTECTOR] If raccoon has appeared in the reverse position, you may be robbing yourself of much needed strength at this time. Do you need an attitude adjustment? If you are wasting energy on self-pity, feeling like an underdog, do something nice for someone else. The change of focus could create more self-esteem. Observing the authentic needs to another’s situation absolves self-pity. Another contrary message is denying the need to be generous or compassionate with yourself. In this case, you may not be providing enough workable options to solve your present challenges.

If you are feeling drained, it may be time to receive the gratitude of those you have helped in the past. If you have been giving too much and have forgotten to honor your own needs, Raccoon could be telling you to steal some time to be alone. The little bandit also reminds you to keep watch for “takers” who never give back. Keep yourself from feeding others who are too needy or too greedy. Balanced raccoon medicine does not waste its generosity on those who refuse to help themselves or are too lazy to contribute or learn self-reliance.


10 WEST SHIELD [INTROSPECTION/GOALS]: If the West Shield has appeared in your spread, Bear is asking you to look at your present goals and discern how they affect your future. Are the answers you seek from your own inner knowing? If not, it may be time to Enter the Silence and digest the questions so that your personal answers can emerge.

Bear also reminds us that the West Shield is the place of all tomorrows. If you are afraid of the unknown, it may be time to clear away the fear. Strength to accomplish this clearing is Bear’s greatest medicine. call on Bear and feel the courage to meet teh Future fill your spirit.

In all cases, the West Shield speaks of the ability to complete our goals, this acknowledgment of our inner strengths and the power to find and know our own answers. Remember that the opinions of others become mixed with our own doubts and become limitations when we forget to Enter the Silence.


5. ABOVE: Guardian of dreamtime, personal access to the other dimensions.

If Elk has appeared in the reverse position, you may be stretching the rubber band to the breaking point.  Be careful of undue stress levels, or you might just create an illness to force you to take a break.

On another level, you may not be honoring your desire for companionship with the opposite sex, and you may have forgotten the excitement of mating season.  If this is the case, you may find that your best option is to invite friends of the opposite sex for dinner or an afternoon outing.  This is not to say that you would be sexually interested in these friends; it is merely suggesting that the exchange of opposite energies could be rewarding.

If you are in a relationship, it may be that the honeymoon is waning and taht you need to stir up some excitement.  Persistently creating a “change of pace” is the kind of stamina needed for any relationship to last.

In all cases, Elk is telling you to look at how you choose to create your present pathway, and how you intend to perpetuate it to reach your goal.  Your best weapon is the same as Elk’s: to stop when you need to, to persist when you need to, and to allow room for change and exchange of energies.


27 CRADLEBOARD [ABILITY TO RESPOND]: The papouse you are carrying is your future. If you wish to influence it, you must respond now. Whatever your situation, the ability to respond is called for at this time. The Warrior side of your nature has the courage you need. Don’t sit and wait for someone else to do something. Use your creativity, sspeak your truth, and respond.

You are being reminded that it is your responsibility to find your own answers and act upon them. Whether it is a past, present, or future challenge makes no difference. You can respond in a way that will promote your growth. Look at how you can use your personal Medicine to respond to the situation and how that action will make you grow. You have the ability, so now you must recognize it in the Self and use it.

6. BELOW: What grounds me:


Antelope signifies knowledgeable action. Antelope is a symbol for the antenna of your hair, which attaches you to Great Mystery by its long cords of light. Looking at Antelope, you become aware of your mortality and the short time span you have on this planet. With this in mind, you must act accordingly. Proper action pleases the Great Mystery. Antelope medicine is the knowledge of life’s circle. Knowing of death, Antelope can truly live. action is the key and essence of living.

Antelope powers have been courted and shamanized since the dawn of time. Antelope clans have been many, and the power of Antelope people is great. Antelope medicine gives you strength of mind and heart, and the ability to take quick and decisive action to get things accomplished.

If you feel stymied, call on Antelope medicine. If you are balled up and twisted in knots, Antelope powers will speak to you of proper action and soon set you free. Many ingenious solutions to problems are whispered by Antelope. Listen and even more importantly, act. Surround yourself with the illumination and secret knowledge of Antelope. Combine this with action and you will overcome any obstacle or hindrance in your path. If Antelope is your Centering tree and strong personal medicine, thank Great Spirit. say what should be said. Your judgment is sound and your actions will be successful.

Always listen to what Antelope has to say to you. Antelope in your cards indicates a message of higher purpose. Antelope arms you with the bow of Authority, and forces you to act on behalf of self, family, clan, nation, and finally Mother Earth.  antelope says, “Do it now. Don’t wait nay longer.” Antelope knows the way, and so do you. Take courage and leap; your sense of timing is perfect. when Antelope was bounded into your cards, the time is now. The power is you.


30 FIRE MEDICINE (PASSION AND SPONTANEITY): You are being asked to acknowledge the Fire within. Your spontaneity for lliving depends upon your connection to Fire. You can support your passion for living through acknowledging all of the Good Medicine present in your life. Your ability to create adventure and excitement comes from your willingness to give yourself pleasure and joy. All that is needed to continue the passion is to decide you are worthy and proceed.

If you have any judgments about passion on the physical level, it may be time to clear them. All acts of life area sacred when treated in a respectful manner. Any old fears of intimacy or commitment can act as limitations to relationships. If this applies to you, clear the fear. s the fear leaves, so will the coldness of past hurts, and you will be ready for more rewarding future relationships.

In all cases, Fire Medicine insists that we use the Fire within to fuel our lives with energy. This energy comes from Mother Earth’s passionate physicality and Grandfather Sun’s spontaneous love. When we are in balance, this divine Union sparks our natural desire for experiencing life. If the spontaneity is already happening to you, continue.

7. WITHIN: Brings personal joy and illuminates personal truth.  Also protects sacred space.

Since the death of Skygod, the god-like being who had come from the stars and led the Maya to prosperity and a golden era of spiritual understanding, his teachings of love, integrity, impeccability, and the power of a compassionate heart had been perverted. The distortion of his Jaguar teachings and degenerated to where the priests were sacrificing human beings, foolishly cutting out the victims’ heart to reclaim the power of the golden days of the empire. Forgotten was the authentic power of the honorable and loving heart in the Skygod’s teachings.

The great Jaguar Spirit, who was Skygod’s totem, roamed the dreams of the Maya, looking for any dishonorable behavior. Misdeeds and abuses of power had diminished the spirit of the Maya and needed to be sacrificed for the survival of the people. The priests, who had abused the authority and power bestowed on them, quaked with fear knowing that the day of reckoning had come. Jaguar brought justice by stalking their dreams and devouring their flagrantly dishonorable and greedy misdeeds.

Jaguar medicine is integrity and impeccability. Its mission is to devour the unclean aspects of human behavior. Jaguar teaches us the penalties of the inappropriate behavior and offers the rewards of good medicine to those who stand in their personal integrity and walk through life in an impeccable manner.

If Jaguar is roaming your dream/reality today, its primal roar may be rewarding you for maintaining your integrity in some situation where you could have easily misused your authority. You may have been unwilling to pass judgment on another, or to be self-serving. Were you especially kind to someone or do a good deed that was unexpected? If so, allow the recognition to fill you with feelings of well-being and continue to serve with compassion and openhearted integrity.

Do not falter in your resolve to be your personal best at all times. Maintain your dignity, devotion, and compassion, holding to forthrightness and honesty, no matter what the contrary influence. do not feed any self-important need to be an “enlightened one,” treating others in a self-righteous manner. Jaguar medicine teaches you taht personal integrity allows for mistakes, embraces forgiveness,  and humbly makes self-directed corrections, allowing a rebalanced spirit to triumph once again.


1 PIPE (PRAYER/INNER PEACE): The Pipe card speaks of inner peace that can be found through the balancing of the Self. It is now time to honor both sides of your nature, male and female, and to acknowledge the Eternal Flame of Great Mystery that lives inside of you. How you influence the lives of others depends upon the balance. Inner peace can be found through prayer and the understanding of your role in the whole of Creation. World peace begins in the heart of each individual. It may be time to make peace with others or with any inner conflict that keeps you from seeing the beauty of your potential In all cases, the Pipe card asks you to honor the blessings given by Great Mystery. It asks you to honor who you are and why you are here. It asks you how you can assist our world. In making peace with the Self, these questions will be answered and the Sacred Path will become clear.


8. RIGHT SIDE: The father which protects me.  My warrior side.

52 BLACK PANTHER medicine allows human beings to face their fears and dark behaviors, exploring those internal shadowy aspects of being. Most of Panther’s tribe had been stalked and killed by the other two-leggeds, who had come across the big water and who feared their own dark natures. Those people were in need of her healing medicine.

The Caddo people called her clan the Black Panther, and her tribe was known as the Midnight or Black Jaguar to the Maya. The color black is honored by the red race. Darkness is the place for seeking and finding answers, for accepting healings and for accessing the hidden light of truth. Black Panther teaches us through out dreams to delve into the places within ourselves that need healing. She shows us how to track the unfamiliar territory found on hte journey of self-discovery and to fearlessly face the unknown.

If the Black Panther has appeared today, it may be telling you not to worry about the future. Trust that you are not supposed to be mentally “figuring it out”  at this time. You may need to confront fears of the unknown, of being less than you truly are, or an inability to simply BE. Let go of fears that appear as obstacles or barriers. Embrace the unknown and flow with the mystery that is unfolding in your life. The next step may be leaping empty-handed into the cold with implicit trust. In the stillness of the void, find the will to discovery and healing process. Here you will discover Black Panther’s unexpected blessings.

18 WHIRLING RAINBOW [UNITY/WHOLENESS ACHIEVED] You are being asked to remove any type of discord from your life in order to grow. Don’t feed the negativity Look at any lessons being presented at this time, learn from them, then focus your attention on creating new beauty and abundance in your life. Do not allow yourself to be caught in the quicksand of petty tyrants. A true, worthy opponent will present lessons to make you grow beyond any high drama and into a sense of unity with the Self. Other petty tyrants are not worthy of your attention or your energy. You need not take on the issues of others when the discord is due to their lack of unity within themselves.

Encircle any discord with the Whirling Rainbow of Peace and consider the unity you have with Great Mystery when you keep your eye on the goal and your feet on the Sacred Path of Beauty. Remember that any challengers to unity are equal to your ability to overcome them.


9. LEFT: Protector of the Female side and teaches you that you must learn to receive abundance as well as to nurture yourself and others.  The left-side animal is also your teacher about relationships and mothering.


If Lynx has appeared in the reversed position, it is time to shut your big mouth. Something you are jabbering about has let the “cat” out of the bag. Are you defiling a sacred trust, or have you broken a promise to a friend? If not, you may have pulled a good boner on yourself by blabbing your latest idea to the friend of a competitor. Watch your tongue adn see if you are able to refrain from gossiping, or talking about your latest romantic conquest. Look and see if, in your present state, you are able to listen and truly be interested in someone else’s stories or ideas. On this level, Lynx is telling you to become worthy of trust. Then the secrets will be available to you.

You might look at choosing to have your brain in gear before your babble starts, or your foot may have to replace your tongue. This is the “know it all” syndrome. Fine — if you want to talk, just sew up your ears. After all, talking leaves no room for hearing or learning. Lynx is a tough teacher, and if you have let the cat out of the bag, be ready for the consequences.

Become Lynx and wear the Mona Lisa smile. Only  you will know what you are smiling about. The cat will not have your tongue–you will– as well as the power over it.


17 MOON LODGE [RETREAT]: The Moon Lodge card speaks of retreat. Take a break. Your influence cannot be felt at this time because you are in need of replenishing your own energy. This is a barren time in a sense because you need to be alone and honor yourself for a change.

Retreat is not an act of weakness; it is an act of strength. Without retreat, the future cannot take hold in the present. Make note that you are preparing for the time of fertile action by taking a rest move. Being alone at this time will allow you to do the things that give you joy without interference. Remember that miracles can happen when you repose and allow yourself to come to your new starting place in a gentle way.



Me: Ace Cups 


FOUNDATION: Queen pentacles

PAST: XI Strength R 20

GOAL: R VIII Justice







  1. So, REVERSED 8 CUPS being my annual challenge: Returning to the Fold and being reinstated as a challenge. I know I’m working on my healthcare right now and I found out I have asthma, not bronchitis. There’s a whole drama around the expense of the prescriptions beginning with aspirators. wow. Walgreens is not notified about which aspirator out of 3 is part of Humana’s “formulary” or drugs covered by Humana. They gave me an aspirator that ultimately cost $100 when they could have given me one that was covered by Humana for half that amount. I’ve had insurance in the past and work done and now I’m getting reinstated into the same “heathcare group” that’s out of Evanston Hospital. So that seems to be my concern this year.

    There’s a good chance I had a slight heart attack on Thanksgiving 2015, but he can’t see what’s going on since I didn’t go in right away since we were uninsured. Gomory is taking good care of me. 😀 and being my ride to and from doctors’ visits. So now I know what these readings are about.

  2. I-CHING: Meeting a powerful ally, even if only together for ten days = it is not a mistake, going meets with recognition. Changes to (62) Small Exceeding. In this situation forming a partnership with someone of like mind brings recognition. One party contributes energy while another has vision so great things can be accomplished A valuable arrangement presents itself and is beneficial even if only for a limited time.

    As long as we’re talking about Dr. Beckway, this is clearly about Dr. Beckway. He is an excellent ally. He’s insightful and considers my input. That’s so empowering! I do feel more conscious of what’s going on in my body.

  3. Following the annual challenge being reconnecting with healthcare Medicine Cards explanation:

    EAST: the Reversed Boar would then mean that because I didn’t have insurance for 15 years, there are things that have been left unchecked. A heart attack for example. Uncompromising asthma. I’m sure there are other things as well. There’s a lot to do all at one time now that I can. It’s accompanied by Medicine Wheel (how auspicious is THAT?) saying now that I have a healthcare provider, I’m no longer stagnant. I can now do stuff to offset he damage.

    SOUTH: REVERSED BEAR is about being empowered to make my own decisions about what I can and cannot do as I get stronger. An example being my daughter not getting that I didn’t call Amelia. I wasn’t trying to ignore her…I simply didn’t remember. I had called her on Wednesday and she seemed very happy. and then this last week I would have assumed she’d have called me if she was upset or had a problem. But I was expecting her this weekend and Elizabeth got punitive and kept her. Now I won’t talk to her anymore. I am not going to allow myself to get upset. This is about taking care of myself.
    The EAST SHIELD here does support the new knowledge I have of my situation. It is so good to know what’s going on and become an expert on my own limits and abilities and not allow others to impose their opinions about my capabilities.

    WEST: Mouse is about scrutiny which David’s helping me with. Are the prescriptions right? How do we create a team of experts. What can we trust and not trust? and the COUNCIL FIRE is about making a decision about which way I’m going. I will focus on my project and will know I’m on course.

    NORTH: pay attention to Takers who don’t give back. yes yes yes. I’m thrilled that I live up on the top floor of a wonderful condo. Easy to manage people I don’t want around me. I’ve also gotten off Facebook and all social media. WEST SHIELD: About how my goals affect my future. The coven and MOD (magick) from now until the end. I’m working on 6cups — reunion. The reuniting of me and Ayelward. OMG I feel it so deeply!!!!

    ABOVE: REVERSED ELK is about stretching my attention past the breaking point and creating more stress than I can handle. “Your best weapon is the same as Elk’s: to stop when you need to, to persist when you need to, and to allow room for change and exchange of energies.” Warning about my heart. I believe ha whatever the test shows. CRADLEBOARD points me to where I belong. The connections with Ayelward’s dimension is calling me.

    BELOW is ANTELOPE & ACTION!!!!! Doing my project to its completion is so important especially as my health is becoming a warning of an end. FIRE MEDICINE is being grateful for this amazing life I’m living!!! This is what grounds me.

    JAGUAR WITHIN recognizes that I stand on my principles even when it’d be easier to do otherwise. PEACE PIPE brings me peace of mind.

    BLACK PANTHER at my RIGHT shows I am aggressive about facing the unknown and not worry about the future. Particularly important as I’m concerned about David when I pass and how we’re going to pay for my medicine. WHIRLING RAINBOW brings peace when: consider the unity you have with Great Mystery when you keep your eye on the goal and your feet on the Sacred Path of Beauty. Remember that any challengers to unity are equal to your ability to overcome them.

    LEFT- receiving information from others with REVERSED LYNX means I don’t BLAB or complain about what’s happening to me. About keeping my own council. MOON LODGE is about being monastic as my body is fragile. Its a time to take stock in what needs completion.

    I am so excited that I can see the end which is within sight. I will finally be with him forever.