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







We all have primal cravings to satisfy,
Ours is a prowling hunger,
Stalking dangerous prey,
Attempting to sate the insatiable.

If your desires have ever paced
The length of an invisible cage,
Then you understand.
Sometimes unorthodox arrangements
Must be made to feed the beast within.

Whether you wish to consume,
Or be consumed,
You are starving to be
With your own kind,
An extended family of the psyche,
Brave enough
To Journey with you,
Into Terra Incognita.

copyright by Oryter

The HP stand in the East and the High Priestess to the West, facing each other across the cauldron. The High Priestess carries the phallic wand in her right hand the coven distribute themselves around the perimeter of the Circle.

HPS: We kindle this fire today
In presence of the Holy Ones,
Without malice, without jealousy, without envy,
Without fear of aught beneath the Sun
But the High Gods.
Thee we invoke, O Light of Life
Be thou a bright flame before us, Be thou a guiding star above us, Be thou a smooth path beneath us;
Kindle Thou within our hearts
A flame of love for our neighbours
To our foes, to our friends, to our kindred all,
To all men on the Broad earth.
O merciful Son of Enki
From the lowliest thing that liveth
To the Name which is highest of all.

The HPS holds the phallic wand on high and walks slowly deosil round the cauldron to stand in front of the HP.

She says:
O Sun, be Thou armed to Conquer the Dark!
The HPS presents the phallic wand to the HP and then steps to one side.

The HP holds up the phallic wand to salute and replaces it on the altar.

The Maiden lights the taper from one of the altar candles and presents it to the HP. The Maiden then steps to one side.

The HP carries the taper to the cauldron and lights the cauldron candle with it. He gives the taper back to the Maiden, who blows it out and replaces it on the altar, picking up the cords instead.

The Maiden gives the cords to the HP.

The HPS arranges everybody round the cauldron, man facing woman as far as possible. The HP hands out the ends of the cords in accordance with her instructions retaining one end of the final cord himself and handing the other end of it to the HPS. If there is an odd number of people, with more women than men, he retains two cord ends himself or if more men than women, hands two cord-ends to the HPS; in either case, he must be linked with two women or she with two men.

When everyone is holding a cord, they all pull the cords taut, with the central knot above the cauldron. They then start circling deosil in the wheel Dance, to the Witches’ Rune, building up speed, always keeping the cords taut and the knot over the cauldron.

The Wheel Dance continues until the HPS cries “DOWN!” adn the coven all sit in a circle round the cauldron. The HP gathers up the cords (being careful not to let them drop on to the candle-flame) and replaces them on the altar.

‘The cauldron is then moved to beside the East candle, and the Great Rite is enacted.

After the Great Rite, the HP names a woman witch as the Spring Queen and stands her in front of the altar. He crowns her with the chaplet of flowers and gives her the Fivefold Kiss.

The HP then calls forward each man in turn to give the Spring Queen the Fivefold Kiss. When the last man has done so, the HP presents the Spring Queen with her bouquet.

The cauldron is replaced in the center of the Circle, and, starting with the Spring Queen, everyone jumps the cauldron, singly or in couples, not forgetting to wish.

Amanda Athame (6)

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
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3D DEGREE: 21FEB2014

What is my magickal name and why did I choose it?

Adult Amanda

My magickal name is Rune. Years ago, as David, my husband after struggling with whether or not I was really a mystic or delusional, nicknamed me Runie when he bought me a ring of runic symbols. Later, when we were presented with Buckland’s challenge of choosing a name that numerically equaled our birth number, he suggested “Rune.” At first I thought it silly, but as I consciously allowed it to settle into my reality, I felt better especially as it perfectly fit my birthday. I can read Runes some, but my oracle of choice are the Tarot as my mother gave me my first deck when I was 10 so it is odd that David is so fascinated with the Nordic stones.

Why are you so interested in Coven Babylon?

I’ve been practicing chaos magick with a very small core through Terra Incognita. This is an opportunity to actually do the craft with other witches. Circling with my close friends has always been a fantasy and now, after close to 15 years, Terra Incognita has finished its mission and I can practice magick with those that have more in common with me. I am so excited!

What do you feel you can contribute? Personal talents you bring to the table.

I’m a chaos magician as well as a mystic so have models, vision and experience to offer a wider context. I’ve never before been able to work with a High Priest who was witchy. This is so much fun. Thank you Norman!!!!

Traditions that you have experience? OLD WOMAN IN THE SHOE

Perhaps not so much a tradition, but when I was 3 years old I had my first transcendental experience when our family went to a Mother Goose Theme Park. One of the exhibits was the Old Woman’s Shoe which consisted of a small single room with wallpaper print of a flight of stairs ending at a printed balcony overhead that ostensibly led to a doorway on the right. When I’d entered, there was a man with his daughter. The shoe wasn’t built to accommodate adults so they quickly exited and I was left alone staring at a small empty space without anything fun to play with.

Turning to leave I heard, “Psst, Amanda.” I looked around to see who called my name and there on the bottom of the stairway – printed on the wallpaper – 3 little girls about 6-7 years old in play dresses, waving at me and teasing each other while scampering up the stairs. Again they called “Amaaaandaaaa!” and there they were at the bannister over my head waving, leaning over to reach further out toward me before scampering out the door on the 2nd floor. Shocked, I rushed outside to my mother who snapped a picture with her Brownie camera as I left the shoe behind. This moment defined my life and motivated my every decision.

In 1999, my husband, David and I began channeling Aylward, who claimed to be a transcendant being who claimed to have always been a part of my life, whether as a specter or an imaginary friend. Using David’s body, he explained we had been on a mission and that we were going to be asked to bring in others. That was the beginning of Terra Incognita. Terra Incognita has been actively involved in community and magick for almost 15 years and we are now morphing. I am presently hoping to begin a new circle with Norman and those of my friends that I’ve been with for over a decade.

What are you looking to get out of participating in Babylon?

Community, more importantly Tribe, broaden my magickal knowledge, but more than anything? Share magick with those I’ve loved for all this time.

EAST: Guides you to your greatest spiritual challenges and guards your path to illumination.
9/17/13 24 CROW [LAW]


Prairie Dog medicine teaches that strength and inspiration can be found by retreating into the stillness that quiets the mind. The strength of this medicine is also knowing when and how to replenish your life force. Prairie Dog medicine people tend to seek self-empowerment to silence and inactivity where they can access dreams and visions without the intrusions of worldly chaos. When they reenter the world, they are profound and powerful anchors of calm resolve amid life’s storms.

If Prairie Dog has surfaced in your cards today, it may be a warning that your body’s fuel gauge is running low. You might need a day of silence to retreat from regular activities before you become too exhausted to carry on. Have you put your basic needs at the bottom “To Do” list? Burning the candle at both ends may weaken the punch you can normally pack when tackling the tasks at hand. Take a much needed break before you crash and burn. Prairie Dog teaches you that, in order to access gifts of inspiration and renewal, you must be at peace with yourself and rested enough to recognize the blessings being offered.

If you have been battling a situation without gaining ground, Prairie Dog reminds you that pushing too hard can create a resistance that does not allow for interaction. Take a break! Give it a rest! After a comfortable and relaxed time, you can return with a fresh perspective. In the meantime, the dynamics of the situation may have changed because your retreat allows the present challenge to work itself out. There is ample strength available if you quit pushing and go with the flow. Prairie Dog says its tunnels run both ways, now it is time to choose the backdoor exit for some rest and relaxation.



44 SACRED SPACE (RESPECT):  The Sacred Space card insists on respect for the possessions, ideas, homes, and persons of others. This also applies to demanding it for the Self. Mark your territory. Respect yourself so that others will see that reflection in themselves and in how they deal with you. Be willing to say no.

Sacred Space means that you consider your body, feelings, and possessions sacred adn will not allow others to abuse them. Only invite those who have earned the right into your Sacred Space. you are the one who sets up how other people treat you through how you treat yourself.

In all cases the respect you show yourself and other life forms determines how you relate to the Planetary Family. If you allow others to be destructive in your Sacred Space, on some level you don’t have the guts to be disliked. It is not important to be liked by others, but it is important to be ble to live with yourself. Happiness begins within.


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.

13 COYOTE [TRICKSTER] (Life card = FOOL)

There are thousands of myths and stories about Coyote, the great trickster. Many Native cultures call Coyote the “Medicine Dog.” If you have pulled this card, you can be sure that some kind of medicine is on its way — and it may or may not be to your liking. Whatever the medicine is, good or bad, you can be sure it will make you laugh, maybe even painfully. You can be sure that Coyote will teach you a lesson about yourself.

Coyote has many magical powers, but they do not always work in his favor. His own trickery fools him. He is the master trickster who tricks himself. No one is more astonished than Coyote at the outcome of his own tricks. He falls into his own trap. And yet he somehow manages to survive. he may be banged and bruised by the experience, but he soon goes on his way to even greater error, forgetting to learn from his mistakes. He may have lost the battle, but he is never beaten.

Coyote is sacred. In the folly of his acts we see our own foolishness. As coyote moves from one disaster to the next, he refines the art of self-sabotage to sheer perfection. No one can blindly do themselves or others in with more grace and ease than this holy trickster. Coyote takes himself so seriously at times that he cannot see the obvious, for example, the steamroller that is about to run over him. That is why, when it hits him, he still cannot believe it.

Contained within trickster medicine is the humor of the ages. The cosmic joke is not just on ourselves but on everyone else, if they are following Coyote or have strong Coyote medicine. Someone like this may be able to since others that a skunk smells like roses, but the fact remains that it is still skunk.

Snoozetime is over if you have pulled the Coyote medicine card. Watch out! Your glass house may crash to the ground at any moment. All your self-mirrors may shatter. The divine trickster is dogging you, and you may trip. Coyote scratches under his arm. He does a crazy dance. He catches his tail on fire playing with matches. He jumps in the fish pond to save himself and nearly drowns. Coyote seduces a concrete statue. Coyote thinks he has found a  bone, but it is a rattlesnake. Everyone watches the comedic scene. Coyote is you, me, booby traps, jet airplanes with toilets that don’t work, blind dates, and all the humorous and whimsical things we encounter along life’s way. Get ready for more of the laughs — lots more.

Go immediately beneath the surface of your experiences.
Ask yourself what you are really doing and why.
Is Coyote your medicine?
Are you playing jokes on yourself?
Are you trying to fool an adversary?
Is someone tricking you?
Do you want to give the office “geek” the phone number of the beautiful new secretary?
When was the last time you did something just because it was crazy and fun?

Pick up the juggler eyes from the ground and put them back in their sockets. See through the genius of your acts of self-sabotage. Find it amusing and laugh, trickster, laugh. If you can’t laugh at yourself and your crazy antics, you have lost the game. Coyote always comes calling when things get too serious. the medicine is in laughter and joking so that new viewpoints may be assumed.

Don’t take myself too seriously.


13 CORAL (NURTURING): You are being asked to look at the idea you are nurturing. It may be time to nurture yourself or another. If you refuse to be nurtured it may be time to drop that superhuman attitude before you get sick. Coral tells us taht our bodies have needs too. Pay attention and be good to your body.

Coral also speaks to the Planetary Family (your archangel). If you feel lonely or alone, it may be time to have a reunion with the other creatures that share the Earth with you. Listen to All Our Relations and cut the “I’m the only one” refrain out of your thoughts. that you reconnect to those feelings.

Coral always tells us to listen to our feelings. If you have been ignoring how you feel around certain people or ho w your body feels, Coral is insisting that you reconnect to thsoe feelings. Remember: to feel is to heal.


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



Someone may be watching you, and trying to figure out your next move. If you look deeper, however, it may be that you are watching yourself to prove to yourself that you exist. If you have become a “wallflower” to the point of disappearing, you may need to decide that you are worth noticing.

Contrary Fox is as foolish as it is cunning, and you may have fooled yourself into believing that your low self-esteem is due to your being born plain or having an ordinary life. This is camouflage of a different sort, in that you have camouflaged your true desire to experience life with friends, with joy, and with purpose. In any case, you are put on notice to be aware of apathy and self-induced boredom. You may have to dig deeply to find what excites you enough to scurry across the wasteland of your dulled senses and live.

contrary Fox may also be telling you that you have become too visible. In climbing to a place of recognition, oftentimes the envy or jealousness of others is thrown in your face. If you are feeling attacked, withdraw. It may be time to assume the attitude of the hermit and deck yourself in the cloak of invisibility.

To right contrary Fox is this situation, call on Armadillo and name your boundaries. Then call on the family’s protector to show you the art of camouflage. Once out of the line of attack, you can resume the role of being your “foxy” self.

Become Fox and feel the joy of knowing the playground of your life. You may just find the chicken coop full of intriguing morsels of delight.


34 BURDEN BASKET (SELF-RELIANCE): If you are carrying Burden Basket today, this card is telling you to pull from y our inner-strength and become self-reliant. You can conquer the world when you let go of the burden by trusting yoru ability to find your own answers. Problems cease being burdens when solutions are found.

The Burden Basket to find our own solution.. Burden Basket also teaches us not to drop our woes at the door of another. Relying on ourselves and our connection to Great Mystery teaches us to stretch into our potential.  If confusion sets in and counsel is sought, use the advice. Don’t waste the precious time of others if you do not intend to respect the wisdom offered. Know also that it’s not your job to solve the problems of others. Don’t rob others of their right to self-reliance.

In all cases, we only carry the burdens we wish to carry. If it makes us feel good or important to have so much to handle, we might need to look at our ideas of self-importance. The reminder is that we are all self-reliant and must use our talents. The best answer is one shared equally by all travelers on The Sacred Path


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.

48 WILD BOAR: If Wild Boar has charged into your cards today, you are being asked to confront anything or anybody that you have been avoiding. Pay attention! Enhance your warrior nature and find the courage to confront your fears. Or, are you being asked to confront a personal weakness or a career challenge? Is it time to finish a project that you abandoned thinking it might be too difficult to accomplish? confront your feelings regarding some issue that makes you nervous or causes discomfort and bring yourself the peace of closure.

If you have been procrastinating, Wild Boar is reminding you to quit avoiding the inevitable. In all cases, it is insisting that you be fully present and mindful of what is happening and why. If you drew this card, you already possess the courage needed to confront all that life offers; just remember where you hid the courage. Challenges do not simply vanish. Unless you actively embrace your issues, you cannot reclaim your spirit’s energy. Half the battle is won through the warrior’s willingness to acknowledge and to accept the whole truth at all times.


41 SHAMAN’S DEATH: You are being put on notice that a death cycle or ending is in progress.  Before the rebirth can begin, we must look at what is dying. Assist the process by consciously allowing the old to be removed. Let go and then make way for the new cycle of life to take hold. Remember that you are creating fertile ground for new adventures when you are willing to let your old identities die. The rebirth cycle is always full of promise and growth when you allow the old patterns to dies with dignity.


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

44 HUMMINGBIRD [JOY] Hummingbird is associated with the Ghost Shirt religion, which taught that a certain dance done properly would bring about the return of the animals, and that white people would disappear. Once again the Original People would know the joy of the old ways. In Mayan teachings, Hummingbird can give us the medicine to solve the riddle of the contradiction of duality.

The song of Hummingbird awakens the medicine flowers. Hummer sings a vibration of pure joy. flowers love Hummingbird because nectar-sucking brings about the reproduction of their families. Plants flower and live because of Hummingbird.

Hummingbird can fly in any direction — up, down, backward, and forward. Hummingbird can also hover in one spot and appear to be motionless. Great Spirit created Hummingbird to be slightly different from other feathered creatures.

Because of their magical qualities, Hummingbird feathers have been used for a millennium in the making of love charms. It is said that Hummingbird conjures love as no other medicine does, and that Hummingbird feathers open the heart. Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. To Brother and Sister Hummingbird, life is a wonderland of delight–darting from one beautiful flower to another, tasting the essences, and radiating the colors.

If hummingbird is your personal medicine, you love life and its joys. Your presence brings joy to others. You join people together in relationships which bring out the best in them. You know instinctively where beauty abides and near or far,  you journey to your ideal. You move comfortably within a beautiful environment and help others taste the succulent nectar of life.

Hummingbird holds the Bow of Beauty which is delicately inlaid with gold and silver flowers, pearls and precious jewels. Hummingbird disdains ugliness or harshness and quickly flies away from discord or disharmony.

If Hummingbird has flown into your cards, get ready to laugh musically adn enjoy Creator’s many gifts. Drop your judgmental attitude and relax. Hummingbird will no doubt give you a flash of the spirit, darting here and there, and everywhere. Get ready for a strange new burst of energy which may send your senses reeling.

Hummingbird hears celestial music and is in harmony with it. Hummingbird may invite you to an art museum or a concert. Hummingbird energetically embraces the highest aesthetics.

Never be coarse in front of Hummingbird, for this is a fragile medicine which may have no understanding of worldly affairs. Beauty is the target and Hummingbird’s mission is to spread joy or to be destroyed. Humming bird quickly dies if caged, caught, or imprisoned.

Follow Sister Hummingbird and you will soon be filled with paroxysms of joy, and experience a renewal of the magic of living.


29 THE STORYTELLER (EXPANSION): The Storyteller card speaks of expansion on all levels. You are now growing and encompassing many new ideas if you have received this ard. See which area of expansion needs your attention and feed your personal Fire of Creation. Create more and enjoy the expansion, knowing you earned it.

Note that the expansion will continue if you are willing to share how you achieved your success with others. Many lives are influenced by another’s story. In the good of fortune of your present situation, you may be instrumental in encouraging others.

In all cases, expansion occurs when people are allowed to grow at their own rate and with their own understanding. The wisdom of the Storyteller is a part of the art of remembering Note that you are now remembering your personal medicine and how to be your potential.


6. BELOW: What grounds me:


Are you trying ot prove to yourself or someone else that you have power? Are you caught in an illusion that weakens your true feelings or minimizes your abilities? If so, you may have contracted “Dragonfly dive-bombing.” Is this the final “crash and burn” for some pipe dream that had no real purpose? Look within and feel the sense-of-self energy within yourself. Notice if it is ebbing, and find the point in time when you were deluded into believing that you would be happier if you changed because someone else wanted you to. Misery is a prime clue that you lost your will and personal validity when you bought into someone else’s idea of who or what you should be. The illusion was that you would be happier if you did it their way. In forfeiting what you know is right and true for you personally, you give away your power. It is time for you to take it back.

Follow Dragonfly to the place inside your body where magic is still alive, and drink deeply of its power. This strength belongs to you. It is the power of becoming the illusion. This ability is ever changing, and contains within it the knowledge that you are creating it all.


21 RITES OF PASSAGE [CHANGE]: A Rite of Passage marks a time of some momentous change in life. If you have drawn this card, you are being asked to make note of the growth and change that is occurring because it will shape your future. The changes may be drastic and earth shaking, leaving a sense of confusion, but each one is benefiting your growth in some manner.

The Rite of Passage card can also speak of need for a change if you have lost the magick and spontaneity of life. Only you can make the decision to change the doldrums in excitement. If this decision is made, be ready to fly with Eagle and experience the new freedoms those changes can bring. In all cases, change is the key. Remember, if the moment you are experiencing is not beautiful, recreate it and you will have initiated your own Rite of Passage.


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

43 REVERSED SPIDER [WEAVING] The contrary aspect of Spider is akin to the negative side of woman. Spider will eat her mate if she gets too caught up in herself to see the validity of honoring male energy. The warrior at her side is a strong balancing force. If you have become disdainful of your mate (male or female) and have felt very superior recently, you are not honoring either your male or female side.

If you are not presently in a relationship, you may have chosen a member of your family or a workmate to harass. This type of negative criticism only breaks down relations, and is a reflection of something you hate about yourself. If you are trying to feed your ego in this manner, you have lost the game. You are entangled in the web of your own illusion about who you really are. It may be time to look at why you are being critical and why you are feeling so weak that you must attack others.

If this does not apply to your situation, take a look at another message that contrary Spider medicine brings: lack of creativity. If you fail to use your talents to get the web spinning, your lack of creativity can change into destructiveness. If you are feeling stagnant and unable to move in a positive direction, you may come to resent others who are doing well. This resentment will become a Black Widow Spider and eat you up, and the only one to mourn your demise will be you. Get moving, find joy and new ideas in the accomplishments of others, and use them to propel you into a new phase of creative spinning on your own web of delight. Observe Spider’s web and find pleasure in the ideas you receive from her universal language.


38 FIELD OF PLENTY (IDEAS/NEEDS MANIFESTED):  The cornucopia is full of an abundance of ideas, talents, clothing, experiences, food, companions, and feelings that will serve the needs of the Children of Earth. If the Field of Plenty card has appeared, you are being assured that what you need at this time is manifesting Your needs will be met. Give thanks now, before your needs are met. Show Great Mystery the trust you have in your process, dropping any doubt, becoming childlike again.

Do not limit the manner in which the physical manifestation occurs. Original Source operates in mysterious ways, placing hte perfect people, places, and things on our paths to be answers to our true needs. We are asked to recall the differences between true needs and material crutches, which are mere illusions of happiness. In all instances, the Field of Plenty reminds us of our Divine right to have our prayers answered and our needs met.


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

30 RABBIT [FEAR]  If you pulled Rabbit, stop talking about horrible things happening and get rid of “what if” in your vocabulary. This card may signal a time of worry about the future or of trying to exercise your control over that which is not yet in form — the future. Stop now! Write your fears down and be willing to feel them. Breathe into them, and feel them running through your body into Mother Earth as a give-away.


5 STANDING PEOPLE [ROOTS/GIVING]: The Standing People card speaks to us of roots and giving. We must nurture ourselves through connection to the Earth in order to give freely without exhaustion. The root of the Self is where strength is gathered. This root should be firmly earthed in the soil of our Mother Planet. Without this connection, dreams cannot manifest and our giving cannot be compensated by the Earth Mother. If you are spaced out, stop and reconnect.

Be still and become the trees in order to observe what is growing in your forest. The root of every answer for physical life is found in the Earth. Look at your  family tree for the strength offered by your Ancestors. Lift your branches high, seeking the light of Grandfather Sun and you will see how your roots make you of the Earth and yet a bridge to the Sky World.

The Standing People are asking you to give of yourself. Ask yourself if you are willing to give and receive. Count the root of every blessing with gratitude. Find any blockage that limits your root system or ability to go deeper. Then remove that feeling and go deeper once again for the answers you seek. Remember taht we are also the root of the future and through our lives, future generations are nurtured. Weed out anything that will in hibit future growth and you can stand proud among your Tree Relations.


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 you have picked Elk medicine, you may be telling yourself to seek the company of your own gender for awhile.  You may need a support group to realign yourself with the stamina of the warrior/warrioress energy that you are a part of.  This communication with others of your own sex allows you to air your feelings in safety and to get feedback from others who have had the same experiences. You may need a new sense of community–communication in unity.

Elk could also be telling you to look at how you are holding up physically to the stresses in your life, and to pace yourself so that you maintain an equilibrium of energy over the distance you plan to cover.  Vitamins or high-energy foods may be one solution, along with some personal quiet time for replenishment.


16 POWER PLACE (EARTH CONNECTION/EMPOWERMENT): We are created in the image of a limitless Creator, the Great Mystery, and therefore we are limitless co-creators. The ability to infinitely create is one of our gifts as Catalyzers. When this gift is discovered and used properly, we become givers and receivers simultaneously, living antennae or bridges that conduct energy between Mother Earth  and the sky Nation like the Thunder-beings. Individual Power Places become the teachers that instruct us in our catalyzing abilities. 

You are seeking a way to become a Catalyzer of certain life events if you ahve chosen the Power Place card. Being the Catalyzer in any situation means you are commanding your talents to effect some kind of result. This ability is learned through Earth-Connection. Your body can conduct the energy you need to create the desired outcome if you allow the Earth Mother to feed you the extra voltage.

Find a personal Power Place and call upon the Four Elements through prayers of gratitude. Then yu can command your talents for good and effect the empowerment of manifestation. In so doing, your needs will be met. You can make it happen by using your creativity and receiving the energy needed from the Earth Mother. Remember that you are a Catalyzer and are totally responsible for your personal empowerment.