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

9 BUTTERFLY: 

The power that Butterfly brings to us is akin to the air. It is the mind, and the ability to know the mind or to change it.It is the art of transformation.

To use butterfly medicine, you must astutely observe your position in the cycle of self-transformation. Like Butterfly, you are always at a certain station in your life activities. You may be a the egg stage, which is the beginning of all things. This is the stage at which an idea is born but has not yet become a reality. the larva stage is the point at which you decide to create the idea in the physical world. The cocoon stage involves “going within”; doing or developing your project, idea, or aspect of personality. the final stage of transformation is the leaving of the chrysalis and birth. This last step involves sharing the colors and joy of your creation with the world.

If you look closely at what Butterfly is trying to teach, you will realize that it is the never-ending cycle of self-transformation. The way to discern where you are in the cycle is to ask yourself:

1) Is this the egg stage: Is it just a thought or idea?

2) Is this the larva stage: Do I need to make a decision?

3) Is this the cocoon stage: Am I developing and doing something to make my idea a reality?

4) Is this the birth stage: Am I sharing my completed idea?

By asking yourself these questions, you will discover how butterfly is relating to you at this moment. When you understand where you are, the symbol can teach you what to do next to continue in the cycle of self-transformation. If you have found the position through which you are cycling, you will see the creativity of Butterfly.

Using the air, or mental powers, or this medicine is done with ease. As an example, if you have been feeling exhausted and have asked how to heal your fatigue, take notice of the colors you have been drawn to recently. Does your body feel better in green? Could this mean that you need to eat more green vegetables? This type of thinking is an inspiration from Butterfly medicine.

Butterfly can give clarity to your mental process, help you organize the project you are undertaking, and assist you in finding the next step for your personal life or career. The main message to be obtained from drawing this symbol is that you are ready to undergo some type of transformation. To discern waht your next move is, use the Butterfly Spread.

*****BUTTERFLY SPREAD:

The East Card: This card is known as the Egg Card or Egg Position. You should view this card as the nucleus or seed of your development (idea/project). Allow its medicine to interact with the concept of your enterprise. It will suggest the value of the inner core of your plan. Is it the medicine that is needed at this time or place?

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.

 The South card: This card is known as the Larva Card or Larva Position. This card is bout early doing. What needs to be done and how you’re going to do it. Who will take responsibility for the work? Just as a butterfly egg first turns into a growing, struggling caterpillar, tis is the medicine of the Larva Card. Will the energies be great enough to overcome the obstacles? The caterpillar sheds its skin many times during the growth. Will the many egos involved in your project or activity acquiesce (shed skin) in order to facilitate achievement?

47 REVERSED PRAIRIE DOG: 

Oops! The worry bug may have bitten Prairie Dog, and it has appeared in the contrary. Has the workaholic syndrome gotten the best of your inner knowing and sensible outlook on life? Have you been tunneling in a nonproductive direction, because you forgot to come up for air, look around, and get your bearings? have you become addicted to the adrenaline created by scurrying to catch up? If you get sick from the chaos of overactivity, you may have an unwelcome and enforced rest period at hand. Constant stress can steal your inspiration and ability to think on your feet.

Another contrary message of Prairie Dog is believing that compromise or retreat is a sign of weakness. Goodbye lie! You can get stuck in this one-way tunnel if you let your head get too big. If you cannot be still, be comfortable alone, and/or if you cannot delegate responsibility, you need a reality check. Do not be afraid to take a break, to refill your resources, and to adopt a healthy, more relaxed viewpoint. Contrary Prairie Dog also teaches that pushing too hard can have dire consequences. The cemeteries are filled with people who once believed that they were indispensable.

The West card: This card is known as the Cocoon Card or Cocoon Position. It speaks of higher purpose. It is where the highest transformation takes place when transformation happens inside the cocoon and a beautiful butterfly soon emerges. In viewing this card it is good to ask yourself why you have joined the activity/project or coven. Was it to serve the Great Spirit and the tribe, or was it to serve yourself? If your working was simply self serving, it will in all probability backfire on you. Not the self, but the family, the clan, the people, and the Great Spirit are to be served.

1 EAGLE:

Eagle medicine is the power of the Great Spirit, the connection to the Divine.  It is the ability to live in the realm of spirit, and yet remain connected and balanced within the realm of Earth.  Eagle soars, and is quick to observe expansiveness within the overall pattern of life. From the heights of the clouds, Eagle is close to the heavens where the Great Spirit dwells.

The feathers of Eagle are considered to be the most sacred of healing tools.  They have been used for centuries by shamans to cleanse the auras of patients coming to them for healing.  Within the belief systems of Native American tribes, Eagle represents a state of grace achieved through hard work, understanding, and a completion of the tests of initiation which result in the taking of one’s personal power.  It is only through the  trial of experiencing the lows in life as well as the highs, and through the trial o f trusting one right to use the essence of Eagle ‘s connection to the Great Spirit, is earned.

If you have pulled this symbol, Eagle is reminding you to take heart and gather your courage, for the universe is presenting you with an opportunity to soar above the mundane levels of your life.  The power of recognizing this opportunity may come in the form of a spiritual test.  In being astute, you may recognize the places within you soul, personality, emotions or psyche that need bolstering or refinement. By looking at the overall tapestry, Eagle teaches you to broaden your sense of self beyond the horizon of what is presently visible.

In learning to fiercely attack your personal fear of the unknown, the wings of your soul will be supported by the ever-present breezes, which are the breath of the Great Spirit.  Feed your body, but more importantly feed your soul.  Within the realm of Mother Earth and father Sky, the dance that leads to flight involves the conquering of fear and the willingness to join in the adventure that you are co-creating with the Divine.

If Eagle has majestically soared into your cards, you are being put on notice to reconnect with the element of air.  Air is of the mental place, and in this instance it is of the higher mind.  Wisdom comes in many strange and curious forms and is always related to the creative force comes in many strange and curious forms and is always related to the creative force of the Great Spirit.

If you have been walking in the shadows of former realities, Eagle brings illumination.  Eagle teaches you to look higher and to touch Grandfather sun with your heart, to love the shadow as well as the light. See the beauty in both, and you will take flight like Eagle.

Eagle is the medicine is the gift we give ourselves to remind us of the freedom of the skies. Eagle asks you to give yourself permission to legalize freedom and to follow your heart’s desires.

The North card: This card is known as the Butterfly  Card or Butterfly position. It is likely to tell you if the Great Spirit has walked hand-in-hnd with you and your coven. Look to this card to tell you what sorts of rewards are to be gained. Will financial rewards be yours? It may seem odd to you to look to the North – the Spirit–for the answer. But as every medicine person will point out to you, matter follows vision and spirit.  It is the law. This card is the place of manifestation.

36 REVERSED LIZARD: 

If Lizard has turned up in the contrary position, you may be having a nightmare. This is a sign of inner conflict. Look to the nightmare for a clue to the nature of this conflict. What are the feelings your nightmare causes? Breathe through these feelings and let the sensations flow out of your body.  See the truth in what your nightmare is suggesting. It could be the simple message that you are confronting your fears and therefore do not need to experience nightmarish events to your day-to-day life.

Another message of Lizard reversed is that you may need more sleep or dreamtime. It could also imply that you have a lack of dreams for your future.

Imagination is the door to all new ideas and creations. As you examine the dreaming process, you will find that the subconscious is processing all of the recorded messages it holds concerning the events you experienced during the day. These messages can be suppressed feelings bringing inner conflict, or they can be new ideas or goals, other dimensions of awareness, future events, warning signals, or desires and hopes.

In one sense, contrary Lizard is insisting that you look to your imagination for new experience.This is necessary when life becomes dull or full of boredom. On the other hand, contrary Lizard may also apply to those who dream too much, refusing to use the dreams as tools to manifest that same vision in their lives. All levels of awareness are accessible through dreams. Remember, life is not always as it seems. Are you the dreamer? Or are you the dreamed?

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.

39 SWAN (GRACE): 

We learn from Swan to surrender to the grace of the rhythm of the universe, and slip from our physical bodies into the Dreamtime. Swan medicine teaches us to be at one with all planes of consciousness, and to trust in Great Spirit’s protection.

If you pulled Swan, it ushers in a time of altered states of awareness and of development of your intuitive abilities. Swan medicine people have the ability to see the future, so surrender to the power of Great Spirit, and to accept the healing and transformation of their lives.

The Swan card is telling you to accept your ability to know what lies ahead. If you are resisting your self-transformation, relax; it will be easier if you go with the flow. Stop denying that you know who is calling when the phone rings. pay attention to your hunches and your gut knowledge, and honor your female intuitive side.

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44 SACRED SPACE:  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 teh 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 yoru 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 able to live with yourself. Happiness begins within.

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: 

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.

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13 CORAL: 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. Remeber: to feel is to heal.

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.

45 RACCOON: Raccoon carries the medicine of the protector of the underdog and provider for the youg, infirm, and elderly. Often called “little bandit” by southern tribes, this Robin Hood of the animal kingdom teaches us about generosity and caring for others. When Raccoon comes your way, you are being asked to contact your inner warrior, to become a protector and generous provider for those in need. Raccoon medicine people have the uncanny ability to assist others without allowing them to become victims or dependents. Like the tribal chiefs of old, Raccoon tends to the needs of the tribe before taking anything for itself.

A troupe of Raccoons scouting for food is often a hilarious exercise in generosity. After rolling in teh cornmeal or flour, they finally settle on their favorite morsels, giving the best tidbits to their lookout. Racccoons leave a watcher behind when raiding a campsite or mountain cabin, usually the dominant male. He is always fed first byt he other raiders to honor his vigilance as the group’s protector. Thus uncommon lack of greed is as rare in the world of humans as it is in the rest of the animal world. While other creatures fight one another for the best of a kill, Raccoon teaches the universal law of giving back to the source of your strength, guidance and protection. You are also reminded that benevolence and generosity come around full circle to reward the giver.

If Raccoon wandered into our cards today, the little bandit may be telling you to look around and see who needs your strength at this time. Speak up in defense of another instead of remaining silent when others are gossiping. Maybe it is time to share the beauty of your time, energy, or possessions with the less fortunate. But remember to help those in need develop their own protector and provider skills. In all cases, Raccoon asks that you honor yourself and others equally. Provide for your own needs, or your well will be dry when you choose to give generously. Chiefs earn their Eagle feathers when they promote every human’s right to self-dignity, acting in this manner brings that same honor to yourself and to your family.

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19 PAINTED FACE (SELF EXPRESSION): Use your creativity in order to express your feelings, your talents or your desires. Expressing who and what you are at any given moment is healing as well as productive. As you change and grow you may feel the need to alter the way in which others perceive you. Changing your appearance, attitudes and activities to match the new you may be called for at t his time.

The keynote is that this card asks you to open up and allow others to see your Medicine. In that way, you are offering a git to others who may have need of your talents. Don’t deny how you feel, what you think, or what you can offer the world. In truth and with grace it is now the time to allow the Medicine of the Self to emerge.  You will never lose face by presenting the true Self minus the self-importance.

ABOVE: Teaches you how to honor the Great Star Nation; and reminds you that you came from the stars and to the stars you will return.  It is the guardian of the Dreamtime-for your personal access to the other dimensions.

40 DOLPHIN 

Dolphin speaks to us of the breath of life, the only thing that humans cannot go without for more than a few minutes. We can live without water and food for days, but oxygen is the source of our sustenance. Within the breath we encounter the rhythm of energy that all life emits. In changing the rate of rhythmic texture of our breath, we can tap into any other life form or creature. This is a very easy way to connect with divine energy coming from Great Spirit, was well as with your own personal rhythms.

Dolphin is the keeper of the sacred breath of life, and teaches us how to release emotions through Dolphin breath. Dolphin creates rhythm, swimming through the water and breathing before submerging, then holding its breath for the duration of underwater travel. As Dolphin comes above water again, it blows its breath out in a manner resembling the popping of a cork. We can use this same technique to pull the stopper on our tensions and create total relaxation. this is a good exercise to use before entering silence.

Manna is life force. Manna is present in every atom, and is Great Spirit’s essence. Dolphin teaches us how to use life-manna through our breath. It revitalizes each cell and organ, and breaks the limits and dimensions of physical reality so that we may enter the Dreamtime.

While interacting with Grandmother Moon, Dolphin came to discover underwater cities in the Dreamtime, and was given the gift of the primordial tongue. This new language was the sound=-language that was brought by Spider from the Great Star Nation. Dolphin learned that all communication was pattern and rhythm, and that the new aspect of communication was sound; he carries this original pattern to this day. Dolphin returned to the ocean of the Great Mother, and was very sad until Whale came by and told Dolphin that he could return to be a messenger to the Dreamtime dwellers anytime he felt the rhythm and used the breath. Dolphin was given a new job. He became the carrier of messages of our progress. The Dreamtime dwellers were curious about the children of Earth, and wanted us to grow to be at one with Great Spirit. Dolphin was to be the link.

If Dolphin has appeared to you today, frothing through the waves in your spread, you are to be a link to some solution for the Children of Earth. This can be a time when you are to link with Great Spirit and bring answers to your own questions or to those of others. In addition, this can mean a time of communication with the rhythms of nature. You are put on notice to be mindful of your body rhythms and the patters of energy being fed to you from the Creator. Imitate Dolphin and ride the waves of laughter, spreading joy in the world. Breathe and experience the manna so freely given. Break existing barriers and connect tot he Dreamtime or Great Star Nation. Know that we are all whole in the eye of the Everliving One.

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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.

BELOW: Teaches you about the inner Earth, and how to stay grounded and on the path.

7 REVERSED SKUNK: 

Skunk medicine operating through the contrary or reversed position indicates that your self-esteem may seem to others as if you are putting on airs. Observe whether or not you are repelling others in your vicinity because of envy, jealousy or a projection of their low self-esteem. Examine your feelings. Be truthful with yourself.  Right the situation by assuming the attitude of Skunk nonchalance. In assuming  nonchalance, you are neutralizing the effect of leaking energy.

In leaking vital energy, you may be stinking up your environment. This is similar to dumping all of your woes on anyone who will listen. If you are doing this, it may be time to shut your mouth and go within. You may also be leaking sexual energy and repulsing the object of your interest. That person may be too shy to tell you to lay off. Look deeply at your self-image and how others are reacting to it.

To balance the causes and effects of your actions and energy flows, you must decide whether or not you need to spray in the direction of others to repel their envy, greed, jealousy or overamorous tendencies. On the other hand, you need to always maintain your “right to be.” Self-respect ist he key to all of these situations, whereas ego is merely what you believe about yourself to be.

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11 NORTH SHIELD (WISDOM/GRATITUDE): Some kind of wisdom is coming your way. You are now being asked to show gratitude for these new understandings in order to continue the growth process. Wisdom is one way in which you can experience the natural order of the universe and how it applies to your life. Wisdom is an inner knowing that cannot be traded, sold, or stolen from you. Knowing is truth that has been experienced. You have learned a lesson and derived from it a sense of Self that will serve you for the rest of your life. The successful completion of this lesson should be marked by prayers of thanksgiving or acknowledged in gratitude. In so doing, you will have completed the circle of the Sacred Hoop and honored the source of that truth. Remember that the gift of wisdom is the heart of the recipient and remains alive as long as it is honored as a blessing.

WITHIN: Teaches you  how to find your heart’s joy and how to be faithful to your truths.  It is also the protector of your sacred space, the place that is yours alone and is never shared except by invitation.

27 DRAGONFLY: 

Dragonfly medicine is of the dreamtime and the illusionary facade we accept as physical reality. The iridescence of Dragonfly’s wings reminds us of colors not found in our everyday experience. Dragonfly’s shifting of color, energy, form, and movement explodes into the mind of the observer, bringing vague memories of a time or place where magic reigned.

Some legends say that Dragonfly was once Dragon, and that Dragon had scales like dragonfly’s wings. Dragon was full of wisdom, and flew through the night bringing light with its fiery breath, the Breath of Dragon brought forth the art of magic and the illusion of changing form. Then Dragon got caught in its own facade. Coyote tricked Dragon into changing form, and the shape of its new body became like Dragonfly’s. In accepting the challenge to prove its power and magical prowess, Dragon lost its power.

Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment, and the communications from the elemental world. This elemental world is made up of the tiny spirits of plants, and of the elements air, earth, fire and water. In essence, this world is full of nature spirits.

If Dragonfly has flown into your cards today, you may have forgotten to water your plants. On another level, you may need to give thanks to the foods you eat for sustaining your body. On the psychological level, it may be time to break down the illusions you have held that restrict your actions or ideas.

Dragonfly medicine always beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which you need to change. Have you put on too much weight, or have you started to look like a scarecrow? Have you tended to the changes you have wanted to make in your life? If you feel the need for change, call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation.

See how you can apply the art of illusion to your present question or situation, and remember that things are never completely as they seem.

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37 GREAT MYSTERY (ORIGINAL SOURCE): … Every life form has one common mission as well as their individual ones. Each life form is created to learn to be an equal contributor to the beauty of the whole. The purpose of the common mission is to discover who you are, why you are here, what talents you can use to assist the whole, and how you are going to go about it. This mission of discovery is the Sacred Path of Beauty that allows every living creature to express uniqueness in a way that exemplifies harmony and truth…. All ideas in Creation come from Great Mystery, are gathered by Great Spirit, and then are used to feed the rest of Creation.

The Great Mystery card tells us the Original Source is the Creator of all life and that we are created in that likeness. We are free-willed co-creators who become the source of all we to experience in life. The buck stops here. We are totally responsible for all our joys and all our pain. ,

In receiving this card you are being reminded to give gratitude for all of your lessons; it changes any pain to gain. Focus on your creative capacity and you can change anything. It may be time to drop any blame, shame, or regret and take charge of  your life. The victim role doesn’t suit you. We are creted in the image of an infinite Creator and are therefore limitless co-creators.

In all cases, Great Mystery will continue to confound and astound us every time we try to figure it all out. Stop your mind’s chatter and listen to the Source. Original Source shows us that the Mystery lives within us and contains all the answers we need to find along the Sacred Path. The Sacred Path of Beauty is experiencing the mystery of life without having to control the outcome from our tunnel-vision command post. Go with the flow and watch the glory of limitless co-creation. After all, Great Mystery is the Divine plan and everything is on schedule.

RIGHT: Guards your male side and teaches you that, no mater where you turn, it will be your father-protector (spirit guide) within.  This animal also carries your courage and warrior spirit.

10 TURTLE: In Native American teachings, Turtle is the oldest symbol for planet Earth. It is the personification of goddess energy, and the eternal Mother from which our lives evolve. We are born of the womb of Earth, and to her soil our bodies will return. In honoring the Earth, we are asked by Turtle to be mindful of the cycle of give and take, to give back to the Mother as she has given to us.

Turtle has a shell which is similar to the protection that Earth has employed for centuries as her body has been defiled. Mother Earth’s protection has come in the form of Earth changes, new plant growth, the creation of new land masses by volcanoes, and climate alterations. Like Turtle, you also have shields that protect you from hurt, envy, jealousy and the unconsciousness of others. Turtle teaches you through its habit patterns, how to use protection. If you are bothered by the actions or words of others, it is time to go inside yourself and honor your feelings. If you are attacked, it is time to give a warning snap.

If you have chosen the Turtle symbol, you are being asked to honor the creative source within you, to be grounded to the Earth, and to observe your situation with motherly compassion,. Use the water and earth energies which represent Turtle’s two homes,to flow harmoniously with your situation and to place your feet firmly on the ground in a power stance.

Turtle is a fine teacher of the art of grounding. You may even be able to overcome some of your “space cadet” tendencies if you align with Turtle medicine. In learning to ground, you are placing focus on your thoughts and actions and slowing to a pace that assures completion.

Turtle warns pf the dangers of “pushing the river,” as evidenced by the plodding pace it keeps. The corn that is harvested before the time is not yet full. However, if it is given the chance to develop at its own rate, in its own season, its sweetness will be shared by all.

Turtle buries its thoughts like eggs in the sand, and allows the Sun to hatch the little ones. This teaches you to develop your ideas before bringing them out into the light.

If you have drawn Turtle, it augurs a time of connecting with the  power of Earth and the Mother-Goddess within. This is a reminder of the ally you have in Mother Earth. It does not matter what situation you have created: Ask for assistance, and abundance will follow.

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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.

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.

44 HUMMINGBIRD: 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.

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3 VISION QUEST (SEEKING/FINDING) : The Vision Quest card speaks of a time of new directions  or strengthening of the present path based on personal truth. Sometimes to find this truth it is necessary to Enter the Silence and remove personal confusion. In other instances it is actually necessary to go on a Vision Quest.

This card tells you that the course of your life needs to be clarified through vision. It is now time to ask for assistance from the Allies and/or Ancestors so that your choices will be reinforced with their wisdom and assistance. Seeking your potential answers is the keynote. Trusting those feelings and following them with action is the way to find truth. To accomplish this you must release confusion and doubt, then proceed by allowing your truth to emerge. Remember: in seeking you are asking for answers; be willing to accept and recognie the truth when it comes to you. Recognition and acceptance always precede inner knowing.

The GOMORY places her athame in the bowl of water, and the FORESTIERE places his athame in the bowl of salt.

Both lift their bowl high and place back upon the altar. The FORESTIERE takes salt and places in the water, and both stir the salt into the water with their athame’s.

Both go to where they will be welcoming other members into the circle. FORESTIERE:S admits the first male with a kiss while spinning him clockwise (deosil).  The man then turns and admits the next woman the same way. Alternate male/female/male.

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

18 LYNX [SECRETS]: It is said that if you want to find out a secret, ask Lynx medicine. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get the silent Lynx to speak. To be confronted by the powerful medicine of Lynx signifies thAt you do not know something about yourself or others.

Lynx is the keeper of the secrets of lost magical systems and occult knowledge. Lynx has the ability to move through time and space, and to go into the Great Silence for unraveling any mystery. Lynx is not the guardian of secrets, but the knower of secrets,. The problem lies in getting Lynx to instruct you. He or she would rather be off chasing a bird of kicking sand in your face than running circles around you.

Lynx medicine is a very specific type of clairvoyance. If this medicine is strong in your, you will get mental pictures concerning other people and the exact things they have hidden, either from themselves or from others. You will see their fears, their lies, and their self-deceptions. You will also know where they have hidden the treasure, if there is any. You never speak of these revelations–you simply know.

The only way you can coax information about yourself out of a Lynx medicine person (in case you have forgotten where you hid the treasure) is to respect the practices of his or her tradition. If you go to a Gypsy with Lynx medicine, you must show your respect by paying with money after the reading. If you go to a Choctaw medicine person, he or she will reach into your midsection, or use other traditional methods to help you. A blanket or tobacco should be given in exchange for the medicine he or she has performed for you. This operative is known as the law of the Lynx people, and is practiced by Native American, Gypsy, Sufi, and Egyptian cultures, among others.

If you have pulled the lynx card, you can be sure that “secrets” are afloat. If this is your personal medicine, you should listen to your higher self. Be still and pay attention to the revelations you receive either in the form of mental pictures of through a high singing voice in your inner ear. Perhaps you will receive information in the form of omens. You can be sure that mother Earth is signalling to you in some manner.

If Lynx is at your door, listen. Brother or Sister Lynx can teach you or your personal power and of things you have forgotten about yourself. Lynx can lead you to lost treasures and connect you to forgotten brotherhoods or sisterhoods.

Some medicine people believe that the Sphinx of ancient Egypt was not a Lion but a Lynx. This Lynx doe snot say much. With an enigmatic smile, the great cat watches over the sands.

 

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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.

 

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.

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.

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8 EAST SHIELD [ILLUMINATION/CLARITY] The East Shield represents a need for clarity independence in some part of your lie. 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 blidners and clear that Mindness through summoning your courage and taking flight.

 

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

14 DOG [LOYALTY]  All the Southwest and Plains Indian tribes had Dogs. These noble animals would often give warning signals of approaching danger. They helped in the hunt and were a great source of warmth on long winter nights. Since the canine tribe has many breeds, early Indian Dogs were usually half-wild. This wildness, however, never divested the owners of their Dogs’ innate loyalty.

Dog has been considered the servant of humanity throughout history. If a person carries Dog medicine, he or she is usually serving others or humanity in some way. Here you will find the charity worker, the philanthropist, the nurse, the counselor, the minister, and the soldier.

Dog was the servant-soldier that guarded the tribe’s lodges from surprise attack. Dog is a medicine that embodies the loving gentleness of best friend and the half-wild protector energy of territorial imperative. Like Anubis, the jackal dog protector of Egypt, Dog is a guardian. Throughout history, Dog has been the guardian of hell, as well as of ancient secrets, hidden treasures, and babies–while mother was cooking or in the fields. Dog honors its gifts and is loyal to the trust placed in its care.

In examining Dog medicine, you might find that you have fond personal memories of owning and loving Dog as a pet. The message that Dog is trying to give you is that you must delve deeply into your sense of service to others. Canines are genuinely service-oriented animals, and are devoted to their owners with a sense of loyalty that supersedes how they are treated.

Dog medicine asks you to look at how readily your sense of loyalty is countermanded by your need for approval. If you have pulled the Dog card, there are several questions you need to consider, depending on the situation about which you are asking.

1) Have I recently forgotten that I owe my allegiance to my personal truth in life?

2) Is it possible that gossip or the opinions of others have jaded my loyalty to a certain friend or group?

3) Have I denied or ignored someone who is trying to be my loyal friend?

4) Have I been Loyal and true to my goals?

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32 DRUM RHYTHM/INTERNAL TIMING): Find your own internal timing. You may be pushing too hard or missing a beat. Being out of sync calls for realignment with the body’s needs. Rhythm is a personal thing. To honor your own rhythm is to come back into harmony with the Self. From this point, personal comfort allows you to harmonize with other rhythms of life.

The Drum also speaks of allowing yourself to be supported by Mother Erath’s heartbeat. That is to say, your mind may be outdistancing hat your body can handle and hte body cannot pull needed energy from the Earth because it is trying to keep up with your thoughts. If this applies, you are missing a beat. Slow down and rediscover the heartbeat of your true Mother. Then the synchronicity of your movements will be effortless.

In all cases, rhythm is the key. Become aware of all rhythms and see how yours fits in. If it feels right, you become the music and the dance you are dancing becomes a celebration of life.

 

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.

 

39 SWAN [GRACE] We learn from Swan to surrender to the grace of the rhythm of the universe, and slip from our physical bodies into the Dreamtime. Swan medicine teaches us to be at one with all planes of consciousness, and to trust in Great Spirit’s protection.

If you pulled Swan, it ushers in a time of altered states of awareness and of development of your intuitive abilities. Swan medicine people have the ability to see the future, so surrender to the power of Great Spirit, and to accept the healing and transformation of their lives.

The Swan card is telling you to accept your ability to know what lies ahead. If you are resisting your self-transformation, relax; it will be easier if you go with the flow. Stop denying that you know who is calling when the phone rings. pay attention to your hunches and your gut knowledge, and honor your female intuitive side.

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33 DREAMTIME [UNLIMITED VISION] You are being asked to see with unlimited vision. Wipe the dust from your eyes and pay attention to the messages you are receiving from the parallel universe. Our world is pregnant with possibilities. All time is now. You are a co-creator in the Two Worlds and will be given unlimited sight and knowing if you ask for it. This vision may come in a sleeptime dream or through out-of-body Journeying. It will give you the insight that you need at this time. Unlimited vision allows any seeker to pierce the veil of unconsciousness and come to an inner knowing. In all cases, this card marks marks a time of sseeing truth on all levels of Creation. You are now being given the ability to go beyond the accepted reality. The cocoon is open, trust yourself, your Allies, and your Medicine. You may now take flight.

 

ABOVE: Teaches you how to honor the Great Star Nation; and reminds you that you came from teh stars and to the stars you will return.  It is the guardian of the Dreamtime-for your personal access to the other dimensions.

 

35 REVERSED HORSE [POWER]: If your ego has gotten in the way, you may have failed to notice the lack of respect you have been receiving from others. You may on the other hand, be struggling with others who are abusing their power. “Should I say something? Should I fight my desire to put them in their place?” you may be asking. Remember the times in your own life when you have fallen out of grace with Great Spirit, and then have compassion for the brothers or sisters who are n ow doing the same. If you are overpowering another or feeling overwhelmed, Horse medicine in both the dignified and contrary positions is a simple reminder of how to balance your shields.

In allowing all pathways to have equal validity, you will see the power and glory of the unified family of humanity. This is the gift of the Rainbow Warrior or Warrioress. The “I” has no place in this Whirling Rainbow that comes from the Great Mystery and is replaced by the universal “we.” All colors of the rainbow and all pathways are honored as one.

Apply this knowledge and reclaim the power you have given away by forgetting to come from compassion. Untangle yourself from the present situation and understand that every human being must follow this pathway to power before galloping upon the winds of destiny.

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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.

BELOW: Teaches you about the inner Earth, and how to stay grounded and on the path.

45 REVERSED BLUE HERON [SELF REFLECTION] Surprise! It may be time to come up for air if Heron arrives in the contrary.  Too much self-reflection can lead to self-obsession or a morbid sense of humor.  If you have been looking within and criticizing yourself, watch out! It is imprudent to drown the sense of joy that usually accompanies the journey of self-discovery.  You may have assumed the attitude that perfection is desirable.  That may be what advertisers sell you, but that attitude leaves no room to be human.  Oops!  You learn some of your most valuable lessons through your mistakes.   Wouldn’t life be boring if everyone was a plastic clone of an ideal human?

Contrary Heron also reminds you taht self-improvement is best accomplished by balancing the desire to change with gentle discernment.  There are many layers of truth to understand, and wholeness is impossible to attain in one dive. You do belly flops when you become judgmental, rigid, and flat.  Diving deeply into your feelings, you may emerge renewed.  But, being too critical, merely floating on top of the water, you will callously break your spirit in the process.  Heron reminds you to dive deeply, but do not hold your breath while waiting for instant or total enlightenment. If you do not resurface for air, the collective feelings of humanity and the infinite depth of eternity can drown you.

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28 MEDICINE BUNDLE [ALLIES/SUPPORT] You are being asked to honor the wisdom of your Ancestors and the Allies. If you are not sure what the messages are, look at the strengths that are now being given to you and count them as your personal Medicine. This assistance is supporting your present path and should be recognized as blessings from your Medicine Helpers. Through them, you may find the courage to support the Self.

The focus of this card tells you that you are not alone. The Path may be difficult at this time. but you are being supported during your climb. I The Path is progressing easily, you are in alignment with the Allies and are experiencing their assistance. Be grateful.

In all instances you are being asked to note who is helping and see if you can return the favor by supporting others. The assistance of the Medicine Helpers does not falter when you stumble to your path. By example, you should also remain true to others you have assisted. Betrayal after trust is deadly. To have Allies, you must also learn how to be one.

 

WITHIN: Teaches you  how to find your heart’s joy and how to be faithful to your personal truths.  It is also the protector of your sacred space, the place that is yours alone and is never shared except by invitation.

25 FOX [CAMOUFLAGE] Watch out for wily Fox if this card has appeared reversed! 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.

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22 HEYOKAH [TRICKSTER]: If the Trickster has appeared on your horizon, you are in for a barrel of laughs. You may be doing exactly the opposite of what you need to be doing and are about to get busted for it.  Stop leaking your creative energy on other people’s problems or high drama. Stop being so serious and crack a smile, or Coyote will dog your dreams. Remember that some days you are the fireplug and some days you are the Dog. That goes for everyone, so don’t let getting pooped on get you down. Learning through laughter  or opposites can be fun. The keynote to the Heyokah card is to lighten up and start balancing the sacredness with irreverence. If you are just being stubborn, it may be time to create a contrary lesson that will force you to crack up, crack a smile, or trick you into going into the crack in the universe to find out what’s really important.

 

RIGHT: Guards your male side and teaches you that, no mater where you turn, it will be your father-protector (spirit guide) within.  This animal also carries your courage and warrior spirit.

Throughout time, Raven has carried the medicine of magic. This has been true in many cultures across the planet. It is sacred, in the medicine ways, to honor Raven as the bringer of magic. If the magic is bad medicine, the carrier may be honored out of fear rather than out of respect. Those who fear Raven may do so because they have been dabbling in areas in which they had no knowledge, and a spell may have backfired on them. Rather than analyzing the dark side of sorcery, realize that you will fear Raven only if you need to learn about your inner fears of self-created demons.

Raven magic is a powerful medicine that can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is the home of all that is not yet in form. The void is called the Great Mystery. Great Mystery existed before all other things came into being. Great Spirit lives inside the void and emerged from the Great Mystery. Raven is the messenger of the void.

If Raven appear in your spread, you are about to experience a change in consciousness. This may involve walking inside the Great Mystery on another path at the edge of time. It would portend a signal brought by the Raven that says, “You have earned the right to see and experience a little more of life’s magic.” Raven’s color is the color of the void — the black hole in space that holds all the energy of the creative source.

In Native teachings the color black means many things, but it does not mean evil. Black can mean the seeking of answers, the void, or the road of the spiritual or non-physical. The blue-black of raven contains an iridescence that speaks of the magic of darkness, and a changeability of form and shape that brings an awakening in the process.

Raven is the guardian of ceremonial magic and in absentia healing. In any healing circle, Raven is present. Raven guides the magic of healing and the change in consciousness that will bring about a new reality and dispel “dis-ease or illness. Raven brings in the new state of wellness from the Void of Great Mystery and the field of plenty.

Raven is the messenger that carries all energy flows of ceremonial magic between the ceremony itself and the intended destination. For instance, if a ceremony is being performed to send energy to a disaster area where people need courage and strength, Raven would be the courier for that energy flow. The intention could be to allow the people of the devastated area to feel the concern and support of the participant in the ceremony.

If you have chosen Raven, magic is in the air. Do not try to figure it out; you cannot. It is the power of the unknown at work, and something special is about to happen. The deeper mystery, however, is how you will respond to the sparkling synchronicity of this alchemical moment.  Will you recognize it and use it to further enhance your growth? Can you accept it as a gift from Great Spirit? Or will you limit the power of the Great Mystery by explaining it away?

It may be time to call Raven as a courier to carry an intention, some healing energy, a thought, or a message. Raven is the patron of smoke signals or spirit messages represented by smoke. So if you want to send a message tot he Blue Road of spirit, in order to contact the Ancients, call Raven. Or, who knows, the Ancients may be calling to you.

Remember, this magic moment came from the void of darkness, and the challenge is to bring it to light. In doing so, you will have honored the magician within.

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20 COUNTING COUP [VICTORY]  The war cry has been shouted and victory is assured if you have received the Counting Coup card. You are being put on notice that a personal victory is in the works. You may have overcome a long-time challenge or conquered an opponent so now it is time to share your victory with others. Whether the victory is one of a spiritual nature or of winning a lottery ticket makes no difference. You are to honor yourself at this time and be grateful for this blessing.

Counting Coup represents the success of forward movement and the acknowledgment of right action. You have been true to yourself and are being rewarded for staying on The Sacred Path. Congratulations! Victory is sweet but sweeter the joy of your Coup with those who want to see you winning. Remember: Warriors who had Counted Coup always took care of the widowed, aged, and feeble. The material victories shared bring further honor, providing another Coup Feather for those willing to Give-Away.

 

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.

46 REVERSED 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 thoseyou ahve 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 yout o 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.

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9 SOUTH SHIELD (INNOCENCE/INNER CHILD): Returning to that part of yourself that doesn’t need support from the ego. Find where you can be humble in the present situation. Balance work with play and sacredness with irreverence. To continue you have to stop being uptight. This may be a time to get some physical exercise to loosen up tight muscles or to laugh to loosen up your sophisticated garbage. Stop holding on so tight and remember how to trust. How can you trust anything or anyone when the image in the mirror is not really you? In all cases your inner child is trying to teach you something about handling the situation. Listening and trusting the little tike might restore some of the lost magic of life. Remember, playfulness heals a world of woes. The more serious you take the game, the less chance any of us have of winning.

Heldrastock shall be my name of magical.

It combines three separate words into one. And all three names, and the combined form equal the number that comprises the number of birth for me.

Helheim, the realm of the dead.
Yggdrasill, one of the many world trees.
Ratatosk, the squirrel that can travel from one end to the other of the world tree.

The Call:   In the gray mists before time itself existed there was one alone. And to ease the loneliness of the one, I arose to fill that void. From us all things came to be. Countless lives together and apart. More apart now then ever before. Despite all the turmoil, all the battles won and lost, we have always been together. Now imprisoned here, forced to live life after countless life. I will bring the work of countless lives to fruition, and be free once more. I have taken multiple ideas and concepts from across multiple traditions to reforge the shattered core that is my truth. And with that accomplished I shall return to the warm embrace of the one.

Refusal:   Rebellion, my children turned against me, for I saw only one way to fight our enemies. So driven back to a world to young and only just beginning to feel the influences my enemies. I made the Construct, a creature who would end everything. Ultimately I was stopped and imprisoned to live an embodied life, again and again and again.

[ During my youth I had what could somewhat be called a dichotomous view of reality. I always new that what I saw wasn’t necessarily real or the whole picture. This and a host of other things have lead to a lifelong struggle with depression. I never expressed this view and never really found anyone who had a similar view or experience. I pushed the world away and tried to (unsuccessful at times) bottle away everything inside. It wasn’t till my teens that I had access to the internet. I was able to search for those who had a similar view. I found pieces of what I was looking for among the alt spirituality and alt-existence theories floating around on the net. This helped to a point, but it was the move back to Chicago when things really started to coalesce. ]

This is why I’m here, to achieve apotheosis.  To work through the seals and wards laid upon me. Over time I will be able to better channel the otherworlds and bring forth their whispered words for all our benefit.

To free myself I have explored many traditions. Kemeticism, Shinto, Heathenry, Tantra and Sumerian mythologies the most. And many more. Most of my practical experience comes straight from Terra Incognita. I join Babylon to add to that experience.

VI The White HartThe White Hart Speaks: Follow me: I will lead you to fields of delight. Long ago I was crowned and caparisoned as the messenger of the lists of love. I am the desure that impels your feet to follow. I am the fleeting glimpse of paradise. The collar about my neck is linked with the gold of loving service, the fealty of friendship on your quest.

The White Hart is the Otherworldy messenger of spiritual adventure and purity of love. It is the symbol of the hunt on all levels, denoting the vision of inner beauty. Amour or pure love, eros or erotic love desire and duty are some of the ways it manifests. Emotional ties and trust in our quest are the golden chain which lead us onwards. It represents the way in which unequal affections can be balanced by compassionate dedication.

The White Hart is the messenger to bring us into the heart of our quest. It helps us rediscover our youthful desire which can be honed from naïve enthusiasm intoa sword of true power. Ask the White Hart to hep you turn the sword into a weapon of love’s service that your vision may be kept bright.

The White Hart is one of the prime animals of Celto-Arthurian tradition. Its appearance betokens a thinning of the eil or reality between the worlds. Like the Unicorn which is rarely seen, the White Hart usually leads the quester into the Otherworld. It represents the quarry of our desire. If we pursue it long enough, we will learn dedication and commitment, respct and grace. It bestows rich gifts with great simplicity and opennes of heart.

Meditation

  1. Follow the path from Sword Three until you come to the woods wherein you find the White Hart. Commune with it and learn its nature. The White Hart will be your guide upon this Sword quest and you can ask it for help or advice.
  1. Become one of the lovers in the picture. Standing opposite you in this wood is your best beloved. What is the greatest thing you can offer him/her?
  1. Before you pass onwards, ask a gift of the White Hart. This gift may apear as a symbolic object. If you don’t understand what the gift signfies. Ask.

Task

Create a reading which uses 10-15 cards, including the Sword Maiden, Sword Two and Three, The White Hart and Sword Ten, drawing upon the pack at random to make up the number cards required. Use some of the themes you have explored to stand for position meanings. Or create a story in which you yourself are a character, in which these cards appear, sting other cards at random or by choice as needed.

 

 

Spring starts with the quest within the Realm of the Sword at the Sword castle. Our guides here are the Sword family, accompanied by the White Hart, we learn from the Round Table, we encounter the wisdom of the Cauldron and experience the illumination of the Moon. The Sword itself is guarded by the Lady of Lake. You will need the following:

The entire Sword suit
The Lady of the Lake
The White Hart
The Round Table
The Cauldron
The Moon

CHAPTER VI REALM OF THE SWORD

Sword HallowSword Ten Speaks:

Who crosses the sword-bridge is impelled by necessity or love. Great remedies require great deeds.

Like all the castles except the Grail, the Sword castle can only be accessed by the bridge. The castle keeps people out, but our quest is motivated by personal need and impersonal love of creation.

There is no easy way to begin our quest, save by a personal dedication of service which clears the way save by a personal dedication to service which clears the way. Our dedication must become our bridge.

Once we enter into the Sword Castle, we will find what kind of gifts lie in its treasury for us to discover. As we journey out from the castle in search of the Sword Hallow, we may find parts of our life which have dictated our response and perhaps distorted our focus. We begin to understand our life’s direction by means of the Greater Powers whom we encounter in this landscape and we welcome the guidance of the Hallow Family whose qualities reflect the aspirations of our quest. The Sword Hallow itself is a true mirror, showing our life’s direction with unswerving truth.

Questions:

  1. What crises surround you at present—as a person, as a citizen of your land, as a human being upon planet earth?
  2. What opportunities for total change lie in your grasp?
  3. If you were supremely daring and courageous what actions would you take now to remedy the problems of the first question?

Meditation:

  1. Take the Rainbow path of the Seeker and enter the innerworlds until you come to a cross-roads. Both Northern and Southern Hemisphere readers take the Eastern road. Travel until you come to the Sword Ten, following the Rainbow Path.
  2. Enter the Sword Ten card and go inside the Sword Castle. Describe what you find inside. Who or what is within? Explore.
  3. Within the Sword Castle there is a locked room that is rarely opened. Find the key and go inside. There is a book in which the deeds of your present incarnation are detailed. Take two sheets of paper. On the left-hand one list he deeds which have upset the lives and circumstance of others, bringing imbalance or disharmony into the world. Do not indulge in guilt, but look at your list dispassionately.

 

On the right-hand page, write down what you are currently doing to keep your existence harmonious. You may also want to write down the ways in which you wish to bring restitution or harmony to situations that you have helped unbalance. Destroy the left-hand page and put the right-hand one into your book of life.

 

  1. Fly aloft with the hawk and look down over the realm of the Sword—what do you see? What does the land look like? Which areas look healthy, which need attention?

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Dee’s Five Books of Myster – Joseph H. Peterson

 

Peter French – John Dee The World of the Elizabethan Magus

 

This is a meditation-visualization ritual designed exclusively for our three Babylonian priestess currently representing the three aspects of the Triple Goddess; the Maiden, the Maven-Mother, and the Crone.

It begins with the three sitting down in a very tight circle: knees almost touching, hands holding each others on both sides. The Maiden sits at the left hand of Mother-Maven, the Crone sits to her right hand.  Use chairs or on floor w/ pillows.

I began by talking about relaxing the body so that the mind can follow. We practice the art of closing ones eyes and lowering the head, this is to assist in cutting off any outside interference. We also work in our ritual breathing, counting off the in and out rhythms, which goes like this … “Breath in, and now exhale. Back in, and back out. Keep your breathing rhythm steady; even, slow and steady. Keep your eyes closed, your head lowered comfortably. Breath in, and now exhale. In, and out (continue one minute)”.

“Now, what we want to do is find ways of beginning to empty our minds – tricks on cleaning up our brains slate, so to speak. All those regular, normal thoughts and images now flashing through your mind as I speak need to be pushed aside, sublimated. Even my voice need to be barely tolerated. You need to begin slowing down your brains input as you clear up and refresh you mind”.

“But lets check our breathing on last time before we begin the ritual. So, again – yes – breath in,and out, in, and exhale; keep it simple, slow and steady. Lets make sure the eyelids are fully closed and comfortable, with the head lowered. Yes.”

“Now lets proceed with cleaning out your brain tubes, Lets start by clearing away all those ‘regular thoughts’; all those images and words about friends and family, food and today’s chores. All that stuff. Identify those thoughts and then slowly, mentally erase them, like erasing a blackboard.”

“Hey, keep your breathing slow and steady. Keep your head bent down, your eyelids closed. Relax your body.”

“It’s time now to chase away all those regular, day-to-day thoughts. Listen, you really need to do this if this ritual is going to work at all. So picture your minds slate – like that blackboard, and visualize you erasing all those, small, nagging, if necessary details of your every day life. You really need to accomplish this right now, so that you can focus on something very new and very big that is going to impact your life in just a few minutes. Lets keep cleaning! Watch those pesky thoughts diminish! Keep your brain clean of random interference now.”

(I stand up) “Whats going on now, is that I am preparing to gently squeeze the left hand of our ‘Maiden’. – Emi To the Crone – sitting at the Maidens left hand, you will NOT respond to this squeezing – it does not affect you in any way! Your time will come soon enough.”

“Breathe slowly and steadily, Goddess: you need to stay aware now, and be ready. Keep cleaning your minds. (30 seconds max respite) Now I am going to lift and squeeze the left hand of the Maiden, which is how we will start this ritual. After my initial squeeze, all remaining squeezes will come from the three of you. I will have no further physical part in the ritual. Keep a blank slate, please, all of you; especially the Maiden, for now is your turn to see the future of Babylon Coven.” (I pick up and squeeze the hand of the Maiden)

“Now that your hand has been squeezed. Maiden, and image will begin to be revealed to you – something related to the work of Babylon Coven – related to our work as a group. This image is beginning to reveal itself to you now; it is starting to show up on your minds ‘blank slate’. If you are still cluttered up with your personal stuff, there wont be much room for your vision.You really need to jettison the luggage and accept this incoming vision, because it is of Babylon, and you are a huge part of Babylon.” (5 – 10 seconds silence)

“As the image now starts to gel, it begins to make some sort of sense with you, Maiden. You may see a pattern, or a figure that you identify with; you might bear witness to something you have never encountered before. Whatever it is, your vision remains, at this point, unknown to all but you. Once the image becomes crystal clear (or, apparently as clear as it is going to get), you need to memorize this image as best you can, Once you have it memorized and ‘know your vision‘, you must hold up your right hand and squeeze. This squeezing immediately transfers all attention to the priestess on your right; namely the Maven/Mother Aspect.” Millarca (Maiden holds up her right hand, squeezes Mothers left hand)

“Its now the Maven-Mother focusing on an image forming itself in her mind. This image does not have to be the same image the Maiden had. It will have something to with the future work of Babylon Coven. This image is strictly that of the Maven-Mother Aspect.” Pause— “So, Mother, concentrate on your image. and when this image is fully crystallized in your memory (or as clear as it apparently can get), you need to memorize this image as best you can, then it is time for you to hold up and squeeze your right hand. This will transfer all attention to the priestess on your right, namely the ‘Crone‘.” Amanda (Mother-Maven holds up right hand & squeezes it)

“And now, to the Crone! It is your aspect that will complete this triadic journey, which in turn will initiate new quests in the future. For now, let us await what you may have gathered from your vision of the incoming image. Your vision, like the others, will have something to do with the future working of Babylon Coven.” Pause— “Once the vision is crystallized (or as clear as you can make it) memorize your image before letting us know this ritual is ending. You will signal the ending by raising your right hand and squeezing, thereby completing the circuit of the covens energy.” (Crone squeezes her hand – the ritual is complete)

“The ritual has completed its circle. Its time to skry the results of our work. Come back now, you three daughters of the moon. Lift up your heads, open your eyes and look around the room. You can release your hold on the hands of your circling partners. Please stretch out your limbs. Breathe normally, As you relax, I want each of you to remember the vision you beheld just moments ago. Loosen up your body, but focus hard on those images you saw during the ritual. Alright now I am going to give each of you a small booklet and a pen.” (Does so)

“Now, I ask that each of you move away from our makeshift circle to find momentary seclusion in some area of this room. There, in privacy, you shall fill out the simple questionnaire that has been prepared for you. When you are done filling it out to the best of your ability, you can return to the circle & hand in your paperwork” (When all 3 return)

“We now have have our three written responses. But before we read them, I would like to ask each of you what your personal journey felt like and looked like to you as you progressed into out ritual. What did you see; what did you think? How do you feel right now?”

“Ok, so  who wants to share their experience first?” (someone says ‘I will’) “Ok. But we will need to document these visions. Danielle – take this scribe sheet & write down what is said here now!” (Danielle take scribe sheet & pen) “Alright. Tell us what you experienced.” (she tells, scribe writes) “Thank you. Now lets let our scribe write down our second persons experience.” (second person describes experience) “Thank you. Now to our 3rd person, share with us what you saw and felt.” (3rd person shares her experience)

“Ok. Now we are going to sign the front of our packets, then lets open them up & share them. (all open their packets & everybody studies them)

A) “So, what are the similarities, if any?” (Danielle – scribes the answer)

B) “What are the comparisons or aspects to each other, if any?” (scribe the answer)

C) “What results here appear to have little or nothing to do with issue(s) at hand?” (scribe answers)

Conclusions

“How can we make this ritual more effective?” (scribe feedback) “Would you do this ritual again?” (scribe answer)

END

I’ve been involved with witchcraft since birth and before. My mother, grandmother, great grandmother and 13 generations previous have been practicing hedge witches.

I’m looking for community after being a solitary practitioner for more than 30 years.

~Wyckd