Perhaps you are surprised to see tarot under the healing menu? While popularly tarot is a method of “foretelling the future”- and it can be used for the purpose of divination*- one of its greatest abilities is in allowing us to access our inner selves. Tarot is a powerful tool for reflection and transformation, because it gives us insight into our deepest heart.
The cards are saturated in the mystical narrative cycle of humanity, and the archetypes that anchor it. In modernity this concept has been explored by men like Freud, Jung, and Campbell, who each sought in their own way to explore the connection of the mind and spirit. Each of them touched on the power of the mystical monomyth, and the deep connectivity we humans have with it.
Its power is in that connectivity: by reading the cards you are able to identify toxic patterns and personal challenges that manifest visually as characters or points in the story. You are able to identify energies at work in your life that might otherwise remain invisible.
For me, Tarot is a spiritual practice. It is a mystical archetypal vehicle of understanding the human experience of life and the deeper mysteries of the universe. It is a way to see the pattern of the web of life, the interwoven strands that connect us all. It is a way to communicate with my most primal, essential self: the spirit that connects me to the Divine.
I often use tarot in spiritual development or spiritual counseling sessions, and I also offer individual readings.
*Divination caveat: the future is always in motion, as we are constantly making choices that affect the outcome of experiences in ours and others’ lives.
All life is connected. Each of us is a strand in the Web of Life; our thoughts, words, and actions all affect the pattern of the great interwoven fabric. It is important to realize that while we are architects of our own creations, we are also inextricably linked to the strands of those around us, and to the Web as a Whole. This larger Web includes all the denizens of the Earth, from redwoods to red ants.
A worldview of interconnection implies two things, one stemming from the other. 1) We are all truly part of a greater Whole and 2), we rely on each other/are responsible to each other in all things. There is no “going it alone”. There is no isolation of human interests from plant and animal welfare, or rationale for the oppression of one group of humans by another. It’s a matter of self-interest: what harms you quite literally harms me.
Rape, betrayal, greed, oppression, addiction: all of these are symptoms of a humanity that can’t understand its place, its interconnection with all life on the planet (in microcosm), and the universe (in macrocosm).
It is the fact that this understanding is absent so often that calls on us each to turn inward and begin to listen to the needs of our spirit. This is what we need to evolve.
Your unique spirit is manifest in your body, here on this planet, right now- and there’s a reason. You have unique gifts and a unique part to play in the ever-unfolding promise that one day we can all join together in our highest understanding of ourselves and our universe. Your spirit will guide you.
And in turn, as you grow more deeply in your spirit-path, you will lift up your thread of the Web, not only inspiring those you touch, but lifting them right along with you.
Herbs have magical properties like they have energetic and physical properties. Those properties are designated by a combination of the plant’s inherent energy/vibration and its ritual history; essentially the sum total of lore surrounding the properties of a plant. Much of this information is passed down from the wise women and men of old who studied the ancient healing ways; the rest consists of modern herbalism and any personal meaning you imbue in the plant from your life experience.
Herbs are highly effective in moving emotions, and supporting the work of personal transformation in many situations. They are living medicine! They can hold you in times of crisis or disconnect or depletion; and they celebrate and renew rituals of love or joy.
In my Craft I create items (teas, salves, lotions, oils, etc.) that are charged with a specific purpose by melding together the unique capacities of individual herbs. This process occurs through the transmutational property of fire and is blessed through ritual.
Thanks be to Plants!
Healing the human body is an art. There are two broad systems that have developed over centuries in the two hemispheres of our planet: the West focused on body chemistry, and the East focused on spiritual energy. We are fortunate to live in a time when our understanding of how the body functions can be informed by both systems, and we can benefit from including them both in a holistic healing experience that addresses cause and cure, and not merely symptom management.
Our spirit energy, our “life force” or “chi”, is what animates our body. It aligns along and around our body, and contains seven “organs” that regulate different emotions and energy states. Those are called chakras (a term from the Hindu cosmological system).
Disruptions, blockages, or depletion in your energy body, often caused by toxic behavior patterns or situations, manifest in the physical body if left unaddressed. Often this is the “source” of an illness, and while the services of a physician are required to treat the physical symptom, deep healing will not occur unless the toxicity is dispersed and balance is restored to your energy body (spirit).
If you think this might be true of you, come talk to me. It is ok to feel brilliant and joyful in the world—your spirit is ready!