Mystic Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have been inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, legacy since my childhood. Ever since I was taught in school about who he is, what he believed, and what he accomplished in his life, I have felt a calling to pursue his same dream. What this pursuit looks like for me is complicated. It’s hard to cope with the reality racist cultural programming as a white person who strives to act against racism. For a long time, I believed that I was different and stood apart from my cultural programming, but racism is endemic and affects everyone. I confused racism with prejudice and became angry when African American activists accused me of being a part of the racist system. I wanted so badly to prove them wrong.

I began to focus on unity, and the more I focused on unity, the more modern segregation became apparent to me. Popular culture still seeks to segregate us. It seems that any people of color in the media are stereotyped or white-washed, as though to convey that the only way to be accepted by mainstream culture is to become a parody of one’s heritage, or to try to be white. In response to this I seek to recognize the stereotypes and white washing, and actively seek out positive examples of diverse cultures that stand strong in their truth.

Now, I seek to stand in solidarity with others. I strive always to embrace the differences that make us unique and live in radical acceptance of others no matter their religion, ability, creed, color, background, sexual identity or orientation. We are all Divine.

Martin’s Big Words, written by Doreen Rappaport:

“I Have a Dream” by Yarden Children’s Choir

If Martin Luther King, Jr., were a Tarot card, I would place him as the Hierophant because he represents the ideal form of religious authority and how spiritual figures can inspire others to walk in righteousness and speak truth to power.

Tarot Tuesday: XIII Death, Reversed

Affirm your life, today! Defy Death. It comes too soon, it takes everything we love and turns it back into Earth. But not today, for us. Air fills and leaves our lungs in the miracle of every one of our millions of cells receiving oxygen!

We have forever sought power over death. Imagine, an eternity with a perfectly preserved body. Never aging, never weakening, never getting sick, you would be free to live however many lifetimes. Have you read the Vonnegut story where, for someone new to be born, someone else has to volunteer to die? Death, Reversed, like the story, evokes how absurd it would be to wish for our own immortality. Our love of babies would become  counterproductive, just for starts. The Last Age, the last year, have to pass for us to embrace the new! 

Yet, today’s consumer culture is obsessed with youth. On this day, as the card specifies, the globe shall be especially confronted with everything that must pass away about our lives as a matter of course. Aging is becoming a lost art, but that new anti-aging cream wouldn’t sell as many bottles if we could just accept our age as a sign of beauty and maybe do some facial yoga.

This is the new thing. Your life, moment to moment. Someday, the Reaper will come for each of us, for you, for me. Will we run in fear? Or will we reunite with our cosmic family in joy and love and peace? Ironically, as long as there is a search to overcome death, we will be through our focus, denying the reality of the transient moment. Time, you old vagabond on a one-way train.

Today could very well be a day for contemplating what we’ve released. We can transmute any emotional heaviness into transcendence.

Without change, we would never heal. We would carry the wounds we receive with no hope for relief. Without death, we would have no relief from the burden of existence. We really have no reason to fear Death, whether our world view focuses on a kind and benevolent Savior or Deity that ensures our place in an enjoyable afterlife, or our world view focuses on the belief that we simply rejoin with All That Is. We have no reason to fear Death, as it is a natural process, and doesn’t everybody love a good rest?

Death, Reversed, also reminds us, we never know our time.

Dance with the flow. Love this moment as if it were the last.

General Meanings:
Irrevocable ends and transformations. Not often an indicator of physical death. When reversed, indicates fear of change, clinging to outmoded patterns, state of being in resistance to Life. Need to embrace Death as part of Life, need to bow to Ultimate Fate.

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Occasional Card of the Day: 4 of Cups, Reversed

Occasional Card of the Day: 4 of Cups, Reversed.

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This blog seems to love me writing about reversed cards. As I’ve pointed out before, reversals don’t necessarily flip a card’s meaning to its direct opposite, though this is possible. Depending on the surrounding cards and the energy around the seeker’s intent, reversals can acutely emphasize the dignified (upright) meaning of the card, provide the solution to a problem, or indicate inner mystical processes within the Seeker’s consciousness.

Tying this card in with current astrological events, I feel the Four of Cups connects us to examine closely what we find dissatisfaction with in our lives and take ownership of the ways in which we’ve created our situation. We’ve asked for everything we have on hand, consciously or in unawareness. Taking ownership of how we’ve contributed to our own unhappiness empowers us to change our actions, and the Four of Cups is all about having a sit-down heart-to-heart with our Self to figure out what it is that we want, what we thought we wanted, and begin to untangle the knots to decipher clear steps to fulfillment.

The Four of Cups Reversed challenges us to sit with our feelings of discontent, examining those feelings fully and without judgment. We want to place labels of good and bad on the cards, the same as with our personal experience. I prefer to term cards ‘favorable’ and ‘unfavorable,’ clarifying the difference between the objective good or bad and our perception of desire and denial.

People in the western world tend to hold a lot of guilt and dread when it comes to accepting ownership of our dissatisfaction. We associate ownership with this guilt and therefore dread it. We want to make our problems someone else’s fault, or take them all on as our fault, connecting them to something inherently wrong with us. I’ve observed deep undertones in the American culture of subconscious guilt for having so much, and yet not being happy with it. I hold to a hope that soon we’ll realize collectively that this unhappiness is a cry for attention that gives us permission to simplify our lives and find happiness within ourselves. In the Colman-Smith deck we see a man sitting under the tree, and the usual description is that he’s bemoaning that the three cups that lie before him do not match up with his illustrious ideal of the grail appearing behind him. But shift the perspective, turning it upside down, we can see him looking hard at those three cups and perhaps asking himself, “How did I acquire these things that I do not wish for? Where is the beautiful cup that I am seeking?” Perhaps he is also evaluating the good qualities of the cups and figuring out how to pass them on in an honorable way.

How are you taking actions today to bring your fantasies and wildest dreams into reality?

References: http://kathryn.mnsi.net/water/water.html#turning_in

http://www.crystal-reflections.com/tarot2/rider/four_cr.htm