Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Four of Swords, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

Four of Swords, RWSFour of Swords, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Rest from Strife
Four of Swords in timing: Four weeks; or from October 13th - 22nd
Kabbalah: Chesed in Yetzirah
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Four of Spades




The Four of Swords Card Meaning, RWS and Thoth


The Four of Swords is suggestive of taking time out from a circumstance of stress and pain. The swords and the armor [RWS] are symbolic of having escaped war. A break is required in order to adjust his/her perspective enough to continue on. To reflect in peace, is a sensible method to employ when thoughts and feelings might not be too clear. Considering ones situation in depth may allow for clarity to emerge, on why certain issues came into being. The fours are about stability, and as such, in retreating, some degree of stability is being achieved. That said, the swords meeting in a saltire cross at the very center of the card [Thoth] is suggestive of being stuck in a restrictive situation.

The Four of Swords is representative of Jupiter ruling the third decanate of Libra, which refers to a time of transition--moving on from a period of tension. The person taking respite was made to feel that they've done wrong or that their perspective is wrong, while they believe that they're right. The 49 petaled rose (Thoth), represents the collective consciousness, and also social harmony. Therefore this card may refer to choices being made to please a group outside of the situation, such as society, an organization, the government, one's peer group or family, or what have you.


49 is representative of a period of reassessment; and also of retreating to an internal world, hoping to intuit and discern true feelings. What's more, 49 is suggestive of being one numeral short of reaching the Door of Light (50). This means that through adding to it the inspired, godlike energy of 1, enlightenment could be achieved and a lesson, a journey, could be concluded. This of course alludes to what might be from here on in, as 49, obviously is not 50.

In the RWS Four of Swords card image, the stained glass window is symbolic of both the collective consciousness, and also of approaching the doorway to enlightenment. The RWS meaning of this card is largely in line with the Thoth version; as well, both cards make reference to approaching the end of life and to taking internal respite.


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The Four of Swords Dignified or Upright


  • Temporarily withdrawing from a painful or warlike situation.
  • Veering away from relationship issues and choosing to interact more with one's social circle or engage in group activity.
  • Hostile actions are temporarily suspended.
  • Taking a vacation or going on a retreat.
  • Spending time alone.
  • Remaining at rest.
  • A time of peace either before or after a stormy period.
  • Feelings that are, on some level, akin to your being buried alive.
  • An unchanging impression (the same held until one's demise).
  • The end of life.
  • Coffin-like.
  • Buried, deceased, lain to rest.
  • Abandoning a situation.
  • A hidden or secluded location.
  • Being cut off, forced out, ousted, etc.
  • Exile, voluntary or otherwise.
  • Astute financial management.
  • Saved money.
  • A period of healing or recovery.
  • Situated upon a sturdy or solid foundation.
  • Engaging in escapism.
  • Praying for improvement in a circumstance.
  • A positive end result due to wisdom in management.
  • Carefully scrutinizing financial expenditures.
  •  In law, suggests that no action will be taken.
  • Approaching enlightenment.
  • A short trip.
  • A truce.


The Four of Swords Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Forging ahead, but with an awareness of the potential for danger or pain.
  • Proof, or one's solemn word.
  • Regularly thinking of someone (attraction).
  • Looking ahead.
  • Establishing which route to take.
  • Reflecting on how to improve the situation.
  • Being cheap, pinching pennies.
  • On a vigil.
  • Household maintenance work, or supervision of same.
  • Returning to continue with a relationship.
  • Establishing peaceful working interactions despite existing conflict.
  • Anxiety has been created by harsh words written.
  • Hard feelings created through lack of consideration.
  • A pointless, brief trip.
  • Problems in a matter of law.
  • Managing spiritual issues through meditation.
  • Working to improve mundane matters, growing spiritually as a result.
  • Is overly cautious, and as a result is unwilling to take any risk.
  • You have been alone or out of the thick of things too long, and it's time to get re-involved, to re-integrate.
  • You need to get out in the sunlight more often, your health requires it.
  • Vigilance.
  • A collection, or collecting things.
  • Gathering together one's belongings.
  • The mind is unsettled and is requiring peace.
  • Re-energized after a period of rest.
  • Palliative care
  • Greediness.
  • A lecherous man.



Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tiger's Eye Healing and Metaphysical Properties

tiger's eye
Tiger's eye stone; a Wikimedia file, user Benjamint444; by CC 3.0



What is Tiger's Eye, and Where Can it be Found?


Tiger’s eye (also tigers eye and tiger eye), like some other crystal types, was first used in ancient times. The ancient Egyptians believed that it gave them the gift of divine vision, and Roman soldiers carried it into battle to bolster their courage. Long since unused, this mineral was rediscovered in the early 1800s at a South African location.

Lore has it that the Romans believed tiger’s eye heightened courage because visually it appeared to hold the properties of both the Sun and the Earth. Using the same reasoning, today some believe that this stone should be recharged periodically in the afternoon sun, as that’s when the Sun and Earth are said to be nearest each other.

By some considered to be a powerful amulet, it is believed as an ‘eye stone’, to provide an ability to see by psychic vision that which doesn't normally meet the eye. The deep browns within it represent earth and the Earth plane’s energies, and the lighter honey and golden tones are symbolic of higher spiritual ideals. Additionally, it is beheld as a powerful protector... this crystal truly has it all.

This is an all encompassing piece, so for those of you looking for crystal properties, feel free to skip down the page a ways!

There are prominent sources in the Northern Cape of Africa, and another in Thailand. There are a host of other smaller sites such as in the US, Western Australia, Burma, Spain, Brazil and India. This sweet looking beauty is golden crocidolite layered between quartz. Once believed to be a pseudomorph, recent discoveries made show that not to be the case (the April 2003 issue of Geology; discovery made by Dr. Donald M. Fisher, Dr. Peter J. Heaney).

Describing this mineral as a pseudomorph would mean that quartz replaces golden crocidolite within the mineral during development, but adopts the same general appearance as crocidolite. The recent discovery showed that what really happens is that crocidolite cracks; then each crack fills with the ingredients needed to create crocidolite and quartz, but the majority of ingredients favor quartz. Then time takes care of the rest. One of the researchers involved said that it takes between 20 and 100 cracks to be filled in to create one cm of tiger’s eye stone.

tiger's eye
Tumbled tiger's eye stones, a Wikimedia file. User Adam Ognisty. By CC 3.0


Harmony, Balance, and Action


Tiger’s eye is all about balance, this includes light to dark and Earthly to spiritual aspects of self, and also yin to yang; and it balances emotions and encourages healthy, harmonious interactions with others. Although it has plenty of physical healing attributes, this crystal primarily targets the mind. It supports focus, direct and clear thoughts, and oneness within self. It can be a great solution for those afflicted with feelings of spaciness, as well as for those who experience failure in backing up their commitments.

For those of us that need to feel more grounded to the Earth, this is our stone. With the help of tiger’s eye we can stop the negative self talk and critical thinking, that at times blocks us from the truth. Additionally, we will be able to perceive a situation from all aspects. Tiger’s eye brings the brain to a more balanced state, and thereby spurs improvement in mental health problems.

Tiger's eye is often carried to provide protection against hexes, bad luck, and negative energies. As well, when you are headed into a mini battle or are feeling that you're about to encounter a verbal attack, tiger’s eye helps you to avoid being clouded by emotion. In becoming peaceful and calm from the energy of the earth we are better able to make decisions, we are released from fear and anxiety and are brimming with courage. Balanced and harmonious, we can take action sans fear of new beginnings.


Meditation and Chakras


The primary chakras relative to this crystal are the sacral and solar plexus. Tiger’s eye holds within it the energy of the yellow ray, and the golden ray as well. Overall, the yellow and golden ray energies guide us to connect with our divine self, to attain knowledge, to help others, and to create improvement in this world through our connection to higher power.

The energies of this stone can be used to awaken Kundalini. While to do so is ideal for spiritual conditioning, Kundalini stimulation if misused, can cause crisis. Kundalini is a highly charged energy, and is dormant in us for a reason. It might be better to call for the help of Michael, Uriel, or another being of light. They will assist us to align our will with God’s and we will be better fit to aid humanity with our very own light.


Disclaimer: You should consult your health and/or mental health professional before using any alternative healing methods. This article does not suggest otherwise.


Physical Healing with Tiger's Eye


For the ill and the weak it will potentially provide strength, and it brings relief to neck and spinal health issues. Sinuses (congestion), the spleen, kidneys, liver, pancreas, the bladder, and most bodily systems can potentially experience improvement. Due to a boost in overall life force energy, even bone fractures and psoriasis can heal.


Wealth and Prosperity


Due to all of the new found self confidence and strength of will you may find yourself brimming with, a desire to create new beginnings, including in the area of finances may be achieved. It's a lucky stone that is believed to draw prosperity. Try surrounding a green candle with tiger’s eye pieces. Light it and imagine the wealth you seek… it may well manifest for you.


Care and Maintenance


When you get your stone, put it in the sunshine to cleanse and charge it. Then every 15 days you can sit it in the sun once again, which both discharges and recharges it at the same time. Never use harsh cleaning chemicals while wearing or maintaining a tiger’s eye.


Related Articles: Red Tiger's Eye, Hawk's Eye.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Four of Cups, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Four of Cups, RWSThe Four of Cups, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Blended Pleasure
Four of Cups in timing: Four months; or from July 12th - 21st
Kabbalah: Chesed in Briah
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Four of Hearts



The Four of Cups Meaning, Thoth


The Four of Cups, Luxury. The stack of chalices looks beautiful, but at the same time the formation lacks solidity in structure, and the life sustaining water all leads to one recipient. The environment appears gloomy, but the water is warm (Chesed)

By the above illustrations, the Four of Cups card suggests that one person within the situation concerned, is going through a phase of dissatisfaction. Well dignified, this phase will help them move forth, to create solutions, to let go of that which does not serve. Ill dignified, them being immersed in their emotions so fully, will result in everything being "about them" (or not enough about them). This card concerns the Moon in Cancer, which leads to, amongst other things, emotional sensitivity, insecurity, feeling that one is chronically misunderstood, and a tendency to hold onto grudges. At the same time, there is a desire for the comfort of familiar surroundings.



The underlying essence, is that once a situation becomes familiar, it will no longer be all that pleasurable; but this is how all circumstances are by nature. We need to analyze, work through, and grow with them; otherwise they stagnate. This stage of introversion could in fact be helpful if acted upon.


The RWS Take on the Four of Cups


The person in the Four of Cups image is dissatisfied with the cups in front of them. As he/she sits there so self absorbed, a goblet is presented; suggestive of intuition, or perhaps a gift. If he would pull his head out of his (inner clouds), solutions would present, and he could get involved and make the situation shine. Instead he lets emotion lead him to a gloomy place inside of himself.

The title of this card, the Lord of Blended Pleasure, suggests that things are well; but relate the title to the imagery, and you can see that there is an underlying issue. This is blended pleasure coming to an end, or morphing into something other than blended pleasure. All that is good and all that should be treasured and nurtured, are being ignored so that he can focus squarely upon his emotions and vexations. The Four of Cups card serves to remind us that when we participate in life with joy and appreciation, affluence and gain comes in return for the energy we put out. It also serves to remind us that if we focus only upon experiencing what is good, we may well lose the taste for other important things in life.



The Four of Cups, Dignified or Upright


  • Bored with what is.
  • Craving for something better, not realizing what you have in front of you.
  • Dissatisfaction created through a lack of interest or stimulation.
  • Desiring for more than what one has; they've experienced full satisfaction, which as they don't appreciate it has left them wanting more. This could be applied in any context, including desiring for sex outside of a relationship or a bigger house, for example.
  • One has achieved a significant degree of worldly success, but still has a desire for more.
  • Achieving one's goal, but finding no fulfillment therein.
  • Satisfied for the time being, with an unfulfilling situation.
  • Failure to comprehend or accept the point of view of another, or a difference of opinion.
  • Not putting your fair share of effort into a relationship.
  • Banality, triteness.
  • Experiencing aggravation.
  • Boredom leading to disinterest.
  • Unhappy with the situation at hand.
  • Feeling misunderstood, or unable to have oneself understood.
  • Avoiding to communicate true feelings in fear of being misunderstood.
  • Cutting oneself off emotionally from another.
  • Perceived problems are not actual, but are the a result of letting one's emotions cause imaginary circumstances.
  • A circumstance that overall provides you comfort, is somewhat restricting or causing issue in some way.
  • Maintaining one's distance, especially from a partner.
  • Failure to see, and therefore accept, opportunities as they open up.
  • The "new love" phase, the joyous part of a relationship, is ending.
  • If you are expecting a phone call, an email, or a text, it will come.
  • In reply to a query of whether something is near or far, this card suggests near or local.
  • A penchant for Internet, texting, or any electronic activity or device.
  • Feeling imposed upon.
  • Children of a previous relationship of one partner have been introduced into a relationship, and it is causing issue.
  • An invalid opinion based upon erroneous information.
  • Tiredness.
  • Feeling somewhat uncomfortable in a new setting. May feel obstructed, or be unsure of how to proceed with local protocol. This could be in a new relationship setting, a new job, or during travel.  
  • Indifference.
  • Refusing.


The Four of Cups, Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Feelings of interest, motivation, and excitement renewed.
  • Someone new introduced into the family.
  • An encounter with someone yet unknown to you.
  • You meet someone, but they remain as a mere acquaintance.
  • A small business merger.
  • A discovery or revelation is made, perhaps through meditation, but not necessarily so.
  • An epiphany.
  • An omen.
  • Receiving a message through intuition. Prognosticating, foretelling; can refer directly to the ability of clairsentience. 
  • A gift.
  • In pursuit of higher level than earthly aspirations.
  • Developing a new appreciation for what is.
  • Opening up emotionally.
  • Disclosing one's true feelings.
  • Making oneself emotionally available.
  • Feeling that one has (finally) been understood.
  • Realizing that there had previously been a misunderstanding.
  • Accepting what has been offered, or pursuing an opportunity.
  • Being given instruction or guidance.
  • The phone call, email, or text you were expecting will not come.
  • Far away distance-wise.
  • Habitually engaged in Internet activity, texting, or any electronic time-wasting method.
  • Experiencing actual troubles.
  • Feeling revulsion.
  • Dealing with horror or trauma.
  • Worldly gains ill-gotten.

Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Labradorite Crystal - Healing and Metaphysical Properties

Labradorite crystal ball
Labradorite scrying sphere. Images used with permission from the seller this ball
was purchased from.


Labradorite Healing Properties


Labradorite crystal is a type of feldspar, and is as useful and beneficial as it is beautiful. You may often see it referred to as as a magic stone, this due to its ability to heighten energies and the transmission of them during any type of spellwork, magical procedure, or spiritual engagement. Labradorite crystal helps us to connect with our higher self, promotes psychic awareness, and will aid those of us wanting to access the Akashic records.

The mineral labradorite has intense protection properties, amongst the strongest of all crystals. It will shield you from negative external energies, and will strengthen the positive energies within you. Naturally this is good for you on both a physical level as well as an etheric one. Because labradorite protects against negative energies, it draws positives to occur. To carry this stone on you therefore, is said to increase good luck and draw more optimal outcomes to your daily events.

Labradorite can be a powerful ally to those of us on a quest for spiritual growth, as it can guide and protect us as we venture on to otherwise unexplored planes of existence. This quality, combined with the stone's ability to heighten spiritual energy transmissions, allows us to view and heal past life issues.

Though commonly attributed to each and all of the chakras, it is primarily blue, which is relative first to the throat chakra; secondarily this stone targets the crown chakra. Additionally, labradorite is known to enable the free flow of energies between the all of the body's chakra centers. This opens the way for them to work together with greater efficiency. Subsequently physical health is enhanced, and spiritual awareness and growth are supported.


Color-play


The flash seen within labradorite is referred to as labradorescence; its color-play is moving to visualize. If you are thinking of investing in some labradorite, ensure that you get crystals with plenty of flash; the beauty is beyond words. Colors within the flashy areas of this mineral may include yellow, blue, silver, red-orange, and green; the non labradorescent areas are usually either light or deep grey. Other varieties of this mineral include yellow labradorite and spectrolite. Yellow labradorite is peculiar in that it doesn't exhibit the color-play that its more well recognized counterpart does. Spectrolite displays a higher degree of intensity within its color-play.

The labradorite sphere in the photo above is my own. It amazes me that after I work with it a while, the grey area turns to a deep midnight blue.


Psychic Awareness


Labradorite crystals will be a valuable tool for those working to increase their level of psychic awareness. Put some in your pocket or wear it in the form of a jewelry item to bolster any and all of the clair psychic senses. This mineral is commonly used in the making of divination tools. It is also known to hold an ability to heighten our connection to ascended spirits, thus enabling them to safely guide us through our respective journey to our goal.


Disclaimer: You should consult your health and/or mental health professional before using any alternative healing methods. This article does not suggest otherwise.


Harmony and a Positive Perspective


If your work environment is tension filled, placing a bowl of labradorite crystals on your desk will provide a positive, uplifting effect. There is another property of this stone which is helpful in the workplace... it motivates workers to care more about their job and to dedicate themselves to their work on a level of sincerity.

Labradorite steers us away from a tendency to look at the down-side of things. Over time consistently looking at life from a negative perspective can set us back. Labradorite can assist us in making positive changes by improving our view of the world to a more appropriate level.


See Life and People for What They Truly Are


Sometimes when people have faced events which shook their world, they are left with a lack of faith in the good in life, as well as in people. Labradorite can help by allowing them to see things as they truly are. In removing the falsities they learnt to perceive through times of hardship, it's easier for them to begin healing, and to walk a more optimal path. This in turn naturally leads to peace, inside and out.


Cleansing Labradorite Crystals


Use methods other than those which require water or salt to be used.


 


Related Article: Hypersthene

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Four of Disks or Pentacles, RWS/Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Four of Pentacles, RWSThe Four of Disks, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Earthly Power
Four of Disks or Pentacles in timing: Four years; or from January 10th - 19th
Kabbalah: Chesed in Assiah
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Four of Diamonds



The ideal of this card, both RWS and Thoth, is to maintain what one has but to avoid getting hung up on worldly pursuits, no matter what kind--achievements, monetary, love, and so on.



The Four of Disks Meaning, Thoth


On the good side, the Four of Disks, Thoth card's imagery suggests that the fortress one has built, provides solidity and strength of foundation--a place to be fruitful from. Imagine, inside that fortress there's rooms to do whatever one needs from, in order to achieve. There's a downside as well; that path leading out is quite narrow, which suggests that when such a heavy focus is placed on material objectives, one restricts themselves. The pretty little rooms that would serve one so well in business and other areas of life, have instead become turrets to defend.

The fortress is symbolic of power, and also of being prepared for war. Thus balance is a key word here--not just in pursuing worldly desires, but also in the application of power and authority.

A subtler meaning of this card, offers that if one places their entire focus over here, what are they missing out on over there.



The RWS Take on the Four of Pentacles


The Four of Pentacles man looks somewhat foolish as he's clinging so tightly on to what he has. This card, some say, comes across as being darker in delivery than the Thoth image does, and that it is therefore more "negative." I question that, they both offer a strong caution.

The figure on the RWS card has gained much, but what has he lost? He is distanced from all and is apparently alone. Who or what has he forfeited in order to gain all of that money he clings to so dearly? It appears that in letting go, we are more likely to hang on to what we have.



The Four of Disks or Pentacles Dignified or Upright


  • Having the power and/or authority to achieve one's goals.
  • Has set a firm foundation for a new project or enterprise to thrive.
  • To have one's primary focus on the material assets they hold.
  • You have astutely figured out what needs to be done.
  • Effective in making a judgment call.
  • Sizing things up effectively.
  • A masterful and calm execution of authority.
  • Strong acumen in the realm of finances.
  • Regarding money - an opportunity or a change for the better.
  • Gifts offered or received, to denote appreciation.
  • You may be given money as a gift, or receive it as an inheritance. 
  • Maintaining authority over those in charge of your money, investments, and holdings.
  • Working in a public office, serving in the military, working in politics, or an opportunity regarding similar.
  • Enjoying a situation as it is and being reluctant to allow change in.
  • Accept advice from an authority on the matter.
  • A distinct area, precinct, or district.
  • Desires satisfied.
  • Surrounded by a perimeter or border.
  • Undisclosed information affects the matter at hand.
  • Being put on the spot, or forced into a position, as it were.
  • Monastic or convent life.
  • Seclusion.


The Four of Disks or Pentacles Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • There will be some delay.
  • Being watched, or keeping watch on someone else.
  • You will meet opposition or other hindrances.
  • Causing restrictions for, or limiting oneself.
  • Material gain with negatives attached; such as receiving an inheritance due to the demise of a loved one.
  • No gain to be had for the now, but in the future your goal is reachable.
  • Being restricted, imposed limitations upon, or enclosed within.
  • A complicated mess.
  • Kept in suspense.
  • Current activity may cause damage to your reputation.
  • Judgments and choices not well made will create future obstacles or losses.
  • Lacking wisdom in the realm of finances.
  • You will encounter a negative assessment of you or your activities.
  • Experiencing loss or sorrow.
  • That which you desire to have is not available to you.
  • What one leaves behind when they die--their estate, memories, etc.
  • Generosity apart from one's standard.
  • Love that cannot be.
  • A problem returns.


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Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

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