25 October 2010

today's reading: What was true is no longer true

"My energy is the energy of the universe. My power is mine." -A. Crowley

The 8 of cups arises during periods where you are tired and where there is severe emotional distress. It carries with it an urgent warning to attend to whatever is blocking your energy, and to try to create open channels to get things moving again.

One area that will often be indicated by the appearance of this card is the sort of relationship in which you consistently give too much, and receive very little back in return. Remember, we deserve to receive from others exactly what we are prepared to give to ourselves. So if we give ourselves scant attention, why should anybody else do any more for us? But, on the other hand, if we treat ourselves with love and respect, then we have every right to expect that from those around us.

There is a general sense of dissatisfaction arising from a realization that the things we have fought and struggled to attain may not be as satisfying as we had hoped they would be. It is time to ask yourself what you can do to bring a deeper satisfaction and joy to your life beyond the obvious pursuit of material satisfactions and/or physical enjoyments.

Nothing is permanent in life. Sooner or later, everything slips away...or we slip away from it. The eight of Cups stands for those moments when we realize, once and for all, that the past is gone. What was true is no longer true. Become more aware of the physical, mental or emotional sacrifices that are or will become involved in the present situation. There may exist a cause more worthy of your efforts and sacrifice. You need to heal. Release old patterns, especially those that have dominated thoughts and emotions. Don't be afraid to leave the past behind. There's plenty more in the world to see. Take a break and make a change.

The eight of cups is the decline of efforts made toward the attainment of something desired due to disappointment in the results received thus far. Whether you see it or not, you're being given the opportunity to rise above your habitual or instinctive response patterns and if you make a conscious attempt to do so, they will lose their grip on you.

You're on the true path, so try not to regret the sacrifices of your decision.

09 October 2010





* just realized that anthem 3 references anthem 1! How's that for full circle?

05 October 2010

today's reading

Position 1: The Universe: myself in synthesis with the world

Position 2: The most crucial aspect of the Current Environment:
Interference- a prison, too much attention to detail at the expense of principle and more important points; great ease in some things balanced by equal disorder in others. Wisdom applied to small and unworthy objects.

Position 3: The obstacle:
The 3 of Wands- Virtue, realization of hope, success of the struggle, pride, wealth, power, arrogance and conceit.

Position 4: The goal:
The Empress- beauty, happiness pleasure, success, luxury and sometimes dissipation.

Position 5: The foundation of the current environment:
Art- Union of opposites, moderation and self-restraint, realization, action for either good or evil.

Position 6: The past:
Futility- In character untrustworthy. Vacillation. Unstable effort. Journey, probably over land. Partial success, yielding when victory is within grasp, as if the last reserves of strength were used up. Inclination to lose when on the point of gaining through not continuing the effort. Love of abundance, fascinated by display, given to compliment, affronts and insolences, and to detect and spy on another. Inclined to betray confidences, not always intentional.

Position 7: The immediate future:
The Hermit- Divine inspiration; Wisdom sought for and attained from above.

Position 8: The future environment:
Completion- Settlement. Arrangement completed. Perfected work. A completion of a thing built up with trouble and labor. Rest after labor. Subtlety, cleverness, mirth, beauty, success in completion. Reasoning faculty, conclusions drawn from previous knowledge. Unreadiness, unreliable and unsteady, through over-anxiety and hurriedness of action. Graceful in manner. At times insecure.

Position 9: The influence of Society:
The Magus- skill, wisdom, adaptation. Craft, cunning, and sometimes occult wisdom.

Position 10: The nature of the challenge that confronts me:
Ruin- Ruin. Death. Failure. Disaster. Undisciplined warring force, complete disruption and failure. Ruin of all plans andprojects. Disdain, insolence and impertinence, yet mirth and jolly therewith, Loving to overthrow the happiness of others, a repeater of things, given to much unprofitable speech, and of many words, yet clever, acute and eloquent.

Position 11: The outcome:
Debauch- Lying, deceipt, illusion, deception. Error, slight success, but not enough energy to retain it. Possible victory, but neutralized by the supineness of the person. Illusionary success. Deception in the moment of apparent victory. Lying, error, promises unfulfilled. Drunkenness, wrath, vanity, lust, fornication, violence against women. Selfish dissipation. Deception in love and friendship. Often success gained, but not followed up.