Monday, 3 December 2012

Hekate's Spiritual Pathway Spread

©Marashinsky & Janto
Inspired by the Goddess Oracle's Hecate card, I designed this spread to examine where we are and where we're going on our spiritual path.  I decided to draw on my favourite, Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2011), and got:

1) Where am I currently on my spiritual path?

XIV - Temperance.  I am in a place where I need to find a middle path that honours my emotions and spirituality, respects nature, and opens me to wonder.  I should take time to thank spirit for all it offers me, and to feel that connection with the divine which is healing and wholing, as Marashinsky and Janto say on their Pachamama card :)

2) What obstacles do I face?

IV - The Emperor.  Well, this card made me laugh!  I'm currently feeling quite conflicted because of some people's narrow-minded, traditionalist/purist approaches, and lack of understanding of my desire to open new paths that honour my pagan spirituality.  I have often seen the Emperor as rigid and opinionated, so that definitely fits!
©Emily Carding

3) What path should I take?

Dreamer Eight (Eight of Swords).  I need to stop breaking myself into pieces, trying to please everyone.   The difference between this card and the Temperance card is striking.  Temperance feels like a holistic balance, while this feels so fragmented.  While I might need to balance other people's desires with my own, that doesn't mean questioning everything I think and do.

Another thing I see here is the suggestion to break up the tasks I have ahead of me into manageable pieces.  I have a to-do list a mile long, but so long as I can tick of something every day...  While that might not sound spiritual, it is.  Doing things that honour my spirituality, and which fill me with joy, are spiritual pursuits, even if they are also work-related :)

4) What guidance does Hekate offer me at this time?

Dancer Three (Three of Cups).  The perfect follow-on from the last card!  Hekate's guidance is to seek joy, particularly with friends and like-minded people.  To allow myself to be emotionally nurtured and sustained by those around me, and offer the same in return.  One internet friend coined the expression "the general entropy of wellness" to express that sending out good vibes increases the overall goodness of life.  I'll dance to that!

I'd love to hear if you try this spread :)

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Egyptian Male Deities - Set

©De Marco & Manton
For this final post, I consider a God who doesn't, for me, represent one of the elements.  Still, his role is one that is still vitally important: that of the shadow.  The image is taken, once again, from the Gods and Titans Oracle (Blue Angel, 2011).

Shadow - Set - Chaos

Well, you've already read about what Set did to his brother Osiris!  Tricking him, killing him, dismembering him :o  To top that, he just plain likes making trouble.  Or maybe we simply need a shadow, a dark and scary part.  Having Set in the pantheon rounds it out, allowing for the nasty, cruel, vicious, spiteful, manipulative, envious part that is there in all of us, though most often we like to deny it.

Interestingly, Wikipedia suggests that Set's bad reputation is mainly due to a smear campaign.  He was the prime deity of Upper Egypt, and when the Pharoah of Lower Egypt decided he'd like to unite the two parts, part of the offensive was waged through spin!  Plus ca change...

Set is associated with the desert, a dry, inhospitable place that is dangerous to humans and animals alike.  Also with storms, destructive and chaotic.  Yet, as it says in the companion book: "Sometimes things need to fall apart so that they can reform into what you really want."  And sometimes we need to plumb the depths of our own shadows, to bring greater wholeness to our souls.