Monday, 28 July 2014

Altaration For A Work Project

Mystical Lenormand
My mother is feeling better, though she still has an operation ahead of her.  Nevertheless, it feels like I can dedicate my altar to something else now.  Having done a reading that suggested I shouldn't try to charge ahead with anything new, but look to the past for ideas, I decided to go back to the spell for a work project that I created about a month ago using the Mystical Lenormand (K√∂nigsfurt-Urania, 2004).

Looking at it again, I changed the structure of it, putting the Book at the centre (seeing as it's a large project, connected with esoteric stuff), and having the Letter card as the first (trigger) card, as it involves a fair bit of writing.

I like this layout better, when thinking about how it would read following traditional patterns.  The corners are now Letter, Key, Stars and Storks - writing is key to spiritual progress.  The action cross says that committing my skills and energy brings a connection with grace (Fox, Ring, Sun, Bouquet).  The rows read: skilful writing brings progress (Letter, Fox, Storks); committing to this project brings success (Ring, Book, Sun); creative clarity helps problem-solving (Stars, Bouquet, Key).  Meanwhile, the columns read: committing to writing brings clarity; creative skills surround a project; keeping energy moving is key.

My plan is to chant while visualising this spell.  So, I printed out a miniature version to fit on my altar, as a visual reminder (though I've got it fairly well memorised, judging by the first couple of times I've chanted with it).  I also printed out miniature versions of some cards from the Goddess Oracle (U.S. Games, 2006) and from the Gods and Titans (Blue Angel, 201).  I have Sophia and Ull for Wisdom and Focus in the East, Brigid and Achilles for Inspiration and Confidence in the South, Eurynome and Poseidon for Ecstasy and Flow in the West, and Gyhldeptis and Maui for Synthesis and Discovery in the North.  I also added in a feather, a candle in a red/orange holder, a couple of shells, and a fluorite heart.

While I don't have as much time to dedicate to this project as I'd like, I hope that keeping this in the front of my mind will help me come up with ideas and clarify what needs doing.  Then, I can make the most of the times when I can work on it.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Burning Serpent Reading

I'm a huge Rachel Pollack fan, so when I heard she was bringing out a Lenormand I was delighted.  Fast forward a couple of months, and the Burning Serpent Oracle (2014) has arrived.  Been reading the book over the weekend, whenever the kids allowed, and am loving it so far.  Rachel Pollack combines excellent scholarship with an innovative perspective and a deep knowledge of myth.  Anyhow, I decided to ask about my spiritual focus for the week ahead.

The Rusted Cross, The Voyage, The Flaming Tree

As you can see, many if not most of the cards have been renamed in this "Lenormand of the Soul".  Still, these are basically the Cross, the Ship and the Tree.

The Cross (rusted or otherwise) is an interesting card.  Some readers see it as being straight-up bad: burdens and sorrows.  However, most writers acknowledge that it can also represent religiosity, or spirituality.  And many German writers distinguish depending on the position of the Cross.  When "behind" or to the left of other cards, it is seen in it's more supportive, spiritual aspect (perhaps the reason why the butterfly is on the right side of the Cross - haven't gotten that far in the book, yet).  I often read it as being about ethical burdens - deciding between right and wrong - which is no easy task, and yet very worthwhile.  So, the Cross is rarely easy, but that doesn't make it bad.

Anyhow, I read this as saying to focus on a spiritual venture around healing, which makes a lot of sense to me.  It points to my continuing daily practice of chanting for my mother's health, while visualising the Lenormand spell I placed for her.  It also points to working on a project that is currently focused on health and spirituality, which I was doing just this morning :)  There's still plenty to do, so that's what I'll try to complete this week :)

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Getting Practical

Heart, Ship, Stars, Bouquet, Garden, Man, Child, Dog, Stork
By the Sycamore Tree commented on the last post that finding some calm around my mother's health should help me also think about what I can do at a practical level.  Being the Swords-y gal I am, I hadn't gotten there, I must admit.  So, I decided to do a reading on how I can help more practically.  

Used my Under the Roses Lenormand app - easily to hand, and I don't have to worry about scanning :D 

Heart as the first card is perfect as the 'trigger': it is both my love for my mother and the problems with her heart that led me to do this reading.  The Garden as the centre of the reading also feels right: what is needed is support, and not just from me, but also from her whole community and from that international (Ship), rational (Man), scientific (Stars) community (Garden) - the medical establishment.  

Reading the corners: emotional changes require spontaneity and planning. That might seem like a non sequitur, but makes sense to me.  I have to be open to doing something outside of my routine.  However, with a husband, two kids, school and childcare to factor in, it'll still take planning. 

As for the action cross, that seems almost like what I already did, visiting her abroad: Ship, Bouquet, Garden, Man, Dog - a journey that is a gift of support, requiring faithful action.  Still, I'm looking for advice here.  So, I see this suggesting that my trip should not be a one-off.  It need not mean travelling abroad every time she's set to go into hospital.  However, it's also true that with my elder son I found travelling tricky, and we've gotten into the habit of her coming to visit us.  This reading reminds me that I could go over to visit her at home, as the baby is much easier to travel with.  That way, I can lend moral support, and perhaps also practical help at home.

Other suggestions also pop up.  Reading the diagonals: emotional support for moving - perhaps I can help her some time with packing or preparing for a trip to the hospital; the Child (me) finding support online - spending some time looking into dietary changes she could make, or seeing if there are any forums for people with similar symptoms.  As for the columns, they seem to support these ideas.  We have the emotional gift from a child (Heart, Bouquet, Child) - me going to visit; and a supportive journey to show friendship (Ship, Garden, Dog) - more visits.  Also, active guidance for change (Stars, Man, Stork) - sharing what I find online...

Friday, 11 July 2014

Charged Citrine

Every day for a week, now, I have lit the candle and chanted to Dhanvantare, Hindu God of Healing, at this altar.  Each time, I have gone over the Lenormand spell, focusing on my mother's healing, and sending her love and strength.  Finally, the wax all burned away and I was left with this citrine.  Today, I chanted focusing just on the citrine, and visualising my mother filled with a golden, healing light.

I don't know how much I believe that my prayers can affect change in another, though there are some studies that suggest this is the case.  And perhaps there's also a panacea effect, if the person knows they are being prayed for.  Either way, I hope that my mother will gain some benefit from this spell.

For myself, I believe I am calmer now about her illness, and the operations that are still to follow.  And it has been good to return to a very regular chanting practice.  Hopefully, this too is of benefit to my mother, as I can support her better if I am not so afraid for her...

Friday, 4 July 2014

Focused Health Spell

Altar in the South, to catch the sun
Went to visit my mum this week, as she was supposed to have an operation.  However, the operation got cancelled, as she has an ulcer.  That needs to heal before the other operation can go ahead.

Therefore, I decided to set up a special spell just for that.  I have placed it in a different room from normal, in a window facing south.  At the centre is a spell candle I bought for the summer solstice.  It is yellow, colour of the third chakra, associated with the stomach and digestion.  At the bottom of the candle is a citrine, to be charged by the sun's energy, the candle's fire, and the spell work it is used in.  So, the plan is to charge the citrine, and then give it to my mother :)

Around the candle, I placed the Rider, the Heart, the Tree and the Bear from the Gilded Reverie Lenormand (U.S. Games, 2014).  These represent bringing love and good health to my mother.  Also, the operation is on her heart, and the Bear can represent eating, excess, and therefore this stomach ulcer (not that she overeats, but there must be an excess of something in her digestive system to account for the ulcer, be it spice, acid, or stress).

I also chose a couple of hindu deities to place on the altar: Dhanvantari and Gayatri from the Gods and Goddesses Oracle.  I chanted to both of them to set the spell, as well as calling the quarters and lighting the candle.