Monday, 13 October 2014

Moon Chant and Kuan Yin

Last week, over the three nights of the full moon, when the baby got me up, I swayed and chanted in the living room, singing to him and to the moon.  Doing so, I used the Full Moon Chant I wrote a few years ago, and was inspired to add some more verses to it:

Goddess Oracle and Goddess Inspiration Cards
Feeling sorrow for the world,
With her rabbit she sits curled
This is how such tales begin
Chang-O, Tara and Kuan Yin

Banished to the lonely moon
A friendly rabbit is her boon
Compassion please help to grow
Tara, Kuan Yin and Chang-O

Sitting on a lotus bloom
Gentleness of heart makes room
For breath that comes from hara
Kuan Yin, Chang-O and Tara

Kuan Yin Oracle
I've been humming and haa-ing over the Kuan Yin Oracle cards (Blue Angel, 2012) for over a year, and with this push, decided to get them.  They arrived this morning, and my first pull was perfect: Empress of the Pearl.  The only problem with these cards is that I don't find enough in the picture and name alone to connect to their message intuitively.  Yet, I have the sense that I need to work with these cards at this time, and the message of this one was certainly spot on for me.  

Empress of the Pearl talks about how pearls are formed through the irritation of a grain of sand within the oyster's shell.  In the same way, our light and spiritual beauty can grow through how we respond to irritations, discomfort, negativity and fear.  I've been having a disagreement with someone online about card reading - my fuzzy Lenormand post was in part triggered by this.  This person, and he's not the only one, attacks me for not reading Lenormand cards "properly", for not seeing life as clear cut, black-and-white, with a single correct answer.  

On the one hand, I think these constant challenges are helping me to define myself as a reader.  I do not want to do predictive readings, I do not want to see the world as being black and white.  I do not want there to be an answer that does not involve the person being read for taking responsibility for their life and their actions.

On the other hand, I get really upset by these attacks.  Admittedly, this person is saying quite directly "Your ideas are ridiculous and you are wrong!"  Nevertheless, I'm trying to understand why I even care what this person, who I don't know, says.  

What this card suggests to me is that it doesn't matter why that grain of sand has entered my shell, nor why it irritates me.  What matters is what I do with that irritation.  I have tried to stay polite and diplomatic, saying "We'll have to agree to disagree, this is my philosophy, and if your way works for you, that's great, too."  Now, I think I need to back away from the discussion, and focus on growing my own spiritual understanding of what it means to be a reader.  And perhaps pray to Kuan Yin for help in accepting the irritations that life will always throw at us.

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  1. "What matters is what I do with that irritation." - there is a lot of wisdom in that statement. As you said, you can allow it to hurt and irritate you until it becomes your world, or you can use it to create something beautiful. I have a feeling you're going to end up with a lovely pearl. :)
    I personally think people like black and white readings because it gives them a feeling of control - do this, get that. Unfortunately real life has too many shades of gray to try to define it this way.

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    1. Totally with you on the shades of grey, Bev! And I do hope that I shall garner a pearl from this :)

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  2. I learned wonderful old Polish proverb from a wonderful wise Rabbi. It goes like this
    " Not my circus, not my monkeys."
    It's so tempting and easy to get drawn into negative, critical, often petty argument with others online. People can often very easily be rather tyrannical in their opinions and want to argue just for the sake of arguing, for what ever the reason. You have wise insight into this I'd say Kerry.
    Give me shades of gray! Life just isn't black or white, all the time. It's mostly gray most of the time. Black and white thinking is often about power and control, and keepin' those monkeys in line! Poor monkeys!

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    1. Tee hee, poor monkeys, indeed! Yet, are the monkeys those around these people, or their own fears…? Shades of grey it is, Cath :D

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  3. Personally I love your empowering reading style with the Lennies and if it wasn't for you I wouldn't have picked them up in the first place because I though it was "Just" fortune telling. Please feel confident you are doing the right thing and let other people sort out there own insecurities I agree with Bev and Catherine on the control and power trip thing.
    Learning to step aside from this argument and rise above it will be such a beautiful pearl for you necklace
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! It really means a lot to me that I encouraged you to pick up Lennies, and that you like this empowering style of reading. Last week was actually quite encouraging, as I had someone buy a Grand Tableau reading from me, and she was really moved by it - another good counter-balance to the guy on the internet!
      Hugs to you, too :)

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  4. That is an awful feeling--when someone is personally attacking you for something which is absolutely none of their business. Even if it was their business there's no excuse for trying to argue with you. I love that readers are all different. And even predictive reading isn't black and white in my opinion--it's very open to interpretation, layered meanings and free will. I think it's a mistake to see anything as black and white. And besides...like everything else...why would we all want to be identical to each other? It seems so dull.

    I feel like I've had the experience many times that I've taken something someone said very hard (well, ok...it pretty much happens every day...haha!!) and I have to wonder why I'm letting myself get so upset about it. I think the answer, for me, is that part of me believes what they're saying. That is where the oyster metaphor is really helpful, as you said--letting irritants define your position more strongly.

    But anyway...I hope this settles down and you're able to extricate yourself from this stressful situation.

    Hugs,
    MM

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    1. Thanks, MM. I did manage to extricate myself, and interestingly, he posted another inflammatory comment and then took it down (or one of the moderators did). So, maybe my irritant is also striving to make a pearl from his dealings with me ;)
      And yes, there's a part of me that worries that I'm just a bad reader because I can't give people a psychic/factual answer. Ah, the sticks we beat ourselves with...

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  5. Child, you are already the Pearl of the World - you're one of the most together and self-aware people I've ever known. There are people out there who will never agree to disagree. For reasons that are complicated and not really our problem, they have to be right and go around protesting the injustice that people who differ can't see that they are wrong. We have to just leave them to their narrow little worlds and move around them, like water flowing around a stone.

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    1. Hmm, all the metaphors here are very watery, maybe that's one reason I struggle with this - so much emotion! Thank you for your kind words, Carla, they mean a lot :)

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