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Eyes to See Right Financial Path – A Reading from the Book of Tarot for March 19, 2012

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

Two Tarot cards have been pulled to induce synchronicity. The intention is for you to watch for the consciousness they represent to be reflected in the events of your day. This practice known as Yoga of the West, is designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious and conscious mind; a bridge to wholeness.

YOD

The first card is an archetype card chosen according to the numerology of the day. Each archetype card in the Tarot represents a path on the Tree of Life (Kabbalah). Today is 03, 19, 2012, or number 9: The Hermit. The path this card represents is shaded on the diagram included. The consciousness on this path, YOD, is that of the archetypical loner.

The Hermit stands on the snowy peaks of spiritual enlightenment; his right hand raises a shining lamp of truth. The Hermit is sharing the six-pointed star of Solomon’s wisdom for those who are willing, ready and able to see. The figure in this card is said to be wearing the cloak of invisibility, only those who have eyes to see, will see what the Hermit shares. This path is for the person who is willing to stand alone, in “right knowing,” to defy accepted thought and or ways of the world, in order to demonstrate the way to enlightenment.  Following the path of the Hermit lights the way to new levels of understanding, and attainment of goals.  The long thin staff in this figure’s left hand symbolizes the way: the narrow path of initiation. Wholeness on the path of the Hermit requires us to be willing to narrow our life focus in order to complete important work, seek higher consciousness, and model what it is to work as one with the Light and the good of All.

The second card is a face card. Each face card in the Tarot represents an aspect of personality. There are four personality types: feeling (cups), thinking (swords), intuitive (wands) and sensate (pentacles). Each personality type has four levels of consciousness that correlate to maturity, or level of consciousness: page, knight, queen and king.  Who is highest consciousness, the King or the Page is in contention in the different cabals who study the Tree. Regardless, all of us, male and female, have the capacity to realize all of these aspects of personality and levels of consciousness. The paths of the Tree are four-dimensional. Each level of personality travels its own dimension on each path simultaneously.  A whole human being fully conscious realizes all levels of all personality types on all paths

Today’s face card, or aspect of personality to watch for is the King of Pentacles. Watch for a man who rules the great wealth, his own and that of others.

The King of Pentacles is the authoritarian patriarch who wields wealth and power. Pentacles have to do with Sensate personality.  The King of Pentacles is draped with abundant fruit of the vine; he has mastered material needs. This king is a stable, ambitious, wise ruler who protects and methodically produces worldly existence for all. Note this figures left foot is encased in armor and it rests upon the skull of a ram.  This authority figure expects those he has authority over to do exactly as he does…take over the family business, for example..  Wholeness when faced with this aspect of personality requires us to realize that might does not make right; that right makes might.

Please note:

People also consult the Tarot as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to http://bit.ly/9BiovO

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The Tree of Life = DNA = The Root of All Religions

Kabbalah

Kabbalah is, I believe, THE root of all of mankind’s major religions, Eastern and Western. There are infinite scriptural parallels and beliefs to support my claim. To me, symbolism alone makes source differentials a moot point.

This symbolic revelation came to me when I played with drawing the Tree of Life in four-dimensional form as the teachings dictate.  I was astounded when I fleshed out a drawing that could represent a diagram of DNA! I have since discovered that I am not the only modern kabbalist to have divined this similarity. ( http://www.amazon.com/God-Verb-Kabbalah-Practice-Mystical/dp/1573220558 )

DNA and Kabbalah, the Tree of Life, reflect each other. Kabbalah teaches that ALL is a reflection of the Tree of Life.  With DNA, all life is composed of DNA. The paths of the Tree of Life are said to be four dimensional, combining in infinite ways. DNA has four amino acids that combine in infinite ways. The power of the Light travels the Tree in a spiral motion and moves in an infinite combination of frequencies along the paths. DNA’s four amino acids string together in an infinite array of combinations along a double-helix spiral to form an infinite number of life forms.

Even more startling is the parallel imagery that exists between a cross-cut slice of DNA and religious symbol. The rose window pattern found in Cathedrals is the most dramatic. DNA designs can be found on ancient Koran cases. This same pattern is reflected in the Mandala of Hindu and Huddhist religions. The mandala has always been said to model the cosmic design, the organizational structure of life itself.  The Sri Yantra mandala, the mandala of creation, is of particular interest in relation to the Tree of Life diagram. Work has been done with the lines in the Sri Yantra that reveals a direct correlation to the four dimensional paths of the Tree of Life. I also find it fascinating that if you look closely at the center of the Sri Yantra, you can see a Star of David. This mandala design goes back hundreds of thousands of years in theoretical time as measured by archeologists. No on knows its origin.

– Text excerpted from the book Choosing Honor, pages 23-24

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The Highest Consciousness on the Tree of Life – KETHER – the 1st Path- The 10th Absolute in Choosing Honor

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

The 1st path in the Yoga of the West tradition, Kabbalah, using the Tarot, is the path known as KETHER, the path of pure being represented by Aces. The power on this path is often referred to as the “hand of God.” Each Tarot card’s image is dominated by a hand extending from clouds delivering or offering gifts. The gifts are consciousness that exists before words. Wands and Cups are brought to us by left hands while Swords and Pentacles are delivered via right hands. The balance of right and left hand power is repeated throughout the symbolism found on the Tree of Life. The right hand refers to severity and material form. The left hand refers to compassion and oneness. KETHER is the seed of consciousness, as we know it.

KETHER

KETHER is the path used to define the 10th Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor.  10) All of creation is one creation. All of creation is one connected whole powered by the Light. The same frequencies of attraction hold all and bring all of creation into form

Each circular path known as Sefirot is represented by the corresponding numerical suit card in the Tarot.  Each suit represents a personality type. Your astrological sign determines your personality type.  Pentacles represent earth signs. Cups represent water signs. Swords represent fire signs. Wands represent air signs.  It should be noted some Cabals differ over the fire and air signs. Some think swords are air and wands fire. I don’t.  Jung didn’t either. I follow Carl Jung on this.

Whole personalities according to Jung are born dominated by one out of four personality types. These types are four parts of a circle of wholeness that is a fully realized personality. Jung’s theory is that a person dominant in one type is usually lacking the most in the aspects of the type counter clockwise on the circle. A person’s suppressed or lacking aspects are the key to personality disorders. Realizing full consciousness, to be whole, is to realize a full balance of all four personality type consciousnesses on all ten sefirots or circle paths on the Tree of Life.

For Sensate personalities experiencing KETHER is to realize the gift of our incarnation. This card represents our material consciousness. The material world we are delivered into is a garden; all that we need is available. The archway out of the garden is rounded thus mystical. If we move out of the garden, our safe and familiar material incarnate place, we move to a place of higher understanding. Note this is the one Ace card that does not have symbolic floating letters or seeds. The sacred seed in this Suit is the pentacle itself. The sacred is in the material form in this aspect of our being.  The Pentacle is the symbol for the material teaching that our bodies are the temple of God.

KETHER for the Feeling personality overflows with feelings. The imagery on the Ace of Cups incorporates mankind’s major religions. Christian “knowing” and communion is seen in the dove, host, and chalice. Hinduism and Buddhism rising from the dark depths into the light, is seen in the lotus flowers floating in the water at the base of the card.  Hebrew symbolism is seen in the floating letters, Yod, “cause of all being,” floating all around the five streams of water, our five senses, which “floweth over.” From this Cup we receive reverent awe, unremitting joy and spiritual freedom with every sense of our being.

The Ace of Swords symbolizes the thinking aspect of our personality on KETHER. Here we find the peak power of intellect. The crown on the sword tells us that human intellect given to us by the hand of God is our crowning glory. The sword pierces the crown, to show us that above all truth reigns supreme. Hanging from the crown we see laurel leaves for victory and palm leaves for peace. These leaves tell us that the best use of the intellect is to divine balanced victory, the win-win situation in which everyone walks away satisfied. Intellect of the Sword cuts to the truth. Truth in turn invariably reveals solutions that are for the good of all. 

The Ace of Wands is the seed that drives the intuitive personality. The card depicts God gifting us with the wand of knowing. Wands are the suit most closely aligned to sexuality. This Ace wand is the big bang of creation. The leaves bursting off of the wand are the abundant seeds of creation. From these seeds nothing becomes something.  From the seeds of the wand we receive the power of knowing,the power to create something out of nothing: the power to create the castle on the peak in the distance.

Please note:

This reading is meant for the practice of Yoga of the West, a Tarot meditation designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious mind and the symbolism found in the cards.  People also consult the cards as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to http://bit.ly/9BiovO

Mary T. Ficalora, is the author of the award winning book, Choosing Honor: a philosophical treatise that applies the symbolism found on the Tree of Life to reveal an unpredictable tonic for what ails America. For more on Kabbalah and how it relates to the tonic prescribed in Choosing Honor go to http://bit.ly/f0VOAX

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Entropic Force on the Tree of Life – CHOKMAH – the 2nd Path

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

The 2nd path in the Yoga of the West tradition, Kabbalah, using the Tarot, is the path known as CHOKMAH, the creative seed that emanates “from that from which all things come.” The numbers 2 of each suit in the Tarot deck, 4 cards combined, reflect the energy at work here. This path brings balance to chaos, ideal unity to imperfection, acceptance of blind intuition, and the wisdom to know what we do not know.

 

CHOKMAH

CHOKMAH is the path used to define the 9th Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor.  9) All that we ask for is given to us. Everything we ask for materializes. If we are in tune with the “knowing” we find that we “never want.” Our perception of time keeps us from being fully aware of this truth. Neglecting to focus on what we need versus what we want results in our perception of needs not being met. Changing our minds, losing direction, and not knowing what we want contribute our perception or lack of perceptions of this Absolute.

In Tarot each suit represents a personality type. Your astrological sign determines your personality type.  Pentacles represent earth signs. Cups represent water signs. Swords represent fire signs. Wands represent air signs.  It should be noted some Cabals differ over the fire and air signs. Some think swords are air and wands fire. I don’t.  Jung didn’t either. I follow Carl Jung on this.

Whole personalities according to Jung are born dominated by one out of four personality types. These types are four parts of a circle of wholeness that is a fully realized personality. Jung’s theory is that a person dominant in one type is usually lacking the most in the aspects of the type counter clockwise on the circle. A person’s suppressed or lacking aspects are the key to personality disorders. Realizing full consciousness, to be whole, is to realize a full balance of all four personality type consciousnesses on all ten sefirots or circle paths on the Tree of Life.

Sensate personalities experiencing CHOKMAH are juggling the balance of force and compassion. I often think of it as balancing good and evil.  The figure in the card is working with the symbol that I’ve come to call infinite wisdom but technically is called, the Holy Lemniscate. The Holy Lemniscate is the West’s version of Yin Yang, it represents the eternal balance of opposites, and the creative energy that moves back and forth between dark and light, male and female, positive and negative, The figure in this card wears a dunce cap, he looks insecure and unsteady, or he’s dancing to stay balanced. He is failing to keep his hands balanced. His right hand (force) is higher than his left hand (compassion). Neither force nor compassion is good or evil, They are the same creative energy on different frequencies, per se.  Too much force is just as bad as too much compassion. Imbalance in either direction causes rough waters and potentially capsized ships, as seen in the background.  Wholeness requires balance of the two sides in order to harmonize and become one with All.

The 2 of Cups is pure Feeling personality experience. The two figures in this card, male and female, are coming together as equals. The male moves towards the female. They each hold equal cups. The caduceus, the symbol for healing rises up between the cups and we see a winged red lion’s head (passion) is blooming forth. This symbolism tells us that the unity of equal opposites creates healing power: power from unity that is more than the sum of its parts. Ideal passion is at work. Note, there is a boundary issue on this card. In spite of the ideal equality and the victorious bounty of the laurels on these figure’s heads, something is amiss. There is a boundary line between them and the ideal existence in the background. This boundary reminds us that there is no perfection in unity. Unions, physical, material, emotional, spiritual and or creative are all imperfect. Imperfection just is.  Wholeness is only realized when we accept imperfections in all of our unions.

The 2 of Swords represents the thinking personality on this path of entropic energy. This path, remember, is Wisdom. Wisdom requires intuitive knowing and correct interpretation of emotions and feelings AND the knowledge that the more we know, the more we do not know. These “moon” aspects are difficult for the Swords, the thinking personality. Thus the figure on this card wears a self-imposed blindfold. Wisdom requires letting go of control, which is very difficult for the thinking personality. Thus the swords of both hands are crossed over the heart in a balanced “stand down” salute.  This figure is working to cross the troubled waters in the background, to transcend the stone boundary, and realize the new moon. The boundary is refusal to let “the power from which all things come” do the work of letting all things come. Wholeness requires us to let go of control.

 

The Intuitive personality’s experience of having “the whole world in his/her hand is on this path. On the 2 of Wands card we see exactly that, a figure standing with the whole world in his right hand. This figure is insecure, blocked regarding the power he has to create the world as he desires. His left hand balances a wand above a seal depicting roses of desire and lilies of pure thought. His knowing what he desires, his purity of thought is rigid.  So rigid, in fact, the second wand is anchored to the wall to his right. Once again we see that wholeness on this path requires letting go of attachment to knowing outcome. With letting go, the entire world is ours as desired, just not in the time or way we expect.

Please note:

This reading is meant for the practice of Yoga of the West, a Tarot meditation designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious mind and the symbolism found in the cards.  People also consult the cards as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to http://bit.ly/9BiovO

Mary T. Ficalora, is the author of the award winning book, Choosing Honor: a philosophical treatise that applies the symbolism found on the Tree of Life to reveal an unpredictable tonic for what ails America. For more on Kabbalah and how it relates to the tonic prescribed in Choosing Honor go to http://bit.ly/f0VOAX

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Coming Into Form on the Tree of Life – BINAH – The 3rd Path

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

The 3rd path or sefirot on the tree of life, BINAH, is the birth giver consciousness. This is the cosmic gate from which the Light brings being into form.in Kabbalah.  The consciousness found on BINAH’s path On this path order of all comes into existence. This is the path represented by the 4 of each suit of the Tarot.

BINAH

BINAH is the path used to define the 8th Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor.  8) Birth and Death are the same thing. As painful as it is to deal with in the moment of giving up, there is new life with every death. There also is death with every birth. In the All there is grief at birth that matches our grief at death. In the All there is an intense joy of reception at death that matches the joy of reception at birth. We achieve this consciousness by fulfilling the work we are born to create, rejoicing in the profound recognition of what is valuable, experiencing birth pain in our hearts and knowing objective truth.

In Tarot each suit represents a personality type. Your astrological sign determines your personality type.  Pentacles represent earth signs. Cups represent water signs. Swords represent fire signs. Wands represent air signs.  It should be noted some Cabals differ over the fire and air signs. Some think swords are air and wands fire. I don’t.  Jung didn’t either. I follow Carl Jung on this.

Whole personalities according to Jung are born dominated by one out of four personality types. These types are four parts of a circle of wholeness that is a fully realized personality. Jung’s theory is that a person dominant in one type is usually lacking the most in the aspects of the type counter clockwise on the circle. A person’s suppressed or lacking aspects are the key to personality disorders. Realizing full consciousness, to be whole, is to realize a full balance of all four personality type consciousnesses on all ten sefirots or circle paths on the Tree of Life.

The Sensate personality represented by the 3 of Pentacles portrays three figures in conference in what can only be a cathedral. This card depicts sacred work, service. A workman is standing above a priest and a  “judge,” in a clown cloak. The workman is the artist and he is raised above the others. The artist’s work, the work of creation is what is most important. This image makes me think of Michelangelo painting The Last Judgment in the Sistine chapel in the Vatican. The Pope’s master of ceremonies, Biagio de Cesena, insulted the painting and Michelangelo responded by portraying him as Minos, in the hell part of the picture with ass’ ears and a snake biting his penis. Funny but, in the workings of this path, dangerous, because if the three do not come to agreement the great work goes undone.  Wholeness requires us to unify the three aspects of ourselves that these figures represent. Doing our true work in the world requires us to balance our creative perfectionist, with our spirituality and our practical worldly concerns (making a living).

The 3 of Cups represent the Feeling personality’s consciousness on this path. The name of this path, Binah, means understanding. The three figures in this card have come to full understanding. They have come together to rejoice in a spirit of equality to celebrate what is most valuable to them, their mutual understanding. Also, from the harvest fruit all around them, they are celebrating mutual success. These figures dance in a circle, not in a line, no one comes first, no one comes last. Wholeness requires us to put aside our individual ego and celebrate be part of a group without the need to be exceptional.

 

The 3 of Swords represents the Thinking personality. The three of Swords is THE card of creativity. The look of the three swords stabbing into a heart brings to mind heartbreak.  But the pain in this Fire card is birth pain, the pain of creation, the pain of the right thing happening. No body gets out of this world alive. There is nothing to do with pain except take it into our hearts and in so doing transform it into creative energy. It is up to us to create the world we experience. To master the path of the Three of Swords is to master the understanding that the formation forces of life deliver what we need, not what we want.

 

The Intuitive personality’s experience on this path of creative fulfillment is representd by the 3 of Wands, symbolizing intuition: knowing. The lone figure standing above all represents understanding what needs to be brought into being. The figure in this card stands centered in knowing, looking out over the sea of possibility. The figure’s right hand, the hand that symbolizes bringing the material world into form, rests securely on the right wand. This is the path of the prophets, the saints, the visionaries; the path of genius that changes the world as we know it. Wholeness on this path requires us to find centered knowing.

Please note:

This reading is meant for the practice of Yoga of the West, a Tarot meditation designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious mind and the symbolism found in the cards.  People also consult the cards as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to http://bit.ly/9BiovO

Mary T. Ficalora, is the author of the award winning book, Choosing Honor: a philosophical treatise that applies the symbolism found on the Tree of Life to reveal an unpredictable tonic for what ails America. For more on Kabbalah and how it relates to the tonic prescribed in Choosing Honor go to http://bit.ly/f0VOAX

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Infinite Benevolence on the Tree of Life – GEDULAH – the 4th Path

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

The 4th path or sefirot on the tree of life, GEDULAH, is the infinite benevolence consciousness in Kabbalah.  The consciousness found on GEDUAH’S path is the awareness of our infinite material abundance found within.  This is the path represented by the 4 of each suit of the Tarot.

GEDULAH

GEDULAH is the path used to define the 7th Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor.  7) Love all. To be in full interface with the Light is to love everyone we meet. To love another is to love one’s self. This Absolute is not sexual. It is about unconditional love. Love is the All; it is us. The Light is Love. Love is the force of creation. Thus, all of us are reflections of the rest of us. We are all good. On this path we achieve wholeness through compassionate acceptance of whatever comes, remaining balanced as fortunes change, allowing right change to happen, and in turn celebrating the infinite abundance of all by sharing with all, knowing we all will, and can, have what we need. 

In Tarot each suit represents a personality type. Your astrological sign determines your personality type.  Pentacles represent earth signs. Cups represent water signs. Swords represent fire signs. Wands represent air signs.  It should be noted some Cabals differ over the fire and air signs. Some think swords are air and wands fire. I don’t.  Jung didn’t either. I follow Carl Jung on this.

Whole personalities according to Jung are born dominated by one out of four personality types. These types are four parts of a circle of wholeness that is a fully realized personality. Jung’s theory is that a person dominant in one type is usually lacking the most in the aspects of the type counter clockwise on the circle. A person’s suppressed or lacking aspects are the key to personality disorders. Realizing full consciousness, to be whole, is to realize a full balance of all four personality type consciousnesses on all ten sefirots or circle paths on the Tree of Life.

The 4 of Pentacles represents the material consciousness on this path. Here we face the energy most common to the sensate personality on this path. Here we find the energy of hanging on to what material fortune we have.  Those on this path who have abundance are over protective. This is the path of owning the best, but never taking it out, sharing it, or using it, for fear of losing it.  On a more positive note, in the case of someone who has lost all and has nothing, the 4 of Pentacles is the path of wise rebuilding and sound budgeting. This card reminds us that the Pentacles are 5 points of power unto themselves. Our head, hands and feet, reflect this power, but attempting to contain the power as the figure in the card is doing, holding down his head, completely dominating the left and right workings over his heart, and grounding it under our feet, separates us from the abundant all in the background. The power is only ours to reflect not control. Wholeness requires us to release our attachment to possessing material power..

In the 4 of Cups, the sole figure is young and unwilling to look up, and see the cup being offered by “that from which all things come.” The feeling personality on this 4th path succumbs to selfish wants, refusing to see that all that is needed is being provided. In fact if this figure would only look up he/she would see that all that is wanted actually is being provided, that he/she has probably forgotten that he or she asked for the cup that is being offered. All that we ask for is provided, all that we need is provided, just never at the time or in the way we expect. Wholeness requires us to recognize the now, recognize what is, and what is being offered, and know that it is exactly what we need and have asked for.  It is up to us to live as whole human beings; to be whole, and stop waiting for wholeness to happen to us.

The 4 of Swords represent deep meditation, Thinking personalities need to going inside oneself to find connection to all and in turn to find right thought. The figure in this card is in what the Yogi of the East would call corpse pose, Sav Asana. The three swords point down to the figure’s key chakras and the fourth sword runs parallel to the figure’s spine, energy core. In the stain glass window above we see a benevolent figure administering to a supplicant. Stain-glass is a signal to pay attention and get honest perception of the situation. Honest perception of what is going on inside your self.  Wholeness is found by looking within yourself for the solution to how to take care of others and one self.

 For the Intuitive personality’s experience we find the 4 of Wands. The figures in this image are celebrating abundance, harvest; thanksgiving. Two figures have stepped away from the celebration, their arms are raised in joy, they are exuberant, their body language beckons, and gives at the same time. They are moving out of their contained community to the canopy that dominates the foreground of the image. This canopy is a sukkhah, a symbolic Jewish tradition under which people celebrate a harvest. This tradition involves taking meals, sleeping and spending days living exposed, under this flimsy canopy, as a symbolic show of trust in God to protect us and provide for all our needs. Wholeness requires us to  become the bounty of life ourselves.To bring our riches to the world and trust in the power from which all things come to provide all that we will need to do so. 

Please note:

This reading is meant for the practice of Yoga of the West, a Tarot meditation designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious mind and the symbolism found in the cards.  People also consult the cards as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to http://bit.ly/9BiovO

Mary T. Ficalora, is the author of the award winning book, Choosing Honor: a philosophical treatise that applies the symbolism found on the Tree of Life to reveal an unpredictable tonic for what ails America. For more on Kabbalah and how it relates to the tonic prescribed in Choosing Honor go to http://bit.ly/f0VOAX

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“The Black Swan” author speaks truth about the Monetary policy

Two great interviews to see today.  Essential insights into monetary policy

 

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Everything You Create Is Sacred on the Tree of Life – GEBURAH – The 5th Path

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

The 5th path or sefirot on the tree of life, GEBURAH, forms a victorious action level of higher consciousness  in Kabbalah.  The consciousness found on GEBURAH’S path is the glorious intellectual awareness of our material interface with the spiritual.  This is the path represented by the 5 of each suit of the Tarot. Realization on this path has to be fought for, divined, contemplated and stolen if necessary.

GEBURAH

GEBURAH is the path used to define the 6th Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor.  6) What we create is sacred. The force of Creation is sacred. We interface with the creative force and thus have power to create. We are reflections of God, the Light, the force of Creation. What the Light creates is sacred. Everything we create is sacred too. This is a path on which we achieve wholeness by rising above self-denigration, grief, the agony and ecstasy of defeat, and imperfections that block us from joy.

In Tarot each suit represents a personality type. Your astrological sign determines your personality type.  Pentacles represent earth signs. Cups represent water signs. Swords represent fire signs. Wands represent air signs.  It should be noted some Cabals differ over the fire and air signs. Some think swords are air and wands fire. I don’t.  Jung didn’t either. I follow Carl Jung on this.

Whole personalities according to Jung are born dominated by one out of four personality types. These types are four parts of a circle of wholeness that is a fully realized personality. Jung’s theory is that a person dominant in one type is usually lacking the most in the aspects of the type counter clockwise on the circle. A person’s suppressed or lacking aspects are the key to personality disorders. Realizing full consciousness, to be whole, is to realize a full balance of all four personality type consciousnesses on all ten sefirots or circle paths on the Tree of Life.

The 5 of Pentacles, reflects the sensate personality dominate energy on this path. The image on this card at first glance appears to symbolize a cathedral, organized religion, as closed to the outcasts of society.  We see two disconnected figures, one wears a bell signifying the he is a leper. Both are threadbare and essentially shoeless walking in the snow, huddled and isolated from what is inside glowing through a stain-glass window. Stain-glass is a signal to pay attention and get honest perception of what is going on inside your self. You are the cathedral. You are the temple that houses the spirit of that from which all things come. What this card means, above all other insightful interpretations, is lack of self-worth. There is no reason these figures should not be inside. They may think they are not good enough, smart enough, rich enough, but they are deluded. This card signals being in the darkest place before realizing your personal dawn. One this path wholeness requires us to realize that we all house the Light and none of us is a leper, unfit for love. All of us have the power to realize, be embraced by, and reflect the creative power of the Light.

The 5 of Cups symbolizes the feeling personality’s dominant experience on this path. The sole figure is grieving. The feeling personality succumbs to grief here. Note: only three of the five cups are overturned. There is also a bridge in the background that leads across this river of pain to a manor. But it is not yet the time to turn and recognize the remaining cups and bridge. This figure neither male nor female is taking the time to grieve. Pain is overwhelming and we naturally run from it and shut if out of our minds, but more damage results if we do. Wholeness requires us to grieve fully when the grief is legitimate grief.

The 5 of Swords is an uncomfortable card to identify with. Thinking cards often are. Thinking personalities devise ingenious innovations, but often neglect to realize consequences ahead of time. There are three figures in the 5 of Swords card. The largest is almost vile in his gloating ecstasy of triumph over whatever situation has taken place. The smallest figure is suffering shame filled defeat, agony to the point that he cannot raise his face. The key to this card is in the third figure, the middle figure, the one who has slung his coat over his shoulder and is walking away as if he hasn’t a care in the world, or he has had enough of what has come to be.  He wants no part of either the ecstasy of triumph, or the agony of defeat. He is looking for something that doesn’t require winning or losing. This middle figure is moving towards the barrier that separates him from the water (feelings) and the lands across it, the All. This figure copes with and is prepared for consequences; regardless of who wins or loses. Wholeness requires us to realize our self-worth, our own path, regardless of consequences

 

The Intuitive personality’s experience on this difficult path is represented by the 5 of Wands. The figures in this image are working together, but not in harmony. There is tension, high emotions, restrained conflict and miscommunication at work on this path for the intuitive personality (wands). The figures cannot agree on a right or perfect alignment of the wands.  Note there is unity on the ground, but it is muddy, dark and barren. Each figure believes them self to be the one that knows what is right and not one is interested in accepting or working with another. Wholeness requires us to realize that imperfection just is, within ourselves and in others, and not until we accept imperfection can we open the door to joy and harmonic creativity in our work and existence with others.

Please note:

This reading is meant for the practice of Yoga of the West, a Tarot meditation designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious mind and the symbolism found in the cards.  People also consult the cards as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to http://bit.ly/9BiovO

Mary T. Ficalora, is the author of the award winning book, Choosing Honor: a philosophical treatise that applies the symbolism found on the Tree of Life to reveal an unpredictable tonic for what ails America. For more on Kabbalah and how it relates to the tonic prescribed in Choosing Honor go to http://bit.ly/f0VOAX

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Messianic Consciousness on the Tree of Life – TIPHARETH – the 6th Path

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

The 6th path or sefirot on the tree of life, TIPHARETH, This path is known as the  Messiah path. In the East it would be called the Bodhisattva consciousness.. The 6th path, works with Christ as analogy, it is the place of experiencing the crown of thorns, the compassion for the stench of the leper colony, the rage of righteousness, and the loneliness of Gethsemane. Note the placement of this path on the Tree of Life; it is the center of our collective being.

TIPHARETH

TIPHARETH is the path used to define the 5th Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor.  5) Change is constant.  Ascendance requires non-attachment. In the workings of the Light change is a constant. The important art of life is not to stand in the way of change and right things happening.

In Tarot each suit represents a personality type. Your astrological sign determines your personality type.  Pentacles represent earth signs. Cups represent water signs. Swords represent fire signs. Wands represent air signs.  It should be noted some Cabals differ over the fire and air signs. Some think swords are air and wands fire. I don’t.  Jung didn’t either. I follow Carl Jung on this.

Whole personalities according to Jung are born dominated by one personality type. These types are four parts of a circle of wholeness that is a fully realized personality. Jung’s theory is that a person dominant in one type is usually lacking the most in the aspects of the type counter clockwise on the circle. A person’s suppressed or lacking aspects are the key to personality disorders. Realizing full consciousness, to be whole, is to realize a full balance of all four personality type consciousnesses on all ten sefirots or circle paths on the Tree of Life.

The 6 of Pentacles represents the sensate personality balancing all for all. The figure in this card is giving money with his right hand and holding a scale in his left. Notice his right hand is in symbolic benediction. The money is spiritual giving. The scale is in the left hand, the hand of intuitive knowing. Measured knowing. This is about insightful giving.  Giving too much can be just as damaging as not giving when it is desperately needed. The supplicant who is not receiving has a bright red (power) something in his pocket. There is hard boundary line in the background these figures are outside the bounty of the rest of the world. Wholeness requires fully integrating all with balanced fairness into the bounty of both the spiritual and material world.

The Feeling personality type in the 6 of Cups realizes taking responsibility for self. Contrary to the first impression of tranquility given by this charming card, this path has to transcend righteous indignation. The key to this understanding is in the left side of the picture. An adult wielding a sword is walking away on a stone path. A path marked by the diagonal cross of the martyred Saint Andrew. These blissfully ignorant children have had all of their needs met, and they are about to discover what it is to have to fend for themselves. This is a card of betrayal, right betrayal.  The children have read head coverings, they have the power. The young girl has red shoes; she has the rooted strength. But, this all-trusting young girl’s left hand is gloved in white, innocence, untested pure knowing. Feeling personalities have to discover that they can take responsibility for self. Wholeness requires the awareness that others are not responsible for your well being, you are.

The 6 of Swords represents the Thinking personalities perseverance. The consciousness here  can be summed up in the saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get tougher.” The figures are in a boat, the boat’s captain is left hand up; he knows, and right hand down, doing the work; bringing about the change. Wholeness requires that we move through or across the troubled waters (note the ripples in the foreground) with determination and strength of will, even if we have to carry everyone who depends on us as we do it.  We do it with or without help.

 

The 6 of Wands, the Intuitive personality on this path is moving forward with or without support. On the card we see a figure rides a horse triumphantly, wearing a laurel on his head.  The wand is in the rider’s right hand wields a funeral wreath. This figure has allowed his ego to die to gain this victory. Note the faces of his supporters; they are not happy. Betrayal, discontent is evident.  The figure rides a horse, the symbol for moving forward. But, there is something wrong with the way the horse is dressed. The drape is too full. The horse’s head could be a puppet or prop. In this case the way forward is staged. The figure holds the horses reins in his left hand, he knows, it is his staging. Wholeness requires the death of ego and planned action that moves forward in spite of what supporters might think.

Please note:

This reading is meant for the practice of Yoga of the West, a Tarot meditation designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious mind and the symbolism found in the cards.  People also consult the cards as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to http://bit.ly/9BiovO

Mary T. Ficalora, is the author of the award winning book, Choosing Honor: a philosophical treatise that applies the symbolism found on the Tree of Life to reveal an unpredictable tonic for what ails America. For more on Kabbalah and how it relates to the tonic prescribed in Choosing Honor go to http://bit.ly/f0VOAX

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Taking Conscious Action on the Tree of Life – NETZACH – the 7th Path

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

The 7th path or sefirot on the tree of life, NETZACH, forms a victorious action level of higher consciousness  in Kabbalah.  The consciousness found on NETZACH’S path is the glorious intellectual awareness of our material interface with the spiritual.  This is the path represented by the 7 of each suit of the Tarot. Realization on this path has to be fought for, divined, contemplated and stolen if necessary.

NETZACH

NETZACH is the path used to define the 4th Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor.  4) We all have a purpose.  Being one with the Light is to further the work of Creation. We must find our purpose, the work we seem born to do. Such work maintains the balance of the Light because we become one with the force of Creation.

In Tarot each suit represents a personality type. Your personality type is determined by your astrological sign.  Pentacles represent earth signs. Cups represent water signs. Swords represent fire signs. Wands represent air signs.  It should be noted some Cabals differ over the fire and air signs. Some think swords are air and wands fire. I don’t.  Jung didn’t either. I follow Carl Jung on this.

Whole personalities according to Jung are born dominated by one personality type. These types are four parts of a circle of wholeness that is a fully realized personality. Jung’s theory is that a person dominant in one type is usually lacking the most in the aspects of the type counter clockwise on the circle. A person’s suppressed or lacking aspects are the key to personality disorders. Realizing full consciousness, to be whole, is to realize a full balance of all four personality type consciousnesses on all ten sefirots or circle paths on the Tree of Life.

The Sensate personality on this 7th path is represented by the 7 of Pentacles. The key to wholeness for the sensate, on this path is to realize work well done. Note the figure on the card is not satisfied. This successful person has yet to find “what he/she is looking for.”  Wholeness for the sensate personality on the 7th path requires self-contemplation, inner mindfulness.

The Feeling personality type is represented by the 7 of Cups. The 7 of Cups represents getting one’s head out of the clouds. The figure on the card is in shadow, his/her right hand is fear filled, flailing confused, and his/her head is in the clouds.  All the choices and possibilities offered in the cups are overwhelming to the feeling personality on this path. Wholeness requires grounded rational perception of what is in the now.

The Thinking personality type is absconding with all the necessary insights to master consciousness. The 7 of Swords reveal a figure gleefully absconding with the bulk of the swords. This is the one card on the 7th path that shows a figure blocked from all in the background. The thinking personality on this path will maneuver, steal and manipulate to get what he/she needs or wants.  Wholeness requires the thinking personality to consider the consequences his/her actions will have on the All.

Wands bring us to the Intuitive personality The 7 of Wands represents fighting for what you believe in. The figure in this card stands on a rise wielding a wand above the other wands, right hand up, ready to use force if necessary. The wearing of one boot and one shoe further emphasizes the individuality of this figure. This person does not care about being different. Wholeness for the intuitive on the 7th path requires the willingness to fight for right purpose.

Please note:

This reading is meant for the practice of Yoga of the West, a Tarot meditation designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious mind and the symbolism found in the cards.  People also consult the cards as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to http://bit.ly/9BiovO

Mary T. Ficalora, is the author of the award winning book, Choosing Honor: a philosophical treatise that applies the symbolism found on the Tree of Life to reveal an unpredictable tonic for what ails America. For more on Kabbalah and how it relates to the tonic prescribed in Choosing Honor go to http://bit.ly/f0VOAX

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