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Tarot Decans & Planetary places

THE JUNE SOLSTICE, ECLIPSE & NODES OF FATE  JUNE 21, 2020

This post shows how the current planetary placements are located in various Decans. Astrological Decans are the 10 degree sections of each of the Zodiacal (30 degree) Signs. These are interpreted by definitions of the Tarot Minor cards (2 – 10). Use your Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck to lay out the present positions of the planets onto a zodiacal wheel and ‘read’ the AstroWeather forecast!

These are the current correlations for this Historic Solstice and Eclipse 0* Cancer starting point from Sunday’s Annular “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse. This is our new beginning;

“War is over, if you want it” reminds us that the war of daily struggle for survival can be upgraded now. The work of equality and JUSTICE is in the zeitgeist and will, eventually, prevail.

MOON & SUN @ 5 WATER – The zero point of Cancer reflects the 5 of Cups Tarot. This is a major reset point from which the next cycle of 26,000 years begins. This huge turning point is shown as one with many regrets, the image of a person pining for 3 of their 5 cups, that are spilled on the ground. While shown on the opposite shore of their home, we see a bridge to cross before safe space is found. Collectively, we mourn for the way things are, which is not congruent with American ‘ideals’. There is a home for all, but we must cross that bridge, together.

When we awaken to the reality of the present moment, we may be depressed that the state of JUSTICE is still not resolved, and yes, much effort is still needed to move into a peaceful state. Seclusion, delays and setbacks are part of our current situation, but it gives us time to do inner work of discovering what it is we really want to accomplish, and HOW we want to go about creating an equitable world for ALL. We may feel tired, sad or troubled with anxiety, but we can learn valuable lessons from this introspective time. Our regrets paint the way toward a future with fewer regrets, if we are courageous enough to travel that path! Good luck is brought to those repairing and replacing damaged ways of living. So onward, with momentum!

NORTH NODE – @ 8 AIR the Dragon’s Head points the way toward our goals. In this case, it has recently moved into the 0* degree point of Gemini, which is reflected in the 8 of AIR Tarot card. The 8 of Air signifies a period of releasing the blindfolds that keep us from seeing the TRUTH. When we are surrounded by many ideas, signified by 8 swords forming a barrier around a blindfolded one, the truth may be hard to discern. Our mission, should we decide to accept it, and I hope you will, is to step out of our slumber, cut the ties that bind us to the old ways of living, and tear off our blindfolds, so that we can awaken to a new day dawning!

VENUS @ 8 AIR- The alchemy of truthfulness will begin the process of healing. The purity of Venus cycles starting here is seen in the movement of her five pointed cycle and the magical tune of hummingbirds’ flitting wings tells us to ‘fine tune our ears’ to hidden messages that may come through our subconscious mind. Don’t be afraid to hear new ideas. You must not always believe everything you think! Give yourself time to adjust to new realities and strive toward the heights.

MERCURY @ 3 WATER; indicates a period of joyfulness, bound via the camaraderie of hard times survived. The dilemma we faced has had much quicker results than we had even hoped for, and many changes have been made, for the improvement of society. Keep up the good fight. Walk peacefully & proud! Mercury will soon move from this spot, and regain it’s commonly bumpy road, so cherish synergy now. The power of peaceful, collective voices will continue to sound amidst the background of cacophony for at least 6 months. Carry on.

MARS @ 4 FIRE – shows us that we are in a place of slowing passions. It is time to wait on wisdom to guide us. Take this time to rest and regroup, process recent events and commit to future action. Hold off making judgements, sleep on important decisions and consider all of your many options at this time. Keep your fire of passion alive with embers that will flame the new causes that will come; Justice. Peace. Renewal.

JUPITER & PLUTO in the last decan of Capricorn, and SATURN Rx headed back to join them, indicates the 4 of Earth, another period of slowdown regarding financial concerns. Unexpected business transactions may bring about sales of unforeseen items, possibly bankruptcy of brick and mortar operations, cancelled or postponed travel, and trying to create “safe” places to invest. Forming new ways to exchange energetic transactions, such as bartering, may become more common. Surprising disclosures come to light by long-held traditional forms crumbling under revealed truths. Facing death and creating new directions regarding business process’. The re-birthing process has begun. BREATHE! and PUSH. We can’t avoid the inevitable outcome. Do your best to visualize a new Earth, a new way of living.

URANUS @ 5 EARTH – brings challenges and fluctuations in the physical realm. A 5 card reminds us to take stock of our resources and hold faith throughout change. Materially poor or ill people find themselves navigating the sudden dire straits as a crisis unfolds. Their hope is to find sanctuary in religious shelters or charitable foundations. So give timely aid to those now, who would otherwise fall through the social ‘safety net’. We are all one human family. We each deserve freedom from fear. Love one another. Strive to DO GOOD.

SOUTH NODE @ 8 FIRE – indicates the place where we, as a collective, are coming from. The positive change of minds, engendered by the heart, propel us from a place where we desire a speedy change~ to take deliberate steps toward a sustainable, deeper and lasting philosophy. People are scrambling to find new ways to eek out income because usual ways of managing income are not working. All around, there are opportunities to connect with networks that may foster a sense of community through service. Things seem unsettled now, but are heading toward eventual success. Be patient. Keep the faith. When we work together, we all win.~

 

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Homeschooling is not School at Home!

We Homeschooled for 8 years. It was a wonderful family experience that I hope many families, will try to implement, now that they’ve had a sampling of mandatory school-at-home due to the Corona19 virus pandemic stay-at-home orders.

TIP #1: HOMESCHOOLING IS NOT SCHOOL AT HOME

Our goal of ‘Homeschooling’ was to teach our children HOW TO LEARN~ How to embody virtues, and to live full, enriched lives. Homeschooling became a way of life that empowered our children to employ their curiosity, perseverance and knowledge toward a self-directed definition of personal success.

LEARNING STYLES

There are various methods of encouraging your kids to learn away from a school environment. The premise of ‘Multiple Intelligences’ by Howard Gardner is that each person has a mix of ways in which various personalities naturally learn.  They are Linguistic, Logical-Mathematatic, Musical, Kinesthetic, Spatial, Interpersonal and Interpersonal and Naturalistic learning.

Matching the senses to learning styles of Visual/Spatial, Verbal/Auditory, Reading/Writing, Physical/Kinetic and Embodiment via play-acting. All senses should be engaged with learning so that information registers, is retained and can be recalled.

I used individualized teaching methods for each of my kids, because I had insight into each of their motivations, preferences, and native abilities. The added benefit of homeschooling is that you, as a parent, will know (or will learn) what strategies work best with each of your children.

UMBRELLA SCHOOLS & REGISTERING IN YOUR STATE/CITY EDUCATIONAL DISTRICT

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 US States but you must register your children at their local school district prior to each school year so they are not counted as truant. You must pick up their forms that list the state’s requirements and fill in an end-of-year report that the requirements were met. Alternatively, parents can inform the school district which ‘umbrella school’ you are registering with in lieu of giving these reports to the school district and give them to the umbrella school.

SCHOOL AT HOME: One popular choice of schooling is to use the materials packaged by your school district. They usually supply a computer and have teachers who grade students work and confer with parents. To me, this was way too stressful! This is why the great joke about current situation of parents and kids both being exasperated with Homeschooling exists today!! :O

Teachers work ‘in loco parentis’ which is Latin for “in place of parents”. This is the original concept that allows parents to work outside the home and the state to take responsibility for educating youth, however, it regiments creativity into one-size-fits-all boxes and, imho, creates lazy and bored students. When parents have the luxury of matching learning options to individual children, the results are magical! When there are no imposed age restrictions in place, older kids play with and assist younger ones and generations happily mix and learn from each other. This is the great FREEDOM inherent in learning at home; It is a lifestyle that liberates the mind & spirit!

UNSCHOOLING: It’s a fairly radical idea to entertain and is legal in all 50 US States (and territories). People learn all the time, if encouraged and given direction via a question. Some of our friends enrolled their children into an “Umbrella School” that took responsibility for organizing the learning opportunities that children participated in over the year and created documents from the year-end reports that parents turned in. This was the least stressful way that allowed children’s youthful inquisitiveness to direct the learning process. Eventually, all the kids learned to read, write, calculate maths, play instruments, present dramatic entertainment, raise money for charity and become well-adjusted, kind and respectful people. It seemed a bit disorganized for me, but worked wonders when the children were naturally inquisitive and parents were confident that their kids would work things out on their own, or ask for help.

CHILD-LED LEARNING: Another, rather ‘open’ model of Homeschooling, is child-led learning, that is outlined by the State requirements but is left open to parents to co-create with their children and is used mostly in primary grades. Curriculum and educational materials can be purchased whenever the student is ready for a new subject. This one-at-a-time subject method works well if parents are committed to homeschooling over a number of years but can leave gaps in material covered if the parents decided they couldn’t continue with the 1:1 face time. I found it more expensive and decided to write my own curriculum. (Not as hard as it sounds!)

DIY CURRICULUM: Our studies were based on Sequential History, specifically, the History of ‘Western Civilization’ and later ‘Non-Western Civilization’ that integrated science, math, inventions, literature, art, music, culture and civics into each time-period of History. Our education range was from preK-middle school and middle school-high school.

HOURS:

This is probably the biggest stumbling block for many people. They don’t believe they can afford to homeschool or have the skills. Juggling teaching hours with work, or work-at-home can be tricky. Parents can work from home or trade schedules teaching and working with a spouse. Older kids can be educated by a single parent if they are convinced that it’s in their own best interest to do well and be responsible for themselves. In the era of school shootings, unworkable IEPs, and bullying, it was our choice to keep our kids safe and learn from home.

We lived below our means and had a very tight budget. I taught most of the hours but had help in the evenings and weekends with math, science and music. Local vocational schools, bookstores, homeschool networks and outreach programs offered field trips and enrichment opportunities.

I believe anyone can teach. Supplement what you know with what you learn while researching your subject. You only need to stay a week ahead of the kids to be able to ask pertinent questions. Your life experience counts for a lot! It keeps you on your toes and you’ll be surprised at how much fun it is to learn alongside your kids. Look things up together. Enjoy the adventure!

In a few hours a day, I spent the months of July and August researching materials and making reading lists from our local library. I’d outline a topic, research and learn more about each epoch in history, pencil in major events, and create a ‘Teacher’s Guide’ of the required subjects into outline form. Then I’d ‘integrate’ that information into activities and supplemental reading lists. This took a few weeks of research and plotting onto Week at a Glance “Teacher Guide” notebook for each student. ~This was BEFORE the age of online resources. I think the prep time today could be greatly reduced. There may even be software available for teacher planning!

We would cover ‘book learning’ in the morning between 9am and noon. The kids would wash up and set table for lunch and clean up after. Then they’d read historic fiction for an hour or two after lunch while I prepared hands-on activities for the afternoon, including chores. Once a week, we’d take the afternoon off to meet with other homeschoolers for outdoor games and social time. There, parents would brainstorm ideas and discuss strategies while kids would play. We kept our own schedule for field-trips to museums and cultural events that we’d attend as a family or a small group. Evenings were spent doing projects that pertained to some aspect of the overall theme or family game nights and educational movies. As the kids grew, they became more responsible for reading selection and had more time for individual study with a weekly review of their projects.

WHAT WE STUDIED: History based Social Studies

The first year of in-home learning we studied 9 week segments entitled, Egypt, Greece and Rome. We studied  the geography, climate, history, food, lifestyles and literature of each of these cultures. We studied the indigenous flora, fauna, and foods of each of these regions. We learned about and either drew, built models or presented read-aloud papers on scientific discoveries, biographies and short stories. ~ie. The kids really enjoyed cooking favorite foods of Alexander the Great, wearing togas and building catapults with a group of homeschoolers. It was great to wake up with an enthusiastic curiosity of what each day would bring!~

We studied Non-Western Civilizations for a year, although information on Russia or China was limited. We focused on the countries within Africa, India, the Middle and Far East in the same way that we did European History. We studied famous leaders and people of influence, ate more interesting foods and spent time listening to indigenous music, dress and customs, writing papers and doing creative presentations.

HOMESCHOOLING CAN BE TRAVEL

We were very lucky to be able take 3 months traveling the US in an RV while we studied US History, while my husband took a university lecture tour. That time we spent visiting State and National Parks and 32 State capitols. Speaking to locals and eating regional food, studying the State birds, trees and State historic sites topped our educational highlights. It took years to pay off that bill, but it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. (We didn’t take other out of state vacations during our homeschool days.) TRAVEL IS A GREAT EYE OPENER & EDUCATION!

HOMESCHOOL TIPS & SECRETS

~The secret for successful HOMESCHOOLING is to have fun with it! Ask questions and don’t be afraid to question authorities. Dig into author’s perspectives and world paradigms. Discover for yourselves what is important for your children to learn. Encourage growth and changing of interpretations as your kids mature. Require honesty and responsibility.

To avoid boredom, I presented material that was at least 2-3 grades higher level than the public school used, with moderate expectations. More often than not, my kids rose to the level of the material and went off in their own directions of SELF EDUCATING. You see, when kids figure out HOW TO LEARN, they are set up for life!

For example, in 6th grade, my son was reading Socrates, Plato and Aristotle…because he was curious about philosophy and began teaching himself Trigonometry two years later. When there are no set boundaries placed on learning, anyone can become a life-long learner and exceed expectations!

RESOURCES

Books like ‘The Well Educated Child’ give material lists to follow using ‘Great Books’ and Children’s Literature. I used some of their material and crafted it to suit my children’s learning styles. I also incorporated Catholic school curriculum as it seemed the most rigorous material, and off-set it’s doctrine based rhetoric with US History books by two other publishers. We would read these three accounts of the same material and hold discussions as to the viewpoint of the authors. The fact that “History is written by the Winners” was made obvious, and we were able to understand a more inclusive perspective of what actually may have happened. This was our version of ‘debate’ class.

Used Book Sales are great places to discover well-loved ‘hand-me-down’ texts like Saxon math, Rosetta Stone language sets, and educational games. Local homeschool groups hold one or two sales every year so these purchases are actually more like ‘rentals’ of material. This makes it affordable.

Book Fairs– I especially liked the DK trunk shows, where they sold books and family games. These were held on an irregular basis, so I would stock up on material I felt was going to be useful. Many of these books I still have and refer to on occasion.

A BASIC READING LIST FOR EDUCATORS:

‘Multiple Intelligences’ by Howard Gardner.

‘The Well-Trained Mind’ by Jessie Wise & Susan Wise Bauer (many educational books/series)

The Great Books – world class literature and curriculum

‘A Timeline of World History’ by E.L. Mellersh (Excellent resource to understand History)

Reference; Books like ‘London; A Cultural History’ by Richard Tames.

Historic Fiction; ‘Sarum’ by Edward Rutherford, a novel of London through eras.

‘From Sea To Shining Sea’ series by James Alexander Thom – US History

DK books for children – wonderfully illustrated themed books on sciences and the arts

…and SO many more! Once you get started, let your imagination run wild~

Best wishes on this new lifestyle adventure!

~K

 

 

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HOME SCHOOLING made Easy!

    The Corona virus pandemic has wreaked havoc on American families in many ways, including education of children. This may not be the tragedy that many parents see it as. Personally, I think it may be an eye-opener to what teachers deal with everyday and may even be a better setup to have kids at home than what is currently being prescribed by new administration of the Education department, but I digress.

    I recently read a post from a friend of mine who is struggling with the amount of homework that’s being assigned to her/her son from her middle school’s 7 teachers. She is overwhelmed with the time it takes to watch videos, answer quiz questions, read, do homework for each class each day. It’s creating a ton of stress that is truly, not necessary!

    I, myself, was tired of going to PTA meetings, many moons ago, and I was fed up trying to continue the ongoing struggle that was the IEP my older son had been given. I realized that the admonition to “Try harder to…be organized, i.e.” was not going to help him succeed at anything they had laid out for him. The education he received was definitely NOT serving him and the social pressure to conform was creating a very negative situation for us all.

    We researched homeschooling and withdrew from the system and began a wonderful FAMILY adventure. We homeschooled our two sons for 8 years, very successfully, without the stress, competition and social labels that the public school system unwittingly creates.

    Our family enjoyed and had a great appreciation for our kids’ childhood. Our sons graduated with Political Science and Chemical Engineering degrees and are now happy in creating the futures that suit their personalities. How did we do it?

    Here are some TIPS to successful homeschooling:

    1. Teach your kids chores and life-skills so you have time to research how you will become a better teacher. Dishwashers can be loaded and unloaded, setting the table and cooking, doing laundry, yard work, auto maintenance and repairs around the house can be taught and passed down by eldest to younger kids too, leaving you time to read and power nap.

    2. Understand what each of your children need in order to learn. Read “How Children Learn” by John Holt, “Multiple Intelligences” by Howard Gardner and the like. “The Well-Trained Mind” by Susan Wise Bauer & Jessie Wise offers classic children’s literature as a basis of education.

    a. Then consider which learning style suits each of your kids. Provide time slots for each of your kids to have 1:1 time with you during the day and while getting them into bed. It teaches them self-worth, which is the most valuable lesson to learn in life.

    3. Read “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman and discover how your kid relates to you and what s/he needs from you. This also works wonders with spouses and significant others!

    4. Consider what subjects they are drawn to and provide various methods of learning to those interests. An interest-led student is going to have lots of motivation to learn that s/he can apply to other, required, subjects. Take your kids on field trips, museums, talk with neighbors, network with other home schoolers, church groups and interest based groups. Be creative in social distancing and continuing safe health precautions.

    5. Continue to offer opportunities to hands-on trials of subjects that aren’t interested in; local outlets like YMCA provide instruction in arts, crafts and sports. (They may have equipment swaps when kids outgrow their gear.) The Dumb Friends League has opportunities to learn how to care for animals. Historical museums teach about self-sustainability and old-time crafts that can be carried on today. Arbor Day activities provide a chance to learn about local trees and how the climate can be cared for. Children’s Day at the State Capitol will provide a demonstration of Democracy and encourage a voice for the young and voiceless.

    6. Take time to deprogram yourselves as a family from thinking that the mass-education model is the only one that works. We spent most of the first year, distressing our older son by allowing time for bird-watching and nature hikes. This allowed us all to appreciate the natural world without stress about ‘productivity’. It also allows us each to find a stillness and balance within that is the beginning point to living. In my experience, families that homeschooled had kids that were greatly more self-sufficient, self-motivated and comfortable in their own self-expression.

    7. Homeschooling is LEGAL in all 50 States! Learn the educational requirements for your state; the local school district office may also provide you with alternative systems. Check to see if there are any ‘Umbrella Schools’ that you can register under; they will provide you with more information and options, such as ‘Unschooling’ or ‘Pre-packaged curriculum’ that you can purchase or subscribe to. (The problem with the latter, however, is that is the baseline that many public schools are currently using following the pandemic that is causing so much overwhelm today.)

    Most importantly, Here’s a Secret for CONFIDENT HOMESCHOOLING; You know your kids better than any teacher. You are already their guidance counselor and cheerleader. So, read up on Learning Styles*, watch for natural waking and productivity cycles that your children (as individuals) have, and tailor what you want your kids to know based on your values and what you intuit may skills and capabilities be most valuable to your individual children in the future.

    YOU CAN DO THIS!

    **The Secret we discovered is to use an INTEGRATED APPROACH TO LEARNING!** When all the subjects are applied to the year-long ‘Theme”, learning becomes fun and natural. History was written in a continuous thread with repeating themes. Why not learn to learn from history in the way it was lived???

    I’ll write more on the subject in following days… ~K

     

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    Beth – Your Body is a Temple

     

    Bet, or Beth, is the second letter of the Hebrew “Alpha – Bet”! Bet means home, or temple, and you may have seen the word Beth as part of a name of Jewish temples. (ie. Beth Isreal) Some times the letter includes a dot within the center of the shape. My mnemonic device is to think of it as a person within a three-walled house.

    I heard early on in my Catechism class, ‘Your body is the temple of the Lord’. (1 Corinthians 6:19) Of course, then I was suspicious that this was only indoctrination for a young virgin to avoid sex outside of marriage. Later on, however, I realized that this teaching is a way to introduce the idea that SPIRITUALITY is realized in the physical world~ through our bodies.

    WE ARE SPIRIT of divine energy embodied! That Holy Spirit lives in and animates our life.

    When studying metaphysics, it’s important to learn how the physical world interfaces with the Spiritual before moving onto higher, more esoteric information. We have to learn how to walk before we can run. So when we begin to understand this interface, and embody that knowledge, it allows us to investigate the higher realms with more confidence.

    This means that it’s important to clean up your act, and clean your temple, by eating with the intention to support the health of your body, to exercise, and to allow only positive energies into your body. Become MINDFUL to forbid energies that don’t serve your HIGHER GOOD; Listen to music that soothes your soul and allow only *positive input* into your psychic system.

    If you get tense or stressed out by the outside world, learn to ground and return to a calm center using breathing exercises and by shaking off negativity, literally!

    Exercise: Begin by looking around and confirming that you are in a safe space. Say aloud, “I am safe.” Then take a few deep, slow breaths and exhale thoroughly. Begin a rhythmic breathing pattern; Breathe in on a count of 4, gently stop and hold your breath for a count of 4, and then exhale to a count of 8. Repeat this until your heart rate calms. Take an internal check that your tension level has been reduced.

    Then shake it off! Animals that have been stressed do this and it makes sense that we can also release tension in the same way! Shake your hands, arms and shoulders at your sides, then bend your knees and shake your hips and legs too. Do this while visualizing negativity falling off your body. You can even ‘wipe’ it off of yourself and shake your hands of negativity.

    When you feel you’re finished, take an internal check-in with your body and LISTEN to what it ‘tells’ you. It will probably be something like, ‘ahh that’s better’ and ‘Thank you!’. It’s important to listen to your BODY so you can catch illness before it sets in. Pre-emptive action, like hydrating, eating or resting are important in keeping your Temple running smoothly!

    [Never be too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. HALT and take self-care actions.]

    Didja know that your body is surrounded by a protective alert system called the ‘AURA’?? The aura is an energy field that surrounds the outside of your physical body and has been shown through Kirlian photography. This ‘electrical coronal discharge’ energy has been recognized by mystics for a millennia or longer. Most people today have heard of this energy. You can learn to ‘see’ it, too. Here is an exercise to help you learn to see this energy.

    Exercise: If you’ve ever seen the effect of looking down a long country road at midday in the summer heat, you’ll know that there’s a visual effect of rising waves of heat that rises above the road. The energy that surrounds all living things is similar to this heat pattern. So think of the heat that rises off a hot road in the summer.

    Now, hold your hands out in front of you, relax your eyes and soften your gaze. Look gently around your hands, focusing on your fingertips and between your fingers. Slowly move your fingers and watch for the clear energy that trails behind the movement of your fingers. That clear space that is a quarter to half-inch width that surrounds your hands is part of your aura.

    Try it with a friend. Have a friend stand in front of a white or light solid-colored wall. Ask them to think of something that makes them happy. Relax your eyes and soften your gaze as you look just above their head and shoulders. You may see a clear ‘halo’ that seems to encase their body. As their emotions grow happier, the width of this aura may also fluctuate. It may be tinged with colors that softly swirl within it.

    Practice this ‘looking’ exercise on anything that’s alive, including your pets and plants. Everything ALIVE has an aura! You can BET on it!~

    #Bet #Aura #Energy #StressRelief #EsotericKnowledge #SelfCare #Relax #Exercises #Spirituality #Metaphysics #PracticalMetaphysics #Hebrew #Muse-ings #PersonalGrowth

     

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    Aleph – the silent letter

    #Hebrew #Spirituality #Kabbalah #Aleph #Language #PersonalGrowth #Peace #Creation

    #Words #ReformJudiasm #CoCreation #G-d #Creativity #DailySpiritualPractices

    Did you know that the original letters of the English ‘Alpha-Bet’ come from the Hebrew letters “Aleph” and “Beth”? Each of the letters are considered sacred and have many meanings and numerical equivalents. This alphabet is the basis for many written languages and great care has been taken to keep the proper brush strokes that create the Hebrew letters exactly over these many centuries!

    As more people learned to read and write, the sacred mysteries continued to be passed down orally from Master to Student privately. These students had to have been adult men, over 40, who were married property owners. These requirements maintained that the secrets remained safe and unaltered, by wise elders, in order to help generations understand the codes of creation, the function of society, spirituality, and each persons place in the world.

    Think of it! This is a secret code, hidden in plain sight, and used daily without awareness by most people, actually as hidden entendres to those who can understand them! 😉 It is exciting to learn that these secrets can be easily applied to your life~ for more ease, understanding and eventually, to gain the wisdom to be able to create a life of your highest aspirations~

    Because NOW the wisdom of the Kabbalah, the Hebrew mystery tradition that originated with the pre-Judiac people long ago, can be shared with everyone! Are you ready to learn more??

    ~Each of the 22 Hebrew letters have esoteric qualities embedded into them. I will explain some of the basic meanings that I use in my metaphysical work with you over the next few months. I will also share some ideas about how you can become more familiar with the power of these spoken letters. Here we go!~

    ALEPH is the first of the Hebrew letters.

    Aleph – the first, yet unspoken, Hebrew letter tells a story of the creation through the word.

    Aleph, when pronounced slowly, consists of the intake of breath and it’s exhalation, ‘ah’.

    The tongue touching the front teeth, becomes the second part of this letter, ‘el’.

    And the breath exiting the mouth as the sound ‘f’ is created with the lips against the teeth.

    A           L          F

    There is no need to add the vocal cords to this word. It symbolizes the exhalation of breath with an unspoken thought. This ‘ideation’ was the first step in the creation process.

    The movement of AIR from the lungs to the center of the mouth, the roof of the mouth and the front of the mouth, demonstrates the process of sending an idea from within to the world without. This parallels the maxim, “As above, so below. As within, so without”.

    Each time you speak, your Ideas, as sparks of thought, come from within your mind and will. When these thoughts are put into Good Orderly Direction, you are using your innate talent as a co-creator with G-d.

    *Choose your thoughts and words carefully, because the vibration of the sound of words uttered, creates a frequency force upon the matrix of the web of life. What you think upon, you create, because as attention goes, so energy flows. Words act like boomerangs, they return to us wether we want them to or not!

    *Consider this- What do you spend your time doing throughout the day? Hygiene, is taking care of the temple that is your body. Preparing food is similar maintenance of the vehicle you live in. Cleaning and maintaining your body, your home and your workplace are all basic upkeep that allows your body-mind-spirit SELF to function with greater ease. They are good practices. Being PRESENT in the current moment allows you to accomplish more with less effort.

    *Do you walk mindfully throughout the day? As you grow older, it becomes more obvious that you need to pay more attention to your movements in the world. Walking can become a meditation that balances the right and left hemispheres in the brain.

    *How do you spend your free time? Things you think about are what you worship. Some people worship football, others worship baking, and yet others their pets, their children, their spouse. The things you focus attention upon, are what you worship. What do you worship?

    *Do you select entertainment to increase your wisdom and understanding of the world or to KILL TIME? Most tv shows are based in dictated “popular culture” and are based in violence and drama? Why? Because adrenaline sells.

    Whatever you take into your psyche becomes part of your SELF. At my home we live by the maxim that ‘Violence is not entertainment!’. Of course, this limits what we watch and participate in, but it adds a sense of peace and calm as our home is an oasis from the frenetic energy of the outside world. There are lots of great shows on Science & the Arts, Music, Song, Dance and romantic comedies have no violence, you just have to be selective in finding them.

    *The letter ALEPH, reminds us to engage in practices that bring joy, amusement and awe. AHHH, the sound of Aleph is a helpful way to remind yourself of what you are grateful for in your life. Gratitude adds a lot to the quality of life, so practice it often. Namaste’ ~K

     

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    Hermoine meets Hermeticism IRL

    It’s a Hermitic scholars life!

    Hello New Subscribers!

    ~Just a note to let you know that I’m currently working on the artwork and notebooks that will accompany my “9 KEYS TAROT’. This is more than just another slant on a Tarot deck. It is a teaching deck of tarot cards that employ 9 esoteric systems!

    As a Metaphysical student, scholar of 40 years and teacher for over 20 years, I employ all I’ve learned into a condensed presentation, so that you can learn at your own pace, through various learning styles, at home, using my 9 Keys Tarot deck and various PDF workbooks.

    The 9 KEYS TAROT is based in the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, using recognizable features from this primary deck. It includes Kabbalah as taught in the Reform Judaism tradition, including meaning of Hebraic Letters, Spiritual Astrology, Runes, Numerology and Sacred Geometry, Totem Animals, and many hidden meanings in the artwork and color choices.

    I hope to present a series on Hebrew Letters starting soon…so stay tuned! #Happy2020

    #2020 Let’s hold space for each other as we walk each other home! #WeCanDoThis

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    HERMETIC LAWS

    12 UNIVERSAL LAWS – original Hermetic laws given by Hermes Thrice Blessed

    1. Law of Divine Oneness; We are all made of the same star stuff. We are One. The Cosmic Consciousness pervades all things, including each of us.

    2. Law of Vibration; Everything in the Universe moves, vibrates and travels in circular patterns. The same principles of vibration apply to our thoughts, feelings, desires and wills in the Etheric world. Each sound, thing and thought has its own vibrational frequency unique unto itself. All is made of Energy that vibrates at various frequencies; High vibrations attract love and goodness.

    3. Law of Action; Action is needed to Manifest in the material world. Therefore, we must engage thoughts, dreams, emotions and words that support acts of the highest good.

    4. Law of Correspondence; As Above, So Below; Laws of physics that explain our physical world; energy, light, vibration and motion, have their corresponding principles in the etheric realm. Everything in the skies is reflected upon the Earth. Your beliefs show up in your outer World. Thoughts become things.

    5. Law of Cause & Effect; Nothing happens outside of Universal Laws. Every action or reaction has an equal and opposite reaction. As we sow, so we reap.

    6. Law of Compensation; The applied Law of Cause & Effect brings us blessings or lack. All you give, you receive. (aka Karma)

    7. Law of Attraction; Our Thoughts, Feelings, Words and Actions attract what we Desire or Fear. We create the reality of our lives.

    8. Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy; We each have the power to change the condition of our lives. Higher vibrations consume and transform lower ones; so each of us can change the energies in our lives by understanding the Universal Laws and applying them for positive change. These changes in our Energy affects ourselves and those around us.

    9. Law of Relativity; Each of us receive tests of virtue for the purpose of strengthening our Souls. We should consider these challenges opportunities in order to solve them. This teaches us that we receive what we need to learn, grow and redeem old Karma.

    10. Law of Polarity; Everything is on a continuum and has an opposite. We can transform undesirable thoughts and feelings by concentrating on the opposite pole. When we master this skill our dynamic balance can be restored.

    11. Law of Rhythm; Everything vibrates and moves to certain rhythms. These rhythms establish cycles, stages of development, patterns and seasons. To master this energy we can learn to stay centered and not get too attached to transitory thoughts or emotions.

    12. Law of Gender (Balance); Yin and Yang energy is needed for Creation of all things and is in all things. To become a Master and co-creator with God one must balance these energies within themselves. aHo!

     

     

     

     

     

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    YHVH or God’s “Pinball Wizard”

    The holy Tetragrammaton consists of the letters YHVH, and means ‘Jehovah’ or the unpronounceable name of God.

    The letters themselves have several meanings with subtle differentiations; for example, the letter Y is pronounced Yud or Yod, as there are no specific vowels in Hebrew.

    YUD is a spark, a spiritual flame, the indwelling Spirit, the Holy Spirit and YOD, means the finger of God (as an astrological configuration), which also means a direction, your purpose, and your path. (Picture Pentecostal flames of Spirit on the heads of disciples speaking in tongues.)

    The letter H, pronounced Heh, in noun form, means ‘window’ and in esoterically, word, thought, and idea. When you put these two meanings together you may grasp the meaning of ‘an idea working like a window of the mind’.

    The letter V, pronounced Vav, as a noun, means ‘nail’ and metaphorically means the ‘joiner,’ which functions like the word ‘and,’ that esoterically means ‘that which gives meaning’ so that Understanding can occur.

    Taking these three letters’ meanings together, we see that YHVH can mean ‘Inspired Ideas And Inspired Words’. This, in short, is the definition of ‘divine’ and ‘holy’.

    An interesting insight of the 9 Keys Tarot is that the #1 card is the Magi, short for Magician. This is an Initiate of hidden knowledge, who creates magic in the world. He takes inspired ideas and transforms them into physical manifestations by way of spoken word and action. Just as we all get ideas and pursue them until our goals are reached.

    The suffix of the word Heh, however is feminine, so the word Heh could take on an added meaning of ‘the male female’ idea.

    The #2 card is the Muse, who takes initial input she receives from the Magi and translates it for their mutual Understanding. She is the Subconscious, to his Conscious mind. Once this mutual agreement has been reached, they both work with the Source of inspiration to begin to manifest on this Earth plane.

    The word ‘Vav’, as a suffix, is male and gives the meaning to the ‘male female’ Understanding. When combined in the supernal, or highest, triangle of the Tree of Life glyph, aka the Godhead, we see that the Yud – insight, combines with the male female idea, and the male female understanding to become a closed circuit of energy that forms a triune Mind of Wisdom and Understanding.

    It is by each of us discovering the anima to our animus, and our animus to our anima, that we become whole beings. Only after this merging happens can we heal the split within, allowing us to rise to higher frequencies of our Higher Self, which is egoless, observing and wise. In this state, the Divine within us becomes activated and we become co-creators with God. ~Namaste.

    One day I’ll have a POWER POINT to present this cool idea, until then…

    *Picture a pin-ball machine where the ball falls from the highest sphere, dropping down to the right. The flipper is activated and the ball is shot over to the left side, at which time the flipper returns the ball to the right where it is projected back to the outlet it came from, but this time there is a barrier that pushes the ball back to the lower left, where it is pushed downward to the center after the supernal triangle is activated – and lights up! Wheee~

    Tarot of Transformation by Willow Arlena & Jasmin Lee Cori used by permission

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    5 of EARTH – Taurus Decan i – Bison

    5 of EARTH – Taurus Decan i – April 20 – 30, 2019  BISON GRAZING

    THEME: Resiliency, Change of Resources, Profit/Loss, Forfiet, Spending, Building.

    KEY WORDS: Growth after Loss, Rebuilding, Planting seeds for the Future, Green, Earth, New Deals, Consideration, Insurance, Civilizing principles, Agriculture, Science, Organic soil, Legacies, Environment, Concern vs Faith in Providence.

    ASTROLOGICAL SYMBOLS:This Decan the Sun moves into the sign of Taurus and Easter is celebrated. Green new shoots are pushing up from the soil with the promise of renewed color, scent and sensual pleasures to come! Venus rules the sign of Taurus and with it, beauty, art and comfort but during this Decan she ingresses into the sign of Aries which is concerned with personal, individual needs rather than the collective.

    We are invited to participate in our own evolution, as we work with the cycles of Mother Earth and plan the careful use of her abundant resources. The “American Dream” has long been to work hard and create a legacy for your offspring to enjoy. The reality is that many times gold seekers go bust and locusts eat the first planting of your crop, hailstorms damage the second and drought plagues the third. Mercury rules this Decan of Taurus inviting us to brainstorm ideas that will insure our safety and survival by careful use of natural resources. Building must be weighed against preserving wetlands and sanctuaries so that the balance of nature remains.

    IMAGINE:a Bison standing in a locust-infested field, a gull on his hump. The plow lies rusting where once farmers busted the sod and tilled soil for crops. The wild reclaims the prairie and the bison remains grazing, unconcerned for the habits of humanity, with faith in providence that all will be well.

    Monday, April 22, the Sun conjuncts Uranus as 2* of Taurus and we celebrate Earth Day. Great imagination must be put to work for sustainable agriculture, solar and renewable energy and collective action for the common good. It’s a great day for inspirations!

    Wednesday, April 24 Pluto turns retrograde, unleashing sudden structural changes and turnabouts. Great changes are slated, but the process for change must be analyzed and prepared for. Be prepared for some kind of grinding halt wherever Pluto is found in your natal chart until early October.

    The 26thwe see a 4thquarter moon at 6* Aquarius allowing us to purge and release all that does not serve us, or the greater good. Spring-cleaning can get underway full tilt!

    Saturday, April 27thMars squares Neptune bringing mutable energy of water and air to plans. Indecision may rule supreme while this mushy push-pull activates the weekend. Should it stay or go? Hold it to your heart and listen for the answer.

    Monday, April 29thSaturn turns retrograde, so rules and regulations will be reconsidered through mid-September. #Namaste ~K

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    4 of Fire – Flaming Roses and Tortoise noses

    4 of FIRE – Aries Decan iii – April 10 – 20, 2019

    Cessation of Action: Patience. Consider an image of a desert tortoise picking its way through the burnt brush of the desolation. Where a fire passed over, determined seeds have popped out of their shells to re-fertilize the desert floor with beauty once the Spring rains fall. The tortoise is our image of a Stable Will that seeks Harmony. Even with the fires around him, he maintains a steady pace, sniffing at the wind for direction. He is a survivor!

    KEY WORDS: Seek Harmony, Patience, and Stability. Learn to govern your Will, for once you govern yourself, you will know how to govern, motivate and attract others. Embody a benevolent spirit to wield passion wisely.

    ASTROLOGICAL SYMBOLS: The period of early Spring yields to Taurus at the end of this decan. Now is the time to observe which tools you have at your side to help you plan for your seasonal harvest.

    Venus is the ruler of this period so her use of glamour and enchantment prove to be even more magnetic than other times. Venus is meeting up with Neptune on Wednesday, April 10th, for a seductive and romantic rendezvous. Enjoy yourself but don’t buy into lovely promises that can’t be delivered.

    Wednesday, April 10ththe Sun is square to the nodes of the Moon and that leads to a condition of being at the ‘crossroads’ about where to spend your time and energy. Take time to consider your options well, for in 10 days things will be ready to burst forth! The Sun squares Saturn, offering many paths from which to choose. Mercury in Pisces is in aspect to Pluto in Capricorn so it becomes easier for you to voice your desires to create beauty through service. Considering how you’d change the world, if you only could, may be a good mantra to use over the next few days. Because you just could do it!

    Mercury squares Jupiter Friday, the 12thand just after that Venus is sextile to Saturn, which means that your message of Hope and Beauty can be published with good results!

    Saturday, April 13 finds a definite resolution when the Sun squares Pluto. Pow! Eris is involved with the mix of the ‘bad boyz’ so there may be some TRUTH that is revealed, in a not too polite fashion.

    Sunday, April 14 shows a more pleasant day with the Sun trine to Jupiter. Things will look brighter and hopeful this Palm Sunday.

    And Tuesday, April 16th, Mercury moves out of his shadow, bringing more ease to conversations, sales, and marketing processes. If you have planned for a large project this will be the day to BEGIN IT!

    Move forward to the Full Moon at 29* Libra on Friday, April 19thfor a lovely day of Venus amusing the Sun before it slips into Taurus the following day. Let’s hope the weather holds so we can make this ‘Good Friday’ into a Great one! Blessings~

    # KalinSwann

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