Archive for June, 2012


The Summer Solstice of 2012 falls on June 20, 7:09 P.M. EDT. The sun will rise at 6:28 am and set at 8:26 pm. This is often referred to as ‘the longest day of the year’. It actually means, of course, the day when daylight is the longest. The Summer Solstice has long held an important place for mankind. Structures built to mark the event in Neolithic times still stand. Events and observations are still held around the world, unique to their individual cultures.
I have developed a tradition to mark the Summer Solstice in my own home. It centers around the herb St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum). The common name of St. Johns Wort is believed to have derived from it’s use in European solstice traditions that coincided with the newly set date of the feast of St. John the Baptist. The bright yellow ray like flowers bloom heartily on their small shrubby brushes at this time of year.
One of the properties of St. John’s Wort is that of an herb of protection. European households would suspend the herb over their doorways for protection through out the year. I’m fortunate to have quite a large patch that blooms in the summer on my acreage, so I thought this would be a great way to put what I have at hand to work. I gather a small bundle of the herb at the noon hour closest to the summer solstice, careful to never take more than ¼ of the plants flowers and growth. Bound into a small bouquet, I hang it over the door most used to enter our home. The previous years bundle is burned at the end of the walk way leading to the door. Some years, it burns rather hot, making me grateful for the amount of bad energy it must have stopped at our door!
Regardless of how you observe the summer solstice this year, remember that in doing so, you are connecting to the cycles of the year. You begin looking to the sun, moon and the stars in a whole way.

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Today I completed a handcrafted tarot deck that I started in September of 2011. Today, June 4, 2012 is a full moon. A full moon is always a perfect symbol of seeing a work into fruition. The full Moon occurs on Monday June 4th at 4:12am PDT/ 7:12am EDT/ 11:12am GMT.  It comes a day and a half before Venus transits the Sun.  So be prepared for powerful energies this week.

The first card I created was The Fool and the final card was the 8 of Swords. The significant thing I found in this was that  I accidentally made two different renditions of the 2 of Swords, the only card I duplicated in the deck. The outstanding image in both of these cards was of a woman blindfolded. As a triple water sign, I can only guess this is a representation of a constant struggle to control the wave of emotion that would surely overwhelm me should I not keep it in check.

I never set out to create a tarot deck. I was only keeping a tarot journal at the beginning. I would pull a card and write my initial impressions on it, followed by historical references and interpretations from some of my favorite tarot blogs. While listening to a tarot podcast, one of the guests talked about a homework assignment she gave while she taught tarot workshops. It was for students to go home and create a collage of symbols of the cards they had studies that week. I thought, ” Well why not just make a collage of the card?”. As a newsstand supervisor, one of my past times was making funny pop culture collages out of discarded magazines. This was like second nature to me!

I felt truly the way to know a card was to create one. I also learned a huge lesson in energy work while creating the deck. This is the next subject I’m determined to explore further. If I take my lesson in shadow work from the blindfolded woman, I can continue to tell myself that not only do the shadows show you why you do the things you do, if you shine the light brightly enough, you can also see the things you never knew you could do.

Blessed Be.

(The Empress card, one of my favorites)

Keter

You are a crown, you surround, and encompass all within your bounds. An infinity, a circle that never ends atop the middle pillar of equilibrium. You rule at the top of the Emanation, the Atzilut, so sublime and concealed, ‘temiras dechol temirin’ The Most Hidden of All Hidden. I can not imagine you.

I can imagine a king or a queen, wearing a crown. Not a crown of metal, but of pure light at the highest point on the physical body. An aura surrounding the consciousness, relaxing, opening up and allows the pouring in of divine light from above. To wear this crown is to be centered in the stillness within the circle of life.

Ayin, you are naught, and nowhere, yet like a spring bursting forth, the first drop of visible water was Chokmah. I travel the path of Aleph, the first in the lighting flash, and aspire to have unity and purity of idea. I can travel the path of Beth from Binah, and create everything I see.

Keter, you are the source, forever unseen, from where All originates. I Am. I Am Union.

Blessed Be.