The Weekend Tarot Reading — Sunday, May 1, 2011

Editor’s Note: If you want to experiment with tarot cards and don’t have any, we provide a free tarot spread generator using the Celtic Wings spread, which is based on the traditional Celtic Cross spread. This article tells you how to use the spread. You can visit Sarah’s website here. –efc

By Sarah Taylor

The light shines on to something previously hidden; change is effected; decisions appear on the horizon.

But of course we would have The Sun after it featured in this week’s tarot article! Its rays are still reaching across the days and illuminating this weekend’s tarot reading. How beautifully apt.

The Sun, 6 of Swords, 7 of Swords - RWS Tarot deck.

The Sun, 6 of Swords, 7 of Swords from the Rider-Waite Smith Tarot deck. Click on the image for a larger version.

This is change — change after the light has been shed on something, after it has emerged from the shadows into clarity, finally identified if not yet fully understood.

As the article on The Sun and its accompanying comments suggested, The Sun is never anything but a positive card. If we don’t fully identify with it when it is drawn for us in a reading, it is because we have in some way blinded ourselves to its influence in our lives. We might be looking the other way, willing some other source to bring us light when it is so obviously shining on us from another angle. We might have chosen, consciously or not, to block it from our awareness. It is, nevertheless, there, inviting us to come to it as the child on the back of the horse welcomes us into the picture with open arms.

We might even be the horse itself: head bowed, monochrome, perhaps so preoccupied or introspective that we cannot see that the very thing that offers us light and colour — the full spectrum — is, literally, right on top of us. That, I feel, is a message to bear in mind strongly over the next few days. Where do we have immediate access to joy, so astonishingly close and yet we choose not to take it up on its offer to us? The Sun, to me, feels like a visual form of extroversion — the answer lying outside of us, or at least outside of the inner circles that we tend to travel in. “Look around you! Look around! Just what is it that you’re not seeing?”, is its exhortation to us.

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Self-Awareness Month: Moment of Homeopathy

“When we interact with someone else, we are often only interacting with ourselves. There is no real dialog. Two people are talking to themselves rather than to each other. We come from such completely different worlds, each of us, that we cannot even begin to comprehend what the other is experiencing.”

– Rajan Sankaran, Sensation Refined, an advanced text on homeopathy

So it often is with sex. We know how often it is an inner trip — more often than we would admit, sex is used as masturbation. While it seems harsh to say so, this is considered a practical matter, or something we ‘just cannot help’ — that is, who you happen to think about when you’re being sexual with someone else. But I think that using sex as masturbation gets in the way of both.

Think of sex as dynamic communication with someone else and masturbation as dynamic communication with yourself. If we confuse those two things, than neither can be what it is. This typical of the inside-out, upside-down quality of the world: seeking a ‘relationship’ so we can relate to ourselves or avoid doing so; wanting a relationship so we can feel like a whole person; feeling somehow wrong for being alone. I wouldn’t need to say anything about this, were it not one of the reasons that so many relationships are in such a state of struggle. Part of the struggle what you might call a boundary issue between ‘self’ and ‘other’.

I would propose that there are three basic modes of sex. One is masturbating alone. One is masturbating with a partner or friend. The other is contact sex with a partner or friend. One grants the pleasure of authentic communication with yourself. One is about exploring that authentic communication with yourself in the presence of someone you trust, or with whom you are exploring trust. One is about the pleasure of direct contact, sharing and exchange from a centered place.

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Astrology Today: The Oracle for Sunday, May 1, 2011

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Cancer monthly of Oct. 15, 2006

The Oracle.

Beliefs are a drag. They might be worth something if they were up to date, based on accurate information, or had some positive influence over the course of one’s life. Recently you left a belief by the side of the road; I suggest you keep driving, and don’t look back.

(The Daily Oracle is a random selection from one of 10,000 Eric Francis horoscopes. New horoscopes by Eric are published weekly plus twice a month in Planet Waves Astrology News and Planet Waves Light. The Oracle itself is a divination tool available to subscribers to either of these services.)

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Penfield Cottage on Lake George, in Silver Bay, NY. Photo by Eric.

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Friends Close, Enemies Closer

By Fe Bongolan

While the world watches reruns of the royal wedding for this century, America’s military and international intelligence policies are taking a swerve toward a different direction. The announcement by President Obama of the appointment of CIA Director Leon Panetta to the post of Secretary of Defense, and the promotion of Commander of the US Afghanistan forces General David Petraeus to head up the Central Intelligence Agency, also known as the CIA, is the signal of that change.

Leon Panetta will be the new defense chief, after the retirement of Bush holdover Robert Gates. Photo from Washington Independent.

The White House is faced with two wars, a thing in Libya that looks and sounds a lot like a war, a continuing budget shortfall, a bloated military budget and a Congress and nation divided. With that in mind, the selection of Leon Panetta – a liberal – as Secretary of Defense is a good thing. The placement of Panetta signals the Administration’s intent to implement reorganization of the Department of Defense, with the goal of ultimately reducing its budget by $400 billion over the next ten years.

Panetta, a former Congressman from Northern California presided over a peacetime boon from the end of the Cold War, transitioning military bases towards civilian use while Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton. The Presidio in San Francisco and Cal State Monterey are two models from Panetta’s home state where military bases were re-purposed for peacetime civilian use for public benefit.

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Lemonade

By Judith Gayle | Political Waves

For the last ten days, an ill wind has been blowing across these United States. Early in the week, over a dozen people died in tornadoes in the Midwest. Here in the Pea Patch, we were on alert for three full days, although we’re too small a spot in the road to have warning sirens; the closest little town, five miles away, had a siren but decided last year it could no longer afford to maintain it.

By Friday, the wind had swept through the South and taken close to 300 souls with it. Now much of the nation is poised on flooding, levees are failing, and dams are ready to burst at the seams. And all this at a time when public services are quickly disappearing, first responders are understaffed and underfunded, and the dollars normally stuffed into collection cans have dwindled to pocket change. If disaster capitalism is the fine art of making money out of human misery, business should be booming.

Capitalism, seems to me, is a kind of codified opportunism. It’s making the most of what you have, ‘capitalizing’ upon what is at hand. It’s an enterprising kid with a lemon tree who starts a lemonade stand. If his cousin has a lemon tree too, they might start a family business, but you can sell just so much lemonade in the neighborhood before you have to export if you want to grow.

We used to call that the American dream, but in the last few decades, those kids grew way too big for their britches; once they got a monopoly on lemon trees, they exported the jobs overseas. Now nobody in the old neighborhood can afford lemonade — and those kids don’t give a tinker’s damn.

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Astrology Today: The Oracle for Saturday, April 30, 2011

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Scorpio monthly of May 30, 2005

The Oracle.

Certain emotional or household matters probably reached a critical point in the past two months. Critical does not necessarily mean bad but it certainly means a point of high awareness which likely exposed a weakness an unhealed injury or an unresolved issue of some kind. For that you can be thankful. You are not quite complete resolving this issue which has seriously undermined your confidence. But when you do return it will be substantially easier to address.

(The Daily Oracle is a random selection from one of 10,000 Eric Francis horoscopes. New horoscopes by Eric are published weekly plus twice a month in Planet Waves Astrology News and Planet Waves Light. The Oracle itself is a divination tool available to subscribers to either of these services.)

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