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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG-3425.JPGI'm writing in a hobbit hole, off the grid, on a mountain side in Northern Washington. The setting couldn't be more perfect. There's still some snow covering the ground at our elevation, steep sagebrush hills framing the horizon, a shimmering mountain lake reflecting the setting sun. I want to write about joyful things or find beauty in difficult things, but the only words that are coming to me are “I am so exhausted.”

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No Foolin' - All About the Tarot Fool Card

In my latest podcast, I discuss The Fool card in Tarot--including Keywords, Esoteric Correspondences and Pop Culture references--as well as decode this image through my 7 Clue Method. Listen in at this link.

What is your favorite version of The Fool? What Keywords do you often associated with this card? Share in the comments below!

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Something like Rebirth

I finally got out into the garden today. It was warm enough that I could even turn over the dirt, fold in compost, plant some homegrown seedlings that had been waiting for ages at a shot at getting outdoors. While I gardened, I did a lot of talking to my friend, Trish. This is noteworthy only because Trish has been dead for 17 years now. She passed away just before her 22nd birthday. A little over a year prior to that, she asked a friend and me to join her for some late night coffee at a nearby Jersey diner and there’s where she told us. Leukemia. She didn’t have long.

 

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Posted by on in Studies Blogs
Mediation, Memory and Flow

The work I'm currently doing in my spiritual practice is a process of memorization. On the surface, it just seems like the memorization of words, but the words are a pathway to the deeper wordless truths that can only be experienced when you open yourself to what the words represent. What I'm really doing with the memorization is twofold.

First, I am connecting with the forces, spirits, etc., that are represented by the words. The words present a means to connect with those spirits in order to develop relationships and create associations that allow you to do deeper work with them. The words are the introduction to the spiritual current that is embodied and mediated by the spirits I'm working with.

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  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Taylor, do you only do memorization of words that you plan on using in chants/rituals--or to also have a deeper connection/relatio
  • Taylor Ellwood
    Taylor Ellwood says #
    Hi Janet, It can be for both and I've used it for both. I figure developing a chant for a spirit can just as easily be integrated
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Fascinating! Now, your post is called "Mediation, Memory and Flow". Is that correct...or was it supposed to be "Meditation" (as in
  • Taylor Ellwood
    Taylor Ellwood says #
    Nope the word choice of Mediation was purposeful.

Posted by on in SageWoman Blogs

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With the Vernal Equinox just behind us ushering in the time of blossoming and warm breezes in the northern hemisphere, daughters who have been shunned by their biologicals, or who are estranged from them for their own survival and peace of mind, can let out a sweet sigh of relief. The deep work of winter's inner reflection and grieving can be released as our heads look up at brightening skies and our hearts open like the first golden crocus piercing the last bitter-cold snows. This is the reward for honoring the deepest places within ourselves where the trauma of shunning resides: our burdens are lessened, our sense of being a shunned daughter diminishes. In their place, a renewed sense of our selves takes root and begins showing us other parts of who we are: women who are resilient, capable, and true to ourselves. We recognize we are human beings on this beautiful planet who were born with the right to live with love and respect from the people in our lives--no exceptions!

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Posted by on in SageWoman Blogs

Morning birdsong filled the air  b2ap3_thumbnail_22338975_2058326864379525_7570131764764457268_o.jpg
in a patterned chorus raised above
the grinding notes of distant trucks
on the highway
through it all, a surprisingly distinct sound
the rasping dance of two dry leaves
twining around one another high on a branch
somehow differentiated from all else
as a unique note in the symphony
I laid on my back on the rock and
looked up at the white clouds,
still against the morning sky and black branches,
and felt between
sound
and silence.   
 

I wrote this after being in the woods one morning as I became fascinated with the sound of two dry leaves dancing together on an oak tree. About an hour later, after yoga, I turned to the day’s page of my Meditations for Living in Balance book and the quote of the day was this:

"To be able to listen to the silence is to be able to hear the infinite." --Anne Wilson Schaef

She goes on to say: "Silence is almost a lost experience in today's society. See if you can develop a way of listening to what is being said in such a way that nothing is required of you. Conserve your power."

Bringing it back to listening to the leaves in the woods though, I would add that I find it vital to discover a b2ap3_thumbnail_29745058_2061438070735071_3032310435085757700_o.jpgway of listening to the world around you, as it is, in this exact moment.

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Rabbit Symbolism in the Tarot and the Queen of Pentacles Breeder Card (Podcast)

In my latest podcast, I discuss rabbit symbolism in Tarot--and how pop culture references to the bunny can enhance our readings-- as well as how the Queen of Pentacles "Breeder" card connects to fertility. Listen in at this link.

Looking through your favorite (non-RWS) Tarot decks, how many cards featuring rabbits can you find? Share in the comments below!

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