Magdalene

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The name “Magdalene” is derived from a Hebrew word, magda, meaning “tower”:  a vessel for the second birth.

the tomb - October 2000

the tomb – October 2000

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This morning in my dark night of the soul, I remember a painting I did.  Here is its story:
(3 October 2000): “Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness.  If I am sitting in the retort, seeing out of the window, the birds of mercury that fly by, are throbbing warm feathered vitalities of the Spirit. 

“On Sunday a powerful bolt of feeling – listening to Messiaen’s organ music of Mary Magdalene/Jesu in the sepulchre (No.11 in Livre du Saint-Sacrement) – produced this drawing.  Mary M is leaning back into him and giving birth to the Sun, which is still inside her.  He appears in the grey dawn when she thinks he is dead:  he says her name very quietly, and her heart awakes with joy.

In the night I woke up with foxes shrieking outside;  and I felt in myself what was still blurred in this drawing.  A “hermes sensation” came slowly over me, with the teaching.  On Monday morning I completed it – a cracking dawn landscape, her womb.  The rocky cave around these beings became like the original Serpent.  Christianity is more timeless with adam and eve, and more esoterically erotic, with the Son being born through Mother Earth, than most of its caretakers might care or dare to see.  

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“Then last night I dreamed I’d given birth to a baby, and now the pair of us – baby and I – were engaged on the enormous and exhausting task of feeding the baby from my inner body;  i.e. to find a position where this could be done, how to hold it and the blankets around us (as Earth):  the vast and cooperative hunger of the child.”

“O Night you black wet-nurse of the golden stars!  From this darkness all things that are in the world have come as from its spring or womb.”

Thomas Vaughan

“The red and the white tinctures of alchemy are in this drawing:  the pinkish violet in the rocks around him like the changing of the water into wine.  It is a geode, and also the fresh, cold sea.”

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I recall now, that I did the drawing with an awareness of history.  Like Jesu’s agony in the garden, foreseeing perhaps the centuries of abuses in his name, the woman bears with the Sun in her labour and return, a knowledge of how she will be suppressed, distorted and demonized, for religious reasons.  Deep down, the Yeshua Maria consciousness is alive, two halves of the same seed.

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On holy Saturn’s day, when all the religious images in their churches are shrouded, I grieved also, with the collective;  and asked my Tarot for a key to open my day with.  It turns out to be Key 0, the Fool:  the alchemist:  the eternal antidote to depression.   To the left and right, I found the Lovers and Soul Strength.

Yes, the stone will roll away and the Son of Man will come out.  In this moment the cave of the tomb is Mary Magdalene, as in my painting; and he called her name, she heard, and he came and stood beside her.  He is free.  The solace is as ever, my interior world and its precise vision;  it wakes.   Life strides on brightly through the shadows;  all is well.   I am not limited.   “If you don’t fight with life, Life takes you up and puts you on her shoulder” …  an old Osho song.

I climbed out of the dark night and grasp the bright, sun warmed rock.   Be at peace with the turning point, however it manifests:  for still there is pain, and the grief of having been unwise, and now my trapped negative nerve is clamouring.   Look to the progress of humanity, of human values:  courage, honesty, mindfulness and real love.

the Fool with Lovers & Strength

The Fool travels at dawn, the Lovers are open, the lady restrains the red Lion so he will roar in a different way, he will sing to the dawn.  The red Lion is bound to her body softly, with roses.   Look to the human values, and mend.

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The sound of the sea is unchanging, bringing with it, seals and souls.
May all that we plant and cherish this spring, bear fruit.  I wish you a joyous Easter tide!

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My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom. This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

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April Grand Easter Cross & Tarot Keys part 3

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Part One – Versions of the Cross

planetary spiral around moving sun - Naseem Haramein

planetary spiral around moving sun – Naseem Haramein

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malta grand cross, masonic

malta grand cross, masonic

In my previous post, I mentioned that we can reflect on the April Grand Cross in our skies, as an emblem of noble human qualities.  Not surprisingly, it is struck for the highest orders of knighthood.

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Here is a small gallery of Maltese crosses:

The portrait of Sir Geoffrey (painted in Oslo, in 1988, showing his CBE) reveals my early fascination with medals.  I researched them carefully, and went into a rather mystic state when painting them. For me, the mystic dimension has great precision – far more so than the muddle of our beliefs in life. I intuited them as elder emblems of human value.  I was attracted to their geometry and detail.  At that time I was just about to study Kabbalah.

lunation cycle, after Eliphas Levi

lunation cycle, after Eliphas Levi

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The two final crosses show the cardinal points with their zodiac signs – fire, water, earth, air.  In those days I did a lot of work with the Tetragrammaton (JHVH) on the Cross of Ezekiel – my text book was Mouni Sadhu’s The Tarot (Mandala 1962).  I drew and experimented with placing the four elements in different points of the compass.

Today is Good Friday, and we concelebrate the light and shadow of Easter Cross.

Finally, here is an esoteric explanation of the Maltese Cross from a theosophical book called Saint Germain on Alchemy, recorded by Mark and Elizabeth Prophet.  The chapter on the Maltese Cross of God, Power, Love and Wisdom inspired me years ago, and I am glad to rediscover it.  To read it, click on any page:

Page 283 continues: “Thus is the fullness of God’s kingdom conferred upon his sons and daughters – thus through the pattern of the Maltese Cross is the concept of “Thine is the Power” realised!”

Those ideas inspired – in 2003 – this ‘conventional’ portrait of Saint-Germain.  It is unlike my other ones of him as a musician, alchemist and diplomat, in 18th century dress.  See http://janeaquariel.wordpress.com

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Part Two:  Tarot Keys

23 April 2014 Grand Cross

23 April 2014 Grand Cross

In my previous posts, we looked at Uranus in Aries (fire) square to Pluto in Capricorn (earth).  In picture language, we see The Fool in Key 4, the Emperor - both in profile, but with different attitudes: the Fool dances and begins:  the Emperor surveys and is vigilant.

Aries is a sign of birth and soldiery.  Capricorn is a sign of old age and authority – the controlling powers.  Both signs at present show transformation, wake-up call and upheaval.  They are in Square aspect – a 90 degree angle.  There is a lot of tension, but also room for building work, as they are part of the Grand Cross.  T-squares – an opposition pivoting on a right-angle – are found in the charts of creative artists and high achievers.   It takes work, and a passion for finding a solution to difficulties.

Uranus in 13 Aries is set in Cardinal Square to Pluto in 13 Capricorn, as pictured by The Judgement (Ascension) and the Devil (Materiality, the Shadow). Note that under the Shadow’s authority, man and woman are in fantasy bondage to each other.   In the Judgement, they open up and out, give birth, and are uplifted.  This Key pictures a quantum leap.  The Archangel is Gabriel whose trumpet calls the unique and beloved infant in each one of us. The Shadow effigy stands in front of Archangel Uriel of the lightning-flash.

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Today I am looking at Jupiter in Cancer square to Mars in Libra.

Jupiter in Cancer, Keys 10 and 7

Jupiter in Cancer, Keys 10 and 7.

Jupiter (Key 10) is exalted in Cancer (Key 7) the sign of growth and tidal movement. This combination fascinates me, for the Wheel is on the Chariot. Idly, I reflect that the Chariot was stationary because a wheel broke, and Jupiter brings the repair kit and moves things along. A highly auspicious partnership. I had a dream, recently, about this. An articulated lorry got stuck, and the calm sea filled with great waves which came over the land from the horizon, and lifted the vehicle onwards.

Mars in Libra, keys 16 & 11The Mars (Key 16) energy is uneasy and excessive in Libra’s (Key 11) serene prevarications and shifting diplomacies.  Mars is in his detriment in this Venusian sign.  He wishes he could be where Uranus is now – in his own sign Aries – and change everything.  In places among us, truth speaks through shattering walls of falsehood;  seed cracks for the plant to grow;  chrysalis decays and releases an inconceivable butterfly.  This is regulated by
cosmic Justice or equilibrium.

Any further comments on these pictorial effects, are welcome!

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Secret dakini oracle 18 April 2014

Secret dakini oracle 18 April 2014

Here is a fascinating answer to … my question, this week.  The cross’s vertical arm shows a transformative process – rising fire or altered state – and letting it go.  The Joker’s body is pure solar energy and fun.  Horizontally the sacred masculine – (a priest’s puja with flowers over the shiny black lingum) – and the sacred feminine (the flowers in the rose garden, yoni) are honoured, and in balance.  Siva’s “cremation ground” between them, is his dance floor – a challenging ascension through confronting death and Reality.  It is related to Tarot Key 7, the Chariot.

To each side of this spread are – left-pillar or past – the Ally, corresponding to Tarot Key 15, the Devil.  And (right-pillar or future) – dakini 64 the Last Laugh (cosmic joke) the Future.

In my notebook I jotted for general reference:  “The jewel … is the most precious thing on earth, and the most abused thing on earth.  Carry it with reverence.  It is the same with words.  Do not use them, without their pulse of meaning.   What is respect?  Respect is commitment and cultivation.  The vessel, the seed, the human, needs shattering, to be born.  The seed which didn’t get thrown around, is cherished.

Rosicrucean emblem 14 - angel shieves wheat from chaff

Rosicrucean emblem 14 – angel shieves wheat from chaff

“Miracle is real, through the stony beach of life.  The miraculous is the natural state:  stop thinking, and listen. The philosophers’ Stone is free to all who recognise and carve it in our shared subtle body of Life.  Thank you, peace pipe dreamer, for understanding this.

“Miracle this morning, through the sign of the cross, changed my attitudes.  Every single one of us, each fish, each elephant, plant and tree, is turned a little, by the cosmic crossing through our Earth body.  How do I feel?  Tears of joy earlier.  Now tired, and need to sleep.

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Earth between moon and sun:  eclipse period 15 -29 April 10§4

Earth between moon and sun: eclipse period 15 -29 April 10§4

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This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

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April Grand Cross & Tarot Keys, Part 2

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15 April 2014 - a chart of today's lunar eclipse on the forming Grand Cross.  The moon and retro mars in Libra are a warlike feature, balanced by the grand trine venus-neptune in Pisces, with Jupiter and Saturn.

15 April 2014 – a sketch-chart of today’s lunar eclipse on the forming Grand Cross. The moon and retro mars in Libra, (opposite mercury-uranus in Aries), are a warlike feature, balanced by the grand trine venus-neptune in Pisces, with Jupiter and Saturn:  Venus exalted in Pisces in 10th house suggests a factor towards peace making.  This is a chart of opposite waves, and of unexpected change:  indeed a tipping-point.  The Eclipse period lasts until the 29th of this month.  The seed of eclipse is alignment in the planes of Sun, Moon, Earth.

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Here is a precis of a recent Kabbalah meeting, in which we looked at a chart of today’s formation of the Grand Cross.

This morning, 15 April at 8.47 gmt, the Moon is eclipsed in Libra by the Sun in Aries. This might be a peak or tipping point.   We examine our impulses working for and against the situation. The crisis affects every one of us personally – to make up our mind: do we go forward? Or back?

Observe the shifting ground, the Karmic connections between involved nations, individuals and their planetary patterns.

Tonight - 15 April is Seder night – when the children of Israel left bondage and travelled into a new way of life. This applies to us all. In the gross media among nations, we can only hope the decision is peaceful. Pluto in Capricorn is Da’at – the space for long term processes – the knowledge of a civilization at the end of an époque: to evolve? Or to revert to savagery?   The present tension cannot go on.

Pluto in Capricorn.  Pluto is assigned to Tarot Key 20, Judgment (ascension) and Capricorn is the sign ruling Key 15, the Devil.  Behind the tension of opposites is their deliverance and release - the triad as with the child in Key 20.

Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto is assigned to Tarot Key 20, Judgment (ascension) and Capricorn is the sign ruling Tarot Key 15, the Devil. Behind the tension of opposites is their deliverance and release – the triadic release, as with the child in Key 20 – the family of humankind.

The Grand Cross works out in terms of our local interest and the bigger picture of the human community.   Are we selfish?   Or are we a human family? – our childrens’ children?

It is tentatively suggested that the World War One multiple-reactive patterns in Europe are now UNACCEPTABLE. This never before happened in history.  The economy cannot support them.  The situation is cosmic. In our sphere, the turn of the spiral crosses 1914 - the pattern was repeated since Roman-empire times.  Attempts to “secure” land go out of date, in the era of internet trading.   The guiding Hand pushes the situation as a challenge; the Tree of Humanity sways back and forth.  In 1962 (Cuban crisis) the planetary line-up was lop sided – with nearly all the planets in one sign, Aquarius –  and very dangerous.   The line-up this year is less so, because the celestial tensions are evenly balanced.

OBSERVE IN OURSELVES CLEARLY: local self interest versus the bigger picture in our conscience: watch the months following April.  Someone mentioned a recent TV programme on the beginning of cosmos, and the subtle electronics of our body – how illogical and unscientific it is to say “it just happened”!

Forces are at work at a very subtle level. Only from a Kabbalist-history standpoint can we get some idea of the bigger picture unclouded by surface hype and fears. A general feeling emerges here, that nothing spectacular occurs, but a great deal changes, which future perspective will reveal.   Countless geo-political and ecological factors are involved.  We shall see.

Uranus (The Fool or Pilgrim) in Aries (The Emperor, or Constitutional intelligence).  This combination is a wake-up call, for Uranus is "change" and the Emperor's sign Aries is "seeing".

Uranus (The Fool or Pilgrim) in Aries (The Emperor, or Constitutional intelligence). This combination is a wake-up call, for Uranus signifies “change” and the Emperor’s sign Aries is “seeing”.

Uranus on 13 Aries forms an exact right angle to Pluto on 13 Capricorn (see above, in this post).  Since summer 2012 and until spring 2015, we experience a series of seven tight “squares” between these two planets.  23 April will culminate the fifth in this series of seven.  

Pluto through Capricorn uproots old and outworn infrastructures – everything that was toxic emerges.  It is an agent of transformation and renewal.

The Tarot Keys are assigned to the signs and planets of the Zodiac, according to the Hebrew alphabet.  Letter Aleph (the Fool) is Uranus;  Letter Heh (the Emperor) is Aries the Ram. Uranus (radical change and revolution) in the Zodiac’s sign of birth, Aries, illustrates the obvious wake-up call.   A wealth of personal association may be discovered through contemplating these images.   For instance:  the relationship of dogs to sheep! – or “unarmoured” and “armoured”.   Please feel free to comment!

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The Grand Cross is elegantly depicted here, as the bow across the strings.

The Grand Cross is elegantly depicted here, as the bow across the strings.  The hands depict the angle of Aries and Capricorn.

In the School of Cremona, the violin makers were a soul group. Modern American violin makers don’t know how to do it!   They unglued Stradivarius violins, took them apart, to find the secret – and they couldn’t.

Likewise, the esoteric view on history escapes linear historians.   The principle comes into focus in the NOW – our current understanding of psychology: our rights and wrongs in nature: and how Providence operates through the numerous Schools of the Soul when we sit and listen. It is a different climate from the past, indicating a new unfolding future. More persons are being trained than ever before. The Schools of the Soul are what Jesus meant when he said “you are salt of the earth”.

Ez Haim, the Tree of Life

Ez Haim, the Tree of Life

Never underestimate the general telephone exchange and post office – Hod on the Tree of Life. How beautifully organised it is! We mess things up when we don’t notice them.

Though the Grand Cross configuration is massive, the decisions individuals make, matter; and for us personally, these decisions feel terrifyingly important to get right.   We are cells of Adam Qadmon.  Change and progress are inevitable.

Only individuals can change things and set the ball rolling – and not necessarily with great effort, it may come naturally.   It is about DOING YOUR JOB – or wanting to do it!   It is provided.

A friend was made a non-executive director of a company. He noticed the business conducts itself in the boardroom much better in his listening and attentive presence, than it would if he was involved and trying to run it. A non-executive director in Life, learns all the time by listening – by being detached and seeing.   The art of life refrains from trying to tread the gear or push the action.

Yesod (coloured violet) - the personal foundation - is in the lower Great triad of Earth.   Daat (union) the transpersonal dimension, is in the upper Great triad of .  the Spirit (blue).  Between them is the solar heart centre of the Tree - Tifareth.   In the planets, Daat corresponds to Pluto and Yesod to the Moon.  In the physical world of our solar system, these are about the same size.

Yesod (coloured violet) – the personal foundation – is in the lower Great triad of Earth (red). Daat (union) the transpersonal dimension, is in the upper Great triad of . the Spirit (blue). Between them is the solar heart centre of the Tree – Tifareth. In the planets, Daat corresponds to Pluto and Yesod to the Moon. In the physical world of our solar system, these are about the same size.

This is pure Da’at on the Tree – operating by inference, and not by leaning into the situation. Rather than try to fix someone’s problem… hear the voice, hear her speak, so she hears herself and melts her own resistance to solution.

Solution is relationship – an interior connection..   Da’at is Yesod of the higher world. A director in a company who watches and takes notes, gets everyone working – it irritates or galvanizes the workers a little!   The Da’at of any situation is its essence, lightly touched to life.

Tarot Arcanum 0 - The Fool

Tarot Arcanum 0 – The Fool

The Tarot Fool, or Traveller … is both initiative and observer.

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Further thoughts for today: The Order of the Grand Cross is the most advanced in many knighthoods.  I hadn’t realised this.  Why not regard the planetary Grand Cross in this light – a sign of nobility?  What is noble? – the aspiration towards the best in human nature:  values which endure and transfigure great difficulties.  Lean consistently towards the better in myself, to which I aspire, and towards what works for the bigger picture, as far as I can see.  Cultivate it here.  Keep remembering, keep picking myself up through raw and vulnerable moments, remember again, and draw strength from that quality.

It occured to me, that I can take certain qualities – such as courage, honesty, mindfulness, real love – and contemplate them.  For what we contemplate we become.

Then a friend rang up this morning and told me he had a dream.  A voice in it was saying, “Cry me a river”.  The human racket goes on, and there is a deep grief and pain of life.  Go into a secluded garden and make it beautiful, he said.  When the tension eases, as we go into May and June, we all shall do our summer planting, as  spring this year buds and flowers a month early – we had no winter frosts.

Sad it is for each of us, that the pain in humanity is our non-recognition – often until late in life – of our Soul Law triad (Hesed, Gevurah, Tifareth) and its response to the transpersonal Daat in the tree.  We are born again, we come into life without the integrating memory, and we have to find it all over again, like a blind person feeling along the walls of a room (between people) towards … the open door.

We recreate our wholeness again and again, through the sweat of our brow, the willingness of the heart, and the sturdiness of our limbs to turn the earth and make it fruitful.  We labour to give birth.  The awakened “quantum” of humanity is – as ever through history – of homeopathic potency in its dilution.  The ratio remains about steady.

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Cardinal Grand Cross 23 April 2014, 4.15 am gmt, in Tarot language of images

Jupiter (Hesed) in 13 Cancer opposite Pluto (Daat) in 13 Capricorn

2 Pluto in Capricorn Keys 20 & 15

1 Jupiter in Cancer, Keys 10 & 7

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Uranus (Hokhmah) in 13 Aries opposite Mars (Gevurah) in 13 Libra

4 Mars in Libra, keys 16 & 11

3 Uranus in Aries, Keys 0 & 4

with … Moon (Yesod) in 13 Aquarius

5 Moon in Aquarius, Keys 2 & 17

and … Neptune (Keter) in 7 Pisces (as the Rising sign, Malkuth)

6 Neptune in Pisces, Keys 12 & 18

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The April Grand Cross in Tarot Keys

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Grand Cardinal Cross 23 April 2014, 04.15gmt

Grand Cardinal Cross 23 April 2014, 04.15gmt in London UK

This event is building in our lives all spring, ever since its New Moon messenger back in January.  Here – as the first in a series of posts – are some of my thoughts about it.  My drawing of the Grand Cross is coloured in the spectrum of the Tarot Keys (applied to  Zodiac signs and Houses) as taught by the Builders of the Adytum.

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Here is a reminder of the New Moon chart at the beginning of this year: and a link.

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Glancing across to the Red book this morning, I caught sight of the “little black beetle on a rock pushing its mythical ball of sand”, and Jung (on his journey in the desert) wondering if it creates its conscious Scarab myth: and a thought comes up, that when we are living the myth – the Great Myths & Archetypes, as well as our small local ones – we are perhaps unconscious! (We dream.)

scarab and granite

scarab and granite

Those titans who seeded their endeavours into the human collective imagination, endured (in their sight) perhaps ordinary and laborious lives, unawake to the resonance.   Perhaps the weight of the unfolding myth puts us to sleep, so future millennia will sing.

What is your myth?

I have been turned rather towards one room, lately and am loaded with Jupiter.   Time to step back a bit, and take a look through other doors. Yesterday, a lady from Cypress showed me a print-out from the internet, concerning the Christ-conscious viewpoint of the Grand Cross – the Child being born; the symbol, like a star, implying 4 and 8, and so on.   It was enough to remind me that the Grand Cross on which much human tension is projected, is an actual alignment of the Great Maestri or Hierarchy; it is full of “yogas” or points of resonance.   The Moon at 13 Aquarius in 12th, “sings” the Cross’s tone, each arm on the 13th degree of its sign.

Here briefly, is a list of Kabbalistic meanings for the number 13 gematria.  In this system, the Hebrew letters which spell a word, have numerical values.   The Hebrew consonants in each of these words add up to 13, and so each word (through spectrum of opposites), carries the same meaning as the others:

Gematria ahbh achd 13

“BNH, Binah (Understanding)”.  “AHBH, Love”. “AChD, Unity”. “AYB, Violation”. “BAHU, Void (desolation)”. “DAGH, Anxiety/cave/grief”.  “GHH, Healing/health”.  And GY, “Valley”.

… a depth of feeling and resonance.  Other echoes are the Sun and 12 Zodiac signs;  the Anointed One and 12 disciples, and so on.  A circle has 12 divisions and its centre, the One. “13″ is union.

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In 2011, I laid out the T-Square of Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Libra with the Tarot Keys (see next post.)   This was pictorially effective.  So this morning I laid the Grand Cross out on the floor here, the same way.

The long arm includes its Yesod foundation – Moon in Aquarius, Keys 2-17. The Ascendent (Malkuth) is Neptune in Pisces; the Hanging Man in the path of the Moon.   That goes in the centre, where the horizontal and vertical arms intersect.   Look at that! – what powerful incentives for evolution and reversal of old patterns.

We will look at each pictorial pair, in my next post.

Whatever makes or breaks in the surface dream, here are the long term dynamics, here is the river as it flows, the Wake up call … to contemplate.

The April Grand Cross laid out in the Tarot Keys.  The Wheel is Jupiter, in the Chariot, Cancer.  The Judgement is Pluto, in The Devil, Capricorn.  The Tower is Mars, in Justice, Libra.  The Fool is Uranus, in The Emperor, Aries.

The April Grand Cross laid out in the Tarot Keys. The Wheel is Jupiter, in the Chariot, Cancer. The Judgement is Pluto, in The Devil, Capricorn. The Tower is Mars, in Justice, Libra. The Fool is Uranus, in The Emperor, Aries.

In my next post in this series, I shall discuss the planet/tarot relationships in more detail. For the moment, here is the situation in picture language – (for our subconscious storehouse responds to images, rather than to words) – and here are a few general observations, below.

The Sabian-symbol degrees of the April Grand Cross are not very auspicious.  (You can look them up online). This suggests to me the cosmic capacity within us, and in the Guardians who form the Cross, and in many key personages in world events, to catalyze or bring the light right into dark situations, and to be unexpected agents for transformation. Our view of anything at present, is incomplete.

It is make or break:  a time of decision in a myriad facets of the same gem.  Are we to continue selfishly – (unacceptable) – or with conscious community?   regarding our eco-system and human family?   Isolation or connectivity?   It starts at home.

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It so happens that the Grand Cross forms a major transit with my birthchart.  Here’s a brief run-through of my connecting points with it:

Pluto in 13 Capricorn, on my Jupiter.

Jupiter in 13 Cancer, opposite my Jupiter.

Mars retro in Libra, conjunct my Neptune (15), which it will cross on 17 April, and then again, (after the alignment), on 16 – 25 June.   Today Mars is at 17 Libra.   So look towards June for the full “effect”.

Uranus in 13 Aries, opposite my Neptune in Libra – a transpersonal contact/collective.

The Sun in 2 Taurus, conjunct my North node (Seal of Solomon aspect pattern).  It is in the April eclipse-alignment channel.

Saturn in 21 Scorpio, conjunct to my Midheaven/midnight axis.

Last but not least, is Neptune on the Ascendent, 7 Pisces, opposite my natal Saturn on my Ascendent.

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A further thought: events such as this in the sky around us, are older than the hills.   They are always happening, and passing through one another.   There is a Star when Jesus is born, which only a few wise elders recognise. There is a Harmonic Concordance – a Star of David – at eclipse in November 2003.   There is the lunar Grand Cross in summer 2012, and the bigger Jupiter Grand Cross this month.

There are countless similar events and births.   Each time, we look, we react and point to it as our ancestors did, and load it with racial and individual conscience, and try to figure out the meanings. Each time such a star forms, there is a tension of what is to be born.  We are the system of our Sun, our Solomon.  We embody microcosmically, the serene stresses of the planets’ orbital dance and nodal points of meeting.   Always it is changing:  arise, settle, change and vanish ;  arise, settle, change, vanish …

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Mercury April allegory, after Botticelli (2007).  Note the right angle Mercury makes to the nymph, in his self-enquiring stance, like a tree.  He is the messenger of the planets;  their swift voice - and in the Grand Cross, Mercury is in Aries between the Sun and the south Node.

Mercury April allegory, after Botticelli (2007). Note the right- angle Mercury makes to the nymph. His self-enquiring stance is like a tree. He is the messenger of the planets; their speech and bearer of tidings. In the Grand Cross, Mercury is in Aries between the Sun and the lunar-eclipse south Node, and almost overwhelmed. Keep quiet!

The Great Star patterns – such as this Grand Cross of Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus, Mars in Cardinal signs – were in place when the solar system’s present aeon through time and space began, and to the majority they pass un-noticed.   Through global networking, there is some stirring among the sleepers.   Here and there, Psyche beholds her Cupid.

But to apprehend
the point of intersection of the timeless with time,
is an occupation for the saint –
no occupation either, but something given and taken,
in a lifetime’s death in love,
ardour and selflessness and self surrender.
For most of us, there is only the unattended moment, the moment in and out of time …”

T.S.Eliot

A Grand Cross – symbol also of our Earth – centres a fluid intersection – vertical over the horizontal – of the planes: the awakened and the sleeper.

The myth of Cupid and Psyche

The myth of Cupid and Psyche

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Where is Mercury on the Grand Cross in chart?  He is conjunct the Dragon’s Tail of eclipse, and almost hidden by the Sun.   In London the Sun is still asleep, it is (in 1st or 2nd House, depending on the house-system used) the hour of Dawn, the hour of the Sun’s greatest power and potency below the horizon.

A week earlier, on the 15th, the Sun eclipses the Moon.   A week later, on the 29th, Moon’s shadow will pass over the Sun. We wake when we sleep. The Archangel draws upon our door, a phoenix feather.

An angel at the door - Rosicrucean emblem 3

An angel at the door – Rosicrucean emblem 3

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Millions of children in our world, young and old, are trapped in the agony of civil war, starvation, displacement and abuse.  Rain forests are destroyed, fuels are sucked from Earth, we destroy what we devour, we uphold petty arguments of empire, and those in government steal from the petty cash.  How can this go on?

Yet I feel the day will be a peaceful one.   We will be dreaming, and later events will reveal what dreams we let forth into the light.   We will in fact be delivering birth.   This is a time to be silent and hear.   It goes deeper than our emergency with ecology, climate change and international tension, for we have to get to the root – to touch the root of it within ourselves, as we are not separate.   How this feels, and how it informs you is for you to discover; for though we are not separate, our “I” is infinitely distinct and diverse in nature.

A Grand Cross of this kind, gives you a whole season, and the unfolding years, to feel it in your bones, and to grow. If you are able, be mostly at home during its peak period (15th – 29th April), and especially on the 23rd; and do practical house things to earth the currency, or to help someone who needs you.    If you are travelling, keep journeying into your private oasis, whenever you remember it is “here”.

The word “private” is highlighted here; for the Moon persona on 23 April at 4.15am in London will be in the 12th house, where she isn’t strong in the ways of the world.   The Pisces Ascendent has an introverted “psychic” character - in the higher humanitarian octave.

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Pisceanly

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Respecting this trend, do not go forth too much during the peak period; do not force any issue.   Whatever agitates your fishes in the sea, is in the hand of a Power which knows the Way.   Decisions will appear, in your field, after the new-moon eclipse on the 29th – when the new cycle begins.   This will be a wonderful time to start planting in your garden.

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BOTA Tarot Key 13.  The sign is Scorpio, and its hebrew letter is NUN, which means "fish" or sprout.  The symbol top left hand corner, is of the five senses of Life and renewal

BOTA Tarot Key 13. The sign is Scorpio, and its hebrew letter is NUN, which means “fish” or sprout. The symbol top left hand corner, is of the five senses of Life and renewal

Eclipse is a darkness, such as fell over Bethlehem the House of Bread, when the secret Child was born. The seed is like yeast or sperm. The seed falls into the ground and sprouts.   This is the meaning of Key 13.

The seed falls into the ground during autumnal Scorpio, and germinates during the winter;   this spring, we are given the whole process again in a nutshell.   If the germinating energies are very tiring, rest yourself, and don’t try to do too much.   You may feel an urgency to bring matters in your life to a head;   but this is being taken care of.   Your creative activity will gain surprising strength as the flowers come out in May, and as those forces which stir within the ground, come out onto the physical plane.   Watch this space!

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Eclipse is a simple withdrawal of energy.   The tide goes out.   The tide comes back in again.

For more on eclipse, see my post “The Field of the Dead”.  

J. Krishnamurti (who experienced and monitored his conflict in a moment-to-moment way) stated that the essence of conflict is peace.   The polarities – the high tide and the low tide – are not in conflict with each other.   He said essentially, there is no conflict in the movement, the unbroken circling of the tide itself. There is no conflict in our breathing in and out:   the Tao.   The NOW.

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The Desert Rose

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Hermit, Arcanum 9

Hermit, Arcanum 9

What is the desert? the innate way of unfoldment: truth.

In the Red Book, Jung journeyed and wrote: “Walking around in a circle I happen to return to myself and to him, the solitary one, who lives down in the depths hidden from the light, held securely by the warm bosom of the rock, above him the glowing desert and sharp resplendent skies.

“The solitary lives in endless desert full of awesome beauty. He looks at the whole and at inner meaning. He loathes manifold diversity if it is near him. He looks at it from afar in its totality. Consequently silvery splendour and joy and beauty cloak diversity for him. What is near him must be simple and innocent, since close at hand the manifold and complicated tear and break through the silvery splendour.”

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There follows a long poem with expanded script, in which the magid, Philemon or Ammonius Sacca speaks:  (see italics)

“The sun and its glow nourish him … the solitary loves the desert above all since it is a mother to him, giving him food and invigorating warmth at regular intervals.”

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desert rose socotra/moffett/nationalgeographic.com

desert rose socotra/moffett/nationalgeographic.com

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Thus also the interior sun of the soul.   I have mist on my window. I am dull this morning, and out of relationship.   I have nothing and am uneasy with what I have.   Yet I know it is condensation on the window, which blurs life, and the sun – Great SOLomon – will clear it as he rises. The creatures and the histories of the soul wake up slowly, and give the prospect some positive meaning.   The soul is a full engagement with everything.   I think this defines the soul.   With the waking up there is a deepening of the mirage, and some change of key.

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Geode: "A Way of Life" by jim Ede

Geode: “A Way of Life” by jim Ede

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The thin Hermit in his hut with his book and the heat, wanders in an orchard of lush fruit and flowers, all reaching for his hand, his breath. He engages with the desert.   “Fragrant resins drip from his trees, and under his feet, thrusting seed breaks open.

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I engage with North London. It is the poetry of life in whatever medium.  Sometimes the poet over-reaches, fantasises and falters. The poet has an ethical task, to remain where it is real, and to question every surplus.   The poet has an ethical task: to not invent.   Invention turns to mist on the window.

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desert roses by Alayn 1807, trekearth.com

desert roses by Alayn 1807, trekearth.com

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I think for human default mode generally, “the horror of the desert and its withered evaporation …” permeates the conventional stress of livelihood, entertainment and mortgage.   For the hermit in the Libyan desert or in North London … “he stammers when he speaks of the indescribable fullness, his eye rests on the garden, his ears listen to the source, his breath draws in sweet perfume from blossom rich trees.” …

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I see the hermit in the midday sun, in the deep shade of his tent or hut, with book and abundance: the ferocity of the dry heat, the ringing silence, his parched limbs, the rustlings.   I see human security which seeks above all else to cover my head with a roof and a story.   The stories in our souls are read to us at bedtime, to keep us covered and safe.   The hermit falls into a place where he cannot write any story at all; there is no room for it.   The sea in my face is a desert.   From the desert all things come.   In the desert is the well, and the camel drinks.

There are many sounds in the desert – of the soft mother, the wind; and of cracked insects and darting lizards.   There is the endless sound of space. This is the fruit the Hermit hears.   HERE.

Hear it through the trains, the passing cars, the songbirds in the budding trees. All of London is the sound in this corner of it which is silence: this window on which a Rune is drawn in the dew: my body’s unending kiss with gravity.

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Gaudier's Dancer - in 'A Way of Life' by Jim Ede

Gaudier’s Dancer – in ‘A Way of Life’ by Jim Ede

Are not lovers the gravity with each other? Is not the Hermit the gravity with God?   In this mode the thought with the beloved is gravity.   The Hermit’s daily dawn footprints through the silver dunes are blowing in the wind.   Their edges soften, but he walks some more, and again next day.   There is always the trace of his passing, and the wanderer finds it, follows the thread to the web’s gossamer centre, follows the Sun’s rays inwards, becomes still and is blessed.   The Question is left open.   The wanderer abandons the answer he or she seeks.

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“He gives you a small insignificant fruit, which has just fallen at his feet. It appears worthless to you, but if you consider it, you will see that this fruit tastes like a sun which you could not have dreamt of. It gives off a perfume which confuses your senses and makes you dream of rose gardens and sweet wine and whispering palm trees. And you hold this one fruit in your hand dreaming, and you would like the tree from which it grows, the garden in which this tree stands, and the sun which brought forth this garden …

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“And you yourself want to be that solitary who strolls with the sun in his garden, his gaze resting on pendant flowers, and his hand brushing a hundred fold of grain and his breath drinking the perfume from a thousand roses.

“Dull from the sun and drunk from fermenting wines, you lie down in ancient graves, whose walls resound with many voices and many colours of a thousand solar years.

“When you grow, then you see everything living again as it was. And when you sleep, you rest, like everything that was, and your dreams echo softly again from distant temple chants.

“You sleep down through the thousand solar years, and you wake up through the thousand solar years, and your dreams full of ancient lore adorn the walls of your bedchamber. You also see yourself in the totality.”

C.G.Jung, The Red Book

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poppy pod in drinking-glass - from "A Way of Life" by Jim Ede

poppy pod in drinking-glass – from “A Way of Life” by Jim Ede

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A Poem: “Here”

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linga sarira

linga sarira

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The still, small voice
connects.

If you look HERE
you’ll find.

If you play with your sword
you won’t;  but I’m HERE
our bridge.

You may not hear
what touches you

but HERE, my songs
in your tree, are lovebirds.

From Poems of Eclipse 1999

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Liverpool Art School 1969 – Sketchbook 5 & Lifedrawings

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liverpool cathedral

liverpool cathedral

This sketchbook – the fifth one in the series – has less “human interest” in it than the others, and more “art school” experiments.  By the second term, in early 1969, I was disillusioned with first-year graphics – no enthusiasm for promoting soap powders –  and messed about in the fine art department, life-drawing, making studies for would-be paintings, and trying to fit in somewhere … teetering on the edge of Failure.

Perhaps all these sketches were intended as paintings.  They never developed further, because it was on to the next, the sketch having discharged the feeling and the journey.  I remember an intense excitement with colours: the sexy human tones.  They saturated my inner life.  They filled me when making love, and on my lorry journeys to and from London.  Oil pastel was a crude but flexible medium for my hunger with life.

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I wonder at this point, whether there was any creative guidance available.   In the 1960s, the teaching trend was minimal.  Self expression ruled the day, regardless of technique or understanding of media.   We were encouraged to drool – so long as we were doing something – a wastage in canvas and paints.

I am uninterested in the mainstream art market, so I don’t know what the trends are, these days, or how the pendulum swings.   I might have felt more stable with old fashioned teaching methods:  to draw, draw and draw yet more, the way a musician practices:  to refine my observation and sense of volume;  to train as Picasso did each day, by drawing curves.  I escaped into the life drawing class, where I was free again to “do what I like”.

A training in the arts, is apprenticeship.  What is it like, to have a mentor who sees the potential?   And at age nineteen, twenty, would I have been able to appreciate it?  -  leaving home, hitching the road, rebellious and frustrated?   If I am lucky – like some students were –  I am blessed with a concentrated passion which finds its creative objective and gets stuck in there.   Its ciphers poured into my sketchbooks and journals, and here is their airing.

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My weekends were spent on the road to London:  a firm of carriers picked me up at Spofforth Road in Liverpool and set me down at Chalk Farm in the early hours of the morning:  then brought me back on Sunday night.

I had an artist’s romance with the motorway and its phallic arrows which took me through the night to my beloved – I couldn’t wait.  The lorries ate the road at a slow and steady 50mph through the Midlands.  The drivers were charming, and I knew some of them well.  They occasionally made a gentlemanly pass, in the cab, but gave up at the single minded innocence of this green twenty-year-old …

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hitch hiker, manchester to liverpool 1969

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Some life drawings, when at Liverpool. The first five are mixed media and brush work. 6-10 were done perhaps a year or two later, at Camden Arts Centre.  I enjoy this medium so much, and digging these out,  that I’m amazed I don’t do any now …  !

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Sacred India Tarot Arrows – Transition

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Sacred India Tarot - Pages of Arrows - Version 2

In some ways, my process with the Arrows, in my inner and outer life, is the deepest yet. The Arrows are of “confrontation” and its passage into peace.

Sacred India Tarot 10 of Arrows - Version 2

Touching on the 10 of swords is nadir – I feel that resonance the collapse of the seed and civilization, for the new growth and transmission.   King Bheeshma dies – he gives his Arrow of knowledge and wisdom to the young Yudishtara.  Rock bottom: from the old as it dies, is planted the new.   It is in the martial art movement, an empty leg with the fullness of the ground flowing into it.   In my painting of 10 of Swords, the old King dying on the Arrows along his spinal chakras, uplifts his nobility into the compassion of the new King’s listening face.

In the Sacred India Tarot facebook page yesterday, Rohit mentioned:
In traditional Tarot this is rock bottom, but in yoga that is also understood as the beginning of a new cycle.
Bheeshma failed, but the knowledge and wisdom he accumulated was passed on so that Yudhistara could succeed. Hence the personal failure did not count as much as the societal gain in the end…”

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The Fool in the Tarot, is known in our Sacred India Tarot deck as “the wild card”.  This is because the archetype comes through the primordial Wild Hunter, the divine Rudra, fore-runner of Siva.

Every innocent Fool – or Wild Hunter –  embarks upon an adventure!   Each soul who embarks upon an adventure is a Fool!   The Fool is the entire Tarot – the space between the lines.   Pretty soon, the Fool meets the Magician and the (subconscious feminine) Priestess, who contains him, and reveals in succession, Empress, Emperor, and Hierophant;  his sense of proportion returns.

This was the unpublished version of Rudra - the Fool or creative principle of the deck

This was the unpublished version of Rudra – the Fool or overall creative principle of the deck

The Fool begins the journey in an exciting mist.   As the sun rises and gains strength, the landscape and its mountain peaks and chief features, appear.   Human are we, everlastingly.

But I want to reflect on the 10 of Swords as I am passing through.   The nadir (at any point) is reached when a situation overwhelms me.  I lose my vital force and die.   Dying, I wait latent for the daffodils to appear.

Psychologically, the 10 of Swords carries remorse and new intention.   We all get it repeatedly in our lives.  This Key is hard, but it is a good one.   When we are overwhelmed, we are obscured and off balance.  But the “overwhelming factor” is self-correcting in the Tao.  When Yang is saturated, when it is filled, it converts to Yin, and vice versa.  This movement ever oscillates and stretches, concludes and opens.   I am the pebble which is rolled in the river bed.

Truth is the blank, the empty room’s passing;  be still and honour it, this morning.

So:  the feeling this morning.  Stasis, empty room, and sorrow.  Not about anything particular.  Sorrow is an essential part of the mix;  like rain in the sky.   Sorrow is awareness, and this feels good and right.  It breathes its own pulse.   It is love which is object-free;   it is the soft talk of the stream that flows on the mountain.   I give my sorrow time and space.  It cleanses, after each “overwhelming” or flood of the Fishes in Tao.   It makes slow Ch’i movements with a candle flame.   Nurture the rich field of sorrow, the empty fullness – the Fool in sacred space.  Alone in the oscillation, is life.  The Swords which move it, are the discipline of the Work:  the dance form.   This is what I love.

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Sorrow is a form of the Sword.   I found, to illustrate the “Han” part of my previous post, this photo online of two Tao gentlemen on a sea-beach:  one of them just tossed the other lightly upside down, and he cartwheels – they wear flowing white jackets and black flapping trousers, they make a Tao symbol.  They are not doing the Sword form, but the Sword form is based on the flow around Tan t’ien in the belly.

What is Sword Form?   What is the Tao chi?   What is citta (sanskrit)?  It is total concentration on Life – just as a woman in utmost labour is concentrated.   It is a difficult art to get it right;  but keep practicing with this Sword – and “no blame” as those Oriental gentlemen would say (whenever it obsesses a bit).

Centrifugal Yang through Yin - sketched from "The Trigrams of Han" by Steve Moore

Centrifugal Yang through Yin – the “destruction cycle’ sketched from “The Trigrams of Han” by Steve Moore.  Fire melts metal which cuts wood which uses earth which drinks water … which puts out fire.

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In Kabbalah practice are very high ideals when the “concentration” surges.   Pleasure-seeking Yesod child in due course pulls it down to the consumer level, where it breaks up – and clings to the bits of wet bread, and weeps with being abandoned, and the job yet again, to get out of the fix.

But the beautiful balance – being Empty for the Full – always returns.   Each time there is a little more learning.   There is wood to cut and water to gather, as before.

And returning to the space:  as De Ruiter would say – let it be tenderly obvious and obscure.  The values of life are in the illumined empty-full:  the attendance on the tendency … the fluid point between those gentlemen on the beach:  between the waves.  We are all of a waveband.

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Rohit and I are students of Jung.  To some extent, Jung seems to have directed our project, The Sacred India Tarot, which bridges the spiritual traditions and their archetypes, for he crops up in my journal over the years, whenever it became intense.

At about this point in our Archive, the Suit of Arrows changes its tone.  The battle is complete, with the Ten of Arrows;  a new realm opens, as the instinct to make war transforms to “martial art”.  Intuitively, the Swords/Arrows change to Rods or Wands – the coming Suit of Staves.  The Wand or Stave is actually the Caduceus, serpent twined – the authority by which Moses struck water from the rock.

In the seminal Red Book, Jung’s journey with Elijah and Salome continues:

jung as hermit

jung as hermit

Footnote: “Now I learn that Mary is the mother, the innocent and love-receiving, and not pleasure who bears the seed of evil in her heated and seductive manner.  If Salome’s evil pleasure is my sister, then I must be a thinking saint, and my intellect has met with a sad fate. …  Salome as Elijah’s daughter, is an offspring of thought, and not the principle itself, which Mary the innocent virgin mother, now appears as.”

And:  “The image of the cool starry night and of the vast sky opens up my eye to the infinity of the inner world, which I as a desirous man feel is still too cold.  I cannot pull the stars down to myself, but only watch them.  Therefore my imperious desire feels that world is nightly and cold.”

He refers to abstract perception, and to the refining of his desire.  For most of us, the refinement does not nourish us, until we are willing to wait upon it in our empty-full.   Then it becomes a nectar waterfall.  It is the fulfilment of humanity’s higher Self – everything else is starvation, really.   Our origin is this element.

Jung's painting of himself with Elijah and Salome in the Red Book

Jung’s painting of himself with Elijah and Salome in the Red Book

The chapter in the Red Book titled “Resolution” witnesses a struggle between doubt and desire:  the prophet bids him desist from climbing the high ridge of a rock which separates day and night.   To the right of the rock is a black serpent, to the left, a white one.   (Goodness, those Oriental gentlemen again !)  They pounce and wrestle terribly.

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“The black serpent seems to be stronger, the white serpent draws back.  Great billows of dust rise from the place of struggle.  But then I see: the black serpent pulls itself back again.  The front part of its body has become white.  Both serpents curl about themselves, the one in light, the other in darkness.”

He thinks it over, and asks Elijah – “Should it mean that the power of the good light will become so great that even the darkness that resists it will be illumined by it?”  For answer, Elijah takes him to the high place and stands upon the altar Stone:  “This is the temple of the sun.  This place is a vessel that collects the light of the sun.”

Then the prophet climbs down, becoming smaller and smaller until he is Mime the dwarf in the Ring Cycle.  Mime shows Jung the wellsprings of the deep.  “The collected light becomes water and flows in many springs from the summit into the valleys of the earth.” He dives into a dark crevice, and Jung follows him, hearing the rippling of a spring.  “Here,” says Mime “ are my wells, whoever drinks from them becomes wise.”

But Jung is scared, and he goes outside his house and walks up and down in his yard, in the full bright air of his interior vision, the cave.   Before the vision of the snakes, he had a block, and couldn’t descend:  his normal procedure would not descend.   He realised he had a conflict in himself about going down, and it took the imaginative form of two dark principles fighting each other, the serpents.

Caduceus on the tree of life.  The lower figure was drawn with both hands simultaneously, exercising both sides of the brain - without leaving the paper.

Caduceus on the tree of life. The lower figure was drawn with both hands simultaneously, exercising both sides of the brain – without leaving the paper.

In The Ring cycle, Mime the master craftsman, brought up Siegfried in the cave, to kill the dragon giant Fafner who stole the ring.  Siegried slays Fafner with Mime’s INVINCIBLE SWORD, gets the ring(?) and kills Mime who had intended to kill him.

It sounds like the transfer of the power in the 10 of Swords, in Mahabharath.  All mythologies bear the human tale.  It includes precognition and betrayals.  In Jung’s journey, the dwarf Mime represented the allure of the ‘clever’ intellect, untempered by the laws of love.

In the 10 of Swords, the old King’s “overwhelming” transforms to Consciousness, as the blades enter his awakened Kundalini spine:  the feeling is no longer pain.   It yields.   Knowledge happens when tension against it drops.  The snakes enter me.  I enter the snakes.  We flower, as the room is opened. 

I now discover, the Royals – Page, Knight, Queen and King of Arrows – are all of a piece with these perceptions.

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The Pages move together in alert reconciliation.  They are Archers, but the truce between them is a Sword.  This card recalls the 2 of Arrows, where the young Bheeshma in training to become a warrior, fights with his teacher.

Hanuman the monkey god, crossing the sea to jewelled Lanka to help Rama rescue Sita – (in the Suit of Wands/Staves) – carries a rosebud and displays great mental and intellectual energy.   He is of a par with the agile chessboard Knight’s lateral thinking, where everyone else travels in straight lines.  He is our wonderful servant;  but let him not become the dark dwarf Mime.  The dwarves in the underworld play the market with cunning, but do not release their treasure.

Queen Draupadi is a wild dark huntress, like Diana in the west – a formidable encounter for any unprepared male.  Note the snake around the sinuous tree.  The publishers of the deck requested she wear pantaloons, respecting the conventions in contemporary Indian art;  but here is the original drawing.

The King of Arrows is Garuda, who was half an eagle.  His human face is a double eagle, as in alchemy.  The eagle’s vision flies as high as the serpent travels deep.  Advised by the Lightning god, Indra, Garuda is a great ruler.   He balances Planet Earth lightly on a feather, raises his arrow like the Queen of Justice in the west, and contains his ojas.
Before him, the Caducean pair of serpents rest on the ground, entwined.

We will discuss these cards more fully in the next SITA posts.

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Sacred India Tarot Archive – Creation of 9 and 10 of Arrows: Bheeshma Dies

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9 and 10 in the Suit of Swords/Arrows mark a dark nadir in the deck – an ultimate defeat in the Mahabharatha epic.  Letting this theme speak for itself, I will add to it the ancient concept of “Sword Form” as a martial art, converting aggression to power, grace and courtesy.

taichi sketch from Great River website

taichi sketch from Great River website

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Rohit’s Notes in 2004 – Bheeshma confronts Shikandi
“He is unable to fight back, because they are using Shikandi as a shield, a true nightmare for a warrior.  Krishna and Arjuna use Bheeshma’s chivalrous refusal to fight women to set Shikandi as a shield before them.  Arjuna can now shoot at will and there will be no retaliation.  (Bheeshma is aware that Shikandi was born a woman and changed gender through penance.)  On the field Bheeshma should be shown riddled with eight arrows and Arjuna about to release the ninth.  Arjuna too should be depicted in white or silver armour.

“Shikandi is usually depicted as an effeminate type, and played by comedians in movies, but in the actual text he is a great warrior in his own right, though he can be depicted as slightly smaller and less muscular than the other men.

“If there is space, then a thoughtful Krishna observing the consequences of his suggestion to use Shikandi as a shield can be included.  Arjuna should be shown in great trauma as he releases his arrow as Bheeshma was the person he loved and respected more than any other human being.  It is a ‘nightmare’ for him too, the meaning of the card, as his skills and ability make him the only person capable of killing Bheeshma, and duty does not allow him to refuse.”

SITA 9 of arrows. visual reference from comic book

SITA 9 of arrows. visual reference from comic book

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From Rohit’s book with the deck:
“Bheeshma faces his biggest nightmare – combat against a woman.  He would never descend to such an act, and prefers to desist from fighting …  He ceases combat and allows Arjuna the only feasible chance of striking him down. This masterstroke originated in the smiling wisdom of Krishna – quick to seize a legal advantage, and never mind its fundamental unfairness.  An outraged Ganga watches her invinicible son brought low by cynically exploiting what is noblest in his nature … 

“The poet Ved Vyasa says, ‘As the mother crab recognises with joy its childrens’ pincers tearing it apart, so too did Bheeshma mark out the deepest embedded arrows, saying: These belong to Arjuna!’

“When he finally falls, Bheeshma does not hit the ground.  So many arrows have pierced him, that they hold him aloft in a glorious warriors’ bier.  He does not die either;  his father’s boon keeping him alive until an auspicious moment arises to cast away the mortal shell.

“In a reading:  Nightmare.  Culmination of effort for good or bad, but it is over now.  Karmic repayment.  Sorrow and mental pain, but gaining of spiritual insight.  Need to show love to a suffering person, as Bheeshma does to Arjuna … Begin healing process or sadhana. Time heals all wounds, and wounds all heels … Brooding is infinite, action is what saves you.  What has emerged from the past to distress you?”

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Sacred India Tarot, 9 of Arrows

Sacred India Tarot, 9 of Arrows

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I think Krishna displays profound detachment, with the liberation of this tough old warrior from the drama.  Deep within us, through whatever turn of events, the One observes. When painting this card, I felt that Mother Ganga – her stream blocked by humankind’s epic War with Arrows – flows free at last, and comes into her own, from the depths to the heights.

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In my 2004 journal I found this – concerning 8, 9, 10 of Arrows: 
“Arrows restarted.  Bheeshma lets his sword fall, and offers his life to Krishna who spins the great Wheel of Dharma.  We live in such a time of longing for Vishnu to restore the Dharma … I did this rather profound drawing of the 8 of Arrows last night while watching TV  - the best ones often come so, unconsciously.  Wheel and sword:  surrender.  The next one – Nine of Arrows – will depict Bheeshma who cannot shoot Arjuna because of a woman warrior shield.  So at last the dammed-back feminine has returned to the manly Arrows, which is why I can continue.”

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24 February 2004 – The Sacred India Tarot Archetype transcends the Indian continent. Advanced play with swords here on earth, is a martial art.  It becomes graceful and precise.

For a few basic T’ai Chi principles … for it is a Yoga … I quote here from Han Returns to Earth by Barbara Brown, published last month by http://www.bodytao.co.uk . I shall review the book here, very soon.

Jack – a T’ai Chi teacher – instructs east-end youths with knives – after a street fight – to ‘up their game’ and start to learn a discipline:

“‘Raj and Skipper, please stand like me.  Right leg forward, left leg behind, shoulder-width apart, left foot angled 45 degrees.  Body facing squarely forward.’  Raj takes position, still glowering, shooting quick glances of reproach at Jack;  Skipper’s face is impassive as his body settles.  

“‘Now – watch me.  Shift your weight backwards and forwards so that we get the sense of right leg full, left leg empty.  Additionally, allow a sense of pushing from the floor, as if a coiled spring of energy rises from the floor into your right foot up the leg, through the Tan ti’en – and then as you shift weight, the energy, the spring, moves into the other leg.  Now the left leg is full.’
 “Jack is in the courteous, detached mode he adopts when teaching, fully absorbed.  ‘Okay – now from the left to the right.’  The three men move slowly and with increasing gravity backwards and forwards.
 “Satisfied, Jack calls a halt.  ‘That’s the first principle – the shifting of weight.  The second principle is the receiving of the weight and force of the other – and the third is to use the weight and aggression of the other to your advantage, by the dropping into the Tan t’ien and turning the waist.  With the turning of the waist comes the circulation of the hand – hence the term Pushing Hands.’  Jack stands opposite Skipper.  ‘Let me demonstrate.’

“The large, angry man stands opposite Jack.  Now a sickly smile hangs on his lips, his body is peppered with the resentment and unease.  He is bigger than Jack, stronger, broader.  He looks at Jack with disbelief.  He has heard about the capacity of this pale man, but he is new to the class and hasn’t seen it …  ‘Okay, Skipper,’ says Jack. ‘Raise your right hand about chest height … now, turn your hand and push against my arm as hard as you can.’
 “The smile turns into a willing grimace as Skipper puts all his aggression and tension into pushing the irritating man in front of him.  Jack receives the push.  After years of practice, he knows – don’t brace the arms, the upper body.  Keep it all soft, fluid.  Take the push down, receive it into the Tan t’ien, move it through as the weight shifts from forward leg to back leg, and then let the back leg and the central column of the torso drill themselves into the floor, earthed, powered by the energy they have received.  With a vivid corkscrew turn of the waist, and his right hand flipping to show the palm outward and guide Skipper’s body away from him, Jack releases charged-up energy and feels a rush as Skipper’s heavy weight spins past his right side.  Skipper is moving as if blasted by a powerful wave, juddering and bouncing.  Jack’s hand completes a half-circle and then snaps onto Skipper’s wrist, steadying him.  

“Panting, startled, Skipper rights himself and stares at Jack.  Jack looks at him and then bows to him.  ‘Thank you.’  Everyone watches, breath held, to see if Skipper will respond in kind.  An endless second passes.  Then – a very small bow – a mumbled thank you.”

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4 November 2004 – “The Ten of Swords (Arrows) marks a Completion, Malkuth in the western tradition.  The old King instructs the young in the art of government (Sacred India Tarot 8 of Lotuses, 8, 9 and 10 of Arrows were all done last weekend.)  Use the Sword for cutting ties that bind.”

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Rohit’s Notes  - Ten of Arrows:  
Bheeshma on the bed of arrows discoursing to Yudhishtara on Niti
“We would like to communicate a positive feel to a horrible end.  Normally the Ten of Arrows is a miserable card, but in keeping with India’s unique take on this sort of thing, this Ten of Arrows is slightly upbeat as from all this suffering and pain comes an opportuinity to convey the essence of the knowledge and wisdom gathered over a long life.  The arrows form the bed, and ten of them should be prominent, but basically he looks like a porcupine, so many shafts have penetrated him.

“From this bed he teaches Yudhishtara the art of government.  So Yudhishtara in a meditative attentive pose should be seated beside him.”

SITA 10 of arrows - visual reference

SITA 10 of arrows – visual reference

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Jane’s Notes 
As I painted this, I was aware that Bheeshma’s chakras are open – his spinal Kundalini “rests” along those pointed arrows – releasing his soul from the burden of war to the art and speech of wise government.  This is an unusual and positive “take”  on the desperate situation which this card normally depicts.  Bheeshma counsels and guides from the ground, the wise ruler who will succeed him.  As the seed goes into the ground and dies, the generational transmission is unbroken.

Sacred India Tarot 10 of Arrows - Bheeshma instructs Yudhishtara in the art of government

Sacred India Tarot 10 of Arrows – Bheeshma instructs Yudhishtara in the art of government

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Correspondence:  Jane to Rohit and Gautam
“As enclosed, thanks for your email.  I think it’s in keeping for the early Arrow cards to be rather introverted in tone, and to open out with the arrival of the feminine Shakti – after all, he dammed back the Ganga in the Ace ! – but we shall see, on completion. All best, Jane”

Rohit and Gautam to Jane
“Dear Jane, we like this card very much.  We especially like the Krishna, and is it Ganga watching from the sky?  The horror on Arjuna’s face at the ‘nightmare’ of what he’s doing is beautifully depicted.  No changes required.   Warm regards.”

And:  “Hi Jane, Arrows Ten is Ten on Ten!   Gautam and Rohit”

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Priestess, King of swords  and Fool, 1988

Priestess, King of swords and Fool, 1988

Jane’s Notes on Sword and Arrow Symbols – THIS IS ADDITIONAL

From my Journal during January 2014:  The fragment gleamed to me in an open, contemplative way, rather exposed and childlike.   It was existential, it was an awakened dream work, in an inner journey;  I retained always its pictorial essence.  Again it is the light on a bright sword, kept untarnished.  The sword seen only as a gleam, is for ever whole.  Bright sword is the Word.

Sword & Onion

The sword seen only as a gleam is yet a profound healing element, helping to transform areas of life and humanity beyond our ken.

Curious:  the YOD and the HEH.  The Yod is the sword-man:  the Heh is the lake.

These subtle details prompt me yet again to see the Play of the Swords in Beriah the Air element;  we human beings as we draw together, are drifts of that Weather.  We have faces, but  before we have faces, this is happening. So everything I see and am dismayed at in the world, has another Picture entirely from what is believed.

Truth comes together from far beyond our partial vision:  from beyond the belief system.

bota key 11

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Sani Saturn Jyotish, with oxen and raven

Sani Saturn Jyotish, with oxen and raven

The Tarot Key is 11:  Justice.  Equilibrium, the raised Sword.  There is actually a temple of wisdom there, a vaulted Cube.   I can go into it when I like.  The Hebrew letter is “LAM’D” – an uncoiled serpent, or ox goad, the Law which drives the strongest beast of the ancient world;  it ploughed the field and harnessed the Light:  here is Sani’s ox in Jyotish (Indian astrology).   Saturn’s T or TAV is upon the breast of the Queen of equilibrium, above the Karmic scales.   The sword held upright in Her right hand:  initiation.   Saturn is exalted in Libra.

Relationship is strong in the subtle kingdom;  it was difficult to adjust the lens of life to see and be it clearly.

Lenses are two – as in the Amber Spyglass. (His Dark Materials volume 3, by Philip Pullman.)
You bring them into alignment, and keep on doing so

And the lens itself is made from layer over layer of the amber sap to dry, bond and polish – like the making of magic Swords;  and that is why you can see through it, the Golden Dust  – the stellar current.

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Moments spaced out, such as this, are human understanding.   All conditions.  See, I have an acorn, which glows psychedelically, like an avocado stone.  I have an amber lens, which forms layer on layer, sheath on sheath, a Sword Form in the martial art of life.   I have Master Han’s teaching on sweet respect and courtesy with each difficulty …   Ask Han a Question … With his questioners, the intimate is released.   Their wisdom-dance together is BREATHTAKING.

Tune in to this:  the collective needs this intimate way of sharing.   The diamond roots sent down into the under-soil, are the rose deep down inside the garden, a red little cavern of white-fire.  The violet delta system.  The venous network:  the invisible brilliance of our organs.

Himalaya - infrared satellite photo from Earth, a Journey through Time

Himalaya – infrared satellite photo from “Earth, a Journey through Time” (by Nicholas Cheetham, published by Quercus)

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But specifically, an exposed and open intimacy is homeopathic, an acupuncture needle of consciousness.   It is the hermit in the black dragon.   It starts to dislodge age-old Karmic carbons to break them up a little:  the lumpish Academic Protective Religious Gear habit that humans got themselves into.   It is an alchemical compound:  a chemistry.   Altering the chemistry in the black dragon, reaches and radiates profoundly into Life and humanity.

I am astonished with what I am learning today, of the Sword Form in the tao martial art.  I sometimes saw Barbara practice with her wooden sword.  Since October also, posting the Swords in the Sita Archive:  life was challenging and delicate to negotiate.   From the start, I knew the Suit of Swords is, in Hebrew, Beriah, Air, World of Creation.

avocado stone '94 j&d11

On Earth those blades of light are misunderstood.  They orchestrate great fields of Karmic weather pattern and their real gesture is beauty.   But they are sharp, like light through the trees, and we project onto them our fear, our clouds, our resistance, our wars, and so they appear to us dark and wounding … until we learn to forge our very own Sword of Light (through plunge of fire and water) layer by layer from Life itself.   Love, Light and Life.

In my life, the drawing near … is a gesture of the Sword form:  just about now, it begins to integrate fully. That is an interesting word!

bottic.mercury sketch

It always was so:  but I had to recreate the lens to see it.  Then through the lens, a deep past is perceived:   the resonance.  The lens, bringing two slides together, springs into life:  three dimensionally.   I saw last night on telly, Flinders Petrie do this (in the 19th century) with his magic photo box.   Basically, there are two identical pictures, and a hole for each eye to look through.  The left and right eye “slide” the pictures together, and suddenly I am in the full room with human-ness  – the depth of field.

The depth of field is an unknown PERCEPTION, and this may be practiced by looking at the depth of space and perspective between any two objects:  a chair and the chest of drawers:   my feet and a book lying open over there:   a swirl of leaves and their tree trunk.   This PERCEPTION when practiced, regulates our human endeavours and intimacies, for it slows down the desperate blind monkey. Just look at the space between … the things.  See between the thoughts, which all are constructed on A-Ka-Sha, interior space.

Ask?

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portrait of the artist

portrait of the artist

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Rohit Arya
Rohit Arya is an Author, Yogi and Polymath. He has written the first book on Vaastu to be published in the West, {translated into five languages} the first book on tarot to be published in India, co-authored a book on fire sacrifice, and is the creator of The Sacred India Tarot {82 card deck and book}. He has also written A Gathering of Gods. He is  a corporate trainer, a mythologist and vibrant speaker as well as an arts critic and cultural commentator. Rohit is also a Lineage Master in the Eight Spiritual Breaths system of Yoga. 

Earlier posts about the deck, including the first 15 Major Arcana archives are inhttp://aryayogi.wordpress.com   The deck is copyrighted (c) 2011 to the publishers, Yogi Impressions Books pvt, and available also on Amazon and internationally.

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Jane 
My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom.

This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

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Human Landscape: Sketches in Hampstead coffee shops & pubs

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shelf & dancer

My blog is also an Archive – another place to store and share my drawings, paintings and sketchbooks.  Here are some bundles from roughly 2005 – 2008.  The first four “galleries” are from the same sketchbook, consecutively … roaming the streets and bars.  The fifth one is a collection of small paintings and studies from my album.  To view, click on any image.

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Here are habituees of the restaurant in Kenwood House, on Hampstead Heath …

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… And here, some old faithfuls in my journal, chill out …

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I sketched Adolfo Barabino in 2008.  He was playing a private concert on a friend’s Bechstein.  This sketch is now on the cover of his CD, which is being brought out by Claudio Records, distributed by Naxos.  Barabino plays Chopin, with an unusually sensitive and creative touch.  Rather than the modern bravura style, he listens to the keys. Chopin himself, in salon concerts, made his audience really listen.

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Putting these together, I rejoice in the human light which dances through them:  old friendships:  landscape.  The human landscape comes through everything life throws at it, jaunty and indefatigable.

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my mother in the Quantocks

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My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom.

This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

aquariel link

All art and creative writing in this blog is copyright © Janeadamsart 2012-2014. May not be used for commercial purposes. May be used and shared for non-commercial means with credit to Jane Adams and a link to the web address http://janeadamsart.wordpress.com/