Soul Path Sanctuary

A place of pause, renewal, and connection for seekers

Jul
24
2017

Faces and Spaces of Justice: A Reading

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Justice – Tarot

Since it is summer, I am lingering a little longer with last moonth’s Face and Space of Justice from the Haindl Tarot published by U.S. Games Systems  so I can tell you about the “Gifts of Justice for the USA on its Birthday” meditation and Wisdom reading that I did on the 4th of July. I found the gifts fascinating.

 

 

Guided by the imagery of the card with its upper chakra colors rising from an earthy tree-trunk source, I meditated and pulled cards for gifts for the USA from the earth, our human visionary capacity (3rd eye connected), and the Divine / Universal Energy (crown chakra connected).
 

Earth Gift – Eight of Swords – Interference: I saw the word “Interference” and a “Yes!” rose up within me. I saw the interference as arising both from the earth itself and from we humans who are concerned about the planet and all the creatures here. In this way, the earth’s wild weather swings can be seen as alerts calling us to pay attention and to act to bring things into better balance. Rachel Pollack’s thoughts on interference for the human-side seemed written just for the times we live in: “The positive side of interference includes political action to reform dangerous or evil policies. If we see something wrong in the world around us, we bear a moral responsibility to do whatever we can.”

 

Visionary Gift – Two of Cups – Love: How wonderful to see this card here echoing the peacock of Justice. It was also the action card of last moonth – and came up over and over again in various readings that I did. Our ability to keep imagining and envisioning Love as a guiding force is a gift we can to each other and hold up as a possibility for our nation. Rachel writes of the Love shown in this card: “So love in this card becomes something more than personal happiness. We need to give the energy back to the world.”

 

 

Divine Gift – Three of Wands – Virtue: If we listen only to the news, we may feel a lack of virtue in our national life. But the Divine is still sending us virtue; it is available to tap into. And on a local level, in our neighborhoods, or  anywhere people are coming together in Love for the Whole or to Interfere in support of the earth, we may well be acting with just the virtue needed to come into harmony with the cosmic order.

 

 

I invite you to participate in the giving by finding your personal expression of each of these gifts. You can pull cards for questions such as:

  • What can I do to interfere for the good of the earth?
  • How can I express Love to increase Justice in the United States?
  • What virtue can I express now to support the cosmic order?
Jul
12
2017

Pilgrimage Report in Poetry and Prose

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For Grievers – For Seekers – Nature – Poetry – Seasonal Observances – Tarot

The Summer Solstice-hinged e-retreat Walking the Ways of the Summer Light just concluded. This offering is a poetic report from a few moments of my Pilgrimage trip to Acadia National Park. 

 

Love, the shaper, makes her

a light fish with dark eyes

swimming green, this passage

skims skin from her cheeks.

What she wanted once

was to be born without borders

before she knew

the price of this Love

and now a strange joy

in its payment.

Before tall pines and the few hardwoods give way to granite, a fullness of green growth: sheep laurel leaves spreading, constellated with magenta corollas of tiny, fused petals. Low bushes reach to each other across the narrowing path. I pull myself in to make the passage. Feel myself sway a little like the leaves I am brushing. The sun and the green and the swaying are weaving together some kind of magic.

I will play with the magic. I reach into my pack to pull out one of the handful of Tarot cards I carry. The 2 of Rivers emerges.   A dark fish with a light eye and a light fish with a dark eye entwine, reminiscent of the Ying-Yang symbol. They float above the sea and below a range of rocky peaks. At the edge of the image, smaller fish come and go through the streams that feed the sea. The fish swim by a lantern – or is it a miniature lighthouse guiding their journey?

First I see a quite literal mirror to the landscape I am walking in Acadia National Park: a narrow place between bushes on top of a granite bald. Then I remember the card’s meaning: an offering of Love. The card’s emergence calls me to see and to swim through this green growth as a place of Love.

But not necessarily an easy Love.

I travel more deeply into the image. I become the light fish with a dark eye. The dark eye of my illuminating Love sees Grief, knows Grief. This is the place that I’ve come each year as a kind of pilgrimage since my partner John died.

The first year after his death I was a dark fish. The sadness my skin. But it was pricked by surprise. I was by myself but I wasn’t alone. I wasn’t lonely. I was accompanied. It was strange. This was the little light in my eye.

It’s five years on. You might think I will say I am the light fish now, but, no, I am not one or the other. I might be the circle of them, as we are all the circles of light and dark shifting and breaking, shaking in the flux.

Sheep laurel is a plant of flux, springs up after fire. New shoots come from dormant buds on buried rhizomes exposed to the striping flame. The green waits below the surface, and when it returns the tiny kinglet and the tiger swallowtail come, too. Raise their wings above buds now burst.

The breeze blows lifting leaves and I feel the fish open up their dance. Press closer to each other. Make each other sway. Love and Grief pulsing together pushing me through into the new.

Love, the shaper, makes her

a light fish with dark eyes

swimming green, this passage

skims skin from her cheeks.

What she wanted once

was to be born without borders

before she knew

the price of this Love

and now a strange joy

in its payment.

The Two of Rivers is from Rachel Pollack’s Shining Tribe Tarot

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Thank you for dropping by the Sanctuary! If you haven’t already, I invite you to sign up for my moonthly e-news (in the right-hand column) to hear about up coming lunar and solar observances and follow along with this year’s devotion to Justice. 

Jun
24
2017

Faces and Spaces of Justice: Haindl Tarot

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Justice – Tarot

 

Like many of the images in The Haindl Tarot (published by U.S. Games), the Justice card has usual elements in a composition that includes iconic symbols. Here scales appear with their message about the importance of balance in attaining Justice. But these scales float before the the eight eyes of peacock’s feathers. This is a far-seeing face of Justice.In her companion book to the Haindl Tarot, Rachel Pollack explores the rich layers of meaning offered by these feathers, including:

Though the feathers display many colors, violet and indigo predominate. The colors of the two highest chakras, they indicate the evolutionary quality of Justice. These two chakras are the crown, for spiritual openness, and the third eye, for awakened understanding.

Instead of emerging from the body of the peacock, the feathers appear rooted in a tree trunk. On either side we see the top of a stone, hinting at the mass of the Earth. This suggests that spirit does not exist apart from nature.

This face of Justice shows a way of operating that calls us to move from a connection with the Greater Whole. This connection may begin through attuning to cosmic energy, the Divine, that which is unnamable and invisible, but must end in just relations and a balanced sharing with the actual people in our lives at a local, national, and – now that we live on a planet of truly intertwined systems – global level.

The peacock also appears on the Haindl Tarot’s 2 of Cups. This shared symbol unites Justice and Love. With her usual gift of making unusual connections, Rachel Pollack brings the idea of fantasy into the mix of meaning for both these cards, writing:

The peacock here is a fantasy bird. It emphasizes the importance of fantasy in love.

To love, we must engage our imaginations both to seek out loving relationships and then to stay in them through drama of upheavals and the boredom of the daily round.

Justice, too, calls us to engage our imaginations. Justice may be a perfect ideal, but here in the real world, we so often find ourselves falling short. Today, lies are the language of those at the highest levels of government. Black men are murdered with impunity by agents of the state. A panel of men creates policy in secret that eliminates resources needed for the health of women.

But even in the times when we feel furthest from Justice, we need to believe in its possibility (and there is a historical model that shows when we feel like we are failing, we are about to win.) We need to nurture fantasy. We need to visit the Justice in her space of imagination and vision, to believe in her power rather her diminishment. We need to listen along with the writer Arundhati Roy who says: “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

Jun
11
2017

Faces and Spaces of Justice: The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery

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Justice – Tarot

The inspiration of Robert M. Places’ Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery is Neoplatonic mysticism as it emerged from the Renaissance. The whole deck, and most directly the Major Arcana, grows from Plato’s idea that each person has 3 souls: the Soul of Appetite, the Soul of Will, and the Soul of Reason. Each soul’s development moves progressively through these soul layers, and that growth is aided by adherence to the Cardinal Virtues of Justice, Strength, Temperance, and Prudence.

Robert includes this description of the Sevenfold’s Justice in the companion booklet to the deck:

Justice is the cardinal Virtue which balances the Soul of Reason. She is impartial, uses her scales to find truth, and is obligated to put truth into action. She hands her sword to her champion, the knight, who is sworn by the code of chivalry to serve Lady Justice, defend virtue, and the honor of women. She teaches that might does not make right but that might must serve truth and virtue.

The Sevenfold Mystery shows us Justice in relationship to those who serve Her. We are invited to contemplate our personal relationships to Justice and try on the identity of being a knight in her service and defender of her rule in the places where we live.

The special place of this face of Justice is at the beginning of a quest where we dedicate ourselves to a higher cause and receive the blessing of Justice for the journey ahead.

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This moonth’s chat and meditation will be inspired by finding a knight with whom we identify and letting this knight lead us to an encounter with Justice. The live call will be Wednesday, June 14th at 8:30pm Eastern/USA and a link for later listening will be offered for those who can’t join the call live. Sign up to get all the logistical info and links.

Apr
26
2017

Faces and Spaces of Justice: Sojourner Truth of the Pentimento Tarot

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Justice – Tarot

In Joanna Powell Colbert’s Pentimento Tarot, the ancestors – some famous figures, other unknown – look out at us from the layers of history and invite us to enter into their wisdom.

The deck was conceived when Joanna began experimenting with the medium of beeswax collage. She says: “I found myself envisioning antique tarot cards partially obscured by time and wax, with old interpretations of the cards illuminated by newer ones, and new concepts enhanced by older ones.”

The deck’s images retain the connection to the power of the past, but invite the figures represented to speak to us today. Sojourner Truth is Justice and she has much to teach us for today.

Born a slave and given the name Belle in New York state around 1797, Sojourner Truth was sold away from her family as a child and as a young woman separated from the man she loved and pushed into a marriage arranged by her master where she had five children.

When her master failed to honor his promise to free her as part of New York’s abolition of slavery, she escaped to freedom with her infant daughter. She described this act by saying: “I did not run away, I walked away by daylight.” When Truth heard that one of the sons she had had to leave behind was illegally sold to a slave plantation in Alabama, she successfully sued her former master, becoming one of the first African American women to win a case against a white man. Her son was freed and returned to her.

In 1843, Truth become a Methodist, taking the name we know her by today and beginning her life-long involvement with religious seekers, utopian communities, the abolitionist movement, and women’s right’s supporters.

In the 1840s, she also began her career as a powerful public speaker. At an 1844 religious revival meeting in Northampton, Massachusetts, she overcame her own fear of a wild mob by singing to quiet the rabble rousers and give courage to the congregants. In 1851 at the Women’s Rights Convention held in Akron, Ohio, Truth delivered not only her most famous speech but also one of the most important of the abolitionist and women’s rights movements. Popularly known as the “Ain’t I a Woman” speech, this southern-sounding phrase was unlikely to reflect Truth’s real language and cadence, but the ideas are clearly hers:

Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Truth never rested from working in support of those who were excluded from and abuse by the imperfect justice of existing institutions. Following the abolition of slavery, she worked to secure land grants for former slaves, and, continuing her recognition of the intersection of issues, some of her final work was around prison reform.

Her deep faith sustained her through her long life and undergirded the endurance she needed to do her work. As death neared, it is reported that she said: “I am not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star.”

Truth shows us the space of Justice as the public square of the convention hall, the church basement, and the streets filled with people speaking and marching and singing.

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If you would like to have your own encounter with the Pentimento Tarot’s Justice of Sojourner Truth join me – and Joanna Powell Colbert, too! – for the Serving Justice Moonthly Chat & Meditation on Tuesday, May 16th at 8:30pm ET in the USA. It will be recorded for later listening. Sign up to come onto the live call or receive the follow up link.
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