The Mundane and the Magical
The Mundane and the Magical
This week we find the spiritual nature of hard work.
I do a lot of business coaching as part of my work as a tarot professional. I work with people to develop their entrepreneurial projects, just as I work with people to develop their happiest relationships, careers and home lives. I notice that often folks want spiritual solutions to their practical problems, when both the cards and logic clearly indicate the immediate importance of legwork and mundane tasks.
Meditation, prayer and energy work are appropriate and necessary to help us achieve our goals. Yet, as the expression says, God helps those who help themselves. Sometimes there is no replacement for grunt work, and sometimes there is little time and space for energy work.
I first learned this lesson when my son was an infant. Throughout my pregnancy I had done a great deal of ritual and ceremony to prepare myself for motherhood. I felt that I was in an elevated spiritual state, that is, highly attuned to my intuition and my connection to Spirit. I became dependent on quiet time for meditation and study, and for long walks in the woods and on the beach. I gathered with my friends to drum, chant, dance and raise energy.
When the baby was born, the demands on my time and energy changed radically. I wondered, had I lost my spiritual focus because going to the beach for ceremony was out of the question?
I then realized that doing the mundane taskings of motherhood were simply a different type of ceremony. Certainly, daily laundry wasn’t as much fun as dancing in the moonlight, but, when done with the right energy, it was just as meaningful.
There are times in life and in business when the only right thing to do is to chop wood and carry water. We need to make lists, set goals, network, brainstorm and work hard. To many, this seems the opposite of living a magical life filled with spiritual practice. The truth is, mundane tasks and magical practices are two sides of the same coin. Both are necessary for our success.
When we do our mundane tasks with a grateful heart and a spiritual focus, we maximize our likelihood for success and well-being.
A spiritual principle that is both Biblical and Hermetic is ‘As above, so below’. What happens in the spiritual, mystical, magical world also happens in the mundane, earthly, material world. Each affects, mirrors and influences the other.
This means that when we pray, burn candles and do mystical tasks, that energy has an effect on the mundane world. Likewise, when we do mundane tasks with the correct focus, we elevate our spiritual energy.
From there, we create a cycle of energy, flowing back and forth between the mundane and the magical. That cycle of energy lifts us up, and brings us well-being and prosperity, as long as we continue to nurture it.
See me in Tampa!
I will be returning to the greater Tampa Bay Area this month. From September 27 through 30 I will be available for house calls and psychic house parties throughout the Tampa Bay Area. You can also arrange to visit with me at my location in Wesley Chapel.
On Sunday, September 29, from 3 pm to 5pm we will have our Tarot Meetup at Panera Bread in Lutz. It’s fun, informative and free to attend, so please plan to join us there.
To schedule your session with me, and for more information, please call or text 561-655-1160.
A Workflow Tarot Reading
Tarot is a great tool to help us set priorities and achieve goals. Try this Workflow Tarot Spread to help you get a handle on what you need to do to get where you want to go.
First, set a goal in your mind. What is it you want to accomplish? Are you writing a book? Do you want a new job? Are you promoting a business? Are you committed to becoming more fit?
Once you have your goal in mind, shuffle your cards and perform this spread. You can arrange the cards in any pattern that makes sense to you.
Card One: What I need to know about my goal.
Does this card suggest your goal is appropriate? Does it give ideas for achieving your goal? Does it make you want to rework or reword your goal?
Card Two: The resources that will help me achieve my goal.
This card may give ideas of where to find your resources, or help you discover resources you didn’t know you had.
Cards Three, Four and Five: My Next Three Steps
Let these cards help you make a list of the tasks you need to do to help you reach your goal.
Card Six: Inspiration
Interpret this card to inspire you as you work to achieve your goal.
The Week in Review
There is a lot of information about non-tarot oracle card decks available from those who don’t love tarot. This week, I wrote some information about non-tarot oracles from the perspective of a hard-core tarotist!
From Around the Web
This week, these links all honor hard-working tarot professionals.
My friend and South Florida neighbor, Frank at Tarot Awakenings, wrote an insightful article about tarot interpretation.
Here is one great tarotist interviewing another, about a publication I was happy to be featured in! Read Melissa Cynova’s interview with Ste McCabe.
Here is an interview with Robert Place, one of our great tarot scholars, about tarot as a spiritual path.
Cards for Your Consideration
The Eight of Pentacles offers a number of traditional interpretations, all of which can speak to the need to put one foot in front of the other and accomplish mundane tasks to achieve a goal.
For some readers, the Eight of Pentacles is an apprentice, for others, this character is a master craftsman. Some see this as a card that says, “time to make the doughnuts”, or, time to chop wood and carry water.
In Ancestral Path Tarot, the suit of Pentacles is Sacred Circles, and honors the traditions of North American indigenous cultures. Here, the character in the Eight of Sacred Circles is crafting drums.
There is a repetitive quality to this card that can refer to a task that must be done over and over, or the idea that we perfect our craft by doing it repeatedly.
This card can refer to manufacturing something, as well as having to do a task that might be boring.
I love the image of drum-making here, since drumming itself is a repetitive task. Sometimes repetition is what is needed to achieve our goals.
While repetition can be mind-numbingly boring, repetition is also a tool that brings us to a trancelike state of meditation; that place where magic happens.
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Volume 2 Issue 38
September 18, 2019