On the Life Path: Boulders, Vows, Evaluating Goals, Tarot 7 of Swords, Wood Bethony, and Buddhism

Imagine standing at the edge of a forest and  you want to reach the other side...
THE FOREST OF LIFE!  Imagine standing at the edge of a forest and you want to reach the other side…

Imagine standing at the edge of a forest, and that you want to reach the other side. 

Would you walk a straight line through it? Or, might the path meander in every possible direction, around boulders, between trees, along a stream, feeding the deer, conversing with the owls, and roasting marshmallows? 

Yeah, every possible direction, because this is how things are in a forest. 

    The Universe

[the clever lines above received by email this morning from tut.com]

I’d just been thinking such a similar set of mental phrases.  I sure am going the long way around wherever I’m going — and I quit trying to second-guess the ultimate destination a while back.  I adapted the attitude of one of my teachers who said, “… you go where you’re sent in life.”

Today I am also thinking of the Bodhisattva  vow:  May I attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.  May my action bodhichitta grow

Yeah, okay.  I’m doing my best–so don’t laugh!  And I seem to be meandering around a few boulders in the forest of life  this year in general and this week most recently, but as my grandmother used to say “little by little” progress is made. So T-minus 4 days to take off!  The next move is in 4 days and some final cleaning took place here in the kitchen yesterday and the skin on my fingertips are a  bit raw to prove it.  Never have gotten used to cleaning using rubber gloves.  Clumsy and too much time taking them on an off as I’m pulled in other directions while cleaning–take answering the phone  for one example.

Where is the ultimate destination?  I don’t know!  But I’m willing to let that be okay.  I’ve located a number of possible paths and applied for the hiking permit (so-to-speak, speaking symbolically) and we’ll see what opens up.

Meanwhile, I have two small mirrors to un-anchor from the wall and some things to drive over to storage before the end of the week, aside from that, I don’t know what more I can do as I’ve always applied that girl scout motto:  BE PREPARED

My trip to the rental office yesterday was productive in that I was able to tie up the loose ends and end the confusion about final notices and paperwork:  there was a change of staff right in the midst of the apartment change.  (Long story–don’t ask.)  All’s well that ends well and I’m ending my association with this particular apartment about as well as I can do it.

So on to the next adventure, around this boulder here in 4 days.  Maybe then I will see more clearly what’s ahead.  I think sometimes my vision is blocked for good reason–perhaps I’m being spared in some way and that’s a blessing.

As I sometimes do, let me pull a card and ask (reaching for my tarot cards)… let me ask what is ahead around this current boulder, perhaps the card will show me?  (I do love divination! but then I’m a psychic after all and should, right?)

For clarity sake, the boulder represents the current move into the new apartment with my sister.  What is beyond that?  At least for the near future–this is my question.  Near future representing let us say the next 6 months.  So here we go…  asking for just one card, just to get a feel for the energy beyond the T-minus 4 days….

7 of swords wood betony collage

Well, it’s the 7 of Swords.  Well first thing I get here is “confrontations being avoided” — and that may be a good thing.  The herb associated with this card is WOOD BETONY which some wear to avoid evil spirits.  That’s a bit dramatic.  Let’s just say that Wood Betony can help one release fearful visions of the future… that I’ll go with.   It helps with one’s nerves when used medicinally.  There’s some reference to hidden intentions and deceptions.  Sounds like honesty all around will be important on the other side of this boulder.

The affirmation for this card [according to the book] is:  “With a peaceful heart, I gather information and truth for my plans and goals.”

This card involves “keeping something to yourself”  and being a loner–like those blackbirds who keep to themselves and bow and then fly away when they see other birds.  (Just this past week many blackbirds have been coming to the feeder–highly unusual)  Blackbirds stay to them selves so much that it is said when you actually see two blackbirds together at once, it’s a good omen.

So this “keeping to one’s self” sounds like blackbird medicine advice.  This card is also about preferring solitude–and that of course is no secret about me.  This will likely not change is what the card is indicating.  This card involves “separation from others”.   And further, this card relates to self-reliance and using one’s own wits to solve problems and resources.

Boy O boy!  The feeling that I’m getting here is that my life won’t really change all that much from what it is now.  That “loner” and “self-reliant” energy that I carry (that blackbird energy) will not change.  That’s a comfort to me.

This card also carries a meaning that relates to “running away” in some way—and that has to do with confrontations being avoided in this case (or so it feels).  There’s a testy teenager who will be part of the household and since this card applies to my question about what is around the corner for me, the avoidance of confrontations (bow and fly away; blackbird energy) may be what this card indicates.  (Astrologically speaking:  If you’re an astrologer, this girl is a Leo Moon and Aries Sun with Saturn (in Aries)  in the 7th, Virgo rising–3rd house Pluto.  My Sun and Moon are  in her 1st house within orb of her Chiron.   Her Moon is on my 12th house Mars/Pluto/Saturn  stellium.  My sister is an very early Leo Sun and Aquarius Moon affecting her daughter’s 5th House Uranus.)  Yeah, that 7 of Swords and Blackbird loner stuff …. probably good advice.  A big message of the 7 of Swords has to do with the need to be calm and to keep things to yourself–I so get that.

I may re-evaluate my plans or goals once I get on the other side of the boulder too but meanwhile, I will meander just  as I have been through the forest of life and enjoy whatever is beyond the boulder or around the curve in the path.   Meanwhile, I will do my best to hold to my Bodhisattva vows and the 37 Practices.

I also may totally plan a get away camping trip for a week  or so in the mountains too, providing I have the increase in $$ to do so.   Anybody want to order a reading or sign up for my class?  🙂   Help!  LOL

Part of the Vow:

Just as all the previous Sugatas, the Buddhas
Generated the mind of enlightenment
And accomplished all the stages
Of the Bodhisattva training,
So will I too, for the sake of all beings,
Generate the mind of enlightenment
And accomplish all the stages
Of the Bodhisattva training

This includes practice the “six perfections”:  giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom in order to attain enlightenment for the sake of all beings.


Daily Divination 5-17-11 Are You A Seeker of Truth And Group Of One? 7 of Swords, Aquarius

Sometimes a seeker of Truth needs to be a group of one! 

Being a group of one is natural for some folks and often times they are great humanitarians who are misunderstood because they act on their own and rely on their (inner) Self! 

The image of the card 7 of Swords (which inspires today’s message) shows someone tiptoeing away from society.  Swords and the astrological sign Aquarius relate to “air” or mental activity.

 Personally, I think “information” when I see the suit of swords. Gathering the information and using the intellect to go off and do one’s own thing so-to-speak in order to achieve freedom and create something unique…  that is the essence of  it.

I’ll never forget the first time my mother asked me to hold her car keys while we were out in public somewhere.  I was way too young to drive.  But I felt so FREE holding those keys imagining how it be could someday.  If only I really  could use those keys to start the engine of a car and drive off somewhere!  What a feeling!

  I would no longer have to be dependent upon someone to drive me places and could go where I wanted to do what I chose.  I remember actually jiggling those keys so that people would notice and think me more mature than my days.  The desire to run lone and free!  That epitomizes the energy around today’s message. 

Sometimes in life we do need to withdraw—to gather up what we know or maybe even some materials (books, etc.) and get away from others to study or prepare. 

Sometimes withdrawal is necessary so can we take inventory of what we have and what we still need.  Then we realize that once that’s done, we have to return to the same societal structure that we escaped from and deliver the goods from time to time.  Yet, a return to the state of withdrawal remains periodically necessary.

Certain people ‘are’ more comfortable on their own.  Yet other people believe that the loner is in denial or trying to escape or avoid responsibility.  While that can be possible in some cases, and every lone wolf has to examine that possibility, it is also true that some people just function better and are happier on their own and away from consensus society.   

Those who can ‘only’ function in groups or being in partnership or very active in their family/society/clan find it difficult to understand the lone wolves of the world.  They simply don’t “get” those who dance to the beat of a different drummer and they seem to want to project their standards onto the loner. 

The 6 of Swords relates to Aquarius energy: the archetype keywords for this energy are individualistic, assertive, independent, humanitarian, inventive, original, eccentric, opinionated, intellectual, idealistic, cool, friendly, and detached.

Well known lone wolf types are George Clooney, Russell Crowe, John Lennon, George Lucas, Marilyn Monroe, Conan O’Brien, Princess Diana, and Britney Spears—so you get the idea now, right?

Personally, the transiting south node is hitting my natal 11th house Uranus (rules Aquarius) and so this 7 of Swords theme is being triggered in my own life.  The car key carrying memory that was triggered with this card relates this way.  Those who are lone-wolf types may be able to see they’ve always been that way… always had the desire to escape from the local community or family.  As life progresses, the withdrawal takes on greater purpose.  First we may seek status in the form our individuation, but eventually we create something unique and individual to give to the world. 

We’re not all going to be a George Clooney or Princess Di, but in our own way we each have a unique gift to offer the world after we come back from periodic hibernation. 

Today’s message involves considering if you may need to withdraw for a while in order to take inventory and get the creative juices flowing.  And a side message has to do with examining whether or not you are withdrawing for the purpose of escaping responsibility and if so, to make changes where the heart and soul are guiding you to do so. 

And lastly, if you know of a lone wolf, trying to conform them is a huge waste of time… try to support them and love them for their unique identity!