Real Magic

The Magic of Merlin Class was a huge success for those who managed to attend. A lot of information about the true identity of  Merlin was channelled through and some of the strangeness about the mystery surrounding Merlin was explained in a manner that modern students could understand. This information was relevant and was in agreement with the teachings of the Sirian Mystery School.

 The true meaning of some of the tarot cards also came to light; especially the Magician, and the Fool. We discovered that Merlin played the part of both Magician and Fool; the Path of High Magic represented by the two Paths leading from Kether on the Tree of Life.

We also noted his association with the Goddess energy, also represented on the glyph of the Tree of Life in the form of the Empress and the High Priestess, and noted the association between the polarities of wisdom and folly signified by the Empress being balanced by the High Priestess as she sits on the Pillar of Equilibrium.

 

Everyone had a great visual experience as we pulled down the “Globes of Light” and erected the psychic barrier to strengthen the merkabah before invoking the dragons. Everyone could perceive the dragons as they came forward quite readily, and full of curiosity during the dragon attunement and the meditation that followed. The Celtic symbols we were given for the Merlin Master attunement were exceedingly powerful healing symbols and everyone enjoyed giving and receiving a treatment.We used both hands on healing and healing with the wands. We then enchanted the wands I made to make them “magical wands.” Everyone enjoyed using the wands as part of the healing process as well.
Magical wands are fantastic to use as the crystals enhance your own energy, particularly if you are channelling healing symbols. They can also activate the kundalini if held in a specific manner. However, best to do this under the guidance of a teacher.  Overall, it was a great day, and we managed to take some photos showing the spirit guides in the aura.
The wand on the right is before enchanting – the wand on the left is after enchanting.

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Notes on the Major Arcana

The study of the Tarot in an esoteric sense will lead you through one of the doorways to the mysteries of life. The Tarot has been with us since the dawn of time in one form or another as it is a pictorial representation of the journey back to the Godhead. . And as you work your way through each impression of the card, you will experience the energies associated with the archetype that the card represents.

Truth depends on the insight of each individual, and each one will have their own truth and it will be relative to the degree of their spiritual maturity.

Everyone who uses the Tarot Trumps for Pathworking meditations will have a different experience because we are all at different levels of development and it can take quite some time before the cards will reveal their secrets to you. This is why it is important to note and record everything that happens during a meditation. To gain the deepest possible benefit from meditation, take the Tarot card you are going to work with and keep it near you. Look at it often and think about its symbolism. This will allow your subconscious mind to accept the different levels of meaning and help you unlock the potential of the card.

Because each one is at a different level of development, the experiences of each participant will be different, and the energies will affect each one differently. The Trumps will adapt to your personal requirements and needed lessons and experiences will be revealed if the directions are carefully followed.

The meditations can either be experienced in a lying position or sitting in a comfortable armchair. Do not attempt the meditation if you are feeling tired as you may fall asleep. Always start the meditation with a short period of relaxation and follow with some energetic breathing; ie breathing in through the nose and sighing the breath out through the mouth. After 5 – 10 breaths, breathe normally throughout the remainder of the meditation.

The 22 connecting Pathways on the Tree of Life, of course relate to the 22 Major Trumps. The study of the Paths does not begin with the first card, THE FOOL, but with the last, THE WORLD. This is because from our perspective, we are at the material level, Malkuth, and we are making the journey back to Source, Kether. The Path of Return is a mirror image of the Path of Projection into incarnation. As long as our consciousness is anchored onto the earth plane while we are in incarnation, it is with the earth that the serious work begins.

Everyone who uses the Tarot Trumps for Pathworking meditations will have a different experience because we are all at different levels of development and it can take quite some time before the cards will reveal their secrets to you. This is why it is important to note and record everything that happens during a meditation. To gain the deepest possible benefit from meditation, take the Tarot card you are going to work with and keep it near you. Look at it often and think about its symbolism. This will allow your subconscious mind to accept the different levels of meaning and help you unlock the potential of the card.

Because each one is at a different level of development, the experiences of each participant will be different, and the energies will affect each one differently. The Trumps will adapt to your personal requirements and needed lessons and experiences will be revealed   Work your way through the cards, meditating 5 to 10 minutes on each major trump, and jot down any intuitive impressions you may receive. In this way, you will build up a personal interpretation of each major trump. 

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Notes on the Minor Arcana of the Tarot

Seven of SwordsI would like to offer a brief explanation of the minor arcana for those who have difficulty with this part of the Tarot deck.

The suit of Pentacles is a grossly misunderstood suit, and unless you are familiar with the activity of the elements, you won’t properly understand the nature of the minor arcana. Many people think that Pentacles suit has to do with money, career, health and  with the material world. But it really has to do with how you relate to money, how you relate to your  career, to your state of health, to the material world. If you get sick how do you feel about that? What do you do about it? What aspect of the element is out of balance that caused the illness? When you go to work, is it just a way for you to earn money, or is there a sense of service involved? Are you satisfied with your work? Do you come home feeling as if you accomplished something or are you pleased to get out of the rat race? Not the world, but how we interact with the world, is the domain of Pentacles. This suit also relates to our calm, peaceful nature, someone who is generous and giving, friendly and likeable, and also the opposite qualities as well. The suit of Pentacles is analogous to the element of the earth.

The Suit of Cups has to do with your feelings: how you feel, how you express your feelings, and how you respond to the feelings of others and your ability to analyze. Some overanalyze their feelings to the detriment of their relationships. Some take their relationships for granted and miss out on the joy of the mystical union. Cups also deal with quality of life, attention to detail, being very organized and logical, often serious and reserved, but very responsible.  The arts also fall under cups. Most artists paint, draw, sing, act with tremendous feeling. The suit of cups is analogous to the element of water.

The Suit of Swords, associated with air and the intellect, whose way to spirit is courage and the pursuit of truth, and whose flaw is harsh criticism and the despair that ensues when you cut the intellect off from your other functions of consciousness. It has to do with your clarity, your capacity to think clearly because it invokes fast, energetic energy which also makes for flexibility and being multi-talented, innovative and creative. This energy is light, but fast and energetic. If used incorrectly or by thinking negatively, the results are graphically shown in this suit. Swords relate to the airy elemental principle. Unfortunately, a lot of people use this energy incorrectly then wonder: “Why did this happen to me?”

The Suit of Wands is associated with the function of con­sciousness called intuition, and intuition is really quite miraculous; it is spiritual fire.  It is a way of knowing that has nothing to do with reason and very little to do with perception. It is knowing without having learned. Something has come to mind that is totally new. It is not the result of study or of inductive or deductive processes. Even if you had scoured your brain centres, all your ideas, and your entire conceptual framework, you would never have come up with what has suddenly come to you in a flash. What you expe­rience is a miraculous entry into consciousness of something that seems to come from somewhere else. All at once you just know!

The Suit of Wands is related to the fiery elemental principle, with its quickness, suddenness, and dissimilarity to its source. You begin with a match and a matchbox, and all of a sudden, in a flash, you have a flame, which looks nothing at all like either the match or the matchbox. There’s no way to figure out how you can get fire from these two inert little pieces of cardboard. That’s the way intu­ition flashes into consciousness.

The Suit of Wands represents as well, life energy of all forms, including what is called libido. It is the animal energy that drives life, the vital life force that you feel surging up within you. And although those two, intuition and libido may strike you as totally different from one another, they are the opposite ends of the same pole; they really are related as suggested by the word sublimation. Sublimation clearly means “to make sublime.” So if you take that basic life energy and express it, not in its most primitive way through the act of procreation, but by elevating it up through the spine to the sacred gland in the head, you elevate it to a point of artistic expression. By moving the energy to that creative place, you make it sublime.

That we need all the suits of the Tarot is clearly seen in the creative process. When we speak of the creative process, we do not limit ourselves to the writing of a symphony or a poem, or the painting of a canvas. We address anything we do, or any way we live, that involves creative thinking. Functional relationships require endless creativity, the ability to engage another in a way that enhances the lives of each rather than rigid adherence to old patterns that result in conflict. To be ourselves demands creativity. In a relationship it is not two halves coming together to make one whole, but two wholes helping each other to achieve their full potential in the partnership.

I would like to make a final point about the Tarot. It is my belief that everything that is part of human experience can be expressed by, and is expressed in, the Tarot. One excellent way to work with the cards is to think in terms of Tarot, so that when you have a significant experience, you immediately ask yourself, “What would be the card for that? Allow your mind to find it. If you follow that practice, you will find a much-enriched understanding of the cards, especially if you are reading for others.

Some thoughts on the major arcana will follow.

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PURPOSE OF THE TAROT

The ultimate purpose of the Tarot is to be used as a metaphysical guide through your physical life, but the soul must have awakened before the value of the Tarot’s archetypal energies as they flow through you, can be fully appreciated. It is imperative to understand yourself in all aspects to allow your function to be fulfilled while you are upon the earth plane. To understand your characteristic traits and talents is to begin to understand your destiny. Working with the Tarot will help you to understand the archetypal energies that are constantly flowing through you and which ones are influencing you at the present time. All cards pulled serve a learning purpose, and are therefore benevolent.

Since all confusion is the result of ignorance, the Tarot seeks to answer those questions by turning you back on yourself with more questions. Since the answer to any question is always sought within the question itself.

All fate is the result of the thoughts that are the roots of your character. Change your thinking and you can change your destiny. “Know thyself” was a maxim given by the ancients so humankind could become wise and master their own destinies. Free will becomes a gift when this is clearly understood, otherwise you will find yourself buffeted by the winds of fate, which will be caused to blow from your negative thought processes, in an effort to give you the clues you need to make the necessary adjustments. As you gain in understanding, you can avoid much of the negative conditioning and use the positive aspects to full enjoyment.

The Tarot has been with us since the dawn of time in one form or another as it is a pictorial representation of the journey back to the Godhead, using the analogy of the four elements in conjunction with the Kabbalah. We can see this even in religious ceremonies today.

For example, on the first card, the Magician, we see depicted the four elements, in the form of the sword, the wand, the cup and the coin resting on a table. If you look at the symbology depicted in some churches today, you will see something similar. It only takes a little bit of thinking to come up with the analogy. The cards are simply used to show the many blessing and pitfalls along the way. The four elements represent the Tetragrammaton, which is representative of the secret name of the being who created our planet out of the interactions of those four sacred elements.

There are various cards that can help you on your journey and these are your Personality Card and your Soul Card.

Your personality card can be ascertained by adding up the numbers of your birthdate one under the other. First the date, then the month and finally the year; then add all the numbers together. Remember there are only 22 major arcana cards, so keep any number that appears up to the number 22. This is your personality card.  If you have double digits add them together to get your soul number. For example if your personality number is 13 (Death) which means transformation, then your soul number is 4 (Emperor) the male principle inside you. This means you are learning to transform from a perhaps a rather normal type personality to a personality that is ready to take control of your life by balancing the four elements within you by your own power and divine authority.

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THE MYSTIQUE OF THE TAROT

The study of the Tarot in an esoteric sense will lead you through one of the doorways to the mysteries of life. The Tarot has been with us since the dawn of time in one form or another as it is a pictorial representation of the journey back to the Godhead. And we can see this even in many religious

ceremonies today. For example, on the first card, the Magician, we see depicted the four elements, in the form of the sword, the wand, the cup and the coin resting on a table. If you look at the symbology depicted in some churches today, you will see something similar. It takes only a little bit of thinking to come up with the analogy. The cards are simply used to show the many blessings and pitfalls along the way. And as you work your way through each impression of the card, you will experience the energies associated with the archetype that the card represents.

Spiritual truth never comes as dogma; it comes as a small still voice from within, and is only relative to you and the lessons you have chosen to learn in this incarnation. This does not mean to say that you cannot assist others if they ask you, but the warning here, of course is, not to let your ego or personality colour the information coming through. Truth depends on the insight of each individual, so it is rather impossible to generalize about the problem of truth, except to say that each one will have their own truth and it will be relative to the degree of their spiritual maturity.

The capacity to differentiate between knowledge and wisdom is also tied up with this problem of truth. There is a wide difference between the two and it is much easier to gain knowledge than wisdom. Whereas knowledge depends on receptivity and understanding of the mind and experience coupled with the memory of such experiences, wisdom does not depend on knowledge at all, although both are identical up to a certain point. The source of wisdom comes from the causal principle or that which is termed the Godhead. Therefore wisdom does not depend on the mind or the memory, but on the maturity and purity of the individual entity and insights are passed on through the intuitive or inspirational processes. Therefore to develop a well rounded out personality, knowledge as well as wisdom must go hand in hand; neither one nor the other must trail behind.

The Tarot, therefore is the perfect tool to assist in unlocking the intuitive processes and can lead to profound insight and wisdom.

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The Symbolism of the Tarot and its Powers

Psychic powers are common to all people, but some have not used their ability in the field of Metaphysics so they consider that they don’t have them; everyone has them to some degree or another. Some brain researchers explain that the primitive brain is more intuitive and that hunches and psychic insight are activities of this more primitive part of the brain.

The energies come up through the medulla (Centre M) through the cerebellum lobes, to and through the pineal in their twinned trinities, (and note these trinities are not of opposing polarities.) The energies which come through the trinities shine through their various avenues and that which is the first trinity channels initially into mainly the left hemisphere, then across to the pituitary gland.

Those energies cause an imprint on the energy already flowing through that left hemisphere. This imprint we call thought. So, we have the left hand side dealing with abstract thinking, music, art and literature; the imprint called thought and the ability to think clearly. This, in turn channels to the right hemisphere where it is necessary.

So, rather than a left brain, right brain phenomena, it could perhaps be described as an inner brain, outer brain phenomena. If we go along with this theory, traumatic situations may allow the thought processes to occur at a more primal level, so that decisions are made instinctively or intuitively. So we have an influence coming from the subconscious mind which, by its definition, resides below the threshold of consciousness.

Correct training can help this information come to the conscious mind at will. Practice with the symbolism of the Tarot can raise the level of awareness and hone the intuitive faculty. Symbols are the language of the subconscious mind and the Tarot, being rich in Metaphysical symbology will speak directly to your subconscious mind and allow intuitive insights. When you experience the symbolic nature of the Tarot, the experience is brought directly from your subconscious mind into consciousness awareness.

To learn how to do this:

1. Go into a deep state of relaxation

2. Connect with your higher self

3. Place your hand over the appropriate tarot card

4. Let the impressions come into your conscious mind

5. When the images or impressions have fininshed you should have a fuller awareness about the problem you were trying to solve.

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