Featured Arcana: The Star

Set your mind on things above…

Colossians 3:2

  • The Star starts at the Supernal Triangle, on the Pillar of Action and Creation…
  • …crosses the Great Abyss (the point at which subconscious interactions with the Source crosses into Intent)…
  • …and ends on the Pillar of Mildness in the Ethical Triangle, where we form our interpersonal intentions.

(See “Segmenting the Tree of Life“…)

Bridging from sephirots 2 to 6, the Star is the pathway that takes a spark of inspiration (some knowledge bestowed upon us directly from the Universe), and then, without any further thought or deductive reasoning (simply mirroring that spark), we use that inspiration to balance and filter our Intentions.

“Reconnecting your soul to the divine.”

Thus, this arcanum is thought of as the embodiment of Hope–when we base our balanced intentions upon the spark of inspiration we are looking to. And, in this manner, our Intentions are balanced because we are setting our sights on the “divine”, as opposed to merely reacting to our physical surroundings.

Be Kind to Yourself Today

Through the churning storms of my Mind,
In the one True Silence that is All,
that is Me,
I heard a voice say,
“Be kind to yourself.”

Be kind to yourself;
Violence only begets more violence,
for it is a form of Energy,
an active, restless, moving, driving force
of Energy; it pushes others, and stirs up the surroundings from within.
Serenity, stillness, calmness, Peace,
these are a lack of energy or force —
Yes, a stronger Force still,
for is not the Sky itself
greater than the winds and the clouds?
The calm from the Storm,
in the Storm,
of the Storm,
A letting go, and letting Be:
Acceptance, Faith.

All that is within
is consequently projected
on the world without.
So, be kind to yourself.
Now and always.

Divine Beloved
Painting by Janet J.E. Chui.

Return to Your Roots

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Let us take a lesson from Sister Flora, who draws nourishment from deep down within the Earth. It is the connection of the roots, drawing energy and nourishment from the Earth that sustains the Tree.

Jesus said it this way:

See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these…that is how God clothes the grass of the field…will he not much more clothe you… So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ …your heavenly Father knows that you need them. –Matthew 6:28-32

Sister Flora does not work or toil or worry, she only draws up the energy from Mother Earth to bring through her veins everything she needs. Likewise, we too, if we reconnect ourselves to the Earth and cosmos from which we came — within which our roots still exist from the beginnings of Evolution eons ago:

— we will find all the energy, creativity, love, and sustenance that we could ever need. 

Similarly, our roots interconnect and intertwine with the roots of others who are connected rootsto this planet, who were birthed here. And when we are aware of this intimate connection with The All, The All is entirely open to us: we are It, and It is us. We are each other, and we are Everything. Therefore, again, we lack for nothing.

In this manner, it is strikingly evident what Carl Sagan has said in regard to us and the Universe:

The cosmos is also within us… We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

If through Evolution, the cosmos has begun to open itself and search within itself all of its own possibilities, then we are a powerful part of that search — that Knowledge and Unearthly Wisdom! Let us reconnect ourselves and draw that into us.

One more thought for encouragement. I often behold the apparent restrictions human civilization has put on Sister Flora, confining her to certain zones, if you will, where she is allowed to flourish among us, surrounded by concrete. But then I consider, how awesome it is that, as long as her roots are connected to the Earth and drawing all she needs from within the Heart of it, then, in fact, she is not restrained in the truest sense! Likewise, while it may seem at times that we are imprisoned in our own emotions and minds and societal situations we’ve gotten ourselves into, nonetheless, there is always Freedom, there is always Wisdom, deep down at the Heart of Creation, waiting to be tapped.

May we continue to strengthen our connection with the Earth, our Mother, and reach our roots down deep to draw upon her nourishment and wisdom.

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The Stickiness of Attachments

As you walk through your day today, take a moment to examine your power chakra, the center of duality, Ego, and boundaries.

Do you feel a tightness in your gut? Butterflies? A sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach?

Stop a moment — it only takes a moment! — and get grounded; be connected with the Source of All. Then, simply observe; are there Attachments clinging to your Ego today, biding for your attention? It’s amazing how attachments crop up in the most unexpected of times and places!

Are you attached to that duty or project you must work on? Then… are you attached to your meditation practice to clear the attachments??

Remember this aspect of attachments:

Attachment to “to rules and vows, to precepts and practices that one assumes will lead to purity.”– “The idea of ‘I’m doing the practice’ gets in the way of being attentive to what’s happening in the heart and mind. When we are attentive, we can actually do the practice and enjoy it, delight in it and benefit from the results.”

This is the immense value of mindful observation. The Witness, the eye of your Soul, is free from the constraints of all fear and consists of pure, truly unconditional love. Release your attachments to heaven — to your angels or your Divine Beloved — as you notice them today… And be not even attached to the practice of needing to release attachments as you practice, either!!

Simply Be, as the mountains are… Be, I AM.

Align yourself and be at peace today.

The Many Faces of Consciousness

Consider the aspects of your consciousness…

Enjoy this enormously valuable article from Kundalini-Teacher.com, describing in a most beautiful fashion, the various roles and personalities of our own complexly rich consciousness:

  • Ego
  • Shadow
  • Divine Beloved
  • Witness
  • Higher Self
  • the Archetypes
  • the All

Get to know yourself better!

A Loving Kinship

A poem for you…

Big Brother Mountain;
Unshaken, immovable,
Overlooking all.

Father Sky above;
Canopy of clouds and sun,
Nourishing the Earth.

Sisters Greenery;
Brush, grasses, wild flowers, trees;
True Breath of our Life.

Gaia, Goddess Earth;
The womb of humanity,
From whence we are birthed.

Mother Starry Host;
Scattering the Seeds of Life
To all who’d receive.

Nonduality;
Unity, wholeness, and peace;
I Am as I Am.

Universe aligned;
Wholeness within and without,
We are, The I Am.

(Copyright 2012 Sarah Wallin Huff. Used with permission.)

There is no wrongness in embracing an innate kinship with the world we see around us. After all…

We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands…

Some part of our being knows this is where we came from… We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

–Carl Sagan

Our kinship and love of the Universe need not be an empty, mystical rite to be looked upon by others with ridicule or misunderstanding; but, rather, it is yet another type of personal allegory or myth that may illuminate to our understanding our place in the Universe. As Sagan has so oft-beautifully taught, there is much proven scientific evidence that points to our intimate physical connection with all of matter. We came from the cosmos; we are the cosmos, on the most basic, scientific levels. So it is only natural to embrace with wonder the familial kinship we have with our surroundings. It helps us to put so much more in perspective.

I am in love with Nature, I am in love with the Cosmos and with the Universe and all its inhabitants, from the seen to the unseen.

And this Perfect Love casts out Fear.

The Collective Unconscious

The collective unconscious – so far as we can say anything about it at all – appears to consist of mythological motifs or primordial images, for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents. In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious… We can therefore study the collective unconscious in two ways, either in mythology or in the analysis of the individual. (From The Structure of the Psyche, CW 8, par. 325.)
–found here.

I am simply enthralled with the notion of the collective conscious and/or unconscious…
That at our core of all personal believing, faith, religion, etc… lies the human experience in All-Consciousness. That we all basically experience the same thing, albeit at different stages of our learning according to our own capacities, and we can only label this experience according to the myths and stories and traditions of our cultures, and otherwise in any way possible we can hope to describe this amazing and thrilling phenomena!

Think of it this way:
The “Divine Beloved” is the part of our personal unconscious that emerges in a form that we can relate to, fall in love with, have a relationship with; in essence, it gives us a chance to understand and relate to our deeper understandings. Our unconscious mind is connected to the Collective Unconscious; therefore, God/dess, in this sense then, is not only my unconscious but indeed it is all of us — the collected, inherited, perhaps even universally psychical, accumulation of knowledge during the universe’s existence and our relationship to it. No wonder we say that God is All-Knowing!

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Whether this is entirely a biological phenomenon ingrained and passed down through our DNA, or whether it is truly on another plane of existence, we cannot perhaps say with utmost certainty. Jung himself seems to have changed his mind later on in life. But I posit — does it ultimately really matter?

When the labels we create to describe our experiences of the unconscious turn into dogma and we fail to realize the Myth as Allegory nature of past writings of our forefathers exploring the very same experiences, then, I believe, we can easily get ourselves into trouble! We are bound by fear, and wind up binding others by it. But if we can take what we’ve learned and explore the myths of others as congruous with our own, then the whole Universe is open to us — and it is thrilling!

One last thought to leave you with… There may in fact be some scientific basis to the theory of an actual shared, universal conscious! I’ll share more after I explore these writings…. You can find them here, too, and see what you find!