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Divination of The Moment: don’t squash the bugs!

The Hedge Witch Oracle - Ka Pe'elua, The Caterpillar - The Hawaiian Oracle

Our Divination of the moment I drew from The Hawaiian Oracle deck. I fanned the cards from left to right and drew a single card with my left hand signaling it’s origin from the right hemisphere or intuitive seat of the brain. Ka Pe’elua or The Caterpillar was the aumakua or spirit guide selected.

In Ancient Hawai’iKa Pe’elua would feast on the leaves of the ‘Uala or the Hawaiian Sweet Potato. This food staple was crucial to sustaining the Hawaiian population in health and prosperity.  Ancient Hawaiians respected and understood  the natural order of the Universe and did not seek to oppose the Pe’elua by killing it but rather they fostered conditions mutually beneficial by creating an area where the Pe’elua could feed on discarded ‘Uala leaves after removing the caterpillar from the plant.  A supplication asked of the creature requested that it leave the tubers for human consumption in exchange for the delicious leaves, hoping that both species could be supported in life by the ‘Uala, in peaceful coexistence.

Pe’elua’s wisdom speaks to us about creating boundaries on a spiritual level, preventing ourselves from crossing into the realm of retaliation and revenge based on fear of lack, but instead seeking an outcome where there are no losers but winners on both sides. We must find balance in our understanding of perceived threats instead of moving automatically into opposition, squashing what we fear with a heavy hand of vengeful resistance. When we react with destructive fear, spurned on by our entitlements, we create an atmosphere ripe for suffering that ripples out into our environment only to return to us with devastating effects. The results compromise happiness and the natural order of the universe; potentially leading to more conflicts with unimaginable collateral costs.

In Western civilization the solution typically sought to preclude predators from competing for a limited resource calls for destroying the perceived threat. Multinational GMO corporations reap enormous profits from the sale of their patented genetically modified seed crops along with the highly toxic cocktail of proprietary chemicals required to sustain their seeds through maturation by the across the board killing of insects and weeds.

Wholesale destruction of weeds and insects  perceived to threaten food commodities is result of greed and it’s derivative, fear. It’s effects are causing collateral health issues for those Human Beings who digest the GMO products and the exposure to the chemicals needed to cultivate them, as well as, the insects and natural pollinators devastated by the proprietary pesticides. The evolving weeds develop resistance to these contrived chemical killers, compromising their effectiveness, resulting in more and more experimental and untested pesticides being introduced into fragile eco-systems all in the name of furthering profits and purportedly the “progress” of science. Where does it end, this relentless march toward the fruitless domination of nature by the human ego? The Science that perceives the human condition as independent of nature is not science but suicide.

Whether we talk about the conflicts in the middle east; the justification for and the production of genetically modified organisms; or the politicians willing to up-end a fragile economy to get their way without compromise; the wisdom of Ka Pe’elua is clear. Find the common ground first and work for mutually beneficial outcomes that sustain life for all not just the the diabolical ego’s of the powerful.

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Divination of the Moment: Onyx and Ansuz

Midsummer Night’s Sanity

Kahina Mahealani

With the Summer Season half way through its course, the importance of grounding and pacing oneself to go the distance must not be over looked. Before you know it, Summer’s ephemeral beauty will be but a faded souvenir pressed in the dusty tomes of our memories; and only if we should be so lucky. Now, is the time to connect to the Earth and draw its energy up and into ones person; negating that caffeinated busy buzzy body that has been compensating for the effects of the previous evenings overindulgence. Take note the Trickster God Loki is offering you some divine advice, are you paying attention? In celebration of the Midsummer Full Moon I have cast a single Rune and a single stone.
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Description: Ansuz the Rune of the Divine Messenger is associated with the Norse God Loki symbolizing a message of Divine importance, calling for us to open our ears and hearts to receive the message of the Black Stone, Onyx. Expect this message to be a hokulele against the moonlit dome of the heavens. It requires alert attentiveness for you may or may not notice it against the expanse of cosmic noise, however, it’s message is clear. GET GROUNDED and keep your HEAD CLEAR.

Revelation: Do not waste the remaining days of summer. Time does not wait for mortal man to wake from his insobriety, and time is fleeting. Take advantage of the now and prepare for what awaits. The Onyx tells us to ground ourselves and integrate. There is much confusion and disinformation being disseminated throughout the world and it is important to have balance and clarity in one’s decision-making as more gloomy uncertainty lies ahead. Do not be overly influenced by anything, especially your usual emotional buttons and their complimentary intoxicants. Be present, agreeable, and helpful; your efficiency will help carry you through the inane insanity that Autumn’s portent will bring so be prepared. Carry a piece of Onyx or a black stone in your pocket when you are at work and think efficiency and integration. Imagine energy flowing out from the stone integrating and maximizing the various energies around you, harmoniously and calmly. When moods and actions get flighty and or over-heated place the stone on your desktop and drop anchor. Feel the grounding energies pull everything back to Earth, cool and collective.

Peace & Blessings

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Divination of the Moment: The Page of Cups

Page of Cups

Divination of the Moment: The Page of Cups

Hark! A messenger brings good tidings, are you listening? When The Page of Cups makes an appearance be prepared for some good news. Often heralding that a bundle of joy is on the way, The Page of Cups offers a makana(gift) of good things to come. If you have struggled for inspiration expect it soon as the gentle and kindly courtier inspires creativeness, artistic pursuits, and courage. Pay attention to those drowsy moments right before you fall asleep or wake up, here is where the “A-HA” moment will present itself if the Page doesn’t literally show up at your doorstep.

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What is a Hedge Witch?

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The Hedge Witch has risen dramatically in the locus of popular culture over the past few years as interest in Pagan traditions and magical Wood-Block-Witchfolklore has exponentially expanded. This is due in part to legal protections and the popularity of Wicca as a Neo-Pagan religion and the folklore inspired writings of authors like JK Rowling and Wiccan Hedge Witch Rae Beth. What is a Hedge Witch you may ask? And, what ‘s the difference between a Hedge Witch and a run of the mill witch?

First, witches like faery princesses, and dragons exist in our imagination and fantasy entertainments but witches also occupy the world of oblique reality and to this day are being brutally murdered in more bigoted parts of the Earth. It is important to acknowledge that witches are an ancient primal archetype possessing the ability to strike fear in cultures world-wide just like the Dragon, Giants, and Naga. Second, a “run of the mill witch” or typical witch simply does not exist as they vary between cultures, secular and religious practitioners including Wiccan, Thelemic and other New Age and Neo-Pagan Religions. Some practice in groups or covens; others prefer solitary pursuits. A few are exclusively identified with one sex; some are white, some are black some are green; some are known as Kitchen Witches and others as Warlocks.

The term Hedge Witch originated in reality and originates from the old English Haegtesse or Hedge Rider.  A Hedge Rider or Witch is solitary practitioner of the natural healing arts and naturopathic-magic, but may work with others of their kind on rare occasions. Hedge Witches are also known as Traditional or Natural Witches and their skill sets and services depend on the person; often combining elements of divination, herbal healing and natural magic. Some practitioners claim it as the evolved art of the Cunning Folk, while others say that its’ practice is more a nature based neo-pagan religion like Wicca, which in my opinion is rather myopic and akin to saying Walt Disney invented the fairy tale. However, the histrionics of the Traditional Witch extends beyond just folklore and has ancient roots extending back to the biblical Witch of Endor and even further still in the esoteric histories of Egypt and Mesopotamia.

It is commonly believed that Hedge Witches are found world-wide. Traditionally known as the Village Witch, Witch Doctor, Kahuna La’au Lapa’au, Shaman, Wise or Cunning Woman or Man, this often misunderstood sometimes fringe member of the community consulted on any number of herbal cures, natural and supernatural remedies of spirit, mind, and body. The Hedge Witch assuaged matters of the heart often acting as a therapist, meta-physician, fertility, and virility  specialist. The Hedge, once signified the outermost boundary of ancient villages, fields, and large estates. This boundary represented metaphysically the border between the world of the living and the nether-world of spiritual beings. Practitioners of this type of The Witch of Endornaturopathic-magic were often called Hedge Witches, not only because they lived in or just beyond the hedge or forest but because they were also believed to commune with spirits, as well as, affect the living with the use of natural magic and herbal remedies found in the “hedge”.

I was raised “On the Hedge” so to speak as the cultural differences between my parents where seemingly insurmountable  and at times contradictory. As Intuitive consultant I identify with the Hedge Witch Archetype and draw upon both my Hawaiian healing intuitions of the Kahuna La’au Lapa’au and the hereditary Hola’e which stems from my maternal line going back 20 generations to the Kahuna Nui Pa’ao and my many years of study of western esoterica and the observations of my step-mother(of Eastern European heritage) and her powerful intuitive elucidations which both terrified and fascinated me. For hundreds of years through my paternal line our family maintained a famous well which was widely used for healing, divination, and potent wish making in the South West of England. All this says is that herbal and spiritual healing have ancient roots in my psyche and my genetic structure and Hedge Craft harnesses the mind to heal, as I understand it. As a Tarot Card consultant I utilize my understandings of these healing modalities to aid people in finding clarity and understanding in the face of their difficulties. I believe the power of the mind can create miraculous healing if properly coaxed and that overwrought thinking and stress can cause illness if left unchecked. If you have difficult questions that need answering please contact us for a consultation.


Divination of the Moment

Divination of the Moment

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Rune: Wunjo

Wunjo & Kukui

Let the light in and experience joy, Wunjo is the Rune that signifies the emerging psyche from the darkness into the light, allowing for restoration and rejuvenation of the spirit, mind, and body. So pull back those heavy drapes of excessive thinking and let the light in! In Hawaiian tradition the Kukui or Candle Nut  metaphysically and literally means light, as the oil from the Kukui fueled the ubiquitous tiki torches that illuminated the inevitable darkness of the Polynesian night, dispelling fears of the unknown.

We often allow the darkness of negative thinking to oppress and dominate our thoughts through the judging and condemning of ourselves and others. When we “lighten” up we pull the heavy rocks or negative thoughts that block the light of our love from shinning up and out from the vessel that holds our spiritual light and soul.  In Hawaii when we offer a Kukui Lei (garland of  Kukui nuts) with Aloha to guests and loved ones, it recognizes the Divine Light and love we share as children of God.

Insensitivity to other belief systems is an endemic plague undermining the fabric of every society. Lightening up your beliefs and you might realize that politics is a costly game that one need not play in order to find happiness.

If you haven’t received your daily dose of Vitamin D try spending a little time enjoying the sunlight on your face. Smile, because you are precisely in the right place, at the right time, right now! Bask in the light for it is a gift to receive, like ripe fruit on the vine, it is there for your enjoyment! If the darkness that surrounds you can’t wait until the Dawn, light a candle and regard its energy and dissolve your overwrought thoughts and share the…

JOY!

 

 

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Divination of the Moment

Divination of The Moment:

-Hawaii Tarot Card of the Day

Ten of Cups

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Find and relish the joy brought by family and friends today. Joy comes from the belief that love and friendship are what makes the world go round and palatable.

Today is a day for being happy and happiness is a choice. Security is an illusion but feeling secure in the love of others is a gift to enjoy, so what’s stopping you, have fun and be joyful, no one else can do that for you.

You are responsible for the happiness in your life so participate and choose to be thankful than choose to be happy, even in the face of despair.

The dividends are paid in laughs, smiles, hugs, and kisses. You are certainly rich beyond measure if you share these ephemeral delights!


The Oracle of Tibetan Buddhism

The Dalai Lama actively consults the Nechung or the Tibetan Buddhist Oracle.

For hundreds of years now, it has been traditional for the Dalai Lama, and the Government, to consult Nechung during the New Year festivals. In addition, he might well be called upon at other times if either have specific queries. I myself have dealings with him several times a year This may sound far-fetched to twentieth-century western readers. Even some Tibetans, mostly those who consider themselves ’progressive’, have misgivings about my continued use of this ancient method of intelligence gathering. -The Dalai Lama

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Video Divination of the Moment…

Please enjoy our video divination of the moment…

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Divination of the Moment

For our Divination of the Moment we drew three runes: 

DAGAZ– In the moment states a major life changing breakthrough in one’s self awareness and circumstances is in progress. Offerings of profound opportunity and success are waiting in the wings for your awareness. You are experiencing a 180 degree turnaround in perspective which will unleash your power potential and create dramatic changes in your life.

ANSUZ– Moving from the past suggests that psychic or synchronistic signals or signs have alerted your consciousness to this major transformation and your subconscious is intuitively preparing for the transformation that is to come. Pay attention to the messengers they may come in many forms but they will confirm what you already know.

HAGALZ– Suggests that a disruption marks the potential future, revealing a release from the binding that is now beginning to unravel. If you are feeling uneasiness, take a deep breath and release the trepidation. Take stock in those you love and love you for they will give you courage to face and overcome the fear. Freedom is the destination, fear is the obstacle.

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Relax with glass of Iced Ki : Hawaiian Medicinal Hedge Plants

This is the second post in our Hawaiian Hedge Plant series and we will be outlining the many marvelous uses for the sacred Hawaiian Ki or Ti Plant.

One of the most sacred and versatile plants introduced to Hawai’i by early Polynesian settlers was the Cordyline fruticosa, once considered a member of the Lily family botanists have reclassified the plant as an Agave. Known to Hawaiians as the Ki or Ti Plant, This tightly clustered plant with wide blade-shaped leaves 7 to 10 cm wide and 40 to 80 cm long is fast growing, reaching heights anywhere from 1 to 4 meters.

Hawaiian Ki

Green Ki Plant

This popular and storied Hawaiian hedge plant is considered to bring good luck to those who plant it near their homes. The Ki was sacred to Lono, deity of fertility and music and his consort Laka goddess of the hula or dance. It was used as an emblem of the Ali’i and denoted elite rank, privilege, and divine power. The kahili, (feather standard of royalty and the nobility) in its earliest form, was a Ki stalk with its clustered foliage of glossy, green leaves at the top. The leaves were used by the Kahuna La’au Lapa’au or high priests and administers of the Kapu(ancient Hawaiian law) in many healing, religious, and ceremonial rituals.

Practical Applications for Ki, Ti, Si, La’i – Cordyline fruticosa 

Some of it’s many practical uses included: food wrappings, cups, plates, rain capes, hula skirts, leis, cordage, footwear, hukilau nets, fishing lures, and thatching material.

Ki and Kukui leis

In ancient times the Ki leaf was twisted to create leis worn by high priests and the nobility.

Food and Beverage-

Ki root was baked to extract sugar and the baked Ki root itself was savored as a desert, used as a preferential emergency food in times of famine, and brewed into a beer during pre-contact times which has since evolved into a distilled spirit, known today as Okolehao (iron bottom). Once used as a treatment for scurvy, it is best described as a cross between rum and tequila.

Ki is most likely indigenous to Southeast Asia and was transported throughout the Pacific by Polynesians who used the relatively light weight, compact, starchy rhizome for food during long ocean voyages.

Topical Medicinal Uses-

The natural shape of the Ki leaf lends itself well to creating hot packs, poultices, and herbal wraps packed with other medicinal hedge plants. Here are some simple and effective traditional Hawaiian la’au applications for Ki leaf.

Aches & Pains: For muscle pain and stiffness in joints snugly wrap one large Ki leaf around the joint or muscle area overnight. Repeat for 5 days or as needed.

Back Pain: Wrap heated river stones in Ki leaf and apply to sore muscles for inflammation and pain relief.

Ki leaf with stones

Hot stones were wrapped with Ki leaves and applied to sore muscles.

Fever: Place the Ki leaf in cool water, and then apply the leaf as a compress directly on the effective areas to help reduce fever. Cover the patient with a light sheet, to avoid chilling.

Decongestant: Steam from boiled young green Ki shoots and leaves can be used as an effective decongestant and  the fragrant Ki flowers reduces asthma symptoms.

Stress Relief: Young green Ki shoots can be boiled and chilled to make a muscle relaxant and nerve calming beverage.

Magical or Metaphysical Uses-

Ki stalk was used as a diving rod in the practice of Huli Honua which is akin to the Taoist tradition of Feung Shui. The intuitive understanding of the movement of earths energy fields or Geomancy as practiced by the ancient Hawaiians, was the process of aligning oneself with the mana or energy of the ’aina or the land. Understanding the flow of that mana could be determined with the Ki stalk. The proper alignment of all man-made structures with-in the flow of the earth’s energy fields was essential for harmonious and successful living in ancient Hawai’i.

Today the Ki leaf is used in ritual cleansings and blessings. Dipped in a mix of Hawaiian sea salt with fresh water and accompanied with a pule or prayer, the Ki Leaf is used to sprinkle the holy water over it’s recipient(s); offering divine protection from evil and an invitation for the presence of good.

Aloha nui & Happy Gardening!

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Tarot Card of The Day: The Six of Cups

Tarot Card of The Day: The Six of Cups

Expect a special gift this month from one without ulterior motive. This card represents the beauty  and innocence of children and the love expressed through giving. The real challenge is being willing to receive graciously. Sometimes we feel we must sacrifice in order that others may receive but in the divine order of the universe giving and receiving is a two way street. If you refuse to receive out of self deprivation and sacrifice you are in essence putting a damn in place of the cosmic flow and the divine provenance and prosperity simply flows around and past you. Don’t kick the gift horse in the mouth because you feel others are more deserving. When the universe wishes to bestow a gift upon you, accept it with thanks, don’t second guess it and avoid any guilt that might arise from acquiescing to the gift that is The Six of Cups. Prosperity is a state of mind first and if you refuse to accept the abundance that is offered you are essentially undermining yourself in a powerful and financially debilitating fashion. If your feeling unworthy that is the ego talking, keeping you in a state of servitude to it’s fearful reactionary world of doubt and powerlessness. There are always opportunities to give, but this case is not one of them, your function here is to be the divine chalice or bowl and receive what is being freely given in love. Allow the light of love to brighten your vessel; fill it up with the joy of being and you will be participating perfectly in the Divine will.

Enveloped in the safety of  a well fortified but quaint village, an older child gives a chalice of flowers to a younger child displaying the love and affection of innocence and youth.  The Six of Cups offers us a glimpse at the beauty of childhood and the purity  of un-jaded intentions. Embrace this innocence that we once embodied and share it with others. Give and receive love without conditions and revel in the intent of the child like purity represented by the lilies in the chalice. Heaven on Earth begins in this moment of exchange; love in it’s purest state heals all, reveals all, helps all. All that is necessary for you to do is to reach out and accept it; that which you truly deserve, the divine love.

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A Rune Forecast for October:

A Rune Forecast for October:

Sometimes an education that is forced upon us like a shot of castor oil will bristle the back hairs with vehement resistance but in the end we usually are happier and healthier for it; as knowledge leads to wisdom.

Chin up! Life is not lived through television, facebook, and twitter. Life is always lived in the moment so take stock and be thankful for what you have; be conscious of all you think, say, and do; be open to the Truth, as you are a child of GOD worthy of love, wisdom, and happiness. Regarding the Law of Cause and Effect, When we strive for perfecting the cause we fertilize perfect effects.

Kano- (Reversed)
The gloomy pall of the last months “sturm und drang” will now begin to dissipate as we emotionally move into the fall season. The pang of nostalgia for sunnier days past, cast a disappointing gloom for us last month as the torch of hope,  was dumped into a bucket of doubt punctuated by the World Trade Organization’s wry comment that the various governments should be good and ready to have the general population bashed  in the financial testes yet again, which was code for “if you haven’t stocked up on tear gas and rubber bullets, you have only yourself to blame.”

Inguz-
Now is the time of emergence  from this haze of doom and gloom; now is the time to inform the mind on what is actually happening in front of our faces and behind closed doors both in our government and corporate boardrooms; now is the moment to achieve clarity on who actually represents our collective best interests? Clear away your old illusions and take responsibility for your own education on what our US currency is based on in the 21st century.

Hagalaz-
Be prepared for a big punch in the gut but don’t despair as it is all happening for your ultimate betterment and benefit, though it won’t seem that way at the time. When we find ourselves stuck in a detrimental belief system that is patently false we sometimes don’t want to know how much nonsense we have put ourselves through because we didn’t read between the lines and kept expecting politicians to be honest, CEO’s to be ethical, and bankers to be human beings.

In a nutshell, find out for yourself how money is made in  this country and the industrialized world, if you think you learned it in school you didn’t. Learn what our world  currencies are actually based on (it was worth something tangible 40 years ago), you’d be surprised to know what those dollars sitting in your wallet are actually worth. Here’s a hint money=debt. Understand credit and it’s issuance and how our financial markets are controlled by those who control credit.  Augment your spending habits by supporting your local economy and neighbors. Stop buying products that don’t represent your personal values, exploit others, or harms your health and livelihood. Once you start your journey down the rabbit hole, don’t give up you’ll be glad you didn’t.


Tarot Card of the Day: The Five of Pentacles

 
Tarot Card of the Day: The Five of Pentacles-
 
This months Card of the Day begs us to wrap our minds around the bone chilling fear of lack and destitution. Beware, for what we think about we bring about. The feeling of trudging through life’s difficulties without our material securities is not only mind numbing and depressing it can freeze the brain into thinking it is in a perpetual state of lack. Impoverishment starts as a niggling thought, a what if. One fluttering thought followed by another. Our fears, left unchecked will develop into a flurry of negative thinking until at last we stumble into the harrowing storm of emotional distress, bereft of hope and destitute. The Five of Pentacles takes the uncertainty associated with the number five and attaches it to the materialism of the pentacle suit. When we engage in feelings of lack we turn the course of our lives in the very direction we are fearing the most. The Five of Pentacles asks that if you’re feeling the pinch of the penny pincher stop and take stock, not of what you don’t have, but of what you should be thankful for. Living an abundant life, like happiness is a choice. Sometimes the appearance of lack is very convincing, painful and wrought with suffering. However, if you change your mind about the experience there is always a golden nugget of truth, that if we choose to seek it, will grant us recompense from the blustery chill of our own negativity.
 
Two beggars representing disabled thinking and destitution struggle through the accumulation of their negativity. Behind them shines the splendor of the divine light through a stain glass representation of the Tree of Life. If only these two lonely souls would change their perspective 180 degrees they would find the warmth and shelter they seek from their seemingly desperate situation. When we face the dark night of the soul and recognize that we have nothing to loose we only have ourselves to gain.

Tarot Card of the Day: The Seven of Pentacles

Tarot Card of the Day: The Seven of Pentacles:

As we prepare to reap what we have sown, and collect the object of our labors the opportunity to examine our true intentions and our current situation is at hand. The Seven of Pentacles reveals to us that through hard work and determination we can nurture our thoughts into material fruit, however, in the moment we are not quite ready to collect the harvest as our labors have not fully ripened. It is often in this moment of re-evaluation that our true intent becomes realized and the pesky pests that lie in our past attachments emerge from the subconscious to gnaw on our potential. Fear of success, is a vague and elusive rat. To the unrealized mind this is the moment when things mysteriously begin to fall apart, right before the harvest, when our burgeoning ideas and self-confidence begins to falter and the weeds of doubt and the vermin of fear destroy our co-creative efforts. Onipa’a, be steadfast for the harvest is at hand!  The Seven of Pentacles asks us to stop and pause to re-examine your reasons for working so hard and whether it’s the path you truly should be following. Re-affirm your commitment to your own happiness and take the next step as the pay off is right around the corner. Be weary of letting your fears stop you from receiving what you have worked so hard to achieve.

Leaning upon his hoe, a farmer pauses to regard his efforts which are flowering abundantly on the vine, soon the flowers or The Seven Pentacles will transform into fruit and the time of reaping will begin. To the Ancient Hawaiians the vine growing Ipu was tended to with great care and skill. Flies and maggots would often overwhelm the blossoms impeding pollination and the slightest jostling or bruising of the young gourds would cause the fruit to rot. The vigilant gardener keeps the pests at bay so that verdant ideas may bear fruit.


Tarot Card of the Day: The High Priestess

Tarot Card of the Day: The High Priestess

The mysteries of the unknown and unknowable have puzzled and perturbed mankind over the many centuries of our collective existence. Science has helped humanity separate the fiction from the fact, the real and the unreal but even with all our technology, scientific observations, calculations and research much of the universe and it’s contents remains mysterious and unfathomable. The High Priestess represents the hidden influences that operate within our lives and the awe and mystery that surrounds what we simply don’t know. One constant in humanities development is the never-ending desire to Know and by knowing we make benign the darkness that lurks in the corners of our psyche. The Ancient Greeks coined the phrase “Know thy self and nothing more” hinting that the answer to life’s riddles lies not in the external world of polarity, gravity, and chaos but within the self, within the mind, the expansive universe of our thoughts. The High Priestess in ancient times once held a much more galvanized role in society, revered for her primary mystery and virtue of child-bearing, The virgin goddess’ of antiquity represented the greatest mystery of mysteries. Be prepared this month to open your mind to your higher self, the Christ mind, or the collective super consciousness. It’s not important to understand how it works, just rest assured that your psychic abilities do exist and  The High Priestess has appeared to replace doubt with assurance. The caveat  here is to let go of the why, what, where, when, how and trust in the Universe’s desire to deliver to your door your ultimate wish.

Seated on a raised dias sits the immortal Virgin Goddess, The High Priestess, Malama goddess of the moon. On her head sits the crown of Hathor on her chest the Solar Cross in her hand the Tora at her feet the crescent moon. Garbed in the light blue robe of the Virgin Mary, she represents all the sacred moon goddesses of ancient times and the glorification of female virginity in the Abrahamic faiths of today. The Vestals of ancient Rome and the Oracles of Delphi and Cuma were sacred because they were unsullied by man’s wanton desires and lust, believing that their virgin status was partly responsible for their powers of clairvoyance. The High Priestess sits between two pillars of polar opposites named Boaz & Joachim. These pillars marked the entrance to Solomon’s Temple in ancient Jerusalem and guarded the entrance to the Tabernacle or the Holiest of Holies, the repository for the Arc of the Covenant. A curtain or scrim hangs between the pillars obscuring the view of what lies behind her, decorated with date palms and pomegranates, symbols of male and female fertility. Peeking behind the curtain we see a great expanse of tranquil water, the ocean of the mind and the home of God. All the mysteries of existence are revealed not from outside of ourselves but from within.


Tarot Card of the Day: The King of Cups

Tarot Card of the Day: The King of Cups

Also known as The King of Hearts; this male archetype will rule the month with thoughtful consideration and random acts of kindness. Like Saint Valentine and Good King Wenceslas, The King of Cups is generous, responsible, and compassionate. An avid patron of the arts and sciences; this learned individual is often occupied by spiritual pursuits, justice, or business’ with a developed sense social responsibility. Often displaying a serene state of being, the interior mind of The King of Cups  is often quite the opposite as he is considered the most emotional of all the male archetypes in the Tarot. And with the unexpected power of a rogue wave, the King can burst into a deluge of destruction; devastating  those he deems wicked, ungracious, or rude.

The King of Cups sits on his stately throne in the midst of a turbulent sea, a symbol of the subconscious mind. Behind him a dolphin breaches the surface of the water indicative of  a furtive, active thinker, with a curiosity for the natural world and social awareness. Over his left shoulder An anchored ship pitches and rolls revealing the struggle that his right brain experiences while trying to stay even keeled in his emotional world. The King holds a Lotus scepter, symbolic of his grasp on spirituality and his openness and connection to the divine spirit. He also wears a golden fish around his neck connecting him to the water signs of the Zodiac, specifically Pieces and in his Right hand he holds a golden chalice, The Holy Grail, the vessel of the Christ consciousness representative of the love, compassionate and emotional nature of The Suit of Cups.


Tarot Card of the Day: The Empress

Tarot Card of the Day: The Empress:

Abundanza in Italian or Wai Wai in Hawaiian is the adjective that best describes The Eternal Mother giver of life, love, and abundance. Gaia, Haumea, Mother Earth, the living breathing planet that nurtures and supports us rules the first month of the year with sensual abundance and love. Be ready, a child is brewing in the belly of your creativity perhaps both figuratively and literally so be prepared for its joyful nascence. The Empress is many characters: Hera, queen of the gods consort to Zeus, mother of Persephone; she is Venus, goddess of love, beauty, and desire; she is Adelaide Empress of the Holy Roman Empire; and she is Eleanor Queen of Aquitaine, mother of King’s. She is a fruitful ruler in the material plane, practical, loving, and adoring. The quintessential Mother of  mothers, our Mame for all seasons. She is here to shower you with motherly love and support but remember not to fool with mother nature. Her realm is a material one where she reigns supreme and she wields destruction with fiendish efficiency. For the past century The Empress has been slowly rising in our collective consciousness producing a major shift in our appreciation of the sacred feminine, the pinnacle of which will be realized in 2012. What does that mean exactly? Be ready for a major shift of consciousness that moves us towards unity and peace. More women will have more influence in the material happenings of our planet. They will move into positions of leadership and influence  not because they mimic male machismo and political ambition but because they are mothers and nurturers. “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”.

The Empress reclines on her luxurious throne amidst the golden hues of a field of wheat; she is matron of the material, birther, mother, Creatrix.  At her feet, the shield of Venus; in her hand a golden scepter evidence her dominion over the material world and love. Her star-studded crown and gown of ripe pomegranates are representative of her divine fertility and eternal abundance. Beware, for to scorn her is to evoke one’s own destruction.


Tarot Card of The Day: Wheel of Fortune

Tarot Card of The Day: Wheel of Fortune

Fate versus Destiny; what’s the difference? Do we have control over our lives or are we just holding on to the wheel?  Does free will exist? The Wheel of Fortune is both a transporting device and a mode of torture. It can deliver great success in one moment and dispatch that success in the next. This contraption of opposites both intrigues and horrifies us; instilling within our collective psyche the urge to engage life as if it were an arbitrary game of chance. This notion begs the question, is life really a collection of random circumstances or is there something more to it? The Tarot knows the answer and it’s mystery is revealed through the synchronisation of events that surround our often myopic perceptions of reality. In other words, the more we pay attention to the choices we make and the reasons for why we make those choices the better we understand the boons and busts of our seemingly arbitrary experiences. When we truly understand the Law of Cause and Effect, we realize the importance of taking accountability for ALL of our thoughts, words, and actions. Every nuance no matter how seemingly insignificant resonates out into the universe eventually echoing back to us for better or for worse. If you feel like your stuck in and endless cycle of ups and downs ask yourself, how am I contributing to my Karmic reality?

The Sphinx, with her secret, presides over The Wheel of Fortune. The Wheel as it turns counter-clockwise propels its riders up and then down into perpetuity or so it would seem. Does the Sphinx hold the riddle to the mystery? Is there a way off the Wheel? The four permanent signs of the Zodiac  in conjunction with the four Gospels sit as sentinels on the four corners of the card leaving the seeker to consider that perhaps the answer is right in front of us.


Tarot Card of the Day: The Three of Wands

 Tarot Card of the Day: The Three of Wands

Without risk there is no reward, even in times of financial chaos and confusion opportunity abounds. It is precisely in these uncertain times that the greatest opportunity for success exists and nothing prevents the senses from detecting opportunity than unmitigated fear. The Three of Wands invites us to over come our thoughts of lack so that we may open the mind to unlimited potential. Poverty is a state of mind first that creates a state of being. Stop listening to the chatter of fear that is so artfully manipulated by pundits and television personalities. Stop sniveling and shivering in your boots and move from a state of petrified inaction to one of positive empowering action; prosperity and abundance is your divine birth right, not something the government or banks bestow upon you. You are NOT your credit rating you are a divine child of the Universe deserving of Gods unlimited abundance. Expect commerce to flourish this week and  coöperation with one’s business associates will pay dividends.

With The Three of Wands we find standing upon the hill of higher consciousness, the Merchant. He intently watches as his ships; laden with the bounty of his co-creative efforts with God, return across the waters of the subconscious. Grasping firmly in his right hand the Merchant supports his role as co creator with the unquestionable belief in his creative energies and abilities represented in the suit of wands. Being in a state of unlimited abundance requires our firm belief in ourselves and The Divine Will, ensuring us that God’s Love includes unlimited supply. Believe!


Tarot Card of the Day: The Star

Tarot Card of the Day: The Star
To the ancients there was nothing more profound and mysterious than the great expanse of the night sky; with it’s countless glittering diamonds. The beacon that is Na Hokulea or Arcturus glimmers with heavenly potential.  Nothing is more inspiring than the shinning star rising on the horizon guiding travelers to a destination they never left, home in the bosom of God. The carbuncle of Hope rises large in your house today, a most fortuitous sign of good health and divine inspiration to come. As the three Zoroastrians Balthazar, Meclhior, and Jaspar followed The Star rising bright in the West, so should you. Hope has arrived and good things abound, rejoice! The Star is Love’s herald and radiates the powerful cosmic energy of the number eight; showering it down upon you in resplendant healing light. Share a hug and feel the love for courage, succor, and adoration have arrived with gifts of gold, mur and frankincense. You are truly blessed, shine on you crazy diamond and meditate on what it means to be a divine child of God!
Eight stars with eight points shine down upon The Water Bearer. One foot upon the land of solid reason and one upon the water of the subconscious, the maiden pours with equanimity from the cups of life and love. The later she pours upon the waters of her mind rippling through the subconscious. The former, is poured upon the earth into the five rivulets; informing the senses. In the distance, upon the primordial mound to which the breath of life was given to the Adam, stands the Tree of Life. Perched high in it’s canopy sits the sacred Scarlet Ibis. Our beloved Thoth Giver of Knowledge; Hermes the Messenger of the God’s.

Celebrating Our Ali’i of Ancient Times:

 
 

  

Aloha Na Alii Banquet with Bishop Museum 
 
The annual celebration of Ali’i this year features the life and times of Keahialoa – 

As the lengend goes young Ke-ahi-aloa (Eternal fire) is adopted by an aunt on her mother’s side and taken from the Big Island to Kauai, where she is left to neglect. Starving, she is found by a couple who find her in their garden scavanging potatoes. Seeing her in such a state, the old couple take her in. Eventualy her parents in Ka’u are made aware of the aunt’s woeful neglect of their daughter and encouraged by his aumakua, Mano the shark god, her father sets off to find her. In the mean time Keahialoa is proposed to by an Ali’i has who fallen in love with her beauty. On the eve of the marriage festivities mysterious sounds can be heard in the forest. The Menehune  and her family gods, are preparing a celebratory Luau in her honor. Her father arrives just in time to give his blessing, and Keahialoa decrees that never again shall an older sister be allowed to adopt a niece, but only a younger sister, and this rule is observed to this day by her decendants.  

 
 
Date of Banquet:           Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:                             5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:                       Hawai’i Convention Center at the
                                     9th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention
 
2009 Honoree – Chief Umi a Liloa
2008 Honoree – Princess Keelikolani
2007 Honoree – Princess Nahienaena
2006 Honoree – Prince Jonah Kalanianaole
2005 Honoree – King William Charles Lunalilo
2004 Honorees – King David Kalakaua & Queen Esther Kapiolani
2003 Honorees – King Kamehameha IV & Queen Emma
2002 Honoree – Queen Lydia Lili’uokalani
 
Click here to Register online and access our Scholarship Application. For more information, contact CNHA at 808.596.8155 (from Oahu), toll-free at 800.709.2642
(from neighbor islands), via e-mail at events@hawaiiancouncil.org or visit www.hawaiiancouncil.org.
 

AFN   


Tarot Card of the Day: The Fool

 

Tarot Card of the Day: The Fool

There is nothing more refreshing then starting your day with a bright open mind; ripe for opportunity and new beginnings.  A choice is being offered to you today and with that comes the awesome responsibility of making the right decision. The Fool has no limitations outside of his own thinking and as such the opportunities are endless but be weary that the precipice of self doubt lays dangerously close and may need some thoughtful negotiation should your mind stray from it’s intended path.  Ask yourself  are you choosing Love or Fear?

A finely attired fop of a youth known as The Fool strides boldly into the field of action, his head turned upward with the nourishing rays of God’s loving intent at his back. Holding a white rose of pure intention his goal is a lofty one. Across his shoulder he carries in his sack, the four elements of co-creation, indicating that he holds all the tools he will need for self-realization and success while on his sojourn to the self. At his feet is his loving prancing companion, loyal to his cause, and equally oblivious to limited thinking; a reminder of God’s unconditional love.


Tarot Card of the Day: The Five of Swords

 Tarot Card of the Day: The Five of Swords

Watch out for those who hold deception on their lips with wicked intent in their eyes. Ill-gotten gains, deceit, and general chicanery are caused by those who choose fear over love. The persuasive Specter of Lack will whisper desperate thoughts to those who lack the will to choose love; don’t be one of them today. You may get what you covet but at what price? Focus on the abundance given to you by the Divine and don’t buy the processed and packaged “there’s only so much to go around…”! frozen dinner. When you have Love what more do you really need.

The hectic sky of  The Five of Swords echoes the hoarding and gloating thoughts of a mind separate from God. How much is really enough? When you materialize your existence your possessions posses you. Instead of closing the deal with a coupe de gras, why not focus on the closing gift with an equal measure of gratitude.


Tarot Card of the Day: The Queen of Swords

 
 
Tarot Card of the Day: The Queen of Swords
 
With serene authority the Queen of the Thrones of Air gives benediction over her subjects and rules with the Sword, which pierce’s matter and informs the mind. A woman of skilled accomplishment, The Queen of Swords holds her own in a mans world. Acute preceptiveness, reinforced with intuition and steely nerves she is both fair and honorable. She has the power of command over both the masculine and feminine and will not hesitate to dispatch those who step on her shadow with ill intent. She has experienced great loss and sorrow and wears her tragedy like armor. Not surprisingly her tongue and witt can cut both ways and her temper is legendary as is her Dark Side. The Queen’s presence this next week will be as wise counsel either given or received but be gracious for she has no patience for dolts and laggards.
 
A single hawk soars high on the columns of rising hot air as cumulonimbus clouds billow up from the horizon. The notorious Queen of Spades is never too far from stormy weather but she enjoys her rule whole heartedly despite the appearance of severity. Her mantel reflects her natural element, Air and her crown is of golden butterflies symbols of alchemical transformation.