The Earth is like a Mother - powerful, creative, the place from which life issues and that which nurtures life and sustains growth. Mother Earth is a wise teacher, instructing all of life in the virtues of balance and harmony, and teaching us about the apparent chaos of destruction which assists new growth, new beginnings, and facilitates change. She brings difficult lessons about the transient foundation of existence
SHadow Work Protection with Devil's Shoestring & Dragon's Blood
Everything has this duality of Light & Dark, or Yin & Yang. We think constantly in terms of duality as a basic classification of apparent opposites. This is very useful to us until we begin working our way through our own internal states - mental, emotional, and motivational drives (wants & needs). We can come across a lot of internal conflicts, limiting beliefs, and even false beliefs about ourselves, our lives, and our place in the world.
This is where our Shadow-side dwells, amidst these conflicts and tangled webs of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The Shadow is not inherently dark in some evil sense of duality. And, it's not particularly light is some grand scheme of spiritual supremacy. The Shadow is the "between", a blending of two sides of our human being-ness tangled up in the knots of our perceptions and mis-perceptions. Shadow Work is a healing process by which we embrace the side of ourselves who struggles - sometimes quietly and sometimes loudly - day to day with what works in our lives and what doesn't.
The I-Ching (Book of Changes) is an ancient text used for guidance and self-development. This powerful book describes the interactive and transformative powers of eight elements often found in the Chinese Ba Gua. The text contains 64 passages of philosophical and practical wisdom.
Many of us are familiar with the ideas of triple-deities: the Holy Trinity, the Holy Family, Creator-Nurturer-Destroyer, Maiden-Mother-Crone; and, ideas of following lunar aspects in triplicate as Waxing-Full-Crescent.
And, yet, the Natural Elements described in many traditions enumerate five: Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and Spirit
Could there be five archetypal aspects to Divine Masculine & Divine Feminine?
Imagine yourself in a far distant time, in a slightly unfamiliar place. Imagine yourself in a forest - you can see a mountain range, you can see an expansive field, you can hear the river in the distance. Feel the ground beneath your feet as you step gently, poised and nimble, between low brush and branches, over shed tree limbs and felled trees. Imagine you close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you, and when your eyes reopen you seek not the dappling of sunlight between the forest's crown but the deeper, darker shadows. You continue to move deliberately through the forest, searching, hunting for that place where the shadow is heaviest even in the light of day, even with the mountains some distance away. But why? What would you find in such a shadowed place? Why would you seek it out?
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Cynthia Botsko is a Psychic-Intuitive Tarot Counselor and Numerologist. She is also a ReiKi Master. Cynthia has been writing essays, articles, & pamphlets for over 20-years, some published locally or in small circulation and some remain unpublished in her personal archives. She has been teaching the Tarot, Psychic development, & Metaphysics for over a decade.