Expand the Sacred

We’ve got a society that’s built on endless expansion.  We add and purchase and go for more and look for the next . . . .  in knowledge, in stuff, in relationships . . . .

And we can do that spiritually, as well.  If I do this retreat and take this workshop and practice this moving meditation and repeat these affirmations . . . .

Until . . . .

140204 numbers


This month’s energies encourage a general expansion of our understanding of the world around us and of our spiritual awareness.

But not in the way we usually expand in our society.

It’s more like graduation.  We move into a higher grade that opens more knowledge and experience to us but we leave behind the grade we’re graduating out of.   (Can you believe that I just became aware of the relationship of “grade” and “graduate”?  Expansion in action :-} )

We still take all that knowledge with us and use it to build on, but we don’t take the books and the uniforms and the desks . . . .

We let go.

We move on.

And our expanded perspective allows us to dive deeper.

So, this month, let go of what no longer serves you and . . .

discover the opportunities to broaden your sacred horizons.


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Here‘s where to find all the Numerology posts for 2014.

Weekly Card 2 of Swords Revisited

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William Blake Tarot

Since the moon’s in Libra for most of the day today, according to Western Tropical Astrology, let’s revisit the 2 of Swords.

Huh, what?!

What does astrology have to do with tarot and moon . . . Libra . . . 2 of Swords . . . what???

There are correspondences between tarot and astrology and another cousin, numerology.  There is more than one system of correspondence, and the one I use is the one I most often run across: the one credited to Aleister Crowley.  In that system, 2 of Swords corresponds to the moon in Libra (and also to 56/11 in numerology).

If you know nothing about astrology or numerology, you can file the idea of correspondences exactly where it best suits you.  And if you do have some understanding of those systems, you can use what you know to enrich tarot.

Lets look at the images on the 2 of Science in the William Blake Tarot by Ed Buryn.

(Okay, I know I just confused you with all that information about correspondences.  I’m about to do more: Buryn’s Blake Tarot uses Science for Swords, Painting for Pentacles, Music for Cups and Poetry for Wands.   Remember, we’re under the influence of the moon, where mystery – and often confusion – is a given.)

We’ve got a child standing in supplication by an open door guarded by a howling dog.  Could this be innocence at the entry to experience?  It’s in our imaginations that we speculate on potentials and possibilities. And there we can get hung up in that famously Libran inability to choose.  There’s the rub: 2 of Swords is all about choice without external interference.

Rider Waite Smith Tarot
Rider Waite Smith Tarot

There’s a story in the Rider Waite Smith tarot that progresses from the 10 of Swords to the Ace of Swords.  At the 2 of Swords point in the story, the widow of a slain warrior is in mourning.  Those swords she holds are the swords of defiance.  She’s blinded to the way of peace and is seeking revenge.  Yet she does not move.  Here we have experience, with the potential of an entry to renewed innocence.

Now, with the moon in Libra, you can look to the areas of conflict in your life, to the circumstances that lead you to inner turmoil.  Where are you seeking vengeance?   Can you find your way from there to Blake’s resolution . . . . .

innocence into a new experience


Weekly Card XVIII The Moon

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William Blake Tarot

Approximately 2 weeks later, and here we are at the full moon, the time when the light through the darkness is brightest (as long as we’ve got relatively clear nights!).

Back at the new moon, we looked at II High Priestess, and the development of intuition, our inner knowing.

140116 RWS XVIII Moon
Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Here at the full moon, we’ve got XVIII The Moon itself to light our way.

If II High Priestess is the indicator that we’re being called to be receptive and recognize our intuition, XVIII The Moon offers us opportunities to apply our intuition to our daily lives.  Here we’re not just reveling in the mysteries, we’re embodying them and walking them.

That kind of intuitive development is a spiritual victory: the sacred flourishing in the midst of the mundane.  (If you’ve been reading here regularly, you’ll remember that the sacred path in daily life is a theme for 2014.)   Our feelings are elevated to motivate action and the journey of creativity; they’re fused with our thoughts in our intuition and our dreams.

That’s all if we’ve got a clear channel of receptivity and stay on the path of true purpose.  But what happens when the night is cloudy and we’ve got a bunch of subconscious fears we haven’t faced, or delusions we won’t let go of?  (lunacy/lunar, anyone?)

That would be when we can lose our balance and wander around in our self-deception.

Given that this is the Full Wolf Moon, let’s look at the wolf and dog on either side of the path in the Rider Waite Smith XVIII The Moon.  They’re another pair we need to keep in balance to stay on our path of true purpose: our wild and unknown side, and our familiar, civilized self.  Most of us wander into the delusion that we are our dog self.  When we meet our wolf self, we’re not nearly so comfortable.

Ask yourself: are you the wolf pack baying at the Full Wolf Moon, or are you the victim surrounded by the pack?

Then listen to your inner wisdom – integrate your intuition — to discover your psychic reality without the ego mask . . .

your true self dancing by the light of the XVIII The Moon

The numbers of the new year


And 2014 is the year to find yourself in your sacred space.

This is the year when the overall tone is about spiritual awareness.  We’ve all got our personal missions within that tone.  We’ll need to frame our missions within spiritual awareness.

Specifically, notice what the circumstances are of your life, the mundane realities.  Notice how they’ve defined you.  Where do you see the Divine at work in your life?  (And are you allowing room for divinity?)  And how does all that add up to colour your relationships with others?

Now, how do you make all that profane world sacred?  All day, every day?  Do you have to redefine sacred?

And how can you do it without denying the profane?  (Or the profanity)

This month, January, we’ll all be discovering the honesty and authenticity of the practical application of our individual sacred paths.  There may be some brutal awakenings and reckonings.

Consider this month a learning period, a time to get used to the idea of sanctity amidst profanity, as well as a time to encounter our authenticity.

We’ll be applying the first throughout the year.

And we’ll have a chance to make changes based on what we learn about the second throughout the year.  In October, we’ll get to revisit the authenticity of our journey to see how much more honest we are in our spiritual awareness after almost a year of life and love and creativity.

For now, discover your own sanctified path through life and travel it boldly!


Yes, numerological counseling is amoung the services offered here.

Here are all the Numerology posts for 2014:

February Expand the Sacred

March Sacred Self

April The Sacred Visionary

May Expressing the Sacred

June The Sacred Form

July Explore the Sacred

August The Social Sacred

September Understanding the Sacred

October This Business of the Sacred

November Sacred Integration

December Embody the Sacred

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