Are we spiritual beings on a human journey or human beings on a spiritual journey? The answer to this conundrum is YES. The mythic hero’s journey can be used to describe not only our pathway from birth to death (and rebirth) but the all the smaller cycles we travel to conscious evolution during the course of a lifetime. From naive trust and innocence we move through the adventure of growth to maturation and awareness through all the relationships, loves, passions, vocations and avocations that we enter, willingly of other wise. From our mentors we receive gifts for inspiration, courage and know-how. Through the threshold guardians we meet along the way, we are given the opportunity to test how far we have come on the pathway of evolving consciousness. Each of the cycles concludes with the possibility and potential of realization and understanding of who we are as individual sparks of Divinity— each completely unique, and at the same time, as unique as every other God Spark enjoying the gift of Life.
The Syzygy Oracle offers a daily spiritual practice for introducing a contemporary interpretation the the ancient wisdom traditions of Tarot and Kabbalah, as a unfolding journey of spiritual growth in which the intuitive gifts of the Sacred Feminine are recognized, remembered and reintroduced into our conscious awareness.
From the call to adventure, through learning to release, we transform and know that what we imagine can be.
In my fb group, Conscious Transformation, over the past 22 days, I have detailed and compared The Syzygy Oracles cards with a traditional Tarot deck and introduced the way the 22 cards correspond to the 22 pathways on Kabbalah’s Tree of life. As each card has an archetypal mentor, the hero’s journey through the Tree can be seen as one that goes from being to becoming.
Many new to the wisdom of the ancient Tarot are not yet familiar with the idea that it is more than a prognosticative tool with which to foretell the future. The hero’s journey described in the Major Arcana describes the pathway to wholeness and our evolution to consciousness. The Syzygy Oracle’s uniqueness is more than just having an unusual name that no-one can pronounce (it sounds like scissor-jee) or a card deck that is on black backgrounds which was specifically chosen to honor the mystery in our lives. This is the one card deck that interweaves the search for the Sacred or Divine Feminine, the wisdom of the kabbalah and the Tarot. for beginners and aficionados alike.
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If you were asked to define yourself in one word, what would that be? The word I resonate most closely with is ‘mystic’— a word that is perhaps not clearly understood by every one. As I use this term, it describes the ongoing process of how I live my life. Believing there is so much more to reality than what we perceive with the five senses, I walk that liminal line between the revealed and concealed, the known and the mysterious. I have often commented that on my tombstone one day should be the words: “She lived her life, pushing the spiritual boundaries to finding answers to question what if?”
When I was younger, I shied away from using the word ‘artist’ as pertains to myself and preferred to describe myself as one who loved creating works of beauty. The word ‘artist’ seemed to imply a status that I did not feel I had attained. So to with this magical word ‘mystic.’ Older now, I realize that neither word implies completion but rather refers to the ongoing and evolving process of how we view and respond to the world around us in our own unique way. With the rise of the Sacred Feminine energies, I welcome and acknowledge the intuitive energies that sing through my being, I revel in joy of oneness and connection to all life that I sense and commit to making the world better, more beautiful, more loving by the way I live my life. The Baal Shem Tov taught that the first time something occurred it was considered a miracle; later, it became commonplace. I choose to live in the presence of miracles.
It has been said that when scientists reach the summit, they will find the mystics waiting for them. I await and celebrate their meeting as they dance together
If Spring is coming, can Pesach be far behind? It is almost twenty years since I created my feminist haggadah, Towards Freedom: a feminist haggadah for men and women. A spiral bound book of 6o pages that features my own artwork and calligraphy. Each page is enhanced with a springtime flowering vine. It offers a mystical interpretation of an ancient ritual that has great significance and meaning, even twenty years later, for all who are not fully empowered to be who they are. It is a mystical retelling of the archetypal hero’s journey towards conscious evolution.
Beneath the surface of its literal meaning, we find the classic archetypal odyssey of spiritual beings on a human adventure. Using the feminine voice here is a kabbalistic interpretation of the ancient exodus from Egypt (mitzraim) which in Hebrew means ‘constriction.’ This is a mystical map we all undertake when ready to leave the restrictions of total reliance on the material world. Like Moses and Miriam, we wander through the wilderness of our inner landscape to find connection, community and consciousness. Introducing readers to the Four Worlds of Kabbalah, we explore the mythic symbols of our tradition as we honor the Sacred or Divine energy that is rising from the depths, as we evolve our consciousness to become all that we may be.
Designed for easy use at a seder table, each page, as well as the cover, offer nourishment for the soul, delight to the eye and the promise and possibility of freedom to all who are constricted or limited in any way. This haggadah has been used for women’s or feminist seders all over the world since 1995 and is a favorite story that is read not just at Passover (Pesach) but all through the year
As we approach Martin Luther King Day, what better time could there be to consider the ways in which we can individually help to build a better world— and what better way than by starting to celebrate our diversity in order to sanctify life. I am just reading Invention of Wings by a favorite author Sue Monk Kidd and am deeply moved by the story. Such introspection always lead me back to my experiences in South Africa during the apartheid regime that sensitized me even as a child to the injustices of separation and hierarchy. It is such a powerful reminder to me to examine very carefully where in my own thinking the ‘us/them’ paradigm still exists, however subtle it may be— every judgment about the way others are handling their own challenges, every generalized thought or comment. I love the teaching: Do not judge another till you have walked a mile in their moccasins.
Watching a PBS program last night on the year momentous year 1964, reminded me how change comes, in so many ways, through so many people, all responding individually to the changes that are continually happening. My dream is that 2014,50 years later, as women and men, as members of different religious and spiritual traditions, different political persuasions, different ethnic backgrounds, we will all respond to the changes that need to be made to make the world better because we are in it.
As the artist and author of the oracle card deck and book entitled: The Syzygy Oracle, I had the pleasure of creating a Tarot deck and text that I believe is empowering for those in search of the Sacred Feminine— a card deck meant for personal use as a daily spiritual practice, one that does not require a outside professional Tarot reader. Rather than using the deck as a prognosticative tool, my intention is for all who may be interested, to use the 22 cards as stepping stones along the pathway of the coming year as the human family moves towards a major shift in conscious evolution. This deck is a primer of kabbala’s Tree of life and the magic of the Hebrew alphabet. Books, decks and other related items are available from my website – www.sacredfemininekabbalah.com as well as amazon and other sellers. Please accept my personal invitation to join the fb group: Conscious Transformation https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_142131108808 for in-depth sharing about kabbalah, intuition and spirituality as we celebrate our diversity and so sanctify Life.
With sincere thanks to Marcus Katz of Tarot Professionals for the idea, here are 22 themes from The Syzygy Oracle to brighten your pathway in this New Year. None of the sentence end with a period . . . . see where they lead:
1. With faith and trust in the Infinite Good of Oneness, step forward courageously into Life
2. Realizing that our belief systems create and limit our sense of reality, be open to making your life magical, mythic and mystical
3. Be patient as all things need time to ripen, evolve and reach fruition
4. Be as loving and compassionate to yourself as you would be to others you love
5. Welcome the structure and organizational skills with which your intellect gifts you
6. Honor your curiosity and keep company with those who honor the unseen unknown mysteries of life
7. Attend to the intuitive voice and follow the call of your heart
8. Strive for balance by turning awareness to the present moment
9. With courage, be willing to tear through the illusions of separation that blind us
10. Know who you are worshipping to know yourself
11. As the wheel of Life constantly turns, remember to everything there is a season
12. Acknowledge your passions and find ways of expressing your deepest emotions with authenticity and consideration
13. Examine challenging circumstances from different points-of-view to bring depth and perspective
14. Endings bring beginnings just as dawn follows the dark
15. Once broken open, our hearts lead us to create light from darkness
16. When fear becomes a choice that limits potential, realize we can break- free and step courageously into the unknown
17. Reconnect with Nature every day, honoring the natural cycles of life and Oneness of which we are part
18. Nurture your inner life and nourish your soul
19. Imagine, visualize and dream all that you can be and become
20. Recognize the pathway ahead, recognizing your limitless potential
21. Honor your achievements as you play your part in this cycle of life
22. Celebrate all that you were, you are and you will be
In the Jewish tradition, the Hebrew month of Elul offers time for contemplation and reflection about the year now ending and the one about to open. Rosh Hashanah is followed by 10 days in which to set our priorities for the New Year about to begin, as we ask to be written into the Book of Life for a year of blessing. The paradoxical nature of our existence is that none of us know what the coming year holds. The High Holy Day prayer book offers this for our consideration
“. . how many will pass from the earth and how many will be created; who will live and who will die; who will die at his predestined time and who before his time; who by water and who by fire, who by sword, who by beast, who by famine, who by thirst, who by upheaval, who by plague, who by strangling, and who by stoning. Who will rest and who will wander, who will live in harmony and who will be harried, who will enjoy tranquility and who will suffer, who will be impoverished and who will be enriched, who will be degraded and who will be exalted. .”
As 2014 approaches, we can ask ourselves what valued lessons have come from the experiences of the passing year? How do we wish to stretch and push boundaries in the New Year about to commence that will allow us to evolve into the conscious, compassionate and creative beings that we are? We have the time to consider . .
I often find myself posing ‘what if . . . ‘ questions. If given the chance, what one question would you ask of Divinity? In my late 20’s when taking my first introduction to kabbalah class, we were asked this question. After much thought, I knew I would like to understand the balance of masculine and feminine energies within us and in the world at large. Now, as I reflect back over the past 40 years, I realize that this question set me on an ongoing quest that would engage my mind and soul for the rest of my life and would ultimately drive much of my creative life.
Why that question at that time? I have no idea but I do recall being asked the question and formulating the answer. It reminds us of the adage: Be careful what you wish for. Now, as I look back, I wonder whether posing the question was creating a self-fulfilling prophecy or, in a meditative and intuitive moment, did I pick up a thread of the predestined life my soul had chosen and to which I was to be committed.
If given the opportunity today to ask one question of the Creator of All Life, what would you ask?
Synchronicity is the calling card of the Sacred Feminine. Once welcomed into awareness, we are given countless opportunities to see the underlying connections we share with Nature and with the great scheme of life. Keeping a synchronicity journal is the impetus to record the ‘coincidences’ that seemingly just happen to come our way. Coincidence it has been said, is God’s way of remaining anonymous!
Take the number 22 for instance— who knew that on noticing the coincidence of their being 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, 22 pathways on the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life and 22 cards in the Tarot’s Major Arcana this number would be popping everywhere in my conscious awareness and would lead to the writing of a book and the creating of a new deck of cards? Over the course of two years, my journey led me to experiment with sophisticated computer programs that assist in the creation of sacred geometric forms and fractals that would ultimately become the basis of a layering used in creating my deck of oracular cards. The addition of these symbolic layers add mystery and the ongoing potential of personal reflection and interpretation for the user.
As I am writing this article, I look out of the window and see a beautiful hawk on the grass near a neighbor’s barbecue. The hawk is still, minute after minute. I wonder if it is injured and if I should be calling someone. I stop what I am doing and watch. After 15 minutes he (I mean the hawk— why do I assume it is a male?) starts running around the grill, under which I see a scurrying movement. A chipmunk is taking refuge under the grill. As he moves, the hawk circles, trying to get at the chipmunk without success. The dance of life and death continues until the chipmunk makes a run for it— and escapes. Lucky chipmunk, hungry hawk— do I mourn or celebrate? Aaah – life is filled with paradox. I have been faced with similar reflections when watching a pack of orcas approaching a seemingly unsuspecting seal off the Canadian North Western coast and watching two lionesses thwarted while trying to hunt a young impala in a South African game park. Yes, the buck got away— and the lionesses and their cubs were lean and hungry.
I look up the meaning of the hawk as a totem only to discover that is a call to the intuitive. The hawk is a connection to the spiritual realms, and seeing one, asks us to consider where our focus is taking us. I am reminded of the old adage “where attention goes energy flow.”
I have to laugh as I re-read the opening sentences of this short article. What clearer gift from Nature could there possibly than a hawk for someone writing about the intuitive and our connection to the natural world. My heart is filled with gratitude.
Although the world knew that Nelson Mandela had become very frail over the past months, and his death was expected, the actual announcement of his passing brought up many memories of all who lived in South Africa during the years of the apartheid (correctly pronounced apart-hate) regime. Today the world knows of the obvious diabolical horrors of legalized separation of peoples based on the superficial notions skin color, language and or culture on which South African society was based for too many years. Less obvious, but clearly destructive too to the spiritual evolution of the human family, is the sense of entitlement that such a hierarchy brings to those in power. Judaism teaches that we best honor those we respect and love after death divides us, by incorporating into our own lives, the principles by which they lived— in the case of Madiba, the principles for which he was willing to die. South Africans, born during those devastating years, privileged to live in the U.S. as I do, or in South Africa and elsewhere carry the responsibility of bringing the light of a free democracy, respect, compassion and harmony into the world, because of what we experienced, whatever side of the great divide we were. My friend Nomphilo Mgilane and I started offering workshops in San Luis Obispo in 2011 on exactly this idea. Today I thanks Madiba for proving that transformation is possible, dreams do come true and the power of one to change the world is not impossible. Rest in Peace, Madiba. Your inspiration spurs us on to celebrate life by sanctifying our diversity