Two Trees in Eden
Four Worlds, Four Seasons, Four and Fruits, Four Questions
At last! Here is a seder service of healing for Tu B’Shvat—The New Year Of The Trees. Offered as a kabbalistic storytelling that reminds us of our connection and responsibility to honor the earth, we read, we share, we eat— enjoying nourishment for both body and soul. The cover image is from a card I designed for The Syzygy Oracle and reminds us that we live in a world of polarities. Our challenge is to move from fear to love. We ate from the Tree of Knowledge and aspire to the Tree of Life.
Are you curious, willing and courageous enough to journey forward?
THE ORACLE SPEAKS
The Oracle Speaks: The Magic Moon Lenormand Guide and Workbook
This step-by-step guide takes the beginner through the stages necessary for deepening intuitive skillfulness through the use of Lenormand Oracle; each deck used encourages us to trust our own intuition. The more we do, the easier it becomes to step into this ancient stream, reclaiming the wisdom of the connected field that is our reality. My own experience in learning to use this oracle served me well in preparing the book that accompanies the new deck, The Magic Moon Lenormand. Whether you plan to start your oracular work with this deck (in many ways, it is much simpler to learn than Tarot) or come with a familiarity with other divination practices, this book is for you. Lenormand cards can be used on their own, or can offer an additional layer of insight for any reading. I offer suggestions on using both Tarot and Lenormand in a 30 minute reading.
My approach to divination comes from the perspective of a mystic, enthralled with Kabbalah. With Lenormand, I start with a working knowledge of Tarot and the hero’s journey. I offer a contemporary take on this oracle— the patriarchal tenor of earlier interpretations has been replaced with an egalitarian perspective on life. The book contains full-page illustrations of each card and simple, detailed information as to how to use them.
The Sacred Mandala Tarot: mystery, mindfulness and manifestation brings mindfulness and conscious evolution into the realm of Tarot. With a foreword by Carrie Paris, and endorsed by leaders in the world of Tarot as both a counselling tool as well as a meditative practice, the book included full-page black and white illustrations of each card together with keywords for its use, a specific mantra and details about the meaning of the cards and sacred geometry included in each image. The elegant 78 card deck offers a contemporary mirror of 21st century American society with its celebration of cultural and gender diversity as it weaves kabbalah, mindfulness and Tarot together. The combo is available from her website and from amazon.
The Syzygy Oracle: Transformative Tarot and The Tree of Life, Dodona Books, 2013 is also available from this website, from amazon and all book sellers. The deck of 32 cards designed as a daily spiritual practice is available separately.
What if the story of Eve is wrong? Beneath the literal surface of text, Eve, the quintessential hero and positive feminine archetype for our evolving consciousness awaits our recognition, remembrance and reclamation. Eve can lead the way to hope and healing for the global human family, and leads the way to the spiritual expansion of consciousness.This dance in search of the Sacred Feminine is a multi-layered odyssey of transition and transformation that moves to a feminine beat. Based on the mystical Four Worlds of Kabbalah it reveals the concealed Eve who can lead the “children of Israel” to the radiance of the “promised land” which is our own spiritual maturity. We discover an evolving image of Divinity, constantly present and continually changing, as ancient as Judaism and contemporary as the moment that speaks to the transformation potential of the present moment.
Towards Freedom: a feminist haggadah for men and women, A Word of Art, 1995.
This delightfully readable feminist haggadah for men and women, presents a mystical interpretation of an ancient ritual that has great significance and meaning 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 and a wealth of delightful imagery, Heather Mendel offers 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, through her words, drawings and calligraphy, Heather Mendel explores the mythic symbols of our tradition as she honors the Sacred or Divine energy that is rising from the depths, as we evolve our consciousness to become all that we may be.
“This haggada is delightful in its text and artwork and should be available for the larger community.”
Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and The Blade