The Syzygy Oracle
Astronomically, ‘syzygy’ (pronounced scissor-gee) refers to a specific conjunction of the sun, moon and earth at a certain time in the cosmic cycle. Jung used this term to describe the balancing of the opposites. On Mother Earth, our ego development is profoundly influenced by the the radiance of the sun and the luminescence of the moon as we journey between light and darkness, physically and metaphorically. In The Syzygy Oracle we consider how solar energy effects ego development as the lunar glow influences the evolution of our essence. We learn to balance the two as we travel the twenty-two pathways of Kabbalah’s Tree of Life (Eitz Chaim.) Offered as a daily spiritual practice rather than a tool of prognostication, the hero’s journey offers this fresh interpretation of the Tarot’s ‘Major Arcana as an introduction to the mysteries of kabbalah. The Tree of Life (Eitz Chaim) is the map of the journey just as the Tarot becomes a tool for understanding the Tree of Life. Irrespective of your knowledge or personal association with Hebrew or the cards of the Tarot deck, The Syzygy Oracle provides and accessible entry point for everyone.
Honoring The Sacred or Divine Feminine, the spiritual practice offered here is an invitation to recognize and welcome intuitive wisdom more definitively into everyday awareness. A fresh interpretation of the traditional Major Arcana for women, the patriarchal layering of the cards is lifted to reveal a timeless and timely revelation of intuitive wisdom in a sequence of insightful, profound, and empowering teachings for any woman who wishes to read her own life story as more substantive than superficial.
Twenty-two of these cards reinterpret the Tarot’s Major Arcana. Aligning the cards with the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, we access three levels of soul consciousness, in Hebrew known as nefesh, ruach and neshamah through the specific letter, number and story of each card. Meet inspirational archetypes from world culture to light the way. Through meditations and mantras, discover your personal hero’s journey that is a crucial part of evolving consciousness. Ten additional cards representing the ‘sefirot’ or energy centers, offer the Tree of Life as an experiential introduction to Kabbalah.
Coincidence and kabbalah, symbols and synchronicities, metaphors and mantras enrich and deepen life’s experience. This mythic and metaphoric interpretation liberates these cards solely from the realm of prognostication and presents a meditative and inspirational tool for a daily personal practice. Heather Mendel’s elegant, powerful images, full of mystery and complexity, will forever change the way you view the wisdom of the ancient Tarot.
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