We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic
~Van Morrison, Into the Mystic
The high priestess, in all of her deep quiet still unconscious-ness might seem an odd card for June, as we head towards the height of the summer on the Northern Hemisphere, but let us not forget that on the other side of the world, in the Southern Hemisphere it’s coming on winter solstice, and this is good to re-member, especially when it feels like the masculine aspects have gotten a little out of hand.
You need not lose yourself in all of this swirling chaos. In fact, now more than ever, you (and we all) need you to find yourself in a bigger, more true way than ever before.
My cousin, and dearest friend, said to me once that I should stay where I’m comfortable, under my rock in the dark, and actually, although she meant it tongue-in-cheek, I’m truly grateful for the analogy.
Why are you so afraid of silence,
silence is the root of everything.
If you spiral into its void,
a hundred voices will thunder
messages you long to hear
I don’t pay much attention to what’s happening with the political situation, or much else out in the wider world; instead, I’m trusting a process that makes very little sense to my logical mind. So, as funny as it may seem, I just can’t seem to get upset about most of what is going on right now. Although I have to say that the terrorist attacks do affect me, whether I am aware of them or not.
On the day of the recent bombing in Manchester, without knowing about it, about mid day, I started feeling anxious and emotionally upset, my fuse got really short. That evening I was still trying to figure out what was going on within me when someone mentioned that there had been an attack in England earlier in the day. As soon as I was able to acknowledge where it came from I could orient the anxiety and simply began to pray for everyone involved, and send love to the situation. As I did this, my anxiety levels dropped and I came into a place of peace. I do not know why these things happen, and I believe that these events, and EVERYONE involved in them, need more love, regardless of their role.
I’m black as night
I’m black as the night
Black as the night
I’m black as the night
Black as the night with a little bit of moonlight
Black as the night with a little bit of moonlight
Black as the night with a little bit of moonlight, yeah
I’m black as the night with a little bit of moonlight shining from my center within
Sharp obsidian, smooth to the touch, I’m a dark little cinnamon man
It’s part of my make up, uh-huh, uh-huh
Nevermind the nightmares, always gonna wake up, wake up, wake up
~Black as Night Nahko And Medicine For The People
Maybe I have too much faith in our human ability for change and transformation…It is powerful to watch as we humans come together to offer each other support and help in these times of crisis. I am heartened by the human capacity for grace during difficult times. Watching the Native American tribes come together to stop the black snake earlier this year was so incredibly inspiring. Even if it was only a temporary stay, that resonance of unity for the sake of the blessing of water and the health of the earth was incredibly transformational for our planet and likely set the energetic stage for the worldwide Tolerance March.
From my deep intuitive, my high priestess aspect, I KNOW that Trump is the perfect president for this moment in time. Who else could have inspired a Tolerance March to the extent of over 4.5 million people in the US and over 5.5 million people worldwide on his inauguration day? Who else could so successfully reveal the hubris and audacity of the Military/Corporate Industrial Complex of business & greed in its utter confidence that it can do what it wants no matter what? It‘s been politicians that the machine has been hiding behind, the slippery back handed forked tongued experts at prestidigitation and hidden agendas, to get everything they wanted behind the smoke and mirrors. And its Trump who is, inadvertently, outing it.
And if you wish to survive
You will find the guide inside
I go back and forth every single day
The clarity it comes to me in the choppy waves
As the feelings and the places
And the seasons change
The galaxies remain
Energy fields pullin’ up out of this space
The angels that are composting the spiritual waste
The hate that gets me displaced from my spiritual place
Ten fold the manna when the planets are in place, in polar alignment
We’re on assignment
Bodies on consignment
Return them to the circus
And what is the purpose?
What is the purpose and would you believe it?
Would you believe it
If you knew what you were for
And how you became so informed?
Bodies of info performing such miracles
I am a miracle made up of particles
And in this existence
I’ll stay persistent
And I’ll make a difference
And I will have lived it…
~Nahko And Medicine Of The People
And suddenly it’s come to light what’s been going on here in America, for quite a long time, underneath the facade. For the first time many Americans, who so totally believed the dogma spouted about our “freedom” and “greatness” are opening their eyes and realizing that we have actually been plugged into the machine, believing the illusion is reality, while unchecked corporate greed rapes the planet and harnesses our human energy solely for its own greed, which is never satisfied, in the “name of freedom”. The Matrix anyone?
And out of this awareness, people are starting to pay attention to what’s going on and demand that it be transformed for the highest and best good of all, that the circle of inclusion be extended to all human beings, that walls come down and bridges be extended. This uprising of the divine feminine from deepest most profound aspects of ourselves, male, female and gender unspecific included, raised the resonance of this planet to a degree that has never happened before in recorded history. While the election of Hillary Clinton would have been momentous, it would never have stirred the divine feminine to action like the election of Donald Trump has.
“In readings, the High Priestess poses a challenge to you to go deeper – to look beyond the obvious, surface situation to what is hidden and obscure. She also asks you to recall the vastness of your potential and to remember the unlimited possibilities you hold within yourself.” http://www.learntarot.com/maj02.htm
It feels to me like everyone is WAKING UP! And so, thank you, yes, I who have been watching this with eyes & heart wide open since I was a teenager: being the recycle monitor, working at the local organic co-op in college, attending anti war rallies & weeping for the dolphins, not to mention refusing disposable bags at stores and shopping at farmer’s markets & natural foods stores since way before it became popular…why yes, I will stay under my rock right now. I am calm here, I know that things are changing and it is wonderful to watch and be the change I have long wanted to see in the world. And to be brought into awareness and prayer when the times call for it.
When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.
Being with the high priestess in this dark place under the rock is very helpful for me. I have spent many a year and many a tear on the comings and goings of this world. After I watched Dances With Wolves in the early 1990’s I actually cried for weeks and wanted so badly to be dolphin rather than a human being. I was so angry at the utter inhumanity of our human ignorance, bigotry and cruelty throughout our history. So much so that it began to be difficult to even be in the world. So, by the time I reached my 30’s I decided that the best course of action was to focus on changing what I could within the microcosm of myself.
The High Priestess is the guardian of the unconscious. She sits in front of the thin veil of unawareness which is all that separates us from our inner landscape. She contains within herself the secrets of these realms and offers us the silent invitation, “Be still and know that I am God.” http://www.learntarot.com/maj02.htm
Where, in my own psyche, did I need to start cleaning up the environment, offering equal pay for equal work, stop terrorism, violence and wars? Where in myself was I to honor the divine feminine, what after all is the divine feminine? What is the opposite and equal energy of the Just Do It, Go Go Go energy of the masculine? For decades now that has been my question, my journey and my reason for existing. And after exploring that for years, I’ve finally been able to begin integrating it. The Divine Feminine has become an integral part of myself and now I’ve finally come to an acceptance of what simply is and loving it.
The High Priestess is the mysterious unknown that women often represent, especially in cultures that focus on the tangible and known…The High Priestess can represent a time of waiting and allowing. It is not always necessary to act to achieve your goals. Sometimes they can be realized through a stillness that gives desire a chance to flower within the fullness of time.“ http://www.learntarot.com/maj02.htm
A little more than a year ago, I found Jumana Sophia and her “Break The Grip of Past Lovers” 21 Day Meditation through the The Daily Om. (LINKED) Here I heard a definition and articulation of the divine feminine that once I heard I knew I had been looking for my entire life, along with an active imagination and meditation series to help me connect in and access my divine feminine. (Rather than excerpt it here, if you are interested in connecting with your divine feminine, I recommend you do the meditation. This is a series for women, and yet, if, as a man, you want to attempt it as well, understand that your inner feminine is also intact and you can access the energies she speaks of, just use your imagination. It will definitely give you a powerful perspective and some important insight on the feminine and the women in your lives.)
In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves.
That stillness and vastness that enables the Universe to be, is not just out there in space…it is also within you.
This is not a common definition of power in our modern culture, in fact it’s something known to be the antipathy of power. But oh my goodness, it is one of the most powerful things I have ever done. And I have spent SO MUCH time, energy and adrenal forces attempting to do and be the other, masculine form of power that never seemed to work for me. Or really only worked up to a degree. Now I am willing to give the feminine aspect of power a go, despite what the outside world is telling me I should do.
Let the water settle; you will see the moon and stars mirrored in your being.
And ever since I decided to write about the High Priestess, several friends have come to me to complain that they are habitual procrastinators and have decided to annihilate that bad habit. And my question to them is “Is this actually a bad thing or is it a part of the process?” For myself, procrastination has actually revealed itself to be gestation. All those years in college when I would wait until the night before to write my papers, which came out fully formed from my brain (thank the goddess for the word processor which actually enabled me to download the outpour in one sitting and then rearrange and Voila!), it was actually just my process.
The apparent stillness in my mind up until that point was just the preparation process. Once the paper was ready to be born it just birthed itself. Now I’m not saying that every instance of procrastination is part of the divine feminine process, we all know ourselves and when and how we might be avoiding and putting off things that are better being done in a timely manner. I’m just saying we ought to give honor and credence to those times where the divine feminine practice of waiting and receiving and gestating in the void is actually occurring. For it is in this womb of stillness that the world, the universe, is recreating itself.
Movement is time, but stillness is eternity.
So The High Priestess has come this month to help us go inside and find the truth within ourselves, in the that silent space inside. Slow down dear ones, spend some time under a rock, so you can let go of what the culture and the society is trying to force feed us. Let’s consciously slow down so we can catch up with our own hearts and our sacred inner stillness, she has so much for us.
Come by on the 4th Friday, June 23rd, and get still with me, we’ll slow down so we can catch up with her together.