Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hawk Encounter/ Updated June 12th, 2013

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At the borders of Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles, we had a close encounter with a pair of Hawks on Friday, May 17th.
Heading  on to Santa Fe , New Mexico after visiting family in Guthrie, OK. we neared Erick, the last small town on Interstate 40. Noon was approaching and we were discussing where we might stop for lunch.
A large RV was lumbering by us in the passing lane when out of the tree line on our right, two large hawks, one light/white colored and one dark colored, came diving from the tree tops.
Now that I've had time to review and replay  it in my mind  about what it was that I was seeing; I believe they may have been two males in combat or a female and a male having a difference of opinion.
These two birds were so involved in their struggle they completely ignored the traffic and fell to where they were just 3 to 4 feet above the highway pavement.
As we approached them I kept thinking that they would break apart and fly up and out of the way. We were nearly upon them when the white hawk let loose it's hold on the dark and flew straight up and out of the way.
But it was too late for the dark hawk.
Just as it gathered itself to fly upward, we were there and collided with it.
I put my arm up in front of my face just as the bird hit the windshield. The noise was loud and horrendous!

Due to the modern wonders of safety glass, I'm still here. The impact left a large crazy spiderweb of cracked glass on 80% of the windshield.  Tons of small splinters and shards of glass flew all about us. The impact of the hawk's body on the windshield was so forceful it broke the plastic housing around the rear view mirror. The pieces flew down around my ankles,hitting and scratching my elbow as they descended. The only thing keeping the rear view mirror attached to the roof of the car was the thick cable it was attached to.

We were stunned!

We drove into Shamrock Texas to collect our wits, find a vacuum at the nearest car wash, so we could vacuum up all the glass and make some calls to find the nearest  Benz car dealer who could repair our windshield.
Turned out the nearest was 400 miles away in Albuquerque, N.M.
That's where we went.
 I jerked  and flinched every time a bird flew by the car.
It's an experience I'll never forget.

I've learned that the hawk is considered a messenger bird and is associated with Jupiter.
 I'm still puzzling over just what the message might be. Or even if there is a message.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Trees In Creation Stories

The Ash Yggdrasil by Friedrich Wilhelm Heine

Trees are central in the creation stories of diverse cultures including the Celts, Greeks, Indonesians, Scandinavians, Siberians and the Japanese.
In early civilizations , the tree symbolized a two-fold identity; the World Tree, which connected the realms of existence and the Tree of Life, which represented the source of life and abundance. Numerous times these aspects were attributed to the same tree.
One of the most recognized World Trees is the Ash of Norse Mythology called the Yggdrasil. While many cultures believed in the existence of three realms ( heaven, earth, and the underworld) Norse legend tells of nine realms existing on tree levels. These realms were said to be connected by the nine roots of Yggdrasil.

 The Tree of Life in ancient Egypt was usually portrayed a top a sacred mound, As the Axis Munde, its branches reached to the stars and its roots extended deep into the netherworld. Osiris, the god of the dead was sometimes represented as this world tree.

In Finland, the Tree of Life also served as the cosmic sky pole that held the heavens aloft. It was believed to extend from the North/Pole Star through the center of the Earth.

Trees are central in the creation stories found throughout the world cultures. Lithuanians designated certain areas as holy groves.  Ash groves were dedicated to Apollo and Myrtle trees were believed to be sacred to Aphrodite. Twin sycamores flanked the gates of the Egyptian heaven where the sun god Ra appeared each morning.
Trees also served as religious  symbols for Christians and are mentioned throughout the Bible. Of the trees in the garden of Eden, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. the latter is probably the most famous. However, it is the palm tree that is most symbolic in Christianity for strength and longevity.
The palm tree is a symbol of the garden of paradise and Christ's triumph over death.

This dual notion is not far from Pagan concepts of the Tree of Life providing sustenance and trees in general representing the turning of the Wheel of the Year and the soul's immortality through rebirth.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Lesson Nine- Justice

True to many of the Tarot cards, the Justice card can indicate its' most literal sense-Justice.
The playing field is once again made equal by setting things straight. It is the eye for an eye, Karmic revenge or demanding payment of a karmic debt.
One must remember the Tarot speaks in symbolism and these symbols will reappear time and again.
The sword for instance is a symbol of the linear mind, absolutes, truth, strength. The scales are a symbol of balance. In this instance the necessary balance of Karma, Cause and Effect.
The card must be looked at in its context. If we are exploring an inner situation the seekers or others desires or motives, we would look to the inner presentation of the Justice card, which would include scrutiny, careful consideration, weighing of options,  and seeing the truth of a matter ( often hidden).
Justice is not blind. She wears no blindfold. Her eyes are wide open suggesting besides observing the rules, careful observations, logical thinking of the situations without emotional coloring and balancing both sides of the question.

There are many similarities between the Justice card and the High Priestess card. The latter suggests using intuition as the guide while the former speaks to concrete evidence and linear thinking.
In a reading the seeker will be advised to keep emotions and feelings out of the decision making process. The facts nothing but the facts.
The Justice card may also speak to the obvious first impression; the legal system, court proceedings, judges etc. As readers we must keep this in mind. It is surprising how often the Tarot will present in this fashion. When a message needs to be crystal clear, it will be sent in the most basic way.
Justice is a card of truth. It advises truthfulness to yourself, your morals and your judgement.

Exercises: Take the Justice card and use it as a "theme" card to gain insights about its energy in your life.Take the card from your deck and lay it face up on the table. Spend some time examining the card and all its symbols. Hold the remaining cards in your hand, ask for a message regarding the ways in which the ideas of truth, justice , fairness and balance have a place in your life or in regards to current situations.
Pull two cards and interpret. Document the cards pulled and your interpretations in your journal-

Lady Justice sits on her throne of wisdom a balance in her left hand and the sword of truth in her right. She looks straight at me.
The two cards I pulled are the two of Pentacles and the Magician.
The Big Situation in my life for the last nine and a half months has been the selling of our home. I feel like a One Note Nora, my question has been the same , Will our house sale? Has the potential buyer darken our door?
We have had one offer on the house but it was so low that it was ridiculous and that was late last Fall. We have had tons of showings. In fact it averages out to a showing and a half per week since we went on the market in the third week of last July.
Living in limbo for over nine months is taxing on the nerves.   But all the cards that I have been pulling all seem to say...Patience, Workable Business Activities, Fluidity, Growth and Finances.
When I did the exercise for The Chariot card I pulled the Temperance card.
At one point two weeks ago after a third showing to the same out of state couple. I pulled the Hangman. In reading the meaning of this card, I had to laugh when I read ,On a mundane level, this card can  quite literally indicate a period of hanging around waiting for the outcome of a major decision or a pending contract.

I know that the place we are wanting to move to is right. It is where we lived for a very short time when we were first married. Our eldest child was born there as well.
Am I missing something? What am I not seeing?