Archive for November, 2011
Tarot cards?! That’s Devils stuff! You are brining demons into the home!! Evil they are evil!!! Sadly many people have such a belief towards harmless cardboard with pictures. There is a strong belief held by many religious fundamentals that tarot cards are evil, they consult evil spirits or even the Devil.
Majority of the time these beliefs are most vocal among Christians. Divination comes up as a subject of concern in the Torah/Old Testament calming that it is a practice in “offense” to the Lord. Thus this makes many Christians opposed to the tarot because it is a system of divination. Divination or more specifically fortunetelling is banned in Islam as well. In Islam, a fortuneteller, psychic, medium etc are contacting the Jinn. The Jinn were created before man and are unseen by humans. In Islam, Allah is the only one who knows the future, no one else.
However this blog is not going to focus on the theological aspect of the acceptance of tarot. I wanted to focus on the idea that tarot can invite demons into your home simply because you have a deck of cards. The idea that tarot cards can invite a negative spirit or demon is absolutely false. Some would say tarot is like a Ouija board which is used to communicate with a spirit. Ouija has the ability to invite a negative spirit/demon (but not always) because most of the time people use the board with the intent on communicating with any spirit. It is equivalent to opening your front door and screaming outside, “anyone there? Come on in”. This is an open system of communication, open to anything. Tarot on the other hand is a limited and more of a closed system. Tarot does not connect with spirits wondering around, tarot does not act like a portal or doorway like a Ouija board does. Some view tarot as a connection to your higher self or subconscious. Because tarot works with the inner processes this makes it a closed system. Even when we open the tarot up to beyond our inner self, tarot connects to the universe as a whole and or to divinity. This is a limited open system, open to only a positive source.
It cannot be stressed enough that tarot is in reality a tool. Tools are neutral, neither good nor bad. The use of the tool depends on the user of the tool. We determine what we do with the cards and which path we go with it. You can go the path of Light or path of Darkness. Using the cards to better yourself spiritually, seeking insights and guidance is the path of light and always a good thing. In my years of using the cards, nothing evil has happened to me, to my family or in my home. Nothing but good has comes as a result to my use of the cards and many many other readers will agree with me on this.
If you are told by anyone you know that tarot is evil, that you brought evil into your home do not listen, if you feel drawn to the cards in your life then keep them. If you feel you no longer need them then you can do away with them. It is a personal journey and your choice.
Bullying is a big subject in the media. What we know of bullying comes from mostly in schools. Across the united states and around the world children are killing themselves because they are being bullied and no one will stand up and say NO MORE. However bullying just does not go away after school, it continues with adults. It happens in the workplace, at home and it is happening in the tarot community.
I love the tarot community and I love my tarot peeps. For the large majority we are a good bunch of people, seeking enlightenment through the cards. Because the general attitude is “love and light” we often just think ignoring the problem is best. Not engaging the issue is best, don’t cause conflict. I for one I am not the type to sit back and be passive. I have a mouth and I will use it to defend the people I care for.
I am going to be direct and say it, Janet Boyer (author/tarot reader) has written a “fictional” short story on Amazon called The Ones I Refuse to Leave where she kills a tarot podcast hostess named “LeeLeeDonna LaRue”. This is a direct and vicious attack on an actual member of the community, Donnaleigh de LaRose of Beyond Worlds. Janet also attacks the community as a whole with a large amount of name calling and hate speech. Janet Boyer has had a obsessive hatred towards Donnaleigh for almost a year. Her recent short story crosses a line and reveals the true psychological state of her mind.
Lets review her material so you all can understand why this is horrible and what she is doing is absolutely atrocious.
The story opens with the first sentence “I killed you because you deserved it”. How could anyone deserved to be killed? What is the justification? Janet writes, “I was hated as she was loved”. Clearly there is a lot of jealousy here, that she has been rejected and thus it gives her the right to murder “LeeLeeDonna”.
I feel Janet’s sense of reality has been skewed. She makes references to the red pill & blue pill (The Matrix reference). Janet says “I was the type who always refused to take the blue pill…I wanted the red. The cowards that crave and cling to the blue pill-they don’t like the red-pill swallowers….they refuse to see, what they can’t acknowledge as reality”. This demonstrates that janet see’s herself in a separate reality from everyone else.
Janet pulls a few punches at the tarot community saying “75% of female Tarot readers could be described as butt-ugly fatties.. pathetic losers”. Umm Janet your not winning any beauty pageants you know. She goes further in her insults that reveal her secret bigotry. This amazes me as an future author, I would never attack the market I sell my products to. Janet is a Tarot author and is attacking tarot readers!!! This is clearly insane.
In the story Janet crashes a Tarot Convention (Reader’s Studio) and puts poison into “LeeLeeDonna’s” eye drops which kills her. At her grave Janet pulls her pants down she takes a shit on “LeeLeeDonna’s” grave. Disgustingly she describes the shit as “tubular”.
Janet has crossed a line, she went from online bullying to harassment and the threatening of a real person as well as bad mouth the tarot community. She can claim that this is all “fictional” but that is total bullshit. She reveals in here her true feelings and what she wishes she could do and might do if she had the chance.
This must stop, this must end! We do not need this vile negative influence in our community! We need to stand up, and let her know enough is enough. Boycott all of her work! Do not buy anything she creates. If you own anything she has written toss it out! I am going to burn my “Back In Time Tarot”. Let her publishers “Schiffer” know how you feel about all of this. Stand up.
It is that time of the year yet again when Mercury goes into retrograde. I noticed the influence of this retrograde when I noticed many people posting on Facebook that their phones were either breaking or they lost all their phone contacts. Mercury rules over communication so this is no shock.
Mercury also rules over travel, this is unfortunate because it is Thanksgiving week in the United States, one of the biggest traveling holidays. So delays and setbacks in your travels are expected. Make sure you are planned and prepared for anything that is thrown your way. If I were to be traveling during this retrograde I make sure my car is running properly. Its funny that this retrograde is in Sagittarius during this holiday because Sagittarius rules long distance travel.
The retrograde gets a bad name, but recently I have seem astrologers turning to the idea that the retrograde can bring some positive light. The retrograde tells you to Re-think before you do anything. Because information gets are screwy around this time, we may not have all the info, may interrupt the info wrong and thus say something wrong and or make a poor judgment.
This retrograde occurs in the sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius deals with philosophy and large ideas. With this retrograde a few things can happen. You may express your beliefs(philosophies) in a way that no one understands or takes what you say the wrong way. Or you maybe the one who is confused by someone’s philosophies. As an internal processes, you need to reflect on your personal philosophy on life. Re-think what you always held to be your beliefs and your views. Are they really yours? Or were they given to you? Where do you stand with your spiritual development? This may be a time for you to look at aspects you have been ignoring or Re-think at the ones you do accept.
If you are a Sagittarius or have a strong influence of Sagittarius in your natal chart this this retrograde will effect you more so than others. I have Sagittarius rising in my chart so I can validate that I have become very introspective recently.
Mercury in tarot is The Magician, so we need to put him in an ill-dignified position. Sagittarius is Temperance. Temperance is a card of moderation, this Thanksgiving moderation may be hard to control (no shocker there) but going forward until the retrograde ends we will see that how we communicate and try to create moderation or balance in our lives is either difficult or we need to go inside ourselves and do some introspection with regards to how we moderate ourselves. What needs to be moderated and what needs to be tempered in our lives.
The Law of Attraction, also known as “The Secret” is a metaphysical law that “like attracts like”. That positive or negative thinking create positive or negative outcomes. To obtain what we want in life we need to change our thinking from negative, “I want” to a positive mindset of “I have”. Your mind creates your reality.
I am a believer in this law, that our thoughts do create our world. That negative thinking leads to negative outcomes. This is simply because our thoughts and feelings determine how we react to life situations. Our actions are physical manifestations of our feelings. Its not very metaphysical when you think about it, it is common sense.
However what the Law of Attraction (The Secret) makes it appears is that you can obtain whatever you want just by thinking positive thoughts and positive things will come your way. This is an overly simplistic view and it leads to a delusion I call, Law of Attraction Delusion Disorder (L.A.D.D). People who suffer from this disorder believe that they can obtain the ideal in life, without any effort on their part. I once came across a client who had L.A.D.D and wanted a reading from me. She said she was studying The Secret and wanted to attract the “perfect mate”, she made a list of all the traits this person will have. She shared with me the list and then asks for a reading on how to help find this man. I told her the list is too specific and ideal she won’t find a man whole has all of these traits. She replied to me and said she will because she will attract him through the Law of Attraction. That all she has to do is think positively and he will come. I refused the reading and told her that no one this perfect existed, that she should focus on finding someone who has many of these traits but not to focus on them meeting all her expectations because she will be disappointed in the long run.
What many people do not realize is that the secret to The Secret is that you also have to take action in order to manifest what you want. The Law of Attraction is a two-part process. First step is to think in a positive way that aligns yourself to your goal. The second step is taking actions that lead you to that goal.
Thoughts + Actions = Goal
Often people will ask the tarot when they will meet someone or get a job. In my readings I also explore their thoughts and influences at the present and then what actions they need to take to obtain what they want. Without action you get nothing in return
Spheres of Influence
There is another component attached to Law of Attraction that is over looked as well that is an important component in Magick, which are Spheres of Influence. I learned about spheres of influence from Jacki Smith in her Book Coventry Magick, Jacki explains that our lives are filled with influences of others as well as our influences on others. Spheres of influence are “all the people who are affected by our actions and all the people who affect you”. When casting a spell you are trying to manifest something specific (attract in Law of Attraction). The effectiveness and the quickness of the manifestation are directed mostly by your spheres of influence. When you cast a spell Jacki says “you send out fishing lines of energy to see if anyone responds and can help you manifest this energy”. The larger your sphere (more connections with other people) the higher chance you can manifest what you want. The smaller your spheres and limited connection with others the slower you will manifest your magick. For a woman who is casting spells to find a lover and never leaves her home, she is working on a small sphere of influence. She will end up dating the mailman. Spheres of Influence can be applied to Law of Attraction. The larger your sphere the better you can attract what you want. The chances of the universe aligning what you want are greater.
The Forgotten Laws
The Law of Attraction is not the only metaphysical law. There are numerous laws, the most common listing is at twelve, called the 12 Universal or Cosmic Laws. There are two Laws I wanted to explore and how they affect Law of Attraction. These two laws are The Law of Cause and Effect and The Law of Compensation.
The Law of Cause and Effect is simply the law that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The Law of Compensation goes further into the Law of Cause and Effect and relates to how we are provided with blessings based on our deeds and daily actions. You can call it Karma if you want. These Laws go back to my whole point of actions. Your actions are what lead to compensation, the blessings that are given to us in return for our deeds. The most important thing in this Law of Compensation is that if you expect something for nothing, it is a violation of this law. So for people, who follow Law of Attraction, thinking and expecting to receive without anything on your part (no actions, no change) your violating the Law of Compensation and you will not attract what you want.
Law of Attraction Spread
Tarot is a great tool to help us manifest what we want. Tarot is great at exploring our thoughts, feelings and what actions are not working and which actions we should be doing to better attract what we desire. This spread is inspired by The Law of Attraction.
State out loud or in your mind what you wish to attract. Example “I want to attract a loving relationship”.
Pull the following cards.
1) What thoughts help to align myself with my goal?
2) What thoughts hinder me from my goal?
3) What actions do I need to take to align myself with my goal?
Firstly let me state I am a fan of Kabbalah, I have bought and read a number of Kabbalistic books. Most of these book are published by the Kabbalah Centre. I found myself liking the philosophy and ideas proposed in the books I read. This blog is not an attack on the philosophy, tradition or beliefs of Kabbalah. This blog is aimed at revealing the light on some misinformation on how old the tradition is and the proposed influence Kabbalah has had on other cultures through out time. As a tarot reader, Kabbalah is a area of study many readers explore due to the connections between the Tarot and the Tree of Life. This is why I feel, I can post this on my Tarot blog.
The Kabbalah Centre claim the tradition of Kabbalah dates back to time of Eden. That the Zohar (The book of Splender) was created 2000 years ago. It is also believed that all the great philosophers like Plato and Aristotle studied Kabbalah and their philosophies are a result of Kabbalah.
This is were I stop and say Bullshit! Not simply because I am Greek and I am bias towards my heritage but because what is being stated by the Kabbalah Centre is false and a manipulation of history.
Lets look at the facts, The Zohar first appear in Spain in the 13th century when it was published by Moses de Leon. de Leon credited Simeon bar Yochai (a 1st century rabbi in Israel) as the author of the Zohar. However, In the mid-20th century, the Jewish historian Gershom Scholem contended that de Leon himself was the most likely author of the Zohar. Among other things, Scholem noticed the Zohar’s frequent errors in Aramaic grammar, its suspicious traces of Spanish words and sentence patterns, and its lack of knowledge of the land of Israel. Yeshayahu Leibowitz, noted professor of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, claimed that “It is clear that the Zohar was written by de Leon”.
The Zohar and Kabbalah did not influence Greek philosophers, it was the reverse. Greek philosophy, specifically Platonic philosophy influenced the development of Kabbalah. In Kabbalah there is the assertion that there is an inner Torah, that holds hidden mystical meanings. This idea of an “inner Torah” appears with Philo of Alexandria, a Hellenized Jewish Neoplatonist who interpreted the Torah through Greek philosophy. This idea also reappears later in Rabbinic Judaism, which started after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70AD). After the Temple was destroyed all focus went from Temple to the Rabbis who started the tradition of Midrash (a way of interpreting biblical stories that goes beyond simple distillation of religious, legal or moral teachings).
There are concepts that are in Kabbalah which originate from Greek philosophy, the concept of “emanation” proposed by Kabbalah that God created the world in successive emanations is originally Greek. The philosopher Plotinus spoke about emanations in his work “Enneads”. Kabbalah states that the human soul has three parts. Nefesh(lower self/animal nature), Ruach (middle soul, spirit, contains morals) and Neshamah (super-soul, holds intellect). This comes from Plato who said that the soul had three parts. Eros (cravings and desires), Themos (spiritedness, emotion)and Logos (reason and intellect, highest self).
There is important observation which I also noticed, to the Kabbalist God is not really how God is portrayed in the Bible. In the Bible it is clear that God is a personal being that one has a relationship with. God has feelings, thoughts and does things. However while reading the books published by the Kabbalah Centre, they say that God is an impersonal being, the source of creation, simply called the “Creator”. This idea is originates in Greek philosophy with the concept of the “One”, the first principle, the source of everything.
During the conquests of Alexander The Great, the middle east became a part of the Hellenic Empire. The Jewish people along with other groups were exposed to Greek culture. It also during this time that the Torah was translated into Greek during the 3rd century BCE. During the Middle Ages Neoplatonist ideas influenced Jewish thinkers, such as the Kabbalist Isaac the Blind, and the Jewish Neoplatonic philosopher Solomon ibn Gabirol, who modified it in the light of their own Jewish background. It is my belief that if the Zohar was in fact a much older document, existing in the ancient world, than would have most likly have been translated into Greek as the Torah was. However it was not and there is no historical mention of the Zohar.
Another major reason why Kabbalah did not influence Greek Philosophy and the most important reason is that Kabbalah is only taught to Jewish males over the age of 40. You must be a Jew to study and learn Kabbalah. Until the 1700′s there was much speculation around Kabbalah, very little was known. So how could the Greeks have learned about Kabbalah? They would never have been allowed to learn the material because they were Gentiles. That is the main underlying reason why I think that Neo-platonism had an influence because these philosophies would have been available to Kabbalists during and after the Hellenic Empire and during the middle ages when Kabbalah was becoming more public.
In my view, most of Kabbalah is the result of the combination of Hellenistic philosophies and Judaism. There is no evidence of The Zohar in the historical record prior to the middle ages. If anything, Kabbalah existed as an oral tradition, however we do not know how the original ideas differ from the ideas recorded during the middle ages are. The Zohar is actually a creation from the 13th century and Neo-platonism had an influence on its creation. The claim that Kabbalah influenced the great thinkers such as Greek philosophers is faulty and is mainly used as a way to vindicate and validate the teachings of Kabbalah to be older and “original” to other traditions and cultures.
To be fair, the Greek people did travel around the world and came into contact with the east. What the Greeks learned and adopted into their philosophies is difficult to determine. For example, it is said that Pythagoras travled all around the known world, as far as India. Pythagoras and his followers the Pythagoreans were vegetarians and believed in reincarnation and the possible release from the “wheel of birth” which is very Hindu/Buddhist in philosophy. Was Pythagoras influenced by Eastern Philosophy? No doubt. Kabbalah also teaching reincarnation as well. Reincarnation is a native idea to Hinduism in their texts the Rig Veda which is one of the oldest extant texts from 1700–1100 BC.