Justice, Karma, and the Hermetic Principle of Causation

Oh, Justice. Justice, Justice, Justice.

This card pops up and some see it as a simple and concrete thing-
You're soon going to get your rewards or just desserts, or maybe even a literal legal ruling.
She represents many simple things; balance, law, social order, but to some- also nebulous concepts that are human and slippery. And she holds a much greater one; The Natural Order. We'll focus on that shortly.
I'm sure everyone hears people incessantly talking about what a bitch karma is, especially when they are unhappy with others' actions. The thing is, karma is simply the reflexive effects of an action. The personal judgment/offense of that action and the implication of immediate punitive measures are not what karma essentially is, but I'll leave that for those who who wish to dive deeper into Eastern concepts of kriya, karma, dharma, pap, etc. 
 In the traditional RWS tarot, we see Justice depicted as a woman, very similar to the goddess/personifications of justice in Greek mythos. She can be construed as both Themis (Divine Justice), and her daughter Dike (Human Justice), holding a scale in the left hand, for fairness and balance, and a sword in the right. This sword is double edged, and as the truth does in life, it can set you free or cut you. It is what it is. Clothed in red, she can harness the passions aroused when doling this justice by balancing her intellect and emotions. The grey pillars, which she is seated squarely between, and floor represent neutrality. Logic is upright but the blue jewel of her crown is on point, if you know what I mean.  Her white foot peeking out hints at the spiritual effects of the actions and judgements.

  In Greek myth, Dike had a sword to pierce the hearts of the unjust. Ouch. Here's the thing, though - in early Greek society, law and order was dictated by tradition. Law was law because that was the way it had always been done and that's how the group does things. There were no moral implications in Greek justice. (I mean, look at their gods, amiright?) This card really has a lot more to do with how actions, and inactions, affect others within your circles than you might want to admit. 
If I lost you with that human moral thing having little bearing on Divine justice, I'll bring in the Hermetic Principle of Polarity to illustrate.

"All manifested things have two sides, two aspects, or two poles. Everything "is" and "isn't" at the same time, all truths are but half truths and every truth is half false, there are two sides to everything, opposites are identical in nature yet different in degree, extremes meet, and all paradoxes may be reconciled."
So, there's that...

"Every Cause has its effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law." 
The Kybalion

And that above, in a nutshell, is Causation, the 7th Hermetic Principle, as told by "Three Initiates" in The Kybalion. 

 My favorite version of Justice is from the Holy Light Tarot. 

This deck is thematically my all time favorite with its alchemical and esoteric allusions and artwork. It is a bit busy, but if you're wanting to dive deeper into a deck with history, zodiacal, kabbalah, alchemical, Rosicrucian, various occult traditions in general, it's the deck for you. The imagery is lovely and dynamic, with special attention to the fire and water balancing on the scales- action and emotion, as well as a reference to Natural Law and the Stoicheion-Somata. 
The major arcanum is ever so slightly rearranged, from 11 to 8, to have her depicted in the Fool's evolution/transmutation as an Arbiter of the Greater Good. Moving on from self focus in the first septenary from the Chariot in 7 to the next stage of development, she's moving outside of the self and bringing light to working with the world. Seeing others and their truth as equal and deserving of consideration is prerequisite for affecting their lives.
 In whichever deck you're seeing Justice, it's important to consider the context of the query and position within the layout. However, for a daily pull, I'm all in on assessing your personal cause and effect relationship with the Greater Good.  We're all in it together, after all. "The Universe is mental--held in the Mind of THE ALL." & "All is in THE ALL." -- The Kybalion 


Faery Friday: Don't Should Yourself; The Fee Lion Reversed

 It's been a bit since I have posted to this blog. Life gets full of doing and the simple being whittles down to a minimum. We get busy with things, it happens. The past few weeks I have received several inquiries from the blog and Insta page that made me think I should start posting again, if only to answer the questions. But then that adds to the list of things I need to get done before I can rest or play, and then's there's always more questions, and requests for free readings...

 By day I am an artist and educator. I am lucky to have the freedom in my schedule to do readings when I find the room. Lately, the extra room has been filled with more self-care than usual and dealing with illness. Yesterday, I sat down to draw a card from The Faeries Oracle by my favorite illustrator, Brian Froud. It was very synchronistic to see The Fee Lion show his sour face in the reversed position.

For me, seeing him looking out at me, clinging to the ceiling, says I've got it all wrong and need to rethink why I'm considering posting again. Examining our patterns and programming, the root of desires, will show us our motivations, and if they line up to our true selves. He's here to tell us to recalibrate to True North and try again. 
Should stinks, but desire smells delicious.

When The Fee Lion is in his upright position, he's usually telling us we're dragging ass for whatever reason. That we would get more benefit from that relaxation time when our minds are truly clear from the nagging feeling that we could have wrapped things up or done a better job. That's why his reversal is so nice for me at this particular time. 

Each time I looked at the clock today, the numbers lined up. 11:11, 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44...
While cards are nice to start an investigation into the roots of your "shoulding" patterns, meditation is great. I knew it was time to dive in and examine more closely.



Stones/Crystals to meditate with for clarity, focus, and awareness are pictured;
scolecite ~ awareness, connection, removes energy blockages
ulexite ~ awareness/connects mind with emotions, boosts intuition, creativity, clairvoyance 
k2 ~ intuition, wisdom, focused meditation
sodalite ~ logical thinking, focus, communication

I had a fantastic mediation that rearranged and reaffirmed some things I had let get dusty in the corner of my heart, so to speak. For the time being, I'll continue to post sporadically as I feel called, no commitments, no schedules. May the Fee Lion nag you to your best and let you rest & understand when you can drop some of your stinking shoulds.




The future, past, and present with Faeries

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The Faeries of the Future card was the pull for today's Faery Friday.

This card is pretty simple in its interpretation, but it requires a closer look at the intricate artwork by Brian Froud.

Therefore, I'm not including a photo of the accompanying crystals for a meditation on its message. A closer look at the card is needed.

The easiest way to break it down is to look at the direction figures are facing.
The title of the card would suggest that the future is the focus, and by sheer numbers you'd be right. The majority of the faeries on this card are facing right, indicating a forward outlook.

Next, take a look at the tiny faces that are actually peering or pointing back...

The Gnome King at the lower left points forward. His large belly represents a strong intuitive instinct. He is absolutely sure of the way.

The top of the card shows us the split vision of the Gnome of Now,

 seeing the past and future at once.

On closer inspection, we see that the anchor figure in the bottom of the illustration is poised in a dynamic balance;

 her eyes glancing backward, torso upright, forearms held out, and right leg moving forward. This is a great overall summary of the theme of this message.

The Faeries of the Bright Future aren't here to grant wishes. 
This card is about the future and making our desires come come to fruition, but we aren't getting there in a pumpkin carriage this time. 
If it's going to happen, it's only by assessing the past, staying grounded in the moment, and trusting our intuition and guidance. And as you can see, there are many Future Faeries in your corner. 

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Transformation & Alchemy with Nelys

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Nelys the Alchemyst is here to transform the base into gold!
Today's oracle card is about transformation.
When she's here, things are about to change for the better.✨

Hold up, though-
Before you start buying fancy bags to hold all that gold, it's important to know that alchemy is about inner change as much as outer change. Things can't happen outside unless they change inside. As above, so below.
You gotta purify. Crucibles aren't always pretty, and burning away the metaphorical soul crud isn't always fun and games.

 Crystal grid meditation~ Amethyst for purification, malachite & labradorite for transformation (and maybe a little citrine or imperial topaz, & gold if you are trying to manifest a lil sumpin').

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Should I stay or should I go now....Indi brings indecision to Faery Friday

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One look at this Fae and you sort of understand what this card is all about. 
From that pained look to the way those orbs are being handled, the energy coming off of this being is back and forth and fleeting and all over the place. 
Now, take a look at the head on which Indi is standing...
Yup. You know the feeling. Indi may look slight in stature, but there is a heavy, heavy pressure on the head below. 
If Indi shows up in your reading, it's time to pick one or the other. You may need to get out a paper and pen and make a good old fashioned pros and cons list, because your fence sitting isn't helping anyone, especially you.

However, if Indi shows up reverse in a reading, it may mean that your indecisiveness is warranted. You need more facts and time to make a proper choice. Be patient and the right choice will make itself clear. 

The crystals shown are for meditations on clearing the mind and easing emotional stress, which can help us to make better decisions.

Top to bottom:
Citrine (clearing solar plexus and stimulating creative solutions and confidence)

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Faery Friday- ✨A Fairy Godmother ✨

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 The card for today's Faery Friday doesn't even need much explanation. Everyone has heard of a Faery godmother, whether it's from fairy tales or guardian angels, the belief that there is someone stationed to watch over you and bestow blessings and good turns is almost universal. 

The point I'd like to make today is that she's always around and ready to help us. However, it's not our worth or even effort that determines what help we get. Sometimes, with all of the suffering and pain in the world, we feel we don't deserve extra help. But if you are in a position of extraordinary grace, it puts you in a place to help others even more. Everyone is worthy of love, and you are loved. Remember that. 

Stones for meditation on this card:
Labradorite ~ Transformation, Synchronicity 
Sunstone ~ Joy, Good Luck
Smokey Quartz ~ Removal and transformation of negativity

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Faery Friday; The Sage

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🌿 Simplify to understand the complexities. 🌳

Today's card is from the Froud Faery Oracle deck, and for me, corresponds with the Hermit of the traditional tarot.
He represents a time to turn inward and retreat for wisdom and inner knowing, deep contemplation tempered with compassion and a willingness to learn.

If he shows up reversed in the reading, 
it might mean that wisdom or information is being hoarded or withheld.
It can also be a reminder that the ego is blocking us from learning what we truly need to learn.
Information used to prove rather than discover is a perversion of the Truth.
To turn the Sage right again, remember
a wise man knows he knows nothing at all and keeps an open mind.

Crystals pictured;

Howlite~ awareness
Kyanite~ meditation, balancing 
Scolecite~ understanding, connection

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