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Dancing on the inside

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The Universe is described in the book to the Aum tarot as a journey of self to Self. Man as a stair between earth and the sky. This card is when you speak in terms of the Tree of Life connecting Malkuth – our physical world – with Yesod the moon and the astral world of dreams. Usually this is a dancing¬†hermaphrodite but here we see him/her dancing only on the inside, much like me today ūüėÄ

The five stars to the right is for the 5 elements but today they make me think of Jupiter and Venus, briefly meeting in the  sky. Someone on Facebook had posted this amazing photo of the two stars side by side above a split naked tree.

Today’s Pages of Shustah¬†actually¬†gave me a Page! The playing Page even, playing with a swirling twirling thread, the shapes recurring again in the vine beside the Chalice and in the swirls, like crop circles in the labyrinth card. A day of movement and dancing on the inside.


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This 4 of cups does look tainted, instead of the clear water in the Thoth 4 of cups we here see them filled with blood and some nasty green goo is sticking to them. The artist also scattered the lotus flowers and constricted the cups within a diamond shape and with what looks like an hourglass shape. Which is rather clever cause one meaning for this card is the 4:th dimension Рtime.  This is all a very confined space and limited time. A situation about to change.

My Shustah cards are lovely though, all treasures! The Blue diamond, Yellow treasure and then Virgo for mental clarity, a sharp mind.

I am having a reading period right now, I got no time for computers and on-line forums and facebook, I have to READ! Started The Night circus and it is lovely, re-reading The Art of Ritual, slowly working through the Fortune and Trobe Qabalah books. I dream of words fluttering, glittering, like a clear spring.

When you know what to do but don’t do it

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We are in mid-march and the days are getting longer. My question to the cards today was how to get more energy and light into my stuffy old life. The Aum tarot gave me The Tower. Yeah, thanks.

I have been meditating on the paths on the Tree of Life this week and this just happens to be the one I am on right now. Netzach to Hod. Emotional overflowing into mental structure. The breaking down on the structures here in this image is also a release of the spirit, the white dove flying into the red sun. I don’t think I ever seen such a jumble of crashing buildings as in this Tower card. Nothing is safe except upwards.


The Shustah cards gave me yet again the Red Fence. This is the third time I get this card. I am obviously missing the point. Or getting it yet not acting on it. Of course I know what needs to be done to bring energy and light into my life, the problem is to actually get down and do it. The Black pages are all astrological – not my forte. The Leo however even I know is a solar card, it stands for just what I am asking for, confidence, strength and energy. The last card is called Destiny and stands for intuition and already knowing the answer. Then that blasted red fence… That is the whole problem, feeling disconnected, locked in, not partaking in Life. It has to come down.

March storms and feeling drained

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These cards should have been posted yesterday but I was too drained to do much of anything but whine and feeling to tired to open my mouth or type. Right now even going out is an adventure, the streets are looking like a ice-skating racing track and wind is hard, with an umbrella I could be blown to the Botten viken (botnian bay) just a few streets to the east of here.

Many people suffering from SAD¬†are actually feeling worse in the spring when the light is returning. I don’t think I am particularly SAD, in any way, just a bit out of sorts. There is this immense vibrant Energy current on the way and it can just overload the whole system.

Todays card from the Aum tarot is the 8 of pentacles. I first thought a lot of the minors in this deck looked a little bland, not so this one! In the book the text on the minors is just a few lines. She writes for the eights that they stand for ‘a pensive standstill, a reshuffle‘ I¬†thought¬†¬†that was an interesting remark and it made me rethink my view of the eights. I always seen the fives as the chance for reshuffling and the eights as rather set in the pattern. Also the words don’t seem to mix with the image or even with each other, how is something both stand-still and a re-shuffle? Her specific words in that book for 8 of pentacles are just as cryptic: ‘Afterthought, learning anew‘ And that is all we are given, that and this vivid image of a green leaf growing up into the purple sky with eight red leaves coming off it and crowned by a moon crescent. On each red leaf a four-petal flower, like a turning wheel. The plant firmly rooted in the soil. This is such a strong and energetic image so the books phrases seem anemic.

I’ll post the Pages of Shustah a little later. I do wanna mention this book I just finished though. Portable Magic by Donald Tyson. I found a recommendation for it on the AT forums and picked it up cheap off Amazon and spent about 2 weeks reading it, a chapter at a time, trying out the ritual lay-outs. I don’t agree with all his¬†premises¬†such as how the human mind works and his attributions of the¬†trumps¬†to the zodiac and the Tree of Life etc. But I enjoyed the basic ritual setting, the chapter on creating a temporary tarot charm and how to evoke an elemental. The book does require you to have some basic experience with tarot, working in the astral and a little bit more¬†astrology¬†then I have (I did struggle with those the zodiac signs especially)

I really need to get a good basic book on Astrology soon.

Shustah and Aum

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This week I am trying out two new decks. The Aum tarot I got just this week, it is made by Dr. Kristin Jonell Parikh and has a kind of Thoth-ish flavour. The Majors don’t look like anything I ever seen, full of little details, while the minors seem rather hastily put together. But while I am only pulling one card from Aum per day I am also trying to learn the Pages of Shustah, a set of cards + book made by Ann Manser and Cecil North back in the 1970:ies. The cards are all colour-coded in Red, Green, Yellow, Blue and Black while some suits have only slight variations on some of the images, some are totally different. For example does all suits but the black have a Lord, a horse, angel and page. The black suit seems to be astrological. Some of the symbols feel like Lenormand, for example the whip, mice, fish etc. It will be fun to try something so different.

Todays Aum card was the King of Cups. He wears a panache helmet and a cape in blue and is flying up in the air on the back of his horse. He is in full control, charging off towards the cup in the upper right corner. On the left pillar is a crab for his sign and in the lower right is a peacock. My first impression is that he is flaunting and prancing, showing off a little but at the same time sincere and secure in himself. Interesting how the dark and bright pillar brings to mind the High Priestess who is usually seated between them. I need to study the book a bit more to see what it says.


Todays Shustah cards were: Yellow¬†Hazel¬†tree showing both bud, flower and seed, like an explosion of fertility and light. It takes up the whole card, we only see a small part of the full tree yet it is almost overwhelming. It makes me long for hot summer days with golden sunshine and the scent of grass. But that summer is still just a promise, there are months still between me and june. The next card is the Red Fence. Closing in separating, compartmentalization, dividing things into smaller chunks I can handle. It’s not all bad, sometimes¬†boundaries is just what I need. The final card is the Blue Swamp, a card of not being overwhelmed! Of making sure to not be too hasty, look where I put my feet. The book says to test the waters before¬†commit.

All in all to keep a cool head and be sure on my next step yet keeping that passion alive and that the way of doing that is to take babysteps, not biting off more then I can chew.I also see that 2 cards are outdoors and only the in-doors¬†one is constricting me. Perhaps time to lap up some sun even though it is just March. If I sit in the sun and close my eyes I can pretend it is june…