The Cross

Daily Draw: XIII Death and the Maiden of Earth

Today’s draw provides a startling reminder that life and death are in a constant beautiful dance, and that we cannot have one without the other. Death happens, and it needs to happen so that what needs to come forth can be nourished into birth — because of course what dies feeds what comes to life. Death is as much a mothering as birth is, just in a different way. We Westerners tend to cling to life so fiercely because we’ve been taught to fear death as a form of punishment for evil-doing instead of the natural and honored part of the Universal cycle of existence it is. Face the day as your own beautiful, charming self, and do your best to be alive while you’re alive. Try to enjoy yourself more and worry less about the challenges and burdens of life. (I’m actually telling myself this as I’m saying it to you because it’s very hard for me to do too, so this isn’t me just preaching at ya — I’m preaching at us both. 😉 ) Solutions come from approaching things with beginner’s mind, getting away from preconceived notions and fears and just accepting things as they are.


Daily Draw: The Crypt and The Anchor

Today is one of those days to just hunker down and git ‘er done. Do the best you can to push through even when things feel hard and heavy, and even when it feels like you’re dragging the weight of the world behind you. Make lists. Get detailed. Figure out what you need to do, and break the tasks down into small, do-able chunks so that you can get things done. Leave the outer world to itself for the moment. There are elements and energies going on Out There that you can’t see and you don’t know about, and that’s fine for now. Let the flow flow. Just focus on what’s on your plate and do your best to get your stuff done.


Daily Draw: Crowned Heart and Mercury Rising

There is so much hope and healing in today’s draw. We are all searching for love and acceptance in life no matter where we’re looking for it, and today’s draw reminds us to not forget to look within. Everything you want for yourself, all the healing and changes you’re working towards, is all being worked out in your heart on various levels. I know this doesn’t help much right now if you’re looking for a new job or new financial resources except that it’s about where you’re looking. Look in places that you haven’t thought of before — places you thought maybe weren’t right for you or that you somehow weren’t right for. That may have been true at the time, but things change. People change. We all can change. Don’t be afraid to ask for the healing you need, either, even if (and perhaps especially if) you’ve asked for and received healing in the past that didn’t completely work (or maybe didn’t work at all). Don’t give up on yourself, and don’t give up on your Unseen Team or their desire to help you.


Daily Draw: Honeybee, Spider, and the Rose

Today, do what you need to do to take care of yourself. I mean, take GOOD care of yourself. Do what you enjoy when you can; try to fit it in somewhere, eat and drink well, and remember how beloved you are by Divinity however you perceive It to be. Avoid other people’s traps and dramas no matter how hard they try. Don’t get sucked into mind games or machinations, and for heaven’s sake don’t be a pawn in somebody else’s chess game. Pawns are the ones that die first, the cannon fodder in someone else’s war. Don’t let that be you. Go small today and see the beauty in the little things.


Daily Draw: Two of Water (Lorelei)

Today’s draw is about recognizing your passion, your true love (or loves), and acknowledging it (or them). Let your burdens wash away, at least for now, and focus clearly on what you want. Don’t worry or obsess over how to bring those loves to you — that’s not your business or your concern. Your concern is to focus on what you want and let it become clear. What do you love? What is your passion? Let your heart want what it wants, because not letting it do that is killing you. Own what is yours. Own what you want and what you love, and don’t project your desires and needs onto other people.


Daily Draw/ White Queen, Ace of Air (Nemesis), Hierophant (Cybele)

Cybele is an ancient goddess with deep, deep roots in France and the Middle East both. Nemesis is an ancient goddess with deep, deep roots in Greece and Rome. The Great Mother Goddess is old, older than we are, and She is here to speak. We are all Her children, and it brutalizes Her to watch us kill each other over the perceived words of a young Sky God. There is so much hate, so much rejection of a fundamental truth: that we are separate from each other and from Her. We are not, no matter what gods we believe in, even if we profess to believe in no gods at all. Even if we believe in no gods, we are still a part of Her, and we must live from that place. The White Queen is a symbol of the manifestation of spiritual truths in the living world — what we believe is coming to pass. So we must reject the belief of separation, of our own exceptionalism, and instead embrace the belief and practice that the human family is one family. We don’t have to like everybody else in the human family, and that’s fine. We don’t have to like our drunk uncle or our controlling grandpa or our racist cousin the lunatic gun owner. That’s all fine, as long as not-liking does not wander into the realm of action and violence. But we do have to make room for each other and our foibles and differences, and we absolutely have to keep a clear weather eye on controlling grandpa who thinks he knows best what to do with the family fortune. Hint: he doesn’t. (And yes, that last bit is a metaphor for America and Citizen’s United, in case it wasn’t clear.)


Daily Draw, Samhain Edition: Evening Star, Aegir (Movement), Swadilfari (Work)

Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain, my darlings! All bright blessings on you as the great Wheel turns. Today’s draw encourages us to seek inspiration in the unknown, to reach out and unlock the darkness without knowing what will happen like Frodo did in Shelob’s lair when he held aloft Galadriel’s glass and cried out the invocation of the evening star. It’s time to move, to dance, to shed those old ways that hold us back and bar our forward progress, and to step into the work of creating the new world we want. It’s hard work, true, but we are encouraged to enjoy our work, to focus and have fun with it as we go because it is a celebration of (and focus on) the present moment and what we are pouring into our work. We’re advised to be careful and pay attention to what we’re doing, because when we don’t pay attention, our great power gets scattered all over the place. It’s like what happens if you turn on a garden hose full blast but don’t pick it up and aim it anywhere: the hose will whip and coil and snake around the yard like a wild thing, spraying blasts of water all over everything and maybe shattering delicate flower pots, terrifying the cat, and generally wreaking havoc. You have to get a firm grip on the hose first, THEN turn on the water. It’s the same with your power: you have to ground and center yourself first, THEN start to work. Otherwise you’re blasting everything around you with crazy wild energy and doing damage where you meant to help. This is the wisdom from my Ancestors, many of whom (hell, most of whom) were farmers: watch what you’re doing, and use your tremendous power wisely; there’s no stopping it once you get it flowing.


Daily Draw: Nazar, Oski (The Wish-Bringer), Hyndla (Instinct)

Remember that you are protected as you go today. Keep your eyes focused on what you are doing and what you need to do, but relax, breathe, and have faith that your prayers are being heard and answered. You are blessed. Keep the wolves out by remembering to close and lock the door, people. If you live in a dangerous neighborhood, you’re not going to leave your front door wide open for anybody to just wander in. The same is true for your inner life: ground yourselves, shield, and then lock those shields into place. Rest, focus, and breathe. You are a sanctuary.

Decks: “A Curious Oracle” by Holly DeFount, “Das Germanische Gotterorakel,” Red Dragon Edition
— The Muse’s Darling


Daily Draw: The Ruby Cup, Swafnir (Craftiness), Thökk (Bitterness)

Let’s talk about treasure, those things we value most and what we’re searching high and low for. Those things that complete us. We may have more of them than we think, or rather, we may be richer in ways we don’t recognize than we think, and it’s important to start recognizing those things so that we protect them better from those who would steal from us. Guard your shit, people. That doesn’t mean you should go all Unabomber/NRA and freak out and go live in a bunker somewhere in the desert to keep people away from your cash. We’re here to enjoy life and learn as much as we can from the process and each other. But it’s important to not pay so little attention that ungrounded energies come and take because they can. (“Ungrounded energies” can be anything from flaky people who rely on you to rescue them to downright evil assholes and everything in between.) Use your treasure in concert with others for greater impact. And don’t mourn so much for things that are gone that you drown in your own bitterness. Learn from the loss as much as you can, use the experience, and move on.


Daily Draw: Prayer Wheel, Ten of Wands (Rym), and Bragi (Eloquence)

Set your burdens down. Sort through them. Look at them from a bit of a distance, and you’ll see that they are not real. Give yourself the spaciousness that comes from quieting your mind. Breathe and relax. You are not alone. Seriously, look at the photo here: There is a key right in the middle of the prayer wheel for god’s sake. How much clearer does it need to be? Your powers are with you, protecting you, marveling at you a little bit. Let your mind relax and be free of its constraints. Write, speak, tell stories about what’s real for you. And let your faith be your shield.