Monday, October 31, 2011

11/1/11—Peeking Through the Veil

Today's Draw: The Elder of Fire (King of Wands) from the Gaian Tarot. Is there someone on the other side you'd like to communicate with? Do you believe you can? Do you think there's anything to the notion that the veil is thinner at this time of year?

We've had this exact same card before. This is the shaman, the witch, conjurer. She uses her mature, developed command of fire to bring transformation. She is intimately conversant with the other world. 

In the pagan religions November 1 brings Samhain, a harvest festival. The most potent time of this yearly celebration is believed to be on Halloween night. Samhain marks the end of the light half of the year and the beginning of the dark half. While it is the end of one cycle, it is the beginning of another and carries the potent energy of beginnings. Some believe in the silence of the dark at this time of year, you're better able to hear whispers from the other world—whispers that bring messages and the seeds of change. 

The Elder of Fire challenges us to explore the secrets of the dark—the spirits and mysteries that exist on this earth, unseen, alongside us. Her ceremonies and rituals shift her consciousness into the other side of our world. She reminds us that we are capable of great creation, transformation and communion with the unseen. 

They say this is the time of year when the veil is the thinnest. I always think of my mother at this time of year, because her birthday was a few days ago. I feel I've been visited by my father many times, but I've never really felt my mother around. There was nothing left unsaid between us. Maybe that's why. But my sister has felt her often. 

Sometimes it's little disconcerting when we can't feel the energy a loved one who's passed. But I believe they can see and hear us, even if we can't say and hear them. So tonight and tomorrow night I'm going to just talk to her, whether she's there or not. And maybe in the dark, I'll hear some whispers in return.

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