Use your natural vibrations to reach the universe…

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Report from the West


by Tom Hennen

Snow is falling west of here. The mountains have more than a 
foot of it. I see the early morning sky dark as night. I won’t lis
ten to the weather report. I’ll let the question of snow hang.
 Answers only dull the senses. Even answers that are right often
 make what they explain uninteresting. In nature the answers
 are always changing. Rain to snow, for instance. 
 Nature can 
let the mysterious things alone—wet leaves plastered to tree
  trunks, the intricate design of fish guts. The way we don’t fall 
off the earth at night when we look up at the North Star. The 
way we know this may not always be so. The way our dizziness 
makes us grab the long grass, hanging by our fingertips on the 
edge of infinity.

Tom Hennen, “Report from the West” from Darkness Sticks to Everything: Collected and New Poems. Copyright © 2013 by Tom Hennen. Used by permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of Copper Canyon Press, http://www.coppercanyonpress.org

Each of you can change the world…

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The Days of Light Talisman by Elissa

gets rid of all negative energy blocks

It’s the birthday of Vera Rubin, the American astronomer who discovered dark matter; she was born in 1928 in Philadelphia. She told an oral historian that she traced her interest in astronomy to her childhood when her bedroom wall was lined with windows and she became fascinated by the movement of the stars. Despite her male high school physics teacher’s admonition that she “stay away from science,” she majored in astronomy at Vassar College, graduating in 1948. She described creative discoveries as happening when one gets “hung up on these little interesting things.” Many have said her discovery of dark matter should have won her a Nobel Prize; she never received one.

Exactly 48 years after her own college graduation she told the graduating class at Berkeley,

“Each one of you can change the world, for you are made of star stuff, and you are connected to the universe.”


Who is the thirteenth apostle?

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Today, July 22nd is the Feast Day of St. Mary Magdalene, the woman most cited in the New Testament, and one of my favorite saints—if I were to choose! As we have not yet resumed our mid-week healing Eucharist with reflection upon the saints, or Images newsletter I wanted to share with you a few thoughts.

Let’s begin with her name: Mary (or Miriam) is a rather common name in the Bible. Yet her Aramaic epithet “magdala” is not, which means elevated, great, or watchtower; in some ancient texts she is referred to as “tower-ess” or “tower woman.” Perhaps too, “Magdalene” is an epithet given to her by Jesus. Magdala can also refer to a place or town, and indeed there was a town on the shores of Galilee known as “Magdala Nunaiya” or “tower of fish,” where she may have been born and raised.

Any of these possibilities suggest that Mary Magdalene was an unusually independent if not solitary woman who began following Jesus after he cast out seven demons from her. She is noted in all four canonical Gospels, and is one of only three enduring disciples and witnesses to the crucifixion at the foot of the cross. But her most critical role is at the Resurrection where she is alone at the tomb or with a group of woman (her companions vary). In either case, Mary Magdalene is the key figure in the story, and the one to whom Jesus first reveals his resurrection. The risen Jesus then sends her forth—a lowly woman—to proclaim the “good news” to the other disciples. Thus Mary Magdalene is the apostle—the one sent forth—to the Apostles. 

Yet despite, or because of, her prominent role in the Gospels, Mary Magdalene was cast early on as a sinful woman and prostitute, and it was not until 1969 that the Church officially recanted this unfounded characterization. In iconography, legend and myth, she is often portrayed passionately—her body moving and in motion, falling, reaching, turning, touching, on her knees—the transport of profound emotion in her anguished and tearful countenance. Her hair (and even body) is uncovered or loosed from its braid, suggestive of a desiring and sexual nature. Often seen in a red dress or cloak, she grasps and clings to the cross. But the color red is not a symbol of harlotry but of true love, or caritas. She is also depicted as the penitent confessed of sin; transformed, she cradles an egg and skull, symbols of new life and wisdom.

Mary Magdalene has been and remains a primary symbol of hope, for the message inherent in her story and imagery is that of transformation. Whether our own transformation be corporeal or spiritual, or both, like the Magdalene our surrender into God’s creative love is transfiguring and generative. May we be inspired by St. Mary Magdalene to become symbols of hope and new life in Christ and bearers of God’s love.  

Faithfully, 
Mother Kathleen 

Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and of mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by your grace we may be healed from all our infirmities and know you in the power of his unending life; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

Do the ten of Pentacles mean riches?…

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According to The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite, the Ten of Pentacles is described as the following:
A man and woman beneath an archway which gives entrance to a house and domain. They are accompanied by a child, who looks curiously at two dogs accosting an ancient personage seated in the foreground. The child’s hand is on one of them.
Divinatory Meanings: Gain, riches; family matters, archives, extraction, the abode of a family.
Reversed: Chance, fatality, loss, robbery, games of hazard; sometimes gift, dowry, pension.

The elder looks to one side, the dogs watch the elder, and the child looks behind himself. The mother’s face is tilted on an angle, and the father has completely turned his back. Instead of facing us, he faces the world outside.
To see a family where no one is focused on the same thing is particularly intriguing. This card is related to “gain” and “riches”, and clearly to “family matters”, but none of these things explain the divided attentions.
Perhaps, then, we should turn to ideas of inheritance and values—the things we treasure, and the things we leave behind.

The Things We Treasure
The suit of pentacles is related to money matters, and with the finely dressed elder on this card, this suggests that questions of inheritance are at hand. This elder looks very old, but he isn’t being tended to by anyone, nor are his family members waiting around to take their share of his treasure when he passes.
The dogs are very focused on the elder, but the three other family members are not. The little boy seems concerned with something we cannot see that lies beyond the limits of the card. The father is preoccupied with the outside world. The mother is preoccupied with the father.
If we think of the wealthily dressed elder as representing the material world and its treasure, then it makes sense that the dogs would want something from him. Dogs tend to be more concerned with the material world than the intellectual one—they want bones, not philosophical questions.

Your card today is patterned with ten pentacles across its surface. Behind the pentacles, we can see a family under an arching ceiling. There is a man; a woman; a child; an elder; and two dogs, one of which the child is touching.
This card might remind you of a family portrait: the family is on display within what we expect to be a home, and we even see some animals—a classic feature of the Renaissance portraits we might think of. The parts of this card that contrast more strongly with our ideal imagined portrait might include the fact that there is a city beyond the archway to be seen, and the fact that the attentions of the people sitting for this “portrait” are divided.


The suit of pentacles is related to money matters, and with the finely dressed elder on this card, this suggests that questions of inheritance are at hand. This elder looks very old, but he isn’t being tended to by anyone, nor are his family members waiting around to take their share of his treasure when he passes.
The dogs are very focused on the elder, but the three other family members are not. The little boy seems concerned with something we cannot see that lies beyond the limits of the card. The father is preoccupied with the outside world. The mother is preoccupied with the father.
If we think of the wealthily dressed elder as representing the material world and its treasure, then it makes sense that the dogs would want something from him. Dogs tend to be more concerned with the material world than the intellectual one—they want bones, not philosophical questions.
Maybe, then, this card is asking us to examine what it is we treasure in life, what kind of a legacy we want to inherit, and what kind of a legacy we want to leave behind.
Are we like the dogs who spend their days looking for something material to take and treasure?
Are we like the little boy who wants to explore the unknown?
Are we like the father who is fascinated by the outside world, plotting how he might make his mark?
Are we like the mother who is concerned with her husband, making her own mark by affecting the lives of others?

The Legacies We Leave
We cannot plan a legacy in one day. We can, however, take some time to check in with our values. Set some time aside today to think about what you treasure in your life. Do you want to gather riches, create change, affect others, or leave an impact? What do you want the people who come after you to take from your passing?
Imagine you are the elder on the Ten of Pentacles. As your day progresses, ask yourself with each choice you make: is this supporting the legacy I want to leave today?

Ask for a sign…

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“Feeling confused or stuck? Ask for a sign from the angels to light your way forward.”
Your Angel’s Message:
Today’s card indicates that you are in need of a sign to guide you towards where you need to go in life. Have you been feeling that you need to make changes but you’re not sure how? Perhaps you’re in two minds about a relationship or are thinking of changing your job. No matter what is currently confusing you, when you ask the angels for a sign, they’ll rapidly respond. Just remember not to ask for any specific sign as the angels don’t work that way. Don’t worry, you won’t miss their signs!

Signs are some of the most consistent and interactive messages the angels can bring to you. Do your best from today onwards to regularly ask the angels for signs so you have regular indications and reminders that you are on the right path. Life can be very confusing at times. It’s impossible to have all the answers. Knowing that you have angelic support is comforting. It’s great to know that you are never alone.
What You Should Do:
Ask the angels today to show you a recognisable and plain sign that helps you figure out what to do about whatever specific situation that’s on your mind. Ask them to let you know what to do next and you will have your answer.
Your Affirmation:
“I have asked for a sign and am guided by the angels.”

Active listening…without talking…

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Active Listening With Your “Messenger” Today
The message may not be immediately obvious to you. The “tidings” of the Page of Wands are known to be “strange”, so you might hear something today that challenges your current way of thinking or seems unexpected. To receive this message, make sure that you are practicing active listening as you go about your day today.
When you are listening actively, you are completely engaged with your messenger. Instead of passively hearing the words as the sounds enter your ears, you are focusing your entire attention on the messenger, so that you might better understand them.
You can try a number of techniques for active listening. First and foremost, take a step back from speaking. Don’t worry that you are abandoning the conversation by being a lazy contributor to it—you can contribute just as much by letting the other person speak freely and letting them know they are being truly heard.

According to The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite, The Page of Wands as the following:
In a scene similar to the former, a young man stands in the act of proclamation. He is unknown but faithful, and his tidings are strange.
Divinatory Meanings: Dark young man, faithful, a lover, an envoy, a postman. Beside a man, he will bear favourable testimony concerning him. A dangerous rival, if followed by the Page of Cups. Has the chief qualities of his suit. He may signify family intelligence.
Reversed: Anecdotes, announcements, evil news. Also indecision and the instability which accompanies it.
Your card today is the Page of Wands. The Page is a young man dressed in a travelling cloak, traversing a rocky landscape with one large wand that resembles a walking stick. With a feather in his cap, he looks like he has set out for quite a journey.

Your Future in 2021
The name of that journey, today, is bringing you a message.
Let’s think of the Page of Wands as an “unknown” figure who brings tidings to those who are ready to accept them. Might that be you?
The Page of Wands Has a Message for You
Today, you should do your best to stay alert for any incoming messages. The Page of Wands might be “unknown”, but that does not mean that a stranger will be your messenger today. Instead, it may mean that you will be speaking to someone you know, but someone that you did not anticipate would be a messenger.
But don’t fear: the messenger is “faithful”. Your card is upright today, so the message that is coming to you is likely not negative, and the messenger should be sincere and trustworthy.
You can try a number of techniques for active listening. First and foremost, take a step back from speaking. Don’t worry that you are abandoning the conversation by being a lazy contributor to it—you can contribute just as much by letting the other person speak freely and letting them know they are being truly heard.
ace the other person and use body language cues to show that you are paying attention. This might mean making eye contact, smiling, or nodding. You shouldn’t have to force this body language, so don’t worry about it feeling or appearing awkward. If you are carefully listening, it is natural to communicate that fact by silently reacting with your body.
At certain times in the conversation, it might be appropriate to ask any questions that you have formulated while listening. You can also make sure you are on the same page by repeating what you have heard back to them but in your own words. Try to keep an open mind during this process so that when it is your time to contribute, you are not challenging the other person but instead trying to understand them better.
Continuing to Listen
Your Page of Wands messenger could be anybody today. The card suggests it could be “a lover, an envoy, a postman”, or maybe someone coming to bring news of your family. So, pay special attention to any romantic or familial relationships in your life today or anyone specifically trying to deliver a message to you. But keep your eyes and mind open in general today, communicating in an intentional way.
You can carry the active listening skills you develop today over to tomorrow, and then to the next day. Keep them with you in your communication toolbox. Who knows how many extra messages you might glean by employing them?

the deadly consequences when you lack a Life Purpose…

The Boast of Heraldry by John Stevens

1 Thinking that life is hard… and that you’re not blessed with discovering your ‘why’ that can change it all
2 Developing a negative attitude that repels you further each day from becoming the True You
3 Working your fingers to the bone from the time you wake to the time you fall asleep… yet financial abundance eludes you again and again
4 Trying to make everyone around you happy, yet always end up unhappy yourself
5 Comparing your life with others, wondering why others seemed to have it all… instead of living to your fullest potential
6 Receiving no sense of fulfillment or satisfaction in everything you do, merely existing day to day instead of truly living
7 Spend the next 10 years of your life running in circles frustrated and confused

Request the help of the Angel Visionaries to turn these blocks around.

a flaming guide for you…

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“It’s time for you to release all fears and anxieties to Archangel Michael. He will help and guide you toward your life purpose!”
Your Angel’s Message:
Wow! What an exciting card-of-the-day! You’ve received this card because the giver of strength, Archangel Michael has listened to your pleas for help. He actively wishes to work in tandem with you in relation to your divine mission. You may be wondering what exactly this information actually means to you. Well, it means that if you have been looking for a focus or have been unsure what to do about any aspect of your life, you’ll soon have the answers. 

Archangel Michael offers his help to everyone and anyone who asks for it. It doesn’t matter what denomination you are or aren’t. Michael is here today to help you to release unhelpful thoughts and fears. He is helping to imbue you with a wonderful level of self-confidence and inner faith. All you need to do is to call on him and ask him for his help at any time of the day or night. Feel safe in the knowledge that you is immediately there with you to protect you always.
What You Should Do:
Ask Archangel Michael to guide your thoughts, beliefs and decisions from a place of love and purpose rather than fear. Know in your heart and soul that he is leading you to your highest potential.
Your Affirmation:
“I ask Archangel Michael to bring me comfort and protection. I make all decisions from now on from a place of faith and love”.

You are loved…

YOU ARE LOVED

“You may feel lost and alone in this world right now but know that you are loved. People in your life do care for you and want you to have the best in life.”
Your Angel’s Message:
Today’s card comes to you as a message that things are going to get better. Have you recently had a disagreement with someone close? Do you feel that people are overlooking you? The angels wish you to know that each and every person in your life is there for a reason. Some are there to help teach us lessons. Everything we experience has its own purpose. Things may currently seem unfair to you, however, your situation is to improve. 

You may feel that someone around you is trying to control you. The angels need you to know that this person is acting out of love rather than negativity. Know that this is only a temporary situation. Try not to become negative or angry. So long as you feel that others around you have rules and outlooks based in wisdom and love, it’s okay to give up a little control. In fact, it’s very good for you right now.
What You Should Do:
Take the time out to detach and to view the motivations of others from their standpoints. Work at being able to accept the loving guidance of others.
Your Affirmation:
“I know the angels respect and love me unconditionally. I accept the loving guidance of positive forces and people in my life.”

pursue health…listen to your inner guidance

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“The angels ask you to listen to your inner self and to only follow healthy pursuits. Listen to your inner guidance.”
Your Angel’s Message:
The angels have brought this card to you today to let you know that they have a message for you regarding health. When we think of health, we automatically consider our physical health. However, this card can also signify that more attention needs to be paid to your emotional, mental and spiritual wellness. Additionally, this card sometimes comes as a message that someone close to you needs help in one of these areas. The Health card carries a sign that urges you to ensure that you’re not spending too much time on owning a specific health condition. In order to achieve balance and true wellness, you must detach from this condition. It’s not who you are. It doesn’t define you. It’s simply just a phase. A part of your life that will be over in time. 

You have a deeply healing energy within you, believe it or not. Perhaps you can use this to benefit those around you as well as yourself. Know that the supreme healer Archangel Raphael is working with you to help you in all areas of your life that need to be healed. Welcome him with open arms today.
What You Should Do:
This is a very good day to work out how to balance your lifestyle in ways that benefit your healing and health. You know in your heart what you must do, so, what are you waiting for?
Your Affirmation:
“I ask God and the angels to imbue me with the motivation and strength to work towards perfect health.”

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