Archive for January 11th, 2007

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Working with The Celtic Oracle

January 11, 2007

I mentioned, a few posts ago, that I’m working with John Matthews’s The Celtic Oracle (formerly known as The Celtic Shaman’s Pack).

How does one work with a new deck? There are many ways, and I’ve used various ways with various decks. Because I’m often eager to start working with a new deck RIGHT NOW, I don’t always take the time to thoroughly learn each card first – I jump in and learn as I go.

There’s nothing wrong with that; in fact, it works quite well. But this deck is quite different from others with which I’ve worked, so I decided to work with it differently.

I am actually starting with the first card in the pack and working my way through it. I’m doing a meditation with each card, in order, familiarizing myself with each before I move on to the next one.

Because I’ve been ill for the past few days, I haven’t worked each day (or, in my case, night. For some reason, I connect better to this deck at night).

So far, I’ve worked with The Tree of Vision and Tradition, The Vision Singer (Bard) and The Walker Between the Worlds (Vision Seeker).

As a writer, I connected strongly to the Vision Singer/Bard card. The harp enveloped in flames against a pale green background, surrounded by trees with hearts for leaves – and hearts amongst the flames – resonated strongly. As a writer, the personal depth of this card to me makes sense.

In working with the card, my comfort zone and first instinct will be to work shamanically via the Vision Singer. The fact that it is my comfort zone makes me think I should work a little harder to work with The Walker Between the Worlds and The Wildman. Part of growth is moving beyond the comfort zone.

I apologize for not being able to post a photo of the card; I do not have permission from the publisher to do so. I’m afraid, for this deck, you’ll have to rely on my words, and I will try to “sing” them to you in a way to make the images visible to you.

Moon: 4th Quarter (Waning) in Libra
Retrogrades: Saturn

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Competitive/Comparative Spirituality

January 11, 2007

One of the temptations we need to fight as we wend our way down the spiritual pathways, highways, and byways, is the tendency towards competitive or comparative spirituality.

It happens in places like yoga classes all the time – people comparing themselves to each other. Not trying to be their best selves in the asanas, but trying to be better than their classmates, to get more of the teacher’s praise.

Unfortunately, it happens in circles and spiritual workshops as well. We want to be good at whatever we do. Unfortunately, too often, we take it too far and try to prove we’re good because someone else is “not good”.

In reality, they may simply progress at a different pace or have different goals. We can’t compare ourselves to anyone else when it comes to something as ephemeral and personal as spirituality.

What we can do is strive to meet our own goals, and encourage our fellow travelers to do the same.

(Note: This was originally posted on Kemmyrk over on Blogger on January 8, 2007)

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Welcome to the new look of Kemmyrk!

January 11, 2007

Welcome to the new look and new URL of Kemmyrk.The archives will remain on Blogger, for now, but new posts reside here.

I apologize for the small font.  I hope it’s not too difficult to read.  And, somehow, I managed to turn off comments for this post and am not sure how to get it back on.  Sigh.

The header is a photo I took in Maine.  It felt right for this blog.

I hope you join me on a journey of exploration!

Cerridwen Iris Shea