TarotHunter’s Salt Rounds:

  • You’re not seeing the choices available, the paths that lie open to you, because your head is up your ass. Get your head out of there and move!
  • You think if you avoid choosing and just continue plodding ahead a decision will be made for you. Bullshit! Take charge of your life! Be responsible for your decisions and accept the consequences. Otherwise you’ll never find what you truly seek.
  • You have no sense of direction or purpose and have been moving forward because a thing in motion stays in motion. Lift up your head and look around you. There are choices to be made, paths to be selected! Become engaged in your own life before it’s too late. Choose yourself!

Tarot Hunter’s Salt Rounds:

  • Your choices and decisions are based on past pain and betrayal. In order to move forward in a healthy, positive way you need to let go.
  • Making a decision can be challenging when it has the potential to change your course in life. Inside you’ve made your plans and have your thoughts in order, so it’s time to move to the next level.
  • In your heart you know the right path to choose even if it results in short term pain or others’ perceptions of betrayal. You need to do what will best help you move forward and hope any negative attitudes will be left behind.

Tarot Hunter’s Salt Rounds:

  • Have you taken time to look around at what you’ve accomplished and make your decisions and choices based on this history? Or are you simply flying by the seat if your pants?
  • It’s time to stop ignoring where you are in your life right now and hoping to postpone big decisions. Take your head out if your ass!
  • Are you avoiding making a big decision because you don’t feel you deserve the opportunity? Perhaps you don’t believe you’ve put in the time & effort? This might even be true, but what are you going to do about it? It’s time to decide – either be honest with yourself and decline the offer or take the chance (maybe those that offered it to you see something in you that you don’t ) and change your patterns. Either way, it’s your call.

Tarot Hunter’s Salt Rounds:

  • Deciding on charitable giving based on benefits to you is self-serving and self-centered. Donating money or resources in such a calculated manner is not generous or humanitarian, it’s egotistical.
  • Accepting aid and succor can be a hit to one’s pride and ego but open your mind and realize that everyone has found themselves on the receiving end of generosity at some point. In ways both small and large, we cycle through giving & receiving in life.
  • Using ideology as a basis for altruism can lead to unexpected and unintended consequences. Supporting charitable institutions that reinforce your beliefs is one thing. Trying to coerce or force them into submitting to your mandates as a condition of your donations is another.

Tarot Hunter’s Silver Bullets:

  • Focus on the help and support necessary to provide aid to those in need; give the excessive verbiage a rest.
  • Hold out your hand if you need assistance. People can’t help if they’re not aware of the need. They also tend to relax their judgementalness in times of crisis.
  • Although logic and rationality are important, in times of trouble or crisis (to quote Paul McCartney) let it be. Help those in need through those rough spots and then work together to create a plan to prevent such situations in the future. Don’t let politics get in the way of human decency.

TarotHunter’s Silver Bullets:

  • Choose paths in life that will play up to your assertive, aggressive creative energy.  Otherwise, it’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
  • Defending one’s choices is understandable but be cautious of letting other put you on the defensive because of them.
  • There is no need to rush into making a decision.  Although charging ahead might be your typical response to circumstances, it might be interesting to change up that dynamic and take a moment to reflect and think before acting.

TarotHunter’s Silver Bullets:

  • Choices in life are what make us who we are. If you wish to be a smart, independent, practical, nurturing person then choose paths that reinforce & support these traits.
  • If a loved one tries to coerce you into decisions or a lifestyle that undermines your integrity and autonomy, use that sword and cut him/her loose.
  • The world does not always embrace smart, quick-witted, independent-minded people. If that is the kind of person you wish to be, prepare yourself for some solitary moments. Remember that it’s always your choice to remain true to yourself. You may not like all the consequences of that choice but you also have the freedom to change your path at any time.

TarotHunter’s Silver Bullets:

  • Choosing to focus on your craft may limit you in other ways but may ultimately be satisfying in a deep, soulful way.
  • Our skills and talents can be enriched and enhanced by working with and learning from others. I’ve learned the most while teaching others.
  • Is pursuing this skill is your best option? Explore the choices and paths available to you. Think about what can be gained by following each. Then select the one you believe will satisfy you on an emotional and spiritual level. Ask yourself if this choice will help you continue on your life path. Although you might have invested much time and effort into this project, does it still provide the same sense of fulfillment and joy? If not, perhaps it’s time to move forward.

The World – Mansions of the Moon Tarot

Mansions of the Moon Tarot
ZADOK (dahogue@nctc.net)
Self-Published

Traditional meaning: The principle of totality, individuation, and wholeness; having everything available to you and being at center stage in your life; the principle of universal love; success, achievement & satisfaction; understanding your reason for being.

Tarot Hunter’s Theories This card brings to mind the idea of a string of worlds all connected, like something in a science fiction novel. And yet they share a common center, a common source. All the elements are present and necessary, no one better than the other. The World is a reminder that we are all part of each other.

I also see the rosary of globes as a string of possibilities – each representing a possibility, a path that may or may not be taken. They represent the unlimited potential that surrounds us all. The World is all that we are and all that we can be. At the core of this potential and these possibilities rests the guiding force behind it all. The One, God, the Great Spirit – whatever you chose to call it, it is the source from which the Universe began. In our own lives, we are the center, the source from which all else proceeds. We are the creators of our own reality. Our decisions, our choices, our successes and our failures create the world in which we live.

But we, like the globes surrounding the woman, are not islands unto ourselves. We are all connected so the decisions made by others impact on our lives too. So whether our impact on our world and on others is positive or negative is ultimately up to us. So in some respects, I guess we are our brothers’ keepers.

Death’s Handmaiden

 

As some of you out there may know, I spent the last 5 years caring for my elderly, dementia-ridden mother-in-law. I lived with her 24/7 and took care of all her needs. Although not a fun experience by any means, I will say that I learned a lot. Most of it I was unable to process until after she had passed, in fact I’m still processing. One thing I did learn is how to appreciate death. I realize this may sound a bit out there but the truth is that there comes a time when death is a blessing and this was definitely one of them.

In life, my mother-in-law was a fiercely independent and self-sufficient woman. She detested asking for assistance and would have despised what her illness did to her. Towards the end she was unable to recognize any of us (although she did still occasionally respond to my hubby’s voice); she had no control over her movements or bodily functions and no awareness of what went on around her. It was horrible to watch as she deteriorated over time and be unable to do anything about it. In her final days her doctor came for a home visit and told us that he felt she didn’t have much time left – days to months at the most. Ironically she died within two days. At the time we were arranging for in-home hospice care for her. We joked that she found the idea of strangers in her home so repugnant that she decided it was time to move on.

After she died she laid in her bed for several hours before the funeral parlor folks were able to pick her up. Although no funeral services were planned, we did want her to be cremated. The hospice agency sent a nurse so that time of death could be declared (it was actually 4:30 although legally the time was recorded as 6:30). The nurse also change my mom-in-law and cleaned her up. Now this is where things got strange for me. I am one of those people that has always refused to touch a dead body – visions of corpses sitting up and trying to grab me have always filled my mind, blame it on too many zombie flicks. Even when my father died I could not bring myself to touch his corpse. With my mother-in-law it was a very different experience.

Perhaps because I had tended her daily for the past few years (there was literally no part of her body I hadn’t seen), I was able to stroke her head and help prepare her for the funeral hearse. I helped the nurse change her and clean her. Before the nurse arrived I found myself entering her bedroom numerous times just to say goodbye and reassure her that her son, my deaf, mute & retarded brother-in-law, would be fine. There was something soothing about this ritual. It made me understand why having a loved one waked in the home makes more sense than a funeral parlor. Doing this for her made me feel like a priestess.

This experience also taught me not to fear death. Although dying can be traumatic, especially to those left behind, it is a natural part of life. If there is no death then there is no room left for new growth. Death can also be a blessing in disguise. I am often reminded of the classic Star Trek Season 3 episode The Mark of Gideon. The basic plot is that Kirk is beamed down to a fake Enterprise where he meets Odona. It turns out her planet is suffering from overpopulation and in an effort to control it Odona hopes to become infected by a disease Kirk carries but to which he is now immune. To these people, death has become a promise of relief, a surcease. For some people who suffer from a long-term debilitating illnesses or dementia, death but start to become a welcome experience.

What I have learned is that even if I have times when death seems cruel and capricious, there are also times when it is a boon signalling an end to suffering. Yes, it is a journey to the unknown but I now believe there comes a time in our lives when what is known is no longer tolerable and it is our choice to embrace this transition. Instead of fearing death and putting off the inevitable, we should speak to our loved ones and make our wishes known should certain situations arise. We should have the right to consciously decide if and when we chose to make this transition and the only reliable way to make our wishes known is through legal documents. These conversations may be painful but knowing how my mother-in-law felt about such matters make caring for her final days much more bearable.

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