Well, it’s that time of year again when anyone and everyone tries to predict or absorb others’ predictions of what’s in store for the next twelve months. I’d like to begin by quoting Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities”:
“IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
Between the first and second sentences of this post, I needed to take an emergency shower due to being spontaneously eaten alive by a renegade mosquito (in late December) while I was listening to Drunvalo discuss how global warming has now led us to an imminent Ice Age. Just as he mentioned 12,000 years of pollen and then not seeing pollen for a 90,000 year cycle, I felt the first nips of a mosquito. By the time I finished the video and started typing this post, I was covered in huge red welts, just like summer. Oh, the irony…
I had read this same Ice Age material in Whitley Strieber’s “The Key” — that global warming switches to rapid global cooling to -50 degrees F in 72 hours. Actually in “The Key,” it happens even faster, and he wrote that book before science backed up his “message from the mysterious stranger.” I guess what I’m getting at is that change can happen fast. I continue to see the image of the Eight of Wands card from Robin Woods’ Tarot deck, and to this day, I don’t know if that image is metaphorical for sudden, Divine Intervention, or a literal depiction of meteors from Comet Ison’s debris field. Maybe both, maybe neither.
As I titled an earlier post, “Eight of Wands: Expect the Unexpected.” “Eight of Wands energy defies control, but we can influence how we embrace the bizarre twists of “Fate” headed our way. Whether subtle and transient or TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it), we can ride these waves of change and, yes, even celebrate Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.” I took my sudden onslaught of mosquito bites amidst talk of a dire and imminent Ice Age as little Faery pinches and reminders of how much our consciousness, intention and directed energy can influence outcomes.
What do I see happening in 2014? Who knows?? Like 2013, layers upon layers of competing agendas exist, along with an unpredictable global awakening to new ideas and opportunities for creative expression. I was never so glad to leave behind a month as I was when November 30, 2013 rolled over into December 1, 2013. I swear, November 2013 was the longest month ever. It truly felt like the Groundhog Day movie, with constant battles and revisions in Dreamtime.
Something about November seemed like a hinge point where if we made it past that, then the scales tipped in favor of easier and freer living. Not to say that corporate fascists and psychopathic “leaders” won’t continue to attempt all manner of dystopic schemes, but their easiest window of opportunity appears to have passed. As we move into early 2014, I suspect an uptick in outer events, whether natural, fabricated or amplified. I see the writing on the wall, and it reads rather like Browning’s “My Last Duchess.” On the other hand, I personally and professionally know so many amazing people implementing on the ground (sometimes in the ground) creative, local solutions in localities all around the world that I feel optimism and excitement for this next year.
I pulled two Faery Wicca Tarot cards that wanted to jump out for commentary. First, “The Six of Tine” (pronounced “chin” and corresponding to Wands and the Fire Sign):
“Six of Tine: The Power of the Heart.
Glory, victory and triumph. A personal or a vicarious experience of adulation and fame, a sense of victory with all adversaries conquered and all blockages overcome. But the triumph will eventually come to an end. Glory will shift to some different meaning, perhaps less glorious and more perilous.
[Special messages from the Faeries are included in this deck’s booklet in italics and are as follow for the Six of Tine.]
Anand means “perfect bliss,” and I take this as a reminder to look for that inward spiritual strength and joy, which transcends what’s happening outside ourselves. Yes, in this world of Hegelian dialectic (Problem, Reaction, Solution), things may reach a fever pitch and then just at the last moment, Relief arrives seemingly out of nowhere, riding a white horse. The solutions will at first seem miraculous and wonderful, but after the shine wears off, they will probably reveal truer and less enticing colors.
That doesn’t mean you must “reject the gift.” It just means to remember your real strength, practice non-attachment, and don’t devote your inner life to external (and thus out of your control) events or offers. Consider carefully before signing away more rights or resources, whether for convenience or security. Your true security is not of this world, and real convenience happens when you align with the natural flow and abundance always available to you.
The suit of Tine (the Wands) represents fire, passion and spiritual awareness. In traditional Tarot decks the Six of Wands means “Liberation!” and that’s certainly on offer in 2014. If Liberation is your true goal, though, you’ll probably need to pinch yourself a few times to get back on track, since whatever “solutions” arrive to this year’s pressing problems are likely to distract. Big time. A tool does not become your master unless you invite and invoke its mastery over you by giving it unwarranted power and worship.
The second card I pulled was:
“3 Máthair Bandia Eiré: The Mother Goddess Eiré.
The wisdom of the feminine principle in life is at work in your life. Open to the fertility of the land and find abundance in your life. Allow creativity to flow through you. A call to return to nature. In quiet meditation, open to the stars above your head to receive the wisdom of the Goddess. Align with your inner child and find bliss.”
Whenever I pull cards, I look for crossovers, so the double bliss seems highly significant. The great scholar of Ancient Myth, Joseph Campbell reminded us, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” When Campbell speaks of following your bliss, he refers to that inner passion that makes you feel alive and enthusiastic like a child. Work seems like play, and you feel what Abraham-Hicks calls “tapped in, turned on, and tuned in.” As the Faery Wicca Tarot puts it, “Allow creativity to flow through you.”
But we also have work to do in 2014. We have allowed people to poison our planet, often through our own complacency, laziness or greed. We’ve allowed further butchering of the feminine principle through purposeful mutilation of the female form like applauding preemptive mastectomies of healthy breasts; photoshopping of voluptuousness into adolescent boy “bodies”; and violently raping Mother Earth through fracking and drilling. We’ve allowed patriarchal war agendas to hold our planet captive, and we’ve allowed MonSatan et. al. to continue perverting the seed, the very essence of life itself. In 2014, we will likely see a much stronger push for not only genetically modified seeds, but also technologically modified humans. The transhuman agenda to merge humans with machines will likely kick up several notches in the next twelve months, since the overall plan reminds behind schedule. Artificial Intelligence will replace human ingenuity more and more, especially as public schools, GMO’s, chemtrails, propaganda and poisons work to lower the human IQ. 2014 could be the year we turn the tide.
I suggest that 2014 is the year in which we must turn the tide, beginning with cleaning up our dying oceans. If we don’t start helping Mother Earth, then Mama will create more discipline. Our society has been at war with Nature and the Divine Feminine for over 2,000 years. What if we declare 2014 a personal year of truce in that war on Nature? What if we each choose love instead of greed or apathy? What if we each decide to take whatever steps we can to heal the soil and heal our soul by getting grounded — both literally and figuratively? Can you imagine the ripple effects of that? Can you imagine the creativity that would flow from working with Nature to heal Nature and to roll back enough of the damage so that humanity receives enough time to evolve in easier, less frenetic ways? As the Hopi say, “This could be a good time.” It will take feet on the ground work, but it is doable.
We begin this New Year with a potent New Moon — perfect for going deep inside and setting intentions
that ripple out into the world. I’ve quoted Kabir before, but all this talk of the Divine Feminine and the ocean reminds me of this quote again: “All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.” May we each know this and live this in 2014 and beyond.