Episode 3 – Flowing Chi: the Image of the Gods



Episode 3 show notes:

Escalator to Heaven

In this episode I will be talking about energy: how this energy binds us all together and exists within us, how we view this divine energy and how we may manipulate the flow of energy through Tai Chi or magick.

Poem by Bai Li

I will be reading to you the most famous poem of a well-known Chinese poet.

Soul Sight

In this segment I will mention how the right or wrong energy may affectTarot readings and again I will draw upon my own experiences.

Again any comments or suggestions are more than welcome. You can reach me at the Baobab forum http://s4.zetaboards.com/Baobabkot/index/, via my e-mail morganamoonfire@gmail.com or via this blog.

Blessings and I hope you enjoy it!

Funky Chicken


Conversing with the Cards – The Major Arcana: The Magician

The Magician

by Morgana Moonfire

Impressions: A shirtless man with a scruffy red beard and a big hat sits on his knees on a seat carved out of a rock. He holds a staff around which a snake is curled and various metal objects hang from the tree underneath which he is sitting. His clothes are simple and apart from the hat solely consist of plain trousers. Quite a few other animals surround him, including a white goat, a turtle and a rooster. At his knee he touches an object that resembles a chess board. A pouch hangs from his shoulder.

This man is obviously a magician. Earthly riches, other than those serving as instruments or tools, bear no importance in his eyes. As such, his attire is kept to a minimum, very plain and simple. The animals sense his capacities and are drawn towards him. His eyes are blue and bright and he lifts up his head just enough to fix one eye on me. Such a man has no need for earthly desires; to him they are futile and unimportant. He understands the greater treasures that life has to offer and knows where to look for them. Due to his appreciation of simplicity, he has learned to understand and bend the elemental forces in the world. Due to his patience and perseverance, he has mastered many arts, gained much knowledge and has become proficient in many a skill.

It are those who contemplate the profound nature of a situation – that which resides at the heart of the matter and which drives all else – who are able to grasp the true meaning and as a result wield the outcome to the benefit of all. We must learn to distinguish between what is important and what is not, see the virtue where virtue is to be found and identify the vice in any given position. By weighing up all the different sides to a story and by carefully pondering the various options available, a solution may be found to any problem. More often than not, all it takes is some healthy common sense.

Key words and sentiments: Make sure you can see the wood through the trees; if the situation asks it of you, climb a hill so that you may see everything from a distance; confidence; logic; satisfaction; fulfilment.

Conversing with the Cards – The Minor Arcana

The following post includes my impressions of the minor arcana, excluding the court cards, and the four suits. I have consciously tried to spend just a short while on each card so that I might be able to grasp the essential, basic energy of the card at a glance. This list is not meant to be correct, it merely shares my personal impressions.

Morgana Moonfire

Wands: fire, the soul, passion, will power, the primitive forces of nature that reside within us and the ones that act in the universe and which we have no control over.

Cups: water, the heart, emotions, relationships.

Pentacles: earth, the body, materialistic affairs, practical or tangible matters, health, wealth, work.

Swords: air, the mind, intellect, thoughts, mental abilities and mental health.

Suit Number Meaning
Wands Ace Primitive power, first growth or surge of power/passion; forceful, natural energy, where it all starts
Two Having achieved what you wanted to achieve, being at ease, having power, no worries or concerns, confidence
Three What’s to come, preparation, stillness before the storm, waiting, capability, being calm and unafraid of the future
Four Picking the fruits of your labour, harvest time, fruition of plans, prosperity, happiness, good times, celebrations
Five Fight, testing each other’s strength and one’s own strength, being tested, opposition
Six Victory, achievement, confidence, respect and support of others, conqueror, strength, capability, advancement, nothing can hold you back
Seven Take issues head on, face your problems, courage, strength, boldness
Eight Action, speed, news, enlightenment due to a message/news, something important is brought to might
Nine Effort, having to fight for something, determination in spite of the odds
Ten Heavy burden but you can pull it off if you put in a lot of effort, hold on, trying times, keep your eye on the prize, it will be hard to achieve your goal
Cups Ace Emotion, beginning of a new awareness or relationship
Two Partnership, harmony and support in relationships, understanding and attraction between two people
Three Solidarity, union and closeness in a group, everyone is on the same page, sincerity and integrity in relationships, people support you and are there for you
Four Desolation, disappointment, being blue or down, seeing only the negative side, being so absorbed in oneself (self-pity) that one does not see the gift/bright side of the situation or the opportunities that the situation brings
Five Desolation, hard time, things are not really optimum or as they should be
Six Happy memories, the past, people from the past, unfinished business or relevance of the past in the present
Seven Dreams, illusions, being unrealistic, preferring to live in a dream world
Eight Feeling lost or led astray/alone, not feeling sure or confident about oneself or one’s path
Nine Joy, bliss, achieving what you most desire, gain
Ten Satisfaction, harmonious and happy family life/domestic life, peace in the household
Pentacles Ace Beginning of manifestation of a project or wealth, putting in motion something, actions, deeds, hands-on experience
Two Balance, yin yang, coping very well with the small changes that are taking place, being able and at peace, no great upheavals
Three Seriousness, master, perfecting and perfection of skills, producing high-quality work, you know what you are doing, fulfillment and exceeding expectations, excelling at what you do
Four Greed, stubbornness, hanging on too much to something, selfishness, no real riches, being stingy, useless wealth, doing nothing with the opportunities that are available to you
Five Struggling financially or at work, be content with (the little that) what you have, use the means you have, financial or material setbacks, not a lot of possibilities, not the right time for projects or purchases, material loss
Six Generosity, teaching, wisdom and sharing of wisdom and knowledge, being friendly, goodness, sincerity, balance
Seven Period of waiting for results after the necessary deeds, monitoring the progress
Eight Labour, concentration, devotion, perfection and perfectionism, patience, eager and willing to work and perform well
Nine Abundance, good and prosperous times, time for leisure or personal projects and personal development, the sun is shining, happiness, everything is as it should be, surplus, possibilities
Ten Material wealth and security, boredom, passing of time, in need of a challenge/being motivated/expanding one’s horizons
Swords Ace Invoked, “man-made” power, channeling power and thoughts, projects, ideas, something you conceive of in your mind or are thinking about
Two Not knowing what to do, crossroads, not seeing the best solution
Three Heartache, missing, having lost something or someone dear to you, betrayal
Four Rest, pause, break, needing to be away from everything and everyone, being alone, loneliness
Five Disappointment, things did not go as planned, expectations were not fulfilled, feeling of abandonment
Six Journey, half-way there, a challenge but you already have experience, know where you are going, being on a mission, travel, things are happening or moving >< stagnation
Seven Intentions are not clear, uncertainty, there is more to a situation than meets the eye, the unseen or unknown, secret
Eight Tunnel vision, blindness, captive in a situation
Nine Misery, powerlessness, irritation
Ten Feeling depressed, overwhelmed, incapable; hitting rock bottom; it can’t get any worse than this; negative feelings but exaggeration

Conversing with the Cards – The Major Arcana: The Hierophant

The Hierophant

by Morgana Moonfire

Impressions: A man dressed in a white tunic holds a sword in one hand and a wand in the other. His arms are crossed and he stands in water. In front of him are three naked children in the water. He looks at them but does not smile. They are secluded by a fence and fruit-bearing trees.

Whether the man is the father or the teacher of the children is quite irrelevant. He is a teacher nonetheless and he takes his task seriously. Whether his apprentices are children or not is equally irrelevant. He teaches them discipline as well as the study matter itself and he expects that they too take their apprenticeship seriously. The teacher imposes order on them and demands their full attention and respect. The children must be fully aware of the importance of the art, skill or knowledge they are to master, of the role they are to play and are being prepared for. Each of them is meant to fulfil a certain part of considerable magnitude and so it is imperative that they are already conscious of what is expected of them at an early age. When they complete their training, they will walk their separate paths but they may continue to support and aid each other as they have done throughout the learning process. In addition, they will most probably continue to receive their teacher’s guidance if they wish it.

As students or simply as individuals involved in an important learning process, we are required to take our learning serious, to manifest ourselves as humble and disciplined students. If we are to succeed we must be severe on ourselves and be fully dedicated to the cause. Yet we are never alone and even if we opt for self-learning, there are still many other like-minded persons out there who are committed to the same journey. It is not uncommon and it is even advisable for those with similar interests to support and learn from each other. Regardless of the other persons’ age or experience, you can learn something valuable from everyone if you would only open your mind. Age in general is insignificant as learning is a life-long affair. It is never too late to get started. This card may also indicate that guidance or advice is readily available to you in whatever situation you may find yourself. This will normally be in the form of a wise person, who takes on the role of a teacher or father figure, and who will willingly assist you with the issue, question or concern that you are occupied with.

Key words and sentiments: authority, teacher, discipline, order, tradition, guidance, advice, training, preparing yourself, dedication, learn from others, ambition, destiny, it is never too late to learn.

Conversing with the Cards – The Major Arcana: The Wheel of Fortune

This is the card which signifies my current transition in life. I am the Fool, enthusiastic and passionate but ignorant of what I’m delving into and even more uncertain with regards to my personal abilities to deal with whatever obstacles I may find. The wheel is turning and I have no idea where I am going to end up, what I am getting myself into or whether I am going to be able to cope. I am taking a chance.

The Wheel of Fortune

by Morgana Moonfire

Impressions: Various men sitting at a table in a bar, conversing, drinking, merry-making and laughing. Only one man is turned away from the table and looks me straight in the eye. His gaze is serious and penetrating. I feel as if he looks straight through me, through all my barriers, masks and defenses. I see him as the bard, not the bard from the Obelix and Asterix cartoons who is more of a figure to be made fun of and laughed at. This bard possesses knowledge that a common bard perhaps would not be considered to possess. His knowledge extends far beyond knowledge pertaining to the physical world and though his elder soul may be hidden beneath a veil of music and amusement, he will not fail to manifest himself as a force to be reckoned with once the time comes.

He looks at me when nobody else seems to notice my presence. His gaze is not stern or accusing but steady and unwavering. His eyes bear a message, a message for me. His eyes acknowledge me and compel me to take action or to take it upon myself to acknowledge what is there but what I have failed to notice (much as the men in the bar who fail to notice my presence) or to acknowledge that which is coming. The time has come. The time is now. I must observe, understand, look inside myself and then I will know how to react.

The wheel in itself is not positive or negative in my eyes. It is simply life, which is taking a strong turn in a certain direction, a change, moving forward. It is the exact opposite of stagnation. Suddenly a change of events has been set in motion and is moving forward at a rapid pace. It is a time to act and to step up to the plate. You are not invincible or unimportant and the events that are taking place directly involve you. You must embrace the turning of the wheel, and let it take you wherever you must go. Every experience, whether good or bad, serves to teach us an important lesson and as such should not be shunned.

Key words or sentiments: action, awareness, purpose

Conversing with the Cards – The Major Arcana: The Emperor

The Emperor

by Morgana Moonfire

Impressions: A man with rosy cheeks, a rosy nose and a sluggish look in his eyes sits in a kitchen. He is leisurely eating out of a silver bowl, a large wooden spoon is tucked into his belt and a harp rests against his (rather voluminous) belly. His reddish eyes are fixed on me. They are watching me, taking me in; but the expression they bear do not betray a specific, unmistakable feeling. On the contrary, he makes a rather insignificant impression and seems detached from the world. There is no certainty as to what he is thinking.

This man is obviously well-of, judging from his round belly and the right to take food from the kitchen whenever it suits him. In his spare time, he enjoys the simple (yet not always accessible in great quantities to the masses) pleasures of life such as food and ale, music and merry-making. As a warrior and certainly as a ruler, he has a right to these delights. The thinking lines that are engraved in his forehead, as well as his intelligent stare which may easily be mistaken for a fool’s gape, reveal his identity as a chief. The look he is giving me may be misinterpreted as a drunk’s look, eyeing me in spite of difficulties to focus his vision. He may even inspire pity. But the truth is that he is more cunning than the persons he is watching. No amount of ale can take away his authority although it may somewhat influence his judgment. He is a man, after all.

The Emperor is always one step ahead of the others. His strength lies in his knowledge and his ability to use that knowledge in an effective way. He gains information through his keen observation skills and his diplomatic treatment of individuals. Thus he learns how to inspire and motivate his people. In times of merriment he drinks with them and joins them in their celebrations, in times of peril he fights by their side, in times of confusion and discord he shares his vast knowledge and able judgment. In short, he is always very aware and knows what to do in any given situation to secure harmony, respect and prosperity for himself and for his subjects.

When this card comes up in a reading, you are as successful as the emperor or you need to be more like the emperor or someone in your direct environment with direct influence on you has the qualities of an emperor.

Key words and sentiments: skills, people knowledge, awareness, justice, solidarity, friendship, do what is right, control, prosperity, good fortune through personal acts and effort, wisdom, success in most aspects of your life, father figure, leader, strict but just, strength of character, foresight.

Conversing with the Cards – The Major Arcana: The High Priestess

The High Priestess

by Morgana Moonfire

Impressions: A fine-looking woman with coiled blond hair is sitting on a throne carved out of stone. Beside her is a burning torch, which is a clear indicator of her identity for she is Brighid, Celtic goddess of smith craft, poetry and motherhood and her symbol is fire. Various types of fruits lay at her other side and a pile of straw rests on her lap. These are perhaps offerings and more symbols of the Goddess. Brighid wears a rather saddened expression, possibly in lament at the loss of her sons, and she takes off the purple veil which had been concealing her face.

Her facial expression reveals her knowledge of what has come to pass. Yet the card as a whole does not emit a downbeat feeling, but on the contrary conveys the joy of being blessed with gifts of intuition and spirituality. Brighid was honoured as a goddess by the Celts and as a saint by the Christians. Coming in second after St. Patrick, she is still a very popular figure in Ireland and her flame has been kept alight for many a year. Even nowadays, new groups have arisen with the sole purpose of keeping her flame alive and dancing. Brighid’s flame does not only represent the hearth (household), inspiration (poetry) and smith craft; but in the larger picture may also be regarded as the flame of the old faith and one’s personal devotion to the path, as well as the flame of intuition, psychic ability and one’s individual communication with the gods. The flame signifies the connection with the Other World and provides an unwavering light in the darkness -not in the sense of Christianism where the faith served to provide consolation for every-day discomforts, but rather as a steadfast way of life, a mentality and solidarity and a clear sense of purpose.

In a reading this card designates the path you are treading or supposed to be treading in life. The path may not always be straight and smooth; you may come across forks and crossroads, hilly or slippery parts, wild curves and rocky bends and sometimes it may even be hard to see the path you are supposed to be taking. At times you will be striding or even skipping along while at other times your progress will seem much more strained, slow and difficult. This card provides you with the guidance you need to take on the obstacles you come across. The Goddess walks by your side and will lend you the courage, assurance and inner knowledge you need to overcome the tricky bits of the journey.

Key words and sentiments: divination, higher knowledge, communication with the gods, peace, the old faith, understanding of the higher purpose, intuition.

Conversing with the Cards – The Major Arcana: Death


by Morgana Moonfire

Impressions:  A man on a battlefield holds up the head of an enemy warrior for all to see. His gaze is menacing and a tad mocking. He himself is completely unharmed and no blood stains cover his attire. His red cape and the fur on his shoulder designate him as the leader. In his other hand he holds a spear and an arrow. The battle is over; the outcome has been decided and is being made clear to all the survivors by the chief of the winning forces.

The man’s stare is stern. His message is plain. His enemies have been defeated seeing that their chief has been killed in battle. His eyes almost challenge those willing to continue the fight, for he knows that they have no hope as victory has already been secured. Without their chief to lead them in battle, his enemies are nothing more than a scattered horde of ruthless warriors. It is better to save lives and end the fight (even if it means accepting defeat, because they were clearly overwhelmed by the other, greater force) than to prolong a battle they cannot win. This would lead to nothing but more casualties and would thus be a fruitless and foolish effort.

The Death card signifies a sudden and sometimes brutal change with an impact that will reverberate long after. This is the kind of change that cannot be stopped or impeded. The man’s confident gaze reflects the mood of the card: the indifferent energy of powerlessness. What has to happen will happen regardless of your feelings towards this change. Any efforts intended to hinder or to stop the revolution from occurring will be in vain. Often the transformation may not even be anticipated and it will take you by force even more so exactly because you did not see it coming. Many individuals fear such a change because it is so profound and because it will probably reshape who you are as a person and/or alter the direction in which your life is going. However, this transformation is a natural and necessary one and should not be resisted. Afterwards you should be better off than your were before it took place. The opposite hardly ever happens.

Key words and sentiments: sudden major change, transformation, revolution, powerlessness, go with the flow, accept change, do not fight a fight you cannot win, process out of your hands.

Conversing with the Cards – The Major Arcana: The Tower

CAUTION: The sole reason why I have included a picture of the Twin Towers is because I would like to signal the sad truth that sometimes horrible things have to happen first before action is taken.

The Tower

by Morgana Moonfire

Impressions: An ugly monster breathing flames through his nostrils sits in front of a tower that is burning down. He has a beard along with hair on his shoulders and in his ears and three horns protrude from his scalp. The look in his eyes is one of amusement and menace, his tongue sticks out of his maw, on his back he bears a sword and in his hand he holds a harp.

This fierce creature seems amused by the destruction of the tower and is most certainly the one who caused the fire as he is still breathing flames through his nostrils. His amusement is also displayed by the harp in his hand, as if the scene were cause for entertainment and feasting. He emerges as a very threatening, fearsome beast that takes pleasure in the anguish of others. His malevolent eyes also show his nature as a trickster, a creature that enjoys deceiving people and causing them hardship. As the tower is being burnt down, the deception is brought to light and all illusions come crumbling down along with the tower.

The monster in the card may refer to a part of you that was intent on fooling yourself. Then again the deception may be caused by another player or it may not have a direct cause but is created by you in the sincere belief that the world is exactly as you saw it through your eyes. When this belief shatters and your world comes crashing down, it is a shock which will make you shudder like an earthquake precisely because what you regarded as an undeniable truth turns out to be fictitious right down to the foundations. This revelation, which will produce a colossal change, will come with such violence that you will have no choice but to accept the truth. It is crucial that your world be smashed to smithereens if it is built on nothing but lies. If you are to be wrecked first in order to be confronted with the truth and to be made aware of the illusions, if that is what it takes, then it should be done. Progress is not possible if one only lives (consciously or unconsciously) in a world which does not exist in reality. Sometimes total destruction is needed so that you may be able to turn over a new leaf, completely free from the scattered remnants and untruths of the past.

Key words and sentiments: destruction of illusions, the truth is exposed, confrontation, your world as you know it collapses, self-deception finally leads to a kick in the teeth, complete and utter destruction in order to start anew (and improve).

Conversing with the Cards – The Major Arcana: The Lovers

The Lovers

by Morgana Moonfire

Impressions: A couple, serene and content, walks hand in hand underneath the trees. They may be newlywed as they are both clad in white and both are wearing flower necklaces. A hand sticks out a golden bowl and a child is grinning behind the man’s shoulder, almost as if he were making fun of them.

The energy radiating from this card is not the feeling of butterflies in the stomach, of being head over heels, but rather expresses a feeling of serenity and amity. The couple portrayed in the card is at complete harmony with the world. They are at peace with themselves and enjoy each other’s company. Their hearts are filled with contentment, there is nothing missing and the world to them is a blissful and perfect place. Everything they wished for has been granted. They need nothing more than the other’s presence to feel complete. Their happiness is not of the dreamy, ephemeral and dramatic kind that takes you to soaring heights only to leave you feeling empty and hollow when the cause for the excitement has disappeared or changed. The mirth they experience is the sort where you feel at one with the world, as if your heart and the heart of the universe are beating in unison. There is no discord or great conflict threatening to overthrow your stable state of mind; there are no extreme emotions of ecstasy or depression. This is the sort of joy you feel when you are able to appreciate the simple and yet extraordinarily important things in life: friendship, family, love.

When this card comes up, it usually means that you are on the same page with the ones you love or that you are pleased with how your life is going and what you have achieved. You do not stand alone but you have people at your side who truly understand you, appreciate you for who you are and care about you. They know you inside-out; they know your virtues and vices, your failures and passions and understand what drives you. There is actually only one type of love and that is unconditional love. True love is tolerant and compassionate and does not see in black and white. This pure kind of love is represented by this card but it does not always have to relate to people and your relationship with them. It may also denote the love you have for life in general or for the things you do, which is what will ultimately determine many of the decisions you make in life. When you draw this card in a reading, you are not passing from intense highs to severe lows, but you have managed to moderate and balance all areas of your life so that you feel peaceful. You have achieved a healthy life style and you feel that your life is heading in the right direction.

Key words or sentiments: satisfaction, wholeness, peace, companionship, love, solidarity, harmony, balance, moderation, the image of people holding hands, you do not stand alone, amity, making the right decisions, compassion.

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