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A fun tarot blog, tarot card meanings, magic, herbal remedies, love and all things healing and pagan. Brisbane artist and intuitive.

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King of Pentacle tarot card meaning – love

The King of Pentacles tarot meaning “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha Under a bright yellow sky, we see a sagely figure, with a powerful and peaceful disposition sitting on a thrown with a pentacle in one hand and a royal wand in the other. The king of Pentacles gives … Continue reading King of Pentacle tarot card meaning...

The King of Pentacles tarot meaning

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

Under a bright yellow sky, we see a sagely figure, with a powerful and peaceful disposition sitting on a thrown with a pentacle in one hand and a royal wand in the other.

The king of Pentacles gives us the impression of stable wealth, along with divine wisdom, a castle and abundant grape vines surrounding affirm the material manifestation of this strength of will. He is solid and firmly grounded in Earth and nature with the strength and power of the bull symbolising such strength.

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We live in an age were our profession, our skills, our knowledge and talents are the means to our survival and effect our capacity for wealth. We live in a monetary system and our strength in managing this will effect our capacity to struggle or to thrive.

This King shows us signs of how a steady and calm mind, as well as knowledge and principles of nature or esoteric wisdom can help us in achieving our dreams or material security.

He sits quietly, almost in reverence, showing us clearly that he is continuing to honour his quietude and knowledge and as well as having deep appreciation for what he has achieved.

king of pentacles tarot

Financial and Vocational Meaning

It is clear from the pentacle that this card is traditionally referring to material wealth and from the royal imagery that there is an inference of mastery within the vocational aspect of the card.

When the king of pentacles appear in a reading it will verify that there is an adequate accumulation of material wealth, that the querent has success on her or his side and money is of no value. It also suggests that a lot of wisdom was acquired along the way.

Financially there will be a time of ease and prosperity. If you have been working towards a vocational or material goal this card rendered the goal a success. Yet, it also asks the aspirant to remember and cherish the knowledge.

The meditation and the gratitude are important to continue as the king knows that to sustain the prosperity of the material world the mind and heart must continue to be balanced, strong sturdy in the wisdom.

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Love and Relationship Meaning

Wowser, You must have been doing something right, the universe is about to bring you a relationship that will quite literally sweep you off your feet.

If you are not in a relationship this card foretells a deep passionate and loving relationship – not a fleeting superficial one but one with all the constituents of love and pure heart. This king represents a solid Earthy (Taurus – see the bull) genuine heart felt love.

The beauty is this person is not only able to love they are also very grounded and sure in their hearts and their responsibility within the material world. They may be a teacher or a strong social figure, in any case they will have material stability and emotional wisdom.

If you are in a relationship, you may find that something external occurs that will shift the relationship to a deeper level. Often with this card a new home or career offer will bring in a need for discussions around commitment or buying a house together. What ever it is it promises a prosperous and long term union.

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Spiritual Meaning

When the King of pentacles appears, it portends to a true solid transformation through wisdom. An abiding or embodying of a truth about reality.

This card is affirming that the recent spiritual insights are becoming solid within your psyche and you are moving from a state of uncertainty to certainty in a particular spiritual understanding.

It points to a level of quality or ripening maturity within the principles of truth.

You will begin to see solid, tangible manifestation of your spiritual insights. Many blessings are being realised. And, you are growing in a profound and honest way.

Beautiful. You are connecting with your divine nature and bringing into the manifest world. Blessings are your middle name!

FEEL IT!

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Warm Blessings

Megan

Take a look at our womens spiritual retreat here

 

 

 

 

 

 


5 Gentle Steps to a happier Life – for 2019

Creating a Happy Life Oh My, What year am I in! Is it really another new year, has the calendar really progressed; without me moving with it? If time is an illusion why am I still in it and why are things still the same? Who am I? I am sorry, I am not Einstein, … Continue reading 5 Gentle Steps to a happier Life –...

Creating a Happy Life

Oh My, What year am I in!

Is it really another new year, has the calendar really progressed; without me moving with it?

If time is an illusion why am I still in it and why are things still the same? Who am I?

happiness and time

I am sorry, I am not Einstein, I can’t really give you a clear and concise explanation of how illusive time is (nor could Einstein either, really)… but I do however have a felt sense of this illusion. I know when I was a child I felt something other than time – a timelessness. I also know that I am not that same child, that time has passed, that my cells have changed, my likes, my dislikes, my mind has changed (perhaps too often) and my LIFE has changed. Yet, I still sense this timelessness.

Eisnsteins law of relativetyMost of this happened without me noticing, except in reflection – in looking back in time.

I didn’t have to do intense Pranayama, breath work or meditate underwater for an hour for my body to go through these changes or for my brain to develop; or for life to happen to me in such a way that my employer was mean or my partner left me for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or that my dog passed on to a new dimension. It all just happened.

But then, there came a time – Time was nigh. “Oh in time It could have been so much more” as Boy George serenaded me back in 1984.

A present moment.  A moment of pause at each failing, at each hurt, at each sidestepping of responsibility and each breath. NOW NOW NOW!

create a happier life 2018

So where am I going with all this apparent time on my hands. This Nowness.

Oh Yes, happiness. That fleeting moment that comes from the first lick of a Basken and Robin’s ‘cookies and cream’ and ends with an empty sticky non biodegradable little cup in your hands that is going to create the end of the world; the planet gone, poof!.

That moment, another moment in time.  And at that very moment you realise “I don’t even know who I really am!

So you download a mindfulness app and you be present to a ringtone that disturbs your… Er…. happiness and you remember to be mindful for a moment with a quote that your app reminds you of that you don’t really understand but it makes you feel like…. a warrior. Because you’ve said it out loud five times – You feel tops. For a moment.

5 steps to a happy life

Now you’re back to where you started from – see? you are timeless. Now you understand.

And nothing has really changed; it’s 2018 and you’re  still ‘there’, that you that you don’t really know anymore. Still um….unhappy!

Well I’m letting you off the hook. I’m handing you a secret – not THE Secret – you tried that, it didn’t work or it did a little but.. there you are again playing Russian roulette with happiness.

“What goes up must come down” – Hermetic law

So is that the secret you ask? Yes. It is. But, it’s not the one for you today.

Today’s one comes in the form of time.. well steps in time. Five gentle steps that I have learned, to help you create a happier life in 2018.

FINALLY 5 Gentle steps to create a happier life in 2018.

  1. Realise you are already all that you can be.

“The more you depend upon conditions outside yourself for happiness, the less happiness you will experience.”   – Paramahansa Yogananda.

So what are you saying I can’t want anything, I can’t have goals, I can’t have things?

NO –  this doesn’t mean you can’t have things or do things – it means you are still you – that being that you can’t find, that one that wants things is still the same whether you have them or not – That fundamental you is not the desire itself. Realise this and you will be happier!

Find time each day to contemplate this and you will be one step closer to happiness

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      2. Help Others without complaining

“To live for self is the source of all misery. “- – Paramahansa Yogananda.

This one speaks for itself. When we help others who are less fortunate or even those who are not, we get to step outside of our own problems as well as creating a dynamic of energetic flow. When we help others we gain a deeper sense of happiness – we experience a flow of energy and the reward of seeing someone else happy or improve their lot fills our heart with joy.  Do it often, lasting happiness takes time.

When we give we receive . It’s a little bit like what goes up must come down.

     3. Do Things you love

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” — Rumi

There must be something you love to do. Do that, do it often. Do it when you feel unhappy. Do it when you feel happy. Try to find more than one thing. Simple things, everyday things. Do them.

Take a road trip, pick flowers, walk in a forest, clean your underwear… if it makes you happy just do it!

When you do things that make you happy you create happiness chemicals in the brain and the body. The more you do them, the more you increase your memory bank of happy thoughts and the more you are inclined to act from that place. You also increase your capacity to be creative, to come up with new thoughts and feelings that complement your happiness disposition. You never know you may even be able to turn it into a vocation – in time of course

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       4. Learn something new.

 

I’ve learned that i have a lot to learn – Maya Angelou

Learning activates the positive chemicals in our brain, increases our energy and creates new neural-pathways. Wow. And it doesn’t stop there. It prompts positive self worth and gives us something interesting to communicate. It then deepens our capacity to – you guessed it – learn more.

There are many free resources for learning, you don’t have to learn in a formal environment, you can make a decision to learn something new and find simple ways to begin. Research on the internet – go to the library, ask a knowledgeable friend.

We are never too knowledgeable or too old to learn something new

     5. Open your heart to love

“All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.” – Kahlil Gibran

Love is the key to happiness. Start with yourself. Give yourself love and it will flow into the universe, into the people you come across and into the Earth.

Open your heart up to love. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Speak your love, be your love, give over to it and your happiness will grow like a blossoming flower.

Practice these with an openness and an innocence and you will begin to discover, over time, an abiding happiness that cannot be altered by someone else’s actions, behaviours or words, as you are the mistress/master of your life and Yes, a timeless being 🙂

Warm Blessings for 2018

Megan

Take a look at our Bali Retreat for Women

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Best 5 Spiritual Retreats 2019 Bali – India

My chosen Best Spiritual Retreats for 2019 Our world has become a hectic frenetic place.. It’s a little overwhelming. We are all seeking something ‘other’, something Spiritual. More mindful.   We’ve all gone a little mad, I tell ya!! Consequently there is a saturation of Yoga retreats popping up like an iPhone  Facebook notification at … Continue reading Best 5 Spiritual Retreats 2019 Bali...

My chosen Best Spiritual Retreats for 2019

Our world has become a hectic frenetic place.. It’s a little overwhelming. We are all seeking something ‘other’, something Spiritual. More mindful.

 

We’ve all gone a little mad, I tell ya!!

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Consequently there is a saturation of Yoga retreats popping up like an iPhone  Facebook notification at a Sunday Brunch.

Tempting to check, yet probably not sufficiently valuable, compared to the conversation you are having with your new friend.

The one at the local ‘Express your Inner Child’ meet up, that popped up (synchronicity) on a search results page, as you were typing ‘free online tarot’; to see if you were actually on the right path!

 

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AND, you go for your Iphone anyway.

It could be something important!

This message could change your life!

NEED MORE THAN A HOLIDAY?
COME TO BALI FOR CONNECTION CELEBRATION AND HEALING!

5 top 2019 Bali Retreats

CONTINUE READING…

It’s another synchronicity!

You look around you and you realise your Inner child isn’t going to get what she wants here. And, you blurt out

“That’s it, That’s it! My inner child wants to go to BALI!!!

I need spiritual connection! I need my Sangha!

Your are totally ready!

You are so aligned with your inner child right now, you want more.

You feel braver, more alive than you ever have.

You run out of your inner child meeting yelling:

“I’m Free ! I’m Letting Go!

You get home and you’re still ready.

You go online and type in Yoga retreat Bali!

2019 bali retreats

You’ve just read ‘The Rolls Royce of yoga’.

Now you’re overwhelmed, confused, feeling inadequate.

Oh NO! There is that inner child again.

 

Google’s ‘Yoga retreat – Bali’ is dominated by the paid ads for bikini clad world travelers seeking fun, a good stretch and some Kombucha for a progressive digestive system.

Your Spiritual quest has been mainstreamed, bastardised by algorithms and profiteers

You are beginning to sweat and your inner child wants to scream, AGAIN!

RELAX IT’S YOGA

Put your inner child to rest. That story is over.

We are here to help – we are the Yoga community after all!
We Care. We’ve been there. You’ll find out on the way down, don’t worry!

Finally, we have handpicked the Top 5 2019 Yoga and Spiritual Retreats in Bali based on 3 key aspects

TRADITIONAL (Raga Yoga) | ACTIVE (karma Yoga) | GENUINE (Bhakti Yoga)

and we have thrown in at no extra cost WISDOM (Gyana Yoga)

I chose Our Spiritual Retreat !

Just Kidding, We are yogi’s, we like to have fun – aka inner joy!

Seriously it was a difficult task as there were literally hundreds to choose from. Some really overpriced, some offering not a lot of spiritual content and many without any spirituality at all. Which may be fun! Yet, we are looking for inner joy remember, and it’s not really going to help the Inner Child who’s outgrown the karmic shit and  is seeking something deeper, more real.

Some quality adult time.

No.1 of Top 5 Yoga retreats 2019 Bali

I chose Baliretrees Retreat as the first choice

Because it is the one I found that fully embraces the true essence of Bali and Yoga.

Set on the rice feilds in the village of Sesandan, this spot is located in the spiritual city of Tabanan Bali . It is well removed from the tourist area and is set amid the sloping valleys and endless rice paddies of West/ Central Bali.

As one enters, the sheer authenticity of this traditional Balinese ashram, pulls you into a deep sense of quietude, a resonance. Immediately you know that something in you will change forever here.

Spiritual Offerings

Although this retreat offers traditional Balinese Yoga, meditation, and movement (which most do not), each day has a different experience for the guests based on activities within the local community and daily circumstances. Following a belief that unique and transformative moments are created by spontaneity, the group atmosphere and local events actually direct the day.

This to me is the Yoga.

I’m also impressed by the deep spirituality oozing from the Balinese hosts.

The teachers are members of one of the oldest spiritual ashrams in the world: ‘Perguruan Seruling Dewata’ (Seruling Dewata translates as ‘god’s flute’).

The property, before it was opened to the public, was a traditional Balibnese ashram deeply immersed in ancient Yoga and meditation. This is felt in the very presence of the teachers. No Ego! A sweet delight.

The retreat is ultra relaxed and a deeply spiritual environment. Authentic.

Offerings include ancient traditional meditation and yoga, alongside mantra/chanting, learning about and honouring the Hindu Gods and deepening spiritual feelings by visiting sacred places.

Chakra meditations are a part of most practices and an invitation to experience Tali Rasa, also known as the moving meditation, is a beautiful offering.

There is also Pencak Silat’ (an ancient balinese ‘Martial Arts’) for the adventurous and workshops teaching traditional healing practices. Alongside this there is the very special ‘Yoga Watukara’ with its 13 styles, the ancient Balinese Kundalini Yoga – excellent if you want to get serious about your spiritual path!

Adi’s (the retreat organiser) mission is to prevent the teachings from being lost & to pass on the powerful knowledge about the ancient balinese practices of yoga, healing & other fields of study present in the Ashram. To do so, by running this retreat.

The Accommodation

is Ashram style traditional Balinese, simple with basic comforts and the prices are more than reasonable in the lower $80 per night. Surrounded by wild nature and divine spiritual energy this retreat is the most authentic and traditional i have found.

Please take a look at their website Balitrees Retreat

 

 

 

 

 


No.2 of Top 5 Yoga retreats 2019 Bali

Bali Silent Retreat

If I was to go on a retreat in Bali (that wasn’t my own), I would choose this one. Mostly because it is silent!

As we go into our silence – truly go in, we find our spiritual centre. We meet with a deeper quietude, a part of our selves; our soul. And, a bliss occurs. One that is always available to us. One that is free of attachment and the cycles of karma.

I fell in love with this retreat, not only because it embraces the silent aspect of true Yoga, but also because the hosts are genuine and well… their motto grabbed my heart chakra and sent it of to dance with Goddess Lakshmi for some ultra spiritual divinity

Create your own schedule, your own inner journey, in profound peace and silence. (not vipassana, not a religious supported ashram; no guru, no dogma)Bali Silent Retreat

Also, because there is an aesthetic beauty and peaceful energy exuding the property which is surrounded by protected lush rice fields, jungle, healing hot springs and the sacred Mt. Batu Karu, It’s really divine.

Retreat Spiritual Offerings

Another reason, I love this retreat is the daily offerings of meditation, light asanas and teachings of traditional yoga. It stands alone from most retreats also in it’s offering of Hot Spring trips, learning how to make traditional Balinese offerings and do ceremony. As well as, teachings in permaculture and sustainability.

Not to mention the enjoyable discussion on Balinese culture – which is immersed in spiritual wisdom.

But’ no talking, It’s a silent retreat remember :

The Accommodation

is Luxury Eco freindly with all buildings made of recycled timbers and indigenous architectures. It’s a blissful array of simple, earthy, warmth and relaxation. Very lush.

The prices are reasonable for a Bali retreat at about $850 US for five nights, pretty good for a retreat full of genuine warmth and spiritual nourishment.

The food, organic and locally sourced, is Healthy and delicious; you can feel the love pouring form it!

Check out the The Bali Silent Retreat – it’s really top notch. The real deal!

No.3 of Top 5 Yoga retreats 2019 Bali

It’s definitely Essence of Bali!

I’m sorry I’ve spent days searching for my higher self in Google Bali and I just can’t find it outside of myself.

Short of going to another country (which I think may happen next). I had to include this one because it’s full all the Yogas and Karmas and Dharmas.

And, It’s divine!

A six day restorative spiritual healing retreat for women

I fell in love with this property when I first saw it and could not believe it was a well kept secret. The owner, a deeply spiritual man, made each building individually following ceremony and prayers to the Gods, And the blessings are palpable. You can feel it oozing from the Teak and hardwood that has been perfectly crafted, then adapted into the landscape and designed to provide light, space and comfort.

Retreat Spiritual offerings

What I love most about this retreat is the women are all deeply spiritual, as well as trained yoga instructors and healers from around the world. Each experienced in and passionate about women’s healing and empowerment.

The philosophy is to go with the flow, relax and find your spiritual centre. And do the practice 🙂

There’s a different vibe with this retreat on a few levels.

It not only offers onsite counselling and one on one teaching in ancient methods, there’s an eclectic array of choices that you don’t usually see rolled into one Bali retreat.

Free daily massage, A visit to a Balinese Hindu High Priestess for a healing ceremony, Onsite reiki master. Workshops on self compassion, mantra/chanting and Aryuveda. Auspicious New Moon drumming and ceremony, daily yin and restorative Yoga. To top it off, ecstatic and free dance evenings.

To top it all off, all proceeds go toward Women in Need project

Retreat Daily Schedule

All the hosts are keen meditators and have deep respect for its effects on healing and spiritual growth. There is an offering  of inner radiance, self love and compassion, inner silence and ecstatic self Osho style meditation sessions.

Furthermore,all instructor’s practices are trauma sensitive

The Accommodation

Is a delightful blend of traditional Balinese fittings and decor, with a relaxed and authentic feel. There are 12 traditional Balinese huts and homes with divine outdoor bathing overlooking the rice fields, near the edge of the Jungle.

There are private and shared bungalow style huts and beautiful designed Teak houses.

It’s a spiritual sanctuary, rated 4.5 stars on Tripadviser

It really is a full package of divine accommodation, as well as deep spiritual mentoring and guidance, so that one can relax and heal in a spiritually nurturing environment. An affordable price starting at $850US for 6 days and five nights, all inclusive.

Check it out here Bali Women’s Spiritual Retreat

No.4 Top Yoga retreat 2019 Thailand

The Middle Way Meditation Retreat

I really love this retreat because it takes me back to my roots. The middle path and beginners mind.

Retreat Spiritual Offerings

Like sweet spiritual nectar this retreat introduces a traditional Buddhist teaching of the attainment of the Dhammakaya; a state of purity and a path to wisdom within.

The middle way meditation is one of the most ancient techniques of meditation in the world. It is very simple, original and effective; becoming the most popular meditation techniques in Thailand.

 

This retreat has an authentic Buddhist heart to it and is for serious aspirants who want to enhance their spiritual sadhana in a more traditional environment.

The accommodation, set in the foothills of Bankok region Thailand, is basic asharm style with single rooms and shared bath areas. The food is healthy and delicious.

Take a look here The Middle Way Retreat where you can contact them for more information.

No.5 of Top 5 2019 Yoga retreats | India

SRI M

I don’t mean to confuse you, I know Sri M isn’t a retreat per se but a spiritual Master.

I’m putting him as #5 as he runs satsangs and retreats worldwide and in my humble opinion and feelings is the most profound, down to earth and brilliant spiritual teacher I have come across worldwide.

And of course he is from the motherland herself, India.

He is deeply spiritual, traditionally trained and educated, warm and compassionate.

He has an exquisite divinely inspired gift of relating the truth in a most eloquent, honest and concise way.

He has a delightful manner that exudes wisdom and spiritual grace imparting the Vedic and Hindu teachings with a quality I have not seen in any other teacher. And, his history is squeaky clean, a trustworthy modern saint.

Hard to find these days!

Take a look at his retreat offerings here Sri M modern mystic and spiritual teacher

 

 

 

 

So now that my inner child has released her attachment to fear of Google yoga search queries, I must go and Feng shui my mobile phone, so I don’t get interrupted in my cosmic consciousness meditation!

I hope this has been a fruitful informative journey and warm blessings for your spiritual evolution!

Please note this is a review only and I am not affiliated with any of the treats other than Essence of Bali retreat, of which I am the host 🙂

Love and light

Megan x


Inner Goddess Meditation Retreat Bali – Ubud Sanctuary

Spiritual Yoga Retreat Ubud Bali ESSENCE of BALI - June 1-5 2019 Nature  Meditation  Yoga  Tranquility  Freedom 5 day Restorative, Healing and Spiritual Immersion Retreat UBUD BALI – ISLAND of the GODS OUR VISION This healing retreat is for women to tap into their true nature and awaken their inner goddess through empowerment, self love, … Continue reading Inner Goddess Meditation Retreat Bali –...

Spiritual Yoga Retreat Ubud Bali

                        ESSENCE of BALI - June 1-5 2019

Nature  Meditation  Yoga  Tranquility  Freedom

5 day Restorative, Healing and Spiritual Immersion Retreat

UBUD BALI – ISLAND of the GODS

OUR VISION

This healing retreat is for women to tap into their true nature and awaken their inner goddess through empowerment, self love, compassion and acceptance in a safe, nurturing and holistic environment.

A Spiritual Sanctuary

Our Vision

    IS TO AWAKEN YOUR SPIRITBali yoga retreat

I believe human beings are naturally spiritual, wise and creative. These qualities, yet not always experienced, are always within us. Are our innate Selves.

Being a part of a retreat in nature is a way to awaken to our innate being, spirit and wellness. Our aspiration at Essence Of Bali is to provide women with a space to relax and reunite with and experience their authentic Self in a conducive environment – on their own terms, our individual dharma.

We are here to support and guide with wisdom, strength and kindness, along with providing practices, yet believe each person has the capacity to follow their own rhythms. We call this Impowerment … and freedom!

The idea is pure enjoyment and spiritual nourishment

BOOK NOW 40%OFF (1 week only)

The Rooms are exquisite with abundant outdoor spaces to sit quietly and just BE!

(the property is 20 minutes from Ubud Markets)

Traditional offerings of gratitude and respect are made daily.

WEST END THERAPIES AND PARTNERS ARE OFFERING DEEP SPIRITUAL IMMERSION AND HEALING IN A NATURAL ENVIRONMENT FOR WOMEN

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Daily light Asanas (Yoga) & meditation  |  Daily massage | Local healer visit  |  Full moon Fire Ceremony

Chanting | Onsite Counselling | Art therapy | Sound & crystal healing Ubud | Temple Visit

Holistic Vegan Vegetarian (meat options) meals. All produce organic and locally grown and all meat is ethically sourced. The owner has a integral consciousness around animal cruelty.

Our participants

Our retreats are for beginners, advanced practitioners as well as non-practitioners.

They are designed for total relaxation, chilling out, healing and/or immersing yourself in Sadhana (spiritual practice).

Personally I like both!

The idea is pure enjoyment and spiritual nurturing

ESSENCE of BALI – June 1-5 2019

The Property

A Spiritual Sanctuary

The path to Rahasia Manis still winds its way through the rice fields. Farmers smile and say “Hello” and the ducks, muttering to themselves and busy at work, still ignore us. We continue to make daily offerings of gratitude and respect in the traditional Balinese way and to marvel at the beauty that surrounds us. – Owner

Tucked away from the tourists in the Rice Fields, half an hour from UBUD is a beautiful Spiritual Balinese family, that through many years of hard work and spiritual devotion, have created a tranquil oasis on the edge of the Balinese jungle and West End Therapies has secured the entire property for five days in June.The property has quite literally grown out of the land it is built upon.  We started in the rice fields and jungle, and before breaking ground we had local priests perform the vital ceremonies asking permission of the gods and goddesses to build here.

We developed organically, one room at a time.  Most of our buildings were sourced from Java, of reclaimed teak or other hardwoods.  They were dismantled, brought to the property, then reconstructed and designed in keeping with the landscape, then adapted to provide more light, space, and modern amenities.

No two houses are the same, each has its own distinct character and charm, and all have wonderful views, some of the rice fields and others of the jungle. – Owner

“The Property has been built with a conscious effort towards sustainability. Most of our buildings are built from reclaimed wood and our gardens chemical free and based on permaculture principles. A saltwater pool is central to the property and surrounded by vegetable and herb gardens, fruit trees, tropical plantings, and koi fish ponds. Flowers, butterflies, and birds are plentiful.” – Owner

It’s Outrageously Beautiful

The Yoga practice and sharing circle look out into an expansive garden surrounded by jungle.

Perfect for spiritual nourishment and sun salutations!

BOOK NOW 40%OFF (1 week only)

ESSENCE OF BALI RETREAT OFFERINGS

The daily schedule consists of morning and evening Asana (yoga) sessions with a local instructor and one morning guided meditation and one evening silent or singing bowl meditation. These are optional as our retreat aims to promote freedom and natural personal rhythm.

Megan may be found in deep trance at times throughout the property, please feel free to join her (quietly of course).

A local spirit healing is also on offer. This involves a day trip to the healers village and a water hole were a traditional 7 part healing will take place in the river system. An alternative to this is the opportunity to have a healing on the property with a local healer that offers a consultation on holistic healing and reads ones energy and life path.

We encourage Wu Wei (Tao word meaning ‘doing nothing’) and are happy if you want to sit and just be or wander the property or lay by the pool. Each of us has our own healing needs, body rhythms as well as individual psyches (or soul) and life challenges (although we are all connected) and therefore we encourage each individual to move about the day as they will. Many people have busy lives or are transitioning through intense emotional situations and being adsorbed in the stillness and biorhythms of nature may be the healing required. A daily massage will also be available.

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Megan will be doing Gita (Bhagavad) readings and/or readings from Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Synthesis of Yoga’ with open discussion as well as offering onsite counseling through out the retreat. It is encouraged to use these counselling sessions to share any deep emotions or issues that may arise as one practices meditation or reflection aroused from the still environment.

We will also be having a sharing circle one evening or afternoon and as we will be blessed with an auspicious (Balinese) full moon (June 3) we will also be having a fire ceremony.

A day trip to UBUD to attend the infamous Yoga barn is also included; a crystal or sound healing will be available during this trip.These will be organised in advance so please advise on registration so we can arrange bookings and drivers beforehand. We would be sad if you missed out on the UBUD experience. We will also be offering a trip to the temple and are hoping to organise a traditional ceremony which is rare for westerners.

Vegan and Vegetarian menus are the focus but meat is also avail. there will be three meals per day in buffet style however if you have particular needs we can possibly organise something with the chef. There are kitchens provided within the houses so if you prefer to make your own food that will be fine. You will have to source food from a market beforehand or you can get a driver (extra cost) to take you into UBUD or a local village. 3 daily meals per day are included in costs to make things easy, so this would be an added personal cost.I usually like to take some veges and rice so I can have some self cooked silent meals.

WE are also currently trying our hardest to get a local Monk from the Buddhist monastery to share our time and to give one or two evening or daytime talks on ‘Loving Kindness and Compassion’ and ‘Maintaining spiritual practice in everyday life”

All activities, food and accommodation is included in the package.

BALI SPIRITUAL RETREAT ACCOMMODATION

All houses have private bathrooms, all with showers, some with bathtubs also. Each house has international electrical sockets and a safe into which you put your own code.  Every house has its own refrigerator and some have fully equipped kitchens (3).

We do not have AC, we prefer to take advantage of the natural breezes, and all rooms have either ceiling or wall fans. Being considerably higher than Ubud and most other tourist locations in Bali, the temperature is cooler and there are far less  mosquitoes, although all beds do have nets.

There are several lovely spaces suitable for personal yoga and meditation practice, or small private classes.

Please take a look at our room options and book according to your preference!

The retreat has 10 houses available with most shared (one or two private rooms available – these will go fast). The property itself has countless different nooks and spaces for eating, relaxing quietly or talking privately on the phone. We do not have AC, there are high areas open to the elements with no screens and the bathroom is open air but with very high walls, (the sink and toilet are under a roof awning so usable in any weather). The huts are perfectly safe, secure and lockable, whilst not fully closed off to all of nature and the natural breezes. There are glass sky-lights both in the room and on the patio making for more natural light.

4 Traditional Bali huts

Each one completely unique and colourfully decorated, with bamboo matting walls. in close proximity to each other each hut is with private shower and toilet (outdoors) . The huts are right on the edge of a jungle that slopes down to a river; it is calm and quiet, cool with natural breezes and plenty of shade. All the huts have high ceilings and fans. There are bamboo blinds that can be lowered to allow more privacy between the huts.

The huts have lovely outdoor common area. and all have a luscious outdoor private protected bathing area.

Each hut has a small refrigerator, personal safe, private patio for outdoor lounging with a large sized couch, table and chairs for dining and computer work, a hammock, mosquito net, koi pond, private en-suite outdoor stonework bathroom with a shower and unlimited hot water, excellent free wifi, purified water dispenser and facilities for preparing hot drinks. There is full access to a large saltwater swimming pool, and a small warung (restaurant) on the property where simple Balinese meals can be ordered and delivered to your room.

The Kamala Room – Accommodates 2

Kamala is one of 4 huts built in the traditional Balinese style,Kamala is the first hut at the beginning of these 4 huts, and therefore closest to the main pathway. An advantage being that it only has a shared wall on one side. The Kamala bed is a large King that can be split into singles, making it suitable for either a couple or 2 friends.

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The Rhada Room – Accommodates 2

Radha is one of the middle huts, with other huts on either side. It is very cosy. The bed is a large King that can be split into singles, making it suitable for either a couple or 2 friends.

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The Sita Room – Accommodates 2

Sita is the end hut, and therefore at the end of the path and right on the edge of the jungle. An advantage being that it only has a shared wall on one side, also no-one needs to pass by it. The bed is a large King that can be split into singles, making it suitable for either a couple or 2 friends.

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The Uma Room – Accommodates 2

Uma is one of the middle huts, with other huts on either side. It is very cosy. The Uma bed is a large King that can be split into singles, making it suitable for either a couple or 2 friends.

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Anita and Sunita – accommodates 2 (or 3) each

Anita is one of a pair that are adjoining, (Sunita being the other), each one however completely self contained, with separate entrances. There are 2 beds, a lower double bed, with a loft single above it (both with real mattresses); ideal for either 2 friends or a small family. Although adjacent to other houses this house has ample privacy. It is surrounded by a living fence, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and is a veritable mini “garden of eden”. It has its own bathroom attached to the house and just a couple of steps across the patio. Anita has a small hand-crafted bathtub as well as a shower. There is an ample closet, a safe, storage space and a small refrigerator, plus eating utensils, plates and cups. It does not have cooking facilities, but we of course have our on-site warung. The bathroom is covered but has a coconut tree growing out of the centre and a living garden, plus a shower with abundant hot water. There is a comfortable sitting area outside, with a wooden swinging hammock for relaxing, dining or writing. There is also a small koi pond. All in all, this little house has everything you could ask for to be comfortable, private and surrounded by nature.

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Shiddi – Accommodates 1 or 2  – Private and peaceful. (option for 1 or 2 together)

Siddhi is one the smallest and latest editions to the property; its size is a big part of its charm. A solid teak lumbung beautifully carved, just big enough for a queen size bed that sits snuggly in the room and doubles as a day lounger. The bed is extra thick (very comfortable) foam and sits on the floor, so this is not the house for those who don’t like living at floor level, or have trouble getting up and down. The whole house is raised up and looks out over the jungle. We replaced 2 of the walls with glass, so the vistas all around are breathtaking. There is an outside bale connected to the house that creates extra living space and is ideal for working, (it has an International socket for a lap-top). It is self contained and very private, ideal for those who enjoy communing with nature. It is also the perfect little “love nest” for couples.

Ishani accomdates 2 or 3 (with shared bed)

is our newest house, all teak and glass and jungle views. We took an old Javanese lumbung and made it as functional as we possibly could, while still maintain its integrity. It has solid teak walls and floor, with 2 walls being full sliding glass French doors, a queen size bed, a closet, floor safe, teak patio with a wooden hammock. It has its own private garden with some veggies, banana plants and flowers. There is a living fence providing privacy from the next house, and it has a beautiful view over the jungle.

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Indrani Accomodates 2 or 3 (with a shared bed)

is a unique and authentic old teak home set in working rice fields, with a shared full sized saltwater pool. Edible gardens are planted all around, and papaya trees and banana plants abound. This is the perfect location for those seeking old Bali, yet with easy access to all other aspects of the island. Indrani can comfortably accommodate 3 people, There is one double bed and 1 small single. A koi pod wraps around the house and the entrance to the house is across a small wooden bridge

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Parwati – Accomodates 2 or 3 (with a shared bed)

Parwati is a unique and authentic old teak home set in working rice fields, with a shared full sized saltwater pool. Edible gardens are planted all around, and coconut trees and banana plants abound. This is the perfect location for those seeking old Bali, yet with easy access to all other aspects of the island. Parwati can comfortably accommodate 4 people, There is one double bed and 2 small singles in a loft space. There is a ladder up to this loft, so it is only really suitable for those who are fairly agile. This house is completely self contained and private with its own gate, koi pond, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, stone work outdoor bathroom, unlimited hot water, a deep terrazzo tub plus a separate shower, and countless other charming features.

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Durga – Accomodates 2 or 3 (with a shared bed)

The origins of this house are a “pos jaga”, a teak lookout post from the Javanese jungle. We have adapted it into a multi-purpose property. The downstairs is a more enclosed living space, with an antique carved bed. This beautiful piece serves as a bed at night and a lounging area by day. It is about the size of an average double bed, so it is ideal for a single, or a not too large couple. There is a fully equipped kitchen, plus a dining table area in the main living area. There is a ceiling fan, walk in closet, and a safe. The bathroom is inside/outside style, with a terrazzo tub/shower under the stars. The upstairs is reached via a sturdy but quite steep ladder, so this is not a good house for the infirm or those who would have any difficulty with this. The upstairs has an old solid teak tongue and groove floor, ideal for yoga, dance or meditation. It is about 75% completely open, with a wooden railing all around, and glorious views of the rice fields and jungle. There is plenty of solid foam comfortable seating if the room is to be used as a sitting/lounging area.


$2299 AUD  p/p –
DURGA IS SOLD OUT!!!

EXTRAS

There is a separate spa area for massages or other treatments such as reflexology or various beauty treatments. There is also the option of having these treatments in the privacy of your own room – we have portable massage tables (with face cradles).

There is a 10 x 8 meter, open-sided yoga studio with a hardwood sprung floor. This room is also perfect for any other classroom-type requirements and has 15 international electrical sockets.

FOOD

There is a fully equipped staff kitchen on the property, separate from the other houses, for the use of our staff only.  There is a paperless menu on tablets, (or we can send it to guests on pdf.), and meals and beverages can be ordered throughout the day until 7 pm.

Our menu and Balinese food in general is easily adaptable to any and all dietary requirements; be this vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or inclusive of humanely-sourced free-range and organic meats and line-caught fish.

All food is organic, 100% free-range, chemical free, humanely raised and slaughtered animal products, we have a wonderful local resource. They provide eggs, cheeses, bacon, chickens, other meats, vinegar, nuts and many other items.

We have our own permaculture vegetable gardens and many fruit trees. We do ask that you not pick anything without first discussing this with Wayan. We plan and plant our gardens around our own restaurant requirements and scheduled events, and freeze and store our produce accordingly. Wayan will let you know if we have any extra, and if we do we will be happy to make them available for a nominal fee.

The kitchen area is on the upper property, and is private and gated, and we ask that you not enter it, as it is exclusively for the use of our staff. If you knock on the gate someone will come and assist you.

We are in a traditional rural area of Bali, however there are some wonderful restaurants within a 10 minute drive of the property. We can arrange for transportation to off-site dining or if you wish to dine in your room or on the property we can put in an order for you and arrange pick up and delivery. Food delivery incurs an additional 10% charge on your food bill; transportation for guests to and from off-site dining incurs a charge of approximately $15. The restaurants in our area are: Kampung Cafe and Kailasha .

Besides these 2 restaurants there are several small local warungs, some that are about a 15 or 20 minute walk away, and we also have our own little on-site warung, Kafe Yamuna.

Our staff are highly skilled in cooking traditional Balinese cuisine. This goes far beyond what can ever be found in a typical restaurant. Authentic Balinese food is complex and highly time intensive to prepare, and therefore generally only a limited version of the culinary possibilities can be found on offer to the general public. For our groups we have a dedicated staff working all day to provide a wide array of authentic and delicious dishes for our guests.

All bookings for Room/house include complete retreat rate, but each house is shown so as to choose preferred accommodation as it is available.  All rooms are shared unless otherwise specified (private rooms are $100AUD extra on package). If you are journeying alone you will placed with whomever books the room as a preference. We trust that the divine will place you with whomever your soul is meant to be sharing with at this stage in your journey. If you are traveling with another you may specify who you want to share with. You can book the rooms at the same time. All rooms will be booked first in basis (we are not fused about dress :))

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Who’s running the show
Hosts

Megan Jackson

Holistic Counselor, meditation/mindfulness facilitator and artist. You can see my about me page and my  mystical art and my spiritual journey here.

Spiritual philosophy

“I feel deeply that we are here to experience freedom and connection (Love) both to sentient beings (which includes Gaia) and the divine. We need to rediscover the stillness in our hearts and in Mother Nature to find this again; to heal and begin to lead a more authentic and soulful life in unity consciousness”. My aim is to provide a space and support in this journey.

Psychological philosophy

“I firmly believe that we as a humans have an innate desire for freedom and therefore benefit from ’emptying out.

The more we continue to do this the closer we get to our true selves, our spiritual selves. In essence the Love that we are.

We have lost our way as a society, We need to ’empty out’ our conditioned beliefs and start to re-establish ourselves as we truly are “spiritual beings in a body.

The Yoga’s and Buddhism are great for this. Their entire foundations are built on these ideas. For instance the second stanza  of Patanjali’s Yoga says:

” Yoga is the cessation of the of the mind”

I have not seen anything work better at achieving this then meditation and creative practices. And well nature speaks for itself, we are nature, so when we align ourselves to her rhythms we give our body, mind and spirit a chance at wellness and manifesting a beautiful reality, psychologically”

Aim

My aim is to provide a space for one’s spirit to Awaken and it warms my heart to be able to offer such a divine sanctuary to join with like-minded others to explore this together. I can’t wait to meet you. If you have any questions please contact me here

ESSENCE of BALI – June 1-5 2019

Warm blessings and may you go with the Flow…
Megan

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Our retreat scores 15 points on the Yoga Tree site which are usually valued $3000 – $10000, although our prices are in the 7 point range to make this affordable for all people. All profits from West End Therapies go towards Women in Need Project.

 

 

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Awakening – Dark Night of the Soul -Yoga

I AM the darkness And of course I have been here before, this dark night of the soul, soulless Only this time is was worse. As all that came before it, all its glory and awe was ripped from me. The emptiness, my beloved emptiness full of fullness, rich in love, more pure than the … Continue reading Awakening – Dark Night of the...

I AM the darkness

And of course I have been here before, this dark night of the soul, soulless

dark night of the soul

Only this time is was worse. As all that came before it, all its glory and awe was ripped from me. The emptiness, my beloved emptiness full of fullness, rich in love, more pure than the breath itself, now a desert, black as night, so vastly empty.

All potentiality unseen, unreal, nonexistent

The dark night of the soul

The breath my beloved breath, listless, unwelcome for its prior promise of life was forsaken, each breath bringing more darkness to the dark.

Nondual fear
Fear has many faces

Thoughts, my beloved thoughts of gratitude and exaltation, now birthed with condemnation and ill repute; such ugliness, I was bequeathed even by the idea that things could be good again, for goodness begot but more misery.

And yet there was no sadness, no emotion, that too was an empty space. No possibility of clinging to it, as the darkness gave no boundaries to grasp onto.

My Sadhana

my beloved meditation gone, samadhi unreachable, irrelevant, composed of interpretations of the ego. The ego that has pulled me into her depths to face my reality.

nondual spirituality
Heart opening

She who has suffered

Pains of destiny

Rising in the dawn

Give her nectar

Bathe her in yr love

Tender

Unspoken

caressings

From yr heart

She who has tried

Without reprieve

Rising in the dawn

Soak her in your warmth

Feed her nectar

Wise Adjectives of Amore

Shine upon her

Soft hands

Of humour

She who has worn the world

In Ernest

Rising in the dawn

Lay upon her bed

Delicate petals

Of honour

Silken rose

Thornless

She who has met the demons

Mobs of life

Rising in the dawn

Bow before her

Offering her nectar

Announcing her beauty

With kisses of fervour

Let her wallow

In yr touch

Sensitive

Anew

Rising in the dawn

The dawn of Einstein

And the dawn arises, still in the darkness of night, upon the 7th rising of the sun

nondual dark night

So, I turn to my beloved Einstein. Wrapped in theory, fingers pointing to the universe, the movement of planets and spacious glory. Yet, the algorithms of my heart so empty, dry; I stumble past his interpretations, his mental theorems derived of imagination and some how land upon the Meditation of the

Secret of the golden flower

nondual meditation

I knew he would have the clues. Grace!

I drop immediately into my breath. The darkness arises once again. The glorified darkness, full and rich, boundless, alive. Into the silence of my breath I become seamless, there is a light and I am that. The dark and the light at once.

Grace!

Form is emptiness

Emptiness is form

 – Buddhist heart sutra

I sink deeper into this Self and I (the darkness and light) merge and I am nothing, gone kaput!! Yet, only for a time.

Grace

Nondual shadow
My shadow self

And as the thrice dawn falls upon me again, established in my practice (Drop into the breath, become the silence, a light appears, direct it to my heart, let it surround me, moving it into the space between the eyes),  here arises within me

Aurobindo

From existence, consciousness, bliss there was an image before my very eyeless eyes. I became Aware of a face covered in hair of grey, so white like pearls of dust, tears fell upon my face and I thought out loud “Lao Tzu? is that you”  More silence pursued and I returned to the empty space full of golden light. Grace!

nonduality Aurobindo
Aurobindo

And in the dawn upon the 11th day of the rising sun,  before me was the book

“The Life Divine”

From its words I fell seamlessly into the energy of emptiness, merging with the golden light for 5 days of the rising sun and into the rays of the moon.

nonduality art

Ode to Aurobindo

When one

Is all but sun and moon

Spiders webs

Dying leaves

Silken cocoons

Hues of gold

Clouds appearing

Disappearing

Motion

No emotion found

Of death

Of life

Sparks of light

In empty minds

Souls

Mine

Yours

Formless

In form

Existence

Force

Oh Ananda

That lasting grace

When all

is no longer sun and moon

Aurobindo

Was a spiritual philosopher and mystic born of India and educated in England, completing his studies at Cambridge before returning to the mother land to help revolutionise India from the grasps of the English colonization. This led him on a mystical experience in his term in goal as a political revolutionary.

He spent his life thereafter,  experiencing spirituality through mystical experiences and interpreting the Hindu traditions. His life works are of a deep spiritual nature.

Aurobindo’s goddessGoddess consciousness

For me, he pointed me towards the union of body/mind and the transcendent, the tantra and the Advaita (which had previously been split off from each other) and helped me to step into a deeper surrender. Exquisite trust. Not of traditions or religiosity, yet of life.

Of life divine

nondual tantra

One day at a time! I like to say

Grace

nonduality intuition

Intuition comes before reason.

Reason is what we do with it.

May all beings see

the glory of the sun

beyond

all appearances of the mind

May the sweetness

Of her warmth

Fill your heart

With the nectar

Of her radiance

So it can

Pour into the hearts

Of others

warm blessings

Megan

Here is a great talk on Aurobindo if you would like to know more about him.

 


The Fool Card tarot returns to Love

Tarot symbolism – All is One Foolish Love “To the student of the tarot, the images represent the learning of the process of evolution. To any other person, they are pictures and nothing more. “– Ra queen of cups Symbolism in the tarot A brief look at the symbols in the tarot cards and their … Continue reading The Fool Card tarot returns...

To the student of the tarot, the images represent the learning of the process of evolution. To any other person, they are pictures and nothing more. “– Ra

nondual tarot
queen of cups

Symbolism in the tarot

A brief look at the symbols in the tarot cards and their historic derivatives
Symbols are a language.

Prior to the written word most cultures used images and sound to relate.

They are the primordial expressions of truth, the uninhibited language.

A language that allows the left and right brain to come together in union to experience life fully; consciousness communicating in its fundamental unadulterated essence – language of the soul.

reminds me of the Rishis
love symbols
symbols of my heart

With symbols a sweet balance of the left and right hemispheres, a yin and yang communication between the two spheres is aroused;. giving us the ability to understand ourselves and the universe in a more holistic way.

The tarot (symbolism) therefore brings us back into this union, back into the pure consciousness, it is a bridge.

I’m feeling the dual in nondual here

When we begin to familiarise ourselves with these symbols we can create a harmonious balance in the mind, we can step into the archetypes (for the self development aspect) and also allow them to give us intuitive insights (the divination aspect).

Both are relative (one without the other is only a half of the truth) and available to us; interdependent and integral to our evolution as a species.

lovers tarot
Arcanum 6 The Lovers
Let’s look at The Lovers tarot card for example….

If two people come together and use words to communicate the experience or desire, there will be a number of different interpretations and the two may spend hrs ruminating over the concepts and meanings – workshopping their ideals around personal references and mores.

However, if the two place themselves in an atmosphere of candlelight, rose petals and sunflowers, with Beethoven’s Symphony #5 playing in the background, and stare into each other’s eyes (as expressed in The Lovers card), with this universal language they are more likely to feel lovely and see and appreciate each other’s beauty…. Speaking from the soul… and who knows what could happen next.

brahman tarot
the dance of life

We see these symbols being used in alchemy, the hermetic teaching and the kabbalah.

However, if we go back a bit in time we can see that these symbols are universal symbols and therefore have no historical source; are from the mysterious source of the universe . Also, many were used in ancient Eastern culture (perhaps in different ways); we can therefore see a connection between the East and the West.

We can see how symbols are derivative from the unknown source of all.

What exactly is the tarot – the truth

Like love, the Tarot and its origins are pervaded by mystery, both historically and by its very quintessence, or its essential nature, as it where.

tarot love
the mystery of love

I like to draw love hearts, in the mirror and the shower glass, each day as i go about my morning ritual so the symbol stays present in my psyche throughout the day’s challenges

Stick to the topic Megsie – Tarot truth

It is like a deep river of life, of which the current of many esoteric disciplines and philosophies are flowing to, through and from. The streams of astrology, numerology, the Kabbalah, alchemy, Hermetics and theosophical geometrical systems ripple through the Tarot like a fish takes to water; naturally, necessarily.

tarot river art
the river of life

We see also Buddhist and Yogic principles circling though like wild rips in an ocean of wonder. I can hear Einstein’s famous attribution resounding right now “It’s all relative.”

It’s the ageless wisdom, undefinable and untraceable.

Somewhat Toaish in nature:

The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao

The name that can be named is not the eternal name

The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth

The named is the mother of myriad thing

-Tao Te Ching

Tao tarot
The big picture will take care of the little picture

The Tarot is a deck of cards containing symbols that help to guide us along the process of life. They are used for prophesying the future, understanding the past and tapping into the present energies or consciousness of a situation or person.

They are also used as a personal growth tool, as they depict the journey of the soul in the human body. They have a deep symbolic aptitude that has the capacity to transform our lives as we move along the process of evolution.

It’s often referred to as the fools Journey
fool tarot card
My fool

In particular the Major Arcana, 22 cards (of the 78 – the Minor Arcana are 56 in total) layout the stages of our psychic (mind) development and the evolution of our soul (spiritual).

With the first 14 being the process of development from child to adult, alongside spiritual development. and the last being the deeper spiritual growth of the adept or awakened one. The first or last card The Fool (0) is the spirit, or the soul (the person) on the journey of life.

Each major arcana card can both be seen as a guide for this evolutionary process or offer divination guidance. Yet, as we deepen our relationship with the tarot we see both are one and the same, or that one may be intrinsic to the other.

moon tarot card
Arcanum 21 The Moon

Etymology of the Tarot

There is much debate about the etymology of the word Tarot, as no evidence (written documentation) has come forth . This is the nature of the Tarot.

Yet, here I will show some etymological hypothesis of the origins of the the word Tarot by taking a look at some of its possible sources – drawing from a common sense approach to history and linguistics.

Tarot comes from the Italian word trionfi, used in the fifteenth century to describe the twenty-two trump cards according to historians. Many esoteric scholars however have profited that it comes from Tah Ro – ‘road to evolution’ from Egyptian studied.

From latin: “tota” meaning “total” and “rota” meaning “revolving wheel.”

from “Tah Ro” meaning the royal road to evolution Egyptian.

Tar Rosh Egyptian – Science of Mercury (hermetic)

Tarot” descends from “Torah”, Hebrew law.

from Taraha (Arabic), which means “he rejected, put aside”

Tara – Goddess – generative force of the universe (of creation)

majar arcaana 20
major arcanum 20 The Judgement

Arcanum:

meaning secret  Major – great. Meaning great secret. It seems rather mysterious (there’s that word again) that a mere card game of the fifteenth century would enter royalty

Occultism

In relation to Tarot refers to a combination of Gnosticism, Alchemy, Astrology and Christian Cabala that came together in the Renaissance, then percolated through the esoteric lodges of 18th century France.

What is its purpose

The Tarot or the book of truth, is a depiction (however mysterious) of the laws of nature or the generative process of creation and life. It uses symbols often from the ancient traditions to express the journey of life.

The Tarot is a system for raising consciousness or self mastery.

The scholars verses the secret societies

There is much debate about its original esoteric purpose with some scholars believing it was first used for divination and others as a guide for the development (in particular spiritual) of the human experience – or the development of the human consciousness within secret societies. And also for ritual purposes. And all are true and all are equally important and connected.

Most Western historians protest that the cards were used as playing cards only, arriving in Italy from Eastern (specifically Persian) countries and have nothing to do with the occult and/or were not used as divination at all.

I think/feel

beyond all else, what must be considered here is the symbolism used in the cards. It is understood that the symbolism itself is the most important relatable element (of focus) – for both the divination purposes and for the individual’s developmental objective – that are venerably attributed to the cards. It cannot be overseen when we consider the history of the tarot.

Another interesting aspect to keep in mind is the particularly European and sometimes Neoplatonic atmosphere of the iconography used in the cards, which often leads historians to the belief that they are specific to European culture.

love mandala
mandala of love

I mean, although I will not go into the herstory of this, we must faction in here the influences of the East on the, Hermetic, Platonian, Socratean and other typically European dialogues that are associated with the tarot and allow some common sense to come forward.

In our modern era it is used mostly for divination but is also understood to be a guide for self development.

jung art
drawing from Jung

Carl Jung has had a major influence on bringing the tarot into the field of psycho-development as he understood it’s symbolism in relation to the psyche and our potentiality; therefore, bringing it back into the mainstream.

Hence, it has become a household name and often a household guide.

However, usually one that is not taken too seriously, not understood and is more commonly used as a light-hearted oracle for prosperity and love guidance.

the universe
Aum

As a side issue, I suggest it be noted that many of the male figures in the current tarot depiction were originally of female gender – symbolic of course – that is, pointing to certain archetypal attributes.

This could indicate an Egyptian context in alignment with the Isis Teachings.

the magician
Arcanum 1 The magician

Where did the Tarot Come from

The most common thread in the academic, as well as the mainstream of the internet, seems to have a strong leaning towards the Tarot originating out of the blue by artists and aristocrats in Italy for pleasure – to play cards.

This  comes from books and essays written by modern Western historians most recently, the Italian scholar Andrea Vitali in his study in the mid 1980’s.

However, It is suggested by some tarot scholars (mostly informed by the works of Eliphas Levi – French occultist of the 19th century, who studied the links between the Kabbalah and the tarot) that the Tarot is derived from the Kabbalah. I do see strong correlations and truths in this theorem.

moon dwellers
New Moon Love

It is sometimes said that the correlation between the word Torah (the Jewish texts used in the Kabbalah) has an undeniable relationship with the word Tarot. Note: Kabbalah (from Hebrew, literally meaning “parallel/corresponding,” or “received tradition) is an ancient  esoteric discipline of mystical Judaism.

Another insight was given by Jean Baptiste Pitois (occultist and author of the late 1800’s), which accounts that the Tarot is a derivative of the the Sages of ancient Egypt under the tutelage of Hermes Trismegistus (Greek) or Thoth (Egyptian) – which nobody seems able to evidence as human or deity.

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Regardless there are the sacred texts ([Hermetic Corpus] of which I have studied and continue to do so) that (apparently) have come from Thoth or Hermes that outline the basis of Hermeticism. Let it be noted that the majority of the symbols on the cards are of hermetic origin.

This does tie in nicely with the rigid scholarly persistence that the cards are from the nobility of Italy of the 15th Century (used merely for playing). As we see in early Renaissance Italy the art, fashion and philosophy was being deeply influenced and enriched by the astrology, iconology and aesthetics coming over from the middle East.

In effect what was to become the tarot was the ‘fashion’ of the time. And specifically non local to Italian culture.

Do you see a pattern arising here? Nobody seems to know. The Tarot are by nature mysterious.

It seems to have a similar embodied mysticism that the scientists of the modern era are coming up against with consciousness (what some call God or source or universe). The hard problem of Consciousness is also

The hard problem of Tarot.

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We must consider that the symbols of the Tarot come from esoteric systems which were largely secret orders and have infamously kept most of the sacred teachings underground. Usually for reasons of safety, discretion and in some cases control.

What we do know

What we do know is the Earliest known writing of the Major Arcana comes from The Syrian philosopher Lamblicus (c. 300-330 CE) in his discourse on “The Egyptian Mysteries.” – Lambilicus was an initiated Magi (magic practitioner/priest of the Persian religion founded around 600 BC).

There is evidence of cards of a similar nature being used in Buddhist sects before the common era, i.e,  B.C, for ritualistic purposes. But, as i said we can simply use common sense if we want to consider these implications.

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the book of history

Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 331 BCE, and founded the city of Alexandria at the mouth of the Nile delta.

After his death Egypt was ruled for 300 years by the descendants of Ptolemy, one of his generals. Egypt then became a Roman province. There was a lot of mingling with the East over the years prior and after.

The European culture was increasingly influenced by the literacy and religiosity emanating from Alexandria and Egypt which had an intrinsic effect on Western culture.

In particular the culture and text of Hermetica named after the Egyptian God Thoth, becoming in Greek Hermes.

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Thoth meditation

A recent (1984) extensive research essay Tarot: Art and Magic, by Professor Andrea Vitali (Italy) imparts that there was indeed a strong hermetic and in some cases christian mystical influence on some cards that were illustrated and printed in Italy.

It is considered that evidence of Italian renaissance documents illustrate the use of tarot by the aristocrats as a form of guidance. For example they would play a ‘game’ asking the cards a question to receive an answer.

Doing this with an understanding that the symbols on the cards were indicative of celestial guidance or deep universal principles. Here semantics “a game’ are relative. Calling it a game does not take away from the purpose “to seek answers”

We also know, thanks to Vitali’s research, that the Mantegna Tarot called Mantegna Tarocchi (Italian word for Tarot), depicting esoteric iconography were used as visual aids in education for upper class children. In the image attached  we see Sol (sun) 44 which we might consider a strange image for a card game and/or education material in our common age.

Engraving no. A 44, Sol (The Sun), from the E-series

The hermetic influence on the Italian culture of the time 14th 15th and 16th centuries gave rise to the study and deep consideration and interpretation of the hermetic text. Vitali points out that these in part influenced the illustrations and use of the cards. Suggesting they were used as guidance and specifically ethical or universal guidance to life’s affairs.

on the other hand

 The Tarot is an ancient Egyptian book, whose pages contain the secret of a universal medicine, the creation of the world, and the future of the human race. It was conceived in the year 2170 BC, during a conference of 17 magicians presided over by Hermes Trismegistus. It was then engraved on gold sheets which were placed around the central fire of the Temple of Memphis. Then, after various vicissitudes, it was reproduced by common medieval engravers in such imprecise fashion that the meaning was completely distorted”.

-Juan Baptiste Alliette

BUT I don’t believe in History so lets move on to the truth

The Fool – Arcanum 0

Understanding the Fool

As noted previously, the Major Arcana is the journey of the human consciousness or the soul.

The Fool card represents this human consciousness or the spirit. It is neither female or male, it is considered to be an hermaphrodite and is often referred to as  ‘the holy androgyne’ because of it’s androgynous nature – neither gender; of spirit.

The fool is the spiritual self on the journey of life. That which we know as Jiva (Atman, awareness of self as body).

the fool tarot

The fool represents the spirit and in particular, the union of the male and female or the lack of gender speaks to the idea that the journey of evolution is not limited to anyone, that it is available to all and possible for all.

A fool is often looked down upon in contemporary society, however the Fool here is a very important message, to be light-hearted, to maintain a sense of joyfulness and gaiety as we go through the journey of life.

This ties in beautifully with the teachings of Buddha who is pointing to the joy that is underneath all our suffering, the joy that is inherent within us. Our true nature.

The fool fundamentally refers to spirit. The spirit of the self. The zero, the white rose, the sun and the colour yellow all point to this in the card.

In the earlier versions (pre Thoth and Rider Waite decks) the fool represented a fallen human, often a decrepit or raggedly looking character who had over identified with the material plane, had lost their way and was beginning the way to self-realising through wisdom and knowledge.

So from this we can see a new beginning or an awakening. The beginning stages.

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I am awake

Meditation

If you meditate on the fool, it’s qualities will rise towards you.

If you allow it to do so, it will create a feeling of effervescent illumination, joy and lightness within you; innocence. This innocence will allow you to move through the tarot major arcanas (the fool’s journey) with an openness and therefore with a greater capacity to grow on this journey.

This is the power of the Fool, as it is the innocence, the pure spirit of us.

Focus now upon the fool card, Take a slow long deep breath in.. and breathe out..continue this for a minute or two. When you have established a full connection to your breath and a quiet mind, move your attention into your heart area (at the centre of your chest) and look upon the Fool card.

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Do not analyse just be with it for a minute or two.

Repeat 3 times

“ I open my heart to the journey of life before me – I am one with all that is. I open to the innocence of my higher self. My heart is opening.”. Feel the sensations in your heart.

Feel the sensations in your heart.

Hermetic Relevance
Planet

Uranus – Freedom, change, youth, rebellion, health, healing, breath

Element

Air – The male and the female contained in one – The silence – The intellect or thought. The thought comes from the silence

In the Kabalion it is said there is one universal mind referred to as the ALL. It has seven principles which align with the first seven major arcana.

 “The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open.”

-The Kybalion

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Venus rising

The hermetic tradition is based on the idea that all is made of the five elements Earth, air fire water an ether (space or spirit). In the tarot the fool is the spirit of the the five elements

Buddhist relevance:

The fool in Buddhism represents our Buddha Nature.

The Buddha taught that all beings had the potential for realising our true self (buddha nature) by discovering that we are our illuminated mind or consciousness itself. The Buddha works from the premise that we are not a soul or Self (as in Hindu teaching) but that we are ever changing consciousness or the seed of enlightenment itself.

This is our Buddha Nature and this is what is to be realised or that we are to awaken to through the journey of life.

The fool is therefore the consciousness itself, yet so far unrealised, awake but not knowing it is so. Ready to leap into life as unrealsied consciousness.

Here is passage from the ‘Five Treatises of Maitreya’ a Buddhist text written in the 4th Century that points to this idea clearly.

རྫོགས་སངས་སྐུ་ནི་འཕྲོ་ཕྱིར་དང༌། །

དེ་བཞིན་ཉིད་དབྱེར་མེད་ཕྱིར་དང༌། །

རིགས་ཡོད་ཕྱིར་ན་ལུས་ཅན་ཀུན། །

རྟག་ཏུ་སངས་རྒྱས་སྙིང་པོ་ཅན། །

Because the perfect buddhas’s kaya is all-pervading, Because reality is undifferentiated,

And because they possess the potential,

Beings always have the buddha nature.

Maitreya, Sublime Continuum, I, 27

Kaya here means embodiment or body – the embodiment of compassion and wisdom – which is the fundamental teaching of the Buddha. That we overcome suffering through compassion and wisdom.

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Contemplation

It is suggested here to contemplate these words expressed by the Dalai Lamas Buddha Nature

My body is the Holy Mandala itself,

Wherein reside the Buddhas of all Times. . . . All sentient beings in Samsara

Have “Thatness,” but realize it not.

— Tenzin Gyatso (14th Dalai Lama)

Hindu relevance

In the Yogas, the Vedic texts and in particular the Upanishads (most commonly known in the Western world) you will find the fundamental principle of all metaphysical consideration is Brahman ब्रह्मा. Brahman in Hindu refers to the single essential oneness from which comes the diversity of all that exists in the universe, or the creative principle that comes before all manifestation.

So from Brahman comes Atman – the individual soul. It is not the body but Brahman itself. It is consciousness in individual form. Then Jiva  – The Atman or Brahman as the indiviual self.

The Fool represents this part of us in the human body, The Atman or soul or awareness of self as Brahman. The purpose of understanding this principle in Yoga is to raise our consciousness  – for us as human beings to become aware of ourselves – our true nature – Brahman. This is considered our reason for existence.

I found mother Teresa spirit in my tree

Taoism Relevance

Infinite. Eternally present. . . .

It flows through all things,

inside and outside, and returns

to the origin of all things.

— Lao Tse

The universe and I came into being together; and I, and everything therein, are One.

— Chuang Tzu

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Nondual experience
So as you can see We are all one fool in Love

Warm Blessings

Megsie

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