zero point

I first came across Dr. Steven Greer while studying Zero Point Energy and Quantum Gravity with the Resonance Academy some 5 or 6 years ago. Frankly, at that time I was a bit put off by his particular admixture of spirituality, science, pseudoscience and New Age Philosophy (woo-woo), which I despise with robust contempt.

No matter. I present the link to this excellent video without reservation. I do so because Dr. Greer makes many excellent points and is far more qualified than I arrogantly assumed back when my interest skewed to researching the science of tarot.  The science of tarot is, in part, the science of nonlocal consciousness, which I touch upon in the Chrysalis Tarot Companion book.

In addition to Zero Point Energy and Nonlocality, this rather lengthy (1:40) video touches upon Project Mockingbird, Remote Viewing and Alien encounters of various kinds, etc. You get the drift. Dr. Greer is interviewed by Patrick Bet-David, creator of the YouTube Channel, Valuetainment.  I put Patrick’s channel on a long list of informative alternative news and commentary sources available online.

Indeed, unless you cultivate alternative sources for news and information – and eschew mainstream media propaganda – you can be certain you are poorly informed, misinformed, or both! In Orwellian speak, those who believe themselves “woke” are, in fact, quite sound asleep.

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We are all aware of “false flag” operations used to rally favorable public opinion for fabricated threats. I refer to such events as “stagecraft.” They include, for example, the Reichstag Fire, Gulf of Tonkin incident and even 9-11, as the predicate for invading Iraq, ostensibly to root out and destroy Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. But of course, there weren’t any.

It’s becoming increasingly obvious to many that the Coronavirus was deployed by China as a bioweapon.


© Toney Brooks, 2020

Chrysalis Tarot and Coronavirus


We all accept (I hope) that tarot cannot be effectively used to tell fortunes. That is a pernicious myth: Our world is not deterministic; freewill exists, as do emotions, which play an integral part in decisions that shape our collective and individual futures. More on that later.

There is no puppetmaster in the sky pulling strings. Nor does the world run like a clock, wound up and forever abandoned by some celestial clockmaker. The future is up to us. We can actively influence (but not manifest) the future or simply accept it passively. That also is up to each individual. Chrysalis was crafted for those willing to think critically, rely upon reason and assume active roles in creating happy, productive lives.

That said, Chrysalis Tarot, and perhaps other decks as well – I really don’t know – can be used effectively to apprehend near term future events, consequences and outcomes. In other words, we are all prophets. We can do this because near term events and outcomes are probabilistic.

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When we apprehend (some say divine) information that’s “out there” suspended in a field of cosmic energy, as all information is, we are apprehending external energies, which can be either positive, negative or neutral. We sort this energy/information out using our own internal energies – consciousness, ego, reason and desire. The latter can get in the way and often does. Therefore, before even attempting to correspond with the Unseen World one should clear their mind and center as much as possible. Chrysalis Tarot is a centering device.

There are other useful devices as well. Whatever helps you center should become part of the exercise: candles, music, talismans, incense, meditation, yoga, etc. But center you must. Remember, fear is an unhealthy, negative emotion. Never carry it into a reading.

Choose two significator cards from Chrysalis. Make one a positive card such as Storyteller, Sun or Elpi from the Major Arcana. Place beside it a member of The Troupe who has shamanic attributes, such as The Watcher, The Weaver or The Visionary. The card on the left symbolizes your approach to the Otherworld. Likewise, the card on the right becomes your channel to help you interpret the reading described next.


Then draw five additional cards randomly one at a time to complete the layout. Interpret the reading as the response to your query about this pandemic. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results.

Back to emotions. For whatever reasons, the world seems filled with unprecedented hate at the moment. Most of it arises from those who, ironically, are passive participants in life and infected with a negative disposition. Their hate can become so strong that even when the world is faced with an existential threat like this virus, the hate goes unmitigated. Indeed, their hate-meters swings into the red. Haters are not spiritual or religious people. Though they may clothe themselves in sheepskin, they are like ravenous wolves.

Sunday has been declared a Day of Prayer. We hope your participate in some meaningful way. While we cannot always manifest individually, we can manifest collectively. Regardless of your personal beliefs, the fact you own Chrysalis indicates you are a keenly aware spiritual being. Allow this reading to reflect and fortify that precious quality upon your Psyche.

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© Toney Brooks, 2020



Chrysalis Dogma

C05The Chrysalis Dogma is quite simple: You yourself formulate it. This is the overarching principle of Chrysalis Tarot. 

A recent review of Chrysalis published on Amazon was the impetus for this piece. The positive, yet nuanced review, correctly points out that our Divine Child (left) card bears little resemblance to Ryder-Waite’s Hierophant (a good thing), but goes on to acknowledge that the Divine Child card resonated with this reviewer (also a good thing).

A hierophant is akin to a spiritual director. In ancient Greece, the word referred to someone who interpreted the esoteric mysteries; someone who peeled back the curtain between worlds to reveal the hidden Sacred.

The 17th century Marseilles Tarot deck, which parented the 20th century Rider-Waite deck, titled this card Le Pape or The Pope.

Of course that title could not be expected to fly in Protestant England, so the William Rider and Son publishing house of London made sure the name got changed to something, uh, less provocative – hence, The Hierophant. Time shuffled along until two enfants terribles, Holly and Toney (that’s me), came along. The notion that spiritual direction should be subservient to dogmatic “correct beliefs” in any shape or form was anathema to us. So we changed the name of the 5th major arcana card to something, uh, less authoritative – Divine Child. 

papeChrysalis touts a simple truth: You are your own spiritual director. It asserts that Ultimate Truth, as well as your personal road map to destiny, are indeed found in the heavens. Furthermore, we assert that no one is better able than you to apprehend this information (via imagination and intuition). This is accomplished by learning how to listen to and trust your inner voice, an acquired skill. Chrysalis often equates “inner voice” with Higher Self; the only difference being that true Higher Self filters out most ego-induced mind chatter.

I mentioned “dogmatic correct beliefs.” Another non-religious example somewhat familiar to all of us occurs when tarot cards become super-glued to fixed meanings – even upside down meanings! – and tarot readings are then reduced to little more than tricky parlor games that “decode” messages. While that might serve 10-cent boardwalk tarot merchants well, it contributes little to one’s spiritual growth. Such “decoding” might get a few things right from time to time and and even provide valuable insight, but it will miss a great deal more simply because dogmatically fixed meanings will, by definition, devalue your intuition and imagination.

Sahasrara chakra symbol

The Crown chakra (above) symbolizes private, direct, two-way conversations with the Akasha Field. The Sanskrit word Akasha refers to the eternal and infinite cosmos, some might say “the divine,” where an ocean of information and waves of inspiration await personal inquiry via the tarot, meditation, contemplation or some other means. That said, the Crown chakra is all that’s required to interpret a tarot reading correctly. This assumes, of course, you approach the divine seeking truth rather than confirmation of your ego, known as confirmation bias.

One role of The 16 Troupe cards in Chrysalis Tarot is to mitigate the ego’s very efficient and very deceptive trick of confirmation bias by allowing inspiration, even Higher Self instruction, to reach you via other people — people who were intentionally placed in your path by “the divine.”

The fact that Chrysalis Tarot even exists bears witness to that truth.

(By the way, that’s my dog Ozzie on The Minstrel’s card!)

© Toney Brooks, 2020

His Dark Materials, Part 1



You might remember Lyra from The Golden Compass, New Line Cinema’s thoroughly botched attempt to translate Philip Pullman’s trilogy, His Dark Materials, to the silver screen. This photo, however, is from Lyra’s rebirth in the new HBO series, His Dark Materials, which premiered last night (November 4). Chrysalis aficionados will love this series!

That original attempt to tell Pullman’s story fell short in its character development, particularly the all-important daemons. Not so with the latest effort. Lyra’s daemon, Pantalaimon (Pan for short), is pictured (above) perched on her left shoulder. Pan, like all daemons who belong to children, can shape-shift. Pan is pictured here in her ermine aspect. She’s occasionally a mouse or a moth. When a child matures, it’s daemon is said to become “settled” in only one form.

A daemon has nothing to do with a demon. May Heaven forbid it! A daemon is not only one’s spirit animal but also one’s soulmate, if you will. A person, who is a spiritual animal, and his or her daemon, who is an animal’s spirit, are inseparable, or at least should be. Pullman’s book introduces nasty “Gobblers,” who purposely separate children from their daemons. As the series progresses, we learn why.

The concept of daemons comes down to us from Greek Mythology. They are physical manifestations of the human soul. The word itself is derived from Eudaimonia, Greek for “human flourishing.” In other words, conscious awareness of Self and Soul become indistinguishable. The term human flourishing is analogous to transformation or ascension – that level of spiritual awareness we call enlightenment and in Jungian terms call individuation. 

I shall write more on this topic and the many metaphors Pullman employed in His Dark Materials that are applicable to today’s struggle, indeed today’s spiritual warfare, between individualism and collectivism; between personal freedom and the abject tyranny of globalism. His Dark Materials champions individualism, higher consciousness, spiritual freedom, free will and the like, as does Chrysalis Tarot.

You’ll find spirit animals throughout Chrysalis as well as the personal daemons (sometimes called familiars) that belong to many Chrysalis archetypes, including all The Troupe characters. This is one reason Chrysalis is so useful for spiritual growth and in developing greater awareness of the unseen world around us. My favorite daemon, of course, belongs to The Minstrel (below). He is none other than my own inseparable, personal daemon, Ozzie.

Note: The Chrysalis Companion book delves into detail on spirit animals, personal daemons and the important roles they play in our daily lives and quests for enlightenment.

© Toney Brooks, 2019


Chrysalis Tarot and Higher Self

abstract magenta Sahasrara chakra symbol, 3d modern illustration
Crown Chakra

“The Crown Chakra is where our body makes the connection to the Universal Life Source. Many call this source God, Higher Power, the Divine, and the like. Through this chakra we experience unity with our higher selves and our divine purpose in life. It allows us to understand that there is a higher purpose in all things and that everything connects on deeper and spiritual levels.” ~ text from Sky Crystals.

At Chrysalis, we decided the best way to describe this Universal Life Source is to call it what it’s been called for millennia: The Akashic Field. Akasha is a Sanskrit word that means simply empty space or the æther. The Akashic Field, also known as the Akashic Record, is a robust field of quasi-integrated information. I use the word quasi to acknowledge that currently there is no accepted scientific theory as to how this information is integrated or even accessed.

That will soon change.

But before it does, science first must come to grips with not only the existential reality of consciousness but with the fact that consciousness itself is non-local. By non-local we reject consciousness as an emergent property of the human brain and implicate theologian Paul Tillich’s description of consciousness as, “The Ground of All Being.”

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The Powers of Creation, Louis Dyer Art

“Mystics and sages have long maintained that there exists an interconnecting cosmic field at the roots of reality that conserves and conveys information, a field known as the Akashic record. Recent discoveries in vacuum physics show that this Akashic Field is real and has its equivalent in science’s zero-point field that underlies space itself. This field consists of a subtle sea of fluctuating energies from which all things arise: atoms and galaxies, stars and planets, living beings, and even consciousness. This zero-point Akashic Field is the constant and enduring memory of the universe. It holds the record of all that has happened on Earth and in the cosmos and relates it to all that is yet to happen.”

This explanation comes from Dr. Ervin Lazlo, a cosmologist and philosopher of science. His seminal book on the subject is titled, Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything, and is available here from Amazon. I highly recommend it.

Chrysalis Tarot was created to assist you in learning how to communicate with the Akashic Field and its diverse constellations of information known as archetypes. We even added 16 additional archetypes known as The Troupe to further animate the process and make our deck even more consonant with modern scientific advancements.

5 - Divine Child Remember, with Chrysalis we never seek to “decode” a random grouping of cards. That’s a parlor-game approach to tarot that is nonsensical and needs to disappear altogether! It represents an archaic, material approach rather than a uniquely spiritual one.

At Chrysalis, we use random groupings of cards to facilitate conversations with our Higher Self, symbolized by the Divine Child (left). It is he (or her) – Holly made the child androgynous – who is your true spiritual director and guide. Your Higher Self – a.k.a. your Divine Nature – accesses and assimilates information from the Akashic Field via your Crown Chakra. Accordingly, we always recommend chakra exercises and cleansing.

We acknowledge and accept our co-creative responsibilities once we grasp the truth that we are divine. And in doing so we create a far more direct and less needled path to self-awareness and individual destiny.




The quote from Deepak Chopra on the cover reads:

“The most brilliant, comprehensive and intellectually satisfying integral theory of everything that I have ever read … transcends the vision of Darwin, Newton, Einstein, the quantum pioneers, and many other scientific giants of history”





© Toney Brooks, 2019

Tarot and the Quantum World

quantum physicsThis clever cartoon is one of many from a book written to teach quantum physics to kids. I ran across it while searching for a suitable introduction to the quantum world for my grandkids. Let’s face it: when it comes to quantum physics, we’re all in the dark to some extent. The renown physicist Richard Feynman once admitted, “Nobody understands quantum physics.”

You’re reading about this here because without a basic understanding of quantum physics we will never understand how tarot actually works. Accordingly, many people still cling to woo-woo magical explanations, insist that upside-down cards augur profound weightiness and willfully allow fiddle-faddle, superstition and codswallop to magnify their narcissistic tendencies toward confirmation bias.

Tarot, when used correctly, is a great tool for self-discovery, self-awareness and consciousness-raising. Obviously, my favorite deck is Chrysalis Tarot, not just because I wrote it but because Holly and I swept away all the quasi-religious and androcentric (male-centered) characteristics found in previous decks. We purged those superstitions and admonishments prevalent in the latter half of the 19th century when traditional tarot decks were first conceived.


In short, we sought to update tarot in much the same way quantum physics updates classical physics. I detailed this approach in the Chrysalis Tarot Companion Book. Briefly, quantum theory asserts (and also proves) that the world we live in is NOT deterministic, as asserted by classical physics. Free will does indeed exist; we create our own reality. Quantum theory further proves that everything in our universe is interconnected or quantumly entangled.

Jared Hodges’ art (above) illustrates another important quantum physics concept known as nonlocality, which describes the ability of objects – particles, people, planets, etc. – to instantly exchange information at great distances unencumbered by time. Classical physics strictly forbids such spookiness, as Einstein called it.

C03The Earth is surrounded by a dynamic field of information called the Noosphere, an emergent property of Earth’s biosphere. In Chrysalis, we anthropomorphize the noosphere with the Greek archetype Gaia (left), the primal Mother Earth goddess.

All other Chrysalis archetypes are subsets of the noosphere and the collective unconscious, which are subsets of a greater cosmic field of information known as the Akashic Field. Meditating on Gaia or on any other Chrysalis archetype (archetypes are self-organizing principles of shared information) sets in motion a consciousness-raising feedback loop (resonance) with that particular archetype.

It’s consciousness-raising for you and consciousness raising for Gaia too. Teilhard de Chardin, a Jesuit priest, philosopher and scientist who explicated the noosphere, taught that Gaia is becoming conscious of herself.

The chaotic ripple in time we’re all experiencing these days is what Teihard termed the Omega Point – a world-changing spiritual awakening and paradigm shift. We created Chrysalis Tarot specifically to assist with the transformation to higher consciousness that this quantum shift in consciousness entails.

Time has become a factor.

Gaia by Velvet-Dragon for Deviant Art

© Toney Brooks, 2019


Superposition and Mindfulness

photons1No, this image is not what you think it is.

Those are photons – particles or packets of light. What’s unique about these two particles is that they exist in an “entangled” state but they don’t exist at the same time. It’s called time-separated entanglement.

Weird, eh?

Some years ago a group of physicists at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who’re qualified and capable of doing out-of-the-box physics, wrote a paper on it. You can read it here.

Quantum entanglement, as we’ve noted a number of times in these Chrysalis blogs and the Chrysalis Tarot companion book, simply states that when two particles are entangled they can be placed on opposite sides of the universe and yet react to one another simultaneously. Albert Einstein called this, “Spooky action at a distance.”

The quantum (very, very small) world is a different kind of world in that it refuses to follow the laws of Classical Physics – laws that apply to our (very, very big) world. Read on, this gets more interesting and it might prove useful.

Have you ever had a random thought, a premonition if you will, about a future event? Of course you have. Now, have you ever engaged that particular thought – the mindfulness aspect of this blog – with the direct intention of trying to prevent it from happening? If so, please consider sharing your experience in the comment section below. If not, here’s how.

For my part, this happens all the time. For example, I might think, “I haven’t had a toothache in quite some time.” Now should I neglect to engage that thought – put another way, let’s say I neglect to take measure of it – a toothache will be the likely outcome. But should I take measure of it, then there’s no toothache!

So, how do you take measure of a thought that swims though your mind at the speed of light? You just reach out, catch it and haul it into your boat of conscious mindfulness. You can accomplish this in anyway you like. I usually just say to myself, “Check that unwanted thought!” It works!

1-Ravens Amazon HRTo illustrate this, the dropped pearl represents a swimming thought mentioned above. The Mind’s Eye – your All-Seeing Third Eye – engages it, or as we would say in philosophy, apprehends it.

Poof! That pearl no longer exists. You just willed it out of existence!

But if your Third Eye is closed – if you ignore swimming thoughts – they will invariably hit your future-self in the noggin. Or in the tooth, as it were.

These two Ravens find themselves in quantum superposition. They will be entangled forever. We could say the lady raven on the upper branch represents your unconscious mind, which is always feminine, or your Higher Self. Pearls of thought insinuating potential events in time dropped by her shall never exist in time provided you observe, engage or apprehend them with the specific intention of overruling them. Your mind possesses such power!

Your unconscious mind knows countless quanta of stuff that your conscious mind can only dream of – and often does. Understanding how to raise your unconscious mind to consciousness is key to an idea first conceptualized by Madame Blavatsky in the late 1800s and popularized today as the Law of Attraction. This law allows you to attract (manifest) and to repel (deny).



© Toney Brooks, 2019


Cruising the Sea with Singles World

C18“My world is small but it’s not that small.”

A sleek cruise ship resembles a meandering, overpopulated island, a gently swaying labyrinth whose prospectus promises the seaman’s beatific vision. That’s if you get lucky.

The wary young soul who summoned enough confidence and courage to approach my friend Catherine wasn’t…lucky. He meekly stammered, “Are you with Singles World?” and was promptly treated to a slice of razor-like repartee:

“My world is small but it’s not that small.”

In fish-infested waters there be barracuda! And there be dragons too, as we shall see.

Now what to make of the moon’s stranded soul? What prospectus enticed and then failed him? What matter of man doth he symbolize? We’ll come to that directly.

After publishing the Chrysalis Tarot Companion Book in 2016, a book all Chrysalis enthusiasts should read – not because it’s great prose (it isn’t) but because it charts a thoughtful course off the confines of that godforsaken island – after that endeavor I contemplated the offing that rests on the horizon. I’m still contemplating it.

While the second half of the companion book offers greater detail than did the “Little White Booklet” that’s included with the Chrysalis deck, greater detail about each of the 78 cards’ symbolism, the first half offers a synopsis of the Chrysalis zeitgeist – its worldview spotlighted as a New Paradigm.

In that offing, far off the bow of the fancy cruise ship (a metaphor for a life of comfort), I saw three ships a-sailing – a schooner, a barque and a sloop. Each represented a mostly undressed idea that sported a few encrusted barnacles.

(An author dare not write anything until enough barnacles collect on the planks.)

schoonerThe schooner’s idea points to the return of the Divine Feminine – the feminine presence of the godhead and wise counselor of human destiny. This presence is symbolized by the Chrysalis moon (above). The Divine Feminine is also known as the Great Mother, an archetype that’s been around for at least 30,000 years but likely for a great deal longer. The “return” of the Divine Feminine is a metaphor for spiritual growth par excellence and the evolution of human consciousness to a level we dare not comprehend.

barqueThe barque’s more ambitious idea points to a secular (non-religious) interpretation of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Medugorje, Yugoslavia, a tiny peasant village I traveled to often and even lived in for a while. This story is bound up in Catholic doctrine and has consequently found a limited audience, i.e. Catholics.

The apparitions have been occurring in Medugorje since 1981. One of the Franciscan friars assigned to the parish told me, “Once it hits 15 years it’s lost in space.” He was right: relevance walked the plank, so to speak, around the turn of the century. The barque idea would be a fun project; for some time I’ve been keen to write something destined for condemnation by the Vatican. The Virgin Mary joining the ranks of Lilith, Diana, Isis, Kali, Asherah, Sophia, et al. would be immediately anathematized. Besides, this idea was elucidated the 50’s (without the Medugorje angle, of course) by the great German psychologist Erich Neumann:  The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype.

sloopThe sloop’s idea is even more ambitious. It points to the Chrysalis worldview of a connected universe where all matter is conscious (panpsychism) and consciousness itself is the Ground of All Being: you cannot drill down on consciousness – it is the substance, quintessence and architecture of the cosmos.

The solitary man on the island in Holly’s moon painting needn’t worry because he isn’t really alone, nor is he any different from any one of us. That’s explained in part by our bowing to the worldview of scientific materialism, a worldview that insists existence beyond ourselves is religious belief, not a scientific fact. Not yet anyway! We are not alone – we are all connected to fields of infinite splendor.

My corollary to the sloop’s idea is that information and energy are equivalent and the stuff of consciousness: E = CI ~ In this formula, information sharing (I) is instantaneous, non-local and not limited to the speed of light; quantum mechanics proves that entangled particles interact with one another instantly, even when on opposite sides of the universe. Energy (E) is pervasive in the vacuum of “empty” space (quantum foam). Vacuum energy used to be known as aether, a.k.a. akasha (information).

Outside-the-box thinkers – great scientific minds such as David Bohm, Nikola Tesla, Karl Pribram, et al. and our contemporaries Shelli Joye, Sean Carroll and Nassim Haramein, et al. – are evolving this paradigm, albeit slowly. However, change will be coming to a crescendo. And soon.

Who we don’t see in the Chrysalis Moon card is the green dragon. Holly and I discussed including her but she was, uh, scuttled – too much symbolism and not enough room. So visualize her underwater. The vast ocean depths are a metaphor for the cosmically connected unconscious mind. The Green dragon herself symbolizes staggering change on a cosmic scale.

Note the difference in the waters the three ships sail. Only the sloop sails in calm waters. Until Cartesian dualism (mind vs. matter) is rendered antiquated thinking, the Green Dragon will continue to ramp up the churning seas of change.

(An interesting perspective on the Green Dragon of, pardon my pun, sea change.)

green dragon

© Toney Brooks, 2019. Comments welcome.

Cosmic Evil: Peterson’s Pearls (4)

An excellent guest blog by Ron Clutz. The previous 3 offerings in this series are linked at the conclusion of this piece.

Ron establishes a polarity between The Fascist and The Decadent with the “Individualist” center represented by Heroic Self, an archetype familiar to Tarot.

It’s a good, thought provoking read. Click on “View original post to read the entire article.

Science Matters

This is the fourth in a series of posts based upon Jordan Peterson’s book Maps of Meaning, published in 1999 after 17 years of research and writing. It is rich in description and insight with many references and quotations from original sources. Reading it I began to copy passages that struck me as especially lucid and pertinent. Those paragraphs of his text are provided below in italics as excerpts selected to explain five themes emerging in my reflections while pondering his book. Cosmic Dichotomy: Peterson’s Pearls (1) provides an overview explaining why this is important to me and perhaps to others.

[Note: I use the word “cosmic” since each individual’s world is at risk, and as we see in the agitation over climate change, entire social groups can also fear for their collective world.]

Jordan Peterson on Cosmic Evil (Excerpts from Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief Title…

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Two MirrorsBW (1)In the time of Chaucer, it’s said that (love) birds began their annual search for a mate around February 14.

Trusting in the Goddess Venus, on February 14 the amorous young men of ancient Rome drew the names of eligible young ladies who they would then court during the year. 

Into this pagan love lottery, horrified Christians substituted names of saints to be imitated during the coming year. Not much fun in that, is there?

Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day.

Trust Venus!