Beyond the Wall

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One of my great delights in watching Game of Thrones for 6 seasons going on 7 has been watching Arya Stark, as played by Maisie Williams, grow up physically, mentally and spiritually. I find Arya to be absolutely enchanting, as would any devout Jungian.

Arya littlerally transforms from a little lost girl into a warrior woman on the archetypal scale of Boudicca, Brigantia and Diana/Artemis, the great huntress moon goddess who has informed the female warrior archetype for ages.

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In Chrysalis Tarot, warrior goddess attributes are manifested in Morgan le Fay, the Sorceress, although our deck is chock-full of other strong female archetypes. C02That’s one of the qualities that sets Chrysalis apart.

I’m also an Arya Stark fan because, in the New Paradigm to come, it is strong women who will trailblaze the future of Western Civilization. Our civilization is presently in decline, as foreseen by most philosophers of history worth their salt and aware of historical cycles. But eventually it will give birth to a new civilization heralded by a Second Golden Age of culture.

A strong woman, mind you, is not a woman whose heart is set on being and behaving a man, like Cersei in GoT, but one who is fully and truly female in her own psyche.

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Pictured above are Morgan le Fay. the Sorceress from Arthurian legend, and Queen Boudicca. The majestic statue of Queen Boudicca, Queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe that defeated the Romans, is located near Westminster Bridge in London.

 

The Myth of Global Warming

 

C03In celebration of Earth Day, this week’s Chrysalis card is Gaia. Remember that Gaia is not only a Greek Goddess but a conscious, living system that maintains optimal living conditions on Planet Earth.

Gaia works somewhat like the human subconscious mind. Imagine how long we would live it we consciously needed to remember to breath or regulate our heartbeat, etc. Only a few seconds.

I urge you to educate yourselves regarding climate change and global warming. The science your read about in corporate media is corrupted. Global warming does take place, however we humans have little to do with it. Earth’s temperature is controlled by the sun.

The sun has cycles. The truth is there has been no global warming for over a decade. We are now entering into a solar cycle known as a Dalton Minimum. The last Dalton Minimum, which occurred at the turn of the 19th century, produced much cooler average temperatures for 30+ years. The year 1816, for example, is known as the “year without a summer.”

We’ll see how Gaia handles the solar cycle we’re now entering. She has 7-times more data points sending her information – the human population has swelled from 1-billion to over 7-billion since 1800.

It’s probably also important to understand that man-made global warming, in addition to being a myth, is a political agenda aimed at redistributing global wealth. Like most political agendas, the hubris surrounding “global warming” is all about money, not the environment.

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Winter is coming!

Resources:

https://www.newsmax.com/LarryBell/climate-warming-moore/2014/03/17/id/559929/

http://amzn.to/2pLaEgc

How is science corrupted? (YouTube video)

Gaia at work. (YouTube video)

“Nattering Nabobs of Negativism”

9 - StorytellerWhen William Safire sent those biting words into the mouth of Spiro Agnew back in 1972, the barb was aimed directly toward Mainstream Media (MSM). In those days, many Americans, specifically what was then called the “Silent Majority,” were becoming disillusioned with mainstream media, which for most of us consisted of three network tv channels and our daily newspaper of choice.

Two generations on and America has watched the nascent disillusionment of the 60s and 70s grow and metastasize into an ugly malaise of profound distrust and resentment.

And rightfully so! MSM no longer can legitimately boast of any  pretense to objectivity when it opines on matters of great importance to the corporate/political establishment (“the swamp”) that controls it. For truth, one must reject the swamp and its obsession with greed and power.

Fortunately there is a survival strategy. While journalistic integrity as we once knew and admired it appears to be dead and buried, MSM itself now grows less and less important by the day as more Americans are bristled by its outright lies and subtle deceptions and turn instead to alternative media for information. However, the death of disillusion is part and parcel of evolving a personal worldview. This is where Chrysalis Tarot comes in. We created Chrysalis to help confront and survive the difficulties and stress of a paradigm shift. And to overcome chronic negativity, which is a low-vibration, unhealthy emotion.

One has two obvious choices when confronting truths that fly in the face of a cherished worldview. The confrontation is called cognitive dissonance – uncomfortable weighing of contradictory thoughts. For example, one can retreat into denial and cling mightily to old preconceived notions, ideologies, etc. While affording a sense of comfort and joy, denial of reality can often lead to delusion and eventually depression. Alternatively, one can construct a new paradigm – create a new map of reality. In other words, discover and embrace the larger picture.

Companion book cvrThe gentleman who graces the cover of our Chrysalis companion book is Aeolus, Master of the Four Winds and Great Cosmic Organizer (and Reorganizer). He’s the fellow whose fair winds saw Odysseus safely home to Ithaca.

In one way or another, we’re all just trying to return safely home to Ithaca, a metaphor for finding one’s true Self. Tarot allegorizes this Hero’s Journey, this epic quest, that animates the spiritual life of countless seekers of truth.

Tarot allegorizes the Hero’s Journey through a particular type of meditation. Meditation techniques have many guises, one of which is called “guided meditation.” This type of meditation, which includes tarot, is more active mentally than Zazen (Buddhist), Yogic (Hindu) or Taoist (Chinese) meditation practices, to mention a few. Meditation using Chrysalis is active participation in writing one’s own personal mythology of self-discovery.

We believe that personal introspection is essential to the Hero’s Journey and that personal introspection requires an honest effort. A Chrysalis Tarot reading of only one card a day can be transformative. It can help one gain perspective; discover and embrace the larger picture, which is benefit #52 of the 100 benefits of meditation. The entire list of 100 is available below in .pdf format courtesy of the Lotus Temple.

Denial is a function of the egoic mind; the more threatened the ego, the more stubborn the denial. Enlightenment (higher consciousness) is a function of surrender and acceptance of change (#97).

“If we only knew what Illusion is, we would then know the opposite: what Truth is. This Truth would liberate us from slavery.” ~ Boris Mouravieff

100 Benefits of Meditation

“Useful Idiots”

saul-alinskyA slight departure now from our customary Chrysalis-focused writings with but a single purpose in mind; namely to shed light on the agitating racket and disharmony as the inauguration of Donald Trump approaches.

As I’ve written before, the world is experiencing the birth throes of a new paradigm. This truism has been proclaimed far and wide for many years; it has been anticipated by those with “eyes to see and ears to hear.” A search for “paradigm shift” on Google returns over 8-million hits.

It remains to be seen if the new paradigm is born healthy. If so, her birth will herald a new Golden Age. If not, the pain we will inflict upon ourselves depends upon how hard we as a species – and particularly as a nation – push back against the inevitable winds of change. Clearly, even those with stunted spiritual antennae accept that humanity’s present course – the status quo – is unsustainable.

Since the politics of the day is incendiary, I shall reflect on the politics of the past to make needed points. This is where the somewhat sinister looking character pictured above assumes center stage. He is Saul Alinsky, who died back in 1972 at age 63. As spiritual symmetries and synchronicities would have it, Alinsky’s story includes intriguing parallels to today’s perturbed political landscape. Synchronicity should always inform us as well as entertain us. It’s more than meaningful coincidence. It’s backward causation through time.

Alinsky was born in Chicago in 1909 to Jewish immigrants from Russia. Wikipedia calls him an “American community organizer and writer.” He wrote a book in 1971 titled, Rules for Radicals, which is considered the Bible for community organizing. William Buckley called him an “organizational genius.” Alinsky is not the villain here, only the foil.

Interestingly, Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley on Alinsky, but let’s not entwine ourselves in that political kudzu. Instead, we’ll just recount a few of Alinsky’s ideas he termed “power tactics,” as outlined in his Rules for Radicals and draw our own conclusions.

I’ll pick and choose 5 from his list of 13 (the emphasis is mine):

  • Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.
  • A good tactic is one that your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.
  • Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
  • The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.
  • Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Alternatively, perhaps it’s better simply to accept legitimate change, adapt and move on. America, by the way, also has a Bible, along with a few rules for being a “good American.” It’s known as the Constitution. Dissent and civil disobedience are Constitutionally guaranteed civil rights we all cherish. Wanton disrespect and lawlessness, not so much.

16-kaliWe live in the Age of Kali, whose ongoing cosmic mission is change via creative destruction. “May you live in interesting times,” the sages say. Chrysalis Tarot fans are intimately familiar with Kali, even if they sometimes don’t fully understand her intent or immediately spot her spiritual footprint.

For those who are unfamiliar with her, Kali is an archetype. Chrysalis Tarot is first and foremost “archetypal psychology” designed to increase self-awareness and, therefore, consciousness (symbolized by Kali’s chain of skulls).

The “tower” in the image symbolizes the human ego, which is in constant tension with the Higher Self. As ego decreases, Higher Self is able to increase. This can be described as spiritual growth or enlightenment, which are essential to seeing things clearly – to think clearly and critically.

Since the word Bible came up a couple of times in this stream of consciousness post, it calls to mind the theological doctrine of eschatology. In metaphysics, as opposed to religious dogma, this doctrine simply refers to the study of, and the reasons for, profound change that precedes evolution of consciousness; you cannot separate eschatology from paradigm shifts and evolution of consciousness. Eschatology is, therefore, a macrocosmic absolute that informs microcosmic religious dogma, which is fluid.

Two thousand years ago there was another birth – another paradigm shift – that gave name to what we call the “common era (CE).” Back then, before the present era was common, the eschatology of John the Baptist, a Jewish prophet, was apocalyptic. The eschatology of Jesus, also a Jewish prophet, was the coming of a New Kingdom (new paradigm) – a new Golden Age, as it were. Paradigm shifts will always reconcile and reset the tension of opposites. “A tension of opposites is like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us live somewhere in the middle.” ~ Morrie Schwartz.

It is not my intention to parrot some facile Christian Sunday School lesson with references to John and his cousin Jesus – I’m a spiritual naturalist, after all. I simply wish to remind the reader that at its core, the situation in America and the world today is spiritual in nature and far more complex than tedious left vs. right politics or sectarian religious zeal might have you believe. This brings me to the title of this blog: What on Earth is a “Useful Idiot?” Well, these hive-minded folks abound and abide and are “having a ball.”

“In political jargon, useful idiot is a term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they are not fully aware of, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.” ~ Wikipedia

In other words, a useful idiot is a tool for Kali.

© Toney Brooks

The Warrior Archetype

tammo-warrior“A dark and powerful warrior’s face in blacks and reds. He wears a steel helmet, broad square face, open mouth with square teeth and a full black beard.” That’s Tammo de Jonge’s description of the Warrior archetype from his The 12 Faces of Humanity artwork.

As we all know, Chrysalis Tarot may correctly be called a “feminine tarot deck.” Traditional tarot, by contrast, is decidedly masculine and patriarchal. In Chrysalis, we emphasize the Divine Feminine, Earth-centered spirituality, healing, intuition and, above all else, balance.

In our schema, we emphasize many other attributes commonly associated with the Divine Feminine: goddess archetypes, anima and yin symbology, and the importance of the right brain to spiritual growth. In other words, Chrysalis relies upon symbols, patterns and free-flowing feelings, emotions and correspondences.

You will find the exact opposite characteristics in the Warrior archetype. Warrior energy is more commonly associated with the left brain: controlled feelings, logic, and rigid structure. Tricksters have warrior-type characteristics and are generally male figures because tricksters are antistructural agents who help restore balance by restraining or derailing the status quo. This is not to suggest the Warrior archetype is inherently negative. Not at all; he is a transitional archetype who manifests negative energy only when ungrounded.

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Herne the Hunter fulfills the Warrior’s role in Chrysalis. He himself is a facilitator of change and well grounded Gatekeeper of Higher Consciousness.

For thousands of years, most of humanity has been living a patriarchal paradigm that has no firm grounding in Divine Feminine attributes. Consequently, we witness rampant aggression, oppression of women, endless wars, and heavy-handed religious dogma instead of holistic spirituality marked by interconnection and a commitment to personal growth.

Fortunately, things are rapidly changing. Once the dust settles, consciousness will  evolve to unimaginable new heights and the world will be a better, more balanced place. This will happen in part because women themselves will form the vanguard of a new warrior class called Rainbow Warriors.

rainbow-warriors“There will come a day when people of all races, colors, and creeds will put aside their differences. They will come together in love, joining hands in unification, to heal the Earth and all Her children. They will move over the Earth like a great Whirling Rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere they go. Many creatures thought to be extinct or mythical will resurface at this time; the great trees that perished will return almost overnight. All living things will flourish, drawing sustenance from the breast of our Mother, the Earth.” ~ from the Rainbow Prophecy as purportedly passed down by women of the Cree Nation.

Collective Unconscious archetypes provide filters and focus for our lenses of perception and imagination. As the Warrior archetype completes his mission and subsides, the pendulum swings in the opposite direction and balance is restored. Remember, the reemergence of the Divine Feminine does not mean a return to Minoan Civilization matriarchy; quite the contrary, the essence of the Divine Feminine seeks eternal balance.

(This blog is the 8th in a series inspired by artist Tammo de Jongh’s, “The 12 Faces of Humanity.” See the “Recent Posts” section below for the previous blogs.)

© Toney Brooks

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Art by Darrell Driver

The Joker Archetype

tammo12 “A picture in bright reds and yellows is of a smiling twinkle-eyed Harlequin with his typical gold-stuccoed, triangular hat,” is how artist Tammo de Jongh described his Joker archetype, commonly known as the Trickster.

Archetypes are multivalent fields of information that exist in tandem in the human psyche and the Collective Unconscious. They count upon reflexivity to acquire meaning.  This is to say they reflect nuanced attributes and values to whomever mirrors them. Archetypes are psychological chameleons. Getting your head around the Trickster archetype, for example, can be like fumbling your way through a hall of mirrors. The Trickster is elusive, cunning, deceitful, wise and bizarre.

Trickster, joker and jester archetypes are known as liminal figures; they exist in the margins, the numerous betwixt and betweens experienced in life. It’s the Trickster’s role to jump boundaries and expose inconvenient truths in hope of changing perspective. He is the pin that pricks the bloated balloons of ignorance and delusion, thereby advancing understanding, individually and collectively, and evolving consciousness; awakening new truths.

It ain’t often pretty. Take the recent  U.S. election for example, which has Trickster markings all over it. Manifestations of the Trickster, “generate ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty; they provoke feelings of unease, worry, and even paranoia,” noted George P. Hanson in his book, The Trickster and the Paranormal. Hanson is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

There are other familiar examples of the Trickster in history. Quick-witted Will Sommers, who was King Henry VIII’s personal fool or court jester, said outrageous things to the king that no other members of the court would dare say and expect to keep their heads. The trickster has a knack for imparting wisdom and challenging the status quo. He is the quintessential agent of change.

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We recently celebrated Guy Fawkes Day. You recall: “Remember, remember the fifth of November; gunpowder, treason and plot. I can think of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.” The phenomenal Guy Fawkes’ mask art (above) is by Alex Grey. Fawkes indirectly inspired the movie V for Vendetta as well as the Occupy and Anonymous movements that challenged government tyranny.

Many believe the gunpowder plot to blow up parliament was a false flag operation, and that Fawkes along with his co-conspirators were mere patsies. Tricksters often blur distinction between good guy and bad guy. Eventually, history chooses a narrative – the narrative intended by the trickster all along.

corsairbwChrysalis is filled with trickster magic. It is imbued in cards such as the Ravens, The Corsair, Kali, Three of Mirrors, The Illusionist and, of course, Merlin and Morgan Le Fay. As I wrote in the Chrysalis companion book, “When the world needs to change, the world turns to tricksters. We could no more excise tricksters from magic than trees from forests or stars from heaven.”

The trick to understanding the unseemly messes made by tricksters is to elevate your perspective (The Acrobat) and discern the bigger picture. As the Somali pirate said in the film Captain Phillips, “Everything gonna be okay.”

(This blog is the 7th of a series inspired by artist Tammo de Jongh’s, “The 12 Faces of Humanity.” See the “Recent Posts” list below for our previous blogs.)

© Toney Brooks

The Patriarch Archetype

tammo8Archetypes, first and foremost, can be defined as constellated energy/in-formation substrates formed in humanity’s Collective Unconscious. The visible, manifest types of these invisible, unmanifest archetypes emerge and re-emerge throughout human history. Archetypes are timeless, hence they become active at different times, in different ages and epochs, and in different cultures. The Collective Unconscious is humanity’s “memory bank.”

Archetypes are “spirit guides” for those who have ears to hear.

Archetypal manifestations in the physical world begin as emanations from the Otherworld. They gradually unfold and help shape our stories, ideas and creative arts. Here, they become templates for reality to awaken the collective imagination, shape individual lives and help fulfill humanity’s common destiny.

Archetypes require no worship, no invocation, no propitiation or mythic hocus pocus of any kind. We anthropomorphize (personify) some of them simply to engender communication (semiotics) and develop personal relationships. Two-way information exchange with archetypes (resonance) is the mother’s milk of human evolution, both physical and spiritual. Communication with archetypes is most effective when it is contemplative, selfless and motivated by the heart. Mandalas, such as Golden Flower (below), are the archetypes of contemplation. The circular image represents wholeness – the Oneness of seen and unseen worlds.

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While an archetype itself may constellate many various characteristics or attributes – for instance, the Patriarch calls to mind father, wise old man, leader, holy man, tyrant, emperor, etc. – the level of participation of that particular archetype in human consciousness varies according to the collective need and common good.

When Tammo de Jongh created his image of the Patriarch archetype in 1967, Rachel Carson’s seminal work, Silent Spring, had only recently been published (1962). Her seminal work started a revolution that soon became known as the Environmental or Green Movement. Perhaps that’s one reason the above image of the Patriarch subtly hints at ecology.

The idea for the image’s greenness, nose shaped tree trunk and leafy foliage could have been derived from the same archetypal emanations that influenced Carson years earlier. It’s fun to speculate about such metaphysical convergences and synchronicities. In any event, Tammo’s image depicts a morphology of the Patriarch archetype to the Green Man archetype, a challenging transition that greatly impacts our world today.

4-green-manArchetypes, like psyches, are dynamical structures. They simultaneously mirror and influence the course of human events via their light and dark, positive and negative aspects. As human consciousness transitions to a more rational, natural, Earth-centered spirituality influenced by the growing awareness in Gaia and Green Man, we find ourselves simultaneously and adversely impacted by the authoritarian, negative side of patriarchy. As patriarchy devolves, its positive qualities are transferred to the evolving successor; as balance is restored, its negative characteristics dissipate into the dustbin of history.

The dark, negative, heavy hand of patriarchy is characterized by rigidity, control, single-mindedness and a rather cold, intellectual way of relating to most everything. Institutionalized, it evolved into its most virulent stage: the three absolutist, monotheistic religions. Patriarchy’s darkness is starkly contrasted with the Green Man’s desire to protect, not destroy, things of value, such as the environment, natural law and cultural integrity. Patriarchy, on the other hand, is most interested in protecting and perpetuating its power regardless of the consequences.

“He values ecology, spirituality, gender equality and concern for future generations,” wrote futurist Sohail Inayatullah about Green Man, who represents what author William Anderson termed the “Archetype of Oneness with the Earth.”

In Chrysalis Tarot cosmology, Green Man is an archetype of regeneration – of the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth – as well as the voice and birdsong of Gaia, Mother Earth herself. The resurgence of interest in the Green Man archetype, which in part began with Silent Spring, represents a clarion call to reckon with the probable outcomes of our unsustainable Western lifestyle. Green Man seeks to maintain equilibrium in nature, as well as in each individual.

Rachel Carson dedicated Silent Spring to Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer who wrote, “Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.” Let’s hope it’s not too late.

N.B. You may read and/or download a digital copy of Silent Spring for FREE at this link. (This blog is the 6th of a series inspired by artist Tammo de Jongh’s, “The 12 Faces of Humanity.” See the “Recent Posts” list below for the previous blogs.)

© Toney Brooks

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Mother Nature Archetype

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By artist Tammo de Jongh

In Chrysalis Tarot, as with Greek mythology, the Mother Nature archetype (left) is called Gaia. She is the personification of Earth itself. As far as I know, she also is the only archetype that lends her name to a scientific theory.

Gaia Theory, which was formulated by scientist James Lovelock in the 70s, posits that Earth is a self-regulating, evolving, conscious system that maintains optimal conditions for sustaining life. Gaia, the archetype/goddess/system, regulates the salinity of oceans, the processing of carbon dioxide and the oxygenation of the atmosphere, among other conditions necessary for life to thrive on planet Earth.

We have life on Earth not because of a mythologized supernatural act of creation but because of evolution. Gaia effects her life-giving ministry via a complex system that facilitates the exchange of information between animate and inanimate matter. It’s known as a cybernetic feedback loop and is the same type of complex system that allows us as individuals to exchange information or communicate with organized, coherent energy fields such as archetypes. Without having this effective two-way exchange of information, the universe hasn’t been around long enough to randomly evolve even a blade of grass!

We can appreciate the importance of cybernetic communication by using a Rubik’s Cube analogy.

Let’s say we hand a Rubik’s Cube to a blindfolded person and ask that person to make one random move every second, which is pretty fast. Probability dictates it will require something on the order of 100 billion years longer than the universe has existed before the cube could be ordered by random chance alone.

Now, let’s add simple binary feedback, i.e. someone who communicates to the blindfolded person by responding either yes or no after each move. How long do you suppose it would take to order the cube correctly? The answer is surprising – less than 5-minutes!

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Gaia, The World Soul, by Alex Grey, 1989

Today, it is more important than ever to increase conscious awareness and gain knowledge through critical thinking in order to evolve a more rational understanding of how our world came into being and how it actually works. We should also embrace the co-creative role humanity plays in cosmic evolution. It’s important to remove our rosy blindfolds because our present way of living is unsustainable. A dramatic paradigm shift – a new worldview – is essential to the survival of our species, if not to the survival of Earth itself.

3 - GaiaPut bluntly, Gaia urgently needs our help. Each year, humanity consumes one-and-a-half times what Gaia is able to regenerate (source). This fact alone paints an excellent overview of what the black clouds of unsustainable living imply. The consequences of our doing nothing are unimaginably horrific.

If the Mother Nature archetype has formed in your psyche, as it has with most Chrysalis Tarot users, this indicates you are a nurturing, healing, questioning individual who strives to maintain harmony and balance in all aspects of life, including the environment.

The Gaia worldview regards our evolving world and cosmos as a unified, dynamic, conscious organism with its own collective divine mind. Since human ingenuity is integral to this complex, evolving divine mind, we should accept our co-creative response-abilities.

Link to a 6-minute YouTube video on global population growth.

This is the 5th in a series of blogs titled “The 12 Faces of Humanity” and inspired by the artwork of Tammo de Jongh (below). The 1st blog in the series is here. Next week, the Patriarch archetype or Green Man.

© Toney Brooks

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