Ancestors and Soul Loss

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Soul Retrieval, by Sanda Cook

In metaphysics when we speak of soul loss, recovery or retrieval, we refer to a spiritual malady best described as an experience of isolation and brokenness that makes us feel, well, like a lost soul. There are many beliefs about soul loss and retrieval and many approaches to healing it. We shall concentrate on Chrysalis Tarot’s approach and the shamanic healing power of individual Family Constellations composed of ancestors.

Ancestors help us understand who we are and discern our purpose in this life.

Describing soul loss, psychologist Sandra Ingerman states, “There are many common symptoms of soul loss. Some of the more common ones would be dissociation where a person does not feel fully in his or her body and alive and fully engaged in life. Other symptoms include chronic depression, suicidal tendencies, post-traumatic stress syndrome, immune deficiency problems, and grief that just does not heal. Addictions are also a sign of soul loss.”

Water Naiad

Recovering lost fragments of soul and restoring wholeness most probably do not require spiritual or psychological counseling, let alone intervention of an experienced shaman.  Treatment will depend, of course, upon the severity of soul loss/fragmentation and correct identification of its cause(s).

However, in this exercise it will require that you task your imagination, the most effective healing tool we possess, to the matter at hand. The painting above by Russian artists Svetlana and Igor Anisiforov is titled Water Naiad affords perfect symbolism. Water is appropriate because it symbolizes higher wisdom; the unicorn symbolizes creative imagination; the castle is the abode of The Ancestors, and the moon symbolizes both personal and collective unconscious.

The fish symbolizes the dream world, the world you will allow your imagination to inhabit during this meditation. To enter it you need only to still your mind and tune to your family frequency – every family has a discrete frequency or vibration. It’s always there and available, but we seldom pay much attention to it. This is likely due to cultural biases against an active afterlife in an unseen world of dynamical information.

harameinFamily Constellations by definition presume the reality of an active afterlife. They recognize that our ancestors and ancient lineage determined who we are, physically and spiritually, and that any dissociation, isolation or fragmentation we experience likely stems, at least in part, from benign neglect of our ancestors.

In Chrysalis, we came up with the idea of an Ancestral Council Reading. We use the cards, mostly members of The Troupe, to represent individual ancestors to whom we feel closest. The cards then form the foci for the meditation.

An Ancestral Council Reading and a Family Constellation are effectively the same thing: by tuning into our family frequency, we engender a silent exchange of information heard only through faculties of intuition and creative imagination. It’s not at all difficult.

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Maple Leaves by Svetlana and Igor Anisiforov

Soul loss is first and foremost about imbalance, therefore soul recovery is about restoring balance. In Japan maple trees are called kito, which means calm and restful peace – the primary attributes of balance and wholeness. These attributes are constant themes throughout Chrysalis Tarot. They also are attributes of Gaia, interpreted below by visionary artist Alex Grey.

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Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self by Sandra Ingerman.

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Ancestral Connections

Talking ancestors. Anne Deon . annedeon.com
Talking Ancestors by Anne Deon
Since Chrysalis Tarot was published in 2014, it has been recognized and lauded as a healing deck. We focus chiefly upon 3 specific streams of healing energy: shamanic, Earth-centered spirituality and ancestral, although there are others, e.g. archetypal psychology.

The second and third streams are closely related; Earth or nature-centered spirituality is not just about looking outward into the natural world but also about looking inward. It’s about celebrating the spiritual connectivity to our ancestors by honoring them as an important key to soul recovery and healing – a portal for increased self-awareness.

Ancestral constellations are our guides to increased self-knowledge, a requisite to healing. The ancestors are much involved in our day-to-day lives, more so than we imagine. Ancestral energies affect synchronicity, dreams and decisions made by the personal unconscious mind.

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With the harvest festival of Mabon rapidly approaching, we will celebrate special days of heightened ancestral awareness that will culminate on Samhain (All Hallows’ Eve).

Four of Spirals image from the Chrysalis Tarot App by The Fool’s Dog.)

 

For more on the healing power of Ancestral Constellations we recommend Connecting to our Ancestral Past by Francesca Mason Boring as well as the collected works of Bert Hellinger.

The Cycles of Time

FourScrollsBWThere’s a cute line in the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean film as Kaya Scodelario’s character explains to Captain Jack Sparrow that “horology” is the study of measuring time. You can imagine what Captain Jack thought it meant.

Horology is an interesting subject, particularly with regard to the study of cycles. As you know, the importance of cycles and cyclical time are stressed heavily in Chrysalis Tarot, astrology, history, philosophy and in nature (Gaia) itself.

This is the foremost reason Chrysalis evolved as an archetypal goddess/nature oriented deck crafted to steer minds away from its daily preoccupations with linear time so to appreciate the bigger picture.

Historical divisions of time are customarily divided into four distinct cycles with the fourth cycle nearly always pointing to crisis, as well as the transformation from an old order to a new one (Nine of Spirals, Kali, Phoenix and others) – in other words, a paradigm shift.

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When designing Chrysalis we felt it was important to recognize that this fourth cycle was upon us and that a new, cyclical approach to tarot would be needed to prepare for the coming Shift; at least to understand, if not embrace, the gnawing feeling of global unravelling we see today.

An understanding of cycles and of cyclical time, which are manifest not only in human history but in our time-obsessed daily lives, are part and parcel of a profound evolution of consciousness driving this paradigm shift.

 

~ “The Fourth Turning” is an excellent book on the subject of cyclical time. http://amzn.to/2xOC9JC