Spiritual Warfare: The Antichrist

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This photo of a statue of Mary is located in Civitavecchia, Italy, a small suburb of Rome. On 13 separate occasions in 1985 the statue purportedly shed tears of blood.

Since her apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, Mary has warned visionaries in various parts of the world of a great upheaval that will happen in their lifetimes. Specifically at Civitavecchia, she warned of a, “Satanic onslaughts against the family, apostasy within the Church, and the risk of a world war.”

The theme of this 3-part series is “Spiritual Warfare.” Each of us experience this particular phenomenon in our psyches today because we’re all part of the one, undivided Universal Consciousness. Universal Consciousness can be described in both scientific and spiritual terms such as the electromagnetic spectrum, quantum entanglement, panpsychism, the Children of Light and the Children of Darkness. The Antichrist is the spiritual leader of the latter. He is Mary’s archenemy, according to the Christian Book of Revelation (Chapter 12).

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Chrysalis Tarot is secular spirituality. Were we religious in nature, we would describe ourselves as neopagan, panentheistic and transcendent, the unshakable surety that some-thing higher than ourselves is out there – a Universal Consciousness, if you will. Not only is Universal Consciousness transcendent to our reality (it is wholly other and independent of creation), but Universal Consciousness is also immanent (operating within each of us). This is the point of Chrysalis’ Divine Child archetype. In other words, we each are having a unique, individual human experience of Universal Consciousness.

The more selfless or self-denying we are, the greater our experience of love, joy, peace and the higher vibrations. The more selfish or self-centered we are, the lesser this experience, perhaps even devolving into hate and other lower vibrations, such as fear, anger and pride. Those low vibrations arrest spiritual growth, thus the evolution of consciousness for everyone. The Antichrist is a metaphor for the manifestation of, you guessed it, the intrusion of an militia of low frequency vibrations into the Universal Consciousness, a.k.a. the devil, Satan, Children of Darkness.

In these days, the Children of Light are attempting to evolve our collective human consciousness into a new Age of Enlightenment on Earth. Enlightenment, you see, is the highest vibration that is accessible to humanity, at this time. And not unexpectedly we are suffering heavy diabolical resistance. What’s the source of this resistance? There are several metaphysical explanations. I’ll set forth one below.

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The Powers of Creation, Louis Dyer

Semiotics is the study of signs and symbols – such as Chrysalis Tarot’s artwork and piece like the one above. This motif is created to raise the vibration of the human spirit and remind us of our co-creative responsibilities. The word symbol comes from the Greek symvolos, which means “to unite things.” It’s Greek opposite, diályo, means to ‘disunite” things – to divide or rip them asunder. From the latter, we get the word divolos – the devil and diabolical. Truth unites and lies divide. Symbols bring things together.

Put another way, the aim of the devil in Christian eschatology is to sow division and chaos. We see this all around us today. It is “The Storm” we wrote about in the first blog of this series.

By Biblical inference, the personification of the eschatological Antichrist is whoever sits in the Chair of St. Peter during the End Times. Them’s the rules! If you think we are witnessing wholesale division and chaos today on the streets of Minneapolis, New York, Seattle and other American cities, you wouldn’t believe what’s happening in the Vatican, the definitive cosmic epicenter of spiritual warfare.

 

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Do You Seek the Truth? Louis Dyer

 

 

© Toney Brooks, 2020

Spiritual Warfare: Apocalypse

These three cards are the road map for this blog’s energy.

Eschatology, a branch of metaphysical theology, is the study of last things in one of several contexts, usu. the Christian “End Times” or “Last Days,” as described in the Biblical Book of Revelation – a book all Christians are familiar with but don’t like to talk about. However, all three monotheistic religions teach their own versions of eschatology. There is also, for example, a Platonic eschatology, a Vedic eschatology and even a Marxist eschatology. Marxism after all is a religious creed that exposits a secular “Heaven on Earth.” We’ll return to that thought.

However, the context of the Last Days we present here is our own – the Metaphysics of Time as described in Chrysalis Tarot. In Chrysalis, the End Times or Last Days refers to ages or eras. We are, in fact, concurrently nearing the astrological end of the Age of Pisces and the beginning of the Age of Aquarius. To paraphrase Churchill, “This is not a beginning. It is not even an end. But it is, perhaps, the beginning of an end.”

That’s not as bad as it sounds; the world doesn’t end, it carries on. But what kind of a world will it be? Frankly, that’s the wrong question. The right question is, “What choices will we make today that will define the new world?

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Anonymous, attributed to the Master of Cassoni Campana, c. 1525.

The artwork above is titled, “Theseus and the Minotaur.” While Theseus battles the minotaur in the center of the labyrinth, Ariadne and her sister, Phaedra, patiently await the outcome. For our purposes, in this painting we recast Phaedra (L) as Bella Rosa – one of the 3 cards on the blog’s banner.

In Spiritual eschatology, Armageddon represents the battle between Good and Evil, as we noted in our previous spiritual warfare blog. Humanity, led by God along with his prophets and saints, will establish the new world – the Age of Aquarius. Indeed, the Bible prophesizes this victory of good over evil. In secular eschatology, as taught by Karl Marx, only a violent, worldwide revolution by the oppressed proletariat led by a vanguard of secular saints (political bigwigs) can usher in a new age. Marx’s ragtag troops have already taken to the streets while the sophisticated opposition looks on dumbfoundedly and fiddles away like Nero (as of June 2020).

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This Present Darkness by Nancy Raborn

Ariadne’s labyrinth is a powerful symbol for these confusing times. The difficult journey leading to its center symbolizes self-discovery and discernment and will determine which camp you eventually join. The even more difficult route back out symbolizes your spiritual journey to enlightenment and the battle itself.

Ariadne’s Thread, which helped Theseus retrace his own steps after overcoming the minotaur (his shadow self), symbolizes Divine Assistance. Ariadne is the Guardian of the Gates of Time and your spiritual director/captain. Without her assistance, it won’t be easy sorting out the twisting, turning false exits of the labyrinth. It’s easy to get stuck on a spiritual threshold.

The journey in and out of the labyrinth is analogous to the integration of your Shadow archetype, as we explain below.

Alvin Toffler’s book Future Shock suggests one reason why it might seem society is being ripped apart at the seams. He predicted that rapid change, mostly technological, and psychological distress would lead to an inability to cope that he termed future shock.

The Chrysalis card La Bella Rosa symbolizes what’s happening on the spiritual front. “The Jungian concept of Shadow describes a cluster of impulses, complexes, shameful and unacknowledged desires, self‐indulgences and being a slave to one’s own primitive instincts.” ~ Inna Semetsky, PhD, Tarot Discontents – Past, Present and Future, 2009.

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Then there’s this passage from the Chrysalis Companion book: “Once the shadow is integrated, we will automatically stop projecting its dark side onto other people, since there’s no longer a valid reason to deny its existence. Bella’s red rose symbolizes self-acceptance. Her mirror symbolizes introspection—the shining light that exposes the shadow’s favorite hiding places [in your psyche].”

In other words, those spiritual pilgrims/combatants who finally stopped playing the blame game have accepted personal responsibility for their own lives. Conversely, those who continue unceasingly to play the blame game – along with many of the sympathizers enabling them – are Cultural Marxists intent on violent revolution as their only means of effecting real change. Like all Marxists, they are hardcore dogmatic materialists. Accordingly, preaching spirituality and self-awareness to them is rather pointless. Many of the enablers, however, are simply naïve or complacent in just being “woke.” Again, there is a huge difference, even a dichotomy, between the woke and the Awakened.

In any event, what we are witnessing right now evinces a spiritually sick and depraved society. Both the Marxists and the Spiritually Enlightened can agree on this point: There must be darkness before the dawn, as symbolized by the third card on our banner – Kali.

 

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Detail, Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel ceiling, Michelangelo

 

© Toney Brooks, 2020

 

 

 

 

Spiritual Warfare: The Storm

 

This 3-card spread symbolizes the alchemical energy written into this blog.

Herne the Hunter spoke:

“There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope; the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future, or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain.”

This quote from the fictional Book of G’Quan is a rendering of St. Paul’s warning to the Ephesians about the “powers that dominate the world of darkness.” Both G’Quan’s words and Paul’s converge to make an important point: spiritual warfare is waged on an Earthly battlefield. It is therefore best talked about using the language of human emotions, e.g. hate and fear, love and hope, good and evil, light and dark. Spiritual warfare writ large is always waged between groups of human combatants, as influenced by their own angels and demons, as we shall see.

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What is “the storm?” The storm is pure chaos – the absence of order. And the storm is upon us.

Spiritual people are already familiar with this storm, for every awakened or enlightened individual has experienced a storm within themselves and to some degree overcame it. But there’s always yet another hill to climb. They have experienced backsliding and recovery (falling down and then getting back up) that eventually led them to even greater knowledge and self-awareness – the measuring sticks of spiritual growth.

I hasten to note that the armies of the awakened – the Children of Light – are those whose lives have not been given over to the dark chaotic powers. The Children of Light wear the true “breastplates of righteousness.” Maximum Wokeness, as touted today, defines an angry, ego-dependent affliction that seeks to impose commonly held opinions, values and beliefs on everyone else. Maximum Wokeness is spiritual self-awareness drowning in chains of pride, delusion and group think. The ideology of Wokeness is the antithesis of Awakened.

There is an oft-quoted aphorism from The Emerald Tablet: “As above, so below.” The Emerald Tablet is part of the Hermetica, an ancient and revered document about magic. The quote points to the interconnectedness of all things, particularly between the sacred and profane; Heaven and Earth, angels and demons. But this interconnectedness is interactive and reciprocal; it is equally correct to say, “As  below, so above.” In fact, the original Hermetic passage underscores this balance. Each dimension, “above and below,” is a dynamic (ever changing) reflection of the other. As human consciousness evolves, human history is recorded. Order proceeds from chaos (Genesis).

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The chaos we experience today in America and throughout the developed world are the birth pangs of a new paradigm. In our Chrysalis companion book, we mentioned a new paradigm a dozen or more times; it shone like a beacon on the distant horizon when we designed the Chrysalis architecture 10 years ago. What does this new paradigm look like? That will be the focus of our next blog featuring Ariadne, the Celtic Goddess of the Gates of Time. However, I tell you now that the new paradigm does not look like downtown Seattle. It does not celebrate anarchy and lawlessness. It does not invoke a Marxist revolution or some New World Order obsessed with “correct speech and correct thought.” Nope, not even close.

Tarot is a tool for spiritual formation and trans-formation. Chrysalis Tarot’s schema was built upon the foundations of an ever evolving connection between our world and the Otherworld. The “otherworld,” as Chrysalis calls it, goes by many names: the Akashic Field, Zero Point Energy, the Vacuum, the Aether and, yes, Heaven. Succinctly and scientifically put, the Otherworld is a quantized system comprised of generative nodes of electromagnet energy/information in a constant feedback loop with individual human consciousness and its Collective Unconscious, a Jungian term. It is a hierarchical system with a superior node that we call God.

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Photo courtesy of the Resonance Science Foundation

This is science, not science fiction, as detailed in this article.

“You are the surface on which the universe encodes information… you give the universe the surface to grow and learn.” – Nassim Haramein

 

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© Toney Brooks, 2020

 

 

Chrysalis – A Deck For White Witches

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The White Bear Valemon by Michelle Tolo for Deviant Art.

The White Bear Valemon is a Norwegian fairy tale along the lines of Cinderella. Bear medicine symbolizes the restoration of balance, which is this blog’s theme. Valemon and the White Witch he shoulders should be regarded here as one Being. You might say the white bear is the white witch’s daemon or spirit animal, for like the bear, the white witch herself is about balance, healing and “A Witch’s Choice.” More about the choice later.

A spiritual journey often begins with an impulse mistakenly thought to have originated from within our own mind. It did not. This impulse, like an unexpected flash of knowing you dare not doubt, hails from beyond this reality – the only reality our 5 objective senses can empirically know. But don’t we have 21 senses?!

C01I won’t go into all 21 here; you can easily Google the topic. But the sense that is routinely inspired by flashes from beyond is called our Sixth Sense. In Chrysalis we know it as the Third Eye – the Eye of Horus. The Third Eye is featured prominently on the Magician card (left).

Predictably, the Third Eye is also known as the Sixth Chakra. If that chakra is gummed up with, say, fear or hate or other negative emotions, then its ability to contribute to your spiritual growth is severely impaired. In fact, it’s arrested.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you are in a bookshop and are suddenly inspired to pick up Chrysalis Tarot. Chrysalis metaphysics holds that the inspiration came from beyond – from your Higher Self – and that in most instances you should stick with it, as hard as that might be at times. Trust your instinct.

Recall that the Chrysalis schema is different because of its many structural divergences from traditional tarot. For example, Chrysalis is based on the scientific concept of nonlocality; of quantum entanglement; of the connectivity of all things. We, along with many other metaphysicians, believe that consciousness is nonlocal – it’s everywhere and present in all things (panpsychism). Nonlocal consciousness attenuates the 5 additional senses we’re all somewhat familiar with: clairaudience (auditory perception), clairvoyance (psychic perception), mental telepathy (perception of thoughts), premonition (perception of the future) and precognition (ESP/dreams).

The Journey of The White Witch is the Red Pill journey to truth and understanding and to activating these 5 additional senses as defined by a field of study known as anomalistic psychology. But it’s not always smooth sailing for the White Witch and the Great Healer, as the bear is called in many shamanic cultures. The spiritual journey always encounters obstacles.

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Brujo by Dark Natasha

Let’s say that after responding to that initial inspiration to pick up Chrysalis – or any spiritual modality for that matter – the ego fabricates second thoughts and doubts, commonly called “buyer’s remorse.” Well, that’s easily explained and quite normal; the ego is feeling threatened.

Sowing doubts in your mind are among the Black Witch’s various ways of creating imbalance. She’s the witch of selfness, pride and ego who’s now attempting to thwart your spiritual progress. Your journey has begun in earnest; you have met your adversary – your own ego. Shall you retreat into ego-driven hate, fear and self-centered defensiveness, or shall you embrace the healing power of white magic?

(A Bruja or Brujo is Spanish for witch, usu. a dark or low magic witch keen on hexes and charms.)

 

Which witch do you want to be?

 

N.B. At Chrysalis we are primarily concerned with spiritual growth. For this reason, we took down our previous blog on aliens that some thought controversial. While I take mild issue with that assessment, in these days of “correct speech and thought” – the Nazis termed it “thought alignment” – I wished to affirm inclusiveness. I believe an author’s body of work should be judged solely on its own merit aside from other considerations, lest we indulge what is commonly called bigotry — “intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.”

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One parting thought. In 1933 the Nazi’s sanctioned a “Säuberung” – a cleansing by fire to purge books that espoused ideologies opposed to Nazism. Among authors blacklisted whose books were burned were Kafka, Einstein and Freud, et al. I’ve quoted Kafka previously on these pages when referencing Herne the Hunter: “A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.”

Herne presents in Chrysalis Tarot as an archetypal White Witch, archenemy of the frozen egoic mind. Herne is the Chrysalis Master of Transformation and the subject of our next blog.

 

 

 

© Toney Brooks, 2020                       6 chakra

 

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Berlin – May 1933 (Photo courtesy of the Holocaust Museum)

Chrysalis Tarot and Coronavirus

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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

 

 

His Dark Materials, Part 1

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.