The Wands Royalty

Each of the royal families in the Sage Tarot Deck can function alone, but they also function as a group, and elements in the group inform us about qualities and characteristics of the suite. The suite of wands is the first one we’ll cover, because it is the suite associated with the first letter of the tetragrammaton. The Tetragrammaton (meaning 4 letters) is represented by the hebrew letters

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The Hierophant

V – The Hierophant Overview: The Hierophant is a spiritual teacher, but an archetype like no other spiritual teacher. His feet are firmly on the ground. He translates directly from the divine, by listening carefully, and being patient and kind. His ego is not involved in the choices he makes, and even though he is listening to the divine, like the high priestess, he represents an

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On the Difference Between Magic and Alchemy, Real Alchemy

While magic might be about spell work and manifestation, alchemy is about making the philosopher’s stone. So what is the philosopher’s stone? The big mistake in alchemy is both in taking things too literally, and not taking them literally enough. The philosopher’s stone is not some thing that’s made from material outside ourselves. It is made from our hearts. We are the prima materia—the substance from

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Dear Sage

I just had a talk with my inner editor. You’ve got an editor, too. Even if you don’t acknowledge them, they are at work inside you deciding what goes out to the world, what stays inside, what gets shared with the few. You get the idea. If you have an inner editor that takes control of things before they should, read on. This may help. Monday,

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From Road Rage to Unicorns: How to make up the world in a better way

Imagine you are on the road, driving your car, and suddenly you are approached by a very fast-moving car that races around you and speeds off into the distance. You might shake your fist at this car and think “What a jerk!“ You might even honk, as my partner does to “show them a lesson.” Psychologists call this Fundamental Attribution Error, and it’s part of a

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Divine Timing

“…everything that happens here happens not only for the purpose we give it, but as something arising from higher principles. The universe does not plan, nor do we do—we plan and the universe does. When we reverse this simple truth in our lives, we believe in problems, but the universe has no such problems.” —from Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot by Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin Divine

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Dark Matter and Dark Energy

On the cutting edge of science, reality shifts and turns, creating a universe of magic. Remember that magic is technology we don’t understand. So let’s talk about the magical stuff of which the universe is made. At the turn of this century, several significant scientific projects were launched whose aim was to measure the cosmic background radiation left over from the Big Bang. Among them is

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Queen of Plates Redux…

Good morning. I chose the queen of cups again today. My original posting from the Queen of Cups is in the next two paragraphs, and I’ve added more information below that, especially about what it means when you draw this card. The Queen of Cups is the queen of the food we put into our bodies. She has mastered diet and nutrition, and is well aware

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What the owls taught me…

Many of you know that I have a special relationship with birds. Here’s another “feather” in the bird-man cap. Pardon the pun. We arrive at beautiful Mercey Hot Springs and take campsite E-5. It’s the group campsite, our favorite, because there is plenty of room for our single tent in the canopy of the Melaleuca trees, and plenty of privacy. At nightfall, the disturbing cries begin.

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Card of the Day: The Star

Finally some relief. After life’s whiz banging clanging, we need the soothing calm of this water carrier to calm our jangled nerves. The Star, here in the form of Aphrodite, presides over the pouring of water from the jugs she effortlessly holds in one arm. A star-filled sky fills the background, while the pool reflects her soft, naked (vulnerable) body. A red ibis dives behind her.

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