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The Terrible Trouble with Tarot – Poem

Justice is eight

As justice must come first

Balance is built

From confrontation

Then reflection

From which strength is learnt

 

The printers struck

And no one took

The notice

That they should

This one act of

Putting justice back

Changes the

Rules of the pack!

The end.

by Samantha unextraordinarybint Harris. 22nd July 2020.

This is reference to my recent study of the tarot cards (rather than just using them, I decided to properly read the old books I have. Half way through this great book I’m realising that things were numbered differently. I don’t use the older set too often, so with both my sets being the same I hadn’t noticed any difference.

At some point, of it’s timeline of being, the tarot’s numerology and iconography have been altered. I researched and found this is known and accepted. But not explained, as to why it was done. From my packs I’d say it must have been done in the last few decades. Of course, the tarot has been through many changes, but this is different.

It’s complicated to explain all the significance and I’m not sure I could but basically, the justice card is the original number eight card in the major arcana. However, number eleven, ‘strength’ was put into it’s position. They were essentially swapped.

Whilst Justice and Strength are on the same plane they came in a particular order for a reason. The growth of the human spirit or soul corresponds to the journey depicted from 0 -21 on the tarot major arcana cards.

Justice does not necessary mean justice in an law and criminal type event. It means looking for balance and understanding the systems around us, confrontation/study of the rules that bind us. It is about the law of the land…authority. It’s the key to the start of the next plane of consciousness.

Thanks for reading all comments welcome, especially if they are regarding spelling mistakes or errors…foggy brain.

 

My Favourite Saint, ST CHRISTOPHER

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Christopher

 

I do not follow a recognised, man made path to faith. Raised as non denomination christian within the UK English and military education systems I’ve a keen interest.

Unbaptised, I realise I cannot get into Heaven, should there be a ticket system. Thankfully, I don’t believe in a separate heaven and separate hell, I believe in a spiritual afterlife that we all go to when we die.

That being said, I love stories. All stories. I don’t discriminate. Being a Brit means stories are especially important to how we learn to behave, communicate and interact with each other. As a child I was fascinated with St. Christopher and still am.

Legend has it, and we all love a legend,. This was a man looking to serve. He wanted his life to mean something. He searched for power to ensure that his service was of some use. He was also one of the very first ‘martyred’ – before the first bible texts!

He was from Asia. He decided to serve powerful Kings with his strength, as he was huge – apparently over 7 ft tall. Until, that is, he noticed that the Kings feared the devil. He realised that the devil must be more powerful than the Kings so searched for the devil.

Then he served the devil. We can assume he did helped him do ‘unspeakable’ things. When serving the devil (apparently violent criminals) he discovered that they feared Jesus. Realising that Jesus must be more powerful than the devil he searched for Jesus.

A hermit/preacher that our big fellow came across informed him that to find Jesus he needed to pray and deny himself sustenance. Our man couldn’t fast and pray to serve Jesus so he decided to do good deeds instead.

And he did, he worked at helping people across a dangerous river. Reportedly carrying the baby Jesus on one occasion which almost cost him his life. This is the icon which we know him well for as it is on many talisman jewellery. Saint Christopher pushing against a strong river current, carrying a baby on his shoulders is a popular pendant.

St Christopher remains the patron saint of travel. According to many sources he came from the area we now know as Libya but was killed in Rome by one of two Emperors.

His legend has travelled further and struck hearts and souls worldwide. For me, it is an enduring story. The story of man’s inherent need to be useful, doing something which is deemed to be right and serve mankind.

Thanks for reading.

Tolerance For Tarot – poem

I just want to shout out for my guide

It is a system known far and wide

It’s called the Tarot and came before

All the religions you lay on the floor

I don’t read for others

Tarot is for family and me

On occasion I’ve been led astray

Denied the acknowledge

To find my way

I lay the cards out

The guide is there

To interpret as I care

Just like Christians who use the Bible

It is my cards that are liable

Similar too are Muslims

For you it is Allah’s big plan

Written in the Qu’ran

Judaism borrowed heavily

Upon the Tarots iconography

Tarot is very tolerant

I don’t believe in ‘heaven sent’

My belief is love and light

For humans and creatures alike

Of the Tarot and questions asked

One must be honest

Accept one’s past

I know you are like me

I know you value

Earth, each other and it’s needs

There is no need to sacrifice

If you walk within the light.

 

The End.

copyright 2020 Samantha Harris

 

 

Persecution Poetry

Quick Quick

Where do I run?

If they don’t follow the father

They follow the sun

I don’t mind devotion

Devotion is great

A more meatier experience is not mine to forsake

I wish to lie in sciences’s arms

And to feel man’s biological charms

Why should I give a toast

When it gives away the roast?

I understand it’s crude to you

But what you do to me, saying

I’ve no right to be

Painting me as a

Devil worshipper, an eater of flesh

Ah yes, of this only

You would know best

Yes, I am human and was meek

For me, the place to worship and seek

Is freedom

At the foot of man, earth and beast

That is where I’ll run to be

Yes, that is where you’ll find me.

The End.

By Samantha “unextraordinarybint” Harris

written 26th September 2019. Poem is self explanatory.

However, I will have a little rant…why not sharing is caring!!!

Some interesting links for any UK born non believers.

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection/for-faith-communities/videos-about-safeguarding-in-different-faiths/

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NOT A VIDEO FOR LOOKING FOR SIGNS OF RELIGIOUS HATRED AND BIAS IN PAGAN HOUSEHOLDS. There is little risk of a child being raised into hatred within a pagan home.

The rest of the rubbish made up about pagans is, quite frankly, dangerous, and bordering on racist. It allows our children and adults to be targeted without impunity.

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Some other interesting links collected within minutes on an internet search on UK and paganism – how people react to it and what they call us.

https://www.girlsaskguys.com/social-relationships/a8971-uk-british-slang-street-words-for-dummies

Look up word ‘pagan’.

https://www.quora.com/What-is-your-opinion-of-the-pagan-religion

This is what a religious education will get you…ignorance.

As always, thank you so much for reading. For me life is about passing on a good favour – if you learnt something today don’t keep it to yourself!

Blessings to all of you.

I have a right to defend myself…witches are still burn’t today.

Awakening Pagan Jesus

Mastering religion intentions has always been a hobby of mine.

Easter is a celebration of awakening. When humans burst forth from saws and yolks to enjoy the coming of the sun again.

Often a sacrifice is made to the earth to ensure good yields.

We are told that Jesus sacrificed himself for christians. However, that isnt true and does rewrite history. As Jesus was crucified on a cross by others after being tried you will find that he was sacrificed.

You see the moment I found that out, it horrified me and still does.

Jesus was a good man. He tried to do the right thing. I hope that Jesus haunts all the judgemental christians in their dreams.

I follow Jesus in my heart – just like a little light – just like he wanted.

As a pagan jesus lover I know I am not alone in wishing everyone a wonderful easter.

April Fool’s Day 2019

April’s Fool Day 2019 is going to be a celebration in my home.

This pagan throwback hasn’t disappeared just yet. The 1st of April is the time of year when we play jokes on others. Oh and how much do we need to laugh? We have always known laughter is great for us and that being happy is good for our health and the usual blah.

Laughter is an emotion I can get behind. Laughter is how we deal with our issues and the best way to deal with trauma once recovery has set its course in the right direction.

How healthy would our countries be if we measured wealth in happiness rather than currency?

In the past, newspapers ran the best April Fools Day stories. People believed that spaghetti grew on trees just for a moment before they realised it was not true – they were usually given a clue within the text that they were being ‘had over’.

The history of April Fool’s Day is more than Quite Interesting. It started a very long time. It has to be one the oldest traditions in our country funnily enough maybe in the world. Current search engine results will tell us it comes from when they changed the calendars, around 1752.

Proper ancient. Before then we celebrated Christmas in March.

Practical jokers would still bring around presents apparently and people would say ‘you fool, it’s not Christmas we just celebrated Christmas,’ or something like that. But that isn’t the whole story.

April Fool’s Day is heavily linked with the abduction of a daughter of a Goddess. The daughter of Agriculture. It is also linked to Pluto, Ceres and a load of other very important pre Christian, pre Islamic, pre Judaic, pre Hindi gods and goddesses.

So it is now known to us pagans as a celebration of fruitless journeys as well as fruitful. The Fool is an interesting icon. One not to be ignored. For instance, it is a powerful Tarot Card and also in popular culture it survives, with the amount of comedy on the googlebox, this much is fact.

Many traditional celebrations happen around now all over the globe – it’s Spring. It’s the natural time to celebrate motherhood and creation – but also a very busy time as it is birthing season.

Famous jokes for April Fool’s day seem to have dwindled of late but how nice would it be to wake up tomorrow morning and to be told that the last two years were actually a joke.

That it was now over. We were never coming out of Europe anyway and the powers who have been fighting over this little country of ours would just disappear.

We could all sit around and have such a good laugh at that. For me that would be the best April Fool’s Day ever.

No Pagans Please

So I just had a tenacy audit. That is when the social housing assoiciation who you rent your property from comes in unannounced to check you are not subletting your flat. All very acceptable.

However, I have had the police and the housing association here regulary and my local councillor just last week…I would have had to move pretty fast to get it sub let in the week between.

I was then asked to fill out some paperwork and prove who I was with ID which thankfully I was able to do. Then I was asked what religion I was. I said pagan. She asked me if that was under ‘christian’ as there is no box for pagans.

This is England. Of course there are pagans… why are we not being counted?