Beware the quick fix
Grab what you can and running
not a solution
How do I make it
in this messed up world?
Everything I try
bounces back in my face
I feel brought down
with little way out
and chances for happiness so few
I do what I can to make it
Take what I need to keep going
If I can’t survive as an honest man
in a world of greed and privilege
I’ll be a thief of their propriety
Playing their game
even in revolt
means I exist
within their frame
I’ll do just fine
and keep the flow
i give up parts of myself to survive
— G A Rosenberg
The suit of swords represents thought, ideas, plans and conflicts. Sevens represent our desires and wants and the paths and challenges we take to achieve them. What do we do when what we want to do conflicts with the framework in which we live. For many of us living in societies that for various reasons offer less and less freedom this question is becoming more and more important. It is possible to live conflicted in society and work the system, taking what we can for ourselves but quite often even tho this may mean our needs are met, our lives become more and more unfulfilled. It seems the very act of futility to be shaped by a society that we feel we should be shaping. We run the hamster wheel and yet at the same time we hope to find a better way of doing things. The gift of this energy may very well be the tenacity to keep on looking for that way and the knowledge that it must exist.
Astrological Correspondence – Moon in Aquarius – This energy tends towards intuition and group dynamics. It seems to hold a greater understanding of what is going on yet can be very remote and unfathomable even to itself. The Moon in Aquarius focuses on the greater good. The energy is open to all and disapproves of little yet finds it very hard to connect in a very ‘in the world but not of it’ way. More than anything else this energy needs the freedom to think what it wants and to live as it wants
I Ching Correspondence – 36) Ming I – Darkening of the Light
The Trigram for Earth is over the Trigram for Fire — A wise and good man is afflicted by a person of dark nature who has power and authority over him. In this case the advice to the wise man is that he maintains his inner identity and fire despite having to outwardly go along with what the authority wishes and to hold tight to who he is. When one is free or in a just society, it becomes easy to shine out our presence. In a corrupt society, we must sometimes in order to maintain who we are, adopt a veneer of corruption ourselves.
When the Seven of Swords occurs in a reading, it may mean that we are having trouble expressing ourself in the environment we find ourselves in due to people whom we believe to be in authority over us. We may feel like we are compromising ourselves rather than surrendering who we are.It may also be that we are learning how to maintain our inner beings while living our day to day lives. It usually denotes a feeling of isolation and a need for self-reliance. This card may also mean thievery or underhandedness in our environment. It may also mean that someone close to us is hiding their true nature.
When the Seven of Swords shows up reversed in a reading it may mean that rather than only relying on ourselves, that we may need to consult others for advice on how to extricate ourselves from a tricky situation. It may also mean that we are finding it difficult to do what we need to do to get out of the troubles in which we find ourselves. It may also mean that we are feeling internal pressure to bring out into the open what we may have felt the need to previously keep hidden.
“It’s up to the artist to use language that can be understood, not hide it in some private code. Most of these jokers don’t even want to use language you and I know or can learn . . . they would rather sneer at us and be smug, because we ‘fail’ to see what they are driving at. If indeed they are driving at anything–obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence.”
― Robert A. Heinlein
Is the purpose of language communication? I believe most of us would agree that it is. I wonder at times what it is that we seek to communicate. Do we mean exactly what our words say or do we carry another message? Do we use simple language that conveys simple meaning no matter how complex the idea. I mean “I love you” is a simple phrase yet it is one that can mean anything from “I’m glad you’re here” to “Do as I say” to “I need you to love me” and about 150 others. How often when two people speak does it seem as if despite the fact they use the same words, they are speaking two totally different languages. What’s worse is that they realize that communication isn’t taking place and are so busy blaming the other one that they don’t even realize this fact.
I have come to the conclusion that what we say always communicates something even if that something is “I have no intention of communicating with you. I will hold tight to the language I am using even tho you seem to have a problem understanding it. Then I will blame you for not understanding me. If I am not understanding what you say I will tell you that the problem lies with you.” Wouldn’t it be easier at times to drop the pretense and not claim communication in the first place? It would be more honest anyway.
Quite often experts in a given field will talk to laymen in the jargon of their field and claim they are communicating clearly. Tho this happens most often with doctors and lawyers and academics, I have also seen it done by philosophers and subscribers to spirituality. Jargon is their membership badge and rather than compare maps with others to the benefit of both, they use language to exclude,. “If you were one of us, you would get what I’m saying but oh so sorry you’re not”
Thus we go on building our towers of words and wonder when they crash to the ground under the weight of their own verbiage.
“You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care, nor your nights without a want and a grief, but rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.”
― Kahlil Gibran
Can you picture a life free from care, free from want never with anything to grieve over? Can you imagine no challenges that come up, no arguments or trouble? Wow, then what would it take to encourage growth? How would I see where my blind spots were? I can’t imagine that a life like that would be anything but stagnant. I want to have challenges that I learn from. I want to know grief and sometimes anger and hurt. I want to know them for what they are and find the joy and lesson that comes from dealing with each one. I will dare the thorn for the gift of the rose’s beauty always.
“Your battles inspired me – not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.”
― James Joyce
To the young mother
working two jobs
and still finding time
to give your baby a smile
and so much love
while taking a class or two at a time.
for the promise that your daughter
may have it a bit easier
To the young man
on the street
working day labor
who’s parents kicked him out
because of who he loved
or dreamt of loving
He manages to resist
disease and habit
believing it will get better
if he makes it so
To those who search within
who know that there’s more than this
and work towards achieving it
To those who go without food or a home
yet don’t give into despair
To those who wake to nightmares
yet still find themselves able to dream
Thank you for teaching me
love, courage, hope and tenacity.
— G A Rosenberg
I have been privileged in my life to have known and seen many varieties of experience. I have seen so many people who have had it tough in every way possible and yet managed to still go on ever hoping for more. I have seen people who have struggled (and thrived) with physical and mental disabilities or mental health issues. People poor and in need or rich and in need of hugs both inner and outer. It amazes and inspires me our ability to persist despite almost any adversity.
“But the worst enemy you can meet will always be yourself; you lie in wait for yourself in caverns and forests. Lonely one, you are going the way to yourself! And your way goes past yourself, and past your seven devils! You will be a heretic to yourself and witch and soothsayer and fool and doubter and unholy one and villain. You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame: how could you become new, if you had not first become ashes?”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Shot-down and reborn in flames
another of life’s eternal games
I rise up and begin again
another day of health and pain
My heart flies first it seeks a home
an end to too much time alone
chapter and chapter in that tome
and so I follow, and so I roam
and in the end I seek the fire
better than this muck and mire
to dream to finally expire
to this final goal I do expire
yet back to life I rise and rise
no one sees what’s in my eyes
hope and longing, the reprise
on and on with no surprise
A sign of hope, I am for all
They listen closely for my call
to rise again from funeral pall
a new day’s dawn, sun’s fiery ball
— G A Rosenberg
I speak a lot about change and how each moment is a new beginning. We can rise phoenix like over and over no matter how many times we crash and burn. Each moment of our existence becomes a new beginning that everything that came before was merely a prologue. The brass ring of a new start is out there for all of us. All we need to do is reach out and grab it. Reach out.. and admit that we are willing to make a change either small or complete. The phoenix needs to burn in order to rise again and that takes fuel, a sacrifice of who we are for the person who we may become. What do we want to change and what are we willing to give up to make it happen? Sometimes it is only the doubts that we can change yet each of us has this ability within us, It takes resolve. If we don’t burn away the parts in ourselves that no longer serve us, the universe has a tendency to do it for us. Thus we all become the Slow-Burning Phoenix.
Most of them so appealing
Some may not be real
Escaping through choices
that promise success
lead to excess
Dreams are good and dreams reveal
tho used to avoid, our dreams conceal
we build our choices
the god like mask, the hidden enemy
Would you like a ghost
or castle in the sky?
or a dragon or snake to try
Each one seems to offer what’s sought
I’ve found my purpose once again thought
then they fall away yet another false trail
yet one more of my layers stripped, unreal
Purified, simplified, I still seek the Grail..
— G A Rosenberg
Cups deal with our emotional nature including love, both that as in a relationship between two (and rarely more) people and that of friends and companions. Sevens represent our desires and wants and the paths and challenges we take to achieve them. So often we feel a deep need to feel successful that we become willing to settle for the trappings of success. As long as we have a large income, a beautiful spouse and a large home, does it matter that we still feel unfulfilled and unhappy? As long as we have the respect and love of our community does it matter that our marriage is falling apart and that our kids hate us? As long as we pursue spiritual and ontological understanding does it matter that we are homeless and cannot feed ourselves? In all three of the above cases, we pursue the illusion or appearance of success, depending on our description for it rather than working towards complete self-actualization and fulfilment. In reality all of these cups are ours to drink from and to bring together into the reality of success rather than the illusion
Astrological Correspondence – Venus in Scorpio – Venus in Scorpio is a magnetic and intense energy. It shows imagination and sensuality but reveals very little. It is a promise undelivered, an attractive tease that will show you every dark desire you have and indulge you in it fully and completely but ultimately will not in itself fulfill. It is delight and delirium.
I Ching Correspondence – 14) Ta Yu – Abundance
The Trigram of Fire is over that of Heaven. It is a time of victory, success and abundance that is meant to be enjoyed but it is not the end of the story. It is very easy during such times to get caught up in overindulgence and forget that while one chapter of the story may be over, the novel itself is still very much in progress and there is much to be done before the end. The Fire that is in the sky is that which burns the brightest to the senses yet it is not the most intense of flames nor is it ultimate fulfilment.
When the Seven of Cups shows up in a reading, it can mean that several choices have appeared but that most are illusory promising a lot but offering little. There is one choice that may look less promising but it is a lot more real and will ultimately be more fulfilling. The card may also point out that what the querent is currently doing in their lives may be fun but may not be as worthwhile as they are pretending it is and that they may be concentrating on pleasure and instant gratification rather than joy. The Seven of Cups may also be referring to a false sense of confidence, a belief that we have won where our success may truly be an illusion because of something that we have overlooked.
When the Seven of Cups turns up reversed in a reading, it may mean that the querent has come to a time in their life where they realize that they have been settling for the quick fix rather than concentrating on what is really important and fulfilling to them. It may also refer to hidden problems or dangers revealing themselves after a time of complacency. It may also refer to a time when all the choices and opportunities that we fooled ourselves into thinking that we had are quickly vanishing and what remains is that which is essential to our being