Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The Keepers (Pages) are like initiates. They will experience failures, make mistakes and they will face adversity that brings them to point break and beyond. But each of these entities can only show us what their element is made of; both strengths and weakneses. When the Keepers are ready; they will shed their innocence for hard-earned maturity and become Guardians.
Of all the elements within the suits; from air that blows a cyclonic storm; the fire that burns with heated rage; the water that clashes in titanic waves.. it is the earth that contains all the other elements in our human form.
It is in our human form that we are able to laugh, shed tears; feel pain and pleasure, sorrow and bliss. It is the earth element in us that makes it possible to see, touch, taste, smell and hear each other. Our hands create what the mind perceives; our will drives us to obtain what our heart desires.
The strengths of the earth is that it is stable, it gives form and limitations; but there is need for sustainance and nurturing that requires effort.
And when the cycle has finally run its course from birth to death, this Keeper will learn about mortality; for all things perishable must eventually make way for new seed to grow.
I imagine this is what it must be like;
Watcing the highlights of one's life;
If we lived our lives as if we were looking back at it;
If we knew how we our actions would haunt us;
We may save ourselves a lot of heartache and anguish;
We may have less regrets and more joy;
We may not turn out to be such a pain in the ass;
We may even like ourselves a little bit more.
This day 26th January 2009, we enter the year of the Earth Ox.
On the 18th night of the 1st Moon; we had a celebration of the coming year of the Ox. I travelled back to my hometown for an early reunion dinner.
It is a savage land but there are wonderful things about that place that I love as well. It is a wild place filled with dangers for the people can be both warm and kind yet too many are brutal and unruly... but I digress.
My family and I, we feasted under the stars that night. There was food, wine, laughter and so much warmth; for the moment all our worries were put aside.
As the night wore on, something got into my eye and I blinked. That was when I saw her... not human.
They do not show themselves to me unless they wish to be given a face. But for my own peace of mind, I turned to ask my sister (the one named after a Night Flower) if she saw anything out of the ordinary.
My gift lies not in seeing entities unless they wish to be seen but the Night Flower has the gift to enter the other realm at will and she sees things that do not appear to the naked eye. "Yes", she said, "we are being watched". I asked her what she saw and she described my vision back to me; down to the last detail.
Let me show you what we both saw; for my gift (I think) is to give a face to those who do not dwell within an earthen shell like we do.
I was in the midst of completing the 5 of Cups, but this entity I saw... she insisted that she be given a face ... SOON; so I started on her immediately. She was most insistant and though I do not understand her urgency, I had to get her out of my head.
This being was perched on the tree outside our home, a black shadow. I sensed no malice from her nor did my sister but this being, she stayed all night watching us as we celebrated. She cannot enter our domain, trapped in her own. Was she lonely? I don't know... perhaps it is isolating being trapped in a place one cannot leave or chooses not to leave.
Perhaps it is a boundary she cannot escape. I do not know the rules by which they live by but I asked that she leave me in peace once the image is done for my sister told me that if I feel the dampening of my spirits... draw the line and back off for they sometimes get desperate and they cling on.
So I gave her 4 coins for 2 reasons; a token to leave me alone once the deed is done AND; a challenge to those do not believe, I dare you to try take it from her and see what she will do though I personally suggest the path less foolhardy.
The piece is completed (in record time too), I wish this being a Good Journey, travel well and be at peace.
Though I do not expect you to believe me, it makes no difference. For I may proclaim that the wind does not exist simply because I cannot see it; but my proclaimation does not make it any less real.
3 disks offered in exchange for the gift of craftmanship beyond that of mortals. But the Regent of the Earth realm has no need for spoils from the material world.
Instead the young apprentice was offered a lifetime of servitude. To be the Keeper of the Pentacles, she must carve beauty into material things as a tribute to the gods and the young apprentice faces the harsh reality that not all things can be purchased or bartered.
Some things have to be earned. Through dedication to the craft, she will hone her skills over time but not before.
The guide who greets us in the land of the One Eyed God has a sense of humour. Twisted, wicked, wicked clown.
There will be a game called "Life" and in it are many hidden challenges. Some dangerous, some deadly, others trivial. But in his hands are 2 gifts.
How we use them may make all the difference between success and failure. He will not say what they're for or what they'll do; we'll have to find out for ourselves.
The time has come to step into the world of the One-Eyed God; there is no turning back. An initiation into the realm of flesh; your senses will be over-loaded with all the Weavers and the Pathfinders have to teach you but its all right... euphoria never felt this good when you were without form.
Everything you ever thought of can come alive here, you can mold every fantasy into tangible reality with your hands.
Even if you may not meet all the Jahanamians who walk this earth, be mindful of what choices you make during your stay for they will cause a ripple in this place... in ways you may not even know of.
Your visit will be short and when the time comes to say farewell, you may find that you do not wish to leave... Not with so many things still left undone.
Have a pleasant stay.