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A poem, a poet, and The Fool

This week, I found a copy of Marie Gauthier's Hunger All Inside. She's a very good poet, in the school of Many Hands' regular contributor, Mr. Swist. She turns to the natural world for inspiration. But as a parent, she also turns to her son. And her poetry about watching him grow captures the essence of being a parent (and a child).

Workshop with Joanna Powell Colbert, creator of the Gaian Tarot announced

A workshop with Joanna Powell Colbert, creator of the Gaian Tarot, and Carolyn Cushing to deepen your relationship with the natural world as a source of inspiration and support. Activities include: ceremony, mindful eating, nature journaling, talking together, being outside at Arcadia, and exploring the Wheel of the Year. More info at http://artofchangetarot.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/connecting-with-mama-ga...
--submitted by Carolyn Cushing

An opportunity to attend an introductory class for free

The Massachusetts Tarot Society is offering “Way of Seeing” — An Introduction to Tarot, presenter George Barham on July 16th.

Each card is like a crystal with many facets. We will explore some of these sides in minor arcane and the major arcane. We will go into a brief history tarot decks and how to understand them. We will look at how all this affects readings.

Location & Time:
1pm to 3pm at the Gazette Building, 115 Conz Street in Northampton, Mass.

Noon and midnight

I enjoyed this, and I thought you might like it as well, from the entry on "noon" in Wikipedia:

"In traditional magical thinking, both noon and its opposite, midnight, form an axis linking the mundane world with other worlds by being apogee of light and darkness, respectively. Thus, noon is associated with heaven, order and life."

and this...

Touching the sacrum

The Hanged Man, an Esoteric Look

In my ongoing review of the Gaian Tarot, I've arrived at the Hanged Man and have been working on the card, along with a group called the Gaian Circle for the past month. Recently, the group's inceptor, Joanne Powell-Colbert mentioned that the card had some esoteric history. Yes, indeed. I would say that interpretation would have to include the symbol for phosphorus:

Using Tarot to heal the earth

Here's a link to an interview of Alejandro Jodorowsky by Steve Dollar of Greencine. I find in this interview another example of how so-called "traditional" male energy (utterly out of control in AJ) needs to become more balanced with female energy in order for us to reconnect with the earth. Ego, cruelty, lack of compassion, apathy, arrogance, absurdism, and pretension--Jodorowsky combines these qualities in his work, and his work becomes a message of nihilism.

Rainy days and creativity - Suggestions from Paula Chaffee Scardamalia

5 Remedies for the Rainy Day Blahs

It's raining fish-hooks and hammer handles! ~Laura Ingalls Wilder (On the Banks of Plum Creek)

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. Little Johnny (or Paula) wants to play.

Surrender: The Power of Letting Go

Joanna Powell-Colman recently challenged the members of her Gaian Tarot Circle to consider this: What does it mean to surrender to the Earth?

Two workshops near Salem, Mass.

Both on Saturday, May 21, 2011:

Evidential Mediumship Workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Swampscott Church of Spiritualism, 59 Burrill St., Swampscott. Lionel Owen, lifelong medium and past president of the International Spiritualist Federation, will speak. Attendees are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy in the garden. $75/person. Pre-register at 781-595-6972 or www.swampscottchurchofspiritualism.org/Lionel-Owen.html.

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