Temperance and Archangel Gabriel

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Temerance – Rider-Waite Smith Tarot

Temperance And Archangel Gabriel

Angels can be found in the imagery of several traditional Tarot Cards.  In the traditional Rider-Waite Smith tarot there are Archangels represented on 6 Major Arcana cards.

What are Angels?  The word Angel comes from the Greek word “angelos” which means “messenger”.  Angels are seen in many cultures and mythologies as Divine Messengers of God.  The Greek Word “archangelos” meaning “Chief Messenger” is where we get the word Archangel – and Archangels are generally seen as the Leaders of the Angels.  Primarily found in texts of Judaism and Islam, though mentions of these Divine Messengers also can be found in Ancient Greek texts, in all instances they serve as messengers between people and the Divine, bringing news or prophesy that is beneficial to the people they interact with in some way.  Angels are generally androgynous (No gender), though they are usually given a gender through an artist’s or writer’s interpretation of their appearance.   Modern encounters with Angelic beings have led many people to feel that Angels and Archangels are Divine beings of Light, who do not particularly care what religion or spiritual path you follow, but are still benevolent messengers interested in helping humans.

Gabriel is one of only four Archangels that are mentioned by name in the Bible, and appears frequently as a messenger.  It was Gabriel who interpreted Daniel’s dreams in the book of Ezekiel.  Most notoriously, Gabriel is the Archangel who brought Mary the news of her pregnancy, and later announced the Birth of Jesus to the shepherds.  It is said the it will be Gabriel who blows the Trumpets of judgement at the end times.

In Islam, it is said that Archangel Gabriel is the one who revealed the Koran to Muhammed.

In all of these recorded instances dealing with Archangel Gabriel – there is an overall theme: Gabriel’s messsages involved the transmutation of the Spiritual into the Physical.  There was often a message about Timing (Divine Timing) Harmony, and Faith… and a blending of the spiritual with the earthly.  David’s dreams guided him to become King, Mary became the mother of the Divine incarnate in human form, Muhammed’s visions became translated into the Koran.  This is where we see the perfection of the Archangel Gabriel placed symbolically on the Temperance card.

Temperance is about harmoniously blending the spiritual with the physical.  A being who is a Divine Messenger, with wings so they can bring messages from the Heavens down to Earth, is seen standing on a shoreline.  One foot on the earth (material realm) and one foot in the river (spiritual realm).  We must moderate and find balance between the spiritual and the physical worlds – and remember that we are both Physical and Spiritual beings.   Archangel Gabriel is holding two cups, and pouring a liquid in a continuous stream.  These cups represent vessels of spiritual and material worlds, and pouring between them is the Elixir of Life.  Both the vessels and the stream represent the principles of the Divine Feminine as receptivity, cooperation, harmony, creativity, and balance.  In the background the sun is rising and in the forefront flowers are blooming on the riverside – both of these remind us of the card’s message about Timing; sometimes we must have faith and wait for the right time for things to happen.  Trusting that things happen at the right time, or that you will know when the time is right is one of Archangel Gabriel’s chief messages, and this card was originally named “Time”.

Working with Archangel Gabriel:  Archangel Gabriel can help you with issues of Balance, Moderation, Timing, and receiving Messages from the Divine or your Higher Self.  All you have to do is ask!  From my experiences, the Angels and Archangels enjoy working with people in many ways – especially in matters that help you improve your life, your health, and your Spiritual growth.  Gabriel’s aura is a bright copper color, like their trumpet.  Wearing Copper or the gemstone Citrine can help you connect with Gabriel’s energy.  Gabriel is especially fond of helping writers and public speakers (other messengers!) and also is called upon often to help mothers and fathers with parenting.

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My Favorite Things 9/8/16

I missed posting this on Sunday, and didn’t want to wait until next Sunday to share, so here are My Favorite Things!

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Other Things I Love:

What I’m Currently Obsessed With:

I started reading a new Fantasy Series!  I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the rest in the series.  When Kara Magari accidentally stumbles through some kind of Portal, she ends up in another world.  This world has magic and mystical creatures, different kingdoms of people who all pretty much hate each other.  And Kara is told she’s been chosen to unite the kingdoms!  The fate of this magical realm seems to rest in the reluctant hands of a woman who would rather just go home.
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Also – the Author is hosting a Reading Marathon on facebook, with more giveaways!  Want to read the series with me and other people?  With insights and conversations with the author – and possibly win more free stuff?  Yes?  I will see you HERE  The reading marathon for this book starts on MONDAY!
If you’re on Facebook joining the book marathon, I have another group for you to check out!  As you may know, my oldest child and I are consultants for Perfectly Posh.  Natural, non toxic pampering products?  With Vegan options?  YES PLEASE!  We have a group where you can learn about all the latest deals, request free samples, participate in contests and giveaways, etc.  Come join the fun!
The latest thing at Posh I am excited about is the Pamper Your Cold set.  This is a limited time special product to prepare for Cold and Flu season.  Pamper your Cold with essential oils to help you breathe easier and relax.  The Skin Stick is a lotion bar made with Shea Butter and loaded with Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Pink Grapefruit essential oils.  You can apply it on your nose, upper lip, temples, neck, and chest to help relieve your cold symptoms.  The set also comes with Pamper Your Cold Shower Tablets – throw one of these in your bath tub or shower and breathe in the essential oils as they are released in the steam.  Opening up your sinuses and promoting a sense of relaxation will help you get better faster!  Order now at www.perfectlyposh.com/kenzijoe   This is a Limited item so I am not sure how long it will last!  Get yours while you can!
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Thinking of Cold and Flu Season coming up reminded me I should probably stock up on some other herbal remedies.  While I was searching, I found this and I just wanted to share it here for anyone interested.  I don’t know this shop owner, I’m just sharing something I think is awesome!
from OrganicHerbals on Etsy

Hestia and Headcovering as a Pagan Practice

I’m in the process of moving some of my favorite blog posts from my old blog, Tarot Mom, over here to my new blog.  I’m starting with any blog that has mention of Hestia, as that is this blog’s namesake! 

Hestia and Headcovering
April 11, 2011
Original post
A couple weeks ago, I was cleaning my bedroom and found this scarf that I have never worn as a scarf.  I have used it for a small altar cloth from time to time, or to wrap a deck of tarot cards in… but it had been stuffed in a drawer for awhile, unseen and forgotten.  When I found it, I paused, and felt that gentle urging of Hestia, saying “keep this out”.  So instead of putting it back in the drawer, I put it on my altar, folded neatly next to my Hestia Statue.  I didn’t know what on earth I was going to use it for, but I figured it’s purpose would come to me if I just listened.
Maybe only one, or two days later, I stumbled upon a facebook conversation about Pagan Headcovering.  I was intrigued, I had never heard of or considered that headcovering, or veiling would be a pagan thing to do… except for in cases of the people who like to dress up in robes and hoods for ceremonial magick and rituals.  I learned that a lot of Pagan / Witchy women feel drawn to headcovering or veiling in their daily lives as a way of honoring and connecting to their deity.  And guess what Goddess kept popping up in articles, blogs, and conversations about Headcovering?  Hestia, of course!  The bells are going off in my head at this point, as I had just placed that scarf next to Hestia on my altar, trusting that she would let me know how she wanted me to use it…
I joined the facebook group called Covered In Light and met a wide variety of women who choose to veil, or cover their hair as a spiritual practice.  I started asking questions and reading discussions and learned that for each woman, there was a very different and very personal reason for choosing to cover.  Some find it very comforting.  As empathic people, wearing a headcovering can help you feel more grounded, and more protected from the unwanted energies of other people.  Some women commented that they felt more intuitive when covered; and spoke of wearing a headcovering when doing tarot or oracle readings or for going to ritual.  Some women felt it was a call to modesty, and a practice of declaring their status as either a married woman or as someone devoted to the Goddess.  Not all the women here were called by Hestia or Vesta, but there is quite a wide variety of deities and pantheons that seem to have brought these women to the practice of veiling.  Many women commented that once they started headcovering, they felt more connected to their Goddess, more feminine, sexier, more powerful, and more comfortable in their roles at home.  Some feel drawn to cover their hair/heads in public, while others feel drawn only to do it while at home.  The wonderful thing about the group Covered In Light is that through this diversity, all the women are supportive and tolerant of each other.  No one says, “This is how or why you should cover”, but it is all about learning about eachothers’ reasons and experiences, learning from each other, and supporting one another.
So I began that very day to experiment with headcovering and find out exactly what it meant for me.  I have discovered that if I put on a headcovering when I say my morning prayers to Hestia, I stay more focused on my housework through the day.  Feeling the scarf on my head reminds me that my daily tasks are a reflection of my devotion to the Goddess, to myself, and my family.  In other words, the headcovering keeps me mindful, living in the present moment.  It is very much like an active meditation.  I also feel more intuitive about what housework needs to be done.  Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start in a home with three children where the messes abound.  But when I am covered – instead of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, I tend to feel more peaceful and less worried about everything that needs to get done.  I’m easier on myself, easier on the kids, and happier with the progress I make.  It becomes less about how much I get done, and more about the loving attitude I come to each small task with.  Mostly I feel very comfortable with my head covered, but if I start to feel uncomfortable, I take that as a cue from the Goddess that my “work” is done.  I take the headcovering off and take a break to do something for myself – like read a book or play on the internet… so in this sense I feel that headcovering has made me more aware of how I take care of myself as well.  I’m overdoing things less, taking more time for myself, and feeling overall more connected with Goddess than ever before.

 
 

Another thing I have noticed when I am covered; I feel a lot more in-tune to not only The Goddess and Divine, but to messages from my family.  First of all, when I am covered and cleaning, I am having a lot more of those inspired moments when something I have been thinking about suddenly makes sense, or I get inspired ideas for art and craft projects, blog and journaling ideas, etc.  Today for example, I put on my headcovering and said my devotional prayers to Hestia, intending to get as much housework done as possible.  I got a little cleaning done, but the one thing that kept coming to mind was this blog post.  Different points I wanted to make, different thoughts of what to write…. finally I stopped resisting and just came to sit down and write!  I am feeling like wearing the headcovering takes that energetic flow from The Divine and my Higher Self that flows through the crown chakra, and instead of that energy flowing away from me; being covered helps pull those energies down into my third eye, throat, and heart chakras to be assimilated from there.  Before experiencing this, I would have assumed that wearing something on my head might block this flow from the Crown Chakra, but now I am experiencing quite the opposite.  It comes right back to the way that Covering just keeps me in a higher state of awareness; fully in the here and now.  I’m a lot more aware of what my children and husband are saying to me, what they need from me, and what they feel… but without their feelings overwhelming me.  As if the covering works as a kind of filter, I can understand my children’s feelings without getting wrapped up in the emotion and frustrated by my empathy.  I’m becoming a better listener, and I’m also much more aware of the words I say and how I treat others when I am covered.
I’m personally not drawn to wearing the covering outside of my home or in public.  I don’t feel like Hestia is calling me to cover at all times, but just when I want to feel more connected to my role as a housewife and mother.  For me, it is something that keeps me more centered and grounded while at home… although I have kept my scarf on to make a couple quick trips to the grocery store. 
When I first started veiling, I drew an Angel card from the “Daily Guidance From Your Angels” oracle card deck by Doreen Virtue.  This is the card I got; (This was the day after joining Covered in Light and only my second day covering)

I had been asking myself if this was really right for me, really something I needed to do or wanted to do.  This angel is Covered!  I looked through the deck and there is not a single other angel card that depicts artwork of an angel with it’s head covered in any way!  Later that day I felt an urge to go to the mall and just walk around.  I didn’t really have money to spend, but I just kept feeling that nudge to “Go!”  So I went, and found another beautiful scarf, on sale!  I knew it was my gift from the Goddess and the Angels for listening to my heart, so I bought it for myself.

Here is a wonderful prayer to Hestia that was written by another member of Covered in Light and I have been using it when I veil before going about my household duties;

“Hestia,
Keeper of the flame
Goddess of the Hearth
Gentle Hestia,
Eternal Virgin,
Sister, Daughter,
Veiled one
Bless this the hearth
Of Thy sister,
She who comes
Veiled before you
May the flame
Never be extinguished
May your blessing and spirit
Always abide here”

  ~ ZedralZ/Nar

UPDATE – Current thoughts on Headcovering
Dec. 26, 2014

I still like to wear scarves and practice veiling or headcovering often!  My collection of scarves has grown in number and color, and I’ve learned some great techniques for tying them!  (I don’t have a recent picture, but I will try to add some soon!) 
The color of my headcovering has come to be an important part of my practice.  If I feel like I need some protection, my black scarves come in handy.  Feeling homey and earthy?  Browns.  Needing some power, energy or fire?  Reds, of course!  Wanting to connect with Water energy. . . blue shades are the way to go.  I love combining the magickal attributes of colors in choosing what I am going to wear as my head covering. 
I don’t cover every day, but it’s still something I do often.  Some days it’s just for fashion, and other days it’s because I feel I need the extra spiritual support and focus.  Depending on my intention when I put it on, it may bring me comfort, focus, energy, strength, or determination. 

Monday’s Book Reviews

Joining in at Book Journey for It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

I have a couple different books going on right now.

First off, I am still reading “Child of The Dawn” by Gautama Chopra. While I am enjoying the subject matter (spiritual awakening and the Law of Attraction) I am just not getting into this book. The writing style and story telling just aren’t pulling me in. Perhaps I will change my mind after I finish it, but for now my review is just. . . “meh”.

Another book I am reading right now is  ” How To Hear Your Angels” by Doreen Virtue. I am enjoying this book! It gives advice for anyone who wants to increase and strengthen their communication with Angels, spirit guides, crossed over loved ones, etc. Really nice for those who do tarot or oracle card readings or any type of medium ship work, with practical excersizes to increase your intuition and empathy.

Thirdly, I am rereading “Guards! Guards!” By Terry Pratchett. I needed some lighthearted fiction and comedic relief in my life so I picked an old favorite from The Discworld series. Revisiting the introduction of one of my favorite characters, Sam Vimes and his encounter with Dragons as part of a political coup. Always enjoyable!

Tuesday’s Oracle; Fresh Air

The kids have gone to school, I have had my coffee, and I decide to start my day with meditation. At my altar, I choose The Daily Guidance From Your Angels oracle card deck by Doreen Virtue. Settling onto my cushion I shuffle the cards and pray; “Angels, what advice do you have for me today?”

I read the card and smile. I had planned on doing some housework today, but perhaps I should do some yard work instead? Or at least open the house windows and doors. It’s cool out today, morning fog is lifting. Maybe it will rain.
I turn to the window next to my altar and open it. As I open it I see my neighbor’s dog, Sonny, running down my driveway. I step outside and I’m greeted by 100 pounds of happy slobbering fur. In the distance I can hear my neighbor calling his name. Sonny hears it too, but ignores the calls as he runs in playful circles around my front yard. I think about getting my phone and calling the neighbor to let her know her dog is here. But I remember the angel card I had just drawn, so I grab my jacket and slip on my shoes, “Come on Sonny! Let’s walk!”
Sonny and I walk down the driveway to the road. Well, I walk while he runs in circles ahead of me.  The crisp morning air fills my lungs and bites at my ears. The road is littered with orange and brown Maple leaves that have fallen over night. . . crunch, crunch, crunch.
I am smiling as we reach the neighbor’s house. She scolds Sonny for running away, but we laugh about how he just wanted to play. She informs me that she was just on her way to my house to help clean the deck. (This neighbor is also my landlady) Once again I remember the card encouraging me to get fresh air! Well, it looks like I will be working outside today, clearing and washing the deck to prepare it for a new waterproof coat of paint for the rainy winter days ahead.
I return home, opening more house windows. Yes, it is a bit chilly out, but the Fresh air feels so good! I sit at my altar next to my open window and meditate, focusing on just taking deep, cleansing breaths of fresh air.
I hope that you, my readers, can find a way to get some fresh air today too!
Namaste and Blessed Be!