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Tarot Reader with a London edge.


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Why you should hug your inner demon.

We all got our very own shadow side. It is the same one that makes us show a good dose of violent behavior towards other drivers in traffic, eat your sister’s chocolate cake  (and blame dad for it afterwards) or simply trigger harming behavior that might cause pain to us or/and to others. But how can we accept, love and control the terrible monster that we can turn into? Continue reading

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How to deal with break up…?

This is going to be a post on one of the oldest and the most popular topics of all times.  I am quite sure that if you would dig deep enough in some Egyptian scrolls or Aztec stones you will find it somehow, somewhere. Love is with us from the dawn of humanity and it will be the last thing to go when the divine spirit will decide to burn as back to ashes for good.

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Meditation Music from “Maok”

Just as I was loosing all my hopes for Slovakian music scene (anybody who has ever seen DJ Rytmus would be on the same page) … I found Maok! (My hopes for Czech music scene are long gone)

You can find a lot of amazing music on their website http://maok.net/ including some downloads here http://maok.net/category/hudba-na-stiahnutie/ (second one from top is absolutely astonishing concert in a church)

The song that is attached to this post is called “Liecenie” which means “Healing” but I found most of Maok music literally soul-mending.

Hope you will enjoy this hidden gem of introspection music. 😉 Continue reading


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Facing fears

I believe our personality is made ​​up of many parts. Some parts are predetermined by our upbringing, some by our adult experiences, some can even be self harming. One of those is behavior patterns we adopted thanks to our inner fear. Anxiety can push us off our real life path and kept us hiding under the rock…

But… how to actually recognize those fears that are interfering with your life journey? It might be something rooted in your childhood or just a bad experience you once had and didn’t got the chance to cope with it properly. Most “popular” fears are Fear of loosing control, vulnerability, rejection of others, loneliness, emptiness..or just simple fear of getting hurt.

In this case our intellect is not always playing in our favor. It can easily rationalize our fear and create a behavior pattern. This pattern can become part of our self definition and once it gets there it will be very hard to get rid of it. Our mind got a lot of defense mechanisms to protect our self image.

This can go on for years and years. Fear can immobilize both physically and mentally. We keep living in our  fear-shell where we are seemingly comfortable. But this sword cuts both ways. Maybe not immediately but sooner of later it will.

So what I believe is the the terrible price we are all paying for not facing our fears? It is us, restrained from experience we probably need the most to move forward in our personal development…

 

T.

Interview with Phil Hine about Chaos Magic.

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This interview got 7 parts, you can all find them on Youtube and all of them are equally interesting.

It will possible resonate more with all the Aleister Crowley juniors out there so I believe that’s the reason why this video even more important for people who is either not directly familiar with his work or just rather disagree with it.

For those people the interview will be real intellectual challenge. (Especially recommended for all the religious people out there)

One of my friends recently got a great point, its great to meet people with same interest as you but this can lead to the situation when you are just confirming each other point of view instead of challenging it.

For the very same reason I would recommend for all the Thelemaphills to go and try to find an actual catholic priest.

If you would be scared to face opposite opinions you might miss very important experience that may lead to great move forward on your spiritual path.

T.


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What 7 of cups teaches us about commitment phobia.

In Rider-Waite  Tarot system the 7 of cups card represents a person standing in front of 7 cups filled with various desirable objects. The cups look almost identical and they are not grounded but floating in the air. In a sense they are actually out of reach of the person standing in front of them but still within his sight. The very simplified meaning of the cards is to have more choices then one or building a flying castles.

I would like to focus on the “more choice” side of the archetype. Friend of mine recently told me she is feeling like she has to discover all things that are here, don’t really wont to commit to one thing because  she would feel like she is missing something..and I was thinking.. “missing what?”

Of course, when your life is consisting of repetitive stereotypes only that is a very troublesome BUT are you actually missing something by staying all the time at position 0? (yes, I am talking about Fool card) Isn’t that stagnation in the very same fashion?

As I believe the principles of life are universal and range from quantum physics to you having bad day. There is just one “Life”, one and only archetype that includes everything. In the light of this fact actually makes more sense WHERE exactly are you on your journey more then what are you following because it works on same principle.

It is like starting with a stamp collection…and then a coins collection… Different cups, but still the same experience of starting over and over again. Just like the cups on the 7 of cups card: identical and floating in the air, unless you go all the way down on your collector journey and turn it into real experience, then it doesn’t matter what are you collecting.

I used the “collector” metaphor to make the idea more “edible” but this can seemingly apply to other interests or even relationships in our life.

So I would say don’t be scared to get into some “heavy shit”. Yes, it can be a disaster, yes it can be painful and you might have to face your worst fears but  as at the end of the day you only benefit from it. 😉


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Are people with Psychic abilities actually good for something?

Oh well, it seems like most of my post are triggered by me hearing something I generally disagree on and I use my blog as a hostage to make a point… oh well..what can you do…

This one was triggered by a friend who were astonished by a psychic able to tell him details from his childhood without knowing much about him. Even though I generally feel this IS impressive however in terms of actual benefit of this for a human life… eh.. not so much.

I am not saying this abilities does not exist. They do. But all this mind reading, moving objects with mind..so on and so on, it is not having a greater impact on others life then a circus magician show.

You feel amazed. You feel surprised and the worst part is you feel there is a proof for existence of something higher. Proof that comes not from light that you feel within yourself but from an external comedian.

It is like giving a thirsty person a cup of vine and tell him you are the only one who can give to him while he is standing in crystal clear water all the time, just unaware of it.

While I do believe Tarot is different as it is great tool that can truly help with understanding archetypes around you, I more impressed with people who got “light”, happiness and understanding inside them as for me those people are actual proof of higher principal existence. More then any mind reading, past life kinetic magician.

Tereza

PS: I am sorry, L. Please don’t hate me.


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Is Facebook really a revolutionary “new idea”?

Yesterday, I came across a tarot reader on one of the London tarot group meetings, who was talking about new technologies and the way the reflect in tarot readings. It didn’t feel right to me for some reason. I’ve never thought  about “social media” and “new technology” as an archetype or self-sufficient element so this kind of made me think about the origin of the whole phenomenon of social media…

I think for us to be able to see the origin of it we have to go back in time (1.21 gigawatts, please), slightly before the industrial revolution. Living in Europe or US, you would most likely live in smaller town or village and most of you family and friend would live close by.
You would gather in church, market place, after work, while working on farm or a field… so you would be probably in constant connection with them. Your work, family and friends are all in once place, well connected.

Even now, small towns or village does work like an actually living Facebook. Everybody knows everything.  If you ve been fired from your work, the whole village will know it before you even come back home.

The fast communication was quite easy back then, you lived in the middle of your own community. It’s quite different now, I have a most of my friends and family all over the world. It is hard to create this “small village” community type of feeling on longer distances. So I think that where Facebook is coming.

It is not a revolutionary new tool, if it would people would not accept it so easily. It is bringing back elements to our lives that we lost somewhere on the way to the ultimate technology debauchery.


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How to balance your spiritual and working life

So recently one of my friends came to a decision to quite his job, get rid of his money and go on spiritual path .. I believe lots of people feel the same way : material world and spiritual world as been enemies and you can not go spiritual without getting rid of  material life. So this made me write this post as this perception is utterly utterly wrong…

For a starter I would like to , as expected, give an example from Tarot cards.  78 cards of Tarot are divided to 2 parts : Major arcana – 22 cards that deals with spiritual journey and Minor Arcana 56 cards that deals with everyday life matters. Minor arcana are archetype situation from material world that we experience and with the help of Major arcana we understand them and obtain knowledge.

Preview_DSC6103WEB The ultimate goal of human life is to understand AND experience unity of all the aspects of life, its inner connections and ultimately feel as  part of this mechanism. Everyday life (yes, even your idiotic boss) is here to create “experience” , spiritual is here to create “understanding” of that experience.  It doesn’t matter if you life in rain forest (with idiotic Tribal chief) or in New York, everything was written by one hand.

So now we are coming to why is getting rid of the material world is such a bad idea. We have already started to separate spiritual and everyday life at some point during the industrial revolution. This led us into imbalance, because we have “experience” but we don’t have “understanding”. Trying to even widen this gap can not possibly do any good.

Knowledge is freedom. And knowledge comes though both experience and understanding.

Tereza aka Coco Tarot

Shadowscape Tarot deck


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“Tea and Tarot” ritual

Today I would like to talk/write about the importance of intuition developing rituals. This apply to both tarot readers and tarot untouched individuals for whom are strongly recommend to get some appealing tarot deck even if it will be just for purposes described further on.

As there is a day and night forming together a great partners, our logical and down-to-earth thinking makes great partner with illogical intuition. Only by combining those two together is possible to perceive the life in its fullest truthful state.We are living in times where intuition and spirituality is very underestimated. This might lead to lack of balance within us and creating a false perception about our lives and priorities.

So that’s why I came up with the idea for “Tea and Tarot” ritual that may help to restore the intuition and ultimately the balance with your mind.

All you need is:

  • Tea of choice (my personal favorite is mint tea or any tea without caffeine)
  • Some snuggling device like armchair
  • Silence or sound meditation
  • Deck of Tarot cards
  • Pen and paper

Now all you need to do is to make a tea, feel comfy and shuffle the cards. Pick one. Stare. Stare. Stare. Let the imagination flowing slowly. Stare. Gaze. Now take the paper and start to write down keywords, stories, sentences what ever comes to your mind. Don’t stop until the paper is full of notes!

Don’t be afraid that it is embarrassing or it doesn’t make sense. If you feel like writing “Fart” 10 times do it.

Repeat this ritual every now and then or “when it feels like it”.

This exercise will inevitably help your intuition and reconnection with your subconscious.

Tereza

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