Like a rolling thunderstorm, Oya came calling Sunday morning. From what I've recently seen on Facebook, and from my own experience, a lot of confusing energies have been in play this week. Many are simply misdirected energies being redirected. This blog attempts to sort them all out.
Oya has many aspects (energy patterns): she's a warrior (destructive) goddess associated with fire, magic, wind and particular vortices such as tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as being a guardian of the Otherworld. She's not a member of Chrysalis' dramatis personae, at least not directly. More about that shortly.
A goddess with a complicated energy pattern, who is unfamiliar to most people, can prove difficult to "tune into." In fact, her energy can even be a little unnerving, if not overwhelming. As one becomes more centered and balanced, tuning-in becomes easier. That's why balance is continuously mentioned in Chrysalis Tarot circles and emphasized in the Little White Book. Chrysalis balance is achieved by practicing mindfulness, humility and keeping an open mind. We are living in times of unprecedented change, so it's important to discover your center now and train yourself to recover it quickly.
Erika is also a member of the Chrysalis Tarot Study Group. My Facebook friend and protégé Giuliana Ramirez recently started this group and it quickly blossomed like the lovely flowers surrounding Oya's headdress.
Oya is a goddess of transition. Specifically, the transition from the old paradigm of an unbalanced, disconnected, dead universe to the new paradigm of a balanced, connected, living universe.
Central to this transition is the return of the Shekinah, the energy of the Divine Feminine that's been in exile for the past 5,000 or so years. We cannot accomplish this transition without balance and justice and we cannot find balance and justice in monotheistic, male-dominated societies that sorely undervalue, and in some cases brutally oppress, half their members, i.e. their women. Erika touched upon one reason for this imbalance: fear and loathing of female sexuality (and human flesh in general) by the (male) architects of monotheism.
To stretch this analogy, we regard Giuliana's Chrysalis Tarot study group like the flagship of a fleet tasked with the rescue and return of the Shekinah. Forgive the hyperbole, but Giuliana and the ladies of her study group could be likened to modern day avatars of Helen of Troy - faces that "launch'd a thousand ships." A puffed up spinnaker perhaps, but transitioning to this new paradigm definitely depends upon strong, empowered, self-confident women commanding the helm. Accordingly, we imbued Chrysalis Tarot with Divine Feminine Oya energy - a trait that sets it apart from other decks.
Both Ezekiel and Oya personify the energy of Merkabah mysticism, also known as chariot mysticism. This is why Herne the Hunter appears on the traditional Chariot card in Chrysalis. He's a slayer of obsolete worldviews. The Corsair (a pirate) was inspired by my Mystic Rose book. He loves to plunder outworn worldviews!
(The beautiful Helen of Troy by Rossetti is displayed on the right.)
One of the most popular snowclones of Arthur Clarke's Third Law reads: "Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science." That might not have been true of the old paradigm, but it certainly is of the new! Let's examine that bold claim more closely.
|From the Chrysalis Tarot app|
The new paradigm asserts that subtle, invisible energy permeates the cosmos; moreover that we ourselves are eternal energy beings, not merely hunks of matter somehow raised to finite lives. The new paradigm attests of a universe characterized by continuous creation (an estimated 275-million new stars are born everyday) We live in a conscious universe continuously learning about itself and ever increasing in complexity.
One of the primary instruments of this cosmic learning is Earth-bound biology that participates in a dynamic feed-back feed-forward loop: the bear, you, me and the cosmos. We all are connected by vibrating subtle energy flowing through everything.
As human beings we always have, and probably always will, personify or anthropomorphize recurring energy patterns that we can't see. This penchant applies to gods, goddesses, fairies, angels, spirits, satyrs, mythological and fantastical creatures, and magic dragons named Puff. They are all real because they all resonate. And we will continue to call this resonance magic, not because it's supernatural, paranormal or unscientific, but simply because it's far easier to convey that notion than a scientific one.
For example, had you rather commune with "subtle energy and recurring spatiotemporal patterns of the electromagnetic field oscillating at the far-infrared band," or with Oya, Pan and black unicorns?
Oya's White Tiger Energy drives personal truth and assertiveness by empowering the soul and strengthening the will. It's the type of energy that rouses any self-respecting, open-minded bear from the cave's creature comforts. And by the way, the 7 of Spirals reminds you to question everything but stand your ground!
Anyway, isn't it high time humankind vacated caves altogether?
*A spiral is a 2-dimensional symbol for a swirling vortex that expands to infinity and contracts to singularity. In humans, the singularity is located at the heart of the body's auric energy field.
|Oya - "What I destroy you no longer need."|