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This piece wasn't composed to raise alarm; as if we haven't already been sufficiently alarmed by events over the past few weeks! Most grasp the myriad dangers (and opportunities) that face the world today. We may have even become inured to the warning signs, not a good thing when the pressing need for change occupies center stage.
One feature I most admire about Holly Sierra's interpretation of Kali are the skulls, which are symbols of a higher state of consciousness. Raising consciousness is what Kali is all about. Holly wrote, "Having read that Kali is credited with creating the Sanskrit alphabet, whose symbols often appear on the skulls around her neck, I decided the skulls were a necessity!"
Signs of the time abound: the horrors in Ferguson, Missouri; the Middle East in general and Syria in particular; not to mention the repugnant news that the Vatican recently scurried its papal nuncio (ambassador) out of the Dominican Republic to avoid local justice. The nuncio stands accused of sexually abusing a number of Dominican children. (The story is here. The allegations are sickening.)
A case can be made that the disorder we witness in the world today, and have witnessed since Y2K, are glimpses of the Archetype of the Apocalypse. The late Jungian analyst Edwin Edinger defines the Apocalypse as, "the momentous event of the Self coming into conscious realization...This is what the content of the Archetype of the Apocalypse presents: the shattering of the world as it has been followed by its reconstitution."
The previous two millennia have distorted the historical meaning of the word apocalypse in the collective psyche. The word actually means the uncovering of something previously hidden, not the catastrophic End of the World popularized, seemingly anticipated, by excitable religious extremists. What is being uncovered is a new Zeitgeist - a paradigm that heralds a more rational understanding of the nature of reality. We live in exciting times of unprecedented change. From Kali's unique perspective, our world is being picked up by the cosmos and set aright.
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When Kali appears in a reading she may communicate either microcosmic (personal) implications or macrocosmic (global) implications; her Third Eye indicates you'll need to use your intuition to figure out which scale. Kali most commonly appears in readings when something traumatic is about to occur on the world stage. In either case, she definitively confirms an element of stubborn resistance to change - a resistance that must somehow be overcome either at the personal level or collectively as a society. The Zeitgeist will "insist" on it.
The Muse (left) is perhaps the softest, gentlest, and most unassuming of all archetypes in Chrysalis Tarot, a role model for us all. The Muse's archetypal attributes are similar both to the Divine Feminine and Great Mother archetypes. Interestingly, Kali in her primal manifestation was identified with the Great Mother goddess. The Muse assumes a more personal, maternal role to gently inform your heart chakra.
The Muse appears in readings to help you face difficult times and make difficult choices. She herself is a wise teacher who informs with the reflected brilliance of the full moon and the mysterious darkness of the unconscious mind, as symbolized by the new moon. She is a true friend to the true Self and archenemy of the hyper-inflated ego. She communicates mostly through meditation or prayer.
The evolving Self seeks spiritual enlightenment; the entrenched ego seeks power and control. The Self thirsts for change and growth; the ego staunchly resists both. An enlightened, holistic world will require models of integration and forbearance rather than domination and control.
Actually, the King of the Forest card can be interpreted that way in a reading if ego has you in a headlock, but Chrysalis always prefers to focus on the light at the end of the cave, so to speak.
The LWB meaning of the Seven of Spirals advises the querent to hunker down and defend turf. Turf, in this instance, is a metaphor for your divine right to transformation and spiritual growth. The pilgrim seeker should always expect to be challenged by those who stubbornly refuse to abandon old and outdated perceptions and ways of doing things.
But frankly, the time has come when we must shift change into high gear. That is a goal we can only accomplish one butterfly at a time. As each transformed soul leaves the chrysalis and flaps its wings, change happens throughout the cosmic Web of Life.
Consequently, the energy of The Seven of Spirals, and the mighty bear as a spirit animal, is directed toward seekers of all stripes - to those making an earnest and honest effort to grow spiritually, seek truth and transform. To them this card says, always keep an open mind but also question precepts rigorously while politely defending your free will choices and personal boundaries. The bear brings the courage to stare down adversity.
If one resists the Zeitgeist and Kali from a hunkered down position of excessive pride or inflated ego, they will tweak your tensors. Kali's presence in today's world hails a rare opportunity to review, recollect and reflect upon all aspects of one's current view of reality, as well as ensure the ever irrepressible ego is mitigated.