|Image from Chrysalis Tarot's app|
In a tarot reading, The "Beekeeper" Healer (left) cultivates synchronicity to guide lost souls to her Honey House, a spiritual sanctuary and refuge where fragmented psyches can be soothed and healed.
One of Chrysalis' Facebook fans recently commented that The Healer card reminds her of Lily, the main character in the book and film, "The Secret Life of Bees." The story is a maudlin parable about healing, hope, and soul loss. The subtle energy of synchronicity sculps the heart of the parable.
Lily, as you already know if you read the book or saw the movie, is a physically and psychologically abused child who blames herself when her mother, also a victim of abuse, leaves home without her. Lily's mean-spirited, drunken father convinces Lily that her mother, who he claims never really loved her, deserted her.
Synchronicity, an unseen energy that shapes lives, takes Lily by the hand and leads her to the Honey House, where she's welcomed by a maternal sisterhood of compassionate beekeepers. The sisters provide Lily with a nurturing family and the healing love she never had. We discern the helpful hand of synchronicity when we learn Lily's mother also stayed at the Honey House in her childhood. However, only the sisterhood's perceptive matriarch, August Boatwright, is aware of this fact.
|Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) at May's wailing wall|
May, you see, often is overcome with the sorrows of the world and the people around her. So often, in fact, that her sisters built her a special wailing wall.
The wall is a sacred space where May can shed her tears and place sorrowful invocations written on bits of paper. "Those bits of paper are all the heavy feelings May carries around. Seems it's the only thing that helps her," August tells Lily. The journal Lily keeps provides the storyline for both the book and subsequent film. The great healers, it seems, often bear the greatest pains.
Lily's heartwarming story underscores an important spiritual truism. The Otherworld communicates via meaningful coincidence, also known as synchronicity. Journaling communicates via metaphorical language in healing parables, also known as the Secret Life of Bees.
First, soul loss can result from trauma of any type. Lily's story is a fitting example. A person gives away a piece of soul by engaging in codependent relationships, usually a result of low self esteem. Soul can be stolen by those who drain soul energy, commonly called psychic vampires who zap energy. It's said that psychic vampires are drawn to awakening souls.
More commonly, soul is stolen if a person is disempowered or allows power to be taken from them. An unforgiving person can be an unwitting soul thief. When we suffer soul loss of any kind, we lose balance and harmony within ourselves. We become broken and in desperate need of spiritual healing. Even one's path to personal destiny is obstructed.
Soul retrieval is vital to Chrysalis Tarot's goal of spiritual transformation, which is symbolized by Psyche (below right), the traditional "World" card. Psyche is a gloriously transformed butterfly (you). The word psyche means butterfly in Greek. And it also means soul.
|21 - Psyche|
In some instances, however, and for understandable reasons, we can permit brokenness to define who we are. In turn, this begets a false persona and even fosters a psychological addiction to victimhood. Once soul is retrieved and restored, it's healthy to embrace your healing, give thanks and celebrate.
Soul loss is primarily a spiritual affliction. However, left to fester it will likely manifest as physical disease. Indeed, there's a large body of empirical evidence suggesting many diseases are directly linked to soul loss, chronic spiritual disharmony and/or embedded negative energy.
Fortunately, embedded negative energy can be extracted, which essentially involves clearing and cleaning chakras. When healing cards turn up in Chrysalis readings, they may implicate a chakra blocked by embedded negative energy. These blockages, as well as negative emotions and stress in general, vibrate at a low frequency, thereby impeding cellular function.
Healing methods that modify and mollify subtle energies in the body, e.g. yoga, meditation, shamanism, acupuncture, qigong, and, yes, Chrysalis Tarot, all are stress-reducing, high-frequency activities that support the body's natural healing ability, which itself is nothing short of miraculous!
In the new Chrysalis Tarot companion book (June 2015), I'll delve into chakras, various subtle energy practices and Chrysalis cards with specific healing attributes. Suffice it to say, one root cause of embedded negative energy lies in the conflict between reality and a cherished worldview. This is known as cognitive dissonance, a term that means holding, or struggling to hold, two or more contradictory beliefs in the mind at the same time. One of these two beliefs will eventually become disabling.
The mental disharmony and sheer intellectual stress brought about by disabling beliefs can block activation of your Third Eye chakra, as well your Crown chakra. This condition is rampant in today's world. In changing times, critical thinking skills become hugely important as front-line defense against mind-numbing disabling beliefs.
|Seven of Stones|
Briefly, here is Syrinxes story from Greek mythology: The amorous god Pan, half-man and half-goat, pursued Syrinx relentlessly but she courageously resisted his advances. One day, while once again trying to escape Pan, she was blocked by the River Ladon, seen in the background. Helpful Spirits of the River rushed to transform her into a reed just as Pan caught up to her (image below).
Hearing the sweet, whistling song the reed made, Pan fashioned the reed into a flute so he could own Syrinx, if not in love then in music. Syrinx is pictured (left) holding her namesake, a syrinx, which also is called a Pan's pipe.
Sweet story, eh? Well, not exactly. Pan is symbolic of man's violent, aggressive, domineering nature. Syrinx is a symbol of a woman's stolen soul. The choice Syrinx made was straightforward: she could preserve her soul, albeit in music, or see it stolen and imprisoned (Pan would, of course, insist she gave her soul away).
In today's world, women are programmed by the brutal soul messages of a patriarchal society - by its political, social and religious institutions. Those messages are also straightforward: that women are second best; that they are not as intelligent as men; that they're eroticized objects for lotus-eaters to relish and ravage at will, and that they were created by a male god solely to serve men and procreate. The Divine Feminine has been exiled; the Goddess does not exist, indeed never existed. Such repugnant programming of the unconscious minds of women and men has resulted in cultural soul loss.
|Pan and Syrinx, Paolo de Matteis|
Chrysalis Tarot readings harmonize subtle energies originating in the Collective Unconscious. They anchor an effective healing regimen via the Hero's Journey of self-discovery and self-cultivation, a form of soul retrieval.
Transpersonal psychology and shamanic healing in the form of journeying is also effective, especially in cases that involve severe trauma and searing soul loss.
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P.S.S. I am considering using Chrysalis healing testimonials in the new companion book. If you have first hand information and don't object to sharing (fictitious first names only in the book), please let me know. Thank you.