The Suit of Stones – Three

Once we decide to step onto a path, any path, we begin the process of Creation. We are building a life for ourselves and so gather the resources and support system needed to map our future. The creative process is truly a magical experience. A life of purposeful success is alchemical. It requires a careful blend of passion, know-how, innocent trust, and tenacity. And the three of Stone encourages us to consider what makes our heart sing and excites our Soul’s voice, make a plan to accomplish those things, and bring the dream into manifestation.
When you were in second grade, what did you want to be when you grew up? How about eighth grade? College? Is the old passion of the dreams of your younger self in your life now? Joseph Campbell, scholar, mythologist, and sage of the twentieth century wrote: “Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls.1” When we live in alignment with our passions we are capable of accomplishing far more than we ever imagined. The trick, though, is truly follow your bliss. Not the career path that was chosen for you, the practical one, or the “safe bet.” Rather it is stepping into the wild and doing what only you can do. Each one of us is capable of tremendous creativity but it must be infused with our essence. Creation without passion is not craftsmanship but manufacturing.

  1. Close your eyes and imagine the life you wish to create. Do not make it about things, although it is perfectly appropriate to have things, but rather about your purpose within that life. Step back from what is practical and into what is possible. Don’t try to make a map on how to get there just yet but rather just experience the flavor of purpose. It is less about what you do than about who you are and how you affect the world around you. Taste the possibilities. Dream. Were you able to easily access a blissed and purposeful life? Or is it a stretch? Keep playing until it is easy to experience yourself in a purposeful state.

  2. Now step back from the dream and place yourself into your position now. How aligned is your life now with the dream of the life of bliss? Bring the state of bliss into your life now and begin the steady process of integrating the feeling of bliss into your day-to-day life. This will allow you to follow the emotional resonance “home” as you create your future.

  3. If you are dissatisfied with your present life it’s time to make some nuts and bolts changes. This doesn’t (necessarily) mean quitting your job and joining a rock band but it may mean dusting off your guitar, inviting over friends, and enjoying music. Or it may mean looking at a certificate program in permaculture, or finally taking a creative writing class at the community college.

  4. Look at the people in your life and consider their influence on your motivation. Do they encourage your dreams by seeing the good in you or do they tear you down to keep you small? Or perhaps it is somewhere in the middle. Really take an inventory of how your relationships affect you. This is not to blame anyone else but rather to see how you’ve structured your life to be Loving and expansive or, perhaps, small and restrictive.

When the three of Stones is in your spread it is time to create. Make plans, collaborate, explore possibilities, and begin to make a map of not only where you are going but where you have been. Are you engaged with passionate possibilities or are you making do with what’s “practical.” Begin to redefine the terms of your life so they match your dreams.

1Campbell, Joseph. The Power of Myth.

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

The Suit of Stone – Ace of Stone

Stone and the wisdom in the bones. Ancient knowledge. True wealth. Connection to the tribe. This suit is an offering to the old ones and the skeletal structure of the earth. We connect to the realm of Stone through our bones. It is shared memory, tribal continuity, the nearness of our ancestors in daily life, and the divination of Earth. Stone is fiercely practical and relates strongly to survival but also the continuation of life after death. The original wealth was the ore and gems brought up from the deep places of the earth such as caves and mines. These were mined from the domain of the dead, which is ruled by Pluto, the Greek god of wealth and death and by Hel, the Norse goddess, mistress of death and keeper of crystal caves. These great beings remind us that all wealth is temporarily loaned to the living and returns to the dead with the mortal’s passing. The wealth of gems and jewels from the deep places of Earth is related to the true wealth that is ancestral memory, continuity, and wisdom. And so the art of geomancy, divination through communication with stone and bone, connects the realm of Stone and Bone to the human consciousness. Stone shows us the path of Wisdom.
The Ace of Stones holds the promise of true wealth through worldly wisdom. When you draw this card your ancestors are calling you to explore the power in your bones. You are beginning a journey, which will culminate in knowing yourself more deeply than you may have imagined possible. The Ace of Stones is the promise of worldly success. It is the path of going through the gateway into the realm of Stone to learn the meaning of wealth, what it means to succeed, and how to connect with the Old Ones and ancestors.

  1. Who are your ancestors? Where do you come from? Delve into your history of place and person. Look at the traditional ways of your ancestry and how those ways have changed in contemporary times. Are there remnants of your ancestral lineage in family traditions, foods, or ways of being? Or have they been lost in assimilation?

  2. What does success mean in your family? Is it financial? Or does it have a more subtle intrinsic value? Do you feel successful?

  3. How do you understand wealth? What role does it play in your life? Where are you abundant and where do you feel lack?

  4. Consider how wealth, abundance, and wisdom have played roles in your parents’ lives. Now your grandparents’ lives. Are you playing out their issues with wealth and poverty in your own? Do you wish to re-weave these threads and heal them in yourself?

As we move through the suit of Stone you will explore the ancestral voices and how they continue to live through you.

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

Stone & Bone (Part 10) – The Family Tree

Meditation: The Family Tree

Allow yourself to fall into a relaxed state. Feel where your body touches the floor and imagine you are in a great forest. You are seated in a virgin forest in which the canopy of trees covers your head and your heartbeat blends in with the sound of birds and the scurrying of animals. Every breath is fresh and the air tastes like purity. You are in a place that has never heard the sound of car horns. It has never tasted the flavor of exhaust or felt concrete poured over its tannin-scented floor. It is ancient, complete, and absolute in of itself and with each breath you take you become more and more a part of it. This primordial forest is the home of the Mother tree. The tree from which all our lineages are born. The Mother tree whose heart-mind nourishes and feeds all other trees in this cycle, in this existence. Know that She, the Mother tree, is near, with a voice that speaks through every leaf and nourishes through every root.

Now imagine a tree that is near you. A tree that speaks to you in a language your Soul instinctively knows. This tree speaks to you by calling your own Soul’s name and says: “I know you. I love you. I am you.” Then lean into this tree. Feel yourself drawn closer, embraced in the bark of this generous, loving Creation that breathes out the most delicious flavor of oxygen you have ever imagined for you to inhale. Feel the oldness of its bark and the softness of its leaves. Feel the voice of this tree wrap you up in its soothing songs. This is your family tree. This is the tree that nourishes your roots, your waters, since its original birth from the Mother tree herself. Now feel yourself as a part of this tree. Perhaps you are a piece of bark. Perhaps you are a leaf that turns with the winds. Perhaps you are a branch holding up smaller limbs. Perhaps you are all of these things. One with the Great Tree that is your family. Perhaps you will see other family members there. Your parents, siblings, children. Perhaps you will see family members from other places, other lifetimes. Perhaps you will feel your own essence in other forms. Know that you are One with the Great Tree that is humanity. Now feel yourself inhaling the essence of the Tree and with each exhalation make an offering to your Family Tree. Make an offering of Love, of compassion, of allowingness for each and every part of this tree. Know that you ARE each and every part of this tree. And as you exhale Love, compassion, and allowingness, feel the Tree grow stronger. Feel the roots deepen and brighten with Light. Feel the song of the Tree grow more resonant, more Soul-full, more joyous. And with each inhalation accept the blessings of the Tree itself. Accept the gratitude of your Family Tree as your love, your compassion, and your blessings, make its leaves more vibrant, its soil more fertile, and its limbs stronger.  

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

Stone & Bone (Part 8) – Linking with the Ancestors

There are numerous ways to connect with our ancestors. The most basic, and effective, is simply talking with them. Open yourself to conversation with those who have already passed, whether you knew them or not. Opening a dialogue with our ancestors shows we are receptive to their wisdom and are willing to offer healing backwards to them. Once that space is opened, they will often speak in dreams, insights, and in the quiet reflections that feel deep as your bones.

Opening a space for the Ancestors

Choose a night that feels appropriate. Halloween is a traditional time for honoring the Dead. The moon in Scorpio or a waning to dark moon phase is also appropriate, but any time that feels needful is fine. If you knew the ancestor with whom you wish to connect, choose something he liked, a cup of coffee or a piece of chocolate, as an offering and honoring of her life. If you have a photograph, hold it near your heart for a time, and speak heartfelt words of memory. The memory may or may not be a “happy” one but allow it to come from your lips. Know the Mother supports you below and the Father breathes love into you from above. Know you are made of Light and Breath, and as such are completely safe and empowered and strong. Any emotions that come up are presenting themselves to be healed through the shared empathic nexus between you and your ancestor. Spend time opening this space, and, if you wish, tell your ancestor you wish to share for awhile, to learn from his life experiences, and to heal the things she imprinted in you that have not yet been healed. Hold onto impressions, insights, and experiences by journaling or giving them voice to another. In all things, it is important to hold the intention to heal.

We do not connect to the dead for chills and thrills but rather out of respect for the wisdom of our elders and that the continuity of our tribal memory is maintained in ourselves.

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

Stone & Bone (Part 7) – Ancestral Healing

Ancestral Healing

Light is crystallized Love sung on the Mist’s breath

Creation is process

It did not happen once upon a time

All time is the beginning of time

All time is the end of time

When we die we are given to Earth, most often by burial or cremation. Our dust merges with the sediment of Stone and we connect with the ancient ones. And so we think of the realms of the Dead as existing beneath the surface, deep in the womb of our Mother. When we connect to our dead it is through the shared continuity of bone calling to bone. Ancestral healing is the deep work required to clear the blocks, diseases, and fears passed down from one generation to the next.

Why is ancestral healing important?

  1. Too often our relationships with parents, children, and siblings are colored by judgment, fear, and pain based in symbolic memories rather than the reality of the moment. Ancestral healing offers an opportunity to step out of such ways of being.
  2. We are the product of our lineage and if we wish to be fully present and healthy, it is important we embrace where we came from, however painful it may be at points.
  3. We are at the beginning of a new post-2012 cycle. The less “baggage” we have on us as the next cycle is born, the less traumatic the transition.
  4. Some people are literally the alpha and omega of their family lines in this beginning of a new life cycle of the Earth. We are here to bring everything full circle. We are the snake searching for its tail. Ancestral healing allows us to embrace our entire family tree.

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

Stone & Bone (part 4) – Stone meditation

Stone Meditation

This meditation creates the empathic nexus between human and stone. It should be done each day for a week. The actual daily meditation session does not need to be long, five to ten minutes is a good start, but can last as long as you wish and you may easily fall into much longer trance states. It may be nice to fall asleep with the stone (provided it isn’t a boulder!) directly on your body as we tend to open far more in our sleep when the ego is quiet. The most important thing is that the effort is taken to engage with the stone as a person. Consider this series of meditations as your first date.

 

3 days on solar plexus – Allow the stone to rest for five to ten minutes, or longer, on your solar plexus. This introduces your essence to the stone. It is proper and respectful to let the stone get to know us first just as it is proper to introduce an elder first.
3 days on third eye – Allow the stone to tell us its stories and soak into our consciousness. This allows us to take in the essence of the stone. It is how we get to know it and show we are open to its wisdom and insight.
1 day on heart – During this time we blend Light with the stone, create an empathic connection, and become allies with the stone.

Feel the voice of the stone first through pulsing/vibration. Then allow that vibration to echo in your bones, creating a memory/emotion. Settle into the emotion-memory and allow photographic images, voice, or physical sensations such as heat or tingling to unfold. This is the Stone speaking. Be respectful, as you are listening/speaking with an Elder. Do not rush or push or feel frustrated. This may take time. You are learning a new language. Allow your imagination to run, as imagination is the doorway to Truth.

Following any communication it is beneficial to journal notes so you don’t forget. The meditative state can be sometimes nebulous and dreamy and so the impressions may not be immediately understandable. However, writing down exactly what you observe, even if it is absolutely nothing, reinforces your commitment to the relationship. Observations can be colors that come to mind, forgotten memories, the face of a loved one, chills against the skin, or any other millions of possibilities. Diligently catalog these observations and the emotional recall associated and the stone will recognize your willingness to commune and your ability to understand will unfold more and more.

Journal questions:


1. What did you experience? This may be very subtle, such as a slight cooling or warming or a shift of mood and attention.

2. Did you retrieve a memory or an emotion? While you may not originally attribute this to the communication with the stone, pay attention to patterns. Different stones will evoke different emotions.

3. What essence did you take from this meeting? What flavor, texture, or mood stays with you?

4. How does the stone feel to you? Does it feel like a friend? A healer? A teacher? A confidant?

5. Are you compatible? Do you feel comfortable with this stone? Does it challenge or evoke strong reactions?

It is important to thank the stone following your communications. Remember, you are bending your mind to think of each member of Creation as a person and so, even if it seems silly at first, act as respectful as you would to another human being. Humility charms.

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

Symbolism & Sound: The Alphabet as Sacred Script (part 9)

S – 19/1 – The serpent of wisdom. The pathway, labyrinth, sacred spiral, walking the mysteries. S is the sliding snake with its hissing promise of life (and some would say sin). The S takes the seeker into the self and offers the path of Light (the right hand path) or the path of Dark (the left hand path) into wisdom. The snake does not judge which will lead the seeker to greater wisdom and merely twists her way up and down the ladder knowing that all paths lead to the All. The glyph of the right and left (sinister) paths offers a closed vessel in which both paths (left and right) join to form the Whole. Night and Day embrace.

S-ah, S-aa, S-ae, S-eh, S-ee, S-I, S-i, S-oh, S-uh, S-oy. Savior, selection, self, science, solider, seer, secret, service, sacred, sacrifice.

Now S is often paired with H (which denotes the ladder itself). In these sounds the Divine breath is added, softening the sybilliant S into a gentle shhh.

Sh-ah, Sh-aa, Sh-ae, Sh-eh, Sh-ee, Sh-I, Sh-i, Sh-oh, Sh-uh, Sh-oy

T – 20/2 – The tree of life; wisdom through sacrifice; balance through surrender. It is the perfect balance of the elements in the living form of the great tree. When we hang on the great tree we realize we are participants in the balance of the natural world and so we learn to listen. This listening is what brings us to wisdom and sacrifice of what we thought we know to the greater reality. We reach our arms to the heavens and embrace.

T-ah, T-aa, T-ae, T-eh, T-ee, T-I, T-i, T-oh, T-uh, T-oy.

U is the chalice, the cup that holds the waters of life. It is also a sigil of the moon (waxing and waning) as it moves in 3D. With the O it is considered the horns of the Moon as seen in Egyptian art as the crown of Hathor/Isis. It is the vessel of Divine waters. A very intuitive letter it contains wisdom and mystery in its depths and can seem unfathomable. 21/3.

V – 22/4 – The vagina, vessel, bringing the creative form of U into manifestation. U and V were originally the same letter but U ended up representing the vowel sound and V was sharped to consonant form. W and V were also related and in fact are in some languages (German) the W is pronounced as V. So what does this triplicity mean? Well, U is the chalice, the archetypal cup that holds the waters of life. V is the solid state of this. It is the womb of woman herself. It is the vessel. W is the liquid dreamworlds. Glyph with the shadow V and we have the W.

V-ah, V-aa, -Vae, V-eh, V-ee, V-I, V-i, V-oh, V-uh, V-oy. Vagina, vessel, vast, vat, vase, voice, vote.

W – 23/5 – The liquid dreamworlds and the inverse of M, our Mother in manifestation, W is our Mother as the keeper of waters and infinity. She is the greater Vessel from which dreams (including this dream we are all sharing) are poured. There is a softness and an unfathomable depth to the W. We will follow its whispers into the wild wonder as we wish upon a star and ask who, what, why, where, and when do we welcome the ways of wisdom.

W-ah, W-aa, W-ae, W-eh, W-ee, W-I, W-i, W-oh, W-uh, W-oy. Wish, wisdom, wine, wicked, willow, wonder. All these words welcome worlds within.

X – 24/6 – The cross; crossroads; choice; demarkation; four directions. X may be the most symbolic of the alphabet symbols. It has been used to “mark the spot” and to designate an unknown (mathematically and in the concept of X-factor). Used as a sign for the nameless ones it has some mystery to it. It is where the roads cross and the factors meet. It is here. X is the space outside of space and the crossroads where you sell your soul for a guitar. It is also a ks. It is a vowel-less kiss (XOXO) with which we mark our lovers. It means I was here and may be someday again. It becomes a mark of identity, of place, and of mystery. It does not start words but lays hidden subtly within them. Exist, exit, exhaust, hex, sexual, luxurious. On the rare occasions we ask X to lead he borrows his sound from Z.

Y – 25/7 – the fork in the road; the trinity; union of man and woman; sexual mysteries. Y is the V meeting the I and so sacred sexuality. It is the coming together of the two to make the third. It is the trinity itself (as a seven, this is appropriate). Its shadow glyph is identical to itself and it multiplies over and over again as a part of a holographic whole. Its glyph is two people raising their hands and reaching to the sky and as they multiply more hands are raised to the sky. Remember oi? It is a blessing to the heavens.

Y-ah, Y-aa, Y-ae, Y-eh, Y-ee, Y-I, Y-i, Y-oh, Y-uh, Y-oy. This is the sound of the affirmative. Yes, ya, yo, yep.

Z – 26/8 – Lightning bolt, as above so below. Z is for ziggurat. This is the letter that connects with the Divine power. It is the sign of Zeus and the sound for Zero (the Divine number). It is zippy and zesty and strong. It combines with its shadow to create an inverted pyramid (a ziggurat in reverse) perfectly balanced on its (inverted) apex. It is the tower of Babel and the voice of the divine on Earth.

Z-ah, Z-aa, Z-ae, Z-eh, Z-ee, Z-I, Z-i, Z-oh, Z-uh, Z-oy.