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Posted February 1, 2024
It's telling how we devote February 14th to romance, and not to the platonic love for friends or the love for one's family. The main focus of this singular day appears to be on the male as gift-giver. Why is that? Of course, there are economic advantages, as cliches of love are on full display. Protocol requires sending Valentine's Day cards, chocolates, red hearts or roses, and dinner dates are made for the special occasion. This seminal day demands a full-on demonstration of unconditional love. It keeps the romantic myth alive in our society and highlights why we long to find and hold onto "The One".
In Genesis 1: 27, God initially created an androgynous being. Midrash, or Rabbinic exegesis explains a male/female were fused together back-to-back to create Adam, which means "person" or "human". This Hebrew word is generally and incorrectly translated as "man". God desired for face to gaze upon face and so this human was separated into two. Biblically speaking, to be considered a human necessarily requires both maleness and femaleness in each of us. Metaphorically, our sex is just a "garment" of a predominant gender. The severance into two beings allows reproduction to occur and Eve does give birth to three male infants. . . .
Tarot of Mystical Moments Deck by Catrin Welz-Stein
Posted January 1, 2024
Now with the functions of memory and imagination we are like Janus the two faced Roman God of entrances and exits, who can look behind and in front, and from whence the month of January was named. Last night many celebrated old times and simultaneously imagined new possibilities ahead. We embarked on a better version of “me" and resolutions were made to jumpstart our endeavors. Perhaps, the subtle lesson of this first of 12-months is to limit dwelling on the past to the beginning of each year, and couple our thoughts with foresight. Yes, as humans we have an extraordinary gift to imagine our futures. We also have a tendency to ruminate over past mistakes all year long. I've been guilty of it and know this spin-cycle of overthinking can be harmful unless changed. But how?
First is to realize there is not a direct line to the fulfillment of our dreams and desires. Common knowledge says there are no straight lines in nature, so we should expect and be prepared for a few twists, turns, and setbacks. Figuratively speaking, it is not a cruise down Easy Street. You see, the natural course in life is more akin to a spiral. Its special geometry allows one to go round and around as if entrenched in a rut. This particular type of holding pattern can result in predictable behavior until your spiral comes to an inflection point. Something happens to send you in a different trajectory. In this case the new direction is either up or down. . . .
Tarot of Mystical Moments Deck by Catrin Welz-Stein
"While deep in study something seemingly miraculous can arise. In the metaphorical dark cave of contemplations an oh so fleetingly flicker of light appears. It is a flash of awareness. One's mind fills with new ideas. I can feel a flow of heightened energy coursing through me. My body heats up in its rush. To fully appreciate this phenomenon of pure joy, derived from a keener understanding, one might have to shut out the world. Closing off can help us to be aware of the subtle, sublime spark." Myra Mossman.
Seasons may come and go but streets often stay the same. This principal goes for the website's logo. It's background colors and design elements will change in accordance with the solstices and equinoxes but the name will always be "Street Tarot."
Hand Bound Leather Books by Myra Mossman
Kamala Melik-Akhazarova - article in International Association for Analytical Psychology.
The concept of Anima/Animus is one of the most popular concepts of Jungian psychology. Originally it was created by C.G. Jung to define the unconscious opposite to the social mask of personality (Persona), thus being an archetype that links the conscious Ego to the unconscious, and an archetypal image that contains all those features and functions that are present in the psyche in a more or less latent form but are not manifested in the conscious life and not available to the conscious ego. . . .Anima is usually related to the emotional, empathetic, and sensitive aspects, while Animus is related to the active, intellectual, exploring side of the personality. . .
Poem by Frida Kahlo
You deserve a lover who wants you disheveled, with everything and all the reasons that wake you up in a haste and the demons that won’t let you sleep.
You deserve a lover who makes you feel safe, who can consume this world whole if he walks hand in hand with you; someone who believes that his embraces are a perfect match with your skin. . . .
Myra is the nationally recognized author and publisher of My Random Death - A Memoir. Her true crime story with a mystical twist takes readers on a journey across North America and into their souls. It is about courage, triumph over evil and how our perceptions of the everyday, ordinary world can deepen. Ultimately it’s about trusting oneself and how the gift of intuition becomes revealed.
My Random Death - A Memoir is Myra's debut book.