Ok, I’m going to go clean my sword,
kill some of the bad guys hiding in the kitchen sink,
and think about this for a while.
Way back in 2007, I asked the Faery Oracle Cards this question: What is the best way for me to get out from under my Bank of America debt? I think the answer is still relevant today for how to get out from under any of my remaining debts.
Here is the answer: The Journeyman
Key words: Adventure. Independence. Polishing of skills. Travel.
Overview: All the great ones – the saints, the bodhisattvas, and all of those who are filled by the spiritual light – have been on this journey. They went into the wilderness stepping, like fools, off the safe paths, into the waiting hands of their gods and goddesses. This is the journey of life, a pilgrimage that begins in ignorant trust, passes through all of the doubts, fears, ups and downs, probably all of the delusions and certainly all of the confusions. Through it, we learn slowly, painfully, a new kind of trust, a trust in the process, detached from the goal.
About the image: Our young Oengus Journeyman, bless him, is stepping out on the journey of life, positively glowing with enthusiasm. Even his toes sparkle. Bright handsome, and educated, he has completed his apprenticeship in faery crafts and magics, but he has not yet achieved true mastery of his trade. To accomplish this he must leave the protection of his master and step out onto his path as an independent journeyman craftsman. He is testing himself and his knowledge in the world. He hopes to eventually achieve the status of Master maker. Right now he knows a lot of facts, has all the basic skills, but probably knows less than he thinks he does. He is about to learn about the skills of survival – bartering, persuading, selling, buying wisely, enjoying life, making friends.
Oengus still has lovely playful, childlike qualities, and now it is time to learn to care for himself. No one is looking over his shoulder to see that he does his work right and eats properly. Oengus may take chances and even make mistakes sometimes, as we all do, but this is how we learn. He is now confronting (and being confronted by) the real world. Here, he will discover that excuses don’t buy bread and that the quality and integrity of one’s work and actions are what counts, but he has been well taught and pretty well knows this already.
He has romantic dreams of being a great hero, of becoming the supreme master of his craft, and of winning a faery princess. Some of these dreams will come true – perhaps all of them. Continue reading
I asked the I Ching Oracle:
What simple thing could I actually do today to make this a really good day for me? Here’s the answer I got:
(present) 30. Li – Brightness, Clinging
Fire can be dangerously explosive if over-fueled, or die quickly if underfed. Healthy and under control, it indicates good fortune.
(future) 36. Meng I – Darkening Force
Keep your inner light burning in order to prevail. Patiently await the sunrise.
OK so, what does this mean? I’m going to have to get out my own copy of the I Ching and read more in depth. I’m thinking it means stay balanced and stay calm. And I’m wondering if it’s really true that I could actually do that.
I remember a time in my life, fresh out of high school and living on my own, when I would throw the I Ching every single day and then record the questions and the results. I did this for about a year… maybe longer. It was my daily meditation, my prayer, and my guidance. I used to get the hexagram “The Abysmal” all the time… Later, when my marriage was going bad I got back into it again and had a long rash of getting “Work on That Which Has Been Spoiled” … I got it so often I almost knew the text by heart. Even now, when I look at that old trailer and walk past the burn pile, it comes into my mind….
So, I just got out my book and here is what it says about the first line:
It is early morning and work begins. The mind has been closed to the outside world in sleep; now its connections with the world begin again. The traces of one’s impressions run crisscross. Activity and haste prevail. It is important then to preserve inner composure and not allow oneself to be swept along by the bustle of life. If one is serious and composed, he can acquire the clarity of mind needed for coming to terms with the innumerable impressions that pour in. It is precisely at the beginning that serious concentration is important, because the beginning holds the seed of all that is to follow.
What does the Oracle hold for you?