Seeing the Solar Eclipse with the Dragon Eye

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The Dragon eye is a symbol of dragon power. The very word dragon, in the original Greek drakon, was derived from a root meaning ‘see clearly’. For the powers of their sight, dragons were often engaged as guardians, for example the 100-headed Ladon, protecting the golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides for the goddess Hera.
 
The eyes of dragons were also considered as very dangerous, their glance often lethal. Those going out to confront a dragon usually were warned to avoid looking the dragon in the eyes, so as not to be turned into stone are be killed on the spot.
 
We see in the Greek root ‘to see clearly’ more of a reference (and reverence) to the dragon’s superiority in seeing things in a much wider perspective than we, due to their great wisdom, gained in their long lives, but also due to their detachment from human affairs.
 
In the Starlight Dragon Tarot, we emphasise this on several levels:
– the eyes are an al pervading symbol throughout the deck; this applies especially to the pip cards, many of which show no dragon figures. But do pay attention and you will see dragon eyes lurking, gazing at you, assessing you in practically all of the cards.
 
See above a collage of some of these eyes, which we use in our presentations of the deck.
 
But we also included in the deck an extra card “The Eye” (see above) as a Major  without number.
 
This card can be used if different ways: if it comes out in a reading it is a very strong hint that you need “to see clearly” n the matter you are enquiring about. This means, to look beyond your immediate concerns and from a position of detachment, the long view, a circumspect view. Ask yourself what you refused to see so far.
In readings and other practices of self-exploration you might also take out this card as a witness and guide to your interpretation of your cards.
 
The Solar Eclipse is also about seeing. Because the sun is eclipsed we see things in the shadow, which are usually invisible or in the background because we see what is in the sunshine. I will use this time tomorrow to see clearly with the help of the Starlight Dragons that which is hidden by the bright sun-light and which I need to perceive and to act upon in order to advance.
 
I will take out the “Eye” card and immerse myself into it.
Then I will draw as many cards from the shuffled deck as I feel I need and will lay them out face down under the Eye, having considered my concern while shuffling and paying the cards. I will do this well before the time of the eclipse and leave all the cards. At the time of the eclipse, I will return to my cards and my concern and while keeping in my mind I will touch the Eye card lightly and allow it to move and select up to 3 cards. These three cards will have the message for me.
 
 

World-Tarotday 2017

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May the dragons guide and protect you.

The Hierophant

Recently we started focussing on the Hierophant and what he has to say to us. We chose him has a emblem for our TarotCon. This coincides not just with the ‘season’ of the zodiacal sign of Taurus, to which the Hierophant corresponds, but also with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for a thrilling new tarot-project – the Tarot Wayfarer (starting May 1st). On the “journey towards the journey’ up till now and on to May 1st, various hints have been dropped on “the Rose Key – Mystery” and our Hierophant card is part of it! See Dragons in the Starlight for intriguing hints.

Meanwhile, Nora and I revealed some of the mysteries encapsulated in our card in a video in or series Tarot Talks with the Starlight Dragons.

The Sun in Pisces: Our Moon Card

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As the Sun has recently passed into Pisces, we share today a snippet on the Pisces card, XVIII The Moon, from my book “Travelling with the Starlight Dragons” (forthcoming):

We find ourselves on a dark and misty night, weakly illuminated by the Moon on a desolate shore by the sea. We are all alone. Adjusting to the scene, we become aware of the primeval smell of brine and sea-weed. The sounds of the sea with the tide coming in, like a deep breathing in and out, is muffled by the fog. But it touches us deeply and we find ourselves breathing along with it.
In the dark and moving mirror of the water, the silver moon looks up to us, weaker and even more mysterious than the moon up in the heavens. Both are tugging at our soul with a bitter-sweet yearning for something lost, not yet retrieved, something aspired to, not yet achieved. In the moon’s reflection in the sea, make out a silver dragon striving upwards to meet her heavenly counter-part. Fascinated by this marvellous figure we observe its movements and become aware of a silvery conversation beyond words between the Dragon and the Moon. We remember the many cyclical rhythms connected with the Moon, her own eight shapes in one cycle and how they may affect human moods and activities, women‘s menstrual cycle,the tides caused by gravity and a complicated interplay of Moon, Sun and Earth.
While we think about the many associations of the Moon and what they might mean to us personally, we suddenly see a huge fish, intertwined with the dragon. Dark red, we had not noticed her so far.
We recognise the fish as an extremely ancient creature from whom the silver dragon arises, like a higher lighter ‚octave‘ of the fish. Again the mood has changed. We are now tuned to the deep dark water, the primeval ocean, the chaos from which all life came forth – a vastness without limit and structure, fear-inspiring, of inexhaustible fertility. It is present not only to our eyes, but also in a deep throb. And then the alienness of the fish and its abode find a resonant throb inside us. We become part of our own evolutionary history. The ancient fish is our ancestor. The dark vastness before us is also inside us: our unconscious, where shadows dwell and also our dreams, our intuition, the fertile ground of our fears, but also our creativity.

Our Cards at the New Moon in Aquarius

Today we celebrate the first New Moon of the Year – in Aquarius with the Sun also in Aquarius.
So, in our Starlight Dragon deck, the Dragon of Hidden Knowledge (II) brings us her message of Draco, the Star (XVII):
“In my dark depth of mysteries the lights from the sky serpent are mirrored, from high up in the North and never setting. Its message is hope, the energy and confidence of never giving up. And this is a signpost for this year, just begun and so far still very much an after effect of the old year: with the renewal of the lights – the moon waxing and days getting longer, the first whiff of spring in the air – our powers to create, to work magick, to assert the light in our lives are reenforced. Let’s take up this message and live it in all its fullness.”

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The Star (XVII) relates to Aquarius

As the Sun has moved into Aquarius this week, we share our Star card and some of the text from my forthcoming book “Traveling with the Starlight Dragons”. Even though we chose Draco for our card, we maintain also the association with Aquarius and its meaning of renewal,new visions and hope. We see this also in Draco – on an even higher plane:

XVII The Star – The constellation Draco.

The huge sky serpent beckons us to raise and widen our eyes to take in its vastness in our Northern sky. Slowly, the enormous dragon head with its huge eyes locks into our mind and we begin to rise, higher and higher, until we dance with the wide writhing band of this dragon made up of stars and starlight. We experience on some inexplicable level the circumpolar movement of these never-setting stars and we understand why they stand for the immortality of spirit in many cultures. In places as far flung in place, culture and time as the Angkor temples in Cambodia and stone placements in Overlook Mountain in Woodstock/New York Draco has been copied in celebration down here on our earth. One of the socalled air shafts of the Great Pyramid at Gizeh (among others) has been aligned to the star Thuban (Alpha Draconis) when it was the Pole Star.

 

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Archetypal Dragons: The Lovers (VI)

lovers_envOn this Sunday we are concluding our first series “Archetypal Dragons ” with the Dragons of Polarity, the Lovers. Our image is inspired by patterns of Persian classical carpets and mosaics.

We are reminded that the decision-making often indicated by this card is often a complex process of discerning what really is play and how we have to weigh two sides of the coin or ‘our two minds’ symbolised by zodiac sign Gemini to which card refers.

The famous twins Castor and Pollux from ancient Greek and Roman myth, immortalised as the stars Alpha and Beta Geminorum in the constellation Gemini show the dual character of the Twins and hence the Lovers: they are inseparable as twins and polarised with Pollux being immortal and Castor being mortal. At Castor’s death, Zeus allowed them at Pollux’s request to live together alternating between Olympus, the abode of the immortal gods and Hades, the underworld of the dead. One of their symbols was a pair of snakes.

Archetypal Dragons: The Chariot (VII)

chariot_envAs the penultimate card in this week’s series, we send you the Dragon of Decisive Momentum – The Chariot.

Our image is inspired by a “snake-witch” rune stone from Gotland in the Viking era.

We also had in mind the story of Hyrrokkin, a giantess called in by the Aesir for her immense physical power needed to put the dead Baldr in his ship out to sea. Hyrrokkin had two snakes for reins while riding on an enormous wolf.

 

 

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