Sunday, January 31, 2010

Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit

According to Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac, today’s color is gray and the incense is Narcissus. Today is St. Brigit’s Day in Ireland.


Astrologically, rewards are picked apart and the joy leeched from them in the AM. Nothing seems to behave the way you thought it would. Are you just too rigid? A compliment from elders or authorities brighten your day in the afternoon. By late night nerves are frayed and emotional outbursts are common as it seems everyone is picking at you.

Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.

Today’s Tarot Card is the Six of Pentacles: compensation. Temporary balance and harmony allow us to reap our rewards today. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last long because we are incapable of remaining static. Onward to better things!

Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Break free of the bonds that are holding you back.
Today’s Cat Comfort Card is:
Catalogue: “Treat yourself to some retail therapy.”

Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
The Faeries of the Futures are here if you ask nicely, they may show you the future.

Today’s Lo Shu Number is 1 and the Element is water. The Rat finds conflict but the Rabbit has ease. Today is an auspicious day for haircuts, signing contracts and births but not for starting construction.

Today’s Message from the Universe is: “I am now committed to living my life with impeccability, rigor and awareness. This is my challenge and accept it. By expressing these qualities I find my path and my inner power, and I fulfill my destiny.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.


Ah, the Law of Attraction, that ‘New Age’ thought that just keeps on punishing. It makes a Jewish Mother look like an amateur. It makes the God of the Old Testament look like a favorite Uncle. It makes the Fundamentalists look kind.
Why do I say that? Just stop and look around you. If we truly attract everything to us, then how do you explain a baby born with a fatal birth defect or a debilitating illness? Did the Haitian people attract an earthquake that devastated their country? If we truly shape our own reality, they had to have created this reality, right? All the poor people out on the street because of unemployment, bad loans, etc. are there because they created their own reality not because of the greed of Wall Street and the Banking Industry, right? Everyone in the cancer ward is there because they want to be there, right?
Older cultures than ours have rejected this philosophy or never touched it with a 10 foot pole. Take one of the oldest cultures, the Chinese. They originated, or sort of borrowed, the art of Feng Shui. When you really study Feng Shui you learn one simple principle; Feng Shui only accounts for 3% of what happens. Sometimes, that 3% is enough to throw the whole thing over the top and let you win. Sometimes, it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.
If you study the Indian and Oriental beliefs and the Kabala, you discover there is Karma and Dharma. One you arrive on this world with and one you create. Both are constantly in effect and working. It is a dynamic system.
One thing that the Law of Attraction doesn’t take into consideration is the simple fact that you do not exist in a vacuum. What if five people are up for a promotion and all five are well versed in the Law of Attraction and applying it. There is only one position. Four people are not going to create the reality they are working on no matter what they do.
We do not attract everything that comes into our lives. Other people can override our desires and, unfortunately, do bad things to us. All the Law of Attraction does is create a “blame the victim mentality” when this happens. It is easier to blame the victim, claim they aren’t spiritual enough, claim they attract these things into their life and claim they have a victim mentality rather than face the simple fact that we are not and cannot be in control of everything that happens to us. Unfortunately, the Law of Attraction attracts control freaks and they try to convince the rest of us that we are lazy, dumb, incompetent, unspiritual victims when in fact, there was nothing anyone could have done differently.
I know how I beat myself up after we lost twenty three thousand dollars to those con artist roofers. Finally the head of the fraud unit for the Secret Service said something simple, “There was nothing you could have done to prevent this. You did everything right. We can’t find out how they were licensed. We can’t even find the money and we have the power to go into their bank records. How could you or anyone else have done better? We are the government police.” Trust me, none of their victims attracted this. We all got them from a legitimate referral service who also checked their licenses and insurance. There was nothing anyone could have done. I certainly didn’t sit around and mentally project I wanted to lose our life savings. Believe me, even spending money is not something a Scot projects into the Universe. There are some things you just can’t control. There are some things not even being psychic will help with. This man actually thought he was licensed, knowledgeable roofer and engineer. His family has stated he is mentally ill and they have tried to get him help since he was a teenager. He fully believes he is going to fix these roofs and that he can. It is his fantasy but he is too mentally ill to know it is a fantasy. In the process, he has defrauded people out of close to a million dollars that no one can find. Are you seeing something here? With this fantasy, he attracts honest customers. In many ways you could say he is using the Law of Attraction quite successfully. Somehow, I don’t think they are going to want to make him the poster boy for it.
So, now you really have something to think about.
But how does magic play into this you may be wondering. Magic and spells are a delicate balancing act in the universe. You can not just throw energy out there and expect the results you want. You need to know what is going on. Let’s look at the events coming at you like a wave. If you do nothing you are swept along with the wave in the way it wants. Magic is knowing you can build a wedge to divert the flow of water around you and gradually move forward in the direction you want to go. However, you have to be careful how fast you move and how high the wedge is. If it is too low, it does nothing. If it is too high, you can’t see where you are going and may wind up on the rocks. If you move too slowly, you are hit with a different wave as the first one passes around you. If you move too fast, you will hit the crest of the wave and be swamped by its energy as it flows over you. It you do it perfectly, someone beside you may have a bigger more powerful wedge and you still get swamped by their wake. This is why the spell books don’t work. That spell may have worked for one person but it may not even fit your circumstance. Each spell not only needs to be customized to the person, but altered along the way and to do that, you need years of study in the art of spell construction. So guess what, in an add water and shake well society, magic is not studied that often when the Law of Attraction is so much easier. Guess which one does work well! Guess why people pulled out of Movie two…..they knew a complex philosophy was being reduced to instant buzz words that sound nice and don’t work or address the issues. However, you have to admit, it made a few people a lot of money. Now whether it or just really clever marketing worked for them is up for debate.
So what do I believe? I believe magic does work in many cases. In others, it doesn’t stand a chance. Ever try to work a love spell to attract someone to someone who could find fault with a rich good looking saint? You can’t get somewhere if you never leave your room but they want the perfect person to knock on the door. Or as a famous author once wrote: “Magic is nice but steel always works.” Magic tends to attract people looking for a quick fix and nothing about it is quick. An with that, I return to my books and my study.

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