This post describes my investigations into the powers of my staff. – an incidental tale whose only relevance is that it shows what can be done with a combination of intuition, divination and dowsing.
After the Spring Equinox I was left with a starting point for how I should proceed along my path for the next few weeks. The instruction was suitably vague yet clear: “Determine the powers of your staff” was my guidance. How I was supposed to do that was for me to work out. Whenever I encounter uncertainty I first turn to my tried and trusted resources. In this case I turned to the Wildwood Tarot deck for inspiration.
Before I did a draw of cards I needed to ask the dowsing rods to assist me with creating a framework for doing the draw. For example, how many cards would I need, and why? What kind of a layout would this suggest? I began to dowse for some initial answers. As is often happening these days, when I blank my mind to get into “dowsing mode” the answers are placed in there even before the rods have been brought into action. It is then a question of using the dowsing rods to confirm the information that Intuition has provided me. This is a potentially dangerous step away from pure objectivity, I know, but anyone who thinks that dowsing is a purely scientific approach is deluding themselves in any case. It is merely a means to interact with an interface to knowledge that we label as “intuition”.
NOTE For me at this stage of my development, the use of psychic/intuitive responses is becoming a valid information source. Still, I treat the responses with as much scepticism and testing as I do the dowsing response. Oh yes, dear readers, even at this stage both Kal and I still often double or triple-check our results. Nothing can be taken for granted!
Therefore, it will not surprise you to learn that as I began to ask questions concerning the source of the powers in my staff the answers began to emerge – from memory, from my ‘subconscious’ or from elsewhere – I cannot say for sure – yet they arrived. Here were my questions and their answers:-
- Is my staff imbued with some form of magickal power? Dowsing rods said, “Yes”.
- Is there a single source for these powers? Dowsing rods said, “No”. Further dowsing said “Two sources”.
- How many powers were contained in the staff? Dowsing suggested FIVE separate powers.
- What are the sources of the powers, I wondered…. The Elemental masters, and your Spirit Guide, was the intuitive response. Dowsing confirmed this.
- Was each power aligned to a specific master or guide? Dowsing confirmed “Yes”.
It seemed that I could therefore draw a set of five cards from the tarot deck, and ask that each one show me some information that would guide me to an understanding of the powers contained in the staff. Seemed logical? A simple elemental cross with a central card for the spirit element seemed like a sensible layout. I did the draw, and the results sent such a shock through my system that I had to leave the room and walk away from the cards for a minute to calm down.
Powers of the staff
- Skill. Making individual mark. Craft.
- Use: Creating circles and glyphs.
Water card: King of Bows
- Adder. Earth energies. Increase of power.
- Use: Enlivening subtle energies (Particularly male, it seems)
Fire card: Ace of Bows
- Spark of life. Creating energy. Learning the power of the tool and the skills to use it.
- Use: Resurrection of dead energy spots.
Air card: Seven of Bows
- Use: Clearing energies to leave a blank canvas.
Spirit card: Nine of Stones
- Tradition. The ability to relate to ancient knowledge and pass on the lessons.
- Use: to know how to use the staff with wisdom and to teach others the same.
I can’t put an incident against every one of the powers learned from the tarot draw yet, but there are a few incidents that I can mention that do seem to provide some form of verification.
- Air – clearing energies. At Lud’s Church when I used the staff’s forked end (it’s North/Air end) to clear the bad energies in one small gully. My friend Mike saw this happening with his second sight.
- Earth – creating glyphs and circles. I have used the staff on a couple of occasions (notably at Alderley Edge wood) to create a glyph, but more often to draw a circle. I use the staff’s base (South/Earth end) to do this. Seems obvious now, but the cards did reveal this too.
I now look forward to finding out how to use the other two powers – creating energy and enlivening it. I’m pretty sure I’ve done this using the staff before, but the exact incidents escape me at this moment. Now I will specifically test whether these powers exist, whether I know how to use them, and where they can be appropriately used. So begins a new chapter in my use of the staff as a tool for harnessing my inherent powers to work with the subtle energy forces of our planet. Exciting stuff!
Thus endeth another valuable lesson from the wonders of The Tarot. I am, as ever, grateful to those intelligences who assist me in teasing our this information from the flow of the universal forces and symbolising their content in a form that I can understand, or at least that my hopes of understanding can be pinned upon.