I did the Morning Offering and then got myself ready for the day. Today the Ra quote comes from 91.26:
“Questioner: Are there any other additions to Card Number One, other than the star, that are of other than the basic archetypical aspects?
Ra: I am Ra. There are details of each image seen through the cultural eye of the time of inscription. This is to be expected. Therefore, when viewing the, shall we say, Egyptian costumes and systems of mythology used in the images, it is far better to penetrate to the heart of the costumes’ significance or the creatures’ significance rather than clinging to a culture which is not your own.
In each entity the image will resonate slightly differently. Therefore, there is the desire upon Ra’s part to allow for the creative envisioning of each archetype using general guidelines rather than specific and limiting definitions.”
As we went through the twenty two images of Ra’s Major Arcana we tried to weed out the astrological portions of each image that were added later to the Major Arcana by those of Sumer and Chaldea. In this question Don is asking Ra if there are any other images in Card Number One that Ra did not give or which would be confusing if left on the card. Previously Ra had mentioned that the faces and feet of many of the images were turned to the left as a matter of Egyptian custom in art work. In the first part of their answer in this question Ra also suggests that the dress of the images is also cultural in nature, and that we should attempt to find the heart of the reason the images were dressed as they were rather than be too particular in our interpretations of their costumes and some of the odd creatures that are found in later images. In 93.21, Ra gave the serpent as an example of such cultural images having a special meaning to the Egyptians:
Questioner: I’m at a loss to know the significance of the serpents that adorn the head of the entity on this drawing. Are they of Ra, and, if so, what do they signify?
Ra: I am Ra. They are cultural in nature. In the culture to which these images were given the serpent was the symbol of wisdom. Indeed, to the general user of these images perhaps the most accurate connotation of this portion of the concept complexes might be the realization that the serpent is that which is powerful magically.
In the positive sense this means that the serpent will appear at the indigo-ray site upon the body of the image figures. When a negative connotation is intended one may find the serpent at the solar plexus center.
In a similar vein of speaking of some of the Egyptian cultural designations on the tarot cards, in 92.7, Ra made an interesting statement suggesting Don, Carla, and I may have lived in Egypt at about this time period when they referred to “a culture not familiar to your present incarnation:”
Questioner: In the last session we discussed the first tarot card of the Egyptian type. Are there any distortions in the cards that we have (which we will publish in the book if possible) that Ra did not originally intend, with the exception of the star, which we know is a distortion? Or any additions that Ra did intend in this particular tarot?
Ra: I am Ra. The distortions remaining after the removal of astrological material are those having to do with the mythos of the culture to which Ra offered this teach/learning tool. This is why we have suggested approaching the images looking for the heart of the image rather than being involved overmuch by the costumes and creatures of a culture not familiar to your present incarnation. We have no wish to add to an already distorted group of images, feeling that, although distortion is inevitable, there is the least amount which can be procured in the present arrangement.
In the final portion of their answer Ra again reminded us that when they gave these images to the Egyptians they were not striving for precise meanings to be associated with each portion of each image. They said that it is important to realize that each student of the archetypical mind will have unique responses to each image. Ra said that it was important that these responses be honored and used as each student felt was most helpful. In a couple of other places Ra said that the images of the tarot “haunt rather than explicate” relationships between images, and the archetypical mind is not a blueprint of how evolution occurs. Rather, it describes the nature of that evolution. The seeker’s relationship to the archetypical images should, then, be fluid rather than fixed as Ra said in 77.23, just as we were beginning to study the tarot images:
Questioner: In that case, it seems that a thorough knowledge of the precise nature of these philosophical foundations would be of primary importance to the study of evolution of mind, body, and spirit, and I would like to carefully go through each of the basic twenty-one, starting with the mind, if this is agreeable with Ra.
Ra: I am Ra. This is agreeable with two requests which must be made.
Firstly, that an attempt be made to state the student’s grasp of each archetype. We may then comment. We cannot teach/learn to the extent of learn/teaching.
Secondly, we request that it be constantly kept before the mind, as the candle before the eye, that each mind/body/spirit complex shall, and should, and indeed must perceive each archetype, if you use this convenient term, in its own way.
Therefore, you may see that precision is not the goal; rather, quality of general concept complex perception is the goal.
Today was a Sabbath Day of Rest. I answered a few emails after my first couple of meditations, and then I made my usual errand run at noon. My first stop was at Feeder’s Supply where I bought food for the upstairs cats, and then my second stop was at Paul’s Fruit Market to buy some food for myself. In the afternoon I continued answering emails and laid out a basic plan for how I will work in the yard and get the grass cut before I finish transplanting the last of the flower beds. In about a month I have some friends coming to visit me, and I would like to have the yard and gardens in good shape by then.
From A Book of Days, channeled by Carla L. Rueckert:
Use The Light Of Christ
I am of that principle known to you as the consciousness of Jesus the Christ and I greet you in full and divine love.
This morning, as we sit with you in meditation, we who comfort urge you to feel the love of Christ and the light of Christ as it is with you at this moment.
Know that the light of Christ moving through your eyes shall enable them truly to see.
Know that through the perfect light of Jesus the Christ your ear may be made truly to hear.
Know that as the divine light of the spirit of Christ plays through your mind, disturbances shall be blessed by the addition of light. And the fire of divine love shall burn out the brush fires of petty emotion.
Visualize, acknowledge and use the light of Christ when you open your mouth; when you extend your hand; when you learn and when you teach. For the light of Christ renews all things.
And each thing that is renewed, in turn may then recreate that which seems, in this light, to be able to become more blessed and more whole, more at balance and more at peace.
May the light, the love, the joy and the peace of Jesus Christ be with you now and evermore. Amen.
I said the prayer at the Gaia Meditation tonight:
We come in the name of Love and open our hearts, our minds, and our souls to send love, light, and healing energies to Mother Earth as she brings forth a New Earth in fourth density. We ask that the infinite love, light, and healing energies of the One Infinite Creator heal the heart of each soul in pain on Earth tonight. May all souls on Earth feel our love, light, and healing energies in their hearts, in their minds, and in their souls. Amen.