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A few thoughts about two greats, by spiritual counselor Eric Teissedre:
I am compelled to say something about Michael Jackson, from a spiritualist point of view. Michael was touched by the solar. Perhaps this archetype was one of his angels. Often difficult lives have a light or guide that comes through to help them. His spiritual attributes in part were solar, often showing the ability of art– music in particular. Great power often comes through the solar creativity. The solar, also the sixes by some card readers, is the death and resurrection sign. With his passing, like Elvis, he will be remembered more than in life. This is solar; often the solar becomes a sacrifice to a cause. He will affect those that knew him greatly, especially his children, which are now on the road of transformation by his spirit. Regardless of what you feel about an individual’s earthy existence, we can be touched greatly by the spirit they channel.
Miriam Makeba was from South Africa. If you have ever seen her, then you have been touched by the Spirit. If you have not, then you are in for a great treat.
You can see Miriam Makeba on You Tube. If by chance you don’t like a particular song, then look at another. No two songs or delivery of a song is quite the same. She herself said “I feel different spirits when I sing” and you will notice the truth of this statement, seeing her deliver different songs. According to Miriam, her mother was a healer. This would be called a “sangoma” in Zulu land. “While I myself have never healed, I know some things and I know about the spirits”, said Miriam. Zulu healers use spirits as part of their healing. Miriam Makeba, while on tour as a young woman, was forced into exile from her homeland. This lasted some 30 years. It was through an invitation to participate in a concert by Paul Simon, that she returned some time in the 1980’s. Called “Mother Africa” by her followers, Miriam left this world last year, in 2008. Truly a great inspiration and divine woman
…another way to get in touch with your inner self, your magical self, and divine guidance, from master practitioner Eric Teissedre in San Francisco. Eric can be reached at 415-474-2361
This is a magical inspiration, designed to make the subject of magick more user-friendly.
Magick is the wild west of metaphysical studies. There are more bizarre ideas that show up under the title of magick than in any other metaphysical field, ideas you could never get away with in a sane circle!
Magick has always invoked a certain amount of fear and confusion. It has always been a secretive subject, written in codes that were quite confusing. The middle ages didn’t do anything but add more confusion to an already mysterious subject. We are arriving at the time of no secrets. More and more information is available to the public and with subjects like cross-cultural shamanism coming into view, it adds more light on the subject of magick. A lot of what I write about is from my own perception and is my own opinion, but this is a subject I have been delving into since the mid-60’s. Here is my view:
All ritual is prayer and this gives a broad view to the word prayer. Prayer is composed of two elements. One is energy, sometimes called grace. The other is consciousness and the creating of thought forms. There are times that prayers don’t have enough power and may have to be done repetitiously to have an effect. Certain parts of ritual are designed to raise power. This is done through trance, toning, power songs, power dances, drums and rattles, and this is done to build chi, to build power.
Now there are three elements of magick. One is contacting the source, also called the guardian, high self or inner spirit. The second is cleaning, removing the blocks that affect energy, affect chakras. Cleaning is extremely important. The last is blessing, or charging, bringing positive energy into your being. This is all done in a sacred circle, a magic circle.
Now, we want to keep this subject of magick simple. We don’t want to be bogged down with endless ritual or ritual for ritual sake, or a whole series of tools that don’t truly serve any practical purpose. You can create your magickal circle in your mind. Once you are in sacred space, call in your own way divine light and sense that this is in the center of your being, no particular place in your body, just the center of your being. Affirm to this light that you are being cleansed of unwanted energy and you are being blessed.
At this point, see what your mind gives you, see what memories come up. See what images pass across your mind. Many practitioners work with animal spirits. I am not sure that they are actually working with animal spirits or that the divine, which is formless, part of the quantum, is speaking to the practitioner in a subjective language. It doesn’t matter. The whole point of this exercise is to build a communication with the divine within.
Thank your inner contact when you are done, release and step back out into the everyday world. Don’t worry about releasing your sacred inner magick circle. Who knows, it could serve you as a tool for protection. Keep your work simple, to the point, and positive.
Ancient magicians called this: “conversation with the holy guardian angel” and it was meant to be the center of the magical work. Shamans would call this: “communication with the guardian spirit.”
At a later date, we can share some power building techniques and more ways to work with the spirit.
Circle of light, Eric
Eric’s written another fascinating piece on divination, giving us an I Ching reading for Spring 2009…
Eric Teissedre is a master astrologer, among other things. You can reach him directly at 415-474-2361, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Ching Divination by Eric Teissedre
Long before the book of the I Ching, shamans were casting the 8 tri-grams as a means of ascertaining information. Divination gives boundaries to the intuitive process and divination can be quite fluid. A single sign can mean many things. An example of this: I was assisting with the management of an apartment building in San Francisco. One day, there was a very loud popping sound coming somewhere in the building. We searched and searched but could not find this very loud noise. So, I cast the I Ching, one hexagram and got “water above fire”. Now, if I had used the book, it wouldn’t have been much help. But, thinking water above fire, we went down to the boiler room and lo and behold, there were small exploding sounds coming from the boiler. This is not to say the book is not valuable for interpretation, especially when you need guidance and you don’t want to project a wishful answer.
I would like to give you an example for the spring, a spring reading. Holding six rather large Chinese coins I have used for some time, I will make a contact with my inner source, which is being done simultaneously to this article being written. I ask that these signs be relevant to those reading this article. What I get is heaven above the lake. If this was to be written using the numbers one and zero, one for yang and zero for yin, or one straight line, zero broken line, it would appear as such.
If you are not used to seeing tri-grams in this fashion, it is the same as yin and yang, straight lines, broken lines.
Interpretation from a purely intuitive perspective: the lake is the ruler. It can symbolize your source. It has a correspondence to Saturn. Saturn is now retrograde. Retrograde means go back, finish those things unfinished, restart your thinking about your true career, find that thing you truly love that is indicated by heaven, make your life as virtuous and as beautiful as possible. The heavenly tri-gram is solar. Try to work for yourself as much as possible. Get away from these nuts who are extracting all this work for insult and little pay. Don’t work for the devil! Work for heaven! We have come through a cycle that has not been virtuous. It has been a time of manipulation in which others own your hard earned money. Pull back, work for yourself, and don’t make investments, not with Saturn retrograde. It can be three years before investments are safe. If you can ride it out, do so. Find who needs your skill, work for them as if you are an independent agent, be willing to move on the minute things are not correct. Be versatile, do not get stuck. There is no better time for self-investment than now. Short term investments can be good, i.e. to buy and sell that fixer-upper, or to eliminate and sell antiques or second hand items.
Last but not least, invest in your own self education. There is a need to believe in the glory of self! Stop empowering those outside of you, or believing that they have more authority or ability because of their credentials.
If you were to see other things in these tri-grams, different from what I saw, it would not make your interpretation less correct. In this system, you stimulate the intuitive process, but have a left-brain tool to guide that process. It is like going to the tarot reader, it would be frustrating if they stopped to interpret each card through the book to verify their reading is on track. This system is part of a number of systems used in China, in ancient times. Some of them have a surprising similarity to divination used in Africa.
Note: Eric Teissedre is the best metaphysical teacher, medium, and all around expert divinator and clairvoyant I’ve ever come across. Over the years many people have contacted me, trying to find him as his name has appeared on my website. No one ever forgets Eric but he’s not been easy to get ahold of for decades. I’m so glad he’s decided to write and I’ll post whatever he sends me on this blog. If you would like to reach Eric or have questions about his services, please email me at email@example.com
First, I would like to thank Elissa Heyman for providing me with some space for this article.
In doing astrology for a number of years, I have come to some realizations and would like to offer these as inspirations.
There is the question: are we fated or do we have free will? I am of the belief we have free will and yet this acts within certain boundaries of any given time. I have seen people overcome numerous negative aspects that could have normally predicted a negative outcome. Usually these are people of strong spiritual conviction who see their source as something above the planets. Astrology is a language of the heavens. It speaks for the temple of God, the universe. There are so many different systems of astrology, especially house division, that you wonder how astrologers of such diversity can read a chart. Some are using totally different zodiac signs, some use tropical, some use sidereal. I was always taught that whatever system you choose, stick to the rules of that system. If this is true, then there is a quantum going on with space. It is as if space can read your mind, knows what system of astrology you are using, and offers you guidance through that system. Food for thought, in that we are not always being dictated to in terms of what our fate has to be. Perhaps the universe is offering some suggestions. With that said, I look at the planets as they are now. We have passed through a time where many planets are in Aquarius, including the north node. Nodes are pretty intense. The sky suggests an investment into humanity. Let’s make the human being the subject of our investment and not the banks and bankers. I am making these statements, realizing these planets have occurred with and around the inauguration and can predict some of the thinking of the new administration. Invest in people, invest in education, and invest in the computer as a tool to reach more people with education. There is quite possibly a return of the dot com, without the madness of the late 90s. It is a business that has to make more sense. Even though Aquarius is a human sign, and would show some of these things, it is also the second house of the 10th, meaning money connected to the government, so there will be a re-thinking of a financial free-for-all and empowering banks with absolute rights. They have to be accountable to someone, the old checks and balances that this country is famous for. Speaking of checks and balances, there are issues with the courts. They seem to be making more and more decisions separate from public consent. We are in a Jupiter-Saturn opposition. I take liberties with an extremely wide orb in that it represents a larger amount of time. I wouldn’t be so liberal in viewing a natal chart, but the public is different than a natal chart. Saturn and Jupiter, being on the opposite side, suggest debate and duality from extremes, those Republicans and Democrats at war again. Interestingly enough, in numerology, we are in a two year. Add up the numbers 2009 and they reduce to a two, a number of relationships. There are questions about relationships, set before the public at this time. I am optimistic about the times. I believe our mind affects things greatly. Astrologers can point out this administration started with mercury retrograde. This usually shows trouble, difficulty in communication. I don’t think it matters. Image is everything. We have an administration that is very image-conscious. Perhaps they will have a power of uniting us, idealistically, which will affect economy and such.
I grew up learning that every twenty years, a president would die in office because of a Jupiter Saturn aspect. In the past few years, this has lessened and with the last administration, was not true at all. Back to the quantum theory, the more we are aware of an aspect, it seems we can affect it with intention. We have people in office who pray, whether you are in agreement with their politics or not. We can wonder about the power of prayer. I believe it affects things greatly. In conclusion, look to the stars for guidance. My forte these days is what I call consultation astrology. It is an astrology that gives boundaries to the intuition. It has arrived in the observation of aspects at the time a person has a reading, especially the ascendant. It is amazing the synchronicities that can occur, but again, it does not bind the individual to a fated outcome. That is our job, to match minds, to work the spiritual power and to affect our so-called fate.
Blessings to all,