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Friday, 7 September 2012

Mantra and Tarot: Hanged Man, Death, Temperance

Hanged Man: Shante prashante sarva bhaya upashamani swaha
'Through peace, supreme peace, I surrender the quality of fear to the mind without form (ie, universal mind).' In other words, 'fear' is released into the larger source, where it is dispersed. It is the notion of surrendering to the universal that is important here. The Hanged Man has surrendered resistance to life; the feeling of being deeply connected, the release of emotions that may have been locked up for years.

Death: Gobinde mukunde udare apare, hariang kariang nirnamay akame
'Sustainer, liberator, enlightener, infinite; destroyer, creator, nameless, desireless'. The Death card does not actually refer to transformation, but to the precise moment at which we give up old masks and thus allow the transformation to take place. A clearing away of old habits and rigidness to make way for a new life to emerge.

Temperance: Ra ma da sa, sa say so hung
'Sun, moon, earth, infinity; totality of the universe--I am that.' The mantra is about perfect balance in all elements and oneness with existence. The word temperance comes from the Latin 'tempare' which means to mix or combine properly. All different sides of life mix properly in Temperance. The person and the outer world flow naturally together.

(All images from Gaian Tarot)

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