Friday, August 7, 2015

U-Predict: The Great Debate

In 2012, one of the best reality shows on TV was a series of debates of Republican presidential candidates.  The series was known in social media as the “clown car”….. 

So here we are 2016; we have 17 candidates for president running on the Republican ticket alone.  And what a list it is – The Donald, Chris Christie, the brother of an unpopular president, Jeb Bush and so forth.  It is also more than a year from the election.  What can we learn from a debate this far out, or was this just another bout of reality TV.  Using the U-Predict theory of free reading by various readers to give us a large, overall view of the first debate, I ask for readers to pull one card.  I was given 10 cards by 10 readers.  We did have synchronicities – The Hierophant, Four of Cups and The Fool (what a set of synchronicities for this topic). 

The Synchronicities

The Four of Cups – this one card defines most of the campaigns we’re seeing for president.  YOU’RE NOT HAPPY.  I CAN FIX IT.  OK, how do you get happy?  Do we call people names and show them your dislike for what they believe or their lifestyle?  Do we quote religious books?  Do we blame other religions?  The purpose of the Four of Cards is to remind you that you have to own your own dissatisfaction.  Are any of these people going to be able to fix your personal problems? Karmically, would you be better off fixing them yourself?

The Fool – All the candidates are starting out on a big adventure.  They are stepping up big time:  are they stepping up or stepping in it – you decide.  The Fool represents that we are just starting out.  This is the earliest the presidential race has ever started.  What we are hearing now is basically done for entertainment – they call it getting attention/voters.  This concept was strengthened by the fact that one of the Fools was pulled in reverse.  Considering the questions that were ask at Trump, one has to wonder if someone was being called out as The Fool.  A reversed Fool also represents the outlandish statements that were made.  Again, they are looking for donations and followers – not setting policy. That doesn’t mean don’t listen; just realize that in our crazy world things will change between now and next November.   

The Hierophant – The Hierophant represents one thing – dogma.  It may be a dogma of religion (yes, we hear religious dogma from our politicians); it may be the dogma of a standing political party or subgroup (Tea Party or Right Wing Conservatives).  Are any of these people offering us anything but the same narrow solutions that we have heard for over 12 years?  The Hierophant stands for dogma and the Four of Cups stands for what you dislike.  So, is their dogma going to fix what you dislike?  Or do you dislike things because their dogma seems to have swept the country?

Now the single cards:

The Magician
– All the candidates are magicians.  They all have the answers.  There are two types of magicians, those that have studied and have power and then there are the charlatans.  Charlatans are the tricksters.  They will tell you whatever you want to hear, they will give you sound bites that make you feel amazed.  But does it mean anything?   Do they really have power and wisdom or are they just hitting people’s buttons.  Is it too early in this process to determine who should be the candidate?  Realize that the man who currently holds the office was seen as The Magician by many.  When he had not fixed America’s problems in 90 days based on campaign promises, he quickly fell into dislike.

The Lovers – Are you really in love with one of these people right now? Do you love where they stand, do you feel they promise you prosperity?  Are you in love with the idea of living in the past with the social mores of the 50’s?  (No birth control, women had little to no value in the work place, etc.) Do you understand what that would mean to your lifestyle?

The other meaning of the Lovers is to make the right choice.  Do you want to live in the same divided, hate-fueled society that we live in?  Or do you want to work on electing people who cherish peace on earth?  Do you want to become politically literate so that you know who to elect to protect the earth?  Many people want nothing to do with politics.  They don’t vote; and the same people get elected  – madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

The Star – Yes, there is hope.  There is always hope. Generations will die, society will change.  But do we want to see a 10-year change into a more harmonious society or do we want to wade through 30 or 40 years of hate and discontent (and planetary destruction) before we begin to change.   Hope – we can believe in hope while corporations destroy the environment, or we can decide to act on the idea of hope.  The 60’s were about reaching out in love and peace.  We took to the streets, both in political marches and love-ins, and we did make a profound change in society.  We discovered we are star stuff, we are golden, and by being involved we could have a hand in recreating the garden.
The 10 of Swords – Perhaps not now, but after the third debate some candidates will face the 10 of Swords.  They won’t raise enough money to continue, their popularity will tank. (Fox’s referral to Donald Trump’s business failures and terrible treatment of women were unexpected attempts to expose the man for who he is). 

However, there is another meaning for the 10 of Swords.  We the people can say “enough.”  What do we need in our lives?  Better jobs, assurance that our healthcare, including birth control, will continue, as will the continuance of Social Security for when we reach an age or physical condition when we need to slow down?  Who stands for these things?  Not just on a national level, but locally as well.  We can be one of the people putting a sword in someone’s back – not literally, but in the back of their political career.  But we have to get involved and understand who is running for what to do it.

The final card was the Eight of Pentacles, the card of hard work.  This card can represent someone working so hard in the trenches that they can’t see the big picture.  Of any prognostications I could divine, that one probably nails it best.  All these people are working like crazy to make a small percentage of the electorate happy, but not looking at the big, broad picture.   What do we really do about the poor, the disabled (especially our veterans), and the underemployed?  Do we want to send another 100,000 American kids into another Middle-Eastern ground war where we lose thousands in death, and have many more thousands come home permanently disabled?  With our scientific minds, is it not time to toss fossil fuels and go with renewables?   Yes, there is a much bigger picture.  There were glimmers of hope in a few remarks made by the candidates last night, but were there enough? U-Predict…

Final note:  When we used the same method to predict the outcome of the Republican convention back in 2012, NOT ONE SINGLE MAJOR ARCANA CARD was drawn.  Of, course, even a novice reader would understand that this was an indication that the people involved were absolutely clueless about the truth of the situation.  THIS TIME IT WAS THE EXACT OPPOSITE.  Of the 10 cards 8 were Majors.  Now with that many Majors in a reading, the most common interpretation would be that a profound, probably karmic change was overtaking this field and this period of history.  I have to admit that I did not see a great deal of enlightenment on the stage last night, but things can happen.  We may truly be moving into the age we have all waited for.  However, as an old Hippie war protestor, I still think it will happen more smoothly if those of us who believe in love, hope and peace do our part to move the process forward.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Do we Live in a Matrix?

After the release of the movie “The Matrix”, many people felt they had discovered the secret to life – it was run in another dimension by people with dubious intentions.  Angry people quit the “Why me God?” reference and instead interjected “Damn you people in control.”  So after a few references to The Matrix in the Reading Room, I decided that was a good question to investigate on U-Predict.

 The first thing that was fascinating was how old this idea is in philosophy.  It is NOT just an idea that took hold after the first movie’s release; for centuries, different philosophers and theologians claimed that control of the world was completely and totally out of our hands, and that we needed to determine who had control. It was an open question to the philosophers, or determined to be God by the theologians.  ( )   The outcome decision between the Reading Room and the Project TAROT card synchronicities is even more thought provoking.

The Reading Room included: IvyLieberman, Jean Hamilton-Fford, Patti Phare-Camp, Mary Nale, Deb Frueh, Jean Maurie Puhlman, Anita Perez, Marnie Heart, Maggie MoonTarot, ReeNee Cummins, and Dax Carlisle. 

The first question was “Is the Universe a giant computer?”  Mary Nale threw out a show stopper when she asked “Is this why I dreamed I was walking on a circuit board?” Dax added to the mystery by stating "My Kingdom is not of This World..." is a clue to the multiple realities. Then the cards began answering. Synchronicities were the High Priestess, The Emperor, and the Lovers.  Looking at this, the Reading Room said there was an overriding intelligence that was beyond our comprehension.  However, when it comes to this dimension, Ivy IvyLieberman stated “we are alone and create our own controller and are really happy that way.”   The Lovers was the interesting card – what choice needed to be made?  A few more cards uncovered the concept that many people don’t want to know how it really works.  Some people are happy with the idea that God makes all the decisions.  Others want to believe in a randomness that is beyond their control.  Only a few people ask these kinds of questions to the universe.

The second question was “Is reality a dream?”  This brought up the idea that is popular in Eastern religions; nothing we see or experience is real.  The follow-on question gave us a more fascinating answer “Is reality a simulation?”  The Reading Room came back with a mind-blowing answer; it is a simulation for those who choose not to learn or to realize self-responsibility.  ReeNee’s comment was that this would explain the clients a tarot reader sees over and over again with the same problem.  It may also give us the wisdom to stress the importance of self-responsibility in future readings.  Of course, the natural follow-on to that question is “People believe “You create your own reality” is that true?”  The answer was a strong yes from the Reading Room – both from personal experiences as well as what the cards had to say.  Even if there is an over-riding intelligence within the Universe, it wants to interact with us, wants us to understand what our thoughts and actions truly mean.

The next question is one of the hardest and most painful to ask “If it is interactive, how come bad things happen to people - is it bad thinking?” The cards and Readers gave a broader interpretation than just “bad things are caused by stinkin’ thinkin’ “.  The information that poured forth is that, yes, negativity and the stress it causes hurts people.    Mary Nale intuited that “the mind creates the drama.” And Deb Frueh reminded us that “people like drama - no two ways about it.”  In addition the cards also said that things happen when people are completely stuck.  They may have a very complacent life, but there is no growth, no challenge.  Then the Universe may take over and hand the person the challenges they need to grow or come to greater understanding.

The final question set was about defining what we are.  Are we just one’s and zero’s?  Are we just a string of data?  While discussing the string of data idea, Dax brought up "Morphic fields" and "Torsion Fields" – to scientific theories to explain who or what we are.  The cards and readers both agreed that we are much more than a data string or a string of information.  Anita Perez stated that we are “energy and consciousness but that information by itself is not conscious.” Becky Graywolf added “Yes, we are way more than ones and zeros. We are also information and experience for our souls.”

The overall Project TAROT moment cards further clarified and strengthened the messages the Reading Room contributed.  The most often read cards were the Chariot and the Lovers.  On first glance, this looks like a strange pairing and an impossible read.  But considering the subject, and the answers to the questions it interprets as we are all driving our own chariots on our own journeys the decisions we make (The Lovers can represent choice) determines if our journey is pleasant, bumpy or if we overturn the cart (our lives) completely.  The Universe is a feedback loop.  What we put out comes back until we can exist harmoniously with the world and Universe around us. 
We also had a Lenormand moment, when Jean Hamilton-Fford pulled cards multiple times.  When asked for an in-depth explanation, Jean offered “The Golden Bear [card pulled multiple times] refers to putting on the mask we need to wear for whatever part of our journey we are on.   We become one with the Sun and have the key, the strength and the playfulness to find joy and wealth and happiness.” 

Mary Nale gave a beautiful intuitive reading on the concepts that we discussed during this week’s show “When the moon shines its light on us, in the deep hours of night we travel to the place where we receive the knowledge we need to survive.  What we do with this knowledge is a matter of how advanced we are in our personal journey.”  Are you aware of the information to improve your “matrix”? U-Predict!