Espers - Mansfield and Cyclops
Espers - Mansfield and Cyclops
Intense demonic attacks
by S. Radev
(please keep the credits on the pictures intact)
More widely, it can refer to the spiritual release that comes with orgasm or to a short period of melancholy or transcendence as a result of the expenditure of the “life force”, the feeling which is caused by the release of oxytocin in the brain after the occurrence of orgasm. Literary critic Roland Barthes spoke of la petite mort as the chief objective of reading literature. He metaphorically used the concept to describe the feeling one should get when experiencing any great literature.
The term “la petite mort” or “the small death” does not always apply to sexual experiences. It can also be used when some undesired thing has happened to a person and has affected them so much that “a part of them dies inside”. A literary example of this is found in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles when he uses the phrase to describe how Tess feels after she comes across a particularly gruesome omen and meeting with her own rapist:
“She felt the petite mort at this unexpectedly gruesome information, and left the solitary man behind her.”
The person represented by the Prince of Wands will be an active, energetic person, with a warm and generous heart, and a good sense of humour. He will have a natural and infectious optimism about him, tackling every aspect of his life with enthusiasm and vigour.
He will be friendly, gregarious and open in his attitudes, possessed with a very healthy sense of his own value, but also supportive and encouraging to others. You’ll often come across him in working areas where healing, encouragement and development are involved.
The apparently easy-going happy-go lucky exterior conceals a deeply rooted moral sense. At his best he typifies the ‘shining white knight’ principle - always ready to stand up for what is right, and good; willing to fight to protect those who are more vulnerable than himself.
If the card comes up to indicate an inner response, rather than an actual person, it will signify rising confidence levels, and a positive attitude to life. This card is often the result of overcoming fears and surmounting obstacles which have previously hindered us, or held us back.
This card is full of boundless energy and power. Here we see the healing rush of force, producing enthusiasm and exhilaration. Among their many other attributes, the suit of Wands relates to morality and a strong sense of ethics, so this card also draws in matters of integrity and honesty.
On a day ruled by the Prince of Wands, expect to feel full of life, ready to tackle any challenge. Be alert for situations in which you are able to assist somebody else who has need of your strength. Also, be aware of how your strength feels to you - this will stand you in good stead on lesser days, when you aren’t feeling quite so vital and alive.
This Prince sets us free of limitation and self doubt bringing, instead, a new confidence and verve. If we allow his force to flow through us, we shall find ourselves making excellent progress in everything we turn our hands to.
If, when he appears, you are emerging from a tough time in your life, this Prince will mark a turning point where things begin to improve and brighten up. One of the key phrases often associated with this card is ‘out of darkness, into light’.
So enjoy the day!! Have fun, get lots done and feel glad to be you at the end of the day!!
Affirmation: My life has no limits. It is filled with boundless energy.
The Lord of Peace is a friendly Sword, which comes as something of a relief when we have spent so much time dealing with his more belligerent cousins. However it must be noted that the card often comes up to indicate that a conflict has been resolved or a breach healed, so there will have been trouble earlier on.
It indicates that a painful and difficult situation is being reconciled. Friendships are rebuilt, old wounds are healed. However in this context it is very important to look carefully at the cards which follow it, for there is often a feeling that a relationship will never be quite the same again as it was before the conflict or quarrel. If the 4 of Swords comes up nearby, this is a clear indication that one should remain cautious and thoughtful, not giving too much in the way of trust, for some time. If the Moon was up in the reading, we would be forced to consider the possibility that all is not as it seems.
At an inner level, the 2 of Swords really comes into its own, for it marks the period of tranquillity and calmness that can arise when we have finally made difficult decisions, and acted upon them. Often it will come up to show that, now we have got to grips with our confusion, we can rest and recover.
The card will also come up to show that we have let go of old fears or anxieties that were holding us back. It’s a still card indicating a time to rest and recuperate.
The Two of Swords
The Lord of Peace is a card which advises us to climb to the high ground in order to get a perspective, particularly on any emotional difficulties that we might have. Sometimes, a conflict bogs us down so badly in our reactions that we find it difficult to achieve an objective view. Instead we wallow about, knee deep in hurt feelings and negativity, never able to get an overview.
Yet if we can just move our position a little, see the centre of the conflict, often we perceive the whole situation more clearly. And once we manage that, a way through the tangle becomes apparent. When we can see that pathway we know what we need to do, and it’s easy to see what’s really important and what is rubbish that we collected along the way.
So on a day ruled by the 2 of Swords, if there are any issues about which you feel emotionally sore and unhappy, make a deliberate and conscious effort to get to the high ground, above the situation.
If you have no pressing emotional hurts right now, pick a matter that causes you concern more randomly - a long-running confusion, maybe, or something which you wish could have been resolved in the past. Use the same process of climbing above it with the intention of finding another way of looking at it, which is more comfortable for you than the one you now have.
And then stick with it, and enjoy the sense of peacefulness that comes from finding a solution to something that hurts you!
Affirmation: Conflict resolves into tranquillity
The Lovers is numbered six and is a card of innocence, trust, exhileration and joy. The couple (often seen intertwined or standing side by side) are soulmates, each being one half of a perfect union. The figure flying above them is Cupid, blessing them with the might of Universal Love.
The Lovers are the embodiment of the harmony of opposites. This is how we are before the fear and prejudices of life intervene. We give our love freely to others and we need no other to make us whole.
Love is much misunderstood. It is subjective and the word ‘love’ is so overused that it has almost lost its original meaning. We are all capable of the immense power of deep feelings. Love happens when we step out of the darkness of fear, pain and doubt into the light. Love can move mountains. Love breeds love - a happy smile breaking through another’s melancholy proves this.
Loving ourselves is the first step to touching the mighty power of Universal Love. We must live each moment as though it were the only one - rejoicing and celebrating, loving the soul within us rather than fighting with the reflection the rest of the world sees.
This is a lovely card, concerned with the harmonisation of opposites at all levels of being. At the highest level, the Lovers represents the marriage of the Emperor and the Empress - the archetypal union of male and female.
Of course, one of the areas that this card therefore covers is that of emotional relationships. We’ve discussed often how, for love to grow and create change, it must be allowed to flow unhindered and free. If this is stopped, then love, like the water used symbolically to represent it so often, becomes stagnant and fetid.
So, on a day ruled by the Lovers, consider your partner, if you have one. Have you expressed to them everything you need to say? Have you offered them emotional honesty and genuine access to the feelings you have for them? If not, then today - try it!!
If you are in a period where you do not have a partner, see yourself as your own partner. This is more true than you might at first think! Our relationships with others are often reflections of our own inner struggles to realise and fulfil our needs.
Ask yourself the same questions - have you been emotionally honest with yourself? Have you achieved genuine access to positive feelings about yourself? If not, then open up those doors and let yourself really see who you are. You might just get a pleasant surprise. And after all - if you don’t like it at all, you can always move on tomorrow!!
Affirmation: I love and accept myself.
Palmyra House / Studio Mumbai
Nandgao Maharashtra, India, 2007
Located outside of Mumbai on the Arabian Sea, Palmyra House was built as a refuge. The house consists of two wooden volumes set inside of a functioning coconut plantation.
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