Modern society approaches everything with excess. It teaches us to solve big problems with big solutions. But we don’t really have big problems. We make them big. That is why the big solutions don’t work.
It should always be remembered that we as humans experience or express the experience of a constant flow of energy. And just like we don’t “feel” most of our body in its operation, we also don’t “feel” those more subtle energies that flow within and without us. This energy manifests in various ways and can be perceived as manifesting – or not perceived at all. We can simultaneously flow with these energies or may try to inhibit them. But because there is a lack of awareness of these energies, we often find that we are unable to find balance, connection and symmetry within ourselves. We exaggerate our own understanding of who we are, our relationships, and the world we live in. We downplay the things that are most important.
To make matters worse, modern society teaches us to look away from our imbalances, our chaos, and our neglect and instead encourages us to puff ourselves up and appear to be strong and powerful. The end result are hidden feelings of helplessness and unfulfillment and even worse – shame.
We live in Deceit. Note the Deceit card in the second row.
Today I am taking a look at the masculine energies in the collective. I am using three decks: the standard Rider-Waite deck, Energy Oracle deck by Sandra Anne Taylor, and the Archangel Power cards by Radleigh Valentine. The first row is a general overview of current masculine energies and is the theme of the reading. The second row is a more detailed view of the impact of those energies. The third are messages from spirit about the situation as it is unfolding.
This reading is of the masculine but the masculine energies are within all of us and so must be balanced accordingly. So if you are a woman reading this, the reading still applies to you.
Also, because this reading is a collective masculine reading, it does not differentiate the degrees of differences as expressed through individual people. For example, in picking up addictive behavior in the cards, this behavior might be quite mild and apparently innocuous in some masculines (too much gym time), but severe in another (alcoholism). The degree and power of these energies varies within the individuals; but in the collective it is a general condition. It is important therefore always apply what feels right in your current situation.
First Row (Rider-Waite)
I will begin at the beginning, not the first card, but the core of the reading. The core of this reading, the message that it wants to send is that there is a lack of balance in the life of the masculine. We have a reversed King of Cups which indicates an emotional state that is chaotic. There have of course been methods devised to contain the emotional chaos, but they are simply containers. They are not actually improving emotional state. Mastery is lacking. Where mastery is lacking, there is brute force. The masculine has been cleaning his room by throwing all the junk in the closet. He cleans his clothes by kicking them under the bed. He deals with emotions by distractions, work, and other forms of self soothing. It is a method of deceit and concealment.
Deceit is an energy that can easily spread to all areas of the body and soul. In this reading I am definitely seeing it as some kind of pervasive dis-ease.
As in all collective readings, the degree of this deceit depends on the individual.
The appearance of the reversed King of Cups can indicate all forms of emotional breakdown and the artificial means of making it appear to go away. These containment systems may give temporary reprieve from the emotional difficulties, but they never work in the long run. Addictive and excessive behavior: drugs, alcohol, sex, gaming, overeating, overexercising, overworking are some of the many toxic ways emotions are cloaked and kept out of the way.
This emotional containment is a collective issue; for within modern society there is a great amount of encouragement towards excessive behaviors and attitudes. The masculine energy has been trained to keep “strong” and hide deep confronting emotions. As a result, the masculine is very caught up in this excessive behavior and is very resistant towards removing it. He is an emotional volcano that has been laying dormant for many many years. Much of his current energy is devoted to containing it. Society helps him. His methods are quite unhealthy.
The reversed Star has a very striking presence in this spread. It indicates a certain hopelessness, a chaos that sees no end. It also indicates a lack of balance and illness. Note the upside down Healer of the Ages in the second row. There is a lack of health around the masculine energy. His untended emotional state and his addiction to society’s approved excesses is taking a toll on his health in a very big way. It is also leading to cynicism, doubt, and self deprecation.
But all is not lost. It never is. This state of things, once brought into awareness, will not last much longer. The presence of Temperance in the first row and the archangel Gabriel in the second indicates a powerful divine force that is also present and currently awakening the dormant masculine power.
The reversed 4 of Swords indicates a much needed rest and respite for the masculine. Rest here doesn’t mean escape, but it is clear that the knight laying on the table looks like a sarcophagus. The masculine is actually dormant in his energies like the volcano but he is illuminated as gold as he sleeps with one of the swords beneath him. There is opportunity ahead even though it has not awakened. The golden illumined quality of the card beckons the Temperance card which depicts the Archangel Michael intervening and helping the masculine to become aware of the need to balance his emotional cups, to consider the flow of life in all its grand beauty and to be open to following where that road leads. The kingdom of the masculine sits far into the distance. The masculine has not claimed or earned that crown yet. He is just receiving that angelic energy to let go of trying to control his emotions, and instead learn how to flow with and guide them.
Temperance is a major arcana card. It is not something that can be completed, done and dusted. It is something we strive for. As we add new elements and energies to our lives, we need to rework our balance. It is something that requires constant vigilance, just as walking requires vigilance. The masculine energy must learn to balance and keep the balance, to flow with the emotions and navigate them, rather than to hide them and suppress them. When discovering new terrain he must pay close attention so that he does not fall. And even when he does fall, he must be able to get up and try to achieve that balance once again. Living life is flowing and when the sailboat breaks, he must begin to build again, or improve on what remains. There is no other option if he wishes to move forward.
Finally, to end this row on a more positive note, the two of wands is the masculine awake. He is no longer sleeping. There is hope after all, but it must be appreciated on a smaller scale. Our society teaches the masculine that he needs to be big and do big things in the world if he is going to be worth anything. This is simply another deceit that leads the masculine astray. We must not set our goals too far and wide. One step of a time is best, in the appropriate time and place. Again, there must be balance in how we approach the energy that inspires us towards our goals. The two of wands is where the masculine needs to be. He is just a man holding a model of the world. But the world he sees in his hand is nothing like the world that he is gazing out towards. He recognizes this and is fine with it. The magnificent calm waters. The proud mountains. The clear sky. The sun is not yet present for him, but he can see clearly and calmly where he might like to go. He leans on one of the wands that is unattached to the wall. He is preparing. He is not ready to let go – yet. But he can take that option when he figures out how to travel the emotional seas without being pulled under. He wants to take on the real world. Not the deceitful one. That is why the Temperance card is required. In order to achieve big things, we must first pay attention to the small ones. He must receive and be in that communication.
Second Row (Energy Oracle)
The second row is precise and to the point.
As always, hope arrives in the form of Archangel Gabriel in the second row. The communication is key here. The masculine is currently receiving this communication that his old ways are not working and that he must take care of himself. It is quite urgent, this message. Consider the upside down “Healer of the Ages” and “Man Holding a Coin” and “Financial Constraints”. The reversed man with a coin indicates issues with not only health but money as well. There is a lack of physical attention to health in the collective: not enough doctor visits, not enough or excessive exercise. Obsessions with food and weight. It can be any of these things. The reversed king of cups way of being has dire consequences on the physical plane. Our bodies suffer when our emotional energies are not flowing but are being hidden and concealed, stashed away and suppressed. Control is never a good option. It is a very violent option.
The presence of financial constraints in the collective is making health very difficult in our society, and the masculine energies are suffering this. Nearly every one of my masculine spreads during the past month have included this card. There is a lot of general worry about money and it causes more emotional issues and difficulties as I described above. There is clearly an avoidance of dealing with these matters head on, and so there is a tendency to want to bury these matters in partying, drink, gaming, drugs, or other sorts of entertainment.
Third Row (Archangel Power)
The third row gives us the light that we need to be strong in what we must face about ourselves. The Sun is the first card I drew. It is the masculine energy. It is the sun that is not shown in the two of Wands card. The Sun is always present. You just have to feel it. You need to let it in. It is so easy to go about our days, our months, and our years and not even remember that it is there giving the world life, sustenance, growth. The powerful masculine energy is already there for us. It is within us all and in all the earth. It is this sun energy that will allow the masculine to gain mastery over his emotional oceans and tides. And when he does he will be able to channel his emotional power into art, relationships, partnerships. He will be able, through harnessing his will and taming his emotions, manifest his deepest desires. The sun is the power of masculine love and authority. His will can manifest the light on earth.
But first, we have nine of Michael. Before the masculine can manifest his desires, he must use the strength of the sun to cut through old patterns of guilt, regret and worry. These particular emotions are the very things that are keeping him from the sun. They are dark shadows and shades of the past, perhaps past lives, old attachments and bindings.
What most don’t tell you about illumination is that the first things that get illuminated are all the things we didn’t want anyone – including ourselves – to see. It is a challenging and difficult journey, but the rewards are far
greater than the pain and regret of never taking it.