EMERALD heralds the path of the warrior. Do not shun it for the sake of peace and harmony. Rather, embrace it for you are being called to be a warrior and it is up to you to decide what you will fight for. There are many paths available to the warrior and as many ways to embody warriorhood in your life and actions.
The human condition is all about accepting and becoming the warrior that each and every one of us are called to be in our own lifetime. We enter this earthly plane fighting for birth through a tight and tiny canal that is constricting and harsh. It tosses and tumbles us, taking us out of the security of the womb and thrusting us into a lifetime of need: the need to eat and drink, sleep and defecate, to touch and be touched, and more.
Many of us spend our lives struggling – oftentimes unsuccessfully – to figure out what we ourselves are all about, and what life is all about. Sometimes we lash out harshly and randomly because we are insecure and afraid. Sometimes we step off cliffs into dark precipices and rashly climb high mountains we are unprepared to scale. All in the search for meaning and purpose.
But a warrior, a sacred warrior that is, knows what he or she is fighting for. Being a warrior is about values and choices. It is about honing our skills with precision and direction. It is about discipline and sustained intention. It is about drive and power and passion and force. And it is something all of us struggle to attain.
Humans of many cultures and places have mistakenly equated being a warrior with war and warfare, blood and guts – fighting the eternal enemy ‘out there.’ But this is only one type of warrior and a very narrow definition of warrior-hood. Warrior-hood at a sacred level is about refining and polishing yourself through discipline and dedication to the light of the universe. All warriors carry their own energetic swords, polished and embellished with special soul gifts accorded them by spirit, which they use to forward their thrust and life purpose on Earth. The warrior knows why he or she is here, and how to go about accomplishing their soul task.
This card speaks to you of this sacred knowledge and purpose, inviting you to accept and embrace the warrior within you as you strive to connect with spirit for guidance and protection. It is ultimately in the pursuit of cosmic truth with a capital T that you are being asked to fight. This truth resides in your heart – not your muscles or even your mind. Emerald is here to remind you of that heart call we all have.
The creed of the heart warrior is quite simple: It is to strive for the highest good for all – animal, plant and mineral too. It is to work for the light while still embracing the dark. And it is to respect and honor all who cross your path, whatever it is they allege to believe in or think. This creed, if sincerely followed, will help polish you to be the shining gem that are can potentially become.
All cultures and all peoples from time immemorial honor the great warriors for the greatness they can portend. Remember that the highest rank of warriors do not need to call upon physical force at all, for they know how to make things happen by the force of their will, when aligned with divine will.
So pick up your sword with emerald as your guide, and lift it up high, willingly treading the path laid out before you of your own warrior-hood. Do not be afraid to fight for the right, which is the light – the eternal light – that transcends all of our shadows and nights.
METEOR has entered your life to say it is time to shapeshift into anything you want to be or you want the world to be. Release any ‘what ifs’ or ‘not possible” and fly with the power of meteors, comets and other celestial bodies anywhere and anyway you want. That is how powerful rocks that from beyond the Earth can be!
Due to their extra-terrestrial origins, meteor’s energies are like no other type of stone found on Earth. Meteors number among the most revered objects in many spiritual and religious traditions. The great black stone of Mecca, the most sacred site for Muslims, is a gigantic meteor. And moldavite - a greenish granular meteoric stone from Eastern Europe - is considered one of the most powerful transformational stones by many crystal workers. Some moldavite aficionados even claim this stone to be the true Holy Grail of Christian lore. And science is coming to understand more deeply the profound role that meteors have played in our own planetary history.
This card comes to remind you that just as you are made from the Earth, so too are you made from the sky. In fact, your being connects the earth to the sky – you are your own celestial ladder, your own axis mundi, your own sacred tree of life. Being reminded of this sacred truth gives you great power, but it is a power unlike that of the terrestrial realms. It is the power of the initiate of mystical wisdom who knows that all dimensions and possibilities reside within us all the time.
Meteors journey to us with a message of profound significance, which is that nothing is preordained. Everything is ultimately fluid and flexible on planet Earth (and beyond). Life is only as rigid as you choose to make it. So if you are a brave soul who resonates with the crystal lore, use meteor as your guide to look deep, look high, smile wide, and journey to the other side. And then come home again to share your wisdom with the wise circle you create in your daily life.
Sulfur is about discipline – how beautiful that can be on Earth. While some may moan and groan of the discipline of their life, and all life on this realm of astral existence, in truth it is discipline that gives us meaning and purpose.
Be thankful you have discipline, just as the sun and the moon and the stars do. Of course, your discipline is different than these astral bodies which some human make a discipline of studying. But in some ways, you are not really that different after all. Like the moon, you have your cycle you must respond and react to – showing a different face depending upon the phase you are at. Like the sun, you are a ball of energy that flares and storms at times. And like the stars, you beckon and beam to others and engage yourself in their gravitational pulls.
It takes discipline to navigate through such powerful energies and forces. Discipline to not be thrown off course, to continue in your orbit, to continue along your path: your life path.
There are many forms of discipline. Taking care of your physical body is an important type of discipline for some. Eating the right foods, imbibing healthy liquids, exercising your muscles and bones as they require, and feeding your heart and mind a diet of love and hope and belief.
Discipline is also about gratitude. It is about being thankful for the gifts you have been bestowed and about which your current lifetime is directed. What a wonderful challenge to hone yourself through your conscious intention and mindful and heartful direction towards expertise and self-knowledge. You will know when you have arrived because it will be so easy, like taking in a breath of air unconsciously and fully. That is what mastery is about and where discipline can take you!
Sulfur is a soft, yellow mineral that crumbles if held too tightly, smells if burned too brightly, but can be so useful if managed just right. That is precisely what discipline can do for you.
Now discipline is not only about hard labor and tasks. Discipline is a practical attitude and approach to all aspects of life. It is taking seriously what is serious while at the same time being able to throw back your head and laugh hard or sing like a bird.
Discipline includes perfecting your craft, whatever it may be. It can take time, maybe even many lifetimes, to acquire the discipline to fully carry out what you were brought here to do. But that is fine, it is as it should be, for it is your efforts – gallant as they may be – which is the ultimate message and worth of every man, women and child on Earth.
Anything you believe in, any dream you may harbor, any wish you may inspire, all boils down to discipline in one way or another. Do not give up, sulfur calls to you! Focus upon what you have chosen to be your discipline - it could be to be a great cook, a true lover, a stalwart friend, a caring parent. It might be to grow the perfect tomato, sing an aria, write a poem, compose a melody, pray in harmony with all the Earth’s creations. Let sulfur yellow – almost as bright as our sun – fill you with the light and energy to get your job done, whatever it may be.