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November 2010

Card of the Week: ENTANGLEMENTS

Entanglements card1

Definition:  Snare; involvement; complication; entwined; confuse

Have you ever tried to untangle a ball of thread?  It can be difficult to see where one thread begins and the other ends.  This is the nature of the entanglement card.  Some suggest it is the nature of our network of interactions in the world.  I have experienced this card in two ways.  The first is simply finding that there is unknown interconnectivity between people or groups; the other involves more psychological entanglements.

When you are emotionally entangled in a situation it may be difficult to see the situation objectively. You may be too involved in something that is not really your concern, where others are too involved in your issues, or perhaps where there is a network of influences that are not known yet significantly affecting the situation.  Finding out where your involvement ends and others' begin may be unclear.  Boundaries are blurred and potentially enmeshed.  Projection of each person’s issues may make clarity and resolution difficult.

Look to your own internal attachments, desires, ambitions, expectations and fears, as they may be preventing you from seeing clearly.  Loosening your attachments and taking some distance on a situation may allow greater clarity.  There may be a hook into someone else’s energy that needs clearing. 

Disentangling is a process of detachment - clarifying your personal boundaries and those of others.  When do you feel drawn into something that is not your issue?  Are you fighting someone else’s battles or protecting someone emotionally?  Is your energetic involvement in others’ issues taking you off your path?

© 2010 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Card of the Week: Dark

Sample.Dark Card

Definition:  absence of light; absence of moral or spiritual values; an unenlightened state; causing dejection; showing a brooding ill humor

Dark is a place we all need to dive deeply into once in a while to find our luminescence deep within. Dark is quiet and empty and without pulse.  Its gripping silence and emptiness can be frightening.   In this silence we may hear our thoughts whirling, and feel the grip of strong old pain, or perhaps old beliefs, habits, or ways of thinking hampering our ability to feel joy or our inner peace.  When we dive in, if we hold our breath and struggle, we may be resisting and fighting against ourselves and the very essence of our being.

When we encounter the dark card it may be telling us that it is a time to turn inward and look deeply through the darkness to find the light and strength from within. 

It may come at a time when you are moving through some deep or painful issues in your life where you encounter your shadow or another’s shadow side that may be moving you off your center.  When in this phase, it is important to remember that out of the dark seasons of our lives much growth and light can come. Though the dark is the absence of light, you are never completely in the dark as there are always tiny specks of light. 

How do you move through the dark phases of your life?  When you are in a negative cycle are you overpowered by your negative habits or addictions of various sorts to get you through? Do you run, hide, fight, or accept where you are?  Where is your shadow casting itself?  Are you being affected by someonelse's dark cycle?


© 2010 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Card of the Week: Aspiration

Sample.Aspiration Card

Definition: a strong desire to achieve something; aim; desired goal or objective; ambition; yearning

When we aspire toward something it is usually a movement of emotions and energy towards something greater.  Aspirations are the internal drives and ambitions that keep us moving forward and evolving into who we would like to become.  They guide our direction forward, though not necessarily the paths we take to get there.  Like a plant moving toward the sun, we move toward our aspirations.  Our spirit and soul can be guided by yearnings or goals, whether we are fully conscious of them or not. 

There can be challenges in fulfilling our aspirations including: making sure we have clarity around what our aspirations are; reassessing the alignment of our aspirations with our authentic nature; and lastly, not letting our aspirations overshadow our journey getting there. 

Aspirations assist our spirit and soul to move forward in all areas of our life.  The aspirations I had when making these cards was that they would assist in getting in touch with deeper parts of ourselves in a simple yet clear way.  I also aspired to reveal the magical interplay of the inner and outer world.

What are the aspirations that move you forward?  Are they for yourself, others, or both?  How do your aspirations change how you view the world?  Are you enjoying the journey that your aspirations are taking you on?  How are your aspirations guiding your life now?  Have you lost touch with your aspirations?

 © 2010 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski


Card of the Week: Letting Go


Definition: relinquish your hold; allow to move; let go of; release; detach

When we let go of something we relinquish our grip and our attachment to whatever it is we have been holding onto, be it a belief, idea, person, or thing. Sometimes, we need to let go of that which no longer serves our learning or our growth. 

Letting go can be as easy as a leaf falling from a tree.  It seems easy, because there is often a hidden process at work all along.  When the process develops naturally, the release can be seamless.  In this world of impermanence the letting go process is inherent in the beginning of every creation.

The first attachment of human life is in the womb.  Upon birth, the umbilical cord is cut, a breath is taken, and the first process of growth and autonomy begins - inherent in this is the letting go process.  I remember when I cut my eldest daughter’s umbilical cord I knew that this was the first of many times I would be letting her go, to breathe on her own, to grow and dance to her own music. 

Letting go can bring the joy of release of moving into an new phase of your life, or work, or finally realizing that you had been carrying another’s burdens that were not your own. 

Have you been holding onto something that is no longer serving you?  Do you need to let go of something to move forward?  How does your letting go allow you to lighten and move forward


When I rise up, let me rise up joyful, like a bird.

When I fall, let me fall without regret, like a leaf.

                                         Wendell Berrry

© 2010 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski