Published February 9, 2016 by michelleembree

12523049_10208334444697922_4304730422911361914_n“Grace is the moment you go utterly free of your past and experience complete  thankfulness for the opportunity of every second of your life.”


The Daughter of The Firmament, Dweller Between The Waters

We are eternal beings and this is understood, perhaps, most deeply in The Star.

We may see The Star as Persephone. We may see Death (13) as the point where Persephone begins her descent into the underworld. She falls through the veils and loses all those ideas she had about how she identified herself.

We are not our job title nor are we the title that comes with being a maker. You are not a writer or a painter or a football player or a gardener. You are not your gender. You are not your marital status. You are not your religion or your lack thereof. You are not your health or wealth or even the functioning of your body.

You may lose any of these. Eventually, you will lose all of these. Who remains?

Persephone falls through the veils in the descent of Death (13) and learns her truth through the next three cards. She gains her strength as Temperance (14)  to begin her ascent back to our 3D world, and meets her choice between the lower natures and her highest self in the Devil (15), she chooses her true-self and all the facades fall in the Tower (16).

Persephone is no longer who she once believed herself to be and she returns to this world–our world–of delight and despair, of dualities and inversions, of deep pleasure and deep fear. Persephone returns as the Star (17), the great healer on and of Time.

In the Star (17) we recognize our lineage. We appear to ourselves as who and what we really are, because all we knew ourselves to be has been removed. Veil, by veil, layer, by layer, we have relinquished all false selves to the ethers and become strong and proud in the truth of ourselves.

The Star (17) is the other side of the Devil (15), she is the Morning Star as it appears in the sky–she is the devil liberated from the bondage of ego and she chooses to live in the great light. The Star (17) chooses to appear in this 3D world as her truth of spirit.

Not all who travel here will make it beyond this portion of the path, beyond this chapter of the hero’s journey. Those who do, walk forward in the humble service as healers and listeners to both the roots of trees and souls of humankind.

The Star (17) is the end of summer, the crest of a wave that crashes into the bloodstream as experience. She becomes a permanent light at this point. A guiding light known as Polaris, the North Star.

As herself, the Star becomes a fixed light that guides others from the torments and illusions of the underworld. She spans all of time as we stumble through this 3D world, this dream of density that serves up great majesty and great travesty.

The Star (17) calls us to engage our own release from ego, from the weights of illusion and distraction and stone cold lies. She is a mighty gem in the care of the sky itself and she calls us each to grace by our own choices and our own willingness to become humble in our service.

Grace exists in the moment we go utterly free from our past and become struck through with the humility of the gratitude we feel for having had the opportunity of all the big mistakes we have made, of all the wrongs we have endured. Grace is the moment you go utterly free of your past and experience complete  thankfulness for the opportunity of every second of your experience. Grace is the recognition that you do not die.

You are medicine. You are foundation. You are memory and you are futurism. You are light and you go on and on and on forever.

When you hit Star level in the game you become in service to all those around you as you pursue your own fulfillment and gratification.

You move to your own ends and serve each as you do. When you hit Star level in this game you belong to the Great All and All so completely that neither sacrifice nor indulgence can exist. You move toward the moments and the objects of your desire and you serve the good of each person you meet. That is all you have come here to do and you are now liberated to do so. Your own light heals you now.

Look up at your world differently now. Look at all the personalities and games, look at all this drama and searching. Look and be in Joy. Be in Love with it. That is to see as the Star sees.

Guide yourselves home now. Guide yourselves home. You are the Star, the fixed light in the sky. Guide yourselves home now and serve those you meet on your way. That is all there is here in this dream of density and it is more than enough. So. Be. It.

Big Love and Good Luck in your game. xxo




Published September 8, 2015 by michelleembree
The Tower (16)/Rider-Waite-Smith deck

The Tower (16)/Rider-Waite-Smith deck

Key: Revelation

The Tower follows the Devil for good reason.

The Devil is a creation of culture. He is a late arriving player in the story of Christian mythos, but a profoundly powerful figure nonetheless. He is created for cultures with much to hide. The presence of The Devil in cultural mythos indicates a culture bonded by a need for secrets and the lies they inevitably become.

Secrecy is the bond of The Devil.

The Tower reveals every secret—1, 2, 3—The Tower reveals lies and inconsistency. The Tower snatches viels as it crashes walls and opens doors.

If you have something to hide, The Tower will free you of that weight.

If you have lived informed by a lie, The Tower will free you of that weight.

The Tower will free you, ready or not and it falls chaotic because it’s collapse is based in necessity.

The Tower reveals those parts of yourself or behaviors (or other persons or circumstances) that you would avoid seeing if given any chance to do so. The Tower is what must happen in order to bring alignment, to bring about balance.

The Tower breaks the bonds of secrecy and calls the Devil’s bluff.

The Tower snatches up the viels of night and tears apart the contracts of man.

The Tower is the greatest of all dispellings. And it will come. Does come in time.

Collapse is a gift.

Or as Joan Jett put it . . . CLICK . . .


Published July 6, 2015 by michelleembree

“Egyptian” Tarot (?) Artist Unknown To Me

The Devil.

Lord of the Gates of Matter.

The Devil leads the final third of the Major Arcana.

As The Great Fool we have followed a path of experience and change and we have developed our sense of self and our patience for material practice and discipline.

Now, as we enter the third and final phase of the Major Arcana, we meet the master of 3D reality. Here, now, we are introduced to the lord of matter and his brilliant hall of mirrors.

The Devil is the permanent and indefatigable king of the underworld. That is of course, this world of veils and illusions, of inversions and retro-fitted logics. Make no mistake, The Devil is always in the mix here in this world where roses and poppies bloom; where fish multiple themselves; here where fruits become wine and fantasies become flesh. The Devil, be assured, is always around. He sits and enjoys as we struggle to solve the riddles of ourselves.

What do you see? When you look at the rest of us as a mirror how do you see yourself? What do you reflect? The Devil will sit patiently with us in our conundrum. He will sit and wait until the sun explodes and he leaves to start another kingdom in matter somewhere else. The Devil will always patiently wait for us to realize our much too safe hypocrisies because he has, literally, nothing but time.

Look, here’s the thing: The Devil wants to teach us the nature of paradox. He wants to teach us to

Thoth/Artist: Frieda Harris

Thoth/Artist: Frieda Harris

take control of who we are by noticing the way in which we claim our intention to hold value over our action.

Your actions are your intentions manifest. Your actions are how you communicate intention and the truthfulness of yourself. Actions are the only truth. What you say or think or intend is worthless without action.

You are the person you perform. You are your behavior. And you are accountable to every act, every thought, every word. You are the one in choice.

The Devil wants to teach us to create a world or better, worlds unto worlds unto worlds. He wants to re-teach us magic and magical creation—all things rise from a tension located within the sublime paradox. And The Devil wants to teach us this alchemy, but we are still too childish to control our own power. We are still coming into it, like babies finding our toes.

Pay attention: until we learn accountability, we are barred from the magical kingdom. We are banned from creation in matter.


One wisdom The Devil can impart to us now is the knowledge that there is no linearity. History is a deck of cards shuffled endlessly. We return again and again to the mirrors we call forward.

The devil is our greatest ally when we understand to whom we are speaking and for what purpose. The devil is here to teach us to free ourselves from delusion and the punishing distractions that tell us all the things we cannot have and all the ways we are inadequate.

The devil teaches us the mandatory skills, and drives us to fortify our resources and to ruthlessly reflect upon our truths. To see our mirrors as ourselves.

The devil will always throw you a curve ball– a monkey wrench. Always. We must learn that our bondage is an illusion and we may lift our chains of our own accord.

The Devil/Rider-Waite-Smith

The Devil/Rider-Waite-Smith

Look at the picture in the Rider-Waite-Smith Deck to the right. These souls are bound only by their own limit. They stay because they are not strong enough to be on their own.

The devil teaches us self- mastery and leads us to the places where fear can no longer grip us. We might as well go ahead and learn the hard and surprising lessons of his kingdom because the devil doesn’t believe in lost causes— so you get your lessons whether you drop the course or not.

Be strong. Be truthful. Be blessed.




Innovation 14 (a.k.a Temperance)

Published February 11, 2015 by michelleembree

Innovation 14/Book of Keys/Michelle Embreee

Key: Technology

At this point, a new perspective is brought to bear on both past and future. The transformation of the Gateway 13 (death) creates a vantage point. A larger perspective, beyond the third dimension.

This vantage integrates the corporeal human size with the magnitude of both limit and responsibility.

Great power is born now through scale and attention.

The new technology, the integrated perspective, is brought to bear on the capacity for vision and range. How far do you see? How accurate is your sight?

This trump means you now see a farther range than you had. Maybe only yesterday. You can change very rapidly now. Yourself and your experience most vividly can change quite quickly now.

You see farther and the goal is clearer and more simple and more potent than it was before. You are focused on something that will be accomplished in a meaningful and relevant way. There are hassles and the inevitably boring, lonely miles of simple perseverance required to accomplish anything. and you move toward it all with confidence, with calm and with acceptance for what must get done.

Innovation is often both catastrophic and quiet. It rolls in on a simple winter chill and snuggles in until it’s warm again. Innovation is quiet and it rolls up on your dreams to remind you that you came here to create more and more and more. Deep innovation can be change you don’t notice, though later it will feel distinct. The innovation that comes over you is one of new technology and you are challenged with the task of using it, learning it by doing it.

This is the call of the times. And innovation is the gift of transformation.

You already died in this game. Now you are new and free to become that person you most wish to become. Nothing stops you now except the desire for simple everyday things to be different than they are. But you let that go, now, easily.

You are the innovator, the fool, the magician. You are the sky and the moon. You are the ever changing voyage of stars we call life and you are loved like change itself, like time, like fire, like wind. You are the innovator and your power is in what you do with all this everyday. You are the innovator called to the duty of your times.

The innovator makes a future possible over and over and over again, the innovator now creates the possibility of the future on and on and on.

Congratualtions and Much Love Your Presence Is RequiredXXO

NEW CARD: Gateway 13

Published October 1, 2014 by michelleembree

I made this but I didn’t. This piece came from somewhere else and we can all share it. The name is changed from Death to Gateway because it turns out that in this story the humans survive themselves because they chose to listen to good advice about themselves. Thirteen is the number of a Gateway that transforms all things.

Gateway 13/Book of Keys Deck/Michelle Embree 2014



Published September 22, 2014 by michelleembree

rwdeathDeath is change complete. It is Change in its raw form and it comes for us over and over and over again. In one lifetime we die many deaths and surface again to live differently than we have in the past.

The Death Key: Full-Transformation.

Genuine transformation is rarely pleasant. Becoming the people we most want to become means leaving behind who we have been. It means getting over these dreams that come and go to favor the purpose you meant for yourself in this life.

Death is transformation; change in its most raw form.

And, no, you can not be who you have been at the same time that you become who you most want to be. This process of change is real. It can not be bought nor can it become truth from mere representation. You can’t fake this, you have to actually change and be humbled by the experience of it not as shame but as human, as shared. Humility is connection, it is the experience of the universal. Humility is not shame, it is realization of one’s simultaneous smallness and infinite power.

We are confused in the world, but this fact is getting sorted now. T

This process of change is real it can not be faked or represented. You have to do this and stick to it. A point of no return is literal. You cannot go back and you were always on your way here, so, what does that mean to you? The answer to that question is the character of the transformation you now become.

Death, the lucky thirteen, is marked by rose and by skull. Here all things are lain to rest. This is where your idols come to die, where innocence collapses, and where judgment shrugs. This is where you slay dragons and teachers with equal force. Here you see yourself in every face and hear your thoughts in every word.

Here you do the best when you confront those you can not forgive and find your peace via. escape to larger ground, to more worthy territories, here you do the best when it is your opportunity to let go of the worst things that have ever happened to you. Death favors those who surrender their complaints in order to struggle back into life.

Here is more painful when you know deeply just exactly what you have done to the others. Here, when you feel pain, it is most agonizing in the places where you have caused harm. That is nothing more than a law in this density. It isn’t even Justice, it is simply the way the process works. This. Life. And this. Death.

This transformation goes best for those who confront a mountain rather than a pit. I hope you understand this well because if you do, these words will be as fuel. These words are for you in your Death, your change into the person you most desire to become. Death is the end of something that cannot be retrieved. This is it. This is death. This is where ‘the was’ transforms into ‘the will.’

Death is the flow of time as a body that moves like a river, flooding ever forward it never reveals the the same drop twice. Time moves remarkably. And it belongs to you as you belong to it.

Death is the gateway to the next world, the next level of the game. If you want to play today, and you do, you really, really do want to know what all this means, you’ll have to agree to transform into the person you most want to become. Come what will or may, you must agree to change anyway, to become new.

The Death Key is a point of no return and passage requires a new fortitude and new honesty. You do want this, you always have. That’s the thing, you technically can reject transformation but you cannot do so and satisfy yourself simultaneously. A new desire must be born or you will perish. That is the requirement of death. Period.

The birth of a fresh and eager desire is the gift of Death as it appears in the middle of the quest.

What Justice revealed changed the vision of the Hanging Man and now you arrive at a gateway; an opportunity for transformation that costs exactly the sum of all that you have been. And not a fraction of a second less.

If you understand any of these words, it is already too late to say no.

So, go ahead and transform. The rest of the quest is already aligning to the person you most want to become.

Congratulations and I still love you. xxomichelle

The Hanging Man

Published August 28, 2014 by michelleembree

photo 2{{ I was writing this essay and, unbeknownst to me, at the very same time Maggie Woolfolk was working on a drawing of The Hanging Man. She said I could put it here and share it. Check out her cool artworks like: Shakti Fever. Which you can get from this cool place:  StarClipper.}} (awesome)!

The Hanging Man is the action of transformation.

The Key: Becoming

To perceive The Hanging Man from our vantage point, it appears that a person is caught. Or maybe they have turned themselves upside down in order to see differently. Either way, we see a figure hanging, not in action at all.

Look through the eyes of The Hanging Man and see the whole world transform. All he has known is in dramatic flux and The Hanging Man is keeping it together by becoming new. In repose, he struggles with why he struggles to let go of what he no longer needs.

Only the receptive may engage the power of shift and The Hanging Man is this knowledge in action. Like sands making dunes or stardust making galaxies, The Hanging Man relaxes into his body and aligns to the next man he needs to become.

The Hanging Man is the action of transformation, the mastery of change with meaningful reward. He is the patience that opens the door for Justice, for shift, for the transformation of a world he no longer needs.

The Hanging Man is a portion of the quest wherein all that is known, becomes strange. It is a stretch of terrain that warbles under a too bright sun and serves to transform you into someone ruled by becoming what is new, rather than defined by what is done.

For those of you doing healing work with the Tarot: The Hanging Man is the action of becoming the one ruled by becoming new, over and over and over again. You become new over and over again because it is one of the many gifts belonging to your kind. The Hanging Man relieves the past of any need for you. It is done and done and done.

Good Luck Out There. I Love You. xox

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