Archive | August 13, 2012

A Reiki Master’s Hanko Seal

My Personal Hanko

A Personal Symbol of Empowerment

In Japan, seals in general are referred to as inkan or hanko. The first evidence of writing in Japan is a hanko dating from AD 57, made of solid gold and belonging to the Emperor. At first, only the Emperor and his most trusted vassals held a hanko seal, as they were a symbol of the Emperor’s authority. Noble people began using their own personal hanko after 750 AD, and the Samurai began using them sometime in the Middle Ages. At the time, the Samurai were permitted exclusive use of red ink for their hanko impressions. Modernization of these seals began in 1870, and the hanko finally came into general use throughout Japanese society. 

Traditionally, inkan and hanko are engraved on the end of a finger-length stick of stone, wood, bone, or ivory, with a diameter between 25 and 75 millimeters (1 and 3 in). Their carving is a form of calligraphic art. The most common form of this calligraphic art is the Japanese Kanji — the Chinese script.

They are still used in Asia for professional and personal purposes. Most requiring registration with local government offices much like a trademark. Continue reading

A Shared Insight

Learning From Hardship – Sing your own song!

Carole Bourdo - "Wolf Song"

Carole Bourdo – “Wolf Song”

Yesterday I allowed my 9 year old to play on my computer. That turns out to have been a mistake. About an hour into his foray of watching some lego video, he receives a message over the browser window. Instead of reading it and asking his dad or me about it, he clicked a button and went on with his video. Something he has been told NOT to do. And he discovered the reason…he infected my computer with a pretty nasty virus!

Thankfully both Daddy and I are IT geeks. But my IT skills are more related to mainframes and corporate servers, than desk top computers. Thankfully Daddy is the desktop King. It took the entire day from about 10am to midnight to fully correct the infection and ensure everything was ok, running right and safe again. With a few extra checks and tweaks this morning, my laptop is virus free and more tightly secured. Which includes not allowing our little Prince to touch my laptop again!

So..what’s the point to this story…While the King was fixing my machine I let go of that nervous irritated energy by doing some spring cleaning. Which involved turning the cushions over on the couches and the chair I like to sit in with my laptop. When you have a 9 year old, it’s a good idea to vacuum under the cushions once a month. In my chair I found enough miniature legos to build a robot. Along with two pencils, a pen and Oh My Stars! 3 cards from Faery Tarot Deck! I didn’t even know they were missing! Continue reading

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: King of Cups

King of Cups

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

Contemplation helps set the details of your plans onto the best path that lay ahead. Try to remain compassionate, but allow yourself room to heal wounds. Don’t continue to scratch your own scars and keep the open unnecessarily. Things are not the same as they were before. You’re different, the world around you is different, and you have the ability to make different choices today. Don’t allow the hurts of the past to cloud your judgement today.

Additional Insight:

Don’t rush into decisions or react based on old patterns and knee jerk reactions. You’ve thought your plans through now it’s time to put them into motion. You will win the day by remaining steadfast and calm. Though it may be hard not to lose your temper, doing so will keep the control in your court. You’re the King on the Throne and you have a right to rule your domain as you see fit, not as someone else yelling and demanding believes you must.

You can ignore their temper tantrum and keep the power of the day in your hands. But remember your actions affect others involved. So you must also show compassion and understanding. Everyone will have their own view and perspective. Make sure you correct misinformation, misconceptions and the attempts to lie for selfish power and ego. Putting someone in their place doesn’t mean you have to destroy them in the process. You may need them one day.

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