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Tarot and Sonrisa
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“There are so many ways to boil down what's most beautiful about tarot. I could say one hundred different things, easily. I'll share just one here. If you choose to develop your own practice with these strange little cards, you'll get to know yourself better. You'll better understand what it means to be born into a human body, with the capacities to experience energy, feel, act, and think. But something else will also happen, and it's a really important something else.

Tarot will help you recall your self in a broader human context. It will do so in a way that reading a self-help book or even filling out pages in a workbook might not be able to do for you. Every card you pull will be like glimpsing a carving of an old rock or tree that reads, '[Someone] was here.' the subtext being, you are not alone in your suffering, and your troubles are not new. These things have been experienced, understood, transmuted, and even philosophized about since time immemorial. Illness, heartbreak, deprivation, isolation, death, tragedy. Tales as old as time. Remembering this is a medicine." 

- Jessica Dore, Tarot for Change: Using the Cards for Self-Care, Acceptance and Growth

 


November 4, 2021

A huge thanks to Rhea for telling sending me an article written in the Guardian titled, When the mystical goes mainstream: how tarot became a self-care phenomenon. I had already ordered Jessica Dore's book, Tarot for Change and was waiting for my copy to arrive in my local bookstore. The book did not disappoint. It's the book I have been waiting for - written from the perspective of a social worker and someone devoted to mental wellness. I love the way Jessica invites a trauma-sensitive lens to the cards and refocuses their meanings on personal evolution and self-care versus fortune telling. I highly recommend this book! 

I would just add to the above excerpt (in the heading of this newsletter) that the tarot also reminds us, not only of the difficulties we may experience in a lifetime but also, of things we experience that offer ease - belonging, collaboration, excitement, joy, celebration, purpose, discovery, faith, healing, and ultimately a sense of fulfillment that emerges from both self-knowing and self-acceptance. For many years, especially as a youngster, I only used my cards when I was feeling distressed. Then in high school I began to pull a card of the day, whether or not I was feeling distressed, and I realized that tarot brings me daily wisdom and can enhance joy when I feel it and offer a balm (or a way through) for distress when I feel it. These days I am overjoyed when a client schedules a reading when they are feeling good and want their session to focus on furthering their self-knowing from that place of "all is well" in their lives. 

Earlier this year I added a layer of somatic inquiry to my daily tarot card draws - a process that emerged from my somatic therapy training with the Leven Institute. I look at the card and ask myself if it's capturing the energy of a trigger or glimmer. A trigger can be prompted by an image that reminds me of a previous trauma or incident I experienced that caused me distress. Some cards appear and remind me of ways I have felt trapped, undefended or wounded. It is my work to look at these images and evolve into a new understanding and narrative - to facilitate both compassion and healing. Sometimes that means exercising my free will by putting the card back in the deck and choosing one face up -- one that feels more grounding, empowering, and supportive. I really like working with face-up cards - it allows me to seek out the card that I want to partner with for the day. A glimmer is something that offers me a sense of safety, comfort and aliveness. Sometimes one of these cards appears and I remember that I have resources available that offer me a sense that all will be well - I have been okay before and will be again. There are no "bad" or "good" cards - each card offers a variety of perspectives, giving us options on how we can view any experience. And all of these perspectives can be danced :). 

Speaking of dancing, this weekend we are revisiting the playlist and class I created to honor and celebrate my father who passed away 19 years ago. The routine, La Sonrisa, is a celebration of the many legacies my father left for me - his big, warm and generous smile (sonrisa), his optimism, joy, affection, and his playfulness. After last weekend's beautiful experience of dancing with our ancestors, I wanted to bring back this routine to honor my father. I hope you can join us :D! 

Don't forget to change your clocks for Sunday! 

And then on Wednesday, in Somatic Yoga Dance, we are continuing our exploration of the Gunas (from Ayurveda) - three energies found in all of nature and in our human experience can be felt as:
- Tamas as heaviness and withdrawal from experience,
- Rajas as energy and engagement, and
- Sattva as harmony and joy.
I am enjoying exploring these three energies within myself and noticing my preferences and avoidances. It's so helpful to be curious about how I feel these energies and how I can make choices to invite more balance in so that one is not dominant over the other. 

Taking a break in December
I am waiting to find out the official dates of when I will be going to New York to caretake for my sister-in-law as she goes through radiation treatment. It will likely be in December so to plan ahead, I am taking the month of December off from teaching classes and tarot sessions. I may teach one or two classes in early December. As soon as I have my travel dates I will confirm when these classes will be held. I am looking forward to being fully present for my family and taking any of the remaining time for much needed rest. Classes will continue in November, be on break in December and then resume in January.

Deeply grateful for this community,
Jennifer
 

Schedule Going Forward:
  • Somos Luceros on Sundays at 10AM PDT and
    Saturdays at 10AM ONCE per month
  • Somatic Yoga-Dance on Wednesdays at 4PM PDT.
  • ArcanaDance on specific Saturdays - next one TBA
     

 

Somos Luceros

Somos Luceros is a somatic dance practice designed to illuminate the wisdom of your body and cultivate deep embodiment of archetypal qualities that offer lightness, depth and joy. The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling, opening new chapters in our bodies where we can see and feel our most luminous potential. Release the stories in your body that weigh you down and reclaim your light. In Spanish, Somos means “we are” and Luceros means “bringers of light” or “bright stars.” This name honors my father, my paternal indigenous ancestors in South America, my heritage, and our collective oldest ancestor, the stars. We are dancing bodies of light.

With immense gratitude for your continued support, 
Jennifer

 

Somos Luceros – La Sonrisa: Dancing in Celebration of My Smiling Father (via Zoom)

Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 10:00AM PST 

Time Zones: 10:00AM PST | 11:00AM MST | 12:00PM CST | 1:00PM EST

Pay what you can in exchange for the class experience

Register for class: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqcuCqrjgoEtKo5xg-pX0GQN8ul9eLFXfD

Join us for La Sonrisa: Dancing in Celebration of My Smiling Father

Join us as we revisit the dance celebrating my father who left this world 19 years ago. We remember his smile which lit up my life time and again.

In this dance we also pay tribute to him by mobilizing our shoulders, hands, legs, and multiple smile lines!

This dance exploration is a tribute to the qualities my father passed down to me:

Sonrisa – smiles
Felicidad – happiness
Chévere – being “cool” :)
Esperanza – hope
Fe – faith
Optimismo – optimism
Cariño – care and affection

He was also incredibly playful (juguetón) and had a deep abiding value for friendship (la amistad) so may these be threads we weave into our class this weekend! The playlist is as diverse as my father’s taste in music was – he loved everything!


The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling. You are invited to receive the choreography, bring it into your body and make it your own.

Somos Luceros is a somatic dance practice designed to illuminate the wisdom of your body and cultivate deep embodiment of archetypal qualities that offer lightness, depth and joy. The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling, opening new chapters in our bodies where we can see and feel our most luminous potential. Release the stories in your body that weigh you down and reclaim your light. In Spanish, Somos means “we are” and Luceros means “bringers of light” or “bright stars.” This name honors my father, my paternal indigenous ancestors in South America, my heritage, and our collective oldest ancestor, the stars. We are dancing bodies of light.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class/meeting.

Pay what you can in exchange for the class experience:


Coming Home to Ourselves Dance-Yoga Practice
Movement, Mindfulness, Meditation, Mantra, and Mudra (via Zoom)


Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Class Time: 4:00PM PT – 5:15PM PST

Time Zones: 4:00PM PST, 5:00PM MST, 6:00PM CST, 7:00PM EST

Pay what you can in exchange for the class experience.

*If you are unable to attend class live, please email me to rent the recording.

Register:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMoc-iqrzkjGdx-tsv1BI6F15-WBfZ_jZS-

Coming Home to Ourselves Dance-Yoga Practice is a somatic dance yoga practice that brings together movement as metaphor and the expanse of yoga with the intent to guide us to deeper embodiment beyond the yoga mat.

This practice is about befriending your body and reuniting with it as a sacred beloved and noticing how your mind and body work together to create harmony in your life.

The focus of this class is transitioning with self-awareness of our interior orientation.

A foundation of both yoga and ayurveda is a school of thought called Samkhya philosophy. This philosophy helps us understand our own human behavior with the gunas, the basic qualities and attributes that inform the nature of all of life. The three gunas are tamas, rajas and sattva. There are so many expressions and layers to each of the gunas.

For our class we will explore just a few of these qualities and how they influence our inner orientation to our lived experience: Tamas as heaviness and withdrawal from experience, rajas as energy and engagement, and sattva as harmony and joy.

In this class we will transition to and from each guna, anchored in self-awareness of how each one influences how we orient to our movements through life.

Class is 75 minutes. Wear comfortable clothes to move in. Make sure you have a yoga mat or towel. Feel free to also have a blanket or pillow to sit on for the seated portion of class. 

If you are new to the language I have used above to describe class, here are some simple guiding definitions:
  • What is Movement? For this class it is body postures in motion. We will take simple yoga asanas (poses) and embody them through a dance that blends fluidity and stillness.
  • What is Mindfulness? A quality of focused awareness to the present moment and of our sensations that includes our body, mind, and emotions. 
  • What is Meditation? Various experiential practices and techniques that support mindfulness and focusing our mind and body. 
  • What is Mantra? A sound, word or group of words (such as affirmations) that aid in mindfulness, meditation and focusing the mind and body. 
  • What is Mudra? Hand and body gestures that both ground and move energy in the body. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class/meeting.

Here is the info to make a payment of your choice, in exchange for the class experience: I am YTT 300 certified in the Honor Yoga's Roots cohort via Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute.

 

Access/rent recorded classes
 

Video recordings of previous classes, from Somos Luceros and Coming Home to Ourselves Somatic Dance-Yoga Practice, are available for you to move to at your own time.

Simply make a donation and email me with the class(es) you want to rent. I will then send you the link and password. Click on the images below to be directed to the webpage with the list of class recording options. 











 

Donate and then email me:


 


Tarot Sessions - Please read - taking the month of December off. Schedule now :)


I am scheduling sessions from though late-November and into early 2022. I will be taking the month of December off. 

If you would like to get on my calendar for anytime before the end of November 2021, get on my schedule sooner than later. My calendar is filling up and I am starting to schedule into mid January 2022.

These sessions are my lifeblood and I so appreciate your continued support in scheduling appointments and referring your loved ones and friends to me. As you know, I don't advertise. All of my client work has been via referral. For that I am immensely grateful. 

To schedule a session, choose the session type at www.jenniferluceroearle.com/tarot-with-me/sessions and email me your questionnaire.

Tarot Consultation Packages
There are several tarot packages to choose from, including options for multiple one hour to two hour sessions throughout a one year window.

Huge thanks to Brooke Lowe Johnson for the photo (top) above! 
Dance with Janice on Saturdays! 



For those of you interested in a Saturday 10AM PDT Zoom class, I highly recommend Janice Steinberg's Nia classes! She is one of our beloved Somos Luceros community members and I dance with her whenever I can. I love her classes and know you will too.  

This Saturday, November 6 at 10AM PDT, Janice is teaching Breath of Our Ancestors <3.
 
To join Janice's Saturday Nia classes (10AM PDT), email her to get on her mailing list. She sends the Zoom link for class via email on the day of class. And like my classes, Janice's classes are donation-based as well.

Email Janice atjanicesteinberg@cox.net
 

Mary Lenox's Poetry


Following is the poem Mary wrote and shared with us after class this past Sunday, October 31. This poem, Ode to the Sweet Potato, honors Mary's ancestors, particularly, her father's sisters and sisters--in- law who were such great cooks.  Sweet potatoes cooked in a variety of ways were a part of Mary's heritage for as long as she can remember. And I shared with her that this week North Carolina is celebrating sweet potatoes with restaurant week :) 

Ode to the Sweet Potato
 
Oh
Sweet, sweet potato
How splendid you are
With copper coat and lush orange flesh
Calling forth memories of the sun 
In autumn dawn
Rising into clear blue sky
Your bark-like skin
With lumps and bumps
So reminiscent of life
Holding memories of forgotten experiences
Your singular color 
In vivid boldness hidden within
Like circular waves in a pond
Or 
The sun amid a constellation of planets afar
But you are so much more
Your secret divinity 
Discovered by Aunt Honey, Aunt Hortense, Aunt Violet, Aunt Jessie 
And many other ancestors long gone
Sliced, diced, baked, boiled, fried 
Transforming your deliciousness into such delectables as
Sweet potato pies, candied yams, mashed potatoes 
Oh, how they knew you 
From the inside out
Beautifying plates with sumptuousness and yummy tastes
Like all of us 
You need your own unique space
Growing from roots to tubers 
In your cocoon of warm darkness
While your green leaves on vines above ground 
Lift arms to the light
After leaving the birth chamber
You ripen into sweetness
Like an old friend
Your sacrifice for others
Cannot be forgotten
For every time your goodness enters within 
It’s like an exquisite gift 
Yes
There are yukon golds, saxons and other spuds
But you are queen with your rich diversity  
Of vitamins, minerals, fiber, estrogen and soothing texture
So versatile and true
Authentically you 
 
©Mary F. Lenox
   2017
  San Diego, CA

To join Mary's email list: mflenox69@gmail.com 
 

Remember (feat. Claudia Cuentas)
and MaMuse


Several of you asked me the name and artist of the opening song from our Somos Luceros class last Sunday - Danza de Recuerdo -- here is the link to the song on YouTube and below are the lyrics: 

I hear a voice that’s calling me. What is it trying to say?
I hear a voice that’s calling me. Remember. Remember.
I hear a voice that’s calling me. What is it trying to say?
I hear a voice that’s calling me. Remember. Remember.

For all the lives that have come and gone.
For all of those who have walked before.
For every act of evolution.
For every single contribution.
Remember. Remember Remember. Remember. Remember

For every little leap of Faith.
For every breath we’ll ever take.
For every child yet to be born.
All those who have come before.
Remember. Remember. Remember. Remember Remember

Desde las estrellas, somos en la tierra, gentiles de los vientos, ya se acaba la guerra.
Nuestras manos bondadosas, siembran la tierra que habitas,
Nuestro canto siempre un rezo para nuestra agua bendita.

Soy tu madre, soy tu hermana, Soy el fruto de tu vientre,
Entre los niños y los antiguos, alimentandote por siempre,
Soy tu madre, soy tu abuela, la plataforma, raíz y fruto, la que vive dentro tuyo,
Lo absoluto.

Recuerda Recuerda Recuerda
Cada bondad reglada,Cada palabra de aliento,
Cada semilla sembrada en el camino, Cada victoria al viento!
-Claudia Cuentas

For every truth left untold, Welcome back into the fold.
For every single voice unheard, We echo, echo every word.
Remember Remember Remember Remember
I hear a voice that’s calling me. What is it trying to say?
I hear a voice that’s calling me. Remember, Remember.

TRANSLATION:
From the stars, we are on Earth
Gentle ones from the winds, the war is over
Our giving hands
Plant seeds in every land,
Our song, as always, a prayer
To preserve our blessed water.

I am your mother, I am your sister
I am the fruit that lives in your womb,
Amongst bright children and ancient elders
You find me, always nurturing you.

I am your mother, I am your grandmother
The horizon, the root and the seed
The one that lives inside of you.
Always and forever.

Remember, Remember, Remember
Each time a hand touched you
Each word born out of breath,
Each seed placed on the land by your hands,
Each victory swift by the wind on the land.

Remember, Remember, Remember.
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