Luna manifested in front of me. “Sam, you sure about this?”
“We are alone; you don’t need to call me Sam. Anyway, I’ve been putting off traveling down this path for too long already. We both know the only way I’ll get the information I need is by gaining access to the metaplanes.”
I double check the medicine lodge is correctly setup. A solid barrier surrounds my apartment in the astral.
“Let’s get started. I’ll need you to guard my body while my spirit is gone. If I’m gone more than 6 hours deliver the messages to K-Bunny, Trog, Hirito, Mazula and Frenchie.”
I bring out a small stack of leather cards while thinking about the journey ahead. It is the final step in my initiation to the greater mysteries of the awakened world; A meeting with the gatekeeper to the metaplanes, where I must learn truths about myself and predictions of my destiny.
I astrally project and look down on the cards before me, each card glows with the same design. This is only the first level of initiation so I’ve chosen a simple universal 6 card spread for the 6 main metaplanes air, water, fire, earth, man and beast. I think of who I am now and touch the 1st card. I can feel myself pulled to the metaplane
|Card 1 (Temperance) : How you feel about yourself now »
I find myself outside my apartment. There is a robbery going down just a few feet from my astral self. It is that ganger addict, Frankie G, robbing old Grandma Redding from my building. I’ll deal with this when I return.
Grandma Redding turns to me and speaks in an deep and powerful voice, beyond anything human. “You feel a need for harmony and balance in your life, and indeed are starting to feel that some peace has already been restored. Already you have a pack and have begun to be the predator again, not merely running like prey. Your hunts shall continue.”
|Card 2 (Wheel Of Fortune) : What you most want at this moment »
The cards suggest that what you most want at this time is a turning point in your life and positive change – well, expect it now. Life will go up a gear or two and events will accelerate forward.
The three women at the wheel turn and speak as one “Destiny is at play here – have you noticed a number of events that seem rather a coincidence? There is more than mere coincidence in the events at hand there is interconnectedness behind it all.”
|Card 3 (Death) : Your fears »
The card is flipped and my spirit flows into it. A battle rages around me, my companions falling as a familiar spirit strikes. I’m unable to take action against it for fear of killing it, yet inaction will doom my friends.
The spirit turns to me and says in the Gatekeeper’s voice. “Waste no time on this fear, Wolfe. It will come to pass, or it will not. You will make this decision when the time comes, should it come.”
|Card 4 (The Tower) : What is going for you »
Images of the lab in Yucatan flash before me. Then images of meetings with Mr. Johnson’s, followed images of various runs appear before me.
Jimmy the Card appears and speaks, “Sometimes, sudden disruptive change is inevitable, and as painful as it may seem, we come through it a stronger and better person. No matter how disruptive things are at the moment, re-evaluate and move on – new directions can bring new opportunities you never dreamed of. Plans to return to home will experience setbacks.”
|Card 5 (The Devil) : What is going against you »
I find myself in the lab in Yucatan again. I can see strings attached to each of the people in the lab. They dance to and fro as the strings dictate. Suddenly, strings move toward me. I blast them away with my magic and jump back. I find myself far outside the lab, hundreds of strings extend from the lab to a giant building far away. From that building even more strings fly out throughout the world.
Next, I find myself at a Salish-Shidhe border crossing, following a border guard. As I’m walking with him to the parking lot area, I notice the strings attached to him. I cut them and replace them with strings of my own.
The border guard turns to me his face now a skull. “Better the devil you know than the one you don’t. But then you don’t know this devil do you?”
|Card 6 (The Lovers) : Outcome »
A picture of a woman appears. Familiar…but not fully. Similar to K-Bunny, but older, harder, elven.
“Love is coming into your life even if you really can’t see where from at this time.” She says.
I return to my body, exhausted from the journey. But I’m not done yet. I make my way to Grandma Redding and inquire about a robbery. If it happened, Luna is going hunting and returning a stolen purse.